HOUDINI

I’ve run the fence line a dozen times and more.  We now have 55 hens clucking around the Bar None.  One in particular pitches me fits.  She finds some narrow gap and squeezes through, spellbound by the draw of swiss chards and more.  I’ve got to sprint to fetch her several times a day, not the pecking but the scratching I’m trying to control.  She keeps pushing her luck and Houdini will end up in the stock pot.  The way of the farm.

A is for asparagus.  First thing to pop up in the spring.

B is for Boston.  First among American Marathons.

C is for catch them if you can.  Sam Runde turned in a nice 4:58 mile for Beveridge Middle School.  The 8th grader already owns the school record 4:55 set as a 7th grader.  I’ll start with Sam and Jackson at the end of this month and am looking forward to it!  Linda’s nephew Noah Kunasek, you can’t catch him if hurdles are involved.  The only Bohunk at Burke to run the sticks, as a sophomore he has top finishes so far this spring.  Same cat can do a standing back flip, auntie Linda’s gymnastics chops not far from the tree.

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A is for artichoke.  I’m trying to grow these delicacies for the first time.  A is for always something new at the Bar None!

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Continuing progress on the potting shed.  Symbolic “liberty” bell spot on.

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The ladies “tubing” between yards, pasture raised hens happy, happy, happy.

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The main garden is now 16,000 square feet of best organic practices.  Patchwork quilt of cold weather hardy greens, sweet peas, carrots and beets, potatoes and radishes already in the ground.  Peppers, eggplant, tomatoes seedlings under the lights.

Hope your training is going your way!

VIEJOS MAS RAPIDO DEL MUNDO

One of my favorite races anywhere is the Bellaire Trolley Run 5K in Houston.  A huge oval, up one side of  a tree lined street, return the other.  Pancake flat, USATF Certified, fast as can be.

My oldest buddy from Houston is Ino Cantu.  He is 83 years old.  At Saturday’s 5K he turned in a World Record 25:10 (8:07 pace).  Just wow!

In the same race Houstonian Sabra Harvey, age 68, also ran a World Record, 19:55 (6:25 pace).

Rounding out the fast oldsters was 51 year old Allyson Serrao in 19:41 (6:19 pace).  Not a WR, but an amazing time.

Closer to home Colin Morrissey was the class of the field at the Tabitha 10K in Lincoln.
1 Colin Morrissey       Omaha NE            27 M     1/12     33:03  5:20
2 Eric Rasmussen        York NE             34 M     1/19     33:33  5:24
3 Michael Rathje        Lincoln NE          27 M     2/12     33:47  5:27
4 Nolan Border          Lincoln NE          24 M     1/8      33:53  5:28
5 Ryan Hruska           Lincoln NE          29 M     3/12     34:29  5:33
6 Ryan Regnier          Lincoln NE          41 M     1/13     34:42  5:36
7 Andrew Jacob          Lincoln NE          30 M     2/19     35:21  5:42
8 Pierce Tallichet      Lincoln NE          23 M     2/8      35:59  5:48
9 Tom Woods Iv          Lincoln NE          45 M     1/11     36:12  5:50
10 Alden Wignall         Elkhorn NE          27 M     4/12     37:36  6:04
11 Nicholas Kipper       Cortland NE         36 M     1/18     37:39  6:04
12 Katie White           Lincoln             26 F     1/19     37:48  6:05
13 Shannon Suing         Gretna NE           39 F     1/22     37:56  6:07
14 Erica Doering         Lincoln NE          27 F     2/19     38:30  6:12

No USATF Certification listed for the race but still a great charity and competitive field.  Three women at 38:30 or faster, not sure I remember that ever being done in my Nebraska memory.  Bodes well for a competitive spring!

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Ino is 83 and faster than you!

 

 

 

WELCOME HOME!

Nebraska Run Guru Elite is proud to announce the addition of Nebraska athletics icon Angee Henry!  Angee has been making a run at the national masters records in the 100 and 200.  We are thrilled to bring Angee’s vast talents back to the Nebraska Association and look forward to helping in her quest for excellence!

 

SNAPPY TIME

I love people.  All colors, all sizes and shapes, every mix and match imaginable.  Each person contributes a unique little something to the fabric.  Their piece of the quilt no less important than mine and yours.  That little tear in the corner over there?  It  too adds character to the story.  What an interesting, delightful, befuddling world we live in!

I cooked supper for two other couples and Carl last night.  The youngest member of our jambalaya jam 30 years my junior.  I-Phone connected at the wrist.  A never ending series of snap chat videos.  Exclusively featuring her beau.  Screen capturing every comment, every look, every nuance.  For the record.

That really creeped me out.  Engaging my filter in my own castle.  Who’s recording what and when and where and how.  But mostly, Why?

I’m not a selfie fan and I sure don’t want anyone recording my actions without permission.  Think I’m paranoid?  It has happened at least twice, that I’m aware of.  Kansas City 2011, an unfriendly Omaha lens following my every move at the Hospital Hill Team Challenge.   Houston, 2012, this time being videoed on the dance floor at the Brooks Post Olympic Trials Party.  Another Omahan with an agenda.  I’ve never seen the photos or the video.  I know a few people that have and would like to ask that mostly question, “Why?”  And let them know that I harbor no hard feelings, it was quite a tumultuous time for us all.

 

 

 

JUST THE FACTS

Connected with an old friend and mentor last night.  So much to catch up on since I left WECRAWL (West End Closet Runner and Walker’s League) in 2001.  Southeast Texas premiere club for those that prefer to remain anonymous.  I was shocked to find he still rode herd.    Bill Shaw, former Marine, a decade older than me,  real bad ass with a silky pen, over 1000 columns for the Brazosport Facts.    We talked into the night about the changing nature of running and racing.

Here was my Big Take, friendship allows for my opinion.

TIME TO STEP DOWN!

I related my own experiences of 11 years with Team Nebraska.  How things should and do change.  How I felt presumptuous and entitled to speak for an athletic generation.  And how I had missed some very important shifts (primarily the strength and vitriol of social media) until it was too late.

I told Bill about the Long Distance Running program in Nebraska, mirroring his tenure with WECRAWL.  How things, by nature, have changed from the Original Vision,  How that is the Way Of The World.  Hearkening back to yesterday’s column, the running world has transformed in ways Bill and I could never imagine.  Generational Shifts unpredictable and unstoppable as time itself.  You either compromise and get on board or you stick to your ideals (if you had them to begin with).

Bill assured me that none of this was relevant to WECRAWL.  Everything is fine and easy and everyone agrees with everything.

I beg to differ. Again, this is my friend and he allows that.  I insisted that his brain has been narcotized, necrosis by narcissism.  To assume that after all these years  he still speaks for or represents a generation 40-50 years removed from his own.

I harbor no such notions.  I realize that I am different than 99.99% of the running population.  That difference, expressed in the living colors of Real Competition, speaking to the slimmest margins of our sport.

My ego has settled into reality, I hope Bill’s does soon.

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SUPERLATIVES

Busy weekend.  Our 11th Nebraska Trail Run in the books.  Weather gods smiled.  Big thanks to our volunteers and participants.  Biggest kudos to the excellent course design work by Kyle Clouston.

NRGE’s Jeremy Morris took the title at the Rockin K  50 Mile (8:46:30), nice work mate!  Jeff Greg didn’t have the day he hoped for  but still completed the marathon distance.

Frosty  Anderson was the Nebraska Association President when I founded the LDR Program in 2001.  Anne Shadle ran for me under the Red & White kit.  Both were critical in the formative years.  Both were inducted into the University of Nebraska Hall of Fame this past weekend.  He for football prowess, she for being one of the top studettes to ever come from Nebraska.

Shamrock Shuffle in the books.  Team Nebraska and LRC Racing sending full men and women’s teams.  Jay Welp and Tin Nguyen for NRGE, Inc.  Twenty some Nebraskans competing in a Club Championship event.  How  can I not feel a certain pride?

Those rascals over at Runablaze Iowa!
Runablaze Iowa “A” 3rd Overall
1. Devin Allbaugh      23:35
2. Brogan Austin        23:43
3. Zach Baker            24:27
4. Ben Jaskowiak      24:29

Runablaze Iowa “B” 10th Overall
1. Austin O’Brien       24:25
2. Trai Bunch             24:57
3. Charlie Paul           25:19
4. Nathan Hopp        25:51

LRC Racing “A” 11th Overall
1. Johnny Rutford     24:30
2. Nolan Zimmer      25:20
3. Ryan Dostal         25:26
4. Tim Meyer           25:41

Team Nebraska “A” 12th Overall
1. Colin Morrissey     24:41
2. Peter Falcon          25:00
3. Cory Logsdon       25:01
4. Josiah Belzer         26:25

NRGE, Inc.
1. Tin Nguyen      27:13
2. Jay Welp           27:57

LRC Racing Women’s “A”  9th Overall
1. Hayley Sutter      28:45
2. Michelle  Paxton  29:37
3. Bridget Easley      30:12

Team Nebraska Women’s “A”  16th Overall
1. Shannon Suing         29:14
2. Kira Belzer                30:31
3. Kayte Partch             30:36

 

 

 

 

NEBRASKA TRAIL RUN HALF RESULTS

HALF MARATHON WOMEN
1. Mikaela Yeager, Omaha             2:10:07
2. Marcia Dority Baker, Lincoln       2:18:34
3. Elissa Huebert, Bellevue            2:23:00
4. Amanda Baker, Lincoln              2:23:28
5. Kim Olson, Kansas City             2:24:27
6. Lindsay Garlock, Lincoln            2:32:10
7. Jill Anderson, Alta IA                 2:51:16
8. Anne Petzel                                3:14:38
8. Dianne Wallace, Omaha           4:02:49

HALF MARATHON MEN
1. Patrick Rizzo, Colorado Springs 1:34:49
2. Nathan Swenson, Omaha         1:45:29
3. Tim McGargill, Omaha                1:54:00
4. Derek Dreier, Des Moines          1:54:53
5. Miguel Ordorica, Omaha            1:58:16
6. Matt Rinkenberger, Omaha       1:58:33
7. Adam Gentzler, Lincoln              1:58:56
8. Chris Yeager, Omaha                 2:03:22
9. Bryan Caudill, Tarkio,MO            2:04:11
10. Ben Richter, Omaha                 2:07:08
11. Levi Witthauer                           2:10:07
12. Mark Miller                                 2:10:39
13. Gary Wasserman                      2:10:55
14. Todd Peterson                          2:19:58
15. Brady West                                2:20:09
16. Aaron Gardner                          2:22:36
17. Sami Zeineddine                      2:22:41
18. Supratim Basu                          2:23:29
19. Dan Zieg                                     2:24:14
20. Kevin Witte                                2:28:37
21. Doug Cho                                   2:30:09
22. Soubhi Azzouz                           2:34:25
23. Geoff Kruse                                2:37:55
24. Matt Dwyer                                2:38:38
25. Lucas Jung                                  2:39:23
26. David Brummond                     2:40:10
27. Rick Seamann                            2:40:52
28. David Selby                                2:41:01
29. Patrick Higgins                          2:45:08
30. Brian Majkowski                       2:46:00
31. Niels Dunning                           2:49:58
32. Soahil Ghaemi                          2:51:28
33. Greg Colan                                2:52:29
34. Matt Kriegler                            2:52:59
34. Phil Kinnison                            2:55:59
35. Corey Langford                       2:59:58
36. Steve Cichowski                      3:02:12
37. Rich Couch                              3:46:34
38. Zach Leech                              3:46:37

12K RESULTS

1. Brian Wandzilak, Lincoln            57:47
2. Jeremy Hoefs, Lincoln                59:31
3. Brian Kelley, Lincoln                   1:03:20
4. Joel Feekes, Omaha                   1:08:52
5. Amanda Lee, Boulder CO           1:12:03
6. Ken Knoop, Lincoln                    1:12:05
7. Richard Ryan, Omaha                1:13:33
8. D.J. DeyErmand, Omaha            1:13:55
9. Robert Borer, Lincoln                 1:14:18
10. Dennis Garrett, Blair                1:14:34
11. Joe Bezousek                             1:17:55
12. Marty Mehrhoff                         1:18:27
13. Dale Filsell                                  1:19:32
14. Brad Okamoto                           1:20:01
15. Mark Schumacher                     1:20:19
16. Cliff Miles                                    1:22:23
17. David Molinelli                           1:23:58
18. John Ritland                                1:24:13
19. Brent Bostwick                           1:24:40
20. James Haro                                 1:24:45
21. Matt Molinelli                              1:25:09
22. Don Thoms                                  1:25:34
23. Chris St. Pierre                            1:25:53
24. Michael Overfield                        1:26:57
25. Matt Baird                                     1:28:03
26. Steve Curry                                    1:29:21
27. Wissam Zeineddine                     1:30:46
28. Mike Blaha                                     1:31:45
29. Robyn Gonzales                           1:33:24
30. Jim Coover                                    1:34:49
31. Aaron Lemke                               1:35:32
32. Patrick Bode                                 1:35:34
33. Brooki Roberts                            1:36:17
34. Connie Nemec                             1:36:19
35. Pam Bjerrum                               1:37:04
36. Michael Worrel                            1:37:45
37. Laura Bostwick                            1:37:59
38. Thippy Nguyen                            1:38:32
39. Phil Onwiler                                  1:38:37
40. Chris Yates                                    1:39:25
41. Dagen Valentine                          1:40:14
42. Ken Zarabnicky                            1:43:10
43. Joy Mann                                       1:43:14
44. Emily Glenn                                   1:44:02
45. Sarah Joy                                        1:45:29
46. Sherry Grout                                  1:47:04
47. Vince Swallow                                1:47:06
48. Bea Sides                                        1:47:12
49. Brandon Depew                            1:47:14
50. Greg Boettger                                1:47:20
51. Jon Elliot Brubaker                        1:47:46
52. Margaret Butler                             1:47:48
53. Joe McAvoy                                     1:48:13
54. Michael Fletcher                            1:54:00
55. Deanna Jares                                  1:54:53
56. Meagan Haro                                 1:58:16
57. Aimee Hough                                 1:58:33
58. John Taylor                                     1:58:56
59. Valerie Pietroluongo                     2:03:22
60. Tammy Rensch                              2:04:11
61. Jerry Schelling                               2:07:08
62. Michael Anderson                        2:10:04
63. Linda McCollum                            2:10:39
64. Maggie Horan                                2:10:55
65. Carry Niemann                             2:18:34
66. Kim Hart                                        2:41:01

4 MILE RESULTS

1. Craig Halverson, Council Bluffs  25:00
2. Barbara Swenson, Omaha        33:02
3. Zack Braezeale, Omaha            35:44
4. Jadon Petersson, Bennington   37:53
5. John Petersson, Bennington     38:08
6. Craig Ehlers, Omaha                 39:28
7. Darti Jensen, Omaha                 39:55
8. Brad Koehn, Lincoln                  40:03
9. Kylie Kenedy, Omaha                40:24
10. Ryan Carlson, Omaha             40:25
11. Sasha Sack                                41:10
12. William Stolzenbun                 41:31
13. Jessica Helm                             42:28
14. Jeremy Stanislav                      42:32
15. Daniel Anderson                      42:34
16. Bill Kenedy                                45:47
17. Michele Nelson                        46:33
18. Curtis Nelson                            46:44
19.  Jeff Wingert                              46:46
20. Don Henery                              47:11
21. Rebecca Nelson                       47:13
22. Heather Bearnes-Lo               47:26
23.  Mohammed Alabbas             47:27
24.  James Franklin                        47:37
25. Kaylee Franklin                        48:12
26. James Simmons                      48:13
27. Gema Simmons                      48:19
28. Chad Ruwe                              48:21
29. Karoline Anderson                 48:31
30. Sadiq Alabbas                         48:45
31. Angie O’Donohue                   50:00
32. Sara Baird                                51:05
33. Maggie Horan                         51:21
34. Karla Smith                             51:42
35. Ahmed Alshakhs                    53:12
36. Jessica Heidebrecht               53:37
37. Natalie Fergus                        56:59
38. Jennifer Uphoff                      57:00
39. Unidentified runner              58:55
40. Paul Shupbach                      1:05:58
41. Michael Fergus                      1:08:23
42. Tony Martin                           1:10:30
43. Janis  Petzel                            1:11:48
44. Jessica Cain                            1:14:38
45. Micheala Melton                   1:15:27
46. Jeanen France                       1:29:18

EARLY RESULTS

HALF MARATHON MEN
1. Patrick Rizzo, Colorado Springs 1:34:49
2. Nathan Swenson, Omaha         1:45:29
3. Tim McGargill, Omaha                1:54:00
4. Derek Dreier, Des Moines          1:54:53
5. Miguel Ordorica, Omaha            1:58:16
6. Matt Rinkenberger, Omaha       1:58:33
7. Adam Gentzler, Lincoln              1:58:56
8. Chris Yeager, Omaha                 2:03:22
9. Bryan Caudill, Tarkio,MO            2:04:11
10. Ben Richter, Omaha                 2:07:08
HALF MARATHON WOMEN
1. Mikaela Yeager, Omaha             2:10:07
2. Marcia Dority Baker, Lincoln       2:18:34
3. Elissa Huebert, Bellevue            2:23:00
4. Amanda Baker, Lincoln              2:23:28
5. Kim Olson, Kansas City             2:24:27
6. Lindsay Garlock, Lincoln            2:32:10
7. Jill Anderson, Alta IA                 2:51:16
8. Dianne Wallace, Omaha           4:02:49
12K
1. Brian Wandzilak, Lincoln            57:47
2. Jeremy Hoefs, Lincoln                59:31
3. Brian Kelley, Lincoln                   1:03:20
4. Joel Feekes, Omaha                   1:08:52
5. Amanda Lee, Boulder CO           1:12:03
6. Ken Knoop, Lincoln                    1:12:05
7. Richard Ryan, Omaha                1:13:33
8. D.J. DeyErmand, Omaha            1:13:55
9. Robert Borer, Lincoln                 1:14:18
10. Dennis Garrett, Blair                1:14:34
4 MILE
1. Craig Halverson, Council Bluffs  25:00
2. Barbara Swenson, Omaha        33:02
3. Zack Braezeale, Omaha            35:44
4. Jadon Petersson, Bennington   37:53
5. John Petersson, Bennington     38:08
6. Craig Ehlers, Omaha                 39:28
7. Darti Jensen, Omaha                 39:55
8. Brad Koehn, Lincoln                  40:03
9. Kylie Kenedy, Omaha                40:24
10. Ryan Carlson, Omaha             40:25