I once heard a cross country coach state that “form doesn’t matter, it’s all about conditioning” in response to a question from a parent concerned about his son’s awkward looking running form. The truth is, your running form does matter, both from a performance and injury prevention perspective. One of the discriminating factors between distance runners is their level of [...]

“Meet me at the Pig Farm”

“Meet me at the Pig Farm – we will run there”.  Pig Farm?  We are running at a pig farm?  Sensing my initial resistance, the caller on the other end of the telephone conversation chimed in with further instructions; “don’t worry – I will explain.  Just meet me there.  We will run about seven miles.” Seven miles at a pig [...]

One Fast Coach

Two time US Olympic Trials Qualifier. Four time NCAA Division I All American.  Three time Big Sky Conference Champion. MSU Bobcat Track and Field record holder – 3000 M Steeplechase. MT High School State Cross Country Champion.  Currently serving as  Assistant Cross Country/Track and Field Coach, Montana State University.  And yes – running and training hard.  Find out what is next [...]

Good Dog Bad Dog

When I saw the big dark brown ball of fur heading our way at full speed I kicked into high gear. This growling dog with teeth showing and hackles raised meant business. No time for discussion – time to get on down the road.  All of a sudden I was running by myself across the plains of Eastern Kansas. Glancing [...]

Don’s Dream Season

Upon reaching the age of 50 – something clicked for Don and he has gone off on a tear.  A dream season of sorts.  USATF National Champion at 50 miles, a 2:47 road marathon, 5 (repeat 5) 50k trail races, another road marathon (training run) and finally a 7k cross country race all run in 7 months.  Was it speed [...]

A Clinic on the Divide

“The CDRC 2011 was awesome. Very professional.” “Great to have up to date scientifically based data to use.” ”Wonderful experience – very knowledgeable staff.” “Great clinic.  I especially appreciated the expertise of the staff – learned a lot!” That is what participants said about the 2011 Continental Divide Running Clinic.  Where else can you get research based information delivered in [...]

Beating The Beast

Three indoor track and field meets, five days of competition within nine calendar days. Wow. Enough to make any track addict giddy with the latest fix. Officiating all five days gave me a trackside seat for each race, jump and throw.  I witnessed middle school kids, junior high, high school, collegiate, post collegiate and masters compete for the prize.  The [...]

Cache Creek Fun

As I was leaving my last appointment for the day I quickly glanced at the sun’s position in the western Wyoming sky.  Looking at my watch brought confirmation to an idea.  “Just maybe – if I hurry I can get in a run before the sun sets over the Tetons” I whispered to myself.  Glad my running gear was within [...]