Our anchor leg  had to just hang on to the lead we had built and we would win this race and claim the top spot on the podium at the prestigious Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. High School Boys 4 X 880y relay. Little Iowa farming community whooping up on the big Iowa schools. Crowd in excess of 20,000 [...]

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 [...]

Riddle Me This

“Waitress – check please?”.  The quizzical look on her face as I asked the question began a review of cascading events experienced in the previous 45 minutes.  The answer to this riddle continues to perplex me.  I can only smile at the answer.  Something very special happened the other day on the way to the “Park”.  Locals refer to Yellowstone [...]

Heavy Metal Runner

“Picture a locomotive pulling a train with a caboose at the end.  In between are a series of box cars, each with an assignment of transporting oxygen.  For endurance athletes, the more box cars, the better your oxygen transportation system.  Fewer box cars – a poorer (compromised) system of delivering oxygen to your working muscles”.  This simple word picture created [...]

Long runs followed by pancakes are a sweet combination.  Particularly if someone else is doing the cooking! Can’t be beat any combination of fruit, nuts, syrup, and whip cream covering a stack of hot cakes! Unbeknownst to select restaurants there was a contest combining a morning long run with an order of their best short stack.  Here are the four [...]

Cuts and Hucks

Blame it on my PT.  I caught more cutthroat trout and picked more huckleberries then I logged miles in August and early September.  Guess I heeded his advice about recovery from a painful injury.  “Go fishing” were his exact words.  So once I could hobble down the trail I did just that.  Incorporating 4 hikes into high mountain lakes proved [...]