The sharp pain slapped my right achilles with no warning, grabbed my attention and demanded an immediate adjustment of my running gait.  I was 1.5 miles into an easy run.  So much for easy! The pain was so severe, I hobbled, rather inched my way back to my car.  It was not pretty.  The grimace on my face coupled with [...]

We all had one. A first coach.  Coach Roger McHone was my first running coach.  I went out for Cross Country my sophomore year of High School, Fairfield, Iowa.  I had traded my aspirations of being a football player like my dad for the sweat and grind of distance running.   So glad I went out for cross country. What unfolded [...]

And so it begins, again.  As I was shoveling the 8” of new snow from our deck recently, I realized a transition was taking place.  Another season, another week, another month, another year.  My run later in the day reflected a transition of my own; that steady climb out of a period of active rest (a lot of hiking) to [...]

They were just spilling off the shelf in my closet.  The pile I had created had grown over the years to the point a maximum carrying capacity was exceeded.  Something had to change. First I sat down and counted each of them (you don’t want to know how many!).  Each carried a flood of memories that came rushing back to [...]

He has made the greatest contributions to long distance training and racing in history.  Period.  His training practices and theories have produced numerous Olympic medals beginning with the 1960 Rome and 1964 Tokyo Olympics.  50 years later his training theories continue their impact amongst coaches from youth to professional ranks.  His promotion of cross country and marathon based training found [...]

  It was such a surreal evening.  Sitting trackside with fast company. 38 years had gone by quickly.  Seems like just yesterday we were teammates not spectators.  But time gives no special interest to 3 former high school tracksters.  May 4, 2015, 5:00 PM and the start of the 59th Brookhart – Crew Relays begins as any other track meet.  [...]

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 [...]

A Great Bakery!

Great Harvest Bread Company, Butte, Montana that is!  Talk about wonderful bread and bread products.  Be loose and have fun. Bake phenomenal bread.  Run fast to help customers. Give generously to others.  What a mission statement. Sounds like a fun place to work. Just walking into their bakery located at 1803 North Harrison Avenue is a treat.  Their products are [...]