The event will be forever etched in my memory.  I was a sophomore in high school and had just stepped into early morning band practice.  I played in the percussion section and on this particular day was placed in a bass drum role that I had not prepared for. Playing the bass drum is relatively simple … just keep the [...]

The event will be forever etched in my memory.  I was a sophomore in high school and had just stepped into early morning band practice.  I played in the percussion section and on this particular day was placed in a bass drum role that I had not prepared for. Playing the bass drum is relatively simple … just keep the [...]

The 4 x 1 mile repeats were clicking off with precision. Guess it helps to run this workout in Track Town, USA on the Adidas Trail.  As much fun as this workout was the nagging pain in my right hip was commanding additional attention with each step.  The cool down back to the motel was not fun.  In fact hard [...]

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 [...]

Train With Flexibility

“How was your daughter’s wedding?” – a friend asked.  “An absolute hoot!” was my response.  And it was.  I haven’t eaten that much cake nor danced so late into the night than that outdoor country wedding just a few weeks ago.  Looking at my training diary it appeared I did rather enjoy myself.  Nothing but goose eggs for a few [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]