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 is that time of year.  The calendar says it is Christmas which means a quick close to December and putting 2015 in the books.  I really enjoy this time of year!  In addition to the celebrations it is a time to reflect on and evaluate this past year.  Why?  Without looking behind how will we know where to go? [...]

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 [...]

So the Sunday afternoon email read;  ”Kirk …what are you doing this coming weekend? How about running in a 180 mile, 24 hour relay with 11 other people (read strangers) in the Tetons of Idaho/Wyoming?” I replied back; “Hmm… can we visit about this?  I think I have some questions regarding the logistics. I may need to stay home and [...]

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 [...]

The June 23, 2012 weather forecast for the 5th annual Wulfman Continental Divide 14k Trail Race is for temperatures to reach 83 degrees by mid – afternoon.  The racing competition between runners may just deliver even hotter temperatures earlier in the morning. Selected by Runners World 2012 as the “Best Time Trial” Trail Race, WCDT is preparing to deliver another [...]

Fall Runs and Races

It could be the crunching of newly fallen leaves beneath your shoes.  Or the crisp air that demands a long sleeve t-shirt and lightweight gloves.  But for me – the surest sign of fall is a cross country race.  Gotta love the sport. Nothing left on the course. Character and guts fully exposed to the public and competitors. Hills, grass, [...]