A puff of dust

When home computers were just becoming an entrenched part of our lives, I was a junior high student.  An Irving Aardvark in Lincoln, NE (at the time, probably still, the only aardvark mascot in the country).  One of the features of computers at the time was something called a screen saver.  This is a graphic that would come on for a specific period of time before the machine went to sleep or shut down.  Now a days our computers or phones just skip this step and go right to sleep, like a teenager.  You could customize the screen saver with all kinds of images.  Lasers, and clouds, and fish tanks, and the stars.  The stars were my favorite.  Think a warp speed scene from any space movie.  You could probably even search that online to get the idea.

It is also the best I can come up with when describing one of my strongest memories of virtually any outdoor pursuit I have been on.  Like many experiences you try to share it with people as best you can, but unless you know you don’t know.  While I am sure that I had this happen to me at younger ages, there is one in particular that is vivid.  I am sure a psychologist could explain what happened in my brain but since the late summer of 2008 it has become apparent every time I am outdoors.

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2018 Trails in Motion 6!!!!!

Bringing it back for the fourth year now.  With huge sponsorship thanks to Lincoln Track Club and Lincoln Running Company.  Hope you can join in this community building and fundraising event.  Pass along to friends who enjoy all types of running.  Important details:

  • Saturday, February 17th
  • 545 pm tickets go on sale, 615 pm movie starts
  • Tickets at door only.  $10 per ticket.
  • Food provided, bring your own brews to share with the crowd, bring campchair also
  • Raffle Prizes available (see preliminary sponsors below), $5 per ticket, 5 for $20
  • Proceeds go to Lincoln Food Bank and LNS XC team (70/30 split)
  • If you want to bring kids, we will have a kids table set up for “distraction” (colors, pizza, etc)

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How do you share?

Photo credit: Brenda Orr/ Cindy Bailey

We are all on the starting line.  Together.  Different paths have brought us there.  Different goals and different motivations.  But none the less, there we are.  9pm on a gorgeous Saturday night in December.  Fifty of our brothers and sisters have been out on the course since 6am! Challenging themselves on the hills and in the woods of Hitchcock Nature Center neat Crescent, IA.

Photo credit: Brenda Orr/ Cindy Bailey

There is some debate on who said it, but the phrase “you are unique, just like everyone else” seems apt for a starting line.  We can all relate to each other, but each racer has had and will have a wildly individualistic experience.  One of the goals of this site is to share what my experiences are like to those who have never partaken in running.  Or for those that have, this is an effort to expose them to something new.  Maybe just inspire someone, somewhere.  I don’t know what kind of random traffic comes through this site.  But I hope you appreciate it and would love to hear your feedback.

Photo Credit: Daniela Obregón (Facebook)

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Will of Steel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes, I can’t decide what I want to write about.  Between lack of something to say and a busy life, it just doesn’t happen.  Common themes are joy of running, simple (likely unoriginal) observations of my own little experiences in the sport, race reports, my favorite things, essentially recording stuff for my friends to read or maybe even my kids to come across some day.  But a constant thread is what it is that gets people out and on the roads, tracks, and trails.

So what keeps you motivated?  Running is something that is so damn simple, yet so damn hard at times.  The easy answer is that the reasons people run are as numerous as the runners themselves.  On my end it is a time or race goal more often than not.  I am lucky enough to have some talent where I can earn some award recognition, which never sucks.  I really, really, just enjoy running.  Socially.  Solo Dawn Patrol.  Whatever.  I’ve met some of my closest friends via long runs.  The people I surround myself with or those who find their way on paths that intersect my own, provide endless amounts of inspiration.  Two of those are runners I’ve coached in my time at Lincoln North Star High School.  It’s been fourteen years there as a cross country coach.  We are the world at that school.  Nine nationalities represented this past season.  Really cool to get to be a part of that.  Even better are some of the stories and perspectives I get from the kids.  The story of Liem (above left) and Goanar (above right), two of our runners the last three years has been in mind through my recent training. Can’t make it up. Perspective.  Gritty. Inspiring.

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Community

Like a lot of runners in training, I prefer to lay down the miles with other people.  Though as I have gotten older and balancing my life schedule becomes more precarious I find that there the roads a bit more lonely.  Despite this solitude I know I am part of something bigger.

One of the communities I have the privilege of being part of, LRC Racing

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A Chance

Writer’s note:  Generally speaking I like to let me ideas marinade a bit.  Think about them for a few runs, and a few showers.  Try to make sure this is something I want to try to write about.  Something I want to attempt to express. While I don’t always succeed in what I set out to accomplish (kind of like running amiright?), I try to put my own little spin on universal ideas.  Here is my shot at why we run. . . 

 

A few weeks back I had the opportunity to attempt something that has been a personal streak of mine.  Not the kind of streak that most people think about when it comes to running.  No, I have a weekly day off that I cherish.  This is something that I didn’t even intend to start.  It began in the Spring of 1996, during the track season of my freshman year of high school.  It continued to the starting line of a local road race.  The streak was 20 years of running a sub five minute mile at least once during the year.  The Lincoln Mile was to be my 21st year.  The only problem was that it was the least confident I had been going into a mile race and just wanted to keep it close.

Have you ever surveyed a group of people why they run? Try it with your Saturday long run group.  Approach an after work track session and see what they say.  You ask the question fifty times, you are likely to get fifty different answers.  It is a question I have become somewhat obsessed with the last few years.  I work with high school kids in both cross country and track.  While I try to avoid applying the mental state of teens to the population as a whole (spend some time around a group of sixteen year olds and you will get an idea of what I mean), there has to be some crossover.  Getting kids to run is a challenging task.  Most of it stems from the fact that there is a fear there.  A fear of coming in last or failing at something.  Pretty common perspectives, but as most of us know, mostly irrational.  But I would be curious if these same fears apply to the “adult”demographic.  Is it fear, or just the simple friction of life that keeps a person from starting to run (or at least exercise)? Continue reading

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