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.
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)
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.
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.
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.