Perspective

Cayuga Trails 50 Miler from Shai Ben-Dor on Vimeo Preview video of an upcoming peak race for me.

We each have our own journeys.  I have always known this.  But knowing and realizing strike me as different things.  We have these people who support us, and encourage us, and run with us, and challenge us.  On occasion (okay, maybe more than one occasion) you might compare your paces or mileage or splits to other runners.  Despite the shared experience of running, we each bring a very different take to the start line.  Talent, perspective, workout philosophy, social media presence, work ethic, knowledge, motivation, the list goes on and on.  Too often I have compared my own path to the ones that others are on.

My life has taken me away from this project the last four months.  Dad life, teaching, coaching track, and training have soaked up the time I have had available for one of the few creative outlets that I have allowed myself.  That being said, I know I am getting what I can out of my life in virtually all aspects.  The challenge of getting ready for races and balancing the other WAY more important parts of my world has at times been frustrating.  I want to race well.  While I measure my performances against my past self, and even others, the less important that becomes to me.  Though at times I think I just tell myself this to make me feel better about a poor race.  But the process of preparing for a race, at least this time around, has been surprisingly constructive in how I view running.

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2017 Lincoln Twilight Track Meets

Pretty simple.  Show up. Sign up.  Race.  Use these as a tune-up for summer racing in July and August.  Maybe a way to get some speedwork in without doing a formal workout on your own.

Proceeds go towards LNS XC and Lincoln Food Bank.  Email me if you have questions.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come and run.  Bring a friend, tell a friend.

Doughnut Race continues to be a Lincoln tradition.

Lincoln All Comers Track Meet

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Thursday, June 8th  (Lincoln North Star)

 Thursday, June 29th   (Lincoln North Star)

600-800pm. 

 Registration starts at 5:20pm

 Cost is $2 per event, $10 for donut race (see below)

Runners of all ages and abilities (seriously, the more people there are the better) are welcome. Get ready for an upcoming race, get in a workout, meet some folks, whatever.  Volunteers are always welcome to help time and cheer.

 Events (in order)

6:00 pm-400m

6:10- 800m

6:15- Predict a 1600m (prizes given)

6:30- 200

6:40- Mile (true mile, no 1600m)

7:00- 3000 or 5000 (only by request, so please email me)

 7:35pm- DONUT 2k

(This event will be at 7:00 if no one requests for the 3k or 5k)

Eat a donut, run a lap format, specific rules given at event

 

Presented by LRC, Hy-Vee, Pink Gorilla Racing, simplesoleproject.com

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6 donuts, 5 laps total

 Pre-Registration will get you a customized coffee mug.  NEED TO EMAIL ME BY JUNE 12th TO GUARANTEE A SPOT. 

 There will be extra doughnuts for day of registration, but limited.

 CONTACT BRIAN WANDZILAK:  bwandzilak@gmail.com

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Joy and Luck

Let’s get the name drop out of the way first.  Ivan Marsh. He recently continued one of the most unsung streaks in Nebraska running by winning an 11th straight Trek Up the Tower in Omaha.  Unreal on so many levels.  It also inspired me to get back on this horse of trying to write on a regular basis.  So let’s get to it.

Running has brought me so many things in my life.  A whole laundry list of personality traits has been drawn out, highlighted, exposed, sharpened, and appreciated.  Many friends and a whole mess of acquaintances in a wonderful shard experience.  Experiences and travels and starting lines to many to list but somehow come back to me when sharing the stories during miles.  Even a little peek into what I might be capable of via a little big thing where I try to move as fast as I can over a set distance.

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Bringing It Back

For the third year in a row, I am proud to be bringing the Trails in Motion Film Tour to the Lincoln Area.  In cooperation with Lincoln Running Company and the Lincoln Track Club we will be hosting a viewing on March 18th.  Doors open at 6pm with a foam rolling clinic, food, coffee, and beer sharing (bring a selection of brews to toss in a cooler and we can share them out).  Raffle prizes will also be handed out with raffle and ticket proceeds going towards the Lincoln Food Bank and LNS Cross Country (75/25 split).

Stay tuned for updates as we get more sponsors and more info.

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Camaraderie

Crew from LHF '16 Andrew Jacob, Joe Coil, Cole Marolf, Ryan Dostal, Brian Wandzilak, Logan Watley, Ivan Marsh
Crew from LHF ’16
Andrew Jacob, Joe Coil, Cole Marolf, Ryan Dostal, Brian Wandzilak, Logan Watley, Ivan Marsh

The Living History Farms Off-Road Race is one of the most unique events in the region.  Its blend of a no-frills feel with a course of indeterminate length over widely ranging terrain (everything from farm roads to corn fields to knee deep creek crossings to treacherous leaf covered trails) and throw in a hearty post-race spread with solid competition in a format of straight up racing and you have the elements for a great race.  This doesn’t even mention the unpredictable weather and the costumed masses.  There are a few feelings that I have come to associate with the 7ish miles in Clive, Iowa (ahh yes, a list.  The low hanging fruit of blogs all over the Web):

  • dry socks after you get done
  • hot shower when you can find it
  • beef stew as soon as you can get to the tents
  • satisfaction of earning crockery awards
  • running with a bunch of your good friends

That last one has been new for me in recent years.  Not sure how long I have been racing LHF.  Seems my first was in ’06, maybe ’05.  While I have had a number years as a solo racer, my best memories are synced on racing with a team.

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