Monthly Archives: March 2011
March 26, 2011 – The 13th edition of the State Farm 10M / 5K / 1M was today in Lincoln. I have been to this race twice now in the last two years and both years have brought terrible weather. Last year was wet and muddy (See the post here) and a bit cold. This year it was even colder with threats of snow flurries and a stiff head wind on the way out. It snowed most of the second half of the race!
This year, I used the race to get in a 20 mile long run in prep for the Lincoln Marathon on May 1st. Since the race was only 10 miles, this required a bit of creativity. My good friend and excellent running partner, Carrie Adams, met me at Cabela’s parking lot in La Vista at 6:00am, we carpooled to the race site in Lincoln, headed out on the trail at 7:00am and had 7 miles in before the race even started. A shot of my results from RunKeeper below.
We had about 30 minutes of a break between the time we got back and the race starting. A trip to the bathroom, picking up the race number, visiting with a few friends, changing shoes, a drink of water and a quick protein bar covered the time and we were back in line for the next race. This time it was for real!
The run itself was fairly uneventful. Looking at the RunKeeper charts above, you can see a few funny trends. First, there are some times where we would speed up and then have to slow back down. Carrie was itching to go faster than the 9:45 pace I was trying to set and a couple times we both had to say, this is too fast. You can really see it in the bottom graph.
Secondly, you can see the pace got quicker in the last 2 miles of the race. There was a marked change in pace at the 8th mile and the finish line as well. Kind of fun to look at the run through the eyes of numbers. They just don’t lie.
The race event was run very well and race results were available by 2:00pm on race day! That is the fastest I have ever seen. Good work guys! They can be found here: Super fast race results
We are now into the heart of the race season. Next week is the 5th Annual Ni-Bthaska-K Trail Run – 12 K & 4 mile headed by the one and only Ivan Marsh. I still need to get signed up! What do you have coming up?
March 12, 2011 Guys chase Girls! What could be better? The second annual Leprechaun chase that took place on Saturday at the Strategic Air and Space Museum just south of Ashland NE, did had just that offering. Gals got to start 5 minutes and 30 seconds before the guys. First gender to finish got there first post race beer for free! Lots of incentive to win. Sorry to say, this years race was won by the gals. Bitter sweet!
There was a good showing by both the Mud Mafia and the Gallup gang of runners. No official count, but good numbers by both. Of course, team Run Jovi made an appearance with great fanfare! They always bring a party atmosphere to any race. Nice job guys!
My race went well. One of the new features that I have never seen at a race before is results receipt! They had someone with a laptop and a receipt printer ready to print out your results. It was awesome. Nice work, race director of the year Ben Cohoon who not only directs this race, but the also popular Market to Market Relay here in Omaha. The dude is a rock star! Thanks for another great race Ben! My time of 48:26 was excellent considering the temps, hills and wind that buffeted the runners. I was good with it.
Look who is coming out of the shoot last?
March 6, 2011 – It was another early (like 4:00am early!) departure and this time with my Mud Mafia running mate Dan Svoboda as we made the three hour trek to Neligh Nebraska for the 1st Annual Frozen Burrito Race. The 4.7 mile event, organized by Jeff Carpenter and to benefit the local High School track resurfacing, was held on a brisk morning at required hats and gloves! The “not your typical” road race included some stiff hills, off road mud and snow trails, a bit of ice and a start and stop on the track that needs replaced. There were just under 50 runners and it had a great small town feel. We even made some new friends!
Some of the fun happened however, even before the morning started. As Dan and I were swiftly making our way to Neligh from Omaha, Jim noticed some pretty blue and red light from behind. I guess we were in a little too much of a hurry to get there. The officer was kind enough to let us go with just a warning. We strictly followed the speed limits for the rest of the day!
The run was a tough 4.7 mile loop that was a serious challenge in a bunch of places. The first mile was all down hill and I think I ran it in 7:45. The rest seemed up hill most of the way and contained off road elements that combined mud, snow and ice. I slowed some to prevent injury.
The second half of the race was a dirt county road that turned in pavement at mile 3.5. However, it was mostly up hill for mile 4. The course finished back on the track and to the finish line where it started. All in all, a competitive run with lots of challenge. Good work to Jeff Carpenter who put it all together
Next weekend is the Leprechaun Chase – St Patty’s Day 10K in it’s 2nd Year. The race is sold out and I look forward to seeing many of the racers that run with throughout the spring, summer and fall. Hope it warms up some!
I have some coverage of the race over at the blog site: http://theAverageGuy.tv
Here are the race results