First Race of the 2011 Season and a Look Back at a Year of Firsts!

It’s that time of the year again where we start thinking about better weather and the races that come with them.  This year is no different, with the exception that the distances get farther and the times get shorter.  In 2010, I had a bunch of firsts.   I finished two Marathons (Lincoln in May and Omaha in September) improving with each one.  I set a new personal best at the half Marathon distance in Papillion with a time of [1:47] and ran more 10Ks than I care to count.  I also came out of the year lighter than I started, losing 15 pounds along the way!  I was really glad that I recorded it all in this blog, to review and encourage when needed.  Thanks for coming along on this journey with me!

Next Sunday marks the start of the 2011 race season with the Children’s TLC Groundhog Run in Kansas City.

The Children’s TLC Groundhog Run is believed to be the only 5k/10k race in the nation that is totally underground.  With a consistent temperature of 65 to 68 degrees, the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis is the ideal venue for the 3,500 runners to compete in this annual winter event!

The race is already full, so no jumping on the bandwagon now, but you can follow the results right here after the race.  I will not only post my time, but a link to full results as well.  This year I am shooting for a solid 45 min 10K.  That would be 7 minutes better than last but not out of reach.  All training this leading in that direction.

This is also the first year that the Mud Mafia Team (Facebook link) will send some of it’s members to this race together.  This social experiment, known now as a running team, got it’s start last year and represented well at the 2010 Beer and Bagel Run back in November.  The group was founded by none other than Carrie Adams and is sporting some 30 members at the moment.  Should be a bunch of fun for the “family” as we make the 3 hour trek south to KC.  Good luck to all runners!

This will also be the first time that the Fitness Tech Podcast (now the official Podcast of the Mud Mafia) and host, yours truly, will attempt some live podcasting from the event.  If you are interesting in following all the events of the day, but can’t make it down, you can follow my tweeting at!/jcollison and there will be some segments that we will do LIVE at /live.  Of course, commentary and results can be found after the race right here.  If you have any question on the live event, feel free to send me an email at

Upcoming Events

Just to get you thinking about what is ahead, here are some of the upcoming events on the 2011 schedule.

February 26’s Trek Up the Tower – FULL
March 6 Annual Frozen Burrito Race – New for 2011
March 12 Chase – St Patty’s Day 10K – 2nd Year
March 26http://www.lincolnrun.orgState Farm 10 Mile
April 2www.trailrun.digbro.com5th Annual Ni-Bthaska-K Trail Run – 12 K & 4 mile
May 1 Marathon & Half Marathon
May 8 Runway Run
May 15 Half Marathon and 10K
June 12 of the Gods 10 Mile Run – Colorado Springs
June 18 Evans Ascent
July 10 Roundup Trail Run 12K – Colorado Springs
August 20-21 Peak Ascent
September 25 Marathon


If you know of any more you would like to add to my calendar, let me know.

Good Luck in 2011 and see you running!