A Sunday morning race at Quarry Oaks Golf Course in Ashland, ; Beautiful morning with temps in the 40s at race ; This race is never an easy ; With a combo of hills, streams, golf greens and lots of runners, its not a race you will ever finish for ; It was a good run and the post run activities were ; I think this is one I will add to my “do it every year race from here on out! Event results at
A beautiful Sunday morning in Omaha on September 25th for the annual running of the Omaha Corporate ; This year I had not trained at all and was going to walk the 2 ; Competition got the best of me and I ended up run/walking the 10K in just over an ; My worst time ever in a 10K, but might have been the most fun I have had running in a ; Might have to try more of that! In the news: #8212;
4 years ago today, Sarah sent out this email to our very best friends and family after Jon’s accident at Ski Cooper in Leadville, CO. While skiing as a family, Jon lost control and hit a tree at a very high rate of speed. He survived the crash and is doing very well in the years that have now passed, but this note was a good reminder of how blessed we are to still have him with us and how much the community around us matters. Our friends at Shadow Lake, my co-workers at Gallup, our friends in Denver and in a huge way, our families, rallied around us to provide some of the best support and care I have ever seen. We still owe you all a huge thanks! I am teary as I write this today, some 4 years later because it all still matters. Jon is doing great, and for that Sarah and I are very thankful. Hug your kids today! A good number of you heard yesterday what happened to our Jonathan, but for those of you who don’t and to fill in details, I will start from the beginning…. We were enjoying the first day of our family ski trip in Leadville, Colorado yesterday and sometime just after lunch, Jon was found unconscious by the trees by a passerby. He was bleeding from the nose and had obvious facial fractures. (He had been skiing alone and it was apparent that he’d hit a tree.) The ski patrol promptly transported him into town to the local hospital. Thank God he had his ID on him and his helmet on; (it and his goggles were intact, but his helmet is pretty scraped up.) Jim and I saw his name on the sign boards at the lifts and raced down the hill to inquire – he was already in Leadville by then. I phoned into the hospital and the Dr. informed me that he had facial and skull fractures and intracranial bleeding, they were awaiting the CAT scan and they needed to prep him to be sent to Denver for neural surgeons and level 1 trauma care. (We were 2 hours southwest of Denver up on the Divide.) I needed to get to the hospital quickly if I wanted to be there before he was sent out. A good Samaritan named Mike raced me into town in good time while Jim remained at Ski Cooper to round up the rest of the family. I arrived at the hospital in Leadville and they had him sedated and on paralytic meds to keep him still because he was combative and they needed to control the swelling on his brain. Within half an hour we were in an ambulance enroute to Denver. (Weather prevented chopper evac.) The trauma team here at Denver Health Med Center have been amazing. They’ve been very committed to and forthcoming about Jon’s treatment and care. He has a host of doctors seeing to him. Where things stand right now: Jon has been unconscious since the accident; they’ve had to keep him that way to maintain that bleeding and swelling. He has several fractures to the left side of his face and around his ear on that side. He has swelling and bleeding in the brain but it has been minimal and they inserted an intracranial pressure monitor to make sure that swelling doesn’t increase to dangerous levels. He has a fractured sternum and one fractured rib, but those will heal on their own; no measures necessary there at this time. The CT scans have all shown no other major injuries to major organs, neck or spine. He’s been moving a lot in his sedation, which is a good sign – no paralysis. Because the swelling and bleeding have stabilized they are slowly bringing him out of sedation and will see how he responds and get an assessment of where he is neurologically. At this point, only God knows the damage done there and we are praying fervently that our Jon will still “be there” when he wakes up. He did respond briefly and open his eyes on the nurses command in the night under light sedation but did not repeat it for the Dr. later. We’re being told to expect to be here the week at least, he will likely need therapy for any number of things neurologically speaking, but it’s too soon to tell how that will look. He will need repairs to the many fractures in his face and jaw on the left side after Neurosurgery releases him for that and swelling goes down. Josh’s friend Shay traveled here with us in his Dad’s truck. We will be sending him and Phil home in the truck today with their things and the skiis. Timothy is home in the care of my friend Judy still recovering from his broken leg. (Only about weeks left in a half cast there. He’s doing well.) Jim’s brother Mark and his wife Wendy happened to be in town from the Springs last night and have stayed here with us. They are going to take Josh and Samantha for at least the next 24 hrs till we know more and see how Jon responds. We also have some good friends here in Denver who being a big support and help and more are getting in touch as they learn of our circumstances.
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September 23, 2012 – Just coming off the Corporate Cup last week and a quick decision to run Omaha Half this weekend made for a crazy week. I also spent a big chunk on the week traveling. Wednesday in Iowa City and Thursday and Friday in Madison, WI for some Gallup recruiting. Needless to say, the race came up fast! On Thursday morning, I did get to spend some incredible time with a 6 mile lake run in Madison. The temp was cool, the air was clear, the wind was zero and the timing was right. Ran right from the hotel, picked up a well-paved bike trail and follow it around until I thought it was time start heading back. RunKeeper kept me honest. This morning’s race started off with a alarm and a departure to Gallup. I planned to meet Dave Cihal there at 6:00am to gear up and walk over to the course. Gallup is just about a half mile from the start. The temps had dropped overnight and for the first time in quite a while, it was cold. I layered up and put on the gloves as was ready to go! We made the half mile trek to the start line and waited 15 minutes for the race to begin. They started promptly at 7:00am! Dave has been training for the Market to Market 50K solo race and this was a training run for him. We had agreed to run with the 4 hour pacers and started with that group. By mile 4 or 5, the group was still big and inconsistent. Dave and I both moved to the front of the pack. It proved to be a good decision. Less speed changes and people swerving. The first 10K of Omaha is fast and flat. They save all the hills for the second 10K. Dave and I run this part of the city at least once a week, so we are very familiar with it. It starts with the ConAgra campus, under the UP Bridge, and up 6th Street to Bancroft Ave. Just when you think it’s over, you make the right on 10th street and there is one more hill in front of you. But from the top of 10th, it’s all downhill, into downtown and the finish line at TD Ameritrade Park parking lot. A finish on the field would be great, but they have not gotten that part figured out yet. Not a big deal, the Marines greet you at the finish and award you with a clear glass medallion that is handmade and unique. It’s a great experience. I left Dave somewhere before the 12 mile mark and headed for the finish. He did very well setting a new PR of , smashing his old time by almost 20 minutes. I was able to head back onto the course and finish the last 2 miles running with him. It was the best part of my race. Sarah came out and was a huge part of the race for support. She was there at the halfway point was well as at the finish. She walked the first mile with me when I went back to catch Dave and was there again at the finish for Dave. Thanks for spending the morning with me Sarah! It was great. Nothing planned for the future. Have a few options but will have to see what comes up. Been thinking about some trail running to change things up a bit. Might give that a try in the next couple months or before winter sets in.
September 16, 2012 – This was the second year in a row that I have come off of the Lincoln Marathon with an awful summer of training. For the record, its been a long, hot summer and running was the last thing on my mind. I had good intentions for a summer of training, but when the best moment in the day was when I decided to not workout, there is a problem. June – Aug…not great. September…much better. In a weird twist, my time for 2012 was the exact same time as 2011, . To the exact second. With the same kind of summer (minus the Omaha floods) training, I guess the same time is in order. The run felt good and recovery today was quick. That’s a what a good base can do for you. At Gallup we put the Corporate Cup on our running calendar every year and we do it early. Even though my summer was rough, I knew this would be there to greet me. It was a warm welcome! This morning, Gallup fielded a record number of runners (212 was the last count I knew of) and showed up in force. For me, the morning went by very quickly. 8:00am arrival, team picture and a quick walk out to the seeded section. A group of about 10 of us gathered and chatted about the race ahead. The weather was not great, but better than the rain in 2011. Since I had not been training regularly, I had no idea what my legs would bring me. Could go as fast as 48 or as slow as 55. Just no way to tell. I started the race with my running partner Dave Cihal (looking more and more like Steve Prefontaine everyday and pictured above) but lost track of him after the first mile and a half. I settled down and ran with a couple other Gallup folks from mile 2 – 6 and enjoyed the run. It went very fast. For the first time, I ran this race with ear buds and music. In the last 4 years, I have gone without music and enjoyed the sound of the run. With some reflection this summer and the need to shake something up, I opted for my iPod shuffle and some tunes. It was nice to have the music for the run. Will have it running next week. Speaking of next week, Omaha Half Marathon is up next. I signed up for it on Thursday after a really good training run with Dave. He is running the full. I will join him (if I can keep up) for the first 13. Actually looking forward to it. Anything under 2 hours would be great! Gallup Corporate Cup 2012 from Brian Pope on Vimeo. Gallup Corporate Cup 2012 from Brian Pope on Vimeo.