Category: Jim

2011 Leprechaun Chase: Guys Chase Girls! Race Results and Video Start

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

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2011 Trek up the Tower–Climbing My Life Away with Results

February 26, 2011 – It was another early AM wake up and arrival at the First National Bank Tower in Omaha Nebraska for the 5th Annual Trek up the Tower vertical stair race.  Strait up 40 flights of stairs, it’s not just a physical challenge, but a huge mental one as well.  I was able to record most of it with some audio and video coverage over at http://theaverageguy.me. I ran this year’s race with Jamie Eikmeier pushing me up the stairs (I now recommend you do the race with a training partner) and finished 10 seconds faster than last

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Training For A Climb: Trek Up The Tower Omaha’s Winter Challenge

One of the best things about winter (if that if even possible) is indoor workouts.  The best possible indoor workout are stairs…and when I say stairs, I mean lots of stairs.  On the 26th of February, 800 people will get that challenge as they slog their way up 40 flights of stairs at the First National Bank Building here in downtown Omaha.  It’s always good fun.  The link to the event site is listed below.  As of this writing, the even if full.  It sells out early each year and has become a very popular event. I will be doing

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2011 Children’s TLC Groundhog Run / Final Results

January 30, 2011 – It was a very early AM wake up for the 2011 Groundhog Run down in Kansas City.  It was the second year in a row that I attend this race and had high hope for a new 10K Personal Record (PR).  See, the race is all indoors (in a cave really) and very flat.  Last year’s time was [spp-timestamp time="50:39"] and I wasn’t in half the shape I was this year.  Still, coming in at [spp-timestamp time="49:21"] is nothing to shake a stick at, but nowhere close to the sub 47 I was looking for.  It was a

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The Anatomy of a Marathon Training Plan

I have had a few questions about how I plan to train for my next marathon.  With the permission of my trainer, I will post it below.  Nothing is set in stone and I end up changing things based on my schedule, but it is a good start.  Just in case you were wondering…and so I have it documented.     I am already in week 2.  Already changed my long run this week from Saturday to Thursday and reduced it from 14 to 10 based on the fact that I am running the Groundhog 10K this weekend.  Not always

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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 [spp-timestamp time="1:47"] and ran more 10Ks than I care to count.  I also came out of the year lighter than I started,

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