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Stumbling Into It – The Average Guy’s Fitness Journey

Carrie Adams asked me to summarize the last couple years of my fitness journey for her site, Leaving a Path… I took a few minutes this week to reflect (since that is what you do at the end of the year) and posted it to her blog.  If you get a second, here it is – http://carriea81.blogspot.com/2010/12/stumbling-into-itthe-average-guys.html

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2010 Beer and Bagel Run–11/7/2010

November 7, 2010 – This morning was the 18th running of the Peak Performance Beer and Bagel Run at Quarry Oak Golf Course just west of the Omaha metro in Ashland.  The course was 3.82 miles this year, but didn’t lack any challenge.  Lots of hills, a creek to navigate and a combination of dirt, gravel and pavement running surfaces made it your not so typical race.  The weather couldn’t have been any better! A bit chilly at the start, but it warmed up nicely by race time. Last year the race had some 500 runners.  This year there were

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One Man’s 120 Pound Journey – a Story Not Unlike My Own

My good friend Carrie (Leaving a Path…) is writing a blog that has been quite inspirational for me lately.  In a recent post, she shared the story of Ben from the Ben Does Life blog.  Ben promised his grandmother on Christmas Day, 2008, that he would “get a grip” on life and actively work on his obesity, depression and life.  At the time, he weighed well over 300 lbs! Three years ago, I weighed about 240 lbs, struggled with high cholesterol and never considered myself to be a runner.  Today I have finished 3 marathons, ran more than 20 races

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It Was A Wild Summer of Running (Part 3) – M2M Relay

October 3, 2010 – If I have one thing to say about the weather in Nebraska, it’s generally crappy.  However, every race that I participated in this summer / fall sported excellent conditions.  Race for the Cure was no different.  A beautiful Sunday morning with 15,000 people, all dressed in pink, all out to support the fight against breast cancer.  With it just being a 5K and just coming off of 26 miles the week before, the run seemed very short.  I ran at a 10 minute pace, finishing the race in just under 30 minutes.  A good day of

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It Was a Wild Summer of Running (Part 2) – the Omaha Marathon!

September 26, 2010 – There couldn’t have been a more perfect morning for a marathon.  It was just short of 50 degrees at the start of race and almost no wind.  After a long summer of 5 AM runs with warm and humid conditions, it felt great!  This was going to be a good day of running. The Omaha Marathon starts down at Rick’s Boatyard, just a quarter mile or so from the Gallup parking lot.  I arrived at Gallup by 5:45 am and beat most of the crowd and hunkered down in the Fitness center for the next 30

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It Was a Wild Summer (and Fall) of Running (Part 1)

JUNE – Wow.  It’s been a busy summer of running, both in races and lots of long distance training.  It was a summer of some of the hottest conditions I have ever run in and it was a summer that included running across Nebraska (well, part of it), running across Grand Island and running not only across Omaha, but all the way from Omaha to Lincoln.  Thought I would spend a few minutes recapping  the major events and races of the summer of 2010 and get my times documented for future reference.  Here we go! The summer really started on

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