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;
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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.
June 16, 2012 A record number of runners (somewhere in the neighborhood of 150) turned out this morning for fairly flat and fast 5 mile fun run at Bennington Elementary School in Bennington, Nebraska. It was a fund raiser for the St. John’s Outreach there in town. Bennington is in the northwest corner of the Omaha metro and was very easy to get to from Bellevue. It was a nicely run event. First off, I LOVE small town runs! Just cannot get enough of them. Would run them every weekend if I could. This race was $10 for the run, $20 if you wanted a shirt and $12 the day of race. Yes, $12! Unheard of in this day and age of $50 10Ks and $125 Marathons. With running’s growing popularity and high expectations by the attendees, fees have continued to go up. Scary trend. Second, I committed to this race on Friday afternoon at 4pm. I was feeling like I needed to race this weekend and looked to the Omaha Running Club website calendar to see what was open. Had the choice of about 5 races close by and chose this one. It was the closest and cheapest. In the end, a great choice. It’s been a rainy weekend the the sprinkles let up for most of the morning. With an 8am start and plenty of humid sunshine, the herd of 150 of us 5 milers and 2 milers blocked 1st street for about 5 minutes while we started the race. A few race instructions (which everyone talked over) were given by the director “Bob” and all too quickly the race was off! The 5 mile course was an out and back that started at the Elementary School, ran past the High School, up and over the dam and part way around Bennington Lake. It was a very nice run and a very open and clear trail. They even had a water station at the mile 2/3 point. The best part was the last mile of downhill. I used some momentum to catch a few people and was able to finish in ! Not a bad indicator of where I am 6 weeks post Lincoln Marathon. The goal was 8s, so I hit it. I thought I had a good shot at an age group metal and I was right! A 2nd place finish in my age group of 40 – 49. I even was the first one picked to win a prize for the raffle! My lucky day! All in all, a great test of how the legs are coming along this summer. This fall I have the Omaha Corporate Cup on my schedule as well as the Omaha Half Marathon in September. I would live to run a 45 minute 10K and half this fall and will need to work on my speed in order to get there. There is still a lot of running to do.