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Race report: 2017 Walleye Run - righting a wrong
by on Saturday, June 10, 2017

Last year, I got a little bored with always showing up to the Walleye Run 5 miler and finishing in the top 10. So I decided to try adding a challenge: the 2 mile, which starts 75 minutes after the 5 mile starts.

It didn't go so well. Between not great preparation and ridiculously warm weather, the wheels came off in the 2 mile.

Pretty much before I finished the 2 mile, I knew I would be back this year to do it right. I couldn't let the experience end that way.

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Race report: 2017 West Bend Autism Awareness 5K
by on Saturday, May 6, 2017

I first ran this event two years ago. It happened to be its first year but I was just looking for an early year (it was in April at that time) 5K to shake the rust out. The following year, it moved to a location just a few miles from my home and I couldn't pass up a race so close to home.

This year, again, I wanted a race ideally this weekend and this one so close to home was too hard to pass up. My goal for this was mostly just to test my fitness. I feel like I'm rounding into sub-17:30 shape but am I really in that area? If so, how far sub-17:30?

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Race report: 2017 Gary's Gallop
by on Saturday, April 8, 2017

This winter, I hit another age group as I turned 40. Seeing as I have little to no interest in racing during the winter these days, I wasn't sure what race would become my first in this new age group. At first, I was thinking of the Legal Run Around in Fond du Lac but things just didn't work out for various reasons.

As I was looking over my schedule and what I had in mind for late spring/early summer races (one too close to home to pass up and another that's a favorite of mine and I have to correct a wrong from last year at) I realized Gary's Gallop fits into the schedule perfectly. So that's where I found myself this morning.

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Race report: Shooting for 21 years
by on Monday, October 24, 2016

As most of you probably know, one thing I take great pride in is my consistency. I may not have the great peaks that some runners around me have had but I keep plugging away all the time. The best representation of that is my streak of consecutive years having run at least one sub-17 5K.

I never broke 17 minutes in high school. My first ever sub-17 didn't come until I was about a month shy of my 19th birthday. However, once I went sub-17, I haven't looked back. No, not every 5K I've run since has been a sub-17. However, for every calendar year since my first time under 17 minutes in 1996, I've managed to go under 17 minutes at least once. This year, as has been the case a handful of times recently, it all came down to my last planned race of the year.

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Hootie Hustle - 5K
by on Thursday, September 1, 2016

The weather for race day seemed like it wouldn’t be very promising to set a PR. Ryan and I had discussed this and I decided that, like Ryan said, we don’t need to worry about time just place. I figured I would do my best to get and stay ahead of as many people as possible and then pass as many as I could while gutting it out to the end.

My wife Debby came out to support me and that was nice to have her drive (and be there for me) so I could refocus my race day nerves and anxiety. She has an amazing calming effect on me that I really appreciate. We pulled in right next to Coach Hill. It was raining lightly as I went to get my packet. I was thinking, last year it was rainy and cool and I PR’d then, so maybe . . .

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Race report: 2016 Hootie Hustle 5K
by on Thursday, September 1, 2016

I'm cheating a little bit and this week's blog post will be my race report. At this point, I don't intend to make this a regular thing but I simply have too much going on right now. Hopefully, things will settle in over the next week or two and I'll be back on a regular routine.

My lead up to this race wasn't ideal. It's been a very busy summer in general, then it turns out the Hootie Hustle happened to be exactly 3 months before the Seattle Marathon, which meant I spent the 2 weeks before the race writing training plans. I love helping these runners so it's a great joy doing so but I'll be honest. It's not exactly the ideal way to prepare for a race. Plus, I had a lot going on at work and at home.

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Kenosha YMCA Firecracker Run 5K
by on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Was not planning on this race at all it came up as a last minute opportunity so Coach Hill and I fit it into the schedule. Had a little something to eat about 2.5 hours prior to race start time as that worked very well for the Hootie Hustle last year and the Deer Run this year. The family and I left early as it was a long drive from Port Washington to Kenosha. I tried some meditating to ease my pre-race anxiety and nerves.

We got there in plenty of time, I registered and eventually warmed-up for two miles at an easy pace. I felt like I was almost walking yet it was at a 7:34 per mile pace - that gave me some confidence going into the race. I ran over the end 1.2 mile of the course so I knew what I was in for at the end. I stretched a bit then did some strides. I should have held the strides down to the goal pace of between 10.2 and 10.3 MPH but I ran them fairly hard.

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Looking for a shortcut?
by on Thursday, June 16, 2016

You picked the wrong sport.


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Race report: 2016 Deer Run 5K
by on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

After tuning up two weeks earlier at a small local 5K, I stepped up my game and showed up at the Deer Run. Pre-race, I told myself if I improved by 20 seconds over the prior race (17:43) I'd consider it a good race. If I improved by 30 seconds, I'd consider it a great race. If all the stars aligned, maybe I could even take a crack at sub-17, though a 44 second improvement in two weeks seems like a tall order.

I could begin to see early in the week that the stars wouldn't align. Monday, we had a significant hail storm that caused damage to our home. That meant, instead of a relaxing and restful Wednesday I had planned to recover after a very busy prior weekend, I got to spend all day talking with contractors and insurance people about getting the house fixed. I got to follow that up with another Friday evening discussion. Not the most restful way to spend a race week but some things need to get done.

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Race Report - Deer Run 5K
by on Sunday, May 1, 2016

I like to be pretty early to my races so when I was leaving 15 minutes behind schedule I was a bit anxious but I still had plenty of time. I arrived on-site and walked to check in and pick up my race packet. I asked if Ryan Hill had checked in yet and they stated that he had. I went back to my car to pin on the race bib and noticed only two pins in the packet. Its a good thing I always have at least eight pins in my car at all times. After pinning on my race bib I went to find Ryan. I knew where he liked to park at this race so I headed over there and sure enough he was there.

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