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Race report: 2016 Autism Awareness 5K
by on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Last year, I was looking for a local 5K to shake up the legs and get my running back into a rhythm after a vacation. I found a 5K relatively close to home at just the right time. It happened to be in its first year but I wasn't really concerned about anything other than getting in a hard effort in a race day atmosphere. So I did it.

While the people were good, I didn't have a whole lot of interest in returning to the event. The people seemed to care but the event was nothing special. Then, this year in searching for a tune up effort before a planned trip to Brown Deer for the Deer Run 5K, I discovered that this race, two weeks before the Deer Run, had moved to a location that was less than 5 miles from my home. So here I was again.

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Race report: going for two decades
by on Saturday, October 17, 2015

I have a feeling this is going to get long so I'll break it into sections.

Background

For those of you who aren't aware, one of my proudest personal accomplishments as a runner is my streak of consecutive years with a sub-17 minute 5K. It may seem monumental for some to run a single sub-17 5K, while for others such a run is barely a workout. For me, it took a lot of work to get under 17 minutes in the first place and it takes a lot of work to stay there.

How much work did it take to get there? Well, I graduated high school with a 17:06 PR. Anyone who knew me in high school could tell you how hard I worked for that 17:06. It wasn't until indoor track during my freshman year of college, 1996, that I finally broke through the 17 minute barrier. Every year since, through continued hard work and surely some luck I've gone under 17 minutes at least once.

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Al's Run 2015
by on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I was the first of Team Hillrunner to arrive but I always like to be early for races – I get anxious if I am not. As always, I also have a lot of nervous energy before a race and usually pace around like a caged animal. So this time I made sure that I drank water, used the facilities and then meditated. I concentrated on my breathing to relax myself. Eventually, three of our team members showed up; Josh Jackett, Gerald Cameron and Dave Dehart. We chatted and I pinned the bib on my Team Hillrunner shirt. I was still worried a bit about my recent tear to my calf muscle as I was not 100% and would have to monitor that closely so I wouldn’t get carted to my car and hurt the team.

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Personal and team race report: 2015 Al's Run - battling adversity
by on Monday, September 21, 2015

Al's Run is, of course, always the big Team HillRunner.com event of the year. This is the 13th year we've entered a team under the HillRunner.com banner. As always, I'm very touched and honored by the great group of runners who agree to run under the HillRunner.com banner.

This year was a struggle from the start, though. Due to injuries and other issues, a handful of recent Team HillRunner.com members were unable to make the race this year. While this hurt the team's depth, I still felt we were fielding a solid team. Unfortunately, we had another runner bow out after registering due to not being race ready. Before I go any further, first let me wish all those who couldn't run this year well on your recovery efforts. I hope to see you at Al's Run next year not just to solidify our compeitive pursuits but because it's always sad for me to see team members missing.

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Race report: 2015 Hootie Hustle 5K
by on Monday, August 31, 2015

My second of two race reports from August races.

the Hootie Hustle is a second annual event supporting the scholarship fund at the school district I live in so I feel an obligation to show up. Besides, last year I discovered that it's a pretty nice course overall and it had better competition than I was expecting. Plus, this year, I'm unable to make it to the Jamie Block Alumni Meet at UW-Stout so it's the perfectly timed replacement for that as a final Al's Run tune-up.

As I mentioned, this course is pretty nice overall. I wasn't expecting so much in Slinger, a pretty hilly town. However, they found a course where you have a long, gradual climb in the first half and a long, gradual descent in the second half. Before the race this year, someone mentioned the middle school, roughly the high point of the course, is 130 feet higher than the start/finish area, roughly the low point. So it's not like we're mountain climbing but it's hardly pancake flat.

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Race report: 2015 Hank Aaron State Trail 5K
by on Monday, August 31, 2015

I'm a little behind on race reports. It's been a hectic summer. So I'm going to be posting two race reports in fairly short order.

First up, the Hank Aaron State Trail 5K. As seems to be the case every year recently, I find myself at some point questioning whether I should run this race. This time, as mentioned, I had a very busy summer. The weekend before this race, I was in Illinois going through an RRCA coaching certification course (which I'll write about when I get a chance). 2 days, 8-9 hours per day plus driving, then return to work on Monday. Plus I had a 100 question test I had to complete on my own time after the course was completed and I wanted to get that done before going on vacation the weekend after the HAST 5K. So I thought about skipping the race because I thought I'd be pretty drained.

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Hootie Hustle 5K Race Report
by on Sunday, August 30, 2015

August started out very poorly for training and I was just recovering from a light ankle sprain ten days before race day so I had mixed feelings about my possible race performance. I had a great workout on Tuesday so I did have some confidence.

The weather seemed less than ideal with a mix between a light rain and a heavy mist. The winds were less than ten MPH so that was good.

I did try something new this time and that was eat something about three hours before the race. I, as always drink a lot of water and some Gatorade.

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Race report: 2015 Walleye Run 5 miler
by on Sunday, June 14, 2015

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I haven't given many updates on how my running has been going here for a while. Before I get to the race, I'll offer a quick overview.

The winter went well. I thought my volume was a little off but my intensity was better. When I checked this year compared to last, my volume was nearly identical. If my intensity was better, then I was having a very solid winter.

In retrospect, my intensity was good but possibly not as well balanced as would have been ideal. Lesson learned. Tempo runs are great for base training but you at least occasionally need to crank up the effort level a couple more notches.

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Crazylegs
by on Sunday, April 26, 2015

This is the largest road race in Wisconsin, with 10,000 runners. There are some similarities and differences to Al's Run. They're both 8k races, with large fields and plenty of competition. The main difference is Crazylegs has a wave start, based on predicted time. Waves of 200 runners go off every 30-45 seconds. My estimated finish time of 38 minutes put me and my son in wave G. On the one hand running around a bunch of slower runners in waves that went off earlier was a bit frustrating, and it meant that the course was always full of runners. The benefit for me was it allowed me to focus on my effort and not get sucked out into too fast of a pace. Plus I always had people to focus on and pick off. The course winds from the Capitol down to campus, along lake Mendota, and then returns to finish inside Camp Randall stadium where the badgers play football.

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Race report: 2015 Icebreaker Indoor Marathon relay
by on Monday, January 26, 2015

First, I should point out that I'm the last team member to write about the race. Nikki, Josh and Jerry have already written on their perspectives. To be honest, the weekend got hectic for me and I haven't read through all of those yet so I hope they were positive reviews. I did see enough, though, to say Nikki's has the most entertaining visuals if that's what you're looking for. :)

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