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Wild Duluth 50k Race Recap

Sea Bass —  October 20, 2013

Team UppercutWell the 50k is officially on the books!   Tony and I ran a respectable race for a couple of flat landers.   We ran strong and hard.  We both had our weak moments but lifted each other up and helped each other carry on.  We ran the race and we ran to win!

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize” -1 Corinthians 9:24-25.

We knew before we started that we would not come in first but we ran with the intent of winning anyway.  Tony and I had an interesting conversation after the race where he said why would anyone run a race like this for fun?   Why would they ever enter and not intend to win?The race of life very much parallels the race we just ran.  It is long and hard.  There are moments of wonder and euphoria and there are moments of pain and despair.   Continue Reading…

5k to 50k

Spring should appear any day now and as winter leaves us so do the excuses I have the ability to make to bypass a run or skip a workout.  Now weather will not be a factor and a good many hours are about to be logged in the great out doors.  The kids are already outside every chance they get and so the volume of television being watched is in a steady decline.  This leads me to the decision to Continue Reading…

Passion for the Pain

5k to 50k dirtMonday night I went out for a 5 mile run. This was after doing the longest run of this cold spring the day before of 11.5 miles.  The pain I felt with each step was pushing my limits.  Then add in the fact the sun had gone down and there was a brisk cold wind pushing in our last “winter storm” of the year and running suddenly did not seem like a good idea.  Every corner we turned the wind seemed to keep blowing in our face.  Tony and I had already set out and after about 5 minutes of complaining about how my legs felt they were going to snap in half at mid shin and how cold the wind was I decided to shut my mouth and press on.  Continue Reading…

Endurance for Life

Chris Gogolewski —  March 14, 2013

Endurance for LifeRemember the days of playing in the sand at beaches and water fronts?  Do you also remember when the waves came and washed it all away; oh the frustration!  What about playing with building blocks, only to watch them topple over when our tower was too high? Sure sometimes we knocked them down just for fun, but when we wanted our tower to last, oh the agony!  I remember playing with my son, building an awesome fort for the two of us; hanging blankets over chairs, leaning couch cushions against sides of the fort walls and even trying to fashion a window for watching TV.  Then just when it was ready for the first entry, BAM, everything came crashing down in a heap of blankets and cushions. Continue Reading…

How to Increase Your PerformanceDo you remember when you first tried to ride a bike, run a mile, change a habit, or even pray?  For how long were you successful?  5 seconds, a block, 2 days, 10 seconds?  Being successful with those obviously took practice and time.  How about intensity or determination? Continue Reading…