Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Spokane State Of Mind

For those of you that don't know, the USA Track and Field Club Cross Country Championships will be held in Spokane on December 13th. Since the race is right in our back yard - Montana's athletes have stepped up and we'll have great representation at this National Championship event.

Running under the banner of the Big Sky Distance Project, we'll have an open men's team (5 runners), a masters men's team (6 runners), an open women's team (7 runners), and masters women's team (5 runners) and one 60+ male individual runner. That gives us 24 runners who will make the trek eastward to Plantes Ferry Park in NE Spokane.

The buzzard will provide more info as we get closer to the meet.

See you on the roads, tracks and trails

The Muddy Buzzard

Another Mile Marker -

Well, it took a while; but, the buzzard is close to being back to some semblance of normal mileage. Last week saw a 40-mile week. That was the first time I've seen that type of mileage since the week of March 23rd. And, today I put in a pleasant 10-mile on the roads and trails northwest of Plains. It's the first time that I've had an individual run in the double digit mileage since March 30th.

While my overall pace is still lagging behind what I'd like to be at - it's coming along, slowly but surely. I'm trying to take the return to full fitness sort of like you would approach a long run. Just going from mile marker to mile marker.

Between last week's mileage and today's 10-miler, I've passed another marker. There's plenty of them still ahead; but, we'll take solace in all the one's that we've put behind us.

See you on the roads, tracks and trails

The Muddy Buzzard

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Catching UP

Can't believe that this much time has passed since I last posted.

Problem is just too much of everthing.

There were the last few weeks of the high school cross country season to get through.

Work has required a bit more travel than earlier this year.

Have been spending most of my free time working on my house, especially trying to get the basement finished.

And, as I get healthier and healthier, I'm able to get in a few more mile; and, that's just adds more time to an already busy day.

But, I can't really complain - In the end, I'm being pretty productive and enjoying living here in NW Montana. But, let's get back to the running and catching up a bit.

First and foremost, let's talk about Montana Cup. Big kudo's to Pat Judge and his crew in Helena. The organization was great, the course location was spectacular and the finish area set-up was fantastic. The course, as seems to be the trend at Montana Cup, was a bit extreme. There were two serious - Mountain Goat type serious - climbs in the race. And, the first one wa more reminiscent of a mountain/trail race rather than a cross country event. But, that's part of the allure of the Cup. The course is guaranteed to be a unique challenge.

Matt Winter continues his great fall racing picking up the win on the men's side. Rachel Brewer of Great Falls pretty much dominated the women's race. For my money - the performance of the day came from Ray Hunt. Even setting aside his know penchant for sandbagging, his 43 year old legs kicked a lot of young gun ass. One of only 5 performances under 21:00, he beat the second master by over a minute. It was a hell of a race for the founder fo the event.

For more on the Cup, check out

Just like building up the mileage - posting again feels good. I'll try to be better about being more timely in my comments - especially as the Big Sky Distance Project gets ready to compete at the USATF Club Championship Cross Country meet in Spokane.

The Muddy Buzzard