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Finish Medal Display Rack- $25

 

12243397_955502504522125_2121772756324176549_nWhat a great Gift for the runner in your life! Aiden and Isaac are selling these hand crafted, oak display racks for your race medals. Made with furniture quality wood, your rack will look beautiful in any room. At just $25 these are affordable gifts.

Want a customized message across the top? No problem! For just $5 more, the boys will stamp your favorite motivational phrase, your name or any thing you want that is about 25 letters.

The proceeds go to pay for them to attend Boy Scout Summer Camp and 90% of the work is done by Aiden and Isaac. Our neighbor, Russ helps with the power tools and they do the rest. They are also earning a woodworking Merit Badge and valuable business experience.

To order, private message me and we will get your Medal Rack done! We can ship it or deliver it locally. If we ship it, we will just charge whatever UPS charges us and zip it to you! Cash Check or PayPal is accepted.

Dan Clark

DuracellDan@gmail.com

 

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Dan’s Top 10 Undeniable Truths of Running

Truth #5
Truth #5

10.  If the official race website describes the course as having “gently rolling hills” the course is mountainous.

9.  As your desperation for a bathroom rises, the quality of available bathrooms declines.

8.  Everyone ran a 4:30 mile in high school. Some of you will get this; others of you need to read the book.

7.  The guy that is “just going to tempo” the race is a liar. He actually is gunning for you!

6.  If you did all the stretches and exercises Runner’s World recommends for runners, you’d never have time to go running.

5.  The better the shoes feel, the uglier / more obnoxious the design and colors.

4.  The runner who always gives out unsolicited training advice is the LAST person you should listen to.

3.  The more expensive your running socks are, the more likely they will disappear in the washer.

2.  The most frequently injured runner seems to know all the best ways to avoid / cure injuries.

And the #1 Undeniable Truth of Running: The best training for running is RUNNING. Not swimming, …. not biking, not yoga…..

And Everyone Ran Faster!

We were running races at track practice last night. I paired up kids so I’d have 2 kids of similar speed running together. The race was a slight downhill on grass of about 60M. I was at the bottom with my watch giving the starter’s commands. The kids know to stand tall, step up for “On your Mark!” crouch down for “Set!” and then start on “Go!”. With kids running from age 4 to 12, we had quite a range of times and skill levels.

After three rounds, I ran up to the start and gave two bits of coaching:

  1. Run through the finish. Pretend the real finish line is 10 steps past where I’m standing.
  2. Keep your knees high- just like we do in the High Knees drill.

I ran back down and began calling them up to the line again. Here’s the best part- Every kid ran a little faster than they did on the previous three rounds!

Now to hurdles. Same race course but with three hay bales turned on their side making hurdles that were knee high for me. I gave some brief instructions and this time we went one at a time since we only had one “lane” to run.

After three rounds, I gave one bit of coaching:

  • Remember your arms? How do you use your arms for sprints? It’s the same for hurdles. Practice your arm swing. We all stood there and practiced arm swing.

Back to the races! As each kid came to the line I’d yell, “Remember your arms! To your Mark!….” Again every kid ran faster.

So the lesson the kids taught me is that the little things really do matter. Of course, I’ve heard that many times from teachers, coaches, and other wise people over the years. But nothing proves it as clearly at the numbers on a watch and a smile on a runner’s face.

Maybe Al Oerter summed it up best:

I’ve thrown for forty-five years on an average of 10,000 throws a year. That’s 450,000 throws and not one of those throws has ever been perfect. There was always something else I could have done to make the prior throw just a little bit better. I think if we attack life in that same manner we can do some wonderful things on this earth.

-Al Oerter Four time Olympic Gold Medalist