Big Man Runs Fundraiser- Homes For Our Troops

Big Man Runs Fundraiser- Homes For Our Troops

Big Man Runs Fundraiser- Homes For Our Troops

Yup, after much thought I have decided to run the Ridgeline Half-marathon again this year. I am calling this the revenge tour and it includes:

  • Summer Prairie Dog Half-marathon in Castle Rock
  • Fort Carson Spartan Military Sprint
  • Wildcat Ridge 10 Mile in Highlands Ranch (if they have it this year)
  • The infamous Ridgeline half-marathon in Castle Rock.

Hey Mike, looks like Ridgeline has a 50K, why don’t you do that one?

Because the half-marathon damn near killed me. That is why. Listen, this is my revenge tour, not yours.

Let me take care of the half-marathon first and next year maybe we tackle the 50K.

Ridgline half-marathon

Trail running sucks. It is very different than running on pavement. But where else are you going to get views like this!

I hate this race but I am sucked in to her siren song. No matter how much it hurts, I must go.

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Don’t let this fool you. I wish all of the trail was like this!

I remember are endless climbs, rocky, root-filled descents and general pain.

I strained both calves 2 miles into the race and ran 11 miles on two category 2 strained calves. With each step I felt my calves ripping, almost like you were tearing a piece of paper.

A painful day but a great day nonetheless.


Big Man Runs Fundraiser- Homes For Our Troops

Maybe this gives you a better perspective of what is going on. Start to your left and climb up, then descend, then go left and go up another hill, then go down…13.2 miles. You get the point.


What I am saying is that this is a fantastic race and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it again.

Maybe this time I will be able to walk back to the car.

Enough about me, Big Man Runs Fundraiser- Homes For Our Troops


I couldn’t be part of the military due to asthma. However, my son joined the Army in September and that makes us a military family.

These are brave men and women that want to serve our country and commit to a cause. It is absolutely shameful how little we do for these men and women when they get back, especially when horrific things happen to them. I am dedicating this race to them and would like to think that with each mile, maybe I can make someone’s life a little better.

The goal is to collect $1,000 by October 8. All donations go to Homes for Our Troops. The link below is a fundraising link that goes directly to their site.

If you would like to make a difference, please give what you can. Anything will help and everything is appreciated.

Thanks, and I will give you a report on how the race went Oct 9th. Maybe October 10th, it depends on how beat-up I am.

Click here to go to my donation page

Frosty’s Frozen 5 and 10 mile race review

Frosty’s Frozen 5 and 10 Mile Race Review

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Frosty’s 5 and 10 mile run is the second race in the Hudson Gardens trifecta for winter.

The first race, Santa’s Stampede I walked due to a nagging double calf sprain. But I was ready to test myself for the big daddy, 10 miles of fun.

Pre-race gear

Frosty's Frozen pre-race gear

  • Lumo Run Sensor
  • Energy gels
  • Salt stick (2 tablets please)
  • Headphones. It’s a long race and I am going to need some tunes.

Music of Choice

Fun Lovin Criminals- Bag of Hits

Frosty's Frozen 5 and 10 finish Line

Doing my best Clint Eastwood after the race!

8 Reasons to do Frosty’s Frozen 5 and 10 mile

  • It is well -run.
  • The course is nice wide, semi-flat pavement with plenty of refueling stations.
  • It is not very crowded.
  • Lots of parking
  • Very nice performance T-Shirt
  • The race is reasonably priced.
  • 2 Bathrooms on the course…just in case nature calls.
  • What else are you going to do in January? Get out there and run!

 Enough yakking, how did I do?

Frosty's Frozen 5 and 10 mile

 Not bad considering I hadn’t run 10 miles in about 6 months. Let’s look at the splits.

Frosty's Frozen 5 and 10 mile

Note: Mile 6 was complicated for 3 reasons.

  • During the first part I was trying to remove my jacket and re-pin my number  on my shirt.
  • I switched from Fun Lovin’ Criminals to my funk playlist.
  • Nature was calling so I had to make a detour to a restroom.

All that was accomplished while running. That also accounts for the extra .1 mile.

The split times are very close, at least for me. The odd part of this race is that I usually try and start out slower, then speed up at the turnaround. It is a confidence thing, or lack of confidence. During Frosty’s Frozen 5 and 10 mile I never felt like I got into the zone. Mile 1 was just as hard as mile 10. Very strange. Usually you get that mental release during a run where things feel effortless. You lose track of time and you just sit back and enjoy. Didn’t happen for me.

Theme of the race

Effortless was my theme for the run. I wanted to really work on staying tall and falling forward.

Here are the metrics courtesy of Lumo Run

Frosty's Frozen 5 and 10 mile


And let’s look at the personal records I set courtesy of Lumo Run

Frosty's Frozen 5 and 10 mile

So you can see that my cadence was slower than I wanted.  But by focusing on staying tall and leaning forward, I decreased my braking metric.

Post Run Meal

Frosty's Frozen 5 and 10 mile

Post run celebration at Big Bills NYC Pizzeria. Remember, I am a big guy. I burn between 180 and 220 calories a mile. Running is very energy intensive for me. If you put in the effort, you should reward yourself. And that we did.


What are you doing sitting at home in January? This is Colorado! Get out and run.

I highly recommend Frosty’s Frozen 5 and 10 Mile. It is a fun race with a great group of people.

See you there next year!


2017 Arctic Prairie Dog 10K Review Louisville Colorado

2017 Arctic Prairie Dog 10K

2017 Arctic Prairie Dog 10K in Louisville Colorado

It is 6:30 am on a cold Sunday morning and I am driving up to Louisville. This is my first race since blowing up my calves back in October. A double type 2 calf strain that hobbled me for 6 weeks.

ugly and painful.

 I am wondering what is going to happen.

So to calm my fraying nerves I start listening to my Spotify “Zazz 70’s Mellow” station.

And who comes on but Mr. Carefree Highway himself, Gordon Lightfoot.

“Pickin’ up the pieces of my sweet shattered dream
I wonder how the old folks are tonight
Her name was Ann and I’ll be damned if I recall her face
She left me not knowin’ what to do
Carefree highway, let me slip away on you
Carefree highway, you seen better days
The mornin’ after blues from my head down to my shoes
Carefree highway, let me slip away
Slip away on you
Turnin’ back the pages to the times I love best
I wonder if she’ll ever do the same
Now the thing that I call livin’ is just bein’ satisfied
With knowin’ I got no one left to blame
Carefree highway, got ta see you my old flame
Carefree highway, you seen better days
The mornin’ after blues from my head down to my shoes
Carefree highway, let me slip away
Slip away on you”

Is that not a great metaphor for running?

Ann is a metaphor for running. Wow! Enlightenment on 1-25!

After my injury, I am going down the literal highway to get back on the Carefree highway. Will Ann take me back?

Will she scorn me again? Will she freeze me to death? Who knows?

Heavy stuff to ponder on a Sunday morning.


In the summer I signed up for the half-marathon but decided to cut back to the 10k.

 I am not in aerobic condition to do 13.2 miles. Not that this fact has stopped me in the past.

I will chalk up this wise decision to maturity. 🙂


To finish without injury.

I may be setting the bar low but you need to get that first race out of the way, don’t you?

Running gods, is that too much to ask?

My Name is Michael and I am a former Heel-striker

I am on my way to becoming a mid-foot striker with the help of my Lumo Run program.

Lumo run  keeps track of my cadence along with four other critical metrics.

Seeing my run metrics have changed the way I view running. I am still a work in progress but I am confident that I am on the right track.

Running gods can be cruel.

November and December were  warm and dry months and I was stuck in the house.

“Being patient” is a phrase that isn’t in my vocabulary.  I spent my rehab time being more than a little crabby.

But who wouldn’t be? Right?

I don’t live in the past. It is a new year, let’s go.


I have to go back to my old standby, the Saucony Omni 14.

A little over-pronation control could come in handy.

My plan is the Saucony’s and a little Spartan tape on the achilles and I will be good to go.

achilles KT Tape







Pre-Run Video


Results for the 2017 Arctic Prairie Dog 10K

I was happy with the time. The 2017 Arctic Prairie Dog 10K is a relatively flat, fast course that winds around a golf course.

Okay, looking at my times you may be hesitant to call it a fast course. It is a fast course. A fast course with a slow runner on it.

At run time it was 26 degrees with a little wind.

Arctic Prairie Dog 10k


Stats provided by Lumo Run.


Let’s take a look at the splits.

Arctic Prairie Dog 10K

This is very unlike me.

Last year it would take me 2 miles to warm-up and get in the groove.

Since I have focused on cadence and a mid-foot strike I can now start faster and get very similar splits.

Note: Mile 3 my left foot fell asleep so I had to stop and retie my shoe.

Now I am not saying anything but…

An 11:13 pace is not far from a sub 11 minute pace. I was flirting with that a couple times during the race.

And a sub 11 minute pace is not far from my coveted 10 Minute mile 10K.

Laugh if you want to, I am encouraged by this.


Arctic Prairie Dog 10k

Here is my problem. Cadence.

If I run at 180 steps per minute, I crap out at 2 miles. Simple as that. You can see this in some of my previous runs.

So what I wanted to run at a slower cadence and find a pace I could keep for 6 miles. That was a complete success.


I purposely didn’t listen to music for the race so I could listen to my feet. I had my phone in my pocket and Lumo Run called out the splits every half mile.

I meditating to Caballo Blanco’s mantra of “Easy”.

I was trying to land with soft quick steps and I did that with some success. It didn’t show on Lumo Run but I heard it with my ears.

  • Cadence much too slow. It could have been the cold but I couldn’t pick my feet up any faster.
  • Bounce is tied with the cadence. The faster the cadence the less vertical energy you lose from your body bouncing up and down. Makes sense.
  • The braking was really good considering the low cadence. Braking is how much you slow down with each step. It is also a sign of over-striding. This tells me (and I may be way off on this) that my feet were landing under me and I had a good forward lean.
  • Drop refers to the hips and it was higher than usual do to the slower cadence.
  • Rotation was still good but would have been better with a faster stride.

Should you do this race?


  • The Prairie Dog races are all done professionally.
  • Great swag. I love the high quality performance shirt.
  • The clubhouse that has heated, yet well used bathrooms.
  • The course is nicely laid out.


  • Some runners are just not going out of the house during the winter. That just means your a weenie.

What more would you want on a cold Sunday morning?