Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wedding Day!

Today two great Team R.E.D. members marry! Marilee and Randy are on top of the mountain as I type this, and when they return to Minnesota... married they will be! Yes, married.. to each other! Woooooo hooooo!

Here's a quick peek at the wedding location (lifted from Marilee's facebook... man that facebook is handy!)

Be sure to check out the previous post for details on tonight's trail run! What a great weekly event this has turned out to be! Join the group for a quick run, then off to Yvonne's for a cooling off dip in the pool!

Wednesday 5:30am: Progressive run is on again! We'll start from my place 805 1st Ave NW in Byron. Kicking it off with a 10 minute mile, then each mile moving progressively faster. Come give it a shot. It's a great 7.5 mile workout with cooldown.
Wednesday 5:30pm: The Byron track's new surface is now complete! Come out to Byron to work on some speed. We'll warm up for approx 1 mile.. then discuss the workout and go. Typically takes about 1 hour to complete the workout.
Thursday 6pm: Team R.E.D. gathers at the Bears Den in Byron. Routes will be 3, 4 or 6 miles... and when we get back, we'll have a couple fun events as part of the Team R.E.D. olympics. Additionally, everyone will draw the name of a country out of a hat, and if your country wins a gold medal while we're at the Den, you get a free drink!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Monday / Tuesday

Hey! Wanted to let you know, I plan to lift a bunch of facebook pictures to capture some of the racing fun this past weekend! Several members raced in the area, including The Woman's Race, Wabasha 5K/10K & the S&*T House 5K in LaCrosse! The pictures I've seen so far, look like lots of fun, and some great results!  

Additionally, another bunch of members logged some long miles with the Marathon Training crew, and many of them headed to the Crown post run for a nice breakfast and continued social time... and as proof the opportunities never end, a handful gathered this morning at Panera South for a run and coffee.  Keep your eye on the schedule.... there's almost always a chance to get connected.

  • Monday 6pm: The Maniacs are heading to Dooley's at 255 1st Ave SW in Rochester. This group typically goes anywhere from 4-6 miles then settles in for a refreshment or two. Come on out and enjoy as this group is always a happy and welcoming bunch!
  • Tuesday 6pm: The trail run team is heading to Willow Creek Reservoir at 1400 Lone Pine Drive SW in Rochester. Afterwards we'll caravan to Yvonne's for a chance to cool off in the pool! Should be lots of fun!

More to come on the rest of the week... and check back for pictures as well!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Olympics get rolling!

Team R.E.D. kicked off the Olympic Games with a great run and party at the Paradise's!   The night was complete with an Opening Ceremony pageant.. and a couple of events. (I'm hoping to score the video of the opening ceremony, it was very impressive).

The first contest of the evening consisted of a run with limited clues as to how to get from start to finish.  The Gold, Silver & Bronze for most creative route, went to Mike S, Lorelei and Tom O... with Tom C taking a distant 4th! 

The 2nd contest was team volleyball.. and, well, that was dominated by one side so we may not name names  as to the winners and losers.. but.. this Thursday you can just ask, and we will tell!

Plenty to catch up on!

Earlier this week, Mason  found a great place for a trail run... the Millville route was mostly flat, with plenty of water to dodge, or run through.  If you've never joined Mason's Trail Run's you really should consider.  He takes us to such a variety of spots, it's always fun to check it out!  *Pictures were lifted from Yvonne's post on facebook.. Thanks Yvonne!

Wednesday morning a few early risers showed up for a Progressive Run.   We'd love to build participation in this workout, as it's an interesting challenge.  Please drop me an email at byron.teamred@gmail.com if you're interested but just haven't been able to make it.  It's a run where you start at a slower pace, and each mile increase the pace, until you're running very fast late in the workout.   We could consider scheduling this owrkout in Rochester, if enough people are committed to giving it a go.  If not, I'll keep it at my front door!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Olympic Theme!

It was a muggy night for Monday Maniacs but that didn't stop the fun!  Nice work earning that post run refreshement!

Update for Thursday Night:
Team R.E.D. at 6pm from the home of Diane & Mike, 355 Carlisle Lane NW in Rochester.   See the note from Diane below as to what you should be prepared for!
  • Our theme for Thursday night will be the Olympics. Team RED members can come ready to represent Team USA. They should bring their swimsuits so they can "compete" in the swimming events, water volleyball, and the waterslide. (You never know, there could be some last minute entries for London.) We will provide pulled pork sandwiches. If people want to bring a snack or dish to pass that would be great.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Lots of fun in store!

Be sure to scroll down in the blog today.. you'll find updates on all of the following items:

  • What's ahead - dates/times/locations
  • Good Neighbor Days Race w/slideshow
  • Good Neighbor Days Parade  w/slideshow
  • Team R.E.D. Thursday w/slideshow
  • Torchlight 5K  w/slideshow

Monday 6pm:  The Maniacs are gathering at Applebees North (near Target).  Plan on a great run or walk and come back for $5 pitchers, $5 burgers and $5 wings!
Tuesday 6pm:  It's "Millville Time"!  Mase says it's flat flat flat and along the beautiful Zumbro River.   Plan to meet at Shopko North and join the caravan/carpool.
Wednesday 5:30am:  Progressive run from O'Leary's house at 805 1st Ave NW in Byron.  This is a 7 mile workout that progressively get's faster each mile.  Fun Fun!   Drop me an email if you're planning to participate, so we don't leave anyone behind.  byron.teamred@gmail.com 
Wednesday 5:30pm:   Track work at Soldiers Field track in Rochester.    We'll start warming up at 5:30ish.. and talk through the workout plan before picking up the speed.
Thursday 6pm:  It's an Olympic theme at the home of Mike & Diane in Rochester!  We'll head out for a run in the neighborhood, then head back to the pool with an Olympic style social.   More details to follow.

August 11th News & Notes!

Team RED goes Camping on the River... August 11, one night... details to follow. But, email dan@svmrochester.com if you are going so we can figure out how to get everyone to the beach (near Wabasha, MN)... plan food, plan fireworks (secret to the feds), plan sea doos, plan tubes, plan shore games, plan drinks, plan food, plan fun, plan everything else we might need once we get numbers...
Team R.E.D. discount at Run for Rachel....   We've been invited to take part in a race in Kasson at 8am on Aug 11th and Team R.E.D. members will receive a $5 discount.  You can race then head to the river!   

Note 'Team RED" on your registration form. You can print a registration form at the following link http://rochestertrackclub.com/SiteImages/FileGallery/Run_for_Rachel_2012__589.pdf    It would be great to have a strong turnout in support of the race's mission. 
  • They are hoping to bring the community together following the tragic death of Rachel Ehmke.  This event is coming together in hopes of generating unity and compassion in the community, awareness of the effects words can have, and an opportunity to remember a life gone too soon.

Good Neighbor Day Race!

Team R.E.D. was out in numbers at Byron Good Neighbor Days race. Along with all the fun together.. Team R.E.D. cleaned up on awards! (some of the results are being reworked I'll share the award winners when we have the updates.)

Additionally, Team R.E.D. sponsored 3 more young people into the race!   The way we pull it off is in a surprise fashion, as the young person steps up to register, we pull out a certificate and say Congratulations!  Your entry fee is sponsored by Team R.E.D. scholarship fund!

 All in all a very fun morning with some light rain keeping it cooler.


Everybody Loves a Parade!

It was great to have a presence in the Good Neighbor Days parade. I think that's something we should consider more often in a variety of communities! We started the evening with a warmup at the O'Leary's. Good thing we warmed up, as our new 'cleaned up' cadence was a tough one to remember. For those who missed it.. here are the lyrics (it's call and response)

We're from Team RED we have fun
We come together to Walk and Run
It all goes down on Thursday night
Run. Eat. Drink. it's all alright
boom shocka locka... boom shocka locka... boom shocka locka....  Join Team RED!
 boom shocka locka... boom shocka locka... boom shocka locka...  Join Team RED!

Thursday's Team R.E.D.

Thursday's Team R.E.D. was a fun one in which we looped over to the Brooklawn Park and fulfilled our Adopted Park responsibility.    I'm happy to report that park is looking good! (still can use a little more grass, but give it time!)

People took advantage of all 3 route options, with the 6 miler being a particular hilly workout.

Team R.E.D. @ Torchlight 5K

Below is a slideshow of Team R.E.D. at the Torchlight 5K.. a Minnesota Championship race.  Team R.E.D. had a preferred start due to the team circuit, and it was pretty amazing to be right at the front of a 4500 person race! See the previous post for race results

Several of these pics are lifted off facebook... thanks to Woo and anyone else I stole from!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Results !

The results are out for the USATF Minnesota Championship 5K.   Team R.E.D. represented very well!  The overall winner was Rochester's Joey Keillor.  He ran a blazing 15:18 5K !  Edging out the 2nd place runner by one second!

http://www.usatfmn.org/results  <<-- Team Championship results
http://results.bazumedia.com/event/results/event/event-820 <<-- complete Torchlight results

If you're looking for some fun tonight, head to Byron!   Good Neighbor Days celebration is underway!   Team R.E.D. is taking part in tonight's parade.  If you're interested in joining us, please do... kids are welcome too!

  • Gather at O'Leary's at 805 1st Ave NW in Byron anytime after 4:30 for a Happy Hour (Bring your own beverage, and some food will be provided).
  • We'll head to the start of the parade approx 6:15pm
  • Parade gets underway at 7pm
  • Live music by Break Even at the Bears Den at 8:30pm
  • Fireworks at dusk! 

  • Byron Good Neighbor Days Race (5K and 2 1/2 K) take place at 8am on Saturday morning.  You can register on race day!  Come on out!
  • Marathon Training Long run heads out from the RAC at 7am.. the scheduled distance is 15.3 miles and the route can be found at http://runningrochester.blogspot.com/

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Great work!

Team R.E.D. had a great showing at the Torchlight 5K!  Great Fun with strong results!  We should see the team results in the next day or so.

Thanks to Chris for somehow holding 15 outdoor seats at the Loon for a post race bite to eat... not an easy task to hold 15 seats as the race ends, parade ends and baseball game finishes... Great people watching downtown!


Tonight's Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den.  Our Long and Medium runs will take us past  our adopted park Brooklawn park (aka The Melby Park).  On the way past.. swing on in pick up some litter.   There is also a special route tonight set at 1 mile.

Having some trouble uploading routes, so we'll just do a good old fashion route talk.  See you soon!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Wow! This group just keeps going and going.. nice work! The Monday Maniacs and Tuesday Trail crew got things started on the right foot (so to speak)! What's the rest of the week hold?

  • Wednesday Torchlight Run... Looks like about 15 members participating! Should be a great night in the city of Minneapolis! 
  • Thursday 6pm: Team R.E.D. goes for a walk, run or even a bike ride from the Bears Den. Routes will be in the range of 3, 4, and 6 miles. Check the right hand side of the blog on Wednesday evening to see the routes. ** Note, some members have been biking of late, consider that option! **
  • Friday 4:30pm: Pre Team RED in the Parade Happy Hour at O'Leary's at 805 1st Ave NW in Byron. BYOB and the O'Leary's will grill up some dogs. The parade kicks off at 7pm.. so we'll likely head over there about 6:15 to get lined up.   There is also a band at the Bears Den and Fireworks at Dusk.  consider taking it all in! 
  • Saturday 7am: Marathon Training long run from the Rochester Athletic Club.  This week's run is keyed up at 15.3 miles and you can find the route posted at   http://runningrochester.blogspot.com/
  • Saturday 8am: Byron Good Neighbor Days Race. Come on out and enjoy the day! Last year we formed an impromptu Kick ball team.. wow, we were really really good at kickball!

Friday, July 13, 2012

More from Thursday's Toga!

Below you'll find a slide show from Thursday at Sara & Joe's place...  what fun!   Below that.. check out what's coming up early next week as options for Fitness & Fun are all around!

Weekend stuff:
Saturday 7am:  Marathon training run from the RAC.  This is a great group run to get those long miles in with support of water, gatorade and such.   This will is scheduled for 16 miles, but you can always adjust that.  (in fact, a few are starting at 6am to build on it!).
Sunday 7:30am:   Off Season Striders take off from Panera South South.  From the chatter I see, looks like anything from 6-12 miles.

Next Week's Stuff:
Monday (Almost anytime):  Diane is hosting a Ladies ONLY Pool Party at 355 Carlisle Lane NW Rochester.  (sounds fun to me!)
  • Ladies of Team RED are welcome to come any time during the day or after work. If they want to bring a dish/snack to share they can. Bring their drink of choice and their swimsuit. 
Monday 6pm:  The Maniacs are hosting a co-ed event!  Come on out to Wild Bill's, located at 300 Hwy 52 North (the old TGIF's near Miracle Mile).  We'll set out for a run or walk before rolling into Wild Bill's for a $5 burger!  Hard to say what the odds are that we'll eventually crash that pool party (well, it's not that hard to say... bring your swim suits!  We're crashing!)
Tuesday 6pm:  The trail run heads to Barnacle Bill's State Woodland once again!  From all reports, this is a great space to run in!   Gather at 6pm at the BP in Marion and carpool from there.   
Wednesday Notes
  • I'm not planning to schedule a Progressive run this week, due to the Torch Light 5K on Wednesday evening.  
  • The Byron Track is unavailable for a track workout this coming week as it completes the resurfacing project.  
  • What does this mean to you?  Means you should register for the Torchlight 5K and get on board with the carpool leaving Walmart parking lot at 4:30pm Wednesday!  Register here..    http://www.torchlight5k.com/pagwoo262@gmail.come/show/502315-minneapolis  and drop Tom W a note about carpool.  You can reach him at twoo262@gmail.com
Thursday 6pm:   Team R.E.D. is back at the Bears Den in Byron!  We'll have bunches of gift cards to give out.. as we once again forgot to do it last week.. dog gone!   Routes will be in the range of 3, 4 and 6 miles.   


Please welcome Team R.E.D.'s newest free agent signing.... Ali! (Gator!)   Welcome Ali... you'll be a great addition to the team!

Ali is the one on the left
More pictures from Toga night to come.... Thanks to Joe and Sara for hosting!

A couple of events take place tonight... and a long run Saturday morning...  have some fun!

7pm tonight!  Spartan 5K Run/Walk   http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=63
Midnight tonight!  All proceeds go to the American Cancer Socieity   http://relay.acsevents.org/site/DocServer/runstars.pdf?docID=278063
Saturday 7am:   Marathon training long run from the Rochester Athletic Club.  The route is set at 16 miles and supported with volunteers providing water/gatorade/bananas along the way. Please bring $1 to help cover the costs of the food/drink on the course. You can find the route each week at runningrochester.blogspot.com Come on out and get some miles!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tonight we Toga!

Come on out tonight at 6pm for a run and lots of fun!   Our team is hosted by Joe & Sara t 5236 Middlebrook Dr. NW in Rochester.  

We'll head out for a run or walk.. then come back for a great social.  Joe & Sara are providing the main dish, feel free to bring a dish to share, and your own drinks.  (if you have some chairs handy, toss them in your vehicle too!)

The Theme is Toga! -- (if that scares you a little, have no fear... as it scares me a lot!)   Let's see how it rolls.. should be fun....

It was a great night on the track last night... people were moving with a purpose.  We ran 300M repearts with 100M recovery.  Whew... it's fast!

We welcomed a new girl to town.. Shima joined us on the track (and I failed to get a picture, shucks!).   I suspect we'll see her around... 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Happy Trails!

Monday Maniacs were a hit!  Now we can move forward to Tuesday Trail! The rest of the week.. and into the weekend!

  • 6pm Tonight... meet at Chester Woods for a 5 miler or so through the trails.  Then consider a cooling off dip in the lake!
  • 5:30am Wednesday:  Progressive Run starting at 805 1st Ave NW in Byron.   This is a 7.5 mile workout and the paces progressively get faster... starting at 10 minute mile.. ending at 7 min mile. (no worries if you feel like you can't hold a 7 min pace, just progress up to the pace you can hold!)
  • 5:30pm Wednesday:  It's more speed!  Gather on the track in Byron for a speed work session.
  • 6pm Thursday:   It's a Toga Party at Joe & Sara's!   Oh, we'll run too, but did I mention there's a toga party?!  They are located at 5236 Middlebrook Drive in Rochester.  Our hosts are providing the main dish, so feel free to bring a dish to pass, and your own beverages.  
Saturday Post Race Party!  What race?  Well this one of course!  http://www.spiritofthelakes.com/

See the kind invitation below from Mike Mason, Team R.E.D. member and brother of Jim:
  • Anyone planning on coming up to Mound to run the Spirit of the Lakes 5 or 10 K, They removed the waiting list this morning. You can now register. Anyone want to jump in a pool and have a few beers afterwards is welcome to come to my house. I live on an island one mile from the race. (there are two bridges to the island, no swimming required :) I can also provide a boat cruse/tour of Lake Minnetonka for a few people as well.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Team R.E.D. Theme Update!

Here we go.. we have a theme for this week's Team R.E.D. hosted by Sara & Joe... it's Toga night!


Here's a note from Joe regarding the evening.... "Undergarments strongly suggested or no cartwheels."  The Ryans are providing the main course, you can bring a dish to pass & drinks.  Also, if you have a lawn chair, it might be nice to bring it along, as we'll be outside if the weather cooperates.

Take a look at the post below regarding several things going on this week....

Friday, July 6, 2012

Way to beat the Heat!

Thursday's Team R.E.D. night was a big hit!  Several of you took on the heat of the evening.. while others elected to run earlier, or even inside (not a bad choice!)   -- Yet many who ran on their own, still came out for an evening with the team, and associated post run fun!

We are doing well on our renewal drive...  If you haven't renewed yet, please do so we can get you one of those "gotta have 'em" Team R.E.D. can coolies.
  • If you joined Team R.E.D. in 2012, your membership is considered current and no renewal is due at this time.  
  • If you joined Team R.E.D. in 2011 or prior to that... you are due! 

Along with pictures, please see the upcoming opportunities to get together for some fitness!


Here's what's up next... 
  • Saturday 7am:  Marathon training long run from the RAC.   The route is 12.2 miles and can be found at http://runningrochester.blogspot.com/    Several people are gathering early to front load some miles, if interested, arrive at 6am. 
  • Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are planning heading back to Applebees as the prices are just that awesome!   $5 pitchers, $5 burgers, $5 wings... all of this of course, after completing a 5-6 mile run. 
  • Tuesday 6pm:   The Trail Running crew hits Chester Woods for a 4-5 miler, followed by a dip in the lake if the temps still support that idea. 
  • Wednesday 5:30pm:   Speed work on the track in Byron.   If you've never tried a track workout, this is a great, no pressure place to give it a whirl.  We'll start warming up at 5:30.. then chat about the workout, and get to it.   Don't worry about keeping up, everyone does what's right for themselves. 
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is home hosted by Sara & Joe at 5236 Middlebrook Dr NW in Rochester.    They always do such a nice job having us swing by...  details will follow yet this weekend regarding a potential theme and what to bring...  Also, we'll have a few Bears Den gift cards to give away, as we forgot to do that at the Den!   

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Bears Den Tonight!

Team R.E.D. gathers at 6pm tonight at the Bears Den in Byron!  Joe will help us beat the heat by setting up a sprinkler behind the Bears Den for cooling off post run.. whew! That'll be sweet!

Looks like many Team R.E.D. members had strong races in Stewartville.. Nice Work!  A few others took in the Jason Stevens Memorial run in Rochester... that was also a great event.

We are still in the midst of our Membership Renewal process... if you have already renewed, Thank You!  If not, no worries, there's still time.  Membership renewal is just $10 and you get one of these stylin' can coolies (I'll have them with me at the Bears Den tonight).

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Catching up!

Catching up with a little slide show from Thursday's Team R.E.D. and giving you a look at the full week ahead!

I think there are some other great Thursday night pictures floating around Facebook.

Here's what ahead for the week.... 

Monday 5pm:   Several Team R.E.D. members have devised a plan to gather at the Green Mill, then wander over to the Movies... seems they're checking out a high quality piece of art, called Magic Mike.
Monday 6pm:  It's Monday Maniacs, and they are returning to the deal of the week.   Gather at Applebees for a run, then step inside for Free Air Conditioning, along with $5 pitchers, $5 burgers and $5 wings!
Tuesday 6pm:  The Trail crew is getting together at the Down Under in Stewartville.... they plan to run light, and easy pace, as many prepare for the Summerfest races on the 4th!  - the plan will put you on some of the same trails the stewie race covers.
Wednesday - Independce Day!  The 4th of July!  -- some great race options...

  • Stewartville Summerfest runs... with a 5 mile and 3 mile.. (you can do both as the races are an hour apart!)  Register at http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=44
  • Jason Stevens Memorial Run at Cook Park in Rochester.  Gather at 8am, with the run starting at 8:30am.  No pre-registration required.  Please bring a non-perishable food item for Channel One.  
Thursday 5:30am:  Progressive run from 805 1st Ave NW in Byron -- this is a disciplined 7 mile training run, starting at a 10/min mile.... and increasing the pace by 30 seconds every mile.  Come on out.. it's fun! (really it is!) -- we did this on a Wednesday last week, but given the 4th of July, and it's associated races, I moved the workout to Thursday --
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. does it's thing from the Bears Den in Byron!  The routes should take us country bound.   Of course, we'll come on back to the Den for some social time!