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Bix 7 2016

This is the time of year I become a broken record and profess my love for the Bix 7 road race in Davenport, Ia. A hilly 7 miles with thousands of spectators and participants on an out and back course that give everyone the opportunity to see the elites tear down back half. All of this followed by the best party on the road racing circuit. No, I am not on the payroll of the race nor any of it’s sponsers, but the passion exists because this is one fun race set amid a Jazz Festival, so there is great music all weekend (not all of it Jazz).

Head on out to the QC on July 30, 2016 and enjoy. You will not regret it.

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Bix 7 Results 2014

What is the hook for this article? I am not sure I have one. Bix 2014 was pretty cool weather wise as in not too hot. Just north of an ideal temperature to run 7 miles over killer hills. If my body was treating me like it was last year, I probably would have had decent time. My body had other ideas this year.
My training has been extreme, as in, all over the place. Good days out numbered the bad, however the bad were some of the worst I have had in my running career. A nagging hamstring issue has been given me fits over the last month. I wasn’t sure last week if Bix was even in the cards as the hamstring was tied up in knots to the point where the stationary bike replaced running for several days.
2 miles into the race, the hamstring did pull its trick and knotted up on me. If it had been a training run I probably would have stopped and walked him, however I decided to fight through the pain and hope it would go away or at least diminish. As luck would have it, it did go away. Near mile 3 another problem cropped up in my right calf. No amount of hope was making this one go away and I would spend the next 4 miles just dealing with it.
My pace wasn’t near my best and I know it wouldn’t be going in, however this new pain was slowing me to a crawl. I did manage not to walk at all, but I probably paid the price continuing to run. After the race I felt like I completed a full marathon instead of just 7 miles.
As a runner, I may not always make the right choices, but I am not ready to quit. Age may be changing me, but I want to be a runner for the long haul. I am sure I am not alone in that notion. Considering there were 18,000 plus fighting those hills as well, it’s not a lonely notion at all.

Bix 7 2014

After missing last year’s Bix 7 due to reasons other than physical injury, you could say I have been waiting 2 years to return and run my favorite race. 10 years in a row was a good run and I am looking forward to another 10 as I approach 50 years of age (T minus 2 and counting).
Last year physically was a pleasure. I ran the entire year without pain in my knees yet didn’t run a single road race. This year started off with hamstring and knees issues putting me on the shelf for all of February.
It seems like I have to warm up longer and pay more attention to the little things than the younger me who could fly out the door and run for 2 hours without much thought of stretching or proper hydration.
This being Bix Eve Eve (2 nights prior) I look to hit the sack early and get those z’s that will more than likely elude me tomorrow night as Bix Eve’s tend to do.
So excited to be back, but I am concerned about a goofy hamstring and I strongly hope I have no issues on the hills of Davenport, IA Saturday morn. For the love of running and for the love of Bix.
Plus I looking forward to seeing Meb since he ran past me as I watched him win the Boston Marathon 2014. It will be cool to see him long before I get to the half way point as he hopefully has a large lead. Best part of an out and back course is seeing the elites running toward you. Participant and fan all in one.
Peace.

7 and 7

In honor of Bix weekend I went for two 7 mile runs. My way of feeling connected to the race I skipped for first time since starting my streak of 10 in a row. I know the race will be there next year and I can start a new streak then, yet I am a tad sad, but I can run, so that is the important thing. Run for mind, body and relationships. Health of all three is key.

This week on the ipod I have been playing my Bix7 2012 playlist ,which has a few songs that I had been rehearsing for an audition for the band Rattlebox. At the time of Bix 2012 I had auditioned, but had yet to find out if I had made the cut or not. It was a very stressful time and I remember thinking more about the band than running that day. Running is so cool that when you are running your mind can take you somewhere else completely. The ultimate multi-tasking.

I wrote this blog with one hand as the other arm had plasma taken out of it. Hows that for multi-tasking? lol

Bix 7 Results (continued)

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5. The spectators. Bix has the best cheering section of all races. Marathons like Chicago have people lining the course for most of the distance. Bix has fans lining the entire course plus they up on the figures of the sport like the previously mentioned Bill Rodgers and Joan Benoit Samuelson.

4, The beat the champs challenge. One average runner has a chance with a head start to win a jackpot. It is pretty cool to see that runner go all out to win the cash and most years she or he does.

3. Street venders. Part of my post race routine is to check out the venders post post race party. I gotten my share of cheap sunglasses and kick ass gyros.

2. 45 minutes flat. Many run for and will always remember his or her PR in a race.  My second Bix I was in top shape and the weather was right. It was cool to run a fast time early in my race career, but frustrating not to get back there year after year.

1. Elite runners on an out and back course. Being able to see the elites racing back at you and judge how far you are from the turnaround is awesome. This more than anything keeps the race connected to all who participate.

10 is just a number when there are so many more reasons run this race. It is truly special.

Bix 7 Results 2013

The weather was perfect for fast times and even better memories. Well, that is if you were fortunate to hit the starting line this morning. After 10 years in a row of running my favorite race, the streak came to an end. Yeah, I am a bit sad, however I will look forward to next year’s Bix and will take this time to reflect on some fun moments over the last 10.

10. Seeing Bill Rodgers in jeans 10 minutes before the race and thinking, “Too bad Bill is not running this year, wonder what is wrong with him.” and then having him pass me at the turnaround. I tried to keep up with him for the next mile, which was great hearing the fans yell his name. I pretended my name was Bill to use the extra support as motivation to keep going hard. He eventually did drop me, but I did have my best time that year.

9, The rain year. Hiding under a bank’s overhang to stay dry before the race. Being soaked for most of the race and then a good 1/2 hour after the race at the post race party. Not the best memory, but there is always the most of something race and this was the most drenched race.

8. The Marilyn Monroes. Several ladies all dressed in all white Marilyn outfits running and then dancing at the post race party. Good for a chuckle and a smile every year.

7. Brady Street Hill. Right off the bat a 1/4 mile hill that keeps the disciplined runners honest and the fools in side stitches or worse. Even effort is the key here.

6. Post Race Party. I will admit it was better when they had live bands, yet it still remains the best post race party in the land. Plenty of food and drink to satisfy all that complete the full hilly 7 miles.

(come back tomorrow for the top five)

Bix 7 2013 Report

The Iowa mornings have been unseasonably cool lately, which should mean for some awesome conditions for this year’s Bix 7.  Since the Bix is a hilly race the common thought is that no one PR’s at the Bix. Well…. how many 7 mile races are out there anyway? Not many. The Bix is the only 7 mile race that I have ever participated in, so wouldn’t one’s PR at the Bix be his or hers 7 mile PR? Most likely. So this should be the year.

Of course the weather could change quickly as it is known to do in the Midwest, so no one really knows until race day. What ever the weather there is always the best post race party at the Bix, so there is always that to look forward to.

Bix 7 Davenport, IA July 27, 2013

Bix 7 – Run Hills for 7 Miles

Fast and flat used to be all the rage. Down hill even better. Now the trend as flipped to the tougher mudder races. Well there is an old fashion tough race called the Bix 7. No need to fabricate a tough race, the Bix 7 has hills that have been there for hundreds of years. The city streets of Davenport, IA provide the tough the natural way without the mess.

Olympic Gold Medal Winning Freestyle Wrestler and Hall of Fame Coach Dan Gable pushed himself and his teams beyond their talent level. Running up the stairs at the arena and pushing themselves to the brink of puking (sometimes beyond) gave them a competitive advantage. There wasn’t any other team in better condition.  Racing over hills equates to pushing yourself beyond what the average runner is willing to do. Sure training over hills is advantageous, yet competing gives one a mental advantage over someone who merely trains over the same terrain.

The Bix 7 is one great way to challenge yourself and the enjoy the spoils at the best post race party anywhere. That is of course if you have the guts.

Bix 7 2012

Last year at this time I had run a marathon, 1/2 marathon, 5k, 8k, 10k and 10 mile race. My seventh race of 2011 would be the 7 mile Bix 7 race in Davenport, IA. 2012 has been raceless so far, but one thing for sure is the Bix 7. Over the last 9 years there has only been one appointment race in my book and that is the Bix 7.

Challenging hills, over 10,000 runners and a great after run party make for good times for those who can handle it. If you haven’t already, give it a shot. The Bix 7 will not disappoint.

Habit of Bad Habits

To say I like to over do things I like to do would be an understatement. A lot of the good and even more of the bad. If I didn’t run I would probably weigh 300 pounds. Running makes me not want to do the bad things, but I still over eat from time to time and a day off from running makes me hungry or bored or both.

We all have different reasons to run. I love it and it loves me. At least that’s what it has been telling me lately. From the books I have read and the hills I have climbed, it has all come together to make it the most life affirming choice of this life.

The book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall notes that the ability to love and running do have a connection. Looking back on my life, I was not capable of love before I started running. Not sure if the connection runs that deep, but I am willing to run with it. Oh golly!

I didn’t care much for myself, before I starting running. I couldn’t maintain a relationship before I started running. I was only successful at escaping from my problems before I ran with them and worked them out.

Run far and find….yourself.

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