Thursday, September 24, 2015

No more Facebook for irunnerbuzz

irunnerbuzz is no longer on Facebook. I'm on Twitter @irunnerbuzz (coffee_toast_runner) and also on Instagram (coffee_toast_runner).

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Version Sports Ambassador!

I'm happy to say that I am now a Version Sports ambassador.  Version Sports offers a totally new way to optimize your nutrition.  Each bar is both age and gender specific and includes the nutrition that active people need in these various age groups need.  Other sports bars offer different flavors but ignore your specific needs nutritionally.  It is fact that a 25 year old woman has different nutrition needs than a 50+ male and Version Sports fills that need.

Version Sports was founded by real-world athletes, coaches, nutrition professors and everyday people  who are all active and striving to improve their athletic performance.  Rather than offer a product that generalizes everyone as the same, Version Sports has identified the key nutrients needed in different male and female age groups. Cool stuff!

Want to try for yourself? Order to be shipped direct to your door!

Own a business and would like to be a Version Sports re-seller?  Please drop me an email at  More information on the Version Sports website at

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Upcoming November races in N. Illinois

Get your RUN ON. Run off that turkey and dressing.

Turkey Trot, Nov 27 - at Aldeen Park.  Limited to 850 participants...make sure to get your spot.  Each runner is requested to donate 1 canned fruit or 1 box of cereal. All foods will be donated to the Rock River Valley Food Pantry. Donation barrels will be available on race day for drop off.  Not running but willing to volunteer? We appreciate all who will help, just sign up online and we will be in touch!

Rock Gut Fat Bottom 25K & 50K FREE Trail run, Nov 29 - Start at Rock Cut State Park – Red Oak parking area.  This is a free run and open to all to participate you must sign release waiver either by signing up online or at the event day of run.  Everyone is encouraged to *Bring a dish or treat to share* Questions Contact: William Boyle – Event Director – 815-985-5639
Note: This is a self supported!  You will need to carry any supplies that you wish to have.  *Please note we will have water on the course, but no cups. Bring your own bottle and whatever nutritional items that you might need.*  The course will be marked.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Twitter twatter...

In addition to irunnerbuzz on Facebook you can also holla at us on Twitter.  Check us out @irunnerbuzz on  We'll be listing some of our favorite Twitter friends on this website too.

Stone Bridge Half Marathon

My daughter, Holly, and I ran the Stone Bridge Half Marathon this past Saturday. She did great, beating her goal time of under two hours.  We ran the complete race together and encouraged each other thru the tough stretches.  Holly ended up at 1:57:01, 3rd in her age group (AG) and 32 overall. Great job, Holly!

The weather was perfect. At race time it was 38 chilly degrees but we warmed up quickly.  By the end of the race it was still only a cool, sunny 46.  The flat course was nice, if not a little boring at times.  Afterwards we enjoyed a carb breakfast with family and our friend Katie.  Katie saw my tweet about running the race and decided to drive in to cheer us on. It was great to see her.  Thanks, Katie!

It was great to see fellow Team Coyote members do well in the race too.  Glad you all did so well, including Bernie-  he always beats me, I think!

And, thank you to Ruth, Jill, Billy and Matt for showing up to cheer us on too. It was a very fun morning.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2014 Triple Crown finishers trophy

My Hobo Triple Crown Trophy! Plus spike age-group awards for 1st in 10k and 3rd place for both the 25k and 50k. Woot woot!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Hobo Trail Series 2014

Yes it is just about time for the annual Hobo trail series at Rock Cut State Park.  10k Nite run on 9/12 followed by the 25k the morning of 9/13 and a 50k on 9/14. 85k all on glorious trails!

You can still register to run one, two or all three.  Run the tri-fecta and earn a special Hobo Triple Crown trophy!
Hobo Trail Series

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Arny Johnson 10 mile

Arny Johnson 10 mile
7:39/mile pace

At mile 3. We followed the bike path from Harlem High School into Rock Cut State Park. Once inside the park we followed the hilly roads. This photo was me at mile 3 just before the hills began.

Finish line! This dude passed me right before we finished.

Click on each photo to zoom in. These are not all of the finishers. I think there were 230 finishers of the 10 mile and 260 for the 5k. A great turnout!

After race party!

Monday, October 14, 2013

1k in 2013

I guess I didn't post this back in January but my running goal this year again was to reach 1,000 running miles in 2013.

I accomplished my 1k goal this past weekend while in Galena, IL. I ran the local trails and even had the pleasure of running next to a train part way. Very cool.

Speaking of cool, Sunday's run started at 8:00 a.m. with a temperature of 37 degrees.  My hands were cool the first couple of miles but I soon warmed up. That was followed by an enjoyable breakfast of pancakes with my wife and friends at the local Golden Hen diner. Good food if you are ever visiting Galena. But they close by 3:00 p.m. so get there early.

No photos because I still haven't figured out how to carry my new iPhone around with me. I'm not a fan of carrying things while I run.

Anyone know what the blue tape is all about?  Thanks!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hobo Triple Crown 2013

It seemed like a good idea at the time...

September 13- Hobo 10k Trail Nite Run
Yes an evening trail race, in the dark with flashlights and/or headlamps.
I ran it in 56:19 for 52nd place of out 183. Second in age group our of ten.

September 14- Hobo 25k Trail Run
A nice cool morning with plenty of sunshine. Great morning for a run.
2:39; 52nd place (again) out of 122. 6th in age group out of 13.

September 15= Hobo 50k Trail Run
We started in the rain. We ended in the rain with maybe an hour in the middle with no rain.
Drenched and mud everywhere.
6:38; 25th place out of 45 runners. 3rd in age group out of 6.

Triple Crown Finisher!
Seventeen runners started and finished all three races. We ran 85k (52.7 miles).
I finished in 7th place out of 17 hearty souls.

Photos and course maps...

Wheezie Easy 20

On August 10 a group of us traveled to the Ice Age Trails in Wisconsin and ran the first annual Wheezie Easy 20 mile trail run.  Carol aka Wheezie had a run 20 miles on trails. She gave a shoutout to our Coyote trail running group and we all joined her, driving a car caravan on a beautiful Saturday morning...early.  The run went pretty well on a very technical course, full of ups and downs as well as rocks and tree roots.  We all had a great time. Congratulations to Wheezie for marking one off of her bucket list.

Treats and their calories

  • Cheetos 21 pcs. 160 calories
  • Coffee Plain/flavored (no mochas, etc) 0 calories (Thank goodness!)
  • Eggos (2) 190 calories
  • Log Cabin Syrup (for the Eggos) 1/4 cup = 210 calories
  • Fiber One Oats & Peanut Butter Chewy Bar (1) 1.4 Oz 150 calories
  • Oreo Cookie (3) 160 calories
  • Orv Redenbachers Popcorn (1 bag) 100 calories
  • Ritz crackers (wheat) (5) 75 calories
  • Rold Gold small Twist Pretzel (15) 110 calories
  • Sunchips Harvest Cheddar 15 chips 140 calories
  • Sunmaid Raisins 1/4 Cup 130 calories
  • Sweetarts Candies (13) 60 calories
  • Toast on wheat, butter/jam 110 calories

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