In honor of Autumn Nicole McLain

Myself and Miles4Mentors are dedicating this weekends race, Moose Mountain Marathon, in memory my step daughter Autumn. She passed away last year Sept 30th from a tragic car accident. She was a mentor. To many young girls, she dedicated her time to teaching them dance. The girls she taught loved her as she was such a good teacher. She was a dedicated dancer through Colleens School of Dance and in high school as a captain for the Willmar Cardettes. She had a passion for mentoring young girls through teaching dance. She was so good at it. Her passion was for helping others succeed, through dance, her job and in her daily life, is truly the meaning of mentoring. She loved to help people. In her honor, I am running! Love and miss you Crazy Autumn Girl!


Autumn and Max 1

Moose Mt Marathon Lutsen, MN

What I’ll be doing next weekend! 26.2 miles of some of the most gnarly trails in trail running. This is a picture from the course I took last year when I volunteered at this race. It’s along the Temperance River going to Carlton Peak. Needless to say this will be a test of willpower. I’m not in the best shape for this considering… But I’m actually really looking forward to it. It’s been on my bucket list. Pursue your dreams… You never know what tomorrow may bring!


Moose Mt Marathon Stairway toMoose Mt Marathon

Kinda of BIG DEAL!

This is what happens when you don’t write for a while. We were at the Foxhole’s 3rd Anniversary Block Party this year. Thanks to Ryan and Liv Fuchs for having M4M be a part of this event. Renee and I work it all day and Alexa joined us for the late afternoon. Bands, food trucks, good beer and lots of people made for a great event. Made some great connections and raffled off a set of Slick Woody’s Custom Foxhole Edition boards. Raised some funds for the kids and got to talk to many good people about what we are doing in the community. Thanks to all who expressed interest and bought a raffle ticket. Was a great day for M4M.


Block Party Booth


Green Lake Triathlon

Was doing some work today for M4M! Olympic distance Green Lake Triathlon. Was a bit hot out but all in all a great day for the event. I was happy with my time considering the amount of training I got in. Renee and some friends where there to support me and that really helped. I look forward to to next year when I’ll be 55 and the younger one in my age group.



It’s been awhile…

To date so far since Jan… Running 558 miles

Biking Since April… 365 miles

Swimming since Jan… 47,305 yards (28.66 miles)

First time I actually added it up. Observations…

Swimming went down in May and June when I got my tattoo. Down 5000 yards for each month. Was at an average of 8 to 10,000 yards.

Running went up considerable after my knee started feeling better. 30 miles a month Jan to May and up to 80 in June and July. Feeling good but Superior should be interesting on Sept 8th.

Cycling spiked to 153 miles in July. Finally outdoors. Was averaging 50 miles a month.

So when I review this, I have a lot of work to do to reach my 2000 mile goal for the year. And I am contemplating signing up for Ironman Wisconsin next year in September. I am 75% a go for this. Have spoke to Renee and she is on board. Will need a coach. And Griffin Jaworski is the guy. I have yet to make contact but he is a son of some friends from Orlando, and he is a competitor himself. Competing in the World Championships for the 70.3 in South Africa.

Competing at Green Lake Tri Olympic distance on Sunday. Should be interesting… I am just going to do the best to my ability. Not in the shape I’d like to be in yet, but we’ll see what happens.

Stay tuned.

I am going to be writing more often… Promise



Foot Lake 4

dsc_09212Proud of these two runners, Nadira (9) and Abdi (231). They had a great race day! I (51) was happy to contribute to their participation in the Heart n’ Sole Running Club. This is what M4M is all about. When kids get a chance to participate in sports, they are learning valuable lessons that can last a lifetime.

Just look at that smile!