Rich Rein

Rich is a lead software engineer by day, a firefighter/EMT by night, father to a young son - and working on becoming a runner in between.Race Results
  • Wow, what a year! Amazing accomplishment(s) Rich. Congratulations!

    • Rich Rein

      Thank you! Now the big question…what next?

  • Mike Sigrist

    I too ran 30 races this year, including my first du (I did three) A big step up from my 12 races last year. 2015’s new challenge is my first tri and I’m also doing the Looney Challenge and perhaps a marathon…such a big step for me though. Thanks for the read.

    • Rich Rein

      That sounds like a great year Mike, way to go! Given your duathlons this year, what was your training split between biking and running? And do you see that changing further this year to incorporate swimming as well, or were you already using that as part of your cross-training plan?

  • Chris

    I started my running journey in Apirl 2013 completing my first 5k (Fitger’s in Duluth)! For 2014 my goal was 1 race per month which I have made by completing the Reindeer run last Saturday. I completed various distances 5k, 8k, 10k, half marathon (3), and 1 full marathong (Twin Cities). I am still working on my 2015 goals, but it will be to do another marathon as even though I finished the TC marathon, I didn’t make my time goal, I know I can (under 4 hours, TC was 4:34 :/) I also want to pick a race series either the Team Ortho events or the MN Running Series events and complete on of those series.

    • Rich Rein

      Way to go on your year – it’s amazing how far the leap really is from 5K to marathon! Although I can see how running a race in Duluth could get someone hooked 🙂 Having run quite a few Team Ortho events in the past, and quite a few friends who continue to participate in MN Running Series events…for me, I would (and likely will) pick the latter. I have a few complaints about Team Ortho events (solely based on personal experience and a few close friends), mostly related to pre-race logistics, which I have communicated to them as they came up. Whichever you choose, keep us posted – and good luck hitting your goals this year!

      • Chris

        I have ran a few of the MN Running Series events (Goldy’s 10mile and the Reindeer run). My only complaint about the Team Ortho events are the size, it is crazy to be running with thousands of others, smaller race are fun because I could have a legitimate chance at getting near the top 🙂 I am trying to decide on a marathon to set my goals towards…either The Run for the Lakes in April (Nisswa, MN near where I use to live before moving to the metro 2 years ago) or even Grandmas, but I run into an issue with committing to training for a June race.

  • Tara

    My goal for this year was a race a month. Ended up with 14 in 14. I did both the MN Running Series and Team Ortho series plus a few others to fill in the months those series didn’t have races. I plan to do both for next year again. I volunteer with Team Ortho and earn the races for free which helps to cut down on the entrance fees. My goal for 2015 is to decrease my times.

    • frenat

      That’s a really good idea to volunteer to get races for free! How many did you run that way?

      -Nathan

      • Tara

        All four Team Ortho events I did. As a volunteer you earn 1,000 bones per hour that you volunteer. The longer the race the more bones it is. 5k’s are around 10-12,000 bones. I have already paid for the series for 2015 with the bones I earned this year. The have a volunteer tab on the race pages for more info to volunteer. It is a great way to meet and chat with other runners while volunteering and earning free races.

        • Rich Rein

          Nice work – on your racing streak, and on the volunteering! I have a friend who volunteers quite a bit with Team Ortho for the bones as well (if I am not mistaken, you also get all of the swag from a race when you volunteer), and it can be a great way to offset your entry fee budget. In general, I am also a strong advocate of giving back to the running community (Runner’s World had a great editorial earlier this year about getting over the “people will think that I am not good enough to run the race if I am working a water stop” hurdle) – whether in a formal volunteer capacity, or just doing your part to cheer people on (beyond just hanging out at a given spot long enough to see your friend/family run by). The running community, especially the one we are lucky enough to find ourselves in, is a pretty amazing group of people!

  • Greta Shomper

    Congrats on hitting your 2014 goals, that is awesome!
    My 2014 goal was to run further, smarter and faster, and to run my first marathon (stretch goal to BQ). Happy to say I accomplished all of the above! The Ultra Summit Challenge was great motivation for me, but the best thing I did was join a running group. Having a coach provide a structured training program opened my eyes to a whole new world of running….mostly that I can run a lot faster than I thought. Hence my goals for 2015 – hoping for a sub 21 5k, sub 44 min 10k and sub 71 min 10 mile. I also want to maintain a weekly base of at least 40 miles and stay healthy for Boston 2016.

    • Rich Rein

      Congratulations to you as well – and good for you for having your goals all figured out! Do you have a plan of attack, or are you just going to race as opportunities come up (while building a base which will support all three)?

  • Angela

    I know I’m reading this late but wow thats awesome! I’m running 5ks now and this year I really want to go for a half-marathon at least, maybe even a full one. Your 5k time improved a lot, did you train specifically for this or did it just come as you worked up to your marathon?

    • frenat

      I’ve heard it said that you can be doing 5k stuff at the same time you’re training for a marathon. Kind of all goes together.
      -Nathan

    • Rich Rein

      Good luck this year – I can certainly understand wanting to stretch and reach for more…but 5Ks can be pretty darn fun too! My primary goal for the year was the marathon, so most of my thinking was around a training plan which would build towards that. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective), I am incredibly competitive – so racing often helped keep me interested and pushing forward with measurable progress. I’d like to think that I could have seen similar improvements at any distance if I had focused as much as I had on the 5Ks (almost 30 of my races were 5Ks), especially given my starting point (not really running regularly and without any real structure when I did run). It will be interesting to see if I can continue to make as much progress this year, or if gains will be that much harder to find now…