‘You can be a Duck and say you’re a Duck for the rest of your life.’ Love an Underdog? Oregon Has One to Root For
Men of Oregon, I invite you to become students of your events. Running, one might say, is basically an absurd past-time upon which to be exhausting ourselves. But if you can find meaning, in the kind of running you have to do to stay on this team, chances are you will be able to find meaning in another absurd past-time: life. ~Bill Bowerman
Great people know a great many things beyond their field. …Must read by David Epstein and Malcolm Gladwell. Here.
No jerks allowed. In Norway, with only 5.2 million citizens, with 11,000 sports organizations, 93% of children and young people are regularly playing sports.
Leo Tolstoy Makes a List of the 50+ Books That Influenced Him Most. …Dostoyevsky doesn’t make the cut. …Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were not best buds.
Mick Stanovsek!!! The Movie
Three inches in Eugene.
We are idiots now, we have been idiots in the past, and we will be idiots again in the future – and that is OK. There aren’t any other available options for human beings. …More
The Hindu, circulation 1.2 million, reviews Alex Hutchinson’s Endure
Tonight’s track workout for half marathoners and beyond here. Your coach is Ian Dobson, Olympian. His college coach was Vin Lananna.
Still snowing here.
Larry Eder/RunBlogRun on USATF board vs. USATF President
1 in 5 Americans have more credit-card debt than savings. Like the federal government. $20,769,498,460,581 in debt as of December, 2017. By now, about 21 trillion. Who cares?
New Fitbit Data Finds That Users In the U.S. Have the Highest Resting Heart Rates. And that’s not a good thing. …More.
The Sunday New York Times Magazine includes our favorite feature,The Ethicist. …Am I/you doing the right thing?
Ken Goe/Oregonian: Vin Lananna “taken aback” by the USATF board’s move
the morning shakeout nails it: This latest move (the Lananna putsch) is evidence of USATF’s incompetency, insecurity, and arrogance, and further confirms how out of touch the board members are with the organization’s membership and the myriad problems plaguing the sport in this country.
How fasting rewired my brain. What excesses in our lives need to be eliminated (OK, moderated)? I mean, besides running.
Ken Goe writes: If there are legitimate reasons for Lananna’s removal, the USATF board should say so and act in a transparent manner. In the meantime, this looks less like good governance, and more like dirty politics. …More.
USATF Indoor Championship results.
Convenience has the ability to make other options unthinkable. Read.
You can run the best half marathon of your life, but unless you extend your long runs and plan carefully, a marathon will eat you whole and burp out your shoelaces. An updated formula for marathon-running success
Best running/track & field blog? Bookmmark. Daily until football season.
Alex Hutchinson: Relax, We’re Nowhere Near the End of World Records
She got the world record and tore her colon.
What/when to see this weekend at the USA Indoor Champs.
After decades of not, we subscribe to Runner’s World. An issue for about half of what you pay for a cup of coffee.
We like Stephen Florida.
Animal House Turns 40. Filmed in Eugene.
Video last Sunday at Hayward Field. Watch carefully at around 1:10 in the video. There’s some old dude who appears to be a crazed disciple of Vin Lananna.
Paris, Now. …Now 49 years later, I wanted to re-visit Paris. But we’re going to Ireland instead. …Mark Helprin is my favorite living novelist.
A Challenge Race Shakes Up the Running Routine. It won’t kill ya. Might just change your life.
How To Run a Fast Marathon. Hint. Do your track intervals.
Russ Roberts: My 12 Rules For Life. …I know, until 10 minutes ago, I’d never heard of him.