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Easter Weekend, 2018

Running Wisdom from 100-Year-Old Champions

Are you doing the carbohydrate mouth rinse? …You can read all about it in Hutchinson’s Endure. Fascinating read. Here’s the deal. Your coach, or anyone else who presumes to give informed advice, should read the book. …No, as a matter of fact, I don’t do the carbohydrate mouth rinse. I’m bad.

Consider Lisa Delong’s When Lightening Strikes Twice. …Yep, Dave Delong’s wife.

NYT: Running’s Magic Beans

Must see: SCV Sprints. Cool/informative graphic on Alysia Johnson/Montano. Best ever track & field athlete from SCV. No one achieved so much. …Is Matt Nali and his team the only entity covering SCV track & field? Why are the SCV track/running sites so weak (major exception being Paul Broneer/Canyon)?

Ken Goe provides Hayward Field update and links. …Note the success of Allie Ostrander at the Stanford Invitational. She’s only 5-1, 21 years old, and is one of the best steeplers in the world. And she does tough, crazy stuff like Mt. Marathon. …Way-tougher and more dangerous than The Beast. …Most runners (including Don) secretly think themselves kinda awesome, a tough hombre or kickass lady, but few love The Beast, Mt. Pisgah in Eugene, or unafraid to try the steeple. …The steeple hurdle is 30 inches for females, 36 inches for males.

Why Catholic Colleges Excel at Basketball

Why Pain is Necessary. …Reminds me of the brain training discussion in Hutchinson’s Endure. He shows how (and I believe) we can squeeze/tough out a better time in most every race.

Run Your Own Race

It all starts with a handshake

Nature: Closer Than It Seems. …Hey, as parents used to say (before it got “unsafe”), go outside and play.

Vin Lananna was clearly in a good mood on a cold morning. He said his remarks would be brief, like the shorts he was wearing for “some crazy reason,” and that he was freezing. He’s relieved that the Hayward renovation will begin. The 12 week Sunday training session will continue in 2019, but where he doesn’t know. (Maybe Hayward?) And finally, he said, though not knowing Bowerman, that Bowerman was big dreamer, big-doer, and that Bill would have loved to see what Hayward will become.

Friday, 3/30/18

USATF funny books?

NYT: Utah Passes ‘Free-Range’ Parenting Law. Making legal what used to be common sense.

Alex Hutchinson: 4 Ways to Fix Your Running Stride.

The Right Diet Can Help Prevent Running Injuries

Good news: SCV Hurdles is back! …Bad/no news. No Signal track & field story in 15 days.

Beast photos! …I miss The Beast.

Ken Goe: TrackTown Tuesday helps cement Eugene’s place in the sport. …We plan to be there to say hello to Justin Gallegos.

Winemaniac on Bordeaux Woo-Woo

Stanford Invitational entries. Includes Chris Low and Brian Zabilski. …And results

Thursday, 3/29/18

Breaking news from Harvard Business Review about your smart (damn) phone

It’s Time to Change the Rules of Track and Field

Affordable Alternatives to the Seven Summits

Star attraction in TrackTown: Justin Gallegos

One woman’s view: Cross country: when equality is neither fair or progressive

April Oregon Track Club Newsletter. Read Vin Lananna’s update on Justin Gallegos, the pride of Hart High.

Doug Binder/Dyestat: Next Version Of Hayward Field Will Be Great Too. …Once estimated to cost 60 million, the latest word is north of 200 million.

Golden Valley @ Valencia results

California mandates warning that coffee may cause cancer. Story.

Wednesday, 3/28/18

Week That Was

NYT: 2-Minute Walk Breaks? They Add Up.

Malcolm Gladwell and Alex Hutchinson discuss how extreme athletes learn to enjoy suffering. Video

More on that theme from Alex Hutchinson. …Endure, his book (back-ordered on Amazon), arrived yesterday.

The Joys and Benefits of Reading Books in the Wild

There are at least four links we liked in Marginal Revolution, a daily go-to site. Note the two on walking in San Francisco and Paris. You can’t say you know either until you explored them exhaustingly on the hoof. Ditto for downtown Los Angeles. …Leaving your g.d. car at home.

Seriously. You think you’re normal?

Amby Burfoot has a new book, Run Forever. Excerpt

Ken Goe asks, Wouldn’t it make sense for USATF to reinstate Vin Lananna?

Tuesday, 3/27/18

the morning shakeout

Canyon at West Ranch results.

Tricking Your Partner into Liking Outdoor Activities. …Some reason why he (or she) can’t just go for a a walk and talk on a regular basis? Who likes to be gamed?

This Woman Rides Her Bike 20,000+ Miles Each Year video

Over-raced or under-prepared?

Ready for negative feedback?Perhaps you can’t handle the truth!

Monday, 3/26/18

Eating Right

Bach unbuttoned

Important vs. Urgent

Auld Lang Syne on the Hoh River TrailMo Hoh

Sunday, 3/25/18

Ken Goe has the scoop on the size, scope and secrecy of the Hayward Field renovation

We said Goe (with The Oregonian, the Portland daily) had the scoop, and indeed he did. Now this from this from the Eugene daily, filed about eight hours later. See here. …Good work by both papers.

After some good times with family in Tacoma, we experienced the Olympic National Park. Stayed here. Nice! Yearly rainfall averages 12 feet. Sometime it’s up to 170 inches. That lodge has rainfall records since the 1920s. The rainfall has been the same for all that time. …Anyway, we went there because we wanted to experience the quietest place in the United States, that One Square Inch… …On a day that was rainy, mixed with snow, with a muddy trail. Quite an ordeal just to get to the trail head, to the One Square Inch and Mt. Olympus. (Yes, Mt. Olympus.) Consulting with the forest ranger, we were advised there are no trail markings, guides to the One Square Inch, and that it’s all “NOT SANCTIONED, IN ANY WAY A PART OF THE NATIONAL PARK PROGRAM.” No, the ranger wasn’t yelling, and was otherwise courteous, but wasn’t happy with the goofy people wanting to experience that special One Square Inch. He went on to say the special inch was not on the official Hoh River Trail, but we will see approximately where it is as the goofs have tramped down the flora and fauna thereabouts. …So we tramped for two hours, maybe getting within one square mile of the one square inch, and called it good. It was all good. As green or more as we’ve ever seen. And quiet. But we did hear two jets during the two hours. And our shoes we’re sopping, our feet numb, and called it good enough.

Terrific adventure stories today’s New York Times Magazine


Noise of nothingness.

Going to the quietest place in the United States

Science: People who read books tend to live longer

Run Faster With This Easy, Proven Form Tweak. Land on mid foot. Watch slo motion of the best runners. Vin and Ian stress mid foot, pointed straight ahead. Everything should be forward.

Remembering Prefontaine

In the NCAA D1 outdoor t&f rankings, the University of Oregon men are # 1 and Oregon women #2. See here and here.

Why do runners love Death Valley? Indeed, it stretches your eyeballs and blows your mind. …How ’bout that free marathon in Mohave?

Should You Keep Your Big Goals To Yourself?

Those who assert that everything is predestined still look before they cross the street. ~Stephen Hawking

Video: Random Acts of Kindness …In our lives, is kindness the norm or the exception?

You’re probably already in the top 5% of fitness. Don’t fret! Don’t split hairs.

Tuesday, 3/20/18

Spring is here. The vernal equinox is on March 20th at 12:15 PM EDT.

11 Types of Annoying Running Partners. You? I’m The Historian. But, hey, what’s there to say about my running future?

Finding Meaning and Happiness in Old Age

If you don’t look back on yourself and think, “Wow, how stupid I was a year ago,” then you must not have learned much in the last year. -Ray Dalio


Sebastian Junger: Why Are Men Violent?

These 80-Year-Old Athletes Will Blow Your Mind

What We Can Learn From A Styrofoam Cup

Monday, 3/19/18

March in Mammoth

USATF Masters Indoor Championships results. Southern California’s Gary Patton is the best in my age group. David Elliott is the best in Oregon. …More. …And two more here.

Tracking collegiate runners. Because, mostly, numbers don’t lie.

High altitude training for collegiate wrestlers. And runners of all ages?

Rowing and Your Muscles. If reasonably fit, you can probably row a mile in 10 minutes. And reasonably warmed up to get on the treadmill. A tip from cold and rainy Oregon.

Good stuff today from Ken Goe. …Don’t miss the 2007 video with Kenny Moore, mostly about his terrific book, Bowerman and The Men of Oregon