Old Finnish Joke: A Finnish introvert looks at his shoes when he talks to you, and a Finnish extrovert looks at your shoes.
Q&A with Stephen Haas, Cheserek’s Coach. Tonight Ches will try to become the fourth man to break 3:50 in the mile indoors. …And tomorrow he races the 3000? Details.
How New Zealand made Edmund Hillary, the man who conquered Everest
Alex Hutchinson: The New Science of Training Your Gut
In praise of slow thinking in the internet age
American adults who believed that they were less active than their peers died younger than those who believed they were more active — even if their actual activity levels were similar, research shows. Study. In my day, when misbehaving I’d be instructed to “take a lap.” …Now I have a Fitbit Charge 2. Throughout the day it will buzz me, albeit discretely, usually unnoticed, if I haven’t taken 250 steps in the past hour.
Alex Hutchinson: The Curiously Elastic Limits of Endurance
More Hutchinson: How top athletes dip into usually inaccessible reserves of strength and endurance
And more Hutchinson.
Hat tip from Malcolm Gladwell
Runners Who Care Pick Up Litter. Back when, in Santa Clarita, teams of Santa Clarita Runners would devote a Saturday morning to picking up litter at the area high schools and/or ten miles on the bike trail. And felt very good about themselves afterwards. Deservedly so. …Of course you don’t need a support team.
Mindfulness No Better Than Watching TV?
Nick Foles’ inspirational message. Hang in there.
Bill Gates Names His New Favorite Book of All Time. …More.
the morning shakeout
Who belongs in the National High School Track & Field Hall of Fame? How about Jeff Nelson? He held the two mile record for 29 years. …More.
The Olympic Moment When South Korea Left the North Behind
Double your pleasure. …Yes, we have the time, and our excuses are BS.
Amby Burfoot says Alex Hutchinson’s book, Endure, is “one of the best”
Are We Reaching the Limits of Homo sapiens?
L.A. has the world’s worst traffic congestion
Why do I live in this God forsaken rain-soaked shit hole? ~Lauren Fleshman, about Eugene, March 13, 2012
Is icing good for runners?
Q&A with Alysia Montano
Kenny Moore loves Eugene. …Moore ran in the Olympic marathon at both Mexico City and Munich, finishing fourth in 1972.
What Cross-Country Skiing Reveals About the Human Condition. I think you would like it. Take the day off. Drive to the snow (faster than waiting for it, which may involve more years than you have). Rent the skis. Get a 15 minute lesson. And you’re good to go.
After 45 Birthdays, Here Are ’12 Rules for Life’
Property next to Don is for sale. 425 steps from the Willamette River Trail.
Goods Fats. Bad Fats
the morning shakeout
What You Can Learn from Fighter Pilots
As it happens, I’m now reading Carrying The Fire. It’s terrific. The book was gifted to me, and my first thought was to give it pass. But she (who must be obeyed) urged me otherwise, it being actually written by Michael Collins, a frank and funny account of the Apollo mission. “At the risk of alienating friends,” he writes, Collins provides a pros and cons paragraph on other astronauts he worked with the the 60s and 70s. Ouch! Glad he doesn’t know me to sum up for the world. Collins is now 87. …Recent Q&A video. …Here’s a link (that may not work) to the 1974 NYT book review …Tom Wolfe wrote a great book about fighter jocks, astronauts, and the space program. Read The Right Stuff
Alex Hutchinson/The New Yorker: Pushing the Limits of Extreme Breath-Holding