Author Archive

Weekend, 12/16-17/17

Read du jour. On legendary biologist, writer, and runner Bernd Heinrich. He’s 77, running the 10K in about 47 minutes, living with another legend, 57 year old Lynn Jennings.

Excellent: Racing the Antelope and Why We Run

Ever wonder about the namesake of the Catholic church on Copper Hill in Saugus, CA? I have. Turns out the writer on the Heinrich story has a book that, in part, tells the story of Kateri Tekakwitha.

Dyestat ranks Mariah Castillo as sixth best in the nation. Here.

Sonia O’Sullivan: Why running the mile is still the perfect distance. …Gut check. What is your current mile time? I’m guessing you don’t know, and don’t want to know. I race the mile once a year, usually on the track at Hayward Field. This year I ran 8:13. Dead last. Mortified and depressed.

Brad Stulberg: Use Your Mind to Push Your Body

Huh. California Warns People to Limit Exposure to Cellphones More.

NYT: Running

Good reads and video here. Learn about the Stoics and caffeine naps. Yes, you read that right.

Friday, 12/15/17

Hurricane Harvey Could Barely Slow Down Sabra Harvey, 68

Happiness is down in America.

What we’re doing is not working.

Eat your veggies! Fresh, frozen, or canned.

Craig Fowler hiked AT, PCT, and Continental Divide and pedaled Tour Divide, the Colorado Trail Race, and the Arizona Trail Race. Read.

The School Closed. The Players Left. But the Coach Can’t Quit.

Video: Eliud Ngetich Late Evening Fartlek in Central Park 15 x 1:1 hard/ easy.

Thursday, 12/14/17

How Symmetrical Are You?

Alex Hutchinnson: Don’t Let Pollution Stop You from Exercising

Speed Development

TrackTown USA Newsletter

World’s oldest guy (113) discloses longevity secrets.

World Political Leaders 5K results.More.

Semi-Rad: The ShortCut Is: There Is No Shortcut

Wednesday, 12/13/17

71-Year-Old Sets Blazing Fast Mile World Record—on Low Mileage

Being injured sucks. …Just bad luck or being stupid?

USA marathon champ Sara Hall defies convention. Of course we’re all different, and sometimes you’re lucky.

If you had the bucks, would you buy a da Vinci or restore sight for nine million people? The Man Who Didn’t Save the World

Good advice

The Western Elite from a Chinese Perspective

Video: We Do Not Run For Prize

California 17th, Oregon 20th healthiest states in the United States. Story.

Tuesday, 12/12/17

More love for Joe Newton. …Check out the Mr. Newton documentary, The Long Green Line.

Laugh here and here.

The problem with having a 3:00:35 marathon PB is I now have to run another one to break 3. Looking for a spring marathon with a very flat course. Any suggestions? ~Nick Symmmonds

Awesome: National Anthem 2017 Army – Navy Football Game 118th Edition

the morning shakeout

Paralympic Medalist Mentors 4th Graders

Eric Schranz says Gene Blankenship is the Joe Newton in his life. Ditto for sis Kristen. …More.

Alexi Pappas Takes Napping Seriously

Monday, 12/11/17

Super Goethe. My gang (old boys and girls) are still buzzing about Leonardo.

Fun read: Kick Against the Pricks

$600 kicks. I’d be embarrassed to buy them. Even if they returned me to my times of four years ago, that spry and speedy version of Don at 68. …More.

It’s nice to be great, but it’s FAR greater to be nice. ~Joe Newton

Finally, an avocado “as big as my head”

12 Habits to Keep up Your Running Motivation. Yeah, yeah, that’s what I thought. But I read it anyway and am glad I did.

Weekend, 12/9-10/17

Sleep vs. Exercise

Muddy, Thirsty, Naked, Joyful: Running Through Bears Ears National Monument

The Ultimate Adventure Vacation? Paying to Get Lost

Gary Patton (71) just ran 5:29.81 to break the 70+ indoor mile world record. …More. …My Eugene area rival beats me by two minutes in a 5K. Patton competes in Eugene about once a year and beats my rival by two minutes.

Bernard Lagat (43 next week) did an impressive 12 mile workout

NYT: Running Gift Guide, etc.

Pre, Pre Classic, Salazar, Olympic Trials… Greatest event ever at Hayward Field? Here.More.

A Legend Has Passed: Joe Newton RIP 1929-2017

The USATF National Masters XC Championships held this weekend. Craig Godwin was 15th in the 50-54 AG. Mike Blackmore was 3rd in the 55+ AG. Results.

Video: Kilian Jornet in the Northern Lights

Friday, 12/8/17

Breaking news. Results from the 2017 High Desert 50k Ultra and 2017 High Desert 30k. Rolling desert terrain on jeep roads, single track trails, and sandy washes, with elevation. Older/tougher (than thee and me) SCV friends in race::

50K
Denis Trafecanty, 75, 7:24:46

30K
Glenda Kimmerly, only 66, 4:20:20
Marv Powers, 89, 5:29:42
Gaylon Rodin, 75, 5:37:59
Patricia Devita, 83, 6:01:23

The event used to include a marathon. I ran it once and won (over about a dozen other sissies, not tough enough to do the 50K). Will never forget the shock and awe of a huge explosion several miles away during the race. The course is near the Naval Weapons Center, and some ordinance was detonated on that clear and cold Sunday morning

Meanwhile, per pending lawsuit, NFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon grabbed, drugged, and threatened…

The Summer of Solinsky

How A Small Alaskan Fishing Town Saw The 4-Minute Mile

The Vaporfly Cult

Quack stuff for vets?

Alex Hutchinson: 5 Sports Science Studies That “Failed”

Badass? This Guy Was the Real-Life Inspiration for Indiana Jones

Werner Herzog Gets Shot

Thursday, 12/7/17

On the joys of running with others.

Hug It Out, Man

Q&A with Mariah Castillo

Best Prep Running Program in California?

What does it take to run a sub-3 marathon? …Helpful?

Why Los Angeles is Burning

Loved this one from Amby Burfoot: The Endless Toil of the Somewhat Grumpy, Fiercely Independent, Formerly Fast Meteorologist-Turned Big Data Guy. …Ever been to The Lost Coast? No, I haven’t either. Must do in 2018. The lady who allows me house privileges has a great story about being lost in Petrolia, asking directions. Petrolia, by the way, is so out of the way that my spell check refuses to acknowledge its existence. …I’m very familiar with Eureka and Arcada, as my brother in law lives in the area. Curious, fun area; a must see. Don’t miss the redwood forest behind Humboldt State.

Semi-Rad: Put More Self-Flagellation In Your Vacation

Best Generals All Time? Interesting, eh? But what I’d really like to see is the best cross country/running (prep/college/elite) coaches all time. Please forward ASAP.

Wednesday, 12/6/17

Alan Webb’s Final Workout

World 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi was a one-lap sprinter before he focused on the metric mile. Read

4 Ways to Master Your Running Form …Some simple tweaks, disciplines might cure your/my inefficiencies. Many decades ago, a friend and rookie runner was easily recognized from afar by his right hand flapping. Gene Blankenship told him that for two weeks (or something like that) he was not allowed to run a step without a tennis ball in his right hand. So he did that. Problem solved.

What I Learned At Phil Knight’s Big Basketball Birthday Party

The Secret to Happiness? Simplify. …Mostly sound advice, insights you already have and not yet followed. …PK has not followed the writer’s advice.

NYT: How Exercise Can Make for Healthier Fat