Don’t miss: Q&A With Kara Goucher
Excellent: Q&A with Andrew Wheating
Watching sprinters jog slow is interesting. They are highly inefficient going slow. Watch a distance runner sprint and they are often inefficient at max speeds. Running fast and slow are skills. ~Steve Magness
Spencer Butte. The larger of the two volcanoes (retired) in Tracktown. Eugene is under the cloud cover, the Cascades beyond all that. Photo by No. 1 son.
Get buff in the buff here.
Want a Better Workout? Just Breathe …When was the last time you were short of breath in the first mile of a workout or race?
How Would Jesus Drive? …As fast as you?
Lets Run reflects on the amazing career of Andrew Wheating. A really good, approachable fellow, a smile for everyone. …Predictably, Mary Slaney did a last minute bail on a speech at the OTC Masters annual party. Wheating filled in. Boffo performance. Confessed he had not been consistently diligent in his workouts. You don’t expect such honesty from a two time Olympian. …More.
Steve Magness: Wisdom and Pain
OK, so it’s a coming-of-age novel involving ice hockey, fergodsakes, but I think you’ll like Beartown.
Confession. My kids attended Cow Pie High.
Bear in mind that brains and learning, like muscle and physical skill, are articles of commerce. They are bought and sold. You can hire them by the year or by the hour. The only thing in the world not for sale is character. ~Antonin Scalia
Speed/pre-race workout for the 800m specialist. …Too other worldly for you? Reminds me of a speed workout from at least 30 years ago. For several years or more, Gene Blankenship would ramrod a free ten mile relay race at Canyon High School. You show up, pick a partner, and alternate 800s (or 880s?) for ten miles. Think about it. Many lessons involved in the experience. And it was fun too.
Ed Whitlock stats.
Semi-Rad: The Great Dirtbag Pissing Contest
Andrew Wheating Retires. A class, fun guy.
A beginner’s guide to longevity research. Fun fact: Eunuchs tend to live longer than their contemporaries by 14-19 years.
What is Uncle Xi reading? More Western classics than thee and me?
Just read Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce. By legend, Chief Joseph led about 800 men, women, and children in a 1,170-mile fighting retreat, cross country in the worst conditions, pursued by renown Civil War generals… Except he didn’t. I mean, he wasn’t the head chief until the end, the other chiefs being dead. It’s a sad story very well told.
Allie Kieffer, 5th at the 2017 New York City Marathon, writes: My Weight Has Nothing to Do With How Good a Runner I Am
My coach is Vin Lannana, assisted by Ian Dobson. More.
Meb Keflezighi: How to Set Good Running Goals.
Alex Hutchinson: Fitness Research for 2018
BBC: Which sport are you made for? Take our 60-second test. …I’m less suited for long distance running. Who knew?
Consider cross country skiing. It’s easy to learn and lots of fun. …Downhill skiing? If a runner, don’t even think about it.
Running or drumming?
Do you dislike someone because they are male, female, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, right wing, left wing, rich, poor, Asian, Caucasian, black, gay, neighbors, young, old, fat, skinny, ugly, pretty, smelly, brainy, stupid, narrow minded, broad minded, sprinters …The Retreat to Tribalism
Video: Fartlek With Grand Valley State. Best done with your mates and the coach watching.
We trapped, spray painted, and deported 76 squirrels in 2017, 61 being fox squirrels and 15 being grey squirrels, a residence record, the previous best being 58. We’re motivated because the squirrels compete with our feathered friends at the feeding stations. But we’re not unkind. We knew a Quaker gentleman and birder. He would trap and asphyxiate the squirrels. Later, at the retirement home where gunny sack gas chambers were not allowed, he would trap and export them to the pond in the woods for dawn and private swimming lessons.
Sensitivity readers? For snowflakes.
January, 2018 Oregon Track Club Newsletter
For those who procrastinate. I haven’t read it, but I will later.
NYT: A Tiny Vermont Town (3000 residents). 11 Olympians. Spawned Andrew Wheating.
Q&A with Justyn Knight, 2017 NCAA XC Champ. I met him, along with some Syracuse mates, at the South Eugene High School track when he was a freshman, in town for the track National Championships. They were all friendly guys, but Justyn was especially so, bright and very chatty.
On Sunday the Lane County Audubon Society did it’s annual bird count, mostly by groups in the field. We did ours within the confines of our property and reported:
Spotted Towhee 4
Dark-eyed Junco 12
Golden-crowned Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 8
Fox Sparrow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Anna’s Hummingbird 1
Pine Siskin 1
American Crow 14
European Starling 8
Scrub Jay 3
House Finch 23
House Sparrow 12
Cooper’s Hawk 1
American Robin 4
Northern Flicker 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Song Sparrow 1
Varied Thrush 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 (both Audubon’s)
Mourning Dove 2
California Quail 11
If you plan on qualifying for the Canyon track & field team… Consider.
“Marrying the right person is the single most important decision you’ll ever make in your life. …More. …Don’t be stupid.
Focus! Avoid caffeine? Wait a sec.
Surround yourself with people that push you to do and be better. No drama or negativity. Just higher goals and higher motivation. Good times and positive energy. No jealousy or hate. Simply bringing out the absolute best in each other. ~Warren Buffet
Coming soon. Bike Paths Paved With Toilet Paper