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Tuesday, 4/10/18

CORRECTED VERSION: Zach Schroeder, head track and cross country coach at Master’s, writes: TODAY at 6pm at City Hall there will be a discussion about expanding Dockweiler to Railroad. This expansion would greatly enhance the safety of Placerita Canyon, and specifically alleviate traffic on Placerita Canyon Road. I believe this would enhance the safety of runners and cyclists. Can you help me spread word to the running and cycling community that we need help supporting the city’s measure to expand this road? All we need are individuals to arrive at City Hall by 5:30 pm and sit in attendance. The visual support for this measure would greatly enhance the likelihood of the road eventually going through. The more individuals we have that support this measure the safer it will be for runners and cyclist alike.

Don here. That’s a great idea. Back when, there was no Central Park, and cross country meets bounced around Santa Clarita. With CP, the course kept changing, rarely for the better. One memorable course had runners jumping off curbs, running through the parking area, actually dodging moving cars. So about 15 years ago, a few of us started showing up at the monthly Parks & Recreation meetings at City Hall, and speaking during the public comments portion of the meeting. Every month for five months. Most local coaches were not interested, but Dave Delong was there and gave an excellent talk. Eventually, a Signal reporter came up with a terrific story, filled with some funny and juicy quotes from the community. And a few days later a city councilperson spread the word that the city and community needed to talk, and we did at CP. The result being what you see today.

Nearly one million people run in Beijing’s Olympic Forest Park each day. On China as an emerging force in running. Here.

the morning shakeout

Deena Kastor on Boston: No Pressure, All Gratitude

Go here for video on Happiest Countries and The Lost Coast.

Video: How Alberto Salazar Trains Mental Toughness In Running

Monday, 4/9/18

Eleanor Fulton, “a card-carrying Nervous Person,” on Pre-Race Anxiety and Why it Doesn’t Matter

William Blake in Doc Martens. Totally kick-ass.

Will Mt. SAC, Eugene, or Sacramento host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials?

Scientific American on dog farting. Possibly all you will ever need or want to know.

Weekend, 4/7-8/18

Andrew Wheating, The Coach

To avoid back pain, lift heavy things.

Brad Stulberg: The Case For Not Changing a Thing

How to Enhance Performance on Competition Day

Ryan Holiday’s 42 Books That Will Make You A Better Person (Each Described In 1 Sentence) We recommend Holiday’s Ego Is the Enemy and The Obstacle Is the Way. …There are so many greats out there we avoid. Middlemarch was one of those for me. Even made a couple runs into it and stalled out in the first chapter. Finally, after again noticing some very, very smart people (not English majors, like Stephen Hawking), saying it’s one of the best books ever… Now a third through and loving it. Very funny.

Kobe Bryant Creates Foundation…

Jen Miller/NYT: Coaching, Bananas, and Mystery Illness

Pepsi Invitational results. Conditions poor. Don, fair weather fan, did not appear.

Read du jour: What the Arlee Warriors Were Playing For

Ken Goe On the practicality of Hayward’s east side… …Vin Lananna, former UO head coach and still UO something-or-other, says UO spends over $100,000 yearly to keep the east side from collapsing. Like wine, its fine in its time, but…
BTW, the old west side was about to collapse in the mid 70s. It was replaced with the present structure for less than a million.

Mariah Castillo breaks Saugus school record in the 3200. …Shannon Murakami had the previous school record, 10:31.24, set in 2007.
…Mariah blew away Lauren Fleshman’s Foothill record (set in 1999) by nine seconds. …Still no track& field stories in The Signal since March 15.

NYT: Jane Brody’s Personal Secrets to Lasting Weight Loss

Friday, 4/6/18

She Used Bananas for Axle Grease and Elephant Fat for Motor Oil

Coach suspended for holding a voluntary track and field practice on a snow day

Tracktown Tuesday recap. OK, but fails to reflect on the spirit and warmth and fun. Everyone loved Justin’s portion, and cheered him with gusto. Johnson and Ferris were full of fun facts and exaggerations, and most would have gladly stayed another hour. …Read Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog.
Therein Knight reports Johnson, his sole (heh,heh) employee would bombard him with letters and phone calls, most of them unanswered and/or ignored.

Tomorrow we will probably attend the Pepsi Invitational. Craig Godwin, 50, who once lived in Santa Clarita, is in Event 7, the Mixed Mile. Last year Godwin set a world age group record in the 25,000m. …More on Craig Godwin.

Below you will find our March report to the local Audubon Society on birds sighted on or from our property. Only birds new for the month are reported after the first of the month.

Birds, 109 E. Hillcrest Drive, Eugene

Libbie Marshall and Don McLean, March 2018

March 1
American Crow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco ~20
Townsend’s Warbler 1
Canada Goose ~10
California Quail 11
Varied Thrush 1
Northern Flicker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Mourning Dove 2
Western Scrub Jay 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Bushtit 6
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Song Sparrow 1
Anna’s Hummingbird 1
House Finch ~20
House Sparrow 3
Spotted Towhee 2
European Starling 1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1

March 2
Turkey Vulture 1
American Robin 3

March 3
Fox Sparrow 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow 3

March 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1

March 5
Pine Siskin 2

March 6
Mallard 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1

March 9
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1

March 14
Lesser Goldfinch 2
Bald Eagle 4

March 25
Wild Turkey 4

Notes:

California Quail: The covey is now down to seven birds, five males & two females. Predation, power struggle result, or mate search?

Northern Flicker: We are still seeing hybrid birds; this morning, a female with a red-naped crescent visited one of our suet feeders. We will keep our eyes out for the male with the black malars and the female with the all grey head. We have several others that have the markings of the red-shafted except that they are “pumpkin-shafted.” (See photo that I took a while back)

Yellow-rumped Warbler: We have had up to six at the feeders at one time…prolific this year.

Bald Eagle: We had four adult bald eagles soaring over our home on the 14th. They looked to be two twosomes. Our former record for the number of Bald Eagles seen at the same time above our home was two.

Wild Turkey: A new bird species for our property but not a surprise as we saw 13 on E. Hilliard on 1-13-18. The four seen on 3-25 were all hens.

Thursday, 4/5/18

Alex Hutchinson: Best Way to Pace a Marathon

A Woman’s Struggle With the Fear of Camping Alone

Perhaps you need a Palatial Mountain Getaway

Are You Serious or Curious?

Scientific American: Resisting Technology, Appalachian Style

Concern Yourself With Running Well. Is your form the best it can be?

Wednesday, 4/4/18

Week That Was

In Praise of Bernard Lagat

Finally! Clothes washing mystery solved by physicists. …What is your surfactant gradient?

Bananas beat sport drinks

A Runner’s Mysterious Illness, With Her Dad at Her Side

Video: When Mountains Speak

Rupp is insane. Workout of the Day

Training culture

OK, so last night we attended Tracktown Tuesday, the insane brainchild of Vin Lananna in 2007. The first one had a crowd of 30. Now they’re 200+. Last night possibly 300+. First time for us, though I’ve been here for six years. But, hey, it’s past my bed time.

Last time I saw Justin Gallegos was three years ago, in town with his grandparents to see Eugene/UO, where Justin announced he was considering attending. The grandparent eyes were rolling, and possibly hoping we would discourage Justin. But as we all know, discouraging Justin… Anyway, Justin led off the program and won the night. Most and longest applause. …Afterwards promised us to do a Q&A.

There was a drawing for a special surprise. Don won. What, they didn’t say.

There was an interview with some UO super women who kicked butt at the NCAA Indoor Champs. Some Oregonians, but also twins from Australia and a Georgetown alum with a semester of eligibility. Eugene is a magnet.

Yesterday we mentioned the two Nike galoots would appear. Both were unbelievably funny and with some crazy stories. They traded up-the-ante tales about Nike and other stuff you can hardly believe. But probably true. Just for you, in the dark, I was feverishly jotting down stuff. 90% of it is unreadable. So sorry. You’ll just have to get up here some day. …There was a professional video guy and he told me the entire evening is on tape. I’ll check on that.

On the ten minute drive downtown, she asked if I thought Ken Goe would be there. As he lives in Portland, 100 miles away, and does a column every morning, I said no way. But there he was afterwards, cornering Vin. No way was anyone getting between those two.

So we’re walking out, having collected a lot of pens, trinkets, and a Pre poster for the man loft, and she said, “Aren’t you forgetting your prize.” Indeed, and there was a lady at a table looking for a Don McLean. The prize was two tickets to the NCAA D1 four day championship meet.

Tuesday, 4/3/18

E-Bikes: Dorkmobiles or Saviors of the Universe?

Q&A With Gwen Jorgensen on Her Move to Marathoning

When 26.2 miles just isn’t enough. Biggest plus about ultras, in my view, is that it gets you into the mountains.

the morning shakeout

Hooked on Vitamins? Here’s a bold idea. Ask your PCP.

“…the first thing the (NFL) coach asked me is what I would do if he punched me in the face right now?”

Bike Lanes May Be The Most Cost-Effective Way To Improve Public Health. …How crazy is it that runners drive to the gym, track, or trail? Or asking mom to drive you? Ever seen a coach…? OK, OK, I know…

Fun rant on decluttering.

Jenny Simpson donates 200 pairs of running shoes to Colorado kids. Video

Tonight we’re going to Tracktown Tuesday. Looking forward to seeing Justin Gallegos, our friend from Santa Clarita. And Nelson Ferris, third-ever employee at Nike and Jeff Johnson, first-ever. Both have fun stories to tell. More here. Note that story was by Matt McCue. His book, An Honorable Run, is a good read.
About eight years ago we got him to give an inspirational talk to The Master’s cross country team.

Monday, 4/2/18

How Nike dominated Oregon high schools in one fell swoosh. …Any concerns about that?

Allie O. talks about her “pool party” and about always moving forward. Here

“Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.”
Proverbs 26:12

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