Friday, 10/27/17

Remembering Terry Laughlin:

Brad Stulberg on escaping the rut:

A good one about Julian Edelman and his resolve to be in the NFL.  Work hard and don’t eat crap.

Force and motion of an elite Kenyan.

“Running mindfully is basically an attitude switch—you’re forced to step away from your pity party.” More:

Was lunching yesterday with some old boys and girls, none of them runners.  The subject of Steve Prefontaine came up.  One guy told of his third grade class on a field trip to Hayward Field.  Steve was there and gave them a little talk, then took them on a lap, telling them stories.  One inspired kid suddenly bolts ahead, only to soon feel a hand grab on his shoulder.  “Hey,” said Steve, “you’re going to have to grow and get faster to get ahead of me.” …
Another guy said he used to go out drinking beer with Steve.  The guy’s girl was best friends with Steve’s girl.  Usually, they would go to a red neck tavern in Coburg, a small town outside Eugene, where it was unlikely people would know him.  How much beer would he drink, I asked.  Pitcher each, he said.  And remember, he continued, pitchers were a lot bigger back then.  The guy continues: “Pity about him losing at the Olympics.  He was out drinking with the coach the night before the finals.  Didn’t realize that German beer was twice as strong the American piss beer.”  …Any of that stuff true?  I have no idea.
The Legend Lives On:

Thursday, 10/26/17

Training Tips From Mile Legend Steve Scott:

Famous runners of yore gather:

Teen brain drain:

We liked:

Fat but fit? Consider:

Wednesday, 10/25/17

So Long, Meb!

Busy dad smashes FKT on the John Muir Trail:

Busy working mom of four wins marathon, busting “No Time” myth.

Busy Darrell General has the time and, more importantly, the will.

Which of us is not saying to himself—which of us has not been saying to himself all his life: “I shall alter that when I have a little more time”? We never shall have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is.” -Arnold Bennett, How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

It’s a fun and wise and quick read. Here:

Mario Fraioli is spot on with his recommendation on the Tim Ferriss podcast with Walter Isaacson.  It’s terrific. I have the da Vinci bio on order.  You can’t beat his biographies on Jobs, Einstein, and Franklin.  We came up with the Ben’s Ten race directly after reading Isaacson’s Franklin.

Einstein’s tip:

Garrison Keillor in Eugene:

We missed Keillor’s heart-healing show.

Don’t miss.  Boris Berian.  2016 world indoor 800 champion. 

It’s probably best to not cogitate and race/train hard at the same time.

Tuesday, 10/24/17

More dairy?

Lazy Person’s Guide to Happiness:

Can money buy happiness?

This defies gravity, physics, all comprehension:

Amby Burfoot tweets: RIP Terry Laughlin, master swim coach & founder of Total Immersion Swimming. He mixed art, science, Zen, and had an insatiable curiosity. …More:

More on Terry Laughlin and TI.  If you see someone swimming, gliding and seemingly effortlessly, it’s probably a TI swimmer.

Lousy timing!  Leaving town just hours before (visit my son in Mt. Shasta City):

More on buns.

Monday, 10/23/17

NYT obit on oldest woman marathoner:

Stoicism in professional sports:

Catching up with Alexi Pappas:   

CIF-SS XC polls:


Weekend, 10/21-22/17

Is chocolate healthy?

Why babies  (and the rest of us) need to read.

NYT Running:

Brief update:

Great Oak girls better Saugus course record at Mt. SAC.  West Ranch boys beat Saugus and Canyon:

Must read (I’ve read the book thrice):  

BTW,  Leener is donating September & October book sale proceeds to American Red Cross relief efforts for hurricane victims in the U.S. Sales have been brisk!

Friday, 10/20/17

Steve Magness:

Fast and last?

I quit showering…

Thursday, 10/19/17


Q&A with Johnny Gray:

10 Basic Rules for Adventure:

Glenn Crabtree writes:   Have been running in the Las Vegas area and ran into Sylvia Mosqeda here.  She is still lightning fast and coaches some fast dudes.

Cowboy news:

Wednesday, 10/18/17

Good read:

400m hill repeats.  With serious stretching before and after: 

About disgust, death, danger, and more besides.


Tuesday, 10/17/17

Smartphones more deadly than terrorists.

Now if you would just lose some pounds…

Ban the heiny huggers?