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Weekend, 7/20-22/18

The Nike Vaporfly 4% May Make You Faster. But I Don’t Have to Like That

Instead. Pig Yoga

7:56:84 last night in the Jogger’s Mile at Lane Community College. …The movie. …Old guy in the yellow shirt.

Jen A. Miller/NYT: The Humor in Running

…the average American takes in about 80 grams of added sugar daily, the equivalent of 20 teaspoons! More

Shelby Houlihan shatters 5,000m American record. More. Complete Belgium results.

Courtney Frerichs breaks American steeplechase record at Monaco Diamond League. More. Complete Monaco results.

National Geographic: While We Sleep, Our Mind Goes on an Amazing Journey

London results

COC #3 results.

Thursday, 7/19/18

NYT: Nike Says Its $250 Running Shoes Will Make You Faster. It May Be True. …If true and legal, should you admit your new marathon PR (say, 7 minutes faster) was done in those shoes?

OMG, Lance is back and Don is enjoying his blog

14 things successful people do before breakfast

Crazy at the TdF: Here. And here.

Drinking ourselves to death

Semi-Rad: Summer is here. Sweat Without Shame.

Read de jour: Thai cave footballers tell of how they tried to dig their way out

45th COC Summer Cross Country Series #2 Results

Wednesday, 7/18/18

Week That Was

Writing Prescriptions to Play Outdoors

To Stretch or Not to Stretch

Vin Lananna Resigns… …We think he’s terrific.

Last month in Eugene. Rai Benajamin. 47.02. Fastest collegiate, second fastest in human history. More.

Don’t Be a Texting Hypocrite

Calories Burned Walking vs. Running? …It all counts.

40 percent of adults in the United States who drink alcohol drink too much.

Why Runners Are Obsessed With Time Barriers

Forget The Gadgets and Hacks: Nail The Basics

Must see in full screen: Mt. Marathon video

Tuesday, 7/17/18

the morning shakeout. …Don’t miss Joe Vigil’s The Anatomy of a Medal. …We met Vigil on a plane, Eugene to Salt Lake City. Friendly, chatty guy.

Ben Thomas is the new UO distance coach.

Do maximal shoes raise risk of injury?

Cheap watch gets rave reviews.

Please Don’t Take Prescription Drug Advice from Kim Kardashian. Or a smart friend. Your PCP is probably the only person who has the knowledge (extensive medical file).

Glenn Crabtree writes, “His (Vigil’s) team is the ONLY one to score a PERFECT score 1-5 in a national championship Cross Country Race.”

Monday, 7//16/18

How running gait increases injury risk

Ed Bautista: Get Moving! (Exercise for Busy People)

She’s 84 and a champion pole vaulter. Watch.

Weekend, 7/14-15/18

Rabat/Diamond League results.

Alex Hutchinson: Why Perfectionists Get More Shin Splints

What Is Green Exercise?

Want To Become Extremely Successful? Do These 13 Things Every Day. …Read Ego Is the Enemy and The Obstacle Is the Way

Jen A. Miller/NYT: Training for Hills When You Live in a Flat Place

The ASICS Blackout Track: Ditch the headphones. Skip the smartwatch. It’s time to meditate on the move.Video

Friday the 13th

I am fearless, and therefore powerful. ~Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Today we will be at the Oregon Country Fair. With green hair. In 95 degree weather.

Take a Walk in the Woods. Doctor’s Orders.

Running After a Heart Attack. …Craig Godwin, our friend in Santa Clarita and now in Eugene, had a heart attack due to stress and overwork. Last year he set three American age group records in one race.

Become a Faster Runner With Strides

Thursday, 7/12/18

Ignore Calories and BMI

Here’s What It Takes to Hike the John Muir Trail. …Have a good BMI, says Alex Hutchinson.

Are Kilian Jornet’s Speed Records Too Good to Be True? …At five foot six and 128 pounds. Good BMI.

Video: Top Trails – Eugene, OR I love the Ridgeline Trail and Spencer Butte.

Finished Jacqueline Hansen’s A Long Time Coming. It’s terrific. Especially interesting on being a (the?) pioneer woman, training with Lazlo Tabori (and how much fast stuff they did in training), and the tough politics of getting women’s distance running beyond 800 meters. …Hansen was born in 1948, while Don was born in 1945. In our high school days, the idea of women competing in high school distance running was inconceivable.

Wednesday, 7/11/18

Jacqueline Hansen on Lazlo Tabori. More Than a Coach. …Hansen won Boston and set marathon world records in 1974 and 1975 (Nike-OTC Marathon, Eugene). …About 30 years ago, when Don was the editor of the Santa Clarita Runners newsletter, she gave us a terrific Q&A. …Order her book here. …Don did.

Her book tells the story of a true pioneer, who has lived the history of our sport and has helped make possible all that we women runners do today. ~Joan Benoit Sammuelson

How do cyclists physically survive the Tour de France?

Is it Fair for Runners to Compete in Prototypes?

The Power of Positive People

Keep Oslo Weird. …We love weird, a major reason why we love Eugene.

Steve Magness: Every once in a while we need to see god.

Diets don’t work.

As mentioned previously, Don took a Sunday tumble on the PCT. Today we start a weekly class, Tai Chi for Balance. Description: Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese form of exercise. It’s slow, graceful, rhythmic movements combined with natural breathing is invigorating and improves health. Tai Chi is great for improving balance and preventing falls. This class is designed for those with no Tai Chi experience.

Spitting? No, carb rinsing.

Tuesday, 7/10/18

the morninig shakeout

Goodbye, Hayward

Is Houlihan Beatable?

Five unscientific methods some sports coaches use

Do you sometimes wish you could give up a little—stop chasing so many pointless goals you probably won’t hit anyway? In Praise of Being Washed

NYT: Why Does Every Soccer Player Do This? …And runners after a race?