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Friday, 10/5/18

“Sorry, but I won the Boston Marathon,” Yuki Kawauchi told his boss. “Is it possible to have another day off?” Must Read.

Alex Hutchinson: How dopey is ultramarathoning?

Learning from native people.

The Man Who Paddled a Kayak From Germany to Australia

Ken Goe has the inside story on Galen Rupp. …Inside because Salazar and Rupp will return his calls.

Thursday, 10/4/18

Cross Country is also…

We Slow as We Age, but May Not Need to Slow Too Much

Hayward Field rounds a corner

The Total Reinvention of Gwen Jorgensen

Will Galen Rupp beat the American Record in Chicago?

After security at Milwaukee airport. Here. Where you put yourself together again.

Wednesday, 10/3/18

Cross Country is…

Week That Was

Steve Magness: The Simple Principle of Training

Extreme Athleticism Is the New Midlife Crisis

Are You a Lawnmower Parent?

1 in 3 US adults eat fast food each day. More surprising, higher-income families ate fast food more often than lower-income families. The corollary is that lower-income families are smarter.

Tuesday, 10/2/18

As if you needed reasons. Coffee up!!!

And a flu shot. 80,000 Americans died of flu last winter.

Cross country is a metaphor for life

Alex Hutchinson urges us to paddle or row. …Before the treadmill, I warm up on a Concept-2. Nine minutes = mile.

Monday, 10/1/18

Why Is Jakob Ingebrigtsen So Good?

Brad Stulberg on fake strength

Weekend, 9/29-30/18

Jen A. Miller/NYT: What Not To Do. And more.

Who Lives and Who Dies After Climbing Accidents

Video: Free Solo with Alex Honnold

How should we judge appeals to identity

More on the 50 Must-Read Books. My lady writes: “I have read six: CA, DE, KS, NB, OH, & VT.” Don read fifteen: AL, AK, AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, KS, ME, MA, MS, NE, NM, OH, UT. …Yes, my off-hand estimate of yesterday was way-off. …You? Email donmclean@pacbell.net.

2018 Master’s University XC Invitational results

Track in the Forest: The Creation of a Legendary 1968 US Olympic Team

Kids’ Brainpower Tied to Exercise, Sleep and Limited Screen Time. …Same for adults?

Best female American marathoner? It’s Deena Kastor, 2:19:36, London, 2006.
After Joan Benoit Samuelson, only other other female American Olympic marathon medalist.

Maybe the best running book in a while: Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory. Compelling. Don read in one day. Joe Vigil is a helluva coach. And a good guy too. Met him on a plane. He’ll talk to anyone!

Lotsa Joe Vigil on You Tube

Every coach must know their 400 and mile time. ~Joe Vigil

Friday, 9/28/18

Are you/Don a nightmare customer? Perhaps not, but who doesn’t brag about a purchase of the best product at the lowest price?

50 Must-Read Books on America, Categorized by State. I’ve read at least half. No stinkers. Will look today for others, including that on running the Rocky stairs. Long time ago, on a business trip, did that in the early morn, just like Rocky. But too shy to raise my arms. Of course my attire was first class, and obtained at he best price. …BTW, there are only 72 steps to the top.

Running Is My Therapy

Sigalert in Saugus: 1000+ Running Wild Tomorrow in Central Park

Thursday, 9/27/18

Week That Was

Boys don’t read

Born to sit?

About your service snake

News you can use! Should You Run or Freeze When You See a Mountain Lion?

Dress code?

Wednesday, 9/26/18

Roger Robinson on The Remarkable Ron Hill. …The British version of our Mark Covert. …Back when, barefoot racing in cross country was the norm. In 1961 and 1962, Don and most raced barefoot on the two mile cross country course at Mt. SAC, finishing on the track. …Ron Hill wrote The Long Hard Road. It was expensive and available only by corresponding with some source in England. I read Part I and it was terrible. Imagine being trapped on a hot bus next to some runner you didn’t know and he/she start boring you about every detail, every race… I didn’t buy Part II.

More about Ron Hill

Forbes: Q&A with Shalane Flanagan

I ran 100 miles in a day – this is what happened to my body

Alex Hutchinson’s Q&A with Michael Joyner: What’s Next in the Quest for a Sub-Two-Hour Marathon?

Likes on social media are never worth your life.

Of course we don’t give a crap about hockey, but…READ. …He wanted snot, and he wanted balls.

Tuesday, 9/25/18

Four decades later: Animal House

Bravest and craziest: Alex Honnold

the morning shakeout …Don’t miss the link to Kipchoge-12 reasons.

More Young People Are Dying From Drugs, Alcohol and Suicide. …And with sharp rise in obesity, U.S. life expectancy is declining.

Kicking My Caffeine Addiction …Years ago, I did that for 30 days. More recently, ditto on alcohol and everything else even slightly naughty for four months. Especially if older, your PCP will order an annual blood test, with results indicating a bit more discipline on the intake.