Thursday, 9/13/18


White People Food?

NYT obit: Diane Leather, 85, First Woman to Run Mile in Under 5 Minutes. What a story! I’ve been a track fanatic all my life, and I’d never heard of her until now. In my high school track days, the fact that a female had run a mile faster than us… Inconceivable.

Sue Johnston Is an Ultrarunning Pioneer

We’ve come a long ways, boys and girls. Video: A Journey to the Top of Mount Olympus.

Harvard Business Review: Nine Things Successful People Do Differently. In business and in sports as well.

Do Not Waste Good Time.

Bob Hayes, 91, ultrarunner dies at 91. Story.Movie.

Wednesday, 9/12/18

Not the usual fare:

Change a Word—Change Your Life

Can we choose our own identity?

Every Sunday in the New York Times, Kwame Anthony Appiah waxes wise in The Ethicist

Why women live longer than men

A Trip to Tolstoy Farm

Oregon’s first confirmed fatal wild cougar attack.More. Aside from a sense of being stalked a few times (rustling in the bushes), Don had a stare-down with a mountain lion near the entrance to Mentryville. No. 1 son had an encounter with three mountain lions in Mt. Pinos area, duly recorded on his gizmo.

Tuesday, 9/11/18

Remember. … 2,997 flags in Malibu, Calif., to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attacks on this day in 2001.CreditCreditFrederic J. Brown/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Check out the Nike ad on Caster Semenya. Yes, it’s touching, but were those really Semenya’s touching words or that of a copy writer? But more to the point, how do the other 800m runners (many being Nike sponsored) feel about it?

Ato Boldon reflects on track and field season breakouts, looks to 2019

5 training tips for the older runner

Walking Might Be the Best Exercise There Is. If so, gardening might be second best. …Now harvesting grapes, corn, pears, apples, plums, tomatoes…

Consider The Other Path

“It has long been our desire to see cross country running back in the Olympic Games,” said IAAF President Sebastian Coe. More.

Monday, 9/10/18

Alex Honnold Climbs Halfway Up a New Jersey Skyscraper

Alex Hutchinson: How to Time Your Exercise to Maximize Sleep

Jenny Simpson’s pillars of success. …Must see: Jenny yesterday at the Fifth Avenue Mile.

Weekend, 9/8-9/18

Jen A. Miller/NYT: Muscle Loss, Bathroom Scales, and Kindness

Pro Runners’ Salaries

Fifth Avenue Mile on the tube, Sunday, 9 AM, PDT

Diane Leather Charles, First Woman to Break 5-Minute Mile, Dies at 85

Fifth Avenue Mile results. …So how would you have finished in your age group? Yes, I know you’re not a miler, and Don isn’t either, but how are you going to improve on your 5K, or any race beyond the mile, if you don’t know and don’t work on, improve your mile time? …Every town should have mile races for all ages at least once a year. …I raced an All-Comers track mile in July, finishing in 7:56.84.

Michael Johnson, 50, experienced a mini-stroke. …In January, Don had the same, or maybe a TGA No hospitalization. Got every possible, imaginable test of the brain and heart. The last test was a 24 hours per day heart monitor for 30 days. The final verdict? You’re OK, no need for drugs or anything new. From day one I was told I could run as much I wanted, and I did. In fact, I raced a 5K with the monitor. …My father and older sister had TIAs and recovered sans further stroke/heart scares.

Friday, 9/7/18

An Ode to Fall Running

Q&A with Jeff Galloway

In California, Human Breath Is a Cancer Risk

Thursday, 9/6/18

Yes, I’m late. Was traveling most of the day. Now back in Eugene.

Leave No Trace Also Means Your Food

Q&A with Amby Burfoot

What should we read? …Left and right, Dems and Reps, believers and atheists, rich and poor, vegans and vegetarians and everything-in-sighters… Those people on the other side just might be ok, even fun and smart, who can cause us to pause, even think.

Wednesday, 9/5/18

The Myth of Slow Metabolism

Kipling’s “If” is the favorite poem of Serena Williams.

Tuesday, 9/4/18

Kenyan athletics – when does the benefit of the doubt run out?

BALCO figures offer how to rid sports of doping 15 years after scandal


Nicholas Kristof and daughter on the PCT. Six Years, Four Sore Feet, 2,650 Miles

Jen A. Miller/NYT: Running While Female. And more.

On Friday we posted a piece from Steve and Brad recommending Junger’s Tribe and Braving the Wilderness. We’d already enjoyed Tribe. Now ditto on the latter. …How smugly self satisfied can we be?

Q&A with Tyler Hamilton

The Barkley Marathons Creator Is Walking Across the Country…

September OTC Newsletter


No. 1 son summits Mount Eddy. …Eddy Details.

The Wizard of Foz …The story of Dick Fosbury.

Welch begins his chapters with the greatest collection of stirring epigrams I’ve ever found in a single work. That means it is a history filled with the suffering of pursuing a new idea in a world fanatically ready to doubt. It is about the power of invention, and the need for wisdom in teachers confronted by that invention. Fosbury and our society have needed decades to be able to fully tell or accept Dick’s story. Now it is done, and Welch does magnificent justice to it all. ~Kenny Moore

Jane Brody on countering muscle loss.

Extreme Athleticism Is the New Midlife Crisis

Harvard Business Review: 4 Strategies for Overcoming Distraction. Too busy or just inefficient?