Tuesday, 10/23/18

Jack Kerouac And The Irish Runners’ Pipeline To Villanova

On any given day in America, about one-third of adults will eat fast food. Story. …And the higher their income, the more likely they are to do so.

Cam Levins broke the Canadian national record for the marathon, 2:09:25, fueled by sweet tea. …Back in the day, 1960, swimmers and some runners swore by honey.

the morning shakeout

Supplements? Only about a quarter of Americans who take supplements are taking them at the recommendation of a physician.

20 sad running stories in only 3 words …Don: Racing hard downhill.

Goe on The Foz. Check out that statute. We will. Corvallis is an hour from Eugene.

Weekend, 10/20-21/18

Not exercising worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease

12 Authors Write About the Libraries They Love. …I’m guessing a study would prove readers live longer. And are happier. That’s me. It’s a sure bet I’m happier after a visit to the library, usually every other week, with 8-10 books checked out. …Why do women read more? …Got a relative about my age, witty, wealthy, graduate of a major university. Every time I see him, about every few years, he says aloud and in a group, “I don’t understand why you people read books.”

Smithsonian: Growing Up Surrounded by Books Could Have Powerful, Lasting Effect on the Mind

Icelanders bought 47% fewer books in 2017 than they did in 2010. Que pasa? …BTW, I want to go to Iceland.

Hug It Out

Dick Fosbury statue revealed.

Alex Hutchinson: The Most Valuable Training Data Is Surprisingly Simple

Jen A. Miller/NYT: Running

Michael Lewis on The Library Book. About the fire at the Central Library in Los Angeles. And more. If living in the area, you really must go there. Take the train! Walk the city. Lunch at the Biltmore. Drinks or dinner at the revolving restaurant, 34th floor, Westin Bonaventure. …In 1960, the Dems had their convention in Los Angeles, staying at the Biltmore. I went down there with a buddy, visiting the candidates’ proselytizing suites on the main floor, pretending we gave a damn. The Adlai Stevenson people were especially nutty, and strongly urged us to join them at the convention hall, Sports Arena, to scream for Adlai. We didn’t bite. Wish we had. That would have been a fun memory.

Friday, 10/19/18

Blind since 13… Conquering Mt. Everest, Against All Odds


Excerpt: University of Nike

The End of the NCAA Illusion

Video: Tracktown Tuesday, 10/16/18 The whole show! Pay special attention to the interviews with champions Phyllis Francis and Dick Fosbury. …Statue of Foz to be unveiled today at Oregon State University. Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of winning the gold medal.

Really funny links from Semi-Rad. Another Justin Gallegos fanboy.

Thursday, 10/18/18

Ya gotta love… Bob Beamon, Mike Powell, and why the long jump world record is so old

Excerpt from Eliud Kipchoge – History’s fastest marathoner…

Justin Gallegos Still in Shock From His Surprise Nike Contract. Indeed. Justin and Don chatted at Tracktown Tuesday. He can’t seem to wipe that smile and glow off his face. And he looks taller too. He says no, but, trust me, I now look up to him in more ways than one.

How Much Is Aging Really Going to Slow You Down?

Yuki Kawauchi, The World’s Most Famous Amateur Runner, Explains Why He’s Finally Going Pro

Semi-Rad: Newton’s Third Law of Exercise Motion

Wednesday, 10/17/18

Last night we heard from Dick Fosbury. Good guy. Got his autograph. Shook his hand. He won the gold medal on 10/20/68.

Why intellectuals should not be afraid to like sports. Foz is an engineer and intellectual.

Also got a hug from Colleen Milliman. Has her sights on the 400 world record in the spring. Vin Lananna came over later to chat her up, but, tellingly, didn’t get a hug.

Video: Running Wild in the Alps

It’s Okay to Be Good and Not Great.

Forget the Vaporfly! Run 8% Faster!!!

Tuesday, 10/16/18

Cross Country Rules! The quest for the world’s toughest runner, and why cross country belongs in the Olympics.

Enjoy these 2018 SCV XC Invite photos

Growing up in a house filled with books.

the morning shakeout

We’re going to Tracktown Tuesday

Monday, 10/15/18

73-Year-Old Spartan Racer Doesn’t Let Her Age Hold Her Back

Siberia as Vast, Melancholic, and Hilarious

From starring for USC football to dying while wandering through traffic on a freeway, what happened to Kevin Ellison?

Weekend, 10/13-14/18

190,000 miles and counting: Frank Shorter’s extraordinary running career

Also 70, Ohio Woman Runs Insanely Fast Marathon in Chicago

Life Lessons From Eliud Kipchoge

What do your $250 sneakers say about you?

Jen A. Miller/NYT: Running

800-meter Olympic champ Mims remains pioneer 50 years later

Like: University of Virginia President leading a morning run every week.

Stink alert: What an Audacious Hoax Reveals About Academia

It’s up to the artist to use language that can be understood, not hide it in some private code. Most of these jokers don’t even want to use language you and I know or can learn . . . they would rather sneer at us and be smug, because we ‘fail’ to see what they are driving at. If indeed they are driving at anything–obscurity is usually the refuge of incompetence. ~Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

Photos from Santa Clarita, 2011: Up The Beast. Down The Viper.

Friday, 10/12/18

OTC #8 5K results. Don ran 24:46.

Insider stuff. Training with Kipchoge. “Drink a lot of tea.”

Historical Badass: Anne LaBastille May Have Out-Thoreau’d Thoreau.Video

Video: Alex Honnold Writes a Note to His Teenage Self

Couch potato athletes: ‘My Arms Were Really Skinny.’ Professional Videogamers Are Working Out

Magness/Stulberg: You Are What You Pay Attention To …Daily hours on TV, social media, gizmos?

Kinda weird, but… Do You Have What It Takes To Everest? …Event honcho Jesse Itzler wrote a funny book: Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet

Inspirational: The Brilliant Vision of Patricia Walsh

Thursday, 10/11/18

Vigorous Exercise, Even a Trek Up Everest, May Be Safe During Pregnancy

Steve Magness on The Training Grind. Fast or slow, just shut up and keep moving.

Why Following Your Passions Is Good for You

Almost certainly you have the time to do so. The fact is you have as much time as anyone else. 24 hours a day. …Great read. Possibly life changing. Free. Arnold Bennett’s How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Is the secret of productivity really just doing what you enjoy?

Semi-Rad: Gratitude And An Honest Mountain Wedding