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
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.
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.
Parents: let your kids fail.
How Alcohol and Caffeine Helped Create Civilization
Dietary Supplements: 3 Red Flags
Yesterday. A ten mile hike/run on the PCT, from the Highway 58 trailhead to the Maiden Lake cutoff, a bit beyond middle/upper Rosary Lakes. Review. Tumbled over a root on the run down. Soothed and smoothed in a hot spring nearby.
Eugene Quarterly: Animal House: Still Funny at Age 40? Yes, of course it is. …The roadhouse in Dexter is still open for business.
Why Sam Chelanga Retired From Running At Age 33 To Enlist In The U.S. Army. …Good guy. Craig Godwin’s neighbor while living in Eugene.
Lyles lights up Lausanne, mayhem in 5000m. …Lausanne results.
Brad Stulberg: Lifting Weights Helps Ease Anxiety and Depression
How to Avoid Overtraining
Neymar and the Art of the Dive
Breaking news from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Sex and Sexuality
Shelby Houlihan is Queen of the Kick …Watch. Excellent form. Notice her arm swings. Everything is forward. No sawing across the body. In the final sprint, hands up to shoulders and just brushing down at the waist. …That’s what Vin Lananna prescribed to us earlier this year, endorsed by Ian Dobson, who he coached at Stanford. …Watch Dobson. …BTW, Chelanga in that race. …Something strange, embarrassing happened.
Best wishes on your racing today.
Japan’s World Cup team cleaned their own locker room and left a thank you note after losing to Belgium
Forty-Five Things I Learned in the Gulag
How to Avoid Overtraining. …Race here.
A Short Talk With Legendary Nature Writer Ruth Kirk
Brad Stulberg writes: Consider making a “Bullshit List.” Take some time each month to write down all the stuff in your life that is bullshit—of little to no value. Then, commit to cutting all that bullshit. Might be hard at first, even cause angst. But over time saying “no” to dumb stuff is great.
Don’s results. Almost two minutes slower than last year. But happy notwithstanding. Still standing. Still racing.
From Santa Clarita. Independence Day Classic results.
the morning shakeout
Breaking news: The World Is Getting Better
About accepting responsibility. It’s not you, it’s me.
There Is Nothing More All-American Than the Veggie Burger
On fitness gizmos and technology.
Ross Tucker: The stark implications of today’s Chris Froome decision
Are you racing tomorrow? Hope so. If not, I’m guessing you once did every July 4th, as I did in Santa Clarita and now do in Eugene. Usually, it’s the same course year after year, same conditions, same competition. The key opportunity to judge your current fitness against people you know and have raced for years. Don’t wuss it, don’t miss it. …Lauren Fleshman agrees. …It’s not a grim or scary ordeal. Smile.
Conversation with Juan Pablo Villarino …world’s greatest hitchhiker. Tip of the day: Read Marginal Revolution daily.