Friday, 5/4/18

I Don’t Hike to Lose Weight

When Crappy Gear is OK

Original Dirtbag Alexandra David-Neel Explored Into Her 2nd Century

Nature Is Risky. That’s Why Students Need It. …A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. ~John A. Shedd

Gritty. Boston Marathon pix

Hey! Bloom in your own good time. …Perhaps you remember our Q&A with Colleen Milliman. Becomes a runner at 90. Then first female to race a mile at 91. On Sunday we expect her to break the 800 world record. …Today we interview Suzy Wojcik.

It is dangerous to make everyone go forward by the same road, and worse to measure others by yourself. ~St. Ignatius of Loyola

Foothill Finals results …Signal story.

Steve Magness: We suck at predicting our own behavior. Why we need a coach. Even Magness needs a coach.

“How Do You Read So Many Books?”

Thursday, 5/3/18

Asbel Kiprop, best 1500 runner of the decade, busted. LetsReflect.

Diamond League/Doha tomorrow. Details. With Jenny Simpson and Clayton Murphy. Few other Americans.

Colorado River vs. Colorado?

Health hack for the elderly

Witty, wacky, waggish. And wise? The Redistribution of Sex

Silliness for a slow day. Peter Sellers Reads The Beatles’ “She Loves You” in various accents

Wednesday, 5/2/18

Like: Behind the Scenes of Desiree Linden’s Incredible Boston Marathon Win

Laugh: 100 of the best clean jokes and one-liners/

Race! Every Race is an Opportunity. …At this point, with good or not-so-good results, I’m always happy when I’ve raced.

Justin Gallegos and Nike Flyease in Sports Illustrated

OMG! Americans Are A Lonely Lot, And Young People Bear The Heaviest Burden. …Even with smartphones, cell phones, twitter…?

Ken Goe asks, Can anybody explain what USA Track & Field is doing?

Tuesday, 5/1/18

2018 May OTC Newsletter>

From NYT and probably all you need (or want) to know about Sex, Sport, and Why Track and Field’s New Rules on Intersex Athletes Are Essential

Tips from Desi Linden. …Who knew racing was such a shitty business?

11 Reasons Spring Running is the Absolute Best

Video: Selfies, Millennials, and Narcissism

Are you or someone you know a marathon addict? The Year I Learned to Quit

Alex Hutchinson considers supplements.

Jonathon Marcus: Knowing Is Not Enough

Is Matt Centrowitz Sr. a hardass? Watch. …”There might be some carnage out there.” …Tonight is Don’s track workout with the gang, and coach is cranking it up, some real fast stuff to finish. Who’s nervous?

Must read. The Loving Place for Children That Assumes Beauty

(Mis)education in America

Monday, 4/30/18

Remembering William Nack

Can the Placebo Effect Enhance Athletic Performance?

Register Guard story on Justin Gallegos

What Muir Really Meant by ‘the Mountains Are Calling’

NYT reviews Varina

Bruce Tulloh, barefoot champion of the 1960s, dies

SCV Hurdles: Foothill League Finals – Hurdle Preview

Alex Hutchinson: Training Makes Runners More Efficient, but Not Cyclists

5 things to do to live 10 years longer.

Calculate your BMI

Weekend, 4/28-29/18

Farewell, Old Hayward Field. …The Eugenians we talk to, who actually run and race, are ready to move on, anxious to see the new structure up and open for business.

Most podcasts are unfocused, rambling, and to be avoided. But when Magness, Hutchinson, and Marcus get together… Listen. …And then, fercryinoutloud, read Endure and Peak Performance.

How Strenuous Exercise Affects Our Immune System

Just finished Charles Frazier’s Varina. Almost as good as Cold Mountain.

Penn Relays today on the tube, 9:30 AM to noon, PST, NBCSN.

Jen Miller/NYT: Yes, You Can Take Walk Breaks, etc.

Skyler Mikesell, captain of The Master University’s Men’s Track & Field team, tells his story. Video

Justin Gallegos finishes the Eugene Half Marathon in 2:03:49. Got a huge cheer at the finish. We were there, but failed to capture a decent finishing photo or find him in the crowd thereafter. Congrats, Justin!!!

Ken Goe challenges Lauren Fleshman’s (nutty) comments, and posts links to article/video on Justin Gallegos. Here.

Michael Saruni (1:43.25) sets a new NCAA 800m Record!!! Video

Friday, 4/27/18

Semi-Rad: The Gas Tank Is ¼ Full, Or ¾ Empty

Kipchoge’s track workout video.

Brad Stulberg: Do It Better

Ben Franklin’s List of 200 Synonyms for “Drunk”:

Breakinng from 2002. St Patrick’s Day 5K results …More here.

And before that. Southfork 5000. …More here.

OMG, on a tear in New Orleans, Layne Witherell – Wine Maniac!

Thursday, 4/26/18

Patrick Sang, says Eliud Kipchoge, is “the best coach in the whole world.”

Is Eliud Kipchoge the greatest marathoner of all time?

Video: Changing gears workout.

Michael Joyner on lactic acid, fatigue and recovery.

Pushing Through the Pain Cave


Emotional support animals proliferate at Yale. And soon in your favorite races.

Jonathon Marcus: Rust Never Sleeps

Wednesday, 4/25/18

Abigail Frankian and others get their NAIA qualifiers. Story

Think Biking or Walking Would Take Too Long? Think Again.

How Strenuous Exercise Affects Our Immune System

You can’t outrun a bad diet

Update on the 67 mile Backbone Trail in Southern CaliforniaI

Tuesday, 4/24/18

Alex Hutchinson: The Psychological Side of Heat Exhaustion

A hard rain’s a-gonna fall. From cowering to powering through backcountry storms. Don’s dicta. 1. In good gear, most rain is mild, tolerable, even pleasant. 2. Run in the forest.

Video: Flooding in Yosemite. …Reminds me. Just finished Emerson among the Eccentrics. Late in Emerson’s life, John Muir and other nature notables invited Emerson and party to Yosemite. George Pullman furnished a well-stocked private Pullman car to tote the party across country to San Francisco. From there, it took 3 1/2 days to travel (some of it by horse) to Yosemite. …Curious fact. Warren G. Harding, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and tire magnate Harvey Firestone camped together in Yosemite.

the morning shakeout

The Diderot Effect: Why We Want Things We Don’t Need

Is Science Hitting a Wall?

Fun photo. From the Renaissance?

2018 Leona Divide results. …Patricia Devita, 84, finished the 30K in 7:15:52. The rest of us DNS.

OTC Masters coach Jeff Sather writes: Today we’re meeting at the start of Amazon Trail @ 5:30pm for a workout consisting of both trail and track work.

On trail:
1k @ tempo pace, 200m jog rest
2 x 200m w/ 200m jog rest
1k @ tempo pace, 200m jog rest
2 x 200m w/ 200m jog rest

On track:
2 x 400m, 300m, 200m, 100m cutdown

Update on the workout above. In a word, kick-ass! Your on-pace is probably between 5 and 10K pace. The entire workout takes 50 minutes, plus or minus. You never quite recover. The track part is brutal, “the pay-off,” said the coach. Will never be confused with a Payday candy bar or a payday check.