Tuesday, 11/7/17

Shalane Flanagan And The Triumph of American Women

In Meb’s Final Marathon, Exhaustion and Emotion

the morning shakeout

This Man Is Hiking from Patagonia to Alaska. …Others have tried it, says Meegan, but “they usually don’t finish because they fall in love.”

A small town in Virginia is home to the nation’s top-ranked boys’ cross country team.

Monday, 11/6/17

Santa Clarita Marathon results. …Signal story.

Autumn Trails 10 Miler results. …Don, oldest racer, was 30 minutes slower than his time in 2013, but othewise happy with the race. Very tough course, with 1900+ feet of elevation. …Mike Blackmore, 55, the winner, has some impressive PRs, a 3:57.46 mile, a 13:37.75 5000. And has had some American AG records. …The race is almost entirely up and around Spencer Butte, best place to run in Eugene, though some would say that distinction belongs to Hayward Field. …Spencer Butte video. Only the 16 mile goes to the top. …We were almost entirely on the Ridgeline Trail. Video. …We train on the trail once a week, usually early Sunday morning. Rarely are mountain bikes around in the morning, and otherwise not a problem. Everyone is extraordinarily pleasant.

NYT slide show: A Drizzly Day at the New York Marathon.

All the havoc a marathon wreaks on the human body

Q&A with Walter Isaacson: What Made Leonardo da Vinci a Genius? …My sweetheart now has the book and has mostly disappeared therein.

Michael Joyner, M.D., says he follows this diet.

Steve Job’s doctor provides rules to live longer

Happiness tips from The Happiest Man in the World. …Michael Paterniti is a very funny writer. I’m now enjoying Driving Mr. Albert

Laugh: 10 Tips to Lighten Your Backpack

NYT: The Running Bubble Has Popped

Weekend, 11/4-5/17

Keep moving. A lot. Tenacious 87-Year-Old Tames a Towering Climb

You’re probably weaker than you were yesterday. How should you train to retain muscle as you age? …What about working outside for hours every day- walking, raking, chopping, cutting, shoveling, pruning, painting, sweeping, building stuff…? It counts, yes?

NYT: Running: Spectator Tips, Hot Tubs and Bloody Marys

Why football sucks. Nick Buoniconti Will Donate Brain to Concussion Research. Left his son a quad since 1985, and Nick probably suffers from C.T.E.

Wow! Just finished Leonardo Da Vinci. Bastard. Unschooled. Probably the best painter of all time. And that was only part time work for him. Insatiably curious. Worked on 30 cadavers. …And so much more. Great gift for that reader in your life.

Just in from 11/10/15. IOC Ready To Strip Medals From Russians. Or maybe not. Alysia Montano is still waiting for her bronze medal.

NYT: How 6 Women Changed the New York City Marathon Forever. 45 years later and no uteri reported missing.

For fanboys and fangirls of Craig Leener and This Was Never About Basketball.

The Master’s Sweep at GSAC Cross Country Championships

Don’t Eat Before Reading This

Friday, 11/3/17

West Ranch boys, Saugus girls win Foothill titles. Story. …Canyon/Paul Broneer provides results and photos.

Check out the Quote of the Day at Lets Run.

Making a Difference

Running Behind Bars: They come from all over to run with inmates at state pen. Don did that several years ago. Unforgettable experience. …And then there is the San Quentin State Prison Marathon

Don Q&A with Kevin Marbury, Oregon Track Club President, in the 2017 November OTC Newsletter. …There are about 1500 members in the OTC.

Wilson Kipsang, The Former World-Record Holder Wants Redemption …Pro tip du jour. Read everything you can find by Roger Robinson.

Thursday, 11/2/17

The Week That Was in Running.

I know longer care about football, and until five minutes ago never heard about L.A Rams punter Johnny Hekker. Don’t miss the video/Pat McAffee’s hilarious comments.

It’s science. Sweat Science. Smiling Makes You a More Efficient Runner

Santa Clarita is in the top five percent of cities… A good thing?

Big Sis has four grandchildren, all attending Cardinal Newman High School, now burned down, in Santa Rosa. She reports: “The kids are all getting their classes in different places, and in different towns. … As you can imagine life is not simple. The teachers based on their subjects travel to each location. The different locations are based freshman, sophomore and etc……so the math teacher has to go to each location where her/his next class is.” …Big Sis and kin are not Catholics, but it’s a time for generosity. …Do you know anyone who is too generous? Definitely not Don, but he’s sending a check.

Steve Magness: Cult or Culture: What team are you creating?

Michael Joyner tweets: Suggest everyone do an extra set of core work and leg press today in honor of Gary Player’s 82nd birthday. Video.

Now reading: Leonardo Da Vinci. Terrific.

52 Pieces of Adventure Advice

Wednesday, 11/1/17

The Life and Adventures of Oregon’s Original Alpha Wolf. …when OR4 was in his prime, he killed an elk 33 miles from his den and then ran home in six hours, his belly full of meat (seven pounds?) to throw up to feed his pups. That meant a 66-mile round trip in rough country—with a vigorous elk hunt in the middle.

NYT: Running a Marathon? Think Hot Tub, Not Ice Bath, Afterward

Tuesday, 10/31/17

Mo Farah leaves Nike Oregon Project

What if a drug could give you all the benefits of a workout?

Read du jour: Tim Leyden profiles Meb

New York might also be Shalane Flanagan’s last marathon.

Fred Beckey, America’s Oldest Dirtbag, Dies at 94

Steve Magness tweets: Do yourself a favor & listen to Terry Laughlin share wisdom shortly before his passing. Here. It’s over two hours and well worth your time. …Have you ever had a coach really work with you on your running form? Consider how much energy you’re wasting, why you keep getting injured.

NYT obit on Fred Beckey

Monday, 10/30/17

Let’s watch the documentary on Meb,’The Home Stretch’

We were with family in Mt. Shasta City over the weekend. Great hiking on the mountain. Going and coming, we chowed and hung out at the The Ashland Food Co-Op.

Ashland is fun. Also pretentious, upscale hippie, artsy-fartsy, pricey, pretty, showy, touristy, remote, snooty, left wing, pleased with itself.

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“You lose your phone again, Rusty?”

Happiness Is Other People

Einstein’s Theory of Happiness’

Mt. Shasta trucks its trash 88 miles up the I-5 to a 1000 acre landfill in Medford, Oregon.

82-year-old man becomes oldest ever to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. Read.

We think you could be in the top ten at this marathon.

CIF-SS XC Polls

Sunday, 10/29/17

Must read: The Art of Self-Coaching. Bautista is the guru on Sub 2.


Granddaughter Ella’s Halloween pumpkin.

This Second Grade Handout Should Be Your New Manifesto

Pushing 90, an ultrarunner pushes The Hard Way …Bob Hayes, now 91, is still racing. You?

Friday, 10/27/17

Remembering Terry Laughlin: https://www.outsideonline.com/2255736/swimming-icon-terry-laughlin-dies

Brad Stulberg on escaping the rut: https://www.peakperformancebook.net/single-post/2017/10/25/Getting-Out-of-a-Rut-The-Myth-of-Greatness

A good one about Julian Edelman and his resolve to be in the NFL.  Work hard and don’t eat crap. https://www.si.com/nfl/2017/10/25/julian-edelman-book-relentless-memoir-new-england-patriots?utm_campaign=sinow&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&xid=socialflow_twitter_si

Force and motion of an elite Kenyan.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEnIbklXOiU

“Running mindfully is basically an attitude switch—you’re forced to step away from your pity party.” More: http://www.mensjournal.com/health-fitness/articles/everything-you-need-to-know-about-mindful-running-w510207

Was lunching yesterday with some old boys and girls, none of them runners.  The subject of Steve Prefontaine came up.  One guy told of his third grade class on a field trip to Hayward Field.  Steve was there and gave them a little talk, then took them on a lap, telling them stories.  One inspired kid suddenly bolts ahead, only to soon feel a hand grab on his shoulder.  “Hey,” said Steve, “you’re going to have to grow and get faster to get ahead of me.” …
Another guy said he used to go out drinking beer with Steve.  The guy’s girl was best friends with Steve’s girl.  Usually, they would go to a red neck tavern in Coburg, a small town outside Eugene, where it was unlikely people would know him.  How much beer would he drink, I asked.  Pitcher each, he said.  And remember, he continued, pitchers were a lot bigger back then.  The guy continues: “Pity about him losing at the Olympics.  He was out drinking with the coach the night before the finals.  Didn’t realize that German beer was twice as strong the American piss beer.”  …Any of that stuff true?  I have no idea.
The Legend Lives On: http://articles.latimes.com/1985-05-06/sports/sp-4511_1_prefontaine-memorial