Thursday, 6/6/19

Two-hour barrier in marathon can be broken soon claims sports science expert Yannis Pitsiladis …”We need to develop tools to inject carbohydrates into the runner’s body effectively…”

Limits to Human Endurance?

Diet supplements should never be used by children …More here.

Another excerpt from Running to the Edge. About Meb and Bob Larson at Mammoth.

You’re too old, crippled, feeble to…? Meet the 77-Year-Old on a Coast-to-Coast Hike

We Are All Patients

He’s blind, she can’t walk, together they use their strengths to help each other climb mountains.

The Hill That You Love To Hate.

Wednesday, 6/5/19

This Stoic Woman Has Lived Off The Grid For Nearly 80 Years

NYT excerpt: Running to the Edge. Coached at UCLA and Mammoth.

Bronze statute of Prefontaine unveiled.Why we need another Pre.

Matthew Boling profile

Banning dodgeball. …Oh, please, surely no one is forced to play. Even in the dark ages, when Don was a kid, that was the case.

NCAA Champs results

Tuesday, 6/4/19

Notwithstanding advances in medicine and income, life expectancy continues to decline. Don’t dope.

L.A. City Hall is the pits

Old white guys killing themselves. All-American Despair

Saving Soldier’s Field Track

“Track Town USA is a branding exercise by Nike,” says Peter Thompson, former IAAF official. “It doesn’t exist anymore.” More. Read the Comments.

Monday, 6/3/19

You Don’t Need to Walk 10,000 Steps

Is Our Obsession With Health Data Making Us Crazy?

Just say no

100 Books All Runners and Track Fans Should Read

A few more for the list:

The Herb Elliott Story as told to Alan Trengove (Don’s first running book)
Anything by Percy Cerutty and Arthur Lydiard (who hated each other)
Train Hard, Win Easy: The Kenyan Way by Toby Tanser
The Lonely Breed by Ron Clarke and Norman Harris
Running in Literature by Roger Robinson
TrackTown, USA by Kenny Moore
The Runner’s Literary Companion edited by Garth Battista
Running Tough by Michael Sandrock
14 Minutes by Alberto Salazar
Twin Tracks: The Autobiography by Roger Bannister
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Never Missed by Mark Covert
The Prelog by Linda Prefonaine
Rome 1960 by David Maraniss

Weekend, 6/1-2/19

2019 June Oregon Track Club Newsletter. Includes Q&A with Michael Reilly, CEO of Tracktown USA.

Jen A. Miller/NYT: Celebrating the Joy of Running. With great links.

San Jose State plans to pave over historic track

Does Marathon Running Increase the Risk of Cardiac Arrest?

Four Prescription Drugs That People Hate

The Cultural History of Fat

Homage to Thru Hiking

Five Lessons from History

How the sheer hell of ultrarunning led me to a strange peace

Friday, 5/31/19

So if you/politicians really care about global warming… The Case for Ditching Air Travel

From five years ago: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Diane Leather Breaking the 5 Minute Mile Barrier

Today is the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birth. More.

Stockholm Diamond League recap

Eliud’s Diary

Fun stuff: Here’s The Punjabi Call Of The Penguins’ Game-Winner

Thursday, 5/30/19

Do you really need 10,000 steps per day? …Do you really need to watch a screen 12 hours a day?

Rudy Chapa on The Spirit and Magic of Hayward Field

Are we traveling too much?

Running Into Obsession: The Church of Arthur Lydiard

Was walking south this morning at 10:30 AM on on the river trail. Going north were six University of Oregon ladies, running quite fast (and talking), including Jessica Hull, ranked No. 1 in 1500 for the upcoming the NCAA D-1 championships.

Wednesday, 5/29/19

Mediocre As A Man, An NCAA Champ As A Woman

Your Kids Think You’re Addicted to Your Phone

Marcus Aurelius on Embracing Mortality and the Key to Living with Presence

Tuesday, 5/28/19

Just finished Bernd Heinrich’s The Snoring Bird. Fascinating and well done on so many levels. …We also like Why We Run and Racing the Antelope: What Animals Can Teach Us About Running and Life

Now reading Johnny Appleseed: The Man, the Myth, the American Story. What a character! A bit of a hippie. Wore cast-off rags, a tin pot for a hat, often bare foot. Spent a lot of time in Mansfield, OH, 11 miles from the farm where my mom was raised. She taught in Mansfield before coming to California.

Yikes! The Books of College Libraries Are Turning Into Wallpaper

The Searchers might not be John Wayne’s best movie. Check out Red River.

Yikes again. We all know that families should eat together, but…

Lessons From the Great Antioxidant Lie …Guru Ken Cooper’s Antioxident Revolution got me on the daily “antioxident cocktail” for about a year. A fool, to be sure.

Monday, 5/27/19

An Athlete’s Guide to Aging Gracefully.

Don’t Think Too Hard About Your Foot Strike

How to Tell Your Trail Partner to Slow Down

Why We Run