Weekend, 5/25-26/19

David Epstein: You Don’t Want a Child Prodigy

Jen A. Miller/NYT: Great Expectations for a Return to Racing. When was your last race? Was saddened to hear so many of my Santa Clarita friends, 60 years and older, no longer race. Maybe for good reasons, who knows? I still love it.

Breakfast in Eugene

Friday, 5/24/19

How Selfie Culture Ruins the Great Outdoors for Everyone Else


Lance Armstrong: ‘It wasn’t legal but I wouldn’t change a thing’
…Apparently still unashamed, the poster boy for creepy, bad behavior.

Thursday, 5/23/19

Leaving Depoe Bay.

W.H. Auden Wrote Poetry For a Beautiful Short Film About Running. …Saw him race at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in 1962.

Q&A with David Epstein. The case for trying new things. Our new things: xc skiing and snowshoeing.

Wednesday, 5/22/19

Week That Was. …Don’t miss the story on Angelica Rock.

Twitter is a virus of the mind

Trail Runners Are Lazy Parasites

Interesting throughout: Why I Hope to Die at 75.Q&A with Emanuel. …Don plans to be racing at 75. A new age group.

We’re here. This morning, while doing intervals on the treadmill, an old guy who had just been walking slowly on a treadmill stopped moving and breathing on a weight machine. Another guy and Don got him on his back. I felt a pulse but he was otherwise looking bad. The other guy started pounding his chest and I ran to summon help. The paramedics arrived timely, but found no heart beat and minimal blood pressure. Amazingly, he was back among the living within 5-7 minutes. I’m guessing the guy who pounded his chest saved his life. He had CPR training over 10 years ago. A lot has changed. Shouldn’t we all get trained to help each other? Libbie and Don will sign up very soon to be trained and certified.

Southern Oregon University men are ranked No. 6 in the NAIA. Ryan Alexander, our friend from Southern CA, is in the 1500. Link.

Ken Goe: The NCAA needs to scrap the regional meets and find something better

Tuesday, 5/21/19

Daily routines of famous exercisers

Hidden Shame — Non-Alcoholic Beer Grows Globally, But What About the U.S.? No alcohol for Don since 12/31/18. Not missed.

The greatest long-distance runner you have never heard of

Mountains in my hometown, Los Angeles

Monday, 5/20/19

Can We Live Longer but Stay Younger?

I raised 2 successful CEOs and a doctor…

Seattle is overwhelmed by garbage and filth… Ditto San Francisco, NYC, L.A. Otherwise fun cities to visit.

The British Are Coming! Rick Atkinson is terrific. I think I read the first two volumes on WWII, and faded and fell short during the final volume. …If not assigned reading, OK to give up for something more compelling and awaiting on the shelf.

Weekend, 5/18-19/19

Jen A. Miller/NYT: A Video Sends Ripples Through the Running World

Shanghai Diamond League results

Friday, 5/17/19

Oxy Recap/Results. OK, for the pros, it’s still early in the season, but some very good runners had a tough night.

Tour de France in the 1920s

Why Jenny Simpson loves the New Balance 5280

The Problem With Happiness

The Wood Wide Web. …Read The Overstory. …I’m almost done with it. One of the best novels I’ve read this year.

‘I Serve as a Stepping Stone’

Coming up in the next Oregon Track Club Newsletter, our Q&A with Michael Reilly. Whip-smart and a major power, mover and shaker in our sport. Citing numbers about the decline in participants in some major races around the United States, I asked if he feared the future. Absolutely not, he said.

Fly (and race) with a little flap from your friends

From about 30 years ago. Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda

When Male Runners Lose to Women

Thursday, 5/16/19

Ken Goe: How was the Ducks’ Robert Johnson not Pac-12 men’s coach of the year?

Wednesday, 5/15/19

Alex Hutchinson: There Might Finally Be a Cure for Overtraining …A sports drink regimen costing $99 per day.

Ranked: The most impressive athletic feats of elected politicians

Must see: Matt Boling anchor.