From Ashland, OR. Here to see Hamlet at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. ...More later. We're doing breakfast with some Beast stars of yore, now running xc at Southern Oregon University.
Saugus girls #6 on MileSplit. Paavo writes to correct. They've actually 5th, but further analysis say 6th.
LetsRun: 7 final thoughts on Rio
Stulberg/Magness: The Cost of Going All In and the Importance of Trust
Pacing or racing?
When checking in yesterday, the clerk mentioned he was a cross country runner at Southern Oregon University, which happens to be just across the street from our hotel in Ashland. I asked if he knew Dylan and Ryan Alexander. Startled, he said, "Well, yes, I share a place with him." ...Hence the breakfast this morning with Dylan, Ryan, and Kim at our favorite, the very popular Morning Glory Cafe. I've known Dylan since he was 11 or 12, he having run an incredible 41:30 at the Beast. It's just off the charts, maybe more, given his age and undersized frame, than some other notables since. Dylan is now 6-0, Ryan about 5-11, and both indicate hills got a lot harder, less fun, the taller they got. The boys and Kim all attended Birmingham High School (Dylan was at West Ranch for one semester). Dylan and Kim are both Business majors, and Ryan, about to start his Freshman year, will likely go with the Business major as well. They love Oregon and hope to find their life's work here. ...It was fun to catch up with them. They haven't seen/raced Eugene, and promise to remedy that soon.
Frank Shorter: The Mystery Man Who Won the 1976 Olympic Marathon
The trampled nobility of the 1,500-meter race
Why Women Drink
Best prep xc teams in California, Oregon? Read.
Get pumped for cross country. Video.
The Rio Games were an unjustifiable human disaster, and so are the Olympics
What will it take to save sport from its doping crisis?
Q&A: Runniing and Long Distance Hiking
Semenya presents gold medal to her wife.
Deadspin: The Calculus Of Enjoying Almaz Ayana's World Record
Phoebe Wright: You Can’t See The Whole Story Of Missing The Olympic Team
Mario Fraioli: the morning shakeout
Steve Magness: Coaching Psychology
Abstaining from complaining might sound easy...
In the longest events, Americans won two more medals at the Rio Games than in the previous four Olympics combined. Why?
Just in from 2008. Our lap of honor.
Rio closes Games with sigh of relief: 'We made it'
Rio Frame by Frame
How Matt Centrowitz Won a Historic 1,500 Meters ...Watch.
Ken Goe (who probably has Rupp on speed dial): Galen Rupp bounces back in a big way, takes bronze in the marathon
Whatever it takes. Finish.
The last time the US got as many as 5 distance running medals was 1924. This year: 7. ~Nicholas Thompson
Facebook: Galen Rupp's Hat
Bach (Thomas, not J.S.) and IOC in denial.
Manna from track geek heaven. 70 minute podcast with Sully and Gladwell
Scientific American: Olympic Gold May Depend on the Brain's Reward Chemical ...More/obtain reward chemical here.
The New Yorker: America's Over-Performing Distance Runners
Breaking story from 8/11/90. About Jeff Nelson, Cal Linam, Alberto Salazar, cut-throats in Eugene... Here.
Meb sunk by a sour stomach... Story
Yes, Bolt and Mo are outstanding Olympic competitors, but not as successful as Leonidas of Rhodes. Some perspective, por favor.
Do less, and do it regularly. Advice From a Former Olympic Hopeful: Set the Bar Low
Meanwhile, former USC/NFL QB hiking naked, busted for drugs.
Don't stop here. Go directly to LetsRun.com ...Teddy Roosevelt was President when the last American won 1500 gold.
Signal previews Foothill cross country. Apparently, Canyon and Valencia will not be participating.
Ryan Lochtes apologizes. As real as that from our political class, right to left, top to bottom.
What happens to athletes after the Olympics? Read.
Keeping it real. Five Olympic lessons – what we've learned from the Rio Games
Hart cross country practice at Central Park.
Gladwell and Thompson: How to Save the Olympic Track for its Fans
Epstein and Joyner: Aging But Not Aged Olympians
Enough with the vacation photos!
Q&A with Meb's Coach, Bob Larsen
Ken Goe: Postcard from Rio
Joe Henderson, 73, is a running journalist/author immortal. A prep track and cross country champion in Iowa, he continued on at Drake University as a runner, majoring in journalism. In 1967, he was a part-time employee at Runner's World, editor in chief from 1970 to 1977, and then contributor until 2004. He has written over 20 books, and 20 million words. Currently coach of half-marathoners and marathoners through the Eugene Running Company and instructor of running classes at the University of Oregon. A very popular and friendly fellow.
1. OK, Chapter one, verse one. How/when/why your obsession with running?
You could say I inherited it. My father, his brothers and my mother’s brother were all track athletes (sprinters and jumpers, some at college level). I went to meets with them from pre-school years. So it was no surprise that I joined a team at earliest opportunity: freshman year, age 14, in 1958. Here my lack of size (I never topped 5-5) wasn’t wasn’t penalized as it had been in other sports.
2. You were an early and notable advocate of Long Slow Distance. How did that get popular? Any second thoughts as to its value, necessity for all competitors? 800 meter people, including some of the best (Nick Symmonds for one) complain if required to do much mileage.
This was self-preservation for myself and the other five runners profiled in that first book of mine. We each independently in reaction of the excessive speed training of the 1960s. It had broken me down, and the only way to continue was to slow down and go longer. I never said it was the BEST or RIGHT training for everyone; it was and is just another option among many. I make no apologies for LSD now, but could add what wasn’t spelled out clearly in the 1969 book: that frequent racing is the key to making it work. The races became the “speed training” that I stopped doing otherwise.
3. In 2006, you wrote (in This I Believe): "Don't be attracted too much to activities peripheral to running. These include stretching, weight training, form drills, and cross-training..." Most of the coaches in Eugene insist on form drills and strength training. Any second thoughts here?
I don’t speak against any of these practices, provided a runner has the time to spend on them. But when time is limited (as it is during my 50-minute UO classes), then it’s better spent on running than the add-ons. If I were a coach trying to squeeze the last bit of improvement out of a runner, I probably would employ most of all of the “peripherals.” I coach spare-time runners (and am one myself) who mainly want to run.
4. You get excellent reviews from your students at the University of Oregon. Are your running courses in the classroom, on the track and trails, or both? A brief description, please. And is there a textbook? A 10K final?
It’s an activity class, so the students spend nearly all their class time being active. They spend all day in classrooms, being lectured at and completing readings. I don’t lecture and don’t assign a textbook. Instead I plan a training schedule and ask students to follow it. They run long on one day and faster the other in these twice-a-week classes. Their tests (a term I prefer to races, since they’re mainly testing themselves) are a timed one-mile, 5K or 10K. The grading is pass/no-pass, and the only way not to pass is not to show up and try.
5. Top 3 to 5 runners you know and admire? And why?
Most of those I could name would be unknown to most of today’s runners. We know Kenny Moore because he lives here, and I admire him more for his writing than the running he once did. Same for Don Kardong, who would have been an Olympic medalist if not for the drug-cheat “winner,” and who became a world-class writer. Of the current crop, Meb Keflezighi tops my list — not just because he’s so fast (three-time Olympian and Boston/New York City Marathon winner), not just because he has lasted so long at the top (e ran in Rio at age 41) but also because he is a classy individual who understands and appreciates the efforts of the least of us.
6. Best coaches and why?
Those who influenced me the most in the early years were Arthur Lydiard, who assured me it was okay for a track runner to go longer (if not slower). Bill Bowerman’s greatest contribution to the sport in general, and me in particular, was the hard/easy training system. More recently I thank my good friend Jeff Galloway for giving permission to take walk breaks in long runs. (Those have become more plentiful through the years, to the point where I now take RUN breaks in my long walks.)
7. Proudest personal achievement in running?
That’s easy: continuing to run in some fashion from the 1950s through the 2010s. What I did in any of those years, or now do on any of the days, wouldn’t impress anyone. But the good results do accumulate over time.
8. If 20 again, what would you do different to be even better, lasting longer?
interesting you pick the age of 20. That’s when I ran my fastest mile (4:18). It would have been even faster if I hadn’t overtrained on speed and injured myself on the week when other teammates with similar PRs all improved to 4:10 to 4:15 at the Drake Relays that our school hosted. I’ve always wondered how fast a mile I left on the training track instead of tapering that week.
9. Your best book? Non JH books you recommend to runners?
The favorite one I’ve written is Did I Win?, a biography of George Sheehan. But that was really George’s book, as if he had dictated it to me from the great beyond. The book that best states what I like best about running and do most as a runner is Long Run Solution. As for the works of others, I put Kenny Moore’s Bowerman and the Men of Oregon at the top.
10. Current running/walking/other exercises and activities? Wear/recommend activity trackers?
As noted earlier, I’m mainly a walker who does a bit of running. Twenty miles on a good week, with one long day that might account for half of that total. I last walked/ran a marathon in 2015 and hope to do another next year to celebrate 50 years as a marathoner. And as suggested earlier, I’m a “monoathlete” who doesn’t cross-train, unless you consider the walking as cross-training. I wear a low-end GPS watch but otherwise shun most gadgetry.
Beware sports nutrition supplements. ...Consider rat poison.
How were we doing 10 years ago?
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Emma Coburn on running trails.
Sprinters Should Start Fast; Everyone Else Should Finish Fast
American Heart Association says, "Sit less, move more." ...Or as mom said, "Go play outdoors."
Always Get The Bigger Pizza. And share it.
Is it Better to Walk or Run in the Rain?
Breaking news. Why beach volleyball players wear bikinis at the Olympics
The Mountain Lions of Los Angeles
Unlike many young athletes, (Ashton) Eaton was competition-averse. When her son was in middle school, Roz Eaton said, she was summoned to the school and told that her son was throwing races and had a poor attitude. If it continued, he would not be permitted to compete at a district track meet. “He didn’t want to keep winning because nobody else had an opportunity to win when he competed,” she said. “It took us a while to figure it out.” More.
Is there a better American distance runner than Evan Jager?
Best 85 year old racer ever. Ed Whitlock.
Ella, my 10 year old granddaughter, is a good hill climber.
Ken Goe on Evan Jager.
Abbey D'Agostino has suffered a torn ACL, meniscus tear and MCL strain. Will not run Friday's Olympic 5k final