Posted by donmclean on 2015/4/1 13:00:43 (117 reads)

No joke. The average MLB annual salary is 4.25M. Link. And you don't have to get up at 4:30 to run.

The future has arrived. Downloadable Underwear.

Fun 4/1 stories in LetsRun.

Steve Magness blogs on how and why scientists and coaches don't understand each other. Link. A little teckie, but stay with it to the end. Good stuff.


Ask your doctor if Competisol® is right for you. More.

Flotrack: Track Intervals with Andrew Wheating and Tyler Mulder

Vice Sports: How The NCAA Scams Taxpayers

Posted by donmclean on 2015/3/31 11:34:14 (164 reads)

Jim McClain has Canyon @ Saugus photos.

Bill Bolden has West Ranch @ Mustang Relays photos. Girls. And Boys. And More.

Signal: Former Foothill Leaguers make mark in COC track and field

Orlando Benitez, The Big O, the pride of Hart High, has been appointed head XC coach at Lindsay High School, a D4 school in Tulare Co., north of Bakersfied, off Highway 99. Good guy.

When 400m Sprinter Moves up to 800m. Like Derek Somerville and Aly Drake and Sam Pica. ...Dennis Olsen, 53. my good and wise and tough friend, is now doing the Tuesday track workouts at COC, the coach being Phil Howard. We agreed, as usual. If you're serious and the real deal, you probably need a coach, others like you, and the track.

R2R2R, Grand Canyon, 3/27/15. Photos. Thanks, Dennis Olsen. ...Yeah, the track and Grand Canyon too.

Running Times: When Cheaters Win, the Consequences Are Far-Reaching

SCV News: Hart District Athletes Honored By CIF-SS For Academic Excellence

Jane Brody/NYT: Nuts Are a Nutritional Powerhouse

Tom Tom ranks the worst, soul-sucking traffic in the world. Here. Los Angeles is 10th, somehow worse than New York City.

I don’t know what we have in this culture right now (but) we have a real fear of failure. Well, an opportunity like a heptathlon or a decathlon, you’re going to face failure. I think the more we can get kids to face failure, the better they’re going to be, the stronger athletes they’re going to be. I just want more opportunities. If we can offer more opportunities, we’re going to discover talent. ~Dave Turnbull, OR high school coach. More. It's our understanding that Bro "encourages" all Canyon t&f athletes to do a decathlon. ...Would mutiny ensue if distance runners had to race distances shorter and longer than their specialty? Football players will run through brick walls to make the team, and do whatever the coach says. Why not distances runners? Such prima donnas!

Tonight's OTCM workout in Read More.

Re college hoops. "It's absolute torture watching some of these games." During the Madness, dudes were going R2R2R, having endured questioning from buds who spent some of that same time watching time outs, ref discussions, commercials, instant/b.s. analysis, free throws, and yet more time outs. Go figure.

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Posted by donmclean on 2015/3/30 13:17:52 (199 reads)

Sam Pica, Valencia soph, records a 1:55.76 in the 800 at the Pasadena Games. Results. School record. He's news to us. We checked. He ran a 50.2 in the 400 Prelims last year. He plays football! At 5'8" and 135! Sam, wrong sport!!!

Who is Houston McTear and why should we care? Link.

You’re More Ignorant Than You Think You Are

Meb takes it easy. Link.

NYT: Awe, An Upbeat Emotion That’s Surprisingly Good for You. Ask those dudes who left the asphalt and ran R2R2R.

Christine Kennedy from Los Gatos won the 60-64 age group at Carlsbad with a 19:10. Profile. The second place finisher in that age group, also from Los Gatos, ran 21:10. Birds of a feather flock and race together, sorta. ...BTW, Kelley Schranz is just a few months away from the next AG, and she would have won that one yesterday at Carlsbad.


The Daily Relay: Monday Morning Run.


April 2 Canyon @ Golden Valley
April 2 West Ranch @ Saugus
April 2 Hart @ Valencia
April 4 Master's @ Pomona Pitzer Invitational

Brando: SCV All-Time 3200m Girls List (Updated 3/30/15)

Oregon Track Club Masters: Craig McMicken of the OTCM was a triple national champion at the USATF Indoors! He won gold in the 800, mile, and 3,000m, plus picked up a silver in the 400m. Quite a busy weekend for the 88 year old!

Posted by donmclean on 2015/3/29 4:06:39 (259 reads)

Bro: 2015 Foothill Bests

Azuza Distance Meet of Champions results.

Santa Barbara Easter Relays results.

Brando: 2015 Foothill League Bests.

Alex Hutchinson/Runner's World: Build Power, Strength and Speed for the Final Kick. Anyone that doesn't need this?

Coffee news here and here.

Desi Buchanan: McFarland USA bears a TMC influence. Don't miss. Terrific movie.

Just in. Dick Vitale Proclaims What March Madness All About

Bro: Santa Barbara Easter Relays photos.

Still no results for Pasadena Games.

Four SCR dudes go R2R2R. See Comments. Probably more memorable for them than most any other running achievement. ...Way better than running in prison, though almost as memorable.

Mustang Relays results.

Posted by donmclean on 2015/3/28 12:12:14 (149 reads)

Canyons men and women dominate at WSC Inland. Results.

While we were sleeping. Tough day for USA @ World XC Champs. Results.

Signal: Teen cyclists set to compete in Castaic

Toni Reavis: Where Have All The Racers Gone?

In the big money sports, character doesn't matter.

The New Yorker on gender testing. An Imperfect Dividing Line

Is there a more versatile runner than Max King? Terrain Tips By Max King. Just guessing, but he's probably having more fun.

Q&A With Deena Kastor. Years ago I had a chance conversation with Joe Vigil, her coach for about ten years at Alamosa and Mammoth. He said she is as tough and coachable as they come. And smart. She listens to her coach and her body.

Check out Wind Wolves Preserve. Truly awesome. Only 90 minutes from your Santa Clarita driveway. Run or, better, ride your mountain bike. Bring lots of water. Before the 99 and the Ridge Route, that was the route twixt San Francisco and Los Angeles. ...About this time five years ago, we wrote: No. 1 son and Don hiked down San Emigdio Canyon, following the creek and historic (and gone) Camino de Viejo, from Pine Moutain Club (5500 feet) to the trail head at Wind Wolves (1860' elevation). Lotsa rough scrambling and hopping the creek about 152 times. 12 miles in 5 hours. It was still winter and chilly at the start. Half way down it was a gorgeous spring day, lushly green and covered with flowers. Near the end, it was warm and the green was turning brown. Completely satisfying and fun.

University of Oregon freshman Sarah Baxter races today for the first time since high school.. Link.

Jeremy Wariner, 31, with three gold and one silver Olympic medals in the 400, raced the 800. Videos.

tracktownphoto: 2014 NXN Girls photos. Various shots of Santa Clarita (Saugus) start at #73.

More Canyon @ Saugus photos.

Posted by donmclean on 2015/3/27 6:09:16 (240 reads)

Brando writes: Saugus girls track and field won over Canyon, led by Sabrina Janes and Samantha Ortega. Janes ran her fastest 800m since June 2013 and the fourth fastest mark in California so far this year, clocking a Foothill League leading time of 2:14.81, and split 59.5 on the 4x400m, while Ortega won the 1,600m (5:01) and 3,200m. Kyla Danforth and Mariah Castillo ran 5:08 and 5:10 unofficially, while Ashley Heys impressed in the 800m, running 2:18.08 to take second, with Danforth third (2:22). Kendall Bietsch also held off Janes to give Canyon the win in the 4x400m. ...Canyon boys track and field edged Saugus, despite the Centurions sweeping all three distance races. Brian Zabilski won the 1,600m (4:25) and 800m (2:00) with Ryan Tate taking the 3,200m. Tate (4:27), Tim Broggie (4:28) and Caleb McClain (4:29) all went under 4:30 as well with Justin Lightfeldt taking second in the two-lap event (2:01). ...New additions to the all-time lists: Mariah Castillo moves to No. 7 on the SCV HS freshman list, moving past big names like Ashley Heys, Karis Frankian and Shannon Murakami. Sabrina Janes is now No. 10 on the SCV HS senior list in the 800m. Times are unofficial.

West Ranch writes:3 of 4 divisions (against Hart): Varsity Girls WIN 90-46, Varsity Boys WIN 83-53, JV Girls WIN 87-59! ...Frosh/Soph boys ALMOST 65-71

Canyon v. Saugus results. ...Signal story ...Signal photos. ...Paul Broneer provides photos, and updates Meet Records.

Re West Ranch v. Hart, Bob Binnie writes: West Ranch Varsity Girls win 90-46, Varsity Boys win 83-53, and JV Girls win 87-59 ... A day for a number of PRs for the West Ranch athletes including an impressive 178' 10.5" for Nathan Bultman in discus, which beats his prior best by over 6'. If he throws is much further it will be bouncing off a fence, which I would like to get a picture of ... Until then, the following will need to suffice. ...Photos.

Alan Garcia provides Valencia v. Golden Valley photos.

NYT: Does Kinesiology Tape Really Work?

LetsRun on World XC Championships. Rejoice, Chris Derrick Is Just Like You – A Running Nerd; The Course Is Awesome, Tough and Dry; and The IAAF Shafts Ethiopia

Ultra dirtbaggers should write advice columns. Link.

Things Teens Do When Driving

Lauren Fleshman is hurt. Link. The potty mouth thing is overdone.

Joseph Tan has West Ranch v. Hart photos.. ...Results here. ...West Ranch will have professional timers on upcoming dual meets.

Master's at Aztec Invitational results. Distance races start at 4:30 P.M.

Don ran a 23:18 5K at the Oregon State Penitentiary 5K. 14th overall, 1st in AG. Yes, as a matter of fact, there was a 74 year old in the race. Maybe 60 competitors in the 5K, and about the same in the 10K. 19 visitors, including 5 women (who got a lot more attention than Don). Official results, photos, and Don's reax soon. Meanwhile, see this. Pre supported the running program and was inside for talks with the inmates.

Posted by donmclean on 2015/3/26 13:33:09 (139 reads)

Signal previews Foothill track & field boys. And girls. And the Canyon sprinters.

Canyon v. Saugus meet records.

PrepCalTrack: Distance Meet of Champions Preview & Entries! (SS)

LetsRun: The Week That Was

NYT: How Exercise May Aid Cancer Treatment. Runner mice, with cancer, have better outcomes.

Wise words from Jordan Hasay. Video.

Mario Fraioli/Competitor: Workout Of The Week: Know Your Tempo

Adventure Journal: Is America’s Most Cycling-Friendly City Fighting a Dirty War Against Mountain Bikes?

PrepCalTrack: Pasadena Games entries

Posted by donmclean on 2015/3/25 12:49:54 (139 reads)

Flotrack: Robby Andrews 20X200. Ouch!

Steve Magness rants on Crossfit

Running Times: The World Cross Country Conundrum. If there's no money in it, how can a pro justify doing it? Unfortunately.

Outside: National Parks Drawing Fewer Young Visitors. Maybe because the parents of the Millennials didn't take them? You Southern Californians are fortunate to be eight hours or less from Zion/Utah, Grand Canyon, and Yosemite.

Our friends are going R2R2R. Experiencing this.

Bruin track meet video highlights. See Austin and Chris (briefly), and two lady Bruins doing a chest bump.

Q&A with Alexi Pappas.

Posted by donmclean on 2015/3/24 13:33:06 (186 reads)

Does your town need something like The Lodi Mile? One of the races could be The Coaches Challenge. Think of all the distance coaches in your area, most of them with a history of some running excellence, but now racing no longer. Wouldn't you love to see that? Or the Foothill Alums race?

U.S. tennis player banned for 15 years. Story. That's an ace.

LetsRun: Everything You Want to Know About the Nike Oregon Project and L-Carnitine Injections

We still like... Alberto Salazar's Ten Golden Running Rules

Why would a 90-year-old navy vet set out to run across the country? To save a ship. Of course. Grind Of The Ancient Mariner. Love it. Go Navy.

Running Times: Mastering Running As You Age.

Today's Oregon Track Club Masters workout in Read More.


March 26 Canyon @ Saugus
March 26 Hart @ West Ranch
March 26 Valencia @ Golden Valley
March 27 Master's @ SDSU Aztec Invitational
March 27 Canyons @ WSC Inland @ Cougar Stadium
March 27 Don @ Oregon State Penitentiary 5K
March 27 Dennis, Greg, Kevin and Chris @R2R2R, Grand Canyon
March 28 Foothill preps at Pasadena Games or APU Meet of Champions

UCLA/PAC-12 track meet today at Drake Stadium. Low races the 800. Link. ...Results here.

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