New York Times: What If Age Is Nothing But A Mind Set? Surely one of the best placebos is to continue to be a competitive racer, seriously racing into old age.
Steve Magness: Why every person matters- Motivation Contagion
Pasadena Star-News: Arcadia cross country runner Phillip Rocha takes over leadereship role
Flotrack video: Repeat 400's at Altitude with ASU
DyeStatCAL: Mt. SAC all-time performance lists
The Science of Sport: What (not) to say when doping accusations come knocking
NYT Magazine: Old Masters At The Top Of Their Game
LetsRun: The Week That Was. Fanboy Don had an email exchange with LetsRun about Eugene. Maybe the Nike association is their problem. Two major facts: 1) Notwithstanding Ducks football, Eugene loves running, track, fitness. It's in the DNA. On any Sunday morning, the ladies, many of them chunky, dominate the running trail along the Willamette River. Ditto on Pre's and Amazon trails. 2) Hayward Field is the Sistene Chapel, though nosier. Down deep exciting, thrilling. With an army of experienced volunteers, it all happens with the precision of a Swiss watch.
Cary Osborne/Signal: 4 teams have a legit shot at CIF titles
More on the UNC academic fraud. With the billions and careers and scholarships at stake, such fraud and scandal will be us until big-time football/basketball and colleges are divorced. Or married in name only.
Mt. SAC Race Entry Schedule. As you can see, each race has a huge field, and they go off every eight minutes. Understandably, there are new rules and time cut-offs. Too-slow runners will be removed from the course. No selfieheads. No finisher ribbons. Cross country/life is tough.
Cross country offers more NCAA scholarship options than any other sport. If you desire to compete at the collegiate level, cross country is the place to be. ~Martin Dugard. More on Dugard.
We like the Monday Morning Run.
New York Times: How Music Can Boost a High-Intensity Workout.
Donna Tartt: Team spirit: Memories of Being a Freshman Cheerleader for the Basketball Team
Sometimes it's about playing a poor hand well. ~Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
Don't mess with ultrarunners.
WSJ: Why we should do half-marathons.
Hilarious. Above the Fray: How Restaurants Become Impervious to Criticism
Marc Bloom: Fearless Racer Destiny Collins Sets a Fast Pace in California
Everyone at the university was shocked to learn the football scholar athletes did nothing, got top grades. Story. Though this particular scam had been going on for almost two decades, such fraud had never happened before, there or at any other university.
The Toughest 400m Race ...Anyone remember The Uphill Mile, which for at least 20 years was a part of the SCV area Mountain Trail Series? There was a lot of hands-on-knees action during much of the race. Trailhead/start just off Bouquet Canyon Road, across from the dam. The course record was 12:XX. Brutal. The series continues but the Uphill Mile and Mt. Baden-Powell ordeal are no more. Alas. While searching for same on the net, we learn 49er legends Jerry Rice, Roger Craig got tough on Beast-like climbs. Link. Three times a week! Back in the day, a few of us did The Beast once a week for six weeks. What if a high school cross country...
Mt. SAC Invitational schedule and stuff. For runners, and those who love them, it's a great event. Unforgettable, really.
Video: Mt. SAC Cross Country: Behind the Scenes
Fun rant. Road Rage Over Obnoxious Cyclists
Signal: Santa Clarita to host Amgen Tour
Signal: Cougars XC Makes History
PrepCalTrack: CIF-SS Rankings
Creepy: Searching for Adult Supervision in Sayreville. Is anyone ever responsible, to be blamed, fired? ...Reminds me. In my last job, involved with medical malpractice at the County of Los Angeles, there was a lousy doctor who was transferred to another facility 10 miles further away from her residence. She stopped coming to work. For 24 years. Continued to be paid. Maybe is still, I dunno.
Let's run Mt. Saint Helens.
Study suggests that drinking even a single sugary soda a day can cause cells in your body to age prematurely. Link.
Or maybe not. The Healthiest Diet 'Proven' by Science
Today's Oregon Track Club Masters workout in Read More. ...We've had a lot of rain, and it looks threatening now. Doesn't matter. We still show up, though Don maybe a bit less than native Oregonians.
When it comes to running, which state is tops? Story.
Bummed? Trail Therapy: Why Movement Outdoors is a Game-Changer
PrepCalTrack: CIF State Rankings
Human Limits/Michael Joyner: Everything You Need to Know About Endurance Training in One Race!
DyeStatCAL/Erik Boal has new CA rankings - team, individuals, sex, division, grade, deportment, and shoe size. Here.
Brando has Foothill Rankings. Spot-on the teams, but some gaspers on individuals. Consider Kaylee Thompson. Was third in both F1 and F2, and has the overall third best girls time. So how does she end up 4th? Kyla Danforth is on a roll. 3rd at F1, 2nd at F2, and has the second best time overall. She's third. ...Hey, don't get mad at DD. Just channeling the thoughts of the Valencia and Canyon partisans..
We love stories about zany characters who make stuff happen, like George Spitz.
The Santa Clarita Marathon started in 1995. The genesis was a a then seemingly off-the-wall commentary by a KHTS sports guy (not a runner). Jerry Cherrington, the Santa Clarita Runners president and a member of the City Parks & Recreation Commission, a polished and can-do guy, pushed it at City Hall. And it happened. Then and now, thanks to the Santa Clarita Runners. Special cheers for Scott Butler, Phil and Paola Howard.
Register Guard on the Nick Symmonds 800.
Q&A with Molly Huddle.
Steve Scott has prostate cancer. Story. SCV locals who know him report he's a really fun guy. Even zany. Good read: The Miler.
Joe Vigil talks to perennial prep powerhouse York High School. Video. We met him on a plane. Great guy.
Laugh and leaf here.
Yikes! Beijing Marathon.
Wired: Number Needed to Treat?
The Master's competed yesterday at the Bronco Invitational against some excellent college programs, such as, Stanford, Oklahoma State, and Cal Poly. Results. Karis Frankian ran especially well.
Did you watch the Vigil video? It's terrific. He's 85.5 years old. Joe Newton, the York coach, is 85. Both still vital, outstanding guys. Check out Newton's rules.
Jim McClain has F2 photos.
Christopher Go has F2 photos.
Daily News: College of the Canyons burns up Mt. SAC Invitational. Results here.
Don's Diary exists to brag on you. More.
Olympic champion Brittney Reese jumps in slow motion. Good coaching tool. Though not necessary for many of us, running in slo-mo as we do.
Bill Aris and Doug Soles like the NXN move to the golf course. Story. In Don's prep days, we dreamed aloud about how great it would be to run on a golf course. In those antediluvian days, we trained and raced barefoot. ...There's a special, unforgettable pain involving cold-numbed feet banging into park sprinklers.
Video: Find Out What You Are - Saugus XC - League #2
Nick Symmonds 800 race results. Nick in Elite Men. Don and friends in Masters Men. More here.
Facebook loves The Beast
Physiological matters in cross country.
Good to have. Pace charts.
Dan Agnew/Signal: Saugus cross country shows its dominance
Bob Binnie has F2 photos of
F2 frosh rock stars: Saugus' Abigail Davis and West Ranch's Timothy Sterkel.
NXN moves to a Portland golf course. Story.
Neck manipulation, usually done by chiropractors, may cause strokes concludes the American Heart Association.
Alan Garcia has F2 photos. Error on earlier link now corrected.
Paul Broneer has F2 photos. Bro adds: EVERY girl on our team improved both their time and place compared to League #1. VERY proud of your hard work.
Joseph Tan has F2 photos.
Video: Catching Up With Deena Kastor
Dan Agnew/Signal: The Welker family has defined West Ranch running
LetsRun: Week That Was
Foothill #2 today at Central Park:
Boys JV - 3:00
Girls JV - 3:30
Boys F/S - 4:05
Girls F/S - 4:40
Boys varsity - 5:15
Girls varsity - 5:40
Flotrack video: Threshold Training with #1 Michigan State Women
One more reason to get a good night’s sleep
As a coach I can’t over-emphasise the importance of rest. Mo will take five to six weeks off at the end of a track season. ~Alberto Salazar
Sweaty Emily, who lives in Eugene, has 10 Steps to a Productive Off Season
Fartleks: A Clever and Fun Way to Do Speedwork. Do it near the end of your long runs.
Prep carries injured opponent across the finish line. Story.
RunBlogRun: Deena Kastor: Dancing With The Cruel Mistress
Foothill #2 results.
A few thoughts:
1. Saugus boys again look very tough. As does West Ranch, who have a good shot at state finals. Their scoring five in the top 15. Nice! Except Rubira, all top six WR guys will be back next year. Sterkel beats Velarde for top frosh Foothill dude.
2. Saugus girls look even better than the boys, and they rested Mariah Castillo and a few other regulars. Kyla Danforth and Kaylee Thompson get 2nd and 3rd. Nice! Canyon girls beat WR for 2nd. ...Was it cooler today than Foothill #1? The times today were way-faster, boys and girls.
3. What's up in the JV? For the girls, Valencia and Hart only had three girls, and Canyon only one. For the boys, Canyon only had four. It seems not so long ago that Canyon would have about 150 out for cross country. The Hart girls team has been thin for years, but we note they ran some freshmen in the varsity race, who did just fine.
4. Good participation and talent in the frosh/soph ranks. Boys team results. 1. West Ranch. 2. Hart. 3. Saugus. Yes, WR will be very competitive with Saugus next year.
5. Next up for all is the Mt. SAC Invitational on 10/25. Foothill Finals in three weeks, 11/6.
Scientific American: The Surprising Problem of Too Much Talent. Over the years we heard cross country coaches complain about their team captains and/or a collection of immature and egocentric runners not working together for the greater good of the team. That was the deal on my high school. Not as much fun for the runners, and miserable for the coaches.
Construction at Mt. SAC may cause some problems next year. Link.
Science of Sport guy has some good insights in “177” – The Sub-2 hour marathon and East Africa’s super-runners
New York Times: What's Your Fitness Age? Take the test. My fitness age is 27. Crazy, eh? Now if my parents had both lived to 100...
Why football is source of so much bullying, hazing in America? Around 2006, I think, SCV had it's own Sayrerville-like scandal --sexual humiliation ("tea-bagging")-- on the Hart football team. The season was not cancelled and the coaches and school, district administration escaped censure and meaningful, example-setting consequences.
For the adventurous... Nearly Every USGS Topo Map Ever Made. For Free.
Alex Hutchison/Runner's World: What Will It Take to Run a 2-Hour Marathon? Concise. Nice graphics.
Prep xc runner breaks leg, finishes race. Story.
Fastest SCV marathoner? It's Canyon alum Jameson Mora, who ran 2:15:44. Hart's Peter de la Cerda was the previous SCV champ with a 2:16:18. Link. Joe Rubio, Mora's coach, who also coached Brian Spangenberg to his marathon heroics (2:27:40), is the CEO of Running Warehouse.
Joe Rubio tips on cross country.
New York Times: Why Are Americans So Fascinated With Extreme Fitness?
Jim McClain has SCV Invite photos.
Brando: Samantha Ortega, a team player before anything else
You can be compulsive until your first big orthopedic injury. Once you have that, you begin to think more. ~Frank Shorter
Interview with Great Oaks coach Doug Soles