Team Totten dominates COC #4
AJ Digby Prepares for the Paralympics
Cop Acts of Kindness
WSJ: Perfect, Freaky Olympic Bodies, and The Science Behind Sprinter Usain Bolt’s Speed. ...Andrew Wheating is 6-6. ...Austin O'Neil was a good little runner. When 6-4, he got really good. Video.
Steve Magness: How do you get to World Class?
Lancet, the premier UK medical journal, on a study of a million men and women. Here. Take a hike ( or run) every day. ...Every step counts. (Don's creed. In life, it all counts. For good or ill.) Works out to about 36 miles a week. ...Tip. Get a fitness tracker. It might keep you honest and on schedule.
Buy this book. For yourself or as a gift for anyone who runs and reads. See Comments.
Last race for Maggie Vesey?
Blurred lines: Are parents getting too involved in high school sports? Yes.
Ryan Tate is the Signal Male Athlete of the Year.
Adversity, Improvement, and our Deeply-Held Assumptions
Are All Exceptional Performances Suspect?
Joe Calls It A Day
An Hour a Day
The Naked Guy
Summer Series tonight at COC. Tomorrow at Hayward Field.
There aren't any miracles. The last guy who walked on water wasn't a track athlete. ~John Cook, track coach. Story.
Pat Porter is Cross Country’s Forgotten Hero
NYT: Being Unfit May Be Almost as Bad for You as Smoking
WSJ: The Challenge of a Good Climb
The Week That Was
Two guys set FKT on the 453 mile stretch in Oregon on the PCT. Story.
Who’s the Fastest Centenarian?
Ryan Hill's 5K race pace workout video.
And now this, on health studies and stories in the news. Read. Reminds me. Litigation/trials often include "expert witnesses" from both sides, usually professionals paid to say exactly what you want them to say.
Mario Fraioli: the morning shakeout
SCV Coach of the Year: Rene Paragas
Usain Bolt Is Probably Doping (And You Know It)
Bicycling in Literature
Best books in cycling
Appalachian Trail speed record at risk. By a 48 year old badass.
Which sport or event has the most extreme energy expenditure? Read.
Mike Manley, 74, may be the funniest runner/coach around, so says some that have known him for decades. He was also one of the best steeplers of his day, winning gold twice in the 3000 steeple at the Pan American Games in 1971 and 1975. He ran the steeple at the 1972 Olympics, but didn't reach the finals. In 1982, he was the first American master to go sub 30 in the 10K, sub 2:20 in the marathon. He taught at North Eugene High school. On the side he coached, among others, Brad Hudson, Ken Martin, Marla Runyan and a heavenly host of Oregon Track Club notables. Now retired, he resides in Eugene.
1. Born a cheesehead, attending/competing at the University of Wisconsin, and, after a pit stop in Southern California, you moved to Eugene. Why?
I joined the Marine Corps in 1965 shortly after graduating from UW with the intention of running during my tour of duty. After going through OCS, I did compete for almost two years before getting orders to Vietnam. When I returned in April, 1968, I went to Wisconsin to pick up my wife, Connie, who was in Wisconsin living with her parents. We hopped in our car and went to Southern California so I could train for the 1968 Olympic Trials, with the intention of going to Eugene in hopes of being coached by Bill Bowerman, whether I made the team or not. I did not. We immediately drove to Eugene where I registered at the University to attain a teaching certificate.
I had been in Eugene for the 1964 NCAA Trials. Who wouldn't want to move here? Wisconsin is nice, but have you ever tasted the beer they make there? I'm still a Cheesehead, though. Go Packers!
2. You were coached by Bill Bowerman. Compare and contrast his coaching style and regimen with what is done today. Weights? Core work? Cross training?
We did weights and core training, but it wasn't as specific and regimented as it is now. It was pretty much left up to me. I really had little time to cross train though I did play some basketball under the Washington Bridge and at the YMCA at times. Bill was known for the hard/easy philosophy and in general undertrained his athletes. I definitely needed that. No more 32 to 40 times 400 workouts for me, which I did while in the Marine Corps. There remained however the 7 to 10 mile one-way runs a couple times a week with my students' written work in my backpack.
3. Is it true you rode your bike to Hayward Field for the finals at Nationals? If so, why?
That was late summer of 1975 when the Pan Am qualifying meet was in Eugene. It was only 3 1/2 miles from our Ascot Street home. It was a nice day, and an easy and a pleasant way to get to Hayward Field. Connie and our boys; Mark (6), Jason (5), and Geoff (almost 4), all wanted to go for a bike ride. We were a convoy of four bikes with Geoff in a kid's bike seat on the back of my bike. I think a couple of coaches saw us riding through Alton Baker Park on the way to the track. I was 33 at the time, and I guess I didn't get too nervous, before races, any more.
4. What's the story on coaching Salem's Debbie Eide who made the inaugural (1983) World Championships team in the marathon?
I was coaching Debbie, as well as, Cathie Bellamy (nee Twomey), at the time. They both became good friends and occasionally training and racing buddies. Both a joy to work with. Debbie was married and living in Salem and wanted to continue her training and racing. She contacted me, and I agreed to help. She came down to Eugene to train occasionally, but she was a teacher, so most of her training was in Salem, often in the early morning before heading to work. She was very talented and worked hard for what she wanted. It was a great pleasure to help her reach the very first IAAF World Championships.
5. Who by and why were you mooned at Hayward Field before the Olympic Trials?
Well. to be accurate, It wasn't me who got mooned. It was Cathie Bellamy. Whether or not it was deserved, I plead the 5th.
We were (read: Cathie was) doing rhythm 200's at Hayward Field on a sunny late morning session a week or so before she was to run the 1987 World Championships marathon in Rome (Cathie thinks it was before the 1988 Olympic Trials, but admits to having a memory quite blinded by the experience). On the fourth or fifth 200m rep, while running past the water jump pit, Cathie crumbled to the track. "Oh shit." says I, as I begin running down the infield to see what happened. As I approach the point of her crumble, I noticed she was holding her gut and shaking. I also notice out of the corner of my very concerned eye that four shiny objects were throwing off a significant glare from where the Bowerman statue now stands. These objects apparently were the cause of Cathie plunging to the track in hysterical mirth. The shiny objects were the butts, as far as I can remember, of Guy Arbogast, Jim Hill, Art Boileau, and Greg Erwin (Ignore any denial they issue of even being there>), who had just finished their Sunday 18 mile run. Now, see if you can imagine such a spectacle!
6. Some old runners coached by you still talk about your infamous, torturous Hendricks Park workouts. Describe and explain the purpose.
It was a disciplinary measure. To keep the troops in line. Bill Dellinger and Harry Johnson did the same thing. It developed power in the legs, efficiency of the cardiovascular system, and mental toughness. And, most important, it got them to listen to the coach!
7. Marla Runyan called you a strength and stamina coach. An especially valuable workout for her was a 3-5 mile tempo run at an even pace, just shy of oxygen debt. (It hurts just typing that sentence.) How often was that done?
Yes, well, there are some athletes who need a coach with a great deal of strength and stamina. The tempo run is something I learned from well-renown sport physiologist Jack Daniels (the person, not the refreshment). Depending on the time of year, pretty much no more than once a week.
8, Funniest runner/coach ever?
Yeah, well, it never got me on the John Stewart or Stephen Colbert shows. I think, whoever said that, must have mistaken me for Don Kardong, though I'm not sure he made it either. He and I did go to China with a US team in 1975, but the jokes, we told, pretty much went bust with our Chinese hosts.
9. In Bowerman and the Men of Oregon, Kenny Moore quotes a UO professor that you/others "kept in touch more closely and been intertwined in each others' lives more than any combat-bonded group I ever studied." True? What was the bond?
I think it was beer, or wine for Kenny.
10. Why don't more people steeple?
Seriously? I think it's because most people can run faster without barriers. That being said, a half dozen "steeple people," today, have run 3000 meters over the barriers faster then I ever ran without the barriers.
COC #3 results.
Tour de France 2016: The Breakfast of Champions video
Lauren Fleshman retires, but her mission goes on
Lactic acid is your friend, and why you should do that post COC cooldown. Read
Daily dope on the Olympics
More on the retirement from Lauren Fleshman.
Jay Johnson: Should You Train With Miles or Minutes?
NYT: How Many Calories We Burn When We Sit, Stand or Walk"
Kevin Sully on the looming questions before Rio.
Just in. Sports Court Upholds Ban on Russian Track and Field Athletes
Steve Magness: Recommended Reads ...Don's recommendations in Read More.
Lifting Lighter Weights Can Be Just as Effective as Heavy Ones. And some is better than none.
On the Team Sky team bus video. Successful cross country coaches stress camaraderie and internal team chemistry. Great team captains makes all the difference. Some coaches have a captains camp/weekend before the team camp.
Alexi Pappas video: Nightmares Mean You Care
Excellent: Us vs. Us
Her Parents Couldn’t Afford Running Shoes, Now She’s An Olympian
The spartan reality of a professional steepler. No cable. No table.
Sponsors may bolt Olympics without Russian ban ...At the 2012 Olympics, Alysia Montaño finished in fifth place. In November 2015, WADA recommended two Russian women who finished in first and third be given lifetime bans for their doping violations at the Olympics. To date the IOC has done nothing.
Road to Burrito Day 9
Any truly epic runs in your portfolio? Like Kevin McSweeney, Dennis Olsen, Greg Garman, and Chris Louie going rim to rim to rim in one day at the Grand Canyon, 48 miles, 11,000 feet of climbing. ...Or how 'bout this? ...Start loading your memory bank before it's too late.
How the Government Supports Your Junk Food Habit.
Scientific American: The Bicycle Problem That Nearly Broke Mathematics
Hayward Field is Nearing the End of an Era