Posted by donmclean on 2014/10/19 12:22:37 (120 reads)

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.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/10/18 5:41:08 (272 reads)

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.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/10/17 10:37:36 (217 reads)

Dan Agnew/Signal: Saugus cross country shows its dominance

Bob Binnie has F2 photos of

West Ranch
Canyon
Golden Valley
Valencia
Saugus
Hart

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


Posted by donmclean on 2014/10/16 12:55:13 (230 reads)

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.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/10/15 13:00:37 (115 reads)

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.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/10/14 11:50:38 (159 reads)

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


Posted by donmclean on 2014/10/13 11:51:01 (193 reads)

The 2014 NYC Marathon Run Of Your Life

Daily News noticed Kaylee Thompson's achievement at Clovis. Arguably third best in Foothill.

Flotrack: 10x1k Intervals in Flagstaff with Diego Estrada and Friends

Chariots of Fire sequel is coming. Story.

National Geographic: Regular People Who Changed the World, and How You Can Too

New York Times: A Cure for Hyper-Parenting

Meet Belgium’s new Minister of Health!

Marc Bloom writes about Henry Wigglesworth, a masters miler and Empire State Building racer, with some good training tips. Here.

Steve Magness comments on recent abstracts on running related studies. Here.

If you don't blow your own horn, someone's going to use it as a spittoon. ~Ed Boks


Posted by donmclean on 2014/10/12 12:13:11 (298 reads)

Bob Binnie has Clovis photos of West Ranch and Valencia.

Paul Broneer has SCV Invitational photos.

Orange County Register: Not everyone at Oregon appreciates its Nike-driven sports success

Buzzfeed: 13 Reasons To Forget The Gym And Run Outside Instead

SCV weekend rock stars? Kyla Danforth and Jacob Valarde at SCV Invitational. Kaylee Thompson and Tucker Welker at Clovis.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/10/11 11:57:03 (193 reads)

The Standard: Training philosophy of David Rudisha and coach Colm O’Connell is critically analysed

Atlantic: Nobody Knows What Running Looks Like

New York Times: What I Saw as an N.F.L. Ball Boy

The New Yorker on self-control. How often do we check the net?

Forget the experts/that last study: 10 Secrets to Make You a Faster, Stronger, and Happier Runner.

Steve Jones never wore a watch, and as a coach today he won't allow his athletes to wear one. More.

And now more gismos, gadgets, and fitness trackers. So you can tell us what you've done? One of Don's goals is to note here, almost inadvertently, that he swam a mile. Because he hates to count laps, can't do it anyway, and refuses to use a counter, he swims ever-increasing set periods of time. About forty minutes by the clock on the wall should tell the tale.

Steve Magness video: Running Form and barefoot footstrike in Slow Motion

Don Barrington, the Lion of Lebec and terror at the COC Summer Series, and family are at the Rose Bowl in Duck attire. Hope they make it out alive.

CIF State Individual Rankings

SCV Invitational results. Kyla Danforth fastest girl in the meet.

PrepCalTrack provides Clovis results. Along with West Ranch, Valencia was there and Hart wasn't.

It looks like the Foothill teams were being cautious with their talent, the primary objective, of course, is to be sharp for Foothill #2.

Must read. Alberto Salazar's attention to detail.

Cait Chock: The Magic of Mammoth Diaries: Lauren Jimison-Running with Passion and Purpose


Posted by donmclean on 2014/10/10 13:43:47 (242 reads)

Outside: The Cure for Sore Muscles? More Movement. OK, and then scroll down and read the Single Story Study.

Why is the women's marathon record seen as untouchable? Read.

About a bike-friendly store in Portland. Is there a place to lock your bike at Star-Lowe's?

Renato Canova on the traits of the ideal marathoner.

Coming attractions:

10/11 Canyon, Valencia and Golden Valley @ 30th Annual SCV Invitational
10/11 West Ranch, Hart @ Clovis
10/16 - Foothill #2 @ Central Park
10/17 Canyons @ Mt. SAC Invitational
10/18 Master's @ Bronco Invitational
10/25 Preps @ Mt. SAC Invitational
11/6 Foothill Finals @ Central Park

There are no televisions at the Crater Park Lodge. As it should be.

Don's Diary nominates Rawlins Jordan for the SCV Runners Hall of Fame. In two separate conversations this week with SCV athletes, each mentioned seeing Rawlins, while driving in air-conditioned comfort to church, around 10:30 AM, running on some sun-hammered street. Rawlins has been the leader of a Sunday marathon training group for at least 25 years, a smart and kindly fellow. The other Sunday distance group, the Hamsters, of which Don was a charter member, was more intense and has, as I hear, mostly aged/injured itself out. Whatever. Long term leadership and commitment to running deserves a cheer. See Read More for details on Rawlins' group. ...No need to run any particular distance. In fact, you can start with coffee and socializing, and build up from there. Great place for newbies.

Jay Johnson: Recruiting – Women’s Track and Field Scholarships

PrepCalTrack's rankings. Saugus boys and girls both No. 1 in D2.

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