Posted by donmclean on 2014/9/22 4:30:09 (36 reads)

Alan Garcia provides Woodbridge photos.

PrepCalTrack reviews Woodbridge. Note Great Oak's depth. Impressive!

Deena Kastor sets a masters WR for the half marathon.

NW Classic results.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/9/21 15:52:08 (122 reads)

Saugus boy and girls are third in Woodbridge sweepstakes. Results. ...Combined team results.

Bob Binnie has Woodbridge photos.




Posted by donmclean on 2014/9/20 14:12:02 (31 reads)

Must read. Deena's A Good Long Run

Seven Reasons To Date A Runner

Best wishes to you at Woodbridge or The Mustang Challenge or wherever you might be racing this weekend. Don raced at the Northwest X-Country Classic, the 4 mile college race, with his OTC Master team (anyone over 30), 32.21 (hey, on chip trail with three climbs on a killer hill). Beat the only other 60+ guy. Literally, old enough to be the grandfather to most of the rest. ...Traveling the next fewredays. To Portland, historic Astoria, and the Oregon coast. With my honey and laptop.

From Astoria. Where Lewis & Clark did a U-turn.

At the Mustang Challege, The Master's men finished 4th and woman took 3rd place with Karis Frankian leading them with a first place finish. Josh Sherfey was first Master's finisher. Results.

At the World Masters, meet the 95 year old collecting medals. Link.

What Happens When We All Live To 100?

Don last night vid Drifting back.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/9/19 12:06:19 (159 reads)

Flotrack: Mary Cain Found Her Calling With Alberto Salazar

Erik Boal/DyeStatCAL previews Woodbridge

Deena, Haile, and other aging wonders Do Not Go Gentle. Today an Oregon Track Club Masters team, with Don, competes with college cross country teams. Age doesn't matter. If you possibly can, keep running and racing.

On hiking in the Alps.

Maybe not a good option: zero calorie sweeteners.

Just in. Today is a special day.

Cross country can grow on you.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/9/18 11:32:45 (122 reads)

Q&A with Lizzie Nelson. We're blessed with the entire Nelson family.

Valencia is looking for a throws and high jump coach(s). Link.

New York Times: Plantar Fasciitis Relief

Jason Gay/WSJ: NFL Is Losing The Plot.

It's official. All Foothill schools will race at Woodbridge. ...More here. ...Maybe it's just me. Three days later it's Foothill #1?

It's official. Ryan Hall is nuts. Buttered coffee? Probably one of the most gifted American distance runner, and it's been mostly downhill since he left Mammoth and Terrence Mahon. His friend in SCV told me Ryan is a great guy, a Christian hippie. After being coached by self, God, and Renato Canova, he's now coached by Jack Daniels, 81 years old, and from three thousand miles away. How does that work? Isn't a coach like a medical doctor, with a primary duty of doing no harm? Watching you like a hawk, and ordering you to stop doing stupid stuff.

Aisling Cuffe, one of the best collegiate runners, has some words of wisdom for preps. Video.

35 Secrets of Brilliant Coaches

Robin Williams on marathoning


Posted by donmclean on 2014/9/17 11:17:55 (134 reads)

Saugus girls move up to 12th in Saucony national rankings. Saugus boys not there (yet).

LetsRun: Week That Was

DeAndre Yedlin is impossibly fast

New York Times: Sit Less, Live Longer

It's science. A happy wife means a happy life.

Buzzfeed: 14 Perfect Responses To Skinny Boy Body-Shaming

Wiggling toes (and tires) in the dirt

Gizmo government games.

Flotrack video: Workout Wednesday with Dathan Ritzenhein

A different kind of cross country. Microadventures. A little edgy. Not the same-old-same-old.

Ian Dobson, a 2008 Olympian in the 5000, has a free, open to all weekly workout. I've been to a few, and they're good, but I chose to go with the OTC Masters. His workout tomorrow in Read More.

San Jose Mercury News: Cross country's elite find unique ways to train Coach PattiSue Plumer was an awesome runner in her day, twice an Olympian. Her sister Poly still holds the American prep record for the mile, 4:35.24.

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Posted by donmclean on 2014/9/16 13:33:55 (150 reads)

Master's College video: Mammoth and Beyond

Disabled student's bid to participate in cross country

Katie Dunn, Kaylin Mahoney, and Daren Stonerock to be inducted into the Saugus Hall of Fame. Story.

Q&A with Edward Cheserek. Includes specific workouts by the University of Oregon team at Sunriver, near Bend, OR.

A cure for diabetes? Don't look to chiropractors, state says. We spent a career dealing with chiroquackery.

How To Be A Man

Video: Words of Wilderness. Time to hit the trails.

OTC Masters workout in Read More.

NFL to Kids: Citizenship Doesn't Count

Epic Toilet Time: Sh*t Teenagers Do

Great Oaks boys say it's their turn. GO is ranked #1 in D1. Saugus is #1 in D2. Along with West Ranch, both will be in the Sweepstakes race at Woodbridge.

The Atlantic: Pro Football and Understanding the Sanctity of the Body

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Posted by donmclean on 2014/9/15 12:09:52 (251 reads)

Must read. Referenced yesterday in Read More, that Signal story on new bike paths and trails is here. We're impressed. But as our anon tipster and friend (who really knows about such stuff) says, the running and biking clubs and coaches and just plain folk need to get involved, actually talking to City planners and politicians, venting to the Signal, SCV News, KHTS. Otherwise, you just end up with whatever, and not what you really want and need. Why are runners so passive and uninvolved? ...No runners quoted in article. No runners in the comments following.

Impressive steeple work by Coburn and Jager at the Continental Cup. ...More video.

Older and happier. Tougher Than They Look.

Oh-oh. Why women can't parallel park. Here.

Yeah, it's about football. But its also by John McPhee, best living non fiction writer. Phi Beta Football.

Cool vid. Why Running Is The Key To Improving Your Climbing. Note the fingernail polish.

PrepCalTrack: SS rankings West Ranch girls now in the the top ten. Rich must be tracking DD's rankings. Watch out for Valencia.

We got the flu shot. Same vaccine as last year. Fully effective in 14 days. Especially needed by cross country racers, night owls, people who train as hard as you, marathoners (especially if you've already paid for the race, plane and lodging), and the elderly (Don).


Posted by donmclean on 2014/9/14 12:22:25 (187 reads)

Watch Jenny. Powerful performance. Awesome arm action. ...Len Johnson/Runner's Tribe likes Jenny.

Brando, at the UC Riverside Invitational, writes: Cal State Northridge's Lizzy Nelson finishes fourth in the 6K invitational, clocking 21:03 (5:38 average). Only Lauren Fleshman, Shannon Murakami and Stephanie Bulder have run faster at that distance in SCV history!
- UC Riverside's Seth Totten takes fourth in the 8K invite, running 24:09 (4:51 average). John Gilbertson has the SCV 8K all-time record in 23:40.
- Former Masters College runner Katrina Graham and Natalie Rodriguez, now at Cal State San Marcos, also finished top 10 in the open 5K, taking seventh (18:19) and eighth (18:27) in much hotter conditions than the invite!
- The highlight of the meet for Santa Clarita might have been COC men finishing 13th in the 8K invitational, defeating junior college powerhouse team San Bernardino - top four in the last seven state finals, including four consecutive titles from 2007-10 - by a 358-554 margin. The squad's top seven went 25:06-25:44-25:49-26:03-26:35-26:48-27:05 over 8,000 meters!
- The COC women were also the top junior college team, finishing 15th in the 6K invitational. Dominique Dowell led the Cougars in 51st place! ...Results.

Learning Accountability From Mountains

25 Things Non-Runners Donít Get About Runners

Some guy writes, ...there were a few others in the Irvine open meet. Valencia grads Nick Lentz and Alex Allevato also raced.

Another guy, who gets the paper Signal, writes about bike paths. See Read More.

Woodbridge Invitational Seedings

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Posted by donmclean on 2014/9/13 4:28:45 (155 reads)

Does it take big bucks to validate track & field as a major sport? Read. I dunno, ask Ray Rice, Roger Goodell, Dwight Gooden, Ricky Williams, Kobe Bryant, Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods, Barry Bonds, Ryan Leaf, O.J. Simpson...

Coming up:

9/13 Canyon at The Beast. Canyons at Riverside Invite
9/20 Master's Challenge at Central Park
Hart, Saugus, and Golden Valley at Woodbridge
9/23 Foothill #1 at Central Park

Today is the Fifth Avenue Mile. Probably not televised. We should all race a mile each year. No, Don hasn't done one this year. No excuse.

NFL admits nearly a third of retired players will suffer brain trauma. Story.

5 bogus excuses people use to avoid the flu vaccine. Don't be stupid.

Deadspin: The Worst Road Users, Ranked

Should we all be more like Bill Murray?

Outside: Why American Endurance Athletes Have No Fun

Malcolm Gladwell, 51, wants to go sub five at the Fifth Avenue Mile.

Fifth Avenue elite results.

Gladwell, 4:54, fifth at the Fifth. ...Nolan Shaheed, 65, from Pasadena won my age group, 65-69, in 5-freakin-07!!!

Update. West Ranch is also at Woodbridge next weekend, with the boys in the Sweepstakes race with Saugus.

Runner Space has four quick thoughts about the Fifth Avenue Mile


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