Posted by donmclean on 2014/7/24 13:55:14 (150 reads)

Samantha Ortega is a 2014 xc pre season All American. Did you notice Samanta Ortega's 42:09 on the Beast? That beat Shannon Murakami's 43:26 set four years ago. A truly awesome time and achievement. Many years ago two of the most talented area preps were on the Beast only because their coach told them to run it. One of them jogged up and the other quit just past the half-way mark because "my laces kept coming untied." If you've done the Beast, truly worked it with your best, and often, that speaks volumes about what kind of runner you are and, as important, what you're will do to be the best you can be.

New York Times: Track Team Is Peerless and, Seemingly, Ageless

Signal: Central Park expansion is nearly complete. How many times will the cross country course be changed, and for the better?

Mo Farah withdraws from the Commonwealth Games. Story. Al-Sal advised against doing the London Marathon. Sometimes you should listen to your coach.

Spikes: The Tracktown Wrap

How To Win a Tour de France Sprint. Some clues there for cross country teams?

Observations and stunning photos from the Sierra High Route

Will running be regulated, or even banned in the Grand Canyon?

Cheers for the volunteers. As runners, it's a debt we owe to the sport we love.

Ken Goe/Oregonian and photos from World Juniors


Posted by donmclean on 2014/7/23 1:00:15 (263 reads)

World Juniors results.

Mary Cain will be racing the 3000 on Thursday. ...BTW, did you know she likes to blow things up? More.

Possibly after a late evening, and with a sore head in the morning, sportswriter Alan Abrahamson says Eugene is not Track Town USA, blah, blah, blah. More. It's true, Eugene is football-crazed for 3 or 4 months, with lots of yelling, drinking, and gobbling inside bars and homes, though no rioting or burning of police cars to celebrate as done in the major cities. Yes, Uncle Phil has partial ownership of UO, but there are many benefits that go to the running community, and so you take the good with the bad.

Girly stuff from Lauren Fleshman: Why I Run. Hey, back off. No one has ever asked Don what's in his bag.

John Young, a dwarf triathlete, "runs with a waddle, sort of like the Penguin in the old Batman TV series." More.

First review on the 10,000 rhapsody.

SCV needs Traffic Management

Some World Juniors photos.

Rich Gonzalez/PrepCalTrack says West Ranch's Taylor Hernandez was the fastest prep at COC #2

LetsRun: The Week That Was

No wussies at Mt. Marathon. Video.

Just in from BYU. “Moral victories” might spare you from losing again

If you desire long term success, fall in love with the grind and the process of your passion - not the end result. ~ Josh Cox

New York Times: How Our Arms Help Us Run. See article comments, including the responses of study chief Dr. Kram.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/7/22 13:55:10 (65 reads)

LetsRun: 2014 World Juniors Preview: Mary Cain Is the Favorite for Gold in the 3,000; Alexa Efraimson Could Medal in the 1,500; Does Anyone Else Have a Chance?

There will be a baton in the Juniors 10,000. Read.

Haruki Murakami is The Running Novelist.

Q&A with Leo Manzano. He's got an Olympic silver medal, the speed, and is a second off the 1500 AR.

My 5K times are slowing about 30 seconds per year. That means I will be sub 38 at age 100, sub 43 at 110. Hope you're all around to celebrate with me. More.

After two sessions of hill repeats at Hendricks Park, the Oregon Track Club Masters return to the track at South Eugene High School. See the workout in Read More.

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Posted by donmclean on 2014/7/21 5:01:00 (264 reads)

What Santa Claritians are in the MileSplit top ten returning CA preps? Answer.

Outside: The Radical New Guard of Fitness. Some good, some goofy, some possibly dangerous ideas from guys mostly with something to sell.

Sara Hall wins Napa to Sonoma Half in 1:13.16. Lauren Fleshman is second in 1:15.25. More. ...Shalane blazes a 1:09.45 in Chicago.

Fun rant. The Ultra Copout.

Jason Fitzgerald: 9 Reasons You’re Running Slow (and how to fix them to get faster)

About the photos in comments? Sorry, I thought I'd provided a caption last night. Now fixed.

Good stuff! Watch and learn from Release the Beast video. Hurdles ahead for Don? You?

Just in time. Monday Morning Run. Watch Ajee Wilson's convincing win over Eunice Sum.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/7/20 8:07:08 (283 reads)

Brando updates Beast Bests. Boys. And girls.

Earlier lists by age groups, recording efforts since 1999. Male. And female.

Andrew Talansky displays a champion's endurance. Story.


In 1969, about half of American kids rode their bikes or walked to school. Today, that number has fallen to just 13 percent. Signal story.

Ajee Wilson is the real deal. Link.

Joe Vigil (coached Pat Porter, Deena, Meb, Ryan Hall, Peter de la Cerda, et al) says we should be into Heavy Metal.

Yesterday the Master's had their Summer Series Race #3, a five miler. Results in Read More. Series flyer. $5 discount for those who use the secret code SCVRACER. Usual winner Tyler "I can't be everywhere" Tockstein was on some 12 hour relay team race in Philly. ...Last week Gilby ran the fastest 3000 by a SCV native (8:08.54, besting Seth Totten's 8:14.43). Yesterday he ran a disappointing 14:53 5000 in Europe.

Haitian runners work with Coach Sean Penn to put nation on marathon map

The ghost of Steve Prefontaine is still helping athletes seeking to be paid. Story.

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Posted by donmclean on 2014/7/19 12:46:26 (217 reads)

David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene, wonders: Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better, Stronger?

Lets Run has the stories and analysis on Monaco.

Outside: The 4 Most Influential Fitness Trends. Mostly gimmicks and stuff when you don't want to do the hard work.

Matt Fitzgerald: 4 Tactics for Avoiding Overtraining. Only 3 hard running workouts per week.

Maybe the best coach is a roly-poly Catholic missionary. Story.

The Boston Marathon race director has some pet peeves. Santa Clarita has ridiculously few races because no one wants to be a race director. Back when, guys like Gene Blankenship and Scott Butler actually enjoyed putting on races, and doing it well.

The Tour De France Is Agony For The Spectators, Too

Major assault this morning on the Beast. See Read More.

RunSCV: The Beast -- sneak preview of some footage

Julia (runner and Alan's wife) Webb: Wisdom to Change and Secrets to Success

Lolo Jones Wants Her Bobsled Butt Back. Don is here to keep you updated on stuff you need to know.

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Posted by donmclean on 2014/7/18 12:48:41 (250 reads)

COC #2 results.

A record 19-plus million finishers in U.S. running events for 2013; second straight year of double-digit growth led by non-traditional running events, half-marathon and women; 300% finisher growth since 1990. 2014 State of the Sport.

Lets Run previews Monaco DL. Jager goes for the American Record in the steeple. Kiprop seeks the World's Record in the 1500. ...Jesse Squire/Daily Relay provides another look at the Monaco matchups.

Steve Masuda (of justrun262.com fame) and friends did a 40 mile walk from the San Fernando Valley to Palos Verdes. Very scenic, including sections you've likely traversed. Photos. Hey, if you can race a marathon, you can walk 40 miles. ...Steve writes: This 40-mile walk connected the Valley with PV via a mostly coastal route. It was about a mile to the "official" start on Dirt Mulholland and FR30. Our course took us on trails to Temescal Gateway Park then to the Marvin Braude Bike Path, a 22-mile paved cycling path from Will Rogers Beach to Torrance Beach. From the southern terminus of the bike path we walked a short distance on the sand then climbed up from Malaga Cove. After a series of dirt trails through Malaga Dunes and onto Paseo Del Sol and the Douglas Cut, we finished on the dirt median on PV Drive West and the Seascape Trail leading to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

How 'bout some live music during a major track 10,000? Link.

Molly Huddle broke her old AR by 2 seconds. Link. And is 6th in the race.

Ajee Wilson won the Monaco 800 in a WL (best in world this year) 1:57.64. Link. Alysia Montano's PR is 1:57.34, achieved in 2010 in Monaco.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/7/17 14:28:51 (174 reads)

Dare to bare. On nude racing.

Signal: Hart gets Program of the Year.

What the hell were the runners thinking when they took something called “Epiphany.” Powell & Simpson’s bans cut to 6 months: Broad implications

Joy of Six: worst doping denials

WADA president says lifetime bans are not legal. Story.

Alex Hutchinson/Runner's World says aerobic (but not resistance) exercise keeps your arteries young. Link.

Must read. Ricardo Ramirez, past winner of the Santa Clarita Marathon, hopes to go sub 2;30 next time. Training Hard and Racing Often.

Lance might lose the farm. Story. ...More Lancegate.

Spikes interviews Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn. Best two female American middle distance runners?


Posted by donmclean on 2014/7/16 12:06:13 (68 reads)

Dan Agnew/Signal: 2013-2014 SCV Team of the Year is Saugus boys cross country.

3 injury prevention videos by Lauren Fleshman

RunBlogRun: Alysia Montano Does It Her Way

Excellent: Extreme Exercise And The Heart. A cardiologist's calm take on our our obsession.

Runners to race a Boston trolley. Story. Here's your challenge as a SCV runner. It's 7:45 A.M. on any school day. Race the southbound Bouquet Canyon traffic from Centurian to Valencia Blvd. Even with the disappearing bike lane at Alamagordo, that should be easy on a bike.

Wild steeple video.

New York Times: Train Like a German Soccer Star


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