Abandoned Olympic Venues.
Act now to fight chronic procrastination disorder. Link. Laughs from the BMJ on how we medicalize normality.
Flyer: 2013 Placerita Canyon Holiday 5K
Perennial prep powerhouse: Christian Brothers Academy. Going smarter and harder than ever. BTW, it doesn't work unless you put smarter ahead of harder.
PAC-12 XC Championships action shots. See Stephanie Bulder and mates in photo #27.
Great runners are predators.~ Mark Wetmore/video ...after Colorado's strong day at 2013 PAC-12 Championships. Probably the best xc coach on the planet.
NYC Marathon results. Not so good for the home team. ..In the men's race, if scored as a cross country race, it would be Kenya 27 -World 28.
Santa Clarita Marathon/Half/5K results. Our friend Ron Eichler has finished every SCM. Our friends Brandon Jauregui, Alfredo Coronado, and James Kelley are 1st, 3rd, and 4th in the Half.
11/2 - PAC-12 Championships in Louisville, CO
11/7 - Foothill Finals @ Central Park
11/8 - COC @ So. Cal Championnships @ COC
11/9 - Master's @ GSAC Championships in Costa Mesa
11/16 - CIF Prelims @ Mt. SAC
11/21 - Master's @ NAIA National Champs in Lawrence, KS
11/23 - COC @ State Champs in Fresno
11/23 - CIF Finals @ Mt. SAC
11/30 -CIF State Champs in Fresno
12/7 - NXN or Footlocker West
12/14 - 7th Annual Beast Charity @ The Beast
Does automation (computers, apps, Garmin, monitors) make us lazy and stupid? The Great Forgetting.
How To Be A Good Tentmate
The Santa Clarita Runners return to the COC track. But not you. See Read More.
Instructive and fun. From Radiolab, Bernd Heinrich, and The Oatmeal. Why This Compushion To Run Long Distances?
Andrew Bumbalough remembers his high school days. Here.
DyeStatCAL XC Rankings.
Does your kid or grandkid have Exercise Deficit Disorder?
Caused by a parental disorder?''
Sig story on Sunday's Santa Clarita Marathon. There's a spot in my heart for this event. I ran it about five times, and the half marathon once. Three friends -Chuck Texiera, Brian Spangenberg, and Lisa Fink-have won the marathon. I've never quite appreciated the impulse to forsake your home town marathon for another hundreds or even thousands miles away because it offers an easier course, weather, whatever. What's better than sleeping in your own bed the night before, in your shower in an hour after? It's a good and legit course. No one will ever question your time. My marathon PR was on a net downhill course in Las Vegas, snow flakes at the start, a tailwind like you'll never see. It's 15 minutes faster than my best in Santa Clarita.
Breaking news. Glucosamine and MSM produce expensive urine. Link.
Recruit some spare Kenyans. Link.
Short v. Long Intervals? Ask the Kenyans.
Excellent. Running Is Like A Business: Know Your Metrics.
Bernd Heinrich's Why We Run. Video. Even better, the book. An excellent runner in his day, scientist and professor, he merits your attention.
Cheetah Licks My GoPro video.
New York Times: What's Your 'Fitness Age'?
Like you, I always go to Deadspin for authoritative articles on running. The Terrifying Hell Running A Marathon Inflicts On The Human Body
Favorite books in October:
Frederick the Great
The Sun King
The Last Lecture
Madame De Pompadour
The viceroy of Ouidah
The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate
Lauren Fleshman will race in December. Link.
Dick Pound warned that national sports associations have little incentive to catch drug cheats. Link.
How Men and Women Run the Marathon Differently. Same applies in ultramarathons. The ladies run more conservative, smarter.
PrepCalTrack: California "Super 25" Team Rankings
Read CIF-SS Playoff Bulletin. Top seven teams in each division advance to State Finals. If they run according to form (rankings), Saugus boys, Saugus girls, and Canyon girls should make it. Hail Mary chance for West Ranch girls.
WADA is chasing Kenya and Jamaica. Story.
Flotrack: OK State dudes do 8-10 1K intervals, probably about xc race pace, 2:30 rest recovery, bark trail. Video. ...Last night's Oregon Track Club Masters intervals in Read More.
New York Times: The Marathon Runner As Couch Potato
Dave Hartman, good guy and Canyon immortal, is now on the Southland Conference all-time xc honor roll. Link.
Forget the Lakers, says Sir Charles. Video. For many years, I ran with the O'Dark Thirty dudes. Imagine, during the NBA season, an almost daily, always tedious 4:45 am discussion about the previous night's game.
How to avoid/scare off mountain lions. Here.
About the mountain lion(s) in Saugus? Not. Report is from Cougar News. ...I ran around SCV for 30 years, often in the wild areas. Only saw one mountain lion. Near Mentryville.
Intervals. We all need to do them. Regularly. Three rules you might want to follow. 1) Weekly, same day and time, with others. 2) With a real coach who plans the drills/workout, watches (not runs) the workout, and tells you what to do or not do. 3) On soft surfaces. ...Last night the coach orders a guy who had raced a 50K, a lady who had just returned from a weekend race on the east coast, to go home or, if unwilling, slow jog only (shamed them into being sensible).
TF&N cover boy Evan Jager
Marc Bloom profiles Running Times' High School Athlete of the Week. 5'11" and 122 pounds.
CIF-State Divisional Team Rankings
Frequently injured? Lessons Learned From Ryan Hall's NYC Marathon Withdrawal.
Mt. SAC Team Sweeps video.
Footnotes on Master's at the NAIA West Coast Jamboree. More here.
Just in. Will Leer's guide to the perfect lip caterpillar. Here. ...So you can race this.
Beards are kudzu.
LetsRun: Week That Was.
Commuting's Hidden Cost.
John Glenn Still Has The Right Stuff
The Myth of 'I'm Bad At Math' There was a Foothill coach who decided academics come first, and no kid would be on the track team with a GPA less than 2.5. Unfortunately, a coalition (mob) of parents and adminstrators convinced him otherwise.
Too old to race? Not Mike, 91. Story.
The Gift of Long Distance Hiking
American Olympians will not compete naked. Story.
Brando: 2013 Foothill xc rankings
Brando: Mt. SAC recap.
Alfredo Coronado wins the Run Against Hunger 5K. Story.
Marc Bloom/Running Times: Mary Cain Will Not Run Cross Country
Does drafting work? Link. The benfit might be as much psychological as physiological. It's easier to run behind an experinced tream mate, someone you train with every day. Or, just as well, run behind those competitors you're aiming to beat. They know and likely fear you, especially if you're on their butt in the first few miles. They're starting to strees and hurt, and you look calm and ready to pounce. ...An additional motivator. More race video is out there, likely to end up on DD. Don't be the finisher who isn't going all-out and gets passed, and your team loses by a point, and thanks for nothing.
Cool down interview with Sarah Baxter and mates. Video. No race plan. Everyone just goes out and races as hard as they can.
Good read. How cross country benefits the track athlete, and about the importance of the team. Link.
SCV Men's Mt. SAC All-Time List
Mt. SAC merged team scoring. Girls. And boys.
Official: CIF-SS Team Rankings
NYT: Learning Moderation From The Marathon
Erik Boal/Daily News reports on Mt. SAC, girls, and boys. ...Sig story here.
Mt. SAC photos from Bob Binnie, and Paul Broneer, and Christopher Go
1, 16:47!!!! Not pushed. Second best in CA, trailing only Sarah Baxter? Only a junior.
2. Outstanding times by Caleb McClain (15:29) and Tucker Welker (15:31).
3. Yesterday doesn't count for much. Forget the rankings. For most Foothillers, the key date is 11/7, league finals. For Canyon girls and Saugus, 11/30.
4. Simi Valley and Great Oak girls are really good, and deep too. Saugus girls rested a top five performer. That D-2 girls state final will be awesome.
5. Has everyone got a flu shot?
FYI. Sarah Baxter's first mile was 4:58, faster than when she set her PR last year. The field went out especially fast too; too fast, and suffered and slowed and stumbled at the end. Good experience and lesson. Save something for a big, all-out finish. SV beat GO by one freakin' point! You get my point?
Whistleblower on Jamaica drug failings bullied into silence.
Coffee v smoothies: Which is better for you? My abiding conviction, though I'm singularly unsuccessful in convincing anyone: Go black. You'll never go back.
Brando: SCV Women's Mt. SAC All-Time List
Canyon arguably has the most consistent cross country program over the past 30 years. So it's kinda a big deal that Natalie Rodriguez is now a Cowboy legend, 4th best at Mt. SAC. Link.
More Mt. SAC pix. Here. Sift through and you will see Hart, Canyon, Saugus, and Golden Valley.
Caleb 31st, Tucker 33rd all-time SCV dudes at Mt. SAC. Link.
Sarah Baxter, a senior, has never lost a prep XC race.
PrepCalTrack: Mt. SAC Invitational Details & Storylines
Matt Fitzgerald: How Hard Should Strength Training Be For Runners?
The 20th Annual Run Against Hunger 5K is tomorrow. Details. ...Sig story. ...You probably need to race. For sure, the running community should support the SCV Food Pantry.
Do we/our kids care too much about sports? Consider.
Unbroken arrives in theaters on Christmas Day, 2014. Story. Read the book now. I guarantee you will love it.
Save your post season, fall mrathon, life. Stuff like that. Story.
Karis wins, Master's women and men teams second at NAIA West Coast Jamboree.
Why UCLA will beat Oregon. The game is sold out save standing room only ducats. $103 per person. No DD discount. ...Autzen Stadium is next to Pre's Trail. Even at 9 a.m., there were scores of football fans running and walking the trail. The kickoff is at 4, but the slop fest and drinking start way-before that. ...The UO women's xc team was on the trail, in a pack laughing it up at an 8:30 pace.
Mt. SAC Results:
JV Girs National Championships. West Ranch 7th. Canyon 14th. Shelby Dunn is first Foothiller.
Girl's Sweeps. Simi Valley 1st, Great Oak 2nd. Canyon 8th. West Ranch 16th. ...Simi Valley does not beat Saugus' course record. ...Conditions at race time were predicted as mild, abut 67 degrees, sunny. ...Natalie Rodriguez is first Foothiller.
Boys Sweeps. Valencia 17th. Canyon 20th. Caleb McClain is first Foothiller, 6th overall.
Girls Sub Sweeps. Ortega goes sub 17, best ever by a SCV female, Saugus wins.
Boys Sub Sweeps. Saugus 4th, Hart 13th.
COC men win the Western State Conference title. Story. Cheers for the Cougs and our good friend George Serrano (along with Lindie Kane), one of the most enthusiastic and best coaches around. I hear Eddie Lopez is very good too, but it's sweet to see the locals staying in SCV and succeeding as a team. Ornelas says it so well. Your success as an individual is a hollow achievement when your team, consisting of your best friends, is not with you in the celebration. Cheers for all the SCV runners, including those at Glendale. How 'bout Lizzie Nelson, 2nd overall! Results. ...Sig story.
The Master's compete tomorrow at the NAIA West Coast Jamboree, Irvine Regional Park.
PrepCalTrack: State JV Rankings. The JV National Championship races are Mt. SAC are very exciting. SCV has so many good and deep programs. And it happens all the time at SAC. One or more of the varsity is ailing, or otherwise needs a break, and, if only for one time, a bubble runner gets on the varsity. Of course it's an honor and dream, but you will be left in the dust. But in the JV race... Who knows?
DyeStatCal will have Mt. SAC on live webcast. A welcome, but very poor substitute for being there.
Toni Reavis provides perspective on the plight (and achievements) of Ryan Hall and Ritz. Here.
Why a girl should run for her life.
Read about the xc course at Van Cortlandt Park. With heaps more reknown than Mt. SAC. ...Now, again, about the course at Central Park. I agree, it's better than most in Southern California, but it should be so much better, and permanent, i.e., not changing every year. With no chain-link (ugly, arguably dangerous), better footing, start/finsh area, and shade. If only the running community would get involved...
For Lance fans. Link.
Pickle power. Who knew?
You try it and let me know.
When Athletes Know More Than Scientists. Don sez. 1) Running hard two days in a row is nutty, just-asking-for-it. 2) You won't see me in support hose.
Hannah Kellerman is Head of the Class.
COC/WSC photos here. The follicly challnged guru in the photos is, of course, George Serrano.