Posted by donmclean on 2014/12/17 12:16:02 (202 reads)

Who made the Daily News' girls All-Area cross country? See. Rene Paragas is the Coach of the Year. Note error indicating Saugus is in D1. Cheers for all the honored Foothillers.

You Tube: Behind The Grind- Stephanie Bulder. The Saugus alum is the 2014 PAC-12 scholar-athlete of the year. Hopes to be a medical doctor.

LetsRun: Week That Was.

Los Angeles Times: Mud Runs for Fun and Profit

Best in sports writing. Here.

Chrisopher McDougall: Natural Born Heroes. Percy Cerutty has been my hero since 1958 (at age 13), reading about him in Sports Illustrated (still have the magazine), who got me interested in running.

Hurting? Hey, just take some ibuprofen. Link

One minute you're high on life, soaking up the euphoria of an effortless pursuit and the next minute you want to curl up in a ball on the side of the trail, wondering how you're possibly going to make it to the next aid station. The Challenge of Enduring

Must see video. Adjusting Form with Salazar, Rupp, Cain, and Centro. Explains and demonstrates why we're injured so often.

Posted by donmclean on 2014/12/16 14:02:16 (290 reads)

Daily News' 2014 Cross Country Runner of the Year is Brian Zabilski. Tucker Welker, Ryan Painter, and Ryan Tate (all juniors) are also honored. More.

Stephanie Bruce: Dopers are crapping all over our pure sport

Opting Your Kid Out of Vaccination? Thatís Sickening.

For Teen Runner With MS, a Season of Change

Support the SCV Food Pantry.

And race the Placerita Canyon Holiday 5K

Good news. If You Feel Young, You Might Live Longer. Hey, Don's study agrees with the proviso that being happy and serene is just as important to longevity.

Posted by donmclean on 2014/12/16 0:10:29 (66 reads)

Dear Mr. McLean,

Thank you for your message regarding Central Park.

Phase IV of Central Park is in the design phase and will include a tennis center among other amenities. Our staff has directed the designer to keep and enhance the cross country course where possible. The Cityís Parks Planning staff will be conducting focus and informational meetings in early 2015, which will also include representatives from cross country groups to review the project design. The intent of the design is to preserve the existing cross country course and allow for minimal disruptions during construction. The project is not yet funded, so the actual times of construction are not known at this time.

If you have additional questions about this matter, please contact me or Rick Gould, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services at (661) 255-4978.


Ken Striplin
City Manager

Posted by donmclean on 2014/12/15 12:08:29 (225 reads)

Run Smarter: Danielsí Formula For Running Explained by the Master Coach Himself

Chris Derrick: Perfect Is The Enemy of Good. Don't be stupid.

Creeps and bores on TV. Read.

COC Track & Field Clinic flyer.

12 Secrets From The Pros To Run Your Best Race

Flotrack: Repeat K's with Allie Ostrander

Daily Relay: The Monday Morning Run

Q&A with Boston Billy Rodgers.

Seven track and field athletes made headlines last week, and not for any record breaking performances. Led by sprint star Allyson Felix, Sports Illustrated released their 50 Fittest Females compilation. Link. ...What about the same in SCV? We like Alysia Montano, Lauren Fleshman, Shannon Murakami, Brooke Russell, Stephanie Bulder, and Aly Drake. Who am I missing?

It's about time. Nearly Naked 5K.

"National: A Cross Country Story" depicts Tommy McGuan and several other members of the Chico State Cross Country team driving 2500 miles across the United States in a matter of days to watch their fellow teammates compete at the NCAA Division II National Championships In Louisville, Kentucky... Movie.

Posted by donmclean on 2014/12/14 13:22:31 (193 reads)

Caleb McClain wins the 8th Annual Beast with a 46:55. With all the recent rain, it must have been a muddy track. We heard it was rough even before the rains, it not having been scraped for a year or more.

More developments in the IAAF drug scandal. Here.

Catching up with Alysia Montano.

New Rules In The NFLís Updated Personal Conduct Policy

The Realities of Running

After 14 years and $1.2 billion, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has cancelled its plan for a study of environmental influences on children's health. Story.

The Walking Cure: Talking to Cheryl Strayed About What Made Wild Work.

8th Annual Beast photos.

Posted by donmclean on 2014/12/14 2:41:02 (164 reads)

Headline news! SCV finally gets All-Comers meets at Canyon High School in January and February, 2015. More on this soon.

Beast results? Indications are that it was a race, up and down. If so, it would be more like the Mt. Marathon race in Alaska. Is that better or worse?

Steve Magness/Science of Running: Everything you need to know about Doping Scandal in Track and Field

Shalane Flanagan Sounds Off About Doping

More Nike NXN photos.

Storm today at the Junior Olympics, Myrtle Beach, FL. Photos. With motivation and planning, this event could be held at Central Park. So many national cross country events are often held in the east, cold and dreary.

Posted by donmclean on 2014/12/7 15:30:37 (550 reads)

Dan Agnew/Signal: Saugus' superb cross country season ends at Nike Nationals

Fun read. Lauren Fleshman on the USATF Annual Meeting.

Helmetless Football? ...Reminds me of a solution Gene Blankenship came up with for a SCV legend whose right hand flopped while running. He had to carry an egg in that hand for a week. Problem solved.

The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like. We go decaf in by late morning.

Dick Pound blasts IAAF for not responding to allegations of systematic doping in Russian sport

Prevalence of Doping Use in Elite Sports? 14-39% depending on the sport, study says.

Timothy Sterkel, ace Wildcat, best frosh in Foothill, and a really good guy, rescued while hiking. Photos.

Locals at the California International Marathon:

Jameson Mora 2:15:44
Katrina Graham 2:51:13
Chris Louie 3:04:47
Rob Sklenar 3:18:22
Joe Ogata 3:33:45
Steve Watanabe 3:46:57

Katrina is a recent Master's graduate, a lovely and sweet person. This was her first marathon and already makes her a good bet to snag the 2:43 B standard for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials. It's the second best ever by a SCVer, Lauren Fleshman having the best with a 2:37:23. Mandy Larkin is third best with a 2:59:47.

Is Specificity Killing Us?

Will be in Southern CA this week. It's warm today here, a mile high, but snow predicted on Thursday. In Santa Clarita Wed. morning, at StarLowes around 6 AM following a run in the City trails.

More cause races predicted in 2015. Link.

It's Thursday morning in Pine Mountain. No snow or even rain, though threatening.

Our friend Wayne Lee recommends... Inside the Football Factory That's Saving Kids from the Streets

From Red Bluff, CA and Wired: Whatís Up With That: Why Running Hurts Every Part of Your Body

Countries with the dirtiest runners? Here.

LetsRun: Week That Was. More on the F-M program here. Not too many high schools, like F-M, that can start training runners in the middle school years.

Wall Street Journal on Bill Aris, The Lombardi of Teen Running

Who actually funds intercollegiate athletic programs?

Q&A with Meb

Matt McCue: How to tell if you're a good person.

Runner's World: Runners Banned From Tennesee Parks Trail

Marc Bloom/Running Times: Alaskan Allie Ostrander is the NXN Champion

Alex Hutchinson/The New Yorker: What Is Fatigue?

Lauren Fleshman has a book out: Believe

Don't forget your ecotherapy.

Beast flyer. The SCV Food Pantry needs our help.

Posted by donmclean on 2014/12/6 13:48:58 (404 reads)

Cheers for the Canyon XC Academic Award winners (3.5 or higher GPA): Jacob Velarde, Mike Burson, Alex Urquilla, James Duncan, Austin Bell, Caleb McClain, Jennifer Leyva, Rosa Hernandez, Samy Lopez, Sandra Diaz, Pamela Bietsch, Yee-Lynn Wong, Malissa Janes, Samantha Alvarez, Stephanie Martinez, Josie Burger.

NXN live/results here.

NXN photos from yesterday are here.

Saugus girls post race video.

NXN girls race video.

Christopher Go's Faces of Pain slideshow

Posted by donmclean on 2014/12/5 11:49:07 (179 reads)

Dan Agnew/Signal: Saugus girls, Zabilski prepare for Nike Cross Nationals

Dyestat: Ranking the 22 teams at NXN

California State XC Meet All-Time Podium Girls Teams

BBC: One arm, one leg, cycling over the Pyrenees

An Open Letter to My High School Cross-Country Coach

LetsRun: Week That Was

Competitor: Deena Kastorís 3 Training Tips for Masters Runners

Steve Magness/Science of Running: Tracking collegiate runners- sleep, stress, soreness, recovery and performance

Your Friday hysteria: Uh Oh, Transgender High School Students Want To Wreck Sports By Stealing Scholarships And Showering With Girls

Outside: Portraits of the Pacific Crest Trail. I've known many PCT hikers and envied their experience and accomplishments. Often it turns out to be a life changing experience. You end up not being the same person who started the hike. In a good way.

Funniest book I've read in years: This Town.

A different kind of brew to be available at StarLowes? Link.

Coach Zach Schroeder writes: Hello Past Participant!
This is a friendly reminder that registration for the Placerita Canyon Holiday 5k closes in one week. You definitely want to register online as only pre-registered participants receive a quality dry-fit t-shirt. Race day registration is $30, so take a minute to register - it's worth your time! We are thankful to Whole Foods Market for supporting our efforts and making it possible for us to present all participants with our classic pancake breakfast. For more information please visit here. I'm looking forward to seeing you on the 27th!

RunnerSpace has NXN course preview run photos. Includes Saugus girls.

Older people are happier than young people. Why elders smile.

Posted by donmclean on 2014/12/4 14:41:46 (228 reads)

BBC: Russian doping claims: 99% of athletes guilty, German TV alleges. More here. LetsRun's take.

The City of Santa Clarita has a cross country event for youth on Sunday at Central Park. Flyer.

Gazillion Saugus photos at the State Champianships here.

Notwithstanding their genius, Paragas, Welker, the dazling dozen at Canyon, Zach, Lindie, Bingham... not Nike Coach of the Year.

If You Donít Already, You Should: Run With A Woman. Obviously.

Wisdom from the World's slowest runner

Be a More Grateful Runner. It's not just about you.

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