LetsRun asks, Were you living under a rock this weekend, too busy to watch Millrose? If so, makeup here.
Scary 12 second video of Ashton Eaton going over the wall. Here. Maybe 10 seconds later, he appears all smiles. Soon after, he's competing in the long jump. Stays in the pit. Gets third. Best athlete on the planet.
Caleb McClain goes 10:05.53 in the two mile at the Run For the Dream. Abbinanti soars today.
Jason Fitzgerald: My Surprising Reading List: Extinctions, Rituals, and Drugs. Lots of good and fun stuff on that site.
Steve Magness tweets, Want to understand someone. Ask them what books have influenced them the most at different times in their life...then go read them...
Daily Relay: Monday Morning Run. All we need to know about Ashton Eaton's wall fall.
Raelyn Abbinati goes 9-6 at Run For the Dream. Raelyn has been the top Canyon vaulter in her class since her freshman year. Now a senior, her PR is 10-6. The school record is 12-0. ...Canyon usually has the best vaulters in Foothill because of the excellence of the vaults coach, Frank Rock. 4 of the top 5 boys in 2014 were Cowboys. 2 of the top 5 girls were Cowboys, with Raelyn second at Foothill League Finals.
Wall Street Journal: Lance Armstrong Must Pay $10 Million
Bro's bouquet: SCV All Comers photos
NYT on Bernard Lagat's master's mile record. ...LetsRun has more on Millrose.
McFarland's other champions. Ten in the morning. Ten in the evening.
Kate Grace: Mentors, Going to Bed, and the Psyche of Competing
Jay Johnson: Stop thinking that you have to run more or run harder to PR. Be smart. No injuries.
Jay Johnson likes Vern Gambetta's blog
Bro: 2015 Foothill Bests
Bro writes: Today is the State Indoor Meet in Fresno. Caleb McClain (1600, 3200) and Raelyn Abbinanti (PV) are competing! ...Chris Low ran a 4:15.28 mile in the Husky Challenge indoor meet for Long Beach State.
Stupidity comes from having an answer to everything. ~Milan Kundera
Outside: Meet Steve Magness, the Mad Scientist of Running
Millrose Games on NBCSN today at 3 P.M. Safely done by 5, and then, happy and energized, you dine with your sweetie.
Newsweek on Millrose. Even in New York, track & field is losing it's popularity. And yet track & field is the largest participation sport in high school.
Competitor: Let’s Spice Up Track Meets
Brando reports: 2015 Husky Classic (Friday 5K results):
* Weslie Totten runs a HUGE 17:08.28 PR, No. 7 in SCV history
* Seth Totten runs a 14:07.86 PR, No. 5 in SCV history
* AJ Yarnall clocks 14:30.89, just three seconds off his PR
* Stephanie Bulder runs 17:37.45
Bernard Lagat: Plenty Of Life Left In 40-Year-old Legs
Competitor: Workout of the Week: Aggressive Two-Minute Reps.
Pole vault with Go-Pro. ...We're hoping Bob Binnie, Alan Garcia, Jim McClain, Bill Bolden, Chris Drew, Steve Welker, Paul Broneer... A bit of Go-Pro at the track. ...Here's a scary thought. What if we got some Go-Pro (including slow-mo) of thee and me posted here?
It's Valentine's Day on Epic Toilet Time
SCV All Comers results. All time SCV throws family. The Bultmans. ...Kudos to Canyon for putting on the well attended all-comers meets. The only dark cloud is the mostly absent SCV adults.
FB bro writes: First race of 2015 indoor season for Chris Low. Ran his favorite race the mile(not) in 4:15.28 for the 5th fastest time for the indoor mile by a Long Beach State runner. Just a little faster than last years time of 4:31. In two weeks back again in Seattle but running his speciality, the 800m.
Brando writes: Austin O'Neil breaks the 40-year-old Santa Clarita Valley record in the mile, running 4:06.55 at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Washington! The former record (4:06.61) was held by Rich Burns of College of the Canyons, set back in 1975. Congratulations to Austin, a 2012 graduate of Hart High School!
2015 men's Wannamaker Mile video.
Chris Erskine/Los Angeles Times likes Kevin Costner and McFarland, USA.
Poetry: High jump in slow-mo.
Wall Street Journal: For Ultramarathon Runners, Marijuana Has Enormous Benefits—But Is It Ethical? Just the thing for zombie cheats.
Video: Embracing Life's Uncertainty
Brando: Foothill Girls 800 Preview
theguardian: Why do women get so much grief when they run?
Kara and Shalane video: Warm Up Drills. They might have a clue. Kara won bronze at Worlds. Shalane won bronze at the Olympics and Worlds xc.
RunBlogRun: Q&A with Laura Roesler. Don't miss the video showing her killer kick.
If winning is the god of our age, cheating is a bad way to worship
LetsRun's Millrose Games Preview.
Patrick McHugh: Training a 4:05 High School Miler
Two guys on the first ever wintertime thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. Here.
Saturday is your last chance to compete at the SCV All Comers.
Gabriella Fenelon, 15, is toughest racer in Santa Clarita. Story. Are you/Don brave enough to race when you know you will be dead last?
Last night we attended the Oregon Track Club Annual Business Meeting, Evening Program, dinner, and all-round gathering of the best and awesome support force in Eugene and the world of sport. About 400 people at the Autzen Stadium Club, free for OTC members. Most of the OTC Elite and OU tracksters were scattered about the tables. At tables directly nearest us were Andrew Wheating (6-6, 181), Mac Fleet, Ben Blankenship... Don sat next to Matthew Melencon, a junior at UO, once Oregon prep state xc champion. He was at the 2013 Stanford Invitational and remembers John Gilbertson's incredible win in the 10,000. ...We observed/learned/heard:
Though many beverage options were available, the athletes only drank bottled water, and ate sparingly. And all poised and friendly.
Vin Lananna announced Eugene will go after the 2021 World Championships; Portland is building an indoor facility for the 2016 World Indoor; OTC Elite Head Coach Mark Rowland is "the best distance coach in the world."
Mark Rowland announced Mo Aman is now on his roster, soon to be living and training in Eugene along with Wheating, Greer, et al.
Someone previewed the athletes coming to the 2015 Pre Classic, which includes the 8 best shot guys in 2014, and every gold medal shot guy (World Champs and Olympics) since 2006.
Pretty much over the next five years, if competing at NCAAs, Worlds, or the Olympics, you have to go through Hayward Field.
Finally, what is most amazing to me is the cooperation and support at so many levels --City, UO, OTC, OTC Elite, and especially the volunteers, so many of them for decades. Tom Heinonen, UO women's track and xc coach for 28 years, and his wife were honored. Now retired and in his 70s, he and his wife are still extremely active at so many levels, mostly as volunteers. Heinonen has been the long jump official and rake man at the six summer all-comers meets for the past 30-40 years, while his wife has handed out a trillion finisher ribbons during that same time. Both so smart, humble, hard-working, and kind.
Q&A with Jim Beatty. He trained with Lazlo Tabori and only U.S. 5000 Olympic gold medalist, Bob Schul. All members of the Los Angeles Track Club. They trained only on the track. When track mattered in Los Angeles.
OK, for tonight at the track... Spikes? Check. Shorty-shorts? Check. Two rolls of quarters? ...Reminds me of a SCV friend who ran while flapping one hand. Gene Blankenship made him carry a raw egg in both hands. No flapping after two weeks.
Marc Bloom/Running Times: Low Mileage Works for Olivia Sargent
Breaking news: Dubai Unveils Plans For World’s Largest Human Rights Violation
Olympic Silver Medalist Nick Willis, bearded master Will Leer (OTC Elite), and The Mythical 7000' Monkey.
LetsRun: The Week That Was
Signal: 12 SCV homeless encampments raided. ...More.
Paul Broneer: 2015 Foothill Bests
9 Types of Unique Runners
7 Habits of Optimistic People
Scientific American: Junk Diet Rewires Rat Brains
Be stupid. Consider.
Master's women's track begin indoor season. Story.
Why you should care about the USATF, the good and the bad. Link.
Pissed off owl attacks runners. Story.
The Atlantic: 5 Bad American Habits I Kicked in Finland. Finland was once the Kenya of the distance world.
The Oregonian: Why Pre Still Matters
Daily Relay: The Monday Morning Run
Safest city in America? See comments.
The New Balance Indoor was terrific. Analysis in LetsRun. ...Race video.
Long Beach Poly track teams won 25 CIF Southern Section championship and 19 CIF State championships. Don Norford was the coach. Story.
New York Times: No, More Running Probably Isn’t Bad for You
Brando: 2015 SCV Track Bests
For every masters age group and every track and field event, a standard has been determined which qualifies an athlete as an All-American. More. Go for it!
Long Beach Poly Boys Cross Country Claim National Title
LetsRun: New Balance Indoor preview. On NBC today at 3 P.M. Events.
Daily Relay provides New Balance Indoor bingo card.
Spikes profiles the multi-talented Max King. A steepler at 5-6? We tend to think steeplers are tall, like Evan Jager at 6-2. Jenny Simpson is 5-5. Emma Coburn is 5-8. Anna Willard is 5-4. Billy Nelson is 5-5. Most of them weigh 120. ...OK, so we're all tall enough, but too chicken to give it a try. Yes, including Don. Was in a xc race on Pre's Trail, with straw bales (only 18 inches). Hurdled a few in practice, but none in the race. ...See comments from Lauren Fleshman and Billy Nelson. ...Maybe just a little hurdle work would help, making us braver and more aggressive?
Mark Remy: A Few Rules to Run By
Q&A with Dathan Ritzenheim. "I have had plenty of injuries but I am crazy. I cross train for hours a day when hurt."
Check this form (porn?) on Instagram from Steve Magness.
RunBlogRun: Matt Centrowitz: A Miler with great form and strong elbows
Chris Derrick wins big at the USA XC Champs. Bobby Curtis 2nd and Ritz 3rd and Vail 4th. Darcy was 23rd in the master's race. Complete event results here.
Burbank All-Comers results. Any Foothillers or SCV adults? We note Andy Diconti was 13th with a 10:10 in the 3000. Andy is the art teacher and coach at La Canada High. Now in his 50s, as a prep at La Canada he was the CIF-SS 2-A champ in the 1600 (4 minutes 8.5 seconds) and got the state title (8:55.97) in the 3,200. In 2007, just for fun, Andy and Pete Magill loped up The Beast in 38:07.