Posted by donmclean on 2014/6/18 13:41:30 (152 reads)

You probably know less about cholesterol than you think you do. Link."

Where your ideology says you should live. It assumes some day you will move out of your parents' house.

Coach Jay Johnson: Runner's Stop Doing List

Mo mowin' at the Portland Track Classic. Video.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/6/17 13:24:57 (165 reads)

PrepCalTrack: 2014 Cross Country Schedule.

Don's tip. Race on the track in Carpinteria. Well run, no pressure meet. Lovely stadium setting. For all ages.

Daily Relay: Always interesting. The Monday Morning Run.

Take a hike. Tips.

The Secrets to Meb's Success. 10 habits that help explain his longevity.

Meb likes Dan Pfaff. For more on Pfaff, see here and here.

In-case-you-missed race results in Read More

Chris Low will be racing in the USA National Championships in Sacramento. His first race will be on Thursday, 6/26.

Tonight's Oregon Track Club Masters workout at South Eugene High School: Following warm up and drills...

2 miles @ current 10k pace
(2 minute rest)
3-4 x 1000m @ 10k goal pace w/ 90 seconds recovery between each
(3 minute rest/jog)
optional 3 x 200m @ mile goal pace

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Posted by donmclean on 2014/6/16 12:04:10 (160 reads)

A QUIET few words with Bernard Lagat might just have saved Mo Farah 26.2 miles worth of bother. Lagat happy to stay on the track

The Mo is back, as is Wheating, Solinsky, Hasay... Lets Run report on the Portland Track Festival. Complete results here. Note there are distance events for everyone --elites, preps, masters. Nice!

More from Ken Goe/The Oregonian on the Portland Track Festival. Don't miss the photos. Maybe I'm just an old kid, but it's a thrill to mingle with some of the very best athletes in the world.

Chris Low's 800 finals video. Chris should know soon if he is going to the US Championships in Sacramento. Right now he is ranked 26 and they take 32. He will be trying to make the U23 US Team where they take the top 2 U23 runners to run at the NACAC U23 Championships in British Columbia in August. ...There are so many very talented guys separated by just a second or two.

The running boom continues. Stats and stuff.

In running and racing and life, by the time we start worrying about things, it's too late to make a difference. Read.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/6/15 13:32:18 (220 reads)

Complete NCAA Championships results.

Was that the best ever track meet? We like the coverage at Lets Run. And the Daily Emerald photos. ...Is there a sport that photographs as well as track and field?

Chris Low's semi final win on video.

Castaic Triathlon results and photos.

The next one (try one at tri two) is on August 9th. Flyer.

Independence Day Classic flyer.

Road race today in Springfield (across the river from Eugene). In the 8K, Don Barrington, the lion of Lebec, won his age group, while Laurel Mathieson (Jeff Riggin's daughter) was fourth female overall. Other Barringtons ran well too. The race was won by Miles Dunbar, brother of UO ace Trevor Dunbar, who was 5th in the 10,000, 3rd in the 5000 at the NCAA Championships. Other Dunbars were in the race, but I think Trevor took the day off. Complete 8K results. Don ran in the less competitive 5K. Results.

Check out the NYT story and, even better, photos at the Adidas Grand Prix.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/6/14 13:41:55 (125 reads)

Day 3 was terrific. Ditto the coverage by Lets Run.

Day 3 pix here and here.

Is Hayward magic too advantageous for Oregon?

Lalang v. Cheserek. Final lap. Video.

Ken Goe/Oregonian on the Oregon men's NCAA Championship victory. Link. There's something going on when you get some football guy to run the hurdles and, damn, he wins, beating some of the best hurdlers in the world. ...More on Devon Allen.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/6/13 5:24:12 (180 reads)

Daily News profiles Chris Low.

Steve Jones, world record holder in the marathon, didn't have a kick, and hence vulnerable on the track, like the rest of us. So... Enjoy.

Santa Clarita Elementary planted native trees at Central Park. Story. Good example, yes?

Steve Magness: How to spot bad science and fads- Determining whether an idea is worthwhile

Lance grilled.

Runner's World: How Elites' Fathers Have Inspired Their Child's Running

It's 60 degrees and overcast at 12:20 in Eugene, with a 30 per cent chance of showers. Good weather for PRs.

Jesse Squire/Daily Relay doesn't see Chris Low as a top finisher. Link. He didn't see what I saw in the prelims.

NCAA Championships Day 2 photos.

Mary Cain update. Her college room mate will be an altitude tent.

NCAA Champs men's 800 results. Chris ran a good race. Because of the speed and depth of the field, to stay competitive, he was in the middle of the pack at the 400. Unlike in the prelims, he was unable to get into ideal striking distance at the 600, and the pace quicken even more in the final 200. He finished within .09 of his PR. Probably his best race ever.

As of the end of Day 2, Long Beach State men are two points ahead of UCLA and USC.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/6/12 5:57:59 (270 reads)

Here's the 800 men's cumulative results. The finals are on Friday and you should be able to access on ESPN. Otherwise, catch a flight, see it live and in person (all things important are not to be seen on a screen), and give me a call and we can bed you down for the night. Hope you don't insist on a lot of crap in your coffee. It's not available.

As to Chris' heat, he was dead last in a tight pack at the 400. At 600, where I was, he had moved up to the shoulder of the leader. Then he took off and just ran away from the slugs. Seemed easy. In total control. Tall and lanky, reminds me of Andrew Wheating.

I met up with Chris after the race. I asked him about the race and he said it went as he had hoped and planned.

Cheserek is a total stud. A great race, nearly as thrilling as Rupp's 10,000 AR.

I'm not saying I was in the cheap seats, but for sure I wasn't sitting with Vin and Phil. A bit of the sun as the day and sun declined. And the sun block might not be as effective as claimed. Story.

NCAA Championships photos

Golden Valley's Tyra Sparks overcame bad choices to become a leader. Story.

Erik Boal/Daily News story on Chris Low. ...More here.

We are, truly, a single species, undivided by race. The walls we build are of our own making; they are not foundational. More.

Just in from The New York Times: Should Runners Get Pedicures?

Deadspin: High School Runner Eats It Ten Meters From State Title

Yes, you may be serious and superior... Wave.

Ken Goe/Oregonian on Cheserek. It's a cool, eriee feeling at Hayward when the crowd starts the rhythmic clapping, the screaming and stomping.

Another insight on Cheserek and the 10,000. Here. Reminded me. It was sunny, about 75 degrees during the race, and there was even a water station on the track. And in a pack of four richly talented Africans, I was thinking, why was Kennedy Kithuka, wearing a big-ass gold chain, leading for about 22 laps, even when his head began tilting back (as so many of us do when beginning to stress). As to that interchange with Cheserek. That was really strange, it happening just in front of the stands where I sat. He said something, and also make a sign. ...Like the crucifix sign to ward off a vampire? Will check the video when available.

Before yesterday, I'd say the best ever male distance runner out of SCV was Hartman, Gilbertson, or Peter de la Cerda. Now I'm thinking it might be Chris Low.

Today's NCAA Champs results here. ...Didja know Sylvia Mosqueda, from Cal-State Los Angelas holds the 10,000 NCAA Champs meet record with a 32:28.57? Lisa Uhl holds the collegiate record with a 31:18.07. ...BTW, the NCAA site indicates Mosqueda set the record in 1998, but in fact it was in 1988.

Help me out here. Chris Low, who easily won his heat, has the third best time going into the final. T&FN projects him as the 6th finisher. Link.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/6/11 11:23:19 (186 reads)

Most folks overestimate how hard they're exercising. Link. The study participants were sedentary sorts, unlike DD readers. But wouldn't you say regular exercisers, even competitive runners, tend to overestimate, especially in their conversations with others?

Chris Low projected to be 9th in Track & Field News Form Chart. ...LetsRun preview here. ...BTW, this is not Chris' first appearance at Hayward Field. He ran here in the 2011 USATF Outdoor Championships, finishing 6th in the Junior division with a 1:51.58. ...More here. ...Don will be at tonight's prelims.

Coaches debate whether Eugene should own the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Another benefit is the weather. Mostly, it's in the 70s all summer. Clean air. Any rain would be occasional and light. Sacramento, Des Moines, Oklahoma, Texas, and Florida tend to be hot and/or humid.

Jim Ryun Festival of Miles photos.

For a community of runners, never taking a day off becomes a fixture of existence. The People Who Can't Not Run. Is it better to exercise daily or watch television five 5 hours daily (average for Americans, per Nielsen)?

USA Today: Feds want Lance Armstrong under oath this month

Edward Cheserek ran 60 miles to school. Story. Tonight he races in the 10,000 finals. LetsRun picks him to win.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/6/10 14:30:05 (343 reads)

Rene Paragas writes:

This is the end of my tenth year at Saugus. As you are aware, the Saugus program was not the state power it is today or even a league power just 10-years ago. I decided to commemorate the last ten years with a top-10 ten list of best distance runners. Attached (in Read More) is the girls list. Boys to follow.

Below is a summary of team accomplishments during the last decade:
Girls XC+ Track
7-State titles (1 runner-up)
7-CIF titles (3 runner-up)
14-Foothill league titles
26-lower level league titles

Boys XC+ Track
1-State title (2 runner-up)
2-CIF titles (1 runner-up)
8-Foothill league titles
14-lower level league titles

We'll see if I can last another decade coaching.

Want to run in college? Here is what it takes. Q&A with Hakon Devries of the University of Kentucky.

Jason Fitzgerald: 6 Workouts That Make Running Fast Easier

Some damn kid transforms his Nike KD sneakers into a power generator. Link. With billions of runners and walkers around, I guess we can...

Chris Low will race tomorrow at the NCAA Champs. His PR makes him competitive, and that killer kick might make him a top three. Only a Junior. Heat Sheets. Has Santa Clarita ever had such a male running threat at the NCCA t&F champs? And I might be wrong here, but I don't think he ran track until his senior year at Canyon.

How to watch the NCAA Champs

Phoebe Wright: Baseball Could Teach Track a Little Something.

Porn to ride has gone international. Story.

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Posted by donmclean on 2014/6/9 14:26:43 (185 reads)

Dan Agnew doubles with a look at 2015 Foothill t&f, and Chris Low. And about good guy Jeff Gilkey stepping down as Valencia XC/track coach

Update on Mary Cain. So young, so talented, and with an air of insouciance.

Once your moral compass is on the fritz... Hincapie rationalizes doping choices.

Zach Schroeder writes: For the months of June and July I'm opening up my team practice to the public. Tomorrow (Monday) morning we are at Central park. I will be posting our locations on this calendar. ...Don has done it. It's fun, educational, good experience, etc.


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