Phoebe Wright channels Richard Sherman. Link.
Hart and West Ranch have some athletes in 2014 state leaders.
DyeStatCAL continues it's series on college choices. Here. ...For anyone thinking about college, athlete or not, Don recommends David and Goliath. Especially the chapter on Caroline Sachs.
Consider the Eugene Marathon.
You might be more likely to die watching the Super Bowl than running a marathon. Link.
Olympian tips on staying warm.
Maybe the best distance race ever. Story. And the video.
Argh! Race like a pirate. Link.
NYT: My Coach, the bully. Such behavior doesn't work in running.
Are We Really Born to Run?
Watch Run For The Dream.
Signal: Flu cases spike in Santa Clarita.
Video: End-to-End on the Pacific Crest Trail in 7 Minutes!
On my PM jog an old man yelled, "USE YOUR ARMS." He was right.
And that's what it's like living in Tracktown. ~Julia Lucas
Inspirational running video. A World Without Limits. I love this corny stuff.
Too late for thee and me to go for a world record? Consider.
New Jersey preps do intervals in the hall. Video.
Tonight's workout with Ian Dobson in Read More. It's free and open to all ages and abilities. The attendance is around 60.
Favorite books in January
The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh
Along The Edge of America
The Troubled Man
Mind Over Water
The Heartsong of Charging Elk
The Red Rose Crew
Mace, age 61, invited me for a ride-along. He has been a logging-truck driver since high school. He plans to do it "till I can't." When home, he rarely gets off the couch and figures retirement would kill him. His dad was a long-time trucker who sold his truck and quit at 81 because he couldn't see. He slept or couched for months and then had cataract surgery and said, "Hell, if I knew I'd see again, I wouldn't have retired." He got off the couch and worked full time in his yard and garage. He died when 94. I talked to other truckers, most of them old, still working because that's who they are.
Mace works for a logging truck contractor, with 100 trucks. Lumber companies own, or obtain rights to a forest area. If owned by the U.S. Forest Service, the amount of logging is detailed in a contract. Mace is on a tree-thinning contract , mostly Douglas Fir. 100 years ago the area had been "clear-cut," which means the revered old growth trees and all else were leveled. 50 years later the area was thinned. The current thinning might be the last logging allowed in the area.
100 years ago rail lines serviced the logging areas. The rails are gone, replaced by service roads, conveniently on "railroad grade," meaning relatively wide curves and incline no more than 6%.
Mace is probably the best, only one of two allowed to truck the 120 foot Douglas Firs destined to be telephone poles. No one touches his company truck. He is 100% responsible for everything, including the direction of the "shovel" that loads and unloads. For the loaded journey to the mill, as necessary, he has two flag trucks. If he incurs a fine for overloading, he pays. For traffic or equipment violations, he pays. Little towns love to ticket loggers for the income. Once he got a $350 ticket for a minor sign violation. Figuring he could talk the judge into reducing it, he took the day off (without pay). The judged reduced the fine by $45, but ordered payment of $47 in court costs.
The rig is a Kenworth with almost a million miles. When loaded and descending on a curvy road, 80% of Mace's concentration is on the rear mirrors, fingering a toggle gizmo, and steering the rear. "I can feel the front and don't have to look at it so much." Mack has been making two logging runs per day for the past few years.
The loggers, the guys in spikes, flannel, with chainsaws, are an incredibly tough, grizzled lot. They have the most hazardous job in the United States. "They're dead or wrecked by the time they're 40," says Mace. Conditions are horrible. Rough terrain. And it's almost never too wet, cold, or hot. They work. Ken Kesey's "Sometimes A Great Notion" (good movie, maybe a better novel than One Flew Over...)"got it about right."
Toughest thing about being a pole driver? Half the day he's stressed about the load and driving on the service roads, the weigh station, and cops. The other half, maybe 5 hours a day, going up and down I-5, is boring beyond measure; it's not always easy to stay awake.
Truckers are weird and impossible. "Ever been in a place where truckers eat or drink," he rued. "Most onery, contentious, can't-agree-on-anything bunch you'll ever see."
Perhaps. I found them all, including the asshats, admirable and funny.
Flotrack: Raw: Rupp insane workout after 2-mile American record at BU Terrier Invite.
Now free, Rupp's 2 mile video.
Wise words, tough love from Khadevis Robinson.
Your M.D. does not give advice on the internet. Link.
New York Times: A Look Inside the Protein Bar
There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going. ~Helen Keller
Paul Broneer: 2014 Foothill Bests
NYT: Exercise to Age Well, Whatever Your Age
Lets Run: The Week That Was
How popular is track & field? Link.
Brando: On Shannon Murakami and the 2014 Huntingbeach Beach Half Marathon. Go Shannon!
The first great Kenyan runner, Kip Keino.
Major drug scandal in Russia.
Best U.S. distance runners all-time? That and more at the Daily Relay. Deena must be on the short list.
The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. ~ John Burroughs
Must read: How Hungarians Launched America's Greatest Track Era. I was there the night Beatty went sub-four. The Sports Arena was sold out, intensely loud and rockin'
It's raining, cold, almost 5:30 a.m. and I'm off to the Cascades for a ride along with a pole driver, hauling telephone size logs to the mill. Story and photos to follow.
I'm back. Great experience.
One question for the critics: if not Eugene, where? Link.
Forbes: 7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders
Consider what Craig Virgin and Fam are saying about Rupp and Al Sal and the Oregon Project. Here.
Bakersfield Half results. With Gilby gone, Josh Sherfey, only a freshman, may be the best in SCV.
SCV News loves Josh and Katrina.
Kinda shocking. Committing to Play for a College, Then Starting 9th Grade. As you probably already know, those early contacts are happening in SCV. So why study if UCLA or Princeton are already sending love notes? And even if snowflake gets into an excellent academic institution, how is she going to measure up when most of the kids in her class are high school valedictorians?
The 4 Lessons My Coach Tried to Teach Me (But I just Wouldn’t Listen)
Amby Burfoot: Opinion: Galen Rupp's Training Is Ridiculously Rational. But not for thee or me.
Roger Robinson has wise words for the oft-injured, post-surgical, older runners (and everyone else, for that matter). Here. Your coach and elders are right. None of us are bullet-proof or immortal.
More on Rupp's two mile American Record. And more here.
Still no results on the Bakersfield Half. But we found the following on Facebook: The Bakersfield half had multiple Mustangs punch their ticket to Alabama today! Charity, Micayla, Morgan, Hannah, Katrina, Tyler, Josh, and Ryan were all within qualifying standards. Josh set a new course record, one that has been standing for the 41 years the half has taken place! He and Katrina placed first for both the men and women overall. Praise the Lord! It was a fantastic way to start out the season!
Check out the mile races last night at the New Balance meet. Video. Big win by Kim Conley, a 5000m specialist, against a tough field.
Post race interviews with Rupp and Al Sal. Here.
Phoebe Wright tweets: When I break the American Record, my post-race workout will be buying all you jokers a round of beers. ...Probably because I'm a show off.
The Master's at Bakersfield. Photos.
Rupp goes for the two mile American Record at 4:35 p.m., PST. Link.
Q&A with Tracktown Photo's Phil Johnson. Check out his stuff http://tracktownphoto.com/">here. About as good as it gets, eh? ...BTW, major thanks to those wonderful Foothill phtotographers ---Bob Binnie, Paul Broneer, Alan Garcia, Chris Go, and Mike Whitman. And to the video guys Barry Cautivar, Jim McClain, and Steve Welker/RunSCV.
...Why is it always the dads doing the camera stuff? Just had a conference with the lady (boss) of the castle. Conclusion: Mostly, it's a cultural thing, about roles. ...Even if you're not outstanding, or have the best equipment, you do a great service to prep sports (your kid/team/school) to photo/video and make it available to the running community.
What if natural products came with a list of ingredients?
At the Bakersfield Half marathon today, 7 Mustangs qualified to run the marathon at the NAIA National Championships. Full results later today.
DyeStatCAL: Beginners Guide to College Choices. A+
Some Saugus and COC kids went up the Beast today. About 50 made it to the top. Top Results below:
Grant Stromberg (COC) 37:33
Rodrigo Ornelas (COC) 38:15
Brian Zabilski 39:04
Ryan Tate 39:43
Alex Pearson 40:53
Anthony Rosales 41:18
Jacob Crosson 42:38
Billy Anthony 42:57
Jason Hamburger 43:14
Jonathan Summer 44:11
Ethan Walker 44:15
Mauricio LaPlante 45:03
Samantha Ortega 46:13
Sabrina Janes 47:30
Emma Bahr 48:36
Darby LaPlant 49:15
Amanda DeJesus 49:45
Yesenia (COC) 50:44
Nicole Casillas (COC) 51:44
Sydney Suarez 54:00
Megan Tuinstra 54:00
Mackinzie Moncibais 56:25
Sidney Birmele 56:50
Sierra Pilarski 57:08
Why them, not you?
Is It Immoral to Watch the Super Bowl?
Lets Run on Rupp's record run. Here.
Some of the most fun running you can do. Now in it's 28th year. Mountain Trail Fun Runs. Free and open to runners and walkers of all abilities, size, gender, race, religions, blah, blah, blah. Great way to experience the many wonderful and challenging trails in the local SCV mountains, much of it on the Pacific Crest Trail. And it's safe because you're with a lot of others. And you'll meet some very nice people, and probably some real characters too. The first Santa Clarita Runner, John Swallow, along with his wife Betsy, was also a founder of the Mountain Trail series, and continues to host one of the outings.
Alan Webb is foresaking his up-and-down running career for the triathlon. He holds the prep record for the mile, 3:53.43, set in Eugene on 5/27/01. His former coach, Jason Vigilante, and training partner, Robby Andrews, reflect on Webb's character and journey. Here.
New York Times: Stairs and Knee Pain. Reminds me. Yesterday I had cataract surgery. The attending anesthesiologist commented on my impressive blood pressure and heart rate readings (for an old guy). "I'm a runner," I said. "How are your knees?" she asked. "Never had any knee problems," I replied. "You're lucky," she said. I wanted to continue the conversation, but found myself slipping away.
Shock results. Ethiopian, just 18, wins Dubai Marathon in 2:04:32. More.
Fun blog: Wide World of Stuff
Training to be a better downhill runner will benefit you in many ways, and not just in trail and cross country racing. See here and here. The best SCV downhill runners I've known are Dave Park, Phil Howard, and Dennis Olsen. So far as I know, Phil and Dennis hold the record for the downhill Beast, 26 minutes, racing it in near darkness. Insane. I heard Elaine Woodward might have the best female downhill record, or at least has the reputation of being awfully fast on it.
Dennis Olsen's downhill tips:
1. Maintain balance by keeping your elbows out from the body
2. Lean slightly forward and roll down the hill
3. Keep foot strike contact with the ground at a minimum so it feels like you are almost floating between strides.
4. Look 10 to 15 feet ahead to anticipate obstructions or changes in direction
Cain wins again in Boston. Story.
Washington Post: The Health Hazards of Sitting. More here.
You're probably not going to heal by surfing the net. Link. Or listening to other injured runners.
Attend to Dr. Jack Daniels and The ten basic laws of running
Must see. Rupp, Cain, etc. in a post-race intervals workout. Video. Note the attention to form.
Scary: Is It Just Us, Or Are Kids Getting Really Stupid?
Mary Cain: I just have so much fun.
Who needs drugs? See here. We know Slaney and Jacobs ended their careers with positive drug tests. And those Romanians are, well, suspect as well (hell).