Fastest SCV marathoner? It's Canyon alum Jameson Mora, who ran 2:15:44. Hart's Peter de la Cerda was the previous SCV champ with a 2:16:18. Link. Joe Rubio, Mora's coach, who also coached Brian Spangenberg to his marathon heroics (2:27:40), is the CEO of Running Warehouse.
Joe Rubio tips on cross country.
New York Times: Why Are Americans So Fascinated With Extreme Fitness?
Jim McClain has SCV Invite photos.
Brando: Samantha Ortega, a team player before anything else
You can be compulsive until your first big orthopedic injury. Once you have that, you begin to think more. ~Frank Shorter
Interview with Great Oaks coach Doug Soles
The 2014 NYC Marathon Run Of Your Life
Daily News noticed Kaylee Thompson's achievement at Clovis. Arguably third best in Foothill.
Flotrack: 10x1k Intervals in Flagstaff with Diego Estrada and Friends
Chariots of Fire sequel is coming. Story.
National Geographic: Regular People Who Changed the World, and How You Can Too
New York Times: A Cure for Hyper-Parenting
Meet Belgium’s new Minister of Health!
Marc Bloom writes about Henry Wigglesworth, a masters miler and Empire State Building racer, with some good training tips. Here.
Steve Magness comments on recent abstracts on running related studies. Here.
If you don't blow your own horn, someone's going to use it as a spittoon. ~Ed Boks
Bob Binnie has Clovis photos of West Ranch and Valencia.
Paul Broneer has SCV Invitational photos.
Orange County Register: Not everyone at Oregon appreciates its Nike-driven sports success
Buzzfeed: 13 Reasons To Forget The Gym And Run Outside Instead
SCV weekend rock stars? Kyla Danforth and Jacob Valarde at SCV Invitational. Kaylee Thompson and Tucker Welker at Clovis.
The Standard: Training philosophy of David Rudisha and coach Colm O’Connell is critically analysed
Atlantic: Nobody Knows What Running Looks Like
New York Times: What I Saw as an N.F.L. Ball Boy
The New Yorker on self-control. How often do we check the net?
Forget the experts/that last study: 10 Secrets to Make You a Faster, Stronger, and Happier Runner.
Steve Jones never wore a watch, and as a coach today he won't allow his athletes to wear one. More.
And now more gismos, gadgets, and fitness trackers. So you can tell us what you've done? One of Don's goals is to note here, almost inadvertently, that he swam a mile. Because he hates to count laps, can't do it anyway, and refuses to use a counter, he swims ever-increasing set periods of time. About forty minutes by the clock on the wall should tell the tale.
Steve Magness video: Running Form and barefoot footstrike in Slow Motion
Don Barrington, the Lion of Lebec and terror at the COC Summer Series, and family are at the Rose Bowl in Duck attire. Hope they make it out alive.
CIF State Individual Rankings
SCV Invitational results. Kyla Danforth fastest girl in the meet.
PrepCalTrack provides Clovis results. Along with West Ranch, Valencia was there and Hart wasn't.
It looks like the Foothill teams were being cautious with their talent, the primary objective, of course, is to be sharp for Foothill #2.
Must read. Alberto Salazar's attention to detail.
Cait Chock: The Magic of Mammoth Diaries: Lauren Jimison-Running with Passion and Purpose
Outside: The Cure for Sore Muscles? More Movement. OK, and then scroll down and read the Single Story Study.
Why is the women's marathon record seen as untouchable? Read.
About a bike-friendly store in Portland. Is there a place to lock your bike at Star-Lowe's?
Renato Canova on the traits of the ideal marathoner.
10/11 Canyon, Valencia and Golden Valley @ 30th Annual SCV Invitational
10/11 West Ranch, Hart @ Clovis
10/16 - Foothill #2 @ Central Park
10/17 Canyons @ Mt. SAC Invitational
10/18 Master's @ Bronco Invitational
10/25 Preps @ Mt. SAC Invitational
11/6 Foothill Finals @ Central Park
There are no televisions at the Crater Park Lodge. As it should be.
Don's Diary nominates Rawlins Jordan for the SCV Runners Hall of Fame. In two separate conversations this week with SCV athletes, each mentioned seeing Rawlins, while driving in air-conditioned comfort to church, around 10:30 AM, running on some sun-hammered street. Rawlins has been the leader of a Sunday marathon training group for at least 25 years, a smart and kindly fellow. The other Sunday distance group, the Hamsters, of which Don was a charter member, was more intense and has, as I hear, mostly aged/injured itself out. Whatever. Long term leadership and commitment to running deserves a cheer. See Read More for details on Rawlins' group. ...No need to run any particular distance. In fact, you can start with coffee and socializing, and build up from there. Great place for newbies.
Jay Johnson: Recruiting – Women’s Track and Field Scholarships
PrepCalTrack's rankings. Saugus boys and girls both No. 1 in D2.
Nick Symmonds is going after two world records. Link. We will be there for the road 800.
Heel striking – is it really the enemy of good running form?
There are over 40 volcanos at Crater Lake National Park. Don leaving now to run one. The temp is 35 degrees. No snow yet. Average yearly snowfall is 44 feet. The lodge is closed from November to May.
LetsRun: Week That Was
More Important Than Talent.
Running Times updates prep rankings. Boys. And girls. ...Mark Frankian got it right: Probably the only rankings you would need to pay much attention to for the State and/or National level would be DyeStat's and Prep Cal Track.
Football tends to attract boys suffering from testosterone poisoning... More.
Americans are living longer. Story.
Blind runner hopes to go R2R2R. SCV has some guys scheduled to do the same on March 27th--Dennis Olsen, Greg Garman, Kevin McSweeney, and Chris Louie. They will be on hilly and remote trails between now and then. And envied much by Don.
But they're working today and Don and Lib are off to Crater Lake. Bye. Will write.
Runner's Lane will sponsor and direct the annual Beast Charity Run in December. Details soon.
We're dining and spending the night at Crater Lodge. Magnifico!
I thought I had gazed upon everything beautiful in nature as I have spent my years traveling thousands of miles to visit the beauty spots of the earth, but I have reached the climax. Never again can I gaze upon the beauty spots of the earth and enjoy them as being the finest thing I have ever seen. Crater Lake is above them all. ~Jack London, 1911
I expected something remarkable but was not prepared for a scene of such wonder and beauty... It seemed a blue gulf... Nowhere else had I ever seen such a shade of blue... How exquisite, rare, unreal. ~Zane Grey, 1919
Flotrack: Unsung Heroes: Third, Fourth, and Fifth Runners
CIF waives the jewelry rule.
BBC: Drug cheats in sport could benefit 'for decades', scientists find. ...More here.
Jim McClain has Staub/Barnes photos.
Kinda fun. Portland Marathon Instagrams
Lauren Fleshman: Do I Look Like a Man?
Sports Illustrated Fittest 50. 1. Labron James. 18. Ashton Eaton. Crazy!
Why you stink. Here.
Becky Miller/Saugus XC Fundraiser has Roy Griak photos.
Must read. Football hero Finding Life After The Cheers Die. ...Foothill League mandates athletes abide by a Code of Conduct. One or more Foothill schools promises violators of the alcohol/drugs rule will be... "Automatically prohibited from participating/competing in any sport...for one calendar year from the date of infraction." ...Does that ever happen? ...The University of Oregon has a six-strikes-and-you're-out rule.
Daily Relay: The Monday Morning Run
Storm at Central Park photos. Ted Ng, a Storm parent, is the photographer. Really outstanding stuff.
Look who is racing at Clovis.
Just in. Problems for some scholar athletes at UO. Story.
Elite ultramarathoner Ron Krar runs the Grand Canyon, discusses running and depression. Video.
Hart raced at the Palos Verdes Invitational. Results.
Daily News: Hart cross country has strong showing at Palos Verdes Invitational
Daily News: Rodriguo Ornelas paces Canyons at Western State preview
SCV at the St. George Marathon:
Dennis Olsen 3:16:05
Greg Garman 3:18:52
Mandy Larkins 3:19:39
Sam Peckham on winning U.S. Naval Academy team at the Paul Short Collegiate Invitational. Big win over quality field.
Jay Johnson: Anatomy of an Easy Day.
The Telegraph: Vincenzo Nibali team-mate Maxim Iglinskiy's positive EPO test raises doubts over Italian's Tour de France win
Saugus girls and boys seen running this morning at Big Bear (33 degrees).
Cheetahs race hard, but they also get ample recovery and rest. Walk rather than ride. More.