Erik Boal/Daily News reports on Mt. SAC, girls, and boys. ...Sig story here.
Mt. SAC photos from Bob Binnie, and Paul Broneer, and Christopher Go
1, 16:47!!!! Not pushed. Second best in CA, trailing only Sarah Baxter? Only a junior.
2. Outstanding times by Caleb McClain (15:29) and Tucker Welker (15:31).
3. Yesterday doesn't count for much. Forget the rankings. For most Foothillers, the key date is 11/7, league finals. For Canyon girls and Saugus, 11/30.
4. Simi Valley and Great Oak girls are really good, and deep too. Saugus girls rested a top five performer. That D-2 girls state final will be awesome.
5. Has everyone got a flu shot?
FYI. Sarah Baxter's first mile was 4:58, faster than when she set her PR last year. The field went out especially fast too; too fast, and suffered and slowed and stumbled at the end. Good experience and lesson. Save something for a big, all-out finish. SV beat GO by one freakin' point! You get my point?
Whistleblower on Jamaica drug failings bullied into silence.
Coffee v smoothies: Which is better for you? My abiding conviction, though I'm singularly unsuccessful in convincing anyone: Go black. You'll never go back.
Brando: SCV Women's Mt. SAC All-Time List
Canyon arguably has the most consistent cross country program over the past 30 years. So it's kinda a big deal that Natalie Rodriguez is now a Cowboy legend, 4th best at Mt. SAC. Link.
More Mt. SAC pix. Here. Sift through and you will see Hart, Canyon, Saugus, and Golden Valley.
Caleb 31st, Tucker 33rd all-time SCV dudes at Mt. SAC. Link.
Sarah Baxter, a senior, has never lost a prep XC race.
PrepCalTrack: Mt. SAC Invitational Details & Storylines
Matt Fitzgerald: How Hard Should Strength Training Be For Runners?
The 20th Annual Run Against Hunger 5K is tomorrow. Details. ...Sig story. ...You probably need to race. For sure, the running community should support the SCV Food Pantry.
Do we/our kids care too much about sports? Consider.
Unbroken arrives in theaters on Christmas Day, 2014. Story. Read the book now. I guarantee you will love it.
Save your post season, fall mrathon, life. Stuff like that. Story.
Karis wins, Master's women and men teams second at NAIA West Coast Jamboree.
Why UCLA will beat Oregon. The game is sold out save standing room only ducats. $103 per person. No DD discount. ...Autzen Stadium is next to Pre's Trail. Even at 9 a.m., there were scores of football fans running and walking the trail. The kickoff is at 4, but the slop fest and drinking start way-before that. ...The UO women's xc team was on the trail, in a pack laughing it up at an 8:30 pace.
Mt. SAC Results:
JV Girs National Championships. West Ranch 7th. Canyon 14th. Shelby Dunn is first Foothiller.
Girl's Sweeps. Simi Valley 1st, Great Oak 2nd. Canyon 8th. West Ranch 16th. ...Simi Valley does not beat Saugus' course record. ...Conditions at race time were predicted as mild, abut 67 degrees, sunny. ...Natalie Rodriguez is first Foothiller.
Boys Sweeps. Valencia 17th. Canyon 20th. Caleb McClain is first Foothiller, 6th overall.
Girls Sub Sweeps. Ortega goes sub 17, best ever by a SCV female, Saugus wins.
Boys Sub Sweeps. Saugus 4th, Hart 13th.
COC men win the Western State Conference title. Story. Cheers for the Cougs and our good friend George Serrano (along with Lindie Kane), one of the most enthusiastic and best coaches around. I hear Eddie Lopez is very good too, but it's sweet to see the locals staying in SCV and succeeding as a team. Ornelas says it so well. Your success as an individual is a hollow achievement when your team, consisting of your best friends, is not with you in the celebration. Cheers for all the SCV runners, including those at Glendale. How 'bout Lizzie Nelson, 2nd overall! Results. ...Sig story.
The Master's compete tomorrow at the NAIA West Coast Jamboree, Irvine Regional Park.
PrepCalTrack: State JV Rankings. The JV National Championship races are Mt. SAC are very exciting. SCV has so many good and deep programs. And it happens all the time at SAC. One or more of the varsity is ailing, or otherwise needs a break, and, if only for one time, a bubble runner gets on the varsity. Of course it's an honor and dream, but you will be left in the dust. But in the JV race... Who knows?
DyeStatCal will have Mt. SAC on live webcast. A welcome, but very poor substitute for being there.
Toni Reavis provides perspective on the plight (and achievements) of Ryan Hall and Ritz. Here.
Why a girl should run for her life.
Read about the xc course at Van Cortlandt Park. With heaps more reknown than Mt. SAC. ...Now, again, about the course at Central Park. I agree, it's better than most in Southern California, but it should be so much better, and permanent, i.e., not changing every year. With no chain-link (ugly, arguably dangerous), better footing, start/finsh area, and shade. If only the running community would get involved...
For Lance fans. Link.
Pickle power. Who knew?
You try it and let me know.
When Athletes Know More Than Scientists. Don sez. 1) Running hard two days in a row is nutty, just-asking-for-it. 2) You won't see me in support hose.
Hannah Kellerman is Head of the Class.
COC/WSC photos here. The follicly challnged guru in the photos is, of course, George Serrano.
PrepCalTrack: CIF-State Individual Rankings
We look for athletes who are talented, have potential to medal, and who have kind personalities. ~Alberto Salazar, Q&A on Shannon Rowbury joining Oregon Project.
Santa Barbara Track Club cut-downs, 250m hills and 3x200m track. Video.
The formula to weight loss is simple: eat less and exercise more. So why are these simple things so impossibly hard to do? Link.
Max King, a 2:24 marathoner, siggests...Taking Your Workout To The Trails
Are you going to Mt. SAC? If a parent of a kid participating, I think you should. I ran SAC in 1961 and 1962 (only two miles then). My parents didn't attend, and none of the other team parents did either. We didn't talk about it, but I'm guessing we were all miffed and, like me, have not forgotten the (albeit innocent) slight. ...Anyway, it's a grand event, extremely well done. Go.
If you DON'T have motion sickness issues, this video will STILL screw with you, because HOLY CRAP WHAT and WHOA DUDE DON'T GO DOWN THAT OH GEEZ with a little bit of HOLY CRAP WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE. Link.
Brando: SCV Women's Mt. SAC List
Erik Boal/Daily News: Simi Valley, Saugus matchups put on hold until postseason
Brando: SCV Men's Mt. SAC List
PrepCalTrack: CIF-SS Individual Rankings
Jim McClain: Foothill #2 Boys Varsity Video
Ed Whitlock: Ask Me Anything
Forget about left brain-right brain. Think of your brain as a bicycle. More.
Eric Schranz: Drones at Races.
Mile Repeats with the Arkansas Razorbacks: Video
PrepCalTrack: California "Super 25" Team Rankings
Oops, sorry, wrong number. Story. Just do it?
Former Elites' Advice for Ryan Hall
Fist bump this: My Parents Brainwashed Me
Brando: Foothill Cross Country Rankings
Barry Cautivar: Foothill #2 Girls Varsity Video
Jim McClain: Foothill #2 Photos
Brando: Samantha Ortega and the 17-minute barrier
More on Ed Whitlock. What an inspiration!
New York Times: How Safe Is Cycling? It's Hard To Say.
If you love cross country, you should know about Mark Wetmore. Probably the best xc coach. Read Running With The Buffaloes and An Honorable Run.
Wildcats threaten Saugus. Story.
Athleticism does you a lot of good, but it doesn't make you immune to high cholesterol. Link.
Time To Rest? Looking back, most every injury I got was due to lack of rest/inadequate recovery.
20 Inspiring Quotes From John Muir
Haile Geb shares his secrets.
Brando F-2 recap
Eighth grade girl beats the collegians at the Bronco Invitational.
Washington prep declared ineligible after competing with collegians. Appeals. Re-instated. Link.
Chilling. Mike Tyson: My Life As A Young Thug. Famous trainer Cus D'Amato sees him at age 13 and predicts he will be the youngest champion of the world.
Trailrunning movie of the month: LIMONE SKYRUNNING EXTREME WORLD SERIES FINAL 2013
Energy bars talk a big game, but are they any healthier than candy? Link.
Understanding I'm 837 milies from Central Park, I wonder if the Saugus girls might have problems matching Simi Valley, et al. Of their top five at the Saugus Shootout, one is not running and another two appear to be running off form.
John Brant, a highly ranked author on running (Duel in the Sun and 14 Minutes), delivers a good one: Is Ryan Hall's window closing?
Ed-san Whitlock writes: Weather conditions were good but both Yoshi and I misjudged the pace for the fitness we had on the day and basically ran too fast early in the race. I had a really tough time over the last 5 k. We both ran about 10 minutes over what we thought we could do, although I did have more than usual doubts about the realism of my goal. ...Thread. ...82 years old and he still can't get the pace right. Is there any hope for the rest of us?
Official CIF-SS Team Rankings
Wildcats surprise Saugus. Shocking details.
Grace Zamudio wins Bronco Invitational. Falco wins the 8K Open. Complete results.
Will going gluten-free make you faster? Read. And the comments that follow. Some of them are quite funny. Don't you just love it when someone insists you must eat, drink, take, buy, wear, believe, do...?
Not running, but... Dennis Erickson has made 22 million dollars coaching football. But how much has he made to NOT coach football? Link and scroll down.
Ed-san Whitlock, 82, ran the Toronto Waterfront Marathon today in 3:41:58. Results.
John Gilbertson, Saugus resident and twice NAIA champion (XC and 5000), now associated with the Mammoth Track Club, is featured in an Asics commercial. Here.
Though on its schedule, COC didn't race at the Mt. SAC Invitational. Dylan Alexander was the top finisher for Valley. Story.
All the Foothill schools will be at Mt. SAC on 10/26.
Brando updates Three Hill Boys All-Time List
Ed-san Whitlock, 82, goes for it tomorrow in Toronto.
New York Times (Fashion & Style): The Call of the 'Wild' on the Pacific Crest Trail. The PCT intersects upper Bouquet Canyon Road. Hop on.
Why Music Helps Us Exercise
Foothill #2 results.
Erik Boal/Daily News story on Foothill #2
Brando/Signal story on Foothill #2
Bob Binnie provides F-2 photos.
Compliments to Caleb McClain, who might qualify for individual post-season racing; to Kaylee Thompson, Vike's impressive frosh; to the Canyon girls, racing tough; and to West Ranch varsity, girls and boys, apparently destined for the post season.
Luke On The Money/Signal story on the McFarland casting call.
A jogger was so angry at being confronted by an escaped pit bull that he choked its (sort-of) owner with the dog's own leash. Story. I've been running in Eugene for about two years, and only once confronted by a dog. This is one laid-back town for dogs and people. ...I thought the CP "Dog Bark" was goofy, but it has sure made a difference. ...There's a huge fenced dog park next to Pre's Trail.
See the movie. Pre's People. ...Ran three hours on the dunes? How bad do you want it?
Brando updates Three Hill (aka Modified Hill) Girls All-Time List
Self-indulgent jocks reflect society. Link.
What's The Best Rain Jacket? Like you, a will-die-in-the-sun Santa Claritian, cares, right? On average, it rains twice as much in Eugene, and I care. He's right. Gore-Tex is the answer for definitive rain protection. Forget the cost. Seriously. It's a lifetime investment, and frees you up to work, run, hike, bike, and travel a lot more.