Posted by donmclean on 2016/7/7 11:31:31 (157 reads)

The Wit and Wisdom of Phoebe Wright

Steve Magness tweet: Fun fact: When Dr. Rosa decided to help out Kenyan marathoners in 1990,only 1 Kenyan was in the top 100 in the world

Watch the elite men's race at the Nick Symmonds Springfield 800. Yes, we know you're not an 800/mile racer, yada, yada. But think of doing these speed races each year as you do about your annual checkup. Determine your baseline. ...No need to be embarrassed. We already know how you'll do, and we don't care anyway.

WSJ: Our Fastest Olympians Prepare for Their Slowest Commute

How Emily Infeld, Injured, Cross-Trained Her Way to the Olympics

What/how to watch today's Olympic Trials


Posted by donmclean on 2016/7/6 5:51:58 (199 reads)

Nick Symmonds Springfield 800 results. Shaquille Walker (1:46) and Dana Mecke (2:03) each won $5000 for being first finishers in the elite male and female races. ...Walker ran a 1:47.93 in the OT semi-finals. ...How would you like to be an elite 800 runner named Tripp Hurt? ...The race today was a good time to fetch quality athletes looking to cash in. $5000 for two minutes. ...Otherwise, not so good for the masses who opted for the B2B 10K.

Study: Sat fats raise the risk of early death

What's healthy? Real folks and nutritionists disagree. Read.

"My entire professional career has been a farce basically," said Alysia Montano

Kevin Sully: Olympic Trials Halfway Awards

Olympic Trials weather.

Why Is Rupp Covered in Black Tape?

Rant du jour: The squalor and sleaze that have engulfed the Rio Games...

Patrick Casey writes: Charles Jock rode his bike to the meet, made the Olympics, then biked home. That's the most blue collar thing I've ever heard. ...Malcolm Gladwell notes: The beauty of track and field, in a nutshell. This does not happen in the NBA.

Brad Stulberg: Use Your Mind to Restore Your Body

The naked truth. ESPN Body Issue

Breaking: Kenya athletes manager Federico Rosa arraigned in Kibera court over doping. Look who they're working with.

Nine Ethiopian runners under investigation for doping

Capriotti: Nike's hot-tempered track chief makes waves

Jesse Squires channels Hunter S. Thompson. Fear and Loathing in Eugene

The hardest part about making the Olympics? Affording it.

B2B Team Results. OTC Masters (40-59) was 5th. OTC Masters (60+) was 19th, humbling Kiss My Butte.


Posted by donmclean on 2016/7/5 13:16:00 (117 reads)

Mario Fraioli: the morning shakeout

Olympic Trials 800 video.

No, no, and no again. We will not race the Nick Symmonds Springfield 800. Temping though it is. Elites don't race in consecutive days, and they're way-tougher than thee and me. Hundreds of very fast folks in town this week, and that prize money will fetch some of them.

Don Barrington, 55, the Lion of Lebec, ran a 2:39 in the 800, doubling back 50 minutes later with a 68.01 in the 400. Impressive!

Wade Bell, sub four guy, Olympian, has been giving back to the sport for 46 years. Story. You?

Former all-Americans rule at B2B


Posted by donmclean on 2016/7/4 12:36:25 (235 reads)

Racing? Me too. Run tough.

Today at the Trials. Women’s 800 meters (5:42 p.m.) Men’s 800 meters (5:51 p.m.) On Livestream. ...Cheering for Alysia and Phe.

Is Emily Infeld A Cinderella Story For The Masses?

Kevin Liao tweets: When asked about doping, both M Huddle & E Infeld felt some countries weren't getting enough scrutiny. Both mentioned Ethiopia.

10 fitness tips for tearing it up even after 80 years old

Independence Day Classic results.

Butte to Butte results. Craig Godwin, 49, once a SCV racer, won his 45-49 age group (134 in the group) with a 34:33. The first mile has always been wicked, almost entirely uphill, but this year a few more hills were added, making this course slower by 2 or 3 minutes over a flat course. And Craig paced his OTC 40-59 team to victory in the team competition. ...Check out the 70-74 AG. David Elliott, my constant and invincible rival, was beat! Last year Elliott blew up the long-standing course record with his 45:11. He ran close to that this year and some geezer named Dan Montgomery beats him by FIVE minutes! We can't find anything on the internet about this amazing guy. ...Don's 50:07 is two minutes faster than last year. Whew!

Toni Reavis: The Inner Sanctum of Purposeful Effort

Craig Godwin writes: I'm 100% sure that David Elliott won his age group. The guy who "beat" him ran an improbable 40:29, just shy of the 40:15 American record. But what really gives it away is his 68 year old wife finished with him in 40:30, more than 2 minutes faster than the American record for women ages 65-69. There aren't age group records for 10K on the roads, but the world record on the track (dramatically easier than the hilly Butte to Butte course) is 41:40. It seems highly likely the two of them actually did the 5K, in times that are still very respectable for their age groups.

Olympic Trials results.


Posted by donmclean on 2016/7/3 12:23:44 (173 reads)

Posted by donmclean on 2016/7/2 15:18:06 (140 reads)

Now 61, our friend Rich Burns might be the most star-crossed and enduringly successful runner you'll ever meet. He ran cross country at Hart High School, graduating in 1973. Conference champ in the mile (4:09.2) and 880 (1:55.9) at COC in 1975. Set his mile PR (4:06.8) while at COC. When in the 45-49 AG, he set world indoor record in the 3000 (8:46). In 2010, in the 55-59 AG...

1500 - 4:17.80, American Record
Mile -4:36.94, World Record
3,000 - 9:21.83, American Record
5,000 - 16:21.83, American Record

1. We both left SCV about the same time, you to TX, me to OR. Since then you and yours visited/considered other exotic locales, finally settling in Wexford, Ireland. Why?

​I really liked Texas, and would have been very happy to stay there. We were going to travel over to Europe and spend some time there, but first we had to go to Hong Kong for business, and included Australia since we were sort of in the neighborhood. Heather had lived in France for a few years as a young girl, and wanted to live there for awhile, but once there we saw it would be too much trouble dealing with the bureaucracy​. We ended up liking Ireland and decided to try there, and it's worked out so far. This allows us easier, shorter trips to different nearby countries over the next few years. Wexford is a bay town in the SE known as the, ''sunny, less rainy part.'' We're called ''Blow ins'' by the locals. We've found the Irish to be very nice.

2. Ireland has a proud history in running, at one time a power like Kenya. Now not so much. Why? How does the running scene differ from the United States?

​Yes, they were well known for their indoor and XC runners, back in the 70s and 80s. Road races are popular here, but tracks are few and far between. This town has a population of 20,000, but no tracks, so we go to a town with a track about 20 minutes away. Here, they are having good turn outs for the youths, but don't seem to be able to keep them interested in the sport by the time they are in their late teens. Surprisingly, there doesn't ​seem to be many running trails. When we were in England, a few weeks back, there were running and walking paths everywhere.

3. We heard you just missed out on an age group American Record. Where do you train? Alone or with others?

​During indoor season I took a shot the American record of 4:36.6 for the 1500. Didn't think I was in good enough shape, but that was going to be my only 15 for the season, so I tried to run smart and tough. I ended up being very happy with my effort, and I don't think I could have gone any faster on that day, but my time of 4:39.9 missed the record. I had planned to run an 800 a few weeks later, but a foot injury ended that idea.

​They run hills here ​on Tuesdays, and 1k reps on Saturdays on forest trails by the beach. I generally have one or more runners pushing me in both. When I'm in decent shape, I skip the hills and go to the track to run with Anne, a 51 year old lady who just broke the Irish 50-54 indoor distance records from the 800 to the 3k. Because of my schedule, I do most of my slow jogs alone up on a horse steeplechase grass track that is 1 1/4 miles around.



4. We viewed a Flotrack video with Bernard Lagat and others doing 400s at Northern Arizona University. You attended there and, I think, left because of the altitude. Your thoughts on training at altitude?

​I did check out that video, and the whole track area looks a lot different ​now. I was up there in 1975-76 school year and didn't deal well with the altitude. I also didn't think much about putting in mileage. About 10 years later, I worked in Flagstaff for 5 or 6 months. I did repeats once or twice a week, and easy runs with the NAU team. This time I put in some mileage. It wasn't nearly the amount of stuff they were doing, but I still averaged 45 miles a week. After maybe 3 months, I was able to go down to a lower elevation and run with a few guys who were 14:20 to 14:40 runners on a couple of longer runs, of 8 and 9 miles. Normally, I wouldn't have been near them towards the end of a run, but this time I was. Surprisingly, I was very comfortable, while they were working pretty hard. I'd have never guessed that could happen, until it did. A few weeks later I developed an overuse foot injury and was pretty much not able to run for the next 8 years. Simply, I never have raced well in any race over 3,500 feet altitude, but I think you can get in good shape with less miles and pounding on your body. I'm curious to see what the Saugus guys, now in Utah, think.

5. Now 61 years old, how has your training changed from, say, 10 years ago? Core work? Cross train? More/less recovery?

When I started running again at 40, I purposely kept the miles real low, trying to stay healthy, but eventually found that I'd feel pretty sick in the stomach during 5k races. Putting in 25 miles weekly or higher seemed to fix that. From age 45 up to maybe 59. I tried to average 30 miles. Now it's getting more like 25/week. For the track day, I like short recoveries, as I feel I'd rather be running hard at a little slower pace, instead of running things a little faster with the long recoveries. For instance, 8x400 with 1 minute rest, in 80, rather than 3 to 5 minutes recovery, in order to go 78s. I can get the pace turnover on another day by doing 200s at 800 to 500 -pace, and still have the legs a little fresher​, rather than trying to blow stuff out by trying to do 1 or 2 x 500 or 600 at 800 race pace.

For the other hard effort day of the week, I either like to do Pete Magill's 90 second hill reps, where you run at a good, but not all out pace, or 3 mile threshold runs. The rest of the week has always been slow jogs, only now they're slower. If it is off season, I'll usually run 4 days per week.


6. Looking back since the glory days at Hart High, your words of wisdom for all runners, especially considering your history of injuries.

​With drills and such, put more effort into keeping injuries down. Many of my problems are from not being strong enough or stretched enough. I've learned to go easy the first time on anything new, exercise or drills. See how the body reacts a day or two later. Something that seems harmless while you're doing it may end up setting you back.


7. Plans for the future, running and otherwise?

​Hopefully, getting healthy, and then working to get into condition to run a few races before the end of summer, and then trying to be in good shape for the indoor season.


8. The good and no-so-good about living in Ireland, outside the United States?

​It is beautiful here. Our place looks out over the bay. The roads are narrower here and in most of Europe. ​The roundabouts are efficient for moving traffic. Many more yield signs instead of stop signs, which seems to work very well. Most of the people I've run into here are very nice. I get to run by some really old ruins on my runs.


9. New/favorite stuff to eat and drink in Ireland?

​Not too much different than the States. We even have a Texas style place we like to eat at that is surprisingly similar to places in Texas we frequented. Here, ''chips'' (fries) are served with most meals. The seafood is fantastic. The fishing boats here always have fresh catch, and always available at the markets.

10. What's your job?

Richard Burns Art



Posted by donmclean on 2016/6/30 12:39:49 (164 reads)

Phe's predictions.

Q&A with Nick Symmonds

AMA Journal: Take a Hike! Best with your spouse, or another human. You will be happier. Live longer. ...Disconnect.

Bad knees? Blame running? Consider.

Last Shot for Andrew Wheating?

Olympic Trials schedule and results. Chris and Alysia will be racing tomorrow in the First Round of the 800.


Posted by donmclean on 2016/6/29 13:13:47 (225 reads)

LetsRun: The Week That Was

NYT: U.S. Antidoping Agency Seeks to Depose Doctor Who Treated Top Track Athletes

Sweet! Gags

SI: Danny Mackey: It’s time to prepare mentally for Olympic Trials

Matt Powell tweets: Nike sales last year = $32.4 billion. That's $89 million per day; $3.7 million per hour, $62K minute, $1000 per second

Vid du jour: Mt. Marathon. ...When was your last Beast? ...Just outside of Eugene is Mt. Pisgah. The shortest, steepest route is Trail 1. 1015 climb in 1.4 miles. There must have been 50 people on it when I ran/walked it last (22:10). An alternative route, lushly green and shady, is Trail 7, to Trail 3, to Trail 1 (25:31). About 2 miles. I call it The Beauty. Trail 1 is The Beast. ...When in doubt, run uphill.

Jerk du jour video.

Brad Stulberg: How Exercise Shapes You, Far Beyond the Gym

Flotrack video: Nick Symmonds/Brooks Beast 8x1k

From a dear couple, friends in Eugene, who have visited 80% of the countries in the world. How We Met the First Lady In Timbuktu:

This little story is true but some clarification is needed. Chris and I were traveling in Timbuktu, Mali, Africa a few years back when we met a Canadian Lady named Eliza Reid. Eliza was married to an Icelandic man named Gudni Johannesson who was a history professor. Eliza was a journalist writing travel stories for an airline magazine. She was in Africa writing one of her stories. Eliza, Chris me, and another western couple found ourselves In a similar bind--we were all about out of cash and the banks were closed for some Muslim holiday. In the process of working through our financial complication we became Facebook friends with Eliza and later, on a different trip, we visited her and her husband in Reykjavik, Iceland. Now I'm going to jump ahead to just a few months ago when I read an email that said Gudni was going to run for president of his country even though he had no experience in politics. A scandal in Iceland's long-time ruling party forced the old president to resign his office and two days ago our friends husband was elected to the office of president of Iceland. Eliza will be first lady of the country of Iceland when her husband takes over the position on August 1st of this year. I read on the internet that the office of president is more symbolic than in other countries but it has been very cool to follow the electoral process in the small country of Iceland and compare it to our own. We are not counting on an invitation to the inaugural ball but we've had a lot of fun telling the story of our meeting Eliza.

Iceland v. France, in France, July 3, 12 PM PST.


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