Posted by donmclean on 2014/9/12 12:27:29 (199 reads)

CIF selects nominees for Fall All-Century. Story.

On the awesomeness scale, a 2.43m high jump or the dunk athleticism of Michael Jordan, Kobe, et al? Consider.

7 Habits Of People With Remarkable Mental Toughness

Should our running trails/parks be open 24/7?

LetsRun: Week That Was

New York Times: Runners Take the Place of Models During Fashion Week

Q&A with Jenny Simpson

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. ~ John Muir ...More.

Medical research findings from the Western States 100

New York Times: Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent

Cross Country: As Real As It Gets.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/9/11 12:48:28 (215 reads)

PrepCalTrack has finished it's top 100 boys team rankings with West Ranch 26th, Saugus 4th. Link. There are over 1500 high schools in California.

Flotrack features Jeff Messer and the Desert Vista girls cross country team. Video. Do you have cut-downs in your workout schedule? See here.

About your marathon fixation. Link.

Irish Times: Russian athletes admit Xenon doping at Winter Olympics. Another take.

Elite prep thrives on less. Link.

Deb Bliss, now 67, didn’t get into running until the age of 62, although she said that at first she hated it. More. Deb adds, "I plan to be fit and active right up till it’s time to go.”

Why do high school runners suck at pacing? Thread.

How can cross country produce big profits? Consider. ...Canyon will host the 30th Annual SCV Invitational on October 11th at Castaic Park. The County of Los Angeles gets the $5 per car parking fee. Castaic and the County will also benefit from the crowds feeding nearby after the meet.

Good advice from Deena Kastor.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/9/10 13:13:47 (153 reads)

Rich Gonzales/PrepCalTrack has Great Cow photos.

Why you suck in college athletics. Link.

DyestatCal has Seaside merged results. Girls. And boys. For both, Valencia>Hart>Canyon. ...Golden Valley ran in Pomona. Results.

You probably don't want to read... Drink Soda? Take 12,000 Steps. Applies to our friends who run and then guzzle one of those $5 Starbucks concoctions. Or to those of us who drink alcohol.

In science, it's OK to be stupid. Link. Perhaps we should be a bit more humble when insisting on this-or-that in the running biz.

Running Times has Saugus girls and Saugus boys ranked #3 in California. Link.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/9/9 12:55:32 (204 reads)

PrepCalTrack has the new rankings. Saugus and West Ranch boys looking good.

More Fastback Shootout photos from Joseph Tan and Christopher Go. West Ranch looks like the runaway winner on photography coverage. Canyon and Valencia are competitive. ...If your school doesn't have a site, put your photos/video on the web and send Don a link. ...Now in my dotage, a look back, way-back, and it's plain to see that high school cross country was a peak, life changing experience. Unfortunately, there are no photos to view, of course to dwell on No. 1, but also on all one's mates. ...Provide some recognition, glory, memories for your runners.

Coaching philosophy: David Rudisha and Colm O’Connell

The Eaton's Detox Week.

Matt Fitzgerald: For Runners, Not All Weight Loss is Good Weight Loss

Matt Fitzgerald: Racing Weight: How Much Should You Weigh? ...Body fat calculator here.

Brief exposure to anabolic steroids may have long lasting, possibly permanent, performance-enhancing effects. Link. Shouldn't dopers be banned for life?

SCV News has a story on The Master's at the UC Irvine Invitational.

Wall Street Journal: Run A Mile Race Instead of a Marathon

Tonight's Oregon Track Club Masters workout is in Read More.

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Posted by donmclean on 2014/9/8 5:49:01 (233 reads)

MileSplit has Great Cow story and results. ...More from the Daily News.

Dan Agnew/Signal has the story on mighty Canyons XC

Bob Binnie provides Mt. SAC Shootout results. And photos. ...Bob writes: West Ranch was the only SCV team to compete at Mt Sac this weekend for the Fastback Shootout. Highlights include: Sophomore boys won the Sophomore boys team competition, paced by Justin Sherfey's fourth and Hunter Covarrubias seventh place finish. ...Other top 10 results for West Ranch include Timmy Sterkel was third in the freshman boys race, Mauri Dobbs was sixth in the freshman girls race, Taylor Hernandez, placed ninth in the Junior girls race, Tucker Welker placed second and Ryan Painter placed fifth in the Junior boys race and Marisa Magsarili placed third in the Senior girls race.

More Great Cow photos here.

DyestatCal has Samantha Ortega interview video.

The Master's was at the UC-Irivine Invitational. Results.

Deadspin serves up fun stuff on dumb milers and Justin Gatlin. Here.

New Yorker: Why Walking Helps Us Think.

Jay Johnson/Running Times: Key Workout: Finding Pace with Albuquerque Academy

Trail eye candy

Laugh here.

New (old) trail opens in Santa Clarita. Story.
Map here.

Or even better, give your usual tedious, asphalt, car-dodging long run a pass and do Indian Canyon Trail.

Daily Relay: Monday Morning Run. Watch Evan Jager best the American Record. More on Jager here. Why we can all benefit from hurdle drills here.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/9/3 12:22:47 (97 reads)

PrepCalTrack: CIF-SS Rankings

Alan Garcia provides Seaside photos

PrepCalTrack has Seaside story and results and pix.

We're in Dekalb County, Indiana, reknown for the Amish and 101 lakes. We return to Oregon on Sunday.

Erik Boal is the new editor at DyeStatCAL

Saugus boys and girls win at the Great Cow.

Jim McLain has Seaside pix



Posted by donmclean on 2014/9/2 14:33:15 (151 reads)

Cait Chock: The Dominating Force That Is Evan Jager

Grant Fisher is the nation's best cross country runner. He's also a soccer star and the president of the National Honor Society. Story.

Scientific American: Obesity Is Now So Normal That Parents Can't See It in Their Kids

Tips from a 103 year old sprinter. Here.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/9/1 16:19:11 (206 reads)

Dyestat likes Saugus. Top 5 rankings.

Signal notes on Master's and Canyons.

LetsRun: Q&A with Jenny Simpson

We like stories of underdogs (like Simpson, Rowbury, etc.). Read Malcolm Gladwell's (a runner and wonderful writer) David & Goliath. And/or The Uses of Adversity

Canyon checks out Seaside course. Photos.

Nutty stuff. EXPRESSION OF PRIVILEGE IN VACCINE REFUSAL. Jeez! Get a flu shot

A strong butt is the key to a successful life. ~Jordan Metzl, M.D. Best advice from the gurus of running. Winning One-Liners

Ashlee Moore, the 19-year-old multi-eventer, tells us why she’s always wanted to be a tractor. Link.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/8/31 13:08:40 (167 reads)

Must read. Daniel Lieberman, 10 Years After “Born to Run”

I have a pair of lucky underpants that I like to wear when I’m racing. I’ve had the same pair for about 10 years! ~Haile Gebrselassie. More.

Berlin results. Lagat (Schranz family friend) gets 2nd in the 5000.

Favorite books in August

The Goldfinch
The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll
Echo House
The War Years, 1939-1945: Volume II of Diaries and Letters
Churchill: A Photographic Portrait


Posted by donmclean on 2014/8/30 12:21:08 (312 reads)

Mile Split's top ranked 25 girls teams. ...Boys top 25 here.

Canyons sweeps the Ventura Invitational.

Diet Cults vs. Science-Based Healthy Eating

As runners, as humans, we need to practice The Mental Virtues.

Deadspin: Why The Heck Some Good Runners Started Running In The First Place

Phoebe Wright: Will You Be My Training Group? HOW TO CHOOSE A TRAINING GROUP/COLLEGE TEAM

West Ranch time trialed the CP course, and ace photog Bob Binnie was there with camera. Boys. And girls.

We asked Bob Binnie if the new course is faster, more pleasant. Bob writes:

Tough to entirely judge based on times since it was not a real race setting; however, my take is that it will be slightly faster than last year's course.

As a fan
- Shared start / finish line is a real positive. Very fan friendly for those who don't move from spot to spot throughout the race. Finishes will be loud with fans on either side of the chute
- It is pretty easy to see the runners at the start, mile 1 & 2 (ish) and the finish, providing a better opportunity to see the race unfold and get decent pictures


More than anything it would be nice if the course would stabilize so records meant something and the athletes had a local benchmark to use to measure their progress.


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