Posted by donmclean on 2015/10/10 11:58:12 (373 reads)

Must see video: Why Do You Run? Details in Read More.

High School Cross-Country Runner Runs Away From Abduction Attempt

Q&A with Joan Benoit Samuelson

NYT: When Sitting Can Be Good for You

Nine years later... Salvation Coming to Upper Bouquet Canyon

73 teams and 2200 athletes competing today at the SCV Invitational.

Creepy or OK? Ronda Rousey’s Next Fight: Body Image in Hollywood

Monica Prelle, once a runner in SCV (dad Walter taught at Saugus High School), does Q&A with Alexi Pappas

Running is very yin-yang. Train hard but not too hard. Use technology but don't rely on it. Learn the complexities but keep it simple. ~Greg McMillan

10 Ways to Spot Great Teachers (and Avoid Crummy Ones) ...We also like What Makes a Good Sports Parent?

Alex Hutchinson: Data vs. Feelings

Newest crisis: Global Obesity.

Tomorrow morning it's back to Hayward Field, then breakfast with former outstanding West Ranch runner, now Eugene resident.

SCV Invitational results will be here. ...Tomorrow, we think.

Clovis results. West Ranch boys 12th in the championship race, without Painter and Sterkel.

Mike Whitman has SCV Invitational photos.

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NYT: Crossing the Finish Line 25 Pounds Lighter

Running Times has prep team rankings. Boys. And girls.

Austin Tamagno, the California cross country state champ still has more to prove. Story.

The perfect recipe for productivity: rest 17 minutes every 52. It's about your work life, but consider it for your running life. On our weekly intervals, the coach is adamant about the assigned rest interval. Nail it to get the training effect.

Scientific American: Antioxidants May Make Cancer Worse

Ironman World Champ Mirinda Carfrae Shares Her Training Wisdom

Cross country runner stops race, saves competitor’s life. Story.

Immortals. Vin Scully. And Tom Wolfe.


10/9 Canyons @ Santa Barbara Invitational, Shoreline Park
10/10 Canyon, Golden Valley, Saugus @ SCV XC Invite, Lake Castaic
10/10 Valencia, Hart, and West Ranch @ Clovis, Fresno
10/15 Foothill #2, Central Park
10/16 Canyons @ Mt. SAC
10/17 Master's @ Santa Clara
10/23 Canyons @ Western State Finals, Legg Lake
10/24 Preps @ Mt. SAC
10/24 Master's @ Warrior Invitational, William Jessup University
10/25 Foothill Finals @ Central Park
11/6 Canyons @ CCCAA SoCal Regional Championships, Mission Bay Park
11/7 Master's @ GSAC Championships, Irvine
11/8 Santa Clarita Marathon
11/14 Preps @ CIF-SS Prelims, Riverside City Park
11/21 Master's @ NAIA National Championships, Charlotte, N.C.

Mark Pollock won bronze and silver medals in rowing at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. The following year, he raced six marathons in seven days across China's Gobi Desert. He participated in an Ironman triathlon in Switzerland in 2006... He's blind and paralyzed. More.

Q&A with Deena Kastor

Tomorrow will be the biggest day in the history of West Ranch boys cross country. Racing with the best in the state. Preview

Posted by donmclean on 2015/10/8 12:57:08 (250 reads)

He had no job, no car, no home of his own. He weighed 567 pounds, and
his wife had left him. So Eric Hites started riding a bike from coast to coast. Fat Guy Across America

Flotrack: North Carolina Does 1200 Repeats. Warmup/drills for 20 minutes.

Keep State's Tentacles Out of Sports

Endurance runners in the Grand Canyon are missing the point

Quadruple St. George (104 miles)? Report. Nutty. Nice photos.

CIF-State Rankings.

competitor: The Physiological Differences Between Male and Female Runners. We've long noted the tendency of men slowing in the marathon and, even more, in ultramarathons, and figure that was because men, being more aggressive (macho, stupid), go out too fast. ...Never known a male coach to say guys were easier to coach. ...Coincidence that Rene Paragas, Doug Soles, and Bill Aris have had earlier, more, longer lasting success with the girls? ...Don was such a pain in high school, knowing more than the coach, and saying so.

Foothill League 1 - Girls FS 9/30/15 video.

Posted by donmclean on 2015/10/7 4:12:04 (256 reads)

Video: Foothill #1 Boys Varsity. Nice pack running by West Ranch.

Life Lessons From Cross Country

LetsRun: Week That Was. Mark Wetmore says rah-rah doesn't work for cross country runners.

Mary Cain is back home in New York, attending Fordham. More.

The Harvard debate team, national and world champs in 2014, loses to the team from Eastern New York Correctional, a maximum security prison. More. Reminds us of our friend Vince McGrath, teacher at Camp Scudder, once a boys probation camp on Bouquet Canyon Road. He started a running program (c. 2000) that, eventually, beat all the other Los Angeles probation camps. Probably could have beat some Foothill schools. Wearing used shoes. Once we took them to The Beast on a warm day, kinda challenging their manhood to make it. And they all did. And were thrilled. Turned some lives around.

Q&A with Ryan Hall. Struggling with low testosterone. ...Sara Hall update.

Drudge and Don. Doomed? ...His site gets 15 million visits a day.

How vegan Scott Jurek kept the fire burning during his record run on the Appalachion Trail. Here.

NYT: Homing In on the Source of Runner’s High

Today is International Walk To School Day. Story. Is that good? Alone? What if they trip, encounter bullies or rain, get lost, abducted, tired, scorned being the only kid to walk?

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Video: Foothill #1 Girls Varsity

Find some inspiration from 42-year-old Deena Kastor, running legend. 5 Things No One Tells You About Running As You Get Older. We're all getting older.

Alexi Pappas: Watching Greatness

Scientific American: What Makes a Prodigy? Includes a rage to master.

To go longer than 26.2, sacrifice efficiency to avoid muscle damage. More. Doesn't that happen naturally, without thinking?

Daily News: No fall festival at Lombardi Ranch. Sad. But the Threespine Stickleback fish thrives, and the choo-choo to nowhere continues to burn through billions of tax dollars.

We appreciate you being a concerned, conscience driven consumer, but is that brew salmon-safe? Story

Bailey Matthews, an 8-year-old with cerebral palsy competing in a triathlon, had already earned the crowd's cheers as he neared the finish line. Then he cast aside his walker. Video. What's holding us back?

$10 sports bra? Not to worry. Holds up just fine.

Oregon Track Club Masters workout in Read More.

Ken Goe/Oregonian: Some fans shy away from 2016 World Indoor Track & Field tickets because of price. We're waiting for the single session tickets. The expense aside, Portland is two hours from Eugene without traffic (in Portland, that's Sunday, 5 AM only). Check the photos with the story. There's a rare photo of Jerry Shumacher, the other big Nike coach in town, but none of Alberto. Footnote. Mary Cain, who won some minor XC race a few days ago in NYC, is obviously back in Portland.

Is Nike's influence at the University of Oregon hindering the educational process? Story.

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Little girls should persue their own dreams. Story.

National Geographic: Is The Wild West Dead?

NYT: The Decline of ‘Big Soda’

Storm and Trinity Classical Academy results.

The Eatons: Japan Vacation

A 'comfort animal' might help you and your running. Story.

Reclaiming Conversation

Quick fixes for common running problems. Here.

Dynamic stretch before you run. Static stretch after you run. ~Ian Dobson

Deadspin: Seven Habits Of Highly Awesome Middle School Runners

Updated CIF-SS rankings. No changes for West Ranch and Saugus.

Posted by donmclean on 2015/10/4 14:45:28 (281 reads)

More Staub/Barnes results. ...Paul Broneer has photos.

Alysia Montano started something. Story.

Do Not Waste Good Time – Reflections on Sarah Sumpter

USATF 10 Mile Championship results. ...Check out the companion 10 mile race, involving 9147 finishers (3311 men, 5836 women). ...SCV should bring back Ben's Ten.

Frank and Kelley Schranz, Libbie and Don had Italian and three hours of conversation at Ambrosia, Eugene. The following was discussed and agreed.

1. Our kids are awesome. The grandkids even better.
2. Santa Clarita's post high school and college runners, nutty about the marathon, need some shorter, faster reality.
3. Eugene kicks Bend's butt. I think we agreed on that.
4. Santa Clarita needs track meets/all-comers, Carlsbad-like 5000 (or go race there), road mile.
5. Community out-reach, free, to work with beginners and the rest of us, taught by a successful coach, on the track. Should be at Canyons, but, as we know, that community college is mostly off-limits to the community.
6. We love the fact that Ashley and Taylor Welker, Billy Walker and Sam Peckham are NOW all attending the U.S. Naval Academy.
7. We like the Hart girls. We hear good comments about the new coach.
8. It was more fun, less phony and PC back when. Lotsa chatter about the Hart summer training and mayhem of yore, so nice that no one died or in prison.
9. Carl Stromberg, Darcy, Mandy and Kelley rule adult running.
10. You gotta do stretches and drills before you run. More rest and recovery. Cross train (walk, swim, row, bike, whatever). Kelley and (sometimes) Frank do Chi. Lib and Don do Pilates. You can run and race when you're elderly. Like us.

Mayo Clinic on the benefits of Pilates.

Ben Blankenship on video. Looks wild, eh, not appropriate for Santa Clarita? But today he was more trim, no war-wounded headband, and a very nice fellow, as a matter of fact, His training partner was also at Hayward Field this morning.

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Canyons Men 1st, Women 2nd at WSC Preview. Results.

Love this. Q&A with Jonesy, Marathon Legend Steve Jones. Definitely not PC. A painter? How cool to be able to say, "Yeah, Steve Jones painted my house." ...Also good. 6 Ways To Simplify Your Training With Steve Jones.

Lotsa racing today. Good luck! Or better, Make it hurt!

Austin O'Neill 29th, 3rd Bruin at the Washington Invitational. Results. ...Pre-race Q&A with Matthew Maton. Bet you didn't know the 5K is so short you can just red-line it from start to finish. Try it next time, and text me at the finish.

St. George Marathon results:

Dennis Olsen, 53 yrs old, 3:05.09
Greg Garman, 55, 3:12.06
Mandy Larkins, 38, 3:24.00
Steve Watanabe, 62, 3:46.20

Nice! Fist bumps for the dudes, a hug for Mandy. ...Top SCV ladies in marathoning are Lauren Fleshman in 2:31.87, Katrina Graham in 2:51.13, Mandy Larkins in 2:57.12.

Master's @ Pomona-Pitzer XC Invitational results. Master's women 4th, men 5th. Karis Frankian wins. Josh Sherfey 8th.

Central Park Invitational results should be here. Sometime. Probably now walking it in. Recorded with feather quill pens.

Palos Verdes Invitational results should be here. Power outage?

Staub/Barnes results. No team results. What gives? ...Hope everyone got a participation ribbon?

Rich Gonzalez twitter has some early (actually late) Palos Verdes results. Some good work by Hart.

Posted by donmclean on 2015/10/2 11:43:22 (219 reads)

Saugus girls 29th in Dyestat national rankings. Foothill guys not ranked. Yet.

Stephen Shay, training for the Olympic Trials marathon, living in a van at the beach. Story. Living the life, or needs to get a life? His biz, we say.

(It's early, but probably...) Read of the day. What IBM Watson can do for elite athletes. ...Our take. Most of us don't follow PCP advice (lose weight, less sugar, lower blood pressure, rest/sleep more, yada, yada). Don't do daily drills, warmups, cooldowns. Self-coached.
Raw data is not to our taste.

Bell-Jeff had an open race, and many adult runners and clubs participated. Results. Join in the fun.

The City of Los Angeles now bans unpermitted business in parks. Story. Includes those fitness boot camps

Hike/run Mt. Langley. Next to Mt. Whitney. Almost as high. More.

We interrupt this blog for a report from correspondent Sir Athur Conan Doyle on the 1908 Olympic Marathon.

The Importance Of Recovery After A Marathon.

George Sheehan's Words to Run & Live By

About calcium. Running strengthens our bones. Supplements and dairy, not so much, if at all.

Talk to Each Other, Not Your Phone. Don't bring your toys to the table.

Evan Jager looks ahead, eleven months, but now, some rest

Saugus School Records

Posted by donmclean on 2015/10/1 11:51:14 (274 reads)

Foothill #1 stories from the Signal and Daily News

After a multi-year layoff, the Foothill League has re-established itself as the premier combined-gender league in the state for 2015. ~Rich Gonzales. More.

Interviews with Tate, West Ranch boys, Saugus girls

Photos from Bob Binnie and Christopher Go

More from Mike Whitman and Celine Whitman


10/2 Canyons @ WSC Preview, Oxnard College
10/3 Canyon and Golden Valley @ Kenny Staub, Crescenta Valley Park
10/3 Hart @ Palos Verdes Invitational
10/3 Saugus @ Central Park Invitational, Huntington Beach
10/3 Master's @ Pomona Pitzer
10/3 Hamsters @ St. George Marathon
10/9 Canyons @ Santa Barbara Invitational, Shoreline Park
10/10 Canyon, Golden Valley, Saugus @ SCV XC Invite, Lake Castaic
10/10 Valencia, Hart, and West Ranch @ Clovis, Fresno
10/15 Foothill #2, Central Park

Jason Gay/WSJ: Sports Sitting Will Kill Us All. ...Hey, who sits at a cross country meet? At what other sporting events do the spectators run around?

Mo Aman, one of the finest 800 meter guys on the planet, has some Words of Wisdom

Roger Bannister is the one athlete Phil Knight most wanted to sign. More.

Check out Nicole Tully's story, tips, and video. Her win at the U.S.A. Champs was a shocker for all. Including Don, who was there.

NYT: A Long Walk or a Short Stair Climb?

WSJ: When a Spot in the Olympic Trials Is Enough Jamesom Mora has the qualifier. Katrina Graham is going for it at CIM. ...Jamesom races the Portland Marathon on 10/4.

The Myth of Busyness Just so.

Daily News video. Includes Emma Bahr's fall and gutsy finish.

Five Things We Learned From Jack Daniels

Jim McClain provides Foothill #1 photos.

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