Posted by donmclean on 2015/5/18 4:35:58 (316 reads)

Bill Bolden delivers D1, mostly West Ranch, photos.

Oregon #1, USC #2 in the PAC-12 Championships. It was close on the women's side. Results.

Chris Low dominates at the Big West. Video.

Interview with Charlotte Brown, blind pole vaulter. Video.

NFL, Goodell thrashed and trashed.

Take a hike. What ‘Wild’ Has Wrought

The Superhero Runner

Dan Agnew/Sigal: Justin Gallegos: Can't doesn't exist. More on Justin Gallegos.

Oregon prep Alexa Efraimson ran 2:01.13... and if it was recorded at a sanctioned high school meet, it would be the fastest high school time in the nation by about three seconds. ...More.

Rob Evans to coach the Grizz XC. Story. 2015 Foothill XC suddenly looks doubly competitive, especially intense, girls and boys. Awright!!!

Daily Relay: The Monday Morning Run.

Paul Broneer updated 2015 Foothill Bests


Posted by donmclean on 2015/5/17 10:40:58 (280 reads)

Ken Goe/Oregonian on the PAC 12 Championships. ...No story in the Los Angeles Times, at least so far. ...Only 1194 fans? ...Big day today. Austin O'Neil in 1500 finals. ...A little PAC 12 video.

Alan Garcia provides D1 photos. Though a Valencia partisan, Alan also delivers plenty of West Ranch and other track action. ...Runnerspace has D1 video.

bbc: Blind pole vaulter Charlotte Brown wins state championships bronze

Daily News, with a nothing much bit on track, delivers on Abbey Weitzel and other Foothill swimmers. Here. The first ever California state championships is next week, in Clovis of all places. Why no mention of that? ...More on Abbey.

WSJ: Use Stress To Your Advantage

‘McFarland, USA': Interview With The Real Jim White

About screaming, nutball coaches. Link. Ever known an angry and effective track coach?

Guy races the London tube (subway), from one station to the next. Video.

Jim McClain has D2 video, girls 4 x 400 and girls/boys 3200. Link. Caleb gets tripped from behind and falls around 6:00, an unfortunate end to a fine prep career. Post race photos show him spiked and bruised.

In a slow, tactical 1500 final, Austin O'Neil is ninth. Link. After a big PR yesterday, an all-time SCV best, today's result was not unexpected. Onward to NCAA Prelims!


Posted by donmclean on 2015/5/16 5:02:08 (406 reads)

Flashback Friday. Ultimate Running Coach, Pat Connelly. Pat is one of the very best (smart, caring, decent, selfless, hard working) I've met in the running biz.

Ken Goe/Oregonian: Quick facts about the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships. Pac-12 Networks, delayed until 9 a.m., Sunday May 24. WTH?????

Canyons @ State Championships Day 1 results.

Signal reports Aly Drake hired to coach Saugus girls soccer. ...Will she allow, encourage her players to run track?

Gadgets make you look like a dork. Ten things I wish I knew when I started running

npr: 2015 Rankings List Most 'Bicycle Friendly' U.S. States

Funny stuff from Daily News' Tom Hoffarth

Forget the Fitbit. Focus on lunch. Obesity has little to do with our sedentary lifestyle. Story. We don't blame corporate greed or government inaction. I knew smoking wasn't healthy. Overweight people know the same about unhealthy foods/portions.

PAC 12 Championships schedule and results.

Big West Conference Championships results. Foothill alums include Chris Low.

Five of the nine D1 girls 3200 qualifiers were from Great Oak, all under 11:00, all returning next year. D1 results.

Two Saugus girls qualify in the D2 3200, Samantha Ortega (10:39) and Mariah Castillo (10:49, best 9th grader). D2 results.

Brando notes on weekend results in Read More. Austin O'Neil appears destined to be the first SCV sub four miler.

Meb discusses rules and tricks for the older runner. Video. 10 milers on the grass. ...What percent of your workout is on asphalt? ...My athletes run 90 percent of their workouts on soft surfaces. ~Alberto Salazar. ...More Salazar.

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Posted by donmclean on 2015/5/15 14:20:26 (228 reads)

LetsRun: Three Thoughts On 2015 Hoka One One: It’s Official – Mary Cain Is Struggling, USATF Had Better Finish This Meet, And Where Were The Fast Times?

Oxy race video.

Another one of those Saugus girls break American record. Story.

Is your town foot-friendly? Link. We think downtown Los Angeles is a great place to walk, and recommend taking the train tomorrow, spending the day. As to Santa Clarita, well, not so much. Who walks anywhere? Guys walk because their sweetie tells them to. And girls might if part of a girls thing, a chance to vent about their guys and kids.

When a lad and living sorta-near downtown Los Angeles, (irresponsible, arguably criminally negligent) mom allowed me to bus down and walk around. Unsupervised. 50 years later, I worked downtown and walked around. Highly recommended:

Union Station
Ride subway
Grand Central Market
Music Center
Olvera Street/Chinatown
Southwest Indian Museum
Central Library
Angel's Flight (not operating)
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Lunch @ Biltmore
Drinks @ revolving 34th floor lounge, Westin Bonaventure

We don't know (or care to know) Anthony Bourdain. Probably not a runner. But we enjoyed his Life Lessons.

Register for the 2015 Independence Day Classic.

Andrew Wheating = super happy.

Wall Street Journal: The Four-Minute High-School Mile, 50 Years Later. Look at the track. Most high school tracks in the Ryun era were scraped dirt. Today's Foothill-quality tracks are at least a second faster per lap. ...BTW, back-when, we were so tough, our laps were 2.336 meters longer.

Post Season
May 15-16 Canyons at State Championships, College of San Mateo
May 16 West Ranch, Valencia @ D1 SS Prelims, Trabuco Hills
May 16 Canyon, G.V., Hart, Saugus @ D2 SS Prelims, Moorpark
May 21-23 Master's @ NAIA National Championships, Gulf Shores, AL
May 23 SS Finals, Cerritos
May 29 Masters Meet, Cerritos
June 5-6 CA State Championships, Buchanan High School, Clovis


Posted by donmclean on 2015/5/14 13:12:41 (198 reads)

New York Times: I.O.C. Strips U.S. of Olympic Relay Medals in Tyson Gay Doping Case

The women who dare to run long command respect and hope to inspire others. Tough Terrain for the Women of Ultrarunning

NYT: Questions About Coffee and Health

Competitor asked specialty running store owners and managers around the country: Which new shoe releases are you most excited for this spring? Link. Do new running shoes make you buzz, get you excited?

Flotrack: ENTRIES: Pac-12 Outdoor Championships

Oops, Oxy is tonight. LetsRun has details. ...We're doing a 5K XC race on Pre's Trail.

Kevin Sully/Daily Relay speed ranks the world, the 800 through the 10,000. Here.

Larry Eder/RunBlogRun provides seven reasons why the 2015 Diamond League rocks. ...Check out the 2015 Pre Classic start list.

Oxy results.


Posted by donmclean on 2015/5/13 12:52:57 (267 reads)

LetsRun: The Week That Was.

Look who is racing tonight at Oxy. Here. Superior competition. Attend. It's a thrill to be around such athletes and best coaches.

43 year old mom, who started running 7 years ago, in only her 2nd marathon, wins the Eugene Marathon. Story.

The New Yorker: Scientists at University of Minnesota identify a new strain of fact-resistant humans

The Atlantic: How to Stop Procrastinating

“(People) didn’t care about anyone else, so stepping over people and stuff.” Tweet from that terrible train wreck in Philly. More.

SCV News: Canyons Track & Field Preps for CCCAA State Championships

Outside: News Flash: Cyclists Are Still Doping

Track & Field News: Americans With USATF & World Qualifiers

Falco DiGiallonardo, Chico State soph, Valencia alum, Saugus and DD friend, is the fastest D-II 1500 guy to NOT make the NCAA Championship race. Link.

Funny. About SCV roads and stuff from a guy who actually grew up in Mentryville. Link.

LetsRun previews Oxy,

The Santa Clarita Runners are racing the 5/10K event in Fillmore on May 16th. It a really fun event. You have a good chance to come home with a bag of oranges. Link. Buy tickets for the drawings. One year we bought a lot of tickets, ten or twenty bucks worth, and came away with a, well, s**t load of good stuff, including meals at the best Mexican place in town. The race on roads, through town and around orange groves. Very scenic. No stress. Lotsa fun.


Posted by donmclean on 2015/5/12 13:58:29 (310 reads)

2015 Foothill Bests. By Paul Broneer. By Brando. ...Too early to score Foothill XC #1?

Coffeed yet? Story. Sorry, black only.

USC coach Caryl Smith Gilbert leads the Trojans' track & field program with tough love

You've seen coaches yelling at their charges during a race... Perhaps a brain implant and buzzer combo might work. Story. Or drums. At Hayward Field, it's stomping and rhythmic clapping.

WSJ: Advil vs. Tylenol. Which to Use, and When. Perhaps that persistent pain is your body trying to tell you something.

For best results. Where to Go, And When

Jim McClain and other Cowboys produce and present Foothill Prelims and Finals, The Movie. Follow the link to the boys varsity 1600, and click around to...

Boys 3200
Boys 100 and 200.
Girls 100
Boys 1600 Prelims heats
Boys 110 hurdles
Boys 4 x 400
Boys 4 x 100
Girls 4 x 100
Boys F/ S 4 x 100

An assault with a deadly weapon occurred near the intersection of Newhall Ranch Road and the north bound interstate 5 Exit. A female pulled up next to the victim and pointed a handgun at him and asked him if he likes cutting cars off. The suspect also showed the victim a badge resembling an oval shape. The suspect left the area in a BMW with paper plates. Link.


Posted by donmclean on 2015/5/11 15:01:08 (180 reads)

PrepCalTrack has CIF-SS Prelims Performance Lists. West Ranch and Valencia in D-1, All other Foothill League schools are in D-2.

PrepCalTrack has a Sub 5/Sub 6 Challenge. Two Illinois high schools have 34 boys sub 5 in the 1600. Great Oak has 32 girls sub 6. Impressive, no?

Scientific American: How to Be a Better Sleeper

Running with the Bears video.

Props for Matthew Maton by Rtiz, Webb, Teg... Link. More classy people in our sport than any other, Don says.

Swimmers are good people too. 20 Times Missy Franklin’s Smile Lit Up The Room

We had so much fun working the Eugene Marathon, much of the time with a push broom, sweeping up cups and goo packets. AND making connections with hundreds of runners, new friends for 3 to 5 seconds only, exchanging laughs, thanks, positives...

Must read. Cancer won't stop this runner.

Always fun. The Monday Morning Run. ...But missed late-breaking news. Bernard Lagat Sets Masters World 10K Record of 27:48


Posted by donmclean on 2015/5/10 12:45:40 (246 reads)

Oxy Invite results. Karis Frankian's 16:34.42 in the 5000 is the 4th best all-time in SCV. ...Gilby clocked 14:01.63, Josh Sherfey 14:44.61 in the 5000.

Canyons @ Southern California Championships results. Community colleges state championships on 5/15-16.

Smithsonian: 10 New Things Science Says About Being a Mom

Spearheaded by the flood of wearable devices, a movement to quantify consumers’ lifestyles is evolving into big business with immense health and privacy ramifications. Story.

npr: Mind Over Milkshake: How Your Thoughts Fool Your Stomach

5 must reads on sports history and science.

Oregon Twilight photos.

My sweetheart took Eugene Marathon photos. Don did also, at a different time and location. Unfortunately, it will be difficult to post those. Maybe later this week. Ted Dobson, Ian's dad, was in charge of the elite's table at mile 14, and we had good chat with him. Turns out Ted was raised in San Fernando and graduated from San Fernando High, probably in 1958. At that time SCV was wilderness only. Ted didn't start running until he was 37. The family moved to Klamath Falls when Ian was four, and he took to running early and well. Great fun talking with Ted, getting some special insights into the running biz.

Sports tourism is good business. Story.

Brando: 2015 Foothill League Track & Field Championship Recap


Posted by donmclean on 2015/5/9 14:14:14 (228 reads)

Mathew Maton, Oregon prep, runs a 3:59.38 mle. Story. ...Meet highlights video. ...PAC 12 Championships next weekend @ UCLA. Attend. Possibly even more exciting than the FLC.

Complete Maton mile video.

Joseph Tan has Championship photos.

Today. Canyons @ So. Cal Finals, Cerritos. ...Master's @ Oxy Invite.

Flotrack/Workout Wednesday: Strength And Speed With NJ*NY Track Club

Steve Magness: The Plight of the Ego Coach

382 more Finals photos in Saugus XC Fundraiser Facebook


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