Posted by donmclean on 2014/12/14 2:41:02 (165 reads)

Headline news! SCV finally gets All-Comers meets at Canyon High School in January and February, 2015. More on this soon.

Beast results? Indications are that it was a race, up and down. If so, it would be more like the Mt. Marathon race in Alaska. Is that better or worse?

Steve Magness/Science of Running: Everything you need to know about Doping Scandal in Track and Field

Shalane Flanagan Sounds Off About Doping

More Nike NXN photos.

Storm today at the Junior Olympics, Myrtle Beach, FL. Photos. With motivation and planning, this event could be held at Central Park. So many national cross country events are often held in the east, cold and dreary.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/12/7 15:30:37 (551 reads)

Dan Agnew/Signal: Saugus' superb cross country season ends at Nike Nationals

Fun read. Lauren Fleshman on the USATF Annual Meeting.

Helmetless Football? ...Reminds me of a solution Gene Blankenship came up with for a SCV legend whose right hand flopped while running. He had to carry an egg in that hand for a week. Problem solved.

The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like. We go decaf in by late morning.

Dick Pound blasts IAAF for not responding to allegations of systematic doping in Russian sport

Prevalence of Doping Use in Elite Sports? 14-39% depending on the sport, study says.

Timothy Sterkel, ace Wildcat, best frosh in Foothill, and a really good guy, rescued while hiking. Photos.

Locals at the California International Marathon:

Jameson Mora 2:15:44
Katrina Graham 2:51:13
Chris Louie 3:04:47
Rob Sklenar 3:18:22
Joe Ogata 3:33:45
Steve Watanabe 3:46:57

Katrina is a recent Master's graduate, a lovely and sweet person. This was her first marathon and already makes her a good bet to snag the 2:43 B standard for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials. It's the second best ever by a SCVer, Lauren Fleshman having the best with a 2:37:23. Mandy Larkin is third best with a 2:59:47.

Is Specificity Killing Us?

Will be in Southern CA this week. It's warm today here, a mile high, but snow predicted on Thursday. In Santa Clarita Wed. morning, at StarLowes around 6 AM following a run in the City trails.

More cause races predicted in 2015. Link.

It's Thursday morning in Pine Mountain. No snow or even rain, though threatening.

Our friend Wayne Lee recommends... Inside the Football Factory That's Saving Kids from the Streets

From Red Bluff, CA and Wired: Whatís Up With That: Why Running Hurts Every Part of Your Body

Countries with the dirtiest runners? Here.

LetsRun: Week That Was. More on the F-M program here. Not too many high schools, like F-M, that can start training runners in the middle school years.

Wall Street Journal on Bill Aris, The Lombardi of Teen Running

Who actually funds intercollegiate athletic programs?

Q&A with Meb

Matt McCue: How to tell if you're a good person.

Runner's World: Runners Banned From Tennesee Parks Trail

Marc Bloom/Running Times: Alaskan Allie Ostrander is the NXN Champion

Alex Hutchinson/The New Yorker: What Is Fatigue?

Lauren Fleshman has a book out: Believe

Don't forget your ecotherapy.

Beast flyer. The SCV Food Pantry needs our help.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/12/6 13:48:58 (406 reads)

Cheers for the Canyon XC Academic Award winners (3.5 or higher GPA): Jacob Velarde, Mike Burson, Alex Urquilla, James Duncan, Austin Bell, Caleb McClain, Jennifer Leyva, Rosa Hernandez, Samy Lopez, Sandra Diaz, Pamela Bietsch, Yee-Lynn Wong, Malissa Janes, Samantha Alvarez, Stephanie Martinez, Josie Burger.

NXN live/results here.

NXN photos from yesterday are here.

Saugus girls post race video.

NXN girls race video.

Christopher Go's Faces of Pain slideshow


Posted by donmclean on 2014/12/5 11:49:07 (181 reads)

Dan Agnew/Signal: Saugus girls, Zabilski prepare for Nike Cross Nationals

Dyestat: Ranking the 22 teams at NXN

California State XC Meet All-Time Podium Girls Teams

BBC: One arm, one leg, cycling over the Pyrenees

An Open Letter to My High School Cross-Country Coach

LetsRun: Week That Was

Competitor: Deena Kastorís 3 Training Tips for Masters Runners

Steve Magness/Science of Running: Tracking collegiate runners- sleep, stress, soreness, recovery and performance

Your Friday hysteria: Uh Oh, Transgender High School Students Want To Wreck Sports By Stealing Scholarships And Showering With Girls

Outside: Portraits of the Pacific Crest Trail. I've known many PCT hikers and envied their experience and accomplishments. Often it turns out to be a life changing experience. You end up not being the same person who started the hike. In a good way.

Funniest book I've read in years: This Town.

A different kind of brew to be available at StarLowes? Link.

Coach Zach Schroeder writes: Hello Past Participant!
This is a friendly reminder that registration for the Placerita Canyon Holiday 5k closes in one week. You definitely want to register online as only pre-registered participants receive a quality dry-fit t-shirt. Race day registration is $30, so take a minute to register - it's worth your time! We are thankful to Whole Foods Market for supporting our efforts and making it possible for us to present all participants with our classic pancake breakfast. For more information please visit here. I'm looking forward to seeing you on the 27th!

RunnerSpace has NXN course preview run photos. Includes Saugus girls.

Older people are happier than young people. Why elders smile.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/12/4 14:41:46 (230 reads)

BBC: Russian doping claims: 99% of athletes guilty, German TV alleges. More here. LetsRun's take.

The City of Santa Clarita has a cross country event for youth on Sunday at Central Park. Flyer.

Gazillion Saugus photos at the State Champianships here.

Notwithstanding their genius, Paragas, Welker, the dazling dozen at Canyon, Zach, Lindie, Bingham... not Nike Coach of the Year.

If You Donít Already, You Should: Run With A Woman. Obviously.

Wisdom from the World's slowest runner

Be a More Grateful Runner. It's not just about you.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/12/3 12:47:02 (223 reads)

MileSplit: Speed Ratings Team Projections for Nike Cross Nationals

New York Times: Run To Stay Young

Trinity sophomore Elana Martinelli, fourth in the Liberty League finals, earned All-league honors, and was the first runner in school history to qualify for CIF-SS Prelims.

D1 college is giving up football. Story.

RunBlogRun: Horace Ashenfelter-An American Icon

Flotrack: Chico State Men Race Simulation. Falco and Tommy McGuan are on the team.

South Fork or Kalalau Trail?

Runner's World: WATCH: Runners Finish National Anthem When PA System Cuts Out. Yep, way-better than the usual show-off, overdone renditions.

Now available. All races in full at CIF-SS Final. Here.

Why kids (and adults) like cross country. Perpetual Dust.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/12/2 13:19:50 (250 reads)

After some strong coffee, read Science of Sport's A strategic and tactical talent management perspective: The viable athlete

Who the hell is Brian Shrader, winner of the US 12K Championships? Link.

Yikes! Turkey Trotters Loot Finish-Line Food Tent

It has been cold and rainy in Oregon the past month or more, and will continue so through the week, with a "chance of rain" during NXN. You can watch it here.

Winning The Wayzata Way.

Unbroken, the movie, kinda sucks. Ditto McFarland and Wild, according to early reviews. Reading Unbroken is like a new, tough, adventurous mountain run, mixed with wonder and joy, briefly lost and scared, awesome and assuredly unforgettable. Watching the movie will be like a 4 MPH South Fork jog with headphones and a big candy bar, quickly forgotten.

Wall Street Journal: The Mental Health of the College Athlete. Many of our running friends, usually during a long run, have confessed to bouts of depression.

Any Foothillers racing on Saturday at Mt. SAC/Foot Locker West Regional?


Posted by donmclean on 2014/12/1 13:07:24 (250 reads)

Dan Agnew/Signal: Saugus' Mariah Castillo a key to keeping dynasty rolling

When healthy eating makes you sick. Story.

Meet the world's fastest mountain runner

Is Lauren Fleshman a has-been? The Awesome Project

We like this book. Only $8.49 to put it on your Kindle.

DyeStatCAL: State Meet -- By the Numbers

Jason E./DyeStatCAL: Stars, storylines galore highlight CIF State Meet!

Brian Zabilski interview video.


Posted by donmclean on 2014/11/30 13:05:33 (269 reads)

Dan Agnew/Signal:
Saugus' Zabilski's state title makes him standard for SCV


MileSplit interviews Brian Zabiliski

Daily News: Saugus girls reclaim CIF state cross country glory on banner day for Valley

Phoebe Wright: Should you date your college teammate?

Alex Hutchinson: When Doping Isn't Cheating.

Avoid late registration charge. Register today for the Placerita Canyon Holiday 5K.

Brrrr! NXN New York Regional slideshow

State Champs D2 highlights: Boys. ...Girls

2014 NXN team qualifiers.

Rene Paragas writes: Brian Zabilski's splits yesterday to win state.
4:50, 5:03, 4:36. Yes. If you want to win state you've got to be ready to run 4:36 for your last mile...

Favorite books in November:

The Guns At Last Light
The Death Of Santini
The Afghan Cammpaign
The Eye Of The Leopard
An Experiment In Love


Posted by donmclean on 2014/11/29 12:38:50 (403 reads)

Erik Boal/DyeStatCal: CIF State -10 Storylines to Follow

Dan Agnew/Signal: CIF state cross country championships preview

Dan Agnew/Signal: Saugus cross country's Ruiz's biggest dance

D2 boys results. Welker 25th

Saugus girls win. Results.

Bob Binnie has D2 boys:

Welker Ranch
Zabilski's Zoo

Top 2 teams in each region qualify for NXN. For the girls, Great Oak and Saugus were top two. Zabilski may qualify as an individual, tied for 4th fastest boy.

Hey, take a hike.

Dan Agnew/Signal: (UPDATE) Saugus girls win state cross country title, Centurion Zabilski wins individual title


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