Bits & Pieces

1. The Fitness Intuition book is now available on Amazon. Hurrah. If you’ve read the book and enjoyed it, a review would really help. Gracias.

2. I’ve signed up to write short articles for Examiner.com, the well-run Web effort started by the San Francisco Examiner. Mostly, these will be short pieces (max 400 words) on feeling-based training. Here’s a sample. The photo of an ugly author was taken by Emily, a former girlfriend (and still friend), on Mt. Tamalpais, north of San Francisco. “Mt. Tam” is one of the world’s most wonderful places to run, with hundreds of miles of scenic single-track trails. No idea if anyone will be interested in my outlier ideas on FBT. Hm, if there’s one person in every town in America who cares about this stuff, and they’ve got a PC, then that’s…

3. Running Times recently posted a wonderful audio interview on Arthur Lydiard’s ideas, with 1992 Olympic marathon bronze medalist Lorraine Moller. I had a 30-minute phone conversation recently with Lorraine, in which we yakked about her healing practice, and our shared thoughts on the importance of intuition and the heart for quality running, for enjoyment and results. It’s a little intimidating to hear her talk about running 20 miles carb-free, per Lydiard’s recommendation, in order to train the body’s fat-burning systems – and how great she felt in the latter stages of the run, “taking it down to sixes,” i.e., 6:00 pace. Made me feel like a toad, it did; I’ve never run 800m faster than 6:00 pace.

4. Speaking of masters runners, Pete Magill is awesome – he’s the first over-40 elite dude to break 15:00 for 5K. Remarkable, given that he’s a former 200-lb, four-pack-a-day smoker who didn’t start running until late in life. There may be hope for us all. This Running Times podcast with Pete is excellent; it’s on “Mistakes Masters Make.” The audio is lousy, but it’s worth the strain.

Be sure to check this excellent video with Magill, “Masters Stars Demonstrate Running Form Drills.” Pete’s models demonstrate how to restore stride length after age 40. In his podcast (linked above), Pete cites research showing that stride length is the single factor that accounts for nearly all the slowing we experience as we age. I’m looking forward to doing the form drills and hill accelerations, once I complete the Lydiard base-building phase.

Pete’s blog, Younger Legs for Older Runners, is excellent – lots of good, ripe stuff for ancient runners and others.

5. You’ll find more good reading on Scott Dunlap’s “A Trail Runner’s Blog” – for example, today’s report on the Sierra Nevada Endurance Run, a double-marathon. (I ran it 15 years ago.)

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