Monday, April 30, 2012

Running and Triathlon Links Monday!

Lots of good stuff here...start reading!

Lance Armstrong will Race in Ironman 70.3 St. Croix - Coming up fast on May 6th

Zola Budd is Still Out There Running - And she's still plenty fast, with or without shoes

Sami Stoner, Blind but Still Running Fast - With her guide dog alongside

How Tough Will It Be to Get Into the Boston Marathon with the New Qualifying Times?
- Well, if you can actually get under those times, maybe not that hard

The Third Man on the US Olympic Marathon Team, Abdi Abdirahman - You know, the guy that's going to his fourth Olympics

Cool Photo Gallery of the 2012 USAT Collegiate National Championships - There are some fast triathletes coming up through the ranks

Want to Be Better In the Swim Leg of Your Next Tri? Swim Some Backstroke - Or you know...if you just need to roll over on your back and catch your breath

Lopez Lomong Absolutely Crushes the Last Lap in the Payton Invitational 5000 - Well, until he realized he was a lap short

They're Trying to Bring Back the Mile - I have to agree; the 1500 is lame

Pro Triathlete Kelly Williamson Tells You How to Get Faster on the Bike - I'm so slow on the bike, I read it twice

Want to Get Through the Tough Miles During the Race? Visualize Yourself Doing Just That - Sort of an advanced version of "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can..."


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Eugene Marathon Results

Try here.

Or here.

Maybe here.

Live finish video here.

The whole thing was a bit glitchy Sunday morning, but maybe it will get better as more people finish.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Northwest Running Race Calendar

And we're tweaking it one more time...just a bit (yes, another term that drug culture has ruined).

I think I like the color.  I think it works.  This week, I'm also grouping both days together in their categories instead of moving the Sunday runs to the bottom of the list.  Just seems to make more sense that way.  Hope all this helps make it easier for you to find a race and get out there.

Let's Race!

-Green Text for Trail Runs
-Red Text for Marathons and Half Marathons
-Blue Text for Triathlons and Duathlons
-Orange Text for everything else, the normal 5k, 10k, etc


May 19th / Mud Mountain Melee Trail Run 8k / Enumclaw, WA

May 19th / Watershed Preserve 12 Hour Trail Race / Redmond, WA

May 20th / Sun Mountain Trail 50m, 50k and 25k / Winthrop, WA

May 19th / Famous Idaho Potato Marathon, 10k and 5k / Boise, ID

May 19th / Windermere Marathon and Half Marathon / Spokane, WA

May 19th / Sage Rat Run Half Marathon, 12k and 5k / Sunnyside, WA

May 19th / Queen of the High Road Half Marathon / Wilsonville, OR

May 20th / Capital City Marathon, Half Marathon and 5m / Olympia, WA

May 20th / Portland Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon / Portland, OR

May 20th / Keizer Iris Run Half Marathon and 10k / Keizer, OR

May 19th / Stayton Sprint Triathlon / Stayton, OR

May 20th / Duck Bill Thrill Olympic Triathlon / Eugene, OR

May 19th / Stomp Out Abuse 5k / Hillsboro, OR

May 19th / Friar Trot 10k and 5k / Sherwood, OR

May 19th / Fly Day 5k / Everett, WA

May 19th / Girls on the Run 5k / Seattle, WA

May 19th / Seattle's Best 15k / Seattle, WA

May 19th / Five Card Stud Run 5m / Tacoma, WA

May 19th / Max Muscle Parade Run 5k / Vancouver, WA

May 19th / Rhody Run 10k and 5k / Florence, OR

May 19th / Born to Run Challenge 15k and 5k / Eugene, OR

May 19th / Keizer Iris Festival 5k / Keizer, OR

May 19th / Run Through Hells Canyon 10k and 5k / Oxbow, OR

May 20th / West Seattle 5k / Seattle, WA

May 20th / Run Girlfriend Run 10k and 5k / Sandy, OR

May 20th / Twin Tunnel 8k / Hood River, OR

May 20th / Purple Ribbon Run 5k / Corvallis, OR

May 20th / Bark in the Park 5k / Eugene, OR


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ranking All 62 Stephen King Books!

I know I can go for weeks without considering the second R here at The Two R's, but every once in a while I find something about the subject of writing that's just too good to pass's ranking of every Stephen King book!

Now, even if you're not a Stephen King fan, it's impossible to be unaware of his work. I mean, even if you don't read his stuff, there isn't a single person on the planet that hasn't seen Shawshank Redemption by this point, right? They show it four times a week on TBS, for Gob's sake!

Personally, I had a point in my life, early to mid 20's maybe, where I had read every single thing King had ever written. I can't say that any longer - the past ten years have been very hit and miss - but I've still probably read about 80% of his novels. I still pull The Stand off the shelf every year or two and reread it. I even found a paperback copy of It at one of the rental houses we stayed in last year in Hawaii - read the whole thing in the week we were there (Payton tried to read it as well, but got a little freaked out during the first few chapters and decided to put it down - yeah, it's still a scary read).

In other words, I have my own opinion of King's novels, so when I saw this list (I love ranked lists!) of every King novel, I just had to share it with you.

Now, I'm not going to spoil the fun for you, as seeing how the list unfolds, and agreeing or disagreeing with it, is the whole point. But I do have to make just a few observations...I have to!

-I've got to disagree with throwing in the non-fiction books in with the fiction. How do you compare a book about the art of writing with the Shining? They're not even from the same universe! They really should have narrowed it down to the fiction books - you only would have had to toss the writing books and the baseball books...maybe four books total? You just can't compare the writing and tone of those with the fiction. Well, I can't.

-I have no problems with the very bottom of the list. Many of those books are so-so, and a few came out during the "drug years," where King himself has said he was always doped up out of his mind and wasn't writing worth a damn.

-Firestarter is too low...way too low. I also have a soft spot for The Long Walk, but I realize that one shows it's age - and King's age when he wrote it. Still love it.

-Why is Thinner way down there?!? That is just a great read, and Richie Ginelli is one of my all-time favorite King characters. This is a top-20 King book!

-From a Buick 8 is way too high! Maybe I'm missing something here, but I thought that was an uneven, uninspired effort. Am I missing something?

-Yes, there is a brand new Dark Tower novel just out. It's called Wind Through the Keyhole. And yes, it is included in the 62 ranked books - number 35 to be exact.

Ah, that was fun. Looking through that list, and thinking back on all those books, made me wonder about other authors have a huge list of books we could rank. Hmmmm...Elmore Leonard anyone?

King Novels image by Marc Burnell


Monday, April 23, 2012

Running and Triathlon Links Monday!

Lots and lots of good links today, so let's get right to it:

The Science of Sports geeks tell you not to worry about running in the heat - as long as you run smart, that is

Next, the Science of Sports blog takes a look at what actually happened while running in the heat of Boston this year - as you may know, I did my own study on this

A guy named Max Fisher at the Atlantic thinks he has it all figured out why the Kenyans are great at the marathon - I think he does not have it all figured out

Stories of triathletes in the med tent - ah, the med tent...good times, good times

SMU cross-country runner Monika Korra tells a tale of rape, survival, strength and hope - she sounds like a tough person; it's a good read

In case you missed it, Seattle's own Uli Steidl owned the Boston Marathon - not to mention, he's won the Seattle Marathon EIGHT times

NBC is actually going to stream everything from the 2012 Olympics - Good golly, Miss Molly, you mean I don't have to stay up until 2:00 in the morning to see 30 seconds worth of triathlon coverage like in 2008?

Elite triathlon coach Matt Dixon gives a great presentation on how to be a stud triathlete - good stuff

Good article from ESPN on Desiree Davila and the 2012 Olympic Marathon - the competition will be incredible on the women's side in London

Since we're on the subject, here's Kara Goucher on her preparation for the 2012 Olympic Marathon - Kara, Desi and Shalane have got to be the deepest team of marathoners the US has ever sent to the Olympics

Wurtele and Piampiano win at the New Orleans Ironman 70.3 Triathlon - well, sort of; they canceled the swim leg, so it was actually a duathlon

Javier Gomez wins the European Championship ITU triathlon - he's a great runner

Photo is of Uli winning some race or another...he's won a bunch.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Boston Marathon 2012 Heat Test

I realize the rest of the country has been suffering from a heat wave for weeks now, but this weekend was truly the first time this year that Corvallis has had hot weather.

Unfortunately, I needed to do a long run today. After last week's Corvallis Half Marathon, I had taken five days off to rest my legs and my ouchy oblique muscle. But I couldn't stall any longer, so I did a short six-miler in the heat yesterday and had a 20-miler scheduled for today.

As soon as I woke up this morning, I knew I had to get cracking - at 7:00am, the sun was already blazing into our bedroom window. I jumped into my shoes, had a quick Clif Bar and got going just after 8:00 to try to beat the heat, but...

As an aside, while understanding that the Boston Marathon folks had it tough last week in the heat, I must admit I sort of felt, "just suck it up and run already." This is called "foreshadowing."

So I took off and felt pretty good for the first seven or eight miles. It was still fairly cool and the sun wasn't high enough in the sky to worry about - still lots of shade. Still, I had gone through my water bottle and had to fill it up again at Dixon on the OSU Campus during mile eleven.

Then, the second half of the run...

As you can see by my pace times, it got hot. There was no shade anywhere. All the uphill sections were in the second half. And I ran out of water completely around mile 17. I was starting to feel a little queasy right around then - probably not a surprise since I was out of water. I was close to home though, so I figured I'd just keep struggling toward home. Stopped at a stop light during mile 18, I was feeling really light-headed. Oh boy...

As you can see by my pace, I had started walking, a lot, by then, but I was still feeling terrible. I limped home, grabbed three glasses of ice water and sat on the floor of the living room for about 20 minutes. I felt awful. Then I went to take a shower and had to sit on the side of the tub for a minute to clear my head. It was almost an hour later before I started to feel almost back to normal. Oof.

Which is all a long way to say, "Yeah, it's hard to run in the heat, and I have a lot of respect for all those people that made it through the heat in Boston last week. Congratulations on a great run."

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Two R's Tries on the Rainbow Shoes

Trying something a little new here for this race schedule. I'm hoping to highlight the different types of races to help people find what they're looking for, especially now that we're into race season and a week with 37 races!

-Green Text for Trail Runs (cause trees, plants, - work with me here)
-Red Text for Marathons and Half Marathons (because they're hard?)
-Blue Text for Triathlons and Duathlons (swimming, water, blue...again, please work with me)
-Orange Text for everything else, the normal 5k, 10k, etc (orange is just the normal link text color)

What do you think? Good? Too busy? Ugly? Love it? Should I sort them?

Let me know.

Let's Race!


May 12th / Willamette Mission Trail Challenge 10k and 5k / Salem, OR

May 12th / Havoc at the Hideout Trail 10k / North Plains, OR

May 12th / Lost Lake Trail 50k / Bellingham, WA

May 12th / Cougar Mountain Trail Run 5m / Newcastle, WA

May 12th / Sunflower Trail Marathon / Winthrop, WA

May 12th / Tough as Nails Trail Run 15k and 5k / Medford, OR

May 12th / Bloomin Fun Trail Run 10k and 5k / The Dalles, OR

May 12th / Cheney Wetland Trail Run 4.25m / Cheney, WA

May 12th / Mac 50 Trail Run 50k / Corvallis, OR

May 12th / Hippie Chick Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon / Hillsboro, OR

May 12th / Over the Dam Run Half Marathon, 10k and 5k / Grand Coulee, WA

May 12th / Mother's Day Marathon, Half Marathon, 10m, 10k, 5k, Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon / Elma, WA

May 12th / Fiasco in Pasco Olympic Duathlon / Pasco, WA

May 12th / Lebanon Sprint Triathlon / Lebanon, OR

May 12th / Spartan Obstacle Race 5k / Vancouver, BC

May 12th / CARDV Mother's Day Run for Safe Families 5k / Corvallis, OR

May 12th / SEE Kids Run 5k / Suquamish, WA

May 12th / Terrain Mud Run 5m and 3m / Eugene, OR

May 12th / Lake Run 12k and 5k / Lake Oswego, OR

May 12th / Butte Challenge 10k and 5k / Hermiston, OR

May 12th / K103 Doggie Dash 3k / Portland, OR

May 12th / Silverton Hospital Fun Run 5k / Silverton, OR

May 12th / Human Race 10k and 5k / Bellingham, WA

May 12th / Spring Frolic 5k / Seattle, WA

May 12th / Joggin for the Noggin 3.5m / Spokane, WA

May 12th / Free Them 5k / Seattle, WA

May 12th / AIM for Melanoma 5k / Portland, OR

May 12th / Inspiring Hope 10k and 5k / Mukilteo, WA

May 12th / Dolphin Dash 5k / Port Orchard, WA

May 12th / Have a Heart Run 10k and 5k / Mount Vernon, WA

May 12th / CASA Champions for Children 6k / Eugene, OR

May 12th / Mad Hatter 5k / Salem, OR

May 13th / Kirkland Half Marathon and 5k / Kirkland, WA

May 13th / Run Mama Run 10k and 5k / Portland, OR

May 13th / The Jane Higdon and O Heroes 5k / Eugene, OR

May 13th / Run Like a Mother 5k / Seattle, WA

May 13th / Re-Run Run 10k and 5k / Eugene, OR


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The 5K Foam Fest

Yes, this is apparently a thing.

I have to looks sort of fun. And the Pacific NW races are right in the heat of the summer. Good time for foam.

This and the Color Run starting up this year - lots of strange, new options out there for runners these days.

Have fun out there!


Monday, April 16, 2012

Running and Triathlon Links Monday!

Amazing, and heartbreaking, story of Sammy Wanjiru from Sports Illustrated - definitely had promise to be one of the best marathoners of all time

Top Five Marathons in North America - the list starts out fine, then gets about as off-track as you would expect for a running article from Fox Business

How to Heal Up Injuries You've Got from Your Minimalist Shoes - I could say a number of things here, but I'll be good

Simon Whitfield Talks About the Triathlon at the London Olympics - he's pretty much owned the tri at the last two Olympics

They ran the Boston Marathon in the Hot Hot Heat Today; Here's the Men's Winner - And Here's the Women's

Should the Boston Marathon be made Eligible for World Records? - I say "nope"

Results and Story on the XTERRA West Championship Race in Vegas - Conrad Stoltz wins yet another

The Marathon des Sables - just your everyday 153 mile run through the Sahara Desert

A Nice Wrapup of the Upcoming Changes for Boston Marathon Qualifying in 2013 - it really doesn't seem fair that they're making it harder

Photo is of Jason Hartmann, a former U of Oregon runner that pretty much shocked everyone by grabbing 4th in the Boston Marathon today. Nice work, Jason!


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Corvallis Half Marathon Race Review!

Yep, the 2nd Annual Corvallis Half Marathon is in the books. Check out the results right here and/or here.

So the race...the day started out just about perfect. Light cloud cover, temp at the start right around fifty degrees and absolutely no wind. Perfect. They were calling for 2000 runners, but it sure didn't seem like that at the start line - it was very thin towards the front of the starting chute. I guess everyone wanted to be in the back of the line. Whatever.

So the OSU band played the National Anthem, nice touch, and we were off!

Did I have a solid plan coming into this race? Yeah, not so much. I wasn't positive how I wanted to run this Half. A few weeks back, I was running very well...felt good, felt strong. Then I pulled something in my side, maybe an oblique. The last couple of weeks have not been as good. I've been cutting runs short, skipping days, just not hitting on all cylinders. So I thought I better go out conservatively, maybe try for an 8:15 for the first few miles, at the very fastest. The problem was my brain was having trouble communicating with my legs. I could not, could not, slow down enough in the first mile. I checked the Garmin...7:35 pace. Holy crap! Slow down! Checked it again a minute later...7:38. Are you kidding me? I totally put on the brakes and finished the first mile with a 7:54. OK. I mean, I know I can handle that kind of pace for five, six, seven miles, but for 13.1? Not sure. Slow down. Now!

Nope. Second mile...7:46. Nope again, third mile...7:46 again. Yowza. OK, I was getting past the point of this even mattering. I mean, I was already 25% into the race, might as well just run it now. If I died at the end, then there you go.
At least a couple slight uphills in miles four and five kept me slightly above 8:00 pace, with an 8:00 and a 8:03. And a slight downhill in miles six and seven, I kicked it back up to 7:43 and 7:42. I was feeling pretty good and was almost ready to stop worrying about my pace. But not quite. See, mile eight was the long, slow uphill. That was the only worry left. If I could get through that mile at a decent clip, I'd feel pretty good about the rest of the race.
Oof, long, slow, uphills. Not my favorite. But I got through it at 8:14. Good enough. Just a couple very short hills after that - almost all flat or downhill on the last five miles. The sun came out on and off to warm up the situation, but how can I complain about that? I've been waiting for sunshine for months! Bring it!
I got through mile nine at 7:35 - lots of downhill there. Miles ten, eleven and twelve came in at 7:49, 7:48 and 7:54. I was starting to feel it a little bit - my legs were wearing down. But I reminded myself that I was on pace to absolutely crush my Half Marathon PR and that kept me chugging along. Actually passed a few people that were crashing harder than I was during mile thirteen, a 7:46, and brought the last tenth home with a 7:05 pace. Considering they run you down into the stadium on an asphalt ramp that's at about a 15% slope, I'm surprised I didn't slide through the finish line on my face - my legs barely kept up with me going down that hill.

Came across the 50 yard line in Reser Stadium at 1:42:24. That was good for 175th overall (out of 1634), and 10th in my age division (out of 60). But that's just the frosting.

The cake was the 1:42:24 was a nine-minute plus PR of a Half time I ran way back in 2004. And my 2012 Corvallis Half finish time was a full 14 minutes faster than my 2011 finish time! I'm feeling pretty good about that.

But is it Boston worthy? Well, that's the big question, right? After all the hemming and hawing, the 7:50 pace was exactly the pace I'd need to run in Newport to qualify for Boston. So that's good. But clearly, the pace I can run for 13.1 does not exactly transfer straight across to 26.2. The pace conversion at Runner's World grades me up to a 3:33:24 marathon time. Which is about ten minutes faster than my last approximation, but not quite up to the 3:25:00 I need for a BQ.

Ah well, I needed something to work on for the next six weeks anyway.
Photos by Jen Lommers - thanks!


Corvallis Half Marathon Results!

Here they are!

Race report coming soon.


Corvallis Half Marathon in 40 minutes...

Just sitting in my office at OSU, about 100 yards from the start line of the Corvallis Half Marathon.

Psyching myself up with a little Radiohead live at the Grammy's with 15 Step!

Be back later today with a race report. Wish me luck.

Let's race!


Friday, April 13, 2012

Boston Marathon Coverage

Yes, it's that time of year. The Boston Marathon will be run on Monday, April 16th.

Universal Sports Network will be providing the TV and online coverage - check out all the details here.

Should be fun!

Let's race!


May 5th / YMCA Spring Family Fun Run 8k / Olympia, WA

May 5th / Bavarian Battle 5k / Leavenworth, WA

May 5th / Boise WaterShed Ramble 5k / Boise, ID

May 5th / Salmon Run 10k and 5k / Bend, OR

May 5th / Cinco de Mayo 5m and 5k / Eugene, OR

May 5th / ORRC Hagg Lake Run 10.4m and 10k / Forest Grove, OR

May 5th / Stayton River Run 5k / Stayton, OR

May 5th / Cheadle Lake 5k / Lebanon, OR

May 5th / 10k for $10k plus 5 Run 10k and 5k / McMinnville, OR

May 5th / Haggen to Haggen 5k / Bellingham, WA

May 5th / Fort Steilacoom 50k, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k / Lakewood, WA

May 5th / Bring on the Sun Run 5k / Seattle, WA

May 5th / Fiesta 5k / Seattle, WA

May 5th / Awesome 3000 Run 3k / Salem, OR

May 5th / MamaBaby Haiti Run 5k / Dayton, OR

May 6th / Lilac Bloomsday Run 12k / Spokane, WA

May 6th / Orca Dash 5k / Redmond, WA

May 6th / Mount Rainier Duathlon Long Course and Sprint / Enumclaw, WA

May 6th / Vancouver International Marathon, Half Marathon and 8k / Vancouver, BC

May 6th / Running Water 5k / Sherwood, OR

May 6th / Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon, 10k and 5k / Portland, OR

May 6th / Tacoma City Marathon / Tacoma, WA

May 6th / Hustle 4 Health 5m and 5k / Albany, OR


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Best Running Song for April - Grouplove - Tongue Tied

For this month's Best Running Song we've got a band that has a backstory almost better than the music they make!

So Grouplove. OK, let me, there is too much. Let me sum up: two New Yorkers meet and become fast friends, one gets an art residency in Greece and invites the other, in Crete they meet a Londoner who writes songs and plays guitar, then also in Greece meet a pro surfer and musician from Los Angeles, plus his friend, who happens to play drums. They rock out a bit, enjoy each others company, then go their separate ways when they all leave Greece. Realizing they actually had something special, everyone pools money together to get the New Yorkers and Londoner all to L.A. There they record their first album under the name Grouplove. And the rest is history...well, recent history, but still.

And their first song to hit it big, thanks to Apple, is Tongue Tied. Just an incredible, bouncy, fun to run to song.

And they have another great running song, called Colours. There's also an official version of that video, though I like the homemade one better because it gets right to the song!

Rock that run!

Past Best Running Songs:
March: Foxy Shazam / "I Like It"
February: Foster the People / "Don't Stop"
January: Hot Hot Heat / "Bandages"
December: Camp Lo / "Luchini aka This Is It"
November: Wolfmother / "Joker and the Thief"
October: Phoenix / "1901"
September: Matt and Kim / "Daylight"
August: Collie Buddz / "Holiday"
July: Pretenders / "Tattooed Love Boys"
June: The Wombats / "Moving to New York"
May: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros / "40 Day Dream"
April: Foxy Shazam / "Unstoppable"
March: Pharrell / "Fun Fun Fun"
February: Puff Daddy / "Come With Me"
January: We Are Scientists / "The Great Escape"
December: Cee Lo Green / "F**k You"
November: Tokyo Police Club / "Breakneck Speed"
October: Two Door Cinema Club / "Something Good Can Work"
September: Stone Temple Pilots / "Cinnamon"
August: Louis XIV / "Guilt by Association"
July: Devo / "Fresh"
June: Saliva / "Your Disease"
May: Metric / "Gold Guns Girls"
April: OK Go / "This Too Shall Pass"
March: The Hours / "Ali In The Jungle"
February: Los Fabulosos Cadillacs / "El Matador"
January: White Rabbits / "Percussion Gun"
December: Deftones / "Knife Prty"
November: The Kooks / "Always Where I Need To Be"
October: At the Drive In / "One Armed Scissor"
September: Silversun Pickups / "Lazy Eye"
August: Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros / "Johnny Appleseed"
July: Deathray / "I Wanna Lose Control (Uh Oh)"
June: Raconteurs / "Salute Your Solution"
May: Tea Party / "Save Me"
April: Bloc Party / "Like Eating Glass"
Ever: The English Beat / "I Confess"


Monday, April 9, 2012

Running and Triathlon Links Monday!

Slow week, but a few good tidbits:

Garmin returns the "Moving Time" field to Garmin Connect - the right move

Another promising young runner, Daniel Vertiz, chooses triathlon over running - much like Lukas Verzbicas did earlier this year

A little video on the Leadman Tri in Vegas - the race comes to Bend, OR later this year...also results...and photos

Here are some athletes of note in the Boston Marathon B.A.A. 5k and mile - sort of odd to see Desiree Davila in a 5k

Look good, feel good, race good? - I know I'm always worried about fashion when I hit the start line

Some fantastic shots of Anton Krupicka running in New Zealand - running downhill on scree is just asking for a broken ankle

Very interesting two part interview (first and second) of Alberto Salazar by Amby Burfoot of Runner's World - he's got a book coming out as well


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Beaver Freezer Triathlon 2012 Results!

Here they are!

And here they are!

And Steve Hatten - go run your 3rd lap!

Wow, what great weather for the race - let's hope we get the same thing next Sunday at the Corvallis Half.

Congrats to everyone that raced the Freezer!


Friday, April 6, 2012

Fantastic Nike Free Ad - I Would Run To You

That's just too good. Love 'em or hate 'em, Nike knows their marketing.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lance Armstrong takes 7th in his second Ironman 70.3

A couple days late on this news, but what the hey. Remember, he took 2nd the last time out. But I'd have to call this a tougher field. Timothy O'Donnell won this Half, the US Championship race in Texas.

Lance's time was about four minutes slower in Texas than previously in the Panama 70.3, but it's impossible to compare tri courses - just too many variables in that long of a race.

Anyway, Lance looks like he could be a solid contender at Ironman 70.3 races and maybe even at full Ironman races. He ain't gettin' any younger, but he could have a few solid years if he keeps the training going.

Let's race!


April 28th / Weiser River Trail 50k / Council, ID

April 28th / Race for Hope 5k / Beaverton, OR

April 28th / Canby Fun Run 5k / Canby, OR

April 28th / Rolling Hills Run 10k and 5k / Heppner, OR

April 28th / WOU Sprint Plus Triathlon / Monmouth, OR

April 28th / Sean's Run from Autism 10k and 5k / Portland, OR

April 28th / Save the Frogs 5k / Seattle, WA

April 28th / Spring Forward 5k / Tacoma, WA

April 28th / Tacoma Earth Day 5k / Tacoma, WA

April 28th / Glide Wildflower Run 10k and 5k / Glide, OR

April 28th / Eagle Run 5k / Oak Harbor, WA

April 28th / Seaport River Run 10k / Clarkston, WA

April 28th / Capitol Peak Trail 50m and 55k / Olympia, WA

April 28th / Spring into Summer 5k / Richland, WA

April 28th / Explorer's Run for Fun 5k / Dupont, WA

April 28th / Mill Creek YMCA Family Fun Run 5k / Mill Creek, WA

April 29th / Top Pot Doughnut Dash 5k / Seattle, WA

April 29th / Soaring Eagle Trail 50k, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10m and 5m / Sammamish, WA

April 29th / Heroes Half Marathon and 10k / Everett, WA

April 29th / Run2Educate Half Marathon, 10k and 5k / Auburn, WA

April 29th / Bellevue 10k and 5k / Bellevue, WA

April 29th / See Spot Run 5k / Yakima, WA

April 29th / Sisters Half Marathon and 8k / Sisters, OR

April 29th / Eugene Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k / Eugene, OR

April 29th / Cherry Blossom Fitness Festival Half Marathon and Duathlon / The Dalles, OR

Photo from a nice gallery of Texas 70.3 shots at


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Corvallis Half Marathon Elevation Profile

If you haven't registered for the Corvallis Half yet, you better get on it. It's not sold out, but it's close, so head on over here and get registered.

Up above there is the course and elevation - click on it to make it big and beautiful. Pretty flat except for the slog up Walnut to Martin Luther King Jr. Park between mile seven and eight. That's sort of a drag. But it's downhill after that, so you can push hard for home after you hit mile eight.

And here's a PDF of the map of the course from the RD, if you're interested.

We're less than two weeks away.

Ready or not, here we come!


Monday, April 2, 2012

Running and Triathlon Links Monday!

Here are some links to start your week:

17 year old Cayla Hatton runs a 33:17 10k! - Don't believe it? Check the video here

Portland's Race for the Roses Results - Check the winning female 10k time and compare it to Hatton above

Photos from the Ironman 70.3 California - Andy Potts and Melanie McQuaid are your winners

The Sports Scientists Blog looks at the lawsuit against Vibram Five Finger shoes - People getting injured running in Five Fingers? Weird...

Cooper River Bridge Run, sixth biggest run in US, has hour-long delay before start - I've never seen a race that buses people to the start line not have problems

Oregon's Jenn Shelton sponsored by Hyundai - "Born to Run" has really made her into a star

Triathlete Magazine tells you how to set up your bike like a pro in transition - They should show you how to keep your transition neighbors from knocking all your crap over...get there first, I guess

Dara Torres shows you how to swim like an Olympian - even if you're 44 years old

Coos Bay, OR runner Chuck Engle sets marathon record - he's won, not just raced, but won, 145 marathons

Photo of Cayla Hatton by Tia Ann Chapman of the Hartford Courant.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

15 Months of Running Progress

After a tough, tough Sunday long run (cold, rain, windy, just brutal...then having Meghan Arbogast blow by me like I was in reverse towards the end of my run), it's nice to be able to go back to the running journals from the last two years and be able to say, "Yeah, it was bad today, but look at how far you've come."

And in fact, after adding up the March totals, I don't think I've run more miles in one month.


Here are the last 15 months of progress:
Jan. 2011: 62.10 miles
Feb. 2011: 71.80
Mar. 2011: 75.50
Apr. 2011: 71.80
May. 2011: 69.60
Jun. 2011: 85.80
Jul. 2011: 86.80
Aug. 2011: 93.35
Sep. 2011: 77.10
Oct. 2011: 79.50
Nov. 2011: 102.00
Dec. 2011: 119.40
Jan. 2012: 140.90
Feb. 2012: 157.50
Mar. 2012: 190.30

And with the combination of a big-time increase on miles and my old, old, worn-out body, it's probably also not surprising that I've been fighting some aches and pains lately. I actually was scheduled to go over 200 miles for March, but I cut a few runs down this last week after tweaking an oblique muscle for the second time in the past couple months.

Still, all in all, I'm happy with what I've been able to accomplish. Will it add up to a time fast enough to qualify for Boston? Yeah, that's still in doubt, but I'm definitely heading in the right direction.

What else can you ask for, right?

Keep running. I'll see you out there.