Funny Post on a Non-Track Fans Guide to the Olympic Trials

This post by House of Run is hilarious, for anyone who is a fan of track and field. We all know you have a party scheduled at your house for the next 10 days of the Olympic Trials. So, print this out and you’re good to go as a die-hard fair weather fan.

Once every four years, you join serious track fans like myself in enjoying the spectacle of the Olympic Trials and the Olympics.  Track die-hards appreciate the influx of attention that the sport receives, but we also like how instantly the sport becomes palatable for the general public.  In Olympic years the confusing racing schedules, the infrequent appearances by star athletes and strange obsessions with times give way to a very simple formula.

They go on to say…

To help those who are just now tuning in, I created the Non Track Fan’s Guide to the Olympic Trials.  It is 2012, and with greater access to information comes higher expectations for even the most casual of viewers.  Regardless of whether you are watching the meet with knowledgeable track fans, or neophytes such as yourself you need to be equipped with some basic knowledge and handy one-liners that can improve your reputation as a well-rounded sports fan.

And, one of my favorites…

Before:  ”So many talented guys in this field, you would hate to see it come down to a kick.”

During:  ”Why are they leaving it to a kick?”

After:  ”_______(race winner) kicked last, and he kicked best.”

Read the full post at HouseOfRun.


Photo copyright by Flickr user Robert Voors

Famed Dipsea Trail Race Won by 72 Year Old

There are two things I love about the Dipsea race in Mill Valley, CA. First, there are stairs, which has nothing to do with this post. Next, anyone can win it. For 2012, the winner was 72 year old Hans Schmid.

When Greenbrae’s Hans Schmid crossed the finish line at the 102nd Dipsea Race on Sunday, he wasn’t just capturing a title that had eluded him in previous years, he was making history. At 72 years old, Schmid is now the oldest person to win the race, breaking 70-year-old Joe King’s 1996 record.

By Windy Gap, the second checkpoint on the trail, Schmid had already taken the lead, making up two minutes to pass former winner Melody-Anne Schultz of Ross.

Read the full article (along with video) in the local Marin Independent Journal.


Photo copyright by flickr user IAN RANSLEY DESIGN + ILLUSTRATION

Is Barefoot Running a Paleo-Fad?

What’s great about this post is that the author dares to question barefoot running as a “paleo-fad”. I never thought of it that way, but now that she mentioned it, is there any truth. I don’t know, but I think I’ll have a steak for dinner tonight.

This week I’m reading Lone Survivors, a new book in which British anthropologist Christopher Stringer reports that someHomo sapiens wore shoes as early as 40,000 years ago.

This paleo-fact caught my eye because my husband, who is keenly interested in matters of fitness, has been talking to me lately about barefoot running. The idea — as it’s been popularized — is that the natural, best way for us to run today is the same way humans have been running for hundreds of thousands of years: with our bare feet striking the earth.

I tend toward skepticism when health advice is based on what our ancestors did, without regard to variation in past behavior. So I’m wondering, if shoes are as old in some early-human populations as Stringer claims, is the barefoot-running phenomenon just another paleo-fad?

Read the full article at NPR.


Photo copyright by flickr user JohnKochmanski.