The runner who writes or the writer who runs will sometimes have to acknowledge a seemingly tragic paradox when it comes to documenting the sport.
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The runner who writes or the writer who runs will sometimes have to acknowledge a seemingly tragic paradox when it comes to documenting the sport.
How our very own blog boy Stephen Kersh won and lost the 2018 Copper Mountain 49.5K. So now Strava owes him $1,500 as a result.
Sometimes the hardest part of dealing with unpredictability in distance running is accepting that a large percentage of your performance is unpredictable.
Tommy McHugh shares his experiences with big mileage, and other impressions on the training of some much faster runners than myself
Intern Matt is back with an update on the start of his training for the 2018 Chicago Marathon. Let’s just say that it’s not pretty.
Bern Heinrich pulls from a wide variety of compelling insights from his experience to attempt to answer the question of Why We Run.
Tyler Mueller’s alternative rise to professional running from his time at Lehigh through his multiple retirements, injuries and now a leader on Tinman Elite
Ryan Sterner was faced with a bet that he couldn’t break 60 seconds for 400 meters with little to no training. The inside story of how he did it.
Ryan Sterner and Scott Olberding make their way to Des Moines for the 2018 U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a quick stop in Minnesota.
How a trip to the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials with his father, Marcus, helped open a young Trevor Dunbar’s eyes to the sport.
Jesse Squire took the time to join Lazarus Lake, on his walk across the entire country. Lake is best known as the founder of the Barkley Marathons.
Roger Bannister broke four minutes for the mile as a medical student at Oxford. What’s the fastest mile run by a medical student in the U.S.?
Lots of people are going to run faster than Ryan Sterner in Des Moines during the weekend of the U.S. Championships, but no one will run as hard as he will.
Stephen Kersh grabbed some beers with three runners taking on Western States this year to try and create an idiot’s walk through to the race.
Patrick Gibson gives a look into Neal Bascomb’s book ‘The Perfect Mile’ and why it tells a story greater than just the quest for the first sub-four mile.
Here are the rules and regulations on how to run a Blue Jeans Mile and the quest for a sub-four minute performance in 2018.
Eugene, Oregon. Better known to some of you nerds as TRACKTOWN USA. Home to Hayward Field. Birthplace of Nike. Where Steve Prefontaine won a couple of races and where we first met Galen Rupp’s insane face mask. Yes, TRACKTOWN USA has a rich history and after this weekend you can add another little notch to its already impressive timeline:
May 2018 – a few idiot bloggers sneezed around the city streets for two whole days in an attempt to bring sub-par content to
the masses you people.
That’s right nerds, Scott Olberding, Stephen Kersh, and I will be in TRACKTOWN USA for the 2018 edition of The Pre Classic. Based on our preliminary editorial calls, here is a small list of things you can expect from us: memes; motion-sickness-inducing live video updates; probably some charts; you bet your ass a blog or two; a lot of shouting; some behind the scenes footage of ATHLETES, and our ongoing attempts to answer the age old question of “professional athletes, are they really just like us?” The answer is of course not, they’re better and also far more bizarre than any of us could even conceive.
Anyway, in order to round this blog out to a serviceable word count, here are some thoughts ahead of this weekend from the blog boys and chief blog boy Chris Chavez.
“Much like Steve Prefontaine is considered the most influential and inspiring runner of his era, I believe that Ryan, Scott and Stephen are the most influential writers in the track and field blogosphere at the moment.”
“One of the funniest things I’ve ever heard happened when I was on a bus en route to Eugene. I was traveling to Eugene from Portland for a college cross country meet. Our coach wasn’t really speaking and didn’t seem too happy, so the women’s coach leaned over and asked him if anything was bothering him.
‘Of course something is bothering me, I’m heading to fucking Eugene.’
And, so, as I write these words while waiting for my flight to Eugene, I cannot help but feel the exact same way. It’s a curious place. But not curious in the fun, interesting way. More curious in the what-the-fuck-happens-here-when-the-students-leave kind of way. I would answer mostly skullduggery and general malfeasance.
This all being said, I am excited to attend Pre Classic with my fellow Blog Boys. They’re nice to me and we always have a fun time together. As far as entries go, they’re all good. This is a Diamond League meet. Do you know what a diamond is? It’s precious. It’s a precious fucking stone. These are all precious entries and the races will be great.
This all being said, I hate Eugene.”
“I’m looking forward to the closing ceremony where we get to fire a every article with a byline including ‘Historic Hayward Field’ into space. This is the last Pre Classic at that stadium before it gets its big remodel.
Also, the entries. They are all certifiably nice. Personally, I hope we get a new coronation of new US Spring Gods in Noah Lyles and Christian Coleman. How fun are those guys?
I’m also looking forward to jogging with the hung-over fans on Pre’s Trail at approximately 9:30am on Saturday. Speaking of which, I will be very much looking forward to trying to coerce Stephen to walk to the Wild Duck at 9 p.m. on Friday night.”
“Stephen and Scott have only terrible things to say about Eugene.
The first and last time I was in Eugene was for the 2012 Olympic Trials. I was 22. Most of my downtime was spent sleeping on a slowly deflating air mattress in the corner of someone’s living room. I ate pop tarts and coffee for lunch. I drank my dinner. Despite all of this, I had a great time.
I am 28 now. If I tried to live like that again, I’d walk away from Eugene with a herniated disc while feeling nothing but ill will for the place.
This weekend, however, I plan on maintaining a high fiber diet and sleeping on a real mattress, which I hope to settle in to no later than 9 pm every night. I also plan on talking exclusively about the pollen count.
What about the races? Sure, I bet they’ll be great.”
Watch CITIUS MAG’s first-ever mini-documentary on Zach Prescott, the Boston University runner who ran a 4:43.2 mile while juggling three balls.
When I stumbled upon a photo on Instagram, I quickly realized that I didn’t choose the marathon; the marathon chose me. So I ran Boston.
I wish there was a beach mile road race in the South Bay area of Los Angeles – a mile running south on The Strand ending at the Manhattan Beach Pier.
7:00 AM – Ah! At last! Sunday. Our day of truest worship. The day that, many moons ago, our great leader decreed: “Ye shall run Long once a week and ye shall wait until the finalest day to do doth deed. Also, if ye run Long whilst enrolled in Academia, ye shall be hungest over.”
While my body is slowly waking up, my spirit lags behind. My corporeal existence craves its most basic needs: banana, peanut butter, coffee, and toilet.
7:30 AM – The service has officially begun! The foam roller has been placed on my molding yoga mat and I begin my elaborate, practiced routine of pretending to roll out calves, quads, and back.
I mainly just look at my phone.
7:45 AM – I grab my holy Maurten water bottle and a host of essential energy bars for the post-Church of the Sunday Long Run protein window before heading to my car to pick up fellow worshippers.
We listen to Chance the Rapper’s ‘Blessings’ for our short drive to the trailhead. We are – indeed – staying ready for our blessing.
7:56 AM – I begin to sync my Garmin, readying it for the hill and dale that lie ahead.
8:01 AM – THIS GOD DAMN THING WON’T SYNC
8:04 AM – Myself and six other disciples of the Church of the Sunday Long Run take our first steps towards salvation.
8:10 AM – Seeds of initial mistrust have been sewn in the group as Lucas has told us he plans on running 70 minutes.
70 minutes is no long run.
8:17 AM – Lucas’ fall from grace has been all but forgotten as Skylar begins to break the covenant with a sub 7-minute mile far too early in the service.
I cannot help but believe I am surrounded by wolves in sheep’s clothing.
8:25 AM – Sweet respite as we pause to toilet ourselves.
8:35 AM – It is usually around this part of the service where I unleash a demonic oath to never attend another gathering while denouncing this religion in whole. But, for whatever reason, today I was struck by epiphany.
“My friends. What if we honored Sunday as a day of rest?”
“But Sundays are not for rest.”
“But they could be.”
“No. No they could not be. Our great leader decreed it so.”
“What if he was wrong?”
I fear I have paved my path to martyrdom.
8:37 AM – My epiphany fails to create any sort of constructive discourse amongst my fellow disciples, instead they try their best to drop me from the group by increasing the pace.
I take each blow with grace, not speaking but answering with a surge of energy. I refuse for my heresy to die an easy death.
8:39 AM – Lucas turns and leaves the group.
There is no question in my mind our leader will smite the very earth he runs back to his car. We will never see Lucas again.
8:45 AM – I find Lucas’ decision to not run a true long run today, on our day of worship, particularly troubling. Not only for himself and his soul, but for myself and my epiphany.
Lucas’ actions, albeit vile, might give credence to my thoughts of conducting our weekly service on, for example, Saturday.
9:15 AM – After spending the last 30 minutes in deep thought, invoking our deepest beliefs, I speak:
“Next Saturday, I will be conducting my worship at the Church of the Saturday Long Run. You are all welcome to join, as is anyone from any other creed. I will be reaching out to our friends at the Church of the Saturday is an Off Day, at the Church of Friday is Speed Day, and, of course, our fellow believers at the Church of the Vaporfly 4%.”
“You can’t do that. That is illegal.”
“There is no way that is illegal.”
“I promise you I will call the police on you.”
Skylar is an idiot.
9:45 AM – I have decided to abscond the Church of the Sunday Long Run with a great hope to form the Church of the Long Run. A place where all distances can be run on all days without judgement, nor malice. We will not tack our existence to one day in the week, rather will find peace in our body of work throughout the week.
I deeply hope Lucas is alive. Lucas clearly understands. Lucas will be my first disciple.
We’re excited to announce a partnership with Artiken to make CITIUS MAG beaded bracelets from Kenya with portions of the proceeds going to charity.
My friend is trying some new Biohacking treatment where he ices his testicles in order to be a better runner. The reviews for the product are strange.
CITIUS MAG fan Ian Anderson tweeted and emailed us about a Boston University’s Zach Prescott running a 4:43 mile while juggling three objects
If you can find an individual sport in this country with wide adult participation, you can find team-based leagues for it. It’s time for road racing.
Andrew Wise wraps up his post-collegiate trip with a recap of how his two races played out after spending several weeks living out of a van.
There are 18 different Spotify-sponsored running playlists and our very own Patrick Gibson listened to a lot of them to review the song choices.
I did some research on how to identify a cult in the U.S. and I think by becoming a Strava member, I’m part of a fitness cult now.
It is my pleasure to share with you my latest documentary, “Year of the Bison: A Portrait of Nick Symmonds during his Final Track Season.”
This feature-length documentary follows 2 x Olympian/World Silver Medalist, Nick Symmonds through his final season of professional Track and Field. Through workouts, races, and life off the track, Nick sees if he can be the best US track athlete for just one more season.
Above is the teaser trailer! Check it out! Spread the word!
The film will be available for streaming and download on Vimeo On Demand and Amazon Video June 15, 2018. You can pre-order the documentary on Vimeo On Demand now.
Before it gets released online, we are currently setting up a couple of screenings of the documentary across the US. There is officially a screening happening in the Chicago suburbs hosted by Naperville Running Company (more info here). There are a couple other screenings in the works as well.
If anyone is interested in hosting a screening of “Year of the Bison” before the release date, feel free to shoot me an email.
For More Information on Year of The Bison:
Our own Chris Chavez reflects on his race at the 2018 London Marathon, which was contested in record-setting warm temperatures.
Although this documentary is about a man, Robert Young, attempting to run across the United States in record time, this stranger-than-fiction kind of story almost really isn’t about that.
Todd Kapostasy produces a fascinating story of what he thought was going to be a man overcoming the adversity of his past by running across the United States in record time. As Kapostasy films alongside Rob’s attempt at breaking a 36-year-old record, Kapostasy finds himself deep down the rabbit hole playing detective to find the answers.
Creative, fascinating, compelling, this SC Featured documentary explores whether or not Robert Young cheated his way across America.
Patrick Gibson takes a deep dive into the classic John L. Parker novel ‘Once A Runner’ and what makes it so successful among runners.
An update from Andrew Wise and his travels with his girlfriend as they live life out of a van and continue their post-collegiate pursuit of personal bests.
Chris Chavez continues his quest of finding the best Boston Marathon themed beer in Boston. He decided to give the 122nd Pale Ale a try.
Our first beer review of Boston Marathon weekend goes to Start Line Brewing. Watch as Citius Mag founder Chris Chavez drinks his first beer.
the 2018 Boston Marathon will be showing some love to an oft-forgotten, nary celebrated sub-section of runners: the age grouper. Through funding from adidas and The Woolmark Company, the top-20 in 13 age group categories will be earning long-sleeve Merino wool shirts.
In the sporting world there are winners and there are losers. But I’m talking about a more generalized notion of winner and loser
Andrew Wise wrapped up his college career at Western Washington. He’s got a job after college but now he’s living out of a van to chase personal bests.
We hit the road from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to witness 40+ teams take on the harsh task of running a 340-miles relay race called The Speed Project.