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Month: February 2017

February 28, 2017

Zen and the art of self-care

What does self-care mean and how do we go about achieving it to get the best out of ourselves?

February 28, 2017

Elon Musk, the Eatons and why we sort of think track’s first couple might be headed for the moon

There’s no way Elon Musk sends two normal people to the moon in 2018. We believe Ashton Eaton and his wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton will be on their way soon.

February 28, 2017

Altitude Works in Mysterious (and Well-Documented) Ways

How does altitude effect a distance runner, sprinter or thrower’s performance? Examining a study Michael John Hamlin, we are able to chart the answer.

February 28, 2017

How being injured is a lot like having bed bugs

When you have bed bugs, you suffer in a very similar way to when you’re injured and unable to run. Jeanne Mack explains the feelings that go along with both

February 28, 2017

Wake Up To Mary Cain Winning The Mile At USA Indoors 2013

Watch Mary Cain win the mile at the 2013 U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships at just 16 years old. Cain closed in 58 seconds.

February 27, 2017

Debajo Dos: Paul suffers from Runner’s Amnesia in New York

Paul Snyder continues his Debajo Dos chronicles as he attempts to break the world record in the 800 meters. He suffered from Runner’s Amnesia in New York.

February 27, 2017

Ford Palmer reflects on 3:54 mile at BU: Spike Untied? Don’t care.

Ford Palmer reflects on his big personal best at the BU Last Chance Meet, where he ran 3:54 for the mile with one of his spikes untied. In the same race, Edward Cheserek set the collegiate record of 3:52.02.

February 27, 2017

This Week in Trail Running: World Snowshoe Championships, Women’s 24-Hour American Record

We’ll be bringing you a weekly look into the trail, ultra and mountain running scene.

February 27, 2017

Missed Connections on the Run: Seinfeld, Santa Barbara, USADA

We’ve all fallen in love while running. Here’s a chance to let those missed connections know.

February 27, 2017

Wake up to Nick Symmonds vs Khadevis Robinson at 2008 USA Indoors

Nick Symmonds and Khadevis Robinson provided many epic races throughout their careers. This showdown at the 2008 U.S. Indoor Championships is a classic.

February 27, 2017

my addiction: what you really think about when running (a casey neistat spoof)

What do you think about while running? It’s one of two things.

February 27, 2017

Welcome to USA Indoors Week!

This week, Citius Mag will be bringing you all the coverage that you need regarding the 2017 U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships in New Mexico.

February 26, 2017

Edward Cheserek runs 3:52:01, sets mile collegiate record: Quick thoughts

Edward Cheserek of Oregon ran a collegiate record of 3:52.01 in the mile at the BU Last Chance Meet to beat a field of professionals. More analysis here.

February 26, 2017

An honest appraisal of cinematic running scenes: Jason Bourne, Blue Crush, Juno and Charlie Chaplin

Analyzing and breaking down the running technique and form in running films like Jason Bourne, Charlie Chaplin classics, Crush and Juno.

February 25, 2017

2017 Tokyo Marathon: Wilson Kipsang misses world record (splits, results, notes)

Wilson Kipsang missed the world record in his 2:03:58 win in Sunday’s Tokyo Marathon.

February 25, 2017

Why I love Heps: Former Ivy League athletes share stories

Former Ivy League track and field athletes share their memories from competing at the Ivy league championships. Welcome to the Heps.

February 25, 2017

What we learned about Alberto Salazar, alleged drug infusions and an email to Lance Armstrong

What we learned from the Sunday Times report that says Alberto Salazar used prescription drugs to boost athlete performance. Mo Farah mentioned in the report.

February 25, 2017

No country for fast men: How a coin toss determined a race at Big-12’s

Yesterday, at the Big-12 Indoor Championships in Ames, Iowa, there was a tie for the 8th fastest preliminary time in the men’s 60m dash. Two athletes finished in 6.809 seconds. Without consulting any sort of rule book, my gut tells me a run-off would have been the logical means of determining which of the two men (Baylor’s Malik Wilson and Texas’s Charles Anumnu) should advance to the final. Instead, it was decided via coin toss that Wilson would move on.

tie big 12 60m final

This is crazy, but it’s also the most Texas way of making a decision. (I know this meet is being held in Iowa…but like, half of the teams in the Big-12 are from Texas.) And by extension, it’s kind of a stupid way of making a decision. We will quickly turn to popular culture to validate my correct opinion. (And beforefriday night lights anybody gets pissed at me for saying Texas is really dumb, I’m from San Antonio so I’m allowed to good-naturedly disparage my home state, okay?)

Having never seen the critically-acclaimed television series Friday Night Lights, I can confidently say the movie is better. I’ve heard snippets of conversation describing ridiculous plotlines from the TV program and yeah, the movie’s just way better. Explosions in the Sky’s soundtrack is wonderful and the version of “Your Hand in Mine” featured in the film (which has a string quartet backing) makes me cry with about a 75%-success-rate.

I digress.

In the superior film version, the Permian Odessa Panthers qualify for state via coin toss, held at some random truck stop, presumably because if people knew where it was happening, somebody would get killed. The movie wants us to infer that Odessa, Texas, doesn’t have anything going for it except its high school football team. So this is just a cruel way to either buoy or crush a town’s hopes. Why not go to like, point differential or something that takes chance out of the equation? People can live with defeat, so long as it’s earned.

The other example that immediately comes to mind is when Anton Chigurh, played by Javier Bardem, in the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men (based on the Cormac McCarthy novel), enters a West Texas gas station and threatens to kill the attendant, just based on the results of a coin toss.

“What’s the most you’ve ever lost in a coin toss,” he croaks to the frightened gas station-owner and it’s remarkably creepy. Bardem is perfect in this role and Chigurh is the best villain in any movie of the last 20 years, except maybe the mean prince from Shrek.

javier bardem no country for old me

Back to West Texas. The man facing death stammers around for a bit and eventually calls the right side of the coin. Chigurh tells him to keep the coin, as it’s now lucky. Crazy stuff. But the point is, that a coin toss shouldn’t decide life or death matters. Or really any matters.

There is always a way to make an informed decision in the world of athletics without turning to chance. The only acceptable time to act based on the landing of a coin, is if you can’t decide between Papa John’s and Dominos. And even then you should just go to Little Caesar’s and get a Hot-N-Ready. (We were not paid by Little Caesar’s for this but we wish we were.)

February 24, 2017

A Million Dollar Idea: Air Bud Meets Running

There’s 14 Air Bud films and none of them focus on running. It’s time to change that and here’s an idea for how to make it happen.

February 24, 2017

Harvard women go for five-peat at indoor Heps

The Harvard women will go for their fifth consecutive indoor Heps championship this weekend in New York City. Here’s a quick preview of their chances.

February 24, 2017

Harvard’s Heps hype video will make you want to run through a brick wall

Heps is a big deal for those in the Ivy league. We’ve explained why but get a real feel for why it matters with a new hype video from Harvard.

February 23, 2017

On the long run: How to physically and emotionally recover from injury

Dear Nicole, Throughout your running career what were some of the things you did that helped you recover from an injury, physically and emotionally?

February 23, 2017

BU Last Chance Meet Preview: Races worth putting up with Pats fans

Previewing the action of the BU Last Chance meet. Edward Cheserek could attempt to break the collegiate mile record. The Bowerman Track Club heads East.

February 23, 2017

Heps: The Hype Behind the Good Conference Meet

What is Heps and why is it such a big deal? Paul Snyder, a Columbia graduate, breaks down the hype behind the Ivy league’s conference championships.

February 23, 2017

Wake up to Rosie Ruiz winning the Boston Marathon and not breaking a sweat

Everyone’s talking about marathon cheater so let’s look back at Rosie Ruiz and the Boston Marathon.

February 23, 2017

Watch: Happy Hour with Jack Daniels

Spend some time with famous running coach Jack Daniels in his Flagstaff home. He is world-famous for writing Daniels’ Running Formula.

February 23, 2017

Debajo Dos Update No. 3: Paul’s biggest week of mileage yet

Paul logs his biggest week of mileage as his world record training continues.

February 22, 2017

Tell a sad story using only three words: Running tales

Tell a sad running story using only three words. Here are 20 by our staff.

February 22, 2017

Check out this poor guy and his attempt at impressing us with a blindfolded 60m dash

Remember the time that Tommy Hopscotch blindfolded himself before coming in 3rd place in the 60 meter dash at the Fun Time Indoor Games 2017

February 22, 2017

Mailbag: Tokyo Marathon, a little on conference championships, relationship advice

The reception to this website’s first few weeks has been fantastic so thanks a lot for coming along for the ride. It’s been great to feel the excitement about a new tone and voice within the sport. This week’s mailbag was a little light but that’s OK since I’m answering most of these at 3 a.m. with a little Anthony Bourdain in the background. We’ll touch on the Tokyo Marathon and then a little bit on conference championship weekend, which I wish I followed more closely.

Send in your questions to [email protected] for next week’s mailbag. I’ll answer any thoughtful or funny questions on track and field or in the occasional email from the U.K…. athletics.

Email from Rubis: What are the big storylines to watch on the men’s and women’s side for the marathon? (Sent from my iPad)

This question comes to us from The Hub of Distance Running and a former teammate of The Bachelor. (Vanessa totally has this locked up.) Well, Rubis,  you’re in luck if you want to see one of the greatest marathoners in history. Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang is coming off a great run in last September’s Berlin Marathon, where he was second to Kenenisa Bekele in 2:03:13. Kipsang’s career best average for his top 10 marathons is 2:05:02, which would be a great sign to try and see him challenge that 2:05:18 course record on re-designed course. Brett Larner of Japan Running News recently wrote a post observing some of the changes to the course, which included some hills at bad times in the late stages of the race. A few adjustments were made and the verdict appears to be that it’s an improvement but wind could now be the issue in the closing stages.

On the women’s side, we have a familiar name making her debut. Betsy Saina, who trains with the Bowerman Track Club and was a standout for years at Iowa State, will be making her 26.2 debut. She’ll have to face 2015 Tokyo Marathon champion Berhane Dibaba, who is not related to the other Dibaba sisters…I think.

Email from Eric: Why don’t we see more Americans contest the Tokyo Marathon or the London Marathon?

I’ve always wondered that myself. It could be the timing of some of these races. Boston is only a week before or after London and it’s easier to stick around on home soil. Tokyo also comes in February which can be a tricky time in training. One thing that Andrew Bumbalough, who will be making his own marathon debut in Tokyo, noted in a recent blog post from the Bowerman Track Club is the flurry of runners that will be in the 2:11-2:12 range. That guarantees that Bumbalough will likely have someone to run with the entire way. If I recall when Matt Tegenkamp made his marathon debut in Chicago, they enlisted Chris Solinsky to pace him most of the way. I haven’t read anything about Bumbalough having a teammate or friend pace him along the way but with the popularity of road racing in Japan, there will be a lot of runners in his range. Sara Hall, who holds a personal best of 2:30:06, will run in the women’s race.

This year, we have two example of a U.S. elite going to Japan for the marathon. Later this spring, we’ll see Laura Thweatt go to London to chase a fast time there.

Email from Jacques: What’s up with Wilson Kipsang and the sub-two hour project?

First off, I think the name Jacques is very cool and reminds me of former outfielder Jacque Jones who was good with the Twins but not so much with the Cubs. You know who is really good though. Wilson Kipsang. (Terrible transition) Kipsang is an adidas athlete so definitely has no part in Nike’s Breaking-Two team or in Paul Snyder’s Debajo Dos venture. The independent Sub 2 Hours project headed by physiologist Yannis Pitsiladis has recruited Kipsang. Unfortunately, the results for their work with Kenenisa Bekele took a little step back as he dropped out of last month’s Dubai Marathon with an injury.

Back in 2014, Kipsang told Competitor that we maybe should hold off on the sub-two hour talk until we get to 2:01. There’s still some time that has to be shaved off. The Sub 2 Hours project also does not appear to be in a rush any time soon.

We’ll see how much Kipsang’s work with this new group will benefit him in his first major marathon since Berlin. It appears he’s been working with them since January.

Email from Sam: If I have to watch just one conference championship meet this weekend, which should it be?

Sam, sorry to disappoint because I’ve personally fallen off on watching collegiate track but I’ll tune in on occasion. There’s just so much to follow and I don’t have a whole lot of time. If you want to strike a good balance go to the SEC for the incredible relays like the 4×400 and then the distance-focused races you can’t go wrong with MPSF. Keep in mind that Oregon’s women’s sprints program is looking fantastic and on their way to their seventh NCAA indoor title in the last eight years. I’m a Big East guy for everything (as you may have followed along in recent weeks for basketball) and Spencer Brown of The Athlete Special is in the men’s DMR and the men’s 3,000 there. So find a way to tune into that.

Here’s how the Citius Mag staff was divided: Paul and Jeanne (Heps, no surprise there); Nicole (Big Ten), Scott (Big Ten and then switched to say SEC)

If you’re looking for a schedule on how to watch all of the weekend’s meets: USTFCCCA has you hooked up and I’d probably recommend them for your comprehensive previews.

Email from Ari: Read your post on the men that have broken four minutes for the mile at every 100th marker. Who has the coolest name on the list so far?

Roosevelt Jackson. It reminds me of the subway station that I take every morning.

Tweet from DumbFlotrack: Is it possible to date one of the girls on the team and still be “one of the guys”

Hate to break it to you but I went to an all-guys high school and then I was not fast enough to run in college so I can’t drop any first-hand experience with you. Having come across some threads on this and having friends on different track teams, I think it’s fairly common to date someone on the team. I think it’s totally possible to still be “one of the guys” in the crew. Just earlier in the week, Scott Olberding discussed how Emily Pritt and Ryan Hill are great for each other in their relationship. There’s some famous runner couples out there like the Halls and the Gouchers. DumbFlo, do what your heart tells you. Phoebe Wright also had some advice not too long ago.


That does it for this week’s Citius Mag Mailbag. Send more questions next time to [email protected] or tweet us @CitiusMag.

February 22, 2017

Wake up to a Galen Rupp look-alike performing on-stage with Bruce Springsteen

Did a Galen Rupp look-alike take the stage with Bruce Springsteen in Australia last week?

February 22, 2017

How you ended up on the track team

Hormones, sucking at basketball or a deep all-consuming yearning for acceptance and/or moral superiority may have landed you on the track team.

February 21, 2017

The Athlete Special: Q&A Edition ahead of Big Easts

Get to know Spencer Brown a little better in the latest episode of The Athlete Special. Spencer answers questions from the viewers ahead of Big Easts.

February 21, 2017

Shalane Flanagan out of 2017 Boston Marathon due to back fracture: Some quick thoughts

Shalane Flanagan will miss the 2017 Boston Marathon due to a back injury. The four-time Olympian remains the fastest American woman to run Boston.

February 21, 2017

Rachel Schneider opens up about her rise in the professional ranks, breakout indoor season

Rachel Schneider, the former Georgetown Hoya discusses her rise as a professional middle distance runner based in Flagstaff and her breakout indoor season.

February 21, 2017

Wake up to a flashback of the Charles Jock-Ryan Martin rivalry

Take a moment to watch one of the iconic races in California track and field lore and part of the Ryan Martin vs. Charles Jock rivalry.

February 21, 2017

WATCH: This may be the Hurdle Fail of the Year

Hurdle fail videos never get old. The worst crash of 2017 may have happened in this video from Northern Iowa.

February 21, 2017

Imagining an attempt to train with 2012 Olympic champion Taoufik Makhloufi

Imagine trying to keep up with Taoufik Makhloufi during a workout. Imagine no more. Here’s a sample workout and how a human being like Stephen Kersh would fare.

February 20, 2017

Never too early to get excited about the U.S. shot put in 2017

The future looks bright for the state of the United States shot put scene with the likes of Ryan Crouser, Joe Kovacs & Darrel Hill throwing over 22 meters.

February 20, 2017

Get to know unsponsored World Cross Country qualifier Emily Pritt of the Bowerman Track Club

Catching up with Emily Pritt, one of the biggest surprises of the U.S. Cross Country National Championships.

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