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July 25, 2017

Making a Name: The Michael Jordan of Track has arrived

How a boy with the same name as the greatest basketball player ever became an elite U.S. steeplechaser. Meet the Michael Jordan of track.

July 23, 2017

It’s the 7 year anniversary of shitting my pants

It’s the seven-year anniversary of a terrible afternoon where I lost control of my bowels while running. The epic tale of shitting my shorts on a run.

July 19, 2017

Game of Thrones Characters Run a Marathon

Attempting to predict the marathon times for the major characters from Game of Thrones. How would Tyrion Lannister fare in a 26.2 mile race?

July 14, 2017

Postcard from Kenya: Sarah Mwangi’s journey to UTEP

Next month, Sarah Mwangi fly from Nairobi to El Paso to start her four years at UTEP. Her flight will be the last and easiest leg of her journey.

July 13, 2017

Q&A with Craig Engels on Nike Oregon Project, breaking out and chasing sub-4

Craig Engels chats with Pat Price on his attempt to break four minutes for the mile at the Sir Walter Miler, joining the Nike Oregon Project and more.

July 12, 2017

Let’s Stop Running the Marathon

Stephen Kersh makes that the marathon is terrible and perfect and he loves it, but there are plenty of other ways to impress your co-workers.

July 12, 2017

Running etiquette: How to interact with pedestrians without being a jerk

We discuss the proper running etiquette as it pertains to interacting with the non-running general public. We’ve all been assholes, but we needn’t be.

July 11, 2017

How Shelby Houlihan went from an NCAA star at 1,500 meters to a 5,000 meter Olympian

How Shelby Houlihan went from running the 5,000 meters for fun to an 11th place finish at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

July 7, 2017

Running surfaces ranked; Paul + Ryan debate the best type of ground

Spurred on by a recent negative experience with nature’s cruelest mistake–sand–Ryan and Paul signed onto email to banter about what is the best running surface.


Ryan Sterner–10:17 AM

Hi Paul,

The other day I was duped into going to the beach, one of my least favorite activities. As I walked towards the water, I couldn’t help but notice that a tremendous amount of sand began accumulating in my shoes. Every step sent the stuff deeper into the crevices of my feet, socks, shoes, etc. It was miserable. There’s nothing worse than sand in your shoes.
I finally found a place to roast in the sun for an hour and proceeded to take off my shoes and clear them of the unwanted debris. In the middle of emptying my right shoe, some clown in half tights and Hokas sprinted across my periphery and on his back kick propelled a foot-full of sand into my eyes and mouth. There was nothing left to do but sit in the sun and feel sorry for myself.
But that leads me to today’s big question: beach running, what’s the deal? Sand has notoriously wonky footing, gets in your shoes, and exerts somewhere between 50-100% more energy than running on a nice, normal surface. Am I being a baby? Am I missing out on all the fun?
Sincerely,
Ryan

Paul Snyder–10:46 AM

Hey Ryan, I’m glad you reached out on this topic.

You are not being a baby. And you are not missing out on any fun.
Sand is awful. Sand is grating. Sand can be hot, or cold, but is rarely just right. Sand is why I don’t like beaches that much, and sand is why when I do go to the beach, I refuse to wear sandals.
And the only thing worse than walking or standing or lying down on sand, is running on it. If you’re far enough from the water, you’re just flailing around like a dumb ass trying to generate enough traction to facilitate forward momentum. If you’re down near the water, you’re running on a nice hard, compact surface, but on such a camber that you risk succumbing to hip dysplasia like an aging golden retriever.
But for whatever reason, beach jogging is romanticized by the DISHONEST media and liberal COASTAL elites IN Hollywood. Well color me a triggered snowflake because I think it sucks.
What do you say we rank all the running surfaces, to further demonstrate how awful sand is?

Ryan–11:03 AM

Friend, you have yourself a deal.

1. Concrete

I can hear people groaning already, but give me concrete or give me death. I’d estimate that anywhere between 75-90% of my lifetime mileage has been run on sidewalks, paved roads, or bike paths, and it’s been great. I’m sure the running bourgeois would love me to say something like “pulverized gravel” or “dirt.” These are surfaces for the modern day fancy dog. Concrete is a no nonsense surface, most of the time it’s flat, and you get great energy return.

Paul–11:44 AM

2. A Track

They don’t call it “sand & field,” folks. Tracks aren’t as hard as concrete, so they lose points there, but they are flat, round, and allow you to easily keep tabs on the distance you’ve logged. And as an added bonus, most–if not all-track world records have been set on a track!

Ryan–12:14 PM

3. Grass

There’s a reason we surround our houses with this stuff. Not only is it pleasing to look at, but if you need to learn how to ride a bike or do a back flip, it feels forgiving enough to do so without fear of scrapes–we all know that scrapes hurt the worst. I also can’t think of a nicer feeling than kicking off your shoes at the end of a run and finishing the thing off with a mile in the grass. It’s probably only ranked third because things hide in grass, like ticks and snakes.

Paul–12:30 PM

4. Dirt

Grass’s grittier cousin, dirt, is best known for its versatility (can become mud) and its ability to make filthy all it comes in contact with. Runners like running on dirt, because it shows up on their legs, which people then notice, alerting the general public to your recent brush with aerobic exercise!

Ryan–12:46 PM

6. Woodchips

What is a woodchip? It’s like sand except 1000 times larger. Running on woodchips presents many of the same problems as sand: kicking up bits of the running surface, the off chance of one of these things getting lodged in your shoe, splinters. None of those are good things.

Paul–12:50 PM

7. Treadmill

If you’d asked me to help with this ranking a year ago, I’d have put “Treadmill” way higher up. It’s basically concrete, but indoors. What’s not to love? Well, after falling in love with the treadmill this year, I developed a vitamin D deficiency due to lack of exposure to sunlight. So there’s that. Running outdoors has its drawbacks (weather, insects, hecklers), but it’s good for bone health somehow.

Ryan–1:26 PM

8. Sand

If you were having a picnic on any of the above surfaces and accidentally dropped part of your meal on it, it would be easy to pick it up, blow on it a little bit, and continue eating. If you drop anything in sand it’s fucking ruined. This is a metaphor for doing anything, not just running, on sand.

Paul–1:29 PM

Well, I think it’s safe to say we’ve satisfactorily ranked every available running surface in the world to prove our point that running on the beach is for losers!

July 6, 2017

Conversational Etiquette for Attending the Church of Sunday Long Run

Loss of property, bad races, relationships and television shows are just part of the rules for conversation during your long run with friends.

July 5, 2017

What to watch for at the TrackTown Summer Series finale in NYC

How and who to watch at the 2017 Tracktown Summer Series finale in New York City on Thursday night.

July 4, 2017

The Complete Runner’s Guide to: NBA Free Agency

One thing that runners can sometimes get some flack for is being “one dimensional.” Now, I’m not around all runners all the time, but a good example of the “one dimensional runner” is something like this:

Party Goer #1: How about this NBA Free Agency?

One Dimensional Runner: (twitching in panic, then shouting) WITHOUT LIMITS IS THE BETTER PREFONTAINE MOVIE!

Party Goer #1: (Exits stage right)

Here at Citius we’re not just about informing our readers about the running world, but the non-running world as well. Our aim is to create a well rounded and educated population of Citius Nerds. So in order to avoid the pitfall described above, we would like to present to you the [semi] Complete Runner’s Guide to: NBA Free Agency. It’s a series that maybe we’ll start doing weekly and just getting the geeky runner up to speed on things outside the ovals and trails.

Below you’ll find a few important things you need to know about recent NBA trades, along with some talking points, and relevant memes so the next time your boss or loved one lays into you about it you’ll have this cheat sheet as your go to.

Paul George

Background: Paul George is a top-10 player in the league. He’s twice lead the Pacers to the Eastern Conference Finals, both times losing out to Lebron James and the Miami Heat.

Why it’s a big deal: Paul George has been whining about leaving Indiana (who can blame him?) for a while now. Despite being vocal about returning “home” to Los Angeles (he’s from Palmdale. Palmdale is not Los Angeles), a number of teams like the Boston Celtics (and the Lakers) were actively recruiting him this offseason. Then out of nowhere ESPN’s Romona Shelbourne dropped this on us:

Now, Paul George (a Kevin Durant-lite) will be teaming up with the 2017 MVP, Russell Westbrook. George’s contract is up at the end of this season, and Russell Westbrook has yet to sign an extension, and currently has a player option in 2018, meaning he could opt out of his contract and head to a title-contender.

Things to say to your friends: “It’s great that Russ is finally getting some help. Would love to see him and George stick it to Durant and the Warriors this year.”

The Minnesota Timberwolves

Background: The Minnesota Timberwolves have been bad for a long time. They haven’t made the playoffs since 2004. Kevin Garnett left in 2007 and all hope was lost. Kevin Love couldn’t help, and neither could back to back rookies of the year in Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. But with a new coach and an exciting young roster (that still has the two Rookie’s of the year), the Wolves seemed to be on an upswing.

AND THEN THIS HAPPENED:

Why it’s a big deal: Jimmy Butler is a top ten player in the league who has spent a majority of his time in the NBA coached by the now Wolves coach, Tom Thibodeau. He’s an elite defender, which the Wolves desperately need. And if this wasn’t enough, this happened:

This isn’t as significant as the Jimmy Butler signing, but Taj brings veteran defense and big presence in the paint. And then this happened:

Now the Wolves have a point guard that’s as potent of a passer as Ricky Rubio was, in addition to being less of an offensive liability.

Things to say to your friends: “I wouldn’t be surprised if the Wolves finish top 5 in the Western Conference. That’s if Thib doesn’t tear someone’s ACL by playing them 48 minutes a game.”

The LA Clippers

Background: I hate the LA Clippers. I’ve had the opportunity to go to some Clippers games over the last few years. There’s no point in turning down free tickets, but the way the Clippers play basketball would be a good reason. They’re whiny. They’re boring. The fans don’t even seem to like them that much. And despite having one of the greatest point guards in NBA history, an athletic freak at power forward, Duke Legend JJ Redick, an all-star caliber big man, and a fairly potent bench, this line up has never made it to the conference finals.

AND THEN THIS HAPPENED:

AND THIS:

AND THIS:

All of this as reports of Deandre Jordan taking meetings with a handful of other teams, as well.

Why this is important: Mostly this is interesting because the Clippers that have showed so much promise over the past few years are finally dismantling. Here’s another one of Ryan Sterner’s “I’ll eat my show if it happens” bets: if the Clippers make the playoffs this year, I will eat my shoe.

The conversation of the Clippers inevitably leads to a conversation about:

The Houston Rockets

Background: James “the Beard” Harden finished 2nd place in the MVP race this year. Most of this can be attributed to his usage rate going through the roof after 1) Human cess pool Dwight Howard was traded to the Hawks and 2) he shifted to playing point guard.

The problem: Chris Paul is a point guard that thrives with the ball in his hands. What is a team to do with two ball heavy point guards? I have no idea. In my idiot-brain it doesn’t end well. But I imagine 2017 Coach of the Year Mike D’antoni will understand what to do with both of them. If anything it means that Harden will be able to take a rest without his team’s offensive efficiency plummeting to nuclear-winter type levels.

Things to say to your friends: “It’ll be interesting to see how Chris Paul and James Harden can handle playing point guard on the same team. Also, have you ever seen Harden without a beard?”

Gordon Hayward

Background: I haven’t heard about Hayward being upset with the Jazz until this season. But after getting swept from the conference semi-finals by the Warriors, rumors started swirling about where Hayward would go.

Why this important: The Jazz this season were genuinely exciting. They have a good number of roll players as well as a few sure-fired superstars in Rudy Gobert and Hayward. Despite the promise of the Jazz, who have really only entered the playoff conversation this year, Hayward vetting offers from a few other teams in his free agency, most notably teams in the East Coast Conference.

What this would mean: Let’s consider this a Kevin Durant leaving the Thunder and/or Lebron James “The Decision”-esque dilemma. Him leaving the Jazz would be devastating to the franchise and their young coach, but very beneficial to him, as he’d likely go to an Eastern Conference team with a much, much easier path the the NBA Finals.

Relevant tweets:

Things to say to your friends: “It’s just Gordon Hayward. Who gives a shit?”

The Eastern Conference

Background: The only background you need to know on the Eastern Conference in general is that they haven’t been great for a while, as long as we’re overlooking Lebron James. Since 1999, an Eastern Conference team has won the NBA Championship only six times. The disparity in the league is only growing, but the dummies in the NBA continue heading west.

Why it’s important: Well, from the outside, it would seem that the most important thing for NBA players is winning rings. The greatest opportunity to get to a title shot in the NBA is heading East, but with a slew of these off season trades, the trends continues to be players heading west.

Relevant memes:

Things to say to your friends: “I’m pretty sure a slowly deflating bag of garbage could make it to the NBA Finals out of the east coast”.

The Western Conference

Background: Here are a few teams I’ll name from the Western Conference: San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors. What do all of these teams have in common? They’re all in the Western Conference, and they combine for 12 of the last 19 NBA Champions.

Why it matters: It doesn’t. Except that the trend seems to be moving West, when really, as an NBA player you should be moving East if you’re looking to make it to the playoffs. As it stands, it could easily take 50 wins to get even an 8 seed in the west.

Relevant Memes:

July 2, 2017

We found Pheidippides’ Training Journal

How did Pheidippides manage to run 250 kilometers in two days? Luckily for us, we uncovered his secret training journal and opened it up.

June 30, 2017

Summer Travel, Training and Running Tips: Part II

As the weather gets warmer during the summer, now’s not a bad time to head to the mountains for summer training & running. Here are some great destinations.

June 28, 2017

Mt. SAC gets 2020 Trials; Eugene 2021 Worlds under investigation

The next Olympic Trials go to Mt. SAC 2020. The Eugene 2021 World bid is being investigated. What does it all mean for Track Town, U.S.A.?

June 28, 2017

Riding Pine: Long-Term Injuries and Finding Meaning in Running

Even after an injury, Jake Kildoo finds a meaning in running. Running can still be a source of solace when moving in another direction.

June 27, 2017

The greatest non-track running performances in the history of movies

A definitive ranking of the best running performances that did not take place on a track but that unfolded on movie screens.

June 25, 2017

2017 USATF Outdoor Championships online: Results, Analysis and more for Day 4

Follow along all the action for the third day of the 2017 USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento. Live stream, TV and results info too!

June 24, 2017

2017 USATF Outdoor Championships: Results, analysis and full recaps

Follow along all the action for the third day of the 2017 USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento. Live stream, TV and results info too!

June 23, 2017

2017 USATF Outdoor Championships: Results, Analysis and Recaps from Day 2

Follow along all the action for the first day of the 2017 USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento. Live stream, TV and results info too!

June 23, 2017

PHOTOS: USATF Outdoor Championships – Day 1 (By Justin Britton)

Photos of the 2017 USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, California. All pics shot by Justin Britton for Citius Mag.

June 22, 2017

2017 USATF Outdoor Championships: DAY 1 FULL RECAP

Follow along all the action for the first day of the 2017 USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento. Live stream, TV and results info too!

June 21, 2017

The Citius Mag 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships Zine

The first-ever Citius Mag online zine. Get a full event-by-event preview of the 2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

June 19, 2017

Citius Mag at the 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships

Citius Mag will be at the 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships. Here is how to follow along with all of our content so you don’t miss any action.

June 18, 2017

Long Run Talk: Battling an eating disorder, male eating disorder research

Nicole Bush discusses how male eating disorders are a problem in athletes with Cory Collins, who has researched the topic heavily.

June 17, 2017

What I Talk About When I Talk About “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running”

Where’s some differences between what I think about running and what Haruki Murakami discusses in “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.”

June 16, 2017

Disordered Eating and the Slope to Eating Disorders

We’d be remiss if we didn’t broach the serious topic of eating disorders during our food-themed week. They’re extremely prevalent in distance running.

June 16, 2017

Breakfast (Lunch, and Dinner) of Champions: Kenyan Ugali and Stew

64-76% of the calories consumed by elite Kenyan runners come from carbohydrates and some of that is thanks to ugali. Here’s how to make it.

June 15, 2017

Train like a champion, eat at Waffle House

Nutrition is a tricky subject in general, but it gets much more complicated in this age of information. While we may know a lot more, we also tend to overwhelm ourselves with the plethora of articles recommending this or that food or supplement or diet. Every day you can hop online and see a new trend or fad in the world of performance nutrition, and much like the anti-vaxxers, it can be easy to fall for the pseudoscience behind many of these fads. Between the fat-burning properties of sweet potatoes/throxine and the energy enhancing ability of carbo-loading/L-Carntaine, it can be difficult to figure out what’s actually best. What the heck are we supposed to ingest for maximized race-day performance? It seems like there’s no clear answer. But what if I told you there was?  What if I told you it’s been right under our noses since 1955?

Chances are the newest diet isn’t going to be the magic bullet you crave. Put in terms of our own training, one workout doesn’t make or break the season, but rather, the culmination of hard, consistent work determines our results. So what’s the nutritional equivalent to consistent, hard training? I’m glad you asked. It’s Waffle House.  

If you’re still reading and haven’t been blinded by your own cynicism you can thank me after your next PR. What follows is the undeniable evidence you’ve been craving to shape your own performance nutrition.  

Running isn’t the most financially rewarding sports in the world and many athletes walk a fine line between getting by and going hungry. There’s a tricky, unforgiving balance between hours spent at your part-time job and hours spent training or recovering. Once you factor in costs for travel, shoes, physical therapy, and other standard cost-of-living expenses things can get stretched pretty thin. Making matters more complicated is the pure amount of caloric replenishment needed to sustain your metabolic furnace.

Thankfully there’s a place where you can head between your 8-mile tempo and work to grab two eggs, two sausage patties (or bacon or ham), grits (or hash browns), TWO pieces of toast, and a large waffle for under $10. Throw in a bottomless cup of Joe for under $2 and you can slurp up a week’s worth of caffeine for less than your 4th-grade allowance. Not only is your pocketbook happy with your choice, but you’ve efficiently refueled your body after a hard effort within a 30 minute window* thanks to Waffle House’s model built around quality food served at fast-food speeds.

Not convinced yet? Well perhaps you’d like to take a look at Waffle House’s namesake, the Waffle. Where else can you find quality waffles?  Belgium. Is it any coincidence that Belgium also hosts one of the fastest, most prominent track circuits in Europe? No. Waffles = Fast Times.  

I’d like to wrap this up with some anecdotal evidence. In high school I joined a group of runners from other schools to travel by van to the Footlocker South Regional in North Carolina. I had been on a hot streak coming in and was very excited to have an outside shot to qualify on to San Diego. And then I bonked. While my finish wasn’t horrible, it also didn’t qualify me on to the Footlocker finals. But here’s the thing: I didn’t have Waffle House for breakfast that morning.

Jumping forward eight years, I’m in Manchester, England. I wake up early and walk to the nearest restaurant. There are no Waffle Houses in England that I know of, so I order the most similar meal I can find. Eggs, meat, potatoes, toast, and a waffle, all washed down with lots of coffee. Later that evening I would run a lifetime best in the 1500. Now go get yourself an All-Star breakfast, champ.  

If you aren’t sure exactly how to structure your Waffle House program, here’s an excerpt from my running/nutrition log leading up to a race.

Monday: Waffle House All-Star breakfast with over-easy eggs, grits, wheat toast, sausage, waffle. Coffee.

Tuesday: Waffle House All-Star breakfast with over-easy eggs, grits, wheat toast, sausage, waffle. Coffee.

Wednesday: OFF or light coffee consumption.

Thursday: Waffle House All-Star breakfast with over-easy eggs, hashbrowns smothered and capped, wheat toast, sausage, waffle. Add side of extra sausage.  Coffee.

Friday: Waffle House All-Star breakfast with over-easy eggs, grits, white toast, sausage, waffle.  Add side of hashbrowns.  Coffee.

Saturday: Waffle House All-Star breakfast with over-easy eggs, grits, white toast, sausage, waffle.  Coffee. Race.  Repeat** (Waffle House is open 24/7).

Sunday: Waffle House All-Star breakfast with over-easy eggs, hashbrowns covered, bacon, waffle.  Coffee.  

*Proximity only guaranteed if you live in the South. Prices and selection may vary.

**Replenishment is key, so be sure to buzz back to your nearest Waffle House post-race to refuel.  

June 13, 2017

Meet Soh Rui Yong, Flagstaff legend and Singaporean marathon star

Soh Rui Yong is on a quest to become Singapore’s fastest ever distance runner, while also raising the profile of the sport in the island city-state.

June 13, 2017

Interview with NCAA 1,500m champion Jaimie Phelan of Michigan

Citius Mag’s Jesse Squire chats with Michigan’s Jaimie Phelan just days after she won the first NCAA women’s 1500 meter championship in Michigan history.

June 12, 2017

What Can Your Furnace Burn, Baby?

“He did not live on nuts and berries; if the furnace was hot enough, anything would burn, even Big Macs.” – Once a Runner

June 11, 2017

PHOTOS: NCAA Outdoor Championship (Day 4) by Dane Schubert

Photos from the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. All photos by Dane Schubert.

June 10, 2017

If you’re not at NCAAs, give something else a college try

Remember the good ol’ college days? You can still translate some of that behavior into your adult life and here’s how to do that.

June 9, 2017

Florida Gators Win NCAA Title, Coleman Completes Historic Sweep

The Florida Gators captured their second consecutive NCAA men’s team title. Christian Coleman completed his indoor & outdoor sprint title sweep.

June 9, 2017

Where the heck do all these Division I NCAA Track and Field Championships qualifiers come from?

We take a deep dive into the hometowns, states, and countries of all the 850 athletes competing in this week’s NCAA Track and Field Championships.

June 9, 2017

PHOTOS: NCAA Outdoor Championship (Day 1 &2) by Dane Schubert

Photos from the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. All photos by Dane Schubert.

June 8, 2017

Graduating seniors: How to exit with a bang, not a whimper at NCAAs

For the vast majority of seniors competing at NCAAs, their competitive career ends with their event. Here’s how to make a splash into civilian life.

June 8, 2017

Coleman Destroys Record, Scott Wins 10k at NCAAs

Your full recap from the first day of action at the 2017 NCAA Championships. We saw a collegiate record in the 100 meters by Christian Coleman.

June 6, 2017

Wednesday NCAA Viewer’s Guide: Running Events

The NCAA Championships get underway today, and the running events begin at 4:30pm in Eugene (7:30pm EST). The now-wide-open men’s 10,000 meters is the…

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