Thursday, January 22, 2009

Mark Dolgin Sub 3 and more

Recently I've spent some time reading about different coaching methods used throughout the years. I first stumbled across Australian coach Percy Cerutty in the great book The Perfect Mile by Neal Bascomb last winter. Cerutty advised athletes to follow a philosophy he called Stotanism. This was a combination Stoic and Spartan principles. I came across a few more things about him today and was tickled to read the sample log of olympic champion Herb Elliot,  one his athletes. I would like to share it with you:

  • 7am - A five mile run before breakfast in any direction our whim took us, followed by a dip in the ocean.
  • 8am - Breakfast of uncooked rolled oats (without milk) sprinkled with wheat germ, walnuts, sultanas, raisins and sliced banana. Perhaps a few potato chips would follow.
  • 9am - Swimming and surfing or outdoor chores like chopping wood, painting and carpentry.
  • Noon - Training and lectures at Portsea Oval, followed by another swim.
  • 2pm - Lunch - Fish and fresh fruit.
  • 3pm - Siesta.
  • 4pm - Weight Lifting
  • 5pm - Ten-mile run along dirt roads ending once more at the beach.
  • 7pm - Tea and a general discussion led by Percy on a wide variety of subjects.
  • 11pm Lights Out


That certainly sounds like an excellent day if one was surrounded with the right people.

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The Sage to Summit running store recently updated their website to reflect the recent 10k. I'm certainly glad to have won, but after reading the recap I had to laugh at what a small race it was to win. It gave me a laugh so, here's their recap:

The race was a success! We had record temperatures in the mid 60s, no wind, and blue skies! 27 runners and 2 dogs competed. Dan McDowell and Ceal Kliner were the first place male and female winners.

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The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in Phoenix was a success for friend and training partner Mark Dolgin (pictured at dinner with me in Boston last April so that you can make fun of my goofy look). He ran a 2:58:40 to get his first sub-3 hour performance in the books. We got the chance to speak on the phone shortly after the race and his "post-succesful-marathon-glow" was shining through the phone.

2 comments:

ashley said...

look at that hair! I mean, its long, its curly, its brownish and its POURING out of that deep V. jesus christ.

Jason said...

Yeah, you're right ashley, that is hot.