I’m connected with him on FB and he makes some odd comments on there. Here are some recent ones:
Many years ago, before there was a running revolution, training and racing was a LOT different. For one thing, we didn’t have specialized running outfits and very few specialized running shoes. You wore whatever you had (cut offs, gym shorts, whatever. I ran in lather shorts from Germany (leiterhosen) for a long time.
But it was the training itself that was different. Now there is a WHOLE LOT of jogging. The running revolution was a jogging craze more than a racing craze. It changed how we THINK as runners. The line between jogging and training disappeared. Slow running, which used to be the forte of the health craze, became the training method of choice for everyone. Go easy and sprint at the finish, became the thinking.
Now, back to the beginning…racing was a dog-eat-dog situation. I used to enter a race thinking, What do I have to do to make the other runners better? How can I shake them up? Strategy was formed. Made for a great spectator sport.
Yes! I watched the weight training fad rip apart the very fabric of distance running; saw Americans get more and more out of touch with hard work out there on the roads while foreign athletes did the world and dominated. Wish someone would go back to the work once again…
I ran a 4-mile XC course (Mt. Sac) in 16:08. Still the fastest time on their 4-mile course by more than a minute/half. But nothing ever came of it…
Regarding the Washington state records:
I ran 4:01 mile and 8:40 two-mile back then. If someone would just put in jillions of miles during summer training and then race workout a couple days a week during the early season training, both of those marks would be gone.
Is that Mt. Sac time for real? I don’t believe you can average 4:02/mile over a cross country course…guys can’t even do it on the track for 5000 meters.