Start List/Liste de Départ: What a freshman!

Kevin Rooke is getting used to university life in Alaska. Personally, I think he’s burying the lede. He saw a moose!

Daegu updates: Mo Farah. Kemboi and Barringer. Fleshman. Martinson.

Speaking of Martinson, yeah, he went out in the semis, but from the sounds of it, he’s learned well and might put himself in contention to make the Olympic final next year, despite what Paul Gains says. If you read the last paragraph of Gains’ article, he suggests that Canadian athletes “must lay down their mobile phones, cut back their Facebook and Twitter time, train harder, learn from the best, and have blind faith in whatever training program they receive. The alternative is to take up chess.” I get his point, but these things take time. Despite the fact that he has a blog, I think Martinson is doing all the right things. In fact, because of his blog, I can make that assessment. Otherwise, who would know? Yes, it’s a competitive world out there, but there is hope. Put less negatively, the message Gains sends is the right one: hard work will get us there.

Speaking of hard work. Gains profiles the three Canadian distance runners NOT at Worlds, but focusing on qualifying for London in the marathon. Steve Weiler notes that it’s no surprise the top three guys are running a lot of miles. Or kills.

More work: who won 38 consecutive 10,000m races and set 18 world records between 5k and 30k? Za-to-pek! “It’s at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys.”

Rob Watson blogs again.
I wonder if he went up against Pat Tanzola in Reach for the Top? That guy was a machine.


Patrice Hamelin discute sa haine pour le syndrome de la diminution d’entraînement.


Here’s an interesting discussion of Boston Marathon qualifying rates.


This is about something called the Marshmellow Test.
I think that’s all you need to know.

Osiaduk ran a late season track 10k in Victoria. Video here.

What’s the difference between running on grass vs asphalt?


Running in the dark.


Running in the money.
Supposedly runners are more financially-conscious than non-runners.