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Updated: 2017-11-17T15:52:05.519-08:00

 



What a great interview and amazing race! It sound...

2008-01-25T23:18:00.000-08:00

What a great interview and amazing race!

It sounds like Lon shares with Anton Krupicka a propensity for stress fractures, which is common for endurance athletes whose diets have a lot of dairy, which is linked to low bone density and osteoporosis.

The mechanism is that the digestive byproducts of dairy (and meat, actually) are acidic and for the body to buffer the acid it leaches calcium from the bones. The situation is made worse by the fact that small amounts of calcium are used to fire the muscles. That's why NBA players have problems maintaining bone density during their season.

A great book that addresses the problem is The China Study, which runners like Scott Jurek swear by. I have no relation with the author or publisher of that book.

Thanks for a great blog.

Chris MacAskill



Catherine, here is Lon's reply to your question:"F...

2007-05-23T09:16:00.000-07:00

Catherine, here is Lon's reply to your question:

"From a very early age all the way through Senior year in high school, I was very focused on football and track and field (primarily the 400 and the javelin). Growing up in rural New Mexico in the late 80s/early 90s, cross country was not an option. However, I do remember quite a few long runs to stay in shape during the off season and I developed a lot of endurance by playing both offense and defense during football throughout the fall. (Given the size of our high school team, this was probably more out of necessity than due to talent.) Nevertheless, it set me up with a great aerobic base from an early age.



After one semester of football in college, I decided to make education a higher priority than team sports and I began running on my own to stay in shape. During the summer before my Junior year, I was wandering through a used book store and saw the cover page of Runner’s World advertising the 100th Boston Marathon. That was the beginning of a whole new world. Things just escalated from there to triathlons, Ironmans and eventually to ultra running. "



Scott - Is this you in the SF Chronicle?Toby

2007-05-23T09:04:00.000-07:00

Scott -

Is this you in the SF Chronicle?

Toby



Thanks for tracking Lon down, Scott. I was glad to...

2007-05-22T20:56:00.000-07:00

Thanks for tracking Lon down, Scott. I was glad to get some information on his training and racing, and now I know exactly what I need to do to beat him at Western States! Just kidding, of course.... I do have my own aspirations, but if Lon runs as he did at Miwok, he'll win easily.



Lon ran a great race at Miwok! I wish him the best...

2007-05-22T15:33:00.000-07:00

Lon ran a great race at Miwok! I wish him the best at Western States!



Great interview Lon and Scott.Well, now I finally ...

2007-05-22T14:39:00.000-07:00

Great interview Lon and Scott.

Well, now I finally know why I haven't seen your name more, Lon, whose amazing times I couldn't come close to (even when Scott tries to tell me I'm fast). That must be really frustrating to keep having to sideline yourself. Is injury prevention why you didn't show up at the Ohlone party this past Sunday?

Congrats on the Miwok record and good luck as a top contender at States!



I think Lon is the one to beat at States this year...

2007-05-22T14:16:00.000-07:00

I think Lon is the one to beat at States this year. 8:09 is a world class finish time, and he shows respect for tapering for a target race.



Very interesting interview. Lon, thanks for sharin...

2007-05-22T13:57:00.000-07:00

Very interesting interview. Lon, thanks for sharing.

I'm curious - was Lon an athlete in high school or college? It seems like he took the plunge into very-long events early in his life and I wondered if that meant he had gotten bored with 10k's or basketball early.

Thank you for the interview!

Catherine



what a great interview, Scott! thanks for your gr...

2007-05-21T18:29:00.000-07:00

what a great interview, Scott! thanks for your great questions and the tips from lon. look forward to see you at trt.

cheers!

hao



Wow, what a great interview! I liked it how he doe...

2007-05-21T16:48:00.000-07:00

Wow, what a great interview! I liked it how he doesn't run mega-miles (while many myself including obsess about it), I believe Graham Cooper cross-trained a lot too. Not to mention Lisa Smith-Batchen coaching her clients this style. May be there is a reason? :)
Thanks, Scott!
And awesome run at Silver State!!



Thanks Scott, thanks Lon for an excellent intervie...

2007-05-21T16:27:00.000-07:00

Thanks Scott, thanks Lon for an excellent interview...informative & insightful.

Hope it all comes together once again for Lon at WS100 '07. Best of luck.

Will G.



Thanks for the great interview, Scott, and congrat...

2007-05-21T15:28:00.000-07:00

Thanks for the great interview, Scott, and congratulations to Lon for those impressive achievments!



Thanks Scott for this great interview.I totally ag...

2007-05-21T15:26:00.000-07:00

Thanks Scott for this great interview.

I totally agree what Lon thinks about trail running and his training. When I was in both Stevens Creek 50K last year and Miwok 100K this year, I was completely amazed at his performance.

Lon, wish you best in States!

Chihping