Sept. 15, 2021 — It is said that the definition of “fool” is someone who keeps making the same mistake. Well, I’m guilty as charged!! When my wife and I decided to move back to the US and live in Minneapolis in 1991, I wrote a letter to someone I never met before. Not that I knew anybody in Minneapolis anyway! But one person I had heard about who lived in Minneapolis and a huge proponent of Lydiard training method — Ron Daws. I picked up this used book called “The Self-Made Olympian” for 19 cents (!!) at University of…


Sept. 10, 2021 — Forty nine years ago today, September 10th, 1972, it was the last day of the 20th Olympiad in Munich. Many of the finals of Track & Field events were contested, including men’s 1,500m and 5,000m where Finland’s Pekka Vasala and Lasse Viren claimed the gold medals, solidifying the influence of Arthur Lydiard as Finland’s national coach earlier. As the Olympic tradition, the marathon was also run. Incidentally, 12 years earlier on the same day, 1960 Rome Olympic Games marathon was contested where the unknown soldier from Ethiopia by the name of Abebe Bikila won the gold…


Peter Snell winning 800m (left) and Murray Halberg winning 5000m in an hour

Sept. 2, 2021 — It’s been a while; I guess it’s “post Olympics burn-out syndrome”??? I challenged myself to write “memorable” stories of 1964 Tokyo Olympics every day for 2 weeks before 2020 (+1) Tokyo Olympics started. I think I did a pretty good job and I would like to put them all together to publish it eventually. Been trying to continue with monthly Lydiard newsletter and I do feel like I have plenty of “stuff” to write to continue sharing the message of Arthur Lydiard. It was such challenging Olympic Games with pandemic…. Even I had a doubt if…


Arthur Lydiard: the leader of the pack

July 6th, 2021 — Ever since I got to know Arthur, I have tried to send him a card or call him on his birthday to wish him a very happy birthday. One time, he had turned 82 and, at that time, I was 41 so I told him that he was now officially twice as old as I was. “Thanks for reminding me!” he replied, laughing!! One time, however, when his first wife, Jean, passed away, he was quite depressed. “Running destroyed my family,” he said. “I wish I never started running…”. That was quite a negative statement coming…


July 3, 2021 — This is the cover of famous “Red Booklet” (reproduction of this booklet can be seen HERE). I first met with Dr. Dick Brown at 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Dick Brown had 2 athletes on the 1996 USA team, Suzy Hamilton and Vicki Huber. He had coached many top-notch athletes including Mary Slaney to her double gold medal at 1983 Helsinki World Championships. I was there with Dick Quax and Dick Brown called him and wanted to talk to him about training. He brought this “red booklet” which was passed onto him by legendary Bill Bowerman. “I know…


Dr. Joan Ullyot

June 25, 2021 — I was once again getting my “other” blog ready when yet another sad news came in— we have lost an icon; a true path-finder for women’s running. Dr. Joan Ullyot passed away last Friday (6/18/2021) at the age of 80. When I organized Arthur Lydiard’s 1999 USA Lecture Tour, he gave me the names of several people in the US whom he would like to see. Dr. Ullyot was one of them. I called her (he gave me her contact) and talked to her several times. That was pretty much my in-person contact with Dr. Ullyot…


June 7, 2021 — Came across an interesting article. A lady by the name of “Kiyoko Ohi (formerly ‘Obata’)” participated 2020 (+1) Tokyo Olympics torch relay. My memory came back vividly. It was in the fall of 1979, the first ever IAAF (predecessor of World Athletics) recognized women’s only marathon was contested in Tokyo. One of the favorites for the host country of Japan was young (22-year-old) Kiyoko Obata. She wrapped herself in the red T-shirts, red shorts, red shoes, red socks….and red head-band with “鬼”, a character meaning “goblin” (actually this is a Japanese goblin which is NOT evil…


May 30, 2021 — I never watched him race in live (including on TV). In fact, I didn’t even know who he was while he was alive and competing. First time I heard of him was in 1980 in a one-page article about “Steve Prefontine” in a special “sneaker” edition of fashion magazine(!!) in Japan In 1980. A small athletic shoe company from quiet state of Oregon in USA was about to make a giant leap into the world of athletics. A revolutionary (in many ways) “athletic shoes”, Nike Waffle Trainer, were introduced in Japan while I was still in…


May 28, 2021 — It has been 3 years since I received a call from Roxanne, Dick Quax’s wife, at 6AM while I was jogging with my daughter in Japan, letting me know my high school hero and long-time friend, Dick Quax, had passed away. Rotorua’s established master runner and coach, Kim Stevenson had shared the following tribute to Dick Quax with me. This was published on the Distance Running NZ site:

THOUGHTS ON DICK QUAX:

When Dick departed this world, I was unable to attend his funeral for a number of reasons; but I felt a massive sadness at…


Ron Hill winning the 1970 Boston Marathon (photo by Jeff Johnson)

May 23, 2021 — Just I was getting ready to post my blog this morning, a sad “shocker” news came in via Facebook. England’s legendary runner, Ron Hill, had passed away at the young age of 82 (*Obituary in The Guardian HERE). Recently he was known as the man who had a running streak of 52-years and 39-days. But Ron Hill was a lot more than just that. There are good runners; some pretty darn good. They may win a championship medal or set some records…and they come and go. But “legends” are timeless. And Ron Hill was definitely a…

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