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January 25, 2018

Experts' Expert: Mark Lorenzoni is the anti-Salazar — "A coach for the rest of us"


Charlottesville's Ragged Mountain Running Shop is the flagship for co-owner (with his wife Cynthia, a 1984 Olympic Trials marathon qualifier) Mark Lorenzoni.

He spends a significant portion of his waking life coaching average Joannes and Joes up from their couch potato former selves who could barely tie their shoes and walk around the block into distance runners who go on to complete 5Ks, 10Ks, and marathons.

I'm talking about lots of people: he typically will have hundreds of ordinary citizens signed up for his calibrated, deliberate, carefully thought out campaigns to prepare them to run races at distances they never imagined themselves capable of.

Where Alberto Salazar takes on a few gifted, rare talents like Mary Cain and then coaches them up to world-class levels, Mark's forte is taking ordinary people and helping them get to places they simply couldn't have envisioned arriving at.

Nice guy, too: he's tolerated my jackass behavior for 35 years and we're still on speaking terms, a far better outcome than usually results when I'm involved.


But I digress.

Up top, a handout available at his store.

Print it out and keep it around.

99% of runners and wannabes will find it useful in at least one and probably multiple areas.

January 25, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Spiraling Bee Nest


Built by Tetragonula carbonaria in northern Australia.

[via Atlas Obscura]

January 25, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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From the website:


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• Five-color hand-carved lino-cut letterpress print

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• 12" x 18"



January 25, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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