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EatRunSwag’s Best/Worst of 2011: Top 5 WTF? Moments of 2011

19 Dec

Howdy, I hope everybody had a splendid offseason, I know I did.  But Indoor is just around the corner so be smart with your return to running!

Anyway, I’ve decided to make some lists of the best/worst of 2011 in the running world (inspired by Pitchfork, not Flotrack).

Today is the first list, the (probably offensive) list of the top 5 WHAT THE F#CK? moments of 2011.  Let me clarify that this isn’t a “whoa that was impressive, wtf” type wtf, this is a list of things that genuinely made us shake our heads and go, “Really, Galen? WTF?”  Here we go:


5.)  The Sammy Wanjiru Fiasco

Fastest marathoner in heaven/hell

After Beijing, Wanjiru established himself as the best marathoner in the world, winning both London and Chicago.  In 2010 Wanjiru ran into legal troubles when he was accused for threatening to kill his wife and possessing an AK-47.  It was all downhill from there for the star marathoner and he fell off a balcony in an apparent suicide in May of 2011.  No jokes will be thrown into this one, it was truly a sad loss for our sport. RIP Sammy, we’ll always remember your bold as hell race in Beijing.


4.) Stember Runs 19:30 for 5k after making huge deal about sub 18

Could Webb break 18 right now?

After making a big deal about raising money for some charity if he broke 18 in a 5k, Stember, former sub 4 miler, completely shit the bed and ran 19:30.  He wouldn’t make the Fayetteville Manlius girls XC Squad.  For his sake I sure hope he’s enjoying all the beer he must have had to get so pathetically out of shape. WTF man?


3.) Galen Rupp’s Pollen Mask

Sadly, this is the most intimidating he's ever looked.

The obvious highlight of last years USA Track and Field Championships was Galen Rupp’s Pollen Mask, created specially for people who are sensitive to breathing in air.  Most of the country already sees our sport as a joke, thanks for continuing to give them something to laugh at Peter Pan.


2.) Kim Kardashian’s Wedding

Maybe he realized seeing her in this big dress that she's actually a crappy person when you can't see her ass.

17.9 million dollars for a wedding that lasted less than a semester of college. Shame on you.


1.) The University of Oregon


See ya suckas!


Finally, I'm out of this shit-hole!

C.)  Vin Lannana Rumors?

How much longer do I have to suffer here..


Luke about to Tebow?




Damn, ducks, 2011 was not your year.  Dunbar will be a much needed asset, he’s a good dude, so hopefully he can turn things around for you.


Honorable Mentions:

Adam Goucher Retires- Wait didn’t that already happen a while ago?
Vig. Retires- Will we ever know that story?
German F. Puts Together a Successful XC Season- Finally!
Riley Masters Transfers to Worst State in the Country (Tied with Ohio of course)



I’ll try and make the next one nicer.  But hey, ya know what they say in ebonics, “If you ain’t being hated on, you ain’t doing sh*t”


NCAA XC- Countdown to the Big Dance: 6 DAYS

16 Nov

Howdy.  Long time no see. Ironic what my last blog post was about eh? I’m not sure I’m even going to touch on that one, that kid is taking enough shit from every running message board in existence.


It seems like just the other day we were at camp getting lost on a 12 mile run and finding our assistant coach in his van 17 miles later.  But alas, we have finally reached the final week of the season.  Just 6 days until the 2011 NCAA Division One Cross Country Championships.  After 3 absolutely miserable, pitiful, and disastrous seasons, the Wolverine men have finally punched a ticket to the Big Dance.

As you can see, Coach Gibby was super happy

Here’s where I’ll make my excuse for infrequent and sporadic posting on this blog since school has started:
I finally, through better sleep/dietary decisions/smarter training, turned myself into a runner who actually was of use to his team.  With my first two years of college being a major disappointment (running-wise at least) it’s satisfying to see a season in which I placed 30 places higher than I ever have in a Big 10 meet, 40 places higher in the regional meet, and although xc times are nearly irrelevant I shaved 37 secs off my 8k and 63 secs off my 10k.

Enough about me though,  I know many of you readers can relate to experiencing the fruits of a successful season.  For all of you that have meets left, whether it be college or high school, the championship meets are the perfect way to end the season.  You’ve trained all year for this, and whether you’ve had a successful or a terrible season this is the meet where you can truly show what you’re made of. Plus, you know the saying, You’re only as good as your last race….

In the days leading up to the big meet, I’ll be doing a daily blog covering some of the recent running news and giving updates of the Michigan Wolverines as we get ready to kick some ass.



I’m sure many of you have already received a Facebook invite to the group (6,000 members and growing! Great job spreading the word guys!).  If you haven’t heard, here’s the information posted on the group wall:

“Due to UMD’s budget crisis, Kevin Anderson announced today to the entire track and field family that all three seasons of Men’s running (XC, Indoor, and Outdoor Track and Field) are being recommended to be cut from the University Athletics.  This team’s history runs as deep as the university itself.  Dating all the way back to 1923, the running program boasts 8 NCAA champions, innumerable All-Americans (most recently, our very own Dwight Barbiaz, high jumper 2011), and over 50 ACC Team Titles.

The cross country and track and field programs here at Maryland are very unique; we truly are a family.  Taking away the guys’ side is like taking away our very brothers.  Cutting entire sports teams, especially those which have won so many titles, is not the solution to the financial problem.

Time to rally, Terps!  Voice your support and help save the team!!

President Loh’s email: wdloh@umd.edu

 Kevin Anderson’s email: kevina@umd.edu”

The official University President’s statement can be found here as well: http://www.umd.edu/UMDnews/pres_message_111411.cfm

Running with the Wolverines- 6 Days Out

While obviously I’m not going to divulge any workouts or information my coach would prefer not to be on the internet, I can give a little bit of insight to how we are preparing for the big day.

1.)  While they have taken a lot of crap from us, I’d like to send a big shout-out to the two freshmen that will be traveling with us to Terre Haute.  One of them will be running and the other will be the alternate.  They have both grown in maturity since the start of the season and the national experience as freshmen will be very valuable to them in the future when they return.  To any freshmen who have been lucky enough to make it this far in the season, give yourself a a pat on the back.  Obviously you read my freshmen tips earlier in the year 😉

Mason "Big Bird" Ferlic. Yes, he's as awkward as he looks ❤

2.) THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS.  Everything counts this week.  Hydrate. Sleep.  That 8:30 am class going to prevent you from getting the required amount of sleep? Skip it, rest up for nattys (your coach can’t legally tell you that, but I am, and I think that’s ok).  Let’s be real, we’re Athlete-Students this week.

See ya tomorrow,


Wisco Invite/The Debut of Lukas!

14 Oct

I knew I was taking too long to make new posts when my mom texted me telling me to make a new post.. My bad y’all. School started, I’ve been putting in 100 mile weeks, and I’ve even been hanging out with a pretty girl.  A real live girl!

So here’s a new post fresh for you running folk.

As everybody who follows college running at all knows, the hottest meet this week is the Adidas Invite in Madison, Wisconsin.  Us Wolverines are out here to kick some butt and gain some more national points hopefully (ranked 26th in the nation right now!).

Just about everybody who’s anybody is here.  Just take a look at the teams in the varsity races:

College Men (39)
• Air Force
• Arizona
• #23 Arizona State
• #6 BYU
• Cal
• Clemson
• #28 Florida
• #16 Georgetown
• Georgia
• Harvard
• Illinois
• #7 Indiana
• Iowa State
• Kansas
• Lamar
• Marquette
• #26 Michigan
• Michigan State
• #17 Minnesota
• Nebraska
• #25 New Mexico
• #13 Northern Arizona
• #29 North Carolina
• #9 NC State
• Notre Dame
• Ohio State
• #10 Oregon
• #14 Princeton
• #24 Providence
• Purdue
• #4 Stanford
• #21 Syracuse
• Texas
• #27 Texas A&M
• #22 UCLA
• #19 Villanova
• Washington
• William & Mary
• #2 Wisconsin
College Women (42)
• Air Force
• #14 Arizona
• Arizona State
• Boston College
• #27 BYU
• #10 Cal
• #30 Clemson
• #22 Florida
• Georgia
• Harvard
• Illinois
• Indiana
• #23 Iowa
• #9 Iowa State
• James Madison
• Kansas
• #15 Michigan State
• #21 Minnesota
• Nebraska
• #7 New Mexico
• Northern Arizona
• #13 North Carolina
• NC State
• Northwestern
• #25 Notre Dame
• Ohio State
• #12 Oregon
• #28 Princeton
• #2 Providence
• Purdue
• San Francisco
• #6 Stanford
• Stony Brook
• #8 Syracuse
• Texas A&M
• Toledo
• Vanderbilt
• #1 Villanova
• #24 Washington
• William & Mary
• Wisconsin

Insane right?  Every team in the Big 10 will be in the race (with the exception of Penn State).  In addition to the insane battle for first between Stanford, Oregon, Wisco, BYU, and Indiana, the race will feature some of the best individual runners including Chris Derrick and a handful of Kenyan superstars.

For most of these teams, it’s the deepest meet they’ll see outside of nationals.  More runners in the field than the national contest and 2000 meters less racing for things to spread out makes quite an intimidating field even for the veterans.

Which led me to wonder how some of the young guns in this race feel they are prepared.  I caught up with Oregon’s new duck Lukas Verzbicas to see how his transition into college has been and what his thoughts on finally wearing the Big O tomorrow are.

I didn't create this pic, but whoever did had quite a bit of time on their hands.

Me- Hey Lukas, thanks for letting me interview you again, I’m sure people are pretty excited to see your debut tomorrow.  So how has your college experience been so far? College, as I’m sure you’ve found out, is a major change from high school life, are you enjoying the independence and the great support from the Oregon Athletic Department so far?

LV- Oregon is great! I absolutely love it. It took a few weeks to adjust to the college lifestyle but by now I wouldn’t have it any other way. You can say I had it going real good in high school, but Oregon is the place to be so now it’s even better. Everything I can possibly need or want is provided here. I’m making use of the multimillion dollar training and treatment facilities and therefore am thankfully staying very healthy.

LV keeping it classy in Eugene

Me- How is it having a team full of great runners to train with and how is the team looking this year?

LV-  I’m running more than ever but the transition has been very smooth with the coaching staff knowing perfectly well how to keep improving me. What’s really better is that every day I’m running with athletes that are just as fast if not faster than me, this not only helps to run faster in practice but it’s mentally easier to share the pain with others. Plus it’s such an awesome group of guys that they could be my best friends even without running. 

Hopefully you're bro-ing out with this dude

Me- The ducks have a storied reputation in the running world, how does it feel to finally get to put on that jersey and represent your school this weekend?

To represent Oregon is a tremendous honor. I’m not just saying this to sound proper. After experiencing for myself how passionate the university and especially the community are about running I can’t help but know that I’m running not just for my own self, but that I’m representing something so much more. I feel very thankful to every one of them. I’m a day away from my first college race and I feel completely fit and ready along with everyone else on the team. The excitement just keeps building up :)

Thanks once again for the interview Lukas, I wish you the best of luck tomorrow.


-Season is going well for us Wolverines.  We’ve put in some solid miles and workouts, and picked up a nice win in Florida (where despite being from Texas the heat got the best of me).  I’ve improved my 8k to 24:35 at Illinois and I’m looking to run well tomorrow.


– 7 of the top 20 from the 2008 Texas 5a XC state meet will be in the race tomorrow, including the first 3 finishers, Lone Star rematch?

Until next time,
Eat, Run, SWAG.

Cross country camp 2011: Friday

26 Aug

Nothing like reading Chuck Palahniuk on the beach.



Another post from the iPhone, once again excuse the quality.

Last night was freezing. I woke up at 3am and had to pee. I held it until I woke up because it was so cold I was afraid to leave my bed. The wake up alarm I chose this morning was ‘blah blah blah’ by my girl Ke$ha. There were mixed reviews on this choice.

Today was a workout day. TEMPO. I’m not going to give away our workouts or training times but lets just say the wolverines are looking pretty damn good right about now. MUCH BETTER than last year. Did almost 3 miles more than I tempoed at this time a year ago.

After lunch and some rest, we had a mandatory team bonding session through the viewing of “Band of Brothers”. We watched the first two episodes. Intense stuff. Ross from friends is in the first one and he’s a dick.

Killed some more time this afternoon reading and swimming in lake Michigan before dinner. Chicken nuggets and mashed potaters, OMNOMNOM.

Currently typing this post while watching the third episode of B.O.B. It’s good team bonding. Watching the men on the show form strong friendships with each other through their struggle is pretty symbolic to our time here at camp with the new freshmen as we prepare to begin the hell that is xc season. Thankfully we’re not being shot at by nazi’s.

Gibbys wife runs the marathon at Worlds in about 30min. Gibby looks nervous as hell right now. Good luck Kathy!

Until next time,


Cross Country 2011: Tips for Incoming Freshmen Pt. 1

20 Aug

I’ve been quite lazy with my posting lately y’all.  I’m sorry ❤  I was busy driving across the country and turning my swag on in Kansas, Wisconsin, and finally upstate New York. Here, here’s proof:

"1, 2, 3, Not only you and me"- Britney Spears

“1, 2, 3, Not only you and me”- Britney Spears ❤

Anyway, as of yesterday, Cross Country 2011 has officially begun for us Wolverines (Via our first practice yesterday).  We have the largest freshman class we’ve had in a long time, by far.  That inspired this post (or series of posts over the next few days).


I made so many mistakes as a freshman.  I’m here to help y’all so you don’t make the same mistakes I did.  I’m going to do a series of posts with tips and advice. Here’s the first installment.

College!! You made it!


Who cares how fast you were in high school. You’re in college now.  Nobody wants to hear about that time you ‘totally killed that course record at district’.
A.) You run an 8k/10k now (or 4/6k for girls right?), your HS times are irrelevant.
B.) You could have been a national champion in HS but that doesn’t guarantee success in college. Some no-name walk on may just show up and kick your ass.
C.) The Kenyans you’re about to race walked at a faster pace than your PR 5k time when they were 6 year olds making their daily 20 mile trek to school.
D.) DONT, EVER, FOR ANY REASON, wear your high school letter jacket around campus. Earn a college varsity jacket like a real man.


While being one of the top runners on your team the first week in September may seem super cool, it’s not much fun when you’re injured and not on the travel squad in November when the real racing occurs.  I’ve definitely had difficulty not going too hard too soon but I think I’ve finally got the hang of it.  Your upperclassmen, if they are any good, will warn you about the dangers of overdoing it in the early season. Listen to them. They’ve been there, done that.

Don't be like this guy (drinking and driving is bad)


First of all, you probably shouldn’t date anybody as a freshman. Freshmen girls are all about ‘finding themselves’ through a series of 4 lokos and frat guys.  You want to get cheated on or dumped? Then date a freshman.  But def. don’t date a freshman on your team while you’re a freshman.  Anything goes wrong in that relationship, and it will I guarantee you, and voila the whole girls team in your class hates you.  Plus, unless you have some ‘special equipment’ you probably don’t want the girls on your team discussing your performances off the track.

If any of y’all wanna ‘holla at me’ though, let me know 😉      Just kidding I’m 20, I do not wish to be with you during your first time drinking. I don’t wanna come visit you in your dorm. I don’t wanna go to meet ‘lax bros’ and go to the ‘chill frat bro house’.


More tips to come in the following days…