There are 150 days until the 2016 Rio Olympics

Masters Track 2016 Outdoor National Championship
Note to self.


There are 150 days until the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Also around the corner are the Masters Track & Field National Outdoor Championships.

Note to self.

Might try the shot put and discus this year.




On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

This website is about our physical health. To easily and safely leave this site to read today’s post on jeff’s spiritual health website, click here.


2015 Masters Track & Field Outdoor National Championships

2015 Masters Track M55 800 athlete's shoes
Nine Men’s 55-59 age group 800m runners.


Masters Track M55 athlete's shoes
Always taking photos.


iPhone stopwatch screen shot
My handheld time, screen shot. Official time was 2:41.74


Day one of the 2015 Masters Track & Field Outdoor National Championships were held yesterday. Here’s the M55 800 meter race on video.

Nine runners. i was planning on being last. Mission accomplished.

Was there triumph in being last? Yes, the fact there was no calf or ankle pain.

Reminder, the front runners are our Nation’s best 800 meter runners. Had they not be so remarkably fast, i wouldn’t have looked so remarkably slow.

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Should i announce it or keep it a secret?

Amateur photo of Denver's Rocky Mountains
Those aren’t clouds, they are snow capped mountains from last week’s run through Denver, May 15.


Should i announce it or keep it a secret?

Training for 2015 Nationals and Worlds.

On one hand it will sound arrogant.

On the other hand, it takes guts to believe you can compete well against the best the world has to offer.

One announcement can simultaneously turn people off and remarkably inspire others.

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Assuming we constantly know this is good

2015 USATF Masters T&F National Championships registration


What keeps you constantly motivated to stay active?

A constant mantra, whether for exercise or any life category:

Find a million ways to stay motivated

Yesterday was another in a million ways. Registered and paid for entry into three events (400, 800, 1500) at the 2015 USATF Masters National Outdoor Championships.

It’s also motivating that it’s in Florida.

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Lane 8 on Sunday

Lane 8 on Sunday.  Today is not a day of rest. 


Because there are 38 days remaining until I step up to the starting line.

The World Championships!

Can you believe it?

I can’t.

I watched the USA National Track & Field Championships last night, on ESPN.

LaShawn Merritt, the 2008 Olympic 400 meter champion, easily won the 400 in 44.50.

His rival, Jeremy Wariner, ran his semi-final 200 meter race.  Jeremy is not running the 400 this meet.  He automatically qualifies for the World Championships in the 400, because he is the reigning world champ.

Jeremy has completely dominated the 400 for the past decade, until last year at the Olympic 400 meter finals, when he lost to LaShawn.

LaShawn has emerged as America’s next great 400 star.  He turned 23 yesterday.

By the way, America dominates the world stage at 400 meters.  We took Olympic gold, silver and bronze in 2008.  It was not the first Olympics where we swept the top three places.

Jeremy is working on his 200 speed, in order to work on his 400 speed.

I can’t wait to see the showdown later this year at the world championships in Berlin.

In Track & Field circles, we haven’t seen a showdown like this in quite some time.

Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂