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Olympics Cram Session

Posted: August 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

So a lot of you trackheads are probably well aware of the team that will represent the RedWhiteandBlue (provided by the USATF) in London that began today. But all of us can’t be trackheads, some of us think this sport only has a world championship every four years, and that’s okay. For those of you who don’t know a steeple from a hurdle, here’s your opportunity to start a good ol’ fashioned college cram session – all-nighter not necessary. And then when you’re at your friend’s house, the bar, or the “water cooler,” you can impress all of your cohorts with all of this knowledge of running they never expected you to know. Please note that I am using the term “impress” loosely here… very loosely.

I scoured the internet in search of the perfect resources to get you up to date on what’s going on on the track and in the field during these Olympics. Don’t be that guy in the study group that doesn’t appreciate the work done for him — read up! At the time that I’m writing this, you’ve already missed the morning session, so you have some catching up to do.

P.S. Even if you consider yourself a trackhead, I bet there’s still something you’ll learn from the sites below.

Ok, so if you know squadoosh (can someone tell me how to spell that?) about track and field..

The playboys over at House of Run decided to hook it up with “The Non-Track Fan’s Guide to the Olympics” and it’s got a good amount of information on it, so don’t skip this part, continuously refer back to it as I am sure you will need to. Oh and you might be in a jam and unable to commit all of this information to memory right away so it might help to know…

The freaking Track & Field Olympic Schedule… sucka.

Straight off of the London2012 website comes the schedule. It was really easy to find. You could have done it yourself. But you didn’t because you’re lazy, and that’s okay. Check it out. That link sends you to the schedule so you can jump ahead in your guide to Olympics to big events going off on the day you need. My link sends you to August 3rd, but as you will see there’s an interactive calendar that makes things pretty darn simple. So now you should be able to make up the who, what, when, and for God’s sake I hope you know the where by now. The why can be answered with “It’s the freaking Olympics.” I’m going to go ahead and use up my artistic freedom as far as answering the ‘how’.

Seed times man, seed times.

So if you don’t know what a seed time is, it’s basically how you are placed into your heat based on how you performed before the Olympics. Remember how Michael Phelps was in lane 7 because of a bad time in the prelims? Same premise. Thanks to the IAAF, clicking this link will bring you to the start lists for each event that will break down who is in what heat and the time they’ve run in the past. It’ll also provide results as well, but in this “if it happened more than 30 seconds ago and I don’t have the news I’ll be peeved” Twitter society we now live in, I thought it might be useful to provide…

the twitter feeds and websites with up to the minute results.

Ok, so if you want to be hardcore about it you can watch the events live online, as with any other Olympic event at Flotrack has hooked up a nice little post that’ll bring you right to each stream depending on what session you want to watch, pretty convenient if you don’t want to traverse the NBCOlympics site. At work? Can’t watch online? Fine! (I guess you’re not becoming the die-hard fan I’d hoped for, sigh..)

Here are some twitter accounts to follow if you’re not “down” with NBC’s tape delay…


No twitter account? Well runner space has hooked up their twitter account to comment on their results post, so no worries there.

Well, that’s basically it. You now have no excuse to know and enjoy all of the running, jumping, and throwing that will go on for the next 10 days. Hurry up, by my calculations the afternoon session is starting in 4 minutes

To the student in you,


Calvin Harris – Feel So Close… Sure a great song, but yeah I figured I could take a couple minutes to make this more… applicable. If you don’t know the original, you should probably click this and listen

I run so close to you right now, your my wind-shield
I wear my iPod on my sleeve, like a big deal
Your sweat wicks up all over me, like a waterfall
And there’s no slowing us right now
We’re running so freakin’ fast right now
[cue dance party in your head]

I run so close to you right now, your my wind-shield
I wear my iPod on my sleeve, like a big deal
Your sweat wicks up all over me, like a waterfall
And there’s no slowing us right now
We’re running so freakin’ fast right now

To the dork lyricist in you,


Drake “The Motto” take 2…

I f—-n’ run, y’all don’t get it do ya
Type of times errybody tryna run just like ya
Runnin 5ks in New York City biiiiiiitch
Spanish girls love me like I run Pamplona
Tell Mayor Nutter I’m back in Philly too
Drinkin hard, runnin’ hard, there ain’t much to do
wrist bling, Polar watch, lovin’ this thing
Gettin’ my pace and my rate, ain’t s–t strange
How ya feel, how ya feel, how ya feel?
26 miles feel like 26 mil
I finished runnin’ and I’m stretchin’ myself
Rest in peace Micah True, I’mma do it how you do, you flew
Logging miles, I’ll holla whenever that stop
Gotta take care, gettin’ tired of my knee pops
the pressure’s f—-n’ on like the anchor of a relay
USATF got you chantin U-S-Ayyyy
Gay & Gatlin will be reppin’ in the hundo
Hopin’ really hard that Bolt ain’t in the front tho
Post-race we chuggin’ gatorade by the liter
Pre says you ain’t s–t if you ain’t the f—–g leader
Ohhh that’s how you feel man?
That’s really how you feel?
‘Cause if the weather’s ice cold, then a runner’s straight chill
I mean maybe they won’t
Then again maybe they will
I can almost guarantee how it’ll feel,
Rebel runners what’s up?

Finish line photo
Ran a crappy time though
But you only race once, that’s the motto n—a YORO
’cause we’re running every day, every day, every day
It’s the only true sport, all you fools do is play
Every day, every day, f–k what anybody say
Can’t see ’em, too many miles in the way
Rebel runners what’s up?

To the dork lyricist in you,


Some might say these are better lyrics than those of “Somebody I Used to Know”

Now and then I think of when we ran together
Like when you said you felt so tired you could die
Guess I thought your pace was right for me
But felt exhausted in your company
That lactic acid in my hamstrings I remember

You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness
Like running awfully until the end, always the end
So when you said this pace did not make sense
I said go and try a new distance
I’ll admit I couldn’t wait ’til it was over

But you didn’t have to cut me off
Running to the water and you really left me with nothing?!
And I didn’t even need my gloves
Tried to hold them in my hands, just too tough
Did you really have to blow me out?
Set yourself a fast record then saved your bib-number
Guess I need someone to chase
Now you’re just somebody that I used to race

Now you’re just somebody that I used to race
Now you’re just somebody that I used to race


To the dork lyricist in you,