Scott Douglas’ Terse Bloviation

About

My current title is editor of Runner’s World Newswire. I’ve also been the editor of Running Times, and have written two and co-authored four books on running. I’ve also written for The Atlantic, Slate, Outside, Al Jazeera English and the Washington Post, among others.

I live in South Portland, Maine, with my wife, photographer Stacey Cramp, and our cat. I’m fortunate to be able to apply my writing and editing skills to topics I care about. I started running in 1979, and estimate that my odometer passed the 100,000-mile mark at some point in 2012. I was pretty good there for a little while—30:48 for 10K, 51:01 for 10 miles, 1:08:40 for a half marathon—but have always run primarily because I like it and to keep from going on shooting sprees. I’ve never run a good marathon, owing to too much vertical motion in my stride, a ridiculously high sweat rate and general wimpiness.

9 Comments so far

  1. Andy Mitchelson November 18th, 2008 2:02 pm

    Hey Scott. Like the new web page. Do you still have the link to ‘when we were kings’?
    Regards
    Andy

  2. Scott November 19th, 2008 7:13 am

    Hmm, given that I can’t remember what that file was about, I’m not sure where it might be. Please refresh my memory.

  3. Andy Mitchelson December 1st, 2008 1:18 pm

    It was about your best year of training/racing.

  4. Donald May 1st, 2009 1:09 pm

    Scott:

    I miss your more acerbic wit during your stint with M & B. Use your advanced marathoning schedule for last three marathons. The first rendered a PR with only 14 weeks, then went to 18 week schedules up to 70+ with poor results. I was tired and disinterested at the starting line; I’m also 61 and have been running competitively for just 10 yrs. I now think your schedule is too much for me at my age. I also think I’m a quick swing peaker (Noakes) who peaks high but short. I also confess to racing (that’s 6:50-7:10 for me) in the middle of the 70+ during training because I thought I was adapting to a higher level. Well, call me a fool. I never really recovered before taking the starting line a Boston where I performed miserably ‘09. Does this sound like a plausible explanation?

  5. Scott May 6th, 2009 3:11 pm

    That sounds plausible. I know that some coaches advocate shorter cycles for older runners, starting each cycle from a decent base level of fitness. If you search the Letsrun message board for stuff from John Kellogg on masters training, you should be able to find some interesting descriptions about why changing hormone levels merit rethinking traditional cycles.

  6. Mark Eichenlaub September 22nd, 2009 8:23 pm

    Scott, I own one of your books on training and was very impressed. This will be my first year coaching young athletes and I plan to implement some of your teachings.

  7. Mike Long September 23rd, 2009 1:34 pm

    Breathtaking shot of you in the wild in this month’s issue of RW! Stacey’s talent seems huge, and so do your running legs.

  8. Mike Stewart October 6th, 2009 5:12 pm

    Nice website, Scott! I wish I had realized years ago how accomplished you have become. I would love to pick your brain to help me recover what’s left of my running prowess. It seems I should start by perusing your impressive body of (written) work. I’m so glad for you that you have been able to live the kind of life you want, doing what you love. I’m also really glad you still have the sharp wit we all - well, some of us - enjoyed back at Franklin and before!

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