Cichocka_AngelikaR-Euro16.jpgAngelika Cichocka, European 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Bukowiecki_KonradQW1a-WC17.jpgKonrad Bukowiecki, photo by PhotoRun.net

WARSAW (POL): 25 athletes will represent Poland at the World Indoor Championships including European indoor champions Adam Kszczot (800m), Marcin Lewandowski (1500m), Sylwester Bednarek (high jump), Piotr Lisek (pole vault) and Konrad Bukowiecki (shot put). Michal Haratyk, who beat Bukowiecki at the Polish Indoor Championships, has also been named on the team along with former world pole vault champion Pawel Wojciechowski. European 1500m champion Angelika Cichocka has been named for both the 800m and 1500m and European U23 100m champion Ewa Swoboda will contest the 60m.

Lisek_Piotr1-World16.jpgPiotr Lisek, photo by PhotoRun.net

Morolake Akinson is a two time relay 4x100m gold medalist, and last winter, won the U.S. indoor championships. Stuart Weir wrote this piece on Morolake before and after she sustained a season ending achilles injury.

We wish Morolake a speedy recovery. This story, as Stuart notes is a fascinating biography of one of our countries' finest sprinters.

Akinosun_Morolake1-Pre17.jpgMorolake Akinson, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the National indoor championship edition for the World Indoors, coming March 1-4, 2018. And this amazing report was compiled by Carles Baronet of http://trackinsun.blogspot.com. We thank our friend Carles for all of his work and attention to detail on this series.

Przybylko_Mateusz-Banska18.jpgMateausz Przbylko, Banska HJ Meeting, photo by PhotoRun.net

Vincent Kipruto is racing Tokyo Marathon this weekend. The former Paris and Frankfurt Marathon champion told his story on winning the silver medal at the IAAF World Champs in Daegu in 2011 to well known journalist Steve Landells.

Here's the story....

vincent kipruto.jpgVincent Kipruto, photo by NN Running Team

Easy days are very important. Keep today easy. Check out the 800m, 1500m and 3000m races from the USATF Indoors! Amazing races!

20151212-ROSA0122.jpgThose race days take your breath away, photo by Justin Britton

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 4 x 150 meter stride outs

Monday: warm up, two miles on track, jog turns, sprint straights, 4x150 meters strideout, two miles easy, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, Fartlek, six times 3 minutes at 5k pace , 2 minute jog, five minutes moderate pace, then, 8 times one minute hard, one minute easy, nine minutes moderate pace, then cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 4 x 150 meter stride outs

Thursday: warm up, one set of 8 x 400 meters, 200 meter jog, at mile pace, cooldown, and long session of stretching.

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown, if you do not race, then, two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown. Prefered race distance, 1k one week, 1 mile one week, 2 mile another. cooldown. If no race, 45-50 minute run.

Sunday: Relaxed Long run, 70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

Rutherford_Greg-Euro16.jpgGreg Rutherford, European 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Muir_Laura1a-WC17.jpgLaura Muir, London World Championships, photo by PhotoRun.net

McColgan_Eilish-WC17.jpgEilish McColgan, London World Championships, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wightman_JakeFV-Oslo17.jpgJake Wightman, Oslo 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

The British team for the World Indoor Championships, to be held March 1-4, 2018, and should be provide British fans much excitement and many medals. Looking forward to writing about them for our @runblogrun readers.

On Monday morning, I did an update for BBC 5 Live's Ed Harry on the USATF Indoors. He asked me if the US team was better than Portland 2016. I took a long second or two, and said, " I think that this team could be better! "

Make us proud, as always, Team USA!

Coleman_ChristianSF1-USind18.jpGChristian Coleman, photo by PhotoRun.net

Nelvis-Manning-Harrison1d-USin18.JPGSharika Nelvis, Keni Harrison lead 60m hurdle team, photo by PhotoRun.net

Oliver_JavianneFHL-USin18.JPGJavianne Oliver, 60 meters, WL in 7.02, photo by PhotoRun.net

Maslak_PavelQ-World16.jpgPavel Maslak, photo by PhotoRun.net

Stanek_Tom-RomeDL15.jpgTomas Stanek, poto by PhotoRun.net

Holusa_JakobFV1-Euros16.jpgJakub Holusa, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Czech team for Birmingham is pretty impressive. Stanek, Maslak and Holusa are all medal contenders. And for teams like the Czech Republic, that is pretty impressive.

PRAHA (CZE): Czech Athletics federation approved the biggest team for World Indoors with 22 athletes, but more could come by IAAF invitation to achieve the target number of athletes in different events. Headliners are World leader in shot put Tomas Stanek, title defender in the 400 m Pavel Maslak and silver winner two years ago in the 1500 m Jakub Holusa. European Indoor Champion 2011 Petr Svoboda is selected for the 60 m hurdles, national record holder Radek Juska in long jump. New quality in Czech sprinting is Zdenek Stromsik and Dominik Zalesky in 60 m, Klara Seidlova in women 60 m and U20 runner Lada Vondrova for the 400 m. Both 4x400 m relays are also selected. Traditionally strong combined events with Jan Dolezal in heptathlon and Eliska Klucinova with Katerina Cachova in pentathlon.

The USATF Indoor Championships ended with a WR for 60 meters, right after an AR for the 60 meter hurdles. It was lesson number one that former British meet manager Ian Stewart used to remind me about putting together a great meet, "always end on a high note"!

Oliver_JavianneFHL1a-USin18.JPGJavianne Oliver runs 7.02 World Leader! photo by Photo by PhotoRun.net

Christian Coleman was so gracious in setting the WR at the very end of the meet. And after two amazing 800 meter races, two crazy fast 400 meters (the women's was, well, mind blowing), and two closely contested 1,500 meters, the 60 meter races were exciting.

Javienne Oliver ran out of her body, for a WL 7.02 for the 60 meter women's race, a humongous PB for the young sprinter. That, was, well totally unexpected, but Javienne was having an amazing day!

Speaking of amazing days, Christian Coleman was having one of those. He shut down early in the semi final, probably mid way, and ran 6.43. In the final, even with an okay start, Christian accelerated to full speed, and with ten meters to go, put his arms out, and ran 6.34 for a new 60 meter world record.

Coleman_ChristianSF-USin18.JPGChristian Coleman, photo by PhotoRun.net

Brazier_DonovanFHH-USind18.jpGDonavan Brazier, his race be won, photo by PhotoRun.net

Donavan Brazier had an excellent weekend in Albuquerque. In the semi final, Brazier lead and won his heat, staying out of trouble. In the final, Brazier stayed on Eric Sowinski's shoulder. Then, with 200 meters to go, Brazier used his intense speed and took off, running away to the finish, winning in 1:45.10 PB.

Here's a quick interview that Jeff Benjamin did with Donavan. Jeff sent questions and reached out and we are posting them as they come in, post editing. Congrats Donavan Brazier!

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