The outdoor season is upon us. You have now been training with us for eleven weeks. Thanks for your support and let me know if you have questions, [email protected] Easy days are very important. Keep them easy.

Fauble_Scott6-USAxc17.JPGScott Fauble, USATF XC, photo by PhotoRun.net

Easy days are there to allow you to recover so you can tackle tough workouts once again!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017. warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 8 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.

Hawkins_CallumH-NyHalf17.jpgCallum Hawkins, 2017 United NYC Half, photo by PhotoRun.net

MANCHESTER (GBR): Callum Hawkins will be aiming to become the first British man to win the Great Manchester Run on 28 May, informs Athletics Weekly. "I'm looking forward to Manchester as I build on my preparations towards the World Championships in London. Ten kilometres is a distance I don't get the chance to race much and my time is certainly due a revision," he said. Hawkins' lifetime best stands at 29:19. The last British winner of the event was Helen Clitheroe in 2011.

RunBlogRun opines: Callum will probably have to run 28 minutes or better to win Manchester. Truth is, with his half marathon speed, that should be in his fitness level. Callum Hawkins is a quite impressive young runner, who races fearlessly. Looking forward to seeing him race once again.

Mekhissi_MahiedineQ-WorChps13.jpgMahiedine Mehkissi, photo by PhotoRun.net
Mekhissi to compete only by end of June
PARIS (FRA): European steeple record holder Mahiedine Mehkissi will start the season later as initially planned. He will resume competition only by end of June. After an indoor season limited to a single appearance, in early February in Val de Rueil at the 2000 m, just after returning from two and a half months of training in the United States he is now with his coach Farouk Madaci at the INSEP to cure his achilles tendons. "I do not have permission to run yet. I prefer to recover before thinking about competition," he said. "I prefer to take care of myself, I have enough to run with pain. The Federation is aware of all this, in agreement with my coach, everything goes well. And for the World Championships? That is the real objective. Meetings, I do not care. I am an eternal fighter. It does not change my mindset," he said by L´Equipe.
RunBlogRun opines: Mekhissi is not only highly entertaining to watch, he is deadly anytime medals are on the line in the steeplechase. His last 500 to 600 meters are brutally fast when the rest of the field is praying for a nice bottle of water and a blanket. Mekhissi runs down his competition, and should never be discounted. This year, he has achilles issues. If he can get healthy, Mekhissi will be tough in the final in London. He should have been an American professional hockey player.

VanNiekerk_WaydeWR1-Rio16.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, photo by Photo Run.net

JOHANNESBURG (RSA): World and Olympic 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk believes he could become the first athlete in history to break the 43-second mark in the 400m. "I feel that like it's really, the beginning of so much I can do as athlete, so why not believe in getting that sub-43 but at the same time, it's going to take even more hard work and discipline but I believe I can, why not?" he said. Van Niekerk also said he is still toying with the idea of contesting both the 200m and 400m at the World Championships in London. "I would really love to but I'm sure, only time can tell. I'll definitely put in the hard work, I would love to double, if there are opportunities there, I'll take it.

RunBlogRun Opines: Wayde Van Niekerk is capable of breaking 43 seconds. Last summer, while we were doing the Mo & Larry show, Maurice Greene told me that Wayde Van Niekerk is the near perfect 400 meter racer. "The guy has shown he will give his all to race the distance. How do you compete against that?" Greene's comments were prescient then, before the 400 meter final in Rio, and are even more valuable now. Wayde Van Niekerk in the London Olympic stadium, this coming August, could be an amazing race!

There will come a day, over the next few years, when the mantle of world's best male distance racer will go from Mo Farah, to someone else. Mo will move to the roads, and explore the major events around the world, add a few quid to his bank accounts and enjoy the last few years of his amazing career.

Who will succeed Mo Farah?

One of my suggestions is Geoffrey Kamworor. His race in Kampala told me alot about the Kenyan athlete. But with his win in Kampala, Geoffrey has, I believe, moved to another level.

LeMaitre_Christophe200R-RioOlyG16.jpgChristophe Lemaitre, photo by PhotoRun.net

PARIS (FRA): French sprinting star Christophe Lemaitre confirmed that he will try to run both events in the coming season with equal intensity, whether it will be 100 m or 200 m. His goal is to target the podium at both events at World Championships in London. Informs Le Parisien. After training camp in Reunion he plans to run at IAAF World Relays in Bahamas and then French Interclubs, French Championships, European Team Championships in Lille and Diamond League meetings in-between.

RunBlogRun opines: Christophe Lemaitre took the bronze in the 200 meters in Rio. One of the things that I like about Lemaitre is that he is slowly developing and his coach is quite old school. The attention to detail, the daily reminders that you are, as an elite sprinter, actually training for a marathon (long term), not a sprint (short term) is part of the focus. Watch the young Frenchman this season.

Yesterday, I spoke to a former team mate who I had not seen or spoke to in over 40 years! We started talking about our workouts back then, how we were as teenagers and where our lives have gone. It was fun, and it was emotional.

Tony Migliozzi suburbanite.com .jpgThese guys are running a marathon on a 200 meter track! courtesy of Armory TC

All I can tell you is this. Many of the major relationships in my life were from the guys I ran with in high school and college. Sharing miles together is a big deal. Savor the time, breathe in the workouts and cherish the friendships.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017. warm up, four sets of 200-400-600, with half distance jog. 200s and 400s are at 400 meter current pace (If you can run 800 in 2:20, 400 meter pace is 65), 600 meters at 800 meter pace, do 400 meter jog between sets, and then,ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.cooldown.

The outdoor season is upon us. You have now been training with us for eleven weeks. Thanks for your support and let me know if you have questions, [email protected] Easy days are very important. Keep them easy.

Fauble_Scott3-USAxc17.JPGScott Fauble, photo by PhotoRun.net

Easy days are there to allow you to recover so you can tackle tough workouts once again!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017. warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 8 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.

The elite women's marathon race was not only compelling, but a big surprise. That is why the presser before the race is so interesting. Why do elite runners have good days and bad days? It is because they are human?

Well, the 2017 Skechers Performance LA Marathon was quite a race on March 19, 2017. The pressers, held on March 17, were great teasers for some compelling races. This presser was again managed by Toni Reavis, who uses his experience to encourage the racers to speak about their racing, their philosophy on racing and their level of fitness.

The video was filmed by The Shoe Addicts, digital partners of RunBlogRun.

Lead women @lamarathon approaching Mile 4 @SkechersPerformance #lamarathon #running #GOrun #losangeles

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Gelana_Tiki-Boston16.jpgTiki Gelana, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kiprotich_StephenFV1f-Worlds13.jpgStephen Kiprotich, photo by PhotoRun.net

The HASPA Marathon Hamburg has assembled quite a field for 2017, with Stephen Kiprotich and Tiki Gelana, the 2012 London Olympic champions. Both athletes are running well once again, and their races in April 2017 should be fascinating to observe!

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