Tempo runs are part of your week for the rest of the season. We schedule them on Tuesdays. The workouts are a great way to build your mid race and overall race strength.

van alstine xc .jpgRunning for the finish, photo by Justin Britton

Tuesday, September 26, 2017. warm up, 20 minute tempo run on track, run pace at 30 seconds per mile above our

current 5k racing pace, so if you run 6 minute pace today for 5k race, run tempo at 6:30 pace, and stay

focused. Jog 800 meters, and finish with 4 times 200 meters, easy jog in between, cooldown

Kipchoge_EluidFV-Berlin17.JPGEliud Kipchoge, photo by PhotoRun.net

Eliud Kipchoge wins Berlin Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) has come out as the champion of the 2017 BMW Berlin Marathon in a winning time of 2:03:32. In what was announced as the marathon of the century Kipchoge outran Guye Adole (ETH) in a battle that lasted all the way to the last kilometer.

In very tough weather conditions a world record attempt didn't prove feasible. Both Wilson Kipsang and Kenenisa Bekele, who completed the star studded line up did not finish the race due to physical issues.

"I am disappointed that the world record wasn't possible today but I am happy to run this time in these conditions. I did not expect anyone other than Bekele and Kipsang with me at the finish line but this is sport and I am very happy for him that he ran such a great race." - Eliud Kipchoge

Kenenisa Bekele was disappointed with his DNF. The cold temperatures, rain and high humidity were the factor of his early exit. Bekele will start setting his sights on continued marathon success in 2018.

The pacing of fellow NN Running Team member Gideon Kipketer proved vital in the success of Eliud today and as he dropped out of the front group he managed to assist Kenenisa Bekele for another few kilometers.

Attached photos are free to use.

Berlin Marathon Flash-Back


Kipchoge-Bekele-Kipsang-Berlin17.JPGThe 2017 BMW Berlin Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cherono_Gladys-Berlin17.JPGGladys Cherono, photo by PhotoRun.net

Gladys Cherono had run 2:19:25 for her win in Berlin in 2015. This year, in soggy conditions, Gladys stayed behind, not taking the lead until after the 35k, and taking her second win at the Berlin Marathon with 2:20:23. This interview by Andy Edwards of Race News Service was with Gladys Cherono after her win.

Let's celebrate! @kipchogeeliud #KingofBerlin

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BERLIN (GER): Eliud Kipchoge's coach Patrick Sang has described his performance as "amazing," informs Wired. "In these terrible conditions, 2:03 is amazing. There was the mental challenge, the physical challenge, the environmental challenge. He is one of the great runners," he said.

Bekele_Kenenisa-Berlin17.JPGKenenisa Bekele, 2017 BMW Berlin Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kenenisa Bekele had a bad day in Berlin. In this post-race interview, Kenenisa Bekele tells Andy Edwards the reasons for his DNF. Kenenisa Bekele makes it quite clear that his career is not over. Is it just me, but why do people think that a top athlete has a bad race, and they are over? Moving from the track to the roads is difficult, remember Haile G's move to the marathon?

Special thanks to Andy Edwards and Joerg Wenig of Race News Service, a digital partner of RunBlogRun, for providing these behind the scenes audio interviews from their marathon partners.

Hawkins_CallumLeds-WC17.jpgCallum Hawkins leads World Champs 2017 marathon, where he finished 4th! photo by PhotoRun.net

GLASGOW (GBR): World marathon fourth-placer Callum Hawkins will defend his half marathon title at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run in Glasgow on 1 October, informs organisers. Hawkins won last year in 60:24 but the course was later found to be short. Former European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey has been confirmed for the women's race.

This "crucible of endurance", Eliud Kipchoge (so described in story on 032c.com), is considering returning to wonderful Berlin for the marathon, to get that World Record he has been so close to! Here's the piece from SCC Events with the post day race interview of the great runner.

Kipchoge_Eluid1-Berlin17.JPGEliud Kipchoge, BMW Berlin 2017 winner, photo by PhotoRun.net

If you want to understand, or perhaps appreciate, just how far Eliud Kipchoge has reached into the global culture, then, look no farther. I have posted below instagram posts from art culture biannual 032c, and also from footwear artist Virgil Abloh.

This interview is from 032c.com, an iconic and important art and culture magazine, based in Berlin, and published in English. I love Berlin and its art scene. I call Berlin the city of San Francisco, but in German. It is one of my favorite cities.

Virgil Abloh, a footwear artist, flew from Paris to Berlin to meet with Eliud Kipchoge to discuss running, his footwear and his stature in the sport. Abloh noted that his running made the footwear even more important.

To read Abloh's interview of Eliud Kipchoge (which is nicely done): 032c.com/kipchoge-abloh-berlin-marathon

Lasitskene_Maria-Lausanne17.jpgMariya Lasitskene, Lausanne DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lasitskene_MariaR-Lausanne17.jpgMariya Lasitskene, Lausanne DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lasitskene_MariaR1-Lausanne17.jpgMariya Latiskene, Lausanne DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is report 33 for the 2016-17 outdoor season for European Athletics, which is coming to a close. Our friend, Carles Baronet, our Catalan friend, juggles many things, including being the mayor of his village, as he compiles and edits these weekly reports.

Please enjoy!

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