RunBlogRun opines:

The One Hour run is about seeing how far and how fast you can run, period, over sixty minutes. With a minute to go, a bell is rung or gun is shot and you run until you hear "Stop"!

I ran my first hour run in June 1976, at the University of San Francisco. It was the AAU Pacific One Hour Run Postal Championships. I ran nine miles in a pair of Nike Pre-Montreals, and changed shoes to a NB trainer and ran just under another mile before the race was ended. A gun would be shot with one minute to go. You would sprint like mad until you were told to stop!

In the 1960s and 1970s, all of the great ones ran the One Hour Run: Ron Hill, Gaston Roelants, Ron Clarke. Haile Gebrselassie ran them in Hengelo and Ostrava in the 2000s! Arturro Barrios held the record for several years!

My feet were covered in blisters. I just missed 16 kilometers. My training partner, Bob Lucas ran 10 miles, 140 yards. He ran a much smarter race than I.

I ran in the fast heat and remember being lapped (four times) by Mike Bordell, Jim Nuccio and the late Brian Maxwell, co-founder of PowerBar. I can close my eyes and still hear Brian Maxwell pounding by me, as he, Nuccio and Bordell, running in tandem, would go by, charging for the extra miles. They all went over 12 miles in the One Hour Run.

Mike Fanelli is one of the finest chroniclers of our sport. Here is his piece on the need to resurrect the One hour run on the track. The pictures below are of Haile Gebreselassie, en route to his hour run World Record.

Gebrsilassie_HaileWR-Ostrava07.jpgHaile Gebrselassie, Ostrava, 2007, One Hour Run, photo by

Gebrsilassie-Hermens-Ostrava07.jpgHaile Gebrselassie and Jos Hermans, One Hour Run, Ostrava, June 2007, photo by

Gebrsilassie_HaileCL-Ostrava07.jpgHaile Gebrselassie, One Hour Run, WR, Ostrava, 2007, Photo by

I moved to San Jose, with my family in 1974, due to job transfer of my father, who worked for Ford Motor Company in Milpitas. I ran at Bellarmine College Prep here and at Santa Clara University as well. I was fortunate to coach at Bellarmine, Santa Clara and Foothill Community College over the years. My return to the Bay Area in 2013, after an absence of 20 years, has been amazing. Each year, I jump on the pace truck for the RNR San Jose Half marathon to enjoy the fastest half marathon in the state! I love seeing how the race covers some of the most beautiful parts of downtown San Jose!
The 2016 RNR San Jose Half Marathon, 10k and 5k are coming this weekend! Will I see you there? I see friends each and every year at the San Jose Half. San Jose is a wonderful city, full of art, sports, and wonderful and historic sites. I hope to see the 10-15,000 runners and walkers this weekend! For more information, just read below!
StartWide-SanJose14.jpgRNR San Jose Half Marathon start, photo by

Kenenisa Bekele fought back from Wilson Kipsang trying to break him on two separate occasions during the 2016 Berlin Marathon on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Bekele not only fought back, but took the lead, with one kilometer to go and missed the WR by only seven seconds! This interview was done with Kenenisa Bekele by Andy Edwards of Race News Service after the completion of one of the most exciting races of the year!

Kenenisa Bekele ran 2:03:03, the second fastest marathon time on a legal marathon course ever. Most importantly, Kenenisa showed respect for the distance and by the tactics he used to race and catch up with Wilson KIpsang. Here is the interview that Andy Edwards of Race News Service did with Kenenisa just after the race on Sunday, September 25, 2016.

Wilson Kipsang ran a personal best on Sunday, September 27, 2016 of 2:03:13. This was a ten second PB for Wilson, who held the WR for the marathon until September 2014, when his WR of 2:03:23 was broken by Dennis Kimetto.

After a series of setbacks, Wilson Kipsang put together some fine training and battled Kenenisa Bekele until the last kilometer, where Bekele blasted open the race and went for the win. Here's what everyone should know: Wilson Kipsang is back and he will be a threat in any race he competes in! Here is his post race Berlin interview, done by Andy Edwards of Race News Service.

Race News Service is one of the partners of RunBlogRun and the RunningNetwork. They cover the events we can not cover, and provide us their own unique view of global running events. Enjoy the interview.

Morris_160213_6806.jpgKellyn Taylor, photo by Kevin Morris

Easy days are there for a reason.

Run hard on easy days and you could get sick or get hurt.

Hard Days and Easy days are there for a reason.

September 28, 2016, Wednesday: Warm up; 6-mile run; 5x150 yds relaxed strideouts on grass, jogging back to the start after each, no rest in between; cool down.

IAAF Ratifies a Bevy of World Records


Harrison_KendraFL1-Lausanne16.jpgKeni Harrison, U.S.A.,WR holder, 100m hurdles, 12.20, photo by

Chopra_Neeraj8648-Poland16.jpgNeeraj Chopra, India, U20 Javelin WR, 86.48m, photo by

Ayana_Almaz-Rio16.JPGAlmaz Ayana, Ethiopia, 10,000m WR, 29:17.45, photo by

VanNiekerk_WaydeWR4303b-RioOlyG16.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, South Africa, 400m WR, 43.03, photo by

Wlodarczyk_Anita1a-Rio16.JPGAnita Wlodarczyk, Poland, Hammer WR, 82.29m, photo by

MONACO (MON): The IAAF has ratified Kendra Harrison's world 100m hurdles record of 12.20, Neeraj Chopra's world U20 javelin record of 86.48m and three world records set at the Olympic Games: Almaz Ayana's 29:17.45 10,000m, Wayde van Niekerk's 43.03 400m and Anita Wlodarczyk's 82.29m hammer.

RunBlogRun opines: For RBR, what is nice about the WRs in 2016, is the global nature of the sport. From India to RSA, to Poland, to Ethiopia to the US. Athletics is truly a global sport and should and must be celebrated as such. Also, WR's are hard to come by, due to their very nature. Nothing in our sport is easy, from going to the starting line, to looking, up, and hearing a thundering roar before one sets their blocks. There are many times, I find myself taking an extra breath before the big races, to soak in the excitement and the grandeur. I saw three of the five above in 2016. I would like to see Mr. Chopra throw soon.

Kellyn Taylor is one of the most unsung American distance runners racing today. Kellyn Taylor competed in the marathon and10,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2016. In the Marathon, she placed sixth, in the 10,000 meters, she placed fourth. Kellyn Taylor runs 100 miles a week, as part of her training with Northern Arizona Elite. Kelly Taylor is also training to be a fire fighter as well. Kellyn Taylor is one of the athletes that the Shoe Addicts have focused on for the HOKA ONE ONE Athlete Interview series, sponsored by the HOKA ONE ONE PostalNationals. This is part two of our interview with Kellyn Taylor. We hope these interview inspire you to focus on your running, and also, we hope that you and your team consider running the HOKA ONE ONE Postal Nationals!
The HOKA ONE ONE Coaching Interview series continues. After five segments with Ben Rosario, we are now shifting focus to Jen Rosario, who, along with Ben, supports the HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite. The Northern Arizona Elite, under the support of HOKA ONE ONE this past year, has won US cross country championships for team and individual, as well as some fine placings in several US champs in 2016. One of the most impressive, in my mind, is that Northern Arizona Elite athletes placed fourth in both the 10,000m men's and women's races at the recent US Olympic Trials. A club that has not been around for more than three years is already putting athletes into serious contention on the ultra competitive US circuit. Here is part one with Jen Rosario on developing the club and the dream she shares with husband, Ben Rosario.

Sumgong_Jemima1-OlyGame16.jpgJemima Sumgong, Rio Olympic champion, photo by

Kipchoge_EluidA-Rio16.JPGEliud Kipchoge, Rio Olympic champion, photo by

BERLIN (GER): After Berlin Marathon Olympic gold medalists Eliud Kipchoge and Jemimah Sumgong remain on top of the leader board on the World Marathon Majors jackpot series. The two lead with 50 points with wins in London Marathon and the Rio Olympic Games. Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Aberu Kebede, winners of Sunday's BMW Berlin Marathon, are second with 34 and 25 points respectively. Atsede Baysa and Lemi Berhanu, also from Ethiopia, are third with 25 points each, while Wilson Kipsang, runner-up at the BMW Berlin Marathon on Sunday, and Tirfi Tsegaye of Ethiopia, take fourth places with 17 and 20 points respectively. In the 10th series of Abbott WMM still to be staged Chicago and New York.

The tempo run is one of the most effective workouts an athlete can use in their weekly workouts. Tempo runs are a great way of building an athletes's fitness, but most importantly, it is all about callousing, or preparing for the fatigue that comes in the middle of a race.

Tully_Nicole-USOlyTr16.jpgNicole Tully, photo by

September 27, 2016, Tuesday: 1-mile warmup; 20-min tempo run, 1-mile cool-down. To determine your tempo run pace, add a half-minute to your present mile pace for a 5K. For example: If you currently run 19 min for a 5K, that's 6:10 pace. Add 30 seconds to get your tempo run pace of 6:40 per mile. Recalculate your pace as your fitness improves, about once a month.

If you are racing, try a 25 minute fartlek after race, running two minutes hard, three minutes easy, five times, then, cooldown.

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