April 2017 Archives
RunBlogRun opines: The City of Paris is a huge sports city. From football, to rubgy, to athletics, to major road races, Paris has sports, fine food, great cafes and amazing history. The European Athletics Associaiton choose Paris to host the 2020 European Athletics Championships.
European Athletics is at this exciting cross roads. Over the past few years, the EAA has established itself as one of the most focused area federations in all of sports. Part of that is that EAA has gotten ahead of the incessant media narrative of negatives in athletics. By focusing on projects that they can deliver (or over deliver), EAA is putting together some programs that make tremendous sense, from anti-doping to reviving a vibrant cross country championships, and revisitng all European records with a thoughtful and qualified examination board.
European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen (left) and André Giraud (right), President of the French Athletics Federation, with French athletics stars Marie-José Pérec and Yohann Diniz, in Paris on Friday 28 April. Photo courtesy of European Athletics (copyright EAA)
Men's 10,000m start, Payton Jordan, photo by PhotoRun.net
STANFORD (USA): The entries for next Friday's Payton Jordan Invitational on May 5 confirm Matt Centrowitz, Nick Willis, Edward Cheserek, Justyn Knight in the 5000 m, Emily Sisson, Meraf Bahta, Emily Infeld, Kim Conley and Amy Cragg in women 10 000 m. Men´s 1500 m has steeple record holder Evan Jager, women´s 5000 m will see Sifan Hassan with Eilish McColgan and Allie Ostrander with Marielle Hall. Another top Brit Callum Hawkins is in the 10 000 m along with Shadrack Kipchirchir, Jake Robertson, Andy Vernon, David McNeill and Bashir Abdi. Lynsey Sharp with Chrishuna Williams are the top women 800 m names. Violah Lagat after recent road succes is in the 1500 m and Norway´s Karoline Grovdal in the steeple with Australian Genevieve Lalonde.
RunBlogRun opines: In the past decade, the Payton Jordan has become the meet where distance runners run their qualifiers. The level of competition, and the quality of competition continues to grow. A meet had started in Herzogenaurach, by adidas, last year, to provide Central European runners to have a chance to hit qualifying standards, but has not been renewed. It is a huge amount of logistics to devleop a meeting like the Payton Jordan, and we thank and salute the staff at Stanford to continuing to support this amazing event.
The Meeting de Paris is one of my favorite Diamond League meetings of the year. For many years, it was on July 4, and I would go over, do interviews on the day before the meet, say hello to my friends at L'Equipe (one of finest sports magazines and websites in known world), and enjoy a fantastic evening of track and field at the Stade de France.
The meeting is moving to Stade Charlety, and the line up of French, European, African and American stars continues to be announced.
RunBlogRun will be there to cover this fine event, the seventh on the Diamond League Schedule for 2017.
RunBlogRun opines: The announcment on April 26 of the strategic partnership between Wanda Group, one of the largest Chinese business firms, and Abbott World Marathon Majors, organization that sponsors the finest group of global marathons, was long in coming.
Abbott World Marathon Majors has been an organization with much potential for some time. Abbott's sponsorship is good business. The Abbott company is involved with medical devices, medical products around the world. Why not be involved with a global sport, like athletics? One with such magnitude that nearly every kid in the world has run, jumped or thrown something. With records dating back to ancient Sumer, nearly 5000 years ago, running races and high jumping are some of our oldest sporting activities.
Abbott World Marathon Majors is thriving in a sports business where most do not know how to work together. That a second circuit, of well established city marathons, has not developed across North America and Europe, is beyond my comprehension. A global company wanting to reach the emerging upper and middle class, who frequent the marathon circuit will understand the opportunities.
Well, it has happened.
Wanda Group's involvement is no accident. Their focus on sports is part of their observations regarding the emerging middle class in China. Their purchase of IRONMAN brand (266 plus events around the world), and their intention of the IRONMAN brand facilitating the strategic partnership between Wanda and Abbott WMM should be fascinating. What does this mean? We are not sure, but that possibility of moving running into a true endurance business, and learning from the triathlon business could be very rewarding for all involved.
The Spring season is into high gear now. Drake Relays and Penn Relays signal the big meets are upon us. Payton Jordan next weekend, Doha DL, and state high school meets just a few weeks away for many!
Stay focused on your task. End the season with some big PBs and great placings! Relax on the easy days and focus on the hard days!
Friday, April 28, 2017. warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 8 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.
The USATF media world gets larger and larger. Streaming video, terrestrial TV are both important. But video on mobile devices is how fans want to get their sports content, and the more events that offer content alternatives will gain more of the desired younger demographics.
Thursday workouts are also tough day workouts for our program. The recovery days provide you with a time for the body to recover. You also need to sleep, hydrate and eat well. With the workouts you do with us, proper nutrition is key. But get stuff from all food groups. All in moderation. Taco Bell is pretty good, once or twice a weeky, but not every day. I do not recommend carbonated sodas or sugery fruit juices. Water, tea, coffee (not the ones with all the junk in them), is pretty good.
You are feeling pretty good now, with workouts and races. Just stay focused. Big stuff is coming soon!
Thursday, April 27, 2017. warm up, 12 times 300 meters, 200 meter jog between, 400 meter pace (means 300m time en route to 400m, so, if you can run 60 seconds right now, run 300 meters at 45-48 seconds), 4 x 150 meters, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.
The news today of the ten year strategic partnership between Wanda Group, one of largest Chinese business groups, and Abbott World Marathon Majors, the network of six major global marathons was fascinating to RunBlogRun. So, we reached out to Cindy Hamilton of Kickstand Communications, who sent our questions to Tim Hadzima, VP of Abbott World Marathon Majors. Here are Tim's comments on the strategic partnership.
We always applaud sponsorship in athletics and EBS Group is the newest company to join the supporters of global athletics. They announced the sponsorship of one of the finest meetings in the world, the Herculis EBS Meeting in Monaco. If you have not viewed the Monaco meeting, then you have not seen one of the most amazing meets in our sport. Once the momentum begins, race after race, with the crowd roaring, is how the evening goes. Something for every sports fan.
Congrats on Herculis finding such a strong partner.
The Adrian Martinez is a fun meet, on an early New England summer night in Concord, Massachuesetts. It celebrates the life and legacy of Adrian Martinez, a young man who loved his friends, family and sports. This meet combines local runs, and elite races, and it is a few hours of fun in a busy schedule. I go each year because it reminds me what is truly important in life.
Becoming the best runner you can be takes time, hard work, recovery days and patience. Lets consider Clayton Murphy. Clayton Murphy was a very good runner in high school, with a 1:54 for 800 meters, in small town in Ohio. At the University of Akron, he dropped from 1:54, to 1:45 NCAA champion his senior year. Then, he won the Olympic Trials over 800 meters, finally taking a bronze Olympic medal and 1:43 for 800 meters!
On Sunday of this week, Clayton anchored the US 4x800m to gold in the World Relays in Nassua. On Tuesday, Clayton Murphy broke the meet record for the Blue Road Mile in Des Moines, Iowa, running just under 4 minutes.
Great coaching and focused running come together, helping you reach challenges and peaks that you did not think were possible.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 6 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.
The second day of the 2017 IAAF World Relays had some fine races. Here is day 2 report from our friend, Stuart Weir. Apparently, much of the US did not see the relays as NBC sports moved a hockey game in place of the relays, to the consternation of some of our readers.
This was a fun presser, held at the Sam Adams Brewery, a couple days before the 2017 BAA Boston Marathon. Desi Linden wanted to win the race, but, it just was not her day as she once again finished in the top five, an amazing result.
We salute Desi Linden, for her guts, her focus on training and her ability to live a life as well as train for some of the toughest marathons in the world. As Desi Linden said so well after the race, the US runners put more on the podium each year. A win by Americans will come again soon.
CAPE TOWN (RSA): Caster Semenya plans to compete in Oslo (15 June) and Stockholm (18 June) as well as Doha (5 May) and Eugene (27 May), informs the Sowetan Live. Her participation must be confirmed by the organisers. "The Diamond [League] won't be easy because I haven't done 800m in almost eight months and most girls have already started with the World Indoor Tour. I am happy with the 2:01 [at the South African Championships on Saturday] but 1:58 to 1:59 will be perfect. We're still planning to maybe run 400m or 1500m to sharpen up a bit before but the aim is not about running a lot of races," she said.
In the 1972 U.S. Olympic marathon Trials, a new shoe company called Nike offered many of the marathoners a brand new pair of racing shoes. Over 60 of them ran in the new shoes. Some had issues. I recall the late Ron Daws, 1968 US Olympic team member in marathon reminding his readers that, no matter what the shoe or sock or apparel, never, ever try anything new in a major race.
That is what surprised me on the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. All of the brands send out new shoes to their elite athetes. Many brands are testing new products. Elite athletes get access to the product, and try them. Kenenisa Bekele had some issues with his new shoes, which, he believed, affected his performance.
In the heat of battle, which is what a marathon is, things happen. An insole comes loose, a hot spot develops, the foot and legs compensate for such issues, and injuries can develop. That is why so many coaches, trainers suggest that new products not be tested first in major races. Try them out early, take them for your long run before a major race.
I think Kenenisa Bekele has been dealing with some injury issues just before the race. That he finished as well as he did, gutting it out over the last several miles and running back into contention, was pretty impressive. The shoe issue somehow added to the mix, but, elite athletes know, they are testing products that are sometimes good, sometimes not so good. That is the nature of new running products and being sponsored by a footwear company for six figures a year.
Hard days on the track challenge the body and soul. Tuesdays are track days for us. They are to prepare you for racing on the track, showing your best and for challenging yourself.
Laura Thweatt is an example of that. In her second marathon, Laura Thweatt ran 2:25, a nearly three minute improvement in London on Sunday. That took training, focus and patience.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 warm up, 20 times 200 meters, 200 meter jog, 200 meters at 400 meter race pace, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.
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The post race pressers at the Virgin Money London Marathon are pretty good most years, but the final presser was exceptional.
This year, Mary Keitany, Daniel Wanjiru, David Weir and Hugh Brasher, with the interviews from Tim Hutchings, were in a talkative mood. The discussion went from fitness for young Brits to the amazing day of marathoning on Sunday.
I have to agree. Yesterday's 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon may have been the best all around series of races in twenty years! Hugh Brasher, the Event Director spoke how this race brought all of the inspiration and creativity of the event together in one year. He hailed David Bedford on putting together the finest women's field of all times.
This is a fun video to view, with lots to consider!
Stuart Weir has, once again, put the tanning lotion down, alongside his drink with the little umbrella, and visited TommyRobo stadium to provide us with the first day of competition at the 2017 IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas!
One of the best ways to loosen up from a long run is stride outs. So, today, we are doing strideouts. Enjoy the workout. Build up to strong effort.
Yesterday, I watched the London marathon. In the women's race, Mary Keitany ran a world record, by herself for nearly fifteen miles! A brave, exciting race, Mary Keitany is an amazing athlete to behold!
Monday, April 24, 2017. warm up, two sets of 12 times 150 meters, strideouts, sprint straights, jog turns, finish ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.
We are in the London Media Center. Waking up around six am, we headed from the Guoman Tower, to the Media bus. An escorted ride to the Media tent at the Finish line is about twenty minutes. No one on the streets of London, the only day you would find the city like that.
Here are some final thoughts before the 37th London Marathon.
The importance of long runs.
There is no such thing as an overnight success in running. Bill Rodgers had to get himself back into shape, and dropped out of the 1974 Boston marathon. The next year, he came back, and ran Boston, winning it in a new AR. Bill had built his fitness with the support of Coach Bill Squires, one of the most creative and colorful people in our sport, and his training partners, Bill Rodgers developed his talent and the sport is all the better for it.
Enjoy your long run. Run with friends.
Sunday, April 23, 2017. Long run, 10-11 miles, with warm up and cooldown and yes, push ups and sit ups.
I sat down with Laura Thweatt on Friday, April 21, to discuss her upcoming race in London, her plans for moving to the marathon. Coached by Lee Troop, and running for the Boulder Track Club, Laura had a fine seventh place in November 2015 at the TCS NYC Marathon.
Here is an enjoyable audio interview with the fine athlete. Listen especially as Laura Thweatt speaks about her plans over the next 3 and one half years. That Laura will move to the marathon is a fact, the discussion is about when that move will take place.
We wish Laura Thweatt good luck on a fine PB tomorrow.
How does one describe Kenenisa Bekele? At the Virgin Money London Marathon presser on Thursday, April 20, interviewer Tim Hutchings called Kenenisa Bekele "the greatest distance runner of all times." Last September, Kenenisa battled Wilson Kipsang for 40 kilometers, then, sped away to a 2:03:03!
Admitting that he is about 90 percent right now, Kenenisa Bekele is the odds on favorite for tomorrow, Sunday, April 23 at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. I also think one should consider Bedan Karoki (great training, dangerous kick), Abel Kirui (wants it bad, championship runner) and Ghirmay Ghebrselassie (World Champion, national rivalry, as in Ethiopia (Bekele) versus Eritrea (Ghebrselassie).
I interviewed Kenenisa on Thursday, April 20. He was frank, relaxed and balancing revealing enough information to keep this media person interested, but not playing his cards. We will just have to wait until Sunday, April 23.
Sean Hartnett may be the biggest marathon geek in the world. Haile Gebrselassie calls him the Marathon Professor, and it has stuck. A Professor of geography, Sean Hartnett has the gift of making maps come alive. Sean gets it. Download the map, and read it, savor it and enjoy it. Watch for more upcoming!
Thanks Sean Hartnett for all the work you do for these maps! It makes the race come alive, and helps you appreciate all of the work that goes into running a fine race, and covering the race with the respect that the effort deserves.
RunBlogRun intro: In between the sun tan lotion, iced beers and seafood cocktails, Stuart Weir has managed to stalk a few athletes, and write several articles. We just fed exed him a couple more bottles of sun tan lotion. We hope you enjoy this piece on relay goddess, Natasha Hastings.
Laura Thweatt and her coach, Lee Troop, have a master plan. Her overall training for cross country, track and the roads, provides her the variety she needs to be successful on both track and roads. She is now running another marathon, but do not call her a marathoner, well, just yet.
Last night, as I was writing in Guoman Towers, actually wide awake after a nice 70 minute walk with my son, Adam, I was planning my Saturday columns. Enjoying my pot of tea, I had a few moments to speak with Josh Cox and Ben Rosario. Josh Cox holds the AR for 50k and is a prominent sports agent and manager. Ben Rosario is the coach/Advisor/Founder of HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite.
Kellyn Taylor, USA XC, February 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net
In the few years that HOKA Northern Arizona Elite has existed, they have provided us with stars new and old. Last month, I saw some fine performances, with Stephanie Bruce taking second in the 10,000m (31:51.98), a PB by 18 seconds. Her husband, Ben Bruce joined the sub 28:10 club with a 19 second PB (28:09.29), just behind Martin Hehir (28:08.60).
Right behind Stephanie Bruce was Kellyn Taylor, who lead until halfway, finishing sixth in 32:16.78. What I figured out later, was that Kellyn Taylor was right in the middle of her final preparations for the Virgin Money London Marathon. In February, Kellyn Taylor had run the USA Cross Country (as did the HOKA Northern Arizona Elite team).
When I asked Ben Rosario, a man who exudes positivism, where Kellyn Taylor is in terms of fitness, he was quite confident in her fitness. I noted, that is time to write a piece on Kellyn Taylor and our admiration of her talent, drive and focus.
What are race days?
Race days are how track & field athletes and road runners judge the success of their programs, and challenge themselves. There are as many ways to reach a running goal as their are runners. 1964 Olympic bronze medalist at 5000 meters, Bill Dellinger, would count his steps on a beach, doing repeast 1320s and miles, when he was stationed a small military base in Alaska. Ron Daws, a 1968 Olympian over the marathon, used to do double sweat suit runs to prepare for hot weather races.
Saturday, April 22, 2017. Race today, race a team relay or a single event. Remember to warm up and cooldown.
I interviewed Ghirmay Gebrelassie at the Virgin Money London Marathon. He was articulate and thoughtful. He analyzes his career like a journo. This guy has insights, speed and talent. I think he's going to rule the marathon someday, here's why.
RunBlogRun opines: I knew of Tom Fleming from the pages of Runner magazine and the results agate in newspapers. It was 1979 and Runner magazine, the publication of George Hirsch, was, a new, cool publication on the sport. Their coverage of the Boston Marathon that year was superb. I remember seeing the picture of Tom Fleming, a guy who had won two NYC Marathons and who made Bill Rodgers work for it. Years later, when I finally met Tom Fleming, through Jeff Benjamin, I believe, it was like we were old friends. Tom loved the sport on his shirt sleeve, the guy knew one speed, constantly fast, and he loved life, his family and he loved the sport.
Tom Fleming and I would catch up several times. The last time was May 2014, when I intereviewed him at the RRCA convention, after his entrance into their Hall of Fame. It was an amazing conversation, as Tom loved the sport and spoke with emotion and enthusiasm.
I am so saddened by the loss of this amazingly alive, thoughtful and kind man. I am praying for his son, daughter, family and friends. Tom Fleming lived his live with vitality and humor, and that he was at a track meet when we lost him, is probably the way he would have wanted to pass away.
We will publish a piece that shows the respect that Tom Fleming deserves on RunBlogRun in the near future.
The following piece is from Staten Island Live: http://www.silive.com/recsports/index.ssf/2017/04/tom_fleming.html#incart_river_mobile_index
So, somebody had to go. Stuart Weir got the proverbial short stick and had to sit near a wonderful pool, with an ocean vista and write about (dear god), athletics. Feel his pain, feel the torture, feel the drama. After you get done sucking down one of the those colada somethings with a colorful umbrella, please get back to your writing!
Oh, the agony.
The HASPA Hamburg Marathon happens on the same day as the London Marathon. Hamburgy has its own appeal, and has been the place that many marathoners have come to build on to a marathoning pedigree.
The Opening Press conference for the 2017 Boston Marathon, presented by John Hancock, is when the Boston Marathon weekend truly begins for me. The John Hancock athletes group is introduced, which includes the past champions and the contenders for 2017. Afterwards, we have a chance to do one on one interviews in a situation that is both frenetic and Boston. Here is the opening presser in its entirety.
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The Hamburg Marathon has had some phenomenal athletes. Tonight we speak about Tsegaye Kebede, one of the most enduring marathoners on the planet.
And, now, thanks to our friend Andy Edwards, of Race News Service, we have an interview with Tsegaye Kebede, one of the most enduring of marathoners. Remember that Tsegaye has won Paris, London, Chicago, and of course, Fukuoka (twice). The Olympic and World Champion bronze medalist is the pocket rocket of Ethiopia. And remember, it Tsegaye Kebede who battled the late Sammy Wanjiru through the streets of the Windy City in 2010?
Andy Edwards of Race News Service, a partner of RunBlogRun and the RunningNetwork, interviewed Tsegaye Kebede on his deep thougths before the Hannover Marathon, to be held on April 23, 2017.
Today is an easy day on our schedule.
I was speaking yesterday with Ghirmay Ghebrselassie, of Eritrea, who has won a World Championship gold medal on the marathon and who also has won New York. Each time I interview Ghirmay, he gets much better at expressing his love of running and his level competitiveness. He told me that he wants to run fast this time, but knows that he must be patient. Patience is a great skill in our sport. If you can be patient, and do the daily workouts, they will build up to make you faster and stronger.
Stephen Kiprotich is the 2012 London Olympic gold medalist on the marathon. In 2013, Stephen Kiprotich won the World Marathon Championship in Moscow in 2013 at the World Championships. Stephen Kiprotich is one of the stars of Ugandan athletics.
Stephen Kiprotich was interviewed by our friend, Andy Edwards of the Race News Service a the Hamburg Marathon, which will happen this Sunday, April 23. Kiprotich has had some injury issues, and we look forward to seeing Stephen running well once again.
Kenenisa Bekele is described as the greatest distance runner of all times. His world records for the 5000 meters and 10,000 meters have been untouched for thirteen years. His move to the marathon started in 2014, in Paris. A strong win there in 2:05:02, then, races in Chicago, Dubai, London, Berlin, Dubia and now, London once again. Kenenisa fell in Dubai, and many wonder if Kenenisa is recovered. I believe he is in fine shape and he wants to win, and tak all of the money home to Ethiopia.
Ghirmay Ghebresleassie is the 2015 World Champion and 2016 NYC Marathon champion, after a fourth in the Olympics and a win in Hamburg in 2014. Increadibly articulate, Ghirmay wants to win, and he knows that Kenenisa Bekele is one of the athletes that he has to battle on Sunday.
The interviews were done by Tim Hutchings, 1984 Olympic fourth placer, 5000 meters, and two time World Cross Country silver medalist.
The pressers at 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon are hosted by (1984 Olympian) Tim Hutchings. Hutchings does his homework, has a wicked sense of humor and provides the media with strong comments from key athletes as they consider their upcoming races. This presser featured Bedan Karoki, Feyisa Lelisa and Abel Kirui. Video is from my iphone and has much of the first presser.
Bedan Karoki has won a series of fast half marathons, and is focused on his debut marathon. Feyisa Lelisa is the 2016 Rio Silver medalist for the marathon and Abel Kirui, a two time World Champion, won the recent Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
Updated 21 April, inability to count.
A long day of speed work builds confidence. Enjoy the workout today, know that it builds your strength and racing readyness.
Here's your Thursday workout!
Thursday, warm up, 6 x 400 meters, 2 mile race pace, 30 second jog (yep, that is 30 seconds between each) between each 400 meters, 800 meter jog, 4 x 200 meters, current 400m race pace, 200 meter jog, 4 x 150 meters, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.
For me, the Boston Maraton in 2017, with the heat, humidity and wind, was still one of the finest races in the stories history. Americans had two women and six men in the top ten in each elite race. 30,000 runners battled heat, humidity and wind on April 17, 2017.
Edna KIplagat and Geoffrey Kirui showed that running for the first time on the course does not dampen your chance of running well through the towns around Boston.
Here's five things I learnt on observing the 2017 Boston Marathon.
PHOTO: Three of the top Kenyan women running the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon (left to right): Vivian Cheruiyot, Florence Kiplagat, and Mary Keitany (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)
The women's field in London may be the best ever assembled. Three amazing Kenyan women and three amazing Ethiopian women, and we could see five women under 2:20. I believe Mary Keitany can run 2:17, perhaps high 2:16. In this article, David Monti of Race Results Weekly discusses the women's field and just how fast they can go!
Watching Ekaterina Stefanidi develop as an athlete has been fascinating. Getting updates from her manager, Karen Locke, is always fun. For the European and Olympic champion, Ekaterina Stefanidi's overnight success has taken her around the world, since, at the young age of ten, she began vaulting.
Read this fine piece by our friend, David Hunter, who is still sleeping a bit after a long day in the office at the Boston Marathon, while he helped me with our live coverage for 8 hours, and provided RunBlogRun two features on the elite marathons. And, 256,000 of you watched and read our coverage, thanks!
Pass this one around, it is another good one from Dave Hunter!
The relationship between the Boston Marathon and adidas was forged in the late 1980s by Guy Morse, the first Executive Director of the BAA Boston Marathon and Adrian Leek, former global running head at adidas. Guy and Adrian understood that they had something special in Boston, and, with the longest enduring footwear and apparel sponsorship for an event in our sport, the creation of an official line of apparel and footwear specials became part of the Boston marathon culture. One sees Boston Marathon apparel far and wide around the world. For the Boston Marathon faithful, the yearly adidas jacket, shirt and shorts are part of their lives.
In this short video, I show you a bit of the booth on the last day, the first day that there were not lines (well in the last two hours). But, take this talking point: adidas worked hard (like ASICS at New York), to build the apparel line into something to be treasured, and that success can not be taken for granted.
Updated 21 April due inability to count.
The level of racing in high school track in 2017 is inspiring. Deep fields, fast racing, big throws, huge jumps. All of that means that your competitors are training as hard as you! What makes the diference? Drive, focus, the need and desire to succeed.
Wednesday, warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 6 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.
Here is a news release on the Owaves company. Owaves is focused on bringing health and wellness to humans. They do it through apps that provide top notch advice and suggestions on how to include a healthy lifestyle in an all so crazy modern lifestyle
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How will Vivian Cheruiyot fare in the 2017 Virgin Money Marathon next weekend? Well, we are headed across the proverbial pond to find out. For now, we will rely on this fine piece by Stuart Weir on how Vivian Cheruiyot, the women who ran down some of the best women distance runners in her career, will run through the streets of London.
My feeling? Vivian Cheruiyot will finish in the top three in London in her debut.
The final press conference of the Boston Marathon for 2017 just provided solid evidence that this year's iconic marathon was one of the best races ever. In terms of hot weather, it was too warm, but it could have been much worse. There were about 2500 people who sought medical attention, but fewer than in past years who spent a night in the hospital (12-15). In terms of the citizen runners, nearly 30,000 finished the race, including David McGillavrey, the Race Director, who starts after most have finished, with a few friends, and runs the marathon in its entirety.
The races upfront, from push rim wheelchairs to elite men and elite women, were fantastic races. That there were two American women in the top ten and six American men in the top ten were no surprise to those following the increasingly good performances of the American athletes.
Here's the video from Facebook LIVE, recorded by Larry Eder, of the presser.
PHOTO: Jordan Hasay finishes the 2017 Boston Marathon in 2:23:00, the fastest-ever marathon debut by a USA woman (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)
PHOTO: 2017 Boston Marathon champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya with her daughter Wendy (9) and son Carlos (13) (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)
The 2017 BAA Boston Marathon was a nearly flawless event, with great performances on both sides of the elite races. The warm weather affected many of the citizen runners, but the runners who qualify for Boston understand the marathon like few others. Here's David Monti's fine piece on the elite races from Patriots Day 2017.
Tuesday is a tough day of training. Warm up together and work together to get the work done. Do not go faster than the workout, do just what is said. Then, cool down well.
Consider that great performances by Americans for six men of top ten and two women in top ten.
This is David Hunter's second piece of the day. He writes a piece on both the men's and women's races for RunBlogRun for the past few years, as he and I sit next to each other in the back of the Boston media room, watching every move of both races. David captures the speed and drive Edna Kiplagat, as well as the other diverse set of stars in 2017 Boston. An amazing race from any veiwpoint, the women's race just shows how far the women's marathon has grown. It was only fifty years ago that a prominent coach questioned whether women could break three hours or five minutes for the mile without damaging their femininity. And this year, Katherine Switzer celebrated her 50th anniversary of her first run of Boston, with the importance of a historic moment that has become a living legacy to help young women across the world find their sporting selves. How appropriate that a 38 year old mother of two plus three (Edna adopted her sister's three children), wins the 2017 race, and a role model for sport for the past fifty years finishes the marathon in the 50th anniversary of her first run.
The women's race in Boston in 2017 was quite satisfying on several levels. Edna Kiplagat is one of the most enduring marathoners in our sport, and her show of strength, savvy and tactics was a great model for veteran marathoners. On the other side, Jordan Hasay, the debutante marathoner, just blew through expectations. And Desi Linden, who ran with one goal, to win, gave it her all, and took fourth. Here's Carolyn Mather's feature on the women's race from the 121rst Boston Marathon.
The Boston marathon is a challenge enough with the course. The downhills lure you into running fast, and the hills can destroy you. However, if you run the course smart, you learn how to relax on the downhills and build on the uphills, so that your quadriceps are still working at 21 miles. If you get to 21 miles and your legs have not gone on strike, you could run a fine time.
The battle for Boston for men was between two guys who had never run Boston before: Geoffrey Kirui and Galen Rupp. The race was like a boxing match, with punches and counter punches. When you consider that a 4:48 mile lost to a 4:29 mile with only three miles to go, you understand the level of a battle that this was!
And for Americans, six American men finished in the top ten, putting more Americans in the top ten than Ethiopians and Kenyans combined! David Hunter's feature on the men's race captures the rough and tumble nature of the Boston marathon, but also, the spirit with which the race unfolded.
David always finds a bit on the athletes that make them more human to the reader. In the end, the Boston Marathon will stand out as American performances continue to improve. Please enjoy David Hunter's feature on the men's race at the 121rst Boston Marathon.
The women's race at the 121rst Boston Boston was spectacular. For much of the race, well, for the first 17 1/2 miles, both Americans Desi Linden and marathon debuttante Jordan Hasay were in the mix. From 19 to 20 miles, Edna Kiplagat charged, and I mean charged up hill, running a five minute mile and destroying the field. In the carnage, Desi went off the back, into the cold corner of hell called fourth place. Jordan Hasay held one, running a 2:23:00 marathon (this writer has suggested 2:24-2:25), Rose Chelimo took second and Edna Kiplagat won her first Boston.
The Women's presser was pretty good. Edna speaks well, and Jordan, Desi and Dot McMahon, the first masters women, were quite articulate. Desi Linden said it best, " we are putting more and more Americans up on the podium. John Hancock should be commended for helping educate the fans about the top athletes...it will happen."
One thinks that, with Jordan and Desi as examples, (and Shalane and Amy), it could come soon.
In a race with fast winds, heat and humidty, both the men's and women's races, were absolutely awesome. When is the last time you saw a guy (Galen Rupp) run a 4:48 mile an loose 21 seconds on the winner (Geoffrey Kirui)? The US had second (Galen Rupp), fourth (Shadrack Biwott), sixth, (Abdi Abdirhaman), ninth (Luke Puskedra) and tenth (Jared Ward). The last time there were more American men in the top then than Kenyan or Ethiopian men? You had to go back to 1985, the last year that Boston was an amateur race!
Here's the presser from the wonders of Larry Eder's Iphone. Sorry for the moving arm, but some provocative comments!
#Regram @heresrunners @kilometro42vzla Bestia!! Geoffrey Kirui nuevo campeón del maratón de Boston con unos parciales de 14:25 en los últimos 5 kilómetros para detener el cronómetro sobre las 2h09:37 KENIA DOMINO LA CARRERA. Luego de batallar con Galen Rupp (2h:09:58) y Suguro Osako 2h10:28 respectivamente Kirui supo como hacerlo aguas y cuándo atacar. Una carrera de estrategia que Kirui supo ganar. #bostonmarathon2017 #bostonstrong #boston #bostonmarathon #whyirunboston
This piece is on the weekend of activities prior to the Boston Marathon. We asked Carolyn Mather, long time senior writer for Running Journal, to provide you, dear reader, a birds eye view of the plethora of activities over the long weekend of Boston. This gives you an idea of what you can experience Thursday to Sunday, up to the very night before the race. Breathe it in, and then, come to Boston to experience it.
Today is Patriot's Day. In Boston the 121rst Boston marathon is being held. Check it out, as the race is very inspiring.
Monday, April 17, 2017. warm up, two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, finish with 6 times 150 meters stride outs, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.
How will Jared Ward do in Boston? Well, if the Olympic sixth placer continues in his focused, controlled racing, Jared could do quite well on Monday (we predict a 2:09 time and top ten, perhaps as high as top five). Whatever the case, the 27 year old has many more marathons to run, and his story is fascinating. Check out our piece on Jared Ward, in the next section!
What makes Jared Ward special? Jared Ward understands the power of pacing. Heck, he wrote his thesis on it, and we have attached this thesis below, but just read abit about one of our top up and coming marathoners. You will be hearing more about Jared Ward in the future !
Desi Linden was 18th in the 2007 Boston Marathon. Four years later, she ran a masterful race in Boston, missing the win by two seconds. Her 2:22:38 that day is still her PB. Six years later, Desi Linden is in fine shape, and very confident. The important notion to understand about Desi Linden is that savors a good fight. Linden is prepared to battle to the very last steps and looks forward to that. Her long term training, with the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, has created this immense muscle memory.
Tomorrow, Monday, April 17, 2017, that muscle memory and focus will be put to the test. We wish Desi Linden the very best and believe that she is quit capable of winning the 2017 Boston Marathon.
This interview was done on Saturday, April 15, at the Sam Adams Brewery, with special thanks to Brooks Running's Derek Lactoen.
BOSTON (USA): Former winner Meb Keflezighi has said he sprained his ankle in training in early March and was forced to miss two weeks' training ahead of the Boston Marathon, informs LetsRun.com. Keflezighi will make his farewell in Boston tomorrow before closing his career in the New York Marathon in November.
RunBlogRun opines: For his most successful marathons, Meb has averaged 5 1/2 to seven weeks of healthy training. How will Meb fare on April 17, 2017? We will have to wait and see. But, remember, Meb does not give up easily.
Update April 16, 2017.
On Monday, April 17, 2017, Jordan Hasay will debut at the marathon distance. She is choosing to run the most famous marathon in the world, the Boston Marathon, for her debut. Jordan Hasay is fit, confident and focused. We wish her the very best of luck in her debut.
Here is a piece I wrote two weeks ago, plus links to two important stories on Jordan Hasay that we did this spring!
Has Jordan Hasay found the event she was built to run? We will just have to wait and see, but we know it will be an exciting race!
Here's our newest conversations with Larry. You know the drill. I sit down in a room, with my large Cafe Iced Americano (in a paper cup), and pontitificate for two minutes, tops. In this monologue, I pretend I am IAAF CEO for a day, and look at some of the challenges in our sport. Tell me what you think! Email me at [email protected].
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PHOTO: Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya in advance of the 2017 Boston Marathon (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)Emmanuel Mutai, one of the finest marathoners in our sport, will be be running the Boston marathon tomorrow. Emmanuel will be running Boston for the first time. Emmanuel Mutai will be running into history. Here's the story from David Monti on his run for eight Abbott World Marathon Majors.
Updated April 16, 2017
This piece was originally published on March 23, 2014. It is a different world now. I like the day of good works done on April 15. Here were my thoughts three years ago. I thought it made a good read.
The word is out.
It's Sunday, and time for your long run. Find a fun place to run, and run with your friends. Great time to catch up and important for your training program.
Sunday, April 16, 2017. Long run, 10-11 miles, with warm up and cooldown and yes, push ups and sit ups.
PHOTO: Nick Willis beats Cristian Soratos and Will Leer in the 2017 B.A.A. Invitational Mile (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)
PHOTO: Nicole Sifuentes sets the race record of 4:33.7 for the B.A.A. Invitational Mile (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)
The B.A.A. Invitational Miles have become a real part of the Boston Marathon weekend. With the 5k, and the mile, the Boston Marathon provides something for everyone. Here's David Monti's fine piece on the B.A.A. miles.
In 2016, adidas wanted to shake up how track & field was presented. So, they teamed up with Global Athletics & Marketing in Boston and debuted a two day meeting called the adidas Boost Boston. The meet was something old and something new. The traditional meet, held at Dilboy High School finished with a BBQ. That night, the Global team had to manufacture a 150 meter track on Charles Street next the Boston Commons. The meet was a strong success, to both athletes and fans. And it is back!
RunBlogRun visites 35-40 events every year, around the world. We focus on providing live coverage of events and the sport for you, our readers. We loved the adidas Boost Boston. We also knew that there were the typical issues with a new event, and in the second year, the adidas Boost Boston Games, to be held on June 2 and June 4, 2017. We will be there once again!
In this Conversations with Larry, presented by RunBlogRun, I cover why I love the adidas Boost Boston Games. I am allowed two minutes to communicate my idea. Tell me how we did! Reach me at [email protected].
Ben True won the B.A.A. 5k today, in a new AR of 13:20. Ben has come to own this race, and the race has come to be his early spring test of fitness. True hit the first mile around 4:20, and by two miles, hit in 8:42, he was off. Observing True in full flight is a treat for track & field fans.
Ben True's victory in the B.A.A. 5k today was a performance that suggests Ben True is on his way to bigger things in 2017.
Don't believe me? Ask his coach.
PHOTO: Ben True winning his third B.A.A. 5-K in an American record 13:20 (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)
PHOTO: Buze Diriba winning her first B.A.A. 5-K, edging out Molly Huddle, 14:54 to 14:56 (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)With 8,500 runners and two fine elite races, under the clear, cool skies of Boston, the B.A.A. 5k was a huge success. Here's the fine piece from David Monti of Race Results Weekly on the two elite races.
The Hayward Restoration Meet began in 1974. One of the finest races of the day was a battle between Frank Shorter, Olympic gold medalist and Steve Prefontaine, Olympic 4th placer, in the 5000 meters. Frank Shorter took the lead in the 3 mile with a lap to go, and with a long wind up, and the support of 'his people' Steve Prefontaine flew by Frank Shorter as they both broke the AR for 3 miles, with Pre running 12:51.4. In the following year, Shorter and Prefontaine both battled over 5000 meters,with Prefontaine getting the win, nearly beaking the AR. Prefontaine died early the next morning. Nike has been involved since 1978, as the meet became the Prefontaine Classic in 1975.
I have missed a few meets since the late 1980s, and for good reason. With Nike's support, and Tom Jordan's magnifiscent obsession, the Prefontaine Classic has given American fans a chance to see European style track meets in the Pacific Northwest.
Here is our video series, presented by RunBlogRun, Conversations with Larry, on why the Pre Meet is important. Thanks to the Shoe Addicts, who produced our video for RunBlogRun.
The season is underway for 2017. Last weekend's Arcadia Invitational was the national opening for outdoor high school and one of the finest nights of high school of track and field had the season flying! Today was the Mt. SAC Relays, as well as the Bryan Clay invitational. From Clayton Murphy's 1:43.60 for 800 meters, to Dafneh Schippers' 10.95 and 22.29. In Florida, Torie Bowie ran 10.80 wind aided. And then, Elaine Thompson, Rio double gold, ran 10.75! At Mt.SAC, Ronnie Baker ran his first legal sub 10 seconds, with his 9.99 in 0.10 headwind!
In Boston, Ben True won the BAA 5k and broke the AR with 13:20!
What ever your level, a great weekend for track & field! How did you race today?
Saturday, April 15, 2017. Race today, race a team relay or a single event. Remember to warm up and cooldown.
This weekend there will be big races around the world, good luck to all of the competitors. Stay focused on your goals, even on your early days.
Friday, April 14, 2017. warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 8 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.
The adidas Boost Boston Games was launched in June 2016 as a way to shake up the presentation of the sport of athletics. adidas, a long time supporter of the sport, supported meets in Herzogenaurach, Germany (adidas campus) and in Boston to showcase their global support of athletics.
The 2016 events were a huge success. In Boston, Global Athletics & Marketing produced the event for adidas and are managing and producing the 2017 events on June 2 and June 4. What do I like about the event? Combining a fine night of racing on the track, and then, the enthusiasm of an indoor track outdoors, the track on the street has been expanded to 200 meters from 150 meters.
In 2017, adidas and Global Athletics & Marketing will do something old and something new. The events on June 2 and June 4 provide fans a intimate view of the sport and their heroes. Some of the biggest champions from Rio 2016 will be in Boston: Wayde Van Niekerk, Torie Bowie and Ajee' Wilson will be in Boston. RunBlogRun looks forward to seeing you there!
This is part 2 of the YouthRunner Clinic Series, featuring Pat Tyson. We heartily encourage all to check out the upcoming events at YouthRunner.com! Pat Tyson is a wealth of information and a wonderful example of a person whose vocation is avocation as well.
Pat Tyson is one of the finest coaches in America. A former University of Oregon athlete, Pat was the training partner and room mate of the late Steve Prefontaine. A long time high school coach at powerhouse Mead High School, Pat is now the head coach for cross country at Gonzaga University. YouthRunner, a partner of RunBlogRun in the RunningNetwork, has produced a series of coaching clinics. RunBlogRun encourages our readers to watch these clinics as they are chock full of great training suggestions.
Cait Chock provides RunBlogRun stories that always inspire, from views that many of us have not considered. Such is the case of Selina Sekulic, whose journey through running, injuries and the self knowledge has lead her to an amazing career. We wish Selina Sekulic endless injury free miles and thank her for sharing her story with Cait Chock. And I look forward to Cait's next stories!
The career of Meb Keflezighi has been long and colorful. I feel fortunate to have written about most of his major races. The following piece, by Chris Lotsbom of Race Results Weekly, is a chronicle of Meb's journey through the 26 miles of Boston. It is emotional and inspiring, and we thank Chris for this fine feature. It is the perfect read on the eve of the 121 rst Boston Marathon.
One of the great things about our sport is that we get from the sport what we put in. The physical improvement, the confidence from reaching goals, and the spiritual benefits of meeting new friends and being part of something bigger than us are few of the benefits of our sport. Breathe in, breathe out, and enjoy the workout.
Thursday, April 13, 2017. warm up, 6 x 200 meters, 200 meter jog between each, 200 meters at pace of 400 meters for current 800m race pace, jog 400 meters, 6 x 200 meters, 200 meter jog between each, 200 meters at pace of 400 meters for current 800m race pace, 4 x 150 meters, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.
Nick Symmonds, GM, San Francisco, photo by PhotoRun.net
RunBlogRun opines: One of the most well run press conferences via phone that I have been on. Silly point, but important, all reporters were actually given a couple of questions to ask, and the GMs, Vin Lananna and Mike Reilly, were all game. I will be following up with a second piece later today, once I get on a plane (off to Boston), but I am liking what I hear about the TrackTown USA series for 2017!
This is our third Conversations with Larry this week. The focus of this one is on the USA Indoor Champs, which were held March 3-5. The meet had some fine performances, but, the crowd left something to be desired. This fact was twittered, facebooked and instagramed to me over the weekend. So, again, after some caffeine, and a clean shirt, the Shoe Addicts sat me down and I spent two minutes (my limit) speaking on how Indoor champs need to be promoted to show respect for the athletes. Our fine athletes deserve a good crowd. The problem is, how do we do just that? You will have to watch!
The spring season is picking up. After twelve weeks of training and with the fall cross country season behind them, some fine performances are happening around the country. Continue to stay focused! We are focused on the fast training and easy runs this week.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 6 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.
My experiences at the 2017 European Indoor Athletics Championships were, well, amazing. Three great days of track & field, in a fine indoor facility, with a great and enthusiastic crowd, plus inexpensive restaurants, and a rocking Holidy Inn Express ! So, the Shoe Addicts provided me an Iced Americano (large, must be in paper cup, must have half & half), locked me in a room near the LA Airport and had me rip off about ten videos. I think this is a pretty good one. Really, I never did alot of drugs because of the way caffeine has affected me for so many years. Thanks to RunBlogRun for presenting Conversations with Larry and the Shoe Addicts for producing this fine series (and plying me with Iced Americanos). Oh, and I really enjoy Richard Kilty, the British sprinter, just a good guy who continues to improve and doing good things for British Athletics.
This is another Conversations with Larry. Presented by RunBlogRun, Conversations with Larry is my attempt to provide some clarity in our crazy sport. My topic today is the importance of the Boston Marathon. Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts, our digital partners, who produce the video series.
Tell us what you think, just email me at [email protected].
Morgan Gonzalez on Moab Trail Marathon Champs, courtesy of http://www.runningdharmabums.
I forgot that I had asked Cait Chock to write this piece on Morgan Gonzalez. Then, I went to her blog, and was amazed. A smile took over my face, as I remembered training up in Yosemite in the late 70s and early 80s, camping in Tuolomee Meadows in the snow. I am obssessed now with her blog, http://www.runningdharmabums.
The Arcadia Invitational was last weekend. Some absolutely amazing performances from the meet! The Arcadia meet brings together the finest athletes in the nation and with that level of competition, the performances are excellent! 25 guys went under 9 minutes for 3200 meters. Two girls battled for the 3200 title, both breaking 10 minutes! Amazing!
Did you know Haile Gebrselassie, the gold medalist from 1996 and 2000 in the Olympic 10,000m, and holder of 26 world records ran a 2:48 marathon when he was 17? He totally wore himself out and had to jog home. Now, Haile is the president of the Ethiopian Federation.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017. warm up, 2 sets of 4 x 400 meters, first 4 x400 meters at mile race pace, 200 meter jog in between each, then, in second set of 4x400 meters, run 4x400 meters at 800 meter mile race pace, 200 meter jog, , 4 x 150 meter stride outs, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.
Monday workouts are important for the next several months. This workout was similar to what 1976 Olympic gold medalist at 1500 meters, John Walker, used in his Monday workouts. The key is to be able to change speeds, and this workout allows you to develop that skill.
Martin Hehir just ran a big 10,000 meter race at Stanford. His gutty running near the end of the race, took him under 28:10 for 25 laps. Remember, it's all about the hard work.
Monday, April 10, 2017. warm up, two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, finish with 6 times 150 meters stride outs, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.
The UAE Health Kidney 10k is a great rite of spring in the Big Apple, for a great cause, for the past 13 years. The NYRR sent us a great press release on the race, and I was fascinated on why the United Arab Emirates supports the event. Read the entire piece, because it is pretty cool. Nice wins by Sam Chelanga and Mamitu Daska!
The race walking tradition has been part of the sport since the beginnings of our sport. There are concerns, that as the IOC adds sports to the Olympic Games, they will force the current sports to consider changes. Rumors have broken out that the Race Walks were to be affected. From the ending of the 50k Race Walk, to the changing of the 20k to a half marathon distance. Here is the petition by Chris Erickson. He needs less than 1000 more sign ups to reach his goal.
Our sport is a global sport. For the 210 countries that have athletics in their sporting programs, we are attempting to provide news and updates from around the world on RunBlogRun. Carles Baronet, our Catalan friend, who publishes the blog, Track in Sun. Carles has added coverage of Central America and the Caribbe for us, and we are grateful for his hard work!
The Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris is amazing. I was fortunate to view it in 2014, when Kenenisa Bekele debuted at the marathon distance. The course is through the streets of Paris, and 40,000 runners a year can attest to the beauty of the race and the excitement of racing in Paris.
The column below is part of our A View from Kenya series, by Justin Lagat. Justin wrote this piece about the Paris and Rotterdam marathons.
Last night, the Arcadia Invitational proved once again, that the next generation of American track & field may be one of the finest in decades. 25 high school boys broke 9 minutes for two miles (3200 meters) and ten broke 8 minutes, 50 seconds. The winning time was 8:41.46, a new meet record at Arcadia, run by Cooper Teare (St. Joseph Notre Dame, headed to Oregon next fall). Remember, long runs build strength, do not miss them!
Sunday, April 9, 2017. Long run, 10-11 miles, with warm up and cooldown and yes, push ups and sit ups.
This meet is one of the most important meets I go to each and every year. It is important because it honors a young man who lived his life quietly and lovingly, Adrian Martinez. The meet has gone from a small community meet to a meet that welcomes local runners, elite runners and also unified events (options for athletes who compete in Special Olympics).
Why is it important? It reminds us of our roots. Small meets, a small group of fans and friends, and races for everyone who wants to race. Several elite races for us to enjoy and some fun New England surprises (last year, Tommy Ratcliffe ran 4:01.50, a New England record). And it is the perfect type of event for HOKA ONE ONE to support. HOKA ONE ONE is one of the most successful footwear start ups of the last decade. Staying grass roots, HOKA ONE ONE has grown to be a global phenonmenon.
My dream? I would love to see four meets like this, around the country, providing the combination of local runners, unified runners and elite runners, on a local track. I will be there, and hope that you will too. If not, follow our coverage at @runblogrun on Fb, twitter, Instagram.
Press release is just below and all social media contacts are listed!
Out of competition testing is the most effective way to catch doping cheaters, and is a great deterent as well. And remember, blood testing in out of competition situations is different than athlete blood passports, where one looks at changes over a longer period of time. Both out of competition and athlete passports are very effective. They also take money, lots of it.
The testing apparently happened in February for Jemima Sumgong. The protocal is that the IAAF then notifies the Federation, which notifies the athlete and the manager. Many times, if the Federation is reluctant or just plain lazy, this can take months. Apparently, the Federation reacted much faster this time.
Then, Reuters heard about it and all hell broke loose.
The problem in Kenya is like the problem in several other countries. Without effective testing, and support from the government, national federation and Olympic federation, drug testing will not be conducted at a high enough level for testing to be effective. Without a protocal of out of competition testing, cheaters do get through the cracks, and the rumors about cheaters become the only thing some speak about. This is not good for our sport or any sport.
Hence, the IAAF, with the financial support of Abbott WMM, has been conducting testing for the past couple of years (I am trying to get an exact time frame). World Marathon Majors was doing their own blood testing before that. Abbott WMM and the IAAF understand that out of competition testing is the only way to nail doping. And don't be naive about the whole surprise response from some. When cheating is organized, few know about it.
Truth is this. I do not believe that Kenyan athletes need to cheat. They are that hard working and that talented. Doping is supposed to take the guess work out of training and racing, making you so superior that no one can beat you.
No one is that good.
If out of competition is well supported, it will be highly effective. With the banning of Rita Jeptoo for 4 years and now, the positive test of Jemima Sumgong, it is already most effective.
David Hunter focused his pen on Brycen Spratling in the middle of March. Brycen, a very talented long sprinter, is trying to decide on what his event truly is: the 400 meters or the 800 meters. As he tests the 800 meters, we could see another fast 800 meter runner in the mix in the U.S.
Watch for David Hunter's next piece next week! And watch for David to join me covering the 2017 Boston Marathon as we do each year.
The announcement came on April 7, from Reuters. They had an exclusive that Jemima Sumgong had tested positive for EPO in an out of competition testing. The announcement hit the sports world hard. Many woke up on April 8, with a BBC radio and TV announcement. The London Marathon pulled Sumgong from their field, Abbott World Marathon Majors made an announcement and Sumgong's management team issued their statement. We have a synopsis of each event below from yesterday's horrific day.
Some amazing racing the last few weeks. Bellarmine Prep of San Jose, CA ran 10:03.67 for the DMR last weekend at the Stanford Invitational. That lead the nation! Last night, at the American Forks, Utah high school boys ran 16:41.30 for the 4x1600 meters! American Forks had unofficial splits of 4:26 for mile 1, 4:08 for mile 2, 4:05 for mile 3 and 4:02 for mile 4! Second place, Lone Peak, Utah, ran 17:31.04!
Saturday, April 8, 2017. Race today, try a 800 and a 2 mile or a 400 meters and a mile. Remember to warm up and cooldown.
The following column showed up on my email early on Friday morning, April 7. It was from Justin Lagat, and it was his feelings about the postive doping test announced for Jemima Sumgong. I believe that Justin captures many of the feelings from Kenya on the news that their first Olympic women marathon gold medalist has tested positive for EPO.
Kenenisa Bekele, photo by PhotoRun.net
Updated April 7, 2017
I am reposting this interview because I want to remind you of just how tough an committed that Kenenisa Bekele is as a marathoner. He is racing the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 23. This interview was from last May when Bekele battled Wilson Kipsang at the Manchester Great Run 10k. Anyone who discounts Bekele's desire to be the greatest marathoner ever is missing the poing. Bekele was a tough track racer, and he has learnt, in the marathon world, that races do not always go as one desires.
This is the interview that I did with Kenenisa Bekele on Thursday, May 19 at the Great Run Manchester Presser.
Kenenisa Bekele is one of the finest distance runners of all times. The world record holder at 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters, Kenenisa has focused over the past two years on the marathon. I watched him race his debut in Paris in April 2014, when he ran 2:05:02. His second marathon in Chicago was the beginning of his injury cycle and it was not until London 2016, when he ran 2:06, and finished a gutty third, that Kenenisa was able to break that cycle.
Kenenisa was quitely confident in this interview. Again, it was just hours before the Ethiopian selectors surprised many, including Jos Hermans, Kenenisa's manager, by placing Kenenisa as part of the Ethiopian athletes in reserve for London. Note that the reserves are many times used by Ethiopia.
Kenenisa Bekele needs to show his fitness. This race, the Great Race Manchester 10k, takes on a stronger importance for the would be Rio marathoner.
Rosa E Associati manages many of the finest athletes in athletics and road running in the world. Gabriela Rosa coaches many of the athletes and Federico Rosa, one of Gabriela's sons, manages the athletes. Jemima Sumgong is one of Rosa's athletes.
I spoke with Federico Rosa when he represented Rita Jeptoo. I did much research after Jeptoo's positive test, I came to the conclusion that the easy answer was not the reality. It is easy to accuse Rosa of being involved in doping, but that, I believe, it not the reality. I believe doping in Kenya, especially among women athletes is managed by doctors and pharmacists who understand Kenyan culture and know how to push women to do things they might not normally do. I believe that it is easy to blame agents from outside Kenya, They are perfect scapegoats.
The story of Jemima Sumgong puts much pressure on Federico Rosa. Rosa spent time in a Kenyan jail and defended himself in Kenyan court, and did not run away. He would be a complete idiot (and he is not) to support an athlete using doping, especially with his visibility.
More on this story to come. But for now, please read Rosa's statement, obviously translated from the mother tongue.
The following note is from Nick Bitel, the Chief Executive of London Marathon events.This is the kind of statement that has to come from Mr. Bitel, and they are never easy. London Marathon, you must remember, required blood testing on elite marathoners from 2000. They were the first to begin the process of trying to clean up our sport in marathoning. Other marathon majors joined under the World Marathon Majors program. The top marathons have been working to put marathoners on an even playing field now for seventeen years. The out of competition testing now done and supported by the Abbott WMM, supports the IAAF testing in Kenya and other countries. Note that if you are an elite athlete in WMM, you are now getting out of competition testing.
While it is sad that Ms. Sumgong tested positive, it is proof that testing is working. Sad and sobering, but important to appreciate.
RunBlogRun opines: The following is the statement from Abbott World Marathon Majors' Tim Hadzima. Truth is this: World Marathon Majors, at the behest of its members, are sponsoring the IAAF programs to increase out of competition testing in marathoners. Remember that London started blood testing in 2000. It is seventeen years later, and the top women's athlete has been caught. If her B sample comes back positive, then, testing is working. And it will have dealt a major blow to those who rationalize cheating because so few are caught. Abbott World Marathon Majors should be applauded for helping to save the sport.
It is the kind of story that makes you sad, a bit sick to your stomach and stunned. Jemima Sumgong has tested positive in her A sample for EPO, in an out of competition drug test by the IAAF (and supported by World Marathon Majors), per an exclusive story by Reuters, published on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The story can be read here: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sport-doping-sumgong-idUSKBN1782Y7.
Jemima Sumgong was training to defend her title at the 2016 London Marathon, at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon on 23 April 2017. Ms. Sumgong is now suspended, and will not be able to race, until after her B sample is tested.
The response has been swift and covers all feelings of emotion. We will follow up with comments from the World Marathon Majors, London Marathon, and others.
Truth is, as we noted yesterday, if out of competition testing is credible, it will catch drug cheats. When testing catches an athlete at the top of the discipline, it should show the sport that no one is immune.
Fridays were always pretty relaxed in high school, as most meets were mid week or, on Saturday. So, Fridays became fun days for running. Today is a relaxed day of running. Good luck on your race this weekend!
Friday, April 7, 2017. warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 8 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.
Bolt ok for top training
IAAF announce former WADA director general David Howman will be chair of their Athletics Integrity Unit Board. He's one of the good guys... pic.twitter.com/QDdKNROLdq-- Sean Ingle (@seaningle) April 5, 2017
That said, the IAAF Independent Atheltics Integrity Unit is truly a step in the right direction for the sport of athletics. Our sport has been hit with a maelstrom of accusations from the Diack years, and before.
For the sport to thrive, it must clean up its act. This is a step that makes sense. I also like it that Sean Ingle, one of the fine writers at Guardian UK, sent the tweet above.
Nice job, IAAF. But, continue to work in the right direction. Our sport is at stake.
Hopefully, our friend, Kenenisa Bekele is recovered from his fall in Dubai, and ready to his April 23 run through the streets of London. I wanted to remind all that RunBlogRun will be covering London as we do each year. But, I wanted to remind you of the fine field assembled at London for the 2017 race!
Christian Taylor is the finest triple jumper in the world. It is not merely the gold medals in London 2012 and Rio 2016, but it was his ability to bring himself back from bad competitions, that makes him a champion. I also like his love of competition.
Drake Relays continues to build its fields. Thanks to Hy-vee for sponsoring such a fine event.
I used to love repeat 800 meters. They are a good distance and good indication of your fitness. Everyone has pet workouts that are great tests for their fitness. What are yours?
Thursday, April 6, 2017. warm up, 6 times 800 meters, current pace for mile, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown. cooldown.
The spring time is great for running. Duel meets are in the air as are the relays. Good luck in your meets this week and remember to warm up and cool down well each and every day!
Wednesday, April 5, 2017. warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 8 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.
When he's not dealing with cyber attacks, Seb Coe views sites of upcoming events and responds to concerns about how to evolve the sport. Cross Country is one of his focuses, as the World Cross has been the focus of many countries' withdrawing support due to the changes needed in the event. We hope Aarhus 2019 will implement some of the changes needed and build on the excitement from Kampala.
Days on the track are key to your success. They are long and tiring. Take one repetition at a time, and follow the workout. As you get near the end of the workout, stay focused on the goal for the day.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017. warm up, 16 times 200 meters, with 200 meter jog, 200s run at pace of current race pace, 400 meters and then,ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.cooldown.
The Shoe Addicts are the digital partners for RunBlogRun and the RunningNetwork. They prepared ten videos for the 2017 Skechers Performance LA Marathon. The videos cover pre and post press conferences, plus video interviews with Tracey Russell and Carstein Preisz. All videos i one place.
The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile is a race rich in tradition. The fast course is perfectly situated for many marathoners in the Spring to test their fitness. I remember running it in 1986 and watching the top elite running back on the out and back course. It was quite exciting.
This year, Stanley Kebenei, a naturalized American, won the fabled race on Sunday. Congrats to Stanley and find the race story below courtesy of the race management team.
The Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee is one of the finest meets in the world. An enthusiastic sponsor such as Hy-Vee, who appreciates the cost and benefits of developing a brand such as Drake Relays are few and far between.
The men's high jump field will be stellar at Drake. What follows is the release and video release from Blake Bolden on the upcoming 2017 Drake Relays high jump field. The Drake Relays will feature Derek Drouin, the fine Canadian high jumper who took gold in Rio 2016 and bronze in London in 2012.
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The 2017 Skechers Performance LA Marathon was an exciting race on both the men's and women's elite sides. The men's race built and built. As the pace quickened, the field became smaller and smaller. By 23 miles, it was down to three and then, two. Elisha Barno and Daniel Limo battled, with a 4:40 mile as Barno tried to gain control of his stomach. As Limo looked to be breaking Barno, the first time LA Marathoner charged back to the lead, and in a 4:49 mile, Barno began to build a lead, which was 24 seconds by the finish.
The post race presser, filmed and edited by The Shoe Addicts, digital partners of RunBlogRun, prepared this feature on the post race press conference!
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The Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee is an example of how the sport can progress and grow. Hy-Vee has sponsored the Drake Relays for several years, as their business is focused in an eight state area. Their support has allowed the Drake Relays to put together fields that are among the best meets in the world!
Ashley Spencer, the 2016 bronze medalist at the 400 meter hurdles, will help make the 2017 Drake Relays something to behold.
Gatlin vs de Grasse vs Powell
Yesterday we spoke about Rob De Castella. In 1986, Rob won the Boston Marathon, running 2:07:51, all by himself. His strong, gutty running showed a man who had won big races, lost a few, and brought himself back to the very top of the sport. Rob's training was smart, and focused. The strength and speed he built up over his career saw him through 4 Olympics. Rob De Castella was, and is, one of the great ones of the sport. He continues to do good things in athletes long after his retirement.
Monday, April 3, 2017. warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 8 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.
The Carlsbad 5000 race was one of the first and the best circuit road races. The race today was no different, as Dejan Gebrmeskel and Violah Lagat took the victories in the elite races, after thousands ran the fast course!
The women's race at the 2017 Skechers Performance LA Marathon was a real upset. Biruktayit Degafa had the fastest marathon PB prior to the race. But, as we have seen in other races, no one can quantify the human spirit. Hellen Jepkurgat wanted to run the LA Marathon. First, her passport was within six months of expiring, so, Hellen was not let in the U.S. So, Hellen had to get an expedited passport and visa. Then, Hellen was not considered an elite athlete, so she flew herself to LA.
However, all that changed in 2:34:23. Hellen tookt the lead at 14 miles and that party was over, as Jane Kibii of Kenya finished two minutes behind Hellen Jepkurgat, in 2:36:14. Angela Orjuela of Columbia was third in 2:36:20. Big surprise in fourth was San Jose, California's Joanna Reyes, who dropped fifteen minutes off her PB with her fine 2:37:55!
Here's the interview done post race with the top four! Video courtesy of The Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of RunBlogRun.
While this release was sent February 11, we thought it would be great to remind you about the upcoming terrestrial TV for athletics in the U.S. While we support streaming video as great media access to major events, the move to paid content access is limiting the access to the sport, not adding to the sport. We understand that paid streaming is a business plan and respect any media organization who can thrive and grow in this media environment.
Check in with runnerspace.com, flotrack.org and NBC Sports among others. BeInSports is also covering major athletic events around the world.
The Wheelchair winners at the 2017 Skechers Performance LA Marathon had great stories. Laurens Molina, of San Jose, Costa Rica, won the men's race in 1:37:21. Alicia Ibarra Barajas of Mexico City, Mexico won the women's race in 2:11:09. The interviews, in Spanish and English, were fascinating and just show the potential of this race!
Videos by The Shoe Addicts, partners of RunBlogRun.
In the summer of 1984, I was fortunate to join soon to be 4 time Olympic marathoner Rob De Castella (Boston champion, 2 time Commonwealth Games champ, World Champ) for a few workouts in the Bay Area. On a long run, Rob started out at about seven minute pace, on the trails of Nisene Marks, and just flew away over the last five miles of an 18 mile run. Rob was running with one of my training partners, Tim Gruber, and watching them do a 8 times 400 meters, with a 200 meter float, a few days later, and it was amazing to watch such powerful athletes.
Long runs are great ways of meeting new runners. enjoy your run today.
Sunday,April 2, 2017. Long run, 10-11 miles, with warm up and cooldown and yes, push ups and sit ups.
Galen Rupp, the 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medalist, has been quietly building towards the 2017 Boston marathon. He pulled out of the Houston Half marathon on January 15, citing, plantar fasciatis issues. In comments to the media, Galen noted that he recovered fast from the injury and was running within two weeks.
In the Sportissimo Prague Half marathon earlier this morning, Galen finished 11th in the half marathon, won by Tamirat Tola, Ethiopa, in a PB of 59:37. He told David Monti of Race Results Weekly, that he had some foot discomfort during the race. Galen also noted that he hoped it did not affect his upcoming Boston Marathon.
Fans should note, that as part of the Nike Oregon Project, Galen Rupp will have all of the rehab technology available to him. If he pulls out of Boston, there will be a reason, if he races, it is because Alberto Salazar and Galen Rupp are convinced that Galen is ready to roll.
The Boston Marathon is a challenging course that has taken many athletes down the early miles and chewed them up between 15 and 20 miles, and spit them out after that. Bill Rodgers, 4 time winner of Boston once told me that his best races in Boston were the ones where he felt bad up until 15-16 miles.
The Boston Marathon will happen on April 18, 2017. Watch for our live updates from www.runblogrun.com over the eight hours of the race.
We hope that Galen Rupp recovers fast and runs well at the Boston Marathon.
We woke up to the word that Joyciline Jepkosgei had broken four world records during her half marathon in Prague earlier in the morning! We posted the story from David Monti, but people wanted more, so we posted this from the RunCzech website, the managers of the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon.
PHOTO: The two overall champions of the 2017 Sportisimo Prague Half-Marathon, Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia and Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya, with the two top Czech finishers, Eva Vrabcova and Jiri Homolac (photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly)
The Prague Half marathon is a fast race each and every year. This year, it was increadible. Here's David Monti's feature on how the race played out!)
Last night, I went to the Stanford Invitational. On Friday evening, they have distance races. So, sit down at the 100 meter start with some friends, and we talk track and watch races. After the first set of 10,000 meters, I ventured down the track and watched the final two 10,000 meter races. I met a former top runner I ran against thirty years ago, and met his daughter and friends, who were there cheering on their team! It was fun to catch up and see new and old friends.
Good luck in your racing this weekend! Race inspired!
Saturday, April 1, 2017. Race today, try a 800 and a 2 mile or a 400 meters and a mile. Remember to warm up and cooldown.