May 2017 Archives

Our sport is about challenges sought, challenges taken, challenges missed, challenges retried, and challenges surpassed.

Enjoy your run today. Remember to watch the Pre Classic!

642617832.jpgLaura Muir, photo courtesy of British Athletics

Friday, May 26, 2017. warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 8 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.

I remember it like it were yesterday. We were watching the 1984 Olympic marathon on our new color TV. Joan Samuelson took the lead just after three miles on the LA Marathon course. She was being followed, cautiously, by Grete Waitz, Ingrid Kristiansen and Rosa Mota. Surely the adventurous American, who had just had arthroscopic surgery less than two weeks before the Olympic marathon Trials, had used up all of her good luck.

But Joan Benoit Samuelson persisted. Her diminutive size does not translate that tough Mainer inside. Joan was out to win this race, and like Frank Shorter in 1972, who took off at nine miles, Joan Samuelson, then Joan Benoit, won from the front.

Grete Waitz and Ingrid Kristiansen, along with Rosa Mota went after Joan, but it was, alas, too late.

I have known Joan Benoit Samuelson for nearly 33 years, and I am still emotionally touched by her amazing run in Los Angeles. It was true drama, as it should be, in the first Olympic marathon for women.

And now, drum roll, here are the five reasons to be at the Joan Samuelson Night of Pre Classic, on May 26!

The Pre Classic is Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27. Watch for our live coverage of both days on RunBlogRun!

IMG_5679.jpegBeth Potter takes the lead, photo by David Wearn

The Highgate Harriers have a winning event on their hands. Now in its fifth year, the HIghgate Night of 10,000 PBs is a smart success. It also proves that, providing actually innovative events can be done in our sport and this is truly one of them.

Without further adieu, here are my five lessons from the wonderful event at Hampstead Heath on May 20.

Here's some updates from Manchester, England, on the Arcadis Great CityGames (May 26) and the Great Run 10k Manchester (May 28), with thanks to EME News.

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Great CityGames 200m track, photo by Stuart Weir

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DSCN0063.JPGPreparing the Great City Games Track, from Stuart Weir

The Manchester Great CityGames and Great Run have been two of my favorite events to attend over the past few years. With the date moved back a week, I had to miss them, as they coincided with the Nike Prefontaine Classic.

My heart goes out to the people of Manchester, who were attacked last Monday night. That their most vulnerable were attacked is the most senseless thing of all. However, true to their spirit and tradition, the people of Manchester reached out to those in distress on Monday night and held a memorial on Tuesday to recognize the effects of the attack and bring the city together.

The Arcadis Great CityGames will be held Friday, May 26, and the Great Run Manchester will be held on Sunday, May 28.

Here is the preview from Stuart Weir on the Arcadis CityGames. Stuart covered the Loughborough Invitational on Sunday, May 21.

EAA.jpgI found this piece in the TAFWA May 2017 newsletter and thought it handled some of the basic questions on the European Athletics proposal pretty well. This proposal, as one would expect, will be debated, and from it, we hope, will come some ideas that can provide a proposal that many of us can understand.

642617832.jpgLaura Muir after her 1k record in Birmingham (February 2017), photo courtesy of British Athletics

Watching Laura Muir set records at 5,000m, 3,000m, and 1,000m indoors this past winter was fun. Watching her win the 1,500m and 3000m at the European Indoors in Belgrade was a big highlight of my track viewing, as Laura used different tactics to win both titles.

This weekend, Laura Muir will take on the world in the 1,500 meters at the Prefontaine Classic, in what should be one of the most hotly contested races of 2017. Here's a fun interview by Cait Chock with Laura Muir, after her last races of 2017, at the European Indoor Champs.

The question of how to deal with records in our sport that belittle and beg the question, "were the athletes clean?", have been part of discussions pre , post and during meets for decades. The European Athletics proposal is the beginning of the discussion, and there has been much discussion, much of it negative.

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The final decision will require the thoughtfulness of biblical character King Solomon. But, before the King is called, we at RunBlogRun thought it would be good to read the document and consider how to make sense out of something that needs to be fixed. RunBlogRun thinks that there has to be a way to rid the record book of records that are obviously questionable and do not fall under any of needs to approve records in our day and age, and a record system that supports our dreams of a much cleaner sport. page23image31664 page23image31824

W Para-Elite 100m - 001a.jpgSophie Hahn (in light blue kit), setting WR, photo from Still Sport/ Loughborough University

The true highlight of the Loughborough University International was Sophie Hahn's WR for T 38 Class. After reading Stuart Weir's comments on the fine performance, you will understand why Stuart calls it the highlight of the meeting.

If you watch end of season races and championships, in the middle distance races, someone nearly always has a great move over the last 200 meters. Today, enjoy a fast workout and think about finishing fast over the last 200 meters of your next race!

Tommy Ratcliffe.jpgTommy Ratcliffe, after his 4:01.5 mile last June, Adrian Martinez Classic, photo by Kevin Morris

Thursday, May 25, 2017. warm up, 8 x 200 meters, 200 meter jog, 200 meters at current pace for 400 meters, on last 200 meters, run at 90 percent but relaxed, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

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PREFONTAINE NEWS
EUGENE (USA): Olympic and World gold medalist LaShawn Merritt has won an unprecedented five times in the Prefontaine Classic 400, but this year's one-lapper has exciting fresh talent ready to challenge him. From Botswana two youngsters Karabo Sibanda with Baboloki Thebe, European champion Matthew Hudson-Smith, Indoor king Pavel Maslak, Luguelin Santos of Dominican Republic and from US elite Tony McQuay and Vernon Norwood.
EUGENE (USA): Women 100 m hurdles at Prefontaine Classic on Saturday will be like US elite vs Belarus European Indoor champion Alina Talay. In top shape mainly Queen Harrison with Sharika Nelvis and Jasmin Stowers. Also running Christina Manning, Olympic medalists Kristi Castlin and Nia Ali with former Olympic winner Dawn Harper-Nelson.
EUGENE (USA): Olympic winner in javelin Croatian sensation Sara Kolak started on Tuesday her first trip to Prefontaine Classic. But not first to Eugene, she was bronze medalists at World U20 championships in Eugene in 2014. "My preparation went well, with my coach Andrej Hajnsek we did one, even maybe two steps forward. But the most important thing is to stay healthy and be ready for the top championships European U23 in Bydgoszcz and World championships in London. But as always the Diamond League opener in Eugene is also important. We go step by step, I hope to show my shape on Friday," said Kolak. She will face 9 competitors headed by World record holder Barbora Spotakova, European champion Tatyana Khaladovich, World champion Katharina Molitor, DL winner 2016 Madara Palameika and fresh Asian record holder Liu Shiying.

The Pre Classic is the third of fourteen Diamond League Meetings in 2017. The two day Eugene Diamond League has its Friday night dedicated to women in athletics. On the second day, the best three hours of track in North America this year will go down. Make sure that you are there, or watching it! Here's Justin Lagat's take on the distance races in Eugene!

Farah_Mo5kFV1b-OlyGame16.jpgMo Farah over 5000 meters in Rio, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Oxy Performance Meeting, held last Thursday, May 18, was a success on all levels. As I followed the meet from London, it was obvious that the meet has a fine place on the calendar, and some great opening performances for many of the top distance runners in North America and Europe. Here are my five lessons from the meet.

MANCHESTER (GBR): Organisers of the Great City Games and Great Manchester Run have said they are still waiting to hear from relevant parties before making a decision on whether the events will still go ahead in light of last night's terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena, informs insidethegames.biz.

RunBlogRun opines: With the high level of concern regarding terrorist attacks in UK, the decision to hold or cancel the events still is fluid. With the attack Monday night in Manchester, the authortities have much to consider.

Today is Wednesday. After the speed workout from yesterday, you need a relaxed day.

Was good fun grinding it out with these boys over 500m! #greatcitygames #nike 📷 James Rhodes

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017. warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 6 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

Germaine Mason Honored

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Sleep in Peace #germainemason you will be forever in our hearts

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PORTLAND (JAM): Number of athletes, including Olympic and World sprint champion Usain Bolt, turned up at the Hagley Park Road SDA Church for Germaine Mason's memorial service, then took the journey to Grange Hill, Long Road, Portland, where the interment took place. Other close friends who attended the funeral were former Reggae Boy Ricardo Gardner, Gregory Messam, Ian Goodison and Olympians Asafa Powell, Michael Frater, Jason Morgan, Raymond Brown and Shericka Jackson. Good friends Gardner, Goodison and Bolt were among the pall-beareers. From Jamaica Observer.

RunBlogRun opines: Our hearts go out to the friends and family of Germaine Mason. We will keep him, his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.

IMG_5125.jpegThe Highgate Harriers' Night of 10,000m PBs, photo by David Wearn

This is report 17 on European Athletics results for 2016-2017. This was edited by our friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet, who publishes the blog, Track in Sun.

It is Tuesday, May 23, 2017. I am on Golders Green road in London. Golders Green Road a lively, eccentric, colorful, street in a historic Jewish neighborhood in London. In walking around this London neighborhood, I had memories of the where I was raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, off Lemp and Arsenal Streets, a neighborhood of Germans, Hungarians, Poles and Irish working class families of different faiths in the early 1960s. We were two blocks from the massive Anheiser Busch brewery, which I walked through each day, on the way to Saint Agatha's, my school for kindegarten and first grade. The local stores, the local restaurants, the corner food store, and Gus' Pretzels, where my father sold preztels twenty years before, still stood, and was part of my lively childhood in the ealy 1960s. I recall finding bottles and selling them to the grocer, for a small bag of candy. My mother was not amused that I was crossing the big street (always at lights) to go to the corner market.

But, I have digressed.

On Golder's Green Road, I love the sounds of the voices, with different accents, and different languages. I love the different types of Kosher food, from Japanese to Chinese, to Lebanese. I love the kids, in their school outfits, being kids, in a neighborhood where they feel safe, where they see their uncles, aunts, cousins and grand parents on a daily basis. Walking through small markets for fresh vegtables, a bakery, and a butcher shop, all add to the flavor of the neighborhood. That was my life as a kid, and I treasured those experiences. I love the ability, for many, to, sit down at the end of the day, and have a coffee or a beer. So many of those things we miss each and every day in life in the United States.

Last night, around midnight, I was working outside at the Express Cafe, as a young man told his friends that an explosion was heard in Manchester. That is how I heard about the Manchester explosion.

This piece is about living with evil in the modern world.

Fast runs now, during major race weeks, remind us of running swiftly and finishing swiftly. Good luck. Stay focused on the prize.

Martyn Rooney 2016.jpgMartyn Rooney, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tuesday, May 23, 2017. warm up, 2 x 1000 meters, at current mile pace, 500 meter jog in between, then, 2 x 400 meters, at current 800m racing pace, 400m jog in between, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

Thompson leads the Paris cast
PARIS (FRA): Jamaica's double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson will headline the Paris Diamond League meet on July 1, organisers said on Monday. Informs supersport.com. Renaud Lavillenie, Kevin Mayer, Christophe Lemaitre and Dimitri Bascou, who won medals for France at the Rio Olympics last year, will all be present at Stade Charlety, chosen this year to host the event in place of the Stade de France. Men 110 m hurdles will have Jamaica's Olympic champion Omar McLeod while two-time Olympic gold medallist Christian Taylor is set for the triple jump. Canada's Derek Drouin will take on Qatari rival Mutaz Essa Barshim in the men's high jump, and Ethiopian world champion Genzebe Dibaba will race Kenya's Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon in what promises to be a keenly-fought women's 1500m.

DSCN0057.JPGThe fans at Loughborough, photo courtesy of Stuart Weir

We always ask Stuart Weir to provide a different bit on various athletics meetings. As Stuart was covering Loughborough International, we were quite happy with the outcome. We think you will be as well.

Gabby Grunewald races on

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"It's important for me to step on the starting line even if I'm not kicking everyone's ass. I'm doing my best, and that's what my story is about." - Me, to Me (the @runnersworldmag article) . In the midst of one of the busiest and most stressful weeks of my life, I made it to another starting line (& finish line) last night! Again, I feel there is a disconnect between how my training is going and how my racing is going, but there is NO way I can't consider my 6th place finish progress. I will build on the fact that I was able to engage with the race more naturally and exhibit some "fight" in the last quarter. I still want more performance-wise, and I do believe I will have a race that I'll be more satisfied with in the next two weeks. It's looking like I'll get to race two more 1500s before starting chemotherapy on May 30/31, and then I'll see how I feel and maybe try for a race or two during my first cycle. My goal is still to qualify for USA Champs 🇺🇸 in the 1500m. It's lofty but I believe. 💪 . Thank you to my MANY supporters who came out to cheer last night, it was so heartwarming. 💞 You guys made me feel like a champ even though I was far from first. . 📸: Scott A. Schneider

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MINNEAPOLIS (USA): Gabe Grunewald has delayed her chemotherapy so she can continue racing with an aim to qualify for the US Championships in Sacramento next month, informs the Charlotte Observer. "I'm trying to keep my life normal, and not let cancer dictate everything I do. So I'm just taking it a week at a time, one race at a time, just trying to live as much of my life as I can in a meaningful way," she said. Grunewald will compete at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene and the Adidas Boost Boston Games .

RunBlogRun opines: We have always respected Gabby Grunewald. We keep her in our thoughts and prayers every day. But most of all, she has our respect.

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PHOTO: Sheila Reid after winning the 1500m in 4:07.07 at the 2017 USATF Distance Classic in Los Angeles, on May 18 (photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.
One of the finest races of the night at the 2017 Oxy HIgh Performance Meet was the women's elite 1,500 meters. That Sheila Reid and Shannon Rowbury dueled down the final stretch, with Sheila taking the win at the very end, was amazing. Here is the fine story, written by RRW's David Monti. Used with permission.
Gatlin vs De Grasse
EUGENE (USA): Justin Gatlin vs Andre De Grasse will be the headline of 43rd Prefontaine Classic men 100 m on May 27 (IAAF Diamond League). They will clash for the second time time since Rio finals where Gatlin was 2nd and De Grasse 3rd. Also in the race newcomer US Ronnie Baker who is running personal bests currently, Ben Youssef Meite of Ivory Coast, European 200 m champion Adam Gemili with another Brit CJ Ujah, Chinese record holder Su Bingtian and experienced Mike Rodgers.

IMG_8459.JPGPUMA NETFIT Launch, photo by The Shoe Addicts

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Asian record in javelin
KAWASAKI (JPN, May 21): Good javelin performances highlighted the Golden Grand Prix in Kawasaki (IAAF World Challenge). Liu Shiying set an Asian record of 66.47m to win the women's competition (2nd Australian Kathryn Mitchell 63.23) while Olympic winner Thomas Rohler went out to 86.55m in his first international competition since moving to second on the world lists with 93.90m. There was also good throwing in the women's hammer (opening meet of IAAF Hammer Challenge) with in-form American Gwen Berry winning with 74.13m ahead of Olympic bronze medallist Sophie Hitchon (73.97m) and Joanna Fiodorow (71.46m) while teammate Jeneva Stevens won the shot put with 18.48m. Jairus Birech won the steeplechase on his season's debut in 8:19.54 World lead 2017 while there were other Kenyan wins for Timothy Kitum in the 800m (1:47.03), Paul Tanui in the 3000m (7:52.67) and Nelly Jepkosgei the women's 1500m (4:06.86). Also on the in-field, Olympic long jump champion Tianna Bartoletta won with 6.79 (+0.8, was also 3rd in 100 m 11.47, second Shara Proctor 665 +1.0), Chinese jumpers Wang Jianen (8.14 +0.5) and Wu Ruiting (17.18 +1.7 PB) won the long jump and triple jump respectively, Canada's Mike Mason cleared 2.30m in the high jump (second Takashi Eto 230 PB) and Hiroki Ogita cleared 5.60m in the pole vault (second Masaki Ejima equaled Japanese U20 record 550). On the track, Ivet Lalova-Collio scored a 11.40/22.98 (-1.0, +0.6) sprint double, Justin Gatlin won the 100m in 10.28 (-1.2) from Asuka Cambridge (10.31), Canada's Aaron Brown won the 200m in 20.62 (-2.0) and US Quincy Downing won the 400m hurdles in 48.96. There were also sprint hurdles wins for China's Xie Wenjun (13.51, -1.8) and Queen Harrison (12.65, 0.0).

State meets all around the country, major invites all around the world. This is the time to warm up slowly, cool down slowly, remove wet clothes right away and listen to your body. The difference between getting sick and setting a PB is very, very close. You are peaking now. After 19 weeks of trianing, your body is fit, as is your mind. Sleep well, eat well, stay focused and race well.

Today is an easy day. No matter how much you feel like busting it, keep it all under control.

Monday,May 22, 2017. warm up, six miles easy, 6x150 meter stride outs, finish ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

Kipchoge_EluidR1-Sub2Hr17.jpgEliud Kipchoge, photo by PhotoRun.net
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No World marathon for Kipchoge and Kipsang
NAIROBI (KEN): Daily Nation informs that Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and former WR holder Wilson Kipsang have withdrawn from the men's team for the World Championships in London. Their withdrawal has now handed Kenyan marathon couple Paul Lonyangata and Purity Rionoripo, who took Paris Marathon by storm in April, another opportunity for a shot at the world marathon titles. Lonyangata will team up with London Marathon Daniel Wanjiru and Boston Marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui in the men's marathon team. Gedion Kipketer, who finished second at the 2016 Chicago Marathon and 2017 Tokyo Marathon respectively is the men's reserve. Lonyangata's wife Rionoripo and World marathon silver medallist Helah Kiprop, who had not been named in the initial team, now join two times World marathon champion Edna Kiplagat in the women's marathon team. Rionoripo and Kiprop replaces Women's world marathon record holder and London Marathon champion Mary Keitany and Chicago Marathon champion Florence Kiplagat, who had withdrawn from the team. Rionoripo had been named in the reserve team alongside Agnes Barsosio, who has also been knocked out by an injury. Commonwealth Games champion Philomena Cheyech and Valentine Kipketer, who finished second in 2016 Chicago Marathon are women's reserves. Informs Daily Nation.
RunBlogRun opines: Look, I am on doctor, but it seems to me a few athletes are going to get a very lucrative pay day at the fall marathons.

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There will be a world class athletic meeting in Lagos, Nigeria on July 12, 2017, as part of the [email protected] celebration. We will be able to announce some of the top athletes and events after the upcoming press conference. Watch for more details shortly. RunBlogRun is looking foward to seeing a new event on the schedule in Africa.

Alex Korio wins at the TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2017.jpgAlex Korio wins TCS World 10k Bengaluru, photo credit: TCSW10K / Procam International

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The TCS World 10k was held on May 21 in Belgaluru, India had over 24,000 runners in the five differnent races of the event. Special thanks to Spain Sports News' Phil Minshull for this report.

An amazing night of middle distance running was held at Jack Kemp Stadium, at the Oxy High Performance meet, on May 18. Here's the fine piece by David Monti on the Oxy Performance meeting.

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Loughborough University hosted the Loughborough International on Sunday, May 21. Sophie Hahn set a WR for 12.59 for 100 meters during the meet. Pete Matthews sent us this story on Sophie's record run, plus the other highights of the International.

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We thought you would like to see how large the Austrian Women's Run is, with over 35,000 women in Vienna on May 20, 2017. Special thanks to race management for this story and photos.

McMaster 47.80, Blake 9.93, Thompson 22.09
KINGSTON (JAM, May 20): Top result of Jamaica International Invitational before 20 000 spectators was the sub 10 win of Yohan Blake with 9.93 (+0.4) 100 m win ahead of US Ronnie Baker 9.98 PB and Mike Rodgers 10.02. Surprise quality in men 400 m hurdles as last year U20 World medalist Kyron McMaster continued in his improvement with 47.80 national record for British Virgin Islands and World lead. Behind him Jamaican talent Jaheel Hyde 48.52 PB with older generation beaten Bershawn Jackson 48.63 and Javier Culson 48.76. Olympic winner Elaine Thompson dominated the 200 m in 22.09 (+0.5) and equaled the World lead. 400 m specialist Shericka Jackson was 2nd 22.61. Close 100 m winner Morolake Akinosun 11.06 (+0.1) over Michelle-Lee Ahye 11.06 and Olympic winner Allyson Felix who opened with fast 11.07. Highly anticipated 400 m had Novlene Williams-Mills winning in 50.54 ahead of two US runners Phyllis Francis 50.66 and Natasha Hastings 51.20. Another top clash in 200 m was won by Canadian star Andre De Grasse 20.14 (+1.2) over LaShawn Merritt 20.28 and Zharnel Hughes 20.29. Demish Gayle confirmed who is currently number one in Jamaican 400 m camp with 45.08 beating Kevin Borlee 45.52. High hurdles were also fast with Aleec Harris 13.22 (+0.3) ahead of Devon Allen 13.28 and Sharika Nelvis 12.64 (-0.2) beating Jasmin Stowers 12.68 and World champion Danielle Williams 12.78. Olympic winner Caterine Ibarguen opened with a win 14.43 (+0.2) in triple jump, Canadian Liz Gleadle won javelin 60.79 a Levern Spencer 190 high jump. In men technical events high quality 580 by Sam Kendricks in pole vault and 66.36 by Fedrick Dacres in discus. Distances Australian Jack Rayner 7:52.70 PB in the 3000 m, US Charlene Lipsey 2:01.09 in the 800 m and Jamaican record holder Aisha Praught 9:31.85 in steeple.

The Sunday after a good race is a morning where we temper our jubliation over a great race with, perhaps, some soreness. Start the run off slow, observe your body closely, and stay within your limits for a post race day.

IMG_5423.jpegAndy Vernon, HIghgate 10k Night of 10,000m PBs, photo by David Wearn

Run with friends, and enjoy the run, but, if you need to turn around early, do so.

Sunday, May 21, 2017. Long run, 10-11 miles, with warm up and cooldown and yes, push ups and sit ups.

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Potter 32:04.63
LONDON (GBR, May 20): Highgate Harriers stage rousing British 10 000 m trials for IAAF World Championships with Paula Radcliffe and Seb Coe among the guests. Beth Potter stormed to victory in the women's race in a time of 32:04.63 PB that will see her qualify for Worlds. Second Stephanie Twell 32:16.23 ahead of Katrina Wootton 32:27.47, Jo Pavey taking fourth in 32:42.93 and Claire Duck fifth in 32:51.38. Men winner Andy Vernon got 28:21.15. In blowy conditions the qualifying time of 27:45 for London was always going to be tough, though, and Vernon will now target it in Hengelo on June 11. Informs Athletics Weekly.

Andy Vernon looked fantastic in the elite race at Highgate10k. His fitness was pretty good, and he confidence was evident. On the windy night, Andy ran 28:21.15. This was his second 10,000m in the past few weeks, as he ran 27:58 at Payton Jordan. " I had back cramps over the last 5000 meters in Palo Alto, so I had to drop off the pace. I think I could have run the winning time without the cramps."

IMG_8539.JPGAndy Vernon, with the media, post HighGate 10k, photo by Larry Eder

I like Andy Vernon. When Vernon is fit (remember, 2014 European 10,000m and 5,000m bronze medalist), he is quite tough. After having had two tough years with injuries, I asked Vernon how to compare his fitness this year to 2014. He told us that he was finally back to that level.

Andy Vernon will race the 10,000m at Hengelo to get the standard of 27:45 for London 2017.

Beth Potter had run the Night of 10,000m PBs twice before. Her position in both races was second. After 2016, Beth Potter had focused on the triathlon in 2016-17, lowered her mileage, and guess what happens? She wins the HighGate10k elite race! Running a negative split, and racing with her training partner, Stephanie Twell, the duo hit the 5000m split in 16:10, and battled on. "I felt good over the last 800 meters, " noted an ebullent Potter, after her race, to the media.

What is different with Beth Potter in 2017? She was relaxed, and obvious that her alternative training, some call cross training, has helped her in her racing ability. Beth Potter had not raced on the track since the Olympic 10,000m final.

Here is our interview, post race, with Beth Potter, who ran 32:04.63 for her win!

The Highgate Harriers Night of 10,000 meter PBs is in its fifth year. Ben Pochee, Highgate Harriers, Tom Bedford, and their teams provide an amazing night of entertaining athletics. Their additions this year was a fine seminar on running, held on the side of the track, underneath one of the tents,with over a thousand fans!

Seb Coe, IAAF President, 1980 and 1984 Olympic 800m silver medalist and 1,500m gold medalist, Paula Radcliffe, World record holder, World champion, marathon, and Wendy Sly, 1984 Olympic silver medalist at 3000 meters, plus Snooker superstar Ronnie O'Sullivan provided one of the finest clinics on distance running that this writer has seen. Topics include the importance of cross country running for distance runners, the support of youth running, the favorite sessions of the athletes in the seminar and finally, the proper way to consider the changes in World Records. Well done, HighGate Harriers!

The HIghgate Harriers Night of 10,000 PBs is a unique event in our sport. Bring together British track fans, a wonderful track at Hampstead Heath, London Pride, the management team of the Highgate Harriers, and several hundred enthusiastic runners who want to run fast 10,000 meters, and you had a wonderul night of sport.

There were six heats of the 10,000 meters. There were tent covernings on about 70 meters on each side of the track. Fans were entertained, plus having some London Pride, enjoying a great cheerleader, announcer, in Peter Scott, and some fun racing. The final two races, the elite events, were fine stories, with Beth Potter winning the women's race in 32:04.63 and Andy Vernon winning the men's race in 28:21.15.

We encourage communities around the world to having events such as this! It was my second visit to the event, and a great night of running.

karisa-nelson-action-2jpg-a553752272773699.jpgKarisa Nelson, photo courtesy of Samford University

Cait Chock finds stories for our readers that inspire us. Such is the story of Karisa Nelson, who won her schools' first NCAA title with her indoor NCAA Division 1 title over one mile! Cait Chock provides us with the background of Karisa Nelson, her training, her coaching and her motivation. It is a fun read. We hope that you enjoy it.

Lydiard_Foundation_Logo_JPG_gold.jpgThis is a great example of how much power we have in our sport, if we could only work together. The Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon, the Lydiard Foundation and Gazelle Sports have found a way to work together and build the race. Long term training programs help build fitness in the runners, and fit runners have a higher level of success in races.

What is special about this program, is that the Lydiard Foundation is involved. The foundation honors the training philosphy of the late Arthur Lydiard. Arthur Lydiard (1917-2004), was a New Zealand milkman, who used his own body as a testing lab, training up to 200 miles a week. Lydiard began running in his late 30s and won a half dozen New Zealand Marathon titles. He also trained the likes of Peter Snell, John Davies, Barry McGee, and Murray Halberg, all young New Zealand runners from the same neighborhood.

Eccentric, gifted, colorful, all three of those words describe Arthur. His influence is what has been fascinating. The second generation of Lydiard influenced athletes include John Walker, Dick Quax, Lorraine Moller, plus countries like Finland, Mexico, and the US. These athletes were influenced by athletes who became coaches after running for Lydiard and coaches influenced for Lydiard.

Lorraine Moller, 1992 Olympic bronze medalist at the marathon, and Nobby Hashizume, Founder of the Lydiar Foundation, champion Lydiard training. The runners and coaches who join this program will be very fortunate. They are learning from the very best.

Justin.jpgJustin Lagat, training in company of Percy, the pet, from Kenyan Athlete

This is Justin Lagat's second story on his travels to Canada for the upcoming ScotiaBank Ottowa marathon. It is fun to see Canada through the eyes of a young man who has spent most of his life in Kenya. We wish our friend, Justin, the best of luck at the Ottowa marathon.

Kovacs gets 22.57 WL and PB
TUCSON (USA, May 18): World shot put champion Joe Kovacs after passing the indoor season in his second meet of outdoors showed tremendous shape. At Tucson Elite Classic an throwing meet he had three throws measured and all over 22 meters. He started with superb personal best, World lead and 8th best performer ever 22.57. The best result in shot put since 2003. He also registered 22.10 in second attempt and 22.26 in fourth. "It was great to start 2017 with a PR of 22.57m on the first throw #Thankful," he said on his twitter. His duel with Olympic winner Ryan Crouser will be one of the highlights of Prefontaine Classic next weekend. In women shot personal best for US Monique Riddick 18.55 and second Canadian Brittany Crew 18.47 national record ahead of Brittany Smith 18.33. Mexican David Ocampo won javelin with 80.29 PB and in women discus Gia Lewis-Smallwood 62.91 ahead of Jamaican Tara-Sue Barnett 61.66 PB. Personal bests also for Canadian Jillian Weir 72.50 in hammer and U20 discus thrower Turner Washington 69.45 with 1.62 kg implement.
RunBlogRun opines: Joe Kovacs is crazy fit. Watch Kovacs and Crouser take a run for the WR this summer. The two of them together, plus the huge field of throwers at Pre Classic.

Brittney Reese is one of my favorite athletes. I have to say, I just love her athleticism! I remember, after the 2016 Olympic Trials, and she had leaped 7.31 meters, and I was floored! I spoke to her that evening and told her how much I enjoyed her jumping. Truth is, the crew in the women's long jump, from Tianna Bartoletta to Brittney, to Ivana Spanovic, are total class acts, with truly sophisticated levels of competitiveness.

What do I mean by that? Well, the long jump and triple jump are truly technical events, but, there is more to the event that the science. So much of our sport is the practical application of the scientific method and the 'untangables'. What do I mean by that?

For athletes like Brittney Reese, who won several major titles on her last jump, or Tianna Bartoletta, who who has done the same, or, Ivana Spanovic, who just won the European Indoors with an even longer 7.24 meters!

Brittney Reese is a former basketball player, who won the long jump and triple jump at her high school state meet in high school. In college, she won NCAA long jump title in 2007, and 2008, for the University of Mississippi. Her seven World championship titles, and Olympic gold and silver speak for themselves.

Brittney Reese, Tianna Bartoletta and Ivana Spanovic will all be competing in the Nike Pre Classic. This makes the LJ as competitve an event as you will find on the women's or men's athletic circuilts! All three women have won on last jump heroics. I can not wait to see how competitive these three women are in Eugene.

Brittney will battle with Tianna, Ivanka and the rest of the fine long jump field. Do not miss the last round of jumps, as there will be some big jumps, as always in the womens' Long Jump!

See you next week!

Fridays are planned as easy days of running. But, as race schedules change, sometimes, Fridays, are race days. Keep the easy days easy, as your body needs to recover from racing and hard days. Sounds easier than it is.

Friday, May 18, 2017. warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 8 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.

The Oxy Performance Classic is a night of fast running. With the time of the year, middle of May, and mostly good weather, the OxyHP meet brings the best middle distance runners together to race!. From the huge 1,500m battle, down to the final steps, with Sheila Reid and Shannon Rowbury (4:07.07-4:07.17, to the World Leader by Brenda Martinez over 800 meters (1:58.78), to the ease of the win in the steeple by Hillary Bors (8:23.08).

Then, there was the men's 1,500 meters. What is it about a good 1,500 meters. With good pacing, it came down to Chris O'Hare, Mo Farah and Matthew Centrowitz, at 2:52 into the race! With a 54.4 last lap, Matthew Centrowitz reminded the world why he is the Olympic champion, taking the win in 3:33.41. Mo Farah was quite close, as one would expect, in 3:34.19. And the guty Brit, Chris O'Hare, who just took a half second off his PB, taking third in 3:34.35!

A great night of running! Thanks @USATF!

Well, Mo Farah is racing the 5000 meters at the Pre Classic! And after his battle with Matt Centrowitz and Chris O'Hare tonight at the Oxy Classic, well, Mo Farah will be ready. A 3:34.13 tells the viewer that Mr. Farah will be ready to race the 5000 meters in Pre, the 3000m in Kingston, and, then, the 10,000 meters in Ostrava!

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For those who have enjoyed Justin Gatlins' running over the past few years, his fourth place in Doha DL on May 5, was, well, a quiet opener for the Olympic medalist. But, in speaking with Coach Dennis Mitchell, that slow opener is a part of the plan.

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MONTREAL (CAN): Insidethegames writes that pole vault World record holder Yelena Isinbayeva will be forced to stand down from her position as chair of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) on May 31 as part of criteria laid out by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), it was announced. It is nothing against Isinbayeva directly but WADA have urged RUSADA to ensure there is an independent chairperson and to install a conflict of interest policy as part of four "immediate requirements" previously established as part of their path to recompliance. In an update presented to the WADA Foundation Board, deputy director general Rob Koehler confirmed these had been accepted by RUSADA. The rule regarding access to Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) samples has already been met, while RUSADA is also in the process of opening up the "closed cities" to doping control officers. Once RUSADA has adhered to these four regulations, they will be permitted to resume testing, Koehler said. WADA anticipate part of this could happen at a RUSADA meeting on May 31. Wites insidethegames.

Kilty and Pozzi confirmed for Loughborough International

European champions Andrew Pozzi and Richard Kilty have both been added to the startlist for Sunday'sLoughborough International Athletics match.

Kilty had another stellar indoor season, defending his European 60m crown in Belgrade in March and will now look to transfer that speed to the 100m and 200m. With all eyes on the London 2017 World Athletics Championships this summer, the 'Teeside Tornado', who boasts a 100m personal best of 10.01 from 2016, will be looking to get his outdoor season off to a flying start.

What's more, Kilty's fiancé Dovilė Dzindzaletaitė will also return to triple jump action following the birth of their son Richard junior last year. The Lithuanian is the reigning European U23 champion.

Pozzi, who celebrates his birthday today, took his first international title in Belgrade in a thrilling final. Taking on truly world class opposition, the 24 year old held his nerve after a number of false starts to edge out the reigning champion and Olympic fourth placer Pascal Martinot-Lagarde by 0.01 of a second.

Stepping up from the 60mH to the 110mH, the Loughborough University based hurdler will hope to build on his Rio 2016 performance this summer, having just missed out on a place in the final.

Also confirmed for #LIA2017 are male and female Great Britain 4x100m quartets, fresh from a relay camp in Portugal. They will add some real stardust to the programme, especially as the events will be held early in the programme, rather than in their traditional slot at the end of the day.

Further information and tickets can be found here: www.loughboroughsport.com/lia2017

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Four World leads 2017
BAIE MAHAULT (FRA, May 17): The traditional elite meet in Guadeloupe registered in total 4 World leads 2017. At Meeting Pro Athlé (French series) World Indoor champion Yulimar Rojas got the top mark of the year in triple 14.67 (+1.2). Jamaicans followed Kimberly Williams 14.35 (+1.4) and Shanieka Thomas 14.13 (-0.3). 2012 Olympic winner Brittney Reese leaped to long jump WL 698 (-0.2) ahead of British European indoor medalist Lorraine Ugen 676 (+0.4). Also third WL in jumping event, Will Claye of USA 17.40 (+0.5) in men triple what actually equaled the top mark of Cuban Andy Diaz. Behind him Chris Benard 17.15 (-0.2) with 2008 Olympic winner Nelson Evora fourth 16.77 (-0.1). Fourth WL in women 400 m hurdles when Kori Carter in 54.53 beat Jamaican Ristananna Tracey 54.56 and US Jaide Stepter 54.96. Olympic winner Ryan Crouser was clearly on top in shot put 21.79 one meter ahead of Jamaican O´Dayne Richards and Chukwu Enekwechi 20.67 PB. In sprints Mike Rodgers in 10.08 (-0.2) beat Canadian Andre De Grasse 10.10. LaShawn Merritt was the best in the 400 m 44.99 with Paul Dedewo second 45.14 PB. Also fast Aleec Harris 13.18 (0.0) and Sharika Nelvis 12.58 (-0.1) in the hurdles. Jenna Prandini scored a double with 11.25 (-0.4) and 22.70 (0.0) wins. In middle distances Andrew Bayer won steeple 8:28.89 and Cuban Rose Mary Almanza 800 m in 2:00.26. St. Lucia´s Levern Spencer was the best in women high jump 192.

This interview was done with Ben True in late April, after the Boston Marathon, by Cait Chock. I just missed it. In this interview, Cait Chock gives our readers a personal view of Ben True, one of our finest American male distance runners. Looking forward to seeing Ben True racing later this season.

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The workout you have today is a tough as you want to make it. The idea would be to run the straights hard, so that you can run strong sprints and jog the turns. This work out is about changing speed and practicing the changing of speeds!

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Thursday, warm up, 3 miles, jog turns, sprint stten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

Pat Tiernan is one of the finest runners from the land down under, Australia. There must be something in the air, where a group of fine distance runners develop, looking for a good battle on the track. It is what the sport is about, and why we enjoy many of the Australian distance runners of this generation and years past.

Cathal Dennehy, our fearless Irish athletic journalist, who, on many occasions, writes for @RunBlogRun, wrote this piece on Pat Tiernan. Pat recently won the NCAA cross country tirle, and then, the iconic Zatopek 10k, aka the Australian 10k Champs. Tiernan is a coming force on the global running scene.

This piece on Pat Tiernan gives the reader a good feel for this fine Australian runner, and we should remind ourselves that we should be seeing Mr. Tiernan on a few podiums in the not too distant future.

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Tirunesh for Manchester
MANCHESTER (GBR): Tirunesh Dibaba will defend her 10km title in the Great Manchester Run on 28 May, informs Athletics Weekly. Dibaba will be looking for her fourth title in this race on her return to racing after finishing second in the London Marathon last month. Other additions to the elite field include Frenchwomen Christelle Daunay and Sophie Duarte and leading British road racers Gemma Steel and Katrina Wootton.
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Jebet 9:15.41, Babayev 17.15
BAKU (AZE, May 17): Some interesting results from 2nd day of athletics at the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games. World record holder and Olympic winner Ruth Jebet won the women steeple for Bahrain in 9:15.41. Second Algerian Amina Bettiche new national record 9:25.90 and third Tigist Mekonen running for Bahrain 9:26.00. Just 0.09 behind the podium for Tugba Guvenc from Turkey but her 9:26.09 is new life-time best. World indoor champion Kemi Adekoya of Bahrain missed in 400 m hurdles the World lead only by 0.02 with her 54.68 win. Second Nathaniel Onome from Nigeria 55.90 national U20 record. Moroccan Malika Akkaoui won the 800 m in 2:01.04 ahead of Halimah Nakaayi from Uganda 2:01.60 and Noelie Yarigo of Benin 2:02.47. In shot put Auriole Dongmo from Cameroon 17.75 beating Turkish record holder Emel Dereli 17.62 and Bahrain´s record holder Noora Jasim 17.02. Best male result was the 17.15 (0.0) personal best by Nazim Babayev of Azerbaijan who was last year still a U20 athlete. Second Azerbaijan´s new athlete former Cuban Alexis Copello 16.90 (+0.3) and bronze for Surinam´s Miguel Van Assen 16.64 (+0.9) NR. Ali Khamis Abbas won the 400 m for Bahrain 45.54 over Winston George from Guyana 45.69. Hurdles winner Ahmad Al-Moualed from Saudi Arabia clocked 13.68 (-1.1).

Here is the report 16 of the European Athletics 2016-17. Compiled by Carles Baronet, our friend from Catalonia, the European Athletics report provides you with the most up to date results for our readers at RunBlogRun.

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Bekele-1.jpegKenenisa Bekele, London Marathon 2017, photo courtesy of London Marathon Media

We thought that this list of events, 25 in fact, would be a nice list for track fans to have, from NBC Sports, to show how they are supporting the sport of athletics. This was a nice piece I found in the Track & Field Writers of America May 2017 newsletter.

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Justin Lagat is in Canada, as he prepares for the Scotia Bank Ottowa Marathon. Here is his story on his race experiences and the new runners he has met.

It is on afternoon runs, with your friends, that amazing things happen. It was on a run near Lexington Dam, that I met David Hughes. It was the beginning of my junior year at Bellarmine. I had moved from Saint Louis, Missouri during the spring of my sophomore year. I had a rough time my first semester in California. Yet, in the fall of my junior year, David Hughes, a fine 400 meter runner, also ran cross country. On a six mile run up near Lexington Dam, we had a good talk, and David gave me a chance and I did the same with him.

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Forty-three years later, we are still in touch.

What will you do on your run today? Will you make a new friend? Sharing runs helps you make friends for life.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017. warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 6 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

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SI Cover courtesy of Sports Illustrated.
Updated May 16, 2017. This is the 46th anniversary of the Dream Mile, that amazing race between Jim Ryun and Marty Liquori! We hope you enjoy rereading this fun piece by Jeff Benjamin.

The story of this article is another example of the potential with our sport. Jeff Benjamin, an early adaptor if there ever was one, began writing for American Athletics back in 1991, I believe. Jeff then did articles on Jim Spivey, the Dream Mile and Abel Kiviat. Jeff loves the sport, and has suggested articles and ideas for the past two decades. I always enjoy his notes.

What does a running geek with two daughters (Amanda & Brianna) do? Encourage them both to run, of course. Well, Amanda, his oldest, has joined her father at Millrose for the past several years. Amanda Benjamin wants to write about sports, and she is now a second generation in the Benjamin family to write for our publications and website.

The Dream Mile is a magic moment in our sport. Jeff and Amanda have captured the scene, the zeitgeist tremendously well. Sports fans watch the Dream Mile on ABC Wild World of Sports! In an era when track & field is fighting with professional walleye fishing for money, 1971 was a time of promise, but also a time of challenges. The fact is, the sport missed continued chances to resonate.

With many of our new sports stars, track & field has some tremendous opportunities. So, dear readers, who will be running the next Dream Mile?
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Crouser, De Grasse etc.
BAIE-MAHAULT (FRA): A total of 25 Olympians are confirmed for the International Meeting Region de Guadeloupe in Baie-Mahault on Wednesday, informs Track Alerts. Some of the leading names in action include Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser, treble Olympic sprint medallist Andre de Grasse, world indoor triple jump champion Yulimar Rojas, two-time world indoor 60m hurdles champion Nia Ali and former Olympic champions Brittney Reese, LaShawn Merritt, Dawn Harper-Nelson and Nelson Evora.
RunBlogRun opines: This meet looks like a blast! We have provided schedule in extended section plus some info on all the stars that they have had.

Reposted May 16, 2017

This piece is from May 2013, and it is very appropriate today as we look on the Oxy High Performance meet coming May 18, 2017.

Peter Abraham ventured to the 2013 Oxy High Performance meet and saw the future of the sport. Social media, a great web site, a strongly presented digital press release are parts of what could make the 2013 Oxy High Performace meet the best track meet in America. Read on!

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Mary Cain after her new AJR,
photo by Peter Abraham
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Farah to open with 1500 m
LOS ANGELES (USA): Four time Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah will start his outdoor track season on Thursdayat the USATF 2017 Distance Classic. He is entered in the 1500 m, where also Matt Centrowitz declared his participation. In the programme 4 distances for men and women (800 m, 1500 m, 5000 m, steeple) at the . More Brits are also entered, for example Charlie Grice in the 800 m, Laura Weightman in 5000 m debut. In women 800 m Lynsey Sharp with US elite Brenda Martinez, Chanelle Price and Jenny Simpson. The meet will be held at Bill Henry Track in Jack Kemp Stadium, a facility that was originally built as a training venue for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.
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Prefontaine women 100 m
EUGENE (USA): US champion English Gardner and Olympic long jump champion Tianna Bartoletta will lead the women's 100m field at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on 27 May, the third stop of the 2017 IAAF Diamond League series. Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown will return to the Pre Classic, others in the field include Michelle-Lee Ahye, Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast and Jamaican Simone Facey. Other US sprinters in the field include Morolake Akinosun and Dezerea Bryant.
RunBlogRun opines: The Pre Classic is one of my favorite meets to attend each year. I have been going for over thirty years (missed 2013). The sprints are amazing, and the weather gods are good as well. English Gardner loves the track, because, Eugene is part of her home, as a former Duck, and she is a quite exciting sprinter to watch. English is also a fun interview, as the past stories by David Hunter. Here's her 2016 Oly Trials pre interview: http://www.runblogrun.com/2016/07/english-gardner-at-2016-olympic-trials-press-conference.html

Noah Lyles ran the best race of his young life last Saturday in Shanghai. Running against Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt, among others, with Britian's Adam Gemili, Amer Weeb battling, Noah Lyles kept his cool.

Running the last 50 meters like a veteran, Noah Lyles went by the entire field, and ran a fine 19.90 for the furlong, which just so happens to be the world leader for 2017. Noah Lyles is coached by Lance Brauman of Pure Athletics, and sponsored by adidas.

You can bet your adiBoost track spikes that Noah Lyles will be racing at the adidas Boost Boston Street Meet, to be held on June 4, 2017.

We look forward to seeing the star race on the streets of Beantown!

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Al Lawrence, who represented Australia in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic games, and was the spirit behind the Houston Harriers, has died at the age of 86, of pancreatic cancer. Al was an Olympic bronze medalist, in fact, he gave Australia its first Olympic track medal in 1956, when his homeland hosted the Olympics.

Al Lawrence spent most of the last fifty-seven years in Houston, and contributing mightily to the Houston running scene, including training many for the Chevron Houston Marathon. He died May 15, 2017.

Please keep Al Lawrence, his family, friends and admirers in your thoughts and prayers. Here is a brief synopsis of Al Lawrence long and colorful life.

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One of my favorite moments in sport was watching Martyn Rooney putting it all together and winning the 2014 European outdoor champs at 400 meters. He ran a smart race, and took the win, showing the promise many have thought he has had for a decade. I still think he could be a devastating 800 meter runner, but, what do I know? Martyn will be joining some exciting runners for the Loughborough Invitational, which RunBlogRun is hoping to visit.

Running fast on the track on a warm day is a blast. I love doing this workout, 12 x 200 meters at mile race pace, because it feels like you are in control, and you are. Relax, and see how fast you can run over the last two repeats. Stay within yourself.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017. warm up, 12 times 200 meters, with 200 meter jog, a 400m average pace for current mile race pace, so if you run 4:40 for mile, and 400m pace is 70, your 200m is 35 seconds, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

Shanghai DL Flash-Back

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Lijiao GONG of China wins the women's shot put with 19.46m #ShanghaiDL

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SHANGHAI FLASH-BACK
SHANGHAI (CHN): Bershawn Jackson has said he is "mentally back" after winning the Shanghai Diamond League and wants to "go out with a bang" in his last season in the sport. "I had a terrible season last year. I lost my father and my best friend. This season I'm mentally back. I've had a long career and this will be my last year in the sport. I just want to go out with a bang," he said.
SHANGHAI (CHN): After running a lifetime best of 19.90, teenager Noah Lyles has confirmed he will focus on the 200m this season and has two more races planned before the US Trials. "The expectation for the rest of the season is to focus on the 200m - I think that is my strong suit. I next plan to run in the Adidas meet [in Boston] and Rome Diamond League then it is on to US Trials. I'm certainly excited by my start to the season and I hope there is more to come," he said.
SHANGHAI (CHN): After winning the Shanghai Diamond League, Gong Lijiao is planning to compete in at least two more Diamond League meetings before the World Championships in London. "The competitors pushed me hard and motivated me to throw better. Later this month I will go abroad for training and I will compete in the Rome and Lausanne Diamond Leagues," she said.
SHANGHAI (CHN): Hellen Obiri is aiming to improve her 5000m PB again in the Rome Diamond League on 8 June
. Obiri won in Shanghai with a lifetime best of 14:22.47. Also Genzebe Dibaba and Almaz Ayana are announced there what means the best possible field will be there.
SHANGHAI (CHN): Reigning 110m hurdles world champion Sergey Shubenkov said that rivals met him with positive attitude at Shanghai DL after his almost two year absence from international arena. "I'm full of power, but it's very important to transform all my energy into the speed. I need to perform as much as possible after such a long break," Shubenkov told Rusathletics.com. Likewise, his coach Sergey Klevtsov noted that Shubenkov "felt not very comfortable. He's far from the physical and technical peak," coach said.
SHANGHAI (CHN): Renaud Lavillenie was satisfied with his season opener 583 and second place in Shanghai. It was his second best opening result of the summer season (the same also in 2016), the best was in 2012 when he cleared in Ostrava 590. His next competition will be this Sunday at French Clubs League in Aix-les-Bains. Informs L´Equipe.

The world of running footwear is that combination of form and function. Great running shoes can look cool too. The PUMA NETFIT launched on 4 May 2017 in New York City. PUMA uses its brand ambassadors to reach out to the their followers to tell the story of PUMA NETFIT. Here's @YesJulz with @Yandel speaking about all that is PUMA.

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PROVO: Matt Centrowitz won the 800 m at Cougar Invitational in 1:49.42. Zimbabwe´s Tatenda Tsumba clocked 20.49 (0.0) in the 200 m.

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A win for @melissacorinneb in her final race before 🇧🇷 #Rio2016 #tracktownsummerseries

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Coleman 9.97/19.98, NMB sub 10
COLUMBIA (USA, May 13): SEC Conference is the dominating one within NCAA first level in sprints. Christian Coleman confirmed that with superb double clocking 9.97 (+0.6) and 19.98 PB (+0.6). Second places in both events for talented British sprinter Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake 9.99 PB and 20.09. In the 200 m third Trinidad´s Jereem Richards 20.22 PB and fourth Kendal Williams 20.30. Fred Kerley did not repeat his superb 400 m heat time but still got excellent 44.30 to win over Jamaicans Nathon Allen 44.52 PB (his first sub 45 of the career) and Akeem Bloomfield 44.81. In women sprints Aleia Hobbs 11.12 (+0.9, second Jonielle Smith from Jamaica 11.13, equaled PB) and Kyra Jefferson 22.74 (+0.6). LSU won both sprint relays 38.71 and 42.56, Texas AM got both 4x400 m in 3:00.72 World lead and 3:29.83. Also hurdles had quality winning times as all mentioned men clocked personal bests. Devon Williams 13.37 (+0.2) ahead of Grant Holloway 13.42, in the 400 m Jamaican Kemar Mowatt 48.79 (had pre 2017 best 50.66) ahead of Eric Futch 48.82 and Robert Grant 48.15. Puertorican Jasmine Camacho-Quinn topped women hurdles 12.81 (+1.0) and Tyler Brockington won 400 m hurdles in 55.97 PB. Also to note both 800 m winners Devin Dixon 1:45.71 PB and Jazmine Fray 2:02.00. Dutch Denzel Comenentia achieved in shot put 20.00 and US record holder Keturah Orji won triple 13.95 (0.0).

This is a fun event. A nice combination of a watching elite track, running track, and drinking a few British beers and talking track while watching track. Last year was the first time I visited the event, thanks to the fast and furious driving of Pete Riley (we drove back and forth from Manchester to London), and this year we will be back. We think that this is an event that can and should be transported to the U.S.

Watch for our coverage.

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The @Breaking2 event on May 6, 2017 was more popular than many imagined. It went from some interest around the world, to, no matter where I went, people were asking me about it and talking about it. Here's Jeff Benjamin's review of the Breaking2 event and what it meant to those who observed the two hours and twenty-five seconds.

Usain Bolt has been with PUMA since he was a nineteen year old emerging star. In the PUMA NETFIT launch, Usain hung out, spoke about PUMA, showed how Usain laces the new PUMA NETFIT, to get his personal fit. The video is from the launch of PUMA NetFit on May 4, 2017, and for that we thank The Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of RunBlogRun.

The NETFIT concept? PUMA wants to provide the consumer a more personalized fit. So they provided hundreds of options to personalize your fit by using the PUMA NETFIT lacing system to provide you a fit that provides more comfort and stability.

For more on the PUMA NETFIT, go to www.PUMA.com/Netfit

The success of your training is about consistency, callousing for racing and how your combine your hard workouts with your recovery efforts. All portions are important as well as good sleep, proper nutrition and proper hydration.

Monday, May 15, 2017, warm up, six miles easy, 6x150 meter stride outs, finish ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

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This is Mothers Day. It is the first such day that I have had in my lift without my Mother, Marilu. Marilu died on 20 September 2016. She had been ill for 18 months, at home for the last four months of her life, and in hospice for the last two weeks. My father was there each and every day. I was there with Dad the last month, and had been there, with my sisters and brother, during the time of her illness. Spending time with Mom was always great. She was full of love and laughter, and my father, Stan, could get her to laugh on a moment's notice. Here is a piece I wrote about my Mom two days before she died. It is about how she valued supporting all five of her children. I am the love child, born ten days and nine months after their marriage.

My mother, Marilu, pictured next to my father, Stan, is a women of much complexity. She encouraged my three sisters, my brother and myself and my father into finding the things that gave them life. She did the same in her life. I remember her studying Calculus while we were doing homework at the dining room table, when I was in middle school. Having quit college as a freshman to get married, Marilu promised her mother, Violet, that she would graduate. In 1983, Marilu got her bachelors from Santa Clara and a few years later, she finished her Masters in Family & Child counseling. My grandmother, Violet, was at my mother's graduations.

Our conversations, over the years, were fascinating. She knew when I was not happy, and she encouraged me to ask my own questions on why I was not happy. She challenged me from the time I could think on my own, to think on my own.

Recently, as I would return from travels, she wanted me to tell her about my travels, the cities I went to, the cafes I wrote at, the meets I visited, my new friends. I would sit on the sofa and talk for awhile most evenings, over the past three years, as I shared a home with my parents, their home.

Here are a few stories about mom and my running, a life long passion that she encouraged...

Marilu Diaries: Stan & Marilu

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Updated May 14, 2017

This is the first Mother's Day since my Mom, Marilu has died. She passed away at home on September 20, 2016. My father had been caring for her for 18 months. She went into hospice two weeks before her death. She last spoke the week before her death. I remember the day like it was yesterday. At the time, we wanted her pain to end. I think of her each day and the lessons that she taught my brothers and sisters and our children are immense. My father is doing pretty well now too. I thought you might like to read these two stories about my mother, a women of strength, intelligence and beauty.

This story was written on September 16, 2016, four days before her death.

The picture above is from New Years Eve, 1957. My parents had been married in November 1957. Nine months, ten days later, I was born, so the tiny baby bump tells the observer that I was already stating my presence.

My parents met 62 years ago and have been married nearly 58 years. My mother is in hospice now, and I wanted to share a few memories of this magnifcent women, whom I call Mom.

On May 4, 2017, in New York, PUMA launched NETFIT to the media world. This is part one of The Shoe Addicts coverage of the live event. NETFIT is built around providing a personalized fit for the PUMA shoes. The launch is for PUMA Running, PUMA Sportslifestyle, PUMA Soccer. The introduction to the event was sent by Julianna Goddard (@YesJulz). It was a fun introduction, and received strong coverage. The challenge always is, how does one stand out in an 24/7 world of overwhelming media over stimulation?

PUMA is telling the story, having some fun, and letting the consumer see NETFIT.

IMG_8461.JPGThe PUMA stars brought out for PUMA NETFIT, photo by the Shoe Addicts

The long run is a key workout for distance runners, from 800 meters to 5000 meters and longer. Most distance runners have been doing these for years. As you get to the end of your season, and your mileage drops, long runs are still important.

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Get out with your friends early on Sunday, and remember to thank your Mom to driving you to workouts, bringing your brothers and sisters to watch you race, listening to your complaining about running. Remember, it's May 14, and it's Mother's Day.

Sunday, May 14, 2017. Long run, 10-11 miles, with warm up and cooldown and yes, push ups and sit ups.

This morning, I woke up at 3:50 AM to watch the Shanghai DL meet LIVE. I followed it for two hours, then, passed back out. The elite season is realy just beginning, and the high school and college season is getting to its zenith (PAC-12 this weekend, and high school state meets are starting).

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Good luck to all racing, throwing and jumping. Warm up and cool down well, but focus your effort on your faces!

Saturday, May 13, 2017. Race today, race a team relay or a single event. Remember to warm up and cooldown.

The Doha DL is the first of fourteen Diamond League Meetings. There were some fantastic performances for a first Diamond League meeting. From the 100 meter win by Aki Simbine to the monster throw in the javelin by Thomas Rohler. What will Shanghai bring? Only have to wait about sixteen more hours!

My favorite performance? Well, the javelin by Thomas Rohler was fantastic!

Andre @De6rasse with the fans after his 100-metre season debut @diamondleagueathletics #DohaDL (📸:@krismychasiw)

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The 100 meter hurdles is one of the toughest events in the athletics firmament. Nia Ali and Keni Harrison spoke to the media at the IAAF Press Point prior to the Doha DL. Nia Ali had a rough race on Friday night and Keni Harrison broke a bone in her hand. Listen to this interview, as Nia and Keni had great explanations for the competitiveness of the 100 meter hurdles.

IMG_8427.JPGNia Ali and Keni Harrison, 4 May, Presser, photo by RunBlogRun

Here's the the workout for Friday, May 12, 2017. For many, conference and regional meets this weekend. Good luck to all, you have worked hard all spring!

Ayana-DibabaH-Paris15.jpgAyana versus Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

Friday, May 12, 2017, warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 8 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.

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Willis, Gebremeskel, A. Wilson
BOSTON (USA): Olympic medallists Nick Willis and Dejen Gebremeskel and world indoor silver medallist Ajee Wilson are all confirmed for the Adidas Boost Boston Games distance festival in Somerville on 2 June, informs organisers. Willis will face Kenya's Collins Cheboi and 19-year-old Drew Hunter in the 1500m while Wilson faces in-form Charlene Lipsey and former European champion Lynsey Sharp in the 800m. In the 5000m, Gebremeskel faces Ethiopian teammate Muktar Edris and Kenyans Thomas Longosiwa and Edwin Soi while Donavan Brazier is confirmed for the 800m. Olympic champions Wayde van Niekerk, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Tori Bowie and Jeff Henderson have already been announced for the Adidas Boost Boston Games "street meet" on 4 June.

A tribute to Tom Fleming

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IMG_8097.JPGTom Fleming Athletic Complex, photo by Joel Pasternack

Tom Fleming was one of my heroes. He was one of the hardest working guys in the sport and one of the guttiest. When he went into coaching, he worked with athletes like Joe Lemay and Carol Ann Letko, who both shared his work ethic and drive.

I interviewed Tom in 2014, at the RRCA Hall of Fame event. I had met Tom twenty years before but had known and admired him since the 1970s. I spoke to George Hirsch, founder of Runner magazine, long time publisher at RW and Chairman of NYRR, about how I always see Tom Fleming in that great picture of him leading Boston 1979 in the pages of Runner.

Jeff Benjamin wrote and compiled the following piece on Tom Fleming, a dear friend of Jeff's. Jeff wrote me that this article was the hardest one he had ever written.

Keep Tom Fleming, his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers, and remember Toms' laugh, which was infectious.

Record Debate

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RECORDS DEBATE
LAUSANNE (SUI): EA President Svein Arne Hansen said a further consultation period will take place regarding the proposal to rewrite records set before 2005. EA head acknowledged reaction to the proposals, which were part of a report approved by the European Athletics Council last month, had been mixed. Hansen claimed the plans, which were described as "radical" by the governing body, had achieved their primary aim of instigating a debate around the issue. "In addition, there is strong support for the three main conditions proposed for the recognition of future record: records to be set in designated competitions, minimum number of doping control tests in the 12 months prior to the record and storage of the post-record doping control sample for 10 years," said Hansen. The European Athletics President confirmed a further consultation period would take place over the next four weeks and encouraged stakeholders to contribute to the process. With the help of EA release and insidethegames.
HAVANA (CUB): High jump World record holder Javier Sotomayor is not supporting the latest proposal to change the list of records. He said Tuesday he was "very offended" by the proposal of the European Athletics. Explained the 49-year-old Cuban to the official daily Granma.
RunBlogRun opines: Look, we all know that there are several World Records, from the old days and yes, a few from modern times, that are questionable. But, to change the records requires the wisdom of King Solomon. While this process is a good process, and we at RunBlogRun applaud the consideration, it has a long way to go.

IMG_8448.JPGRuth Jebet and Caster Semenya, photo by Larry Eder

On Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the IAAF Press Points for Doha, we were able to interview Ruth Jebet and Caster Semenya. Ruth Jebet is the reigning Olympic champion and WR holder in the steeplechase. Caster Semenya is the Olympic champion, World Champion and leading performer at 800 meters.

Caster Semenya was confident and talkative. Ruth Jebet was very quiet, and did not seem confident in her English, but tried to answer questions as best as she could.

From the presser, Caster is focused on the 800 meters over the next few weeks, and will then, look at trying a 1,500 meters this season as well. I did the interview as a Facebook Live file and have embedded it below.

Rohler has a busy schedule
JENA (GER): Javelin sensation from Doha Thomas Rohler has now a full competition programme. He will throw on Saturday at a special javelin meet in Offenburg organised by another German thrower Johannes Vetter. Then he flies to Kawasaki for the IAAF World Challenge meet in Japan on May 22. Next meet will be Golden Gala of Rome, his home meet in Jena on June 11 followed by two competitions in Finland. Turku Paavo Nurmi Games as already announced on June 13 and Kuortane on June 17. He will meet current world record holder Jan Zelezny on June 28in Czech Republic at the IAAF World Challenge Ostrava Golden Spike.
RunBlogRun opines: Thomas Rohler threw 93.90 meters, becomng the second longest thrower ever, at last week's Doha DL meeting. Thomas began throwing the javelin at the age of 17. Until then, from the age of ten, Thomas competed in various track & field events as is part of German sports programs. He had qualified for the London 2012 Olympics, but, as he was under 20, the German Federation did not allow him to compete in London. Rohler won the Rio Olympics, and how has this Monster throw. Looking forward to seeing how Thomas does later in the season.

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

AIX-LES-BAINS (FRA): Olympic medalist Christophe Lemaitre is expected to return to competition on 21 May for the finals of the French Interclubs according to his coach Pierre Carraz, informs L'Equipe. Lemaitre is planning to contest the B race of the 200m "to not take any risks." Lemaitre will also compete over 100m in Montreuil on 1 June and in the Rome Diamond League on 8 June.

RunBlogRun opines: The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist over 200 meters is very tough. Pierre Carraz, the coach of Lemaitre is old school and knows how to bring his athlete along to world class racing shape.

Running fast feels great. Running fast when you are very fit feels even better. It also gives you confidence. Today is one of those days. Enjoy the workout, do just what we wrote and make sure you do a good cooldown.

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Thursday, May 10, 2017. warm up, 4 x 800 meters, with 400m jog between each, 800m at current mile pace, 4 x 150 meters, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

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LONDON (GBR): Former European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey is confirmed for the Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m on 20 May, informs Athletics Weekly. Pavey dropped out of the London Marathon last month with cramp but hopes to make the British team for the World Championships in London on the track. Pavey will face fellow Rio Olympians Jessica Martin, Beth Potter and Sonia Samuels while the leading international entrant is Portugal's Jessica Augusto. Top names in the men's race include Andy Vernon and Ross Millington who both ran the 10,000m in Rio last summer.

RunBlogRun opines: The Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000 meters is one of the most creative events around the globe. RunBlogRun was there in 2016 and will be there in 2017. It features runners of many levels racing the 10,000m, with fans drinking beer, eating peculiar British foodstuffs and a fascinating approach to drinking beer and watching athletics. We want to bring this event to the former colonies.

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Olivier Gers is the new CEO of the IAAF. RunBlogRun met with Mr. Gers on the 4 May, to ask Olivier to speak to our readers about his vision of the sport. Olivier worked with IMG Digital as well as Publicis. His background in media and global business will, I believe, help the IAAF as it evolves both the how the sport is viewed and the brand is respected. Olivier is upbeat, a quick learner and is enjoying the athletes and our events. Mr. Gers realizes that providing the stories and celebrating the rivalries through social media is one of the many ways to strengthen the IAAF brand. Where will the sport go? How to control the narrative of the IAAF? How to answer the challenges to the sport? Olivier Gers has great enthusiasm and ideas. We look forward to the future of our sport under CEO Olivier Gers.

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The 2017 TrackTown Summer series is a three event series in the summer of 2017 (June and July) that brings elite track to Portland, Palo Alto and New York. The events will provide many of our top elite athletes a chance to run, jump and throw in the US during the summer, after the USATF Outdoors, which, well just about does not happen in the US.

We salute TrackTown USA on supporting this project and encourage all track fans to check it out!

To learn more about the TrackTown series, please go here: https://www.gotracktownusa.com/events/tracktown-summer-series/

To learn about the very cool 5k, where you can run with the elite in NYC, go to: https://www.gotracktownusa.com/events/5k-road-race/

2017 TTSS5k - Web Ads_728x90.jpgWe really like the concept and how TrackTown is making this series a reality.

Guy Morse came into his position in Boston in a time of turmoil. The iconic Boston Marathon was considering going into the world of professional sport, and the running community as well as the Boston Athletic Association, was divided on where Boston should go.

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Guy Morse is one of the titans of the modern Marathon. His abiity to bring in sponsors, develop a long term marathon team and work with disparate organizations are the skill sets that you see in the likes of David Bedford (London Marathon former director), Carey Pinkowski (Chicago Executive Director), Mary Wittenberg (New York City), three of the finest marathon directors in their communities.

The first titans of the marathon were the late Fred Lebow and Allan Steinfeld of NYC Marathon. Fred and Allan reinvented the modern marathon. Many of our finest marathons are into their second and third generations of management (look at NYC with Michael Capiraso and Peter Ciaccia).

We are fortunate to have sat down with Guy Morse, who, in this multi part interview, will provide us some of the history that many of us take for granted. We thank Guy Morse, and our film crew, the Shoe Addicts for this series.

The adidas Boost Boston Games is a fun comibinaiton of old and new of the sport! The night at Dilboy High School and afternoon on street at Boston Commons, adidas is really shaking it up! We love this event and will be covering the event LIVE on our FB, twitter and instagram channels plus interviews! Here's the newest update from our friends at Global Athletics & Management.

Hosting our Friday night events will be #dilboystadium in #somerville. #whyirunboston

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SHANGHAI NEWS
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PRETORIA (RSA): The top six placed athletes from Rio Long jump final will be competing on Saturday headed by current World leader and main favorite Luvo Manyonga from South Africa. He is the trendsetter, having jumped 862 and 865 already this season and he is also the first athlete to jump further than 860 since 2009. In the field from USA also Olympic winner Jeff Henderson and fourth placer Jarrion Lawson.
SYDNEY (AUS): Five Australians will be competing in Shanghai including in-form Fabrice Lapierre who won the long jump competition last year. Olympic semi-finalist sprinter Morgan Mitchell will line up in a world-class 400m race against five women who have broken the 50-second barrier in their careers. Also there Dani Stevens in discus and Linden Hall with Jenny Blundell in the 1500 m.
SHANGHAI (CHN): After clashing with Dafne Schippers in Doha Jamaican Elaine Thompson will face another Olympic medalist in Shanghai. Her duel with Tori Bowie in the 100 m could be one of the highlights of the meet. All sprinters in the race have sub 11 personal best. The other Jamaicans are Veronica Campbell-Brown and Christania Williams, other US sprinters Morolake Akinosun and Tianna Bartoletta. Also two sprinters from Africa Murielle Ahoure and Marie-Josee Ta Lou both from Ivory Coast. The last (the track has 9 lanes) is Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago.

On easy days while I ran track at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose, we ran down the Guadelupe River, starting around the San Jose Airport, now the Mineta International (named after one of my heroes, Norman Mineta, a second generation Japanese American whose family was interred, and who fought in WW2, and also battled President Nixon during the Watergate crisis). We would run from San Jose to Alviso (8 bridges). The runs were on soft ground and time for catching up and telling stories. With Chris Sakamaki, Bob Lucas, Larry Goode, Dan Greeney, Pat Dolan and Chris Scheneone, I spent three years running up and down those trails in high school. After high school, I ran down the river through college with Paul Gyrorey, Danny Greco, John Maloney and Brendan O'Flaherty.

Andrews_RobbyFHL1-USOlyTr16.jpgRobby Andrews, photo by PhotoRun.net

Those were times of levity and typical high school male grossness. It was how sixteen and seventeen year olds communicated before social media. We enjoyed those runs (1974-1984), and I still speak to friends about those runs. When Larry Goode and I spoke for first time in nearly 40 years, we spoke about our daily runs.

Enjoy your runs, live robustly, and remember, the stories are always fun decades later!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 6 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

Ayana-DibabaH-Paris15.jpgAyana versus Dibaba, Paris 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net
Almaz vs Genzebe
ROME (ITA): Almaz Ayana and Genzebe Dibaba are set to go head-to-head over 5000m in the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea on 8 June, informs organisers. Last year, Ayana won the 5000m in the Italian capital with 14:12.59, the second-fastest time in history. Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon is also confirmed for the 1500m where she will face top Europeans Sifan Hassan and Laura Muir while Olympic javelin champion Thomas Rohler faces a line-up including world champion Julius Yego and 2012 Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott. World 200m champion Dafne Schippers is confirmed for the 100m, world champion Sergey Shubenkov goes head-to-head with world record-holder Aries Merritt in the 110m hurdles while Justin Gatlin and Andre de Grasse are confirmed for the 100m and 200m respectively. Another highlight will be the women's high jump with Ruth Beitia, Mariya Lasitskene, Blanka Vlasic, Chaunte Lowe, Airine Palsyte and Alessia Trost all in action.
RunBlogRun opines: In AREVA Paris 2015, Dibaba sat on Ayana and broke her in the 5000m. Ayana soon learned from that experience and bashed Dibaba in Beijing 2015. What will see in Rome 2017?

One of the most interesting closing pressers that I have seen. This presser featured Daniel Wanjiru, David Weir and Mary Keitany. Hugh Brasher, the Race Director spoke first, and he was most effusive, praising the event and the fields. He spoke of the legacy of the London Marathon and where the event had been and could go. Daniel Wanjiru was very happy that he had won, and his enthusiasm exceeded his grasp of explaining his feelings in English, however, this young man will continue to improve in both his racing and his skills of communicaiton. Mary Keitany is a curious winner. She explained that her so called 'reckless running' was not reckless. She also said that since the sub 2 hour marathon efforts did not speak of women she would not speak of the efforts.

gallery_display.jpgPrince Harry with Daniel Wanjiru and Mary Keitany, London 2017, photo by London Marathon

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Rudisha will have tough opponents
SHANGHAI (CHN): Two-time Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha will make his season's debut in the Shanghai Diamond League on 13 May where he will face his Kenyan teammates Ferguson Cheruiyot and Alfred Kipketer as well as Poland's Adam Kszczot and Marcin Lewandowski, informs organisers. Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon will face Ethiopians Dawit Seyaum and Besu Sado and European champion Angelika Cichochka while Olympic silver medallist Hellen Obiri is the favourite in the 5000m with Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana a late withdrawal. World champion Hyvin Kiyeng goes head-to-head with Olympic champion and world record-holder Ruth Jebet in the steeplechase again with world U20 record-holder Celliphine Chespol also in the line-up.
RunBlogRun opines: David Rudisha is one of the finest athletes on the planet. Also one of the true students of the sport. I always love watching him race, and also, love getting a chance to interview Rudisha.

Here is the report 20, compiled by Carles Baronet, of the best recent results from the USA and Canada. Our friend from Catalonia prepared this report for all results up to May 1, 2017.

672072958.jpgTianna Bartoletta, World Relays, photo by Getty Images/IAAF

The post event presser in London had a jubilant Daniel Wanjiru, a frustrated Kenenisa Bekele and a thoughtful Ghirmay Ghebrselassie. Bekele had just missed catching Daniel Wanjiru, who won his first World Marathon Majors. It is worth a viewing.

wanjiru wins.jpgDaniel Wanjiru, 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Keni Harrison Update

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Harrison update
LEXINGTON (USA): World 100m hurdles record-holder Kendra Harrison will have surgery on a broken finger on Thursday but her coach has said she hopes to return to action in less than a month, informs Reuters. Doctors will determine when she is able to race again but her coach Edrick Floreal has said "she'll be ready to hurdle in about three weeks." Her coach added Harrison could compete in the 100m or 200m at the US Championships in Sacramento next month as she has a wildcard to compete at the World Championships after winning the Diamond Race last year.
RunBlogRun opines: Keni Harrison is one resiliant athlete. I saw her a few hours after her cast was set and she was in good spirits. We wish her a speedy recovery.

This is all the results fit to print, prior to the Doha DL for the countries of Europe. A massive undertaking, we thank our Catalan friend, Carles Baronet for his hard work.

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Kipchoge would try again
MONZA (ITA): Eliud Kipchoge hasn't ruled out another attempt at a sub-two hour marathon, informs the Daily Nation. "I have seen what seven months of training can do and I will sit down and reflect on what is next, obviously I have seen that the under two hours marathon is possible. I won't mind trying it again because what is there for me in athletics? Chase targets. I now know I have 25 seconds between me and history," he said. Kipchoge clocked 2:00:25 in Monza on Saturday.
RunBlogRun opines: The @breaking2 event was great television, great twitter and a testement to the will of Eliud Kipchoge. Personally, what makes it special is that if it is not done more than every couple of years. Fascinating event, one of the highest values ever for sports TV.

The outdoor season is in full swing in the US and Canada. This is the report for the middle of April compiled by our friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet. We missed the report during our travel to Boston, London and Doha.

Please enjoy!

Merber-AlexanderFV-FalmouthM16.jpgKyle Merber and Colby Alexander, Falmouth 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

2018 VMLM.jpgThe 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon is upon us. Well, the signups are, and they set a record for a major marathon. The 360,000 plus applicants will find out their running fate in October 2017. It is just an indiciation of the health of the top events in the sport.

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Tuesdays are always days that require a little extra from you. This Tuesday is no exception, and you should stay focused on this workout day. Enjoy the workout. Enjoy the sense of speed you have developed over the past seventeen weeks!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017. warm up, 4 sets of 600m, 400m, 200m, with half distance jog, with 600m at 800 current pace, 400m at current 400m pace and 200m at current 400m pace, with 400 meter jog between each set, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

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It was April 2014, and I was at the World Half marathon. The great Wilson Kipketer, a star in his hometown of Copenhagen, ran the half marathon in 1:20, pretty impressive for retired world record holder. Wilson and my conversation centered around David Rudisha. Wilson was concerned that David might try to come back from injuries too fast. That had happened to Wilson Kipketer, and he had regretted that attempt to comeback way too fast.

In watching David Rudisha comeback in 2014, 2015, 2016, I was always impressed by his patience. He won the 2015 World Champs off racing smarts, as he was not back to his top form. In 2016, David Rudisha was nearly at his London form, but it was his race savvy that again showed in London.

In 2017, David Rudisha will be racing in Shanghai. I wish I could see him in person, as his interviews are always wonderfully thoughtful. Rudisha is a student of the sport, and his crisp, elegant running does not betray the amazing speed he controls in his racing.

Watch for David in Shanghai on May 13, 2017.

This is a fascinating interview with David Weir, one of the most popular athletes in the United Kingdom. David is now a seven time winner of the Virgin Money London Marathon and multi Olympic medalists. His story of battling depression, and lack of confidence before this race, and how he took victory from the jaws of defeat here, is an amazing story.

Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts.

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Brits in Doha, by Stuart Weir

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The Doha Diamond League is the first Diamond League meeting of 2017. Stuart Weir has been on a bit of a travel junket covering events for RunBlogRun. Stuart is a fine writer, with a wry sense of humor. Note his 'happy as Larry' comment in the following story on Brits in Doha.

My virtual office in @dohaDL! #dohadl #nike

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The Doha DL was an appropriate opening for the 2017 Diamond League. Elaine Thompson and Dafne Schippers was entertaining 200 meters. Simbine's 100 meter win was fascinating, as Asafa Powell was second and beat Justin Gatlin for first time in over a decade.

But the big event was the javelin. Thomas Rohler continues to improve and impress. A quiet confidence, Rohler and Johannes Vetter gave the Germans 1,2 in the javelin with big throws. Rohlers' throw, however, was a monster!

The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon was a tremendously adventurous race on the women's side. Not since Paula Radcliffe in 2003 have we seen a women run with such abandon. In Mary Keitany's case, she ran with a pacer, but after halfway, was on her very lonesome. Mary Keitany ran 1:06:55 through halfway, and as BBC pundits Brendan Foster and Steve Cram were wondering outloud when she would collapse, Keitany kept on. Only Paula Radcliffe, the only women who has run faster than Mary Keitany, defended Keitany as she ran 2:17:01.

elite women, london.jpgThe Elite Women in 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

After the race, we were told that Mary had asked her pace setter to slow down. Mary Keitany had run 65 and change, in the early spring, and she had been training for this. This presser is the post conference, part 1, an amazing discussion with Mary Keitany, Tirunish Dibaba and Aselefech Mergia.

Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts, RunBlogRun's digital partners, for their coverage of this presser.

The elite 5000 meters was a fantastic race, as Justyn McKnight and Sam McEntee battled to the finish in a fine 13:17 on a cold and windy night in Palo Alto, California. Here's how Sam McEntee went from a college runner to an elite athlete, in this fine piece by Cathal Dennehy.

Sam McEntee leaning into the finish in the Men's 5k at Payton Jordan. #paytonjordan #stanfordtrack

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British elite women .jpgBritish women's elite (Jo Pavey, Charlotte Purdue, Aly Dixon, Susan Partridge), photo by RunVlogRun

The British women's elite media presser had a bit of a changing of the guard. With Jo Pavey was Susan Partridege, Charlotte Perdue and Aly Dixon. A good conversation on women's running in post Radcliffe UK, and the marathoners who will repesent London in 2017. As always, fine interviews from Tim Hutchings.

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DOHA (QAT, May 6): Olympic and World winner Anita Wlodarczyk started into the season on a high note with a 31st win a row since 2014. She won a special hammer throw in Qatar Sports Club with World leading 79.73 what is also her best ever season opener. In her series she also had another 79+ throw: 76.46-f-79.73-f-79.06-77.32. It is also sixth best result ever and Wlodarczyk now has all top ten. Second Azerbaijan´s European medalist Hanna Skydan 73.07 ahead of Czech record holder Katerina Safrankova 68.23. Universiade medalist Pavel Bareisha of Belarus won the men competition with his second best ever 78.04. Clearly behind Olympic winner 2012 Krisztian Pars 75.51 and third Qatar´s record holder Ashraf Amjad Al-Seifi 75.25.
RunBlogRun opines: I was one of the 50 people there to watch the hammer throws. A fun competition, none the less, it was less than old school. I am glad that there was a hammer competition, but just wish more could have seen it.

It is Monday, May 8, 2017. State meets are coming up and we are very excited about that as well. With the Doha DL last weekend (catch it on TV when you can) and the breaking 2 event from Nike (also, a fun one to watch), lots of inspiration.

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Monday, May 8, 2017 warm up, six times 200 meter hills, jog down, 6x150 meter stride outs, finish ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

Stuart Weir has been traveling the world, writing pieces for RunBlogRun. He wrote for us in Belgrade, then, World Relays, and now, Doha Diamond League. This piece made me smile. I hope that you enjoy it. Katie Nageotte, we look forward to seeing you at your next meet!

Mixed relays for Olympic Games
DOHA (QAT): IAAF CEO Olivier Gers has said mixed relays could be introduced as an Olympic event, informs AFP. "As a sport we are looking at different formats. It's definitely something for the Olympics to look at and for the IOC to decide jointly with the IAAF. It's definitely something we have been talking about for quite some time," he said. Mixed relays have already been staged at the World U18 Championships and World Relays and are planned for IAAF Continental Cup 2018.

The weekend of April 22-23 was busy for marathons and World Relays. As we were in London, we wanted to provide a shout out and video highlights to our friends at the Vienne Marathon. Thanks ot Race News Service, our partners in the global marathon content development, we are providing a great synopsis of the races and video highlights.

HappyFinish-Vienna17.JPG2017 Vienna City Marathon Happy finishers, photo by PhotoRun.net

The triumph of the human spirit. Geneveve Lacaze is an Australian distance runner coached by Nic Bideau. Geneveve was injured fifty days ago and was not expected to be able to run, much less race a steeplechase. Running well, not feeling any pain, Geneveve finished 13th in 9:37.10, and making the Australian standard for the steeplechase. When Geneveve and RunBlogRun caught up in the Frankfurt airport, we were both amazing how fine the Doha steeple field was, as well as the improvement of those fine athletes. Congrats Geneveve and Coach Nic Bideau. Nic had some fine performances from his athletes in both Doha and Payton Jordan (Palo Alto).

Two fine races in Hamburg on April 23. Tsegaye Mekonnen held off a hard charging Stephen Kiprotich, the 2012 Olympic and 2013 World Champion, by only five seconds. Kiprotich ran his finest marathon in three years. Jessica Augusto dominated the women's race by nearly four minutes, missing Rosa Mota's fine course record by a minute. We have included the embed for your viewing pleasure. Much thanks to Race News Service, the partner of the RunningNetwork and RunBlogRun in covering global marathons.

Mekonnen.jpegTsegaye Mekonnen winning Hamburg Marathon, April 23, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

augusto.jpegJessica Augusto winning Hamburg Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

What an amazing weekend of sport! From opening of the Diamond League to the amazing run by Eluid Kipchoge, in Italy in the pursuit of the two hour marathon. Make sure you catch all of the great athletics from this past weekend. The Diamond League started in Doha, Qatar, and also the Payton Jordan at Stanford, and then, on Saturday, in Italy, the two hour marathon attempt. Lots to talk about on your long run today.

Kipchoge_EluidR-Sub2Hr17.jpgThe celebration after Eliud Kipchoge ran 2:00:25, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sunday, May 7, 2017 Long run, 10-11 miles, with warm up and cooldown and yes, push ups and sit ups.

Mutaz Essa Barshim won the Doha DL High Jump in 2017, with the world watching and in front of the home crowd. Mutaz battled Erik Kynard, Robbie Graberz for the win, clearing 2.36 meters, a world leader for the high jumper from Qatar. The crowd really got into the high jump last night, and especialy with the best in the world being one of their own.

The women's 800 meters in Doha showed just how amazing Caster Semenya has become. Staying behind, Caster ran a 28 second last 200 meters, totally under control, to win in 1:56.51. A strong opener for the 2017 season, but also, a portend of things to come.

Caster Semenya can win the 800 meters from the front, back or, in between. Her ability to turn on the speed is amazing and puts her ahead of her peers. It is my belief that she could run 1:52.5 this season.

Caster Semenya clocking in 1: 56:61 taking first place in 800m. 🇿🇦🏃🏿‍♀️#DohaDL

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The London Marathon Press conferences are always illuminating. The amount of detail that Tim Hutchings gets out of the athletes really ads the the media's understanding of the events and the clashes that happen on the streets of London.

DSC00538.JPGBritish Elite men and women, photo by RunBlogRun

I was especially interested in Chris Thompson, European silver medalist at 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters in 2010, who has had a very tough three years trying to move up to the marathon. Thomo knew he had a good marathon in him, but the body has fought him many times. We wish him a speedy recover.

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Australian Tiernan 27:29.81 WL
PALO ALTO (USA, May 5): Great distance races at Payton Jordan Invitational on Friday night. Men and women 10 000 m and men 5000 m winners achieved new World leading marks. Top four in men 10k went sub 27:40 with Australian Patrick Tiernan winning in 27:29.81 (his 2nd race at the distance) ahead of Canadian Mo Ahmed 27:30.00, Kenyan Shadrack Kipchirchir 27:32.18 (top 3 life-time bests) and Hassan Mead 27:34.38. In 7th Luis Ostos new NR for Peru 27:53.58 and top European Briton Andy Vernon as 9th 27:58.69. Canadian Justyn Knight topped the 5k in 13:17.51 just edging Australian Sam McEntee 13:17.55, for both PB´s as also for 3rd Gabriel Geay of Tanzania 13:20.35. NCAA star Edward Cheserek fourth in 13:24.72. In women 10k Swedish record for Meraf Bahta 31:13.06 over Amy Cragg 31:17.20 and Goytetom Gebreslase 31:25.61. From four to seven personal bests for Emily Sisson 31:32.53 ahead of Japanese Yuka Takashima 31:33.33, Kim Conley 31:35.88 and Australian Madeline Hills 31:41.10. Dutch European Champion Sifan Hassan won the 5000 m in 15:13.15 clearly over Japanese Riko Matsuzaki 15:19.91 and Lauren Paquette 15:20.48. Briton Rosie Clarke won women steeple 9:36.75 PB, Norway´s Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal 4:10.74 in the 1500 m, Chrishuna Williams 2:02.58 in the 800 m and Eric Jenkins 3:38.30 in men 1500 m.

I wanted our readers to see and consider the column written by Stuart Weir on the mixed relays at the World Relays, which were held the weekend of April 21-23.

This mixed relay will become more and more important as we get to the upcoming Olympics as the IOC seems very interested in the event.

Stadium-Bahamas14.jpgWorld Relays, Bahamas, (2015), photo by PhotoRun.net

Thomas Rohler wanted to get a good throw in for the early season. Thomas Rohler might have been hoping for a good throw around 85 meters, but he crushed it. In his fourth throw, Thomas just let it fly, over 90 meters, close to 95 meters, exactly 93.90 meters. Watch the video and note that the camera man had a bit of a scare with that throw as well!

Thomas told the media afterwards" " I did not see that coming. I did not expect that in the first start of the season! I'm second best, ever. It will take some time to realize that. We go for the competition to win and if its like this compeititon it is fun! It was an amazing competition for all of us! We had a good training camp this year. It was early, so we did a lot of fast training on the grass. We stayed on the same track we used which was helpful in training!"

Thomas Rohler, the 2016 Rio Olympic champion, now has the second longest throw in javelin history under his belt as well. Where will 2017 take Thomas Rohler?

One of the most significant events at the Doha DL was the women's 200 meters. Elaine Thompson, the gold medalist in both the 100 meters and 200 meters in Rio, looked invincible. Nevertheless, Dafne Schippers and others will try different approaches to beating the double Olympic gold medalist.

Elaine Thompson looks flawless, running relaxed from the start, relaxed around the turn, and then took off down the straight. No one seemed to be able to fight her. Schippers made the closest attempt.

How will this race place out this season? We will have to wait and see, but the 24 year old Jamaican won her first race in Doha, and she has many more wins to come!

The night in Doha, Qatar was a near perfect start to the 2017 Diamond League series. The Doha DL had races and events for everyone, from Elaine Thompson's domination of the 200 meters, to Thomas Rohler's fine javelin throw, to a huge upset in the women's steeplechase!

Watch for our event by event coverage of the Doha DL!

Kipchoge_EluidFH-Sub2Hr17.jpgEliud Kipchoge runs 2:00:24! photo by PhotoRun.net

After nearly 24 hours up for the Doha Diamond League meeting, I took a two hour nap and woke up as the Breaking2 event was being introduced. Craig Masback, Paula Radcliffe and Kevin Hart were among the announcers provided for the event.

I have to say that I was glued to the broadcast. I followed the event via twitter, which is the future and present of sporting events, and enjoyed the interaction and the nearly perfect announcing by the Nike team.

Desisa-Kipchoge-Tadese-Sub2Hr17.jpgDesisa Lelisa, Eliud Kipchoge, Zerzenay Tadesse, photo by PhotoRun.net

Today is race day around the world. I stayed up all night to watch the Breaking 2 attempt, and it was inspiring. After your race, check it out! We have the video posted in our story! Read about Eliud Kipchoge right here: http://www.runblogrun.com/2017/05/eliud-kipchoge-runs-20024-at-breaking2-attempt-and-yes-you-can-watch-a-rerun.html

Kipchoge_EluidFH-Sub2Hr17.jpgEliud Kipchoge runs 2:00:24 for marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Saturday, May 6, 2017. Race today, race a team relay or a single event. Remember to warm up and cooldown.

Two of the finest pole vaulters in the world, Ekaterina Stefanidi, 2016 Olympic gold medalist and Sandi Morris, 2016 Olympic silver medalist, spoke to the media on Thursday, May 5, 2017. Both athletes love their events, are relaxed with the media and responded to questions that were not the normal drivel.

IMG_8444.JPGEkaterina Stefanidi and Sandi Morris, photo by RunBlogRun

Stefanidi and Morris have both faced challenges in their athletic careers, and have risen above those tough times, to soar above the competition. Their pole vault battle on Friday night in Doha will be one to enjoy and behold. Special thanks to Ekaterina and Sandi for their honesty and love of their event.

This is Friday, May 5. Cinqo de Mayo. I am writing this from Doha, Qatar, as the women's shot put is underway! Enjoy your run today, and watch the Doha DL meet on local TV tonight. Get inspired!

Amos-RudishaFHL-LondonDL15.jpgNijel Amos and David Rudisha, London GP, photo by PhotoRun.net

Friday, May 5, 2017, warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 8 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, cooldown.

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Breaking2_TimeZones_final-b_hd_1600.jpgWhat ever you think of it, the @Breaking2 phenomenon has brought many to consider running and consider the speed of running a sub two hour marathon. Nike has done one of the most amazing promotion jobs of all times with their Breaking 2 stories. The event will happen sometime this coming weekend, May 6 or May 7, depending on weather, at 5.45 am local time. To sign up for updates, please go to : http://news.nike.com/news/how-to-watch-nike-breaking2-sub-2-marathon.

Usain Bolt with PUMA's Jose Van der Veen, PUMA running global product manager

PUMA had a global launch for PUMA NETFIT, a new approach to personalizing running footwear by controlling the fit through infinite lacing styles. The launch was held on May 4, 2017 in New York City. PUMA showcased some of its top athletic talent, including Usain Bolt, to show off the new lacing systems for the PUMA NETFIT product. The marketing line, "Experience the reinvention of lacing. One shoe, infinite lacing styles. PUMA's Jose Van der Veen, PUMA global running product manager worked with The Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of RunBlogRun on this interview to showcase the amazing versatility of the new PUMA NETFIT product. To learn more about the product, please go to PUMA.com/Netfit!

20170504_195015.jpgNew PUMA spikes featuring NETFIT, photo by The Shoe Addicts

The award for the biggest PR disaster of the past few weeks was the proposal to bring credibility to athletics regarding some of its world records. The important word is "some". Most of those records were known to anyone who spent a bit of time checking out World Records. There have been times in our sport when anti doping was the focus of dilettantes. It was an after thought. This is not so anymore.

The recent proposal wants to put a line in the sand, and look to the future. It was an approach to a complicated problem in our sport. This approach may not be the right way to go. In this article, Stuart Weir is definitely not a fan, and he says why.

Radcliffe_Paula1a-Vienna12.jpgPaul Radcliffe, photo by PhotoRun.net

We are in a time when changes need to be made. But, as Stuart Weir notes, this proposal, while well meaning, has had the absolute result of bringing most of the sport's frustration down on those involved.

A good idea to change our record system, but this does not seem to be the way.

The Doha DL 2017 meeting should be a fantastic event! The rivalries and duels should be intense in the warm atmosphere of Doha. I have come to this meet for several years, and love the event. It is also a time to catch up on the best track gossip and goings on in the sport. Here are the previews from EME News, our partner, on the Doha Diamond League!

The Doha Diamond League meeting is in the midst of changes. Among those changes was a shake up in how to do the main press event, which had become stuffier and stuffier with each growing year. This year, only one speech was made by Qatar Federation and one speech by IAAF (Olivier Gers).

IMG_8433.JPGChristian Taylor, Michelle Carter, and company leaving the stage, post event

This year, Christian Taylor and Michelle Carter, both Olympic gold medalists, were given the emcee jobs, which they did quite well. Mutaz Barshim, Elaine Thompson, Dafne Schippers and Thomas Rohler were the athletes who were asked questions by Taylor, Carter and the assembled media. The turnout of media and just plan curious was excellent.

Here is the video from the presser, and I hope you enjoy it. I asked all a question, What if the IAAF said, you have to change events in Doha, what event would you do?

IMG_8429.JPGNia Ali and Keni Harrison, photo by Larry Eder

The Doha Press Points are a chance for media to interact with the stars of the sport. Today, we spoke with Nia Ali, the Rio Olympic silver medalist at the 100m hurdles and Keni Harrison, the World record holder at the 100 meter hurdles. Both are articulate and thoughtful young women, at the top of their hurdling powers.

They are proud to be in an event that is so competitive. Nia noted how there could be different American hurdlers each and every year, a sign to her that the 100 meter hurdles is so tough. Keni noted she had a very tough day at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, where one must be perfect on that day, or one does not make the team. For Keni, there was some redemption setting the new WR of 12.20 post Olympics, but, as one can see, the pain is there.

This interview was fun and fast. Ali and Harrison spoke of their fitness, and their enjoyment of racing and the benefits of the hot weather in Doha. We should see some very fast times in Doha on May 5, 2017.

Cragg_AmyFV1b-UsaOlyTr16.jpgAmy Cragg, photo by PhotoRun.net

PORTLAND (USA): Amy Cragg has donated the $5000 she belatedly received after moving up to fourth in the 2014 Chicago Marathon to charity, informs kimbia.net. Cragg has given the money to 'Girls on the Run Chicago,' an organisation that uses running to teach young girls about self-confidence, goal setting and other life skills. Cragg will race over 10,000m at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford on Friday.

RunBlogRun: Class act from a classy athlete. Best wishes to Amy Cragg over 10,000 meters at the Payton Jordan meet!

It is Thursday and today is about running fast, at your mile pace. Keep the pace honest, and focused, and enjoy the jogs, then, strideouts. You are about to race real fast this weekend!

672055360.jpgClayton Murphy, photo by Getty Images/IAAF

Thursday, May 4, 2017. warm up, 4x400 meters, 400 meters at current race pace for mile, with 30 seconds jog in between each 400 meters, 4 x 150 meters, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

The performance footwear industry is fraught with peril. With over 48 brands that the Running Network has observed in this space, there are few that have the size, financial support and focus to build themselves into global brands. We know the histories of Nike, adidas, ASICS and PUMA. We see the success of brands like New Balance and Saucony. We see the success of newer brands like HOKA ONE ONE.

Brooks Running, now in its second century, is moving into China and Brazil, both robust running markets, with opportunities for Brooks to grow while focused on its key business, performance running.

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pack-men london .jpgMen's Lead Pack, 2017 Virgin Money London, photo courtesy of London Marathon

The London Marathon has the finest, most competitive fields of the year. The battles, with seven to ten marathoners who believe that they can all win, and four that actually can, make for fascinating races. The presser, and this is part 2 of the Men's elite presser, held on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

One other comment on this presser. Ghirmay Ghebrselassie, the 2015 World Champ and 2016 fourth placer in the Olympics (as well as 2016 NYC champ) is very articulate and provided great comments. Kenenisa Bekele was careful to describe his level of fitness.

Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts, for the support on this presser.

The German javelin star is quite unassuming, as are most great javelin throwers. Thomas is in Doha to open his season, hopefully with a nice big throw. Like most young athletes in Germany, he was given access to all track events, and liked the high jump and triple jump. It was not until the advanced age of 17 that Thomas began to throw the javelin.

Rohler_ThomasQH-OlyGame16.jpgThomas Rohler, Olympic champion, photo by PhotoRun.net

No decathlon or pole vault for this guy, Thomas Rohler genuinely loves the javelin, and the pure act of throwing. He also likes to fly fish for trout.

The javelin is one of the most ancient of athletic events. It is a combination of strength, speed, technique and focus. When one throws the javelin correctly, it is like competing with the gods of athletics.

We shall watch and see how Thomas Rohler throws on Friday, but I think that there is a big throw in him for Doha. Lets see if he can throw 88 plus meters on Friday! That would be an opener. This early in the season, anything 85 plus meters and over is pretty darn good. Watch the crowd ooh and ahh as the javelin stays in the air, like in an air bubble, waiting to burst as it hits the ground.

One of the finest javelin throwers ever to come from Germany, Thomas Rohler has many years ahead of him in the javelin. And we are working on getting Thomas to visit the United States for some javelin throwing and perhaps, some fishing too. I keep telling him about Wisconsin and California.

The Virgin Money London Marathon Press conferences are fantastic events. Moderated by 1984 Olympian and two time World Cross silver medalist Tim Hutchings, the shows have the feel of a Graham Norton Talk show, except there is little drinking beforehand.

We missed the women's elite conferences, but the mens, on this day, were quite good. Please enjoy the thoughts on running and training by some of the finest athletes in the world. In this case, Feyisa Lelisa, Abel Kirui, Ghirmay Ghebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele and Bedan Karoki.

I am always amazed at the thoughtful comments that come out in these pressers. Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts, our video partners.

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I have been coming to Doha DL for several years now. It is the start of the elite outdoor season for me. For media, it is a great place to get early season interviews of the athletes, coaches, trainers and suppliers of track gossip.

The spirit of innovation is in Doha. The Presser, normally a closed affair for media only, is now open to the public. It will be held in a shopping center of some reknown in Doha, and the fans will be able to ask questions of the stars of athletics.

It is key to shake up how the sport is presented and get the fans closer to the top athletes. The sport has some fine athletes with great stories to tell.

Build the sport. Innovate. Use social media. Keep track & field fun!

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Stephen Kiprotich, Beijing 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

Stephen Kiprotich is the 2012 Olympic champion in the marathon. He is also the 2013 World Champion from hot and humid Moscow. After that, Stephen had some difficult back injuries. At the HASPA Hamburg Marathon, Stephen Kiprotich ran 2:07:31, in a valiant attempt to hold off Ethiopia's Tsegaye Mekkonen, who ran 2:07:26. The HASPA Hannover Marathon took place on April 23, 2017.

Stephen is one of my favorite athletes. I have spoken to him over the years and admired his quiet thoughtfulness and determination to overcome his injuries, espcially his back. His pride for his country, Uganda, is what makes him so popular at home.

Race News Service, our partners for global marathon content coverage around the world, provided this interview, with special thanks to Andy Edwards and Joerg Wenig.

This is a fun picture of Collee Quigley, Courtney Freirichs, Aisha Praught Leer and Emma Coburn, four of my absolute favorite steeplers in the know universe. The steeplechase is an athletics event that is rife with tradition. Yet, it was not too long ago that the women's steeplechase was just beginning and we took some hassles for putting Carla Borovicka, a fine US runner, on the cover of our publication, American Athletics, in the Fall of 1990 (renamed American Track & Field in 1994).

Each year, some of the finest stars of track & field visit the Aspire Academy, one of the finest training centers in the world. This year, among the fine athletes who visited, were Kim Collins, 2003 World Champion, 2011 bronze, Veronica Campbell Brown ( 3 Olympic gold, 3 Olympic silver, 2 Olympic bronze, 3 World Champs gold, 7 World champs silver, 1 World Champs bronze), Ekaterina Stefanidi (Olympic gold, European gold, Euro silver, World Indoor Champs bronze) and Andrew Butchart (fifth, Olympic 5000m final, Rio).

This is a big deal for young athletes. Meeting major athletes is something that kids treasure for the rest of their lives. I remember meeting Frank Shorter at the 1974 AAU Cross Country. Shorter spoke nice to three geeky fifteen year olds, and signed autographs. He went on that next week to winning Fukuoka Marathon for the fourth time. But, alas, I have digressed.

Next generation of #TeamQatar inspired by World and Olympic medallists! #DohaDL 💎🇶🇦

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The years of running provide you with memories and years of insights. Remember, you are seeing the world from an active position. It is much different than most in the world view the natural world. I always found the days after a hard workout full of peace and calm. Even the stride outs are something to enjoy. Focus on the little things. Those make the difference in your upcoming PB races.

Tommy Ratcliffe.jpgTommy Ratcliffe ran a 4:01 mile as a senior in high school at the Adrian Martinez Classic! photo by Kevin Morris

Wednesday, May 3, 2017. warm up, six miles, on soft surfaces, 6 times 150 meters, ten sit ups, ten push ups, five pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

Schippers_Dafne200HSSF-Worlds15.jpgDafne Schippers, photo by PhotoRun.net

ARNHEM (NED): World and European champion Dafne Schippers has said she has been working specifically on her start and doing more strength training ahead of the summer season, informs NOS. "I've worked a lot on my start, but I'm now fitter. I feel I can handle a lot more. I'm using the physiotherapist more than before. It's all details, such as extra strength training," she said. Schippers missed the indoor season to focus on the summer campaign. She will run on Friday in Doha tough 200 m against Olympic winner Elaine Thompson.

WomenStart1-Boston17.jpGElite Women's start, BAA Boston, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2017 B.A.A. Boston marathon was one of my favorite Boston's in the last thirty-five years. Exciting races on both elite sides of the road, with wheelchair races that were quite stirring as well. The photo Gallery is from RunningNetwork, one of our partners, and the photos are from PhotoRun.net. PhotoRun has been a partner of the RunningNetwork and RunBlogRun for three decades, and they cover events all around the world. Click here to find the gallery: http://runningnetwork.com/RNW/index.php/features/image-galleries/7713-image-gallery-2017-boston-marathon

Powell_AsafaPC-Lausanne11.jpgAsafa Powell, photo by PhotoRun.net

KINGSTON (JAM): Asafa Powell has said one of his aims this year is to record his 100th sub-10 100m performance of his career, informs the Jamaica Observer. "It's a world championship season and I am preparing for it. I have a few Diamond Leagues to attend, this week I will be running in Doha, and I am trying to get my 100th sub-10 as well -- that's one of the main focus this year," he said. Powell has recorded 97 sub-10 second 100m times (per Tilastopaja) and is hoping to set his 100th on home soil in Kingston on 20 May. "Definitely here in Jamaica is where I want to get it done. I am saving it for Jamaica."

Clement_KerronFL1-Rio16.jpgKerron Clement, Rio 2016 Olympic champion, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kerron Clement is one of the most underestimated athletes in our sport. He may, quite frankly, be the most talented athlete of his generation. Yet, one would never know it. A four time World Championship gold medalist, Kerron did not get truly serious about his fitness, goals and focus until Rio 2016, eleven years AFTER he started his professional career.

David Hunter wrote this feature on Kerron in early April. I am posting it the first week of May, a few days before the Doha Diamond League. As I was traveling from Frankfurt to Kuwait City, then, Doha, I found Kerron Clement sitting quietly in the Lufthansa waiting area. I said hello and told him that his story would be up and around the world before his opening DL race for 2017.

Seriously, Kerron Clement is finally figuring out just how good he is at this event. And he has years to go, as Mr. Hunter so wisely noted.

FinishArea-Vienna17.JPGVienna City Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2017 Vienna City Marathon provided 42,000 different stories about runners racing through the fabled streets of Vienna, Austria. The Marathon, and new 10k, were both well recieved, even with some crazy weather in Central Europa. Enjoy the photo gallery, click right here to see some of the superb photos by PhotoRun.net, our photo partner across most of the major events in the world! http://runningnetwork.com/RNW/index.php/features/image-galleries/7725-image-gallery-2017-vienna-marathon.

Kiprop_NancyFV-Vienna17.JPGNancy Kiprop wins the Vienna City Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Korir_AlbertFH-Vienna17.JPGAlbert Kiprop wins Vienna City Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Vienna City Marathon is a sanctuary for the sport of road racing in Austria. What a success, with over 42,000 runners and walkers competing over the weekend. Here is the report from the Vienna City Marathon. Put this race on your bucket list! Running through one of the most historic cities in Central Europe. Run a marathon, check out art, history and killer deserts and coffee for a week!

The 8x400 meters is one of my favorite workouts. See how fast you feel today. Enjoy the speed, and then, in the last 400 meters, see what you can do! Remember to warm up and cool down well.

Grovdal_KarolineFV-NyrrDash16.jpgKaroline Grovdal, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tuesday, warm up, 8 x 400 meters, current 800 meter race pace for first seven, final 400 meters, at current 400 meter pace, 400 meter jog between each repeat 400 meters, ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

Rupp_Galen-Boston17.JPgGalen Rupp, second place, Boston Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

The need for speed is in all track events. You need to develop whatever speed you have and find the way to use it at your best. This week, we focus on speed, and the Thursday workout is a fun but a little strange workout. Enjoy the week.

Monday, May 1, 2017. warm up, six times 200 meter hills, jog down, 6x150 meter stride outs, finish ten push ups, pull ups, sit ups, cooldown.

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