October 2017 Archives

How did your race go yesterday? You may have another race tomorrow.

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Today is a relaxed day of running, so enjoy it, and enjoy the stride outs!

Friday, October 20, 2017. warm up, easy 45-50 minute run with four 150 meter stride outs, then cooldown

Thursday are race days for many in cross country. As 560,000 high school boys and girls race across the country, Races are different across the country, from 2 miles to 5k (now, mostly 5k and or 3 miles). Courses can be very difficult. I recall running through a creek during a race in high school! It was fun, but ruined new racing shoes!

20151212-ROSA0037.jpgGetting ready for racing! photo by Justin Britton

Enjoy the races! Focus on trying to improve one part of your race each race!

Thursday, October 19, 2017. warm up, warm up, race, 20 minute jog, then, 12 x 40 seconds, then cooldown. If no race,

warm up, 3 times mile at current race pace, 400m jog, 6x 300 meters cut downs, 150 meter jog, cooldown .

Wednesday is always a recovery day. Enjoy the run, work on your strideouts and talk with your team mates. It sounds silly now, but some of your life long friends come from cross country and sports. My best friend, Bob Lucas and I met as juniors in high school. David Huges, another great friend, was first guy I met in sophomore year, who talked to me, after I moved from Saint Louis to San Jose.

Enjoy today, think about your races upcoming and try to focus on making one part of your race better each week!


Time to talk before workouts, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wednesday, October 18, 2017. warm up, easy 45-55 minute minute run, four times 150 meter stride outs, cooldown, easy


Keitany_Mary-RAK17.jpgMary Keitany, is she ready for the Big Apple? photo by PhotoRun.net

ITEN (KEN): In the build-up to the New York Marathon, Mary Keitany's husband Charles Koech has hinted she is in similar shape to when she ran 2:17:01 in the London Marathon in April, informs the Daily Nation. "Keitany is in good shape and we are optimistic that she will run well the way she did in London. We are almost through with the hard training before we embark on the fine-tuning part," he said. Keitany will arrive into New York on 30 October ahead of race day on 5 November.

Jordan Hasay ran her second marathon in 2:20:57, the fastest time EVER in North America for an American woman. Jordan broke the 1985 record of Joan Benoit Samuelson, who ran 2:21:21 in Chicago thirty-two years ago, in an epic battle with Ingrid Kristiansen and Rosa Mota. Chris Derrick ran his first marathon in 2:12:50, for ninth, in the city he ran in during his early years of development.

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A nicely done presser with Jordan and Chris, emceed by James O'Brien, communications director of NYAC.

Jordan is always fun to listen to, and Chris has a wonderful sense of humor. Enjoy!

Gabius_ArneFL-Frankfurt15.jpgArnie Gabius, 2015 Frankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

FRANKFURT (GER): Arne Gabius is aiming to break the 2:10-barrier in the Frankfurt Marathon on 29 October, informs Leichtathletik.de. "I will be in the second group, which will probably cover the half marathon in 64:15 or 64:30. The former would already be in the area of the German record," he said. "I assume that I can run between 2:08 and 2:10 hours - it would be great if it would be clearly under 2:10 hours." Gabius hasn't completed a marathon since Frankfurt two years ago where he set a German record of 2:08:33 due to injuries.

The wheelchair races continue to grow in stature and interest in Chicago. Marcel Hug used a big move to break the field near the end and insure his win and fine race. Tatyana McFadden, who nearly died from a clot last February, is back and used her wiles to outsprint the field.

The presser with James O'Brien was interesting and showed more of the depth of the races and racers. In UK, wheelchair races are huge. They are developing followers in the US.

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Kipsang_Wilson-Berlin17.JPGWilson Kipsang, Berlin 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

NEW YORK (USA): Wilson Kipsang blamed stomach problems for dropping out of the Berlin Marathon last month and he is looking to challenge for the course record in his comeback race in the New York Marathon on 5 November, informs the Daily Nation. "After taking water before the 30km mark, I felt bad in my stomach and I had to discontinue the race. There was no any other problem and that is why I decided to participate in the New York Marathon where I have been before and even won," he said. "I have been to New York and I know the course very well. A course record might be possible but not a world record."

The 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon had two entirely different races up front. Galen Rupp won with a killer 5k between 35k and 40k. Tirunesh Dibaba ran, with no pacemakers, up front nearly the entire race. She had hoped for a 2:17:18, but, due to lots of things, ran 2:18:30. James O'Brien, communications director at NYAC, and a keen observer of the sport, did the live updates at Chicago and also the post event pressers. Here is the Hi Def version of the presser courtesy of The Shoe Addicts.

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As you race in the second half of October and move into November. all of your races have meaning. The tempo runs are helping you race better during the middle of the race, where your body is screaming and you tell your body to continue to perform. Focus on the tempo runs and run as a team. Getting another runner at the end of the race can be difference between winning and losing.

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In the 1970s at Crystal Springs, near Belmont, CA. We had Center Meets. I recall Mitch Kingery setting the course record at the famous course, running 14:28 for 2.9 miles. He was well within himself and that inspired me. I ran 18:24 that day, which was pretty good for me at the time. That middle of October time period was one of my favorite times to race each year.

Good luck!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017. warm up, 20 minute tempo run on track, run pace at 30 seconds per mile above our current 5k racing pace, so if you run 6 minute pace today for 5k race, run tempo at 6:30 pace, and stay focused. Jog 800 meters, and finish with 4 times 200 meters, easy jog in between, cooldown

The story behind the story in the 200 meters was Dafne Schippers return to the 200 meters, better her form from 2016, and take out Marie-Jose Ta Lou, who was the revelation of the women's sprints in 2017. Marie-Jose Ta Lou, from the Cote d'Ivoire, is proud of her country and proud to be an African sprinter and train in Africa (Dakar, Senegal).

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Shaunae Miller-Uibo had a masterful turn and last 50 meters, and ran herself into the bronze medal, after an exhausting and emotionally draining 400 meters. Watch this video if you are a 200 meter runner. You are watching three of the finest women sprinters in the world!

Special thanks to Mike Deering and Adam Johnson Eder on filming these events and AJ Felice for the briliant opening intros!

I love the throws. I have a picture up of Imre Nemeth in my home. I have pictures of Miklos Nemeth from his wonderous javelin throw in Montreal. As a Hungarian-American, I have a special affinity to the hammer.

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We were treated to Pawel Fajdek, Valeriy Pronkin, and Wojciech Nowicki really speaking about the secrets of the hammer. Fajdek is a fantastic athlete. The Polish star loves his event, and if you provide him questions with some knowledge of the event, he will reveal more (and he did here). I have not spoken to Valery Pronkin, but he speaks and looks like he comes out of a novel by Turgenev or Gogol. Pronkin was not happy with his throwing, and he noted that. Wajciech Nowicki was pleased with his medal and his PB this season.

If you are a throw coach, keep this one in your file (we have included all 52 videos from the 2017 London World Champs in our program now).

After nearly three weeks past the exciting BMW Berlin Marathon, which I watched on German TV, and followed on the website, I have some deep thoughts regarding one of the fastest marathons in the world. Read them, and then, tell me what you think. You can always reach me at [email protected].


The pace makers do their work, BMW 2017 Berlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the beginning of week 18. The fartlek, Tempo Run and long run are key. The races are very important, and each one is becoming more and more important.

Enjoy your runs. Remember how lucky you are with each day of running.

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Lasitskene about her goals
MOSCOW (RUS): World high jump champion Mariya Lasitskene has played down her chances of winning the female IAAF Athlete of the Year award next month, informs Athletics Weekly. "Honestly, I don't believe that I will be even in the top three. It's so subjective, you know what I mean? Somebody loves jumps, somebody else loves running. Somebody prefers blondes, somebody prefers brunettes. Too many 'somebody.' If you look at the world rankings, for example, at all-athletics.com, you'll see that right now I'm in the first position and I have more points than the best male athlete. It shows that I was consistent for the whole season," she said. Lasitskene has outlined her main goals next year are the World Indoor Championships and European Championships. She also wants to improve her personal best in the coming year. In 2017 she was unbeaten.
Cherono_LawrencePort1-Kenya17.jpgLawrence Cherono, photo by PhotoRun.net
L. Cherono wins Amsterdam 2:05:09 PB, Nageeye 2:08:16 NR and EL
AMSTERDAM (NED, Oct 15): With splits of 62:51/62:18, Kenya's Lawrence Cherono won the TCS Amsterdam Marathon in a lifetime best of 2:05:09, breaking Daniel Wanjiru's course record by twelve seconds. The top five runners all broke the 2:06-barrier: Kenyans Norbert Kigen (2:05:13) and Abraham Kiptum (2:05:26) made it an all-Kenyan podium with Ethiopia's Mule Wasihun (2:05:39) and Kenya's Amos Kipruto (2:05:43) fourth and fifth respectively. The fastest entrant in the race Tesfaye Abera from Ethiopia finished eighth in 2:07:39 while Abdi Nageeye set a Dutch record and European lead 2017 of 2:08:16 to finish ninth. Notable non-finishers included former three-time winner Wilson Chebet from Kenya and debutant Zane Robertson from New Zealand. Ethiopia's Tadelech Bekele won the women's race in a lifetime best of 2:21:54(70:12/71:42) ahead of Kenya's Gladys Chesire (2:24:51) and Ethiopia's Azmera Abreha (2:25:23). Notable track runner Viola Kibiwott from Kenya was fourth in a 2:25:32 PB with former Boston Marathon winner Caroline Rotich fifth in 2:26:26.
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LISBON (POR, Oct 15): Kenya's Sarah Chepchirchir defended her title in the Lisbon Marathon, clocking 2:27:57 ahead of Ethiopians Afera Godfay (2:28:46) and Sichala Kumeshi (2:38:52). Kenya's Ishhimael Chemtan won the men's race in 2:10:51 from Bahrain's El Hassan El-Abassi (2:10:57) and Kenya's Daniel Limo (2:15:30). Bahrain's Eunice Chumba won the half marathon in 68:48 from Kenya's Visiline Jepkesho (69:31) and world marathon champion Rose Chelimo (69:48) while Sara Moreira was the top Portuguese finisher in sixth in 73:29. Ethiopia's Birhan Nebebew won the men's half marathon in 62:02 from Eritrea's Goitom Kifle (62:14) and Ethiopia's Deme Abate (62:20).
Chepchirchir_SarahFV-Lisbon17.jpGSarah Chepchirchir, photo by PhotoRun.net

Title (0;00;06;01).jpgFrank Gagliano is the head coach for HOKA ONE ONE NJNYTC. Frank has dedicated his life to coaching athletes and help them develop their skills. Gags, as he is called, believes in the power of cross country. Enjoy this video from the HOKA ONE ONE Coaching Series.

Here is the news from the recent meetings from European Athletics Association, with special thanks from EME News.

Vetter_JohannesQH1a-OlyGame16.jpgJohannes Vetter, photo by PhotoRun.net

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On Saturday night, October 14, the European Athletics Association named Johannes Vetter and Ekaterina Stefanidi as their 2017 athletes of the year. The story below is from the European Athletics site.

The long run is not only a physical event, but a great time for disernment over how your racing and training. If you are running with your team mates, discuss workouts, how they are going and how you are racing. If you are running by yourself, consider your racing, are you running up to your potential? How do you race better? How to you catch another competitor at the finish? One more finisher could be the difference between winning and losing!

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Sunday, October 15, 2017. 85-90 minute long run, make sure you stretch and cool down

Tirunesh Dibaba is one of my favorite athletes. She is, in my opinion, the female version of Miruts Yifter, the gifted Ethiopian who won both the 10,000 and 5,000 in Moscow 1980.

I recall her sprint in the 2003 World Champs at the age of 18. Her sense of focus, her sense of purpose, and her kick were mesmeriging. Her finish was both elegant and deadly.

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In watching Tirunesh run indoors, I always loved watching her wind up from about 600 meters out. The indoor track was perfect for her stride and her deadling kick over 200 meters.

In observing her three marathons (London 2014, 2:20:25, third, London 2017, 2:17:56, second and Chicago 2017, first, 2:18:30), one sees the finest women distance track athlete of all times now bringing her focus to the marathon. On the roads, one is reminded of the development of Eliud Kipchoge. Tirunesh ran 2:18:30 leading most of the 26.2 miles, and her nearly even half marathons show a sense of pace that is truly unique.

This interview was done on Friday, October 6, two days prior to Chicago. Tirunesh understands English and speaks well, she just prefers a translator, so thanks to Sabrina Yohannes, the finest translator for Ethiopian athletes because she gets the nuances, and what is not said as well as what is said.

One last thing, I believe that Tirunesh Dibaba will be the next women to run 2:15 for the marathon. She has all of the tools, skills, focus and she is determined to be the very best.

The races are getting more important.

You have built up your racing skills all season long. Now is the time to use them. Get out smart, and build through the race, running past your competitors one by one, and then, with five hundred meters to go, put on your kick. Do it in stages so that you have something left over the final 100 meters.

Good luck!

Men-43.jpgThe race is on, photo by Justin Britton

Saturday, warm up, early season cross country race, cooldown finish up with , or, if no race, warm up,

45 minute fartlek, 20 x 1 minute hard, one minute jog, cooldown

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Paul Hadfield writes this weekly column for RunBlogRun. We are grateful for his observations and strong writing skills. This week, Paul writes about Andy Vernon. I watched Andy Vernon win the HIghgate 10k Night of PBs last May and have enjoyed watching him over his career. We wish him great luck as he focuses on his 11th potential showing at the European Athletics Cross Country Championships.

Chebii_EzekielFV-LakeBiwa17.jpgEzekiel Chebii, winning Lake Biawa Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ezekiel Chebii wanted a big win in Chicago. Unfortunately, the 2017 Lake Biawa champion did not reach his goal. Ezekiel ran 2:12:12 for seventh place. This interview was done on Friday afternoon. I was fascinated with his training and his belief in himself.

Ezekiel Chebii began on the roads in 2010, and his move to the half marathon provided a 59:05 half marathon and a sub 28 minute 10k on the roads. Ezekiel ran a tough and windy marathon in Japan this past March, taking the win. In Chicago he ran negative splits, but just was not in the battle at the very end. We hope Ezekiel shows his promise in upcoming marathons. Ezekiel's brother, Abraham, has run 12:52.99 for the 5000 meters in his heyday.

This interview was focused on Ezekiel's training and racing. A strong story on this fine athlete!

image2.jpegIf you are in the vicinity of Manhattan College today, do not miss this opportunity to witness an amazing speaker. Matt Centrowtiz is the father of 2016 Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz. Matt is a two time Olympian, former 5000m AR and fantastic coach! Do not miss it!

This is a nice piece on father Matt Centrowitz and his son, Matthew. On October 13, at Van Cortlandt Park, Matthew Centrowitz, the 2016 winner of the Olympic 1,500m and his father, Matt Centrowtiz, will be speaking to runners and signing their book, LIke Father, Like Son from 3 pm Eastern time. On Saturday, October 14, the Manhattan Invitational, sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE.


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L-R- Matthew Centrowitz, Jeff Benjamin, NYC Marathon Champion Gary Muhrke, Coach Matt Centrowitz

Fridays before big races are always stressful days. Get your run in, and go see a movie ( ( saw Dunkirk, Atomic Blonde, Logan Lucky all recently, really enjoyed Logan Lucky), to take your mind off the race.

You will do well in your race, you have spent 19-20 weeks building for these fine races. Challenge yourself!

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Friday, warm up, easy 45-50 minute run with four 150 meter stride outs, then cooldown

Today is a race day for many. The league meets, conference meets, and in some areas, state meets are fast approaching. All this hard work you have done all fall is coming to fruition.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017. warm up, warm up, race, 20 minute jog, then, 12 x 40 seconds, then cooldown. If no race,

warm up, 3 times mile at current race pace, 400m jog, 6x 300 meters cut downs, 150 meter jog, cooldown .

After a Sunday long run, a Monday fartlek, and a Tuesday tempo run, Wednesday is a light day, and enjoy it. Easy days are key to your success, so make sure you do them. You are so much fitter than you were in August. Note that your easy days were more difficut early in the season.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2017. warm up, easy 45-55 minute minute run, four times 150 meter stride outs, cooldown, easy


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DURBAN (RSA, Oct 8): World silver 10k medalist from London Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda won the Durban CitySurfRun 10k in fast national record and South Africa All-Comers top mark 27:29. Another Ugandan Stephen Kissa was clearly behind as second in 28:05 and third Swiss Julien Wanders in 28:13 national record. Only then top home runners followed with Stephen Mokoka 28:35 and Elroy Gelant 29:12. Women winner was also from Uganda and also clocked a national record, Mercyline Chelangat 31:38 ahead of Kenyan Pascalia Chepkorir 31:48. Next in order Dorcas Tuitoek 32:11 over Veronicah Nyaruai 32:55 and home Dominique Scott 33:26.

Hasay-3.jpgJordan Hasay, photo from Bank of America Chicago Marathon

The 2:20:57 run by Jordan Hasay in Chicago on Sunday, October 8, 2017 was historic. Jordan Hasay ran 2:23:00 in her marathon debut and shocked many. Truth is this, Jordan Hasay was made for the marathon, and Alberto Salzar knew that. Jordan Hasay is one of the guttiest runners I have ever seen, and she does not give an inch. In college racing she had great races and not so great races. She was not a happy camper when she did not do well, but that is okay.

As a professional athlete, Jordan raced over 5k and 10k, and she battled in every race. In 2016, she began her evolution into road running, but one wonders if that was Alberto Salazar's plan for the entire time.

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The TCS NYC Marathon is less than a month away (actually, 25 days). The announcement today of Wilson Kipsang, former NYCM champion and Buzunesh Deba, the two time runner up and Bronx resident. The release is below. As we have for Berlin, Chicago and will for Frankfurt, we will cover NYCM live! @RunBlogRun will see you there in just 25 days!

TCSNYCM17_Left_Content_353x324.pngThis is the screen shot of the new 30 second promo for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon titled, "It will move you!". The TCS NYC Marathon is under new sponsorship with New Balance replacing ASICS this year. New Balance has expanded its sponsorship from merely the marathon to nearly everything involved with running in the Big Apple.

Here is the release and the video itself. The video is nicely done, and grabs the viewer. It is also at 30 seconds, about the maximum messaging for the average viewer in 2017 (okay 33-35 seconds).

Hasay-4.jpgPaula Radcliffe, Jordan Hasay and Joan Benoit Samuelson, photo courtesy of Bank of America Chicago Marathon

CHICAGO (USA): Paula Radcliffe told Sports Illustrated she believes Jordan Hasay, who improved to 2:20:57 in the Chicago Marathon, is built for the distance. "I've watched her career unfold with races from 1500 m to when she's moved up," she said. "I always thought that she would be a great marathon runner. She has the combination of physical attributes to run a good marathon plus the mental strength and focus."

The tempo runs are a key part of most successful elite runners' workouts. Tempo runs build your confidence and strength for mid race in the cross country. This sub maximal work makes you stronger. Add this to your regular work, your long runs, your hill runs, and you have a complete training program.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017. warm up, 20 minute tempo run on track, run pace at 30 seconds per mile above our

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

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

For me, the marathon does not end until we get the final report from the Medical Director. Dr. George Champis, who has worked on the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for twelve years.

There were nearly 2000 marathoners in the medical areas at Chicago, with 44 who needed a visit to the hospital. The major issue was heat stroke for atheltes between 2:30 and 4:00 timing.

This presser is the last offiical press event of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and with it, we see a more relaxed Carey Pinkowski and the good doctor.

Galen Rupp wanted to be "invisibile" in the race until after 22 miles. "And in the last four miles, you know, anything can happen."

And it did.

Between 35 kilometers and 40 kilometers, Galen Rupp took the field apart. The early pace was modest, as the field hit the half marathon in 1:06:11. The men just spent too much time watching each other and not enough trying to break the key players. Galen Rupp purposely did not lead early in the race. His attitude was as if this were a championship event, and for Galen Rupp, winning a World Marathon Major event was, and is a championship event.

It was exciting to see Tirunesh Dibaba run her third marathon on the streets of Chicago. The finest women distance runner of all times, Tirunesh Dibaba, was looking for a strong race in Chicago.

While we in the media were speaking about her breaking the course record of one Paula Radcliffe (2:17:18), Tirunesh Dibaba may have desired that record, but, without pace makers, the course record would be quite difficult.

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Here are some short points from EME News on some final points for 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

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Start-SanJose17.JPGStart of 2017 RNR San Jose, photo by PhotoRun.net

The RNR San Jose is one of the most popular races of the Competitor Group. Located in Speed City, as San Jose was called in the 1960s due to its amazing world record breaking sprinters at San Jose State and the Santa Clara Youth Village. Now the speedy half marathon course, the 5k and 10k welcome thousands to the capital of the Silicon Valley.

Barclaycard Arena.jpgBarclaycard Arena Indoor track facility, photo courtesy of WIC Birmingham 2018

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This is a piece on Birmingham, England and some of the upcoming prominent athletic events that will be hosted in this city. Special thanks to Stuart Weir on this update.

You are now in week 17. For those who have worked with us since June, you have run for 21 weeks! Over the next two weeks, we will work hard, and then begint to focus on end of season meets.

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Monday, October 9, 2017, warm up, 60 minute run, Holmer Fartlek (32 minutes out, back in 28 minutes), 8 x 150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Rupp and Tirunesh take Chicago


DSCN9860.JPG Jorum Lumbasi (383) and Isaac Kipkoech (0142) in the leading pack of the men's race, photo by Justin Lagat/KenyanAthlete

PA080166.JPG Eliud Kipchoge presenting a cheque to the women's winner, Pauline Korikwiang, photo by Justin Lagat/KenyanAthlete

This was Justin Lagat's column for A View from Kenya for this week. Justin observed the Family Bank Eldoret half marathon this weekend.

While @runblogrun was viewing Bank of America Chicago marathon and the victory of Galen Rupp and Tirunesh Dibaba, the B.A.A. half was happening in one of our favorite towns, Boston.

Please find the release below with top ten results on this fine event. Thanks to the BAA and PhotoRun for their assistance in covering this fine event.

Salel_DanielFV1-BaaHalf17.jpgDaniel Salel wins BAA Half, 8 October 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Chelimo_JoanFV1-BaaHalf17.jpgJulia Chelimo winning BAA Half, October 8, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

PHOTO: Galen Rupp wins the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon in a personal best 2:09:20 (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)
PHOTO: Tirunesh Dibaba wins the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2:18:31, her second sub-2:19 marathon of the year (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)
There are still runners out on the course, and it is 8 hours since the first wave. David Monti wrote this piece, which we use with his permission. This was a fine race, and with the lack of pace makers, there were two very different races.

PHOTO: Jordan Hasay finishes third at the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2:20:57 to become the second-fastest American woman of all time (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)

The marathon is a fickle mistress, yet, if one approaches the event with respect, focus and an attention to detail, one moves the needle higher on the success scale. The absolutely gutty race of Jordan Hasay makes her six foot six in my book. Jordan was made for the marathon, with her light build and her light stride. In the Chicago Marathon, Jordan Hasay literally played chicken with her aggressive racing. Up until halfway she was running 2:17-2:18 pace as Tirunesh Dibaba pushed the pace, but, perhaps not enough to get the course record.

IMG_0136.JPGJordan Hasay and Chris Derrick, B of A Chicago Presser, October 8, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jordan Hasay broke the Course American Record of 2:21:21, held by Joan Benoit Samuelson since 1985. Jordan's 2:20:57 makes her the fastest American women marathoner ever to race on the continent of North America (remember, Deena Kastor ran her 2:19 on the soil of Great Britain).

On the men's side, Chris Derrick, a fine cross country runner and 10,000m runner, took 9th in his first marathon in 2:12:50. He had some issues with his drinks, perhaps too much carbos, but he got into the game, as Coach Jerry Schumacher suggested. At one point, Chris Derrick took the lead, after 30 kilometers. Then, after 35k, the race got moving and the pack of twelve that Chris Derrick lead dropped to four, then, to two, and finally to Galen Rupp.

Chris Derrick told the media that he learned from this first marathon, and will use that knowledge in his next venture over 26.2 miles. But before that, Chris will probably go after his 10,000m PB, set when he was twenty-one. Chris Derrick is a keen observer of all things athletics, he will run faster marathons and faster 10,000 meters.

I recall watching Chris Derrick win the multi lap Edinburgh Cross Country in Edinburgh, Scotland in January 2014. Derrick, in amazing shape, floated over the laps, pressing from early on and running well on a remarkably energy sapping course; with high grass, mud, creek crossing and a cool Scottish January day with the gods of cross country blowing wind the entire day. Derrick is a remarkable athlete, who has had his share of injuries.

Healthy now, Chris Derrick will take these lessons, hard won from the streets of Chicago, to plan his upcoming season and focus. We wish him well.

A wide ranging interview, and one of my favorites of the weekend.

Marcel Hug and Tatyana McFadden are two of the finest wheelchair athletes in the world. Wheelchair marathoning is fast, difficult and have finishes that are decided by hundredths of seconds.

IMG_0135.JPGMarcel Hug and Tatyana McFadden, photo by Adam Johnson-Eder/The Shoe Addicts

In this race, Marcel Hug was able to break away, winning by over one minute. Not so for Tatyana McFadden, who provided a big sprint to take the finish at the very end of the race, giving Tatyana her 8th title in Chicago.

Last February, Tatyana developed a clot in her leg that nearly killed her. Building back her shape, Tatyana built her strength back and is racing well on the circuit once again.

A good look into the world of wheelchair racing, which one pundit described as akin to chariot racing, due to its physical nature and close finishes!

The City of Chicago saw some amazing things on Sunday, October 8, 2017. An American male won for the first time since 2002, and Tirunesh Dibaba shows why many believe that she is the one who could eventually challenge the WR of one Paula Radcliffe.

IMG_0134.JPGGalen Rupp and Tirunesh Dibaba, photo by Adam Johnson Eder, The Shoe Addicts

In this presser, emceed by NYAC Director of Communications James O'Brien, Galen Rupp explained his plan to "remain invisible" until after 22 miles. The most talkative and effusive that Galen Rupp has been ever, he provided us an enlightening view into his tactics, his support system and his appreciation of how much his lovely wife has given up so he can focus on being the global athlete he is becoming.

Tirunesh Dibaba spoke through interpreter Sabrina Yohannes, was happy with her win, but slightly disturbed that she had not taken down Paula Radcliffe's Course record of 2:17:18. Dibaba told us that her futures is on the roads.

An immensely pleasing race to watch, with women going out fast, and men too tentative (I felt like I was watching a championship mile race for a while), but the final act of the men's race showed Galen Rupp (and Coaches Alberto Salazar and Pete Julian) had done their homework.

Carey Pinkowski is the executive director of the Bank of America Chicago marathon. On Saturday, October 7, as on other Saturdays before the marathon, Carey will give the media one last shot to grab him before the race. So, of course, @runblogrun got him, and asked the long reigning race director a few questions. Watch the video, see how much Carey enjoys his job and how well he knew his fields this weekend.

WR holders from Chicago .jpgDennnis Kimetto, Carey Pinkowski, Paula Radcliffe, photo by Adam Johnson Eder for The Shoe Addicts

Kassel Marathon.PNGThis is a story about an error in a race, and how it was amicably worked out. Justin Lagat did a nice job with this piece, reminding us that, as with most situations, communication can work out many of the mistakes that happen in our lives.

We caught up with Dr. George Champis and Carey Pinkowski on Saturday afternoon. George Champis is the Medical Director of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. We asked both to provide some final points on the race, what to keep in mind, and we encourage you to watch the short video.

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Today is Sunday, October 8, 2017. We are at the Chicago Marathon, so we hope you can enjoy watching that, before or after your long run. Enjoy your 85-90 minutes today, at a pace where you can talk.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017. warm up, 80-85 minutes, in hills, cooldown

tirunesh dibaba.jpgTirunesh Dibaba and Carey Pinkowski, British House, World Champs 2017, London, photo by RunBlogRun

Tomorrow will be the the third marathon of Tirunesh Dibaba. In April 2014, Tirunesh Dibaba took third in 2:20:35, after having to stop for a water bottle at 30k. She learnt much from that race.

Now, she is in Chicago, and fit. Her biggest challenge could be mother nature, with some humidty and rain.

We will just have to wait until tomorrow!

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Jordan Hasay was a fine runner in high school, dominating California HIgh School cross country and track and field. From the first day I met her, Jordan was a lot of fun to interview. In college, Jordan battled some fine athletes and that heart of hers, that inner drive did not falter, even though she had wins and some tough losses.

I remember the USA 10,000m title in 2014 in Sacramento with Kim Conley and Jordan. It came down to the final fifty meters and Jordan finished second. She was frustrated, but she knew it was part of the journey as her coaches, Alberto Salazar and Pete Julian, told her. Truth was, I totally respected Jordan for that race, no quarter given, none asked. Hasay and Conley showed us a tremendous battle over 25 laps.

In Houston in January 2017, Jordan Hasay cranked a fast half marathon, 1:08:45. Her confidence was back, her smile was back and I began to wonder, what can she do in Boston? Problem is, Boston must be respected, as it has been the graveyard of many marathoners' dreams.

Jordan Hasay ran 2:23:00 there in Boston, taking third. Jordan Hasay showed us that the dimuntive marathoner with the big heart and lungs and huge drive.

Now, Jordan is running Chicago, and as Coach Salazar said the other day, Jordan is really fit! I told Jordan she will run a fine race, and perhaps, even score another PB.

One thing for certian, the marathon may be the perfect distance for Jordan Hasay. We will just have to wait and see until tomorrow, October 8, 2017.

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Dibaba_TiruneshM-RAK17.jpgTirunesh Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

CHICAGO (USA): Tirunesh Dibaba, who will run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, is in similar shape to when she ran 2:17:56 at this year's London Marathon, according to her agent, Mark Wetmore, Letsrun.com reports.

RunBlogRun opines: Tirunesh Dibaba is a most amazing talent. Her track times are one thing, but it is her race pedigree that sets her apart. Watching her difficult battles on the track showed a women who did not like to loose and an athlete possessed of a very potent kick. Her two marathons have shown just a bit of the talent that this women has. This race on Sunday, in rain and or humidty, may not be a 2:17 race, but it should be a race where the race prowess of Tirunesh Dibaba comes out.

The likes of Khalid Khannouchi, Steve Jones, Catherine Ndereba and Paula Radcliffe make me smile. As a member of the media, I have been fortunate to witness the world records of Khannouchi, Ndereba and Radcliffe in Chicago. I watched Steve Jones on TV.

World records are ephemeral. They are the unique moments when fitness, weather, competitiveness all come together and for once, perhaps twice, the athlete put the limits of the human body and spirit behind them. These athletes, for a second, like Icarus, have tried to touch the sun. In the case of the four record holders, in their world records, they touched the sun.

These are momentous occasions in the life of an athlete. They are also fleeting moments, part of the memories that give structure and meaning to an athletic life.

On September 28, 2014, Dennis Kimetto, a relative new comer to the marathon (his debut was 2:04:16 at Berlin in 2012), became the first and only man, on a world record worthy course, to break two hours, three minutes, with his amazing 2:02:57.

Now, Dennis Kimetto is running Bank of America Chicago marathon. Dennis owns the course record of 2:03:45 here, set in near perfect conditions of a fall day in Chicago.

But, after those near perfect days, how does one get his or her mojo back?

That is the journey that Dennis Kimetto is set on finishing.

Kimetto-Mutai1-Berlin14.jpgDennis Kimetto, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rupp_Galen1a-Boston17.jpgGalen Rupp, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hasay_Jordan1a-BostonM17.jpgJordan Hasay, photo by PhotoRun.net

CHICAGO (USA): The top American hopes for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Galen Rupp and Jordan Hasay, both say they have enjoyed their best-ever build-ups for a 26-mile race. Rupp told Letsrun.com: "This is the best prepared for the marathon I've ever been."

RunBlogRun opines: The race on Sunday could be humid and rainy, or just plain humid. This suggests a modest early pace and a strong finish. Both Rupp and Hasay are built for such conditions. Should be fascinating to see how these two fare on Sunday. My take is that Rupp could win the whole enchilada, and Hasay looks like numero 2 and a nice PB.

Friday was a busy day for Tim Hutchings. Tim emcees the elite field pressers for the men, women and wheelchair athletes who would be running on the streets of Chicago on October 8. Tim Hutchings introduces the athletes and then, provides a quick interview on each male and female athletes in the elite presser.

women chicago.jpgMaril Perez, Lisa Weightman, Danna Heckert, Sara Crouch, Jordan Hasay, Tirunesh Dibaba, photo by Adam Johnson-Eder, The Shoe Addicts

men elite.jpgDiego Estrada, Chris Derrick, Zersenay Tadesse, Feyisa Lelisa, Galen Rupp, Sam Chelanga, elite field, photo by Adam Johnson Eder, The Shoe Addicts

CHICAGO (USA): Security will be stepped up for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon following this week's mass shooting. Mayor Rahm Emanuel told The Chicago Tribune the city will "double check and triple check" arrangements and said the number of undercover officers in the crowd will be increased.

Rahm and WR holders DW.jpgKhalid Khannouchi, Steve Jones, Catherine Ndereba, Rahm Emmanuel, Paul Lambert, Paula Radcliffe, photo by Adam Johnson Eder, The Shoe Addicts

RunBlogRun opines: There is no right answer on security. How does one comfort and give 40,000 runners and their families a sense of security one week after a mass shooting? Mayor Rahm Emmanuel did a nice job, as did Carey Pinkowski, as both answered the questions of the media head on.

The Thursday presser was a strong event. The current world record holders, Dennis Kimetto and Paula Radcliffe, as well as the four WR breakers who broke records on Bank of America Chicago Marathon (Khalid Khannouchi, Steve Jones, Dennis Kimetto and Paula Radcliffe).

WR holders.jpgKhalid Khannouchi, Steve Jones, Catherine Ndereba, Paula Radcliffe, Bank of America Chicago Marathon World Record holders, photo by David Wearn

This section included a question and answer with Bank of America President Paul Lambert, as well as some comments by Carey Pinkowski, Executive Race Director, Bank of America.

Carey and Rahm, DW.jpgCarey Pinkowski introducing the Mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, photo by David Wearn

On the Monday before the Chicago Marathon, a horrific event happened in Las Vegas. Soon after that, it was revealed that the perpetrator had investigated Chicago as a focus of his terrible crimes. Since 9/11/01, major events have had to consider the facts that their event could be a target. Since April 15, 2013, when Boston Marathon was attacked, road races became accutely aware of this possibility. Kudos to Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Executive Race Director, Carey Pinkowski , who handled the terrible events in Las Vegas without increasing the fear, but also providing a sense of comfort that Chicago was preparing for all situations.

Carey Pinkowski, AJE.jpgCarey Pinkowski, Executive Race Director for Bank of America Chicago Marathon, photo by Adam Johnson Eder/The Shoe Addicts

This is part 2 of the Thursday presser, and it should be a lesson for event directors on how to juggle the important need of providing information without adding to the fear and concern post Las Vegas.

Rahm from AJE.jpgRahm Emmanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago, photo by Adam Johnson Eder, The Shoe Addicts

The opening presser for the 2017 Bank of America Chicago marathon featured Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, Bank of America President (Illinois) Paul Lambert, Carey Pinkowski, Executive Director, B of A Chicago Marathon, Tim Hadzima, Manager, Abbott World Marathon Masters in Part 1. Special thans to Mike Deering of the Shoe addicts for the filming and due to the lack of wifi access in presser, we had to provide video post-event. This was the short intro, there will be two more parts for Thursday.

WR holders from Chicago .jpgDennis Kimetto, WR holder in marathon (men), Carey Pinkowski, Race Director, @chicagomarathon, and Paula Radcliffe, WR Holder in marathon (women), photo by Mike Deering, The Shoe Addicts

Diego Estrada ASICS.jpgDiego Estrada, photo courtesy of Race Results Weekly (Jane Monti), used with permission

RunBlogRun opines: Diego Estrada is one of those talents who comes along infrequently. His track times indicate a fine marathon time, yet, as many of us have learnt, the Marathon is a cruel mistress. Last year, in his third attempt, Diego finished Chicago as top American, but it was not without a struggle.

Coach Joe Vigil, and old school coach if there ever was one, in his confidence builder for Diego, suggested that he better finish or, and I quote, " I will kick your ass."

Diego finished in 2016, and broke the curse of 2016 (DNFs in 10,000m and Marathon Trials).

What will he do in 2017?

You have to wait and see on Sunday.

This is the first real weekend in October and many teams are in conference meet mode. The championships are beginning. Focus your effort on this race, with a good start, work the middle race and use a long kick, then, with the finish line in site, sprint all out!

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Saturday, October 7, 2017. warm up, early season cross country race, cooldown finish up with , 4x150 meters, cooldown

Chebii_EzekielFV1-LakeBiwa17.jpgEzekiel Chebii, photo by PhotoRun.net

Today, @runblogrun met with Ezekiel Chebii at the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Ezekiel Chebii look ready for the big race. What will he do in his first World Marathon Majors?

Friday runs are always a bit contemplative. An easy run the day before a race, one notices their breaths, perhaps a funny joke from a friend, perhaps an usual sight on the run.

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Then, the stride outs. Those are to shake you out of your doldrums, and to remember, tomorrow, as World Champ silver medalist at 4x400m told us in London, "when you race, you are a gladiator".

Friday, October 6, 2017. warm up, easy 45-50 minute run with four 150 meter stride outs, then cooldown

Spanovic_Ivana-Brussels17.jpgIvana Spanovic, photo by PhotoRun.net

BELGRADE (SRB): Serbian Athletics Federation recieved confirmation that Ivana Spanovic ended as fourth in the long jump at World Championships in London. They claimed she should be higher in the rankings because her last jump was longer than 691 cm. That was enough for fourth place. But she landed way over 7 meters, but her bib on the back made the difference. Serbian federation appealed, but admitted now the decision was right. Informs b92.net.

20171005_124518.jpgSteve Jones with Larry Eder, Chicago Presser, October 5, 2017, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts

Steve Jones may be the most modest world record holder that you may ever meet. Steve Jones is Welsh, and a former RAF mechanic (he calls it a technician), who worked on F4 Phantoms for much of his career. Racing close to fifty times a year as a journeyman (weekends, plus a mid week race for the RAF), Steve ran cross country, track races off a steady diet of 75-80 miles a week.

His first marathon attempt was the Chicago Marathon in 1983, which was then sponsored by Beatrice Foods. Jonesy hurt himself in a 20 minute warm up, and by 16 miles could go no farther. He tried to return his per diem to then race director Bob Bright (think, P.T. Barnum meets Hunter S. Thompson). Bright refused.

The next year, in 1984, Steve Jones returned to Chicago, finished the race, and broke the world record.

RunBlogRun opines: Joan Benoit Samuelson is fearless. 1983 Boston winner Greg Meyer told me once that he could not train daily with Joan, because she trained so hard. Her win in Los Angeles Marathon in 1984 cemented her as the first woman Olympic marathon gold medalist and an icon for Nike. I recall Joan at the Nike Half Marathon in SFO one year, speaking with media on women's running. It was, well, epic.

I will never forget her epic battle with Ingrid Kristinsen and Rosa Mota at the 1985 Chicago Marathon. Joan won and ran 2:21:21, an American record that was not broken for 18 years! Joan Benoit Samuelson speaks eloquently, but she speaks best with her feet, and her marathons have been works of art, as well as ways to showcase women's running.

Samuelson_Joan-BostonM11.jpgJoan Benoit Samuelson, photo by PhotoRun.net

CHICAGO (USA): Joan Benoit-Samuelson, who had been hoping to become the first woman over 60 to run a marathon in less than three hours, has withdrawn from Chicago this Sunday after suffering injury in the build-up. "October 8 has been on my calendar for some time, but I need to put my goals and my story on hold for now," the 1984 Olympic champion said in a statement. "Chicago holds a special place in my career, and while I cannot compete this year, I am looking forward to cheering on thousands of runners as they chase their goals and tell their stories on race day."

Samuelson_JoanScottVIP-USout11.jpgScott and Joan Samuelson, photo by PhotoRun.net

It was less than one month after September 11, 2001 when Catherine Ndereba broke the world record on the 2001 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and ran the first sub 2:19 marathon for a woman in history.

This is David Monti's feature on that famous event.

Ndereba_Catherine-Beach2Beacon11.jpgCatherine Ndereba, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 200 meter men's final was all about the racing. So much drama in the race, with Wayde Van Niekerk having won the 400 meters and done the rounds of the 200 meters, with a gutty run in the semi final!

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In the final, Turkey's Ramil Guliyev, who has lived and trained in Turkey for six plus years, prevailed. The Turkish sprinter, who had focused on the 200 meters, came off the turn and built his leed to the finish, putting Wayde Van Nikerk in the silver position and Jereem Richards in the bronze position.

Ramil was ecstatic! He spoke about the hard work, and his race that night. Wayde Van Niekerk was subdued: he felt frustrated that he had not recieved the recognition he believed due (and we agree) for his fine double. Jereem Richards had surprised many with his bronze (well, except Maurice Greene, who picked Jereem for third).

RunBlogRun opines: One of the nicest people on the planet, I enjoyed my interview with Shadrack Biwott last year in San Jose. I will not be able to see my friend this year, but I look forward to seeing him in his next marathon! Shadrock followed last year's win at RNR San Jose with a fifth place at the 2016 NYC Marathon. In the spring of 2017, Shadrack Biwott finished fourth in the Boston Marathon! What will he do this year?

Biwott_Shadrack-BAA10k17.jpgShadrack Biwott, photo by PhotoRun.net

SAN JOSE (USA): This weekend, the center of Silicon Valley plays host to one of the most exciting road races in the Golden State: the Rock 'n' Roll San Jose Half Marathon. Defending champion, Shadrack Biwott, headlines the men's field in the race which is known for its flat and fast course. For the women the top favorite is 35-year-old Sasha Gollish who was last year's Canadian Cross Country Champion.

Kori Carter has had promise for several years. She just did not have good luck. That changed in 2017, as Kori made the World Champs team, and in the final, Kori Carter took the gold from the very hands of WL Dalilah Muhammed. In third place was Ristiananna Tracy, who, again impressed many with her gutty running.

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The presser for the 400m hurdles was pretty fun. Some good quotes and some fine comments on the world of elite racing.

RunBlogRun opines: We are quite excited to be going to Birmingham, England for the World Indoors in 2018. It will be a fun meet, followed by curry, kebabs and perhaps, an beverage of some type. The city of Birmingham has a great art scene, lots of history and lots of clubs. So, as @runblogrun reminds you! Be there!

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BIRMINGHAM (GBR): The IAAF has given its blessing to preparations for the 2018 World Indoor Championships in Birmingham following a visit last week, reports the organisers. Fourteen IAAF staff spent the end of last week at the Arena Birmingham, as part of a two-day workshop to help plan the championships. The IAAF's Competition and Events Director, Paul Hardy, also head of the delegation, said: "This is a vastly experienced local organising committee and we are confident their planning and preparation are on track to deliver an amazing IAAF World Indoor Championships next March. The momentum of the extremely successful IAAF World Championships in London this summer is rolling onto Birmingham where great competition, innovation and organisation can be expected."

Thursday is our dedicated race day. We also add a workout after the race. If you do not race, then, get in a good workout, noted today.

Stretching HOKA .jpgMake sure you have good shoes all season! photo by Justin Britton

Thursday, October 5, 2017, warm up, warm up, early season race, jog 20 minutes, finish up with 8 times 40 seconds hard, jog two minutes in between, then, easy 2 mile cooldown. If no race, then, warm up, 50 minutes fartlek, two and one half minutes at 5k race pace, two and one half minutes easy, repeat ten times, cooldown.

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IAAF President foresees radical moves
LONDON (GBR): Pop-up running tracks in football stadiums, city franchises and athlete auctions are among the "radical" moves athletics must consider to enhance its appeal, says IAAF president Lord Coe. He was addressing questions about how the sport can innovate and flourish, especially in the wake of the retirement of its superstar Usain Bolt. Writes the BBC. "Athletics should be ready to change. I'm not ruling anything out," IAAF President was quoted as saying.

Sabrina Yohannes writes this second piece on Abel Kirui and his humble backgrounds. The two time World Champion is back on his game and could prove very dangerous in Chicago this coming weekend.

NNRunJuly17_069.jpgAbel Kirui, photo by NN Running team (July 2017)

We wanted you to see this. Maurice Greene's prescient comments on the 100 meters in London were done the day before. He noted precisely how Elaine Thompson could be beat, and he spoke about how the womens' 100 meters could be an amazing race, which it was!


Watch for more Mo & Larry shows, on London, sprinting, and many other subjects. Special thanks to adidas on their support of this program.

Rock-n-Roll-53.jpgRNR San Jose, photo courtesy of RNR San Jose

One of my favorite events each year, I am missing the event due to conflict with Chicago Marathon. Here's info on this fine race!

Kimetto-Mutai1-Berlin14.jpgDennis Kimetto, photo by PhotoRun.net
Rupp_Galen1a-Boston17.jpgGalen Rupp, photo by PhotoRun.net
Dibaba_TiruneshM-RAK17.jpgTirunesh Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Top names in Chicago
CHICAGO (USA): Five athletes with sub-2:06 lifetime bests will be competing in the men's race in the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. The line-up is headed by world record-holder Dennis Kimetto (2:02:57 PB) and reigning champion Abel Kirui (2:05:04 PB) along with Ethiopians Feyisa Lilesa (2:04:52 PB) and Sisay Lemma (2:05:16) and former New York Marathon winner Stanley Biwott from Kenya (2:03:51 PB). Other top names include Olympic bronze medallist Galen Rupp (2:09:58 PB), Kenyans Ezekiel Chebii (2:06:07 PB) and Bernard Kipyego (2:06:19 PB) and world half marathon record-holder Zersenay Tadese from Eritrea (2:10:41 PB). The women's elite field is headed by Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba (2:17:56 PB), reigning champion Florence Kiplagat (2:19:44PB) and top US distance runner Jordan Hasay (2:23:00 PB).

This is Paul Halford's weekly column for RunBlogRun. This week, Paul writes about Dewi Griffiths and his breakthrough run last week over the half marathon distance. Paul helps us understand that a big PB comes after consistent work, and dedication. For Dewi Griffiths, there are lots depenending on the Frankfurt Marathon.

Griffiths_Dewi-Euro10k15.jpgDewi Griffiths, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cross Country is now in its second month for 2017. First state meet has happened (can you believe it?), in Alaska, on September 30. This is Wednesday workout , and it is pretty relaxed. Remember to watch our videos from Coaches Gags, Nohilly and Trautmann!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2017. warm up, easy 45-55 minute minute run, four times 150 meter stride outs, cooldown, easy


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The triple jump was a tough competition. Christian Taylor leaped 17.68m in his third attempt and took the gold medal. In his third attempt, Will Claye cemented the silver medal with 17.63 meters. The bronze medal was won by Nelson Evora, the grand old man of the triple jump, leaped 17.19 meters, to add to his medal haul.

But what was wonderful about this presser was the love fest that Christian Taylor and Will Claye shared on their fellow jumper, Nelson Evora, who had a few competitions this year. Taylor and Claye admire Evora, and his devotion to the triple jump.

Centrowitz_MattQR-WorCH17.jpgMatt Centrowitz, photo by PhotoRun.net

PORTLAND (USA): After an injury-plagued 2017 season, Olympic 1500m champion Matt Centrowitz is chasing fast times next season, informs Track and Field News. "I think next year will be about chasing fast times, because there is no Olympics or World Champs. You don't have to worry about peaking. If you run the fastest time of the year in June, who cares? I just think it's about getting after it this next year. No excuses," he said.

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Our sport is about, at its most primitive, competition. One athlete versus another athlete. Such a case was driven into my memory with the women's 400 meters. Shaunae Miller-Uibo had the lead with 350 meters to go. She looked up at the big screen, tripped on her spike and started to fall back, to fourth. Phyllis Francis ran from the back to the front, to take the gold. Salwa Eid Naser, running a fantastic series of rounds, moved into silver with a PB, and Allyson Felix, who did not have her best race, took the bronze.

Here is the presser on the 400 meter women's race.

IMG_0088.JPGThe Shoe Addicts did this video during one of our visits to the Windy City during Chicago Marathon week. This is a fun store to check out, and with all of the extra things that go on during marathon week, it will get you a good feel for the history and brand. See you there! And remember, RunBlogRun and the Shoe Addicts will be in Chicago during marathon week! Watch for our coverage for the entire week.

VanNieKerk_Wayde200SF-WC17.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, photo by PhotoRun.net
Van Niekerk thinks only about sprints
CAPE TOWN (RSA): World and Olympic 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk is expected to focus on the 100m and 200m next season. "Wayde van Niekerk confirms he will focus on the 100m and 200m events at next year's Commonwealth Games. He's giving the 400m a miss," said South African journalist Wesley Botton on Twitter.

The 400 meter hurdles is a sadist event. Combining the lactate load created by running a proper 400 meters, with ten hurdles, the 400 meter hurdles requires spirit and, when the athlete is most fatigued, self control. Karston Warholm showed that self control when he took the lead over the last hurdle as Kerron Clement stuttered. Yasmani Copello also continued to move past Clement, to take the silver.

What was interesting about this presser? Warholm was unusually animated, enjoying himself and was quite honest about his feelings after his win. Kerron Clement was the most interesting. He was professional, but he was also upset on his loss. It was very clear that this race would give him motivation for 2018 and 2019.

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TORONTO (CAN): Cam Levins has announced he will run the half marathon at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 22 October, informs organisers. Levins is hoping to secure qualification for the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia, Spain next March. "My plan is to go out with the marathon pace group at 63 minutes. What I would like to do is try and qualify for the 2018 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. So whatever it takes to do that at the very least and if I am feeling good (I will) knock it out of the park. That's sort of my main goal going into this," he said. Levins is also aiming to compete at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham over 3000m.

Lijao Gong put the shot put away in round 5 with 19.94 meters, and added a second strong shot in 19.89 meters. Anita Marton of Hungary, the Euro Indoor Champ, fought each round and hit 19.49m on her last throw, which gave her the silver. Olympic champion Michelle Carter reached 19.14m, but no farther, and could not respond to Anita Marton's spirited final throw.

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This was a good presser, as the throwers speak about their competition and their medals. In the pressers, some time after the competition, and some time after the mixed zones, there were these magical moments when the athletes wanted to talk about the competition, and their hard work. If you gave them the time to speak, there were some amazing moments. We tried to capture them in these press conference videos. Thanks to Mike Deering and Adam Johnson Eder on these (along with Algernon Felice, the Shoe Addicts).

Tempo runs are a big part of your workouts during this time of the season. Tempo runs will help you maintain your mid race pace during the toughest parts of your races. Focus on these workouts and you will do well.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017, warm up, 20 minute tempo run on track, run pace at 30 seconds per mile above our

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

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

As part of the B.A.A. series, the B.A.A. Half Marathon is always a draw. Big fields in Boston this weekend for the half marathon. For information on the fields and about the course please read the press release below!

Salel_DanielFV-BaaHalf16.jpgDaniel Salel, B.A.A. Half 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

This story was provided by the NN Running team on Abel Kirui. Abel Kirui won both the 2009 and 2011 World Championships marathons, and then, took the Olympic silver medal in the marathon in London 2012.

NNRunJuly17_334.jpgAbel Kirui, July 2017, photo from NN Running Team

From 2013 to 2016, when he won the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Abel had some ups and downs in his career. His last year has been quite good, and he looks ready to challenge and any and all who are running the streets of Chicago with this fine championship runner.

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This is a fun interview with Abel, we hope that you enjoy it!

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LAFAYETTE (USA): World U20 pole vault record-holder Armand Duplantis' coach and father Greg has said he will compete more sparingly next season and his first major goal will be the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, informs Digital Journal. "That's a big thing for us. Mondo will also compete at the World Junior Championships this summer. He is going to be more selective in a lot of his meets this year. We are focused on these two competitions next year," he said.

Kendricks-Duplantis-LaVillenie-Lausanne17.jpgSam Kendricks, Mondo Duplantis, Renuad Lavillenie, Lausanne 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tom Nohilly made the World Championships in the steeple in 1995 and 1997. What he learnt from his time as a high school, college and elite athlete he has used in his coaching. As an assistant coach with the HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club, Tom works with some of the finest developing elite American athletes.

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Tom Nohilly was asked the question, how do you use fartlek, or 'speed-play' with young athletes. Here is his response.

Special thanks to HOKA ONE ONE for their support of the HOKA ONE ONE Coaching series and to The Shoe Addicts, the digital partner of RunBlogRun for the filming, and project management.

RunBlogRun opines: Want to get Kenenisa Bekele to kick some butt? Say a few things about his less than full effort approach at recent marathons. Suggest that he might not be able to run fast again. Kenenisa Bekele has nine lives. I am curious to see if he is able to train all out again, or if he is being nagged by injuries. One thing is for certian, Kenenisa Bekele is fired up with recent media suggestions that he is not giving it his all.

Bekele_Kenenisa1h-Berlin16.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo by PhotoRun.net

ADDIS ABABA (ETH): Kenenisa Bekele has responded to the comments made by his agent Jos Hermens questioning his professionalism in the build-up to the Berlin Marathon, informs LetsRun.com. "How can one question the professionalism of an athlete that has the second fastest marathon time ever and is still a world record holder in the 10k and 5k to this day?" he said. Bekele still believes he has the ability to break Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2:02:57 despite a DNF in the Berlin Marathon. "I definitely will break it before my retirement. For all the skeptics, I will show them with my hard work. I want to seize my future. And I don't want anyone to get into my way of proving myself."

This is the second season of the Mo & Larry show. I have to admit, I love working with Maurice Greene. Maurice was the dominant 100m/200m sprinter from 1997-2001, but he was also the most entertaining! Maurice had a way of entertaining the media and the crowd. We need more of that in our sport.


As a commentator, Maurice Greene uses his experience as a World and Olympic champion, his coaching skills and his keen skills of observation to provide insights into our sport.

Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts for their work on this series: Algernon Felice, Mike Deering and Adam Johnson Eder. Most important, special thanks to Maurice Greene and our sponsor, adidas.

RunBlogRun opines: Dennis Kimetto is the world record holder in the marathon, having run 2:02:57 at BMW Berlin In September 2014. Since then, a series of less than spectacular races, injuries and lack of fitness have caused some to question who is this Dennis Kimetto? In the following piece by EME News, Dennis is now training well and wants a strong performance at Chicago this coming week, where he set the course record in 2013. There will be a tough field on the streets of Chicago. Do not miss @runblogrun's live coverage of the marathon.

Kimetto-Mutai1-Berlin14.jpgDennis Kimetto, Geoffrey Mutai, photo by PhotoRun.net

ITEN (KEN): Dennis Kimetto has admitted he doesn't know how his body will respond in the Chicago Marathon but all being well, he hopes to challenge his course record of 2:03:45, informs Xinhua. "I am in training and don't want to put any demands on myself. It has been frustrating and I tell you all that matters now is to get back on the starting line-up and compete. How the body will take that pressure is something I can't tell right now," he said. "If things go as planned, I want to break the course record in Chicago."

John Trautmann is one of the two assistant coaches with HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club. The Shoe Addicts and I sat with John Trautmann, Tom Nohilly, and the one and only Frank Gagliano, head coach of the HOKA ONE ONE NJNYTC back in June 2017 to discuss this coaching series.

We are grateful to HOKA ONE ONE for sponsoring this series. We asked the coaches questions that would be of value to high school cross country coaches during their season.

This is part five. John Trautmann values warm up and cooldown and described the needs for the athletes.

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This is week 16 in the cross country schedule. We will be changing workouts again next week. So, enjoy this week of two races a week, plus fartlek and long run. Enjoy the workout.

Stretching HOKA .jpgTying your shoes, photo by Justin Britton

Monday, October 2, 2017. warm up, 50 minute easy run, 8 x 150 meter stride outs, cooldown

GLASGOW (GBR, Oct 1): Chris Thompson defeated world marathon fourth-placer Callum Hawkins on a rainy morning in the half marathon at the Great Scottish Run. Thompson clocked 62:44 with Hawkins second in 63:18, just ahead of Tsegai Tewelde who clocked an identical time. Commonwealth marathon champion Filomena Cheyech won the women's race in 70:17 from Charlotte Purdue (72:18) and Fionnuala Ross (74:26). Jo Pavey was seventh in 78:11.

RunBlogRun opines: Chris Thompson is one of the most dangerous runners on the planet, when he is healthy. He is also one of the funniest people I have ever met. We were in stitches a few years back on way from London Marathon expo. His sense of humor is well honed, and his desire to race and challenge himself gives honor to the sport. I recall a conversation with Coach Mark Rowland about Thommo, and when your coach loves you, well, that's pretty good. Nice to see Thommo win at Great Scottish run today!

But the runs that Chris Thompson will always be remembered for was the European Athletics 10,000 meters, in 2010 where he showed total brass ones in his last 1000 meters. When Chris ran his PB for 10,000m in 2011 (27:27.36) at Payton Jordan, he was fully recovered, in this viewers eyes in minutes! In 2012, Thommo came back to Palo Alto and ran 13:11.54 for the 5,000 meters (he seems to like Palo Alto).

We've added a second instagram video just below, well, just because we like this guy!

Updated October 1, 2017.

In the book, The Nightmare Years 1930-1941, , William L. Shirer chronicled the rise to power of the National Socialist movement in Germany. Shirer was there, at the dinners with Goring, Himmler, and Hitler, and Charles Lindbergh. Shirer witnessed Charles Lindbergh, the famous flier, being fed lies that showed a strong German war machine, when, much of it was a fabrication. Lindbergh was championing the America First movement, prior to WW2. In November, 79 percent of Americans, prior to Pearl Harbor, wanted nothing to do with the European war. Shirer's columns on the rising threat in Europe were read across the Unites States by a public still recovering from the scars of WW1, and mass Depression.

I feel that we are reliving those crazy, challenging times, when leaders exchange bravado for real actions, and partisanship is rampant. With major media groups such as Facebook and Twitter, putting their heads in the sand, not accepting how much lying (that is what non factual news is) can stir up people who see content that support their baser feelings and take it for reality. The lack of overview of social media has allowed many less than benign groups, and perhaps, countries, influence much of what many of us read each and every day.

My biggest question is, didn't anyone listen in history class when you were taught about contemporary sources and how difficult they were to determine their veracity? I guess not.

While there was not social media in the 1930s-1940s, the role of media is even more important now. Allowing non-factual stories, from either political spectrum, is wrong. And trying to stop speakers, whether, they are right, left or center totally shows an absolute ignorance of our Constitution, where we are to protect the rights of people to speak, especially when it upsets us so much that we want to throw things at them. Consider what our forefathers, imperfect white males (some yes, who owned slaves), to say the least, were trying to do.

Are we living up to the gift we have in this country? I think not.

After the last week we have had, I thought it might be good to re consider. I am not trying to push an agenda, I believe that we must, in a democracy, make difficult decisions. But, we must rely on facts, which, if one takes some time to truly consider, can be found, even today.

Originally posted January 22, 2017.

I just wrote this piece for my Linked-In site. I thought you might want to read it.

IMG_4746.JPGLarry Eder and Brian Eder, day before Rio Olympics, photo by Victah Sailer/PhotoRun.net

Kosice_(Slovakia)_-_Memorial_of_the_International_Peace_Marathon_1.jpgMemorial to the Kosice International Peace Marathon courtesy of Wikipedia
Jerotich CR 2:27:34 in Kosice
KOSICE (SVK, Oct 1): Great atmosphere, results and participation at the 94th International Peace Marathon here. After fastest splits ever at half distance (63:40 by men and 73:03 by women) winning Sheila Jerotich improved not only her PB but also course record 2:27:47 from 2013 by 13 seconds to 2:27:34 (8000 euro prize money). "I will be back, I still feel I can run better on this course, next year I go for 2:25," said Jerotich after her second marathon. Life-time best also for second placer Sheila Chepkoech 2:29:13, third experienced Emily Samoei in solid 2:31:17. Ethiopians followed with Worknesh Alemu 2:31:27 and still U20 runner Meseret Abebayehu 2:32:31. Debuting in Europe as 6th Tecla Kirong improved hugely to 2:32:46 and only 7th top favorite with best PB Janet Rono 2:34:06. Youngest from Kenyan elite group Reuben Kerio (23) made his break at 38th km and won in life-time best 2:08:12 (12 000 euro prize money), also third best winning mark here and 15th by a Kenyan. Male winner (in his third marathon) had the same feelings as women one, Kerio said he wants to be back and use the fast course to a sub 2:07 (course record 2:07:01 from 2012). Good depth as top seven went under 2:12, second Ethiopian Fikre Robi 2:08:36PB and third Richard Sigei 2:09:05, also sub 2:10 for two more Kenyans Henry Chirchir 2:09:42 and Raymond Choge 2:09:53. Great news for Slovak marathon running as Tibor Sahajda (26) hugely improved as 9th to 2:18:44. His best by nearly 5 minutes and first Slovak in last 11 years to break 2:20. He also qualified for European championships in Berlin as Slovak federation set a standard of 2:21. Behind him Jozef Urban also improved to 2:21:51, but missed the standard by 51 seconds. In excellent weather (10 degrees at start and 13 during elite finish, no wind and sun) the total participation in all races went close to 13 000, new record.

Judd-Simpson-5thAve17.JPGJessica Judd, Jenny Simpson, photo by PhotoRun.net

OHare-WillisW-5thAve17.JPGChris O'Hare, Nick Willis, photo by PhotoRun.net

We asked Cathal Dennehy to catch up with some of the elite middle distance world to find out what they wll be doing during the off season. Cathal Dennehy, who won the media 800 meters at the London 2017 World Champs (sub 2 minutes, baby), travels the world, searching for a great athletics story. We were fortunate to get him stateside for a good couple of stories...

Gatlin_JustinR1-Lausanne17.jpgJustin Gatlin, photo by PhotoRun.net
Gatlin wins Mano e Mano
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA, Oct 1): World 100 m champion Justin Gatlin won the 5th edition of Mano e Mano 100 m street race at Jockey Club Brasileiro in Rio with a time of 10.52. After the competition Gatlin confirmed he wants to be in Doha at 2019 World Championships and win the gold medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020. Second Paulo André de Oliveira 10.57 and third another US sprinter Isiah Young 10.65 ahead of Bruno de Barros 10.80. In Saturday qualification faster time by Andre de Oliviera in 10.41 over de Barros 10.55. National record holder Rosangela Santos won the women 100 m in 11.63.


Craig Masback, photo courtesy of Runnerspace.com

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Craig Masback was a fine miler, used his love of the sport to build a media commentating career. Steve Ovett, an Olympic champion, an a mile WR holder, used his love of the sport, his sense of humor to build a career in sports commentating on the other side of the pond.

In this short review, Jeff Benjamin writes of their styles and attention to detail that make them popular sports commentators in the sport of athletics.

You have to admire Abel Kirui. Abel Kirui surprised many with his win in Chicago last year. Why? This marathoner is one of the most positive people you will ever meet. Kirui, in truth, is probably the least known 2:05 marathoner in the world.

It befuddles this writer.

Kirui_Abel-BostonM15.jpgAbel Kirui, photo by PhotoRun.net

Abel Kirui won the gold medal in the 2009 World Champs in Berlin. Two years later, in Daegu, Abel Kirui was back, and won the gold once again in South Korea.

In 2012, in old London town, Abel Kirui finished silver to Stephen Kiprotich (Uganda)'s gold medal in the Olympic marathon.

In 2016, Abel Kirui showed up again winning Bank of America Chicago Marathon. This was after no marathons in 2013, but a 2:09:04 in Tokyo in Feb 2014, 2:10:56 in 2015 in Amsterdan in Oct 2015, and a 2:08:06 in Tokyo in February 2016. His win in Chicago in October 2016 put him on the map once again.

What will he do on the streets of Chicago?

Read Sabrina Yohannes feature below and you will see that Mr. Kirui is ready to roll!

17AW_RT_World-Champs_Bolt_Stadium_Legacy-Spike_1152_rgb.jpgUsain Bolt, photo by PUMA communications
Bolt negotiating with Gold Coast
GOLD COAST (AUS): Superstar Usain Bolt looks set to be at next year's Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast after all, although in an ambassadorial role rather than on the track. Gold Coast 2018 have been negotiating for Bolt to appear at the Commonwealth Games in a ceremonial role. Informs insidethegames.

The long runs were some of my favorite workouts. During mileage phases, I would run two hours a day up in the hills, just enjoying the scenery and feeling like my strength grew each day. Then, there was the one mile loop around Santa Clara Cemetary (I was a night guard and sometime grave digger), where I ran, by myself or with a few selected friends, on a small circuit that included gravel trails, small roads that circled the old cemetary. I also recall doing a long run near Tucumcari, New Mexico, in the neighorhood by a camp site, with my only followers being the nightly stars and a half moon.

Shoes for race .jpgShoes for the race, photo by Justin Britton

Long runs are the Sunday workouts for the season. Enjoy the long runs. Find different places to run and friends to share those runs with, they are part of what makes the sport a good place.

Sunday, October 1, 2017. warm up, 80-85 minutes, in hills, cooldown

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