January 2018 Archives

Muir_Laura-WC17.jpgLaura Muir, photo by PhootRun.net

GLASGOW (GBR): Laura Muir will not compete on home soil at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow on 25 February in order to focus on the World Indoor Championships. "With date change of the UK Champs and the World Indoors on the same week, it would have meant three competitions in 15 days which is a bit much," she said on Twitter. Muir will compete in the 3000m at the British Indoor Championships in Birmingham on 17 February though.

RunBlogRun opines: Well, not much forethought went into planning of British Trials and Muller Indoor GP Glasgow. Laura Muir, who loves Glasgow Meeting, had to cancel in order to run UK Champs, which had changed date.

For the next four weeks, Nike is sponsoring a daily homage to the World Indoors by RunBlogRun. From Monday to Friday, we feature athletes from US, UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. On Saturdays and Sundays, we feature a great moment from World Indoor Championship history, again thanks to sponsor, Nike. We hope that you like this series.

Maslak_PavelFV-EuroInd13.jpgPavel Maslak wins 2013 European Indoors! photo by PhotoRun.net

Today, we feature, for Week Five, Day 3, Pavel Maslak is our European athlete for this week, as we focus on Birmingham 2018.

In 2012, Pavel Maslak won the European Outdoor championships at 400 meters. He had finished fifth in the World Indoor final 400 meters in 2012.

Pavel Maslak is to the 400 meter indoors what Eamonn Coghlan was to the indoor mile. His focus, his speed and his finish indoors are all parts of his domination of the 400 meters on the boards.

Maslak_PavelQ1a-Sopot14.jpgPavel Maslak, photo by PhotoRun.net

Maslak has won European gold at 400 meters in 2013, 2015 and 2017. His Czech team for the 4x400 meters, took bronze medals in 2013, 2015 and 2017. His World Indoor titles are from 2014 and 2016.

Maslak_PavelFV-Worldi16.jpgPavel Maslak wins World Indoors 2016! photo by PhotoRun.net

There is a confidence among Americans that they own the 400 meters, outdoors. Not the same indoors. Pavel Maslak won in Sopot in 2014 and came back, winning in Portland in 2016.

With a PB outdoors of 44.94 (Doha, 2014) and PB indoors of 45.24 (Sopot, 2014), the 1.76m (5'9.5") Czech runs the turns well, and gets the energy from the track and the fans. He is fast and furious during the 400 meters, almost perfectly built for the indoor 400 meters.

How will the Czech do in 2018? Can he take three World Indoors in a row as he has taken three European Indoors?

Well, in four weeks, we find out!

Last week, while I was in Dubai, I asked Paula Radcliffe, she who owns the WR for the women's marathon at 2:15:25. Both Paula and I agreed that Mary Keitany could break the current WR. Where would the women's record go? Paula was not sure.

Hill work out today....

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On my flight back from Dubai, I began to consider another scenario. Do not discount Tirunesh Dibaba. If Mary Keitany falters, she could be beaten. And, and athlete such as Dibaba could be her nemesis.

Tirunesh Dibaba likes to win. Each marathon, all three of them, have shown improvements, whether in time or position. Dibaba wants to be successful over the marathon distance. She is driven.

Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba are both focused and we look forward to seeing her race soon.

That is why London is such a wonderful race, with surprises each and every year.

April can not come soon enough!

Suhr_Jenn-NBin17.jpgJenn Suhr, photo by PhotoRun.net
Stefanidi_Ekaterini-Brussels17.jpgEkaterina Stefanidi, photo by PhotoRun.net
Morris_Sandi1a-USind17.jpgSandi Morris, photo by PhotoRun.net
Suhr vs Stefanidi vs Morris
NEW YORK (USA): Saturday´s oldest indoor meet in the World NYRR Millrose Games will have special field in women pole vault. World Indoor record holder and Olympic winner 2012 Jenn Suhr competes against Olympic winner 2016 and World Champion 2017 Ekaterini Stefanidi. Also silver medalist at last two global events Sandi Morris jumps as is Canadian record holder Alysha Newman and in-shape Kate Nageotte. World 100 m champion Tori Bowie will have it tough in women 60 m against current World leader Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast. In the men 60 m Asafa Powell faces Ronnie Baker (season opener), also hurdles World champion Omar McLeod and 200 m young star Noah Lyles.

Kenenisa Bekele - Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2015 Event Ambassador.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo courtesy of ProCam International

After reading this press release for the second or third time, my thoughts are the same. Which Kenenisa Bekele will be see in London? The defiant athlete with something to prove, or an athlete who is still not regaining fitness after injuries?

Lisek_Piotr1-World16.jpgPiotr Lisek, photo by PhotoRun.net
Kendricks_Sam1b-World16.jpgSam Kendricks, photo by PhotoRun.net
Lisek beats Kendricks
COTTBUS (GER, Jan 31): Pole Vault World champion 2017 Sam Kendricks lost for first time since September 3, 2016. That was after 17 wins in a row. He cleared good 578 in his season opener at Springer Meeting in Cottbus before 2000 spectators. But European Indoor champion Piotr Lisek was better with 583. Kendricks after one foul at 583 tried twice at 588. World Indoor champion 2014 Konstadinos Filippidis was third 573 and Pawel Wojciechowski fourth 560. 2015 World champion Shawn Barber jumped 550 for 6th position. London silver winner Yulia Levchenko dominated women high jump clearly. As only one she jumped 194 and 197 (equaled her indoor PB) and had very good tries at two meters. Second Ana Simic 191 and third best German Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch 188.

Week 3, the beginning of track season

The Wednesday and Friday recovery days are important. Make sure that you know take those days easy.

CHALL121215-8388.jpgWarming up, photo by Justin Britton

Wednesday, January 31, 2018: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground

Week 3, the beginning of the 2018 Track season

Monday: warm up, 5-6 miles, Holmer Fartlek, go out at good pace, and at half way, increase pace and run back a minute faster than first half, then, 4x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, 20 times 1 minutes hard, 1 minutes easy, two times 2.30 minutes hard, 2.30 minutes easy, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground

Thursday: warm up, 60 minute fartlek, 20 times 1 minute hard, one minute easy, 10 times 45 seconds hard, 1:15 easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown, if you do not race, then, two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown. Prefered race distance, 1k one week, 1 mile one week, 2 mile another. cooldown.

Sunday: Relaxed Long run, 65-70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

Lysenko_Danil-YouthOlyG14.jpgDanil Lysenko, photo by PhotoRun.net


TRINEC (CZE, Jan 30): World leader Danil Lysenko dominated also the 26th Beskydska latka high jump with music with meet record 235 in third attempt. Afterwards he offered three good attempts at 240. European Indoor champion Sylwester Bednarek from Poland equaled with third jump clearance 233 his personal best. For him jumps at 235 were promising. Last year European U20 Champion Maksim Nedasekau was third with 227. Three more cleared 224, Japanese Naoto Tobe, Greek Kostadinos Baniotis and Mexican Edgar Rivera. PanAm Games gold medalist Levern Spencer is also in top shape after Hustopece like Lysenko won also here with 195 in second try. She equaled her St. Lucia indoor record and tried at World Indoor standard 197. Nobody else went over 190, behind her three girls with 187, Sofie Skoog of Sweden, Marija Vukovic from Montenegro and Alyx Treasure from Canada.

642572214.jpgBirmingham 60 meters, photo courtesy of British Athletics
767 athletes from 154 countries
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Tuesday marks 30 days to go until the start of the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham from 1-4 March. According to preliminary figures, a total of 767 athletes - 429 men and 338 women - from 154 countries will compete. It is set to be the best attended championships since Paris 1997.
642617832.jpgLaura Muir, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is 20 pages of track geekdom! Twenty pages and 31 countries, all the results that are fit to post! Gracias, Carles! Our friend, Carles Baronet, a true Catalan, compiles and edits our results reports for only RunBlogRun readers! Enjoy this one, as we get closer and closer to the World Indoors! Thanks again to Carles and remember to check out his blog, http://trackinsun.blogspot.com.

Lasitskene_Maria-Lausanne17.jpgMaria Lasitskene, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ringer-Fifa-MechaalFH-Euros16.jpgAdel Michaal, photo by PhotoRun.net

BARCELONA (ESP): European indoor 3000m champion Adel Mechaal will targeting the qualifying time for the World Indoor Championships of 7:52 in Karlsruhe on 3 February, informs MARCA. Mechaal will also race in Boston (10 Feb) and the Spanish Indoor Championships (17-18 Feb) ahead of the World Indoor Championships.

Lake_MorganQ-WC17.jpgMorgan Lake, photo by PhotoRun.net

For the next four weeks, Nike is sponsoring a daily homage to the World Indoors by RunBlogRun. From Monday to Friday, we feature athletes from US, UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. On Saturdays and Sundays, we feature a great moment from World Indoor Championship history, again thanks to sponsor, Nike. We hope that you like this series.

Today, we feature, for Week Five, Day 2, Morgan Lake as our British athlete, focusing on Birmingham.

Morgan Lake is one of those amazing British athletes that we have seen come from the multi-events. In 2014, fans remember Morgan winning the U20 Heptathlon and the U20 high jump. That was a rarefied success.

High Jump Final- Oregon 2014, World Juniors #hj #final #oregon14

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Now, Morgan is focused on the high jump, and is looking for the 1.97m HJ qualifiying for British Atheltics to be considered for the 2018 World Indoors.

Morgan Lake has competed in both Rio Olympics and London World Champs, both in the high jump. She has a PB of 1.96m.

Can't wait to be back competing again #whereswally

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Will we see her in the heptathlon again? Yes, but not now. Morgan told Athletics Weekly: "I do still want to have one last shot (at the heptathlon) but it definitely wouldn't be this year. I'm not really in a rush to get back to it just yet."

Watch Morgan Lake over the next few weeks, as the British Champs are February 16-17. On her need for a one centimeter PB, Morgan told Athletics Weekly: "I'm one centimetre off the qualifying height at the moment and it depends on invites and stuff like that and how the rest of the indoor season goes. If I do qualify then, definitely, it's going to be a big aim of mine. I know a lot of athletes from other countries are like 'oh, 2018 is a quiet year'. But for us it's huge!"

The talented young Brit, whose name is mentioned as a huge talent (think Jessica Ennis Hill), is already named to the Commonwealth Games.

We wish Morgan Lake best wishes in her pursuit of Birmingham. After her sixth place in London last summer, Morgan has told media that competing in front of a home crowd is a big wish.

(Read more at http://www.athleticsweekly.com/news/morgan-lake-high-hopes-74821#HvmQVXRAlWX70atT.99)

For more information on the World Indoors Birmingham in March 2018, please go to www.wicbirmingham2018.com .

Crouser_RyanPort1-Lausanne17.jpgRyan Crouser, Lausanne 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

We worship Ryan Crouser. He is the shot deity. And Mr. Crouser is going to Des Moines for the Drake Relays! A great shot put competition, does it get any better than this?

Crouser_RyanR-USOut17.jpgRyan Crouser, photo by PhotoRun.net

Drake Relays does a great job on their press releases! They also remember who their sponsors are, as well. Big news here is Olympic champion Ryan Crouser is coming to Des Moines! The Big Man himself with compete twice! Read on!

Thompson_Elaine1-Pre17.jpgElaine Thompson, aka @fastelaine, photo by PhotoRun.net

KINGSTON (JAM): Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson is treating the 2018 season no differently to any other year even though there isn't a global outdoor championships to aim for, informs the Jamaica Star. "It was a good win for me. My preparation is just like any other year despite no major championships taking place this year, and I am just happy to finish (this race) injury-free," said Thompson after opening her season with a 7.18 clocking for 60m outdoors at the Grace Jackson Track Meet. Thompson will race over 60m in Glasgow on 25 February ahead of the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.

Thompson_ElaineQ-WC17.jpgElaine Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Drake Relays is the largest Relay meeting in the Midwest and has sold out for over three decades. The sponsor, Hy-Vee, is one of the largest supporters of track & field in North America. The events that they sponsor at the Drake Relays has added to the brand of the Relays. If you are in the Midwest, please purchase from Hy-Vee stores, as they have put their money where their mouth is-they actually sponsor our sport!

James-MerrittFH1-Drake14.jpgKirani James and LaShawn Merritt duel at Drake Relays 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is a fast and furious workout. 20 times a minute hard, minute easy will go fast, but will also have you worn out. That is good. And it is fun. Run it on the grass or trails and have some fun. Speed is good, and it will feel hard this time of the year. Make sure you cool down well.

CHALL121215-0014.jpgWorkouts and races, can wear you out, photo by Justin Britton

Tuesday, January 30, 2018: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, 20 times 1 minutes hard, 1 minutes easy, two times 2.30 minutes hard, 2.30 minutes easy, cooldown

Week 3, the beginning of track season

Monday: warm up, 5-6 miles, Holmer Fartlek, go out at good pace, and at half way, increase pace and run back a minute faster than first half, then, 4x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, 20 times 1 minutes hard, 1 minutes easy, two times 2.30 minutes hard, 2.30 minutes easy, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground

Thursday: warm up, 60 minute fartlek, 20 times 1 minute hard, one minute easy, 10 times 45 seconds hard, 1:15 easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown, if you do not race, then, two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown. Prefered race distance, 1k one week, 1 mile one week, 2 mile another. cooldown.

Sunday: Relaxed Long run, 65-70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

VanBuskirk_KateFHH1-Sanders18.JPGKate Van Buskirk wins Dr. Sander Invitational, photo by PhotoRun.net
Van Buskirk 4:26.92 mile NR and WL
NEW YORK (USA, Jan 27): At Sander Invitational/Columbia Challenge meet excellent women mile won by Kate Van Buskirk 4:26.92 Canadian record and WL (1500 m split 4:10.06). Four more dipped under 4:30. Rachel Schneider 4:27.30 over Karissa Schweizer 4:27.54 PB, Shannon Osika 4:27.55 PB and another Canadian Gabriela Stafford 4:28.88 PB. In the women 4x200 m US record 1:32.67 by the team Kyra Jefferson, Deajah Stevens, Daina Harper and Asha Ruth. It is also 6th fastest time ever. World medalist Ajee Wilson won the 800 m in 2:00.90 ahead of Jamaican Natoya Goule 2:01.07. In the 3000 m races wins for Lauren Paquette 8:53.09 PB and Reid Buchanan 7:51.98. Craig Engels won the men mile in 3:57.35 PB beating New Zealand´s Julian Oakley 3:57.45. Erik Sowinski won the 800 m in 1:46.98. Courtney Okolo achieved 51.89 in the 400 m beating Shakima Wimbley 52.11. In sprints Cravon Gillespie 6.64 PB and women double for Gabrielle Thomas 7.26 and 23.04. Oregon women got 3:32.92 in the 4x400 m. In triple jump best result 16.92 by Donald Scott and back from Ostrava Ryan Whiting 19.99 shot put.

Bascou-McLeod-Martinot-Eaton1b-WorInd16.jpgOmar McLeod, photo by PhotoRun.net

Harrison_KeniQ-USind17.jpgKeni Harrison, photo by PhotoRun.net

BLOOMINGTON: Hurdles stars competed at Indiana Relays. Omar McLeod achieved 6.77 and 21.12 in the 60/200 combination. Keni Harrison did the same 7.37 and 23.31 PB. Daniel Kuhn won the 600 m in 1:16.62.

Kejelecha_YomifFV-RomeDL15.jpgYomif Kejelcha, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kirui-Rupp1a-Boston17.jpgKirui, Rupp, Boston 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

SEATTLE: Ethiopia's Yomif Kejelcha and American Galen Rupp worked together and coasted to a one-two over 5000m at the UW Invitational. Kejelcha clocked a meeting record and world lead 13:34.67, while Rupp ran 13:34.78. Bethan Knights was the best in women 5000 m 15:45.94.

RunBlogRun opines: Galen Rupp is beginning his final preparations for the 2018 Boston Marathon, and the 5000 meters is a great way to sharpen up.

For the next four weeks, Nike is sponsoring a daily homage to the World Indoors by RunBlogRun. From Monday to Friday, we feature athletes from US, UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. On Saturdays and Sundays, we feature a great moment from World Indoor Championship history, again thanks to sponsor, Nike. We hope that you like this series.

Today, we feature, for Week Five, Day 1, Christian Coleman as our U.S. athlete focusing on Birmingham.

Coleman_ChristianFL-USAout17.jpgChristian Coleman, photo by PhotoRun.net

For more information on the World Indoors Birmingham in March 2018, please go to www.wicbirmingham2018.com .

Christian Coleman lets his legs do the talking and talking they did on January 19, 2018. At the Clemson University Indoor Complex, Christian Coleman, the London World Championships silver medalist over 100 meters and on the silver medal winning 4x100m team. His London experiences came at the end of a season that included over 30 plus races.

The instagram below was what Christian posted on January 17, two days before his races at Clemson:

At Clemson, Christian showed his fitness with a fine 6.47 in the 60 meter heats. For Coleman, whose PB at 60m was 6.45, this was a big opener and his fastest 60m in the month of January ever.

One hour, forty minutes later, in the final, the fans in Clemson were treated to an amazing race. With a fine start and a withering run over the sixty meters, Christian Coleman ran 6.37 for the sixty meters. That time, if ratified, will take .02 off the WR held by 2000 Olympic gold medalist Maurice Greene, who ran 6.39 in March 1998 and March 2001.

Within hours, the social media world was full of comparisons of Coleman and Greene, and fans were wondering what Christian's next move will be?

What does this say about our friend, Christian Coleman? It tells you that Mr. Coleman is in the shape of his life and that Birmingham could be an exciting series of races!

There is this a misconception about world records. World Records, contrary to common thought, are not made to be broken. A world record is the perfect storm of fitness, focus and environment. When a record is broken, many times athletes are not even aware that they are going so fast, jumping so far or throwing so long. And they sure do not want their record to be broken soon. The reason that Coleman is resonating now is that the record he broke, has stood for so long and it was set by such a fine athlete.

Coleman is focused on running fast, and winning Birmingham2018.

A month to go!

Here is what Christian had to say after his amazing race!

First Meet. World Record. All God. 6.37s #Blessed #JustDoIt

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Dubaipresser1.jpgTamirat Tola, Paula Radcliffe, Worknesh Degefa, Aselefech Mergia, Dubai Marathon presser, photo courtesy of Giancarlo Colombo/Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon

Paula Radcliffe, the world record holder in the women's marathon, was in Dubai to do TV commentary for the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon (you can see the complete video here: https://buff.ly/2EflySW).

We asked Paula Radcliffe for an interview. She agreed and we provided a few questions that kept it a lively interview. Paula was asked the following questions: 1. If she was made IAAF CEO for the day, what changes would she demand? 2. Do we overemphasize world records? 3. Where can the women's marathon record go?

We had planned five minutes and the interview went just over twelve. Paula Radcliffe is a thoughtful observer of our sport. We thank her for her time.

Tefera_SamuelQ-WC17.jpgSamuel Terefa, photo by PhotoRun.net
Samuel Tefera 3:36.05 World U20 record
VAL DE REUIL (FRA, Jan 27): Superb 1500 m race highlighted the Eure Meeting as Ethiopan Samuel Tefera (born 1999) clocked 3:36.05 World Junior (U20) record. Current mark from Belal Mansoor of Bahrain is 3:36.28 from 2007. Behind him global star Abdalaati Iguider 3:36.87 and third another Moroccan Brahim Kaazouzi 3:37.15. Kenyan Justus Soget as fourth also dipped under 3:40 with 3:38.47 (6th best all-time U20). Another World lead and national record for Burkina Faso by Hugues Fabrice Zango 17.23 in the triple jump. He clearly beat Alexis Copello 16.74 and Nelson Evora 16.38. Wilfred Koffi of Ivory Coast beat favorites in the 60 m with 6.63, Richard Kilty as second also 6.63 and third US Mike Rodgers 6.67. Jarret Eaton after 2nd place in Ostrava won the hurdles in 7.59 and in unusual 400 m hurdles Juander Santos 50.78 NR beat Spanish Sergio Fernandez 50.82 NR. Kevin Mayer clocked personal best 7.82 as fifth (also 200 cm in high jump). In women events Poland´s Ewa Swoboda won the 60 m in 7.27 and surprise win for Hungarian Luca Kozak 8.09 in the hurdles new national U23 record. Moroccans dominated the 800 m, Rababe Arafi won in 2:02.49 and Malika Akkaoui was 3rd 2:02.94, in-between Shelayna Oskan-Clarke 2:02.90. Greek World indoor bronze winner Paraskevi Papahristou started the season with a 14.25 win over Rouguy Diallo 14.22 PB and Spain´s Ana Peleteiro 14.20 (equaled indoor PB). Kataryba Tabashnyk won the high jump 190.

I know, this whole fartlek thing is making you think you are Swedish. Gustav Holmer was the coach. He had extraordinary athletes and he knew that they possessed the discipline to challenge themselves in workouts. Fartlek can build you into tremendous shape. We have another week in this mode and then, we will be moving on, but you will also be fitter!

20151212-ROSA0029.jpgSpikes are ready to roll, photo by Justin Britton

If you are a senior in high school, you might just consider a 30 minute morning run, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Check your resting pulse each morning. Write it down on a charge. If your morning pulse is more than five off from the day before, let your coach know. Rest is key as is hydration and eating well.

Monday, January 29, 2018: warm up, 5-6 miles, Holmer Fartlek, go out at good pace, and at half way, increase pace and run back a minute faster than first half, then, 4x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Week 3, the beginning of track season

Monday: warm up, 5-6 miles, Holmer Fartlek, go out at good pace, and at half way, increase pace and run back a minute faster than first half, then, 4x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, 20 times 1 minutes hard, 1 minutes easy, two times 2.30 minutes hard, 2.30 minutes easy, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground

Thursday: warm up, 60 minute fartlek, 20 times 1 minute hard, one minute easy, 10 times 45 seconds hard, 1:15 easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown, if you do not race, then, two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown. Prefered race distance, 1k one week, 1 mile one week, 2 mile another. cooldown.

Sunday: Relaxed Long run, 65-70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

Hassan_SifanFV-Millrose17.jpgSifan Hassan, Millrose 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net
Sifan Hassan 8:34.45 oversized
SEATTLE (USA, Jan 27): Dutch World indoor champion Sifan Hassan clocked at the oversized track here (307 m) World leading 8:34.45 in the 3000 m during second day of Washington Invitational. Second Shalane Flanagan also impressive 8:43.28. Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia won also the mile in 3:56.95 after the 5000 m on Friday. Another impressive mark was the huge PB of talented Jordan Geist in shot put with 21.45 what is second best mark in the World this year. Aleec Harris clocked 7.81 in the hurdles and Canadian Django Lovett got 229 PB in the high jump. Raevyn Rogers won the women 400 m in 52.24 and Briton Lynsey Sharp the 800 m in 2:04.97 ahead of whistleblower Julia Stepanova 2:06.92. Emily Lipari won the mile 4:38.21 and Bridgette Owens hurdles 8.06.
Hassan_Sifan-PreC17.jpgSifan Hassan, Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

HB5Q4984.jpgAhmed Al Kamali (second from left), Worknesh Degefa, Peter Connerton, Julian Wynter, Tamirat Tola, HE Saeed Hareb, Paula Radcliffe, Aselefech Mergia, photo courtesy of Dubai Marathon.

RunBlogRun just spent four days in Dubai. We were there for the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. We sat down with Julian Wynter, the CEO of Standard Chartered U.A.E, the title sponsor of the Dubai Marathon.

The Standard Chartered Bank has, as a former U.S. president noted, "that vision thing." Julian Wynter was charming and thoughtful. I wanted to find out how his bank decided on sponsoring the race in its first years (first year had about 600 competitors), and how its kept the sponsorship, now that the event is at 30,000. Mr. Wynter explained to me that Standard Chartered sponsors nine global marathons (including Dubai), many of which you have read about at this site. We like and admire sponsors who are in it for the long run.

We thank Julian Wynter for his time and comments.

Enjoy the interview and, if you have a Standard Chartered Bank in your environs, please support them, as they are putting their proverbial money where their mouth is.

For the next five weeks, Nike is sponsoring a daily homage to the World Indoors. From Monday to Friday, we feature athletes from US, UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. On Saturdays and Sundays, we feature a great moment from World Indoor Championship history, again thanks to sponsor, Nike. We hope that you like this series.

Today, we feature, for Week Four, Day 7, we feature how Yulimar Rojas took her first global title in Portland for the TJ crown.

For more information on the World Indoors Birmingham in March 2018, please go to www.wicbirmingham2018.com .Rojas_Yulimar-Worldi16.jpg

Yulimar Rojas, photo by PhotoRun.net

Yulimar Rojas won her first global title at the Portland World Indoor Championships in March 2016. Rojas had been coached by jump coach Ivan Pedroso. Pedroso, representing Cuba, won four World Outdoor Championships, five World Indoor Championships and the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Pedroso had watched Rojas compete and in 2015 approached her about joining his training group in Guadelajara, Mexico.

Rojas_YulimarFL-Worlds16.jpgYulimar Rojas, photo by PhotoRun.net

Pedroso began working on Rojas techinique. Rojas told the IAAF, that in the four months he worked with Rojas in 2015, he worked on her weaknesses. "In the past four months we have been putting emphasis on improving her strength," noted Pedroso. "It takes longer because she is a very tall athlete. We will then focus on the technical aspects to create a solid base before competing outdoors."

Yulimar Rojas at 1.92m (6'4") was a jumper. She took two silver medals as juniors in the high jump, with a South American record of 1.87m (6'1.5") and a long jump PB of 6.23 meters (20'5.75").

In 2014, Rojas tried the Triple jump for the first time, leaped 13.57m and missed the Venezualan record by 8 centimeters!

Rojas began focusing on the long jump and triple jump in the 2014 South American U-23 Championships, taking golds in 2014 in both the TJ and LJ, leaping 6.36 meters in the LJ! Her forays into the senior events, at the South American Championships gave her fourths in both the TJ and LJ.

2015 was a year of changes, as Rojas won the TJ at the 2015 South American Championships (14.14m) and fourth in the LJ (6.29m).

In the fall of 2015, Rojas began working with Ivan Pedroso. The Cuban long jump star ( a pb of 8.71m, who also had a wind aided 8.96m), coached Teddy Tamgho, the French star who won the Moscow 2013 championships.

In Portland, Yulimar Rojas took the lead from jump two, leaping 14.41m, after opening with a foul. Pedroso hoped that her jump, while short on technique would hold the day.

Kristian Gierich, from Germany, had six developing jumps, starting with 13.73m in attempt 1. Gierisch went 13.73m, 14.07m, 13.92m, 14.16m, then, boom, 14.30m, getting close to Rojas.

Rojas jumped a foul, 14.41m, then four more fouls.

On Gierich last attempt, she cleared 14.08m, taking the silver, with Rojas holding on to the gold.

In third, Greek TJer, Paraskevi Papharistou, had one good jump. A foul, then, 14.15m, then four more fouls, taking the bronze.

In fourth, and oh so close, Kentura Orji leaped 14.14m on her last attempt, missing bronze by one centimer.

After her gold medal, Yulimar Rojas, so proud of bringing home Venezuala's first medal since 1952, noted to the assembled media: "Things are only starting now," noted the proud gold medalist. "I look forward to the outdoor season. This win has given me a lot of confidence in my abilities. It showed I can stay consistent around 14.50m. My potential has no limits. I will focus on getting my body ready, improving my technique and my run-up to reach the Rio Olympics in the best shape possible."

Robbie Andrews.jpegRobby Andrews filmed an adidas commercial in Iceland, here's the story!

A Real Cool (Pardon the Pun!) First Person Robby Andrews Story! By Jeff Benjamin-1/26

The cold weather here in the Northeast can be somewhat challenging for competitors, but certainly not for Robby Andrews.
Andrews, the 2017 USATF National 1500 Champ, had a unique experience in Iceland about a year ago.
Robby Andrew begins: "In March of 2017 I was asked by adidas if I would be willing to travel to Iceland, not for competition, but for a photo/video shoot!
Not often do you get the opportunity to travel to such a desirable location, and for a modeling shoot of all things! This came to me a week before my 26th birthday, and shortly after the 2017 indoor season: the perfect timing.
I first flew to Reykjavik (south part of the island), the nation's capital, and was then flown to Húsavík (the northern part of the island). Apparently, there was not enough snow in the south to capture the atmosphere the creatives were looking for. Makes no difference to me right? Luckily, I was modeling clothing for the winter 2017/18 collection. Meaning it was warm, the adidas CLIMAHEAT line.
I had three days of early morning shooting in the most desolate roads Iceland, and possibly the world, has to offer. The crew and staff surrounding me always put my needs and comfort first, something I could get used to. If there was ever a lull between run-throughs I was quickly swarmed with jackets and gloves to protect my body from the harsh conditions. Also, a trailer was close by with hot drinks and food, a reprieve from the snow storm that hit the site one day.
Fortunately, I had the easy job of running around, the crew had the hard job of making me look good. My shootings took place in the mornings.
This gave me time in the afternoon to do some exploring of Húsavík, a quaint town known for their whale watching. Iceland as a whole is proud of their small population and their breathtaking landscapes that attract people from all over the world.
Tourism has been driving their economy more than ever in recent years, and I would highly recommend anyone to take a visit. My only regret is that I did not have more time to explore more parts of the country. So thank you adidas for this unforgettable experience. "
Spoiler: the photos/videos came out incredible!
Robby added, " I will run the Wanamaker Mile next weekend at the Millrose Games. Following that I will run the 1500m at the USATF National Championships in Albuquerque NM.
I spent a month in Flagstaff AZ preparing for the altitude that I will face in Albuquerque, I hope it pays off."
FINAL LAP-Great Thx Robby Andrews for taking the time to share with us this adventure!
The adidas Commercial --posted below
Mariya Lasitskene 204 and tried at 207
VOLGOGRAD (RUS, Jan 27): World champion Mariya Lasitskene cleared superb 2.04 WL in first attempt at Stalingrad Cup meet. It is her indoor PB and 7th tied all-time indoor performer and best indoor in last six years. She then tried 207 with good attempts what is only 1 cm below the World Indoor record. Olympic winner 2012 Ivan Ukhov went over 230 in men competition. In the 1500 m 3:40.25 for Valentin Smirnov ahead of Konstantin Plokhotnikov 3:42.24 and Aleksey Kharitonov 3:42.41. Kristina Sivkova clocked 7.36 in the 60 m and Viktoriya Prokopenko won the triple 13.98.
RunBlogRun opines: Mariya Lasitskene is the finest high jumper in the world, again in 2018. The video shows her clearance and she looks like she is ready for even bigger heights!
Lasitskene_MariaT1-Stockholm17.jpgMariya Lasitskene, 2017 Diamond League winner, photo by PhotoRun.net

1_2237.jpegMosinet Geremew wins 2018 Dubai Marathon photo by Dubai Marathon

The 2018 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon was a huge success. Seven men under 2 hours, five minutes, and four women under 2 hours, 20 minutes. 30,000 people ran the marathon, 10k and 4k on Friday, January 2, 2018. Here's the complete video of the race courtesy of the Dubai Marathon. Please enjoy!

VanBuskirk_KateFHH-Sanders18.JPGKate Van Buskirk sets Canadian record and WL in winning Dr. Sander Invite! photo by PhotoRun.net

Norb Sander was an eccentric. All of the good ones are. That wonderful combination of a classic education, the desire and need to excel outside of one's profession, to give something back to his community and a life consuming project that will provide both legacy and life changing experiences for hundreds of thousands of New York Metro athletes. Norb Sander changed the history of New York athletics.

The Dr. Sander Invitational is named after the man, quite appropriately, that saved the rebuilt the Armory. The NB Track & Field Armoy is truly, "the house that Norb built."

This piece, by Race Results Weekly, highlights the fine WL and Canadian record set by Kate Van Buskirk, a young women athlete who has come back from injury to build a fine season.

Lysenko_DanilQ-London17.jpgDanil Lysenko, photo by PhotoRun.net
Danil Lysenko 237 WL
HUSTOPECE (CZE, Jan 27): At the 19th Hustopecske skakani indoor high jump with music Russian World silver medalist Danil Lysenko confirmed his top shape with World leading clearance of 237 in first attempt. It was followed by 3 close jumps at meeting record height of 239. European Indoor champion Sylwester Bednarek jumped 231 as second. Four other jumpers cleared 228, Chinese Wang Yu as third, Belarussian Maksim Nedasekau and Dmitriy Nabokau as fourth and fifth and Mexican Edgar Rivera as sixth. Reigning World indoor champion Gianmarco Tamberi opened with 225 as 7th. Surprisingly in B competition Slovak Matus Bubenik went over superb 230 (tied his second best ever). St. Lucia´s Levern Spencer got the women win with 193 (she tried at World indoor standard 197). Second Alessia Trost and third Morgan Lake both achieved 190.
Lysenko_DanilM-WC17.jpgDanil Lysenko, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the fifth European Athletics Results report for 2017-18 from our Catalonian editor, Carles Baronet. Carles compiles and edits these important lists season after season for us, and we are able to appreciate more and more of the growing complexity of European Athletics.

LeMaitre_Christophe200R-RioOlyG16.jpg2016 Olympic bronze medalist Christophe LeMaitre, photo by PhotoRun.net

This book should be on the desk of all coaches, athletes and fans of cross country. I have read several of the race reviews and loved it! It will be my read on my way to RAK half marathon next weekend. I loved the way Andrew brings the races alive: he allows the races and their character to speak to the reader.

I asked Jeff Benjamin to review the book and our man about Staten Island loved it! Here is his review!

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For the middle distances, long runs are an important weekly ritual. Longs runs help build endurance and also are a mental breaks from the regular workouts.

20151212-ROSA0028.jpgFinal preparations for the race, photo by Justin Britton

Make sure that you get your long run in each week. Run it with friends, and find parks, trails, and vary the courses, as variety is good for your body and spirit.

Sunday, January 28, 2017: Relaxed Long run, 65-70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

Week 2, the beginning of track season

Monday: warm up, 5-6 miles, Holmer Fartlek, go out at good pace, and at half way, increase pace and run back a minute faster than first half, then, 4x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, ten times 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy, five times, one minute hard, one minute easy, cooldown.

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground

Thursday: warm up, 60 minute fartlek, 20 times 1 minute hard, one minute easy, 10 times 45 seconds hard, 1:15 easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown, if you do not race, then, two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown. Prefered race distance, 1k one week, 1 mile one week, 2 mile another. cooldown.

Sunday: Relaxed Long run, 65-70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

Lysenko_DanilQ-London17.jpgDanil Lysenko

MOSCOW (RUS): High jump London World silver medallist Danil Lysenko would start his international indoor performances 2018 at special high jump Hustopečské skákání meeting in Hustopece, Czech Republic on Saturday, where he'll face with Portland world indoor champion Gianmarco Tamberi and European indoor champion Sylwester Bednarek. Then Lysenko will move to Třinec to compete in Beskydská Laťka high jump meeting on February 30. "We'll discuss my further plans additionally, but for sure I'll perform at the World Indoors," Lysenko told R-Sport.

For the next five weeks, Nike is sponsoring a daily homage to the World Indoors. From Monday to Friday, we feature athletes from US, UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. On Saturdays and Sundays, we feature a great moment from World Indoor Championship history, again thanks to sponsor, Nike. We hope that you like this series.

Today, we feature, for Week Four, Day 6, we feature how Renaud Lavillenie, Sam Kendricks and Piotr Lisek battled in Portland in 2016 .

For more information on the World Indoors Birmingham in March 2018, please go to www.wicbirmingham2018.com .

Lisek-Lavillenie-KendricksA-Worlds16.jpgThe happy warriors, Lisek, Lavillenie, Kendricks, photo by PhotoRun.net

Moen_Sondre-CampaccioXC18.jpgSandre Moen, Campaccio XC 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sandre Moen, under the tutelage of Dr. Renato Canova, has had an amazing fall and early winter of racing.

Arne Gabius and Ryan Hall both told me that Renato Canova's training was quite rigorous. Moen ran PBs in the fall, from a 13:20 on the track in August, a 27:58 for 10k on the roads, a 59:52 for the Half Marathon, and finally, in December, at Fukuoka Marathon, winning in 2:05:48. Sandre Moen set the new European Marathon record.

Here is Race Results Weekly's story on Sandre Moen's next race.

Obiri_HellenFV1-NBind17.jpgHellen Obiri, photo by PhotoRun.net
Obiri goes sub 8:40
OSTRAVA (CZE, Jan 25): Kenya's world 5000 m champion Hellen Obiri won a high-calibre 3000m at the Czech Indoor Gala (EA Indoor Permit) before a sell-out crowd of 1000 spectators with 8:38.81. Beatrice Chepkoech was second with 8:39.15 as Olympic steeplechase champion Ruth Jebet was fifth with 8:48.99. Home athletes saw positive results, including Tomas Stanek, who set a world lead and indoor PB of 21.61m in the shot put. Mesud Pezer of Bosnia and Herzegovina was runner-up on 20.68 NR, taking the scalps of Stupe Zunic (20.54m), Konrad Bukowieki (20.29m) and Ryan Whiting (19.68m). Another Czech, twice world indoor 400m champion Pavel Maslak, won both 300 m races in 32.83 and 32.52. Compatriot Petr Svoboda was another to set a meeting record in heats of the 60m hurdles with 7.56. He also won the final in 7.61 over Jarret Eaton 7.66 (7.60 in heats) but struggled with muscle injury. Bahrain's Mohammed Ayoub Tiouali made a good debut over 3000m, winning with a meeting record 7:44.58 over Kenyan steeple specialist Benjamin Kigen who did 7:44.77 PB. In the 60m, Spain's Yunier Perez won with a meeting and national record 6.53 as Jamaica's Everton Clarke 6.55 PB was second over Slovak Jan Volko 6.63. On the women;s side, Poland's Ewa Swoboda's 7.21 beat Czech Klara Seidlova 7.25 PB and Netherland's Jamile Samuel also 7.25. Other highlights included Emmanouíl Karalis of Greece winning the pole vault with 5.62 meet record (tried at World Indoor U20 record 578 with very good attempts), Ukraine's Iryna Herashchenko victory in the high jump at 1.93m and Miltiádis Tentóglou of Greece taking the long jump with 7.93 over top Czechs. Michaela Hruba also did 193 as second (meet record for both) and Radek Juska also second 788. Slovenian record holder Anita Horvat topped women 300 m in 37.34 NR.
Svoboda_PetrFH-EuroInd11.jpgPetr Svoboda, photo by PhotoRun.net

The ISTAF Indoor meeting had some fine performances. The facility is a great hall, and they can even have an indoor discus throw. Piotr Lisek, the London silver medalist, had a good night as did Tatjana Pinto, who ran a strong 60 meters. I salute the creativity of this meet and want to find a way to see this in the coming seasons.

What is memorable about ISTAF? The meet focuses on the focal point of athletics and entertainment.

Lisek_Piotr-WC17.jpgPiotr Lisek, photo by PhotoRun.net

Pinto_TatjanaQ-Worlds16.jpgTatjana Pinto, photo by PhotoRun.net

The elite marathon in Dubai Marathon began at 6 am. The temperature was a modest 57 degrees and the fog was thick! Off the big screen in the Media Center, we watched the athletes, with three pacemakers for men and two for the women, pushing the pace for lead packs as they ran into history.

And from the fog, into history they ran. In this short video, you see the accurate viewing of the fog, the cool desert airt ( a bit humid for first 10k), as lead packs of men and women got into a rythm.

This piece was written by our Kenyan correspondent, Justin Lagat, on the Dubai Marathon. Justin Lagat gives us a view from Kenya nearly each and every week of the year.

CO1_2275-Dubai Marathon 2018.jpgMengstu, Geremew, Legese, congratulate each other after Dubai Marathon photo by Dubai Marathon

1_2571.jpegRoza Dereje wins 2018 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, photo by Dubai Marathon

The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon was a great way to start the 2018 season. On Friday, the race was fascinating to watch, from the 6 am start on. Both races had amazing depth, and Alan Ewans, the Dubai Marathon Media Coordinator, sent this release out on some of the high points. Later in the day, we will post the full embed on the Dubai Marathon.

The early season races are imporant in callousing the athlete for the big races later in the year. In the the early races, we are hoping that you try some differenct race experiences, and that you learn from them.

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Getting ready of track spikes, photo by Justin Britton

For 800 meter runners, I suggest that the 400 meters, 600 meters and the 1000 meters. For the milers, I suggest, 800 meters and 1000 meters. For the 3000-5000 meters, I suggest 1500 meters, mile and 2000 meters.

Saturday, January 27, 2018: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown, if you do not race, then, two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown. Prefered race distance, 1k one week, 1 mile one week, 2 mile another. cooldown.

Week 2, the beginning of track season

Monday: warm up, 5-6 miles, Holmer Fartlek, go out at good pace, and at half way, increase pace and run back a minute faster than first half, then, 4x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, ten times 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy, five times, one minute hard, one minute easy, cooldown.

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground

Thursday: warm up, 60 minute fartlek, 20 times 1 minute hard, one minute easy, 10 times 45 seconds hard, 1:15 easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown, if you do not race, then, two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown. Prefered race distance, 1k one week, 1 mile one week, 2 mile another. cooldown.

Sunday: Relaxed Long run, 65-70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

We hope that you are enjoying our Nike Talks World Indoors 2018 series. We have written about over 20 athletes from around the world and will publish pieces on sixty athletes plus 24 historic moments from the World Indoors.

Su_BingtianQ-WorInd16.jpgSu Bingtian, Portland World Champs 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is Nike Talks World Indoors 2018: Week 4, Day 5. Here is our Asian athlete for the week (we write about US, British, European, African, Asian, then, on weekends, history of world indoors)! We are writing about the Nike athletes who are planning on competing in Birmingham, March 1-4, 2018. For Friday, January 26, 2018, we are writing about Su Bingtian, who will be making his fourth World Indoor Championships . For more on the World Indoors 2018, please go to www.wicbirmingham2018.com. We thank Nike for sponsoring this three month long program!

Su_BingtianQ-World16.jpgSu Bingtian, World Indoors 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Su Bingtian is the fastest man in the worlds's most populous country. Su has run 9.99 for the 100 meters , and 6.50 for 60 meters indoors.

Sprinting since 2003, when in junior high, Su Bingtian changed his start in 2015, with the support of his coach, Yuan, and the rest, they say is history.

Su Bingtian is a fine example of the high quality athletes and the focus of the same athletes, from the People's Republic of China.

In 2014, Su Bingtian took 4th in the World Indoors in Sopot, Poland with a swift time of 6.52. In 2015, Su Bingtian took 8th in the final and then, compted in the PRC's 4x100 meters where the team ran 38.01 and took the silver medal in front of 80,000 screaming fans in the Birds' Nest.

Su Bingtian ran a 9.99 NR in the semi finals for the World Championships, with a legal wind. His 9th place in the final, in 10.06, was, as he told the media, a highlight of his career.

In 2016, in the Stadio Engenhao Olimpico, Su Bingtian, again, on the relay team, took 4th in 37.90! A brilliant run in a tight, cold final.

"I do not think I am a hero. I am just a stepping-stone, a stepping-stone like my coach Yuan and all the country's sprinting foregoers, a stepping-stone to pave the way for more youngsters to push the speed limit for China," said Su Bingtian to the IAAF in 2015 (from Focus on Athletes, by Vincent WU, https://www.iaaf.org/athletes/pr-of-china/bingtian-su-228422).

In 2017, Su Bingtian continued his fine improvement, running a wind-aided 9.92 at the Pre Classic in May 2017. At the London World Championships, Su Bingtian finished 8th in the 100 meter final, and ran on the Chinese 4x100m relay team, taking a fine 4th, in 38:34.

With National records at the 60 meters (6.50) and 100 meters (9.99), Su Bingtian takes his position in the world's largest country seriously. He spoke to Vincent WU for the IAAF about his role in sport:

"I hope my story can encourage those young people who have been training or are about to train in sprinting, encouraging them to believe that Chinese can also run fast and maybe even reach the podium at the World Championships or Olympic Games one day," commented Su Bingtian.

(Update January 26, 2018): On January 26, in Berlin, Su Bingtian ran 6.55 for the 60 meters at the ISTAF Berlin.

How will Su Bingtian do in Birmingham? Well, Su Bingtian took fourth in Sopot 2014, and then, 5th in Portland 2016. The finest sprinter in China should be in the thick of the 60 meter battle in Birmingham.

We wish him much luck.

Su_BingtianQ1-WorInd16.jpgSu Bingtian, photo by PhotoRun.net

Photo Updates on January 27, 2018

This was my first visit to Dubai and the Dubai Marathon. The long trip to Dubai (four days in Dubai) has reminded me how important it is that events have good teams, good sponsors and great venue. Dubai has all three.

HB5Q5099 2018 Dubai .jpgThe 2018 start of the Dubai Marathon, photo courtesy of Dubai Marathon

In the 19th running of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, nearly 30,000 people enjoyed the marathon, 10k and 4k.

Two of the happiest people here, besides Race Director Peter Connerton and Media Director Alan Ewens were the men's winner, Mosinet Geremew and the women's winner, Roza Dereje.

This short piece will highlight both races, but we will come back and discuss them in detail!

Start of Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon from 2017, photo by Dubai Marathon

Easy days are as important in as hard days. On the easy days, please take the time and focus to recover on your recovery days.

20151212-ROSA0037.jpgPreparing for a big workout, photo by Justin Britton

Friday, January 27, 208 warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Week 2, the Beginning of track season

Monday: warm up, 5-6 miles, Holmer Fartlek, go out at good pace, and at half way, increase pace and run back a minute faster than first half, then, 4x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, ten times 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy, five times, one minute hard, one minute easy, cooldown.

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground

Thursday: warm up, 60 minute fartlek, 20 times 1 minute hard, one minute easy, 10 times 45 seconds hard, 1:15 easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown, if you do not race, then, two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown. Prefered race distance, 1k one week, 1 mile one week, 2 mile another. cooldown.

Sunday: Relaxed Long run, 65-70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

LaVillenie_RenaudR1-Brussels15.jpgAir Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net
Top men pole vault
BERLIN (GER, Jan 26): The men's pole vault will be among the most anticipated events at the ISTAF Indoor in Berlin on Friday. France's world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie goes against Brazil's Olympic champion Thiago Braz da Silva and 2015 world champion Shawn Barber. Olympic champions Robert Harting (2012 discus) and Tianna Bartoletta (2016 long jump) are also due to appear. The sprints feature former world champion Kim Collins, China's Su Bingtian and Churandy Martina. 2015 world 100m hurdles silver medallist Cindy Roleder competes in front of the home crowd. Olympic discus champion Christoph Harting has pulled out, having not recovered from surgery in December.

Duplantis_Armand1-London17.jpgMondo Duplantis, Sweden, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the fourth report for 2018 European athletics results! Special thanks, as always to Catalonian Carles Baronet, who compiles and edits all of our reports.

Wanjiru_DanielFV-PragueH15.jpgDaniel Wanjiru, photo by PhotoRun.net

LONDON (GBR): Reigning champion Daniel Wanjiru will defend his title in the London Marathon on 22 April, informs organisers. Wanjiru defeated Kenenisa Bekele in last year's race, clocking 2:05:48.

RunBlogRun opines: Yesterday was a bit of a strange year in London. Kipchoge was at the Nike breaking 2 event, and in that vacuum, Daniel Wanjiru ran his race and won in the Virgin Money London Marathon. This year is quite different, with Kipchoge, Bekele, Farah among the differences.

This is Nike Talks World Indoors 2018: Week 4, Day 4. Here is our African athlete for the week (we write about US, British, European, African, Asian, then, on weekends, history of world indoors)! We are writing about the Nike athletes who are planning on competing in Birmingham, March 1-4, 2018. For Thursday, January 25, 2018, we are writing about Bethwell Birgen, who will be making his fourth World Indoor Championships . For more on the World Indoors 2018, please go to www.wicbirmingham2018.com. We thank Nike for sponsoring this three month long program!

Kenya could have three athletes in a few events in Birmingham, and one of them could be Bethwell Birgen! Bethwell got in due to his wild card recieved on winning the 2017 IAAF World Indoor Tour in 2017.

Birgen_Bethwell-NBin16.jpgBethwell Birgen, Nick Willis, 2016 NB Indoor GP, photo by PhotoRun.net

Bethwell has outdoor bests of 3:30.77 for 1,500 meters and 3:50.42 for the mile. Indoors, Bethwell has some dangerous PBs from 3:34.62 at 1,500 meters and 3:55.41. Bethwell is taking a short indoor tour to prepare himself for the World Indoor Championships.

He also will be racing indoors at Karlsruhe and Dusseldorf on February 3 and February 6 to prepare him for the World Indoors. Bethwell will then come back and race at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships for the Kenyan Police team after his Dusseldorf race.

Bethwell told Justin Lagat, our Kenyan Athlete correspondent, that he will put some rest in after his races so that he is better prepared to race in Birmingham.

Below is a tweet on Bethwell from his 2017 win at Torun, Poland.

One of my great regrets is not having met the late Horace Ashenfelter. The late James Dunaway wrote a fine feature on Horace, his former roommate at Penn, in 1996. We are fortunate to have Elliott Denman, who not only shares a birthday with Horace, but also was an Olympic race walker.

Here's is his fine tribute to Horace Ashenfelter, the 1952 Olympic gold medalist at the steeplechase.

image006.jpgHorace Ashenfelter makes history, 1952 Helsinki, Olympic steeplechase, probably AP

Pearson_SallySFRSF-WorCH17.jpgSally Pearson, photo by PhotoRun.net

CANBERRA (AUS): Reigning world 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson will race at the ACT Athletics Championships which begins on Friday, informs Athletics Australia. Pearson will face Michelle Jenneke in her specialist event.

RunBlogRun opines: Sally Pearson's victory was one of the most inspiring moments in London last summer. To come back in an event that requires rythm and perfect timing, was, well astounding. So happy to see Sally Pearson come back from such a tough injury cycle and to see her race her best in London once again. Can not wait to see her race in 2018. Sally is always a fun interview.

Stuart Weir has written for RunBlogRun for nearly five years. Always love his pieces and sense of humor. I wrote for years that he was Scottish, not true, but as you know, when I get on a rant, it continues.

Here's a fine piece of a real Scottish runner, Chris O'Hare, by a non-Scottish writer, Stuart Weir.

OHare_ChrisFH-BAAmiles16.jpgChris O'Hare, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's a final column of the Dubai marathon by Pat Butcher, one of the journalists that we rely on for updates on marathons around the world. This is my first visit to Dubai, and the race looks like it could be terribly fast, maybe even challenging the world record. Tamirat Tola, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist over 10,000m, World Championship silver medalist over the marathon is in top condition. At the presser, Tola told us he is in better shape than in 2017.
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Tamirat Tola, Paula Radcliffe, Worknesh Degefa, Asselefech Mergia, photo from Dubai Marathon
The race begins at 6 am and it could be a cool 57-60 degrees. The race director, Peter Connorten has modified the course so that it is as flat as
the proverbial pancake.
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Defending champions, Tamirat Tola and Worknesh Degefa, photo by Dubai Marathon
With pacemakers rumored to go out at 61:30, that is just about perfect pace for a fast race. The women's race has a tough field, with Asefelech Mergia, three time winner and Worknesh Degefa, 2017 winner. A toughly fought, sub 2:20 race could be here, with several in contention to the very last.

Fartlek is a great way to get one ready to do speed work. We are using fartlek this season to build into the outdoor season. Find a park, with some clear areas and have some fun with this workout!

20151212-ROSA0071.jpgFinal preps for racing, photo by Justin Britton

Thursday, January 25, 2018: warm up, 60 minute fartlek, 20 times 1 minute hard, one minute easy, 10 times 45 seconds hard, 1:15 easy, cooldown

Week 2, Beginning of track season

Monday: warm up, 5-6 miles, Holmer Fartlek, go out at good pace, and at half way, increase pace and run back a minute faster than first half, then, 4x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, ten times 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy, five times, one minute hard, one minute easy, cooldown.

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground

Thursday: warm up, 60 minute fartlek, 20 times 1 minute hard, one minute easy, 10 times 45 seconds hard, 1:15 easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown, if you do not race, then, two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown. Prefered race distance, 1k one week, 1 mile one week, 2 mile another. cooldown.

Sunday: Relaxed Long run, 65-70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

Karoki_BedanFV-DiscoveryXC17.jpgBedan Karoki, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is Justin Lagat's piece on the Discovery XC 2018 race, coming up this weekend! The race is on my to do list, so hope next time I can get into seeing it.

HB5Q8540.jpgStandard Chartered Dubai Marathon starting line, January 2017, phot courtesy of Dubai Marathon

The 2018 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is the largest event of its kind in the Middle East. 27,000 runners and walkers will compete on Friday, January 26, 2018. Runners and walkers from 150 countries are collecting their numbers for the Marathon, 10k and 4k. The Dubai media team caught up with some of the world travelers, and asked them about their running, and the upcoming event.

Like marathons around the world, the 2018 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon give the field a chance to see the city in a way that few others will experience.

Radcliffe_PaulaWide1a-Berlin11.jpgPaula Radcliffe, Berlin 2011, photo by PhotoRun.net

How do I describe Paula Radcliffe?

One of my all time favorite athletes. I recall her 2003 World record, her gutty, all out running, and her effort taking a huge price from her. A world record is meant to be like that. It is not something that happens each and every day. It is a near perfect moment, when our bodies, our spirits and our focus come together.

Paula gets that, she's been there, and she's been there when the day was, well absolute crap. That is part of the reason why I always have time for Paula Radcliffe. One of the few humans who shot for the sun, got pretty darn close and lived to tell about it.

This video, courtesy of the Dubia media team, and we thank them for it.

Paula Radcliffe will be doing expert TV commentary for the 2018 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. This is her second time in Dubai in the last three years. Watch for our audio interview with Paula, that will be posted next.

Peter Connerton .jpgPeter Connerton, from You Tube, courtesy of Dubai Marathon

Peter Connerton is the race director of the 2018 Standard Chartered Marathon. In this interview from the Dubai Marathon media team, Peter speaks about attracting more runners and walkers to the 18th Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon.

Peter Connerton is proud of how his team and sponsors have seen this event go from 600 people to 27,000. He has lots to be proud about. The 2017 Dubai Marathon again opened the global marathon season with some fantastic performances, amazing depth and and increased participation. We look forward to seeing what the 2018 race will bring.

HB5Q4984.jpgAhmed Al Kamali (second from left), Worknesh Degefa, Peter Connerton, Julian Wynter, Tamirat Tola, HE Saeed Hareb, Paula Radcliffe, Aselefech Mergia, photo courtesy of Dubai Marathon.

The presser was well done, and the weather was comfortable. Pat Butcher, noted journalist, asked good questions, as did Dubai marathon communications manager Alan Ewens. The event will be a huge success with 27,000 runners and walkers from 154 countries.

If desire was the indicator, there will be a world record in Dubai on Friday. We will just have to wait and see, as Tamirat Tola has the wheels to do it. The U.A.E.'s representative on the IAAF Council, Ahmed Al Kamali told one of the local newspapers that he desires a WR very much, seeing that the Dubai Marathon would become even more of a fixture. As we get to within 24 hours of the 19th running of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, we can focus on the tough battles that the men and woman will have up front. This release speaks about those rivalries.

Tamirat Tola told the media that he had his best training ever prior to the the 2018 Standard Chartered Dubia Marathon. His win in 2017 surprised many, and then, Tamirat took the silver medal at the London 2017 World Championship marathon in August 2017. Here is the interview from Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by the Dubai Marathon media team.

Tamirat Tola is the 2016 Rio bronze medalist over 10,000 meters. His debut marathon win at the 2017 Standard Chartered Dubia Marathon in January 2017 was spectacular. This year, Tamirat wants to defend his title and get under 2:04! That is very, very fast!

Tola_TamiratH-PreC16.jpgTamirat Tola running 10,000m at Pre Classic 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Ahmed Al Kamali (second from left), Worknesh Degefa, Peter Connerton, Julian Wynter, Tamirat Tola, HE Saeed Hareb, Paula Radcliffe, Aselefech Mergia, photo courtesy of Dubai Marathon

The press conference for the 2018 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon was held on January 24, 2018 at the Westin Dubai Haboor City Hotel. The weather was perfect, 65 degrees and sunny. Here is part one, and it goes 24 minutes. Alan Ewens, the Communications Director of the race, emceed the event, with Pat Butcher, one of our favorite journalists asking questions of the athletes. I provided a few questions as well.

We hope that you enjoy this and and the videos from our partners at the Dubai Marathon.

This is Nike Talks World Indoors 2018: Week 4, Day 3. Here is our European athlete for the week (we write about US, British, European, African, Asian, then, on weekends, history of world indoors)! We are writing about the Nike athletes who are planning on competing in Birmingham, March 1-4, 2018. For Wednesday, we are writing about Mariya Lasitskene, the World Champion from 2015 and 2017. For more on the World Indoors 2018, please go to www.wicbirmingham2018.com. We thank Nike for sponsoring this three month long program!

Lasitskene_MariyaPC-Lausanne17.jpgMariya Lasitskene, photo by PhotoRun.net

At the Lausanne Athletissima pressers last summer, it was easy to see what questions that Mariya Lasitskene did not want to answer. She was not interested in politics, the issues between Russia and the IAAF and doping. But, Mariya would speak on her high jumping with her jumping.

Mariya won the Beijing 2015 World Champs. She was not allowed to compete in 2016, as the IAAF and IOC banned Russian athletes from Rio 2016. She was allowed to compete as an ANA athlete, from April 2017, which meant that she competed as a non aligned athlete. Obviously proud of her Russian nationality, Mariya was in a quandary. Does she take the IAAF offer and compete, but not be able to hear her national anthem and wear her national uniform.

Mariya Lasitskene decided to take the IAAF offer. At her first competition, at Pre Classic, Mariya Lasitskene cleared 2.03m, a personal best, and 2017 was on!

Lasitskene's jumping in Lausanne was tremendous. In Hengelo, at the FBK Games, Mariya (formerly Kuchina) Lasitskene cleared 2.04 meters on 11 June 2017.

In front of the Athletissima crowd, Mariya Lasitskene cleared 2.06 meters and tried gamely at 2.08 meters.

In the London World Champs, Mariya Lasitskene defended her title, clearing 2.03 meters. She also won the Diamond League in 2017.

With PBs outdoors of 2.06 meters and indoors of 2.03 meters, Mariya focused on 2018. She was cleared to compete in the World Indoors and her 2018 started off great, clearing 2.01 meters in December 2017.

On January 27 (this was updated), Mariya Lasitskene cleared 2.04 meters, the world leader in Volgograd.

Mariya Lasitskene looks poised for greatness in 2018. The high jump World Champion is focused on Birmingham and we , the media and fans should see a great performance in five weeks in Arena Birmingham!

Bill Rodgers 1-2.jpegBill Rodgers and Jeff Benjamin on Jingle Bell Run, photo from Jeff Benjamin

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Way back in 1977, in Mariah magazine, which became Outside, the late John Jerome wrote about Frank Shorter, "by stringing 26 miles at five minutes a mile in Munich, Frank Shorter invented running".

To paraphrase the late Mr. Jerome, "By winning New York and Boston Marathons three times, by speaking to running fans when he was dog tired, and by being such a running genius, Bill Rodgers made running fun, and reinvented the sport."

Jeff Benjamin, my long suffering scribe on the East Coast, wrote this piece a couple of weeks ago on a man we respect, honor and love, Bill Rodgers on his birthday.

A belated happy birthday Bill Rodgers!

Here's a column from Justin Lagat on the awards for 2017, with Conselsus Kipruto and Hellen Obiri gaining nods!

Kipruto-ElBakkaliFV-Brussels17.jpgConselsus Kipruto and Soufiane ElBakkali, photo by PhotoRun.net

Obiri_HellenFV1-NBind17.jpgHellen Obiri, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the fifth report on the USA and Canada, courtesy of our great friend, Carles Baronet. Carles has compiled and edited these for many years now for RunBlogRun and we are thankful to our Catalan friend.

Kerley_FredQ-USOut17.jpgFred Kerley, photo by PhotoRun.net

Fred Kerley has opened his 2018 season. I have to credit Fred with one of the finest quotes at the London World Champs pressers. He noted, "Track & Field athletes are gladiators, we have to battle at our best each and every reace." I like that.

Recovery days are key. When I was in university, I trained with an amazing junior college team, as my uni did not have a track program. These guys hammered each and every day. Soon, I learnt only to show up on hard days and do my easy days really easy. Within a month, I went on a six race binge of PBs from two miles to 10,000 meters. Big lesson, as your body needs to recover.

CHALL121215-8355.jpgWarm up well, photo by Justin Britton

Wednesday, January 24, 2018. warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground

Week 2, Beginning of track season

Monday: warm up, 5-6 miles, Holmer Fartlek, go out at good pace, and at half way, increase pace and run back a minute faster than first half, then, 4x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, ten times 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy, five times, one minute hard, one minute easy, cooldown.

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground

Thursday: warm up, 60 minute fartlek, 20 times 1 minute hard, one minute easy, 10 times 45 seconds hard, 1:15 easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown, if you do not race, then, two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown. Prefered race distance, 1k one week, 1 mile one week, 2 mile another. cooldown.

Sunday: Relaxed Long run, 65-70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

Originally posted on December 26, 2017

Reposted January 22, 2018

RunBlogRun has just arrived in Dubai. Watch for our coverage of the Dubai Marathon Pressers on Wednesday, January 23, 2018. Peter Connerton is proud of his event and the work that it has taken by the staff, sponsors and Dubai to build this event into the opening salvo of the elite marathon season each year.

RunBlogRun opines: The 2018 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon will be held on January 26, 2018. The fields are always amazing, and the race continues to grow and thrive. Here are six questions that we asked Dubai's management team, Peter Connerton, Dubai Marathon's and their Media Director, Alan Ewens. We are excited to see the field and the race that the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon plans for 2018! Don't miss it!

Dubai Marathon Finish 2013.jpg2013 Dubai Marathon, photo courtesy of Dubai Marathon

This is Nike Talks World Indoors 2018: Week 4, Day 2. Here is our British athlete for the week (we write about US, British, European, African, Asian, then, on weekends, history of world indoors)! We are writing about the Nike athletes who are planning on competing in Birmingham, March 1-4, 2018. For Tuesday, our focus is Holly Bradshaw. For more on the World Indoors 2018, please go to www.wicbirmingham2018.com. We thank Nike for sponsoring this three month long program!

Holly Bleasdale is one of the top pole vaulters in the World. Having competing in London 2012 and Rio 2016, Holly is one of those athletes that could win a medal in Birmingham. Her 4.87 meter PB shows that she has the talent. In 2013, Holly won the European Indoor title in Gotherburg, Sweden. In 2017, outdoor London, Holly was oh so close on the bronze medal, only loosing in the countback, which then gave her sixth.

For Holly Bleasdale, the focus of 2018 is Birmingham and the Commonwealth Games. Her short indoor season is focused on getting her ready for Birmingham.

In Birmingham, Holly Bradshaw will battle Sandi Morris, Katerina Stefanidi, Jenn Suhr among others. The indoor world championships could be a great place for Holly to get into the medal battle and move up in the pole vault food chain.

The cross country season is short and tough in Kenya. Here is Justin Lagat's column on the races over the January 13-14 weekend. I am just getting caught up on these updates.

Kamworor_Geoffrey-PreC16.jpgGeoffrey Kamworor, photo by PhotoRun.net

ObiriLedsKipyegon-Campaccio17.jpgHellen Obiri, Campaccio 2017 XC, photo by PhotoRun.net

The spring 2018 marathon season will be sensational. Tokyo Marathon in early March, followed by Lake Biwa, then, the month of April, with Boston hosting the finest American fields in a generation, and London showcasing, once again, tha the who has deep pockets, can put together a fine field. London will also have a new sponsor, as New Balance, as they did in New York in November 2018, replaced ASICS after 24 years, is also the new sponsor for London marathon, replacing adidas, who had been there for over a decade.

Bekele_KenenisaFH1-Berlin16.jpgKenenisa Bekele, Berlin victory, 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kenenisa Bekele is the world record holder at 5000 meters and 10,000 meters. His win in 2003 Paris over the 10,000 meters, was a prize fight win over Haile Gebrselassie. Bekele dominated track and cross country. His rise on the roads has not been as dominating. Issue is today, one does not know which Bekele will show up at the race. His recent antics in Dubai Marathon seemed, to some, a great way to add some cash flow to his already strapped business group. That makes sense, is not meant as a negative. But, Kenenisa Bekele is learning that the business world is even more cut throat than athletics.

Here's the other thing. Kenenisa Bekele seems to do best when he is really annoyed. Jos Hermans, his manager, has seemed hell bent to doing that over the past few races, noting that Kenenisa may not have had the focus he should have.

My interview with Kenenisa Bekele in London Marathon was fascination. Bekele has pride in himself, and that is important for an elite athlete. Can he put it all together at this late stage in his career? I believe so. Kenenisa Bekele needs to focus for six months. Not running a marathon in January or February is probably a good start.

Yet, Kenenisa still has dreams. If he puts his head down, stays healthy, Kenenisa Bekele can put a world of hurt on Eliud Kipchoge and Mo Farah. In the right race, Bekele could set a World Record.

But, what will happen in London? Should be dramatic, exciting and why we thank Mr. Bedford, Mr. Brasher and Mr. Bitell for hosting the finest marathon in the world.

In the early season, we want to get you back into the swing of training. Racing at this time of season is about trying distances and focus is callousing for big races in late spring. Fartlek today is shorter variety. Find a loop in a park with good footing that you can crank up the speed for two minutes, then jog, and repeat. This is a great workout for 800 meters and milers. The 5000 meters guys will do it on endurance, but it is good to shake them up too.

20151212-ROSA0035.jpgHeading to a race, or a workout, photo by Justin Britton

Tuesday, January 23, 2018: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, ten times 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy, five times, one minute hard, one minute easy, cooldown.

Week 2, Beginning of track season

Monday: warm up, 5-6 miles, Holmer Fartlek, go out at good pace, and at half way, increase pace and run back a minute faster than first half, then, 4x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, ten times 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy, five times, one minute hard, one minute easy, cooldown.

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground

Thursday: warm up, 60 minute fartlek, 20 times 1 minute hard, one minute easy, 10 times 45 seconds hard, 1:15 easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown, if you do not race, then, two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown. Prefered race distance, 1k one week, 1 mile one week, 2 mile another. cooldown.

Sunday: Relaxed Long run, 65-70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

Tirop_Agnes-Campaccio17.jpgAgnes Tirop, 2017 Campaccio, photo by PhotoRun.net
Tirop and Cheptegei
SEVILLE (ESP, Jan 21): World 10 000 m silver medallist Joshua Cheptegei from Uganda pipped teammate and world U20 cross country champion Jacob Kiplimo in the senior men's 11.075 km at the Cross Internacional de Italica (IAAF CC Permit), 30:54 to 30:55. Ethiopia's Selemon Barega was third in 31:01 while European 5000m champion Ilias Fifa was the top Spanish finisher in sixth in 31:39. Former world cross country champion Agnes Tirop led a Kenyan clean sweep in the senior women's 8.265km in 25:51 ahead of Lilian Kasait (26:01) and world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri (26:03). Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Ruth Jebet was fourth in 26:12 with Trihas Gebre the first Spaniard home in fifth in 27:08.

This is Nike Talks World Indoors 2018: Week 4, Day 1. Here is our US athlete for the week! We are writing about the Nike athletes who are planning on competing in Birmingham, March 1-4, 2018. For Monday, our focus is Jasmin Stowers. For more on the World Indoors 2018, please go to www.wicbirmingham2018.com. We thank Nike for sponsoring this three month long program!

I have observed Jasmin Stowers for several years now. Jasmin Stowers is one of our finest hurdlers in the country. But, being one of the top 100 meter and, of course indoors, 60 meter hurdlers in the U.S. means that you are competing in perhaps the toughest event in American Track & Field.

Jasmin Stowers has finished second in the NCAA 100m hurdles in 2014. That year, she also finished 4th in the US Outdoor champs. She also ran 12.35 over the 100 meter hurdles.

Stowers_Jasmin-PreDL17.jpgJasmin Stowers, Nike Pre Classic, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jasmin Stowers went pro in 2014, represented by Global Athletics & Marketing's Mark Wetmore. Running for Nike, Jasmin Stowers continues to work with Coach Dennis Shaver, at LSU. Shaver is working on Stowers' start in 2018, to help make her more competitive and get into medal contention.

The key for Jasmin, who has run 7.82A at altitude, has run some fine times. In May 2017, Stowers ran 12.35 for the 100m hurdles. In 2015,2016 and 2017, Jasmin finished fifth, eighth and eighth in US championships.

Here is where the hurdles get tough. Any mistake takes you down a notch in the highly competitive US championships. The 60 meter hurdles is a tough event, and Jasmin Stowers wants to make the US team in 2018. Her goals, from an IAAF interview, for 2018 are medaling in Birmingham 2018 and winning the diamond league.

Jasmin Stowers has the tools. She has the finish. In the 60 meter hurdles, Jasmin Stowers has to call in all of her experience and training, and get in a good start and battle, one hurdle at a time. Jasmin has done this before. She won the 100m hurdles at the adidas Boston Boost Games last June 2017.

We look forward to seeing Jasmin Stowers in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the 60 meter hurdles. She needs to make the top two there, and then, off to the World Championships in Birmingham, March 1-4, 2018.

We wish Jasmin Stowers the best of luck in achieving her dreams in 2018.

Lysenko_DanilQ-London17.jpgDanil Lysenko, photo by PhotoRun.net
Lysenko 236
MOSCOW (RUS, Jan 21): Reigning world silver medallist Danil Lysenko won first Battle of the Sexes indoor high jump meeting. The winner was identified based on Hungarian scoring tables. Lysenko cleared World leading mark of 236 (1233 points) in first attempt and was very close to success at 240. Two-time world champion Mariya Lasitskene scored 1209 points as overall second placer. She went over 199 in first attempt. She also tried at 202. Third Aleksey Dmitrik and fourth Ilya Ivanyuk cleared 226 (1143 points). London Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov made only one successful jump at his opening height 218. Then the 31-year-old jumper skipped 223 and failed at 226.

Holmer Fartlek is one of the variations of fartlek or speed play. A bit gentler, but it is a great way to gain fitness. It can be done in a myriad of variations. It should be one of the ways you get yourself into shape.

CHALL121215-0014.jpgRemember races and workouts like this? photo by Justin Britton

Monday, January 22, 2018: warm up, 5-6 miles, Holmer Fartlek, go out at good pace, and at half way, increase pace and run back a minute faster than first half, then, 4x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Week 2, Beginning of track season

Monday: warm up, 5-6 miles, Holmer Fartlek, go out at good pace, and at half way, increase pace and run back a minute faster than first half, then, 4x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, ten times 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy, five times, one minute hard, one minute easy, cooldown.

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground

Thursday: warm up, 60 minute fartlek, 20 times 1 minute hard, one minute easy, 10 times 45 seconds hard, 1:15 easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown, if you do not race, then, two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown. Prefered race distance, 1k one week, 1 mile one week, 2 mile another. cooldown.

Sunday: Relaxed Long run, 65-70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

Tuohy_Katelyn-NBoN17.jpgKatelyn Tuohy, NB Outdoor 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net
Katelyn Tuohy is one of those special ones that come up in a generation. Her talent, poise and focus is exciting, but one senses that she is taking it one race at a time.
Her U20 5000m this past weekend (January 19) was preceded by a swift mile at the NYRR Millrose Games Trials in the 4:43 range. Here is David Monti, our friend at Race Results Weekly feature on the Millrose Games Trials from January 10. This got lost in my emails, so enjoy, with my apologies.

Jenn Suhr opened the 2018 indoor season in Toronto, Canada with a nice clearance of 4.81 meters, and then made attempts at 4.91m. The 2018 pole vault wars are on!

Suhr_Jenn1-NBin17.jpgJenn Suhr, NB Indoor GP 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

In her very first 5000 meter indoor effort, Katelyn Tuohy broke the American U20 record for 5000 meters, with her fine 15:37.12. Read about her race and more in the highlights of US indoor weekend below! You remember Katelyn Tuohy? She dusted the field at the Nike NXN last December and ran a nifty 3000 meters a few weeks ago! Nice to see that Katelyn does some weight work as well. What a happy athlete!

DTOhTC3WsAES-47.jpgKatelyn Tuohy, photo courtesy of Race Results Weekly, used with permission

For the next two months, Nike is sponsoring a daily homage to the World Indoors. From Monday to Friday, we feature athletes from US, UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. On Saturdays and Sundays, we feature a great moment from World Indoor Championship history, again thanks to sponsor, Nike. We hope that you like this series.

Today, we feature, for Week three, Day 7, we feature pole vault goddess Stacy Dragila, as she ruled the World Indoors in Paris, France (actually the facility at Bercy).

For more information on the World Indoors Birmingham in March 2018, please go to www.wicbirmingham2018.com .

Dragila_S-wide-Millrose03.jpgStacy Dragila, Millrose 2003, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Here is the report on the TATA Mumbai Marathon, held on January 21, 2018. Special thanks to Spainsports' Phil Minshull.

Ethiopia's Solomon Deksisa, men's winner of the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018 .JPGSolomon Dekisa, wins 2018 TATA Mumbai Marathon, January 21, 2018, photo courtesy of Procam International

Ethiopia's Amane Gobena, women's winner of the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018.JPGAmane Gobena, takes the victory at the 2018 TATA Mumbia Marathon, January 21, 2018, photo courtesy of Procam International

This is report 4 for the USA Canada 2017-18 results, compiled and edited by Carles Baronet, our friend from Catalonia. There are fun performances to view, with Katelyn Tuohy running a fast mile and some fast sprinting!

Tuohy_KatelynFV-NBoN17.jpgKatelyn Tuohy, NBOutdoors2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Coe_Seb1a-IAAFgala16.jpgSeb Coe, photo by PhotoRun.net

CC back to Olympics
SEVILLA (ESP): IAAF President Sebastian Coe who participated in the open race at Italica Cross Country on Sunday said for Spanish media that he is "trying to get the cross country back into the Olympic program". He also mentioned Olympic Games 2024 in Paris as good opportunity as it was last time held in the Olympic Games 1924 also in Paris. IAAF President clocked in the open race 33:05 at 6.825 km in masters category (position 334). Considering his age, work-load and travelling a brave effort.
RunBlogRun opines: Seb Coe is the most traveled IAAF President and Seb gets it. The cross country initiative makes a ton of sense and 2024 Paris could make alot of sense. Most media in past on cross country suggested a Winter Olympic time frame, as Winter Olympics wanted to have more participation by non Winter sport countries. For Coe, this will not be a walk in the park, but much different than dealing with the Russian crisis.

This is the third European Athletics results report for the 2018 season. Carles Baronet, our dear friend from Catalonia, works many hours to compile, then edit these maganificent reports. As the season gets to the high season, you will see result for up to 51 members of the European Athletics association.

Lysenko_DanilQ-London17.jpgDanil Lysenko, photo by PhotoRun.net

Bekele_KenenisaW-Berlin17.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo by PhotoRun.net
Farah_MoFH-London17.jpgMo Farah, photo by PhotoRun.net
Kipchoge_EluidFV1-Berlin17.jpgEliud Kipchoge, photo by PhotoRun.net
Bekele added to Farah vs Kipchoge
LONDON (GBR): The three greatest distance runners of their generation will race the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon after Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele confirmed he will join Sir Mo Farah and Eliud Kipchoge on the Start Line on Sunday 22 April. The stellar trio of Bekele, Farah and Kipchoge have a combined total of eight Olympic gold medals and 12 World Championship golds between them. Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the Virgin Money London Marathon, said: "This is a truly mouth-watering prospect. Sir Mo, Eliud and Kenenisa could all put forward a persuasive case for being the GOAT (the greatest of all time) and now they meet for the first time over the marathon distance at the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 22 April."
RunBlogRun opines: Boston has the finest Americans and London has the finest in the world. Bekele, Farah and Kipchoge? Come on. These three have battled before, and they are a handful for any marathoners from anywhere, including outside of the solar system.

Sunday is long run day. Long runs are a key workout for middle distance runners. There were some weeks when I really liked running long runs with my training partners. As I got fitter, I would like to run long runs with my daily trianing partners. Enjoy your long runs, find some cool places to run them. My college coach set up a loop in the Santa Cruz moutnains through old ghost towns.

20151212-ROSA0028.jpgPrepping for the race, photo by Justin Britton

Sunday, January 21, 2018: Relaxed Long run, 65-70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

Week 1, Beginning of track season

Monday: warm up, 4-5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, ten times 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy, five times, one minute hard, one minute easy,

cooldown.

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground

Thursday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, five times five minutes hard, five minutes easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown, if you do not race, then, two miles on track,

sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown

Sunday: Relaxed Long run, 65-70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

Mitchell_NethaneelSF1-London17.jpgNatheneal Mitchell-Blake, photo by PhotoRun.net

LONDON (GBR): World Championships 4x100m gold medallist Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake has revealed he has been putting a focus on his start in training ahead of the 2018 season, informs Athletics Weekly. "My start has always been a point of emphasis, yes, but we're looking at some other stuff as well and we want to make a conscious effort to welcome that later in the season - though I can't reveal my secrets! There are one or two things we've got on the drawing board and some things that I can work on myself away from the track, now that I'm no longer at university, so I'm just trying to get better overall," he said.

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Track & Field News announced recently that they were stopping the print issues and going completely digital. My response, short and sweet: Get over it.

Track & Field News published print issues for 70 years, and now, as they embark on their 71rst year, they will do so digitally. That means that they will save on postage and printing which in this day and age, are about even in cost, as USPS has helped destroy the print publication business. To keep the strong staff that they have, so that the stories are accurate, and well written, plus designers, cost real money. If you want a high quality product, and you are an enthusiast, you will pay the $79 for the subscription.

How do I know? Well, I have sold ads for TFN and 35 other publications and websites for twenty-six years (TFN just for one decade), and until two years ago, we would get ads from 4-5 shoe companies, who now have decided that print ads mean very little to them. Brands speak with their dollars. Most brands think that real runners do not deserve their marketing dollars, because, they are going to buy shoes anyway? We have had to reinvent our business over the past three years, and move most of our energy to digital, with social media, focused video and coverage of live events around the world. It is tough, but that is why magazines like TFN and regional pubs like RunOhio. Colorado Runner and Running Journal are so important.

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Christian Coleman 6.37 WR
CLEMSON (USA, Jan 19): Clemson University Indoor Complex saw something very special. World silver medalist in the 100 m Christian Coleman first clocked 6.47 in the 60 m heats what was his second fastest ever and best ever for January. That happened after 5 pm local time and after one hour and 40 minutes Coleman improved the World Indoor Record of Maurice Greene from 1998 by 0.02 to 6.37. So early in the season means there could more to come from Coleman who should run at Boston IAAF World Indoor Tour meet and plans also to compete at World Indoors in Birmingham. His best from last year was 6.45. Second Tevin Hester 6.57 and 2008 Olympic medalist Walter Dix fourth 6.70. Kendal Williams won the other race in 6.67. Another top mark came from Grant Holloway in the 60 m hurdles with 7.49 PB and second fastest by a collegian in USA (best is Omar McLeod with 7.45). In women hurdles Kristi Castlin won the olympic development race in 8.06, in other section Puertorican Jasmine Camacho-Quinn 8.00 ahead of Jeanine Williams of Jamaica 8.02 and third 400 m hurdles World champion Kori Carter 8.14 (just 0.03 behind her PB). Bahamian Alonzo Russell won the 400 m in 46.38 PB and Jamaican Shavine Hodges 60 m in 7.26 life-time best.
RunBlogRun opines: Christian Coleman was one of the true global finds in 2017. His NCAA racing made him a strong and consistent competitor. His racing in London was a baptism of fire for the young sprinter, and he weathered the global storm well. Many were surprise by his 6.37, breaking the WR of one Maurice Greene, who ran 6.39 twice, once in March 1998 and again, in March 2001. His start was good, and he just ran away from the field. Watch this young man, he could be the real thing.

Men5000-USAout10.jpgDes Moines, USA Champs, 2010, photo by PhotoRun.net

I recieved a note from some very prominent track fans about not attending the US champs in Des Moines. I understand their feelings. I have been to most of the US champs in the past 35 years. I can not defend how the champs are promoted, by the LOC, and by the national federation.

There is a misconcieved notion that track fans will just show up, spend the several thousand bucks it takes to get tickets, hotels, meals and use their vacation for an off year championships. Last year in Sacramento was a case in point. The local Sports and tourisma board spent money, but not on anything important. They told us that they did not need to spend any money getting real track fans, showing again disrepect to the fans, athletes and sport with a half assed, half filled stadium.

Des Moines sells Drake Relays out each and every year, even in the poor weather of the past few years. So, it is not Des Moines or the facility. Until USATF and the LOC feels that having the stands rocking is important, you will see decisions like this, taking the US champs to places that are hot as hell, and that the championships are on auto pilot.

Perhaps a better idea. In off years, do not hold the champiopnships. If you are not going to do them right, why do them at all?

We are loosing fans by doing championships poorly.

Dragila_Stacy1-Millrose09.jpgStacy Dragila, Millrose 2009, photo by PhotoRun.net

BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Stacy Dragila,the 2000 Olympic pole vault champion, will be an ambassador for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham on March 1-4, the American announced on Instagram. She will make appearances at UK schools for two weeks as part her role.

RunBlogRun opines:: I love this woman. Stacy Dragila was the original pole vault goddess. She reinvented the event, and her pole vault wars were amazing with Isinbayeva, Stevanova, my gosh! One of my last times on NPR, just before I began doing some call ins with BBC, was about this magnifiscent woman. Stacy Dragila was an amazing athlete and even did a decathlon. And what fun was she to interview, great quotes and she knew the power of the media to build an event. Like the women's pole vault now? Stacy Dragila dealt with some of the women track haters in her day. She did it with class and style.

That World Indoor Birmingham is using her as an ambassador is awesome!

For the next two months, Nike is sponsoring a daily homage to the World Indoors. From Monday to Friday, we feature athletes from US, UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. On Saturdays and Sundays, we feature a great moment from World Indoor Championship history, again thanks to sponsor, Nike. We hope that you like this series.

Today, we feature, for Week three, Day 6, we feature Bernard Lagat and his win in Istanbul over the 3000 meters in March 2012!

For more information on the World Indoors Birmingham in March 2018, please go to www.wicbirmingham2018.com .

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Bernard Lagat begins to fly, Instanbul, March 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net

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ORLANDO (USA): Reuters is reporting that world 100m champion Justin Gatlin has returned to his former coach Brooks Johnson who trained Gatlin in 2010 and 2011 after breaking up with Dennis Mitchell due to doping allegations. "We have not gotten into that kind of intense training but my sense is the thing that needs attention and needs to get worked through is basically his disappointment and upset with having to make the changes and the conditions under which he had to make them," said Johnson.

RunBlogRun opines: Brooks Johnson, at the astute age of 85, is a man of some complication. His knowledge, life experience and absolutely amazing memory are something to behold. One of my favorite nights in my career, was a dinner in the 1990s in Portland with Said Aouita, Brooks Johnson, John Smith, and the late Paul Banta, at the adidas Portland GP. The discussion was all about the history of the 400 meters. I was in awe. Brooks wry humor, but, again, his ability to provide a historical context of training, the coaches, with John Smith's commentary was, well, impressive.

Justin Gatlin could not be in better hands. Brooks is on the dime. Justin Gatlin put a huge amount of trust in Dennis Mitchell, and Mr. Mitchell screwed the proverbial pooch.

Truth is, the Telegraph team lied to Dennis Mitchell and Robert Wagner to get their story. It was a complete set up and double standard. I wonder when they will do it with British athletes that they have tarnished over the years. Mitchell was no saint, and Wagner was just plain ill advised to speak like he did. Both have put the proverbial nails in their athletic coffins. The Telegraph continues to sink to any level for a story, not much of a surprise.

Jebet_Ruth1b-Pre16.jpgRuth Jebet, Photo by Photorun.net
Obiri vs Jebet
SEVILLE (ESP): World 10,000m silver medallist Joshua Cheptegei from Uganda will race in the Cross Internacional de Italica on Sunday where he will face world U20 5000m champion Selemon Barega from Ethiopia, informs IAAF. Barega remains undefeated so far this cross-country season. Other notable entrants include world U20 cross country champion Jacob Kiplimo from Uganda and world cross country bronze medallist Abadi Hadis from Ethiopia. An excellent women's 8.265km line-up is headed by world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri, Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Ruth Jebet, world cross country bronze medallist Lilian Kasait and former world cross country champion Agnes Tirop.

I loved this time of the season. During the winter, I would either race indoors or outdoors at all comers. I either ran 3000 meters or 2 miles. I loved the simplicity of the race, eight laps on a 400 meter track, or 22 laps on a short 160 meter track. I liked to race often, and this distance helped sharpen me for the spring races that mattered. It was also short enough that it did not beat me up.

20151212-ROSA0029.jpgThese shoes are made for racing, photo by PhotoRun.net

Saturday, January 20, 2018: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown, if you do not race, then, two miles on track,

sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown

Week 1, Beginning of track season

Monday: warm up, 4-5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, ten times 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy, five times, one minute hard, one minute easy,

cooldown.

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground

Thursday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, five times five minutes hard, five minutes easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown, if you do not race, then, two miles on track,

sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown

Sunday: Relaxed Long run, 65-70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

COLEMAN BREAKS WORLD INDOOR 60M RECORD WITH 6.37 IN CLEMSON

Christian Coleman, photo © Getty Images

World Silver medalist Christian Coleman stunned the athletics world on Friday, January 19, 2018, when he spread to a 6.37 world record * at the Clemson Invitationa in South Carolina.

If ratified, his performance would take 0.02 off the world record that was set in 1998-and then, equalled in 2001, by Maurice Greene.

Making his first competitive appearance of the year, Coleman had hinted that something special was on the cards, when he won his

heat in 6..47.

One hour and 40 minutes later, Coleman-who finished one place ahead of Usain Bolt in the 100 meters at the IAAF World Championships London 2017-was back on track for the final, which he went on to win in 6.37!

The 21-year-old set his previous best of 6.45 when winning the NCAA indoor 60m title last year. Outdoors, he went on to clock a 100m PB of 9.82 before earning silver medalis in the 100m and 4x100m at the World Championships in London.

IAAF

*Pending the usual ratification procedures

Hassan_Sifan-NBin17.jpgSifan Hassan, 2017 NB Indoor GP, photo by PhotoRun.net

AMSTERDAM (NED): Dutch World Indoor champion Sifan Hassan is planning to open in Boston on February 10 at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting in the 800 m. Then she plans to run the Dutch Championships in Apeldoorn and World Champs. The event for Birmingham is not clear yeat. Writes Eric Roeske on his twitter.

Hassan_SifanQ1-WC17.jpgSifan Hassan, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the third week, fifth day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Great Britain, Europe, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship goes from January1-March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out www.nikerunning.com. Remember to support our sponsors. They are supporting the heart of running.

Today, we are writing about Hungarian star, Anita Marton, the silver medalist from London 2017 and bronze from World Indoors 2016 in Portland, Oregon.

And always remember to check out www.wicbirmingham2018.com!

Marton_Anita-London17.jpgAnita Marton, photo by PhotoRun.net

IAAF wants to link Oregon meet to LA Olympics to grow sport

(Reuters) - Global athletics is hoping to link the 2021 world championships in Oregon to the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics in a bid to maximize interest in

the sport in the United States, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) chief executive told Reuters on Wednesday.

The United States track and field team ranks as the best in the world but American spectator interest is relatively low.

"We are starting to think about the wrap up in the U.S. to LA 2028," Olivier Gers said in a telephone interview from Eugene, Oregon where he is on a

site visit for the 2021 championships, the first to be held in the United States.

To read entire story, go to:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-athletics-world-oregon/iaaf-wants-to-link-oregon-meet-to-la-olympics-to-grow-sport-idUSKBN1F635I

RunBlogRun opines: Great idea for IAAF. And it makes total sense. Olivier Gers, CEO of IAAF sees that the major sporting event globally of 2021

is a great way to build the interest for athletics and the LA 2028 Olympics. Hope to see LA 2028 interest in this one. Makes total sense.

Hayward Field, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Rest days are as important as hard days. Your body needs to recover from the hard workouts. Enjoy the easy day, and run with some friends.

20151212-ROSA0067.jpgGetting ready to race, photo by Justin Britton

Friday, January 19, 2018: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Week 1, Beginning of track season

Monday: warm up, 4-5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, ten times 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy, five times, one minute hard, one minute easy,

cooldown.

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground

Thursday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, five times five minutes hard, five minutes easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown, if you do not race, then, two miles on track,

sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown

Sunday: Relaxed Long run, 65-70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

Matt Centrowitz for Australia

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Centrowitz_MatthewFV-Millrose15.jpgMatt Centrowtiz, Nick Willis battle at Millrose, photo by PhotoRun.net

Centrowitz for Australia
PORTLAND (USA): Matthew Centrowitz will not defend his World Indoor title from Portland this year in Birmingham in the 1500 m. He will not compete in the indoor season but will run in Australia. Informs his agent Ricky Simms. Centrowitz will spend one month in Australia. As Flotrack points out fellow 1500m runner Nick Willis announced that he would also be skipping the World Indoor Championships to compete in Australia. Willis is still running before outdoors the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games on February 3rd.
Muir_Laura5kQ-London17.jpgLaura Muir, photo by PhotoRun.net
Laura Muir 3k at British Champs
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Double European indoor champion Laura Muir has been confirmed to run at the British Athletics Indoor Championships on February 17-18. The 1500m and 3000m winner from Belgrade 2017 will seek her first national indoor title at the longer distance in her bid for a World Indoors berth. "Training has been going really over the longer distances and the 3000m on February 17th will form part of my preparations for the upcoming World Indoor Championships in the same venue a couple of weeks later," said Muir. Fellow Scots Eilish McColgan and Steph Twell have also accepted invitations, it was announced by the organisers.

This is the third week, fourth day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Great Britain, Europe, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship goes from January1-March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out www.nikerunning.com. Remember to support our sponsors. They are supporting the heart of running.

Today, we are writing about Marie Jose Ta Lou, who took silver medals in the 100 meters and 200 meters in London World Championships! Marie Jose is proud of her development has a strong faith. We look forward to seeing her in Birmingham!

And always remember to check out www.wicbirmingham2018.com!

TaLou_MarieJoseeQ-WorInd16.jpgMarie Jose Ta Lou, Portland World Indoors 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Obiri in Ostrava
OSTRAVA (CZE): Czech Indoor Gala already next week in Ostrava (January 25, EA Indoor Permit) is promising a special shot put competition with not only already announced top two from Belgrade Euroindoors Konrad Bukowiecki and home star Tomas Stanek. But also with double World Indoor Champion Ryan Whiting from USA, World bronze medalist Stipe Zunic from Croatia and Olympic fourth placer Franck Elemba from Congo. The field of six (added by Euroindoor 2015 medalist Ladislav Prasil) will have also a special format close to the new one which will be part of IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava in September. All six will have three attempts, then top 4 will go for round four, best 3 for round five and top two for round six. Another specialty next week will be pole vault of pairs. Five duos (male and female) will compete with final result made by counting the top marks of each pair together. Czech Republic will have two pairs (Kudlicka/Ptacnikova and Balner/Malacova), others will be from Poland (Sobera/Smietanka), Benelux (Vloon/Smets) and also a young pair composed by Czech U20 record holder Amalie Svabikova and Greek European U18 champion Emmanouil Karalis. Running star of the meet will be Kenyan World champion from London Hellen Obiri who compete in the 3000 m.
Obiri_HellenFV-Brussels17.jpgHellen Obiri, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mutaz Barshim for Slovakia!

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Barshim_MutazPort1b-Monaco17.jpgMutaz Barshim and his crew, Monte Carlo, photo by PhotoRun.net
Barshim for Slovakia
BANSKA BYSTRICA (SVK): World champion and IAAF Athlete of the Year 2017 Qatari star Mutaz Essa Barshim returns to Slovakia. He will compete as head-line name at the 24th edition of the Banska Bystrica High Jump meet with music on February 6. He won here in 2013 with 236 and in 2015 with meet record 240 cm. At that time it was his first indoor 240 jump and Asian record. As he said he wants to concentrate in 2018 on jumping high without global championships. Among his rivals many of the current top jumpers. Reigning World Indoor champion Gianmarco Tamberi, European Indoor champion Sylwester Bednarek, Olympic medalist Robbie Grabarz, World champion 2007 Donald Thomas. Also world finalists from London Edgar Rivera of Mexico, German Mateusz Przybylko, Bulgarian Tihomir Ivanov and Chinese Wang Yu. Not to forget Belarus duo European indoor medalist Pavel Seliverstau and European U20 champion Maksim Nedasekau. Looks like the top field before World Indoors in Birmingham where high jump will be staged as special event on Thursday, March 1.
Barshim_MutazPort1f-Monaco17.jpgMutaz Essa Barshim, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jeff Benjamin sent this piece off to us this morning, and emphasized that t was time sensative. So, here is a quick story on the HOKA ONE ONE NJNY Track Club, who is going to Staten Island, and the Ocean Breeze AC.

HOKA ONE ONE NJNYTC.jpegMany from the HOKA ONE ONE NJNYTC Squad, photo courtesy of HOKA ONE ONE NJNY TC

Fartlek is Swedish for speed play. Fartlek is one of the most simple, and yet sophisticated workouts you can add to your arsenal as a coach and athelte. The beauty of fartlek is that it can be as difficult, and complicated as you want, but really, truly, it is about building your fitness. We will be using fartlek over the next few weeks.

20151212-ROSA0043.jpgWarming up before the workout, photo by Justin Britton

Thursday, January 18, 2018. warm up, 50 minute fartlek, five times five minutes hard, five minutes easy, cooldown

Week 1, Beginning of track season

Monday: warm up, 4-5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, ten times 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy, five times, one minute hard, one minute easy,

cooldown.

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground

Thursday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, five times five minutes hard, five minutes easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown, if you do not race, then, two miles on track,

sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown

Sunday: Relaxed Long run, 65-70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

Keitany_Mary1a-RAK17.jpgMary Keitany, RAK 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net
Keitany wants to attempt the WR
LONDON (GBR): Mary Keitany will launch an attempt on Paula Radcliffe's world marathon record of 2:15:25 in the London Marathon on 22 April, informs organisers. Keitany broke Radcliffe's women's only record with 2:17:01 last year and she will be aided by male pacemakers in an attempt to lower Radcliffe's outright 15-year-old mark. "The marathon world record is something that I have been working towards for several years and I feel I am now in the position where I can really attack the time of 2:15:25. At last year's Virgin Money London Marathon, I was feeling good but it was hard to run nearly half the race on my own. By having male pacemakers, I will be able to have the support throughout the race," she said. Keitany will face last year's runner-up Tirunesh Dibaba AND former world marathon champion Mare Dibaba from Ethiopia as well as her Kenyan teammates Gladys Cherono, Brigid Kosgei and Vivian Cheruiyot. Reigning world marathon champion Rose Chelimo from Bahrain has also been announced. The finalised men's elite field is headed by reigning champion Daniel Wanjiru from Kenya, course record-holder Eliud Kipchoge, last year's runner-up Kenenisa Bekele while Mo Farah steps up to the distance.
RunBlogRun opines: Mary Keitany has the ability and drive to break 2:15:25. In that process she has to defeat Tirunesh Dibaba, who also has the ability to break the WR. This race will be epic.

This is the third week, third day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Great Britain, Europe, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship goes from January1-March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out www.nikerunning.com. Remember to support our sponsors. They are supporting the heart of running.

Today, we are writing about European Champion at Euro Indoors, Euro Outdoors, Euro Cross country and two times World Championshiips bronze and one time World Indoor gold, Sifan Hassan, who is focused on the 2018 World Indoors in Birmingham! Sifan and her coach, Alberto Salazar are still deciding on which race to do in Birmingham.

And always remember to check out www.wicbirmingham2018.com!

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Lasitskene_Maria-PreC17.jpgMariya Lasitskene, photo by PhotoRun.net

MOSCOW (RUS, Jan 17): At Ozolin and Dyachkov Memorial two-time world champion Mariya Lasitskene improved her own world season best in women's high jump to 201. She went over 186 and 190 in first, then 197 in second attempt and 201 again in first followed by three attempts at 204. Former pole vault European champion Anzhelika Sidorova cleared 476 (tried at 481) ahead of Angelina Krasnova 455. Dmitriy Zhelyabin with 565 was the best among men, second Georgiy Gorokhov also got 565. Aleksandr Yurchenko and Viktoriya Prokopenko topped triple jump competitions with 16.97m and 14.00m respectively.

As you get back into running this week, take your time warming up and cooling down. The first few weeks back will feel a bit difficult, well, depending on how your did your four weeks of recovery. Just follow spring training, day by day, and if you have questions, send us an email to [email protected].

20151212-ROSA0247.jpgFinishing the race, photo by Justin Britton

Wednesday, January 17, 2018. warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground

Week 1, Beginning of track season

Monday: warm up, 4-5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, ten times 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy, five times, one minute hard, one minute easy,

cooldown.

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground

Thursday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, five times five minutes hard, five minutes easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown, if you do not race, then, two miles on track,

sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown

Sunday: Relaxed Long run, 65-70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

Kamworor leads the team for Valencia
NAIROBI (KEN): Athletics Kenya has named a strong team for the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia on 24 March headed by reigning two-time champion Geoffrey Kamworor (58:54 PB) and world half marathon record-holder Joyciline Jepkosgei (64:51 PB). Kamworor is joined by the silver medallist two years ago Bedan Karoki (59:10 PB) along with Jorum Okombo (58:48 PB), Leonard Barsoton (59:28 PB) and Barselius Kipyego (59:14 PB). Jepkosgei is at the helm of a strong women's line-up which includes two-time medallist Mary Wacera (66:29 PB), Fancy Chemutai (65:36 PB), Ruth Chepngetich (66:19 PB) and Pauline Kaveke (68:04 PB). The reserves are Alex Korio (58:51 PB) and Joan Chelimo (66:25 PB).
Kamworor_GeoffreyLeds1-WorldHalf16.jpgGeoffrey Kamworor leads World Half Marathon champs, photo by PHotoRun.net

This is the third week, second day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Great Britain, Europe, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship goes from January1-March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out www.nikerunning.com. Remember to support our sponsors. They are supporting the heart of running.

Today, we are writing about double European Indoor Champion, 1,500m and 3,000m, Laura Muir, from Scotland, who is focused on the 2018 World Indoors in Birmingham!

And always remember to check out www.wicbirmingham2018.com!

Muir_Laura5k-WC17.jpgLaura Muir, photo by PhotoRun.net

Robertson_JakeFH-Houston18.JPGJake Robertson, photo by PhotoRun.net

HOUSTON (USA): After winning the Houston Half Marathon in 60:01, New Zealand's Jake Robertson will make his marathon debut in Lake Biwa in March, informs LetsRun. He will therefore miss the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia and the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

Robertson_JakeH-Houston18.JPGJake Robertson, Guye Adole, Aramco Houston Half Marathon, photo by PHotoRun.net

RunBlogRun: Jake Robertson is making the evolution from trackster to marathoner. His win at Aramco Houston Half Marathon was pretty impressive. The Lake Biwa Marathon is early March should be a good one for Jake.

Flanagan-Daska-Keitany-NYC17.JPGShalane Flanagan, Mamita Daska, #Mary Keitany, photo by PhotoRun.net

2018 TCS New York City Marathon Entry Application Now Open

Runners can apply for non-guaranteed entry through February 15, with drawing scheduled for February 28

The 48th running of the world's largest marathon will take place on Sunday, November 4, 2018

The Wanamaker Mile fields are going to be fantastic on February 3, 2018. The NB Armory hosts the Millrose Games once again. And from this article by David Monte, for Race Results Weekly, both miles should be fantastic!

Willis_NickFHH-NBin16.jpgNick Willis, photo by PhotoRun.net

Martinez_BrendaQ-USAout17.jpgBrenda Martinez, photo by PhotoRun.net

Dafne Schippers competing in Ghent

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Schippers_DafneFL-Oslo17.jpgDafne Schippers, Oslo 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net
Schippers for Gent
GENT (BEL): Dafne Schippers will compete over 60m at the IFAM Meeting on 10 February, informs European Athletics. "The talks have been running for some time. Today we have reached an agreement with her management so Schippers will start with us," said a spokesperson from the IFAM Meeting. Poland's Marcin Lewandowski is also confirmed for the 1500m.
Mergia_AselefechFV-Dubai15.jpgAselefech Mergia, photo by PhotoRun.net
Dibaba_MareFV-Worlds15.jpgMare Dibaba, phot by PhotoRun.net
Mergia vs M. Dibaba
DUBAI (UAE): Three-time winner Aselefech Mergia and former world champion Mare Dibaba will head the women's field for the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on January 26. Ethiopia's Mergia is the fastest in the field with her PB of 2:19:31, while compatriot Dibaba, the 2015 world champion, has clocked 2:19:52. They will face defending champion Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia in the bid for the $200,000 first prize. "We are excited to have two huge talents leading the women's field," said event director Peter Connerton. "Aselefech Mergia has won every time she has raced here, while Mare Dibaba has won World Championship and Olympic medals since finishing third in Dubai in 2012."
Mergia_AselefechR-Dubai15.jpgAselefech Mergia, the thrill of victory, Dubai Marathon 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net
RunBlogRun opines: RunBlogRun looking forward to covering the Dubai Marathon LIVE this year! Watch for our coverage of pressers and event with pressers on January 24 and event on January 26, 2018!

The first week back to school and training is always a bit of a pain. Make sure you have new training shoes (check out our sponsor, www.hokaoneone.com, as they have some fantastic training shoes and their spikes, are pretty awesome too). We are doing fartlek this week as a way to start moving you to faster speeds and build you towards racing 800 metes to 5000 meters. Let us know what you think by emailing us at [email protected].

20151212-ROSA0037.jpgGetting ready for some fast running, photo by Justin Britton

Tuesday, January 16, 2018: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, ten times 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy, five times, one minute hard, one minute easy,

cooldown.

Week 1, Beginning of track season

Monday: warm up, 4-5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, ten times 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy, five times, one minute hard, one minute easy,

cooldown.

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground

Thursday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, five times five minutes hard, five minutes easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown, if you do not race, then, two miles on track,

sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown

Sunday: Relaxed Long run, 65-70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

This is the third week, first day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Great Britain, Europe, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship goes from January1-March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out www.nikerunning.com. Remember to support our sponsors. They are supporting the heart of running.

Today, we are writing about World Champion Sam Kendricks, who is focused on the World indoor Championships in Birmingham!

And always remember to check out www.wicbirmingham2018.com!

Kendricks_Sam-Lausanne17.jpgSam Kendricks, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Spring track & field season is about to begin. We will provide daily inspirational notes plus daily training suggestions. As today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we hope that you spent some time thinking about how the strength of our country, is our diversity. You learn that in being part of a track & field team. Just run a relay!

In track & field, all events are important. Learn about the non distance events in our sport. It makes the sport more interesting and fun!

HornetStadium-USAout14.jpgRacing at night, photo by PhotoRun.net

Monday, January 15, 2017

Warm up, 4-5 miles, 4x 150 meters stride outs, cool down

Week 1, Beginning of track season

Monday: warm up, 4-5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, ten times 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy, five times, one minute hard, one minute easy,

cooldown.

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground

Thursday: warm up, 50 minute fartlek, five times five minutes hard, five minutes easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown, if you do not race, then, two miles on track,

sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown

Sunday: Relaxed Long run, 65-70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.


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Maurice Greene, 2004 Athens, gold medal, 100 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

For the next two months, Nike is sponsoring a daily homage to the World Indoors. From Monday to Friday, we feature athletes from US, UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. On Saturdays and Sundays, we feature a great moment from World Indoor Championship history, again thanks to sponsor, Nike. We hope that you like this series.

Today, we feature that amazing Maurice Greene, winning the 1999 World Indoor 60 meters in Maebashi, Japan.

Kibet_Alex-CinqueXC14.jpgAlex Kibet, photo by PhotoRun.net
McColgan_Eilish-WC17.jpgEilish McColgan, photo by PhotoRun.net
A. Kibet wins, Mo Farah withdrew
DOHA (QAT, Jan 12): With Mo Farah a late withdrawal due to an Achilles problem, Kenyans Alex Kibet (61:53) and Bernard Korir (62:07) took a one-two in the Doha Half Marathon with Brit Chris Thompson third in 63:03. Fourth another European Spain´s Ayad Lamdassem with 63:09. USA's Allie Kieffer easily won the women's race in 70:40 from Brit Gemma Steel (72:37) and Kenya's Faith Chepkoech (72:44). Eilish McColgan won the adjoining 10km in a lifetime best of 31:50. In the marathon wins for Kenyans Collins Chebii 2:16:22 and Nancy Rotich 2:46:24.
RunBlogRun opines: The Doha Half Marathon put itself on the map with a strong field. We hope Mo Farah did not hurt himself too bad with his achilles pain. So happy for Chris Thompson, Eilish McColgan, Alex Kibet and Allie Kieffer!. Nice races by many there!

Worku_BazuFH-Houston18.JPGBazu Worku wins 2018 Chevron Houston Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Degefa_BiruktayitFL1a-Houston18.JPGBurukatayit Degafa, winner of 2018 Chevron Houston Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 46th year of the Chevron Houston Marathon and the 16th year of the Aramco Houston Marathon are now in the books. Here's how the race played out for the nearly 40,000 in the 5k, half marathon and marathon.

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Molly Huddle, en route, 2018 ARAMCO Houston Half Marathon, January 14, 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

Molly Huddle ran a fantastic race today. Watching her race with the top racers in the world, from Mary Wacera to Ruti Aga, is always inspiring. The race was cold this morning, 36 degrees at the start. Molly stayed with the pack through ten miles, and then, as she told the media, she began to feel the stress of the race. Her marathon fitness helped her and she held on, setting ARs for 10 miles, 20k and the half marathon.

But, tomorrow, it is back to the grind. Ray Treacy, her coach, has planned a final training program for the Boston Marathon, her real goal. Molly Huddle was builtt to run the marathon. Her form, her speed and her foot strike call out for the 26.2 distance. Her back ground in cross country, track and now, her strong move to the roads all add to her core fitness for this challenging distance.

Read Molly's note on the instagram post I have included at the bottom. Molly Huddle has raced the very best women in the world. She has built her fitness and racing focus to the point where she can battle with the very best. But, focus is focus. The AR Half Marathon record shows that Molly Huddle is on the path to a strong race in Boston.

April will come soon enough, but for January 14, 2018, Molly Huddle should bask in the confidence from setting three ARs in one day.

Aga_RutiH-HoustonM18.jpGRuti Aga, with Molly Huddle in the photo, ARAMCO Half Marathon, January 14, 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net


Bernard Lagat has started off the year 2018 with a new American masters record. Lagat ran 1:02:00 for the new AR. A great time for Bernard, but obvious this man can run faster. Could the Masters WR of Haile Gebrselassie be in jeapordy (1:01:19)?

Lagat_BernardFV-Houston18.JPGBernard Lagat runs 1:02:00 for Masters AR! photo by PhotoRun.net

Bernard retired from elite track & field on September 3, 2016, with a 3000 meters at ISTAF Berlin. Lagat spent much time each year training in Germany, and he decided that it would be a fitting way to end his athletics career.

Bernard Lagat went out fast and furious and his 1:02:00 was impressive, a 32 second improvement on his PB. Looks to me like one of our favorites can run under the World Masters record of 1:01:19!

Congrats Bernard, you make us proud!

Huddle_MollyFV-Houston18.JPGMolly Huddle sets new AR for 10 miles, 20k, Half Marathon, 2018 Aramco Half Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net
Mare Dibaba 1.jpegMare Dibaba, 2015 World Champ, 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medalist, will battle the field at 2018 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, photo courtesy of Dubai Marathon
Mergia.jpegAsefelsch Mergia, three time winner of Standard Chartered Dubai marathon, photo courtesy of Dubai marathon
Well, the 2018 Standard Chartered Dubai marathon just upped their race, with the addition of three time Asefelch Mergia and 2015 World Champ, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Mare Dibaba for the January 26, 2018 race! Here's the release and watch for our announcement of @runblogrun's LIVE coverage of the race this year.
Duplantis_Armand1-London17.jpgMondo Duplantis, photo by PhotoRun.net
Morris_Sandi-Millrose17.jpgSandi Morris, photo by PhotoRun.net
Duplantis WJR 583, Morris 490 WL
RENO (USA, Jan 12): Armand Duplantis of Sweden improved his own world indoor junior record by 1 cm with 5.83m to take victory at the National Pole Vault Summit in Reno. His world lead, set at the second attempt, was eight centimetres below his world junior outdoor mark. The 18-year-old had three failures at 5.92m what would be an overall World Junior Record (590). He had incredible series with clearing all heights in first until 568 (538, 548, 558) and then after one miss at 578 and another one at 583 he managed the winning height. American Devin King was second with 5.78m and countryman Scott Houston third with 5.68m, personal bests for both. Also life-time bests for fourth Tray Oates and fifth Nathan Richartz, both 558. Olympic and World silver medalist Sandi Morris also set a world lead, clearing 4.90m at her third attempt before retiring (her fourth best overall result of the career). She cleared 451, 461 in first, then 471 in second and 480 in third attempt. USA's Katie Nageotte was second with 4.61m and Annie Rhodes made it a US 1-2-3 with 4.51 indoor PB. Also fourth Morgann Leleux cleared 451.

Long runs were some of my favorite workouts of the week. Those were normally done on Sunday mornings. Before Sunday runs, I would drive up to my coaches house, in the Santa Cruz mountains, and Geza and I would put the harness on coaches' llama, who would spit this amazingly green juice onto my shirts, which were constantly stained. Didn't your coach have llamas? Heck, mine had rabbits, goats, llama's and a tortoise. He got the idea from Steve Wozniak, Apple co founder with the late Steve Jobs.

CHALL121215-9998.jpgAfter the run, photo by PhotoRun.net

On many long runs, Steve Wozniak would come by on his little motor bike, heading to get the Sunday newspaper. He woul say hi, and perhaps chat with us a bit, then, head off to the only store in the area. Those runs were part of my college experience and I love them and miss them.

Make your memories with your friends!

Sunday, January 14, 2018. Relaxed Long run 70 minutes.

Week 4, last week of recovery, starting to get back to the track

Monday: warm up, 4-5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, Two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 4-6 miles, cooldown

Thursday: warm up, 40 minute fartlek workout, 10 times 2 minutes at 5k race pace, 2 minutes easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown

Sunday: Relaxed Long run 70 minutes.

For the next two months, Nike is sponsoring a daily homage to the World Indoors. From Monday to Friday, we feature athletes from US, UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. On Saturdays and Sundays, we feature a great moment from World Indoor Championship history, again thanks to sponsor, Nike. We hope that you like this series.

Today, Week 2, Day 6, we feature that amazing Liu Xiang, and his exciting win over the very strange 60 meter hurdles at the 2008 World Indoor Championships, Valencia, Spain.

Liu_XiangFL-WIC08.jpgLiu Xiang, Valencia 2008 World Indoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

I remember my indoor races. I first raced indoors in 1974 in Saint Louis at an armory, I believe, in East Saint Louis. There was this amazing team from East Saint Louis High, all in Chuck Taylor high tops, sliding around the cones on a hard wood all sports floor. These guys looked like a combination of speed skaters and relay runners. It was so cool!

I have a memory of running a 3000 meter race, over 22 laps in the San Francisco Cow Palace, around 1980-81. The next night, I helped at the RW Indoor Classic, where runners like Steve Scott (140 sub 4 minute miles), Ray Flynn (agent, Irish NR holder), John Walker (1976 Olympic gold medalist, first man under 3:50 for mile), trying to break four minutes in San Francisco indoors. 160 yard indoor track, and it bounced!

Have some fun racing, run either under your normal distance or over your normal distance.

CHALL121215-9982.jpgPutting on your spikes, photo by Justin Britton

Saturday, January 13, 2018. : warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown.

Week 4, last week of recovery, starting to get back to the track

Monday: warm up, 4-5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, Two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 4-6 miles, cooldown

Thursday: warm up, 40 minute fartlek workout, 10 times 2 minutes at 5k race pace, 2 minutes easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown

Sunday: Relaxed Long run 70 minutes.

This is the second week, fifth day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Great Britain, Europe, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship goes from January1-March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out www.nikerunning.com. Remember to support our sponsors. They are supporting the heart of running.

Today, we are writing about 2017 European Indoor LJ Champion, 2016 World Indoor silver medalist and 2016 Rio bronze medalist, Ivana Spanovic.

And always remember to check out www.wicbirmingham2018.com!

Spanovic_IvanaH-WC17.jpgIvana Spanovic, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Half Marathon have become the opening salvo each year of marathoning in the US. Big marathon perfomances from Ethiopian and Kenyan athletes, plus some nice openers from Americans, plus an ungodly fast half marathon. This year will be no exception.

Here are some of the note from the pressers, held on Friday, January 12, 2018.

Ondoro_DominicBib-Houston18.JPGThe Mayor of Houston with some of the finest elite women marathoners, photo by PHotoRun.net

Ondoro_DominicPC-Houston18.JPGDominic Ondoro, defending champion, Houston Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hasay-4.jpgPaula Radcliffe, Jordan Hasay, Joan Benoit Samuelson, photo by David Wearn for Chicago Marathon

Jordan Hasay has only been running marathons for less than a year. It was last January, 2017, that Jordan Hasay opened our eyes with her supurb half marathon in 1:08:45. In April 2017, Jordan Hasay took third in Boston with a fine 2:23:00 debut! Jordan Hasay had found her event. Her strength, her speed, her size all added to her ability to compete with the toughest women in the event!

And then, Jordan Hasay put her head down and ran this amazing marathon in Chicago in October 2017. Her 2:20:57 broke the CR of Joan Benoit Samuelson. There is this wonderful picture of Jordan Hasay with Paula Radcliffe and Joan Benoit Samuelson from Chicago. Jordan Hasay showed some serious racing focus as she stayed up front with Tirunesh Dibaba, and running a 2:18 pace for the first ten miles. Her gutty finish, running and staying on a 2:20 marathon pace for so long, opened many eyes.

Hasay_JordanPC-Houston18.JPGJordan Hasay, photo by PhotoRun.net, January 12, 2018, Houston Presser

And now, Jordan is focused on the 2018 Boston Marathon. Face it the Boston Marathon in 2018 has one of the finest women's fields of all times and the finest American women's field of all times, with Huddle, Flanagan, Linden, Hasay, Kastor, among others.

This weekend, January 13-14, Jordan Hasay is dueling in Houston over the Aramco Half Marathon course. How fast will she run? We will just have to wait and see! And that should be fun!

Lilisa-AdolaZZBB5051.JPGFeyisa Lelisa and Guye Adola, photo by PhotoRun.net

Chelimo_EdithBib-Houston18.JPGEdith Chelimo, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hasay-HuddleBib-Houston18.JPGJordan Hasay, Molly Huddle, photo by PhotoRun.net


HOUSTON (USA): Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia will compete at the Aramco Houston Half-marathon on Sunday. The course record-holder (59:22) will face Kenya's Alex Korio, ninth fastest ever at the distance at 58:51. After his 2:03:46 record debut in Berlin, Ethiopia's Guye Adola should also challenge. Ethiopia's Jemal Yimer, who was fourth over 10,000m at the 2017 World Championships, and twice world track champion Bernard Lagat of USA also compete. Kenya's Mary Wacera returns having set the course record of 66:29 in 2016, just two months before taking World Half bronze. Fellow Kenyan Edith Chelimo, who won with 65:52 in Cardiff in October, and Bahrain's Eunice Chumba, who ran 66:11 in September should challenge. Molly Huddle and Jordan Hasay could threaten the US record of 67:34. Kenya's 2015 world marathon silver medallist Helah Kirop, 2015 London Marathon winner Tigist Tufa of Ethiopia and and USA's Serena Burla, the 2014 Houston Half winner, are also lining up.

2018-01-02-gexc18_guide1.jpegSimplyhealth Great Edinburgh X Country, photo courtesy of Great Run

The Simply Health Great Edinburgh X Country is one of my favorite events on the circuit. I have gone twice in the last five years, and each year, the race is fantastic, the city of Edinburgh, Scotland is wonderful and the athletes remind me why I love the sport. There is also a wonderful pizza place, in a single room, open until about 3 am near the downtown that is, well, an important cultural observance.

Here is the video from Great Run (thanks to Great Run's Philipa Brock).

And here's how to watch the race! Shown free courtesy of European Athletics. Time is 6:20 AM Eastern and 3:20 Pacific time in US.

Here's the elite athlete sheets for the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Cross Country!

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I always loved doing stride outs on the grass, it was a great way to get some shake ups in. One of my favorite workouts was at San Jose City College's baseball field. I would do 20-40 times 200 yards, around the baseball fields past outfield. Easy ont he legs, and great way to get the leg speed going. It was my go to workout on the Thursday before a Saturday track race in college.

CHALL121215-8429.jpgRunning with your team mate, photo by Justin Britton

Friday, January 12, 2018, warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Week 4, last week of recovery, starting to get back to the track

Monday: warm up, 4-5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, Two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 4-6 miles, cooldown

Thursday: warm up, 40 minute fartlek workout, 10 times 2 minutes at 5k race pace, 2 minutes easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown

Sunday: Relaxed Long run 70 minutes.

lemaitre and vicaut.jpgJimmy Vicaut versus Christophe Lemaitre, cover of Lequipe, July 2015, found in hotel lobby
Jimmy Vicaut vs Christophe Lemaitre
PARIS (FRA): Top French sprinters Jimmy Vicaut and Christophe Lemaitre will clash over the 60 m at the Paris Bercy Indoor meet on February 7. Decathlon World champion Kevin Mayer will contest a special triathlon at the meet (shot put, 60 m hurdles, long jump). Another London gold medalist Ekaterini Stefanidi is confirmed for pole vault. In women 60 m Hurdles returning Briana Rollins (her one year ban ended on December 18, 2017) should run against Nia Ali and in women 60 m the main name is Marie Josee Ta Lou from Ivory Coast. Informs L´Equipe.
2015-07-22 08.52.04.JPGChristophe Lemaitre versus Jimmy Vicaut, from LEquipe
RunBlogRun opines: I love Stade Paris Bercy. I also love watching Lemaitre and Vicaut race, their build up and the attention of the crowd. In the LEquipe article, they titled it " Duel A La Francaise". I will be watching it from TV in RAK, as I will be covering the RAK half marathon. Should be a good race!
LaVillenie_Renaud1-Lausanne16.jpgRenaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net
Renaud Lavillenie opens with 581
TIGNES (FRA, Jan 11): World record holder Renaud Lavillenie started his season with a 581 win at a special pole vault meet in Tignes. The star vaulter went through the event in top style. He managed all heights (544, 564, 571 and 581) in first attempt. After that he had three attempts at 591. It his best start into the indoor season since 2014. Second Kevin Menaldo cleared 554 and third U20 jumper Thibaut Collet with 544 PB.

This is the second week, fourth day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Great Britain, Europe, Africa and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship goes from January1-March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out www.nikerunning.com. Remember to support our sponsors. They are supporting the heart of running.

Today, we are writing about 2017 London World Champ 5000 meter gold medalist, Hellen Obiri!

And always remember to check out www.wicbirmingham2018.com

Obiri_HellenFV1b-World12.jpgHellen Obiri wants another gold medal at the World Indoors, this one is from Istanbul 2012! photo by PhotoRun.net

EP-170209345.jpg&maxh=400&maxw=667.jpgMatt Ludwig, photo courtesy of New Herald

This piece is from David Hunter's observances on the University of Akron Pole Vault Clinic from January 6, 2018!

Well, HOKA ONE ONE continues to dominate the growth in the sport of running. It is a sport, and it is a business. The companies that do well remember that running is still about selling one pair of running shoes at a time, communicating with the key influencers at small races, and at the established and succesful local running stores across the US.

I like the new additions to the HOKA ONE ONE athlete family, with Cam Levins leading the trail. I am also happy to see the daughter of Chuck Aragon, former 3:34 1,500m runner and Notre Dame grad, Danielle Aragon, going to the HOKA NJNYTC.

Mike McManus, the Global director of sports marketing at HOKA ONE ONE is a former coach and still is a very active athlete. Mike gets it and realizes that the brand he supports, needs athletes who work a bit harder than the larger brands.

One pair of running shoes at a time, that is how the business works.

Oh, and Cam Levins will be debuting as a HOKA ONE ONE athlete at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Levins_Cam-Falmouth17.jpgCam Levins, photo by PhotoRun.net

Fartlek was developed in Sweden, prior to and during World War 2. Arne Anderson and Gundar Hagg battled to bring the mile WR down to 4:01.6 from 4:06.2 ( 1 July 1942 to 17 July 1945). They were sophisticated runners, and fartlek, or 'Speed play' allowed them to change workouts each day, depending on shape and needs. Training on trails, many cushioned by fir trees, these two fine runners built themselves into shape not seen by any one before them. Try fartlek workouts that we suggest, and as you get fit, make unique workouts that work for you. I used to charge all of the hills on golf courses, until I got chased off the courses!

20151212-ROSA0206.jpgOff to the races! photo by PhotoRun.net

Their races happened in neutral Sweden during WW2. If I could time travel, that is one of the places I would have loved to have been!

Thursday, January 11, 2018: warm up, 40 minute fartlek workout, 10 times 2 minutes at 5k race pace, 2 minutes easy, cooldown

Week 4, last week of recovery, starting to get back to the track

Monday: warm up, 4-5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, Two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 4-6 miles, cooldown

Thursday: warm up, 40 minute fartlek workout, 10 times 2 minutes at 5k race pace, 2 minutes easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown

Sunday: Relaxed Long run 70 minutes.

This is the second week, second day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Great Britain, Europe, Africa and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship goes from January1-March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out www.nikerunning.com. Remember to support our sponsors. They are supporting the heart of running.

Today, we are writing about 2017 London World Champ, 2017 European Indoor Champ, and 2016 Rio Olympic champ, pole vaulter Ekaterina Stefanidi.

And always remember to check out www.wicbirmingham2018.com

Stefanidi_Ekaterini1-Brussels17.jpgEkaterina Stefanidi, photo by PhotoRun.net

Flanagan_ShalaneFV-NycMar17.jpgShalane Flanagan wins NYC Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2017 NYC marathon champion will run both a 3000 meters and 5000 meters this indoor season, as she prepares for the 2018 BAA Boston Marathon. Per our friend, and fellow member of SlapCentral, Paul Merca, noted that Shalane is racing over 3000 meters at the UW Indoor Preview. The UW Indoor Preview always has some amazing races. Paul noted that Lopez Lomong racing the mile and Andy Bumbalough is racing the 3000 meters. Shalane Flanagan is head lining one of the most impressive American fields at Boston Marathon in many years.

Kamworor_GeoffreyLedsH-WorldHalf16.jpgGeoffrey Kamworor, photo by PhotoRun.net
Kamworor for Police CC Champs
NAIROBI (KEN): Two-time world cross country champion Geoffrey Kamworor is due to open his season this weekend at the Kenyan Police Service Cross Country Championships at the Ngong Racecourse, informs the Daily Nation. "I will be participating in the race this weekend but I will be using it as training because I will be seeking to retain my title for the third time in Valencia," said Kamworor. The line-up also includes Augustine Choge and Emmanuel Bett.
Kamworor_GeoffreyLedsH1-WorldHalf16.jpgGeoffrey Kamworor, photo by PhotoRun.net

rw_march71_1.jpgMarch 1971 cover of Runners' World

The Hearst Corporation has acquired Rodale Press. Rodale Press was formed by J.I. Rodale in 1930. His first magazine, Organic Farming and Gardening was founded in 1942. His second title, Prevention, was founded in 1950. Rodale built an amazing book division and, in the 1980s built a series of sports related magazines, with Bicycling and Runners' World. Rodale acquried Runners' World from Bob Anderson, the founder, in 1985. I was one of the seven people who were hired by Rodale, to move from Mountain View, CA to Emmaus, PA and work on Runners' World. It was a challenging time in running, which, with the death of the late Jim Fixx, and the oversell of the 1984 Olympics, running was getting a bad rap. The publisher at the time was Mike Perlis, who managed RW for 18 months, then moved to IDG Publishing. George Hirsch, the founder of the iconic Runner Magazine, sold Runner to Rodale in 1986 and steared the RW flagship for over two decades.
Print has come on some hard times. While Print, digital and social seem to be the winning comibination, Rodale had some media launches that were too costly, under the management of Maria Rodale.
What will Hearst do with Rodale? This was a long term attraction between Hearst and Rodale. There is the understanding that Rodale was offered several times the current closingt offer way back in 2002 by Hearst, but turned it down.
We wish Hearst the very best and hope to see Runner's World continue to grow and prosper.
From the release below, obvious large changes in leadership at Rodale. This is normal in acquisitions. It will take three to six months to see how Hearst absorbs the Rodale properties, but the release gives some good direction.
2-oct77_1000.jpgOctober 1977 issue of Runners' World

Keflezighi_MebBW-FLfinals16.jpgMeb Keflezighi, photo by PhotoRun.net

Goucher_KaraFV-SanAntonio15.jpgKara Goucher, photo by PhotoRun.net

Two of the most popular brand ambassadors on the road running expo circuit are Meb Keflezighi (2004 Olympic silver medalist, 2009 NYC champ, 2014 Boston champ) and Kara Goucher (2007 WC silver medalist, 10,000m, 2 time Olympian). Both represent Skechers Performance. Skechers Performance is the footwear and apparel sponsor for the Chevron Houston Marathon and Half Marathon.

The weekend is fun. Houston has a 5k, Half Marathon and Marathon, and about 40,000 competitors. One of the first big races of the year, Houston Marathon has been around since 1971. What is fascinating is how both the marathon and half marathon have developed reputations for being fast races and great courses. We will write about the half marathon and marathons later this week!

If you are going to be at the expo, go by the Skechers booth and say hello to Meb (who will there on Friday) and Kara (who will be there on Saturday).

Anyone headed to @chevronhoustonmarathon this weekend? Stop by and say "hi" at the @skechersperformance booth from 2-3:30 on Saturday. That's when I'm there! And those purchasing gear at the EXPO will have the option to round their purchase up to the nearest whole dollar, with the difference being donated to the Houston Marathon Foundation--an organization that promotes the advancement of running and provides after school running programs, coaching and guidance to over 2,000 youths in the Houston area. Funds raised during the 2018 register round up will help with rehabilitating community parks, trails and green spaces that were washed away by Hurricane Harvey and provide support to partner programs of the Houston Marathon Foundation that were impacted by the storm. See you there!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼

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As you return to the first week of school in the new year, take deep breaths and enjoy the different parts of the day. Find different places to run each day. I used to love doing my easy runs around a soccer pitch. Another day, I ran around the fields on a junior high, as the energy and varied surfaces kept me awake.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018: warm up, Easy 4-6 miles, cooldown

CHALL121215-8244.jpgStretching for your daily run, photo by Justin Britton

Week 4, last week of recovery, starting to get back to the track

Monday: warm up, 4-5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, Two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 4-6 miles, cooldown

Thursday: warm up, 40 minute fartlek workout, 10 times 2 minutes at 5k race pace, 2 minutes easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown

Sunday: Relaxed Long run 70 minutes.

Muir_Laura-WC17.jpgLaura Muir, London WC 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net
Muir 8:37.21
GLASGOW (GBR, Jan 7): European Indoor champion Laura Muir opened her indoor season with a 8:37.21 clocking over 3000m in a mixed race. In a women's only race, Melissa Courtney clocked 8:55.10 ahead of Katie Snowden (9:13.54). Eilidh Doyle clocked 24.35 over 200m.
RunBlogRun opines: Laura Muir ran a cross country race over the Scottish champs short course in November (see below), and now, she is beginning her 2018 season.

Tamberi_GianmarcoHalf-Euro16.jpgGiamarco Tamberi, photo by PhotoRun.net

HUSTOPECE (CZE): World indoor high jump champion Gianmarco Tamberi is due to open his indoor season in Hustopece on 27 January, informs FIDAL. Veteran triple jumper Fabrizio Donato is also aiming to compete indoors and could open his season in Madrid on 8 February. Tamberi also plans to jump at the 24th Banska Bystrica Indoor High jump with music in Slovakia on February 6.

RunBlogRun opines: Gianmarco Tamberi is the Salvador Dali of the high jump. Tiamberi is a creative soul (check out his instagram, @gianmarcotamberi), who uses the high jump as his palate.

This is the second week, second day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Britain, Europe, Africa and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship goes from January1-March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out www.nikerunning.com. Remember to support our sponsors. They are supporting the heart of running.

Today, we are writing about 2017 European Indoor Champ at 60 meters,the GBR's Asha Philip!

And always remember to check out www.wicbirmingham2018.com

Philip_AshaQ-Sopot14.jpgAsha Philip, photo by PhotoRun.net

Taylor_Christian1-Brussels17.jpgChristian Taylor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Taylor between triple and 400 m
ATLANTA (USA): Triple jump star Christian Taylor will not compete during the coming indoor season and will prepare for summer. And here he plans something special, confirms his agent Paul Doyle. As it is a non championships year he wants of course to do his specialty triple jump in the Diamond League circuit. But outside of this Taylor wants again try the 400 m. His best from 2014 what was also a non-championships year is 45.17 and he also won that year the 4x400 m with US team at the IAAF World Relays.
AsherSmith_DeenaR-LondonDL15.jpgDina Asher-Smith, photo by PhotoRun.net
Schippers vs Asher-Smith
GLASGOW (GBR): World 200m champion Dafne Schippers and European 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith will face each other over 60m at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow on 25 February, informs organisers. "We have some very strong female sprinters in the world at the moment and Dafne is certainly one of them. My aim over the next few years is to keep improving and turn my fourth and fifth places into podium finishes. The races in Glasgow are sure to be great," said Asher-Smith, who is aiming to skip the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham ahead of the Commonwealth Games in April.
Schippers_DafneFL-EuroInd15.jpgDafne Schippers, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is your Tuesday workout for January 9, 2018. Rain and snow across country, so dress accordingly. The workout on Tuesday can be done in sweats and or warm clothing. The idea is to change your pace, and warm up well and cool down well.

20151212-ROSA0037.jpgGetting ready for workout, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tuesday, January 9, 2018; warm up, Two miles on track, sprint the straightaways, jog the turns, cooldown.

Week 4, last week of recovery, starting to get back to the track

Monday: warm up, 4-5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, Two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 4-6 miles, cooldown

Thursday: warm up, 40 minute fartlek workout, 10 times 2 minutes at 5k race pace, 2 minutes easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown

Sunday: Relaxed Long run 70 minutes.

This is the second week, first day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Great Britain, Europe, Africa and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship goes from January1-March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out www.nikerunning.com. Remember to support our sponsors. They are supporting the heart of running.

Today, we are writing about 2012 Olympic champion and World Record Holder, 110m hurdles, Aries Merritt!

And always remember to check out www.wicbirmingham2018.com

Merritt_AriesPort-Monaco17.jpgAries Merritt, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ellis_Erica-NBiN17 copy.JPGErica Ellis set new HSR, girls' pole vault, of 4.30 meters (14'-1.5"), photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the third report on USA and Canada indoor results, edited and compiled by our friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet. Carles loves the sport and works very hard to make these reports for @runblogrun. Please check out his blog and follow him on twitter. Carles is the mayor of a Catalan town. His blog: http://trackinsun.blogspot.com. His twitter: @Trackinsun.

Skechers Performance sponsors the Chevron Houston Marathon and the City of Los Angeles Marathon. At Houston, Skechers Performance is providing a limited edition GoRun6. Like the colors and the look!

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The Skechers Performance GoRun6 Houston Marathon Limited Edition

The 40,000 runners involved in the 5k, Half Marathon and Marathon in Houston have come to expect a fun weekend of activities. The Houston Marathon committee and their sponsors provide them with activities Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

How do sponsors make a deeper relationship with events? Sponsors like Skechers Performance have to make their team, their ambassadors and their product tie ins work a bit harder than brands that are more well established. What is nice about Skechers Performance is that they do not take this business for granted. Last year, they had a very fun and well used Message board around much of their booth. Their use of a graffiti artist added to the use of the message boards, and the activation with runners and their families was impressive.

The hype around the fields, especially in the half marathon will keep media involved and bring up the value of the event. It is one of the ways that the 2018 Chevron Houston Marathon will begin the season of 2018.

Skechers Performance uses their ambassadors (Meb Keflezighi, Kara Goucher, and now Ed Cheserek) well, tying them into their major events and reaching out with social media.

The new GoRun6 will be available at the Skechers Performance booth at the Chevron Houston Marathon as a limited edition. Don't miss it!

Here is the second report for 2018 on European athletics from our friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet. Carles publishes http://trackinsun.blogspot.com. We provide a downloadable pdf after each report. Carles compiles and edits these reports and we are very grateful for our friend's support!

Warholm_KarstenPort1a-Monaco17.jpgKarston Warholm, Norway, 2017 London 400m hurdle gold medalist, photo by PhotoRun.net, Monte Carlo, Monaco, November 2017

This is the fourth week of recovery and next week begins the track season. It is also your first week back in school, and in many parts of the country, the weather is still terribly cold. Be careful. With the bad week of weather last week, we are adding a fourth week of recovery for many, and helping you return gradually back to full training.

CHALL121215-8459.jpgCharging up a hill, photo by Justin Britton

Monday, January 8, 2017, Warm Up, 4-5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters, stride outs, then, cooldown

Week 4, last week of recovery, starting to get back to the track

Monday: warm up, 4-5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, Two miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 4-6 miles, cooldown

Thursday: warm up, 40 minute fartlek workout, 10 times 2 minutes at 5k race pace, 2 minutes easy, cooldown

Friday: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Saturday: warm up, race 1k, mile or 800 meters, cooldown

Sunday: Relaxed Long run 70 minutes.

For the next two months, Nike is sponsoring a daily homage to the World Indoors. From Monday to Friday, we feature athletes from US, UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. On Saturdays and Sundays, we feature a great moment from World Indoor Championship history, again thanks to sponsor, Nike. We hope that you like this series.

Today, we feature that amazing Brittney Reese, winning her second of three World Indoors in 2012 with a phenomenal 7.23 meters!

Reese_Brittney-Worlds12.jpgBrittney Reese goes airborne, Istanbul, Turkey, March 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jager_EvanH-USOut17.jpGEvan Jager on task, photo by PhotoRun.net

Originally posted June 26, 2017

Reposted January 7, 2018

Horace Ashenfelter died on January 6, 2018, at the wonderful age of 94. Horace Ashenfelter won the Olympic steeplechase in 1952, the first and last American male to do such an thing. In his honor, we are reposting several pieces on this wonderful man, classmate of our late editor, James Dunaway, and former FBI agent, Penn State grad, and winner of 18 AAU national titles, from cross country to 10k.

Evan Jager took Olympic silver and World Champ bronze in the steeple. I recall his amazing steeple in Paris in July 2015, that blew my mind, running 8:00.45. His silver medal in the steeple in 2016 was best medal since 1984, with Brian Deimer and best medal since 1952 and Horace Ashenfelter. In honor of the death of Horace Ashenfelter, I thought we would rerun this piece by David Hunter.

Evan Jager is the Olympic silver medalist in the steeplechase. At the top of his game, Evan is a player in the event that he was made for, that he has trained hard for, and that he is a player in any steeple he enters. Here is David Hunter's feature on this fine athlete.

Originally posted August 11, 2017

Reposted on January 7, 2018

Horace Ashenfelter died on January 6, 2018, at the wonderful age of 94. Horace Ashenfelter won the Olympic steeplechase in 1952, the first and last American male to do such an thing. In his honor, we are reposting several pieces on this wonderful man, classmate of our late editor, James Dunaway, and former FBI agent, Penn State grad, and winner of 18 AAU national titles, from cross country to 10k.

I sure hope Horace Ashenfelter was able to see this race on TV. It would have made his heart happy. For Emma and Courtney, like our favorite Penn State grad did sixty five years ago, ran with full emotion and heart, and surpassed their dreams!

The 2017 London World Championship women's steeplechase was the finest steeplechase in WC history, and it showcased the amazing strength of Team USA.

Those who have watched Emma Coburn develop over the past six years have watched her confidence while racing change as well. The steeplechase is a tough event, 27 barriers and 7 water jumps and 3000 meters.

Coburn_EmmaFV1b-WorCH17.jpgEmma Coburn, Courtney Frerichs go gold and silver in London steeplechase! photo by PhotoRun.net

The pace went out at 3:02 for 1k and 6:05 for 2k. Courtney Frerichs (PB of 9:20.6, 2016) , Emma Coburn (9:07.63, 2016) followed Ruth Jebet (Olympic champion, WR holder, 8:52.78), Celliphene Chespol (under 20 WR holder) , Beatrice Chepkoech (Pre winner, 9:00.70 steeple PB) and Hyvin Jepkemoi (PB of 9:00.01, Pre 2016). This was a scarily experienced field. Oh, a quick addition on Hyvin Jepkemoi: silver medal Rio Olympic steeple, gold in 2015 WC steeple).

The most bizarre thing in the race was just at the first water jump, Beatrice Chepkoech bizarrely missed the first water jump, reversed her steps, and went over the barrier legally. She took about 300 meters to catch up with the pack. Emma Coburn was in fifth place, with Chepkoech, Chespol, Jebet and Jepkemoi in front.

Running out of her mind, Courtney Frerichs was running with the front pack, just behind Coburn as they hit 2k.

Emma Coburn looked to be running within herself. The pace, and perhaps the prolific racing of Ruth Jebet, Cellphine Chespol, and Beatrice Chepkoech all season caught up with them. " This was a very challenging championship," noted Hyvin Jepkemoi.

Originally posted on January 23, 2017

Reposted on January 7, 2018

Horace Ashenfelter died on January 6, 2018, at the wonderful age of 94. Horace Ashenfelter won the Olympic steeplechase in 1952, the first and last American male to do such an thing. In his honor, we are reposting several pieces on this wonderful man, classmate of our late editor, James Dunaway, and former FBI agent, Penn State grad, and winner of 18 AAU national titles, from cross country to 10k.

Horace Ashenfelter is one of my favorite American athletes of all times. In 1952, this man won the Olympic gold medal in the steeplechase, in an upset that is hard to understand in today's world. Ashenfelter's final water barrier made the difference, a skill he learnt from one of Emil Zatopek's training partners the day before the final. Things did not fare well for Zatopek's training partner, who was never allowed out of country again to race, but that, is another story.

IMG_0946.JPGHorace Ashenfelter relaxing at his New Jersey home with Max.
(Photo by Tom Ashenfelter 1/21/17)

Enjoy this wonderful piece on Horace Ashenfelter, and see how our thespian uses the world, 'gloaming'.

Originally posted on December 1, 2014

Reposted January 7, 2018

Horace Ashenfelter died on January 6, 2018, at the wonderful age of 94. Horace Ashenfelter won the Olympic steeplechase in 1952, the first and last American male to do such an thing. In his honor, we are reposting several pieces on this wonderful man, classmate of our late editor, James Dunaway, and former FBI agent, Penn State grad, and winner of 18 AAU national titles, from cross country to 10k.

Elliott Denman sent me a note, as he always does, about a piece he wanted to write. I trust Elliott's judgement, and while I may ask him a few questions, his pieces have graced this blog for several years and American Track & Field (and before that, American Athletics) for nearly two decades.

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That fateful moment, sixty-two years ago: Ashenfelter over Kasentsev
Courtesy of North Jersey News Community website
But, Horace Ashenfelter is one of the special ones. If you can drag up American Track & Field in 1996, find the feature on Horace by James Dunaway. I believe it is the finest piece that Dunaway has ever written.
Dunaway's point was this: 1952 was a very different time. Horace Ashenfelter was an FBI agent, working full time, raising a family with his wife, and would train, once a day, for an hour, in a park by his house. He used a park bench for hurdle practice. With that training (all things fast, no time to waste), Ashenfelter perfected his hurdle technique.
Horace was a fearless racer. He broke the American record qualifying for the final in 1952! In the final, he was racing the world record holder, and in one gutsy move, leaped from the water barrier to the lead, breaking the the WR set by the Soviet runner who was in second! This was the cold war. An American FBI agent defeating the pride of the Soviet Union was big news in 1952!
Ashenfelter is 91 years old. He still runs, and he is married to his sweetheart, Lilian, for the past 69 years.
And so, Elliott Denman, long time friend and fellow Olympian in 1956 with Horace, writes the following piece about an athlete, sixty-two years after the fact, enjoying the accolades and good wishes on a life well lived and well loved.
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1952 Olympic steeple final, Horace Ashenfelter,

courtesy of Ashenfelter Classic 8k

Originally posted August 22, 2012
Reposted January 7, 2018
Horace Ashenfelter died on January 6, 2018, at the wonderful age of 94. Horace Ashenfelter won the Olympic steeplechase in 1952, the first and last American male to do such an thing. In his honor, we are reposting several pieces on this wonderful man, classmate of our late editor, James Dunaway, and former FBI agent, Penn State grad, and winner of 18 AAU national titles, from cross country to 10k.

Horace Ashenfelter's name should be said with reverence. The only American to win the Olympic gold medal in the steeplechase, Ashenfelter broke the Olympic record in the heats and then by six seconds, broke the world record in the final, taking the gold medal.

In a 1996 article in American Track & Field, James Dunaway, long time editor of AT&F, and college chum of Horace, wrote, what in my mind, may still be Dunaways' best feature ever. He told how Horace would train for an hour each night, after work, jumping over park benches, doing 880 repeats, but finding way to be world class, be a husband and father and keep his career in the FBI. No mean feat in those days.
Now 89, Horace Ashenfelter was inducted into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame this past month. Runblogrun writer and American Track & Field long time correspondent Jeff Benjamin was there and here is his piece.
Our friend Jeff was injured in a recent bike crash, so keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
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Jeff Benjamin (the writer), Horace Ashenfelter (1952 Olympic gold), Tom Fleming (two time NYC Marathon winner),
"When I was kid and I heard there was an Olympic Champion living in New Jersey not too far away, I went over there to meet him. We've been friends ever since!" was how Tom Fleming first met Horace Ashenfelter.
Jeff Benjamin concluded with this note: "My sincere thanks for being invited to this ceremony by Tom Fleming and Mary MacEnroe of the National Distance Running Hall of Fame, and for the wonderful atmosphere provided by Paul Brewster, the owner of Fitzgerald's 1928 in Glenn Ridge, which hosted this great event!!!"

In bad weather, you can run a long run indoors, on a track, on a field or pitch, or a combo, one loop inside and one loop outside. Just be careful and watch the weather and circumstances. Run loops for your long run, so you can seek shelter if you need to!

Just be careful.

20151212-ROSA0028.jpgFinal preparations, photo by Justin Britton

For the next two months, Nike is sponsoring a daily homage to the World Indoors. From Monday to Friday, we feature athletes from US, UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. On Saturdays and Sundays, we feature a great moment from World Indoor Championship history, again thanks to sponsor, Nike. We hope that you like this series.

Today, we feature the 1987 World Indoor Champs Men's pole vault.

surgey-bubka1427485099.jpgSergey Bubka, photo from ProCam International

Weather is crazy across the country. If you are running outside, dress correctly, in layers and keep the loop small so you can get to cover fast if it is too cold. Running indoors this weekend? Have fun, keep the workout relaxed.

CHALL121215-0039.jpgFinal preparations for the race, photo by Justin Britton

This is the fifth day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Great Britain, Europe, Africa and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship goes from January1-March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out www.nikerunning.com. Remember to support our sponsors. They are supporting the heart of running.

Today, we are writing about World Champion,Mutaz Essa Barshim today!

And always remember to check out www.wicbirmingham2018.com

Barshim_MutazPort1d-Monaco17.jpgMutaz Essa Barshim, London 2017 World Champion, high jump, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the third week, and third Friday of the recover program that we have offered. If you are on the East Coast or Midwest, workout inside, and stay careful! The weather is historic cold and do not take any chances. Somewhere in New Hampshire, it will be near minus 100 windchill!

CHALL121215-8395.jpgThose final moments before the big race, photo by Justin Britton

mw cover.jpgThis is the cover of Mel Watman's new book, "My Life in Athletics". It is reviewed by Elliott Denman, who has known Mel since 1958, the year I was born. Mel has covered every Olympics since 1960 and worked at Athletics Weekly since 1952 (he retired years ago). Every time I hit a track meet in London or Birmingham, Mel is there, along with his good friend, Stan Greenburg. I have learnt so much from these two men, reading Mel's coverage and asking them questions about our amazing sport.

Read the review, then, buy this book, and read it. You will become a better track fan!

This is the fourth day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Great Britain, Europe, Africa and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship goes from January1-March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out www.nikerunning.com. Remember to support our sponsors. They are supporting the heart of running.

Today, we are writing about World Champion, Elijah Manangoi today!

And always remember to check out www.wicbirmingham2018.com

Manangoi_Elijah-Zurich15.jpgElijah Manangoi, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hill_DarrellH-Brussels17.jpgDarrell Hill, photo by PhotoRun.net

Shot putters are an emotional bunch. Look at the pictures of Darrell Hill in this story by David Hunter, and read the story as well, please. Between both, you will understand that this Big Guys spend years perfecting their trade, for inches of improvement. However, when, Darrell Hill won the Diamond League with his massive 20 inch improviement, he woke up many of the shot put fans. David Hunter captures this fine young thrower in all of his glory.

This is the third week of recovery after the cross country season. Your body needs a break after the hard cross country season, so we plan this in.

After your recovery, we will begin to build you up for Spring track, and you will get PB after PB!

20151212-ROSA0045.jpgGetting ready for the big race, photo by Justin Britton

VanNiekerk_WaydeSF1d-London17.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, photo by PhotoRun.net
Van Niekerk in positive mood
DOHA (QAT): Wayde van Niekerk has returned to South Africa after undergoing a successful one month-long rehabilitation programme in Qatar, informs Sport24. "The services I received (in Qatar) were world class and I am feeling very positive about my recovery," he said. Van Niekerk tore his knee ligament in a charity tag rugby match and has been ruled out of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
VanNiekerk_WaydeSF1a-WC17.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, photo by PhotoRun.net
RunBlogRun opines: The 2x World Champion, Rio Olympic medalist and world record holder at 400 meters, Wayde Van Niekerk was injured in a rubgy game last fall. His surgery was a success, and now, the first part of his rehab is complete in Qatar. Now, the long, arduous process in South Africa, overseen by his coach Ans Botha. Ans Botha said earlier to EME New that they had no hard date for racing to begin once again. We wish Wayde Van Niekerk a very healthy and speedy recovery.
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Muktar Edris winning BOClassic, December 31, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net
Edris and Tirop
BOLZANO (ITA, Dec 31): Ethiopia's world 5000m champion Muktar Edris defended his title in the 10km at the BOClassic in Bolzano in 28:45 ahead of Moroccans Soufiane Bouqantar (29:07) and Hicham Amghar (29:08). Yemane Crippa was the top European finisher on home soil in 29:25, ahead of Norway's Sondre Nordstad Moen (29:28) and Turkey's Kaan Kigen Ozbilen (29:30). Kenyans were first and second in the women's race courtesy of Agnes Tirop (15:30) and Margaret Kipkemboi (15:58). Stephanie Twell was third in 16:03, just ahead of British teammate Emilia Gorecka (16:09) and Italy's Margherita Magnani (16:31).
Tirop_AgnesFV-BoClassic17.jpgAgnes Tirop winning BOclassic, December 31, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Barshim_MutazPort1h-Monaco17.jpgMutaz Essa Barshim, photo by PhotoRun.net

BEIJING (CHN): Chinese News Agency Xinhua informed about their selection of top ten sports personalities of 2017. The only representative of athletics in this top ten is High Jump World champion Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar.

This is the third day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Great Britain, Europe, Africa and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship goes from January1-March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out www.nikerunning.com. Remember to support our sponsors. They are supporting the heart of running.

Today, we are writing about European sprint champion Dafne Schippers!

And always remember to check out www.wicbirmingham2018.com

Schippers_DaphneSF1-WC17.jpgDafne Schippers, World Champs 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

DaSilva_ThiagoR1-RioOlyG16.jpgThiago Braz Da Silva, photo by PhotoRun.net
Braz vs Lavillenie in Karlsruhe
KARLSRUHE (GER): Olympic pole vault champion Thiago Braz will compete at the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe (3 February) and Copernicus Cup in Torun (15 February), informs IAAF. Braz will face Renaud Lavillenie and Raphael Holzdeppe in Karlsruhe and Piotr Lisek and Pawel Wojciechowski and Holzdeppe again in Torun. After winning gold in Rio de Janeiro, Braz missed the 2017 World Championships in London due to injury.
LaVillenie_Renaud-Lausanne16.jpgRenaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is Wednesday, January 3, 2018. A new year, a new season.

Enjoy the run today. Have some fun. Try a new trail. Take a new team member out for a run. But try something just a little different on your run. Keep it fun. Every run should have something to remember.

CHALL121215-0059.jpgRecovering from the race, photo by PhotoRun.net

Muir_Laura1-WC17.jpgLaura Muir, photo by PhotoRun.net

GLASGOW (GBR): Laura Muir will open her indoor season in a mixed race in Glasgow on Sunday. "Exciting news about a couple of chances to see me race locally in next fortnight. Glasgow Milers Meet at the Emirates Arena this Sunday where I'll be racing the guys!" she said on Twitter. She will also compete in the mixed relay at the Great Edinburgh XCountry on 13 January.

Farah_Mo5kH-OlyGames16.jpgMo Farah, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wanjiru_Daniel-RAK17.jpgDaniel Wanjiru, RAK 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

This London Big Half should be an interesting race! With Mo Farah and Daniel Wanjiru lining up, the battle is set for a fast and furious race around London. Looking forward to this one!

This is the second day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Great Britain, Europe, Africa and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship goes from January1-March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out www.nikerunning.com.

Today, we are writing about Adam Gemili!

And always remember to check out www.wicbirmingham2018.com

The Dubai Marathon will be held in Dubai, U.A.E. on January 26, 2018. The Standard Chartered Dubai International Marathon has become the first important global marathon of the New Year. With his silver medal at the recent World Championships marathon in London in August 2017, Tamirat is focused on defending his title in Dubai from last year!

Worknesh Degafa, who had run 17 times for the half marathon under 70 minutes, debuted in Dubai last year with a 2:22 win and $200k for her victory. Degafa will be back in Dubai to defend her title from 2017.

Watch for more athletes to be announced over the next couple of weeks!

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Ethiopia's Tamirat Tola and Worknesh Degefa will be back to the defend their titles at the 2018 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on January 26, photo courtesy of Dubai Marathon.

The first day back to school is frustrating for some, but add a run to the day and you should be just fine. This is the third week of recovery after cross country, or a week to run a third indoor race off your strong cross country shape.

CHALL121215-8454.jpgCharging up the hills, photo by Justin Britton

Posted December 24, 2017

Reposted January 1, 2018

This is David Hunter's feature on the Top Ten Male Athletes of 2017. This piece is the tie for Best Moments in 2017 for December.

Each year, David Hunter does the task of writing about the top ten female and male athletes of the year. Of all the pieces David does each year, these are my favorite. Part of the reason is that David Hunter knows that our sport is track & field, and we do our utmost to recognize it as such. I believe that, if the story is compelling, our most stalwart distance fans learn to appreciate the hammer, the jumps and the throws. Finding a new favorite event, or near favorite event is what is all about.

David picks the top ten, and picks the top athlete of the year. We like his approach and hope you will too!

Kendricks-Duplantis-LaVillenie-Lausanne17.jpgSam Skinner, Mondo Duplantis, Renaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net

Posted December 19, 2017

Reposted January 1, 2018

Look, as I did Best Moments of 2017, I had to end the year with something BIG, so I thought that David Hunter's Top Ten Female Athletes of 2017, would be the way to do it!

Each year, David Hunter provides RunBlogRun with his list of top male and female athletes of the year. They are two of his most favorite columns to write, and two of our favorite to read.

Please enjoy David Hunter's 2017 Female Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Wlodarczyk_AnitaW1b-WC17.jpgAnita Wlodarzyck, photo by PhotoRun.net

Originally posted November 5, 2017

Reposted January 1, 2018

Shalane Flanagan's win in NYC Marathon is one of the two most important events to happen in US athletics in 2017. The other was the 1,2 in the women's steeple by Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs. Shalane used all the experiences of her career to win the 2017 NYC Marathon. It is a career defining moment, and our November 2017 Best Moment.

Shalane Flanagan's entire life had been building up to this day. In her first marathon, Shalane took second, in 2:28:40 in a tactical piece of running that impressed many in 2010. That the race was run at the 2010 NYC Marathon is ironic. She would not return to the marathon in five boroughs until 2017. Perhaps it was, all along about improving the performance, but giving the gods of running their due.

Shalane Flanagan wins the 2017 #TCSNYCMarathon! She's the first American woman to win the race since 1977!

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Posted October 10, 2017

Reposted on January 1, 2018

Galen Rupp's win, Tirunesh Dibaba's win, and Jordan Hasay's 2:20:57 put Chicago back on the map. That is why I honor it as out best moment of October 2017.

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.

Originally released by Nike September 2017

Reposted by RunBlogRun On January 1, 2018

This is a twofer. Eliud Kipchoge won the breaking2 event. It was an amazing example of what Nike could do, a fine, orchestrated, well timed ad produced event, and it showed Eliud Kipchoge's talent, drive and capabilities. In September, Eliude Kipchoge won the best race of the year, the Berlin Marathon, from a debuting marathoner. Eliud is the man. Can Eliud break 2 hours in a bona fide race? I am not sure anyone can, but Eliud Kipchoge can and will break the world record for the marathon. He is the finest marathoner in the world.

I have to admit, as I was watching the breaking 2 live stream, I started to finally get it. I was up all night in Doha, Qatar, watching on my iphone and ipad, as espressos coursed down my veins. The coverage was fantastic, and the best stream I had ever seen. I remember saying, "twitter sports is the future of sport."

Breaking 2 inspired another generation of runners and reminded this older generation of the brashness from which Nike was born. Geoff Hollister would have been proud.

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Eliud Kipchoge winning Berlin, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

I tweeted over 150 comments during the broadcast, trying to give, especially the new runners a chance to appreciate the absolute performance we were witnessing. It was not a race, and that was okay. But, it was, in truth a two hour celebration of the finest marathoner in the world. The attention to detail by Nike was fantastic. My only beef was that, with a few thousand real fans on the field, during his last two or three laps could have pushed Eliud over the edge. I just remember his glorious smile in Chicago when he won there.

Enjoy the video an realize, that you are watching the finest marathoner in a generation. I like to call Eliud Kipchoge the zen master of the marathon.

This commercial was done just prior to Berlin. As an instagram post, it has 786,000 views. Pretty impressive. Truth is, in Berlin, Eliud Kipchoge showed he could do just about anything. His win was thoughtful and his move to the front was not a nervous reaction, but the calculated decision of a fine marathoner, who knows, if you focus, and pick up the pace just a bit you are going to catch the new guy who has had no marathon experience.

originally posted in August 2017

HD posted in October 2017 by the Shoe Addicts

Reposted January 1, 2018

The women's steeplechase started as expected. The difference was, that even in this fast race, Americans Emma Coburn, and Courtney Frerichs took this moment to run to their heart's content. The final lap was bone chilling, as Emma Coburn ran down the finest steeplechasers in the world, and Courtney Frerichs came on fire, and did the same. Emma Coburn told us that her coach, now coach and husband, Joe, told her to be more agressive. Emma did that and ran an AR plus took gold, Courtney broke previous AR and took silver. This is my best moment of August 2018.

The women's steeplechase at the London World Champs was the a nearly Billy Mills moment. Emma Coburn listened to her coach (now husband) and Courtney Frerichs listened to her coach. Both athletes, full of emotion, speed and vigor, put smiles on every American distance running fan face after that run!

Here's the high definitiion press conference, prepared, shot and managed by the Shoe Addicts. Thanks to their focus on the shoot, I could focus on asking good questions. This is a fine presser and lots to learn for athetes and coaches.

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Originally posted July 8, 2017

Reposted January 1, 2018.

Mariya Lasitskene had an amazing 2017. This was one of my favorite events in 2017, and the Athlettissima meeting was pretty exciting. From the pole vault with Sam Kendricks, Mondo Duplantis and Renaud Lavillenie, to fine middle distance races, to the women's high jump. Lasitskene showed her amazing talent for those fans who were glued to the event!

Lausanne 2017 will be remembered for many track and field events. At the very end of the evening, no one was leaving, after the Swiss 4x100 meters set a national record, only the high jump and pole vault were being conducted.

Lasitskene_MariaR1-Lausanne17.jpgMariya Lasitskene, Lausanne 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

On one end, three vaulters were competing for the win: Kendricks, Lavillenie, Wojciewski were battling. On the other end of the track, Mariya Lasitskene was in her zen place. Lasitskane was made to high jump. When she begins her run, she clicks her on switch and runs to the bar, then, wills herself over the bar. The 2.06 meter clearance was amazingly precise and dominating. This was not Mariya's 14th straight win, as I had noted earlier, it was her 18th consecutive win, as EME News noted.

Her 2.10 meter attempts were good attempts. From trying, Lasitskene will learn what to do, and the 2.10m will be like Climbing Mount Everest. Or, like breaking a four minute mile.

How do we put limits on ourselves. Mariya Lasistskene does not see limits like other humans do, or she would not have cleared 2.06 meters.

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Reposted June 20, 2017

Reposted for January 1, 2018 for Best Moment in June 2017: Sandi Morris continued her amazing 2017 year. This is an example of the amazing performances at the very hot USA Outdoors held in Sacramento, CA.

We liked this piece so much, and @sandicheekspv liked it too, so we decided to repost and encourage more to read about one of our favorite athletes, Sandi Morris!

Sandi Morris is the Olympic silver medalist in the pole vault. She is an amazing athletic talent and a wonderful interview. RunBlogRun interviewed her pre event in Doha, Qatar in early May. David Hunter wrote this feature on Sandi Morris, one our finest athletes and one of our most talented athletes.

We look forward to seeing Sandi Morris continue to improve this year. What new heights will she achieve? That is what David Hunter is suggesting in this article. Enjoy.

This is the first day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Great Britain, Europe, Africa and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship goes from January1-March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out www.nikerunning.com.

Today, we are writing about Sandi Morris!

And always remember to check out www.wicbirmingham2018.com

Morris_Sandi1a-USind17.jpgSandi Morris, photo by photorun.net

Happy New Years!

Today is the first day of 2018. Enjoy your last day of holiday and have some fun. Enjoy your run today, of course, do it with friends.

2018 should be an exciting year. Remember to treasure each and every day!

20151212-ROSA0247.jpgUntying your racing flats, after a well run race, photo by Justin Britton

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