January 2018 Archives

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.

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.

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

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.
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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.

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.

Morris_Sandi-Doha16.jpgSandi Morris, photo by PhotoRun.net

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

Originally posted on May 31, 2017

Reposted October 30, 2017

Reposted for May 2017 Major moment on January 1, 2017

This visit to London was fun. It was my second visit to Highgate Harriers amazing night of 10,000m PBs. In 2018, we hope to be there as well, as the Night of 10,000m PBs will feature the European Cup 10,000m a well!

It is fantastic to see that the most original event on the globe, the Highgate Night of 10,000m PBs will incorporate the European cup 10,000m next year. The team with the Highgate Harriers is creative, hard working and loves the sport! We will be there, one way or another! So, re read this piece, toast the Highgate Harriers, and get your butt in gear to run the 10,000m in Highgate!

The HIghgate Harriers Night of 10,000m PBs is a unique event, and it deserves to be copied. The love child of Ben Pochee, Highgate Harriers 10k, and championed by Tom Bedford (PR and presentation), the event is in year 5. Six 10,000 meter races and the finals are British Championships. For U.S. fans, think Payton Jordan crowd doubled, with half of them having had several Micro brews. The crowd was boisterous and enthusiastic. The runners loved it. Andy Vernon was all smiles after his race, and said how much he loved the HIghgate crowd. This year, Seb Coe and Oliver Gers and his lovely wife were there, representing the IAAF. Wendy Sly, 1984 Olympic silver medalist at 3000 meters, and Paula Radcliffe, World record holder at the marathon, were there.

I hope you enjoy my windy video, but this event was wonderful. And I hope that it is replicated in the U.S.

It is also so fantastic to see European Athletics add the Euro cup 10,000m to this most innovative and fun event! European Athletics is seeding change in the world of continental athletics with such decisions. Nicely done, Highgate Harriers, Highgate 10k organizers, and European Athletics.

IMG_5555.jpegAndy Vernon wins the Highgate 10k Night of the 10,000m PB's, photo by David Wearn

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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