March 2018 Archives

Semenya_CasterR-Oslo17.jpgCaster Semenya, photo by PhotoRun.net

GOLD COAST (AUS): Caster Semenya has said she has "mastered the art" of running the 1500m, informs the Independent Online. "It is a tougher race to run but - coming from the world championships we've learned from that race. I think we've mastered the art of running the 1500 and I don't think it would be a problem. I've run a 4:10 and a 4:02 on my own, taking the lead from the start, which shows I have improved. All I need to do now is to go and execute and secure my gold," she said. Semenya is targeting both the 800m and 1500m at the Commonwealth Games and will be looking to emulate Kenya's Nancy Langat who claimed both titles in 2010.

Semenya_CasterFHL-Pre17.jpgCaster Semenya, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Reposted March 31, 2018 (Sponsored)

This is a fantastic shoe. I have worn it everywhere, and love it on my long walks and short walks. A departure for Brooks from their normal fare, and it should bring new runners to this iconic brand, now 104 years old!

Reposted March 29, 2018 (Sponsored)

Check out the newest color waves for the Brooks Levitate! We have all the key running stores that are carrying Brooks Levitate below! Check out the video from the Shoe Addicts posted below!

Brooks Levitate from testing group, photo by Brooks Running

The Brooks Levitate is a brand new shoe from Brooks Running. It features the new DNA AMP midsole techonology, which will be introduced into upcoming Brooks products. The ride of the Brooks Levitate is unilke any other product that you have run or walked in from Brooks. A lush feel, the shoe is stable and will be a welcome addition to the Brooks line.

We have also included a new video on Brooks from the Shoe Addicts, plus links to Brooks dealers all across the U.S.

image2.jpegWendy Sly, Dr. David Martin, Seb Coe, and Seb's father, Peter Coe, photo from Wendy Sly

Wendy Sly is the Publisher of Athletics Weekly, one of the finest athletics magazines in the world. Wendy Sly is the 1984 Olympic silver medalist at 3000 meters, and a fine runner on the track, cross country and roads. Wendy worked with Dr. David Martin during the height of her career and spoke to RunBlogRun's Jeff Benjamin about the good doctor and what he meant to her.

As I await the rain, in lovely Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, I am writing another six deep thougthts column. I am in Wisconsin getting my physical, which is something that you all should do on a yearly basis. I am getting a full physical, diabetes tests, PSA test ( guys, if you are over 50, get it done every year, if you are 30 to 50, ask your doctor) and a full stress test. I am 59, and too many of my friends have had heart issues, cancer and other issues. It is the best way to show your spouse, family and friends that you care about them and yourself. Okay, off my high horse.

This is my six deep thoughts on the IAAF World Indoor Tour, and what we should learn from them! If you have questions, please email me at [email protected].

In deep thoughts, we are trying to focus on the positives on the sport. Any one can write about negatives, but we all know those. How do we focus on the big positive themes? Here we go!

Simpson_JennyFHL-NBind18.jpGJenny Simpson winning 3000 meters in Boston, New Balance Indoor GP, photo by PhotoRun.net

Reposted March 31, 2018

Toni Reavis is one of the finest announcers in our sport. I do not believe there is a better announcer for road racing. The great thing about Toni Reavis is that he can entertain even the most novice TV running sports fan. A great interview, as Toni Revais speaks on his 33 years of announcing the Skechers Performance LA Marathon.

Toni Reavis has been announcing road races since before many of you were born.

Toni Reavis and I come from the city of Saint Louis. Toni first moved to Boston, immersed himself in road racing, and then, moved to the warmth of San Diego.

Reavis-WillisTV-BAAmile13.jpgToni Reavis with Nick Willis, BAA Mile, photo by PhotoRun.net

Toni Reavis is as close as we get to a scholar in road running. His knowledge, his sense of humor and his ability to put road racing in the context of the sports fan. Toni also loves the sport and has been challenging the status quo and trying to help direct the conversation on how to energize the sport.

Reavis_ToniToya-Beach07.jpgToni Reavis with the love of his life, Toya Reavis, photo by PhotoRun.net

In this interview, which I have wanted to do for years, we get a glimpse of how Toni Reavis' wonderful mind works. If you can watch his coverage of the Skechers Performance LA Marathon, which he has done 32 times in 32 years.

Watch a professional, and enjoy the coverage of the LA Marathon.

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Sydney McLaughlin another PB 50.07, also WL
GAINESVILLE (USA, Mar 30): Sydney McLaughlin continued with superb running at Florida Relays. After 200 m PB on Thursday she clocked another top life-time best 50.07 in the 400 m. It is also World lead and 6th all-time U20 performer. Second Sharrika Barnett 50.93 PB ahead of Brionna Thomas 51.72. Hurdles olympic winner Omar McLeod clocked 10.32 (+0.2) in the 100 m. In the 200 m South African Ncincilili Titi 20.36 (+0.9) over Terrance Laird 20.41 and Riak Reese 20.43. NCAA Champion Grant Holloway won the 110 m hurdles in 13.45 (+0.7). Also Nathan Strother won the 400 m in 45.46. In women hurdles Puertorican Jasmine Camacho-Quinn 12.77 (-0.8), Ce´aira Brown won the 1500 m in 4:09.44 and Ka´Tia Seymour the 200 m in 22.96 (+0.5). Indoor surprise Javianne Oliver won the 100 m in 11.39 (+1.1) ahead of Jamaican veteran Kerron Stewart 11.41. Mexican Diego del Real won men hammer with 75.33. In the High School 100 m fast 10.16 (+1.7) for Anthony Schwartz, he missed his PB from last year only by 0.01.
RunBlogRun opines: Sydney McLaughlin is the WJR for the 400 meter hurdles. Coach Floreal is taking a long term approach in developing this amazing athlete, as she continues to score great PBs at 200 meters and 400 meters. Her 400 meter hurdles will be even better as she develops her leg speed and her hurdling skills. So happy to watch Sydney develop and seem to enjoy her running. She is working with a fantastic coach and program. It is important for athletes to find programs and coaches that work for them, wherever they are.

Okay, sports fans. On one of my walks, I thought about the deep thoughts on the World Indoors. So, this is our newest addition to RunBlogRun. We will, hopefully, within the month of event, come up with three to five deep thoughts on the events we have visited or covered. Tell us what you think! Email me at [email protected].

In no order, here are my five deep thoughts on Birmingham.

IMG_6339.jpgClap clock, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts, Day one, WIC Birmingham

Enjoy your race day! Try a different tactic in the race! Your racing is getting better and better. The workouts have gotten harder and faster, and you are handling the workouts well. You have to hold yourself back on the easy days. All of this is good!

A race suggestion: In the two mile or 5000 meters, consider beginning to move with 600 to go in two mile and 500 meters in 5000 meters. In mile, focus on hard third lap, and then, kick. In 800 meters, hold all until 300 meters to go, try to run as even as you can. In 400 meters, run hard over last 200 meters, then, puke off to side of track, just not on coach's shoes. (That did happen to me:)).

Smith_Scott-Frankfurt17.jpgScott Smith, Northern Arizona Elite, photo by PhotoRun.net

Saturday, March 31, 2018: warm up, race your primary distance, and run a 4x400 meter, cooldown, or if you

do not race, warm up, 8 x 400 meters, 400m jog, run at current mile pace, cooldown

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Nairobi (Ken); Defending Virgin Money London Marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru has warned his rivals not to underestimate him as he lines up in the English capital on April 22. The Kenyan, who was eighth in the World Championships last yer, told Xinhua: " No one expected me to win in last year's marathon. But I believed, and I will believe again. Don't underestimate me."

Wanjiru_DanielFV-PragueH15.jpgDaniel Wanjiru, Prague 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

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OTTAWA (CAN): Cam Levins was pleased to set a lifetime best of 62:15 in windy conditions at the World Half Marathon Championships ahead of the track season, informs Athletics Illustrated. "I'm really pleased with the race. My foot finally felt perfect the last few weeks; I was able to train both hard and consistently. I'm really excited to see what I can do in the next month before I start track season," he said. Levins will miss the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

McLaughlin_SydneyQ-USOlyTr16.jpgSydney McLaughlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

McLaughlin 22.39 and Gardiner 20.20
GAINESVILLE (USA, Mar 29): Florida Relays started with superb 200 m times. On the women side teen star Sydney McLaughlin clocked huge PB 22.39 (+1.5). It is fastest U20 time since 2003 and fourth best of all-time in that age category. One could think what she can achieve in her specialty 400 m hurdles with such speed. Second Joanna Atkins and third hurdles World record holder Kendra Harrison achieved the same 22.81. For the World Indoor champion Harrison also a PB, previous top mark was 23.00. Fifth in the race was the 400 m hurdles World champion Kori Carter 23.23. Puertorican 100 m hurdles record holder Jasmine Camacho-Quinn won another race with 22.59 but aided by +3.0. In the men´s 200 m new personal best for 400 m World silver medalist Steven Gardiner of Bahamas 20.20 (+2.0) beating 110 m hurdles World champion Omar McLeod 20.49. In the 400 m Bahamian Alonzo Russell got 45.44 win over triple jump World and Olympic winner Christian Taylor 45.48. Taylor´s last 400 m race was at Drake Relays in April 2014 when he clocked personal best 45.17. He plans to run more 400 m races in the summer. Third in the race 400 m hurdles veteran Bershawn Jackson 46.50. Jamaican Shawn Rowe won the 400 m hurdles in life-time best 49.17. In another race Bahamian Jeffery Gibson clocked 49.21 (his fastest since May 2016) over Jamaican Ansert Whyte 49.48. Women winner Grace Claxton from Puertorico achieved 56.30. Grenada´s record holder Anderson Peters won the javelin with 81.57. In high school 100 m prelims fast times for Anthony Schwartz 10.18 (+2.0) and Tamari Davis who at age of 15 improved to 11.29 (+0.5).

Enjoy the holiday weekend. Have some fun racing as well!

20151212-ROSA0029.jpgA clean pair of spikes, photo by Justin Britton

Friday, March 30, 2018: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Looking forward to Christian Coleman's debut in the Diamond League this year. The team at the Diamond League put together some of their favorite debuts in the past Diamond League seasons.

Coleman_ChristianFH-Worlds18.jpgChristian Coleman wins 60 meter World Indoors in Championship record of 6.37! photo by PhotoRun.net

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GOLD COAST (AUS): Olympic 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson will compete in only the longer event at the Commonwealth Games. After clocking 11.71 for victory over 100m in Brisbane on Wednesday, the Jamaican told herald.com.au: "I will just run the [200m] this time. It is there to get me prepared for my outdoor (season), which is the Diamond League."
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Harrison_KeniQ-USin18.JPGKeni Harrison, 2018 USATF Indoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

Keni Harrison, the World Indoor Champion and World record holder at 100 meter hurdles, is one of the early announcements leading the fields at the 2018 Shanghai Diamond League fields for May 13, 2018. Check out the Diamond League release for 2018 Shanghai DL.

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GOLD COAST (AUS): Dai Greene, the 2011 400m hurdles World champion, says retirement was never an option as he battled to come back from complications which followed a hernia operation in 2013. The Welshman, who will in the Commonwealth Games contest his first international championships since 2014, told BBC Sport: "I don't want to fizzle out. I have just as much appetite to train and work hard and be better as I did 10 years ago. It never occurred to me to pack it in."

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IMG_5578_preview poles d4.jpgBirmingham Indoor, Pole Vault, photo by Mike Deering, for The Shoe Addicts

These two appointments from the IAAF were announced today. They are important positions within the Media world in our sport. Congratulations to both James Lord and Nicole Jeffery.

This a challenging workout.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018: warm up, two mile run, sprint straights, jog turns, 4 x 800 meters, jog 400 meters in between, at mile pace, cooldown

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WELLINGTON (NZL): Twice world indoor champion Ryan Whiting has described Tom Walsh as the No.1 "clean" shot putter in history following the New Zealander's 22.67m last weekend which was the best throw in the world since 2003. The American told Newshub.co.nz: "For me, what he did today was the 'clean' world record. All the guys in the '80s and '90s were as dirty as can be, and I think Tom's now the top of what you've seen as a clean shot putter."

22.06m at the Timaru Super Shot last week! Great Comp and cool view from the dron!!

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Strong winds hampered performances at the Queensland International Track Classic in Brisbane on Wednesday (28), the final warm-up meeting before the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. But even a -1.6m/s breeze couldn't slow down Britain's Zharnel Hughes in the 200m.

Competing in the second of three 200m heats, Hughes sped to a 20.23 victory to finish several metres ahead of Leon Reid (20.90), recording the fastest 200m on Australian soil since 2001. Botswana's Isaac Makwala won the first heat in 20.51 into a slightly weaker wind (-0.9m/s).

Hughes has started his 2018 in tremendous form. He ran 20.28 on his season opener in Kingston in January, and then clocked times of 10.18 and 10.01, a PB, over 100m at the same venue in February. The 22-year-old, who finished fifth in the 200m at the 2015 IAAF World Championships, now appears to be one of the medal favourites ahead of next month's Commonwealth Games.

Earlier in the evening, Hughes ran the second leg for England in the 4x100m. The team of Richard Kilty, Hughes, Adam Gemili and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey won in 38.31.

To read the entire article, please go to: https://www.iaaf.org/news/report/queensland-international-track-classic-brisba

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BRISBANE (AUS): After just missing out on the medals at the World Championships in London, Yohan Blake is looking forward to a "better year" and is aiming to start his season with a medal at the Commonwealth Games, informs the Courier Mail. "I'm doing some good work in training and my cadence is coming back. I'm looking forward to that night in the final in Australia. I don't have a Commonwealth medal. It's very important for me to have one in my trophy case," he said. Blake will contest the 100m and 4x100m at the Commonwealth Games.

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

This is a fun article from the Diamond League site. Watch a javelin fly through the air is exciting. Watching a javelin look as if it staying in the air forever gets a huge response from the crowd. Enjoy the story on the 90 meter monsters.

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GOLD COAST (AUS): Sally Pearson has revealed she has been struggling with an Achilles injury in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs the Courier Mail. "All athletes have niggling injury issues they have to face and I am no different. This is not a career ending injury but the timing is extremely disappointing. Australia can rest assured I will be certainly working hard to overcome what is just another challenge in my career," she said. Pearson ran the first leg of the 4x100m at the Queensland International Track Classic in Brisbane, leading Australia off to a 43.76 clocking.

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Stefandini_Katerina1a-Millrose18.jpgKaterina Stefanidi, photo by PhotoRun.net

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The Pre Classic loves to promote rivalries. Next to global championships, the Pre Classic has some of the finest fields at any of the DL meetings. The women's ple vault is a case in point. With newly crowned World Indoor Champion, Sandi Morris and Olympic, World Outdoor and European champion Katerina Stefanidi, plus medalists from World Indoors, Outdoors and European championships, the women's pole vault should be exciting.

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Christabel Nettey 692 WL in long jump
BRISBANE (AUS, Mar 28): In blustery conditions at the Queensland International Track Classic, Zharnel Hughes won the 200m in a fast 20.23 against a headwind of 1.6 m/s with Botswana's Isaac Makwala winning a separate 200m race in 20.51 (-0.9). Elaine Thompson was one of a number of leading Jamaicans in action, winning the 100m in 11.72 (-1.7 m/s) although Dina Asher-Smith was much faster at 11.31 (-1.0) in a another 100m race. Yohan Blake was the fastest overall in the 100m with 10.34 (no wind reading) while last year's breakout hurdler Ronald Levy won the 110m hurdles in 13.83 (-1.8) with world indoor champion Andrew Pozzi only fourth in 13.99. Reigning Commonwealth champion Stephenie-Ann McPherson won the 400m in 51.07 with former world champion Amantle Montsho winning a separate race in 51.79 while teammate Shericka Jackson was the fastest across two races of the 200m in 23.05 (-1.3). There were good wins in the 400m hurdles from Jack Green (49.80) and South Africa's Wenda Nel (55.01) and Laura Weightman clocked a fast 4:05.89 to win the 1500m. The highlight on the in-field was an excellent long jump in which Canada's Christabel Nettey went out to a wind-legal world-leading 6.92m (1.8) ahead of Brooke Stratton (6.88m, 1.9) although Shara Proctor's 6.84m was just over the legal wind limit at 2.3 m/s. World finalist Kelsey-Lee Roberts extended her PB to 64.57m to win the javelin with teammate Hamish Peacock going out to 80.25m in the men's javelin. Brandon Starc cleared 226 in the high jump. In the hammer, Chris Bennett went out to 74.08m with Osian Jones setting a Welsh record of 71.62m in second while Canada's Jillian Weir surpassed the 70m line in the women's event with 70.72m. Also in the field, Damian Birkenhead won the shot put with 20.30m and Kurtis Marschall cleared 5.45m in the pole vault. England won both 4x100m relays in world-leading times of 38.31 (Kilty, Hughes, Gemili, Aikines-Aryeetey) ahead of Canada 38.97 and 43.20 (Philip, Asher-Smith, B. Williams, Humphreys) respectively and Dane Bird-Smith won the 3000m race walk in 10.56.06 ahead of Canada's Evan Dunfee (11:28.41).
Nettey_Christabel-Worlds18.jpgChristabel Nettey, photo by PhotoRun.net

Crouser_Ryan1-USOut17.jpgRyan Crouser, photo by PhotoRun.net

Walsh_Tom1-PreC16.jpgTomas Walsh, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ryan Crouser and Tom Walsh dueling at the Pre Classic! The men's shot put at the Pre Classic is always pretty amazing, but this year, 2018, it is amazing. Tom Walsh is the 2017 World Outdoor and 2018 World Indoor champion. Ryan Crouser is the 2016 Olympic champion.

Check out the field! We have posted the presser below, courtesy of the Nike Pre Classic press team.

It is Wednesday, and time for an easy run and some strideouts.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 4 x 150 meter stride outs

Thompson_ElaineQ-WORLDi18.jpgElaine Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Miller_ShaunaeStQ-WorC17.jpgShaunae Miller-Uibo, photo by PhotoRun.net

Asher_Dina1-LondonDL15.jpgDina Asher-Smith, photo by PhotoRun.net

GOLD COAST (AUS): According to the most recent entry-lists for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson will only contest the 200m where she will face Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo and European 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith. Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare is only listed in the 4x100m for the time being. Last year's world-leader Kyron McMaster has also entered the 400m hurdles and will face former world champions Nicholas Bett from Kenya and Dai Greene from Wales.

RunBlogRun opines: I loved the Commonwealth Games. I went in 2014, and just enjoyed each and every day! I am hoping to go this time around, but it will be, as always a last minute arrangement. The 200 meters alone could be worth the trip.


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The Metro Dusseldorf Marathon is one of those real discoveries for American runners wanting to run in Germany. A wonderful, historic city, Dusseldorf could be the race for you in 2018 or 2019. Here's an update on the race upfront on April 29, 2018! Go to www.metro-marathon.de , for more information.

Peixoto_Doroteia-Dusseldorf17.JPGDefending Metro Dusseldorf champion, Doroteia Alves Peixoto, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lasitskene_ Mariya1b-WORLDi18.jpgMariya Lasitskene, photo by PhotoRun.net

MOSCOW (RUS): Mariya Lasitskene plans to compete in at least five stages of the IAAF Diamond League ahead of the European Championships in Berlin in August, informs R-Sport. Lasitskene informed she is confirmed for Shanghai (12 May), Rome (31 May), Stockholm (10 June), Paris (30 June) and Rabat (13 July) as well as Hengelo on 3 June.

RunBlogRun opines: Mariya Lasitskene was open and animated at our interview post Birmingham. She could not wait to go on vacation. Look at her basketball skills! We look forward to seeing her high jump this season.

Spring Watch for NN Running Team

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The spring marathon season is about to take off and NN Running Team will be in the thick of it. Here is the preview from NN Running Team on their spring marathon plans.

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Duplantis cleared
AUSTIN (USA): The 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Built By The Home Depot begin Wednesday and Meet Director James Barr released the list of final qualifiers. Once again, more than 7,000 athletes will be competing at the event that takes place Wednesday through Saturday at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Athletes from across the nation and globe with 35 states represented among the entries. Athletes from 21 countries will compete as well. Elite men´s pole vault with Renaud Lavillenie, Shawn Barber and Mondo Duplantis (was cleared and recieved a waiver to compete here) will be one of the highlights on Saturday. 2012 Olympic winner Jenn Suhr is set to compete in women´s pole vault. More than a dozen Olympians are entered with Lifetime Longhorn Ashley Spencer making her outdoor season debut in the 400m hurdles. Men´s 100 m invitational race will have Japan´s Aska Cambridge, long jump olympic winner Jeff Henderson and Gil Roberts (400 m specialist) with Charles Silmon. The women's invitational is highlighted by the trio of Blessing Okagbare, Tynia Gaither and Kerron Stewart. The collegiate sprints events are sure to be fast again with Aleia Hobbs, Mikiah Brisco and Teahna Daniels along with NCAA record holder Gabrielle Thomas. From organisers release.

RunBlogRun opines: Now, this is how to open the Diamond League! Dafne Schippers versus Elaine Thompson, versus Marie Jose Ta Lou versus Murielle Ahoure! Only person that they are missing is Tori Bowie. The Doha DL opens the Diamond League each year and this year, the high jump will be held outside the stadium. One of my favorite ways to open the elite outdoor season.

Ahoure_MarielleFV-WORLDSi18.jpGMurielle Ahoure, photo by PhotoRun.net

TaLou_MarieSF-WORLDSi18.jpGMarie-Jose Ta Lou, photo by PhotoRun.net

Schippers_DaphneSF-WORLDSi18.jpGDafne Schippers, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thompson_ElaineQ-WORLDi18.jpgElaine Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.net

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The SonicSprint Elite is the latest iteration of ASICS' pinnacle in sprint performance footwear. Elite athlete feedback has driven the advances to the shoe resulting in this update. The upper is a durable and supportive closed mesh, which breathes well thanks to subtle venting over the midfoot, with ultra-thin welded overlays adding support along with a smooth interior.

A sueded midfoot and ankle collar offers comfort, while the reinforced heel anchors the foot to the plate. The thin EVA midsole provides enough cushion over the plate for effective sprinting. The six spike plate is a full-length molded Pebax nylon, shaped with plenty of stiffness in the forefoot, balancing its light weight with a springy return of coiled energy. The result is a no-nonsense elite sprint shoe aimed at top performance.

Updates the SonicSprint Elite
Sizes unisex 6-13,14
Weight 5.5 oz. (w/spikes, men's 11)
Spikes 6, replaceable
Upper minimesh with fused no-sew overlays and synthetic suede interior
Midsole full-length EVA
Outersole full-length nylon (Pebax) spike plate
Recommended for sprints through 400m; on synthetic surfaces

To read more from Cregg Weinmann, and see this review in its original form, please go to: http://runningproductreviews.com/index.php/shoes/track/2018-track-spikes/983-asics-sonicsprint-elite-160

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GOLD COAST (AUS): Insidethegames informs that IAAF President Sebastian Coe is to work for Australian broadcaster Channel 7 during next month's Commonwealth Games. The double Olympic champion will work alongside the legendary Bruce McAvaney during the Games. Due to injuries and illness, Coe did not compete in the Commonwealth Games until the end of his career. He ran the last major international race of his career at Auckland in 1990, coming sixth in the 800m.

The mixing up of various repeats will shake up your training a bit, and that is good. Begin to consider how your finish works best? Do you go 500 meters out, do you wait until the final 200 meters. Change up your finish a bit, try different approaches so that, in a race, you are ready to race.

20151212-ROSA0142.jpgAlways respect your competitors, photo by Justin Britton

Tuesday, March 27, 2018: warm up, two sets of 4x 400 meters, 4 x 300 meters, 4 x 200 meters, jog half distance, paced at 800m pace, cooldown

Muir_Laura-WORLDi18.jpgLaura Muir, photo by PhotoRun.net

GLASGOW (GBR): Laura Muir's coach, Andy Young, believes she has the ability to challenge Paula Radcliffe's British and European 10,000m record of 30:01.09, informs BBC Sport. "I think she's got the scope to go on to 10,000m to the marathon. The sessions we do in training are large-volume sessions and I think already in a matter of weeks she could go out and be challenging for the British record over 10k if that's what she wanted. But I made her the promise, as long as she kept getting faster over the shorter distances, she can stay down there. Her preference is to do the 800m and 1500m," he said.

RunBlogRun opines: Laura Muir showed a different self in Birmingham. Her racing style, using her long kick and getting the break on the rest of the field, so she was in the mix of the medals was an obvious development of her 1,500m/5000m racing in London World Championships! Muir spoke with confidence post race in Birmingham. Can she get the 10,000m British and European record? I think it is tough, but she has the wheels. It will be fun to see how she fares over the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters. But, as Coach Young notes, her focus is still the 800 meters and 1,500 meters.

As Aisha Praught Leer completes her final preparations for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, please enjoy part 3 of 3 on our video on Aisha's experiences in Birmingham.

Scott-Coburn-LeerFHL-Millrose18-thumb-500xauto-32887.jpgDominique Scott, Emma Coburn, Aisha Praught Leer, Millrose Games, photo by PhotoRun.net

Aisha Praught Leer is a professional runner, sponsored by Under Armour. Training in Colorado with Emma Coburn and her coach/husband, Joe Bosshard. Aisha ran two superb races this past indoor season, setting Jamaican NRs indoors at 1,500 meters and 3000 meters.


Aisha will be running the steeplechase on the Gold Coast in April to represent Jamaica. Will she run well in the steeplechase? With her speed and her confidence from this past winter, we are wishing her a great time and a medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games!

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Keith Brantly was one of our sports most iconic athletes in North America. He battled hard, and long in our sport, and finished 4th twice in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Trials marathons. He finally made the team in 1996 Olympic Trials marathon. His piece below is a thoughtful remembrance of the man who had much influence in over Brantly's career.

Kipkoech-GudetaH-Ottawa17.jpgNatsanet Gudeta (in blue), at Ottowa Marathon, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net
Gudeta_Netsanet-Ottawa17.jpgNetsanet Gudeta, Ottawa 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Gudeta a surprise winner


VALENCIA (ESP): Netsanet Gudeta's manager, Gianni Demadonna, did not expect her to break the world half marathon record at the World Half Marathon Championships and said she was also a late addition to the Ethiopian team for Valencia, informs IAAF. "In truth, I am very surprised, and I think everyone in the Ethiopian federation would have been surprised. It was a great performance and she was in good shape, a personal best was our target, but the world record not something we were thinking about even a few days ago," he said. Gudeta didn't take part in the Ethiopian Trials which clashed with the Dubai Marathon where Gudeta was a DNF but she was still invited to train with the national team ahead of the event. "The Ethiopian federation decided that despite Netsanet not having competed in the trials they wanted someone with experience to train with the others and act as a mentor and guide. However, still there was no expectation that Netsanet was in the type of form that could challenge for the individual gold medal. The focus of attention during the training camp was on the team gold."


RunBlogRun opines; This sport is truly, unpredictable. How does one see a great performance come after an athlete has had tough races? What is it in the human spirit that challenges a great athlete to put it all on the table and take the big victory? That is what makes our sport so fascinating!

Gudeta_Netsanet-Copenhagen14.jpgNetsanet Gudeta, Copenhagen 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

The USA-Canada season is getting going very well across North America, despite the crazy weather. Carles Baronet has compiled and edited our results for several years. We hope you enjoy the fine lists and special thanks to Carles, our Catalan friend.

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Okagbare_BlessingQ-LondonDL15.jpgBlessing Okagbare, photo by PhotoRun.net

Blessing Okagbare 22.04 AR and WL


ABILENE (USA, Mar 24): Sensational African 200 m record by Blessing Okagbare from Nigeria with 22.04 World lead (+0.5). Former official mark was 22.07 by Mary Onyali also from Nigeria from Zurich meet in 1996. Okagbare´s former top mark was 22.23 from 2014. At Wes Kittley Invitational to note also another interesting mark by a Nigerian, Fabian Edoki improved in long jump to 810 (+1.6). Second Jamaican Odaine Lewis 808 (+2.1, legal 790 +1.6 PB) and third Lutalo Boyce 803 (+1.6) PB. Universiade finalist Emmanuel Yeboah from Ghana achieved 10.29 (+0.6) in the 100 m and Spanish Francisco Javier Lopez windy 13.67 (+2.9) over the hurdles.

RunBlogRun opines: Blessing Okagbare is coming into fantastic shape prior to the Commonwealth Games, where she won both the 100 meters and 200 meters in Glasgow 2014. With a new pb of 22.04 for 200 meters and her 2013 100 meter PB of 10.79. Blessing is running the Texas Relays 100 meters this coming weekend.

Okagbare_Blessing1a-Lausanne15.jpgBlessing Okagbare showing her LJ skills, photo by PhotoRun.net

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2012 London bronze medalist, former world record holder and, most recently, second in 2017 NYC Marathon, Wilson Kipsang ran and won the Tokushima Marathon, held in Tokushima, Japan on March 25, 2018. Leading 12, 400 runners, Wilson ran a 2:19:35 for the win. The current course record is held by is 2:15:25, set by Guiness marathon (78 sub 2:20s) holder Yuki Kawauchi, set in 2014.

Wilson was in Japan for another reason. Mr. Kipsang has just launched a foundation to help improve the lives and educations of young people in Kenya. He is doing some events in Japan to help bring notice to his foundation and ask for support for the worthy cause.

After the marathon, this thoughtful marathoner held an autograph session at Aibahama Park, in Tokushima to raise awareness for his new foundation.

To read the entire article and more on the Japanese Running, please go to Brett Larner's fine site, Japan Running News. To read this article in its original form, please go to: http://japanrunningnews.blogspot.com/2018/03/wilson-kipsang-wins-tokushima-marathon.html

Walsh_Tomas1a-WORLDi18.jpgTomas Walsh, 2017 World Outdoor and 2018 World Indoor champion, photo by PhotoRun.net

Walsh 22.67 AR, WL


AUCKLAND (NZL, Mar 25): World indoor and outdoor shot put champion Tom Walsh is in superb shape. At the Sir Graeme Douglas International Track & Field Challenge in West Auckland he achieved a very special Oceanian record and World 22.67 in second round. It is also the best throw since 2003 and sixth equal all-time. Second place for Ryan Whiting 20.99 over Poland´s Konrad Bukowiecki 20.75. Valerie Adams improved again to post a best of 18.48 in the women's shot put, the same distance as Canadian Brittany Crew, but winning the completion with a superior second best throw (18.30 to 18.24). Cameron Chalmers of Guernsey won the 400 m in 46.45. Pole vaulter Eliza McCartney now sets herself such high standards, that she was slightly disappointed with her winning height of 475 and after she attempted national record height 485. The Sir John Walker Junior mile went to the son of ones of Walkers adversaries, Theo Quax in a personal best of 4:08.16. The meeting was the final event in the Athletics NZ International Series and brings down the curtain on the senior domestic summer track and field season. With the help from NZ Athletics website.

RunBlogRun opines: Tomas Walsh is the 2017 World Outdoors and 2018 World Indoors champion. His level of confidence and his fitness are supreme. His 22.67 meter throw is quite impressive as he does his final preparations for the Commonwealth Games.

Monday is a fun day for running, with a moderate run and some 200 meter repeats. Follow the schedule and keep your speed in control.

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Monday, Monday, March 26, 2018: warm up, 40 minute run, 8 x 200 meters, at 800m pace, cooldown

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Shamrock Shuffle .jpgAnd they are off! 2018 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, photo courtesy of Bank of America

Thweatt-Shamrock .jpgLaura Thweatt wins 2018 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, photo courtesy of Bank of America

The 39th Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle is a rite of spring in the Windy City. I enjoyed my visits to the Shamrock Shuffle in past years. The course is fast and the weather is cool, and while most of the 20,000 finishers were enjoying their personal goals, elite athletes such as Stephen Sambu and Laura Thweatt lead the men's and women's elite fields. Here is the press release from our friends at Bank of America's Shamrock Shuffle!

Several times a year, I am fortunate to be asked to be on a segment for BBC sports radio. The BBC world service provides the finest radio content, with the most amazing depth of any media services. In the U.S. especially, I follow BBC world service, Euro News as most US media destinations are too partisan to provide a complete story.

Lagat_Haron-Houston18.jpgHaron Lagat, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's my piece on the The Change of Allegiance piece we did today, March 25, 2018. The BBC world service segement was presented by Sarah Mulkerrins, who had done her homework and asked some great questions.

At the World Indoors in Birmingham, I asked Adam Johnson-Eder, partner in The Shoe Addicts, the digital partner of RunBlogRun, to make some observations on the access for media at the World Indoors.

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Adam has been around the sport and events since he was six weeks old. As a youngster, he was on the track most afternoons with me as I coached at Foothill Community College. Adam also endured his mother and I as we worked on American Atheltics and American Track & Field, trying to keep the publications alive.

IMG_4746.JPGLarry Eder and Brian Eder, RunBlogRun. photo by Victah Sailer

My brother, Brian Eder and I focus on RunBlogRun and its daily content. Brian convinced me to begin writing RunBlogRun in 2006, after cajoling me for about a year. He was right, as the blog quickly outpaced our print readers that I had developed for two plus decades. RunBlogRun changed the way I viewed and see media for sports in general, and athletics in particular.

IMG_2991.JPGAdam Johnson-Eder, Larry Eder, in airport, a traditional resting place, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts

The Shoe Addicts began in 2010, to focus on bespoke video for RunBlogRun and our business clients. Around major events, we have daily video on press conferences, and interviews, and product related videos for our partners. Adam and his partners, Mike Deering and Algernon Felice shoot manage and produce all of our video content.

I asked Adam to concentrate on what things we can do to make the sport more accessible to media. Anyone can offer criticism of our sport, but to truly affect change, one must provide suggestions for the changes that will make the sport better. In the past two months in the US, Runners World was purchased by Heart magazines, Track & Field News has gone completely digital, and the Competitor group and Motiv running sites have been reduced to bit players in the running media.

IMG_1653.JPGRunBlogRun and The Shoe Addicts in the Big Apple, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts

The battle to keep media sites in athletics alive is constant. Media, athletes, managers, sponsors and federations are all invested in making athletics more accessible.

Please send us your comments to [email protected]

Long runs are the building blocks for all middle distance runners. Your 70-90 minutes is a key weekly builder to you higher fitness and better racing.

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Enjoy the long runs, a great experience with friends.

Sunday, March 24, 2018: Relaxed Long run, 70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

Tom Walsh has now won the World Indoors and World Outdoors. He is now a shot put deity. (Did I say that right, Andy Stubbs?)

Walsh_Tomas1-WORLDi18.jpGTomas Walsh, photo by PhotoRun.net

Face it, we worship Tom Walsh of New Zealand. In my home in Wisconsin, I have begun to build a graven image of the man, the myth the legend. I am building it out of cheese and butter, as we have much of it in Wisconsin.

Anyhows, Tom Walsh kicked shot put butt in Birmingham. Some big throws, and he had three throws, and three fouls. Walsh started out with a throw of 22.13 meters, then, a foul, then, another 22.13 meters! Walsh had two more fouls and finally, a 22.31 meter throw to give him a new PB!

Walsh_TomasClock-WORLDi18.jpGTomas Walsh, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is the interview from the Shoe Addicts, who braved the mixed zone and the IZone, a super secret interview area introduced by the IAAF at World Indoors.

Watch our interview in the next section!

Gudeta_Kebede_of_Ethiopia_by_Jean_Pierre_Durand_Valencia_2018_03_24.JPGNetsanet Gudeta Kebede winning IAAF World Half in Valencia, photo by Jean Paul Durand/IAAF
Gudeta women only WR
VALENCIA (ESP, Mar 24): Ethiopia's Netsanet Gudeta set a women's only world record of 66:11 (15:39 5km, 31:38 10km, 47:30 15km, 62:53 20km) to win the gold medal at the World Half Marathon Championships ahead of Kenyans WR holder Joyciline Jepkosgei (66:54) and Pauline Kamulu (66:56 PB). Gudeta sliced 14 seconds off Lornah Kiplagat's 11-year-old women's only world record and also set a world 20km record of 62:53 en route. With Zeineba Yimer and Meseret Belete finishing fifth (68:07 PB) and sixth (68:09 PB) respectively, Ethiopia also pipped Kenya for the team title with Bahrain taking the bronze medal. The top-13 finishers all broke the 70 minute-mark with Kenyan-born Lonah Chemtai Salpeter the first European finisher in 12th in an Israeli record of 68:58. Reigning world marathon champion Rose Chelimo from Bahrain faded to 14th in 70:20.

Gkamworor.jpgGeoffrey Kamworor, photo courtesy of Jean Paul Durand for IAAF

Geoffrey Kamworor won his fifth World Championship title in five years. Two were cross country titles and three were for the world half marathon. Kamworor is an amazing athlete, with wonderful spirit, drive and focus. He battled Mo Farah in 2015 on the track in Beijing, and took silver over 10,000 meters. HIs win in NYC Marathon in 2017 was gutty.

Watch this amazing athlete. He has more medals to come!

Geoffrey_Kamworor_2_by_Jean_Pierre_Durand_Valencia_2018_03_24.JPGGeoffrey Kamworor celebrating his third World half marathon win, photo by Jean Paul Durand for IAAF
Geoffrey_Kamworor_by_Jean_Pierre_Durand_Valencia_2018_03_24.JPGGeoffrey Kamworor wins in Valencia, photo by Jean Paul Durand for IAAF
Kamworor for 3rd time
VALENCIA (ESP, Mar 24): With an incredible 5km split of 13:01 between 15-20km, Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor stormed to a third successive title at the World Half Marathon Championships in 60:02 (14:32 5km, 29:28 10km, 44:13 15km, 57:14 20km) ahead of Bahrain's Abraham Cheroben (60:22) and Eritrea's Aron Kifle (60:31 PB). Jemal Yimer, who had the fastest season's best with 59:00, just missed out on an individual medal in fourth in 60:33 but led Ethiopia to the team title ahead of Kenya and Bahrain with teammates Getaneh Molla (60:47) and Betesfa Getahun (60:54 PB) fifth and sixth respectively. Switzerland's Julian Wanders was the top European finisher in eighth in 61:03, one place ahead of European cross country champion Kaan Kigen Ozbilen (61:05). In total, 24 runners ran under 62-minutes with veteran Bernard Lagat just missing his PB in 31st in 62:16.

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PHOTO: Geoffrey Kamworor winning the 2018 IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half-Marathon Championships (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.

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PHOTO: Netsanet Gudeta Kebede winning the 2018 IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half-Marathon Championships (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.

The World Half Marathon happened today in Valencia, Spain. Here is David Monti's fine story on the championships, which looks to have been a windy, beautiful day!

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Queen Elizabeth II to start the London Marathon
LONDON (GBR): Queen Elizabeth II will be the official starter for the London Marathon on 22 April, informs organisers. The Queen will step on to a special podium in front of the Round Tower in the grounds of Windsor Castle to push the start button at 10:00am.
RunBlogRun: We love the Virgin Money London Marathon. And this is amazing that the Queen will be starting the race!

Miller_ShaunaeStQ-WorC17.jpgShaunae Miller-Uibo, photo by PhotoRun.net

NASSAU (BAH): Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo will contest the 200m and 4x100m for Bahamas at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs Tribune 242. Their athletics team also includes former world high jump champion Donald Thomas while Steven Gardiner will contest the 200m and the 4x400m. Machel Cedenio and Lalonde Gordon, who were also part of their gold medal-winning team in the 4x400m at the World Championships, will compete in both the 400m and 4x400m. Other standout names in the team include Michelle Lee Ahye and Khalifa St Fort in the 100m and 4x100m, Sparkle McKnight in the 400m hurdles and Cleopatra Borel in the shot put.

A good race day! Indoor has moved into outdoor across the country, with some amazing relay events across the country! Make sure that you check out the IAAF Half Marathon coverage, check out the IAAF site.

Merber_KyleFH-Falmouth14.jpgKyle Merber winning 2014 Falmouth Road Race Mile, photo by PhotoRun.net

Saturday, March 24, 2018: warm up, race your primary distance, and run a 4x400 meter, cooldown

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STANFORD (CAN): Canadian World finalist and NCAA Champion Justyn Knight plans his 10 000 m debut for Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto on March 30. Also in the entry list Hassan Abdi, Grant Fischer, Lopez Lomong.

justynknightjpg-267ce009686defc9.jpgJustyn Knight, London 2017, from syracuse.com

Sunrise-Iten05.jpgSunrise, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2018 African Cross Country Championships happened last weekend, March 17-18. Here is the our story from Justin Lagat.

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BOSTON (USA): Desiree Linden believes USA could end the 33-year-long spell without a women's winner at the Boston Marathon next month. The historic race on 16 April will feature four of the fastest American women in history in Deena Kastor, Jordan Hasay, Shalane Flanagan and Linden, plus Molly Huddle. "Everyone's looking at this field of American women and I think people are really excited about our chances," Linden told Boston.com. "So [my goal] is to compete up front and hopefully have that battle on Boylston again. And have a different outcome this time, for sure."

Linden_Desi-CampaccioXC18.jpgDes Linden, Campaccio XC, photo by PhotoRun.net

At the South African nationals, some fine long jumping, sprinting and middle distance running. Pay particular attention to the opener by Caster Semenya over , 1500 meters, who ran a WL of 4:02.50. Caster had attempted to break the NR of Zola Bubb, now 34 years old, missing the 4:01.88 NR and running her second best.

Semenya-Kipyego-SimpsonFH1c-WorCH17.jpgCaster Semenya, Faith Kipyegon, Jenny Simpson, London WC 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lagat_BernardFV-Houston18.jpgBernard Lagat, photo by PhotoRun.net

I remember watching Bernard Lagat race the 1,500 meters in Seville in 1999. Now, nearly twenty years later, the man has moved from 1,500m to 5,000m to 10,000m and now to the half marathon. David Monti of Race Results weekly wrote this piece on KIp today in lovely Sevilla, Spain. We use RRW articles, as we always do, with permission of the editor.

The Carlsbad 5000 meters is coming this weekend. We are covering the event because of friends who are helping get the event out there this weekend.

Motion1-OttawaM13.jpgRacing, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Carlsbad 5000 meters has been an amazing event over the years. But, in the purchase of RNR by Ironman, many key pieces of the events have been, well, missed. In this case, Victah Sailer, who shot most of the RNR events was not even contacted by the IRONMAN group. How does that hurt the sport? When Victah Sailer shoots a race, media groups like ours have photos to show to promote the event. With Sailer, many media centers will not see photos and therefore, little or no coverage will be effected.

We hope that IRONMAN gets their act together and remembers, for sponsors, runners and fans to see the Carlsbad race in the proper light, they need to celebrate this fine and unique race.

This is a nice Friday workout. Keep it easy, and enjoy your Friday run!

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Friday, March 23, 2018: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

The long jump performance of Juan Miguel Echevarria in Birmingham were exciting. The competition between Echevarria, Manyonga and Dendy was a classic, with big fifth round and fourth round jumps.

Echevarria_JuanFL-Worlds18.jpgJuan Miguel Echevarria, photo by PhotoRun.net

In this final part of the Juan Miguel Echevarria interview, we learn about his training, his focus and his enthusiasm for the event. Amazingly articulate, and thoughtful, this nineteen year old should be gracing us with his presence for many years to come.

Thanks to The Shoe addicts on vidoe and Anna Legnani, IAAF, on the fine translation.

Asher_Dina-LondonDL15.jpgDina Asher Smith, photo by PhotoRun.net
Stevens 64.02, Asher-Smith 22.90
BRISBANE (AUS, Mar 22): Former world discus champion Dani Stevens warmed up for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next month with 64.02m in the discus at the Brisbane Summer of Athletics Grand Prix meet. European 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith won the 200m in 22.90 into a 1.5 m/s headwind and Japan's Ryota Yamagata clocked a fast 10.15 in the 100m. There was an Australian one-two in the men's 800m courtesy of Joshua Ralph (1:47.53) and Dylan Stenson (1:47.88) while Olympic 1500m champion Matt Centrowitz faded to sixth in 1:53.25. Elsewhere on the track, there were one-lap wins for Japan's Julian Walsh in the 400m flat (46.29) and Jack Green in the 400m hurdles (50.24), Georgia Griffiths won a solo 1500m in 4:11.97 and Pat Tiernan won the 5000m in 13:40.98. There was a good quality hammer with Chris Bennett going out to 75.11m to defeat Australia's Matthew Denny (74.77m) and Kurtis Marschall cleared 5.40m in the pole vault. Jamaican Tajay Gayle won the long jump 789, in other sprints Canadians Crystal Emmanuel 11.43 in women 100 m and Aaron Brown 20.95 in the men´s 200 m.

Echevarria_Juan1-Worlds18.jpgJuan Miguel Echevarria, photo by PhotoRun.net

The men's LJ turned out to be one of the most exciting events of the weekend at the World Indoors in Birmingham. Luvo Manyonga was demoted to second place with the wondrous jumping of young Cuban phenom Juan Miguel Echevarria. This is the second part of a three part video from his post event video, filmed by the Shoe Addicts. We have included the questions in English, then translated into Spanish by the IAAF's Anna Legnani, and then translated back to English. Special thanks to Anna for her kind help.

Translation is a tough job. However, Anna Legnani captured the youth and ambition of the young Echevarria. This young jumper will be around for a very long time.

Kamworor_GeoffreyFHR-WorldHalf16.jpgGeoffrey Kamworor, Cardiff 2016 World Half, photo by PhotoRun.net
VALENCIA NEWS
VALENCIA (ESP): A total prize purse of 245,000 USD is on offer at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia. The individual winners will each receive 30,000 USD with prize-money going down sixth-place (3000 USD). The winning teams will receive 15,000 USD and there is also the incentive of a 50,000 USD world record bonus. The current ratified world records in single-sex races are: Zersenay Tadese at 58:23 and Lornah Kiplagat at 66:25.
VALENCIA (ESP): Kenyan Leonard Barsoton is targeting a podium finish at the World Half Marathon Championships, informs the Daily Nation. "My training went on well and I will be looking forward to a good run where I want to be on the podium," he said. Barsoton won a silver medal behind Geoffrey Kamworor at the World Cross Country Championships in Kampala last March.
VALENCIA (ESP): Charlotte Purdue has been chosen as the British team captain for the World Half Marathon Championships.
VALENCIA (ESP): Jordan Hasay is a late withdrawal from the American team for the World Half Marathon Championships due to a tight plantar. Natosha Rogers has also pulled out due to a knee injury.
VALENCIA (USA): The 21.1 km course for Saturday's IAAF/Trinidad Alonso World Half-Marathon Championships is not only flat and fast, but is arguably one of the most beautiful road race courses in the world. Starting and finishing at the iconic Ciudad De Les Artes y la Ciencias (City of Arts & Sciences) designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava, about one-third of the course hugs the sunken Jardin del Turia, the 110-hectare park in the heart of this city which was formerly a riverbed. The athletes will pass fountains, historic buildings, palm trees and flowering trees which already fully-bloomed just two days into spring. The pavement is very smooth; snow and road salt never touch the streets here. The finish is nothing short of spectacular. When the athletes re-enter the City of Arts & Sciences, they will run along one of the reflecting pools, make a hard right just before the Science Museum, up a specially constructed ramp, then a hard left for the final run to the finish line on an elevated promenade with pools of water on both sides. The finish straight is covered with a light blue carpet which, at the moment, is under a layer of protective plastic film. Describes David Monti for Race Results Weekly.
MONACO (MON): The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on Thursday welcomed an extra voluntary financial donation of US $50,000 from the Local Organising Committee of the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 to strengthen the out-of-competition testing programme for the event to be held on Saturday. In addition to the doping controls conducted as part of the usual out-of-competition testing programme on the elite athletes in the IAAF Registered Testing Pool, the AIU was able to conduct more than 120 no-notice out-of-competition doping controls on athletes who will take part in the championships.

In the amazing battle that was the men's long jump, Juan Miguel Echevarria battled Luvo Manyonga and Marquis Dendy, where the the nineteen year old Cuban won with a leap of 8.46 meters, Luvo Manyonga, with two leaps, of 8.33 meters and 8.44 meters and Marquis Dendy, took the bronze in a PB of 8.42 meters.

Echevarria_Juan-Worlds18.jpgJuan Miguel Echevarria, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is our interview with the fine young Cuban Long Jumper, who told us that he wanted two things in Birmingham, to take the gold and battle Luvo Manyonga. He did both!

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PHOTO: A fountain on the Passeig de l'Albereda, part of the course of the 2018 IAAF/Trinidad Alonso World Half-Marathon Championships (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.

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PHOTO: The Ciudad De Les Artes y la Ciencias in Valencia, the start/finish area of the 2018 IAAF/Trinidad Alonso World Half-Marathon Championships (photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly)

This piece is on the exciting course for the 2018 IAAF World Half Marathon, from David Monte of Race Results Weekly. The IAAF World Half will feature many of the finest road runners in the world. This feature is used with permission.

Aisha Praught Leer competes for Under Armour. She is the national record holder (indoors) at 1,500 meters, 3000 meters and national record holder for the Steeplechase for Jamaica, for whom she represents in global competitions.

Scott-Coburn-LeerFHL-Millrose18-thumb-500xauto-32887.jpgDominique Scott, Emma Coburn, Aisha Praught Leer, photo by PhotoRun.net

Aisha Praught Leer perhaps surprised herself with NRs at the 3,000 meters indoors and 1,500 meters this past indoor season. At the World Indoor Championships, held in snowy Birmingham from March 1-4, 2018. In the 1,500 meters, steeplechaser Aisha Praught Leer took the slow pace of the final in stride, 76.48 (5:04 mile pace) for the first 400 meters, then, a 64 second 400 meters and the Genzebe Dibaba, Sifan Hassan and Laura Muir broke with the pack, which was Shelby Houlihan, Winny Chebet, Beattrice Kepkoech and Aisha Praught Leer. Hitting the 800 meter mark in 2:20 (a 4:40 mile pace), Aisha kept her cool, as Genzebe Dibaba ran a 60 second third 400 meters, winning in 4:05.27. Sifan Hassan the silver medalist from the 3000 meters, was overtaken by by Laura Muir, for the silver, 4:06.23 to 4:07.26. Aisha ran a 2:08 for the last 800 meters and her fast finish put her in sixth place, in 4:12.86, which showed that she and her training group were doing some serious speed work in the cold Colorado winter.

Here is part two of the Aisha Praught Leer feature produced by the Shoe Addicts (Adam Johnson Eder, Mike Deering and AJ Felice) for us. This series was supported by Under Armour to showcase their support of the sports and their athletes.

We look forward to seeing Aisha Praught Leer at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. (We have also linked the 4 pieces on Aisha just below this video, watch for Part 3 on March 26).

Geoffrey Kamworor is one of the fine new generation of Kenyan superstars. A gold medalist at cross country and in the half marathon, Geoffrey Kamwowor has a silver medal on the track against Mo Farah over 10,000 meters in Beijing.

Here's a fine piece as we consider the World Half Marathon racing this coming Sunday in Valencia, Spain. We thank NN Running team and Steve Landells for all of his fine writing on these fine athletes!

NNRunJuly17_108.jpgGeoffrey Kamworor, photo by NN Running Team

The time for track workouts. Warm up well, and have some fun today!

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Thursday, March 22, 2018: warm up, two mile run, sprint straights, jog turns, 4 x 800 meters, jog 400 meters in between, at mile pace, coolwodn

The women's shot put in Birmingham was full of upsets. Anita Marton took the gold, Danielle Thomas-Dodd, a Jamaican shot putter, took the silver, putting Lijao Gong of China in the bronze position.

Thomas_Danniel-WorC17.jpgDanielle Thomas-Dodd, photo by PhotoRun.net

Danielle Thomas-Dodd is leading the way for field event woman in Jamaica, particularly shot putters. We spoke to Danielle post competition about the World Indoors, throwing in Jamaica and what her medal means to her country.

Danielle Thomas-Dodd enjoyed her competition. She realizes that she has opened doors for Jamaican athletes and she takes that seriously. Here is our conversation with Danielle post event.

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Coleman and Lasitskene by TFN
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Track and Field News published its Indoor Athletes of the Year 2018. On the men side sprinter Christian Coleman and on the women one high jumper Mariya Lasitskene. Honourable mention goes also to Miochael Norman, Elijah Hall and Tom Walsh. Among women to Genzebe Dibaba and Murielle Ahoure. US Indoor Athletes of the Year are of course Coleman and hurdler Kendra Harrison. Collegiate men is Michael Norman and Keturah Orji in women section. High School top names are pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis and distance runner Katelyn Tuohy.
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In 2016, Luvo Manyonga took the silver in the Olympics.

Manyonga_Luvo-Worlds18.jpgLuvo Manyonga, photo by PhotoRun.net

In 2017, Luvo Manyonga took the gold in London World Championships. Manyonga has a jump of 8.65 meters to his credit. Amazing ability, great speed, Luvo has had to battle drug addiction to unleash his talents.

At the world Indoors, Luvo had two legal jumps, 8. 33 meters and 8.44 meters, plus four fouls. Manyonga took silver to Cuban Echavarria's 8.46 meter for gold.

Here's our interview with Luvo after his silver medal performance.

Dennis Kimetto in Vienna

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Kimetto_Dennis-Bogota16.jpgDennis Kimetto, Bogata 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net
Kimetto in Vienna
VIENNA (AUT): World record-holder Dennis Kimetto is set to race in the Vienna Marathon on 22 April, informs organisers. "Dennis wants to show something in Vienna. I hope that the final part of his preparations will also go well. He is an athlete of extraordinary quality. After he ran his world record in Berlin physical problems started. I think the race in Berlin took a lot out of his body. We suggested to him to run in Vienna because we have good experience with the event and the course is fine for running a good time." said his manager Gerard van de Veen. Kimetto clocked 2:02:57 in the Berlin Marathon in 2014 but he has only broken the 2:10-barrier once since then.

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Marie-Jose Ta Lou, 60 meters, Birmingham, photo by PhotoRun.net

Marie-Jose Ta Lou took the silver in 60 meters in the World Indoor Birmingham on March 2, 2018. Her country woman, Murielle Ahoure, took the gold in the 60 meters, giving their country, the Cote'D'Ivoire their first two global medals at a World Indoors.

Marie-Jose Ta Lou is an exceptional athlete. She took the silver at the 100 meters and 200 meters at the World Outdoors in London, and Marie Jose Ta Lou has to be in the elite list of athletes in all global 100 meters and 200 meters.

Doyle-Onuora4x4-Euro16.jpgEilidh Doyle, European Outdoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

GOLD COAST NEWS

NAIROBI (KEN): The Kenyan athletics team for the Commonwealth Games has threatened to stop training until their allowances are paid, informs the Daily Nation. The athletes also want the government to provide training kit among other equipment. National Olympic Committee of Kenya president Paul Tergat said the allowances and the remaining kit would be settled by Wednesday this week but these issues still have not been resolved.

GLASGOW (GBR): Eilidh Doyle is looking forward to the Commonwealth Games next month after exceeding her expectations at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham with a bronze medal in the 400m flat, informs Athletics Weekly. "In order to be ready for the Commonwealth Games in April we planned a full indoor season, not really targeting the World Indoors, just thinking that if I was running well enough to make the team that would be great because it would give me some extra races," she said. "Things have already gone better than expected and I have started the year with a medal. So that gives me confidence going forward, knowing that my flat speed is there." Doyle will be looking for her third successive medal in the 400m hurdles in Gold Coast next month.

NICOSIA (CYP): Cyprus have confirmed a 47-member team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games as they mark their 10th participation at the multi-sport event. Athletics will have 17 names there with hurdles olympic finalist Milan Trajkovic the standout name.

ADELAIDE (AUS): Young Australian pole vaulter Kurtis Marschall has said he is being advised by former Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker, informs Eurosport. "We are often in contact mainly about technical stuff to do with my jumping and how to best approach things like that. He once told me that he regrets not spending more time on his run up throughout his career and continually drums into me about getting my penultimate step down as fast as I can to prepare me for a higher more explosive takeoff," he said. Marschall finished fourth at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham earlier this month.

Katerina Johnson-Thompson won her first global title at the 2018 World Indoor Birmingham, March 1-4, 2018, in the pentathlon. KJT is one of the darlings of the British athletics scene. Getting her first global title takes a bit of pressure off this fine athlete. In Birmingham, Katerina Johnson-Thompson competed well, and won by fifty points.

Johnson_Katerina800FV-WorInd18.jpgKaterina Johnson-Thompson takes the 800 meters, and gold in Birmingham, photo by PhotoRun.net

After her 60 meter hurdles, run in 8.43, KJT was in sixth with 1048 points. In the the HJ, where she cleared 1.91 meters, in 1,119 points, with total 2 event score of 2,167, moving KJT into first place. With a shot put of 12.68 meters, for an event score of 706, total score of 2,873 for second. In the fourth event, LJ, KJT cleared 6.50 meters, for a score of 1007, for a score of 3,880 (keeping first).

The 800 meters was close, with two seconds separating the medalists. Katerina Johnson Thompson ran 2:16.63 for an event score of 870 points and a total score of 4,750, winning by fifty points.

Johnson_KaterinaFL-WorInd18.jpgKaterina Johnson-Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's the interview from The Shoe Addicts after her gold medal performance.

Easy running is required the days after hard workouts. Stretch, warm up and follow the workout.

20151212-ROSA0043.jpgWarming up, photo by Justin Britton

Wednesday, March 21, 2018: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 4 x 150 meter stride outs

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Pearson_SallyQ1a-WORLDSi18.jpgSally Pearson, Photo by PhotoRun.net
GOLD COAST NEWS
GOLD COAST (AUS): World 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson and three-time Paralympic gold medallist Kurt Fearnley have been named co-captains of the Australian athletics team for the Commonwealth Games. Pearson will defend her 100m hurdles title in Gold Coast and will also contest the 4x100m. "It is always an honour to represent Australia but to be nominated as a team captain is a bonus and one I'm very pleased to accept. I'm looking forward to using my experience at major championships and three previous Commonwealth Games to lead and mentor our young Australian athletes," said Pearson.
ATLANTA (USA): Olympic 400 m winner Shaunae Miller-Uibo is in full preparation for the Commonwealth Games. The multiple World medalist plans to run the 200 m in Australia. Miller-Uibo ran only one race indoors and equaled all-time best in the 300 m with 35.45 at the Millrose Games. The 23 years old sprinter was a 6th placer at last Games in 2014.

McCartney_Eliza-WC17.jpgEliza McCartney, photo by PhotoRun.net

Eliza McCartney is the 2016 bronze medalist at the Rio Olympics. She is also the New Zealand record holder in the pole vault. As she prepares for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Eliza cleared 4.90 meters, although the run up makes it not elgible for the new national record. Jeremy McColl, the coach of Eliza, told NZ City that he believes that she can clear five meters. Having observed Eliza competing, this writer is convinced that Ms. McCartney will soar over greater heights.

Bowie_Tori1-BosOut17.jpgTori Bowie, photo by PhotoRun.net
Bowie wants more 200 m
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): The 100 m World champion Tori Bowie wants to contest more 200 m races this summer than last year. In 2017 Bowie competed only at 3 events in the half-lap race (Gainesville, Prefontaine, US Champs). "As far as the outdoor season, my goal is to focus more on the 200 this year. It would be lovely to have a [200] bye for the 2019 World Championships year. But I know that right now I just have to continue to stay consistent in what I'm doing and see what happens," she said in an interview with Track and Field News. As World champion she already has the bye for Doha 2019 in the 100 m.

Here is Justin Lagat, writing on Eliud Kipchoge' speech during the Rift Valley Marathon Pre race Symposium. Kipchoge is a virtual rock star in Kenya.

eliud kipchoge.jpgEliud Kipchoge, speaking at the Rift Valley Marathon, photo by Justin Lagat

Kamworor_GeoffreyFH1-WorldHalf16.jpgGeoffrey Kamworor, photo by PhotoRun.net
VALENCIA NEWS
VALENCIA (ESP): Legends of distance running are going to be present at IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia on Saturday. World champions Paula Radcliffe, Sonia O´Sullivan, Elena Meyer and Lornah Kiplagat. They will be also part of the traditional IAAF/LOC press conference on Fridaymidday in the area of finish line of the race. From current participants announced to meet the media are two-time World champion Geoffrey Kamworor, legendary Bernard Lagat, Spanish champion Marta Esteban and South American gold medalist Florencia Borelli from Argentina. On the officials side IAAF President Sebastian Coe and Spanish federation president Raul Chapado.
VALENCIA (ESP): IAAF informs that Valencia is ready to welcome more than 15,000 runners from 87 countries at the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships. A record entry of 300 athletes will contest the elite race. The masses, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to run alongside some of the world's greatest distance athletes on a spectacular course. The 21.1km course has been specially designed for the championships, providing a quick route along wide avenues without any sharp bends. The stunning start next to the City of Arts and Sciences combines with a special finish line on a boardwalk over water, providing a rapid finale to the event. Teams may have five runners to start and top three finishers for each team will score points. Team results are decided by the aggregate of places recorded by the scoring athletes of each team.

Merritt_AriesFL-Rome17.jpgAries Merritt, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the twelfth report on USA-Canada results, from Carles Baronet, who has edited this amazing work for years now. Special thanks to our friend from Catalonia.

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Bolt as guest at CG
GOLD COAST (AUS): Australian media are informing that sprint World record holder Usain Bolt will attend the Commonwealth Games. As couriermail.com.auwrites he will attend the Games for the second week of the event as a celebrity spectator. Bolt's appearance was confirmed last night by Jamaica's former 100m world champion Yohan Blake. Official confirmation from the organisers is expected on Tuesday. The 2011 World champion Blake arrived to Australia (Brisbane) during the weekend. He is looking to win his first Commonwealth Games medal on the Gold Coast, after missing the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games due to injury.
BoltFarewellFansFE-London17.jpgUsain Bolt, WC 2017, London, photo by PhotoRun.net

Warm up well for today, and make sure you take the workout, one repeat at a time, go no faster than asked, until the final 200 meters and see what you can do, then, cooldown well.

20151212-ROSA0191.jpgRacing makes you feel alive, photo by Justin Britton

Tuesday, March 20, 2018: warm up, two sets of 4x 400 meters, 4 x 300 meters, 4 x 200 meters, jog half distance, paced at 800m pace, cooldown

Week 10, time to really race, jump and throw!

Monday: warm up, 40 minute run, 8 x 200 meters, at 800m pace, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, two sets of 4x 400 meters, 4 x 300 meters, 4 x 200 meters, jog half distance, paced at 800m pace, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 4 x 150 meter stride outs

Thursday: warm up, two mile run, sprint straights, jog turns, 4 x 800 meters, jog 400 meters in between, at mile pace, coolwodn

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

Saturday: warm up, race your primary distance, and run a 4x400 meter, cooldown

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

Semenya-Kipyego-SimpsonFH1c-WorCH17.jpgCaster Semenya, photo by PhotoRun.net
Semenya plans to attack 1500 m NR
PAARL (RSA): Fresh off her 1000 m SA record and two national titles Caster Semenya will be chasing the women's 1500m South African record at the Dal Josaphat Stadium in Paarl on Thursday, 22 March 2018 at the third and final Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series Meeting. She will face USA-based Dominique Scott in the 1500m. Record achieved by Zola Budd-Pieterse is 4:01.81. Semenya clocked 4:01.99 at African Championships in 2016. With no pace maker, Semenya will have to do the work herself. Also confirmed for women 100 m is national record holder Carina Horn.
Semenya_CasterFHL-Pre17.jpgCaster Semenya, Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

When I interviewed Johnny Jameson on Friday, he told me that LA was the ONLY marathon he runs each year. Los Angeles had seven unsuccessful marathons before the City of LA Marathon began in 1986. I ran it the first two years, and it was fascinating to watch the race grow and the culture of the marathon catch on in the City of Angels.

IMG_3188.JPGStudents Run LA, from Hamilton High School, photo by Larry Eder

The marathon is a life changing event. Train for one, and finish that race, and one's life is changed.

At each marathon I attend, I love to walk through the expo, speak to a few of the marathoners, and learn about the attraction of the race.

In the late afternoon on Sunday, I walked down the Santa Monica pier, and saw marathoners with their families, enjoying the Sunday afternoon, and the smells, sites and sounds of Santa Monica.

Another marathon day, and another 20,000 plus members of the LA marathon culture.

See you in Santa Monica! 😎 #WeRunLA #lamarathon #LALoyal

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mtsac_041804_800x375.jpgMt. SAC, 2004, photo by Team USA

WALNUT (USA): In a ruling that could jeopardize the 2020 Olympic track and field team trials at Mt. San Antonio College, a judge has ordered a halt to earth-moving work on the Hilmer Lodge Stadium project. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Torribio granted the City of Walnut's request for a preliminary injunction. Scheduled for June 19-28, 2020, the Mt. SAC trials follow three editions held at the University of Oregon (2008, 2012 and 2016) and two at Sacramento State (2000 and 2004). Mt. SAC beat out 2020 bids from Oregon and Sacramento. But if Mt. SAC can't host the meet, Oregon might not either, according to recent reporting in the Portland Oregonian due to necessary renovations of Hayward Field for 2021 World Championships. Informs mynewsla.com.

The United NYC Half Marathon featured some of the finest road runners as they prepare for spring marathons. Bezu Dibaba and Ben True took the wins on the cold, Sunday morning in the Big Apple.

We thank Rich Sands, writing for Race Results Weekly, for this article, which we publish, with permission.

True_Ben1-NyHalf18.jpGBen True, photo by PhotoRun.net

Diriba_BuzeFH1-NyHalf18.jpGBuze Diriba takes the United NYC Half win, photo by PhotoRun.net

On Friday, at the press conference, I interviewed Wesley Kirui. Wesley was happy with his fitness and told @runblogrun that he hoped to win the LA Marathon once again.

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Wesley KIrui, photo by PhotoRun.net

In 2016, Welsley, running for Skechers Performance, won the LA Marathon in 2016, the first year of Skecher's sponsorship. In 2018, after a very long battle with Gebresadik Adihana and Elisha Barno. The last five miles were fast, a 4:38, then, a 4:44, then, a 4:47 and it was down to Wesley and Gebresadik, who were running, neck and neck. Wesley Kirui was pushing the pace, looking back and Gebresadik Adihana, who looked relaxed and in control.

Then, about 24.5 miles, the break happened, Wesley Kirui got a meter, then a few more, as Adihana was in distress. Adihana did not give up, he battled back, as Kirui had built up a fifteen second lead, which Adihana cut back to ten.

A smiling Wesley Kirui, winning his second LA Marathon title, leading 20,000 plus marathon finishers across the finish line in Santa Monica. Wesley Kirui achieved his dream, a second win in the City of Angels.

DSC_1413.jpgFancy Chemutai, photo by Brian Eder for RunBlogRun
Chemutai_FancyLeds-RAK18.JPGFancy Chemutai, RAK Half Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net
Chemutai is ok
NAIROBI (KEN): Fancy Chemutai confirmed her recent ankle issues have cleared up and declared herself ready to challenge for gold at the IAAF World Half-marathon Championships in Valencia. The Kenyan, who missed the world record by one second (and equalled the ratified one) in Ras Al-Khaimah last month, admitted she had missed training sessions because of a injury problem which arose during RAK Half. She and world record-holder Joyciline Jepkosgei will be among the favourites in Spain. She told Xinhua: "I have been thrust to the center of the battle and other athletes will be looking out to stop me or Jepkosgei. But I have to put my focus on running my own race."
Chemutai_FancyR-RAK18.JPGFancy Chemutai, photo by PhotoRun.net

IMG_3185.JPGSkechers Performance, photo by Larry Eder

The women's race on Sunday at the 2018 Skechers Performance LA Marathon came down to the final 800 meters. In 2017, Hellen Jepkurgat took the lead after 23 kilometers.

This year, the pack of fifteen women were together through the half marathon. Around twelve miles, Dire Tune started walking. Hellen Jepkurgat, Selu Gedu, Tsehay Desalegn, Jane Kibii were all together, with Joannes Reyes, Christina Vegera in close company. The pace was not fast the first half, but, little by little the pace quickened as the pack dropped to six, then, five, then, four, and finally three.

Who would move? Would Hellen Jepkurgat let it go until the very end? Selu Gedu had known 5000 meters speed, and Tsehay Desalegn was right there with Hellen Jepkurgat.

There is always a move in a close race. Someone has to make it, and Selu Gedu moved away with ease. Tsehay Desalegn took second and Hellen Jepkurgat, who told us she had nothing left to give, finished third, giving us an very exciting elite women's finish.

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SissonLedsDiriba-NyHalf18.jpGEmily Sisson leads Buze Diriba, photo by PhotoRun.net
True and Diriba
NEW YORK (USA, Mar 18): Ben True became the first winner of the men's race in NYC Half history, winning on a cold and blustery morning in 62:39 from compatriot Dathan Ritzenhein (62:42) with Chris Thompson third in 62:43. Ethiopia's Teshome Mekonen was fourth in 62:44 while pre-race favourite Wilson Chebet from Kenya, the only runner in the field with a sub-one hour PB, had to settle for ninth in 63:37. In the women's race, Ethiopia's Buze Diriba outsprinted Emily Sisson, 72:23 to 72:24. Norway's Karoline Grovdal comprised the podium in third in 72:43 with Ethiopia's Mamitu Daska fourth in 72:50. Betsy Saina was the top Kenyan finisher in seventh in 73:31 but Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot was a non-finisher, dropping out in the tenth mile. "Vivian had problems breathing in the cold weather," said her manager Mike Skinner.
Ritzenhein_Dathan1a-NyHalf18.jpGDathan Ritzenhein, photo by PhotoRun.net
Diriba_BuzeFH1-NyHalf18.jpGBezu Diriba wins United NYC Half, photo by PhotoRun.net

Monday is the beginning of week and today's workout is a good one for you.

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Monday, March 19, 2018: warm up, 40 minute run, 8 x 200 meters, at 800m pace, cooldown

Semenya_CasterFHL-Pre17.jpgCaster Semenya, photo by PhotoRun.net
Manyonga_Luvo-Stockholm17.jpgLuvo Manyonga, photo by PhotoRun.net
Semenya 1:57.80 WL, Manyonga 841w
PRETORIA (RSA, Mar 17): World and Olympic champion Caster Semenya ran virtually in her own race in the 800 m on last day of the South African Championships. Her time of 1:57.80 is a world lead, the quickest ever time in March and gave her victory by more than eight seconds. The highest-class event, though, was the men's long jump, in which world champion Luvo Manyonga landed at 8.41m (+2.1) to beat world bronze medallist Ruswahl Samaai (821, +1.7). Zarck Visser was third with 807 (+1.7). In the absence of Clarence Munyai, who ran a sensational 19.69 in the semi-final yesterday, Luxulo Adams broke his PB by 0.31, running 20.08 (+1.8). Thando Dlodlo was second in 20.41 and Roscoe Engel third 20.44. Justine Palframan won a sprint double, clocking 22.97 in the 200m to beat Tamzin Thomas (23.12) into second. In the 400m, she was also near her PB as her 51.31 put her more than two second clear. Wenda Nel won the 400m hurdles in 55.01, but also of note was the national junior record of 55.05 for runner-up Zeney van der Walt. Other wins included: Tshepo Tshite (1:46.04 in the 800m), Peter Conradie (45.55 in the 400m) and Lindsey Hanekom (49.17 in the 400m hurdles) ahead of World U18 Champion Zazini Sokhawkhana 49.42 PB.
16th+IAAF+World+Athletics+Championships+London+pLfkQEWswVil.jpgClarence Munyai, photo courtesy of Getty Images for IAAF
Munyai 19.69 NR and WL
PRETORIA (RSA, Mar 16): During second day of South African Championships sensational improvement by African Junior Champion last year Clarence Munyai (20) who clocked in semifinals of 200 m 19.69 (-0.5) what is not only new national record (Wayde van Niekerk 19.84 last year) but also a World lead 2018. It is additionally 10th best performer ever and only 0.01 behind Frankie Frederick´s African record 19.68 from Atlanta Games 1996. The 8 better performers ever than the two Africans are from USA and Jamaica. Munyai was fast already in heats with 20.23 (+0.5). "I knew the conditions were going to be good so I decided to go for a record in the semifinals," said Munyai who is Commonwealth Games bound."It's a massive achievement." Luxolo Adams won his semifinal in 20.39 (+1.7) PB. Finals of 200 m are on Saturday. Carina Horn after national record on Thursday in semifinals (11.03) was again fast also when winning the 100 m title in 11.08 (+1.7, her 4th fastest ever) ahead of Tebogo Mamathu 11.27 PB. Much anticipated 100 m final by men was won by Simon Magakwe with 10.07 against -1.3 strong wind. Second junior record holder Thando Dlodlo 10.15, third Henricho Bruintjies 10.15 and fourth fastest from semifinals Roscoe Engel 10.27 as Anaso Jobodwana did not run due to injury. Caster Semenya won the 1500 m in 4:10.68 and also clocked fast 1:58.92 winning her 800 m heat. Kabelo Mohlosi in men´s 800 m semifinal 1:46.20 personal best. Also to note fastest in men´s 400 m semifinals Pieter Conradie 45.59 and in women 200 m semifinals Justine Palframan 23.06 (+0.3). Antonio Alkana won the 110 m Hurdles in 13.48 (-0.2) World lead. From technical events to note as winners Khotsko Mokoena 17.09 (+2.7) in triple, Orazio Cremona good 20.71 in shot put and Chris Harmse 70.62 in hammer. Chris Moleya cleared 223 to win the high jump over World U18 Champion Breyton Poole 220 and Friedrich Pretorius scored 7764 points in decahlon.

The long run is the key to building a fine week of training for most of the year. Today, get your 70-90 minutes in, with some friends and then, watch the United NYC Half Marathon and the Skechers Performance LA Marathon, two fine races and inspiring events.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018: Relaxed Long run, 70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

DeGrasse_Andre-Stockholm17.jpgAndre De Grasse, photo by PhotoRun.net
De Grasse out from CG
TORONTO (CAN): Canadian olympic medalist Andre De Grasse has made the decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games in order to be better prepared for a full outdoor season. After a 2017 season that ended with a hamstring injury, De Grasse began training for the 2018 season cautiously. His 2017 injury is completely healed and he is 100% healthy, he's just not where he wants to be yet from a fitness standpoint. "To me the Commonwealth Games was going to be a great opportunity to display my talents to a passionate fan base in Australia. I wouldn't want to go in there at any less than my best and for that reason we have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the Games. My team and I feel like this is the best decision for the long term. I will now train hard through the spring to be ready for a strong and full outdoor season." said De Grasse. De Grasse will start his outdoor season with a 100m race at the Drake Relays at the end of April, before turning his attention to the Diamond League meets and eventually the NACAC championships in his home town of Toronto. Informs his agent Paul Doyle.
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RunBlogRun opines: Coming back from injuries is one of the toughest realities of our sport. Pushing to get into shape fast does not work. De Grasse is making right decision to hold off his opening.

While RunBlogRun is at the Skechers Performance LA Marathon, many of our friends are at the United NYC Half Marathon, the seminal half marathon for spring marathoners, with 22,500 running the new course in a few hours. Rich Sands, covering the race for Race Results Weekly, which we use with permission, wrote this piece on Liz Costello.

NYCH_Athletes_PS1_Visit_NYRR_Courtesy.jpgPHOTO: Liz Costello (third from right, back row) visiting Public School 1 in New York City in advance of the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half. Also in photo, NYRR president of events and race director Peter Ciaccia (back row, center, in blue shirt) and NYRR senior vice president for Youth & Community Services Rachel Pratt (back row, second from right). Photo courtesy of New York Road Runners

IMG_3177.JPGElisha Barno, 2017 Skechers Performance LA Marathon champion, photo by Larry Eder

In the final miles of a marathon, when the heart is willing, but, the body screams, how does one master the muscles with the focus of the heart? Elisha Barno gets that, having won the 2017 Skechers Performance LA Marathon, is back and he wants to win once again. Problem is, like in all marathoners, several runners share those dreams.

In 2015, Elisha Barno roared in like a lion, won Big Sur Marathon (April 2015), Grandma's (June 2015) and Cal International (December 2015). In 2017, after his LA marathon win, Elisha won Grandma's for a second time.

A past marathon PB of 2:09:45 is from the Kosice International Peace Marathon, in the Czech Republic, one of the oldest and most respected of European marathons, Elisha broke that in January. With a best over the half marathon of 1:01:45, Elisha is a threat in the marathons he runs. He recently ran the Houston marathon on 14 January 2018, where he finished third and ran a PB of 2:09:32.

Barno_Elisha-HoustonM18.jpgEilisha Barno, Houston 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

Elisha respects the LA Marathon course. "It is tough in the first half." Elish confided in me during our interview. A fine athlete, Elisha told @runblogrun that he is recovered and ready to race. He reminds me of athletes like Dick Beardsley, who could run five, six marathons in a season and continue to run well.

We will just have to wait a few hours to see if Elisha can make his dreams come true.

Weldon Kirui won the Skechers Performance LA Marathon in 2016. Last year, Weldon was fourth in the 2017 LA Marathon.

Kirui_Weldon-Houston18.jpgWeldon Kirui, 2016 winner, Skechers Performance LA Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

With a personal best of 2:09:06 from Eindoven, Holland in 2009, Kirui is a Skechers Performance athlete and a great example of the fine Kenyan athletes that traverse the world, searching for their perfect race. A few wins on the marathon circuit and many Kenyan runners are set for life.

Weldon Kirui spoke to RunBlogRun on Friday, March 16 about his fitness, his desire to win in LA and his desire to run a fast time. Weldon told RunBlogrun that he is fit, and wants to win in LA once again. He also noted that the LA course can be challenging. Look for Weldon to be playing a role up to the very end, racing for the win down Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, California.

Hellen Jepkurgat's victory in 2017 was a bit of a surprise to the Skechers Performance LA Marathon. It also might tell you a bit about the elite marathon coordinator, Matthew Turnbull. It should also tell you that Matthew has respect of the various managers and agents, as he can work with them to bring their promising marathoners to this promising marathon.

Jepkurgat_Hellen-BaaHalf15.jpgHellen Jepkurgat, BAA Half, 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

Helen's trip to the City of Angels, was, well, circuitous. There may have been some issues with flights, perhaps a visa, and perhaps, Helen traveling halfway around the world.

But, Helen Jepkurgat had come to race, and race, dear readers, she did. At 23 kilometers, Helen moved to the front, and sensing a weakness in her competitors, Hellen moved away, taking her first marathon victory in LA in 2017. In June 2017, Hellen took her second victory, at Grandma's Marathon. Now, back in the City of Angels, Hellen Jepkurgat is here to defend her title and set a new PB (she's hoping for 2:26 to 2:28).

Here is my interview with the promising young Kenyan marathoner. The women's field should be pretty competitive tomorrow.

There are times, few times, but times, when, in the middle of an interview, one is overcome by the enormity of the moment. That may be a Moment of Larry, a zen moment, or just a moment when one knows that they are, yes, alive. Such was the case when I first heard Johnny Jameson speak. I observed Johnny speak with Toni Reavis, long time announcer of the LA Marathon (he's been only announcer for 32 years).

IMG_3174.JPGJohnny Jameson, photo by Larry Eder

Johnny Jameson, like Toni Reavis and I, hail from Saint Louis. Johnny's experience was much different than Toni or mine. As an African-American, his experience in Saint Louis was much different than mine.

Johnny was raised in Pruit Igoe Housing project, a notorious example of public housing gone awry. I knew about the Projects through my grandfather, a police officer called there many times.

Johnny Jameson went from Saint Louis to Vietnam, as he was drafted in 1970. Johnny experienced more pain and suffering there than anyone should experience.

After Vietnam, Johnny moved from Saint Louis to California. Now, nearly five decades later, the U.S. Postal deliverer has 32 LA Marathons under his belt. Johnny ran the races backwards the first two years, then, dribbled a basket ball for several years, now, he merely runs and enjoys the experience. His five daughters, at first were worried about his running, but now, it is part of Johnny.

Please listen to this interview, listen well, and consider Johnny as an example of the LA Marathon, but also, a prime example of the what can be good in our country. Then, like this writer, with moistened yes, consider just how lucky you have been to have digitally met Johnny Jameson, an American marathoner, a father of five daughters, a postal employee, a proud Californian and a man from the City of Angels.

Jim Gerweck has written for many of the finest magazines and websites in the sport of running over the past three decades. He is also a member of a semi iconic media secret society called Slap Central (Paul Merca, Jim Gerweck, Larry Eder) founded in the early hours of a Chicago morning, a decade ago.

NB 890.jpgNew Balance 890 version 6, photo by Jim Gerweck

Jim texted me that he was going to the NB relaunch of the NB 890 and we asked our slappy friend to write a bit on the shoe, New Balance, and perhaps, the meaning of life.

NB 890 2.jpgNB 890 version 6, photo by Jim Gerweck

The NB 890 write up is quite good, we will give Jim some more space to write on the meaning of life, in the near future.

Stay tuned.

Also, nice job, New Balance. In between sponsoring New York City Marathon and London Marathon, we are sure glad that you remember that, at the end of the day, running shoe companies are remembered for making fine running shoes.

The races on the weekends are now fun, with relays, big fields and you are weeks away from running some big times. Have fun, stay flexible, embrace the challenges of racing, try different tactics and learn from your experiences.

20151212-ROSA0045.jpgA day at the races, photo by Justin Britton

Saturday, March 17, 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. If no race, 45-50 minute run.

The easy Friday workout, after a long day of intervals on Thursday, is just what the coach ordered. Enjoy the workout and have some fun with your friends!

TeamPic2018.JPGThe HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizone Elite, who were all high school runners at one time, photo by HOKA ONE ONE

Friday, March 16, 2018: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

The release below is great news. HOKA ONE ONE, one of the few brands that is continuing to grow in this strange time in our sport and business, has extended their contract with the Northern Arizona Elite.

What do we learn from this? Well, if something is working, let it the hell alone. Too many running brands think that, when core running is going well, change it up, and try and find another loyal group to grow the business. Some brands, key brands in performance running are nearly out of the real running business. Fashion products have these cyclical huge increases, then, go away and brands are left with, What the hell happened?

Supporting the grass roots, as HOKA ONE ONE has done, are good for the sport and also good for the brands.

Congrats to Coach Ben Rosario and his team. Nice to see Ben Bruce moving into coaching as he evolves in his running career as well.

TeamPic2018.JPGHOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite, photo by HOKA ONE ONE

DeLoach_JanayFL1a-OlyGame12.jpgJanay De Loach, savoring her bronze medal, London 2012, photo by photoRun.net

We read the following reports from AirBnB watch. Anyone who goes to major running events has seen prices go crazy at hotels and now, AirBnb.

Here's a bit on the AirBnB watch group:

AirbnbWATCH is a project of American Family Voices, bringing together a coalition of organizations and concerned citizens dedicated to a common goal: protecting communities and travelers by exposing commercial hosts who use sites like Airbnb to run illegal hotels in residential properties under the radar and by making sure all hotel businesses play by the same rules.

What do we learn? Buyers beware. Take some time and look around for a good place to stay on your next destination marathon.

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DOHA (QAT): In exactly 50 days' time, the ninth IAAF Diamond League season will get underway at the Qatar Sports Club in Doha on 4 May. As in all the previous eight seasons, the series will begin in Qatar before concluding on back-to-back days in Zurich (30 August) and Brussels (31 August). From the IAAF Diamond League website.

RunBlogRun opines: The 14 single day formats (now several have two day formats, or events on the road) bring many of our finest athletes in the world into big city events for global fans to enjoy. Doha is a fantastic event. A fun place to see the top athletes in the world come out of their hibernation to compete for the summer season.

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28378224_976391702530135_1935938926899897206_n.jpgAK president Jackson Tuwe. (Pictures are from the County Government's FaceBook page)

The Eldoret City Marathon was announced a few weeks ago, and Justin Lagat was there. Here is his commentary on what will be a new and important event in Kenya.

Sisson_Emily-NycHalf17.JPGEmily Sisson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sambu_Stephen-NyHalf17.jpgStephen Sambu, photo by PhotoRun.net

The United NYC Half Marathon is also this weekend. Here's a bit more on the elite field and the citizen runners who will make it exciting. The course will be changed this year, to accomodate the elite wheelchair field, and perhaps, to make the course a bit faster. Good luck to all running in NYC this coming weekend!

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In many of the most successful marathons, the inclusion of events like 5ks, kids walks and runs, brings the entire family to the event. The Skechers Performance LA Marathon has the LA Big 5k and it is a sell out this year! Looking forward to seeing our friends at the expo and press conference tomorrow! Make sure that you check out the cool special make Skechers Performance LA Marathon shoes that will be at the expo!

The Credit Union Cherry Blossom is one of the most iconic road races on the circuit. It is also one of the fastest. I seem to recall running the Ten Miler with Media Manager Keith Peters, then at the swoosh. We ran around 62 minutes for the race and had amazing view of watching some of the finest road racers in the world flying through the fast course!

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Nice to see how well the race has persevered over the years. This year, the RRCA National Championships and the PRRO Race Series is part of this fine race.

Put the Credit Union Cherry Blossom on your bucket list. It is a race where one can run very fast!

A long day on the track today. That is what it is all about. We want you ready when you hit the track for the big races, which are just weeks away now.

Men-106.jpgThat time after you finish, just before when you lungs catch up with you, photo by Justin Britton

Thursday, March 15, 2018: warm up, 2 sets of 8x400 meters, 200m jog, 800 meter jog between sets, 400 meters at mile pace, cooldown

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KINGSTON (JAM): Danniel Thomas-Dodd could become the top shot-putter in the world, in the view of Michael Vassell, throws coach for the Jamaican team at the World Indoors, where she took silver. "I must say she and her coach did a lot of work, and it is evident, and I think she has the fall work to get to 19.8 - possibly 20 - metres, and I hope we'll see that some time this year," he told Jamaica Gleaner. "I don't know when, but I know that based on that path she is on, she will get it out to 20 metres this year, and I think she should be the number-one thrower in the world."

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WASHINGTON (USA): American Drew Windle hopes his recent surprise world indoor 800m silver medal will improve his ability to get into meetings. The self-claimed underdog told Thisweeknews.com: "There is a lot of politics in the sport to get into better meets. It doesn't always depend on what you've done but who you know. Sometimes meets take athletes with lesser credentials because their agent might be in good with a meet director. Having a silver medal, it's kind of hard to argue not putting me into better meets."

IMG_3465_preview dibaba.jpgGenzebe Dibaba flying around the WIC track, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts
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BIRMINGHAM (GBR): According to official split times provided by Seiko, Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba covered the last 800m in the 1500m final at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in 1:59.82 with silver and bronze medallists Laura Muir and Sifan Hassan clocking 2:00.26 and 2:01.59 respectively. Dibaba also covered the last 1500m in the 3000m in 4:03.76, although Hassan was faster over the second half of the at 4:03.12. In the men's 3000m final, Yomif Kejelcha's 1500m splits were 4:32.62/3:41.79. Samuel Tefera closed with splits of 25.88 for the last 200m and 52.06 for the last 400m in the 1500m final, although silver medallist Marcin Lewandowski from Poland was faster at 25.77 and 51.90 respectively. The quickest single 100m sections in the 800m came courtesy of Egypt's Mohamed Ahmed Hamada (12.18) and the United States' Raevyn Rogers (13.71) in the heats. From IAAF.
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Tom Walsh 22.06 big win
TIMARU (NZL, Mar 14): World indoor shot champion Tom Walsh produced a winning 22.06m in his hometown Super Shot meeting to beat his own New Zealand residents' record. His second-round effort put him clear in front of arguably the best ever field shot field assembled in New Zealand. Canada's Tim Nedow was second with 20.77m, while Australia's Damien Birkinhead was third with 20.75m and Ryan Whiting fourth with 20.54m. Jamaican O´Dayne Richards with 20.49 ended fifth ahead of Poland´s record holder Konrad Bukowiecki 20.19. Canada's Brittany Crew won the women's event with 17.89 ahead of another Canadian Taryn Suttie 16.99. After the win Walsh told stuff.co.nz: "The world record's 23.12m and if I don't get there soon then someone else will so that's my goal."

An easy day of running today, as you recover from last weekends racing and yesterday's interval workout. Enjoy the run, and remember, vary your courses! It keeps your running fun!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 4 x 150 meter stride outs

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HAMBURG (GER): Former world and Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda will race in the Hamburg Marathon on 29 April. He will face Kenyans Sammy Kitwara (2:04:28 PB) and Stephen Chebogut (2:05:52 PB) and Bahrain's Shumi Dechase, who won this race in 2014 in a 2:06:43 PB. From Alberto Stretti.

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NAIROBI (KEN): After finishing fourth in the 3000m at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Hellen Obiri is "going back to the drawing board" ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast where she will contest the 5000m, informs Capital FM. "Now it's going back to the drawing board, I will go back to train hard after losing out on a medal in Birmingham. Commonwealth Games is around the corner so I will go correct my mistakes and focus on winning gold in Gold Coast," she said. Obiri has said she has been focusing on her strength rather than speed this winter and lacked the turn of pace in the closing stages of the 3000m in Birmingham. "This year I have been doing a lot of cross country, I have not focused on track and that's why I did not have reaction and speed, but I will work on it."

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IMG_3473_preview aisha.jpgAisha Praught Leer, one lap to go, WIC Birmingham, photo by Mike Deering, for The Shoe Addicts

Aisha Praught Leer is an prime example of the how fast women's elite running is growing around the world. Aisha competed at 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters, and in 2016 began to focus on the 3000 meter steeplechase. This is an continuing feature that we are publishing on Aisha Praught Leer, with special thanks to Under Armour Running. For more on the UA HOVR sonic, please click on Under Armour Running. Here's our review of the Under Armour HOVR Sonic.

Scott-Coburn-LeerFHL-Millrose18.JPGDominique Scott, Emma Coburn, Aisha Praught Leer, for the win and NIR at 2018 Millrose Games (Feb 4), photo by PhotoRun.net

This video series was done with Aisha Praught Leer just after her finish of the 1,500 meters for the World Indoor Championships, on March 3, 2018 at the World Indoor Championships. A bit short for Aisha, as she is the Jamaican record holder at the 3000 meter steeplechase. Aisha Praught Leer also set National Indoor records at 3000 meters and 1,500 meters this past winter.

In part 1, Aisha Praught Leer tells @runblogrun about racing with the finest indoor runners in the world over 1,500 meters. Special thans to The Shoe Addicts, digital partners for RunBlogRun.

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LEIRIA (POR): European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen described this year's edition of the European Throwing Cup in Leiria as "one of the best I've attended." "We knew that Leiria would stage an excellent competition. The city has played host to many big competitions at junior and senior level in recent seasons and the quality of organisation has always been of a very high standard. I can also say this year's European Throwing Cup was one of the best I've attended," said President Hansen. The 2019 edition of the European Throwing Cup will be held in Samorin, Slovakia on 9-10 March. Informs European Athletics.

Some fast 200 meter repeats today. Have some fun, stay within the workout. Want to start building your finish? Take the last two 200 meters and run a bit faster, see what you can do controlled.

20151212-ROSA0045.jpgA day of speed, photo by Justin Britton

Tuesday, March 13, 2018: warm up, 16 x 200 meters, at current 800m pace, with 200 meter jog, on grass or track, cooldown

Seb Coe Building Dedication

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On Monday, March 12, Nike dedicated a building on their Global Campus to Sebastian Coe, current President of the IAAF, and two time Olympic gold medalist (1,500 meters, 1980, 1984) and Olympic silver medalist (1980, 1984, silver medalist 800 meters). Some fun Seb Coe pictures, and a Seb Coe mile was included as well.

Nike has a beautiful campus, where they honor many of the greats who have donned the swoosh. We congratulate Lord Coe on this honor.

It's a great day to dedicate a building!! #sebcoe #swooshlife

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Renaud Lavillenie, aka @airlavillenie, is the three World Indoor PV gold, winning tonight in an epic battle at 5.95m! With three good attempts at 6 meters, one which may have broke a tooth, Renaud was all smiles on Sunday night, March 4. @runblogrun and @theshoeaddicts interviewed le roi du saut à la perche!

Renuad Lavillenie is an athlete of some complexity. He is immensley talented and is continuously challenging himself. He has come back from some crazy injuries.

Lavillenie_Renaud1b-Worlds18.jpgRenaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net

But what impresses Renaud the most? In this interview, there weas much pleasure that Renaud took from masterminding the elite Pole Vault competition he had the weekend prior to the world indoors.

Also, this guy loves the challenges of the pole vault. Listen and watch this intereview and you will get a good idea on where Renaud Lavillenie has been and where he wants to go in 2018.

LaVillenie_RenaudM-WorInd18.jpgRenuad Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net

Chasing Down Gerry Lindgren

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image1.jpegGerry Lindgren, Steve Prefontaine, Donal Walsh, 1969 NCAA Cross Country, credit NCAA

image2.jpegIan Brookes (announcer), Gerry Lindgren, Jeff Benjamin, March 8, 2018, photo by Jeff Benjamin

image3.jpegElliott Denman, Gerry Lindgren, Jeff Benjamin, Linda Prefontaine, Walt Muprhy, March 8, 2018, photo by Jeff Benjamin

Jeff Benjamin wrote this piece about Gerry Lindgren, of whom Mr. Benjamin noted that Gerry was a bit of a character. Well, that is an interesting side note from Mr. Benjamin.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision to lift Russia's suspension three days after the Closing Ceremony of Pyeongchang 2018 has received more criticism.

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The suspension, imposed in December for Russia's "systemic manipulation" of the anti-doping system at Sochi 2014, was lifted on February 28 by the IOC Executive Board.

It came despite two athletes competing as part of the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) team having failed drugs tests during Pyeongchang 2018.

A statement by the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) Athletes' Commission claimed athletes from the country are "totally shocked" by the situation.

"The decision is not conclusive or understandable for the athletes," it read.

"The given press release by the IOC is no satisfying explanation neither to the public nor to the athletes why this decision was made only a few days after the Games ended.

"We recognise in this approach that sport, especially the IOC, is not able to deal and lead through this crises.

"A public view will state a failure to make investigations transparent, a failure to control itself and a failure to implement effective sanction mechanisms."

To read the story in it's entirety please click here: https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1062449/german-athletes-panel-criticise-ioc-decision-to-lift-russian-suspension

RunBlogRun opines: Thomas Bach continues to lead the IOC by bad example. If anyone questions that we are in a new era of sports, they just need to see how the IOC appeased Russia with the re instatement. The IOC had an absolute chance to put pressure on Russia, and also put pressure on other countries to clean up their acts, but not now. Two athletes tested positve in the recent Winter Olympics.

As much as the IAAF can infuriate me at times, the stance by Seb Coe continues to mean something, to keep Russia out of the family of athletic nations until they get their act together.

Most important to me is that young athletes and fans look to adult actions rather than words on how to be guided. The IOC has given, by their actions, a huge lesson to the world's youth, perhaps though, the not the lesson they intended.

Asefa_MeskeremFV-Houston17.jpgMeskerem Assefa, Aramco Houston, photo by PhotoRun.net

NAGOYA (JPN, Mar 11): Ethiopia's Meskerem Assefa won the Nagoya Women´s Marathon in a 2:21:45 PB with negative splits of 71:32/70:13. "I wanted to win, especially because it is a women only marathon," Assefa told the IAAF. Kenya's Valary Jemeli, who led by 17 seconds at 30km and 16 seconds at 35km, was second in 2:22:48 with Japan runners filling the next four spots: Hanami Sekine (2:23:07 debut), Reia Iwade (2:26:28), Keiko Nogami (2:26:33 PB) and Hanae Tanaka (2:27:40). The top-11 athletes broke the sub-2:30 barrier with Poland's Karolina Nadolska the top European finisher in 14th in 2:30:46. After passing through halfway with the leading group in 71:33, world fourth-placer Filomena Cheyech faded to 19th in 2:33:01.

Assefa_Meskerem-Frankfurt17.jpgMeskerem Assefa, Frankfurt, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Banner ad for Skechers Performance LA Marathon, courtesy of Skechers Performance

Skechers Performance has done some fun footwear for the 2018 Skechers LA Marathon. We have included the instagram post from Skechers Performance. Special makes have become a huge thing for marathons over the past decade. The difference about the LA marathon product? It really captures the city of Los Angeles and has this retro thing going as well! @runblogrun will be at LA this weekend, watch for our social media coverage and updates from the Media room.

The LA Marathon celebrates all things Los Angeles. The expo is fun, lively and inventive.

Less than one week until LA Marathon! See you there!

Lasitskene_MariyaR-WorInd18.jpgMariya Lasitskene, Birmingham2018 World Indoors, gold medalist high jump, photo by PhotoRun.net

High jumper Maria Lasitskene has criticised the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) for their failure to make the improvements necessary to have the country's suspension lifted by the world governing body.

In an unusual step for any Russian athlete or official, the reigning world champion indoors and outdoors promised to "act more harshly" against the RusAF if the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) go through with their threat to completely expel the country if progress is not made.

This would mean that the likes of Lasitskene would be unable to continue competing as Authorised Neutral Athletes and would be rendered completely ineligible.

The 25-year-old criticised the likes of Alexander Parkin, the chair of a RusAF Anti-Doping Committee, who has speculated that successful performances by Russian athletes at last week's World Indoor Championships in Birmingham were really behind the ban being extended.

"First of all, I am surprised at the reaction of our Federation," she told R-Sport.

"When Alexander Parkin in an interview said that such statements I was nothing but bewildered, it does not matter.

"And the point about the planning of the national testing of Russians, which the IAAF asks for, appeared in the November report of the working group, it is on the IAAF website, and was sent to our Federation."

To read entire story, please go to : https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1062403/high-jump-world-champion-lasitskene-criticised-rusaf-for-not-meeting-iaaf-compliance-criteria

RunBlogRun opines: Mariya Lasitskene is obviously proud of her country. She has spent last 18 months competing as an ANA athlete. It has to be hard competing at a World Championships, doing well and not being able to sing your country's national anthem. That Ms. Lasitskene has spoken out in frustration of her countries' non-compliance was a tough thing to do, and we respect Ms. Lasitskene for saying tough things about the country she loves.

The ninth week is under way. Indoor season ended this last weekend. The big races are less than a month away!

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Getting ready for a race, by Justin Britton

Johannes Vetter had a a fantastic javelin throw at the European Winter Throwing Champs this past weekend. AT 92.70 meters in March, one wonders outloud what the World Champion can do at the European Championships in Berlin this coming summer.

Vetter_JohannesQH1-OlyGame16.jpgJohannes Vetter, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Anita Marton, photo by PhotoRun.net

Up until the 2018 World Indoors, Hungary had not won gold at a world Indoors. Well, March 2018 changed that, as Anita Marton, upset Lijao Gong of China, taking the gold with a world leading throw of 19.62 meters. Danielle Thomas-Dodd took the silver in 19.22m, to Marton's 19.62m WL.

Marton_Anita1-Worlds18.jpgAnita Marton, photo by PhotoRun.net

Anita Marton spoke to us with her frustration on the new set up for the shot put, her pride in winning gold for her country, how women train for shot in Hungary and her dream of getting more Hungarian women in the throws.

Marton_AnitaFL-Worlds18.jpgAnita Marton, photo by PhotoRun.net

Anita Marton, was, well a bit in pleasant shock. It is one thing to dream to win the big title, it is another to accomplish it. We are very happy for Anita as we have watched her in European Indoors, Outdoors, World Outdoors, Olympics and Diamond League. And, it is nice to see a Hungarian win the gold in the shot put.

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RunBlogRun opines: The new WR that surprised the Polish team last week lasted one week. The Polish team told us last week that their goal had been to regain the European Indoor record set by the Belgian team. Last Sunday, The Polish team added some excitement with their amazing run down on the US team. At the NCAA, three teams broke the WR for 4x400m, but ONLY one gets the WR (because of this nifty little rule about how all four athletes have to be from the same country).
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COLLEGE STATION (USA, Mar 10): Not only World Indoor record at 400 m by Southern California´s Michael Norman 44.52 (EME NEWS reported about it in the Mar 10 issue) but another WR was registered at the NCAA first division championships. But it was not the winning Southern California in the 4x400 m with fastest ever 3:00.77 but the second placed Texas AM with 3:01.39. The winners with Zach Shinnick (46.24), Rai Benjamin (44.35), Ricky Morgan (45.67) and Michael Norman (44.52) had with Benjamin a runner from Antigua so they did not fulfill the rule about runners from the same country. But second placers from Texas Ilolo Izu (46.57), Robert Grant (44.84), Devin Dixon (45.48) and Mylik Kerley (44.52) were all US runners. Third Florida achieved third fastest ever 3:01.43 but had Nigerian Kunle Fasasi (46.42) with hurdles star Grant Holloway (44.91) and then Jamaican Chantz Sawyers (45.36) and Denmark´s Benjamin Vedel with 44.75 split. All 3 teams were faster than Poland at World Indoors 3:01.77, at that time World Indoor record. In women 4x400 m USC also won with 3:27.45 ahead of Purdue 3:28.82.

Genzeba Dibaba had a rough 2017. This season, 2018, Genzebe Dibaba opened the season with a vengance. Dibaba ran the second fastest 1,500 meters indoors in history, running 3:57.45 for Karlsruhe Indoor Meeting on February 3, 2018.

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In Birmingham, Genzebe Dibaba won both the 3000 meters and 1,500 meters. She ran smart and safe, increasing the pace in the 3000 meters with 1 kilometer to go, and moving away from the field in the 1,500 meters with 700 meters to go. Both Sifan Hissan and Laura Muir followed, with Sifan Hissan taking silver and Laura Muir taking bronze in the 3000 meters. In the 1,500 meters, Hissan and Muir chased Dibaba, with Laura Muir taking the silver in the 1,500 meters, and bronze for Sifan Hissan in the 1,500 meters.

We spoke with Genzebe Dibaba after the 1,500 meters. Genzebe understands English, she just prefers a translater in pressers. Genzebe explained her tactics in the races, getting away from the big field and cutting the medal chances down as much as possible.

Dibaba_Genzebe15FV-Worlds18.jpgGenzebe Dibaba takes gold in 1,500 meters! photo by PhotoRun.net

The big comment was her interest in the 5000 meter world record, which she and her translator noted would be a serious focus for the summer of 2018!

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We have been speaking with Simon Bartold and the Salomon team about their evolving running shoe line. The idea of evolving needs of runners as they gain fitness makes this line unique. Here's our first video on their 2018 line.

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Here's Report 11 for the European Athletics 2017-18 results report, edited by our Catalan friend, Carles Baronet, who compiles and edits these reports for @RunBlogRun. Carles Baronet blogs at Track In Sun. Included in the report are the results for 2018 World Indoors Birmingham, the just finished European Winter Throwing Champs and the Spanish U18 Indoor Champs, where Maria Vencente just sent an U18 WR for the pentathlon with her score of 4,371 points.

youth girl from Barcelona (Maria Vicente) got yesterday in Antequera (spanish u18 indoor champs) a new WR in pentathlon

Long runs are a great time to talk about the weeks running and upcoming races and season. Enjoy the long run.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018: Relaxed Long run, 70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

Week 8, starting to get into early season

Monday: warm up, three miles on track, jog turns, sprint straights, 4x150 meters strideout, two miles easy, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 16 x 200 meters, at current 800m pace, with 200 meter jog, on grass or track, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 4 x 150 meter stride outs

Thursday: warm up, 2 sets of 8x400 meters, 200m jog, 800 meter jog between sets, 400 meters at mile pace, 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. If no race, 45-50 minute run.

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

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The IAAF had two day IAAF Council Meeting in Birmingham, England for March 5-6, 2018. Here is the update on the discussions on the second day of the IAAF Council meetings.

Windle_DrewFL-WORLDi18.jpGDrew Windle, 800 meters, silver medalist, Birmingham, photo by PhotoRun.net

Drew Windle ran a near perfect race in the US Indoor Championships. Less than two weeks later, Drew Windle, with support from his training partners in the Brooks Beast TC, his coach, Danny Mackey and his family, ran the race of his life. In a very physical final, Drew Windle stayed out of trouble and ran down the medals, taking the silver medal. Well, for nearly 90 minutes the young American was DQed, but as Drew noted, thanks to his coach, and USATF, who argued his cause with the Jury of Appeals, he was reinstated.

This is the FB live version of our interview. Watch for the upcoming high res version.

Thanks Drew Windle! Thanks Adam Johnson Eder and Mike Deering of The Shoe Addicts for their coverage in Birmingham.

Dr. David Martin, a man who influenced athletes, coaches and the sport with his thoughtful analysis and practical application of modern science with training, died on February 28, 2018. "Dr.Dave" was loved and admired by several generations of athletes, who had relied on Dr. Dave to help fine tune their training, help with over training issues, hydration and how to focus their training for World Championships and Olympic Games.

Peter J. Thompson wrote this fine obituary/memorial on Dr. David Martin for March 2, 2018. We wanted to pay our respects to this fine man, who dedicated his adult life to helping coaches and athletes fine tune their training. Peter J. Thompson reminded us that the good doctor had a fun sense of humor. My rememberances of Dr. Dave were around 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, and his patience with my questions for American Track & Field Magazine.

b13627b6-b98f-4623-8a7a-715a2784215d.jpgLasse Viren, 1972/1976 Olympic double gold medalist, Dr. David Martin, photo courtesy of Peter J. Thompson

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Fast 200 m prelims Hall 20.26 and Thomas with Irby 22.66
COLLEGE STATION (USA, Mar 9): NCAA Division I Championships first day had Will Williams winning the long jump 819 PB over Grant Holloway 813 (was also fastest in 60mhurdles prelims 7.58) and Charles Brown 812. New Saudi Arabian record by Hussain Al-Hizam in pole vault 570 (over Chris Nilsen and Deakin Volz both 560) and Egyptian shot put win for Mostafa Hassan who with 20.86 defended his title (beating Dutch Denzel Comenentia 20.29 and Nigerian Josh Awotunde 20.15). Canadian Justyn Knight won the 5000 m in 14:14.07. In women finals Kate Hall long jump 673 (over triple record holder Keturah Orji 652), Maggie Ewen shot put 18.49 and Nicole Greene 187 in high jump. Taliyah Brooks scored 4572 points in pentathlon. Karissa Schwiezer got the 5000 m in 15:43.23. In prelims Raheem Chambers and Elijah Hall 6.56, Hall also clocked super fast 20.26 in the 200 m, Michael Norman 45.56 in the 400 m. On the women side Gabrielle Thomas equaled World lead 22.66, the same for Linna Irby and Sydney McLaughlin PB 22.68, she was fastest in 400 m heats 51.34 ahead of Sharrika Barnett 51.49 and Lynna Irby 51.51 with Kendall Ellis 51.59. Aleia Hobbs was the fastest in 60 m heats 7.12 and Payton Chadwick 7.93 in the hurdles.
RunBlogRun opines: Sydney McLaughlin ran fantastic 400m and 200 meter in College Station. As Edrick Floreal, her coach, continues to develop her fine talent, watch for those times over 200 metres, 400 meters, and yes, 400m hurdles, to continue to drop.

Sandy Morris is now a global champion. Finally, after two years of those pesky silver medals, Sandy Morris delivered the goods, in a season where she was dealing with some back issues (which she told us, she and her coach may have figured out, and should be able to change some things in her practice schedule to alleviate the issues).

Morris_Sandi-Worlds18.jpgSandi Morris, photo by PhotoRun.net

For two years, Sandi battled Ekaterina Stefanidi, the Greek vaulter who has won NCAA, World outdoor, European Indoor and Outdoor, Olympic titles, with Sandi Morris second to Stefanidi at Rio, London.

Sandi Morris battled Siderov and Stefanidi up until the big heights, when Morris cleared 4.90 meters on the second height, and then, 4.95 meters on his first height.

Sandi Morris told provided this interview in the FB Live interview post event. Thanks Sandi Morris. Watch for our HD version from the Shoe Addicts later this week.

A modest young athlete, Shakima had a battle down the final stretch as Scottish veteran (GBR team) Eilidh Doyle fought Wimbley over that last straightaway. Shakima held onto the silver and Eilidh took the bronze medal, a global prize that she and her fans treasure. Shakima ran so very well, at a time in the race, when many young athletes have not had the experience on the global stage. Perhaps it was her coaching and training, but something clicked as Shakima ran a fantastic race in a global championship and took the silver.

Wimbley_ShakimaFHL-WorInd18.jpgShakima Wimbley, Eilidh Doyle, photo by PhotoRun.net

We congratulate Shakima and look forward to seeing her race outdoors this year!

This was originally done as a Facebook Live video by me, and we were on tight schedules as the IAAF and LOC juggle the challenges of keeping media happy, while getting athletes through Drug Testing and the mixed zone as well.

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World U20 200m champion Michael Norman clocked a world indoor record* of 44.52 to win the 400m at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas, on Saturday (10).

The University of Southern California student had seen Auburn University's Akeem Bloomfield clock a Jamaican indoor record of 44.86 in the first race of the two-heat final just moments before. 20-year-old Norman, contesting just his third indoor 400m race to date, breezed through the first lap in 21.33 and maintained his lead to cross the line in 44.52.

His winning time took 0.05 off the previous world indoor record set by Kerron Clement at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville.

Minutes after the men's 400m final, Kendall Ellis won the women's race in a North American indoor record of 50.34. Sydney McLaughlin then won the second heat of the two-race final in a world U20 record* of 50.36.

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Huddle fast 47:50
JACKSONVILLE (USA, Mar 10): Molly Huddle put on a dominating display to win the USATF 15 km Championships in Jacksonville, Florida in a fast 47:50 (31:46 at 10km) ahead of Jordan Hasay (48:40) and Molly Seidel (49:20). Leonard Korir won the men's title in 43:06 from Sam Chelanga (43:15) and Martin Hehir (43:19). Huddle and Hasay will both race in the Boston Marathon next month.
RunBlogRun opines:

Here is the Saturday workout for the week. Your racing is starting. Early in season, doubling is okay, so have some variety in your racing.

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Saturday, March 10, 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. If no race, 45-50 minute run.

Week 8, starting to get into early season

Monday: warm up, three miles on track, jog turns, sprint straights, 4x150 meters strideout, two miles easy, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 16 x 200 meters, at current 800m pace, with 200 meter jog, on grass or track, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 4 x 150 meter stride outs

Thursday: warm up, 2 sets of 8x400 meters, 200m jog, 800 meter jog between sets, 400 meters at mile pace, 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. If no race, 45-50 minute run.

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

Dendy_Marquis-Worlds18.jpgMarquis Dendy, bronze medal, LJ, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Men's Long jump was one of the finest indoor competitions in WIC history. Luvo Manyonga and Juan Miguel Echevarria battled for the entire competiton. In attempt 4, Luvo Manyonga dropped a 8.44 meter leap, taking the lead. Then, attempt five started, as Juan Miguel Echevarria, the 19 year old Cuban, leaped 8.46 meters to take the lead and the World Lead. Marquis Dendy, defending champion leaped a big one, 8.42 meters, and set a PB and took the bronze medal.

Dendy_Marquis1-Worlds18.jpgMarquis Dendy, photo by PhotoRun.net

We sat down with Marquis Dendy that night, after his competiton, and told us about how the competition went, and what he thought about his new PB, how far can he go outdoors.

Watch the video, it is fun, and thanks to The Shoe Addicts for filming this video.

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INDIANAPOLIS (USA): News from USATF website. Longtime USATF official and technical expert David Katz has been selected as Course Measurer for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 at the recent IAAF Council Meeting in Birmingham. This is his Katz's third appointment in this role, having previously served in 2012 and 2016. Long-time coach, contributor and technical expert Ed Gorman has joined USATF's National Office as Associate Director of Championships and Programs. His responsibilities include overseeing the technical aspects of bid documents and serving as Technical Manager at USATF National Track & field Championships.

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RunBlogRun opines: RunBlogRun congratulates David Katz, a fine course measurer who has spent most of his adult live serving the sport of athletics. A colorful character, with a wonderful sense of humor, David will do a fine job on the 2020 course. Remember, David Katz was involved in the Olympic Trials course for the 2008 U.S. Men's marathon Trials.

We pitched our friends at the Atlanta Track Club on sponsoring our Moment's of Larry, those wonderful moments when clarity and oneness come to us during a sports competition, and we go, "Wow, I am so glad I just witnessed that!"

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The Atlanta Track Club is promoting the upcoming sign up for the 2018 AJC Peachtree Road Race. Here's the special upcoming dates:

The 49th edition of the world's largest 10k, the AJC Peachtree Road Race will be held on July 4, 2018. The open registration for the AJC Peachtree Road Race Lottery is open March 15, 2018 to March 22, 2018.

Key Dates for AJC Peachtree Road Race Registration

March 1-14: Early Registration for Atlanta Track Club members at atlantrackclub.org

March 15-22: Lottery Registration for the general public open at AJC.com/peachtree.

March 22: Lottery selections emailed and posted on peachtreeroadrace.org and AJC.com/peachtree

Lysenko_Danil1-WORLDi18.jpGFinal jump, final chance to win gold medal, could you have done it? Danil Lysenko did! photo by PhotoRun.net

And now, the Moment of Larry for Day 1 is....(drum roll), well, you will just have to watch it! Thanks to The Shoe Addicts for filming this video and all of my gesticulations.

Kejelcha_YomifFV-WORLDi18.jpGYomif Kejelcha takes gold, photo by PhotoRun.net

ADDIS ABABA (ETH): World indoor 3000m champion Yomif Kejelcha has said one of the bonuses from the Ethiopian government for winning a global title in Birmingham was 500 square metres of land in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, informs The Independent. "In previous years the government would give land to the athletes. This happened to Haile [Gebrselassie], but then stopped for several years. Then last year [at the world championships in London] the government brought them back again," he said. The story also reports that world indoor 1500m and 3000m champion Genzebe Dibaba has cut ties with Jama Aden and that she has been coached by Hussein Shibo and Tolera Dinka since September 2017.

Our friends at Race News Service provided us this story on their upcoming partner, HAJ Hannover Marathon. The German marathon series has some wonderful cities to see on foot, and then, discovering the lovely culture and history in each city. Please read the info on Hanover!

Tola_FateFV-Hannover17.JPGFate Tola, 2017 HAJ Hannover, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lasitskene_Mariya-WorInd18.jpgMariya Lasitskene, WIC gold, high jump, photo by PhotoRun.net

Coleman_ChristianFL1-Worlds18.jpgChristian Coleman, WIC gold, 60 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lavillenie_RenaudR-WORLDi18.jpGRenaud Lavillenie, WIC gold, pole vault, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mayer_Kevin1k-WORLDi18.jpGKevin Mayer, WIC gold, heptathlon, photo by PhotoRun.net

PARIS (FRA): Meeting de Paris of IAAF Diamond League (June 30) announced first wave of top names. Four fresh World Indoor champions from Birmingham. US sprinter Christian Coleman, high jump World champion Mariya Lasitskene with home stars Renaud Lavillenie and Kevin Mayer. For decathlon world champion a special triathlon will be held.

RunBlogRun opines: The Paris DL meet is one of my favorites each and every summer. The crowd, the rivalries, and the amazing press conferences are some of my favorites memories on the DL tour.

Kiprop_NancyFH-Vienna17.JPGNancy Kiprop, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Vienna City Marathon is being held on April 22, 2018. Our friends at Race News Service sent us this update on this fine marathon from the lovely city of Vienna.

Huddle_MollyFV-Houston18.jpgMolly Huddle, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lilesa-KorirFV1a-Houston17.jpgFeyisa Lelisa and Leonard Korir duel, Aramco Houston Half Marathon 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

JACKSONVILLE (USA): Olympians Molly Huddle and Leonard Korir lead deep and talented fields in Jacksonville Saturday, as the USATF 15 km Championships get underway, hosted by the Gate River Run. Huddle's biggest challenge could come from fellow 2018 Boston Marathon entrant Jordan Hasay. Other top competition should come from Molly Seidel. Korir should find plenty of competition among a deep field of runners, including Sam Chelanga, Ryan Vail, Jared Ward and Martin Hehir.

After yesterday, you would expect an easy day, and here it is. Enjoy!

Friday, March 9, 2018: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

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Week 8, starting to get into early season

Monday: warm up, three miles on track, jog turns, sprint straights, 4x150 meters strideout, two miles easy, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 16 x 200 meters, at current 800m pace, with 200 meter jog, on grass or track, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 4 x 150 meter stride outs

Thursday: warm up, 2 sets of 8x400 meters, 200m jog, 800 meter jog between sets, 400 meters at mile pace, 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. If no race, 45-50 minute run.

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

Vetter_JohannesQH1a-OlyGame16.jpgJohannes Vetter, photo by PhotoRun.net
Vetter the star
LEIRIA (POR): World javelin champion Johannes Vetter will compete in the European Throwing Cup in Leiria during the weekend. Vetter will almost certainly challenge the event record of 85.85m having already surpassed the 90m line this season. Two other reigning global champions will be in action on the men's side: Rio winner Germany's Christoph Harting in the discus and London winner Poland's Pawel Fajdek in the hammer. Harting will face world silver medallist Daniel Stahl from Sweden and last year's winner Lukas Weisshaidinger from Austria in the discus and Fajdek will face last year's winner Quentin Bigot from France in the hammer. On the women's side, recently crowned world indoor champion Anita Marton from Hungary will contest both the shot put and discus in Leiria. The discus line-up also includes event record-holder Nadine Muller and the Germans will also be strong in the women's javelin courtesy of former world champion Katharina Molitor and Christin Hussong. Favourites in the women's hammer are world bronze medallist Malwina Kopron from Poland, world-leader Hanna Malyshik from Belarus and former world bronze medallist and last year's winner Alexandra Tavernier from France. Outstanding heptathletes Geraldine Ruckstuhl from Switzerland and Alina Shukh from Ukraine also compete in the javelin, although Shukh will compete in the U23 competition instead.

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Kevin Mayer and Damian Warner were battling over the 8 events of the heptathlon. It came down to the 1000 meters, and Kevin Mayer held on to the gold by five points!

Mayer is a fine multi eventer. I recall Ashton Eaton telling me to watch both Kevin Mayer and Damian Warner as two fine multi eventers. They lived up to their hype and the competition was keenly competitive. Mayer told us, in the interview, that he was sub par in his pole vault, an event from which, he normally picks up many points.

A relaxed interview, Kevin Mayer was happy winning his global title, and we spoke about the World Indoors and what he will do in the ten eventer in the Summer of 2018.

Rupp_Galen1c-Boston17.jpgGalen Rupp, Boston 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

ROME (ITA): On the road to the Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon winner Galen Rupp will compete in the Rome-Ostia Half Marathon where he could challenge the sub-one hour mark in good conditions. The American record stands to Ryan Hall at 59:43 but the course between Rome-Ostia is point-to-point and thus not record-eligible. The elite field includes two sub-one hour performers: Kenya's Justus Kangogo (59:31 PB) and Ethiopia's Dino Sefir (59:42 PB). Favourites in the women's race are Kenya's Rebecca Chesire (68:21 PB), Ethiopians Amane Beriso (68:43), Koren Jelela (70:52 PB) and Haftamenesh Tesfay (74:29 PB) who clocked 2:20:13 PB in the Dubai Marathon in January. With help from Alberto Stretti.

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Coe about replacing Bolt
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): IAAF President Sebastian Coe spoke with AIPS young reporters. About the issue of replacing Usain Bolt he said: "You don't replace Usain Bolt. So what do we need from the athletes? We need the athletes to be more accessible. We need to make sure that we are telling their stories properly. I have a working proposition that to find people to fill Usain Bolt's shoes where the performance is the passport that gets you to the championship. You then need promotion and that needs to be done by the federation, by us or by helping the athletes to get in the right media environment to tell their stories. It's not because Usain Bolt has won a lot of Olympic medals or his world records that has made him to what he is. That is fantastic, but that's not what has captured the imagination of the public around. They like the showmanship, they like the fact that he's got a personality. We need the promotion, but we really need the athletes to allow their own personality to come through."
RunBlogRun: Lord Coe is correct. Usain Bolt was able to communicate, quite easily and naturally, his love for the sport, his athletic ability and his sense of humor. His ability to hang with the fans, and take incessant selfies had fans waiting for him in all weather conditions. We have many young and not so young stars. A huge part of the change needed is how we embrace social media, live coverage and realize that our sport is becoming less and less important to major media organizations. The IAAF needs to figure that part of the puzzle.

One of the true highlights of the World Indoors in Birmingham was watching Christian Coleman run through his first round, semi final, and then, running his fine final, to take gold in the World Indoor 60 meters, and set a Championship record at 6.37!

Coleman_ChristianSF-WorInd18.jpgChristian Coleman, photo by PhotoRun.net

The modified media interview area, titled, I Space was a good way to shake things up at a four day championship. We did this interview via Facebook Live and we observed Christian speaking about his craft.

Christian likes to speak with his running, but he is getting the hang of it, and gets comfortable with the media. A fine athlete and a modest man, we enjoyed speaking with Christian about his season and his pleasure at winning his first global title.

Congrats Christian !

Watch for our extended interview with Christian coming up!

Jobodwana_Anaso-PreC15.jpgAnaso Jobodwana, photo by PhotoRun.net
Jobodwana wins 150 m, Gatlin fourth
PRETORIA (RSA, Mar 8): At the second meet of new South African Series Anaso Jobodwana won the expected 150 m in 15.08 (-0.3) with World champion Justin Gatlin fourth in 15.23. Between them Roscoe Engel 15.17 and Luxolo Adams 15.18. National 100 m record holder Akani Simbine won the 100 m in fast 10.05 (-0.8) over Clarence Munyai 10.22 and Simon Magakwe also 10.22. Interesting to see return of Ngoni Makusha of Zimbabwe winning the B race in 10.25 (+1.3), his fastest since 2011. Botswana´s Isaac Makwala won the 300 m in 31.77 ahead of Thapelo Pora 32.57. World champion Nicholas Bett posted 48.88 World lead in the 400 m hurdles and beat the home elite Le Roux Hamman 49.22 followed by LJ Van Zyl 49.45 with Cornel Fredericks 49.63 and youth champion Sokwakhana Zazini 49.82 PB. In women 400 m hurdles Wenda Nel 55.31 and in the 200 m Justine Palframan 23.32 (-1.4). Men high hurdles winner Antonio Alkana posted 13.61 (+0.3) and Ruswahl Samaai leaped to 824 (-0.7) in the long jump. At altitude good quality 7:49.48 in the 3000 m by Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei and 1:47.20 by last year World U18 Champion Kenyan George Manangoi 1:47.20 in the 800 m.

This is a long workout, keep the pace, and stay focused.

20151212-ROSA0045.jpgPutting on spikes, photo by Justin Britton

Thursday, March 8, 2018: warm up, 2 sets of 8x400 meters, 200m jog, 400 meters at mile pace, 800 meter job between sets, cooldown

Week 8, starting to get into early season

Monday: warm up, three miles on track, jog turns, sprint straights, 4x150 meters strideout, two miles easy, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 16 x 200 meters, at current 800m pace, with 200 meter jog, on grass or track, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 4 x 150 meter stride outs

Thursday: warm up, 2 sets of 8x400 meters, 200m jog, 800 meter jog between sets, 400 meters at mile pace, 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. If no race, 45-50 minute run.

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

Walsh_Tom-Pre17.jpgTomas Walsh, photo by PhotoRun.net
Top Shot Put in Eugene
EUGENE (USA): Prefontaine Classic on May 26 as part of IAAF Diamond League will have a superb field in men´s shot put. It will feature every medalist from the last three global championships with 2016 Olympic Champion and Oregon native Ryan Crouser and 2017 World Champion and 2018 World Indoor champion Tom Walsh. Ryan Crouser thrilled last year's Pre Classic crowd with a Hayward Field record 22.43. Also in the competition 2015 World champion Joe Kovacs, former World champion David Storl, DL winner 2018 Darrell Hill. Bronze winner from Birmingham Tomas Stanek, Poland´s Konrad Bukowiecki with Michal Haratyk and bronze winner from London 2017 Stipe Zunic of Croatia.
RunBlogRun opines: The Pre Classic is the meet where Nike athletes go to shine. In the heartland of Nike, the meet, held at Hayward Field is a celebration each year of all things athletics. The shot field will have everyone who is a key player in the shot put world. I always love the shot put in Hayward, and this one will be total throw geek!

Andrews-Engels-Centorwitz-USAout17.jpgRobbie Andrews, Craig Engels, Matthew Centrowitz, photo by PhotoRun.net

BRISBANE (AUS): Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz is to compete in both of Brisbane's international meetings this month. The American will race on March 22 and March 28 against Commonwealth Games-bound athletes, including Australia's Luke Mathews, sport.com.au reports. Also due to line up in the latter meet will be Britain's Zharnel Hughes and Botswana's Isaac Makwala over 200m.

We gotta get better, and we will...

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The Atlanta Track Club is sponsoring @runblogrun's Moment of Larry from March 1-March 22, 2018. ATC is sponsoring this series to remind our @runblogrun readers about the Registration time for the 2018 AJC Peachtree 10k!

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The 49th edition of the world's largest 10k, the AJC Peachtree Road Race will be held on July 4, 2018. The open registration for the AJC Peachtree Road Race Lottery is open March 15, 2018 to March 22, 2018.

Key Dates for AJC Peachtree Road Race Registration

March 1-14: Early Registration for Atlanta Track Club members at atlantrackclub.org

March 15-22: Lottery Registration for the general public open at AJC.com/peachtree.

March 22: Lottery selections emailed and posted on peachtreeroadrace.org and AJC.com/peachtree

Our Moment of Larry highlights a special moment from an event or day and our behind the scenes coverage of events in our sport. For March 2, 2018, we are speaking about the Men's Long Jump at 2018 World Indoor Championships, and this amazing Cuban teenager, Juan Miguel Echevarria!

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Juan Miguel Echevarria, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Principles for transfers of allegiance
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Following the recommendations from the Transfer of Allegiance Working Group, Council agreed to a set of principles regarding transfers of allegiance in athletics, which include a minimum three-year waiting period for athletes wanting to transfer from one country to another. Also evidence that countries are offering full citizenship and associated rights with the provision that an athlete can transfer only once in their career, and that no transfers take place before the age of 20. An review panel will be established which will determine the credibility of applications. While the specific rules are being drafted for approval at the July meeting of Council in Buenos Aires, the IAAF's current freeze on transfers will remain in effect.
RunBlogRun opines: This is a worldwide mess. Some sanity is needed.

Aisha Praught Leer is an prime example of the how fast women's elite running is growing around the world. Aisha competed at 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters, and in 2016 began to focus on the 3000 meter steeplechase. This is an continuing feature that we are publishing on Aisha Praught Leer, with special thanks to Under Armour Running.

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Aisha Praught Leer is a steeplechaser, one of the toughest events in our sport. She represents Jamaica, in honor of her family heritage. In the 2018 World Indoor Championships, Aisha Praught ran a fine sixth place run in a very slow (say race walking pace) and tactical early pace, then a screaming last 1000 meters.

In the old days, steeplers were the people who could not race well at 1,500 meters, or 3000 meters. Well, no more. Aisha Praught Leer has Jamaican records at the 1,500 meters indoors, 3000 meters indoors and steeplechase.

In the following Instagram, Aisha thanks Joe Bosshard, her coach, for fine tuning her for her fine indoor season. Time to prepare for the outdoor 2018 season. With all of the speed that Aisha Praught Leer is showing, looking forward to seeing her over the barriers and in flat outdoor races. Stay tuned!

Aisha Praught Leer is an prime example of the how fast women's elite running is growing around the world. Aisha competed at 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters, and in 2016 began to focus on the 3000 meter steeplechase.

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World Championships to end the season
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Following several months of extensive consultation with groups including athletes and fans, IAAF Council agreed to a calendar framework that helps provide an understandable and set rhythm for the sport. The top change to current situation is that the World Championships should be held on the last weekend of August or first weekend of September to officially end the season. Also the World Cross Country Championships should be held earlier as currently and that is on the second weekend of February. World Indoors should be second weekend of March. The World Half Marathon Championships on the last weekend of March with the Race Walking Team Championships, allowed some flexibility, in either April or May, the World Relays on the first weekend in May and the World U20 Championships, allowed some flexibility, to be held in July.
RunBlogRun opines: This big question is, how does the IAAF use terrestrial TV and streaming video to bring the sport to more of the globe especially to the US, which had a smaller crowd given the opportunity to watch without buying the NBC gold medal deal. How does one continue to let the country that gives our sport the most stars and medals still give the fewest chances for people to view for free? Am I time traveling back into the 1990s?

The easy day is to be treasured during the season. Keep them easy.

20151212-ROSA0028.jpgFixing your shoes, photo by Justin Britton

Wednesday, March 7, 2018: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 4 x 150 meter stride outs

Week 8, starting to get into early season

Monday: warm up, three miles on track, jog turns, sprint straights, 4x150 meters strideout, two miles easy, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 16 x 200 meters, at current 800m pace, with 200 meter jog, on grass or track, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 4 x 150 meter stride outs

Thursday: warm up, 2 sets of 8x400 meters, 200m jog, 400 meters at mile pace, 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. If no race, 45-50 minute run.

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

Cheptegei_Joshua-WorC17.jpgJoshua Cheptegai, photo by PhotoRun.net

KAMPALA (UGA): Uganda has named a team of 24 athletes for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast from 4-15 April. World silver medallist Joshua Cheptegei has been named for both the 5000m and 10,000m and world U20 cross country champion Jacob Kiplimo will join Cheptegei in the 10,000m. Former world bronze medallist Solomon Mutai is part of a strong marathon team while top names on the women's side include Dorcus Ajok and Halima Nakaayi (800m), Winnie Nanyondo (1500m) and Mercyline Chelangat (10,000m). From Carole Fuchs.

Want an island? Well, if are a stud javelin thrower and can break the listed Finnish javelin record of 93.09 meters, you can win an Island at the Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland.

I am not making this up.

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

Willis_Nick-Millrose18.JPGNick Willis, photo by PhotoRun.net

CHRISTCHURCH (NZL): Nick Willis will miss the Commonwealth Games due to a leg injury, informs stuff.co.nz. He was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his fibula five weeks ago and is yet to resume running. "I had hoped that I would only miss four weeks of training, but that was really a best case scenario. I am still at least two weeks out from being able to run again, so the decision not to compete at the games has been made for me by my leg, it's not even an option sadly," he said. Willis has won medals at the last three editions of the Commonwealth Games.

RunBlogRun opines: At the age of 88, Sir Roger Bannister died, on March 4, 2018. The news resonated around the world. We were in England, his home, and the tributes were particularly touching. Steve Cram and Seb Coe, on BBC Sports, noted that Sir Roger Bannister once teased them that if he, Sir Roger, had both the modern shoes and modern tracks, he could break their records. Seb Coe noted that he was a very clever man.

His training was light compared to now, almost all high quality, and nothing over 45 minutes. He only ran five days a week, yet, he achieved more than any one before him.

Here are some thought s from from some of the finest milers in US history on Sir Roger Bannister and his legacy.

image1-2.jpegJim Ryun and Sir Roger Bannister, circa 1967

image2-2.jpegThe signed Roger Bannister framed pic proudly on display in the Webb family home (Pic Courtesy Of Alan Webb)

RunBlogRun introduces: The Breaking 2 coverage last May was a paradigm changer. For me, staying up in Doha to watch it was fantastic. Also observing the twitter world during the live coverage, and then my twitter comments had bigger numbers that I would have expected (Nike had huge numbers, RunBlogRun, during the live broadcast, had 275,000 viewers).

The new IAAF World Tour put several of the meets on Facebook Live. They were fantastic. The interaction with young viewers, the global connections and the amazing clarity and coverage of the meets was exceptional.

I asked Mike Deering, partner with Adam Johnson Eder and AJ Felice at the Shoe Addicts, to comment on his viewing of Karlsruhe.

Here is what he had to say.

7e61909b-fb89-4991-b2a5-fe1cca746b53.jpgCindy Roleder, Karlsuhe presser, photo courtesy of Getty Images/IAAF

9e498411-86e9-491a-9da7-599409fc88ec.pngKeni Harrison, Karlsruhe Meeting, photo by PhotoRun.net

image3.jpegJeff Benjamin, Sir Roger Bannister, Brianna, Amanda Benjamin, photo by Jeff Benjamin

We are all saddened by the loss of Sir Roger Bannister, the first man who broke four minutes for the mile. As part of that coverage, here is a piece by Jeff Benjamin on pursuing Sir Roger for an autograph and to meet his hero. Jeff is our long time, long suffering East Coast Senior Editor from Staten Island who loves the sport he writes about with every fiber of his being. Enjoy.

Sisson_Emily-NycHalf17.JPGEmily Sisson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ritzenhein_DathanH-BaaHalf17.jpgDathan Ritzenhein, photo by PhotoRun.net

Aisha Praught Leer is an prime example of the how fast women's elite running is growing around the world. Aisha competed at 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters, and in 2016 began to focus on the 3000 meter steeplechase.

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Aisha Praught Leer wins over Emma Coburn and Dominique Scott, photo by PhotoRun.net

In 2013, Aisha Praught Leer met her biological father. Learning about her heritage, Aisha Praught decided to represent Jamaica in global competitions. She now runs for Under Armour. Aisha represented Jamaica in the 2015 World Championships, 2016 Olympics and the 2017 London World Championships.

With a fine pb of 9:19. 29 last season, the Jamaican National record, Aisha Praught Leer has been training with Emma Coburn, and her husband Joe, who is the coach. 2017 was a year of fine racing, and 2018 has opened even better.

At the Millrose Games, on February 4, Aisha Praught Leer won a fine 3000 meters against her training partner, Emma Coburn, in 8:41:10 to 8:41.16. It was a strong PB as she won the Fred Lebow 3000 meters!

The following weekend, at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, Aisha Praught Leer battled Dawit Seyaum, Ethiopian silver medalist from the 2016 Portland World Indoors, only loosing to Seyaum in the final meters. Seyaum ran 4:04:38 and Aisha Praught Leet set another Jamaican NR for the 1,500 meters of 4:04.95.

At last weekends World Indoor championships, in Birmingham, England, Aisha Praught Leer was in the thick of the battle, finishing sixth in 4:12.86, after having battled Shelby Houlihan, Winny Chebet and Beatrice Chepkoech.

Watch for our series on Aisha Praught Leer, as she builds towards outdoor season and finding her limits!

Here's a fun video we found from Under Armour on Aisha's instagram. Watch for our video series on Aisha as we build towards the summer of 2018.

I am me, and I'll never be anything but. I am #unlikeany. @underarmour

A post shared by Aisha Praught Leer (@aishapraughtleer) on

The eighteen medal haul of Team USATF was pretty impressive. Truth is, we probably missed a couple of medals with the plethora of DQs, but I am not going to get grumpy. Some fine athletes and some fine performances.

Thanks to Ashley Mitchel and Josh Gurnick, who toiled each session to provide us the support we needed to cover the four days of global track & field.

DXMRpKHW0AECJKw.jpgArena Birmingham, a moment of quiet, photo by Getty Images/British Athletics

The World Championships is now over and there is much to write about, analysise and kibbitz over. That's the fun part of our sport! You can speak about it around the world with global fans. With over 140 countries at the World Indoors, I have to say, each and every time I come to these events, I am most inspired! It reminds me of why I love the sport.

Kejelcha_YomifFHH1-WORLDi18.jpGYomif Kejelcha wins the slowest 3000m in WIC history, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tefera_SamuelFHH-WORLDi18.jpGSamuel Tefara, a teenager, won the slowest 1,500m in WIC history, photo by PhotoRun.net

The USATF team at the World Indoors Championships goal was 17 medals, and they achieved 18! A fantastic group of young and old athletes, Team USATF kicked the proverbial butt.

A group of fine athletes, and an honor to their country, @theshoeaddicts and @runblogrunn did tons of interviews with the athletes and we will be posting them over the next few weeks.

This is from the USATF communication team, which was superb, special thanks to Ashley Mitchell and Josh Gurnick, who survived my questions each and every session and provided even some geek stuff to help @runblogrun provide better coverage for our readers!

I love this report, on the superlatives from Team USATF!

Kerley_Fred4x4c-WORLDi18.jpGFred Kerley opening the 4x400 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

The World Indoor Championships are over, and they were four fine days and nights of athletics. There was also some frustration and curiosity over the number of protests, which affected the competition more than the races. What was obvious was that many athletes had little or no experience on running the indoor sport, which is a very different note. Many athletes, who had little experience, had issues with the high banking of the track. Athletes such as Pavel Maslak, who originally took the bronze, and after 2 DQs, was given the gold, has had little if any DQs in an indoor championship. Practice does make perfect.

Lavillenie-KendricksR-WORLDi18.jpGRenaud Lavillenie, Sam Kendricks, gold, silver, men's pole vault, photo by PhotoRun.net

On the other side, the number of DQs over lane violations suggest that, perhaps, the sport does need rules focused just on the indoor sport.

Niyonsaba_FrancineFHH-WORLDi18.jpGFrancine Niyonsaba, defends Portland with her Birmingham 2018 victory, photo by PhotoRun.net

We may also need an Ombudsman, someone neutral, who can reach to the Jury and remind them, that there has to be a happy medium between officiating and protecting athletes and protecting athletes too much.

Gers Olivier-thumb-500x500-30881.jpgOlivier Gers, IAAF CEO, photo from twitter.com

RunBlogRun opines: The morning after the IAAF World Indoors in Birmingham ends, a news release, shown below, in its' unedited entirety, announced the departure of Olivier Gers, who has been with the IAAF since 2016. The few times we were able to speak with him, we enjoyed the conversation. RunBlogRun believed that Mr. Gers had some real insights into modern marketing, and social media, a series of skills sets that the IAAF needs to reach the younger generation with our sport.

Olivier Gers will be at the IAAF for three more months. We thank him for his contributions to the sport. We have included an interview done with Mr. Gers on May 4, 2017.

We did enjoy the World Indoor Tour, on Facebook and twitter, one of his innovations. Watching the coverage, the number of young people, and their enthusiasm, was impressive. We hope that program is continued, as @runblogrun thinks it was a great innovation.

The World Indoor Championships were memorable for many reasons. For Kenya, it is a new low at a World Indoor, with one medal, won on the final day in the 3000 meters, by Bethwell Birgen. In his weekly A View from Kenya, Justin Lagat, our long time correspondent, writes of the challenges in Birmingham for the athletes from Kenya.

Birgin_BethwellQ-Poland14.jpgBethwell Birgin, SOPOT 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

Time to get onto the track and have some fun. We will begin short track work and have some fun, remember to stretch and remember to cooldown well, watch the pace, you will want to go fast, but keep it under control, until the final two repetitions.

2015usatfxchoka3.jpgBreaking the tape, photo by Justin Britton

Monday: warm up, three miles on track, jog turns, sprint straights, 4x150 meters strideout, two miles easy, cooldown

Monday, March 5, 2018: warm up, three miles on track, jog turns, sprint straights, 4x150 meters strideout, two miles easy, cooldown

Week 8, starting to get into early season

Monday: warm up, three miles on track, jog turns, sprint straights, 4x150 meters strideout, two miles easy, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, 16 x 200 meters, at current 800m pace, with 200 meter jog, on grass or track, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 4 x 150 meter stride outs

Thursday: warm up, 2 sets of 8x400 meters, 200m jog, 400 meters at mile pace, 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. If no race, 45-50 minute run.

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

The excitement of the final day was there for all to see.

Stuart Weir wrote this piece on the successes of the British team on day four, and help put the performances of the home team into perspective. We thank Stuart for his humorous comments, his thoughtful analysis and his love of the sport. And thanks to all who came to Arena Birmingham, braving the cold of the first three days and the sunshine of the final day.

Pozzi_AdrewFL-WORLDi18.jpGAndrew Pozzi takes gold on the final day for Great Britain! photo by PhotoRun.net

The World Indoor Championships in Birmingham are being marred by offer officiating. It was a problem on day, it became a nightmere on day 2, and now, it is the narrative. Ironically, a conversation with Seb Coe from a year ago, noting that some of the rather arcane rules that hurt the sport need to be revised.

Husillos_OscarFVDQ-WORLDi18.jpGThe 400 meter that never was, first two DQed, Pavel Maslak wins, photo by PhotoRun.net

That runners are going out of their lanes is a fact. That they are impending others is not a fact. That several key stars were DQed for events that did not impeed others. The over judging of events will be, unfortunately, one of the narratives of this championships. The IAAF now had another problem that can mar the sport.

Consider this, why would a family of four come to a major championships, and see, to their horror that, after they watch a fantastic 400 meters, the gold and silver medalist are DQed for impeding other athletes' progress?

That is the issue, before the 400 meter and 800 meter fiascos, there was over 25 DQs, so anything after that was questioned. How could this happen in the birth place of modern track & field?

What about Federations that file complaints, hoping to get their athletes a medal? It sure seems like what is happening.

Our sport has bumping and physical contact, get over it.

A 400 meter heat where all in the heat are DQed?

The sport needs an Ombudman, someone who is above the Jury of Appeals, and brings people to their senses. This is like a Monty Python episode, The Athletes who run out of lanes.

Please read this well considered piece by our English friend who I thought was a Scot, J. Stuart Weir.

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Our Moment of Larry highlights a special moment from an event or day and our behind the scenes coverage of events in our sport. For March 1, 2018, we are speaking about the Men's High Jump at 2018 World Indoor Championships, from Birmingham, England.

Seb Coe is the President of the IAAF. He took over the Federation during its lowest time in modern history. Coe survived the incarceration of Lamine Diack, the Russian drug crisis, and has been left with a sport that has a future that still may have some unpleasant things from its past.

Seb speaking to the Media .jpgLord Coe, with TV crews in Mixed Zone, (note Yiannis Nikolaou, IAAF Communications Manager, in purple shirt), photo by Larry Eder

A global federation is only as good as its members, and its leadership.

Seb Coe, for whatever reasons, seems still personally invigorated by his sport, and genuinely wants its future success.

We were fortunate to meet with Lord Coe on Saturday evening, as he was walking through the Mixed Zone, speaking with the BBC, Olympic TV, Czech TV and then, RunBlogRun.

I asked him a few questions. I wanted to see what were his favorite moments as a British citizen and his favorites as the leader of the global federation. Seb, being Seb, beat me to the punch on that one. My final question was, how do you deal with the two lords of modern sport, Entertainment and Real Sports?

His answer was thoughtful, as you would expect.

Below is our audio interview with Seb Coe, from 3 March 2018.

I am in Birmingham, England. The snow is a few inches, but the winds and bitter cold remind me of long runs in Pennyslvania in the late 1980s with my friend Danny Ferrara. We were at Runners World and were training for the Boston Marathon in 1986. We were running on the snow, and while it was very cold, we were dressed well, and ran through trees covered with ice and the sun was out. The conversation was good, the laughing kept us warm and we went through our 28 mile run that day feeling pretty good.

Today, you are running 70 minutes. It is a perfect run for you at this stage in the season. Find some friends, dress appropriately and remember, running is all about the memories.

20151212-_D3_0787.jpgThe Sunday run, photo by Justin Britton

Sunday, March 4, 2018: Relaxed Long run, 70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

Week seven, building for the big season

Monday: warm up, three miles on track, jog turns, sprint straights, 4x150 meters strideout, two miles easy, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, Fartlek, 50 minutes, five minutes controlled, 20 times 1 minute hard, one minute easy, five minutes controlled, then, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 4 x 150 meter stride outs

Thursday: warm up, one set of 10 x 400 meters, 200 meter jog, at mile pace, 800m jog, 4 x 200 meters, pace of current 800m pace, cooldown, and long session of stretching.

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. If no race, 45-50 minute run.

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

Walsh_TomasW-WORLDi18.jpGTomas Walsh, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here are the Quotes of day, and stats only a track geek would love, special thanks to Alfons Juck, EME News.

Morris_SandiH-WORLDi18.jpGSandi Morris, photo by PhotoRun.net

I was watching Sandi Morris' last jump from the BBC radio live row in the media section. Ed Harry was calling the jump and it was truly exciting. With Ed Harry covering the vault, it allowed me to appreciate the tension and emotion in the tremendous vault competition at Birmingham. Here is Stuart Weir's comments on the amazing pole vault!

Harrison_KeniFH-WORLDi18.jpGChristina Manning, Keni Harrison, Nadine Visser, the 60 meter hurdles, final, March 3, 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

Keni Harrison is the World Record holder for the 100 meter hurdles. She has been followed by bad luck for a while now, not making Olympic teams, missing medals. Each time an interview came up, she would be asked about her tough luck. It had to be overpowering.

Yet, this weekend, Keni Harrison took her legacy into her own hands and ran strong rounds in the 60 meter hurdles. Her semi final made it clear that Keni Harrison was here for business.

In the final, Keni Harrison had one of her finest starts, and ran, hurdle for hurdle, with precision and focus. No one was going to stop Keni Harrison at the Arena Birmingham on Saturday, March 3, 2018, as she ran a championship record of 7.70! Her time is only two tenths of a second off the WR set by Susana Kallur of Sweden in 2005.

Keni Harrison now has her first global title, and she knows it. I told BBC last night that Keni Harrison is one of the finest hurdlers in the world. She had to believe that. Her coach, Edrick Floreal, posted the following tweet after Keni Harrison's race. It is worth remembering!

Coleman_ChristianQ-WORLDi18.jpGChristian Coleman, running a pedestrian 6.71 in first round, Birmingham, photo by PhotoRun.net

The sixty meters is an unforgiving sprint.

You either are on, or you are off.

Christian Coleman has been on all season.

His 6.37 for the 60 meters woke us up on January 19. A fast time, but again, early in season, and without electronic blocks, a Zero gun and drug testing (it costs money), no record. Maurice Greene's 6.39 from 1998 and 2001 was safe for a bit more time.

That time ended on February 17, when Christian ran 6.34 at the USATF Indoor Championships, destroying the World Record and setting a WR with electronic blocks, Zero Gun and drug testing. Coleman had his world record.

And then, comes the World Indoors....

Doyle-Okolo-WimbleyM-WORLDi18.jpGEilidh Doyle, Courtney Okolo, Shakima Wimbley, 400 meter women medalists, photo by PhotoRun.net

The third day of the championships was exciting and envigorated the crowd in Arena Birmingham. The host country fans, chilled to the bone coming to the stadium, were warmed up with the silver medal of Laura Muir, bronze of Eilidh Doyle and the gutty run of Elliot Giles.

Kszczot_AdamFH1-WORLDi18.jpGAdam Kszczot wins 800 meters, with close battle for the silver and bronze, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's Stuart Weir, giving us a view from the media seats, on the British performances of the day, in the midsts of the US winning TJ (Will Claye), women's PV (Sandi Morris), 1-2 in women's 400 meters, silver in men's 800 meters, and after massive DQs in 400 mens, a medal of some color. And then, we have not even begun speaking on the 60 meter hurdles (Keni Harrison finally gets a global title).

Dibaba_Genzebe15FV-WORLDi18.jpGGenzebe Dibaba doubles as do Laura Muir and Sifan Hassan! photo by PhotoRun.net

Thanks Stuart for your fine British coverage for RunBlogRun!

The high jump was featured on Thursday night, the opening night.

Seb Coe, the President of the IAAF, told @runblogrun that they took the field event feature from Portland 2016. "It was a great feature from Portland, and we used that idea." noted the smiling President, after two days of great performances (watch for our exclusive blog video with Lord Coe).

The high jump had one jump by a women jumper, then a man.

And then, the heights grew and field dropped to eight, then, six, and then, there were two.

Barshim_Mutaz1-WorInd18.jpgMutaz Essa Barshim and wicked gravity, photo by PhotoRun.net

Muir_Laura-WorInd18.jpgLaura Muir, waiting her time, 3000 meters, March 1, 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

There are enormous expectations on Laura Muir in the United Kingdom. And Laura knows it, and so does British Athletics. Andy Young, her coach, gets it as well. In London last summer, Laura Muir took 4th in the 1,500m and sixth in the 5000 meters. It was an impressive performance, but no medals.

In Birmingham, Laura Muir made a mature move in the 3000 meters, always covering the moves of Genzebe Dibaba, then, Sifan Hassan and Hellen Obiri. Using that long strength and drive, Laura Muir put herself in a place where she could medal and she did. That long drive over the last 400 meters was thrilling, and Laura won her first global medal.

Laura had a long journey to even get to Birmingham, taking a taxi for six hours from snow covered Scotland. Her taxi bill, $2,250, which was covered by British Athletics.

Again, a tremendous race, where Genzebe Dibaba used a 1000 meter final push of 2:37 to win in 8:45! Hellen Obiri fell back, but Sifan Hassan charged and Laura Muir followed, separating the medalists from the madding crowd.

Here's our interview with Laura Muir, special thanks to The Shoe addicts!

Our thoughts on Laura Muir? A serious athlete, ensconced in her veternarian studies and training with Andy Young, who is a fine coach and a great guy to chat over running with on a cold evening.

Here's Laura Muir, post race, and our five minute interview:

Vashti Cunningham is the future of the high jump. In 2016, Vashti won the USATF Indoors, went professional, then won the World Indoors. Vashti is coached by her father, Randall Cunningham and is one of the true talents of the event. In 2018, Vashti has won the US Indoors for the third time then battled Maria Lasitskene, Alessia Trost, and Morgan Lake to take the silver medal in the high jump.

Cunningham_VashtiFL-WorInd18.jpgVashti Cunningham, silver medalist, HJ, 2018 World Indoor Championships, photo by PhotoRun.net

This interview, managed by the Shoe addicts, is a lot of fun. RunBlogRun asked Vashti about how she competes, her training, her favorite music, her social media presense and her interest in fashion. What we found? A confident young woman who is a fierce competitor, and lots of fun to speak with!

Special thanks to the IAAF and LOC for setting up the Ispace concept, which is a modified press conference approach.

This is a fun little video on the beginnings of our journey to Birmingham, England. We always do circuitous routes, depending our airfares and needs. The World Indoors has over 530 athletes from over 70 countries and the host city is one of my favorites.

DXMRpKHW0AECJKw.jpgArena Birmingham, photo from Getty Images/British Athletics

What we did not expect, however was the snow, the cold and how much it affected Birmingham. Essentially the philosophy here is, we will wait the snow out. No snow shovels, no salt, little sand, so you trudge around and try to make it work.

Special thanks to the sponsors of our coverage. The Atlanta Track Club is sponsoring our daily Moments of Larry, one of my favorite notes each day. I pick my favorite moment of the day! ATC is sponsoring the AJC Peachtree Road Race, the largest 10k in the world (ATC members register at Atlanta Track Club March 1-14, Open registration is March 15-22 (AJC.com/peachtree), and check if you made the race March 25 on at peachtreeroadrace.org and AJC.com/peachtree.

We are also supported by Under Armour for this event. Under Armour has launched their new shoe, the Under Armour HOVR Sonic, here's the review. We encourage you to check out the UA HOVR sonic as they are supporting the sport.

So, enjoy the video and watch for more coverage!

How did your race go? Racing different distances put differnt stress levels on your systems and also prepares you for unusual races. That is why we have you race different distances.

20151212-ROSA0067.jpgFinal stretching, photo by Justin Britton

Saturday, March 3, 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. If no race, 45-50 minute run.

Week seven, building for the big season

Monday: warm up, three miles on track, jog turns, sprint straights, 4x150 meters strideout, two miles easy, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, Fartlek, 50 minutes, five minutes controlled, 20 times 1 minute hard, one minute easy, five minutes controlled, then, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 4 x 150 meter stride outs

Thursday: warm up, one set of 10 x 400 meters, 200 meter jog, at mile pace, 800m jog, 4 x 200 meters, pace of current 800m pace, cooldown, and long session of stretching.

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. If no race, 45-50 minute run.

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

Ahoure_MarielleFV-WORLDSi18.jpGMurielle Ahoure, wins 60 meter gold! photo by PhotoRun.net

TaLou_MarieSF-WORLDSi18.jpGMarie Jose Ta Lou wins silver at 60 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

We all respect that rules are here to keep our sport out of anarchy. But, while @runblogrun respects the need for proper officiating, we are concerned about the literal interpretation of our rules this weekend. Obstruction or advantage has always been part of the spirit of the rules. This weekend, while the officials are right on one level, the DQs and protest are putting a bitter taste in the mouths of some athletes, managers and keen observers.

Chelimo_PaulQ1-WORLDi18.jpGPaul Chelimo, Richard Ringer, photo by PhotoRun.net

KJT.jpgKaterina Johnson-Thompson finally gets her global gold! photo by Getty Images/IAAF

An amazing day 2 for GBR team. Stuart Weir reminds us of the amazing journey of Katerina Johnson Thompson, another smart run by Laura Muir and Asha Philip's gutty run.

Murielle Ahoure made history at the end of the day on Friday, March 2, 2018. And what a way to end the day.

Ahoure_MarielleFV1a-WORLDSi18.jpGMurielle Ahoure wins the 60 meter title in 6.97! photo by PhotoRun.net

First, Katerina Johnson Thompson finally won a well deserved global medal in the pentathlon.

And then, Cote D'Ivoire won their first gold medal, and then a silver medal, both in the same race.

Murielle Ahoure, with a super start, dominated the 60 meters with a fine 6.97. The time was the fastest time in 8 years. And at 7.05, was Marie Jose Ta Lou, another fine athlete from the CIV (two time silver medalist at the World Outdoors in 2017 London), with Switzerland's Mujinga Kambundji taking bronze, also in 7.05!

Anita Marton won the shot put gold, the first time an athlete from Hungary has won a World Indoor title! Anita told us, that her win really had not sunken in.

What a day of track and field, watch for more of our coverage from @runblogrun!

Harrison_KeniQ-WORLDSi18.jpGKeni Harrison, 60 meter hurdle prelims, photo by PhotoRun.net

The women's 60 meter hurdles could be the most competitive event in the women's World Indoor portfolio of competitive events. On Thursday PM, I spoke with BBC 5 Live's Lee James and Ed Harry. I told them that the 60 meter hurdles for woman had three women who could break the WR. I had not even mentioned the World Champion Sally Pearson, who looked fantastic in the prelims as well as a fine run by Cindy Roleder.

Manning_ChristinaQ-WORLDSi18.jpGChristina Manning, photo by PhotoRun.net

Stuart Weir considers this upcoming race, which has the semi-finals on Saturday, March 3 at 6:05 PM!

Christian Coleman was the silver medalist at 100 meters in 2017 London World Championships. After a very long season, Christian Coleman let his legs do the talking in 2017.

He started 2018 with a bang, and a fast time. On January 2019, Christian ran 6.37 for the 60 meters at the Clemson Athletic Complex. A superb time, but just not satisfying the needs for an official world record. No one, probably not even Christian, thought he would set a world record in January! Without electronic blocks, a Zero gun and drug testing, Christian's fast time was just that, a notable fast time. Maurice Greene's WR of 6.39, set on March 1999 and tied again in March 2001 by Mr. Greene, the dominating American sprinter from 1997 to 2001.

Coleman_ChristianWR634f-USin18.JPGChristian Coleman, new 60 meter WR holder of 6.34, February 17, 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

On February 10, at the New Balance indoor GP, the runner stumbled. Christian recovered and ran a 6.45, waking the fans up, as many thought, "this man can break the WR at will."

Christian Coleman tookt the stage on February 16, at the Albequerque Convention Complex. Coleman ran 6.45, while shutting down at mid way in the 60 meters. In the semi on Sunday, February 17, Christian ran a 6.43 in the semi final, again, shutting down with 20 meters to go. That set up the final.

In the final, Christian Coleman had an okay final, but was full speed midway and was flying away from the field. Just before the finish, Christian Coleman outstretched his arms and ran through the finish, looking like a marathoner of old, running 6.34! A new world record candidate? Well, with electronic blocks, a Zero gun, and drug testing, Christian Coleman had his WR!

On March 2, Christian Coleman spoke to the assembled media and here are some of his thoughts on his new place in the world of sprinting!

One final thought, when I spoke to Maurice Greene after Christian Coleman's 60 meter WR, Maurice was very positive on Christian's future. "If he can fix some of the small things, and it is always the little things in sprinting, Christian can run close to 9.6! "

Think about that. Think very hard about that.

And watch Christian in the 60 meter round at 10:15 on Saturday, March 3, 2018!

I had to check it five times to truly understand it.

Taplin_BralonQ-WorInd16.jpgBralon Taplin, photo by PhotoRun.net

And entire heat of the 400 meters was disqualified and then, after an appeal, they were all still DQed.

In the 3000 meters, Paul Chelimo and Richard Ringer were disqualfied, both for running out of their lanes.

Stuart Weir examines both and we have come to an interesting conclusion. How can one be completely right and completey wrong at the same time.

I understand that we need to innovate the sport, and I am not doctor, but I always thought we wanted people to come and watch our stars compete, not be disqualified.

Muir_Laura-WorInd18.jpgLaura Muir takes her first global medal at 3000 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's some deep thoughts from Stuart Weir on day 1, and the high jump wins by Mariya Lasitskene and Danil Lysenko. In the 3000 meters, Genzebe Dibaba won the gold, with Sifan Hassan winning silver and GBR's Laura Muir running her race, and a smart last 400 meters to win the bronze, Muir's first medal at these Games.

The AJC Peachtree 10k is the largest 10k in the world! The tshirt is the real prize, for runners who break sixty minutes is a collectors item. And this race should be on your bucket list! Watch RunBlogrun for reminders for when to sign up for the lottery. From March 1-14, is time for Atlanta Track Club members, for March 15-21, is the time for mere humans to sign up for the lottery, and March 22 is the day when those who get to run begin to find out!

This race is held on July 4 each year in Atlanta, Georgia and you should be there!

Read below to learn how to get into the the AJC Peachtree Lottery!

GoBabyGo1a-Peachtree17.jpgRunning the AJC Peachtree Road Race, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's your Friday, and enjoy the easy day, and watch some of the World Indoors (on 5.30-8.30 Eastern and again in PM, check local listings), and get inspired.

20151212-ROSA0029.jpgA pair of spikes, photo by Justin Britton

Friday, March 2, 2018: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Week seven, building for the big season

Monday: warm up, three miles on track, jog turns, sprint straights, 4x150 meters strideout, two miles easy, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, Fartlek, 50 minutes, five minutes controlled, 20 times 1 minute hard, one minute easy, five minutes controlled, then, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 4 x 150 meter stride outs

Thursday: warm up, one set of 10 x 400 meters, 200 meter jog, at mile pace, 800m jog, 4 x 200 meters, pace of current 800m pace, cooldown, and long session of stretching.

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. If no race, 45-50 minute run.

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

DXMRpKHW0AECJKw.jpgArena Birmingham , courtesy of British Athletics
Here's the news from Birmingham, to provide you an insider's view of the World Indoor Championships from Birmingham.

One of my favorite parts of the World Championships is the notes and quotes from Alfons Juck and EME News. Alfons puts on the Ostrava Golden Spike, manages key athletes from Central Europe and produces the finest daily news from the world of athletics.

Dibaba_GenzebeFV1-WORLDi18.jpGSifan Hissan, silver and Genzebe Dibaba defends her 3000m title! photo by PhotoRun.net

Muir_Laura-WorInd18.jpgLaura Muir, bronze medal at 3000 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lasitskene_Mariya-WorInd18.jpgMaria Lasitskene, gold at HJ at 2.01 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lysenko_Danil1-WORLDi18.jpGDanil Lysenko, HJ gold, 2.36m last attempt clearance! photo by PhotoRun.net

An excellent first session, an enthusiastic crowd, and the first global medal for Scotland's Laura Muir, who braved a six hour taxi ride through snow and slush to get to Birmingham as all airports and trains in Scotland were closed. Taxi bill? 1500 pounds sterling or $2250 U.S. That was worth it for a bronze medal!

Since 1998, Cregg Weinmann has been writing for our media group. He began writing for California Track & Running News in the mid 1990s and when we purchased California Track & Running News, Cregg then began writing the Running Network Shoe Reviews. Cregg now is moving our reviews to the digital and social venues where our runners frequent. You can find him at @runblogrun and our partner sites.

This is the review of the Under Armour HOVR Sonic. Under Armour did a global launch with this new product in February 2018. We also wanted to thank Under Armour for joining our sponsor group in supporting our travel and coverage of major events. UA is supporting us in Birmingham and we are most appreciative.

Remember, brands that support RunBlogRun, the Shoe Addicts and RunningNetwork, have a choice. Brands like that are supporting the culture of the sport the events of the sport. Support those brands that support the sport you love.

What is fascinating to me, about our sport, is the wonderful people in it, the human capital of athletics. All of our successes and failures begin and end with the human capital of athletics. I learn to respect the hard work and challenges for coaches, athletes, managers, offiicals, and yes, fans in our sport.

Stuart Weir is all about giving you, the reader a view that he has seen in his travels and interactions with his fellow travelers, the athletes of GBR.

Here's his thoughts on an admitted favorite, Shelayna Oksan-Clarke.

Oskan_ShelaynaQ-EuroInd15.jpgShelayna Oksan-Clarke, photo by PhotoRun.net

Captains.jpgAndrew Pozzi, Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (captains) and Lee Thompson, photo from British Athletics

Stuart Weir continues to write for us this weekend on the British team, and his insights into that fine group of athletes. We sometimes do need a translator, as someone much brighter than me noted that U.S. and GBR are quite close, except, at times, we are separated by lanuage.

Pavel Maslak, is the Chairman of the 400 meters indoors. Pavel has won three European Indoor titles, one European outdoor and two World Indoor titles. Perhaps, Pavel is made for the indoor track, but, this man runs with savvy and speed and makes few mistakes on the indoor arena. Here are a few thoughts from Pavel prior to his races, which begin Friday morning 11.20 AM local time.

Maslak_PavelSF1-World16.jpgPavel Maslak, photo by PhotoRun.net

6a76b2f3-44a5-48b3-9119-8062a28114b3.pngThe 2018 World Indoor Championships, held in Birmingham, Englans from March 1-4, 2018 is just hours away! RunBlogrun will be covering each and every event from the Arena Birmingham. We thought that this resource from the IAAF was great addition to enjoying the event! Enjoy! Here's the link for the IAAF Provisional entry list: entries-by-country-iaaf-world-indoor-champi.pdf

da013bc5-ebff-4bd9-9d19-85a8eaf9a5b9.jpgThe IAAF Heritage Department is a new department and program from the IAAF, celebrating the history and culture of our sport. Chris Turner, long time Communications manager at the IAAF, is heading up the initiative. His love of the sport, his appreciation of all things javelin and all things Finnish, make him a perfect person to champion the history of our sport.

RunBlogRun will be at the unveiling of the new IAAF Heritage Colleciton on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Watch for our reports and videos!

A day on the track is what we do on Thursdays. As we build your strength and speed, we callous you for the upcoming season. My trick for speed days? Take one repeat at a time, and focus on the tack. Don't show off, do not get into races, leave that for race days.

20151212-ROSA0037.jpgGetting ready for a race, photo by Justin Britton

Thursday, March 1, 2018: warm up, one set of 8 x 400 meters, 200 meter jog, at mile pace, 800m jog, 4 x 200 meters, pace of current 800m pace, cooldown, and long session of stretching.

Week seven, building for the big season

Monday: warm up, three miles on track, jog turns, sprint straights, 4x150 meters strideout, two miles easy, cooldown

Tuesday: warm up, Fartlek, 50 minutes, five minutes controlled, 20 times 1 minute hard, one minute easy, five minutes controlled, then, cooldown

Wednesday: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 4 x 150 meter stride outs

Thursday: warm up, one set of 10 x 400 meters, 200 meter jog, at mile pace, 800m jog, 4 x 200 meters, pace of current 800m pace, cooldown, and long session of stretching.

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. If no race, 45-50 minute run.

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

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