April 2018 Archives

Sum_EuniceQ1-Rio16.jpgEunice Sum, photo by PhotoRun.net

DOHA (QAT): 2013 world 800m champion Eunice Sum is looking forward to stepping up to 1500m at the opening Diamond League meeting in Doha. She told Xinhua: "So far I am in top form. I have not competed anywhere this year and this will be a good start. I want to see what competition is there in the race and then I will make my judgement on how to go about it."

Sum_Eunice1a-Birmingham15.jpgEunice Sum, photo by PhotoRun.net

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

DOHA (QAT): World javelin champion Johannes Vetter is confident he can surpass his PB of 94.44m in the javelin, informs European Athletics. "When I threw the 94.44m, I had no wind and I know when Jan Zelezny was throwing his world record, he had really good back wind. I am sure if I had the same wind situation in Luzern as Zelezny had in Jena, then I can also throw 97 metres or more. I am looking to beat my personal best. The training is going really well and I am in a really good mood. We will see what happens, with the perfect mood in the perfect competition. Maybe there is a good situation of the wind, the run-up has to be good and there are so many things which have to come together, to throw really far," he said. Vetter, who has already gone out to 92.70m this season, will open his summer campaign in the Doha Diamond League on Friday. Vetter will face Olympic champion Thomas Rohler and fellow world medallists Petr Frydrych and Jakub Vadlejch.

gymnasiade2018-flyer-848x521.jpgThe Gymnasiade 2018, has over 3000 youths competing in Morocco this coming week, May 4 to May 7. Here's the story from our friends at Athletics Africa, a very fine site, which we encourage you to check out for all athletics information on Africa.

Guliyev_RamilR-WorCH17.jpgRamil Guliyev, photo by PhotoRun.net

DOHA (QAT): World champion Ramil Guliyev headlines an excellent 200m field for the Doha Diamond League on 4 May. Guliyev will face opposition from world bronze medallist and recently crowned Commonwealth champion Jereem Richards from Trinidad & Tobago, reigning Diamond League winner Noah Lyles from the United States and triple Olympic medallist Andre de Grasse from Canada. Reigning world and Olympic 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod from Jamaica (20.48 PB) makes his Diamond League debut at the distance.

RunBlogRun opines: One of the best things about the Doha DL are the amazing fields that open up the Diamond League season. This 200 meters should be a barn burner, with Jereem Richards, Noah Lyles and Andre De Grasse and Omar McLeod. Richards, Lyles and DeGrasse will give Guliyev a battle. Make sure you watch the Doha DL on May 4!


European Athletics has been doing some very smart things for their member federations over the past three years, under their President Sven Arne Hansen. Building consensus, and looking for ways to innovate, Hansen has encouraged the member federations to look at ways to increase the interest and participation in the sport with the youngest fans.

Berlino is a case in point. The official mascot has been a favorite in past European Athletics Championships. The multi sport approach of the European Championships, held in Glasgow, Scotland and Berlin, Germany, is an innovative approach.

1284034_G08_W01 berlino the bear.jpgBerlino the bear, which the press release notes is the "biggest comeback since Abba!", photo: Camera 4: Berlin 2018

The European Championships will be the largest global athletic event in 2018. @runblogrun looks forward to covering it for our readers.

300 meter cut downs are one of my favorite workouts. The idea is to get faster and faster. This type of workout gives you confidence in your leg speed and your racing.

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Monday, April 30, 2018: warm up, 50 minutes, 4 x 300 meters cut downs, 100 meter w ( only rule is increase speed, so if start at 58, then, 57, then, 56, then, 55), cooldown

USA wins 5 out of 6 at USA vs World
PHILADELPHIA (USA, Apr 28): USA vs World relays had all-time best in women sprint medley as USA Red clocked 1:35.20 with Destinee Brown, Aaliyah Brown, Kimberlyn Duncan, Raevyn Rogers (50.48). Second Trinidad and Tobago 1:37.42 and third Jamaica 1:38.31. Men sprint medley for USA clearly 3:14.91 over Canada 3:19.03. In the classic events USA won three times. Men 4x100 m (Collins, Gatlin, Hester, J.Walker) 38.39, 4x400 m (Washington, Cherry, Chambers, Berry) 3:01.31 and women 4x400 m (Stepter, Vlocker, Chambers, Harper) 3:26.73. Jamaica only won women 4x100 m in 43.14 over USA Red 43.18.
IMG_8135.jpgRyan Crouser, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts, 2017 USATF Outdoor
Sandi Morris 488, Ryan Crouser 22.01 lead Drake Relays
DES MOINES (USA, Apr 28): Ryan Crouser won the shot put in his season debut with excellent 22.01 during final day of Drake Relays. He beat World leader and World Indoor champion Tom Walsh 21.82, third Curtis Jensen 21.18. Another top mark 488 by Sandi Morris in pole vault ahead of Jenn Suhr 470 and Katie Nageotte 450. Fast hurdles by World record holder Keni Harrison 12.37 but wind-aided +2.5 ahead of Tobi Amusan 12.61 and Kori Carter 12.81. In the men 100 m Isiah Young 10.02 (+1.9) beating Mike Rodgers 10.03 and Chijindu Ujah 10.13 with Olympic medalist Andre De Grasse fourth in 10.15 in his first competition since July 2017. In men hurdles Devon Allen won in 13.42 (-1.3) ahead of World record holder Aries Merritt 13.45. Bahamian Jeffery Gibson won the 400 m hurdles 49.09, among women Georganne Moline 54.86 ahead of Olympic winner Dalilah Muhammad 55.08. Reggie Jagers won the discus 64.59 over Jamaican Travis Smikle 64.07 and Purdue clocked 3:28.42 in women 4x400 m.
Sandi Morris cleared 4.88 meters at Drake Relays!

Kipruto_RhonexFH -Kidney18.JPGRhonex KIpruto wins the UAE Healthy Kidney 10-K, photo by PhotoRun.net

Diriba_BuzeFH1 -Kidney18.JPGBeza Diriba wins the UAE Healthy Kidney 10-K, photo by PhotoRun.net

The UAE Healthy Kidney Run 10-K was held on Sunday, April 29, 2018. The 10k through Central Park is one of the more challenging courses on the NYRR circuit. In this piece for Race Results Weekly, Rich Sands writes about the fast and furious races upfront in both the men and women's elite races.

Tommie Smiith and John Carlos_630x354.jpgPeter Norman, Tommie Smith, John Carlos, photo from IOC

CANBERRA (AUS): Peter Norman, the Australian sprinter who shared the podium with the two "black power salute" athletes at the 1968 Olympics, has received a posthumous Order of Merit from the Australian Olympic Committee. Norman, who died in 2006, wore a badge supporting human rights while USA's Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the 200m gold and silver medallists, raised a black-gloved fist in protest against race discrimination. He was later punished for his actions. BBC reports.

RunBlogRun opines: Peter Norman, twelve years after his death was recognized by the Australian Olympic committee, with the Order of Merit. Ironically, the AOC was part of the group that treated Mr. Norman poorly during his life. He was not selected for the 1972 Olympic team due to his support of Tommie Smith and John Carlos, as well as aboriginal rights in Australia. Nice for his family to see this, but it should have been done while Mr. Norman was alive.

DSC_0049.JPGGilbert Yegon won the METRO Marathon Düsseldorf, in 2:13:55, METRO Marathon Düsseldorf, METRO Marathon Düsseldorf / Klaus-Dieter Weber

DSC_0100.JPGVolha Mazuronak wins the METRO Marathon Düsseldorf in 2:25:25, METRO Marathon Düsseldorf / Klaus-Dieter Weber

The METRO Marathon Düsseldorf was held today, on Sunday, April 29, 2018. There were 16,000 runners who competed in the Marathon and associated events, with 3,700 in the marathon. Volha Mazuronak won the women's marathon in 2:25:25, breaking the course record. On the men's side, Gilbert Yegon, after getting a bit lost, won the race in 2:13:55.


McLaughlin_SydneyWJR-USOut17.jpgSydney McLaughlin, 2017 USATF Outdoor 400 meter hurdles, photo by PhotoRun.net
Sydney McLaughlin 53.60 WJR
FAYETTEVILLE (USA, Apr 27): From 1st day of National Relay Championships a World U20 record is reported. Talented and versatile sprinter Sydney McLaughlin debuted in her specialty in the season so fast than never. Her 53.60 PB is not only World lead but also improvement of her former global junior mark 53.82 from last year US Championships in Sacramento. Also interesting to note the top shape of female sprinter Shania Collins. She clocked 11.10 (+1.1) in the 100 m and 22.57 (+1.6) in the 200 m, both personal bests. Ka´Tya Seymour won the other heat in 11.24 (+1.6) ahead of indoor surprise Javianne Oliver 11.29. In the 200 m second Puertorican hurdler Jasmine Camacho-Quinn 22.69 new personal best (she also won the hurdles in windy 12.53 +2.6). In men 100 m Kenzo Cotton 10.19 (+1.7) and Japanese Hakim Sani-Brown 20.64 (+1.4) in the 200 m. Nathan Strother won the 400 m in 45.01 and Daniel Roberts 110 m hurdles 13.53 (+1.4) with Jamaican Kemar Mowatt 49.80 at 400 m hurdles. 2016 World Indoor champion Marquis Dendy achieved 796 (+3.0) in long jump. Sharika Barnett won the 400 m in 51.50.

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Shitaye Eshete won the HASPA Hamburg, in 2:24:51, Photo: HochZwei / Haspa Marathon Hamburg

BJ9P8658.jpgSolomon Deksisa won the HASPA Hamburg marathon in 2:06:34, Photo: HochZwei / Haspa Marathon Hamburg

Here's the feature from Race News Service on the HASPA Hamburg Marathon. 14,251 ran in the marathon, and 33,000 ran in the accompanying races over the weekend. Marathons were won by Solomon Deksisa in 2:06:34, and Shitaye Eshete in 2:24:51.

Long runs on Sunday are part of the program. Find a nice place to run with some friends and get the run done. Make sure that you warm up and cooldown, and get the wet training gear off. This is the time of the season when you catch a cold.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018: Relaxed Long run, 70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

The 2018 Drake Relays had some tremendous performances,with some of the finest weather of the past decade during the Relays. From an American record for the 2 mile, a screaming world leader by Keni Harrison (12.37) for the 100 meter hurdles, the first 100 meters by Andre De Grasse in nearly one year, with Isaiah Young winning the 100 meters (10.02). And then, an amazing shot put, with Ryan Crouser over a jet lagged Tom Walsh.

We asked David Hunter to cover the 124th Penn Relays for @runblogrun, as he has done for the past several years. David provided this article just within hours of the finish of this year's Relays. David Hunter recently wrote the lead stories on the men's and women's elite races at the Boston marathon for @runblogrun. We hope you enjoy David Hunter's behind the scenes feature on the 124th Penn Relays and the development of USA versus the World.

M4x400-Penn04.jpgThe excitement of the handoff, Penn Relays, photo by PhotoRun.net

allyson felix:Tsundlun.jpegAllyson Felix, Tracy Sundlun, photo by NSAF

TS1984.jpegTracy Sundlun, Katherine Switzer, Jeff Benjamin, Tom Fleming, 1984, Staten Island Running Club of the Year Local Runner of the Year Dinner (look who won)

Here's Jeff Benjamin's story on one of my favorite human beings. Tracy Sundlun loves the sport, and has put his heart and soul into it. He also was part of the Swedish Relay world record, way back in 1977, but that is for another time.

Saturday is a day for racing. If you are not getting a race today, we have a mile race predictor for you. Try it, and tell us what you think!

IMG_5224.jpgA clean pair of track spikes, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts, check out www.hokaoneone.com.

Saturday, April 28, 2018. : warm up, race your primary distance. If no race, a time trial, 4 times 400 meter, at current mile pace, with 15 second break in between, add 4 times 400 meters up, and you get what you can run your mile at this very day, 30 minute cooldown

Rudisha_DavidFHL-NyDL15.jpgDavid Rudisha, adidas NYC 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

NAIROBI (KEN): Twice Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha is looking forward to his return to competition at the Shanghai Diamond League on 12 May. The Kenyan told Xinhua: "I hold China in high esteem. As a junior I started my running career with victory at the world junior championships back in 2006, though I ended up missing the Olympics due to injury. But I returned to China and won the world championships. In the Diamond League, this is special because I am coming back from injury and long layoff. I need to win to send out a statement."

RunBlogRun opines: David Rudisha is the two time Olympic champion, two World Champion and the 800 meter World record holder, has fought injuries for the past year. Rudisha notes that he is fit once again and is looking for a win in Shanghai. We have found a video from The Shoe Addicts in the London 2012 Archives on the amazing athlete.

This is the 18th report of the year, from our friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet. Carles compiles and manages these reports for us, and we are quite grateful. We hope that you appreciate the reports and pass them around. Remember, you can download each report as a PDF at the bottom of the next section.

Baker_RonnieSF-USin18.jpgRonnie Baker, photo by PhotoRun.net

Simpson_Jenny-USOut17.jpgJenny Simpson, photo by PhotoRun.net

The women's 1,500 meters at the Pre Classic is going to be pretty awesome this year, as always. Watch for this race to put four to five women under four minutes! Should be one of the real highlights of the year.

Torun.jpgTorun, Poland is the host of the 2021 European Indoor Championships, it was announced today. The European Indoor Championships is one of my favorite indoor meetings each two years. The crowds are fun, the competition is good and the chance to see 51 countries competing indoors is a blast. Nice to see European Athletics figuring out how to have cities compete to host their championships.

Hamburg-PC-S.jpg Isabella Andersson, Stephen Chebogut, Emmanuel Mutai, Sammy Kitwara and Stephen Kiprotich (left to right) during the press conference in Hamburg. Photo by HochZwei / Haspa Marathon Hamburg

Race News Service sent us their release on the HASPA Hamburg marathon, another one of the exciting marathons in Germany. Watch for the results on the Hamburg Marathon on Germany! They have a very fast field!

Simpson_JennyFH1-Drake13.jpgJenny Simpson, Drake Relays, 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

The second day of Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee featured distance races, plus the decathlon and heptathlon. Here's the full results.

Duesseldorf-Freitag-1.jpegGilbert Yegon, Hideyuki Ikegami, Germans Sebastian Reinwand and Fabienne Amrhein, Volha Mazuronak and Dereje Tulu (from left to right) at 27 April 2018 press conference,METRO Marathon Düsseldorf / Waldeck

The Metro Marathon Dusseldorf is going to be held on April 29, 2018 in one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. A top notch field, joining 16,000 runners running races associated with the Dusseldorf marathon weekend (3700 in marathon). Watch for updates from Race News Service this weekend on @runblogrun.

Again, a recovery day is key after every hard day! Your body needs to take the time to recover from hard days.

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Friday, April 27, 2018: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

IMG_3732.jpgChristian Coleman, Birmingham 2018, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts
Coleman for Shanghai DL
SHANGHAI (CHN): World Indoor champion Christian Coleman will make his Diamond League debut in Shanghai on 12 May when he goes head-to-head with defending champion Su Bingtian in a 100m showdown that's sure to be one of the highlights of a star-studded evening of world-class athletics. Also running World champion Justin Gatlin. Canada's Olympic bronze medallist, Andre de Grasse, will also be in the mix with British relay World champion Chijindu Ujah. In the 100 m also world 200m champion, Ramil Guliyev from Turkey and Japanese record holder Yoshihide Kiryu - two more sub-10 men. The women's 200m line-up is no less impressive with two-time world champion Dafne Schippers making her Shanghai debut against Jamaica's double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson. Also sprinting will be Marie Josee Ta Lou and Commonwealth gold medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo with US Kimberlyn Duncan and Deejah Steven with Kyra Jefferson. Mujinga Kambundji of Switzerland and top local runner Wei Yongli are completing the field.
IMG_3740.jpgChristian Coleman, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts, 2016 WIC Birmingham

Last week, @runblogrun featured Reebok's ZAP Fitness coach, Pete Rea as we questioned him about the fine performance of Tyler Pennel (4th), Nicole DiMercurio (6th) and Joanna Thompson (10th) in the elite race.

During our conversation, I asked Coach Rea if Joanna Thompson, who had spoken to me about writing before, would care to write about her experiences in Boston. A few days later, Joanna emailed me and a I asked for a story. And yesterday, the story arrived.

Here is a funny, poignant piece by elite tenth placer Joanna Thompson on her excellent adventure from Hopkinton to Bosoton on April 16, 2018.

Nicely done, Joanna.

Thompson_Joanna-BAA5k16.jpgJoanna Thompson, BAA 5k, 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

SalaheddineBounasserMAR_5NH9048-HerbertNeubauer.JPGSalaheddine Bounasse wins 2018 Vienna City Marathon, photo courtesy of VCM/Herbert Neubauer

NancyKiprop_Herbert Neubauer.jpgNancy Kiprop wins 2018 Vienna City Marathon, photo courtesy of VCM/Herbert Neubauer

41,919 runners competed in the various events of the Vienna City Marathon weekend, with just under 9000 braving the 20 degrees Celsius conditions on Saturday, now it its 35th year. The VCM is the largest sporting Event in Austria! Here's the story of the event.

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Justin Lagat did his long run at the Eldoret City Marathon, as he prepares for an upcoming race. This is his feature on the race, done on the same day of the London Marathon, where Kenyans Eliud KIpchoge and Vivian Cheruiyot won in spectacular fashion.

Lesson for Eldoret City Marathon, there is no place like home.

Yego_Elkana-OttawaM16.jpgElkana Yego, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cherop_Sharon-BostonM15.jpgSharon Cherop, photo by PhotoRun.net

JSWviv337.jpgVivian Cheruiyot, with the author, J. Stuart Weir, photo by Stuart Weir

Stuart Weir just finished covering the 2018 Commonwealth Games for me, and is on the way, with his every patient wife, to Doha, Qatar to cover the first Diamond League meet of the season. Doha is one of my favorites.

This is Stuart's piece on Vivian Cheruiyot, an athlete he has known since her double wins in Daegu, Korea in 2011. Also please note that, if you look below the article, Stuart Weir's bio appears. After several years of writing 20-30 pieces a year, the always throughtful Englishman who I thought was a Scotsman has gone big time.

Today's main focus is three times a 1000 meters, with stride outs following. It will be a long day, but a good workout for this time of the season.

IMG_5224.jpgTime to run fast, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts, Sacramento 2017 USA Outdoor Championships

Thursday, April 26, 2018, : warm up, 3 x 1000 meters, pace at 3200 meter pace, 30 minute run, 8 x 150 meter strideouts, cooldown,

image2.jpegPeter Coe, Wendy Sly, Dr. David Martin, Lord Seb Coe, photo courtesy of Wendy Sly

It was at the 2017 European Indoor Championships, in Belgrade, Serbia, that @runblogrun was able to update Lord Coe and Wendy Sly on the health of Dr. David Martin. They had both been concerned about his fading health. Both Lord Coe and Wendy Sly noted, at the time, how much Dr. Dave meant to them, and how they would very much like to honor him. Coe had worked with Dr. David prior to the 1984 Olympics (silver 800 meters/gold, 1,500 meters) as had Sly as well (silver, 3000 meters). Dr. David Martin was a lion of a man, who took scientific knowledge and showed coaches and athletes how to practically apply it to modern training. It was obvious that both Lord Coe and Wendy Sly held Dr. Dave, as many called him, in high esteem and with much affection.

Here's a thoughtful rememberance from Lord Coe, who, with the triumvarite of Peter Coe (Coach), John Durkin (biomechanics), Dr. David Martin (physiology) advising him, won a silver medal in the 800 meters ( his second, won first in 1980) and his second gold at 1,500 meters (again, his second, his first in 1980) in Los Angeles in 1984.

Special thanks to Jeff Benjamin, for working with Keith Brantley, Wendy Sly and now, Seb Coe on their thoughts on the late Dr. David Martin.

Suhr_Jenn1-NBin17.jpgJenn Suhr, photo by PhotoRun.net

Irwin_AndrewQ-London17.jpgAndrew Irwin, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's the results of the indoor street vault, held on Wednesday night, April 25, 2018, which was won by 2012 Olympic champion Jenn Suhr and Andrew Irwin. Drake also supplied videos on each athlete's impressions on the event.

The Drake Relays by Hy-Vee is the finest Relays meeting in the Midwest. Drake Stadium hosts this amazing four days of traditional and non-traditional events, much to the delight of athletes and fans across the Midwest. This is the 109th year of the Drake Relays, and the weather is awesome!

The Drake Relays in 2018 will feature an explosive 100 meter field, with Andre De Grasse, 2016 Olympic silver medalist at 200 meters, and Olympic bronze medalist at the 100 meters and 4x100 meters. In the shot put, Drake has the Olympic champion Ryan Crouser and the World Indoor, Outdoor and now, Commonwealth shot put champion Tom Walsh. In the 100 meter hurdles, Keni Harrison, WR holder at 100 meter hurdles, and World Indoor Champion at 60 meter hurdles will take on all in the 100 meter hurdles. Oh, and the men's shot put, a battle of the titans!

And finally, Jenny Simpson, who has won serious hardware over 1,500 meters (2011-gold in Daegu 1,500 meters, 2013, silver in Moscow 1500 meters, bronze in Rio 2016 1,500 meters and in London, a stupendous silver in the 1,500 meters in 2017, perhaps her finest medal of all), will go for the American record at 2 miles!

Simpson_JennyFH1-Drake13.jpgJenny Simpson wins Drake Relays, 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

Dynamo Hum!

The first Olympics that I remember watching was the 1968 Summer Olympics. I have a memory, at the age of ten, of watching Bob Beamon jump in the long jump, in our kitchen in Bridgeton, Missouri on our tiny TV. Dad had made hot dogs, with sauerkraut, mustard and pickles, a lunch we partook only when Mom was out shopping on Saturdays. A little black and white TV was on the kitchen table as my father and I chowed down, with my brother, Brian. I recall Beamon jumping and remembering that we did that in PE class up at Saint Blaise, the grade school I attended from first to eighth grade, located in the suburbs around Saint Louis, Missouri. Bob Beamon set the astounding WR in the Long Jump in Mexico City, which would not be broken until 1991 in Tokyo by Mike Powell. The 1968 Olympics would give us Dick Fosbury, Al Oerter, Wyoma Tyus, Madeline Manning Mims, Tommie Smith, John Carlos, and Bill Toomey, among others.

Only 4 years after its opening, the Ocean Breeze Indoor Track & Field center will be hosting the 2019 and 2020 US Indoor Champs. The stars are coming to Staten Island. The facility has built a reputation on hosting timely meets with knowledgable and enthusiastic crowds! RunBlogRun is so happy to finally be going to Staten Island! Congrats to the crew behind Lauren Primerano and Lou Vasquez. Staten Island knows how to host indoor track & field!

Wheating:Andrews, SI .jpegAndrew Wheating, Jeff Benjamin, Robbie Andrews, Ocean Breeze T&F Indoor Facility, photo by Jeff Benjamin

Ocean Breeze AC nycgov.jpgOcean Breeze Track & Field Indoor Facility, courtesy of NY Governors office

13089891 ocean breeze .jpgOcean Breeze Athletic Center, photo courtesy of Villanova.com

So happy to see USATF moving the US Indoor back to the East Coast. Giving our fans a bit of variety is a good thing, and Staten Island will be a fine host. My phone is chock full of messages from Staten Island track geeks who are already excited about the meet. Kudoes to Lauren Primerano and Lou Vasquez, two of the amazing people behind the fine meets at the Ocean Breeze AC. Good things happen to good people and so happy to see the indoor champs go to Staten Island. Now, I have a chance to have Staten Island pizze twice!

Cheruiyot_Finish_London_2018_04_22_Jane_Monti.jpgVivian Cheruiyot wins 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, photo by Jane Monti, for Race Results Weekly, used with permission.

Last October 29, I watched Vivian Cheruiyot battle the winds of Frankfurt, Germany. Somehow, Vivian won and even scored a small personal best. After her second 2:23 marathon, some thought that Vivian had met her match. Au contraire, mes amis. This past April 22, I watched Vivian Cheruiyot, courtesy of BBC TV, win her first Virgin Money London Marathon.

The Kenyan pocket rocket, Vivian Cheruiyot ran the most savvy race on the women's side the race. Hitting 1:09 at the halfway, she was 1:41 behind Mary Keitany and 1:18 behind Tirunesh Dibaba. By 25 kilometers, it was down to 1:11 and by 35 kilometers, it was down to 12 seconds.

Vivian Cheruiyot has a wonderful smile. A hard run race, with a huge PB of 2:18:31 showed the we now have three woman who can challenge the 2:17s, and perhaps, dare I say, the 2:16s?

Here is the London post event interview with 2018 London Marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot done by Andy Edwards of Race News Service!

Vivian with her husband Moses and son Allan after the London Marathon

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The Boston and London Marathons are two of the litmus tests for the sport. Over the past 35 years for Boston, and over the past fourteen years, I have not missed either race. This year, due to a health issue, I was stuck in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, in front of my television, I viewed both races via You Tube. I watched the Boston Marathon from a feed from Venezuala, with only a few breaks and the live feed from BBC. More on that later.

With the marathons two weeks apart in 2019, the travel plans should be a bit more relaxed. Here's David Monti of Race Results Weekly explaining the two week differential in 2019.

This year, the Boston and London Marathons, one week apart were the extremes of the hot and cold spectrum of marathoning. Athletes did well in both, and some did not so well. In both situations, it was about racing, which is a skill that needs to be cultivated by many of the world's elite.

Keitany_Kipchoge_Hug_Schar_AWMM_Award_2018_04-23_Jane_Monti.JPGPHOTO: Eliud Kipchoge, Manuela Schar, Marcel Hug and Mary Keitany after receiving their Abbott World Marathon Majors Series XI trophies in London on April 23, 2018 (Photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.


Wednesday is recovery day. Do something fun, find a park and get your run in, and then, do your strideouts. Enjoy the great weather (well, in most of the country).

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Wednesday, April 25, 2017 : warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 4 x 150 meter stride outs.

Stephen Chebogut is a member of the NN Running team, racing in his second year for the team. This weekend, he will be running at the HAPA Hamburg Marathon. With a PB of 2:05:52, Stephen Chebogut is healthy and ready to race. This is a story on Stephen Chebogut, from NN Running team.

NNTeamJan18_173.jpgStephen Chebogut, photo courtesy of NN Running Team

mo 2 large .jpgMo Farah, photo by Virgin Money London Marathon

Mo Farah just ran his second marathon. Under the watchful eye of Gary Lough, Mo Farah prepared for his second marathon, and tried some things, in training, that he was not used to doing. The short recoveries in the workouts were a bit uncomfortable. Truth is, Gary Lough is a student of the sport. He is also a fine coach, and a former athlete, who ran a 3:34 for 1,500 meters. Also, and most importantly, Gary Lough worked with his wife, Paula Radclifffe, on her training as a track athlete, cross country athlete and finally, as a marathoner.

Mo Farah did a fine job on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Yes, he had some issues getting the right drinks, but, he will get it better. It is something that can be fixed. Mo also went through the halfway at 61 minutes, and had to battle for much of the second race, by himself. That was one painful 1:05:32 second half of the marathon, but, Mo Farah did well.

He looked the most relaxed we have witnessed in a presser afterwards as well. It was a hard effort, and, much to the delight of the British fans, Mo Farah's move to the marathon is going well, thank you. London Marathon's investment in Mo Farah a few years ago was one of the finest investments that the race has ever made.

The 2018 Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee have begun! The Grand Blue Miles are two fantastic road miles and US championship miles. Great runs by Riley Masters and Emily LIpari. Here's a nice piece on their races and nice video on both races!

Masters_Riley-NBiGP18.jpgRiley Masters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lipari_Emily-BosOut17.jpgEmily Lipari, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rupp_Galen1c-Boston17.jpgGalen Rupp, 2017 Boston Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net
Rupp for Prague Marathon
PRAGUE (CZE): Twenty days after dropping out of the Boston Marathon, Galen Rupp will race in the Prague Marathon on 6 May, informs LetsRun. Rupp is the sixth fastest entrant on paper with a 2:09:20 PB from his win in the Chicago Marathon last year. The list is headed by Ethiopia's Sisay Lemma (2:04:08 PB).
RunBlogRun opines: Galen Rupp had a tough reaction to the cold and the bad weather in Boston. In the Instagram below, Galen spoke about his challenges in the Boston marathon. His move to the Prague Marathon suggests that there was no injuries and that he has recovered.

Paul Chelimo is the 2016 Rio silver medalist for the 5000 meters. In February 2018, Paul Chelimo won the 1,500 meters and 3000 meters. When @runblogrun spoke to Paul right after his Albuquerque, New Mexico double, Paul made it clear that he wanted to win the double.

Here is Jeff Benjamin's quick interview with Paul Chelimo.

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Mo Farah down London 2018.jpgA fatigued Mo Farah, 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, photo by Virgin Money London Marathon
Farah next race in Manchester
LONDON (GBR): After finishing third in the London Marathon in a British record of 2:06:21, Mo Farah will next race over 10km in the Great Manchester Run on 20 May, informs Athletics Weekly. He will also race over 10km at the Vitality London 10,000 on 28 May. He hasn't ruled out contesting the marathon at the 2019 World Championships, informs Athletics Weekly. "On the track it took me a few years to get it right. You don't win medals overnight and I believe it's the same in the marathon," he said. His coach Gary Lough also rated Farah's chances in a championship environment. "If you put Mo into a championships environment, like next year in Doha and certainly in Tokyo, then I definitely think that Mo Farah should be someone that people have got major concerns about."

Reposted April 24, 2018

The Reebok Floatride RunFast Pro was battle tested on Monay, April 16, 2018 and came out with flying colors. Tyler Pennel (4), Nicole Dimercurio (6) and Joanna Thompson (10th in elite race, 11th overall) all were top ten finshers in elite races at the Boston Marathon, wearing this exciting new shoe. Here's a video on the new Reebok racer, featuring Jessie Petersen, Reebok PLM and a Syracuse track standout. This is a shoe that you must see.

Posted April 2, 2018

The Reebok Floatride RunFast Pro is one of the key new perfomance running footwear coming from Reebok in the next several months. Reebok, the oldest running brand on the planet, is coming back into the sport of performance running. The new product is quite impressive, and here is a video on the racing shoe.

Okay, for those of you under 30, Reebok has been in the sports leisure market, and over the past few years, they have done an exception job in CrossFit. Truth is, the Reebok brand, orginally under the J.W. Foster and Sons, way back in 1895, in Manchester, England. The name Reebok came about in 1958, as a subsidiary of J.W. Foster & Sons.

Reebok 2.jpgReebok Floatride RunFastPro, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts

Paul Fireman purchased the Reebok brand from the J.W. Foster family in the early 1980s. The Reebok approach was global, and they were an IAAF (global governing body of track & field) sponsor as well as an Olympic sponsor. The PUMP shoe series was gimmicky, but ahead of its time. Their marketing program, in 1992, built around Dan and Dave, a program pitting and teasing Dan O'Brien and Dave Johnson, two of the top decathletes of the era, may have been the best sports marketing of all times.

top three 2018 London .jpgTola Shura Kitata, Eliud Kipchoge, Mo Farah, 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, photo from Virgin Money London Marathon

Cheruiyot_Post_Finish_London_Crop_2018_04_22_Jane_Monti.jpgVivian Cheruiyot, 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon champion, photo courtesy of Jane Monti, RRW, used with permission

The Boston and London marathons were two different ends of the meteorological spectrum. In Boston, the cold decimated the fields, and in London, it was the heat. In this wrap up, Andy Edwards put much of the two elite races together in this column, considering the fine racing by Eliud Kipchoge and Vivian Cheruiyot, who lead 41,000 of their closest friends through the streets of London.

In the Tuesday track session, you have 800 meter repeats, with a short jog, and then, some stride outs. Enjoy your workout!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018: warm up, 6 x 800 meters, 400 meter jog, 800 meters at current 3200 mile pace, 30 minute run, cooldown

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LONDON (GBR): Abbott has signed a new four-year contract as title sponsors of the World Marathon Majors series, sportbusiness.com reports. The healthcare company began its association with the six-marathon grouping in 2015 and this latest news means they will continue to do so until 2023. Tim Hadzima, general manager of AbbottWMM, said: "With Abbott's help, we will continue to push forward in pursuit of our goals, chief among them to promote the sport of marathon running throughout the globe. The first four years of our partnership is just the start, and with the new races and initiatives coming, the next four promise to be even more exciting."

Eilud Kipchoge.jpgEliud Kipchoge, photo by Virgin Money London Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge won the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, running 2:04:17 on a hot day with 75 degree temperatures and 50 percent humidity. KIpchoge has now won nine of his ten marathons.

Truth is, Eliud Kipchoge can win a marathon hopping on one foot. Well, not really, but you get the idea. KIpchoge can run from the front or the back. he can run off a slow pace, off an insane pace as he did on Sunday in London.

The zen master of the marathon, as Paula Radcliffe called him during the London Marathon broadcast, Eliud Kipchoge took on all and won, even when Mother Nature pulled out all of the stops. He tells Andy Edwards that Mr. Kipchoge will be racing through Tokyo 2020.

We thank Andy Edwards for this post race Monday interview of the finest male marathoner in the world.

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The U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Marathon will be in Atlanta, Georgia, and hosted by the Atlanta Track Club, it was announced today. The Olympic Marathon Trials are one of the most important events in our sport, held every four years. Yet, the events have to be one of the most difficult to host, as the various rules from the U.S.O.C., made to protect their sponsors, make it quite difficult to finance the event.

Yet, major marathons and key running communties, battle each 4 years to sponsor the event. Many see it as a giving back tot he sport, and others see it as adding to the prestige of their event.

The 2020 final four candidates were Atlanta, Georgia, Austin, Texas, Chatanooga, Tennesee and Orlando, Florida. USATF announced their pick, after visiting each city and meeting with each candidate team.

We thank all four cities for contributing to our sport and congratulate the Atlanta Track Club on their new event in 2020!

Vivian Cheruiyot is the 2016 Olympic champion at 5000 meters. She had won two Olympic silvers and one Olympic bronze. At the World Championships, Vivian has won four golds and one silver medal. After three marathons, she now has two marathon wins. And in a bit of an upset, Vivian Cheruiyot won the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.

vivian cheruiyot wins .jpgVivian Cheruiyot wins 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, photo courtesy of Virgin Money London Marathon

Vivian gets congratulations from her son Allan after winning the London Marathon

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IMG_3229.jpgCourtney Okolo, gold medalist, World Indoors, 400 meters, photo by Mike Deering, for The Shoe Addicts

This is USA-Canada report 17, compiled and edited by Carles Baronet. Carles blogs at Track in Sun blogspot and has done the result reports for RunBlogRun for many years. Our friend from Catalonia is a true track geek!

Here's something you might not have considered. Some people actually love their jobs. I am one of those rare findings. I love my job. I write about athletes and events around the world. I love the traveling, meeting new people, enjoying the sport of athletics and seeing my friends year after year.

One of my favorites is Tirunesh Dibaba. I have watched Tirunesh since 2003 and have seen all of her Olympic and World Championship medals. Her level of competitiveness, her ferocity in her finishes are mind boggling. Watching her run in Boston for the NB Indoor GP and setting world records and bests were fascinating.

Dibaba_TiruneshM-RAK17.jpgTirunesh Dibaba, RAK 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

When Dibaba would go from chasing a record to finishing so hard over the last few laps of a Mondo 200 meter track, one could not help but being caught up with her Ethiopian fans, who would shake up the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, MA. After a few laps of cheering, the entire crowd of five thousand would be cheering and screaming.

The baby faced destroyer, as some called her, had this combination of ferocity and speed!

In London yesterday, Tirunesh Dibaba had something she has experienced few times in her career. She had a DNF. Going out step for step with Mary Keitany, Tirunesh Dibaba went out hard, and ran as hard as she could for as long as she could. Around 30 kilometers, the competitiveness and the reality of the body came to battle. With Mother Nature beating down on Tirunesh Dibaba, it was time for the most winning woman distance runner in Olympic history to call it a day. She would learn a major lesson on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Dibaba stopped running, and then, tried to start up again twice, but it was not to be.

Tirunesh Dibaba had some challenges on the track with the 10,000 meters. Her victories have not come easily. The marathon, well, racing a marathon where one is pushing oneself to the brink, and hoping, against hope, to talk oneself to the finish line, is dangerous. Sometimes, one is successful, and sometimes one is not.

Tirunesh had a marathon life lesson. We will see her back on the roads soon. But, after she recovers and reconsiders her approach. Here is how Tirunesh Dibaba commented on it with her Instagram:

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Coach Patrick Sang knows the sport as coach and athlete. His unique view allows him to advise many of the finest athletes in the world. One of them is an athlete who has won three London Marathons. Another is an athlete who has won three world half marathon championships and two world cross country championships.

As a steeplechaser, Patrick Sang won the silver medal in 1991Tokyo and 1993 Stuttgart as well as the 1992 Barcelona Olympic silver. Sang had also competed for the University of Texas (Austin, Texas) Longhorns. Sang had a PB of 8:03.41 for the steeplechase, from 1997.

Sang is now know as a fine coach. RunBlogRun published a feature by Cathal Dennehy on Patrick Sang, in 2016. Patrick coaches Eliud Kipchoge and Geoffrey Kamworor, among many others.

Sang shared some time with his super marathoner, Eliud Kipchoge, who won the London Marathon on Sunday, April 22, 2018. The following is a quick interview from Andy Edwards, with Patrick Sang and Sang's high opinion of Eliud Kipchoge. Eliud Kipchoge has been called the zen master of the marathon. At his first win in London, Eliud spoke on going old school, on training, from racing cross country, then, track, then, move to the roads. Sang has been able to build the runner's fitness and confidence as they build to battle the finest athletes in the world.

At this time, we are seeing the finest marathoner on the planet. And, as Cathal Dennehy suggested two years ago, the finest marathon coach on the planet.

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Tom Fleming Athletic Complex, photo by Joel Pasternack

Updated April 23, 2018

Original post was May 11, 2017

Tom Fleming passed away unexpectedly on April 19, 2017. Jeff Benjamin, a long time friend. Tom Fleming was one of those peope, so full of life. I was so touched at the NYRR Hall of Fame when Tom's daughter spoke of missing her dad. At the end of the day, the running, and memories, and a guy who was a day to a daughter and son. Tom Fleming, we miss you.

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

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

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

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

We are shaking up Monday. Some 300 meters, not all out, and some strideouts, this is a relaxed workout, but gives you a bit of speed, and some relaxed running in between.

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Monday, April 23, 2018: warm up, 20 minute run, 8 x 300 meters, 100 meter jog, 300 meters at current mile pace, 20 minute run, 6 x 150 meter strideouts, cooldown,

The hot weather was the toughest competitor for many at London today. Mary Keitany has been obsessed with the WR attempt. We heard that in RAK last February, and I recall a few keen observers noting that, if one is focused on the record, one could loose the race. Mary Keitany did not change her plans even with the weather, which hurt both her and Tirunesh Dibaba.

vivian cheruiyot wins .jpgVivian Cheruiyot wins 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, photo by Virgin Money London Marathon

Mo Farah down London 2018.jpgMo Farah, after his third place finish, 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, photo by Virgin Money London Marathon

Mo Farah had a very successful second marathon. At the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, Mo Farah committed early on, hitting 13:50 for 5k, 28:20 for 10k, 43:05 for 15k and 61 minutes for the half marathon. Then, the going got tough. From about 30 kilometers on, Mo Farah battled the elements, and himself over the next 12 kilometers. He came close to getting both the European record and Briitsh record. His British record of 2:06:34 made most of his countrymen smile, and took the 34 year old record of Steve Jones down. But, Mo Farah had to work very hard for that record. His last few miles were agonizing.

These clips from Andy Edwards were some thoughts by Mo Farah after his third place at the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.

On a very warm day, with very fast pace, perhaps too fast for all but the winner, Eliud Kipchoge won the London Marathon for the third time. Here's the race report for the VMLM media team. We thank them for their viewing of the race. It adds to our ability to cover this fine event.

Eliud Kipchoge is the finest male marathoner in the world, and his ability to win races, with nearly any tactics and no matter who is thrown against him, should be obvious. How good is Kipchoge? Well, he is human, but he ran a 2:04:17 marathon in difficult conditions, off a pace that was, at best, ill advised, and at worst, unnecessary.

Eliud Kipchoge win .jpgEliud Kipchoge, running to victory, 22 April 2018, photo by Virgin Money London Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge won the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon in 2:04:17, in the hottest race in London's 38 year history! But, truth is, I am not sure that anyone can beat Eliud Kipchoge over 42.2 kilometers. They can try.

Eliud Kipchoge.jpgEliud Kipchoge wins 38th London marathon, photo from Virgin Money London Marathon Media

Eliud Kipchoge, is the finest marathon racer of this or any other generation. The 2003 World champion at 5000 meters, at the meek age of 18, at thirty-three, the confident Kenyan has no fears that are tangible.

The pace in London this year was way to hot, with the half marathon pace at 61 minutes, near suicide. Watching the race, KIpchoge had this Kenyan version of the zen master thing going: no emotions on the face, relaxed, but deep in concentration. Truth is this: Kipchoge had done workouts much harder that the race. Don't believe me? Consider a 40 kilometer temp run. Paul Sang, Kipchoge's running coach and life coach, has prepared Eliud for everything.

Kipchoge knows that he can win off any pace. In that way he reminds me of Steve Ovett in 1978-79. Ovett could win off any pace, and Kipchoge can do that, except over 42.2 kilometers.

Kipchoge_Finish_Crop_London_2018_04_22_Jane_Monti .jpgEliud Kipchoge is king of his domain, April 22, 2018, photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly, used with permission

Cheruiyot_Finish_London_2018_04_22_Jane_Monti.jpgVivian Cheruiyot puts it all together, photo by Jane Monti, Race Results Weekly, used with permission

The 2018 Virgin Money London was the hottest marathon on record. By the time the elite athletes finished, it was nearly 80 degrees (21-23 degrees). But the direct sun beating down, and the fast pace had taken its effect. The men went out in 61 minutes and most paid for it. Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba went out sub Paula Radcliffe pace, and both paid for it. Vivian Cheruiyot ran race of her life, and won. Eliud Kipchoge showed that he can win a race in just about any conditions. Paula Radcliffe called Eliud the Zen Master of the marathon. We concur.

The 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon was a race of record setting. There was record setting heat, and record setting fields. The weather hit 75 degrees for those in the middle of the pack, but the big deal was the 50 percent humidity. It beat alot of people up.

2018 start of men.jpgThe elite men and mass start are off, 22 April 2018, photo by Virgin Money London Marathon.

Long run today. Enjoy the 70-75 minutes with your friends.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018: Relaxed Long run, 70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

Paula Radcliffe is the World Record holder in the marathon for women. She ran a historic 2:15:25 in April 2003 at the Virgin Money London Marathon. In the 2018 race, Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba, are looking to challenge the WR of Paula Radcliffe.

Radcliffe_Paula1-Berlin11.jpgPaula Radcliffe, photo by PhotoRun.net

In these interviews, Paula Radcliffe speaks about the World Record, and how she feels about the WR. Paula Radcliffe also speaks about being part of the IAAF Athletic Integrity Unit, and supporting a clean sport. Here are some deep thoughts from Paula Radcliffe on all things marathon.

I was fortunate to spend some time this past January with Paula Radcliffe at the Dubai Marathon. I found her funny and thoughtful. She genuinely loves the sport and will fiercely protect the sport, understanding that true friends have to criticize friends when they are harming themselves or their activity. Thanks to Andy Edwards for looking out for RunBlogRun from London as I am back in Wisconsin dealing with recovery from cardiac catherization.

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BOSTON (USA): Recently crowned Commonwealth Games champions Akani Simbine (100m), Michelle-Lee Ahye (100m) and Jereem Richards (200m) are all confirmed for the adidas Boost Boston Games on 20 May, informs organisers. Simbine will renew his rivalry with Yohan Blake over 100m while Ahye faces reigning world champion Tori Bowie and world 100m hurdles record-holder Kendra Harrison in the women's 100m. Jereem Richards faces Steven Gardiner, who recently clocked 19.75 to break the Bahamian record, in the 200m while world champion Muktar Edris (5000m) and reigning world indoor and outdoor medallist Ajee' Wilson (800m) are also confirmed for the long distance events which will be held at the Henry G. Steinbrenner Stadium on 19 May.

Simbine_Akani200Q-London17.jpgAkani Simbine, photo by PhotoRun.net

Daniel Wanjiru.jpgDaniel Wanjiru, photo courtesy of Virgin Money London Marathon Media

In 2017, Daniel Wanjiru surprised many with his win at the Virgin Money London Marathon. He ran 2:05:48 for the win. What many forgot is that Daniel had already ran 2:05:21 in his debut in Amsterdam in 2016. With his 59:20 from the 206 Prague Half Marathon, Daniel has some series wheels. His fitness level very high, Daniel is confident that he can fare well in this historic field.

Here's his interview with our friend, Andy Edwards, of Race News Service.

Here's a bit of news from London the night before the marathon. We want to keep you informed, so we chase down all the news that's fit to print (not sure where I stole that from) from across the pond. Thanks to Alfons Juck, whom we worship.

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Manuela Schar, is the defending wheelchair champion of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. At the 2017 VM London Marathon, Manuela Schar set a new course record, running the fastest women's wheelchair race in defeating a field missing Tatyana McFadden. McFadden was recovering from blood clots in her legs. In Chicago, McFadden won over Schar, and last week, Tatyana McFadden won Boston in horrific conditions. Let's see how Schar and McFadden line up in London, could be a fascinating race.

This interview of Manuela Schar is done by Andy Edwards, prior to th 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.

Kenenisa Bekele.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo courtesy of Virgin Money London Media

Kenenisa Bekele is the WR holder at 5000 meters and 10,000 meters. He has now set his eyes on the marathon, and he has had some fine races, he is also battling Eliud Kipchoge, who is the finest marathoner in the world, and perhaps, ever. A tough time to try and finish your legacy. The race on Sunday, April 22, 2018 will be hot and tactical. As the weather gets hotter, the challenges to runners will increase.

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Early in the day, while the weather is getting warmer, the top athletes will be battling each other for the title of champion at the Virgin Money London Marathon. Will there be a world record tomorrow? Probably doubtful with the hot weather, but do not be surprised, with three men who have already run 2:03 marathons, the race will be very fast. Here's a short interview by Andy Edwards of Race News Service with Kenenisa Bekele. How will Kenenisa fare tomorrow? It depends on how much he wants it, and how close Eliud Kipchoge gets to running a "beautiful race".

This is the time of the season that the combination of good weather, strong fitness and a lot of runners wanting to run fast come together. Good luck in your racing today!

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 : warm up, race your primary distance, and run a 4x400 meter, cooldown

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Friday, April 20, 2018: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

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Gatlin for opening 100 m
ST. GEORGES (GRN): World champion at 100 m Justin Gatlin will debut into the season over the 100 m at the Grenada Invitational meet on Saturday at Kirani James Stadium. He is also confirmed for Shanghai DL on May 12 and Osaka Seiko Golden Grand Prix meet on May 20 in Osaka. Gatlin ran a 150 m in South Africa and relays in last weekends so far this year. On Saturday among his opponents Mike Rodgers and Isiah Young with Chris Belcher from USA along with Andrew Fisher who runs for Bahrain. Women sprinting star in Grenada is 100 m World champion Tori Bowie.

Andy Edwards is writing for RunBlogRun a text piece each day of the London Pressers. Andy wanted to give the readers a bit of a feel for the London pressers. Thank god, the athletes do have different personalities, from zen Master Eliud Kipchoge, to WR holder, wants some respect Kenenisa Bekele, and Daniel Wanjiru, last year's winner.

I always loved the pressers at London. Lots of geek information and access to many of the finest athletes in the world.

4 elite for London men .jpgDaniel Wanjiru, Kenenisa Bekele, Eliud KIpchoge, Guye Adole, photo by Virgin Money London Marathon Media

McLeod_Omar-PreC17.jpgOmar McLeod, photo by PhotoRun.net
McLeod against rest of the World
SHANGHAI (CHN): World and Olympic champion at 110 m hurdles Omar McLeod will target a third successive victory when he returns to the Shanghai Diamond League on 12 May. Among his rivals Orlando Ortega, Jamaicans Ronald Levy and Hansle Parchment, World record holder Aries Merritt and 2015 World champion Sergey Shubenkov with best Chinese Xie Wenjun. Women´s 100 m hurdles are headed by World record holder Kendra Harrison. She is going to face tough competition from her country mates. Olympic champion Brianna McNeal (formerly Rollins), the 2008 Olympic champion and world silver medallist, Dawn Harper Nelson, world indoor silver medallist Christina Manning, and Sharika Nelvis, who was fourth in Birmingham. Germany's European champion Cindy Roleder and Dutchwoman Nadine Visser, the world indoor bronze medallist, will be trying to halt the American train. In the 400 m hurdles Olympic winner Dalilah Muhammad runs with Georganne Moline. Also competing Jamaican high level trio Janieve Russell, Ristananna Tracey and Leah Nugent, plus the two-time African champion Wenda Nel of South Africa and Canadian Sage Watson with European champion and Rio silver winner Sara Petersen.
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One of the real stories of the 2018 Boston Marathon will be how Americans did so well when athletes from Ethiopia and Kenya collapsed in the brutal conditions. The successes, a some noted, were among American's club system, clubs such as Hansons Brooks Distance Project, HOKA's Northern Arizona Elite, and the focus of this story, Reeboks' ZAP Fitness. What is most fascinating is that these clubs were all the products of someone, or someones with a dream, and a running brand that got the vision thing.

Reebok ZAP Fitness has been sponsored by Reebok since 2005. Located in Boone, North Carolina, a college town on the top of a mountain, the runners live at ZAP full time, train full time, and contribute to the camp with their sweat equity. ZAP Fitness, a non profit foundation established in 2001 by Zika Rea and her late husband, runner, Andy Palmer.

Pete Rea, one of three coaches at Reebok ZAP Fitness, spoke to @runblogrun on Tuesday about the success the ZAP Fitness runners Tyler Pennel, who was 4th, Nicole DiMercuiro who as 6th and Joanna Thompson, who was 10th in the elite race and 11th overall.

Pete-302x397.jpgPete Rea, photo courtesy of Reebok ZAP Fitness

Chelimo_RoseFH-WC17.jpgRose Chelimo, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rose Chelimo is the 2017 World Champion in the marathon. She won a close on in London over Edna Kiplagat and Amy Cragg at the 2017 World Championships. Rose Chelimo's final push in London stopped Edna Kiplagat from winning her third World Championship in a row. Chelimo's PB of 2:22:51 came at the 2017 Boston marathon, where she was beaten by, who else?, Edna Kiplagat.

How will Rose Chelimo fare in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon? Well, we only have a few days to wait. Here's a fine interivew with Rose Chelimo, who has represented Bahrain since 2015. The interview was done by Andy Edwards of Race News Service, at the London Marathon pressers on Wednesday.

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PHOTO: Eliud Kipchoge in advance of the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)

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PHOTO: Four of the top men entered in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon: Daniel Wanjiru (Kenya), Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia), Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) and Guye Adola (Ethiopia) (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)

The men's race has much of the attention at the Virgin London Marathon this week. We thank David Monti for his piece on the Zen master of marathoning, Eliud Kipchoge.

Keitany_Mary-RAK18.jpgMary Keitany, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mary Keitany made history last London where she ran like the proverbial bat out of hell, running at a 2:11 pace for awhile. The pace was fearless, as Mary Keitany went from mile to mile, running at a pace seen only by Paula Radcliffe in her WR runs.

Mary Keitany is quite confident in herself. Last April, right after the new WR marathon that she ran in the Virgin Money London Marathon, she took at shot at the Breaking 2 record, noting that no such program was offered for women marathoners. She was serious about her unhappiness with the lack of equality, which she saw as a lack of respect for women's marathoning.

This year, Mary Keitany is ready to roll, once again. Her RAK race, which this author witnessed, was only five seconds off the world record for the half marathon. Her 1:04:55 was a great fitness test for her training for London.

The weather portends to be warm. Will it affect Mary Keitany? That waits to be seen. @runblogrun believes that Mary Keitany, on a perfect day, can run a high 2:14:50 race. Will this be the day? We will just have to see? Will Tirunesh Dibaba catch a fading Mary Keitany? Again, we will have to wait until we see on Sunday.

For now, please listen to the audio interview of Mary Keitany, by our friend, Andy Edwards or Race News Service.

Cherono_Cheriyot_Keitany_Dibaba_T_Tufa_Chelimo_London_2018_04_18_Jane_Monti.jpgPHOTO: The six top women entered into Sunday's Virgin Money London Marathon (l. to r.): Gladys Cherono (Kenya), Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenya), Mary Keitany (Kenya), Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia), Tigist Tufa (Ethiopia), Rose Chelimo (Bahrain) (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly, used with permission.

The news from London is updated daily. The press room is an all day affair for the entire week before the marathon. Pressers, writing, discussions, it is one of my favorite weeks of the year. Here is a bit of the news going around the press room, thanks to EME News and our friend, Alfons Juck.

Thursday on the track, a good day to develop your speed. Remember to warm up well, cool down well and change wet clothes immediately. This is when you get sick or injured, when you are pushing your body.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018: warm up, two mile run, sprint straights, jog turns, 4 x 600 meters, jog 400 meters in between, at mile pace, 4 x 150m stride outs, cooldown

OmMcLeod_Omar-PreC17.jpgOmar McLeod, Pre Classic 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Drake Relays is rolling out the hurdles for some of the finest hurdlers in the world. For men, over 110 meter hurdles, it is Johnathon Cabral, CAN, Devon Allen, NCAA Champ, US Trials champ, Aries Merritt, WR holder, 2012 Olympic champion, 2015 WC bronze, Omar McLeod, 2016 Olympic gold, 2017 WC gold, and Jarred Eaton, silver medalist, 2018 World Indoor Champs.

Screen Shot 2018-04-18 at 2.32.15 PM.pngAnd, on the women's side, Dawn Harper Nelson, 2012 Olympic silver, 2008 Olympic gold, Kristi Castlin, 2016 Olympic bronze, Tiffany Porter, Jasmin Stowers, Kori Carter, World Champion, 400m hurdles, and Keni Harrison, WR holder, 100m hurdles, World Champion, 60 meter hurdles.

Harrison_KeniSF1a-Worlds18.jpgKeni Harrison, World Indoors 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

One of the amazing parts of Drake Relays that we love are the way Hy-Vee supports Drake so that they can bring in fantastic fields. Drake focuses on Olympic and World Champions, and the fields rock.

Make sure, if you are in an area with Hy-Vee stores, that you buy everything from there stores! Hy-Vee supports our sport!

Morris_Sandi1-Worlds18.jpgSandi Morris, photo by PhotoRun.net
Morris vs Stefanidi
DOHA (QAT): More names are revealed for the 2018 IAAF Diamond League opener in Doha on May 4. Top clashes in women pole vault (Sandi Morris, Katerina Stefanidi) and men javelin (Johannes Vetter, Thomas Rohler, Jakub Vadlejch and Petr Frydrych). World 800m champion Caster Semenya, fresh off her Commonwealth Games 800m/1500m double victory, will head the field in the longer race. Women pole vault also includes recently crowned Commonwealth gold and silver medallists Alysha Newman of Canada and Eliza McCartney of New Zealand respectively, 2017 World Championship bronze medallist and 2013 U18 world champion Robeilys Peinado of Venezuela, and 2013 European indoor champion and British record-holder Holly Bradshaw. Also in the javelin mix are reigning Olympic silver medallist Julius Yego of Kenya, and another rising star, 20-year-old Neeraj Chopra of India, the 2016 U20 world champion, 2017 Asian champion and record-holder, and recent Commonwealth Games gold medallist. At the moment Semenya´s chief competition appears to be Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia, the 2016 world indoor bronze medallist and world U20 indoor record holder, Kenyan Winny Chebet, a world indoor 1500m finalist, Rababe Arafi of Morocco, a world and Olympic 1500m finalist, and Eunice Sum of Kenya, the 2013 world 800m champion.
Stefanidi_Ekaterina-Worlds18.jpgEkaterina Stefanidi, photo by PhotoRun.net

Linden_Desi-Boston18.JPGDes Linden, making history, photo by PhotoRun.net

I was sitting in my local diner, Scotties' Eat-Mohr, in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, going through a stack of newspapers. It was Tuesday morning, April 17, one day after the 122nd Boston Marathon. In this diner, continuously open for 80 years, with orange formica counters, the smells of eggs, sausage, and potatoes begged for someone to eat them. My potatoes and vegtables looked good, but lonely. No sausage, bacon or eggs for me. I did enjoy a large glass of tomato juice and a black coffee.

I had spent the morning of the marathon, April 16, in front of my large screen TV, watching the 122 nd Boston marathon, tweeting out updates and watching our viewers go to their highest numbers in years. Comments on the problems of watching the Marathon in the digital age were frequent. I found coverage, from the country of Columbia, on You Tube, with colorful Spanish commentary adding to my viewing of the race. Watching Des Linden take the lead and win was emotional. The respect that the running community has for her, the twitter world a flutter with the terrible conditions in Boston, and how much of a nightmere that the weather was, all added to the zeitgeist. At 23 miles, Desiree Linden was winning the damn Boston marathon!

Andy Edwards, of Race News Service, along with his partner, Joerg Wenig, cover many global races for RunBlogRun. In many events, Andy provides audio interviews of elite athletes the events that they support with public relations. In London, Andy is doing both text stories and audio coverage of Virgin Money London this year. Today's piece is on the amazing women's race that will take place between Mary Keitanya nd Tirunesh Dibaba, athletes so very different in their race approaches that we could see a real battle in 2018.

Read Andy's story and send us your thoughts at [email protected].

mary Keitany.jpgMary Keitany, 2017 VM London champion, WR holder (women's only race), photo courtesy of London Marathon Media

large.jpgTirunesh Dibaba, second place, 2017 Virgin M London, champion, 2017 Bank of America Chicago champion, photo courtesy of London Marathon Media

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PHOTO: Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba are the top-2 women entered in Sunday's Virgin Money London Marathon (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)

Cherono_Cheriyot_Keitany_Dibaba_T_Tufa_Chelimo_London_2018_04_18_Jane_Monti.jpgPHOTO: The six top women entered into Sunday's Virgin Money London Marathon (l. to r.): Gladys Cherono (Kenya), Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenya), Mary Keitany (Kenya), Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia), Tigist Tufa (Ethiopia), Rose Chelimo (Bahrain) (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly

David Monti and Jane Monti, aka Race Results Weekly, cover many of the finest events in road racing and long distance track racing for several media partners. David provides us a unique view of the events and the fields, and Jane's pictures complete the story. We hope that you enjoy their piece on the pace making plans for the Virgin Money London Marathon!

Reposted April 18, 2018

David Bedford is a lion of British athletics. Bedford, and the British athletes of his generation, such as Brendan Foster, Ian Stewart, Seb Coe, Wendy Sly, Steve Ovett, captured the attention of a generation of British athletic fans. Follow that with Steve Cram, and his exciting running, and the sport was nurtured in the 1970s 1980s and 1990s in the UK.

Bob-Parker-and-Dave-Bedford-1973-by-Mark-Shearman-1250x750.jpgDavid Bedford, with Coach Bob Parker, 1973 photo by Mark Shearman/Athletics Weekly

Bedford put his energy, his affection for the sport into the Virgin Money London Marathon. His jovial style hides an attention to detail and true understanding of the sport as activity and sports entertainment. Bedford's ability to orchestrate an elite marathon field has been fascinating to behold. We ask him about the marathon and his ties with the sport. The Shoe Addicts and RunBlogRun are very thankful for Mr. Bedford's patience and sense of humor.

Reposted April 18, 2018

This interview was done in May 2017, prior to the Highgate 10k or Night of 10,000m PBs. We are grateful to Sir David Bedford for his thoughtfullness and commentary on the sport. Mr. Bedford loves the sport of athletics and was instrumental in building the global reputation of the Virgin Money London Marathon. We are thankful for his time and sense of humor.

Originally posted June 6 2018

David Bedford has been an iconic fixture in the sport since his heralded running days in the late 1960s and 1970s. David Bedford ran with spirit and fearless abandon. Bedford's hard training, no, scratch that, really hard training. 200 mile weeks got one into shape and also got one injured. Bedford danced that magic line between increadible fitness and painful injuries throughout his career. On June 11, 1973, David Bedford set the World record for the 10,000 meters, running 27:30.8. In that race, Bedford had surpassed the WR of his hero, Ron Clarke, the former WR holder and the current world record of one Lasse Viren. Chopping eight seconds off those iconic times, David Bedford had nearly reached the sun.

IMG_8588.JPGDavid Bedford holding some of the track from famous White City, photo by RunBlogRun

The big lesson for high schoolers from Boston Marathon? Learn to race, and forget about the watch. In your conference races, regionals and sectionals, it is about place and that ends your season. Learn to hone your racing skills too. Watch races on video and keep notes on your own races. Speak to your coach on how you can become a better racer!

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2018: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 4 x 150 meter stride outs

Start-Women-BostonM18.jpGElite women's start, 2018 Boston Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's some behind the scenes notes from our friends and partners at EME News.

The 2018 Boston Marathon will, like the 1976 Boston Marathon, go down as a historical event. The wind, the rain, the sleet, the constant pounding made for one hellacious marathon. But, in discussions with coaches, athletes and observers, I see five important lessons to learn from this years' Boston marathon.

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Yuki Kawauchi battling the elements, photo by PhotoRun.net

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mo 2 large .jpgMo Farah, doing the patented "Mobot", April 17, 2018, VM London Marathon, photo courtesy of Virgin Money London Marathon Media

When I decided that, in order to recover from cardiac catherization, I needed a break from the athletics road trips, Andy Edwards offered to help me with coverage of our favorite event, the Virgin Money London Marathon. Besides the marathon, there is a fine Indian restaurant around the corner from the Guoman Hotel, great walks across the Tower bridge, and being with my English friends, who my sister refers to as " Larry's English Family (although some are Scottish)".

Here is Andy's piece on Mo Farah, who will be aiming for the record of one Steve Jones on Sunday.

LindenPassesChesire-Boston18.JPGDes Linden moves away to victory, 2018 BAA Boston Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kawauchi_YukiH-BostonM18.jpGYuki Kawauchi pushes the pace, early, 2018 BAA Boston Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

The final press conference for the BAA Boston Marathon was this morning. I did not attend. I am recovering from a cardiac catherization at my farm house in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Justin Lagat has written the first piece of our coverage of the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon. I had wished to attend, as I have for the past dozen years, but, as I missed my first Boston since 1986, I must take care of myself so I can write about another thirty marathons in the future.

Justin puts much in perspective for this coming Sunday's battle of the marathon stars...

One of the lessons from yesterdays horrific Boston marathon was that those who focused on place, and not time, did well. Scott Smith was an example, Scott had gone out very conservative. When the elite race fell apart, as runners dnfed or fell way back, Smith was one of the fortunate ones who had kept their heads and focused on grinding it out to the finish.

Perhaps today, just listen to Coach giving you your splits, take off your watch and run it old school. Focus on the task at hand.

Smith_Scott-Frankfurt17.jpgScott Smith finished sixth in Boston yesterday, in horrific weather, by keeping his head, photo by Photorun.net

Tuesday, April 17, 2018: warm up, 8 x 400 meters, 200m jog, 400 meters at 800m race pace, 4 x 200 meters, 200 meter jog, 200 meters at 400m race pace, cooldown

The 2018 Boston Marathon was one of the most peculiar marathons in recent memory. The extremely cold weather, with rain, winds, just beat the 30,000 runners up from Hopkinton to Boston.

That an American woman won, the first time since 1987, and so many American men and women fared well in the tough conditions in Boston today. That was a huge theme.

Here's David Monti's salute to the 2018 Boston victors, Desi Linden and Yuki Kamuachi.

Kawauchi_Linden_Trophy_Boston_Marathon_2018_04_16_Jane_Monti .jpgYuki Kawauchi and Desi Linden, photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly, used with permission.

Des Linden is a unique athletic archtype in our American running culture. Well liked, with a self depricating sense of humor, keen observation skills and the work ethic only surpassed by Joan Benoit Samuelson in her heyday, Desi Linden took all of those skills and built a win today in Boston. Her win was the result of a combination of her skills and her desire.

Linden_Desi-Boston18.JPGDes Linden running into history, photo by PhotoRun.net

A digression.

The 1968 Olympic decathlon champ, Bill Toomey, gave me the following theory. The one who wins an athletic competition is the one who covets the event the most. In 1968, Toomey practiced the high jump in the rain in Santa Barbara, telling himself that it might rain in Mexico City. And sure enough it did. His vault poles were lost in transist, but that was another story.

Des Linden had run five Boston marathons. Her experience helped her in her sixth Boston marathon. Des Linden had ground out some serious miles and workouts. She had run some cold long runs in Michigan and she probably had some runs that beat her up more than Boston in 2018. Most of all, Des Linden coveted this race, this crazy race from Hopkinton to Boston more than anyone else in the elite field.

Linden-Burla-Flanagan-Boston18.JPGDes Linden, Serena Burla, Shalane Flanagan, Boston marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

David Hunter gets that across as he builds the arguement that Des Linden put all of her talents together to win this race, this 2018 Boston Marathon. When asked later if an his athlete could have won Boston if it had been better conditions, Coach Kevin Hanson, the zen master of coaching, noted, " But the conditions were not better."

Enough said.

Desiree Linden won the 2018 BAA Boston Marathon in the most god awful conditions in the past four decades. She is a Boston marathon legend.

Case closed.

LaVillenie_RenaudR1-Brussels15.jpgRenaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net
Lavillenie 595 and Suhr 493
AUSTIN (USA, Apr 14): Great pole vaulting at Texas Invitational with World leads. World Indoor champion Renaud Lavillenie cleared 595 and tried at 601 and Olympic winner 2012 Jenn Suhr went over 493 with attempts at 501. 100 m winners achieved wind-aided times. Bryce Robinson 10.10 (+3.2) and Tawanna Meadows 11.19 (+3.1).

Kawauchi_YukiA-Boston18.JPGYuki Kawauchi, photo by PhotoRun.net

Linden_Desi-Boston18.JPGDes Linden running her race, photo by PhotoRun.net

Des Linden is an example of the Bill Rodgers corallary to the Boston Marathon. Bill, four time Boston, four time NYC winner, told me years ago that he always, in his good races in Boston, felt poorly until just about the Newton Hills. Des thought of dropping out, and even when she was building her lead, she did not feel good for the last four miles.

This is the release from her long time sponsor, Brooks.

We are so happy for Des Linden, who won Boston in her sixth attempt.

For years, when I would hit a marathon, I would see Carolyn Mather and her hubby Steve. I always enjoyed their company. Steve knew and was loved by all, a big guy with a great beard and hair. We miss him. Carolyn, who writes for @runblogrun at big events and helps at the major events, knows all of the elite women athletes and their coaches. We ask Carolyn to write about the women's race. This is her heartfelt piece on Desi Linden and her crew.

Linden_DesiFH-BostonMar18.jpgDesi Linden takes Boston in a storm, figuratively and actually, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hill_CandaceQ-USind17.jpgCandace Hill, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is update 16 for the USA-Canada reports for 2017-18. Our Catalan friend, Carles Baronet, compiles and edits these amazing reports each week. Carles has done this for @runblogrun for several years, and we love them. If you have any suggestions, please email us at [email protected].

scotland-marathon-commonwealth-hawkins-shelley-australia-michael_d73cf0b6-40bf-11e8-bfff-c0c145c8e053.jpgMichael Shelley passes Callum Hawkins, 2018 CG Marathon, photo courtesy of Hindustan Times (all copyrights retained by Hindustan Times)
Dramatic marathon ending
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 15): There was a dramatic climax to the men's marathon at the Commonwealth Games. Scotland's Callum Hawkins had amassed a two-minute lead but the 25-year-old collapsed at the 40km checkpoint and had to be taken to hospital in an ambulance and will remain in hospital overnight as a precaution. Reigning champion Michael Shelley from Australia was the beneficiary, coming through to successfully defend his title in 2:16:46 ahead of Uganda's Solomon Mutai (2:19:02) and Scotland's Robbie Simpson (2:19:36). Northern Ireland's Kevin Seaward was the only other runner to break the 2:20-barrier in fourth in 2:19:54. Kenyans Julius Karinga (2:24:26) and Kenneth Mungara (2:25:42) were ninth and tenth respectively. In demanding conditions (27C temperature and 69% humidity) seven of the 24 starters didn't complete the distance. In the women's race, Namibia's Helalia Johannes won the title in 2:32:40 ahead of Australians Lisa Weightman (2:33:23) and Jessica Trengove (2:34:09). Only the top six finishers broke the 2:40-barrier.
RunBlogRun opines: This was one hot mess. The LOC should have considered an earlier time for both men's and women's marathons, but they, for some reason don't. This totally changes the marathon landscapes. All the athletes ran bravely, but Callum Hawkins pushed himself too hard, and fall at 40 kilometers. He required medical attention and overnight in hospital for observation. We saw note from Scottish Athletics that Callum was recovering well. Michael Shelley took silver in 2010 New Delhi, in only his second marathon. In 2014 Glasgow, Shelley moved up to gold, and in this hot house, Shelley kept his running under control and passed Hawkins as Callum was being administered from medical staff. Again, if he had been touched, the marathoner would have been disqualified. Yes, an archaic rule that goes back to 1908 Olympics and Doriando Petri (read about it). The last one so dramatic was from the 1954 Empire Games, when Jim Peters, the first man under 2:20, collapsed at the finish line. This could have been avoided.

#GC2018 #mikeshelley #goldenboy #marathon #sharethedream

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If you get the chance, watch the Boston Marathon! top Americans in both men's and women's races, the races should be tremendous.

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

Monday, April 16, 2018: warm up, 40-45 minute run, 4x 150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Galen Rupp ran Boston in 2017, and took second. Aftewards, it was revealed that Galen had a few tenuous weeks prior to the marathon. Rupp ran well in his first run from Hopkinton to downtown Boston last year. In 2018, with training having gone much better, how will he fare in 2018? Add to his fitness, rain, cold, sleet and snow, how will that affect the Oregon based Olympic silver medalist at 10,000 meters and Olympic bronze medalist at the marathon?

Kirui-RuppH-Boston17.jpgGeoffrey Kirui and Galen Rupp, photo by PhotoRun.net

Michael Shelley was the silver medalist in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. In Glasgow, Michael came back in 2014 and took gold in the Commonwealth Games. HIs second win, in the Gold Coast, was quite dramatic and Justin Lagat writes about that amazing race. A terribly hot day, and many on twitter was asking why the LOC had picked such late times in the day for the marathon runs, knowing weather is hot at that time of day and year. Johannes Helalia from Namibia is first athlete from her country to take a gold in the Commonwealth Games marathon.

Shelly_Michael-Berlin15.jpgMichael Shelley, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is our story on Des Linden. Des Linden is, many times, the last of the major Americans considered for marathon greatness. Yet, it was Des Linden, who took our hearts and minds in April 2011, when she finished two seconds behind the winner at the 2011 BAA Boston marathon, running 2:22:38, the finest performance by an American woman marathoner at that time.

Tomorrow, Desi Linden lines up with Shalane Flanagan, 2017 NYC Marathon champion, Molly Huddle, AR holder at 10,000 meters and the half marathon, and a field of Ethiopians and Kenyans. Jordan Hasay was a late withdrawal. And so, there were three Americans.

Who will fare the best in what portends to be a difficult Patriots Day in Boston?

Linden_DesiH1-Boston15.jpgDes Linden, 2015 BAA Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

image1.jpegDes Linden, 2018 Brooks Presser, photo by Newton Sports Photography

Jordan Hasay has had to withdraw from the 2018 Boston Marathon late on Sunday afternoon. @runblogrun recieved the email from Mary Kate Shea, senior director around 4:47 PM Eastern time on April 15.

Jordan ran a fantastic race at Boston in April 2017, her debut, running 2:23:00. In October 2017, Jordan Hasay ran 2:20:57 at the Chicago Marathon, and many, @runblogrun included, were expecting a fast time from Jordan this year, well, until we heard the weather prognostications.

We wish Jordan Hasay a speedy recovery.

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

What if the 4x100m team require a field eventer? Stuart Weir observed the 4x100m team fielded by Team England took an unique approach. He thinks that it is such a good idea he wants to make it a permanent approach to the relay.

team england 4 x 100m .jpgTeam England 4 x 100 meter team, photo by Stuart Weir

Manangoi_ElijahFHR1-WorCH17.jpgElijah Manangoi, photo by PhotoRun.net
England wins both 4x100 m relays in World leads
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 14): Kenyans Elijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot repeated their one-two from last year's World Championships on the final day of stadium track and field action at the Commonwealth Games. Manangoi ran 3:34.78 as Cheruiyot was on 3:35.17. Scotland's Jake Wightman won bronze in 3:35.97. World champion Hellen Obiri won a tactical 5000 m in 15:13.11, chased closely until the final straight by team-mate Margaret Kipkemboi (15:15.28). England's Laura Weightman won bronze in 15:25.84 . India's Neeraj Chopra took the javelin with 86.47m - a season's best and one centimetre below the world junior record he set two years ago. Australia's Hamish Peacock took silver with 82.59m and Grenada's Anderson Peters the bronze with 82.20m. In her fourth Games, high jumper Levern Spencer took her and Saint Lucia's first Commonwealth gold, clearing 1.95m (WL) to beat England's Morgan Lake (1.93m) and Australia's Nicola McDermott (1.91m PB). England took both sprint relays. The quartet of Reuben Arthur, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey combined to run 38.13 (WL) ahead of South Africa (38.24 NR) and Jamaica (38.35). On the women's side, Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith, Bianca Williams and Lorraine Ugen clocked 42.46 (WL) - the fastest ever by a team representing England. Jamaica won silver with 42.52 and Nigeria the bronze (42.75). Jamaica won the women's 4x400m in a world lead 3:24.00 through Christine Day, Anastasia Le Roy, Janieve Russell and Stephenie McPherson. Nigeria took second with 3:25.29 and Amantle Montsho moved Botswana from fifth to third on the final leg with the quickest split overall of 49.59, bringing home a national record 3:26.86. Botswana took the men's race, in which the medallist were separated by less than two tenths. Leaname Maotoanong, Babaloki Thebe, Onkabetse Nkobolo and Isaac Makwala got the baton round in 3:01.78 to win from Bahamas (3:01.92) and Jamaica (3:01.97). Guyana's Troy Doris took the triple jump win with 16.88m.
Kipruto_ConseslusFV1-RioOlyG16.jpgConseslus Kipruto, photo by PhotoRun.net
Cheptegei_Joshua-WorC17.jpgJoshua Cheptegai, photo by PhotoRun.net
Kenya´s steeple sweep
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 13): Caster Semenya completed the middle distance double at the Commonwealth Games, setting another championship record in the 800m in 1:56.68 (58.66/58.02) ahead of Kenya's Margaret Wambui (1:58.07) with Jamaica's Natoye Goule running a 1:58.82 PB for bronze. Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei also won his second gold medal of the championships, smashing the championship record in the 10,000m with 27:19.62 ahead of Canada's Mo Ahmed (27:20.56) and Rodgers Kwemoi (27:28.66). New Zealand's Jake Robertson finished fifth in a national record of 27:30.90 as the top eight finishers all broke the 28-minute mark. World and Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto added the Commonwealth title to his haul, setting another championship record of 8:10.08 ahead of Abraham Kibiwott (8:10.62) with Amos Kirui ensuring a Kenyan clean sweep with a late charge to pip Canada's Matthew Hughes on the line, 8:12.24 to 8:12.33. There were also two championship records on the field: Canada's Alysha Newman cleared 4.75m on her final attempt of pole vault to defeat Eliza McCartney (4.70m) and Nina Kennedy (4.60m) while Jamaica's Fedrick Dacres secured the discus title with a championship record of 68.20m ahead of teammate Traves Smikle (63.98m) and Cyprus' Apostolos Parellis (63.61m) with Australia's Matt Denny fourth (62.53m). Jamaica also won gold in the shot put courtesy of Danniel Thomas-Dodd who set a national record of 19.36m to defeat reigning three-time champion Valerie Adams, who improved her season's best to 18.70m in her first major competition since maternity leave. Elsewhere, Nigeria's Tobi Amusan won the 100m hurdles title in 12.68 ahead of Jamaicans Danielle Williams (12.78) and Yanique Thompson (12.97) and England's Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the heptathlon with 6255 points ahead of teenagers Nina Schultz from Canada (6133 PB) and England's Niamh Emerson (6043 PB). England posted a fast 38.15 in the 4x100m heats but there was a shock in men's javelin qualifying as 2015 World champion Julius Yego failed to reach the final with 74.55m. The two pools were led by Australia's Hamish Peacock with 81.22m.

Isis Holt just won the Commonwealth IPC award for the 100 meters earlier this week. Stuart Weir has seen her run on three continents, and he writes a strong piece for her consideration, especially as she is only sixteen years old!

Isis Doha.jpgIsis Holt, IPC Doha 2015, photo courtesy of IPC

Long runs are always pretty easy on warm, sunny days. They are, however, a bit more daunting with a spring snow storm, as we have in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin today, and most of the Midwest. Enjoy the long run, dress warm.

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Heading to the race, photo by Justin Britton

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

Obiri_Hellen1-PreC16.jpgHellen Obiri, photo by PhotoRun.net

Manangoi_ElijahFHR1-WorCH17.jpgElijah Manangoi, photo by PhotoRun.net

Justin Lagat wrote this piece on Day 7 of the Commonwealth Games, where Kenya won two gold medals, in both the women's 5000 meters and men's 1,500 meters giving Kenya two more gold medal!

Rodgers_BillHS-Boston18.JPGBill Rodgers, photo by PhotoRun.net

In the golden age of American road running, there was Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers and Alberto Salazar. Bill Rodgers won Boston and NYC four times each. He was the king of the roads in 1978-79, winning 38 races at all distances.

Jeff Benjamin speaks to this keen observer of the sport, and Bill Rodgers has a few things to say on the 2018 BAA Boston Marathon.

The BAA Mile has become one of the important weekend events over the Boston marathon weekend. It makes total sense to add track stuff to marathon weekends. Great way to introduce the sport to fans who have never seen a mile.

Here's RRW's feature on the BAA Mile!

Hunter_DrewFH-Baa1Mile18.jpGDrew Hunter takes the BAA Mile, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sifuentes_NicoleFH-Baa1Mile18.jpGNicole Sifuentes takes BAA Mile, photo by PhotoRun.net

Gebrhiwet_HagosFV-Baa5km18.jpGHagos Gebrhiwet outsprints Ben True, phoot by PhotoRun.net

Diriba_BuzeFV-Baa5km18.jpGBuze Diriba defends her BAA 5k title, photo by PhotoRun.net

The BAA 5k is a fixture on the circuit on Boston Saturday, followed by the BAA Mile. Here's Race Result Weekly's David Monti on the fine race through the streets of the Back Bay.

Start-BAA5k18.JPGStart, BAA 5k, photo by PhotoRun.net

Gebrhiwet_HagosFH-Baa5km18.jpG Hagos Gebrhewit, Ben True, BAA 5k, photo by PhotoRun.net

Diriba_BuzeLedsH-BAA5k18.JPGBuze Diriba, BAA 5k, photo by PhotoRun.netDiriba_BuzeFH-Baa5km18.jpGBuze Diribab wins BAA 5k, photo by PhotoRun.net

The B.A.A. 5k has become a bigger and bigger event during Boston marathon weekend. Carolyn Mather, one of our long time journalist friends, wrote piece on the B.A.A. 5k for us this morning. Special thanks to Carolyn Mather.

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

Newman_Alysha1-WC17.jpgAlysha Newman, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thomas_Danniel1-London17.jpgDanniel Thomas-Dodd, photo by PhotoRun.net

The women's performances on Friday, April 13, 2018 from the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games featured the heptathlon, shot put, pole vault and 100 meter hurdles. This article is about the Stuart Weir, our friend from England.

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20180413_221258.jpgNatoya Goule, Jamaica, bronze, 800 meters, photo by J. Stuart Weir

Stuart Weir wrote this column on the women's 800 meters, and the performance in bronze by Natoye Goule, the runner from Jamaica who ran a fine run for the bronze medal.

A fun day of distance running with Kenyan men taking the sweep in the men's steeplechase and the 10,000 meters men was the finish of the double for the Joshua Cheptugei. Here's Stuart Weir's column on day 5 men's action. More to come!

Kipruto_ConseslusFV1-RioOlyG16.jpgConseslus Kipruto, photo by PhotoRun.net

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

Race days are getting more important now. Your thirteen weeks of training are building towards the big days. Enjoy your race today, stay focused, and finish hard.

20151212-ROSA0045.jpgGetting ready to race, photo by Justin Britton

Saturday, April 14, 2018: warm up, race your primary distance, and run a 4x400 meter, cooldown

The middle and long distance races on Friday, had something for everyone. From the 800 meters for women, to the men's steeplechase and men's 10,000 meters, there were exciting races! Here's the View from Kenya's Justin Lagat!

Kipruto_ConseslusW-WC17.jpgConseslus Kipruto, photo by PhotoRun.net

Fridays are days to contemplate the season so far and what you want the rest of the season to be. Enjoy the day with your friends.

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Friday, April 13, 2018: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Well, Kenya finally won their first Commonwealth Games gold. Here's Justin Lagat's story on the 800 meters from the Gold Coast! Congrats to Wicliffe Kinyamal on his well run 800 meters!

1df95b51-e195-4b3c-9a69-7a278c2e76a6.jpgWicliffe Kinyamal wins 800 meters in Roverto 2017, September 2017 photo by Getty Images for IAAF

Miller_ShaunaeFH-Brussels17.jpgShaunae Miller-Uibo, photo by PhotoRun.net

Richards_Jareem1-NBiGP18.jpgJereem Richards, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 200 meters were fascinating in the Commonwealth Games. In the men's 200 meters, no one was going to be happy. The women's 800 meters was faster than many had expected. Some amazing depth and speed in the Gold Coast. Here' Stuart Weir's commentary for Thursday, April 12, 2018.

IMG_0018.jpgAisha Praught Leer, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts

Over the final water jump, Aisha Praught Leer kept her cool, and passed Celiphine Chespol, to take her first major championship title. Aisha Praught Leer ran well in the World Indoors in Birmingham, and now, six weeks later, a gold in the steeplechase. Great job for Aisha. Asbel Kiprop tweeted the following about Aisha's paradigm changing victory!

Here's Justin Lagat's commentary on the women's steeplechase:

P1070698.JPGA Kangaroo, photo by Stuart Weir

Stuart Weir wrote a bit on the 4th day of the athletic schedule, on April 11. My apologies on not posting day 4 on day 4, as I had a medical procedure. But now, I am back home and posting the selected works of one J. Stuart Weir.

Your fitness level is getting higher and higher. We will fine tune that fitness level over then next few weeks.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018: warm up, two mile run, sprint straights, jog turns, 4 x 600 meters, jog 400 meters in between, at mile pace, 4 x 150m stride outs, cooldown

Wednesday is always an easy run in our schedules. Enjoy the day, consider your upcoming races, and think about how much fun our sport of track & field can be!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2018: warm up, Easy 55-60 minutes, cooldown, on soft ground, 4 x 150 meter stride outs

What a difference five weeks make. Stuart Weir understands that, as he sees these athletes all season long. Andrew Pozzi just won the World Indoor title at the 60 meter hurdles, and Ron Levy did not have a great day.

Move to April 10, and Jamaican Ron Levy has a fantastic day in the 110 meter hurdles. Andrew Pozzi had a rough day at the office.

Here is how Stuart Weir saw the 110 meter hurdles.

Levy_Ronald-WorInd18.jpgRon Levy, photo by PhotoRun.net

Semenya_Caster800Q-London17.jpgCaster Semenya, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Samuelson-Rodgers-MeyerPC-Boston12.jpgJoan Samuelson, Bill Rodgers, Greg Meyer, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Stuart Weir wrote this on day three of athletics, as Caster Semenya takes gold in part one of her double in Gold Coast Queensland. What is not noted is that Caster Semenya broke the three decade old South African record for the 1,500 meters, with her 4:00.71 World Leader! One more note, for so early in 2018, a very fast 1,500 meters with 4:08 being last place.

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10,000m class.jpgAustralian women 10,000 meter runners (Celia Sullohern, Madeline Hills and Eloise Wellings) greeting last finisher of 10,000m, Lineo Chaka of Lesotho, photo by J. Stuart Weir

Acts of kindness in this world are few and far between, or so we are told. This piece was posted a bit late, but, I think Stuart Weir did a nice job in covering the classy act of the Aussie distance runners, greeting all the finishers of the 10,000 meters, down to Lineo Chaka of Lesotho. In this world where we are told each day that people are less and less human, it was great to be reminded that it is all about one relationship at a time.

Walsh_TomR-London17.jpgTom Walsh, Champion of 2017 World Outdoors, 2018 World Indoors and 2018 Commonwealth Games! photo by PhotoRun.net

In my small town in Wisconsin, Fort Atkinson, I am building a statue of Tom Walsh, champion of his shot put domain, in my back yard. It will be built out of Wisconsin butter and cheese, as I have had to give up animal products and have pounds of the afore-mentioned products. We used a piece by Len Johnson, done for the IAAF website. We thank Len for his thoughtful writing and the IAAF for allowing us to use pieces of articles with atribution and a small shipment of Wisconsin dairy products.

The shot put piece is below. And yes, Tom Walsh, we worship you!

Oh, one final thought. In this post factual world, make sure you read your favorite athletics site each and every day!

Today is Tuesday, April 10, 2018. This is Boston marathon week. A big day at Arcadia Invitational last weekend, where 16 high school boys broke 9 minutes for two miles! Time to run some big races!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018: warm up, two sets of 8 x 300 meters, , jog half distance, paced at 600m pace, Last two 300 meters, second set, do at current 400 meter race pace, cooldown

Linden_DesiFV-SanAntonio17.jpgDes Linden, photo by PhotoRun.net

Reposted April 9, 2018

I thought this piece would be a fun one to revisit. Desi Linden is well prepared for the Boston marathon. She has battled for the title until within sight of the finish line in Beantown. Will 2018 be her year? With the field of Shalane Flanagan, Molly Huddle, Desi Linden and Jordan Hasay, Boston is treating us to a fantastic field!

Originally posted December 17, 2017

Des Linden is a runner of immense focus, determination, talent and humor. This writer has intereviewed her at least a half dozen times, and it is always fascinating to learn something more about one of America's finest marathoners.

Here's the thing. Coming back from injuries, and reaching or suprassing your previous level of fitness is the exception and not the rule. Des Linden has taken second in the Boston Marathon, and her continued return to that level of fitness where one is in the front of the pack is, well, exciting.

The 2018 Boston Marathon may be the toughest field ever assembled for American women marathoners. There is Shalane Flanagan, Deena Kastor, Molly Huddle, Des Linden and Jordan Hasay.

Des Linden is a long time member of the Hansons-Brooks ODP. She came to them as a 34 minute 10k runner and her development, nurtured by Hansons brothers Keith and Kevin, juggles high mileage, strong tempo and interval work with recovery, rest and racing. Des has lots of self knowledge from spending hours and hours on the road. Run 100 mile plus weeks year after year and you develop skills.

Not one of the athletes (Deena Kastor is a masters athlete, but Deena still holds American marathon record, won the bronze Olympic medal in 2004, and ran a 2:27 as a masters), should be discounted. As I mentioned to BAA's Jack Fleming, the 2018 Boston marathon will be a race for the ages!

In this follow up to the 100 meter pieces, Stuart Weir writes about the long history of the 100 yards and 100 meters at the Commonwealth Games. My only instructions ever to Stuart are to write about what he feels. It always seems to work.

Simbine_AkaniQ1-Beijing15.jpgAkani Simbine, Commonwealth Games 2018 100 meters, gold medal, photo by PhotoRun.net (Beijing 2015)

Rupp_Galen1b-Boston17.jpgGalen Rupp, photo by PhotoRun.net

Reposted April 9, 2018

The week prior to the Boston Marathon is always a fun week in Boston. Here's a piece we did a few weeks ago on Galen Rupp and his fine warm up for the rite of spring in Beantown. Galen Rupp is healthy this season and the 2018 Boston field should see the results of that fitness. In his last marathon, Chicago last October, Galen Rupp won going away.

Originally posted March 11, 2018

ROME (ITA, Mar 11): Chicago Marathon winner Galen Rupp set a 59:47 PB (13:50 5km, 28:09 10km, 42:44 15km) to win the Rome-Ostia Half Marathon ahead of Kenyans Moses Kemei (60:44) and Justus Kangogo (61:02). "It was an amazing race. It went according to plans without wind and rain along the course. I knew I was in good shape," he told the IAAF. Rupp was also the first non-African winner of the men's race since Stefano Baldini in 1997. After a big breakthrough in the Dubai Marathon in January when she was fifth in 2:20:13, Ethiopia's Haftamenesh Tesfay won the women's race in a 69:02 PB from Dera Dida (69:21 PB) and Kenya's Rebecca Chesire (71:04). Rosaria Console was the top Italian finisher in sixth in 73:45. Best male European finisher was Ukrainian Ihor Olefirenko 64:47 as 10th.

Memories of #HuaweiRomaOstia . An excellent weekend!! Still so proud of it

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RunBlogRun opines: Galen Rupp has shown that his fitness, four weeks before the 2018 BAA Boston Marathon is just where he needs to be. Remember that Galen Rupp was just off an injury prior to Boston in 2017, so this year could be very, very interesting.

Galen Rupp won the Rome Ostia half marathon today in 59:47 #romeostiahalfmarathon

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Walsh_TomasM-WorInd18.jpgTom Walsh, photo by PhotoRun.net

Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee just announced a fantastic shot put field for their upcoming Relays at the end of April! The Drake Relays does fantastic press releases, both text and video many times. This is fun one. The shot put field should be fantastic with Olympic and World Champions, indoor and out. And now, after todays' win by Tom Walsh, a Commonwealth Games champion!

So, here's a little insight into how my brain works.

First, a digression.

When the late James Dunaway edited American Track & Field, (2002-2013), our conversations, were, well spirited. At least once a week, we had a conversation where, I would say, " James, I need a walk." I would walk a few times around the offices at W.D. Hoards, where I was ensconced from 2003 to 2014, in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. The walk around the offices was about a quarter of a mile, and there were times, when, James and my conversation, quite spirited, might require four to six laps around the building or, perhaps, a walk over to the coffee shop.

When James would say, "Larry, you are probably going to want to fire me after this one, " which, again, happened with a weekly frequency, I learned, to not get upset. I learned, after a few apologies to the aforementioned Octegenarian editor, to just listen intently. In those conversations, I would learn much of what I remind myself now about editing, writing, and living life. Dunaway had lived a life with few regrets, and his writing, his love of his son, David, his observations, hard won, about life and love, continue as whispers in my ears.

In my ears right now, between Dunaway's comments, I am hearing Johnny Cash's song, Hurt, " I wear this crown of thorns, full of broken thoughts that I can not repair..." My brain works in stereo. Dunaway in one ear, Johnny Cash in the other...in the Middle Ages, they probably would have bled me to releave the voices from my head.

For some reason, Stuart Weir has similar effects on me. I know that, in his writing vernacular, when he notes, " You may not like this," I am not surprised to find the real gems.

What you will read below is such a gem. Two gems in a week. Nice work, Mr. Weir.

100 meters fiasco.jpgFrom coverage of 2010 Commonwealth Games by the Telegraph.UK (yes, copyright www.Telegraph.uk), title of story was Most Complicated 100 metre final in history. Note on chalkboard says " 07/10/2010, Womens 100 Mtr. Results are not final as a complaint has been lodged By Team England."

The 100 meters is one of the most popular events in all major championships. With 71 countries represented in Gold Coast, Queensland, from the 1.3 billion of India to the diminutive Nieu (a populace of 1,624), much of the world is watching each day of athletics. Thanks to J. Stuart Weir, our misidentified Scotsman (actually, a proud Englishman) and Justin Lagat (from Eldoret, Kenya), we have the 2018 Commonwealth Games covered! Here's Stuart's commentary on the three 100 meter races!

Ahye_MichelleQ-WC17.jpgMichelle-Lee AHYE, 2018 CG Gold medalist, 100 meters, photo by PhotoRun (from London 2017)

Simbine_Akani200Q-London17.jpgAkani SIMBINE, 2018 CG 100 meter champion, Gold, photo by PhotoRun.net (London 2017)

Stella Chesang just won the gold medal for 10,000 meters at the Commonwealth Games on Day 2 of the athletic schedule. I love the Commonwealth Games. My experience in Glasgow was a lot of fun, I was sad I could not attend in 2018. However, we have Justin Lagat and Stuart Weir covering the events for us. Here is Justin Lagat's piece on the women's 10,000 meters.

Stella Chesang ran 15:17.91 in 2017, and she has a PB of 15:10.30 for 5000 meters. Her PB prior to the CG was 34:31.15 from 2013 on the track. In 2015, Stella ran 32:10 for 10k on the roads, and in 2017, Stella Chesang ran 31:54 on the track.

The 10,000 meters, twenty five laps around a 400 meter oval, is a mentally challenging event.

Chesang_StellaQ-Rio16.jpgStella Chesang, Rio 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Walsh_TomR-London17.jpgTom Walsh, London 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net
Walsh 22.45 top qualifying mark ever
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 8): On the first day of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, New Zealand's Tom Walsh smashed the championship record in the shot put qualifying with 22.45m, the longest throw ever recorded in the qualifying round of a major championships. Walsh smashed the championship record of 21.61m held by Jamaica's reigning champion O'Dayne Richards who also qualified for the final with 19.65m. England's Nick Miller won gold in the hammer with a British and championship record of 80.26m also a World lead (his fifth round throw of 79.75m was also in excess of his British record) ahead of Australia's Matthew Denny (74.88m) and Mark Dry (73.12m) and there were also two gold medals for Australia in the 20km race walk. Olympic bronze medallist Dane Bird-Smith won the men's title in 1:19:34 ahead of Tom Bosworth who lowered his British record to 1:19:38 with Kenya's Samuel Gathimba taking the bronze in 1:19:51 while Jemima Montag (1:32:50) and Alana Barber (1:34:18) took a one-two for Australia, although the prospect of a clean sweep vanished after leader Claire Tallent was DQ'd. In the only track final of the night, Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei won the 5000m in 13:50.83 from Canada's Mo Ahmed (13:52.78) and Kenyan youngster Edward Zakayo (13:54.06). Fastest qualifiers for the 100m finals were Jamaica's Yohan Blake (10.06) and England's Asha Philip (11.21).

1 Throw, 1 #cwg2018 record, 1 more job to do!! Awesome pic from @alishalovrich

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It is Monday. A big race weekend! How did you do? Think about your race. Ask your coach what you need to do to race better.

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Monday, April 9, 2018: warm up, 40-45 minute run, 4x 150 meter stride outs, cooldown

One of my favorite events in the world is the Doha Diamond League meeting, held this year on May 4. This release is about the Qatari athletes who will be competing in Doha this year!

Haroun wins bronze at London 2017.jpgAbdellalah Haroun with his bronze medal from London 2017, photy courtesy of Qatar Federation

Ahmed Magour at London 2017.jpgAhmed Magour, throwing javelin in London 2017, photo from Qatar Federation

IMG_7355.jpgMaicel Uibo, bronze medalist, World Indoor Birmingham heptathlon, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts

ATLANTA: Decathlon World lead and personal best for Estonian Maicel Uibo 8407 points at Spec Towns Invitational. His marks: 11.12 (1.0); 7.42 (-0,2); 14.71; 2.13; 50.29 - 14.97 (0.3); 47.83; 5.17; 64.42; 4.34.63. Second Briton Tim Duckworth improved to 8145 and third another Estonian Johannes Erm 8020 PB.

RunBlogRun opines: Maicel Uibo is an Estonian multi eventer. In Estonia, they don't play baseball, but they do enjoy multi events. In fact, they have this monstrosity that is actually 20 events, yep a double decathlon, but I have digressed. Maicel Uibo is the proud hubby of one Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who knows her way around a furlong and a 400 meters.

Jemal Yimer won the 2018 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile in 46:17. Jemal has some serious wheels. The young Ethiopian was fifth at the London 2017 World Champioinships 10,000 meters, running 26:56.11. Jemal set a debut record at the RAK Half Marathon, running 59:00 on 9 February 2018, and his cruising the Cherry Blossom course shows that the young Ethiopian will be a power on the roads for a long time into the future.

DSC_1544.jpgJemal Yimer, RAK Half Marathon, photo by Brian Eder for RunBlogRun

On the women's side, Buze Diriba took the women's race, running ten miles in 53:45. Buze moved up from second place the last two years, and she is just off the win at the 2018 United NYC Half Marathon, where she defeated Emily Sisson by one second.

Diriba_Buze1b-NycH18.JPGBuze Diriba, United NYC Half Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile is one of the most iconic events on the road circuit. @RunBlogRun last ran that fine race in 1986, and recall how fast the top of the field came rushing by on the second half of the race!

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First year of NN Running Team
ROTTERDAM (NED): Thursday April 6 marked one year since NN Group and Global Sports Communication introduced the NN Running Team: the first professional running team in the world. The team has achieved 52 victories, including three World Marathon Major victories and two world titles. Within the first year, the team's professional guidance is improved through investments in, for example, physiotherapy. The team has a large online fan base that follows the athletes on social media, and fans can now better understand what it takes to be a world class marathon athlete. To mark the first year of the NN Running Team, NN Group and Global Sports Communication published a yearbook and organised a special function. "A year ago, my dream to start the first professional running team came true. I could not have predicted the impact this would have on our athletes and the world of athletics one year later. Our athletes are very committed to the team: they are excited to share their experiences and to help each other get to the next level. We created a new standard with the team and I am looking forward to continuing this journey to improve our great sport," said Jos Hermens, director of GSC. Belgian runner Bashir Abdi was introduced as the newest member of the NN Running Team just before his marathon debut in Rotterdam on Sunday.

Happy anniversary @nnrunningteam ! New race kit for them!! #nikerunning

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Joshua Cheptegei was the silver medalist in the 10,000 meters at last summers' London 2017 World Championships. His 5000 meters in Gold Coast Games was a classic performance. Here is Justin Lagat's coverage of the fine event today (he also wrote about Paris and Rotterdam for @runblogrun for us). Cheptegei is a bit of a rock star in Uganda. Like 2012 Olympic and 2013 World Marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich, Joshua is quite popular in his homeland. Joshua Cheptegai is entered in the 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters. We understand that his focus was the 5,000 meters.

Congrats go to Joshua Cheptegei on taking the first track medal of the Commonwealth Games.

Cheptegei_Joshua-Pre15.jpgJoshua Cheptegai, Photo by PhotoRun.net

Race News Service is one of the key global partners for RunBlogRun. Joerg Wenig and Andy Edwards cover many of the finest marathons in the world and provide us two key observers of our sport to go where @runblogrun can not. Here's their piece on the HAJ Hannover Marathon and its emotional second place finish by Michael Kunyaga.

Kunyuga_MichaelCrawl1-Hannover18.JPGMichael Kunyaga, crawling tphoto by PhotoRun.net

Negussa_SebokaFH-Hannover18.JPGSebokka Negussa Erre, winner of HAJ Hannover, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kiprop_AgnesFH-Hannover18.JPGAgnes Kiprop, winner of HAJ Hannover, photo by PhotoRun.net

The first day of athletics at 2018 Commonwealth Games is over! A fascinating first day and some medals were distributed in the Gold Coast. Here's Stuart Weir's column on day 1, which kept our friend up and observing from 4:15 AM on. Such is the thankless life of an Englishman. Also, make sure that, if you are not familiar with the term curates egg (and who, isn't), you follow our link to an earlier piece where Mr. Weir explains the reference.

sprints CG CG .jpgSprint prelims, photo by J. Stuart Weir

Saina_Betsy-BAA10k17.jpgBetsy Saina wins Paris Marathon today! photo from BAA 10k, by PhotoRun

A big first weekend in the marathon world, with marathons in Paris, Rotterdam and Hamburg! Here's Justin Lagat's piece on the Kenyan wins at Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris and NN Rotterdam Marathon!

Long runs have been part of our running vernacular for most of the last century. It took, however, a New Zealand milkman, and a band of local Kiwis to make long runs much more popular. The late Arthur Lydiard smacked distance running on its head, testing 200 miles a week on himself, going from a mere jogger to a New Zealand Marathon champion. His athletes, however, changed the world: Peter Snell, 800m/1,500m gold, Murray Halberg, 5000m gold, John Davies, 1,500m bronze, Bill Magee, Marathon bronze. And then, the next generation, John Walker, Rod Dixon, Dick Quax, all who had coaches influenced by the eccentric Arthur Lydiard.

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Does it work? On pure Lydiard training, I took five minutes off my 10,000m PB, a minute off my two mile and 42 minutes off my marathon PB. The hill work, long runs, speed work and racing.

I was lucky enough to spend time with Arthur in the 80s and 90s. One of my favorite memories is from Madison, Wisconsin in 1999 when Arthur visited, and he was speaking with Pascal Dobert, then, a steeple champion, now a coach with Jerry Schumacher at Bowerman TC.

Enjoy your long run today, google Arthur Lydiard and learn about the man who knocked distance running on its butt.

Sunday, April 8, 2018: Relaxed Long run, 70 minutes with friends, at pace you can talk. Long runs are all about the socializing and building endurance.

Reposted April 7, 2018

This story on the late Eric Hulst was originally posted in March 2010. I just received a very kind note from Jeff Creer, who ran 9:01 against Eric and with his permission, I am sharing that note with our readers.

    "This message is in response to an article on Eric Hulst that one of your writers, Larry, did years ago. I read that article today and it was very well written and touching. Eric was just one year ahead of me in high school. I ran the mile and 2-mile at East High in Salt Lake City, and would look to Eric Hulst, Ralph Serna, Rudy Chapa, Craig Virgin and the group for inspiration. But in particular, I'd read everything I could on Hulst. He is truly a legend. His training regimen pushed me to a high school time of 9:01 in the 2-mile at the 1977 International Prep Invitational in Chicago. Earlier that year I ran on the USA Junior National Cross-Country team that took first place in the World Championship in Germany, the year after Eric took first in the individual race. Eric's work ethic is still an example today of what it takes to be successful. Thank you for a nice trip down memory lane!"

Originally posted on March 23, 2018


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Eric Hulst leads Ralph Serna, in the CIF two mile, 1975, where Hulst won 8:44.6 to 8:45.9, one of the greatest duels in prep history. courtesy of Runningentertainment.com

While my running started in St. Louis, Missouri, at DeSmet High School in Creve Coeur, Missouri, I became a runner in California. In my era were the likes of Mitch Kingery, Ralph Serna, Bob Paulin, Jim Schenkle, Rich Kimball, Andy Clifford, Terry Williams, Benton Hart and one Eric Hulst. Running in Indiana were Rudy Chapa, Tim Keogh and Carey Pinkowski. On the east coast, there was this guy, Alberto Salazar, and in St.Louis, I had heard of this really fast guy, Craig Virgin. In that time, we devoured the pages of Track & Field News, and Runners World, which listed all the runners who broke three hours in the marathon, in a little book of the month. It was a special time to be a runner...and Eric Hulst was one of the great ones.

DSC_1445.jpgJoan Chelimo, RAK Half Marathon, photo by Brian Eder for RunBlogRun
Chelimo close to WR
PRAGUE (CZE, Apr 7): Kenya's Joan Chelimo missed the world record by just 13 seconds, running 65:04 at the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon, while Benard Kimeli took a close men's race in 59:47. Chelimo and pacemaker Mike Chesire kept up with Caroline Kipkirui's pace over the first 5k of the largely flat course in almost ideal conditions, clocking 14:51 - on pace for 62:40. Kipkirui dropped off from 6km and Chelimo's 10km split was 30:14, still on course to break the mark by a minute. She slowed a bit more to 45:54 for 15km and her eventual time rated fifth best all-time. Kipkirui eventually finished second in 66:09 with Ethiopia's Worknesh Degefa third in 68:09. Eva Vrabcova-Nyvltova broke the 24-year-old Czech record with 71:01 in eighth. Kimeli led three runners under the one hour-mark in the men's race with Geoffrey Yegon (59:56) and Peter Kwemoi (59:58) finishing second and third respectively. Best European was Italian Eyob Faniel as 10th in 62:27. A grand total of 11 668 runners competed in the twentieth Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon.
DSC_1448.jpgJoan Chelimo, RAK half marathon, photo by Brian Eder for RunBlogRun
Here's an instagram of some of my favorite characters on the road racing circuit....

Few minutes to start..#praguehalf in media car

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Huddle_MollyFV-Houston18.jpgMolly Huddle, AR HM at Aramco Houston, January 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

It was July 2010. I was with Mark Bossardet, former VP for Sports Marketing at Saucony and her sponsor. We had just watched Molly Huddle race at the Birmingham DL meeting. Molly told Boz that she was going to hang in Europe for ten more days. Ten days later, finishing ninth in the Memorial Ivo Van Damme 5000 meters, Molly Huddle broke the 5000 meter American record of one Shalane Flanagan, running 14:44.76. Molly Huddle knew she had the record inside her, and she would not go home until she had found that race. Lesson one on Molly Huddle: she is driven.

Robertson_ZaneQ-World13.jpgZane Robertson, Moscow 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

GOLD COAST (AUS): Zane Robertson has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast due to a groin injury, informs Fast Running. "Zane has very high standards and he didn't want to come and put in a below-par race or be forced to withdraw during the race," said Athletics New Zealand High-Performance Director Scott Goodman. Robertson had entered both the 10,000m and the marathon.

I'm Very sad to say that I will not be attending the Commonwealth games. I've missed some weeks of intensive training due to a freak mistake made by a massage therapist, almost broke my hip. I always keep it real with my fans so I give you nothing but the hard truth. I don't want to come to be a number, I only race if confident I can race for the the Gold 🥇 medal. Thank you to everyone for understanding my difficult situation. I will be back to competing in May but I'm just not ready yet. Attached below is the media release Zane Robertson out of Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games 5000m medallist Zane Robertson has pulled out of the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team. A groin injury picked up earlier in the year forced the Kenyan-based Kiwi to miss several weeks of training at a key stage of his preparation for the Games and while he has been training since then, he has not recovered to the extent he could put on the black singlet and give it his best shot. The 28 year old had been selected for both the 10,000m, in which he holds the NZ record, and the marathon. While it would not have been possible to compete in both, he was hopeful of putting up a very good performance in one or the other. "Zane had hoped he could make up the lost time and come into the village with the confidence to race hard and put him in the frame for a good performance," said Scott Goodman, Athletics New Zealand High Performance director. "I've been talking to Zane daily for the last couple of weeks and he really wanted to run on the Gold Coast and put up a performance he could be proud of, but he has not been able to put in the solid track sessions he needs." "Zane has very high standards and he didn't want to come and put in a below par race or be forced to withdraw during the race," Goodman added. Robertson will remain training in Kenya and set himself for some road races, with perhaps another crack at a fast marathon later in the year. #commonwealth #commonwealthgames #commonwealthgames2018 #newzealand #EarnTheFern

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Flanagan_ShalaneLeds-NYC17.JPGShalane Flanagan, busting her move in the Big Apple, photo by PhotoRun.net

Okay, an admission. In college, I took modern dance for four years. My mom's passion was ballet. I decided to take modern to a) see if I could get flexible, b) meet attractive woman and c) get another workout. I gained some flexibility. I got another workout (and modern dance at two hours a day, was tough), and well, and it was a fun way to meet women who were as focused as I was with my running.

I admit this, after having just watched Shalane Flanagan bust some moves after her last long run prior to Boston. Shalane is pretty flexible for a marathoner. She also have some fine dance moves, and she was having a blast! While this is fun, her preparations for Boston were among her very best. And that should make this upcoming battle for the supremacy in Boston on April 16, 2018 a race for the ages. But this time, kind readers, we are serious about the race for the ages tag.

Here's the Instagram celebrating her last long run.

Stuart Weir is one of the fine coterie of writers who contribute to @runblogrun. I have been fortunate to work with some of the finest writers in sports writing, and continue to be both astounded and fortunate for them allowing me my eccentricities.

When I first met Stuart, I believed he was a Scotsman, but I had erred. His well developed sense of humor (humour for those in colonies, former colonies, or protectorates of Her Highness), keeps me smiling. His writing helps me consider other views, and when I read his writing, I learn something new.

Stuart Weir and Justin Lagat are covering the Commonwealth Games for @runblogrun.

We hope that you enjoy the coverage and sense the respect that we have for the Friendly Games, as they are known. I recall a Runners World Booklet of the month, from around 1974, about the late Jack Foster, the famous Kiwi marathoner (held the Masters marathon record for nearly 3 decades), who took silver in CG 1974 in ChristChurch, at the ripe old age of 42, in the marathon. He noted that he won his silver on his mother's 25th wedding anniversary. When a journalist looked at Mr. Foster, with some confusion, Mr. Foster just smiled and said, " You figure it out."

Well, that was what my son, Adam, calls is his father having a "digression".

CG2.jpgXXI Commonwealth Games, photo by J. Stuart Weir

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GOLD COAST NEWS
GOLD COAST (AUS): World indoor and outdoor champion Tom Walsh has said he is in the shape of his life ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs the NZ Herald. "Health-wise and physical-wise there's nothing wrong with me. I know they're clichés, but I'm bigger, faster and stronger. My mental space is A-okay," he said.

👍🏻if you're excited about the #commgames2018 ??

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Today is race day for many of the 16,000 high schools that have track & field around the country. This season, 2018, has over 1.2 million high school boys and girls competing in track & field today. Track & Field, as well as cross country have had conistent growth for the past 39 years, per National Federation numbers. On weekends in April, it is relay time, conference time, regional time. This weekend we have great invitationals across the U.S.

Good luck in your racing. It is time to race! Write us about your races at [email protected]!

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HOKA ONE ONE, photo by Mike Deering, for The Shoe Addicts. Learn more about HOKA ONE ONE at www.hokaoneone.com.

Saturday: warm up, race your primary distance, and run a 4x400 meter, cooldown. Remember, too wiped out after the primary race? Then, do a longer, more relaxed cool down.

I respect the faith and things that drive people. I respect people's religious beliefs, or lack of religious beliefs. I also understand, that, if there is good in the world, there must be evil.

Rwanda was, and is, Africa's most recent version of ethnic cleansing. The story below, by Stuart Weir is graphic, brutal, but honest. That the person rose above it, and that his faith persisted, reminds me of the late Simon Weisenthal, the Nazi hunter, who wrote a book called The Sunflower.

That the Commonwealth Games had a moment of silence for the genocide in Rwanda was good, and was important.

Thank you, Stuart Weir.

Merci beaucoup, Dieudonne Disi.

disi.jpgDieudonne Disi, photo by Stuart Weir

Stuart Weir is busy writing for @runblogrun from the Gold Coast. This is Stuart's athletics preview for the Friendly Games. I recall the story on the 1974 Commonwealth Games, which were held in ChristChurch, New Zealand. That was the first time I recall the Friendly Games moniker used for Commonwealth Games.

CG 1.jpgWalking in the Commonwealth Games village, photo by Stuart Weir

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CG3.jpgNice beach! Gold Coast is host of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, photo by Stuart Weir

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Justin Lagat will be providing up a view from Kenya during the 2018 Commonwealth Games. This is his first column on the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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The 2018 Commonwealth Games are being held in Gold Coast, Australia. Here are the event by event previews from Alfonz Juck's EME News. We will have two pieces a day from Stuart Weir on the Commonwealth Games!

One of my favorite days to run was Friday. It was mostly an easy day and we had some fun runs on those days. From Bellarmine campus, we would head down the bridges near the Mineta Airport. After that, we would do a few stride outs. Enjoy your Friday run.

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Friday, April 6, 2018: warm up, 4 -5 miles easy, 4 times 150 meters stride outs, cooldown


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Reposted on April 5, 2018

Check out the new color wave from Brooks on the Levitate! And find a local dealer carrying the new color waves on the Brooks Levitate !

Updated March 24, 2018

Check out the new Brooks Levitate! Some great colors and a strong product from a fine company. Finally, Brooks is supporting RunBlogRun and our editorial, support them, please with your purchases!

The Brooks Levitate is a new running shoe from Brooks. The DNA AMP technology is about to be introduced into several other shoes in the Brooks line. What is cool about DNA AMP? It is about bringing new customers to the Brooks brand. Here is the second video that our digital partners, The Shoe Addicts did on the Levitate. We hope you like it!

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As Brooks is one of the sponsors of this blog, and our network, we encourage you to give the Brooks Levitate a test run! To find the place near you to check it out, just go to the next section of this post and find your local Brooks dealer!

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Emilia Gorecka wins Carlsbad 5000m in 16:04, photo courtesy of Carlsbad 5000

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Posted April 5, 2018

Updated nationality of third place, Ole Hesselberg, Denmark, 14:27, who competed in Olympics for Denmark. (Thanks to @RunDenmark for update).

The Carlsbad 5000 meters is in its 33rd year. It is a unique event, combining the circuit courses of famous bicyle races, and one of the most popular distances in running, the 5000 meters. The Carlsbad was founded by RNR founders Tim Murphy and Tracy Sundlun, and has gone through several owners, now, IRONMAN. The numbers were down in 2018, as was the elite fields, but the runners, again, showed the importance of the event and the continued potential of running. We thank Dan Cruz and Matt Turnbull for the information on the race!

Schippers_DaphneQ-WORLDi18.jpgDafne Schippers, photo by PhotoRun.net

Schippers and Barshim will debut at Golden Spike


OSTRAVA (CZE): 57th Ostrava Golden Spike (IAAF World Challenge) announced for women 200 m the debut of Dafne Schippers at the meet. The Dutch double World champion said: "So great to be in Ostrava this year. It is my first time and I always hear such positive stories about this amazing meet. I want to experience this myself now and perform very well there! Very much looking forward to it." On June 13 also a top High Jump clash is announced. World champion Mutaz Essa Barshim will meet World Indoor champion Danil Lysenko. "I am very much looking forward to my first visit in Ostrava. It will be one of few competitions outside the Diamond League. Of course I will be going for the meet record (2.33) and some more! See you all on June 13," said Barshim. Men´s javelin after last year Czech vs Germany match will be Czech vs World select. The Czech quartett is clear with two world medalists Jakub Vadlejch and Petr Frydrych along with former World champion Vitezslav Vesely and European finalist Jaroslav Jilek. First two confirmations in the World team are top Germans, World champion Johannes Vetter and Olympic winner Thomas Rohler. "I gladly will return to Ostrava. Looking forward to meet our Czech rivals. We are one big family. Meet record of meet director Jan Zelezny 94.64 is a top result and tough to achieve, but always one good throw could happen, I will take any 90+ result," said Vetter. Already earlier two World champions from London were confirmed Tom Walsh for shot put and Luvo Manyonga for long jump.

Barshim_MutazR-WorInd18.jpgMutaz Essa Barshim, photo by PhotoRun.net

Halladay_LexyFH1-BosOut17.jpgLexy Halladay, adidas Golden Mile, photo by PhotoRun.net

Halladay_LexyFH1a-BosOut17.jpgLexy Halladay, adidas Dream Mile, photo by PhotoRun.net

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The adidas Dream Mile and the High School Dream 100 meters are two of the most popular national invitationals in our sport. Recognizing the power of the 100 meters and the mile have been part of the adidas GP NYC and adidas Boost Boston Games. I have admired adidas for this program for many years. How popular is the adidas Dream Mile and High School Dream 100 meters? The most popular instagram that @runblogrun has EVER run is the photo above, with Lexy Halladay, which had 133,500 plus impressions last June.

To learn how to qualify for both events, check the release below:

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Bennett Grimes is Brooks Running Product manager. We met with Bennett at the 2017 Running Event. At the TRE, RunBlogRun and The Shoe Addicts meet, interview and film key brands, key players and influencers in our running culture.

Coleman_ChristianFH-Worlds18.jpgChristian Coleman takes gold in Birmingham, photo by PhotoRun.net

Baker_RonnieSF1-USind18.jpgRonnie Baker, photo by PhotoRun.net

Gatlin_JustinFV-Lausanne17.jpgJustin Gatlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rodgers_Michael4x1St-London17.jpgMicheal Rodgers, photo by PhotoRun.net

US top names in 4x100 m
KNOXVILLE (USA): Tennessee top sprinting names Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman will team up with Mike Rodgers and Ronnie Baker in an attempt to break the 4x100 m American record 37.38 next week at the 51st Tennessee Relays. The record pursuit, presented by Pro Form Sports, will headline a day of relays and field events Saturday, April 14 at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium.

Windle_DrewQ-WorInd18.jpgDrew Windle, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 800 meters is one of the most difficult races to perfect. That wild combination of speed and endurance, the 800 meters is a like a chess game while running as fast as you can. Tactics, that ability to keep some speed for the final battle down the final stretch, is key. All of the greats had that ability to make the race their very own. Drew Windle is learning about how to make the race his race.

Drew Windle went up against many of the finest 800 meter runners in the world and came out with a silver medal. In part 2 of the interview with The Shoe Addicts, Drew speaks about his preparations for the World Indoors, his training group, his support from family and friends.

Thanks, Drew, for speaking with us!

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Drew Windle won his first global medal at the World Indoors in Birmingham, England, March 1-4, 2018. Drew had run a stellar race to make the team in Albuquqerque, and his races in Birmingham were also well crafted. Adding to the drama for Mr. Windle, he was disqualified from the final for 86 minutes. Thanks to the tireless efforts of his coach, Danny Mackey and USATF officials, Drew was reinstated and his first global medal was a reality.

What do we know about Drew Windle? Do you know his parents and girlfriend try to visit most of his races? Drew gave us a ton of time in Birmingham on the night of his silver medal performance.

We sent out an FB live video, but this is the HD coverage of the Shoe Addicts from the post event interview. Drew Windle race tactics reminds me of David Wottle, the 1972 Olympic gold medalist. Windle has great leg speed over the last 200 meters.

This young middle distance racer has some even finer races in his future.

This is Thursday. Time for you to do some speed work. Take it one day at a time.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018: warm up, two mile run, sprint straights, jog turns, 4 x 800 meters, jog 400 meters in between, at mile pace, cooldown

Sam Kendricks, Renaud Lavillenie, and Piotr Lisek battled in Birmingham on the last night of the championships. Vaulters are tremendous athletes. Sam Kendricks and Renuad Lavillenie can compete during the big meets, and have fun with each other before and after. Sam Kendricks may be the most likeable athlete in our sport, if not, he's close. His interviews are thoughtful, and humorous.

This is Sam Kendrick's interview with The Shoe Addicts.

Looking forward to the pole vault outdoors!

We will have two updates a day from the 2018 Commonwealth Games, held on the Gold Coast of Australia, which started on 4 April 2018. Sally Pearson, due to achilles injury, has withdrawn from the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Sally announced her decision at the press conference on the first day of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Stuart Weir will be covering the CG for us, and this is his first column.

Pearson_SallyFL1-WC17.jpgSally Pearson, photo by PhotoRun.net

The triple jump duo of Christian Taylor and Will Claye have competed against each other since high school. Now, they are two of the finest triple jumpers in the world. They will be highlighting the TJ at the Pre Classic at the end of May. Read on track fans!

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Courtney Okolo lead, from the start to finish, in the 400 meters in Birmingham. Running the 400 meters on the Birmingham track was tough for many, as the huge number of disqualifications showed, but Courtney ran a finest race of this season. Her gold medal was well won. The 400 meters is two laps on the 200 meter indoor track, and it take supreme judgement to run the 400 meters well. Congrats, Courtney Okolo.

Courtney Okolo has had a fine indoor season, with her wins in USATF Indoors, golds at 400 meters and 4x400 meters. Pretty darn impressive.

Here is the interview from The Shoe Addicts with Courtney, post her gold medal 400 meter race.

2017-12-14-gexc18_gb.jpegLaura Muir, photo by Dan Vernon Photography

STIRLING (GBR): Great Run is poised to sign a three-year deal which will see the Great Edinburgh Cross Country in January move to King's Park in Stirling, informs the Scotsman. "The Edinburgh international cross-country is a fantastic event for Scotland. Scottish Athletics chief executive Mark Munro has welcomed the Scottish Government backing to keep the event in the country. "It's great because it's an event kids can go to and see people like Laura or Mo Farah up close," he said.

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Reese_Brittney-Worlds18.jpgBrittney Reese, photo by PhotoRun.net

Brittney Reese should be the queen of the long jump. She has won more global medals on fifth or sixth jumps than any jumper I can remember. In her most recent sojurn onto the global stage, @DaLJBeast took the silver, giving it her all. Watching Brittney Reese leap incredible distances in Eugene, Doha, Istanbul, and many other places is one of the real treats for this track fan.

This interview was done, as were many in Birmingham, by my son, Adam Johnson-Eder. As you know, media has to do many things now. Adam and his partners, Mike Deering and AJ Felice have shot and produced video for RunBlogRun for six years now. With so many athletes to interview, Adam is doing many of the interviews now. Brittney spoke to The Shoe Addicts in the IZone after her silver medal performance.

Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts on this one.

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Schippers for FBK Games
HENGELO (NED): World 200m champion Dafne Schippers will compete in the FBK Games in Hengelo (IAAF World Challenge) on June 3, nos.nl reports. Meanwhile, organisers of the 37th editions promised changes this year, including fewer disciples but more of a spectacle and more battles. The event for Schippers will be the 200 m.
RunBlogRun opines: FBK Games is one of my favorite meets. I love Hengelo and I love the stadium too. The meet has some big races and it is where I saw the last 10,000 meters ever run by Haile Gebrselassie. It is one of the special meets on the circuilt. Watching Dafne in front of her major fans would be a lot of fun.
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Coleman_ChristianFH-Worlds18.jpgChristian Coleman just does it, 60 meter World champs gold, photo by PhotoRun.net

Christian Coleman has had an amazing indoor season. His 6.37 for 60 meters on January 20 at Clemson. On February 17, Christian Coleman ran an imperfect 60 meters, and, with his arms outstretched, destroyed the world record with a sizzling 6.34 for the 60 meters. The electronic blocks, the electronic start, the drug testing all means that Christian got his world record.

On March 3, 2018, Christian Coleman ran a better, but still, imperfect race, winning his first global championships, with a championship record of 6.37. Here is his interview with the Shoe Addicts post race, on the evening of March 3, 2018.

Christian Coleman is a tremendous athlete with huge promise. After Coleman's race, I asked Maurice Greene, the previous world record holder for the 60 meters about Christian. Maurice Greene told @runblogrun that Christian Coleman can, if he work out a few more things in his racing, a bit faster over 60 meters and 9.65 or better in the 100 meters. That's high praise from Maurice Greene.

Remember, on easy days, take it easy.

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

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DES MOINES (USA): Five-time Drake Relays champion Jenny Simpson returns to the Blue Oval to challenge the American outdoor 2-mile record as part of Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays, Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays, announced. Boldon also unveiled world-class competitors in the pole vault and high jump inside Drake Stadium for what has the potential to be a historic night of track & field action. With Simpson running will be Brenda Martinez and Alexa Efraimson. World champion Sam Kendricks leads the pole vault along with Shawn Barber and Scott Houston. Vashti Cunningham is the top name for women high jump with Levern Spencer and Doreen Amata with Alyx Treasure.

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Sandi Morris is the gold medal winner from the women's pole vault at the World Indoors in Birmingham. This is part 2 of the interview from Birmingham with The Shoe Addicts.

In this section, we asked Sandi about her use of social media and where she sees the status of American women's pole vaulting. Sandi Morris is always an interesting interview.

This pole vault competition was pivotal for her. She defeated Ekaterine Stefanidi and Ashelika Siderova in the same competition, and took her first global title.

Here's part 2 of the interview.

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GOLD COAST (AUS): Dina Asher-Smith is targeting a medal in the 200m at the Commonwealth Games but she is aiming to reach her best form at the European Championships in Berlin this August, informs Eurosport. "It's [the Commonwealth Games] not normally in April so the challenge has been to get in good enough shape to perform well this early in the season but without jeopardising what we want to do later in the year for the Europeans. Hopefully I will be going well and peaking in August as well but it would mean so much to be on top of that podium, with it being Team England - that would be amazing," she said. Asher-Smith will face Olympic champions Elaine Thompson and Shaunae Miller-Uibo in the 200m although it is not yet known which individual events reigning champion Blessing Okagbare will contest.

"Go to Australia" they said... "It'll be sunny" they said... 🙂

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Sandi Morris won her first global gold medal in Birmingham in exciting fashion. On Day 3, right after Christian Coleman's course record, Sandi Morris battled Ekaterina Stefanidi and Anzhelika Sidorova.

Sidorova cleared 4.80 meters and 4.85 meters, and the only one to clear 4.85 meters. Stefanidi missed at 4.90 meters. On her second attempt, Sandi Morris fought back, and cleared 4.90 meters. Sidorova cleared 4.90 meters on her third attempt.

This is where Sandi Morris excells. She got tough. Clearing 4.90 meters on her second attempt, Sandi Morris cleared 4.95 meters on her second attempt. Siderova missed on all three clearances by 4.95 meters.

Here's part one of our interview with Sandi Morris, as she was beginning to comprehend how her life had just changed.

Thanks to The Shoe Addicts on their two part video series on Sandi.

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GOLD COAST (AUS): Adam Gemili is looking to improve on his silver medal from 2014 in the 100m at the Commonwealth Games, informs Eurosport. "I know if I run my best race, I should be in the mix with those guys and competitive and be challenging for a medal and I want that medal to be a gold medal. I don't do this sport to fill the lanes and make other people look good, I'm trying to win myself and I believe I can hopefully do that," he said. Gemili will also contest the 4x100m.

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IMG_8255.jpgShakima Wimbley, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts

Shakima Wimbley was part of the gold, silver punch by the USA in the 400 meters at the World Indoor, lead by Courtney Okolo. Shakima was also a member of the 4x400 meter relay in Birmingham. Shakima chased Courtney Okolo for 400 meters, battling with Eilidh Doyle, and taking the silver medal while Doyle took the bronze. A fun interview, Shakima was our biggest FB Live video from the World Indoors!

Shakima Wimbley ran 51.47 for the silver medal in Birmingham. This was her second World Championship team, as Shakima ran on the gold medal winning team from London 2017. The 4x400 meter gold at the Birmingham World Indoors was won by the U.S in 3:23:85.

Shakima Wimbley is a talented 400 meter runner. We will be seeing her for many years in the future.

We hope you like this HD video from The Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of RunBlogRun.

USA Track & Field will be making a decision soon on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon site. On January 12, 2018, four cities: Atlanta, Georgia, Chatanooga, Tennessee, Austin, Texas and Orlando, Florida have submitted bids. The completed bids were due on March 19, 2018. The USATF Board of Directors will assess the bids and make a decision, in collaboration with the U.S.O.C. This decision should be coming very soon.

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In that light, we spoke with the Atlanta Track Club (and would welcome time to speak with the other three bidders) on their bid and why they would want to bid for the Olympic Trials Marathon. Money must be raised by local organizing committees and the USOC strictly enforces their sponsors rights. In the end, the marathon race is one of the few possible headaches with hosting such an event.

2018 Olympic Trials Site Selection-53.jpgMeb Keflezighi, 2004 Olympic silver medalist, is supporting Atlanta bid, photo from Atlanta Track Club

We spoke to Rich Kenah, CEO of the Atlanta Track Club for the past four years, and Jay Holder on the desires of the ATC to sponsor the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

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We hope that you enjoy the interview!

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Kim Collins plans farewell outdoor season
BASSETERRE (SKN): Ever young sprinter Kim Collins announced this winter ending of his indoor career on social media. Now via his agent Caroline Feith the 2003 World champion confirmed his plans to run outdoors in 2018 and is taking it as his farewell season. "I felt the need to still do one more outdoor season and be able to say farewell to my fans and all the friends that I made over the years all over the world,"said Collins. Training for summer is going well. Collins will be soon 42 on April 5 and clocked good quality 6.60 as season best in the indoor season.

Time on the track is always a bit of a challenge. I recall my track days with fondness, sometimes a bit of trepidation. In college, my training partner, Paul Gyorey and I would do long sessions on Tuesday nights, in the cold and fog in Los Gatos, CA. We could hear the voice of our coach, Dan Durante, noting our splits and having us check out pulse. Workouts like 20 x 400 meters, 6 times a mile, were the regular sessions. They prepared us to race 5000 meters and 10,000 meters on the track.

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My favorite workout was run on the baseball diamond. I would run about 200 meters on the outside of the ball field, on the tall grass, in sets of 20. It was my favorite workout during buildup (two sets of 20), and then, later in the season, I would do it as one set of 20. I liked moving fast and the feel of running on the grass.

Enjoy the workout today, take it one repeat at a time. And enjoy the rest in between.

Tuesday, April 3, 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

Gwen JOrgensen, You Tube.jpgGwen Jorgensen, after her 10,000m debut at Stanford, photo from YouTube video, All in with Gwen, Episode 5

The 2016 Olympic gold medalist at the Triathlon announced less than a year ago that she wanted to make the 2020 Tokyo U.S. Olympic marathon team. Back in January, Gwen ran 15:15.64, finishing second to Emily Infeld on the oversized indoor track at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Now, after a month of high altitude training, Gwen ventured to Palo Alto, CA to run in the Stanford Invitational. Running the first section of the 10,000 meters, Gwen Jorgensen went out with the leaders, Karissa Schwiezer, Carrie Dimoff, and Alice Wright. Hitting the 5000 meter mark in 16:04, Gwen Jorgensen, Carrie Dimoff and Karrie Schwiezer were on a fine pace for a 32 minute 10,000 meters.

In the cool conditions that make Palo Alto, CA the perfect place to run a 10,000 meters, Carrie Dimoff and Gwen Jorgensen battled, as Karissa Schweizer dropped back four seconds. Dimoff had the lead with 400 meters to go, as Gwen Jorgensen used her speed over the last 100 meters to take the lead from Carrie Dimoff and hold on for a win, 31:55.67 to 31:57.84. Karissa Schweizer took third in 32:00.55, a new school record for the University of Missouri.

Video, part 5, All in with Gwen, Video on 10K PB

In her post race interview, Gwen told the media that she was hoping for a bit faster, but she was in Palo Alto for the win and the experience. Gwen Jorgensen also raced, for the first time in the colors of the Bowerman Track Club. She thanked her training partners, the women of Bowerman TC and Coach Jerry Schumacher.

Just how good is Gwen Jorgensen? Pretty amazing. I recall interviewing her after her 2016 NYC Marathon where she was not happy with her performance. Her running was relaxed in Palo Alto, and this tremendously fit triathlete is on her way to her goal for Tokyo 2020.

In her debut 10,000 meters, Gwen Jorgensen went out in 16:04 for the first 5000 meters, and ran the final 5000 meters in 15:51, running the last 400 meters in 71 seconds, most of that in the last 100 meters. Jorgensen is quite capable of 31:20 now, and in the right race, a sub 31:00 10,000m is in the cards. But, Coach Schumacher knows that, or he would now have had Gwen race for the win. There are racing lessons he wants now, and fast times will come.

I have always been impressed with Coach Schumacher and his team. Jerry Schumacher has built a fantastic club and is developing this next generation of fine American distance runners.

As we build towards our big races, we build our speed and strength. Follow the workouts exactly, and get your rest, hydrate, eat well and focus on the workouts!

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Monday, April 2, 2018: warm up, 40 minute run, 8 x 200 meters, at 800m pace, cooldown

Posted April 1, 2018

I am in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, working through a couple weeks of medical exams. It is Easter and I am going to spend the afternoon with some dear friends. This is one of the few Easter Sundays that I am not with my family. I found this story I wrote on my mother, Marilu Eder, who died on September 20, 2016. She was a hell of a woman, thoughtful, funny, loving. Marilu and my father, Stan, were married nearly 55 years. Dad is still kicking, and thankfully, healthy and stirring it up as he always does. I thought Mom and my family would like this story on this important holy day.

Originally written in July 2017, never published, around the Weltklasse Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.

It is late in the evening in Lausanne, Switzerland. I have had a long day, but, an enjoyable one. I took the train from Gare de Lyon, a train station in Paris, to Lausanne, Switzerland today, a quick four hours of beautiful countryside. The TGV train was very nice, but my large bag, which could have held that North Korean ballistic missle that was launched yesterday, was probably too big to travel with over the time I am here.

IMG_8953.JPGMarilu's favorite city, Paris, photo by Larry Eder

During the evening, I took a walk along the lake and it was quite enjoyable. Kids playing, couples coupling, teenagers smoking. The weed smells the same here as in California is an initial observation. People smile back at you when you say "Bonsoir" and smile. I have this habit of smiling and saying 'Hello' wherever I am in the world. In some places they smile back, in others places, they think I am a complete loon. As Mr. Vonnegut would say, So it goes.

I thought, for a few moments, how my Mom, Marilu Eder, would have loved Lausanne.

Robertson_JakeFH1-Houston18.JPGJake Robertson, Aramco Houston HM, January 14, 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net
J. Robertson 27:28 in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS (USA, Apr 1): New Zealand's Jake Robertson defended his title in the Crescent City Classic 10K in New Orleans in 27:28, equalling his twin brother Zane's national and Oceanian record at the distance. Robertson took a gun-to-tape win ahead of Kenyans John Muriti (28:14) and Edwin Soi (28:18). Reid Buchanan was the top American in fourth in 28:56 while Bernard Lagat finished seventh in 30:23. Kenya's Monicah Ngige won the women's race in 32:05 ahead of teammate Ivene Chepkemoi (32:27) with top Ethiopian steeplechaser Hiwot Ayalew third in 32:31. Sarah Pagano was the leading American finisher in fifth in 33:06.
Robertson_JakeH1-Houston18.JPGJake Robertson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Reposted April 1, 2018

I like to go back and look at past articles. Somethings never go away. The Eugene 2021 controversy is back, and many questions are unanswered, the same ones I commented on below. Now with more evidence, more questions have been opened. Do we rush to judgement? Do we fill in the holes with, "well, it could be this way, " or, "it really should be this way". That is not journalism. In the last 18 months, we have seen a world leader use social media to stir up daily controversy, and take many off the reality of what is actually being dismantled. We have seen people, in both American political parties, outright lie to media sources, no matter what proof is shown. What do we do?

As Facebook continues to show how it has violated any semblance of privacy that many had left, some tell us that privacy was gone years ago. The partisan nature of social media is crippling our country and culture, as these same social media companies sell billions of dollars defying any sense of privacy, with little worry for facts.

We have been speaking on some of these subjects for years now, and are not nearer to the truth. Recently, a prominent athlete sued a media source who, he or she felt, told an untruth, or slandered them. It is always harder to write the truth, and research the truth. Facts are still facts.

Blocks-US07.jpgBlocks, photo by PhotoRun.net

Florida 3:01.00 WL
GAINESVILLE (USA, Mar 31): Final day of Florida Relays saw men´s 4x400 m World lead. Florida got 3:01.00 (Fasasi, Holloway, Sawyers and Vedel). In the invitational one Pure Athletics (Verburg, N. Lyles, McQuay and J. Lyles) achieved 3:03.00 over USA Blue 3:03.44 and USA White (with L. Merritt on 2nd leg) 3:03.69. In women 4x400 m Kentucky (Ross, Camacho-Quinn, McLaughlin, Clarke) achieved 3:26.92 over Purdue 3:28.52, in the Invitational race USA Red 3:27.07 (Jefferson, Beard, Wimbley, Seymour). In the 4x100 m Dominican Republic in 38.89 beat USA Red (Gatlin, Spearmon, M. Mitchell, Atkins) 38.96 and USA White (I. Young, J. Walker, Friday, Belcher) also 38.96. Interesting 6th Netherlands 39.17. In women 4x100 m Kentucky 43.13 over Miami 43.76 and USA Red 43.76. Also Tray Oates cleared life-time best 566 in the pole vault, Austin Droogsma 20.32 PB in shot put and Czech Marek Barta 61.13 in discus.

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PHOTO: Steph Bruce of HOKA Northern Arizona Elite in advance of the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)

David Monti is writing columns from Virgin London Marathon media center on the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon. Here is his column on American favorite Stephanie Bruce, who looks ready to run a big PB.

Reposted on April 1, 2018

I recently was thinking about the rumors that cross my desk in a week, hidden as "leads". So called leads, are urban legends, smear campaigns, total bull shit, and, sometimes, there might be a kernal of truth. It is my job, as a journalist, to try and decipher the kernal of truth in a large pile of horse manure. I re read this column to remind myself that, truth is so important, and the time it takes to discern the truth is needed. I just can not fill in the missing pieces because it makes a good story. I thought this was a good one to re read on Easter Sunday and the weekend of Passover. Read this, consider this. Remember, lying is so easy, fighting for truth is a much more arduous action.

Originally posted June 23, 2015

The Art of Lying was to be a book written by the late James Dunaway. We had many discussions over this topic for the last five years of his life. It was how James and I came to discuss how lying had become such a part of our global culture.

So with apologies to Mr. Dunaway, who laughed at only one of my jokes (taken from Woody Allen: On why one could be an agnostic: I am not sure if there is an afterlife, but, just in case, I packing several extra pairs of clean underwear), I am starting a series, on the Art of Lying.
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Blocks at New Balance Indoor GP, photo by Larry Eder
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Lavillenie, Barber and Duplantis (WJR) 592
AUSTIN (USA, Mar 31): The 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays last day was highlighted by top pole vault competitions. Renaud Lavillenie with Shawn Barber and young Mondo Duplantis all cleared World leading 592. Tie for first for Lavillenie and Barber, Duplantis was third on count back. For Duplantis also World U20 record, Barber just 1 cm below his Canadian outdoor record. All three attempted 602. World lead also in women pole vault by Jenn Suhr with 483. Behind her 18 years old Swede Lisa Gunnarsson improved to 460 (national U20 record and ties third best ever in the category), third Alexis Jacobus 455. In men B competition also superb 580 PB´s by Chris Nilsen and Devin King. More World leads in women relays. LSU clocked 42.66 in the 4x100 m and USA Red 3:26.16 in the 4x400 m ahead of USA Blue 3:27.32. The Texas A&M women pulled away with Sammy Watson on the anchor leg. Watson split 2:05.60 as the Aggies produced a meet, facility and school record time of 8:29.25 in claiming their first title in 4x800 m. In men relays Houston posted 38.92 over LSU also 38.92, in the 4x400 m Texas AM 3:02.74. Jeron Robinson cleared World lead 231 in high jump, Jarvis Gotch leaped to windy 820 (+2.4) in the long jump ahead of Charles Brown 816 (+2.6). Serena Brown improved Bahamian discus record to 60.39. Sprints were wind-aided. But still top quality 10.72 (+2.7) by Blessing Okagbare ahead of Mikiah Brisco 10.99, in another race Aleia Hobbs 10.86 (+3.7) over Kortnei Johnson 10.98. In the 200 m Gabrielle Thomas 22.13 (+4.6) and hurdles 12.64 (+3.3) by Jamaican Rushelle Burton. The only lucky was US indoor record holder Elijah Hall who clocked his outdoor PB 20.11 (+1.6) in the 200 m over Dedric Dukes 20.27. In the 100 m Cameron Burrell 10.01 (+4.1) and Christian Lyon 10.00 (+3.6), in the hurdles Jamaican Damion Thomas 13.43 (+3.6).

But really tho... 5.92m #borntofly

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The long run brings so many memories back to me. In 1977, I went on my first long run in Almaden Quicksilver Park, with Rich Stiller, Don Clary, Hollis Logue and Dan Durante, my coach. It was sixteen miles and watching Stiller, Clary, Logue and Durante, all in their 30s and 40s running, was a big deal for me. Rich Stiller was the quiet one, Don Clary was dabbling in triathlons and Hollis Logue had me laughing all of the time. Dan Durante was a man possessed by mathematics and science, and changed my life.

Long runs are theraputic. On Long runs, I wrote most of my best college papers (Chinese Marxism, Bismark and the Rise of the German State, Philosopher Bernard Lonergan and his book, Insights), and solved many world problems with my college training partners Paul Gyorey (Geza to me), Gerhard Behrens, Danny Greco, and in summers, Hollis Logue III.

Enjoy your long runs. Cherish those friendships.

Llano-Smith-Fauble-Frankfurt17.jpgMatt Llano, Scott Smith, Scott Fauble, Frankfurt 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sunday, April 1, 2018: 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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