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CLERMONT-FERRAND (FRA): World pole vault record-holder Renaud Lavillenie married his longtime partner, Anais Poumarat, a 4.26m pole vaulter, in Clermont-Ferrand. They already have a daughter Iris born in July 2017.


2019 XC aarrhus.jpg2019 IAAF Mikkeller World Cross Country Championships, Aarhus, Denmark

Six months to go before we have a challenging cross country course in Aarhus, Denmark. This is the press release and some fun videos from the LOC and the IAAF.

abb07a7d-e29d-46b6-acbe-1b5e54a61e29.jpgA pink track in the stadium, Khalifha Stadium, photo by Doha 2019 LOC

DOHA (QAT): Organisers of the 2019 IAAF World Championships have marked one year to go to the start of the event by unveiling the unique pink track, the innovative stadium cooling system and the ticketing programme. Officials, sponsors, media and special guests including Qatar's world-class No.1 400m hurdler Abderrahman Samba experienced a temperature of 24-26C, courtesy of the revolutionary in-stadium air-conditioning technology, which will guarantee optimal conditions for athletes and fans alike while also being sustainable. Tickets for those new to athletics will be priced at 14 euros with discounts available for groups and families. Interest in purchasing tickets can now be registered online.

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The NN Running team has had a great opening to the fall marathon season. Eliud Kipchoge's WR of 2:01:39 in Berlin was the talking point of the past two weeks!

Eliud Kipchoge Berlin 2017.jpgEliud Kipchoge's WR of 2:01:39, BMW Berlin Marathon, September 16, 2018, photo by NN Running team

Now, with Chicago, Amsterdam and NYC in the next month, NN Running team will be nearly everywhere ! Here's Steve Landells' piece on the upcoming marathon season.

Kenenisa Bekele.jpgA smiling Kenenisa Bekele, photo by NN Running team

Coe_Sebastian-WorInd18.jpgLord Sebastian Coe, President of IAAF, photo by PhotoRun.net

DOHA (QAT): IAAF president Seb Coe said at the one-year-to-go launch at the 2019 World Championships: "The fact that this is our first championship in the Middle East is hugely exciting. It means we can and should do things differently and provides an opportunity to reconsider what is possible in terms of new formats to appeal to spectators in the stadium or viewers around the world. We are encouraged by what we have seen over this last week and look forward to working with athletes, member federations and partners to deliver an outstanding World Athletics Championships one year from today."

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FRANK1-1.pngFrank Gagliano, Head Coach, HOKA ONE ONE NJNY Track Club

Frank Gagliano, aka Gags is one of the most beloved, thoughtful and experienced coaches in our sport. Gags has coached generations of the most promising young American distance runners. Gags lives and breathes the sport. In June 2017, The Shoe Addicts filmed my interviews with Gags at the 2017 Adrian Martinez Classic. Our questions (37) covered cross country training, racing and coaching. This video discusses fartlek and how to use it for high school athletes.

1f2685bb-b040-469a-b362-658b6b637fc1.jpgAir conditioning in Khalifa Stadium, photo by Doha 2019 LOC

DOHA (QAT): Women's rights in the Middle East can be improved by the staging of the 2019 World Championships in Doha, insists Sheikha Asma Al Thani, director of marketing and communications for the event. At the one-year-to-go launch, she said: "Definite progress has been made with new role models emerging all the time, but these invisible barriers still exist. Every woman who participates in the first IAAF World Athletics Championship hosted in the Middle East can inspire change and encourage more girls to participate in sport at any level or consider a career trackside in branding, marketing or more. Real change will only be possible by ensuring as many young girls are in the stadium as boys to witness the performances of world champion athletes through their own eyes. And as an organising committee we will be doing all we can to make that happen."

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TOM1-1.pngTom Nohilly, Assistant Coach at HOKA ONE ONE NJNY Track Club

This is an ongoing series, now, it its' 4th year, featuring training and racing tips from the coaches of HOKA ONE ONE clubs. Tom Nohilly competed in two world championship teams as a member of the steeplechase team. Tom is easy going, observant and thoughtful with his athletes. The Shoe Addicts filmed these videos at the 2017 Adrian Martinez Classic. We thank Tom Nohilly, John Trautmann and Frank Gagliano for their time and suggestions.

Today is the long run day. You will run 65-70 minutes a day. Find a fun park, find some friends, and enjoy your run.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018 -65-75 minute easy long run, on soft ground, or around a soccer pitch, remember to cool down

Race days in the fall are always full of memories. The hot and humid races in September will transform themselves into chilly races in October and muddy, snowy and rainy races in November. Nine time US XC champ Lynn Jennings once told assembled media to "Be one with the mud" in reference to her uncanny ability to get through the roughest of conditions.

Today is a race day. Embrace it. Take in the smells, notice the warm up area. And remember to take a different approach to your finish each early race. One of my favorites was to push with 800m to go, and incease each 200m, until you are flying down the final stretch!

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Saturday, September 29, 2018-warm up, 5k race, cooldown, or a 40 minute fartlek, five minutes 5k pace, 5 minutes relaxed, do that four times, cooldown

Defar_MeseretFHL1-NBin16.jpgMeseret Defar, 2016 NB Indoor, photo by PhotoRun.net

AMSTERDAM (NED): Twice Olympic 5000 m champion Meseret Defar will make her 26.2-mile debut at the TCS Amsterdam Marathon on October 21. The Ethiopian has run several half-marathons with a best of 66:09 for second in the Great North Run in 2013. Compatriot Tadelech Bekele, who won last year in 2:21:54 and went 14 seconds quicker for third and a PB at the London Marathon in 2018, will be in her way. Also making their debuts will be Kenya's Linet Masai, the 2009 world 5000m champion who has run 68:11 for the half; Meseret Belete, who set a world junior record of 67:51 in Copenhagen this year and was eighth at the World Championships; and former world junior cross country bronze medallist Jackline Chepngeno. Ethiopia's Guteni Shone, who has a PB of 2:23:32, could also challenge. Miranda Boonstra, who has a best of 2:27:32, leads home hopes.

This is the landmark report by WADA and ADAK on issues with Kenyan doping. It is a good piece and makes a lot of sense with its findings.

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Kemboi_EzekielM-World15.jpgEzekiel Kemboi, Beijing 2015, photo by Photorun.net
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NAIROBI (KEN): Twice Olympic winrner and four time World champion in steeple Ezekiel Kemboi plans to make his debut in the marathon next year, nation.co.ke reports. "I was motivated by [Eliud] Kipchoge with whom we were together in 2003 during the World Championships. I will be venturing into the 42km race, where I want to perform well just like in the track. My first marathon race will be in Europe and I'm yet to confirm it," said Kemboi, who ran a 66:52 half-marathon this year before three steeplechase races culminated with a sixth at the Kenyan Championships (8:34.90).
Kemboi_Ezekiel-ParisDL15.jpgEzekiel Kemboi, 2015 Meeting Areva de Paris, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Choge_AugustinePC-RAK18.jpgAugustine Choge, RAK2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

Augustine Choge is one of the most versatile distance runners on the planet. With PBs that are world class fom 800 meters to the Half Marathon, Augustine Choge will debut over 26.2 miles at 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

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Almaz Ayana, 2016, photo by Photorun.net
Ayana plans Doha
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): World record holder Almaz Ayana (26) gave news about her after a long period of silence and a long absence from competition (her last race was the New Delhi half-marathon in November 2017). The Olympic 10 000 m champion, who recently partnered with Nike and mineral water brand Aquasafe, announced that she recently underwent knee surgery in Switzerland and will return to training in three months. Earlier this year her name was included in the highlights of the 2017 IAAF World championships biomechanics study, the data showing a surprisingly asymmetrical side (a right-to-left step length difference of up to 20cm compared the the left to right), which could play a role to her proneness to injury. Her goal is to try to defend the World title in Doha 2019 in the 10 000 m.
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Almaz Ayana, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net
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760189cd-7558-4194-894c-9a95c3dbe98b.jpgThe organizers of the First International Athletics Film Festival, at Spanish Olympic HQ, photo by IAAF

This is quite exciting. 48 films from 21 countries will be featured in San Sebastian on November 6-10, 2018. The story is by our friend, Phil Minshull.

1f2685bb-b040-469a-b362-658b6b637fc1.jpgAir conditioning units at Stadium Khalifa, photo by Doha 2019 LOC

The IAAF and Doha 2019 LOC announced the 2019 Timetable and qualification standards fo the 2019 IAAF World Championships on 27 September 2018, a year out from the championships.

This is Friday, September 28. Beginning of huge cross country weekend across the country. We are 14 weeks into the summer and now, fall training. This is a moderate day, enjoy it!

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Friday, September 28, 2016-warm up, easy 50 minutes, 8 x 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

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CHICAGO (USA): World marathon bronze medallist Amy Cragg has pulled out of the Chicago Marathon next month. Organisers said: "Amy Cragg notified race organizers she will no longer be running in the October 7th race. After overcoming a setback early in her training, Amy felt she wouldn't be 100% on race day."

Claye_Will1a-Pre18.jpgWill Claye, photo by Photorun.net

Will Claye has admitted, without penalty, to having ingested, mostly from meat in Mexico and China, which contained particles of clenbuterol. Will Claye won the silver medal in the TJ and bronze medal in the LJ in 2012. The last time an Olympian won medals in LJ and TJ was in 1932. In 2016, Will Claye took the silver medal in 2016 Rio.

The report from USADA is below:

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NAIROBI (KEN): Vienna Marathon champion Nancy Kiprop of Kenya confirmed for Xinhua her target for Frankfurt Marathon in October is to attack the 2:20 barrier. "To shake off four minutes is a big challenge. But after seeing what Eliud Kipchoge did in Berlin, I believe anything can go and I want to see how fast I can run in Frankfurt against some of the strongest challengers. Of course the first priority is to dictate the pace and win the race, then the time will fall in," said Kiprop on Monday in Eldoret.

The Boston Marathon continues to be the toughest marathon for which to qualify in the known world. And it has become tougher for 2019. The release notes how toughr it was to get into 2019 Boston Marathon.

Keflez-Ward-Abdi-RuppMenStart-Boston17.jpgMeb Keflezighi, Jared Ward, Galen Rupp, 2017 Boston Marathon, photo by Photorun.net

Moses_Edwin-IAAFgala12.jpgEdwin Moses, IAAF 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net

WASHINGTON (USA): Former world 400m hurdles world record-holder Edwin Moses, also the chair of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, has suggested the IOC needs to cut ties with the World Anti-Doping Agency following the latter's decision last week to reinstate Russia.


3bridgerrun.pngThe Three Bridge run will be held on November 10, 2018. This is the second annual Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Half Marathon, 5K & 1M, which benefits Clearwater For Youth. The state of Florida has a very robust running community. This event has a strong prize purse, which should get a strong turnout of athletes of all levels.

1f2685bb-b040-469a-b362-658b6b637fc1.jpgCooling systems in Khalifa Stadium, photo by Doha 2019 LOC (copyright)

In many past Olympiads, and some World Championships, there have been challenges finishing the needed facilities, not so in Doha, Qatar. The IAAF LOC has issued the following statement, that provides some clarity on the facility and the desire of Qatar to host the 2019 Doha Worrld Championships.

With 365 days to go until the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, hosts Qatar are ready to welcome the world of athletics and stage the biggest sporting event in the nation and region's history. At a press conference in the Qatari capital today, organisers unveiled the completed stadium, showcased its state-of-the-art sustainable cooling system and revealed ticket options that will allow fans to watch the action in new ways.

abb07a7d-e29d-46b6-acbe-1b5e54a61e29.jpgKhalifa Stadium track in Doha (LOC) © Copyright

Thursday is our day for hill workouts. Hills were one of my special workouts as an athlete and coach. A core section of the Lydiard workouts, hill training helps develop your speed, build your strength, and callous you for racing. Between the long run, tempo run and hill workouts, you have been building your racing fitness.

Two races a week build your racing skills. In a month, you will be a different type of racer.

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Thursday, Septemer 27, 2018-warm up, 20 minutes run, steady pace, 14-18 times 200 meter hill, jog down hill slowly, 20 minutes steady, cooldown

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While I write this, the Natasha Hastings Foundation is hosting the "2018 INAUGURAL TEA TIME BENEFIT". The goal of the benefit is to send 5 girls to the USATF Nationals and Youth Championships. The event is being hosted at 6 PM to 9 PM on 26 September 2018 at the NYC-Le Gande Lounge- https://www.thetimehotels.com/new-york/bars-and-restaurant-en.html.

Hastings_NatashaFL-NBin16.jpgNatasha Hastings, 2016, photo by Photorun.net

Natasha Hastings is an Olympic and World Championship medalist who wants to give back to her sport. Natasha has 2 golds (2008 Beijing, 2016 Rio) in 4x400m. In World Championships, Natasha Hastings has 5 gold, one silver at 4x400m. Natasha Hastings is a 400m specialist, who set an American record of the 300 meters indoor of 36.25 in 2016.

Hastings_NatashaQ-USOut17.jpgNatasha Hastings, 2016, photo by Photorun.net

On her Tea Time benefit, named after her You Tube Channel show, Natasha had this to say:

"The reason why I started the foundation is to support young aspiring athletes to achieve their dreams. Having watched my mother make numerous sacrifices to see me fulfill my dream made me decide that I want to support kids who are less fortunate than me. By hosting the benefit, I hope to raise funds to send 5 deserving girls to Track and Field National Championships."

Hastings_NatashaQ1-USOut17.jpgNatasha Hastings, 2016, photo by Photorun.net

Natasha Hastings is a class act. I have loved doing interviews with her and enjoyed immensely watching her compete. If you did not go to the 2018 Tea Time Benefit, please conside making a donation! You can each he foundation at Natasha Hastings Foundation!

This is Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Either today is a race day, or a recovery day. Most high schoolers in cross country are racing twice a week. Make sure you warm up well, get in dry clothes and cool down well.

Taylor_Kellyn47-USAxc17.JPGKellyn Taylor, photo by Photorun.net

Kellyn Taylor is a fine American distance runner. Kellyn was 10th in her first Olympic Trials, in 2012, in 10,000m. In 2016, Kellyn took sixth in the Marathon Olympic Trials, 4th in the 10,000m at the Olympic Trials and 12th in the 5000m at the Olympic Trials. In 2017, Kellyn took 13th in London, in 2:28:51, and then, 8th in NYC Marathon in 2:29:56.

Kellyn had to drop out of Boston, but she knew that she had a big one in her legs. So, she ran Grandma's Marathon, and took the win, with a fine PB of 2:24:39. Kellyn Taylor should be a great inspiration for you. Kellyn is mom, wife, firewomen and elite marathoner!

Wednesday-warm up, 5k Xc race, cooldown, or warm up, easy 50 minutes, 8 x150 meter stride outs, cooldown, if no race, warm up, 50 minute run, 8 x 150 meters, cooldown

Lasitskene_Mariya-Rome17.jpgMariya Lasitskene, photo by Photorun.net
Lrrasitskene to open end of December
MOrSCOW (RUS): Two-time world champion Mariya Lasitskene plans to open her indoor season on December 22 at high jump special meeting in Minsk at the Christmas Stars, her manager Olga Nazarova told TASS. "Mariya is still resting and and she is going to begin her preparation for 2019 on October 10," Nazarova added.

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I have become addicted to Amazon TV series The Man in the High Castle, a masterful adaptation of the Philip K. Dick's novel by the same name. It is about a parallel world where Japan and Germany won the second World War. The Amazon series may be the finest television of my generation. The accuracy, and the sets make one think if something is possible.

I recall getting up midway through the night, when the McLaren reports were announced, and I read page after page, not so surprised. If you have not read this synopsis of the depravity in modern sports, then, download this: wada_independent_commission_report_1_en.pdf

One can go back to Joseph Goebbels, the architect of Adolf Hitler's propaganda machine to see the power of the Olympics. In 1936, Goebbels knew that, hosting an Olympics could put the Nazi party in a positive light in the global media. Goebbels put the Nazis in the best light and kept the absurd racial views of National Socialism from being seen around the world. Goebbels had to convince Hitler to participate in the Olympics. Leni Reifensthal captured the 1936 Olympics in the film, Olympia, (and to see the Nazi propaganda in all its contempory power, see Triumph of the Will). Reifensthal's Olympia would change how we view sports and the Olympics. The Olympics was coming of age in 1936 and Joseph Goebbels, the Minister of Propaganda, knew that Olympic sports, with all of its pagentry and emotion, was a perfect propaganda platform.

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The Olympics, with modern communications, became the globe's biggest social focus every 4 years, much to the delight of the Olympic fathers. Once they figured out how to cash in on the Olympic flame, they were on the way to taking the Olympics to new heights. With new heights, also come new lows. The IOC believed, and to this day, believe, that the Olympic movement is a platform to influence the world. They see it as a platform for good, and it can be. But, the money, the nationalsim, and the greed can dirty the Olympic message.

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Przybylko wants to jump higher
LEVERKUSEN (GER): European high jump champion Mateusz Przybylko with his girl-friend sprinter Jennifer Montag plans holidays in Bali. He also plans the indoor season with high jump beeing one of the top events and should be also part of IAAF World Indoor Tour next winter. "I hope to be better next year, I want to jump higher. My goals are between 235 and 240 to show that we German high jumpers are also interesting," he said.
775199424HL00076_24th_Europ.JPGBerlino and Mateusz Przybylko, photo by Getty Images/Berlin 2018
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The Doha 2019 World Championships is a year and two days away! The IAAF put this piece out to keep us updated on the next Outdoor World Championships, which will be held in Doha, Qatar. I have been going to Doha for nearly a decade (just missed 2018), and I had a blast. The local culture, art scene, food, is excellent. The added excitement of the World Championships will be a lot of fun! Stay tuned as we keep you updated on Doha 2019!

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The Reebok Boston 10K for Women is one of the most iconic events in the country. Formerly the Bonne Bell and Tufts 10k for Wromen, this race is one of the most important and one of the largest women's 10ks in the county. It is also nice to see Reebok, a long time running brand, which is returning to the sport, with fine product, two elite running clubs, and sponsoship of events such was the Reebok Boston 10K for Women. With 61 percent of new runners being women, this is a smart move for any brand that sees running as a key channel.

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This is Pat Butcher's piece on the potential reinstatement of Russia by the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA). The reinstatement of Russia has many sides, and Mr. Butcher's column puts the doping issue in its proper perspective. The doping issue is not just a former Eastern bloc apparition. Pat Butcher has been writing on our sport for nearly six decades. Is he opinionated? Of course, does he have a historical perspective? Yes! And as I have said before, if you have more than a passing interest in athletics, please sign up for his blog at www.globerunner.org!

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IAAF.org.jpgThe decision by WADA to reinstate RUSADA has had a huge response. The following statement is from the IAAF, who was the primary global federation to object rot the doping policies of Russia and ban them from the global sports wold. While the IOC must have been pleased by WADA's decision, they have a much bigger problem now: some very visible global federations who object to the WADA decision.

The WADA executive board voted 9-2 to begin the reinstatemnt of RUSADA this past week. The reinstatrement of the drug testing organization of Russia has had a huge response. This article fom Inside the Games is on how the IAAF and Paralympic movement are responding to the RUSADA decision.

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We are posting new reviews of this season's top cross country racing shoes, as the coming weeks are huge for cross country sales. The four shoes that we are posting today are great shoes for the 580,000 high school boys and girls about to race this coming 2018-19 season.

UnderArmourChargedBanditXC.jpgUnder Armour Bandit XC Spikeless $100

This is the review of the Under Armour Bandit XC Spikeless $100, the primary Under Amour selection for xc racing , and a company that has a long tradition in making exciting cross country racing shoes. Cregg Weinmann has reviewed footwear and apparel for California Track & Running News since the mid 1990s, and for the RunningNetwork since 1998. If you would like to see this review on Running Product Reviews, please go to: Under Armour Bandit XC Spikeless $100 . At RunBlogRun, our goal is help you find the perfect shoe for you. Our suggestions: always visit your local running stores at end of day, take a clean pair of running socks, and try on five to six different brands, and jog around in them. Real running stores allow you to check the right show for you. For more reviews, please go to www.runningproductreviews.com.

Tuesday is all about the tempo run. Tempo helps you callous yourself and keep pace, especially in the middle of the races. This workout is key to your season development.

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Tuesday-warm up, Tempo Run, 20 minutes, run at 30 seconds per mile above current 5k pace, so if you race 5k at 6 minute pace, run this run at 6:30 pace. Run on track or measured road, cooldown

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The story on the WADA decision to reinstate RUSADA has been a big story. It continues and we will post several opinions, including one from WADA's Craig Reedie. Heres the comments by Svein Arne Hansen, EAA President:

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The 2018 Running Event is the most important event in the business of running in the year. It is a time to assess the year, look at 2019 and interact with the community. Big ideas happen in Austin, do not miss it!

This is week 2 of the 2018 HOKA One One Postal Nationals Fall Training. The racing gets harder as you get stronger. We have set up weeks, at request of many coaches, for two races a week.

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Monday, September 24, 2018-warm up, easy 50 minutes, 8 x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

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BUENOS AIRES (ARG, Sep 23): The unknown Kenyan Emmanuel Saina Kipkemboi won the Buenos Aires Marathon on his debut in a South American all-comers' record of 2:05:21 (62:53/62:28), breaking the course record of 2:09:46. He had before only half best 62:03. Teammate Barnabas Kiptum was second in 2:09:19 with Peru's Cristhian Pacheco third in 2:11:19 to win the South American title. Vivian Kiplagat made it a Kenyan double in the women's race in 2:29:04 ahead of teammate Leah Jerotich (2:32:58) and Ethiopia's Amelework Bosho (2:34:56). Ecuador's Rosa Chacha was fifth in 2:35:29 to win the South American title.

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The world record in the decathlon, by Kevin Mayer, is now, 9,126 points. For Kevin Mayer, it came after a nightmere in Berlin. With focus and emotion, Kevin Mayer put ten amazing performances together at Decastar in Talence, France. The IAAF put together this amazing piece on Kevin Mayer, we thought that you would like it.

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PORTLAND (USA): Jordan Hasay has said a fracture in a bone in her foot has forced her to withdraw from the Chicago Marathon. "I will be unable to compete in this year's @chimarathon due to an ongoing fracture in my calcaneal bone. After training well and pain free for several months, I am heartbroken to have to withdraw. I am completely determined to figure out the cause of this injury and let it rest completely," she said on Instagram. Hasay also had to miss the Boston Marathon due to injury in April.

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#Repost @jordanhasay ・・・ To quote some advice from my all time favorite @kobebryant, "Be sad. Be mad. Be frustrated. Scream. Cry. Sulk. When you wake up you will think it was just a nightmare only to realize it's all too real. You will be angry and wish for the day back, the game back THAT play back. But reality gives nothing back and nor should you. Time to move on and focus...focus on the recovery process day by day by day. It's a long journey but if you focus on the mini milestones along the way you will find beauty in the struggle of doing simple things that prior to this injury were taken for granted. This will also mean that when you return you will have a new perspective. You will be so appreciative of being able to stand, walk, run that you will train harder than you ever have. You see the belief within you grow with each mini milestone and you will come back a better player for it." Unfortunately, I will be unable to compete in this year's @chimarathon due to an ongoing fracture in my calcaneal bone. After training well and pain free for several months, I am heartbroken to have to withdraw. I am completely determined to figure out the cause of this injury and let it rest completely. With, God willing, a long career ahead, this is only the beginning and I believe that going through all of this will only make me stronger. Thank you to everyone for all of your support and kind words. I've continued and loved the sport for so long because I enjoy sharing my gift with all of you. I am inspired and dedicated to fully recovering and coming back better than ever from this, in order to put on many beautiful performances for you for years to come. Words cannot express my gratitude for your continued support, loyalty and belief. ❤️🙏 @oregonproject @nikerunning @nike @pacesportsmanagement @sword @biprousa @thorneresearch @thebodyworkinstitute @pace_pdx @skianmachine @davidmchenry13

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BerlinRaceday18-010.jpgEliud Kipchoge embraces Patrick Sang, photo by NN running team

Eliud Kipchoge ran the race of his life in Berlin on September 16, 2018, with his World record of 2:01:39. Steve Landells put this piece together on 12 good reasons for the success of Eliud Kipchoge.

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Hassan thinks marathon after 2020
AMSTERDAM (NED): European 5000m champion Sifan Hassan, a long-time competitor at 1500m, has said she may concentrate on the 5000m and 10,000m for the 2020 Olympics. Following her 65:15 half marathon last weekend, the Dutchwoman told nos.nl: "In the past I always thought that the 1,500 meters was my best distance, but this year I also walked a good 5,000 meters in Rabat and now that I have run the half marathon, I also want to see what goes on in the 10,000 meter is possible." Hassan has also talked about moving up to the marathon at some point after the 2020 Olympics.

Long runs are the workouts each week that bring some sanity to your week. Enjoy the long runs! The long runs build endurance, help you recover from the weeks' workouts, and they are great for writing papers.

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Sunday-65-75 minute easy long run, on soft ground, or around a soccer pitch, remember to cool down

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The decision by WADA to reinstate RUSADA has had many responses, many of them negative. EME News compiled a report on many of the responses.

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Paula Radcliffe slams WADA

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Radcliffe_Paula99-Berlin11.jpgPaula Radcliffe, photo by PhotoRun.net

LONDON (GBR): Paula Radcliffe has slammed WADA's decision to reinstate Russia. The world marathon record-holder told BBC Radio 5 Live: "You can't move the goalposts now without destroying the credibility of Wada." She added that she felt Russia "never accepted the harm they did to clean sport globally" and that the criteria set out by WADA "shouldn't have been up for negotiation".

Wilson Kipsang is one of the most fascinating athletes on the circuit. A debut over the marathon distance at the Paris Marathon in 2:07:13 in April 2010 was followed up at the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon in October 2010, where Wilson opened some eyes with his solid 2:04:32 CR. In March 2011, Wilson Kipsang won the iconic Lake Biwa Marathon in Japan, with a 2:06:13 CR. Wilson followed that race with his shocker, a near WR of 2:03:42. His 2012 season was wins in London (2:04:44), a bronze medal in London Olympics (2:09:37), and a win in hot and humid Honolulu in 2:12:31.

Kipsang_Wilson-Berlin18.JPGWilson Kipsang, 2018 BMW Berlin Marathon, September 16, 2018, photo by Photorun.net

2013 changed his life. Wilson set the WR of 2:03:23 at BMW Berlin Marathon, with Eliud Kipchoge, in 2:04:05. Wilson followed up the WR with wins in London (2:04.29 CR) and NYC (2:10:59). 2015 was a tough year, as Wilson took second to Eliud Kipchoge, who won London, with Kipsang in 2:04:47. When WR holder Dennis Kimeto (Kimeto ran 2:02:57 WR in Sept 2014 at BMW Berlin Marathon), and Wilson Kipsang DNFed at 30-35k in Beijing 2015, there was much disappointment in Kenya.

2016 was a bit of redemption. A fifth place in London in 2:07:32, was rewarded by Wilson not being named to 2016 Olympic team. So, Wilson Kipsang got back in shape and battled Kenenisa Bekele to the finish, as Bekele won BMW Berlin Marathon in 2:03:03 to Kipsang's 2:03:13 PB! Wilson was back in shape!

In 2017, Wilson Kipsang took first place in the Tokyo Marathon in 2:03:58 CR. He dnfed in 2017 BMW Berlin Marathon, and then took second in an oh so close rush to the finish, in 2017 TCS NYC Marathon, in 2:10:56, a mere three seconds behind Geoffrey Kamworor. 2018 has been up and down. Wilson Kipsang DNFed in Tokyo, having dealt with a stomach issue in the preceeding days. He won the Tokushima Marathon in 2:19:35 weeks after his Tokyo DNF, and then, followed Eliud Kipchoge in his 2:01:39 WR with a third place 2:06:48 in the 2018 BMW BMW Berlin Marathon.

This interview is post race by Andy Edwards, Race News Service. Just how good is Wilson Kipsang? Wilson was first man under 2:04 in the marathon on 4 separate times!

1275842_G08_W01.jpgSvein Arne Hansen, European Athletics, photo by European Athletics

Statement of EA President

LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen has described the decision to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency as "a backward step." He said in a statement: "The decision, following a compromise on the conditions of the Roadmap for reinstatement originally set out by WADA, was presumably meant to move the situation forward but appears instead to be a backward step. It creates unclarity about the enforcement of the regulations and policies accepted by the sport movement around the world at a time when adherence to principle and strong leadership are very much needed." Hansen added: "We have confidence in the Athletics Integrity Unit and the Independent Task Force, chaired by Rune Andersen, and expect the IAAF Council will not change the status of RusAF until the Task Force indicates that appropriate progress has been made."

Cherono_Gladys1-Berlin18.JPGGladys Cherono, victor of the 2018 BMW Berlin Marathon, September 16, 2018, photo by Photorun.net

Gladys Cherono won the 2018 BMW Berlin Marathon in a new PB and course record of 2:18:11. Cherono has been road racing since 2004, and on the global scene, since 2012. With serious track PBs of 14:47.12 at 5000m and 30:29.23 for the 10,000m. In 2012, Gladys Cherono won the 5000m and 10,000m at the African Championships. In 2013, Gladys took the silver medal at 10,000m in Moscow, behind Tirunesh Dibaba.

Cherono_GladysA-Berlin18.JPGGladys Cherono, victor of the 2018 BMW Berlin Marathon, September 16, 2018, photo by Photorun.net

Gladys Cherono's speed and endurance come to fruition in her running at the half marathon and marathon. In 2005, Gladys' first major road race win was over the half marathon, at 2005 Media Maratón Santa Pola, where she ran 71:19. In the 2016 RAK Half Marathon, Gladys ran her PB of 66:07. In 2018, Gladys opened the year with a 67:13 at the RAK Half Marathon. In defending her 2017 Berlin Marathon title, Gladys Cherono set a marathon PB of 2:18:11 and the new course record, as well as the world leader.

This is her post race interview with our friend, Andy Edwards, of Race News Service.

Across the country, high school runners are racing cross country races on Saturday. Make sure you warm up, and then, if you want to add a little more to your day, do 8 times 150 meter stride outs. If you do not race, do the fartlek.

Fauble_Scott13-USAxc17.JPGScott Fauble, photo by Photorun.net

Saturday, September 22, 2018 -warm up, 5k race, cooldown, or a 40 minute fartlek, five minutes 5k pace, 5 minutes relaxed, do that four times, cooldown

adidas_shoe.jpgTrack spike made by Adi Dassler, around 1924, photo courtesy of adidas Communications

In 2007, my brother, Brian finally convinced me to post on a blog he had begun for me, RunBlogRun. He had tried to get me excited in 2006, but, alas, I was a bit of a Luddite (look it up). RunBlogRun changed my life. Within 2 years, I understood what Brian was saying: the blog will be your major communication tool. In 2014-2016, as I suspended my print publications, RunBlogRun continued to grow, and our daily content supported my digital titles. As we developed our live coverage of events, and the video impact on our sites (we partnered with The Shoe Addicts in 2010, as our digital partners).

In a very exciting wheelchair race, Brent Lakota won the 2018 BMW Berlin Marathon in 1:29:41, with 15 wheelchair men within fifteen seconds of the winner! Wheelchair racing is supported by major sponsors and the racers were cheered by the German fans! Here's the interview of Brent Lakota by Andy Edwards, Race News Service, after the Canadian's victory.

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Today is Friday, September 21, 2018, a modest day of training. Tomorrow, most of the 580,000 in high school cross country will be racing tomorrow! Good luck!

Fauble_Scott14-USAxc17.JPGScott Fauble, photo by Photorun.net

Friday, September 21, 2018-warm up, easy 50 minutes, 8 x 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Prague Half 2018_003_ (328).JPGA Happy finisher at the 2018 Prague Half Marathon, photo by RunCzech

ULHALF2018_MUDRA3_224.jpgAnother happy finisher at Mattoni Ústí nad Labem Half Marathon, photo by RunCzech

The RunCzech series features nine fine races. If you want to see some beautiful races in Central Europe, then, check out the RunCzech races! All the info you need is located in the release below.

The hills are calling! Get your hill repeats in today as you build into the 2018 cross country season. The hills make you strong, fast and confident!

Taylor_Kellyn42-USAxc17.JPGKellyn Taylor, 2:24 marathoner, photo by Photorun.net

Thursday, September 20, 2018-warm up, 20 minutes run, steady pace, 16 times 200 meter hill, jog down hill slowly, 20 minutes steady, cooldown

This is European Athletics Results, 2017-2018, Number 32, compiled and edited by Carles Baronet, our friend from Catalonia. This is the most recent update on the continent of Europe and all 51 members of the EAA.

Mayer_KevinHH1-WorC17.jpgKevin Mayer, 110m H, photo by Photorun.net

Mayer_KevinJav-WorC17.jpgKevin Mayer, javelin, photo by Photorun.net

Mayer_KevinA-WC17.jpgKevin Mayer, photo by Photorun.net

The Globerunner blog is one of the finest blogs on the subject of athletics. I have said this before and I will say it again. If you are a real geek and love well written, thoughtful commentary on the sport, then sign up (it's Free) for Pat Butcher's tomes.

Today, he writes about Dana Zatopekova, the wife of the late Emil Zatopek. They are Olympic royalty. In 1952, Emil Zatopek won the 10,000m, 5,000m and marathon. Just after his 5000m victory, Dana won the javelin, on her first throw, with an Olympic and national record. Today is Dana's 96th birthday.

I met Dana in 2001. I was with Czech decathlete star Roman Seble, and he saw the dimunitive Dana across the room. Roman and another Czech star excused themselves and crossed the room to greet Dana Zátopková. She lit up as the two handsome men kissed her, and spoke animatedly as she laughed and smiled with her two young suitors.

Pat Butcher wrote the following column for Dana's birthday. He quotes his book QUICKSILVER, The Mercurial Emil Zátopek, his fine book on Emil Zatopek. (You must have this book on your bookshelf, it is a superb book on the most amazing athlete, and Pat Butcher did some amazing interviews for the book. )

Pat Butcher reminds us that Dana Zátopková had a wicked sense of humor as well as a wicked throwing arm. Happy 96th, Dana!

emildanamedals.jpgEmil Zatopek and Dana Zatopekova, photo from QUICKSILVER, The Mercurial Emil Zátopek

As we get into the high season of early cross country season. In many parts of the country, high school athletes run 2 meets a week. We have juggled the Fall schedule so that one can workout and also race twice a week.

IMG_6138.jpgTime to race, photo by Photorun.net

Wednesday, September 19, 2018-warm up, 5k Xc race, cooldown, or warm up, easy 50 minutes, 8 x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

McFadden_TatianaPC-PeachTree15.jpgTatyana McFadden, photo by Photorun.net

Tatyana McFadden is the finest female wheelchair racer in the world. Tatyana had a medical emergency just less than two years ago, and had to fight her way back to the top of the elite marathon world. Andy Edwards, of Race News Service, interviewed Tatyana McFadden before the 2018 BMW Berlin Marathon race.

Sang%2c Patrick-thumb-500xauto-16429.jpgPatrick Sang, coach of Eliud Kipchoge, photo by NN Running Team

Patrick Sang, after having observed Eliud Kipchoge in his build up, knew that Kipchoge would break the world record in the men's marathon. Yet, per our writer, Justin Lagat, Patrick kept it to himself. Sang had seen the level of fitness of Mr. Kipchoge over the build up for Berlin.

This interview was done by Andy Edwards, of Race News Service, after the world record of 2:01:39, by the athlete of Patrick Sang, Eliud KIpchoge.

Kipchoge_EluidPace-Berlin18.JPGEliud Kipchoge and his pacemakers, September 16, 2018, photo by Photorun.net

On Sunday, September 16, 2018, Eliud Kipchoge a win to his marathon record, now at 11 wins in 12 races. Kipchoge had company, which consisted of 3 pace makers, until the half marathon, which was hit in 1:01:06. His final pacemaker retired at 25 kilometers. Eliud Kipchoge ran the final seventeen kilometers by his lonesome, putting 4:44 seconds between Mr. Kipchoge and second place, Amos Kipruto.

Boit-Kipchoge-Berlin18.JPGBoit and Kipchoge, September 16, 2018, photo by Photorun.net

Eliud Kipchoge is the finest male marathoner in history. His epic world record of 2:01:39 should not be broken for many years. Finally, a men's marathon record that is parallel to Paula Radcliffe's 2:15:25. Kipchoge's Run in Monza showed that Eliud Kipchoge was amazing, but his run in Berlin showed that he is the greatest male marathoner of all times.

Kipchoge_Eluid20139-Berlin18.jpgEliud Kipchoge, world record, 2:01:39, September 16, 2018, photo by Photorun.net

Here is the Eliud Kipchoge interview by Andy Edwards, Race News Service, after his world record race of 2:01:39.

Cherono_GladysA-Berlin18.JPGGladys Cherono, photo by Photorun.net

Kiplagat_Edna-Berlin18.JPGEdna Kiplagat, photo by Photorun.net

Our friends at the Race News Service provide us with glimpses into the sport. Andy Edwards and Joerg Wenig provide us event content from the global marathons that we do not attend. In this interview, Gladys Cherono and Edna Kiplagat met with Andy Edwards before the 2018 BMW Berlin Marathon. Gladys Cherono defended her title from 2017, and ran 2:18:11, and Edna Kiplagat took 4th in 2:21:28.

What a day for the sport!

Kipchoge_EluidH-Berlin18.JPGEliud Kipchoge, World record of 2:01:39, BMW Berlin Marathon, photo by Photorun.net

Sunday, September 16, 2018 was a tremendous day for the sport! At the BMW Berlin Marathon, Eliud Kipchoge set a new world record, blistering a 2:01.39 (61:06 for half marathon, 60:33 for second half marathon). Kipchoge ran the last 17 kilometers by his lonesome, increasing the pace on his own, and setting world record for men quite similar to the world record for women held by Paula Radcliffe, which she ran in 2003, and the clock stopped at 2:15:25. Most keen observers have noted that Eliud Kipchoge's world record will not be challenged for some time.

And, seven hours after Eliud Kipchoge finished the BMW Berlin Marathon in 2:01.39, Kevin Mayer, the French decathlete, set a new WR of 9,136 points, eighty-one points above the former WR of one Ashton Eaton. Kevin Mayer had a nightmere in Berlin in August, when he had no mark in the Long Jump. Mayer was devestated, as the gold medal should have been his at the 2018 European Athletics Championships. Kevin Mayer put together two days of great performances in Talence, France in the Decastar event. On day 1, Kevin Mayer went 10.55 for the 100m, 7.80m for LJ, 16.00m for shot put, 2.05m for the high jump and 48.42 for the 400m, with a day 1 score of 4,563 points.

Kevin Mayer.pngKevin Mayer, September 16, 2018, set a new decathlon World record of 9,136, photo by Getty Images/ IAAF.org

On day 2, Kevin Mayer continued to impress in front of his fans, startin with 13.75 for 110m, 50.54m in discus, 5.45m in pole vault, 71.90m in the javelin and his finisih in 4:36.11, the final event (the 1,500m), to go 81 points ahead of Ashton Eaton's WR, set in August 2015 in Beijing.

Here's the podcast on the 2 WRs in one day! Special thanks to Mike Deering and The Shoe Addicts on producing the RBR PODCAST: Two World records in One Day!

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This is European Athletics Results, 2017-2018, Number 31, compiled and edited by Carles Baronet, one of the finest statisticians in our sport of athletics. Carles Baronet provides runblogrun with updates on European Athletics Results on a near weekly basis. Our friend from Catalonia keeps us updated on the 51 members of the European Athletics Association.

Duplantis_MondoPort1-Stockholm18.jpgMondo Duplantis, Stockholm, Sweden, 1912 Olympic Stadium, June 2018, photo by Photorun.net

Tempo runs are key to Tuesdays and key to your development. Tempo runs callouse you for future events. This is a building workout.

IMG_1602.jpgHeading to workout, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, -warm up, Tempo Run, 20 minutes, run at 30 seconds per mile above current 5k pace, so if you race 5k at 6 minute pace, run this run at 6:30 pace. Run on track or measured road, for 20 minutes, a great team effort, jog one mile, then, 8 times 150 meter strideouts, cooldown

This is the 30th European Athletics Results, compiled and edited by Carles Baronet, our friend from Catalonia. Carles Baronet provides the most thorough results from the European continent on a near weekly basis during indoor, outdoor and cross country season.

Stefanidi_Katerina-Zurich18.jpgKaterina Stefanidi, photo by Getty Images/European Athletics

Kipchoge_EluidR1-Berlin18.JPGThe thrill of victory, photo by Photorun.net

This is a fun piece from the IAAF on Eliud Kipchoge's world record performance from Sunday, September 16, 2018. Eliud Kipchoge averaged 28:49 per 4 10ks. Eliud Kipchoge averaged 2:52.9 for each of 42.2 1000 meters. Eliud Kipchoge also averaged 4:38 per 26.2 miles. First half was run in 1:01:06, then, ran second half in 60:33, for his 2:01:39. Read on.

Good morning! This is the first week of Fall Training. Many of you have done 12-14 weeks with us already! This is the fall season now, ad we will be dealing with two races a week plus key workouts, and a long run. We put races on Wednesday and Saturday.

IMG_6365.jpgTime for strideouts, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Monday, September 17, 2018 -warm up, easy 50 minutes, 8 x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

c136e4ae-720d-402e-841d-7c234f74f7fd.jpgDes Linden won the ROCK 'N' ROLL PHILADELPHIA HALF MARATHON in 1:11:17, photo by Getty Images for ROCK 'N' ROLL PHILADELPHIA HALF MARATHON


Approximately 11,000 registered runners converge in the "City of Brotherly Love" for the 2018 Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon.

9a1f78c0-35f6-4078-8e1e-620e02c142b5.jpgShura Kitata (Ethiopia) ran a hot 58:17 at ROCK 'N' ROLL PHILADELPHIA HALF MARATHON , photo by Getty Images/ROCK 'N' ROLL PHILADELPHIA HALF MARATHON

Stephen.jpgStephen Kiprop takes the half marathon, photo courtesy of Run Czech
Kiprop 59:41 and Kipyokei 67:17
USTI NAD LABEM (CZE, Sep 15): Kenyans triumphed at the Mattoni Half-marathon in Usti Nad Labem. The men's race saw an improvement of more than three minutes for new Run Czech Racing star Stephen Kiprop, who clocked 59:41 in windy and warm conditions after taking control in the 12th kilometre. Barselius Kipyogo (60:25) and Abel Kipchumba (60:39) completed a Kenyan 1-2-3. First European, in 16th, was Czech Jiri Homolac in 65:12. Diana Chemtai Kipyokei equalled the course record with 67:17. The athlete who was third in the Birrell 10km in Prague last weekend beat Nancy Kiprop by 15 seconds (67:32) as Lucy Cheruiyot made it another podium sweep with a time of 69:52. In sixth, Lilia Fiscovici was first European, setting a Moldovan record of 70:45. USA's Sara Hall was notable in ninth in 72:36.
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Kevin Mayer added 81 points to the 2015 world record of Ashton Eaton on 16 September 2018. This, in fact, was the second world record of the day, as Eliud Kipchoge had just run 26.2 miles at 4:38 per mile.

Kevin Mayer.pngKevin Mayer breaks World record with his 9,126 score, photo by Getty Images/IAAF

If one believes that sport is like great theater, then, Kevin Mayer spent his summer in a bit of a French tragedy. His decathlon in Berlin in early August started well. But that second event, the LJ, was well, no mark. Mayer was probably humiliated, but he focused, and, over the past two days, in front of his countrymen, had two great days of performances, and his world record came down to the 1,500 meters, which he ran in 4:36.

Congrats to Kevin Mayer on his decathlon world record. Ashton Eaton had told runblogrun over 18 months ago that he was impressed with Kevin Mayer.

Romani_Darlan-Pre18.jpgDarlan Romani, photo by Photorun.net
Romani 22.00 SAm record
BRAGANCA PAULISTA (BRA, Sep 15): Fresh Continental Cup winner Darlan Romani achieved during second day of 37th Trofeo Brasil (National Championships) historical South American record with exactly 22 meters in shot put. His previous mark was 21.95 from early season Prefontaine Classic in Eugene. His series: 21.46-f-22.00-21.91-21.61-21.98. Second Willian Dourado 19.61. Another Area record holder Andressa de Morais won women discus with good 64.75 just 9 cm ahead of Fernanda Borges 64.66. Favorites won 20 km walk, Eria Sena 1:45.49 and Caio Bonfim 1:25:31. From Friday (1st day) to add Vitoria Rosa winning the 100 m in 11.18 (+0.2) ahead of Rosangela Santos 11.25. Wagner Domingos won hammer 72.78.
Romani_DarlanH-Pre18.jpgDarlan Romani, photo by Photorun.net
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Kipchoge_EluidHighFive-Berlin18.JPGEliud Kipchoge, September 16, 2018, photo by Photorun.net

An amazing day of running, as 44,389 marathoners from 133 countries celebrated living in the global city of Berlin. Eliud Kipchoge showed why he is the best male marathoner in the world, with his world record of 2:01:39, and Gladys Cherono set PB, Course record of 2:18:11, leading three women under 2:19.

Cherono_GladysA-Berlin18.JPGGladys Cherono, September 16, 2018, photo by Photorun.net

Here's the official press release on BMW Berlin, and the new world record and women's course record on the world's swiftest course.

FinishArea-Berlin18.JPG2018 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, finish, September 16, 2018, photo by Photorun.net

The marathon came early in Wisconsin, at 2 in the morning. Last year, I was fortunate to view it on German TV, but from Hawaii. This year, the streaming was a challenge, so I covered it via kilometer splits, then, Polish TV, Kenyan TV and a few more sources.

Justin Lagat gives us the view from Kenya, and one tweet noted that more Kenyans were watching the marathon than attending church services on this spectacular Sunday!

Kipchoge_EluidH-Berlin18.JPGEliud Kipchoge sets World record of 2:01.39, photo by Photorun.net

One of the most prestigious running clubs in the world, is the NN running team. The athletes are all managed by Jos Hermans and his team at Global Sports communications. The athletes include Kenenisa Bekele, Geoffrey Kamworor and one very popular Eliud Kipchoge, who today added the world record in the marathon as well the fastest time under any circumstances. Kipchoge_Eluid20139-Berlin18.jpgEliud Kipchoge, September 16, 2018, 2:01:39, world record, BMW Berlin Marathon, photo by Photorun.net

Kipchoge_EluidR-Berlin18.JPGEliud Kipchoge, September 16, 2018, photo by Photorun.net

Eliud Kipchoge made history today, as he averaged 2:52.9 for 42.2 kilometers, and 4:38 per mile for 26.2 miles in setting an amazing world record at the BMW Berlin Marathon of 2:01.39. Here is how the IAAF.org reported the world record.

adidas_shoe.jpgTrack spike made by Adi Dassler, around 1924, photo courtesy of adidas Communications

In 2007, my brother, Brian finally convinced me to post on a blog he had begun for me, RunBlogRun. He had tried to get me excited in 2006, but, alas, I was a bit of a Luddite (look it up). RunBlogRun changed my life. Within 2 years, I understood what Brian was saying: the blog will be your major communication tool. In 2014-2016, as I suspended my print publications, RunBlogRun continued to grow, and our daily content supported my digital titles. As we developed our live coverage of events, and the video impact on our sites (we partnered with The Shoe Addicts in 2010, as our digital partners).

Kipchoge-Sihine1-Hengelo07.jpgEliud Kipchoge, 2007 Hengelo, photo by Photorun.net

Advertising had been our support vehicle for three plus decades with our print, and two decades on digital. Advertising is in a crisis, and as the evolution and revolution takes place, we want to find ways to continue to support the athletic community. As we continue to grow and evolve, we see that we need other forms of support. Your support via Patreon means we can provide more coverage of athletes, events, coaches, and the behind the scenes content that you have come to expect from RunBlogRun.

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Kipchoge_Eluid20139-Berlin18.jpgEliud Kipchoge, September 16, 2018, photo by Photorun.net

We have already loaded 3 of our 14 part series on the Diamond League. Watch for 1-2 podcasts a week on topics not seen or heard on RunBlogRun. Also note, as I figure out how to actually make it work, you will hear some hidden works from nearly 40 years of audio archives, including Emil Zatopek, Bob Mathias, Milt Campbell, and some from the modern era, such as Vashti Cunningham, Kevin Mayer and Eliud Kipchoge.

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Today is Sunday. It is long un day in our training schedules! Two huge world records were set today. In Berlin this morning, Eliud Kipchoge, perhaps the greatest male marathoner of all time, destroyed the world record in the men's marathon, with his 2:01.39. Learn from our friend: Eliud ran cross country, track and moved to road running. His world record was achieved in his eleventh marathon, and he ran negative splits!

The second world was in the decathlon. The decathlon star of France, Kevin Mayer, had a nightmere in the European champs, where he did not get a mark in the LJ. In Talence, France, Kevin competed for redemption. Mayer went 10.55 in the 100m, leaped 7.80m in LJ, put the shot 16 meters, jumped 2.05m in the HJ and sped around the oval in 48.42 for the 400m. First day score was 4,563.

On day 2, Mayer, buoyed by his cheering fans and all of France, Mayer hurdled 13.75 for 110m, threw the discus 50.54m, vaulted 5.45m, hurled the javelin in 71.90m, and ran just over 4:36, to put 81 points onto the world record of one Ashton Eaton, the London Olympic champ, who set a world record in Beijing in 2015. Kevin Mayer scored 9,126 points!

Such efforts are the work of lifetimes.

Enjoy your run today!

IMG_6763.jpgTime to run, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Sunday, September 16, 2018-65-75 minute easy long run, on soft ground, or around a soccer pitch, remember to cool down

Gladys Cherono is a veteran of 14 years on the global running circuit. In 2013, Gladys took the silver medal in Moscow in the 10,000 meters, in 30:45.17. In 2015, in her second marathon, Gladys Cherono won the BMW Berlin Marathon in 2:19.25. In 2017, Gladys Cherono won the BMW Berlin Marathon once again, this time in 2:20.23.

Cherono_GladysFV1-Berlin17.jpgGladys Cherono is defending champion at BMW Berlin Marathon, photo by Photorun.net

Gladys Cherono is a seasoned competitor. She does not make big mistakes. In 2018, Gladys began the year in the U.A.E., at the RAK Half marathon, in February 2018, taking 7th in 1:07.13, in the world's swiftest half marathon. Gladys took fourth in the London Marathon in April 2018, with a 2:24.10 in the hot and humid conditions of Londontown.

How fit is she for the 2018 BMW Berlin Marathon? Well, our friend, Andy Edwards, Race News Service, did this interview of Gladys Cherono, who is in the top ten all times in both the women's half marathon and marathon times.

Watch her on Sunday.

How do we consider Wilson Kipsang for the 2018 BMW Berlin Marathon?

In 2013, at this very race, Wilson Kipsgang broke the world record in the marathon with his 2:03.23. But, as they say, records are not made to last, and this one made it one year, as Dennis Kimeto ran 2:02.57, a new world record, in the 2014 BMW Berlin Marathon. Kipsang won the NYC Marathon in 2014. In 2015, Kipsang was second in London, in 2:04.27, and dnfed in Beijing WC 2015.

Kipsang_Wilson-Berlin17.jpgWilson Kipsang, photo by Photorun.net

In 2016, Wilson Kipsang showed that, once again, he was unique. His battle with Kenenisa Bekele in BMW Berlin Marathon in 2016 came down to ten seconds. Bekele, the 5k/10k world record holder, ran 2:03.03, the second fastest EVER. In second place, Wilson Kipsang, set a new PB, with 2:03.13.

What will Wilson Kipsang do in 2018? He looks ready to roll.

Consider 2017. Wilson Kipsang was sick in Berlin, and dropped out. Less than two months later, he took 2nd in NYC Marathon, pushing Geoffrey Kamworor to very end. Wilson Kipsang, at 36, has four sub 2:04 medals to his credit. Watch him on Sunday, very closely.

Kipsang_WilsonPC-Berlin18.JPGWilson Kipsang, 2018 BMW Berlin Marathon presser, photo by Photorun.net

This is an interview with Wilson Kipsang, by Andy Edwards, of Race News Service, done just prior to the 2018 race. We thank Andy Edwards and Joerg Wenig on their kind support of runblogrun, through their coverage.

Kipchoge_EluidFV1a-Berlin17.jpgEliud Kipchoge taking 2017 BMW Berlin Marathon, photo by Photorun.net

With 3 pace setters, and the half way goal of 61 minutes, Eliud Kipchoge could be on a race with destiny on Sunday, September 16, 2018. The Olympic champion at the Marathon, Eliud Kipchoge has won every marathon but one. KIpchoge has won nine of ten marathons, with his only defeat was in 2013, BMW Berlin, where Wilson Kipsang ran the then world record of 2:03.23!

Kipchoge is a classic distance runner. Eliud has excelled at cross country, track and field, and then a move to road running. What you find below are interviews with Eliud Kipchoge, and Coach Patrick Sang. Coach Sang is the 1992 Olympic bronze medalist at the steeplechase, and also won two WC silver medals at the same distance. He has been Kipchoge's coach for many years.

Andy Edwards, our friend at Race News Service, did the interviews. Andy and Joerg Wenig provide runblogrun coverage for the some of worlds' finest marathons and unique athletic meetings.

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And what does one say about the coach/athlete relationship? Patrick Sang is to distance runners what Lance Brauman is to sprinters: he's an athlete whisperer. Sang has taken his athletic experience and used it to coach the likes of Eliud Kipchoge and Geoffrey Kamworor.

Special thanks to Brian Eder, who manages the production on all things, runblogrun, and reminds me to laugh and enjoy the moment.

To learn more about Eliud Kipchoge, check out this fine piece by Steve Landells, from our archives:

http://www.runblogrun.com/2018/08/the-awesome-foursome-eliud-kipchoge-and-his-lifelong-coach-patrick-sang-reflect-on-the-4-most-signif.html#more

It's Saturday, and all around the U.S., there are thousands of cross country races, so good luck today!

IMG_1665.jpgCe'Aira Brown, on her mark, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Saturday, September 15, 2018, -warm up, 5k race, cooldown, or a 40 minute fartlek, five minutes 5k pace, 5 minutes relaxed, do that four times, cooldown

The press release said it all. Neils De Vos, who has been CEO of UK Athletics since 2007, is leaving the governing body of athletics in the UK at the end of September 2018.

Neils De Vos had supporters and detractors. Supporters note a successful World Champs, strong UK teams at Beijing 2008, Berlin 2009, Daegu 2011, London 2012, Rio 2016, Moscow 2013, Beijing 2015, London 2017, and the Nike sponsorship that goes until 2030. Detractors note the loss of AVIVA as a sponsor, the removal of FastTrack as marketing partner.

We will let those discussions to another day.

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Video interview with Eliud Kipchoge

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The Olympic champion and defending champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya is ready for another very fast race at the 45th BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday. In this interview he speaks about his goals for the race and why he came back to Berlin once again.

For more information, please go to: www.berlin-marathon.com

We are posting new reviews of this season's top cross country racing shoes, as the coming weeks are huge for cross country sales. The four shoes that we are posting today are great shoes for the 580,000 high school boys and girls about to race this coming 2018-19 season.

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Saucony Havok XC2 Spikeless $75

This is the review of the Sacuony Havok XC2 Spikeless, one of the Saucony selections for xc racing , and a company that has a long tradition in making exciting cross country racing shoes. Cregg Weinmann has reviewed footwear and apparel for California Track & Running News since the mid 1990s, and for the RunningNetwork since 1998. If you would like to see this review on Running Product Reviews, please go to: Saucony Havok XC2 Spikeless $75 . At RunBlogRun, our goal is help you find the perfect shoe for you. Our suggestions: always visit your local running stores at end of day, take a clean pair of running socks, and try on five to six different brands, and jog around in them. Real running stores allow you to check the right show for you. For more reviews, please go to www.runningproductreviews.com.

Kipchoge_EluidPC-Berlin18.JPGEliud Kipchoge, zen master of Marathon, is Berlin 2018 his WR breaking race? September 14, 2018, photo by Photorun.net

Kipsang_WilsonPC-Berlin18.JPGWilson Kipsang, former WR holder and Berlin Champion, PB of 2:03:13, can he challenge Kipchoge? photo by Photorun.net

The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, which is being held on 16 September 2018, is a race of the titans. On one side, Eliud Kpichoge, zen master of Marathon, has won all of his marathons since 2013 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, where Eliud took second, losing to 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Wilson Kipsang, who set a world record of 2:03:23, surpassed in 2014 by Dennis Kimeto (2:02:57).

Eliud Kipchoge is a classically trained distance runner, moving from cross country to the track, to the roads. At the ripe age of 18, he won the 5000m at the 2003 World Champs. In 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Eliud took gold in the marathon. Kipchoge has run 2:03:05 in the London 2016 event, and has run 2:00.25 Monza, Italy Nike event, called Breaking 2. Kipchoge is fit, and ready to run.

But, so, dear readers, is Wilson Kipsang, who ran 2:03:13 in 2016 BMW Berlin, finishing second to Kenense Bekele.

Kipsang and Kipchoge, the battle is on for Sunday!

Many of you in high school are racing 2 times a week, perhaps a Tuesday and Saturday. Please remember that races are hard days. You might jog a mile, catch your breath, then, try a 30 minutes of 2 minutes on, 3 off, and do that six times, or, 30 minutes, where you do one minute hard, one minute jog. Then, cooldown.

IMG_1665.jpgTime to race, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Friday, Septembe 14, 2018-warm up, easy 50 minutes, 8 x 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

MONACO (MON): Dates for the 2018-2019 IAAF Cross Country Permit series have been announced. Starting in November with three Spanish fixtures in successive weeks (Burgos, Soria, Alcobendas), the series will pause in December and then continues in the New Year with meetings in Italy (San Giorgio, San Vittore), Britain (Belfast) and Spain (Elgoibar, Seville) before concluding in Albufeira. The series will be a key part in the preparation before the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Aarhus 2019 in March.

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Abele and Schafer favorites for challenge, but Mayer also there
TALENCE (FRA): European decathlon champion Arthur Abele is in pole position to take over at the top of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge standings as the series comes to an end at the 42nd Decastar in Talence this weekend, while world champion France's Kevin Mayer will be trying to bounce back from his European Champs DNF. Norway's Martin Roe, who misses the event, leads the standings, but a score of 7464 would be enough for Abele to win the challenge. Ilya Shkurenyov and Vitaliy Zhuk, the 2018 European silver and bronze medallists, and Pieter Braun, who was seventh in Berlin, will also take part. Germany's world silver medallist Carolin Schafer heads the women's heptathlon entries. Czech Republic's Katerina Cachova, who was sixth in Berlin, and Austria's Verena Preiner would each need big PBs of more than 6700 points to take over the lead in the standings from Erica Bougard, who won't be in Talence. USA's Allison Reaser is another of the favourites.

Kipchoge_EluidPC1a-Berlin17.jpgEliud Kipchoge, the best of all times? photo by Photorun.net

Justin Lagat sent this column in yesterday, on 7 things to consider about upcoming Berlin, Chicago and NYC Marathons. Tell us what you think! Send notes to [email protected].

DALLAS (USA): Legendary Michael Johnson is doing good. He posted on twitter: Minor stroke 2 weeks ago today! Recovery going well. Almost back to normal. No days off! Even today. My birthday! #ThankfulThursday."

Johnson-Hart-MJInvit05.jpgMichael Johnson, Clyde Hart, MJ Invite, 2005, photo by Photorun.net

KipsangLedsKipchoge1-Berlin13.JPGWilson Kipsang leads Eliud Kipchoge, September 2013, photo by Photorun.net

The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON has an incredible cast of real characters who would love to foil Eliud Kipchoge or Tirunesh Dibaba and their dreams of setting a World record on the fast Berlin course. Can anyone stop them, well, we have less than 3 days to wait yet!

Dibaba_TiruneshBib-Berlin18.JPGTirunesh Dibaba showing her Bib number, Women's Berlin Presser, September 13, 2018, photo by Photorun.net

Dibaba_TiruneshPC-Berlin18.JPGTirunesh Dibaba speaking on the upcoming event, Women's Berlin Presser, September 13, 2018, photo by Photorun.net

On Sunday, September 16, 2018, most of the world's running media will be focused on the zen master of the marathon, Eliud Kipchoge and their near certain belief that Kipchoge can break the World record. Kipchoge's workouts have been superb, and the race will be fantastic. But, there will be another World record attempt, and the real marathon geeks will be watching Tirunesh Dibaba as she battles the BMW Berlin Marathon course. Dibaba has run 2:17:56 on the London Marathon course. Dibaba is the most winning Olympic women distance runner in history, having dominated the 5,000m and 10,000m since her first win since in 2003, at the Stade De France, over 5000 meters, at the age of 18.

Dibaba is a fierce competitor. She is also one of the swiftest runners to take up the marathon, and she wants the marathon world record. Watch how she ran the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Dibaba's race in London 2018 was an example of that drive pushed a bit too far. The weather at BMW Berlin Marathon should be conducive to a fast marathon, and do not be surprised if Tirunesh Dibaba has a 2:16 marathon time by her list of accomplishments. Or, dare we say, a 2:15?

This is your hill training day. It is a tough day, but it is making you stronger each and every week. You are going to be ready to seriously roll in October!

IMG_6621.jpgThe 800m requires speed and endurance, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Thursday, September 13, 2018-warm up, 20 minutes run, steady pace, 18 times 200 meter hill, jog down hill slowly, 20 minutes steady, cooldown

The Mattoni Ústí nad Labem Half Marathon will be held on 15 September 2018. And, thanks to the folks at www.runczech.com, you will be able to watch it at www.runczech.com Live on Saturday, September 15. The details are below. What also is fun about the information provided is also many of the details we forget about in races. The work behind the scenes that make the runczech series so successful and popular.

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Pedro Pablo Pichardo ok for Doha

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Pichardo_Pedro-Lausanne17.jpgPedro Pablo Pichardo, photo by Photorun.net
Pichardo ok for Doha
LISBON (POR): IAAF Diamond League winner and triple jump World leader 2018 Pedro Pablo Pichardo will be able to compete for Portugal at the World Championships in Doha. Portugal athletics federation said that IAAF informed them he will be eligible for his new country from August 1, 2019. Pichardo competed on the circuit as Portugal representative but was not allowed to be at the international championships. The 25 years old athlete from Cuba got the Portugal citizenship in November 2017.
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O salto da vitória! 💎 • • • Estou muito feliz com este resultado, foi uma boa temporada para mim terminando com a melhor marca do ano e vencedor da Liga Diamond 💎Obrigado ao meu pai - treinador por estar presente na minha competição como meu professor 👨🏽‍🔧 a toda a minha família que sempre me apoiou e me envia mensagens positivas, à minha mulher e à minha filha 💞 Quero agradecer à professora Ana Oliveira por sempre me ter apoiado e a sua presença em cada situação, ao fisioterapeuta Diogo que trabalha sempre para os meus pés ficarem otimizados e a todos os outros que de uma maneira ou outra me apoiam e me dão motivação. Também quero agradecer ao meu clube @slbenfica por todo o apoio fornecido para os meus treinos e suporte técnico, aos meus patrocinadores @redbullpor por me darem asas e por me ajudarem na recuperação pós-treino, e à @pumaperformance por confiarem em mim todos estes anos e ajustarem os Spike especiais! Obrigada Portugal 🇵🇹 por todo o apoio. 🙏🏾 Até a próxima temporada! @pichardofundora @anaivoliveira @diogo.cunha16 @migueljmbastos @diamondleagueathletics @iaaf_athletics #RESPECT4P #GUERRERO #SR18

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Erika-Kemp.jpgErika Kemp, photo courtesy of B.A.A.

Kaitlin-Goodman.jpgKaitlin Goodman, photo courtesy of B.A.A.

Samantha-Nadel.jpgSamantha Nadel, photo courtesy of B.A.A.

One of the main reasons why American distance runners are making their presence known in athletics around the globe are more opportunities to train, focus and race with sponsored clubs, such as the B.A.A. High Performance Team. Now, in its second gene the B.A.A. High Performance Team is giving young post collegiates a chance to develop their talents. Here's some of the first new athletes named under the coaching regimen of Coach Ricardo Santos.

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CHRISTCHURCH (NZL): Tom Walsh has said a 23m-plus shot put is "achievable," informs stuff.co.nz. "I think it is achievable. I have got more and more consistent over that 22m-line with a number up in the mid-high-22s. With improvements and just understanding myself and my competition better, I know I can get there. You're always learning. In my last couple of competitions I was trying too much and when I'm thinking about it too much, I need to speed things up. There are always bits and pieces you can improve on. Darrell [Hill] is starting to look really impressive and Crouser does what Crouser does which is pretty impressive, so I'm just going to have to beat them to it."

Walsh_TomR-Oslo18.jpgTom Walsh, Oslo 2018, photo by Photorun.net

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Race-Day-Finish-Line-Photos-44.jpgLaura Thweatt takes the win, in 26:02, at The 2018 Bank of Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, photo from 2018 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Photo Gallery

The 2019 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle opened their registration on 12 September, for the 40th anniversary year. The B of A Shamrock Shuffle, for many Chicagoans, is the true first rite of Spring. Wonderfully managed, and well staged, the 8k run and 2 mile walk have something for runners and walkers of all speeds and abilities. Do not miss it!


COPENHAGEN (DEN): Galen Rupp has pulled out of the Copenhagen Half Marathon on Sunday due to Achilles soreness according to his agent Ricky Simms. Jordan Hasay has also decided not to race, preferring to stay at home in order to prepare for the Chicago Marathon. "Galen has some soreness in his Achilles in Tilburg and decided it was better to return home to the US and continue training rather than stay in Europe. Jordan was going to join him in Europe but will just run a hard effort at home instead," he said. Rupp is also aiming for the Chicago Marathon next month where he lines up as the reigning champion.

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The world Marathon book, Christina Neal, London, Carlton, 2018, photo by Stuart Weir

ISBN 878-1-78739-059-1

This is a book review by Stuart Weir, The World Marathon book, by Christina Neal, and published by Carlton, the purveyor of fine coffee table books. Let us know what you think, as we have several more reviews.

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PRETORIA (RSA): Wayde van Niekerk's coach Ans Botha has said he is making good progress from the knee injury which ruled him out for the entirety of the 2018 season, informs Sport24. "He was very excited that he was able to get the feel of the track without feeling any pain," said Botha after a recent track session. Van Niekerk tore the meniscus and ACL in his right knee during a charity touch rugby match last October.

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Today is Wednesday, September 12, 2018. After a tempo day, with a follow up fartlek, you are tired. Keep today moderate, have some fun on the run.

IMG_6754.jpgRob Napolitano, HOKA ONE ONE NJNYTC, photo by Mike Deeing/The Shoe Addicts

Wednesday-warm up, easy 50 minutes, 8 x150 meter stride outs, cooldown.

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The lure of Cross country is global. In the U.S. 580,000 14-18 year olds run Cross country. And the place that cross country holds in other countries is also exceptional. Nice to see IAAF's Seb Coe getting some support on this goal. The late Tom Fleming did an interview with me at the 2014 rrca Convention on his love of all things running, especially cross country.

The next two Olympics, Pais 2024 and LA 2028 have been decided. We found this video in the resouces section on the USOC site. It gives a good insight into how the LA 2028 view to showcase LA is different than what we saw in LA 1984. It is a nice way to showcase the City of Angels.

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This is day 4 of Mike Fanelli's labor of love, his salute to the 1968 Olympic Trials and the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. The stories are written by Mike Fanelli, who does a daily athletics history feature on his Facebook page, that is, well, amazing. As part of his 1968 Olympic coverage, artwork will be taken from the Track Garage, Mike's personal athletic historical collection. We thank Mike Fanelli for this series.

Day four of these Olympic Track and Field Trials featured five semis (pole vault, 400IH, steeplechase, 800, and discus) along with the final selection of Olympians in both the shot put and 100 meter dash. Each of the anti-climatic semi-final competitions would whittle away just a maximum of two qualifiers towards their respective finales.
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Today is Tuesday, September 11, 2018, and it is my 60th birthday.

9/11 is a day of many emotions for me. In the three flights that crashed on 9/11, as it was very personal for me. I remember 9/11/01 as if it were yesterday. I also remember my first cross country race, on September 11, 1972.

I had fished that morning, hoping to catch a large channel catfish, but no luck. My race that day was 2 miles, run in 18:18, where I lost a shoe.

Memories are good things. Make your memories.

IMG_6112.jpgCe'Aira Brown, HOKA ONE ONE NJNYTC member, set 5 PBs over 800m during 2018 season, photo: MIke Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Tuesday-warm up, Tempo Run, 20 minutes, run at 30 seconds per mile above current 5k pace, so if you race 5k at 6 minute pace, run this run at 6:30 pace. Run on track or measured road, for 20 minutes, a great team effort, jog one mile, then, 30 minute fartlek, five times, 3 minutes hard, at 5k pace, 3 minutes easy, cooldown.

The New Haven 20k, by Joanna Thompson

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Korir_Leonard1-Falmouth18.jpgLeonard Korir, photo by Photorun.net

Hall_SaraH-OttawaM18.jpgSara Hall, photo by Photorun.net

The New Haven 20k is one of the stalwart races of the fall. It is held on Labor Day each year, and the course has not changed in 22 years. Joanna Thompson, who has written several fine pieces for runblogrun, wrote this fine piece on the test for fall marathoners.

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WOMENS WINNER_Mile.pngLaura Muir takes the Great North City Games Elite Miles, photo by Film Nova

The Great North City Games Elite Miles are the traditional end of season event for many top European athletes, and US as well. Stuart Weir is writing this column, at his 18th event for runblogrun during 2018. We are building a statue of haggis in his honor at my little farmhouse in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Thanks, Stuart Weir, who I believed was Scottish for the first 2 years of his career with us.

The Great North City Games 500 meters had two of the best fields of the weekend. Stuart Weir wrote this column on this fun distance, mostly run indoors, and now, at the end of the season outdoors. Its a fun meeting place for many long sprinters and hurdlers, and some ambitious 800 meter runners.

Cowan2.jpgDwayne Cowan takes the 500 meters, photo by North News

Monday is a modest day of training. A 50 minute run plus 8 strideouts of 150 meters is the workout for the day. Enjoy each and every run. Make sure that you run each week without earphones, or bluetooth. Enjoy the silence, allow your mind to think. On my long runs, I wrote all of my history papers in college, plus I had wonderful chats with training partners. This is more than physical, so remember how good you feel after a run. I can remember my first cross country runs, forty-six years ago, in Creve Coeur, Missouri. It changed my life. And it is changing yours.

IMG_6365.jpgWe all need a cool pair of shoes, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Monday, September 10, 2018 -warm up, easy 50 minutes, 8 x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Monday is a modest day of training. A 50 minute run plus 8 strideouts of 150 meters is the workout for the day. Enjoy each and every run. Make sure that you run each week without earphones, or bluetooth. Enjoy the silence, allow your mind to think. On my long runs, I wrote all of my history papers in college, plus I had wonderful chats with training partners. This is more than physical, so remember how good you feel after a run. I can remember my first cross country runs, forty-six years ago, in Creve Coeur, Missouri. It changed my life. And it is changing yours.

IMG_6365.jpgWe all need a cool pair of shoes, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Monday, September 10, 2018 -warm up, easy 50 minutes, 8 x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Justin Lagat wrote this piece on the 2018 Great North Run, and how Mo Farah and Vivan Cheruiyot will use their victories to prepare for fall marathons. Here's his observations on the 38th race.

DSC_6782.JPGMo Farah wins Fifth Great North Run, 9 September 2018, photo by Great Run Company

DSC_6865.JPGJake Robertson, 59:57, @gomofarah, 59:26, Bashir Abdi, 60:43, 2018 great north run, September 9, 2018, photo, by Great run company

This is the column by Stuart Weir on the men's event, where Mo Farah won his fifth Great North Run title in the 38th year of the event. Thanks again to Stuart Weir on his fine coverage of the Great North Run.

vivian cheuiyot gn.jpgWinner Vivian Cheruiyot, 67:43, Brigid Kosgei, 67:52, Jocyline Jepkosgei, 68:10, , 2018 great north run, September 9, 2018, photo, by Great run company

The Great North Run is the largest half marathon in the world with 57,000 runners and walkers. Here's Stuart Weir's feature on the women's elite race, won by Vivian Cheruiyot. We thank Stuart Weir for his season long coverage of the athletics season. Now, hopefully, he can get some rest.

PESCARA (ITA, Sep 8-9): Gianmarco Tamberi closed his season by clearing 2.30m for victory at the Italian Championships in Pescara, his third successive competition at 2.30m or higher since the European Championships. Elena Vallortigara cleared 1.91m to win the women's high jump title and former world U20 bronze medallist Roberta Bruni continued her comeback with a 4.35m clearance in the women's pole vault. There were fast times in the 400m hurdles finals with Jose Bencosme winning the men's title in 49.52 and Yadisleidy Pedroso winning the women's title in 55.62 and Davide Re completed the 200/400m double by winning the 200m in 21.04. Chiara Rosa won the women's shot put title with 17.08m and Marco Lingua was the best in the men's hammer with 73.95m. On Saturday Lamont Jacobs won the 100 m in 10.24 ((+0.1) and Lorenzo Perini hurdles 13.57 (+0.4). Irene Siragusa topped the 200 m in 23.25 (-0.2).

Editors' Comment: This is the third story from Mike Fanelli on the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and the U.S. Olympic Trials. We thank Mike Fanelli for his writing, and his photos, courtesy of the Track Garage, the iconic sanctuary of athletics housed in the garage of Mike Fanelli. In this, his third column, Mike Fanelli focuses on the 10,000m Men's final.

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Four track events and one field discipline were held on day three of these Trials that included just one final, the 10,000 meter death march.

As there were four rounds of the 100, in an effort to mimic the actual Games agenda, there were absolutely zero eliminations from the heats nor quarter finals held this day. Charlie Greene and Jim Hines were the cream of the crop in these first two efforts while Ronnie Ray Smith was hot on their heels. Wisconsin's Ray Arrington took the first heat of the 800 qualifying round in 1:49.7 while Wade Bell outlegged Tom Farrell 1:48.6 to 1:48.8, in the second of two heats. Tom Wyatt nailed a nifty 49.2 in the intermediates as Geoff Vanderstock went 49.8 in the other heat. Chucker, Randy Matson, led the way, as all 7 qualifiers in the shot put advanced to the finals since each competitor surpassed the required 58 foot standard to do so.

1bdb0301-9f61-49cd-bea0-ba69df0b5e02.jpgRhonex Kipruto runs 26:46, photo by RunCzech

The Birell Prague 10k is known for its swift course. Rhonex Kipruto flew around the course in 26:46, with his last 5k a world class time all by itself! Caroline Kipkirui, who has raced from 5,000m on the track to the half marathon in 2019, showed her talent last night, holding onto the win in a fine 30:19! Justin Lagat, our writer from Kenya, wrote this piece on the fine exhibiiton of exceptional Kenyan distance running.

Kipkirui_CarolineLedsH-BosOut18.jpgCaroline Kipkirui won a tactical 5000m on May 19, 2018 in Boston, photo by Photorun.net

This is Sunday. Long runs are the workout of the day. Find a trail, find a park and run with friends.

IMG_6763.jpgOn the track, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Sunday, September 9, 2018-65-75 minute easy long run, on soft ground, or around a soccer pitch, remember to cool down

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Ortega.jpgOrlando Ortega wins 110m hurdles in 13.44, photo by North News

Stuart Weir is covering the Great City Games in Newcastle/Gateshead for us. This is his second column of the day, and it was a long day. 7 am to 7 pm, is a very long day, and Stuart Weir has the Great North run on Sunday, 9 September.

Greg.jpgGreg Rutherford's last LJ, photo by North News

This interview was done on 7 September 2018, the day before Greg Rutherford's final competition, where he took third in 7.38 meters. Greg Rutherford is one of our favorite athletes to interview. We wish him the very best in his new adventures.

Greg4.jpgGreg Rutherford's last LJ, photo by North News

Greg6.JPGGreg Rutherford's last LJ, photo by North News

Big times in Prague earlier this Saturday evening! Rhonex Kipruto ran 26:46, the second fastest 10k time ever. On the women's side, Caroline Kipkirui ran 30:19, the third fastest time ever for a women. This is the RunCzech press release on the 23rd Birell Prague Grand Prix on 8 September 2018.

1bdb0301-9f61-49cd-bea0-ba69df0b5e02.jpg Rhonex Kipruto runs 10k in 26:46, photo by RunCzech

4b2708b8-64d6-4e86-adcf-c3f47d125dc2.jpgCaroline Kipkirui runs 30:19, photo by RunCzech

Editors' Comment: This is the second story from Mike Fanelli on the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and the U.S. Olympic Trials. We thank Mike Fanelli for his writing, and his photos, courtesy of the Track Garage, the iconic sanctuary of athletics housed in the garage of Mike Fanelli. In this column, Mike Fanelli pays tribute to the decathlon, and two of the great American decathletes, Russ Hodge and Bill Toomey.


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Echo Summit Track, photo courtesy of The Record Courier
1968 Olympic Trials: Into Thin Air, by Mike Fanelli

Precisely one half century ago this week, the United States Olympic Track and Field Team was deep into the throes of a selection process better known as 'the Trials.' In an effort to replicate the lofty 7,350 feet of the host Olympic site, Mexico City, it was determined that the US Team should be chosen while competing under similar conditions. Therefore, the longest distance representatives (marathon, 20K walk, and 50K walk) would endure their selection process in the 7,543 foot mountain air of Alamosa, Colorado, while the track and fieldsters would be chosen in breathtaking confines, just above a cerulean colored Lake Tahoe, California.

Echo Summit is perched at the base of a ski run in the Eldorado National Forest at some 7,370 feet above sea level. Solely and exclusively for this one event, a state of the art 3M 'Tartan' track was built amongst the Ponderosa pines and randomly parked granite rubble. Oft times throughout the duration of this multi-day competition, athletes would virtually disappear from sight behind said natural elements.

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This year, in early March 2018, we lost the first man under 4 minutes in the mile, Sir Roger Bannister. Last week, we lost the first women under five minutes, Diane Leather Charles, who passed away on 5 September 2018. Peter Thompson wrote the following obit on Diane Leather Charles, who holds an inconic place in women's athletic history.

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This is early in season. We offer a 5k race or fartlek for today. Early season races begin around the country.

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Saturday, September 8, 2018-warm up, 5k race, cooldown, or a 40 minute fartlek, five minutes 5k pace, 5 minutes relaxed, do that four times, cooldown

Friday, September 7 is a modest day. 50 minutes of running and 8 times 150 meters strideouts.

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Ce'Aira Brown set five PBs over 800 meters during Summer of 2018, photo by Mike Deering, The Shoe Addicts

Friday, September 7, 2018 -warm up, easy 50 minutes, 8 x 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

NEWCASTLE (GBR): Top names for the Great North City Games on Saturday include Olympic silver medallist Orlando Ortega from Spain in the 110m hurdles and European bronze medallist Holly Bradshaw up against Finland's Wilma Murto in the pole vault. In the men's 500m, former world 400m hurdles champion Bershawn Jackson faces a line-up include Martyn Rooney and Dai Greene as well as 800m specialists Alvaro de Arriba from Spain and Brit Guy Learmonth while top names in the women's 500m include Lynsey Sharp and Madiea Ghafoor from the Netherlands. As previously announced, Laura Muir and Morocco's Abdelaati Iguider will both compete in the one-mile road events which will take place in Stockton-on-Tees and Greg Rutherford will also compete for the very last time in the long jump.

It is great to see BAA announce new protocals for athletes with Disabilities. BAA and John Hancock continues to lead the way in providing opportunities for athletes with disabilities.

IMG_4373.jpgSifan Hassan, photo by Mike Deering, The Shoe Addicts

PORTLAND (USA): Alberto Salazar has said Sifan Hassan's technique is still "not where they would hope" and that her future lies with the 5000m and 10,000m, informs Losse Veter. "We are still working on her technique, the biomechanics are still not where they would hope. I believe there is still a lot of improvement for Sifan. I think by Tokyo, she will be one of the main contenders in the 5000m and 10,000m perhaps. I really believe she can be a great 5000m and 10,000m runner. I think she's a very good 1500m runner but I think the 5000m will be her best event and I think the 10,000m she will be very good at," he said. Salazar expects Hassan to run around 69/70 minutes in the Copenhagen Half Marathon next weekend.

We are posting new reviews of this season's top cross country racing shoes, as the coming weeks are huge for cross country sales. The four shoes that we are posting today are great shoes for the 580,000 high school boys and girls about to race this coming 2018-19 season.
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New Balance XC 7 Spikeless $65

This is the review of the New Balance XC 7 Spikeless, fine cross country shoes from New Balance , a company that has a long tradtion in making fine cross country acing shoes. Cregg Weinmann has reviewed footwear and apparel for California Track & Running News since the mid 1990s, and for the RunningNetwork since 1998. If you would like to see this review on Running Product Reviews, please go to: New Balance XC 7. At RunBlogRun, our goal is help you find the perfect shoe for you. Our suggestions: always visit your local running stores at end of day, take a clean pair of running socks, and try on five to six different brands, and jog around in them. Real running stores allow you to check the right show for you. For more reviews, please go to www.runningproductreviews.com.

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RunCzech is a series of fine races in Central Europe, which brings in ove 31,000 foreign running tourists to the Czech Republic. In the Labem Half Marathon, RunCzech has invited Jared Ward and Sara Hall. Jared was sixth in the Rio Olympic Marathon. Sara has been on a roll, setting three PBs in the marathon in 2017, and in 2018, bringing he marathon PB to 2:26.20. Recently, Sara Hall won the New Haven 20k.

North American viewers will be able to watch the race LIVE from the Czech Republic on 15 September at 7:50 AM, Eastern time, U.S. To learn more about this race, please read the release below!

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PORTLAND (USA): Alberto Salazar has said Galen Rupp has been dealing with a sore Achilles in the build-up to the Chicago Marathon, informs Losse Veter. "The goal was to be competitive. It's Galen's first race before the Chicago Marathon in five weeks so we were hoping for something around 46 minutes," said Salazar after Rupp finished third in the Tilburg 10-Miles in 46:24. "We believe it's important to run a couple of races before a marathon just to remember how to compete. He's had some slight injury problems - nothing that has stopped his training - he doesn't feel smooth yet but we still have five weeks until Chicago. He's had a sore of Achilles in the last week or so." Rupp is still due to run the Copenhagen Half Marathon on 16 September.


Hill work will make you stronger, faster and more confident in your racing. Some experrenced racers use hill work instead of speed work. The 1972 and 1976 Olympic gold medalist at 5k/10k, Lasse Viren, had achilles problems, and used 800m hill repeats to build his speed and strength. Hill work, in your program, is modest: 200 meter repeats, and build up to 18-20 repeats.

IMG_6138.jpgPreparing for a race, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Thursday, September 6, 2018-warm up, 20 minutes run, steady pace, 18 times 200 meter hill, jog down hill slowly, 20 minutes steady, cooldown

1968 LA Trials .jpgA very rare artifact, the 1968 LA Semi-Trials, from Mike Fanelli's Track Garage

This piece is the first in a series on the 1968 Olympic Trials and 1968 Olympics, written and compiled by Mike Fanelli. Mike is a real estate agent for rarefied real estate in the region of Northern California. I have known Mike for nearly 40 years. In April 1981, at the NorCal Invitational, we ran in a 10,000 meters won by Hugh Stahl, both setting 10,000m lifetime PBs in the cool, late spring evening. Later in the 1980s, while Mike was Manager of Marketing at Reebok, Mike sponsored a project for coaches, The Coaches Advantage, on which I was involved. I was at Runner's World at the time, and the project impressed upon me the power of track coaches in our sport. That project changed the trajectory of my life. From that project, I was inspired to launch my first magazine, American Athletics, a magazine geared to track and cross country coaches, which I began with my ex-wife, Christine Johnson. Mike Fanelli is a life long runner, who loves the 1968 Mexico City Olympics above all other track events. His Track Garage is a shrine and a museum to the sport of Olympics.

Mike Fanelli will be providing stories on the LA semi-trials, the Echo Summit Trials, and the 1968 Mexico Olympics. This is his labor of love. You can see more of Mike Fanelli, ultimate track geek, at his Facebook site, Mike Fanelli.

And now, to the 'Semi' Olympic Trials.

Each week, we ask our friend and correspondent, Justin Lagat, to provide a view from Kenya on an event, an athlete, and discussion point in the global sport. This week, Justin Lagat writes about the journey of the great steeplechaser Conseslus Kiputo, who won the Diamond League race in Zurich, wearing only one shoe.

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Mare Dibaba had an exciting win in hot and humid Beijing in 2015, at the World Championships. In 2016, Mare Dibaba ran 2:19:52, in third, at the Standard Chartered Bank's Dubai International marathon in December 2016, after her bronze medal in Rio in August 2016.

Mare Dibaba will run the 2018 Mainova Frankfurt Marathon. The release is all about the women's field at the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, to be held on October 28, 2018.

I love this event. The health of the event, the enthusiasm of the citizen runners and the health of the sport in Germany can be observed at this event. RunBlogRun will be at this event, once again, in October 2018.

Dibaba_MareFV-Worlds15.jpgMare Dibaba, Beijing 2015 WC, photo by PhotoRun.net

A plethora of fine performances in ISTAF Berlin, held in the 1936 Olympic Stadium need to be noted! A fast and deep 1,500 meters for the men, won by DL Champ Timothy Cheruiyot. Marita Pen Freitas battled Kate Grace over the mile, Freitas set a Portugese NR in 4:22.45. Colleen Quigley won a fine steeplechase with a big PB in 9:10.27. Caster Semenya set a NR in the 1000m in 2:30.70.

Three things warmed my heart: Christoph Harting and his brother, Robert Harting, went 1,2 (Gemans went 1-3) in the discus. This was Robert Harting's last competition, and he threw well, 64.95m on last attempt. Also, Germans went 1-3 in mens' Javelin. Note that LeBron James was at the meet, to support Caster Semenya and Robert Harting! LeBron is a class act for many reasons, this is another reason!

Robert Harting has enthralled athletic fans for over a decade. His love of the event, his athleticism, his enterrtaining persona brought his event, his country and his sport positive coverage. Harting's defense of a clean sport won my respect. We will miss this eccentric German thrower.

Caster Semenya? Caster has shown class throughout her career. I believe that CAS will end her career, and I do not believe that is right. Much of this could have been avoided, with prior action by the sport. But then, we would not have seen Caster compete over the past decade.

Wednesday is an easy day. You MUST have easy days after hard days, it is the only way your body recovers from hard workouts. We are mortal engines. Always remember that. If you can have two pairs of training shoes, and give one pair a break during each run. It is a great anti injury protocal.

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Wednesday-warm up, easy 50 minutes, 8 x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

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Stuart Weir wrote about Shara Proctor, the NR holder in GBR at a time when the British have a plethora of fine long jumpers. Stuart lets us know what makes Shara Proctor stand out in 2018, which has been a pretty impressive year for British long jumpers.

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Semenya 2:30.70 WL and NR
BERLIN (GER, Sep 2): At 77th ISTAF there was also a German clean sweep in the javelin with Thomas Rohler producing the two longest throws of the competition - 86.16m and 86.50m - to beat Julian Weber (85.54m) and Andreas Hofmann (85.09m) although Christin Hussong's 61.51m was beaten in the final round of the women's javelin by Australia's Kelsey-Lee Roberts' 62.70m. Christina Schwanitz reversed the outcome of the European Championships in the shot put with victory over Paulina Guba, 19.25m to 18.58m but Maksim Nedasekau defeated European champion Mateusz Przybylko in the high jump, 2.30m to 2.28m. Elsewhere, Australia's Brooke Stratton won the long jump with 6.71m and Jamaica's Kimberley Williams won the triple jump with 14.40m ahead of European champion Paraskevi Papahristou 14.25. On the track, Caster Semenya moved to fifth on the world all-time 1000m lists with 2:30.70 national record and World lead ahead of Uganda's Halima Nakaayi (2:34.88 NR) ad Nelly Jepkosgei (2:35.30 NR), Colleen Quigley ran a fast 9:10.27 PB in the steeplechase to beat Kenya's Daisy Jepkemei (9:14.66) and Marta Pen was the surprise winner of the mile (first time at ISTAF) in 4:22.45, beating Carla Sacramento's long-standing national Portuguese record in the process. Kate Grace (4:23.23) and Konstanze Klosterhalfen (4:24.77) were second and third respectively. In the sprints, Orlando Ortega continued his good recent form with victory in the 110m hurdles in 13.15 (+0.9) and Christina Manning (12.72, +0.4)) edged out Pamela Dutkiewicz (12.73) and Cindy Roleder (12.77) in the 100m hurdles. Jamaica's Tyquendo Tracey won the men's 100m in 10.05 (+0.1) from Panama's Alonso Edward (10.08) with world 200m champion Ramil Guliyev from Turkey sixth in 10.36 and Marie Jose Ta Lou won the women's 100m in 11.08 (-0.3). In the B race, 19-year-old Kristal Awuah won in 11.16 PB (-0.1), just missing Dina Asher-Smith's UK U20 record of 11.14. In the 4x100m, Germany beat Great Britain, 42.98 to 43.19. Fast 3:32.37 by DL winner Timothy Cheruiyot in men´s 1500 m ahead of Ferguson Rotich 3:33.21 and Ismael Debjani 3:34.40 PB and third best Belgian ever.
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This is report 29 from Carles Baronet on European Athletics. The season is post European Champs and Diamond League, and Carles is compiling results from all over Europe. Special thanks to Carles Baronet for his amazing work on these reports.

Levy-Martinot1-Roverto18.jpgPascal Martinot-Lagarde, Roverto 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

We are posting new reviews of this season's top cross country racing shoes, as the coming weeks are huge for cross country sales. The four shoes that we are posting today are great shoes for the 580,000 high school boys and girls about to race this coming 2018-19 season.

HokaEVOJawz.jpgHOKA ONE ONE EVO, Jawz, $130

This is the review of the HOKA ONE ONE EVO Jawz, fine cross country shoes from HOKA ONE ONE, a company that knows a thing or two about off road running. Cregg Weinmann has reviewed footwear and apparel for California Track & Running News since the mid 1990s, and for the RunningNetwork since 1998. If you would like to see this review on Running Product Reviews, please go to: HOKA ONE ONE EVO Jawz. At RunBlogRun, our goal is help you find the perfect shoe for you. Our suggestions: always visit your local running stores at end of day, take a clean pair of running socks, and try on five to six different brands, and jog around in them. Real running stores allow you to check the right show for you. For more reviews, please go to www.runningproductreviews.com.

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Five meeting records
ZAGREB (CRO, Sep 4): The 68th edition of Hanzekovic Memorial meeting registered (IAAF World Challenge) in total five meeting records. But the biggest issue for the spectators was Sandra Perkovic and her back to winning ways after DL finals. She achieved good quality 67.60 over her Cuban rival and Brussels winner Yaime Perez 64.78. Meet records for World champion Luvo Manyonga in long jump (846, -0.3) and Pole vault DL winner Timur Morgunov with 576 ahead of young Norwegian talent Sondre Guttormsen 556. Third event best in technical event was the 68.17 by Fedric Dacres in discus clearly ahead of Lukas Weisshaidinger 64.50. Fast 1:44.08 by Nijel Amos in the 800 m was another MR ahead of Marcin Lewandowski 1:44.43 and three more under 1:45 and as last one Mostafa Smaili of Morocco 1:44.90 personal best. Lilian Rengeruk clocked the last meet record in women 3000 m with 8:33.37. Steeple specialist Norah Jeruto improved as second to 8:33.61 over Gudaf Tsegay 8:33.78 PB and Kalkidan Gezahegn 8:34.65 PB. Dutch European 10 000 m medalist Susan Krumins was fifth in excellent 8:37.21 ahead of Ethiopian U20 World 1500 m champion Alemaz Samuel who also clocked PB 8:37.68. Co-World leader Marie-Josee Ta Lou was the clear winner of the 100 m 11.05 (+0.5) as was Salwa Eid Naser in the 400 m 50.54 ahead of Stephenie Ann McPherson 51.20. In the fast 100 m hurdles Sharika Nelvis won in 12.65 (+0.1) beating DL winner Brianna McNeal 12.66 with Andrea Ivancevic as fourth 12.85 Croatian record and Dawn Harper-Nelson as 7th (13.25) had her last meet of the career. Orlando Ortega dominated the memorial event with 13.39 (+0.7) with European champion Pascal Martinot-Lagarde sixth 13.76. Fast 1500 m race saw reigning World champion Elijah Manangoi winning in 3:32.52 and beating the man from the Brussels 5k Yomif Kejelcha 3:32.59 PB. Third Ayanleh Souleiman 3:33.93 and Ingebrigtsen brothers were 6th (Filip 3:35.66)
and 9th (Henrik 3:36.46). Mike Rodgers was clear 100 m winner in 10.08 (+0.8) and Alonso Edward 20.17 (-0.3) ahead of Aaron Brown 20.23 in the 200 m. European champion Ramil Guliyev achieved 20.79 as fourth. Luka Janezic won the national 400 m in 46.03 and Ukrainian Anna Ryzhykova the 400 m Hurdles in 55.89.

Tuesday is the toughest day of the week. A tempo workout and a short fartlek workout. Follow it to the letter, and make sure that you warm up and cooldown.


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Tuesday, September 4, 2018-warm up, Tempo Run, 20 minutes, run at 30 seconds per mile above current 5k pace, so if you race 5k at 6 minute pace, run this run at 6:30 pace. Run on track or measured road, for 20 minutes, a great team effort, jog one mile, then, 30 minute fartlek, five times, 3 minutes hard, at 5k pace, 3 minutes easy, cooldown.

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Coleman confident for 2019
BRUSSELS (BEL): Christian Coleman is confident he can run faster next season than his 9.79 world lead in Brussels, informs IAAF. "I think I can go much faster, I just got to continue to work hard. I knew based on my times in practice earlier in the season that I was ready to run fast and even faster than (9.79). Then, based on my times in practice I knew that I could do something special if I'd come out here and compete," he said. Without World Indoor Championships it remains to see whether he will compete indoors in 2019.
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GLASGOW (GBR): The last two world marathon champions Rose Chelimo from Bahrain and Mare Dibaba from Ethiopia will compete at the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow on 30 September, informs organisers. In the men's race, 2010 European 10,000m medallist Chris Thompson will defend his title on the road to the New York Marathon in November.

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The Diamond League is over. The IAAF media department wrote this piece on the ten memorable moments of the 2018 DL season. Please read this, and then, wait for runblogrun to write its top moments, and compare.

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Crouser wins the shot
ZAGREB (CRO, Sep 3): Olympic winner Ryan Crouser dominated the square shot put on Monday in Zagreb the day before the 68th Hanzekovic Memorial track meet which will be last IAAF World Challenge in 2018.
He achieved 22.09 in fourth series and also last throw of 21.84 would be enough to win. "This is one of my favorite places to throw. Exciting and fun with lot of energy from the spectators and the 22 m is always a big benchmark," he said. World champion Tom Walsh with 1st throw took the lead 21.53 and improved in last to 21.78. Also David Storl as third got his best one in final try 21.46. Fourth European champion Michal Haratyk 21.24 and fifth Czech World Indoor medalist Tomas Stanek 21.06.
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Korir_Leonard_Winning_NHRR_03-Sep-2018_David_Monti.JPG Leonard Korir wins the 2018 USA 20-K Championships at the Faxon Law New Haven Road Race on Monday, September 3 (photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.

Hall_Sara_Winning_NHRR_03-Sep-2018_David_Monti.jpgSara Hall wins the 2018 USA 20-K Championships at the Faxon Law New Haven Road Race on Monday, September 3 (photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.

Race Results Weekly's David Monti has covered our sport for nearly three decades. His wife, Jane Monti, has provided us with photos from many of those races. Here is David's story on the New Haven 20K, one of the sports' true Fall iconic events.

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Isaiah Kiplagat, in center of the photo, photo fom Sports Integrity Initiative

The Sports Integrity website has just released its judgments on Kenyan corruption at the highest levels involving the diversion of Nike funds by Kenyan Athletic offcials. What had been rumored for years has been announced by the Athletics Integrity Unit. The complete story can be found on http://www.sportsintegrityinitiative.com, one of the top sites and resources on sports media.

In the feature by Andy Brown, ([email protected]), Senior officials at Athletics Kenya diverted Nike payments - Sports Integrity Initiative, a very well written and well researched piece on the high officials within Athletics Kenya who took payments from Nike meant for the Federation was diverted to the use of the three officials named. All of the documents noted are embedded in the story.
This is the beginning of the cleansing process in Kenya. In reading this, one wonders when Pappa Diack will be brought to justice, if ever.
Still, kudos to the Athletics Integrity Unit, which continues to bring key wrong doers to justice.

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ASICS is one of the oldest and finest companies in the performance running business. It is also the birthplace of Nike as Onitsuka (now ASICS) distributor in Western US was Blue Ribbon Sports, which became Nike. Jeff Benjamin visited their former US HQ, now a marketing center. Here's his story:

Labor Day is the last day of summer for many around the country. We are now in week 11. This will be a tough week of training. Hydrate, sleep well, eat well, and warm up and cool down.

Hoka One One 5.jpgHOKA ONE ONE sponsors our daily training program, to learm more, www.hokaoneone.com.

Monday-warm up, easy 50 minutes, 8 x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

BRUSSELS (BEL): Aisha Praught Leer confirmed top shape before IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava. In Brussels she improved not only Jamaican steeple record to 9:14.09 but this mark is also CAC record. She will in women steeple in Ostrava team with US record holder Courtney Frerichs. Their rivals World record holder Beatrice Chepkoech and Ethiopian Weynshet Ansa, from Asia-Pacific continental U20 record holder Winifred Yavi of Bahrain and Indian record holder Sudha Singh. Team Europe will not have any of Berlin medalists, but finalists, 7th Anna Emilie Moller from Denmark and 9th French Ophelie Claude-Boxberger.

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BRUSSELS (BEL): Salwa Eid Naser was delighted with her victory in the Brussels Diamond League final 400m. She said: "My goal this season was to win the Diamond League Trophy and I did it. I wanted to go fast and even to run a personal best,but I just flew in today from Jakarta and I felt a litte jetlaged. But I'm very pleased with my time of 49.33. It's been a good season and this victory makes it complete." She arrived from Jakarta to Brussels at 1.30 pm in the businnes class flight from Asia.

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The ISTAF meeting had some amazing performances on September 2, 2018. Here's some of the highliights from the meet.

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Sandra Perkovic, photo by Photorun.net

BRUSSELS (BEL): Following her shock defeat in third place in the discus in Brussels, Sandra Perkovic revealed she had been ill this week. "Actually I was sick, I have a flu since five days ago," she said. "I thought I wouldn´t be able to compete. This is my 8th final, I won 7 of them. But this Diamond League should not be awarded in 1 final. And 30 seconds for each throw is ridiculous. In other disciplines like the long jump they get more. IAAF should consider this and not make fun of the athletes," she said in the meet flash quote. Her next meet should on home soil in Zagreb at IAAF World Challenge meet on Tuesday.

The final meetings of the Diamond League are over. The Diamonds have been given out to the winners. There were some fine performances in Brussels, and we have the complete results below. Watch for upcoming stories on the AG Van Damme Memorial.

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TAMPERE (FIN, Sep 1): Finnkampen (since 1925) ended with Finnish men beating Sweden 206:202 in dramatic ending and in women scoring Sweden won 216:194. It was 46th win for Finland men and 38th win for Sweden´s women. Discus World leader Danel Stahl achieved the best result of the day with 68.00 over Simon Pettersson 63.16. Antti Ruuskanen topped javelin 82.25. Home wins for Oskari Lehtonen 20.96 (0.0) in the 200 m, Elmo Lakka 13.72 (+0.2) hurdles and Simo Lipsanen 16.31 (+0.8) triple. For Sweden Carl Bengstrom 50.61 at 400 m hurdles, Melker Svard Jacobsson 545 pole vault and fast 10 000 m walk Perseus Karlstrom 38:39.28 (2nd best of 2018 in the World) over Veli-Matti Partanen 38:44.13. In women events to note for guests from Sweden Hanna Hermansson 2:02.64 in the 800 m, Charlotta Fougberg 32:34.47 PB in the 10 000 m, Erika Kinsey and Sofie Skoog 190 in high jump, Khaddi Sagnia 645 (-0.2) in long jump and Fanny Roos 17.95 in shot put. Nooralotta Neziri achieved the best mark for the home team with 13.13 (+0.4) hurdles win. Sweden topped both 4x400 m, men in 3:09.37 and women in 3:37.05.

The long run is a key part of your weekly workouts. We plan it in on Sundays, in this progam series. Find a fun place to run and bring your friends.

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Sunday, September 2, 2018-65-75 minute easy long run, on soft ground, or around a soccer pitch, remember to cool down

Last winter, after Christian Coleman broke the World Indoor record for the 60 meters. I asked Maurice Greene, the man who had held the record since 1999, about the prospects of Mr. Coleman. Maurice wrote, "9.7 and possibly faster."

Well, Christian ran 9.79 on Friday, the seventh fastest of all times! And he looked, AWESOME!

The AG Van Damme was a fitting way, along with Zurich, to end the Diamond League season!

Saturday on Labor Day Weekend. I remember that at a camping weekend. A nice run, and then some fishing in Johnson Shutins (Missouri). The workout is not so hard today and can be done by yourself. Always more fun to do together.

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Saturday, September 1, 2018-warm up, 40 minute fartlek, five minutes 5k pace, 5 minutes relaxed, do that four times, cooldown

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