October 2018 Archives

This is the one of shoes that Cregg Weinmann is reviewing for RunBlogRun for Fall 2018. The SKECHERS company came into running about eight years ago.Their relationship with Meb Keflezighi helped them learn about the running chanel, which is a unique business. This is the SKECHERS GoRun Forza 3.

SkechersForza3.jpgSkechers GoRun Forza 3, $120

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: SKECHERS GoRun Forza 3. 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.

Long runs are key to your development. Get some friends, find a trail, and enjoy the long run.

Fauble_Scott3-USAxc17.JPGScott Fauble, photo by Photorun.net

Sunday, October 14, 2018-70-75 minute easy long run, on soft ground, or around a soccer pitch, remember to cool down

Across the USA, most of ther 580,000 high school cross country runners are racing today. Good luck!

Lutz_Craig12-USAxc17.JPGCraig Lutz, photo by PhotoRun.net

Saturday, October 13, 2018 -warm up, 5k race, cooldown, or a 40 minute fartlek, 20 times, one minute at 5k race pace, one minute easy, cooldown

The World Relays were a huge hit in the Bahamas in 2014, 2015, and 2017. We enjoyed the crowds, the races, the facilities and the Bahamas! The World Relays is a fun event, and a great way to shake up the season a bit. The big surprise is that it did not go to another spot in the Carribbean! Yokohama will be a fine host, with serious track fans and great media coverage!

yokohama 2019 .jpgBaton handoff, from 2017 IAAF World Relays, photo by Getty Images/IAAF

After a race day and a hill day, time for an easy day. The mid week race is probably a lower key race and the big race is on the weekends. Take Friday relaxed and enjoy your run! Make sure you are checking training and racing shoes for wear and tear.

Fauble_Scott4-USAxc17.JPGScott Fauble, photo by PhotoRun.net

Friday, October 12, 2018-warm up, easy 50 minutes, 8 x 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Emily Sisson is a fine example of the group of athletes that New Balance has supported and continue to develop. Coming down from altitude, and in her first race since her wedding, Emily showed just how tough she is. Racing against Buze Diriba, Sisson dropped a 5:02 for mile three and broke the field, putting 22 seconds on the field in the final mile.

Emily Sisson was a fine high schooler, and, after a start at Wisconsin, moved to Providence College. Now a NB athlete, Emily Sisson is a threat in all of her races, and quite frankly, reminds me of US great Cathy O'Brien, one of our finest American women distance runners.

Emily Sisson will have a few more races this fall, and we are looking forward to them!

ESissonFinish.jpgEmily Sisson takes Reebok Boston 10k for Women, photo by Conventures

The hill day is sacred in cross country training. You have become stronger because of this workout. Shorten your stride, pump your arms, and look at your feet. Get up those hills.

Taylor_Kellyn35-USAxc17.JPGKellyn Taylor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thursday, October 11, 2018-warm up, 20 minutes run, steady pace, 14 times 200 meter hill, jog down hill slowly, 20 minutes steady, cooldown

This is one of the final reports on European Athletics for 2017-18 Outdoor season. We thank the year long work, and long relationships of Carles Baronet, our friend from Catalonia.

775199424HL00080_24th_Europ.JPGJamine Samuel, Dina Asher-Smith, Dafne Schippers, photo by Getty/Berlin 2018

Marathons are, at the elite level, much more than making it through 26.2 miles. At the elite level, tactical challenges occur, and the battles with multiple athletes mean that some do well, and some do not.

Galen rupp 20621 Chicago.pngGalen Rupp, 2018 Chicago, photo by Sean Hartnett/The Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Galen Rupp may have had some achilles problems, but he came to Chicago to win. Problem was, so did several others. Galen Rupp was there until 23 miles and then, Mo Farah took the field away, and Galen fell back. Galen fought back, finishing fifth. Galen noted that he had wanted to win, but it was not his day. He ran 2:06.21, his second best on coach and 3:01 better than last year.

IMG_7930.jpgGwen Jorgensen, 10,000m Des Moines, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Gwen Jorgensen had a rough race. She had been sick, and her race did not go well. I asked her about a positive on the race and she responded well. A tough day and time for reflection.

Wednesday is race day with many high schools. If not, then, you have an easy day.

IMG_5223.jpgGetting ready to race! photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Wednesday, October 10, 2018-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

Gwen Jorgensen's video series is one of the finest ever on the peculiar nature of elite distance runners. Jorgensen, an 2016 Olympic gold medalist at the triathlon decided to move to the elite world of women's marathoning. The series is highly produced, thoughtfully edited and managed by Gwenn's husband. The raw honesty is what strikes me. Gwen's race was not indicative of her fitness, and her illness for the week prior to Chicago was no help. Jorgensen's video series is unrelenting, and honest, like a poem by e.e.cummings.

IMG_8243.jpgGwen Jorgensen, 2018 USATF 10,000m Champs, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Gwen Jorgensen has stated that she wants to make the US Olympic marathon team for women, no mean feat. She has also noted that she wants gold at the said Marathon distance in Tokyo 2020, which will be a hot and humid hellhole, to put it gently.

At the presser post Chicago, I asked Gwen to give something positive on the race. I have noted that she is quite negative after her races. While that may be a process, the U.S. women's marathon team for Tokyo will be one of the most hotly contested and competitive events in U.S. Trials history. The plethora of U.S. women marathoners means that all has to be right for a women to make the team in Atlanta in 2020. That Gwen is being coached by Jerry Schumacher, one of our sport's finest coaches, is a another point in her favor. As John Parker, the writer of cult classic, Once a Runner, noted, it is the Trials of Miles and Miles of Trials.

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The Tempo run is the most modern part of your training week. In the 1970s-1980s, some very smart coaches and runners started using sub maximal work, similar to swimmers doing sub maximal work. I used to do a variation as 10,000m drills, where I did 24 laps of speed variation, to get the body used to spending 30 plus minutes on the track without beating your brains out. Those drills came from Coach Bill Dellinger. When I did my first real tempo run (thanks to buddy Kim Wrinkle), a light went off in my cerebellum, and I used tempos to get into racing shape and mindset.

Fauble_Scott15-USAxc17.JPGScott Fauble, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tuesday, October 9, 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, 8 times 150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Farah_MoHS-Pre15.jpgMo Farah, photo by PhotoRun.net

CHICAGO (USA): The Daily Telegraph reported how Mo Farah narrowly avoided serious injury when a dog attacked him and bit him on the backside while on a training run earlier this summer. The four-time Olympic champion was out on an evening run in St Moritz when the dog lunged and left him needing vaccinations. Fortunately, the damage was not long-lasting.

Kipchoge_Eluid1e-Berlin18.JPGEliud Kipchoge, Berlin 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

go mo.pngMo Farah, 2018 Chicago Marathon, photo by Sean Hartnett/The Bank of America Chicago Marathon

CHICAGO (USA): After Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the leaderboard for Abbott World Marathon Majors Series XII (which began last month at the BMW Berlin Marathon) has as leaders Mo Farah and Eliud Kipchoge and among women Brigid Kosgei and Gladys Cherono, all with 25 points. From RRW.

brigid kosgei .pngBrigid Kosgei, 2018 Chicago Marathon, photo by Sean Hartnett/The Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Cherono_Gladys1-Berlin18.JPGGladys Cherono, 2018 BMW Berlin Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.netrrr

Suguru Osaku, 20550.pngSuguru Osako, photo by Sean Hartnettr/The Bank of America Chicago Marathon

CHICAGO (USA): The new Japanese record 2:05:50 by Suguru Osako is also new Asian record. Former record holder Yuta Shitara (2:06:11 this year in February in Tokyo) will face Osako in a Vaporfly-powered head-to-head at next March's Tokyo Marathon. He'll have extra motivation: athletes are eligible to win the 100 million yen Project Exceed bonus once per fiscal year. Osako won't win another jackpot if he breaks his own record in Tokyo, but with Shitara having done it in the last fiscal year it's his for the taking if he can better Osako's mark this time. Informs Brett Larner.

Mo vs Mosinet .pngMo Farah battles Mosinet Geremew, photo by Sean Hartnett/The Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Farah gets another European record
CHICAGO (USA, Oct 7): Mo Farah won the Chicago Marathon in a European record of 2:05:11 with splits of 63:05/62:06 in rain. Farah broke away in the final mile to claim victory and the European record ahead of Ethiopia's Mosinet Geremew in 2:05:24. Suguru Osako finished third in 2:05:50 to break the Japanese record of 2:06:11 and secure a 100-million yen bonus from the Japanese Federation as part of the Project Exceed initiative. Kenya's Kenneth Kipkemoi also broke the 2:06-barrier in fourth in 2:05:57 with reigning champion Galen Rupp fifth in 2:06:21, one place ahead of reigning world champion Geoffrey Kirui in 2:06:45. The top eleven finishers all broke the 2:10-barrier, although notable DNFs included Dickson Chumba, Stephen Sambu and Augustine Choge. In the women's race, last year's runner-up Brigid Kosgei from Kenya produced a second half of 68:26 to take victory in 2:18:35 to move to seventh on the world all-time lists. Ethiopians Roza Dereje (2:21:18) and Shure Demise (2:22:15) rounded out the podium with former two-time winner Florence Kiplagat fourth on her return to racing in 2:26:08. Sarah Crouch was the top US finisher in sixth in 2:32:37, just ahead of Taylor Ward in 2:32:42.
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SIR MO FARAH RUNS MASTERFUL RACE FOR 1ST VICTORY AT 2018 CHICAGO MARATHON - -- It was a big day in Chicago as double-double Olympic 5 & 10,000m champion Mo Farah of Great Britain broke the European marathon record to win the race in 2:05:11. The old mark, which stood at 2:05:48, was set 10 months ago in Fukuoka by Norway's Sondre Moen. This too means he is the fastest man ever not from the nations of Ethiopia or Kenya, taking 70 seconds from his own best. He broke each and every one of the field in this deep race (which saw 9 go under 2:08) over the last 8km or so, winning by a margin of 13 seconds. It was very Farah-esque as the tactics he displayed were much like those used to win his unprecedented 10 global titles on the track. Despite battling light rain and a steady headwind for much of the last 10 miles of the 26.2, he ran the stretch at sub-2:02 pace! Mo Farah's range is quite stunning. We have known this since he ran 3:28.81 at 1500m for then-6th all-time 5 years ago in Monaco. Now he's done 2:05:11 and has even better in him that is still to show (right now a 2:03-mid is what I think he could run at Berlin). His talents extend far and wide and he could run in many kinds of races as we clearly have seen in 2018. Last April in London, he went out hard, taking 3rd place (2:06:21) with 61:03 / 65:18 splits. Ahead of him there was Eliud Kipchoge and Shura Kitata, two of who I consider the best marathoners today. If he's to be at the top, it will take more experience and doing everything right race day. -- - [GBR 🇬🇧 A35] MO FARAH'S ER MARATHON (🥇) AT CHICAGO WMM (🇺🇸) ・・ 1st/2nd Halves: 63:06 / 62:05 = 2:05:11 ・・ CKPT🕢Clock Time | 5km Split | 10km Split 05km - 14:54 | 14:54 | 10km - 30:11 | 15:17 | 30:11 15km - 45:06 | 14:55 | 20km - 59:53 | 14:47 | 29:42 HALF 1:03:06 | ( 2:06:12 Projected Pace ) 25km 1:15:20 | 15:27 | 30km 1:29:46 | 14:26 | 29:53 35km 1:44:17 | 14:31 | 40km 1:58:46 | 14:29 | 29:00 FULL🏁 2:05:11 | ( ~4:46.4/mi [~2:58.0/km] ) ・・ Last 2.2K in 6:25 min (14:37 5km pace) ••• CV: ~1:10 = 2:04:00 -1:15 = 2:02:45 - -- #ChicagoMarathon #MoFarah #ER20511 #WorldMarathonMajors #WMM #ChiMarathon #ChicagoMarathon2018 #NikeRunning #JustDoIt

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With cool, rainy conditions, and the finest field in a decade at least, Mo Farah won his first marathon. Using tactics similar to his approach to the 10,000 meters, Mo Farah kept his cool, and used a brutal last 10,000 meters (29:00) to take the race from six to four, to two. Running the last 2.2 kilometers in 6:25, or 14:37 pace, Mo Farah put some daylight between Mosinet Geremew, the winner of Dubai last January.

mo moves 35k.pngMo Farah takes control, 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, photo by Sean Hartnett, Bank of America Chicago Marathon

If there was tension felt by Mo Farah, no one told Mo. This writer watched him have a modest breakfast around 5 am and head to the elite bus. Running 1:03:06 i the first half, Mo let the race evolve, and when it came time to run, about 20 miles, Mo was there. Chicago Marathon has been pretty modest much of the last decade, with Galen Rupp's win in 2017 waking people up. This year, the field was deeper than any WMM but London.

Farah has won 10,000m champs in 2012,2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, his last non win was in 2011 and that was a silver. His 5000m golds in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014,2015, 2016 ended in 2017, when Ethiopian athletes did everything but trip him to stop him from winning. But Mr. Farah has taken those track winning ways and moved them to the marathon, and with a new coach.

Gary Lough should sleep easily now, as he has taken the most massively talented distance runner and not screwed him up over 4 times the distance. Farah showed poise, self control and Mo zeness in his domination of the field in the Windy City on Sunday, October 7, 2018.

Please enjoy this podcast, produced by The Shoe Addict's Mike Deering in record time after the race.

Today is Monday! Make it count! Get your run in! Do the strideouts with vigor and think about your race finish!

Taylor_Kellyn47-USAxc17.JPGKellyn Taylor, 2:24 marathoner, races well in cross country, photo by PhotoRun.net

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

mo moves 35k.pngMo Farah begins to take control, 35k, photo by Sean Hartnett/ The Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Moving pretty well, Mo Farah gave a near fifteen minute interview on how he saw the race, comparing the 10,000m and marathon and the pain inherent in moving fast at ther end of 26.2 miles. To say he was happy was an understatement. Here is the video interview that Mo Farah gave in the media room.

Mo vs Mosinet .pngMo Farah and Mosinet Gebremew, the upcoming battle, photo by Sean Hartnett/ The Bank of America Chicago Marathon

In a major marathon, there is a point when the alpha athlete, well, the most alpha athlete of the race, smells the weakness and begins to put in the proverbial screws, the race comes to its climax. That Mo Farah did not know who Gebremew was is a statement of fact. That Mo Farah, one of the two most alpha athletes in the marathon, lives for that moment, may be open to conjecture. None the less, Mo Farah won his first marathon and Gary Lough, his coach, showed his worth.

This is Justin Lagat's fine piece on the race, done in front of terrrestial TV in Kenya.

Today is long run day. Get inspired by watching Chicago Marathon!

Fauble_Scott9-USAxc17.JPGScott Fauble is pacing his buddy, Aaron Braun in Chicago today. Scott is running NYC Marathon and loves burritos! photo by PhotoRun.net

Sunday, October 7, 2018-65-75 minute easy long run, on soft ground, or around a soccer pitch, remember to cool down

Today is October 6, 2018. It is a Saturday, and across North America, there are thousands of cross country meets, large and small, attracting many of the 580,000 high school boys and girls who compete in cross country. The races of cross country herald the arrival of fall. Good luck in your racing today.

Fauble_Scott5-USAxc17.JPGChallenge the hills! Scott Fauble, photo by PhotoRun.net

Saturday, October 6, 2018-warm up, 5k race, cooldown, or a 40 minute fartlek, 20 times, one minute at 5k race pace, one minute easy, cooldown

Kiplagat_Florence1f-Berlin13.jpgFlorence Kiplagat, photo by PhotoRun.net

CHICAGO (USA): Twice Chicago Marathon winner Florence Kiplagat is looking ahead positively to her comeback race in Sunday. The winner in 2015 and 2016, who ran her PB of 2:19:44 in Berlin 2011, said at the official press conference: "I am injury-free now and looking forward to Sunday." Her agent Valentijn Trouw told Letsrun: "Once we were convinced [about her fitness], we spoke to Chicago but we did not want to force things if we were not sure she could be competitive. She did a combination of long runs and speed work that convinced her that okay, I'm coming towards a level that I can be competitive. She knows what it takes to be competitive."

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MenLead5km -Chicago10.jpg2010 Chicago Marathon lead pack, photo by PhotoRun.net

CHICAGO (USA): After a three-year hiatus, pacemakers will be back again at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday when the race is held for the 41st time. Executive race director Carey Pinkowski had dispensed with pacemaking in 2015, hoping that it would spur better head-to-head competition. But after three years of relatively slow winning times of 2:09:25, 2:11:23 and 2:09:20, respectively, Pinkowski decided to go back to his previous formula of using limited pacemaking which helped produce memorable late-race duels AND fast winning times. Rabbits should lead the half to 62:00. From Race Results Weekly.

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On October 8, 2017, Galen Rupp won his first big city marathon. And Mr. Rupp picked the right race to take his second marathon win. In his fourth marathon, Galen used his track speed to separate himself from the likes of two time World Champion, Abel Kirui, at 35 kilometers. Rupp used a 14:25 for ther 5 kilometers from 35 kilometers to 40 kilometers.

Galen Rupp wins Chicago 2017-thumb-autox670-35204.jpgGalen Rupp, photo by Chicago Marathon

But, Galen Rupp was not done. Rupp ran a 2:38 for the penultimate kilometer, from 40 to 41 kilometers, and finished the 42.2 kilometers in PB of 2:09:20. Galen Rupp's win was historic in Chicago. Mr. Rupp was first American to win since 2002 and the win of Khalid Khannouchi. Galen Rupp was the first American born since 1982 and one Michigan gentleman, Greg Meyer.

The 2018 race should be completely different. First, pacemakers are back to Chicago. Second, Mo Farah is racing his first marathon outside of London, and finally, the race could have a cold, windy rain.

Neither Galen Rupp nor Mo Farah would be here if they could not race well.

How will Galen Rupp do?

Saina_Betsy-BAA10k17.jpgBetsy Saina, photo by www.photorun.net

Chebet_Wilson-BostonM15.jpgWilson Chebet, photo by www.PhotoRun.net

The 37th Mainova Frankfurt Marathon is just weeks away. RunblogRun will be there to cover this fine event, as we have the past five years. Here's the update on their fields!

Wesley Korir portrait.jpgWelsey Korir, photo by Rich Cruse Photography

Wesley Korir won the 2009 and 2010 LA marathons. In 2012, in tough conditions, Wesley won the Boston Marathon. Wesley built a reputation of being tough at Chicago Marathon, in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, taking second in 2012, with his PB of 2:06.12. Returnirng to Boston in 2013, 2015, and 2016, Wesley Korir took 5th in 2013, 5th in 2015, and fourth in 2016.

On November 11, 2018, Wesley Korir will be back on the roads, racing the BLOM BANK Beirut Marathon. Always a great interview, Wesley Korir is a great role model in our global sport. We wish him the very best at the BLOM BANK Beirut Marathon.

Here is the release sent in about that upcoming event!

4Z0A6925.jpeg2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, photo by David Wearn
45,000 runners from 140 countries
CHICAGO (USA): Sunday's 41st Bank of America Chicago Marathon will feature about 45,000 runners from 140 countries, all 50 states, and all 50 wards of Chicago. The race --which has grown 43% in finishers since 2008 and is now the second-largest marathon in the world-- is simultaneously an elite-level sports competition and a community celebration which will generate $338 million in economic impact for what is America's third-largest city with 2.7 million residents. Informs Race Results Weekly. The race winners will each pocket $100,000 out of a total prize money purse of $803,500. Course record bonuses of $75,000 are also on offer (2:03:45 / 2:17:18), and the top USA men and women will earn $15,000. Moreover, the two wheelchair champions will also earn $15,000 each.

This is October 5, 2018, an easy day before your big race of the week! Good luck today!

Fauble_Scott10-USAxc17.JPGScott Fauble, photo by PhotoRun.net

Friday, October 5, 2018-warm up, easy 50 minutes, 8 x 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Thursday is hill day! Hills are so important to your training. Hills build speed, strength, and callous the runner for racing!

Taylor_Kellyn33-USAxc17.JPGKellyn Taylor, photo by Photorun.net

Thursday, October 4, 2018-warm up, 20 minutes run, steady pace, 14-16 times 200 meter hill, jog down hill slowly, 20 minutes steady, cooldown

Flanagan_Ben-Falmouth18.JPGBen Flanagan, 2018 Falmouth Road Race, photo by PhotoRun.netr

Flanagan_BenFH1b-Falmouth18.JPGBen Flanagan takes 2018 Falmouth Road Race, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ben Flanagan joins Justyn Knight at the just announced Reebok Boston TC, to be coached by Chris Fox, formerly the Coach at Syracuse University. Ben Flanagan just won the NCAA 10,000m with a killer kick and used the same kick to win the Falmouth Road Race. Ben Flanagan answered my 8 questions with aplomb. His answer to question two may be the funniest and most honest answer I have seen in some time.

Dibaba_Tirunesh-Berlin18.jpgTirunesh Dibaba, BMW Berlin 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net
Tirunesh added to New Delhi HM
NEW DELHI (IND): Tirunesh Dibaba has been added to the elite women's field for the New Delhi Half Marathon on 21 October, informs organisers. Dibaba will face a competitive field including teammates Worknesh Degefa and Ababel Yeshaneh, who broke the Ethiopian record in the Copenhagen Half Marathon with 65:46. In the men elite field the headliner is Erick Kiptanui the world season leader with 58:42. Also there Copenhagen winner Daniel Kipchumba who is Kiptanui´s training partner. Ethiopian track star Hagos Gebrhiwet will be debuting at the distance. Last year third placer Leonard Korir of USA is returning along with second placer Andamlak Belihu from Ethiopia. Zane Robertson of New Zealand will be most probably the best non-african athlete and is returning after an injury break. With the help of Alberto Stretti.

20180709GR_JustynKnight-17.JPGJustyn Knight, photo by Reebok Communications

Justyn Knight has joined the new Reebok Boston Track Club, which will be coached by his college coach, Chris Fox. We announced the club in late July, and that Justyn Knight would be in the first group of athletes. We sent Justyn some questions and he responded. The young Canadian possesses a wicked finish and we look forward to seeing him compete in 2019!

BritishFans-WC17.jpgBritish Fans, photo by PhotoRun.net

LONDON (GBR): UK Athletics and UK Sport are in discussions over a double bid to bring the 2026 European Championships and 2027 World Championships to Great Britain, informs the Daily Mail. The London Stadium, which hosted the 2012 Olympics and 2017 World Championships, has been identified as the likely home of either or both championships. Great Britain hosted the World Championships for the first time in 2017 but has never staged the European Championships.

StadiumFE1-London17.jpgLondon 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Kenya's Alex Korio winning at the TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2017.jpgKenya's Alex Korio winning at the TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2017, photo by ProCam International

Ethiopia's Worknesh Degefa winning the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2016.jpgEthiopia's Worknesh Degefa winning the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2016, photo by ProCam International

Kenya's Caroline Kipkirui in the TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2018.jpgKenya's Caroline Kipkirui in the TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2018, photo by ProCam International

The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is to be held October 21, 2018. Spainsport's Phil Minshull sent this release about a week ago, and of course, I missed it! Sorry, Phil. ProCam puts on some amazing races in India.

Galen Rupp wins Chicago 2017-thumb-autox670-35204.jpgGalen Rupp leads Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2:09:20, photo courtesy of Bank of America

Rupp is ready
CHICAGO (USA): Galen Rupp has described his preparations ahead of the Chicago Marathon as "by far" his best, informs NBC Sports. After a DNF in Boston, Rupp bounced back with a 2:06:07 PB for victory in the Prague Marathon but he believes there is still room for improvement. "It wasn't the most ideal circumstances. In that race it was more about winning and really surging in the second half. It wasn't necessarily the best way to run a fast time, and I still ran pretty quick there. It left me thinking there's a lot more room still where I have that I can improve," he said. Rupp faces an excellent line-up including former training partner Mo Farah (2:06:21), world champion Geoffrey Kirui (2:06:27), former two-time world champion Abel Kirui (2:05:04), Boston Marathon winner Yuki Kawauchi (2:08:14) and Ethiopians Mosinet Geremew (2:04:00) and Birhanu Legese (2:04:15). The women's entry-list is headed by three sub-2:20 competitors: Ethiopians Roza Dereje (2:19:17) and Birhane Dibaba (2:19:51) and former winner Florence Kiplagat from Kenya (2:19:44).

HlU67kqx_400x400.jpgJames Templeton, photo courtesy of James Templeton

James Templeton has been, for much of my career, one of the most visible, powerful and communicative of athletic managers. James managed Bernard Lagat and Augustine Choge for their entire careers. James Templeton was the athletics manager for WR holder, 2 time Olympic gold medalist David Rudisha until the end of 2017.

James Templeton is in the US for the Chicago Marathons and NYC Marathons, where he will view the racing of Augustine Choge and Bernard Lagat in their marathon debuts. We thank James on his thoughtful comments on his career and his fine athletes.

85e33c70d2ab0eaf46a93c189460705117752e0a.jpgAugustine Choge, James Templeton, Bernard Lagat, photo courtesy of RunnersTribe.com (Copyright with Runners Tribe)

Hamburg-Marathon-29-4-2018-6.jpgHASPA Hamburg Marathon, photo by Renz Rotteveel

Nice to see 361 brand sponsoring events in Germany. The brand has continued to develop some fine product and support of grass roots events is key to their success.

The more you race, the more your body understands the needs of racing. Cross country is 3 miles to 5k around most of the country now for high schoolers. It is a good challenge and you are starting to feel like racing faster.

IMG_5224.jpgA time to race, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Wednesday, October 3, 2018-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

Crouser_Ryan1-Oslo18.jpgRyan Crouser, photo by PhotoRun.net
Crouser and Kovacs for Millrose Games
NEW YORK (USA): Tickets for the 112th NYRR Millrose Games, the world's longest-running and most prestigious indoor track & field competition to take place at The Armory's New Balance Track & Field Center on February 9 went to sale on Tuesday. One new event, the men's shot put will return to the center stage at The Armory track and will be held in the middle of the arena. Current shot put Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser and shot put Olympic silver medalist Joe Kovacs have confirmed they will compete in the NYRR Millrose Games. Informs the Armory.
Kovacs_JoeW1-Pre18.jpgJoe Kovacs, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Updated October 2, 2018

Yesterday was October 1, 2018. It would have been the 65th birthday of Grete Waitz. Grete died April 19, 2011 after a long and epic fight with cancer. She lives on through AKTIV against Cancer. She also lives on in our memories. For me, besides the 9 time NYC Marathon champ, we was one of the finest women's cross country runners and European athletic runners ever.

I am reminded of her finish with Fred Lebow, at the NYC Marathon. There is a picture of Grete and Fred after the finish. Grete is teared up and Fred is happy that he finished. It is how I remember the 1984 Olympic silver medalist at the marathon. This piece that follows is a wonderful piece by Toni Reavis on the Queen of The Five Boroughs Marathon. We miss her.

Original post was May 12, 2011

Toni Reavis, TV commentator and keen observer of our sport, sent this to me yesterday. I wanted to post it for you to read. There are many reasons for doing this: to recognize Grete Waitz, and notice through the elegant style of Mr. Reavis, the observations he noted about Grete & Jack, Grete's brothers, Joan Benoit Samuelson, and Grete's many friends. A life well lived, a life well loved, and a life with few compromises. Please keep Jack, Grete's brothers and her many friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Please consider her on your next run or walk....


Benoit-Waitz-NYC05.JPGJoan Benoit Samuelson & Grete Waitz, 2005 ING NYCM,
photo by PhotoRun.net

IMG_7930.jpgGwen Jorgensen, 10,000m, 2018 USATF Outdoor, Des Moines, Iowa, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe addicts

CHICAGO (USA): Olympic triathlon champion Gwen Jorgensen will be racing in the Chicago Marathon on Sunday to "gain experience," informs LetsRun.com. "This marathon is all about gaining experience and learning. I have worked hard and have an amazing support team behind me," said Jorgensen, who is looking to run even splits or negative splits.

Kirui_AbelGroup1c-Kenya12.jpgAbel Kirui training group, photo by PhotoRun.net

The following piece is on the Family Bank Group Eldoret Marathon, to be held this upcoming weekend. Justin Lagat provides RunBlogRun a weekly column on the sport, with a particularr view from Kenya.

FeetMotion-OttawaM10.jpgHospital Hill is one of the iconic Mid West races. I visited it in 2010 and was quite impressed. Put the Hospital Hill half on your bucket list as it is a challenge! Registration opened October 1, 2018.

Kamworor_GeoffreyLedsH-Pre16.jpgGeoffrey Kamworor, photo by PhotoRun.net

NAIROBI (KEN): Reigning champion Geoffrey Kamworor hasn't ruled out improving his 2:06:12 PB in the New York Marathon next month despite the undulating nature of the course, informs Xinhua. "Running at New York is like running at home. It is my favourite race. The course is up and down, sometimes flat. I am used to this from my cross country background. But I want something special this year, maybe a personal best time," he said.

RunBlogRun opines: Geoffrey Kamworor is one of the most talented runners in the world. Kamwororr likes a good fight. He is a tough cross country runner and he is still learning over the marathon distance. In my mind, he is the man who can challenge Kipchoge, although it will be 3-4 years from now.

Scott-Coburn-LeerFHL-Millrose18.jpgDominque Scott, Emma Coburn and Aisha Praught Leer takes the win at 3000m, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Millrose Games is one of the finest indoor meets in the world. Three hours of East coast indoor track geekness on the track that Norb built, the Millrose Games is an amazing collection of elite athletics and next generation athletes. The Millrose Games is one of those meets that I try not to miss. You should not either! Get your tickets at www.tickets.nyrrmillrosegames.org

OHare_ChrisFHH1-MillroseG18.jpgChris O'Hare takes Wanamaker Mile, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wasihun_MuleH-WorldHalf16.jpgMule Wasihun, photo by PhotoRun.net
More top names for Amsterdam Marathon
AMSTERDAM (NED): The elite field for TCS Amsterdam Marathon (October 21) got new high quality names. Ethiopian Mule Wasihun with 2:05:39 PB with Kenyans Gideon Kipketer (2:05:51) and Laban Korir (2:05:54). Also Kigen Kaan Ozbilen who runs for Turkey with 2:06:10 national record, silver from European Championships half-marathon in Amsterdam 2016 and gold medal from European CC Championships last December in Samorin. Interesting debutant will be Jonathan Korir. Already earlier announced were Kenenisa Bekele and Lawrence Cherono with 2:05:09 the current course record holder.
Kenenisa Bekele.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo by Photorun.net

The tempo run is today, Tuesday. Warm up well, and do the tempo with your friends. It is a good way to build team strength and prepare for the upcoming race season.

Lutz_Craig10-USAxc17.JPGCraig Lutz, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tuesday, October 2, 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, cooldown

Berhanu_LemiFV-BosMar16.jpgLemi Berhanu, photo by PhotoRun.net
Berhanu 2:08:51 and Mekasha 2:25:57
HENGSHUI (CHN, Sep 29): Former Boston Marathon winner Lemi Berhanu from Ethiopia won the Hengshui Lake International Marathon in 2:08:51 ahead of teammate Herpasa Negasa (2:09:14) and Kenya's Dominic Ruto (2:09:49). Waganesh Mekasha made it an Ethiopian double in the women's race in a 2:25:57 PB, leading a clean sweep ahead of Workenesh Edesa (2:26:28) and Gebiyanesh Ayele (2:26:54).
Mekasha_Waganesh1-PragueH15.jpgWaganish Mekasha, photo by PhotoRun.net
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The NYRR is sharing the good times. That is very important. The children of Puerto Rico will benefit from the program. The NYRR is partnering with Beverly Ramos, a Olympian from Puerto Rico, to be an ambassador for the program.

RNYRR18_Bronx_JTS_007.jpgBeverly Ramos and some of the kids from PS 360, in the Bronrx, with Beverly Ramos, photo courtesy of NYRR

RNYRR18_Bronx_JTS_017.jpgThe group shot include staff from NYRR, kids and staff from PS 360 in the Bronx, and Bronx District Councilman Fernando Cabrera. photo courtesy of NYRR.

Tenorio_AngelaQ-Eugene14.jpgAngela Tenorio, photo by PhotoRun.net
Souza 10.17, Tenorio 11.09, great hammer
CUENCA (ECU, Sep 29): First day of South American U23 Championships saw fast 100 m races. In the men category Derick De Souza clocked 10.17 (+0.3) for Brazil, in women category home Angela Tenorio achieved 11.09 (+1.0) ahead of Brazilian Vitoria Rosa 11.17. Colombian Anthony Zambrano (20) improved in the 400 m to good 45.19 ahead of two Brazilian runners born in 2000. Alison Alves 45.97 and Bruno Benedito 46.23. In women 400 m top two for U20 runners, Chile´s Martina Weil (daughter of Ximena Restrepo and Gert Weil) 52.60 national record and Brazilian Tiffani Marinho 52.95. Great hammer by Chilean Humberto Mansilla 76.87 (not only national record but also South American U23 record) over Argentinian Joaquin Gomez 75.96 PB and another Chilean Gabriel Kehr 74.31 PB. In the hurdles wins for Brazilians Rafael Campos 13.76 (+1.2) and Micaela Rosa (born in 2000) 13.31 (-1.4). Juliana Campos went over 440 in the pole vault and Wellington Morais won men shot 19.85. Home Ecuador clocked 44.18 in women 4x100 m.
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Dibaba_MareFV-Worlds15.jpgMare Dibaba winning Beijing 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net
Mare Dibaba gets Great Scottish Run
GLASGOW (GBR, Sep 30): Former world marathon champion Mare Dibaba from Ethiopia won the half marathon title at the Great Scottish Run in 69:15 ahead of the Frankfurt Marathon next month. Reigning world marathon champion Rose Chelimo from Bahrain was second in 70:07 with the United States' Alia Gray third in 73:32. Chris Thompson took a gun-to-tape win in the men's race in 62:07 to defend his title ahead of Poland's Marcin Chabowski (62:24). Wins for Adam Craig (29:43) and Gemma Steel (34:00) in the 10km.

This is the one of shoes that Cregg Weinmann is reviewing for RunBlogRun for Fall 2018. The HOKA ONE ONE company has been a player in performance running shoes since 2010. In 2012, they were purchased by Deckers Corporation, and their innovative design and old school running approach continues to help themm grow. This is the HOKA ONE ONE Cavu.

HokaCavu.jpgHoka Cavu $110

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 Cavu . 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.

This two part piece may prove to be somewhat controversial. A. Lennart Julin is a long time key observer of athletics. We have met and spoke at many of the European and IAAF Championship meets. A. Lennart Julin was very concerned about how the new IAAF World Rankings would work for the sport. This is part 2, The Reality.

StadiumFE1-London17.jpg2017 London World Championships, photo by PhotoRun.net

This two part piece may prove to be somewhat controversial. A. Lennart Julin is a long time key observer of athletics. We have met and spoke at many of the European and IAAF Championship meets. A. Lennart Julin was very concerned about how the new IAAF World Rankings would work for the sport. This is part 1.

abb07a7d-e29d-46b6-acbe-1b5e54a61e29.jpgKhalifa Stadium, Doha, Qatar, photo by Doha LOC

Monday is the start of our running week. It is a moderate day as we have just had a long run and a race day. The recovery days are very important. Make sure you take your recovery days.

Hoka One One 2.jpgHOKA ONE ONE, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Monday, October 1, 2018-warm up, easy 50 minutes, 8 x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

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