October 2018 Archives

New Balance is one of those companies that should be studied in the Harvard Business Review. The story of New Balance is the story of the running business. When Jim Davis purchased NB with some friends in 1972, the esoteric brand was New England through and through, dating back to 1912.

This writer first saw NB in 1974, on a teammate in cross country. The running boom took off and so did New Balance. The largest privately held company was known for taking care of its employees and its athletes.

When Rob De Martini took over in 2007, NB had gone to $1.5 billion in sales. De Martini liked what he saw, but it was his fine tuning and the ability that Jim Davis gave De Martini: to innovate and promote long term growth, with a company that had the tools, but needed some direction.

524516.jpgJoe Preston, photo by New Balance communications

One of those assets was, and is, Joe Preston. Preston has been around NB since 1990. Mr. Preston gave this writer his first long term ad contract, long before any other brand. Joe Preston knows the NB business like few others, having managed the running marketing, the Japanese NB business and the global business. A honest, private man, Joe Preston shows that hard work, focus, and allegiance to a brand is important in this modern age. That NB is in the place to name their new CEO from within their own ranks, shows the wise judgement of Jim Davis and Rob De Martini, the support and continued development of the NB team, and the dedication to New Balance of Joe Preston.

We congrutulate Joe Preston on his new position as President and CEO of New Balance, beginning December 31, 2018.

This is Wednesday, 31 October 2018. Enjoy the easy run with your friends.

IMG_4833.jpgA run with the team, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Wednesday, October 31, 2018-warm up, easy 50 minutes, 8 x150 meter stride outs, cooldown, cooldown.

Tempo Runs sharpen you for the big races. Handle the mid race pace, and you will kick even better.

IMG_6138.jpgFixing your spikes, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Tuesday, October 30, 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.

b1abda3b-127c-4a71-bec8-88371bbb4ac9.jpgAbraham Kiptum makes history, photo by Valerncia Half Marathonr

The WR flash came in while I was covering the Frankfurt Marathon. I remember hoping that Justin Lagat would do a piece on the race to give us some perspective and the view from Kenya. Here is Justin Lagat's column.

Braz_Thiago-Pre18.jpgThiago Braz, Pre Classic 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

Braz back to Brazil
SAO PAULO (BRA): Olympic pole vault winner Thiago Braz announced that he will return to live in Brazil and train with Elson Miranda. Vitaliy Petrov, responsible for the preparation of Thiago in the last three years, will continue as a consultant for him. Braz who is currently in Formia will move soon to Brazil and establish his residence in Sao Paulo and will compete for the SC Pinheiros Club.
Braz_Thiago-Pre18.jpgThiago Braz, photo by PhotoRun.net
RunBlogRun opines: In August 2016, on a cold, wintry night in the Enghenaho Stadium, Brazil's Thiago Braz Da Silva called on all his being and defeated the WR holder in the pole vault, in front of his home crowd. Braz has worked with Vitaly Petrov, the coach of Sergey Bubka, WC six time gold, and 35x world record holder fo the past seveal years.
Since then, Thiago Braz has not jumped up to his previous standards. He is going back to his original coach and using Mr. Petrov as an adviser. We wish Thiago much luck.

I have been wanting to do this one for awhile.

After watching Kenenisa Bekele walk off the course with less than 2 kilometers to go, and a definite sub 2:07, I read the comments by both Jos Hermans, his manager and Renato Canova, a prominent and out spoken coach. Hermans noted that Bekele does not respect the distance. That seems to be a fact. Canova noted that, for Bekele to be successful at 42.295 kilometers, he must radically change his training. I think the fact is buried in the hyperbole.

Bekele_KenenisaPC-Brussels11.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo by Photorun.net

The fact is that Eliud Kipchoge lives like a monk when he trains. Months of work, consistent food, sleep and training. Mo Farah goes to Ethiopia or Kenya to do his work.

While both Kipchoge and Farah may make their success seem easy to come by, it is not. Kipchoge came up through the ranks, in cross country, track and finally, road runniing. It took Kipchoge several years on the roads to become, as Paula Radcliffe and Steve Cram are fond of saying, "the zen master of the marathon."

Mo Farah's win in Chicago was both brilliant and dominating. He turned it off until 35km and then, let the field have it. His move, with 800 meters to go, was gut wrenching, but Farah has the racing touch. He is the warrior monk of the marathon.

What will Kenensa Bekele do with the mararthon? Contrary to what Jos Hermans said, Bekele may have it the talent, but not the desire to do the work to deliver a fast time.

Big field for Fukuoka!

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Ghebreslassie_Ghirmay-Rio16.jpgGhirmay Ghebrreslassie, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Elite field for Fukuoka
FUKUOKA (JPN): The elite field for the Fukuoka Marathon on 2 December is headed by former world champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie from Eritrea (2:07:46) and former world silver medallist Yemane Tsegay from Ethiopia (2:04:48), Kenya's Vincent Kipruto (2:05:13) and world fourth-placer Callum Hawkins (2:10:17). The leading home contingent includes former Japanese record-holder Yuta Shitara (2:06:11), Kentaro Nakamoto (2:08:35), Satoru Sasaki (2:08:56) and regular racer Yuki Kawauchi (2:08:14).
RunBlogRun opines: Fukuoka used to be the unofficial yearly world championships in the marathon. Nice to see that the fields continue to make it a respectful event. Ghebreslassie is a tough marathoner, as is Callum Hawkins and Yemaner Tsegay. Should be a good race on December 2.

Scott_Aaron-Frankfurt18.JPGAaron Scott, Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Aaron Scott was one of the England Athletics quartet who competed in Frankfurt. Aaron took home a PB from his venture to Germany, running a 2:16.57 and improving on his 2:17.24 PB from London.

This interview was done with Aaron Scott post race, by Andy Edwards of the Race News Service.

Kiprop_Nancy-Frankfurt18.JPGNancy Kiprop, photo by PhotoRun.net

Nancy Kiprop continues to develop as a force to be reckorrrned with in the marathon. At the age of 39, Nancy has won 4 marathons, and in Mainova Frankfurt, took seventh in a strong PB, in 2:22.46. Nancy uses her prize money to do good, funding a local school that now has 64 students and 4 teachers, after only nine months. Nancy also has seven children, five of them adopted. Her large heart not only helps her in her running, but also to do good things in the world.

Nancy went out with the lead pack and battled hard, taking 90 plus seconds off her PB in this very deep women's field. This interview was done post race, by Andy Edwards of Race News Service post race.

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Martin Kosgey took second in the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon in 2:06.41.

Kosgey_Martin-Frankfurt18.JPGMartin Kosgey, Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Martin Kosgey broke the pack at 38 kilometers, with Kelkile Gezehegn joining him. Alex Kibet charged back to the lead at 39k, and by 40k, he was three seconds down. Kosgey, the 2016 second placer, took the lead, picking up the pace, with Kelkile Gezehegn keeping his cool, and make a move just after 41 kilometers, which sealed Gezehegn/s victory.

This is Martin Kosgey speaking with Andy Edwards of Race News Service, afterr the 37th version of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon.

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Assefa_MeskeremH-Frankfurt18.JPGMeskerem Assefa, Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Gezahegn_KelkileFH-Frankfurt18.JPGKelkile Gezahegn, Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Heinig_KatarinaFH-Frankfurt18.JPGKatharina Heinig, Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Gabius_ArneFH-Frankfurt18.JPGArne Gabius, Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 37th Mainova Frankfurt Marathon had over 26,826 athletes participating in their various events. The course record of 2:20.26 for the women, by Meskerem Assefa, and the men's race, which was quite close and exciting over the last kilometers! Here's the press release from Race News Service.

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IMG_5000.jpgMorning run with Stephanie Bruce, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ elite

Monday-warm up, easy 60 minutes, 8 x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Kipchoge_Eluid-Berlin18.jpgEliud Kipchoge, BMW Berlin Marathon, 16 September 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mayer_KevinR1-WorInd18.jpgKevin Mayer, photo by PhotoRun.net

MONACO (MON): The IAAF has ratified both world senior records set on September 16 - Eliud Kipchoge's 2:01:39 marathon and Kevin Mayer's 9126 in the decathlon. Junior records ratified: men's 5000m 12:43.02 Selemon Barega (August), men's 110m hurdles 12.99 Damion Thomas (June), women's 4x100m: 43.27 Germany. World indoor records ratified: Men's 4x800m: 7:11.30 USA (February), Women's 4x800m: 8:05.89 USA (February).

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Lemma_SisayFV-Frankfurt15.jpgSisay Lemma, Frankfurt 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lemma 2:04:58 CR
LJUBLJANA (SLO, Oct 28): Ethiopia's Sisay Lemma clocked his second sub-2:05 performance of the season, winning the Ljubljana Marathon in a course record of 2:04:58 ahead of teammate Gebretsadik Abraha (2:08:36) and Eritrea's Hiskel Tewelde (2:08:49). Only Eliud Kipchoge has two sub 2:05 during 2018, first by Lemma was 2:04:08 in January in Dubai. Visiline Jepkesho (2:22:58, course record) and Selly Chepyego (2:23:15) took a Kenyan one-two in the women's race with Ethiopia's Dibaba Kuma third in 2:23:34, following by former Boston Marathon winner Sharon Cherop in fourth in 2:25:02. Moldova's Lilia Fisikovici was the top non-African finisher in sixth in a national record of 2:28:26.
Lemma_SisayWide-Frankfurt15.jpgSisay Lemma, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Assefa_MeskeremH-Frankfurt18.JPGMeskerem Asefa, photo by PhotoRun.net
Assefa 2:20:36 CR
FRANKFURT (GER, Oct 28): Last year's runner-up Kelkile Gezahegn from Ethiopia won the Frankfurt Marathon in 2:06:37 (62:28/64:09) from Kenyans Martin Kosgey (2:06:41) and Alex Kibet (2:07:09). Mark Kiptoo, 42, was sixth in a world over-40 record of 2:07:50, his first sub-2:10 clocking since 2015. Arne Gabius was the top non-African finisher in ninth in 2:11:45 (64:53/66:52). There was excellent depth in the women's race with the top seven finishers all breaking the 2:23 mark. Ethiopian finishers took the first six places with Meskerem Assefa winning in a course record of 2:20:36 (69:55/70:41) ahead of Haftamnesh Tesfay (2:20:47) and Bedatu Hirpa (2:21:32) with former world 10,000m bronze medallist Belaynesh Oljira fourth in 2:21:53. Nancy Kiprop was the leading non-Ethiopian finisher in seventh in 2:22:46 while USA's Lindsay Flanagan was the top non-African in 13th in 2:29:25, one place ahead of Germany's Katharina Heinig in 2:29:55. Sara Hall, who was on course for a 2:25 clocking, dropped out just after the 25km mark due to a leg injury.

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Kiptum 58:18 WR
VALENCIA (ESP, Oct 28): Kenya's Abraham Kiptum eclipsed Zersenay Tadese's world half marathon record of 58:23 with 58:18 in the Valencia Half Marathon. Kiptum covered the 10km section between 10-20km in 27:16 and also improved Tadese's world 20km record of 55:21 to 55:18 en route to the world half marathon record. "Obviously I knew I was in good shape because I set a PB last month in Copenhagen but I was eager to run in Valencia because it's one of the flattest circuits I've ever run and I was confident of improving on my best," said Kiptum, who clocked 59:09 in Copenhagen last month. Ethiopians Jemal Yimer (58:33, also best result in the U23 category ever) and Abadi Hadis (58:44) finished second and third respectively, the fastest ever half marathon times for second and third and were both under the previous Ethiopian record of 58:47. Amdamlak Belihu finished fourth in 59:19, just one week after winning the New Delhi Half Marathon in 59:18 while the next four finishers all ran inside 59:30 as well. Callum Hawkins was the leading European finisher in 16th in 61:00, two places ahead of Antonio Abadia who made a 61:15 debut to move to fourth on the Spanish all-time lists. Ethiopia's Gelete Burka won the women's race in a 66:11 PB ahead of Alia Mohammed Saaeed from the United Arab Emirates who made a 66:13 debut (also a NR, missed Asian record by 2 seconds) with Kenyans Edith Chelimo (66:18) and Pauline Korikwiang (66:31) third and fourth respectively. Yeshi Chekole as 7th with 67:58 achieved Eritrean national record. Poland's Karolina Nadolska was the leading European finisher in tenth in 70:43. With help from IAAF.

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An amazing day of running, A great marathon and a half marathon WR. Sunday is about the long run. After a good run today, check out the events!

IMG_4997.jpgStephanie Bruce, on the roads, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ elite

Sunday, October 28, 2018-70-75 minute easy long run, on soft ground, or around a soccer pitch, remember to cool down

dina asher smith and jazmin sawyers.jpgDina Asher-Smith and Jazmin Sawyers, photo by Getty Images/European Athletics
Kevin Mayer.jpgKevin Mayer, photo by Getty Images/European Athletics
Asher-Smith and Mayer
LAUSANNE (SUI): World decathlon record-holder Kevin Mayer and European 100m, 200m and 4x100m champion Dina Asher-Smith received the men's and women's European Athlete of the Year trophies at the annual Golden Tracks award ceremony on Friday evening at SwissTech Convention Centre. Mayer is the third French athlete to be crowned male European Athlete of the Year after Christophe Lemaitre in 2010 and Renaud Lavillenie in 2014 and the first decathlete to win the accolade since Czech Republic's Tomas Dvorak in 1999 (was among guests). Mayer was one of four finalists in the reckoning alongside Turkey's world and European 200m champion Ramil Guliyev, Norway's European 1500m and 5000m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Sweden's European pole vault champion Armand Duplantis. On the women's side, Asher-Smith became the fourth British athlete to be crowned women's European Athlete of the Year after Sally Gunnell won the inaugural award in 1993, followed by fellow Olympic champions Kelly Holmes in 2004 and Jessica Ennis-Hill in 2012. Asher-Smith received the prestigious trophy ahead of last year's European Athlete of the Year Ekaterini Stefanidi from Greece and reigning European, world and Olympic heptathlon champion Nafissatou Thiam from Belgium. With the help from EA release.

Nancy Kiprop is a formidable athlete and human being. In 2017 and 2018, Nancy ran, and won, I might add, the Vienna City Marathon. In 2017, Nancy ran 2:24.20, and won, in PB. In 2018, Nancy Kiprop won, once again, and again in PB of 2:24.18. Nancy Kiprop, quite consistent, will not go out too fast, and is the one I pick to spoil, meaning, going by the speedsters in the last few miles.

Kiprop-HallPC-Frankfurt18.JPGNancy Kiprop and Sara Hall, photo by Photorun.net

Nancy Kipop has non-running interest. She began a school in January 2018, and it had 4 students and one teacher. Now, in October 2018, she has 64 students and employs 4 teachers. Nancy has seven children, having adopted five. A thoughtful person, Nancy is looking beyond her elite status as a runner.

This interview of Nancy Kiprop was done by Andy Edwards. Andy Edwards and Joerg Wenig provide us content via Race News Service.

Andy Edwards provides us interviews with elite athletes at major events around the globe. This weekend is no exception. Inspired by Betsy Saina's Block workout (40k of race pace work in one day), Andy queried Wilson Chebet on a tough session he learned from former World record holder Wilson Kipsang.

Chebet_Wilson-BostonM15.jpgWilson Chebet, Boston 2015, fifth place, 2:12:35, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wilson Chebet is the three time champion at TCS Amsterdam, and has a PB, from 2011, of 2:05.27. While his best since 2011 was his 2:08.48 in Boston in 2014. Also note his 2:10.50 on the humid, hot Honolulu Marathon course. Also note, the race management described his prep for Frankfurt as "meticulous", going so far as to find training runs in Kenya that mimic the flat and speedy course alongside the river Main.

Here's Andy Edward's interview of Wilson Chebet.

This was the second presser on October 25, 2018. Wilson Chebet, 3 time TCS Amsterdam winner (he's run it five times, PB of 2:05.27), Betsy Saina, (Paris winner, 2:22:56 PB) and Nancy Kiprop (Vienna City Marathon, 2:24.18) were on the panel.

Chebet_WilsonPC-Frankfurt18.JPGWilson Chebet, photo by PhotoRun.net

Nancy Kiprop has won Valencia Marathon twice (2015, 2016), Vienna Marathon twice, (2017, 2018), and Honolulu once! A PB of 2:24.18, Nancy also started a school last January, starting with one teacher and 4 students. She now has 64 students and four teachers. Nancy also has seven children, five ot them adopted. Nancy is a 2:22 marathoner waiting to run it. She will be conservative on Sunday, but watch her race the second half.

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Betsy Saina, photo by PhotoRun.net

Betsy Saina has had three marathon starts, and one finish. Her finish was in the 2018 Paris Marathon, in 2:22.43. Betsy looks capable of a 2:20 marathon right now, and will go out in 70 minutes for the half. Saina is tough and she and Mare Dibaba could battle for the title.

Kiprop-HallPC-Frankfurt18.JPGNancy Kiprop, Sara Hall, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wilson Chebet is a fine marathoner, but many consider him past his prime of 2011, when he ran 2:05.27. I am not so sure. I believe he can run 2:06.30, and as the pace is going out in 62:45, that is probably where the race will go. Can Wilson do it? We will have to wait and see.

This is the first part of the interview with Wilson Chebet, Betsy Saina and Nancy Kiprop.

IMG_4975.jpegThe Movenpick cow that greets you at the hotel, photo by Larry Eder/RunBlogRun

IMG_4923.JPGArne Gabius, Katherina Heinig, Christoph Kopp, Jo Schindler, photo by RunBlogRun

Wodaregay-Gabius-ChebetBib-Frankfurt18.JPGGezehegn, Gabius, Chebet, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kiprop-HallPC-Frankfurt18.JPGNancy Kiprop (5), Sara Hall (4), on how many children that they have both adopted, photo by PhotoRun.net

Frankfurt Marathon is wonderous event. If you want to run a marathon that is not too big, takes you through a vibrant German city and is nearly always cool, come to Frankfurt. The Expo is fun, great restaurants and a very helpful event staff! Here's my shot video, done Friday, on the marathon. Thanks to Mike Deering, who produced this so quickly.

Dani-Nimmock-750x450.jpgDani Nimmrock wins Greater Manchester Marathon, April 2018, 2:38.29, photo by Athletics Weekly

matt-sharp-london-2.jpgMatt Sharp, photo from Virgin London Marathon

This is a piece on the Team Engand foursome who is racing in Frankfut. Andy Edwads wrote this piece, which supports my contention that Americans and others should consider this race as a great marathon to race.

So, I was listening to Wilson Chebet, Betsy Saina and Nancy Kiprop speak, and Betsy answered a question on being coached by Renato Canova. Then, the Big One happened. That story, that quote, that encapsulates the event.

Saina_BetsyPC-Frankfurt18.JPGBetsy Saina, photo by PhotoRun.net

Betsy Saina has had three attempts at the marathon and one finish. Her win in Paris was hard earrned and momentous. In Frankfurt, Betsy will run against Vienna winner, Nancy Kiprop and World champion, Mare Dibaba.

Betsy spoke about the Block workout, where one runs 40k race pace in one day. Here's how it was done: Betsy ran a 10k in 35 minutes, took a ten minute break, then, 10k in 33:20.

After that, she took a nap of 3-4 hours.

She came back and, ran 10k in 35 minutes.

She then finished with 10 times 1k at race pace, so 3:20-3:30 per 1k.

I had her repeat it three times.

What was fascinating to me was the confidence she had in the workout, her coach and herself.

rising star awarrds.jpgKevin Mayer with his selfie stick, Golden Tracks awards, October 26, 2018, Lausanne, by Getty/European Athletics

dina asher smith and jazmin sawyers.jpgDina Asher-Smith, 2018 European Female athlete of year, being interviewed by Jazmin Sawyers, photo by Getty Images/EuropeanAthletics

Kevin Mayer.jpgKevin Mayer holds his hefty European Male Athlete of Year Award, photo by Getty Images/European Athletics

greg rutherford.jpgGreg Rutherford accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award from European Athletics, photo by Getty Images/European Athletics

The Golden Tracks award ceremony ended the European Athletics meetings of this past week in Lausanne, Switzerland. Here is the recap of the amazing awards from last night. Euopean Athletics is in a bit of a renaissance, with the finest championships in recent memory and a new generation of European stars that is second to none.

Looking forward to seeing Kevin Mayer and Dina Asher-Smith, along with Mondo Duplantis in Doha, Tokyo and Paris.

For many, the race for the state meets is upon us! Big races, that need all of the work that you have done over the past 20 weeks, will be required! You are ready to race. You have done the work, both physically, and mentally. Your team is with you, your coach is with you. Challenge yourself today! Over the last 500 meters, increase your pace every 100 meters and give it your all with 200 meters to go!

IMG_4946.jpgRun in the fog, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Saturday, October 27, 2018-warm up, 5k race, cooldown, or a 40 minute fartlek, four times, five minutes at 5k pace, five minutes easy, one minute easy, cooldown

Wodaregay-Gabius-ChebetBib-Frankfurt18.JPGKelkile Gezahegn, Arne Gabius, Wilson Chebet, photo by PhotoRun.net

FRANKFURT (GER): Last year's runner-up Kelkile Gezahegn is aiming for a 2:04 clocking in the Frankfurt Marathon on Sunday, informs organisers. "I have prepared well for more than three months and I am planning for a fast time. My aim is to bring myself in a position to be considered for Olympic selection. I want to run 2:04 on Sunday," he said. Elite race director Christoph Kopp has instructed the pacemakers for a slightly slower approach. "Our idea is to cover the first half in around 62:40. In Frankfurt we often had a faster second half which is what we hope to see on Sunday as well."

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Andy Edwards (typing furiously), with Translator, then, Mr. Yamamoto, Isshiki, Murasawa and Sarah Hall, photo by Larry Eder/RunBlogRun

This press conference is in German, Japanese and of course, English. Hiroyuki Yamamoto has PB of 2:09.12, and would like to run 2:08.30 in Frankfurt. Tadashi Isshiki has a 2:09.43 PB, and wants to run 2:09 in Frankfurt. Akinobou Murasawa, with a PB of 2:09.47, would like to run 2:10-2:11 in Frankfurt.

Sara Hall, who scored a nice PB here last year of 2:27:21, won Sacramento in December 2018, after PBs in Tokyo (February 2017, 2:28.26, 6th), then, Frankfurt (2:27.21 PB, 5th), then, Sacramento (First, 2:28.10), and finally, Ottowa last spring, 3rd, 2:26.20 PB). Hall will be in the thick of it in Atlanta in March 2020, for the US Olympic Trials. She told us that she would like to run at least one a couple races before the trials, and did not rule out the Califonia International Marathon in Folsom, CA in December. Sara Hall wants a PB here.

How will the Japanese men fare in Frankfurt? Their manager, Mr. Wateru Noguchi, suggests that the Japanese team is not familiar with typical runner's hyperbole. He suggests Yamamoto will be around 2:09, Isshiki around 2:10 and Mr. Murasawa about 2:10-2:11. "No surprise 2:05" noted Mr. Noguchi.

Sara Hall wants a PB here. She is fit, confident and training and racing has gone well.

Here is the presser with the Japanese team, as recorded on my Iphone.

This is the end of week six in Fall training. On this Friday, you run 50 minutes at moderate pace and then, 8 strideouts. Tomorrow, you race!

IMG_4945.jpgRunning in the fog, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Friday, October 26, 2018-warm up, easy 50 minutes, 8 x 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

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Betsy Saina, BAA 10k, photo by PhotoRun.net

Betsy Saina is fit.

Her description of the Block workout, where she ran a) 10k in 35 minutes, took ten minute break, 2), 10k in 33:20, then, 3-4 hour nap, and 3), 10k in 35 minutes, 4), 10x1k in 3:20-3:30, or race pace, so, over 40k in one day at race pace, should impress and terrify. Geeks will know the workout comes from Dr. Renota Cannova, the mercurial Italian distance coach who oversees the training of Betsy Saina.

How fit is Betsy Saina? We believe that the women's race will come down to Betsy Saina, winner of the Paris Marathon and Nancy Kiprop, winner of the Vienna Marathon.

Here is Betsy Saina being interviewed by Andy Edwards, of Race News Service.

Katherina Heinig is German athletic royalty. Her mother, her coach, is Katrin Dorre Heinig. Her father, Wolfgang Heinig, is also a national coach, working with German distance runners, primarily 2018 European Champ at steeple, Geza Felicitas Krause. Her rmother is the iconic Katrin Dorre, one of Germany's finest marathoners in the 1980s and 1990s, prior to reunification.

Heinig_KatharinaBib-Frankfurt18.JPGKatherina Heinig, October 25, 2018, Mainova Frankfurt, photo by PhotoRurn.net

During the near hour prior to the arrival of Arne Gabius, Katherina politely took questions in German from the interested local media.

I asked Katherina to describe her buildup for Frankfurt. This was done in English. Katherina noted that she had been married in Septemberrr, and made a last minute decision to race in Frankfurt. Heinirg has trained six weeks for this race. While Heinig admits that she would have liked more time, she noted she felt that the training went well. Heinig wants 2:30, and would love a 2:29.28-giving her fastest time in Germany for women.

How will Katherina do in 2018? I think a 2:30 is very doable. The coolness will be to her liking an the lack of pressure means she can focus on racing.

Video by iphone by Larry Eder.

This is part 2 of the interview with Arne Gabius. Katherine Heinig will be next. Arne Gabius gets quite animated on his training and embracing of long runs.

Gabius_ArneBib-Frankfurt18.JPGArne Gabius, Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

I asked Arne Gabius a long winded question. I asked him to comment on Kenenisa Bekele's DNF in Amsterdam marrathon on October 21. Jos Hermans, Bekele's manager, noted that Bekele did not respect the marathon. Renato Canova, a rather controversial and mercurial coach, and former coach of Arne Gabius, had noted that Bekele, to be successful, must embrace the marathon and radically change his training.

IMG_4925.JPGArne Gabius, Katherina Heinig, Christoph Kopp, Jo Schindler, photo by Larry Eder/RunBlogRun

Well, Arne Gabius took that as the starting place. In English, he noted how you must love the long run, get enthused about the long run. Gabius gets animated when he speaks about his training. He spent more times on long tempos and long fartleks as well as 40-45 kilometer runs. He is a true believer in 45 k runs.

My guess on his fitness: 2:10:45-2:11.30. Strong, but not racing fast. Arne Gabius will do well in Frankfurt, probably top ten. Here is part 2 of his interview, with my parts in English.

The first presser of the Mainova Marathon Frankfurt featurerd Arne Gabius and Katherina Heinig. Gabius and Heinig are quite popular in Germany, as both were 2017 National champions in the marathon in Frankfurt last year. Both have done well in Frankfurt, as opposed to other marathons.

IMG_4923.JPGArne Gabius, Katherine Heinig, Christoph Kopp, Jo Schindler, photo by Larry Eder/RunBlogRun

This section is in German and English. The English questions are mine, and came after Katherina had been dutifully answering questions on her training and upcoming race. In this section, I asked Arne to describe his fitness and how his training had gone the last eight weeks.

Gabius_ArneBib-Frankfurt18.JPGArne Gabius, Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Gabius had focused on long runs and long workouts. He was not in pain, and he trained well. He had one race, a 30:01 10k, where the winner ran 27:21. Gabius admitted to being sick, but notes he could run 2:09-2:11. Gabius, remember, ran a superb 2:08.33 here in 2015, eclipsing the 27 year old German record.

What will he run Sunday? Well, we will try and answer that after Part 2.

This was videod from my I phone.

Wilson Chebet is the 3 time winner of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon. His DNF in Boston in 2018 was tough. Wilson took a month off. He went back to training and has focused on Frankfurt since last June, and has not raced since Boston. Chebet has a PB of 2:05:27, seven years ago.

Chebet_Wilson-BostonM15.jpgWilson Chebet, Boston 2015, photo by PHotoRun.net

Chebet's most recent marathon finish was October 2016, where he ran 2:08.19. How fit is Wilson Chebet? His enthusiasm in the interview suggests a confidence in himself. His lack of racing is a bit of a (sorry for this one), a trump card. Most elite Kenyans are not racing in Kenya anymore, but the lack of racing suggests a lack of race sharpness.

Wilson Chebet is, on paper, the fastest man in the field. Sunday's meteorlogical suggestions are very cool. As the first pacemakers will hit 62:45, and the pace is not suicidal, expect a high 2:05-low 2:06. Wilson Chebet, if he is fit, should be in the thick of it. Remember, kind readers, that sometimes, focus and pride overcome statistical sheets. Wilson Chebet wants to race well in Frankfurt.

This interview was done by Andy Edwardsr of Race News Service, after the first press sessions on 25 October.

Dibaba_Tirunesh1-Berlin18.JPGTirunesh Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.netr
Tirunesh for San Antonio
SAN DIEGO (USA): Triple Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba will compete at the Humana Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Half-marathon on December 2. Dibaba will be looking to bounce back from her sixth place in the Delhi Half-Marathon last weekend. 2018 Boston Marathon Champion Des Linden and 2014 Boston Marathon Champion Meb Keflezighi will participate in the events of the weekend, which also include a marathon. Keflezighi will pace the 1:40 half-marathon group while Linden will run alongside the winners of the Brooks Run Together contest.

Gabius-HeinigBib-Frankfurt18.JPGArne Gabius, Katherina Heinig, Mainova Frankfurt Presser, 25 October 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

The two finest German marathoners did their presser today at the Movenpick, HQ hotel of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon. Gabius spoke of focusing on the long training and learning to respect the workouts and long miles especially needed to succeed at the marathon distance. Heinig was realistic: after six weeks of good training and a last minute decision to focus on Frankfurt, Heinig is hoping for a sub 2:30 and her dream is the fastest time in Germany for a woman in 2018: that would mean at 2:29.28, a second faster than the the fastest German of 2018.

We have changed Thursday runs from hill work to fartlek one week, hills the next. This provides some variety and also gives the body a bit of a break and introduces a weekly challenges, which are quiter good.

IMG_5052.jpgTime for fartlek! photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Thursday, Octoberr 25, 2018-warm up, 60 minutes, 10 minutes good pace, 20 times 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, 10 minutes good pace, cooldown

FinishArea-Frankfurt15.JPGFrankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Posted 29 October 2015

Reposted 24 October 2018

The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon is one of the fastest races in the world. Wilson KIpsang was one of the big discoveriers here, and Vivian Cheruiyot had her first marathon here! Watch our upcoming coverage of the 2018 race. ASICS Europe continues to show that they get it, with their support of this fine marathon. r

FRANKFURT (GER): Asics has renewed their deal as the lead sponsor of the Frankfurt Marathon, report SportsPro. The Japanese sportswear brand has supported the German distance race since 1987 and will continue to do so until 2020 as a result of the five year extension.

Editor's note: The Frankfurt marathon is one of the fastest marathons in Germany. ASICS sponsorship will be well recieved by the community. Marathon sponsorship is getting more and more expensive. For many marathons, extending key relationships such as the one between ASICS and Frankfurt Marathon, only makes sense. The finish area of the Frankfurt marathon combines a light show with a race finish.

The high school season is in full swing. Two races a week. Both races have places in the week, but the athlete and coach must be careful. We suggest that whatever the big event, focus on it.

IMG_5030.jpgWarming up, photo by Jen Rosario/NAZ Elite

Wednesday, October 24, 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.

The tempo run is making you stronger each week. The tempo run helps build your ability to manage your pace mid race and callous you for races. Good luck! You have worked all summer and fall to race well now and in the upcoming big races.

IMG_5053.jpgStephanie Bruce and Kellyn Taylor, photo by Jen Rosario/NAZ Elite

Tuesday, October 23, 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.

Bekele_Kenenisa1n-Berlin16.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo by PhotoRun.net

AMSTERDAM (NED): Kenenisa Bekele's agent Jos Hermens has said Bekele stopped in the last kilometre of the Amsterdam Marathon due to hip problems caused by a recent injury sustained in training, informs LetsRun.com. "When he was starting to push, the right hip started to lock up more than it did before. You try to hold back and hopefully it release again, but at 30k, with those guys pushing at his pace, it was impossible," he said. Despite a poor string of recent results at the marathon, Hermens remains confident Bekele will be a factor at the distance in 2019. "He will be ready for a good spring marathon, I'm confident. Looking for the preparation [before] the injury and what he showed, I'm convinced he's still ready to run fast times," he said.

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This is a wonderful celebration of one of the finest innovators in our sport, Horst Milde. Horst Milde will turn 80 on 24 October 2018. The founder of the Berlin Marathon, Horst Milde, has created innovation in German road races since 1964.

Horst was the reason that I first went to Berlin fo the marathon. The race was amazing and being in Berlin was exciting as well. Congrats to Horst Milde on his 80th birthday and many more!

Milde_Horst-Finish-Berlin04 copy.JPGHorst Mile, 2004 Berlin Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

1015150242.jpgJakub Ingebrigtsen, photo by Getty Images/Berlin 2018
Ingbrigtsen_Henrik-Pre15.jpgHenrik Ingebrigtsen, photo by PhotoRun.net
Ingebrigtsen_FilipSF-London17.jpgFilip Ingebrigtsen, photo by Photorun.net
Ingebrigtsens for Glasgow
SANDNES (NOR): Gjert Ingebrigtsen has said Henrik, Filip and Jakob Ingebrigtsen will all race at the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow from 1-3 March, informs NRK. "It's very long until the World Championships, we have to schedule competitions - that's what drives the boys in everyday life. Looking forward to competitions is one fierce motivation for them," said Gjert. The Ingebrigtsens are to travel to Flagstaff, Arizona for four weeks' altitude training.

RyunBodo.jpgJim Ryun, Bodo Tummler, photo by Getty Images/IAAF

This is part 2 of the final day, day 8 of the track & field events in the 1968 Mexico Olympics. Mike Fanelli has crafted each and every story, illustrating each piece with photos or artifacts from the well known Track Garage of Mr. Fanelli. Enjoy this final column.

This is day 8 of the Mexico 1968 Olympic T&F events. This labor of love was written by Mike Fanelli. Like any good historian, Mr. Fanelli has a strong grasp of the facts. But, like the fine historical writers, Mike Fanelli has an affection for the subject and his ability to give us, the readers, insights into the athletic condition.

This is part one of the final day of the 1968 Mexico athletic events.

dickfosbury-600x400.jpgThe man who reinvented the HJ, Dick Fosbury, photo by UPI.

The Brothers Ingebrigtsen have captured the athletic word. Filip, Henrik and Jakub, all three European medalists with Henrik being a World Championship bronze medalist.

In Hytemplanmilam, Norway, Henrik Ingebrigtsen won in 28:41, wtih Filip Ingebrigtsen in second in 28:47, both breaking the course record of 28:50. Jakub, double European champ, withdrew prior to the race with an illness.

Ingbrigtsen_Henrik-Pre15.jpgHenrik Ingebrigtsen, photo by PhotoRun.net

185bc2cf-3f05-452e-b272-b203a8ce7307.jpgLawrence Cherono defends his title, photo from TCS Amsterdam Marathon

It was cold and long night. First, I followed the Airtel Delhi Half marathon, then, the TCS Amsterdam Marathon. Lawrence Cherono bid his time and took on all, including Kenenisa Bekele. Cherono had the race won by 40k, the point that Bekele decided to stop and walk back to his hotel. Tadelech Bekele took the women's win in 2:23.18, near the end of the race.

Mr. Bekele dropped out past 40k, and walked back to his hotel. That makes 3 of 5 last marathons that Kenenisa Bekele has not finished.

Atlanta Track Club - Photo by Paul Ward (1).jpgAtlanta's Five Olympic Rings, photo by Paul Ward

The Atlanta Track Club announced a new race today. It will be one year before the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. It will also be an unusual distance, and it will be on the course of the Marathon Trials. Watch for the updates on the course and race in December 2018! More info below! r

Today is Monday, day after your long run. You have league meets, regional meets and the season is getting busy. Stay focused on your runs, check your shoes, and make sure you eat well, hydrate and get your sleep. You want to perform well, stay focused.

IMG_6421.jpgStephanie Bruce, Ben Bruce, photo by Jen Rosario, HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Monday, October 22, 2018-warm up, easy 60 minutes, 8 x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Levins_CamW-Toronto18.JPGCam Levins, en route to his 2:09.25, October 21, 2018, ScotiaBank Toronto Marathonr, photo by PhotoRun.net

After three tough years of injuries, Cam Levins, former NCAA champion, HOKA ONE ONE sponsored athlete, delivered the goods on a cold day in Toronto, to run 2:09.25, breaking the Canadian record by 44 seconds. Cam Levins battled cold weather to set the new record. His build up was excellent, as he returned to Utah, and his college coach, Eric Houle, from Southern Utah University. Levins built up to 150 miles a week in his marathon training, spending the last month running in altitude in Cedar City, Utah.

Levins_CamFH-Toronto18.JPGCam Levins setting Canadian record of 2:09.25, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's Phil Minshull's race report on the 2018 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon! Big fast races, and better conditions than 2017! Continue to be impressed by the elite fields, but also the twitter comments on the citizen runners who love the race! ProCam puts on many of the finest races in India!

Ethiopia's Andamlak Bellhu winning at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018.jpgEthiopia's Andamlak Bellhu winning at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018, photo by ProCam International

Long runs are for Sundays. Long runs are about building your endurance, getting out and enjoying the fall weather, and running with your training partners. Enjoy the run.

IMG_5053.JPGStephanie Bruce and Kellyn Taylor, on a long run, photo by HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite

Sunday, October 21, 2018-70-75 minute easy long run, on soft ground, or around a soccer pitch, remember to cool down

Defar_MeseretA-Moscow13.jpgMeseret Defar, photo by PhotoRun.net

AMSTERDAM (NED): Meseret Defar's agent Mark Wetmore has said a debut "close to 2:20" is a possibility, informs LetsRun.com. "I think she'd like to get as close to 2:20 as possible. She probably thinks that 2:20 is possible. I haven't talked to her much about time. I don't want her to feel any extra pressure," he said.

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Thompson_Chris1-Falmouth18.jpgChris Thompson, Falmouth 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

PORTSMOUTH (GBR): Chris Thompson, who made a 2:11:19 marathon debut in 2014, hopes the New York Marathon in two weeks' time will act as the restart of his marathon career, informs Athletics Weekly. "I'm hoping New York will be a springboard to the restart of my marathon career. Initially I wasn't sure if this year was going to almost be like a petering off and an end. But now I'm feeling like by doing that, I might have one last rebirth and go at the marathon. I'm excited by it. Four years ago when I started the marathon quest and it all imploded with the operation, I think now I feel excited and I almost feel like this is my first ever marathon. There's no pressure and we'll see what happens," he said. Thompson will be defending his title in Sunday's Great South Run.

Hawkins-ThompsonLed1-Falmouth18.jpgCallum Hawkins, Chris Thompson, Falmouth 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

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

RunBlogRun opines: Tirunesh Dibaba is the finest Olympic and World Championship racer at 10,000m and 5,000m. Her move to the marathon has been quite successful. Her DNF in London in 2018, while disappointing, taught her many things. Dibaba does not make the same mistakes twice.

Her race in Berlin was good, just not perfect. Racing in the hot weather that will be Tokyo marathon will change everything. Like her golds at 10,000 meters, the marathon in Tokyo is about she who makes the least wrong moves.

Tirunesh aims for Olympic marathon gold
NEW DELHI (IND): Former Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba is aiming for marathon gold at the 2020 Olympics, informs the Asian Age. "My previous Olympic gold medals are on the track and my next aim is to win marathon gold in the Olympics. I will try my best to achieve that feat in the 2020 Tokyo," she said. Dibaba is racing in the New Delhi Half Marathon tomorrow against world record-holder Joyciline Jepkosgei.

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AMSTERDAM (NED): Kenenisa Bekele's agent Jos Hermens expressed surprise that none of the World Marathon Majors wanted to sign him up for an autumn marathon, informs LetsRun.com. "If you are the second [fastest in the history of] the world, as he was as when this season was starting before Berlin, and you don't get an invitation, I'm surprised. What are you going to do with our sport if you don't want the second-fastest guy in the world?" he said.

RunBlogRun opines: The question that Jos Hermans asked should have been rhetorical. The directors of elite marathon fields are like fine chefs. The final taste of the good is a combination of how the food is prepared, how fine the ingredients are, and how the ingredients work together. Some athletes compete well against each others, and some do not. Some athletes bring the best out in themselves and each other, and some do not.

My relationship with Kenenisa Bekele has developed over the years. Kenenisa has relaxed with the media, now understanding that sponsors love to see stories and interviews. That is a learned skill. For Kenenisa, racing at the world best level was easier than dealing with the media. I enjoy his conversations, and his observations. I also respect how much he has worked to do better inteviews. Here is one of them (pre London Marathon 2017): http://www.runblogrun.com/2017/04/kenenisa-berkele-pre-london-marathon-interview-with-larry-eder-runblogrun.htm

The marathon is changing. Some race directors spend the big dollars early in their planning. Marathoners who wait to decide do not always get the best money. There also may be a difference in opinion on the worth of Mr. Bekele.

1285481_G08_W01.jpgAdam Kszczot, photo by Polish Athletics

This was a fantastic year for Polish Athletics. Adam Kszcot is one of the finest middle distance runners in the world, and this guy rarely makes a mistake in a race. As Commonwealth and Euro 1500m bronze medalist Jake Wightman told me, " Adam is a master tactician." Adam won the World Indoor and European Outdoor gold 800 meter medals in 2018.

Justyna Swiety-Ersetec is the gold medalist in the 400m and member of the Polish 4x400m team from the 2018 European Champs. Justyna is an example of the fine 400 meter runners and relay teams.

775199424AP00079_24th_Europ.JPGJustyna Swiety-Ersetic takes 400m gold in Berlin, August 2018, photo by Getty Images/Berlin 2018

Watch the Polish women's team in 2019 and 2020, they are players and Justyna Swiety-Ersetec is coming into her own. And, no one should ever discount Adam Kszczot.

Bekele_Kenenisa1n-Berlin16.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo by Photorun.net
Bekele aims for CR
AMSTERDAM (NED): Kenenisa Bekele is aiming to challenge the course record of 2:05:09 in the Amsterdam Marathon on Sunday which is held by reigning champion Lawrence Cherono. "I've never participated here before, but I know Rotterdam and of course Hengelo, where I set my 5000m world record in 2004. On Sunday I want to challenge the others and break the course record. It is a flat course so it can be fast. And last year's race showed it is fast indeed," he said. Bekele added that he hasn't been able to show his true potential in the marathon due to injury and he knew someone could run 2:01 in the marathon. "Eliud Kipchoge motivates me enormously. And at 36 I'm certainly not too old; I think marathon runners can still be at their best up to their 40s." From IAAF.
Bekele_KenenisaFH1-Berlin16.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Today is another big race day around the country.

DSC_0220.jpgScott Smith, Scott Fauble, Andy Braun at the 2018 Chicago Marathon, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

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

Levins_CamBib-Toronto18.JPGCam Levins, Scotia Bank Toronto Marathon, photo by PhotoRrun.net

TORONTO (CAN): Canada's Olympic 10,000m finalist Cam Levins admitted he is delighted to be making his marathon debut in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday after he believed his career could be over following injury in 2015-16. Levins, who had ankle surgery in July 2016, told CBC: "It's been a long road back from that and I'm so thankful that I've been able to run at all. I want to thank my wife [Elizabeth] and my family that has supported me through a tough couple of years when I wasn't certain I wanted to even continue doing this. I had very serious doubts."

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SydneyM1.jpgSydney McLaughlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

After several months of rumors, the biggest sponsorship in athletics in several years, for an athlete, was announced. New Balance had won the sponsorship sweepstakes over Sydney McLaughlin. Sydney McLaughlin was feted by many of the largest footwear brands in the world. Sydney is a fine 400 meter hurdler and fine 400 meter runner. The key note is that Sydney transcends running. An able communicator in social media, Sydney McLaughlin will attract young woman and young men to New Balance. That is what NB needs to continue to grow and prosper.

In the track & field world, Usain Bolt was the highest paid sponsorship, at the top of his form. On the women's side, Sydney McLaughlin may be the new sponsorship record for women track & field athletes. Allyson Felix is probably the sponsorship record holder until Sydney came along. Never discount Allyson, as she has been a pro since she was 18, about 14 years ago.

What is important about Sydney and why should you care? In her generation, Sydney McLaughlin required not only a large amount of money, but also, fine product to capture her interest and that of her family and management team. McLaughlin's mastery of social media draws large numbers to her brand, and hopefully to New Balance.

NB has developed a small but successful team of women athletes, from Olympic/World Champion medalists Jenny Simpson, Emma Coburn to World Champion medalist Brenda Martinez. Sydney McLaughlin will be part of the next generation of NB athletes. Along with NYC Marathon and London Marathon, NB has nimbly picked their sports marketing targets.

Sydney McLaughlin should smile all the way to the proverbial bank. If she continues to develop, picks up a few global medals, NB will be smiling as well.

Offiical release is posted below:

IMG_4771.jpegJosh Hoey, photo by Larry Eder/RunBlogRun

MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): The course of number one 800 m All-America Josh Hoey's '18 season marked him as a prep eager to push limits and swing for the fences of the next levels ahead of him. Seen from that angle, the momentous decision taken by the Bishop Shanahan (Downington, Pennsylvania) 2-lapper to relinquish a scholarship offer from Oregon and turn pro is less surprising than it might seem, although even Hoey's jaw dropped a notch when his dad first floated the idea. Writes trackandfieldnews.com. He improved to 1:47.67 in the last season.

RunBlogRun opines: On October 8, 2018, Track & Field News, RunBlogRun and the IAAF interviewed a group of athletes from Global Athletics & Marketing, including Josh Hoey, Candace Hill, Noah Lyles, Josephus Lyles, Dominique Scott, Jereem Richards, Micheal Stigler, Natasha Hastings, Jessica Beard, Jake Wightman, and Cindy Ofili. Watch for video and audio intervierws from RunBlogRun to begin over the next few weeks.

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MadelineManningGold.jpgMadeline Manning, photo by James Drake/Getty Images/IAAF

This is Mike Fanelli's column on Day 7, of the 1968 Mexico Olympics athletics schedule. The women's 800 meters and Decathlon were two of the iconic events from Day 7.

Defar_MeseretFHL1-NBin16.jpgMeseret Defar, photo by PhotoRun.net
Defar ready for marathon debut
AMSTERDAM (NED): Two-time Olympic 5000m champion Meseret Defar is keen to make an impression on her debut at the Amsterdam Marathon this Sunday. The Ethiopian, quoted by nos.nl, said: "In Amsterdam it is very flat, the course is good, a good place to run fast."

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DSC_0836lr.jpgSanya Richards-Ross, October 19, 2018, Delhi, India, photo by ProCam International

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Sanya Richards-Ross, October 19, 2018, Delhi, India, photo by ProCam International
Speaking in the Indian capital New Delhi, where is a brand ambassador for Sunday's Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, Richards-Ross - the fastest women's 400m runner of the 21st century - commented: "For a long time I declined to answer that question (about whether there should be a revision of the records). I was in two minds and I listened to people, many of them historians, who said that the records shouldn't be changed and I understand that point of view. However, as an athlete, I and others chased a record that wasn't clean (Marita Koch's world record of 47.60 from 1985) and that was very frustrating. I think it's a great idea to revise the records. Choosing a date like 2000 would be good, although it may now seem a little weird to be choosing an arbitrary date like this, but I do think the IAAF should be proactive (on this issue)."
DSC_0897lr.jpgSanya Richards-Ross, October 19, 2018, Delhi, India, photo by ProCam International
Runblogrun opines: Nice to see Sanya Richards-Ross comment on WRs. Again, her comment shows the challenges with choosing a date when to make WR's retroactive. Paula Radcliffe set marathon WR in 2003, what does one do about that? Does anyone remember the comments from Jonathan Edwards, and Paula Radcliffe about the European AA suggested approach?
I wonder if we need to refer this to biblical jurist, Solomon. Perhaps there is time to consider record by record?

This is a most curious column. We ask Justin Lagat to provide us a view from Kenya each and every week. I missed this one and really think it gives us something to consider. Thanks again to our friend, Justin Lagat.

DSC_1461.jpgJocyline Jepkosgei, photo by Brian Eder/RunBlogRun

L-R Elite athletes after the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018 press conference Nitendra Singh Rawat, Joyciline Jepkosgei, Tirunesh Dibaba, Gopi Thonakal & Daniel Kipchumba.JPGL-R Elite athletes after the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018 press conference Nitendra Singh Rawat, Joyciline Jepkosgei, Tirunesh Dibaba, Gopi Thonakal & Daniel Kipchumba, photo by ProCam International r

This is the final press conference on the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, with release from Phil Minshull, our friend from Spain sport services. Who will win the half marathon? We just have 48 hours to wait!

Today is Friday, October 19, 2018, and it is the day before the big race of the week. Enjoy the day, enjoy your friends, enjoy the run!

IMG_5052.jpgScott Smith, Scott Fauble, photo by Jennifer Rosario/Northern Arizona Elite

Friday, October 19, 2018-warm up, easy 50 minutes, 8 x 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Kenenisa Bekele has run 2:03:03. How much faster can he go? Kenenisa is running the TCS Amsterdam Marathon on October 21, 2018. In this article by Steve Landells for the NN Running team, Kenenisa Bekele reveals his five favorite racing moments!

Bekele_KenenisaFH1-Berlin16.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo by Photorun.net

Dibaba_Tirunesh-Berlin18.jpgTirunesh Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

Justin Lagat wrote this piece on the amazing weekend of races coming up, October 20-21, 2018.

Hagos Gebrhewit is one of the finest 5000 meter racers in the world. I can not wait to see Hagos race over the half marathon, but I really want to see him race the 10,000 meters. A nice guy, Hagos has racing skills in every cell.

Gebrhiwet_HagosFV-Baa5km18.jpgHagos Gebrhiwet, Ben True, photo by PhotoRun.net

Gebrhiwot is out
NEW DELHI (IND): Olympic 5000m bronze medallist Hagos Gebrhiwet has pulled out of the Delhi Half Marathon where he was due to make his debut at the distance due to illness, informs organisers. Other late withdrawals include Kenyans Eric Kiptanui and Caroline Kipkirui.

leeevans.jpgLee Evans, photo by Jerry Cooke/Corbis and Getty Images/IAAF

October 18, 1968 was an amazing day in Olympic Track & Field. Mike Fanelli writes about it below. The day has several important meanings for me, as the editor of RunBlogrun. On a small black and white TV, in Bridgeton, Missouri, I recall watching a recap of Bob Beamon's long jump, as my father, brother Brian and I had hotdogs (saurkraut, mustard, relish), and watched some sports. To this day, the photo of Bob Beamon reacting to his massive jump brings tears to my eyes. I was ten years old, and it was my first reaction to athletics.

I would not meet Lee Evans until 1990, when, thanks to one of my spiritual advisors, Peanut Harms, I was introduced to Lee Evans at a Coaching Clinic. It was also where I met the late Doug Speck. I idolized Lee Evans, and he lived up to the expectations. Lee Evans also coached with Peanut Harms in Nigeria in the 1970s.

Bud Winter, the dean of long sprint coaches, was with my high school coach, Fr. Ray Devlin, S.J., at his retirement in the fall of 1974. Bud Winter took the relaxation techniques that he taught to American fighter pilots (P-51s and P-47s) on their long trips, and used it with his sprinters at San Jose State.

Enjoy Mike's masterful retelling of Day six of the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

EVENT LOGO TMM 2019.jpgEthiopia's Amane Gobena, women's winner of the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018.JPGEthiopia's Amane Gobena, women's winner of the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018, photo from ProCam International

Ethiopia's Solomon Deksisa, men's winner of the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018 .JPGEthiopia's Solomon Deksisa, men's winner of the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018, photo by ProCam International

The TATA Mumbai Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Race for 2019, and here's the press release from our friend, Phil Minshull, of Spainsports. This race is another example of how India continues to build an impressive series of races and opportunities for local and global runners.

DSC_1461.jpgJoycyline Jepkosgei, RAK 2018, photo by Brian Eder/RunBlogRun
Jepkosgei vs Tirunesh
NEW DELHI (IND): Excellent line-ups have been assembled for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon on Sunday, informs organisers. The women's race is headed by world record-holder Joyciline Jepkosgei from Kenya and multiple world and Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba, who returns to racing one month after finishing third in the Berlin Marathon in 2:18:55. The line-up also includes fellow leading Ethiopians Ababel Yeshaneh (65:46), Worknesh Degefa (66:14) Zeinaba Yimer (66:21) and Senbere Teferi (debut). Top entrants in the men's race include Kenyans Alex Korio (58:51) and Daniel Kipchumba (59:06), Ethiopians Leul Gebresilase (59:18) and Feyisa Lilesa (59:22), New Zealand's Zane Robertson 59:47 and last year's runner-up Andamlak Belihu from Ethiopia (59:51) and last year's third-placer Leonard Korir from the United States (59:52).
Dibaba_Tirunesh1-Berlin18.jpgTirunesh Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon will feature Olympian and World Champion Sanya Richards-Ross as ambassador for their event. Their event series, managed and developed by ProCam, is putting India on global map as the home of some major road races.

Here's one of the releases we missed from our friend, Phil Minshull, of Spainsports.


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Sanya Richards-Ross, 2012 London Olympics

Sanya Richard-Ross at the London 2012 Olympic Games 2.jpgSanya Richards-Ross, 2012 London Olympics

Today is the hill day. Warm up, and stay focused on the hill repeats. Cooldown well, and get the wet clothes off.

IMG_5030.jpgHOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite, photo by Jennifer Rosario/NAZ Elite

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

IMG_9115.JPGWillie Davenort, 1968 Mexico Olympic 110m hurdle finals, photo by Ed Lacey/Getty Images/ IAAF

This is day five of Mike Fanelli's salute to the 1968 Mexico Olympics. Mike has taken us back, fifty years ago, to day, Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Mike writes about the 110m hurdles, 5000 meters, Triple Jump and the 50,000m race walk.

The editor of RunBlogRun was able to meet, just a few years ago, two time Olympic bronze medalist Larry Young at the 50k RW. In my collection of photos, quite modest when compared to Mike Fanelli's Track Garage. A photo from the 1976 Olympics of Willie Davenport (bronze medalist) with France's Guy Drut, 110m hurdle 1976 gold, sharing a cigarette break post event.

Race days get more and more important as we get later into the season. Focus on different tactics each race.

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Wednesday, October 17, 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

DeGrasse_Andre-Stockholm17.jpgAndre De Grasse, photo by PhotoRun.net

TORONTO (CAN): Andre de Grasse could return to racing during the indoor season after missing the majority of the 2018 campaign due to injury, informs MARCA. "It was a difficult season last year, but I'm looking to just put that behind me and focus for next year. My rehab has gone really well, I'm ahead of the ball. For me it's just about to get back to training. I'll start back training in November to get ready for the World Championship and the Diamond League Circuit, probably try to do a couple of indoor meets first, to get my fitness back, and then prepare for the outdoor season," he said. De Grasse also admitted he thought he could have won the world 100m title in 2017 had he not been injured. "I was running really well, I've been running very fast previously before that."

DeGrasse_AndreFV-Oslo17.jpgAndre De Grasse, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kochanova_MariyaQ-YthOly18.jpgMarirya Kochanova, photo by PhotoRun.net
Nine countries won nine gold medals
BUENOS ARIES (ARG, Oct 14): Nine different countries took the nine gold medals awarded on day four of the Youth Olympic Games, following the conclusion of the second stage of competition. Keely Small of Australia dominated the women's 800m to secure gold. After winning the first stage in 2:05.68 she races to gold with a 2:04.76. More Oceania joy as Connor Bell of New Zealand trounces the opposition in the men's discus adding a 66.24m effort in stage two for a combined 133.08m. Top quality high jump sees both Chen Long of China and Australia's Oscar Miers set a championship record of 2.22m. Long, 15, takes the combined win and Miers moves from seventh after stage one for silver and improves his personal best by 8cm in one competition. A great 46.36 run by Kennedy Luchembe in the stage two of the men's 400m elevates the Zambian from fourth to silver but Mexican Luis Antonio Aviles Ferreiro of Mexico - quickest in stage one - clings on to gold by a combined 0.11. World youth champ Barbora Malikova of the Czech Republic secures an expected gold in the women's 400m adding a second stage win in 54.68 to her first stage victory in 54.18. Incredibly tight women's long jump as just 1cm after the two stages separates the medallists. Belgian Maite Beernaert leaps from fourth after stage one to gold with a wind--assisted 6.31m. Hungary's Klaudia Endresz grabs silver on countback - combined 12.31m - from Austria's Ingeborg Grunewald. Grace Stark dominates the women's 100m hurdles to take gold. After winning stage one she also finishes top in stage two, recording 12.83 (+2.8m) for a combined 26.14. In the women's discus, pre-event favourite Melany Morejon of Cuba proves too strong for Russia's Violetta Ignatyeva of Russia - as a 54.95m best compared to a 54.32m in stage two earns gold. German Leni Freyja Wildgrube was a convincing winner in the women's pole vault with a stage two best of 4.17m earning a 30cm victory combined from Emma Brentel of France.

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This is the fourth day of athletics, fifty years ago to the very day, compiled by Mike Fanelli. Mike loves the 1968 Olympics and writes about the Mexico Games with the love of a romance writer and the authenticity of a fine historian. Enjoy day 4, and remember, check out Mike Fanelli on his Facebook page daily!

steeple.jpgThe steeple, Mexico 1968, photo by Ed Lacey

Melese runs 67:18 CR in Lisbon

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Melese 67:18 CR, Getachew 2:07:34
LISBON (POR, Oct 14): Morocco's Mustapha El Aziz won the Lisbon Half Marathon in a course record of 60:16 from Ethiopia's Abdiwak Tura (60:41) and Amanuel Mesel (60:45). Kenya's former New York Marathon winner Stanley Biwott was fifth in 61:47 while world record-holder Zersenay Tadese had to settle for 11th in 62:55 less than a month after running in the Berlin Marathon. Ethiopia's Yebrgual Melese won the women's race also in a course record of 67:18 from European 10,000m champion Lonah Chemtai Salpeter who improved her Israeli record to 67:55 (2nd best in European lists 2018). Kenyans Betty Lempus (69:48) and Paskalia Chepkorir (70:25) were third and fourth respectively with world marathon champion Rose Chelimo from Bahrain fifth in 70:37. Top Portuguese finishers were Andre Pereira in 14th in 66:18 while Ana Dulce Felix returned from maternity leave with eighth in 71:50. Six runners broke 2:08:30 in the full marathon led by Ethiopia's Limenih Getachew (2:07:34) and Kenyans Samuel Ndungu (2:07:51), Justus Kipkosgei (2:07:58) and reigning champion Ishhimael Chemtan (2:08:18) who were all under the previous course record of 2:08:21. Ethiopia's Kuftu Dadiso ran a big PB of 2:24:56 to win the women's race from Kenya's Monica Jepkoech in 2:27:35.
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U.S. Olympic Committee statement on resignation of USA Gymnastics interim CEO Mary Bono

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The following statement regarding the resignation of USA Gymnastics interim CEO Mary Bono is attributable to USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland:

"We learned today that the interim CEO of USA Gymnastics, Mary Bono, resigned from her position. While the situation is unfortunate, we know that USA Gymnastics remains dedicated to the process of finding a new and permanent CEO. The USOC is committed to working hard with the USAG board to find the right leader who can build gymnastics up to the world-class organization we know that it can and should be. Both the USOC staff and myself will continue to work closely with USAG in both the short and long term as they search for a new leader. The well-being of Team USA athletes is our top priority as we manage this process."

DURBAN (RSA): Julien Wanders said he doesn't think he could have run much faster than his 27:32 in the Durban 10km to break the European record yesterday, informs athle.ch. "I could not have gone much faster than today, it was not far off the perfect course. I knew before the race that I was in shape to run a time like that. I knew that I was much better than I was this time last year," he said. Wanders will return to his training base in Kenya before embarking on a busy racing season to close out the calendar year. He will race in the Corrida Bulloise (17 November), the Course de l'Escalade in Geneva (2 December) and perhaps the Course de Noel à Sion (8 December) before defending his title in the Corrida de Houilles 10km on 31 December.

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Tuesday is tempo day. Tempo runs build your weakest part of the race, the middle mile, where most people slow down. Do the tempo run with your team and stay focused.

IMG_5005-kellyn and stephanie.jpgKellyn Taylor and Stephanie Rothstein Bruce, photo by Jennifer Rosario /NAZ Elite

Tuesday, October 16, 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.

This is day 3 of the 1968 Olympic recap from our athetics friend, Mike Fanelli. Mike did a lovely job reprising the Olympic Trials of 1968 last month! The features on our sport may be found on Mike Fanelli Facebook as well! We thank Mike for his affection for the sport, his emotion and his accuracy.

doub11.jpegRalph Doubell takes gold! photo copyright UPI

Capturing the sights, feelings and thoughts of the 1968 Olympics is a life focus fo Mike Fanelli. If you want to see Mike Fanelle 365 days a year, become a track buddy on his website.

Here is Day 2 of the 1968 Olympics, fifty years later, plus one day...

44047516_10216640983472801_2426782888767782912_n.jpgThe 100m final, 1968 Mexico Olympics

This supplement two to Day 1 has personal meaning to me due to its reverence to Ron Clarke, not only the finest distance man of his generation, but also the man who put the Scandivavian circuit into being with his 30-35 races a year in the 1960s across Europe. I was told a poingant story, of an Aussie medical team member, standing over a prostrate Ron Clarke, tongue swollen, nearly unable to breathe...

I shared a meal with Ron Clarke and Derek Clayton in the late 1980s, in Boston, and it was a lifetime experience. (intro by runblogrun)

Thanks Mike Fanelli for honoring the late Ron Clarke.

44065105_10216634067939917_5758294492339765248_n.jpg10,000m, 1968 Olympics

44037206_10216644780687729_5831820260818288640_o.jpgResults, 1956 Melbourne, from the Track Garage

In all of track geekdom, there are few bigger geeks than Mike Fanelli, and here's the proof, supplement 1 to day 1, 1968 Olympics.

43950394_10216630924741339_866469665822474240_n.jpgNaftali Temu, 1968 Mexico

This is day 1 of the 1968 Mexico Olympics reconsidered, by Mike Fanelli. Using his wonderful writing skills, love of the sport and the amazing archives of the Track Garage, the 9th wonder of the world, Mike provides us access to the Olympic world, fifty years ago.

Joshua Cheptugai, the London 2017 silver medalist at 10,000m and the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medalist at 10,000m and 5,000m, is back to fitness and he showed it this morning with his 27:16 NR for 10k. Here's Justin Lagat's view of the successful races in South Africa by Uganda's top athletes.

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

We added a little bit to Monday workouts, it will help make you stronger.

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Monday, October 15, 2018-warm up, easy 60 minutes, midway into 50 minutes, add ten minutes strong pace, then, 25 minutes easy, 8 x150 meter stride outs, cooldown.

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.

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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.

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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

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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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