December 2018 Archives

Kara Goucher is a two time Olympian and World Championship Silver medalist at 10,000 meters. In 2008 and 2012, Kara ran on Olympic teams, and did so well. In 2016, Kara Goucher came oh so close to making the Olympic team, finishing a difficult 4th place.

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I caught up with Kara Goucher just before her half marathon run in San Antonio, Texas. Kara was excited. She had run 110 miles a week since the late summer, and was feeling good. "This is the first race that I have had interrest in since the 2016 Trials." was how Kara explained it to me.

Kara is married to Adam Goucher, a 2000 Olympian at 5000 meters. They have a son named Colt, just entering second grade. Kara spoke to on a variety of subjects. She spoke about her career as an elite track athlete, and her move to the marathon.

This is a second run at a career at running. Kara is taking one day at a time. At San Antonio, Kara ran 1:15:56, and she began slow. Kara Goucher is planning to run the Houston Marathon on January 19, 2019.

We wish her much luck.

Thanks to Brian Eder on producing our Sound Cloud interviews.

Kawauchi_YukiH-BostonM18.jpgYuki Kawauchi, photo by

The 2019 B.A.A. Boston Marathon announced that their 4 defending champions will return to race the streets of Boston. The 2018 Boston Marathon was a horrifically challenging event. Amazing thing was that, in 2018, 30 percent more marathoners qualified for 2019 than in a normal year.

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What will 2019 bring?

The fields are going to be epic! Do not miss it!

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Murphy_Clayton-Sander18.jpgClayton Murphy, photo by

The Millrose Games will be quite exciting in 2019. Keep the date open, February 9, 2019. Here's an exciting press release on the middle distances.

So, with the season ending this past week, we are suggesting a nice, fast, flat 5k, or Holiday relay to end your season! If you must, a 3k indoors could be fun as well! We will also remind you that the HOKA ONE ONE Postal nationals have 4 more days, check :

IMG_5000.jpgA good morning run, photo by HOKA NAZ Elite

Tuesday, December 11, 2018-warm up, 1 x mile, at current 5k race pace, cooldown

The final week of cross country is here. Enjoy it. Some are beginning indoor. We will suggest 2 weeks of recovery and an easy indoor season start.

IMG_5000.jpgAn early run, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ elite

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

Stuart Weir is everywhere. Stuart keeps me laughing and our readers interested with his interviews and questions to our sport's favorite athletes. He came to me last fall and offered a series of interviews on key athletes. This interview with Allyson Felix, is, well, extensive.

Allyson has been around the sport since the year 2000. She has been on the covers of California Track & running News, American Track & Field, Coaching Athletics and Athletes Only. Allyson is always good in an interview. I tend to catch up with her and her manager/brother Wesley, on the bus to the Doha DL most years.

In 2018, Stuart was our eyes and ears for most of the year. This is a fun interview. Enjoy!

Felix_Allyson200Q-USAout17.jpgAllyson Felix, 2017, photo by

Masciarelli_SydneyFH-FLcc18.JPgSydney Mascarelli wins 40th FootLocker! photo by

The 40th FootLocker Cross Country Champs lived up to the hype. In the girls event, Katelynne Hart lead until the last few hundred meters, when Sydney Mascarelli, a first timer at the Finals, battled Hart until the last few meters when Mascarelli took control, winning 17:00.3 to 17:01.6!

To see the girls' race, watch here:

The boys event followed, with 13 boys at 2 miles, and then, the battle began. Cole Hocker flew over the last 300 meters, taking a six second lead, as Jake Renfree took seocnd in 15:19.5 to Hockers' 15:13.17!

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To see the boys' event, watch here:

Two fantastic races, great ways to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the FootLocker Cross Country Nationals!

The 2018 Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon was held on 9 December 2018. With over 60,000 participants over the weekend, this amazing race is among the largest on the planet. With 90 percent humidty, the race had also some of the toughest conditions. Justin Lagat wrote about this fine event for us.

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1285771_G08_W01.jpgFilip Ingebrigtsen wins European XC, photo by Getty Images/European Athletics

The largest global xc champs was held on 9 December 2018 in the Netherlands. Some fine racing and 14 countries took medals, with 554 athletes and 38 countries competing. EAA continues to shine, with innovations, and especially free streaming video and excellent content.

The Abu Dhabi had its premier running on Friday. While it is too early to make a full assessment, it seems that, due to a last night change by a municipality enroute, there is some question about the length of the event. Our sources suggest that while the race management had to accomodate the change in road use, it may have shortened the event by 400-500 meters. Details will continue to come in, and we will update, upon confirmation.

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The course was measured to IAAF standards. There was a last minute course change near 33-35 kilometers that shortened the course. This can be viewed if one looks at official event video. Splits are off.

Truth is, things happen. If one is old enough, the 1998 San Diego rock n roll was halted by a train and citizen runners were held up for 40 minutes to 48 minutes. I recall hearing that the death knell of San Diego. But,Tim Murphy and Tracy Sundlun kept it alive.

Our sport loves to eat its young. I am sure that Abu Dhabi team will figure it out.

In the meantime, Justin Lagat is busy this weekend, with several events in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.The sport continues to grow, and Abu Dhabi Marathon is an example how the sport will continue to thrive.

The XC season is about to close. We will post Xc training until December 17. We thanks our partner,, who believe in supporting young performance athletes as well as ultra, core runners and newbie runners. Please check out HOKA ONE ONE and see if they work for your running needs!

Now, enjoy your long run!

_DSC0529.jpgScott Fauble scored a PB in NYC on November 4, 2018, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Sunday, December 9, 2018-warm up, 75-85 minute run, cool down

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The most iconic of the high school championships is the FootLocker Cross Country Championshps. Held today, December 8, 2018 in Balboa Park in San Diego, California, the FootLocker pits the top 40 boys and top 40 girls in the country against each other in one amazing battle over 5000 meters. And you can watch it right here! The live broadcast begins at 11 AM Eastern time, with the girls race at 12.15 PM and the boys's race at 1 PM. Do not miss it! Thanks to sponsors FootLocker, EastBay and New Balance for the streaming video!

This is it. If you are running the FootLocker today, this is the culmination of years of work. If you are not, watch it here at 11 AM Eastern today and be inspired.

IMG_5139.jpgStride outs, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Saturday, December 8, 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

The FL champs are on Saturday! Enjoy the rainy day.

IMG_4945.jpgA morning run, photo by HOKA NAZ Elite

Friday, December 7, 2018-warm up, easy 30 minutes, 4 x 150 meters strideouts, cooldown

The final ProCam event of the year, the TSK25k, will have a fast field. This is the release done by Phil Minshull on the fine event. ProCam has developed a fine series of events, showcasing global road racing in India.

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Ethiopia's Degitu Azimeraw winning at the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K

The storied 200 meter indoor track at the famed Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, will, once again, host the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, it was announced earlier today. Now in its 24th year, the New Balance Indoor GP is one of the iconic meets of the global indoor season. The NBIGP has seen nine world records, 13 American records and numerous national records from our global competitors.

Global Athletics & Marketing announced that Jenny Simpson (gold in 2011, silver in 2013 and 2017 and an Olympic bronze in 2016. Since her sponsorship by New Balance in 2010, Jenny Simpson has been America's most prolific medalist in the middle distances. And do not forget her seven wins at the United NYC Fifth Avenue Mile! At the famed Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, Jenny Simpson will line up for the 5000 meters!

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Title sponsor New Balance will also showcase Emma Coburn, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World champion at the "Reggie", as Emma will move down to the mile. Emma is one of the finest steeple chasers in the world, and her medals in two global championships hint at her racing prowess.

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One of newest athletes to join the NB team is NCAA indoor 200m champion Gabby Thomas, who will be competing over 300 meters, a very exciting lap and a half at the "Reggie".

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If you can get to the NB indoor GP, do it. Tickets are available at several price points, and the seats will get you into the loudest stands in Boston! Do not miss it, January 26 is the date, and 3.45 PM is the start!

ATF_winter09 1-thumb-400x533-657.jpgMeb Keflezighi takes the Big Apple, ATF cover

Nice to see the nicest guy in sport moving to another role. The Carlsbad 5000 will be in fine hands! Watch for more info coming soon!

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Caterine Ibarguen is the finest athlete from her country of Columbia. As famed athletics writer Mike Rowbottom wrote for the IAAF, the golden woman of the jumps has come into her own. I have to confess, that I love the competitive nature of Ms. Ibarguen. She does not like to loose, and she will fight to the very last jump, treating her fans and, especially her fans in Columbia, to amazing feats of athleticism.

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Caterine Ibarguen won an award given mostly to the big name sprinters and distance runners. In 2018, Caterine Ibarguen showed that, by being the finest long jump and triple jumper in the world, the Columbian superstar is the IAAF Female Athlete of the year.

The Valencia Marathon put itself on the proverbial big time list with its 2018 results! The move of the marathon to December put some finely fit athletes into the mix and records abound. A Course record is one thing, but two course records PLUS a masters World record does impress.

Here is how Justin Lagat saw the race.

salida-maraton-valencia.jpgMaraton de Valencia, photo by Valencia Cuidad del running

Today is Thursday, big FL event is this weekend. Just an easy, two miles on the track, and sprint the straights, jog the turns.

IMG_5000.jpgA nice run, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Thursday, December 6, 2018-warm up, two miles on track, jog turns, sprint turns, cooldown

This is the week befoe the FootLocker XC. Keep it light this week, as this is you big race!

IMG_2688.jpgA morning run, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Wednesday, December 5, 2018-warm up, easy 30 minutes, 8 x150 meter stride outs, cooldown, cooldown.

This week is all about keeping what you need in reserve. You have made it this far. Time to put all of you into one sixteen minute time period. If you have made it to the final of NXN or Footlocker, you are among the best in the country. Time to run for you.

Steph Bruxe.jpgConsider Stephanie Bruce. Twice in 29 days, she dug into the well. In NYC, she ran 2:30.59 for 11th. On December 1, 2018, Stephanie called on her inner voice, and ran a PB of 2:29.21, finishing 2nd women at Cal International. Photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Tuesday, December 4, 2018-warm up, 1 x mile, at current 5k race pace, cooldown

credit Donald Miralle_Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series (3).jpgSasha Gollish wins Rock 'n Roll San Antonio Half Marathon photo by Donald Miralle_Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series

Sasha Gollish won the Rock 'n Roll San Antonio Half Marathon on Sunday, December 2, 2018 in 1:13.35.

This was a bit of redemption for a year that has been, well, less than optimal. Last weekend, Gollish was nearly trampled at the Canadian XC Champs and DNFed. The half win has put her on the right track, once again, one month out from the Houston Marathon. Sasha was ebullent post event, as the feeling of a good event when one has had unsatisfactory competitions really changes one's view.

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Sasha Gollish runs for Skechers Canada. She is known as a 1,500m athlete, who has ventured up to the roads. A light stride, Gollish took the lead, and she built a lead of over 90 seconds over Alia Gray and a returning Kara Goucher.

A good memory, Sasha reminded me that she had raced in San Antonio in 2015, and I had interviewed her post race those three years ago. Special thanks to Brian Eder, partner at runblogrun, who produces our audio series.

Des Linden has been busy all summer and fall. And, it has not stopped. This last weekend, Desi was in San Antonio, Texas, for one of her sponsors, Rock 'n Roll series. At San Antonio, Des was running the half marathon with two of her biggest fans, who won a contest put together by the race series.

Des Linden is recovering from the recent NYC Marathon. In the recent race of five boroughs, Desi shook up the race a bit, off a slow pace, and battled her way to sixth place. Desi was not happy with the performance. She has analyzed and analyzed the race. "If I had taken it out earlier, the race would have been different." One can see the mind of Desi Linden churning, and if we were allowed a peak inside, we would see Desi Linden breaking the race wide open.

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Desi Linden is an old fashioned road racer. Put a line in chalf on the road, and have her race to the next chalf line. No fans, no audience, just gutty racing. Linden loves to go out hard and see who can stay with her. in 2011, in Boston, she almost won the race, seeing who is the tougher athlete. Smiling, Desi Linden remembers that race, "it went just like I had imagined, until the very end."

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But, the 2018 Boston Marathon changed her life. Desi Linden won Boston in the most horrific of conditions. She is an icon now. The media was all over her, and this was not just the running media. Desi Linden is now the Boston marathon champion. Sponsors love her, runners love her. Just Saturday, a young mother with 2 children, who raced the marathon, said to me, "You know, Des is here." Desi Linden is now running.

I know Desi Linden appreciates that, after six runs in Boston, she finally won. She also appreciates the financial support from sponsors allows her to live the life of a nomadic world class distance runner. But, for Desi Linden, putting in 120-140 miles a week, on a solitary road in upstate Michigan, is, well her karma. After Des Linden won in Boston, her dharma runs with her kharma.

Desi Linden is now coached by Walt Drenth, her former college coach. Her long time sponsor, Brooks, loves her. Her manager, Josh Cox, knows how special and unique this time is. Cox juggles press junkets, media meets and training and racing for Desi, just like a former elite athlete should.

Jon Ridgeon named new IAAF CEO


Jon Ridgeon has been named new IAAF CEO, it was announced today at the IAAF Council meetings in Monaco. Afte approval of the IAAF Council, it was announced that Ridgeon will take over his new position in March 2019.

Why should you care?

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Jon Ridgeon, by Philip Fitte/Getty/IAAF

Jon Ridgeon is part of the team (Alan Pascoe, Ian Stewart) that helped bring British Athletics back from the brink of financial disaster, to become the best funded athletic federation in our sport. It was the innovation put in place under that team the shook up athletics in the British Isles and lead to both Olympic and World Championship success in 2012 and 2017.

Jon Ridgeon is charming, bright and pragmatic. He understands that, for the sport to grow, he will need to shake some things up. His sense of humor will do him well as the IAAF moves through its next set of challenges. Having Jon Ridgeon at the marketing helm allows Seb Coe to do the charm offensive that Lord Coe is so good at, and gives Jon Ridgeon a chance to shape up the financial health of the IAAF.

Tuskys XC women.jpgAgnes Tirop battles at Tuskys XC, photo by Justin Lagat

Tuskys XC men .jpgRhonex Kipruto leads at Tuskys XC, photo by Justin Lagat

This is Justin Lagat's piece from last week, November 25, on the Tuskys Wareng XC race. We missed it, with all of the holiday events last week. We hope you enjoy!

We are down to the last 2 weeks of cross country season. We are keeping this week light as the season is coming to a close. Some are also doing a light indoor season. If you keep your long run, and some light stride outs, you will surprise yourself with your racing fitness.

IMG_5141.jpgGetting in some strideouts, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Monday, December 3, 2018-warm up, easy 50 minutes, 8 x150 meter stride outs, cooldown

credit Sarah Crabill_Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series (1).jpgKara Goucher, Sasha Gollish, Alia Gray, photo by Sarah Grabill, Getty for RNR

credit Sarah Crabill_Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series (4).jpgSilas Kipruto won the Half marathon, photo by Sarah Grabill, Getty for RNR

The RNR San Antonio Races gave almost 20,000 human beings a chance to enjoy a day of movement. On a wonderful day which featured cool weather and then, increasingly warmer weather. This writer observed the half marathon from the pace truck and then watched thousands finish in the half marathon, the top finishers in the marathon finish and I was able to chat with some of the athletes and their families. I then figured out how lucky the athletes were to be in San Antonio today, with the amazing volunteers, staff and local support.

Watch for our continuing coverage of RNR San Antonio.

The word on the Valencia Marathon 2018 was that, with ten sub 2:10 men, the race would be fast. The women's field was fast as well. In the following piece, Emeterio Valiente writes for the IAAF on this emerging marathon. A new course record for men and women in the marathon, as well as Spanish all comers records, plus a new Asian men's record was set in Valencia. The city of Valencia now has hosted screamingly fast half and full marathons.

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1285541_G08_W01.jpgRenaud Lavillenie at the 2018 All Star Perche event in Clermont-Ferrand, photo by Meet Management

The European Athletics Indoor Permit series is continuing to grow. We hope to visit some of the events to see athletes prior to the European Indoor Champs in Glasgow.

Street meets for future

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Street meets for future
RALEIGH (USA): Street meets, competitions in city centers and nearby areas emphasizing sprints and field events, are growing in popularity in the United States and Europe. Already a common practice at some DL meets, street meets will be introduced to IAAF events where and when there is the right venue, the IAAF said in a statement to Reuters. "Extensive consultation has indicated a strong appetite for an urban athletics circuit or an increase in urban athletics competitions," the IAAF statement said. That increase is already underway in the United States with the American Track League (ATL, founder Paul Doyle) expanding its offerings of high entertainment, up-close competitions to street meets next year in Atlanta (July 2-3), Greenville, South Carolina (July 6), Charlotte, North Carolina (July 13) and Omaha, Nebraska (Aug 1). The popular adidas Boost Boston Games are planned for June 16.

The long run, especially at the end of the season is a time to reflect. It is the time to consider the good times and tough times of the season, and how the last 24 weeks have gone for you. It is a time to enjoy the fall and early winter and know that there are times to plan for the next season.

One more week, and you will see that seasons do end.

IMG_4997.jpgThe long run beckons, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Sunday, December 2, 2018-warm up, 75-85 minute run, cool down

Desi Linden has been quite busy in the second half of 2018. After winning the 2018 Boston Marathon, and inspiring many, Desi changed coaching and took sixth in NYC. But, the media and publicity she has undertaken since Boston has been, in her words, a bit more arduous than her training.

IMG_5533.JPGDesi Linden, photo by Larry Eder

In San Antonio, Desi is helping 2 contest winners run the Half marathon tomorrow. She is pacing the two winners to a 1:50-1:55 half marathon, which should be a fun excursion for Desi on Sunday.

Desi Linden is an example of how amazing American women distance runners are doing. We look forward to seeing how she fares in 2019, under the tutelage of Walt Drenth, her college coach.

In our upcoming 22 minute interview, Desi speaks about her magnifiscent obsession. In this video, Desi provides 3 tips on getting more out of the half marathon.

In an election watched by many of the key players in American Athletics, Willie Banks, former Wr in the Triple Jump defeated Stephanie Hightower, 391 to 217, in what one of our observers described as a partisan campaign. The voting was for IAAF Council Nominee.

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Several names had come up to challenge Ms. Hightower, a long time leader in the sport, who has been the focus of much vitriol since the 2014 reversal of the floor vote in favor of Bob Hersh. Since then, legislation had been passed so that votes by the floor would be honored by the board, unless the Board found "cause". Now, I am no doctor, but "cause" is, well problematic. Ms. Hightower became the focal point of the frustration with the USATF board, who has made a series of decisions that over-rided popular decisions.

We spoke to Willie Banks just prior to the Board of Directors Meeting. Here is the quick interview ( a more expansive one should be posted later this week).

Kara Goucher is happy and fit. This past summer and fall, Kara built up to 110 miles a week, and with no pain, she is back to giving racing a go. "When Colt (their son), went to school, I went from 4 mile runs to 12 mile runs." Gradually building her fitness, Kara Goucher has decided to give the marathon a go again. Her last one was in the 2016 Olympic Trials, where she came an oh so close 4th place.

Watch for our upcoming interview with Kara. But for now, here is a short video from the NCAA Xc champion and 2 time Olympian (as well as World Champs silver medalist at 10,000m in 2007), has provided three suggestions on how to enjoy your half marathon experience.

So, I was walking around the running event, and I was very happy to see the number of high end racing shoes, track spikes and XC racers.That challenged me to consider the importance of specialty shoes, and what they mean to the sport.

The brands that do full lines (sprint, middle distance, field events) are the top brands in running. Wow, what a coincidence? Let's get serious. Nike, adidas, ASICS, NB, Brooks, and now, Under Armour see that putting together this product is now about making big money, but about enticing the young consumer and the more serious athlete.

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1.5 million high school boys and girls compete in high school XC and track. 600,000 in XC and 900,000 in track. The kids in XC and track purchase 765,000 (approx) racers and specialty shoes in North America. Those same kids average 3-6 pairs of training shoes each, at average price of $150 each.

This is my Larry rant for the week! Support the brands that support the sport!

Today is NXN and FL West. It is the big one, the event you wanted to do all year. Stay focused. All those miles have added up.

IMG_5275.jpgBuliding to the big one, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ elite

Saturday, December 1, 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

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