April 2019 Archives

Asher_Dina200QH-WC17.jpgDina Asher-Smith, photo by PhotoRun.net
TaLou_Marie200SF1-London17.jpgMarie Jose Ta Lou, photo by PhotoRun.net
Dina A-Smith vs Talou
DOHA (QAT): Triple European champion Dina Asher-Smith and reigning world and European champion Ramil Guliyev will both launch their seasons in earnest over 200m in the Doha Diamond League. Asher-Smith will face a line-up including double world silver medallist Marie Josee Ta Lou and world 400m champion Phyllis Francis. "I am excited to start my season in Doha for the first time and test out the track at the Khalifa International Stadium ahead of the World Championships. The female sprints have so many extremely talented women at the moment and I expect Doha to be a great race," said Asher-Smith. In the men's 200m, Guliyev faces Jereem Richards, Alonso Edward, Alex Quinonez and Aaron Brown in the men's 200m; all of whom broke the 20 second-barrier in 2018. "Breaking the championship record and my lifetime best in Berlin was fantastic but I am sure I can go even faster. Of course my big aim is to defend my world title in Doha and I know I will probably have to break my lifetime best to do that," he said. Jamaica's Janieve Russell and Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad will also renew their rivalry in the 400m hurdles.
McLaughlin_SydneyFL-NewBalance19.jpgSydney McLaughlin, photo by PhotoRun.net
Pro debut for McLaughlin outside USA
SHANGHAI (CHN): The four fastest sprinters in the world last year will go head-to-head on Saturday 18 May in a bid to win the men's 100m at the Shanghai Diamond League. Christian Coleman against Su Bingtian and British Reece Prescod. With more US presence Ronnie Baker, Noah Lyles and Mike Rodgers. The women's 100m line-up is no less impressive with Jamaica's double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson racing against Marie José Ta Lou and Michelle-Lee Ahye. The field also includes Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor from Nigeria and US Aleia Hobbs, Jenna Prandini and Ashley Henderson. The Shanghai 400m races are equally strong with world silver medallist, Steven Gardiner, looking to repeat last year's victory in the men's race against Qatar's world bronze medallist, Abdalelleh Haroun, and the man he pushed into second in 2018, Isaac Makwala of Botswana. Akeem Bloomfield was one of the others and the Jamaican will also be in contention along with compatriot Nathon Allen and US trio Nathan Strother, Michael Cherry and Fred Kerley. In the women's one-lap race, Bahrain's world silver medallist Salwa Eid Nasser, takes on Poland's European champion Justyna Swiety-Ersetic and teenage hurdles sensation, Sydney McLaughlin in her pro IAAF Diamond League debut. She'll be joined by fellow US sprinters, Shakima Wimbley and Jessica Beard, while world and Olympic finalist Stephenie Ann McPherson goes for Jamaica.
Hayes-McLaughlin-NewBalance19.jpgCoach Joanna Hayes (yep, the 2004 gold medalist, 100m hurdles), and Sydney McLaughlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

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

Derrick_Chris-BAA10k18.jpgChris Derrick, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tirunesh out of London
LONDON (GBR): Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba has pulled out of the London Marathon on 28 April due to "personal reasons," informs organisers. Other notable withdrawals from the women's race include Allie Kieffer from the United States, Switzerland's Maude Mathys and Martina Strahl and Denmark's Anna Holm Jorgensen, the daughter of Henrik Jorgensen, the 1988 London Marathon. Chris Derrick from the United States and Canada's Cam Levins have both pulled out of the men's race.
Levins_CamFL-Toronto18.JPGCam Levins, photo by PhotoRun.net

In this piece, European 10,000m siilver medalist looks to the next chapter of his career, as he moves to the marathon and looks at his second London Marathon.

BashirAbdi-002.jpgBashir Abdi, photo by PhotoRun.net

Burka_Gelete1a-OttawaM18.jpgGeleta Burka, photo by PhotoRun.net
Burka wins, Calvin French record
PARIS (FRA, Apr 14): Former world indoor 1500m champion Gelete Burka had the best win of her marathon career thus far, winning the Paris Marathon in 2:22:47 (71:09/71:38) and leading an Ethiopian clean sweep ahead of Azmera Gebru (2:22:52) and Azmera Abreha (2:23:35). Clemence Calvin, whose doping suspension was lifted on the eve of the race, finished strongly to finish fourth in a big lifetime best and French record of 2:23:41 (71:09/72:32), breaking Christelle Daunay's mark of 2:24:22 from 2010. Abrha Milaw led an Ethiopian one-two in the men's race in 2:07:05 ahead of Asefa Mengistu (2:07:25) with reigning two-time champion Paul Lonyangata from Kenya having to settle for third in 2:07:29. Former European 10,000m champion Polat Kemboi Arikan was the first European finisher in sixth in 2:08:14 while the current European 10,000m champion Morhad Amdouni was eighth on his debut in 2:09:14.
Calvin_ClemenceM-EuroXC12.jpgClemence Calvin, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's the truth abou the running business. At the end of the day, for a brand to be successful, they must make great shoes, one season after another. Most brands complicate the situation by trying to change programs that were working, or they under value the human capital that made them a success. I reposted this video because of the Boston Marathon Expo. The line was outside the Hynes this year, per my observers, due to security. The huge reason why Boston Expo thrives is that the running community gets to talk and share ideas.

Watch for our updates on the industry later this week. But, until then, watch my Conversations with Larry video and consider how many brands are screwing up their running business because they do not listen to the consumer, or their staffs. Also note that the brands that do succeed normally have management who go to the shows and understand that talking to the community is good for business.

361 booth .pngThe 361 USA booth at 2018 Running Event, photo by The Shoe Addicts

Walsh_TomH-Pre18.jpgTom Walsh, photo by PhotoRun.net
Walsh vs Crouser
DOHA (QAT): Men´s shot put at IAAF Diamond League opener in Doha on May 3 will have the clash of World champion Tom Walsh with Olympic winner Ryan Crouser. The line-up also features 2017 Diamond League champion Darrell Hill and top Europeans Michal Haratyk with Tomas Stanek. In the field also David Storl with Joe Kovacs. The men's discus also boasts a star-studded line-up featuring world and European champion Andrius Gudzius from Lithuania, world and European silver medallist Daniel Stahl from Sweden and Olympic champion Christoph Harting from Germany. They will be joined by the London bronze medallist Mason Finley and Olympic silver medallist Piotr Malachowski from Poland. Bulgaria's Mirela Demireva who was not competing indoors is heading the women high jump. The line-up also includes Elena Vallortigara from Italy, former European indoor champion Airine Palsyte from Lithuania and Ukraine's Kateryna Tabashnyk with young star Yaroslava Mahuchikh.
Crouser_Ryan-Oslo18.jpgRyan Crouser, photo by PhotoRun.net

Guy Morse took the Boston Marathon, kicking and screaming into the modern age. This video series was done by The Shoe Addicts and RunBlogRun. The 4 part series provides some amazing insights into the challenges in taking an iconic amateur event like the BAA Boston Marathon and bringing it into the modern world of sports. Morse was involved with adidas, Gatorade and of course, John Hancock, and the long term agreements that give the Boston marathon its financial stability.

Morse_Guy-WorldMM06.jpgGuy Morse, 2006 WMM, photo by PhotoRun.net

Flanagan_ShalaneH1b-Baa10k16.jpgShalane Flanagan, photo by PhotoRun.net

BOSTON (USA): Former New York Marathon champion Shalane Flanagan admits she might require knee surgery if she plans to return to elite level racing, informs NBC Sport. "My knees are not doing so well. They've been hurting. So I have to figure that out. I may need surgery. I'm not sure. That's kind of scary. But I know that it's going to pass. I'm going to be better for it. And I'm going to appreciate my health when I can do a lot of running," she said.

Flanagan_FV-OlyGames16.jpgShalane Flanagan, 2016 Rio Olympics, photo by PhotoRun.net

The body works in fascinating ways. As spring hits around the country, warm weather is coming to most of the country, our bodies discover that they can run fast. A few races, and our bodies say, well, time to find warp speed. The work over the winter helped build your enduance, and your speed. You just needed some racing.

Some people take longer than others. I just needed 4-5 races to race over the mile and 6-7 to race over 2 miles.

Consider Scott Fauble, who yesterday ran 2:09.09 at Boston, finishing seventh. His 3 minute, 26 second PB was masterful and inspiring.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019-warm up, 50 minute run, 8 x 150m, core training, cooldown

Tempo runs are a key to your success. And you will use them in the future as you move up in distances. In high school, many of us ran 2 miles or 3200 meters. As you get more advanced in your running, tempos become even more important.

Yesterday, Scott Fauble took seventh in the Boston Marathon. Scott runs for HOKA NAZ Elite and has a propensity for very large burritoes. In Boston, he averaged 4:55 a mile for 26.2 miles running 2:09.09. A good high schooler, and good college runner, Scott has blossomed on the roads. His focused training, his sense of humor, those burritoes, listening to his coach and tempo runs all played a part in his development.

Where will you go? How fast will you run? Remember, tempo runs, burritoes and focus.

Tuesday, April 17, 2019-warm up, 20 minute tempo run, run at 30 second per mile above your 5k current race pace, 4 times 800m, 2 mile pace, 400m jog between, cooldown

Fauble_Scott-BostonMar19.jpgScott Fauble, 7th place, 2:09.09, Boston Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

When I asked David Hunter to write about the men and women elite fields in Boston, I knew what I would get. Hunter prepares thoughtfully and reviews the events forensically. In David's features, we see how the races develop and how damn hard it is to be an elite athlete. The story of Lawrence Cherono and the sub theme of Scott Fauble and Jared Ward are important players in US marathon sweepstakes are key.

Cherono-Desisa-Boston19.JPGCherono and Lelisa call upon their inner speed, photo by PhotoRun

Enjoy this piece on the 2019 Boston Marathon, the men's elite field in particular, provided by Senior Writer David Hunter.

Cherono-DesisaFH-Boston19.JPGAnd it comes to the final meters, photo by PhotoRun

Cherono vs Desisa, the final strides, photo by PhotoRun
Lawrence Cherono, photo by PhotoRun
The nightmare for an elite athlete is to have to battle athletes at the very end of the marathon. By 24-25 miles, the athlete is feeling a) exhausted, b) grumpy and c) see a and b. To muster up a kick is something that should not be for the squeamish. NBC announcer Craig Masback noted such when he worried out loud about Lelisa Desisa and his hamstrings. None the less, Cherono and Desisa battled, for 580 meters, beforer Desisa, the 2018 NYC champion, and 2013, and 2015 Boston champion, knew his race was lost.
Just how close was the race? Well, the closest since 1988, thirty-one years ago.

Degefa_WorkneshFHL-BostonM19.jpgWorknesh Degefa wins 2019 Boston Marathon, in 2:23.31, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Boston Marathon is true rite of Spring. This year, the weather looked to be horrific early on, but as RunBlogRun senior writer David Hunter noted, prior to the race: "Thunder claps at 7:00 AM in Back Bay. Strong rain. Windshield wipers on at full speed. Had hooded slicker on. But pants got soacked during ten minute walk to Copley Plaza Hotel. Looks Like rain stopped in Hopkinton and Ashland. Temp in 60's. Meaningful tailwind.Could get to 70 later in the day. Much better than '18. Miserable 90 minutes ago. But looks improving now."

David Hunter's text was prescient. The weather gods showed their might, and then, gave the 34,000 plus marathoners a glorious day to PB!

David did the features, as he has done today. Unfortunately, with a stomach bug, I attempted to watch from lovely Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, but the streaming had some issues. I followed off the Boston Marathon application, which was quite good.

But nothing filled in the picture until David's piece arrived. Another wonderful day in Boston! Thinking of my friends in the Charlesmark and the Lenox, as well as 34,000 friends of running.

Degefa_WorkneshLeds-Boston19.JPGWorknesh Degefa building her lead, photo by PhotoRun.net

Carolyn Mather has missed few major marathons in the past 4 decades in the U.S. She knows most of the elite U.S. women and has written for the iconic Running Journal (now on hiatus as publisher Bruce Morrison has taken ill), since the last 1970s. We asked Carolyn to opine on the women's race today and she put together this focused piece on the top elite and top elite American women.

Monday is a moderate day. Focus on one piece of the workout at a time.

Monday, April 15, 2019-warm up, 45 minutes moderate run, back to the track, 6 times 300 meter cut downs, easy jogs between, 150m stride outs, core work, cooldown

IMG_0938.jpegA clean pair of heels, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Obiri_HellenFH-Worldxc19.jpgHellen Obiri takes the 2019 WXC in Aarhus, photo by PhotoRun.net

Runblogrun asked Justin Lagat to provide a reason for the less than stellar performances in Aarhus, Denmark. Justin provided five reasons.

European Athletics continues to grow and make some impressive moves that bode well for the future of the sport in Europe. The re-election of Sven Arne Hansen as President of EAA is a good omen.

Hansen_SvenArne-EuroXC18.jpgSven Arne Hansen, photo by PhotoRun.net

Original post April 16, 2018

Repost December 31, 2018

Repost April 14, 2019

David Hunter has written for runblogrun for many years. David covered the Boston Marathon by his lonesome this year. The previous several years, David and I had spent the Boston Marathon day covering the event from the media center. I had had heart surgery on April 11. So, I watched the event via Columbia (bootleg) and Poland. Next year, in Boston.

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

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

A digression.

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

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

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

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

Enough said.

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

Case closed.

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

Original post, April 16, 2018

Repost, April 14, 2019

Keflezighi_MebFV1-Boston14.jpgMeb Keflezighi winning the 2014 BAA Boston Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

On the eve of the 2019 Boston Marathon, Skechers sent us this short interview with Meb Keflezighi about his Boston Marathon win and his 2019 Grand Marshal role on Monday!

Nancy Kiprop has been on the global stage since 2004, when she ran a 4:25.04 in Spain. Kiprop debuted over the marathon distance in 2007, when she ran 2:46.24 in Hong Kong. Nancy broke 2:30 for the first time, in Valencia, on November 15, 2015 in 2:27.34.

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

Andy Edwards interviewed Nancy Kiprop prior to her racing in the Vienna City Marathon on Sunday, April 7. Andy Edwards and Jorg Wenig are Race News Service. Race News Service promotes races around the world with video, audio and text content.

At the Vienna City Marathon marathon, Nancy Kiprop ran a PB of 2:22.12 on 7 April, one month after a 1:09.12 at the Maraton de Paris on 10 March 2019.

Robert Chemosin just raced at the 2019 Vienna City Marathon. Prior to the race, Robert spoke with Andy Edwards of Race News Service. Robert Chemosin has run marathons since 2015, when he ran a 2:08:05 PB.

Chemosin_RobertFV1-RomeH15.jpgRobert Chemosin, photo by PhotoRun.net

Robert finished 8th in 2:10.19. Chemosin has raced from the 5k to the full marathon. PBs of 28.54 for 10k, 43.14 for 15k and 59.19 for the half marathon, Chemosin is one of those guys in the front pack, looking for a big day.

Kenneth Keter is a Kenyan distance runner with a PB of 2:07.34 from the 2018 Frankfurt Marathon. Kennth has also run 27:50 (Praha, Sept 2016), for 10k, 44:16 for 15k (1 May 2016) in Le Puy-en Velay, FRA and 59:48 for the half marathon in Venlo, NED on 20 March 2016.

KENNETH-KETER.jpgKenneth Keter, photo courtesy of Daily Kenya News

Kenneth Keter was interviewed by Andy Edwards of Race News Service, our global partner. Andy and his partner, Jorg Wenig manage communications for several of the finest global events in our sport.

Kenneth Keter finished 10th at the Vienna City Marathon, in 2:10.15 on 7 April 2018.

Kenneth is one of the fine Kenyan athletes, looking for his big break. His Half Marathon suggest that a big marathon is ahead of him, perhaps a 2:05. We will have to wait and see.

EvaWutti_5NH9416_HerbertNeubauer.jpgEva Wutti, photo courtesy of Sparkasse

Eva Wutti did this interview prior to her run at the Vienna City Marathon on April 7, 2019. Evan finished sixth in 2:34.12. Eva Wutti is a pro cylist and pro triathlete. She was 4th in the 2018 Madrid ETU Challenge Long Distance European Championships in September 2018. Her discussion prior to the Vienna City Marathon with Andy Edwards of Race News Service.

Andy added the following on the champion triathlete:

"Eva is Austrian and a former champion triathlete, winner of the women's Ironman titles 2014 in Barcelona, 2013 Copenhagen and twice winner of the Klagenfurt event in Austria, 2015 and 2017. The latter was her last triathlon. Eva describes - in excellent English - how she watched the London Marathon in 2015 and that inspired her wish to become a marathon runner, change sports. Eva made her marathon debut here in Vienna last year, finished 7th in 2:37:59 and hopes to break 2:34 on Sunday, ultimately her goals are to run Olympic and World Champs marathon. Eva says that was what she felt was missing in triathlon, the big race to go for...She currently lives in Barcelona but has prepared for Vienna City Marathon at her usual base in Graz in Austria."

An excellent second marathon by Evan Wutti.

IMG_8269.jpgOur sport is challenging, photo by Mike Deering/TheShoeAddicts

When one challenges limits, as we do in athletics each and every day, there are good days and bad days. At the end of my sophomore year in high school, I had moved to California from Missouri, was homesick and had finished dead last in the 2 mile at the WCAL League meet. Despondent, I walked over to my coach, Fr. Rocket Ray Devlin, S.J.. Father Devlin was a man of some complication, but contemplation was not one of his gifts. I asked Father how I could get better. Father Devlin took about 30 seconds, then noted, "run more".

I took that to heart, and started with two miles a day, building up to 15-16 miles a day. Now, a caveat. This was 1974, and we thought running could cure anything. So, I built up over the summer, and by the fall, I was about ten pounds thinner, and had run many miles over the summer. That fall, I took tenth in JV, and was no longer finishing at the back of the pack. The improvement motivated me, and in my junior year, I began to run much faster, and train much harder.

Long runs were relaxing for me. They also provided solace for me when my racing did not go with my expectations.

Use your long runs on Sundays to consider your past week of running. Enjoy the run and consider how to enjoy your running more.

Sunday, April 14, 2019-warm up, 75 minutes, cooldown

180911-DesLinden-1900.jpgDes Linden training in Michigan, photo by Brooks communications

Original post, 20 March 2019

Repost, April 14, 2019

This piece by David Hunter is a tremendous read prior to the 2019 Boston Marathon. Desi Linden is fit, can she defend? The element of surprise is no longer there, but the committment of Ms. Linden to her goal, and her affection for the course puts her in a strong position. Truth is, the marathon is a terribly difficult event. Racing at the elite level, well, winning at the elite level means that you have experienced the perfect storm.

This is a story written by David Hunter on 2018 Boston champ Desi Linden. That David was able to connect with Des Linden is thanks to Josh Cox, manager of Des Linden and, of course, Desi Linden. The 2018 Boston champion's life has changed, with that hard fought victory. Media interest, and sponsor interest became huge. Desi Linden, 2018 Boston champion, wants to defend her title in April 2019.

Desi Linden kept her running up, which gave her some focus, even though, the training prior to NYC was, well, challenging.

Desi Linden is a very focused, painfully honest, and a favorite of the running community. In this feature, David Hunter gives us a view of one of our finest American marathoners who will line up in less than four weeks at the starting line in Boston.

We wish her much luck.

Last Sunday, Ed Cheserek, to the delight of his fans and of his sponsor, Skechers, took the win in Carlsbad. His time of 13:29 was a WR equalling event, as the IAAF began recognizing road WRs in 2019.

Cheserek_EdwardFH-Carlsbad5k19.JPgEd Cheserek takes the Carlsbad 5000m, photo by PhotoRun.net

What is good about this event is that, under new ownership, the Carlsbad 5000 has a team that wants to grow the event. They more than doubled the prize money in 2019, from $10,500 to $24,000!

We hope that this event finds a new sponsor, as the event is one of the iconic ones!

Thanks to Dan Cruz, one of my fave PR guys, on his piece on the 2019 Carlsbad 5000.

Lokedi_SharonFH-Carlsbad5k.JPgSharon Lukedi takes the win in Carlsbad, photo by PhotoRun.net

image1.jpegTom Fleming, Toshiko Seko, Bill Rodgers, 1979 Boston, photographer unknown

The era of Bill Rodgers in road running was unique. Rodgers was an easy going killer. The guy could run 140 miles a week in his sleep, one time winning 38 races of all distances in a row, quietly juggling global travel and 4 world class marathons in a year. That mellowness, along with his GBTC team mates, watched by perhaps the most eccentric and joyous coach in distance running (Bill Squires), allowed Bill Rodgers to focus his killer instinct into some brutally contested road races.

A few years ago, Bill Rodgers told this writer that in all of his good Boston's he felt poorly until he hit the hills. Frank Shorter called Bill Rodgers 'a freak of nature' out of awe and respect for his ability to train and compete at such a high level for so many years.

Jeff Benjamin's feature on the 40th anniversary of Bill Rodgers' finest victory is a joy to read, and takes us back to a time when social media was trading TFN gossip after a track workout, sharing the NY Marathon issues by The Runner, coming out 2 months after the event, and Bill Rodgers was "Bill".

Do I wish we were back at that time? What I wish for was that races appreciation for the need of the media to build interest in the sport, by video, audio and text content. Bill Rodgers was Bill because of all the stories wrritten by Joe Concanon, Tom Dederian and Kenny Moore, giving us an inner view into the amazing road warrior that was Bill Rodgers.

Dominic_RobertFH1-BAAmile19.JPGIn his first pro race, Robert Dominico wins a close BAA Invite mile, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hiltz-LipariFH1a-BAAmile19.JPGNicki Hiltz battles Emily Lipari in BAA Invite Mile, photo by PhotoRun.net

The BAA Invite Mile has become an institution in Boston. On Boston Saturday, the Invite Mile is part of the Boston Marathon Weekend. It has become a big fan favorite. The fields feature top young milers, and are well recieved. The close finishes were exciting, and here is an superb piece by James O'Brien for the BAA official site: https://www.baa.org/news. James O'Brien is also the publisher of the New York Athletic Club publication, Wingfoot, one of the oldest and most prestigious athletic club publications in North America.

Gebrhiwet_HagosFV-BAA5km19.JPgHagos Gebrehewit takes the BAA 5k, photo by PhotoRun.net

The BAA 5K has developed into a key event of the BAA Boston Marathon weekend. The event had 8,484 runners competing in the Back Bay of Boston, held on Saturday morning before the Boston marathon. The elite race features some of the finest American, Ethiopian and Kenyan athletes at the distance, and gets Boston Saturday started.

Barbara Heubner, reknowned running journalist on all things Boston running, and a great friend of @runblogrun, wrote the following feature, for https://www.baa.org/news (please check the site daily for updates on the weekend).

Ngige_MonicahFV-BAA5km19.JPgMonica Ngige wins the BAA 5k in a new PB, 15:16, photo by PhotoRun.net

Well, the running gods know that Boston marathon runners are a special breed. The weather was tough in 2018, and now, in 2019, deja vu all over again. This year, the wind and rain are back, but, the temperatures are the question. So, please be careful.

LindenHelpsFlanagan1-Boston18.JPGLinden helps Flanagan, photo by PhotoRun.net

The weather in Boston is always changing. This year, the B.A.A. announced a warning for Inclement weather on Monday, April 15, 2019. The B.A.A. notes winds, rain and temperaturers varying, depending on the weather cast, 30 to 60.

Please read the update below and be prepared.


Women's leaders from Boston 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

Update 4/13/19-3 PM: The weather on Saturday is 70 degrees and wonderful! Monday is expected rainy, less wind than 2018 and in 50s to 70s. Again watch the weather updates.

Ekiru_TitusFV-Milan19.jpgTitus Eriku, Generali Marathon Milano, photo by PhotoRun.net


Vivian Kipligat wins Milano in 2:22.25, fastest time in Italy by women ever, and new Course record, photo by PhotoRun

Justin Lagat wrote this piece about the success of the Kenyans over the weekend of April 6-7. It was also the first weekend that two sub 2:05 marathons were run in the same weekend.

Racing in April is one of the highlights of high school spring racing. Running in one of the many heats of a big invitational, the excitement of the events, many runners set their very bests. I recall running a 2 mile in King City, California at the King City Invitational. Lap after lap, I was running faster than I ever had. I recall that it was so very easy that day. In a section with 40 fellow runners, I ran my PB for two miles.

_DSC0529.jpgScott Fauble running his PB in NYC, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Racing is now in the high season, stay focused and good luck!

Saturday, April 13, 2019-warm up, Prime distance (1 race) and relay, if needed, cooldown

Bondarenko_BohdanQ-WorC17.jpgBohdan Bondarenko, photo by PhotoRun.net
Bondarenko wants to have the comeback in Shanghai
KYIV (UKR): High jump world champion 2013 and Rio Olympic bronze medalist Bohdan Bondarenko plans to start his competition season at Shanghai Diamond League on May 18. It will be after one year break his first competition. 29-year-old Ukrainian didn't perform since 24 August 2017, when he cleared 231 for third place at the Diamond League final in Brussels. "My main task for now is just to start to compete. We are working a lot on the technical part. I want to show high quality jumps this summer," Bondarenko told XSport.
Asher_Dina-Stockholm18.jpgDina Asher-Smith, photo by PhotoRun.net
Dina against Thompson, Schippers and Talou
LONDON (GBR): Treble European champion Dina Asher-Smith will face a star-studded line-up in the 100m in the London IAAF Diamond League on 21 July, informs organisers. The line-up also features Olympic 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson, two-time world 200m champion Dafne Schippers and double world silver medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou from the Ivory Coast. The quartet holds 18 Olympic and world medals between them, with the figure growing to 39 medals when taking European and Commonwealth Games medals into account. Thompson is the fastest in the line-up with a 10.70 PB.
Hansen_SvenArne-EuroXC18.jpgSven Arne Hansen, photo by PhotoRun.net
Hansen to continue with delivering the change
PRAGUE (CZE): The 2019 European Athletics Congress on April 13 will be highlighted by the election of the European Athletics President, Vice Presidents and Council Members. "Elections are often referred to as historic, but I believe that this description is genuinely appropriate on this occasion because we will take important steps towards improving the gender balance of our senior positions," said European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen, who will be standing unopposed for a second four-year term. Britain´s Cherry Alexander looks set to become the first woman in the history of the organisation to become European Athletics Vice President. The venue for the Congress is the Hilton Prague in the centre of the Czech capital. Candidates will make their presentations on Friday 12 April, the elections will take place during the main part of the Congress on Saturday 13 April and the first meeting of the newly-elected Council will be on Sunday 14 April. In additional to the elections, the Congress will also hear the financial reports for 2017 and 2018 and approve the financial plan for 2020-23 as well as consider amendments to the constitution and proposals from both the Council and European Athletics Member Federations. From European Athletics.

Mo Aman for Brazil

Aman_Mohammed-Pre16.jpgMo Aman, photo by PhotoRun.net
Aman for Brazil
BRAGANCA PAULISTA (BRA): The 35th edition of Grande Prêmio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo (IAAF World Challenge) will be held on April 28 and announced its first global star, the 2013 World Champion in the 800 m Mohammed Aman from Ethiopia. Against him in-shape Lucirio Garrido from Venezuela. In the 1500 m confirmed are Kenyan Michael Kibet with Morrocans Hicham Ouladha, Younéss Essalhi and Hicham Akankam. In women´s 3000 m more Ethiopians Beyenu Degefa and Tigist Ketema.

Friday is a day of core, light run and stride outs. Good luck on Saturday's racing.

IMG_5076.jpgKellyn Taylor, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Friday, April 12, 2019-warm up, 50 minute run, 8 x 150m, core training, cooldown

The idea of the big day is about building your strength and speed. Make sure that you focus one set of 4x400m at a time. A big good cooldown is important.

IMG_5141.jpgFocus is on the track, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Thursday, April 11, 2019-warm up, 16 times 400m, mile pace, 200m jog, cooldown


Abderraham Samba, photo by PhotoRun.net

DOHA (QAT): Athletics Asia is reporting that 29 athletes will represent Qatar at the Asian Championships from 21-24 April in Doha. The team will include Abdalelah Haroun (400m) Abderrahman Samba (400m hurdles) and Ashraf El Seify (hammer). "Our athletes are ready to make the country proud. We prepared well for this competition and we realise how great an opportunity it is to build on our success at the Asian Games and brace ourselves for the World Championships in September," said Qatar Athletics Federation President Dr. Thani Abdulrahman Al Kuwari.

Ritzenhein_DathanH-BaaHalf17.jpgDathan Ritzenhein, photo by PhotoRun.net

BOSTON (USA): US marathoner Dathan Ritzenhein says he will go into the Boston Marathon this Monday with a "healthy fear" of the distance as he bids to complete his first marathon in nearly four years. After running his PB of 2:07:47 in 2012, he had a DNF in New York in 2016 and was a late withdrawal from last year's Boston.

BOSTON (USA): After missing the Boston and Chicago Marathons through injury last year, Jordan Hasay has said she feels "really fresh and really good" ahead of the Boston Marathon, informs Women's Running. "This time I'm raring to go. I feel mentally really fresh and really good. It's a really great spot to be in," she said. Hasay has also confirmed she plans to contest an autumn marathon ahead of the US Olympic Trials in 2020. "I've only raced two marathons ever, so I want the experience," she said. Hasay finished third on her debut in the Boston Marathon in 2017 in 2:23:00.

Hasay_Jordan-HoustonM17.jpgJordan Hasay, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wednesday is an easy day, after the tempo run, and enjoy the run, and the stride outs. Keep the strideouts relaxed and focus on the form. Focus then on your core training.

IMG_5076.jpgKellyn Taylor, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Wednesday, April 10, 2019-warm up, 50 minute run, 8 x 150m, core training, cooldown

STOCKHOLM (SWE): Organisers of the Bauhaus Galan Stockholm Diamond League have announced Henrik Ingebrigtsen will be joining Filip and Jakob in the 1500m on 30 May.

Ingebrigsten_JakobFV1-EuroXC18.jpgJakub Ingebrigtsen, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ekiru_TitusFV-Milan19.jpgTitus Eriku wins Milan, photo by PhotoRun.net
Kiplagat_VivianR1-Milan19.jpgVivian Kiplagat wins Milano Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net
Italian All-comers records
MILAN (ITA, Apr 7): Titus Ekiru and Vivian Kiplagat shattered the Italian all-comers' records at the Generali Milan Marathon. Ekiru clocked 2:04:46 (62:29/62:15) to take nearly three minutes off his previous lifetime best of 2:07:43 and also the Italian all-comers' record of 2:07:13. Evans Chebet (2:07:22) and Edwin Koech (2:08:24) made it a Kenyan clean sweep. Stefano La Rosa was the best Italian finisher in seventh in 2:14:16. In the women's race, Kiplagat stopped the clock at 2:22:25 (71:06/71:19) to break the previous Italian all-comers' record of 2:22:53, as well as Margaret Okayo's long-standing course record of 2:24:59. Kiplagat won by more than 10 minutes ahead of teammate Joan Kigen (2:32:32) with Ethiopia's Abebe Ayelu third in 2:37:50.
Kipserem_Marius-Milan13.jpgMarius Kipserem, photo by PhotoRun.net
Ozbilen_Kaan-EuroXC18.jpgKaan Kigen Ozbilen, photo by PhotoRun.net
Kipserem 2:04:11 PB, Kaan Kigen 2:05:26 EL
ROTTERDAM (NED, Apr 7): Kenya's Marius Kipserem smashed the course record in the Rotterdam Marathon with a 2:04:11 PB (62:17/61:54) ahead of Turkey's Kaan Kigen Ozbilen who moved to second on the European all-time list behind Mo Farah with a 2:05:26 NR, also European lead 2019. Fellow Kenyan Emmanuel Saina was third in 2:05:42 while Abdi Nageeye smashed the Dutch record with 2:06:18 to finish fourth and also move to fourth on the European all-time list. European champion Koen Naert just missed the Belgian record but was seventh in a big lifetime best of 2:07:39 courtesy of a negative split (64:03/63:36). Ethiopia's Ashete Bekere won the women's race in 2:22:55 ahead of Kenya's Stella Barsosio (2:23:37) and Aliphine Tuliamuk from the United States in third (2:26:48).

Tuesday is tempo day. We also get you to exhaustion, and have you focus on finishing strong.

IMG_6365.jpgTempo work, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Tuesday-warm up, 20 minute tempo run, run at 30 second per mile above your 5k current race pace, 4 times 800m, 2 mile pace, 400m jog between, cooldown

Coleman_ChristianQ-USind18.jpgChristian Coleman, photo by PhotoRun.net
Coleman for double
LOS ANGELES (USA): World indoor record holder Christian Coleman plans for a sprint double at US championships in July. Informs Reuters per confirmation of his agent Emanuel Hudson. "He's healthy. We are not putting him in a whole bunch of meets and his last likely race, in Lausanne, will be 20 days before the U.S. championships," Hudson said.
Kendricks_Sam1-Pre18.jpgSam Kendricks, photo by PhotoRun.net
Morris_Sandi1a-Oslo18.jpgSandi Morris, photo by PhotoRun.net
Kendricks and Morris for Drake Relays
DES MOINES (USA): Sam Kendricks and Sandi Morris will defend their titles in the pole vault at the Drake Relays on 27 April. Meanwhile, US indoor champion Andrew Irwin and Kortney Ross, who jumped a PB of 463 indoors this winter, will compete in the street event held in the city two days beforehand. In the men 200 m the headliner will be Wallace Spearmon who is the meet record holder against US sprinters Ameer Webb, Vernon Norwood along with Dominican Republic Yancarlos Martinez and Turkey´s European 100 m medalist Jak Ali Harvey. The event will also have a local flavor as former UNI standout Brandon Carnes returns and Indian Hills Community College freshman Kenny Bednarek makes his Relays debut.

Super four from Kenya

Obiri_Hellen-CampaccioXC18.jpgHellen Obiri, photo by PhotoRun.net
Kipruto_Conseslus1-Pre18.jpgConseslus Kipruto, photo by PhotoRun.net
Super four from Kenya
DOHA (QAT): Kenyans Hellen Obiri, Conseslus Kipruto, Timothy Cheruiyot and Emmanuel Korir who all won the Diamond League titles in their respective events in 2018 will compete in the Doha Diamond League on 3 May. Obiri will contest the 3000m in which she will face world indoor record-holder Genzebe Dibaba as well as teammates Caroline Kipkoech, Beatrice Chepkoech and Agnes Tirop while Kipruto will renew his rivalry with Morocco's Soufiane El Bakkali in the 3000m steeplechase. In the 800m, Korir faces a line-up including Botswana's Nijel Amos, USA's Donavan Brazier and Poles Marcin Lewandowski and Adam Kszczot while Cheruiyot faces training partner Elijah Manangoi and former world indoor champion Ayanleh Souleiman from Djibouti in the 1500m.

Monday is a relaxed day. Enjoy the run, stay focused on the core and stride outs.

IMG_6143.jpgTime to focus, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Monday, April 8, 2019-warm up, 45 minutes moderate run, back to the track, 6 times 300 meter cut downs, easy jogs between, 150m stride outs, core work, cooldown

Abraham_TadesseFH1-Euros16.jpgTadesse Abraham, photo by PhotoRun.net

VIENNA (AUT): Tadesse Abraham was disappointed not to get closer to Mo Farah's European record in the Vienna Marathon yesterday when he finished second in 2:07:24, informs organisers. "I was disappointed not to have got close to the record but I could still feel Dubai in my legs [2:09:50 in January]. I'll probably run the World Championships in Doha but shall discuss with my coach first," he said.

Abraham_Tadesse-Ottawa15.jpgTadesse Abraham, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lasitskene_Mariya-Rome18.jpgMaria Lasitskene, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lasitskene leads the list for Prefontaine
STANFORD (USA): Mariya Lasitskene, the world's dominant women's high jumper, will be facing on June 30 an incredible collection of young Prefontaine Classic débutantes as she attempts to repeat her success from the '17 edition, where she raised the meet record to 203. Also in the field from Ukraine World medalist Yulia Levchenko and U20 record holder Yaroslava Mahuchikh. Morgan Lake, Erika Kinsey and Airine Palsyte are other Europeans beeing invited. The US high jump class will be represented by Vashti Cunningham.

mo moves 35k.pngMo Farah, photo by Sean Hartnett/Chicago Marathon
Farah for Vitality 10 km road race
LONDON (GBR): Chicago Marathon winner Mo Farah is confirmed to defend his title in the Vitality London 10,000 on the road on 27 May, informs organisers. Farah will be looking for his sixth victory in the race having previously won in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2018. The Vitality London 10,000 also incorporates the British Athletics 10km Championships for both men and women.

The long run we prescribe is 75-90 minutes, at a pace where you can speak full words. Add some hills and change the terrain, and you have a complete run. Train on Sundays with friends and enjoy the company, talk through the week. Long runs can tend towards the contemplative. Many work through upcoming projects and gain understanding of challenges from the past week.

IMG_5330.jpgA long run on the trails, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Sunday, April 7, 2019-warm up, 75 minutes, cooldown

2019 Prague.jpgBernard Kimeli runs 59:07, photo by RunCzech

Another fast half marathon in Prague continues to show and depth and speed of the RunCzech events. Check out the results and race story below.

The Carlsbad 5000 had fallen onto hard times. The new group, featuring Ashley Graham, Hawi Keflezighi, Meb Keflezighi and a group of industry investors is trying to save it.

The field is quite good, and we hope that the community continues to support this iconic event! Looking forward to seeing Ed Cheserek and Hassan Mead battle!

Cheserek_EdFV1-NBiGP18.jpgEd Cheserek, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mead_Hassan-Falmouth18.jpgHassan Mead, photo by PhotoRun.net

Now in its 19th year, the Generali Milano Marathon will have 40,000 participating this weekend, and that is only the humans. On Friday night, one hundred dogs sniffed, walked, ran and made new friends in the Dog Run.

cow.jpgAn Italian cow mascot for Nestle's Frutolla, a yoghurt product, photo by Larry Eder

The Generali Milano Marathon hosted the Bridgestone School run on Saturday, and 13,000 kids and their parents ran and walked with them, as a large Italian cow mascot, quite popular with the kids, did high fives. The 3k run/walk ended in the Expo area, which was getting crowded as marathoners and relay runners, their families toured the expo.

IMG_7707.JPGGiancarlo Tambieri, Euro Champ, HJ and Bridgestone spokesperson, with suttle promo for Winter Olympics 2026 bid by Milano, photo by Larry Eder

Thee was something for every type of runner, and non-runner at the Milano Running Festival.

The HAJ Hannover Marathon is about the German national championships, as well as some global racing. The HAJ Hannover marathon is part of the crazy opening weekend of the spring road racing season. Arne Gabius will have seven sub 2:09 runners to race with! Should be interesting.

Gabius-EichelBib-Hannover19-2.JPGArne Gabius and Race Director Steffi Eichel, photo by Victah Sailer/www.photorun.net

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Kenneth Keter, Robert Chemosin and Tadesse Abraham during the press conference in Vienna. Photo: Vienna City Marathon / Leo Hagen

The Vienna City Marathon has Tadesse Abraham chasing Mo Farah's 2:05.11 ER from the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Let's see how close Abraham can get to Farah's ER. It is a big difference between 2:06.40 and 2:05.11.

1286645_G08_W01.jpgSifan Hassan, from Generali Berlin HM organizers

Siffan Hassan is one of the fine athletes who has revitalized European Athletics. For young men, young women, from Norway to Greece, there are role models to learn from. The multi European champ, in XC, indoor and outdoor track, is moving to the longer distances. I for one, want to see her run the 10,000m on the track, but I will leave that to her coaches, Pete Julian and Alberto Salazar.

The Berlin HM could be a scorcher on Sunday, April 7.

1939 Marathon.jpgOne of the busiest weekends of the year is a prime example of the good and the challenges in the sport. With so many events in running, it is hard to promote events. In Italy, there are 2 major marathons. I am in Milan and will be coveing it live at 9 am on Sunday. Below, thanks to EME News, is some of the events that will happen on Sunday!

The racing season is upon us. This weekend was the Arcadia Invitational, the big west coast outdoor invitational. Around the country, the big meets are beginning. Stay focused in your races. Let them develop organically and make your move from a different place each week. Always cooldown and warm up well, and remember to get into dry clothes post race.

IMG_5139.jpgMake sure you warm up well, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Saturday, April 7, 2019-warm up, Prime distance (1 race) and relay, if needed, cooldown

For running to grow, it must evolve. This year, participation in Canada and US is down 12-15 percent. The few exceptions are Chicago, NYC and Boston, plus key events like Big Sur, Flying Pig and LAM.

The folks at Conqur Endurance shook things up a bit with the press conference. They took the Presser from the confines of the Staples Center to Griffith Park, and increased media attention. I did interviews of Juan Luis Barrios and Weldon Kirui while there.

DSC_1897.jpgWeldon Kirui, 2018 SPLAM winner, photo by Brian Eder/RunBlogRun

Weldon Kirui had won 2 times until 2019. His dream, however, of a third win did not come to fruition, as he took fifth, a fine performance, but, not, alas, his goal.

This interview is interesting for several reasons. The focus of Weldon comes to the front stage, in spite of jet lag and a few other issues. The desires of so many elite marathoners intertwine, reminding us, how does one convince themselves that it is their day.

In the end, Elisha Barno took victory, 150 meters from the finish, right from the hands of John Korir. It made for great moments in LA Marathon history. My guess is that Weldon KIrui will be back.

Kellyn Taylor is one of the most versatile of American distance runners, having competed in 5000m and 10,000m in 2012 Olympic Trials, and 5,000m, 10,000m and Marathon in 2016 Olympic Trials, finishing 4th in 2016 at 10,000m and 6th in marathon in 2016 Trials. Last June, Kellyn Taylor made the major break through, winning the fabled Grandma's marathon, and setting a new CR/PB of 2:24.19.

IMG_5274.jpgKellyn Taylor, putting in the miles, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

This came after Kellyn DNFed in the cold nightmare that was Boston 2018. Coach Ben Rosario knew that Kellyn had a good one in her, and she showed that at Grandma's! We look forward to her race in Prague on May 5.

The Generali Milan Marathon will have 24,000 runners on Sunday, April 7. There will be about 9000 marathoners and 16,000 relay runners on Sunday. Add to that, 11,000 kids on Saturday and 100 dogs and their owners on Friday night, and you have a healthy 37,000 in the city of Milan this weekend, making the Generali Milan Marathon the 4th largest marathon in Italy.

The Milan Marathon began in 2000, and had a field of two thousand in its first year, and after a few different dates, has settled on early April. Th early April date has proved rmost popular, as the field has grown, year after year, for several years now.


The fields who run the cobble stoned streets of central Milano will be lead by fast men and women from the global sport that is running. The men's field is lead by Samuel Kosgei Kiplimo (2:06.53), Samuel Wanjiku (2:07:04), Edwin Koech (2:07.13) and Titus Ekiru (PB 2:07.43). The women's race features Vivian Kiplagat, Wude Yime, Kasahun Aynalem, Doris Changewyo, and Joan Kigen.

Will we see course records? The men's is 2:07.12 and the women's is 2:24.59. I am getting some info that the course records are the goals.

On Saturday, @runblogrun will be at the Childrens' races at 9.30 AM and the Elite athlete intro at 11 am.

Check out the course so you can see how the marathon showcases the city of Milan.

What do you do after a big PB? In my senior year, I ran a mile PB, then, two days later, my 2 mile PB.

After a big race, I would keep it easy, on soft ground, and, then some stride outs. My easy core work, helped me recover from a day of hard racing.

IMG_6766.jpg1,500m heats, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Friday, April 5, 2019-warm up, 50 minute run, 8 x 150m, core training, cooldown

The Boston Marathon is the most iconic of the modern marathons. The week of the Boston Marathon is a meeting place of the industry, and the place where the running gossip is at its apogee.

The week of hotels, meals, tourist events adds up, and this report shows that. Boston Marathon is good for the city of Boston.

Kawauchi-LindenA-BostonMar18.jpgKawauchi, Linden, 2018 BAA Boston Champions, photo by PhotoRun.net

Berlin 2018 .jpgBerlin 2018, photo by Getty Images/ Berlin 2018

European Athletics is on a roll. The Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships were, by many accounts, one of the best in decades. The financial impact of the championships was analyzed and it just goes to show, unless you totally screw it up (which happens often), that athletics can be a huge moneymaker.

The Credit Union Cherry Blosson 10 mile is a must go to race! I recall running it years ago and watching Greg Meyer, 1983 Boston champ, battling the top athletes on the roads. It was like watching the movie Raging Bull, one fast punch or push, one after the other as the elite headed around the course, with the citizen runners, intent on running very, very fast.

I watched Jemal Yimer debut over the half at RAK in 2018, and Buze Diriba is one tough athlete.

Check out the race on April 7!

Yimer_Jemal-Houston19.jpgJemal Yimer, photo by PhotoRun.net

The B.A.A. 5k and Invitaitional Miles have taken off on Boston Marathon weekend. The events feature many world class athletes, especially the top athletes of adidas, New Balance and Saucony, among others. The events give the many fans and families of Boston Marathoners something fun to do besides frequent the Expo.

We have been at Boston weekend since 1986 as RunningNetwork, American Athletics and or RunBlogRun!


Here's the list of athletes and schedules for Boston marathon weekend! Enjoy Boston!

This piece is on where we will see the NN Running Team in the spring of 2019. The piece came from Steve Landells for the NN Running team. As you know, thei club usually has someone racing around the world on the global running circuit.

The club not only has current heroes, but also has several upcoming stars to watch.

Kipchoge_EluidCar-Berlin18.jpgEliud Kipchoge, what will he do in London? photo by PhotoRun.net


Nancy Kiprop and Maja Neuenschwander during the press conference in Vienna. Photo: Vienna City Marathon / Leo Hagen

The Vienna City Marathon is April 7, a very busy weekend in the marathon world. The release below tells the story of the upcoming women's race.

Ibarguen_CaterineR-Oslo18.jpgCaterine Ibarguen, photo by PhotoRun.net

Two of our sports' most enigmatic and exciting athletes, Caterine Ibarguen andr Tianna Bartroletta, will be competing in Doha, the opening of the 2019 Diamond League.

Bartoletta_TianaLJsand-USAout17.jpgTianna Bartoletta, photo by PhotoRun.net

JOHN1-1.pngThe HOKA ONE ONE Coaching Corner is a series of tips from Frank Gagliano, Tom Nohilly and John Trautmann, coaches of the HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club. This is tips 11-15, geared to high school track and cross country coaches, and the issues that they face with coaching the 650,000 high school athletes who run middle distance and cross country.

Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts on their production of the series, plus Frank Gagliano, Tom Nohilly and John Trautmann for their time, as well as HOKA ONE ONE for their sponsorship.

Aries Merritt, the 2012 Olympic champion and current WR holder at the 110m hurdles, has donated his WR setting spikes to the IAAF Heritage Department for their exhibit at the Doha 2019 World Championships.

Aries Merritt set the current WR of 12.80 on 7 September 2012 in Brussels, at the Meeting Van Damme. When I spoke to him, one week later, Aries confided that he had felt the WR was in him for some time, and in fact had a DQ the race prior to the WR. In speaking with many WR holders over the years, many speak of the ease of effort in their big races, something they hoped to experience again.

Oliver-Merritt-Richardson-PorterFH-Monaco12.jpgAries Merritt, 12.80 WR, 110m hurdles, 7 September 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net

Aries Merritt is one of our sports' amazing athletes and amazing stories, and his involvement will also add more interest to the Heritage exhibit. To learn more, please find the release below!

The idea of developing a kick is a not as easy as it looks. Some go out a long way from the finish, say, 600m, and increase each 200m. I developed a strong kick from 300m out, but prepared myself with 500m out, and tried to keep something for the last 100 meters. The best kicker I have met? Well, tie between Nick Willis and Bernard Lagat. Willis has this magical finish and gets himself into finals with these whisping moves with 50m to go. His bronze medal in Rio was the most amazing kick of the race. Bernard Lagat in 2007, when he took the 1500m and 5000m, was sensational. Lagat kept his cool until 20 meters to go in Osaka, and saw his place for gold.

IMG_6630.jpgFocus, focus, focus, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Find your strengths and weaknesses, and build on the strengths.

Thursday, April 4, 2019-warm up, 16 times 400m, mile pace, 200m jog, cooldown

The track season is upon us. April has come in with some fine weather in the West, and cool weather in the Midwest and East. I always found that, in high school, I needed about 3-5 weeks of good racing, and then, I would begin to really get focused. My junior year was where I became competitive and learned to listen to my coach and my body. I worked hard and enjoyed the easy days with my team mates. PBs in the mile by a minute, and 2 miles by 90 seconds put me into the races.

DSC04626.jpgMen's 1,500m, Des Moines 2018, photo by Adam Johnson Eder/The Shoe Addicts

So, I tried things. My junior PB was set in the mile by challenging the best miler in the area for 3 laps, taking the lead so many times he became flustered and walked off the track. I found myself in the lead, and was chased down by a two seniors. After that, I had some plans. After having finished last for so many races, I had some real fun getting into the thick of things. Yet, it would be five more years before I won my first race.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019-warm up, 50 minute run, 8 x 150m, core training, cooldown

DeGrasse_Andre-Stockholm17.jpgAndre De Grasse, photo by PhotoRun.net
Canada 38.34 World lead
GAINESVILLE (USA, Mar 30): Canada with Gavin Smellie, Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney and Andre De Grasse clocked World leading 38.34 in the 4x100 m at the Florida Relays. Second Tumbleweed TC 38.74 and in other race Florida 38.69. Also in the 4x400 m World lead for Pure Athletics 3:01.46 over USA High Performance 3:01.82. In women 4x100 m Pure Athletics got World leading 42.92 over USA High Performance 43.06 and in the 4x400 m also World lead for USA High Performance 3:26.29 over Canada 3:28.54, in college race South Carolina 3:27.53 ahead of Florida 3:27.76 and Alabama 3:28.60. Thea LaFond from Dominica achieved triple jump national record 14.38 (+0.6) over French Yanis David 14.05 (+2.2, legal 14.00). In shot put Eldred Henry from British Virgin Islands 20.36 and Canadian Brittany Crew 17.78 ahead of Portious Warren from Trinidad 17.43 PB among women. 20 years old Jamaican Roje Stona improved in discus to 61.22.
DeGrasse_AndreFV-Oslo17.jpgAndre De Grasse, photo by PhotoRun.net

Obiri_HellenFV1a-Worldxc19.jpgHellen Obiri, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hellen Obiri picks the most challenging cross country course in ages to take her gold medal. Stuart Weir wrote this piece on Hellen Obiri, an athlete that he has seen win some pretty impressive titles. While Stuart was not in Aarhus, this piece on one of his favorite athletes is most heartfelt.

Suhr_JennR-Pre18.jpgJenn Suhr, Olympic gold and silver, photo by PhotoRun.net
Suhr 491 in pole vault WL
AUSTIN (USA, Mar 30): Olympic winner Jenn Suhr higlighted Texas Relays final day with superb 491 World leading clearance in pole vault. She also tried at 501. In relays wins for USA Red (Carnes, Burrell, Robinson, Rodgers) 39.19 and with M. Kerley, Chambers, Bailey, Spratling 3:03.94 in the 4x400 m. But college races were faster with LSU 38.41 over Houston 38.45 and Texas AM 3:03.30. In women 4x100 m US Blue (K. Harrison, Prandini, K. Carter, Meadows) got 43.12 over USA White (Nelvis, Henderson, Akinosun, Bowie) 43.68. In the 4x400 m USA White (Stepter, Little, Beard, Francis) 3:28.34 over USA Red (Blocker, Spencer, Akinosun, Okolo) 3:28.65 and USA Stars (K. Harrison, K. Carter, Prandini, Baisden) 3:29.56. Another World lead in women 100 m hurdles 12.96 (+1.6) by Tonea Marshall over Jamaican Janeek Brown 12.97. In technical events Jeron Robinson cleared 228 in high jump, Devin King 572 in pole vault and in shot outdoor PB´s for Payton Otterdahl 21.24 with Adrian Piperi 20.49. In women discus Italian Daisy Osakue another PB 60.13. From windy sprints to note Cordero Gray and Micah Larkins both 10.11 (+3.0 and +2.9), high schooler Matthew Boling 10.20 (+2.2). In women 100 m Sha´Carri Richardson 10.91 (+4.3).
Suhr_JennH1b-Pre18.jpgJenn Suhr, photo by PhotoRun.net

361 USA announced the 361 USA Retailers Cup at the 2018 Running Event. This is the second video update of the series.

Meet Scott Dvorak. Scott Dvorak is a former elite runner, who with Scott Hichmann, founded the Charlotte Running Company in 2000. Scott also has an event company and is a keen observer of both the sport and industry.

Each year, at the Running Event, I would catch up with Scott Dvorak and ask him about the 1) top running shoes in his market, 2) top service by brands, and his thoughts on running in the past year.

Scott 1.pngScott Dvorak and Larry Eder, TRE 2018, photo by The Shoe Addicts

Scott Dvorak is the first commissioner of the 361 USA Retailers Cup. We met with Scott at the 2018 TRE event to speak about the 361 USA Retailers Cup, and how it benefits the staffs of local running stores. The Shoe Addicts shot this video of Scott Dvorak as I asked him about the importance of ther 361 Retailers Cup.

Check it out! And make sure that you sign your store up for the 361 USA Retailers Cup!

To learn more about 361 USA and their Retailers' Cup:

361 USA announces Retail Racing Cup


361 USA Retail Racers Cup video (sponsored)


PALO ALTO: Stanford Invitational produced on Friday World leading and PB 30:49.57 in women 10 000 m by Emily Sisson ahead of Molly Huddle 30:58.46. Vashti Cunningham equalled World lead in high jump 194 and last year NCAA Champion Olivia Gruver improved to excellent 473 in the pole vault. Also to note hurdles Olympic winners running flat sprints, Brianna Rollins-McNeal 11.43 PB (-0.2) in the 100 m and Dalilah Muhammad 52.63 in the 400 m. Australian Jessica Hull got big personal best 15:34.93 in the 5000 m ahead of Chinese Xu Shuangshuang 15:36.48 PB and Carrie Dimoff 15:36.82 excellent PB at age of 35. In the men´s 100 m windy 10.07 (+2.8) for Japanese Yuki Koike and Conner Mantz 28:18.18 in the 10 000 m ahead of Clayton Young 28:18.50, life-time bests for both.

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The 2019 World Cross Country was, by all standards, a huge success. An honest course, great crowds, strong social media showcasing the event made the World Cross a huge success. The blemishes on the event were few, as the biggest issue was a few countries continuing to put athletes in U20 teams that were highly questionable.

WXC19 Aarhus - Moesgaard Museum THE ROOF - FOTO LARS MØLLER.jpgThe view from the roof, 2019 World XC, photo by Lars Moller

Aarhus 2019 is an example of why the sport should be housed in countries that have long traditions with cross country. The IAAF is not the United Nations. In this day, when many worry on security issues, the IAAF needs to give high consideration to security when rewarding championships to upcoming events.

WXC19 Aarhus - Moesgaard Museum JOSHUA CHEPTEGEI WINS SENIOR MEN - FOTO LARS MØLLER.jpgJoshua Cheptegai takes the Senior Men's race, photo by Lars Moller

None the less, Denmark hosted a fine championship and should be recognized as such!

Tempo runs are key to your development. We do them each Tuesday and while it seems boring, it makes you a fitter runner and racer. Make sure you warm up and cooldown well.

IMG_0938.jpegA day on the track, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Tuesday, April 2, 2019-warm up, 20 minute tempo run, run at 30 second per mile above your 5k current race pace, 4 times 800m, 2 mile pace, 400m jog between, cooldown

Ahmed_MohammedQ-WC17.jpgthe 5000 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

AARHUS (DEN): Athletics Kenya president Jackson Tuwei said his concerns for the future of the Diamond League were allayed by a meeting with IAAF president Seb Coe and chief executive Jon Ridgeon. He had believed the world governing body's changes, which included not having any distances further than 3000m as part of the programme from next year would disadvantage African athletes. The world governing body clarified that organisers were free to include 5000m outside the main programme and that runners, coaches and agents who had been consulted during the process said they were unlikely to race six times over twelve and a half laps over the Diamond League series. Tuwei said after the meeting in Aarhus: "I am satisfied that our athletes will receive sufficient opportunities to compete internationally in 2020 and I am reassured by the IAAF's undertaking that the impact of these decisions will be considered again at the end of each season and member federations consulted about any changes that might be needed." From IAAF.

The World XC is the meeting place of distance runners of all makes. Joe Henderson, former RW editor, called cross country, "the meeting place of mile and marathoner." Aarhus was a tough course and a huge success. Here is Justin Lagat's comments on the World Cross Country, which happened on March 30, 2019.

Kidanu-Worku-Mengesha-Worldxc19.jpg2019 World Cross Country, photo by PhotoRun.net


Joshua Cheptegai, photo by PhotoRun.net

At the 2017 World Cross, Joshua Cheptegai took off, in front of his countrymen and looked to be headed for a win on the hot, humid Ugandan course. But, in the last lap, his dreams came apart, as Geoffrey Kamworor took the third of his World cross titles. Joshua Cheptegai, the 2018 5000m/10,000m Commonwealth Champ, the 2017 London World 10,000m silver medalist considered this tough race for the past 2 yearsrr. On March 30, 2019, in Aarhus, Denmark, Joshua Cheptegai took control, and did not let up, winning his first world cross country title. The following is the press release on Cheptegai's win!

Cheptegei_JoshuaM-Worldxc19.jpgJoshua Cheptegai, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kendricks-Duplantis-LaVillenie-Lausanne17.jpgSam Kendricks, Mondo Duplantis, Renaud Lavillenie, photo by Photorun

The men's pole vault is one of the Alpha events in athletics at this time. The close knit, competitive athletes in the pole vault community shook it up over the past decade. With stars from France, USA, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Greece and Italy, the pole vault has something for everyone. From Sam Kendricks (USA), to Mondo Duplantis (SWE), to Renaud Lavillenie (FRA), to Tigor Morganov, Thiago Braz, and finally Canada's Shawn Barber have cleared the mystical six meters.

This year, the Pre Classic will be held at the Stanford's Cobb & Angell Field on 30 June 2019. Do not miss this exciting DL event, the only one of its kind in North America in 2019!

Cheptegei_JoshuaFV-Worldxc19.jpgJoshua Cheptegai takes win at 2019 IAAF WC, photo by Photorun.net

Obiri_HellenFV-Worldxc19.jpgHellen Obiri takes World XC, photo by PhotoRun.net

The World Cross Country was, by all indications a big success. A tough cross country course, and a great celebration of one of the most iconic parts of our sport!

This begins week 13 of the Spring training. The workout is moderate, with 50 minute run, some core work and stride outs. Enjoy the workout and enjoy the time with your friends.

IMG_2688.jpgGetting in your Monday run, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ elite

Monday, March 31, 2019-warm up, 50 minutes moderate run, back to the track, 6 times 300 meter cut downs, easy jogs between, 4 X 150m stride outs, core work, cooldown

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