July 2019 Archives

Kerley_FredFH1a-USAout19.JPgFred Kerley upets Mike Norman in a big 400m! photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the fine review of Day 3 as we catch up from our trip to Des Moines and several days of track coverage! Thanks to Josh Gurnick.

The hilly miles yesterday beat you up a bit. You are sore, tired, and perhaps, grumpy. Do not despair! An easy run with friends, and some jokes, keep it relaxed.

_DSC0529.jpgScott Fauble, NYC Marathon, photo by NAZ Elite

Wednesday, July 31, 2019: 55 minute run, relaxed

The Tuesday Hilly mile day is tough, maybe the toughest of the week. The hilly miles are not about running fast, but digging deep and knowing you can do it.

Brown_CeAiraLeds-Martinez18.jpgCe'Aira Brown, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tuesday, July 30, 2019: 20 minute warm up run, 4 times hilly mile, 5 minute jog between each, 20 minute cooldown

Haratyk_Michal-Pre18.jpgMichall Haratyk, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Polish shot putter Haratyk is a big performer. Watch out for him in Doha.

Haratyk_Michal-Pre18.jpgMichall Haratyk, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Polish shot putter Haratyk is a big performer. Watch out for him in Doha.

Kendricks_Sam1b-USAo19.JPGSam Kendricks clears 6.06m, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kendricks_SamR1-USAout19.JPgSam Kendricks gets the big group hug from America's top vaulters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Day 3 at USATF was amazing! Kendricks PV AR and Price NR/WL in hammer was also fun. Fred Kerley's win over Mike Norman was a big upset, and his response got people interested.

The fifth week of training begins...Make sure that you hydrate, wear light clothing, and stay focused on the workouts. The week begins with 55 minute easy run in park.

IMG_1161.jpgAthletes need coaches, at all ages, this is Coach Ben Rosario with Ben Bruce, photo from NAZ Elite

Monday, July 30, 2019: 55 minute park run

The long run is part of Sunday mornings. The 70 to 90 minutes give you the time to build up your endurancer but also clear your mind. In high school and college I wrote most of my papers on runs. In times of anxiety, I would keep the mind open and it helped me clear up many issues.

Enjoy the long run.

Brown_CeAiraQ-USAo19.JPGCe'Aira Brown, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sunday, July 28, 2019: 70-75 minute long run

Kipruto_Conseslus-Monaco18.jpgConseslus Kipruto , Monaco Herculis EBS, 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

One of the most successful and popular athletes in Kenya, Conseslus Kipruto confirmed for RunBlogRun's senior writer in Kenya, Justin Lagat, that Mr. Kipruto intends to run in the Kenyan Trials.

Coleman_ChristianQ1c-USAo19.JPGChristian Coleman is the man, photo by PhotoRun.net

Daniels_TeahanQ-USAo19.JPGTeaha Daniels, an exciting upset!, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 100 meters is a litmus test of the US evolution in athletics history. I picked okay on the men and terribly on the women for BBC World Sports on Friday morning. Watch for our behnd the scene stories.

Crouser_RyanW1-USAo19.JPGRyan Crouser, Shot Put Champ, 22.62m, photo by PhotoRun.net

Daniels_TeahnaFH-USAo19.JPGTeahna Daniels takes the 100m, photo by PhotoRun.net

Coleman_ChristianQ1-USAo19.JPGChristian Coleman took the men's 100m, photo by PhotoRun

Lomong_LopezFHR-USAo19.JPGLopez Lomong takes the 10,000m, 27:30.06, photo by PhotoRun.net

SissonLedsHallHuddle-USAo19.JPGEmily Sisson pushes the pace, photo by PhotoRun.net

The first night left us with the teases of the 100m rounds, and the final 10,000m, women's javelin, men's discus and the women/s TJ. Three more days of athletics, what will they bring?

There is a moment, in nearly every run, that you have this sense that, something about this movement is special. Perhaps is hearing your own breaths, a friend tells a joke, perhaps catching your breath after running up the hill in Quicksilver Park. You know you are fully alive. Consider the alternative. Enjoy your run.

IMG_4945.jpgRunning shows you are alive, photo by NAZ Elite

The first day of the 2019 Toyota USATF Championships, was held in Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. The championships go June 25 to June 28, 2019. The first day was about the 100 meters, while the 100m were revelatory, with Coleman, Gatlin, Rodgers and Baker being the usual suspects.

On the women's side, the 100m was a bit confusing. She'Carri Richardson, (2nd, 11.41), Morolake Akinson, (11.35), Jenna Pradini, (11.41), with English Gardner (11.28), Alei Hobbs (11.41) and Candace Hill (11.51).

Huddle_Molly-USAo19.JPGMolly Huddle, photo by PhotoRun.net

The women's 10,000 was a real game of chess. Molly Huddle won her 5th title at the 10,000m in 31:58.47, Emily Sisson, 32:02.19, with Kellyn Taylor in third, 32:02.74, and Stephanie Bruce Rothstein was 4th, 32:09.99, with fifth, Marielle Hall, 32:14.41. While Molly Huddle and Emily Sisson had WC qualifiers, with Marielle Hall getting the final WC position (due to qualifier).

SissonLedsHallHuddle-USAo19.JPGEmily Sisson, Marielle Hall, Molly Huddle, Kellyn Taylor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Our key observer, Joe Mangan had this to say about the women's 10,000m: "Veteran like effort by Huddle. Taylor's nice effort for marathonrer/ road race for third. They would have hit iaaf standard with a quickerr initial 3k pace."

Lomong_LopezFH-USAo19.JPGLopez Lomong takes the 10,000m in 27:30.06, photo by PhotoRun.net

On the men's side, Lopez Lomong won his 2nd 10,000m in 27:30.06, a fifty second PB! Shadrack Kipchirchir took second in 27:47.71. Leonard Korir took 3rd in 28:01.18.

Lomong_LopezFHR-USAo19.JPGLopez Lomong takes the 10,000m, photo by PhotoRun.net

Joe Mangan, our key observer, noted on the 10,000m: "Lopez, Lopez, Lopez. Kudos to Ben Bruce, seventeenth National championships. Great PR races by few in the chase pack. Special mention to the drum line for providing the the rhythm throughout both races." rrrrr

The second day is upon us!

The easy day/hard day cycle is key to your development. Enjoy the Friday run!

IMG_5000.jpgAn easy run is an easy day, photo by NAZ Elite

Friday, July 26, 2019: 55 minute park run, relaxed

Hayes-McLaughlin-NewBalance19.jpgCoach Joanna Hayes, Sydney McLaughlin, Boston, MA, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sydney McLaughlin is on the cusp of global athletic stardom. With the Toyota USATF Outdoors this weekend, Sydney will be racing in the 400m semi final (4:09 PM on Saturday, July 27) and a final on Sunday (7:04 PM).

McLaughlin_SydneyPre-NewBalance19.jpgSydney McLaughlin, Boston, MA, photo by PhotoRun.net

Right now, Sydney owns the WL in the 400m hurdles at 53.32. Her 54.17 win in her opener had her hit the first hurdle, and catch the Olympic champion in the final stretch.

sydney getty for diamondleague.jpgSydney McLaughlin, Diamond League, photo by Getty Images/ IAAF

Just how good is she?

Well, check out our podcast below, finished just in time for Des Moines. One keen observer noted this: "Sydney McLaughlin is the finest women's athlete talent at both the 400m and 400m hurdles. She should decimate the 400m hurdle record. " Another, NBC announcer Ato Boldon noted her amazing fitness and how more fit she looks each and every time that she races.

McLaughlin-Johnson-NewBalance19.jpgSydney McLaughlin, Lewis Johnson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Watch Sydney McLaughlin this weekend. She's a prime example of the amazing new generation of USATF athletes we will see in Des Moines.

The second day of the Muller Anniversary Games was held on 21 July, and the 30,000 fans were well entertained. Here's the column by Stuart Weir, the last of his fine coverrage of the only two day DL in 2019.

LJ Mihambo winner.jpgMalaika Mihambo soars past 7 meters, photo by British Athletics / Getty Images

Ofili.jpgCindy Ofili, photo by British Athletics/ Getty Images

The second day of the Muller Anniversary Games was held on 21 July, and the 30,000 fans were well entertained. Here's the column by Stuart Weir, the last of his fine coverrage of the only two day DL in 2019.

LJ Mihambo winner.jpgMalaika Mihambo soars past 7 meters, photo by British Athletics / Getty Images

Ofili.jpgCindy Ofili, photo by British Athletics/ Getty Images

This is our second report, a 2019 European Athletics Report. We thank Carles Baronet for his meticulous work on this amazing project. This is for the second week of July 8-14, 2019.

Williams_JodieFH-Lausanne19.jpgJodie Williams, GBR, photo by PhotoRun.net

1163341836.jpgLynsey Sharp, photo by British Athletics/ Getty Images

Aleia Hobbs 2018.jpgAleia Hobbs, 2018 USATF Outdoor photo by Mike Deering, The Shoe Addicts

Mike Rodgers 2018 USATF .jpgMike Rodgers, 2018 USATF Outdoors, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

The 2019 Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships is being held June 25-28, 2019 in the Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. In all events, the battle for the team membership in the Match: Europe Vs. USA ( September 9-10) and Doha World Championships (September 26-October 5). Walt Murphy News Service is a long time media platform by Walt Murphy, who has worked on NBC sports productions coverage for the decades. Walt also published XCountry Xpress and Eastern Track, two iconic sports publications.

Fartlek is one of the special secret sauces with training. Long runs, hills, fartlek are primary parts of the training cycle.

IMG_5076.jpgKellyn Taylor, photo by NAZ Elite

Thursday, July 25, 2019: 60 minute fartlek, 20 times 1 minute hard, one minute easy, 10 minutes easy before and after, keep it good effort, and focus on the cool down.

It is the hard days and easy days. Your body needs that change and variety. The summer is on us!

IMG_5000.jpgEnjoying the run, photo by NAZ Elite

Wednesday, July 25, 2019: 55 minute run, relaxed

The Emsley Carr mile is one of the reasons I went to England. I knew of the history of the mile and knew of then Meet Director Ian Stewart's affection for the event (both he and his brother had won the mile) and desire to rebuild the prestige of the event. The event gives us a link just prior to the first sub 4 minute mile and now, with nearly 5000 performances under 4 minutes.

Stuart Weir writes on the 2019 Emsley Carr mile, a fantastic event!

1163359129.jpgThe battle for the Emsley Carr Mile, photo by British Athletics/ Getty Images

W5000.jpgThe event of day 2, the women's 5000 meters, photo by British Athletics/ Getty Images

The second day of the Muller Anniversary Games was fantastic. In this column, Stuart Weir comments on the highlights of the day!

The most spectacular event on the USATF schedule is the 2019 Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships. The event, will be held 25 June to 28 June 2019, at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. The meet will determine who will represent the USA at the 2019 Doha WC (Doha, Qatar, 26 September 2019-5 October 2019) and the Match 2019 Europe VS. USA (Minsk, Belarus, Sept 9-10, 2019).

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Drake Stadium, 2018 USATF Championships, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

The USA has five wild cards from London 2017: Justin Gatlin in the 100m, Sam Kendricks in the PV, Torie Bowie in the 100m, Emma Coburn in the steeplechase, and Brittney Reese in the LJ. In order to take the wild card, the afore-mentioned athletes must compete in something at the USATF championships. In all events, positions are on the line.

ImE_9X7E.jpgDay 1, Drake Stadium, 2018 USATF Champs, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

To see Track & Field News' Men's Preview, formchart 2, by Dave Johnson: https://trackandfieldnews.com/usatf-champs-formchart-2-men-2019/

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Shakima Wimbley, 2018 USATF Outdoor, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

To see the full preview on women's events, please click on Track & Field News' Women's Preview, form chart 2, by Jack Pfeiffer: https://trackandfieldnews.com/usatf-champs-formchart-2-2019/

What am I looking for? Well, everyday has some fascinating athletics. The field events have fine shot puts, pole vaults and some big jumping coming. Can Will Claye up his 18.14m WL? The sprints have a delicious menu on both 100m events? Justin Gatlin and Tori Bowie have wild cards, so there are still 3 positions up for grabs. Can a quiet Ronnie Baker challenge Christian Coleman? Can Noah Lyles blow out the 200m? The middle distances are always fascinating, with Shelby Houlihan looking tough at 800m and 1,500m. How will the men's 800m fare with Donovan Brazier and Clayton Murphy? The men's 1,500m is wide open.

The 5,000m and 10,000m for both men and women will be fascinating. The women's steeplechase with Emma Coburn is fascinating, and the men's will not have Evan Jager for the first time since 2012.

Each day should be hot on the track and off. Check out our podcast preview just below (special thanks to Mike Deering, the Shoe Addicts).

Warholm_Karsten1-Rome18.jpgKarston Warholm, photo by PhotoRun.net

Karsten Waholm just ran 47.12, a WL, new NR, EL, and PB on 20 July at the Muller Anniversary Games. In London, it is called Super Saturday, in honor of 4 August 2012, the night that 3 Brits took gold (Greg Rutherford, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Sir Mo Farah) took Olympic gold at the LJ, heptathlon and 10,000m in front of 81,000 cheering British fans in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium.

Warholm won the Euro Indoor 400m in 45.05. He has a best open 400m at 44.87. In 2019, he has been on a proverbial role. He opened at 400m hurdles in 47.85 at Bauhaus-Stockholm on 30 May 2019. On June 13, 2019, at Bislett-Oslo, Warholm busted 2019 wide open, with his 47.33, a new NR, PB and EL. Obviously, Karston Warholm had changed his steps, his approach and his finish had totally improved.

On 30 June, 2019, Rai Benjamin, one of Karston's rivals, upped the 2019 game and ran 47.16 in Palo Alto, CA. This was Rai's third 400m hurdles of the year. Rai had progressed 47.80 on 18 May 2019 in Shanghai, 47.55 in Rome, at the Golden Gala-Pietro Mennea on 6 June 2019. On the 30 June event, Rai Benjamin ran an almost flawless race, on a clear, sunny day, finishing unpressed in a SB of 47.16. Please note that Mr. Benjamin has completed the most sadistic of athletic events in 47.02 (NCAA 2018).

On 20 July 2019, after another training block, Karston Warholm showed his continued improvement, winning by 2 seconds in 47.12, replacing Benjamin as WL and showing that the 400m hurdles in Doha, featuring Benjamin, Warholm and Samba (who ran 49.57 in heat, 47.51 at Asian Championships on 24 Apil 2019, and then on 18 May 2019, blasted a 47.27 WL. Please note that Mr. Samba has a PB of 46.98 from 2018, and one senses that the Doha WC may be the place of a new WR at 400m hurdles, where breaking the WR does not guarantee a gold medal.

On that tease, let's conclude with a fun post event interview by Andy Edwards of Race News Service, a global partner of RunBlogRun.

Well, Tuesday is a tough day. Find a good hilly mile and run it as a single mile, hard, recover and repeat it 4 times! You will be hot, tired, sore and grumpy. You will get over it.

IMG_2688.jpgThe key to fall success is summer mileage! photo by NAZ Elite

Tuesday, July 23, 2019: 20 minute warm up run, 4 times hilly mile, 5 minute jog between each, 20 minute cooldown

Ingebrigtsen_JacobR1-Lausanne19.jpgJakub ingebrigtsen, photo by photoRun.net

Jakob Ingebrigtsen is one of Europe's finest athletic stars. The youngest of the three Ingebrigtsen brothers, Jakob Ingebrigtsen has had an amazing 2019. I finally met him, a Dusseldorf, at the end of the 2019 IAAF World Indoor tour. Ingebrigtsen defeated Samuel Tefara over 1,500m, less that a week after Tefara had upset Yomif Kejelcha over 1,500m and set the indoor WR. Three weeks later, Jakob won the gold in the 3000m and silver at the 1,500m at the European Indoors, March 1-3.

This past weekend, Jakob Ingebrigtsen did battle with 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Hagos Gebrhewit over 5000m, and finished second in 13:02.03, a new PB, Ingebrigtsen family record, and the Norwegian National record of 13:02.03.

Andy Edwards of Race News Service interviewed Jakob after his record on 20 July 2019.

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Luvo Manyonga, Stockholm 2019, photo by PhotoRun.net

Luvo Manyonga leaped 8.37m to take the win in London DL. Tajay Gayle, took second in PB of 8.32m. Luvo Manyonga is on a roll, and his long jumping is coming into championship form. The long jump should be an exciting event in Doha. Luvo Manyonga was interviewed post event by Andy Edwards of Race News Service.

Luvo Manyonga has now jumped three times over 8.35m (8.35m-27 April 2019, 8.35m-9 June 2019, 8.37m-20 July 2019) so far this season. How will he do in Doha? Well, big jumps are in his future. Andy Edwards of Race News Service did this interview post event on 20 July.

Akani Simbine.jpgAkani Simbine, photo by British Athletics/ Getty Images

Akani Simbine suprised a few with his big win over the 100m in 9.93. He had run 10.01 in the first heat. In the final, Simbine lead five sprinters under 9.99. Simbine will be a potential medalist in Doha, Qatar. Andy Edwards of Race News Service interviewed Akani on at the London DL after his big win. The London DL was held on 20 and 21 July 2019.

1163345180.jpgElmsley Carr Mile, photo by British Athletics/ Getty Images

Justin Lagat wrote this piece for RunblogRun on the distance events of the London DL, held on 20-21 July 2019. This was an amazing meet.

1163345180.jpgElmsley Carr Mile, photo by British Athletics/ Getty Images

Justin Lagat wrote this piece for RunblogRun on the distance events of the London DL, held on 20-21 July 2019. This was an amazing meet.

Monday runs in the park are alot of fun. Keep it relaxed, as it is day after long run.

IMG_5274.jpgKellyn Taylor, photo by NAZ elite

Monday, July 21, 2019: 55 minute park run

Hughes de Grasse.jpgAndre De Grasse, Zarnel Hughes, 100m London DL, photo by British Athletics/Getty Images

Andre De Grasse has had a fine summer so far. In his finest season since 2016, Andre De Grasse had run 10.05 prior to the London DL over 100m, and he had 19.91 and 19.92 prior to London, with the 19.92 being a 3rd in Lausanne. The fine Canadian sprinter is now over his injuries of 2017, 2018, and is back in the groove, building to Doha in late September.

This interview was done the Andy Edwards, prior to the London DL, on 19 July. Andy Edwards is with Race News Service, who is a global partner of the Race News Service.

Zharnel Hughes.jpgZharnel Hughes, photo by British Athletics/ Getty Images

This is the third piece on Day 1 by Stuart Weir on Day 1. It is on the British athletes on the first day.

McLeod_Omar1-Pre18.jpgOmar McLeod, photo by PhotoRun.net

Omar McLeod was interviewed by Andy Edwards of Race News Service, on 19 July 2019.McLeod is the 2016 Rio Olympic champ at 110m hurdles in 13.05. In 2017, Mr. McLeod won the gold at the London World Championships at 110m hurdles in 13.04. Oh, and Omar also won the 2016 World Indoors 60m Hurdles in 7.41!

The Jamaican hurdler possesses a fine start and the ability to push his competitors into running his race, and not theirs. Omar McLeod knows how to compete in one of the toughest events in our sport of athletics.

1163339550.jpgJamaican 4x100m Relay, photo by British Athletics/ Getty Images

This is Stuart Weir's second column on the London DL, and this is his piece on notable performances.

Warholm_KarstenPort-Stockholm18.jpgKarston Warholm, photo by PhotoRun.net

Andy Edwards interviewed Karston Warholm prior to his superb run in London DL. A brilliant season over 400m and 400m hurdles, Warholm just keeps improving. Taking the Euro Indoor title in 45.05 at 400m, Warholm has gone 47.85, then, 47.33 EL,NR, PB then, 47.16 EL, NR, PB on 20 July 2019. The day before the London DL, Warholm was interviewed by Andy Edwards of the Race News Service (19 July 2019).

Hughes de Grasse.jpgAndre De Grasse, Zharnel Hughes, photo by British Athletics/Getty Images

The 100 meters is always a highlight in London. London DL is one of my favorite events. The athletes, the facility, the fans, and the presentation are always top notch. This is Stuart Weir's first column on the 2019 Muller Anniversary Games, please enjoy!

Hassan.jpgSifan Hassan, 14:22.12, PB, EL, NR, photo by British Athletics/Getty Images

Sifan Hassan set the world for the mile last weekend in Monaco. The 4:12.33 that she ran on 12 July 2019, breaking a world record held for 23 years by Svetlana Masterkova, 1996 Olympic champion at 800m and 1,500m. The mile WR was thought to unbreakable. Au contraire, mes amis. On 30 June, Sifan ran 8:18.48 for 3000m, then, 4:12.33 at the mile on 12 July, and at the London DL, she took third in the 5000m, with an EL 14:22.12 on 21 July. This interview was done by Andy Edwards on 19 July at the London presser. Sifan Hassan is an amazing athlete, and she is competing in the 5000m and 10,000m in Doha.

Thanks to Andy Edwards, who did this interview for Race News Service, one of our global partners.

2019 London DL .pngLondon DL, 20 July 2019, photo by Stuart Weir

Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia leads Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway in the Men's 5000m.jpgHagos Gebrehewit battles with Jakub Ingebrigtsen, photo by British Athletics/Getty Images

Dathan Ritz, 5rPfaq7w.jpgDathan Ritzenhein, Humana RNR Chicago Half Marathon, photo by AL Bello & Dylan Buell/Getty Images for RNR Marathon

The Windy City was the host for the 2019 Humana RNR Chicago Half Marathon. Here's your release:

Long runs are part of your weekly training regimen. They are an essential cog in your road to success. In the heat, however, long runs can be dangerous. With the long evenings, we suggest either early or late in the day. Hydrate, wear light colored clothes, and run in the shade. Have fun, be smart.

IMG_5076.jpgKellyn Taylor, photo by NAZ Elite

Sunday, July 21, 2019: 65-70 minute long run

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One of the finest athletic events every 4 years is the U.S. Olympic Trials. The thrill of victory and agony of defeat, the line from ABC sports for decades, is seen day in and day out. I have gone to most Trials since 1980 (well, missed 1988), and watched each one since 1972. Truth is, in some Olympic years, the US Trials is still the best athletic meet of the year.

Do not miss it!

Duplantis-LaVillenie-Kendricks-Lausanne19.jpgMondo Duplantis, Renaud Lavillenie, Sam Kendricks, Lausanne 2019 DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lisek_Piotr-Lausanne19.jpgPiotr Lisek, Lausanne DL 2019, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the last piece from Monaco, from July 12. I have been sick this week and am catching up on the content of the week. Stuart Weir wrote this piece, on the men's pole vault in 2019. One of my favorites of the year, well done, Stuart!

We asked Justin Lagat to give us his view of a local championships in Kenya. This was the recent Uasin Gishu championships, held in Eldoret. Justin Lagat is our long time senior writer in Kenya. Justin covers his country once a week and more during major championships.

IMG_20190713_121552.jpgNicolas Kimeli in 1,500m, photo by Justin Lagat

IMG_20190717_161949.jpgWomen's 5000m race, photo by Justin Lagat

IMG_20190713_130341.jpgMen's 5000m race, photo by Justin Lagat

Saturday is another dangerously hot day across most of North America and Europe. Please run early or late in day when cool. Hydrate, wear a hat and be careful. If you feel strange, stop and get shade. Drink water. Just be careful.

IMG_5334.jpgBe careful in summer running, photo by HOKA NAZ Elite

Saturday, July 20, 2019: 50 minute easy run

This is Friday. It is going to be hot as hell across the country this weekend, so, a) hydrate before, during and after, b) wear a hat and light colored clothing, and c)run in the coolest parts of the day, or evening. Be careful! Have fun!

IMG_2691.jpgEnjoy your run, just be careful in the heat, photo by NAZ Elite

Friday, July 19, 2019: 45 minute park run, relaxed

The London Diamond League is one of the finest of the Diamond League Meetings of the season. We will have some fine events! Can not wait to watch the meet this weekend.

Asher_Dina1-Pre19.JPGDina Asher-Smith, photo by PhotoRun.net

Muir_Laura-Stockholm19.jpgLaura Muir, photo by PhotoRun.net

Barshim_MutazR1a-Oslo18.jpgMutaz Barshim, photo by PhotoRun.net

Gebrhiwet_Hagos-Stockholm19.jpgHagos Gebrhewit,10,000m, Stockholm, photo by PhotoRun.net

Gidey_Letesenbet-Pre19.JPGLetsenebet Gidey, 3000m, Nike Pre, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 10,000m that happened last night in Hengelo will change the way the WC 10,000m in Doha. Deepest 10,000m in some time. Please read the story below from the IAAF site.

Fartlek is speed play. It can the most unsophisticated workout or the most sophisticated workout. The beauty of fartlek is that it can work for a younger athlete or an elite athlete.

Brown_CeAiraFHL-Martinez18.jpgCe'Airra Brown takes 2018 Martinez, photo by Kevin Morris

Thursday, July 18, 2019: 60 minute fartlek, 20 times 1 minute hard, one minute easy, 10 minutes easy before and after, keep it good effort

Gidey_Letesenbet-Pre19.JPGLetesebet Gidey takes 10,000m WL, photo by PhotoRun.net

I have been fortunate to be witness to several Ethiopian 10,000m Trials in Hengelo in the past, including the last 10,000m of Haile Gebrselassie. This one, last night, was, as Jon Mulkeen notes, one of the deepest by a single nation ever! Results below.

Take Wednesday easy. Enjoy the run.

IMG_5151.jpgAn easy run, photo by NAZ Elite

Wednesday, July 17, 2019: 45 minute run, relaxed

This is Tuesday. We are going to add some tough mile repeats to the schedule. Find a mile on grass or trail. The goal is to get fit, get used to challenging footing, and run hills. The miles should take six minutes to nine minutes. I recall my coach finding a hilly mile so bad that we could not break 8:30 on it, when we could average 5:20 pace for 5k.

IMG_5330.jpgGet in the hills, photo by NAZ Elite

Hills are the secret sauce of our summer and fall training. They help build your racing fitness. They build endurance and they give you confidence. If you can handle the big hills, you can handle just about anything.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019: 20 minute warm up run, 3 times hilly mile, 5 minute jog between each, 20 minute cooldown

Repost: July 15, 2019

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The Nike Pre Classic was held on June 30, 2019. It was a fun meet and there were some excellent performances. Rai Benjamin blew my mind, his 47.16 shows that the 400m hurdlers in Doha should be a true highpoint. The Nike Pre Classic has the deepest fields of any DL event, year in and year out. For Nike, it is the yearly affirmation of the support that Nike gives to global athletics and a living, breathing legacy to the late Steve Prefontaine, AR holder, 2000m-10,000m, and guiding spirit in the brand's early years.

Here are my five lessons from Stanford, or Pre in Exile.

Benjamin_Rai1-Pre19.JPGRai Benjamin, 47.16 WL, 400m hurdles, 30 June 2019, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lyles_Noah-Lausanne19.jpgNoah Lyles, photo by PhotoRun.net

Making a judicious decison, Noah Lyles and his coach, Lance Brauman, have made the decision not to double at the US Champs in 2019. With such a long career ahead of him, and the original 2019 plan of sticking with the 200m, Lyles confirmed with Reuters that he would focus on the 200m. We at runblogrun applaud that decision.

The Stockholm Bauhaus Meeting has a long, rich history in our sport. For nearly three decades, the same meet director, Rajne Soderberg, managed the meet with the judiciousness of King Solomon. In a bloody coup, Mr. Soderberg was relieved of his duties some years ago. The meeting, quite frankly, has never been the same. This year was probably the best year since Rajne left.

Truth is this: being a meet director is a no win job. One must possess the showmanship,creativity,salesmanship and the belief that you are on a sacred mission. Fred Lebow comes to mind at the NYC Marathon.

The problem is, our sport tends to eat its young, its talented and its obsessed.

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In looking back at the meet this week, here is what I came up with to reconsider:

On a recent episode of Gotta Run with Will, RunBlogRun's Staten Island Editor Jeff Benjamin did an excellent interview of Kerri Gallagher and Matt Centrowitz, the coaches of Manhattan College. The interview is wide ranging and Jeff Benjamin spends much time with both of his guests. We think that you will enjoy the 36:09 minute program.

gallagher and centrowitz .jpgKerri Gallagher and Matt Centrowitz, photo courtesy of Manhattan College/Jeff Benjamin

This is mid July. It is time to begin the serious focus on fall cross country, which begins in six to eight weeks for most of the 550,000-600,000 in high school cross country athletes in the US and Canada. We will provide varied workouts for athletes and gear this to the high school athlete. Many open and college athletes use our programs on a daily basis. Again, we suggest college athletes or advanced high school seniors add a 30-45 minute morning run, 3-5 times a week, and basic core work (bent leg sit ups, push ups, pull ups, start with 5, build up to 25 each, push ups, sit ups, and 10 pull ups, 3x a week).

Crawford_Graham2-Martinez19.jpgGraham Crawford, photo by Kevin Morris

Time to get two pairs of training shoes, one lighter, one heavier, to insure 16-20 weeks of trainers. Check out www.hokaoneone.com and also, we recommend, to see other brands, please check out, www.runningwarehouse.com.

Monday, July 15, 2019: 55 minute park run

DSC_0065.jpgCaterine Ibarguen, TJ on the Harbor, 11 July 2019, photo by E. Fiacre/FMA

DSC_0443.jpgYulimar Rojas, TJ on the Harbor, 11 July 2019, photo by E. Fiacre/FMA

20190711_192432.jpgThe TJ venue, photo by Stuart Weir, 11 July 2019

I remember watching the women's shot put on the harbor a few years ago. It was enjoyable to watch in the harbor in Monte Carlo. In this column, Stuart Weir writes about the amazing TJ competition held on the 11th of July.

The Monaco Herculis Meeting is one of those track meetings that reside in a parallel universe. From Sifan Hassan's WR, to Charlie Grice's 3 second PB, to Sydney Mclaughlin's fine WL at 400m Hurdles, the Stade Louis II delivered.

Here's Justin Lagat with his weekly view from Kenya.

ElBakkali_Soufiane-Monaco18.jpgSoufiane El Bakkali, Monaco 2018, photo by PHotoRun.net

Long runs have been a big part of my life for 45 years. It started with five loops on the DeSmet Campus in Creve Couer, Mo, or running the parking lot of St. Blaise in Bridgeton, Mo for an hour in 1972-73. In San Jose, I would run down the Guadelupe River, with my Bellarmine teammates. We would eat a few strawberrries in the Japanese American farmers fields. Sometimes, the old guys would offer us water, real cold water and it was wonderful, after an hour on the dirt path.

In college, my coach, Dan Durante, found 20 mile runs on runs through ghost towns in the Santa Cruz mountains. On the long ones, Paul Gyorey, aka Geza to me, and I would get into this zone, for the last 35 minutes uphill, and we could just hear each other's breathing, and perhaps the birds on the redwood covered trails.

When my son Adam was small, I would take him out in a baby jogger. The 3 mile woods trail was our home. Near Newark, DE, we would do 12-15 a day, sometimes as much as 22. Adam would fall asleep on the second loop and we would run by foxes, rabbits and deer. One day, our moment of Adam day, a large buck stopped in front of us, looked at Adam, fast asleep, with stick in one hand, apple juice box in other, and came up and smelled the young human. I stood there, knowing that the buck had probably seern use causing a ruckus in his woods for some time. He looked at young Adam, then, me, and walked away regally.

Alexander_ColbyFHL-Martinez18.jpgBreaking the tape, Colby Alexander, photo by Kevin Morris

In San Jose, upon my return, I would walk six miles most days with mry son Adam, Hachi the wunder dog and Sumo, the most loving dog in the world. We would stop at a Starbucks, have a coffee and head on our way.

Now, post heart surgery, I have built back up to 90 minutes to two hours. I love walking along the Rock River, with my ear phones on, no music. I like the sounds of silence. The hawks, the frogs, the bugs.

Last week, on a walk, my brother found a lama on his walk in Warrenton, Mo. I found fellow walkers and runners enduring the humidty.

Moving is good, consider the alternative.

IMG_6999.jpegSifan Hassan, 2017 Millrose Games, photo by Jeff Benjamin

DSC_0065.jpgCaterine Ibarguen was second in TJ, photo by E. Fiacre/FMA for Diamond League

DSC_0479.jpgYulimar Rojas takes the TJ win, photo by E. Fiacre/FMA for Diamond League

Enjoy the complete results for the Monaco Herculis DL, from 12 July 2019...

A fantastic meet with WR Mile of 4:12.33 by Sifan Hassan! EME News gives us an event by event piece update on Monaco Herculis DL!

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20190712_190406.jpgStade Louis II, 12 July 2019, photo by Stuart Weir

We paid Stuart double his normal rate to file this piece. He went in depth on the Monaco Herculis DL, and just how hot the meet was in 2019.

It was TOTALLY HOT!

Brits in Monaco, oh my!

Stuart Weir notes which Britons appeared in Stade Louis II in Monaco on Friday night. We thank him for finishing this column before his ship set sail back to the British Isles.

20190711_192820.jpgQuick quiz, Which boat is Stuarts'? photo by Stuart Weir

20190712_190406.jpgThe stadium in question, Stade Louis II, photo by Stuart Weir

Weightman_Laura1-Pre19.jpgLaura Weightman sets 3000m PB at Pre! photo by PhotoRun.net

I have to admit. I have enjoyed watching Laura Weightman develop as an athlete. She is the Rodney Dangerfield of British distance running. I am not sure that she gets the respect that she deserves. The two time European bronze medalist at 1,500m (and CG 5000m bronze medalist) is truly fit and wonderfully confident. Here's Stuart Weir's column on the exciting British athlete.

The building of mileage over the summer is not a science, but a bit of art. Finding your right mixture of long runs, hill runs and easy runs take some time. Make sure you get sleep (8-10 hours), hydrate (water, non carbonated drinks, no sugar free drinks), eat well (veggies, legumes, protein source -fish, lean meat, fruit), stretch.

Brown_CeAiraFH-Martinez18.jpgCe'Aira Brown takes the 800m, photo by Kevin Morris

Saturday, July 13, 2019: 45 minute easy run, cooldown

Let's go back to 17 July 2015. I was sitting in Monaco and was enthralled with the Monaco DL. Watching the women's 1,500m was like watching Philip K. Dick novel. The pacemaker had hid the 800m in 2:06 and Dibaba was off! Over the last 700 meters, Genzebe Dibaba put nearly seven seconds on Sifan Hassan, who ran a PB of 3:56.05, which was a big PB, by .85.

The only problem was Genzebe Dibaba ran 3:50.07! The equivalent of a sub 4:09 mile!

Sifan Hassan was inconsolable! How could Genzebe Dibaba defeat her by nearly seven seconds?

Hassan was doing what all athletes do, questioning her training and racing.

I make the point that Hassan's questioning in 2015 was when the mile record became only a matter of time...

IMG_6999.jpegSifan Hassan, 11 February 2017, Millrose Games, photo by Jeff Benjamin

Friday is a 50 minute run in a park. Afterwards, check out the Monaco Herculis Diamond League meet from today! Amazing events!

Brown_CeAiraFHL-Martinez18.jpgCe'Airra Brown, photo by PhotoRun.net

Friday, July 12, 2019: 50 minute park run

Rojas_YulimarPort-Monaco17.jpgYulimar Rojas, photo by PhotoRun.net

At the TJ, held in the Harbour in Monaco, Yulimar Rojas ended the 30 event winning series of Caterine Ibarguen!

OH1_6516_2019071182913124.JPGJimmy Gressier takes U23 10,000m for France, photo by Getty Images for European Athletics

Lyles_NoahR1-Lausanne19.jpgNoah Lyles running 19.50 in Lausanne (5 July), photo by PhotoRun.net

The Monaco Herculis meeting is one of my favorites, and on 12 July it will have some amazing events! This is the event by event preview from EME News.

During the second World War, in neutral Sweden, track and field was kept alive by the epic battles of Arne Andersen and Gundar Haag. They brought the mile WR from 4:06.8 to 4:01.6. Among the workouts that they used was speed-play. In Swedish, it was called fartlek. It can be as sophisticated or un sophisticated as one needs. Todays workout is a Holmer fartlek. You come back in the second half of your run faster than you went out.

Brown_CeAiraLeds-Martinez18.jpgMartinez Classic 2018, Ce'Aira Brown, photo by Kevin Morris

Thursday, July 12, 2019: 50 minute run, go out in 26 minutes, come back in 24 minutes

The Istvan Gyulai Memorial is one of those precious gems of athletics in Central Europe. There are always big sprints and jumps, and the crowd is always rewarded with fine performances! Check out the report below on the meet.

Dibaba_Genzebe1a-Pre19.JPGGenzebe Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wednesday is a relaxed run. Enjoy the run.

IMG_4833.jpgRun with your friends, photo by NAZ Elite

Wednesday, July 10, 2019: 60 minute run, relaxed

The Shanghai Diamond League Meeting was held 18 May 2019. In its tenth year, the Shanghai DL celebrates the growth of athletics in China. In just one lifetime, Chinese athletics has gone from participants to having medal challengers in many events. The throws, jumps, sprints, hurdles and relays show China as being competitive globally.

The success of the Shanghai DL? A huge Chinese crowd comes to see their athletes and some of the global stars. And the meeting will only get better. Here's what @runblogrun liked about the second Diamond League meeting of 2019.

Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts Mike Deering on the project management and development of this podcast.

IMG_3844.JPEGShanghai Diamond League, 18 May 2019, photo by Jeff Shaver

Hilly runs are one of the keys to your future success. Hills are the secret sauce of your summer training.

IMG_5274.jpgGetting in some hills, photo by NAZ Elite

Tuesday, July 9, 2019: 50 minute hilly run, with at least 5 hills

Our friend from Catalonia is back, with fantastic results from across Europe. Carles Baronet is providing us the most extensive results from across the European continent. Check out Carles Baronet, at @Trackinsun - http://trackinsun.blogspot.com.

Lisek_PiotrR-Lausanne19.jpgPiotr Lisek, Polish NR, 6.01m, WL, Lausanne, July 5, 2019, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the second week of the beginning of summer mileage. On Monday, you run 50 minutes in a park. The idea is to give your feet a variety of surfaces to keep them healthy. Run with friends.

hoka-one-one-carbon-x-JIM-WALMSLEY-CARBON-X-SANTA-BARBARA-17.jpgJim Walmsley, 50 mile WR Holder, photo by HOKA ONE ONE

Monday, July 8, 2019: 50 minute park run

Romani_Darlan-Pre19.JPGDarlan Romani, 2019 Pre in Exile (Stanford), photo by PhotoRun.net

Darlan Romani continues his winning ways in Poland, with a street shot against Michal Haratyk. Thanks to EME News.

Stuart wrote this piece as his final for Lausanne. I believe that all coaches should read it.

The Doha 2019/Tokyo 2020 are dangerous seasons. The length of 2019 is as dangerous as the 2020 season is short. Neither developed with the needs of the athlete in mind. This is about federations needing more money to stand out in 21rst century sport. Coaches and athletes have to deal with it. Such is life.

But, in order to excell, one must be wary of the vagaries of each season.

Fraser_ShellyAnnFL-Lausanne19.jpgShelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, photo by PhotoRun.net

Stuart wrote this piece as his final for Lausanne. I believe that all coaches should read it.

The Doha 2019/Tokyo 2020 are dangerous seasons. The length of 2019 is as dangerous as the 2020 season is short. Neither developed with the needs of the athlete in mind. This is about federations needing more money to stand out in 21rst century sport. Coaches and athletes have to deal with it. Such is life.

But, in order to excell, one must be wary of the vagaries of each season.

Fraser_ShellyAnnFL-Lausanne19.jpgShelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, photo by PhotoRun.net

775279465_BL_1522_06BDA0541B8ACDBE5932390D74E6CA15.JPGLaviai Nielson, photo by Getty Images/Glasgow 2019

Stuart Weir wrote this piece on Laviai Nielson, one of the athletes that he has observed develop over her career. This is a piece on how the Briton is developing this season.(Editor apologizes for always bungling Laviai's last name, now corrected).

Williams_JodieFH-Lausanne19.jpgJodie Williams leans at the finish, 5 July 2019, Lausanne DL 200m, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jodie Williams has been one of those British athletes that British and knowing global fans wondered about her whereabouts. This year, Jodie has had some fine racing, including a fine 200m in Lausanne. Stuart Weir, who has known her for ages, writes about this promising young athlete.

In all of his travels, our favorite scribe from Briton, Stuart Weir recognizes all of the Brits who competed in Lausanne. Stuart is a thoughtful man, who loves our sport and throws a bit of humor into the columns too. In the end, our goals are to help your enjoy the sport, and assist you in learning more about the sport.

Asher_Dina1d-Pre19.JPGDina Asher-Smith, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Lausanne Athletissima is always a fun meet. The time of this meet each season always means that there are some fine sprints, field events and distances. Our keen observer, Aptos HS coach Dan Gruber had this to say on his visit to Lausanne: "Crowd was very enthusiastic, full, but not sold out. Very track savvy and knew a great performance when they saw one. They do love their home grown kids and win or lose, they support them. Gatlin endeared himself to the crowd, they cheered and applauded wondrously for him. They were in awe of Noah Lyles on how much he an away from the field. And, of course, Diamond League is very much a matter of pride to host such an event. Fireworks afterward were spectacular, and I don't think anyone left until after the fireworkrsr and presentations."

Gatlin_JustinFH1-Lausanne19.jpgJustin Gatlin takes the 100m in 9.92 in the 2019 Athletissima Lausanne DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

WomensLeadMile-Martinez19.jpgRacing the mile, Martinez Classic 2019, photo by Kevin Morris

The secret sauce in successful distance running is consistency. Keeping long runs as part of your weekly program all year long builds your fitness. They also give you time to access the week and what you want to do in the next week. Enjoy the long run.

Sunday, July 7, 2019: Long run, 60-65 minutes.

M5000-Lausanne19.jpgMen's 5000 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Justin Lagat wrote about the distance events at Lausanne DL. In this column, he writes about the 5,000m, 1,500m, and both 800 meters. The Lausanne Meeting had a WL at 1,500m and a very competitive 5000m, plus some confusion by a top athlete with the finish of the 5000m.

The field events in Lausanne hold a special place in my heart. I watched Renaud Lavillenie, Sam Kendricks, Mondo Duplantis and Piotr Lisek battle, two years ago. At the other end of the field, Mariya Lasitskene cleared 2 meters plus.

2019 had Piotr Lisek winning the PV, Mariya Lasitskene taking the HJ and some big jumping in the TJ and LJ!

Stuart Weir covers the field events in this column.

Winners-Lausanne19.jpgThe winners of Lausanne DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ingebrigtsen_JacobR-Lausanne19.jpgJakub Ingebrigtsen, Lausanne 2019, photo by PhotoRun.net

Stuart Weir wrote this second piece on the men's distance races, always a high point of the Athletissima. Watch for more of our pieces to come! Lausanne was an excellent meet.

Our friend, Stuart Weir, is back on the road, covering Lausanne, Monaco and London for us. This is his first of several on Lausanne. We enjoy Stuart's commentary on the athletes, many he has followed for many years. We also like his sense of humor, although, I for one, would sure like to see Justin Gatlin over 400 meters!

Gatlin_JustinFL-Lausanne17.jpgJustin Gatlin, from his Lausanne win in 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Nike Pre Classic is one of the best supported events in the world. Nike's top athletes are there to both celebrate the sport and memory of the late Prefontaine, but to show the strength and support of Nike in global athletics.

Big changes afoot in athletics, and David Hunter writes about them below, in a thoughtful interview with Pre Meet Director, Tom Jordan.

This is David's second piece on the 2019 Pre Classic and we thank him, once again, for his insights into the sport and the obvious love he has for global athletics.

Jordan_TomPC-Pre18.JPGTom Jordan, 2018 Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

The idea behind this program is gradual development. As you get into shape, you get faster, and can handle more workout stress. Enjoy today's 30 minute run.

Beginning summer mileage, week 1.

Saturday, July 6, 2019: 30 minutes easy run

Ford_Robert-Martinez19.jpgRobert Ford, photo by Kevin Morris

We hope all had a good 4th of July. Today is a fifty minute run in a park. Keep the pace easy and enjoy.

Beginning of summer mileage, week 1

Friday, July 5, 2019: 50 minute run in a park

Crawford_Graham2-Martinez19.jpgGraham Crawford, photo by Kevin Morris

The Doha Diamond League took on a bigger role in 2019, as it is both the beginning of 2019 and a chance to see the Khalifa Stadium, which will be the host of the Doha WC (September 26, 2019-October 5, 2019.

The following is my five lessons from the Doha Diamond League. Special thanks to Mike Deering and the Shoe Addicts on constructing the podcast.

I have always enjoyed the Doha DL and, thanks to the host, have visited the event on several occassions. The meet has fantastic performances each year and gives us a chance to see new stars and also those emerging from their Winter coccoons.

2019 is a terribly long season, and this long season will also effect 2020 and the buildup to Tokyo. How will athletes deal with this as they chart out their plans for 2019/2020.

csm_khalifa_stadium_6936d98acf.jpg Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Qatar, photo by LOC

The Athletissiam meeting is one of my favorite events of the year. A fine stadium, excited crowd and fine weather make the meet a big PB night. Watching the Pole Vault at one end of the field and Mariya Lasitskene doing the high jump at the other end of the track. Swiss fans love their athletes so, Lea Sprunger and Selina Buchel, plus the Swiss 4x100m team.

Here's the predictions from EME News on 2019 Athletissima DL!

Duplantis_Mondo-PreC19.JPGMondo Duplantis is on fire! photo by PhotoRun.net

Easy runs are as important as hard runs. Enjoy the 243rd Celebration of our country's Independence. Happy 4th of July!

Crawford_Graham4-Martinez19.jpgGraham Crawford, photo by Kevin Morris

Thursday, July 4, 2019: 45 minutes, easy run in park

The AJC Atlanta Peachtree Road Race is America's road race. On 4 July 2019, the AJC Peachtree will celebrate it's fiftieth anniversary. The fields, for both men and women, are stupendous, and the citizen runners, who still dream of the tshirt given ONLY to those who complete the 10k under sixty minutes, make this a tremendous event.

To see the entire elite fields, please check the release below. The fields are impressive. Good luck to all racing the streets of Atlanta!

Kipruto_RhonexH-Kidney18.JPGRhonex Kipruto, photo by PhotoRun.net

Chemutai_FancyH-BAA10k19.JPGFancy Chemutai, photo by PhotoRun.net

Romanchuk_Daniel-BAA10k19.JPGDaniel Romanchuk, photo by PhotoRun.net

Susannah Scaroni.jpgSusannah Scaroni, photo by PhotoRun.net

A Wednesday run in the park, is a good way to begin the summer training. Enjoy the run, make sure that your shoes are in good shape. If you can, use 2 pairs of training shoes. That's an injury prevention protocal.

Cabral_Donn-Martinez19.jpgDonn Cabral, photo by Kevin Morris

Beginning of summer mileage, Week 1

Wednesday: 60 minutes, hilly run

VanNiekerk_WaydePC-Lausanne17.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, photo by PhotoRun.net

Van Niekerk must postpone come-back
PRETORIA (RSA): World and Olympic 400m champion Wade van Niekerk's training has been set back by up to six weeks due to a new injury. The South African, who made his comeback in February from his autumn 2017 knee injury but has raced only once, is still hopeful of being able to compete at the World Championships. "He had MRI scans which showed the ligaments and meniscus in his (right) knee were fine, but unfortunately he picked up a bone bruise, which has set him back five or six weeks," said his manager Peet van Zyl. Van Niekerk, who said he was pulling out of scheduled Diamond League appearances, said: "It's very disappointing as I probably pushed myself too hard but I'm now working towards the goal patiently and I will review my competition schedule with my team and, with my coach (Ans Botha) we will decide where and when to race."

vanNiekerk-Botha-BosOut17.jpgWayde Van Niekerk and Coach Ans Botha, photo by PhotoRun.net

The summer is just beginning. Keep your running easy. Don't worry about the mile pace, just get moving. Follow our time suggestions and make sure that you hydrate and enjoy the early runs.

IMG_2688.jpgTime to get in your Tuesday run! photo by NAZ Elite

Week 2, Beginning of summer

Tuesday, July 2, 2019: 50 minutes, easy run in park

For 2019, the Nike Pre Classic, now in its' 45th year, moved to Palo Alto, CA. The meet was a huge success, wtih World Leaders, National records, and personal bests galore, and 8,128 fans saw a fine track meet.

David Hunter wrote this piece on the Mixed Zone and the comments from the sport's elite.

Coleman_ChristianPC-Pre19.JPGChristian Coleman, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Pre Classic Meet was held in the confines of Palo Alto. And Stanford's Track Complex played the host. What did we learn? That the US could and should be hosting two DL meets on the West Coast. Stanford is a great place to host a Diamond League meet.

Here's EME News comments on each event!

Lasitksene_Mariya-Pre19.JPGMaria Lasitskene, photo by PhotoRun.net

Romani_Darlan-Pre19.JPGDarlan Romani, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2019 Prefontaine Classic was one of the finest meets in the event history. It also showed that, as the sponsors have noted before, more DL events can and should be held in North America.

Hassan_SifanFH-PreC19.JPGSifan Hassan made history, photo by PhotoRun.net

The finest event? The women's 3000m was deepest. The most exciting?

Well, the men's 100m and women's 200m were also hot!

Coleman_Christian-Pre19.JPGChristian Coleman, photo by PhotoRun.net

The most telling? Rai Benjamins' 47.16 showed how deep the men's 400m hurdles is in 2019.

Benjamin_Rai1-Pre19.JPGRai Benjamin's 47.16, photo by PhotoRun.net

Justin Lagat wrote this piece on the Pre Classic, held at Stanford University this past weekend. The Pre Classic at Stanford showed that a DL can be held in US outsde of Eugene, and they did it with style.

Here's Justin's thoughts on the distance events in Palo Alto!

Hassan_SifanFH-PreC19.JPGSifan Hassan takes the event of the meet, the women's 3000m, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cross country is one of top five biggest High school sports in U.S. If you run 400m on up, you should run cross country. When the late Bud Winter was at San Jose State, he had his 4x400m running NCAA cross country!

The track season is just over. Time to put in some miles...

IMG_5151.jpgGetting in the miles, photo by NAZ Elite

Beginning the summer, week 1

Monday: 45 minutes, easy run in park

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