September 2019 Archives

This was behnd the scenes info from the team at EME News on Day 3. Good stuff, helps you fill in the blanks in a championship.

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Shelly -Ann Fraser Pryce, photo by PhotoRun.net

Well, he's back.

Kenenisa Bekele lost some weight, focused on his training, and kept his cool in the race. Coming back from a 12 second deficit, Bekele took the lead, and then, whittled down the 14 second deficit he had on the WR.

KB.jpegKenenisa Bekele, photo by Berlin Marathon

Bekele came back to within 2 seconds of the WR, finishing in 2:01.41, and showing the world, but, most importantly, himself, that he, Kenenisa Bekele, the man who OWNS the 5,000m and 10,000m WRs, will go for the marathon record again.

The following interview was done with Kenenisa Bekele on the Monday after his sensational run.

The interview was done by Andy Edwards, Track News Service. Audio production by Brian Eder.

bmw-berlin-marathon-2019-winner-kenenisa-bekele.jpgKenenisa Bekele runs 2:01.41, photo by Berlin Marathon

Kenenisa Bekele came back the marathon like a man possessed. He made up a big deficit, post 30 kilometers, and charged into the lead, 14 seconds down on WR paces, and ate up all but two seconds, running 2:01.41! In past, his manager , Jos Hermans, has noted that Kenenisa Bekele did not respect the marathon distance. That is not the case anymore.

The word was out that Bekele was fit. That he had focused on his training. But, we had seen this before. Even his agent had noted, in the past, that Kenenisa had not been focused. That was not the case on 29 September, 2019.

Bekele_KenenisaPC-Berlin17.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo by PhotoRun.net

This interview was done prior to the 2019 Berlin Marathon.

Interview done by Andy Edwards, Track News Service. Andy Edwards has provided high quality content to our sites from his global coverage of events.

Special thanks to Brian Eder on audio production.

Gladys Cherono set the CR at Berlin in 2018. This is her interrview prior to the 2019 BMW Berlin Marathon, done by Andy Edwards of Track News Service.

Cherono_Gladys-HoustonH19.jpgGladys Cherono, photo by PhotoRun.net

Andy has worked with us for several years to provide quality content on ther global marathon scene.

Gladys had a tough day in Berlin. Her 2:18:11 CR will stand for another day. She began dropping back at 20k and dropped out at 30k.

Thanks to Brian Eder on production of this audio tape.

This is our daily preview of the Doha WC. This is Day 4. We hope that you enjoy it and if you have suggestions, please send them to [email protected]

The big events today? Six finals, with Womens HJ, Men's 5000m, Men's Discus, Women's steeplechase, Women's 800m and men's 400m hurdles.

The 400m hurdles could be amazing!

Thanks to Mike Deering of The Shoe Addicts on the daily production of the RBR Podcasts.

Warholm_KarstenQ-Doha19.JPGKarston Warholm, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sitting in Doha, Qatar today reminded me of one of my first days of cross country at DeSmet High in Creve Couer, Missouri. The day was 5 miles and I made it through 2-3, picking up blisters in my $3 Kmart special trainers.

I thought about that, as I trudged around the Khalifa stadium, with 80 plus humidity and 104 degrees. Soaked from sweat, we climb up the walk way to the sixth floor. The air conditioninrg hits us, as I drop into my seat, to watch the womens' 400m heats. I like to compare conditions to my first season, 46 years ago.

IMG_5076.jpgKellyn Taylor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Get in your run today. Laugh with your friends. Tease your coach a bit. Make some memories.

Coleman_ChristianFH1a-Doha19.JPGColeman, Gatlin, 28 September 2019, photo by PhotoRun.net

Stuart Weir wrote this piece on Justin Gatlin, who added a silver medal to his list of accolades.

I have to admit, that I love Justin's article. Justin Lagat got it! Kenenisa Bekele is back! He is thinner, fitter and his race showed focus and maturity. Kenenisa Bekele wants the marathon WR to go with his 5000m and 10,000m WR. I was there in Paris in 2014, when Kenenisa ran his 2:05.20 debut. But, he did not respect tha marathon. Jos Herrmans, his agent, noted that.

Kenenisa Bekele had been hit by modern day worries: business woes, family needs, and running became les important. Jos Hermans seems to have gotten Kenenisa Bekele to pull his proverbial head out, and focus.

2:01.41 is exciting.

Kenenisa Bekele, thanks for showing that you still want it.

KB.jpegKenenisa Bekele, photo by NN Running team

This is the highlights of the presser of the women's Doha WC marathon. We had fallen asleep an hour before, so we are most grateful that the IAAF and LOC Media stayed up.

Chepngetich-Johannes-Kiplagat-Chelimo-Doha19.JPGThe battle is on, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is a fun release. Dubai Marathon (which I went to in 2018, 2019), reminds us that Ruth Chepnegetich, who ran 2:17.08 there, has now become a World Champion, fifteen minutes slower in Doha.

Dubai Marathon is a fast course, well organized, and cool (55-70), by Asian standards. I would recommend it to athletes of all abilities. It is amazingly fast, and the conditions and competition make it PB nirvana.

CO1_0669.jpegRuth Chepnegetich, on a cooler day, January 2019 Dubai Marathon, photo by Dubai Marathon

The long events were going to be a shi#tshow no matter what. Moving the events later shows people that the temperature has come down, but, in long events, humidty is what kills, not temperature. It was scary out there, and 41 percent of the field DNFed. Think about this. NYC Marathon has 40,000 plus marathoners, and 98 percent of the starters finish.

This was a field of highly trained athletes and the DNF rate was 41 percent. The heat and humidty added to the stress of a world class championship event. The IAAF needed to hold these events with sponsorship concerns, and there was going to be no good answer.

Despite this weather, there were many stories. Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya, took the win in 2:32.43. Edna Kiplagat, ageless and mutil WC champion marathoner, takes 4th. Roberta Groner, US, takes sixth in a savvy, focused run to the finish line.

Ruth Chepnegetich debuted at Istanbul in 2:22.36 in 2017. She came back in 2019 to run 2:18.35, and in Doha, last December, I watched her win Dubai in 2:17.08, #3 all time. This was not about running fast in Doha, it was about keeping it out of the danger zone. In Doha, 30/71 did not finish.

A marathon is 26.2 miles, some have hills, some have other challenges, but this may have been the most challenging Championships that I have seen in my recent and past memory.

Chepngetich_RuthFH1a-Doha19.JPGRuth Chepnegetich take first gold in Doha, photo by PhotoRun.net

Chelimo_RoseFH1-Doha19.JPGRuth Chelimo, silver, photo by PhotoRun.net

Some big stories, and impressive runs, and gutty performances. Enjoy our coverage of the race, and please watch NBC and listent o BBC World Sports!

Special thanks on the quick turnaround.

Hall-Huddle-SissonW-Doha19.JPGMarielle Hall, Molly Huddle and Emily Sisson, with Susan Krummins, 10,000m, 28 Sept 2019, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is a daily service, done by EME News. Best quotes, best performance, and biggest surprise are all info that enhances the enjoyment of the World Champs.

Sunday is the long run. Get it in, and enjoy it.

Brown_CeAiraQ1-Doha19.JPGCongrats to HOKA ONE ONE NJNYTC's Ce'Aira Brown, who made the 800m final, which happens Monday! photo by PhotoRun.net

Sunday, Sept 29, 2019: 85-90 minute long run

Suhr_JennQ1a-Doha19.JPGJenn Suhr, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the quotes update by USATF's Josh Gurnick on Day 1. It is a tremendous resource, and we thank Josh Gurnick for his help. USATF communication's job is to help media at such events and we get good content.

Hassan_SifanFH-Doha19.JPGSifan Hassan takes gold in the 10,000m, photo by PhotoRun.net

Justin Lagat is writing a piece a day from Kenya on the WC in Doha. This is his second feature and it is focused on Sifan Hassan, the winner of the 10,000m.

Wilson_AjeeQ1d-Doha19.JPGAjee' Wilson, photo by PhotoRun.net

The women's 800m is one of the events that has changed dramatically in 2019. Ajee' Wilson looks to be the favorite for Monday's final, but, as Stuart Weir notes here, there is always tough competition in WC.

Brazier_DonavanQ1a-Doha19.JPGDonavan Brazier made easy work of round 1, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is our daily preview of Day 3, of WC in Doha. Special thanks to Mike Deering and his work on preparing these podcasts, all recorded in Doha, each and every day! Thanks for following our coverage of these amazing championships.

Chepngetich_RuthFH1-Doha19.JPGRuth Chepngetich takes Doha first gold, photo by PhotoRun.net

EME news provides the behind the scenes info. A fine team puts this info together (Stephen Mills and Paul Halford, with Alfons Juck), and it should be read daily.

Brown_CeAiraQ-Doha19.JPGCe'Aira Brown, a HOKA ONE ONE athlete, has moved to the 800m semi finals, photo by PhotoRun.net

A time to train, a time to race, today is a time to race....

Saturday, Sept 28, 2019: warm up, 5k race, similar to league or conference race, jog ten minutes, then 6 x 200m strideouts, cooldown

This is the preview, event by event of the day 2 in Doha WC by your friends at RunBlogRun and the Shoe addicts. Special thanks to Mike Deering on the fast turn around. Enjoy and watch Doha WC on NBC sports Network in US!

Coleman_ChristianQ1a-Doha19.JPGChristian Coleman, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich took the first gold in Doha, Qatar, in the early hours of 28 September. This is the first daily column by Justin Lagat for Doha 2019.

Chepngetich_RuthFHR-Doha19.JPGRuth Chepngetich takes gold in the marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

2019 Doha Diary: Brits on Day 1...

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GB.jpgTeam GBR, photo by Stuart Weir

The column by Stuart Weir is important, as it helps us in US see how other countries see their team's performances. Actually, Team GBR is the success story of the 21rst century after falling to absolute dismal status.

Chepngetich_RuthFH1-Doha19.JPGRuth Chepngetich takes first gold, 28 September 2019, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rosa & Associates, one of the more global athletic athletic representation team, headed by Federico Rosa, is taking 20 athletes to the 2019 IAAF Outdoor Athletic Championships. They began in winning style with Ruth Chepngetich taking the marathon in 2:32.43.

Some fine athletes are in ther group:

Men:

Arthur Cisse, 100m sprinter from C'ote Ivoire, who should be on the podium some day.

Nigel Amos, fastest 800m in world, 1:41.73 WL, Olympic silver medalist, what can he do?

Paul Lonyangata, 2:06.10 marathon PB, 27:21 for 10,000m, 13:08 for 5000m, can he medal in the marathon?

Geremew Mosinet, ETH, winner, 2018 Dubai Marathon, 2nd, 2018 Chicago, a great finish, can he affect Doha?

Yasmin Copello, TUR, Euro Champ, Euro silver, 47.91 PB, moved into seond round with 5th in the 5th heat on 9/27/19 at WC Doha.

Thiago Braz Da Sliva, can he defend his PV title? Thiago won in Rio 2016!

Women:

Marie Jose Ta Lou-won 2 medals, both silvers in 2017 London, silver at World Indoors, and gold and bronze at recent Africa Games, she looks tough in Doha!

Ivet Lalova, at 35, one of globe's most enduring at 100m/200m, gold, silver medalist at Euro Outdoors, gold at Euro Indoors. What can she do here?

Ruth Chepnegetich, Kenya, won first medal of the championships, in the marathon!

Yarislay Silva, Cuba, moved to final of PV, former World Champion, extremely capable.

Alessia Trost, ITA, bronze medalist in 2018 World Indoor HJ, cleared 1.92m, did not move to final

Tough things happen in qualifying, and that is what Stuart wants us to know about in column 2 on day 1. The heats are just tough, and the challenges in Doha can add up.

Bengtsson_AngelicaQ1-Doha19.JPGAngelica Bengstton, photo by PhotoRun.net

Brown_CeAiraQ1-Doha19.JPGCeAira Brown, photo by PhotoRun.net

Price_DeAnnaQW1a-Doha19.JPGDeAnna Price, hammer throw, photo by PhotoRun.net

Blake_YohanQLook-Doha19.JPGYohan Blake, Jimmy Vicaut, 100m, photo by Photo Run

This is column 1, on day 2 by Stuart Weir. The subject was the heats on day 1.

The NN Running team has made its presence known for some time in road racing. With 68 athletes in Doha, from the 100m to the marathon, NN Running team is a player in athletics now. Check out the athletes who could be seen on the podium in their events!

NN Running team's Jos Hermans is hoping for 15 medals, and he is not hallucinating from too many hour runs (he held the WR in 1976 in the hour run). The NN Running team, the dream of Jos Hermans, puts a financial group with global power Nike as sponsors of this fine group.

NNPT19Longrun-140.jpgNN Running team on a long run, photo by NN Running team

When we say easy, we mean easy. In college, I cut my easy days to one run, 30-45 minutes, 2 days a week, during the high season, and the changes were immediate. Faster fast sessions, and better racing. Keep the pace today pedestrian. And then, go watch the world championshps.

IMG_5076.jpgGetting in the miles, knowing when to go fast, when to go slow, photo by NAZ Elite

Friday, Sept 27, 2019: 30-45 minute minute park run, relaxed

The second day was fantastic in Doha! Big LJ, 100m, and women's HT! DeAnna Price took the first gold in the HT ever for the US. The press conference, which we will show on RunBlogRun soon, as we have already posted the complete presser on Facebook. Special thanks again to USATF communications.

Price_DeAnnaFL-Doha19.JPGDeAnna Price, hammer throw gold, photo by PhotoRun.net

Coleman_ChristianFL1-Doha19.JPGChristian Coleman, photo by PhotoRun.netrrrr

RunBlogRun and The Shoe Addicts will post a quick podcast each day of WC on the list of events. More info at www.iaaf.org.The first day is long and hot, even thought it begins at 4.15 pm local time! Thanks to Mike Deering of the Shoe Addicts.

cec3fe7d-945c-421c-b2ed-ee14e7ea1bff.jpgThe Doha WC, photo by Getty Images/IAAF

This is part 2 of Stuart's preview. Take it in. See how many defenders have huge challenges, and how difficult it is to win 1 title, and 2 is even more difficult. The championships are now hours away.

Warholm_Karsten1-Rome18.jpgKarston Warholm, 400m Hurdle champion, photo by PhotoRun.net

The WC is here. This is part 1 by Stuart Weir, on the voices of the defending World Champions. Everyone is gunning for them, and they know it. Check out the varied responses. I am particularly amused by Mr. Bosse.

Thanks, Stuart, see you in the Stadium in less than a day!

700043874_AH_2068_534CEF23670B65FEA50985DCE6983ACD.JPGChristian Taylor, Will Claye, post London 2017, photo by Getty Images/IAAF

This is podcast 3/3 of our WC Doha preview, giving you a view of the big stars for Doha, and how you can be immersed in Doha Geekdom while keeping your job and family. Of course, that includes RunBlogRun and the IAAF.

The podcasts are all done by Mike Deering, of the Shoe Addicts and commentary by Larry Eder. Photos are PhotoRun.net, Getty Images, provided photos.

Always, always check out www.iaaf.org. Their coverage is peerless.

Muhammed_DalilahFHL-USAout19.JPgDalilah Muhammed, photo by PhotoRun.net

700043871_AH_9163_00459015650730A5415262CDD8B78224.JPGThe 800m will be a tough one, photo by Getty Images/IAAF

The WC are here. In Doha, it is hot, and 5 am as I post this. Less than a day before it all gets crazy! Here's the EME previews! They always get some good ones!

At this time of the season, you are racing hard, and starting to see some good performances. This is a tough workout. Focus on each part, and make sure you do not overdue it.

IMG_5330.jpgGetting into the grind, photo by NAZ Elite

Quigley_ColleenQ-USAo19.JPGWill she or won't she? Colleen Quigley is being challenged by injuries, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is second part of Doha news on 25 September. It was a whole day spent going from Frankfurt to Kuwait City to Doha. Watch for a big day of pieces on 26 September!

2019 Doha Diary: News from Doha...

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Ingebrigtsen_Filip-Brussels19.jpgCan the Ingebrigtsens take medals in Doha? photo by PhotoRun.net

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The Wanda Group took the Ironman company a few years ago. Ironman then purchased Rock n Roll race company. Next, it was World Marathonr Majors. Now, the IAAF announces that Wanda is the new title sponsor, for 10 years, as well as hosting the IAAF Golden Gala. Fascinating and good for sport. New sponsors makes alot of sense in athletics.

Kerley-Norman-Brussels19.jpgDiamond League is now Wanda Diamond League, photo by PhotoRun.net

Seb Coe was relected as President of the IAAF. He should have been. But, this is a different 4 years. He needs to find new sponsors (just announced 1-Wanda), he needs to shake up Diamond League and he needs to give Jon Ridgeon the power to reinvent the marketing of ther sport. This is a note on the comings and goings in the IAAF Congress.

Coe_Seb1-Zurich19.jpgSeb Coe, photo by PhotoRun.net

You are in the thick of it. That is how it works. A summer's mileage moves into 12 weeks of sharpeniing and racing. Check the shoes too, and check into www.hokaoneone.com

Brown_CeAiraLeds-Martinez18.jpgIs your mind ready to rrrace, photo by Kevin Morris

Wednesday, Sept 25, 2019: 30-45 minute run, relaxed.

This is our second podcast preview on the WC Doha. In this podcast, we show off the athletes and the excitement of the World Championships. This podcast is all about getting you excited about nine days of fantastic athletics. Who will take the show? Will it be the men's 400 meters? Will it be the men's 400m hurdles? How about the women's 100m, or the women's 1,500m? Will Shaunae Miller-Uibo unleash a stunner in the women's 400m? Will Shelby Houlihan take the double?

The excitement is almost here!

Kerley_FredFH1-USAout19.JPgFred Kerley, photo by PhotoRun.net

Muhammad_DalilahFH-USAout19.JPgDalilah Muhammed, photo by PhotoRun.net

The USATF team for Doha is one of the best that we have had sent to a major championshps in many a championships. With more medal contenders than any time in the last three decades, I think we may have some big surprrises.

Benjamin_RaiQ-USAout19.JPgRai Benjamin, photo by PhotoRun.net

Houlihan_ShelbyFHH5k-USAout19.JPgShelby Houlihan, photo by PhotoRun.net

Chepkoech_Beatrice1a-Pre19.jpgBeatrice Chepkoech, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Frankfurt Marathon is one of my litmus tests on the health of the sport each year. Since 2013, I have been lucky enough to visit the marathon, write about the marathon and experience their marathon.

The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon will be held 27 October 2019. Race News Service will provide coverage of the event. The field will have some exciting new and experienced athletes, and one of the healthiest marathons in the world.

Twell_Steph-Nyrr5km14.JPgStephanie Twell to run Fankfurt! photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2019 World Outdoor Athletics Championships will begin on 27 September 2019 and ends October 6, 2019. The finest athletic talents on the globe will be in Khalifa stadium to run, jump and throw.

This is the first of three podcast on the Doha WC by the Shoe Addicts for RunBlogRun.

We are trying to give you, the fan, an inside look into the world of global athletics.

RunblogRun will post daily updates, and post on FB, twitter and Instagram.

Enjoy podcast 1.

csm_tt-5_7652012631.jpgKhalifa Stadium, Doha, Qatar, photo by LOC

Quite frankly, few people have the love of the sport, the enthusiasm and the geek ness of Jeff Benjamin. Jeff began writing for us in 1990 or so, when American Athletics was launched. He was with us in 1994, when American Track was launched. And, in 2007, Jeff was with us, when my brother Brian and I launched RunBlogRun. Jeff writes about running, the sport he loves. A history teacher, Jeff adds a special feel to his pieces.

The 8 question (or 9 question interview) is one of the special contributions from senior writer, Jeff Benjamin.

BL_24611_2019082542416366_20190826112836.JPGLiz McColgan, photo by Getty Images/ British Athletics

This interview is with Eilish McColgan. A fine athlete from 1,500m to 10,000m, Eilish McColgan is the daughter of a World Champion, 1991. Liz McColgan, who had won Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth gold. Eilish is coached by her Mom.

Eilish McColgan possesses a huge finish over the last kilometer. McColgan has impressed from the 10,000m down to 1,500m. I recall watching Eilish McColgan race the 10,000m at Stanford. She had dropped back between 8 and 9 kilometers, Eilish came alive, and moved up three places, that huge, ground capturing finish is totally impressive. It also makes her dangerous in any championship race. Eilish McColgan is one of those athletes who will surprise the heck out of you. Do not discount Ms. McColgan.

Eilish McColgan just doubled at The Match in the, 1500 and 3000m. taking bronze in both. How will she do in Doha? Just a few days to see!

The BMW Berlin Marathon is being held on 29 September 2019. 46,993 marathoners are signed up for the 2019 version. Our partners in global running, Race News Service, will be covered.

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

The Tuesday workout is to shake you up a bit. A tempo run and some cut downs. Keep it focused and stay on task. One moment at a time.

IMG_5141.jpgTime to run fast, photo by NAZ Elite

Tuesday: 20 minute warm up run, 20 minute tempo run, run this 20 minutes on a track or flat road, at 30 seconds per mile above last weeks 5k race pace, 10 minute jog, then, 8 x 200m, cut downs, with each 300m faster than one before, 20 minute cooldown

The Match trip was alot of fun. I was able to get home on 11 September, my 61rst birthday and have dinner with my family. The following are my third attempts at observations on The Match, Team Europe vs Team USA.

We think the first edition was a blast! Tell us what you thought of the TV coverage and our coverrage, send to me at [email protected]

20190910_RO4805.jpgMaggie Ewen scored a big PB in her win, photo by Getty Images/European Athletics

oh_23792_20190911125153263.JPGSharika Nelvis after her 100m Hurdle win, photo by Getty Images / European Athletics

I have to say, I enjoyed all about my trip to Minsk: the hotel, ten minute walk to the stadium, the huge Transformer made by Minsk Tractor Works, and of course the Dinamo Stadium.

GettyImages-1173148030.jpgThe Match logo, photo by Getty Images/ European Athletics

Day 2 showed how much Team Europe wanted to win and what happens when you get a team with some fine successes and some surprises! Team Europe battled to the very end with Team USA, winning 729.5-601.5. Amel Tuka gave Team Europe the final win in the mixed relay.

oh_29960_20190910110407523.JPGSven Arne Hansen with Team Europe, photo by Getty Images / European Athletics

The Europeans' dream came thought with US accepting the challenge.. Now to get a second edition! Belarus wants to host in 2021!

NNLondon18-194.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo by NN Running Team

So here's the truth. When Kenenisa Bekele is focused, he is dangerous. I have loved to watch Kenenisa Bekele duking it out on the track, cross country and roads with the best in the world. I still feel he has one big marathon still in him. Let's see at Berlin, this coming weeekend.

The Match: Team Europe VS. Team USA ade a solid debut on September 9-10, 2019 in Minsk, Belarus. The performances on both sides were fantastic, as Team Europe, using strong depth, took on the US wins one event after another.

GettyImages-1173148031.jpgDinamo Stadium is one of finest in world! photo by Getty Images/ European Athletics

But, the real story was how wel thel Belarussian Federation and the country of Belerus hosted the event! Fine new Mondo track, with all of the most modern techinical athletic equipment. We saw Doug DeAngelis, of FinishLynx, in Belarus, checking out new equipment and technology.

European Athletics did this right! I spoke with several US athletes who said that they would come back to Belarus for such a meeting. They just asked for strong wifi and more food selections. rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

This podcast was produced by Mike Deering of the Shoe Addicts for RunBlogRun.

The heroes of the event were the athletes, the fans, and the officials. The opening was Olympic quality and the enthusiasm was fantastic! We have been told that, by the end of day 1, Belarus made it very clear that they wanted to host another The Match!

GettyImages-1173150866.jpgKaterine Stefanidi and Thomas Rohler ham it up before The Match, photo by Getty Images/ European Athletics

Justin Lagat wrote this piece last week while i was on vacation. That Geoffrey Kamworor gave up his position on the 10,000m team is a missed chance to watch an athlete at his finest in Doha. But, we saw him in Copenhagen, plus we get to see him in New York in November! Justin Lagat will be posting a piece most days in Doha on the Kenyan performances!

Kamworor_Geoffrey-PreC16.jpgGeoffrey Kamworor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Yes, when I take a vacation, you might miss a few things. Geoffrey Kamworor showed his stuff with a fine WR in the half in Copenhagan. Fascinating as this was the city where Mr. Kamworor first showed his stuff at the 2014 World Half Championships. An exceptional performance! His cross country titles, his half marathon titles and his 10,000m WC silver tell me that Geoffrey still has something to say over 10,000m. His next battle is on the streets of NYC.

Kamworor_GeoffreyPort1a-IAAFgala18.jpgGeoffrey Kamworor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Monday is the first actual day of fall cross country training. Over the next 12 weeks you will get fitter and will race better as well, Just follow the plan, and keep easy easy.

IMG_5275.jpgTaking a run, photo by NAZ Elite

Monday, Sept 23, 2019 : 55 - 60 minute park run

The long runs are getting longer, and the pace is faster, but, you are feeling it is easier. You are getting fit. That is key. It makes huge sense. The body is adapting to the challenges you have given over 12 weeks. Nicely done.

IMG_5076.jpgKellyn Taylor, photo by NAZ Elite

Sunday, September 23, 2019: 85-90 minute long run

Early season races get you into the racing culture once again. In the early races, try different approaches, and see if you can learn from your early races. More on that later.

Brown_CeAiraFH-Martinez18.jpgSavor the moment, photro by Kevin Morris

Saturday, Sept 21, 2019: warm up, 5k race, similar to league or conference race, jog ten minutes, then 6 x 200m strideouts, cooldown

I don't know about you, but my Mom went to many of my cross country and track races. She also helped me buy my first real pair of running shoes. I bought a pair of Onitsuka Tigers for $32. I had not paid for more than $5 previuosly, getting in 400-500 miles a pair. In the real running shoes, I ran 1000 miles in them!

In the summer of 1974, I ran 18 miles a day in the am, to get ready for fall cross country. She signed my workout sheets each day, and when I cut back to 12 miles a day, she was happy as she was worried I was a bit too enthusiastic (I was).

Mom encouraged my running. She saw many events when I finished last, so it was fun to know she was there when I lead a mile my junior year until the last 50 meters, taking third. I had never finished anything but last until then.

IMG_8404.JPGLarry and Mom, 1981

In college, Mom and Dad saw me win my first event, a XC event in Quicksilver Park. It was rugged, but I knew it like the back of my hand. I won by a minute and my folks watched me win, after 350 plus events.

On 20 September 2016, I was there when my Mom, Marilu passed. Dad, my brother Brian and I had been there, doing hospice at home for 4 weeks. I think about her each day and think about the lessons she taught me. She was a sprinter, as was her mother. We laughed alot and I feel her spirit each day. If I could get another hour with her, it would be to laugh and tell her thanks. Today is the third anniversary of her death.

Thank your Mom or Dad today.Let them know that you do know they exist. It is a good thing. And, enjoy your run.

Yep, it is a long workout today. I know, you will be annoyed with me, but, in 21 days, you will be astounded at your final kick, and how you took the early pace. The idea is to beat you up a bit, and then, take some more shots at you. You need to embrace the pain, knowing that you body is asking, "Can you take it?".

IMG_5330.jpgDo the hard days with friends, photo by NAZ Elite

You can, or I would not have given it to you. Take one piece at a time, and jog when I say jog. Work when I say work.

Breathe in, breathe out. You are alive.

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019: 20 minute warm up, six times 100-150m hill, jog down, 10 minute jog, 30 minute fartlek, 15 times 1 minute, 5k pace, 1 minute easy, 20 minute cooldown

One of the biggest mistakes I made in my running was not taking seriously, the need for easy days. In the summer after my sophomore year in high school, I built up to 16-18 miles a day in one run. I kept the pace gentle, but after six to eight weeks, I got exhausted. So, I cut back to 8-12 miles a day, and varied the distances and runs, and I moved up from last to 10th in JV that next year.

IMG_4945.jpgGetting in the miles, no way to do it but, taking a long time approach, photo by NAZ elite

In college, I had built up a perfect winter, and did not cut back when I began to race. I did not improve, so, I cut easy days to 30 minutes, and cut back quality to 45 minutes, all sessions. I began to set PBs.

Learn from my mistakes. Easy is good.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019: 30-45 minute run, relaxed

In high school in the 1970s, if you ran cross country, you ran "The Postal". The postal was a team event where you went to the track and ran 2 miles all out, at end of XC season. You would take the average team time and compare to teams all over the world. I did them 2 times in high school, once in college. In high school, I hit 10:52, a big PB for me. In college, I hit 9:51. Back then, South Eugene High school had a team that averaged 8:56!

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IMG_5330.jpgSpeed is key and you must develop it with care, photo by NAZ Elite

We are changing workouts a bit this week. We will begin tempo runs today.

Tuesday, Sept 17, 2019 : 20 minute warm up run, 20 minute tempo run, run this 20 minutes on a track or flat road, at 30 seconds per mile above last weeks 5k race pace, 10 minute jog, then, 6 x 300m, cut downs, with each 300m faster than one before, 20 minute cooldown

Monday is funday? What am I thinking? Has your remote advisor/coach/commedian/commentator just had too many cups of Peets coffee? Au contraire, mes amis.

Monday is the beginning of the week, but is also about attitude. The winner of the 1980 Olympic 800m was Steve Ovett. His best distance was the mile and 1,500m, but he could run a 22.8 for 200m and a 1:05 at half marathon. He was a racer. Once, Mr. Ovett was asked if he planned his races. He said no, he did not want to put himself into a box. Racing is fluid, and things change. One must be able to adapt.

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IMG_5000.jpgThe solitary morning run is a gift, photo by NAZ Elite

Monday, Sept 16, 2019, 55 - 60 minute park run

My attitude changed in college when I recognized that running was a game. I would still get nervous before races, but I approached them differently. One time, I took off a bit fast, and hit the mile, 2 mile, 3 mile, 4 mile and 5 mile in PBs, finishing the 12k in a big PB. I was pleasantly shocked as I had limited myself to a certian pace and schedule.

Challenge yourself. Know how lucky you are to move, to be alive and to see the sun come up each and every day. r

In high school, my long Sunday uns were 80-90 minutes. In college, I went 18 miles, 20 miles, 22 miles and then, back again. The long runs were a weekly thing, and I obsessed about mileage.

IMG_4945.jpgSunday runs, photo by NAZ Elite

I had built up to 120 miles a week as a junior in high school, and then, after a health scare, stuck at 70 miles and did well my junior year. My improvement in the 2 mile was 90 seconds and in the mile was a minute. I was scoring points on my team, instead of finishing last. In college, my miles built up over 5 years, and I took 3 minutes off my 10k time, 90 seconds off my 5k time and finally went under 10 minutes for two miles. My best event was the hour run, where I went just under 11 mlles in an hour. It was fun, and I found the distance enjoyable.

Long runs are key to your development. Do them, enjoy them.

In my era, we raced prolifically. Most of my high school, 20-25 times a year, and in college and post, 35-40 times a year. Of course, there were the key events (2 x a year, 3-4 weeks), that I always focused on and knew my fitness.

In cross country, I would take 3-4 races to feel good and then, 6-8 events to be in top form. Olympic bronze medalist Bill Dellinger, long time coach at University of Oregon, explained to me one time that we must callous ourselve, in races and not racing. One season, Coach Bill did 3/4 repeats on the sand, on a lonely beach in Alaska, using his fingers to count distance. He broke the 5000m AR later that season.

IMG_5330.jpgGet your miles in, photo by NAZ Elite

All good things take effort, and to cherish the good times, you are going to live through crap. Take a deep breath, and wipe off the tears, and consider the next run.

Saturday, September 16, 2019: 5k hilly race, get the first few races in

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Friday is an easy day. Enjoy the day and enjoy your easy run. Race on Saturday. The season is beginning.

IMG_4945.jpgPutting in the miles, photo by NAZ Elite

Friday, Sept 13: 30-45 minute minute park run, relaxed

20190910_RO4596.jpgJohannes Vetter, photo by Getty Images/ European Athletics

GettyImages-1173150866.jpgOur friends at EME News put this short piece together on the day 2 of the The Match.

The Match, by any standards, was a huge success. The Team Europe and Team USA athletes put their efforts into the meet and the fans loved it. The Dinamo stadium and staff gave The Match the authenticity that was desired and needed. And the event had big crowds, both nights. Belarus proved a worthy host.

Here are six deep thoughts on my An American in Minsk, column, part 2.

GettyImages-1173148031.jpgDinamo National Olympic Stadium, Minsk, Belarus, photo by Getty Images/ European Athletics

20190910_RO4805.jpgMaggie Ewen, took shot put with PB of 19.47m, photo by Getty Images/ European Athletics

oh_22816_20190910105637607.JPGLukas Weisshadinger took the discus for Team Europe, photo by Getty Images/ European Athletics

oh_23493_20190911125153262.JPGYuliva Levchenko, took the high jump with a PB 2.02m, upsetting Mariya Lasitsekene, photo by Getty Images/ European Athletics

20190910_RO4596.jpgJohannes Vetter gets over the 90 meter mark, photo by Getty Images/ European Athletics

This is the piece on day 2 of The Match by USA Track & Field media department. Team Europe won 724.5 to 601.5, with a plethora of field event wins on Day 2. Here is how USATF saw the day.

The fartlek on Thursdays is a big deal. It taxes you, and shows you what you are made of. Take the workout one part at a time.

IMG_5330.jpgGetting in the runs, photo by NaZ Elite

Thursday, September 12, 2019: 80 minute fartlek, 10 x 2 minutes at 5k pace, 2 minute jog, 10 x 1 minute, 5k pace, 1 minute jog, 10 minute warmup up, 10 minute cool down

The ebb and flow of training is good for the body. One must challenge the mortal engine (your body) and then, give it time to rest. The ability to keep consistent training through modern life is an art form. There will also be distractions. In high school, I kept 1-2 workouts most days and did not miss much that I cared about on the social arena. In college, I maintained 2 workouts a day, six days a week (long on Sunday) for six years (that's another story on the college thing, I took a year in a seminary, then, worked in an auto plant).

I am 61 years old today. By the time you see this, I will be on a plane, from Minsk to SFO, writing on The Match, a competition between Team Europe and Team USA challenged each other. It was fun. I have been involved in the sport for 47 years now. I was an athlete, a coach, and now, a sports journalist.

Enjoy the sport, enjoy your friends, enjoy the run, enjoy your life.

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oh_29094_20190910112747474.JPGYuliya Levchenko clears 2.02m, photo by Getty Images /European Athletics

This is the day 2 report from the IAAF's Bob Ramsak. We have a paragraph then link to the full piece on the IAAF site. It was a very impressive second day.

Bob Ramsak is a long time friend of the sport. As one of the key players in the IAAF communications department, Bob has written about the sport we love for over two decades. He is also a fine photagrapher. This is his piece on day one of The Match.

Maksim Nedasekau.jpgMaksim Nedasekau, photo by AFP/Getty Images, copyright AFP/Getty

The athlete who trains for middle distance running, long distance running and cross country has their work cut out for them. The body is a mortal engine. Challenge it, it will respond. One winter, I built up to 20 times an 800m uphill twice a week, to build for racing 10,000m. I found myself handling the racing fine, just needing to fine tune with some 200m and 400m speed work.

Cross country is different. In coaching, I found out, with friend and fellow coach, that hills could do many things for the runner. The workout below is what I used to build for my junior year in college ( I cut the repeats down). Hills build strength, speed and focus.

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Alexander_ColbyFHL-Martinez18.jpgColby Alexander, photo by Kevin Morris

Maksim Nedasekau.jpgMaksim Nedasekau, photo by the IAAF

This is the report by Alfons Juck for EME News on Day 1 of the The Match: Team Europe vs Team USA.

It is Tuesday morning, and I have been up much of the night, posting video and photos. My window is open and I hear the traffic outside the Hotel Minsk, and it comforts me. I can see people heading to work, and the buildings across the street, from the Soviet Union days, have hammersr and sickles. I am in Minsk for The Match, an athletic battle between Team Europe and Team USA. At the end of day one, Team Europe is leading, 328-312. Here are some observations....in no order...

frankfurt2.jpgFrankfurt Airport, photo by Larry Eder

The Match has finished its first day. The US is behind sixteen points and will have to rally to take The Match trophy. Big wins by Darrell Hill, Kara Winger, Mike Rodgers, Tori Franklin and both 4x100m relay teams. This is the USATF communications update....

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Maksim Nedasekau and Ilya Ivanyuk finished first and second for Team Europe in the men's high jump on the first day of The Match Europe v USA, photo by Getty Images / European Athletics

The first day of The Match: Team Europe VS Team USA was gripping. While the US won more individual events, Europe had the depth, and put more athletes in bigger scoring positions. Day 1 ended, Team Europe with 328 and Team USA with 312. Here is how European Athletics wrote it up.

The NN Running team has some of the finest athletes from Ethiopia, Kenya and Europe on their rosters. From Eliud Kipchoge to Julian Wanders. Herer are some suggestions on how to get more focused on nutrition.

Kipchoge_EluidThumbUp-Berlin18.jpgEliud Kipchoge, Berlin 2018, photo by PhotoRun.net

Engels_CraigQ-USAo19.JPGCraig Engels, photo by PhotoRun.net

Reese_Brittney-USAo19.JPGBrittney Reese, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the 3/3 podcast building up to The Match, which will be held on 9-10 September 2019. Please enjoy the podcast and thanks to Mike Deering for putting podcast this together.

Engels_CraigQ-USAo19.JPGCraig Engels, photo by PhotoRun.net

Reese_Brittney-USAo19.JPGBrittney Reese, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the 3/3 podcast building up to The Match, which will be held on 9-10 September 2019. Please enjoy the podcast and thanks to Mike Deering for putting podcast this together.

1289162_G08_W01.jpgDinamo National Olympic Stadium, photo by Getty Images

On Monday, Sept 9 and Tuesday Sept 10, our US based viewers can see The Match on NBCN and NBC Sports Gold, 9AM-12 noon Eastern time. You can watch the historic event by streaming (well, except if you are in South America, or New Zealand).

Monday is how you start another week as you build to cross country fitness, just take one day at a time.

Brown_CeAiraFH-Martinez18.jpgCe'Aira Brown took the 800m bronze for Team USA in Minsk, Belarus on 9 September, photo by Kevin Morris (Marrtinez Classic)

Monday, September 10, 2019: 55 - 60 minute park run

This is the opening of The Match Presser. The opening remarks by Sven Arne Hansen, President, European Athletics, Duffy Mahoney, Chief of Sports Performance, USA Track & Field, and Vadim Devyatovsky, Chairman of Belorussian Federation. We broke the comments into 3 sections, and hope you enjoy.

IMG_9310.JPG2019 The Match Presser, photo by Larry Eder

Mariya Lasitskene is the genius of her event, the high jump. Elegant, focused, and extremely competitive, Lasistekene has gone 2.06m this year, and she is without peers, at this time. Can she get the world record? We will just have to wait and see!

Mariya has cleared 2 meters seven times in her ten competitions in 2019. Her best in 2019: A 2.06m on June 20, and a 2.04 on June 30.

Lasitskene_Mariya-Stockholm19.jpgMariya Lasitskene, Lausanne 2019, photo by PhotoRun.net

Our interview was relaxed, even with Piotr Lisek photo bombing Mariya Lasitsekene and her translator, Elizaveta Gordeevar, the Media director for The Match and the Belarussian Federation.

Simpson_JennyFH1c-5thAve19.JPGJenny Simpson takes 8th Fifth Avenue Mile! photo by PhotoRun.net

Willis-OHare-ParsonFH1a-5thAve19.JPGNick Willis takes win over Chris O'Hare, photo by PhotoRun.net

The NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile is an amazing event. It is the actual close, in my mind, of the athletic season. This year, it is being held prior to Doha World Championships (Sept 26-Oct 5). The EME news piece is below:

The story about this meet is fascinating. The discussion began at breakfast in 2015, at the Beijing World Championships, in a discussion with Sven Arne Hansen, Duffy Mahoney, Stephanie Hightower, and Max Siegel. As Duffy notes in the interview, the US said yes, and the development of the event was on! Duffy gives much credit to Belorussian Federation and Europeran Athletics.

aaabc173-ed51-4d2b-8a30-52e57115c082.jpgDuffy Mahoney, photo by USATF

This is a wonderful event for USA Track & Field, as it helps develop athletes, gives them a good pay day and also provides established athletes a good chance to compete.

The last time the event was held was in 1973, in Minsk! The then Soviet Union defeated the USA team. European Athletics and USA Track & Field want to revitalize this event, and so does NBC sports network.

Thanksr again to Duffy Mahoney for his time and candor.

The javelin is one of the most iconic of athletic events. It dates back to the Ancient Greeks. The javelin is a true techinical event. One of the finest javelin throwers in the world is 2016 Olympic Champion Thomas Rohler. Thomas has taken 4th twice in World Championships, and in 2018, he took his first European Athletics Championships.

Rohler_Thomas-Zurich19.jpgThomas Rohler, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thomas has a PB of 93.90m. He threw that monster in Doha, in 2017, at the Diamond League. I was there. I saw it. I was, well, magnifiscent. He has some amazing athletes that he battles in his own country. He is using The Match to build his focus for Doha. Thomas said that javelin throwing conditions could be challenging in the Dinamo Stadum, on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

We thank Thomas for his time and interview.

Darrell Hill is a student of the sport. He loves athletics and watches everything on the sport that he can! Eleven competitions in 2019, outdoors, Darrell had his best throw, 22.11 meters, on 26 July in Des Moines, at the US Champs. Darrell Hill was also the 2018 USATF Outdoor Champion, and in 2017, Darrell took the Diamond League title.

Hill_DarrellW1a-USAo19.jpgDarrell Hill, photo by PhotoRun.net

HIll loves to compete and he gets people excited when he competes. He is using The Match to prepare for Doha, plus to help the USA challenge Europe in the Dinamo Stadium. Darrell will compete on 9 September 2019, at 21:20 local time. We wish him luck.

Kosgei_BrigidFL-Houston19.jpgBrigid Kosgei, photo by PhotoRun.net

Farah_MoFHL-Pre17.jpgMo Farah, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Grreat North Run is part of an excellent weekend of athletics sponsored by the Great Run Company, headed by Paul Foster, son of Brendan Foster, founder of said company. They have several events across UK, as well as ownership of iconic media platform, Athletics Weekly. This is EME update on the GNR.

Katerina Stefanidi is one of the finest pole vaulters in the world and a global champion in the event. She's won Olympic, European and World Championship gold. Stefanidi trains in the US, near Akron, Ohio, at the Aspire Academy, with her coach husband. Stefanidi is always good for an interview and comment on the event that she loves, the pole vault.

Stefanidi_EkaterinaH-Monaco18.jpgEkaterina Stefanidi, photo by PhotoRun.net

A finely honed sense of humor, Katerina knows her event and is focused and competitive. She wanted one more competition prior to Doha, and she is looking forward to getting a good jump in on Monday night. Her pole vault competition begins at 19:00 local time on Monday night, 9 September 2019.

Guliyev_RamilPC-Rome19.jpgRamil Guiliyev, Lausanne, 5 July 2019, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ramil Guliyev may have surprised many of those in the Olympic stadium in London, when he won the 200 meters in the WC in 2017, but he will not have the element of surprise in 2019. In 2018, Ramil took the European Athletics Outdoor Championship. In 2019, he has been battling Noah Lyles, the prohibiive favorite in Doha 2019. Last weekend, Ramil ran 19.86, a season best, to Noah Lyles' 19.74!

How fit is Ramil Guliyev? Quite fit! He spoke with us on Sunday, 8 September 2019, about the Match, how he races and how ready he will be for Doha.

2019-504.pngThe Match will begin on Monday, 9 September. The facility is fantastic and the athletes are ready. EME News has posted the following updates:

Piotr Lisek is the Polish national record holder, which he set twice in one week. In Lausanne, on 5 July, Piotr went 6.01m. In Monaco, on July 12, Lisek went 6.02m. He has a great physical talent, and a focused pole vaulter, who enjoys battling Sam Kendricks and Mondo Duplantis each meeting. In Torun, Poland, last winter, Lisek and Kendricks reminded this writerr that pole vaulters do not battle each other, they battle the pole vault standard.

Lisek_PiotrR1-Lausanne19.jpgPiotr Lisek, Lausanne, July 5, 2019, photo by PhotoRun.net

As one of the Match ambassadors, Piotr kept me smiling during the interview. Piotr Lisek will compete on 10 September, at 19:03 local time.

Kamworor_GeoffreyPort1-IAAFgala18.jpgGeoffrey Kamworor, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Copenhagen WC Half was a huge hit in 2014, with 30,000 athletes, 3 times the previous numbers at Copenhagen Half and Marathon. No more. This event is hot, as EME News updates in the following post!

The long run is a key part of your running week. Get some friends together, find a fun place to run and take off!

IMG_4833.jpgEnjoy the long run, photo by NAZ Elite

Sunday, September 8, 2019: 85-90 minute long run

Brussels.jpgBrussels Diamond League, photo by IAAF Diamond League

The sixteen winners of the 2019 Brussels Diamond League were also given wild cards for the Doha World Championships, Sept 26-Oct 5.

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Lomong_LopezFH-USAo19.JPGLopez Lomong, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kinkaid_Woody-USAout19.jpgWoody Kinkaid, photo by PhotoRun.net

Centrowitz_MatthewQSt-USAo19.JPGMatthew Centrowitz, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Bowerman Track Club is hosting a 5,000m race as men hunt for fast times. Check out the release below!

Geoffrey Koech.jpgGeoffrey Koech runs 27:02 at Birell Prague Grand Prix, photo by RunCzech

A very fast Birell Prague Grand Prix on the 7 September 2019. The release below is from the RunCzech meet organizers, where Geoffrey Koech ran 27:02 and two women broke under 30 minutes.

Geoffrey Koech.jpgGeoffrey Koech runs 27:02 at Birell Prague Grand Prix, photo by RunCzech

A very fast Birell Prague Grand Prix on the 7 September 2019. The release below is from the RunCzech meet organizers, where Geoffrey Koech ran 27:02 and two women broke under 30 minutes.

The final championship DL meeting of 2019 happened in Brussels on 6 September 2019. The final sixteen DL champions were named at the Memorial Van Damme.

The complete results are below. Thanks to the IAAF Meetings Results Services, who provide complete results within minutes of the meets ending. It means alot.

Daniel Stahl.jpgDaniel Stahl, photo by IAAF Diamond League

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Dina Asher-Smith.jpgDina Asher-Smith, photo by IAAF Diamond League

Noah Lyles .jpgNoah Lyles, photo by IAAF Diamond League

The final meet of the Diamond League, the Brussels Diamond League is also known as the Memorial Van Damme. The final sixteen champions of the DL 2019 season were named. EME News provided the updates below.

Norman_400mt_ph_colombo.jpgMichael Norman takes the 400m over Fred Kerley, by IAAF Diamond League

Okay, okay. I told you Stuart Weir was doing five stories. but he decided to do one more. This is the sixth piece on the Brussels meet. Enjoy it!

My first cross country race was on 11 September 1972. It was my 14th birthday. I had gone fishing that morning, with my Dad at a pay fishing lake, called Rock Lake, where we had caught big catfish on prior occassions.

The race was two one mile loops around DeSmet Jesuit High campus. In the Varsity race, Paul Heck ran 10:10, I believe. Paul would go on to win the Missouri State title. In the frosh race, I would finish dead last, in 18:11, for two miles. I thought I was going to die.

Brown_CeAiraFHL-Martinez18.jpgTaking a Win, photo by Kevin Morris

I did not win my first cross country race until nine years later, in 1981, when I won a 5.8 mlle event at Almaden Quicksilver Park in San Jose, CA, while running for Santa Clara University. I had run somewhere over 350 races by then. I appreciated that win.

Enjoy your race today.

Saturday, September 7, 2019: 5k hilly race, get the first race in

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Katerina Johnson Thompson, picking a javelin, photo by Getty Images/ British Athletics

1169949644.jpgDina Asher-Smith, some big races, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

In his final piece from lovely Brussels, Stuart Weir used his 5th piece to espouse the success of British athletes. Now, Stuart will take a well earned vacation, and we shall see him in Doha!

Williams_DanielleR-Oslo18.jpgDanielle Williams, photo by PhotoRun.net

In his 4th article from Brussels, Stuart Weir writes of the magnifiscent Danielle Williams, and how she put the author in his rightful place when he challenged her ( humorously) over 2 PBs in 90 minutes!

Ortega_OrlandoR-Lausanne19.jpgOrlando Ortega, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is article 3 from Brussels, from Stuart Weir, which is on the 110m hurdles.

CTaylo.jpgChristian Taylor, photo by JP Columbo for IAAF

In his second piece on the Brussels DL, Stuart Weir opines on the Triple Jump, an event rumored to be on the chopping block in the Diamond League.

The second of the DL Champ events was held in Brussels on 6 September, and Stuart Weir was there for RunBlogRun. This is his first piece on the Ivo Van Damme Memorial, always a fine event.

sifan hassan bdl .jpgSifan Hassan takes the 5000m DL, 6 September 2019, photo by Getty Images / IAAF

The Match is coming! On 9-10 September, 2019, the best athletes of Team Europe will battle Team USA in the Dinamo National Olympic Stadium. NBCN and NBC gold will cover the meet, LIVE and show it, 12 noon to 3 pm, Eastern time US, on both the 9th and 10th! The top ambassadors of Team Europe are spoken of on this podcast.

RunBlogRun will provide Live coverage of the event as well. at www.runblogrun.com.

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Thanks to Mike Deering on the production of this podcast and EAA on the content.

To learn more, go to www. Europe-USA.com.

Hassan_SifanA-Zurich19.jpgSifan Hassan, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lyles_NoahFHL-Zurich19.jpgNoah Lyles, photo by PhotoRun.net

EME News did this preview of the final event of the 2019 Diamond League...

We are in week 10 of the 2019 buildup for Fall 2019 Cross Country. You are beginning to race now, and, with a few races under your belt, you will start getting your racing legs.

IMG_2691.jpgGetting in some miles, photo by PhotoRun.net

Friday, September 6, 2019 : 30-45 minute minute park run, relaxed

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Mark Kiptoo has been a player at the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon. His World Masters record of 2:07.50 in 2018 was amazing. Can he improve on that time? This release thinks so!

1289080_G08_W01.jpgFernando Caro, photo by Getty Images / European Athletics

This is one of the columns on the The Match (www.Europe-USA.com), 9-10 September in Minsk, Belarus.

2019-504.pngThe idea of European Athletics and USATF, the Match is a new version of sports team battles. Take the finest from Europe and the USA and put them in a two day event, seen live in US via NBCN and NBC Gold plus social media by RunBlogRun. The event will take place on 9-10 September 2019 in Minsk, Belarus. Here's the first of 3 podcasts from RunBlogRun and the Shoe Addicts on The Match.

For more info to to www.Europe-USA.com.

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Miller_Shaunae2174b-Zurich19.jpgShaunae Miller-Uibo, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Zurich meeting was spectacular, as Stuart Weir attests here, and we will look for his comments on Brussels on 6 September.

Thursday is our fartlek day. Fartlek is Swedish for 'speed play'. Truth is, one can get very fit with fartlek. The variety is amazing and the fitness peaks is amazing.

Brown_CeAiraLeds-Martinez18.jpgRacing the 800 meters, photo by Kevin Morris

Thursday: 80 minute fartlek, 10 x 2 minutes at 5k pace, 2 minute jog, 10 x 1 minute, 5k pace, 1 minute jog, 10 minute warmup up, 10 minute cool down

Farah_MoH-PreC16.jpgMo Farah, photo by PhotoRun.net

LaLova_IvetFL-Euro16.jpgIvet Lalova, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kolak_Sara-Lausanne19.jpgSara Kolak, photo by PhotoRun.net

Today is a relaxed day of running. You should be a little tired from your Tuesday workout. Hydrate, stretch, and alway check your shoes for wear. Easier to replace shoes than to sit out with injury, so run smart.

IMG_5275.jpgKellyn Taylor, out on a run, photo by NAZ Elite

Wednesday, September 4, 2019: 30-45 minute run, relaxed

The hilly mile repeats are a great way to get ready for racing!

IMG_5330.jpgTime for hilly miles, photo by NAZ Elite

Tuesday, September 2, 2019: 20 minute warm up run, 3 x mile, hilly, 1/2 mile jog, 8 x 160m stride outs, cooldown

Hassan.jpgSifan has taken the DL 1,500m, can she do the DL 5000m? photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

Some updates on the DL Champs part deux, in Brussels, on 6 September.

Spanovic_Ivana-Rome19.jpgIvana Spanovic, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ivana Spanovic, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, two time Wold outdoor bronze medalist and owner of gold, silver and bronze medalsr in world indoor long jumps, has a possible season ending injury per report by EME News. The injury came at the famed ISTAF Berlin on 1 September at the Berlin Olympic stadium.

Spanovic_IvanaPort-IAAFgala18.jpgIvana Spanovic, photo by PhotoRun.net

Spanovic has been one of the most consistent competitorrs in the Long Jump on the global and European stages. My favorite recollection is Ms. Spanovics's stunning series in Belgrade (Beograd), Serbia on 5 March 2017. Her series of jumps was highlighted by a fine 7.24!

We wish Ivana Spanovic a speedy and full recovery. She is one of the true stars of European Athletics.

IMG-20190829-WA0023.jpgKarsten Warholm, photo by Zurich Weltklasse

Coleman_ChristianPC-Pre18.JPGChrisitan Coleman, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun opines: Christian Coleman is one of the finest athletes in the world. He is a quiet young man, who lets his feet do his talking. And he is just at the cusp of stardom, a fine contract from Nike, which, if one uses past sprinters at his level as guidance, is making a nice mid six figures a year. He has a management team, who, should be managing things like USADA/WADA appearances. Somewhere there was a clusterf#ck. As Let'sRun's Jonathan Gault noted a few weeks ago, and Cathal Denehy said with no euphamisms, how does one miss 3 whereabout tests?

It is an embarrassment. It embarrasses the sport, USATF, the sponsor and most of all, the management team and the athlete. I have had to write about this before. It is not the same as getting a positve. It is, well, stupid.

The sad thing is, no matter what Christian Coleman does, some journalist will pull it up and note that Mr.Coleman screwed the proverbial pooch, to use the vernacular Midwest expression.

I like Christian. The problem is shit happens. The truth is somewhere in between gross negligence and genuine disregard. One hops that the management team makes sure that this does not happen again. Christian Coleman is a fine talent and I would hate to loose him on such a dumb issue.

Cheptegei_JoshuaFH1e-PreC19.jpgJoshua Cheptegai, photo by PhotoRun.net

One of the finest athletes on the global circuit will take a shot a the 10k WR on December 1, 2019. Details below...

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

The beauty of our sport is constant. Watch an great athlete competing is life changing. In the 2016 Olympics, Wayde Van Niekerk was with LaShawn Merrit (2008 Olympic champion) and Kirani James (2012 Olympic champion). Over ther last 100m, Van Niekerk moved away from two grand masters of the full lap and set a new WR, 43.03! In 2017, Van Niekerk won the 400m in 43.98, taking the World title one year after the 400m WR.

VanNiekerk_Wayde1a-BosOut17.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, photo by PhotoRun.net

Van Niekerk injured himself in the fall of 2017 in a rugby match. The big question has been, if the finest 400m runner can regain his form. That is a conundrum. I recall speaking with Wilson Kipketer on his attempt to regain fitness after a bout of malaria. He told me that he rushed it. In the case of Wayde Van Niekerk, it looks like they are taking the cautious approach, and he will miss Doha.

2019 Zurich Diay: Brits in Zurich...

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1169949644.jpgDina Asher-Smith, photo by Getty/ British Athletics

Stuart Weir wrote this piece on the Brits success in Zurich, plus the whys and wherefores....

The beginning of the week is always a challlenge. Mondays, especially vexed me. After a long run on Sunday, the run on Monday was all about getting some miles in, keeping it relaxed, and getting the muscle soreness out of the body.

Mondays suck, but today is Labor Day. Enjoy a good run, and maybe check out something on Netflix.

IMG_5000.jpgFind five things you can hear on a run, photo by NAZ Elite

Monday, September 2, 2019 : 55 - 60 minute park run

One of the exciting finds over the past few years in global athletics has been Marie-Jose Ta Lou. Truth is, Marie Jose has been on the scene since 2012, when she took 4th in the African Championships 100m (11.53), 3rd in the 200m (23.44) and 3rd on Ivorian 4x100m team (44.53), in Porto Novo, Benin. In 2019, Marie Jose Ta-Lou has emerged as a key player in the 100m and 200m, on the global stage.

Thanks to Rosa & Associati on their assistance.

TaLou_MarieSF-WORLDSi18.jpgMarie-Jose Ta Lou, photo by Photorun.net

Today is a long run day. Enjoy the run. Find a place that is fun, and get some friends. Remember to hydrate, and check your shoes!

IMG_5076.jpgKellyn Taylor, Grandma's Marathon course holder, photo by NAZ Elite

Sunday, September 1, 2019: 80-85 minute long run

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