December 2019 Archives

One of the most respected 10,000m globally is the Zatopek. It is also the Aussie championships, and many top athletes have competed there. This year, Stewart McSweyn took the win and NR, running 16 seconds faster than the iconic Ron Clarke (27:39.89) all those years ago.


Stewart McSweyn, photo by

This interview is fun and gives us some insight into Will and Queen Claye. Stuart met with them back in July 2019 at the Monaco meeting. We hope that you enjoy the interview. We think that both should be fascinating players in the run up to Tokyo 2020. Queen was 4th in the 2016 Olympic Trials, after being a 2008 Olympian at 400m hurdles.

Will Claye made history in 2012, winning medals in LJ (bronze) and TJ (silver), a feat not done since 1932. In 2016, Will took (silver) in TJ and 2017 WC, 2019 WC, as well as gold in 2012 and 2018 WC Indoors.

Claye_WillPC-Brussels19.jpgWill Claye, photo by

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The old model of terrestrial TV is not done. Far from it. Per NBC Universal, the Tokyo 2020 TV coverage already has $1 billion in ad sales against the programming. The key is how to get the young fans to watch the coverage.

The Valencia Marathon took place on December 1 and we are still speaking about it. The fast race, the ER and the exciting 10k WR by Joshua Cheptegai all caught our interest. Joshua Cheptegai ended his year in an amazing way with his 26:38. Thanks to Justin Lagat on this one.


An amazing cross country championships in Bethlehem, with near record numbers!

This is the entire 2019 Foot Locker National Championships, all two hours, and 32 minutes of it! The races were amazing and the presentation of high school cross country is amazing. What follows is notes by FL PR on how the races went!

I love this event, and have seen it over the past decades. Many of the top American athletes since the late 1980s have competed in this amazing series.

The cross country season is done, finito. The FootLocker and USATF Club Champs were yesterday and ended the season. After 26 weeks, the party is over. And you are stronger and faster than ever. We will take you through an easy two weeks to end your season, or a light two weeks to enjoy a couple of indoor races.


The team huddle, photo by

I believe it is time to unburden the mortal engine and enjoy a couple of easy weeks.

But first, enjoy a holiday long run!

And thanks again for following us all season!

If you have questions on running, send them to twitter at #AskRunBlogRun !

Today is the big day, the FootLocker National Championships. This event is the oldest high school XC championships, and it gives us a great idea of who the top XC athlete in US is. I love the course, the history and how the event is set up.

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Saturday, December 14, 2019: warm up, 5k race, get out well, and focus on one person at a time, take them strongly, finish well, cool down

NNRunJuly17_283.jpgThe NN cows, July by NN Running team

The NN Running team speaks about more than running each day...

The day before a big race goes slowly. Find things to do, watch Netflix, enjoy the beach, check out the course. Just take some quiet time and enjoy the scenery. The key is to hydrate, rest and relax.

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Friday, December 13, 2019: 30-45 minute minute park run, relaxed, jogging the course

The FootLocker and USATF JOs end the season for high schoolers. Two days out from the last meet of the year, just keep it relaxed and think about how much you have improved over the season, and how much you want to end on a positive note.


Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, 2018, photo by

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019: warm up, easy jog, 30 minutes.

This piece was done last month on the Manhattan College Invite, by the one and only Jeff Benjamin.

image2.jpegManhattan Invite logo, photo by Manhattan Invite

image3.jpegManhattan College Invite finish line, photo by Manhattan Invite

image5.jpegLeo Manzano, photo by Leo Manzano

Mariya Lasitskene is the finest female high jumper of her generation. WC in 2017, 2018, 2019, Lasitskene is a harsh critic of her federation. The following piece is from the Moscow Times.

Lasitskene_Mariya-Stockholm19.jpgMariya Lasitskene, photo by

The amazing victory by Mutaz Barshim in Doha was a made for global TV moment. The tension, the drama and the athleticism can not be exaggerated. The 48,000 fans were seeing two hours of the finest athletics in any championships. I wondered as Mutaz competed in Doha, how his legs would stand up. 2.19m, 2.24m, 2.27m, 2.30m, were cleared with precision and real estate to spare.

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It was at 2.33m that we saw that Mutaz Barshim was back. He took three attempts, and all 48,000 fans were wishing for his success, as he cleared on attempt 3. The first attempts at 2.35m and then, 2.37m, sealed the gold medal, in front of the home crowd.

Now we see, per Swedish athletic manager Daniel Wessfeldt, that Mutaz is keeping his health a top priority. No indoors, a maybe on Nanjing makes sense.

We look forward to seeing the king in 2020.

Wednesday is an easy day. Take a moment and think about how far you have come this season!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2019: 30-45 minute run, 4 x 150m stride outs, cooldown, relaxed

AH_17252_20191002104710906_20191002105424.JPGDina Asher Smith, photo by Getty Images/ British Athletics

AH_27230_20191002104129860_20191002105126.JPGDina Asher Smith, photo by Getty Images/ British Athletics

As you build to the FL championships, USATF XC Champs, AAU XC Champs, just stay focused, keep the workouts brisk and light, and also stay rested, this week. After 24 weeks of training, you are ready to roll.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019: 20 minute warm up, 2 miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, final mile at current 5k race pace, sprinting straights, jogging turns, 20 minute cool down

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The WC in 2013 was an amazing high point in Russian athletic history. The events that have happened since have denuded Russian athletics of much of its prestige and power. This is the EME News update, on the Russian dilema.

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This is the last week of XC season, as the FL 2019 is about to happen.

Monday, December 9, 2019: 50 - 60 minute park run, 4 x 150m strideouts

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Here's selected highlights of the marathon weekend of Dec. 7-8, 2019, by EME News.

IMG_6886.JPGRunBlogRun on tour, 2018, photo by Larry Ederr

This is update on a few of the top events on 7 December.

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The 2019 EAA XC Champs featured 500 plus athletes from 39 countries and ANA in Lisbon, Portugal on Dec. 7, 2019. The following is the review of the event, courtesy of EME News.

Enjoy the long one today, take it easy and think about the last week of the season.

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

With less than two weeks to go until Xc ends in US high schools, the NXN champs and West FL regionals happen today! Good luck to all. Focus on giving your best each moment, and live in and race in the moment!

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Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019: warm up, 5k race, get out well, and focus on one person at a time, take them strongly, finish well, cool down

Kiplagat_VivianR-Milan19.jpgVivian KIplagat at 2019 Milano marathon, on Dec 6, she won ADNOC Abu Dhabi, photo by Photorun

Pacemaker wins in 2:04:40
ABU DHABI (UAE, Dec 6): Reuben Kipyego and Vivian Kiplagat took fast wins for Kenya at the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon. From Collecting the $100,000 winning prize, Kipyego started the race as pacemaker and sensationally finished in 2:04:40, 36 seconds outside the time to win last year's inaugural race. Kenya's Joel Kimurer (2:06:21) and Ethiopia's Fikadu Girma Teferi (2:09:16) were next. Pre-race favourite Kiplagat set a PB of 2:21:11 with a similarly dominant win, her third after Milano and Mexico City. Ethiopians Wude Yimer Atalew (2:24:03) and Yeshi Kalayu (2:24:28) were second and third. Fourth Eunice Chumba who runs for Bahrain 2:26:43 still under 2:30. In the 10 km races wins for Ethiopian runners, Teresa Nyakola Gela in 28:05 and Sintayehu Tilahun Getahun 32:47.

The day before NXN and Western FL regional, good luck to all!

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Friday, Dec 6, 2019 : 30-45 minute minute park run, relaxed, or jog the course...


Under Armour spike, photo by The Shoe Addicts

When I meet with footwear brands, the discussion always goes to reaching young runners. I always hear, then, "Well, we can not afford to do a spike line."

Under my breath, I say, "that is not the point."

So, look at the numbers. 1.4 million boys and girls competed in track and cross country in 2019. That is 560,000 high school cross country, and 900,000 in high school track. Of those 1.4 million, 500,000 run both. So, you have 500,000 boys and girls running 46 weeks a year, six days a week, with average workout of two hours, five minutes. The 500,000 purchase an average of 5 pairs of training shoes a year, the 900,000 purchase 3-4 pairs of running shoes. Average price? $120 in track only, $160 in both.

5.2 million pairs of shoes a year due to high school athletics, the largest high school sport, next to football, and basketball. Now, do I have your attention.

I recall a conversation with my old buddy, David Murphy, when he was ensconced in adidas. He shared that adidas probably lost $100 on each pair of track spikes it sold. In 2019, just over 700,000 pairs of specialty track spikes and 100,000 pairs of XC racing shoes were sold.

Track spikes give many young athletes their first chance to see other shoe brands. adidas, ASICS, Brooks, Nike, New Balance, PUMA, Saucony, and now, Under Armour have developed their own line.

It also is the brand's investment in the next generation of consumers. PUMA used to do well with a sprint and distance shoe only for junior high school athletes. Find a niche and stick to it.

The key is to invest, in your present and future!

Now, check out my rant, and enjoy walking the floor today in Austin. I hear Jim Weber is buying a few beers tonight.

Two days out from the big day, and you keep it easy. If you have two weeks, then do the fartlek...

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Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 :

a. easy day, 30-45 minutes

b. warm up, 40 minute fartlek, 2 min hard (5k race pace), 2 minute easy, 10 times, cooldown

Occasionally, I am fortunate to speak with BBC World Service for a few minutes...and I love it.

Here is how it works:

I get a text from a producer on a topic, and if I can speak with them. We settle on a time, and they sometimes provide me with questions on the issues in advance. I like it the most, when the conversation evolves organically...

This is what I told the BBC in October 2019.

IMG_9168.JPGBrigid Kosgei flying through Chicago, photo by David Wearn/Chicago Marathon

So, one of the things I do at TRE most years is to settle down, with my iced Americano in a paper cup, and solve the world of running's problems, with a few fellow prognosticators. I have given these alleged key players the protection of anonymity, and asked them to tell us one brand killer each....

Here it goes.....this, is a rant...

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Some of us remember the Super Show. It was a monstrosity of a show, and filled the coffers of the city of Atlanta in the 1980s and 1990s. In its heyday, retailers and media had nightly parties and entertainment. I recall meeting the late Horst Dassler of adidas there, watching Phil Knight standing on a keg at a Nike party, and the rap group, Technotronic, entertaining at the Reebok party.

All good things come to an end. By the mid 1990s, Nike had pulled out, then, Reebok pulled out. While other shows came and went, like Outdoor Retailer, the ghost of the Super Show stayed in the hearts of some.


The Running Event came out of a need, but also a vision. The Formula 4 team made an audacious move when they announced the show. They gambled everything. And, the new owner, Diversified Communications, is betting on the business to grow.

The Running Event is a success because the team that invented it had help from the community. It is a community event. Yearly communication, face to face, is important.

This video, done at TRE18, is my feelings, in a nutshell, on the need for the running event.

This is the beginning of a series of columns by me, Larry Eder on the show I love, the Running Event. Due to unforseen circumstances, I had to cancel my trip to TRE19, so I am sitting in the GVA cafe in Morgan Hill, CA and sharing my thoughts on this wondrous event. I will miss you all, especally the many times I give Joe Rubio trouble at the Hilton bar, or enjoy a cocktail at the various watering holes at the show and around Austin. I have never missed a TRE, and hope to see you all again in Austin in 2020.

So, I am going to pen a few columns on the big themes I have been hearing all year....

001.jpgHere is the truth. Brooks should have gone to the great running cemetary in the sky in the 1980s, somehow, it stayed alive. In 2019, It battles several brands, who stay focused on performance running, a $2 billion a year business. Brooks buried ASICS about five years ago, as the iconic brand lost its focus, and now, leads running performance. But, as Brooks management knows, one is only as good as their last shoe sale...

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Original Post: November 13, 2019

Updated post: December 4, 2019

Special TRE 2019 Post:

How do local running stores feel about these special shoes? Why, they love them. If you are picked by Nike (top 20-50 store, based on volume), this is Christmas. Top local runners, aka the key influencers are buying this shoe, no matter the price. Nike is taking ASICS users away in droves, among the brands hurt by this shoe.

The controversy is raging. Can you have too much aid from a shoe? Should one company have nearly all new technology protected, and where does business and sport overlap?

And also, is the IAAF equipped to make such decisions, knowing that the brand they censure could be a potential next sponsor?

Cregg Weinmann has been the RN footwear editor since 1998, life long runner and a man who has spent nearly six decades using and examining running shoes. We asked Cregg to look at this controversy and shed some light onto the topic.

Keep it relaxed today.

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Wednesdayr, December 4, 2019 : 30-45 minute run, 4 x 150m stride outs, cooldown, relaxed

The amount of info available from World Athletics is nearly boundless. This is a wonderful new addition, the WR alerts. Joshua Cheptegai, gold medalist at 10,000m in Doha, has just set a new WR for the 10k in Valencia. Here's the true geekness of the sport!

image004.jpgJoshua Cheptegai, photo by NN Running team

This is the NN running team release on the new WR for 10k by Joshua Cheptegai set at Valencia on 1 December.

image003.jpgJoshua Cheptegai hits the big one! photo by NN running team

Ben Williams Triple Jumper added to WCP.jpgBen Williams, added to WCP, photo by Getty Images/ British Athletics

We have asked Stuart Weir, for several years now, to provide the readers of runblogrun with a close view of the British system. The system in British athletics is quite different from the U.S. It is also the story of the last decade, as Team GBR has continued to excell. The success is due to many people, still involved and some no longer involved.

The piece below should make one think....

Adam Gemili  upgraded.jpgAdam Gemili upgraded, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

Abi Rozuru long jumper added to WCP.jpgAbi Rozuru, added to WCP, photo by Getty Images/ British Athletics

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Justin Lagat wrote this piece on the new Tuskys 10k in Eldoret on Nov. 25.

Jeff Benjamin did this piece on Richard Avery's The Five and Ten Book a few months ago. I found it in the editorial archives that I keep on all of our writers.

The book looks excellent and I hope it makes you go out and purchase it!

image1.jpegThe cover...

image2.jpegThe back cover...

The Tuesday run is about handling increases and decreases in speed. Cross country is about changing paces, changing footing and handling the challenges of nature. This workout changes things up and gets your body responding.

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In this final column of the IPC Dubai event, Stuart Weir wrote this thoughtul piece on the ageless fields of the championships.

In this column, written on Nov. 17 for the Kass Marathon, Justin Lagat gives us a view into the local marathon.

IMG_1138.JPGPhilip Birech, photo by Justin Lagat

IMG_1127.JPGNaomi Chebet (at the finish line in Eldoret's Sports Club), photo by Justin Lagat

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The scandals do not stop. British media is all over British Athletics, claiming that some British athletes were encouraged to be tested for hypothyroidism. The drugs used to allieve thyroid issues may help loose weight and recover from hard workouts.

The first day of the week is always a challenge. After a weekend of racing, and a long run, your body needs a break. Keep the run easy, as he season comes down to the last two weeks.

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Monday, December 2, 2019: 50 - 60 minute park run, 4 x 150m strideouts

As the weather reminds us just who is boss, long runs get us closer to nature.

The weather reminds us that we can run in just about any weather, and that there is something unique in all conditions. I have done long runs at 105 degrees and a 30 miler at -20. Both had their amazing experiences.

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Enjoy the run.

Sunday, December 1, 2019: 85-90 minute long run

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