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Leo Manzano is an Olympic silver medalist. Repeat that, Leo Manzano is the 2012 Olympic silver medalist. So, out of all the milers in the world, on the right day, in an Olympic final, Leo Manzano put it all on the line and delivered. 

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Leo Manzano, Sacramento, June 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net


That is something special. An Olympic medal is one of those things that you just can forget. 

Move now to 2014. Leo Manzano is having one of his best seasons in years. He won the Pre International Mile on May 31. He won the USA Outdoor title on June 28. A week later, Leo runs 1:46.32 for the 800 meters. And in Glasgow, on July 12, Leo Manzano ran 3:34.40. After that race, we interviewed Leo for this piece. He told us how happy he was, with his training, his life, his coaching and sponsor relationships. He knew he would run faster. 

Well move to a week later, on July 18, in Monaco. At the Meeting Herculis, Leo Manzano runs 3:30.98, his fastest EVER. Leo and I chatted after the race, and he noted, " with three more races, I think I can run really fast." As in really fast meaning under 3:30. 

Well, Leo Manzano will spend the next several weeks back in the US, much of the time with his new coach, John Hayes. Manzano will train over the next month as the Commonwealth Games and European Games, back to back, give US athletes little chances to race at the elite level again until August 20 or so. 

Here is our interview with Leo Manzano, who is having an epic year. We can not wait to see how fast Leo Manzano can race in August! 


Cait Chock has more good ideas in one day than many prospective writers have in months. This piece, an interview with Matt Fitzgerald, is a case in point. Matt is one of my favorite endurance writers: thoughtful, well researched, plus a nice sense of humor. His themes on diet and sports culture are fascinating. His Diet Cults book reviews some of the true eccentrics out there in the diet kulturkampf. 

Cait asked some great questions of Matt. Fitzgerald loves to write and is really a nutritional agnostic. His approach allows you to make the right decisions for your needs. That, is the key. A little bit of commonsense in a world search for easy nutritional answers. Theme: work out with some thought, eat with some thought. 

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On Saturday, July 12, 2014, Emma Coburn made her dreams a reality. 

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Emma Coburn, 9:11.42 AR, photo by PhotoRun.net


Leading nearly the entire race in Glasgow, Emma Coburn controlled the pace, as the field went through 3:03 for the thousand meter mark, then 6:10 for two kilometers. Emma was on AR pace as the announcer noted, and as Hiwot Ayalew ran right behind her. 

Emma Coburn has had a fantastic 2014 season, opening with a nearly five second PB with her 9:19.81 in Shanghai. " I want to win a DL race this year where they know me, and don't think of me as the pace maker" laughed a very happy Emma Coburn after her race on Saturday, July 12, 2014.

What was the difference this time her race? That last kilometer, run in 3:01.5, was her fastest, and this time, when Hiwot Ayalew went by her with 300 meters to go, Emma stayed focused and close to her. Her last water jump not withstanding, the exhaustion from a race well-run had to show some effect, as Emma Coburn dug deep, running to the finish. 

With so much on the line at the end of a major race, I wondered how Emma felt about her race, her season, her satisfaction after a race well-run. I met Emma in the mixed zone, after she had spoken to several media organizations. 

It is a humbling experience for me, many times, to see what these athletes put into their craft. Her is the interview I did with Emma Coburn, the new American record holder at the steeplechase, in a time of 9:11.42! 


All that she did in 2014, was leading up to this race. The twelve and one half laps that Molly Huddle ran in Monaco last night, the two seconds off the AR, and, right after, Molly knew she could run faster...


Molly started the 2014 season with her third place debut in the NYC Half Marathon with a 1:09:04. On April 19, Molly Huddle won the BAA 5k in the last hundred meters, with her 15:12 win on Boston's city streets, came in the last 100 meters. 


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Molly Huddle puts the peddle to the metal, June 14, 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

On May 4, Molly was second with a fine 10,000 meters, and a new PB of 30:47, five seconds behind Sally Kipyego, who ran 30:42.  On June 14, Molly Huddle battled a tough field in Central Park, setting a new AR for the 10k roads on a course so difficult that her race had to be seen to be believed. Battling Mamitu Deska over five and one half miles, Molly ran 31:37 on that god awful course.


Her 5,000 meter US title was hard fought, as Molly, lead most of the race, then, had to  come from behind in the final 50 meters to win in the last several inches. Her win, on June 29, just showed that Molly not only was fit, but her final, gut wrenching lung at the finish, showed that she was, above all, hungry. 


Last weekend, on July 13, Molly Huddle won a mile in Ireland with a PB of 4:26.81. Her manager, Ray Flynn, told me that she looked "fantastic, she was moving." Ray Flynn, is not one prone to hyperbole. Molly was ready to race. 

For Molly Huddle, the year 2014 has been tremendous.

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Huddle taming Central Park, June 14, 2014, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Molly started the 2014 season with her third place debut in the NYC Half Marathon with a 1:09:04. On April 19, Molly Huddle won the BAA 5k in the last hundred meters, with her 15:12 win on Boston's city streets, came in the last 100 meters. 

On May 4, Molly was second with a fine 10,000 meters, and a new PB of 30:47, five seconds behind Sally Kipyego, who ran 30:42.  On June 14, Molly Huddle battled a tough field in Central Park, setting a new AR for the 10k roads on a course so difficult that her race had to be seen to be believed. Battling Mamitu Deska over five and one half miles, Molly ran 31:37 on that god awful course.

Her 5,000 meter US title was hard fought, as Molly, lead most of the race, then, had to  come from behind in the final 50 meters to win in the last several inches. Her win, on June 29, just showed that Molly not only was fit, but her final, gut wrenching lung at the finish, showed that she was, above all, hungry. 

Last weekend, on July 13, Molly Huddle won a mile in Ireland with a PB of 4:26.81. Her manager, Ray Flynn, told me that she looked "fantastic, she was moving." Ray Flynn, is not one prone to hyperbole. Molly was ready to race. 

It was with all of this background that Molly Huddle's race tonight was so amazing. The pace was tough from the beginning, but Molly knew she could not just focus on the record, as Shannon Rowbury, whom Molly noted had just run a fast 1,500 meters.

Here is the interview I did just after Molly's amazing AR of 14:42.64. We did it in the taxi that Molly, Ray Flynn, her manager and myself shared back to the Fairmont Monaco. 

Thanks Molly! 


Alysia Montano is one of my favorite athletes to interview. During the week before the 2013 NYC Marathon, Alysia, who runs for ASICS America, gave the Shoe Addicts a very thoughtful series of responses to my questions about racing, FootLocker and high school athletes.

Alysia Montano was featured on ESPN the first full day of the USA Outdoor Champs. She had let her feet do her talking. Showing that, just about to present the world with a new baby, Alysia Montano could celebrate that running an 800 meters at just above five minute pace! 

Alysia Montano is a creative artist in an athletes body! 

Please enjoy David Hunter's superb piece on Alysia Montano's thoughts about her June race, today and tomorrow! 

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Alysia Montano, by PhotoRun.net
Any one who was in London during the Olympics and saw David Rudisha lead the 800 meters, from start to finish, can never forget it. His win was one thing, his world record was truly another.

When David Rudisha got injured, I spoke to Wilson Kipketer about David's injury and how to come back. Wilson Kipketer noted that one must take their time and be patient.

David has been patient. He is coming around and, this piece, is the live coverage that I did of his 1:43.34 race! I hope that you enjoy it! 

David Rudisha will be racing in the Commonwealth Games over 800 meters. Also watch for info on the upcoming film on David Rudisha! 


Jodie Williams was the junior superstar in Great Britain. After dealing with injuries, Jodie Williams ran the 4x100m relay team on Friday that won the Women's Relay. On Saturday, taking a quick fourth, Jodie Williams ran a personal best of 22.60 for the 200 meters! 

This interview was done on Friday, 11 July 2014, at the Crown Plaza in Glasgow. Special thanks to Jodie Williams and her manager, Dave Scott, who were kind enough to give me some time for an interview. 

Jodie Williams has gone from the young junior phenom who could do not wrong, to one of the bright hopes of British athletics, who, like everyone else, has to prove herself each race. Jodie is running for adidas now, and is looking forward to the possibility of racing in both the Commonwealth Games and European Championships, after selection by British Athletics. We wish her the best of luck. 

David Rudisha wants one thing this weekend: a fast 800 meter race that shows him, that he is ready to run at the Commonwealth Games. He is looking like the confident person we last saw in GBR in August 2012. 

This interview was done with David Rudisha on Friday, 11 July 2014 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Glasgow, Scotland. Special thanks to David Rudisha and his manager, James Templeton, who are always gracious and supportive of our interview requests. 


This is my audio review of the Meeting AREVA Paris. From the highlights to my pithy observations. Play the tape, tell me if I am crazy or not. Enjoy on your earphones while you do your run today. And know that the audio tapes will continue! 

Greetings from East Croydon, London! 


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