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Leo Manzano had an amazing season in 2014. He won the US title at 1,500 meters, won the NIke International Mile at the Pre Classic, and ran the fastest 1,500 meters (3:30.98) in that crazy 1,500 meters in Monaco. 

Leo Manzano, USA Outdoor 2014, photo by

In this third video from the HOKA ONE ONE elite series, Leo Manzano gives the viewer some suggestions on workouts that really have helped him develop one of the deadliest kicks in American middle distance running. 

Now that the 2014 season is over, watch for more videos from Leo on training and the HOKA ONE ONE Two Mile Postal Nationals! 
Sally Bergesen photo, courtesy of Oiselle Blog: Bird is the Word

RunBlogRun asked Cait Chock to interview Sally Bergesen, the founder and CEO of Oiselle, and this is the result. We have been fascinated by Oiselle, one of the few running apparel brands that is making headway in a business channel that is fraught with minefields. 

In a recent meeting, with a key brand, an active woman runner on the staff was asked about Oiselle. She noted how well made the product is and how much she liked it. Oiselle is reaching its target market. 

Sally Bergesen is quite adept at using social media and developing a conversation with her consumer, who she knows well, better than most brands that are larger. Bergeson gets it: running businesses win business one pair of running shorts at a time. 
Cally Macumber is now running for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project! Cait Chock caught up with her on her new journey! 
At the Birmingham GP international presser, Greg Rutherford was one of the four athletes who were included. 

Greg Rutherford has had a fantastic season: a new British record of 8.51 meters, wins at both the Commonwealth Games and European Championships.

An incredibly nice guy, I believe that some see that as weakness in Mr. Rutherford. It is quite unfair, as anyone who has spent more than five minutes watching the guy compete. He is terribly competitive. A fine athlete, Rutherford came out of an absolutely terrible 2013 and has made 2014 his. 

That is the sign of a champion.

Greg and his girlfriend are expecting their first child later this year. 

We wish them the very best and thank him for his time and thoughtfulness in this interview. 

I also predicted that Greg would set a new British record (8.65m). So, let's see on that one, okay? 

Cait Chock has been working on this series for a couple of months now. I missed this one by Nicole Blood from June. My sincere apologies for the delay, it is a wonderful piece. 

Since the piece was submitted, it looks like Nicole Blood has left Columbia University to train once again. We wish her much good fortune! 

Nicole Blood, as a Duck, photo by
Valerie Adams, well is a stud. 

She is also one of the most articulate, relaxed and competitive athletes I have ever met. She loves to compete, is confident in her system over fifteen years, and gets that, with her level of competition, pain is part of it, sometimes.

We interviewed Valerie on Saturday, 23 August. On Sunday, 24 August, Valerie Adams threw 19.96 meters, and won her fifty-fifth straight shot put competition. 

Adams loves her event, she also knows her event. 

The interview was fun because Valerie does not suffer fools. She likes honest questions and she gives honest, colorful answers. 

I call her the shot put goddess and I mean that. 

If you get a chance to watch her compete. Do it. Hock your used car, buy an airline ticket and fly to Zurich to watch Valerie Adams throw on the street shot put next week. 

If you show up, I will buy you an adult beverage! 

Galen Rupp ran the 5,000 meters at the DN Galan on 21 August.

The day prior, August 20, we had twenty-two different interviews from various athletes in DN Galan Media area.

The final interview was with Galen Rupp. Galen spoke about his focus this season on developing his racing skills, the birth of his twins and how he and his wife deal with his life as a professional runner.

Galen Rupp has come of age. The silver medalist from the London Olympics over 10,000 meters, set a new AR in May over the same distance. 

After Stockholm, Galen Rupp has planned to race in Zurich. 

At most of the major meetings, we are presented with a press conference with key athletes, which I record, and then, we have chances to interview athletes by themselves. This was one of the best all summer; Greg Rutherford, Euro, Commonwealth and Olympic gold medalist at the long jump, Valeria Adams: Olympic, European and Commonwealth gold medalist, Shot put, Kirani James, Olympic and World Champ, 400 meters gold, and David Rudisha, 800m WR holder, Olympic and World Champion. 

David Rudisha is the antithesis of calm. He should be the picture by the definition of the word "chill". 

The man who lead from the start in the London Olympics and ran 1:40.91 in the 800 meters. David has suffered injuries in 2013, and has been slowly building back.

He told RunBlogRun in Monaco that he would hope to break 1:43 this year, but not much else. Getting back into his London level of fitness will take more time, and David Rudisha realizes it. 

"I will train well for next year, and I will be ready for Beijing." 

That is saying something. 

Renaud Lavillenie, the WR in the pole vault, has just won the European Championships. He did it on two jumps. With the conditions, as he explained them, and the long season, where he has won 15 straight competitions, Lavillenie is truly the king of the pole vault.

Renaud Lavillenie provides some great ideas for vaulters and some honest assessments if you desire to be a top vaulter. 

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