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Mo Farah down London 2018.jpgMo Farah, after his third place finish, 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, photo by Virgin Money London Marathon

Mo Farah had a very successful second marathon. At the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, Mo Farah committed early on, hitting 13:50 for 5k, 28:20 for 10k, 43:05 for 15k and 61 minutes for the half marathon. Then, the going got tough. From about 30 kilometers on, Mo Farah battled the elements, and himself over the next 12 kilometers. He came close to getting both the European record and Briitsh record. His British record of 2:06:34 made most of his countrymen smile, and took the 34 year old record of Steve Jones down. But, Mo Farah had to work very hard for that record. His last few miles were agonizing.

These clips from Andy Edwards were some thoughts by Mo Farah after his third place at the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.

Paula Radcliffe is the World Record holder in the marathon for women. She ran a historic 2:15:25 in April 2003 at the Virgin Money London Marathon. In the 2018 race, Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba, are looking to challenge the WR of Paula Radcliffe.

Radcliffe_Paula1-Berlin11.jpgPaula Radcliffe, photo by PhotoRun.net

In these interviews, Paula Radcliffe speaks about the World Record, and how she feels about the WR. Paula Radcliffe also speaks about being part of the IAAF Athletic Integrity Unit, and supporting a clean sport. Here are some deep thoughts from Paula Radcliffe on all things marathon.

I was fortunate to spend some time this past January with Paula Radcliffe at the Dubai Marathon. I found her funny and thoughtful. She genuinely loves the sport and will fiercely protect the sport, understanding that true friends have to criticize friends when they are harming themselves or their activity. Thanks to Andy Edwards for looking out for RunBlogRun from London as I am back in Wisconsin dealing with recovery from cardiac catherization.

Daniel Wanjiru.jpgDaniel Wanjiru, photo courtesy of Virgin Money London Marathon Media

In 2017, Daniel Wanjiru surprised many with his win at the Virgin Money London Marathon. He ran 2:05:48 for the win. What many forgot is that Daniel had already ran 2:05:21 in his debut in Amsterdam in 2016. With his 59:20 from the 206 Prague Half Marathon, Daniel has some series wheels. His fitness level very high, Daniel is confident that he can fare well in this historic field.

Here's his interview with our friend, Andy Edwards, of Race News Service.

Schar_ManuelaSt-Berlin16.jpgManuela Schar, photo by PhotoRun.net

Manuela Schar, is the defending wheelchair champion of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. At the 2017 VM London Marathon, Manuela Schar set a new course record, running the fastest women's wheelchair race in defeating a field missing Tatyana McFadden. McFadden was recovering from blood clots in her legs. In Chicago, McFadden won over Schar, and last week, Tatyana McFadden won Boston in horrific conditions. Let's see how Schar and McFadden line up in London, could be a fascinating race.

This interview of Manuela Schar is done by Andy Edwards, prior to th 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.

Kenenisa Bekele.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo courtesy of Virgin Money London Media

Kenenisa Bekele is the WR holder at 5000 meters and 10,000 meters. He has now set his eyes on the marathon, and he has had some fine races, he is also battling Eliud Kipchoge, who is the finest marathoner in the world, and perhaps, ever. A tough time to try and finish your legacy. The race on Sunday, April 22, 2018 will be hot and tactical. As the weather gets hotter, the challenges to runners will increase.

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

Early in the day, while the weather is getting warmer, the top athletes will be battling each other for the title of champion at the Virgin Money London Marathon. Will there be a world record tomorrow? Probably doubtful with the hot weather, but do not be surprised, with three men who have already run 2:03 marathons, the race will be very fast. Here's a short interview by Andy Edwards of Race News Service with Kenenisa Bekele. How will Kenenisa fare tomorrow? It depends on how much he wants it, and how close Eliud Kipchoge gets to running a "beautiful race".

Chelimo_RoseFH-WC17.jpgRose Chelimo, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rose Chelimo is the 2017 World Champion in the marathon. She won a close on in London over Edna Kiplagat and Amy Cragg at the 2017 World Championships. Rose Chelimo's final push in London stopped Edna Kiplagat from winning her third World Championship in a row. Chelimo's PB of 2:22:51 came at the 2017 Boston marathon, where she was beaten by, who else?, Edna Kiplagat.

How will Rose Chelimo fare in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon? Well, we only have a few days to wait. Here's a fine interivew with Rose Chelimo, who has represented Bahrain since 2015. The interview was done by Andy Edwards of Race News Service, at the London Marathon pressers on Wednesday.

Keitany_Mary-RAK18.jpgMary Keitany, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mary Keitany made history last London where she ran like the proverbial bat out of hell, running at a 2:11 pace for awhile. The pace was fearless, as Mary Keitany went from mile to mile, running at a pace seen only by Paula Radcliffe in her WR runs.

Mary Keitany is quite confident in herself. Last April, right after the new WR marathon that she ran in the Virgin Money London Marathon, she took at shot at the Breaking 2 record, noting that no such program was offered for women marathoners. She was serious about her unhappiness with the lack of equality, which she saw as a lack of respect for women's marathoning.

This year, Mary Keitany is ready to roll, once again. Her RAK race, which this author witnessed, was only five seconds off the world record for the half marathon. Her 1:04:55 was a great fitness test for her training for London.

The weather portends to be warm. Will it affect Mary Keitany? That waits to be seen. @runblogrun believes that Mary Keitany, on a perfect day, can run a high 2:14:50 race. Will this be the day? We will just have to see? Will Tirunesh Dibaba catch a fading Mary Keitany? Again, we will have to wait until we see on Sunday.

For now, please listen to the audio interview of Mary Keitany, by our friend, Andy Edwards or Race News Service.

Tom Walsh has now won the World Indoors and World Outdoors. He is now a shot put deity. (Did I say that right, Andy Stubbs?)

Walsh_Tomas1-WORLDi18.jpGTomas Walsh, photo by PhotoRun.net

Face it, we worship Tom Walsh of New Zealand. In my home in Wisconsin, I have begun to build a graven image of the man, the myth the legend. I am building it out of cheese and butter, as we have much of it in Wisconsin.

Anyhows, Tom Walsh kicked shot put butt in Birmingham. Some big throws, and he had three throws, and three fouls. Walsh started out with a throw of 22.13 meters, then, a foul, then, another 22.13 meters! Walsh had two more fouls and finally, a 22.31 meter throw to give him a new PB!

Walsh_TomasClock-WORLDi18.jpGTomas Walsh, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here is the interview from the Shoe Addicts, who braved the mixed zone and the IZone, a super secret interview area introduced by the IAAF at World Indoors.

Watch our interview in the next section!

IMG_3473_preview aisha.jpgAisha Praught Leer, one lap to go, WIC Birmingham, photo by Mike Deering, for The Shoe Addicts

Aisha Praught Leer is an prime example of the how fast women's elite running is growing around the world. Aisha competed at 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters, and in 2016 began to focus on the 3000 meter steeplechase. This is an continuing feature that we are publishing on Aisha Praught Leer, with special thanks to Under Armour Running. For more on the UA HOVR sonic, please click on Under Armour Running. Here's our review of the Under Armour HOVR Sonic.

Scott-Coburn-LeerFHL-Millrose18.JPGDominique Scott, Emma Coburn, Aisha Praught Leer, for the win and NIR at 2018 Millrose Games (Feb 4), photo by PhotoRun.net

This video series was done with Aisha Praught Leer just after her finish of the 1,500 meters for the World Indoor Championships, on March 3, 2018 at the World Indoor Championships. A bit short for Aisha, as she is the Jamaican record holder at the 3000 meter steeplechase. Aisha Praught Leer also set National Indoor records at 3000 meters and 1,500 meters this past winter.

In part 1, Aisha Praught Leer tells @runblogrun about racing with the finest indoor runners in the world over 1,500 meters. Special thans to The Shoe Addicts, digital partners for RunBlogRun.

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Seb Coe is the President of the IAAF. He took over the Federation during its lowest time in modern history. Coe survived the incarceration of Lamine Diack, the Russian drug crisis, and has been left with a sport that has a future that still may have some unpleasant things from its past.

Seb speaking to the Media .jpgLord Coe, with TV crews in Mixed Zone, (note Yiannis Nikolaou, IAAF Communications Manager, in purple shirt), photo by Larry Eder

A global federation is only as good as its members, and its leadership.

Seb Coe, for whatever reasons, seems still personally invigorated by his sport, and genuinely wants its future success.

We were fortunate to meet with Lord Coe on Saturday evening, as he was walking through the Mixed Zone, speaking with the BBC, Olympic TV, Czech TV and then, RunBlogRun.

I asked him a few questions. I wanted to see what were his favorite moments as a British citizen and his favorites as the leader of the global federation. Seb, being Seb, beat me to the punch on that one. My final question was, how do you deal with the two lords of modern sport, Entertainment and Real Sports?

His answer was thoughtful, as you would expect.

Below is our audio interview with Seb Coe, from 3 March 2018.

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