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Today, at the press conference, Joan Benoit Samuelson, on the thirtieth anniversary of her victory at the 1985 Chicago marathon, did all that she could to run this iconic marathon through the Windy City this year. In her comments before the media this morning, Joan Benoit Samuelson comes across as what she is: a thoughtful pioneer in the women's running movement, who speaks with her movement and her words.

Samuelson-Keflezighi1-Falmouth14.jpgJoan Benoit Samuelson with Meb Keflezighi, Falmouth 2014, photo by

After watching Joan this morning, and then, noting her busy schedule with sponsors over the next couple of days, I thought I would remind us of how Joan Benoit Samuelson reinvented running.

Miki Gorman was one of the first women marathoners that I knew about.

We would read about her exploits in the pages of Runners'World and then, The Runner.

Miki won the Boston in 1977, New York in 1976 and 1977. She was the pocket rocket of the first marathon movement including women.

Roger Robinson's thoughtful tribute (please read below) gives a glimpse of how impressive Miki Gorman was: a tiny women, she was powerful and fast.

A women's marathon pioneer? Quite simply, yes.

And as Roger noted so well, if the women's marathon had been held in 1976, Miki Gorman would have been an odds on favorite for a medal.

Please keep Miki Gorman, who died at the age of 80 on September 19, in your thoughts and prayers.

Huddle_Molly-BAA5k15.JPGMolly Huddle, photo by

Molly Huddle has been on a roll this Fall. Winning the US 20k in New Haven (Sept. 7), then, the USA 5k in Providence (Sept. 21), and now the USA 10 mile title.

Sam Chelanga wins his first title after gaining US citizenship, with a very close finish.

Molly's next race is the Tuft's 10k on October 11.

Kipchoge-Mutai-LilesaH-Berlin15.JPGThe battle for Berlin, photo by

The picture above shows Eliud Kipchoge, Emmanuel Mutai and Fiyesa Lelisa dueling in Berlin. Running 26.2 miles at 4:40-4:45 pace is a rareified talent. Many can run a marathon, few can race one. Red lining it, or running at near one's max for 24 miles and then, racing to the finish is something that few can do and for a short time.

Cathal Dennehy provided five deep thoughts on the race as he was leaving Berlin on Tuesday.

Kamworor_Geoffrey-Beijing15.JPGGeoffrey Kamworor, photo by

With a month after the World Champs, Justin Lagat makes some predictions on how athletes will fare and run on the roads over the next couple months.

Kipchoge_Eluid-Berlin15.JPGEliud Kipchoge, photo by

I have been fascinated with the reactions to Eliud Kipchoge's win today. Much of the social media response has been about insoles moving around his shoes, causing blisters and even cutting his toe.

We live in a time where everything has to have an reason and that someone or something has to be at fault. I would like to offer another suggestion.

Read on, please.

Great day in Speed City, by Larry Eder

Keflezighi_Meb1b-Falmouth15.JPGMeb Keflezighi in Falmouth, August 2015, photo by

In the 1960s and early 1970s, San Jose was the home of some of the most brilliant
sprinters of all times. Many of them were coached and mentored by the late Bud
Winter. Winter had honed his skills in WW2 teaching pilots how to relax for the long
fighter flights and bomber flights over Germany.

Winter took those skills and used them to teach the long sprinters, those over 200 meters
and 400 meters, how to use their talents to relax and run faster.

On the long distance scene, the Santa Clara Youth Village was key in the development
of some of the greatest American distance runners of all times. A huge tradition of
fine distance running has been seen in the South Bay.

This writer met Bud Winter as a sophomore in high school, in 1974, when he spoke at our Coach's
retirement dinner. Father Ray Devlin, S.J., aka Rocket Ray, had Bud Winter speak for us.
We were inspired by the man who had made so many medals, but did not grasp the notions of
relaxing to run faster.

Meb uses that, and even on a bad day, set AR master's records at the half marathon and 20k!

Kipchoge_EluidFH1-Berlin15.JPGEliud Kipchoge is victorious, photo by

Eliud Kipchoge ran a brilliant race, taking off at 30k and running 14:23 for the 30-35k section of the race. He had a few issues to deal with, and still did it!

Here is Cathal Dennehy's story on Eliud's win!

Now, for Eliud, there is one focus: RIO.

Thumbnail image for Mutai_EmmanuelPC-Berlin15.JPGEmmanuel Mutai, 2015 BMW Berlin Press conference, photo by

Emmanuel Mutai is one of the fastest marathoners in the world.

He is also part of the same training group with Eliud Kipchoge. Emmanuel Mutai and Eliud Kipchoge workout together three times a week.

Kipchoge has lost one marathon, and that was to Wilson Kipsang. He then defeated Kipsang in London. Mutai has placed well in most of his marathons, winning only one.

Will this be the race where he really puts the pedal to the proverbial metal?

Here is the interview done by Andy Edwards at the pre Berlin Marathon interviews. Andy Edwards does the interviews for his company, Race News Service.

Kastor_DeenaH-Pasadena13.JPgDeena Kastor, photo by

Deena Kastor ran 15:48 this morning for 5k, on the fast course in downtown San Jose. Deena told us that she had a bit of a bug this week, but really wanted to run in San Jose. Finishing third overall, Deena looked great after the race on this cool, crisp early Fall morning.

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