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PHOTO: Gemma Steel of Great Britain gets a narrow victory over American Shalane Flanagan at the 2014 TD Beach to Beacon 10-K (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly)
Skechers continues to have strong growth. With over 3000 SKU's, the performance division really was started less four years ago. Meb Keflezigihi's sponsorship by Skechers has proved to be a huge boon to Skechers, in many cases, Meb's use of Skechers has opened doors for the brand into specialty running stores that are not positive about the brand's family shoe focus. Kara Goucher's new sponsorship with Skechers, as a combination with Oiselle, hopes to capitalize on Goucher's reputation in the running community and likeability. 

In a time when the retail footwear dollar seems to be tightening up in run specialty and in the large channels (DSG has had some challenges over the summer), something that gives a brand some social media visibility can help, but, in the end, it always, always comes down to the shoes. 


This is a video, from adidas about the new, customizable adidas Energy Boost ESM! We received this release earlier today, July 23, 2014. 

xcsauconyheroshot.jpgThe Saucony 500 Mile Challenge is in it's sixth week now. The three key workouts are the long run on Sunday, the tempo run on Tuesday and the hill workout on Thursday. Truth is, if you have a better way to train for yourself and your team: do it! These are suggestions, as many out there have no one to speak to about training. 

Cross country is one of the oldest parts of our sport. It started in the mid 18th century in England with the hounds and harriers idea. A lead runner, the hound, would put out pieces of paper as a trail and the harriers would follow, for perhaps six to nine miles. History does not tell us, but my guess some eating and drinking was involved after. 

Cross country is a global sport. In 2014, over 500,000 boys and girls will race cross country in the fifty states. How wil you do? How will your team do? You have to train in the summer to race well in the fall! 

xcsauconyheroshot.jpgSaucony 500 Mile Challenge, Sunday, July 20, 2014, 

Week Five, Day Seven, the Long Run

Sunday: Easy 9-mile run on grass or dirt with friends (400 Mile: 8 miles/300 Mile: 7 miles).

Long runs are important to your overall training. Find some friends, and explore a park for the seven to nine miles you are doing today. Remember to stretch, before and after, and always, always bring water and a dry t shirt for after the run. 

And , as we are in week five, have you checked your training shoes? 

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

Emma Coburn, 9:11.42 AR, photo by

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! 

Last night, in Monaco, under the stars, Molly Huddle proved, once again, that she is the best American women distance runner, period. Her 14:42.64 new American record gives her the top two times by an American woman at the distance. Since August 2010, Molly Huddle has owned the American record, and while some of the top American woman have tried to break the record, it has stood. 

Molly Huddle uses cross country as part of her base each year. Her strength, her endurance, and also her drive, come from that experience. 

Want to be your best? Then become tough as Molly Huddle.

Take the Saucony 500 Mile Challenge! 

Be careful though, the doe-eyed avenger is one tough 5,000 meter runner! 


Molly Huddle races in Rome, June 5, 2014, 
photo by

Flynn Sports Management announced today that two of their new young talents, Marielle Hall and Trevor Dunbar, had signed agreements with Nike Athletics.


Jason Richardson, the 2011 World Champion in the 110m meter hurdles, is one of my favorite interviews. Jason is always thought provoking, and is willing to take a stab at questions that would make others cringe or, from which, most would shy away. 

I interviewed Jason Richardson on Friday, 11 July at the Crown Plaza, with his manager, Chris Lane, watching on. I asked Jason Richardson if he thinks women's sprints gets the attention it deserves. I also asked Jason, if he were track czar for a day, what would he do?

Quite thoughtful answers!

As always, thanks to Jason Richardson and Chris Lane for their kind support and to adidas for making our Summer tour possible. 

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