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Reposted April 9, 2018

I thought this piece would be a fun one to revisit. Desi Linden is well prepared for the Boston marathon. She has battled for the title until within sight of the finish line in Beantown. Will 2018 be her year? With the field of Shalane Flanagan, Molly Huddle, Desi Linden and Jordan Hasay, Boston is treating us to a fantastic field!

Originally posted December 17, 2017

Des Linden is a runner of immense focus, determination, talent and humor. This writer has intereviewed her at least a half dozen times, and it is always fascinating to learn something more about one of America's finest marathoners.

Here's the thing. Coming back from injuries, and reaching or suprassing your previous level of fitness is the exception and not the rule. Des Linden has taken second in the Boston Marathon, and her continued return to that level of fitness where one is in the front of the pack is, well, exciting.

The 2018 Boston Marathon may be the toughest field ever assembled for American women marathoners. There is Shalane Flanagan, Deena Kastor, Molly Huddle, Des Linden and Jordan Hasay.

Des Linden is a long time member of the Hansons-Brooks ODP. She came to them as a 34 minute 10k runner and her development, nurtured by Hansons brothers Keith and Kevin, juggles high mileage, strong tempo and interval work with recovery, rest and racing. Des has lots of self knowledge from spending hours and hours on the road. Run 100 mile plus weeks year after year and you develop skills.

Not one of the athletes (Deena Kastor is a masters athlete, but Deena still holds American marathon record, won the bronze Olympic medal in 2004, and ran a 2:27 as a masters), should be discounted. As I mentioned to BAA's Jack Fleming, the 2018 Boston marathon will be a race for the ages!

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Reposted April 9, 2018

The week prior to the Boston Marathon is always a fun week in Boston. Here's a piece we did a few weeks ago on Galen Rupp and his fine warm up for the rite of spring in Beantown. Galen Rupp is healthy this season and the 2018 Boston field should see the results of that fitness. In his last marathon, Chicago last October, Galen Rupp won going away.

Originally posted March 11, 2018

ROME (ITA, Mar 11): Chicago Marathon winner Galen Rupp set a 59:47 PB (13:50 5km, 28:09 10km, 42:44 15km) to win the Rome-Ostia Half Marathon ahead of Kenyans Moses Kemei (60:44) and Justus Kangogo (61:02). "It was an amazing race. It went according to plans without wind and rain along the course. I knew I was in good shape," he told the IAAF. Rupp was also the first non-African winner of the men's race since Stefano Baldini in 1997. After a big breakthrough in the Dubai Marathon in January when she was fifth in 2:20:13, Ethiopia's Haftamenesh Tesfay won the women's race in a 69:02 PB from Dera Dida (69:21 PB) and Kenya's Rebecca Chesire (71:04). Rosaria Console was the top Italian finisher in sixth in 73:45. Best male European finisher was Ukrainian Ihor Olefirenko 64:47 as 10th.

Memories of #HuaweiRomaOstia . An excellent weekend!! Still so proud of it

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RunBlogRun opines: Galen Rupp has shown that his fitness, four weeks before the 2018 BAA Boston Marathon is just where he needs to be. Remember that Galen Rupp was just off an injury prior to Boston in 2017, so this year could be very, very interesting.

Galen Rupp won the Rome Ostia half marathon today in 59:47 #romeostiahalfmarathon

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110269_406_A_Levitate_480px.pngBrooks Levitate, Men's color, photo from Brooks Running

Reposted on April 5, 2018

Check out the new color wave from Brooks on the Levitate! And find a local dealer carrying the new color waves on the Brooks Levitate !

Updated March 24, 2018

Check out the new Brooks Levitate! Some great colors and a strong product from a fine company. Finally, Brooks is supporting RunBlogRun and our editorial, support them, please with your purchases!

The Brooks Levitate is a new running shoe from Brooks. The DNA AMP technology is about to be introduced into several other shoes in the Brooks line. What is cool about DNA AMP? It is about bringing new customers to the Brooks brand. Here is the second video that our digital partners, The Shoe Addicts did on the Levitate. We hope you like it!

Reposted December 11, 2017

Original post December 7, 2017

As Brooks is one of the sponsors of this blog, and our network, we encourage you to give the Brooks Levitate a test run! To find the place near you to check it out, just go to the next section of this post and find your local Brooks dealer!

Brooks int 1.jpgBennett Grimes and Larry Eder, photo by Mike Deering, for The Shoe Addicts

Bennett Grimes is Brooks Running Product manager. We met with Bennett at the 2017 Running Event. At the TRE, RunBlogRun and The Shoe Addicts meet, interview and film key brands, key players and influencers in our running culture.

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Reposted March 31, 2018 (Sponsored)

This is a fantastic shoe. I have worn it everywhere, and love it on my long walks and short walks. A departure for Brooks from their normal fare, and it should bring new runners to this iconic brand, now 104 years old!

Reposted March 29, 2018 (Sponsored)

Check out the newest color waves for the Brooks Levitate! We have all the key running stores that are carrying Brooks Levitate below! Check out the video from the Shoe Addicts posted below!

Brooks Levitate from testing group, photo by Brooks Running

The Brooks Levitate is a brand new shoe from Brooks Running. It features the new DNA AMP midsole techonology, which will be introduced into upcoming Brooks products. The ride of the Brooks Levitate is unilke any other product that you have run or walked in from Brooks. A lush feel, the shoe is stable and will be a welcome addition to the Brooks line.

We have also included a new video on Brooks from the Shoe Addicts, plus links to Brooks dealers all across the U.S.


The SonicSprint Elite is the latest iteration of ASICS' pinnacle in sprint performance footwear. Elite athlete feedback has driven the advances to the shoe resulting in this update. The upper is a durable and supportive closed mesh, which breathes well thanks to subtle venting over the midfoot, with ultra-thin welded overlays adding support along with a smooth interior.

A sueded midfoot and ankle collar offers comfort, while the reinforced heel anchors the foot to the plate. The thin EVA midsole provides enough cushion over the plate for effective sprinting. The six spike plate is a full-length molded Pebax nylon, shaped with plenty of stiffness in the forefoot, balancing its light weight with a springy return of coiled energy. The result is a no-nonsense elite sprint shoe aimed at top performance.

Updates the SonicSprint Elite
Sizes unisex 6-13,14
Weight 5.5 oz. (w/spikes, men's 11)
Spikes 6, replaceable
Upper minimesh with fused no-sew overlays and synthetic suede interior
Midsole full-length EVA
Outersole full-length nylon (Pebax) spike plate
Recommended for sprints through 400m; on synthetic surfaces

To read more from Cregg Weinmann, and see this review in its original form, please go to:

When I interviewed Johnny Jameson on Friday, he told me that LA was the ONLY marathon he runs each year. Los Angeles had seven unsuccessful marathons before the City of LA Marathon began in 1986. I ran it the first two years, and it was fascinating to watch the race grow and the culture of the marathon catch on in the City of Angels.

IMG_3188.JPGStudents Run LA, from Hamilton High School, photo by Larry Eder

The marathon is a life changing event. Train for one, and finish that race, and one's life is changed.

At each marathon I attend, I love to walk through the expo, speak to a few of the marathoners, and learn about the attraction of the race.

In the late afternoon on Sunday, I walked down the Santa Monica pier, and saw marathoners with their families, enjoying the Sunday afternoon, and the smells, sites and sounds of Santa Monica.

Another marathon day, and another 20,000 plus members of the LA marathon culture.

See you in Santa Monica! 😎 #WeRunLA #lamarathon #LALoyal

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Jim Gerweck has written for many of the finest magazines and websites in the sport of running over the past three decades. He is also a member of a semi iconic media secret society called Slap Central (Paul Merca, Jim Gerweck, Larry Eder) founded in the early hours of a Chicago morning, a decade ago.

NB 890.jpgNew Balance 890 version 6, photo by Jim Gerweck

Jim texted me that he was going to the NB relaunch of the NB 890 and we asked our slappy friend to write a bit on the shoe, New Balance, and perhaps, the meaning of life.

NB 890 2.jpgNB 890 version 6, photo by Jim Gerweck

The NB 890 write up is quite good, we will give Jim some more space to write on the meaning of life, in the near future.

Stay tuned.

Also, nice job, New Balance. In between sponsoring New York City Marathon and London Marathon, we are sure glad that you remember that, at the end of the day, running shoe companies are remembered for making fine running shoes.

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We have been speaking with Simon Bartold and the Salomon team about their evolving running shoe line. The idea of evolving needs of runners as they gain fitness makes this line unique. Here's our first video on their 2018 line.

Since 1998, Cregg Weinmann has been writing for our media group. He began writing for California Track & Running News in the mid 1990s and when we purchased California Track & Running News, Cregg then began writing the Running Network Shoe Reviews. Cregg now is moving our reviews to the digital and social venues where our runners frequent. You can find him at @runblogrun and our partner sites.

This is the review of the Under Armour HOVR Sonic. Under Armour did a global launch with this new product in February 2018. We also wanted to thank Under Armour for joining our sponsor group in supporting our travel and coverage of major events. UA is supporting us in Birmingham and we are most appreciative.

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