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WASHINGTON (USA): World indoor pole vault champion Sandi Morris says she will begin her season in April following surgery for an ingrown toenail. The American wrote on Twitter: "Beloved fans! Many are asking when I can be seen back in action post-surgery. I'm well on my way to recovery and will open my outdoor season in April. This week I had another bump in the road (had an ingrown toenail removed #ouch #tmi ?) But - all is well!"

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I'm glad Instagram is finally back up so I can share a little story with you. Almost exactly 3 years ago, on March 12th 2016, I raised my personal best from 4.80m to 4.95m (16'2.75") in a single competition. I won my first U.S. National Title, and followed that one week later with my first global medal - silver at the World Indoor Championships. What fans see is the performance, but what they don't get is the emotion - the roller coaster you go through internally leading up to, and during, a competition. I will always remember that one, not only because of what I achieved, but what I pushed through during that comp. 💪🏼 I remember it started out as a rough day, and I was making most bars on third attempts. I was in third place, and only 2 would go on to compete at worlds. I got over 4.70m (15'7") on a third and last attempt, (after doing the same at almost all the prior heights - I was already exhausted from so many jumps) so I decided to run to the bathroom... I just needed a second. A single, silent moment. I had to take myself away from the crowd to BREATHE and remind myself what I am capable of. ✨ #Selfconfidence is KEY. ✨ When I stepped back out on the runway, I cleared my mind and hit the "reset button" on my mentality. I pretended the competition was just beginning with a clean slate, and I was opening at 4.80m (15'9"). I tapped into my positivity and self-belief. The rest of the meet became a blur, but I know I missed once at 4.80m (but it was a good attempt) and used my next attempts at 4.90m. What do you know? ✨ I cleared 4.90m on my third attempt and jumped from 3rd place to 1st when I had been trailing the entire time! As they say, "it ain't over til' it's over"... ✨ I remember pausing to check my pulse after the celebration, and my heart was pounding. I had to calm myself back down because I wanted the NEXT bar too. Somehow I then walked back and put together the same jump at 4.95m, and hit another consecutive personal best! I shocked myself and I think I shocked the world 🌎 ✨ I will always remember 03/12/2016 - the day the world learned my name. #grateful #nikewomen #believe #youcanbegreat #greatness #strongwomen

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On March 16, 1975, Bill Rodgers, a 2:19 marathoner, ran the race of his life. On the multi lap 12k course on a royal horse track in Rabat, Morocco, Rodgers went out with the leaders, pushing the pace with miler John Walker and Olympic 5000m bronze medalist Ian Stewart. Rodgers, in the shape of his life, pushed the pace, and broke away with Walker and Stewart and super master Mariano Haro. Rodgers had trained all winter under the eyes of Coach Bill Squires, one of America's finest coaches and a man of some eccentricity.

billrodgers-thumb-500x375-11383.jpgBill Rodgers with 1975 World XC bronze, photo by Bill Rodgers

Bill Rodgers held onto third, in 35:27.4, with Mariano Haro in silver in 35:21, and Ian Stewart, taking the gold in 35:20. Stewart would go onto win the European Indoor 3000m title less than ten days later. US teams won the men's juniors, senior women's and took 4th in the senior men's. New Zealand won the senior mens, with New Zealand, England and Belgium in the top 3 teams.

Less than five weeks later on 21 April 1975, Bill Rodgers won the 1975 Boston Marathon in 2:09.55, a new American record.

To read the whole fabulous story, by Jeff Benjamin for RunBlogRun in 2015,

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EUGENE (USA): Distance races are likely to still feature at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene despite the IAAF deciding to cut the Diamond League programme from 32 to 24 events and delete disciplines longer than 3000m. Meetings will be able to hold other events outside of the Diamond League section which is part of the main television feed. Tom Jordan, organiser of the Prefontaine Classic, which is moving to Stanford this year, told Reuters: "When we're back at the new Hayward Field (with the Classic) I imagine that we would have the distance night on Friday as we have had in the past that could feature a 10,000 metres, could feature a 5,000 metres, or could feature one of each for men and women. We are certainly going to play to our base and that is middle and long distance plus virtually every event."

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There was a workout where the Oregon team was supposed to run three 1320s (1200m) in 3:20, 3:16, 3:12. Scott Daggatt, one of the few runners who could stay with Pre over the long haul, ran 3:08 on the first one. "He went with me and he was pissed," notes Daggatt. "Then we went 3:06. On the last one, he said, 'Goddamit, I'm going to do it to you Daggatt.' He went 3:00 and I went 3:02." "Pre had to be No. 1 in workouts," says Paul Geis. "I remember another time Scott might have blown by him at one part of the workout. Three days later, Pre just obliterated him and you realized what had happened: Pre had gone home and for the next 48 hours had mentally prepared. There were many casualties in the wake of people trying to keep up with him, myself included..." #PreLives • • 📸 Rich Clarkson

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The consistency of training gives your life a daily schedule. Morning run, class, lunch, class, big session, home, dinner, texting much of night. Truth is, at 11 weeks into the season, you are getting fit. Your endurance from last cross country season has given you a strong base and the long work we did over the winter gives you the ability to handle the fast pace. Your finish needs to be fine tuned, but we will do that over the next five to eight weeks. Each race adds a level of intelligence to your racing.

IMG_6112.jpgGetting on your race face, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NJNYTC

I am reminded of Frank Gagliano, one of the finest coaches and finest men that I know. Gags, as he is known, is a man who combines the practical with the profain (look it up). Gags is a keen observer of the human condition and he is both tough and thoughtful. He coaches the HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York TC, which has a load of fine American middle distance runners. Gags wants runners to challenge their best.

Take one day at a time, one run at a time and enjoy the present. Enjoy the method.

Monday, March 18, 2019-warm up, 40 minutes moderate run, back to the track, 16 times 150 meter stride outs, easy jogs between, core work, cooldown

The long run on Sundays was made popular by Arthur Lydiard, an eccentric New Zealand milkman, who took up running in his late thirties. He had been asked to take a jog with a friend double his age, who ran patiently alongside Mr. Lydiard as he huffed and puffed for fifteen minutes of running. Lydiard trained with a vengance, sometimes up to 200 miles a week, and won a few New Zealand Marathon titles. It was, however, with a group of local boys: John Davies, Peter Snell, Murray Halberg and Bill Baillee that Lydiard's periodization training saw first success. In 1960 and 1964, the Kiwis saw gold medals and bronze medals, for that matter. In 1968, after training Juan Martinez, Mexico's top distance runner, Martinez took 4th in both the 5000m and 10,000m. In 1972, after working with the Finns, Rolf Hakkola used the Lydiard methods with much success on one Lasse Viren, who went gold in 5000m and 10,000m in 1972 and 1976, plus taking sixth in 1976 in the marathon and sixth in the 10,000m in 1980.

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Long runs are the weekly reminders that we live in a world that has too much going on. On a long run, you take time to consider the Banana Slug slithering along the wet leaves in the Santa Cruz mountains. Or, you take the time to honor the imposing buck, who stops in front of your son's baby jogger, in a tiny little woods in Newark, Delaware, to observe the baby human. Or, perhaps, the irish setter, who runs a 20 miler with you in the Santa Cruz mountains, and after you stop, tears off into the woods, off on another adventure.

Enjoy the run. Savor each breath.

Sunday, March 17, 2019-warm up, 75 minutes, cooldown

Racing early season is about getting into race condition. Racing shorter distances, and longer distances is key in your development. Relays like the DMR, 4x800m, 4x1500m, and Sprint Medley help develop your speed and keep it fun.

IMG_6143.jpgFocus on the race, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Saturday, March 16, 2019-warm up, Racing, for milers, 800/3000m, for 3000m/5000m, mile, 4x400m, cooldown

Friday is a day of moderation, after the hard day of track work such as Thursday. Stay focused.

IMG_6369.jpgThinking about the race, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Friday, March 15, 2019-warm up, 50 minute run, 8 x 150m, core training, cooldown

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NAIROBI (KEN): Athletics Kenya president Jackson Tuwei says he will protest the IAAF's planned new Diamond League set up for 2020, which involves the scrapping of the 5000m. "Long distance races on track is where Africa's strength is and we have been encouraging and getting more athletes to run 5,000m and 10,000m races," said Tuwei, quoted by "You can't come up with such drastic changes without even informing members on time to make adjustments. We shall make our presentation to IAAF."

runblogrun opines: WTF? If the IAAF Council admits that they were drinking absinthe as they decided to remove the 5000m, then I might believe it.

Holly-Bradshaw-Manchester-CityGames-2017-Philip-Oldham-1250x750.jpg2017 Manchester CityGames, photo by Philip Oldam/Great Run Company

MANCHESTER (GBR): The Great CityGames Manchester street track and field event will no longer be held, organisers confirmed. The event has been held annually since Usain Bolt ran a world 150m best of 14.35 on the straight in 2009. "After 10 very successful years bringing some of the biggest names in international sport to the city of Manchester, we have decided to retire the event and focus our efforts on building on the extraordinary success of the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run," said Paul Foster, chief executive of The Great Run Company, referring at the end to the 10km which has always been held on the same weekend. Via

runblogrun opines: This was one of my favorite City Games events. Good crowd, good events, and good media support. Problem was, well, from our observation, lack of sponsor enthusiasm. This event will be missed.

Lasitskene Women AOY
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): High jumper Mariya Lasitskene was voted Women´s Indoor Athlete of the Year by Track and Field News just edging Laura Muir. Honorable Mention: Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Anzhelika Sidorova. Mariya Lasitskene has become the latest in a long string of repeat winners as Women's Indoor AOY. Meseret Defar and Yelena Isinbaeva each led 3 times, and previous pairs belong to Genzebe Dibaba, Svetlana Feofanova & Stacy Dragila. Vaulters have been the most successful in the AOY department this century, capturing 8 of 20 titles:
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