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The moderate pace of todays workout will allow you to recover from Monday and be ready for Wednesday.

Coburn_Emma1b-NewBalance19.JPGEmma Coburn, photo by PHotoRun.net

Tuesday, January 21, 2020: Easy 45 minutes, 4 x 150 m strideouts

Brazier_DonavanFHH1-NewBalance19.JPGDonavan Brazierr, 2019 NB Indoor GP, photo by PhotoRun.net

2019 was an amazing year for Donavan Brazier.

It began with the indoor season. His 1:44.41 set a new AR over 800m. His scintilating 1:13.77 over 600m set a world best indoors.

But it was outdoors that Brazier lit up the athletics world. Outdoors, Donavan Brazier not only used his tremendous leg speed, but also, a decisive finish emerged. In the past, his finish had been, at some times, tentative.

Under the watchful eye of Coach Pete Julian, Donavan Brazier developed his endurance, fine tuned his speed and continued to race in a confident manner. Using his leg speed to his advantage, Brazier won races decisively. His masterful win over Nijel Amos, in the very last steps of the race portended what was to come!

Brazier's win at the US Outdoor Championships was decisive and done with surgical precision. In the final of the World Championships, Brazier went out fast, but kept his cool until 500m, when he blew by and did not look back. His lead increased over the last 200 meters, giving him the largest winning margin in World Championship history! The 1:42.34 that Donavan Brazier set in winning the World Championships was also the new AR, finally improving on the three plus decades of Johnny Gray's AR!

Donavan Brazier won titles indoor and outdoors, plus the Diamond League and World Championships! Just what will he do in 2020? Well, we do know that Donavan Brazier will open that campaign over 600m at the 2020 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, the first stop on the 2020 World Athletics Indoor Tour!

To get tickets, go to www.nbindoorgrandprix.com !

The New Balance indoor Grand Prix is a true sanctuary to the sport of indoor athletics. Held in the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, Massachuesetts, the NB Indoor GP is 3 hours of the finest athletics in North America.

Why do I love it?

McLaughlin_Sydney-NewBalance19.JPGSydney McLaughlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 200m banked MONDO track just says fast. The crowd of 4,500 is so close to the track, that the fans can almost hear the athletes breathe. The pounding footsteps as the athletes pound around the track. The effort is obvious. Fans know that they are seeing the best of the best in the Reggie. I have missed one year in all of the years of the NB Indoor.

Each year has special moments. The intimacy, the effort, the close races and the enthusiasm of the fans involved everyone. You can not sit passively at this meet.

Check out our podcast, and make sure you get there on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Go to www.nbindoorgrandprix.com to learn more.

Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts for producing and managing the RBR podcasts (thanks to Mike Deering).

Monday is all about the hills. Work them hard. Limit them to 6-8 times up a 2 minute hill. Jog down.

Keep it focused. Think about the big races in April and May!

IMG_2691.jpgAlways do the tough stuff with a training partner, photo by Ben Rosario/ HOKA ONE ONE NAZ

Monday: Hilly run, 45 minutes, include 8 uphill runs of 2 minutes each, cooldown

The long run is a weekly building block to the endurance athlete.

Hoppel_BryceFV-Worlds19.jpgBryce Hoppel, photo by Photorun.net

Sunday, January 19, 2020: 55-60 minute run with friends

Hoppel-Brazier-USAout19.jpgBryce Hoppel, Donavan Brazier, 2019 USATF Outdoor, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is your easy day. Take it easy. You are building to the big races next spring.

Saturday, January 18, 2020: Easy 45 minutes, 4 x 150 m strideouts

This is a tough workout. Five minutes at 5k race pace, then, an easy run, and repeat.

These tough segments will help you race from 800m to 5000m.

2012-03-11 14.25.51.pngBernard Lagat takes 2012 Istanbul 3000m! photo by PhotoRun.net

Focus.

Friday, January 17, 2020 : Fartlek, 50 minutes, 5 minutes at 5k race pace, 5 minutes easy, five times, cooldown

This piece is part of a continuing series on the 2020 NYRR Millrose Games Wanamaker milers. This time, it is Chris O'Hare, and Chris was kind enough to answer the 4 questions of Jeff Benjamin.

f5ce3efc-9720-4f02-8287-2d828fcbd716.jpgChris O'Hare Celebrating His Victory at the 2017 HOKA ONE Long Island Mile, photo by Jeff Benjamin

Thanks to Jeff Benjamin and our friend, NYRR Millrose meet director Ray Flynn.

This is part of Jeff Benjamin's continuing series of columns on milers who will do the Wanamaker Mile at the 2020 NYRR Millrose Games. This one is a gem. It is on one of my long time favorites, Nick Willis. The Kiwi miler is a fine athlete, and it is fun to watch him, his wife and kids on the circuit.

image0.jpegJeff Benjamin, RunBlogRun Senior writer, and Nick Willis, Olympic medalist, Kiwi, photo by Jeff Benjamin

Thanks to Jeff Benjamin and our friend, NYRR Millrose meet director Ray Flynn.

The easy day, is important.

Today is a relaxed day, keep the run easy, and enjoy the strideouts.

WXC19 Aarhus - Moesgaard Museum JOSHUA CHEPTEGEI WINS SENIOR MEN - FOTO LARS MØLLER.jpgUganda's Joshua Cheptegai took the 2019 XC in Aarhus, photo by Aarhus 2019

Thursday, Januay 16, 2019: Easy 45 minutes, 4 x 150 m strideouts

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