January 2017 Archives

The Millrose Games will be held on February 11, 2017. I love this meet. Now held in the NB Armory Track Center, the NYRR Millrose Games showcases the finest in the sport of track & field. The historic races, from Wanamaker Mile to races like the 2 mile and 60 meters. The Millrose is the history, the iconography, and the excitement that is indoor track & field.

Wilson_Ajee-NBgames17.JPGAjee' Wilson, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is my video speaking about how much I enjoy the Millrose Games. If you can be there, go, if you can not check the video schedule !

It is an amazing meet!

Ingebrigtsen_FilipFH-Euros16.jpg2016 European Championships, photo by PhotoRun.net

EA to store samples of record breakers
LONDON (GBR): European Athletics head Svein Arne Hansen has revealed that doping samples from competitors who break a European record will now be stored for 10 years. "We will store all the doping control samples for all European records for a minimum of ten years," Hansen said at the first edition of the Sporting Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) Sport Integrity Forum. European Athletics last week announced that Ireland's Pierce O'Callaghan has been appointed to head a task force to examine the credibility of European athletics records. The Norwegian expressed hope there will be Russian representation at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade in March. An update is set to be provided to the IAAF next Monday (February 6) but reinstatement of the RusAF appears unlikely before Belgrade. Writes insidethegames.

RunBlogRun opines: We applaud European Athletics Association on their decision to store doping samples for ten years. We still believe that increasing out of competition testing in all member federations is key to busting dopers.

Farah_MoNo1-PreC16.jpgMo Farah, photo by PhotoRun.net

IAAF seeking assurances
MONACO (MON): The IAAF is "seeking assurances" Trump's immigration policy will not have an impact on the 2021 World Championships set to be staged in Eugene, informs insidethegames.biz. "We clearly need to understand the implications of this new US immigration policy and will be seeking assurances that it will not adversely affect the IAAF World Championships in the USA in 2021," said a spokesperson at the IAAF.

The European Athletics Association has formed a review committee to reconsider all European records and to decide which have been tainted by doping and which have not. They are doing the pain staking discussions and reviews of records set during a time when the suggestion of doping was more than a suggestion. They have to tell which records are just the results of an athlete in the performance of their life and an athlete who has been enhanced by doping.

Sven Arne Hansen.jpgSven Arne Hansen, EAA President, photo courtesy of @europeanathletics

This is the result of many asking what should be done about records that are suspected to the have resulted from athletes and countries using doping as a part of their training regimens. Much of this was whispered, as the fathers of sport, at the time, did not see doping as a major problem.

We are appreciative of the work and the process that the EAA has decided to go forward with on this project. We applaud the EAA for asking the hard questions.

Modern media is in a revolution. What is modern media? Is media considered Facebook?

In this age of "alternative facts" and "fake news", how does media keep the respect of the modern sports fan?

This is part of what I speak about in this video. I believe that curated media, such as we do at RunBlogRun is much different from what one finds on Facebook, where holding writers to a higher standard is just beginning to happen, as Facebook realizes that there is more than making money to being a "publisher".

Simpson_JennyRL-NBin17.JPGJenny Simpson, 2017 NB Indoor Grand Prix, photo by PhotoRun.net

Farah_MoH-PreC16.jpgMo Farah, photo by PhotoRun.net

USOC statement
LOS ANGELES (USA): The United States Government will work with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to ensure athletes and officials from all countries are granted "expedited access" to the nation following travel restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump's Executive Order. In a statement, the USOC added they hoped the ruling will "appropriately recognise the values on which our nation, as well as the Olympic Movement, were founded". From insidethegames.

RunBlogRun opines: This is another example of the concern seen around the world with this executive order.

The 2017 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix was two weeks earlier than in 2016, which was a strange date for the NB Indoor. In 2017, they were back to a rather normal date.

Sharp_Lynsey-NBind17.jpGLynsey Sharp, NB 800 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

For many of the athletes, a long 2016 meant a long break, and then, long buildup. Most of the distance athletes were starting their racing at the Reggie Lewis Center for 2017. Most of the sprinters were also starting their seasons.

But, the Reggie Lewis is a cathedral to our sport. The magic of the fans, great 200 meter track and the athletes make for memorable races. Here's my thoughts on the wonderful indoor track meet that is the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix and how it should play out. It was a fun piece to do, but see how right I was about the meet.

Farah_MoNo1-PreC16.jpgMo Farah, Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

Farah speaks
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): World and Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah has described Donald Trump's ban on immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries including his nation of birth of Somalia as "incredibly divisive and discriminatory," informs Sky Sports News. Farah is currently training at high altitude in Ethiopia and he was left unclear as to whether he would be allowed to return home to Oregon after Trump signed the Executive Order. However, the British Foreign Office later clarified the situation and said British nationals are exempt from Trump's order. "Mo is relieved that he will be able to return to his family once his current training camp concludes, however, as he said in his earlier statement, he still fundamentally disagrees with this incredibly divisive and discriminatory policy," read a statement. Farah will travel back to the United States after racing in the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix on 18 February.

RunBlogRun opines: The executive order by President Trump has been recieved in the United States, and around the world with much fear, disappointment and disgust. My thoughts are as follows: this is not what America stands for. We must, of course protect our country from possible terrorism. But this type of action reminds anyone who remembers history with something done in a fascist country.

All over the United States, hundreds of thousands of high school boys and girls are working out, preparing for indoor races and outdoor races in the coming Spring.

Hoey_JoshFV-NBind17.jpGJosh Hoey, 2017 NB Indoor GP, photo by PhotoRun.net

I spent yesterday observing the team at Wellesley High School, in Wellesley, Massechuesetts. I wanted Coach Tim Broe take his near fifty distance runners through an 8 x 400 meter workout. There were six or seven different groups running six or seven different paces. Tim Broe is a bit of a symphony direstor, he has to orchestrate different paces, and observe how the runners are doing. He then sends the runners off for weight and core work, and a cooldown.

Enjoy your workout.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Warm up, Sub maximal interval workout, 12 times 400 meters at current two mile race pace (if you can run 10 minutes, then, that means 75 seconds, if you can run 11 minutes, that means 82 seconds).with 200 meter jog (keep moving), in between). On last two repeats of 400 (11, 12 of 12 x400 meters, run the last two at your current mile pace, with 200 meter job. five push ups, five sit ups, cooldown. No spikes, this workout in flats.

Those easy days of running are important recovery days.

Today, try and run on soft ground. It is easier and healthier for your feet. Keep the pace relaxed and enjoy the stride outs. Warm up and cooldown well, and remember to move to ten push ups and ten bent leg sit ups.

Chelimo_Paul-NBin17.JPGPaul Chelimo, photo by PhotoRun.net

Paul Chelimo runs for the U.S. Army. He did not run before the year, 2010. Paul took silver in the 5000 meters in the Rio Olympics. On Saturday night, Paul kept his cool, and moved to the lead over the last 800 meters, taking off with 600 meter to go! Paul was smart, as he built his lead over his competitors over the last, hard three laps. It is a smart way to move away from your competition. Find the place where you need to move in your race to break your competition.

Monday, January 30, 2017. Warm up, 5 mile run, 4 x 150 meter stride outs, Begin push ups, sit ups (bent leg), start with five each, cooldown

Jenny Simpson ran 4:27.66 for 1600 meters to anchor the US all star team in the DMR at the 2017 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday, January 28, 2017.

I caught up with Jenny right after her race. Simpson is quite popular in the track world and she took pictures galore with fans young and older.

Simpson_JennyDMR-NBin17.JPGJenny Simpson, photo by PhotoRun.net

This was a short interview segment we took with Jenny as she spoke to our friends at Letsrun.com and Race Results Weekly on the team work part of the DMR.

Jenny Simpson kept herself in control. She knew where she was the whole race, and with 200 meters to go, she ran a 32 second fast 200 meters for the final furlong. That put the team two seconds below the World Record.

Jenny Simpson has won gold in 2011 World Champs, silver in 2013 World Champs and bronze in the Rio Olympic 1500 meters.

She would like to medal in London 2017. The great story would be if she won gold in 2017, after her tough 2012 race in London with several of the qualifying runners testing positive.

Jake Wightman was the European Junior Champion at 1,500 meters in 2013. He finished sixteenth in the heat in 2014 Commonwealth Games and in 2016, Jake was seventh in the European Championships.

I met Jake at the adidas Boost Boston Games last June. Jake is 23, and is coached by his father, Geoff Wightman. HIs mom is Susan Tooby, and yes, you recognize both of their names as British marathoners.

Jake's father, Geoff Wightman emcees many of the finest press conferences on the track circuit.

Wightman_JakeFH-Euros16.jpgJake Wightman, 2016 European Championships, photo by PhotoRun.net

I interviewed Jake after his fine third in the mile, in 3:57.24. "Absolute lung burner, " noted Jake on his twitter (@JakeSWightman), "Second and last track race, but nice to dip my toes into th eindoor scene."

Jake ran an 800 meters, so this was his second race. Jake will go back to winter training and focus on making the British team for London 2017.

Here is my short Instagram interview with Jake!

DaSilva_ThiagoR1d-RioOlyG16.jpgThiego Braz de Silva, Rio 2016 Olympics, photo by PhotoRun.net

Braz 586, Morris 457
ROUEN (FRA, Jan 28): Olympic champion Thiago Braz opened his indoor season with victory at the Perche Elite Tour in Rouen. He cleared 5.86m on his second attempt before three tries at a world-lead and indoor PB of 5.94m. Konstadinos Filippidis finished second on countback at 5.70m ahead of Kevin Menaldo and former world junior champion Axel Chapelle, whose 5.70m clearance was a PB. Shawn Barber and Renaud Lavillenie, who was making his season's debut after injury, finished fifth and seventh respectively with 5.50m (Lavillenie needed three attempts) while world-leader Piotr Lisek no-heighted at 5.50m. Olympic decathlon silver medallist Kevin Mayer cleared 5.20m. Olympic silver medallist Sandi Morris won the women's pole vault with a first-time clearance at 4.57m before three tries at 4.72m ahead of Annika Roloff at 4.40m.

Sydney McLaughlin is one of the most talented young athletes I have ever seen. I put her in the Candace Hill class.

One keen observer last night asked me if I knew who the next Usain Bolt would be? I was curious, so I took the bait. "Who?". "You saw her. The next Usain Bolt is Sydney McLaughlin."

Watching Syndey run 52.32 for 400 meters was fascinating. Watching her get passed at the beginning of lap 2 and then retake the lead was more impressive. Having seen McLauglin race at Olympic Trials and Rio, I have been impressed with her racing savvy and her strength.

McLaughlin_SydneyDMR1-NBin17.JPGSydney McLaughlin, 400m leg, DMR, NB Indoor Grand Prix, photo by PhotoRun.net

How fast can Sydney McLaughlin go? I believe she can run mid 52 point for the intermediate hurdles this year.

We will just have to wait for that. Right now, enjoy the one minute instagram interview I did post race!

Stanek_Tom-RomeDL15.jpgTomas Stanek, Rome DL, 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tomas Stanek 21.32 WL
JABLONEC (CZE, Jan 28): Czech shot putters showed top early shape at the 45th edition of the Jablonec Indoor meeting. Tomas Stanek improved his overall PB to World lead 21.32 and second Ladislav Prasil 20.67, his best result since 2014. St. Kitts hero Kim Collins opened with 6.64 at the 60 m and Czech hurdles record holder Petr Svoboda with 7.65 and 7.66. Zuzana Hejnova beat in first race specialist Lucie Koudelova 8.31 to 8.31 but lost to her in second race 8.29 to 8.28. Filip Sasinek won the 1500 m in a solo race at unfavorable 300 m track in 3:46.29.

Ben True is one of the finest middle distance runners in America. That is why 2016 was so tough for him, and it has taken him so time to digest the lessons learnt from the year. Ben True is fit now, and per Coach Tim Broe, needs to race. So, the Beijing World Champs fifth placer in the 5000 meters is running a few times indoors.

On Saturday, January 28, Ben finished fourth in the NB mile, in 3:57.31, taking his best shot at Matt Centrowitz. Matt made him work for his PB. "That's what you get racing the best miler in the world, " noted a smiling Ben True. That last lap took just under 56 seconds for Centro as he battled True, Vincent Kibet and Jake Wightman.

Ben will be racing at Millrose in the stacked two mile, on February 11. Here are some pithy comments, all in sixty seconds on my second Instagram video of the post event. Thanks for Ben's patience and sense of humor!

Centrowitz_Matthew-NBin17.JPGMatt Centrowitz and Ben True, NB Mile, photo by PhotoRun.net

Stevens-ThompsonSF-Rio16.jpgElaine Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thompson 7.02, Forte 6.55
KINGSTON (JAM, Jan 28): Double Olympic winner Elaine Thompson opened her 2017 season with victory over 60 m at Queens Grace Invitational meet at the National Stadium. She clocked 7.02 (+1.7) ahead of Christania Williams who was also fast in 7.05. In the men's event, Julian Forte won the short sprint in 6.55 (+1.3) with Kevean Smith (6.60) and Michael Campbell (6.63) behind him. Olympic relay medalist and 400 m specialist Stephanie-Ann McPherson won the 100 m in 11.54 (+1.3), it was her first 100 m race since 2010. Men 100 m wentfor Marcus Brown 10.29. Winners of 200 m were Anneisha McLaughlin 23.54 and Demish Gaye 20.80 (+1.7). British Delano Williams won the 400 m in 46.67.

Shannon Rowbury came down from the proverbial mountaintop (7,500 feet) to run the Boston Indoor Grand Prix 3000 meters, finishing third in 8:41.94. She finished behind new training club mate, Sifan Hassan (8:40.99) as both felt the fury of Hellen Obiri, Olympic silver medalist at 5000 meters, who ran 8:39.08, the world leader.

This was a quick Instagram video (60 seconds). I apologize as I am just getting hang of this. Shannon told us she felt pretty good with the return from altitude. She now has races at Millrose and the US Indoor nationals, I believe.

The AR holder at 1,500 meters and 5000 meters, Shannon was in the hunt all race. She looked strong and just a bit short of the patented Rowbury kick. Always a pleasure to speak with, Shannon is a real talent.

IMG_7461.JPGShannon Rowbury, post 3000 meters, photo by Jeff Benjamin


Serena Burla, photo by PhotoRun.net

OSAKA (JPN, Jan 29): Risa Shigetomo regained her Osaka Marathon title, clocking 2:24:22 (72:10/72:12) to put herself in contention for a place on the Japanese team for the World Championships in London. Shigetomo lead a Japanese clean sweep with early leader Misato Horie (2:25:44) and Hanae Tanaka (2:26:19) finishing second and third respectively. USA's Serena Burla was a surprise fourth in a 2:26:53 PB with pre-race favourite Shitaye Eshete fifth (2:28:36). Poland's Iwona Lewandowska was the top European finisher in seventh (2:29:37).

RunBlogRun opines: Nice to see Serena Burla run so well on Sunday, January 29. Burla races all over the world, and is a gutty runner. After a few tough years, great to see her running well once again.

To read the entire race story, please go to Brett Larner's Japan Running Blog: http://japanrunningnews.blogspot.com/2017/01/teammates-ohara-and-shigetomo-dominate.html

The 2017 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix had something for every track fan, plus it ran on time and had a final amazing last thirty minutes! The Reggie Lewis Center is a cathedral to the sport, hosting 65-80 high school and college indoor meets over the season, plus practices!

The elite meet that is the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix is a fine two and one half hours of compelling track and field events. Here is David Monte's story on the 2017 meet!

McLaughlin_SydneyDMR-NBin17.JPGSydney McLaughlin roars through her 400 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

The orchestration of a successful sports event is more than keeping it on time. There is a rythm, there is the need to keep the crowd enthused and invovled, and there if the pacing of the events.

The best events that I have been to, over the years, had the best events as the last events on the schedule. New Balance Indoor GP was such a meet last night.

Simpson_JennyDMR-NBind17.jpGJenny Simpson anchors DMR WR! photo by PhotoRun.net

With a fine women's 3000 meters, and then, men's 3000 meters, followed by a WR in the DMR, and then, an exciting and close Men's mile, and the crowd of 4500 was on its feet!

Centrowitz_Matthew-NBin17.JPGMatt Centrowitz won the NB Mile, photo by PhotoRun.net

Today is Sunday. Take your long run with your friends and tell them stories about the races you ran this weekend and the races you watched!

Consider the WR for the DMR this past weekend. Olympic bronze medalist Emma Coburn ran 3:18.50 for 1200 meters, then, Sydney McLaughlin, a one time Olympian over the 400 meter hurdles, ran 52.32 for 400 meters. Two time Olympian Brenda Martinez ran 2:01.94 for 800 meters. Then, Jenny Simpson took the baton, and kept her cool, running 4:27.66 to run 10:40.31, two seconds under the WR!

Martinez-Coburn-Simpson-McLaughinDMR-NBin17.JPGBrenda Martinez, Emma Coburn, Jenny Simpson, Sydney McLaughlin, USA All Stars DMR, 10:40.31, photo by PhotoRun.net

"I had done so many individual things in 2016, I wanted to do something as a team!" noted Jenny Simpson.

RunBlogRun opines: The presser at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix was one of the best I have attended in years. Why? Three panels, three groups of fine athletes and interest from the media! Nice job, Global Athletics and sponsor, New Balance! Keep it up. Here is Chris Lotsbom's piece on the pressers. Note that Hagos Gebrhewit has moved to 3000 meters and Matthew Centrowitz is running the mile!
Simpson-Martinez-CoburnBib-NBind17.jpGJenny Simpson, Brenda Martinez, Emma Coburn, photo by PhotoRun.net
Murphy-Chelimo-CentrowitzPC-NBind17.jpGClayton Murphy, Paul Chelimo and Matthew Centrowitz, photo by PhotoRun.net

Gebrhiwet_HagosFV1-Zurich16.jpgHagos Gebrhewit, 2016 Zurich DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hagos Gebrhewit has won medals in all three of the last global championships in athletics over 5000 meters ( silver in Moscow 2013, bronze in Beijing 2015 and bronze in Rio 2016).

Hagos Gebrhewit will be racing 3000 meters in Boston today, at the 2017 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. Here is how we think he can do!

During January and February, while I was in college, there were all comers meets every Saturday at Los Gatos High School. And nearly every Saturday, I would run the 2 mile.

I learnt about running the 2 mile each week from Frank Shorter. In most of the stories on Frank, the 1972 Olympic gold and 1976 Olympic silver medalist at the marathon, Frank always spoke about, even in high mileage, you had to do something for the speed. He liked the 2 mile distance, and even in his best marathon shape, he ran 2 miles. In fact, he had the AR at 2 miles indoor at the same time he had the AR for the marathon!

Enjoy your race today. Race anywhere from 800 meters to 2 miles. The 1000 meters is a fun distance to race.

Marshall_KieraBW-FLfinals16.jpgKiera Marshall, FLCCC 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Saturday, January 28, 2017. Race day. Race 800m, 1000 meters or 2 miles. If you can not race, do the following: Warm Up, Short Fartlek workout. Forty minute fartlek, one minute fast, one minute slow, repreat 20 times, cooldown easy three miles.

Murphy-Chelimo-CentrowitzPC-NBind17.jpGClayton Murphy, Paul Chelimo, Matthew Centrowitz, Jr., photo by PhotoRun.net

The third part of the press conference went twenty minutes over. Clayton Murphy noted that he would be hoping for a PB in the 3000 meters. Clayton, the Olympic bronze medalist at 800 meters, has a PB of 8:20 for 3000 meters, so he should be able to run his best.

Paul Chelimo, the Olympic silver medalist at 5000 meters told us how happy he was with his experience at Rio. Paul will be racing the 3000 meters. He noted that he likes to run in behind Matthew Centrowitz, "so I can run fast."

Matthew Centrowitz, Jr. the first American in 108 years to win the Olympic 1,500 meters, and will be racing the mile here. I asked Matthew if his time on the indoor track helped him in the ability to controll the pace and the field.

Watch for these three on Saturday, January 28! Enjoy the video!

Kipyego_SallyH-SanJose16.jpgSally Kipyego, photo by PhotoRun.net

PORTLAND (USA): Kenyan long distance runner Sally Kipyego recieved US citizenship. The 31 years old runner is silver medalist from London Olympics 2012 and World Championships 2011 at the 10 000 m. She finished her first marathon last year in New York as second in 2:28:01.

RunBlogRun opines: Sally Kipyego is a fearless runner. She has lived in this country for many years, and trains with the Nike Oregon Track Club under Mark Rowland.

Stefanidi-SuhrBib-NBind17.jpGEkaterina Stefanidi and Jenn Suhr, NBIGP Presser, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ekaterina Stefanidi is the gold medalist from Rio 2016 Olympics. Both of her parents were track athletes, and she began vaulting when she was 11. Her father suggested that she might try the event. She liked it, and continues to enjoy the pole vault.

Jenn Suhr is from a family of non-athletes. She came from Basketball, softball and then, tried the pole vault. She is the Olympic silver medalist from 2008, Olympic gold medalist from 2012 and finished in seventh, out of the medals in Rio, due to illness.

We spoke with Ekaterina and Jenn, who spoke about competition, young women in the sport, and just how high women vaulters will go!

The women's pole vault will be held at 4:20 PM at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday, January 28, 2017.

Here is our FB live coverage of the NB Presser part 1. This part features Emma Coburn, Brenda Martinez and Jenny Simpson. All three will be running in the DMR tomorrow night at the 2017 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. Great interviews! Enjoy!

IMG_7395.JPGJenny Simpson, Brenda Martinez, Emma Coburn, photo by Larry Eder

Keitany_Mary1d-RAK15.jpgMary Keitany, photo by PhotoRun.net

ITEN (KEN): New York Marathon winner Mary Keitany has vowed to bounce back in the London Marathon after finishing ninth last year, informs The Star. "It is still too early to talk about winning the event. This is something that comes automatically when the training is right. But I know I will not be ninth," said Keitany, who has already started her build-up for London.

RunBlogRun opines: Mary Keitany is one of the toughest marathoners in the world. Her fall in London obviously hurt her race in 2016. She will be more focused and inspired in 2017. RunBlogRun looks forward to her race against Jemima Sumgong. In my opinion, the women's race in Virgin London in April 2017 is looking like an absolutely increadible race. With Sumgong and Keitany battling each other, a women could run 2:18 and not win!

On Fridays, after two speed days in the week, many of us are tired. Friday is a recovery day, and a day before a little track meet or short road race. If you want to race well, you have to race and do speed work.

Schumacher_Joshua-FLfinals16.jpgJosh Schumacher, FLCCC 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Fridays, in high school for me, were "Bridge days". Along the Guadelupe river, we had seven bridges from Bellarmine Prep to Alviso Harbor. The Bridges were distance markers. Our assistant coach, Lynn Muth, had walked all the way to Alvison with a Jones wheel to mark the distance we were running. Two Bridges was about five miles, five bridges was ten miles and seven bridges was about 13 miles. Seven bridges was a typical winter and early spring run on Fridays.

On weekends when there was no Saturday races, we would explore. Running from the near downtown out to the salty air of Alviso was fun. On the way back, we would grab a few strawberries from the Japanese-American farmers who lived along the river. The old farmers were nice to us and would let us grab a drink from the hoses on their fields. Each run was a new discovery, and all those years later, I can remember running with Chris Sakamaki, Bob Lucas, Skip Wagstaffe, Peter Dolan and John Beall.

Remember, only you can make your memories. Share your runs with friends. Enjoy the time, laugh, tell stories, and turn off the phone.

Friday, January 27, 2017. Warm up, easy, three miles to five miles, soft ground, and finish with 4 x 150 meters, cooldown, plus five push ups, five bent leg sit ups.

Henderson_Jeffery1a-OlyTr16.jpgJeff Henderson, photo by PhotoRun.net

BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Olympic long jump champion Jeff Henderson will face a tough test at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on 18 February. The American, one of five Rio Olympic champions competing at the star studded event, will take on former world indoor champion Fabrice Lapierre of Australia, in a top class field at the Barclaycard Arena.

RunBlogRun opines: I first went to the Birmingham Indoor GP in 2007. It was amazing. Wonderful crowd, updates for media and one crazy fast race after another! Many years, they have a 60 meter and 200 meter double, that is fun to watch. It is a great place for media to catch up with the stars of the sport and spend some time with my friends in the British athletics media.

Hassan_SifanFV-Worlds16.jpgSifan Hassan, photo by PhotoRun.net

PORTLAND (USA): Dutch Sifan Hassan won't defend her 1500m title at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade, informs NOS. Hassan will race over 3000m in Boston on Saturday and over the same distance at the Millrose Games on 11 February before concluding her indoor campaign.

RunBlogRun opines: Sifan Hassan wanted to change her approach, so she is training under Albert Salazar and Pete Julian at Nike Oregon Project. For Sifan, the World Outdoors are the focus for 2017. The European Indoors are a fantastic event ( I went in 2015), but athletes have to focus, they can not do everything.

So, I went over the schedule of events and lists of entries, and I thought of five more quesitons. Who knew? But, powered with a large Starbucks iced Americano (in a paper cup, no less), I am ready to prognosticate!

Gebremeskel_DejanShoe-NBind11.jpgAn unknown Dejan Gebremeskel, from 2011, back to win another 3000 meters? photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2017 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix has some amazing fields, and the finish, with the NB Mile, then the NB DMR, will be spectacular! So, here are my five more questions to be answered on Saturday night, January 28, 2017, at the Reggie Lewis Center.

Hill_CandaceA1-IAAFgala16.jpgCandace Hill, IAAF Rising Star Award, photo by PhotoRun.net

Updated January 26, 2017

Candace Hill will be running the 300 meters at the NB Indoor GP on January 28. In her first attempt, she ran 36.71 on January 7, behind Quanara Hayes AR run of 35.77! Let's see what Candace can do on the fast MONDO track at Reggie Lewis Center.

Candace Hill is a pretty unusual 17 year old. Ms. Hill is atypical teenager in many ways, as she is the fastest young women of her age in the world. Having run 10.98 in the 100 meters, and 11.08 in the Youth Championships, Candace Hill is also a professional athlete, with a decade long contract with ASICS America. Ms. Hill also is managed by one of the finest sports management teams in our sport, Global Athletics & Marketing. Her poise is that of a savvy veteran of the athletic wars. One has to remind themselves that this young woman is seventeen years old.

It was GA&M, who put together a two day event for their rising stars (Dominique Scott, Josephus & Noah Lyles, Candace Hill, Donovan Brazier, Cindy Ofili ) to learn about how to manage the requirements of professional athlete in the new lives.

On October 22, 2016, RunBlogRun, and several other media outlets interviewed these fine young athletes. Here is my audio interview with Candace Hill and my insights into Ms. Hill, who I believe is the future of American sport.

Updated on January 26, 2017!

The 2017 New Balance indoor Grand Prix is one of my favorite meets of the year. It is also how I start the indoor season most years! The four thousand plus fans in the Reggie Lewis Center shake and rattle the facility as three hours of fantastic track and field impress and inspire track fans, both young and old!

Here are Five Questions that I want to see answered at the 2017 NB Indoor GP!

Martinez_BrendaFHR1-NBi15.jpgThe battle over the DMR, photo by PhotoRun.net

Stefanidi_Katerina-NBin16.jpgSuhr vs Stefanidi and much more
BOSTON (USA): The start-lists have been released for the first leg of the IAAF World Indoor Tour in Boston on Saturday. Highlights of the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix include a Jenn Suhr vs. Ekaterini Stefanidi head-to-head in the pole vault along with two excellent 3000m races. Olympic 5000m silver medallist Paul Chelimo will face former Olympic 5000m silver medallist Dejen Gebremeskel, Andrew Butchart and Olympic 800m bronze medallist Clayton Murphy in the men's race while in-form Hellen Obiri faces Sifan Hassan and Shannon Rowbury in the women's race. More top middle distance action: Marina Arzamasava vs. Lysney Sharp in the women's 800m along with Yulia Stepanova competing as a neutral competitor while Olympic 1500m champion Matt Centrowitz goes head-to-head with Hagos Gebrhiwet in the mile. Olympic long jump champion Jeff Henderson and English Gardner headline the 60m line-ups, youngsters Candace Hill (first indoor pro meet for her) and Noah Lyles compete over 300m while Donovan Brazier and Duane Solomon go in the 600m. European champion Patricia Mamona starts as the favourite in the triple jump, former world champion Donald Thomas goes in the high jump while Fabrice Lapierre is the top name in the long jump.

Suhr_Jenn-NBin16.jpgJenn Suhr, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kara Goucher won the bronze medal in the 10,000 meters in Osaka, Japan in 2007. It was an amazing race, and a fantastic medal. In 2008 and 2012, Kara ran the 10,000 meters in Beijing and marathon in London.

Goucher_KaraFL-SanAntonio15.jpgKara Goucher, photo by PhotoRun.net

In 2016, Kara Goucher ran an oh so close fourth place in the marathon, and then, her body all but shut down. Kara is healing now, running only since July.

RunBlogRun met with Kara for a few minutes at the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon on the 13th of January. Kara and RunBlogRun spoke about the current state of the sport, and her desire to run another fast marathon. Kara Goucher spoke courtesy of her sponsors, Skechers Performance Footwear.

We wish her the very best.

European Athletics appoints European Records review task force to examine the credibility of European Records

Sven Arne Hansen.jpgSven Arne Hansen, photo courtesy (copyrighted) by EuropeanAthletics

RunBlogRun Opines: Sven Arne Hansen wants to change European Athletics. Perhaps the correct term is that he wants to revitalize the sport in Europe. And he is making the right steps. Hansen has taken, head on the doping issue and the re examination of all European records, with such a distinguished panel makes sense. The next issue will be the re patriation of athletes, which has gotten out of control across the globe.

The re-examination of records will a fascinating process to observe. We applaud European Athletics for making the move.

I remember 300 meter repeats during the winter of my junior year at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose. Steve Pensinger was our coach, and he had us believing that we could do anything. We worked hard in January and February, which, in Northern California in the 1970s meant you were running in the rain alot. Two sets of 300 meter repeats was a weekly workout. We thrived on it, as we could see ourselves getting fitter and fitter each week. The key was, over the last four, to run them one second faster than the one before. It was a great way to develop our kicks for 800 meters and the mile.

That year, I ran Pbs from 880 yards to 2 miles. Our track was built in 1912, and was dirt, as well as 352 yards. We ran 11 laps for two miles. Rain made the place a series of gullies, so interval work on the said track was a grind. It made us stronger. We took pride in the fact that we could run fast on the surface. The surface was sand, a bit of rock, among other things. We had an affection for the track as we knew we when to kick, and it was a huge surprise to many of our competitors.

You will note I have added push ups and sit ups (bent leg) to our regimens. I want to see you build up to 25-50 of each each day. If you do not have a weight room, these two exercises are critical. My only other suggestion is to add pull ups, starting with one and building up to 10 to 25 a day.

WestGirlsBW-FLfinals16.jpgThe West FootLocker team, December 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thursday, January 26, 2017. Short Repetitions. Warm up, Two sets of 6 times 300 meters cutdowns. Run the 300 meters at your current 800 meter pace, so if you can run 2:00, that means start at 55 seconds for first set and bring them down one second each time on second set. If you can run 2:20, then that means, start at 63 seconds and bring them down one second on the final four. Idea is to run last two faster than any before. Jog between is 200 meters. Finish with 4 x 150 meter strideouts, and a two mile easy cooldown. End with five ben leg sit ups and five push ups.

Rowbury_Shannon1-Pre16.jpgShannon Rowbury, photo by PhotoRun.net

Top 1500 m fields at Millrose
NEW YORK (USA): Olympic 1500m fourth-placer Shannon Rowbury leads the women's field for the Wanamaker Mile at the NYRR Millrose Games on 11 February, informs organisers. Her main rivals include Brenda Martinez and Olympic 800m finalist Kate Grace. Top names in the men's race include former Olympic 1500m silver medallist Leo Manzano and Olympic 800m bronze medallist Clayton Murphy.

Lisek_Piotr-PreC16.jpgPiotr Lisek, PreClassic 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lisek 592 WL, NR
COTTBUS (GER, Jan 25): Poland´s Olympic fourth placer and Beijing Worlds bronze medalist Piotr Lisek jumped in super style at the Springer Meeting of Cottbus in Germany. More than 2000 spectators saw his 11 jumps as 578 clearance was already enough for win. But then he added first time clearance at 583 WL and second attempt over 592 what was not only WL but also meet record and Poland´s record in or out. After that he still delivered three solid attempts at six meters. Second Raphael Holzdeppe 573 and third Kostadinos Filippidis 568 with another World champion Shawn Barber fourth with 560. Lithuanian record holder Airine Palsyte as usual in top shape in Cottbus with 195 first attempt success what at the end was the winning mark. After one jump at 198 she as confirmed winner tried twice at 2 meters and it was not without a real chance. Olympic winner Ruth Beitia cleared 192 in second and after one miss at 195 went for two tries at 198. She ended third as Croatian European medalist 2014 Ana Simic mastered 192 in first attempt.

Allan Steinfeld.jpgAllan Steinfeld, photo courtesy of New York Road Runners

Allan Steinfeld, the man who guided the NYRR after the death of Fred Lebow, the man who has provided the sport of road running with many of the innovations on courses that we all take for granted, has died. He was seventy. Allan had many of his friends with him on the last day of his life, which was January 24, 2017.

Here a few anecdotes on this brilliant man...

Find a nice park or trail to run on today. Bundle up if you are in a part of the country where the weather sucks today. Just be careful with the footing!

Brown-Gessner-Hirsch4500m-FLfinal16.JPGBrown, Gessner, Hirsch, 500 meters to go! FLCCC 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Warm up, 6 miles, on soft surfaces, 4 times 150 meters, five sit ups and five push ups, cooldown.

Pavey_Jo-Yokohama12.jpgJo Pavey, from PhotoRun.net

Pavey for London Marathon
LONDON (GBR): Former European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey has been added to the elite women's field for the Virgin Money London Marathon on 23 April, informs organisers. Pavey hasn't contested a marathon since 2011 when she clocked 2:28:24 in London and 2:28:42 in New York. Her goal is to claim a place on the team for the World Championships in London. Fellow Olympians Scott Overall and Tsegai Tewelde have been added to the elite men's field.

Some of my fondest memories are running with my team mate, Paul Gyorey, at Los Gatos High School track, during the late 70s on Tuesday nights. Coach Dan Durante would have us do 20x400, 6xmile, or combos. It was the grind workout.

Suliman_WaleedBW1b-FLfinals16.jpgWaleed Sulieman, FL 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tuesday nights were dark, with fog sometimes, and cold. After a certian time of the evening, few were on the track but us. The fast moving feet accompanied by grunting sounds as we pushed ourselves through the workouts. Always a bit of humor, we knew Tuesdays made us strong.

Nearly forty years later, I remember those nights on the track. The hard work, the encouragement from Dan Durante and Paul and I cracking jokes in the jogs between our intervals. What will you remember in 40 years?

Make your memories now. Live those memories.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Warm up, Sub maximal interval workout, 12 times 400 meters at current two mile race pace (if you can run 10 minutes, then, that means 75 seconds, if you can run 11 minutes, that means 82 seconds). Eight times 400 meters, with 200 meter jog (keep moving), in between), five push ups, five sit ups, cooldown. No spikes, this workout in flats.

DaSilva_Thiago-RioOlyG16.jpgThiago Braz da Silva, Rio Gold Medalist, photo by PhotoRun.net

Braz vs Lavillenie, also Morris
ROUEN (FRA): Olympic champion Thiago Braz will go head-to-head with world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie at the Perche Elite Tour in Rouen on Saturday. Braz is in training camp in Spala, Poland since early January. Lavillenie was recently injured and withdrew from early meetings. The line-up also includes reigning world champion Shawn Barber, former world indoor champion Konstadinos Filippidis, World medalist Piotr Lisek of Poland former world junior champion Axel Chapelle and Olympic decathlon silver medallist Kevin Mayer. Olympic silver medallist Sandi Morris is the outstanding favourite in the women's contest ahead of European silver medallist Lisa Ryzih and world junior record-holder Wilma Murto.

Hunter-OakleyFV-NBgames17.JPGDrew Hunter and Jan Oakley battle at NB Games mile, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Indoor season is getting into the proverbial high gear, as the last week of January begins. Big races for the next six weeks! Here is Carles Baronet's 4th report on the 2016-17 US and Canada season. Special thanks to our friend from Catalonia.

Obiri_HellenFV-PreC14.jpgHellen Obiri, Nike PreClassic 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hassan_SifanSide-Brussels15.jpgSifan Hassan, Brussels DL, 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rowbury_Shannon1-Pre16.jpgShannon Rowbury, Nike PreClassic 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Seyaum_DawitFV-NBind16.jpgDawit Seyaum, NBIndoorGP 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix will be held on January 28, 2017. RunBlogRun will be there, we hope to see you there! The dynamic quartet of Dawit Seyaum, Sifan Hassan, Shannon Rowbury and Hellen Obiri, added to the fans in Reggie Lewis and the fast MONDO surface, make for, I believe, an pretty amazing race! This crew wants to race fast and defeat all of the others. The race will be highly competitive and very fast. Looking forward to a great night of track and field.

This is report 4, for the 2016-17 European indoor season. All of our results are compiled by Carles Baronet, of Track In Sun. We hope that you enjoy the report.

Hassan_SifanSide-Brussels15.jpgSifan Hassan, Brussels DL, 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Ocean Breeze Athletic Athletic Complex, with the support of USATF New York, will host a world class indoor meet on February 18! The meet will feature some of the finest athletes and clubs in our sport. Watch for announcements here!


IMG_6557.JPGHaile Gebrselassie, photo courtesy of Global Sports Communications

NAIROBI (KEN): Ethiopian athletics legend Haile Gebrselassie has pledged to work with Kenya to fight doping, outlining that the menace has tainted the glory of the two East African nations. Haile, who is the Ethiopia Athletics Federation Chairman, urged Kenya to take tough measures to athletes who are found using banned substances and protect the innocent. Writes capitalfm.co.ke.

Success in distance running is a fascinating. How does one judge success? Success in racing requires a careful buildup in training and the careful development of racing skills over the early Spring so that one can race succesfully when racing truly counts.

Be patient in your buildup.

Principe_DJ1-NBgames17.JPGDJ Principe ran 4:00.97 on January 21, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Monday, January 23, 2017. Warm up, 5 mile run, 4 x 150 meter stride outs, Begin push ups, sit ups (bent leg), start with five each, cooldown

Cheruiyot_Vivian5k-Rio16.jpgVivian Cheruiyot, Rio 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cheruyiot wants to follow Kipchoge
NAIROBI (KEN): Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot hopes to emulate Eliud Kipchoge when she moves up to the marathon starting with her debut in London in April, informs Capitalfm.co.ke. "I am so excited because it (London) will be my first marathon ever and I am going to race against the champions. I want to be like Eliud (Kipchoge) because since he started marathon he has been doing well and I hope I will do my best as well," she said.

Kipchoge_Eluid1-Rio16.jpgEliud KIpchoge, Rio 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun opines: One must respect the marathon. Eliud Kipchoge told us, upon his first victory in London, that he took three years to figure out his training and his racing the marathon. Vivian Cheruiyot is one of the most exciting athletes in women's distance running. Her focus in the 5000 meters in Rio was amazing, and her absolute domination of Almaz Ayana over the last 2 kilometers of the race, was one of the highlights of the Olympics.

How will Cheruiyot fare over 26. 2 miles? If she gives the event the respect it deserves, she will do quite well.

Lilesa-KorirFV1a-Houston17.JPGLeonard Korir over Felisa Lelisa, Aramco Houston Half, photo by PhotoRun.net

I have say that I am enjoying Leonard Korir and his style of winning races at the very end. In this piece, I will consider the ferocious finishes of Mr. Korir in Edinburgh and Houston.

Harrison_KendraFL-Lausanne16.jpgKeni Harrison, Lausanne DL 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

WR holder Harrison gets 7.75
LEXINGTON: World record holder Kendra Harrison opened very fast at Rod McCravy Invitational. First in heats 7.85 and in finals another World lead 7.75 what is also her PB. She is so 9th (in a tie) best ever performer and fastest since 2012. Behind her PB´s for Jamaican 400 m hurdler Leah Nugent 7.96 (also 52.69 at 400 m) and Bahamian Pedra Seymour 7.98. Shakima Wimbley clocked another high quality WL in the women 400 m 51.28 over Kendall Ellis 51.52. Javianne Oliver won the 60 m in 7.18 PB over Teahna Daniels 7.21, on the men side junior Maxwell Willis 6.65. Fast 800 m by Isiah Harris 1:46.65. Kianna Gray posted World leading 23.17 in the 200 m with 400 m hurdler Kori Carter winning her heat in 23.63. Norway´s Amalie Iuel posted national all-time best in rare 600 yards 1:19.56. Raven Saunders won the shot 18.71 and fast 4x400 m times by USC 3:31.73 ahead of Baylor 3:32.09 and Miami 3:33.43. Junior Aaliyah Miller won the women 800 m in 2:03.43 PB.

Harrison_KeniPort1b-IAAFgala16.jpgKeni Harrison, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wilson_Ajee-NBgames17.JPGAjee' Wilson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wilson 1:25.33 in the 600 meters
NEW YORK (USA, Jan 21): Ajee' Wilson World Indoor silver medalist continued to show strong early-season form, clocking the second-fastest indoor 600m ever by an American woman at the 22nd annual New Balance Games at the Armory Track & Field Center in Upper Manhattan with 1:25.23. In the women's invitational mile, Canada's Kate Van Buskirk ran a solid 4:30.14 (1500 m split 4:12.59 OB) off of a slow first half (2:18) to get the win. Charlene Lipsey, an 800 m specialist, ran a personal best 4:31.35 in second place (also 4:14.05 split PB), while Sarah McDonald, an Englishwoman, clocked 4:32.06, also a career-best time. In the mile in his pro debut Drew Hunter had beaten Julian Oakley, 3:58.92 to 3:59.04 over the mile, third D.J. Principe made it close, finishing in 4:00.97. That made him the third-fastest USA high schooler indoors of all time. Trinidad´s Lalonde Gordon won the 300 m in good 32.88. In women category Jordan Lavender 37.94. From RRW.

4eb059c8ea9b1.image.jpgCraig Virgin, circa 1974, photo courtesy of STLtoday.com

RunBlogRun opines: I first found out about Craig Virgin heading to a track meet while I was a freshman at DeSmet. It was the spring of 1973, and this guy from Illinois was just destroying the competition. I remember seeing Craig Virgin on the cover of the 1975 TFN after his battle with Nick Rose at the NCAA Cross country. Virgin was an amazing runner, with his World XC wins, his Olympic Trials battle in 1980 with Herb Lindsay, and his battle with Seko and Rodgers at the Boston Marathon, among others.

Jeff Benjamin reached out to Craig Virgin regarding his thoughts on Miruts Yifter, who passed away last month.

yifter_viren_moscu80.jpgMiruts Yifter battles Lasse Viren, Moscow 1980, photo courtesy of JuanJoseMartinez.com.mex

Here are my deep thoughts on Kenenisa Bekele's bad day in Dubai. On January 20, Kenenisa Bekele was nearly trampled at the start, a start he was not prepared for at that moment. His race did not go well....

Bekele-KipsangH1a-Berlin16.jpgKenenisa Bekele and Wilson Kipsang, BMW Berlin 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Long runs are, for many distance runners, a Sunday tradition. In my post college years, I ran with three friends from Runners' World, and we gave each other fifteen minutes to complain, and after that, it was enjoying the long run. It worked pretty good.

Nelson-Lane-ZlatunichBW-FLfinals16.jpgNelson, Lane, Zlatunich, photo by PhotoRun.net

Friendships are built over long runs, over seasons and over years. Enjoy the time with your training partners, talk and share a bit. That is part of the fun about long run runs. They are the most un tech times of your day.

Sunday, January 22, 2017. Long run, 7-8 miles, with warm up and cooldown and yes, push ups and sit ups.

Coe_Seb1a-IAAFgala16.jpgSeb Coe, another chat with Parliament? photo by PhotoRun.net

LONDON (GBR): IAAF President Sebastian Coe has not refused to answer further questions following a request from the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and is ready to provide additional evidence in the Combating Doping in Sport inquiry. Following last week's questioning of David Bedford, the former London Marathon race director and head of the IAAF Road Running Commission, the Committee expressed their intention for Coe to be recalled to face further questions before the end of January. Informs insidethegames.

RunBlogRun opines: I am no doctor, but after having watched a few Parliament hearings on BBC and C-Span, I would rather do laundry, or clean my office than sit in front of the aforementioned committee. I am considering starting a Kickstarter campaign to provide Lord Coe with a few beverages after his next journey to chat with the Culture, media and Sport Select Committee. Such a meeting will not be pretty.

We will just have to wait to see.

Hastings_NatashaFV-NBind16.jpgNatasha Hastings, NBIndoorGP2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

David Hunter told me that he was very proud of his piece on Natasha Hastings. I agree, it is one of his finest. Natasha Hastings is one of our most talented, hardworking and focused athletes. She is an amazing example of how fantastic the athletes in our sport can be. Natasha is also terribly bright, as the winner of her Conference Scholar Athlete while under the thoughtful coaching of Coach Curtis Frye.

I look at Natasha Hastings and see, not only a relay gold medalist 8 times over, but individual medals in her future. We will watch her closely in 2017 and beyond.

DSCN8875.JPGNoah Kipkemboi on his way to win the senior men's race, photo by Justin Lagat/Kenyanathlete

Next to the steeplechase, Kenya holds World Cross Counry dear to its heart. The World Cross Country title is a big deal and the level of competition to make the team, across Kenya, is tremendous. Justin Lagat wrote this piece about his local sub county race, that was held on January 14, 2017.

John Trautmann was kind enough to sit down with The Shoe Addicts at the Dash to the Finish Line on November 5, 2017 This is part three of the interview series we did with John on the care and coaching of high school athletes.

John Trautmann photo .pngJohn Trautmann speaks with Larry Eder, November 2016, photo by The Shoe Addicts

John Trautmann was a 1992 Olympian over 5000 meters. John Trautmann lost 60 lbs over several years, and, listening to his college coach, Frank Gagliano, aka Gags, trained himself back into shape and set a world masters record for the indoor mile.

John Trautmann knows how to coach young distance runners because he was one. Listen to his comments. Coaching is both art and science.

This is the first week of your Spring training. Some of you will have indoor races, some of your will have outdoor all comers. Some of you might find a one mile, or 5k at local road race. The idea is to get in a good effort today.

Lane_ClaudiaBW-FLfinals16.jpgClaudia Lane, Winner, FL 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Saturday, Race day, January 21, 2017. If you can race, 800 meters, 1000 meters, or 2 miles. Do a long warm up and long cool down. In the race, get out well and kick from 400 meters out in the 2 mile and 200 meters out in the 1000 meters or 800 meters. cooldown long as well. Five push ups, five bent leg sit ups.

Kipsang_WilsonLeds1-Berlin16.jpgWilson Kipsang, photo by PhotoRun.net

W. Kipsang in Tokyo
TOKYO (JPN): Former world marathon record-holder Wilson Kipsang will headline the first WMM race of the year Tokyo Marathon on 26 February, informs organisers. Kipsang will face teammates Bernard Kipyego (2:06:19) and Dickson Chumba (2:04:32) who finished second and third in last year's race along with leading Ethiopians Tadese Tola (2:04:49) and Tsegaye Kebede (2:04:38). Top names in the women's race include Ethiopians Amane Beriso (2:20:48), Amane Gobena (2:21:51) and Birhane Dibaba (2:22:30) while Kenyan track star Betsy Saina (67:22 HM) will make her full marathon debut. The fastest entrant is Lucy Kabuu (2:19:34) who is on the comeback trail.

RunBlogRun Opines: Wilson Kipsang set the WR in 2013 in Berlin, with his fine 2:03:23. It was broken in 2014 by Dennis Kimetto with his 2:02:57 run in 2014, also in Berlin. Kipsang won London in 2014 and placed second in the iconic Berlin race in 2016 against Kenenisa Bekele, where Bekele won and Kipsang ran his PB of 2:03:13. Now, a revitalized Wilson Kipsang heads to Tokyo to win his third World Marathon Majors race . Remember, Wilson has run five sub 2:05 marathons, and is an Olympic bronze medalist!

 Tola wins Dubai 2017.jpgTamirat Tola wins 2017 Dubai Marathon

Tola 2:04:11 CR
DUBAI (UAE, Jan 20): Kenenisa Bekele suffered a big disappointment at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon where he dropped out after the halfway point. Bekele was planning to chase Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2:02:57 but the Ethiopian fell right at the start after being tripped from behind. While he made up the ground on the leaders, Bekele lost contact again at the 10km checkpoint before dropping out around the 23km (he passed halfway in 62:49) where he was seen holding his calf. Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Tamirat Tola came through to take a surprise victory in a course record (and PB) and world-lead of 2:04:11 (61:34/62:37) in warm conditions to become the ninth fastest marathon runner of all-time, comfortably ahead of teammates Mule Wasihun (2:06:46) and Sisay Lemma (2:08:04) with Kenya's Mark Pkorir Lokwanamoi the first non-Ethiopian finisher in fifth (2:08:37). French Timothee Bommier was the best European as 13th in 2:14:50 PB. Debutante Worknesh Degefa won the women's race in a world-lead 2:22:35 as Ethiopians filled the top nine places. Shure Demise (2:22:57) and Yebrgual Melese (2:23:13) were made up the podium with Finland's Anne-Mari Hyrylainen (2:32:18) the first non-Ethiopian finisher in tenth. Both winners claimed 200,000 USD.

Aregawi_Abeba-World15.jpgAbeba Aregawi, WC 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

STOCKHOLM (SWE): Having been cleared of doping charges, Abeba Aregawi is allowed to represent Sweden in international competition again following a meeting of the Svensk Friidrott board, informs the Expressen. "Now she has completed what was required, she can be a part of the Swedish national team again. Abeba has been very cooperative in this case. The question is a good example of how we can contribute to a clean sport, and how we can support Abeba. We should remember that she is not suspended for doping," said Svensk Friidrott chairman Bjorn Nilsson. Aregawi is currently training in Ethiopia and will miss the indoor season.

Aregawi_Abeba-Birmingham15.jpgAbeba Aregawi, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun opines: RunBlogRun is dissappointed with this decision of Swedish athletic federation, as this is not just about doping issues, but whether Ms. Aregawi was actually ever living as a Swedish national. This nationalism for hire, next to doping is the issue that is crushing our sport. Many countries do this transfering of national allegiance, and many are much more blatant than Sweden.

Henriques-Cabecinha-Walk20k13.jpgInes Henriques, 20k racewalk, photo by PhotoRun.net

Henriques 4:08:25 WR
PORTO DE MOS (POR, Jan 15): Olympic 12th placer in 20 km walk Ines Henriques debuted at the new distance 50 km with 4:08:25 what could be the first IAAF official World record in case all conditions will be fulfilled. It was of national walking championships at the 35 and 50 km distances. The top mark until now was 4:10:59 by Monica Svensson of Sweden in 2007. IAAF decided that at last council meeting that as of 1 January 2017 any performances equal to or faster than 4:30:00 would be accepted as having fulfilled the conditions for a world record. "We achieved the goals we were looking for, which were to be the first Portuguese woman to race the distance and to set a world record," said Jorge Miguel, Henriques' coach and the race director of the IAAF Race Walking Challenge meeting in Rio Maior for the IAAF. Joao Vieira was the best male at 35 km in 2:38:40.

RunBlogRun opines: The 50k Race Walk is fraught with history. The longest event on the Olympic and World Champs calendar, is both historic and challenging. The efforts in the 50k race walk are similar to those exerted in cross country skiing and long distance running. Nice to see Women getting recognition with the longest event in our sport of athletics.

This is Inauguration day in the U.S. Here is our workout for today. Remember that somedays are easier to run on than others. Enjoy the run with your friends and remember to do the stride outs. How do you feel with push ups and sit ups?

HandsBW-FLfinals16.jpgHands, FootLocker 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Friday, January 20, 2017. Warm up, easy, three miles to five miles, soft ground, and finish with 4 x 150 meters, cooldown, plus five push ups, five bent leg sit ups.

Sumgong_JemimaM1-Rio16.jpgJemima Sumgong, Yep, that's my medal! photo by PhotoRun.net

THIKA (KEN): Some of the world's finest runners, Olympic champion Jemimah Sumgong and Olympic 5000 m silver medallist Hellen Obiri will clash Friday at the Kenya Defence Forces Cross Country at Thika garrison.

Obiri_Hellen1-PreC16.jpgHellen Obiri, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun opines: Two of the finest women runners in Kenya, Jemima Sumgong and Hellen Obiri, will battle on Friday over a strong cross country course. Sumgong and Obiri, marathoner and trackster, will meet over the sport of cross country. Looking forward to seeing these runners duel.

IMG_7195.JPGYour fearless blogger at CES 2017

I went to CES to visit the fitness and health area. I have been coming to CES for over 27 years. The show has changed drastically from terribly geeky products to terribly geeky products that billions of consumers covet!

Here are my five observations on the CES show.

Drouin_DerekQ1b-Beijing15.jpgDerek Drouin, photo by PhotoRun.net

Beitia_Ruth-EuroInd15.jpgRuth Beitia, photo by PhotoRun.net

Drouin and Beitia to Slovakia
BANSKA BYSTRICA (SVK): Both Olympic winners Derek Drouin and Ruth Beitia will be the headline stars of 23rd Banska Bystrica Indoor high jump meeting with music on February 8 in Slovakia. The event will be first leg of International High Jump Tour which will end on February 11 in Trinec, Czech Republic with 5000 USD for overall Tour winners. Drouin will debute at an European indoor meeting with music but looks forward to it. "Yes it will be my first, but I heard lot of good words about this meet from other jumpers," he said. Beitia comes to Central Slovakia for the third time in her career but never won before. Drouin will meet with 2012 Olympic medalist Erik Kynard in their only duel in the indoor season along with Bahamian 2007 World Champion Donald Thomas.

RunBlogRun opines: The International High Jump Tour is on our bucket list. This series is one of the most innovative series of events in the global schedule. We like the approach, and hope to visit these meets in the next few years.

I am finally sitting down in Willow Glen, at my favorite family restaurant, Johns. The staff is amazingly service oriented, as are the owners. The food is Greek American, and the coffee is good. Furthermore, I use the place as my global office for an average of three hours a day, after my walks.

IMG_6784.JPGVisiting the Salomon booth, photo by RunBlogRun

Remember, the running community is complex. But, most of all we are creatures of habit. Whenever you forget that, you will be gently reminded.

Sitting down for brunch, I am reminded of the TRE 16 show and how busy we were. I also am reminded of the big lessons I learnt in Orlando. Here we go....

Bekele_KenenisaFH1-Berlin16.jpgKenenisa Bekele battling to the Berlin finish, September 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kenenisa Bekele is confident
DUBAI (UAE): Kenenisa Bekele is "confident" he can break Dennis Kimetto's world marathon record of 2:02:57 in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on Friday, informs Pat Butcher. "The marathon needs a long time to develop, you need experience. After two years, I feel that I am a marathoner now. (Dubai) is a similar flat course to Berlin, and I think I can do better. I plan to run the world record. Of course, it's a race, so you can't say for sure, and it depends on the conditions. But I was very disappointed not to finish here two years ago. My plan in Berlin was to run a fast time. I was focused on a personal best and the Ethiopian record. Here, Dubai is a fast course, I'm planning to run the world record, and I'm confident," he said. Bekele is the fastest runner in the field with a 2:03:03 PB and will face opposition from Tsegaye Mekonnen (2:04:32 PB) and Dino Sefir (2:04:50 PB).

The Outdoor Retailer Winter and Summer shows are a fascinating part of the sports business. The Winter show, about to change its dates, was in a strange place in the sporting good galaxy in 2017. It was my second trade show of the year.

Here is what I learnt...

IMG_7254.JPGUnder Armour Booth, OR Winter Market, photo by RunBlogRun

In 1925-26, Paavo Nurmi toured the U.S., racing indoors and setting records for 11/4, 2000 meters, and many such odd distance across the country. He ran 55 races across the U.S. during his visit to America. On January 6, 1925, Paavo Nurmi broke both the mile (4:13.5), and the 5000 meters (14:44.6), both run within an hour! This duplicated his double wins in Paris in 1924, where he won the 1,500 meters and 5000 meters within an hour on July 10, 1924.

Nurmi was in the papers all over the U.S. I have a postcard from my grandfather Robertson, dated 1987, the year before his death. He sent me a note on my son Adam, and noted that he might run like Paavo Nurmi. What is fascinating to me is that my grandfather was a beat cop, a local policeman, whose sports were motorcycle racing, yet he remembered Paavo Nurmi. That was sixty five plus years after the Flying Finn's tour of America.

Centrowitz_MattFH1-OlyGames16.jpgMatthew Centrowitz, Rio 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wonder what people will be writing about Matthew Centrowitz, the 2016 Olympic champion at the 1,500 meters? Looking foward to Matthew racing two miles, a wonderful distance indoors!

Musselman_SaraBW-FLfinals16.jpgSara Mussellmann and her friends, photo by PhotoRun.net

Short speed work is fun, but you have to be careful on adding it into your training regimen. Warm up, cooldown, be careful when you start up.

Thursday, January 19, 2017. Short Repetitions. Warm up, One set of 6 times 300 meters cutdowns. Run the 300 meters at your current 800 meter pace, so if you can run 2:00, that means start at 50 seconds and bring them down one second each time. If you can run 2:20, then that means, start at 60 seconds and bring them down one second each time. Idea is to run last faster than any before. Jog between is 200 meters. Finish with 4 x 150 meter strideouts, and a two mile easy cooldown. End with five ben leg sit ups and five push ups.

The Houston Marathon weekend was one of my favorite events to attend from about 2008 to 2012. It kept January quite busy as the weekend before was the Disney Marathon, which we attended for about fifteen years with the RunningNetwork.

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Ondoro_DominicFV-Houston17.JPGDominic Ondoro, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wade_Becky-HoustonM17.jpGBecky Wade, photo by PhotoRun.net

2017 was my first visit to the Houston Marathon in five years. I enjoyed the event immensely, and found some nice improvements in the race. Here is what I learnt from the race....

2017 Dubai Marathon Diaries


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January 18, 2017...Kenenisa is confident
DUBAI (UAE): Kenenisa Bekele is "confident" he can break Dennis Kimetto's world marathon record of 2:02:57 in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on Friday, informs Pat Butcher. "The marathon needs a long time to develop, you need experience. After two years, I feel that I am a marathoner now. (Dubai) is a similar flat course to Berlin, and I think I can do better. I plan to run the world record. Of course, it's a race, so you can't say for sure, and it depends on the conditions. But I was very disappointed not to finish here two years ago. My plan in Berlin was to run a fast time. I was focused on a personal best and the Ethiopian record. Here, Dubai is a fast course, I'm planning to run the world record, and I'm confident," he said. Bekele is the fastest runner in the field with a 2:03:03 PB and will face opposition from Tsegaye Mekonnen (2:04:32 PB) and Dino Sefir (2:04:50 PB).

January 17, 2017....Ethiopian favorites for Dubai
DUBAI (UAE): Ethiopian runners will be to the fore in both races at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on Friday, informs organisers. Kenenisa Bekele (2:03:05) leads a field of seven runners - all Ethiopian - with sub-2:06 PBs: Tsegaye Mekonnen (2:04:32), Dino Sefir (2:04:50), Sisay Lemma (2:05:16), Tamirat Tola (2:05:27), Mule Wasihun (2:05:44) and Aberu Kuma (2:05:56). The women's race includes Shure Demise (2:20:59), Meselech Melkamu (2:21:01), Tadelech Bekele (2:22:51), Yebrgual Melese (2:23:23), Shuko Genemo (2:24:31) and Belaynesh Oljira (2:25:01) while Worknesh Degefa (66:14 HM) will make her marathon debut.

January 16, 2017...Bonus of $250,000 US for WR breaker in Dubai

DUBAI (UAE): A bonus of 250,000 USD is on offer to any runner who can break the world record at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on Friday, informs organisers. The bonus is in addition to the first prize of 200,000 USD.

Here is the third report from Carles Baronet on the 2016-17 European Athletics Indoor season. Carles Baronet compiles all of the results reports from around the world. Our friend from Catalonia has added reports from Australia, and the Caribbe for 2017. We hope that you enjoy them! Let us know how we can improve at [email protected]

Maslak_PavelQ-WorInd16.jpgPavel Maslak, photo by PhotoRun.net

Schippers_Dafne200Dive-OlyGames16.jpgDafne Schippers, photo by PhotoRun.net

Schippers no to indoors

UTRECHT (NED): World 200 m champion Dafne Schippers will miss the entirety of the indoor season, informs Atletiek.nl. "After a long and intense season in 2016, we have decided to put emphasis on training work so I can prepare myself for the outdoor season," she said. Schippers won the European indoor 60m title in 2015 and the world indoor silver medal last year.

Schippers_Dafne200Pose-RioOlyG16.jpgDafne Schippers, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun opines: Dafne Schippers is one fo the finest runners in the world of athletics. The Rio 2016 did not go the way she wanted. At that level, very little separates gold, silver, bronze and 4th place. Schippers and her team believe that a break from racing will allow her to focus on London 2017. The young European sprinter has much pressure on her, and she has huge amounts of drive and desire to be the best in the world.

Sumgong_JemimaFV-Rio16.jpgJemima Sumgong, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jemima Sumgong back to London, Cheruiyot debut

LONDON (GBR): A stellar elite women's field has been assembled for the Virgin Money London Marathon on 23 April, informs organisers. Kenya's Jemima Sumgong (2:20:41 PB) will return to defend her title but will face opposition from a quartet of sub-2:20 performers: former winners Mary Keitany (2:18:37) and Aselefech Mergia (2:19:31) along with Florence Kiplagat (2:19:44) and reigning world champion Mare Dibaba (2:19:52). Former world and Olympic 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba (2:20:35) will contest her first marathon since debuting in London three years ago and is joined by teammates Aberu Kebebe (2:20:30) and another former winner Tigist Tufa (2:21:52). World silver medallist Helah Kiprop (2:21:27) also competes while Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot will make her full marathon debut. Top non-Africans in the field include Portugal's Ana Dulce Felix (2:25:15), Australia's Lisa Weightman (2:26:05), Netherlands' Andrea Deelsta (2:26:46), Switzerland's Maja Neuenschwander (2:26:49) while Alyson Dixon (2:29:30) and Charlotte Purdue (2:30:04) are among the top Brits in action. "This is a stellar field and everyone who is anyone in women's marathon running will be in London on 23 April. We look forward to a fantastic race and the London crowds are certain to be out in force to cheer home the world's greatest runners," said event director Hugh Brasher.

RunBlogRun opines: Jemima Sumgong is one of our favorite marathoners. In 2016, after falling, Jemima got up, and won London. In the heat and humidity of Rio, Jemima showed that she was the right pick for Kenyan marathon team. We look forward to seeing Jemima defend her Virgin London title in April 2017.

It was with less than seven minutes to go in Berlin last September, that Kenenisa Bekele, who had finally broken Wilson Kipsang, went 'fast and furious'. It was as if he went from racer, to world beater. In Dubai, if health, weather and the gods of running support him, Kenenisa Bekele will take a very good run at the world record.

Kipsang-BekeleH1-Berlin16.jpgKenenisa Bekele and Wilson Kipsang, photo by PhotoRun.net

But, that is why this is a sport. Bekele has the WRs at 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters, and he has finally gained a respect and understanding of the 42.2 kilometer distance.

Will Kenenisa Bekele break the marathon world record? I think there is a good shot that he will. But, remember, dear runners, athletics is a sport. Nothing is pre ordained. Every time one goes to the line, one must take on all comers.

That is part of what Kenenisa Bekele loves about this sport. It is why he is the world record holder that he is. But, his move to the marathon was challenging, and fraught with injuries and miscues. Now, he is here, and in less than 36 hours, we shall see if he can get closer than six seconds to the World Record.

I wish him luck!

Please read the piece just below from Pat Butcher.

The 2017 Dubai Marathon is going to be an exciting race. Will Kenenisa Bekele break the world record? Will someone challenge him? Who knows? You will just have to stay up and watch the race on Friday morning, January 20, 2017! (Eleven hours difference on West Coast U.S., nine hours, Central U.S. and eight hours difference, East Coast, U.S.).

Variety keeps you healthy. That is why we vary your running surfaces during the week, to promote foot health. That is why we suggest rotating two pairs of training shoes to promote foot health. That is why we have recovery days, long days, different types of speed development days.

Mareno_NevadaBW-FLfinals16.jpgNevada Reno, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Warm up, 6 miles, on soft surfaces, 4 times 150 meters, five sit ups and five push ups, cooldown.

This is report 4 on the 2016-17 Indoor season for U.S. and Canada. This amazing report is compiled by our friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet. Carles is our results director for RunBlogRun. His unique skills provide RunBlogRun readers with many result found no where else on the blogosphere. A sincere Thanks to Carles! Enjoy the results report 4!

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This is an example of how our industry should work. A hard working, smart person, devoted to the business and his brand, builds his skills and works with a fantastic team to help the brand's business grow. That is, in a nutshell, the story of Dan Sheridan. Dan has been at Brooks for nearly two decades.

I interviewed Dan Sheridan earlier in the month at the Outdoor Retailer (January 10) and was impressed with his views on the challenges of 2016 and how Brooks pulled out of its tough first half. No hiding it, an acceptance of reality and an appreciation of where the business succeeded and what he learnt from that success.

Best wishes to Dan Sheridan and his brand, Brooks!

Dan-Sheridan_waist up_150 dpi.jpgDan Sheridan, EVP, General Manager, Global Sales, Brooks Running Company, photo by Brooks communications

Hunter_Drew-FalmouthM16.jpgDrew Hunter, photo by PhotoRun.net

Drew Hunter is one of adidas' Next Generation of elite athletes. A young miler, who has gone pro right after high school, Mr. Hunter is one of the most eagerly anticipated young professional milers in some time. His indoor professional debut is this Saturday, January 21, at the New Balance Armory Games. I love that meet! I went there in 2010 and enjoyed the atmosphere immensely. In 2017, Drew Hunter will be joined by Ajee' Wilson and D.J. Principe, a young man who ran 4:04.27 for the mile on the last day of 2016!

Farah_MoFH1a-Birmingham14.jpgMo Farah, photo by PhotoRun.net

BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Birmingham has expressed an interest in the staging of the 2026 Commonwealth Games and the Origin Sport Group are to conduct a feasibility study into Birmingham's suitability to host the event, informs insidethegames.biz.

RunBlogRun opines: We love Birmingham! One of the most diverse communities in Great Britain, with fine outdoor art, strong athletic facilities, great shopping and food, and the most canals outside of Venice, Italy (serious!). And after my visit to the CG in 2014 in Glasgow, I will be going from now on!

Principe_David4xM-NBiN16.jpgDavid Principe, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mareno_NevadaBW-FLfinals16.jpgNevada Reno, photo by PhotoRun.net

Two of the finest events each year the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix are the Junior Miles. New Balance finds the fastest milers in the country and brings them in. Racing together on the Reggie Lewis 200 meter Mondo track, these junior milers just, well, fly!

The last two laps are just this crazy combination of crazyily enthusiastic sprinting, and roller derby. The crowd respects huge efforts and will adopt a miler or two and cheer them wildy for a close finish!

I am praying for a close finish!

Dibaba_GenzebeFV-Lausanne16.jpgGenzebe Dibaba, Lausanne 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Genzebe in Torun for fast 1500 m
TORUN (POL): World 1500m champion Genzebe Dibaba will launch an attack on her world indoor 1500m record in Torun on 10 February, informs PZLA. Dibaba set the existing world record of 3:55.17 in Karlsruhe back in 2014 before breaking the world outdoor record with 3:50.07 the following year. Elsewhere, Joanna Jozwik will go head-to-head with world champion Marina Arzamasava in the 800m while Adam Kszczot and Marcin Lewandowski face Eric Sowinski in the men's 800m. Ewa Swoboda will compete in the 60m on the road to the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade. In men hurdles Olympic silver medalist Orlando Ortega will face French duo Pascal Martinot-Lagarde with Dimitri Bascou and US Jarret Eaton.

Dibaba_GenzebeA-IAAFgala16.jpgGenzebe Dibaba with IAAF Atheltics award, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Standard Chartered Duba Marathon is Friday, January 20, 2017. It has tremendously fast fields in both the men's and women's race. With the fast and flat course, and the relatively cool weather for January in Dubai, this could be very, very fast! Here is how Justin Lagat picked the race!

Bekele-KipsangH1a-Berlin16.jpgKenenisa Bekele and Wilson Kipsang, photo by PhotoRun.net

Getting back to work on the track can be fun, but, it must be respected, or injury can happen. So, be careful, note that this is not a real tough workout, but it will get you sweating. Warm up for 1-2 miles and cooldown for 1-3 miles.

WestGirlsBW-FLfinals16.jpgWest FootLocker team, Dec 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tuesday, Janary 17, 2017, Warm up, Sub maximal interval workout, 8 times 400 meters at current two mile race pace (if you can run 10 minutes, then, that means 75 seconds, if you can run 11 minutes, that means 82 seconds). Eight times 400 meters, with 200 meter jog (keep moving), in between), five push ups, five sit ups, cooldown. No spikes, this workout in flats.

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PHOTO: Jordan Hasay after running her half-marathon debut in 1:08:40 at the Aramco Houston Half-Marathon (photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.

This is David Monti's story for Race Results Weekly on the fine run by Jordan Hasay in Houston.

You have just finished 21 weeks of cross country, with four weeks of recovery. The next twelve weeks are about getting you to be prepared to race from 800 meters to 5000 meters. If you are a junior or senior, and can handle it, try two runs a week in the morning of 30 to 40 minutes. Supplemental training is working on core in a local fitness club or at school with trainer.

Day_MitchellBW1-FLfinals16.jpgMitchell Day, @FLCCC photo by PhotoRun.net

Today is MLK day, the holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Consider something or someone's ideas that diamtrically opposed to your way of thinking on your run today.

Monday, January 16, 2017. Warm up, 5 mile run, 4 x 150 meter stride outs, Begin push ups, sit ups (bent leg), start with five each, cooldown

The Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston have 27,000 participants, mostly still out running and walking as I write this. At 7 am, the temperature was 65 degrees and 93 percent humidty. Three hours later, it is 67 degrees, foggy and very humid. Here are my views of the the four major races.

MayorTurnerElites-Houston17.JPGMayor Turner and the elites, photo by PhotoRun.net

Long runs are important days for mind, body and spirit. Enjoy your long run day, as we will be increasing them, building up to 10-12 miles.

20151212-_D3_0225.jpgBefore the long run, by Justin Britton

Sunday, January 15, 2017 : Long, relaxed run of 7-9 miles with friends. Long runs are great way to get the body moving during the holidays.

Okay sports fans. The half marathon and marathon in Houston on January 15, will be very hot. 63-65 degrees at start and 97 percent humidity. Yes, you must hydrate, but you also have to slow down your pace. Slowing down your pace is the only way to slow down your exertion rate.

Brant Kotch gave me eight words for Houston marathoners and half marathoners: "Slow down, slow down, slow down and slow down." That is only way you will slow down your exertion rate. This could be the matter of finishing slow or spending time in a hospital. This is not a joke!

Koch_Brant-Houston10.jpgBrant Kotch, Race Director, Chevron Houston Marathon & Aramco Houston Half, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon will be upleasantly warm. Do not get in trouble. If you feel strange, tell your running friends and the volunteers right away, and stop moving! If you over exert yourself tomorrow, you could truly hurt yourself, or worse!

So, have fun tomorrow, and run, very, very slow!

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PHOTO: Kara Goucher speaking to a group of runners before the 2014 Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon (photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.

This piece was sent by David Monti on Saturday, January 14. I thought his notes were important for all to see before the race.

Ritz to run River Bank Run 25k!


Ritzenhein_DathanH-Baa10k16.jpgDathan Ritzenhein, photo by PhotoRun.net

GRAND RAPIDS (USA): Dathan Ritzenhein will make his racing debut over 25km at the River Bank Run in Grand Rapids on 13 May, informs M-Live. The event doubles up as the American 25K Championships and he is due to face reigning champion Christo Landry.

RunBlogRun opines: Ritz should be in the thick of it! We are happy to see Ritz healthy once again and him planning on races.

Original post, April 21, 2014

Repost, January 14, 2017

Meb Keflezighi is in much demand in 2017. The Olympic silver medalist, NYC and Boston winner will be running his last Boston and NYC as an elite in 2017. All of 41 years, the quick thinking and quick laughing Meb is loved by marathoners around the country. In this time of national discussion on immigrants, and who to let in and who to wall out, Meb Keflezighi is the American dream. Many know the story (I always repeat it), that I learnt of Meb driving with his relative in a taxi in San Diego on the way to a FootLocker Champs.

In a story from the Gazetteherald.co.uk, it was noted that Paula Radcliffe, the World Record holder in the marahton, would support the plan by Svein Arne Hansen, president of the European Athletics Association, to consider which records to clear off the European records books. She would also welcome involvement in the discussions.

Radcliffe_Paula1-Vienna12.jpgPaula Radcliffe, photo by PhotoRun.net

This comes from a recent letter by Gianni Merlo of AIPS to Seb Coe, requesting that the IAAF clear all the records. Per Merlo, this would 'clear all suspicions ' on some records, dating back to DDR (East Germany) days, when doping aids were suspect in many records.

The question is, how to clear records?

My last 3000 meters on the boards was in 1981. It was just over 22 laps on a 160 yard track. You could feel the boards bouncing as you ran lap after lap on it. The crowd was so close, they could almost touch you! I always enjoyed those times I got to race indoors, and watching my team mates.

Early in the season, try some different distances, from 800 meters to 3000 meters or better yet, two miles. Your cross country strength will come into good use after a couple of races. So, enjoy!

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Saturday, January 14, 2017: If you can fine a low key mile race, or 800 meter race, or, better yet, a two mile, do it and just keep it relaxed. See where you are at. You will be surprised how much fitness you have kept.

Updated January 17, 2017

Orginally posted January 13, 2017.

Sports is a huge preoccupation in Russia, just like the rest of the world. That seems like a nonsensical statement coming from an sports obssessed America, but, it is true.

If my visit to Moscow taught me anything in 2013, Russians love all kinds of sports, and while they did not fill the stands in Moscow during the World Champs, there were many worthy athletes competing, and the crowd was enthusiastic.

We are at a place right now, however, where the global sports community seems fractured in how to bring Russia back into the sporting world.

Here are a few suggestions on how the Russians might accomplish that goal, if that is their goal.

StadiumWide-World13.jpgLushniki Stadium, Moscow, 2013, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rudisha_David1a-LondonDL15.jpgDavid Rudisha, photo by PhotoRun.net
Rudisha confirms third Olympic gold as main goal

MUMBAI (IND): David Rudisha is hoping to win a third Olympic title in Tokyo 2020, informs the Asian Age. "Right now my target is Tokyo 2020. It's good to be able to work towards a goal. I will be around 31 then in Tokyo. It is a good bracket to contest. I still feel a lot of energy. I just want to stay strong, stay fit and to be able to win the title again," said Rudisha. He is in Mumbai as the international event ambassador of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon. Rudisha will continue to focus on the 800m but he hasn't ruled out trying the 1500m. "My manager pushes me to do 1500m, I can't see myself doing that now but in future, maybe."

RunBlogRun Opines: Well, the 800 meters has gotten more interesting! David Rudisha wants a three peat for the Olympic 800 meters! With four more years, where will Boris Berian, Clayton Murphy, Nijel Amos be? David Rudisha will make it exciting! After Rio, he can do just about anything.


PHOTO: Jordan Hasay shows off her name bib ahead of Sunday's Aramco Houston Half-Marathon where she will make her debut at the distance (photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.

David Monti wrote this fine piece on Jorday Hasay, who is debuting in Houston over the half marathon distance. We wish her much luck!

gorun skechers.jpgRunners at the entrance of Skechers booth, photo by Larry Eder

After the press conference, I wrote for while and then, headed into the expo. The footwear and apparel sponsor for Houston Marathon is Skechers Perfomance. Their booth had good traffic, with purchases of shoes and apparel. The race apparel was very popular, but the most popular part of their booth was the Skechers Performance Wall.

The Wall has words of encouragement for the runners this weekend, and it to be placed on the course so the runners can see it! Skechers hired an artist, who goes by Skeez181, who was this pretty mellow artist. Skeez is an art teacher, artist and bike enthusiast. He provided some fun illustrations on the wall, and the rest of the walls (about 100 feet long would be my estimate) were notes of encouragement from families of runners.

The 5k will have between 5-6,000. The Half Marathon and Marathon have 27,000 signed up, pretty evenly between both races. If the weather is as hot as promised, we will see many move to the half marathon from the marathon. The moment of decision comes at 8 miles on the course, and runners can choose to shorten their day.

It is a nice touch, and shows how much the sport has grown and changes, most of it for the better, in the past three decades. I have included the video I did for Facebook just below.

MayorTurnerChevronElites-Houston17.JPGPress Conference, ( Joni Baird, Chevron-blue coat, Sylvester Turner, Mayor, center), photo by PhotoRun.net

I am a denisen of the press conference. Much can be seen and learnt from how the press conference is run, how the city represents itself and how the event management cajoles local media and dignitaries to attend. Here is my piece on the Chevron Houston Marathon Presser.

Friday is the end of the week. You have survived your first full week back to school and for many, indoor season is upon them. Outdoor track starts (and has started in a few places).

Here's a relaxed Friday workout. Remember, if you can find a small meet to race at tomorrow, try the 800m, or 1000m. Have some early season fun.

20151212-_D3_0766.jpgWarming up, photo by Justin Britton

Friday, January 13, 2017 : Warm up; 4-mile run, run on a soft surface, cool down.

Rupp_GalenFV-Rio16.jpgGalen Rupp, photo by PhotoRun.net

HOUSTON (USA): Galen Rupp has pulled out of the Houston Half Marathon on Sunday due to a foot injury, informs organisers. "Unfortunately I will be unable to race on Sunday due to plantar fasciitis in my foot. It is improving, but not enough to run a half marathon on. I hope to get the chance to run the Aramco Houston Half Marathon in the future," he said. Rupp was rumoured to be planning an attempt on Ryan Hall's American record of 59:43. Mare Dibaba has pulled out of the women's half marathon due to a death in the family while Tigist Tufa has also withdrawn due to injury. The half marathon fields are headed by Ethiopians Feyisa Lilesa and Yigrem Demelash in the men's race and Kenya's Mary Wacera in the women's race while Ethiopians Biruktayit Degefa and Birhanu Gedefa will defend their marathon titles.

RunBlogRun opines: Galen Rupp won his second Olympic medal in 2016, with his bronze in the marathon, added to his silver in the 10,000 meters in 2012. The trials of marathon training are well known. We wish Galen a speedy recovery. Houston has a strong field in both the half marathon and the marathon, with 33,000 total runners in the 5k, half marathon and marathon.

Start1-Peachtree16.jpgStart of 2016 AJC Peachtree, photo by PhotoRun.net

The USA 10k champs will be hosted by the Atlanta Track Club at their event, the AJC Peachtree Road Race. The Peachtree is the largest 10k in the country. This is the jewel in the crown of the Atlanta Track Club. It should be a fantastic event! It is on my bucket list.

Holzdeppe_Raphael-Lausanne15.jpgRaphael Holzdeppe, 2013 World Champion, photo by PhotoRun.net

MERZIG (GER): 2013 World champion Raphael Holzdeppe will open his indoor campaign at the 3rd edition of special pole vault meet in Merzig on Saturday. Replacement for late withdrawal of Renaud Lavillenie will be Piotr Lisek from Poland. Also Pawel Wojciechowski was confirmed earlier, he is 2011 World champion. Malte Mohr with Karsten Dilla will be other German vaulters competing for top positions. Some 1000 spectators are expected in the Circus Tent where the jumping will be staged.

I am in Houston. I am in Houston to cover the Aramco Half Marathon and the Chevron Marathon. I used to come down to Houston nearly every year, but, this is, alas, my first visit since 2013.

I took a nice, warm walk today, in downtown Houston, and considered the focus of many emails to me. That focus was Seb Coe's action of forwarding email from David Bedford regarding doping.

Coe_Seb1b-IAAFgala16.jpgSeb Coe: another day in paradise, photo by PhotoRun.net

On twitter, the majority of comments are from those who want to excoriate Seb Coe, and who can look into Seb's heart and know his feelings.

I did this video on Facebook after my walk, and I am, by any description, giving Seb Coe a bit of room on this action or series of actions. We will have to see how this works out.

The mustacheoed one, Mr. David Bedford comes out of his hearing in Parliament on Tuesday with much support. He described the situation and presented his feelings on Mr. Seb Coe's actions.

Bedfords-Reilly-WC09.jpgTom Bedford, David Bedford, Brendan Reilly, with beverage, photo by PhotoRun.net

The British media is noting that Mr. Coe may be dragged into Parliament. Not sure that will happen. If it does, Coe will assume his mantle and the conversation would be fascinating.

More to come on this....

Kimetto_DennisFV1-Berlin14.jpgDennis Kimetto, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kimetto and much more

BOSTON (USA): World record-holder Dennis Kimetto will compete in the Boston Marathon on 17 April, informs organisers. Kimetto is one of seven runners in the field with a sub-2:05 lifetime best along with his Kenyan teammates Emmanuel Mutai (2:03:13), Patrick Makau (2:03:38) and Sammy Kitwara (2:04:28). Reigning champion Lemi Berhanu (2:04:33) is also in the line-up along with fellow Ethiopians Yemane Tsegay (2:04:48) and Dino Sefir (2:04:50). Former champion Meb Keflezighi (2:08:37) will run his penultimate marathon in Boston while Abdi Abdirahman (2:08:56) and Olympic bronze medallist Galen Rupp (2:10:05) also spearhead the domestic challenge. The elite women's race includes three athletes with sub-2:20 PBs: Kenyans Gladys Cherono (2:19:25) and Edna Kiplagat (2:19:50) with Ethiopia's Buzunesh Deba, who holds the course record with 2:19:59. Other notable entrants include home favourite Shalane Flanagan (2:21:14) reigning champion Atsede Baysa (2:22:03), former NYC winner top European Jelena Prokopcuka (2:22:56) and 2014 champion Caroline Rotich (2:23:22).

RunBlogRun opines: Boston Marathon is putting together a tremendous field. Galen Rupp, who is suffering from plantar fasciitis, will have his hands full. If Dennis Kimetto can put his fitness together, Boston could be very, very fast. This will also be Meb Keflezighi's last elite Boston marathon run. On the women's side, Shalane Flanagan and Desi Linden will be in the thick of the battle.

Hall_RyanFV1a-HoustonH07.jpgRyan Hall breaking record, photo by PhotoRun.net

David Monti of Race Results Weekly sent his flashback from a decade ago as Ryan Hall made history, setting a new AR in Houston!

Clean Athletics by UKA



Clean Athletics by UKA
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): UK Athletics (UKA) has today launched its own Clean Athletics brand with the aim of reinforcing UK Athletics' commitment to athletes competing free from performance-enhancing drugs. UK Athletics will seek to enforce a lifetime ban against representing Great Britain for any athlete found guilty of a serious anti-doping violation. Bans should be extended to a minimum of eight years for serious doping offences to ensure that cheating athletes miss two Olympic or Paralympic cycles. Lifetime bans should also be applied in appropriate cases.

RunBlogRun opines: UK Athletics has made no illusions that it would not do all it could to protect its brand. Fans in the GBR will applaud this as will most athletes and coaches. Whether it is legal is a whole other matter. We will only find out when it is challenged in the courts.

If you want to bring your spring speed along slowly, but consistently, then, use fartlek. Holmer fartlek is one of the crudest forms of fartlek, but it works. Going out easy and coming back hard is a great way to get the ball rolling early in the season.

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PHOTO: Children enrolled in New York Road Runners youth programs show off their free New Balance running shoes received under the 1 For You, 1 For Youth program at the opening of the NYRR RUNCENTER on January 11, 2017. Michael Capiraso, NYRR president and CEO, is at the center; Peter Ciaccia, NYRR president of events and race director of the TCS NYC Marathon is at the far left; second from left in the back row is New Balance president and CEO Rob DeMartini; just over Capiraso's right shoulder is 2016 Olympic 1500m bronze medalist Jenny Simpson (photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.

The following is David Monti's piece for Race Results Weekly on the NYRR RunCenter and the NB RunHub.

Bolt_Usain200SFSt1-OlyGame16.jpgUsain Bolt, photo by PhotoRun.net

Farah_Mo5kFV-OlyGames16.jpgMo Farah, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thompson_Elaine200FHL1-OlyGames16.jpgElaine Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Bolt, Farah, Thompson etc among Laureus nominees
MONACO (MON): Olympic champions Mo Farah, Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson are among the nominees for the Laureus World Sports Awards. Farah and Bolt are nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award while Thompson and Allyson Felix are nominated for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award. Olympic and European high jump champion Ruth Beitia has been nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year award while Almaz Ayana and Wayde van Niekerk are nominated for the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award. The winners will be revealed in Monaco on February 14.

So, my iphone was exhausted after the tour of the NYRR RunCenter and New Balance RunHub.

It was a unique event, and the excitement of the young athletes, the smiles on the team from New York Road Runners and New Balance told the story. A dream for over a decade, the NYRR RunCenter is at the beginning. George Hirsch, Chairman of the NYRR noted that the RunCenter is just opening and we have little idea what more it can give the running community.

I liked the event. So, I filmed the entire thing (thanks to the suggestion of my son, Adam). The Shoe Addicts will provide a different perspective this coming week.

C16yj1OXAAUX9BQ.jpgNew Balance, Jenny Simpson, Brenda Martinez, photo courtesy of NYRR

What should we take from the events. Simply this. For the sport to grow and thrive, sponsors, running events and running clubs need to find common goals, and take unique approaches to the unique challenges in their local communities. In developing the NYRR RunCenter, NB RunHub and Youth Programs, the NYRR is inspiring another generation to run, jump and throw!

New Balance championing New York is a no brainer. CEO of New Balance, Rob De Martini noted to me that New York, the media capital of the world, has one of the most important marathons in the world. New Balance is at the beginning of a ten year relationship in the Big Apple. It should be good for NYRR, New York City, New Balance, and the sport.

Relationships, it is all about relationships.

I visited the OR Winter Market 2017 yesterday, January 10, 2017. It is a strange year, and a strange show. Next year, 2018, OR moves dates to a better time for the industry. This year, I saw Saucony, Brooks, HOKA, Altra all there. NB did not have a booth, HOKA was back from a year hiatus, and I went to the Brooks Business breakfast.

Here is what I learnt!

IMG_7250.JPGAnna Cavassa and Dan Sheridan hosting Brooks Business Breakfast,
photo by Larry Eder

Updated January 11, 2017

Dan Sheridan is a nineteen year veteran of the Brooks brand. Dan is the EVP, General Manager, Brooks North America. He and Anne Cavassa, Chief Customer Experience Officer, hosted the Brooks business breakfasts, an annual event at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market Event.

The Brooks Business Breakfast has been a fixture for several years at Winter OR. The breakfast provides the business media a better chance to understand the business side of Brooks running. 2016 has been a tough year for the running industry and 2017 may have some challenges as well. For brands like Brooks, the more they focus on core business, the better their business seems to be.

RunBlogRun's Larry Eder sat down with Dan on Tuesday morning, January 10, 2017 to discuss the challenges in the specialty channel in 2016, and where the business is going in 2017.

Here is that interview. We thank Dan Sheridan for his time.

The good news is that Brooks is focused on performance running. That focus, they believe, will help them reach more of the running community in 2017.

You can find a fine interview with Anne on Facebook (RunBlogRun) as well. Special thanks to the Brooks communication team for the access and this fine event.

This is your fourth week of recovery from the cross country season. Enjoy your run today and run with your friends!

CHALL121215-9976.jpgThe team (HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite), photo by Justin Britton

Wednesday, January 11, 2017: A nice 5 mile run, in a park, on soft ground, keep it relaxed. Remember to warm up and cooldown.

On Tuesday, January 10, David Bedford, one of Great Britians' finest runners and one of the former director of the Virgin London Marathon, spoke to the Culture, Media & Sports Cultrue Committee. He was asked to relate the circumstances of his forwarding of information on the Russian athlete Shobukhova and Russian doping. Per Seb Coe's earlier discussion with Parliament, Coe noted that he did not read Bedford's note or comments, but forwarded them on the IAAF Ethics Committee.

When queried, per an article in Reuters (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sport-doping-coe-idUSKBN14U28A), David Bedford told Parliament that he was 'disappointed' in Seb Coe's response. The Culture, Media & Sport Committee has apparently requested Mr. Coe's presence once again. The IAAF has already responded that Mr. Coe has no more information for the Committee and does not show a willingness to once again participate.

What is this about?

Coe_Seb1a-IAAFgala16.jpgSeb Coe, photo by PhotoRun.net

Crouser_RyanWide1-Rio16.jpgRyan Crouser, photo by PhotoRun.net

Crouser believes WR
CHULA VISTA (USA): Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser believes Randy Barnes' world record of 23.12m will be broken before 2020, informs IAAF. "I think it will happen before 2020. We are such a young group and with four more years at least one of us should be over 23 metres. In fact, I think it is possible there could be multiple athletes over 23 metres. There is still a little way to go but with three guys pushing each other, that's when we could see those performances over 23 metres. And 23.12m," he said.

RunBlogRun opines: The men's shot put in Rio was one of the best events of the Olympics. It was the end of the era for Tomaz Majewski, 2008 and 2012 champion, and beginning of battles for Ryan Crouser, Joe Kovacs and a new impetus for David Storl, among others. Crouser is fun to watch, emotional, and poised. From a family of fine throwers, the gene pool for competition helps him. Can he break the World Record? Many have tried. It will be sure fun to watch!

Wilson_Ajee1a-Armory16.jpgAjee' Wilson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hunter_Drew-FalmouthM16.jpgDrew Hunter, photo by PhotoRun.net

Two of our most promising American athletes, Ajee' Wilson and Drew Hunter, will be dueling at the Armory Track Invitational on February 3-4. Ajee' Wilson loves to race at the Armory, as does Drew Hunter. They are popular with the fans and young athletes as well. Be there!

Bekele-KipsangH1a-Berlin16.jpgKenenisa Bekele and Wilson Kipsang, photo by PhotoRun.net

Bekele I
DUBAI (UAE): Kenenisa Bekele will compete at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on 20 January, informs organisers. Bekele will be looking to challenge the course record of 2:04:23 and he might also attempt to break Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2:02:57 after winning the Berlin Marathon in September in an Ethiopian record of 2:03:03. "I knew I had trained well and I knew what my strengths were. The Berlin race was fantastic but I could see that I still had to make a couple of changes in my training," he said. Bekele is also aiming to race at the World Championships in London this August. One of his main rivals will be Tsegaye Mekonnen, who won this race in 2014 in an unofficial world junior record of 2:04:32.

Bekele II
LONDON (GBR): Kenenisa Bekele will also compete in the Virgin Money London Marathon on 23 April, informs organisers. Bekele finished third last year before becoming the world's second fastest marathon runner of all-time with 2:03:03 in the Berlin Marathon. "The field is always the best and victory means so much. After finishing third last year, I know what I need to do to win," said Bekele. He will face last year's runner-up Stanley Biwott who will be looking to bounce back after DNFs in the Olympics and New York Marathon. He is also the second fastest in the field with his 2:03:51 PB from last year's race. Other top names in the field include last year's Dubai Marathon winner Tesfaye Abera (2:04:24), Olympic silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa (2:04:52), two-time world marathon champion Abel Kirui (2:05:04), Amsterdam Marathon winner Daniel Wanjiru (2:05:21), Tilahun Regassa (2:05:27), European champion Tadesse Abraham (2:06:40) and world champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (2:07:46). Chris Thompson (2:11:19) leads the British challenge in London while Kenya's Bedan Karoki will make his full marathon debut.

RunBlogRun opines: I am no doctor, but this should be a challenge even for the great Bekele? Let me get my head around this one, and I will opine tomorrow on it. Right now I have a parliment hearing to watch, to read about , and to listen.

A fartlek workout is a gift from our friends in Sweden. Fartlek means 'speed play'. In the years of World War 2, Swedish runners Gunder Hagg and Arne Andersson kept the mile alive, taking the record from 4:06.2 in 1942 to 4:01.4 in 1945! A strong component of their training was the speed play runs over soft trails in Sweden. Building speed and strength naturally was part of the concept.

20151212-_D3_0321.jpgTying your shoes, photo by Justin Britton

Some athletes have put themselves into world class shape just with fartlek because the variety is only limited by your creativity!

Try it, and have some fun!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017: Warm up, A fun fartlek, A minute easy, a minute hard, do that twenty times, and then, cooldown. Warm up and cooldown about ten to fifteen minutes.

Reposted on January 09, 2017

Originally published February 20, 2016

The second meet of my indoor journey in 2017 will be the Millrose Games! Here is my column on 2016 Millrose Games, which was a fantastic meet! Watch for our upcoming columns on the 2017 version and our live coverage on @runblogrun!

It is 7:51 PM Eastern time, as I am sitting down to write my missive on the 2016 NYRR Millrose Games. Shannon Rowbury is just finishing her cooldown, after a fine 4:24.35 mile tonight.

The truth is, after tweeting and instagraming for hours, it takes me a bit to bring my brain into a place where I can provide a near Luddite moment in the McLuhanesque world (come on guys, you have not read The Gutenberg Galaxy?).

But, as usual, I have digressed.

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Suhr_Jenn-nbGP14.JPGJenn Suhr, photo by PhotoRun.net

Reposted January 09, 2017

The 2016 New Balance GP was a crazy weekend. I have covered the Olympic Trials on February 13 in Los Angeles, then jumped on a plane and did the red eye to Boston. The NB Indoor GP is back, thankfully, to its normal weekend, January 28, 2017. Make sure you are there!

Original post was February 2, 2016

Prior to her competition at the 2016 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix (February 14, 2016), Jenn Suhr did this interview with a group of the athletics press via conference call on February 2, 2016. Confident, thoughtful and relaxed, Jenn Suhr spoke about her focus, her competitions, and her goals.

We are adding one more week of recovery training, as we have had requests that some are just getting back to school and need another week to get on their feet. So, as a public service, enjoy this final week of recovery before we begin to build for the major indoor events and of course, the outdoor season.

Some high schools do not have outdoor programs, so indoor is their season. We will provide a program that will give you good fitness in indoor, but give the majority who will have outdoor seasons a focus for the Spring.

Thanks, once again, for following our program!

20151212-_D3_0510.jpgThe moment of victory! photo by Justin Britton

Monday, January 9, 2017 : Warm up; 4-mile run with friends, 4 x 150 meters, strideouts, cool down. Oh, and start you bent leg sit ups and push ups. Just start with five each.

So, while you were enjoying a movie, the snow on the East Coast or the South, or perhaps, the rain in the West, David Hunter was multi tasking a the University of Akron. David emcceed the Akron Pole Vault Convention this past weekend and wrote this piece for RunBlogRun.

Special thanks to Margaret Hunter, the wife (very, patient wife) of David Hunter. Margaret has a sense of humor, and also is skilled at using the camera, and she provided us pictures of David Hunter at work at the Akron Pole Vault Convention.


David Hunter interviews Shawn Barber, photo by Margaret Hunter

image3.JPGJeff Benjamin & Frank Giannino pose beside Frank Shorter & Rod Dixon from the Orange Classic 10K held annually by Giannino in Middletown.

The Orange Classic 10k as it was called, was a cult race in the 1980s. Frank Giannino built this race with friends and has kept it alive. Jeff Benjamin provides us, the readers, a view into our sport that few might take the time to realize. In being both fan and writer, Jeff Benjamin makes the sport both more intimate and warmer. I like that about my friend from Staten Island.

Korir_Leonard-Falmouth16.jpgLeonard Korir, photo by PhotoRun.net

Can_YaseminFV1-EuroXC16.jpgYasmin Can, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hawkins_Callum-EuroXC16.jpgCallum Hawkins, photo by PhotoRun.net

USA beat Europe and GBR
EDINBURGH (GBR, Jan 7): The United States (149) defeated Europe (152) and Great Britain (208) in the team competition at the Great Edinburgh XCountry (EA CC Permit). Leonard Korir won the men's 8km in a sprint finish ahead of front running Callum Hawkins, 24:03 to 24:04, with European cross country champion Aras Kaya third in 24:21. Reigning champion Garrett Heath finished sixth in 24:43 while Mo Farah was never a factor and finished a distant seventh on his season's debut in 24:49. European cross country champion Yasemin Can won the senior women's 6km in 20:36 ahead of Fionnuala McCormack (20:57) and Meryam Akdag (21:02) with USA's Emily Lipari fourth in 21:17. Former European cross country champion Gemma Steel was a DNF. Brit Harriet Knowles-Jones and American Noah Affolder won the junior races while Laura Muir anchored the British team to victory in the 4x1km relay with a 2:53 anchor leg.

RunBlogRun opines: What more can I say about this? My visit in 2014 was one of my favorite events that I have ever visited. The course, the team aspect, the city of Edinburgh all make it, plus the citizen race the next day. It is creativity like this that needs to be used to nurture cross country back from the brink.

On January 7, 2017, Mo Farah made his last appearance at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country International. The course, with mud, tall grass, Scottish winter weather, and some of the finest cross country runners in British athletics, Europe and the U.S.A. The battles between Mo Farah and a cast of rising stars has made this race over the past decade.

The Edinburgh Cross Country shows that fans and media will support purely competitive events like the Great Run hosts in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Cross country is a building block for top distance runners, from 800 meters to the proverbial marathon. But now, Mo Farah, is moving up, as he and his coach noted years ago. For Mo Farah, the future is on the roads....

Farrah_MoFH-EuroXC06.jpgMo Farah winning 2006 Euro XC, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hayes_QuaneraQ-Worldi16.jpgQuanera Hayes, World Indoors 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hayes 35.71 US 300 m record
CLEMSON (USA, Jan 7): World indoor relay champion Quanera Hayes showed top early shape at the Orange and Purple Indoor meet. She won the 300 m in her first ever race at the distance in new US record and third best result of all-time 35.71. Second super talent and U20 World champion Candace Hill 36.86 (for her also first ever race at 300 m). Hill missed US U20 indoor record of Francena McCorory 36.67 from 2007. In the 60 m they changed the positions, Hill won in 7.30 ahead of Hayes 7.34, for both personal bests. Joanna Atkins won the 200 m (23.31) and 400 m (53.26). In his first year out of U20 category Grant Holloway confirmed his top talent (will be 20 in November). He clocked 32.80 in the 300 m and also 7.63 in the 60 m hurdles, big personal bests. In the 300 m he was the fastest overall, but over the hurdles in open category Jarret Eaton did 7.62 and Spencer Adams 7.66. Tevin Hester topped the 60 m in 6.63 (also 6.62 in heats) and 200 m in 20.96. In women 60 m hurdles Christina Manning achieved 8.03 over Jacqi Coward 8.07. Greek Tatiana Gousin improved in high jump to 190 and triple US record holder and Olympic 4th placer Keturah Orji equaled her indoor PB in long jump 651. Jamaican wins for Olivia James in women 500 m 1:11.62, Clayton Brown 225 PB in high jump and Ashinia Miller in men shot put 19.55.

Dennis MItchell, Akron .jpgDennis Mitchell, courtesy of YouTube.com

David Hunter has been writing for RunBlogRun for nearly five years now, if my memory correctly serves me. A few years ago, I asked David to begin a series on some of the top coaches across the country, and how the skill set to be a successful coach. Coaching is both art and science. David Hunter gets that, and his feature, this feature, on the amazing coach at the University of Akron, Dennis Mitchell, is a perfect example of the amazing men and women who populate our sport, teaching their student athletes how to run, jump and throw, but more importantly, live and thrive in our complicated world.

Wlodarczyk_AnitaQW-Rio16.jpgAnita Wlodarczyk, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wlodarczyk gets the award

WARSZAWA (POL): Hammer World record holder and Olympic winner Anita Wlodarczyk won the Poland´s Sports Person of the Year Poll. She won in 82nd edition of the poll for first time. In third place discus thrower Piotr Malachowski. She is first athletics representative to win this Przeglad Sportowy poll since 2000. Malachowski immediately announced he will offer his award for charity. Top coach of the year was Wlodarczyk guide Krzysztof Kaliszewski. Newcomer of the year is javelin record holder Maria Andrejczyk. Shot put legend Tomasz Majewski was also awarded at the end of his career. In the category event of the year two from athletics two nominations were registered (World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz and Skolimowska Memorial in Warszawa) but the win went to European Handball Championships.

ObiriLedsKipyegon-Campaccio17.jpgHellen Obiri leads Faith Kipyegon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Obiri beats Kipyegon
SAN GIORGIO SU LEGNANO (ITA, Jan 6): Olympic 5000 m silver medallist Hellen Obiri defeated Olympic 1500 m champion Faith Kipyegon at the Campaccio Cross Country (IAAF CC Permit). Obiri won the senior women's race in 18:33 by three seconds from Kipyegon with reigning world cross country champion Agnes Tirop third in 18:56 to make it a Kenyan sweep. Ethiopia's Gelete Burka was fourth in 19:02 with Sara Dossena the top Italian finisher in seventh in 20:33. Muktar Edris (28:54) and Imane Merga (28:55) led an Ethiopian one-two in the men's race with Kenya's Jairus Birech third in 28:59. Olympic steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto finished sixth in 29:20 with Yemaneberhan Crippa the top home finisher in eighth in 29:48.

Long runs were one of my favorite parts of my training programs. For nearly twenty years, I continued that Sunday tradition. Year later, when I began to return to my daily friend, the ninety minutes to two hours a day was my goal. I now walk two hours six days a week. It gives me a time to consider my day, plan my actions, and provide some moments of sanity and clarity in a world that is more and more confusing. Get in the habit, and do long runs for a life time.

20151212-_D3_0505.jpgA moment of clarity, photo by Justin Britton

Sunday, January 8, 2017: Long, relaxed run of 7-9 miles with friends. Long runs are great way to get the body moving during the holidays.

@garrettheath & @gomofarah ready to go toe-to-toe for @simplyhealthuk #GEXC2017 tomorrow.

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Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Ashton Eaton, Day in the Life, May 12, 2013,
photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/IAAF
EUGENE (USA): Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Ashton Eaton have both ruled out coaching in retirement, informs CBC. "Neither of us are interested in any kind of coaching. I think we've seen as athletes the amount of passion and work that goes into being a coach and I just don't think either of us have that talent to be honest. I do believe we'll be involved in the sport in some way, not necessarily as a job, but maybe as a voice for athletes or something like that," she said. Eaton told Oregon Live: "Harry [Marra] might be part of the reason I say I'm not considering coaching. I saw the level of commitment he gave to get us to the level we were at. He would be at practice one or two hours before us, and wouldn't sleep at night if we had a bad practice. He had to fix it."
RunBlogRun opines: In 1991, the late Emil Zatopek told me that " elite athletes do not make fine coaches. It is easier many times, to race again rather than worry about your athletes." Emil coached for some time, and so did his wife, Daniela. Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton had a fantastic coach in Harry Marra. They realize how much he cared for them and at what level of effort it took to keep all distractions out of their daily workouts. Coaching is all ecompassing.

A smart note from the Boston Athletic Association on all the important dates in 2017 on their races and associated events. This is a great idea and all major events should do this! One thing is for certian, we will see you in Boston in April 2017!

WomensStart-BostonM16.jpg2016 Boston Marathon elite women's start, by PhotoRun.net

Clayton Murphy moved from fine college runner Olympic bronze medalist in 2016. I remember watching the 800 meter final in Rio. I was in the BBC One radio area, which had the most tremendous view in the stadium. As Clayton Murphy charged up the final straight, he took control of the bronze medal position and won his first Olympic medal. It was exciting to witness Clayton Murphy elevate himself to one of the finest 800 meters in the world in 2016. It was fun watching him develop, as our columnist, David Hunter, had kept RunBlogRun readers updated on Clayton's development over the past few years. Now, Clayton Murphy is an Olympic bronzem medalist. Where does he go in 2017.

Well, one of the first places is the 2017 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.

Now, Clayton Murphy who last year raced from 800 meter to 1,500 meters, has now moved to the 3000 meters. He will be running the 3000 meters at the 2017 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on January 28, 2017.

Murphy_ClaytonFH1b-USOlyTr16.jpgClayton Murphy, win the Olympic Trials 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2017 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix will be an exciting meet. At 3.30 PM on January 28, 2017, the meet begins and nearly three hours of exciting track and field will ensue. Indoor track has the competiton close to the fans, which is what athletes love about it. Reggie Lewis has a great Mondo surface, where races are fast and furious. Great competitions, exciting races, that is what you will find at the Reggie Lewis Center on the last Saturday in January 2017.

Murphy_ClaytonFH-Rio16.jpgClayton Murphy takes the bronze in Rio, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 3000 meter distance has been a favorite in Roxbury. From Dejen Gebremariam's one shoe victory, to Hagos Gebrhewit's 3000 meters indoor meet record.

Gebrhiwet_HagosFV1-Zurich16.jpgHagos Gebrihewit, photo by PhotoRun.net

How will Clayton Murphy do over 3000 meters? Well, this young man does not run dumb tactical races. If he can keep in contact, and if he is there with 200 meters to go, good luck, I am not betting against him.

This is your last recovery weekend. Keep it fun and relaxed. Indoor season is happening for many now, and for some, there is USA Winter XC on February 4. Your fall fitness will come into play, but keep it relaxed, remember what your focus is on for Spring 2017.

20151212-_D3_0781.jpgWarming up, photo by Justin Britton

Saturday, January 7, 2017: Take a break, relax with friends. Enjoy the holidays.

Updated January 6, 2017

This originally ran on August 30, 2015. Elliott Denman wrote this on Ashton. It was true then, and is true now. He is the Greatest athlete on the planet. Accept it.

That Ashton Eaton is indeed the Greatest Athlete on Earth is part of a tradtion that dates back to the 1912 Olympics. After watching the decathlon and pentathlon (with LJ, Javelin, 200m, Discus, 1,500m run), both won by Jim Thorpe, the King of Sweden was noted to have said, " You are the Greatest athlete on Earth." Hence, the tradition.

Eaton_Ashton1500W-Beijing15.JPGAshton Eaton, enroute to WR of 9045, August 28-29, 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

Aston Eaton set a WR in 2012 at the Olympic Trials in front of the late Milt Campbell, Bill Toomey, Bruce Jenner, Rafer Johnson, four of the five American decathlon kings who preceded him. In 2015, in Beijing, Ashton Eaton broke that WR, with five events with bigger scores than 2012, and five events with less.

Here is Elliott Denman's piece on Ashton Eaton, the World's Greatest Athlete, and, for my part, one of the classiest human beings on the planet.

Congrats to Ashton Eaton, his wife, Brianne Theisen Eaton and their coach, Harry Marra, one of the grand veteran coaches of our sport.

Updated January 6, 2017

This is one of those zen interviews. A true Moment with Larry, before I noted them. Ashton Eaton would score a pb in 400 meter hurdles at the Glasgow DL on the next day, and I wanted to find out why he was focusing on the hurdles that summer of 2014.

This is one of those interviews that happens in a perfect storm.

Ashton Eaton was quite relaxed, it was to be his last 400 meter hurdle race of the year, and his experiment to give him a break from the decathlon had worked. This interview was done on July 10.
A day later, July 11, Ashton Eaton would take second in the 400 meter hurdles, running 48.69 in a huge break through.
Ashton Eaton, Glasgow, after his 400m hurdle PB,
photo by PhotoRun.net
During the Commonwealth Games, Ashton Eaton cheered on his wife, Brianne Theisen Eaton to her first gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. I saw him there, asked if Coach Marra was nearby. He smiled and said, "Of course." I congratulated him on Brianne doing so well, and he smiled and said.
"It is all about Rio."
Take those words to heart!

Keflezighi-Rupp-Pennel-USOlyT16.jpgKeflezighi, Rupp, Pennel, photo by PhotoRun.net

HOUSTON (USA): The 45th edition of the Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend features stacked fields in both the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half Marathon. The 2016 Olympic marathon silver and bronze medalists, Feyisa Lilesa and Galen Rupp, respectively, and the women's Olympic marathon bronze medalist Mare Dibaba, lead the fields in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon with a total of 13 Rio Olympians entered in the two races. Race-day for the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon is Sunday, January 15. Two-time Chevron Houston Marathon champion Bazu Worku will drop down in distance to race in the men's half marathon. Yigrem Demelash of Ethiopia, the fourth-place finisher in Rio over 10,000m who owns a half marathon personal best of 59:48; 2016 Aramco Houston Half Marathon third-place finisher Samsom Gebreyohannes of Eritrea; and 2016 U.S. 10,000m Olympian Leonard Korir, who won the 2016 NYC Half Marathon, are all also entered. Kenyan Mary Wacera, the 2016 Aramco Houston Half Marathon champion, is the top contender in the women's half marathon. Sara Hall is the top American in the field and compatriot Jordan Hasay will be making her half marathon debut.

RunBlogRun opines: Galen Rupp will be racing the Aramco Houston Half Marathon! It will be a great test for Galen as he builds to Boston 2017. In speaking with Galen on November 20, Galen noted he would run the Manchester Thanksiviging Day race. So, that was his one race since the Olympics and now this. In November, Galen seemed relaxed and enjoying the recent birth of he and his wife's third child (Jaden). Galen Rupp is not a social media kind of guy. And, there is absolutley nothing wrong with it. He runs, he lets his racing do the talking, and for Galen Rupp, that is all good. See you in Houston, Galen, and good luck!

Updated January 6, 2017

Alex Mills wrote this piece on Brianne Theisen-Eaton, after her win at the Commonwealth Games in the Summer of 2014. I was fortunate to witness Brianne's victory. It was also at this event that Ashton Eaton, in a short chat, reminded me that " it is all about Rio. it is all about 2016." What prophetic words.

Alex Mills told me last night that he wanted to write on the heptathlon, and he stayed true to his word! A nice piece on the fine heptathlon that ended with two medals for Canada and one for England!

The pictures used were for a feature we did last year, courtesy of the IAAF series, A Day in the Life of Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Ashton Eaton, May 2013, photos by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images, for the IAAF.
Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Ashton Eaton, Day in the Life, May 12, 2013,
photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/IAAF
Harry Marra, photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images for the IAAF,
A Day in the Life, April 2013
Updated January 6, 2017
Larry Eder opines: I finished a quick interview this morning with Harry Marra. Before I post that, I wanted to repost this interview from 2015 by David Hunter. David did a wonderful job describing one of the most important coaches in our sport. Harry Marra is a man of much generosity. He is also a keen observer, and analyst of athletic talent. He is also, finally, one of the kindest people I know. He loved the last seven years coaching Ashton and Brianne.
I love coaches. I love to watch them coach, I love to watch them with their athletes and with other coaches. They have a sacred trust: passing down centuries of athletic history and tradition, while using modern training techniques to help their athletes achieve a goal. Coaches build character.
Harry Marra is one of the finest coaches that I know. Coaches are confessors, cheerleaders, salesman, and shrinks, all rolled up into one. A great coach, and Harry Marra is that, toil their entire lives, enjoying those infrequent moments when things all jell.
Harry Marra is having the time of his life. In the 1990s, Harry and Fred Samara developed the VISA Decathlon program, saving one of the most iconic events in American sports history from disintegrating.
In the 2012, Harry Marra coached Ashton Eaton to his best performances, and a World record at the US Olympic Trials. When Harry Marra tells me just how good Brianne Theisen-Eaton is, I believe him.
Dave Hunter captured my friend as only Mr. Hunter could: with the respect that this fine coach deserves.

The third week of recovery is important. See a movie this weekend. (Check out Man in the High Castle on Amazon, my new favorite). Read a book. Work in a soup kitchen. Do something you do not normally do. Savor the moment.

20151212-_D3_0204.jpgStretching, photo by PhotoRun.net

Friday, January 6, 2017: Warm up; 4-mile run, run on a soft surface, cool down.

Team New Balance Athlete Brenda Martinez with RunIQ.jpgBrenda Martinez, Team New Balance, with RunIQ, photo by NB communications

RunIQ watch_NM_0707_032.jpgRun IQ Watch NM 0707, photo by NB communications

RunIQ watch_NM_0707_096.jpgRunIQ Watch NM 0707, photo by NB communications

image004.pngJabra earphones, photo by NB communications

New Balance Digital has launched their first wearable device, the NB Run IQ. NB cooperated with several of the top brands in technology to build this product. We saw a prototype in December and I am at the Consumer Electronics Show to see the product on January 5. More to come!

Keflezighi-Rupp-Pennel-USOlyT16.jpgKeflezighi, Rupp, Pennel, photo by PhotoRun.net

HOUSTON (USA): The 45th edition of the Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend features stacked fields in both the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half Marathon. The 2016 Olympic marathon silver and bronze medalists, Feyisa Lilesa and Galen Rupp, respectively, and the women's Olympic marathon bronze medalist Mare Dibaba, lead the fields in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon with a total of 13 Rio Olympians entered in the two races. Race-day for the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon is Sunday, January 15. Two-time Chevron Houston Marathon champion Bazu Worku will drop down in distance to race in the men's half marathon. Yigrem Demelash of Ethiopia, the fourth-place finisher in Rio over 10,000m who owns a half marathon personal best of 59:48; 2016 Aramco Houston Half Marathon third-place finisher Samsom Gebreyohannes of Eritrea; and 2016 U.S. 10,000m Olympian Leonard Korir, who won the 2016 NYC Half Marathon, are all also entered. Kenyan Mary Wacera, the 2016 Aramco Houston Half Marathon champion, is the top contender in the women's half marathon. Sara Hall is the top American in the field and compatriot Jordan Hasay will be making her half marathon debut.

RunBlogRun opines: Looking forward to returning to Houston to see this fine race in 2017!

Here's our Wednesday workout for week 20, day three. It is the third week of our recovery plan before the 2017 season. Enjoy the last week of recovery.


Warming up, photo by Justin Britton

Thursday, January 5, 2017: Warm up, Holmer Fartlek. This is old school. Warm up ten minutes, then, run somewhere in fifteen minutes, and see if you can return in 14 minutes, cooldown for ten minutes.

I give everything to the decathlon. I did all I could. Thank u for making it the best time of my life. I'm retiring.

And that is how, the World's Greatest Athlete and his wife, Brianne Theisen-Eaton announced their retirement. Here are some thoughts on the retirement of We are Eaton.

Eaton-TheisenM-Rio16.jpgAshton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sebrle_RomanFL2-Euro06.jpgRoman Sebrle, European Champs 2006, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sebrle commenting
PRAHA (CZE): Ashton Eaton´s predecessor as World record holder and first 9000+ athlete Roman Sebrle commented the retirement: "Im surprised, I do not have all the details, but on the other hand the final decision must come one day. Maybe it is too early, but it is his right to end when he wants. He was one of the main rivals but also a great friend. To be better than Ashton will be very tough for the coming generations. I m happy I was one of the inspirations for him and I hope he will be the inspiration for the future decathletes. I want to wish him good health, he should enjoy his time with the family and I m sure he will find activities which he will like and will fill the space which will be there after finishing with the top sport."

RunBlogRun opines: Roman Sebrle is the decathlon warrior. He is also one of the most gallant and distinguished athletes I have ever met. In 2001, I was in Edmonton, and I joined Roman as he walked to a media reception. I watched him look across the room and see Daniela Zatopekova, the wife of Emil Zatopek and the doyen of Czech athletics. His look was on of admiration and love. He went up to Ms. Zatopekova and she lit up. His comments on Ashton come from a unique place, that of a competitor who respects and admires the other competitor. Sebrle is what our sport is all about.

RunBlogRun opines: So, Gianni Merlo of AIPS sent Seb Coe an open letter on how he thought that all records should be scrapped in the sport to give the sport a new start. The IAAF has responded with the letter below.

My thoughts?

I think that we have to take a deep breath, and look at the sport we love, and see the shit storm it has become, and then figure out what we have to change. Sometimes, organizations get so big, that they forget that, in the end, the organization is all made of humans, and humans screw up.

The letter from the IAAF is a step in the right direction. Watch for the next step.

SteeplechaseMotion-Moscow13.jpgSteeplechase, photo by PhotoRun.net

Eatons say goodbye


Eaton-Theisen-Millrose15.jpgAshton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton, Millrose 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

Eatons bye-bye
EUGENE (USA): Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton have jointly announced their retirement from athletics on their official website. Eaton is unbeaten in multi-event competitions since the 2011 World Championships and has won two Olympic and five world titles indoors and outdoors in that period as well as breaking the world heptathlon (6645p) and decathlon (9045p) records. "Frankly there isn't much more I want to do in sport. I gave the most physically robust years of my life to the discovery and pursuit of my limits in this domain. Did I reach them? Truthfully I'm not sure anyone really does. It seems like we tend to run out of time or will before we run out of potential. That makes humanity limitless then, as far as I'm concerned," he said. Theisen-Eaton has won medals at the last five major championships dating back to the 2013 World Championships in Moscow and improved the Canadian heptathlon record to 6808 with victory in Gotzis in 2015. She also won the world indoor title in Portland last March before claiming bronze in the heptathlon in Rio. "I no longer have the passion for track and field or the heptathlon that I used to because I know I can't advance any further in the sport; I've given it all I can, and I refuse to come back and half-ass it because I love and respect this event and sport too much," said Theisen-Eaton. That also means Eaton´s wild card will remain unused in London in summer.

20151212-_D3_0404.jpgUSATF Club XC 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

Getting back to school, start the running easy and build up once again. Enjoy this last week of recovery.

Coe-LaVillenie-Zurich16.jpgSeb Coe and Renaud Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net

TIGNES (FRA): World pole vault record-holder Renaud Lavillenie has canceled his first two scheduled competitions of the indoor season due to a left thigh injury, informs L'Equipe. Lavillenie has scratched from his opener in Tignes on Friday and Merzig on 14 January. He said on his social media page he picked up the small injury while training in Reunion.

The Diamond League season is one of my favorite parts of the season. I was fortunate to visit most of the meets in 2014 and 2015. In this second part of the fine series on the IAAF.org site by Mike Rowbottom, we learn about the highs and lows of performance in the 2016 season, before and after the Rio Olympic Games.

Enjoy the read, and remember, that the 2017 Diamond League season is only a mere four months off!

Muir_LauraSF1a-Rio16.jpgLaura Muir, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the first indoor European Athletics of the season, compiled by Carle Baronet, from Track In Sun. Our friend from Catalonia is compiling indoor results from USA, Europe and outdoor results from Australia for this coming season.

Bahta_MerafFH-Euros14.jpgMeraf Bahta, Sifan Hassan, photo by PhotoRun.net

So, we asked Carles Baronet to add on Austral Athletics for us in 2017, and that is just what our friend from Catalonia has done! Please enjoy this first report and know that there will be more.

Birmingham_CollisQ-World16.jpgCollis Birmingham, photo by PhotoRun.net

Coe_Seb1b-IAAFgala16.jpgSeb Coe, photo by PhotoRun.net

AIPS President calls for records change

LAUSANNE (SUI): AIPS President Gianni Merlo has called on IAAF president Sebastian Coe in an open letter to reset the world record books as part of his bid to clean up the sport, informs AIPS. "Given the doubts of the past that plague the sport, I think it would be healthy to begin a new era of athletics that would give new hope to coming generations. I have always been in favour of the suggestion to close the record books in world athletics and open new ones," he said.

RunBlogRun opines: Gianni Merlo has sent an open letter to Seb Coe, asking the world records to be reset. In all of the stench that has come out over the past couple of years, Mr. Merlo has stated something that many in the sport has spoken about over the past decade. The questions remain: which records are to be reset, some or all? It is the sad thing about the sport and doping: many performances are suspect. There are those, I believe, that are clean, but who decides that?

That will be a hard decision for Seb Coe. I wish him luck.

One of my favorite things to do is read fine pieces by key writers in our sport. Mike Rowbottom is an example of one of those writers that I follow. Mike is also a fine man to have a conversation with after a meeting. This is part one of his two part piece on the IAAF.org site on the 2016 Diamond League. Enjoy his review of the 2016 season!

Ayana_Almaz1a-Doha16.jpgAlmaz Ayana, photo by PhotoRun.net

This piece was posted courtesy of IAAF.org, used with permission.

Symmonds_NickFV1-USAout15.jpgNick Symmonds, wins the 2015 USA Outdoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

SEATTLE (USA): Former world 800 m silver medallist Nick Symmonds will retire at the end of the year, informs NBC Olympics. "I really want to make one more worlds team. I've just got to make sure my ankle holds up," he said. Symmonds made the Olympic final in 2012 but missed the Rio Olympics due to injury. Once he retires, Symmonds has said he wants to climb the tallest mountain on every continent.

RunBlogRun opines: Nick Symmonds came through a Division 3 college program to race among the best in the world. His silver medal in 2013 Moscow surprised some, but his savy tactics and gutty drive to the finish cemented his first global medal. He wants to make one more world championship team against a fine new generation of 800 meter runners in the U.S. It will be a tough battle, but Symmonds, if he can reach past levels of fitness, should be in the thick of the battle.

Recovery is as important during the season, as it is at the end of the season. Watch some of the fine performances in early indoor season, and note that many have come from the endurance and strength from cross country.

20151212-_D3_0189.jpgWarming up, photo by Justin Britton

Tuesday, January 3, 2017: Warm up, A fun fartlek, A minute easy, a minute hard, do that twenty times, and then, cooldown. Warm up and cooldown about ten to fifteen minutes.

Kamworor_GeoffreyLeds1-WorldHalf16.jpgWorld Half Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is Justin Lagat's first column for 2017. Justin observed these lessons on races in Kenya, and here are some of his lessons.

Wlodarczyk_AnitaQW-Rio16.jpgAnita Wlodarczyk, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wlodarczyk AOY by TFN
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Poland´s hammer star Anita Wlodarczyk was for second time voted Track and Field News Women Athlete of the Year after 2014. She is only fourth thrower with this title (before Faina Melnik, Ilone Briesenick and Valerie Adams). As the magazine website informs, the international panel of experts had little difficulty in choosing the best woman of the Olympic year. The 31-year-old Pole twice broke her own World Record, the first time in claiming gold in Rio. In forging an incredibly dominant season, Włodarczyk won all 12 of her meets and produced no fewer than the 42 farthest throws of the year. Second is IAAF AOY Almaz Ayana ahead of Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson. In the top ten fourth is Ruth Jebet ahead of Keni Harrison and Sandra Perkovic. Number seven goes for Caster Semenya over Shaunae Miller, Vivian Cheruiyot and Caterine Ibarguen.

Wlodarczyk_AnitaR1-Rio2016.jpgAnita Wlodarzyk, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here's the World Ranking #1 for TFN: http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/index.php/display-article?arId=134218

Bolt-CoeA1a-IAAFgala16.jpgUsain Bolt getting IAAF Athlete of year, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thompson_ElaineSea1-IAAFgala16.jpgElaine Thompson, IAAF Athlete of year, photo by PhotoRun.net

Bolt and Thompson by All-Athletics.com
BUDAPEST (HUN): Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson are the end of the year leaders of All-Athletics.com overall World rankings. In the men top ten 2nd Wayde Van Niekerk and tie for 3rd for Omar McLeod and Conseslus Kipruto. Christian Taylor is number 5 over Renaud Lavillenie, Mo Farah, Eliud Kipchoge, Ashton Eaton and Orlando Ortega. In the women situation just one point behind Thompson is Almaz Ayana, third Ruth Jebet. Then trowing stars Sandra Perkovic and Anita Wlodarczyk, position number 6 for Kendra Harrison and top ten is completed by Dafne Schippers, Tori Bowie, Caster Semenya and Hyvin Kiyeng.

Three weeks of recovery are a great way to give your body and mind a break from a long season. This is the third week of recovery. Enjoy this week, before we start the spring season of 2017.

20151212-_D3_0773.jpgWarming up, 2015 Club XC, photo by Justin Britton

Monday, January 2, 2017 : Warm up; 4-mile run with friends, 4 x 150 meter strideouts, cool down.

17AW_RT_World-Champs_Bolt_Anatomical_RYW_0913_rgb.jpgUsain Bolt, photo from PUMA communications

Originally posted on 7 September 2017

Reposted January 1, 2018

This presser was the most crowded of the World Champs. It was the only presser that I was unable to ask questions at, due to the interest. It is a fascinating perspective on Usain Bolt and his legacy with the sport.

This was the largest and most melodramatic presser of the London World Championships. Usain Bolt showed that he was, well, human. With only two races over 100 meters, and little else this year, Usain Bolt could only call on the gods of athletics so many times.

In the end, Usain Bolt showed grace under fire, and true sportsmanship in his 100 meter presser and in his post Worlds presser.

This is worth watching.

Great job by The Shoe Addicts on this one!

Bolt_Usain200m1a-Rio16.jpgUsain Bolt, Rio 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Top events 2016
BUDAPEST (HUN): Top competitions of the year 2016 per All-Athletics.com are In multi-days competitions Olympic Games ahead of US Olympic Trials and European Championships. In one day meeting Prefontaine Classic ahead of Weltklasse Zurich and Paris Diamond League meeting. World Indoor Championships in Portland is the top indoor event ahead of Glasgow Grand Prix and US Championships, adding two other best indoor meetings are Stockholm and Millrose Games. In the combined events section Olympic Games, US Olympic Trials and Gotzis meet, two other best meets are Talance and Ratingen. In special meetings category All-Star Perche of Clermont-Ferrand tops the list ahead of German throwing meet Sole Cup in Schonebeck and Rouen indoor Pole Vault. Rome World Team Championships is the best walking competition ahead of events in La Coruna and Rio Maior, third best meet is Dudince. In marathons London ahead of Berlin and Dubai and in road running Ras Al Khaimah Half-Marathon ahead of Cardiff World HM Championships and New Delhi Half-Marathon.

Long runs are one of the three major keys of success for middle and distance running. Build up long runs gradually. Run with your friends.

CHALL121215-8516.jpgThe USATF Club XC, December 2015, photo by Justin Britton

Sunday, January 1, 2017: Long, relaxed run of 7-9 miles with friends. Long runs are great way to get the body moving during the holidays.

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