October 2017 Archives

Gabius_ArneSt-Frankfurt17.JPGArne Gabius off at Frankfurt Marathon, October 29, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

FRANKFURT (GER): Arne Gabius is thinking about contesting the 10,000m at the European Championships in Berlin next summer, informs Leichtathletik.de. "In Berlin you can run every year, there is one of the largest marathons in the world instead. It is always a festival for us runners. I find 25 laps in the full Olympic Stadium in front of 40,000 or more people is also a great party. I have some catching up to do after my injury, I have to train my speed, I'm short of the lower distance. For this I have to do half marathon training and there the 10,000 meters fits in wonderfully, so why not the 10,000 meters? And then an autumn marathon," he said.


Reposted October 31, 2017

This piece we posted a couple of weeks ago. It is about the promotions that NY Road Runners are doing about the event. RunBlogRun is sitting in airport in Oslo, heading to Newark later today and the event tonight. Hope to see many of you there!

This is the screen shot of the new 30 second promo for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon titled, "It will move you!". The TCS NYC Marathon is under new sponsorship with New Balance replacing ASICS this year. New Balance has expanded its sponsorship from merely the marathon to nearly everything involved with running in the Big Apple.

Here is the release and the video itself. The video is nicely done, and grabs the viewer. It is also at 30 seconds, about the maximum messaging for the average viewer in 2017 (okay 33-35 seconds).


FRANKFURT (GER): Dewi Griffiths, whose 2:09:49 marathon debut in Frankfurt yesterday makes him European No.2 for 2017, said he could have gone quicker were it not for hamstring trouble felt late on in the race. "After 30km or so I felt my hamstring twitch and it got worse from then on. At one stage I was worried I might end up dropping out but I managed to hold it together," he told Athletics Weekly, adding that he had felt capable before of running sub-2:10. Griffiths is aiming to compete in the 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next April.

Morris_160213_6919.jpgMeb Keflezighi, photo by Kevin Morris

Reposted October 31, 2017

Meb Keflezighi is racing his last marathon as an elite runner at the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon. This is a fine piece from last year by David Hunter on this fine athlete, who is loved by so many and has given so much to the sport.

Updated November 2, 2016

Meb Keflezighi is racing the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon. On November 1, Aktiv Against Cancer gave Meb Keflezighi their Award for 2016. Meb was recognized for his leadership as a runner, and also as a human. This reminded me of the fine piece that David Hunter just did on our friend!

Meb Keflezighi is a championship racer. If one looks at his career, one finds that he has had few bad races in major championship and big city races. His skill set has been honed through good and bad races. His wins in Boston, New York, and his medal in Athens, as well as 4th in London and his recent runs in London and Rio show a career that is both long and impressive.

David Hunter wrote this piece a few weeks ago on Meb, after he had the pleasure of spending a few days around the Akron Marathon with one of our favorite marathoners.

Well, Tuesday means tempo runs in this schedule of cross country workouts from our friends at @runblogrun and sponsored by HOKA ONEONE.

van alstine xc .jpgRacing for the finish! photo by Justin Britton


Keflezighi_MebBikes-BostonM14.jpgMeb Keflezighi, all alone in Boston (2014), photo by PhotoRun.net
Updated October 30, 2017
In appreciated the 26 marathons of Meb Keflezighi, one has to understand how many things he and his coach, would consider as they developed race and training plans. Meb's success over his career comes into review as he prepares to run his last elite marathon at the TCS NYC Marathon. Meb has had good days and bad days, and amazing days. All in all, he has become a role model for many. Truth is, Meb Kefelzighi and his coach, Bob Larsen, were made for each other. And because of that, we have been fortunate to observe some amazing races. This week of stories on Meb Keflizighi is brought to you by his sponsor, #skechersperformance. www.skechers.com.
Updated February 27, 2017
Meb Keflezighi is scheduled to run his late Boston Marathon as an elite marathoner on April 18, 2017. Meb just ran his first race of 2017, on Sunday, February 26, when he finished third in the Gasparilla Half Marathon in 1:03:30.
As we consider Meb's long career and success, I figured that it would be a great time to re-read this 2012 story on Meb and his coach, Bob Larsen. It is a unique relationship in terms of its length and support.
One final thought. The amazing movie on Coach Larsen, City Slickers, is now available for rent or purchase at Amazon.com, here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/City-Slickers-Cant-Stay-Me/dp/B06WV8MHJ3. Bob Larsen is one of the finest coaches ever to come out of our athletics programs in North America. This is a great film, and will resonate with all coaches and those who love the sport.

There was much excitement about the Welsh runner Dewi Griffiths with his fifth in Frankfurt in 2:09:49, a debut marathon for that matter. The full time sheep farmer had run 61:00 for the half marathon less than three weeks ago, and then, his gutty marathon debut has fascinated many. Race News Service wrote the following, and praised the new Welsh star.

Griffiths_Dewi-Frankfurt17.JPGDewi Griffiths, October 29, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

The New York City Marathon began in Central Park, with nearly five loops around the hilly park in Manhattan. In 1976, for one year only, the late Fred Lebow introduced the Five Borough Marathon. It was to celebrate the bi centennial and the late NYRR President and race director was like a man possessed. One potentlal sponsor, told me, many years later, that Fred had tried to get him to donate $5000 to help the race. The embarrassed CEO did not, but did years later. George Hirsch, then, pubisher of New York magazine, and iconic magazine in the Big Apple, donated his own money because, well, he was a runner and he believed in Fred's vision thing.

The diminutive Translyvanian, along with Alan Steinfeld and their wonderful crew, moved the marathon from Central Park to celebrate the world's city, and history was made. I ran the marathon in 1986, and I fell in love with New York because of that race.

In the following article, our friend, Justin Lagat provides you insights into some of the world class field set for Sunday, November 5, 2017. Make sure that you follow our coverage of this iconic event and iconic week.

Keitany_Mary1a-RAK17.jpgMary Keitany, the finest women marathoner on the planet, photo by PhotoRun.net

IMG_5679.jpegBeth Potter leads elite women's 10,000m, photo courtesy of David Wearn
RunBlogRun opines: The HIghgate Night of 10,000 PBs is one of the most innovative events in our sport! So happy to see the Highgate Harriers get what they truly deserve: recognition and European Athletics adding an event steeped in tradition into a new approach to the sport!
10k Cup into Night of PB´s
LAUSANNE (SUI): British Athletics will host two more international events at European level in 2018. The 22nd European 10 000 m Cup will be held in London on May 19. It will be incorporated into the Night of the 10 000 m PB´s event which was this year also national championships. Also in May Birmingham will stage the European Champion Clubs Cup A Group on 26 and 27 of that month. B Group will be staged on May 26 in Tampere, Finland.

The Highgate Harriers have built the Night of 10,000m PBs into one of the most fun nights of the year. This writer ventured with New Balance's Pete Riley, from Manchester to Hampstead, at speeds exceeding the speed of sound and light, (means in American bravado, very, very fast) to observe the meet two years ago. This past year, Adam, my son, his girlfriend Rachel, and myself ventured over to film and observe.

The event is glorious. Beer tents on both side of the track (with running running through), a rowdy crowd, and music, announcing, plus a fun distance running clinic with Seb Coe, Wendy Sly and one of those cricket stars you Brits love, taking questions and keeping the fans entertained.

The races were fun last year, as Beth Potter and Andy Vernon kept us on our feet in the final races of the night.

Congrats to European Athletics and Highgate Harriers for figuring this one out! A great idea and a great addition to the Night of 10,000m PBs!

HIghgate 10k david wearn.jpgPhoto by David Wearn, for Highgate Harriers Night of 10,000m PBs

Kitata_ShuraFH-Frankfurt17.JPGShura Kitata Tola wins Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, October 29, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cheruiyot_VivianFV-Frankfurt17.JPGVivian Cheruiyot wins 2017 Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, October 29, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Gabius_ArneSt-Frankfurt17.JPGArne Gabius runs 2:09:59 for sixth and German title, Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, October 29, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Heinig_KatharinaFL-Frankfurt17.JPGKatherine Heinig wins German title, October 29, 2017, Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Griffiths_Dewi1-Frankfurt17.JPGDewi Griffiths has big debut, 2:09:49, Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, October 29, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2017 Mainova Frankurt Marathon was an exciting event yesterday. While wind dampened some of the fast times, many did well, running personal bests and there were some big surprised. The release from Race News Service put it all in perspective! More stories to come!

The 20th week of the season is a big race week for many. Focus on eating well, sleeping well (grab a nap), hydrate well and consider the season. Today is an easy day, and keep it that way. You have worked too long to reach this level of fitness, so stay focused!

Monday, October 30, 2017, warm up, 45-50 minutes of running, 8 x 150 meter strideouts, cooldown.

Finish line van Alstine .jpgMake your dream your reality, photo by Justin Britton


Arne Gabius, photo by PhotoRun.net

Arne Gabius kept the German tv audience on its toes, as he battled to get under two hours, ten minutes. Arne was running with Poland's Henryk Szost, Dewi Griffiths, GBR and of course, our favorite German.

Arne Gabius and his lovely wife had a son, Frederik Bosse Gabius. "Remember, Frederik with a c." as Arne told me.

As the European trio hit 5k in 15:14, 10k in 30:34, 15k in 45:10, 20k in 1:00:24, and half marathon in 1:03:49.

Gabius looked good, taking 25k in 1:15:53, as Szost and Griffiths broke away from Arne Gabius. Griffiths hit the 30k in 1:31:12, with Szost in 1:31:18 and Gabius in 1:31:22. As Dewi Griffiths ran away, hitting 35k in 1:46:33, Henry Szozt in 1:46:59, and Arne Gabius in 1:47:11.

This video tells Arne's story up to 30k, which is quite fascinating, even with this charming German athlete.

The 2017 Frankfurt Marathon was a race for the ages. For the first 27 kilometers, the wind was in the face of the runners, battering them and daring them to go out too fast. From 27 kilometers to 37 kilometers, the wind was at their back. And then, again, Mother Nature was back in the faces of marathoners, reminding them that tired legs come from many things.

Cheruiyot_Vivian-Frankfurt17.JPGVivian Cheruiyot, photo by PhotoRun.net

Vivian Cheruiyot want to run her best time, which she did. Having gone out much easier that in her first race, London, Vivian should have expected a 2:21 time, but with Mother Nature throwing counter punches, much of the race, Vivian will have to wait until her third race to show her true talent. Patience is key to being a fine marathoner.

In one of the finest lines from British literature, "it was a cold and blustery day" as A.A. Milne begins an adventure of a certian stuffed animal.

This time, the line is used to describe an actual cold and blustery day in Frankfurt, Germany, the sporting capital of Deutschland.

Kitata_Shura-Frankfurt17.JPGShura Tola, photo by PhotoRun.net

The weather was cool, about 47 degrees Fahrenheit, with wind in runner's faces for 27 kilometers, and again after 37 kilometers. How challenging was it? Well, Ryan Hall, the American who has run 2:04:58 for the marathon, and who, retired, now coaches his wife, Sara Hall, told me that he was almost knocked off his bike the winds were so difficult. "If you were not in a pack, you were not going to run well." noted Victah Sailer, noted photographer, who was on a motorcyle on course, taking photographs for races around the world.

Good morning from Frankfurt. Here's an Instagram video i did 90 minutes before the race as elite athletes, pacemakers and media headed to the start! The weather is windy, about 47 degrees and the roads are slick. Runners will have to be very careful in the conditions. Watch our live social media coverage of the event!

One more thing! I messed up on runner who I was told would win! Mark Lokwanamoi, whom Justin Lagat reviewed in 2016 after his run at the Nairobi marathon, is in Frankfurt, and he wants to win!

Enjoy your extra hour of sleep the day after a big race. Find some soft trails or a nice soccer pitch to do your long run today! The long run after a race should be a bit more relaxed, allow you time to feel your body out and also discern abit on the race from the day before. Runners are prone to introspection. There is always something to learn about your race, and your workouts. Take the time to observe, and to listen to your body.

Enjoy your run today!

Stretching HOKA .jpgGood shoes make your long run a breeze, photo by Justin Britton

Sunday: October 29, 2017. warm up, 85-90 minute modereate paced long run today, watch for any injuries from your race day, cooldown.

IMG_0311.JPGEuropean Running Business Conference sign, photo by Larry Eder

RunBlogRun opines: The European Running Business Conference was held in Frankfurt Am Main from October 27-28, 2017. In the first year, 282 official attendees, from organizsers, media and federations attended. The meetings were well presented and attended. My favorite sessions were the Q&A to the key players, such as Bob Verbeeck, Golazo, Carlo Capalbo, RunCzech, Paco Borao, AIMS president, Ted Hayano, Tokyo Marathon race director, as well as Tracy Sundlun, one of founding members of RNR now Competitor Group. This is a first attempt and I have never seen a first year conference that is poised for success. Many notes from race directors who did not know about it and would liked to have come. That is a good thing. The event will be held every two years. It should be on your convention list (also for North Americans, as nothing like this in US).

Inspiring conference
FRANKFURT (GER): European Athletics informs that some of the near-400 delegates to the first edition of the European Running Business Conference in Frankfurt were interviewed for TV at the end of the second day and the word that used most often in their replies to the question "What do you think of the conference?" was "Inspiring!" A full day's programme of keynote speeches, breakout groups and Q&A sessions helped galvanise the various stakeholders - international federations, national federations, race organisers, sponsors and running industry suppliers - from almost 40 countries about how running in Europe can be changed, reshaped and improved. The day got underway with a welcome from the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon race director Jo Schindler, who reflected briefly on his career and his innovations to make the race one of the most prestigious in the world. Analytics and digital technology and media were the themes addressed in the presentation Know your Runners and Make Sure You Reach Them, with a quartet of different speakers approaching the subject from four different angles. Golazo CEO Bob Verbeeck, London Marathon CEO Nick Bitel, Tokyo Marathon race director Tad Hayano and AIMS President and Valencia Half Marathon race director Paco Borao providing insights into the way that they manage and stage their races.

The premier European Running Business Conference was a huge success, by any standards. The quality of the discussions and presenters was first class. The 282 attendees represented 50 countries in Europe, with organizers, media, federations. The next conference will be held in two years. Kudos to organisers Marko Vasic and Mark Sintes, who put a first class event on.

The challenges of bringing federations, organisers, and media together should not be understated. That continues to be the problem in our sport, as turfs and territories are hardly given up without a fight. But, there is so much promise with running and athletics supporting each other, and sponsors gaining from the global nature of the sports, that the importance of cooperation should not be underestimated.

Here's my one minute report from Instagram video on the event.

Hall-Cheruiyot-Korir-Tadese-Feleke-Frankfurt17.JPGChristoph Kopp and Jo Scheindler with Sara Hall, Vivian Cheruiyot, Mark Korir, Feyese Tadesse and Getu Feleke, photo by PhotoRun.net

Vivian Cheruiyot had just arrived in Frankfurt. A round table was prepared for Vivian, in both German and English, which gave the assembled media a good feel for what Vivian was looking for in Frankfurt, and what she had learned in London, her first marathon.

This presser was recorded on October 26, 2017.

But then, it became very special.

Vivian Cheruiyot, who ended her career in track & field, a quite illustrious one, with a gold in the 5000 meters, after a silver in the 10,000 meters, is now focused on the marathon. Vivian Cheruiyot is very comfortable in English and she was quite open about her career, challenges in the marathon and her focus on the 26.2 mile distance.

Cheruiyot_VivianPC1-Frankfurt17.JPGVivian Cheruiyot, photo by PhotoRun.net

One of the best stories of the day concerned her gold medal at 5000 meters. After her silver in the 10,000 meters, manager Ricky Simms let her and Hellen Obiri alone in their thoughts for the week. Then, the day of the race, Ricky Simms said, " Let her go." Vivian Cheruiot and Hellen Obiri were dumbfounded. "If you go with Almaz, she will surely beat you. But, if you, during the middle of the race begin to move closer to her, you should be able to challenge her later in the race." At halfway, Almaz Ayana had 12 seconds and all looked lost. But Vivian and Hellen, running 68-69 laps were much faster than Almaz Ayana running 72 seconds. "It was all about the team work", Ricky Simms just told me this morning.

Vivian Cheruiyot credited Hellen Obiri and her manager for providing her the plan to defeat Almaz Ayana. But, in this presser, recorded below, Vivian Cheruiyot talks about taking the lead from Almaz Ayana, a women she thought might be unbeatable. In gaining her first Olympic gold medal, after illness prevented full runs in 2008 and 2012, was amazing. "My heart smiled." noted Vivian Cheruiyot.

And so did the fans.

Originally published on December 12, 2016.

Reposted on October 28, 2017.

Mark Lokwanamoi is in Frankfurt and he wants to win the marathon. Originally trained as an accountant, one of his friends from Kenya came up to to me ant said that Mark has dreams of winning the Frankfurt Marathon and then, all of the marathon Majors. I like someone who believes in themself.

This is an unique interview from Justin Lagat. Mark Lokwanamoi is a journeymen marathoner, who is trying to figure out his future. Lagat's column was written in November, right after the Nairobi Marathon. I am fascinated with the people we get to meet through Justin. I hope that you enjoy Justin's weekly A view from Kenya. Check out his website at www.kenyanathlete.com.

DSCN8172.JPGMark Lokwanamoi, photo by PhotoRun.net

This Saturday is huge in cross country, as major college conferences, regionals for high schools, many state meets abound. Good luck to all today! If you do not race today, do not worry, as we have a fine workout for you! XC tying your shoe, hoKA .jpg

Tying your shoes before the big race, photo by Justin Britton

Saturday, October 28, 2017, warm up, early season cross country race, cooldown finish up with , or, if no race, warm up, 45 minute fartlek, 20 x 1 minute hard, one minute jog, cooldown

Mark Korir is the defending champion of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon.

Korir_MarkPC-Frankfurt17.JPGMark Korir, at Frankfurt Marathon presser, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mark tells us he is very fit and wants to improve on his personal best of 2:05:49. He should have the chance on Sunday, October 29. Thanks to Andy Edwards, the interviewer for Race News Service, we have this pre race interview with Mark Korir.

Mark told the German press that he loves being cheering in Frankfurt and the finish was excellent! We wish him the very best of luck once again!

Brant Kotch has been involved with the Chevron Houston Marathon Committee for many years. Brant is always with the traveling group from Houston that we see at the major marathons around the country.

I asked our friend to update RunBlogRun on how the city of Houston and its lovely inhabitants are recovering from Hurricane Harvey. Remember to support both the city of Houston and the Chevron Houston Marathon in January 2018.

Brant Kotch.jpgBrant Koch, Chevron Houston Marathon

Gabius_ArneFV1-Frankfurt15.jpgArne Gabius, photo by PhotoRun.net

FRANKFURT (GER): Just before his big marathon on Sunday German number one Arne Gabius became a father. Frederik Bosse Gabius was born on Thursday. Informs hessenschau.de.

RunBlogRun notes: Arne Gabius is a fine German track runner who moved into the marathon. His German national record of 2:08:33, set in 2015 was followed by injuries. Arne is fit once again, and wants to run a 2:08 to 2:10.

Andy Edwards interviewed Vivian Cheruiyot on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Frankfurt Marathon. Vivian spoke to Andy about her plans for the race, her focus on the marathon and the ending of her track and field career.

Cheruiyot_VivianBib-Frankfurt17.JPGVivian Cheruiyot, pre Frankfurt Marathon race, photo by PhotoRun.net

Vivian Cheruiyot wants to run very fast on the streets of this lovely German city, that combines the streets of a German village from a thousand years ago to the most modern of architecture and the promise the new Germany.

Andy Edwards and Joerg Wenig of Race News Service are the partner of RunBlogRun in covering the finest road races around the world. We love the interviews from Andy at each of their events.


Vivian Cheruiyot may be the most articulate woman distance runner from Kenya. Her understanding and confidence while speaking English allows her to do justice to the wonderful story of her running and the excitement in womens running in this modern era. Yet, Vivian Cheruiyot is quite modest. When she says, she "just wants to run a better time", that statement, dear readers, means and says a lot!

In any language.

Cheruiyot_VivianBib-Frankfurt17.JPGVivian Cheruiyot, Frankfurt Marathon presser, October 26, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2017 Frankfurt marathon weekend is underway. On Friday, they have an elite athletes conference, then, a presser with local offiicals and then, with top German women. Jo Schindler and Christoph Kopp, the men behind the race, had to be exhuasted. The presser features Sarah Hall, Vivian Cheruiyot, Mark Korir, Feyse Tedese, and Getu Feleke.


The presser is mostly in German, but it gives you a good feel on the event, and all athletes answer questions in English, or have answeres translated into English.

A monumentous event for the Frankfurt Marathon, and one worth observing.

Friday is a recovery day for most of the past 23 weeks. Today is no exception. Run relaxed, check out the course, do your strideouts and find someway to relax. Read a book, check out Netflix. Watch Chariots of Fire, Loneliness of the long distance runner, or Without Limits.

20151212-ROSA0047.jpgThe final preparations for racing, photo essay by Justin Britton

Friday, October 27, 2017. warm up, easy 45-50 minute run with four 150 meter stride outs, then cooldown

Vivian Cheruiyot has star quality. Her races in the Olympics were exciting and gripping! Her battles with Almaz Ayana, Tirunesh Dibaba, Meseret Defar, among others, meant those races would be epic.

Cheruiyot-Schindler1-Frankfurt17.JPGVivian Cheruiyot and Jo Schindler, photo by PhotoRun.net

Now, Vivian has moved to the marathon, and she is going to run some fast races. Here are the questions we asked her prior to the

Ryan Hall made the cover of California Track & Running News when he was a mere tyke, or, well, a senior in high school. His college career was highlighted by an NCAA title over 5000 meters, and meeting his wife to be, Sara Hall.

IMG_0288.JPGSarah Hall and Ryan Hall at Frankfurt Presser, photo by Larry Eder

For nearly a decade, Ryan Hall and Sarah Hall travelled around the world, racing. That ended a few years ago, when Ryan Hall just decided it was time to call if a career. Sarah Hall has been racing on the roads the past few years, with increasing success. In the big race, though, the marathon, Sarah Hall has improvements to make, which Ryan Hall is convinced that she will do.

Here is a video interview with Ryan Hall on the care and coaching of an athlete, especially if she is your wife, and also, your daughter's team mates on the local cross country team.

Biggest change in Ryan Hall is that he is happy. He is relaxed, not as pressured as before, and did I say it? He is at peace. His workouts are fascinating and his approach to coaching Sarah Hall seems straight on.

Enjoy the video, and good luck to Sarah Hall this weekend!

Hasay_Jordan1a-Philly17.jpGJordan Hasay, photo by PhotoRun.net

PORTLAND (USA): Jordan Hasay looks set to remain focused on the roads in 2018 although she is yet to finalise her racing schedule, informs Chicago Athlete. "I don't have another planned race right now, I'm going to take a pretty good break and then build up for some half marathons early next year. I think I'm going to stick to just two marathons a year, but I'm not sure which two that will be next year. I'm really excited to process this race and keep going," she said.

The Frankfurt Marathon team is very excited about having Vivian Cheruiyot run in their fine city. The Frankfurt marathon host just under 15,000 runners, who want to run on a fast course under good conditions. In hot, cold and rain, many have run strong times in Frankfurt. Vivian Cheruiyot is asking for 70 minutes at the halfway and she will see what she can do!

Cheruiyot_VivianBib-Frankfurt17.JPGVivian Cheruiyot visits the Movenpick hotel, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cheruiyot_VivianPC-Frankfurt17.JPGVivian Cheruiyot visits the fabled Frankfurt finish line, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cheruiyot-SchilndlerBib-Frankfurt17.JPGVivian Cheruiyot with Race Organizer Jo Schindler, photo by PhotoRun.net

Top conference about running business
FRANKFURT (GER): European Running Business Conference starts on Friday here with opening remarks from European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen and IAAF CEO Olivier Gers. Geoff Wightman and Mara Yamauchi will lead the first part with the title The World of Running - Where are we Heading? Speakers will include RunCzech head Carlo Capalbo among others. Friday will continue with Idea Labs - How to Improve Your Race question and will end with Commercial Perspectives on Running Communities and Changes in the industry related to Golazo and Great Run cooperation and Ironman with Rock and Roll series. Among the speakers here Golazo CEO Bob Verbeeck and Tracy Sundlun, former SVP of Competitor Group. Saturday will have themes like Know your Runners and Make Sure You Reach Them or Digital Solutions That Can Improve Your Race

Korir_Mark1-Frankfurt16.jpgMark Korir, Frankfurt 2016 winner, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kosgey_Martin-Frankfurt16.jpgMartin Kosgey, Frankfurt 2016, second place, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hall_Sara-Falmouth15.jpgSara Hall, photo by PhotoRun.net

The presser in the afternoon is a fascinating affair at the Frankfurt Marathon. Featuring numero one and two from the epic Frankfurt battle in 2016, Mark Korir, Martin Kosgey and American Sara Hall, in her first marathon in Frankfurt.

Mark Korir spoke about how he loves the Frankfurt Marathon course, and how he wants to run his personal best (2:04:49, Paris 2015). Mark has run 2:06:05 at Seoul last spring 2017, taking third. He wants to break 2:05 on the Frankfurt course. One believes that Mark has the ability. His 15 times 1000 meters (2:50) with a two minute, fifteen break between each was impressive, as was his 2k-1k speed session (five times) and his 40k runs.

Martin Kosgey scored a huge PB last year just battling Mark Korir, finishing second in 2:07:22, a big PB! Martin told me today that he wants to battle Mark Korir for the title.

Sara Hall is on a roll. Coached by her husband, retired 2:04:55 marathoner Ryan Hall, Sara is racing well and training well, having spent last summer with her four daughters in Ethiopia. Sara is looking for a race in 2:25-2:26 range here.

The presser is in English and German, as Christoph Kopp, elite athlete coordinator, managed the event.

Cardiff-Cross-Challenge-Sam-Stabler-by-Paul-Stillman-2017-750x450.jpgSam Stabler wins Cardiff, photo courtesy of Athletics Weekly

In this last weeks' column on British Athletics, Paul Halford writes on Sam Stabler and his experiences in US and how it has helped his overall running development. He also writes on a big prize for a 2:52 women marathoner.

Vivian Cheruiyot is running her second marathon at the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon on October 29, 2017. RunBlogRun will cover the event live from the media room, with splits, pithy observations and, when there's time, some commentary. Vivian Cheruiyot will be a focus of that commentary, as she intends to run fast. With the half marathon request at 70 minutes, that pace will feel much better than the 67:56 that she ran during the London Marathon, last April.

Cheruiyot_Vivian1d-Kenya12.jpgVivian Cheruiyot, photo by PhotoRun.net

Of her debut marathon, Vivian Cheruiyot smiled, and said, quite nuanced, that she had learned much from her first experience. " When I ran so fast for the 20k, I knew that we had 22 k more to go. So, I told myself to slow down." Vivian Cheruiyot is a yeoman marathoner, but she has a skill set, like Tirunesh Dibaba of great success on the track.

How well can Vivian Cheruiyot do on the roads? The sky is the limit, in this writer's mind. I do believe, that between Tirunesh Dibaba, Vivian Cheruiyot, and Mary Keitany, we are seeing a completely new evolution of women distance runners.

Enjoy this video on Vivian Cheruiyot!

Today is a race day! You have spent 19-22 weeks training and you are ready to race! Give yourself a gift! Run a PB, catch competitors you have never caught before, start your sprint with 300 to go instead of 200 meters to go! The race is yours!

20151212-ROSA0035.jpgThe team is here! photo by Justin Britton

Thursday, October 26, 2017. warm up, warm up, race, 20 minute jog, then, 12 x 40 seconds, then cooldown. If no race,

warm up, 3 times mile at current race pace, 400m jog, 6x 300 meters cut downs, 150 meter jog, cooldown .

Jimmy Vicaut signs with PUMA


Vicaut_JimmyA-Euros16.jpgJimmy Vicaut, photo by PhotoRun.net

HERZOGENAURACH (GER): Puma announced a long-term partnership with French sprinter and European co-record holder Jimmy Vicaut. "Puma has a long history of working with the fastest athletes in the world and our new partnership with Jimmy Vicaut will help us continue this tradition," said Björn Gulden, CEO of Puma. "We look forward to working closely with him as he prepares for the major competitions to come." Vicaut with his 6th place as best European in London at the World Championships will be one of the favorites of European Championships 2018 in Berlin.

Title (0;00;06;012).jpgTom Nohilly was a steeplechaser, and a fine one at that, making the 1995 and 1997 World Championships teams. He speaks today on the biggest screwup most high schoolers make, not running easy on easy days. No matter how good you feel after a hard day, you need to take it easy on easy days. Otherwise, you get injured, you get sick, and you just do not show your real fitness in the races.

Watch this one, memorize it and share it! Easy days are meant to be easy!

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Best Marathon runner candidates
ATHENS (GRE): The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) has announced the candidates for the 2017 AIMS Best Marathon Runner Award. The two candidates for the award on the men's side are Berlin Marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge and Boston Marathon winner and world champion Geoffrey Kirui and the candidates on the women's side are world champion Rose Chelimo and London Marathon winner Mary Keitany. The winners in both male and female categories will be declared and awarded at the AIMS Gala in Athens on 10 November 2017.

John Trautmann thinks that high schoolers need a break between seasons. Running is good, but big workouts, leave for the season. Sound ideas from a guy who was at top of the rankings in high school, college and made the 5000m squad for the Olympic team.

Special thanks to HOKA ONE ONE for their support on this program.

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Haile has no global plans
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): Having been president of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) for just over a year, Haile Gebrselassie has described breaking records as "hundred times easier" than being at the helm of EAF, informs AIPS. "I found that breaking records is hundred times easier than leadership. This is because when you are running it is up to you, to your speed, endurance and tactics. But when you come to leadership, you have to listen to others, respect their opinions and most importantly win their trust to bring them along with your ideas to make the difference you wish," he said. Gebrselassie added that he doesn't harbour any intentions to assume the leadership at either continental or global level. "My leadership goal is only serving my country," he said.

Wednesday is always a recovery day in our program. Enjoy the run, have fun with the stride outs. Realize how far you have come this season, and stay focused on the upcoming races. 20151212-ROSA0067.jpg

Final race preparations, photo essay by Justin Britton

Wednesday,October 25, 2017 warm up, easy 45-55 minute minute run, four times 150 meter stride outs, cooldown, easy stretching.

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England team for Gold Coast
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): England has announced a 75-strong team for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next April. After missing out on the World Championships in London due to injury, Greg Rutherford will be defending his title in the long jump while Katarina Johnson-Thompson will be competing in the heptathlon. Top names on the track include Adam Gemili (100m), Zharnel Hughes and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (200m), Matthew Hudson-Smith (400m), Kyle Langford (800m) and Andrew Pozzi (110m hurdles) on the men's side and Dina Asher-Smith (200m), Laura Weightman (5000m) and Tiffany Porter (100m hurdles) on the women's side. Other standout names include Nick Miller (hammer), Tom Bosworth (20km walk), Holly Bradshaw (pole vault), Shara Proctor and Lorraine Ugen (long jump), Morgan Lake (high jump) and Sophie Hitchon (hammer). The Commonwealth Games take place between 4-15 April with the athletics programme is staged from 8-15 April.


The Mo & Larry show are the fun part of my time at the World Championships. This part 7, is Maurice Greene explaining, from an ultra competitive sprinter's point of view, his admiration for Mo Farah, and the finest 10,000 meters either of us had ever seen! Mo Farah battled the world, and his fine racing over 10,000 meters, and his subsequent loss over 5,000 meters, showed just how good this British distance runner was and is.

Enjoy the video. I sure did.


Jocyline Jepkosgei, photo by PhotoRun.net
Jepkosgei aims for marathon
NAIROBI (KEN): World half marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei plans to run again in Valencia at the World HM Championships next March (24). "It will be a great honour for me to return to Valencia not only for another victory but another world record," said a confident Jepkosgei upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Tuesday to a heroic reception from family members and friends. After that Jepkosgei said she would scale to the full marathon late next year or in 2019 with a view to representing Kenya in the marathon at the 2019 World Championships in Doha and 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. "I believe with good training I will manage," said Jepkosgei, who dedicated her performance to her coach, parents and training mates in Iten and Ngong. Informs Daily Nation.

One of my favorite days in New York is the Hall of Fame announcements. We get to see some of the key people in the development of the marathon and the New York Road Runners, and we also see George Hirsch's NYRR Journalism award. Some fine people get their moment of recognition, and that is good. The class of 2017 (along with Tim Laydon for the GH Award) are prime examples of the fine cast of characters that have built this wondrous event.

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Hall_Ryan-BayBreakers13.jpgRyan Hall, photo by PhotoRun.net

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MONACO (MON): Long distance star Paula Radcliffe has criticised the WADA for not following up on initial allegations of systematic doping in China and claimed the statute of limitations should be scrapped completely to prevent countries cheating. Britain's world marathon record holder was speaking in response to claims made by Xue Yinxian, a 79-year-old former doctor with the Chinese team, who told German broadcaster ARD that over 10,000 athletes across all sports in the nation were involved in a compulsory doping programme in the 1980s and 1990s. Informs insidethegames.

The Brooks Inspiring Coaches Award is a seven year old program, that, shows, once again, Jim Weber, president of Brooks is right. Weber notes that Brooks focuses on the grass roots part of the sport, the runners both young and old, who care love the sport and see their daily runs as essential as breathing. The 22,000 coaches who coach high school cross country in 2017, all 560,000 boys and girls, are instilling another generation with a fine love of the sport. In track, there are 33,500 head coaches who coach, listen, lead and educate 1.1 million high schoool boys and girls each season.

On October 23, Brooks named Neville Anderson and Denise Benson as their inspiring coaches for 2017.

Here are the photos of both coaches, plus watch the videos on the coaches below!

Denise_Benson_4338.jpgDenise Benson, Brooks Inspiring Coach of Year, photo by Brooks Running

Neville_Anderson_8374.jpgNeville Anderson, Brooks Inspiring Coach of Year, photo by Brooks Running

The IRONMAN is a meeting of the multi event minds, sponsors and key players. It is parallel to the week around the NYC Marathon and London Marathon for those in the world of running.

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HOKA ONE ONE has been one of the very few brands that have realized that the combination of old school and new school approaches to building a brand are key in the development. The founders of the brand, and the early adaptors at Deckers supported grass roots events, from multi events to road races, to high school cross country. With consistently fine product, HOKA ONE ONE is proving once again that big hearts, big lungs, big products, and big dreams are key for small brands to grow.

Somehow, many established brands forget that runners are creatures of comfort, and that communications and product are key.

Tempo runs this time of year are a great team building experience. Run the 20 minute run at 30 seconds per mile over race pace and stay together.Stay focused and remember, cross country is a team event.

20151212-_D3_0787.jpgwarming up with your team mates, photo by Justin Britton

Tuesday, October 24, 2017. warm up, 20 minute tempo run on track, run pace at 30 seconds per mile above our

current 5k racing pace, so if you run 6 minute pace today for 5k race, run tempo at 6:30 pace, and stay

focused. Jog 800 meters, and finish with 4 times 200 meters, easy jog in between, cooldown

This was an interesting story that came over the EME News report today. Justin Gatlin believes that Usain Bolt will return to the sport in the next couple of years, after a year of trying other things. I am not so sure, but open to it. Usain Bolt returning to the sport could be fun. Fans love him, as does the media. It will be interesting to see how this develops.

17AW_RT_World-Champs_Bolt_Anatomical_RYW_0913_rgb.jpgUsain Bolt, photo courtesy of PUMA running.

Last weekend, I was in Las Vegas. I was there to interview eleven athletes in six hours. With each athlete, i did an audio interview, a three minute FB live interview with three training tips and a one minute Instagram video on what they love about the sport. The athletes were all represented by Global Athletics & Marketing. It is an exceptional event.

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Jake Wightman had an exceptional year. He won two Diamond League races in 2017, he made the World Championships team and competed there, and ran PB at 1,500 meters (and 800 meters). Jake is coached by his father, Geoff Wightman, as he has his entire career. Now running for New Balance, Jake is represented by Global Athletics.

So, Jake was my first interview of the day. He is quite optimistic, but most of all, with both parents former elite marathoners Geoff Wightman iSusan Tooby) is his mum, Jake has been embraced with running his entire life. It was so much fun to watch him race this year, setting PBs indoor and out. His race style is controlled agression. Keep your emotions under control and then, take off with 300 meters to go. His two wins this year were brilliant examples of how to run the perfect middle distance race! We look forward to see Jake race more in 2018!

Jepkosgei_Joyciline1-RAK17.jpgJociliyne Jepkosgei, RAK 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jociliyne Jepkosgei took a second off her current WR for the Half Marathon on October 22. The story below, from Emeterio Valiente, was written for the IAAF site. To read more from the IAAF, please go to www.iaaf.org.

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RunBlogRun will be covering the Frankfurt Marathon this coming weekend! We love the race, the atmosphere and the city of Frankfurt! Each year, there are new stories and great rivalries. Most importantly, there are many athletes who run their PBs in Frankfurt, through a city that is both Medieval and modern, with a fast course.

Here's a release on Getu Feleke.

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LaurenWoodring10MilerWinner.JPGLauren Woodring, PNC Atlanta 10 Mile winner, photo from ATC

The PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5k were held on October 22. The races are part of the highly successful Atlanta Track Club race series. Here is a story on the race from Amanda Kowaleski, ATC media contact.

Mondays are a more relaxed type of fartlek. Today, your run twenty minutes at good pace, then, loosened up, run 1 minute race page, 1 minute easy, and repeat that two minute cycle ten times. You then finish with twenty minutes at good pace.

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Enjoy the run, and make you that you stretch after your run!

Monday, October 23, 2017. warm up, 60 minute run with 20 minute fartlek in middle ( 20 minute good pace, 10 x 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, 20 minute good pace), cooldown

Chris Thompson, aka Thommo to his friends and fans, won another Great Run today. He defended his title at the Portsmouth 10 miler today, with a time of 48:32. Chris was three seconds ahead of Matt Sharp and four seconds ahead of Ben Connor. On the women's side, Gemma Steel won the race in 55:25, with Lily Partridge, 55:37 and Charlotte Purdue in 55:43.

Thompson-Farah1-Euros10.jpgChris Thompson leads, 2010 European Athletics Championships, 10,000m, photo by PhotoRun.net

I have watched Chris Thompson run since 2009. He has runs some amazing races, including two big races in Palo Alto. Thommo has been challenged by both competitors and injuries. His sense of humor is exceptional.

Chris Thompson is the 2010 European silver medalist at the 10,000 meters. He is back in UK training and looking for the perfect, or near perfect race.

Please check out his Instagram posting on his race today!

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HOLE (NOR, Oct 21): Karoline Grovdal won the Hytteplanmila 10km in a European-leading mark and lifetime best of 31:25 ahead of Meraf Bahta in a Swedish record of 31:44. Eritrea's Okubamichael Fissehatsion won the men's race in 29:08. Best Norwegian Stian Aarvik 30:20 as 5th.

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Here is a piece by Sabrina Yohannes on one of our most popular athletes, Lelisa Desisa. Desisa has won two Boston Marathons, plus second in Boston in 2016. In NYC, Lelisa has finished second and third. What is his plan for 2017 NYC Marathon?

We have two weeks to wait. So, read Sabrina Yohannes's feature on Lelisa prior to the 2017 race through five boroughs.

Steve Scott started out as a basebal player. His mom got Steve into running, encouraging him to join her morning jogs. In high school, he ran 1:52 for the 800 meters and 4:15 for the mile in high school. Steve Scott went to UC Irvine and was coached by Len Miller. Coach and athlete worked well together for many years. Steve had PBs of 1:45.05 for 800m, 2:16.01 for 1000 meters, 3:31.76 for 1,500 meters, 3:47.69 for mile, 7:36:69, and for 5000 meters, he ran 13:30.39.

Scott_S-Carlsbad03.jpgSteve Scott, photo by PhotoRun.net

Steve was from the truly golden time in miling, with the likes of Seb Coe, Steve Ovett, Thomas Wessinghage, Steve Cram, Ray Flynn, Ray Wicksell, John Walker. These men would race against each other (well, most of them) every third or fourth night during the Summer season.

Jeff Benjamin caught up with Steve and here is what the coach of UC San Marcos suggested for young athletes.

Jepkosgei_Joyciline1-RAK17.jpgJoyciine Jepkosgei runs in RAK, photo by PhotoRun.net
Another WR for Joyciline
VALENCIA (ESP, Oct 22): Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei eclipsed her world record in the Valencia Half Marathon, taking her mark down by one second from 64:52 to 64:51. Jepkosgei started incredibly fast, passing through 5km in 14:52 and 10km in 30:09 (15:17 5km split) and even though she lowed through 15km in 45:59 (15:50 5km split) and 20km in 61:30 (15:31 5km split), Jepkosgei dug deep to set her second world half marathon record of the year. "It was my first race in Valencia, I enjoyed a lot, the weather is nice, the circuit is perfect to run fast. I hope to come back in March for the World Half Marathon Championships," said Jepkosgei. Fancy Chemutai dropped back at the 15km mark but still finished second in a lifetime best of 65:36 with Lucy Cheruiyot making it a Kenyan clean sweep in 67:30. Ethiopia's former track champion Gelete Burka was fourth in personal best 68:17 while Trihas Gebre was the top European finisher in sixth in a Spanish record of 69:55. Bahrain's Abraham Cheroben won the men's race in 59:11 in a sprint finish ahead of Ethiopians Leul Gebresilase (59:12, PB) and Tsadik Fikadu (59:22) while Norway's Sondre Nordstad Moen improved his lifetime best from 62:19 to Norwegian record 59:47 in fourth to move to third on the European all-time lists behind Mo Farah (59:22) and Antonio Pinto (59:43).

Frank Gagliano continues to support some of the finest young American athletes on the racing scene. With the support of HOKA ONE ONE, the Octegarian contiues to build athletes into fine racers. Gags loves what he does, or quite frankly, he would not do it. Coaching gives him life and he instills the love of our sport into another generation.

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Here's Gags speaking to @runblogrun on the need for long runs.

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon was held, for the 40th time on October 8, 2017. It was one of the best races in Chicago in some years, as the race has, with less media exposure, modest fields and no pace makers, had less of a global presense. That changed in 2017 with two very different elite races, and with fine performances by top American and Ethiopian athletes.

2017 shook up things a bit. From the win by American Galen Rupp, the fast race by Tirunesh Dibaba and the fastest ever by an American women in North America marathon performance by Jordan Hasay.

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One point of note, prior to my deep thoughts on five lessons from Chicago. In the 1980s, Chicago's Bob Bright and NYC' Fred Lebow added color and excitement to the two major fall races. As Chicago produced a series of strong performances, NYC, not always the fastest course, will rise to the occassion and add more excitement to the fall marathon world.

Long runs are part of our weekly training, if you are a distance or middle distance runner. The 85-90 minutes that you will do today helps prepare your body for the rigors of training. It also provides you a chance to consider the past weeks training and racing.

Arthur Lydiard, the famous coach from New Zealand, was a former milkman. He took a group of young athletes and built them into Olympic medalists and wolrd record holders. His periodization of training always included Long runs in each and every part of the year.

20151212-ROSA0029.jpgGetting the racing shoes ready, photo by Justin Britton

Long runs affect you in physical and mental ways. At this time of the year, the ability to run relaxed for 85-90 minutes in all kinds of weather give you a mental lift and also provide you some time to think, what do I want from the upcoming races? How do I race better? How do I challnge myself? How do I reach the next goal? How do I contribute to my team better in the upcoming regionals?

All those questions come up during a long run. Take the time to consider the questions and let the answer arise.

Sunday, October 22, 2017. 85-90 minute long run, make sure you stretch and cool down

Andre De Grasse considers 9.84

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De Grasse eyes 9.84
OTTAWA (CAN): After injury cost him the chance to compete at the World Championships this year, Andre De Grasse is targeting the 21-year-old Canadian 100m record of Donovan Bailey of 9.84. "I want to break the Canadian record but definitely there are ways and steps to do it and I haven't thought about the whole process of the goals yet but it's early," he told Reuters. "My transition phase is getting good, my finish is strong so just trying to work on that first 30 metres," the Olympic 200m silver medallist said of what he needed to work on. "I did a good job at a couple meets last year on my starts so just trying to be more consistent." He intends to miss the World Indoor Championships to focus instead on the Commonwealth Games next spring and remains focused on both sprints.
This is part 3 of our HOKA ONE ONE Coaching Series of videos, featuring Ben Rosario, coach of HOKA ONE ONE's Northern Arizona Elite. Ben Rosario is one of the finest of our new generation of coaches, and The Shoe Addicts are producing this series of videos showcasing examples of coaches working with their athletes. This series of Coaching Videos is sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE Postal Nationals.

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LONDON (GBR): British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson looks back positively on 2017 despite finishing only seventh at the World Championships. She told the Metro: "It was a successful year for me in many ways. I had a huge life change and I'm happy with the way I handled that," she said in reference to moving to France to be guided by Bertrand Valcin. "With my past record it's difficult to keep bouncing back from setbacks like I have but I know I'll go into next year strong if I can add in a good high jump." She said she took seven weeks after the World Championships but is now training again.

Title (0;00;06;012).jpgTom Nohilly is one of the associate coaches at the HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club. In this interview, Tom Nohilly provides some ideas on fartlek workouts for high school runners.

Sandy Morris with high ambitions

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Morris with high ambitions
GREENVILLE (USA): Sandi Morris believes she has the capacity to jump far in excess of the world pole vault record, informs Leichtathletik.de. "I believe I have the ability to jump 5.15m. I will do everything in my power to get as close as possible to my height during my career," she said. Morris will compete during the indoor season 2018 with the aim to succeed at World Indoors in Birmingham. World indoor record of Jenn Suhr is 502 from 2013.

The HOKA ONE ONE Coaching series has been a season long video program focused on helping you with the coaching of high school cross country athletes. There are 16,000 high schools with cross country programs and nearly 22,000 coaches in North America, and the coaches of HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club are providing tips to make your season better.

Here's John Trautmann, one of tne HOKA NJNYTC coaches with his thoughts on the importance of long runs.

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Mariya Lasitskene plans 2018 season

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Lasitskene plans
MOSCOW (RUS): Two-time world high jump champion Mariya Lasitskene will open her indoor season domestically in Chelyabinsk on 11 January and her first international competition of the season is scheduled for Banska Bystrica on 31 January, informs Sport Express. "Maria traditionally wants to open the winter season Memorial Lukashevich and Seredkin which will be held January 11 in Chelyabinsk," said her agent Olga Nazarova, who added that more domestic competitions will be added to her schedule for January in due course. Lasitskene will also compete in Karlsruhe (3 February), Dusseldorf (6 February), Madrid (8 February) and Torun (15 February) as well as the Russian Indoor Championships from 12-14 February.
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Jeff Benjamin did this review of the Virgin Territory, a book on Craig Virgin by Randy Sharer. Craig Virgin was a fine high school athlete, fine college athlete and fine elite athlete. Benjamin speaks about all of those areas discussed in Sharer's book.

The race days are more and more important each week.

Make sure that you warm up. On the colder days, take longer to warm up and get ready to race!

Good luck!

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Saturday, October 21, 2017. warm up, early season cross country race, cooldown finish up with , or, if no race, warm up,

45 minute fartlek, 20 x 1 minute hard, one minute jog, cooldown

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Reese and Carter plan for World Indoors
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Two US gold medalists in technical events from last World Indoor Championships in Portland are planning to defend their titles in Birmingham next March. Long jumper Brittney Reese (31) aims for fourth indoor gold (after 2010, 2012, 2016) to match her outdoor tally of four wins at World Championships (2009, 2011, 2013, 2017). Confirms her agent Mark Pryor. Also aiming for winning in England is shot put Olympic champion Michelle Carter (32). For her it will be fifth World Indoors, she started in 2010 with qualification participation, was third 2012 and fourth in 2014 before winning two years ago. Informs her agent Karen Locke.
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Kara Goucher and her podium retreat


Franco Arese celebrated in Milano



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MILANO (ITA): IAAF informs that several past Italian and International running legends gathered for the launch of the book "Divieto di Sosta", the biography of Italy's middle distance great Franco Arese. Arese won the 1971 European 1500m title in Helsinki and held Italian National records at all middle distances from 800m to 10,000m before working as President of the Italian Athletics Federation FIDAL from 2004 to 2012 and of ASICS Europe for 31 years until 2013. Arese is now President of Karhu, a Finnish company specialising in running and ski apparel. The list of past stars who attended the book's launch included Finnish legends Pekka Vasala and Lasse Viren, former 800m world record holder and current Italian record holder Marcello Fiasconaro, Italian Olympic champions Abdon Pamich, Maurizio Damilano, Livio Berruti, Francesco Panetta and Fabrizio Donato. Informs the IAAF.

This is part six of the MO & Larry Show. Maurice Greene and Larry Eder waxed poetically about the 400m and 200 meter double. Neither Maurice nor I picked Ramil Guliyev to win the 200 meters.


Watch how Maurice speaks about Wayde Van Niekerk, and his high quality of fitness. But as Maurice has reminded us all during the champs, the athletes have to be ready on the right day and right time.

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Feleke added
FRANKFURT (GER): Ethiopia's Getu Feleke has been added to the elite men's field for the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon on 29 October, informs Race News Service. Feleke is the fastest entrant with a 2:04:50 set in the Rotterdam Marathon in 2012 and he will face a strong line-up including reigning champion Mark Korir from Kenya (2:05:49). Ethiopia's Feyse Tadese (2:20:27 PB) has been added to the elite women's field where she will face a line-up including Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot from Kenya (2:23:50 PB). From top Europeans to note Henryk Szost from Poland (2:07:39) and German best Arne Gabius (2:08:33) along with 2014 European medalist Jared Shegumo from Poland (2:10:34) and Belgian Abdelhadi El Hakimi (2:10:35).

The 200 meters and 400 meters are races where the competitiion is high level, and if one decides to double, they have taken on a real task.


Wayde Van Niekerk won the 400 meters and took the silver in the 200 meters. That was a tough double that did not get the respect in London as many were talking about others who did not even complete the double.

In Wayde's 200m presser, it was obvous that the South African felt he was not being respected. I concur.

Great athletes in the sprints are doing nearly impossible tasks. Most people can run a lap on a high school track. Few can run in 45 seconds. Fewer can run in 44 and a handful have run in 43 seconds!

It puts Michael Johnson's 200m /400m double in new perspective.

Maurice Greene helps us appreciate the amazing runs we see in the sprints.

Skechers is continuing to see strong growth around the globe. The brand that has more SKUS than most of its competitors. Skechers became involved in running just over seven years ago. The growth in running, golf, walking and fitness are key components of the growth of Skechers. In Europe and Asia, running is playing a larger and larger roll.

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Check out this piece from Footwear News on the huge stock price increase on Skechers and its international growth. In running, Skechers is one of the new boys in town, but their overall success with family footwear, the best selling walking shoe for many quarters, and the success of Meb Keflezighi, Kara Goucher and their new recruit, Ed Cheserek, will be watched by many in the industry.

4.pngThe MO & Larry Show ran for the second time during the London World Champs after premiering in 2016 for the Rio Olympics. Maurice Green, the World champ in 1997, 1999 and 2001 over 100 meters, as well as gold medalist in 100 meters at Sydney, and bronze medalists at 100 meters in Athens. From 1997-200, Maurice dominated the world of sport with his swagger, his racing and his personality.

What is prescient about this show is Mo's reasoning on why the 100 meter for women was so important, from Tori Bowie's amazing to Elaine Thompson, double gold from RIo, who took no medals, to Marie Josee Ta Lou, and Daphne Schippers, who medaled in the 100m and 200 meters.

What impressed me here was how Maurice Greene read the fields, commented on the fields and recognized that the women's 100 meters would be, and was, one of the best events of the World Champs.

How did your race go yesterday? You may have another race tomorrow.

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Today is a relaxed day of running, so enjoy it, and enjoy the stride outs!

Friday, October 20, 2017. warm up, easy 45-50 minute run with four 150 meter stride outs, then cooldown

Thursday are race days for many in cross country. As 560,000 high school boys and girls race across the country, Races are different across the country, from 2 miles to 5k (now, mostly 5k and or 3 miles). Courses can be very difficult. I recall running through a creek during a race in high school! It was fun, but ruined new racing shoes!

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Enjoy the races! Focus on trying to improve one part of your race each race!

Thursday, October 19, 2017. warm up, warm up, race, 20 minute jog, then, 12 x 40 seconds, then cooldown. If no race,

warm up, 3 times mile at current race pace, 400m jog, 6x 300 meters cut downs, 150 meter jog, cooldown .

Bill Donakowski, a University of Michigan graduate who was a fine cross country runner, but also developed into a fine marathoner, died on October 15, at the age of 61. Bill was one of the those fine mid western distance runners who came through the ranks and ran some fine marathons in 1986-1987. A true rocket scientist, Donakowski's methode operande was a big fast push near the end of the marathon, as he did in the second New Jersey Waterfront marathon in 1986.

Please keep Bill and his family in your thoughts and prayers. I knew Gerry Donakowski, his brother, much better than Bill, but truly admired his running and his possession by the scientific method. Bill was a bright man who ran. He will be missed.

Another way the London Marathon supports the local communities in London. This is a new community track and London Marathon also brings in some GB track starts to meet with the kids as well! A fun idea and a great example of how the sport can develop a new generation.

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NEW YORK (USA): Former world and Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda has pulled out of the New York Marathon on 5 November, informs Xinhua. Kiprotich said he was not mentally ready to contest the event so soon after the deaths of his mother and manager Godfrey Nuwagaba. "It is not easy mentally to take part in these marathons when you lose two close people in the same period. I will try to prepare myself for the Tokyo Marathon early next year and the Commonwealth Games in Australia," he said.

This is an example of how coaching organizations work in other countries. We like the approach of UK Coaching. Special thanks to NIck Newcaste for fowarding the release on. Check out their website, as they have good graphics and learning programs posted.


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Beitia retired
SANTANDER (ESP): Reigning Olympic and European high jump champion Ruth Beitia has announced her retirement at the age of 38. "It has been a long road that has lasted many years and I have pushed my body to the limit on many occasions. The situation I face (now) is to finish my sporting career but everything I have learnt will touch the other aspects of my life," said Beitia. Beitia became the oldest winner of an Olympic high jump title last summer aged 37 and she also became the first athlete in history to win three European high jump titles in Amsterdam. She also won the European indoor high jump title in 2013 and a bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships. "The greatest athlete in Spanish history has retired. She has always been an example on and off the track. She has inspired athletics and inspired young boys and girls," said Raul Chapado, President of the Spanish Athletics Federation.

Betsy Saina is going to run the TCS NYC Marathon on November 5, 2017. Justin Lagat met with her as she was finishing her last quality workout before her trip to the Big Apple.

Here is the story and interivew by Justin Lagat.

Saina_BetsyLeds-Falmouth16.jpgBetsy Saina, Falmouth 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Tadese_Zersenay-Sub2Hr17.jpgTadesse at Breaking 2 Event, May 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Zerzaney Tadesse is one of the finest distance runners in the world. With PBs of 12:55.27 for 5000 meters, 26:37.5 for 10,000 meters, and the world record of 58:23 for the half marathon, this Eritrean sports star has been on the world scene for nearly two decades. At the recent breaking 2 event, held in Monza, Italy, Tadesse ran 2:06:51, setting a PB by 3:50!

Tadese_Zersenay-BostonM15.jpgTadesse, Boston Marathon, 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun sat down with Tadesse, on the Friday (October 6), before the Chicago Marathon, Tadesse speaks fine English and provided us many answers about his training, his currrent racing and his desire to continue to improve.

On October 8, 2017, Zersaney Tadesse ran 2:12:19 for 8th at the Bank of American Chicago Marathon.

Wednesday is always a recovery day. Enjoy the run, work on your strideouts and talk with your team mates. It sounds silly now, but some of your life long friends come from cross country and sports. My best friend, Bob Lucas and I met as juniors in high school. David Huges, another great friend, was first guy I met in sophomore year, who talked to me, after I moved from Saint Louis to San Jose.

Enjoy today, think about your races upcoming and try to focus on making one part of your race better each week!


Time to talk before workouts, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wednesday, October 18, 2017. warm up, easy 45-55 minute minute run, four times 150 meter stride outs, cooldown, easy


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ITEN (KEN): In the build-up to the New York Marathon, Mary Keitany's husband Charles Koech has hinted she is in similar shape to when she ran 2:17:01 in the London Marathon in April, informs the Daily Nation. "Keitany is in good shape and we are optimistic that she will run well the way she did in London. We are almost through with the hard training before we embark on the fine-tuning part," he said. Keitany will arrive into New York on 30 October ahead of race day on 5 November.

Jordan Hasay ran her second marathon in 2:20:57, the fastest time EVER in North America for an American woman. Jordan broke the 1985 record of Joan Benoit Samuelson, who ran 2:21:21 in Chicago thirty-two years ago, in an epic battle with Ingrid Kristiansen and Rosa Mota. Chris Derrick ran his first marathon in 2:12:50, for ninth, in the city he ran in during his early years of development.

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A nicely done presser with Jordan and Chris, emceed by James O'Brien, communications director of NYAC.

Jordan is always fun to listen to, and Chris has a wonderful sense of humor. Enjoy!

Gabius_ArneFL-Frankfurt15.jpgArnie Gabius, 2015 Frankfurt Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

FRANKFURT (GER): Arne Gabius is aiming to break the 2:10-barrier in the Frankfurt Marathon on 29 October, informs Leichtathletik.de. "I will be in the second group, which will probably cover the half marathon in 64:15 or 64:30. The former would already be in the area of the German record," he said. "I assume that I can run between 2:08 and 2:10 hours - it would be great if it would be clearly under 2:10 hours." Gabius hasn't completed a marathon since Frankfurt two years ago where he set a German record of 2:08:33 due to injuries.

The wheelchair races continue to grow in stature and interest in Chicago. Marcel Hug used a big move to break the field near the end and insure his win and fine race. Tatyana McFadden, who nearly died from a clot last February, is back and used her wiles to outsprint the field.

The presser with James O'Brien was interesting and showed more of the depth of the races and racers. In UK, wheelchair races are huge. They are developing followers in the US.

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Kipsang_Wilson-Berlin17.JPGWilson Kipsang, Berlin 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

NEW YORK (USA): Wilson Kipsang blamed stomach problems for dropping out of the Berlin Marathon last month and he is looking to challenge for the course record in his comeback race in the New York Marathon on 5 November, informs the Daily Nation. "After taking water before the 30km mark, I felt bad in my stomach and I had to discontinue the race. There was no any other problem and that is why I decided to participate in the New York Marathon where I have been before and even won," he said. "I have been to New York and I know the course very well. A course record might be possible but not a world record."

The 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon had two entirely different races up front. Galen Rupp won with a killer 5k between 35k and 40k. Tirunesh Dibaba ran, with no pacemakers, up front nearly the entire race. She had hoped for a 2:17:18, but, due to lots of things, ran 2:18:30. James O'Brien, communications director at NYAC, and a keen observer of the sport, did the live updates at Chicago and also the post event pressers. Here is the Hi Def version of the presser courtesy of The Shoe Addicts.

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As you race in the second half of October and move into November. all of your races have meaning. The tempo runs are helping you race better during the middle of the race, where your body is screaming and you tell your body to continue to perform. Focus on the tempo runs and run as a team. Getting another runner at the end of the race can be difference between winning and losing.

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In the 1970s at Crystal Springs, near Belmont, CA. We had Center Meets. I recall Mitch Kingery setting the course record at the famous course, running 14:28 for 2.9 miles. He was well within himself and that inspired me. I ran 18:24 that day, which was pretty good for me at the time. That middle of October time period was one of my favorite times to race each year.

Good luck!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017. warm up, 20 minute tempo run on track, run pace at 30 seconds per mile above our current 5k racing pace, so if you run 6 minute pace today for 5k race, run tempo at 6:30 pace, and stay focused. Jog 800 meters, and finish with 4 times 200 meters, easy jog in between, cooldown

The story behind the story in the 200 meters was Dafne Schippers return to the 200 meters, better her form from 2016, and take out Marie-Jose Ta Lou, who was the revelation of the women's sprints in 2017. Marie-Jose Ta Lou, from the Cote d'Ivoire, is proud of her country and proud to be an African sprinter and train in Africa (Dakar, Senegal).

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Shaunae Miller-Uibo had a masterful turn and last 50 meters, and ran herself into the bronze medal, after an exhausting and emotionally draining 400 meters. Watch this video if you are a 200 meter runner. You are watching three of the finest women sprinters in the world!

Special thanks to Mike Deering and Adam Johnson Eder on filming these events and AJ Felice for the briliant opening intros!

I love the throws. I have a picture up of Imre Nemeth in my home. I have pictures of Miklos Nemeth from his wonderous javelin throw in Montreal. As a Hungarian-American, I have a special affinity to the hammer.

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We were treated to Pawel Fajdek, Valeriy Pronkin, and Wojciech Nowicki really speaking about the secrets of the hammer. Fajdek is a fantastic athlete. The Polish star loves his event, and if you provide him questions with some knowledge of the event, he will reveal more (and he did here). I have not spoken to Valery Pronkin, but he speaks and looks like he comes out of a novel by Turgenev or Gogol. Pronkin was not happy with his throwing, and he noted that. Wajciech Nowicki was pleased with his medal and his PB this season.

If you are a throw coach, keep this one in your file (we have included all 52 videos from the 2017 London World Champs in our program now).

After nearly three weeks past the exciting BMW Berlin Marathon, which I watched on German TV, and followed on the website, I have some deep thoughts regarding one of the fastest marathons in the world. Read them, and then, tell me what you think. You can always reach me at [email protected].


The pace makers do their work, BMW 2017 Berlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the beginning of week 18. The fartlek, Tempo Run and long run are key. The races are very important, and each one is becoming more and more important.

Enjoy your runs. Remember how lucky you are with each day of running.

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Lasitskene about her goals
MOSCOW (RUS): World high jump champion Mariya Lasitskene has played down her chances of winning the female IAAF Athlete of the Year award next month, informs Athletics Weekly. "Honestly, I don't believe that I will be even in the top three. It's so subjective, you know what I mean? Somebody loves jumps, somebody else loves running. Somebody prefers blondes, somebody prefers brunettes. Too many 'somebody.' If you look at the world rankings, for example, at all-athletics.com, you'll see that right now I'm in the first position and I have more points than the best male athlete. It shows that I was consistent for the whole season," she said. Lasitskene has outlined her main goals next year are the World Indoor Championships and European Championships. She also wants to improve her personal best in the coming year. In 2017 she was unbeaten.
Cherono_LawrencePort1-Kenya17.jpgLawrence Cherono, photo by PhotoRun.net
L. Cherono wins Amsterdam 2:05:09 PB, Nageeye 2:08:16 NR and EL
AMSTERDAM (NED, Oct 15): With splits of 62:51/62:18, Kenya's Lawrence Cherono won the TCS Amsterdam Marathon in a lifetime best of 2:05:09, breaking Daniel Wanjiru's course record by twelve seconds. The top five runners all broke the 2:06-barrier: Kenyans Norbert Kigen (2:05:13) and Abraham Kiptum (2:05:26) made it an all-Kenyan podium with Ethiopia's Mule Wasihun (2:05:39) and Kenya's Amos Kipruto (2:05:43) fourth and fifth respectively. The fastest entrant in the race Tesfaye Abera from Ethiopia finished eighth in 2:07:39 while Abdi Nageeye set a Dutch record and European lead 2017 of 2:08:16 to finish ninth. Notable non-finishers included former three-time winner Wilson Chebet from Kenya and debutant Zane Robertson from New Zealand. Ethiopia's Tadelech Bekele won the women's race in a lifetime best of 2:21:54(70:12/71:42) ahead of Kenya's Gladys Chesire (2:24:51) and Ethiopia's Azmera Abreha (2:25:23). Notable track runner Viola Kibiwott from Kenya was fourth in a 2:25:32 PB with former Boston Marathon winner Caroline Rotich fifth in 2:26:26.
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LISBON (POR, Oct 15): Kenya's Sarah Chepchirchir defended her title in the Lisbon Marathon, clocking 2:27:57 ahead of Ethiopians Afera Godfay (2:28:46) and Sichala Kumeshi (2:38:52). Kenya's Ishhimael Chemtan won the men's race in 2:10:51 from Bahrain's El Hassan El-Abassi (2:10:57) and Kenya's Daniel Limo (2:15:30). Bahrain's Eunice Chumba won the half marathon in 68:48 from Kenya's Visiline Jepkesho (69:31) and world marathon champion Rose Chelimo (69:48) while Sara Moreira was the top Portuguese finisher in sixth in 73:29. Ethiopia's Birhan Nebebew won the men's half marathon in 62:02 from Eritrea's Goitom Kifle (62:14) and Ethiopia's Deme Abate (62:20).
Chepchirchir_SarahFV-Lisbon17.jpGSarah Chepchirchir, photo by PhotoRun.net

Title (0;00;06;01).jpgFrank Gagliano is the head coach for HOKA ONE ONE NJNYTC. Frank has dedicated his life to coaching athletes and help them develop their skills. Gags, as he is called, believes in the power of cross country. Enjoy this video from the HOKA ONE ONE Coaching Series.

Here is the news from the recent meetings from European Athletics Association, with special thanks from EME News.

Vetter_JohannesQH1a-OlyGame16.jpgJohannes Vetter, photo by PhotoRun.net

1282856_G08_W01 JOhannes Vetter.jpgJohannes Vetter, 2017 European Athletics Athlete of the Year, photo from Getty/European Athletics
On Saturday night, October 14, the European Athletics Association named Johannes Vetter and Ekaterina Stefanidi as their 2017 athletes of the year. The story below is from the European Athletics site.

The long run is not only a physical event, but a great time for disernment over how your racing and training. If you are running with your team mates, discuss workouts, how they are going and how you are racing. If you are running by yourself, consider your racing, are you running up to your potential? How do you race better? How to you catch another competitor at the finish? One more finisher could be the difference between winning and losing!

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Sunday, October 15, 2017. 85-90 minute long run, make sure you stretch and cool down

Tirunesh Dibaba is one of my favorite athletes. She is, in my opinion, the female version of Miruts Yifter, the gifted Ethiopian who won both the 10,000 and 5,000 in Moscow 1980.

I recall her sprint in the 2003 World Champs at the age of 18. Her sense of focus, her sense of purpose, and her kick were mesmeriging. Her finish was both elegant and deadly.

Dibaba_TiruneshM-RAK17.jpgTirunesh Dibaba, photo by PhotoRun.net

In watching Tirunesh run indoors, I always loved watching her wind up from about 600 meters out. The indoor track was perfect for her stride and her deadling kick over 200 meters.

In observing her three marathons (London 2014, 2:20:25, third, London 2017, 2:17:56, second and Chicago 2017, first, 2:18:30), one sees the finest women distance track athlete of all times now bringing her focus to the marathon. On the roads, one is reminded of the development of Eliud Kipchoge. Tirunesh ran 2:18:30 leading most of the 26.2 miles, and her nearly even half marathons show a sense of pace that is truly unique.

This interview was done on Friday, October 6, two days prior to Chicago. Tirunesh understands English and speaks well, she just prefers a translator, so thanks to Sabrina Yohannes, the finest translator for Ethiopian athletes because she gets the nuances, and what is not said as well as what is said.

One last thing, I believe that Tirunesh Dibaba will be the next women to run 2:15 for the marathon. She has all of the tools, skills, focus and she is determined to be the very best.

The races are getting more important.

You have built up your racing skills all season long. Now is the time to use them. Get out smart, and build through the race, running past your competitors one by one, and then, with five hundred meters to go, put on your kick. Do it in stages so that you have something left over the final 100 meters.

Good luck!

Men-43.jpgThe race is on, photo by Justin Britton

Saturday, warm up, early season cross country race, cooldown finish up with , or, if no race, warm up,

45 minute fartlek, 20 x 1 minute hard, one minute jog, cooldown

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Paul Halford writes this weekly column for RunBlogRun. We are grateful for his observations and strong writing skills. This week, Paul writes about Andy Vernon. I watched Andy Vernon win the HIghgate 10k Night of PBs last May and have enjoyed watching him over his career. We wish him great luck as he focuses on his 11th potential showing at the European Athletics Cross Country Championships.

Chebii_EzekielFV-LakeBiwa17.jpgEzekiel Chebii, winning Lake Biawa Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ezekiel Chebii wanted a big win in Chicago. Unfortunately, the 2017 Lake Biawa champion did not reach his goal. Ezekiel ran 2:12:12 for seventh place. This interview was done on Friday afternoon. I was fascinated with his training and his belief in himself.

Ezekiel Chebii began on the roads in 2010, and his move to the half marathon provided a 59:05 half marathon and a sub 28 minute 10k on the roads. Ezekiel ran a tough and windy marathon in Japan this past March, taking the win. In Chicago he ran negative splits, but just was not in the battle at the very end. We hope Ezekiel shows his promise in upcoming marathons. Ezekiel's brother, Abraham, has run 12:52.99 for the 5000 meters in his heyday.

This interview was focused on Ezekiel's training and racing. A strong story on this fine athlete!

image2.jpegIf you are in the vicinity of Manhattan College today, do not miss this opportunity to witness an amazing speaker. Matt Centrowtiz is the father of 2016 Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz. Matt is a two time Olympian, former 5000m AR and fantastic coach! Do not miss it!

This is a nice piece on father Matt Centrowitz and his son, Matthew. On October 13, at Van Cortlandt Park, Matthew Centrowitz, the 2016 winner of the Olympic 1,500m and his father, Matt Centrowtiz, will be speaking to runners and signing their book, LIke Father, Like Son from 3 pm Eastern time. On Saturday, October 14, the Manhattan Invitational, sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE.


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L-R- Matthew Centrowitz, Jeff Benjamin, NYC Marathon Champion Gary Muhrke, Coach Matt Centrowitz

Fridays before big races are always stressful days. Get your run in, and go see a movie ( ( saw Dunkirk, Atomic Blonde, Logan Lucky all recently, really enjoyed Logan Lucky), to take your mind off the race.

You will do well in your race, you have spent 19-20 weeks building for these fine races. Challenge yourself!

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Friday, warm up, easy 45-50 minute run with four 150 meter stride outs, then cooldown

Today is a race day for many. The league meets, conference meets, and in some areas, state meets are fast approaching. All this hard work you have done all fall is coming to fruition.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017. warm up, warm up, race, 20 minute jog, then, 12 x 40 seconds, then cooldown. If no race,

warm up, 3 times mile at current race pace, 400m jog, 6x 300 meters cut downs, 150 meter jog, cooldown .

After a Sunday long run, a Monday fartlek, and a Tuesday tempo run, Wednesday is a light day, and enjoy it. Easy days are key to your success, so make sure you do them. You are so much fitter than you were in August. Note that your easy days were more difficut early in the season.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2017. warm up, easy 45-55 minute minute run, four times 150 meter stride outs, cooldown, easy


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DURBAN (RSA, Oct 8): World silver 10k medalist from London Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda won the Durban CitySurfRun 10k in fast national record and South Africa All-Comers top mark 27:29. Another Ugandan Stephen Kissa was clearly behind as second in 28:05 and third Swiss Julien Wanders in 28:13 national record. Only then top home runners followed with Stephen Mokoka 28:35 and Elroy Gelant 29:12. Women winner was also from Uganda and also clocked a national record, Mercyline Chelangat 31:38 ahead of Kenyan Pascalia Chepkorir 31:48. Next in order Dorcas Tuitoek 32:11 over Veronicah Nyaruai 32:55 and home Dominique Scott 33:26.

Kipsang_Wilson-Berlin17.jpgWilson Kipsang, photo by PhotoRun.net

Deba_Buzunesh-BAA10k17.jpgBuzunesh Deba, photo by PhotoRun.net

The TCS NYC Marathon is less than a month away (actually, 25 days). The announcement today of Wilson Kipsang, former NYCM champion and Buzunesh Deba, the two time runner up and Bronx resident. The release is below. As we have for Berlin, Chicago and will for Frankfurt, we will cover NYCM live! @RunBlogRun will see you there in just 25 days!

Hasay-4.jpgPaula Radcliffe, Jordan Hasay and Joan Benoit Samuelson, photo courtesy of Bank of America Chicago Marathon

CHICAGO (USA): Paula Radcliffe told Sports Illustrated she believes Jordan Hasay, who improved to 2:20:57 in the Chicago Marathon, is built for the distance. "I've watched her career unfold with races from 1500 m to when she's moved up," she said. "I always thought that she would be a great marathon runner. She has the combination of physical attributes to run a good marathon plus the mental strength and focus."

The tempo runs are a key part of most successful elite runners' workouts. Tempo runs build your confidence and strength for mid race in the cross country. This sub maximal work makes you stronger. Add this to your regular work, your long runs, your hill runs, and you have a complete training program.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017. warm up, 20 minute tempo run on track, run pace at 30 seconds per mile above our

current 5k racing pace, so if you run 6 minute pace today for 5k race, run tempo at 6:30 pace, and stay

focused. Jog 800 meters, and finish with 4 times 200 meters, easy jog in between, cooldown

For me, the marathon does not end until we get the final report from the Medical Director. Dr. George Champis, who has worked on the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for twelve years.

There were nearly 2000 marathoners in the medical areas at Chicago, with 44 who needed a visit to the hospital. The major issue was heat stroke for atheltes between 2:30 and 4:00 timing.

This presser is the last offiical press event of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and with it, we see a more relaxed Carey Pinkowski and the good doctor.

It was exciting to see Tirunesh Dibaba run her third marathon on the streets of Chicago. The finest women distance runner of all times, Tirunesh Dibaba, was looking for a strong race in Chicago.

While we in the media were speaking about her breaking the course record of one Paula Radcliffe (2:17:18), Tirunesh Dibaba may have desired that record, but, without pace makers, the course record would be quite difficult.

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Here are some short points from EME News on some final points for 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

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The RNR San Jose is one of the most popular races of the Competitor Group. Located in Speed City, as San Jose was called in the 1960s due to its amazing world record breaking sprinters at San Jose State and the Santa Clara Youth Village. Now the speedy half marathon course, the 5k and 10k welcome thousands to the capital of the Silicon Valley.

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This is a piece on Birmingham, England and some of the upcoming prominent athletic events that will be hosted in this city. Special thanks to Stuart Weir on this update.

You are now in week 17. For those who have worked with us since June, you have run for 21 weeks! Over the next two weeks, we will work hard, and then begint to focus on end of season meets.

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Monday, October 9, 2017, warm up, 60 minute run, Holmer Fartlek (32 minutes out, back in 28 minutes), 8 x 150 meter stride outs, cooldown

Rupp and Tirunesh take Chicago


DSCN9860.JPG Jorum Lumbasi (383) and Isaac Kipkoech (0142) in the leading pack of the men's race, photo by Justin Lagat/KenyanAthlete

PA080166.JPG Eliud Kipchoge presenting a cheque to the women's winner, Pauline Korikwiang, photo by Justin Lagat/KenyanAthlete

This was Justin Lagat's column for A View from Kenya for this week. Justin observed the Family Bank Eldoret half marathon this weekend.

While @runblogrun was viewing Bank of America Chicago marathon and the victory of Galen Rupp and Tirunesh Dibaba, the B.A.A. half was happening in one of our favorite towns, Boston.

Please find the release below with top ten results on this fine event. Thanks to the BAA and PhotoRun for their assistance in covering this fine event.

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Chelimo_JoanFV1-BaaHalf17.jpgJulia Chelimo winning BAA Half, October 8, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

PHOTO: Galen Rupp wins the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon in a personal best 2:09:20 (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)
PHOTO: Tirunesh Dibaba wins the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2:18:31, her second sub-2:19 marathon of the year (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)
There are still runners out on the course, and it is 8 hours since the first wave. David Monti wrote this piece, which we use with his permission. This was a fine race, and with the lack of pace makers, there were two very different races.

PHOTO: Jordan Hasay finishes third at the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2:20:57 to become the second-fastest American woman of all time (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)

The marathon is a fickle mistress, yet, if one approaches the event with respect, focus and an attention to detail, one moves the needle higher on the success scale. The absolutely gutty race of Jordan Hasay makes her six foot six in my book. Jordan was made for the marathon, with her light build and her light stride. In the Chicago Marathon, Jordan Hasay literally played chicken with her aggressive racing. Up until halfway she was running 2:17-2:18 pace as Tirunesh Dibaba pushed the pace, but, perhaps not enough to get the course record.

IMG_0136.JPGJordan Hasay and Chris Derrick, B of A Chicago Presser, October 8, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jordan Hasay broke the Course American Record of 2:21:21, held by Joan Benoit Samuelson since 1985. Jordan's 2:20:57 makes her the fastest American women marathoner ever to race on the continent of North America (remember, Deena Kastor ran her 2:19 on the soil of Great Britain).

On the men's side, Chris Derrick, a fine cross country runner and 10,000m runner, took 9th in his first marathon in 2:12:50. He had some issues with his drinks, perhaps too much carbos, but he got into the game, as Coach Jerry Schumacher suggested. At one point, Chris Derrick took the lead, after 30 kilometers. Then, after 35k, the race got moving and the pack of twelve that Chris Derrick lead dropped to four, then, to two, and finally to Galen Rupp.

Chris Derrick told the media that he learned from this first marathon, and will use that knowledge in his next venture over 26.2 miles. But before that, Chris will probably go after his 10,000m PB, set when he was twenty-one. Chris Derrick is a keen observer of all things athletics, he will run faster marathons and faster 10,000 meters.

I recall watching Chris Derrick win the multi lap Edinburgh Cross Country in Edinburgh, Scotland in January 2014. Derrick, in amazing shape, floated over the laps, pressing from early on and running well on a remarkably energy sapping course; with high grass, mud, creek crossing and a cool Scottish January day with the gods of cross country blowing wind the entire day. Derrick is a remarkable athlete, who has had his share of injuries.

Healthy now, Chris Derrick will take these lessons, hard won from the streets of Chicago, to plan his upcoming season and focus. We wish him well.

A wide ranging interview, and one of my favorites of the weekend.

Marcel Hug and Tatyana McFadden are two of the finest wheelchair athletes in the world. Wheelchair marathoning is fast, difficult and have finishes that are decided by hundredths of seconds.

IMG_0135.JPGMarcel Hug and Tatyana McFadden, photo by Adam Johnson-Eder/The Shoe Addicts

In this race, Marcel Hug was able to break away, winning by over one minute. Not so for Tatyana McFadden, who provided a big sprint to take the finish at the very end of the race, giving Tatyana her 8th title in Chicago.

Last February, Tatyana developed a clot in her leg that nearly killed her. Building back her shape, Tatyana built her strength back and is racing well on the circuit once again.

A good look into the world of wheelchair racing, which one pundit described as akin to chariot racing, due to its physical nature and close finishes!

The City of Chicago saw some amazing things on Sunday, October 8, 2017. An American male won for the first time since 2002, and Tirunesh Dibaba shows why many believe that she is the one who could eventually challenge the WR of one Paula Radcliffe.

IMG_0134.JPGGalen Rupp and Tirunesh Dibaba, photo by Adam Johnson Eder, The Shoe Addicts

In this presser, emceed by NYAC Director of Communications James O'Brien, Galen Rupp explained his plan to "remain invisible" until after 22 miles. The most talkative and effusive that Galen Rupp has been ever, he provided us an enlightening view into his tactics, his support system and his appreciation of how much his lovely wife has given up so he can focus on being the global athlete he is becoming.

Tirunesh Dibaba spoke through interpreter Sabrina Yohannes, was happy with her win, but slightly disturbed that she had not taken down Paula Radcliffe's Course record of 2:17:18. Dibaba told us that her futures is on the roads.

An immensely pleasing race to watch, with women going out fast, and men too tentative (I felt like I was watching a championship mile race for a while), but the final act of the men's race showed Galen Rupp (and Coaches Alberto Salazar and Pete Julian) had done their homework.

Carey Pinkowski is the executive director of the Bank of America Chicago marathon. On Saturday, October 7, as on other Saturdays before the marathon, Carey will give the media one last shot to grab him before the race. So, of course, @runblogrun got him, and asked the long reigning race director a few questions. Watch the video, see how much Carey enjoys his job and how well he knew his fields this weekend.

WR holders from Chicago .jpgDennnis Kimetto, Carey Pinkowski, Paula Radcliffe, photo by Adam Johnson Eder for The Shoe Addicts

Kassel Marathon.PNGThis is a story about an error in a race, and how it was amicably worked out. Justin Lagat did a nice job with this piece, reminding us that, as with most situations, communication can work out many of the mistakes that happen in our lives.

We caught up with Dr. George Champis and Carey Pinkowski on Saturday afternoon. George Champis is the Medical Director of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. We asked both to provide some final points on the race, what to keep in mind, and we encourage you to watch the short video.

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Today is Sunday, October 8, 2017. We are at the Chicago Marathon, so we hope you can enjoy watching that, before or after your long run. Enjoy your 85-90 minutes today, at a pace where you can talk.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017. warm up, 80-85 minutes, in hills, cooldown

tirunesh dibaba.jpgTirunesh Dibaba and Carey Pinkowski, British House, World Champs 2017, London, photo by RunBlogRun

Tomorrow will be the the third marathon of Tirunesh Dibaba. In April 2014, Tirunesh Dibaba took third in 2:20:35, after having to stop for a water bottle at 30k. She learnt much from that race.

Now, she is in Chicago, and fit. Her biggest challenge could be mother nature, with some humidty and rain.

We will just have to wait until tomorrow!

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Jordan Hasay was a fine runner in high school, dominating California HIgh School cross country and track and field. From the first day I met her, Jordan was a lot of fun to interview. In college, Jordan battled some fine athletes and that heart of hers, that inner drive did not falter, even though she had wins and some tough losses.

I remember the USA 10,000m title in 2014 in Sacramento with Kim Conley and Jordan. It came down to the final fifty meters and Jordan finished second. She was frustrated, but she knew it was part of the journey as her coaches, Alberto Salazar and Pete Julian, told her. Truth was, I totally respected Jordan for that race, no quarter given, none asked. Hasay and Conley showed us a tremendous battle over 25 laps.

In Houston in January 2017, Jordan Hasay cranked a fast half marathon, 1:08:45. Her confidence was back, her smile was back and I began to wonder, what can she do in Boston? Problem is, Boston must be respected, as it has been the graveyard of many marathoners' dreams.

Jordan Hasay ran 2:23:00 there in Boston, taking third. Jordan Hasay showed us that the dimuntive marathoner with the big heart and lungs and huge drive.

Now, Jordan is running Chicago, and as Coach Salazar said the other day, Jordan is really fit! I told Jordan she will run a fine race, and perhaps, even score another PB.

One thing for certian, the marathon may be the perfect distance for Jordan Hasay. We will just have to wait and see until tomorrow, October 8, 2017.

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CHICAGO (USA): Tirunesh Dibaba, who will run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, is in similar shape to when she ran 2:17:56 at this year's London Marathon, according to her agent, Mark Wetmore, Letsrun.com reports.

RunBlogRun opines: Tirunesh Dibaba is a most amazing talent. Her track times are one thing, but it is her race pedigree that sets her apart. Watching her difficult battles on the track showed a women who did not like to loose and an athlete possessed of a very potent kick. Her two marathons have shown just a bit of the talent that this women has. This race on Sunday, in rain and or humidty, may not be a 2:17 race, but it should be a race where the race prowess of Tirunesh Dibaba comes out.

The likes of Khalid Khannouchi, Steve Jones, Catherine Ndereba and Paula Radcliffe make me smile. As a member of the media, I have been fortunate to witness the world records of Khannouchi, Ndereba and Radcliffe in Chicago. I watched Steve Jones on TV.

World records are ephemeral. They are the unique moments when fitness, weather, competitiveness all come together and for once, perhaps twice, the athlete put the limits of the human body and spirit behind them. These athletes, for a second, like Icarus, have tried to touch the sun. In the case of the four record holders, in their world records, they touched the sun.

These are momentous occasions in the life of an athlete. They are also fleeting moments, part of the memories that give structure and meaning to an athletic life.

On September 28, 2014, Dennis Kimetto, a relative new comer to the marathon (his debut was 2:04:16 at Berlin in 2012), became the first and only man, on a world record worthy course, to break two hours, three minutes, with his amazing 2:02:57.

Now, Dennis Kimetto is running Bank of America Chicago marathon. Dennis owns the course record of 2:03:45 here, set in near perfect conditions of a fall day in Chicago.

But, after those near perfect days, how does one get his or her mojo back?

That is the journey that Dennis Kimetto is set on finishing.

Kimetto-Mutai1-Berlin14.jpgDennis Kimetto, photo by PhotoRun.net

Rupp_Galen1a-Boston17.jpgGalen Rupp, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hasay_Jordan1a-BostonM17.jpgJordan Hasay, photo by PhotoRun.net

CHICAGO (USA): The top American hopes for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Galen Rupp and Jordan Hasay, both say they have enjoyed their best-ever build-ups for a 26-mile race. Rupp told Letsrun.com: "This is the best prepared for the marathon I've ever been."

RunBlogRun opines: The race on Sunday could be humid and rainy, or just plain humid. This suggests a modest early pace and a strong finish. Both Rupp and Hasay are built for such conditions. Should be fascinating to see how these two fare on Sunday. My take is that Rupp could win the whole enchilada, and Hasay looks like numero 2 and a nice PB.

Friday was a busy day for Tim Hutchings. Tim emcees the elite field pressers for the men, women and wheelchair athletes who would be running on the streets of Chicago on October 8. Tim Hutchings introduces the athletes and then, provides a quick interview on each male and female athletes in the elite presser.

women chicago.jpgMaril Perez, Lisa Weightman, Danna Heckert, Sara Crouch, Jordan Hasay, Tirunesh Dibaba, photo by Adam Johnson-Eder, The Shoe Addicts

men elite.jpgDiego Estrada, Chris Derrick, Zersenay Tadesse, Feyisa Lelisa, Galen Rupp, Sam Chelanga, elite field, photo by Adam Johnson Eder, The Shoe Addicts

CHICAGO (USA): Security will be stepped up for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon following this week's mass shooting. Mayor Rahm Emanuel told The Chicago Tribune the city will "double check and triple check" arrangements and said the number of undercover officers in the crowd will be increased.

Rahm and WR holders DW.jpgKhalid Khannouchi, Steve Jones, Catherine Ndereba, Rahm Emmanuel, Paul Lambert, Paula Radcliffe, photo by Adam Johnson Eder, The Shoe Addicts

RunBlogRun opines: There is no right answer on security. How does one comfort and give 40,000 runners and their families a sense of security one week after a mass shooting? Mayor Rahm Emmanuel did a nice job, as did Carey Pinkowski, as both answered the questions of the media head on.

The Thursday presser was a strong event. The current world record holders, Dennis Kimetto and Paula Radcliffe, as well as the four WR breakers who broke records on Bank of America Chicago Marathon (Khalid Khannouchi, Steve Jones, Dennis Kimetto and Paula Radcliffe).

WR holders.jpgKhalid Khannouchi, Steve Jones, Catherine Ndereba, Paula Radcliffe, Bank of America Chicago Marathon World Record holders, photo by David Wearn

This section included a question and answer with Bank of America President Paul Lambert, as well as some comments by Carey Pinkowski, Executive Race Director, Bank of America.

Carey and Rahm, DW.jpgCarey Pinkowski introducing the Mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, photo by David Wearn

On the Monday before the Chicago Marathon, a horrific event happened in Las Vegas. Soon after that, it was revealed that the perpetrator had investigated Chicago as a focus of his terrible crimes. Since 9/11/01, major events have had to consider the facts that their event could be a target. Since April 15, 2013, when Boston Marathon was attacked, road races became accutely aware of this possibility. Kudos to Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Executive Race Director, Carey Pinkowski , who handled the terrible events in Las Vegas without increasing the fear, but also providing a sense of comfort that Chicago was preparing for all situations.

Carey Pinkowski, AJE.jpgCarey Pinkowski, Executive Race Director for Bank of America Chicago Marathon, photo by Adam Johnson Eder/The Shoe Addicts

This is part 2 of the Thursday presser, and it should be a lesson for event directors on how to juggle the important need of providing information without adding to the fear and concern post Las Vegas.

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The opening presser for the 2017 Bank of America Chicago marathon featured Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, Bank of America President (Illinois) Paul Lambert, Carey Pinkowski, Executive Director, B of A Chicago Marathon, Tim Hadzima, Manager, Abbott World Marathon Masters in Part 1. Special thans to Mike Deering of the Shoe addicts for the filming and due to the lack of wifi access in presser, we had to provide video post-event. This was the short intro, there will be two more parts for Thursday.

WR holders from Chicago .jpgDennis Kimetto, WR holder in marathon (men), Carey Pinkowski, Race Director, @chicagomarathon, and Paula Radcliffe, WR Holder in marathon (women), photo by Mike Deering, The Shoe Addicts

Diego Estrada ASICS.jpgDiego Estrada, photo courtesy of Race Results Weekly (Jane Monti), used with permission

RunBlogRun opines: Diego Estrada is one of those talents who comes along infrequently. His track times indicate a fine marathon time, yet, as many of us have learnt, the Marathon is a cruel mistress. Last year, in his third attempt, Diego finished Chicago as top American, but it was not without a struggle.

Coach Joe Vigil, and old school coach if there ever was one, in his confidence builder for Diego, suggested that he better finish or, and I quote, " I will kick your ass."

Diego finished in 2016, and broke the curse of 2016 (DNFs in 10,000m and Marathon Trials).

What will he do in 2017?

You have to wait and see on Sunday.

This is the first real weekend in October and many teams are in conference meet mode. The championships are beginning. Focus your effort on this race, with a good start, work the middle race and use a long kick, then, with the finish line in site, sprint all out!

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Saturday, October 7, 2017. warm up, early season cross country race, cooldown finish up with , 4x150 meters, cooldown

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Today, @runblogrun met with Ezekiel Chebii at the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Ezekiel Chebii look ready for the big race. What will he do in his first World Marathon Majors?

Friday runs are always a bit contemplative. An easy run the day before a race, one notices their breaths, perhaps a funny joke from a friend, perhaps an usual sight on the run.

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Then, the stride outs. Those are to shake you out of your doldrums, and to remember, tomorrow, as World Champ silver medalist at 4x400m told us in London, "when you race, you are a gladiator".

Friday, October 6, 2017. warm up, easy 45-50 minute run with four 150 meter stride outs, then cooldown

Spanovic_Ivana-Brussels17.jpgIvana Spanovic, photo by PhotoRun.net

BELGRADE (SRB): Serbian Athletics Federation recieved confirmation that Ivana Spanovic ended as fourth in the long jump at World Championships in London. They claimed she should be higher in the rankings because her last jump was longer than 691 cm. That was enough for fourth place. But she landed way over 7 meters, but her bib on the back made the difference. Serbian federation appealed, but admitted now the decision was right. Informs b92.net.

RunBlogRun opines: Joan Benoit Samuelson is fearless. 1983 Boston winner Greg Meyer told me once that he could not train daily with Joan, because she trained so hard. Her win in Los Angeles Marathon in 1984 cemented her as the first woman Olympic marathon gold medalist and an icon for Nike. I recall Joan at the Nike Half Marathon in SFO one year, speaking with media on women's running. It was, well, epic.

I will never forget her epic battle with Ingrid Kristinsen and Rosa Mota at the 1985 Chicago Marathon. Joan won and ran 2:21:21, an American record that was not broken for 18 years! Joan Benoit Samuelson speaks eloquently, but she speaks best with her feet, and her marathons have been works of art, as well as ways to showcase women's running.

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CHICAGO (USA): Joan Benoit-Samuelson, who had been hoping to become the first woman over 60 to run a marathon in less than three hours, has withdrawn from Chicago this Sunday after suffering injury in the build-up. "October 8 has been on my calendar for some time, but I need to put my goals and my story on hold for now," the 1984 Olympic champion said in a statement. "Chicago holds a special place in my career, and while I cannot compete this year, I am looking forward to cheering on thousands of runners as they chase their goals and tell their stories on race day."

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It was less than one month after September 11, 2001 when Catherine Ndereba broke the world record on the 2001 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and ran the first sub 2:19 marathon for a woman in history.

This is David Monti's feature on that famous event.

Ndereba_Catherine-Beach2Beacon11.jpgCatherine Ndereba, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 200 meter men's final was all about the racing. So much drama in the race, with Wayde Van Niekerk having won the 400 meters and done the rounds of the 200 meters, with a gutty run in the semi final!

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In the final, Turkey's Ramil Guliyev, who has lived and trained in Turkey for six plus years, prevailed. The Turkish sprinter, who had focused on the 200 meters, came off the turn and built his leed to the finish, putting Wayde Van Nikerk in the silver position and Jereem Richards in the bronze position.

Ramil was ecstatic! He spoke about the hard work, and his race that night. Wayde Van Niekerk was subdued: he felt frustrated that he had not recieved the recognition he believed due (and we agree) for his fine double. Jereem Richards had surprised many with his bronze (well, except Maurice Greene, who picked Jereem for third).

RunBlogRun opines: One of the nicest people on the planet, I enjoyed my interview with Shadrack Biwott last year in San Jose. I will not be able to see my friend this year, but I look forward to seeing him in his next marathon! Shadrock followed last year's win at RNR San Jose with a fifth place at the 2016 NYC Marathon. In the spring of 2017, Shadrack Biwott finished fourth in the Boston Marathon! What will he do this year?

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SAN JOSE (USA): This weekend, the center of Silicon Valley plays host to one of the most exciting road races in the Golden State: the Rock 'n' Roll San Jose Half Marathon. Defending champion, Shadrack Biwott, headlines the men's field in the race which is known for its flat and fast course. For the women the top favorite is 35-year-old Sasha Gollish who was last year's Canadian Cross Country Champion.

Kori Carter has had promise for several years. She just did not have good luck. That changed in 2017, as Kori made the World Champs team, and in the final, Kori Carter took the gold from the very hands of WL Dalilah Muhammed. In third place was Ristiananna Tracy, who, again impressed many with her gutty running.

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The presser for the 400m hurdles was pretty fun. Some good quotes and some fine comments on the world of elite racing.

RunBlogRun opines: We are quite excited to be going to Birmingham, England for the World Indoors in 2018. It will be a fun meet, followed by curry, kebabs and perhaps, an beverage of some type. The city of Birmingham has a great art scene, lots of history and lots of clubs. So, as @runblogrun reminds you! Be there!

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BIRMINGHAM (GBR): The IAAF has given its blessing to preparations for the 2018 World Indoor Championships in Birmingham following a visit last week, reports the organisers. Fourteen IAAF staff spent the end of last week at the Arena Birmingham, as part of a two-day workshop to help plan the championships. The IAAF's Competition and Events Director, Paul Hardy, also head of the delegation, said: "This is a vastly experienced local organising committee and we are confident their planning and preparation are on track to deliver an amazing IAAF World Indoor Championships next March. The momentum of the extremely successful IAAF World Championships in London this summer is rolling onto Birmingham where great competition, innovation and organisation can be expected."

Thursday is our dedicated race day. We also add a workout after the race. If you do not race, then, get in a good workout, noted today.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017, warm up, warm up, early season race, jog 20 minutes, finish up with 8 times 40 seconds hard, jog two minutes in between, then, easy 2 mile cooldown. If no race, then, warm up, 50 minutes fartlek, two and one half minutes at 5k race pace, two and one half minutes easy, repeat ten times, cooldown.

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IAAF President foresees radical moves
LONDON (GBR): Pop-up running tracks in football stadiums, city franchises and athlete auctions are among the "radical" moves athletics must consider to enhance its appeal, says IAAF president Lord Coe. He was addressing questions about how the sport can innovate and flourish, especially in the wake of the retirement of its superstar Usain Bolt. Writes the BBC. "Athletics should be ready to change. I'm not ruling anything out," IAAF President was quoted as saying.

Sabrina Yohannes writes this second piece on Abel Kirui and his humble backgrounds. The two time World Champion is back on his game and could prove very dangerous in Chicago this coming weekend.

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We wanted you to see this. Maurice Greene's prescient comments on the 100 meters in London were done the day before. He noted precisely how Elaine Thompson could be beat, and he spoke about how the womens' 100 meters could be an amazing race, which it was!


Watch for more Mo & Larry shows, on London, sprinting, and many other subjects. Special thanks to adidas on their support of this program.

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One of my favorite events each year, I am missing the event due to conflict with Chicago Marathon. Here's info on this fine race!

Kimetto-Mutai1-Berlin14.jpgDennis Kimetto, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Top names in Chicago
CHICAGO (USA): Five athletes with sub-2:06 lifetime bests will be competing in the men's race in the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. The line-up is headed by world record-holder Dennis Kimetto (2:02:57 PB) and reigning champion Abel Kirui (2:05:04 PB) along with Ethiopians Feyisa Lilesa (2:04:52 PB) and Sisay Lemma (2:05:16) and former New York Marathon winner Stanley Biwott from Kenya (2:03:51 PB). Other top names include Olympic bronze medallist Galen Rupp (2:09:58 PB), Kenyans Ezekiel Chebii (2:06:07 PB) and Bernard Kipyego (2:06:19 PB) and world half marathon record-holder Zersenay Tadese from Eritrea (2:10:41 PB). The women's elite field is headed by Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba (2:17:56 PB), reigning champion Florence Kiplagat (2:19:44PB) and top US distance runner Jordan Hasay (2:23:00 PB).

This is Paul Halford's weekly column for RunBlogRun. This week, Paul writes about Dewi Griffiths and his breakthrough run last week over the half marathon distance. Paul helps us understand that a big PB comes after consistent work, and dedication. For Dewi Griffiths, there are lots depenending on the Frankfurt Marathon.

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Cross Country is now in its second month for 2017. First state meet has happened (can you believe it?), in Alaska, on September 30. This is Wednesday workout , and it is pretty relaxed. Remember to watch our videos from Coaches Gags, Nohilly and Trautmann!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2017. warm up, easy 45-55 minute minute run, four times 150 meter stride outs, cooldown, easy


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The triple jump was a tough competition. Christian Taylor leaped 17.68m in his third attempt and took the gold medal. In his third attempt, Will Claye cemented the silver medal with 17.63 meters. The bronze medal was won by Nelson Evora, the grand old man of the triple jump, leaped 17.19 meters, to add to his medal haul.

But what was wonderful about this presser was the love fest that Christian Taylor and Will Claye shared on their fellow jumper, Nelson Evora, who had a few competitions this year. Taylor and Claye admire Evora, and his devotion to the triple jump.

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PORTLAND (USA): After an injury-plagued 2017 season, Olympic 1500m champion Matt Centrowitz is chasing fast times next season, informs Track and Field News. "I think next year will be about chasing fast times, because there is no Olympics or World Champs. You don't have to worry about peaking. If you run the fastest time of the year in June, who cares? I just think it's about getting after it this next year. No excuses," he said.

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Our sport is about, at its most primitive, competition. One athlete versus another athlete. Such a case was driven into my memory with the women's 400 meters. Shaunae Miller-Uibo had the lead with 350 meters to go. She looked up at the big screen, tripped on her spike and started to fall back, to fourth. Phyllis Francis ran from the back to the front, to take the gold. Salwa Eid Naser, running a fantastic series of rounds, moved into silver with a PB, and Allyson Felix, who did not have her best race, took the bronze.

Here is the presser on the 400 meter women's race.

IMG_0088.JPGThe Shoe Addicts did this video during one of our visits to the Windy City during Chicago Marathon week. This is a fun store to check out, and with all of the extra things that go on during marathon week, it will get you a good feel for the history and brand. See you there! And remember, RunBlogRun and the Shoe Addicts will be in Chicago during marathon week! Watch for our coverage for the entire week.

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Van Niekerk thinks only about sprints
CAPE TOWN (RSA): World and Olympic 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk is expected to focus on the 100m and 200m next season. "Wayde van Niekerk confirms he will focus on the 100m and 200m events at next year's Commonwealth Games. He's giving the 400m a miss," said South African journalist Wesley Botton on Twitter.

The 400 meter hurdles is a sadist event. Combining the lactate load created by running a proper 400 meters, with ten hurdles, the 400 meter hurdles requires spirit and, when the athlete is most fatigued, self control. Karston Warholm showed that self control when he took the lead over the last hurdle as Kerron Clement stuttered. Yasmani Copello also continued to move past Clement, to take the silver.

What was interesting about this presser? Warholm was unusually animated, enjoying himself and was quite honest about his feelings after his win. Kerron Clement was the most interesting. He was professional, but he was also upset on his loss. It was very clear that this race would give him motivation for 2018 and 2019.

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TORONTO (CAN): Cam Levins has announced he will run the half marathon at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 22 October, informs organisers. Levins is hoping to secure qualification for the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia, Spain next March. "My plan is to go out with the marathon pace group at 63 minutes. What I would like to do is try and qualify for the 2018 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. So whatever it takes to do that at the very least and if I am feeling good (I will) knock it out of the park. That's sort of my main goal going into this," he said. Levins is also aiming to compete at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham over 3000m.

Lijao Gong put the shot put away in round 5 with 19.94 meters, and added a second strong shot in 19.89 meters. Anita Marton of Hungary, the Euro Indoor Champ, fought each round and hit 19.49m on her last throw, which gave her the silver. Olympic champion Michelle Carter reached 19.14m, but no farther, and could not respond to Anita Marton's spirited final throw.

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This was a good presser, as the throwers speak about their competition and their medals. In the pressers, some time after the competition, and some time after the mixed zones, there were these magical moments when the athletes wanted to talk about the competition, and their hard work. If you gave them the time to speak, there were some amazing moments. We tried to capture them in these press conference videos. Thanks to Mike Deering and Adam Johnson Eder on these (along with Algernon Felice, the Shoe Addicts).

Tempo runs are a big part of your workouts during this time of the season. Tempo runs will help you maintain your mid race pace during the toughest parts of your races. Focus on these workouts and you will do well.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017, warm up, 20 minute tempo run on track, run pace at 30 seconds per mile above our

current 5k racing pace, so if you run 6 minute pace today for 5k race, run tempo at 6:30 pace, and stay

focused. Jog 800 meters, and finish with 4 times 200 meters, easy jog in between, cooldown

As part of the B.A.A. series, the B.A.A. Half Marathon is always a draw. Big fields in Boston this weekend for the half marathon. For information on the fields and about the course please read the press release below!

Salel_DanielFV-BaaHalf16.jpgDaniel Salel, B.A.A. Half 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

This story was provided by the NN Running team on Abel Kirui. Abel Kirui won both the 2009 and 2011 World Championships marathons, and then, took the Olympic silver medal in the marathon in London 2012.

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From 2013 to 2016, when he won the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Abel had some ups and downs in his career. His last year has been quite good, and he looks ready to challenge and any and all who are running the streets of Chicago with this fine championship runner.

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This is a fun interview with Abel, we hope that you enjoy it!

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LAFAYETTE (USA): World U20 pole vault record-holder Armand Duplantis' coach and father Greg has said he will compete more sparingly next season and his first major goal will be the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, informs Digital Journal. "That's a big thing for us. Mondo will also compete at the World Junior Championships this summer. He is going to be more selective in a lot of his meets this year. We are focused on these two competitions next year," he said.

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Tom Nohilly made the World Championships in the steeple in 1995 and 1997. What he learnt from his time as a high school, college and elite athlete he has used in his coaching. As an assistant coach with the HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club, Tom works with some of the finest developing elite American athletes.

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Tom Nohilly was asked the question, how do you use fartlek, or 'speed-play' with young athletes. Here is his response.

Special thanks to HOKA ONE ONE for their support of the HOKA ONE ONE Coaching series and to The Shoe Addicts, the digital partner of RunBlogRun for the filming, and project management.

RunBlogRun opines: Want to get Kenenisa Bekele to kick some butt? Say a few things about his less than full effort approach at recent marathons. Suggest that he might not be able to run fast again. Kenenisa Bekele has nine lives. I am curious to see if he is able to train all out again, or if he is being nagged by injuries. One thing is for certian, Kenenisa Bekele is fired up with recent media suggestions that he is not giving it his all.

Bekele_Kenenisa1h-Berlin16.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo by PhotoRun.net

ADDIS ABABA (ETH): Kenenisa Bekele has responded to the comments made by his agent Jos Hermens questioning his professionalism in the build-up to the Berlin Marathon, informs LetsRun.com. "How can one question the professionalism of an athlete that has the second fastest marathon time ever and is still a world record holder in the 10k and 5k to this day?" he said. Bekele still believes he has the ability to break Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2:02:57 despite a DNF in the Berlin Marathon. "I definitely will break it before my retirement. For all the skeptics, I will show them with my hard work. I want to seize my future. And I don't want anyone to get into my way of proving myself."

This is the second season of the Mo & Larry show. I have to admit, I love working with Maurice Greene. Maurice was the dominant 100m/200m sprinter from 1997-2001, but he was also the most entertaining! Maurice had a way of entertaining the media and the crowd. We need more of that in our sport.


As a commentator, Maurice Greene uses his experience as a World and Olympic champion, his coaching skills and his keen skills of observation to provide insights into our sport.

Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts for their work on this series: Algernon Felice, Mike Deering and Adam Johnson Eder. Most important, special thanks to Maurice Greene and our sponsor, adidas.

RunBlogRun opines: Dennis Kimetto is the world record holder in the marathon, having run 2:02:57 at BMW Berlin In September 2014. Since then, a series of less than spectacular races, injuries and lack of fitness have caused some to question who is this Dennis Kimetto? In the following piece by EME News, Dennis is now training well and wants a strong performance at Chicago this coming week, where he set the course record in 2013. There will be a tough field on the streets of Chicago. Do not miss @runblogrun's live coverage of the marathon.

Kimetto-Mutai1-Berlin14.jpgDennis Kimetto, Geoffrey Mutai, photo by PhotoRun.net

ITEN (KEN): Dennis Kimetto has admitted he doesn't know how his body will respond in the Chicago Marathon but all being well, he hopes to challenge his course record of 2:03:45, informs Xinhua. "I am in training and don't want to put any demands on myself. It has been frustrating and I tell you all that matters now is to get back on the starting line-up and compete. How the body will take that pressure is something I can't tell right now," he said. "If things go as planned, I want to break the course record in Chicago."

John Trautmann is one of the two assistant coaches with HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club. The Shoe Addicts and I sat with John Trautmann, Tom Nohilly, and the one and only Frank Gagliano, head coach of the HOKA ONE ONE NJNYTC back in June 2017 to discuss this coaching series.

We are grateful to HOKA ONE ONE for sponsoring this series. We asked the coaches questions that would be of value to high school cross country coaches during their season.

This is part five. John Trautmann values warm up and cooldown and described the needs for the athletes.

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This is week 16 in the cross country schedule. We will be changing workouts again next week. So, enjoy this week of two races a week, plus fartlek and long run. Enjoy the workout.

Stretching HOKA .jpgTying your shoes, photo by Justin Britton

Monday, October 2, 2017. warm up, 50 minute easy run, 8 x 150 meter stride outs, cooldown

GLASGOW (GBR, Oct 1): Chris Thompson defeated world marathon fourth-placer Callum Hawkins on a rainy morning in the half marathon at the Great Scottish Run. Thompson clocked 62:44 with Hawkins second in 63:18, just ahead of Tsegai Tewelde who clocked an identical time. Commonwealth marathon champion Filomena Cheyech won the women's race in 70:17 from Charlotte Purdue (72:18) and Fionnuala Ross (74:26). Jo Pavey was seventh in 78:11.

RunBlogRun opines: Chris Thompson is one of the most dangerous runners on the planet, when he is healthy. He is also one of the funniest people I have ever met. We were in stitches a few years back on way from London Marathon expo. His sense of humor is well honed, and his desire to race and challenge himself gives honor to the sport. I recall a conversation with Coach Mark Rowland about Thommo, and when your coach loves you, well, that's pretty good. Nice to see Thommo win at Great Scottish run today!

But the runs that Chris Thompson will always be remembered for was the European Athletics 10,000 meters, in 2010 where he showed total brass ones in his last 1000 meters. When Chris ran his PB for 10,000m in 2011 (27:27.36) at Payton Jordan, he was fully recovered, in this viewers eyes in minutes! In 2012, Thommo came back to Palo Alto and ran 13:11.54 for the 5,000 meters (he seems to like Palo Alto).

We've added a second instagram video just below, well, just because we like this guy!

Updated October 1, 2017.

In the book, The Nightmare Years 1930-1941, , William L. Shirer chronicled the rise to power of the National Socialist movement in Germany. Shirer was there, at the dinners with Goring, Himmler, and Hitler, and Charles Lindbergh. Shirer witnessed Charles Lindbergh, the famous flier, being fed lies that showed a strong German war machine, when, much of it was a fabrication. Lindbergh was championing the America First movement, prior to WW2. In November, 79 percent of Americans, prior to Pearl Harbor, wanted nothing to do with the European war. Shirer's columns on the rising threat in Europe were read across the Unites States by a public still recovering from the scars of WW1, and mass Depression.

I feel that we are reliving those crazy, challenging times, when leaders exchange bravado for real actions, and partisanship is rampant. With major media groups such as Facebook and Twitter, putting their heads in the sand, not accepting how much lying (that is what non factual news is) can stir up people who see content that support their baser feelings and take it for reality. The lack of overview of social media has allowed many less than benign groups, and perhaps, countries, influence much of what many of us read each and every day.

My biggest question is, didn't anyone listen in history class when you were taught about contemporary sources and how difficult they were to determine their veracity? I guess not.

While there was not social media in the 1930s-1940s, the role of media is even more important now. Allowing non-factual stories, from either political spectrum, is wrong. And trying to stop speakers, whether, they are right, left or center totally shows an absolute ignorance of our Constitution, where we are to protect the rights of people to speak, especially when it upsets us so much that we want to throw things at them. Consider what our forefathers, imperfect white males (some yes, who owned slaves), to say the least, were trying to do.

Are we living up to the gift we have in this country? I think not.

After the last week we have had, I thought it might be good to re consider. I am not trying to push an agenda, I believe that we must, in a democracy, make difficult decisions. But, we must rely on facts, which, if one takes some time to truly consider, can be found, even today.

Originally posted January 22, 2017.

I just wrote this piece for my Linked-In site. I thought you might want to read it.

IMG_4746.JPGLarry Eder and Brian Eder, day before Rio Olympics, photo by Victah Sailer/PhotoRun.net

Kosice_(Slovakia)_-_Memorial_of_the_International_Peace_Marathon_1.jpgMemorial to the Kosice International Peace Marathon courtesy of Wikipedia
Jerotich CR 2:27:34 in Kosice
KOSICE (SVK, Oct 1): Great atmosphere, results and participation at the 94th International Peace Marathon here. After fastest splits ever at half distance (63:40 by men and 73:03 by women) winning Sheila Jerotich improved not only her PB but also course record 2:27:47 from 2013 by 13 seconds to 2:27:34 (8000 euro prize money). "I will be back, I still feel I can run better on this course, next year I go for 2:25," said Jerotich after her second marathon. Life-time best also for second placer Sheila Chepkoech 2:29:13, third experienced Emily Samoei in solid 2:31:17. Ethiopians followed with Worknesh Alemu 2:31:27 and still U20 runner Meseret Abebayehu 2:32:31. Debuting in Europe as 6th Tecla Kirong improved hugely to 2:32:46 and only 7th top favorite with best PB Janet Rono 2:34:06. Youngest from Kenyan elite group Reuben Kerio (23) made his break at 38th km and won in life-time best 2:08:12 (12 000 euro prize money), also third best winning mark here and 15th by a Kenyan. Male winner (in his third marathon) had the same feelings as women one, Kerio said he wants to be back and use the fast course to a sub 2:07 (course record 2:07:01 from 2012). Good depth as top seven went under 2:12, second Ethiopian Fikre Robi 2:08:36PB and third Richard Sigei 2:09:05, also sub 2:10 for two more Kenyans Henry Chirchir 2:09:42 and Raymond Choge 2:09:53. Great news for Slovak marathon running as Tibor Sahajda (26) hugely improved as 9th to 2:18:44. His best by nearly 5 minutes and first Slovak in last 11 years to break 2:20. He also qualified for European championships in Berlin as Slovak federation set a standard of 2:21. Behind him Jozef Urban also improved to 2:21:51, but missed the standard by 51 seconds. In excellent weather (10 degrees at start and 13 during elite finish, no wind and sun) the total participation in all races went close to 13 000, new record.

Judd-Simpson-5thAve17.JPGJessica Judd, Jenny Simpson, photo by PhotoRun.net

OHare-WillisW-5thAve17.JPGChris O'Hare, Nick Willis, photo by PhotoRun.net

We asked Cathal Dennehy to catch up with some of the elite middle distance world to find out what they wll be doing during the off season. Cathal Dennehy, who won the media 800 meters at the London 2017 World Champs (sub 2 minutes, baby), travels the world, searching for a great athletics story. We were fortunate to get him stateside for a good couple of stories...

Gatlin_JustinR1-Lausanne17.jpgJustin Gatlin, photo by PhotoRun.net
Gatlin wins Mano e Mano
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA, Oct 1): World 100 m champion Justin Gatlin won the 5th edition of Mano e Mano 100 m street race at Jockey Club Brasileiro in Rio with a time of 10.52. After the competition Gatlin confirmed he wants to be in Doha at 2019 World Championships and win the gold medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020. Second Paulo André de Oliveira 10.57 and third another US sprinter Isiah Young 10.65 ahead of Bruno de Barros 10.80. In Saturday qualification faster time by Andre de Oliviera in 10.41 over de Barros 10.55. National record holder Rosangela Santos won the women 100 m in 11.63.


Craig Masback, photo courtesy of Runnerspace.com

_61787353_ovett3.jpgSteve Ovett, photo courtesy of BBC

Craig Masback was a fine miler, used his love of the sport to build a media commentating career. Steve Ovett, an Olympic champion, an a mile WR holder, used his love of the sport, his sense of humor to build a career in sports commentating on the other side of the pond.

In this short review, Jeff Benjamin writes of their styles and attention to detail that make them popular sports commentators in the sport of athletics.

You have to admire Abel Kirui. Abel Kirui surprised many with his win in Chicago last year. Why? This marathoner is one of the most positive people you will ever meet. Kirui, in truth, is probably the least known 2:05 marathoner in the world.

It befuddles this writer.

Kirui_Abel-BostonM15.jpgAbel Kirui, photo by PhotoRun.net

Abel Kirui won the gold medal in the 2009 World Champs in Berlin. Two years later, in Daegu, Abel Kirui was back, and won the gold once again in South Korea.

In 2012, in old London town, Abel Kirui finished silver to Stephen Kiprotich (Uganda)'s gold medal in the Olympic marathon.

In 2016, Abel Kirui showed up again winning Bank of America Chicago Marathon. This was after no marathons in 2013, but a 2:09:04 in Tokyo in Feb 2014, 2:10:56 in 2015 in Amsterdan in Oct 2015, and a 2:08:06 in Tokyo in February 2016. His win in Chicago in October 2016 put him on the map once again.

What will he do on the streets of Chicago?

Read Sabrina Yohannes feature below and you will see that Mr. Kirui is ready to roll!

17AW_RT_World-Champs_Bolt_Stadium_Legacy-Spike_1152_rgb.jpgUsain Bolt, photo by PUMA communications
Bolt negotiating with Gold Coast
GOLD COAST (AUS): Superstar Usain Bolt looks set to be at next year's Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast after all, although in an ambassadorial role rather than on the track. Gold Coast 2018 have been negotiating for Bolt to appear at the Commonwealth Games in a ceremonial role. Informs insidethegames.

The long runs were some of my favorite workouts. During mileage phases, I would run two hours a day up in the hills, just enjoying the scenery and feeling like my strength grew each day. Then, there was the one mile loop around Santa Clara Cemetary (I was a night guard and sometime grave digger), where I ran, by myself or with a few selected friends, on a small circuit that included gravel trails, small roads that circled the old cemetary. I also recall doing a long run near Tucumcari, New Mexico, in the neighorhood by a camp site, with my only followers being the nightly stars and a half moon.

Shoes for race .jpgShoes for the race, photo by Justin Britton

Long runs are the Sunday workouts for the season. Enjoy the long runs. Find different places to run and friends to share those runs with, they are part of what makes the sport a good place.

Sunday, October 1, 2017. warm up, 80-85 minutes, in hills, cooldown

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