November 2019 Archives

Ivana Spanovic to end career in 2022


Spanovic_Ivana-Worlds18.jpgIvana Spanovic, photo by

1283358_G08_W01.jpg2018 Euro Cross Country Champs, photo by European Athletics

I love European Athletics and how they have supported the cross country. They have their issues, but with almost 600 athletes and 29 countries/51 associations, it is the biggest cross country event in the world. EAA is saving cross country. And that, as Martha Stewart might say, " a good thing."

The heptathlon in Doha was one of the finest competitions in recent memory.

The battle featured the Olympic, World and European Champion (Nafi Thiam) vs Katerina Johnson-Thompson, 2018 European silver medalist, 2018 World Indoor Champion. This was an event by event battle. The quality of the athletes is such that one error and a medal is gone.

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Johnson-Thompson won 4 of 7 events. Her 2:07.26 was gutty and focused, giving her the gold medal. Nafi Thiam did not compete well, she had several sub par performances. In many of her past performances, Johnson-Thompson had a sub par event in her heptathlons. That was not the case in Doha.

Verena Preiner of Austria had a brilliant performance, taking the bronze in Doha.

The presser was exciting, and questions fun and answers complete.

Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts' Adam Johnson Eder on filming and Mike Deering on production.

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DeAnna Price is the 2018 WC hammer throw gold medalist. Her win in Doha was the first gold medal ever in the hammer. TFN, the bible of the sport, did a recent interview with DeAnna, and talked about her future in the hammer throw.

The decathlon is two days of battling the elements, the events, emotions, and your body. The long time coach of Ashton Eaton is Harry Marra. Harry told me that the decathlon has ten ways to get injured. The 1968 Olympic gold medalist, Bill Toomey once told the media that the decathlon is ten ways to make mistakes.

At the end of day one, Damien Warner of Canada lead, with 4,513 points. In second, Pierce LaPage, CAN hit 4,486. Three points separated 2nd and 3rd, as Kevin Mayer had a score of 4,483.

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In sixth place was Maicel Uibo, of Estonia, (4,317), and in 11th, Niklas Kaul, Germany, hit a score of 4,164.

Day 2 was nuts. Kevin Mayer hurt himself in the discus, then could not finish the pole vault. Damien Warner slowly began to disintegrate on day 2, as his lead went away and he found himself in the bronze medal position. Maicel Uibo, using a huge 5.40m pole vault, moved into the silver position. But it was youngster Niklaus Kaul, the young German decathlete, had won the discus (49.34m) and vaulted 5.00m. But, Kaul's javelin, a huge 79.05m, put him in gold medal contention. His 4:15.70 in the 1,500m gave him the gold, and Maicel Uibo followed in silver with Damian Warner in bronze.

The presser is amazing. Warner and Uibo give an exhilerating description of how to sell the decathlon. The final part of the presser had NIklaus Kaul speaking about his competition.

When Niklaus Kaul was asked who his hero was, he pointed to the back of the presser. Sitting there was Ashton Eaton and his wife, Brianne Theisen Eaton.

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The Saturday after Thanksgiving is one of the big high school cross country racing days. There are NXN regionals, where many of the best teams battle it out, and there are the Foot Locker regionals, where many young cross country athletes race to see how they do against the best.

Good luck to all today!

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Saturday: warm up, 5k race, get out well, and focus on one person at a time, take them strongly, finish well, cool down

The day before the regionals, one should check out the course and get some rest. See a movie, watch NetFlix, or read a book, get your mind off the event. You will focus on the race tomorrow.

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Friday: 30-45 minute minute park run, relaxed

Thanksgiving Day was chockful of Turkey Trots. Enjoy them, or get in the easy run.

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Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019: Thanksgivinging, 50 minute easy run, cooldown


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Enjoy the easy days, so that you can race swiftly on the fast days!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019: 30-45 minute run, 4 x 150m stride outs, cooldown, relaxed

unnamed-3.jpgWorld Athletics Mile honorees, photo by Phillipe Fitte, World Athletics

2019 Dubai IPC Diary: Race running...


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A new event is the topic of Stuart Weir's comment...

Hannah Cockcroft T34.jpgHannah Cockcroft, photo and copyright by IPC

Stuart Weir wants you, kind reader, to understand the vagaries of the IPC 100 meters (metres).

Brent Lakatos T53.jpgBrent Lakatos, photo and copyright by IPC

Today is a fun workout. I used to love this one. Jogging the curves and sprinting the straights. The speed comes easy, and you go, "Wow, I am fast!" That is the idea!

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This 3 mile sprint workout is about changing gears, like you will do in FootLocker, NXN or USATF Club and Junior courses. Enjoy!

Tuesday: 20 minute warm up, 3 miles on track, sprint straights, jog turns, final mile at current 5k race pace, sprinting straights, jogging turns, 20 minute cool down

This is a fascinating piece. The US champs have a tendency, except in Eugene, to be a quarter to half full. Imagine if there would be some promotion, and guess what can happen.

Well, in the UK, British champs, to be held June 21-22, is nearly sold out in November of 2019!

Check out the fine piece below by Alicia Turner for Newschain :

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unnamed-5.jpg220th World Athletics Council, photo by Phillipe Fitte

Each year, at the end of year Gala and at major championships and events, the World Council meets to discus governance of the sport. I try and read all of the council notes, as I would like to see what the Council sees as important.

unnamed-4.jpgContinental Tour, photo by Phillipe Fitte/ World Athletics

The word about the Continental Tour began in Doha, and it was announced this past week in Monaco. The full release was below...

unnamed-2.jpgBelgrade and Yangzhou sign to sponsor with World Athletics Seb Coe, photo by Phillipe Fitte for IAAF

Katarina Johnson-ThompsonJohnson-Thompson wins BAWA award, photo by Getty Images / European Athletics

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Crouser_RyanW-Brussels19.jpgRyan Crouser, photo by

The Millrose Games will be held on 8 Feb 2020 at the NYC T&F Armory NB. The shot put is just one of the amazing events coming to the iconic event.

The amazing high jump by Yaroslava Mahuchikh in Doha was so exciting. It is fantastic that the young high jumper wins the World Athletics Rising Star award!


This is the week of Foot Locker Regionals, in all areas, but California. State meets are finished in all but California. The Nike NXN regionals also this coming weekend.

Keep Monday easy.

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Monday, November 25, 2019: 50 - 60 minute park run, 4 x 150m strideouts


Sharad Kumar (India) 1.83m, silver, Sam Crewe (USA) 1.86m, gold, Mariv Thangavelu (India) 1.80, bronze, photo and copyright by IPC

This is Stuart Weir's piece on the one legged high jump...

2019 Dubai IPC Diary: Jason Smyth...


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This piece from IPC is by Stuart Weir, on IPC icon Jason Smyth...

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This piece from IPC Games is by Stuart Weir.

The long run does many things for the middle and long distance runner. At this time of the season, the long run helps keep your mileage up during this time of the season, as you cut back workouts and focus on the final events of the season.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019: 85-90 minute long run

A good race day seems to come out of the blue. The weather can be horrific, but you can be feeling tough and ready to roll. Listen to your heart. Never give up.

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Saturday, November 23, 2019: warm up, 5k race, similar to league or conference race, jog ten minutes, then 8 x 150m strideouts, cooldown

If you want to see just how fast you can run, you need hard days and easy days.

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Friday November 23, 2019, : 30-45 minute minute park run, relaxed

In this column, Stuart Weir writes about the amazing Markus Rehm, a long jumper who should compete in Para and regular Olympics...

49061593222_a97553945d_o.jpgMarkus Rehm, photo / copyright by IPC

Fartlek is one of the most important tools that a distance runner can use in training. I used to do a test of 30 times 40 seconds hard, then jog 60 seconds, on a baseball pitch, every 2-3 weeks in build up, and once a week in racing (cutting down to 20). Speed play is as easy or difficult as one might desire. I just think about Arne Andersen and Gunder Haag, charging down wood chip filled paths in Sweden, as they kept the sport alive in the 1940s.

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Thursday: 20 minute warm up, 2 x 6 minutes, at race pace, with 3 minute cooldown btw, 10 minute jog, 30 minute fartlek, 10 times 2 minute, 5k pace, 1 minute easy, 20 minute cooldown

IMG_1109.JPGMark Carroll is the new B.A.A. High Performance Coach

The B.A.A. has named Mark Carroll as B.A.A. High Performance Coach. This is a great move by the B.A.A. With Mark Carroll as head coach, and Morgan Uceny as Assistant B.A.A. continues to evolve as a high performance club, developing

unnamed.jpgWorld Athletes Council, photo by Phillipe Fitte


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RunBlogRun opines on Radcliffe advising Hasay: Jordan Hasay has been one of the finest American marathoners since she focused on the marathon in 2017, Jordan has been a player on the US scene. In her debut, she took 3rd in Boston, in 2:23:00, the fastest debut by an American woman, by almost 3 minutes!

Hasay has taken third in 3 WMM events: Third in 2017 Boston, the debut, in 2:23:00, Third in 2:20.57 in 2017 Chicago, injuries in 2018, and then, third in 2019 Boston, 2:25:20. She dropped out of 2019 Chicago, less than a month after her coach, Alberto Salazar, was censured and banned by WADA and USADA. In Chicago, she was out of contention from the start. Media comments that Hasay was injured during Chicago.

In an instagram post today, 20 November 2019, Jordan Hasay, (who is only second as a cover athlete on California Track & Running News to Sara Hall), announced that Paula Radcliffe, former WR holder in women's marathon, will be the new advisor of Jordan Hasay. Hasay had formerly been coached by Alberto Salazar, who was banned from coaching and athlete interaction by WADA and USADA. The global federation, IAAF (now World Athletics) and national federation, USATF, also took credentials for coaching away from Salazar.

Such drama has to affect athletes and it has. It is good to see that Jordan Hasay has landed so well and that Paula Radcliffe will be a fine advisor for the promising American athlete.

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Stefano Baldini is both Olympic gold medalist, 2 time European gold medalist, and 2 time World Championship bronze medalist in the marathon. His win in 2004 Athens, was masterful, as he charged through the streets of Athens, dominating his event.

On November 10, 2019, Stefano completed the Athens Marathon in 2:57, a fine time considering his Olympic visit some 15 years ago.

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This is his post-event interview, done by Andy Edwards, of Race News Service just after his event finish. 20,000 finished the Athens Marathon in 2019.

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In high school, I was sixth/seventh man at Bellarmine, my senior year. In college, (Santa Clara University) I went from sixth man to second my junior year, and first/second my two senior years (another story). My first senior year, I developed blisters, which went to achilles pain, which gave me a month to race gingerly, gaining points for the team, and run gently around a soccer pitch at night. The gentle runs at the Bellarmine soccer pitch, then located behind the infirmery, in the cool nights of October, allowed me to consider my predicament. It all came to a glorious end, when the trainer pushed my leg down in a hot tub, which was just below boiling. As I screamed, the scar tissue on my achilles came off my achilles, releasing the constant pain from said achilles, and my legs were back to running. I also had lost all the hair on my leg, but that was again, another story. With 2 weeks to go prior to conference, I found my form, with a couple of tempo work outs and a 3 mile drill on the track, where I gently jogged the turns and sprinted the straights, until, over the last mile, we hit race pace. The easy month of running, while full of anguish, had allowed me to gain the benefits of the tough summer of running. Conference was a strong meet.

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Wednesday: 30-45 minute run, relaxed

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The tempo run is a multi value workout. There are many ways to do one, but this is the simplest. Some weeks, I would do sustained runs instead. So, if a tempo run was 20 minutes at 30 seconds per mile above current pace, I would do a 20 minute run on track where I would go 33 second 200m, then, 42 second 200 meter, for 16 laps. It was tough, but after 10-12 weeks of tempo, it was an attitude adjuster.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019: 30 minute run, 20 minute tempo run, pace is 30 seconds per mile above current 5k race pace, 4x 150m strideouts, 20 minute cooldown

Today is an easy day. Enjoy it.

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Monday, November 18, 2019: 50 - 60 minute park run, 4 x 150m strideouts

Sydney Barta 1.jpgSydney Barta, discus, photo / copyright by IPC

Stuart Weir writes a feature on youth in the IPC WC.

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49037046152_cf58e00c40_o.jpgVisually impaired Long Jump, photo / copyright by IPC

In this piece on the IPC Champs 2019, Stuart Weir explains the varied events in the Para Athletics movement.

49056468601_4f9e4413cc_o.jpgBrazil's sweep in the 100m, photo / copyright IPC

49056470016_bc2d17c788_o.jpgBrazil's Washington Junior was second in the 100m, photo / copyight IPC

49056725097_47775c63c9_o.jpgJerusa Geber dos Santos takes the T11 100m, photo / copyright IPC

Stuart Weir wrote this column on the success of Brazil in the sprints, winning the T11 100m for both men and women. This article was written on Nov. 12l

49056462656_4e8806a342_o.jpgSophie Hahn, taking gold in T34 100m, photo / copyright by IPC

sophiehahn2photo.jpgSophie Hahn, gold medalist, T34 100m, photo / copyright by IPC

This story was submitted on 12 November 2019. Stuart Weir is covering the IPC Championships in Dubai, UAE.

Memories of long runs stay. As a coach at Foot Hill College, I used to go out for a 2 hour run on Sundays. We would go around campus, or, head up to Portola Valley. Many times, we would take the my son, Adam, and the baby jogger, up to the trails. At the age of 3, my son would find it very funny when we would breath hard going up hills. It was the one run I would get to do each day with my distance runners.

Long runs can be enjoyable.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019: 85-90 minute long run

CSXC.jpgCrystal Springs XC, photo by Coach Benny Reeves

My conference race in my senior year in high school was my best race in high school XC. We ran our WCAL league final at Crystal Springs. The long downhill first mile, and then a big hill. The course, all 2.9 miles of it, is cross country nirvana. The up and down hills between 1.5 and 2.5 miles, then, the long drive home. I finished in 17:03, my fastest time, finishing fifth on my team, as Pete Dolan, Chris Schenone, Bob Lucas, David Hughes all finished well.

CSXC sp.jpgCrystal Springs, map courtesy of Lynnbrook HS and my friend Hank Lawson

43 years later, I am still in contact with them. If I close my eyes, I can see Crystal Springs, I can smell the cool air, and the hot dust as the hordes come up the big hill.

Make memories today!

Saturday, November 16, 2019: warm up, 5k race, similar to league or conference race, jog ten minutes, then 8 x 150m strideouts, cooldown

Easy days are important. When I first trained and discussed training with European athletes, I noticed that they had much more focused running and training.

Simpson_JennySF1b-Doha19.JPGJenny Simpson is one of our most amazing athletes in the U.S. Her ability to compete on the world stage has been amazing! photo by

Today, you are getting the benefit of my conversations with coaches from all over the world. The coaches who I coached with, Terry Ward, Joe Mangan, the late Hank Ketels, and my college coach Dan Durante, all influenced my training philopshies. Meeting and speaking with Arthur Lydiard, speaking with David Frank, reading about Ernst Van Aakan, meeting Pat Clohessy.

Athletics is both art and science. I hope you find a life long relationship with the sport. Today, enjoy the run.

bannister doc.jpgCongrats to our friends at Kimbia Athletics on the film, Bannister: Everest on the Track winning top prize at International Athletics Film Festival.

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This is a piece on Augustine Choge, a veteran middle distance runner, who has moved up to the marathon distance. His plans are focused on the Valencia Marathon, which will be held on Dec. 1.

A few tough days in each week, is key to your development. We do a hard day, easy day theme. This allows you to build gradually. You are at the height of your fitness this season, and you will, with racing, only get better over the next 4-6 weeks.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019: 20 minute warm up, 2 x mile, , jog 1/2 mile btw, 10 minute jog, 30 minute fartlek, 10 times 2 minute, 5k pace, 1 minute easy, 20 minute cooldown

The knowledge that one has improved fitness comes gradually, and when it does, it can be a revelation. I recall doing a track workout, just a week prior to the WCAL XC final in the fall of 1976. It was cold for San Jose, and we went to the 352 yard Bellarmine dirt track and did a fast mile. I was hoping to go under 6 minutes. I ran 5:18, and it was so easy!

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That next week I ran my best, despite falling down, and taking 10th in JV. It was a revelation that working all summer could make a huge difference.

Wednesday: 30-45 minute run, relaxed

The 800 meters is a difficult event. The need for speed, endurance, and tactical sense is key for success. The need to dream is also a key to success, as it is in all athletic events.

Raeyvn Rogers is a dreamer. She also makes those dreams a reality. Consider the 800m in Doha. Most eyes were on Ajee' Wilson. Some were on the pair of young Ugandans.

Rodgers_RaevynFL-Doha19.jpgRaeyvn Rogers, Doha 2019 silver medalist, 800m, photo by

In the final 80 meters, the upset became a route. Halimah Nakaayi came charging past Wilson, and took gold. As Wilson began to fade, the fastest moving person in the final, Raeyvn Rogers, churned up the track, and boldly took the silver.


Raeyvn Rogers, Doha 2019 silver medalist, 800m, photo by

No one should be surprised with that development. Motivated, Raeyvn Rogers can challenge anyone in her event.

This interview took place just a couple of days after her 800m final in Doha. We thank Global Athletics & Marketing for their support in organizing the interview and Raeyvn Rogers for her time.

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Stuart Weir wrote this piece when he did not see the star American did not appear in lane five in Dubai in the T44 100m...

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Drew Hunter will be advising young athletes as an instructor at the The Armory Indoor Track & Field Camp at The Armory New Balance Track & Field Center this coming weekend. We just recieved this release, featuring an interview with this fine young athlete.

Korir_Albert-OttawaM19.jpgAlbert Korir, 2nd in 2019 TCS NYCM, photo by

Kimeli-JemeliH-Ottawa10k19.jpgAiyabei Jemeli, winner, 2019 Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, photo by

Justin Lagat writes about the two above shown athletes, and how, wins at Kass Marathon affected both Albert Korir and Aiyabei Jemeli, who won the 2015 event. What will happen this coming weekend in Eldoret, and where will they go?

image1-2.jpegAlan Webb is a new Assistant Coach at University of Arkansas/Little Rock

I first met Alan Webb the weekend he broke the high school record for the mile at the Nike Pre Classic. I was struck then, as I am now, about how mature he was, I would use the term, mature way beyond his years. With PBS from 1:43.84 at 800m, to 13:10.86 at 5000m and 27:34.72 at 10,000m. Alan Webb was an amazing talent, and he had huge pressures by media, sponsors, and fans. I liken his challenges to those of Jim Ryun.

That he rose above his challenges, and is using his experience to mentor young athletes, we love.

Thanks to Jeff Benjamin for this fun interview of one of our favorites.

Baldini_StefanoM-Athens19.JPGStefano Baldini, just after a fine 2:57 at Athens 2019, photo by Victah Sailer/ AMA

I was in Athens in 2004. It was a furnace. It was not Doha 2019, but the heat and humidity was amazing. Stefano Baldini ran the finest marathon of his life in 2004 Athens, taking gold. Meb Keflezighi took the silver, giving the US its first male Olympic medalist since Frank Shorter in 1976. Deena Kastor took the bronze, again, a first US women's medal since 1984 and Joan Benoit Samuelson.

This is a fun story. Baldini joined the 20,000 at the Athens Marathon. His story came from Race News Service, which is Joerg Wenig and Andy Edwards.

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Well, just found this release, and it is important. The change in branding continues with the IAAF moving to World Athletics. Please check out the new site, which seems to be launching over time. r

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Baldini_StefanoR-Athens19.JPGStefano Baldini finishes the Athens Marathon, photo by Victah Sailer /

This report was provided by Race News service, our global partner in providing authentic content on the global world of marathoning. Watch for audio coming on the Athens Marathon later this week. Thanks to Joerg Wenig and Andy Edwards for their fine work.

I recall a college XC meet. My team mate and I took it out hard, and as my team mate Paul went on to victory, I was in third, with a mile to go. I had dreamed of this race. I dreamed of catching my rival with just the final 300m uphill drive oh so many times in the year before. When I challenged him, he looked over, and he was spent, but not giving up. We were together the first 200m, and I finally caught a few feet of distance. I sensed the space growing and then, the power of having run repeats up that hill oh so many times came on, and I was clear.

Dream. Train. Act.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019: 30 minute run, 20 minute tempo run, pace is 30 seconds per mile above current 5k race pace, 4x 150m strideouts, 20 minute cooldown.

49041751873_37a2182cb1_o (1).jpgHannah Cockroft, T34 100m champion, photo / copyright IPC

Stuart Weir wrote this piece on the problematic nature of the T34 100m. When one asks me what is the role of the modern sports journalist, I would suggest that they read this piece on Hannah Cockroft and Kare Adenagan. Stuart explains for our readers the challenges of the event and how the quality of the category is just beginning to catch up with the quality of the top athletes. Many people can describe a baseball game or a cricket match, few can get you inside the event. This is Stuart Weir's world, and welcome to it.

49036828526_5ddb15452e_o.jpgGuohua Zhou took the F12 LJ in 4.92m, photo / copyright by IPC

Stuart Weir wrote this piece on the fascinating event of the IPC Long Jump. Stuart gets athletics. He also is able to communicate that enthusiasm and admiration, as he did in this piece on the IPC Visual impaired Long Jump.

49038108547_0f577cd60f_o.jpgLisa Adams takes the shot put gold, photo / copyright IPC

This is Stuart Weir's piece on the lesser known Adams'sister, Lisa, who took the T37 shot put competition on November 9. Lisa Adams won the T37 shot put in a world record of 14.80m.

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The need to survive and thrive in the world of athletics media has put the Diamond League on the precipice. IMG, the group that sells terrestrial TV rights on the DL needs 90 minute shows to sell to big brands. In order to placate them, the DL will cut out 8 events and keep the official DL show at 90 minutes. Among the events to be pushed out is the steeplechase.

Alfons Juck of EME News found the following note from Beatrice Chepkoech.

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This is day 1 update on IPC World (Disability) Athletics Championships. We will have an update each day thanks to Stuart Weir, who began his 2019 journey last January.

49030171848_bdd045a547_o.jpgJardy Clifford leads the T13 (visual impairment) 1500m, photo/copyright IPC

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The AAM had its annual meeting last week in Boston. It is one of the most important gatherings of the year in the sport. Managers and agents do much more than negotiate contracts for their athletes. For media, some of the best ways to reach out to athletes and coaches is through their agents. And for agents & managers, one of the best ways to get the story out about their athletes is through attentive media.

As the numbers of athletics media become smaller, the need for communications between the AAM and media become event more important.


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Because agents and managers know that, if the sport does not promote itself, that sponsors, federations, athletes, coaches and yes, agents and managers, will all suffer.

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Our big questions from the meeting:

We are curious what the AAM thinks about the new Diamond League announcements. We are curious to see what sponsors and managers think about the future of the sport.

Stay tuned. I am sure that we will have news soon.

The second day of Doha WC was hot. How hot? When one left the confines of the air conditioned Uber, to walk the mile to get into the Khalifa Stadium. The first night was horrific as my heart meds took the exact moment to give me a bit of dizziness.

20190928_202644.jpgThe focus, Day 2, Doha, Qatar, Medal Presser, by Adam Johnson Eder/The Shoe Addicts

Getting into the stadium, the exactness of the air conditioning was disconcerting. The power of the A/C was overwhelming, as we took water, as often as possible. Adam, my son, and I went to our seats, as David Hunter, a RunBlogRun senior editor, kept us up to date.

Each sessions, 4 pm to just about 11 pm, followed by 3-6 medal pressers. Watch for the pressers upcoming. This is the podcast review of Day 2, September 27, 2019.

Thanks to Adam Johnson Eder, Victah Sailer on pictures, Mike Deering on production and editing. All podcasts, Days 1-9, recorded at RunBlogRun Studios (temp) in Doha, Qatar. Special thanks to the Intercontinental Hotel, Doha by the the Beach on their accoustics, taboulleh, Perrier, and awesome wifi!

If you have not figured it out by now, I will let you in on a secret: runners are creatures of comfort. When one finds a series of workouts that give one success, many coaches and athletes stick with them. The sad thing is this, the body likes change, it thrives on new challenges.

Kamworor_GeoffreyW1-NYC19.JPGGeoffrey Kamworor takes his second win in NYC in 4 starts, photo by Photorun

Look at the workouts over this past summer and fall. We have added miles, added workouts, quite judiciously. When we cut down intervals, when we cut down challenges in a fartlek, we expect you to compensate in speed, time and effort.

The same workout over 4 weeks, say a 30 minute fartlek run with 10 speed sections will show changes in speed, distance and effort.

Likewise, your easy day today is much faster than when you did same workout in July...

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"I was the fastest girl in America, until I joined Nike." Mary Cain's explosive claims in blistering op-ed. @arobach has the story. READ MORE:

-- Good Morning America (@GMA) November 8, 2019

If you have not seen Laura Muir compete indoors in the UK, you have truly missed an amazing experience. The fans, especially in Birmingham, have gone nuts over Laura. In Glasgow, Scotland, the home crowd is even more boisterous, as their favorite athlete churns up the Mondo 200m track and the Emirates facility.

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2019 was a bit strange for Laura Muir: she won the 1,500m/3,000m at the European Indoor in March, and then, in mid Summer, as she rounded into shape, Muir injured a leg, and even with that, she took 5th in the second best time of her life, 3:55.76.

Laura Muir is coached by Andy Young, a fine coach, who continues to develop the fine Scottish athlete. Muir has much pressure on her. Can she medal in the global championships? I think so.

The long run is key to your mental and physical success. I used to write my term papers and configure my paintings on long runs. In high school, the long runs with Bob Lucas, Pete Dolan, Chris Yamasaki, and Chris Schenone kept us entertained. In college, we did Sunday runs in the Santa Cruz Mountains, thanks to the ghost town maps of Coach Dan Durante. The long drives uphill on the way back kept the speaking to a minimum and the sounds of breathing as we reached the final miles of the Sunday long run were, many times, all that could be heard, besides the talking of birds.

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Sunday, November 9, 2019: 85-90 minute long run

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Lelisa Desisa and Ruth Chepngetich were named Marathon Runners of the Year. Both Lelisa and Ruth won the World Championship Marathons in Doha last month. Desisa won the 2018 NYC Marathon marathon and took 2nd in the 2019 Boston marathon as well as winning the 2019 WC in Doha, in a final sprint.

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Ruth Chepngetich won the Istanbul 2018 marathon and the Dubai 2019 Marathon as well as taking the hot and humid marathon in October 2019!


The WPC just began in Dubai, UAE on 7 November, photo by Getty Images ?IPC


The changes in the Diamond League events has done something unprecedented: overwhelmingly negative response to the changes, from all over the sport. This writer wonders outloud about where the surveys were taken, and in what parallel universe the Diamond League management resides. Think of this: the few sponsors in our sport will change how they value athletes in non DL events, even if they despise the DL, as it means their stars will not be seen as often globally in their branded clothing.

Please enjoy the comments below, collected and compiled by Stuart Weir.

Kigen_BenjaminFH-Rome19.jpgBenjamin Kigen, Rome DL, photo by

Norman_MichaelFH1a-Rome19.jpgThe 200m in Rome DL, photo by

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The weather is cold. One, sometimes two layers are need in workouts. But, as we build to conference, league, regional, state and national. Week by week, you have built to the big events. The time is coming, soon.

Saturday, November 9, 2019: warm up, 5k race, similar to league or conference race, jog ten minutes, then 8 x 150m strideouts, cooldown.

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This is the announcement, done on 6 November, to announcing 2020 list of events. Our comments in another post.

Jepkosgei_JoycilineW1-NYC19.JPGIn her debut at 26.2 miles, Jocyline Jepkosgei won the 2910 NYC Marathon, photo by It should have come as little surprise. Jepkosgei has done well over 10k and 15k, and she had considered 2 other marathons, but, was just not ready. On Sunday, November 3, she was.

Friday, November 8, 2019: warm up, 30-45 minute minute park run, relaxed

A good fall XC workouts challenge you a bit, and this one surely does.


Even 2 of the finest athletes in the world find their limitations, photo by PHOTORUN.NET.

Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 : 20 minute warm up, 2 x mile, , jog 1/2 mile btw, 10 minute jog, 30 minute fartlek, 10 times 2 minute, 5k pace, 1 minute easy, 20 minute cooldown

The Wednesday easy day seems easy, but two months ago, you could not go this fast on an easy day. Why? You have increased your fitness and as the races get more important, you look forward to them. Well, kind of.

Ward_JaredW-NYC19.JPGJared Ward is looking to be positioned as the top US male marathoner with his sixth place in NYC, photo by

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 : 30-45 minute run, relaxed



Bill Rodgers made cover of Sports Illustrated when it still had real journalists....

The 1979 NYC Marathon was amazing. I got back from my Sunday run, just in time to see the event! Kirk Pfeffer was leading Bill Rodgers, and on my BW TV it was mesmering. This is Jeff Benjamin's story on one my all time favorite events!

image1.jpegBill Rodgers is king, 1979, NYCM, photo by Sports Illustrated

Tempo runs saved my racing.

I had trained well during the winter, and was beginning racing. Yet, the racing was not coming along well. I had been spoiled with PBs for the two seasons before. I just was not able to keep on pace at the end of the race.

Kamworor_GeoffreyW-NYC19.JPGGeoffrey Kamworor takes his 2nd win in 4 attempts at NYC! photo by

So, I began tempo runs. I also did 10k drills, and sustained runs. In all, I became use to 75 second lap pace, and on easy part, would do 90 second pace. It took six weeks and then, I began to set PBs again, including 10,000m and 10k on road.

Practice makes perfect.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019 : 30 minute run, 20 minute tempo run, pace is 30 seconds per mile above current 5k race pace, 4x 150m strideouts, 20 minute cooldown

Kamworor_GeoffreyBreak-NycM18.JPgGeoffrey Kamworor taking NYC, photo by Photorun

The winner of the 2019 NYC marathon is a 3 time World XC champion. The man who has gone sub 2 hours was a fine XC athlete. The nine time winner of NYCM, the late Grete Waitz, was a XC World Champion. XC is the key to future success.

Monday, November 4, 2019: 50 - 60 minute park run, 4 x 150m strideouts

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Jepkosgei_JoycilineM-RAK18.jpgJocyline Jepkosgei, photo by

In the 3 times that Geoffrey Kamworor has run in ther Big Apple, has gone third, first and second. Today, he took the top of the podium once again. Here's how it happened!


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Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN) has won the TCS New York City Marathon for a second time in three years after a dominant performance that saw him cross the finish line in 2:08:13 ahead of Albert Korir (KEN) and Girma Bekelu Gebre (ETH).

It has been a dominant fall season for Kamworor who ran a new Half Marathon World Record of 58:01 in Copenhagen, Denmark this September. In a comfortable pace the pack got to the 38km mark when the leading men picked up the pace. Geoffrey Kamworor was the first out of the remaining athletes to enter the Central Park and set course to the finish line. After crossing the finish line as the new champion he was welcomed with open arms by his friend, teammate and mentor Eliud Kipchoge as they celebrated the win together with Coach Patrick Sang.
Moments after the finish Geoffrey said: It feels so wonderful to win here in NYC again for the second time. I felt really strong all race and knowing that Eliud was on the finish line waiting me gave me a big motivation to win this race. It was very special to be able to celebrate together with Eliud as my mentor and Patrick Sang as my coach on the finish line.

Kamworor_GeoffreyLeads-NycM18.jpgGeoffrey Kamworor and Desisa Lelisa, 2018 TCS NYCM, photo by

Here's Justin Lagats' piece on th 2019 NYC Marathon. Justin Lagat is our RunBlogRun Senior writer, located in Kenya.

Keitany_MaryLedsVB-NYC18.JPGThe 2018 TCS NYC Marathon, photo by

As we begin coverage of the NYC Marathon, I thought I would share some deep thoughts on the Big Apple. These are mostly 1970s and 1980s...

This is NyC Marathon weekend. It is a wonderful day in the Big Apple. I ran the race in 1986, and it was a challenging day. After the event, I met Joe Mangan once again, someone I had not seen in a decade, and someone who I coached with 4 years later.

The marathon is an amazing event. I recall the amazing people and fans in the race through the Five Boroughs. Just consider this: The NYC marathon left Central Park in 1976, as a Bicentennial celebration. It was ONLY to be one year! But, it was so successful the late dynamic duo of Fred Lebow and Allan Steinfeld were able to keep it through five boroughs!

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Enjoy your long run, and then, check out the marathon. Wherever you run, from San Antonio Park to Central Park, enjoy the day, as you are alive!

Sunday, November 3, 2019: 85-90 minute long run

The racing in the next month to six weeks is all about the big events. Time to focus. Always know that you can finish hard over the last 200-300m, and give it all you have!

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Saturday, November 2, 2019: warm up, 5k race, similar to league or conference race, jog ten minutes, then 8 x 150m strideouts, cooldown

The easy run on Friday will be a good thing, as you have an big race on Saturday!

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Friday, November 1, 2019 : 30-45 minute minute park run, relaxed

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