June 2020 Archives

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder Featuring Raevyn Rogers

This interview was done on Monday, June 29. Raevyn Rogers had just moved to Portland, Oregon, as she is now being coached by Pete Julian. Raevyn Rogers had recently lived in Philadelphia, having trained with Derek Thompson, who also was coaching Ajee' Wilson.

IMG_6260.jpgRaevyn Rogers, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Raevyn Rogers spoke with RunBlogRun's Larry Eder about her recent move and change in coaching. Raevyn Rogers spoke about her time at Oregon and how Coach Robert Johnson supported and encouraged her during her time as a Duck.

Raevyn Rogers is the 2015 Pan Am Champion at 800 meters, 2018 World Indoor Champion at 4x400m relay and last October, the 2019 silver medalist at the Doha WC at 800m.

Raevyn Rogers had nothing but positive words on her training time in Philadelphia. The move to Pete Julian, and Portland was about trying something new and looking to the future.

We thank Raevyn Rogers for her time and candor. Special thanks to Sandra Nel-Kurman/ Global Athletics and Mark Wetmore, CEO / Global Athletics.

Special thanks to Mike Deering and Adam Johnson Eder of The Shoe Addicts on managing the interview, social media and production on Socialing the Distance.

800 m PB´s for Ingebrigtsens

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Ingebrigtsen brothers.JPGThe Brothers Ingebrigtsen, photo by European Athletics

I have to admit, I love these guys. Met Jakub, Henrik and the Dad/Coach, Gjert in Dusseldorf.

cheptegai.jpgJoshua Cheptegai, photo by World Athletics

Sifan Hassan 1.jpgSifan Hassan, photo by DiamondLeague.com

The Herculis EBS 2020 will have 4 big stars in 2020. They have a wonderful approach to keep this meet exciting this summer.

gk .jpgGeoffrey Kamworor, photo by Getty Images / World Athletics

Geoffrey Kamworor is one of the most exciting athletes in the sport. We are all glad that Geoffrey Kamworor is recovering from his accident.

H ingebigtsen 2.jpgHenrik Ingebrigtsen, photo by You Tube

Henrik Ingebrigtsen has won 4 medals at European Athletics outdoors Champs and 3 medals at European Athletics indoor Champs. Henrik and his brothers continue to develop and will see medals at the global level.

Tuesday is for tempo. A challenging workout, please keep the social distancing!

Antonio Abadia.jpgAntonioa Abadia wins in 27:47, photo by European Athletics

Tuesday, 30 June 2020: warm up, 15 minutes easy, tempo run, 20 minutes, at pace 30 seconds above your ave mile pace for 5k now. So, if you ran 18 minutes for 5k, you can run 20 minutes at 6:20 mile pace, this is not to exhaust you, but to build you, 20 minute cooldown

This Monday workout is an easy one. Time to give the body a rest post long run.

IMG_1202.jpegThe Stadium Engenhao, 2016 Olympics, photo by Larry Eder, RunBlogRun

Monday, 29 June 2020 warm up, an easy 50 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

DSC00165.jpgWomen's 10,000m, photo by Cortney White

Okay, not sure what this means. USATF may be looking into a meet, depending on Covid-19.

Jan Volko 2.jpgJan Volko, photo by sport.aktuality.sk

Jan Volko was the 2019 European Athletics indoor gold medalist at 60m, and the silver medalst in the 2017 European Athletics indoor championships.

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Gianmarco Tamberi, photo by European Athletics

Gianmarco Tamberi opened with 2.25m last week, and now this week, 2.30m.

 Simon Ehammer1.jpgSimon Ehammer, photo by European-Athletics.org

An promising decathlete had a wonderful series in the long jumps by Simon Ehammer.

The long run is a rite of Sunday. Enjoy the quiet time, enjoy a quiet trail run, or a quiet run on a city street (keep the mask). Long runs are about building endurance.

DSC00161.jpgThe women's 10,000m, 2019 USATF, photo by Cortney White

Sunday, 28 June 2020: Long runs, 70-75 minutes

seb dan venon -2.jpgSeb Coe, photo by Dan Vernon

Seb Coe has to be 'ball park frank' on the Christian Coleman / Wherabouts fiasco. The Athletics Integrity Unit seems to be in a place where there is little room on negotiations.

But, Seb Coe is being watched. As Nike is his former sponsor, Lord Coe is in a no win situation. The last thing he would want is his top star to be banned, but, the integrity of the sport is key, and Coe has to look at the big picture. A challenging situation for the World Athletics President.

Seb Coe, to his credit, stays in touch with the media. He knows that perception is reality.

impossible games.jpgThe Impossible Games showed how creative an event can be, and how the tv audience will embrace it!

Joanna Adams.jpgJo Coates, photo by British Athletics

Jo Coates, the new CEO of British Athletics, is trying to give the federation a new start, and we look forward to seeing what she can implement.

Antonio Abadia.jpgAntonio Abadia, photo by European-Athletics.org

Antonio Abadia, Spanish 10,000m record holder, just won a 2000m event in 5:02.85. That's a 4 minute mile with a 62.85 last lap. Good time this time in pandemic season.

Fabienne Schlumpf 1.jpgFabienne Schlumpf, photo by You Tube

Tadesse Abraham1.jpgTadesse Abraham, photo by You Tube

This is a piece on the Swiss 10,000m championships, which happened June 26, 2020.

Today is Saturday. It is exhilerating workout, and it should keep you motivated today. Please stay socially isolated. The pandemic numbers are up again, and we must stay vigilant.

DSC00182.jpgMarielle Hall, photo by Cortney White

Saturday, 27 June 2020: warm up, Fartlek: 50 minutes, 10 minutes good pace, 15 x 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, 10 minutes good pace, cooldown.

Barry Fudge is leaving British Athletics in the next few days.

After a decade, Barry Fudge is leaving with little notice or fanfare. One wonders if the departure of Mr. Fudge is more about Jo Coates cleaning house, and beginning anew than anything else.

Barry Fudge and the late Neil Black were part of the Mo Farah era, and UK Athletics seems to be intent on ending that era and the attention spent on former consultant Alberto Salazar.

Stay tuned.

ba.jpgBarry Fudge, photo courtesy of thetimes.co.uk

Brave Petr Svoboda

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Petr Svoboda1.jpgPetr Svoboda, photo by You Tube

Petr Svoboda took a beating after attempting to stop a robbery. He will be resting for a week, due to his injuries... We wish him a quick return to health.

gk .jpgGeoffrey Kamworor, photo by Getty Images / World Athletics

Justin Lagat wrote this piece today about the motorcycle accident that put Geoffrey Kamworor in the hospital. Thing was, Geoffrey Kamworor, was not on the motorcycle, he was running alongside a road, when hit by the motorcycle. We wish him a fast recovery.

This is the easy day. Enjoy it. Socially distance, but keep it easy.

DSC02736.jpgThe women's 1,500m, 2019 USATF Champs, photo by Cortney White

Friday, June 25, 2020: warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

The hill charges are key! Charge up the hills, catch your breath, and do it again!

DSC01377.jpgWomen's steeplechase, photo by Cortney White

Thursday: warm up, hill workout, 50 minute run, eight two minute hill charges, keep good pace, cooldown

_07I8430_20190930103538332_20190930113956.JPGHalima Nakaayi, en route to gold in Doha 2019, photo by Getty Images/ World Athletics

Like Halima Nakaayi, many Ugandan athletes are having challenges in the motivation department and in the where can we train sector as well. Like athletes in Uganda and the 208 other World Athletics federations, Halima is having her challenges. We wish her much luck.

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder, featuring Coach Lance Brauman, PURE Athletics

Lance Brauman is the coach of the PURE Athletics. Among Brauman's athletes, one would find Shaunae Miller Uibo, 2016 Olympic champion at 400m, and Noah Lyles, 2019 WC at 200m. While he coaches mostly sprinters , he also coaches one long jumper, and advises a decathlete.

lanceb.jpgLance Brauman with his athletes, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

We spent 40 minutes with Lance, via Zoom a couple of weeks ago.

I have always admired Lance, and have been lucky to observe him with his athletes. Lance instills confidence in his athletes. He teaches them how to hone their skills, and manage the challenges in the world of elite athletics.

This is clip 5 of the Socialing the Distance series on Lance. The topic is how Lance Brauman worked with his long jumper, Jazmin Sawyers, during COVID-19.

Special thanks to Lance Brauman for his time and the Shoe Addicts (Mike Deering and Adam Johnson-Eder) on capturing the interview, and managing the production!

1289268_G08_W01.jpgSvein Arne Hansen, with the 2019 The Match winners, Team Europe, photo by Getty Images / European Athletics

The European Athletics Association President, Svein Arne Hansen, died on June 20, 2020. Svein Arne succumbed after a stroke he experienced in March 2020. An online book of remembrance has been established at Sahtribute.com.

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder, featuring Coach Lance Brauman, PURE Athletics

Lance Brauman is the coach of the PURE Athletics. Among Brauman's athletes, one would find Shaunae Miller Uibo, 2016 Olympic champion at 400m, and Noah Lyles, 2019 WC at 200m. While he coaches mostly sprinters , he also coaches one long jumper, and advises a decathlete.

lance brauman.jpgLance Brauman, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

A fine athlete in high school and college, Lance is a no nonsense kind of coach. One knows where they stand with Coach Brauman. Once I asked Noah Lyles how he knows when Coach Brauman believes he was ready to race? "Coach smiles."

We spent 40 minutes with Lance, via Zoom a couple of weeks ago.

I have always admired Lance, and have been lucky to observe him with his athletes. Lance instills confidence in his athletes. He teaches them how to hone their skills, and manage the challenges in the world of elite athletics.

This is clip 4 of the Socialing the Distance series on Lance. The topic is how Lance Brauman worked with his long jumper, Jazmin Sawyers, during COVID-19.

Special thanks to Lance Brauman for his time and the Shoe Addicts (Mike Deering and Adam Johnson-Eder) on capturing the interview, and managing the production!

IMG_2245.jpgNoah Lyles, 2018 USATF Outdoors, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Weltklasse Zürich Inspiration Games will happen July 9. Eight events, eight venues. Socially distanced. This is the most aggressive event planning so far in 2020. Top stars and some creative events.

RunBlogRun presents Conversations with Larry at Home The Legacy of Svein Arne Hansen

The Shoe Addicts' Mike Deering managed and produced this tribute to the President of European Athletics, Svein Arne Hansen, who died June 20 at the age of 74.

In this monologue, I speak about the legacy of Svein Arne Hansen, how he began his career, his time with the Oslo Bislett Games and his tenure as President of the EAA.

Sven Arne Hansen .jpg Svein Arne Hansen, 1946-2020, photo by European Athletics

The BMW Berlin Marathon has been cancelled. NYCM was cancelled just earlier today. So, in 2020, only Tokyo marathon has been held, but only for the elite field.

What's next? Chicago has made clear since June 8, 2020, that they can not guarantee what will happen at the 2020 Chicago Marathon as of yet. London is still holding on.

bm.jpgBMW Berlin Marathon, photo by worldmarathons.com

The only marathon that seems to have a shot is Hamburg, which could happen on September 14, 2020.

I can not see them happening, too much concern with Covid-19 pandemic as of yet.

This is such a difficult decision for marathon event staff, sponsors, local governments, and federal governments.

The sad thing is that, due to politics, science is being mocked, and this is a dangerous time. Please be careful. Social distancing saves lives. Washing hands save lives. Staying at home, if you can, saves lives. Wearing a mask saves lives. It is not a freedom of speech issue, it is a freedom from dumbness and death.

Be vigilant. Stay safe.

Well, the folks at the NY Road Runners did it. They canceled the 2020 TCS NYCM today, and announced date of November 7, 2021 as next date. This was to be the 50th anniversary of the New York City Marathon.

In 1976, this colorful garment district salesman with a Romanian accent (actually Transylvanian), convinced the five boroughs of the Big Apple, that it would be amazingly patriotic if the New York City Marathon, an event run since 1970 in Central Park (five loops), would be run through the city streets of the five boroughs of New York. His name was Fred Lebow, and he was a runner who thought everyone should run. He was a talker. And he was a fine salesman, of course, he honed his skills in his vocation, a guy who could knock off clothing design of an expensive nature and bring pricing an manufacturing to a level that could be purchased by women in the work force. This skill helped Fred bring in sponsors for the New York Road Runners, his new avocation.

nycm time .jpgNYCM, photo by Time.com

Wednesday is a modest day in training, do it.

DSC00222.jpgWomen's 10,000m, 2019 USATF Champs, photos by Cortney White

Wednesday, 24 June 2020: warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

mof.jpgMo Farah wins his last Diamond League 5000m, 2017, photo by Diamondleague.com

We have missed Mo Farah racing on the track. I was there in August 2017 for the Weltklasse, and it was, well, fantastic. The hour distance is alot of fun. If you are really fit, the hour can be totally cool. Can Mo get the World record at one hour? Can not wait to see!

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L-R , Rod Dixon, Dick Buerkle, Jim Ryun, Frank Shorter

image6.jpegDick Buerkle, and The Iconic Sports Illustrated Cover!

image5.jpegA Who's Who At The Philly Postrace Party Hosted By Then-Mayor Ed Rendell (Center), photo by Jeff Benjamin

IMG_2589.jpgDick Buerkle sent this to Eugene register guard after Pre's death in 1975

Jeff Benjamin compiled this remembrance on Dick Buerkle, who passed away this past weekend.

This is Tuesday, and it must be a tempo day. Follow the tempo plan completely and also keep the social distancing.

DSC00265.jpgLead pack, 10,000m Women's champs, 2019 USATF Champs, photo by Cortney White

Tuesday, 23 June 2020: warm up, 15 minutes easy, tempo run, 20 minutes, at pace 30 seconds above your ave mile pace for 5k now. So, if you ran 18 minutes for 5k, you can run 20 minutes at 6:20 mile pace, this is not to exhaust you, but to build you, 20 minute cooldown,

Svein Arne Hansen (1946-2020)

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This was the post by Alfonz Juck on 20 June about Svein Arne Hansen's death. It is thoughtful and heartfelt. I thought it would help give our readers a better understanding of the legacy of this fine man.

1285705_G08_W01.jpgSvein Arne Hansen, photo by European Athletics

11 Questions for Keturah Orji

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This interview of Keturah Orji, was done by Stuart Weir. This is part one of the two piece interview by Stuart Weir, one of the pieces that we will publish this week.

Keturah Orji 1.jpg Keturah Orji, photo by Getty Images for Team USA

duane solomon.jpgDuane Solomon, Monaco, photo via You Tube

Duane Solomon was picked up by Saucony after his time at USC. He was allowed to develop. In 2012, he took 4th in the Olympics, with his PB off 1:42.82, in the most iconic 800m in some memory, where David Rudisha set the now standing World record, a mind boggling 1:40.91. Solomon battled injuries and the challenges all elite athletes have, attempting, but not getting to his 2012 fitness level again. A fun interview, a good sense of humor, Duane Solomon has decided to retire. We wish him well.

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder, featuring Lance Brauman, PURE Athletics

Lance Brauman is the coach of the PURE Athletics. Among Brauman's athletes, one would find Shaunae Miller Uibo, 2016 Olympic champion at 400m, and Noah Lyles, 2019 WC at 200m. While he coaches mostly sprinters , he also coaches one long jumper, and advises a decathlete.

IMG_5253.jpgLance Brauman, at Adi Dassler stadium, 2016, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

A fine athlete in high school and college, Lance is a no nonsense kind of coach. One knows where they stand with Coach Brauman. Once I asked Noah Lyles how he knows when Coach Brauman believes he was ready to race? "Coach smiles."

We spent 40 minutes with Lance, via Zoom a couple of weeks ago.

I have always admired Lance, and have been lucky to observe him with his athletes. Lance instills confidence in his athletes. He teaches them how to hone their skills, and manage the challenges in the world of elite athletics.

This is clip 3 of the Socialing the Distance series on Lance. The topic of the clip is Noah Lyles's win at 200m in Doha WC last fall. Noah's win in Doha was his first global championship title, and the 200m event was spectacular, with a battle between three fine sprinters.

Special thanks to Lance Brauman for his time and the Shoe Addicts (Mike Deering and Adam Johnson-Eder) on capturing the interview, and managing the production!

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Justyna Swiety-Ersetic, photo by Eurosport

Athletic meetings continue to be held in Central Europe, and after Sweden, Norway and the Czech republic, Poland is holding events. Poland is crazy about athletics. Justyna Swiety-Ersetic, the 2018 European Athletics Champion at 400m, is a very popular athlete in her home country. Justyna opened with a 300m this past weekend, showing a high level of fitness.

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder featuring Coach Lance Brauman, PURE Athletics.

Lance Brauman is the coach of the PURE Athletics. Among Brauman's athletes, one would find Shaunae Miller Uibo, 2016 Olympic champion at 400m, and Noah Lyles, 2019 WC at 200m. While he coaches mostly sprinters , he also coaches one long jumper, and advises a decathlete.

IMG_4728.jpgLance Brauman, Des Moines, 2018, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

A fine athlete in high school and college, Lance is a no nonsense kind of coach. One knows where they stand with Coach Brauman. Once I asked Noah Lyles how he knows when Coach Brauman believes he was ready to race? "Coach smiles."

We spent 40 minutes with Lance, via Zoom a couple of weeks ago.

I have always liked Lance, and have been lucky to observe him with his athletes. Lance instills confidence in his athletes. He teaches them how to hone their skills, and manage the challenges in the world of elite athletics.

This is clip 2 of the Socialing the Distance series on Lance Brauman. The topic is COVID's Effect on Athlete Motivation.

Special thanks to Lance Brauman for his time and the Shoe Addicts (Mike Deering and Adam Johnson-Eder) on capturing the interview, and managing the production!

stahl1.jpgDaniel Stahl, photo by European Athletics

The 2019 World champion at the discus, Daniel Stahl, threw 70.25m in the discus. Daniel Stahl is a thrilling athlete to observe. He loves the discus and plays off the crowd. In Doha, he was pretty animated in the presser. I do want to be there when he throws 73 meters!

Lance Brauman is the coach of PURE Athletics. Among Brauman's athletes, one would find Shaunae Miller Uibo, 2016 Olympic champion at 400m, and Noah Lyles, 2019 WC at 200m. While he coaches mostly sprinters , he also coaches one long jumper, and advises a decathlete.

lance brauman.jpgLance Brauman, photo by the Shoe Addicts

A fine athlete in high school and college, Lance is a no nonsense kind of coach. One knows where they stand with Coach Brauman. Once I asked Noah Lyles how he knows when Coach Brauman believes he was ready to race? "Coach smiles."

We spent 40 minutes with Lance, via Zoom a couple of weeks ago.

I have always liked Lance, and have been lucky to observe him with his athletes.

This is the first clip of the Socialing the Distance series on Lance.

Special thanks to Lance Brauman for his time and the Shoe Addicts (Mike Deering and Adam Johnson-Eder) on capturing the interview, and managing the production!

Karamarinov 3.jpgDobromir Karamarinov, photo by Europen Athletics

Dobromir Karamarinov, Senior Vice President of European Athletics, has been interim President of the EAA since Svein Arne Hansen had a stroke in March 2020. Last Saturday, June 20, Svein Arne Hansen succumbed to the stroke. The EAA announced today that Mr. Karamirov would continue as EAA President until the EAA Congress in 2021.

The long run is fun, but you do need a day of recovery, so follow the day's workout schedule, and stay socially distanced.

DSC00224.jpgEmily Sisson leads the Women's 10,000m, 2019 USATF Outdoors, photo by Cortney White

Monday: warm up, an easy 50 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

This is Clip 6 of Socialing The Distance, featuring Mario Mendoza, one of the top U.S. trail and Ultra runners, sponsored by Brooks. Mario was the focus of our second program in the Socialing the Distance series. This Clip is about the diet needed for a 100k attempt.

image0.jpegMario Mendoza , en route to 100km World record, photo by Brooks

Mario Mendoza set a new World Treadmill 100k record of 6:39.26 on June 6, 2020. The 5x US Trail National Champion, 4x USATF Trail Runner of the Year, and former 50k Treadmill World Record Holder spent almost six hours, forty minutes on a treadmill, maintaining 6 minutes and 26 seconds a mile for 62.2 miles.

This interview was recorded by Adam Johnson-Eder and produced by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts. The Shoe Addicts produce content for runblogrun. Special thanks to Adam and Mike for coming up with this concept.

Special thanks to Mario Mendoza for his time.

1285705_G08_W01.jpgSvein Arne Hansen, photo by European Athletics

We woke up on Saturday, 20 June, in California that Svein Arne Hansen, who had suffered a stroke in March 2020, had died. We posted the following tweet:

The long run is a Sunday event. Keep it relaxed and stay socially distanced. Stay safe. A good level of fitness is key to good health in a pandemic, plus social distancing.

DSC00197.jpgWomen's 10,000m, 2019 USATF Outdoors, photo by Cortney White

Sunday, 21 June 2020: Long runs, 70-75 minutes

The plan on Saturday is speed play, or fartlek. The 15 x 1 minute hard or, if you desire more of a challenge, we would suggest 10 x 2 minute hard, 2 minutes easy, with 5 minute good pace, and 5 minute post speed play good pace.

DSC00182.jpgWomen's 10,000m, 2018 USATF Outdoor, photo by Cortney White

Saturday, 21 june 2020: warm up, Fartlek: 50 minutes, 10 minutes good pace, 15 x 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, 10 minutes good pace, cooldown.

Gianmarco Tamberi 1.jpgGianmarco Tamberi, photo by European Athletics

This is Clip 5 of Socialing The Distance, featuring Mario Mendoza, one of the top U.S. trail and Ultra runners, sponsored by Brooks. Mario was the focus of our second program in the Socialing the Distance series. This Clip is about the biggest mistake that Mario Mendoza made in his early forays into ultra marathoning.

maio mendoza spi .jpgMario Mendoza with his family, photo by runspirited.com

Mario Mendoza set a new World Treadmill 100k record of 6:39.26 on June 6, 2020. The 5x US Trail National Champion, 4x USATF Trail Runner of the Year, and former 50k Treadmill World Record Holder spent almost six hours, forty minutes on a treadmill, maintaining 6 minutes and 26 seconds a mile for 62.2 miles.

This interview was recorded by Adam Johnson-Eder and produced by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts. The Shoe Addicts produce content for runblogrun. Special thanks to Adam and Mike for coming up with this concept.

Special thanks to Mario Mendoza for his time.

Poland opens the season

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775199424AP00079_24th_Europ.JPGJustyna Swiety-Ersetic takes the 2018 European Outdoor Championships, photo by Getty Images / Berlin 2018

The athletic events in Europe will begin to open up. Poland, a country with a fine tradition in our sport, will begin opening up with meets across the country.

This is Clip 4 of Socialing The Distance, featuring Mario Mendoza, one of the top U.S. trail and Ultra runners, sponsored by Brooks. Mario was the focus of our second program in the Socialing the Distance series. This Clip is about how Mario was introduced to Ultra running.

maio mendoza.jpgMario Mendoza, photo by Athletebiz.com

Mario Mendoza set a new World Treadmill 100k record of 6:39.26 on June 6, 2020. The 5x US Trail National Champion, 4x USATF Trail Runner of the Year, and former 50k Treadmill World Record Holder spent almost six hours, forty minutes on a treadmill, maintaining 6 minutes and 26 seconds a mile for 62.2 miles.

Mario Mendoza is one of the mellowest people that I have ever. His ability to keep focused and calm obviously helps him in ultra running. His sense of self, and his uncanny pacing ability makes him tough at ultra running.

This interview was recorded by Adam Johnson-Eder and produced by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts. The Shoe Addicts produce content for runblogrun. Special thanks to Adam and Mike for keeping me focused.

Special thanks to Mario Mendoza for his time.

1206433206.jpgMondo Duplantis, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

Mondo Duplantis is one of our sports' superstars. He will continue to compete in Europe, well, most likely Sweden, as long as it is safe.

This is Clip 3 of Socialing The Distance, featuring Mario Mendoza, one of the top U.S. trail and Ultra runners, sponsored by Brooks. Mario was the focus of our second program.

Mario Mendoza set a new World Treadmill 100k record of 6:39.26 on June 6, 2020. The 5x US Trail National Champion, 4x USATF Trail Runner of the Year, and former 50k Treadmill World Record Holder spent almost six hours, forty minutes on a treadmill, maintaining 6 minutes and 26 seconds a mile for 62.2 miles.

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Mario Mendoza, photo by Irunfar.com

Unlike the last clip, there will be no quiz after this one. We hope that you enjoy it.

This interview was recorded by Adam Johnson-Eder and produced by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts. The Shoe Addicts produce content for runblogrun. Special thanks to Adam and Mike for keeping me focused.

Special thanks to Mario Mendoza for his time.

The only Wanda World marathon major that has been held in 2020 was Tokyo and it was an elite event only! I hope London can come up with something, but it will not be the London marathon. The race would be an lesser version of past London Marathons. How can London even happen? Makes no sense! 41,000 Brits have died so far, and while things are getting better, it sure is not back to the pre Covid 19 days.

I just do not get it. The Great North run just cancelled it's 2020 event, so how in God's creation can Hugh Brasher hold a 2020 London marathon?

gallery_display-2.jpgEliud Kipchoge leads the way, 2019 VM London, photo by London marathon media

Mario Mendoza set a new World Treadmill 100k record of 6:39.26 on June 6, 2020. The 5x US Trail National Champion, 4x USATF Trail Runner of the Year, and former 50k Treadmill World Record Holder spent almost six hours, forty minutes on a treadmill, maintaining 6 minutes and 26 seconds a mile for 62.2 miles.

This is the second clip of the highlights. It is focused on Treadmill training.

image0.jpegMario Mendoza, en route to 100km World Treadmill World record, June 6, 2020

This interview was recorded by Adam Johnson-Eder and produced by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts. The Shoe Addicts produce content for runblogrun.

Special thanks to Mario Mendoza for his time.

Friday is an easy day. Enjoy the modest day, and stay safe. Social distancing is key, so just be cogniscent of your surroundings. Social distancing does work.

Drake2018 3.jpgClayton Murphy, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Friday, 19 June 2020 : warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

Abrahams.jpgRunning with Fire, book by Mark Ryan

Thanks and no Thanks.jpgThanks and No thanks Mr Hitler, book by Mike Fleet

This is the beginning of a new series by Stuart Weir, which will appear weekly on Thursdays, with 35 upcoming book reviews. Thanks to Stuart Weir on this suggestion.

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Hayward Field, photo by Eugene register guard

The new Hayward Field is done. It has now been in the possession of the University of Oregon. No plans for an opening event, and we do not have word if Nike Pre Classic is definite.

This is the second focus of the series, Socialing the Distance. Our featured athlete is ultra runner Mario Mendoza. We spoke with Mario, just a few days after his new World Treadmill record for the 100k, in 6 hours, 39 minutes, 26 seconds. A 6:26 mile pace for 62.2 miles. Mario is one of the finest trail runners in the U.S. . You can lean moe about Maio at http://mendozarunner.com. Think about this: Mario has had 15 top 3 podium finishes at USATF Trail Championships from the 10k to the 100 miles!

image0.jpegMario Mendoza, setting 100k Treadmill World record, photo courtesy of Brooks communications

Mario Mendoza was a fascinating interview! This epilogue gives the viewer a good idea on the highlights of my time with Mario Mendoza.

Special thanks to Adam Johnson-Eder on managing the recording, and Mike Deering on producing the clips, and final production.

Last fall, just before the 2019 Doha World Championships, Christian Coleman faced a possible ban from athletics due to missing 3 where about tests with the anti doping organizations.

Mr. Coleman was given a break by the U.S. Anti Doping organization, noting that one of his misses was not in the 12 month calendar year.

coleman.jpgChristian Coleman, photo by TeamUSA.org

Well, the rumors on this most recent issue began last week, and the truth is, it should never have even happened.

Here's my thoughts:

I have to admit, that I loved hills. I used to race the Nimitz run on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. The 5k and 10k would begin together and about 1.5 miles into the event, a huge hill would come out of nowhere. I would relax when I saw a hill. The Nimitz run had a series of hills on this course that were challenging, and watching the amazing athlete Don Paul, in his 40s, set a tough course record of 31:50, on this tough course, was something I did not forget, as I chased him for five miles.

Hills are the secret sauce. Use them.

rauchfangswerder-2020-reh-finish.jpgAlina Reh goes 31:26, photo by Helmut Winter

Thursday, June 18, 2020: warm up, hill workout, 50 minute run, eight two minute hill charges, keep good pace, cooldown

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So, you have to blame this epilogue thing on Mike Deering. The truth is this. My son, Adam and Shoe Addicts partner Mike Deering have long recognized that, if one placed a microphone in my hand, day or night, I could speak, with no prompting, for hours.

Such is the beginnings of the Epilogue.

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In the Epilogue, Mike and Adam were limiting me to five minutes, well, you know, it can get a little tough to keep me speaking only for five minutes.

I beg for your indulgence. I hope that this bit of levity helps take the bite out of your social distancing.

The weekly Athletics Chat, is presented by RunBlogRun. The concept is this: two journalists, one in the U.S. and one in the UK, chat once a week on at least 4 topics. In the U.S., it is Larry Eder and in the UK, it is Stuart Weir. Larry is in San Jose, CA (sometimes, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin), and Stuart is Oxford, England.

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The topics vary, but the idea is this. Two athletic writers, isolated by the Covid 19 pandemic, continue to speak about the sport that they love and catch up on the world.

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Special thanks to Mike Deering and Adam Johnson-Eder on managing the recording and the production and trying to keep Larry on a time schedule. And thanks to Stuart Weir for his thoughts and comments.

gnr2020_cancel.jpgThe Great North Run, the largest half marathon in the world, has been cancelled for 2020. So what? Check out how the Great Run Company put together the info and the questions. I love this event. I hope to see 55,000 of my closest friends at the event in 2021.

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Karsten Warholm is one of the superstars in athletics. His enthusiasm, sense of humor and talent inspire fans the world over. His new 300m hurdle best of 33.78 was exciting, and his donation of record revenues shows that he is a class act.

atcttdual.jpgThis virtual dual meet is excellent! The money raised is going to a good cause, the Atlanta Mission and Food for Lane County! Check it out on June 20, 2020!

The modest run today is key to your fitness. Enjoy it.

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Wednesday: warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

uKA.jpgWant a challenge? Well, British Athletics is looking for Performance Director and Olympic Coach to head up one of the finest teams in global athletics. We hope they find the amazing people needed to do the job.

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This is part of a weekly series on the athletes and coaches of the NN Running team, a team sponsored by Nike and a team that includes some of the finest athletes in the world.

This adds to the Obit we just posted on the late, great Jim Grelle, one of America's finest milers. We thank Peter John L. Thompson for this amazing view of Jim Grelle, who passed away last week, at the age of 83.

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This is a fun interview by Stuart Weir, the second of the week, on Raevyn Rogers, the amazing WC silver medalist at Doha 2019!

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This obit of Jim Grelle was written at the request of the Grelle family, by Peter John L. Thompson. Jim Grelle was one of the finest American milers of any generation, and a man who loved his family, friends, university and his sport. That Jim Grelle was coached by both Bill Bowerman and Mihaly Igloi, is fascinating. That he excelled under both gives us just a peak into the amazing athlete that was Jim Grelle.

This obit is a fine way to learn more about this amazing man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

We thank Peter John L. Thompson for this piece honoring the late Oregon Duck and Olympian.

Tuesday is about the Tempo run. Keep it focused, keep it on plan.

DSC00170.jpgThe women's 10,000m, 2019 USATF Outdoors, photo by Cortney White

Tuesday, 16 June 2020: warm up, 15 minutes easy, tempo run, 20 minutes, at pace 30 seconds above your ave mile pace for 5k now. So, if you ran 18 minutes for 5k, you can run 20 minutes at 6:20 mile pace, this is not to exhaust you, but to build you, 20 minute cooldown,

This is a special third piece by Stuart Weir on Seb Coe and his concerns on the recovery from Covid 19.

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This is the opening piece this week by Stuart Weir, an interview with Katerine Stefanidi.

This is a modest day to begin the week. Keep the run relaxed.

DSC00165.jpgThe women's 10,000m, 2019 USATF Champs, photo by Cortney White

Monday, 15 June 2020: warm up, an easy 50 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

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Istvan Gyulai Memorial - Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix

The meet organizers are juggling top athletes, events and a pandemic!

impossible games .jpgThis is the piece on the Impossible Games by Justin Lagat.

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Alina Reh wins in Berlin with an internationally high class time.
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Starting line-up at intervals: Johannes Motschmann (front right) was the eventual winner,
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Alina Reh ran a fast 10k in 31:26 on 7 June. We thank Jörg Wenig of www.race-news-service.com on the story.

Long runs were part of my high school program . We would run what we called, "the bridges". The bridges were the over passes that would take us along the banks of the Guadelupe river, from downtown San Jose, California to Alviso, California.

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We would do 7 bridges to complete a 14 mile run. We would do this on non race Fridays, taking in the salty air in Alviso, before we headed back to Bellarmine. Two bridges were 4 miles, 3 bridges counted as six and six bridges was 10-11 miles. It kept us on trails, and we saw jack rabbits, hawks, and in the river, huge carp, and an occassional salmon and big turtles.

Big city runs always surprise.

Sunday, 14 June 2020: Long runs, 70-75 minutes

On Saturday, the workout is Fartlek. Speed play is what it means in Swedish. The idea is to tune a workout to get the best results in that day and time. Think about what you want to develop.

1206456540.jpgJemma Reekie battling Dawit Seyaum, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

Saturday: warm up, Fartlek: 50 minutes, 10 minutes good pace, 15 x 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, 10 minutes good pace, cooldown.

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Athletics Chat-Episode 3

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This is Episode 3 of Athletics Chat.

This is a series, produced by the Shoe Addicts, for RunBlogRun.

This series is about a conversation between Stuart Weir and Larry Eder (moi).

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The 6 world records in 45 minutes by Jesse Owens on May 25, 1935

Will we have a Diamond League season?

What is up with UK Athletics?

Can Media actually travel to the August-October series in Europe, Asia and US?

How can European Athletics Champs be canceled and Charlety meet in Paris a couple weeks later?

Lamine Diack, what the heck?

Will Tokyo 2021 even happen? Some kind words in regards to Thomas Bach and John Coates.

When will we see athletics again?

Plus minor digressions by Larry Eder.

This is an easy day. Enjoy it.

775199425AB00070_24th_Europ.JPGLaura Muir, 2018 European Champs 1,500m, photo by Getty Images / Berlin 2018

Friday: warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

775199425AB00025_24th_Europ.JPGMondo Duplantis, photo by Getty Images / Berlin 2018

This is the update on the field events at the Impossible Games...

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The Impossible Games happened and 100 nations televised the opening of the 2020 Wanda Diamond League.

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image1-2.jpegAmanda Benjamin With Deena Kastor At The Finish Of The 2018 NYRR Brooklyn Half Marathon, photo by Jeff Benjamin

This is Jeff Benjamin's piece on Deena Kastor, one of the iconic athletes in our American sport.

Hill work is a big deal. It is also pretty easy to do, but, it builds your strength and speed. Focus on the hills, take one at a time and savor the recovery.

Eugene2016 14.jpgThe 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Thursday, 11 June 2020: warm up, hill workout, 50 minute run, eight two minute hill charges, keep good pace, cooldown

Ingebrigtsens.jpgThe Brothers Ingebrigtsen, photo by Getty Images / Berlin 2018

All 3 brothers of the Ingebrigtsen clan will be competing tomorrow in Oslo.

1018770734.jpgKatarina Johnson-Thompson, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

KJT has some big decisions to make, on 2021 and 2022....

Eaa.jpgThe European Athletics Association held their board meeting. One of the decisions is their support of Black Lives Matter.

Renaud Lavillenie.jpgRenaud Lavillenie, photo by IAAF.org

Renaud Lavillenie is the former world record holder in the pole vault. He owns 12 championship medals, including 1 Olympic gold, 1 Olympic silver, 3 European Outdoor golds, 4 European Indoor golds, 3 WC Indoor golds. He and Mondo Duplantis will virtually duel at the Impossible Games on 11 June.

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Karsten Warholm is the 2017 and 2019 WC at 400m hurdles. He will be attemping a World best at 300m hurdles in Oslo on 11 June.

This is Wednesday. Wednesday is an easy day. Enjoy the run. Enjoy the stride outs, keep the social distancing.

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Wednesday, 10 June 2020: warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

Mariya Lasitskene 2 .jpgMariya Lasitskene, photo by Getty Images / World Athletics

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Lea Sprunger is a top Swiss athlete. She moved to the 100m and 200m in 2011, from the heptathlon. In 2015, Lea then moved to the 400m hurdles, where she has the Swiss record of 54.06. Lea also has the 400m National record of 50.52.

On Thursday, June 11, she will again shoot for the stars, attempting to use 13 strides and be the first women to do such a thing over the 300m hurdles.

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The stadion Juliska was the home of the Josef Odlozil Memorial on 8 June.

The press conference will be held on 10 June at 17:00 CET. That equates to 11 AM Pacific, 1 PM Central and 2 PM Eastern. It should be alot of fun! impossible games .jpg

Mondo Duplantis is back in Sweden. And he is sure a happy camper. The training environs in Uppsala is much different than the United States at this time. Mondo is still trying to guage his fitness after a less than spectacular time in training in Lousianna.

1206433206.jpgMondo Duplantis, photo by Getty for British Athletics

The tempo run is key to your success now and in the future. It can be done socially distancing, and it can be done in a team setting. What does it do? It helps you handle the challenges of the middle of the race.

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Tuesday: warm up, 15 minutes easy, tempo run, 20 minutes, at pace 30 seconds above your ave mile pace for 5k now. So, if you ran 18 minutes for 5k, you can run 20 minutes at 6:20 mile pace, this is not to exhaust you, but to build you, 20 minute cooldown,

This is a cool idea! Justin covered the NOCK sponsored webinars for Kenyan athletes. This is the column by Justin Lagat.

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This is the second piece by Stuart Weir on 2019 WC Doha silver medalist at 800m Raevyn Rogers and her story.

B35I0321_20190930101520286_20190930113939.JPGThe Women's 800m, photos by Getty Images for World Athletics

_07I8430_20190930103538332_20190930113956.JPGThe Women's 800m, Getty Images for World Athletics

This is Stuart Weir's piece for this week. He has focused on the women's 800m in Doha.

This is the beginning of the week. Enjoy this relaxed Monday workout. Again, stay safe. Keep up the social distancing. It is working.

DSC00258.jpgEmily Sisson, leading the 10,000m, 2019 USATF Outdoor Champs, photo by Cortney White

Monday: warm up, an easy 50 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

Drake2018 1.jpgClayton Murphy, 2018 USATF Outdoor Champs, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

RunBlogRun's Larry Eder interviewed Clayton Murphy about a week ago, just before Clayton headed back to Ohio from his current environs in Portland, Oregon. Clayton Murphy is the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist at 800m. We spoke about many topics, all listed and timed below.

My take on Clayton Murphy? He's planning for the next Championships.

Special thanks to Mike Deering of The Shoe Addicts. The Shoe Addicts managed and produced this series for RunBlogRun.

Drake2018 13.jpgClayton Murphy, 2018 USATF Outdoor Champs, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder Featuring Clayton Murphy (Full Interview) Time stamp breakdown of Interview: 0:00 - Introduction 2:12 - What's your current training like? 3:45 - Why Move Back to Ohio? 5:09 - Will you compete in the abbreviated season this year? 5:53 - Is Ariana continuing to compete? 6:23 - What's time during Coronavirus been like in Oregon? 7:40 - Is the Nike Campus still closed? 8:20 - How has the transition been from Alberto's group to your current group been? 10:01 - "What's the biggest mistake you made as a high school athlete?" 11:36 - "What's the biggest lesson you learned as a college athlete?" 12:24 - Thoughts on the Akron University closing their Men's Cross Country Program 16:22 - How big of a part has cross country played in developing you as an 800m runner? 18:29 - What was Beijing 2015 like? 20:22 - Were you surprised by your medal in the 2016 Olympics? 21:50 - When you came down that last stretch in the 2016 Olympic final, what were your thoughts? 22:39 - How did the olympic bronze medal change your career? 23:05 - Did you enjoy working out with Donavan Brazier? 24:00 - Do you see your future in the 1500m? 25:08 - Explain the difference and feel between the Wanda league and being in a race like a Championship? (Speed vs Tactics) 27:27 - What is your favorite workout? 28:17 - Is there a workout you hate? (But you know it helps you) 29:06 - Did you do tempo runs on the soccer pitch on Nike Campus? 30:56 - Were you surprised at how well Yomif did at the 10km in Doha? 31:47 - Thoughts on Sifan Hassan 32:46 - What is the biggest lesson you learned as a professional athlete? 33:44 - Who is your Agent? 34:20 - Where's your family from? 34:33 - What you do on Twitch/live streaming? 36:11 - What games do you play? 37:28 - Clayton Murphy Interview Epilogue

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

The long run, along with a hill session, a fartlek session and a tempo run is a sophisticated training system. It also has enough room for most to fine tune, and build a program that works, both long term and short term.

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Sunday, 7 June 2020: Long runs, 70-75 minutes

In this clip Clayton discusses the difference between competing in the Wanda League and competition at Championships (Speed vs Tactics).

One of the things that totally irked me in the 1980s and 1990s was how many American athletes had absolutely no clue about racing. They would get bumped, and damn, the party was over.

Drake2018 11.jpgClayton Murphy, 2018 US Champs, waiting...photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

I have had the same feeling when I would watch Diamond League events, which set up distance events to go fast. The same athletes who go fast, in many cases, get totally destroyed by someone who knows how to use tactics and remember the key rule of championship racing: there are only 3 medals and you will fight past the line to hold on to that medal.

We asked Clayton to speak on the challenges in the two types of events, Wanda League versus World Championships and Olympic finals.

Drake2018 12.jpgClayton Murphy, 2018 US Champs, waiting...photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Clayton had some telling observations. Murphy understands the challenges of both types of racing. My take? Clayton Murphy is a championship racer. When he is fit, he will once again be dangerous at 800m.

Special thanks to Mike Deering of The Shoe Addicts. The Shoe Addicts managed and produced this series for RunBlogRun.

I have to admit, the the women's 400 meters soured me in Doha. I knew, absolutely knew, that while Ms. Naser was a talented athlete, I did not believe that she was capable of defeating Shaunae Uibo Miller. I then got mad at myself afterwards, reminding myself that I had grown complacent, and that, perhaps, I was mistaken about Ms. Eid Naser. Our sport has a myriad of stars.

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I could not get this frustration out of my mind. I spoke to Shaunae Uibo Miller's coach, Lance Brauman. Lance told me that Shaunae had given it her all, and did not expect Naser to hold on. Lance complimented the young athlete from Bahrain. So did Shaunae Uibo Miller. She also was able to see her husband, Maicel Uibo, of Estonia, collect his silver medal in the decathlon that night. It was a big story in Doha.

I have continued to have a bad taste in my mouth about the women's 400m. Then, I saw a story by Sean Ingle: Salwa Eid Naser, 400m World Champion, faces two year drugs ban, by Sean Ingle, The Guardian UK, https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/jun/05/salwa-eid-naser-400m-world-champion-faces-two-year-drugs-ban.

I was not stunned, I was a bit relieved.


In this clip, Larry asked Clayton: "What's the biggest mistake you made as a high school athlete?" "What's the biggest mistake you made as a college athlete?"

Clayton Murphy, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist at 800 meters spoke with us just days before effecting huge changes in his life, or, so it would seem. My take is that Clayton Murphy has chosen his coach, training area for the next Olympiad.

Drake2018 14.jpgClayton Murphy, 2018 U.S. Outdoor Champs, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Not someone who considers things lightly, the fine athlete is moving from the West Coast to the midwest. Something I have done a few times. What is it about the Midwest that draws some?

We will let Clayton explain that.

Special thanks to Mike Deering of The Shoe Addicts. The Shoe Addicts managed and produced this series for RunBlogRun.

Drake2018 10.jpgClayton Murphy, 2018 U.S. Outdoor Champs, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

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Christian Coleman is the 2019 WC at 100 meters. He spoke to the Wanda Diamond League Call room as they celebrate the Pre Classic/ Eugene weekend, which has been postponed until October 2020.

I like this quote by Christian Coleman. It reminds me of a story about 1968 Olympic gold medalist at the decathlon, Bill Toomey. Back in the 1990s, when VISA sponsored the US Decathlon team, I had asked Mr. Toomey what makes a gold medalist. Bill gave me one of the best quotes ever. " The person who wins the gold medal is the one who covets it the most." Toomey then told me about being prepared for everything. He had an athletic bag with extra spikes, extra socks, towel, Pedialyte (a hydration product ), and dry shoes. He also pulled out the high jump pits in Santa Barbara to practice high jumping in the rain. Sure enough, there was rain in Mexico City.

IMG_0160.jpgShelby Houlihan takes 3rd in 2019 Pre 1,500m, photo by Brian Eder / RunBlogRun

Shelby Houlihan is fun to watch. She has a kick that is so amazing, that she does not sprint, she flies! Her 1,500m /5000m doubles at the US Champs was alot of fun to watch, and the 1,500m she raced in Doha was inspiring. I can not wait to see her race again!

Rai Benjamin took the silver medal in the 400m hurdles and gold medal in the 4 x400m at the Doha 2019 World Championships. This was after 3 NCAA championships.

IMG_0067.jpgRai Benjamin taking 400m hurdles at the Pre in exile, photo by Brian Eder / RunBlogRun

After his medals in Doha, I had the chance to speak with Rai Benjamin. I was fascinated to know that he had to take two weeks to recover from a scary injury, and then he competed well in Doha.

His 400m hurdles run at Stanford on July 30 was amazingly impressive, 47.16 just showed how fit Mr. Benjamin was.

He spoke at the League Call for Eugene. Do not miss it on 7 June 2020!

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Eugene2016 5.jpgClayton Murphy, 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

In this clip Clayton talks about the changes from training with the Nike Oregon Project under Coach Alberto Salazar, to his current training group.

Clayton Murphy could have stayed on the West Coast, but has decided to move back to Ohio and return to a coaching environment that he was both familiar and comfortable with. Coach Larabbee had taken Clayton from a high school grad to Olympic bronze medalist.

This was a fascinating segment in that one can see that Clayton Murphy gets it. He knows the environment and coaching relationship are key to his success. This man is planning for the future.

Eugene2016 13.jpgClayton Murphy, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Special thanks to Mike Deering of The Shoe Addicts. The Shoe Addicts managed and produced this series for RunBlogRun.

Pat Tyson is one of the finest coaches in our country. Pat Tyson was a team mate of the late Steve Prefontaine, as well as a room mate. Pat Tyson, has used his experience as athlete and coach to build fine high school and college programs.

Jeff Benjamin spoke with Pat Tyson in late May.

We offer Pat Tyson a belated 70th birthday (his birthday was on 21 May ).

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I have to admit, Clayton Murphy was alot of fun to interview. The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist is in the midst of great change. Moving back to Ohio, with his fiance, Arianna Washington, and changing coaching and training environs.

Special thanks to Mike Deering of The Shoe Addicts. The Shoe Addicts managed and produced this series for RunBlogRun.

Drake2018 8.jpgClayton Murphy, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

We asked Clayton Murphy in this segment, just what it's like to have been in Oregon during the Coronavirus.

This piece came from the amazing Facebook page of Mike Fanelli. A daily reminder of what is amazing in our sport, Mike takes memorabilia from his hallowed Track garage and lets us in on the significance. His love of the sport is obvious, and his stories show us the beauty and promise of this sport of athletics. We encourage you to check out Mike Fanelli's daily updates.

This piece is on 1964 Olympian Ron Larrieu, who died this past week at the age of 83. Yes, Ron Larrieu is the older brother of Francie Larrieu Smith, a 4 time Olympian herself. The two pictures of Ron are from the collections of Francie Larrieu Smith, which she posted on Facebook.

101543767_10221866022495511_147840024233115648_o.jpgRon Larrieu, photo courtesy of Francie Larrieu Smith

The idea of speed play is Scandanavian. In Swedish, it is called fartlek. The anecdotal history is this: Gosta Holmer, a 1912 and 1920 Olympian was coaching the Swedish cross country and was, well, incensed by their lack of drive. He created a system that calls for self knowledge, focus and the ability to challenge oneself. A fartlek workout can be as gentle as one wants, or as unforgiving as one can handle. I can recall sessions of 4 times 9 minutes hard, with five minutes relaxed, on the roads in rural Pennsylvannia and a gut wrenching session off 40 times 30 seconds on, 1 minute jogging, which I would do about ten days before I did a 10,000m on the track.

1984_lopes.jpgCarles Lopes, a 36 year old Portugese athlete, who had taken Olympic silver at 10,000m in 1976, won the LA Olympic marathon in 1984. He was the oldest man to ever the Olympic marathon distance. Photo by Olympics.org

In retrospect, one can get, with a hill session, a fartlek session and a tempo run, in scary fitness. Enjoy the challenges today.

Saturday, June 6, 2020: warm up, Fartlek: 50 minutes, 10 minutes good pace, 15 x 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, 10 minutes good pace, cooldown.

This is an easy day. Take it easy and socially distance. This is not a joke.

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Friday, June 5, 2020: warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

animated-graphic-2019-nCoV.jpgCoronavirus, photo by Journalists resource

This is how the the Covid-19 pandemic affected the sport on 4 June 2020.

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James Beckford was the 1995 and 2003 WC silver medalist at the long jump, and 1996 Olympic LJ silver medalist. Tajay Gayle broke his National record at the 2019 WC Doha. I met James Beckford in 1995 at a Nike event in Goteborg, Sweden. I saw James take his 2 WC medals and Olympic medal. His final medal was a silver medal in the WC Indoor in Budapest, Hungary in 2004.

I liked James Beckford. His lifetime best of 8.62m, was achieved on April 5, 1997 in Orlando, Florida. It remained the Jamaican National record until Tajay Gayle went 8.69m to win Doha WC in 2019!

James loved the LJ and competed until 2008, and won the 2018 World Masters champs.

His comments on Tajay Gayle should mean alot to the young man.

GBerry.jpgGwen Berry, photo by StLAmerican.com

Nicely done by Max Siegel, CEO of USATF, who interceded on behalf of Gwen Berry.

Houstka-sept-8.jpgJosef Odlozil, photo taken from Josef Odlozil Memorial website

Josef Odlozil was the 1964 Olympic silver medalist in the 1,500m, behind the great Peter Snell. He was the world record holder at 2000m, 5:01.2 in 1965. In 1966, Josef Odlozil set a NR of the 1,500m in 3:37.6. In 1967, Josef took the silver medal at 1,500m in the European Athletics Indoor Champs. In 1994, a year after his untimely death, the Josef Odlozil Memorial began. On June 8, 2020, the Josef Odlozil Memorial will be held, in these rarefied times. It can be watch on ESPN as well!

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Maicel Uibo, Niklaus Kaul and Kevin Mayer, art by World Athletics

The Ultimate Garden Clash now goes to the decathlon big three: Maicel Uibo, Niklaus Kaul and Kevin Mayer, art by World Athletics.

Hill work is key to your development. Some athletes use hill work as the way to build strength and speed, and by changing the time going up hills, the length of hills, and number of the repetitions can change the nature and focus of a work out. Finnish Olympic star Lasse Viren used 800m hill repeats to build his speed prior to Munich 1972 and Montreal 1976, due to his sore achilles. He tested his fitness on a soccer pitch, sprinting one side, jogging another until he covered 5000m. In 1972 he did 5k in 13:51. In 1976, he went 13:32 in same workout. In both cases, he won the 10,000m and then, 5,000m. In 1976, he also took fifth in the marathon in 2:13.11. In Moscow 1980, Viren was fighting for a medal in the 10,000m until the last lap! He finished fifth.

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Thursday, 4 June 2020: warm up, hill workout, 50 minute run, eight two minute hill charges, keep good pace, cooldown

1018992516.jpgEilish McColgan, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

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Su Bingtian is the Asian world record holder at the 100m. On June 22 and June 30, in Madrid and Paris, respectively, Su Bingtian runs 9.91. The big question is this, can Su Bingtian achieve another sub 10 second time from the 100m?

Drake2018 9.jpgClayton Murphy, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

This is clip 4 from Socialing the Distance and our interview with Clayton Murphy. Clayton won the 2016 Olympic bronze medal at 800m and is moving to Ohio, and will be working with his college coach, Lee Larabie. Clayton speaks about the 2020 schedule and his concerns about putting something together in 2020. It is obvious that his focus is on the upcoming Olympic Games.

Special thanks to Clayton Murphy on taking the time during a moving week.

Special thanks to Mike Deering of the Shoe Addicts on the management and production and name of Socialing the Distance.

Drake2018 14.jpgClayton takes the tape, 2018 USATF, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

dafne schippes.jpgDafne Schippers, photo by European-athletics.org

Dafne Schippers was a fine heptathlete, but, due to injuries, moved to the sprints. Her golds in the 200m in 2015 and 2017 at World Champs, her 8 medals in Euro Champs (4 golds, 3 silver and a bronze) and a silver Olympic medal are but half of her major championship medals. How will 2020 ring out? Dafne hopes that means some events to race at...

Joanna Adams.jpgJo Coates, CEO of UK Athletics, photo by British Athletics

This is the 4th of the 4 part interview by Stuart Weir on Jo Coates, the new CEO of UK Athletics.

Drake2018 5.jpgClayton Murphy, 2018 USATF Champs, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

This is the third of eight clips on Clayton Murphy, in our new series, Socialing the Distance. In this one, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist told us that he was moving back to Ohio, with fiance, Ariana Washington.

A big move, from Portland, Oregon, to Akron, Ohio.

Special thanks to Clayton Murphy and hoping he is getting those boxes unpacked.

Eugene2016 14.jpgClayton Murphy, 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Special, special thanks to Mike Deering, who produces the series and keeps me focused, which is a difficult thing to do.

Clayton Murphy is a fascinating athlete. He enjoys what he does, and he is also having a life outside of athletics, which will keep him grounded and sane.

1146736108.jpg.0-1024x683.jpgCaster Semenya, photo by Doha.DiamondLeague.com

Caster Semenya dominated the 800m for a decade. She also battled the global federations, who should have dealt with the issue almost 2 decades ago, but did not. At the height of her career, CAS ruled in World Athletics favor and Semenya had 2 choices: a. take a testosterone lowering drug, which has many side effects or b. race under 400m or over 1,500m. She is now focused on the 200m.

Can she succeed? Semenya has already succeeded. Caster Semenya has shown that, by her demeanor and her discussions, that while she may disagree with the WA and CAS, she loves the sport and loves the sense of competition.

We look forward to seeing her compete in the 200m.

Today is an easy day. It is also a hot one, so be careful, stay safe and social distance. Also, time to check your shoes, and see if they need to be replaced. We ask that you support your local running store (you can order online and have them shipped, or pick up outside of store.

M 1500.jpgMen's 1,500m, Muller Birmingham 2019, photo by Getty / British Athletics

Wednesday, 3 June 2020: warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

iu.jpegGwen Berry, by World Athletics

Gwen Berry has paid a price for her raised fist at the 2019 Pan Am Games....

mj2.jpgMichael Johnson, photo by MichaelJohnsonperformance.com

Michael Johnson's iconic moments happened in Atlanta 1996 and Sevilla 1999. In Atlanta, Michael Johnson won both the 200m and 400m. His World record in the 200m, 19.32, would not be broken until 2008 (Usain Bolt, 19.30 and again in 2009, 19.19). His 400m World record at 400m, 43.18, was set in 1999, not broken until 2016 by Wayde Van Niekerk, with his 43.03.

Michael Johnson has come out strong about the senseless murder of George Floyd and how those with a platform have a responsibilty to stand up.

This is part 3 of our interview of Jo Coates, new CEO of UK Athletics. This interview was done by Stuart Weir in May 2020.

Joanna Adams.jpgJo Coates, photo by British Athletics

The Czech athletics season began on June 1, 2020, with 173 events across the country. The meets were a big success. Some highlights, compiled by EME news, can be found below. Barbora Spotakova, Tomas Stanek, Pavel Maslak competed as well.

spotakova.jpgBarbora Spotakova, photo by European Athletics

NNRT 20017 Social Media Strava 1080x1080_KenenisaBekele.jpgThis weekend (June 6-7) runners will be given the opportunity to race in the hugely exciting MA RA TH ON initiative organised by the NN Running Team in partnership with Maurten. Here we give you six good reasons why you should enter the virtual marathon relay.

Today is Tuesday, 2 June. It is also #BlackoutTuesday. We have placed Black squares in all 9 of our social sites to recognize that Black Lives Matter, not just today, but all days.

ehZyuxRI.jpgan early track spike, made by Adi Dassler. In 1936, Mr. Dassler hand made a pair for a young American sensation, Jesse Owens. photo by adidas Communications

Tuesday, 2 June 2020: warm up, 15 minutes easy, tempo run, 20 minutes, at pace 30 seconds above your ave mile pace for 5k now. So, if you ran 18 minutes for 5k, you can run 20 minutes at 6:20 mile pace, this is not to exhaust you, but to build you, 20 minute cooldown,

Joanna Adams.jpgJo Coates, photo by British Athletics

This is the second part of the 4 part interview of Jo Coates, the new CEO of UK Athletics. Stuart Weir did this piece in May 2020. Jo Coates gave him the time to discuss a myriad of topics, with ethusiasm and interest. We thank Jo Coates for her time.

Vadlejch1.jpgJakub Vadlejch, photo by World Athletics

Today is the beginning of the Czech athletics season. 173 meets are planned in the Central European country today. These meets all have social distancing regulations. We will keep our readers updated on these events. Most of the athletes competing are Czech, but, there are some exceptions.

You woke up to a country in crisis. Know that the truth is out there, and for democracy to thrive, we must all search out the truth. On your run, consider the value of one life, and how the squashing of that life changes generations. Stay safe. Socially distance please.

Morris_150604_2327-thumb-500x750-12019.jpgDes Linden, 5,000m, Adrian Martinez Classic, photo by Kevin Morris

Monday, June 1, 2020: warm up, an easy 50 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

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