July 2020 Archives

Maksim Nedasekau.jpgMaksim Nedasekau, photo by World Athletics

Maksim Nedasekau jumped a PB 2.35m last September 2019 in the Dinamo Stadium at The Match (USA vs Europe). Maksim is in excellent shape in 2020!

sha kiela saundes.jpgSha'Keela Saunders, photo by usatf.org

This piece made me smile. Stuart Weir sent this piece to me, and I loved the video.

Enjoy the easy day. It is last day of July, stay safe!

des linden 10.jpgDes Linden, photo by Brooks communications

Friday, 31 July 2020 : warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

Beatrice Chepkoech1.jpgBeatrice Chepkoech, photo by diamondleague.com

The 2019 WC Doha gold medalist and world record holder has had a tough time training during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Filippo Tortu 1.jpgFilippo Tortu, photo by european-athletics.org.

Filippo Tortu is the 2017 European U20 gold medalist at 100m and silver at 4x100m. Filippo Tortu is also the Italian record holder at the 100m, 9.99, and 200m PB at 20.34. It Italy, Filippo Tortu is the big sprint hope in Italy.

gholloway.jpgGrant Holloway, photo by World Athletics

Drake2018 12.jpgClayton Murphy, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

This is the third American Track League meeting in 2020. Paul Doyle is putting on some amazing events, that is good for the sport.

1018783740.jpgMalaika Mihambo, photo 1 by Getty Images / British Athletics

1018783774.jpgMalaika Mihambo, photo 2 by Getty Images / British Athletics

Malaika Mihambo is the 2019 WC Doha LJ gold medalist and 2018 European Athletics Championships. Malaika is an athletic rock star in Germany.

Today is Thursday. It is a hilly day. Take it one section at a time.

Hills make you tough, and keep you tough. Stay healthy.

IMG_8693.jpgThe grind in the 10,000m, 2018 Des Moines, photo by Mike Deeing / The Shoe Addicts

Thursday, 30 July 2020: warm up, 60 minute hilly run, include a long 10 minute hilly grind, and 5x3 minute hilly charge, cooldown

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder Featuring Tianna Bartoletta

Premieres on 29 July 2020, 5 P.M. Pacific / 8 P.M. East

tb.jpgTianna Bartoletta, photo by USATF

Tianna Bartoletta is a two time Olympian, with three gold medals:

London 2012, gold medal in 4 x 100m relay

Rio de Janeiro (2), gold medal, long jump, gold medal, 4 x 100m relay

Tianna Bartoletta is a 3 time World Outdoor medalist:

Helsinki 2005, gold medal, long jump

Beijing 2015, gold medal, long jump

London 2017, bronze medal, long jump

Tianna Bartoletta is a 3 time World Indoor medalist:

Moscow 2006, gold medal, long jump

Istanbul 2012, bronze medal, 60m

Sopot 2015, bronze medal, 60m

Tianna Bartoletta is an extremely talented athlete, and a thoughtful commentator and observer on the athletic world. I found my interview with Tianna to be enlightening. Tianna has thoughtul comments on topics such as systemic racism, challenges of women in sports, training in the pandemic, and elite training.

Special thanks to Mike Deering /The Shoe Addicts for managing the production of Socialing the Distance.

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder featuring Coach Lance Brauman, PURE Athletics, How do you work with Jumpers during COVID?, Clip #3

js.jpgJasmin Sawyers, photo by British Athletics

I have been lucky enough to know Lance since 2012. I have found him to be a man who combines the art and science of coaching. He is a man not prone to, well hyperbole (my Dad would have said, "Lance is a no b.s. kind of guy"). Lance is a technical coach, the man can break down the 100m, the 200m, the 400m, and the long jump, among other events, into basic movements, and help the athlete improve the game.

lance brauman3.jpgLance Brauman, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Most importantly, Lance Brauman is a man of integrity. His life experiences have shaped into the man, the coach, the father, the husband he is today.

In Clip #3, we asked Lance on his comments on How do you work with Jumpers during COVID?

Special thanks to Lance Brauman. Special thanks to Mike Deering and Adam Johnson-Eder, aka The Shoe Addicts, who managed and produced this interview for RunBlogRun.

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

I have been lucky enough to know Lance since 2012. I have found him to be a man who combines the art and science of coaching. He is a man not prone to, well hyperbole (my Dad would have said, "Lance is a no b.s. kind of guy"). Lance is a technical coach, the man can break down the 100m into basic movements, and help the athlete improve the game.

IMG_5254.jpgLance Brauman, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Most importantly, Lance Brauman is a man of integrity. His life experiences have shaped into the man, the coach, the father, the husband he is today.

In Clip #2, we asked Lance on his comments on COVID's Effect on Athlete Motivation.

Special thanks to Lance Brauman. Special thanks to Mike Deering and Adam Johnson-Eder, aka The Shoe Addicts, who managed and produced this interview for RunBlogRun.

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

Lance Brauman is the coach of PURE Athletics. Lance coaches many of the finest sprinters and jumpers in the world. Among his athletes are Shaunae Miller-Uibo (10.98, 21.98, 50.02 this season), and Noah Lyles (9.91 this season). Lance is a straight shooter, and I always learn something in his interviews.

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

In this clip, Lance Brauman and I discussed how he has managed Training during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Special thanks to Lance Brauman and Special thanks to Mike Deering /The Shoe Addicts on the production of the Socialing the Distance video series.

The easy days are supposed to be easy. After a couple years in college, I learned the importance of easy days. When I began following the hard/easy day approach, I watched my times improve, my injuries become minimal and my confidence grow. Keep it easy today, and stay safe, and isolate. Also, wear a mask, when you can not be six feet apart.

IMG_8735.jpgLopez Lomong takes the 10,000m, 2018 Des Moines, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

Wednesday, 29 July 2020: warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown.

IMG_1811.jpgDonavan Brazier, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

The Monaco Meet is going to be hot!

Jim Thorpe is an American icon. His involvement in baseball, American football, and athletics, showed the athletic talent he possessed. The sad issue is how he was treated, and how many people tried to manipulate him, in life and death.

This is the first piece on Jim Thorpe, by Jeff Benjamin.

image1.jpegJim Thorpe, photo, Olympics.org

Laura Weightman, Part 2

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W500.jpgLaura Weightman, photo by British Athletics

This column is part 2 on Laura Weightman, two time European medalist at 1,500m (bronzes in 2014, 2018). At Commonwealth Games, Laura took the silver in 2014 in 1,500m and bronze at 5000m. In 2019, Laura Weightman took seventh in the Doha 2019 5000m in 14:44.57 PB. In 2019, Laura Weightman set PBs in the mile in 4:17.60 and 3000m in 8:26.07!

This is an interview with emphasis on the athlete dealing with the pandemic.

1018992690.jpgJake Wightman, photo 1, by British Athletics

RunBlogRun notes:

What makes a good interview? That is open to discussion.

I did my first interview in 1982, with Don Bowden, the first American to break 4 minutes from the mile. I was anxious and Don was so kind and cordial that I relaxed and asked him some good questions.

IMG_20191122_1310075.jpgJake Wightman, and 1984 Olympic silver medalist, Wendy Sly, photo by Stuart Weir

I have interviewed Jake Wightman a few times. I enjoyed his sense of humor, and I was impressed by his ability to juggle a relationship with coach/Dad and that both parents were athletes. Jake is a talented athlete, and he is a big race guy. I enjoy watching him race.

I have enjoyed all of Stuart Weir's interviews. In his interviews, we learn about what makes an athlete tick. He accomplishes this with the Jake Wightman interview.

khalia stadium doha .jpgKhalifa Stadium, Doha, Qatar, photo by worldstadiums.com

I was in Doha, Qatar for the 2019 World Championships. I have been to Doha a half dozen times. I love the city, and the championships, although hot as hell outside the stadium, were amazingly comfortable in the stadium. While having events in the Middle East can be a huge challenge, the idea of hosting an Olympics/ Paralympics in Qatar makes some sense, in a strange way. Qatar can fund such an event, and the idea of bringing the global village to Doha could have amazing effects on the population. It will be hot, and humid, but you will have life changing air conditioning!

I also see that people will experience the Middle East, which is key to appeciating the world. My nine Summer Olympics have changed how I view the world. I have met life long friends at Olympics. Taking my son, Adam to Athens, changed our lives. Going with my brother, Brian to Rio was a time that made us closer.

I beIieve in the power of the Olympics.

I believe that China is still seeing the benefits of the Olympics, by that I mean the interchange of ideas with peoples from 220 other countries. The change in China began in Beijing 2008, and it will continue, and does continue, perhaps, not in the way the govenment wanted, but in a profound way, and a personal way.

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder Featuring Desiree Linden Clip 3 - Cross Country

Cross country is, as author Joe Henderson wrote all those years ago, "the meeting place of milers and the marathoners". Des Linden gets that. She competed in cross country in Winter 2018, just prior to 2018 Boston Marathon buildup.

dl.jpgDes Linden, photo by Brooks running

Des Linden is an tough all around distance runner. Cross country is all about all body strength. Hills and challenging footing build the athlete and athletes like Des Linden get it.

This is clip 3 with the amazing athlete, Des Linden. The topic is, you guessed it, cross country.

Special thanks to Mike Deering, The Shoe Addicts, on the management and production with Socialing the Distance.

And thanks Des Linden!

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder Featuring Des Linden Clip 2 - Talking Yourself Through Recovery

Des Linden 2.jpgDes Linden takes 2018 Boston Marathon, photo by Brooks running

Des Linden recently competed in the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials. Des was heart breakingly close to making the team, she was 4th place, less than 12 second back. Sally Kipyego was in third in 2:28.52 and Des Linden was 4th in 2:29.03. A gutty run, and an emotional run, for all involved.

Des Linden spoke to us in Clip #2, on the need for recovery.

Special thanks to Mike Deering, The Shoe Addicts, on the management and production with Socialing the Distance.

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder Featuring Des Linden Clip 1 - Boston Marathon

Des Linden has made her career at the Boston Marathon. Linden is a competitor. She loves the challenges in Boston, and she loves an event when, at 20 miles, the maddening crowd is behind and Des is dueling with a couple competitors, seeing who has the ability to endure and pain and challenge over the last six miles.

Des Linden 1.jpgDes Linden takes 2018 Boston Marathon, photo by Brooks running

This is clip 1 with Des Linden. Des speaks about the Boston Marathon.

She is an incredible athlete, but, more than that, an interesting person.

Special thanks to Mike Deering, The Shoe Addicts, on the management and production with Socialing the Distance.

Tempo runs and sustained workouts became part of my lexicon in 1978-1979, as I spent two days a week, the tough days, training at West Valley College in Saratoga, California. We would do sessions like race pace 400m, then six minute pace 400m. We might do 5 times a 1000m at 3:10, with last at 2:55, with 400m at six minutes.

Coach Bob Campbell let my team mate, Paul and I work out with the team at WVC. Coach Dan Cruz taught us about sustained and tempo work. I could handle the two tough days a week and did all the other runs with Paul. We ran twice a day, with a complete schedule at SCU.

Des Linden 2.jpgDes Linden, photo by Brooks running

I was working out on my own, as I was not as fast as the guys. Sometimes, I did 1000m's with Sue Monday, a top woman's marathoner in the 1970s and 1980s. I began to gain benefits with the sustained workouts, like a 200m in 35, and a 200m in 45, and do that to total 4 miles. As I got stronger, I would do the 200ms in 32-33 and the 200m sustained in 42-44 seconds. 4 miles, constant running, changing pace, helped build my strength.

What did this do? I set PBs that season, mile to 10,000m. In the middle of races, I was able to hold the pace, and I was able to develop my last lap.

Tuesday, 28 July 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,

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder Featuring Coach Danny Mackey, Brooks Beasts TC Clip 4 - Memories of the 2020 US Trials Marathon

danny mackey 7.jpgDanny Mackey, photo by brooksrunning.com

This is clip #3 on the Socialing the Distance with Danny Mackey.

The Brooks Beasts coach, Danny Mackey works with athletes who compete at 800m to the marathon. He told us that he has seen his approach to coaching evolving as he learns important lessons as he coaches his athletes.

In this clip, we asked Danny to discuss the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, which were held in Atlanta, Georgia on 29 February.

Special thanks to Mike Deering on managing and producing the video. Special thanks to Danny Mackey.

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder Featuring Coach Danny Mackey, Brooks Beasts Track Club Clip 2 - Changes to Coaching During COVID

danny mackey 5.jpgDanny Mackey and Katie Mackey, photo by runnestribe.com

Danny Mackey is the founding coach of the Brooks Beasts TC. He has coached this colorful squad since 2013. We asked Danny to speak with us about the nature of coaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been a challenging time for all.

The nature of coaching is such that a strong relationship with the athlete is key. Danny Mackey was speaking with his athletes via phone, texting, email in the opening couple months of the pandemic.

Special thanks to Mike Deering on managing and producing the video. Special thanks to Danny Mackey.

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder Featuring Coach Danny Mackey, Brooks Beasts Track Club Clip 1 - Typical Coaching Day

danny mackey 3.jpgDanny Mackey, photo by You Tube

Danny Mackey has been the coach at Brooks Beasts since its founding in 2013. Danny is a coach who continues to evolve and is looking to make himself a better coach.

Danny spoke to RunBlogRun just after a team workout. Mackey told us that Brooks Beasts took off about ten weeks, due to the pandemic.

This is clip 1, and Danny Mackey explains a typical coaching day as he oversees the Brooks Beasts Track Club.

Special thanks to Mike Deering on managing and producing the video. Special thanks to Danny Mackey.

I enjoyed the time with him.

To see the Danny Mackey complete inteview, go to this link: https://www.runblogrun.com/2020/07/runblogrun-presents-socialing-the-distance-with-larry-eder-featuring-coach-danny-mackey-of-the-brook.html

The Virgin London Marathon is the second largest marathon in the world and the deepest elite marathon fields in the known universe. The London event is scheduled on 4 October 2020. Update on viability is 7 August 2020.

iu-2.jpegLondon Marathon, photo by worldmarathon.com

Trayvon Bromell is back!

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Stuart Weir just did this piece on Trayvon Bromell, who just went 9.90 and 9.94 on the weekend. This is the best sprinting that Trayvon Bromell has done since 2016!

We can not wait to see Trayvon Bromell in this abbreviated season.

iu.jpegTrayvon Bromell, photo by Pace Sports Management

The beauty of our sport is that you get what you give. Many athletes have begun modestly and have challenged their self concieved limitations. That is the challenge.

ub_3Dmol.jpg1939 marathon shoe, made by Adi Dassler, the founder of adidas communications

But, it takes time. Ten to twelve years to see what one is made of. Many athletes have understood that 2020 is now a year to build. Be patient. Stay safe.

Monday, 27 July 2020: warm up, an easy 50 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

The Drake Relays Presented by Xtream Powered by Mediacom has been moved until 2021, due to the pandemic. Drake is the most prestigious event in the mid west.

I am confident that Blake Bolden and his team will give us an amazing 111th Drake Relays Presented by Xtream Powered by Mediacom in 2021.

I love the stadium. And I love athletics in the Midwest U.S.A. I have discovered several places that include adult beverages on the menu in Des Moines. Good places to tell stories that no one would believe.

IMG_0727.jpgDrake stadium, June 2018, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Shaunae1.jpgShaunae Miller-Uibo, photo by Getty / Wanda Diamond League

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An exciting day 2 in Claremont! Coach Lance Brauman is getting his athletes in excellent shape!

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This is the weekly column on book reviews by Stuart Weir.

IMG_2909.jpgShaunae Miller-Uibo, London 2017, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

IMG_3004.jpgShaunae Miller-Uibo, London 2017, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Well, Shaunae Miller-Uibo is in shape! An exciting 100m on 24 July! And a world leader!

Also, excellent to see Trayvon Bromell racing again! I enjoyed the time I spent with him in May 2016 in Manchester, England at the City Games. An amazing athlete, nice to see him back in shape and healthy.

Okay, I have this thing.

Spending six to ten hours a day, editing, writing and podcasting, I catch myself editing everything.

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Ben Jipcho, John Davies, 1974 Commonwealth Games, photo courtesy Commonwealth Games/Seattle Times

This piece is in honor Ben Jipcho, who died this past week. Ben Jipcho was one of the finest athletes of his generation. Heck, he was one of the finest Kenyan athletes of any generation. Ben Jipcho was an amazing anomoly, now, in this time when, sublimating one's own needs for the bettement of a team, community, nation seems, well, so old-fashioned to many. Ben Jipcho did not just compete, he made history!

In that case, the piece on Ben Jipcho was quite good, except two glaring errors:

Kip Keino did not defeat Jim Ryun in Munich, it was in Mexico. Jim Ryun did not make the final in Munich at 1,500m. KIp Keino won silver (1500m) and gold (steeplechase). Ben Jipcho took his only Olympic medal, a silver in 1972, in the steeplechase.

Kip Keino took the silver in the 1,500m in 1972, in attempting to defend his 1,500m gold from Mexico City in 1968. Pekka Vasala battled Kip Keino, going 1:46 in the last 700 meters to take the gold medal to Keino's silver. Kip Keino took gold the steeplechase in Munich 1972, Ben Jipcho was silver in Munich in the steeplechase, and Jim Ryun was not in the steeplechase. Jim Ryun had been tripped in the 1,500m heats, and did not advance. A protest had been filed for Jim Ryun, but it was denied.

So, this is why Ben Jipcho was so famous:

In the 1968 Olympic final, Ben Jipcho took the lead, and made a mad dash to a 56-second first lap. By the 800m, Kip Kieno was in the lead and moving away, with Ben Jipcho heading to the back. Jim Ryun was gasping and trying to catch Keino. Ryun used his amazing speed, and moved from 10th to second in the last lap. Alas, Ryun was still 30 meters behind Kip Keino. Jim Ryun took silver, in 3:37.8, to Keino's 3:34.9, and Bodo Tummler, 3:39.00 in bronze. Jipcho was the rabbit, and without him, Keino would have had a much more challenging time. Ben Jipcho gave up his medal hopes to help Kenya to gold.

IMG_4373.jpgSifan Hassan, photo London 2017, by Mike Deering /The Shoe Addicts

The high altitude in St. Moritz will be the home, in near future, as training in Estados Unidos has, well, its inherent challenges.

The piece below is an example of the challenges that many institutions must consider as they come to a honest assesment of their pasts.

Dean Cromwell was the track coach at USC from 1909-1948. He also was assistant Olympic coach for the 1936 U.S. Olympic team and head coach on the 1948 U.S. Olympic Track & field team.

Mel_Patton_1948.jpgMel Patton, with Olympic coach, Dean Cromwell, 1948, photo: Wikipedia

It is his association with the 1936 Olympic team, that causes much concern in the well researched and written LA Times article noted below.

Dean Cromwell was known as the 'Maker of Champions'. Cromwell lead USC to 12 NCAA team tiles in track & field (1926, 1930-31, 1935-1943). He also developed such Olympic athletes as Fred Kelly, 1912 Olympic gold, 110m hurdles, Charley Paddock (1920 gold at 100m, and 4x100), and Mel Patton (1948 Olympic gold, 200m and 4x100m). In his time at USC, his athletes set 14 world records, and won 12 Olympic gold medals.

The long run is a staple with distance running. It is both mental and physical. The long run should be 75-90 minutes (with more experienced athletes, I suggest a 3 week cycle, 1:50, 2:00, 2:220 and repeat), and it gives strength and confidence.

pcerruty.jpgThe late, eccentic Percy Cerruty with 1960 Olympic champ Herb Elliot, photo courtesy by Anent Scottish Running

One time, in the summer prior to my senior year in college, my coach took me to a shady one mile abandoned road. He had me, in the hot part of the day, complete a 24 mile run, with the last section containing 4 god awful hills. The difference? I took 4 ounces of ice cold water, until 12 miles, and while my stomach sloshed until 14 miles, after that, as it got hotter, I felt better each mile. By the time I hit the hills, I was so pumped, I took the hills with abandon. After the run, Coach Dan Durante would soak our legs with ice cold water. He had observed jockeys do that with their horses and noted that Percy Cerruty, the eccentric Australian coach, had done that with 1960 Olympic champ Herb Elliott.

The lesson to me was two fold. In my best marathons, I would keep hydrated and at midway, would negative split, catching my competitors in the last miles, as they struggled.

Sunday, 25 July 2020: Long runs, 70-75 minutes

The term, 'Whereabouts', is now in the lexicon of athletic enthusiasts. With the provisional bans of Christian Coleman, and Saiwa El Naser, the Athletics Integrity Unit has continued an aggresive approach on whereabouts and testing. It is only way sport gains credibility.

Elijah Manangoi.jpgElijah Manangoi, photo by Eugene.Diamondleague.com

Elijah Manangoi is the most recent whereabouts catch.

So, what gives in Kenyan athletics? Is it better testing, is it corruption, is it ineptitude? Perhaps, as noted in USA Today story below, it is a combination!

Check out this story noting that Kenyan Athletics is not corrupt, merely inept: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2016/07/26/inept-but-not-corrupt-kenyas-doping-mess-explained/87558604/

RunBlogRun presents Athletics Chat-Episode 8, eatures Larry Eder (San Jose, CA) and Stuart Weir

Each Monday, Stuart Weir and I do a zoom chat and discuss the challenges in the athletics world, the challenges in the time of Covid-19, eand how the UK and USA are handling the pandemic, plus updates on athletes, federations and events.

Bianca Times.jpgBianca Williams in London Times....

In Episode 8, we discussed the Biance Williams incident in London. A Black Lives Matter incident in the UK. We also discussed the Impossible Games and how well that went. We also discussed the weekly questions Tokyo 2021, Wanda Diamond League, challenges with media travelling in the pandemic and deep thoughts.

Bianca Williams to Darryl Neita GB.JPGBianca Williams to Darryl Neita, GB 4x100m, photo by Getty Images / Berlin 2018

We hope you enjoy the Athletics Chat.

Want us to see a question answered? Send it to runblog[email protected], subject line: Athletics Chat.

IMG_1843.jpegMatthew Centrowitz, Jr. (2016 Olympic gold, 1,500m), Jim Ryun (1968 Olympic silver medalist, 1,500m, WR mile/ 880y), Alan Webb, current American record, mile), photo by Ned Ryun

Jim Ryun became just one of two American track & field athletes to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Jim Ryun became the first American high schooler to break 4 minutes in the mile. He set American records at the mile 4 times, and set World records at the mile on two occasions (3:51.1), plus 1,500m one time (3:33.1) and world records at the 800 yards, both indoors and outdoors.

Jim Ryun is a wonderfully iconic American track athlete, a 3 time Olympian, whose moment came in Mexico City, in 1968, when he took the 1,500m silver medal to Kip Keino's gold medal run.

We congratulate Jim Ryun on his Presidential Medal of Freedom. To see more on Jim Ryun, check on the link below the story.

This is a tough Fartlek workout, so take it one section at a time.

In the midst of a tough workout, I would sometimes think about going to a new event. When I finally ran my 10,000m PB, my last lap was my best 400m ever. I had been practicing going quick at the last segment in an interval workout. And, when I needed a quick last lap, I was able to call upon it.

Try it.

P1020446.JPGGlasgow DL, 2014, Glasgow, Scotland, photo by Stuart Weir

Saturday, 25 July 2020: warm up, Fartlek: 5 minutes at 5k pace, 5 minutes easy, 4 minutes at 5k pace, 4 minutes easy, 3 minutes at 5k pace, 3 minutes easy, 2 minutes at 5k pace, 2 minutes easy, 30 minutes, 10 x 1 minute, 5 k pace, 2 minutes easy, cooldown.

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder Featuring Des Linden

Des Linden is one of the finest American woman marathoners.

In 2011, Des Linden took 2nd in Boston, and battled until the last meters to enthrall the audience. In 2018, in the most amazingly challenging conditions, Des won Boston, and she has been considered a legend since.

dl.jpgDes Linden, photo by Brooks communications

Truth is, Des Linden has been a devotee of athletics, cross country and road racing. She knows the secret: there are no secrets, and the way you succeed is by busting your butt.

I love speaking with Des Linden. She is an amazing interview. A good sense of humor, Des Linden was a lot of fun.

0:00 - Introduction/Boston Marathon
2:15 - Talking Yourself Through Recovery
5:09 - A Day In The Life During COVID
6:14 - What Books Are You Reading
6:53 - How Did Cross Country Shape Your Career?
8:26 - Did you enjoy the 10,000m on the track?
10:01 - 2020 Atlanta US Trials Marathon
13:14 - What is Walt Drenth like to work with?
14:51 - Do you do hard workouts by yourself?
15:12 - LINDEN x TWO
15:58 - Living in Michigan
16:54 - Will we see Marathons in 2020?
18:03 - Drug Testing
22:55 - On The Blocks (5 Marathon Courses/5 Athletes)
25:30 - What you recall about the New York Marathon 2019?
27:38 - Do you believe you could still win a Boston or NYC Marathon?
28:54 - When did you know you wanted to pursue a running career?
30:40 - How do you encourage younger athletes to get out and run?
31:45 - Go to training shoe?
31:52 - Whats your normal training day like (non COVID)?
32:20 - What Music you are listening to
34:09 - Do you keep track of the races you've run?
35:21 - End of interview
36:34 - Epilogue
Thanks to Mike Deering of the Shoe Addicts and Des Linden on the amazing interview.

This is an easy Friday run. Stay safe. Isolate. Wear a mask.

DSCF6220.jpgEvan Jager, Olympic, WC medalist, steeplechase, American record holder, photo by Cortney Ware

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

The pandemic has taken its toll on all parts of life. The Wanda Diamond League is no exception. In this column, Stuart Weir takes a look at the 2020 abbreviated season, and suggests the complex reasons why the meet was cancelled.

Gate_OHURUOGU,CHRISTINE-1-G'head6.13.jpgGateshead 2013, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

Wayde Van Niekerk thinks sub 43

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IMG_0740.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Wayde Van Niekerk is an amazing athlete. He wants to run a PB at 400m. Can not wait to see Wayde compete again!

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder Featuring Raevyn Rogers Clip 2 - Thoughts on World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018

IMG_1814.jpgRaevyn Rogers, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Raevyn Rogers was the featured in our Socialing the Distance last month. This is Clip 2, with her thoughts on the World Championships in Birmingham, England, back in March 2018.

What did I like about the interview? Raevyn Rogers was pretty open with me, she spoke about moving to a new coach, the vagaries of being a pro athlete in the time of the pandemic.

Special thanks to Mike Deering / Adam Johnson Eder, The Shoe Addicts, on the production of the Socialing the Distance programs.

DSC00171(1).jpgKarissa Schweizer, outside, (L), 2020 USA Indoor, photo by Cortney Ware

Another exciting night with athletics in Portland, Oregon!

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder Featuring Donavan Brazier Clip 3 - How Coach Julian Helps Donavan Manage World Events

IMG_1900.jpgDonavan Brazier, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Donavan Brazier is the 2019 World Champ at 800 meters. In that amazing run, Donavan set a new American record at the 800m (1:42.34) on 1 October 2019 in Doha.

On 3 July, at the meet called, "The Big friendly", Donavan used a 52.13 last 400m to set a new PB at 1,500m with his 3:35.85, his previous best being 3:37.18)!

In Clip 3, Donavan Brazier speaks with RunBlogRun, on how Coach Pete Julian helped Donavan manage his experience with World Championships and major events.

Special thanks to Adam Johnson Eder and Mike Deering with The Shoe Addicts on producing Socialing the Distance.

Thomas Bach.jpgThomas Bach, photo courtesy: Inside the Games

The Tokyo 2021 Games are to open exactly one year from today. Thomas Bach is optimistic, in these times, with the Games happening. The following is from the Olympic.org site:

I have to admit. The two meets I want to visit and experience are the Golden Spike in Ostrava and the Gyulai Memorial. I watched the Gyulain on Swiss TV in 2017 when I was in Lausanne. It was excellent!

And Tianna Bartoletta, the Olympic LJ and 4x100m gold medalist, told me that she loves the Gyulia: " I love that meet in Hungary. I love to walk to the stadium prior to the meet, and also, I sometimes walk back to the hotel with the fans!

As my family is Hungarian, I hope to get a seat at the Gyulai someday....

Pichardo.jpgPedro Pablo Pichardo, photo by Getty Images / Diamond League

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder Featuring Donavan Brazier Clip 2 - World Record miss at New Balance Indoor Grand Prix 2020

Wow, this was a race! Donavan Brazier had looked so smoooooth! He hit the 400m at about 48.5 and he was just zooming, and then, an early season lapse. Brazier picked it, then, analyzed the situation well and just ran the #2 time. In my notes that day, at the 2020 NB Indoor, I noted that Brazier had upped his game. The self realization that comes with a major event, like a gold at the WC had changed Donavan.

IMG_1853.jpgDonavan Brazier, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

I wanted to get Donavan to speak about that event in Socialing the Distance, so this is clip 2.

Special thanks to Adam Johnson Eder / Mike Deering with The Shoe Addicts, on producing the series, Socialing the Distance!

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Well, the British Athletics Championships actually will take place, May be no peeps in stands, and athletes in okay shape, but it will be an athletic event in the UK!

We are changing up the workouts, and hope you like this one. Stay safe. Wear a mask inside and stay six feet away from each other.

IMG_3696.jpgEmma Coburn, 2018 USATF, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Thursday, 23 July 2020 : wam up, 60 minute hilly run, include a long 10 minute hilly grind, and 5x3 minute hilly charge, cooldown

Wednesday is an easy day. Enjoy it, Stay Safe.

IMG_8866.jpg2018 USATF, Des Moines, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Wednesday, 22 July 2020: warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

Karsten Warholm.jpgKarsten Warholm, photo by World Athletics

Karsten Warholm is one of the big stars of the sport. Monaco has some exciting events!

2022 Schedule...

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This is an interesting piece.

Stuart Weir did this piece, his 3rd this week, on Laura Weightman and Jake Wightman. Both British middle distance runners look at the 3 championships in 2021 (World Champs, Commonwealth Games and European Champs).

The championships seem to pull the best out of some athletes, and we will have to wait and see....

Laura Weightman 1.jpgLaura Weightman, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

jakewightman.jpgJake Wightman, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

image002.jpgThe Atlanta Track Club is developing a program called "Common Ground". "Common Ground".

The "Common Ground" program is "designed to educate and inform its staff, leadership and members on issues of social justice and anti-racism. "

This is an important idea. We applaud the ATC on taking this approach. We live in a complicated time. Listening is an important skill.

Common Gound: Bob Holmes, Founder of South Fulton Running Partners, Intro

The first time that I heard the term, 'callousing' was in a coaching ed class by Bill Dellinger, former head coach at Oregon. Dellinger was a 3 time Olympian (1956, 1960, 1964) and an Olympic bronze medalist. At one time, he had to train by himself, in Alaska, counting his steps on a sandy beach as he did intervals. In 1956, Dellinger set a 5000m AR, in the heats in Melbourne, not making the final. Eight years later, Bill Dellinger was an Olympic medalist.

bd.jpgBill Dellinger, photographer, unknown

Dellinger coached many amazing athletes, among them, the late Steve Prefontaine, and athletes like Alberto Salazar, Rudy Chapa, Matt Centrowitz, Sr., and Ken Martin. I was lucky enough to spend some time with Coach Dellinger in the 1970s and 1980s, and loves his sense of humor, which one might call, sardonic.

The most I ever improved was post-college, when I used Dellinger workouts to move from the 2 mile to 10,000m. His 10k drills, and 5k drills helped me take a minute off my 5k and 90 seconds off my 10,000m.

Bill Dellinger, like Bill Squires, are Coaches' coaches. They have the respect and admiration of their peers.

Tempo runs were key.

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,

Laura Weightman, Part 1/3

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This is the second of this weeks' columns by Stuart Weir. Laura Weightman is the focus, and this is 1/3.

Laura Weightman 1.jpgLaura Weightman, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

mn.jpgMichael Norman, photo by You Tube /NBC

What a big day in FORT WORTH ! Michael Noman went 9.86 a big PB in the 100m.

PH3_4976.jpgJohn Blackie (left) gets Sports Jornalists' Association 2019 coach of the year award from Patrick Collins, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

This is a piece on Dina Asher-Smith and her coach, John Blackie. Dina has been with John Blackie since she was eight years old.

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Well, this was not a surprise. And, yes, the HASPA Hamburg Marathon did the right thing. The Covid-19 pandemic is challenging all the major events. This came out same day as 2020 Marine Corps Marathon was canceled.

Stay safe. Isolate.

Today is Monday, day one of the week. Keep it relaxed. Socially distance, even in Orange County. Stay safe. Wash hands, stay six feet apart and wear masks.

Drake2018 12.jpgClayton Murphy, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Monday, July 20, 2020: warm up, an easy 50 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

fb82f08c-9311-42c1-80a6-ea80f20a0480.jpgAries Merritt, photo by World Athletics

In 2012, Aries Merrit won the Olympic gold medal. He had begun the year with a gold at the WC Indoor in Istanbul. Aries Merritt was looking to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and now is training, looking at 2021.

This column on Aries Merritt is in Postcards from North America, is from World Athletics. World Athletics commented on the series: "We conclude our Area in Focus series look at North America, the Caribbean and Central America with a selection of images which show how athletes from the area have dealt with the coronavirus pandemic."

To see the entire column, click here:https://www.worldathletics.org/news/feature/north-america-athletics-coronavirus-photos

crouser.jpgRyan Crouser, photo by Getty Images / Team USA

Huge 22.91 for Crouser, also 483 for Nageotte


MARIETTA (USA, Jul 18): What a superb shot putting by 2016 Olympic winner Ryan Crouser. The American Track League series #2 suffered delays due to thunderstorms but the top two names kept focused and came up big when the rain delays were lifted. Crouser started with 22.15m on first and 22.24 in the 3rd round. Then in the 5th round attempt of 22.73m before unleashing a massive throw of 22.91m on his final throw. This mark is a personal best by 1cm and equals the longest throw in the world for over 30 years. There are actually only 3 results better (23+) in the history. World record 23.12 by Randy Barnes in 1990, also 23.10 the same year of Barnes and European record 23.06 by Ulf Timmermann in 1988. Katie Nageotte also cleared her 2nd world leading mark of the week, eclipsing her co-World lead of 4.81m from Wednesday with an outdoor personal best of 4.83m. She then put the bar up at 4.92m and on 2nd attempt barely brushed the bar off with her thigh. Daniel Haugh got 76.22 in hammer.

Video shown below, by Madison Memorial High School coach, Joe Frontier, who was the throws coach and photography teacher at Memorial (Madison, WI).

Emma Coburn, photo by World Athletics

Emma Coburn is the 2017 WC at the steeplechase. She is also the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist at the steeplechase. I think that her most amazing run was the 2019 WC steeplechase in Doha, where she took the silver medal. It was an amazing performance.

This column on Emma Coburn is in Postcards from North America, is from World Athletics. World Athletics commented on the series: "We conclude our Area in Focus series look at North America, the Caribbean and Central America with a selection of images which show how athletes from the area have dealt with the coronavirus pandemic."

To see the entire column, click here:https://www.worldathletics.org/news/feature/north-america-athletics-coronavirus-photos

Hassan Mead, in Sedona...photo by World Athletics

RunBlogRun has enjoyed watching the racing of Hassan Mead. Hassan competes with the Oregon Track Club, with PBs at the 1,500m: 3:37.65, mile: 3:55.91, 3000m: 7:38.51, 5000m: 13:02.80 and 10,000m: 27:32.49. In the 2016 Olympics, Hassan was 9th in the 5000m in 13:09.81.

Hassan Mead was the 2017 U.S. champion at 10,000m in the furnace that was Sacramento. In the 2019 WC 5000m final, Hassan took 11th.

This column on Hassan Mead is in Postcards from North America, is from World Athletics. World Athletics commented on the series: "We conclude our Area in Focus series look at North America, the Caribbean and Central America with a selection of images which show how athletes from the area have dealt with the coronavirus pandemic."

To see the entire column, click here: https://www.worldathletics.org/news/feature/north-america-athletics-coronavirus-photos

fbol.jpgFemke Bol, photo by Ad.NL

The young Dutch hurdler continues to impress, this 53.79 being the world leader!

This is the long day. Sunday is the day to get in some miles and also to look back at the week. Stay safe. Wear a mask. Stay six feet apart.

IMG_0160.jpgFaith Kipyegon, 1500m, Pre 2019, photo by Brian K. Eder / RunBlogRun

Sunday, July 19, 2020: Long runs, 70-75 minutes

This is a good workout and can keep you busy! Enjoy it. Stay socially distanced.

IMG_0079.jpgPre 2 mile, 2019, photo by Brian K. Eder / RunBlogRun

Saturday, 18 July 2020 : 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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Hemerycover.jpglillian.jpgThis is the ongoing series by Stuart Weir on a kazillion books he has on athletics....

Annimari Korte2.jpgAnnimari Korte, photo by mtvuutiuset.fi

https___www.runnerspace.com_finishonempty2019.jpgThe NXN has been canceled in 2020.

This is a huge blow to many high school XC teams and XC afficianados.

This means no XC season?

I loved my all night flights to PDX, the night before NXN (I had 3 events that week each year).

The event was always a blast and the chance to see XC geeks and the top high school athletes in XC on a good course.

I'm going on a walk....

Seb Coe elected as IOC Member

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This is a big deal. The IOC had been swatting the fingers of the World Athletics like the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondalet had swatted this writer's hands so many, many, years ago. But the IOC is was not doing it due to improper penmanship, but due to bad publicity that the WA had endured since 2015.

Seb Coe is a politician, and athletics needs such a skill set to promote the sport within the virtual halls of the IOC.

1018783740.jpgMalaika Mihambo, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

Malaika Mihambo is the 2019 World Champion in the LJ with the longest LJ in 3 years.

Malaika Mihambo was sixth in the 2015 WC Long jump. In 2016, in she just missed a medal in the Olympics with an excellent 6.95m.

Malaika Mihambo won the 2018 European Ahletics Championships in Berlin with a 6.75m leap. A good jump, but not a world beater. In March 2019, Malaika was 4th in the LJ. In the European Team Championships, Malaika Mihambo showed her talent and potential with a 7.11 m leap and win.

The huge win in Doha was the icing on the cake. Malaika Mihambo leaped 7.30m and took the gold!

The longest jumper in the world will begin the 2020 season at the German championships.

dane schippes .jpgDafne Schippers, photo by CBC.CA

The Ostrava Golden Spike will be held on 8 September. This meeting, held in Ostrava, is one of the finest in all of central Europe. The meet has had some amazing performances, with a superb crowd. It will be interesting to see how the audience is accomodated.

nycm.jpgThis is the update on the Annual Virtual TCS New York City Marathon. This seems like the way that marathons are being done now, in this time of the pandemic.

Mismas-Zrimsek fast 2k steeple

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Marusa Mismas -Zrimsek 2 ea.jpgMarusa Mismas -Zrimsek, photo by European Athletics

Marusa Mismas -Zrimsek is a Slovenian steeplechase specialist. She has competed, early in career, at the 400m hurdles (Youth Olympic Games, 2010), then moved to the 800/1500m, and now, the steeplechase.

This is an easy day. Enjoy it, safely. Stay safe.

M800.jpgMen's 800m, 2019 BMX DL, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

Friday, 17 July 2020 : warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

Danny Mackey is a coach who undestands that coaching is both art and science. Mackey has been the coach of Brooks Beasts since its founding in 2013. Danny is an absolutely fun interview.

We have spoken with Danny Mackey on several occasions, and each time we learn something new. Mackey, like most successful coaches, knows that he will continue to learn from his experiences, and that coaching is about evolution.

Danny Mackey is a positivist. He is close with his athletes and is enduring COVID-19 like the rest of us.

One day at a time,and he has the knowledge that his sponsor, Brooks, gives him the room to succeed with his athletes.

It was a well spent 40 minutes.

Thanks to Danny Mackey, and thanks to Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts on the production.

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder Featuring Coach Danny Mackey of the Brooks Beasts

Jump to any topic with these time stamps: 0:00 - Introduction 0:36 - Typical Coaching Day 1:57 - Coaching Changes with COVID 3:33 - Plans for races in 2020 5:12 - Experience at the 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon 8:56 - Athletic Careers/shelf life 14:08 - Garrett Heath 15:56 - Katie Mackey 16:31 - Biggest lesson learned coaching the Brooks Beasts 21:23 - Total athletes in Beasts TC 22:43 - What does Brooks want to achieve with the Brooks Beasts? 25:34 - What you love about Coaching 27:23 - How do you motivate your runners? 29:27 - On The Blocks: 3 Words to Describe Athletes 30:56 - Do you have a favorite Coach (Coach Role Model)? 32:06 - Epilogue

danny mackey 1.jpgDanny Mackey, photo coutesy of You Tube

vaulte.jpgKatie Nageotte, photo courtesy Vaultermagazine.com

sandimorrispv.jpgSandi Morris, photo courtesy IAAF.org

alysha newman.jpgAlysha Newman, photo courtesy Vaultermagazine.com

The Acadia Invite happened this evening, and a WL in the women's pv resulted! We are looking to see more about the meeting. Stay tuned.

The ASBA is one of my favorite shows of the year. When you decide to get a new track or upgrade, get the school to send you to ASBA. It is always in December, and besides technical meetings (always love Duffy Mahoney's talk), the chance to meet the builders and suppliers can not be underestimated.

Well, 2020 will not be the year. But, the possible virtual expo should be a good start.

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NNEthiopia20-263.jpgBashir Abdi, photo by NN running team

When Jos Hermans broke the one hour World record in May 1976 (the second time he had done so), Jos went 20,9044m, without a pacer! In September 1975, Jos Hermans had gone 20,907, with pacer Gerard Tebroke. Jos Hermans had broken World record set by Gaston Roelants, an amazing athlete.

Can Jos Hermans be broken?

We shall see September 4!

Larissa Iappichino1.jpgLarissa Iappichino, photo courtesy Sportdonna.it

Larissa Iappichino is athletic royalty in Italy. Her mother, Fiona May, was Olympic silver at the LJ in both Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000). Fiona May took 4 WC medals: gold in Goteborg (1995) and Edmonton (2001), silver in Seville (1999) and bronze in Athens (1997). The mark of 6.80m, set today by Larissa Iappichino, is number 2 on the Italian list. Numero Uno? Well, it's her Mom, Fiona May, at 7.11m (set in 1998)! A big day in Italy, I must say!

Thursday is hill day! Stay safe and stay focused!

Konstanze Klosterhalfen.jpgKonstanze Klosterhalfen, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

Thursday, July 16, 2020: warm up, hill workout, 50 minute run, eight two minute hill charges, keep good pace, cooldown

Monica Wanjiru 1.jpgMonica Wanjiru at Police Champs, photo by the star-co.ke

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder Featuring Donavan Brazier Clip 1 - Thoughts on Doha 2019

In this clip 1, we speak with the 2019 WC gold medalist at 800m, Donavan Brazier, on his memories on Doha, where he took the gold the old fashioned way-he earned it.

IMG_1753.jpgDonavan Brazier, 2020 NBIGP, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

In the 800m final, Brazier was poised to move. He hit the 400m in just 49 seconds and by 500 meters, that long stride and high arm stride was doing what it does best-move away from his competitors.

What I noticed about Donavan was that win changed him. The scuttlebutt had been tough on Donavan. Was he able to win the big ones? Could he hold up under pressure?

IMG_1811.jpgDonavan Brazier, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

In Doha, Donavan Brazier answered all of the questions on this athlete, with his gold medal.

Enjoy the clip.

WAC touWorld Athletics Continental Tour Gold series.jpgThe Wold Athletics Continental Tour Gold series, photo by dailynewshungary.com

The series is planned to begin in about a month.

This is episode 7, Athletics Chat. In this weekly program, we have Larry Eder (San Jose, CA) and Stuart Weir (Oxford, England) speaking on the challenges to athletics and big stories in global athletics.

The topics discussed:

1. Dick Buerkle, some thoughts on this American athletic star

2. Barry Fudge leaving British Athletics-what is the story?

3. Will Wanda Diamond League come back in 2020 and how will it happen?

4. Can Wanda World Marathon Majors have an actual event in the last months in 2020?

5. Will media be able to cover events live or will they do it remotely?

6. Covid 19 update.

7. Living in San Jose, CA and Oxford, England...

tfn.jpgDick Buerkle, cover, Track & Field News,

Special thanks to Mike Deering /The Shoe Addicts on producing the Athletics Chat, 7.

2018diamondleague0498.JPGWenda Nel, photo by Diamond League

Stuart Weir is reaching out to see how COVID 19 is challenging athletes in our global sport...

 Thomas Rohler 3 .jpgThomas Rohler, photo by European-athletics.org

Congats to Thomas Rohler and his fiancé, Lucia Schauerhammer, who just had a son. The young man begins javelin training next week (that was American humor).

ub_3Dmol.jpg1939 marathon shoe, made by Adi Dassler, the man who began adidas AG, photo by adidas Communications

Justin sent us this piece on time, but I missed it. I thought it had some good things to say, so I edited it a bit and I hope that you enjoy it.

Filippo Tortu 1.jpgFilippo Tortu, photo by trackarena.com

Marcell Lamont Jacobs1.jpgMarcell Lamont Jacobs, photo by European-athletics.org

The Guilio Ottolia Memorial has some big clashes! Anyone know how I can get to Italy to see some athletics meetings?

An easy day on Wednesday. Enjoy the view, and stay safe, please keep the mask on!

88180715_1075207889513516_3052654576931962880_o.jpgCopernicus Cup, 2020, photo by Copernicus Cup

Wednesday, July 15, 2020: warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

Bianca Times.jpgBianca Williams in the London Times....

DGpyH0GXgAAJc8T.jpgBianca Williams, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

Bianca Williams to Darryl Neita GB.JPGBianca Williams to Darryl Neita, GB 4x100m, 2018 EAA Champs/ Berlin, photo by Getty Images / Berlin 2018

This is a powerful story. I asked Stuart Weir to relate the Bianca Williams story on being stopped in a curious manner, this time in theUK.

As a former athletics coach, I recall telling one of my relay teams that the clear reason that the security team at a major meet was spending an inordinate amount of time following the team, was because they were the only black team at the meet.

I wanted you, kind readers, to see that racism is not just a continental phenomenon, but a global one. The only way we can change society is to, at first, admit that there is a huge problem, that must be addressed.

Ingebrigtsen brothers.JPGThe Brothers Ingebrigtsen, photo by Getty Images / European Athletics

The Brothers Ingebrigtsen are 3 of the finest athletes in global athletics. They are amazingly fit, motivated and they want to win.

AH_17252_20191002104710906_20191002105424.JPGDina Asher-Smith, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

This is a compilation on Athletics Chats, 1-6. This new program, developed by Mike Deering and Adam Johnson-Eder (both with The Shoe Addicts). The series includes Larry Eder (San Jose, CA) and Stuart Weir (Oxford, England). We speak about the topics of the day. We speak about COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and all aspects of the sport. We invite all to send us questions, comments to runblog[email protected].

Thanks for watching Athletics Chats! Tell your friends about Athletics Chat! We want to build a big audience!

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Okay, this is Tuesday. Time to get real. Please socially distance. This is not a political thing, this is not a rights thing and yes, people have the right to be stupid. Issue is, being stupid now could kill you or those you love. So, wear a mask please in any indoor situation or place where you can not stay 6 feet apart.

775199425MT00082_24th_Europ.JPG2018 European Athletics Champs, Marathon, photo by Getty Images / Berlin 2018

Tuesday, 14 July 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,

The long run on Sunday was good, and now you get a bit of an easy day. Enjoy it. Another challenge comes Tuesday! Stay safe, isolate!

IMG_8736.jpgLopez Lomong, at age of 36, just went 12:58 at 5000m! photo by Mike Deering /The Shoe Addicts

Monday, 13 July 2020: warm up, an easy 50 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

The memories of long runs in the Santa Cruz Mountains are never

Sunday, 12 July 2020 : Long runs, 70-75 minutes far away.

Over seven years, I missed perhaps less than six times a year. The runs went deep into the mountains, down into the cool redwoods and some abandoned villages. At 63-65 minutes, we would head back, the return taking 70-80 minutes, depending on which hills we took. The last 30 minutes were the grind. We had to work hard, not daring to look more than a meter ahead. The exhileration that we would experience when we ended the run, just cresting the last long hill, was telling.

How was your long run?

IMG_8635.jpgDealing with 'the grind', 10,000m, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

The 2020 Inspiration Games, by any account, were a success. Stuart Weir provides us with a postscript on this athletic marvel.

Lemaitre.jpgChristophe Lemaitre, 200m, photo by Inspiration Games / Wanda Diamond League

This is day six of the week. It is about speed play, and it is a good session. Stay safe, have fun. Socially distance and always keep a mask in pocket.

IMG_6540.jpgWomen's 1,500m heats, 2018 USA Champs, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

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

CT.jpgChristian Taylor, photo by Inspiration Games / Wanda Diamond League

Omar Craddock.jpgOmar Craddock, photo by Inspiration Games / Wanda Diamond League

Pichardo.jpgPedro Pichardo, photo by Inspiration Games / Wanda Diamond League

The Inspiation Games had a good triple jump competition. Stuart Weir did this piece on the TJ.

CH1.jpgSwiss 3x100m, photo by 2020 Inspiration Games / Wanda Diamond League

NL.jpgNetherlands 3x100m, photo by 2020 Inspiration Games / Wanda Diamond League

USA4.jpgUSA 3x100m, photo by 2020 Inspiration Games / Wanda Diamond League

The 3 x 100m relay was an exciting way to end the Inspiation Games. Stuart Weir sent us this piece on this unusual event.

The pole vault at the 2020 Inspiration Games was fascinating. Stuart Weir sent us this piece on the men and women competing in the pole vault.

Morris 2.jpgSandi Morris, photo by Inspiration Games / Wanda Diamond League

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Anjelica Bengstton, photo by Inspiration Games / Wanda Diamond League

Lisek4.jpgPiotr Lisek, photo by Inspiration Games / Wanda Diamond League

iU4fZWLg.jpeg.jpgNoah Lyles, photos by Inspiration Games/ Wanda Diamond League

Lemaitre.jpgChristophe Lemaitre, photo by Inspiration Games / Wanda Diamond League

The 200m event was an amazing event, with some curious challenges. Well, I will let Stuart Weir tell you more....

2020 RunBlogRun Spring Track & Field Training program, in the time of the coronavirus, Week 28, day 5

The days prior to a big race were always easy. I would enjoy a run, stretch and get some additional sleep. The time, just before a race or a challenging workout is always a bit iffy. Might I suggest five deep nose breaths? Breathe in deeply via nose, and count to a slow 5, then release.

Eugene2016 7.jpgClayton Murphy and Boris Berian, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

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

Shaunae3.jpgShaunae MIller-Uibo, photo by Diamond League

This is the second of 4 pieces on the Inspiration Games...all by Stuart Weir.

100y.jpgAndre De Grasse ran 9.68 to win at 100 yds, Jimmy Vicaut, 9.72, with Omar McLeod, 9.87, photo by Diamond League

The Inspiration Games was a global event, and Stuart Weir put together 4 pieces on the Games...

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder Featuring Raevyn Rogers Clip 3 - New Training Group

This is clip 3 on Socialing The Distance, features Raevyn Rogers - New Training Group, Clip 1. s just moved from Philadelphia and the Training Group of Derek Thompson to Portland, Oregon and the new Training Group of Peter Julian.

Raevyn Rogers is the 2019 WC silver medalist at 800 meters. She is an amazingly talented athlete and she wants to be the best athlete that she can be.

IMG_1814.jpgRaevyn Rogers, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Raevyn Rogers was interviewed by runblogrun and this is clip 1 from the full interview. Special thanks to Mike Deering for the production, editing and managing the series, Socialing the Distance. We spoke to Raevyn about this in the complete interview on a myriad of topics.

Hills give the athlete all types of benefits: endurance, speed and strength, to name a few.

gettyimages-642604868-2048x2048.jpgBen Blankenship, photo by Getty Images / World Athletics

Thursday, 9 July 2020: warm up, hill workout, 50 minute run, eight two minute hill charges, keep good pace, cooldow.

This is Clip 1 of Socialing The Distance featuring Raevyn Rogers - 800m Final Doha 2019, Clip 1. In the 800m WC in Doha, Raevyn Rogers took the silver medal with a gutty charge down the final 100m! We spoke to Raevyn about this in the complete interview.

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C'iara Brown, Ajee' Wilson and Raevyn Rogers, photo by Mike Deering /The Shoe Addicts

Raevyn Rogers spoke with RunBlogRun's Larry Eder about many topics in the wide ranging interview.

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.

1206432689.jpgMondo Duplantis, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

stahl.jpgDaniel Stahl, photo by Diamond League

The Karlstad Folksam Grand Prix had some exciting performances on Wednesday, 8 July 2020. Thanks to EME News on updates.

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_07I4339_2019092961058630_20190929115239.JPGChristian Taylor, photo by Getty Images / World Athletics

This is part 2/2 on the Inspiration Games, scheduled 9 July 2020.

IMG-20190829-WA0012.jpgShaunae Miller-Uibo, Weltklasse 2019, photo by Diamond League

IMG-20190829-WA0015.jpgSam Kendricks, Weltklasse 2019, photo by Diamond League

IMG-20190829-WA0020.jpgNoah Lyles, Weltklasse 2019, photo by Diamond League

IMG-20190829-WA0028.jpgWeltklasse 2019, photo by Diamond League

Stuart Weir put these two pieces on the 2020 Inspiration Games, this is part 1/2.

Sondre Moen, who recently set a European 25,000m record, will try to add to his list of continental accolades and beat the current European one hour mark of 20,944m set in 1976 when he competes at Kristiansand, Norway in exactly one month's time on Friday 7 August.

Sondre Nordstad Moen en route to   the European 25,000m record at the Impossible Games in Oslo on 11 June   2020.jpgSONDRE NORDSTAD MOEN, photo by Eirik Førde

Wednesday is an easy day. That is good as you need 1-2 days to recover with a tough day.

CortneyWhite_PTFPT2-89.jpgSteeplechase, 2019 Portland Track Festival, photo by Cortney White

Wednesday 8 July 2020: warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

Tuesday is a tempo day. Each week you get stronger, and you will, when it is safe to compete, and quickly be in racing shape.

CortneyWhite_PTF2-2.jpg2019 Portland Invite, photo by Cortney White

Tuesday, 7 July 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,

Tina Sutej2slol.jpgTina Sutej, photo by SLOL.net

Tina Sutej is the world leader and Slovak national record holder at 4.75m, wants to go even higher in this non championship year.

oji .jpgKeturah Orji, photo by World Athletics

Stuart Weir sent us part 2/2 on Keturah Orji.

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder Featuring Coach Lance Brauman, Pure Athletics

Lance Brauman is one of the finest coaches in the world, focusing on the sprints and jumps. Just how good is Lance? Well, his athletes now lead the world in the men's 100m (wind-aided) and womens' 200m and 400m. Noah Lyles just ran a wind aided 9.93 (+4.0) and Shaunae Miller Uibo went 22.61 at 200m and 50.52 on July 4.

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

I have been lucky enough to know Lance since 2012. I have found him to be a man who combines the art and science of coaching. He is a man not prone to, well hyperbole (my Dad would have said, "Lance is a no b.s. kind of guy"). Lance is a technical coach, the man can break down the 100m into basic movements, and help the athlete improve the game.

Most importantly, Lance Brauman is a man of integrity. His life experiences have shaped into the man, the coach, the father, the husband he is today.

Special thanks to Lance Brauman. Special thanks to Mike Deering and Adam Johnson-Eder, aka The Shoe Addicts, who managed and produced this interview for RunBlogRun.

gabby thomas 1.jpgGabby Thomas, photo by New Balance

Gabby Thomas was just cleared by AIU. Gabby was cleared the old fashioned way: finding the mistakes...

KENDALLELLIS.jpgThe amazing speed of Kendall Ellis, photo by NCAA.com

This is part two of our feature on Kendall Ellis, by Stuart Weir. Stuart has this wonderful way of providing insights into the athletes that we see racing, and then, we want to know more....

image6.jpegThe 1983 NYC Maathon!

image4.jpegRod Dixon and the author, Jeff Benjamin, KIDS Marathon

Let me tell you a secret. Rod Dixon is one of my heroes. One of my favorite athletes, Rod Dixon is also one of my fave humans. An early happy 70th to Rod Dixon. Thanks to Jeff Benjamin on the story!

Brussels 2019.jpgDina Asher-Smith, photo by Van Damme Memorial

This is part 2/4 on Dina Asher-Smith, by Stuart Weir. Dina Asher-Smith is one of the finest athletes in British Athletics.

The pandemic is not over. And, at this time, 40 U.S. states see what can only be called flare ups at best and out of control at the worst. Science is not a bad thing, and neither are masks. They do not attack your masculinity nor do they take away constutional rights. In terms of religious beliefs, there is not one faith that says be stupid. One must take care of their fellow person, as it says in all faiths. Wear a mask. Watch out for fellow humans.

eric avila .jpgEric Avila, photo by SirWalterMile.com

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

Tina Sutej 475 NR and WL

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Sutej 475 NR and WL


LJUBLJANA (SLO, Jul 4-5): Two days of Slovenian Cup had as best mark new Slovenian record and World lead in women pole vault 475 by Tina Sutej. She jumped all heights in her season opener in first (425, 445, 455, 465 and 475) and tried at 480. Discus sensation Kristjan Ceh confirmed good shape with 65.27 win. Neja Filipic won long (649+0.7) and triple 14.32 (+2.2, 14.16 0.0), Klara Lukan scored 3000/5000 double in 9:18.85 and 15:59.71, Marusa Mismas-Zrimsek 800/1500 in 2:05.86 and 4:19.95, Maja Mihalinec 100/200 in 11.79 and 23.88 and Agata Zupin 400/400H in 53.59 and 57.75. U18 Sandro Jersin Tomassini cleared 221 national U20 record in the high jump. He is born in 2004. In women high jump Lia Apostolovski 187.

Tina Sutej 1slo.jpgTina Sutej, photo by SLOL.net

Femke Bol 2.jpgFemke Bol , photo by ad.NL

Femke Bol is a Dutch hurdler with PBs of 12.53 at 100m H, 52.98 at 400m flat, and now 54.47 at 400m hurdles. If three athletes had been in the 400m H event today, she would have had a National record!

1206432689.jpgMondo Duplantis, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

Mondo Duplantis cleared 5.94m today, and made three attempts at 6 meters. How high will he go this season? Check out the video noted below. Mondo had a dearth of fans today, but they made a lot of noise.

1018769918.jpgShaunae Miller-Uibo, 2018 BMX DL, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

In one of the first meets into season 2020, some swift times! This meet was held on 4 July 2020 in Monteverde, Florida.

The long run is a Sunday event. One of those days of the week that builds you, Sunday makes you tougher.

IMG_1900.jpgDonavan Brazier and a fan, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Sunday, 5 July 2020: Long runs, 70-75 minutes

20200229 RILEY Jacob2 KL.JPGJake Riley, photo by Kirby Lee

Jake Riley ran the race of his life at the Atlanta 2020 Trials. It is excellent to see Jake get a sponsor.

Jeff Benjamin spoke with Eric Avila, a top miler with adidas, and asked him about his daily training in this time of the coronavirus.

image0.jpegEric Avila is @nd from left, next to me, photo from Jeff Benjamin

The Saturday workout is a good challenge. Speed play is exciting and makes you a tougher racer. Stay safe.

IMG_1834.jpgDonavan Brazier, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Saturday, 4 July 2020: warm up, Fartlek: 50 minutes, 10 minutes good pace, 15 x 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, 10 minutes good pace, cooldown.

Akani Simbine is one of the fastest men in the world, and he will be speaking at the 2020 London Call room on Saturday, 4 July 2020. Do not miss it!

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1206467999.jpgLaura Muir, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

Laura Muir will be speaking in the 2020 London DL Call room on Saturday, 4 July 2020.

Wilson Kipsang gets 4 years

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kipsang.jpgWilson Kipsang, photo by KBC.Co.Ke

Wilson Kipsang is being accused of tampering with evidence and missing 4 whereabouts tests. The Athletics Integrity Unit has banned Kipsang for 4 years, and it does not look good for the former world record holder. The AIU has no choice. It also should be clear that it is one thing to miss wherabout tests, it is another to fabricate photos to prove a pretend landslide. Sean Ingle explains it all in this piece in the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/jul/03/wilson-kipsang-hit-with-four-year-ban-for-violating-anti-doping-rules.

I have enjoyed my interviews with Wilson KIpsang. I like the guy. But, I have to admit, I am totally disappointed in his alleged behavior.

My two cents: if one fakes testimony, ban should go to life.

I am cautious about AIU, but this tells the sport that no one should get an out of jail card. I hope they continue with this vigilance.

Anniversary 2018 British Athletics.jpgShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

This is an inteview with Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, the Jamaican pocket rocket. Shelly Ann will be involved in the London DL Call room, to be held on 4 July 2020. Details below and the embed is below as well!

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Dina Asher-Smith, photo by Getty Images/ British Athletics

This is an important piece on racism and the Black Lives Matter, with the thoughts by Dina Asher-Smith. The piece was compiled by Stuart Weir.

IMG_1900.jpgDonavan Brazier, 2020 NB Indoor GP, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts
Donavan Brazier is the 2019 World Champion at 800 meters. The win was huge for Donavan Brazier. What struck me, in the interview, was the newfound confidence that possesses Donavan. He speaks about it. In his masterful win in Doha, Donavan Brazier pulled away at 500 meters and by 600 meters, it was obvious that Donavan was in control. His 1:42.30 destroyed the American record held by Johnny Gray over three decades. Donavan Brazier became the first American male to win a World Championships at 800 meters.
IMG_1875.jpgDonavan Brazier, 2020 NB Indoor GP, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

DAS 2018.jpgDina Asher-Smith, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

This part 1 with Dina Asher Smith, the fastest British women sprinter of all times. When one meets Dina, one is immediately congniscent that this woman is someone special. Dina always gives thoughtful interviews, and she knows how to handle the media. This is the third piece by Stuart Weir this week.

Friday is an easy day. Enjoy it, stay distanced.

2 Possibly winning NCAA Mile 1959.jpgJim Grelle winning 1959 NCAA Mile...

Friday, 2 July 2020: warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

Today we die.jpgToday we die a little, Richard Askwith, London, Yellow Jersey, 2016 ISBN 9780224100342

endurance.jpgEndurance, Rick Broadbent, London, Bloomsbury 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4729-2022-5

Please enjoy the 2 book reviews on Emil Zátopek, reviewed by Stuart Weir.

Stuart Weir sent us this part 1/2 on Kendall Ellis. When one considers how amazingly talented US sport is in track & field, an athlete like Kendall Ellis.

kendall ellis 2.jpgKendall Ellis, in NCAA 4 x 400m, photo by OregonLive.com

Keep the easy day easy and stay socialy distanced.

3 Jim Grelle and Tommy Sullivan 1961 Compton Mile.jpeg1961 Compton Mile, photo by AP

Thursday , 2 July 2020: warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

This is Wednesday and it is easy. Enjoy the day, and keep the run easy, and stay safe.

tfn.jpgDick Buerkle, photo by Track & Field News

Wednesday, 1 July 2020: warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

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