August 2020 Archives

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SONDRE NORDSTAD MOEN, photo by Eirik Førde

Sondre Moen has made the decision that his body might not recover well with a hour race on 4 Sept and a marathon on 4 October. He notes that the pounding in an hour run in 25 cm shoes could be an issue...

Lisek 3.jpgPiotr Lisek, photo by Getty Images / Diamond League

Lavillenie.jpgRenaud Lavillenie, photo by Getty Images / Diamond League

As Jeff Hartwig said so well, "It's the best pole vault competition of the year. " Jeff Hartwig has an outdoor PB of 6.03m (19'9.25") and indoor of 6.02m (19'9"), number 5 all time. Now the manager of Sam Kendricks, Jeff has seen some amazing pv competitions. As he noted, the Athletissima should be exciting!

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This is part 1 /2 parts on the book, The Russian Affair, by David Walsh. A compelling story, Stuart Weir notes that it reads like a spy thriller.

Help Get George Moving

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This is a request on the behalf of George Rabas, a Czech-American, who has had a terrible bicyle accident. The Go Fund Me page request was sent by Steve and Michelle Ave, two very dear friends of mine. Lets help #GetGeorgeMoving!

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat Episode 15

Epilogue Clip

In the Epilogue, yours truly gets to wax poetically on the topics presented in Athletics Chat 15. We spoke on The russain affair, the magic from Monaco and Stockholm, the excitement from 2 meets in Poland and one meet in Sweden last weekend. On top of the excellent athletics, the London 2020 marathon, to be held on October 4, 2020, and how the pandemic is seen across the pond this week.

HJ.jpgYuliya Levchenko, photo by Chris Cooper

I hope you enjoy listening the Athletic Chat 15 epilogue as much as I like doing it!

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

Athletics Chat - Episode 15

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat Episode 15

It has been 15 weeks that we have had chats on a weekly basis, discussing the challenges in the athletics world that week.

Stuart Weir lives in Oxford, England and I live in San Jose, California (at this time, much of the time, I live outside Madison, Wisconsin).

War1.jpgAn exhausted Karston Warholm, photo by Chris Cooper

In Week 15, August 24, we discussed the following topics:

1. The Russian affair-a new blockbuster book on doping and sports

2. London marathon-the elite event will happen Oct. 4, 2020. How will it happen? How can it happen?
3. Stockholm Diamond League-one of best meets in Stockholm in recent years.
4. Our favorite peformances from Stockholm.

5. Deep thoughts on the abbreviated season in 2020.

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

Monday is an easy day, keep it like that. Enjoy the run. Stay safe.

Muir2.jpgLaura Muir, photo by Chris Cooper

Monday:, 31 August 2020 warm up, an easy 50 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

1018776846.jpgStewart McSweyn, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

The Goteborg GP meet had some strong performances. The 5000m and 800m had some amazing times.

ivana dadic.jpgIvana Dadic, photo by coolwomensportblogspot

Ivana Dadic is a talented heptathlete and multi eventer. On July 23, she did an extraordinary thing. She completed the heptathlon in just one hour, scoring 6,235 points!

This past weekend, in the cold and rain, Ivana Dadic won the Austrian Combined Championships in Gotzis, with her third best score, going 6,419.

Jimmy Gressier1.jpgJimmy Gressier (second), photo by European-Athletics.org

Jimmy Gressier is a promising French athlete who has won both U23 Euro titles at 5000m (2019, 14:16.55) and 10,000m (2019, 28:44.17, in Gavle, Sweden, plus Euro cross country titles. Jimmy recently went 13:15.77 pB at 5000m on 14 August at the Monaco DL meeting.

Christian Taylor is the finest triple jumper in history. Christian has won the Olympic gold at London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016. Christian Taylor also took gold at the World Championships in Daegu 2011, Beijing 2015, London 2017 and Doha 2019. Christian Taylor made the 2nd longest triple jump in history in 2015, with an 18.21m (59'8.75"). His PB at the long jump is 8.19m.

CT2.jpgChristian Taylor, photo by trackandfieldnews.com

In this clip #3, we asked Christian Taylor to speak about The Athletics Association.

Special thanks to Christian Taylor. Special thanks to Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts, on managing Socialing the Distance.

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder

Featuring Christian Taylor

Clip 2 - Competition plans in 2020

Christian Taylor is the finest triple jumper in history. Christian has won the Olympic gold at London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016. Christian Taylor also took gold at the World Championships in Daegu 2011, Beijing 2015, London 2017 and Doha 2019. Christian Taylor made the 2nd longest triple jump in history in 2015, with an 18.21m (59'8.75"). His PB at the long jump is 8.19m.

CT.jpgChristian Taylor, Pablo Pichardo, photo by Diamond League

In Clip 2, Christian Taylor spoke with us about his competitions in 2020.

Special thanks to Christian Taylor. Special thanks to Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts, on managing Socialing the Distance.

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder

Featuring Christian Taylor

Clip 1 - Europe During COVID

Christian Taylor is the finest triple jumper in history. Christian has won the Olympic gold at London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016. Christian Taylor also took gold at the World Championships in Daegu 2011, Beijing 2015, London 2017 and Doha 2019. Christian Taylor made the 2nd longest triple jump in history in 2015, with an 18.21m (59'8.75"). His PB at the long jump is 8.19m.

CT.jpgChristian Taylor, photo by Getty Images / Diamond League

We spoke to Christian Taylor as he was driving to a track meet in Austria to compete at the 100m. In this clip, #1, Christian Taylor speaks about being in Europe during COVID.

Special thanks to Christian Taylor. Special thanks to Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts, on managing Socialing the Distance.

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

National Championships...results

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swiety©etiennefiacre.jpgJustyna Swiety-Ersetic, photo by Etienne Fiacre

European Athletics 400m champ was one of the many excellent athletes competing in European national championships, special thanks to EME News and team (Steve Mills, Paul Halford, Alfons Juck) who give us global news each and every day.

Long runs are a Sunday fixture.

In high school, I would run 9-14 miles on Sundays. In college, I built up to 18 miles-22 miles on Sundays almost all year. The long runs were comforting and confidence building. They were also the times when it was the only time that I had to enjoy the moment.

Enjoy your run.

Tim Cheruiyot.JPGTimothy Cheruiyot, the king of the 1,500m in 2020, photo by Chris Cooper

Sunday, 30 August 2020: Long runs, 70-75 minutes

Max Burgin is one amazing 800m runner. At 18, Max has run 1:44.75. This piece was done post Stockholm last weekend, and Stuart Weir thought it was a good piece to let you learn about the young British star.

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Maicel Uibo, bronze medalist, World Indoor Birmingham heptathlon, photo by Mike Deering for The Shoe Addicts

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder, Clip #8

featuring Coach Lance Brauman, PURE Athletics

Maicel Uibo is an Estonian decathlete. In 2019, Maicel took the silver medal in the decathlon in the Doha World Athletics Championships, with a score of 8,604. Estonia has a long history of excellent multi eventers. Maicel Uibo married his college sweetheart, Shaunae Miller Uibo in 2017. He trains with Lance Brauman's group. Although quite capable of handling the decathlon training by himself, Maicel works with Lance Brauman.

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Lance Brauman, adi Dassler stadion, May 2016, photo by Mike Deering /The Shoe Addicts

We asked Lance, in clip # 8, how he coaches Maicel Uibo.

Lance Brauman is an elite coach. He understands the physical, mental and nutritional needs of an elite athlete. Brauman combines the scientific knowledge and its practical application when he coaches. In my mind, a coach such as Lance Brauman also understands and appreciates the bespoke needs of the individual athlete.

Thanks, once again to Lance Brauman on doing this interview. Thanks to Mike Deering /The Shoe Addicts on producing Socialing the Distance.

To see the complete Lance Brauman interview: https://www.runblogrun.com/2020/07/socialing-the-distance-featuring-lance-brauman-complete-interview.html

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder, Clip # 7

featuring Coach Lance Brauman, PURE Athletics

IMG_5254.jpg Lance Brauman, deep in contemplation, May 2016, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

We asked Lance about the wherabouts testing and the need by elite athletes to communicate with USADA and WADA. He speaks about those topics on Clip #7.

Lance Brauman is an elite coach. He understands the physical, mental and nutritional needs of an elite athlete. Brauman combines the scientific knowledge and its practical application when he coaches. In my mind, a coach such as Lance Brauman also understands and appreciates the bespoke needs of the individual athlete.

Thanks, once again to Lance Brauman on doing this interview. Thanks to Mike Deering /The Shoe Addicts on producing Socialing the Distance.

To see the complete Lance Brauman interview: https://www.runblogrun.com/2020/07/socialing-the-distance-featuring-lance-brauman-complete-interview.html

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder,

featuring Coach Lance Brauman, PURE Athletics

Clip #6

In Clip # 6, Lance Brauman explains the challenges for an athlete and coach in managing a one day meet and a global championships. Both have certian challenges, and some athletes can respond to both, but many have to be educated to appreciate the needs of each rarified culture.

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Lance Brauman at warm up, adi Dassler Stadion, May 2016, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Lance Brauman is an elite coach. He understands the physical, mental and nutritional needs of an elite athlete. Brauman combines the scientific knowledge and its practical application when he coaches. In my mind, a coach such as Lance Brauman also understands and appreciates the bespoke needs of the individual athlete.

Thanks, once again to Lance Brauman on doing this interview. Thanks to Mike Deering /The Shoe Addicts on producing Socialing the Distance.

To see the complete Lance Brauman interview: https://www.runblogrun.com/2020/07/socialing-the-distance-featuring-lance-brauman-complete-interview.html

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder,

featuring Coach Lance Brauman, PURE Athletics

In Clip # 5, Lance Brauman explains the challenges for an athlete and coach in managing a one day meet and a global championships. Both have certian challenges, and some athletes can respond to both, but many have to be educated to appreciate the needs of each rarified culture.

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Lance Brauman at warm up, adi Dassler Stadion, May 2016, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Lance Brauman is an elite coach. He understands the physical, mental and nutritional needs of an elite athlete. Brauman combines the scientific knowledge and its practical application when he coaches. In my mind, a coach such as Lance Brauman also understands and appreciates the bespoke needs of the individual athlete.

Thanks, once again to Lance Brauman on doing this interview. Thanks to Mike Deering /The Shoe Addicts on producing Socialing the Distance.

To see the complete Lance Brauman interview: https://www.runblogrun.com/2020/07/socialing-the-distance-featuring-lance-brauman-complete-interview.html

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder,

featuring Lance Brauman, PURE Athletics

Clip #5

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

Lance Brauman is the coach at PURE Athletics. Among his athletes, Lance coaches Noah Lyles and Josephus Lyles. In this clip # 5, Lance speaks about how Noah Lyles took gold in Doha, in the 200m win (he also anchored the 4x100m in Doha, taking a second gold).

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Lance Brauman is an elite coach. He understands the physical, mental and nutritional needs of an elite athlete. Brauman combines the scientific knowledge and its practical application when he coaches. In my mind, a coach such as Lance Brauman also understands and appreciates the bespoke needs of the individual athlete.

Thanks, once again to Lance Brauman on doing this interview. Thanks to Mike Deering /The Shoe Addicts on producing Socialing the Distance.

To see the complete Lance Brauman interview: https://www.runblogrun.com/2020/07/socialing-the-distance-featuring-lance-brauman-complete-interview.html

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

iu-2.jpegWojciech Nowicki, photo by TVP

Wojciech Nowicki has the amazing ability to takes bronzes in World Championships. Wojciech has done just that in 2015 (Beijing, 78.55m), 2017 (London, 78.03m) and 2019 (Doha, 77.38m). In 2016 Rio, Wojciech Nowicki also took the bronze with a 77.33m throw.

In European Champs, Wojciech took bronze in 2016, (Amsterdam, 77.53m) and in 2018, in Berlin, Wojciech took gold! His throw was 80.12m.

Many times we see him battling Pawel Fadjek, the top Polish thrower.

The amazing simplicity with Fartlek is it's power. As the athlete gets into shape, the speed play can be tougher. The same workout, 20 x 1 minute tough, means one thing to an 18 minute 5k athlete and another to an athlete capable of going 15k for 5k. Consider your level of fitness and build your speed with increasing the effort in your speed play sessions. Good luck!

IMG_1596.jpgJake Wightman, recovering after a 1000m, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Saturday, 29 August 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, steady state, cooldown, or,

20 x 1 minute, 5 k pace, 2 minutes easy, 20 minutes, steady state, cooldown.

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder

Featuring Julie Culley

TeamBrooks-JulieCulley-1104.jpgJulie Culley, photo by Steve Laico

Julie Culley recently resigned as Director, Track & Field and Cross Country, at Georgetown University. Julie had been Director over 4 years, and had been an assistant coach at Georgetown during the previous two years. Julie had spent a half decade as an elite athlete, making the U.S. Olympic team in 2012, with a strong PB at 5000m, 15:05.38.

We thank Julie Culley, she is a great communicator, and she will do well at Brooks. We thank Mike Deering, with The Shoe Addicts, who manages and produces Socialing the Distance.

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2020 U.S. Olympic Trials, the women's start, photo by Kevin Morris

[Part II of a two-part series]

"Life is What Happens to You While You're Busy Making Other Plans." -- John Lennon.

This is part 2 of 2 part series on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials, David Hunter gives us an inside view on the top 3 women, as he had covered the top 3 men last week, and how they made the U.S. Olympic team, but also how they are dealing with the pandemic and the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

It makes amazing reading and gives the reader a real appreciation of the skill sets needed to make an Olympic team, but also, once one has made the team, how to manage the challenges in the modern world.

Friday is an easy day.

Keep the run easy and enjoy the strideouts. Keep safe.

DSC04319.jpg2019 USA Champs, 5000m women's Champs, photo by Cortney White

Friday, 28 August 2020: warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

Mujinga Kambundji ends season...

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Kambundji3.jpgMujinga Kambundji, photo by Getty Images / Diamond League

Mujinga Kambundji is top women's sprinter in Switzerland. Mujinga has developed into one of the best global sprinters. In 2019, Mujinga took bronze in Doha in the 200m. In 2018, it was bronze at the 60m in Birmingham at World Indoors. In 2017, Mujinga took bronze in the 60m at European Indoors, and in 2016, Mujinga took bronze in the 100m at European Outdoors.

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Ryan Crouser had some big throws in Des Moines.....


Don2.jpgDonavan Brazier, 2020 Stockholm DL, photo by Cortney White

Donavan Brazier has ended his season with 10 wins with 10 starts...

Mondo Duplantis at Athletissima

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Mondo Duplantis is truly an exciting athlete. His obvious love of the sport, his obvious love of competition, and his absolute ability at the pole vault totally excite the sport.

Mondo Duplantis is leading the world with a clearance of 6.01 meters.

Mondo3.jpgMondo Duplantis, photo by Chris Cooper

Johannes Vetter in Offenburg

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johannes Vetter .jpgJohannes Vetter, photo by javelinthrowmagazine.wordpress.com

Johannes Vetter has the WL at 90.86m in the javelin...

Charge the hills! The hills make you tough!

Stay safe! Isolate! Use a mask when inside and when you can not be six feet apart.

DSC04420.jpgShelby Houlihan takes the 5000m, 2019 USA Champs, photo by Cortney White

Thursday, 27 August 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 Jake Wightman

Full Episode

August 26, 2020

Jake Wightman made a big move on the last lap in the 1,500m in Monaco DL on August 14, 2020. With 200m to go, the young Brit passed Henrik Ingebrigtsen. " I saw that Henrik was getting tired," noted Jake to this writer.

IMG_1602.jpgJake Wightman, photo by Mike Deering, The Shoe Addicts, 2020 NB Indoor GP

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Niklaus Kaul, photo by Getty Images / World Athletics

Just about 3 years ater Niklaus Kaul's 8,435 score at U20 Championships, his score has been ratiied. In 2019, Niklaus won the Doha WC decathlon. At the Doha presser in 2019, Niklaus was asked by media who was his hero, he smiled, pointed to the back of the room, and said, "He's right there." It was Ashton Eaton. A class act with a screaming javelin and a speedy 1,500m, Niklaus Kaul is one athlete we should see for many years.

The easy day is Wednesday. Keep it easy, keep it safe.

DSC04289.jpg2019 USA Champs, 5000m, photo Cortney White

Wednesday, 26 August 2020 : warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

joshuacheptegai1.jpgJoshua Chetegai, Monaco DL 2020, photo by Etienne Fiacre

Joshua Cheptegai just set the 5000m World record with his run at 12:35.36. Now, he has set his eyes on the 10,000m World record

Top names in Goteborg...

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Angelica-Bengtsson 4.jpgAngelica Bengstton, photo by Getty Images / Diamond League

The Folksam Grand Prix in Gothenburg will be held on 29 August 2020. Some good events coming up!

knight.jpgJesse Knight, Memorial Janusz Kusocinski in Chorzow, 25 August 2020, photo by Stuart Weir/ via TVP Sport (Polish TV)

lanisquot.jpgImani Lanisquot, Memorial Janusz Kusocinski in Chorzow, 25 August 2020, photo 3 by Stuart Weir/ via TVP Sport (Polish TV)

This is a piece on the 3 British champions at the Memorial Janusz Kusocinski, on 25 August 2020. Special thanks to Stuart Weir.

chozow stadium.jpgMemorial Janusz Kusocinski in Chorzow, 25 August 2020, photo by Stuart Weir/ via TVP Sport (Polish TV)

Chozow 2.jpgMemorial Janusz Kusocinski in Chorzow, 25 August 2020, photo 2 by Stuart Weir/ via TVP Sport (Polish TV)

otega chozow .jpgOrlando Ortega, Memorial Janusz Kusocinski in Chorzow, 25 August 2020, photo 3 by Stuart Weir/ via TVP Sport (Polish TV)

The Memorial Janusz Kusocinski in Chorzow is an important meet in Poland, named to honor Janusz Kusocinski, a top Polish distance runner, who took gold in the 10,000m in 1932 and was killed in WW2. Stuart Weir covered this meeting via TV in Oxford, England.

Karston Warholm had an amazing double in Stockholm on Sunday. In the 400m hurdles, Karston ran an amazing race, in 46.87, the second best time ever. He came back, in 93 minutes, and won the 400m in 45.05. A quite impressive double!

War1.jpgKarston Warholm, 2020 Stockholm DL, photo by Chris Cooper

Tempo run is scheduled today, Tuesday. Do the workout, do not add to it. It may not seem like a big deal, but, it is.

DonB.jpgDonavan Brazier took Stockholm DL 800m on Sunday, photo by Chris Cooper

Tuesday, August 25, 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, 4x300m cutdowns, cooldown

This is part 3 on Sha'Keela Saunders, by Stuart Weir. Sha'Keela is a U.S. top long jumper, having won USA Champs and competed in Doha WC and London WC.

Sha'Keela had an amazingly viral video recently on jumpers. Check it out here: https://www.runblogrun.com/2020/07/shakeela-saunders.html

Shakeela Saunders.jpgSha'Keela Saunders, photo by Team USA

Today is Monday. It is an easy day. Stay smart, stay safe.

DonB.jpgDonavan Brazier, photo by Chris Cooper

Monday, August 24, 2020: warm up, an easy 50 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

I enjoyed the Bauhaus Galan Meeting today. It continued the good vibes we got last week in Monaco. It was not Monaco, as no one can be Monaco but Monaco, but Stockholm DL gave us a strong athletic showcase.

What you will see below are my top 5 deep thoughts on the Bauhaus Galan!

Stajl3 .jpgDaniel Stahl kept Swedes happy! 2020 Bauhaus Galan, photo by Chris Cooper

The Bauhaus Galan meeting did the sport proud today. Showcasing some excellent events, and some excellent athletes in good shape, the Bauhaus Galan gave both global athletics and Swedish athletics many moments to smile about.

Mondo Duplantis continues to soar, this time at 6.01m. Karston Warholm doubled, 46.87 WL and 45.05 SB, at 400m hurdles and the non hurdle 400m, and both 1,500ms had enthralling competitions.

Please enjoy the complete results on the 2020 Stockholm DL meeting.

MondePV.jpgMondo Duplantis, 2020 Bauhaus Galan, photo by Chris Cooper

The Stockholm Diamond League is always an exciting meet. I love Stockholm. The stadium is steeped in history, and, in a normal year, the meet is always nearly sold out.

This is a smart column by Stuart Weir on what he liked about Bauhaus Galan!

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War1.jpgKarsten Warholm, 2020 Bauhaus Galan, photo by Chris Cooper

Karsten Warholm had an amazing double in Stockholm. His WL at 400m hurdles (46.87) and 400m SB at 45.05, both done in 93 minutes, is impressive.

The Bauhaus Galan is held in historic Stockholm stadium. EME news provides us with event by event updates on what happened in Stockholm on 23 August 2020.

Brits Kick Ass in Stockholm!

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As Stuart Weir does with most meets, we see which Brits do well in the event. The meeting today is Bauhaus Galan, and the Stockholm DL was a good meeting.

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Wow! How does Wold Athletics do this?

I have not seen one person who thought the long jump changes did anythng to enhance the event. And no coverage ? Stuart Weir did a nice job on this column, giving us a view that, the LJ might need change, but this is not the way to go!

And one iconic viewer noted:

"The New Long Jump format is just stupid!"

Sam (1).jpgRuswahl Samaai, Bauhaus Galan 2020, photo by Chris Cooper

A tale of two Scottish ladies

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Jemma1.jpgJemme Reekie takes the 800m in 1:59.68, Bauhaus Galan 2020, photo by Chris Cooper

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Laura Muir takes WL in 3:57.86, Bauhaus Galan 2020, photo by Chris Cooper

Stuart Weir did this as his opening piece on the Bauhaus Galan. It was an excellent meet, the best meeting in Stockholm in many years. Jemma Reekie and Laura Muir took wins at 800m and 1,500m. Both are coached by Andy Young. Andy Young is an excellent coach, and most important, his athletes obviously get him.

Nice to see Shannon Rowbury do so welll!

I looked forward to my Sunday runs. I would leave with my VW bus (1969 camper) about 6.30 am and drive up to Santa Cruz Mountains. Our coach, Dan Durante, lived in the middle of the Santa Cruz Mountains, with his wife, Cherry, and a llama, tortoise, goat, and various and sundry other creatures.

weightman©etiennefiacre.jpgThe women's 5000m, Monaco, August 14, 2020, photo by Etienne Fiacre

The runs would take us back in history. Dan had this book of historic Santa Cruz towns. We would head down the old roads, nestled between the coverage provided by old growth redwood trees. The runs were 18-22 miles, and the initial ten miles was slightly downhill, quick and relaxed. We might cover it in 62-65 minutes. The way back was an arduous, gut wrenching series of switchbacks, and Paul and I would speak a bit, then, just get into the hills and go at the hills, side by side, the only sounds our gasps for air, and my occasional use of profanity, as we made the top of a hill, with only more hills to come. Paul would laugh at the profanity, then, charge the next hill.

As we crested the top hill, and reached Dan's house, a hose with cold mountain water greeted us. It would not taste so good ever again in my life. And then, Dan, just like he saw trainers do with their horses, would soak our legs with chilled water. It was true, little or no fatigue the next day. Dan did that with us for years.

The long runs stay in my mind as if it was yesterday. Make memories. Get in those long runs.

Stay safe.

Sunday: Long runs, 70-75 minutes

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Is Karsten Warholm in shape to take a good shot at the world record? The Bauhaus Galan meeting in Sunday, 23 August, and it has some exciting battles! Check out the previews by EME News...

Mule Wasihun (left) and Mosinet Geremew (right) will return to the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2020 to take on Eliud Kipchoge (centre), photo by London Marathon Media

The Virgin Money London Marathon announced its elite competitors on 21 August 2020. The amazing fields show that the pandemic has not stopped the enthusiasm and needs of many elite global athletes.

Jo Coates, CEO at British Athletics, has made a major decision with the new Performance director appointment at British Athletics. In hiring Sara Symington, an experienced Olympic athlete and administrator, Jo Coates is helping British Athletics build towards its next challenges. This column, by Stuart Weir, is about this major decision by Jo Coates.

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This is the release that British Athletics sent out on their new British Athletics Perormance Director. This is a huge position and I will be cuious to see how the appointment is accepted.

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The idea with speed play is this: a bespoke (which means, personalized) workout series that helps you build racing skills and callouses you. Fartlek can be as easy or tough as you so desire. I suggest a medium level just now. Too much external stress with pandemic, natural events and other challenges. Stay safe! Stay isolated!

Monaco 800m DBBH.jpgThe 800m! Donavan Brazier and Bryce Hoppel battling in Monaco! Epic 800m! photo by Etienne Fiacre

Saturday, August 22, 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, steady state, cooldown, or,

20 x 1 minute, 5 k pace, 2 minutes easy, 20 minutes, steady state, cooldown.

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance

with Larry Eder

Featuring Dathan Ritzenhein

Dathan Ritzenhein is a prime example of how a promising athlete can develop into a 3 time Olympian and a man who owned the American record at 5,000m (12:56.27), and a man who also broke 2:08 (2:07.47) in the marathon.

In the interview, it was obvious, to the interviewer, that Dathan Ritzenhein is in the next evolution of his athletic career, as a coach. Dathan is the new Head Coach with the new On Athletics Club, the new elite club sponsored by On running, the Swiss company that has been shaking up running over the past half decade.

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Dathan will be coaching some young middle distance athletes, including Joe Klecker, Ollie Hoare, Geordie Beamish, Carlos Villareal, Alicia Munson, Leah Falland, Emily Oren and Alijca Konieczek.

Based in Boulder, Dathan has been organizing and working with the athletes for 5-6 weeks.

The club is in its infancy, but, already, it is opening some eyes. Last weekend, at the Music City Distance Carnival, Ollie Hoare went 3:34.63, setting a new Tennessee record, breaking the record by Steve Scott. A 4 second pb by Joe Klecker, who went 3:37.55, and a good run by Carlos Villareal, who went 3:42.48. Leah Falland went 4:11.25, just .1 of her PB! Alicia Munson set a 13 second PB and Emily Oren went 4:14.77, a 4 second PB.

Dathan Ritzenhein loves coaching. It is obvious. He has some exciting talent with his On Athletics Club squad (OAC). We can not wait to meet them all and see Dathan live, in action, coaching his new club.

It is also exciting to see On running investing in our sport and these amazing young athletes.

Thanks to Dathan for his time. Thanks to Mike Deering on managing the production.

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

The easy day on Friday, should be used. A challenging day will come on Saturday. Stay safe.

5000_joie©etiennefiacre.jpgJoy, photo by Etienne Fiacre

Friday, 21 August 2020: warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

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visse nelvis .jpgNadine Visser takes Sharika Nelvis, photo via TV

This is a quick update on the 10th Gyulai Istvan Meeting on 20 August.

Justin Lagat just sent us this piece on the Bauhaus Galan Meeting, the Stockholm Diamond League, which will be held on 23 August 2020. The meet is exciting and will have some excellent events. Justin concentated his pen on the middle distance events and how they could impact the cool, Scandanavian night.

5000_joie©etiennefiacre.jpgJoy, Chebet and Obiri, photo by Etienne Fiacre

On August 22, we noted that Faith Kipyegon was no longe in the women's 1,500m in Bauhaus.

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat Episode 14 (Epilogue)

In this epilogue, we discussed the amazing, amazing Monaco Diamond League, an excellent meet in any year.

In 2020, Monaco DL said, "Track is back!"

We celebrate the amazing meet that was Herculis EBS Monaco 2020!

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For more information: www.runblogrun.com

Athletics Chat , Episode 14

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RunBlogRun presents Athletics Chat

Episode 14

In Athletics Chat 14, we spoke about all things Monaco:

The 5000m World record-amazing Joshua Cheptegai

The 1,500m men's battle-Timothy Cheruiyout vs Jakub Ingbebrigtsen

faith©etiennefiacre.jpgFaith Kipyegon, photo by Etienne Fiacre

The women's 1000m-Kipyegon takes on all!

The women's 5000m-Hellen Obiri show

Donavan Brazier and Bryce Hoppel in 800m WL

Noah Lyles, Josephus Lyles go 1,2 in the 200m!

The amazing job that Monaco team did on putting on the meet!

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

The hills. The secret sauce to many athletes. Arthur Lydiard, the man who changed distance running training, set aside a hill workout period to make the athlete amazingly strong. Some athletes have tuned the hill time. 1972/1976 Olympic double gold medalist Lasse Viren had achilles issues his entire career. In both 1972 and 1976, Viren did 800m gentle hill repeats to build his strength. In both 1972 and 1976, Viren's coach, Hakkola, did the same session to test. One was a 5000m run on a football pitch, with 50m hard/50m easy.

DSC02736.jpgShelby Houlihan, Nikki Hiltz battle it out, 1,500m, 2019 USA, photo by Courtney Ware

In 1972, Viren went 13:51. In 1976, Viren did the same workout and went 13:32. The next workout was 20x200m.

Viren averaged 29 in 1972. In 1976, Viren averaged 27 seconds per 200m. Think hills do not get you quick?

John Landy, the second man under 4 minutes, used hills and paddocks to build strength. I just spoke with an athlete who uses 60m uphills to 200m uphills to build speed.

Thursday, 20 August 2020: warm up, 60 minute hilly run, include a long 10 minute hilly grind, and 5x3 minute hilly charge, cooldown

[Part One of a two-part series]

The 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials was the last major event in athletics just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. On 29 February 2020, almost 240 men marathoners and 450 women marathoners, the best in the U.S., competed on a challenging, 4 loop course in downtown Atlanta, with an estimated 250,000 enthusiasts cheering and cajoling.

This is part one, with an interview with the top 3 men (next week, top 3 women), discussing the event, but also, how they are managing expectations and training, in a COVID-19 pandemic.

Men_Start-1-OTM20.jpgThe Men's start, 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, photo by Kevin Morris

Special thanks to all athletes involved, and their management teams, on staying available. Special thanks to Dave Hunter on writing this series and giving us good things to contemplate in this time of the pandemic.

"Life is What Happens to You While You're Busy Making Other Plans." -- John Lennon.

Irena Szewinska Memorial...

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20190809_175917.jpgStadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland, (2019), photo by Stuart Weir

1.jpgIrena Szewinska and the author, 2012, photo by Stuart Weir

The Irena Szewinska Memorial is a meeting done in honor of the most medaled Polish athlete in sports history. Irena Szewinska is the only human, man or woman, to hold 100m, 200m, and 400m world records. In Olympics, European Outdoors and Indoors Champs and Universiade, Irena Szewinska took 12 golds, 5 silvers, and 8 bronzes.

The Gyulia Istvan Memorial is the second meet on the Continental Tour 2020. This is Stuart Weir's column on this exceptional event!

taylor1.jpgChristian Taylor, photo by Stuart Weir, via TV

visse nelvis .jpgNadine Visser takes Sharika Nelvis, photo by Stuart Weir, via TV

pozzi.jpgAndy Pozzi, photo by Stuart Weir, via TV

Mariya Lasitskene is still training

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Mariya Lasitskene1.jpgMariya Lasitskene, photo by You Tube

One of my fave athletes to observe in competition and also, to query and observe in press conferences is Mariya Lasitskene. Lasitskene is a wily competitor. She speaks with herself in her competitions and only seems to be completely conscious when she gets above 2 meters. Watching her clear 2.06m, and how the crowd became mesmerized is a huge memory with Lausanne DL.

At this time, the best women's high jumper is political collateral damage in the big game that has engulfed World Athletics and the All-Russia Athletics Federation.

I'm convinced that Mariya Lasitskene can clear 6.10m.

Stay tuned.

Brits in Monaco Diamond League...

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This is the last piece on 2020 Monaco DL, written by Stuart Weir. Stuart always does a piece on the British athletes at a major and non major events.

1018992690.jpgJake Wightman, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

This is Wednesday. It is an easy day. If you are in Northern California, please stay cogniscent of the conditions. Stay safe, stay isolated.

DSC00293.jpgMolly Huddle, 10,000m, 2019 USA Champs, photo by Cortney Ware

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

10th Istvan Gyulai Memorial News

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iu.jpegThe Istvan Gyulai Memorial continues to grow in stature. Athletes have told me how much they love the meet, the audience, and the town that hosts the meet. The Gyulai Istvan Memorial will be held on Wednesday, 19 August 2020!

Ortega©etiennefiacre.jpgOrlando Ortega, 2020 Monaco DL, photo by Etienne Fiacre

warholm©etiennefiacre.jpgKarsten Warholm, 2020 Monaco DL, photo by Etienne Fiacre

Stuart Weir did this piece on both the 110m hurdles and the 400m hurdles at Monaco. And Stuart's right, both events are amazing!

RunBlogRun presents Interview Clip #4, with Donavan Brazier , Herculis EBS Meeting (Monaco)

Herculis EBS Meeting Monaco 8/14/2020

The clips we are posting were done on 12 August 2020, in a zoom interview organized by Global Athletics, the management team with Donavan Brazier. We will post only the responses by Donavan to questions by Larry Eder/ runblogrun.

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Donavan Brazier, 2020 NBIGP, taking self photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Donavan gave the media some time, to discus his thoughts prior to the Diamond League meeting in Monaco DL!

RunBlogRun presents Interview Clip #3, with Donavan Brazier , Herculis EBS Meeting (Monaco)

Herculis EBS Meeting Monaco 8/14/2020

The clips we are posting were done on 12 August 2020, in a zoom interview organized by Global Athletics, the management team with Donavan Brazier. We will post only the responses by Donavan to questions by Larry Eder/ runblogrun.

IMG_1834.jpgDonavan Brazier, 2020 NBIGP, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Donavan gave the media some time, to discus his thoughts prior to the Diamond League meeting in Monaco DL!

warholm2©etiennefiacre.jpgKarsten Warholm, Monaco 2020, photo by Etienne Fiacre

Karsten Warholm is going to compete at 400m hurdles at Bauhaus Galan. Warholm is a huge star in Europe, and he will draw in Stockholm!

RunBlogRun presents Interview Clip #2, with Donavan Brazier , Herculis EBS Meeting (Monaco)

Herculis EBS Meeting Monaco 8/14/2020

The clips we are posting were done on 12 August 2020, in a zoom interview organized by Global Athletics, the management team with Donavan Brazier. We will post only the responses by Donavan to questions by Larry Eder/ runblogrun.

Donavan gave the media some time, to discus his thoughts prior to the Diamond League meeting in Monaco DL!

brazier©etiennefiacre.jpgDonavan Brazier and Bryce Hoppel go 1,2 in 800m, 2020 Monaco DL, photo by Etienne Fiacre

RunBlogRun presents Interview Clip #1, with Donavan Brazier , Herculis EBS Meeting (Monaco)

Herculis EBS Meeting Monaco 8/14/2020

The clips we are posting were done on 12 August 2020, in a zoom interview organized by Global Athletics, the management team with Donavan Brazier. We will post only the responses by Donavan to questions by Larry Eder/ runblogrun.

donavan©etiennefiacre.jpgDonavan Brazier, the moments prior to the 800m in Monaco, photo by Etienne Fiacre

At the Monaco DL, (August 14, 2020), Donavan Brazier took the lead at 600m, and won the 800m in 1:43.15, with fellow American Bryce Hoppel going second in PB 1:43.23.

In clip 1, I asked Donavan Brazier to speak on his 1:43.84, the last event he did prior to his trek to Monaco!

Special thanks to Sandra Nel-Kurmann & Global Athletics for setting up this interview.

Special thanks to Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts on managing the clips!

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

Tuesday is tempo! The tempo workout is a big part of the building blocks of a complete training program.

DSC00224.jpgEmily Sisson leads the women's 10,000m, 2019 USA Champs, photo by Cortney Ware

Tuesday, 18 August 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, 4x300m cutdowns, cooldown

That Joshua Cheptegai broke the 5000m World record this past weekend was amazing. That he did it post 80 hours travelling is a story in itself!

Joshua Cheptegai is only the second Ugandan to set a world record. The late John Aki-Bau, set a world record while winning the Olympic gold medal in the 1972 Olympic 400m hurdle final, competing in lane 1, with a time of 47.82!

Joshua Cheptegai was by his lonesome in the last 2400m in Monaco. Using almost even splits, Joshua Cheptegai set a new world record, with his 12:35.36. Consider this, Joshua ran three miles at 4:02 pace, then a 29.50 last 200 meters.

Amazing!

EfaZCKvXoAAQa0G.jpgJoshua Cheptegai, photo by NN running team

HERCULIS 2020 FLASH-BACK

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Mondo Duplantis takes Monaco 2020 DL, photo by Alizee Palombo

The Monaco DL was an amazing meet. Not just in the pandemic, the 2020 Monaco meeting would have been exceptional in any year. The 5000 people who got to see the meet in the Stade Louis II on 14 August witnessed an amazing athletic night.

Monday is an easy day. Keep it that way. Stay safe.

DSC00197.jpg2019 USA Champs, Women's 10,000m, photo by Cortney Ware

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

RunBlogRun presents Noah Lyles Interview Herculis EBS Meeting (Monaco)

Noah Lyles speaks on Coach Brauman's thoughts on this season

This interview was done on 12 August, just two day prior to Monaco DL. In clip #4, Noah Lyles answers a question by Larry Eder, discussing Coach Lance Brauman's thoughts on the 2020 season.

lyles nj.jpgNoah Lyles, Josephus Lyles, post Monaco 1,2, in the 200m!, photo by Team USA

Two days later, on 14 August 2020, Noah Lyles went 19.76 WL and Josephus went 20.30, another PB! He built a big lead coming down the stretch, with younger brother taking second. A dream run in Monaco by the Lyles brothers.

Noah Lyles just announced that he will be competing in the 100 meters at the 2020 Istvan Gyulai Memorial meetng on August 19, 2020, near Budapest, Hungary.

RunBlogRun presents Noah Lyles Interview Herculis EBS Meeting (Monaco)

Advice for High Schoolers on racing

This interview was done on 12 August, just two day prior to Monaco DL. In clip #3, Noah Lyles answers a question by Larry Eder, regarding his shape in the shorter sprint race, the 100 meters. Noah smiled and looked to anticipate the chance.

EfaE7kZXoAMYY-d.jpgNoah Lyles, 2020 Monaco DL, photo by Getty Images / Diamond League

Two days later, on 14 August 2020, Noah Lyles went 19.76 WL and Josephus went 20.30, another PB! He built a big lead coming down the stretch, with younger brother taking second. A dream run in Monaco by the Lyles brothers.

Noah Lyles just announced that he will be competing in the 100 meters at the 2020 Istvan Gyulai Memorial meetng on August 19, 2020, near Budapest, Hungary.

The Women's 1000m at Monaco!

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faith©etiennefiacre.jpgFaith Kipyegon, 2020 Monaco DL, 1000m, photo by Etienne Fiacre

muir©etiennefiacre.jpgLaura Muir, 2020 Monaco DL, 1000m, photo by Etienne Fiacre

The 1000m was an exciting event, with top middle distance athletes challenging themselves. This is how Stuart Weir saw the womens' 1000m at the 2020 Monaco Diamond League meet.

RunBlogRun presents Noah Lyles Interview Herculis EBS Meeting (Monaco)

Advice for High Schoolers on racing

This interview was done on 12 August, just two day prior to Monaco DL. In clip #2, Noah Lyles answers a question by Larry Eder, asking about tips to high school sprinters on competing in the pandemic.

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Noah Lyles, 2020 Monaco DL, photo by Etienne Fiacre

Two days later, on 14 August 2020, Noah Lyles went 19.76 WL and Josephus went 20.30, another PB! He built a big lead coming down the stretch, with younger brother taking second. A dream run in Monaco by the Lyles brothers.

©Alizée_PALOMBA-DUPLANTIS03a.jpgMondo Duplantis, 2020 Monaco DL, photo by Alizee Palomba

MB.jpgMeraf Bahta, photo by Diamond League

The Swedish championships had some top athletes competing well. Mondo was a bit exhausted a day after his 6.00m win in MonacoDL.

RunBlogRun presents Noah Lyles interview Herculis EBS Meeting (Monaco)

This interview was done on 12 August, just two day prior to Monaco DL. In clip #1, Noah Lyles answers a question by

Larry Eder on his 19.94 run at 200 meters, where his brother, Josephus Lyles, went 20.34, a new PB for Josephus.

The meet we discussed was the last US meet prior to the Herculis EBS Meeting Monaco, held on 8/14/2020.

On that day, Noah Lyles went 19.76 WL and Josephus went 20.30, another PB! He built a big lead coming down the stretch, with younger brother taking second. A dream run in Monaco by the Lyles brothers.

lyles©etiennefiacre.jpgNoah Lyles, 14 August 2020, Monaco DL, photo by Etienne Fiacre

Special thanks to Sandra Nel-Kurmann & Global Athletics for setting up this interview.

Special thanks to Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts on making this happen in real time!

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

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Winny Chebet and Hellen Obiri, 5000m, 2020 Monaco DL, photo by Etienne Fiacre

The photo above was shot at the 2020 Monaco DL on August 14. It was labeled "Hellen, joie", aka, Hellen, Joy. And that sums it all up, the need that Monaco answered, the amazing competitions and the constant reminder that a pandemic has changed our lives, but that running, jumping and throwing can bring such simple and complete joy.

The long runs are on Sundays. The runs are 70 minutes to 2 hours. The long run builds endurance and strength. Long runs are also about building confidence. Stay safe. Isolate.

DSC00197.jpgWomen's 10,000m, 2019 USA Champs, photo by Cortney Ware

Sunday, August 16, 2020: Long runs, 70-75 minutes

The concept of speed play is the developing of fitness and racing savvy. Swedish athletes and coaches used Fartlek since the 1930s. The ability to build your fitness level as you develop is one of my favorite things about fartlek. Take your time.

DSC00170.jpgThe Women's 10,000m 2019 USA Champs, photo by Cortney Ware

Saturday, August 16, 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.

A good friend, Jeff, noted the following about Monaco:

"Great to have track back. However, this was a great meet placed in any year, not just in the year of the COVID.


- Donovan Brazier running a fast 800 pulling Bryce Hoppel to a sub 1:44.
- Cheruiyot went after it in the 1500 and ran a fantastic time, leading young Ingebrigsten and Wightman to PBs, all under 3:30.
- Obiri and Gidey running fast 5000s.
- Duplantis WR attempts in the vault.
- Sub 2:30 1K by Kipyegon.
-Warholm's 47.10 was fantastic

-But, Cheptegai's solo 12:35.36 had to be the highlight. The guy predicted it and made it happen. "

EfaE7kZXoAMYY-d.jpgNoah Lyles takes 200m in 19.76 WL, photo by Getty Images / Monaco DL

obiri©etiennefiacre.jpgHellen Obiri, MonacoDL, photo: Etienne Fiacre

Stuart Weir sent us this second piece on the Monaco meet, this piece is on the women's 5000m, an amazingly intriguing event!

The Herculis EBS Monaco was an amazing meet. And as one kean observer noted, "Great to have track back. However, this was a great meet placed in any year, not just the year of the COVID-19. "

Check out the results, and enjoy the upcoming pieces on runblogrun.

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Donavan Brazier, photo by Etienne Fiacre

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This is the first article coming by Stuart Weir on Monaco. The meet was an amazing reminder that Monaco is special and that an excellent track meet is even more special in this pandemic, a time bereft of athletics.

joshuacheptegai1.jpgJoshua Cheptegai, photo: Etienne Fiacre

I have been reading EME News since about 2011? Alfonz Juck and his team (Stephen Mills, Paul Halford) are well positioned to give us daily insights into the global sport we love!

This is the Monaco DL preview, which begins in a couple hours...Watch on NBC in Estados Unidos.

©Etienne_Fiacre-HASSAN.jpgSifan Hassan, Monaco DL, photo by Etienne Fiacre

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Friday is an easy day. Stay safe. Wear a mask inside and when you can not do 6 feet separation, wear a mask outside.

DSC00222.jpgWomen's 10,000m, 2019 USA Champs, photo by Cortney Ware

Friday, August 14, 2020: warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

Justin sent us this piece on Timothy Cheruiyot, and the men's 1500m in Monaco, plus most distance events in Monaco.

Timothy Cheruiyot1.jpgTimothy Cheruiyot, photo: You Tube

Monaco HERCULIS NEWS

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poster_2020.jpgThe excitement is less than 24 hours away! Monaco should be awesome! This is some tidbits on the meeting on 14 August 2020.

Since 2014, I have been going to the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon. It is a wonderful event, and I use it as a litmus test to understand the success of running in Europe.

In most Octobers, I would go to Chicago, Frankfurt and NYC. Not in 2020. The walks around downtown Frankfurt, the media events, the chances to speak with athletes, elite and non.

The evenings were spent, gathering content. Excellent German beer was also involved.

I hope to see all my friends at Mainova Frankfurt Marathon in 2021!

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Today is a Thursday. A tough hill day, that will wear you out. Just hydrate and stay safe.

Thursday, August 13, 2020: warm up, 60 minute hilly run, include a long 10 minute hilly grind, 10 minute easy, and 5x3 minute hilly charge, 3 minutes easy, cooldown.

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Donavan Brazier spoke with runblogrun in July 2020 on the upcoming season, training and hoping, just hoping to have a season in Europe, in 2020, where he could "validate" himself.

In a non exclusive zoom event this morning, Donavan Brazier joined a dozen media members, to speak about Monaco. Special thanks to Sandra Nels Kurman on organizing the presser on 12 August 2020.

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

AH_19351_2019100585909848_20191005111147.JPG Faith Kipyegon, Doha 2019, photo by World Athletics

_07I4299_2019092961058614_20190929115247.JPG Faith Kipyegon, Doha 2019, photo by World Athletics

In 2019, Faith Kipyegon showed the talent and drive that she has with an amazing silver medal in the women's 1,500m, where Sifan Hassan completed an amazing double, with the 10,000m, and 1,500m golds. Faith Kipyegon had come back from having a child in June 2018, and in October 2019, took a silver medal, plus set a Kenyan National record!

On Friday, 14 August, 2020, Faith Kipyegon will compete over 1000m with a stellar group of athletes in the field. Stuart Weir gives us a preview of the 2020 Herculis Monaco Diamond League meeting 1000m.

RunBlogRun presents Athletics Chat Episode 13 Epilogue Clip

As if 40 minutes a week is not enough, this is the additional deep thoughts that I add each week on digesting the Athletics Chat of the week.

Special thanks to Mike Deeing, The Shoe Addicts, who attempts to manage me keep these timely.

89933597_10218868315116267_4201582547932545024_o.jpgThe finest track in Lane County, Oregon, and perhaps, the globe, Hayward field, photo by Eugene register guard

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

Athletics Chat-Episode 13

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RunBlogRun presents Athletics Chat Episode 13

This is week 13. Athletics Chat is a weekly call between Larry Eder (San Jose, CA) and Stuart Weir (Oxford, England).

In this call, we use Zoom and solve many alleged challenges to athletics.

Athletics Chat is a weekly call between Larry Eder (San Jose, CA) and Stuart Weir (Oxford, England).

In this call, we use Zoom and solve many alleged challenges to athletics.

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Topics in Athletics Chat 13:
1 London Marathon
2 Loads of Brits running this week

3 Monaco preview (event on August 14, 2020)
4 Jo Coates, deep thoughts?
5 And the season is beginning (14 meets in 60 days)
6. Olympics 2021, 2022, 2024-when will next Olympics happened?
7. When will marathons come back?
8. Doping in the pandemic. Cheaters don't stop in a Pandemic.
9. Media news-can we actually go to meets?
10. Epilogue

Special thanks to Stuart Weir and Mike Deering. Stuart gives us the weekly time and brain space.

Mike attempts to manage me and produce the programming.

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

This is Wednesday. It is an easy day. Keep it easy, and also keep it safe.

DSC00265.jpgEmily Sisson, 10,000m, 2019 USATF, photo by Cortney White

Wednesday, 12 August 2020: warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

Sawyers.jpgJazmin Sawyers, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

IMG_0166.JPGPaavo Nurmi Games, photo by Stuart Weir by TV

This is Stuart Weir's piece on today's Paavo Nurmi Games, held in Turku, Finland

This piece by Bob Ramsak is a must read on how Turku (11 August) and Monaco (14 August) are managing the pandemic and their events. Bob is a big reason why the World Athletics site is so damn good. You should be on that site each and every day. Check it out at www.worldathletics.org.

I believe that World Athletics has a juggling match to accomplish. They have to keep the sport alive. It seems that the world will be dealing with the pandemic into 2023-2024. We will see some amazing juggling to give us athletics and I think giving Turku and Monaco the street cred that they deserve.

In Europe, it seems, that the populace is not seeing issues on masks and social distancing. In the US, some see the demand to wear masks is an attack in the inalienable right to be completely stupid, narcissistic, and unpatriotic.

Thanks to Bob Ramsak, on giving us the behind the scenes stories on how meet managers are giving us major events.

Athletics Chat - Episode 12

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RunBlogRun presents Athletics Chat - Episode 12 Clip 1

This is week 12. Athletics Chat is a weekly call between Larry Eder (San Jose, CA) and Stuart Weir (Oxford, England).

In this call, we use Zoom and solve many alleged challenges to athletics.

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Topics in this session:

1. Doha-olympic 2032?

2. $6.83 million due by Russia Athletics on 15 August 2020
3. Coronavirus update
4. Update on British athletes
5. Christian Taylor, what about the athletics union?
6. Steve cram-a big season with annivesaries
7, Paula Radcliffe-TV and experience as an athlete
8. Media updates

Special thanks to Stuart Weir and Mike Deering. Stuart gives us the weekly time and brain space.

Mike attempts to manage me and produce the programming.

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

The tempo run helps you build your mid race tools. The ability to hold a good pace allows you to stay close and use your kick. Tempo runs build strength and endurance. Keep them going in this pandemic time. Just, please stay safe.

1170125142.jpgWomen's 800m, British Champs, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

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,

daniel Stahl 2.jpgDaniel Stahl, photo by bauhausgalen.se

Daniel Stahl took the silver medal in the London WC in 2017. In Berlin, in 2018, Daniel Stahl, took the silver once again. In Doha, in 2019, Danile Stahl took the gold with a 67.59m throw. Stahl's PB is 71.89m.

Daniel Stahl's 71.37m throw today was a huge throw! Lets see what he can do at the Nurmi Meeting, being held on Tuesday, 10 August 2020, in Turku, Finland.

Joanna Adams.jpgJo Coates, photo by British Athletics

This is part 3 with Jo Coates speakig on the British Championships....

Joanna Adams.jpgJo Coates, photo by British Athletics

Stuart Weir sent 3 pieces on Jo Coates conversation with the media, updating them on how she is managing British Athletics. I think it is a good piece to read in the US, and allows us to ask the question, what is USATF doing in the pandemic to lead the sport.

This is a person immersed in her job...

Joanna Adams.jpgJo Coates, photo by British Athletics

Last week, Jo Coates, new CEO at British Athletics did a press update. Stuart Weir did a series (3 parts) on Jo Coates' event. I am quite interested in Ms. Coates' ability to communicate with the media, the athletes and the potential audience.

Would hope to see this done in the USA.

Athletics Chat - Episode 11

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RunBlogRun presents Athletics Chat - Episode 11

grwtchuzyxk275f1a7fd64c091.jpgKip Keino, Ben Jipcho, Tapio Kantenan, 1972 Olympic steeplechase, photo by Olympics.org.

This is week eleven. Athletics Chat is a weekly call between Larry Eder (San Jose, CA) and Stuart Weir (Oxford, England). In this call, we use Zoom and solve many allegedly

challenges to athletics.

Use the Time Stamps to jump to topics:

0:00 - Introduction/Story behind Stuart's Togo shirt

3:10 - Hugh Brasier/London Marathon updates

9:36 - Track Performances in the US/Shaunae Miller-Uibo

12:35 - The passing of Ben Jipcho

16:30 - No US Track and Field Championships for the first time in 135 years

18:15 - More thoughts on the Tokyo Olympics

22:11 - Many US athlete contracts are up this year/performances during COVID

30:11 - Assistant Coach (in the US) accused of sexual harassment & abuse

32:07 - Whereabouts Issues continue (Elijah Manangoi)/Kenyan troubles

36:46 - Larry's Ideal Championships/Olympics

38:00 - Epilogue

Special thanks to Stuart Weir and Mike Deering. Stuart gives us the weekly time and brain space. Mike attempts to manage me and produce the programming.

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

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Big times in the sprints in Jamaica in this unique season. SAFP and ETH looking amazing. The key is to stay together in the next 18 months....

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Top picture has Philemon Kipchilat (left) and coach Philip Bargoria (right) surrounding the young runners. The rest of the pictures are randomly taken in Kaptagat forest during their run. Photos by Justin Lagat / Kenyan Athlete
This is a weekly piece by Justin Lagat on how life continues in the pandemic in Kenya.

This is Monday. Enjoy the day, like you should each and every day. Stay safe! Stay isolated! Keep the focus on stopping the pandemic.

DSC01841.jpgThe 5000m battle, photo by Cortney Ware

Monday, 10 August 2020: warm up, an easy 50 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

Long runs are essential to your running success and the quality of your life. The long run is key to the week and when I ran, it set the emotion of my week. It was a time when my training partners and I would get in this place, where, an hour into it, we get to our zen. The talks were honest, deep and life changing. What John Parker called the shared experience, "Miles of Trials and Trials of Miles" , in once a runner, is what I am discussing. Long runs built my thought process, encouraged my creativity and satisfied my soul.

I get the same thing now when I walk 2-3 hours. Enjoy the long run. Please stay safe.

Sunday, 9 August 2020: Long runs, 70-75 minutes

DSC02081.jpgA 5000m in Portland, photo by Cortney Ware

Star-studded BAUHAUS Galan awaits

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The Bauhaus Galen meet is one amazing meet. Each year, Swedish fans and global fans get to see top class athletes in an historic stadium on a wonderfully cool Scandanavian evening. The global athletes that appear in Stockholm have enthralled athletes over te decades.

The release below gives us an idea where BAUHAUS Galan is going in 2020. The pandemic has all but ended 2020 season. It is appreciated that the Wanda Diamond League and European Athletics events have given us a season that is both guarded and carefully observed.

To say that Mondo Duplantis will be a big draw in his homeland.

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An exciting pole vault battle in Stockholm. I love the 1912 Stadium. Not much has changed since the 1912 Olympics. Underneath the stands, there is a warm up area that was used by Paavo Nurmi and Jim Thorpe, among many others.

One cool evening in 2011, I watched Usain Bolt sign autographs with a bunch of kids lined up to meet the star. Enjoying an almost perfect evening of athletics, Stockholm is a wonderful city to celebrate athletics.

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image1.jpegThe Dream Mile, July 27, 1985, Steve Cram, copyright Sports Illustrated

image2.jpegThe Dream Mile, July 27, 1985, Steve Cram, Seb Coe, copyright Sports Illustrated

image4.jpegJeff Benjamin and Steve Cram, Picture from 1990 NYRR 5th Avenue Mile

This piece is by Jeff Benjamin, celebrating the 35th annivesay of Steve Cram's 3:46.32 at the Dream Mile. Special thanks to Steve Cram on his thoughts and comments on this amazing night of athletics.

Athletics Chat - Episode 11

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RunBlogRun presents Athletics Chat - Episode 11

This is week 11 for Athletics Chat 11. The concept is this: Stuart Weir is in Oxford, England and Larry Eder is in San Jose, California, and we attempt to discuss the challenges in athletics, week by week. 40 minute time rame. We hope you enjoy. Special thanks to Stuart Weir for his thoughtful comments, and to Mike Deering /The Shoe Addicts, on the managing and production on Athletics Chat.

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Use the Time Stamps to jump to topics:

0:00 - Introduction/Story behind Stuart's Togo shirt

3:10 - Hugh Brasier/London Marathon updates

9:36 - Track Performances in the US/Shaunae Miller-Uibo

12:35 - The passing of Ben Jipcho

16:30 - No US Track and Field Championships for the first time in 135 years

18:15 - More thoughts on the Tokyo Olympics

22:11 - Many US athlete contracts are up this year/performances during COVID

30:11 - Assistant Coach (in the US) accused of sexual harassment & abuse

32:07 - Whereabouts Issues continue (Elijah Manangoi)/Kenyan troubles

36:46 - Larry's Ideal Championships/Olympics

38:00 - Epilogue

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

Fartlek is Swedish for 'speed play'. It is a type of workout that allows personalization. One can use Fartlek to get in shape and fine tune one's fitness. Stay safe.

DSC02312.jpgMo Ahmed leads Lopez Lomong, BTC time Trial, photo by Cortney Ware

Saturday, 8 August 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.

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image0.jpegJim Thorpe Actor Martin Sensmeir in Carlisle PA, photos courtesy of Martin Sensmeir

image1.jpegJim Thorpe Biographer and Executive Producer Robert Wheeler (Left) with Martin Sensmeir (Right) At the tailor shop where Jim Thorpe got his suits from owner Fred Wardecker's grandfather. This is the first time Wheeler & Wardecker have seen one another in over 40 years! photo courtesy of Martin Sensmeir

This is part 2 Of Pieces On Jim Thorpe, written by Jeff Benjamin.

Sondre Moen 1hr European record

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Sondre Nordstad Moen had an amazing hour run last night. His new European record, breaking the 1976 record of Jos Hermans.

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder Featuring Christian Taylor

Christian Taylor is the finest triple jumper of his era, and the number 2 performance, all time (18.21m, 59'9.75"). Christian Taylor is a two time Olympic gold medalist (London 2012 and Rio 2016. Christian Taylor is also a 4 time World Championship gold medalist.

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Christian Taylor has PBs at LJ with 8.19m, TJ, 18.21m, and 400m, 45.09.

I have always enjoyed my interviews with Christian Taylor.

In Socialing the Distance, we spoke to Christian Taylor about:

1. Competing in Europe

2. Christian Taylor and the TJ

3. Competing in the pandemic

4. Why Christian Taylor supports the Athletes Union

5. Competition

6. Living in Europe in the pandemic

7. Competing with Pichardo, Claye, Evora, Tamgho, and Donato

8. Competing in 2020

Special thanks to Christian Taylor. Special thanks to Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts, on managing Socialing the Distance.

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

775199425AB00070_24th_Europ.JPGLaura Muir, 1500m, photo by Getty Images / Berlin 2018

IMG_0126.jpgSifan Hassan, Stanford 2019/ Pre in Exile, photo by Brian Keith Eder / RunBlogRun

1206469192.jpgJemma Reekie, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

The Golden Spike is one of the most celebrated events in Europe. It is on my list of must sees, and I hope to be there in 2021. The Golden Spike builds amazing events with the top stars, and the fans have made it a most popular event.

Athletics Chat - Episode 10

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RunBlogRun presents Athletics Chat - Episode 10 with Larry Eder & Stuart Weir

Lemaitre.jpgChristophe Lemaitre, photo by Getty Images / Inspiration Games

Jump to the Time Stamps for each topic:

0:00 - Introduction

1:35 - What is the responsibility of journalists during the pandemic?

5:40 - UK mask usage 8:39 - European Track Meets/ UK Track Meets?

9:20 - British Championship Turnout

9:51 - Commonwealth Games

11:32 - Marathon Cancellations

12:36 - Safety in the UK

15:29 - Favorite Field Athletes that Stuart has interviewed

18:40 - Challenging Interviews

23:36 - How did you feel about the Doha World Champs? (Stuart)

26:14 - Coach Lance Brauman 28:37 - UK Performance Director search

29:40 - Coach John Blackie/Dina Asher-Smith

30:56 - Sean Ingle Recent Works

34:14 - Epilogue

For more information: www.runblogrun.com

The concept is this: Larry Eder is ensconced in San Jose, California and Stuart Weir, living in Oxford, England. Once a week, on Mondays, we take 40 minutes and attempt to solve the challenges in our sport. Athletics Chat 10 was an a most excellent discussion. Thanks for watching! Any ideas? Send me a note!

Books 101: Books in the 2000's

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Believe.jpgStuart Weir is reviewing some books each week, based on decades when book was published. We have learned about some cool books each week. With time to read now, check them out!

1018770730.jpgKatarina Johnson-Thompson, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

Katarina Johnson-Thompson is the 2019 Doha WC gold medalist at the heptathlon with a score of 6,981 points. That is the number six score all times. KJT has also won the 2015 and 2019 European Indoor Championships pentathlon gold, setting a British national record of 5000 points.

KJT has developed the old fashioned way: she has battled on the world stage, and learned lessons the tough way. In 2012, Katarina Johnson-Thompson took 14th in the London Olympics. In 2013, at the Moscow WC, KJT took fifth in the World Championships.

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In Rio, in 2016, KJT took sixth in the Olympic heptathlon. London 2017 was a tough one as well, KJT battled to fifth at the World Championships. In 2018, Katarina Johnson-Thompson took the gold at the Commonwealth Games, and then, taking a silver medal in the 2018 European Outdoor Championships, with a score of 6,759 points, a top 25 all time perfomance at the time.

2019 changed things: KJT took gold in Glasgow at the Euro Indoor Athletics and then, the amazing Doha 2019 WC gold !

Athletes like KJT have challenges with the pandemic, and KJT speaks about the challenges...

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This is a piece on Susan Sirma, the Kenyan woman who took the 1991 WC bronze in the 3,000m, the first Kenyan woman to win a medal. Special thanks to Justin Lagat.

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1991 World Cross Country, (Photo Above) Left to Right: Catherine McKiernan (Ireland, 21:18, 2nd), Susan Sirma (Kenya, 21:40, 9th), Albertina Dias (Portugal, 21:19, 3rd), Lynn Jennings (USA, 21:16, 1st), photo on newhampshirecross.com, photo and copyright by Jeff Johnson

An easy day, today, Friday 7 August 2020. Keep it easy. Keep it sane and keep it safe. Socially distance, keep a mask in case you need it.

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Friday, 7 August 2020: warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

Donavan Brazier wants to challenge the WR set by David Rudisha, in London 2012, with his 1:40.91.

A world record is about all things coming together, in the perfect storm. In London, David Rudisha had it all: supreme fitness, supreme confidence, an incredible field and 80,000 intense athletic fans.

Donavan Brazier will have one, or perhaps, several of those days in his career.

I hope to be there on those special days...

IMG_1834.jpg Donavan Brazier's reaction on ho hum 2nd best time ever at 600m indoors, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Dina Asher-Smith it taking the pragmatic approach to 2020: she sees too much on the line with the pandemic. A long term approach to one's career makes a year like 2020 seem like what it is: something to be respected and with all the unknowns, something where risk is to be avoided.

I believe many athletes are taking similar approaches, but some can not afford such a decision due to financial concerns. This is a strange time, and it will get stranger before it gets better.

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The London Marathon will happen as it never happened before on 4 October 2020. The elite event will happen as an enclosed loop course all within St. James Park. And loops it is-nearly 20 loops!

The masses will be doing virtual events around the world.

It will be unique, and interesting. And that is the way it will be, marathon running in the time of pandemic.

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Hills make a big difference in training. This workout will make you strong. Stay safe. Isolate, wear masks, help keep others happy and healthy.

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

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Pozzi and Martinot-Lagarde will bring interest from athletics fans. Pozzi is the 2018 WC Indoor gold medalist and PLM is the European Champion and bronze WC medalist. Both men have battled each other over the years and have many fans!

This is an easy day. Wednesday is a light day on the training cycle. Stay with the program, do some core work (simple additions: push ups, bent leg sit ups, pull ups, jumping rope). Upper class athletes in hs and college might consider AM runs on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. HS could go 30 minutes, college could go 45 minutes. Stay safe.

DSC02312.jpgMo Ahmed pushes the pace, 5000m, photo by Cortney White

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

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Jemma Reekie has had an exciting 2020. And to top it off, Jemma beat her new housemate, Laura Muir, once again!

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Sha'Keela Saunders is an American long jumper, who took 3rd in the long jump, in the 2017 US Championships, and won the 2018 US Championships with a leap at 6.54m. In 2019, Sha'Keela Saunders was 9th in the Doha World Championships. Sha'Keela Saunders' PB is 6.90m in the LJ.

This is Stuart Weir's interview with Sha'Keela Saunders.

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John Walker is the 1976 Olympic gold medalist at the 1,500m. John was also the silver medalist at the 1974 Commonwealth Games 1,500m in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The piece below is by Jeff Benjamin and his questions with Sir John Walker. As an aside, my favorite quote by John Walker, was in TFN, the bible of the sport. The late Jon Hendershott once queried Sir John on who he would prefer in the Montreal 1976 Olympic 1,500m final? Walker's reply was classic: "senior citizens".

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RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder Featuring Des Linden Clip 6 - Drug Testing/Whereabouts

Des Linden has done this elite athlete deal going on 15 year, and she has a take on the life style. She knows that the work that matters is the mundane. The day in, the day out, daily miles that can make some people loose it, Des seems to enjoy. The long tempo runs in rural Michigan build Des into the tough marathoner that toes the line.

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Des Linden made two Olympic teams, in 2012 and 2016, both times in the marathon. On 29 February 2020, Des Linden came within eleven seconds of making the team, taking 4th in 2:29:03, with Sally Kipyego in 3rd place (2:28:52) on a challenging course, with hills everywhere.

What makes Des Linden so special?

Is it her consistent training? Is it her competitive spirit? Is it her love of the Boston marathon course? It is all of those and much more. It is putting together the miles, staying on plan, staying healthy, juggling an actual life, and working with a coach/advisor, over days, weeks, months, and yes, years, that make Des Linden so special.

In Clip #5, Des spoke with us about the 2020 Atlanta Marathon Trials.

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 4 - Thoughts on the 10,000m

The 10k on the roads and the 10,000m on the track are different as night and day. The challenges with a 10k on the roads are many, with hills, challenging footing, and courses the chief contributing factors in a tough event. The 10,000m is 25 laps with 400m a lap.

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It is a mental event. When one is very fit, the 10,000m can fly by. Not so, when one is having a bad 10,0000m.

Des Linden has done well over 25 laps, and it has helped her hone the speed needed in the marathon. In 2015, Des Linden took the silver medal in a tough 10,000m at the Pan Am Games. In the Pan Am 10,000m, Des Linden pushed the pace, challenging the pack, and only Brenda Flores could go by, and that was on the final straightaway. Des gives no quarter, and asks none, be it on road or track.

In Clip 4, we discuss the 10,000m with Des Linden.

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

Laura Weightman, Part 3

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This is part 3 of 3, on Laura Weightman, by Stuart Weir. In the 2019 World Champs, Laura was 7th in the 5000m in 14:44.57. In 2014, and 2018, in Zurich and Berlin Euro Champs, Laura took the bronze at 1,500m. In the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Laura took the silver, and in 2018, in the Gold Coast, Laura took the gold at 5,000m. What will she do in 2021 and 2022?

Athletics Chat Episode 9

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RunBlogRun presents Athletics Chat with Larry Eder and Stuart Weir Episode 9

This was our scheduled topics in Athletics Chat 9. You know the drill, Larry is in San Jose, Caliornia and Stuart Weir, in Oxford, England.

In the Athletics Chats, we do our best to solve many global challenges.

In the end, it is, at the end of the day, this is about two athletic geeks wanting to talk track.

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1.Chicago Marathon now cancelled
2. London Marathon up in air
3. Inspiration Games
4. Update on B Champs
5. Big topics in UK
6.What about 2024 and 2028?
7. How will athletics change due to the pandemic?
8. Shelby Houlihan 14:23 and Mo Ahmed 12:47 at 5000m, wow!
9. Meets in UK?

The basic daily workouts that we provide should be the starting point for your training regimen. I built this program over 4 decades of coaching, training and getting advice from top coaches and athletes. The key is to develop a basic system that you can tune to your needs. That comes with experimentation. I have used hills as speed training, as well as speed work, repetitions, tempo and sustained and fartlek. Listen to your body, speak with your coach.

Enjoy the tempo today, and please, stay safe.

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Tuesday, 4 August 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,

Jemma Reekie beats Laura Muir

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

1206467898.jpgLaura Muir, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

A good race over the weekend, with Muir and Reekie! Getting under 2 minutes with no races in 4 months is a good sign of fitness!

Monday is an easy day. Please take it easy today, and also stay safe.

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

Emma Coburn is the 2016 Olympic bonze medalist in the steeplechase. In 2017, Emma shocked many, and brilliantly took the gold in the steeplechase in London, leading a 1-2 finish by the Americans.

In 2019, in Doha, Emma Coburn took the WC silver, giving her 3 medals in her last 3 global championships!

Jeff Benjamin interviewed Emma Coburn on this piece.

Thanks Emma!

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

Donavan Brazier had a strong opener at 800m outdoors. Hitting the 400m in 50.8, Donavan went 53 seconds in the second lap, to take the WL in 1:43.84. Amazingly, his second lap was totally even, 26.5 in both 200m.

Josh Kerr, who took 6th in Doha 2019 WC with a PB 3:32.52, went 3:34.53 in 1,500m, taking the World leader.

As a kean observer told me, upon viewing the meet, "pretty good meet, considering the meet only had athletes from half of Oregon."

Books 101: Eric Liddell

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Eric Liddell was an amazing athlete, having taken gold in the 1924 Olympics in the 400m. The movie, Chariots of Fire, was made about Mr. Liddell and Harold Abrahams, the 400m and 100m champions in 1924, both competing for Great Britian.

Stuart Weir did the reviews below on books on Eric Liddell.

Throws are highly emotional events.

I love to watch the throws.

Valarie Allman achieved the athlete's dream with this life changing throw.

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In 2018, Valarie Allman won the US Championships. She competed in the London 2017 (28th) and Doha 2019 (7th). A seven time All-American, Valarie competed for Stanford University.

How big is this? It is huge for American throwing! Valarie Allman is only the third women thrower over 70 meters in the last ten years! We wish Valarie Allman well and hope to interview her soon!

Special shout out to Oiselle, who is the sponsor of Valarie Allman, and who was quite excited about Ms. Allman's 3 meter PB! We look forward to seeing Valarie compete in the global champs in the future.

Sunday is about the long run. In high school, long runs can go 60-90 minutes. In college, 90 minutes to 2 hours. As a serious road racer, I would suggest 2 hours, 2:20 hours and 2:30 hours, on a 3 week cycle.

Long runs build strength, endurance and confidence. They should be a part of each weeks' training.

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Sunday, 2 August 2020: Long runs, 70-75 minutes

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Loic Gasch equalled the World best in the high jump in 2020 with his excellent 2.30m clearance. Loic came just 1 cm short of the Swiss national record! His PB had been 2.27m prior to his jump.

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Mariya Lasitskene won the Beijing 2015, London 2017, Doha 2019 WC gold medals at high jumps. Mariya Lasitskene won gold at the WC Indoors at Sopot 2014 and Birmingham 2018. She also won the Euoropean Indoor WC in Prague 2015 and Glasgow 2019. Mariya also won the silver at the European Championships Outdoors in Zurich 2014 and gold at the the European Championships Outdoors in Berlin 2018.

Suffice to say, Mariya Lasitskene has won most things under the global champs sun since 2014 (she was 11th in U23 the European Championships Outdoors in 2015, and 2nd in the 2014 European Championships Outdoors.

But, in 2020, she can not compete, because she is a citizen of Russia, and Russia is not on the World Athletics' gift list, at this time. Well, unless $6.31 million shows up in Monaco by August 15, 2020, courtesy of the Russian Athletic Federation.

benjipcho1.jpgBen Jipcho and John Davies, 1974 Commonwealth Games, steeplechase (Ben Jipcho won the event), photo by Scottish newspaper

Justin Lagat did this piece on Ben Jipcho's death and the challenges that Kenyan Olympic medalists see in their later years...

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How will athletics deal with the pandemic in 2021? Seb Coe and WA are making alternate plans...

Enjoy the speed play today. Take it one section at a time, and stay on task. Isolated, Use a mask, and stay healthy.

DSC00224.jpgEmily Sisson, 10,000m, photo by Cortney White

Saturday: warm up, Fartlek, 1 August 2020: 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.

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