October 2020 Archives

Jessie Knight - on the up

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Jessie Knight is one of the amazing examples of how athletics has events for everyone!

A school teacher who took a break from athletics, and came back, finding a new event, the 400m hurdles. The speed and strength that Jesse developed helped her in both events!

This piece is done by Stuart Weir.

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The nature of training is such that, when one puts in challenging sessions and then easy sessions. Mortal engines can be developed and challenged, but time to recover is needed. When one is at top fitness, one must also watch health diligently. In this season, in this time of the pandemic, one must watch and stay safe.

WHM men - 01.jpg2020 World Championships Half Marathon, Gdynia, Oct 17, 2020, photo by Dan Vernon / World Athletics

Monday, 19 October 2020: warm-up, an easy 50 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

I love what Sound Running did in August with their 2 meets. Now, they are putting on a meet December 4-5, 2020 in SoCal. The meet was the idea of Jesse Williams and his team.

IMG_8876.JPG1,500m start, photo by Sound Running

This past week, Sound Running announced a new meet, just a 3 days after Olympic qualifying begins. Sound Running is puttng on a meet with events such as 3000m Steeple, 5000m, 10,000m, and High School 5000m.

To check out the interview we did with Jesse Williams go here: https://www.runblogrun.com/2020/09/socialing-the-distance-featuing-jesse-williams.html

Kiplimo: the new star is born

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WHM men - Cheptegei Kiplimo.jpgJacob Kiplimo, photo by Dan Vernon Photography / World Athletics

thletics The men's event in Gydnia was super quick! And the top 5 was amazing and they were way deep! This update was by EME News.

WHM women.jpgThe WCHM women's lead pack, photo 1 by Dan Vernon Photography / World Athletics

Justin Lagat has been quite busy this past month. This piece, Justin did on the women's event in Gydnia, Poland!

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Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal in action in the 3000m steeplechase heats at the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships, by Getty Images / European Athletics

Has Karoline Grovdal finally found her perfect distance?

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The three-day 2020 European Athletics e-Convention was directed from Tallinn, reaching all 50 participating European Athletics Member Federations, photo by Getty/ European Athletics

This is an update by European Athletics on 2020 European Athletics e-Convention day 3...

Sunday is long run day. Keep running, but stay safe.

NNValenciaWRDay-225.jpgLining up at the 10,000m, photo by Dan Vernon Photography

Sunday, 18 October 2020: Long run, 75-90 minutes

gg coach.jpgGeorge Gandy, photo by English Athletics

George Gandy was a giant in the sport of athletics coaching. Athletics Weekly did an excellent piece on George Gandy: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/12880689/george-gandy-dead-athletics-coe/

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European Athletics Interim President Dobromir Karamarinov at the 2019 European Athletics Congress in Prague, photo by Getty Images/ European Athletics

This is update on day 2, at 2020 European Athletics e-Convention, thanks to EME News......

RunBlogRun presents
Conversations with Larry:
NN World Record Day

NNValenciaWRDay-336.jpgJoshua Cheptegai, photo by Dan Vernon Photography

The NN World Record Day was an amazingly successful night. A new 5,000m women's world and 10,000m men's world record both happened this one night in Valencia, Spain.

Special thanks to Mike Deering on the production and Dan Vernon on the photography.

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Mariya Lasitskene2.jpgMariya Lasitskene, photo by European Athletics

The "Battle of the sexes" is a yearly competition in Moscow that features the best high jumpers in Russia. I want to add this event to my to go to list in the post pandemic and non banned country list.

_D9I5108_2019092962202189_20190930121055.JPGDina Asher-Smith, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

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Dina Asher-Smith speaks on the Olympic postponement....

This is Saturday. It is speed play day. We also know it as Fartlek. This session helps build leg speed.

NNValenciaWRDay-276.jpgNicholas Kemeli leads Joshua Cheptegai, photo by Dan Venon Photography

Saturday, 17 October 2020: warm-up, Fartlek: 10 x 1 minute, 5 k pace, 2 minutes easy, then 10 x 1 minute, 10k pace, 30 minutes cool down

RunBlogRun presents
Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder
Featuring Carlos Villarreal

Carlos_Villarrealk-thumb-500xauto-51039.jpgCarlos Villarreal takes the Pan Am 1,500m, photo by USOC

Carlos is a part of the On Athletics Club, coached by Dathan Ritzenhein. He ran in college for Northern Arizona University. He is the 1500m Gold Medalist at the 2019 Pan American Games, U-23 Mexican National Record Holder in the 1500m and 8th Mexican in history to run under the 4-minute mile.

Carlos told RunBlogRun about his high school running, his time with Coach James Li at Arizona, and his move to On Athletics Club with Dathan Ritzenhein, and his PBs in 2020.

Special thanks to Carlos Villarreal for his time and Mike Deering on managing the series, #socialingthedistance.

Carlos Villarreal on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jcvillarrea...
Carlos Villarreal on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CVillarreal12

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NNValenciaWRDay-344.jpgLetsenbet Gidey and Joshua Cheptegai, enjoying their world records, photo by Dan Vernon Photography

This is piece on NN Valencia World Record Day, by Justin Lagat.

775199425MT00068_24th_Europ.JPGGesa Felicitas Krause, photo by Getty Images / European Athletics

Gesa Felicitas Krause has an amazing kick. In Doha, Gesa Felicitas Krause's last 200m put her the bronze medal position, with a huge PB 9:03.30 time. This was a huge PB and new German National record for Gesa Felicitas Krause. Gesa Felicitas Krause coached by Wolfgang Heinig.

The easy day on Friday is key to keeping you injury free.

NNValenciaWRDay-196.jpgBeatrice Chepkoeach leads Letsnebet Gidey, photo by Dan Vernon Photography

Friday, 16 October 2020 : warm-up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

EA E-CONVENTION, Day 2 updates

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1291049_G08_W01.jpgEuropean Athletics e-Convention, photo by European Athletics

This is an update on EA Convention being held as an e-Convention.

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This is the daily news on the WAHM/Gydnia, courtesy EME News. The World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Gdynia 2020 will be held on 17 October 2020.

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The Bislett Stadium is one amazing sport sanctuary. Some questions have come up on hosting an EAA Champs outdoors in 2021....

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This video was completed in late November 2010. I had been pitched by Adam, Mike and AJ on doing video work. Nike's ad agency asked us to show us what they could do, so the emerging Shoe Addicts came up with this concept. Music, video, voice was their ideas.

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The video captures the spirit in running. The voice over brings the viewer in. While Nike did not use it, the video did help me see how I could and should use video to build content on our websites.

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The Shoe Addicts are Algernon Felice, Mike Deering and Adam Johnson-Eder.

Since then, The Shoe Addicts have produced more than a thousand videos for RunBlogRun and other clients..

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On Thursday, we run hills. Hills can be used, in a variety of ways, to build endurance, develop speed and build a final kick.

NNValenciaWRDay-273.jpgJoshua Cheptegai on way to 10,000m world record, photo by Dan Vernon Photography

Thursday, 15 October 2020: warm-up, 30-minute hilly run, 6 x 200m hill, jog 200 btw each hill, cool down

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World Athletics Chief Information Officer An Dang Duy talking about the sport's global governing body's digital innovations at the 2020 European Athletics e-Convention

This was an update by European Athletics on Day 1 of the 2020 European Athletics Convention.

Check out https://www.european-athletics.org.

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Thomas Rohler spoke on social media and branding at the first ever Athletes Forum on the first day of the Athletes Forum at the 2020 European Athletics e-Convention

This was an update by European Athletics on Day 1 of the 2020 European Athletics Convention.

Check out https://www.european-athletics.org.

Daniel Wanjiru.jpgDaniel Wanjiru takes London, photo by London Marathon Media

When I learn about a drug positive I have two simultaneous thoughts. One is that any positive test means that AIU is doing its job. The second is, an athlete who tests positive has made a business decision, and they do not believe that the chances of being caught are worth the risk.

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European Athletics Interim President Dobromir Karamarinov at the 2019 European Athletics Congress in Prague

This piece was about the speeches that Seb Coe and Dobromir Karamarinov would make on the opening day at the 2020 European Athletics e-convention. The piece was on https://www.european-athletics.org.

Charles Moore (centre) on the podium at the 1952 Olympics (Getty Images)

Charles Moore (centre) on the podium at the 1952 Olympics (Getty Images) © Copyright

This piece was on the World Athletics site today. Charles Moore died on 8 October 2020. He was the 1952 Olympic champion at 400m hurdles.

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

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

Donavan Brazier is the 2019 World Champion at 800m. In his 800m in Doha, Donavan set a new American record at 1:42.34. In 2020, Donavan set a PB at 1,500m with his 3:35.85. In 2020, Donavan Brazier won 10 events in 10 starts, with a SB at 800m in 1:43.15 in Monaco.

RunBlogRun presents
Conversations with Larry
2020 Wanda Diamond League

To put on an elite event is no mean feat. In this time of the modern plague, putting on a major event is an challenging task. That the Diamond League was able to not only sustain its brand, but to build the brand should be applauded.

EixONLzXgAEwTEm.jpgDoha Diamond League, 2020, photo by Stuart Weir via BBC TV

Why was the Diamond League so important in 2020? In this Convos with Larry, I take a shot at giving praise where praise is due.

Thanks to the Diamond League team, event team, athletes, officials, and audiences who made these events so alive and important in this year of the pandemic.

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NNValenciaWRDay-300.jpgJoshua Cheptegai en route to 10,000m Wr, 26:11.00, photo by Dan Vernon Photography

Joshua Cheptegai now owns the world records at 5000m and 10,000m. Joshua will debut at the half marathon (13.1m/21.1k) this weekend at the World Athletics Half Marathon in Gydnia, Poland. What can he do at the half marathon distance?

Bianca Williams - developments

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DGpyH0GXgAAJc8T.jpgBianca Williams, photo by Getty / British Athletics

Women's 4x100m for Stuart.jpgBritish 4 x 100m, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

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

This is our update on Bianca Williams. It is sad to note that UK is having same issues as we have in US.

1206432631.jpgMondo Duplantis, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

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This year, in 2020 was a big year for Mondo Duplantis. Since 2017, the athletics cognesceti have noted that Mondo was the real thing. This writer met Mondo with his family in Eugene, Oregon at the Pre Classic. I was struck by how Mondo's parents allowed him to be a teenager.

Mondo woke the continent of Europe up with his win at the 2018 European Outdoor Athletics Championships.

2020 has been the year of Mondo. In one week in February 2020, Mondo set two world records, on 8 February 2020, Mondo cleared 6.17m in Torun, Poland. On 15 February 2020, Mondo cleared 6.18m in Glasgow, Scotland.

And then, on 17 September 2020, Mondo cleared 6.15m in Rome, and took the outdoor best as well!

How high can Mondo Duplantis go?

To the moon? Well, close...

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Elaine Thompson, photo by Getty/British Athletics

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Elaine Thompson, photo by Getty/British Athletics

Elaine Thompson-Herah is the world leader at 100 meters. In 2020, Elaine shows that she is on the way back, and we will have to wait and see in 2021 what Elaine can do. Stuart Weir put this one together. Stuart gets it. He has also covered this season with me, giving our readers a chance to appreciate the pandemic season.

An easy day today. Wednesday is about keeping it easy and recovering from tough day. Keep safe.

NNValenciaWRDay-254.jpgNN Valencia World record day, 10,000m, Oct. 7, 2020, photo by Dan Vernon Photography

Wednesday, 14 October 2020: warm-up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

warholm©etiennefiacre.jpgKarsten Warholm, photo by Etienne Fiacre

In 2020, Karsten Warholm has been one of the exceptional athletes in athletics. His almost flawless hurdling was something to behold. His amazing endurance and speed entertained athletics fans all season long! In fact, Karsten's achievements were done in spikes that have not been challenged by media, or World Athletics. Karsten Warholm had a near perfect season. And now, he wants to attempt the 800m! Could be cool!

Athletics Chat 22-The Epilogue

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RunBlogRun presents
Athletics Chat
Episode 22
Epilogue

mc.jpgHappy Birthday, Michelle Carter, photo by World Athletics

In this epilogue, we delve deeper into the issues of the week. We discussed Michelle Carter, the Scottish Athletics awards, Bianca Williams and #BLM, the world

records at 5000m women, 10,000m men, and European 10,000m women's record.

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Athletics Chat Episode 22

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat
Episode 22

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Sifan Hassan sets Euro 10,000m record, photo by Dan Vernon Photography

Topic included:

1. Michelle Carter, aka @shotdiva, has a birthday!

2. Athletics Weekly relaunched and with new owner

3. Scottish Athletics

4. Biance Williams, and BLM

5. 5k World women's record, 14:06.65

EjwKHJeWoAAEq6P.jpgJoshua Cheptegai behind Nicholas Kemeli, photo by NN running team

6. 10k World men's record, 26:11.00

7. Pandemic updates

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Tuesday is a tempo run! Stay on the workout!

Eric Jenkins wins the inaugural men's fast5K race - photo credit Chris Cooper.jpgEric Jenkins, photo by Chris Cooper

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, 4x300m cutdowns, cooldown

IMG_1517.jpgJake Wightman, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

1206456540.jpgJemma Reekie, photo by British Athletics

700043870_AH_8987_9D9EEB97B44B66EFAB4AD9497ED8EFE9.JPGLaura Muir, photo by British Athletics

Scottish Athletics did the unusual step by announcing a 3 athlete tie on the Performance Athlete of the year. And it makes total sense! Laura Muir had 3 1,500m races under 4 minutes and 5 800m races with slowest being 2:00.49! Jemma Reekie won 4/5 800m and 2/3 1,500m. Jake Wightman went 3:29 at 1,500m and moved Steve Cram, Seb Coe and Steve Ovett down the all time British list.

_JMA8039-1.jpgLaura Weightman paces Sifan Hassan, photo by Dan Vernon Photography

The 10,000m is 25 laps on a 400m track. In good weather, it is a challenging event. In rain, cold and wind, it is a thing of nightmares. Sifan Hassan showed her talent and drive in this tough battle with the track and Mother Nature.

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What a way to end the 2020 season. Global Sports Communications put this end season meeting, and Sifan Hassan showed the shape that she is in with the new 10,000m Euro record.

Monday is an easy day. Enjoy it!

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Monday, 12 October 2020: warm-up, an easy 50 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

Long runs are key to your success as a distance runner. Keep the pace at a talking pace, and enjoy the run.

EjeOlpGXkAAS9xX.jpgSara Hall takes 2nd at London Marathon, by London Marathon media

Sunday: Long run, 75-90 minutes

RunBlogRun presents

Conversations with Larry

2020 Virgin Money London Marathon

The London Marathon 2020 was exciting!

The womens' event began at 7.15 AM local, the men's event began at 10 AM local, and the wheelchair began at 1 pm local.

All 3 events were run at Saint James Park, a 2.195k loop that was done 19 plus times.

The women's event showed Brigid Kosgei in top condition, and winning a cold, rainy event in 2:18.58. The most amazing finish was that of Sara Hall, who went to second from fifth, setting a PB in 2:22.01, and putting 4 seconds between Sara and Ruth Chepngetich!

Enjoy the speed play, keep it safe !

120751739_210866673778306_3216763375484430531_o.jpgFast 5k, photo by Chris Cooper

Saturday, 10 October 2020: warm-up, Fartlek: 10 x 1 minute, 5 k pace, 2 minutes easy, then 10 x 1 minute, 10k pace, 30 minutes cool down

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance

with Larry Eder

Featuring Alicia Monson

Alicia Monson is a member of the On Athletics Club coached by Dathan Ritzenhein. While competing at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), she earned Big Ten Titles, All-American Titles, and an NCAA title.

monson.jpgAlicia Monson, photo by www.badgers.com

Alicia Monson was a fun interview, she loves her sport and is excited about her new club, On Athletics Club.

We look forward to seeing her compete in 2021!

Thanks to Mike Deering on producing #SocialingtheDistance. Thanks to Alica Monson for her thoughtful comments.

Find her on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/leashamonson

Find her on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/monsonalicia/

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Enjoy the easy day. Stay safe.

Eric Jenkins wins the inaugural men's fast5K race - photo credit Chris Cooper.jpgEric Jenkins wins the fast 5k, 5 October 2020, photo by Chris Cooper

Friday, 9 October 2020 : warm up, an easy 45 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

Athletics Chat 21-Epilogue

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat Episode 21-Epilogue

This is my deep thoughts on the Athletics Chat 21. Get a beverage and enjoy!

Stuart Weir and Larry Eder discuss all the athletic issues during the week, and attempt to solve them.

Special thanks to Mike Deering /The Shoe Addicts on managing us.

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London women's elite, photo by London Marathon media

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Athletics Chat 21

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat Episode 21

Stuart Weir and Larry Eder discuss all the athletic issues during the week, and attempt to solve them.

Special thanks to Mike Deering /The Shoe Addicts on managing us.

Topics include:

1. London marathon-huge success

2. British Athletics-what is going on? No Muller Indoor GP?

3. Joshua Cheptegei World 10k attempt-can he do it?

4. Lessons by Eliud Kipchoge
5. What will 2021 see?

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This video was found deep in the archives.

I have to admit, it is one of my favorites...

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In 2011, The Shoe Addicts, a video collective, had just begun. They did this video for RunBlogRun as part of a project for Nike. The idea was to promote the Prefontaine Classic, which was coming up at the end of May 2011.

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The video is focused on David Oliver. They captured his charm, athleticism and swagger. Pushing the star power of athletes such as David Oliver was one of the ways that The Shoe Addicts got the attention of our readers and viewers.

It was also one of their first videos.

The Shoe Addicts are Algernon Felice, Mike Deering and Adam Johnson-Eder.

Since then, The Shoe Addicts have produced more than a thousand videos for RunBlogRun and other clients..

Hill training is on Thursdays each week. Stay focused.

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Thursday: warm up, 30 minute hilly run, 6 x 200m hill, jog 200 btw each hill, cool down

I have watched this broadcast three times already.

The NN running team hosted an amazing event in Valencia.

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Letensetbet Gidey sets the 5000m world record at 14:06.65, and she shocked the heck out of many.

While many thought that Joshua Cheptegai could set a new 10,000m world record, it was going to be tough! His 26:11.00 was amazing!

EjwPrJzXkAIresF.jpgJoshua Cheptegai, photo by NN running team

The broadcast is the best streaming since the breaking 2 broadcast in May 2017. Rob Walker and Sonia O'Sullivan did a wonderful job announcing both events.

The amount of work that goes into a meet is never appreciated, and a meet in the modern plague is amazing that they even happen.

So, get in a run. Get a beverage, and relax. Watch the amazing program!

RunBlogRun presents

Conversations with Larry

The Diack Debacle

Diack.jpgLamine Diack, photo by InsidetheGames.biz

The stench that the Diacks (Lamine and Pappa) put upon the sport would not soon be forgotten. We may not know the whole story, because Pappa will probably never go to court in Paris. Pappa should have been extradited to France. But, the President in Senegal, who had been given a political donation via the Diacks, will not allow Pappa Diack to be extradited to Paris, France.

This convo includes my deep thoughts on the Debacle. Thanks to Mike Deering on producing #Athletics Chat.

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The NN Valencia World record Day was succesful on all counts.

Letsenbet Gidey set a 5000m world record just prior to the 10,000m attempt, with an excellent 14:06.65!

Joshua Cheptegai had already set world records at 15k (41:05, in 2018), 10k on 1 December 2019 (26:38, which has been broken by Rhonex Kipruto, with 26:24), 5k on the roads (12:51 on 16 February 2020).

On 13 August, Joshua Cheptegai added a track record with his 12:35.36. His breaking the world record at 5000m may have been harder than his new 10,000m attempt.

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It is, well a conundrum.

A world record means that one person, or a team has run faster or farther than ever before in human history. That is, or should be, mind numbing. (My guess is that some Neandertal probably ran pretty fast, but since he or she became part of a carnivore, no record).

On October 7, 2020, Letensebet Gidey achieved a dream that she had for over six years. Letensebet wanted to see her name next to the 5000m world record. She achieved it on Wednesday, 7 October 2020.

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Wednesday is an easy day. If you want to continue improving, then, accept the easy days.

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

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There's a saying, "if there's a will, there's a way." Sunette Viljoen knows that. She's taking a rather creative way to funding.

Eliud Kipchoge was in the battle to win the London marathon until the very end. He developed a challenge with his hearing, which affected his sense of balance. Kipchoge fought as long as he could and he completed the event, like a champion.

Ejevhh6X0AASw0G.jpgEliud Kipchoge in the battle, photo by London Marathon Media

Laura Weightman sets a new PB in winning the inaugural women's fast5K - photo credit Chris Cooper.jpgLaura Weightman, photo by Chris Cooper

Steve Cram was asked, early in 2020, to develop a late season 5k. So, he and his team put together the Fast 5k. With good times in both men's and women's elite events, the Fast 5k has a good beginning. This is how EME News covered the event.

faith©etiennefiacre.jpgFaith Kipyegon, photo by Etienne Fiacre

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Are we looking at 2 more world records this weekend? Faith Kipyegon is oh so close to the 1000m best. Can Sifan Hassan challenge the women's 10,000m world record, set by Almaz Ayana at 29:17.45?

Tuesday is Tempo day. Tempo Days seem, oh well, boring. Truth is this, tempo runs are secret sauce. That means, in English, that tempo runs, hills, fartlek and long runs, with some speed play, can build you into the athlete that you want to be.

The keys to success? Hard work, easy days, focus and attention to details, a coach who understands you, and a good circle of friends all are parts of a successful athletic culture.

120199254_208405947357712_7417116281231467775_o.jpgJessica Hull sets Australian records at 1,500m, 3,000m and 5,000m this summer! Photo by Monaco Diamond League

Tuesday, 5 October 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

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Joshua Cheptegai, 5000m world record, photo Etienne Fiacre

Joshua Cheptegai will attempt to break the 10,000m world record of Kenenisa Bekele (26:17.53) on Wednesday night in Valencia, Spain.

EjeRp_dXgAEkrIT.jpgBrigid Kosgei takes the 2020 VM London Marathon, photo by London Marathon

The weather was absolute crap. And, in this challenging year, in this year of the plague, it seems appropriate that the cold and rain challenged the elite women and men on Sunday, as they toured the loop around St. James Park nineteen plus times.

The wind, the rain and the cold played havoc with the elite athletes, but, in the end, Brigid Kosgei won the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon in 2:18.58.

The 2020 VM London Marathon was a huge success in a dystopic year.

In a shitshow year, the London Marathon team put together and amazing event, even in bad weather. The men's event and the women's events were fabulous, and I loved that we could watch the events, one by one.

In this bit, Shure Kitata's win was insured, in his mind, by his early morning meal...

Eje-_jsXkAEpZmR.jpgShure Kitata, 2020 VM London Marathon male winner, photo by London Marathon

Athletics Chat 20-Epilogue

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat

Episode 20-Epilogue

qatar sports club 2.jpg2020 Doha Diamond League, 24 September 2020, photo by Stuart Weir via BBC TV

Each week, Stuart Weir and Larry Eder discuss the current issues in athletics.

Stuart Weir is in Oxford, England. Larry Eder is in San Jose, California. We discuss by Zoom,

and Mike Deering keeps me from loosing my mind, and on topic (well, he does try).

In this epilogue, I discussed how we consider the value of the London marathon and Doha Diamond League

in 2020.

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Athletics Chat 20

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat

Episode 20

Each week, Stuart Weir and Larry Eder discuss the current issues in athletics.

Stuart Weir is in Oxford, England. Larry Eder is in San Jose, California. We discuss by

Zoom, and Mike Deering keeps me from loosing my mind, and on topic (well, he does try).

csm_2020-05_eebf693d20.jpgDoha Diamond League, photo by Getty Images / World Athletics

Our topics in week 20:

1. Doha Diamond League

2. Athletes Of Year

3. London Marathon

4. Kip Keino Classic

5. The stench that is the Diacks

6. 2021-Any changes?

7. Pandemic News...

Find all of our Socialing The Distance interview series here: https://bit.ly/34czL0e

Find all of our Athletics Chat episodes here: https://bit.ly/2GkVoDD

WHCGydnia.jpgI had wanted to go to Gydnia, Poland. I love Poland. They put on excellent athletics, and they also have excellent beer and good food. In 2014, i visited Sopot. In 2019, I visited Torun, Poland in 2019 and went to a fun meet.

Due to the pandemic, I will be covering the event remotely. It should be an amazing event, and World Athletics has gone to amazing lengths to take care of the athletes, coaches, and officials.

This update comes from EME News.

Oh, and why doesn't the US have a team going to the World Championships Half in Gydnia?

Fast 5K logo.jpgLast winter, Steve Cram, yes that Steve Cram, decided to see how he could put together a late season 5k. Steve's partner, Allison Curbishley, sent me this release just when I was getting ready to cover the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon.

We will cover the event this evening.

Monday is an easy day! Enjoy it!

119979468_208405950691045_1139590766958663414_o.jpgShannon Rowbury and Jessica Hull, Monaco Diamond League 2020, photo by Diamond League

Monday, 5 October 2020: warm up, an easy 50 minutes, 6 x 150 m stride outs, cooldown

The 2020 VM London Marathon was won by Shura Kitata, in the final steps of the race. The men's event was exciting, and with much drama. This is the second piece by Justin Lagat on the 2020 London Marathon.

The last stop on the WA 2020 Continental Tour was the Kip Keino Classic, which was held on 3 October in Nairobi, Kenya.

The event was a big success and the athletes and fans enjoyed it.

The short reviews were supplied by EME News.

The long run is a Sunday event. Keep it relaxed and enjoy the run.

DSC00161.jpg2019 USA Champs Women's 10,000m, photo by Cortney Ware

Sunday, 4 OctobeSunday: Long run, 75-90 minutes: Long run, 75-90 minutes

Steph_Twell_Latest_News.jpgSteph Twell, photo by London Marathon media

Steph Twell is leading the British athletes in the women's elite event in the London marathon in a few hours.......this is some of their thoughts on the event...

Chris_Thompson_Latest_News.jpgChris Thompson, photo by London Marathon media

A few hours from the elite men's race, I thought you might like to see some deep thoughts from the British athletes who are competing in London on Sunday.

Kip Keino Classic .jpgTrack fans at the Kip Keino Classic, 3 October 2020, photo by Stuart Weir via World Athletics

This is the piece on the KIp Keino Classic, held today in Nairobi, Kenya. This is end of season meet, and only Continental Tour in Africa. The story is by Justin Lagat.

Chepngetich_latest_news.jpgRuth Chepngetich, photo by London marathon media

In a few hours, the women's elite event will begin, and we could see an excitingly quick race.....

This is Saturday, and it is speed play day.

DSC00265.jpg2019 USA Champs, Women's 10,000m, photo by Cortney Ware

Saturday, 3 October 2020: warm up, Fartlek: 10 x 1 minute, 5 k pace, 2 minutes easy, then 10 x 1 minute, 10k pace, 30 minute cool down

NNBerlin19Race-142.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo by NN running team

I am sad that Kenenisa Bekele is injured, but I am having a challenge wondering what the real story is.

I do understand that it could be just as he noted, a calf injury happened in a couple fast workouts. I just think that it takes away from the 2020 London Marathon.

In 2014, we watched Kenenisa Bekele debut at 26.2 and many thought he would clobber the distance. There was a learning curve, and in 2019, Bekele went 2:01.41 in Berlin.

Like many, I want to see Eluid Kipchoge challenged. And, in this rare world, Kenenisa Bekele is one of the few who could challenge Eliud.

It will be another day.

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance

with Larry Eder

Featuring Joe Klecker

joe klecke .jpg

One of the absolutely satisfying parts of my job is doing interviews. The truth is, while I do research on the coaches, athletes and key players that I interview, I always learn something new.

I knew both of Joe's parents, both fine athletes. Joe's father, Barney Klecker held the 50 mile American record and the 50k as well. Joe's Mom, Janice was a 1992 Olympian at the marathon and is the American record holder at 50k.

Joe Klecker is a 9 time All American and 11 time NCAA qualifier at the University of Colorado. Now coached by Dathan Ritzenhein, and competing for the On Athletic Club, Joe has just set PBs at 1,500m (3:37.55) and 5,000m (13:28.98).

joe k .jpgJoe Klecker, CU Invite, photo by CU sports

I enjoyed the conversation with Joe Klecker and hope you will too!

Special thanks to Joe Klecker.

Special thanks to Mike Deering on producing #socialingthedistance.

IW1_0823.jpgLondon Marathon, photo by London Marathon media

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance

with Larry Eder

Featuring Des Linden

Clip 9 - Epilogue

Linden_Des-FH-OTM20.jpgDes Linden, 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris

Des Linden has done this elite athlete deal going on 15 years, 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. Des is a 2 time Olympian, as well as the 2018 Boston Marathon champion.

Linden_Des-FH1-OTM20.jpgDes Linden, 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris

In this clip #9, I speak about Des Linden and her position in American distance running. This is the epilogue on Des Linden in Socialing the Distance.

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

RunBlogRun presents
Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder
Featuring Des Linden
Clip 8 - On The Blocks

Linden_Des-FH1a-OTM20.jpgDes Linden, photo by Kevin Morris

Des Linden has done this elite athlete deal going on 15 years, 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. Des is a 2 time Olympian, as well as the 2018 Boston Marathon champion.


In this clip #8 , Larry asks Des to give three words to describe different Marathon Courses and athletes. This was a relaxed question, and it was a fun question.

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 7

- 2019 New York City Marathon

Linden_Des-FH1a-OTM20.jpgDes Linden, photo by Kevin Morris

Des Linden is an old school distance runner. A two time Olympian and the 2018 winner at the Boston Marathon, Des Linden is loves daily running. She is no nonsense and she likes to test herself, and see what she is made of.

In this clip 7, we speak about what Des learned on the streets in New York in 2019.

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

Yes, today is an easy day. Enjoy it. Your body needs it, but so does your brain.

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

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

1206442709-2.jpgThe 60m, Muller Glasgow, photo by Getty / British Athletics

The rumors about challenges at British Athletics continue...

One would have to go back many years to consider a more anticipated event than the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon.

The strength in hill training is in the variety. We suggest the one below, but you can use this as a beginning thought. I used to love a weekly workout where I did a 800m hill circuit, in Lydiard style. I would do a 400m charge, 200m jog, 100m stride, 100m jog, and build up to 8 (high school) and 12 (college). I did this workout in fall each year. The time for 10 repeats equated to my best 10k time each year in 3 straight years.

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

Thursday, 1 October 2020: warm up, 30 minute hilly run, 6 x 200m hill, job 200 btw each hill, cool down

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