January 2021 Archives

A long run on a Sunday!

ub_3Dmol.jpg1939 marathon racing shoe, cobbled by Adi Dassler, photo by adidas Communications

Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021: Long run, 50-55 minutes, at conversational pace.

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Conversations with Larry
Grant Holloway - American/National Record 60m Hurdles (7.35)
Grant Holloway set a American/National Record 60m Hurdles (7.35) on 24 Jan. 2021
at the meeting #1,
(American Track League indoor meet - University of Arkansas at Fayetteville).
Grant had
gone 7.38 in the heats.
What will he do next?
I did this video to celebrate Grant Holloway's 7.35 AR!
What an opener!
Find Grant on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Flaamingoo
Find Grant on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flaamingoo_/
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Mondo, Lavillenie, Sam .jpgMondo Duplantis, Renaud Lavillenie, Sam Kendricks, photo by Diamond League

One o the amazing things about global athletics now is the Men's pole vault. Duplantis, Lavillenie, Kendricks and Lisek give athletics audiences an amazing competition. Truth is, we have amazing athletes and competitions all over the world.

1-TW2_0172.jpgMalaika Mihambo, photo by ISTAF INDOOR / Camera 4

ISTAF now has two indoor events: Düsseldorf and Berlin.

This is a challenging time for anyone in the event management business. And ISTAF is now doubling their events and doing this while COVID 19 is challenging all structures in society.

Keeping events going, giving us a something to text about and videos to watch is how event management can keep attention on their events.

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presents

Conversations with Larry

Ryan Crouser sets

new World Indoor Record (Shot Put) 22.82m

CD406788.JPGRyan Crouser, Blue Oval Classic, photo by Drake Communications

Ryan Crouser set a new World Indoor Record (Shot Put) 22.82m) on 24 Jan. 2021 at the meeting #1, (American Track League indoor meet - University of Arkansas at Fayetteville), on his opening throw. I did this piece to celebrate just how amazing Ryan Crouser is! And do not miss watching Ryan on Sunday, 31 Jan 2021, when he competes in Meet # 2.

Find Ryan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RCrouserThrows

Find Ryan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rcrouser/

#JustDoIt #Nike

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We have American Track League Meeting # 2 on Sunday, 31January 2021.

One week has come since meet #1, where Ryan Crouser broke the world indoor shot put record twice, with an amazing 22.82m (74'10 1/2")! Ryan Crouser told the media this am that he thinks he has a good throw in him this weekend. He will then take a couple weeks not competing and then, compete in Meeting #4!

sandi mo.jpgSandi Morris, photo via Instagram

Sandi Morris, just weeks since she recovered from COVID19, told us this morning that she was hoping to see what kind of shape she is in at the beginning 2021.

IMG_1750.jpgDonavan Brazier, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Donavan Brazier told us that he likes to open up at 600 meters. He told me this am that he will not be letting up wiith 150 meters to go as he did in Boston at 2020 NB Indoor GP. Donavan told the media that he's not sure about his shape in 2021. We will all see tomorrow, I will say he's in great shape.

W3000.jpgA close 3000m, won by Beatrice Chepkoech, photo by Andreas Arndt

3000 Birgen.jpgBethwel Birgen takes the Men's 3000m, in PB/WL 7:34.12, photo by Andreas Arndt

Justin Lagat sent us this piece just after the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe!

The Indoor Meeting in Karlsruhe was an amazing, simply, an amazing meet, and it was in a pandemic!

Nine out of twelve wold leads in the meet, and many athletes were competing in their opening event in 2021. The meet was held with 199 fans, per German Covid 19 regulations. (Eurohalle seats about 4000-5000).

Thanks to EME news on this piece!

Renaud2.jpgRenaud Lavillenie, clears 5.95m WL, photo by Andreas Arndt

The World Indoor Tour began with a Tour Silver Meeting on 24 January 2021 at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, and a world indoor shot put record was set.

Last night, 29 January 2021, the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe was held.

Big world leads last night in Karlsruhe, Gemany!

DAS1.jpgDina Asher-Smith, 7.08 and 7.10 at 60m, photo by Andreas Arndt

Dina Asher-Smith set a world leader and equalled her British National record of 7.08, after a 7.10 in the prelims. This was Dina's only indoor competition since 2018.

Renaud2.jpg Renaud Lavillenie, clears 5.95m WL, photo by Andreas Arndt

Renaud Lavillenie took the lead once again in the pole vault, with his 5.95m (he had opened at 5.92 m a couple weeks back), showing that PUMA has made a good investment in the vet in the pole vault wars.

3000 Birgen.jpgBethwel Birgen, 3000m in 7:34.12, photo by Andreas Arndt

Bethwel Birgen, just of a plane from Kenya (and a good, quick workout), set a PB and WL in the 3000m, with his 7:34.12! Bethwel used a 59 second mid race surge to break the field.

A day with speed play, plus hills!

zatopek.jpgSpikes made by Adi Dassler for Emil Zatopek, 1951, photo by adidas Communications

Saturday, Jan.30, 2021: warm up (1 mile easy, stretech), Hill day #3, hill Fartlek, 30 minutes, 3 times 5 minutes, 5 k pace, 5 minutes easy, cooldown.

The women's competitions at 2021 Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe gave us some serious World leaders. Stuart Weir discusses the women's events in Karlsruhe.

LJ.jpg Juan Miguel Echevarria leaps 8.18, photo by photo by Andreas Arndt

W60.jpgWomen's 60m, photo via TV via Stuart Weir

This is Stuart Weir's intro piece on the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe 2021....it is a good piece, done late at night by the European senior writer! Thanks Stuart!

Enjoy the daily run. Stay aware! Enjoy the air, even when it is 2 degrees! Stick with social distancing, please!

DSC00170.jpgThe women's 10,000, 2019 USA Champs, photo by Cortney White

Friday, Jan. 29, 2021: light run, 30 minutes easy pace, stretch, 2 x 150 m stride-outs, light cooldown.

IMG_1834.jpgDonavan Brazier, 2020 NB Indoor GP, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Shaunae3.jpgShaunae Miller-Uibo, photo by Getty Images / World Athletics

The American Track League meet 2 is on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. Big athletes wanting to compete!

AH_17252_20191002104710906_20191002105424.JPGDina Asher-Smith, 2019 Doha WC, 200m gold, photo by Getty Images / World Athletics

This is part 2 on Dina Asher-Smith, done at the Karlsruhe virtual presser. Thanks Stuart Weir.

IMG_0513.jpgDina Asher-Smith, Karlsruhe, WIT gold, presser, 28 Jan 2021, photo by Stuart Weir

IMG_0512.jpgDina Asher-Smith, Karlsruhe, WIT gold, presser, 28 Jan 2021, a gaggle o media, photo by Stuart Weir

Stuart Weir, our man in Europe (no matter what Boris Johnson says), did this two part interview today on Dina Asher-Smith.

1130122999.jpgHolly Bradshaw, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

1130126170.jpgKaterina Stefanidi. photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

SP025579.JPGKatie Nageotte. photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

This is a must read, as it discusses the challenges as a women athlete and a pole vaulter. Nice job, Stuart Weir!

1130126170.jpgKaterina Stefanidi, photo 1 by Getty Images / British Athletics

Stuart Weir did this piece on Katerina Stefanidi, not only an amazing athlete, but a superb interview!

This a hill day. Enjoy the trails. Enjoy the hills. Stay aware. Keep the daily runs and daily core training!

DSC00197.jpgThe women's 10,000, 2019 USA Champs, photo by Cortney White

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021: warm up (1 mile easy, stretech), Hill day #2 , 35 minutes run, on trails, includes two long hills (3-5 minutes), cooldown.

The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix will be held on Feb. 13.

Due to the pandemic, the NB Indoor GP has been moved to the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex, on Staten Island, NY. "This was due to the fact that the Reggie Lewis Center is being used, beginning Feb 1., as a COVID 19 vaccine innoculation center, in a decision made by Governor (Charlie) Baker, which we support," noted NB Meet Director Mark Wetmore, CEO at Global Athletics & Marketing.

The meet has been held 26 times, and all but one at the Reggie Lewis Center (Roxbury, MA), this year, the "one" will be held on Staten Island.

As usual sponsor New Balance is showcasing their top athletes, including Sydney McLaughlin, 2019 WC silver medalist at 400m hurdles, Trayvon Brommell, 2015 WC bronze, 100m, 2016 WC indoor gold, 60m, 2016 Olympian, 100m, and Jake Wightman, British 2020 AOY, who is #2 in UK with 3:29.87 1,500m he ran last summer.

Also competing in Staten Island will be Noah Lyles, 2019 WC gold at 200m, WC gold at 4x100m, who will debut over the 200m distance indoors as a pro.

Check out the release below on the details!

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Conversations with Larry

Celebrating the new TJ WIR

Hugues Fabrice Zango

Hughes Fabrice Zango.jpgTeddy Tamgho and Hugues Fabrice Zango, photo by Gazetta.it

Discussing the new WIR in the Triple Jump by Hugues Fabrice Zango, who set the Triple Jump World Indoor Record (18.07m) in Aubiere, France. Hugues Fabrice Zango is only Afican male athlete to set world record, in jumps, indoor or outdoor.

Find Hugues on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hugueszango_ts

Find Hugues on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/huguesfabri...

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Purrier-Garcia-Scott-Coogan-Coburn-NBiGP20w.jpgElle Purrier leads 2 mile, 2020 New Balance Indoor GP, photo by Kevin Morris/ @kevmofoto

Due to the repurposing at the Reggie Lewis Center as a Covid 19 vaccine innoculation site, beginning Feb 1, Global Athletics & Marketing, the management and owners at the 2021 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, have moved the 2021 event to the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, New York on February 13.

FullSizeRender.jpegOcean Breeze Athletic Complex, photo by Jeff Benjamin

At RunBlogRun, we love the NB Indoor Grand Prix.

The Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex has a 200m MONDO track with hydraulics, that can be banked. The track is very quick. This is where Donavan Brazier set the 600m world indoor record in 2019. The athletes are reportedly excited about the speedy track in Staten Island, New York.

IMG_5885.JPGOcean Breeze Athletic Complex , photo by NYC Parks

The complex will be all about COVID 19 standards, so athletes, management, media and officials will be limited.

We do not expect any audience in the complex. This will be a TV only meet.

This a World Indoor Tour event and it will be exciting!

The challenges in managing a meet in the COVID 19 pandemic should not be underestimated. Thanks to meet management, meet sponsors, athletes, media and officials on keeping the meet happening in 2021.

Boston and Chicago to clash

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I know that the marathons have challenges, but this is a total cluster#ck and will have ramications in the uture. It is tough in a good year, as the Wanda World Marathon Majors compete with each other, but why does Boston go on Chicago's weekend? Makes no sense.

Boston Marathon Start Line courtesy of Boston Athletic Association, FayFoto.jpGBoston Marathon Start Line courtesy of Boston Athletic Association, FayFoto

Huge challenges in the global marathon business. Boston, the most iconic, has moved to October 11, 2021, leaving no major marathons in Spring 2021.

We wish all marathoners safe training, and the Marathon organizers good luck in getting their events to fruition.

This is part 3 on Andrew Pozzi, the top GB hurdler, by Stuart Weir. In this piece, we learn a bit more on how Pozzi is motivated and also how he sees the hurdles' challenges.

Andrew Pozzi recently moved to the PUMA brand as his key sponsor.

EPziHuVWAAAR2m9.jpgAndrew Pozzi, photo by British Athletics

Wednesday is a light day. Keep it that way. Your body must have time to recover. Just know that listening to your body is key. I do my 3-5 mile walks up to minus 40. Just dress well and keep a good attitude! Stay aware.

a-history-of-adidas-adi-dasslers-first-track-and-field-shoes-designboom00.jpgan early track spike, cobbled by Adi Dassler, photo by adidas Communications

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021: light run, 30 minutes easy pace, stretch, 2 x 150 m stride-outs, light cooldown.

_JMA8039-1.jpgSifan Hassan is paced by Laura Weightman, 10,000m, photo by Dan Vernon / NN running

More top names for Karlsruhe

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2021 WIT.jpgThe meeting in Karlsruhe is Jan 29, 2021. I have enjoyed this meet in 2019, and hope to see it via streaming. Covid 19 will continue to challenge indoor meetings.

Athletics Chat Episode 37-Epilogue

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RunBlogRun presents
Athletics Chat
Episode 37-Epilogue

I always enjoy the Epilogue, and so does Mike Deering. at The Shoe Addicts, our producer....

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#AthleticsChat #RunBlogRun #theshoeaddicts

Elle Purrier Millrose.jpgElle Purrier, 2020 Millrose Games, photo by World Athletics

This is David Hunter's second piece in 2021 on @runblogrun. Elle Purrier's Continuing Progression, American Record Holder Faces Olympic Trials Decisions is a testament to the amazing talent in this country, and the amazing potential that Elle Purrier has shown us with that Millrose mile.

We can not wait to see her compete in non-pandemic times.

IMG_1448.jpgElle Purrier, New Balance 2 mile, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Looking to see Ryan Crouser compete two more times indoors....

Athletics Chat-Episode 37

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RunBlogRun presents
Athletics Chat
Episode 37

This week, Stuart Weir and Larry Eder spoke about:

1. Ryan Crouser and World indoor shot put record!

2. Grant Holloway opens with 7.35 and 7.38!
3. Pandemic affects meets.
4. British champs cancelled.
5. London Marathon is ambitious !

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Duplantis vs Kendricks

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Mondo, Lavillenie, Sam .jpgMondo, Renaud and Sam: 2/3 at ISTAF Indoor in Dusseldorf, photo by Diamond League

I love the pole vault competitions in Europe and Dusseldorf is a good competition.

Tuesday is a hilly day. Enjoy the workout! Stay safe.

ehZyuxRI.jpgEarly track spike, circa 1924, cobbled by Adi Dassler, photo by adidas Communications

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021: warm up (1 mile easy, stretch), Hill day #1 , 35 minutes run, includes 4 hills, 200m, go up hard, jog down, light cooldown.

Lasitskene 2.00m, Akimenko 2.31m

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This is a nice way to open season!

A world record minutes into the meet! An NR in the 60m hurdles just a bit later! Giving athletes just what they needed, a meet on a quick indoor track, and an audience some exciting athletics, the American Track League delivered a meet at the pandemic height!

Ryan Crouser set a new world indoor shot put with his 22.82m (74'10 1/2"0 and 22.70m, taking out the 32 year old World indoor record, set on January 20, 1989 by Randy Barnes, with his 22.66m.

Grant Holloway alerted all with his 7.38 in the heats. His 7.35 in the Final equalled his AR, set in March 2019. Holloway noted that he and his coach had been working on hurdle #1.

Some good opening season marks, we wish Paul Doyle and his team good luck in Meets #2, #3 and #4!


RunBlogRun presents
Athletics Chat
Episode 36-the Epilogue Clip

This is my own comments on the Athletics Chat episode 36.

Hughes Fabrice Zango.jpgTeddy Tamgo (coach) and Fabrice Hugues Zango, photo by Gazzeta.it

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Athletics Chat-Episode 36

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RunBlogRun

presents Athletics

Chat Episode 36

Er5pWhQW4AAWPHP.jpegRenaud Lavillenie, photo by PUMA athletics

Each week, Stuart Weir and Larry Eder spend 40 minutes discussing athletic challenges during the week. The topics

this week:

1. Men's Triple Jump

2. AIU stats on bans


3. Lavillenie

4. UK Athletes commission (Short)


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#AthleticsChat #RunBlogRun #theshoeaddicts


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This piece, by Stuart Weir, is on the British Athletics Indoor Championships. We will continue to cover the pandemic in the UK and how it challlenges the sport.

How will athletes be selected to the 2021 European Indoor Athletics in March 2021. Stuart gives you the most current knowledge.

SP011066-753925.JPG2020 British Indoor Championships, photo by Getty Images/ British Athletics

Monday is the beginning of the week. It is an easy day. Keep it that way. Especially, in this pandemic time, we must be quite careful during this time, to warm up well, cool down well and not push too hard. We will stay with hills two more weeks, and then move into another cycle. Hills can be a secret sauce. They can develop speed, endurance and confidence. Stay safe!

a-history-of-adidas-adi-dasslers-first-track-and-field-shoes-designboom15.jpgEmil Zatopek, the man who won the 10,000m, 5,000m and Marathon in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. No one has ever equalled this triple. Adi Dassler made these shoes for Emil. Photo by adidas Communications

Monday: light run, 30 minutes easy pace, stretch, 2 x 150 m stride-outs, light cooldown, easy does it.

IMG_2853.jpgUniversity o Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, photo via ESPN TV, photo by Kathy Camara

Ryan Crouser broke the world indoor record in the shot put, twice in one competition. In his opening throw, Crouser went 22.82m (74'10 1/2 "), and in throw #3, Crouser threw 22.70m, both besting the 22.66m set by Randy Barnes on 20 January 1989.

IMG_2946.jpgRyan Crouser, photo via ESPN TV, photo by Kathy Camara

Grant Holloway showed his speed and agility with his 7.35 at the 60m hurdles, also going 7.38 in his heat.

IMG_2876.jpgGrant Holloway, photo via ESPN TV, photo by Kathy Camara

The athletes were happy to compete. They were glad to compete in the pandemic time.

Next meet is Jan. 30, 2021.

 Grant Holloway.jpgGrant Holloway, photo by World Athletics

74a0f4bf-1f77-4c21-85eb-96ebcc83f02d.jpgRyan Crouser, photo by World Athletics

IMG_0964.jpgJenn Prandini, photo by World Athletics

IMG_3097.jpgKeni Harrison, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

The American Track League begins in a couple hours! Thanks to Paul Doyle, the University of Arkansas, and the athletes, officials, athletes, sponsors and ESPN!

Watch athletics!

What can I say about the long run?

The long run or long walk, is good to the heart and the soul. Going out 60-90 minutes on a Sunday, is a weekly break in the normal. Many people have done such a habit over the years. The great English poet, William Blake, would walk 15 miles on a Sunday, into his later years, starting in London city centre to the country and hope to get a ride back into town (he did this in the 1600s, so no Uber).

Enjoy the long run.

ub_3Dmol.jpgMarathon shoe, circa 1939, cobbled by Adi Dassler, photo by adidas Communications

Sunday: Long run, 50-55 minutes, at conversational pace.

This was sent to us by Stuart Weir, last week.

The British Indoor Athletics Championships has been cancelled, due to COVID 19 and the current pandemic level in the UK. More to come....

Stuart Weir did the next piece on the cancellation and what should happen.

arena 2.JPGEmirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

The Swedes gave us Fartlek, aka "speed play". The coach, Holmer, came up with this concept to use the wood paths and trails in Sweden to build athletes into a high racing shape level. Enjoy the day!

zatopek.jpgAdi Dassler made this shoe for Emil Zatopek. Notice absence of stripes, so as not to upset the then Communist regime in the Czech republic, photo by adidas Communications

Saturday: warm up (1 mile easy, stretech), Hill day #3, hill Fartlek, 30 minutes, 3 times 5 minutes, 5 k pace, 5 minutes easy, cooldown.

Grant Holloway .jpg Grant Holloway, photo by Kirby Lee / Track and field Images

Can not wait to see Grant Holloway race again!

US sprinters in Metz

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Nice to see 3 Americans in Metz.

Now, how do I get there when I'm in Wisconsin? How will the border authorities in Europe think my alibi that I must see indoor athletics

be taken?

Also, Mike Rodgers is not only an exciting athlete to watch race but also a avorite interview subject. Check out this one, done in Madrid Indoor

in 2019: https://www.runblogrun.com/2019/02/mike-rodgers-interview-in-madrid-with-larry-eder-runblogrun.html

mike-rodgers-.jpgMike Rodgers, photo via You Tube

OLYMPIC GAMES SITUATION

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2020-03-30-tokyo-thumbnail-02.jpgTokyo 2020, photo by IOC

5bd5bb93-5fb0-4177-8876-06bab6e12e00.jpgTokyo Olympic Stadium, photo by IOC

What is happening in Tokyo?

It changes by the minute....

Zango 17.05, PML 7.54

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Friday is an easy day. Keep it easy. Keep it light. The body needs to stay healthy.

DSC02736.jpgShelby Houlihan and Nikki Hiltz, 2019 USA Outdoor Champs, 1,500m, photo by Courtney White

Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 : light run, 30 minutes easy pace, stretch, 2 x 150 m stride-outs, light cooldown.

unnamed.jpgphoto by Organizers

This is the new 2021 LABEL ROAD RACE CALENDAR, which shows a plethora of events that will hopefully be held in 2021.

IMG_3389.jpgVashti Cunningham, Des Moines 2018 USA Champs, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

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Vashti Cunningham, Des Moines 2018 USA Champs, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

The American Track League is a big deal. It gives track geeks a chance to see athletics and athletes a chance to compete. The opening meet will have women's HJ and men's 400m among the six events.

To learn more about the American Track League, please see our interview with Paul Doyle, the impressario at American Track League:

https://www.runblogrun.com/2021/01/runblogrun-presents-socialing-the-distance-2.html

This is Hill day #2. Hills build us many ways. The key is to stay consistent, and to take the easy days easy and hard days hard. Stay aware.

DSCN1495.JPGCross country running in Kenya, photo by Justin Lagat / Kenyan athlete

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021: warm up (1 mile easy, stretech), Hill day #2 , 35 minutes run, on trails, includes two long hills (3-5 minutes), cooldown.

Andrew Pozzi Part 2

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This is part 2 on Andrew Pozzi, GB's top 110 hurdler, by Stuart Weir, our European senior editor. Stuart Weir helps us appreciate the 2020 season that Andrew Pozzi had and what he was expecting.

117431714_622763438651869_1309086397971793087_n.jpgOrlando Ortega, Andrew Pozzi, photo by 2020 Monaco Diamond League

CM 1.jpgAdam Gemeli and Christian Malcom, photo by British Athletics

This is part 3 in Stuart Weir's series on Christian Malcom, the new British head coach. How will he deal with the coming challenges ?

Andrew Pozzi Part 1

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20180304WIC1076.JPGAndrew Pozzi, photo by British Athletics

CK9I9196_20190302121635684.JPGAndrew Pozzi, photo by British Athletics

Each week, Stuart Weir sends me 3 stories on athletes and coaches in British Athletics that he believes our readers will see as interesting. Since he began doing this, I must admit that I have not had a week where I did not learn something about these elite athletes. In 2020, Stuart Weir wrote 150,000 plus words in @runblogrun and @athleticsweekly.

We hope you enjoy learning more about Andrew Pozzi, GB's top 110 hurdler.

This has been the easy day. Enjoy the Wednesday workouts!

a-history-of-adidas-adi-dasslers-first-track-and-field-shoes-designboom15.jpgEmil Zatopek, track spike (1953), shoe by adidas, photo by adidas Communications

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021: light run, 30 minutes easy pace, stretch, 2 x 150 m stride-outs, light cooldown.

DeAnna Price4wa.jpgDeAnna Price, photo by World Athletics

This is an important piece on the 2019 WC gold medalist in the hammer throw, DeAnna Price. David Hunter has been wanting to do a piece on DeAnna for some time. I think you will like it.

Hills are the secret sauce this time in the season. You will get quicker, stronger and more fit, so you will race better. Stay safe.

zatopek.jpgEmil Zatopek spikes, note, Adi Dassler did not show adidas stripes on shoes, (1950), did not want to offend the Czech government, photo by adidas Communications

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021: warm up (1 mile easy, stretech), Hill day #1 , 35 minutes run, includes 4 hills, 200m, go up hard, jog down, light cooldown.

Barega sub 28 in the altitude

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The Ethiopian Trials were spectacular, and thanks to Elite Sports Management on the social media coverage.

Selemon Barega was amazing at 10,000m in altitude!

5f4b6e3d67042.image.jpgKC Lightfoot, photo by Wacotrib/Jerry Lawson (copyright)

KC Lightfoot continues to impress with his excellent vaulting...

DSCN1439.JPG 1. Josphat Meli dominating the men's junior race, photo by Justin Lagat / Kenyan athlete

DSCN1406.JPG2. The women's race, photo by Justin Lagat / Kenyan athlete

This is Justin Lagat's weekly column via Kenya, and it is on cross country....

Erm17JNXEAMuYgn.jpgPUMA's announcement on sponsoring Renaud Lavillenie

Renaud Lavillenie showed his levels in 2021, as he opened at 5.92m, taking the world lead...and then, KC Lightfoot came along with his jump...

This is the first post on January 2021 results by our dear friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet. Carles Baronet is the editor of TrackinSun, an excellent blog on athletics. Carles Baronet will be sending athletics updates to @RUNBL0GRUN several times a month. Enjoy!

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Nina Kennedy, photo by Wais.org.au.

Hughes Fabrice Zango1.jpg Fabrice Zango Hugues, Meeting de Paris, photo by World Athletics

At the 2019 Doha WC, Adam Johnson Eder filmed all the award pressers, and I would ask the medalist questions. I love those events. At them, athletes got to celebrate the victories that they just had, and enjoy the company with competitors. That is how we met Fabrice Zango Hugues. Christian Taylor and Will Claye, the gold and silver medalists, gave Hughes huge praise in the presser, and Hughes was gracious.

On January 16, 2021, Fabrice Zango Hugues gave us a hint of his talent. In his sixth jump at the Meeting d'Abiere, Fabrice Zango Hugues soared to a huge triple jump, 18.07m, a new world record by 15 centimeters!

This is the beginning of week 2, and we are gently bringing you along to fitness. Stay safe. Stay observant. Wash hands, Wear masks inside, wear masks when you can not get six-twelve feet apart.

ehZyuxRI.jpgan early spike, circa 1924, shoe built by Adi Dassler, photo by adidas Communications

Monday, Jan. 18, 2021: light run, 30 minutes easy pace, stretch, 2 x 150 m stride-outs, light cooldown.

Sunday is the long Long run day. Enjoy the views. Enjoy the time with nature and please stay aware!

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Sunday: Long run, 50-55 minutes, at conversational pace.

Hughes Fabrice Zango set a new world record today, going 18.07m in the triple jump today, Jan. 16, 2021.

Jon Mulkeen, the man known as @Statman_Jon, did this piece on World Athletics.

We know the event, as the hop, skip and jump.

Way back in 1996, Seb Coe told SI's Kenny Moore that the triple jump was the most dangerous event in the global athletics event list.

Hughes Fabrice Zango is a triple jumper who comes from Burkina aso. Zango has jumped since he was 18 years old. Hughes has now jumped 13 years. Under the guidance of Teddy Tamgho, Hughes Fabrice Zango took the world record away from Teddy Tamgho, who set the World record (17.92m) in 2011.

Hughes Fabrice Zango.jpgTeddy Tamgho (the coach) and Hughes Fabrice Zango (the athlete), 16 Jan 2021, photo by (and copyright) Gazzeta.It

Teddy Tamgho had lots to teach. He was known for taking golds at the 2010 World Indoor (Doha), 2011 European Indoors ( Paris), and 2013 World Outdoors (Moscow) and a bronze medal at the 2010 European Outdoors (Barcelona). Tamgho had an exciting jumping style.

Hughes Fabrice Zango set his new world record on 16 January 2021 at the Meeting d'Abiere, with his sixth attempt, in 18.07m, the athlete coming from Burkina Faso making history, as Hughes became the first African athlete to hold a world record, indoors or outdoors in the jumps!

Thanks to @worldathletics on the excellent profile below!

This is the 3rd hill day in the week. Why? Well, because it builds you up pretty quickly and is a training cycle we like to use to shake things up.

Enjoy!

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Saturday: warm up (1 mile easy, stretech), Hill day #3, hill Fartlek, 30 minutes, 3 times 5 minutes, 5 k pace, 5 minutes easy, cooldown.

This is a light day. Enjoy the run, and stay aware.

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Friday, Jan. 15, 2021: light run, 30 minutes easy pace, stretch, 2 x 150 m stride-outs, light cooldown.

DSCN1352.JPGa day at a track facility, Kipchoge Keino Stadium, January 12, 2021, photo by Justin Lagat/ Kenyan Athlete

DSCN1359.JPGWarming up, Kipchoge Keino Stadium, January 12, 2021, photo by Justin Lagat/ Kenyan Athlete

This is Justin Lagat's weekly piece on his visit to Kipchoge Keino Stadium, on January 12, 2021.

Photos by Justin Lagat/ Kenyan Athlete.

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This makes sense. We want the Champs to happen.....

This is a really cool press release.

Nice to see the "site that Norb built" helping New York's most vulnerable stay safe. The late Norb Sander would be quite happy with this use of the NB Armory.

Fort Washington Armory.jpgThe NB Fort Washington Armory, photo by urbanomibus.net

Happy to see NN Running Team sign Björn Koreman. Jos Hermans gets it. Local runners make sense with global athletes like Eliud Kipchoge and Kenense Bekele.

NN Running Team continues to build its team and its appreciation on the local and global level.

BjornKSigning-004.jpgBjörn Koreman signing, photo by NN Running Team

ASICSFRR2021.jpg Megan Faulkner, director of sponsorships and special events; Scott Ghelfi, president, Falmouth Road Race, Inc. board of directors; Bob Antonucci, board vice president; Jennifer Edwards, executive director

This is a big deal. ASICS is now the 7th sponsor since 1985!

This is two stories.

ASICS is on a roll. The 2021 ASICS line is amazing running shoes, and ASICS knows that. ASICS took back the LA marathon last year, taking it once Skechers pulled out. Now, ASICS takes sponsorship at the most visible summer road racing event in New England ! This is a big deal at ASICS and we are happy to see this prominent brand getting back involved in North America.

Falmouth Road Race is a huge event! Falmouth Road Race is an example of how to build a prestigious road race, and how to keep the sponsors happy.

What does this mean at New Balance? At the end of the day, NB is a business. Companies will exit events that do not make business sense. NB is seeing a changing of the leadership, with the son of Jim Davis moving into a strong position within NB. NB, like other companies is just remembering that they are a business.

Updated Jan 14, 2021

Originally posted Dec 1, 2018

This is the truth, no BS.

In the pandemic, running shoes continue to do well.

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Brands such as Nike and adidas have supported athletics since their beginnings, as have ASICS and New Balance. Brooks has shown that its success has a direct line to its support to grass roots athletics .

HOKA ONE ONE, On running and Skechers show that their successes in the pandemic have also been due, in part, to their grass roots support of athletics. Brands that continue to stall in running do so because they have little or no understanding of grass roots athletics. You can have a great running shoe, but, when no one sees it, when local running stores will not carry the brand, and when some brands continue to have a lack of apprecation that the complex web of communication platforms used by runners. Podcasts, websites, social media, print, audio all play parts in enhancing runner's appreciation of running.

%22 Steve Ovett.jpgAn early Nike spike, Steve Ovett used the shoe in Moscow Olympics (1980), photo Nike communications

I am posting this once again because I have seen new inroads by ASICS, Brooks, HOKA ONE ONE, On running and PUMA. I have also seen adidas picking up Next Gen athletes. Those actions make me smile.

Invest in tough times.

It shows an appreciation that things will get better.

That is my message...

So, I was walking around the running event, and I was very happy to see the number of high end racing shoes, track spikes and XC racers.That challenged me to consider the importance of specialty shoes, and what they mean to the sport.

The brands that do full lines (sprint, middle distance, field events) are the top brands in running. Wow, what a coincidence? Let's get serious. Nike, adidas, ASICS, NB, Brooks, and now, Under Armour see that putting together this product is now about making big money, but about enticing the young consumer and the more serious athlete.

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1.5 million high school boys and girls compete in high school XC and track. 600,000 in XC and 900,000 in track. The kids in XC and track purchase 765,000 (approx) racers and specialty shoes in North America. Those same kids average 3-6 pairs of training shoes each, at average price of $150 each.

This is my Larry rant for the week! Support the brands that support the sport!

This is a hill day. We use hills to get you back into shape, and it builds you gradually. Always hydrate, stretch, and stay safe!

IMG_8877.JPGEd Cheserek takes the 10,000m, Sunset Tour, August 2020, photo by Sound running

Ed Cheserek is a Kenyan athlete who has done most high school and college competitions in the U.S. An NCAA champion at cross country, indoor

track and outdoor track, Ed is developing his skills racing 1 mile to 10,000m! Ed has a great sense of humor and loves to compete.

Thursday: warm up (1 mile easy, stretech), Hill day #2 , 35 minutes run, on trails, includes two long hills (3-5 minutes), cooldown.

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder

Featuring Paul Doyle, CEO of the American Track League

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We spoke with Paul Doyle on #sociialingthedistance about the 4 meet American Track League,

which will showcase 4 indoor track meets,Jan. 24-Feb.14.

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Clayton Murphy, photo by Mike Deering /The Shoe Addicts

ESPN and ESPN 2 will be showcasing the events, 2 hours each week.

The meets are:

Jan. 24 (ESPN 2-4 PM CST) ,

Jan. 30 (ESPN 1-3 PM CST)

Feb. 7 (ESPN 3-5 PM)

Feb. 14 (ESPN TBD)

Athletes announced: Sandi Morris, Ryan Crouser, Clayton Murphy, Grant Holloway and Trayvon Bromell.

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Trayvon Bromell, photo by New Balance

Find Paul on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TrackDiddy

Find Paul on Instagram: www.instagram.com/trackdiddy/

Visit the American Track League website: www.americantrackleague.com

Find American Track League on Twitter: www.twitter.com/americantrack

Find American Track League on Instagram: www.instagram.com/americantrackleague/

For more information on Doyle Management visit the website: www.doylemanagement.com

sandi mo.jpgSandi Morris, photo via Facebook

#PartyFaster

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Lavillenie and Morris move to PUMA

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PUMA is building assets as they move to the Olympics and World Championships.

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Nike is in a position where changes will come, as a new philosophy on sports marketing may be considered. Nike and adidas are the two biggest supporters of athletics on the global level. New Balance, ASICS and Brooks, along with PUMA, support athletics on the global level.

PUMA is picking up some big names.

Even in Covid 19 times, running shoes are selling well.

How the Olympics develop, how the World Championships develop, are key to success in athletics.

This has created some anxiety among managers and agents.

A media big wig gave me something that should keep managers and agents happy. This media big wig noted that "Media companies need athletics content. They have none."

sandi mo.jpgSandi Morris, photo via Sandi M at twitter

This is a light day, keep it easy!

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Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021: light run, 30 minutes easy pace, stretch, 2 x 150 m stride-outs, light cooldown.

 Grant Holloway.jpgGrant Holloway, photo by World Athletics

Drake2018 3-thumb-500xauto-54215.jpgClayton Murphy, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Trayvon  Bromell.jpgTrayon Bromell, photo by New Balance

The American Track League is going to be exciting, and 3 big athletes added to the list....

lavillenie .jpgRenaud Lavillenie, photo by World Athletics

Renaud Lavillenie is an amazing athlete. He is also a spirited athlete.

I have never seen a boring pole vault with @airlavillenie.

Renaud Lavillenie has an outdoor PB at 6.05m (2015) and indoor PB (2014, then World record) at 6.14m!

Renaud Lavillenie has a long 2021 season in front of him, 2021 European Indoor Championships, in Torun, in March 5-7, 2021.

IMG_7338.jpgSandi Morris, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Sandi Morris and Ryan Crouser will be competing in the ATL, at meet 1 on Jan. 24! What a way to begin!

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder

Featuring Jos Hermens, CEO of Global Sports Communication

This was an excellent inteview! Jos Hermans was the world record holder at the hour run in May 1976. Jos competed in both the 10,000m and marathon in the Montreal Olympics in 1976. An early Nike employee, Jos built Global Sports Communication into the powerhouse that it is today.

Our discussions covered both athletics in the 70s and today! Thanks, Jos! Thanks Mike Deering on producing #socialingthedistance!

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Find Global Sports Communication on Twitter: https://twitter.com/globalsportscom

Find Global Sports Communication on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/globalsport...

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Find the NN Running Team on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nnrunningteam/

Visit Global Sports Communication's website: https://www.globalsportscommunication.nl

Visit the NN Running Team's website: nnrunningteam.com

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ErTbs1-XcAMxwuf.jpgYaroslava Mahuchikh, photo by European Athletics

Yaroslava Mahuchikh opened with a huge one ! Thanks to European Athletics media on this piece!

Just how good is Yaroslava Mahuchikh? This young athlete has the speed, agility and strength to be in the high jump battles for a long, long time. I do want to see Yaroslava Mahuchikh and Mariya Lasitskene do battle!

WHM women - Jepchirchir 02.jpgPeres Jepchirchir, photo by Dan Vernon /WCH Gydnia

The brilliant racing by Peres Jepchirchir in 2020, can they continue in 2021? Peres Jepchirchir wants to compete in Tokyo on the Kenya team. But, will Tokyo happen?

This is the second piece by Stuart Weir on Christian Malcolm, the new GB head coach. This is a incredibly important position, and, as Stuart has noted, a view into the approach that Jo Coates, the new British Athletics CEO, is taking.

CM2.jpgChristian Malcolm, photo by British Athletics

A good discussion on why cross country should be back in the winter Olympics....

That the IOC did not add cross-country is just another example of the lack of reality that the IOC lives in. Attracting young people to global sports is a conundrum that the IOC must deal with. I'm not sure break dancing, a talent in the 1980s, is a sport, and cross-country does not get added.

We begin a hilly session today. Hills help get you fit! Stay safe!

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Tuesday, Jan 12, 2021: warm up (1 mile easy, stretech), Hill day #1 , 35 minutes run, includes 4 hills, 200m, go up hard, jog down, light cooldown.

CM 1.jpgAdam Gemili and Christian Malcolm, photo by British Athletics

CM2.jpgChristian Malcolm, photo by British Athletics

This is part 1 in a 3 piece on Christian Malcom, by Stuart Weir.

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In this piece, Justin Lagat gives us a piece on the optimism that he has about the athletic heroes who could appear in 2021...

Ercj1vQXMAI1rDj.jpgLloyd Cowan, photo by British Athletics

Lloyd Cowan has died, at the age of 58, due to Covid 19. This tribute gives a slight idea on how much and how many were by this kind man. I saw Lloyd Cowan as one of the good ones, one I wanted to interview...

I love the World Athletics Indoor Tour. In 2019, I began with Boston and went to the whole series. It was eye opening! I loved seeing succesful meetings in Germany, Spain, UK and the United States. Each meet had its own feel and support. I stayed in small hotels, took trains and enjoyed a late night kabob shop in Torun, Poland. I look forward to joing the tour once again in 2022, hoping to see the meet in Boston in 2021, but that will have to be seen.

The World Athletics Indoor Tour has had some changes since the posting on this release.

The Millrose Games, citing Covid 19, cancelled their 2021 event, planned to be on 13 Feb.

The New Balance Indoor Games, to be held on 6 Feb.

The American Track League, meet 1, has been added, with a date noted as 24 Jan 2021.

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Hello coaches and athletes! Welcome to 2021! We will gently begin training today, and take two weeks to get you up to a good level, then, help the athletes doing cross country and athletes doing 800m to 5000m outdoors.

We are in the pandemic winter, so note that we will keep the runs modest, and the easy days easy. Tough workouts can challenge the immune system. My suggestions are to do core work ( good beginning, push ups, sit ups, pull ups, light weights).

Hydrate. Walk each day. Take some time to read. Journal. Tell someone that you love them. Stay smart. Wear a mask, wash hands.

ub_3Dmol.jpg1939 marathon shoe, made by Adi Dassler, photo by adidas Communications

Dhaka Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Marathon.jpgA new marathon begins the year, and it is in Bangladesh!

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The Great Ethiopian Run 10K was run on 10 Jan 2021....

Eilish McColgan .jpgEilish McColgan, photo by BritishAthletics.org.uk

Eilish MColgan ran a 10k PB!

ErTbs1-XcAMxwuf.jpgYaroslava Mahuchikh, photo by European-Athletics.org

Yaroslava Mahuchikh gets the world leader...

Enjoy the Sunday long run....

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Sunday, Jan. 10, 2020: 50-minute easy run

Enjoy some movement.

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Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021: walk an hour, swim, or bike

RunBlogRun presents
Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder
Featuring Martyn Rooney, 400m Runner & 3x Olympian

martyn rooney 400m.jpgMartyn Rooney, photo by Givemesport.com

I met Martyn Rooney about 5 years ago. I had known his racing over the past decade. A 4x400m relay athlete who has competed in British relays over the past 14-15 years, Martyn brings home the medals in most global battles. A thoughtful observer of the sport, Martyn Rooney sees Tokyo 2021 as a big Olympic opportunity.

He was a blast to interview! Thanks Martyn!

Thanks to Mike Deering, The Shoe Addicts on producing the #Socialingthedistance series.


Find Martyn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MartynRooney

Find Martyn on Instagram: www.instagram.com/martynrooney/

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Enjoy a day break!

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Friday, Jan. 8, 2021: Take a day break

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Kevin Mayer looks to upcoming decathlon at Olympics....

BAWA Awards

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Stuart Weir did this piece on the 2020 BAWA awards....

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Oh come on, Tokyo 2021? 50/50 on a good day!

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image1.jpegJim Thorpe, contemporary photo

image2.jpegJeff Benjamin and Seb Coe, 2016 Olympics, photo by Jeff Benjamin

image0.jpegThe Olympians, book by Seb Coe and Nicholas Mason

We have been fortunate, at @runblogrun, to have WA's Seb Coe's comments with Jeff Benjamin on all topics athletics. Seb Coe loves to speak on the sport, and he does it with eloquence.

I recall speaking with Seb at a media discussion on middle distances, sponsored by Nike in 2001 at the Edmonton WC. Seb was into it, and loved telling stories about the sport. Lord Coe knows that part of his job is to make the sport accessible to new media.

We are glad to see Seb Coe's support of the late and great Jim Thorpe!

RunBlogRun

presents Socialing The Distance

with Larry Eder

Featuring Tom Jordan, Track Meet Director of the Nike Prefontaine Classic

jordan-07-20.jpgTom Jordan, Track Meet Director of the Nike Prefontaine Classic, photo by Kirby Lee/ Image of Sport

Tom Jordan has always been more than a meet director. Tom's job, as he sees it, has been to build and project the legacy of the late Steve

Prefontaine, via the Nike Prefontaine Classic.

Since 1985, the Nike Prefontaine Classic has given generations of track fans a chance to see 3 hours of amazing athletics!

I have admired Tom Jordan for years, his love of athletics and his genuine excitement over the sport.

I truly enjoyed my interview with Tom Jordan and thank Tom for his time!

Thanks to Mike Deering, The Shoe Addicts, on producing #socialingthedistance.

Find Tom Jordan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thoscjordan

Find the Nike Pre Classic on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nikepreclassic

Find the Nike Pre Classic on Instagram: www.instagram.com/preclassic/

#PreClassic #JustDoIt

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Time to get in a trail run.

Bates_Emma-FH-TMP20w.jpgEmma Bates, 2020 Marathon Project, Dec. 20, 2020, photo by Kevin Morris, @kevmofoto

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021: 40 minutes run on trails

dn.no.jpgGjert Ingebrigtsen, photo by Dn.no

Altitude chambers can help athletes build endurance and strength. Some consider it more than a training aid. The brothers Ingebrigtsen could train at home with an Altiitude chambers. Gjert, their dad and coach, knows how to train his sons, due to many reasons. Gjert has years observing what works and does not work. Gjert is a keen observer, a huge skill that any successful coach possesses.

customhypoxico.jpgAltitude chamber, photo by Hypoxico.com

Altitude chambers were banned in Norway. The Norwegian Sports Board is considering a temporarily lift.

Tokyo doing lockdowns....

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How does one hold an Olympics without an mass vaccinatinos? Another incident.

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This is the 3rd December post by our dear friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet. Carles Baronet is the editor of TrackinSun, an excellent blog on athletics. Carles Baronet will be sending athletics updates to @RUNBL0GRUN several times a month. Enjoy!

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Selemon Barega, 2018 Pre Classic, photo by Eugene Diamond League

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How do we hold an Olympics without all athletes, media and audience being vaccinated?

Canada's Dick Pound, and IOC stalwart and thorn had something to say....



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Bob Maplestone, the first Briton to run a mile indoors in under 4 minutes, way back in 1972, in San Diego, timed at 3:59.5, died on 4 Jan in Seattle, WA at the age of 74. We have posted and linked to a piece in the Welsh Athletics blog and also a piece in Seattle.

Peter John Thompson sent us the note on Bob Maplestone, and had this to say:

"He was a friend of mine from the early 1970s on. I know that some of you knew him as well but don't know who of you ever had the opportunity to meet him or how well you knew him. A lovely family guy with 3 children and now grandchildren and someone who never forgot their Welsh roots.

Bob had a storied career as a miler with tactical nous, including the achievement of being the first British athlete to run a sub-4 minutes mile indoors. He then turned his skills to collegiate coaching and collegiate lecturing."

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Peter concluded: "He was the best type of friend, where you start off every time you meet as if there had been no intervening time. We had such great times, including the wild and crazy Fort Flagler summer running camps we organized on Marrowstone Island in Puget Sound."

Bob Maplestone, rest in peace.

Enjoy the break. Stay safe.

Fauble_Scott-FHL1a-TMP20w.jpgScott Fauble, Marathon Project 2020, Dec. 20, 2020, photo by Kevin Morris, @kevmofoto

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021: Take a day break

This is the second piece this week by Stuart Weir on British pole vault record holder, Harry Coppell and his reflections on the amazing 2020 season....

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Italian sprinter Filippo Tortu has tested positive for coronavirus. Big news in Italy....

Ryan Hill is a gutty athlete, who races with spirit and enthusiasm. A graduate at North Carolina State, Ryan was coached by Rollie Geiger. During much o the last decade, Ryan Hill, was coached by Jerry Schumacher at the Bowerman TC.

Ryan Hill is most dangerous at the distances 3,000m to 5,000m. His 2016 silver medal at the World Indoors showed an athlete who knew how to battle on the global athletic stage in the toughest indoor event in the middle distance world: 3000m.

Now, Ryan Hil joins HOKA Northern Arizona Elite in 2021 and will be coached by Ben Rosario, a coach known for his creative and thoughtful approach to training and racing.

We look forward to seeing Ryan Hill race in 2021.

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Kenyan CC Plans...

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IMG_2049.JPGCross country racing in Kenya, photo by Justin Lagat

And the plans on cross country races in Kenya in 2021......

RunBlogRun presents
Athletics Chat
Episode 34-the Epilogue Clip

My five minutes on what we discussed in Athletics Chat 34.

Ferlic-Ward-chase-TMP20w.jpgThe pack, 2020 Marathon Project, photo by Kevin Morris, @kevmofoto


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#AthleticsChat #RunBlogRun #theshoeaddicts

Athletics Chat-Episode 34

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RunBlogRun presents
Athletics Chat
Episode 34

In #athleticschat, 2 media types (Stuart Weir and Larry Eder) attempt to solve many athletic challenges.

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Topics:
1. Athletes qualifying for Toruń
2. Dreams for 2021
3. Best interviews of 2020
4. How to make anti doping more effective.
5. Looking to 2022.
6. Funniest interaction in 2020


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

Find all of our Conversations with Larry here: https://bit.ly/30io2vY

#AthleticsChat #RunBlogRun #theshoeaddicts

This is the second post by our dear friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet. Carles Baronet is the editor of TrackinSun, an excellent blog on athletics. Carles Baronet will be sending athletics updates to @RUNBL0GRUN several times a month. Enjoy!

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Tuesday is a light day, enjoy moving!

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riTuesday: 30 minutes easy, 4 strideouts, 150m each, cooldown

7 Questions for Harry Coppell....

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BD6I9633_2020090450422356_20200904053555.JPGHarry Coppell, photo by British Athletics

Stuart Weir did this piece, 1/2 on British PV star Harry Coppell...

Justin Lagat lets us savor some of the athletes that allowed us to smile in the pandemic year of 2020.

NNValenciaWRDay-315.jpgAn exhuasted Joshua Cheptegai, post 10,000m world record, photo by Dan Vernon / NN running team

AW300709.JPGBrent Lakatos, 2020 London Marathon winner, photo by London Marathon media

Stuart Weir did this piece on Brent Lakatos, the male wheelchair racer who won the London marathon in 2020....

lakatos london 2020 .jpgBrent Lakatos, 2020 London Marathon winner, photo by London Marathon media

Updated 6 Jan 2021-to note IPC pulling 5000m event out in Paris 2024 plus typos.

Your body needs this 2 week break. We will then gently bring you into racing shape, while staying safe. Enjoy a day off.

NNValenciaWRDay-276.jpgValencia World record day, Oct. 7, 2020, photo by Dan Vernon / NN running club

Monday, Jan. 4, 2020: Take a day break

Enjoy a modest long run! Keep it real, keep it modest.

DAmato_Keira-H-TMP20w.jpgEmma Bates, Keira Damato, Stephanie Bruce, 2020 Marathon Projects, photo by Kevin Morris, @kevmofoto

Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021: 50 minute easy run

Today is an easy day. Keep it easy. Your body needs a break.

DAmato_Keira-FHL1-TMP20w.jpgKeira Damato, The Marathon Project, photo by Kevin Morris, @kevmo foto

Saturday, Jan 2, 2021: walk an hour, swim, or bike

END OF THE YEAR RACES

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1018776846.jpg Stewart McSweyn, 2018 BMX DL, photo by British Athletics

This is the highlights on the last events in 2020. Thanks to EME News!

Today is a day break. Do something enjoyable.

Bates_Emma-W-TMP20w.jpgEmma Bates, 2020 Marathon Project, Dec. 20, 2020, photo by Kevin Morris, @kevmofoto

Friday, Jan. 1, 2021: Take a day break

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