May 2021 Archives

This is incredible news!

A week ago, we thought that fans would still be prohibited, in large numbers, from the new Hayward Field, now all hell has broken loose.

There will be sections for vaccinated and unvaccinated.

Stay tuned!

Damian Warner is one of the finest decathletes in the world. His Olympic bronze in 2016 Rio and his 3 World Championship medals, silver in 2015 Beijing, plus bronzes in 2013 Moscow and 2019 Doha merely suggest at how good the Canadian decathlete is.

This guy has physical talent, a strong work ethic, and the desire to be the best. His time is coming!

damian warner.jpgDamian Warner, photo by Olympics Canada

Lina Nielsen, 55.59.jpgLina Nielsen, winning the 400m hurdles, photo by European Athletics

Euro 10 TJ .jpgNaomi Ogbeta, TJ, second, photo by European Athletics

This is the day one wrap-up on the European Team Championships, by Stuart Weir. The first day was quite a battle and keeps the fans excited.

Euro 2.jpgGBR 4 x 100m, Bianca Williams to Des Henry, photo by European Athletics

This is a series on the European team championships. It is one of Stuart's favorite events, yet he does not think it gets the support it deserves. It revolves around a busy calendar and the need to find a new sponsor to build up the financial support.

Check out the event, see what you think.

The summer is upon us.

In the past nineteen months, many of us have had time periods where we trained on our own, saw meets cancelled, saw seasons cancelled, and also lost friends and loved ones.

Today is Memorial Day. This is the day when we thank those who have given their lives to protect our various freedoms in this country.

ehZyuxRI.jpgTrack spike, circa 1924-1928, made by Adi Dassler, founder of adidas, photo by adidas Communications

The best way to celebrate the fallen heroes of our country? To respect one another and to live life to its fullest.

Please get in your run today.

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

This was my first trip to the Portland Distance Classic. And I am so happy that I visited the 13th Portland Distance Classic. The team that puts on this meet has paid attention to all details, and watching a track meet, as a media person, from the stands and by the track, was welcome!

Friday night was dedicated to the 3000m steeplechase and 10,000m athletes. Some fine performances and we will discuss and highlight them here. This piece is on the steeplechase, one of our most iconic events, and one with such history.

IMG_6400.JPGCourtney Frerichs takes off, 2021 Portland Track Classic, May 28, 2021, photo by Kathy Camara

Long runs begin the middle and long-distance runner's week. They should also be considered a hard workout, in the weekly plan.

We will begin building up the long run this week, until, by the end of August, we are at 80-90 minutes on Sundays.

It will coincide with your summer cross-country buildup.

ub_3Dmol.jpgMarathon racing shoe, circa 1939, made by Adi Dassler, founder of adidas, photo by adidas Communications

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


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Katie Nageotte won the PV at 4.84m, in a count back over Sandi Morris, Doha DL, May 28, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

This is Stuart Weir's deep thoughts on the Doha DL, the second Diamond League meeting in 2021. Some big performances in Doha last night.

DL008700_1.jpgKenny Bednarek takes the 200m over Andre De Grasse, Doha DL, May 28, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

DL008497_1.jpgFaith Kipyogen just does it again, Doha DL, May 28, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

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There has always been a discussion about how to bring the team idea into the marathon. The team at RunCzech, one of the premier road race development teams in Central Europe, has just the idea. You can watch it tomorrow where ever you are!

Big kicks are exciting. Last night, I watched Jacob Thomson, in a 10,000m, go from 4th to second, and make the Olympic Trials qualifier. His final 300m was all guts, racing like an 800m specialist. His new PB was built on careful pacing, 24 laps and then, a big move! This kind of workout can help you with a 3k or 5k finish, so use it well!

a-history-of-adidas-adi-dasslers-first-track-and-field-shoes-designboom00.jpgEarly track shoe, circa 1924, made by Adi Dassler, photo by adidas communications

Saturday: warm-up (1 mile easy, stretch), 12 x 35 seconds, at 800m pace, 2-minute jogging, on trails, cooldown.

This piece 3 is about the Brits in Doha and just how they did! Thanks, Stuart Weir! Five Brits, and strong performances by all in the second meeting of the season.

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DL009118_1.jpgShelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, Doha DL, May 28, 2021, photo by Diamond league AG

Looking for her fourth Olympic team, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce proved, once again, that she is a medal contender in any race that she enters. Stuart focused on SAFP in his first article on the Doha Diamond League meeting, held today, May 28, 2021.

The Doha DL typically has some fast times and big WL. This time they outdid themselves, and Just Lagat gives his Kenyan country the credit that is due!

DL009273_1.jpgHellen Obiri leads 3000m flat, photo by Diamond League AG

The easy days are taken for granted. In truth, they give your body time to recover from the challenges that you took on the day before, and that rest will help you on the next tough day. Your body is a mortal engine. It builds on the stresses put on it, and with time to recover, can handle amazing challenges. Just listen to your coach and your body. DSC_4794.JPGThe Men's 1,500m at Gateshead, DL, photo by Diamond League AG

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

Mutaz Barshim-3.JPGMutaz Essa Barshim, Doha DL Presser, May 27, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

Sandi Morris.JPGSandi Morris, Doha 2021 Presser, photo by Diamond League AG

Rai Benjamin-2.JPGRai Benjamin, Doha DL presser, May 27, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

The Diamond League pressers for Doha happened today. Big fields at Doha tomorrow, and we will be covering it with photos and commentary!

The event by event comments below are courtesy of EME News.

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bauhaus galan .jpgBAUHAUS Galan, photo from RunBlogRun/from Bauhaus

The BAUHAUS Galan meeting will be held on July 4. Luckily, they will have fans, up to 3000 this summer, as we move closer to a normal life, which I believe will take until 2022.

Kara Goucher made her debut on NBC TV on April 24, during the busy weekend athletics broadcast with Drake Relays and USATF Grand Prix. Kara, a 2008 and 2012 Olympian, took the silver medal in the 10,000m in Osaka 2007 WC.

In this column, I wanted to bring up several points on why Kara Goucher joining NBC TV as a sports analyst on middle and long distances is important to the sport.

kara g.jpgKara Goucher, from an Oiselle Marketing piece

This is a book review by Jeff Benjamin. Jeff Benjamin is our longest-tenured writer. He wrote for American Athletics, American Track & Field, California Track & Running News, runningnetwork.com and runblogrun.com.

Jeff Benjamin is life long runner, and an American History teacher. Jeff has written about most of the major events in the U.S., contributed interviews of major athletes, is the most prolific texter of our 40 correspondents.

Jeff Benjamin loves the sport, and it shows.

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The Doha Diamond League meet is one of my favorites each year. I have not been to Doha DL since 2017 (heart surgery in 2018, not invited in 2019, pandemic in 2020, 2021). The World Champs was fun and tiring in 2019, but the Doha Diamond League gives chances, to the field eventers, to show their stuff.

Justin Lagat reminds us, kindly and gently that our sport is not about times, and distances, but competitions! The championship tactics and the emotional finishes to the season are huge. I have to admit, the perfect season, for me, is following athletes across US, Middle East and Europe and seeing them compete as they build up.

obiri©etiennefiacre.jpgHellen Obiri, Monaco 2020, photo by Etienne Fiacre/Diamond League AG

Justin Lagat, the RunBlogRun senior writer in Kenya, gets it. He, like our readers, wants to see the athletes battle in several races, not come down from the mountaintop, fit for battle, but with no racing experience.

Perhaps, there is a middle ground.

This is a quick workout. Warm-up well, and show some speed. Feel fast, but in control. Know that you can go fast for 300m, which is always a good time to increase the pace in a middle-distance race.

Goule_Natoya-FV-BOOST21.jpgNatoya Goule takes the adidas Women's 600m! photo by Kevmofoto

Thursday: warm-up (1 mile easy, stretch), 8 x 45 seconds, 4 x 150m stride-outs, cooldown

VanNiekerk_Wayde-PC2-BOOST21.jpgCameras on Wayde Van Niekerk, photo by Kevmofoto

The adidas Boost Boston Games was held on May 23, 2021. Even in the pandemic, the meet management (Global Athletics) and sponsor (adidas) were able to put together amazing fields and give us some exciting events.

The following five deep thoughts might surprise you, or maybe they won't. If you have any comments, just send me a note at [email protected].

Hiltz_Nikki-A-BOOST21.jpgNikki Hiltz, winner of adidas women's Mile, May 23, 2021, photo by Kevmofoto

The adidas Boost Boston Games began in 2017. adidas and Global athletics wanted to shake up the sports city of Boston, which GAM CEO Mark Wetmore, once called a "huge sports city".

Harrison_Keni-PC4-BOOST21.jpgKeni Harrison, adidas Boost Boston Presser, May 22, 2021. Keni won the 100m hurdles in 12.49 on Sunday, May 23, 2021, photo by Kevmofoto.

So, the first couple of years, they had a regular track meet, with distance events and hurdle events on the track and sprints and hurdles on the streets. By 2019, the party was about one site and one killer event.

Holloway_Grant-PC4-BOOST21.jpgGrant Holloway solving many world problems, in between a presser and winning the 110m hurdles in 13.20. photo by Kevmofoto

In 2021, the adidas Boost Boston Games came back after the pandemic cancelled 2020, and gave us distance races in the morning and killer sprints and hurdles in the pm.

Atkinson_Sophie-FH-BOOST21w.jpgSophie Atkinson wins adidas Girls Dream Mile, photo by Kevmofoto

A good idea and here's the results to prove it.

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Cindy Sember took the 100m hurdles, Gateshead, May 23, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

The Gateshead meet was the first Diamond League meeting in 2021. And Mother Nature put some challenges against the athletes: wind, rain, and cold.

The performances were impressive, even if some of the distances and times were not. Doha will be warmer this coming weekend.

We shall see how the season is beginning with these two meets. And special thanks to the officials who braved the tough conditions, and the 2000 socially distanced fans (they are a bit goofy, don't you think?).

DSC_4506_1.jpgHillary Bor won the steeple in Gateshead, May 23, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG



For most of the last decade, the Doha Diamond League was the opening meet in the Diamond League series of elite one-day meetings. Doha is meet two in 2021, but after Gateshead, most of the fields are looking forward to some warm and clear weather.

EixONLzXgAEwTEm.jpgDoha DL, photo by Diamond League AG

I visited Doha DL at least six times and have enjoyed each visit. The pressers are always fun, and used to be held in a local shopping center. The meet always had an enthusiastic crowd and some amazing in-shape athletes.

What will 2021 showcase? A big men's 400m hurdles race, a huge women's 1,500m race, and everything else in between.

Issue is, in 2021, Qatar will not allow media into the country who are not already in-country. Covid strikes again.

csm_2020-05_eebf693d20.jpgAs it was, Doha DL, prob 2017, photo by Diamond League AG/CSM

The Athletissima meeting is one of the most beautiful, competitive and iconic events in Europe. For several years, I would spend a week or so in Lausanne, walking on the trails, enjoying the cool evening weather and the amazing energy that runs through the Swiss crowd and the global athletes who perform in front of them.

The Swiss government is giving events over 10,000 the go ahead, so the folks in Lausanne are quite enthusiastic. I hope to see many of the athletes in the Movenpick Hotel.

Dream on!

MondePV.jpgMondo Duplantis, Lausanne 2020, photo by Diamond League AG

Socialing The Distance

with Larry Eder

Featuring Jakob Larsen,

Director of Competition & Events at World Athletics

WCHGydynia.jpgWA Half Marathon Champs, Gydnia, Poland, 2020, photo by World Athletics
Jakob Larsen is an example of someone who loves their job. Jakob was behind the 2014 World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, which was a huge success. He was also involved in Aarhus WC Cross Country in 2019 and the WA Half Marathon Champs in Gydnia, Poland during the pandemic. In this interview, we speak about the challenges of putting on events in the pandemic, how to make the sport more accessible and how Jakob Larsen sees the importance of events in his new job at World Athletics.
Jakob Larsen is also, one of the kindest human beings I know. Always thoughtful, with a big smile, Jakob is one of those unique people who understand that life is what you make it (a song by Talk, Talk in the 1990s).
World Athletics on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WorldAthletics
World Athletics on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/worldathlet...
World Athletics website: https://www.worldathletics.org
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This is part 2 of Stuart Weir's series on pole vault coach, Scott Simpson, one of our most popular coaches on @runblogrun.

This is piece is about an approach to coaching, as Stuart explains, in Scott's own words. It is a good piece for coaches to appreciate.

BL_26919_2019082540907952_20190826112836.JPGScott Simpson speaks with Holly Bradshaw, photo by Stuart Weir

1169943104.jpgHarry Coppell, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

In this time of a global health crisis, there is little that we can control. Our daily runs or walks give us some solace, some time for reflection, and some time to enjoy some exertion and some sweat.

Enjoy the run, enjoy the stride-outs, most of all, be grateful that you are alive and that you have friends and family.

Hiltz_Nikki-FH-BOOST21.jpgNikki Hiltz takes the adidas Women's mile, in 4:31, May 23, 2021, photo by Kevmofoto

Wednesday: light run, 30 minutes easy pace, stretch, 2 x 150 m light cooldown.

DSC_5058_1.jpgThe Gateshead DL men's 200m, Kenny Bednarek puts the field away and has Mother Nature in awe, photo by Diamond League AG

The opening Diamond League meeting happened on May 23, 2021 in Gateshead, England. Some fine performances, by the athletes and Mother Nature!

This is the event by event, courtesy of EME News, the premier nightly news service for Global athletics news.

AB1_6816_1.jpgDina Asher-Smith just wanted to let us know who won Gateshead 100m! photo by Diamond League AG

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat Episode 53,

the Epilogue Clip

IMG_6196.jpgThe new Hayward Field, May 7, 2021, photo by Larry Eder

A weekly online program, Athletics Chat records the discussions of two journalists, Stuart Weir, European senior editor of RBR, located in Oxford, England, the intellectual, golf, and beer capital of the world. The other journalist, Larry Eder, can be found in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, San Jose, California, or, this week, Central Point, Oregon.

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Dina Asher-Smith, May 23, 2021, Gateshead DL, photo by Diamond League AG

This the Epilogue Clip. In this clip, Mr. Eder finds a topic, hopefully, honed from the previous 40 minutes of Athletics Chat, and attempts to clarify, confuse or disturb the viewers, readers, other intelligent life forms, on the subject.

Enjoy, it's only 5 minutes. What could Mr. Eder do in five minutes?

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

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Athletics Chat, Episode 53

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat Episode 53

For now, over one year, RunBlogRun has presented "Athletics Chat".

Lmuir.jpgEilish McColgan, Laura Muir, Winning Nanyondo, Gateshead DL 1,500m, photo by Diamond League AG

A weekly online program, Athletics Chat records the discussions of two journalists, Stuart Weir, European senior editor of RBR, located in Oxford, England, the intellectual, golf, and beer capital of the world. The other journalist, Larry Eder, can be found in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, San Jose, California, or, this week, Central Point, Oregon.

The goal? In our discussions, we attempt to offer thoughtful approaches to the challenges, as we see them, in the sport of athletics.

hayward #2.jpgThe new Hayward Field, May 7, 2021, photo by Larry Eder

In this episode, we spoke about:

1. Gateshead Diamond League-putting on the first 2021 Diamond League meeting

2. Gateshead Diamond League-the performances

3. Gateshead Diamond League-the athletes

4. adidas Boost Boston Games-the athletes and the performances

5. Olympic Trials, discussing the U.S. and the British Trials

6. Tokyo Olympics-juggling the perception and reality of the Summer Olympics

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

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Holloway_Grant-PC2-BOOST21.jpgGrant Holloway explains the meaning of life, adidas Boost Boston remote presser, May 22, 2021, photo by Kevmofoto

The folks at adidas and Global Athletics did it once again. Coming back from a cancelled 2020, adidas Boost Boston assembled smoking fields and a fine above-ground track, with a team seasoned over four years, and the athletes did the rest.

This is the event update by EME News. Watch for RunBlogRun video interviews and stories coming up in next 48 hours.

Wilson-Goule-BOOST21.jpgAjee' Wilson and Natoya Goule battle over 600m street race! adidas Boost Boston, May 23, 2021, photo by Kevmofoto

IMG_0701.jpgDina Asher-Smith and Laura Muir, Gateshead DL presser, May 22, 2021, photo by Stuart Weir

IMG_0707.jpgGeoff Wightman queries Dina Asher-Smith, Gateshead DL, May 22, 2021, photo by Stuart Weir

IMG_0708.jpgJakob Ingebrigtsen, Gateshead DL pressers, May 22, 2021, photo by Stuart Weir

IMG_0718.jpgMondo Duplantis, Sha'Carri Richardson, Jakub Ingebrigtsen, Gateshead DL, photo by Stuart Weir

This is a fun story. Stuart Weir told me so, and after writing six pieces on the Gateshead Diamond League, he knows a thing or two about pressers....

The meet in Gateshead was not only the opening of the 2021 Diamond League season, but the first time athletes had the support of live fans in a British athletics meeting in fifteen months, I believe. The cold, wind, rain and did I saw cold (yes, I did) challenged many athletes in the opening of the global elite one day meetings.

Stuart Weir did amazing storytelling, as this is his sixth piece on this fine meet!

AB1_6864_1.jpgNaomi Ogbeta takes the TJ, Gateshead DL, May 23, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

DSC_4346_1.jpgMen's steeplechase, Gateshead DL, May 23, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

I loved working out on the grass, trails and in parks. At DeSmet, in Creve Couer, we would sneak onto golf courses with the late Brother Jim Markheinecke, or do 400 meter repeats up the drive way at De Smet Jesuit. In 1972, we did not have a track, yet we had the two mile state champion.

John Landy, the second man to break 4 minutes for the mile, was as strong as an ox. He was known to do repeat 90 second and 600 meter runs on paddocks. The footing made one have strong healthy feet, by flexing them in ways we would not on the track.

John Landy .jpgJohn Landy, Sports Illustrated cover, photo owned by Getty Images

This workout today brings the present and future together. You can run this workout on the track, on the trail, on the roads, around a soccer pitch--it is all up to you.

Think about the speed you feel, think about how well you will do in your next race, and think about, how, almost 68 years ago, an Australian, a Brit and an American were challenging themselves to see who could break the mythical 4 minutes for the mile. In 2021, over 5,000 performances have been recorded of sub 4-minute miles, in 1954, no one had.

Well, until May 6, 1954.

Tuesday: warm-up (1 mile easy, stretch), 6 x 90 seconds, 3k pace, 2 minutes jogging in between every run, on a trail, with a 30-minute cooldown.

The women 's 100m in Gateshead is a must-see event!

When do sprinters get to run cross country?

Well, kind of! Wind, rain, cold, not a hot spring day in Los Angeles, California, but a cold spring day in Gateshead, England.

Stuart Weir puts it all together in this piece 5, as he writes about some of his favorites in the past and present and athletes that he has just met.

DSC_3833_1.jpgGateshead DL 100m Women, Sha'Carri Richardson, May 23, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

DSC_3910_1.jpgGateshead DL 100m Women, Dina Asher-Smith, prelims, photo by Diamond League AG

DSC_5152.JPGLaura Muir, Gateshead 1,500m, May 23, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

The women's 1,500m brought down the cold, windy and rainy house. 2000 socially distanced fans were able to observe one of their favorite athletes let her feet do the talking. The move was surgical. It may not have looked painful, but the swift punch to the gut that Laura Muir gave the field in the last lap of the 1,500 meters gave her 4 seconds on the field.

Is this the same athlete we saw in London in 2017, or Doha in 2019?

No way, Laura Muir is building into shape for a monumental performance or performances in Tokyo.

This is Stuart Weir's fourth piece on Gateshead DL. But, hey, whose counting?

Laura Muir just showed that she is fit.

Very fit.

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat Episode 52,

the Epilogue Clip

Morris_150131_3898.jpgThe starting gun, from "Competing" a photo essay by Kevin Morris / kevmofoto

For a year, RunBlogRun has presented "Athletics Chat".

A weekly online program, Athletics Chat records the discussions of two journalists, Stuart Weir, European senior editor of RBR, located in Oxford, England, the intellectual, golf and beer capital of the world. The other journalist, Larry Eder, can be found in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, San Jose, California, or, this week, Central Point, Oregon.

In the Epilogue Clip, Mr. Eder waxes poetically, with only a taser used remotely to let the editor know that his time is halfway done and that the Tralfamadorians are returning to take him on a new bit of interplanetary travel.

Enjoy, it's only 5 minutes. What could Mr. Eder do in five minutes?

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 *

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Athletics Chat, Episode 52

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat Episode 52

For a year, RunBlogRun has presented "Athletics Chat".

A weekly online program, Athletics Chat records the discussions of two journalists, Stuart Weir, European senior editor of RBR, located in Oxford, England, the intellectual, golf and beer capital of the world. The other journalist, Larry Eder, can be found in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, San Jose, California, or, this week, Central Point, Oregon.

Morris_130525_7372.jpgCompeting, a photo essay by Kevin Morris/ Kevmofoto

The goal? In our discussions, we attempt to offer thoughtful approaches to the challenges, as we see them, in the sport of athletics.

In this episode, we discussed:

1. The Track Meet

2. The Golden Games

3. Bespoke meets, why they are so important

4. Olympics-not if they will happen, but should they happen

5. Pandemic challenges

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 *

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DSC_4688_1.jpgTiffany Porter, Cindy Sember, Gateshead DL, May 23, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

The weather in Gateshead was a deciding factor in nearly all of the events. Times might now have been fast, but the level of competition is what it is all about.

DSC_4794.JPGJakob Ingebrigtsen, Stewart McSweyn, Ollie Hoare, 2021Gateshead DL, photo by Diamond League AG

One of the brightest stars in the global sport is Jakob Ingebrigtsen. In Norway, Jakob and his family are superstars.

In a cold-weather 1,500m, Jakob showed that he was from Norway, and can handle any type of weather. This was the second piece by Stuart Weir on Gateshead DL!

We understand that a media member asked about the cold weather and how it affected Jakob, who noted that he was from Norway, and knew what cold weather really was!

DSC_5058_1.jpgA rainy day in Gateshead, the Men's 200m, photo by Diamond League AG

The Gateshead Diamond League meeting opened the 2021 DL season. Gateshead's other star was the wind and the rain. Stuart Weir braved that, sending photos and comments via his phone, as his computer had been pummeled by the forces of Nature.

In the end, a strong opening, with 2000 fans and media in attendance.

We're not out of the pandemic yet, but some reasonableness is coming to sports.

I was at the end of my sophomore year at Bellarmine. I had just finished last in the WCAL 2 mile. I had set a PB by a minute and was still lapped twice. I asked coach "Rocket Ray" Devlin what I should do, and he said, "You need to run a lot this summer."

No definition.

onitsuka tiger cortez.jpgMy first real pair of running shoes, Onitsuka Tiger Cortez, 1974, I ran 1,100 miles in my pair (used super glue to rebuild heel), photo courtesy of Pinterest

So, over 3 weeks, I built up to sixteen miles a day. I would run to Lake Vasona from my house, walk around the lake, check out the huge catfish that swum around the island (only if I was there by 8am) and then, run home. I did that for 8 weeks, and then, after getting sick, cut back to 8 miles a day on a soft dirt track at Willow Glen.

Each day, my Mom signed a sheet on how much I had run. She had mapped out my daily run with the old Ford Grand Squire and I had a dime taped into the bottom of my Onitsuka Cortez training shoes, just in case, I got sick.

The summer mileage helped. I went from last to top 7 in cross country and 2nd man in the mile, 2 miles,s and 880. The miles helped.

It would take me years to understand the lessons i had learned about training that summer, but I had the bug!

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

In 2016, after not making the U.S. Olympic team, Keni Harrison broke the world record at the 100 m hurdles on 22 July 2016, when she ran a 12.20. Her new world record was quite ironic, obviously the finest 100m hurdler in the world, Keni missed the top three spots at the US Olympic Trials, and missed the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Harrison_Keni-1-Miramar21.jpgKeni Harrison, 2021 Miramar Invite, 10 April 2021, photo by Kevmofoto

The interview on Saturday was pleasant. Media were trying to be respectful, but someone had to ask the question on her lost 2016 chances and how she felt.

Keni responded like the champion athlete that she is....and then, went on to win the adidas Boost Boston 100m hurdle race in 12.49. Time to focus on Eugene and Tokyo....

One of the most colorful, charming, talented, eccentric, and honest athletes you could ever meet is Grant Holloway!

When I first interviewed Grant Holloway, it was after the Doha World Championships in October 2019. Grant had just won the 110-meter hurdle final that had fallen, almost falls, DQs, and somehow, Grant kept his cool and took the gold.

unnamed.jpgGrant Holloway, surveying his world, Madrid, February 2021, photo by World Athletics

In the adidas Hospitality Center post-event, manager John Regis introduced my team to Grant. He was relaxed, and the interview was a lot of fun. I asked myself, how old is this young man?

Grant and I spoke about his race, his goals and his excitement about being a sponsored athlete.

Later, when I spoke with Spencer Nels, the adidas sports marketing guru, Spencer smiled and noted, "Grant is, well, someone very special."

Indeed he is.

Long runs are part of your legacy as a distance runner.

Today we will speak about one of the great ones-Ron Hill.

ron hill .jpgRon Hill, photo courtesy of Athletics Weekly

Ron Hill was a British marathoner who made 3 Olympic teams (1964, 1968 and 1972). He was a textile chemist and many of his inventions make your running easier today. He develop sports tights, a mixture of running sweats and hosiery. Ron popularized carbo loading, the process where one teaches the body to take in more carbohydrates prior to a long marathon. Kenny Moore, the Sports Illustrated writer and two time Olympic marathoner, noted that Ron was "possessed by the scientific method." In 1969, Ron Hill won the European marathon championships, in 1970, Ron won the Boston Marathon and the Commonwealth Games.

Ron ran 52 years and 28 days without missing a run. His two volume auto biography, the Long Hard Road is a must read.

Ron Hill died this morning, aged 83. He will be missed.

Enjoy your long run, and think about enjoying running for 50 plus years.

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

What a season!

Indoors in 2021, Shaunae Miller-Uibo ran 22.40 on 31 Jan 2021 at the ATL Meet 2, setting a NR indoor record at the 200 meters. On January 13, 2021, Shaunae came back, ran the 400m indoors, going 50.21, setting NR indoors and Area record as well!

MillerUibo_Shaunae-R-USATFgp21w.jpgShaunae Miller-Uibo, 2021 Oregon Relays, 24 April 2021, photo by Kevmofoto

Now, running a 200 meter straight, Shaunae Miller-Uibo told the assembeled media for the remote adidas Boost Boston Games that she likes the 200m, straight and is looking forward to racing on the streets of Boston on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

The adidas Boost Games will be held on Sunday, May 23, 2021. The adidas Boost Games began to evolve in 2017 as adidas and Global Athletics looked to shake up the status quo of putting on track meetings, with a special emphasis on attracting young fans, families and younger athletes.

IMG_0702.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, London 2017, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Wayde Van Niekerk is the Olympic champion at 400m from 2016. He is also the world record holder at 400 meters outdoors (43.03), plus Wayde owns the 300m best as well.

In 2015 Wayde took gold in the 400 meters (43.62) and in 2017, Wayde took gold in the 400m and silver in the 200 m (20.11).

In 2017 Wayde Van Niekerk sustained an injury in his knee, and he has been on the road to recovery ever since.

Earlier this year, Wayde ran 20.10, which is giving him confidence in his renewed journey.

775199425AB00071_24th_Europ.JPGLaura Muir takes 2018 European Outdoor 1,500m title, photo by Getty Images / European Athletics

The Diamond League in 2021 opens with Gateshead DL, which is the Rabat meeting in exile, on May 23. The second meeting, which is not allowing any media from outside Qatar at this time, is Doha 2021.

Gateshead DL has some amazing fields and we look forward to seeing them run, jump and throw. In this column, Justin Lagat, our senior writer in Kenya, gives us an update on the middle and long distance events. Justin, as we all are, is quite relieved to have some distance events to write about!

During this workout, think about increasing the pace each 10-15 seconds, and staying loose and relaxed. That is key in big races,where keeping one's cool, and staying alert means bigger times and placings.

Bernard Lagat, 2007 gold WC at 5000m and 1,500m, once told me that he kept his demeanor until 40-50m to go and just let it fly! Consider that move!

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Saturday: warm-up (1 mile easy, stretch), 12 x 35 seconds, at 800m pace, 2-minute jogging, on trails, cooldown.

This may be one of the funniest interviews on record. British Media, as a collective group, and the media accepted at World Championships, see to think that drug questions are the only thing that make them an honest journalist.

It seems that Ms. Richardson was not a happy camper during much of the inteview. However, a second read seems to show a forth right person who really does not appreciate being toyed with in any manner.

I recall this situation with Mo Farah in 2015, the Doha presser with any former Nike Oregon athlete in 2019, and now, of course, Sha' Carrie Richardson as she has Dennis Mitchell as a coach and Justin Gatlin as a training partner.

Richardson_ShaCarri-1-Miramar21.jpgSha'Carrie Richardson, Miramar 2021, April 10, 2021, photo by Kevin Morris/ Kevmofoto

Sha' Carrie Richardson 1, British Media 1.

Sha'Carrie Richardson had her first media interview with British Media who can not help themselves in asking about Justin Gatlin and Dennis Mitchell. Sha'Carrie held her own.

Stuart Weir covered the presser for us, which was under embargo until UK 10 PM Friday night.

We look forward to seeing Sha'Carrie Richardson compete over 200m with Dina Asher-Smith on Sunday, May 23, 2021 in Gateshead, England.

And Stuart Weir will be there.

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Sha'Carrie Richardson, Miramar Invite, April 10, 2021, photo by Kevin Morris/Kevmofoto

The Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, from every angle, was a huge success. This year, in 2021, even with the pandemic, was no exception. A big performance in nearly every event, and some epic battles. EME News gives us some highlights and we celebrate them with great photos and social media. Enjoy!

Americans in Ostrava!

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In Ostrava, there was a handful of Americans, who competed well. Unfortunately, Christian Taylor had a complete rupture of his achilles in the Triple Jump.

Brits in Ostrava!

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The Golden Spike Meeting in Ostrava had a strong showing by British athletes, and as that is the turf awarded to European senior write Stuart Weir, he has done a piece on this fine event. Stuart will be in Gateshead this weekend, attending his first actual track meet in 15 months at least! ( I was in Eugene, Oregon two weeks ago, visiting the Oregon Twilight, and will be around for the Portland Track Festival (May 28-29) and Stumptown Twilight (June 3).

Enjoy Stuart's piece on the fine performances from chilly Ostrava!

mb1.jpgMax Burgin, Ostrava 2021, Max takes WL at 800m, day prior to his 19th birthday! photo via WA TV by Stuart Weir

The Golden Spike is held in Ostrava, Czech Republic, and is one of the most iconic events in Central Europe.

Even with the early/late Spring season, the competition was fantastic! Alfons Juck and his amazing team put together fields that have to be respected. Even without 30,000 fans screaming in the stands, the performances shook up European and World Athletics.

I know this, I have promised Alfons that I would visit his event, and in the next couple of summers, it will be on the bucket list.

E1xl4NDXIAg0Wz2.jpgYoung Britons, Max Burgin and Keely Hodgkinson won the 800ms in Ostrava and impressed global fans! photo by Caroline Feith (agent/manager extraordinaire)

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Seb Coe is one of the most important 800m/1,500m athletes in British, European and Olympic history. In 1984, at my first Olympics, I witnessed Seb Coe take his second 800m silver (Moscow 1980 and LA 1984). He would also win the gold, a second time, at 1,500m in LA!

The big lesson from Seb Coe? Never give up.

This is the beginning of a series on Seb Coe by Jeff Benjamin, our East Coast senior Editor. Jeff Benjamin has written for all of my publications, from American Athletics (1990-1994), to American Track & Field (1994-2016), and now, RunBlogRun.com (2007-present).

Seb Coe: Younger years, found on You Tube, attributed to BBC

An easy day, keep it light and brisk, and stretch well, big races are about here!

Hill_Candace-WU1-Miramar21.jpgCandace Hill, Miramar 2021, stride outs, photo by Kevin Morris/Kevmofoto

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

Just a few months ago, the man responsible for 4 of our top rate pieces on pole vault education was Scott Simpson. Stuart Weir enjoyed his webinar so much, Stuart put together some excellent pieces on the webinar and our readers went nuts!

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This is a 4 part chance to learn more about Mr Pole-Vault in the UK: Scott Simpson. Special thanks to Stuart Weir.

PV.jpgHolly Bradshaw and Mrs. Sally Simpson, photo by Stuart Weir

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My first view, the new Hayward Field, 7 May 2021, photo by Larry Eder / @RunBlogRun

The most prevelent question that I get each and every day is if the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials will have fans?

That is a good question, and it is not as easy to answer as it looks. Allow me to explain....

hayward #2.jpgMy first night at the new Hayward Field, 7 May 2021, photo by Larry Eder/ @RunBlogRun

Crystal Palace stadium is one of the most iconic athletic stadiums in the world. It dates back to Victorian England, and the names of the greats who have run, jumped and thrown there is endless.

It is also the place that I went to see my first Diamond League meetings. It was through the patience of Sir Ian Stewart and Sir David Bedford that I was able to see not only how athletic meetings and marathons were properly done, but the workings behind the scenes.

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Crystal Palace was a favorite. It was a good place to view a meet, and there were producers for the live event, live TV and the crews knew their roles.

The meets went with precision as I was able to see the finest athletes in the world compete and learn more about my sport.

To think that, less than two decades later, that the stadium would be a complete mess, is an embarrassment to the sport.

That another generation of sportsfans will be unable to see the next David Befords, Ian Stewarts, Seb Coes, Steve Crams, Wendy Slys, Jessica Ennis Hills compete on the famous fields is just, well, terribly sad...

Enjoy the feel of speed, and keep it under control. You will need it in the next few weeks.

Centrowitz_Matthew-R-Miramar21.jpgMatthew Centrowitz, Miramar, April 10, 2021, an 800m in 1:50.8, photo by Kevin Morris/Kevmofoto

Thursday: warm-up (1 mile easy, stretch), 8 x 45 seconds, 4 x 150m stride-outs, cooldown.

This is Wednesday, an easy day on the calendar. Enjoy the easy 30 minutes, and feel the speed under control in your legs when you complete two 150 meter sprints.

10000-men-5-SRTM21w.jpg10,000m, Men, Sound Running, 14 May 2021, photo by KevMofoto

Wednesday: light run, 30 minutes easy pace, stretch, 2 x 150 m light cooldown.

The adidas Boost Boston Games has been trying new approaches since its beginnings in 2017. In 2020, the Games took a hiatus due to the covid 19 pandemic, and this year, Mark Wetmore and his team at Global Athletics, plus major sponsor adidas came back with amazing fields.

Watch on NBC TV on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

Know this, the races and fields wil be hot and the athletes want to race! Most media (such as moi) will be covering remotely, and while that is most unfortunate, it is also part of the challenge of how to bring our sport back!

Don't miss a moment, on NBC, on adidas Boost social and also on RunBlogRun!

adidas.jpgStephen Gardiner, Dafne Schippers, Grant Holloway, Noah Lyles, Wayde Van Niekerk, photos for Global Athletics

The Milano Marathon is alot of fun. I visited there in 2019 and truly enjoyed the race, not knowing it woul be two plus years before I would see it again. Nice to see Titus do so darn well!

Six 90 second runs, on trails, up hills, anywhere with tough terrain. Make yourself work and see how much you have improved this season. That is the method of my madness. The same workouts for several weeks let you see some positive things-your body adapting, your body getting stronger and more resilient.

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Tuesday: warm-up (1 mile easy, stretch), 6 x 90 seconds, 3k pace, 2 minutes jogging in between every run, on a trail, with a 30-minute cooldown.

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat

Episode 51,

The Epilogue Clip

This is the final word on week 51, by me. I hope you find something with which to disagree!

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Each week, Stuart Weir and Larry Eder, speak from each side of the pond, on the challenges in the week for our wonderful sport, Athletics. We love the sport, but we also want to see the sport improve. Use our ideas if you will, or begin a discussion with your friends.

1 Mt Sac performances

2 Gateshead and Anniversary Games

3 Olympics

2021 Tokyo Olympic Stadium, photo by LOC

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Athletics Chat, Episode 51

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat

Episode 51

Cortney White-00137.jpgJodie Williams, Golden Games, photo by Cortney White

Each week, Stuart Weir and Larry Eder, speak from each side of the pond, on the challenges in the week for our wonderful sport, Athletics. We love the sport, but we also want to see the sport improve. Use our ideas if you will, or begin a discussion with your friends.

1 Mt Sac performances

2 Gateshead and Anniversary Games

3 Olympics

Tokyo Stadium_3.JPG2021 Tokyo Olympic Stadium, photo by LOC

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

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#AthleticsChat #RunBlogRun #theshoeaddicts

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Monday is a light day. Keep it that way. Enjoy the run, stretch well and notice any areas still sore from Long run on Sunday. Keep the stride outs light and quick. Cool down.

IMG_6866.jpg2018 Birmingham WC, 3000m, women, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

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

We believe that our European correspondent, Stuart Weir is prescient, this time, he kind of surpised us. Stuart Weir wrote this piece about May 7, and on May 16, Jessie Knight set a big PB over the 400m hurdles, with her 54.78 at Nuneaton, during the Birchfield Harriers NAL meeting.

So, we just added the piece (in bold below) on Jessie's fine hurdling.

Jessie had focused on the 400m flat this past season and she showed some fine leg speed. But like the American, Shamier Little, Jessie's 400m flat speed equated into big starts for both in 2021.

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The long run is a Sunday workout. The 50-90 minutes on Sunday build endurance for the middle and long distance runner. Warm up and cool down slowly.

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The Men's 1,500m, photo by Cortney White / Golden Games

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

This Saturday workout is about getting some leg speed going, controlling it and coming back. Staying focused on the effort and the challenges, know that you are ready to race.

Cortney White-00997.jpgBryce Hoppel takes a tough 800m, photo by Courtney White/ Golden Games

Saturday: warm-up (1 mile easy, stretch), 12 x 35 seconds, at 800m pace, 2-minute jogging, on trails, cooldown.

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance

with Larry Eder

Featuring Jackie Brock-Doyle,

Executive Director of Communications at World Athletics

jbd.jpgThis week, we spoke with Jackie Brock-Doyle, who is the Director of Communications at World Athletics. Jackie is a veteran of many major events, including Sydney 2000 Olympics, London 2012 Olympics and 2006 Commonwealth Games. Ms. Brock-Doyle has also worked for global sponsors, such as VISA.

We spoke about the changing landscape in media, the changing needs of support by World Athletics, Spikes, the WA website, and content development in particular.

We thank Jackie Brock-Doyle for her time and thoughtful answers. We thank Mike Deering on managing the production of the interview.

Find Jackie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jbd01

World Athletics on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WorldAthletics

World Athletics on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/worldathlet...

World Athletics website: https://www.worldathletics.org

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Like James Bond, our Stuart Weir has performed many roles. Since 2012, Stuart has been the Togo Olympic attache. This position has provided us at @runblogrun with some unique stories. In light of the current pandemic, Stuart Weir suggested a two part series on the current Covid crisis in Japan, and how the Olympics will most definitely be affected by the pandemic.

This is a thought provoking article.

Each day in a training program has a reason. Fridays are no different. Take the time to do the easy days easy and keep the big efforts for the races.

Cortney White-00910.jpgElle Purrier, 1,500m, Golden Games, May 9, 2021, photo by Cortney White

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

iu.jpegTrayvon Bromell, photo by New Balance Communications

Trayvon Bromell is one of the amazing stories of 2021. Now coached by Rana Reider, and running for the Tumbleweed Track Club, Trayvon has been coming around, into amazing shape this season. His indoor season was impressive, with a 6.49 and his outdoor season has a 9.88 WL already!

A humble man, Trayvon has an unshaken belief in his creator and makes sure that people know all good comes from his creator.

I spent time with Trayvon in May 2016 in Manchester, England, and enjoyed his sprinting as well as his affection for cool sneakers.

1305690566.jpgMarcell Jacobs, 60m Euro title, March 2021, photo by Getty Images / European Athletics

When Marcell Jacobs came to Italy, he was but a journeyman long jumper, who wanted to be a sprinter. In Italy, Marcell became a sprinter. He now owns NRs at 60m and 100m, plus European title at 60m! His new 9.95 100m has many Italians excited!

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Pictures via twitter

This is part 1/2 on the challenges of holding an Olympics in a pandemic. We thank Stuart Weir for this piece and compiling the comments on the 2021 Olympics.

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Once in a generation, an athlete with the skill set of Mondo Duplantis comes along! His work ethic, his sense of humor and need to compete is also what makes him unique.

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The Men's 800m, race A, photo by Cortney White

According to science, a fit human being can run all out for about 45 seconds.

Do these these runs at your current 800m pace. Take up to 3 minutes between each to recover.

Warm up well, and cool down well.

Thursday: warm-up (1 mile easy, stretch), 8 x 45 seconds, 4 x 150m stride-outs, cooldown

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance

with Larry Eder

Featuring The Backstraight Boys (Jody & Bayo Furlong)

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The Backstraight Boys & Girl is what athletics podcasts could and should be: fans talking with athletes about the sport, and having fun!

Larry met Jody and Bayo at Berlin WC 2009 and saw their enthusiasm and humor right away.

This was a refreshing interview. I hope you enjoy it too!

Find The Backstraight Boys (& Girl) Podcast here: https://backstraightathletics.buzzspr...

Backstraight Boys (& Girl) on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BackstraightB

Backstraight Boys (& Girl) on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/backstraigh...

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Jodie Williams, 200m race B, win in 23.03, photo by Cortney White, USATF Infinity Golden Games.

This is 8 deep thoughts that this writer had on the Golden Games at Mt SAC. Photos by Cortney White.

Wednesday is an easy day. Keep it that.

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Jakub Ingebrigtsen took the Euro indoor 3000m and 1500m in 2021. Photo by European Athletics

Wednesday: light run, 30 minutes easy pace, stretch, 2 x 150 m light cooldown.

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Malaika Mihambo, BMX DL, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

Malaika Mihambo and Larissa Iapichino should make Florence an exciting meet.

Mutaz Barshim and Naoto Tobe are going to be a big part of the Tokyo story. Watch this outing.

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Tuesday is about the quickness which is what you need this time of the year.

Tuesday: warm-up (1 mile easy, stretch), 6 x 90 seconds, 3k pace, 2 minutes jogging in between

every run, on a trail, with a 30-minute cooldown.

The Golden Games at Mt. SAC was a huge success on Sunday. There was one great race after another, and the announcing was spot on.

Strong fields, and some statements for Tokyo, but the news stories were on DK Metcalf.

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Rai Benjamin, photo by www.Kevmofoto.com

Brits in action at Mt Sac

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Jemme Reekie, photo by British Athletics

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Cindy Sember, photo by British Athletics

Stuart Weir wrote this piece on the plethora of British athletes competing at Mt. SAC.

Monday is about keeping it easy. Enjoy the process.

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Abbey Cooper, photo by Kevmofoto

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

Little_Shamier-1-Miramar21.jpgShamier Little, Photo by Kevmofoto

Benjamin_Rai-St-USATFgp21w.jpgRai Benjamin, Photo by Kevmofoto

The new Hilmer Lodge stadium is a testament to American athletics. The Infinity Golden Games was a superb way to celebrate the reopening!

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat

Episode 50,

The Epilogue clip

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Emil Zatopek's track spikes, 1952, made by Adi Dassler, photo by adidas communications

In the Epilogue, Larry Eder attempts to have the last say.

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat

Episode 50

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In athletics chat 50, as in the 49 previous chats, Stuart Weir and Larry Eder attempt to solve world problems.

1.World Relays

2. Anniversary Games and Gateshead

3. New Board member UKA

4. Olympics update

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csm_Gudaf_Tsegay_-_Women_s_1500m_-_Stockholm_2018_4200x4863_GC_7cb78a94e7.jpg Gudaf Tsegay, Photo by World athletics

Gudaf Tsegay just put the hurt on the 25 lapper. How will she and Sifan Hassan battle?

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Edwin Kosgei, photo by Justin Lagat

Justin Lagat sent this note to us about how the country of Kenya is opening back up for athletics.

The long run is key to your development as a middle and long distance runner.

Some days you keep it light, some days you push, some days, your feet keep going forward and your brain wanders.

Enjoy the time on the trails or the roads.

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Men's steeplechase, Oregon Relays, photo by Kevmofoto.com

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

This Saturday workout is a good challenge. Stay focused on one surge at a time, and remember to warm up and cool down.

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Men's 5000m, Oregon relays, photo by Kevmofoto.com

Saturday: warm-up (1 mile easy, stretch), 12 x 35 seconds, at 800m pace, 2-minute jogging, on trails, cooldown.

Before the meet, Oregon coach Robert Johnson calmly walked into the coaches' only section of the new Hayward Field, sat down and watched some of his team warm up, in the finest track stadium that this writer has ever seen.

Let me make this clear. I loved the old Hayward Field. I sat in the old east stands and watched Mike Roche lead Doug Brown, then Henry Marsh in the ill fated 1980 Olympic Trials steeplechase. I sat with the Aggie track club in those hallowed stands for several Olympic Trials and many Pre Meets.

I roared in the press area, year after year, at Pre Classics when almost each event gave us a world leader.

That stadium is gone.

This modern stadium, at a cost of nearly $300 million dollars, much donated by Nike co founder Phil Knight and his wife, gives the University of Oregon one of the finest, if not the finest, athletic stadium in the world. It is a sanctuary of sport, a Notre Dame cathedral built in honor of Duck heroes. The three (at least) pictures of Rudy Chapa, the stunning modern street art of Steve Prefontaine creates icons of the athletes, much like stained glass celebrates saints in an old cathedral. And many Oregon track & field heroes are celebrated in what will become a legacy to American track & field.

I enjoyed my first meet in the new Hayward Field. I also missed some of the old stadium as well.

But, that is to be expected. A lifetime of memories were created for many in the old stadium. I hope fans will keep an open mind about the new Hayward Field.

It did not replace the old Hayward Field, nothing can do that. The new Hayward Field builds on the firm foundation of the old athletic field.

And now on to an epic Twilight meet!

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Mondo Duplantis is opening the Diamond League competitions at Gateshead on May 23.

Friday is an easy day. Enjoy it!!

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Shelby Houlihan takes 1500m, photo by Mike Deering/ the shoe Addicts

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

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The next stop on the 2021 World Athletics Continental Tour gold label event is the USATF Golden Games, to be held on 9 May, this coming Sunday.

The 250-300 meters are one of my favorite workouts, run each one faster than the one before.

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5000m, USATF Grand Prix/ Oregon Relays, April 23-24, 2021, photo by kevmofoto.com

Thursday: warm-up (1 mile easy, stretch), 8 x 45 seconds, 3 minute jog in between, 4 x 150m stride-outs, cooldown

Wednesday is easy. Keep it that way!

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Competing, photo by kevmofoto.com

Wednesday: light run, 30 minutes easy pace, stretch, 2 x 150 m light cooldown.

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat

Episode 49,

The Epilogue clip

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Adi Dassler, circa 1928, photo by adidas communications

In the Epilogue, Larry Eder attempts to have the last say.

1 World Relays preview

2 Tokyo update

3 Review of Drake and Eugene performances

4 Anniversary Games in doubt

5 The story of the pacemaker who won

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat

Episode 49

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1 World Relays preview

2 Tokyo update

3 Review of Drake and Eugene performances

4 Anniversary Games in doubt

5 The story of the pacemaker who won

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Photo 01-05-2021, 21 23 19.jpgMixed relay, photo by Krzysztof Wesołowski / World Athletics Relays Silesia 2021

In story 6, Stuart Weir opines on the mixed 4x400 relay. This is his last piece on Silesia 2021.

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British 4x400, Clark, Turner, Pipi, Knight, photo by Dan Vernon, World Athletics

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Ama Pipi, 4x400, photo by Dan Vernon, World Athletics

In story 5, Stuart Weir writes on Team GB in Silesia.

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The theme in Silesia was qualifying teams for 2021 Olympics and 2022 World Championships, the focus of story 4 by Stuart Weir.

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South Africa 4 by 400.jpg4x100m, 1 SOUTH AFRICA 38.71, Photos by © Dan Vernon for World Athletics

Here's the top 3 in all the events at the World Relays, by Stuart Weir in story 3.

Dafne Schippers.jpgDafne Schippers, Photos by © Krzysztof Wesołowski / World Athletics Relays Silesia 21

Happy Cubans.jpgHappiest Quartet: The Cuban ladies who won the 4 by 400, Photos by © Dan Vernon for World Athletics

In story 2, Stuart Weir features the Good, the not so Good and only time will tell.

Tuesday is a changeup. Six times 90 seconds on varied footing at 3k pace. This will challenge you.

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Mason Ferlic, steeplechase, USATF Grand Prix, photo by Kevmofoto.com

Tuesday: warm-up (1 mile easy, stretch), 6 x 90 seconds, 3k pace, 2 minutes jogging in between

every run, on a trail, with a 30-minute cooldown.

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Italian joy at Women's 4x400m, photo by Krzysztof Wesołowski / World Athletics Relays Silesia 2021

In story 1, Stuart Weir introduces the World Relays in Silesia.

Enjoy the Monday easy day! We shook the week up!

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Donavan Brazier, Sam Prakel, USATF Grand Prix/ Oregon Relays, April 23-24, 2021, photo by @kevmofoto,

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

Trayvon Bromell 9.88 WL

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As he continues to build fitness, Trayvon Brommell is surpassing his fitness in 2016.

His 9.88 win over this past weekend shows that his attention to detail and the thoughtful approach by Coach Rana Reider are building Trayvon towards exciting things.

Trayvon  Bromell.jpgTrayvon Bromell, Photo by New Balance

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W4x400m, © Dan Vernon for World Athletics/ World Athletics Relays Silesia 21

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W4x400m, © Dan Vernon for World Athletics/ World Athletics Relays Silesia 21

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Netherlands' Men win 4x400m! © Dan Vernon for World Athletics

Justin Lagat covered the World Relays in Silesia, from two broadcasts in Kenya: Facebook and You Tube.

This is Justin's report on day 2.

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2021 World Athletics World Relays, May 1-May 3, 2021, photo by Krzysztof Wesołowski / @KlosinskiKyle, World Athletics Relays Silesia 21,

This is the World Athletics narrative of Silesia, day 1!

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Patrik Dobyk and Ferguson Rotich duel in 2x2x400m mixed relay, May 1, 2021, photo by Krzysztof Wesołowski / @KlosinskiKyle, World Athletics Relays Silesia

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Joanna Jozwik and Patryk Dobek ran 3:40.92 to take gold in the 2x2x400m mixed relay, May 1, 2021, photo by Krzysztof Wesołowski / @KlosinskiKyle, World Athletics Relays Silesia

Photo 01-05-2021, 21 09 20.jpg Naomi Korir and Ferguson Rotich won silver in 2x2x400m mixed relay, May 1, 2021, photo by Krzysztof Wesołowski / @KlosinskiKyle, World Athletics Relays Silesia

Justin Lagat covered the World Relays in Silesia, from two broadcasts in Kenya: Facebook and You Tube.

This is Justin's report on day 1.

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The Men's 5000m, Texas Qualifier, photo by Kevmofoto.com

The long run on Sunday is a key workout. Keep the pace under control, tell jokes. Remember to cool down.

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

This Saturday workout is a good challenge. Stay focused on one surge at a time, and remember to warm up and cool down.

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Mason Ferlic took the 5000m, Texas Qualifier, photo by Kevmofoto.com

Saturday: warm-up (1 mile easy, stretch), 20 x 45 seconds, at 1600m pace, 2-minute jogging, on trails, cooldown.

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