June 2021 Archives

1325729216.jpgJazmin Sawyers, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

The women's long jump was one of the key events in Manchester last weekend. This is the fifth piece by Stuart on the championships.

1325730079.jpgAbigail Inozaru, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

This is the fourth piece by Stuart Weir on the Muller British Olympic Trials. Stuart speaks about the British milers, who are in top form.

Josh Kerr and Jake Wightman battled in top form at the British Trials and Stuart Weir gives us their view and thoughts of the preparation and the race.

1325593129.jpgJake Wightman and Josh Kerr, battling at the British Trials 1,500m, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

1325603526.jpgJodie Williams took the British 400m final in 51.02, photo by Getty Images /British Athletics

In this column, Stuart Weir explains the British program of selection. It is an option outside of what we do in the US, but it is fascinating to see the pros and cons with other ways of picking global championship teams.

Holly Bradshaw set a new British record at the pole vault. Holly's 4.90m puts her in the top 4 vaulters in the world.

Stuart Weir wrote this piece about one of his favorite athletes, and how she continues to build her stats as one of the finest British vaulters.

1325607197.jpgHolly Bradshaw, 4.90m NR, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

This is Wednesday. An easy day. Enjoy the easy day Have you begun daily sit-ups, push-ups, and pull-ups? Basic core work is key. We will begin discussing core work in the next few weeks.

Keep the run relaxed today and enjoy going fast in the stride-outs!

Buchanan_Reid-R-OlyTrials21w.jpgAfter the deluge, Reid Buchanan, 10,000m, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

Wednesday: light run, 40 minutes easy pace, stretch, 4 x 150 m stride outs, light cooldown.

There are days that we just fly. Tuesday is that kind of day. Find some nice trails with hillls and just start moving, see how you feel. When you warm up, start pushing some hills, start enjoying the movement, knowing you are finally getting into shape again!

Paquette_Lauren-W-OlyTrials21w.jpgLauren Paquette, photo by Kevin Morris/Kevmofoto

Tuesday: warm-up, relaxed 55-65 minute run in the hills, enjoy the day, cooldown.

The last day of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials had something for everyone. David Hunter sent me his column on day 10, noting that he was exhausted.

He had written a column a day on the NCAA Champs and came back to write eight columns on the U.S. Olympic Trials. And the Trials had amazing things happening each day.

Day ten had probably the finest one hour of track & field for TV in history, with the Men's LJ, plus Women's 800m and 400m hurdles, Men's 1,500m, and Men's 200m. This was preceded by a suspension of the meet for four and one-half hours, due to extreme heat.

The reward? Probably the finest hour of action on track & field in many years. The world record at 400m hurdles, the four-woman under 22 seconds in the 200 meters, the amazing 1,500m Men's race, and then, finally, Noah Lyles reckoning in the 200 meters.

Lyles_Noah-OlyTrials21w.jpgNoah Lyles, 200m, June 27, 2021, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

The women's 400m hurdles were one of the most anticipated races of the entire trials by the track & field cognoscenti. In July 2019 (52.20) and again in October 2019 (52.16), Dalilah Muhammed sets WRs and Sydney McLaughlin came in second.

In 2021, it was a very different story. Not to say that Dalilah Muhammed did not fight, she flew, going 52.40. Muhammed and McLaughlin were close until Sydney took off just past the ninth hurdle and she just moved well, leaning classically at the line (a Bobby Kersee special), and taking every bit of the WR off that she could! 51.90 seconds!

This duel between McLaughlin and Muhammad is not over. Dalilah has set WRs twice, and is the only woman, besides Sally Gunnell, to win both Olympic and World titles at the 400m hurdles, arguably, the most challenging of track's non-distance events.

Elliott Denman gives us a lesson on Sydney, her coach, her family, and just how talented this young woman is!

McLaughlin_Sydney-Q1-OlyTrials21w.jpgSydney McLaughlin, 400m hurdles new world record holder, June 27, 2021, 51.90 seconds! photo by Kevin Morris/Kevmofoto

As the temperatures got hotter in Eugene on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the sprint times got hotter and hotter. Bryan Sutton, of SOJC Track Bureau, put this piece together on hot times and hot weather, and how fast sprinters were this weekend!

Bryan Sutton writes for the SOJC Track Bureau, did this piece for RunBlogRun.

Lori Shontz and Larry Eder edit all pieces by SOJC writers.

Holloway_Grant-R1a-OlyTrials21w.jpgGrant Holloway flew 13.11, 12.80, 12.96 in hot Eugene, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

Thomas_Gabby-FHL-OlyTrials21w.jpgGabby Thomas leads 4 under 22 seconds in 200m final in hot Eugene, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

Lyles_Noah-OlyTrials21w.jpgNoah Lyles leads a smoking men's 200m final, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

The women's steeplechase was one of the highlights of the 2021 US Olympic Trials. Emma Coburn won her third straight Olympic Trials title and ninth US title. Cortney Frerichs took second and would join Emma on Frerich's first Olympic team.

Falland-Coburn-Q2-OlyTrials21w.jpgLeah Falland and Emma Coburn, steeplechase, photo by Kevin Morris/Kevmofoto

The Olympic Trials are hotly contested in all events. The women's steeplechase is just one of them. Dathan Ritzenhein, the coach of Leah Falland, had been working with her for three years, the last as part of the new, hot running club On running.

For six laps, Leah was running the race of her life, as she had all season, running the best season in five years, as she prepared to challenge for the Olympic team.

As the sixth lap began, Leah Falland hit a barrier, and while she battled the good fight, she went from third to ninth, her Olympic dream evaporating.

Matt Wisner explains the story below. I told the media table at the Runnerspace roundtable on Friday night, that I could not write about Leah's race yet, as I had to give it some time, to give it proper respect.

In my mind, Leah Falland lives the Olympic ideal each and every day, as does anyone who tries for the US Olympic Trials. I hope, in time, Leah sees that and we see her battling for another team, and making one.

She deserves it, and she is talented enough to make a global championship team.

The women's 10,000m had 41 human participants (37 finished) as well as Mother Nature. Anyone who miscalculated the role of Mother Nature in the race did so at their own risk. The race was moved from 6:44 PM to 10:00 AM to lessen the effect of the weather.

Sisson-Hall-Cranny-1-OlyTrials21w.jpgEmily Sisson takes the lead in the 10,000m, June 26, 2021, photo by Kevmofoto

At the start, the temperature was about 73 degrees F. By the halfway, 5,000 meters, the temperature was 83 F. And by the end, the temperature was 84 F. One athlete, Alicia Monson was hospitalized due to heat issues, but we understand also experienced hypothermia when put in an ice bath.

Monson_Alicia-R-OlyTrials21w.jpgAlicia Monson gave it her all, 10,000m, June 26, 2021, photo by Kevmofoto

Sean MacPherson wrote this piece, as part of the SOJC Track Bureau for RunBlogRun. Lori Shontz, the Professor of Journalism behind the SOJC developed the SOJC to give young writers real-life experience writing, dealing with deadlines and dealing with the challenges of modern media in a pandemic.

All SOJC pieces are edited by Lori Shontz and Larry Eder.

DeAnna Price gave a clinic on how to compete in the hammer throw.

In October 2019, DeAnna Price took the gold in the World Championships Outdoor Athletics. Her presser was a chance for DeAnna to let the media appreciate all of the hard work that goes into the hammer.

Price_Deanna-1-OlyTrials21w.jpgDeAnna Price, photo by Kevmofoto

In Eugene, this past weekend, DeAnna Price took on all comers and threw 4 throws that could have won the Olympic Trials.

Price_Deanna-OlyTrials21w.jpgDeAnna Price, photo by Kevmofoto

Special thanks to Sam Fariss of SOJC Track Bureau, who wrote this piece.

Lori Shontz is the Professor of Journalism that developed SOJC and assembled the writers. Lori Shontz and Larry Eder edit all SOJC submissions.

Monday is an easy day. The 40 minute run is an easy run, and enjoy the 150 meter stride outs, which we encourage you to do swiftly. This is week 5, and think about doing an all comers meet once ever other week.

Enjoy the day.

Centrowitz-Hocker-SF1a-OlyTrials21w.jpgMen's 1,500m, USOT, photo by Kevmofoto

Monday: light run, 40 minutes easy pace, stretch, 4 x 150 m stride-outs, light cooldown.

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat

Episode 57,

The Epilogue Clip

This is the epilogue clip, where I comment on the Stuart and Larry conversations. This was an exciting week.

TRIALS_DAY1_CORTNEYW-04345.jpgThe Men's 800m heats, photo by Cortney V White

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat

Episode 57

TRIALS_DAY1_CORTNEYW-03951.jpgGetting ready to fly, photo by Cortney V White

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The 20k racewalk is the topic of Elliott Denman's Day nine blog. I wanted to get it posted, not just because I do not want to risk the ire of the 1956 Olympian, but because the walks are tough and demand respect, focus, and dedication!

93degrees-OlyTrials21w.jpgThe walks were moved on Saturday to 7 am, due to the heat, Sunday should be 105-113, so please stay safe! photo by Kevmofoto

Holloway_Grant-QR-OlyTrials21w.jpgGrant Holloway, on his way to Tokyo and the record books, photo by Kevmofoto

Benjamin-Rai-SF-OlyTrials21w.jpgRai Benjamin, on his way to Tokyo and .05 from the record books, photo by Kevmofoto

Just as Saturday night, Day 9 ended, David Hunter sent me a note, saying, "Where do I begin. Did we see that?"

Yes, we did, and yes, he is writing about it.

David did a wonderful job on Day 9.

RunBlogRun presents
Trials Breakdown
Day 10 Preview

TRIALS_DAY6_CORTNEYW-02667.jpgBreathe in, breathe out, photo by Cortney White

USATF Olympic Trials Preview
Day 10 (Sunday, June 27, 2021) Schedule:
All Times in Pacific (Local)

10:00 a.m. 5000m Men Final
1:00 p.m. Long Jump Women Heptathlon
1:15 p.m. High Jump Men Final
2:15 p.m. Javelin Throw Women Heptathlon
3:50 p.m. 800m - B Women Heptathlon
3:45 p.m. Long Jump Men Final
4:04 p.m. 800m - A Women Heptathlon
4:18 p.m. 400m Hurdles Women Final
4:30 p.m. 800m Women Final
4:40 p.m. 1500m Men Final
4:52 p.m. 200m Men Final

Start Lists: https://bit.ly/2SByXR8

Schedule: https://bit.ly/2SHQQxx

For more: https://www.usatf.org/

USATF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/usatf

USATF on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/usatf/

#TrackTown20 #JourneyToGold #USATF

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Long runs are valuable on so many levels. Keep it at a conversational pace, and we suggest that you get a crew together and enjoy the run.

5000-women-final-OlyTrials21w.jpgWomen's 5000m, photo by Kevmofoto

Sunday: Long run, 65-75 minutes, at a conversational pace.

Hillary Bor is the US steeplechase champion. Hillary is now, a two-time Olympian. Bor is part of the HOKA ONE ONE team and is a tough steeplechaser. His goal this time around is to be in the medal hunt!

Special thanks to Joe Zochert, SOJC Track Bureau for RunBlogRun.

Bor-Cabral-Basten-Q-OlyTrials21w.jpgHillary Bor, Donn Cabral, steeplechase, photo by Kevmofoto

The women's 200m final is tonight.

Last night, at the Runnerspace Media table, I was asked if Allyson can make the team? Sure she can! But this is a hugely competitive race tonight and it will be a tough one for any in the field!

Stay tuned.

Thanks Bryan Sutton of SOJC Track Bureau !

Thomas_Gabby-Q-OlyTrials21w.jpgGabby Thomas flew around the furlong, in 21.94 WL! photo by Kevmofoto

The women's steeplechase is a new event on the women's calendar. Seriously, it is less than 30 years old. In 1991, when we used Carla Borovicka on the cover of American Athletics, in a 3000m steeplechase exhibition, we had no idea how the event would go.

Coburn_Emma-FH1-OlyTrials21w.jpgEmma Coburn takes her 3rd Olympic Trials, ninth US title! photo by Kevmofoto

And now we have Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs. Both racers, both WC medalists, Emma Coburn, I am afraid does not get the respect she deserves. In July 2014, Emma broke the AR in Glasgow, Scotland, but due to no drug testing, she never got the record. I went to interview her, and I teared up, realizing how big a deal it was, and how hard that she had worked for it. It would be another year before Emma Coburn took the AR and showed the world just how good she was and is!

An Olympic medal, a world championship medal, 3 Olympic Trials wins and Nine US title wins. What is in store for Emma in Tokyo?

Special thanks to Sean MacPherson, a member of the SOJC Track Bureau, managed by Professor Lori Shontz, and doing daily stories for the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials!

Bor_Hilary-OlyTrials21w.jpgHillary Bor took the steeplechase with a fast last lap in the heat of Eugene, photo by Kevmofoto

Hayward_Field-Panow.jpgHayward Field, June 2021, photo by Kevmofoto

David Hunter has written a column a day for the past eight days. In each column, he picks the events that interest him and provides us insights into what happened. In the stadium, or viewing on TV or a computer screen, we see some of the story, some of the event.

David's job is to help us see what makes the difference between athletes competing for those top three positions in the Olympic Trials. A quote, a thoughtful observation all add to the picture we complete, in our minds, of the event and the heroic activities surrounding the event.

Two more days of Olympic Trials, what shall we do after that...

I can not think that far. I want to see what David writes tomorrow.

No final hurrah for Mo in Tokyo

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1325477050.jpgMo Farah gutting it out. 25 laps in 27:47.04. Just not enough today, photo

I witnessed each and every 5000m and 10,000m that Mo Farah ran at an Olympics and World Championships. I also watched him win the 5000m and 10,000m at the 2014 European Champs in Zurich.

1325477089.jpgMo Farah thanking his fans, June 25, 2021, photo by Getty Images for British Athletics

I had forgotten that Mo Farah was human.

This past evening, June 25, 2021, in London (I posted pictures early on June 26, 2021, sorry for the confusion), Mo Farah ran a 27:47.04 for 10,000m, but it was not 27:28, the Tokyo Olympic qualifying mark.

1325477949.jpgCoach Gary Lough getting high five from Mo Farah, post 10,000m, June 25, 2021, photo by Getty Images for British Athletics

The following story was written by Stuart Weir. As he noted, quoting our friend, Euan Crumbley from Athletics Weekly, that with Mo's 27:47.04, we may be seeing the end of an era.

RunBlogRun presents
Trials Breakdown
Day 9 Preview

Aragon_Dani-Q2-OlyTrials21w.jpgDani Aragon, Jenny Simpson,, Elle Purrier, W 1500m heat, photo by Kevmofoto

USATF Olympic Trials Preview
Day 9 (Saturday, June 26, 2021) Schedule:
All Times in Pacific (Local)

7:00 a.m. 20km Race Walk Men Final
7:01 a.m. 20km Race Walk Women Final
10:00 a.m. 10,000m Women Final
1:15 p.m. 100m Hurdles Women Heptathlon
2:30 p.m. High Jump Women Heptathlon
4:05 p.m. Hammer Throw Women Final
4:40 p.m. Shot Put Women Heptathlon
5:30 p.m. Javelin Women Final
5:38 p.m. 200m Women Heptathlon
5:40 p.m. Pole Vault Women Final
6:03 p.m. 110m Hurdles Men Semi-Finals
6:19 p.m. 400m Hurdles Women Semi-Finals
6:30 p.m. Long Jump Women Final
6:35 p.m. 400m Hurdles Men Final
7:24 p.m. 200m Women Final
7:33 p.m. 200m Men Semi-Finals
7:51 p.m. 110m Hurdles Men Final

Start Lists: https://bit.ly/2SByXR8

Schedule: https://bit.ly/2SHQQxx

For more: https://www.usatf.org/

USATF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/usatf

USATF on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/usatf/

#TrackTown20 #JourneyToGold #USATF

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The Muller British Athletics Championships and Olympic Trials are being held this week. In the former colonies, we have been at our US Olympic Track & Field Trials for one solid week, it ends this weekend on two blisteringly hot days in the new cathedral to athletics, Hayward Field.

Stuart Weir, our European senior editor, is covering his first athletics meeting Live in 20 months. I am at my 3rd or 4th, but seeing friends, for the first time in several years, is a big deal.

Enjoy Stuarts' coverage of the Muller British Trials!

1325469304.jpgMuller British Olympic Trials, June 25, 2021, photo by Getty Images for British Athletics

This is the Day 7 piece by Elliott Denman. Elliott Denman has been around forever.

Hence, his piece on King Alfonso Jennings, the coach of Athing Mu in high school. Elliott thinks highly of Athing Mu, as does her former coach.

Read on.

Mu_Texas_AandM.jpgAthing Mu, photo by Craig Bisacre for Texas A&M Athletics

A good run on Saturday. The 60 minute run in a good park is alot of fun. Put the ten minute hilly run in the middle of the run. Keep the pace at a good healthy pace, and make sure tha you cool down.

1500-men-Q-start-OlyTrials21w.jpgMen's 1,500m qualifying, US Olympic Trials, photo by Kevmofoto

Saturday: warm-up, 60 minute run in a park, moderate pace, with ten minute hilly run during run, cooldown.

Ramsey_Jessica-OlyTrials21w.jpgJessica Ramsey lets the shot go! 20.12m! photo by Kevmofoto

Ramsey_Jessica-R-OlyTrials21w.jpgJessica Ramsey celebrates her huge throw! and the win! photo by Kevmofoto

Coburn_Emma-w-OlyTrials21w.jpgEmma Coburn takes her 9th US steeplechase title, and 3rd Olympic Trials, photo by Kevmofoto

Coburn_Emma-FH1-OlyTrials21w.jpgEmma Coburn does it, 3 in a row for Olympic Trials, 9 US titles! She's an icon! photo by Kevmofoto

On Thursday, June 24, 2021, the two finals were women's events. The women's shot put and the women's steeplechase were both thrilling testaments to how exciting women's track & field is and how it needs much more recognition.

The Women's shot put was about a gutty battle to add centimeters to their throws. The shot put is emotional, physical, and entertaining. The athletes put it all in the ring and beyond, they celebrate their big ones and when their competitors do well.

In the women's steeplechase, Emma Coburn, 8 time US champion and 2 time Olympic Trials was challenged by Courtney Frerich, US record holder. The battle was on.

Dave Hunter focused on these two events today, in his story on Day 7. We hope that you enjoy his coverage and our team's daily coverage of all events, as it is track & field, field & track!

RunBlogRun presents

Trials Breakdown

Day 8 Preview

Hayward_Field-Panow.jpgHayward Field, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevmofoto


USATF Olympic Trials Preview
Day 8 (Friday, June 25, 2021) Schedule:
All Times in Pacific (Local)

1:00 p.m. Javelin Throw Women Qualifying
1:30 p.m. Long Jump Men Qualifying
2:04 p.m. 200m Men 1st Round
2:33 p.m. 110m Hurdles Men 1st Round
3:00 p.m. High Jump Men Qualifying
3:02 p.m. 800m Women Semi-Finals
3:18 p.m. 400m Hurdles Men Semi-Finals
3:30 p.m. Discus Throw Men Final
3:35 p.m. 400m Hurdles Women 1st Round
4:05 p.m. 1500m Men Semi-Finals
4:25 p.m. 200m Women Semi-Finals
4:42 p.m. 3000m Steeple Men Final

Start Lists: https://bit.ly/2SByXR8

Schedule: https://bit.ly/2SHQQxx

For more: https://www.usatf.org/

USATF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/usatf

USATF on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/usatf/

#TrackTown20 #JourneyToGold #USATF

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This has been a strange track season. This past week, Wisconsin, where I live much of the year, held its high school track meet, Division 3. In California, where I also live, they are doing a "pretend" California State meet.

10000-men-Kincaid-Fisher-Klecker-OlyTrials21w.jpgMen's 10,000m, US Olympic Trials, June 18, 2021, photo by Kevmofoto

Life changes. What was nice last night in Eugene was watching the 1500m heats and 800m heats. Athletes like Athing Mu and Hobbs Kessler, young by any standard, were signed by professional brands. Also in the races were Olympic champions.

Breathe in experiences. It is okay to be nervous, it helps you prepare for the big events. Savor the experiences.

Today, enjoy the easy runs.

Friday: light run, 40 minutes easy pace, stretch, 4 x 150 m stride-outs, light cooldown.

Kessler_adidas.jpgHobbs Kessler signs with adidas, photo via twitter/Hobbs_Kessler

Mu_Texas_AandM.jpgAthing Mu, photo by Craig Biacre for Texas A & M Athletics

Two of the most promising athletes in the new generation are Athing Mu and Hobbs Kessler.

Athing Mu, a genius at 400m/800m, has left Texas A & M after a sterling freshman year, to pursue a multi-year contract with NIKE. She is represented by Wesley Felix, the brother of Allyson Felix (Wesley manages Allyson in athletics).

Hobbs Kessler has signed with adidas and will be represented by Global Athletics & Marketing, whose COO is Mark Wetmore.

This piece was done by David Monti, of Race Results weekly. We use this article with permission.

Rudy Winkler set an American record of 82.71m, 271'4". His throw was massive. Rudy is now a global hammer throw player.

Last night, while I was editing pieces for RunBlogRun, I met Lance Deal and Robert Weir, both Olympic hammer throwers, and also university coaches. We were speaking about throwers at the Trials.

Robert Weir and Lance Deal were quite impressed with Rudy's throwing, as we are as well.

Elliott Denman wrote this piece, and this is part of his daily blog during the Olympic Trials. Elliott has written for my publications since 1992.

Winkler_Rudy-W2-OlyTrials21w.jpgRudy Winkler sets AR of 82.71m/271'4", photo by Kevin Morris/Kevmofoto

This piece should be passed around! The weather will be monstrous this weekend in Eugene, Oregon, and USATF has moved the 10,000m for women, 20,000m race walks and the 5,000m for men to earlier times.

One wonders why they did not move the entire schedule to the evening on Friday and Saturday and Sunday.

But, then, I am not the federation.

1500-women-1-OlyTrials21w.jpgWomen's 5000m, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

Mondo, Lavillenie, Sam .jpgMondo, Renaud, Sam, the 3 musketeers, photo by Diamond League AG

Mondo Duplantis, Renaud Lavillienie, and Sam Kendricks entertained us with Garden Pole Vault in the spring of 2020. Per World Athletics President Seb Coe, the social media numbers were monstrous.

A few years ago, I wrote a piece about how they had saved the men's pole vault. They began the story, and the likes of Piotr Lisek and many others caught on. The pole vault became more entertaining, and the social media more personal. Mondo, Renaud, and Sam have strong social numbers, and they entertain, instruct and keep us smiling in uncertain times.

That Oslo scored having all three at the Bislett Games is no mean feat.

Today is a hilly run. In your 65 minute run, we want you to do 40 minutes in the hills, and how you do it is up to you. A couple of suggestions. You could break int up into a ten minute hills charge, and do 4 of them, with five minutes rest in between. You could do a run up a tough hill for 30-40 minutes and jog back.

One of my favorites was 8 times a 5 minute hill charge, with 2 minutes between each. It was tough, but it built us up for the fall.

1500-women-1-OlyTrials21w.jpgWomen's 5000m final, 2021 US Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

Thursday: warm-up, run in the hills, get in 40 minutes in your 65 minute run of hill running, cooldown.

So, at about 10 pm on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, our East senior writer, Jeff Benjamin, sends me a piece on the dark horses who could mess up the predictions for the Men's 1,500m.

I looked over them, found their PBs and noted that while I am tired after editing twelve hours today, ten hours yesterday, this is a fun piece!

Enjoy!

Thanks, Jeff!

052921_PortlandTrackFest2168064.JPGMen's 1,500m at Portland Track Festival, photo by How Lao photography

The men's 800 meters was an electrifying race.

Donavan Brazier looked ready to move until 200m to go and he could not respond, as Clayton Murphy went by, with Bryce Hoppel in quick pursuit and Clayton chased down Isaiah Jewitt, who almost pulled a David Rudisha (you know, lead all the way and win from the front like he did in 2012).

Sean MacPhearson wrote this piece on the men's 800m, a most complicated race. Sean writes for the SOJC collective or Sports Bureau.

We thank Professor Lori Shontz, who put this team together for RunBlogRun.

Lori Shontz and Larry Eder edit the pieces by SOJC.

Murphy_Clayton-FHL1d-OlyTrials21w.jpgAfter five years, Clayton Murphy is back on top, 1:43.17 at his second winning Olympic Trials! photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

Will Claye needs competition.

Claye_Will-1a-OlyTrials21w.jpgWill Claye, letting it go! photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

No, that is just not a statement, it is, curious reader, a fact.

It was not until Will Claye, only the second man EVER to win Olympic medals in the long jump and triple jump, felt challenged, that he put it together. Will Claye won the TJ gold in the US OT on the very last jump. No more excuses. Jump or be second.

Claye_Will-1b-OlyTrials21w.jpgWill Claye in flight, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

So Will Claye was challenged, and he puts it out 17.21m. His farthest since Achilles surgery in 2020.

And now, Will wants that Olympic gold medal in Tokyo.

This piece was written by Bryan Sutton. Bryan is part of the writing team assembled by Professor Lori Shontz at the University of Oregon under SOJC. They are doing these pieces for RunBlogRun as some of Lori's former team did in 2016.

All pieces by SOJC edited by Lori Shontz and Larry Eder

Elle Purrier St. Pierre has shown the world how it is done. Her 1,500m win, was after being jostled, and she took the lead. Her strength can not be underestimated. In my belief, Mark Coogan, her coach, and an Olympian is preparing her to be in a position to medal.

Purrier-McGee-1-OlyTrials21w.jpgCory McGee and Elle Purrier St. Pierre achieve their dreams, one lap to go! Women's 1,500m, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

Cory McGee ran an excellent race. She has the wheels to make the final and I see a sub 4:00 in her future.

Heather MacLean is a fascinating conundrum. She got it due to a protests, and she then makes the team and gets an Olympic qualifier!

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Dreams do come true! Heather MacLean, Cory McGee, Elle Purrier St. Pierre, Women's 1,500m, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

And it is sure exciting to see someone not wearing Dragonflys making the middle distance teams. Perhaps, athletes' abilities do matter?

Like most of the people in the stands in Hayward Field on June 20, 2021, I knew that Allyson Felix was focused on making her fifth Olympic team. The issue was this, she would have to earn in it, just like everyone else.

Felix_Allyson-kid1-OlyTrials21w.jpgAllyson Felix and Camryn, photo by Kevin Morris / Kemofoto

Don't get me wrong. Allyson Felix competes in individual events just like everyone else. But, since she gave birth to her daughter, Camryn, many have seen Allyson with a bit more humanity.

Felix_Allyson-child-OlyTrials21w.jpgAllyson Felix with daughter, Camryn, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

Truth is, both Quanera Hayes and Allyson Felix have returned to the 400m after giving birth. Allyson Felix, like she has been most of her career, is a focal point for the media. In her discussion with how sponsors treat pregnant women, in her case, Nike, Allyson changed the way the sports product giant deals with women now and into the future.

And now, Allyson Felix is beginning her own brand.

Matt Wisner is part of the collective of writers assembled by Professor Lori Shontz in her SOJC Track Bureau. Matt is a former competitor and he loves the nuances of the sport. You will enjoy this article on the 100m hurdles, actually, the toughest event on the women's list of events.

Please no hate mail.

I just watched the women's 1,500m, women's 5000m, women's 100m and women's 400m. They are all tough. To get into Eugene and compete in the US Olympic Trials, you are, in 20/23 events, one of the top 20 at least in the world.

The 100m hurdles are fast, technical, and absolutely brutal. No excuses, no passes, better do it well on the day.

Harrison_Keni-2-OlyTrials21w.jpgKeni Harrison, one hurdle at a time, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

Keni Harrison, the AR record holder at 60m hurdles and 100m hurdles outdoors, as well as 2018 WC Indoors and silver medalist at WC Doha, gets it.

She has now, after 5 years of media scrutiny, made her first Olympic team.

And we are so darn happy that she made it!

The last 100 meters of the men's 400 meters was gut-churning. Michael Cherry was not about to give and he dug in, sensing, just hoping that Michael Norman would falter.

At 350 meters, Michael Norman put in the afterburner and moved away, in 44.07, a seasonal best, and world leader. Michael Cherry, who gutted it out, was rewarded with a second place, and a PB of 44.35.

Sean MacPherson, a member of Lori Shontz's band of Oregon sports journalist, did this piece for RunBlogRun.

Lori Shontz and Larry Eder are editing the pieces for SOJC.

Norman-Ross-Cherry-1-OlyTrials21w.jpgMy race be won (title of book by Vince Matthews): Norman takes it, photo by Kevmofoto

Pierre Weil wrote this piece on Rudy Winkler and the men's hammer throw.

The U.S. has a long history in the hammer throw, dominating it in the late 19th century and in the early to mid-century.

Winkler_Rudy-2-OlyTrials21w.jpgRudy Winkler, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, Rudy sets new 82.71m AR in hammer! photo by Kevin Morris

Lance Deal, Kevin McMahon, and Keith Popejoy were three of the hammer players in the 1990s. Lance Deal won the Olympic silver in 1996 in a tremendous performance.

The event is very technical. In the 1980s and 1990s, Bellarmine Prep in San Jose, CA, under Terry Ward (then, head coach), worked with Olympic Ed Burke and they developed a program for throwers, in the javelin, hammer, and discus. I recall a training site under some over passes.

Pierre Weil is in a program directed by Lori Shontz, a Journalism professor at the University of Oregon.

All pieces edited by Lori Shontz and Larry Eder.

RunBlogRun
Trials Breakdown
Day 4 Review

Cranny_Elise-FH1b-OlyTrials21w.jpgElise Cranny, Karissa Schweizer, 5000m, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

Murphy_Clayton-FHL1d-OlyTrials21w.jpgClayton Murphy takes the 800m, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

Purrier-McGee-1-OlyTrials21w.jpgElle Purrier St. Pierre, Cory McGee, Women's 1,500m, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

Day 4 at the 2021 US Olympic Trials. Here's how we saw the 4th Day at the Trials.

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It is on the easy days, when you are doing the stride outs and feeling good, that you let your mind drift. At those times, you dream about the big races, where everything goes perfectly.

Replay Elle Purrier St. Pierre's 1,500m at the US Olympic Trials on Monday, June 21, 2021. Elle lead almost the entire way, except when she was pushed a bit early on. Things happen. One has to adapt, and one has to be ready to take the moment. Will you be able to take the moment?

Purrier-McGee-Jones-OlyTrials21w.jpgElle Purrier St. Pierre, 2021 US Olympic Trials 1,500m, photo by Kevin Morris

Wednesday: light run, 40 minutes easy pace, stretch, 4 x 150 m light cooldown.

The men's 800m on Monday, June 21, 2021, delivered. In the race were the three top Americans, Donavan Brazier, Bryce Hoppel and Clayton Murphy. Brazier was NCAA champ and 2019 WC. Hoppel was NCAA champ and 4th in Doha. Murphy was 2016 Olympic bronze, and had been trying to get back to his 2016 self since Rio.

Well, Clayton Murphy is definitely back, as David Hunter reminds us here. David has done a fine job in giving us a word picture of the most exciting 800m race in the US in years. Hunter has also written several pieces on Clayton Murphy.

And he's quite happy to see Clayton Murphy leading the world!

Murphy_Clayton-FH1a-OlyTrials21w.jpgThe roar of vindication, Clayton Murphy roars away 3 years of frustration, wins the Men's 800m, photo by Kevin Morris

Murphy_Clayton-R-OlyTrials21w.jpgClayton Murphy, winner of Men's 800m, photo by Kevin Morris

Running in the hills does many things for the cross country runner. First, hills build strength and speed. Secondly, getting out in the woods, clears the head and gives one a break from the modern, day to day challenges of a pandemic. It is the secret sauce, and hills will make you fit. So, enjoy!

TRIALS_DAY2_CORTNEYW-06694.jpgElle Purrier St. Pierre pushing the pace, 1,500m semi finals, photo by Cortney White

Tuesday: warm-up, relaxed 55-65 minute run in the hills, enjoy the day, cooldown.

RunBlogRun
Trials Breakdown
Day 4 Review

Day 3 had a memorable men's 100 meter final, women's and men's 400m finals, Decathlon final day and the most awesome women's 100 meter hurdles!

Bromell-Baker-7-OlyTrials21w.jpgRonnie Baker and Trayvon Brommel, Men's 100meters, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

Harrison_Keni-2-OlyTrials21w.jpgKeni Harrison, 100m hurdles, in her own world, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

Day 3 at the 2021 US Olympic Trials. Here's how we saw the 3rd Day at the Trials.

Start Lists: https://bit.ly/2SByXR8

Schedule: https://bit.ly/2SHQQxx

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Sha'Carrie Richardson is one of the most entertaining, colorful, joyous and talented athletes in the sprints. The women's 100m in Tokyo, featuring Sha'Carri, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, Blessing Okagbare, Dina Asher-Smith, and Javianne Oliver is worth the trip to Tokyo!

This piece is by Joe Zochert, SOJC Track Bureau for RunBlogRun.

It is a cooperative program between RunBlogRun and Professor Lori Shontz, and her students.

All pieces are edited by Lori Shontz and Larry Eder.

Richardson_She'Carri-R1-OlyTrials21w.jpgSha'Carri Richardson, 100m USOT Champion, photo by Kevin Morris

At RunBlogRun, we like to give you, our kind and supportive readers, and viewers, a wide breadth of comments and opinions. We are pleased to be working with 4 young writers, thoughtfully observed by Lori Shontz, Professor of Practice/ Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon. We have worked with Lori before to seek out thoughts of young writers on the sport and media at Olympic Trials.

RunBlogRun has supported this program since 2016.

This piece on Valarie Allman is by Micheal Strite, who is studying under Lori Shontz at the University of Oregon.

We asked Micheal for something about himself, and this is what he sent:

""I am Polish-American and still have Polish citizenship. I am also legally certified to perform marriages in a handful of states."

Perhaps, Micheal could offer to hold marriages at Hayward Field?

All pieces edited by Lori Shontz and Larry Eder

Allman_Valarie-Q1-OlyTrials21w.jpgValarie Allman, winner of 2021 USOT in the discus, June 19, 2021, photo by Kevmofoto

RunBlogRun presents
Trials Breakdown
Day 4 Preview

Aragon_Dani-Q2-OlyTrials21w.jpgWomen's 1,500m, 2021 US Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto


USATF Olympic Trials Preview
Day 4 ( Monday June 21, 2021) Schedule:
All Times in Pacific (Local)

3:30 p.m. Pole Vault Men Final
4:15 p.m. Javelin Throw Men Final
4:29 p.m. 3000m Steeple Men 1st Round
4:40 p.m. Triple Jump Men Final
5:05 p.m. 1500m Women Final
5:28 p.m. 800m Men Final
5:40 p.m. 5000m Women Final

Start Lists: https://bit.ly/2SByXR8 Schedule: https://bit.ly/2SHQQxx

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RunBlogRun presents

Trials Breakdown

Day 2 Review

This is our review of how Day 2 built, and how amazing the women's 100m was, as well as the women's Discus! Sha'Carrie Richardson dominated the 100m, just as Valarie Allman dominated the discus!

Allman_Valarie-FHL9-OlyTrials21w.jpgValarie Allman, dominating the discus, June 19, 2021, photo by Kevmofoto/Kevin Morris

Richardson_SheCarri-100Q1-OlyTrials21w.jpgSha'Carrie Richardson takes the 100m, June 19, 2021, photo Kevmofoto/Kevin Morris


Start Lists: https://bit.ly/2SByXR8 Schedule: https://bit.ly/2SHQQxx

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USATF on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/usatf/

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At RunBlogRun, we like to give you, our kind and supportive readers, and viewers, a wide breadth of comments and opinions. We are pleased to be working with 4 young writers, thoughtfully observed by Lori Shontz, Professor of Practice/ Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon. We have worked with Lori before to seek out thoughts of young writers on the sport and media at Olympic Trials.

RunBlogRun has supported this program since 2016.

This piece, on the women's 100m, and specifically, English Gardner, was written by Matt Wisner.

When we asked Matt Wisner why he is drawn to track & field?

Matt responded: "I tried to qualify for the Trials but couldn't quite make it happen. Writing about the meet was the next best thing."

All pieces edited by Lori Shontz and Larry Eder.

English Gardner.jpgEnglish Gardner, photo by World Athletics

Kincaid_Woody-OlyTrials21w.jpgWoody Kincaid wins the 10,000m with Grant Fisher in second, and Joe Klecker in third, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

Anna Cockrell won the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles in the NCAA Champs. She is competing in both events in the 2021 US Olympic Trials.

In the 100m hurdles, Anna was the first collegian finisher in the toughest event in women's track & field on the American and global sport of track & field. Anna will be back in the 400m hurdles later this week.

This piece was written by Lauren Schenker. Lauren is in a class with Professor Lori Shontz at the University of Oregon. We asked Lauren why she writes about sports, and this is what she responded:

"I like writing about sports because you never know how the story will end. There is joy, heartbreak, anxiety, calmness, cheating, politics, love, and hate in sports. Each athlete has what makes them different from the rest and I think capturing that and sharing it with others is an incredible task. I also love to learn and I find myself learning something new with each story I take on."

All SOJC articles are edited by Lori Shontz and Larry Eder.

Larry apologizes on this one to Lauren, as he got to editing the piece just after the 100m hurdle final. We thought the piece was quite good and wanted you, our readers, to appreciate this fine athlete.

Thanks, Lauren!

Anna Cockrell.jpgAnna Cockrell, photo courtesy of USC

Day 3 was exciting and had so many things going on. Thanks to David Hunter, we have an enthusiastic reminder of what we saw and what we missed!

Remember, David Hunter will cover Day 4, and then, a two-day break! Thanks, David for your daily columns!

Hayes_Quanera-1-OlyTrials21w.jpgQuanera Hayes surprises some with her 400m win! photo by Kevmofoto

It's getting hotter out there. Make sure that you hydrate. The smell of cut grass, the humidity and the long days all contribute. This is week 4. If you would like, the more experienced runners can ad a 20 minute morning shakeout, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Begin 10 sit-ups (bent leg), pull-ups, and push-ups a day.

Enjoy the runs. Hydrate, eat lots of veggies, and make sure you cover your protein needs. Read food labels. Try lean meats, also fish. Warm-up well and cool down well.

TRIALS_DAY1_CORTNEYW-04345.jpgMen's 800m, qualifying round, Day 1, June 18, 2021, photo by Cortney White

Allman_Valarie-FHL10-OlyTrials21w.jpgValarie Allman takes the win, with huge series of throws, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

Allman_Valarie-FHL7-OlyTrials21w.jpgValarie Allman, letting it rip, photo by Kevin Morris /Kemofoto

Allman_Valarie-R3-OlyTrials21w.jpgValarie Allman shows her vertical leap! photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

This is Elliott Denman's second column, and it is on discus champion Valarie Allman. She had a great series and Elliott believes that she has a great chance to take an Olympic medal in Tokyo.

Allman_Valarie-Q1-OlyTrials21w.jpgValarie Allman sends a message out to the discus world! June 19, 2021, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

Richardson_She'Carri-R-OlyTrials21w.jpgSha'Carrie Richardson: 10.84, 10.64wa, 10.87, she's an Olympian! June 21, 2021, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

The level of excellence on day 2 of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials had to be seen to be believed. Fortunately, for those not there, David Hunter provides some insight and appreciation of two of the finest athletes in our sport, Valeria Allman and Sha'Carrie Richardson, who dominated the discus and 100 meters and enthralled the limited by the pandemic crowd.

David Hunter focused on the thrower and sprinter on this, Day 2, column.

The Kenyan Trials had its shockers. Timothy Cheruiyot finished 4th in the 1,500m and is not on the team. Conseslus Kipruto dropped out after 3 laps in the steeplechase.

In the women's events, Hellen Obiri won the 10,000m, and will be named to both the 5000m and 10,000m in Tokyo! Thanks to Justin Lagat for sending us a story for each day of the Trials.

RunBlogRun presents
Trials Breakdown
Day 3 Preview

Hayward_Field-Panow.jpgHayward Field, June 18, 2021, photo by Kevmofoto/Kevin Morris

USATF Olympic Trials Preview
Day 3 (Sunday June 20, 2021) Schedule:
All Times in Pacific (Local)


12:15 p.m. 110m Hurdles Men Decathlon
1:20 p.m. Discus Throw Men Decathlon
3:45 p.m. Pole Vault Men Decathlon
4:25 p.m. Hammer Throw Men Final
5:15 p.m. Javelin Men Decathlon
5:50 p.m. High Jump Women Final
5:55 p.m. Triple Jump Women Final
6:03 p.m. 100m Hurdles Women Semi-Finals
6:15 p.m. Javelin Men Decathlon
6:19 p.m. 100m Men Semi-Finals
6:35 p.m. 3000m Steeple Women 1st Round
7:06 p.m. 400m Women Final
7:15 p.m. 400m Men Final
7:23 p.m. 1500m Men Decathlon
7:43 p.m. 100m Hurdles Women Final
7:52pm 100m Men Final

Start Lists: https://bit.ly/2SByXR8

Schedule: https://bit.ly/2SHQQxx

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RunBlogRun presents
Trials Breakdown - Day 1 Review

A world record shot put, and 25 pleasing laps with a huge finish!

Such is the title I give to day one. A magnificent day on the track at the new Hayward Field.

Buchanan_Reid-OlyTrials21w.jpgReid Buchanan leads Men's 10,000m, June 18, 2021, photo by Kevmofoto

Start Lists: https://bit.ly/2SByXR8
Schedule: https://bit.ly/2SHQQxx
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Elliott Denman is an icon. A world-class race walker in his day, Elliot made the 1956 Olympic team at the 50,000m race walk. I note 50,000m (31.86 miles) as it is the longest event on the Olympic schedule.

Since 1990, Elliott Denman has written for our publications and websites. He was a close friend of my late editor, James Dunaway and was one of the few who could calm James down a bit when he was on a rant (most of which I enjoyed).

Elliott Denman is 87 years old. This is his first piece on the 2021 Olympic Trials. He will do a piece each day. Elliott has seen the sport change from the amateur days of the 1950s to the modern era. His historical viewpoint, his wry sense of humor, and his common sense are seen in all of his writing.

Crouser_Ryan-QW-OlyTrials21w.jpgRyan Crouser, June 18, 2021, Men's shot put, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

The Sunday long run is more than a physical thing. Sure, it tacks on 15-20 miles to your weekly mileage. But, the time with nature, the time to speak with your training partner, the time to acknowledge that there are things bigger and more complex than Netflix is quite important.

In university, oh so long ago. I would run 18-20 miles in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains with the likes of Gerhard Behrens, Paul Gyorey, Danny Greco, John Maloney, Danny Crowley, Brendan O'Flarahty and his brother, Rory, and, of course Rick Allen and Thuy Nygugen.

I can close my eyes and hear Rick Allen cackle as Maloney or Greco made some smart comment, inhale the fresh air and push on. There were hills to conquer.

Brazier-Kidder-Harris-Q-OlyTrials21w.jpgThe men's 800m, first round, June 18, 2021, photo by Kevmofoto

Sunday: Long run, 60-65 minutes, at a conversational pace

Kincaid_Woody-OlyTrials21Aw.jpgWoody Kincaid, first place, Men's 10,000m, June 18, 2021, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

At RunBlogRun, we like to give you, our kind and supportive readers, and viewers, a wide breadth of comments and opinions. We are pleased to be working with 4 young writers, thoughtfully observed by Lori Shontz, Professor of Practice/ Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon. We have worked with Lori before to seek out thoughts of young writers on the sport and media at Olympic Trials.

RunBlogRun has supported this program since 2016.

This piece, on the men's 10,000m final, was written by Matt Wisner.

When we asked Matt Wisner why he is drawn to track & field?

Matt responded: "I tried to qualify for the Trials but couldn't quite make it happen. Writing about the meet was the next best thing."

All pieces edited by Lori Shontz and Larry Eder.

Fisher-Kincaid-R-OlyTrials21w.jpgGrant Fisher, second place, Men's 10,000m, June 18, 2021, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

Klecker_Joe-2-OlyTrials21w.jpgJoe Klecker, third place, 10,000m, June 18, 2021, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

Kincaid-Klecker-Fisher-2-OlyTrials21w.jpgGalen Rupp leads, 800m to go, Woody Kincaid, Grant Fisher, Joe Klecker, June 18, 2021, photo by Kevin Morris/Kevmofoto

At RunBlogRun, we like to give you, our kind and supportive readers, and viewers, a wide breadth of comments and opinions. We are pleased to be working with 4 young writers, thoughtfully observed by Lori Shontz, Professor of Practice/ Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon. We have worked with Lori before to seek out thoughts of young writers on the sport and media at Olympic Trials.

RunBlogRun has supported this program since 2016.

This piece, on Galen Rupp's 10,000m, was done by Bryan Sutton.

About his affinity to athletics, Bryan Sutton notes:

"If I'm not watching sports, you can find me playing with my dog. I love to watch the long races, seeing the strategy but the 400 meters will always be my favorite."

At RunBlogRun, we like to give you, our kind and supportive readers, and viewers, a wide breadth of comments and opinions. We are pleased to be working with 4 young writers, thoughtfully observed by Lori Shontz, Professor of Practice/ Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon. We have worked with Lori before to seek out thoughts of young writers on the sport and media at Olympic Trials.

This piece on Ryan Crouser was written by Sam Fariss.

When I asked Sam Fariss to provide something that Sam wanted our readers to know, this was what was emailed:

"Ever since I watched Sanya Richards-Ross (I was raised a huge UT Longhorns fan) run in the Olympics, I've wanted to be a part of the sports world - whether that meant competing in or covering them!"

Crouser_Ryan-1c-OlyTrials21w.jpgRyan Crouser, pushing the steel orb farther and farther, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

Crouser_Ryan-W1b-OlyTrials21w.jpgRyan Crouser, new World record holder, 23.37m/ 76'8.25", photo by Kevmofoto

Crouser_Ryan-R2-OlyTrials21w.jpgI am new World record holder, hear me roar! Ryan Crouser, June 18, 2021, photo by Kevmofoto/Kevin Morris

On the Saturday run, you have a 50 minute run with 10 minutes of hills. My suggestion is to find some god-awful long grind and push up it for ten minutes, cough once or twice and jog back down. Once you have survived the hill, then, take a conversational pace, noting my insanity. You will thank me at the conference meet.

Remember, athletics is about delayed gratification.

Klecker_Joe-2-OlyTrials21w.jpgJoe Klecker, Men's 10,000m, photo by Kevmofoto

Saturday: warm-up, 50 minute run in a park, moderate pace, with ten minute hilly run during run, cooldown

Ryan Crouser had anticipated throwing 23.20 meters this past winter. In a presser for the American Track League, I had challenged him on throwing 23.20 meters or farther in 2021. Crouser thought for a minute, then, responded. Ryan felt that, if all was good with the world of shot putting, he could achieve a 23.20m or better.

Crouser_Ryan-QW-OlyTrials21w.jpgRyan Crouser, June 18, 2021, photo by Kevin Morris/ Kevmofoto

Friday, June 18th, the first day of the Olympic Trials would have two finals, the Men's shot put and the Men's 10,000m.

Ryan started the day off in style.

Ryan Crouser had set a stadium record of 22.92m in the qualifying. He did it for a specific reason. He wanted to have the choice of using his old shoes, you know the comfortable, worn-in shoes.

"I threw my 22.92m, that wasn't a safety throw but it was a static start... safer, less to go wrong... that was massive PR for my static... I tightened up a little bit on the second one.. I knew there was a big throw there... World Athletics takes your shoes if you break the world record... so I went over to my dad and I was like, 'I don't know, they'll take my shoes if I break the world record... I'd have to use the new Nikes... I obviously didn't want to have to throw without my shoes in the final... They take shoes to inspect them after a world record."

Crouser_Ryan-Q-OlyTrials21w.jpgWicked gravity, Ryan Crouser gets airborne, photo by Kevin Morris/ Kevmofoto

And so, this wondrous day of athletics began. After waiting for nearly twenty months for a chance to enjoy the finest runners, jumpers, and throwers in the U.S.A. we were treated to some amazing throwing and distance running.

The Empire Track Club is an NYC-based elite track club coached by John Traumann and Tom Nohilly! Jeff Benjamin did this piece on the Empire Track Club.

Both coaches are part of a legacy that began with Coaches Frank Gagliano and Matt Centrowitz.

image0.jpegThe new logo of the Empire Track Club, photo Empire TC

The Friday easy day comes in handy. Do not miss the US Olympic Trials, which will begin this afternoon.

060321_StumptownTwilight202168365.JPGMatthew Centrowitz, 800m, Stumptown Twilight, photo by How Lao Photography

RunBlogRun presents
Trials Breakdown
Day 1 Preview
USATF Olympic Trials
Preview Day 1
(Friday, June 18, 2021)
Each day, RunBlogRun will provide a preview and review of the Olympic Trials days 1-10. We hope that you enjoy it. Previews will be the opinions of Larry Eder, so that should annoy a few people and make a few laughs.
Special thanks to Mike Deering, production manager on Trials Breakdowns.
IMG_6208.jpgHayward Field, May 7, 2021, photo by Larry Eder
Schedule: All Times in Pacific (Local)
12:00 p.m.Shot Put Men Qualifying
12:05 p.m. Hammer Throw Men Qualifying
4:00 p.m. Discus Throw Women Qualifying
4:03 p.m. 1500m Women 1st Round
4:30 p.m. 400m Women 1st Round
4:45 p.m. High Jump Women Qualifying
4:58 p.m. 400m Men 1st Round
5:26 p.m.800m Men 1st Round
5:54 p.m. 5000m Women 1st Round
6:15 p.m. Triple Jump Women Qualifying
6:30 p.m. Shot Put Men Final
6:37 p.m. 100m Women 1st Round
7:25 p.m. 10,000m Men Final
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This is a rather tongue-in-cheek piece on the new format for field events, which is deplored, it seems by everyone but the inhabitants of Mars, and that may be due to the fact that Martians don't do track & field.

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Nicole McDermott achieved the dream of many high jumpers this spring, she cleared 2.00m, and she is looking at 2.01m, 2.03m.

In this part 1/3, Stuart Weir examines how the Australian high jumper sees her event, sees her training and looks into the future...

Noah Lyles

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The 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials begin tomorrow, June 17, 2021. By Sunday night, we will know who the top 3 American men and women are in the 100 meters. Whose in shape? Who's ready to race?

Lyles_Noah-PC3-BOOST21.jpgNoah Lyles, ready to race in Eugene, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

I submit to you, kind readers, a short series of questions that I posed to Noah Lyles, one of the most promising and talented athletes in our sport. Noah will be competing at 100m and 200m and in each event, he will battle some worthy competitors.

Noah Lyles and his coach, Lance Braumann, have been focused on preparing for these moments for several years now. Hopefully, post-Olympics, we can get some time with Noah Lyles to pick his brain and see how he prepared and how the Tokyo Olympics challenged him.

Special thanks to Mike Deering who edited and managed the production of this piece.

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Socialing The Distance,
with Larry Eder
Featuring Ronnie Baker,
Nike Sponsored Athlete
Ronnie Baker is in Eugene to make a statement. He wants to make his first Olympic team.
ronnie b.jpgRonnie Baker, 100m, 2018, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts
On March 27, 2021, Ronnie Baker ran a 9.94 on 27 March 2021 at Mike Meyers Stadium in Austin, Texas.
On May 31, 2021, to remind people what's coming up, Ronnie Baker ran 9.91, showing that his body and spirit are willing, as he prepared for the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials.
We spoke with Ronnie on a myriad of subjects. Our normal 40 minutes moved into 46 minutes as we solved many of the problems of the world while talking track.
Special thanks to Charlie Wells for helping us set up this interview.
Ronnie on Twitter: @ronnie_baker14
Ronnie on Instagram: @ronnie_baker14
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I was getting my first coffee of the day when Coach Smith told me that Blessing Okagbare had run a 10.63.

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Within an hour, we saw that Blessing Okagbare had run a wind-aided 10.63 (2.7 wind at time) at the Nigerian Championships.

I congratulated Rana Reider, coach of Blessing, who was relaxing before the U.S. Olympic Trials begin in a day. Rana coaches a cadre of global athletes, under the Tumbleweed TC. His athletes, like Trayvon Brommell, just ran 9.77, his lifetime PB. His athlete, Omar McLeod, just ran 13.01 at the 110m hurdles and told media that he saw places for improvement.

Rana suggested that he was not surprised by Blessing Okagbara.

One has to look forward to the 100m at Tokyo.

RunBlogRun presents

2021 USATF Pre Trials Press Conference,

Donavan Brazier (800m, 1500m)

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We spoke with Donavan Brazier at the USATF Pre Olympic Trials presser on Monday and asked him about his close win at Portland Track Festival. Donavan gave praise to the young Mexican athlete who battled him to the finish. A class act, Donavan Brazier is ready to roll.

Special thanks to Mike Deering/ The Shoe Addicts, for the production management of this clip.

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#JourneyToGold #USATF

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We asked Jeff Benjamin to reach out to some Arkansas stars to speak about their admiration, and relationship with Coach John McDonnell, who recently died. Coach McDonnell built a dynasty in Arkansas, winning 42 national titles!

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This is the day one report by Justin Lagat on the Kenyan Olympic Trials. Justin Lagat is a keen observer of our sport in Kenya and is your Kenyan senior writer.

Justin will keep us updated daily over the next couple of days in Nairobi.

How do you get in 35 minutes of hill running in a 55 minute run? Have some fun. One of my faves was 10 times 3 minutes up hill, with 2 minutes easy in between each hill charge, followed by a 5 minute uphill run, then a cool down.

Or, you could just warm up ten minutes and find some god awful hills to test your strength and stamina, and then jog home the last 15 minutes.

Hills are the secret sauce. Sprinters, hurdlers, middle distance runners all get it!

zatopek.jpgIn these shoes, Emil Zatopek raced in 1953. In 1952, he won the 5,000m, 10,000m and marathon in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, something that will never be seen again, photo by adidas Communications. Emil Zatopek loved hills.

Thursday: warm-up, run in the hills, get in 35 minutes in your 55 minute run of hill running, cooldown.

In the recent Euro Cup/ British Trials 10,000m, Marc Scott was 8th overall in 27:49.80 and Mo Farah was 9th in 27:50.6.

Well, Marc Scott had won his Ticket to Tokyo with his British Trials win as he had run 27:10.41 in December. Mo had not. He needs a 27:28 to gain a ticket to Tokyo.

So, as Stuart and I discussed in Athletics Chat 54, the British federation is putting on an invite-only 10,000m with some special guests. Mo will get some pacing, and if the ankle is better, perhaps he can go 27:28.

Liz McColgan, 1991 WC 10,000m, and mum of Eilish McColgan accused British Athletics of giving Mo an extra shot at the Tokyo team. Of course, they did, he's one of the most popular British athletes ever and BBC would love to have Mo Farah in Tokyo! Great for ratings!

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This is the 4th of 4 pieces by Stuart Weir on British pole vault coach Scott Simpson, his training methods, his love of the pole vault fraternity, and his ability to get pole vaulters to speak about the challenges at the elite level.

RunBlogRun presents 2021 USATF Pre Trials Press Conference - Field Events Featuring: Sam Kendricks (Pole Vault), Will Claye (Long Jump/Triple Jump), Brittney Reese (Long Jump), Keturah Orji (Long Jump/Triple Jump).

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will Claye .jpgWill Claye, LJ/ TJ, photo courtesy of PUMA AG

This section was a lot of fun! Sam Kendricks and Will Claye get going, and everyone is smiling and cracking up. Enjoy it.

Keturah Orji.jpgKeturah Orji, TJ/LJ, no double in Tokyo, photo courtesy of Track & Field News

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The Field event crew was a study in experience. Sam Kendricks, World Champion and Olympic silver medalist, Will Claye, Olympic silver, and Olympic bronze medalist, WC silver medalist, Brittany Reese, seven-time World Champion LJ (4 outdoors, 3 indoors plus a silver ) as well as 2 Olympic medals (London-gold, Rio-silver) and Keturah Orji (Pan Am silver in 2019, LJ), a LJ/TJ specialist and former AR at TJ!

The conversation was thoughtful and fun, covering a lot of ground.


2021 US Olympic Trials

June 18 - June 27

Hayward Field Eugene, OR

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat

Episode 56-the Epilogue

The Athletics Chat is a weekly conversation between Stuart Weir (Oxford, England) and Larry Eder (wherever he is, Oregon, Wisconsin, California, or Tralfamadore).

This is the epilogue, or, where Larry has a conversation with himself on various topics.

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The World Outdoor Athletics Championships will be held in the U.S. for the first time next summer! From July 15-24, 2022, the world will come together to celebrate global athletics, and the site will be the new Hayward Field, at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.

The new Hayward Field is a sanctuary to track & field and should be a perfect host for the global outdoor championships.

Want to get tickets? Well, read on, sports fans!

hayward #1.jpgHelp fill Hayward Field up! The World Champs will be held July 15-24, 2024! Will you be there? photo by Larry Eder

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat

Episode 56

2021 Athing Mu aletismoperuano.jpgAthing Mu, Photo courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics/Tyler Pounds

The Athletics Chat is a weekly conversation between Stuart Weir (Oxford, England) and Larry Eder (wherever he is, Oregon, Wisconsin, California or Tralfamadore).

Topics this week:

1. The Florence Diamond League meeting

2. Four questions for Larry about running shoe tech

3. Mo Farah gets an extra chance to run 27:28 at British Trials

4. Some thoughts on Andy Stubbs

5. NCAA Champs and upcoming Olympic Trials

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IMG_2152.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, London 2017, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

yulimar rojas.jpgYulimar Rojas, photo by World Athletics

Yulimar Rojas and Wayde Van Niekerk are athletics royalty in track crazy Spain! On June 19, both Rojas and Van Niekerk will be competing at the Meeting de Madrid. EME News provided a quick preview below on the exciting meeting!

The Shelby Houlihan announcement hit me like a ton of bricks. I had just interviewed two-woman athletes who used the term, "badass" to describe the joie de vivre of Shelby Houlihan. Shelby Houlihan, the AR holder at 1,500m and 5000m, is a true American distance icon.

The late James Dunaway, my long-time mentor, and editor for American Track & Field magazine warned me that the fervor in which anti-doping is done could someday compromise the entire movement.

DSC01654.jpgShelby Houlihan, photo by Cortney White

As a global journalist, not just an American journalist, I note that athletes around the world, rich and poor, educated and not well educated, cheat. As the sport has become one of our largest global icons, and the zeitgeist of sports personalities has plastered pictures of athletes everywhere, some people have a very unhealthy attitude towards sports. Doping for some is just a business decision.

There are athletes who hold themselves to a higher standard. There are athletes, many, and as much as I have seen in 35 years, I believe that most athletes do not cheat.

It seems that not only Shelby Houlihan is on review here, so is the Athletics Integrity Unit.

This is a confusing case, mostly in how it is being administered and communicated by the anti-doping team.

The announcement about Shelby Houlihan will change the complexion of the races at 1,500m and 5,000m at the Olympic Trials.

The announcement about Shelby Houlihan means that an athlete, who has shown no inclination to dope in the past, will miss a pivotal Olympic Trials and Olympic Games.

David Monti of Race Results Weekly has put the situation into one strong column. Please read this and then, read my next column on this sad situation.

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PHOTO: Shelby Houlihan in 2018 (photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly, used with permission)

Easy days on Wednesday. Keep it relaxed. Perhaps a run around a soccer pitch, or a run in a neighorhood near you. Keep it light and enjoy the strideouts.

hayward #1.jpgHayward Field, May 2021, photo by Larry Eder

Wednesday: light run, 40 minutes easy pace, stretch, 4 x 150 m light cooldown.

RunBlogRun presents

2021 USATF Pre Trials Press Conference

Jenny Simpson (1500m, 5000m)

IMG_9670.jpgJenny Simpson, 1,500m, London 2017, silver, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

How do I put this. Jenny Simpson has won gold (2011 Daegu), silver (2013 Moscow and 2017 London WC), and bronze (2016 Rio Olympics). Jenny has won medals in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017. In 2019, Jenny finished 8th in the 1,500m final in Daegu. Jenny Simpson knows how to make teams, and win medals. Her racing skills are second to none in American middle-distance running, Jenny has begun 2021 slowly, but seems ready to roll in Eugene.

I would never bet against her in a final. She has eyes on the back of her head, and composure into the last 30 meters, where she would be, well, deadly.

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PHOTO: Molly Huddle competing at the 2021 Mastercard New York Mini 10-K on June 12 (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)
One of our most iconic distance athletes, Molly Huddle will not be competing in the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials due to a nagging injury. David Monti did this salute to the winner of 28 USATF Championships, including five titles at 10,000m, and three at 5,000m.
We will miss Molly Huddle this year.

An international track meeting, for a good cause. The people at Portland Track, Onward Eugene , IncubatorU, US Ignite's Project OVERCOME and the U.S. National Science Foundation came together, to help bring broadband to Blue River, Oregon, allowing the McKenzie Community Track to host an international meet!

The meet will be held on June 22, the first break day in the U.S. Olympic Trials! Read on! And please consider supporting by paying $5.99 for the streaming video!

Beamish_Geordie-USATFgp21w.jpgGeordie Beamish, a Kiwi 1,500m runner, photo by Kevin Morris

Hoare_Ollie-R3-USATFgp21w.jpgOllie Hoare, Australian 1,500m runner, photo by Kevin Morris

DL008497_1.jpgFaith Kipyegon winning 800m in Doha. She just battled Sifan Hassan in Florence, setting a new Kenyan RN! photo by Diamond League AG

Justin Lagat did this week's piece as a preview on the Kenyan Trials and some of the challenges that Athletics Kenya faces in 2021.

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PHOTO: Sara Hall wins the 2021 Mastercard New York Mini 10-K in 31:33, the fastest time ever by an American at the event (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly, used with permission)
This is the feature by Dave and Jane Monti of Race Results Weekly on the excellent win last weekend, at the Mastercard NY Mini 10-K, by Sara Hall, as she gears up for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Just how good is Sara Hall? I think that she finally is accepting her own talent, and her drive and focus seem better than any time in her career. The steepler via 1,500m, turned 5,000m, then marathoner, now marathon and 10,000m athlete has been a unique evolution.

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The President of World Athletics was an iconic runner. The only man to ever take back-to-back silver medals at 800 meters as well as gold medals at back-to-back 1,500m in the Olympics, Seb Coe was a masterful racer.

Coached by his father, Peter Coe, and advised by the late George Gandy, the man who brought core training, plyometrics to the elite, Seb Coe was a masterful racer and world record holder.

In part 2 of this multi-piece feature, Jeff Benjamin writes about Seb Coe's record-breaking 1981 season.

This is my third piece today as we give you the big themes prior to Eugene. If you have a suggestion on a column, email me at [email protected]!

Thank God for iced Americanos!

IMG_6196.jpg2021 Oregon Twilight, May 7, 2021, photo by Larry Eder

Really, this is my last comment during the Trials on doping. I want to write about athletes, coaches, the sport, and the emotions that make me go, "gosh, I love this sport."

So, here we go!

IMG_6195.jpgOregon Twilight, May 7, 2021, photo by Larry Eder

The Olympic Trials are just 72 hours away. I just finished listening to the two USATF pressers today. I must say, I am so inspired by the athletes we listened to on Monday and Tuesday! I have viewed or visited each Olympic Trials since 1976 (began writing in 1984 on them), so here are a few observations from someone who loves the sport but also knows that critical viewing and commenting is key to covering the sport for our readers.

IMG_6208.jpg2021 Oregon Twilight Meet, May 7, 2021, photo by Larry Eder

Today is a hilly run. If you feel good, get in some tough hill charges, say 6-10, and keep the pace tough, make sure that you warm up and cool down, and do not forget to hydrate!

IMG_6195.jpgHayward Field, May 2021, photo by Larry Eder

Tuesday: warm-up, relaxed 50-55 minute run in the hills, enjoy the day, cooldown.

The Florence Diamond League meeting, which was the one-year home of the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea Meeting, had some amazing distance events.

Justin Lagat writes about the distance events in Florence in this column.

SREE4075.JPGSifan Hassan runs WL 1,500m five days after setting short lived 10,000m WR, photo by Diamond League AG

The story of how USC won the 2021 Women's NCAA Division 1 Track & Field Championships reads like a made-for-TV movie! No points on day one, and then a 74 point total on day 2? Amazing! But that is how it happened and how David Hunter told the story today.

Thanks to David Hunter for covering the NCAA Champs in 2021. We will see his daily pieces begin once again on Friday, June 18, and continue until June 27 as we cover the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials live from Eugene, Oregon!

Congrats to all of the athletes who made us cheer and scream at our TVs and computers and iPhones this past weekend!

And for all who ventured to Hayward Field, this past weekend-you saw something amazing!

At the beginning of week 3, we upped the workouts. You can handle it, so take it one day at a time. Also, hydrate, stretch and eat well. Oh yes, 8-10 hours of sleep a night. You are a mortal engine, put in good fuel and build up over the summer.

060321_StumptownTwilight202168461.JPGCraig Engels, Stumptown Twilight, June 3, 2021, photo by How Lao Photography

Monday: light run, 40 minutes easy pace, stretch, 4 x 150 m stride-outs, light cooldown.

The long-run is a key to your development as a distance runner. If you race 800m to 5000m, you will need a distance base. We will build you from 55 minutes to 90 minutes this summer. Pace is pretty moderate, but consistency is key.

Get yourself ready for the fall, and just follow our daily summer mileage program. Add some core work, eat well, and sleep 8-10 hours a night, and you will be ready for fall cross country.

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Sunday: Long run, 55-60 minutes, at a conversational pace

In David Hunter's third piece on the NCAA Champs, focused on Day 3, David details how LSU Track & Field's Dennis Shaver managed his talented squad to take the title once again. We hope you will enjoy RunBlogRun's coverage of a busy day 3.

Find a park that you like. Run 50 minutes, and run with a friend. Keep the pace at a conversational pace, and get in your 50 minutes. Enjoy this workout as we really being training next week, with the goal of being ready for the fall cross country season.

Jake Wightman 1500 Hengelo .jpgJake Wightman, Hengelo, June 6, 2021, 1,500m, photo via TV by Stuart Weir

Saturday: warm-up, 50 minute run in a park, moderate pace, cooldown

The Golden Gala was moved to Florence this year as some building was being done in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The meet was amazing this year, with one competitive race and an event after another.

Besides the goofy field event addition on the final 3 throws or jumps, the meet was mind boggling. Sifan Hassan and Jakob Ingebrigtsen, plus Dina Asher-Smith and Sandra Perkovic entertained the global audience!

SREE4514.JPGJakob Ingebrigtsen runs ER WL 12:48.45 at 5000m, Florence, June 10, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

SREE2892.JPGSandra Perkovic won the discus in Florence with a big throw, 68.31m, photo by Diamond League AG

SREE3082_1.jpgSandra Perkovic noted, "Track & Field is my life...", photo by Diamond League AG

SREE3091_1.jpgSandra Perkovic, is back to throwing confidently, as her 66.81mm attests, photo by Diamond League AG

Sandra Perkovic is one of the finest discus throwers in the world. In her long career, she has had great days, good days and yes, bad days. Stuart Weir discovered that she makes a mean pizza, and that she was elected to the Croatian Parliament.

She is also aiming for Olympic gold in Tokyo.

Stuart Weir will provide us some coverage on this fine athlete while she is in Tokyo.

SREE4243_1.jpgDina Asher-Smith runs 22.06 to win Florence, June 10, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

SREE4289_1.jpgDina Asher-Smith ran #2 time in 2021 with her 22.06 win in Florence, photo by Diamond League AG

Stuart Weir wrote this piece on Florence about his British friends, the British athletes in Florence. We like it and we think that you will too!

2021 Athing Mu aletismoperuano.jpgAthing Mu is shaking up Collegiate track & field! Photo courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics/Tyler Pounds

In his day 2 column, David Hunter focuses on the phenom, Athing Mu, who is racing at the NCAA Division 1 Track & Field Championships for Texas A & M. Under the thoughtful eye of Pat Henry, Athing is leading the world at 400m and 800m.

David Hunter is writing one column a day on the NCAA Champs now being held in Eugene, Oregon at the new Hayward Field (June 9-12).

We will be reposting columns 1 and 2, and we hope that you enjoy them! Pass them around to your friends and help RunBlogRun grow!

SREE4740.JPGSifan Hassan with Sea Coe, Florence, June 11, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

What a night!

The women's 1,500m and the men's 5000 really excited the sport of athletics. Check this one out! We will be adding more photos to the piece this pm!

Friday is an easy day. With Thursday and Saturday as the tough days, keep it relaxed and easy. Enjoy the NCAA's on ESPN 2.

SREE4448.JPGThe Men's 5000m at Florence DL, June 10, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

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

SREE3648.JPGJasmine Camacho-Quinn takes the 100m hurdles in 12.38, 2021 Florence DL, 10 June 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

SREE3713.JPGShowing off the guns, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn just after winning the 100m hurdles in 12.38, 2021 Florence DL, 10 June 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

The first day of the 2021 NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track & Field was held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in the newly opened Hayward Field.

Yes, we know Hayward Field has been in place since 1921, but this is the New Hayward Field. As a Sanctuary to the sport of athletics, it is second to none.

Add to that the added challenges that Mother Nature brought to the University of Oregon campus, and athletes, fans and media dealt with cold, windy rain.

And still, JuVaughn Harrison of LSU reminds us of what an exceptional athlete that he is...

This is David Hunter's first of 4 daily columns on the top division of the NCAA Track & Field Competitions.

We are trying to get David warmed up to daily running, as he has eight days coming on a certian Olympic Trials competitions. But, I've digressed.

Enjoy the 2021 NCAA T&F Champs!

Hills help get you ready for cross country. They help strengthen your legs, build you speed and long endurance.

Andrews_Mackenzie-Texas21w.jpgMcKenzie Andrews, Miles of Trials/Texas 2021, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

You could do a couple different workouts. You could do 30 minutes straight up a god awful hill (probably not good in week 2), you might consider 3 times 10 minutes up hill, six times five minutes uphill.

Vary the hills, and get ready for cross country.

Thursday: warm-up, run in the hills, get in 30 minutes in your 50 minute run of hill running, cooldown

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance

with Larry Eder

Featuring Josh Kerr,

professional athlete

with the Brooks Beasts TC

060321_StumptownTwilight202168624.JPGJosh Kerr pushing the pace, Men's 1,500m, Stumptown Twilight, June 3, 2021, photo by How Lao Photography

We spoke with Josh Kerr, Brooks Beasts TC athlete, just a few days after running 3:31.55, his PB and the fastest time EVER run in North America (breaking 3:32.20 by Seb Coe from LA 1984!) in #SocialingtheDistance. A fun interview, Josh sees himself as elite athlete, a proud Scotsman, and an entertainer.

We think so too!

Josh on Twitter: https://twitter.com/joshk97

Josh on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joshhkerr/

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#BeastsTC #RunHappy

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Hassan.jpegSifan Hassan goes 29:06.82 on June 6, 2021 photo by FBK Hengelo

Sifan Hassan sets a 10,000m WR on Sunday, June 6, 2021. That lasted two days!

Two days later, at the Ethiopian Olympic Trials, on June 8, 2021, Ethiopian Letensebet Gidey, the silver medalist at 10,000m from Doha WC in 2019, added the 10,000m WR to her world record list. Last fall, Letensebet ran 14:06.62 for a new 5000m WR. Tuesday, in Hengelo, Letensebet Gidey runs 29:01.03, over five seconds under the two day old WR!

We have included a few pictures, thanks to Global sports communications of Gidey's WR, and are requesting more!

060821 ethiopian trials9527.jpgLetensebet Gidey sets WR for 10,000m on 8 June 2021 at the Ethiopian Trials, photo by Global Sports Communications

Well, Letensebet Gidey has shown that she has been training the past six to eight months with some vigor!

On June 8, 2021, at the FBK Stadium in Hengelo, The Netherlands, Letensebet Gidey took five plus seconds off the WR in the 10,000m, with her brilliant 29:01.03. The 10,000m record gives the Ethiopian a second WR, as she set the 5000m WR in Valencia last fall 2020.

060821 ethiopian trials9538.jpgLetesenbet Gidey sets 10,000m WR on June 8, 2021, of 29:01.03, photo by Global Sports Communications

The record was set during the Ethiopian Olympic Trials, where WL at 800m, 1,500m, 5000m were set by Ethiopian women and 5000m and steeplechase WL times were set by the men.

All events were held in Hengelo.

This writer was fortunate to see the 10,000m Olympic Trials in 2012 when Haile Gebrselassie ran his last Ethiopian OT at 10,000m.

Congrats to Letesenbet Gidey. The battle in Tokyo over 10,000m with Sifan Hassan will be a huge highlight event!

McLaughlin_Sydney-w-USATFgp21w.jpgSydney McLaughlin, 2021 USATF GP, photo by Kevin Morris/Kevmofoto

Sydney McLaughlin changed coaches last year, moving to Bobby Kersee.

Kersee is a master at teaching hurdling. In 2021, Sydney has gone 12.65, her PB at 100m hurdles. She has also run a 51.16 in the flat 400 meters and now, opened at 52.83, a WL at 400m hurdles.

Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Mohammed, plus Shamier Little will feature in less than three weeks at the 2021 US Olympic Trials. The women's 400m hurdles should be one of the highlights.

McLaughlin_Sydney-R-USATFgp21w.jpgSydney McLaughlin, photo by Kevin Morris/Kevmofoto

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British Soldier Luke Sinnott lost his legs to an IED in Afghanistan. Now he is a long jumper, photo by IPC

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Libby Clegg running with a guide, photo by IPC

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Vanessa Wallace sits and holds on as she puts the shot, photo by IPC

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Marjaana Heikkinen - the Finns are good with javelins, photo by IPC

This is a tremendously important piece on disability sport. Read it and pass it around, please.

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Four days of the finest in collegiate track & field is upon us. ESPN Network is covering the NCAA for track fans, so do not miss it. Four days, plus David Hunter on-site, Larry Eder, remote, and we will have the geek stuff covered!

The easy day that is Wednesday should be respected. Keep the main run easy and do a couple 150m stride-outs. The run is at a conversational pace, and the stride-outs are about keeping the legs loose.

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Men's 800m, Stumptown Twilight, photo by How Lao Photography

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

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As is the tradition, David Hunter likes to put a piece out, just days before the NCAA Division 1 Track & Field Championships, that will capture a theme that could become the big story. One of those is the power and depth of the LSU Track & Field team.

David Hunter captured the enthusiasm of Noah Williams in this feature, Noah and the Arc!

We think that you will enjoy it.

And please return each day of the NCAA Championships, and each day (not break days) of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, to read David Hunter's unique perspective on collegiate and U.S. athletics in the two big meets at Hayward Field in June 2021!

WhatsApp Image 2021-06-07 at 07.49.26.jpegTwo women from Nike Kapsait Nike Camp, leading at 41km, photo by Justin Lagat

WhatsApp Image 2021-06-07 at 07.01.38.jpegVictor Kipchirchir, at 41km, would win in 2:08.56! photo by Justin Lagat

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat, Episode 54,

the Epilogue Clip

052821_PortlandTrackFest2166779.JPGAllie Ostrander, 2021 Portland Track Classic, May 28, 2021, photo by How Lao Photography

You know the drill, In Athletics Chats, Stuart Weir (UK) and Larry Eder (whereever) chat on what's happening each week in Athletics.

In Episode 54, topics include:

1. Portland Distance Classic

2. Doha DL

3. European team Champs

4. Tokyo Updates

In this epilogue, Larry Eder gives the final word on the above topics, from Central Point, Oregon.

Episode 54 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 54!

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 54

052821_PortlandTrackFest2167025.JPGGalen Rupp, Portland Track Festival 10,000m, May 28, 2021, photo by How Lao Photography

In Episode 54, topics included:

1. Portland Distance Classic

2. Doha DL

3. European team Champs

4. Tokyo Updates

Episode 54 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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In the tradition of Stuart Weir, there must be a Brits in action piece, or it would not be the extensive coverage that Stuart Weir provides.

DAS.jpgDina Asher-Smith, won the 60m in Hengelo 2021, photo from Karlsruhe 2021 Indoor Meeting, photo by British Athletics

Some fine performances in Hengelo by British athletes, as Stuart mentions...

Reekie-Tracey-2-USATFgp21w.jpgJemma Reekie won the 800m in Hengelo (shown here 2021 USATF GP, photo by Kevin Morris)

Jake Wightman 1500 Hengelo .jpgJake Wightman takes the win in the Men's 1,500m, in Hengelo, photo via TV by Stuart Weir

This is just the second week of your summer mileage build-up. We are repeating last week and will provide some changes next week.

Photo 06-06-2021, 15 40 45 (1).jpgSifan Hassan finally broke the WR at 10,000m, after an attempt last fall in constant rain and cold! Mother Nature kept it cool for Sifan as she ran 29:06.82! photo by FBK Games

Stay focused, and enjoy the daily runs. Run with your friends when you can, but please stay safe and keep it all outdoors. You are safer that way.

Enjoy the day. Enjoy the movement.

May I suggest a good book? Try Once a Runner, by John Parker, Jr. It is a cult running book from the 1970s. A great summer read.

Tuesday: warm-up, relaxed 45-50 minute run in the hills, enjoy the day, cooldown.

Hengelo 800m .jpgThe Men's 800m, FBK Hengelo, June 6, 2021, photo via TV by Stuart Weir

Monday is an easy day, even as we build up to summer mileage.

Keep the days relaxed. Consider adding sit-ups, pull-ups and push-ups, and kettlebells.

We will be suggesting morning runs for the more advanced athletes about week 6.

Time waits for no one.

Goule_Natoya-A-BOOST21.jpgNatoye Goule wins the adidas Boost Boston 600m, photo by KevMofoto

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

The new world record holder in the women's 10,000m is Sifan Hassan. Sifan Hassan, who represents The Netherlands, ran 29:06.82, all by her lonesome today in Hengelo at the Continental Tour stop called the 2021 FBK Games.

Hitting the 5000m in 14:38, Sifan came back in 14:28 and added another World record to her resume.

In Doha 2019, Sifan Hassan took gold at the 10,000m, and 1,500m, a most unusual double for women distance runners.

We think that she's ready for Tokyo!

Hassan.jpegSifan Hassan and her new WR, 10,000m in 29:06.82, photo by FBK Games

Photo 06-06-2021, 15 40 45 (1).jpgSifan Hassan gets the 10,000m WR with her 29:06.82, photo by FBK Games

Photo 06-06-2021, 17 00 59 (1).jpgMondo Duplantis clears 6.10m, photo by FBK Games

The FBK Games is on the Continental Tour. Held in Hengelo, Holland, the FBK Games is one of those gems held in the European season where you get to see a great day of athletics, enjoy some good beer, and some good food, and enjoy small-town life.

This piece, from Stuart Weir, gives us a good overview of the Continental Tour stop.

The Stumptown Twilight is part of the tradition in Portland. The Portland Track Festival was held on May 28-29, 2021, and then, the following Thursday, June 3, 2021, the stars aligned once again, and the Stumptown Twilight was held.

060321_StumptownTwilight202168587.JPGMen's 1,500m at 2021 Stumptown Twilight, June 3, 2021, photo by How Lao Photography

What makes these meets special? The meets are held for the benefit of the athletes, mostly elite, but also Masters, high school, and club athletes, from 400m to 5,000m.

This was my first visit to Lewis & Clark College since the late 1990s, when I visited to cover the adidas Oregon Track Classics, managed by the late Paul Banta.

The team at Portland Track should be congratulated. Their truly bespoke meets give the athletes a chance to compete and get qualifying marks even in a pandemic.

Here are my five deep thoughts from the Stumptown Twilight.

1321993581.jpgMo Farah leads Marc Scott, Muller British Olympic 10,000m Trials, photo by British Athletics

In a much-anticipated race, the Muller British Olympic 10,000 Trials, held within the European Cup 10,000m, was anti climactic.

Marc Scott upset Mo Farah, but neither came within 30 seconds of what was expected by them. This was the only defeat that Farah has had at 10,000m since the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, Korea. For Scott, who ran 27:10.41 earlier this year, it seemed to be a survival run.

This piece was written by Stuart Weir.

1322004191.jpgEilish McColgan takes the MÜLLER British 10,000m Trials, photo by British Athletics

I have watched Eilish McColgan race at various distances. One of my favorites was the 10,000m at the Payton Jordan in Palo Alto, California. Eilish was running a 25 lapper for one of the first times, and she came flying by many over that last 1000m.

So happy to see Eilish make the team, and hope she can get the family record. Wrote about her mom in 1991.

Thanks to Stuart Weir on this one, I woke up quite early to post before my drive back to San Jose, California.

1321984824.jpgVerity Ockenden leads, Eilish McColgan, Amy Eloise-Markovc and Jess Judd, MÜLLER British 10,000m Trials, photo by British Athletics

As we built our mileage during the summers, most of my training partners and I would meet on Sundays for a long run in Quicksilver Park in the New Almaden region in San Jose, CA. The trails were dirt and rock, and you could get a 14 miler, 16 milers, or 22 milers out of the park. There were lots of wildlife that surrounded the Quicksilver (fools gold) mines, some dating back to the conquistadors.

1321993816.jpgMo Farah, British Olympic Trials, 10,000m, photo by British Athletics

I ran there in college, post-college and to place my young son, Adam, as I did 15 miles with the baby jogger in the park. One Sunday, as my son slept, I witnessed a bobcat take down a jackrabbit. The speed was furious, the act was fierce, and the power of nature, once again, reminded me that Mother Nature was in control, and for us humans, control was an illusion.

Recently, I caught up high school friend, Bob, and we walked through another park, noting deer and turkeys and pleased that, once again, in movement, we were embraced by Mother Nature.

Sunday: Long run, 55-60 minutes, at a conversational pace

Bromell_Trayvon-USATFgp21w.jpgTrayvon Bromell, 2021 USATF GP, photo by Kevmofoto

Trayvon Bromell is more than back!

Under the watchful eye of Coach Rana Reider, Trayvon Bromell has overcome injuries that have plagued him since 2016 and is fitter than he ever been before.

How can one tell?

Bromell_Trayvon-Q-USATFgp21w.jpgTrayvon Bromell, 2021 USATF GP, photo by Kevmofoto

Well, a scorching 9.77 PB at 100 meters, taking the win at the New Life Invitational in Miramar, Florida.

Bromell is a 2016 Olympian and looks poised to do battle on the global stage in 2021 Tokyo. Trayvon has spoken about how he would show all how much his collaboration with Coach Reider has done for him at meets all season, attesting to his deep religious convictions as well.

We welcome a confident Trayvon Bromell back to the sprint wars and congratulate Coach Rana Reider, who told @runblogrun last summer how well Bromell was doing and how he would be back full force!

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20180303WIC1753.JPGEilidh Doyle, 2018 World Indoors Birmingham, photo by World Athletics

2021 FBK Hengelo News

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_JMA8380-1.jpgSifan Hassan, by Dan Vernon/NN Running team

mondo Torun.jpgMondo Duplantis, Torun, Copernicus Cup, Feb. 2020, photo by World Athletics

Two of the most entertaining athletes in athletics, Mondo Duplantis and Sifan Hassan, will compete on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at the FBK Hengelo Meeting. The Hengelo meeting is a wonderful event, named in honor of Fanny Blankers Koen, the 4-time Olympic medalist from Holland (London 1948).

This meet, part of the WA Continental Tour, is one of my favorites. Many years it features a street shot put, and the city of Hengelo is a wonderful place to visit. I also witnessed a post-meet unofficial competition between the shot putters that included. lawn darts, foosball, and several other indoor sporting events, which were just plain fun.

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Maria Lyles won the 200m in T35 at the European Para Athletics Championships this past week in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Stuart Weir lets us learn more about a runner who not only battles headwinds by Cerebral Palsy.

Thompson_Curtis-FL-OlyTrials21w.jpgCurtis Thompson, javelin champion, photo by Kevmofoto

Curtis Thompson won the javelin in the US Olympic Trials. There is some complicaiton with javelin throwers, as no one has the Olympic Qualifying mark. Elliott Denman gives us his historical perspective as he has been around since 1956!

Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce is one of the finest women sprinters in global history. That said, her 10.63 was a pleasant surprise oh so early in the season. This is a July kind of time! Wow, is Shelly-Ann sending out a global message with those fast feet of hers!

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Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, Doha 2019, photo by World Athletics

What does this suggest for the Jamaican sprint goddess? Well, perhaps a 100m/200m double and darn better be on that 4x100m team for Team Jamaica.

That the exuberant Jamaican pocket rocket is ready for summer and Tokyo and will take on all comers.

The lineup, potentially in Tokyo with Dina Asher-Smith (GB), Sha'Carrie Richardson (USA), Elaine Thompson (Jamaica), and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce suggest? May we compare this with the 1991 Tokyo WC Men's 100m, where everyone was there and the battle was nearly perfect at 100 meters?

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Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, Doha 2019, can she win in Tokyo? Well, 10.63 sure says something! photo by World Athletics

As track geeks, we can not wait!

Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce has won 17 global gold medals (2 in the Olympics, 9 in World Outdoor Championships, one in World Indoor Championships) and 25 medals in global championships overall! She looks poised to add to the medal count, to say the least!

51219554705_f8fe5b86cf_k.jpgMarkus Rehm, photo by IPC

51219553920_bbe5d6a252_k.jpgMark Rehm, photo by IPC

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One of the finest long jumpers in the world is Markus Rehm. Rehm has competed against elite para Athletics athletes and done quite well.

Stuart Weir helps us catch up with this amazing athlete and his exploits at the 2021 European Para Athletics Championships.

51217690206_18f091fd4f_k.jpgMiguel Montero sets F40 Men's shot put record, photo by IPC

Stuart Weir wrote this piece on the 2021 European Para Athletics Championships, Day 1, in Silesia, Poland this week.

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Joanna Mazur (5:03.24s) in the women's 1500m T11, 2021 European Parathletics Champs, photo by IPC

This piece is on the Para races at the Doha Diamond League last week. Stuart Weir wrote this and sent some magnificent pictures.

His comments are thought-provoking. Please consider them. Para races need the respect that they deserve and also DL meetings give them street cred.

DSC_3494_1.jpgSophie Hahn wins 100m (T38), photo by Diamond League

Fifty minutes in a park. Find some trails, and get moving. Do the run on your own, or with friends, keep it at a conversational pace. We are not trying to beat you up today, this is just a beginning week, so enjoy it. Enjoy the pure act of running. Oh, and check your shoes. I suggest two pairs of training shoes, alternating so that you can avoid injuries. Go to your local running stores, wear a mask and try on at least six pairs of shoes, and ask for advice.

060321_StumptownTwilight202168422.JPGThe men's 800m, 2021 Stumptown Twilight, June 3, 2021, photo by How Lao Photography

Saturday: warm-up, 50 minute run in a park, moderate pace, cooldown

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder Featuring Geoff Wightman, Global Commentator & Coach

IMG_4650.JPGGeoff Wightman, photo courtesy of Geoff Wightman

In Socialing the distance, we are attempting to give you an unfiltered view of the athlete, coach, key player in athletics. All interviews are done by Larry Eder. Few questions are prepared ahead. We want the interviewee to put limits on their narratives. We ask questions, as they organically arise.

It allows for some fascinating discussions and takes us in directions we did not appreciate before.

We hope you enjoy this time with Geoff Wightman. Geoff has announced the London 2012 Olympics, London 2017 WC Games and many one day events, such as Diamond Leagues and adidas Boost Boston. He also coaches several athletes including his son, Jake Wightman the 2018 Commonwalth Games bronze medalist at 800meters.

Special thanks to production manager, Mike Deering, of The Shoe Addicts on managing this series.

Geoff on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wightmangeoff

Geoff on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/geoffwightman/

IMG_2848.jpegCoach Wightman and two of his exhausted athletes, photo by Mr. Wightman

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#SocialingTheDistance #RunBlogRun #theshoeaddicts

Bill Rodgers' Tracksmith

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image0.jpegThe 1979 Boston win by Bill Rodgers, his 4th!

image1.jpegThe new BR / Tracksmith collaborations

The reasons for the success of Tracksmith are many. I have observed them over the years and believe that they understand the classic running interest. Bill Rodgers is the Jack Nicklaus of running, always has, always will.

His BR clothing line sold well for some time, was licensed by his manufacturer, and during the 1990s, my company, American Track & Field magazine printed and delivered his catalog to his school track & cross country teams.

Tracksmith understands that runners want something special, and BR clothing by Tracksmith is a classic look and classic feel.

BL_26919_2019082540907952_20190826112836.JPGScott Simpson with Holly Bradshaw, photo by British Athletics

This is part 3 of the series on Coach Scott Simpson, who coaches Holly Bradshaw and Harry Coppell among others. In this piece, he speaks of the collegiality of vaulters and how he will help athletes other than his own in competitions. It is a fascinating dialectic.

Friday is an easy day this week. You are just beginning summer mileage. Enjoy some track meets on YouTube (watch Stumptown Classic, it was awesome!).

060321_StumptownTwilight202168587.JPGTime to race, Stumptown Twilight, June 3, 2021, photo by How Lao photography

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

The women's events on Saturday gave us some idea of what we could see in Eugene at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, which will be held at the new Hayward Field, June 18-27, 2021.

The following are my deep thoughts on Day 2 at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials.

052921_PortlandTrackFest2167632.JPGWomen's 1,500m, May 30, 2021, Portland Track Festival, photo by How Lao Photography

If there is a secret sauce for distance runners, it is likely to be hill running. Like fartlek, the ability to make it personal, allows hill work to be truly bespoke (truly focused on the individual). For example, early in training, I will suggest 30 minutes of hills in a 50-minute run. This could mean five minutes of hills five times, and then, a long hilly patch, say ten minutes.

olympic xc.jpgOlympic cross country, circa 1924, courtesy IOC

Personalize hill days to your needs. Early in the season, just build strength and endurance, and later in the season, build your weak parts and hone your strengths.

Love those hills...

Thursday: warm-up, run in the hills, get in 30 minutes in your 50 minute run of hill running, cooldown

The second day was a long one, 4 pm to 9 pm, covering the 400m, 800m, 1,500m and 5000m. In this version of deep thoughts, we will delve into the men's events on Saturday. I must say, I love this Festival. I love the spirit, the presentation, the geekiness and the bespoke nature of the meet.

Tracklandia, I am worshipping at your altar!

052921_PortlandTrackFest2167328.JPGMatthew Centrowitz, posing as only an Olympic 1,500m champ could AND should. Respect May 30, 2021, Portland Track Festival, photo by How Lao Photography

052921_PortlandTrackFest2168064.JPGThe men's 1,500m, lots of stories here, May 30, 2021, Portland Track Festival, photo by How Lao Photography

Wightman.JPGJake Wightman, EA team captain for GBR captured 800m! photo by British Athletics

Dobbin action.jpgBeth Dobbins wins 200m and on the team that wins 4x100m at EA Team, photo by British Athletics

This is Stuart Weir's final piece on the 2021 European Team Champs and how Team GB, which fared well, could have won it all, if one baton exchange had gone well.

I truly enjoyed our visit to Portland Track Festival. It is everything that I had been told and more. Even with virtual fans, the meet was superb.

052821_PortlandTrackFest2166444.JPGThe women's steeplechase, note Allie Ostrander and Sarah Vaughn up front, 2021 Portland Track Festival, May 29, 2021, photo by How Lao Photography

It is Wednesday, and I am sitting on a bench in downtown Portland, enjoying a coffee from Fleur de Lis, and posting some deep thoughts. Now that I have my first new computer in seven years, I am flying. Amazing what happens when all 26 letters work on your computer!

This is a piece on Day 1. I will do two such pieces on day 2, plus 3 more.

And tomorrow is Stumptown! So much fun, so much good coffee, so many amazing views in Oregon!

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The Boston 10k for women is one of the most important women's only events in the country. Founder in 1977, just five years after the first AAU women's marathon championships and public opinion was mixed on the safety of women running long distances. Just so you know, it was total BS. Women have run for over a century in races. In 1972, the Olympics added 1,500m for women. In 1984, the women's marathon was added to the schedule.

The Boston 10k for Women has had amazing fields for years and has been the official and unofficial big fall 10k of the US fall season.

Nice to see PUMA coming on board. As the PUMA team told us in recent interviews with their team

So, let me make this perfectly clear.

I have no super sauces, no super workouts, no super answers, and no quick ways to be a great athlete.

a-history-of-adidas-adi-dasslers-first-track-and-field-shoes-designboom15.jpgadidas spiike worn by Emil Zatopek to win 5000m and 10,000m in Helsinki 1952 Olympics. Spike made by Adi Dassler, founder of adidas. Photo by adidas communications.

I have studied athletes, great and not so great for 45 years. I have been fortunate to meet some of the finest coaches in the world.

Two things. Well, three actually.

1. Coaches should never lie to athletes. If you look respect of athletes, the party is over.

2. No athlete gets good overnight. To find your best, you will find 12-15 years of hard work in front of you. You will get hurt. You will get discouraged. You will call your parents in agony, asking why you are still running? The next week, you might crush it.

3. You will also have glorious runs. You will run personal bests that make it all worth it. You and your team will do something spectacular. Yes, bad days and good days.

Today is an easy day. I practice easy day, hard day, and know that the body needs the easy days to really get fit.

Listen to your body.

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

Last winter, on January 16, 2021, Hughes Fabrice Zango set a new indoor world record in the Triple jump, having exceeded the 18-meter mark indoors for the very first time. Zango went 18.07m.

The Doha 2019 bronze medalist just did it outdoors. He's just taken the lead for the TJ.

Zango 2.jpgHughes Fabrice Zango, Meeting de Paris, by World Athletics

image1.jpegRon Hill, circa 1964, photo courtesy of Athletics Weekly

Ron Hill was one of the most colorful athletes in our sport. Why? Well, he was this guy who ran 52 years, 28 days without a stop. He would head out on lunch break once a week, and run two sub 60 seconds 400 meters. He was part mad scientist, club runner, a super competitive bloke who left it all on the track, road or trail. And respected beer drinker.

Kenny Moore, the writer from Sports Illustrated, once noted that, after seeing Hill in his protective clothing in Munich 1972, that he might be "possessed by the scientific method."

In his books, the Long Hard Road, Ron, I swear, listed every pint he drank with the same meticulous focus that he listed all of his workouts.

I will miss this amazing man. When, in July, I get back to my farm house in Wisconsin, I will pull down the Long Hard Road (his autobiography), and read a few pages while drinking a pint in his honor.

RIP Ron.

The following are thoughts by the legends of running about Ron Hill, complied by our legend of running, Jeff Benjamin...

euro 6.jpgMichal Haratyk, winner in Men's shot put, photo by European Athletics

20210529AN0864a.jpgFans in Silesia, EA Team Championships, photo by European Athletics

This is Stuart Weir's report on day 2 of the European Team Championships. Look just how close it was! A few bungled baton exchanges and the party is over.

The summer mileage you put in will influence not only fall cross country, but also next spring's track season.

The idea should be to build gradually. This is week one, so keep it relaxed, run with teammates and keep it at a conversational pace. Please follow your local COVID19 guidelines as well.

zatopek.jpgadidas Special makes, Emil Zatopek, 1952 (he had just won gold in 5000m, 10,000m and marathon, never done since or before. Shoes made by Adi Dassler, founder of adidas, photo by adidas Communications

Today is a hilly run. Have some fun. When you get to the hills, push the pace up and float down. Practice all summer long. You will need that skill in the fall.

Tuesday: warm-up, relaxed 45-50 minute run in the hills, enjoy the day, cooldown.

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