June 2021 Archives

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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_AG49426_1.jpgTom Walsh, shot put, photo by Diamond League AG

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

adidas Boost Boston Games 2021 Press Conference

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)

052921_PortlandTrackFest2167404.JPGDonavan Brazier, 2021 Portland Track Festival, photo by How Lao Photography

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.

Donavan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/donavanbrazier

Donavan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/donavanbraz...

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

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

#JourneyToGold #USATF

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#RunBlogRun #theshoeaddicts #AthleticsChat

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McDonnell coach RIP.jpgCoach John McDonnell, photo courtesy of Nwahomepage.com

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!

1321989682.jpgMo Farah, Muller British 10,000m Trials, photo by British Athletics

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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).

sam Kendricks .jpgSam Kendricks, breaking AR in PV, photo courtesy of vaulter magazine

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

Sam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/samkendricks

Sam on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samkendricks/

Will on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WilliamClaye

Will on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/willclaye/

Brittney on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaLJBeast

Brittney on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daljbeast/

Keturah on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Keturahorji

Keturah on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ktorr1/

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

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

#JourneyToGold #USATF

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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.

2021 noah Williams .jpgNoah Williams, photo courtesy of LSU Track & Field.

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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

Athletics Chat, Episode 56

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

#AthleticsChat #RunBlogRun #theshoeaddicts

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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.

Jenny on Twitter: https://twitter.com/trackjenny

Jenny on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trackjenny/

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

#JourneyToGold #USATF

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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.

image0.jpegSeb Coe, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

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.

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

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/

Brooks Beasts TC Twitter: https://twitter.com/BeastsTC

Brooks Beasts TC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brooksbeast...

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Brooks Running Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brooksrunning/

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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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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.

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

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

#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.

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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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