July 2021 Archives

The run today is 65 minutes with 40 minutes of hill running. Push it when you can, challenge yourself.

a-history-of-adidas-adi-dasslers-first-track-and-field-shoes-designboom03.jpgLinda Reike sets WR of 2:16.8 in 1928 Olympics, first gold medal for adidas brand, photo by adidas Communications

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

This is the fifth story that Stuart Weir did on the Tokyo 2021 Previews. This piece is on Cindy Sember and Tiffany Porter, the hurdling sisters who went 2,3 at the 2021 European Indoors for the 60m hurdles.

1305821372.jpgTiffany Porter and Cindy Sember, 2021 European Indoor Athletics, photo by European Athletics

Wednesday is an easy day. Keep the 40 minutes run under control, and feel the speed when you do the 150 m stride-outs!

zatopek.jpgEmil Zatopek's shoe, cobbled in 1953 by Adi Dassler, photo by adidas Communications

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

1325582331.jpgLaura Muir, photo by British Athletics / Getty Images

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This is the fourth preview by Stuart Weir on the athletes for the British Olympic team. Stuart Weir wrote this piece on Laura Muir, and her chances in Tokyo!

1305530354.jpgJessie Knight, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

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This is the third preview that Stuart Weir has completed for @RunBlogRun. Stuart wrote this one on Jessie Knight, the British 400m hurdle champion. Jessie was. a school teacher, who put the school teaching on hold to pursue her Olympic dream.

DSC_5046_1.jpgDina Asher-Smith, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics Gateshead 2021

Dina Asher-Smith will be competing in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay. Dina is the captain of the Team GB Olympic track & field team. She is a fine athlete, a thoughtful journalist, and a commentator on the current world challenges.

Stuart Weir is very proud of this column, and we spoke about her comments on the current world in this column.

DSC_3914_1.jpgDina Asher-Smith, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics Gateshead 2021

1325756517.jpgJodie Williams battles with Ama Pippi, photo by Getty Images /British Athletics

This is Stuart Weir's first preview of the Olympians from British Athletics! Jodie Williams is a fascinating athlete, who has had success as a junior and now, success as an elite athlete. Jodie will be competing at 400 meters and is on the 4x400m relay squad.

This piece was done during the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, in June 2021. Bill Dellinger is an iconic coach and athlete, a true leader of men. His innovations in training have changed modern distance running. His collaborations with Bill Dellinger changed generations of American distance runners and are influencing them today.

No one but Jeff Benjamin could have done this story with the love and reverence it deserves. So, sit back, read, re-read and enjoy.

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L-R, John Combe, Jeff Benjamin, Coach Bill Dellinger, Oregon Legend & Gonzaga Coach Pat Tyson, Tony Gulotta
image3.jpegHall of Famer, Bill Dellinger (1964 Olympic bronze medalist

This is Tuesday. Today is a good hill run. Enjoy the hills, do not beat oneself up. Warm up well and cool down well. Hydrate please!

1321992912.jpgMo Farah, wiped after his first 10,000m in nearly five years, photo by Getty Images for British Athletics

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

This is your Monday easy day. I hope your long run was good on Sunday. Hydrate today!

1321990184.jpgGB 10,000m Trials, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

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

The long run is a key staple in all distance training. Keep this run at a good pace, but one that you keep up a bit of conversation.

TRIALS_DAY7_CORTNEYW-03945.jpgEmily Sisson built her strength for 10,000m with weekly long runs, photo by Cortney White

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

RunBlogRun presents

USATF Pre-Olympic Games

Press Conference Questions

from Larry Eder clip

Athletes:

Ryan Crouser, Shot Put, Sam Kendricks, Pole Vault, Tara Davis,

Long Jump, JuVaughn Harrison, High Jump & Long Jump,

Keni Harrison, 100m Hurdles

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This conference was done, as was the one on July 21, 2021. This event was held on July 22, 2021. I asked one question: I asked Ryan Crouser, Sam Kendricks, JuVaugh Harrison, Tara Davis, and Keni Harrison to describe their events for Olympic fans who would see the event for the first time. All were good, but Ryan Crouser was, well, amazing!

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This is your longest tough workout of the week, get into it!

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

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

hugues fabrice zango  .jpgHugues Fabrice Zango, photo by Spikes mag / World Athletics

It was on 16 January 2021, in Aubierre, that the talented Hugues Fabrice Zango became the first man over 18 meters in the triple jump indoors.

In Tokyo, next week, Hugues wants to add to the medal count in the TJ of his country. Hugues won the bronze in Doha in the TJ, and Will Claye and Christian Taylor praised his talents.

Watch for Hugues in Tokyo!

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance

with Larry Eder

Featuring Grant Holloway,

60m Hurdle Indoor World Record Holder

110 Hurdle World Outdoor Leader

This new Socialingbthe Distance is with Grant Holloway. Just a few minutes after Grant's victory at the 110m hurdles, he did his victory lap with Devon Allen and Daniel Roberts. We decided to do another interview. With his travels, we put the interview together on July 19. In this interview, we covered a myriad of topics. Enjoy the interview! Thanks to Grant Holloway (and his agents, John Regis and Ramon Clay) on putting together the interview. Thanks to Mike Deering/ The Shoe Addicts, who is our production manager for #Socialing the Distance.

_MRT5334 copy.jpgGrant Holloway, Gyulai Memorial, 6 July 2021, photo by Gyulai Istvan Memorial

Almost every time that I interview Shaunae Miller-Uibo, I ask her about the heptathlon. Will she consider the multi events? Each time, Shaunae Miller-Uibo smiles, and says, she will speak with her coach, and someday, perhaps in the future.

Well, the future is getting closer...in reality, Shaunae has done every event, but perhaps the pole vault.

_ZSL7615.jpgShaunae Miller-Uibo, photo by Gyulai Istvan Memorial

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance

with Larry Eder

Featuring SRG Partnership,

designers of the new Hayward Field

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

The designers and architects who were behind the new Hayward Field were always going to be under scrutiny. In having visited the new Hayward Field in May and June of 2021, I have to say that the new Hayward Field is a salute to the global nature of the sport, the history of the Oregon track program, and the stature of athletics at Oregon. They did an amazing job! And who are 'they"? Todd Van Horne, creative director (formerly with Nike), and Jeff Yrazabel, Marques Figueroa, and Whitney Ranson of the SRG Partnership.

SRG.jpgTop corner, left: Todd Van Horne, bottom corner, left, Whitney Ranson, center, Larry Eder, bottom corner, right, Jeff Yrazabel, upper right corner, Marques Figueroa, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

We had the pleasure to speak with the team just a couple weeks ago. We think that you will like this behind-the-scenes look at the new Hayward Field.

Thanks to Keith Peters for providing the introductions.

A special thanks to Jeff Yrazabal, Todd Van Horne, Marquesa Figueroa & Whitney Ranson for taking the time to talk with us.

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This is Justin Lagat's first column on the Tokyo Olympics, on the first day of the Olympics. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is one year late, and still under the pallor of the pandemic. Justin will be remotely covering the Tokyo Olympics for @runblogrun from his hometown of Iten, Kenya.

Imp palac.jpgThe Imperial Palace, photo by the LOC

Friday is the easy day. Keep the run relaxed and do 4 stride outs of 150 meters. 40 minutes is a good run and keep it easy. Keep the talking during it and recover from Thursday.

ehZyuxRI.jpgEarly spike cobbled by Adi Dassler, circa 1924-1928, photo by adidas Communications

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

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The Olympic Athletics Collection opens at the virtual Museum of World Athletics (MOWA) today, for all to see. We received this release and photos from the Olympics collection, courtesy of Chris Turner, the director of the Heritage Department at World Athletics. When MOWA opened, I spent a week going through the virtual museum, recognizing many artifacts from the collection I saw in 2012 during the centenary of the then I.A.A.F., now World Athletics.

Zatopek-Top.jpgTeam jacket, Emil Zatopek, 1952, photo © MOWA

Takahashi.JPGNaoko Takahashi, Sydney 2000 number, photo © MOWA

Besides being a javelin enthusiast, Chris Turner understands, that to appreciate our sport, we must understand its history.

Enjoy and please pass it around!



This is the Thursday workout. Vary your charges and long hills, and take on the challenges of the day. A few ideas: 15 times 2 minutes hard, with one minute easy, 5x 8 minutes uphill, 20 x 2 minutes uphill.

TRIALS_DAY6_CORTNEYW-03354.jpgMason Ferlic makes the U.S. steeplechase team, photo by Cortney White

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

Elle Purrier took 28th in the steeplechase at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in 10:08.39. In her move from the steeplechase to the 1,500m, (Elle had taken 9th in the 2014 World Junior steeplechase), Elle also ran the 5000m.

Elle Purrier St. Pierre took sixth in the 2018 USA Championships 1,500m, and made the team for Doha 2019 WC in the 5000m, in 14:58.17, taking eleventh.

It was on February 8, 2020, that Elle Purrier St. Pierre really opened everyone's eyes, with her stunning 4:16.85 mile at the Millrose Games. Elle had taken out the venerable record by Mary Slaney, dominating a field that included top American and European athletes.

Purrier_Elle-Q-OlyTrials21w.jpgElle Purrier St. Pierre leading the semi-final, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

In the coolness of the Engenhao stadium, I was sitting in the BBC radio row. I was asked, just a minute prior to the Men's 800m final where I believed Clayton Murphy would finish. I told my friends at the BBC, "third". When asked why post-race, I noted that Clayton seemed to have this ability, in each round to move down the final stretch unencumbered. Clayton Murphy took Olympic bronze in Rio 2016.

Murphy_Clayton-Fsq-OlyTrials21w.jpgClayton Murphy takes the Men's 800m in Eugene, Oregon, June 21, 2021, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

This piece was done by Dave Hunter during the month of June 2021. He wrote this piece on Paul Doyle, an agent that he has come to admire. Paul Doyle is an example of the drive and desire needed to succeed as an athlete manager.

Paul Doyle .jpgPaul Doyle, photo by USATF.tv

I had just sat down to watch the American Track League, meeting one, and on the first throw, Ryan Crouser let er rip. 22.82 meters! On January 24, 2021, just minutes into the broadcast, Ryan Crouser showed what he had done for fifteen months. He set a new world record. A couple weeks later, during an interview, I asked Ryan, "Can you go over 23.20m?" Ryan answered, yes and he thought he could do it this season.

Crouser-Ryan-W5-ATLtwo21w.jpgRyan Crouser, American Track League, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

Now, move ahead to June 18, 2021. In the second attempt of his Trials qualifying, Ryan Crouser went 22.92m, setting a new Hayward Field record. We pretty much knew that Crouser was so fit, so tuned, so relaxed, that the world record of Randy Barnes was begging to be challenged.

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat

Episode 60

Epilogue Clip

This is the epilogue clip-on Athletics Chat 60. On this one, I spoke on the upcoming Olympics and the exciting events that we expect to see in Tokyo.

TRIALS_DAY8_CORTNEYW-05977.jpgMatt Centrowitz and Evan Jager, photo by Cortney White

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 60

TRIALS_DAY8_CORTNEYW-05690.jpgSydney McLaughlin, photo by Cortney White

Once a week, Stuart Weir (European senior writer, Oxford, England) and Larry Eder (Editor, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin) discuss the world's problems once a week. Here are this week's topics:

1. Gateshead Diamond League meeting 2

2. Sha'Carrie Richardson

3. Tokyo discussions

4. Traveling to Tokyo

5. Some of the exciting events coming in Tokyo

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Wednesday is an easy day. Keep the 40-minute run relaxed, and feel the speed with the stride-outs!

TRIALS_DAY5_CORTNEYW-02329.jpgWomen's steeplechase, photo by Cortney White

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

A good hard 55-65 minutes in the hills can help build your stamina, and help get you closer to your goal, being fit for Fall cross country. Find some long hills, some short hills and some long drives uphill. Challenge yourself!

TRIALS_DAY2_CORTNEYW-06798.jpgSinclaire Johnson, Shannon Osika, Nikki Hiltz, photo by Courtney White, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials

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

We are now 4 days from the opening of the Olympics. The 613 members 2020 US Olympic team is announced below. Each athlete has stories, about their journey to the team, about the support from their families, friends, and teams. We will try to learn more about many of them during this time period.

Enjoy the Olympics. Learn about a new event and follow it. And remember, support the most winning team in US sports history, Team USA Track & Field!

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This is how we bring the history of Boston back to the forefront.

The Boston Marathon will be held on October 11, 2013.

What a busy fall marathon schedule!

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PHOTO: Des Linden winning the 2018 Boston Marathon (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.

We have always liked the Atlanta Track Club. For decades, they have shown how to do things, by doing. Under CEO Rich Kenah, the ATC has built an elite Atlanta Track Club, developed a more sophisticated race series, built the members of the club and now, over the past two years, hosted the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials, and have successfully brought back the Atlanta Peachtree Road Race, during a pandemic.

The additions to the ATC are significant. Most years, between the Olympics, many clubs cut back on memberships. We have Olympics in 2021, WC in 2022, 2023, Olympics in 2024, WC in 2025, 2027 and Olympics in 2028.

Where will our next Olympians come from?

Ryan Adams.jpgRyan Adams, photo by Atlanta Track Club

Samson Colebrooke.jpgSamson Colebrooke, photo by Atlanta Track Club

Shane Streich.jpegShane Streich, photo by Atlanta Track Club

This is Monday, July 19, 2021. We are four days from the Olympics! Cross Country is about a month to two months away.

This is an easy Monday. Get in your run, do your stride outs and do not forget to do some core work.

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

This is part 3 of part 3 on Nicola McDermott by Stuart Weir. We expect big things from Nicola at the Tokyo Olympics.

73175519_539872653466313_8742561490428493824_n.jpgNicola McDermott and coach, photo by Nicola McDermott

84497941_618311095622468_3499747370931847168_n.jpgNicola McDermott clears the 2.00 meter mark, photo by Nicola McDermott

Nicola McDermott spoke with Stuart Weir about her move from 1.85m to the 2-meter mark in the high jump. This is part 2 of part 3 on Nicola McDermott.

30710647_1477536962372204_7161083398792937472_o.jpgNicola McDermott, photo from Nicola McDermott

157445106_3729897490423384_9168247928314835102_n.jpgNicola McDermott, photo by Nicola McDermott

I always enjoyed my long run. Many times, I would run long runs in my team group. As I would get later into the season, I would enjoy a long run by myself. I liked the quiet, the time alone and the time to think by myself.

Enjoy your long runs!

Ali_Obsa-W1a-OlyTrials21w.jpgAli Obsa, Men's Steeplechase heats, June 2021, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

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

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance

with Larry Eder

Featuring Elle Purrier St. Pierre,

2021 Olympic Trials Women's 1,500m champion

Purrier_Elle-FHL-OlyTrials21w.jpgElle Purrier taking 2021 US Olympic Trials Women's 1,500m, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

Elle Purrier first impressed me in 2019 in the New Balance Indoor 2 mile, when she took control with about 400m to go from Emma Coburn and just blew the field away. Her Doha 2019 put her on the shortlist. Her Millrose win, in the 4:16 in 2020 showed that she was a most talented athlete.

This interview was done just before the Olympic Trials and Elle Purrier shows that she was ready. Her gutty 1, 500m in Eugene, leading her teammates to victory, showed this writer that Elle Purrier is an Olympic spoiler. Elle Purrier could win an Olympic medal, and that is the highest compliment I can give in this game of high stakes Olympic sports.

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RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance

with Larry Eder

Featuring Sean Ingle,

Chief Sports Reporter for The Guardian

Sean Ingle Guardian .jpgLarry Eder speaking with Sean Ingle

As we post this, Sean is on his way to Tokyo, where he will be covering several sports, among them, athletics. Sean Ingle is a keen observer of the sport and very wired in. Our conversation took place in one seating, and while we could speak for hours, it was fun to just catch up and share some thoughts on the current state of sports.

Please follow his columns in the Guardian UK. Sean is detail-oriented and does a fine job at giving the reader the complete story. He has great contacts and a need to tell the complete story. I love reading his columns and I'm sure that you will as well.

Sean on Twitter: https://twitter.com/seaningle

Sean on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seanmarkingle/

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat, Episode 59,

the Epilogue Clip

In most weeks, Stuart Weir is located in Oxford, England. This week, he was in Gateshead, England, as he was covering the Diamond League London in exile meet, which was held at Gateshead International stadium.

Larry Eder was located in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, our favorite small town in Wisconsin.

This is our epilogue clip, where I have a final comment on the week.

DSC_3845_1.jpgSha'Carri Richardson, photo by Diamond League AG

Special thanks to Mike Deering as production manager of the Athletics Chat.

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Athletics Chat, Episode 59

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat, Episode 59,

We had a week off. Now, Athletics Chat, in its second year, takes on the weekly challenges in athletics and looks at various approaches to handle the challenges.

DSC_4434_1.jpgMen's steeplechase, Gateshead 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

In most weeks, Stuart Weir is located in Oxford, England. This week, he was in Gateshead, England, as he was covering the Diamond League London in exile meet, which was held at Gateshead International stadium.

Larry Eder was located in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, our favorite small town in Wisconsin.

This week, we spoke on:

1. Gateshead Meeting

2. Diamond League meetings

3. Sha'Carri Richardson

4. Counting down the days to Tokyo.

Special thanks to Mike Deering as production manager of the Athletics Chat.

Episode 58 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

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Your workout is an hour run. Halfway find a tough, ten-minute stretch of hills and push it. On the final 20 minutes, keep the pace strong and do a good cooldown. You have earned it.

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

Don't miss it!

Your chance to see the World Championships in the U.S.!

The WC will be in Eugene, July 15-24, 2022! Tickets went on sale July 15, 2022!

Be there!

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The Friday easy day was always a day to collect my thoughts on the week. How had the hard days gone? Had coach given me any advice? How could I be a better athlete? Was I seeing improvement? And, then, there is the pure act of running.

Kate grace mile.jpgKate Grace ran 4 superb races: 3 PBs at 800m in a row, including a DL 800m, win, then, winning the Gateshead Mile with a killer last 100m! photo by Diamond League AG

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

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HMEtorun2021_06032021_grzegorzolkowski_1.jpgFemke Bol, European Athletics Indoor Championships, March 2021, photo by European Athletics / Getty Images

Femke Bol is one of the top European Athletics stars of 2021. Her NR's at 400m and 400m hurdles should impress many, and Femke should be a key player in the Tokyo Olympics at 400m hurdles and the 4x400m.

Stuart Weir did this piece on Femke Bol.

Mo Kedir, 3000m .jpgMohammad Kedir shows his stuff, 3000m NR for Espana! photo by Diamond League AG

This piece is from Race Results Weekly! David Monti puts together amazing pieces on the middle distances and distances. This piece is used with Race Results Weekly permission.

We loved the Gateshead DL, or as I called it Gateshead revisited!

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This piece is at the Monaco meeting. Written by David Monti of Race Results Weekly and used with permission, we have worked with David and Jane Monti for most of the last decade. Their coverage of middle and long distances gives you an amazing view into the details of what makes major races so special.

Not bound for Tokyo...

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This is the sad story of Omar McLeod.

Omar McLeod is the 2016 Olympic gold medalist, the 2016 World Indoor Gold medalist and the 2017 Lonodon World Outdoor gold medalist at the sprint hurdles. Outdoors, Omar dominated the 110m hurdles, and the 60m indoors indoors.

And then came 2019 and Omar fell in Doha, as Grant Holloway took the gold. In 2021, Grant Holloway set WR indoors and ran 12.81. Holloway and McLeod should be a big race.

SREE3857_1.jpgOmar McLeod, flying in Florence, photo by British Athletics / Getty Images

In 2021, one of the track races to watch is the Tokyo Olympic 110m hurdles, and we hoped to see Grant Holloway and Omar McLeod. Grant will be there, but Omar will not.

The Jamaican authorities did not select McLeod, as he fell in the Trials. The difference is, that they had to give Usain Bolt a selection when he was sick and dominating his event. They did not seem to appreciate that Omar Mc

Stuart Weir tells the story...

The Olympic watch has begun. Stuart Weir provided the following deep thoughts on Tokyo Olympics. We will bring pieces on the Olympics to a crescendo on July 27, but between now, July 15 and July 23, we will be providing you with all of the backstories you need to appreciate the colossal challenges that the elite have overcome to be named to their national Olympic teams.

johannes Vetter.jpgJohannes Vetter, the best javelin thrower in the world, photo by Diamond League AG

The Not Necessarily the Anniversary Games, aka London DL in exile, aka Gateshead revisited, aka Gateshead 2 was a fascinating event. Some big athletes pulled, Sifan Hassan, Katie Nageotte, but the performances in Gateshead seemed to help the athletes who were there. This piece, on the top 8 GB performances, written by Stuart Weir in the wee hours of the morning, prior to a little sleep, then a train home back to Oxford.

Thanks, Stuart.

IMG_0803.jpgKaterina Johnson-Thompson, Jake Wightman, Holly Bradshaw, Gateshead revisited presser, photo by British Athletics / Getty Images

Thursday is about a tough 40 minutes in the hills today. Push yourself, put some long (5-7 minutes) sections and a few 2-3 minute bursts, plus a few one-minute pushes. The more tools you have, the better one races.

Ali_Obsa-W-OlyTrials21w.jpgMen's Steeplechase, USOT, 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.

The Wednesday workout gives you a day to recover from Tuesday and prepare for Thursday. Each week, you get stronger.

OS3_6863.JPGKate Grace won the Gateshead DL Meet 2 on July 13, 2013, photo by Diamond League AG

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

Para400m .jpgPichardo Blango, Columbia, in the Para 400m, photo by Diamond League AG

IMG_0821.jpgThe Anniversary Games moved to Gateshead, photo by Stuart Weir

IMG_0822.jpgGateshead DL Meeting 2, photo by Stuart Weir

This is the first article on Gateshead. More to come on Wednesday!

The good thing about Tuesday workouts is that you have some creativity available. That means you can push through hills the entire run, build in some hill repeats, juggle some long charges, with some quick downhill runs, and a good long hard drive to the finish.

10000m-Start-1a-OlyTrials21.jpgThe Women's 10,000m final, USOT, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

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

The Gateshead meet is Tuesday. It will be the last DL meeting of the pre Tokyo Olympic timeline. Some good races, as EME news previews below.

IMG_0804.jpgKaterina Johnson Thompson, Jake Wightman, Holly Bradshaw, photo by Diamond League AG

Monday is an easy day. Keep the 40 minutes run relaxed and enjoy the speed in the 4 x 150-meter stride outs. The day after a long run, your legs can be a bit sore. Hydrate and make sure you spend some time stretching.

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

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

The long-run gives us a beginning and end to the week. At this time, we are running 65-75 minutes on Sunday, at a steady pace that you can have a conversation. Find a challenging course, and get some variety on the footing. Cool down well and hydrate.

0EFDA07F-F69F-41D5-A539-D04C66E68B2E.jpgMatt Centrowitx, Sam Prakel, Men's OT 1,500m, photo by Kevmofoto

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

The Herculis Meeting is one of the finest meets each and every summer. Always held either in the second or third week of July, Monaco features fit Europeans and peaking American and Kenyan athletes. Not a bad race in the 3 hours.

The results come from WA. Check out the depth of these events, and remember, the Tokyo Olympics happen just two weeks from now!

_AG26184_1.jpgHyvin Kiyeng battles Emma Coburn, photo by Diamond League AG

The Herculis Monaco meeting is always a tremendous meet. In 2020, the Herculis Monaco meeting showed meets around the world how a world-class event could be presented and keep athletes from getting COVID 19.

In 2021, 8000 fans were allowed into Stade Louis II. The officials and staff wore masks, as did (at least from TV), many of the fans.

This is an event-by-event update on the Monaco meeting, thanks to the EME News.

Faithkipyegon .jpgFaith Kipyegon, WL 3:51.07, photo by Diamond League AG

The AJC Peachtree Road Race was held on July 3-4, 2021. The elite race was held early on 4 July, under conditions developed to respect the requirements of the pandemic, both national and local.

We thank David Monti for this piece and wanted you to see the quality of the racing with our marathon teams competing in the USA 10k champs and the largest 10k race in the world.

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IMAGE: The top-3 male finishers from the 2021 AJC Peachtree Road Race (left to right): Fred Huxham (2nd), Sam Chelanga (1st) and Clayton Young (3rd). (Image via USATF.tv)

This piece is on the Oslo Bislett Games, which occurred On July 1, 2021. My apologies for the delay, as I was catching up on our Olympic Trials coverage and travel back from Oregon to California. We are days from returning to lovely Wisconsin, our home. I have not been home in four months.

I love Race Results Weekly. David and Jane Monti's focus on middle and long distances gives us detail and commentary that we normally do not get see. Their news service provides current updates on global distance running around the world.

This piece is on the distance events in the Oslo Bislett Games. We hope that you enjoy it.

DSL_9739_1.jpgA big 5000m with Worku and Obiri! photo by Diamond League AG

Faithkipyegon .jpgFaith Kipyegon wins the 1,500m in 3:51.07 in a dramatic clash with Sifan Hassan, Monaco, photo by Diamond League AG

One of the most dramatic events in the Herculis Monaco this year was the women's 1,500m, a battle between Sifan Hassan and Faith Kipyegon. The final lap was run under 61 seconds and Faith Kipyegon used all that 800m speed to take Sifan Hassan down.

What will happen in Tokyo 2021?

After you read Stuart Weir's piece, you will see that the 1,500m in

This is my update on US performances at the Herculis Monaco. The number of U.S. athletes was down to the pandemic and Olympic Trials.

I am a big believer in racing. As the songwriter, Steve Forbert wrote about 30 years ago, "you can not win, if you do not play."

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Brits in Monaco!

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_AG44226_1.jpgLaura Muir and Jemma Reekie go 1,2 in Women's 800m, photo by Diamond League AG

1325599888.jpgElizabeth Bird sets British NR of 9:22.80 in the steeplechase in Monaco! photo by Diamond League AG

Stuart Weir did this column on Brit performances in Monaco. Some fine ones, in the 800m Women's steeplechase women, women's pole vault, as well as the men's 800m and men's 400m hurdles.

You can tell that you are getting fitter when you repeat workouts. The hilly runs build you, and you can feel it. In this workout out, shake it up, you could try a one-minute surge, ten times in this hour run. Or you could push it, warm up well, twenty minutes, and in twenty minutes, put in five two-minute hill surges, then finish up with twenty minutes at a good pace. Shake it up, have some fun!

Steeplechase-Frerichs-1-OlyTrials21w.jpgWomen's steeplechase: American women are a real power in this event, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

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

_AG44226_1.jpgLaura Muir takes the 800m in 1:56.73 NR/PB, with Jemma Reekie, 1:56.93 PB and Kate Grace, 1:57.20 PB, photo by Diamond League AG

Just last night, I had posted a piece on the fact that Laura Muir would not compete at the 800m distance in Tokyo 2021, to focus on the 1,500m. Today, Laura sets a new Scottish record with her win in 1:56.73! Jemma Reekie was second in 1:56.93 PB and American Kate Grace was third in 1:57.20 PB! Stuart Weir had to write on this one!

The Herculis Monaco meeting is one of our favorite meets.

Stuart Weir begins his coverage of the meet (check out RunBlogRun at @twitter.com on our photo galleries), and gives us an intro plus some stories of highs and lows of the meet. Watch his coverage today and tomorrow. We are covering it from California with Stuart in England and the event in Monaco. NIne hour time difference challenges some things, but not track meet coverage!

The Herculis Monaco meeting is the meet where athletes put it all together. Traditionally, this meet is the last or second to last prior to European, World or Olympic championships. The cool, crisp air in the Meditteranean, mid-July, and the attentive crowd of Monesque and French citizens makes this a meet not to miss.

The Stade Louis II has seen amazing field events, middle distance races and sprints. There are always some upsets and some people just fly in Monaco! And no matter how well you have competed in past years, the competitors will take you to the final steps!

Check out Justin Lagat's piece on the amazing night of athletics at the Herculis Monaco!

This is a recovery day. Did you do your sit-ups, push-ups, and pull-ups? Warm-up well, keep the 40 minutes relaxed and enjoy the four stride-outs.

The idea is to be in great shape in the fall, so now is the time to build up.

Hiltz_Nikki-Q2-OlyTrials21w.jpgNikki Hiltz and Cory McGee, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris/Kevmofoto

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

B35I0702_20190930104405599_20190930105749.JPGKarston Warholm, Doha 2019, photo by World Athletics

The sixth Diamond League meeting in 2021 is Monaco Herculis DL, to be held Friday, July 9, 2021. Karsten Warholm and Yulimar Rojas will be two of the huge starts at the Stade Louis II.

Stuart Weir sent this piece on Laura Muir's decision to not double in Tokyo.

The level of competition at the Olympics can not be underestimated. Laura Muir is in the toughest women's middle distance event. The 800m and 1,500m double means six races in eight days.

We applaud Laura Muir for her decision and look forward to watching the events in Tokyo!

1325741000.jpgLaura Muir, photo by British Athletics / Getty Images

Bromell-Baker-5-OlyTrials21w.jpgNoah Lyles, Ronnie Baker, Trayvon Bromell, Fred Kerley, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

The Monaco Herculis meeting is an amazing meeting. I have visited the meet a half dozen times over the past decade and it is a true celebration of athletics.

Trayvon Bromell will be battling the finest sprinters in the world on Friday night in Stade Louis II.

This is a piece on the last day of the USA Olympic Trials, June 27, by Race Results Weekly. I had missed this piece last week, but I think that it sheds more light on the events.

Richard Sands wrote this piece on the Olympic Trials for Race Results Weekly, and we at RunBlogRun use this with permission.

3F61AFA1-B077-42D9-ACEB-F2C157A61F50.jpgCole Hocker takes lead from Matthew Centrowitz in Men's OT 1,500m, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

This is a big deal in Kenya. Justin Lagat thought that we should know about the situation in the 1,500m and the Athletics Integrity Unit rules. This shows, however well-meaning, this challenge needs to be remedied by AIU and Athletics Kenya.

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1325742548.jpgElliot Giles takes the 2021 Muller British Olympic Trials 800m, photo by British Athletics / Getty Images

The 2021 British Olympic Trials were held June 25-27, 2021 in Manchester, England. Stuart Weir was there to cover the event for us and provided us with a plethora of stories. We missed posting a couple and we apologize. The pieces on the 100m, which was just posted, and now, the Men's 800m, give you a better appreciation of the events and the teams going to the Tokyo Olympics.

The men's 800m has a ton of fine athletes, with Kenya, Great Britain, and the U.S. at the lead. This 800m Olympic Trials was a tough event. Enjoy Stuart's piece.

1325743739.jpgOliver Dustin (3rd), Elliot Giles (winner), Daniel Rowden (3rd), photo by British Athletics / Getty Images

1325612154.jpgAmo Dadzie, photo by British Athletics/ Getty Images

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1325613570.jpgThe 2021 Muller British Championships & Olympic Trials, Men's 100m, photo British Athletics / Getty Images

The Men's and Women's 100m Championships at the British Trials were just, well strange. Stuart Weir wrote these last month (June 26) and I am getting to them now. But the DQ in the Men's 100m and the bad timing issue in the women's 100m struck Stuart Weir as farcical. We think that word may be appropriate. The story is fascinating and shows how each Olympic Trials & Championship setting has its frustrations.

The idea of working in hills during the cross country season is nothing new. The idea of building your summer mileage and strength is not a new one either.

This is the secret sauce, so to speak of our plan. The idea is to build mileage, build hill strength and add on some tempo work to get you race ready for cross country. Within 3-4 races, you are racing fit.

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

The long jump is going to be exciting in Monaco on 9 July 2021.

Tajah Gayle has gone 8.56 m (wind-aided, 2.5ms) and 8.27m (wind of -2 ms) against Juan Miguel Echevarria, who went 8.29m, both in Stockholm at Bauhaus-Galan. Echevarria has gone 8.55m this season.

Add Thobias Montler, Marquis Dendy, and Miltiadis Tenteoglou and you have a long jump battle.

Each event at the Herculis Meeting will be sensational. Last year, Monaco put together incredible fields during the height of the pandemic.

Echevarria LJ.jpgJuan Luis Echevarria, Stockholm Bauhas Galan, photo by Diamond League AG

It was July 17, 2015.

I was sitting in the stands in the Stade Louis II, writing up the Herculis meeting, when the field began to assemble for the women's 1,500m. Chanelle Price, the American 800m runner, took the field through the 800m, hitting 2:07. And with that, Genzebe Dibaba was off and she was unstoppable. Dibaba put four seconds on Sifan Hassan in the last lap. Dibaba held on, running a new World record 3:50.07, a new World record.

Sifan Hassan was inconsolable. She could not believe that anyone could run that far away from her!

SREE4075.JPGSifan Hassan battles Faith Kipyegon at 1,500m in Florence DL, photo by Diamond League AG

Since then, Sifan Hassan, under the watchful eye of Pete Julian, has run some serious PBs: 1,500m in 3:51.95 (5 Oct 2019), 5000m in 14:22.19 (19 July 2019).

Her world records include One Mile i 4:12.33 (12 July 2019), 10,000m in 29:06.82 (6 June 2021-broken one week later), One Hour of 18,930m (4 Sept 2020) and 5k road (14:44-17 Feb 2019).

Will Sifan Hassan break her PB at 1,500m on 9 July 2021 in Monaco? Can Faith Kipyegon beat her at 1,500m in Monaco?

We will just have to wait!


Bromell-Baker-7-OlyTrials21w.jpgTrayvon Bromell holds off Ronnie Baker in the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

Trayvon Bromell is back! With his fine racing this season, and his exciting 9.80 win at the USOT for the Men's 100 meters. Now, Europe will see what we have seen and know, in 2021, Trayvon Bromell is back and racing better than ever! Trayvon will compete in Herculis Monaco, his first time since 2015.

This writer loves Monaco. The stadium is a classic, and the last 90 minutes just has one amazing event after another. I believe in 2016, the men's pole vault, the women's high jump, and the plethora of races that went on had a crowd of 15,000 on their feet!

Looking forward to this one...

I am posting this piece by Alan Abrahamson because I believe it is very important to read.

Alan Abrahamson is an Olympic sports columnist. His columns tend to challenge peoples' perceptions of all situations. Alan gets to the heart of the matter, and one tends to agree or disagree with him. There is no in-between. And, I think that is good. Alan does his homework, and his commentary adds to the appreciation of the global sports world.

Yesterday, just 11 minutes after the USATF announced the US team, I was editing over at my local Starbucks. I was getting hot as I was seeing so many errors in tweets, especially a lack of creativity in insults, that I read Alan's column.

Alan's column made me smile. He got it. He had put the situation in context, and allowed us, the kazillions who have no damn idea what is going on with Sha'Carri Richardson and should be allowing her to deal with the demons in her life, to realize that there are much more important things in life than running an Olympic 100m and a 4x100m relay.

Thanks, Alan, for writing this one!

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Before the Deluge: Sha'Carrie Richardson, June 19, 2021, photo by Kevin Morris/Kevmofoto

The easy days are important too. The easy days allow you to recover. Your body takes 24-72 hours to recover from tough workouts. At this time, we are giving you moderate workouts. Follow the schedule. Hydrate, eat well, and rest, sleep 8-10 hours a night and take a short nap (30-45 minutes) in the afternoon.

Lao-Tse was quoted as saying "the journey of thousand miles begins with one step." Your body builds gradually, it adapts to stress from workouts, and needs recovery time.

CFFD9D43-3C3C-4C62-9C17-323A88E04AD4.jpgThe Men's 5,000m, Garrett Heath, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

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

This is Stuart Weir's column on GB Athletes in action at the Gyulai Memorial. Stuart Weir does this column on GB athletes at each and every major meeting. We are doing the same thing with American athletes now.

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Stuart Weir wrote this piece about the amazing Gyulai Memorial that happened today, July 6. Nine meet records and some amazing competitions.

Each year, the Gyulai Memorial has better and better fields and is among the most competitive meets in all of Europe. The meet is a legacy for the late Istvan Gyulai, and Marton Gyulai and his team put together a tremendous meeting each and every year.

The Gyulai Memorial Meeting is on my list of to go meets in the post-pandemic years.

Gyulai Memorial .jpgGyulai Memorial, photo by Stuart Weir (via You Tube)

Check out the list below.

This is one of the best Olympic Track & Field teams ever named for the US. I am quite happy with the entire team. From sprints to throws to middle distances to distances, this is a solid team.

My only beef is that there will be so much copy about Sha'Carri Richardson not being put on the 4x100m relay squad, and it will be one of those things that Olympic beat reporters, who write about track & field once every four years, and have no idea a)just how strong the US team is, b) have an idea on how anti-doping works and c) how this would not be tolerated in any other sport.

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I will take up the Sha'Carri situation in its own piece, later tonight. One must remember, as Sha'Carri Richardson has a 30-day punishment, her result from the Olympic Trials is no longer relevant. She can still be named to the relay pool, but only if the head Women's coach asks for that, and it seems that the coaching staff may feel that rewarding someone for violating a WADA rule, is not a good precedent.

And here's the deal. If the USATF team does not win the 4x100m, good luck getting that off NBC. As Coach John Chaplin, an Olympic coach in the past once told me, "the only thing an Olympic coach is remembered for is if the batons get around the track."

As usual, the Gyulai Memorial held some amazing surprises for the season. This time, the 2021 season showed that no one is immortal. In the Men's 400m, Michael Norman finished 3rd in 44.65, with Steve Gardiner, winning in 44.47, and Bryce Deadmon in 44.58. In a very deep women's 200m, Sherika Jackson defeated Shaunae Miller-Uibo, 21.96 to 22.15. Dafne Schippers was in third, in 22.70m.

Take a look at this meet, in my mind, it should be a Diamond League meeting.

And that was not all. Some big throws. Tomas Walsh threw 22.22m, and Mykhalo Kokhan thew 80.78m to Wojciech Nowicki, 80.58m and Pawel Fajdeck, 78.78m, an U20 record for Mr. Kokhan!

The complete results are shown below!

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat

Episode 58,

The Epilogue Clip

9AA7C5E6-4BEB-49F3-AF02-D06165A2A763.jpgThe men's 200m, won by Noah Lyles, 19.74 WL, photo by Kevin Morris /Kemofoto

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

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

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Athletics Chat, Episode 58

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat, Episode 58,

0DCE6F9F-052F-493A-B5E6-270B95EA4B3A.jpgSydney McLaughlin battles Dalilah Muhammad, setting a new 400m hurdle WR 51.90, photo by Diamond League AG

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

In Episode 58, topics include:

1. 2021 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, June 18-June 27, 2021

2. Muller British Athletics Championships & Olympic Track & Field Trials, June 26-28, 2021

3. Sha'Carri Richardson debacle

4. Shelby Houlihan debacle

Episode 58 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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Timothy Cheruiyot .jpg Timothy Cheruiyot takes the 1,500m in Stockholm DL, photo by Diamond League AG

This is Justin Lagat's column on the Stockholm DL and the performances by Kenyan athletes in the Bauhaus Galan meeting.

This is a report on the American performances in Stockholm DL, which took place on 4 July 2021. We are trying to do these reports on all of the major events.

Kendricks_Sam-1b-OlyTrials21w.jpgSam Kendricks, (shown here 2021 U.S.O.T.), took second in PV in Stockholm DL on 4 July 2021, with 5.92m clearance, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

Mondo 6.02m stockholm .jpgMondo Duplantis, 6.02m, photo by Diamond League AG

ronnie baker .jpgRonnie Baker, 10.03 in 100m, photo Diamond League AG

Val Adams sp stockholm .jpgValerie Adams wins shot put, 19.29m, photo by Diamond League AG

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In his 4th piece on the Stockholm DL, Stuart puts together his top 10 highlights from Stockholm. We think that he has put together a pretty darn good list!

Welcome to week six. We suggested yesterday that you include sit-ups (bent legged), pull-ups and push-ups, beginning with 5-10 this week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. For the juniors and seniors, I am suggesting, 30 minute morning runs, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Keep those runs relaxed.

On today's run, get in some tough hills, and push them, finish up tired, and make sure that you cool down. Take turns pushing hills and remember to hydrate.

0DEF020F-939B-40CF-AD15-4D8B5DD26ED7.jpgThe Men's 1,500m final, USOT, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

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

Well, if we can do Brits in an event, I figured that it was time to post Americans in an event. So, here it goes. Let me know if I miss anyone!

The Oslo DL has a long history with top Americans, especially distance events and the pole vault!

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The 400m hurdles are one of the toughest events in our sport. And the gold medalists who have taken this event, male and female are some of the finest athletes in all of sports. The 400m hurdles requires speed and endurance, and focus, oh, and a tremendously high ability to challenge oneself.

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On July 1, 2021, Karsten Warholm set a new world record in the 400m hurdles, by focusing on the ten hurdles and one full lap of the track at the Oslo Bislett Games. In front of his countrymen and women, Warholm showed that he is an amazing global talent, as if we did not know that before.

20170809athletics0924.JPGA bemused Jonathan Edwards interviews Karsten Warholm in London 2017, just after Warholm's first WC gold, photo by Martin Batemen

Here's my 4 deep thoughts on Karsten Warholm:

The Stockholm DL is one of my favorite meets on the Diamond League circuit.

This was a tremendous year, with great performances!

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Femke Bol wins 400m hurdles in EL/NR 52.37 to Shamier Little's 52.79, photo by Diamond League AG

The stadium dates back to the 1912 Olympics, where the IAAF was formed, and Jim Thorpe competed. It was the stadium that I watched Usain Bolt race and sign autographs for an hour.

I watched Katey Mackey win her first 3000m in a Diamond League meeting. I watched the wonderful crowds, and atmosphere in the Stockholm stadium. The press conferences are always fun, and intimate, where we could do questions with top athletes.

In 2011, I walked on the warm-up wooden track that Paavo Nurmi and Jim Thorpe used. The history, past and present is amazing. I hope to be there next year.

This is week six.

We encourage, push-ups, pull ups and bent leg sit ups, starting with 5-10, on M, W and Friday.

For the more advanced athletes, we suggest a 30 minute am run, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, until races begin. Keep it relaxed.

On Mondays, keep it relaxed as you had a long run on Sundays!

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In this second piece on Stockholm, Stuart Weir writes about the Brits in Stockholm competing on July 4. Stuart will be doing 3 pieces on the Bauhaus Galan meeting, held in the 1912 Olympic stadium. It is one of my favorite stadiums as well as a fave mee

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1325724491.jpgBeth Dobbins, 200m, photo by Getty Images /British Athletics

1325579761.jpgElliot Giles, 800m, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

Stuart Weir, in his first piece on the Stockholm DL, looks at the women's 800m. While not reading Tarot cards or suggesting animal sacrifice, Stuart Weir does suggest that the Stockholm 800m and the quality of the field just hint at how tough it will be to get into the final in Tokyo in the women's 800m.

W800m elite story 1.jpgNatoya Goule battles Rose Almanza in Stockholm 800m! photo by Diamond League AG

It was in the fall of 1975 that Dave Hughes and I became friends.

It was about nine months since I had moved from St. Louis, Missouri to San Jose, California. The changes were severe. My accent was teased, and I was the slowest guy on the team at Bellarmine. I liked school and my new home, but it was tough getting teased and I did not know how to make friends.

So, over the summer, after my Coach told me to "run more", I had run 10-18 miles a day, losing fifteen pounds, but also, moving from last to the middle of the pack, that my cross country team was okay with me. Dave was one of the top 400m guys on the team, and a solid cross country runner, top five on the team.

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Bob Lucas had won his first race, the JV race at the first race of the season, and would replace me on the Varsity team. Bob and I battled over that position all season, and in spite of it, we became lifelong friends.

We were in about our third week of training. Our coach liked hills, so that was the plan for the day.

We were to run a nine-mile run-up Bear Creek road, by Lexington Dam. Somehow, David and I got into a groove and ran the whole way up (5 miles) and down together. We were friends by the time we reached the bottom.

Dave had a surfer sense of humor and helped me loosen up. We see each other at reunions and send notes over Facebook, but I think to that time when he could have ignored me over a long run, but he did not.

Long runs change lives.

RunBlogRun presents
Trials Breakdown
Day 10 Review

USATF Olympic Trials Review
Hayward Field
Eugene, OR
Day 10 (Saturday, June 27, 2021)

TRIALS_DAY8_CORTNEYW-05690.jpgSydney McLaughlin, 400m hurdles, photo by Cortney V White

This is our review of the tenth day of the U.S. Olympic Trials. Thanks to Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts, who is the production manager on these videos. It was a very hot day, quite dangerous heat.

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DSL_9867_1.jpgMondo Duplantis takes Oslo DL in 6.01m, photo by Diamond League AG

This is the preview of the Stockholm meeting by EME News.

JuVaughn Harrison is doing something not done since 1912. He will be competing in both the high jump and long jump at the 2021 Olympics. Not since Jim Thorpe, in 1912, has this double been completed with success.

Just how good is JuVaughn? Well, the LSU star has won double three times in NCAA competitions!

Thanks to Pierre Weil of the SOJC for this story!

Lori Shontz and Larry Eder edit all stories by SOJC Track Bureau.

Harrison_JuVaughn-Q-OlyTrials21w.jpgJuVaughn Harrison going airborne! photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

The men's 5000m was moved to 10 AM on the last day of the Trials, due to the heat. Just four hours later, the meet was suspended due to the temperature in the stadium hitting 108. It resumed around 8:30 PM in the evening.

The men's 5000m is 12.5 laps of chess-like moves. Tactics are everything. With the key players all having made the Olympic Trials and Olympic standards, it came down to racing.

Paul Chelimo was the 2016 Olympic silver medalist and 2017 World Champion bronze medalist, both at 5000 meters. Paul is tough, I watched him run 13:08 to win the US Champs in hot Sacramento!

This was a race to watch again and again!

Sean MacPherson wrote this story! Sean writes for SOJC, and takes a class with Professor Lori Shontz. Lori Shontz and Larry Eder edit all pieces from SOJC members.

Chelimo_Paul-1-OlyTrials21w.jpgPaul Chelimo, 5000m champion 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

Centrowitz-Gregorek-Hocker-SF1-OlyTrials21w.jpgMatthew Centrowitz, Cole Hocker, 1,500m semifinals, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

The men's 1,500m was the second to last event on the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Schedule. The truth was, the five events that were held after the meet was suspended on Sunday, June 27, 2021, made one of the finest hours ever in an Olympic Trials.

The men's 1,500m lived up to the hype!

This piece was written by Sean MacPherson of the SOJC Track Bureau for RunBlogRun. SOJC is managed by Lori Shontz, professor at the University of Oregon.

Lori Shontz and Larry Eder edit all pieces by SOJC.

In 1995, I was at my first World Championships. I recall watching Kim Batten and Tonja Buford Bailey go 1,2 in the women's 400m hurdles, breaking the WR and just blowing people's minds.

In 2021, I watched Sydney McLaughlin demolish the world record of Dalilah Muhammed, with her 51.90 WR and then Dalilah Muhammed in second in 52.40 (remember, Dalilah set WRs in 2019 with 52.20 and 52.16).

McLaughlin_Sydney-Q1-OlyTrials21w.jpgSydney McLaughlin, 400m hurdles, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

The thing is this, we have a plethora of fine women athletes in the 400m hurdles. Medals can come from virtually anyone who makes the US team!

Muhammad_Delilah-Q-OlyTrials21w.jpgDalilah Muhammed, 400m hurdles, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

This piece was written by Sam Fariss, who writes for SOJC. SOJC is managed by Lori Shontz, a Journalism professor at the University of Oregon.

All SOJC pieces are edited by Lori Shontz and Larry Eder

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Day 9 (Saturday, June 26, 2021)

TRIALS_DAY7_CORTNEYW-03945.jpgEmily Sisson, winner of OT 10,000m, June 26, 2021, photo by Cortney White

This is our review of the ninth day of the U.S. Olympic Trials. Thanks to Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts, who is the production manager on these videos. It was a very hot day, quite dangerous heat.

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Day 8 (Friday, June 25, 2021)

TRIALS_DAY6_CORTNEYW-03354.jpgMason Ferlic makes the Olympic team in the steeplechase, photo by Cortney White

This is our day 8 review of the amazing U.S. Olympic Trials. Special thanks to production manager, Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts.

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RunBlogRun presents
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USATF Olympic Trials Review
Hayward Field
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Day 7 (Thursday, June 24, 2021)

TRIALS_DAY5_CORTNEYW-02329.jpgWomen's steeplechase heats, June 24, 2021, Day 7, photo by Cortney White

This is our review of the seventh day of the U.S. Olympic Trials. Thanks to Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts, who is the production manager on these videos.

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image0_1.jpegTara Davis, second place, LJ, and her Mom, at Wild Duck Cafe, with senior writer Jeff Benjamin

image0.jpegThe unique Rod Dixon wood statue, photo by Jeff Benjamin

These are the deep thoughts of Jeff Benjamin on his sojourn to the Olympic Trials. We hope you enjoy his photo adventure.

kw 46.70.jpgKarsten Warholm is the first European to hold the 400m hurdles WR since David Hemery in 1968! photo by Diamond League AG

The 400m hurdles race is an event for tough athletes. It was also an event developed, in my humble opinion, by a sadist. First, take the 400 meters. One can, when in high fitness, run about 250-300 meters all out before collapsing. So the 400 meters is broken up into sections by the Great Ones.

The 400m hurdles have ten hurdles added to the misery of the one-lap race. That means one must control both speed and endurance as one gets around the track, and maintains good form over the last two hurdles. Watching Karsten Warholm and Rai Benjamin, one realizes that they are in the presence of geniuses at their events.

Karsten Warhlom moved from the multi-events to the 400m to the 400m hurdles. He maintains a tough workout schedule and obviously is intrigued by his event.

Can he go faster?

Let's just say this. With Rai Benjamin canceling his European tour prior to Tokyo, the final in the Olympics could take a WR to take gold! It should be a highlight of the 2021 Olympics.

The Wanda Diamond League is a series of elite one-day meets (well, a couple are two day) around the world. Oslo was the 4th of the season (Gateshead #1 (replaced Rabat), Doha, Rome (was held in Florence). The DL was one of the first to react to the pandemic and tried innovative approaches to putting meets on, we are sure happy that most will be able to be held in 2021.

The Oslo meeting had some amazing performances. Karston Warholm again showed his genius in the 400m hurdles, with the new World record in 46.70! The precision, the focus and the drive to take down one of the most enduring records (29 years) in all of athletics has to be noted.

On top of that, the 400m hurdle run by Femke Bol and the brilliant 3000m by Yomif Kejelcha, 5000m by Hellen Obiri, stunning mile by Stewart McSweyn and first DL win by Kate Grace all made us geek out, once again!

kw.jpgKarsten Warholm, admiring his new WR, 46.70, photo by Diamond League AG

DSL_9463.JPGYomif Kejelcha takes the 3000m, leads 8 to PBs! photo by Diamond League AG

DSL_9739_1.jpgObiri battles Worku at 5000m, Hellen Obiri wins in 14:26.38! photo by Diamond League AG

DSL_9850.JPGKate Grace takes Oslo DL in PB 1:57.60, her first Diamond League win! photo by Diamond League AG

Justin Lagat caught the excitement of the distance races in his comments on the Oslo Diamond League (July 1, 2021). We thank him for his thoughtful obseverations and also Matthew Quine, media manager at Diamond League on his photos and results.

The Saturday hill run is brisk. You can do ten times a minute hilly runs. You can do 3 times 3-minute hill and a two minute hill one time. Keep the pace low.

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Yes, 400m runners can (and should run cross country), photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

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

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Oliver_Javianne-VL-OlyTrials21w.jpgJavianne Oliver, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

Javianne Oliver took 2nd in the U.S. Olympic Trials 100m. Her performance, under the pressure cooker that is the Trials. Javianne spoke with us after her exceptional race.

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brianna rollins .jpgBrianna Rollins, Beijing 2015, photo via YouTube

Brianna Rollins ran the 100m hurdles in Eugene, and this week, she has had her 5-year ban upheld, so she is out of the 2021 Olympics. In order for USATF to uphold US legal precedents, Rollins had to be allowed to run.

Gabbi Cunningham, who took 4th in the event, will be going to Tokyo to represent the US.

DSL_9550_1.jpgMarie Jose Ta Lou, 100m, Oslo DL, photo by Diamond League AG

Marie Jose Ta-Lou is coming back to shape at the right time. Marie Jose Ta-Lou has been one of the finest sprinters on the African continent, and over the last five years, one of the finest sprinters in the world.

Stuart Weir wrote this piece, as his final piece on the Oslo Diamond League meeting.

Well, Sha'Carri Richardson, the woman who won the US Olympic Trials in such blazing fashion in the 100m had a positive test for a banned substance, in this case, Marijuana or an active ingredient in Marijuana. The silliness of the situation has been pointed out, as well as the confusing statements by Sha'Carri Richardson.Due to her act of contrition, WADA, USADA, and AIU may give her a month's ban, which means that she could run in the 4 X 100 meters at the end of the Tokyo Olympics. Stay tuned on that one.

It is sad. On a day that I want to write about Karston Warholm and his new WR, I am writing about a very dumb rule, and a less than a clear view of anti-doping by fans, sponsors, and media. USADA, WADA, and Athletics Integrity Unit continue to allow situations to take away from its mandate.

Just an unsettling day...

Richardson_ShaCarri-R1-OlyTrials21w.jpgSha'Carri Richardson, photo by Kevin Morris

This is the update on the Team GB team. We will do the same on the Team USA team as well.

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Jess Judd, 5000m and 10,000m, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

1325724491.jpgBeth Robbins, 200m, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

In this piece, Stuart Weir explains the Team GB athlete picks for Tokyo.

My apologies.

With the US and British Olympic Trials, Oslo Bislett, and ten writers in the queue, I have been busy. I will be caught up around July 4, as we have some fine stories on both Trials, Bislett, and the upcoming Gyulai Memorial, each year becoming a more important meeting.

In the end, we are storytellers.

Each day, when you check out RunBlogRun or see our nightly newsletter, you want the best stories on athletes, events, and our sport that you can find. That is why we write text stories, speak on audio and podcasts and post hundreds of photos.

It is about inspiration.

That is what Stuart Weir, our most prolific writer does. He captures the humanity of our stars. From the joy of Jodie and Hannah Williams, who ran so well in the 400m, to the gutty battle between Josh Kerr and Jake Wightman in the Trials' 1,500m.

Catch your breath...

1325583399.jpgKeely Hodginsen, semi-finals, Women's 800m, photo by British Athletics / Getty Images

Friday is an easy day. Make sure you view the Oslo meeting from last night! A WR in the 400m hurdles by Karston Warholm, and a screaming fast 3000m for the men and 5000m for the women! Plus a big pole vault. A perfect You Tube viewing after your easy workout today. And, keep it easy!

Akins_Nia-SF-OlyTrials21w.jpgNia Atkins, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, June 18-27, 2021, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

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

DSC_5157.JPGEilish McColgan Leading in Gateshead, photo by Getty Images /British Athletics

In his second piece on th Oslo Bislett Games, Stuart Weir writes about Briton Eilish McColgan and her masterful 5000 meters as well as other performances by Team GGl;./

DSL_0148_1.jpgKarston Warholm, 400m hurdle world record holder! photo by Diamond League AG

Karston Warholm now has the world record in the 400m hurdles. In front of his home crowd, Karston took off well and handled each and every one of the ten hurdles with the focus and strength of the elite athlete that he is. Since he began to focus on the 400m hurdles in 2017, he has surprised us. His London 2017 win surprised many, but his 2019 win and his races in 2020 surprised few.

DSL_0195_1.jpgKarston Warholm breaks the 29-year-old 400m hurdles WR! photo by Diamond League AG

Stuart Weir wrote this piece on the Norwegian world record holder. He also has had some funny interactions with the Norwegian hurdler!

In his flash quote tonight, Karston said the following:

"I now have the world record and I am so happy! "

The Thursday workout is about a good session in the hills, for 65 minutes. We want you properly warmed up, say 10-15 minutes of good running, and then, begin to move. Charge the hills, find some long hills, find some short hills, but make yourself move up them well, and catch your breath, and begin again. This workout will tax you, but also begin to build your confidence.

Centrowitz-Hocker-SF1-OlyTrials21w.jpgCole Hocker, Matthew Centrowitz, Men's 1,500m semi finals, 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.

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