August 2021 Archives

It was a warm day. On August 5, 1984, Joan Benoit Samuelson took an early lead in the LA Olympic Marathon, with Grete Waitz, Ingrid Kristiansen and Rosa Mota following and running very tactial races. Joan was chased about 20 miles, and by the end, Joannie had just about 400 meters on 1983 World Champion Grete Waitz.

It was a gutty race. I remember watching it, on our new portable color TV, after a 20 mile run that morning. I was glued to the TV, hoping that Joan could keep her lead. I knew she was tough, as my buddy Gary Goettlemann had told me about her hitting 10 miles in Boston, on her way to the world record in about 51 minutes. Joannie was gutty, and her gamble paid off.

In fact, she made it look easy.

How tough is Joan Benoit Samuelson? Greg Meyer, the 1983 Boston champion, told me that Joannie was the toughest trainer he knew. He said that training with her day after day, one could face injury. I believe it.

joan_benoit_231701a-56aa1dfe3df78cf772ac7ab1.jpgJoan Benoit Samuelson takes gold at LA 1984 Olympic marathon, photo courtesy of USOPC

In about 1977, the late John Jerome, one of the finest writers in sports ever, noted, of Frank Shorter, " by putting 26 miles together at five minutes a mile, Frank Shorter invented running." That could and should be said of Joan Benoit Samuelson.

Joan Benoit Samuelson has been the reluctant queen of women's running. Joan has always been thoughtful with questions from media, new women runners and experienced women runners, Joan Benoit Samuelson changed the face of sports, and women's running.

Thanks, Joan Benoit Samuelson!

Thanks, #JustAthletics for doing this amazing podcast!

All 209 countries have heroes...

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I have been wanting to write this piece for some time. Today, it came together as I was editing. I am curious to see what you think of this one. Email me at [email protected].

IMG_9168.jpgKambundji Mujinga, photo by Kathy Camara via TV

Tuesday is a tough day. This is hard one. Stay focused on one repeat at a time.

ehZyuxRI.jpgEarly track spike, circa 1928 by Adi Dassler, photo adidas Communications

Tuesday: warm-up, 4 x 6 minutes, 5k race pace, 3-minute jog in between intervals, on XC course, or park, cooldown.

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 65, the Epilogue Clip

This is the Epilogue Clip.

082021_PreClassicDay197365.JPGCraig Engels running the Nike International Mile, photo by How Lao

This is the Athletics Chat. Larry Eder is in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin and Stuart Weir is in Oxford, England. Once a week, we discuss the challenges in the sport for the week. Special thanks, as always, to Mike Deering, production manager for #SocialingtheDistance.

In the Epilogue Clip, Larry Eder does a monologue.

Topics:

1. Eugene, Oregon.

2. Lausanne, Switzerland.

3. Deep thoughts on the Olympics.

4. Thoughts on the London Marathon.


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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 65

700043877_AH_2746_B12AFE4FFBBA7FF83C7EE3BE049EDC01.JPGBritish 4x 100m relay, London 2017, photo by World Athletics

This is the Athletics Chat. Larry Eder is in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin and Stuart Weir is in Oxford, England. Once a week, we discuss the challenges in the sport for the week. Special thanks, as always, to Mike Deering, production manager for #SocialingtheDistance.

Topics:

1. Eugene, Oregon.

2. Lausanne, Switzerland.

3. Deep thoughts on the Olympics.

4. Thoughts on the London Marathon.


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

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

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

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In our sport, I am most fortunate to work with some amazingly talented people. One of the most colorful, optimistic and thoughtful is Cathal Dennehy. Cathal has traveled far and wide, to cover the sport he loves. He champions the good fight, the good challenge, the good race, and he wants it done on an even playing field.

Early in his career, we were most fortunate to enjoy Cathal Dennehy writing for RunBlogRun.

During the recent U20 World Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, our senior writer in Kenya, Justin Lagat was able to get a few minutes of Cathal Dennehy's time between eight-hour shifts announcing the Under 20s, and get him to answer 3 questions.

Special thanks to Justin Lagat and Cathal Dennehy for his time.

IMG_4139.JPGCathal Dennehy, Nairobi, Kenya, August 2021, photo by Justin Lagat

The Diamond League season took off, once again, 12 days after the end of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Throughout the pandemic, the Diamond League has managed to find a way to provide fans a sport outlet, safely featuring our sport.

In 2021, after watching 18 days and nights of mostly near-empty facilities in Tokyo, we have seen good crowds in Eugene, Lausanne, and Paris.

Here are 3 quick thoughts on what each meet brought back to us, and why we should be grateful for 2021, as it builds to 2022 and 3 global championships (Worlds, Commonwealth Games, and European Championships).

Hayward_Field-start-USATFgp21w.jpgHayward Field, May 2021, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

The Meeting de Paris has had an amazing history. This year was no exception. Check out the results on the entire meet. The depth is amazing, and the performances continue to impress. What was fun watching the meet was a good crowd, three meets now across the globe, Eugene, Laussane and Paris!

Thanks to World Athletics Services for these results, as always.

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We are a day behind at @runblogrun this week. We have cross country travel this week, and we battled arachnids as well over the weekend.

Did not stop us from watching the Paris DL on Peacock TV twice. Loved the broadcast and the amazing performances.

This is how EME News covered the meeting, event by event.

E947jD1WUAkGsIa.jpgMeeting de Paris, Stade Charlety, photo by Diamond League AG

This week, add a 30 minute run on Monday,Wednesday, and Friday if you are advanced, meaning a senior in high school, college athlete, add the run to your fall regimen.

Arop.jpgMarco Arop takes Lausanne! photo by Diamond League AG

Monday:

(AM for advanced: 30 minute run)

light run, 45 minutes easy pace, stretch, 4 x 150 m stride-outs, light cooldown. (AM for advanced: 30 minute run)

DSC_7990.JPGYalemzerf Yehualaw runs 1:03.43 at Antrim Coast Half Marathon, photo by Antrim Coast Half Marathon

Yalemzerf Yehualaw became the first woman under 1:04 for the half marathon on Sunday, August 29, 2021, when she ran 1:03.43 at the Antrim Coast Half Marathon!

DSC_2852.JPGYalemzerf Yehualaw has just run WR 1:03.43 at Antrim Coast Half Marathon, photo by Antrim Coast Half Marathon

More details to come. We are also congratulating race director James Mcilroy, a good friend, who manages the Antrim Coast Half Marathon in Northern Ireland!

RunBlogRun presents
Under Armour All Out Mile
Interview with Will Leer

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Will Leer is the ambassador for the Under Armour All Out Mile. In this interview, Will explains the mile, racing the mile, and the program that Under Armour has put together for the All Out Mile. Will has run a mile in 3:51.82 and 1,500m in 3:34.26.

Visit the website here: https://www.uaalloutmile.com

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2021 RunBlogRun, week # 13, day 7

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The long-run is part of my weekly regimen for almost all runners, 800m-5000m. Begin at 55 minutes and build to 70-90 minutes. Keep the pace relaxed, tell stories and keep the conversation light. Check shoes again, make sure you have a pair for long runs and easy days and one for racing and quick days.

IMG_3608.jpgFrancine Niyonsaba moved up from 800m to 2 miles/3000m and 5000/10,000m, photo by K. Camara, from #ParisDL

Sunday: Long run, 75-90 minutes, at a conversational pace

Saturday is a tough day. 3 mile repeats at 5k pace, then, 4 strikeouts. A long day, as you prepare for the upcoming season.

SREE4592.JPGJakub Ingebrigtsen, worn out after a race, photo by Diamond League AG

Saturday: warm-up, 3 x 1 mile, 800m jog, miles at 5k pace, 4x150m stride outs, cooldown

E90CFidXoAsskva.jpegRenaud Lavillenie, Mondo Duplantis, Sam Kendricks all competing at Meeting de Paris, photo by Diamond League AG

E9zxZ19X0AITVl2.jpegAllyson Felix, photo by Diamond League AG

This is the event-by-event preview on the Meeting de Paris, by EME News.

The presentation of the Meeting de Paris is posted below. The meet will be held in Stade Charlety, and seats about 15,000.

I have enjoyed visiting this meet in the past, and hope to return in the future. RunBlogRun will cover the meet via social media and columns as well.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic medalists competing in Paris tomorrow at Charlety stadium, photo by KMSP / FFA 


Ryan Crouser is one of the true superstars of global athletics.

Now holding the world records both indoors and outdoors in the Men's shot put, Ryan Crouser makes a difficult series of actions look almost easy.

The truth is, Ryan Crouser is a genius at the Men's shot put.

And this is the story of how Stuart Weir met Ryan Crouser and they discussed the shot put.

_SWT9450.JPGRyan Crouser wins in Lausanne, photo by Diamond League AG

The Lausanne 110m hurdles...

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Devon Allen won the 110m hurdles in Lausanne in 13.07. Devon was 4th in Tokyo and his performance in Lausanne was spectacular. Stuart Weir caught up with the American after his race.

_SWT9984_1.jpgDevon Allen, winner of Lausanne 110m hurdles, photo by Diamond League AG

Brits in Lausanne...

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700043877_AH_2746_B12AFE4FFBBA7FF83C7EE3BE049EDC01.JPGBritish Women's 4x100m relay, London 2017, photo by British Athletics

1270649004.jpgEilie Baker, photo by British Athletics

1270668777.jpgJazmin Sawyers, photo by British Athletics

Stuart Weir wrote this piece on the British performances in Lausanne. I will update one on the American performances.

This is a thought-provoking piece. Orrin Konheim writes pieces for @runblogrun around Olympics on marketing and translating what the media espouses and what actually happens.

The idea was this. I wanted Orrin Konheim to consider who and how to market athletes in the sport. I found some of his ideas interesting and would love to see how you, our readers, see the marketing of athletes from Olympic events.

The idea is how the general public sees Olympic track & field athletes, which is one of the keys of success to growing our sport.

Lyles_Noah-200Q1a-OlyTrials21w.jpgNoah Lyles winning the 200m at 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

This is Friday of week 13. Keep the run easy and enjoy the sensation of speed. Cool down well, and get some stretching in.

062321_McKenzieRiver81395.JPG2021 McKenzie River International, June 22, 2021, photo by How Lao Photography

Friday: light run, 45 minutes easy pace, stretch, 4 x 150 m stride-outs, light cooldown.

The Athletissima meeting is one of the finest meets on the Diamond League series. The crowd loves athletics, especially Swiss Athletics.

The event-by-event report is done by EME News.

_SWT9887.JPGThe Lausanne Athletissima meeting, August 26, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

The Athletissima meet is one of the most exciting meets in Europe. I love walking around Lausanne in July or August and enjoy the crowd in the Stadium de la Pontaise.

Stuart Weir is covering the meet for RunBlogRun.

This is the full results of the Athletissima, enjoy seeing the depth of performance.

Oh, your editor watched the meet on Peacock, and truly enjoyed Steve Cram and Tim Hutchings. They keep the discussion real and provide us with good splits and commentary. Almost as if people who watch track & field actually can figure out splits.

IMG_1365.jpgThe Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, photo by Stuart Weir

Stuart Weir wrote his second column on the Athletissima meeting 100m, which featured an athlete that he knows pretty well, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce.

Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce is one of the finest women sprinters of all times. SAFP has won 20 global medals ( 8 Olympic medals, 12 World Outdoor medals and one 1 world indoor medal). At the age of 34, she has just run 10.60 for the 100m, her PB!

_SWT4483_1.jpgShelly-Ann Fraser Pryce wins Athletissima in 10.60 PB for the 100m, photo by Diamond League AG

Stuart Weir is at a meet in Europe for the first time since 2019. He will visit Lausanne, Paris, and Zurich. No Brussels (the quarantine was challenging).

This is Stuart Weir's first piece on Lausanne. By all indications, he loved it! 240671175_6344814552210352_4913604581684253023_n.jpgShelly Ann Fraser-Pryce ran 10.60 this evening! photo by Diamond League AG

082121_PreClassicDay199888.JPGAndre De Grasse wins the Nike Pre Classic 100m, photo by How Lao Photography

In her final column on the Nike Pre Classic, Sam Fariss gave Canadian super star Andre De Grasse his due with his fine 100m win in Eugene, Oregon last weekend.

The media circus and social media circus directed around Sha'Carri Richardson between the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, and the 2021 Nike Pre Classic has been fascinating.

Sam Fariss wrote this piece on the performance of Sha'Carri Richardson at the Nike Pre Classic. She finished last. It is a humbling experience to finish last (this writer should know).

We wish Sha'Carri Richardson a warm return to her career.

RIchardson_SheCarri-VL2-OlyTrials21w.jpgSha'Carri Richardson, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris/ Kevmofoto

This has been a crazy week. The Nike Pre Classic, the WU20 Championships, and Lausanne Athletissima. I asked Matt Wisner to write a few pieces on the Nike Pre Classic, some of the events which we wanted a little more detail on.

Matt wrote this piece on Jakob Ingebrigtsen and his amazing runs this summer. The Bowerman mile was an awesome run! 082121_PreClassicDay1100088.JPGJakub Ingebrigtsen wins the Bowerman Mile, photo by How Lao Photography

Amos Serem photo by Dan Vernon.jpgAmos Serem takes the steeplechase, photo by Dan Vernon for World Athletics

Benjamin Richardson 4x100m photo by Dan Vernon.jpgBenjamin Richardson anchors South Africa to their gold in the 4x100m, photo by Dan Vernon for World Athletics

Mizan Alem photo by Dan Vernon.jpgMisan Alem takes the 5000m, photo by Dan Vernon for World Athletics

This is Justin Lagat's final piece on the WU20 final day, August 22, 2021. Lots of excitement in the last day. Watch for our photo gallery, thanks to photographers Roger Sedres, Dan Vernon, both sponsored by World Athletics! And thanks to Justin Lagat's fine social media and daily stories!

The hill repeats on this day weill challenge and the 300 cut downs will help you develop a good finish. Remember, you need to be ready to kick home in about four weeks.

062321_McKenzieRiver81337.JPGA fine finish, McKenzie River International, photo by How Lao Photography

Thursday: warm-up, Hill repeats, 6 x 200m up the hill, jog easy down, 20 minutes good pace, 6 x 300m, at 800m pace, 100m jog between, slow cooldown.

As he did in 2016, Orrin Konheim spoke with David Wallechinsky, one of the top experts of the Olympic Games, to provide some clarity on some issues from the Tokyo Olympics.

We thank Mr. Wallechinsky for his time and Orrin Konheim for his questions.

1305690566.jpgMarcel Jacobs, 2021 European Indoor Champion, 60m, 2021 Tokyo Olympic Champion, 100m, the biggest upset of the Tokyo Olympic Games, photo by European Athletics

image0.jpegDeena Kastor takes Olympic bronze in the Athens Olympic marathon, photo by USOC

image2.jpegJeff Benjamin with Deena Kastor, photo by Jeff Benjamin

Our East Coast, senior writer, Jeff Benjamin, reached out to Deena Kastor, 2004 Athens Olympic bronze medalist in the marathon, to offer her observations on Molly Seidel, 2021 Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist in the marathon.

We thank Deena Kastor for her comments and congratulate Molly Seidel on becoming only the third American woman to take an Olympic medal in the marathon.

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 64,

The Epilogue Clip

The epilogue allows me to provide some final comments on Episode 64. I am speaking about the success of the Olympics, and how well the US women did in Tokyo.

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 64

IMG_1150.jpgCourtney Frerichs speaks to the media after her Tokyo Olympic silver medal, photo by Stuart Weir

Stuart Weir had just returned from Tokyo, Japan and Larry Eder is ensconced in humid Wisconsin. We discussed the following weekly challenges;

1. How successful was the Tokyo Olympics?

2. How Eugene was handling the challenges of the Nike Pre Classic.

3. The Diamond League's position in ending the season.

4. The fall marathon season is stacking up.

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

#AthleticsChat #RunBlogRun #theshoeaddicts

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The easy days are so important. Yesterday, we interviewed Will Leer, a 3:51.7 miler, who said that recovery days allow our bodies to use the hard training. Keep it easy today.

IMG_5784.JPGGalen Rupp, Rio 2016 Olympic marathon, photo by Jeff Benjamin

Wednesday: light run, 45 minutes easy pace, stretch, 4 x 150 m light cooldown.

I like this column by Sam Fariss. Marco Arop is a Canadian athlete that you should have, as does Sam Fariss, on the radar. He is talented, and he choose the only Diamond League meet in North America, to take out the gold and silver medalist in the Olympic 800m.

Marco Arop has serious wheels and a top finish, which is part of the 800m food chain. You want to race well over two laps, you better be able to dig in the last 200m and make the other competitors hurt, hurt, hurt.

Enjoy this column on the young Canadian. Nicely done, Sam. 082121_PreClassicDay198409.JPG

Marco Arop won the 800m, in an oh-so-close race! photo by How Lao Photography

The Nike Pre Classic is the legacy of one Steve Prefontaine. A 24-year-old man, at the time of his death, Prefontaine challenged himself to see how much he could hurt, how much he could endure. He loved the crowds at Hayward Field, and he was one of the first sponsored athletes by Nike, a new brand at the time, with some cool shoes and a rock star athlete.

In Hayward Field, one finds one of the few true athletic stadiums in the world. As one walks around the stadium, one finds images of the many heroes that wore Oregon uniforms over the past century.

Sam Fariss has been writing for us this summer, and she seems to have an affection for athletics and a crisp writing style. I like both of those talents.

I hope you enjoy Sam's piece on Sifan Hassan.

082021_PreClassicDay197626.JPGHer race be won, Sifan Hassan puts it all on the line, photo by How Lao Photography

This is our second week with Just Athletics podcasts. We love them. We love their love of the sport, their questions, their enthusiasm.

gettyimages-595211496-2048x2048-thumb-500xauto-53149.jpgBen Blankenship, Rio 2016 Olympics, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

This Tuesday and Thursday, you will be able to find Just Athletics up on our sites. Today, it is all about Ben Blankenship, one of the true icons of the sport.

I really like this piece by Matt Wisner. Matt wrote for us at the Olympic Trials, as part of Lori Shontz' group of sport journalist SOJC, and we were fortunate to have this group writing for us at the Olympic Trials, and some again for the Olympics.

Matt Wisner has an affection for the sport, and the ability to put athletes, such as Francine Niyonsaba, into a perspective that allows, you the reader, to feel the story.

Nicely done, Matt.

And Francine totally kicked butt in that 2 mile, didn't she?

082021_PreClassicDay197521.JPGFrancine Niyonsaba takes the 2 miles, August 20, 2021, photo by How Lao Photography

This Tuesday workout really knocked us around a bit. The 4 repeats at a 5k pace are deceptive. A good pace, but not over the top. It is about the middle of the third repeat that you will start calling me names. That's okay. Embrace the fatigue, welcome the challenge. Catch your breath, maybe jog ten minutes, then, do those stride-outs. Know that sometime, this coming season, you will look back at Terrible Tuesdays and smile, knowing that you can handle just about anything.

gettyimages-642604868-2048x2048-thumb-500xauto-55288.jpgBen Blankenship is a beastmaster, check out our friends at Just Athletics Podcast later today, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

I sure hope that you were able to watch the Nike Pre Classic. Named in memory of the late Steve Prefontaine, the meet provides a legacy that would have made Pre happy. He loved track & field, and he liked the pursuit of challenges. Prefontaine was the most serious athlete you have ever met and the center of the party as well. America loved Prefontaine as he was a rock star, Olympic athlete, and colorful. He was, well, a character. Yet, he did things few people knew. He visited a state penitentiary to help inmates run and get their acts together. Few knew about that until after his death. No one should die at the age of 24, but Pre did, and his brutal frankness, his whimsicalness, his desire to be challenged all out has kept the whispering in our ears since May 30, 1975, "Do you have anything left? Is there anything more that you can give?"

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Monday: light run, 45 minutes easy pace, stretch, 4 x 150 m stride-outs, light cooldown.

The Nike Pre Classic returned to Eugene after three years! In a stadium built for athletics, the athletes performed and the fans rejoiced.

This is the EME News update on the 2021 Nike Pre Classic.

APN_3510_1.jpgMen's 800m, Nike Pre Classic, photo by Diamond League AG

APN_3783.JPGNorah Neruto takes steeplechase in MR, photo by Diamond League AG

Sasha Zhoya photo by Roger Sedres.jpgSasha Zhoya goes 12.72, 110m hurdles, WU20 record, photo by Roger Sedres for World Athletics

Sasha Zhoya photo by Dan Vernon.jpgSasha Zhoya just set WU20 110m hurdles of 12.72, photo by Roger Sedres for World Athletics

This is Justin Lagat's report on Session 2, Day 4. Justin has reported on all 4 days for us so far of the World Athletics U20 Championships, in Nairobi, Kenya.

IMG_1262.JPGTeam GB 4x100m relay, photo by Stuart Weir

IMG_1255.JPGLaura Muir, silver medal in the 1,500m, photo by Stuart Weir

IMG_1231.JPGKeely Hodgkinson, silver medal, 800m, photo by Stuart Weir

This is one of my favorite columns each global event from Stuart Weir. Stuart finds things most of us would miss.

Hassan.JPGSifan Hassan, photo by Stuart Weir

IMG_1241.JPGLaura Muir, Faith Kipyegon, photo by Stuart Weir

Felix.JPGAllyson Felix , photo by Stuart Weir

Long runs, traditionally done on Sundays, are also days to kibbutz on Saturday races or big workouts. It's the time when bragging begins and the B.S. gets deep. A good race on Saturday also insured the pace would be forgiving on a Sunday and the conversation light.

Enjoy your run.

IMG_3171.jpgSifan Hassan, en route to winning 5000m at Nike Pre Classic. After 61,000m at Tokyo Olympics, breaking the WR in 5000m was just too much this past weekend. Photo by K. Camara by TV

Sunday: Long run, 75-90 minutes, at a conversational pace

This is day 4, session 1 update by Justin Lagat at the World Athletics U20 in Nairobi. Justin has been in Nairobi all week to cover the meetings for us.

E9D43xiWUAQjCYr.jpgThis is the media section in the World Athletics U 20 Champs in Mio Stadium, in Nairobi, photo by Justin Lagat

The Nike Pre Classic presser is one of my favorite pressers of the season. This year, Paul Swangard, emceed the event, not Tom Jordan, who was in the last year of his three-plus decade position as the meet director.

We asked Matt Wisner to write this piece on the Presser, to give you a view of what we, the media see, and are presented at the major meets.

IMG_2993.jpgHayward Field, Friday night, August 20, 2021, photo via TV by Kathy Camara

It is the gradual build-up of fatigue in a race that challenges athletes. The 5k pace builds up on you, as you repeat miles at 5k pace, then, you run stride outs, fast, and that is when it hurts. Cool down well, racing is coming soon!

DSCN1922.JPGWorld Athletics U20 5000m, Nairobi, Kenya, August 20, 2021, photo by Justin Lagat

Saturday: warm-up, 3 x 1 mile, 800m jog, miles at 5k pace, 4x150m stride outs, cooldown

RunBlogRun presents
Conversations with Larry
Nike Prefontaine Classic 2021

SREE4116.JPGCan Sifan Hassan break the 5000m WR? photo by Diamond League AG

In this episode, we take provide nine thoughts on upcoming races and events at the 2021 Pre Classic! Tell us what you think!
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Sasha Zhoya after his world U20 110m hurdles record photo by Roger Sedres.jpgSasha Zhoya sets WU20 110m WR of 12.93! by Dan Vernon for World Athletics

This is Justin Lagat's report on Session 2 of Day 3 at the World Athletics U20 Championships!

Sasha Zhoya on his way to a world U20 110m hurdles record photo by Roger Sedres.jpgSasha Zhoya en route to WR U20 110m hurdles, 12.93, photo by Roger Sedres /for World Athletics

Matvei Volkov photo by Dan Vernon.jpgMatvei Volkov, pole vault, photo by Roger Sedres / for World Athletics

Ackera Nugent 2021WorldAthleticsU20_PressConference_17August2021_0557.jpgAckera Nugent, photo by Roger Sedres / for World Athletics

This is Justin Lagat's update on the morning session of Day 3 at the World Athletics U20 Nairobi 21.

Get your easy run today and make sure that you watch Friday night in Eugene (Nike Pre night 1) at Runnerspace.com. There will be a WR attempt at the 5000m! Get inspired!

IMG_1269.jpgJakub Ingebrigtsen, 1500m gold medalist, photo by Stuart Weir

Friday: light run, 45 minutes easy pace, stretch, 4 x 150 m stride-outs, light cooldown.

DSCN1922.JPGMen's 5000m, five laps to go, photo by Justin Lagat

DSCN1944.JPGThe photographers and the drummers, photo by Justin Lagat

DSCN1947.JPGThe women's 3000m, photo by Justin Lagat

DSCN1948.JPGThe women's 3000m heats up, photo by Justin Lagat

This is day 2, session 2 report, by Justin Lagat on the WU20 Nairobi 2021 Championships. Justin is there for every minute, rain or shine. He is also thinking that he may have a future as a meteorologist!

This is the update by Justin Lagat on Day 2, session 1 of the World Athletics Under 20 Championships. Justin Lagat is covering the WU 20 for @runblogrun this week, and we appreciate his overcoming the challenges of a pandemic championships.

3000m winner Tadese Worku photo credit Roger Sedres for World Athletics.jpg3000m winner Tadesse Worku, photo credit: Roger Sedres for World Athletics

This is Justin Lagat's day 1-afternoon report from the World Athletics U 20 Championships in Nairobi, at the Milo Stadium Sports. Follow Justin at @lagatjustin on twitter.

Just Athletics is the podcast for the running dog, running geek, track and field enthusiast. It is for someone who finds themselves correcting the local broadcast on TV regarding track or road running, or wondering why everyone can't convert 23.30m or 6 meters?

Then, we have the broadcast for you. Just Athletics is a group of reclusive coaches and enthusiasts, who love the sport and do remarkable podcasts, giving us new insights into the athlete, the coach, the key player.

Frerichs_Courtney-Q1b-OlyTrials21w.jpgCourtney Frerichs, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Just Athletics will be posted on @RunBlogRun and sister sites on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This Thursday episode is on Courtney Frerichs, done during her buildup for 2021, this episode will help you appreciate the absolute brilliance of her move to Tokyo, where she stole the race and earned an Olympic silver medal.

The varied hill sessions, like today, challenge you to change footings and help you develop a finish. Enjoy the day! Challenge yourself!

Benson Kiplangat photo by Roger Sedres.jpgThe close finish of the World Athletics U20 5000m in Nairobi, Kenya today! by Roger Sedres for World Athletics

Thursday: warm-up, Hill repeats, 6 x 200m up the hill, jog easy down, 20 minutes good pace, 6 x 300m, at 800m pace, 100m jog between, slow cooldown.

This interview arrived this evening! Special thanks to Galen Rupp and Ricky Simms for making this interview happen. Special thanks to Jeff Benjamin, senior writer for RunBlogRun for speaking with Galen Rupp.

We at @RunBlogRun have observed Galen Rupp racing since 1994-1995. I believe it was David Frank, coach at Central Catholic in Portland, Oregon, who asked me to join him at AAU Junior 5000m, which was being held at San Jose City College. He wanted me to see this young Oregon kid, Galen Rupp. Galen took second or third that day.

I have watched Galen Rupp since then, and am fascinated with his journey from high school to college to elite, to Olympic hopeful to two-time Olympic medalists to three-time Olympian. The journey continues...

image0.jpegJeff Benjamin and Galen Rupp, before Rio 2016, photo by Jeff Benjamin

The Bank of America Chicago marathon notes, in the release below, that runners will have to show proof of vaccinations or a negative COVID test. The release also shows the dept of the fields in Chicago. It will be a strange marathon season.

On Oct 2, we have London Marathon, on Oct 10, Chicago, and on October 11, the Boston Marathon. While surely there are enough marathon enthusiasts to fill the fields, the ability for the running community to handle so many races in so many markets in so short a time, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon will be, one of the races affected the least. Chicago has built a place for itself, with the citizenry of running.

We thank Race Results Weekly for their reporting on the global world of running.

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PHOTO: Sara Hall winning the 2021 NYRR New York Mini 10-K (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly, used with permission.)

E9A8E65WEAcbhYF.jpgAthlete Interviews at the WU20 Nairobi 21 Press conference, August 17, 2021, photo by Justin Lagat

This is a column on five observations on the young athletes speaking at the World Athletics Under 20. Justin Lagat makes some fine points on how these events will affect the young athletes from 100 countries who will compete in the Moi International Stadium.

E9DbO2-X0AEEAfB.jpgWomen's 100m, Moi International Sports CentreStadium, Kasarani, Nairobi, 18 August, session 1, photo by Justin Lagat

This is update 1 on the first session of Day 1 of the World Athletics Under 20 Championships, being held in Moi International Sports CentreStadium, in Kasarani, Nairobi, Kenya. Justin Lagat, @RunBlogRun's senior writer in Kenya, wrote this for us on the opening session.

The easy days of the week are key to your development. Respect the easy days and your body will build on the hard workouts you provide and make you stronger and faster. Eat well, sleep well, hydrate well.

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Wednesday: light run, 45 minutes easy pace, stretch, 4 x 150 m light cooldown.

For the first time since 2015, the men's 400m hurdles will be held at the Allianz Memorial Van Damme on September 3. The record is iconic, 47.51 by Andre Phillips, 1988 Olympic gold medalist at the 400m hurdles. How fast will Karsten Warholm go? He will have raced a 400m flat by then as well, so think, fast, real fast!

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This is the release from the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, which holds its event on 10 October, 2021. The top athletes are lead by Getenah Molla (2:03.34) and Ruth Chepngetich (2:17.08) globally and Galen Rupp (2:06.07) and Sara Hall (2:20.32).

The pandemic continues to affect the world of running. We hope runners stay safe.

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This is the release on the 125th Boston Marathon, which is to be held on 11 October 2021. The pandemic has affected nearly all major marathons, moving them to cancel, postpone, or for some, to move their dates into the fall.

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As the UK begins to open the big road races, the Vitality Half Marathon, is an example of how they will be run. This is the release on the race, announcing the British elite field. It is really hard to bring in an international field with the pandemic still a huge issue.

charlotte purdue aw.jpgCharlotte Purdue, photo by Athletics Weekly

This release came from London Marathon Media, and regards the elite British male and female fields, for the race to be held on 3 October 2021. The global elite marathon circuit was completely shaken up by the pandemic, and we do not see any normality returning until now, the fall of 2022.

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The Athletissima in Lausanne, Switzerland, will be held on 26 August 2021. The Athletissima meeting is to be held in the Pontaisse Stadium, which is a wonderful host to the amazing meet. I have visited the Athletissima several times and have enjoyed the Men's pole vault, and the women's high jump while the races were being held on the track. Fantastic performances in a wonderful stadium with an enthusiastic crowd.

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Please make sure that you follow the meeting via streaming, Paid services, and YouTube. Check out the highlights listed below!

E8_Z04MWEAQkS4Y.jpgJackson Tuwei, Seb Coe and David Rudisha, WAU20Nairobi2021, photo by Justin Lagat

The continuous coverage of the WAU20Nairobi 2021 Championships is one day away. This is the first column by Justin Lagat, our senior writer in Kenya. Justin writes weekly for us, and has since 2012-2013. We are most grateful for his insights and view of Kenyan athletics.

The team at Just Athletics is one of the most creative in our sport. We had began working with them last spring, but due to many things, mostly my travel, we did not stay on task. My apologies. Please note that Just Athletics will have two podcasts a week posted on @runblogrun and partners each week, On Tuesday and Thursday. This week, I am posting them early and will continue to promote them.

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Don Kardong, a fine runner while at Stanford, an Olympian (4th in 1976 Marathon), a fine writer and a thoughtful leader in our sport for decades (including the Bloomsday run), the team at Just Athletics spoke with the 'nutritional agnostic' recently. We think that you will like it.

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We also encourage you to sign up for them at Twitter @just_athletics! If you're a real runner or coach, you should have them on your short list.

The Nike Prefontaine Classic is an important meet. Begun in 1985, the Nike Pre Classic celebrates the life and legacy of the iconic Steve Prefontaine, an American record holder from 2000m to 10,000m, died at the age of 25. He was full of promise, life, and mischievousness. Kenny Moore, the 1968 and 1972 Olympian, and Sports Illustrated writer, once referred to Steve Prefontaine as a satyr. Okay, I will take that one on.

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To the friends of Steve Prefontaine, he enjoyed field events and track events. Meet Director Tom Jordan has worked with the Nike sports marketing team each year to bring in amazing event after amazing event. Even in this year of COVID-19, Nike has been able to put this meet together, to celebrate the global importance of the sport.

Enjoy the entire meet, Friday, August 20 and Saturday, August 21!

Here are nine of my deep thoughts on the meet!

This is a tough workout. Warm-up well, we suggest that you do these repeats on a local XC course. We suggest 4 stride-outs at the end of the workout, before the cooldown.

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Tuesday: warm-up, 4 x 6 minutes, 5k race pace, 3-minute jog in between intervals, on XC course, or park, 4 x150m stride outs, cooldown.

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 63,

the Epilogue Clip

IMG_2887.jpgEliud Kipchoge, gold medalist, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2021 Olympic Marathon champion, photo via TV by K.Camara

You know the drill, In Athletics Chats, Stuart Weir (UK) and Larry Eder (Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin ) chat on what's happening each week in Athletics. In the Epilogue, I make editorial comments on the episode subject.

In Episode 63, topics include:

1. Whose the most impressive Tokyo Olympics male athlete in Track & Field?

2. Whose the most impressive Tokyo Olympics female athlete in Track & Field?

3. Biggest surprise from Tokyo?

4. Biggest upset in Tokyo?

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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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 63

damian warner 2.jpgDamian Warner, 2021 Tokyo Olympian champion, decathlon, photo by World Athletics

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

In Episode 63, topics include:

1. Whose the most impressive Tokyo Olympics male athlete in Track & Field?

2. Whose the most impressive Tokyo Olympics female athlete in Track & Field?

3. Biggest surprise from Tokyo?

4. Biggest upset in Tokyo?

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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Mutaz Barshim celebrates after winning gold at London 2017 World Championships.jpgMutaz Barshim, World Champs 2017, London, photo by World Athletics

IMG_1085.jpgGianmarco Tiamberi, Tokyo 2021, photo by Stuart Weir

Justin Lagat will be covering the 2021 U20 World Athletics Championships, to be held in Nairobi, from This Wednesday, August 18 to Sunday, August 22.

Justin's travels to Nairobi, his Covid tests, and the planning needed to cover this event is a story in itself. 100 countries will be in Nairobi, although they will not include the US, among others.

The meet is a major view into some of the key stars developing for 2028 and 2032. Watch closely!

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Watching the Olympics from home has been a frustration for all concerned. The most popular sporting events in the world did not have audiences.

Your editor (Larry Eder) watched all 55 hours of track & field heats and finals live. That is why I went back to the Midwest, so I could get up at 5 am and stay up a bit. I have to admit that I was jet lagged for two weeks.

I asked Samantha Fariss to write this column. She has been writing for us via a University of Oregon program championed by Lori Shontz, a Professor of Journalism at the University.

Enjoy the column, and let me know how you fared viewing the 2021 Olympics.

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Monday is the first day of the week. We are shaking up training for the next six weeks, as we prepare you for the fall season. Keep the easy days easy and focus on the training effect. You are in good endurance shape, now is the time to get you into racing shape.

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Monday: light run, 45 minutes easy pace, stretch, 4 x 150 m stride-outs, light cooldown.

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The men's 1,500m was a battle from the first steps in Tokyo. None of the Rio medalists made it to the finals. The pace was furious, 56.4, 1:51.8, 2:33 at 1100m. Tim Cheruiyot did all he could, but he could not hold off Jakub Ingebrigtsen, and barely held off Josh Kerr.

Next, year, Eugene and the field will be even tougher. Joe Zochert wrote this piece on the Men's 1,500m, as we reconsider Tokyo, looking forward to the rest of the 2021 Diamond League season and 2022 Eugene.

IMG_1270.jpgJakub Ingebrigtsen, gold medal, Men's 1,500m, Tokyo Olympics, August 7, 2021, photo by Stuart Weir,

Long runs give you the time to consider your life. Over the 60 to 90 minutes, you give your body a good workout, and you can take the time to consider the crazy stuff that happened in your life this past week.

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

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Seb Coe en route to his WR 1000m, photo via newspaper, credit Bob Sly

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This is the third piece on the Seb Coe journey. Jeff Benjamin is both journalist and fan. You will find some amazing videos, photos and comments on this one. Brian Theriot is a true character: his comments are pretty funny, as is the response by Seb Coe. One wonders how much those years of competition prepared Seb for his job today, leading our sport.

The hilly runs can be as hard or as easy as you want. Each week, we suggest that you make it a little more challenging.

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

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1325755474.jpgJodie Williams with Laviai Neilson, photo by British Athletics

This is Stuart Weir's piece on Jodie Williams's runs in Tokyo, and her future aspirations.

Enjoy your run today, keep the stride outs fast and cooldown.

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

Today is Thursday. You have 40 minutes of hill running in a 65-minute run. Get warmed up, and push yourself for 40 minutes in challenging hills, catch your breath and get in a long cool down. Hydrate, your hard day is over!

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

This is Wednesday, an easy day. Keep it easy. Enjoy the stride-outs! Easy days are set in your programs for a reason.

Lon_Myers.jpgLon Myers, AR holder from 100 yards to the mile in 19th century! photo, NYAC

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

Since 1992, Elliott Denman has written for American Athletics, then, American Track & Field and now, RunBlogRun. His love and affection for the 50k and 20k race walks know no bound. A 1956 Olympian at 50k, Elliott wrote this piece on the Men's 50k and the Men's and Women's 20k.

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The Nike Pre Classis 2021 is the first Diamond League meeting to be held post-Tokyo Olympics. This release, from the Nike Pre Classic media department, speaks about how amazing the women's 1,500m field will be. The Nike Pre classic, the only Diamond League meeting, at this time, in North America, has given generations of North American track fans a chance to see excellent fields, similar to European meetings.

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Matt Wisner wrote this piece on the 4x100m relays. The US Men's 4x100m, with the fastest sprinters in the world, had a terrible handoff, relegating the US men's team to a non-qualifying sixth place.

The women, on the other hand, can actually get a baton around the track and stay competitive. An interesting comparison.

This is Stuart Weir's piece on the women's pole vault. Stuart was, well conflicted. He knows Katie Nageotte, Holly Bradshaw, Sandi Morris, and Katerina Stefanidi from the tour. Being able to watch Katie and Holly medal in the pole vaut, was a singular experience of enjoyment.

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In the weeks prior to the Olympic women's 800m, Stuart Weir and I discussed the various ways that it could play out. We thought that it might come down to Athing and Keely, we could not see another way. Stuart also noted that all three of his GB women could score PBs and perhaps, not medal. I wondered if Raevyn and Ajee' would move like they did in the US Trials, which, I believed, put them in a place that could suggest a medal.

Well, this is one of those pieces that I missed. In posting and editing 10-14 stories and videos a day during the Olympics, as well as viewing all 55 hours of the competition from Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, I did not write much and I missed about a dozen stories. We had great traffic on our sites, thanks to the writings of Stuart Weir, Justin Lagat, David Hunter, and our friends from the Oregon journalism department (Joe Zoechert, Matt Wisner, Samantha Farris, Pierre Weil).

Enjoy this piece on the Women's 800m by Stuart Weir, who has been the most prolific during his time in Tokyo.


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And the rain came...photo by Stuart Weir, Tokyo Olympic Stadium, August 2, 2021

The rains came on Monday, August 2, 2021, to Tokyo. I recall watching it from the Peacock TV stream, which was the global feed in the US, all track & field, all of the time.

Some athletes had challenges, as the rain came pelting down in the Women's PV and Women's 400m hurdles, and Women's discus.

Consider this, with $15 billion spent on facilities in Tokyo, the consideration of rain coming down in stadium was not a long consideration. The fields flooded and the slipping and sliding by the discus throwers were more than madcap, it was dangerous.

Stuart Weir captured the rain and its impact, both the frustration and the humor.

IMG_1088.jpgRain, photo by Stuart Weir, Tokyo Olympic Stadium, August 2, 2021

Today is Tuesday. Enjoy your hour run in the hills, push them a little bit. See how strong you feel, and remember, just a month before. Cross country begins in just a few weeks. Stay focused.

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

The win by Eliud Kipchoge in Tokyo 2020/2021 was masterful. In the heat and humidity, Eliud Kipchoge charged away, never looking back, with 12 k to go. He did not just dominate the race, he destroyed his competitor's will to compete.

This piece, by Pierre Weil discusses Eliud Kipchoge, the zen master of the marathon.

Eliud Kipchoge .jpgEliud Kipchoge, photo by Orangpictures.NL

Justin Lagat wrote this piece, and his feelings about the Zen master give the reader a further appreciation for the greatest marathoner of all times.

This is the Mens' 4x400m relay story, by Matt Wisner. The Men's 4x400m relay was a proper ending for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

IMG_2524.jpgMen's 4x400m, Tokyo Olympic Stadium, photo by K. Camara

The Women's 4x400m relay was one of the finest competitions of the Tokyo Olympics. Matt Wisner wrote this piece, as he has been writing for @runblogrun almost each and every day.

IMG_2402.jpgWomen's 4x400m, Tokyo Olympic Stadium, photo by K. Camara

IMG_3115.jpgQuanara Hayes, Allyson Felix, London 2017 photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts, for RunBlogRun

Sam Fariss did this piece on Quanara Hayes and Allyson Felix, their Tokyo competitions, and their positions as role models for a new generation of women athletes. Sam Fariss wrote for @RunBlogRun at the 2021 US Olympic Trials and the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. We have appreciated her contributions.

Monday is an easy day. Keep the 40 minutes easy and do 4 x 150m stride-outs.

IMG_2097.jpgMolly Seidel making history, photo by Kathy Camara

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

This is the final piece for David Hunter on the ten days and nights of the Olympic track and field schedule. David chose to write on the greatest marathoner of all times and his coronation.

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The women's 10,000m lived up to the nine days of distance running in Tokyo. The drama of Letensebet Gidey desperately trying to hold off a focused Sifan Hassan was global TV.

In Tokyo, it became wonderfully clear, that Olympic track & field, was, once again, a global sport. With almost 200 countries qualifying athletes into athletics, it became clear that our sport is the most diverse, most universal and least expensive sport to get involved with. In the 2021 Olympics, the 100th country (Burkina-Faso, with Hugues Fabrice Zango, TJ) medaled in our sport.

The men's 1,500m was a wonderful race, and Matt Wisner caught it right here.

That Molly Seidel took the Olympic bronze, in the awful heat and humidity of Japan made the fans of @bygollymolly12, in Wisconsin and across North America, ecstatic. Molly has a wicked sense of humor and has only competed in 3 marathons (2020 US Olympic Trials, 2020 Virgin London Marathon, and now the Tokyo Olympic marathon), the third being in Tokyo.

Matt Wisner writes about Molly competing in Tokyo and her historic performance!

Cheptegai .jpgJoshua Cheptegai wins gold in 5000m! photo by Orangepictures.NL

This is an interesting piece. Justin Lagat lets us appreciate how close the Kenyan and Ugandan people are, and how much they share in the success of each country. I like that.

Justin Lagat wrote this piece on the masterful Women's 1,500m and the exciting Men's 5000m, won by Faith Kipyegon (Kenya) and Joshua Cheptegai (Uganda).

Earlier in the meet, 2012 gold and 2016 Silver (plus Euro Champ, Commonwealth Champ and WC) Greg Rutherford gently reminded Stuart Weir to make sure that he covered the LJ.

LJ .jpgMiltiadis Tentoglou, 2019 European Indoor Champs, LJ, photo by European Athletics

That Faith Kipyegon followed closely when Sifan Hassan took off in the women's 1,500m should have been expected. 62.8 at 400m, 2:07.00 at 800 and 2:54 at 1,100m. Then, Faith Kipyegon took off, requiring only 59 seconds to take the gold in Tokyo 2021, with a fine 3:53.11!

Faith Kipyegon is one of Stuart's favorites, and his admiration of her running and athelticism comes out in this article!

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Stuart Weir has observed all of the top women hurdlers in 2021. What follows are his observations on the Tokyo 100m hurdle final, which was an incredibly stressful final.

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The long-run was, for me, a Sunday run. I enjoyed the runs, the quiet, and the time in nature.

IMG_2870.jpgThe battle in Sapporo for silver and bronze, came down to three, photo by K. Camara

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

David Hunter, in his article for day 9, writes about the 1,500m Men's and 10,000m Women's races, plus the relays on Day nine!

The Saturday run in the park, with a long 60 minutes run, with a ten-minute hilly run, keep up the effort and pushes the pace for the next 20 minutes. Cool down.

IMG_2869.jpgEliud Kipchoge defended his Rio 2016 title with his Tokyo 2021 marathon victory, photo by K. Camara

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

Day 8 was the penultimate session on the track. David Hunter has written a column each and every day of the Olympic track & field. David Hunter has the ability to write about all of the events of Day 8, but as he takes the events on, one by one, you believe that time has stopped, as David gives you the details of each final on Day 8.

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RunBlogRun presents

Tokyo Breakdown

Day 9 Preview

Day 9
Saturday, August 7, 2021
For a full schedule of events:
https://bit.ly/2WAuUpN
And for more check out:
https://olympics.com/

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Each day, @runblogrun will post a preview and review of the Tokyo 2020 /2021 Olympic Games. We have nine glorious days of athletics coming up, and we will help you appreciate each and every minute down to the geekiest details! This is Day 9 Preview.


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Ryan Crouser loves his event. Ryan Crouser knows his event. Ryan Crouser enjoys his event, and most of all, Ryan Crouser loves his event.

It is quite evident when he throws. As Tom Walsh told me a while back, "Ryan Crouser has been capable of breaking the world record since 2018. He just needs to stay out of his own way."

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The level of competition in the Men's 400 meters can not and should not be underestimated. Wayde Van Niekerk spent 3 years trying to get back to his 2016 and 2017 levels of fitness. He was almost there.

Steven Gardiner won the Doha WC 2019 at 400 meters. In 2021, two years later, he took the Tokyo Olympic 400m title. Steven Gardiner took the gold against a group of competitors who should have battled him, and perhaps, pushed him a bit harder. In the end, Steven Gardiner had all of the cards and took the gold with a carefully run race.

Pierre Weil wrote this piece for @RunBlogRun. He's been busy writing for us at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials and the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

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The decathlon is one of the most iconic events on the Olympic schedule. Matt Wisner wrote about the Tokyo 2020 decathlon and the amazing field that challenged for the three medals over two days and ten events!

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RunBlogRun presents

Tokyo Breakdown

Day 8 Preview

Day 8
Friday, August 6, 2021
For a full schedule of events:
https://bit.ly/2WAuUpN
And for more check out:
https://olympics.com/

IMG_8469.jpgMarcel Jacobs, 100m champion, Italy, photo by Kathy Camara

Each day, @runblogrun will post a preview and review of the Tokyo 2020 /2021 Olympic Games. We have nine glorious days of athletics coming up, and we will help you appreciate each and every minute down to the geekiest details! This is Day 8 Preview.


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Peruth.jpgPeruth Chemutai takes gold in the women's steeplechase, Courtney Frerichs takes silver! photo by @BSRagencynl

This is Justin Lagat's column on the women's steeplechase and men's 800m. Justin made a great observation on how high the standard has been in all events in Tokyo. With 206 countries now members of World Athletics, medalists can come from any of them. In the triple jump, for example, the 100th country picked up an Olympic medal, Hughes Fabrice Zango is from Burkina Faso!

Thanks Justin!

The easy day is Friday. Keep the 40 minutes run light, and enjoy your 4 x150m stride outs.

IMG_9730.jpgMen's 1,500m, photo by K. Camara, Tokyo Olympics

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

This is David Hunter's seventh piece, in seven days, so far of athletics. David is working from Akron, Ohio (nearby actually), and is juggling early sessions, and late sessions, to provide @runblogrun and our friends at TFN some thoughtful writing.

On day 7, David has written about Ryan Crouser, one of the most dynamic and exciting athletes in the sport. Ryan Crouser possesses bot the indoor and outdoor world records in the shot put, plus he has defended his 2016 Olympic title with his fearless performance yesterday in the Tokyo shot put, giving us a series of new Olympic records.

If you did not see Ryan Crouser compete, go to NBC Sports, CBC sports or Peacock TV and watch the replay. Ryan Crouser is a shot putter for the ages!

Elaine Thomspon-Herah won both the 100m and 200m in Tokyo. This is the story of the 200m, written by Pierre Weil. Elaine Thompson-Herah battled Achilles pain for almost two years.


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The women's 800m lived up to the hype. Come to think of it, almost all of the Olympic races have had big surprises. Why? Because humans were involved!

Athing Mu won the women's 800m by leading from beginning to the end.

Matt Wisner wrote this piece about the Women's 800m.

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Hassan 2.jpgSifan Hassan, photo by Dan Vernon / NN Running team

Finally, an Olympic champion who is addicted to coffee! Sifan Hassan became more human when she spoke of her love of coffee. But, it was a bit more than that, that allowed her to run 43.7 for the last 300m, after she fell in the 1,500m. Sifan won her 1,500m heat and the 5,000m final within 10 hours.

50516727_ORANGE_PICTURES.jpgSifan Hassan, will she be celebrating more medal wins in 1,500m and 10,000m? photo by Orangepictures.nl

Chelimo_Paul-1-OlyTrials21w.jpgPaul Chelimo, can he win another medal? photo by Kevin Morris / Kevmofoto

This is a short preview by Justin Lagat, our senior writer from Kenya, on the women's 1,500m and Men's 5000m. Both should ba amazing races!

faith©etiennefiacre.jpgSeriously, can anyone beat Faith Kipyegon? pnoto by Etienne Fiacre/ Diamond League AG

In week ten, you should be feeling strong. Your ten weeks of summer mileage has built your endurance, and strength. You will need a few races in the fall to kick start your racing, but you will be ready for your leage and conference meets. The key is staying healthy, hydrated, and rested.

Enjoy today's hill run.

E7oBTfVXMAMvzZF.jpgRaevyn Rogers used an amazing kick to go from sixth to bronze medal in the last 50 meters of the 800m final! photo by K. Camara

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

image0.jpegThe 1969 NCAA XC Championships at Van Cortlandt Park with (L-R) Steve Prefontaine & Champ Gerry Lindgren

image1.jpegHey NBC!
You have solid broadcasters - they just have to be used right with the correct programming and scheduling!

Many of our readers and viewers are getting up at all hours to view the Tokyo Olympics, but NBC has presented info so confusingly that NBC is loosing viewers.

Jeff Benjamin wrote this modest piece on the difficulty of trying to watch NBC and understand their approach.

I have to say, I have almost missed major event 2-3 times due to changes or misinformation posted on how NBC is managing the covering of the Olympics.

I sure hope that they do this better for the 2022 World Championships!

Peruth.jpgPeruth Chemutai took gold in the steeplechase, the first steeple medal for Uganda! photo: @BSRagencynl

Coburn_Emma-w-OlyTrials21w.jpgEmma Coburn, 2016 Rio bronze, 2017 London gold, 2019 Doha silver, hit a barrier, finished and then was DQed, photo from June 2021, US Olympic Trials, by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

Frerichs_Courtney-w-OlyTrials21w.jpgIn a bold move, full of risk, Courtney Frerichs ran away from the field with 3 laps to go, only getting caught by one Peruth Chemutai, and holding on for Olympic silver medal

This is David Hunter's feature on Day six. He wrote this piece on the emotionally draining women's steeplechase, where one of our heroines almost stole the show, taking silver medal in the Olympics, and the other hit a barrier and was DQed.

The Quirky side of Tokyo

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IMG_9168.jpgMujinga Kambunji, set Swiss records at 100m and 200m. Her 100m last a mere five minutes! photo via TV by Kathy Camara

Stuart Weir has a , well, eccentric sense of humor. I called him a Scotsman for two years before he told me he was English, just living near the Scottish border.

This is his favorite column, on Quirky things.

SREE3648.JPGJasmine Camacho-Quinn, photo by Diamond League AG

SREE3713.JPGJasmine Camacho-Quinn, photo by Diamond League AG

This is Stuart Weir's piece on the women's 100m hurdles, which was held on August 2, 2021, Day 4.

Those of us who were up early on Wednesday morning in North America were looking to see Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs medal in the women's steeplechase. We knew that it was a little crazy, but after London 2017, when Emma Coburn took gold and Courtney Frerichs took silver, we knew it could happen!

But, it was not to be!

Courtney Frerichs charged away from the field with 3 laps to go, and built a sizable lead, only to be caught by one athlete, Uganda's Peruth Chemutai, giving Uganda their first Olympic gold in the women's steeplechase. Courtney Frerichs' bold move netted her the silver and Hyvin Kiyeng took the bronze for Kenya.

Emma Coburn was disqualified as she had a difficult last kilometer.

The following is in Courtney's own words, from the remote mixed zone, on how her race went!

Frerichs_Courtney-Q1c-OlyTrials21w.jpgCourtney Frerichs, 2021 US Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris. On August 4, Courtney Frerichs nearly stole the race, holding onto the Olympic silver medal. Her bold move totally broke the race apart! Congrats to Coaches Jerry Schumacher, Pascal Dobert of the Bowerman Track Club.

Tokyo Breakdown, Day 7 Preview

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RunBlogRun presents

Tokyo Breakdown

Day 7 Preview

Day 7
Thursday, August 5, 2021
For a full schedule of events:
https://bit.ly/2WAuUpN
And for more check out:
https://olympics.com/

IMG_1173.jpg2021 Olympic Steeplechase, Courtney Frerichs (silver), Peruth Chemutai, Uganda (gold), Hyvin Kiyeng, Kenya (bronze), photo by Stuart Weir

Each day, @runblogrun will post a preview and review of the Tokyo 2020 /2021 Olympic Games. We have nine glorious days of athletics coming up, and we will help you appreciate each and every minute down to the geekiest details! This is Day 7 Preview.


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1305690443.jpgMarcel Jacobs takes the 60m in March 2021, now, in August 2021, he took the Olympic 100m! photo by European Athletics

The Tokyo Olympics has had tremendously exciting and emotional events each and every day! Within ten minutes, Gianmarco Tiamberi tie ed for gold in the High Jump, and LaMont Marcel Jacobs won the 100 Meters. I wonder what our dear friend Franco Fave, himself, an Olympian, and a respected journalist (albeit emeritus now) in Italy would have to say about that tremendous ten minutes?

Stuart Weir focuses, in this article, on the Men's 100 meters and the surprises that came on all sides!

1305690566.jpgThis is Lamont Marcel Jacobs, gold medalist in March 2021 of the European Indoor 60m title! photo by European Athletics

Some of my fondest memories of running were during warm-ups and cooldowns. While at Santa Clara University, Paul Gyorey and I trained with West Valley Community College team during track season.

I trained with a group of 10,000m runners and an elite women's marathon, Sue Munday. Paul and I would do our hard days on the track at West Valley and get our two a day in by ourselves. We did not like to compete during workouts on easy days, and stayed focus on the task at hand. For example, if we had done a 20x400m on Tuesday, our Wednesday runs would be slow, and on the soft surfaces as much as possible.

a-history-of-adidas-adi-dasslers-first-track-and-field-shoes-designboom15.jpgEmil Zatopek raced in this shoe in 1952, the year he won the 5,000m, 10,000m and marathon in Helsinki 1952, photo by adidas Communications

Did it work? In the spring of our senior year, we scored PBs from 2 miles to 10,000m. We raced about 15 times that spring and summer and the quality work, and easy days in between gave us a grand racing season.

Listen to your body.

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

Mihambo.JPGMalaika Mihambo knows when to fly, photo by World Athletics

700043875_AH_0539_264FD75D97280D6A5228AEEECF28CE50.JPGBrittney Reese, photo by Martin Bateman

Thanks to Greg Rutherford, British LJ man who won Olympic, European, World, Commonwealth golds, who reminded Stuart Weir not to forget the LJ. Stuart did not forget the women's LJ. And yes, Greg, we have a Men's LJ piece in the planning for next couple days! (Greg gave one of the finest, and funniest interviews ever, when he teamed with Dame Valerie Adams at Birmingham DL in 2015, I believe.

Well, we just recovered from world records, on consecutive nights, in the 400m hurdles! And we found this gem on the World Athletics site on the four finals in the PM session of Day six in Tokyo.

Thanks World Athletics!



Women's steeplechase, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

One of our most effusive athletes in the sport is Yulimar Rojas. Yulimar should be a multi-eventer, but, she has put her focus on the Triple jump and long jump. In the Olympics, Rojas dominated the Triple Jump from her first jump of 15.41m, and by the time she leaped the world record, many saw it as a fait accompli!

IMG_8664.jpgYulimar Rojas taking TJ gold, photo by Kathy Camara via TV, Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Pierre Weil, a sports journalist from the University of Oregon, studying with Professor Lori Shontz, wrote for us at the US Olympic Trials and is covering a variety of topics for @RunBlogRun during the Tokyo Olympics.

Tokyo Breakdown, Day 6 Preview

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RunBlogRun presents

Tokyo Breakdown

Day 6 Preview

Day 6
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
For a full schedule of events:
https://bit.ly/2WAuUpN
And for more check out:
https://olympics.com/

IMG_0447.jpgBrittney Reese takes the silver in Tokyo LJ! @DaLJbeast is amazing! photo via TV by Kathy Camara

Each day, @runblogrun will post a preview and review of the Tokyo 2020 /2021 Olympic Games. We have nine glorious days of athletics coming up, and we will help you appreciate each and every minute down to the geekiest details! This is Day 6 Preview.


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

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#AthleticsChat #RunBlogRun #theshoeaddicts

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IMG_0487.jpgKarsten Warholm battles Rai Benjamin, 45.94 WR to 46.17 AR, photo via TV by Kathy Camara

The Tokyo men's 400m hurdles is one of the finest events that this writer has witnessed, in person or via TV, in his life. One could not imagine a better field.

David Hunter captures the setting, the demeanor of the athletes, and the actual herculean battle over 400 meters and ten hurdles that totally rewrote the record books.

This is David Hunter's fifth piece on the 2021 Olympics. We hope you enjoy it!

Many Olympic fans just learned about Sifan Hassan because of her fall and subsequent win in the 1,500m heat two days ago. That night, Sifan won the 5000m final, just twelve hours after the fall. Somewhere she noted, that after the fall, the adrenaline kicked in and "it was like 20 cups of coffee."

Matt Wisner did this piece for @RunBlogRun. Matt is part of a program at the University of Oregon developed by Professor Lori Shontz to provide opportunities for young sports journalist to write.

We enjoyed Matt's work in Oregon during the 2021 Trials, and we are sure you will enjoy this piece on Sifan Hassan.

50516727_ORANGE_PICTURES.jpgA jubilant Sifan Hassan, enjoying her victory over the 5000meters, photo by Orangepicturesnl.

Faithkipyegon .jpgFaith Kipyegon, Monaco Herculis, July 9, 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

Timcheruiyot1500monaco21.jpgTim Cheruiyot, 1,500m, Monaco Herculis, photo by Diamond League AG

The men's steeplechase ended an era. With the exception of 1980, since 1968, Kenya has won at least one medal, and in all but 1980 won the gold in the Men's steeplechase. Soufianne El Bakkali ended that winning streak.

In the 1,500m, Justin Lagat sees six Kenyan athletes battling for the positions in the finals as key to Kenyan athletic identity. This is a good piece by our senior writer in Kenya, who knows his fellow countrymen and women well.

Valerie Allman gave us the first gold medal for the USA in track & field in Tokyo 2020/2021. Her performance was amazing as she did it in her first throw. Valerie also battled Mother Nature, as the rains came tumbling down, suspending the competition soon after her second throw, where she slipped on the wet ring.

Pierre Weil wrote for RunBlogRun at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials. He was part of a group developed by Professer Lori Shontz to provide opps for young sports journalists.

We thank Pierre for his work during the Olympics.

IMG_1118.jpgValarie Allman getting her gold medal. The dignitary provides medal on tray to athlete, so to keep athletes safe, photo by Stuart Weir

One of the fun things about the Olympic Games is that our team of senior writers (Justin Lagat in Kenya, David Hunter in Ohio, Stuart Weir in Tokyo) write daily, almost daily, or more than daily to keep us updated on all the Olympic track goings-on.

Justin Lagat did this piece on the two distance finals on day 4, the men's steeplechase and the women's 5000m. In both races, athletes who had endured challenges came through, Soufianne El Bakkali won the steeplechase and Sifan Hassan won the 5000m.

Olympians yes, and Olympian efforts as well.

Thanks to Justin Lagat for helping us appreciate the never overnight success for athletes pursuing Olympic dreams.

soufinanne el bakkali .jpgSoufianne El Bakkali picked up a different color medal in Tokyo! photo by World Athletics

The hills were always a refuge. I could run as hard as I wanted, or as easy as I wanted. There were many weeks, as I was building up, that I would do the same 15 mile loop, one way one day, and two days later, go the other way. Each run was different.

E7oBTfVXMAMvzZF.jpgRaevyn Rogers made an insane run from sixth to get the bronze in Tokyo 800m, photo by K. Camara

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

The 4th day of track & field was an amazing day! Sifan Hassan went from the woman who fell and got up in the 1,500m and then, won the 5000m with a tremendous last lap kick.

Enjoy the trivia on the day!

sifan hassan .jpgSifan Hassan, photo by World Athletics

The World Athletics site just called it "one of the best races in history"!

They are not wrong. I am stunned.

I have been looking forward to this battle for some time, and it did not disappoint. I did want to see Rai Benjamin, my countryman, be victorious, but I must say, Karsten Warholm has complete mastery of this race!

IMG_0490.jpgKarsten Warholm touches the stars, 45.94WR in 400m hurdles! photo by Kathy Camara via TV

Joe Zochert wrote this piece on the Italian surprise for @runblogrun.

Marcel Jacobs was raised by his mother in Italy from the time he was three months old. He told Iconic athletes writer Scott Reid, "Only my muscles are American." Marcel is a four-time 100m national champion (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021) and a Long jump champion (2016) one time. A PB at the long jump of 8.07m, he has also gone wind-aided 8.48m.

Marcel Jacobs won the 2021 European Indoor Championships in Torun at 60m. He began sports (basketball and football), when his coach, noticing at age of 11 his speed, suggested he look at the track!

Well, we are sure happy he moved to sprinting and long jumping!

RunBlogRun presents

Tokyo Breakdown

Day 5 Preview

Day 5
Tuesday August 3, 2021
For a full schedule of events:
https://bit.ly/2WAuUpN
And for more check out:
https://olympics.com/

IMG_9057.jpgShaunae Miller-Uibo, doubling at 200m/400m in Tokyo, photo by Kathy Camara via TV

Each day, @runblogrun will post a preview and review of the Tokyo 2020 /2021 Olympic Games. We have nine glorious days of athletics coming up, and we will help you appreciate each and every minute down to the geekiest details! This is Day 5 Preview.


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Each day of the Olympic track & field schedule has been a revelation. Each day, each session reminds us that these athletes have spent almost an extra two years waiting for their moment in the Tokyo stadium.

50516727_ORANGE_PICTURES.jpgSifan Hassan, 5,000m gold medalist, photo courtesy of Orangepicturesnl.

On day four, David Hunter provides us the stories behind the stories. Sifan Hassan, startled, but uninjured in the 1,500m heats, coming back to win in the 5000m. Valerie Allman, producing a throw early on that no one, including Mother Nature, could challenge. The Men's steeplechase making history as Soufianne El Bakkali gave his country, Morocco, its first gold in the steeple, and broke the hold that Kenya had on this event since Amos Biwott won in 1968 in Mexico City over Kerry O'Brien (Australia) and George Young (USA).

David Hunter has had a busy summer. First, he covered the NCAA Championships, June 9-12, 2021, then, he covered the US Olympic Trials from June 18-June 27, 2021, and now, July 29-August 8, David will cover the Olympics.

We hope you enjoy our storytelling. From David Hunter, to Stuart Weir, Justin Lagat, and our team from the University of Oregon Journalism department, we hope you enjoy the different voices giving you their viewpoints of the 32nd Summer Olympics of the modern era.

IMG_1087.jpgWhen rain came...Tokyo Olympic Stadium, August 2, 2021, photo by Stuart Weir

It took me eight years of running before I won my first race. It was a college cross country race over a rugged course at Quicksilver Park in San Jose, CA. I had run the course a hundred times, so I knew each and every step. In retrospect, it should have come much earlier, but I did not have confidence in myself.

IMG_8027.jpgEmma Coburn, Steeple heats, 2021 Tokyo Olympics, photo by Kathy Camara via TV

I was running against a guy who had run 14 minutes for 3 miles, and my best was 15 and a half minutes. The difference? This race was 5.8 miles and four miles were pretty much straight uphill. I loved the grind, so I just picked up the pace and took off. I pushed and pushed for about 20 minutes. By the time I hit the downhills, I was flying and confident.

At the finish, my parents were there, to see the first race, after about 300, that I had actually won. It was more than satisfying.

Enjoy your run today, Take the time to dream.

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

On day 3, we go to the quote of the day, the result of the day, and surprise of the day to put a smile on our faces before we prepare for Day 4. Thanks, EME News!

1270789539.jpgDaniel Rowden made the semis in Tokyo in the 800m, photo by British Athletics

BL_24604_2019082542416365_20190826112836.JPGEilish McColgan was clipped badly in the 5000m heats, photo by British Athletics

BL2_7121_2019021651744831_20190217020314.JPGReece Prescod, DQed in 100m semi-finals, photo by British Athletics

This is Stuart Weir's assessment on the Team GB after the first couple days in Tokyo.

race walking .jpgThe 50k Race Walk, photo courtesy of World Athletics

The 50k Race Walk is the longest event on the Olympic event schedule. Held since 1932, the 50k sadly is being decommissioned due to, in part, due to its history.

Race Walkers have the oxygen update of highly trained cross country skiers, and their ability to red line, get as close to pushing their limits, is caught by photographers in many global events. It is part of that toughness that calls some to the event.

Elliot Denman, a 1956 Olympian at the 50k, defends his beloved event in this piece.

In all global championships, there are high moments and low moments. In Great Britain, Dina Asher-Smith has been a huge star. In 2019, Dina took bronze in the 100m and gold in the 200m.

Up until late June, all looked good, when Dina ran a 10.97 for the 100m. She tore a hamstring, and, because it was an Olympic year, she and her coach looked to a second opinion on the injuries.

Many were surprised that Dina Asher-Smith did not make the 100m final, running 11.05 in the semi-final.

In the article below, Stuart Weir allows Dina Asher-Smith to explain what was really going on and why she pulled out, following the advice of her long-term coach, John Blackburn.

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

winifred yavi .jpgWinifred Yavi, photo by World Athletics

Frerichs_Courtney-1a-OlyTrials21w.jpgCourtney Frerichs, US Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

hyvin Kiyeng .jpgHyvin Kiyeng, photo by Diamond League AG

This is Justin Lagat's piece on the women steeple heats, an event with a special tradition for Kenya.

Day three, the evening session was, in my estimation, and the words of all the NBC announcers, one of the finest any of us had ever seen. The world record in the Women's Triple Jump (15.67m) by Yulimar Rojas, the crazy depth of the men's High Jump, where Mutaz Essa Barshim and Gianmarco Tambieri, two of our sports' most colorful athletes, tied for gold, and the Men's 100 meter final, which was a action-packed, roller coaster of a ride, with athletes many considered players but perhaps, not in gold medal contention, having their nights. In fact, the top three men in the 100m scored PBs !

David Hunter caught all of that, as he focused on Day 3 of the Olympic Track & Field schedule at the Tokyo Olympics. David gives. you the details behind the details. It is like you are there.

And, on this special day, we are glad David paid attention to the details.

_DSC9081.jpgAndre De Grasse (bronze, 9.89 PB), Marcel Jacobs (9.80 NR PB, gold), Fred Kerley (9.84 PB, silver), photo : Randy [email protected]

RunBlogRun presents

Tokyo Breakdown

Day 4 Preview

Day 4
Monday, August 2, 2021
For a full schedule of events:
https://bit.ly/2WAuUpN
And for more check out:
https://olympics.com/

_DSC8864.jpgKenni Harrison, WR holder 100m hurdles, 2021 Tokyo Olympics, photo by round 1, photo: Randy [email protected]

Each day, @runblogrun will post a preview and review of the Tokyo 2020 /2021 Olympic Games. We have nine glorious days of athletics coming up, and we will help you appreciate each and every minute down to the geekiest details! This is Day 4 Preview.


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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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The long run was a safety valve for me. After a week of studies, late nights painting, and managing a floor of a high school dormitory with a group of like-minded college students, running 18-22 miles in the Santa Cruz mountains was a weekly stress releaver. If I close my eyes, I can smell the damp redwoods, and hear the Boston accent of Coach Dan Durante, and he cajoled us into considering Reaganomics. Paul Gyorey and I would look at each other, and gently push the pace as we returned back to Dan's home, in the last 8 hilly miles. The sounds of silence, interupted perhaps a loud burst by a bird, or someone's Vespa as they went by us to get a Sunday newspaper, was our only reminder that this nirvana would be short-lived.

Ah, the long run. Now replaced by the long walk.

ub_3Dmol.jpg1939 marathon racer, cobbled by Adi Dassler, founder of adidas, photo by adidas Communications

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

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