September 2021 Archives

Kenenisa Bekele is one of the finest distance runners of his generation. The man has gone 3:32 at 1,500m to 2:01.42 in the marathon. Kenenisa also set WR at 5000m and 10,000m. He also won nine World XC championships.

His move to the marathon was fraught with challenges. In his first marathon, which I attended in person, he ran a 2:05.14. For a while, Kenenisa Bekele did not respect the marathon. Then, in 2019, he came within two seconds, 2 SECONDS of the world record, 2:01.39, held by one Eliud Kipchoge.

Bekele_KenenisaBib-Berlin21.jpegKenenisa Bekele, 2021 BMW Berlin Marathon, photo by photorun.net for SCC Event

Can Kenenisa Bekele break the WR? I believe so, but the race is exacting, and the marathon takes no prisoners. He went out way too fast in Berlin, and at the end, Bethwel Yegon went by and he finished third, after having battled Guye Adole for much of the race.

This interview was done by Andy Edwards. Andy Edwards did this piece for his company, Trackwise. Andy did this interview with Kenenisa Bekele, post race, after Kenenisa ran 2:06.47 in third place.

Kitata_London_Press_Conference_29-Sep-2021.jpegPHOTO: Shura Kitata speaking at the Virgin Money London Marathon pre-race press conference on September 29 (image via Zoom), used with permission.

Chebet_Evans_London_Press_Conference_29-Sep-2021.jpegPHOTO: Evans Chebet speaking at the Virgin Money London Marathon pre-race press conference on September 29 (image via Zoom), used with permission.

David Monti of Race Results Weekly did this piece on how the bonuses work at Virgin Money London this year?

0022_000358.jpgStark Arena, Belgrade, Serbia, photo courtesy of European Athletics

The Stark Arena will be the host of the 2022 World Indoor Athletics Championships. I love the facility. In 2017, I was able to cover the 2017 European Indoor Championships. The facility was fun, the crowd was into it, and I enjoyed my walks around Belgrade.

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Brigid Kosgei addresses the media on a video conference prior to Sunday's Virgin Money London Marathon (photo via ZOOM), used with permission of RRW.
David Monti provided this piece to RunBlogRun, used with permission on the women's Virgin Money's London Marathon elite women athletes.

Weltklasse: commemorating its history

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Weltklasse

Weltklasse 1.jpgPaavo Nurmi & Willy Boltze, 5000m, 1928, photo courtesy of Weltklasse Zurch

Armin Hary .jpgArmin Hary, 1960 Olympic 100m gold medalist, photo courtesy of Weltklasse Zurich

The Zurich Weltklasse is one of the finest athletic meets in the world. Held since 1928, the meet became an annual event in 1973. Anyone who was anyone in the sport has competed here. Stuart Weir made us aware of the Weltklasse giving out photos of their classic moments.

I have always enjoyed Greg Rutherford. I first saw him compete, in person, at the FBK Games in 2011, I believe.

Greg Rutherford has a well developed sense of humor. His presser with Valerie Adams at the Birmingham DL in 2015 was iconic! They were hysterical, as both were trying to educate some media on their events.

20120804athletics8869.jpegGreg Rutherford thanking Coach Dan Pfaff, London 2012, photo by British Athletics

Greg Rutherford is a competitor. He could compete on the day, in difficult conditions, when athletes with longer PBs just did not deliver in major championships. Greg won the London Olympics in 2012, the European Championships in 2014, and the WC in 2015, taking gold in all 4. In Rio, Greg took the bronze in LJ. He is the Rodney Dangerfield of the long jump. Greg saw the humor, but it had to irk him. Rutherford is one of the finest long jumpers in Team GB history, and his medals came from performing better than anyone else on the right day at the right time.

1018802482.jpgGreg Rutherford with his fans, 2018 Birmingham DL, photo by Diamond League AG

Greg Rutherford now has made the Team GBR bob sled squad. Using the speed and strength he developed in the long jump, Greg Rutherford will do quite well in this event.

This is Stuart Weir's piece on Greg and his taking a new challenge.

This is a good, challenging day! We begin with hill repeats, then a 30 min run, then , we ask you to challenge yourself with a 6 x 200m session.

GNR2017-001.jpgMary Keitany takes the Great North Run, photo by Great North Run / Great Run Company


Thursday: warm-up, Hill repeats, 300 meter long hills, jog back to start, repeat 6 times , then, 30 minute run, moderate pace, go to flat surface, 6 x 200m, 20 minute cooldown

When Bethwel Yegon showed up on the Berlin marathon broadcast, just about 38k, few knew who he was. In an article we posted by Justin Lagat recently , Bethwel Yegon was known by his training partners, many who watched him race in Berlin on the Kenya TV broadcast. Bethwel moved into the top ten, then, he moved past Kenenisa Bekele, who had been in second.

Yegon .jpegBethwel Yegon battles Guya Adole, 2021 BMW Berlin Marathon, photo courtesy of Nations.Africa

Then, Bethwel Yegon battled Guye Adole, until the very end, finishing in second in 2:06.14 to Adole's 2:05.45.

This interview was done by our collegue at Trackwise, Andy Edwards. Andy Edwards is a long time announcer, interviewer and observer of athletes, fluent in English and German.

Andy Edwards interviewed Bethwel Yegon just after his exciting second place finish after the 2021 BMW Berlin Marathon. (Special thanks to Brian Eder on posting this audio).

Mary Keitany retires...

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Mary Keitany won the 2017 Virgin Money London marathon, photo by Virgin Money

Mary Keitany is the athlete who I thought would destroy Paula Radcliffe's World record. My belief, now that she has retired, is that Mary beat herself up too much on some challenging courses and very hot days. Mary Keitany is one of the giants of the women's marathon. She ran some insane pace at the New York City Marathon over the years.

Her runs at London were among her best. My favorite was the Virgin Money London marathon in 2017. After that race, I spoke to her about the 'breaking 2 effort' by Eliud Kipchoge. She was idignant in her response, noting that women should get the same promotion and effort. She was angry. She was also very honest and right. I have linked the interview here: https://www.runblogrun.com/2017/12/the-2017-virgin-money-london-marathon-monday-presser-a-fantastic-discussion-on-the-sport.html

Kenenisa Bekele is 39 years old. He is, closer to the end of his career than he is to the beginning, but the guy can run.

Remember, Kenenisa Bekele owned the World records at the 5,000m and 10,000m. His victory over Haile Gebreselassie in the 10,000m in Paris 2003 was a boxing match. It may have been the most brutal, all out, no punches held distance race in modern memory. Bekele wanted to beat Gebreselassie so bad he almost gave the race to Haile.

Bekele_KenenisaBib-Berlin21.jpegKenenisa Bekele, 2021 BMW Berlin Marathon, photo by photorun.net for SCC Events

His over enthusiastic finish took Haile down, and gave Bekele his first WC gold.

The marathon has been problematic for Kenenisa. He wants this world record bad. His 2:01:41 was only two seconds off. Can he get the WR of the marathon? Yes. But it has to all work right.

This interview was done by Andy Edwards, and it was done just before the 2021 BMW Berlin Marathon. Andy Edwards, who works for Trackwise and Race News Service, is a long time interviewer of elite athletes at major European events. We are fortunate to have Andy at London helping our sites, among other content development he manages.

VCM_Jenia Symonds_12.09.21_220.jpgVienna City Marathon, photo by VCM/ Jenia Symonds

This was quite good news. A large event had no positive COVID cases. The Vienna City marathon, located in the central European country of Austria, is a well run and well loved marathon. The attention to detail on hygeine in the pandemic by the officials, city management, race management, runners and volunteers made this a success.

Good news! Congrats to our friend, VCM Press Officer Andreaus Meier on such a successful race!

ianb.jpgIan Beattie, new chair of UK Athletics, photo by UK Athletics

The announcement came in the past week. Ian Beattie is the new chair of UK Athletics. With British Athletics in a difficult period, many will look to Ian Beattie, formerly head of Scottish Athletics, to solve those problems.

Stuart Weir gives us some thoughts on the new chair of UK Athletics.

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 68, the epilogue clip

AH1_6609.jpgValerie Allman, ISTAF Berlin discus champion, photo courtesy of ISTAF /Race News service

In the epilogue clip, I have ten minutes to spin my own reality for the last week.

The Epilogue clip is a Larry Monologue about the topics of the Athletics Chat. This is the deal with 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.

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

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

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

#AthleticsChat #RunBlogRun #theshoeaddicts

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Athletics Chat, episode 68

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 68

This is the deal with 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 this week, number 68, we discusssed the following:

1. The ends of the outdoor track season.

2. The success of the Zurich DL two day final, our favorite Diamond League Finals.

3. The beginnings of the 2021 Fall Marathon season.

4. How the pandemic has evolved the 2021 season will 2022 be easier.

SLM_9577.jpgZagreb Meeting discus retrival vehicle, photo by Zagreb Meeting LOC

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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Wednesday is a recovery day. Just over 550,000 boys and girls will compete in high school cross country this fall (Sept-Dec). Shortest season is probably Alaska, where the state meet is in early October (October 9, 2021). California is traditionally the last state to hold its high school cross country champs in early December.

Enoy your season whereever you are!

Alicia Monson GE XC.jpgAlicia Monson, at 2017 Great Endinburgh XC Festival, photo by Justin Britton. Alicia made the Olympic team at 10,000m this year! Dreams do come true!

Wednesday: AM for advanced: 30-minute run.

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

This is a fun workout. A little faster than you will race at this next week, but a good session thtat challenges your skills.

%22 Steve Ovett.jpgThis is the pair of spikes worn by Steve Ovett, the gold medalist from 1980 Moscow. This was first Olympic gold medal win by a track athlete in Nike shoes, photo by Nike communications

Tuesday: warm-up, 6 x 800m, 3k pace, 30 minute run, moderate pace, 6 x 200m stride outs, cooldown

After staying up a few hours later than normal in California, I watched the 2021 BMW Berlin Marathon. The NBCN app was not working on my ipad, so I found a French pirated version of the German broadcast, and then, I watched the last hour in English on Kenyan TV.

IMG_1425.JPGGuye Adole takes Berlin, photo by Sebastian Wells for SCC Events

This is Justin Lagat's piece on the 2021 BMW Berlin Marathon. He notes, that, unlike most of the global audience, Justin knew who Bethwel Yegon was, as he had trained with the group before! Thanks again to Justin, who provided some well place tweets as I was trying to find Berlin broadcast that I could watch as NBCN was not working. Big difference in covering remotely and with reliable terrestrial TV.

The BMW Berlin Marathon was two fine races in 2021. David Monti of Race Results Weekly wrote this piece yesterday on the return of the Berlin Marathon. We use it with permission as well as the photos.

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PHOTO: Guye Adola wins the 2021 BMW Berlin Marathon (photo by Sebastian Wells for SCC Events), used with permission.
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PHOTO: Gotytom Gebreslase wins the 2021 BMW Berlin Marathon (photo by Sebastian Wells for SCC Events)

On Saturday night, in North America, thousands of marathon fans stayed up a bit later than usual, or got up a bit earlier than usual. They were up to watch the 2021 BMW Berlin Marathon. Both had fine races, just not the records that are sometimes overhyped. On the Men's side, Guye Adola took the win in a modest 2:05.45. Adola, who first ran Berlin in 2017, had his first win in Berlin, which was considered an upset over former WR holder at 5000m and 10,000m Kenenisa Bekele. Mr. Bekele also was a mere 2 seconds from the WR in his Berlin run in 2019.

On the women's side, Gotytom Gebreselase, in her marathon debut, 2:20.09. A solid debut in weather that grew higher in both temperature and humidty in the city of Berlin.

Special thanks to Race News Service, who provides content on many of the finest races in Europe.

IMG_1425.JPGGuye Adola, photo for SCC Events by photorun.net

Gebreslase-by-SCC-Events-Sebastian-Wells.jpgGotytom Gebreselase wins in her debut marathon in 2:20.09, photo for SCC Events by Sebastian Wells

I enjoyed morning runs. Somedays I would run with the some of the team that I coached at Bellarmine. Some days, I ran by myself. Morning runs just woke me up. I do know that it was part of my daily training (three days a week) in college. In high school, the top runners did morning runs. You have to decide if they are good for you. Ask your coach.

a-history-of-adidas-adi-dasslers-first-track-and-field-shoes-designboom15.jpgEmil Zatopek races in these shoes in 1953, Emil has won the 10,000m, 5,000m and marathon in Helsinki Olympics 1952, photo by adidas Communications

Monday: AM for advanced: 30-minute run

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

The long run is a the way many spend Sunday mornings who run cross country and the middle distances. Keep the pace modest, and enjoy the views.

DSC_5157.JPGEilish McColgan, leading in Oslo DL, ran 30:52 this past weekend at the Great Manchester Run, photo by Diamond League DL

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

In high school, there was a period in October, where we ran 3 races a week for 3 weeks. Our coach was astute enough to have us focus on one of them each week. The duel meets were tough workouts (one included fording Steven Creek Park Creek, where I almost ruined by Waffle racers), and we pushed hard at the Center meets, one each week at Crystal Springs.

nike waffe racer.jpegNike Waffle racers, my first racing shoes (purchased in Fall of 1975), $45, I believe, photo courtesy of Pinterest

I remember hitting a big PB in the third Center meet and taking 10th in the league JV the next week. For a kid who had placed last in every single race his freshman and sophomore years, it was big progress.

Enjoy the racing today. My advice. Get into the course, run the hills well, and push down the downhills, and somehow, when you see or smell or hear the finish line, Kick with your entire being!

Saturday: warm-up, Race 5k, 30 minutes, plus 6 x 250m stride outs, cooldown

Bekele_KenenisaBib-Berlin21.jpegKenenisa Bekele, photo courtesy of www.photorun.net

Simply put, stay up tonight.

At the BMW Berlin Marathon, one of the few men who have access to breaking the world record may have his best shot. Kenenisa Bekele is probably the most talented athlete on the planet, when he wants to be. Cathal Dennehy expains it all on RW piece here: https://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/a37723853/kenenisa-bekele-berlin-marathon/.

Also check out the piece below from Race News Service!

RunBlogRun will be covering event LIVE with tweets and observations by our twitter account, @runblogrun.

One of the most amazing marathons on the planet is Berlin marathon. It is a world record setting course. In my mind, the true secret of the BMW Berlin Marathon is the level of the competition that is orchestrated in this World Marathon Majors event.

This piece, the release by Race News Services, is about the women's elite race. We work with Race News Services to provide stories around the world on the finest marathons in the world.

We hope that you enjoy it.

The Berlin Marathon will be held on Sunday 26, September.

Schoneborn-Gebrekida-DemiseBib-Berlin21.jpegRabea Schöneborn, Hiwot Gebrekidan and Shure Demise, Photo courtesy of photorun.net

This is Friday, an easy day. Enjoy the day, enjoy the runs, enjoy the movement.

Movement is key to living.

B.O.A-2019-CHICAGO-MARATHON-002-150x150.jpgThe Bank of America Chicago marathon, the start, photo courtesy of Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Friday: Advanced athletes, take light AM 30 minute run.

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

Today is Thursday. We do a complex day, with hill repeats, a mod run and finally, a series of quick repeats.

060321_StumptownTwilight202168543.JPGCraig Engels, photo by How Lao Photography

Thursday: warm-up, Hill repeats, 300 meter long hills, jog back to start, repeat 6 times , then, 30 minute run, moderate pace, go to flat surface, 6 x 200m, 20 minute cooldown

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance featuring Josh Kerr,

Clip 3, (What the media should know about Josh Kerr?)

060321_StumptownTwilight202169172.JPGJosh Kerr, his moment at Stumptown, Stumptown Twilight, June 3, 2021, photo by How Lao Photography

Josh Kerr had a great Olympics. Moving from one round to another, Josh had a spectacular move over the last 150m, his last 50 guaranteeing his Olympic bronze medal, and his furious finish moved him to within centimeters of an Olympic silver.

This is the third of six clips so far from the Josh Kerr interview, pre Tokyo. In Tokyo, Josh Kerr took the Olympic bronze medal in a tough 1,500m that was quick, honest and challenging! In this clip, we asked Josh Kerr, "What should the media know about Josh Kerr?"

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

We think so too!

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

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

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

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

Brooks Running Twitter: https://twitter.com/brooksrunning

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

#BeastsTC #RunHappy

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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

#SocialingTheDistance #RunBlogRun #theshoeaddicts

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RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance,

featuring Josh Kerr,

Brooks Beasts TC, Clip 2: (Pro Training vs College)

060321_StumptownTwilight202169180.JPGJosh Kerr, Stumptown Twilight, June 3, 2021, photo by How Lao Photography

This is the second of six clips so far from the Josh Kerr interview, pre Tokyo. In Tokyo, Josh Kerr took the Olympic bronze medal in a tough 1,500m that was quick, honest and challenging! In this clip, we discuss the differences in college and elite athlete training.

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

We think so too!

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

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

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

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

Brooks Running Twitter: https://twitter.com/brooksrunning

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

#BeastsTC #RunHappy

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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

#SocialingTheDistance #RunBlogRun #theshoeaddicts

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Okay, what follows below is a press release by World Athletics.

This forward, however is written by Larry Eder, editor of RunBlogRun.

To survive in 2020 and 2021 has been most difficult. To actually grow in in 2020 as a global sport federation would be absolutely challenging. Yet, somehow, from the Garden Pole Vaults, to several Diamond League meets, held under stressful conditions, and the myriad of bespoke events in the U.S., track fans had many great moments.

The financial stories are quite different story. World Athletics is the exception in the federations space, to not be quivering financially. The moves that WA made in 2020 (and subsequently, in 2021) is not legerdemain. As someone who ran a company that was audited for a dozen years by a top ten audit firm, hard decisions are always needed, in good years and bad years.

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The time under Lamine Diack, was, to use a favorite of my father, "a shit show". WA had to make some tough decisions, and they did. They also have challenged themselves to grow the sport, and with Seb Coe on the charm trail, and Jon Ridgeon developing new sponsors, WA is on the right track.

I will find some time later this week to read the Annual Report (I love doing that). Lots can be found in the figures.

In the end, we know more about our global audience and potential audience. If you provide social media, web content, video content (delivered on FB, Instagram and twitter, as well as others), long and short form writing, you are giving the audience a chance to develop a bespoke approach to seeing global athletics.

WA not only has do create content, they have to encourage others to create and distribute content, locally, regionally, nationally and globally. WA also should consider to finely tune paid content walls in regards to athletics.

That the Olympics was held is a huge success in 2021. The $45 million (approximately) that WA will see, in TV rights, from Tokyo 2021 will come in handy as 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2027, 2028 all have global championships.

What an opportunity to build athletics in North America in 2022-2028. What needs to be done?

More to come on this.

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Josh Kerr, Stumptown Twilight, June 3, 2021, photo by How Lao Photography

This is the first of six clips so far from the Josh Kerr interview, pre Tokyo. In Tokyo, Josh Kerr took the Olympic bronze medal in a tough 1,500m that was quick, honest and challenging!

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

We think so too!

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

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

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

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

Brooks Running Twitter: https://twitter.com/brooksrunning

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

#BeastsTC #RunHappy

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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

#SocialingTheDistance #RunBlogRun #theshoeaddicts

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Wednesday is an easy day. Keep it that way. You have races plus some hard workouts this week.

SLM_9540.jpgMiddle distance runners thrive on cross country training, photo from Zagreb by LOC

Wednesday: AM for advanced: 30-minute run.

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

Su Bingtian 9.95

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su bingtian china .jpegSu Bingtian, photo by ChinaDaily.com

Su Bingtian looked primed to win the 100m final in Tokyo with his exciting semi final PB run. Alas, It was Marcel Jacobs' night. His 9.95 was a wonderful way for the top Asian male sprinter to end this exciting 2021 season.

The fall cross country season is just a few weeks old. The ability to race is key. To manage the stress of racing, one must practice the stress of racing. That is what our practices do during the racing season. Easy days are key in this 3 month period. Each workout has meaning. Keep it under control. Use your efforts in racing situations.

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Tuesday: warm-up, 6 x 800m, 3k pace, 30 minute run, moderate pace, 6 x 200m stride outs, cooldown

Thanks to the constant search for the next story to satisfy our readers, we have found that Karsten Warholm has decided to look for new challenges. We had heard that he was considering the 800m, and that makes sense, as Edwin Moses, Harald Schmidd, among other 400m hurdlers had looked at the 800m, and run quite well, both under 1:45 PBs. The Norwegian Viking was looking for a new challenge. And, did he find it!

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Karsten Warhlom with an incredulous Jonathan Edwards, London 2017, photo by Martin Bateman

Ashton Eaton, way back in 2014, took a year off from the decathlon and ran intermediate hurdles. I recall speaking with him in Glasgow, Scotland, after he achieved his 400m hurdle PB.

And then, we heard rumor that Karsten Warholm was looking at the decathlon to see if he could be challenged. Karsten, however, took a different approach, wearing a Sumo suit and battling all ten events in a short period of time. We are not sure if this can be considered a record, as we are not sure he made it over the pole vaul.

Here is our photo graphic evidence ! Thanks to NRK Sports!

The Fall 2021 marathon season began last weekend, with the Vienna City Marathon. The pandemic is not over, and as it continues, regionally and globally, sporting events will have to consider all kinds of situations. Here's a bit of the upcoming fall season, a season unique in marathon annals.

Portland was canceled just prior to the marathon by the sponsor due to outbreaks of COVID in Portland, Oregon and environs.

1975_MARfin_Rodgers,Bill.jpgThe Boston Marathon in 1975, Bill Rodgers (4x champ) en route to his first victory at Boston, photo courtesy of BAA.org.

What a season for Karsten Warholm! His world record in Oslo, 46.70, and then, his 45.94 in Tokyo! This was over the 400m hurdles, combining the sadism of the 400m, and adding ten barriers! It is a true example of will over the the pain and agony of the 400m hurdles.

Karsten Warholm has ended his season! What will 2022 bring?

There are many who think that the world of sports journalism is quite glamorous. And there are times that it is. But, in this day and age, espcially in the time of a pandemic, all are more or less equal.

Justin Lagat wrote this piece on the challenges of getting through to be credentialed at the Kip Keino Classic, as the pandemic is challenging and slowing down all operations. Throw in the biggest icon in Kenyan athletics, and note that she was neither feted nor recognized. It would be as if Michael Johnson was in line in a media event in US and did not get recognized.

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The Berlin Marathon has been the sweet spot for world records for two plus decades. There is something about the last 12k that allows many of the worlds' best and citizen runners to gather up their strength and run the last twelve kilometers like no where else!

This year, due to the pandemic, 25,000 runners will be allowed on the Berlin course with the elite fields.

Kenenisa Bekele, who has run 2:01.41 there, will be in Berlin, ready to roll. The former world record holder at 5000m and 10,000m wants to go just a bit faster!

Watch our coverage of the famous marathon this coming Sunda, September 26, 2021. We will be working in conjunction with Race News Service on the coverage of Berlin and London Marathon.

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In the last Continental Tour event of 2021, Trayvon Bromell, Ferdinand Omanyala and Fred Kerley left the proverbially best until last. In his first truly healthy season since 2016, Trayvon Bromell ran a PB 9.76 at the 100m. In front of his home crowd, Ferdinad Omanyala showed that Kenyans are sprinters, javelin throwers and distance runners, with his NR and Continental record of 9.77. And the man who changed from the 400m, where he ran 43.64, added a new 200m PB of 19.76.

This is the quick update on the entire meeting by EME News. Thanks to Alfons Juck, Paul Halford and Steven Mills.

This was the final Continental Tour Meeting of 2021. A long season, which began in the spring. Now, many of the athletes are showing the exhaustion of a long season well-run.

Trayvon Bromell left the very best until last, running 9.76 WL. To the delight of the Kenyan fans, Ferdinand Omanyala ran a new NR and African record, 9.77, also a PB.

In the 200m, Fred Kerley ran a 19.76 PB at 200m ( Fred has now run 9.84 for 100m, 19.76 for 200 and 43.64 for 400m) to win in Nairobi. Christine Mboma won the 200m in 22.39 , her slowest time of the season in a major race!

Faith Kipyegon won the 1,500m at her leisure, in 4:02.40.

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Ferdinand Omanyala, the fastest man in Africa, set NR and AR of 9.77 battling Trayvon Bromell in Nairobi, photo by Diamond League AG

This is the first day of Cross country racing season. Most of you have had 2-3 races, and the big stuff is two weeks away. We wil take the next sixteen weeks and help you race, like your 550,000 friends in high school cross country around the country!

DL008497_1.jpgFaith Kipyegon, Doha 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

Monday: AM for advanced: 30-minute run

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

The long run is the last run of the week for some, and for others, the first run of the week. Enjoy the run, do it at a pace that you can tell tale tales, laugh with each other and feel challenged during a few good hill climbs. You have completed sixteen weeks of summer training, and are ready to roll. A few races, and you will be ready to roll. For Summer mileage 2022, see you about June 15!

Good luck in cross country!

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

E_mFvk2WEA0vaBW.jpegTrayvon Bromell, 9.76 WL in Nairobi, Kenya, photo by Diamond League AG

E_eRQeTXEAk__sZ.jpegFerdinand Omanyala battled Trayvon Bromell, and ran a 9.77 NR, to the delight of his Kenyan fans, photo by Diamond League AG

Justin Lagat provided this feature on the Kip Keino Classic, which happened today in Nairobi, Kenya, ending the 2021 Continental Tour season globally.

This is a tough workout. If you race today, then do a 30 minute run, at moderate pace, and 4-6 stride outs.

_VDH9678.JPGBrussels 5000m, photo by Diamond League AG

Saturday: warm-up, 5 x 1000m, 5k pace, 3 minute break between 1000ms, 30 minute run, moderate pace,

4x150m strideouts, then, cooldown.

How to do Stride outs,

by Will Leer,

Under Armour All-Out Mile Ambassador

Do you know why you need stride-outs? Do you know how to do stride outs? Well, Will Leer explains it all!

will leer without facial hair .jpgWill Leer came down from the mountains, shorn of beard, to run fast, photo from Bring Back the Mile

Will Leer has run a 3:51 mile. Articulate, funny, and thoughtful, Will Leer spent some time last month with RunBlogRun on the UA All-out mile, but also on some fun ways to consider the Under Armour All Out Mile program. Visit the website here: https://www.uaalloutmile.com

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

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

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#UAAllOutMile #TheOnlyWayIsThrough

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The challenges of travel come to play in any season, pandemic, or non-pandemic years. We thought that this piece on the Vienna city Marathon champion might be of interest.

Special thanks to Race News Service, a global service that provides coverage of many of the finest marathons and road races in the world for their partners, such as RunBlogRun.

_6LH3508.JPGVibian Chepkirui, photo by VCM / Leo Hagen

SLM_9577.jpgI need one of these shot put cars, perhaps to pick up my iced Americanos? photo courtesy of Memorial Borisa Hanžekovića

SLM_9860.jpgSandra Perkovic, photo courtesy of the Memorial Borisa Hanžekovića

SLM_9540.jpgRacing at the Memorial Borisa Hanžekovića, photo courtesy of Memorial Borisa Hanžekovića

Some observations by key athletes on the Memorial Borisa Hanžekovića, courtesy of EME News.

This is Justin Lagat's piece for RunBlogRun on the new opportunities for Kenyan athletes in the domestic environment, with the Kip Keino Classic as a prime example!

AH1_6609.jpgValeria Allman, photo by Camera4 / ISTAF

The ISTAF Meeting is one of those meets you want to visit, indoor and outdoor. The outdoor meeting is now in year 100, and they celebrated with real performances, from Valerie Allman to Mariya Lasitskene and Karsten Warholm.

Special thanks to Race News Service, a global service that provides coverage of many of the finest marathons and European track meetings and road races in the world for their partners, such as RunBlogRun.

Training for your first Mile

Will Leer (UA AOM),

Ambassador for Under Armour All Out Mile

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Will Leer, reprising his role as Quentin Cassidy character from John Parker's cult novel, Once a Runner! photo by Bring back the mile

The mile is a most satisfying event. It is the event most run in high schools (or 1,600m, or 1,500m) that introduces many to middle distance running. Will Leer has run a 3:51 mile. Articulate, funny, and thoughtful, Will Leer spent some time last month with RunBlogRun on the UA All out mile, but also on some fun ways to consider the Under Armour All Out Mile program. Visit the website here: https://www.uaalloutmile.com

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

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

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#UAAllOutMile #TheOnlyWayIsThrough

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RunBlogRun presents

Conversations with Larry,

Thoughts on the 2021 Wanda Diamond League Season

Convos with Larry is a program where Larry speak is the prevailing language. I am highly caffenated, the limits on my verbosity are ten minutes, or Mike uses a remote taser and I leap out of my chair and the hummingbirds dancing around my head are startled (no animals are ever harmed in the shooting of this series. Although the tailless lizard that hisses at me in the back yard sounds like my junior year French language teacher, who eloquently, in French, spoke of the good old days, when he could beat students with a bamboo stick when they forgot the conjunctive. Oh, for the good old days...

IMG_4250.jpgLarry, in deep thinking phase, just prior to recording Convos with LE, photo by RunBlogRun

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

#ConvosWLarry #RunBlogRun #theshoeaddicts

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Truly one of the gems of the Continental Tour, the Memorial Borisa Hanžekovića, held in Zagreb, Croatia, is a favorite end-of-season meeting in Croatia. It also is end of Continental Tour in Europe (Kip Keino Classic in Nairobi ends global Cont Tour).

Devon Allen had one of the finest performances in Zagreb, with his first sub 13 second time for the 110m hurdles, but Ryan Crouser put his shot all the way to 22.84m, his farthest throw in Europe ever!

What a season ender!

_AG40517.JPGDevon Allen just got under 13 seconds at Zagreb, that is to end the season! photo by Diamond League Ag

Agnes Tirop and Senbari Tefari set world records on Sunday, Sept 12, 2021. Senbari Tefari set a new 5k road world record of 14:29. Agnes Tirop set a new 10k road record of 30:01. Both were set in the hometown of their major sponsor, adidas GBH, located in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

It was an event with global interest. We have posted here the entire media alert from our friends at the World Athletics Communications Department.

unnamed-3.jpgSenberi Teferi, Agnes Tirop, photos courtesy of RunCzech

RunBlogRun presents

Under Armour All Out Mile

Interview with Will Leer

Discussing the All Out Mile - Video Clip

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Will Leer has run a 3:51 mile. Articulate, funny, and thoughtful, Will Leer spent some time last month with RunBlogRun on the UA All out mile, but also on some fun ways to consider the Under Armour All Out Mile program. Visit the website here: https://www.uaalloutmile.com

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

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

UA Running on Twitter: https://twitter.com/uarunning

UA Running on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uarunning/

Under Armour Twitter: https://twitter.com/UnderArmour

Under Armour Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/underarmour/

#UAAllOutMile #TheOnlyWayIsThrough

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Change is painful.

Evolution, as we learned in Jurassic Park, is highly invasive and there is much pain.

Consider both as we discuss the World Tour competition restructure. This is the attempt by WA to make some sense of the indoor, outdoor, cross country, race walking and road racing events that choke the World Calendar. Many good events, some mediocre events and a need to showcase the meets in streaming events that support free coverage and paywalls.

We applaud WA for this plan, and look forward to seeing how the meet managers support the new structure.

unnamed-2.jpgRace Walking, Cross country, Track & Field, photos courtesy of World Athletics

Easy Friday, keep it that way. You can not train hard each and every day.

molly seidel .jpgMolly Seidel, Olympic bronze medalist, Tokyo2020, photo by PUMArunning

Friday: Advanced athletes, take light AM 30 minute run.

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

The Boston Marathon will finally be back, albeit in the fall, in just less than a month. Obviously, the fall marathon season has been challenged by the pandemics. Last year was a virtual race, and this year, it is the real thing, with many health provisos in order to keep the field, fans and volunteers safe.
This is a piece by David Monti of Race Results Weekly, writing on elite fields at the 2021 Boston Marathon. We use the Race Results Weekly in permission.
Morris_150604_2327-thumb-500x750-12019.jpgA few years ago, Des Linden racing a 5,000m, Adrian Martinez Classic, photo by Justin Britton

This is Thursday. The workout includes some long hills and some fast 200 meters. Stay focused.

_VDH9678.JPGThe 5000m in Van Damme Memorial, photo by Diamond League AG

Thursday: warm-up, Hill repeats, 300 meter long hills, jog back to start, repeat 6 times , then, 30 minute run, moderate pace, go to the track, 6 x 200m, 20 minute cooldown

060321_StumptownTwilight202169139.JPGJosh Kerr, photo by How Lao Photography

Reposted 15 September 2021

We did this piece in July 2021, just before the 2021 Olympics. At the 2021 Olympics, Josh Kerr, representing Team GB, took the bronze in the 1,500m, and was just a meter from the silver medal. His medal, in one of the toughest events on the Olympic calendar, should not be underestimated.

We are reposting this extraordinary interview for your viewing pleasure. One of the untold stories of Tokyo is how Danny Mackey prepared Josh Kerr for the Olympic 1,500m final. Watch for updates.

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance

with Larry Eder

Featuring Josh Kerr,

professional athlete

with the Brooks Beasts TC

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

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

We think so too!

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

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#BeastsTC #RunHappy

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One of the finest throwers in Olympic history, and one of the most well-respected hammer throwers, Yuriy Sedykh has died at the age of 66.

The notes of condolence make it clear that Mr. Sedykh was admired, respected and loved by his friends, family and competitors.

The meets in Central Europe and Italy end the 2021 season. Bellinzona was an amazing meeting in Italy. I believe it is 12 times under 11 seconds in this season.

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 67,

the Epilogue Clip

IMG_1525.jpgMariya Lasitskene explains it all, in Russian, of course, photo by Stuart Weir

In the epilogue clip, I have ten minutes to spin my own reality for the last week.

The Epilogue clip is a Larry Monologue about the topics of the Athletics Chat. This is the deal with 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.

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 67

IMG_1455.jpgZurich Weltklasse, 2021, photo by Stuart Weir

This is the deal with 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 in Episode 67:

1. Brussels Diamond League

2. Zurich Diamond League

3. More thoughts on the Fall Marathon season

4. Discussion on Francine Niyonsba and Christine Mboma,

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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Zagreb is the last Continental Tour meeting in 2021, and it had some amazing performances. We will put together a few pieces on the meeting this week.

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PHOTO: Nell Rojas winning the women's division of the 2021 USATF 10-Mile Championships at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C. (photo by Mike Scott)
The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run has a tremendous history in road running. The best of the best have raced along the banks of the Potamac for decades. I recall running there in 1986 as the big guns, Greg Meyer and Jon Sinclair, among others, battled on their. It was always a build up for one of the big marathons.
This year, the women's race took the news, with Nell Rojas and Jenny Simpson. Special thanks to Race Results Weekly, which we use with permission.

Wednesdays are an easy day. If you are a more advanced runner, we encourage you to consider a light 30 minute run in the AM.

Enjoy the 45 minute run and the stride outs.

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Wednesday: AM for advanced: 30-minute run.

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

All we have heard about Zagreb is superlatives! It will be on my 2022 end of season plans. Ryan Crouser threw 22.84m and Tom Walsh threw 22.39m, so a fine shot put competition! The shot put was showcased on the 13th of September, as the Zagreb Continental meeting held most of its events on 14 September.

_AG29961.JPGRyan Crouser, photo by Diamond League AG

_AG49426_1.jpgTomas Walsh, photo by Diamond League AG

This is the #Just Athletics interview for Tuesday, September 14, 2021, on @runblogrun. This should be a fun one. #JustAthletics is a group of 3 track geeks who do an exceptional podcast!

Prefontaine or Without LImits? Which movie do you like better?

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You will have to watch!

Reekie_Pre_Finish_NBFAM_12-Sep-2021_Jane_Monti_With_Credit.jpgJemma Reekie takes the 2021 Fifth Avenue Mile, photo by Jane Monti, Race Results Weekly, used with permission.

Wightman_winning_NBFAM_12-Sep-2021_Jane_Monti_With_Credit.jpgJake Wightman takes the Fifth Avenue Mile in 2021 (as he did in 2018), photo by Jane Monti, Race Results Weekly, used with permission.

This is the Race Results Weekly column on the Fifth avenue Mile, the traditional end of the summer outdoor distance track season, special thanks to Dave Monti and Jane Monti. Used with permission.

We asked Matt Wisner to do a weekly column for @RunBlogRun. Like new columnist Sam Fariss, we suggested a few topic ideas, but the rule is, writers write about what interests them.

Matt Wisner decided to write about the Fifth Avenue Mile, which happened on Sunday, 12 September. We like Matt's column and look forward to upcoming columns.

Wom-fifth ave mile .jpgNikki Hiltz, Jemma Reekie, Shannon Osika, photo by NYRR

men fifth avenue mile .jpgOllie Hoare, Jake Wightman, Jake Heyward, photo by NYRR

IMG_4204.JPGAssistant Coach Hillary Lelei, Emmanuel Wanyonyi (green track jacket) taking tea with fellow runners at Janeth Jepkosgei's camp, photo by Justin Lagat

IMG_4207.JPGEmmanuel Wanyonyi speaking with the interviewer, photo by Justin Lagat

Justin loves to speak with athletes and does fine interviews. This is his recent interview with Emmanuel Wanyonyi. Next event is the Kip Keino Classic for Justin Lagat, coming this weekend.

Reekie takes fifth ave mile .jpgJemma Reekie ends her season with a fine victory! photo courtesy of NYRR

Wightman takes fifth ave 2x.jpgJake Wightman takes his second Fifth Avenue Mile! photo courtesy of NYRR

The Fifth Avenue is an iconic event in American running. For the past 2 decades, it has been the unofficial end of the global track & field season, as many of the players come from Diamond League and Contininental Tour events. While this is at the end of their seasons, many get primed for one more race!

The road race on the extraordinary Fifth avenue attracts runners, fast, slow, in-between. That Jake Wightman and Jemma Reekie took wins shows the global nature of the event as well!

molly seidel .jpgMolly Seidel, photo courtesy of PUMA-catchup

Molly Seidel is an American distance runner. Molly Seidel is much more than than that. In her first marathon, Ms. Seidel made the Tokyo Olympic team. In her second marathon, in 2020 London, in the rain, Molly ran 2:25.13. And in her third marathon, Molly Seidel takes an Olympic bronze medal in the beastly heat and humidty of Tokyo, which transfixed American fans for nearly two and one half hours.

Last May 28, this editor was fortunate to witness Molly Seidel run 32:02.19 for the 10,000m, a PB done just hours after a five mile tempo run at 5:20 per mile pace.

Sam Fariss is a new weekly columnist for @RunBlogRun, and this is her second weekly column.

Francine Niyonsaba has had an incredible season in 2021. She then ran 30:41.93 for the 10,000m, taking fifth in the Olympic 10,000m final.

Her move from the 800m to the 5,000m was extraordinary. On May 22, 2021, in Spain, at the Jean Pariso meeting, Francine ran 15:12.08, just over the 15:10 Olympic qualifier. On June 1, in Montreul, France, Niyonsaba ran 14:54.38, running just over 16 seconds below the Olympic standard. A fine qualifying round in Tokyo, where she finished in top 6 was nullified by a DQ on a lane violation. She then ran 30:41.93 for the 10,000m, taking fifth in the Olympic 10,000m final.

unnamed.jpgFrancine Niyonsaba takes WR at 2000m, photo by World Athletics

Since then, Francine Niyonsaba has been on fire! Her 9:00.75 for 2 miles, a seldom run distance, was a Burundian NR, as she took out a world class field, including Letesenbet Gidey in Eugene, Oregon at the Nike Pre Classic.

In Paris, Francine ran 8:19.08, a screamingly fast time for the 3000m, again, an NR and WL. In Brussels, Ms. Niyonsaba ran a fast 14:25.34 NR, and one week later, she won the 5000m in the Zurich DL in 14:28.98!

And how does she end the season? With a tough WR at 2000m in Zagreb!

Read on!

This is a key workout in this time of the year. Not a long job, so it is challenging as you get longer into the workout.

E-Yb5qwXoCgOLvr.jpgFrancine Niyonsaba takes the 5000m in Brussels, photo by Diamond League AG

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

_AG40941.JPGTimothy Cheruiyot, Zurich Diamond League, photo by Diamond League AG

This is Dave Monti's piece on the Zurich DL 1,500m, from last Friday, 9 September 2021. We thought you might enjoy this column.

Monday is the beginning of the week. Enjoy the relaxed day.

Mizan Alem photo by Dan Vernon.jpgMizan Alem, U20 World Athletics Championships, photo by Dan Vernon

Monday: AM for advanced: 30-minute run

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

In his final piece from Zurich, Stuart Weir writes and opines on the exciting 110m hurdle season in 2021. Lots to consider!

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_AG41403.JPGKeely Hodgkinson, photo by Diamond League AG

This is Stuart Weir's second article on the second day at Zurich Diamond League.

The women's pole vault in Zurich, was, one of the finest events of the year. It was one of the first times that I have seen Anzelhika Siderova smile.

Stuart Weir captured the women's pole vault in this piece.

_AG21638_1.jpgAnzelhika Siderova, photo by Diamond League AG

Justin Lagat has been busy this summer for @runblogrun. He covered each Diamond League meet's distance events, plus the Tokyo Olympic Olympics, U20 World Athletics Champs, and the Kenyan Olympic Trials. After Zurich, Justin will be covering the KIp Keino Classic next weekend.

We hope that you enjoy his columns. We sure do!

_AG40941.JPGTimothy Cheruiyot, photo by Diamond League AG

Look, let's make this clear. Neither Stuart nor I are fans of the jump off do hickey has been de rigeur in 2020-2021. So, now that that is clear, enjoy Stuart's story on the Sept 7 events in Zurich by the Lakeside, which was, in any language, spectacular!

This is Stuart Weir's 4th piece on the first day of the Zurich Diamond League Final.

_AG48476_1.jpgIvana Spanovic, photo by Diamond League AG

IMG_1528.JPGJazmin Sawyer, photo by Stuart Weir

This piece is on distance races on the spectacular day one of the Zurich Diamond League. This is the piece by David Monti of Race Results Weekly, a service we subscribe to and believe in. The Monti's have done a great service for the sport for nearly two decades.

_AG47408.JPGA jubliant Francine Niyonsaba after her 5000m win, photo by Diamond League AG

IMG_1502.jpgWomen's 5000m, photo 1, by Stuart Weir

IMG_1504.jpgWomen's 5000m, photo 2, by Stuart Weir

IMG_1506.jpgWomen's 5000m, photo 3, by Stuart Weir

This was Stuart Weir's 3rd story on Zurich. Again, my apologies, I had a couple of crazy days, one business and one birthday. Thanks Stuart on this piece, and great job!

_AG20163 (1).JPGFrancine Niyonsaba takes the 5000m at Zurich DL, by Diamond League AG

This is Justin Lagat's piece on day one of the Zurich DL. I am a couple days behind as I took a day off for my birthday.

Movement. That is what it is about. If I get out 70 minutes or more, my brain calms down, I put my day in perspective and most things really don't bother me. That is the secret of the long run.

_AG20163.JPGFrancine Nyonsaba wins Zurich DL 5000m, photo by Diamond League AG

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

Workout or race. If you race, get in a 30 minute run plus 4x150m stride outs afterwards. In race one of season, just get through it, get used to racing again. The first few can be challenging.

Gesa Felicitas Krause.jpgGesa Felicitas Krause, photo by European Athletics

Saturday: warm-up, 5 x 1000m, 5k pace, 3 minute break between 1000ms, 30 minute run, moderate pace,

4x150m strideouts, then, cooldown.

lasitskene.jpgMariya Lasitskene took the DL in a spectacular competition! photo by Diamond League AG

The women's high jump, in day 1 of Zurich DL (by the Lakeside) was awesome! Three tremendous jumpers battled it out at 2.01m, 2.03m, and 2.05m! Stuart Weir captures the excitement and the strategy!

What a way to end the season.

Keep Friday easy! The season is beginning. Put your efforts into racing. Try something new each race in the first 4 or 5, and see how you respond. Always ask coach about tactics. And, listen to your coach!

_AG40713_1.jpgFaith Kipyegon won golds at 1,500m in 2016, 2017, 2018, then silver in 2019 (had a baby) and then, gold in 2021! She is tough! photo by Diamond League AG

Friday: Advanced athletes, take light AM 30 minute run.

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

Mixing it up in a cross country workout makes sense. Hills and sprints. It is tough, but it is just the kind of work you need to succeed at cross country this season.

_AG20486.JPGBerihu Aregawi wins the Zurich 5000m with a sub 13:00 time! (12:58.65), photo by Diamond League AG

Thursday: warm-up, Hill repeats, 300 meter long hills, jog back to start, repeat 6 times , then, 30 minute run, moderate pace, go to track, 6 x 200m, 20 minute cooldown

Matt Wisner wrote for us at the Olympic Trials and the Olympics. This is his first column on his new weekly column, From Lane One. Matt Wisner came to us via an introduction by Lori Schontz, the University of Oregon professor who is championing sports journalism, particularly, track & field journalism at the Univeristy of Oregon and environs.

We think that you will enjoy Matt's obvious affection for the sport, and his ability to use critical thinking in his journalistic coverage of the sport of global athletics. He is not, as one can see, a fan of the 563 meter track built just to bring track to the fans.

This column is on the Zurich Diamond League and their day one. They built, at much expense, an unusual track at the Lakeside in Zurich, which was a unique distance of 563 meters around.

_AG47408 (1).JPGFrancine Niyonsaba, Zurich DL by the Lakeside, photo by Diamond League AG

_AG48036.JPGRyan Crouser and Maggie Ewen, shot put champions, Wanda Diamond League, photo by Diamond League AG

_AG48681_1.jpgMariya Lasitskene clears 2.05m EL and takes the big win! photo by Diamond League AG

Stuart Weir, our senior European editor, is in Zurich, covering the finals of the 2021 Diamond League. This is his first story.

Wednesday is an easy day. Enjoy it.

IMG_1503.jpgWomen's 5,000m, Zurich DL finals, photo by Stuart Weir

Wednesday: AM for advanced: 30-minute run.

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

The city of Zurich will host a two-day meeting on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, September 8 and 9, 2021.

The folks at EME News put this together for us as a preview. We thank them.

IMG_1455.jpgThe Weltklasse stadium, photo by Stuart Weir

The Allianz Van Damme Memorial is another one of iconic meetings in the Diamond League. I have been to the meeting a few times. I always enjoyed the local fans, and their love of their national athletes. One year, they gave the score of World Cup games, and then, the fans got into their athletic meeting.

This year, though, the King and Queen showed up, so the fans were happy campers, and 20,000 of them showed up.

Some exciting performances, and guess what (I know, you get the text)? Here is my list of cool things that happened in King Badouin Stadium.

E-Yb5qwXoCgOLvr.jpgFrancine Nyonsaba takes the 3000m, photo by Diamond League AG

MDP2021-Duplantis-Thompson-1200x1200.jpgOne of the Meeting de Paris posters...

The meeting de Paris is one of the iconic meetings of the Diamond League series. I have to admit that I enjoy the presser in Paris, in both French and English, and the athletes are quite talkative. The meet was exceptional. Here's my deep thoughts on the quality of the Paris meeting!

The post-Olympic Diamond League meets kept the fire going from Tokyo! Lausanne was just a few days post-Eugene and the events kept us excited, one meeting after another.

The Athletissima meeting is held in the Stadium de La Pontaise, in Lausanne, Switzerland. A favorite meeting of mine, as the crowd enjoys all events and the three-ring circus atmosphere in the stadium is truly highlighted.

With the benefit of a week, let me provide for you seven reasons why I thought Athletissima was so much fun in 2021!

IMG_1365.jpgAthletissima, Lausanne, Switzerland, I miss you! photo by Stuart Weir

The Nike Pre Classic has been a Memorial Day weekend event for years. This year, the meet was held in Eugene, Oregon for the first time in three years. It was held in the new Hayward Field, and, it was also the first Diamond League meet after the Tokyo Olympics.

While some expected poor performances due to the travel from Tokyo, we had amazing events, one after another, at the 2021 Nike Pre Classic.

Here are my 12 reasons why the Nike Pre Classic in 2021 stands out!

APN_4259_1.jpgAthing Mu sets new AR, 1:55.07, winning 800m at Pre Classic, photo by Diamond League AG

This is Tuesday. It is a hard day. We break up the 5k cross country race into five sections, of 3 minutes each and ask you to run at a 5k race pace five times. This will challenge you.

5000-women-final-OlyTrials21w.jpgThe women's 5000m, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris

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

Saunders_Raven-OlyTrials21w.jpgRaven Saunders, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris

Raven Saunders is the Tokyo Olympic silver medalist in the shot put. Raven powered a 19.79m throw, just a smidge off her PB. Her silver in 2021 was a big improvement off her silver in Rio 2016.

In this first of Sam Fariss's weekly columns for RunBlogRun, Sam choose to write about Raven Saunders, and not only how she is providing an inspiration for young women shot putters, but also the LBGT community and those who have questions about mental health.

Raven has been wonderfully outspoken on mental health and was quite honest about her grief and challenges with the recent death of her mother.

We thank Raven for her honesty, and welcome Sam Fariss to @runblogrun.

The Vienna City Marathon is the beginning of the 2021 super Fall marathon season. Vienna has a grand tradition in the European running scene and the course, the attention to the care of athletes is second to none. This is an update, from our friends at Race News Service. Joerg Wenig and Andy Edwards, who provide their partners with updates with some of the finest races in Central Europe and the United Kingdom.

Start_VCM_Leo Hagen_20190407_08-58_5LH1650.jpgThe start of the 2019 Vienna City Marathon, photo by Leo Hagen

The Kamila Skolimowska Memorial is an iconic meet in Poland. Skolimowska was the first woman to win the Olympic hammer gold medal in Sydney 2000 Olympics. Kamila died of an pulmonary embolism while on a training camp in 2009. The next year, the Polish Federation established the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial. It has a fine stadium in Chorzow and is on my list of meetings that I want to go in the future.

This year, Andre De Grasse delighted the crowd of 30,000 with his win in 20.21. Pawel Fajdek won the hammer throw from Wojciech Nowicki, 79.60m to 77.45m. On the womens' side, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce had the mark of the meet, with her fine 10.81, her 11th sub 11.00 this season! The Polish wome went 1,2 in the 400m with Natalia Kaczmarek (50.70) and Anna Kielbasinska, (51.19) and another Polish win in the women's javelin, with Anna Andrecyzk, 61.77m.

You are fit. Now you have to get ready to race.

Fifteen weeks for many of you of summer training. You need a few (3-5) races to get into peak racing shape. We will be shaking up the workouts over the next few weeks. Know that racing begins this week, but we keep 3 hard days. A race day is a hard day. Get in a 45 minute run afterwards, or, do 10 times 150m stride out and a 20 minute run, but get something in.

a-history-of-adidas-adi-dasslers-first-track-and-field-shoes-designboom15.jpgEmil Zatopek, who won the 5000m, 10,000m and marathon in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, and track spikes that year, photo by adidas Communications

Monday: AM for advanced: 30 minute run

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

This is the event by event review on the Van Damme Memorial by EME News.

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My first cross country race was on September 11, 1972. I had an off day from school, so Dad took me fishing at Rock Lake for my birthday. I was 14 that day. We went fishing in the morning, and then, I headed over to DeSmet Jesuit High, in Creve Coeur, Mo, for my first race.

1939 Marathon.jpgA running shoe from 1939, made by Adi Dassler, photo by adidas Communications

The distance was 2 miles, and I finished dead last, in a time of 18:09. My little brother Brian told me that I had finished so far back, he thought I was leading the next race! It was a painful experience. It would not be until eight years later, in my senior year at Santa Clara University, that I experienced winning a race. I have to say, finishing last for all of my freshman and sophomore years in cross country taught me humility. I was always happy on improving and as I got fitter, I understood that running was, like life, about challenging oneself.

Enjoy the upcoming cross country season, enjoy the daily runs with your friends, but most of all, enjoy the pure act of living.

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

This Saturday workout is tough, no doubt about it. But, it is a good one to prepare for the cross country season that is upon us.

DSC_2096.jpgWomen's steeplechase, USATF Champs, 2015, photo by Brian K. Eder /RunBlogRun

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

This is the complete results of the 2021 Allianz Memorial Van Damme. A great meet!

E-YTSWAXsAUK5h6.jpgFred Kerley takes the 100m in Brussels, photo by Diamond League AG

This is Justin Lagat's piece on the Van Damme Memorial, and the exciting middle and long distances in Brussels.

E-Yb5qwXoCgOLvr.jpgFrancine Niyonsaba won the 5000m in Brussels, photo by Diamond League AG

In the third article by Stuart Weir on the Van Damme Memorial, Stuart writes about the ten noteworthy aspects of the Brussels meeting. We like Stuart's deep thoughts.

Come to think of it, we always like Stuart Weir's deep thoughts.

E-L9YZCWUAA-O4i.jpgValerie Allman took second in the discus! photo by Diamond League AG

E-Yb5qwXoCgOLvr.jpgFrancine Nyonsaba pushes the pace in a killer 5000m, photo by Diamond League AG

E-YTSWAXsAUK5h6.jpgFred Kerley takes the win in the 100m, photo by Diamond League AG

DSC_3914_1.jpgDina Asher-Smith, photo by Diamond League AG

This is the second piece of 3 by Stuart Weir, and he focused on the Brits who competed in Brussels.

E95QOsUX0Ao7--q.jpgMondo Duplantis, photo by Diamond League AG

SREE2894.JPGYaime Perez, photo by Diamond League AG

The Allianz Ivo Van Damme Memorial was a huge success. Stuart Weir wrote 3 pieces on the meet for us today, this is the first of the 3.

It was during the summer after my sophomore year that I learned the power of summer training. I had finished last in the 2 miles in the WCAL League as a sophomore. I asked my coach what I could do to get better, he said two words, "Run more." I was a bit over-enthusiastic, running up to 14-18 miles a day for 8 weeks, then, 8-10 miles a day for the rest of the summer. In the first race of my junior year, I actually finished with people behind me. By end of that season, I was 10th on JV in League. That next spring, I began to score points in the mile, 880, and 2 miles on Varsity. A small team yes, but after having placed dead last for 2 years, it was a revelation. Summer mileage changed my life.

onitsuka tiger cortez.jpgThis is the model of Shoe I ran 1,000 miles in Summer of 1974, Onitsuka Tiger Cortez, cost $34.

Friday: Advanced athletes, take light AM 30 minute run.

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

The Allianz Van Damme Memorial is the 11th Diamond League meeting of 2021. It is an amazing meet, in an amazing venue, with a vociferous crowd.

Thanks to EME News for making this event by event preview.

Mondo.jpgMondo Duplantis, photo by Diamond League AG

Scott Christensen is one of the finest coaches in North America. A fine writer and clinician, Scott has helped fellow coaches become better coaches. Scott wrote for our first publication, American Athletics in the early 1990s and he has written for many fine publications and speaks at many fine coaches clinics across the US.

Scott Christensen .jpgScott Christensen, photo courtesy of Virtual National All Sports Coaches Clinic

I hope you enjoy this podcast from #JustAthletics, who interviewed this fine coach. Scott appreciates that coaching is both, art and science.

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 66,

Epilogue Clip

_SWT9887.JPGLausanne Diamond League, photo by Diamond League AG

The Epilogue clip is a Larry Monologue about the topics of the Athletics Chat. This is the deal with 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.

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 66

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.

1975_MARfin_Rodgers,Bill-thumb.jpgBill Rodgers winning his first BAA Boston Marathon, April 1975, photo courtesy of BAA

Topics:

1. Lausanne DL

2. Paris DL

3. Van Damme Memorial

4. Fall marathon season is coming

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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This is a day with some juggling. Some good hill efforts, a 20-minute run, and then, 6x300m repeats at 800m pace. Always finish fast, you will need it in the cross country season.

Fun fact: Bill Rodgers placed 3rd in World Cross Country in March 1975. Less than a month later, he set a new AR at Boston Marathon in 2:09.55 in his first of four wins in Beantown!

image1-3.jpegBill Rodgers sets AR 2:09.55 in BAA Boston, April 1975, stopping for water and tying shoes, photo courtesy of BAA

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.

51407686631_c38c66aca8_k.jpgTom Young takes the T34 100m, photo by Imagecomms

51405914325_0a120c8d7e_k.jpgMaria Lyle, photo by Imagecomms

51405914355_1b4729892d_k.jpgMaria Lyle, photo by Imagecomms

In this second piece on the Tokyo Paralympics, Stuart Weir focuses on Maria Lyle.

51410381420_bd21b2a338_k.jpgHannah Cockroft, photo by imagecomms

Stuart Weir wrote this piece on the new WR holder, Hannah Cockroft, now in her second Olympics.

Fabienne-Schlumpf1_Credit_Bettina Westermann.jpgFabienne-Schlumpf, Photo by Bettina Westermann

This is an update from Race Results Services on the Vienna City Marathon, which will be held on 13 September, opening the fall 2021 major marathon season.

An easy day on the schedule. Wednesday is an easy day. For advanced, add the Morning run.

062321_McKenzieRiver81329.JPGAndy Bartlesmeyer takes 1,500m, photo by How Lao Photography

Wednesday: AM for advanced: 30-minute run.

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

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