November 2021 Archives

This is the two part series on the Top 10 African male athletes, with numbers 10 to six, written by Deji Ogeyingbo. Last week, Deji did a two part series on the top 10 African women, plus a fine piece on Jacob Ingebrigtsen.

We hope that you enjoy!

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Benjamin Kigen, photo by World Athletics

Tuesday has always been one of my fave hard days. This day is about some controlled speed and some focused running. Cross country racing requires lots of skills, and as we head into indoor track, selected road racing, and outdoors, we need to vary our teqhniques, skills, terrains and workouts.

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2021 NCAA XC Championships, Division 1, photo by Mike Scott


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London Anniversary Games, photo by British Athletics

This is an important piece. As British Athletics is rebuilt, bringing back its legacy in hosting global and elite athletics events gives home athletes a chance to compete, exposes home athletes to global athletes, and builds a fan base with fans on site and fans viewing on BBC. Stuart Weir explains it all.

Ten Questions to Eilidh Doyle...

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Eilidh Doyle, photo by Scottish Athletics

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Eilidh Doyle, photo by World Athletics

Stuart Weir did this Q & A on Eilidh Doyle. Stuart was at 150 races, all distances, run by Eilidh Doyle over the years. I like his questions, some out of the ordinary, which is the way a proper interview should be done.

This is the first day of the week, and you have a few weeks before the Junior nationals, and Foot Locker. Enjoy the training as the weather changes. Just a quick note, I used this type of training as i built up for out door track for several years, racing on the boards a few times. Your cross country strength will help you in the springtime. And remember, we will take two weeks real easy around the Christmas holiday.

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And the pace quickens, 2021 NCAA XC Champs, Division 1, photo by Mike Scott

Justin Lagat put this piece together on the 2021 Abu Dhabi Marathon. An exciting event in the Middle East, Abu Dhabi had fine performances even with hot and humid conditions in 2021.

FFGMWWRWQAUmvoI.jpegTitus Ekiru took the Abu Dhabi Marathon, photo courtesy of Abu Dhabi marathon

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Judith Jeptum Korir took the Abu Dhabi Marathon, photo by Abu Dhabi Marathon

Long runs on Sundays were my time of discernment. Translating into the vernacular, that means that I used that time to consider the previous week, from workouts, to classes to whatever happened in the week. The first 30 minutes was normally a time to tell jokes and share a moment of goofiness with a training partner, then, as we picked up the pace and got more into the run, we spoke a bit less. But, thanks to the challenging runs put together by Coach Dan Durante, at half way, after flying along at six minute pace for the first ten miles, we would begin this long, forty to forty-five minute drive up hill after hill. During that time, a well placed four letter word would get a laugh, but we were all trying to breathe.

The long runs made us strong and gave us confidence. Our home courses, up in the Santa Cruz mountains, or in Quicksilver-Almaden Park, both contained hills that would challenge the fittest human and we prided ourselves in that. The course in the Santa Cruz mountains concluded with a 300 meter drive up hill.

The long runs make you strong, enjoy them.

21-11-20 NCAA XC 0976.jpeg2021 NCAA XC Men's Div 1 lead pack, photo by Mike Scott

This was another indication of how Ian Beattie and Mark Munro see the current situation with British Athletics. It is key that one of the most important federations in all of global athletics put on major meetings and have someone who actually appreciates the upcoming tasks of hosting a Diamond League meeting!

Today is Foot Locker XC regional day and many of the NXN regionals this weekend.

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Saturday: warm-up, Race 5k, 30 minutes, plus 4 x 150 meter stride outs, cooldown

This is part two of the Top 10 African Femala athletes in 2021, this is numbers five to numbers one! Both pieces done by Deji Ogeyinbgo, Deji has his proverbial fingers on the pulse of the sport. His observations help us, the viewer, get into the minds of the top athletes and appreciate their performances even more!

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Brittney Reese, London 2017, photo 1 by Martin Batemen

In my mind, Brittney Reese is the finest long jumper in American women's track & field. Her ability to compete, her ability to draw on the experiences of her lifetime, her ability to draw the very best out of herself for 4 Olympics is outstanding. Brittney was always fun to speak with and was always a wonderful example of what is so amazing about American Track & Field. I will truly miss her. This tribute, by Stuart Weir, is obviously heartfelt. We will miss you, Brittney!

No matter how many years you have been running, mark my word, you will develop life long friends from running. Those "trials of miles and miles of trials" ( I am quoting Once a Runner, book by John Parker, a must read!), that you share will be with you forever.

Enjoy your run today, and good luck to all running in the Foot Locker XC Regional Champs tomorrow!

21-11-20 NCAA XC 0822.jpeg2021 NCAA Men's Div 1 Cross Country Championships photo by Mike Scott

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.

Flanagan_Ben_Winning_MRR_2021_Jane_Monti_Smaller_With_Credit.jpegBen Flanagan takes Manchester 2021, photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly, used with permission.

Kelati_Weini_Winning_Manchester_2021_Jane_Monti_With_Credit.jpegWeini Kelati wins Manchester 2021, photo by Jane Monti, for Race Results Weekly, used with permission.

A couple weeks ago, we interviewed Ben Flanagan. He told us that he was going to race at Manchester and hoped to improve on his placing. He sure did with this win! Thanks to David Monti on the story and Jane Monti on the photos for Race Results Weekly. Used with permission.

Justin Lagat focuses his efforts this week on the amazing half marathon run by Uganda's Jacob Kiplimo! Jacob's performance moved the WR by one second!

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This is a story from our Archives. It is the perfect story to read on Thanksgiving!

Originally posted on July 29, 2018.

Larry Eder/RunBlogRun does introduction: At the end of the day, we are story tellers. Our sport is about stories. Stories about the great ones, stories about the ones who have overcome great challenges, stories about those who could have been. Before the written word, our ancestors sat around campfires, listening to stories of the great ones before us.

This is the story of Janet Bristol, one of the U.S.'s most talented and precocious runners. By fifteen, she was a global player in the sport, and by seventeen, she was out of the sport.

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This is an important read! Online abuse is much more common than many think. It is directed at women 70 percent plus of the time, and it just should not happen. Please read and share.

adidas_shoe.jpgAdi Dassler cobbled these shoes in 1924, Adi co founded adidas, photo by adidas Communications

Happy Thanksgiving.

I recall Thanksgiving 1983. Both Tim Gruber, my training partner, and Danny Grimes, an old friend and I got in a quick 18 miler that morning, as we all prepared for multiple Turkey dinners. It was fun, as Danny and I had run our first 10,000m on the track way back in 1976, and Tim and I had just run pretty good road 10ks, and were considering our next seasons. It was a fun run, up in San Antonio and around Los Altos. Just a couple of hours with friends.

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Thursday:
warm-up, 2 x 1 mile, 5k pace, 800m jog in between, 30 minutes easy, 6 x 150m, stride outs, 20 minute cooldown,

or, if your coach allows, compete in a Turkey Trot!

In this exciting feature, Deji Ogeyingbo writes about Jakob Ingebrigtsen, his Olympic win and his amazing rise to the top of racers from 1,500m to 5000m? This editor has observed brothers Jakob and Filip on the indoor circuit and know that father Gert handles the details of hydration, nutrition, training, rest and recovery with the precision of a finely trained surgeon. Gert once told me that he is not a coach, he observes.

Please enjoy this feature on Jakob Ingebrigtsen, by Deji Ogeyingbo. Email us at [email protected] on your thoughts on this piece or any suggestions on what we might want to cover!

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Baker plans indoors, from EME News

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Ronnie Baker was fifth in that incredible 2021 Tokyo Olympic 100m final. He was second in the 2018 World Indoor Championshp 60m. As he plans for 2022, Ronnie Baker is speaking about wanting to run both Belgrade and Eugene. Here's a clip on Ronnie and what he wants in 2021-2021: https://www.runblogrun.com/2021/06/-runblogrun-presents-socialing-the-distance-featuring-ronnie-baker-nike-sponsored-athlete.html

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LBGC57XJQJFQDI5NR2NUOPKZHE.jpegGarrett Winter (#523), photo courtesy of Mary Lewandoswki, MLive.com

Matt Wisner wrote about the story of Garrett Winter, who became famous for fifteen minutes over for being overly enthusiastic after a cross country race state championship where he improved by 22 seconds and used an expletive to express his utter amasement about his result. Matt thinks that perhaps Garrett was given the wrong message.

Wednesday run, prior to Thanksgiving is an easy day. Enjoy it. Get a run in with friends, but keep it easy!

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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.

Manchester_Start_2017.jpegThe start of the 2017 Manchester Road Race (photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.

The Manchester Road Race is a iconic event held on Thanksgiving each year. David Monti, of Race Results Weekly shows us the elite fields and notes that former RW editor, 1968 Boston champion, Amby Burfoot will be running his 59th race this year. We use RRW feature with permission.

This is a good workout. Changed it up a bit. Trying some different distances. Keep it focused. Don't go too fast.

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Tuesday: warm-up, 2 x 1000m, 500m jog between, 3k race pace, 3 x400m, 200m jog between, 2k race pace, 30 minutes, moderate pace, 4 x 200m stride outs, cooldown

This is a new column by Deji Ogeyingbo. I liked this one. Deji is going to send us the top ten Female and Male African athletes. I have to admit, I like Deji's approach and his back storys on the athletes. Let us know what you think on this one! Thanks, Deji! Part 2 (5-1), will go up on Friday, November 26!

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Monday is an easy day. Keep it that way. Your race on Saturday and long run on Sunday can wear you out. So, enjoy the easy day!

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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 my college and post college years, while in San Jose, most Sundays were about a long run early in the morning. I would drive my VW bus up to Summit Road, and park at Dan Durante's house, our college coach. We had 18, 20, 22, and yes, a fifteen miler that all went through the most beautiful Redwood trees in the Santa Cruz mountains. Those runs allowed me to appreciate Mother Nature, my training partners and how the sounds of breathing, some jokes and a sound effort as we returned up the hills. The hills gave us confidence, and then, about 9 am, as our runs were finished, we had time to enjoy a pleasant Sunday over coffee, and the New York Times.

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



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Whittni Orton takes the NCAA women's individual title, photo by Mike Scott

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The NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Championships lived up to the hype, for the second time in one year! The broadcast kept many fans' attention as the teams and individual athletes gave it their all. This piece is from Race Results Weekly, which we use with permission. Special thanks to Mike Scott for the photos!

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 this fine feature.

Reposted with corrections, November 20, 2021.

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

Frerichs_Courtney-1a-OlyTrials21w.jpgCourtney Frerichs, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris @kevmofoto

I truly enjoyed Sam Fariss' piece on Courtney Frerichs. Courtney Frerichs chose one of the toughest events in American Track & Field: the women's steeplechase. No quarter given. The barriers do not actually get higher as one gets closer to the finish, it just feels like that. As the fatigue squanders even the most evenly run effort, it takes pure guts and drive to claw over the last lap, as your competitors charge and your body screams to give it a break. Frerichs is one tough steepler. I remember watching Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerich go gold and silver in London in 2017. I was truly exhausted after watching that race!

What will happen in Eugene in 2022? I for one, can not wait!

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Hocker-Cole-Q-OlyTrials21w.jpgCole Hocker, Craig Engels, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Two of America's finest milers, Elle Purrier St. Pierre and Cole Hocker will take on elite fields in the WHOOP Wanamaker mile at the 2022 Millrose Games. The Wanamaker Mile has, for most of the past 113 years, been a huge draw. Special shout out to new sponsor WHOOP who took over the sponsorship of the presitgious mile after NYRR pulled out as sponsor of both the Millrose Games and the Wanamaker mile! This piece, by RRW, is used with permission.

Update on British athletics

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The changes in the last two weeks at British Athletics and UK Athletics, are paradigm changing. The former administration was the focal point of frustration from coaches, athletes, fans and sponsors. Under Ian Beattie and Mark Munro, the appreciation of the situation is quite clear. Perhaps a better word could be, the word "sobering". There have been some less than stellar moments.

Across the pond, I can not tell my friend in Oxford how many times I have seen American companies and federations put non track or running people at the top of the food chain. In most cases, the human need to change, and built a legacy total "screws the pooch". Change for changes' sake is wrong. But, the quick moves by Ian Beattie, in his first UK meeting mind you, must have given Jo Coates the knowledge that it was time to remove herself.

In this piece, Stuart Weir updates us on the plans to begin fixing some of the issues within British Athletics. Lots of lessons for us in the U.S.

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This is the first of two articles on the Vision for the future as described by Ian Beattie and Mark Munro in their first media briefing. We were fortunate enough to have Stuart Weir covering the event. As always the man from Oxford is our eyes and ears across the pond.

If one has never been on a call featuring British sports media, or been to a press briefing in the UK, well, that is a special kind of treat. Somewhere in the briefing, one or more journalists will sum up all of the screw ups in maybe one to two short, clear sentences. The person responding usually takes a deep breath and rattles on. That is not what has happened here. Beattie and Munro seem to be on the same page about how much of a hot mess that British Athletics has been dealt. Time to roll up the sleeves and get to work.

The NN Zevenheuvelenloop is one of the coolest and fastest races in Europe. Joshua Cheptegai was to run the race, which he has done in past years. Race Results weekly broke this piece on Nov. 18. We thank them for this update and, of course, use with permission.

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The world of cross country has challenging courses, some more than others. In the U.S. many of the courses are run on golf courses. I really enjoy the course at the University of Wisconsin (Madison): challenging, good footing, and great views for the fans!

In my junior year at Santa Clara, our home course was in the Santa Cruz mountains. We ran downhill for two miles, then, turned around and came back up. The hills were brutal, but as we had trained on them, we could relax and run the race. After about a half mile with no hills, the course finished with 300 meter charge up the final hill. I recall knowing that I had that final hill, and how much pleasure I felt in running by a competitor. Coach Dan Durante had found a wonderfully challenging course in the Santa Cruz mountains.

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Saturday: warm-up, Race 5k, 30 minutes, plus 4 x 150 meter stride outs, cooldown

As we get closer and closer to the 2022 World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, the LOC is announcing an official healthcare provider, PeaceHeath.

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The Michigan Pro Ekiden is a cool event, and we thank David Monti of Race Results Weekly for his coverage. We also thank the brothers Hanson for coming up with the idea and supporting this elite project. The quote in the story says it all. In times such as this, we all have to pull together!

Do you get to check out cross country courses before you race them? For much of my college career, we did not check out courses. I recall running the entire WCAC 1978 course as a warm up (10k). It actually helped us, as the course was tight, technical and more of a trail run than a cross country course. For about 5 miles, we were in single file and the passing was madness as we hit some roomy areas on the trail ( I believe it was in Washington Park in Portland, Oregon). The 1980 course was at Loyola Marymount, and the loop had haybales for the runners to hurdle. It may have been the toughest course I had run, up to that time. Good luck to all the NCAA, NAIA championship runners and high school state cross country runners competing this weekend!

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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.

Matt Wisner wrote this piece on track & field inspired Halloween costumes. We love them! Let us know if you have any favorite Halloween costumes, send them to us at [email protected].

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Molly Seidel dressed as JAKOB INGEBRIGTSEN (@bygolly.molly)

This workout has you sprinting the straights and jogging the turns. You get the real feeling of speed, and the confidence that comes from a well run workout.

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Thursday: warm-up, 3 miles (12 laps on the track), sprint straightaways, jog turns, 30 minutes easy, 6 x 150m, stride outs, 20 minute cooldown

Keep it easy on Wednesday. Enjoy the run, just keep it under control.

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Distance runners and multi eventers have lots in common. Long workouts, the importance of warm ups and cooldowns and patience and focus. When I coached Junior college, our decathlete was our number six cross country runner! The guy also cleared sixteen feet in the pole vault!

Wednesday: AM for advanced: 30-minute run.

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

The Battle of Sexes high jump meeting in Moscow is held each January. Mariya Lasitskene has competed in the event before, and she will be back in 2022!

Keely Hodgkinson is the real thing. Her gold medal at the 2021 European Indoor , then, her Olympic silver medal in Tokyo 2021 has made the young British phenom quite the draw. In a recent convo with Wigan Today (posted at EME News).

Competing in 4 championships, for an 800m runner is doable, depending on which championships you prioritze.

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There is something about 800m repeats that puts you in a whole new place. The 30 minute run goes well, and then, the 4 x 200m! Let's see what you are made of!

Have fun!

bashir abdi .jpegBashir Abdi took the silver medal in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, where 2nd to 4th was separated by four seconds, photo by NN Running team

Tuesday: warm-up, 4 x 800m, 3k race pace, 4x400m, 2k race pace, 30 minutes, moderate pace, 4 x 200m stride outs, cooldown

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Enoch Adegoke is one of those fine athletes that Nigerian sports fans pin their hopes on for the future. Deji Obeyingbo, who writes twice a week for @runblogrun on Nigerian Athletics one time and Global/African Athletics another, did this wonderful piece on Enoch and some of the young potential stars in Nigerian sprints. We think that you will like this!

2021 RunBlogRun, week # 9, Fall Cross Country Racing Season, Day 1

Keep Mondays easy days. Enjoy the runs, and also spend some time stretching.

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Monday: AM for advanced: 30-minute run

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

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Malaika Mihambo, 2021 European Indoor Championships, Torun, Poland, photo by Getty Images / European Athletics

Malaika Mihambo won the European Outdoor title in 2018 and World Outdoor title in 2019, both in the Long Jump. In 2021, Malaika Mihambo won the Tokyo 2020 title. In 2022, the German long jumper will compete in both the World Championships in Eugene and European Championships in Munich. Busy summer for Malaika!

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DSCN2649.JPG2. Zenah Jeptoo (in blue), photo by Justin Lagat

DSCN2655.JPG3. Shadrack Kipchirchir dominated the men's 8km junior race, photo by Justin Lagat

DSCN2666.JPG4. Shadrack Kipchirchir dominated the men's 8km junior race, photo by Justin Lagat

Justin Lagat, our Kenyan senior writer, wrote this piece on the AK event in Iten this weekend, a cross country meeting. Words and photos are from Justin Lagat.

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Drew Hunter wins the 2021 Abbott Dash to the Finish 5-K in 13:53 (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.

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Weini Kelati wins the 2021 Abbott Dash to the Finish 5-K in a course record 15:18 (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.

The USATF 5k titles at the Abbott Dash were held the Saturday prior to the 2021 TCS NYC Marathon. That was held on November 6, 2021. This 5k is a fun way, most seasons, to see how distance athletes are getting into shape for the upcoming season. This year, we had to cover the event from afar and thank David and Jane Monti, of Race Results Weekly, on providing this piece, which we use with permission.

Eilidh Doyle, the Relay Runner

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Eilidh Doyle has retired. One of the most prolific and enduring European relay runners, as well as 400m flat and 400m hurdle racers, has hung up her spikes. Stuart Weir, our European correspondent, has written a series of columns on this fine athlete. This column is on her experiences in the relays, and there is lot to learn for both coaches and athletes from this column.

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Eilidh Doyle takes off, 2019 European Indoors, British 4x 400m took silver, photo by European Athletics

When Letensebet Gidey set a new WR of 1:02.52, she shook the running world up. Many elite men can not run 1:03 or better. Deji Ogeyingbo wrote this piece on the Olympic medalist and now 4 time world record holder ( 5000m, 10,000m, 15k and half marathon).

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A long run, the day after a big race, was a bit slow, and took some time before you felt decent. After we ran in Washington Park in Portland in 1978, we got out on trails the next day and put in a nice 12-15 miles. Of course, in the first weekend in November, it was cold and the trails were inviting. We spoke about the racing the day before and how much we went in single file except for the last several hundred meters to the finish.

Long runs are great time for introspection. Take the time to consider your races, your training, and your life.

Enjoy!

1979 Marathon trainer .jpegadidas Marathon Trainer, circa 1978-1979, my training shoe, photo courtesy of farcovchik.ru

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

Race days are special days.

I go back to my WCAC conference meet in 1976. Our conference meet was at Nevada Reno. The 5.5 mile race was held at high altitude, and the race began with the shooting of the cannon from a tank! Santa Clara had a good team, on the team were Tony Foninos, the late John McVeigh and his brother Pat McVeigh, Bob Lucas, and myself. Our idea of training was going out for hard 7-9 milers most days.

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The Nevada Reno team consisted of Tom Wysocki, Domingo and Miguel Tibiduiza, Dave Murphy, the late Eric Hulst, among others. The Nevada Reno team went 1-7, and they all came in together. We were all sucking up air on the tough course. I recall running 35:01, and I believe the Reno team ran something like 30 minutes, a pretty normal training run for them. They were talking as they went by the field several times. Remember, this was one of first years of West Coast Athletic Conference.

We drove home from Reno that day, stopping at a Basque restaurant to have dinner, as one of us had won dinner money gambling somewhere. Ah, the good old days.

Saturday: warm-up, Race 5k, 30 minutes, plus 4 x 150 meter stride outs, cooldown

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance

with Larry Eder

Featuring Robby Andrews,

Olympian & adidas sponsored athlete

IMG_7492.jpegRobby Andrews wins 2017 USATF Outdoors, Craig Engels (3rd), Matt Centrowitz (2nd), photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Robby Andrews is one of the finest miler /1,500m runners ever to come out of North American running. He became well known with his indoor running in high school and college, and as he developed as an adidas sponsored athlete, Robby has made 2016 Olympic team, and WC London 2017 team. In the 2016 World Indoor Champs, Robby took 4th in the 1,500m.

I have wanted to interview Robby for some time. He was a fine interview. A strong support system and confidence in his coach, Jason Vigilante, Robby believes that he has several more years of racing to come, and looks for another World and Olympic team.

Thanks to Robby Andrews for his time and honesty. Thanks to production manager, Mike Deering.

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This is a piece I wrote this morning for my Linked in site. In case you are not on Linked in, I ask, why not? It is a wonderful way to meet others in your area of expertise. I do not like some of the ads, but find stories there of interest each and every day!

IMG_7267.jpg2021 Tokyo Olympics, photo via Peacock TV by Kathy Camara

This is a Friday. Friday's are the easy days, one day before a big race. All races now are big races, so take some time to consider the race tomorrow, keep the running relaxed and light and save your effort for the big race tomorrow! Good luck!

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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.

Quax.jpegLasse Viren, Dick Quax, Klaus Peter-Hilldebrand, 1976 Olympic 5000m final, photo courtesy of stuff.co.nz

This workout makes me feel really fast! The abiity to change gears, and relax and then, fly again, is really a great feeling. I recall doing this one with my training partners and we really enjoyed it. I got the idea from a workout the late Dick Quax related to me (1976 Olympic 5000m silver medalist, WR holder (1977) 5000m, Nike marathon champ, 1980, 2:10.47 PB).

dick quqx.jpegDick Quax, Bobby Hodge, 1980 Nike OTC Marathon, photo courtesy of JuanAntonioMartinez.mex

Thursday: warm-up, 3 miles (12 laps on the track), sprint straightaways, jog turns, 30 minutes easy, 6 x 150m, stride outs, 20 minute cooldown

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Featuring Charlotte Purdue,
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Charlotte Purdue takes 10th in 2021 VM London Marathon, photo by London Marathon media
While watching the 2021 London Marathon this year, I was pleasantly surprised at how well Charotte Purdue was running. Over the last six kilometers, Steve Cram, BBC announcer (yes, that Steve Cram), was getting pretty excited about Charlie Purdue's running in London. First it was 2:24 pace, then, 2:23 pace, then, maybe a 2:22? Well, Charlotte ran 2:23:26, the number 3 time in British history.
I truly enjoyed interviewing Charlotte. She is a positive athlete and obviously, her remote relationship with Coach Nic Bideau has worked quite well. Thanks to Charlotte for her time, honesty and enthusiasm.
Special thanks to Mike Deering, production manager for The Shoe Addicts, the agency that manages our zoom content.
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618bf2f4a723c98730104be1.jpegThis is the new course for the marathons to be held in the 2022 World Championships, coming to Eugene, Oregon next July! The press release, posted below, fill us in on why they used what on the course, highlighting course icons from the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Trials, as well as historic details in Eugene and Springfield! I am looking forward to seeing the course!

Each week, Justin Lagat provides us a A view from Kenya. Justin Lagat lets us see how elite athletes compete in local Kenya races, and how elite wanna bes compete in local Kenyan races, hoping to be seen. Justin Lagat has allowed us to appreciate just how competitive it is in Kenya for middle and long distance events. This piece is on the AK cross country series.

IMG_2049.JPGCross country racing in Kenya, photo by Justin Lagat

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presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 75,

the Epilogue Clip

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The elite Womens' pack, 2021 NYC Marathon, photo by How Lao Photography

In the Athletics Chat, Larry Eder (this week in HIllsboro, Oregon) and Stuart Weir (this week, in Oxford, England), attempt to solve many of the world's problems in Athletics. In the Athletics Chat, Epilogue, Larry opines on the weeks' happenings, AFTER Stuart and Larry chat. It is, as Mike Deering notes, a monologue.

This week, we spoke about:

1. The changes in British Athletics, how they are rebuilding the federation.

2. The 2021 NYC Marathon, how it went in the Big Apple, and why it was important

3. Stuart Weir opines on Mark Munro, acting CEO of British Athletics, Ian Beattie, CEO of UK Athletics

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Athletics Chat, Episode 75

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RunBlogRun

presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 75

11 07 21 _ NYC Marathon116337.JPGKenenisa Bekele, 2021 NYC Marathon, photo by How Lao Photography

In the Athletics Chat, Larry Eder (this week in HIllsboro, Oregon) and Stuart Weir (this week, in Oxford, England), attempt to solve many of the world's problems in Athletics.

This week, we spoke about:

1. The changes in British Athletics, how they are rebuilding the federation.

2. The 2021 NYC Marathon, how it went in the Big Apple, and why it was important

3. Stuart Weir opines on Mark Munro, acting CEO of British Athletics, Ian Beattie, CEO of UK Athletics

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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Today is an easy day. This is Wednesday. Keep it relaxed, and keep it light.

FB5_15lWUAYycO2.jpgEilish McColgan won the Great South Run, photo courtesy of Great South Run

Wednesday: AM for advanced: 30-minute run.

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

Raevyn Rogers has a wicked finish.

In 2019, in Doha, she ran down some of the finest 800m in the world, taking the silver medal in the process, and seeming to surprise herself. In the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, her move down that last straightaway shows superior speed, but also, superior racing skills. Raevyn knows exactly what she is doing.

The Tokyo Olympic 800m was a race for the Ages. As Athing Mu made Olympic history, taking gold, and Keely Hodgkinson took silver, Raevyn Rogers called upon that amazing speed in those fast twitch muscles and willed herself up the final 80 meters, as her compatriots were falling back due to lactic acid buildup, poor pacing and exhaustion. It seems, to this keen observer, that Raevyn Rogers doesn't even start her race until the rest of field has given up the ghost!

Rogers-Grace-Akins-Q-OlyTrials21w.jpgKate Grace, Raevyn Rogers, Nia Atkins, 800m, U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

1305690566.jpgLamont Marcell Jacobs, 2021 Olympic 100m champion (shown here winning the 60m 2021 European Indoor title), photo courtesy of European Athletics / Getty Images

Deji Ogyingbo has been writing for RunBlogRun for about a month now. He writes twice a week, once on African athletics and once on global athletics. Once problem, I have been overwhelmed by regular life. Yes, I do things outside of editing RunBlogRun, selling sponsorships for RunBlogRun and the RunningNetwork. I will be able to catch up this week.

Thanks Deji! This column on Lamont Marcell Jacobs is superb. It should help you appreciate why we love Deji's writing! Deji lives in Nigeria and has written for Making of Champions, the premier sport site in Africa.

Profile Picture.jpgDeji Ogeyingbo, photo courtesy of Deji Ogeyingbo.

In this Chapter 12, Jeff Benjamin reminds us that the NYRR Night of Champions is about helping kids in New York. We think that is a wonderful way to end our rewind. When Fred Lebow and Allan Steinfeld began the NYC Marathon, it was a way to build interest in Central Park, as it was four laps around Central Park. 127 finishers in 1970, and 30,300 in 2021 (50,000 plus finishers in 2019).

IMG_1445-thumb-autox529-29403.jpegJeff Benjamin, Roger Robinson and Katherine Switzer, photo by Jeff Benjamin

The NYRR Hall of Fame awards are one of my favorite parts of the New York Marathon week. Jeff Benjamin, out of respect for the 50th anniversary of the NYC Marathon, put this list of 12 moments in the NYC Marathon Rewind. This video salutes the late Tom Fleming, and includes Margot Fleming, his daughter, Bill Rodgers, his friend and competitor. I have to admit that Margot's words teared me up.

Rodgers, Fleming, Benjamin-thumb-500x375-6650.jpegTom Fleming, Margot Fleming, Bill Rodgers, Jeff Benjamin, photo from Jeff Benjamin

In light of the 2017 win in NYC by Shalane Flanagan, becoming the first American woman since Miki Gorman, (1977), Bill Rodgers responded to Jeff Benjamin with some thoughts about Shalane's brilliant win. This is our number 10, in twelve salutes to the NYC Marathon 50th anniversary Rewind.

SF OLYmpics nBC .jpegShalane Flanagan wins 2017 NYC Marathon, photo courtesy of NBC Olympics

In the Chapter 9 for the NYC Marathon rewind for the 50th Anniversary, we go back to 2017, and the NYRR Hall of Fame Inductions. Bill Rodgers introduced the award for the late Tom Fleming, the 1973 and 1975 NYC Marathon Champion. Tom had died in the spring of 2017, due to a heart attack, at the age of 65.

The 2017 NYRR Hall of Fame recognized those past and present who influenced the New York Road Runners.

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Jeff Benjamin, Gary Muerckhe, Dr. Norb Sander, Gene McCarthy, NYRR Night of Champions

The NYRR Night of Champions is one of the unique nights that the New York Road Runners provides during Marathon week. In Jeff Benjamin's recognition of the 50th anniversary of the NYC Marathon, this piece is the Chapter 8 of his 12 wonderful chapters of celebratin NYC Marathon 50th.

This Tuesday workout is a complex workout. Take it one piece at a time, take a deep breath and focus on the present. Enjoy the storm.

FDfvYlzWYAMI8Bl.jpegHaile Gebreselasie, Tegla Loroupe, NYRR Hall of Fame, photo by Jeff Benjamin

Tuesday: warm-up, 4 x 800m, 3k race pace, 4x400m, 2k race pace, 30 minutes, moderate pace, 4 x 200m stride outs, cooldown

This piece was done this past week on the anniversary (November 4) of Deena Kastor's marathon debut. One of the finest American distance runners of all times, Deena competed with ferocity and focus in cross country, on the track and on the roads. I was lucky to sit behind her on the bus in St. Louis in 2004, when she took second in the trials, and see her triump in Athens, with the fastest last 10k of all finishers, taking an Olympic bronze. I was also there, in London, to see Deea Kastor's AR, the current record, in 2006, of 2:19.36. Today, Deena Kastor is a fine TV commentator, as well as eloquent speaker on our sport.
This is a wonderful piece on Deena Kastor. Thanks to David Monti, of Race Results Weekly. This was used with permission.
Kastor_Deena_NYCM_2001_On_Course_Clay_Shaw_With_Credit.jpegDeena Kastor, NYCM, 2001, photo by Clay Shaw, used with permission

This is Monday. A normal Monday is an easy day. But, when, do you have a normal day? If you did a long run on Sunday, keep Monday under control. The races are getting more and more challenging.

-64ea1eaf8707f038-thumb-autox672-23673.jpegTom Fleming, NYC marathon winner in 1973 and 1975, photo courtesy of NYRR

Monday: AM for advanced: 30-minute run

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

Long runs are important to your development. But, not just physical changes happen when you run 90 minutes to 2 hours. The great coach, Arthur Lydiard got it. The former New Zealand milkman had convinced some neighborhood guys to run 100 miles a week, even though they raced from 800m to the marathon. His long runs, 18-22 miles, were rigorous, up crazy hills, and down crazy hills.

Long runs, to Lydiard, were about building the whole body. And the whole mind. Long runs give you confidence, as you build towards races and seasons. Enjoy the long run as the weather changes, from warm days, to cool, rainy days.

FDfwkkGWQAE2a0V.jpegRod Dixon (1983) and Steve Jones (1984), winners of NYC marathon, and two of the finest athletes I have ever met, photo by Jeff Benjamin

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

The 1983 NYC Marathon did change running forever.

Geoff Smith had taken off, built a huge lead, and 1972 Olympic bronze medalist Rod Dixon, who had moved up from the 1,500m, to the 5,000m, then winning nearly everything in road racing, and finally, the increadibly talented and good looking Kiwi paced his 26.2 miles perfectly and, with much of the nation watching, caught Geoff Smith with less than 385 yards to go! It was grand sports television. It was like a last second catch in American football or a last second goal in European football.

Saucony, Rod's sponsor, took cover 2, page 1 and placed a congrats ad to Rod Dixon at Runner's World ( I should know, I was the production manager and we had to change the ads at the very last minute!).

That moment showed that Running could capture the interest of non runners! Rod Dixon had captured the interest of the sporting world!

image6-thumb-500x671-55188-thumb-500x671-68540.jpegRod Dixon wins 1983 NYC Marathon, photo courtesy of NYRR

Race days are tests for your mortal engine. You have been training and racing for 24 weeks. Where are you? Take the time to consider your race afterwards.

FDfxUk2X0AAqEWC.jpegDr. Norb Sander, 2017 NYRR Hall of Fame, photo by Jeff Benjamin, Nov. 5, 2021

Saturday: warm-up, Race 5k, 30 minutes, plus 4 x 150 meter stride outs, cooldown

This is your Friday workout. It is an easy day, as the big event is tomorrow!

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Bill Rodgers won his first of 4 Boston Marathons in 1975. Just a month before his first Boston win, Rodgers took bronze in the World Cross Country! Cross country builds distance runners, photo courtesy of BAA.org.

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.

This is a fun workout. It makes you feel fast and is a great workout two days prior to a big race. You go fast, but no so fast! Stay focused.

adidas_shoe.jpgEarly track spike, circa 1928, cobbled by Adi Dassler, co-founder, adidas , photo courtesy of adidas Communications

Thursday: warm-up, 3 miles (12 laps on the track), sprint straightaways, jog turns, 30 minutes easy, 6 x 150m, stride outs, 20 minute cooldown

This is Chapter 6 in our 50th NYC Marathon Rewind. Jeff Benjamin, our senior editor for Staten Island and all things East Coast, wrote this on the 1979 NYC Marathon where Bill Rodgers caught Kirk Pfeffer, who had built a big lead. Rodgers ran Pfeffer down and took his 4th win at the Five Boroughs Marathon! In 1979, Bill Rodgers had won four Boston Marathon and four New York Marathons between 1975 and 1980. He was the marathon man.

Jeff Benjamin caught this in his story on the 1979 NYC Marathon!

image4-thumb-autox665-49697.jpegBill Rodgers takes his 4th NYC Marathon, and he made the cover of Sports Illustrated!

If you have ever, ever run a race in the city of New York since 1977, you have experienced the love and devotion to running that Allan Steinfeld possessed. Allan Steinfeld is one of the main reasons why the NYRR is so damn successful.

Allan Steinfeld was the yin to Fred Lebow's yang. Allan kept Fred from going completely bonkers. Fred Lebow believed that running would be big, well, not big, HUGE. I remember speaking a potential NYRR sponsor from 1975. Fred asked the sponsor for $5000 to sponsor a marathon. The guy thought he was nuts. Eleven years later, they spent six figures to sponsor the same marathon. Fred was an evangelist.

Allan Steinfeld-thumb-500xauto-21733.jpegAllan Steinfeld, photo courtesy of NYRR

Allan Steinfeld made the New York Road Runners the top running club in the world. The evolution of the New York City marathon would not have happened without the creativity of Allan Steinfeld and his team. Allan and his wife, Alice Scheider, spent most of their waking hours making the New York City marathon a better event.

Allan died in February 2017. For about 20 years, every time I came to the NYC, I would visit with Allan, letting him know what I was up to, what was going on in the sport. He provided thoughtful comments and gave me an opinion I might now hear.

Allan Steinfeld had an amazing smile. He could smile (and translate) anything that Fred Lebow said. This weekend, while 30,000 runners run through the Five Boroughs, the spirits of Fred Lebow, Alice Schneider and Allan Steinfeld will be smiling, on the course, knowing that things at the 50th NYC Marathon went, well, 'pretty well".

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat

Episode 74,

the Epilogue Clip

In this clip, I opined on the approach by USATF and British Athletics on developing elite athletes. I like some of the WCP program and some of the USATF elite programs. I believe tha the best program is an evolved program.

Mo Farah.jpgMo Farah battles in his last 5000m in 2017, Weltklasse, photo courtesy of Weltklasse Zurich


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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat

Episode 74

Colin Jackson & Tony Dees.jpgTony Dees battles Colin Jackson, 1992, photo courtesy of Weltklasse Zurich

In Athletic Chat 74, Larry Eder and Stuart Weir, separated by the same language, try to solve many of the sports' problems, on a weekly basis.
This week, their topics were:

1. A discussion of the British WCP support program.
2. A discussion of how the US high school, community college and college programs develop US athletes.
3. How elite athletes are sponsored, for the most part, in the US by footwear companies.
4. Shaking up British Athletics, how Ian Beattie make a big move at his first meeting with UK Athletics.
5. British Athletics redoes their coaching development programs


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Funny thing. When I look at shoes from the 1930s, I am shocked at how runners were able to run so fast and so far. In the 1970s, when I began running, shoes were obviously better than the 1930s-1960s. What about now? I showed a young athlete my 1974 training shoes and they were shocked that I could run. Evolution continues....


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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.

Tom Fleming was a NYC running fixture. His runs in New York and Boston were masterful. He gave his all in his ocmpetitions, and when he went into coaching, his athletes loved him and could feel his interest.

His 140 mile weeks, his gutty racing against the very best of his day, made him a living legend. It was sad that he was taken from us so early. Tom Fleming is a part of the New York City Marathon's 50th because he put so much into the race, for so many years.

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Left - -Right - -Tom Fleming, Margot Fleming, Bill Rodgers, Jeff Benjamin (July 23, 2013)

This press release surprised me and did not surprise me. The Atlanta Track Club continues to be one of the most innovative sport organizations in North America. The races that they put on (twenty-plus), including the AJC Atlanta Peachtree 10k (one of the largest 10ks in the world).

adidas is one of the most innovative sports brands. They approach sponsorship with a long term view, and they take the time to analyze the possible partner, and determine if it is a good fit. adidas invented sports marketing (just google the late Horst Dassler) in the 1960s, and manage their assets quite well.

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The Atlanta Track Club now has 30,000 plus members, and figured out how to manage road races during the pandemic. Their 2020 U.S. Olympic marathon Trials was one of the finest Marathon Trials in my lifetime. Under Rich Kenah and team, the Atlanta Track Club does such savvy things as building a club magazine presented on multiple platforms, promoting all comers meets, and sponsoring elite athletes with global championships to reach the various demographics of the club and the races that they manage.

adidas made a good move. Atlanta is a running city. The Atlanta Track Club completments what they have done with the BAA in Boston and the BAA events, including the Boston Marathon.

Nice to see continued investment in the sport of running!

As you get into the championship season, the more that you mimic racing, the better you will race. Keep the easy days easy and the hard days focused. You are now in the championship season! Good luck!

IMG_3242.jpgMuktar Edris is two time WC at 5000m (2017, 2019), guess what, his team (Ethiopia) won team XC titles in 2013 and 2015! Cross country is essential for middle and long distance runners, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Tuesday: warm-up, 4 x 800m, 3k race pace, 4x400m, 2k race pace, 30 minutes, moderate pace, 4 x 200m stride outs, cooldown.

This is chapter 3 in the 50th NYC Marathon Rewind. The story is about the late Norb Sander, an early star runner at the NYRR, winner of NYC Marathon, and also the man behind the NYC Armory. Once, in an article on the NB Armory, I called it, "the house that Norb built."

Norb Sander died in his sleep on March 17, 2017. His celebration of life took place on March 21, 2017. I flew back from the West coast to pay my respects. It was a day of reflection and appreciation.

Norb Sander left his lovely wife and lovely family, plus a legacy at the NB Armory. The ressurected Armory is the sanctuary of sport for 150,000 plus junior high, high school, college and open athletes each year, competing in 60-80 events (in non pandemic years).

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This is article 2 in The 50th NYC Marathon rewind. It is about Pat Peterson, a lone American among the top finishers in the NYC marathon when Americans were few and far between. This piece was originally published on June 2, 2015. The intro was done by Larry Eder, and story by Jeff Benjamin, senior editor for all things East Coast for RunBlogRun and the Running Network.

We will be reposting pieces each day this week, NYC Marathon week, to honor the people who have made the Five Boroughs Marathon such a unique and wonderful event.

Patpeterson10k-thumb-500x338-11958.jpegPat Peterson running 30:15, photo courtesy @TCSNYCMarathon

This coming weekend, the TCS NYC Marathon celebrates its 50th anniversary. And, as he is prone to do, Jeff Benjamin, senior writer for Great Staten Island, and all things New York, suggested some reposts of some classic articles.

So, today, Marathon week Day 1, we begin.

This is The 50th NYC Marathon Rewind - Chapter # 1 - Remembering Art Hall, by Jeff Benjamin, for RunBlogRun. It was originally published in 2011.

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SIAC Triple Crown awards dinner--1990,
Left to right--Art Hall, Jeff Benjamin--SIAC President at the time, Alan Steinfeld-NYRRC, Tom Fleming---2 time NYC Marathon Winner ,Abel Kiviat, Fred Lebow, Judge Brennan, Jim Higgins--SIAC VP at the time

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Steve Ovett, Moscow 1980 gold at 800 meters, photo by Nike communications (this was first Nike gold medal for Nike track shoes)

Monday: AM for advanced: 30-minute run

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

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