December 2021 Archives

This is the last run of the year, keep it light and enjoy it.

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An early spike, cobbled by Adi Dassler, co-founder of adidas GBH, photo by adidas Communications, circa 1924-1928.

Friday-an easy run, 30 minutes, 2 x 150 m stride outs, warm up and cool down

Thursday is an easy day, enjoy it.

Thursday-day off, or walk

The easy days are important to your mortal engines. Respect your body.

Wednesday-an easy run, 30 minutes, 2 x 150 m stride outs, warm up and cool down

It's Tuesday, a day off! Enjoy it, because the long, hard road begins once again, soon. This week, your body says, rest.

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Eamonn Coghlan versus Steve Scott, Sunkist Games, photo courtesy of Don Franken

Tuesday-day off, or walk

Monday after the holiday. Keep it relaxed and enjoy the beginning of week 3 of down time. You are probably just relaxing.

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The SunKist invite was one of those fun indoor meets where goofiness met athleticism. SunKist got more than its money's worth, and the track fans were treated to the best meet that the late Al Franken and his son, Don, could concieve. photo by Jeff Benjmain

Monday--an easy run, 30 minutes, 2 x 150 m stride outs, warm up and cool down

The is the long run day. Enjoy the shorter version of the long run. It gives you some private time, so take it and consider the year 2021 and what you want to achieve in 2022. Enjoy the snow, the rain, the wind, and if you are lucky, the sun.

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Sunkist Indoor Invite, one of the iconic West coast meets, created by the late Al Franken and his, Don Franken, photo by Jeff Benjamin

Sunday-an easy, 45-50 minute run

Your body needs these three weeks, so take the rest!

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UCLA Invitational Track Meet program, photo thanks to Jeff Benjamin

Saturday-day off, or nice walk.

This is an easy run today in the middle of week 2, enjoy the time off. Your body and brain need breaks.

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Friday-day off, or walk

Take this day off, and enjoy the day. A body and a mind needs to rest.

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Early Track spike, circa 1924-1928, cobbled by Adi Dassler, photo by adidas Communications

Thursday -an easy run, 30 minutes, 2 x 150 m stride outs, warm up and cool down

The end of the season comes quickly. I always finished, post cross country, with a fast, flat 10k to see how I had progressed. One year, I tried a marathon, and set a 20 minute PR! The strength of cross country is amazing. it sets you up for the next track season.

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These guys trained all year to battle in the Olympic Trials 1,500m, photo by Kevin Morris @kevmofoto

Wednesday-day off, or walk

This is the second Track & Field Results report from our friend, Carles Baronet, in December 2021. Carles Baronet lives in Catalonia and is a huge track statistician and fan. He has written for RunBlogRun for many years and we are quite lucky to have him writing these updates. Please enjoy!

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Early track spike, circa 1924-1928, cobbled by Adi Dassler, co founder of adidas GBH, photo by adidas Communications


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Malaika Mihambo takes SPAR Euro Indoor Champs, Torun 2021, photo by European Athletics

Malaika Mihambo won the European Outdoor in 2018, then lost the 2019 EA Indoor. In 2021, Malaika took the EA Indoor in 2021 and Tokyo Olympics in 2021, and it take changing her approach.

In this easy week 2, savor the easy days. Today, you run 30 minutes, and get some stride outs in. This is the time to check your shoes and see if you need new training pairs prior to the start of the next season. We do suggest that you get two pairs of training shoes at once, so you can keep your shoes dry and stay healthy. Also check out the apparel too, stinky t shirts and shorts with holes in them only go so far.

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Pushing the pace, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Tuesday-an easy run, 30 minutes, 2 x 150 m stride outs, warm up and cool down

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Annie Kunz, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

In her 11th piece for RunBlogRun, Sam Fariss writes about heptathlete star Annie Kunz and her love of soccer.

This is the beginning of week 2 of the RunBlogRun Recovery weeks. Take a nap, read an actual book, watch a movie, spend some time with family and friends. Stay careful and make sure you get your booster shot.

Indoor track is not far away.

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Consider this. Karoline Grovdal was in medal positions five different times in EA Cross Country. It was not until her sixth attempt did she take the gold medal! photo by European Athletics

Monday--day off, or walk

RunBlogRun presents

Conversations with Larry

Topic: Thoughts on the 6 World Marathon Majors

In a remarkable fashion, the World Marathon Majors came back to life! Five of the six held actual live events while one was forced to keep the event in a virtual mode. In the fall of 2021, the race directors and staffs put their events on the line, and tried every creative approach to allow runners to run, but also keep them safe. The elite performances are coming back and with strong drug testing, the performances seem to be in line with reality.

This is my five minutes of praise on the WMM. Looking forward to 2022!

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The stories, and recollections (perhaps 92 percent being true) of long runs in the Santa Cruz mountains have romanticized my time running off Summit road. Each summer, from 1977-1982, I spent a week to two weeks in Yosemite. One year, we spent a week at Tuolome Meadows, with a bit of snow to remind me of where I was in the morning runs. It would be my highest mileage weeks of the year. In 1981 and 82, I believe my training log noted 138 and 140 miles a week. Each day began with 20k run on horse trails, dodging horse apples and going up the back of half Dome. I do recall scaring a hiker as I came up behind him, touched a tree that was my turn around and head back down to the valley. In the early evening, I would then go 12 to 15 k on the valley trails, and do fartlek two to three days a week.

The Long runs were 20-22 and all on trails, with some long runs uphill. The more hills one could challenge, the stronger one felt. By the end of the summer, I felt that I was in tough shape.

The long runs were always time for reflection, on the week before, a good race, a painting that I was working on and I felt, after the long run, that I was invicincible. Oh, for those days again. Two hours on a Sunday surely clears the head.

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Clayton Murphy, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Sunday-an easy, 45-50 minute run

RunBlogRun presents
Conversations with Larry
Topic: Thoughts on Caster Semenya
Caster Semenya is the finest women's 800m of her era. From 2009 until 2017, she was untouchable. In 2021, she would have had a wonderful battle with Athing Mu and Keely Hodgkinson, but that was not to be. I understand and applaud WA coming up with parameters for competition, but Caster Semenya, in my opinion, should have been allowed to finish her career with the class that she has showed her entire career. This is my five minutes on Caster.
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Caster Semenya, London 2017, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts
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In December of 1976, I ran the Christmas Relays, which was a 50 mile relay team with distances from 4.5 miles to 10.5 miles going from Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay. I had run the event, I believe, in 1975, as a senior at Bellarmine in San Jose. Ca. In 1976, I was on an alumnae team, and the Bellarmine team had a ringer in leg 1. Benton Hart, who I believe was cousin of Pete Dolan, our top athlete, took leg one and put 10 minutes on the alum squad. I ran the last leg, a 10.5 mile up and down leg that was tough, but also alot of fun.

Following the exchanges all day and cheering on teammates on this cold, rugged coast was a big part of the fun. Some amazing teams gathered, and some of the finest athletes in the country were racing. It was such a different experience from watching a high school cross country meet or track meet.

There is a big difference between 3 mile racing and 10 mile and I had not yet learn respect for the distance. I ran it hard, and was sick for the next few days. A nice way to start vacation.

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Clayton Murphy, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Saturday-day off, or a walk, or a swim, or a bike ride

Christian Coleman has served his 18 months of suspension on whereabouts. He will be competing in Millrose on January 29, 2021. The following announcement came from EME News.

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Christian Coleman, Birminghamd 2018 WIC, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

This is the first week of three weeks of recovery running after the long cross country season. We keep you moving, but we put in very easy days and days off. Enjoy the holidays!

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2021 EA Cross Country Championships, 12/12/21, photo by European Athletics

Friday-an easy 30 minute run

Ferdinand Omanyala is the fastest man in Africa at 100 meters, with his fine 9.77. He is now looking at the indoor circuit in 2022 and the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia as the focus. Good luck Ferdinand!

To learn more about Ferdinand, please read Deji Ogeyingbo's feature on Omanyala: https://www.runblogrun.com/2021/10/ferdinand-omanyala-the-kenyan-who-became-the-fastest-man-in-africa.html

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Ferdinand Omanyala, at 2021 Kip Keino Classic, photo by World Athletics

The 2022 World Athletics Label Road Race calendar features nearly 200 races in 40 countries. In many cases, they are the top races in each region. The calendar is listed below.

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Road racing, photo by World Athletics

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Favour Ofili takes the baton in Wu20 4x400m for Nigeria, photo by Dan Vernon for World Athletics

In his two columns a week, Deji Ogeyingbo gives us insights into athletics in his home country, Nigeria, and also the world. This column is on Favour Ofili.


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Mondo Duplantis, Florence DL, June 2021, photo by Diamond League AG

Mondo Duplantis is the Olympic champion. Mondo Duplantis is the European Indoor Champion. Mondo Duplantis has the finest jump outdoors (6.15m) and the finest jump indoors (6.18m) . He has not won World Indoor or World Outdoor Champs. That is his focus in 2022!

Chanelle Price - career highlights

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One of the many things that I admire about Stuart Weir is that he appreciates the hard work that the athletes we write about do, day in and day out. In this tribute to Chanelle Price, who recently retired, he speaks about her highlights.

This is the 274th article that Stuart Weir has written for RunBlogRun this year, 2021. He is taking a couple of weeks off from podcasts and writing to enjoy the holidays with his family. Thanks, Stuart for giving us insights to athletes all over the world!

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Chanelle Price, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris

Today, we drove from Central Point, Oregon to Portland. We enjoyed the snow on the hills outside of Eugene, and the way winter has wrapped its fingers around the countryside. We are visiting our family in the Portland area for the holidays and hope that you get to spend some time with those you love. Take them out for a walk or a run as well.

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In the end, its about friendships hard won, Meref Bahta and Karoline Grovdal, photo by European Athletics

Thursday -day off, or a walk, or a swim, or a bike ride

Jimmy Gressier is one tough hombre. Loved the picture of Jimmy, Jakub and Arsa from Dublin, duking it out on the cross country course. In Eugene, Jimmy Gressier is focused on the 5000m, and in Munich, Jimmy will focus on the 10,000m. Sounds like a good plan to me. May the spirit of Michel Jazy put Jimmy into the medal fight!

This is the third day of the first week of recovery. An easy thirty minute run. Find a fun place to run, and just enjoy the movement.

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In the EA Senior Men's XC, Jimmy Gressier, Jakub Ingebrigtsen and Arsa Kaya battled for 10k, photo by European Athletics

Wednesday-an easy 30 minute run

Al Franken, one of the sport's finest impressarios, has died, at the age of 96. Having lived a full and exciting life, Al Franken was paid tributes by many of the finest athletes in the past and present. Quite the character, Al influenced several generations of athletes, athlete managers and federation officials and sponsors.

(Please note, more photos and tributes will be added later this evening).

This tribute was compiled, edited and collected by Jeff Benjamin.

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John Walker, Steve Scott, Tom Byers, Sunkist Invitational, photo courtesy of Franken Enterprises (from Ken Popejoy)

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Sunkist Indoor Invitational, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

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The 2021 SPAR European Athletics Cross Country Championships, 12/12/21, Senior Men's race, photo courtesy of European Athletics (via @twitter)

The EA Cross Country Championships were a huge success and record breaking! Here are some updates from EME News!

This was Justin Lagat's piece on the new Koitalel Nandi Road Race, which took place last weekend.

Wonderful commentation from Wilfred Bungei who knows the terrain very well and could even predict what is to happen next in the race! He could even tell the names of spectators along the course!! @ntvkenya pic.twitter.com/7ShoL1PHRe

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Eamoon Coglan, "Chairman of the Boards", and 1979 team member, Irish XC (Treacy won that year!), with Marton Gyulai/ Budapest 2023, giving awards, photo by EA Athletics

The 2021 SPAR European Cross Country Championships were held in Dublin-Fingal on 12 December 2021. By all accounts, it was a huge success. This is Stuart Weir's second piece on the EA Cross Country.

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Ireland, the hosts, had a fantastic day! From the world of @twitter, courtesy of @irishathletics

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SPAR European Cross Country Championships, from @twitter

Great Britain topped the medal table

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In our weekly podcast on Monday, Stuart Weir, joyous over the five gold medals won by Great Britain at the 2021 SPAR European Athletics Cross Country Championships in Dublin-Fingal on Sunday, December 12, 2021. Stuart mentioned the five gold medals FIVE times in the podcast on Athletics Chat 80! This is his first piece on the EA Cross Country Champs for 2021!

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Charles Hicks takes EA U23, photo by British Athletics

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Megan Keith wins the EA U20! photo by British Athletics

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Team GB U 20 women took bronze with individual gold too! photo by British Athletics

Today, on your day off, consider the year, consider your best races, and consider the ones that just did not work. What did you learn from the best races? What did you learn from the bad races? I raced over 500 times, and learned something from each race.

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Karoline Grovdal won her first Senior women's XC title at the European Athletics Champs on her sixth try! photo by European Athletics

This is the first week of the RunBlogRun Recovery weeks, We will do this for three whole weeks. You need a break. Funny thing is, if you keep it light this week, you can race a Christmas 5k run or a 10k run if you so desire, but keep the training light.

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A snowy day in Wisconsin, February 14, 2021, photo by Larry Eder (on a Sunday drive)

This is a very interesting piece. On the day that Jakob Ingebrigtsen won his sixth European title and his first senior men's cross country title, Matt Wisner provided us with some insight into the father-son relationship of Gert Ingebrigtsen and Jakob Ingebrigtsen, which is a curiousity for much of the athletics world.

I met Gert in 2019 at the PSD Dusseldorf indoor Meeting, and I theorized then that Gert ran all 3 brothers lives pretty closely. Matt Wisner shows that was not completely correct. Jakob Ingebrigtsen, has a different relationship with his father than his older brothers.

And for Jakob, that works.

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Jakob Ingebrigtsen takes EA Senior Men's Cross country, 12/12/21, photo by European Athletics

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Athing Mu, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

In this piece, Deji Ogeyingbo discusses the high quality of Rising stars Athing Mu and Erriyon Knighton, and how exciting the future looks for our sport! Athing Mu was fearless in Eugene, Tokyo and Eugene again! Athing raced 21 times in 2021, both indoors and outdoors, from 400m to 600m to 800m, and a dozen 4x400m relays! Erriyon was exciting in Eugene and Tokyo! Knighton ran 3 times at the 100m distance this season and eleven times at the 200m distance.

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Erriyon Knighton, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

RunBlogRun

presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 79,

the Epilogue Clip

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Karsten Warholhm is the 2021 WA Male Athlete of the World, courtesy of World 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.

Today I focused on just how tough it is to win a World Athletics Athlete of the Year award.

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Athletics Chat, Episode 79

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In the Athletics Chat, Larry Eder and Stuart Weir, chat on the challenges in our sport. We also find good things to chat about as well. Stuart is located in Oxford, the intellectual capital of the world (in the present, as it was in the 11th century), and Larry is either in Las Vegas, Central Point, San Jose, Fort Atkinson, you pick. This week, he's been located in lovely San Jose, California.

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Picture is from heating system for a little Amish store in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, after a nice snow, February 14, 2021, photo by Larry Eder. Snow is coming!

This week, we spoke about:

  1. Athlete of the Year decisions-we liked them!
  2. Meets in the UK coming back, good news!
  3. Covid updates on both sides of the pond.
  4. World Indoors-Belgrade is fun!
  5. World Outdoors-Eugene will be a blast!

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Karoline Grovdal takes her Senior gold ! 12/12/21, photo courtesy of European Athletics

Karoline Grovdal wanted this title really bad. She pushed and pushed, one tough meter lead on Meraf Bahta, one tough meter after another. The course was honest, and crowd was ecstatic. This is the EA article on the exciting race from today. We also suggest that you watch the Eurovision sport coverage of the amazing day of racing! Great coverage shows that cross country can be covered well around the world (check out NCAA Xc from a few weeks ago and East Bay from yesterday).

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Karoline Grovdal, Norway takes gold in individual Senior Men and Women, photo by European Athletics

Jakob Ingebrigtsen won his first senior cross country title today after four Under 20 titles. In this superb piece from European athletics website, www.europeanathletics.org, we learn about the development of the race and get to see some exclusive social media on the senior Men's race!

The Olympic champion at 1,500 meters, Ingebrigtsen battled Aras Kaya and Jimmy Gressier to take the title on the honest 10k course in Dublin-Fingal, Ireland. The Norwegian has a back ground of cross country skiing as a child, and his threshold work makes 10k cross country a tough training session.

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Jakob Ingebrigtsen, taking his first Senior EA Cross Country title, photo courtesy of European Athletics

The 2021 European Cross Country Championships were held today, in Dunblin-Fingal, Ireland. The largest cross country championships for a EA in years, the championships lived up to their hype and the streaming video for fans around the globe was, fantastic!

Here's some of the updates thanks to our partners at EME News.

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Jimmy Gressier, Jakub Ingebrigtsen, Aras Kaya, photo courtesy of European Athletics

I recall going to Reno, Nevada for Thanksgiving weekend in my senior year of university. We had just finished cross country season, and the snow was easy to run on in Reno. I went out for a fifteen mile run on the Sunday morning before I left. At the end of the season, your easy pace was a challenging pace early in your build up. I just recall how easy it was to run six and half minute mile pace for fifteen miles.

The snow came down lightly as I ran down the roads, semi-cleared of snow. The cool, clean, crisp air, with the smell of firs surrounding me gave me one of those life moments. An almost perfect moment, as I realized that I had a fifteen page paper on Jesuit philosopher Bernard Lonergan due in 48 hours. I had not begun the paper.

I did enjoy the last few miles of the run.

Enjoy your long run.

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Running in the snow, photo courtesy of Joe De Santos, founder of Spartan Race / posted on Huffington Post blog

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

This is Race Results Weekly's story on the Kalakaua Mile, which we use with permission.

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John Benner wins the men's division of the 2021 Kalakaua Merrie Mile in 4:17 (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.

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Carmen Graves wins the women's division of the 2021 Kalakaua Merrie Mile in 4:17 (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.

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Jakub Ingebrigtsen taking a break after his 5000m ER, photo by Diamond League AG

The European Athletics Championships will have over 600 athletes from 29 countries and parteners of EA. The meet will be held tomorrow, December 11, 2021, in Dublin, Ireland. We will rely on European Athletics' fine coverage to cover the event.

The following updates are from our friends in Central Europa, Alfons Juck and his team (Paul Halford and Stephen Mills) at EME News.

The biggest problem in world class sprinting is that the men and women, trained every so carefully, make it look too easy. Take Akani Simbine, for example. 32 sub 10 second 100 meters since his first in 2015, and the guy has come within the length of a hair to a global medal. South Africa's most consistent male sprinter is oh so close to getting that global medal he wants and desires so badly.

Deji Obeyingbo, in his Friday piece, sent us this. I am a day behind posting as we had some server upgrades to contend with and dear brother and I were trying to manage that lovely challenge.

Enjoy this piece, and look forward to Deji's weekly two pieces again next week!

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Akani Simbine, photo courtesy of British Athletics

It was called FootLocker in 1994. Held in Balboa Park, the FootLocker was an awesome race. In 1994, Julia Stamps won the girl's title and Matt Downin battled John Mortimer for the boy's title. In 1994, I brought my six old son, Adam down to San Diego. We stayed down the beach from the Coronado Hotel (it had been over booked), and hung out while,at our hotel they read, How the Grinch stole Christmas. On Saturday, as Adam hung out on the swings, I observed the race, as the top boys and girls in high school cross country put it all on the line.

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1924 Olympic Cross Country, photo courtesy collection of Olympic.org

Adam went to alot of meets, both cross country and track, when he was a kid. As an adult he has traveled to Moscow, Russia, and RAK, in the United Arab Emirates, among other places, to cover athletics events.

Good luck today, all who compete in Foot Locker now EastBay, USATF Club and tomorrow, European Athletics.

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

If not racing, 2 miles on track sprint straights, jog turns, plus 4 x 300m cut downs, cool down

Carey Pinkowski told us this new just after the 2021 race. He hoped to be back to full numbers in 2022. And they are announcing it today! Good luck to all trying to register! We love the Chicago Marathon.

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2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Rupp and Tura, photo by Kevin Morris/Chicago Marathon

Chanelle Price retirement, part 1

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In 2014, in Sopot, Poland, Chanelle Price won gold in the 800 meters at the World Indoor Athletics Championships. It was her her first global medal. I was there and enjoyed watching the young American athlete shine.

In 2015, I watched Chanelle pace Genzebe Dibaba to a 3:50.07 new world record at 1,500m, pushing the 800m through 2:06.

In the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, Chanelle, after battling injuries, and highs and lows in her career, ran a gutty race, setting a new PB of 1:58.73 in the final. This is part 1 of Stuart Weir's piece on her career. Chanelle Price has decided that now, for her, is the time to retire.

We will miss her.

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Chanelle Price, photo by British Athletics

Kendall Ellis is one of the top 400 meter runners in the U.S. She won gold and bronze in the 4x400m and the mixed relay. Stuart Weir caught up with Kendall and asked his proverbial thirteen questions (not 14, not 12, but 13).

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Kendall Ellis, Gateshead 2021, photo by British Athletics

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Kendall Ellis, Gateshead 2021, photo by British Athletics

This is a report on the financial health of UK Athletics. We will also be planning one on USA Track & Field. Special thanks to Stuart Weir for his diligence.

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Muller Anniversary Games, photo by British Athletics

RunBlogRun presents

Conversations with Larry

2021 World Athletics

Female Athlete of the Year - Elaine Thompson-Herah

Elaine Thompson-Herah, the Tokyo Olympic champion at 100m, 200m and part of the gold medal winning Team Jamaica female 4x100m relay team is your 2021 World Athletics Female Athlete of the Year. Elaine won this one the old fashioned way, as she battled the top femaile sprinters in the world and won. Her 10.54 in the 100m was astounding. And on top of that she battled the likes of Sifan Hassan, Sydney McLaughlin, Faith Kipyegon, and Yulimar Rojas to win the award!

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Elaine Thompson-Herah, aka Fast Elaine, just did it, 2021 Nike Pre Classic, photo by How Lao Photography

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RunBlogRun presents
Conversations with Larry
World Athletics
2021 Male Athlete of the Year - Karsten Warholm
When World Athletics named Karsten Warholm their WA Male AOY for 2021 on December 1, 2021, most of us were satisfied, unlike in some past years, with not only the award winner, but with the top ten and final five candidates. In this Convo with Larry, we discuss just how darn good the field was and how tough a decision it had to be, for the 2021 Male AOY.
Congrats Karsten.
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Karsten Warholm, 2021 World Athletics Male AOY, artwork courtesy of World Athletics
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In her tenth column for RunBlogRun, Samantha Fariss wrote about a child hood hero, Sanya Richards-Ross and her development from a fine collegiate runner into an Olympic and World Champion gold medalist! Now, Sanya Richards-Ross has moved into announcing athletics on NBC-TV.

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Sanya Richards-Ross, photo courtesy of Olympics.NBCsports.com

I ran the National Catholic Colleges Cross Country Championships, held in South Bend, Indiana, in 1980 and 1981. It was alot of fun, and the competition was fierce. In 1980, I remember watching Chuck Aragon and John Gregorek battle it out over the last mile of the 8k course. Coach Joe Piane and his team were great hosts. That trip, I learned that runners of all levels were alot of fun, and had so much in common.

Enjoy the build up to the race! Good Luck tomorrow to all racing tomorrow!

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Both Cole Hocker and Matt Centrowitz were fine cross country runners, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat Episode 78

the Epilogue Clip

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2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, 1,500m heats, photo by Kevin Morris

In the epilogue clip, Larry Eder gets five minutes to put the final spin on the week's topics.

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

What amazing years for Ryan Crouser and Sydney McLaughlin!

Ryan Crouser set World Indoor and World Outdoor shot put records in 2021, as well as Tokyo 2021 Olympics gold medalist!

Sydney McLaughlin set two world records at the 400m hurdles and won gold medals in the 400 m hurdles and 4x400m relays!

Ryan Crouser won the Jesse Owens award and Sydney McLaughlin won the Jackie Joyner Kersee award.

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Ryan Crouser, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

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Sydney McLaughlin, photo by Kevin Morris / @Kevmofoto

Athletics Chat, Episode 78

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RunBlogRun

presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 78

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

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Sydney McLaughlin sets one of her 2 world records, photo by Kevin Morris

This week, we spoke about:

  1. World Athletics AOY athlete discussions
  2. British Athletics continues to move along
  3. NCAA Cross Country did a great telecast
  4. Belgrade to host World Indoor Athletics Championships in March 2022

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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Erriyon Knighton is one of the most talented young athletes in our sport. He was also named the World Athletics Male Rising Star of the year 2021. In the following short piece, Erriyon spoke with World Athletics on his desires for 2022.

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Erriyon Knighton, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris

The ASBA have a yearly convention in early December each year. The following release names their new officers and directors. The ASBA champions the education and building of athletics facilities.


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Track spike, circa 1928, cobbled by Adi Dassler, co-founder of adidas, photo by adidas Communications

Thursday workouts were always a good day to remind oneself that fast is good. Six times 800m is within yourself and at 3k pace, it will not beat you up. Enjoy the thirty minute run (laught at some bad jokes), and then, enjoy the stride outs. Get those legs moving and gently cool down.

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Thursday: warm-up, 6 x800m, 3k pace, 400m jog in between, 30 minutes easy, 6 x 150m, stride outs, 10 minute cooldown,

The American Sports Builders Association is a national organization for the builders and manufacterers of athletics facilities. I went to their conventions for many years before the pandemic, and enjoyed meeting the builders and learning about the proper ways to care for an athletics facility.

Mary Helen Sprecher is the editor of the ASBA and we thank the media goddess for her release on the top sports facilities of 2021.

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Salesianum proposed track, photo by ABHA.com

The Rock N' Roll series is back! And the Seattle race has now moved to Bellevue!

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1939 Marathon racing shoe, cobbled by Adi Dassler, co-founder of adidas Communications

Wednesday is an easy day. Keep it an easy day and stay focused on th end of the season goals.

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Getting in a good warm up, photo by NN Running team

Wednesday: AM for advanced: 30-minute run.

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

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat Episode 77

Epilogue

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2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships, Division 1, photo by Mike Scott

In the epilogue clip, Larry Eder gets five minutes to put the final spin on the week's topics.

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

Athletics Chat, Episode 77

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RunBlogRun

presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 77

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.

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2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships, Div 1, photo by Mike Scott

This week, we spoke about:

  1. Good news in British Athletics: Cheri Alexander rehired to manage British track meets
  2. Mark Munro wants to have five meets in British Athletics
  3. Do British Athletics and USATF have similar stories?
  4. Some thoughts on WCH Oregon 22

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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Yulimar Rojas is the Olympic gold medalist in the triple jump. Yulimar Rojas is also the world record holder, indoors and out, in the triple jump. The Venezualan is also one of the most entertaining, exuberant and exciting athletes in our sport today.

My issue? She makes the TJ, one of the toughest events in our sport, look so damn easy. And it is not.

In our Athletics Chat this week, I noted with Stuart Weir, our European editor, that Yulimar, I feared, would have to compete in the long jump and battle Malika Mihambo in the long jump.

Looks like she is thinking the same thing.

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Yulimar Rojas, 2021 Tokyo Olympics photo via Peacock TV by Kathy Camara

RunBlogRun presents

Conversations with Larry

Topic: Salute to Brendan Foster

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Montreal 1976: Brendan Foster, Ian Stewart, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

In 1976, Brendan Foster, after a week of dealing with stomach illness, took third, and the only track medal achieved by a British Athlete, in the hotly contested 10,000m, won by Lasse Viren who battled Carles Lopes. Brendan would go on to found the Great North Run, and the Great Run Company, and a four decade career as a superb TV sports commentator for BBC. On top of that, Brendan saved Athletics Weekly magazine, by allowing the magazine's team to build a presence both in print and digitally.

In this Convo with Larry we salute this amazing man of British 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

#ConvosWLarry #RunBlogRun #theshoeaddicts

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This is a long fast day. Quick, but not too quick. The sensation of speed is achieved, but you do not over do it. You have a race this weekend.

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Joshua Cheptegai with NN Running team, Kenya, January 2018, photo by NN Running team

Tuesday: warm-up, 8 x 400m, 200m jog between, 2k race pace, 30 minutes, moderate pace, 8 x 200m, 1600m race pace, 100m jog, cooldown


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Joshua Cheptegai, photo by NN Running team

This is the athlete picks, 5-1 by Deji Ogeyingbo, on the Top 10 African male athletes. I love his approach and thoughtfulness. I hope you do to!

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Keira D'Amato, 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, photo by Kevin Morris/ Chicago Marathon

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Conner Mantz, NCAA XC 2021, photo by Michael Scott

Big wins by Keira D'Amato, following up on her huge PB at Chicago Marathon and Conner Mantz on his win at the 2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships. More details to come!

Monday is an easy day. Keep it that way. Stay focused on the prize.

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Joshua Cheptegai training with NN Running team, photo by NN Running team

Monday: AM for advanced: 30-minute run

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

On Running Athletics Club's Olli Hoare and Geordie Beamish opened up the 2022 Indoor season with national records in the 5000m for Australia and New Zealand this past weekend in Boston! Coached by Dathan Ritzenhein, OAC athletes Hoare and Beamish ran the 25 laps on the 200m track with focus and showed their fitness level prior to the 2022 season!

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Olli Hoare, photo by Kevin Morris (USATF GP 2021)


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Geordie Beamish, photo by Kevin Morris (from USATF GP 2021)

This is a new column courtesy of our friend, Carles Baronet. Carles will update each month, key athletic performances from around the world, exclusively for RunBlogRun. Carles has worked with us for many years, and we are quite grateful to our friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet.

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Mondo Duplantis, 2021 European Indoor Championships, photo by European Athletics

The long run on Sundays is an important part of your daily training. It is also a great time to get together with your friends and get in your long workout. Enjoy the change of seasons and enjoy the last few weeks of the season.

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Emma Coburn, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

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



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Evans Chebet set the Valencia Marathon record in 2020 with his 2:03:00! Will it be broken in 2021? photo by Valencia Marathon

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Peres Jepchirchir set the CR of 2:17.16 in Valencia last year. Since then, she won the Olympic gold medal and NYC Marathon. We think her record is solid in Valencia for this season. photo by Valencia Marathon.

Justin Lagat took a shot at the possible fast times at the Valencia Marathon this coming weekend. Here's his thoughts on the big, fast race in Spain!

RunBlogRun presents
2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships
Doha, Qatar

Women's High Jump Final
1. Mariya Lasitskene (ANA) - 2.04
2. Yaroslava Mahuchikh (UKR) - 2.04 WU20R
3. Vashti Cunningham (USA) - 2.00 PB

Posted December 4, 2021.

2019 seems so long ago. This was the last time a real awards presser was done, without masks and pandemic protocals. In Doha, hot and humid, my son, Adam and I were there for the duration. Adam spent much of his time getting us good positions in the pressers, and I focused my questions on the medalists. I have found that the medal pressers give the athletes a chance to tell their story, and it seems appropriate to give them their moment in the sun. In Doha, however, many media were asking non distance runners about the the fiascos that happened during the championships.

Mariya and Yaroslava were pretty excited. Vashti was a bit more withdrawn. In the end, it was nine minutes of speaking with the three best high jumpers in the Doha WC in the long season that was 2019. My only observation is that, if Mariya, the finest high jumper in the world, could learn English, her sponsorship could open up. A super star in Russia, Lasitskene should be known and respected outside of her homeland.

Special thanks on recording the medal pressers to Adam Eder /The Shoe Addicts

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The 1981 USA Cross Country was in Burbank, California. It was held at the De Bell Golf course on a rainy, muddy day. This was the men's senior championship race, and there had been nine junior and youth races before the Men's championships. Mud was everywhere, slipping and sliding was de rigeur. This was real, hard ass cross country. Only the toughest would do well today.

It was two weeks after the NCAA District 8 meeting, held at Stanford University, just a six hour drive from Burbank. I had taken most of the week off, as my hamstring was pretty tight. The course was crazy fast and all of the stars of the day were in the race: Alberto Salazar, just off the world record in the marathon, Henry Rono, Herb Lindsay, Steve Scott, and a host of others. We flew around the course, but soon, the lead pack, with included Brit Adrian Royle ( the word North, on his singlet, Royle was a Junior college XC Champ, and then, at Nevada Reno), Alberto Salazar, Nick Rose, Henry Rono and a fast, but dwindling pack of stars were tearing the golf course apart with their long track spikes. The sod exploded with the impact of long spikes and strong legs, grasping for some desparate footing.

Somehow, the entire field missed a couple of cones and flags, and missed about 250 meters of the course, near the end of the race. Adrian Royle upset Alberto Salazar, in 27:20 as they battled from mile 2 to mile six. It came down to the final 160 meters, with Royle taking the nod by two seconds. At it first proclaimed a new WR, but then, recognized as a short course. I ran 32:20 that day, and had a fantastic view of Royle and Salazar duking it out five minutes ahead of me. It was, well, exhilerating for all 300 runners in the men's race.

Read the story by Kenny Moore: https://vault.si.com/vault/1981/12/07/the-battle-went-to-royle-unheralded-adrian-royle-beat-alberto-salazar-for-the-tac-championship

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Nov. 1981, USA XC Champs, Burbank, CA, Adrian Royle shadows Alberto Salazar, that day, Adrian defeated one of the finest fields in US cross country history, photo courtesy of Germanroadraces.de.

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

If not racing, 2 miles on track sprint straights, jog turns, plus 4 x 300m cut downs, cool down

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This is one of my favorite photos of Seb Coe. I watched him win his silver medal in 1984 in the 800m in the Stadium, and finally was able to interview him in 1991. Seb is in his perfect job, cheerleading the sport of athletics. He took it over at an absolute crap time, but he has assembled a team that is taking the sport into, we hope, a new era. I like what Lord Coe had to say in Orlando.

What the EA has done over the past decade with their Cross Country Championships has been outstanding. The European Federation Championships in cross country shows health in participation (613) and in developing younger athletes, with 213 in the U20 races and 171 in the U23 races. In the continent that built cross country into a great sport, the EA continues to make this event a real trail blazer.

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SPAR European Athletics Cross Country, photo by British Athletics

The cross country season has come to its climax for college runners. The American high school season, where 550,000 high school boys and girls competed, had its final State meet (California) on November 26. The AAU XC Championships will be held Dec. 4. The Foot Locker championships come December 11. And in Europe, the EA Championships weill be held Dec. 12 in Ireland.

As 3 time World Cross Country Champion, nine time US XC champion Lynn Jennings once noted, " Become one with the mud!"

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Lynn Jennings takes her 3rd straight World Cross Country Championships! photo by World Athletics

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.

When has an athlete had a better season in the pole vault? Mondo Duplantis is the Olympic Champion, European champion, indoor and out and looking for the World Championship. In 2022, He will compete at the fabled ISTAF indoor meeting.

Looking forward to an exciting season!

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Mondo Duplantis, photo by Diamond League AG

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Eliud Kipchoge takes NN Mission Marathon, photo by NN Running

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Elaine Thompson Herah, 2021 Pre Classic, photo by How Lao Photography

Athletics Weekly is one of oldest global magazines on track & field. AW was founded in 1945 (using a number 3 on its first issue, as post war England did not allow premier magazines, only established publications) and Track & Field News founded in 1948.

AW picked Elaine Thompson Herah and Eliud Kipchoge as their top athletes for 2021.

This is cross country, and it is at the end of the season. Most distance runners compete in cross country. The great sprint coach Bud Winter had his 400m men running cross country. This did not make the late Lee Evans, former WR holder in the 400m, a very happy person. But, it did make him strong.

The nationals for Foot Locker are just a week away. We will begin a two week active break after Foot Locker XC this season. Enjoy the 800ms, and the pace will seem quick, but within yourself. Take the jog really slow. Tell some jokes during your 30 minute run, and then, keep the stride outs relaxed but fast. Finish up with a ten to fifteen minutes cooldown and get out of the wet clothes right away. When one is at their peak, that is the time that colds come quickly and can compromise 22 weeks of training. Stay smart, stay dry, hydrate, and sleep 8-10 hours a night. Respect your mortal engine.

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Women's 10,000m, Tokyo 2021 (Letesenbet Gidey, Sifan Hassan), photo via Peacock TV by Kathy Camara

Thursday: warm-up, 6 x800m, 3k pace, 400m jog in between, 30 minutes easy, 6 x 150m, stride outs, 10 minute cooldown,

WORLD ATHLETICS AWARDS 2021

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The World Athletics Awards celebrate all that is good and exciting for the sport of Athletics. We will go into much more depth this coming week, but wanted to get the word out on these amazing athletes, coaches, officials and key players in the media.

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An early track spike, circa 1924-1928, cobbled by Adi Dassler, photo by adidas Communications

Last March, I watched LaMont Jacobs, the Italian sprinter, win the European Indoor 60m title, from my computer screen in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, as he dominated the field in Torun, Poland.

Last August, I watched LaMont Jacobs, the Italian sprinter, win the Olympic 100m title and help his Italian team win the Men's 4x100m relays title in Tokyo from my ipad in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, as he dominted the field in Tokyo.

This coming winter, LaMont Jacobs will be competing in the indoor circuit, with the Italian Indoor championships and the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

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Jacobs dominates Torun! photo by European Athletics

Wednesday is a recovery day. Recovery days are as important as hard days, in that, both are building blocks for your fitness.

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2021 McKenzie River International, photo by How Lao Photography

Wednesday: AM for advanced: 30-minute run.

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

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