January 2022 Archives

This is Friday, week two of the Brooks sponsored 2022 RunBlogRun Spring Middle Distance Daily Track Training (800m-5000m) program. On Monday, we feature Josh Kerr, the 2021 Olympic 1,500m bronze medalist, on Wednesdays, we feature a clip with Danny Mackey, the founding coach of the Brooks Beasts TC, and on Fridays, we will feature Des Linden, the 2018 Boston Marathon champion and world record holder at 50k (2:59.54). Des built her long career on cross country, track & field, road racing and her estimated 22 marathons can attest to her complete fitness.

We thought that, besides her life experience, and her great sense of humor, Des Linden is a wealth of information on how to build a successful career as a high school runner, college runner and beyond. Thanks again to Brooks Running on sponsoring this daily column, and for more on Brooks just click here, at BrooksRunning.

One thing that Des Linden lives by is patience and consistency. No one workout, makes the differnce, it is day in, day out, and hard days have smooth recovery days as well. Focus on the prize, whatever it is.

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Des Linden, 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Today's workout:

Friday: warm up, 30-45 minutes moderate running, 4 x100m stride outs, cooldown

Today's clip from Des Linden, 2018 Boston Marathon champion: The importane of cross country, https://bit.ly/3rrra7a

The complete Des Linden interview is here:

https://www.runblogrun.com/2020/07/socialing-the-distance-featuring-des-linden-full-interview.html

Twitter: @des_linden @brooksrunning @RunBlogRun

#SocialingTheDistance #RunHappy #RunBlogRun

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Holly Bradshaw, photo by British Athletics

2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2027, 2028 are global championship years. While there are many opportunities for world class athletes, one must pick and choose the championships that make sense. For Holly Bradshaw, an Olympic bronze medalist, she had 4 championship options in 2022. Missing the 2022 World Indoor Championships, Holly is making a smart decision, with a busy summer ahead, with the Commonwealth Games, European Championships and World Outdoor Championships in Eugene. Picking and choosing meet, and major events to focus on is what an elite athlete has to do.

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The venue for the Kenyan National Cross country championships, photo by Justin Lagat

This is Justin Lagat's view of the upcoming Kenyan National Cross Country Championships, which are being held this coming weekend. Justin visited the Lobo Village, the site of the event, today, January 20, 2022.

The Lagos Marathon is one of the largest and most popular marathons in Africa. It was held on February 12, 2022. Deji Ogeyingbo interviewed Yusuf Ali, the general manager of the Lagos marathon. Watch for an upcoming story on the Marathon.

Deji Ogeyingbo believes that this marathon will continue to thrive, and is doing quite well, even with the challenges of COVID.

Deji will be covering the race for us, and make sure that you are reading his amazing columns, twice a week on RunBlogRun.

This is an interesting release. NN Running team has extended their partnership with Abbott, one of the top pharmaceutical companies in the country. Abbott has built a long term reputation in helping diabetics keep their blood sugar in control.

NN Running team has an incredible roster, and it will be fascinating to see which non endemic sponsors that NN Running can bring in.

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Eliud Kipchoge, photo by NN Running team

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Danny Talbot, photo by World Athletics

Danny Talbot is a fine British sprinter, who focused on the 200 meters, and the 4x100m relay. This piece was contributed by Stuart Weir, our European editor.

Matt Wisner wrote a very honest blog. In this column, he talks about the challenges of training outside of the team structure. It was honest, fun, and true to form. When one has that kind of private time, introspection is a real part of the daily runs. It is how I became a writer.

Enjoy this column by Matt Wisner.

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Matt Wisner wants to run fast in 2022, so he had to train over the holidays, and it sucked, photo from Matt Wisner

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Allyson Felix, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Ruth Usoro started 2022 off with a new collegiate TJ record of 14.76m. Deji Ogeyingbo sent us this story two days ago and said, we need to get it out right away. So, enjoy learning about one of the new sensations in global athletics. Deji Ogeyingbo is pretty excited about her upcoming season!

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Ruth Usoro, photo courtesy of PremiumTimesNigeria.com

This is our second week in the Brooks' sponsored Spring training for 800m to 5000m. We will be using clips from Josh Kerr, the 2021 Olympic bronze medalist at 1,500m, Danny Mackey, his coach and founding coach of the Brooks Beast and Des Linden, 2018 Boston Marathon champ and bourbon afficianado. If you want to learn more about Brooks, please go to www.Brooksrunning.com.

Fartlek is the Swedish word for 'speed play'. When Gosta Holmer took over the coaching of the Swedish cross country team in the 1920s, he was most annoyed that his team was being clobbered by Paavo Nurmi and his Finnish cross country team. Holmer developed fartlek, focusing on fast segments with walking or jogging for recovery. It is a mainstay of many elite athletes and it has the benefit of being bespoke. What that means is that you can fine tune fartlek to your shape, so two people, at two levels of fitness can get benefits from the same workout. As we get into the season, we will show you some more challenging fartlek sessions.

Today's workout: Thursday: warm up, warm up, 45 minute fartlek, 10 minutes running, then 10 x 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, 15 minutes running, then cooldown

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Coach Danny Mackey, Brooks Beasts TC, photo courtesy of You Tube

Today's clip from Coach Danny Mackey: Lessons I have learned from coaching the Brooks Beasts TC : https://bit.ly/3d6qqft

To learn more about Danny Mackey, please check out: https://www.runblogrun.com/2020/07/runblogrun-presents-socialing-the-distance-with-larry-eder-featuring-coach-danny-mackey-of-the-brook.html

Twitter: @dtmack @brooksrunning @RunBlogRun @theshoeaddicts #SocialingTheDistance #RunHappy #RunBlogRun

Each Wednesday, all through the spring season, we will feature a clip from Coach Danny Mackey. Danny coaches the Brooks Beasts TC. He is the founding coach of this Brooks sponsored team. Danny coaches athletes from 800m to 5000m (he also coached the 600m indoor AR holder as well. Danny is a running & track geek. He gets it. If you speak with Danny, you will find that he thinks about all of the things that need to be done to make a complete athlete, as well as all of the things needed to do for you to excel at your primary event.

We are lucky to have Danny Mackey working with us this spring. I guarantee that you will find new concepts and understand more of what you are doing than you ever have before. Special thanks to Brooksrunning.com (check their site out when you get the chance).

Todays workout:

Wednesday: warm up, 30-45 minutes, moderate running, 2 x 100m stride outs, cooldown

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Coach Danny Mackey, Brooks Beasts TC, photo courtesy of Brooks running

Today's clip from Coach Danny Mackey: A Typical training Day with the Brooks Beasts TC : https://bit.ly/3DhrgAx

To learn more about Danny Mackey, please check out: https://www.runblogrun.com/2020/07/runblogrun-presents-socialing-the-distance-with-larry-eder-featuring-coach-danny-mackey-of-the-brook.html

Twitter: @dtmack @brooksrunning @RunBlogRun @theshoeaddicts #SocialingTheDistance #RunHappy #RunBlogRun

This is day 2, of week 2. We are slowly building you back from the cross country season. This week, we are introducing some tips and clips from Brooks athletes Josh Kerr and Des Linden, and coach Danny Mackey. Josh won the Olympic bronze medal in the 1,500m, having been guided by Danny Mackey for the past two years, focused on the prize. Des Linden won the 2018 Boston marathon in the worst race conditions one could imagine, after a career of fine cross country , track, road racing and marathoning. Use their knowledge to help you become a better running. To learn more about Brooks running, please check out Brooksrunning.com.

Today's Workout: Tuesday: 45 minutes running on trails, warm up and cooldown

Today's clip is from Josh Kerr: Training with Coach Mackey, https://bit.ly/3Cfrbxd

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

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

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

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

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

Brooks Running Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brooksrunning/ #BeastsTC #RunHappy

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Chris O'Hare retires...

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Chris O'Hare winning indoors, photo by British Athletics

Chris O'Hare, one of Scotland's finest middle distance runners, has retired. I was fortunate enough to see him win the bronze medal at the European Outdoors in 2014, in the 1,500m, and the bronze medal at the European Indoors in 2015 at the 1,500m. Chris took silver in Glasgow in 2019 at the European Indoor Athletics Championships. Stuart Weir did the following piece on this fine athlete and human being. Always a great interview, we will miss Chris but happy to see him move on with his lovely family.

This is Monday of week 2, as we slowly get back into training. We will be adding some tips from Brooks athletes and coaches, today is Josh Kerr. Josh is from Scotland, and raced in college in the United States. Last June, Josh ran 3:31.55 at the Stumptown Twilight in Portland, breaking the North American record for fastest 1,500m run on the continent. The last guy who held that was Seb Coe, now President of World Athletics. In LA, in 1984, he won the 1,500m for the second Olympics in a row (and took silver in the 800m for the second Olympics in a row). Josh Kerr's time in Portland portended something special in the summer and in Tokyo, just as Josh and his Coach, Danny Mackey, had planned. Josh took the bronze in the Tokyo Olympics 1,500m, with a brilliant last 200 meters, and set another huge PB! Josh Kerr is a member of the Brooks Beasts TC.

Josh Kerr, Danny Mackey and Des Linden will be helping you become better runners this spring, with their tips and suggestions. If you have questions, email us at [email protected]. And you can always find out about Brooks running at Brooksrunning.com.

Monday's Workout:

Monday: warm up, 30-45 minutes moderate running, 2 x 100m stride outs, cool down

Monday's clip from Josh Kerr: https://bit.ly/3i3am0V

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

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

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

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

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

Brooks Running Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brooksrunning/ #BeastsTC #RunHappy

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Keira D'Amato celebrating her new AR in the marathon 2:19.12 (unofficial), photo by Flynn Sports Management

What an amazing day at the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half-Marathon! This piece is from David Monti, of Race Results Weekly, which we use with permission.

Long runs and long walks now, are a most personal time. They are a mental reawakening. Something about 70 minutes to 2 hours on the trails, whether with one self or some friends, and hearing that one bird, or seeing that one ray of sunlight through the redwoods. Yesterday, I drove up Pierce road by Stevens Creek Park, and was transported back to run in the late 1970s. I can remember running up the road with Bob Lucas, pushing one hill after another, just the sound of breathing (actually gasping) as we got into that zen place you find when you listen to your heart pumping and legs lifting, taking one step, one moment, as your only presense.

Enjoy the run. Write your own memories. Enjoy the present, the breathing, the effort.

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Daniel Sandusky, 2022 USA Club XC, photo by Mike Scott

Sunday: 50-55 minutes moderate pace, on trails


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Geoffery Kamworor, Copenhagan Half Marathon, photo courtesy of Copenhagen Half Marathon

Justin Lagat wrote this piece about cross country legends who are competing in the 126th Boston Marathon, that is happening on April 18, 2022.

The WHOOP Wanamaker Indoor mile is going to be huge in 2022! David Monti of Race Results Weekly did the following piece on the amazing men's mile field that is being assembled for January 29, 2022.

We use this piece with permission.

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Josh Kerr at Stumptown Twilight, photo by How Lao photography

The late John Jerome, way back in 1977, in a Summer issue of Mariah magazine (now Outside) said it best, " by putting 26 miles together at five minute per mile pace, Frank Shorter invented running, " .

Frank Shorter may not have invented it, but he sure demystified running.

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Frank Shorter takes Fukuoka Marathon in 1971, his first of four wins in Fukuoka (in a row), photo by Asahi Shimbun/ Fukuoka Marathon, courtesy of Getty Images

His 1971 Fukuoka Marathon win, which happened on 5 December 1971, was one of his finest races. Jeff Benjamin (whose birthday is January 15, the day we are publishing this piece) caught up with the 1972 Olympic gold medalist and 1976 Olympic silver medalist, to discuss this amazing race. Fukuoka Marathon had its last competition this past December 2021. A quiet end for an iconic race.

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Jeff Benjamin, Jenny Simpson, Frank Shorter, photo courtesy of Jeff Benjamin

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Hayward Field, photo by World Athletics

This is a release from WA on their new tool for staying current on the WCH Oregon 22 qualification process. For the total geek and the kind of geek, this tool is easy to operate and provides more information than anyone could want. It will be fun to use as we build to the Oregon WC.

We actually have 49 days until the World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships in Muscat, Oman. The 20k and 35k events will be held on March 4-5, 2022. This is the first time that many you have heard of Oman. Oman is known as the 'Switzerland of the Middle East', well known as a vacation spot in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

For the past decade Oman Sail has been building the reputation of the quiet and beautiful country to host endurance sports events. The WA Race Walking Team Championships will continue to build Oman's reputation for hosting exceptional events and providing unique travel opportunities that include great historic sites, exceptional natural beauty and wonderfully diverse food.

Watch our coverage on @RunBlogRun as we build to the championships.

The following is a piece from November 2021 noting the 100th day from Muscat 22. Some interesting info on Oman and the event are included. More info to come!

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All-comers meets are great ways to guage fitness. For me, Los Gatos High School has had wonderful all-commers meets in both the winter and summer. For those specializing in 800m/1,500m, you can go down and up. A 400m and a 3000m could be a good workout. For a 5000m specialist, the 800m and 3000m could be good. I recall having a runner compete at the mile and 4x400m relay to get leg speed. The idea is to have a speed advantage on your competition. Racing makes you a better racer. It gives you samples of the stress that you will feel in a dual meet or invitational later in the season. Just remember to keep it easy the next day.

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Garrett Heath, 10,000m, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Saturday: warm up, All comers meet, indoor meet, 800m if you are 3-5k, 3k if you are 800m person, 3k if you are 1,500m person, cooldown

Life is full of challenges. At all ages. In high school, I placed last, dead last, in every high school cross country and track race my freshman year. In my sophomore year, this position changed slightly. During the summer after my sophomore year, I ran lots of miles and came into cross country in shape. Not finishing last, but mid pack, was a revelation. In track, I came close to winning several races. It would not be for five more years before I won a college race, and the feeling was amazing. My life lesson? Be patient with yourself, give yourself time to develop, in sports, and in academia. Never be afraid of hard work, but work with some savvy. Ask your coach, and actually listen. Now, go enjoy your run.

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We all have tough races, this is Garrett Heath, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Friday: warm up, 30-45 minutes moderate running, cooldown

Elle Purrier St. Pierre, the top American miler, will take on a tough field at the Millrose Games on January 29, 2022. The New Balance sponsored athlete competed in her first Olympics after dominating the field at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials. Media got a kick that Elle Purrier grew up milking 30 cows before school, and getting her college degree from the University of New Hampshire in nutrition. The key is, find something you like doing, and that is what Elle does.

It will be fun to see her compete at Millrose!

Go Elle!

This piece was writen was written by David Monti for Race Results Weekly, which we use with permission.

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Elle Purrier St. Pierre, photo by Jane Monti, Race Results Weekly, used with permission

Levern Spencer has retired

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The high jumper, Levern Spencer has decided, after 23 years to retire. Competing in 4 Olympics, 5 Commonwealth Games and 8 World Championships, Levern has seen the elite world of athletics for most of her life, as an elite high jumper.

This is part one of Stuart Weir's piece on this fine athlete from St. Lucia!

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Levern Spencer, photo courtesy of damajority.com

A honest cross country course. Well, a challenging course. I am so tired of cross country courses that are glorified road races. Give me some hills, some challenging footing and good fields. Well, that is what happened last weekend!

Congrats to Shadrack KIpchirchir and Alicia Monson.

As the great Joe Henderson wrote, " Cross country is the meeting place of the marathoner and the miler. " Enough said.

We used this piece with permission of David Monti of Race Results Weekly.

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Shadrack Kipchirchir takes US Senior mens' 10k XC title, photo by Mike Scott

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Alicia Monson takes Senior Women's US 10k XC title, her first title as a pro! photo by Mike Scott

Asafa Powell has been breaking ten seconds for 100 meters for nearly 20 years. The standard of ten seconds for the 100 meters is one litmus test of whether a sprinter is just fast, or is truly world class. Asafa Powell has gone under 10 seconds ninety-seven times!

I first saw Asafa Powell compete in 2003, I believe. His interviews are relaxed and Asafa has a sense of humor and irony. What makes him super human? He has done what no other human being has come close to, running 100 times under 10 seconds ( I believe the next in line is at about 64 times).

Enjoy Deji Ogeyingbo's assessment of this Jamaican superstar!

And watch Asafa Powell get to 100 sub ten second 100 meters in 2022!

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Asafa Powell, photo courtesy of World Athletics

The BAA Boston Marathon announced an incredible field on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. Justin Lagat is writing about Peres Jepchirchir and Joyciline Jepkosgei and their intentions to race at 2022 Boston.

The 2022 elite Boston Marathon women's field is out! This is David Monti of Race Results Weekly's analysis of the amazing field that will compete in April 2022. We, of course use this story with permission of Race Results Weekly.

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Peres Jepchirchir after winning the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon (photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.

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Katie Nageotte, Tokyo Olympic gold medalist, pole vault, photo by Stuart Weir

If you did not see the women's pole vault at the Tokyo Olympics, then, go back and check it out. Many of the finest women athletes were there, and the competition was riveting. Katie Nageotte went from almost not clearing a height to winning the gold in a spectacular competition.

This is a column by Stuart Weir after an interview with Katie Nageotte. I have added a link to an interview done on RunBlogRun on Katie Nageotte at the end of the article.

The Armory NYC will be host to the Historically Black Colleges & Universities Showcase on January 15, 2022. The fast Mondo 200m track in the Armory will be sanctuary, once again, to athletes who want to run, jump and throw in this historic facility!

If you can attend, take your face mask and get to the meet!

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Lincoln University (Pa.) is back to compete in the Historically Black Colleges & Universities Showcase this Saturday at The Armory. Photo courtesy of Armory Track.

In a survey of world record holders, and national record holders, many experienced a similar experience. Halfway through the event, there was a time that they either had to truly commit or give up the ghost. There was a point of no return. Either commit or not. We have similar experiences in all facets of life. The biggest lesson that running taught this writer was to never give up on your dreams. That goes at 15 and much, much older. Enjoy your run today.

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Garrett Heath, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, 10,000m, photo by Kevin Morris /@kevmofoto

Thursday: warm up, warm up, 45 minute fartlek, 10 minutes running, then 10 x 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, 15 minutes running, then cooldown

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat Episode 80,

the Epilogue Clip

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Allyson Felix, 2021 Tokyo Olympics , photo by Stuart Weir

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 80

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RunBlogRun

presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 80

In the Athletics Chat, Episode 80, 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. This was the last chat of 2021, recorded, December 13, 2021. We will begin Athletics Chats once again on January 11, 2022.

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Molly Seidel, 2021 Tokyo Olympic marathon, bronze medalist, photo via Peacock by Kathy Camara

This week, we spoke about:

  1. Why Athletes of year were so tough in 2021
  2. How will 2022 Indoor season be affected by COVID
  3. Four global championships in 2022
  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

As the new year begins, it is a good time to reassess. What do you want to achieve this year? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Coach and athletes need to be completely honest.

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Olivia Pratt, 2022 USA Club XC, photo by Mike Scott

Wednesday: warm up, 30-45 minutes, moderate running, cooldown

When you see an athlete win an Olympic medal or a global championship medal, what do you think? How easy they made it look? How much luck was involved? Was it luck? Was it that run, 8 years ago, when one did not want to go out to train? Was it that hard tempo session six months ago? Or was it the day in, day out, consistent training, support from coaches, trainers, training partners, family, friends, that made that extra difference? Over this season, as we reveal training tips, and suggestions to you, know that we learn as much from failures as from successes. Run happy. Run alive.

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A race well run, photo by How Lao Photography

Tuesday: 45 minutes running on trails, warm up and cooldown

This is the first week of training in 2022. We keep it mellow. Over the next couple weeks, we will introduce tips from a coach of an Olympic medalist, the Olympic medalist and a Boston Marathon champion. Keep it relaxed this week, and let us help you run your personal bests this coming season while having some fun! Your 2022 season of training will be sponsored by Brooks Running.

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Josh Kerr sets North American record for 1,500m, Stumptown Twilight, photo by How Lao Photography

Monday: warm up, 30-45 minutes moderate running, cooldown

In the fall of 1977, I entered a Jesuit Seminary. It was located in Montecito, California, on Ladera Lane, near Santa Barbara. Wednesdays were our break days. I was running most days, but on Wednesday, I would run down to the beach (8 miles) and return before my class walked down to the beach together. I was running in rebuilt Nike Waffle racers, which I had turned into high mileage shoes by Jeff Sink at Runner's Warehouse in Los Altos, CA. Jeff was a shoe geek and he had made steeple shoes for Henry Rono, and was a cult favorite among running geeks.

I loved the run down to the beach, a slight downhill, and the ranches along the way were beautiful. The way back was all uphill and got me the hills I needed each week. And the heavily cushioned Nike Waffle racers were perfect for my long runs.

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If you want to be the best distance runner you can be, embrace cross country! photo by European Athletics

Sunday-an easy, 45-50 minute run

The Tokyo Olympic final for the 400m hurdles was a near perfect race. Karsten Warholm and Rai Benjamin duked it out, and Warlholm ran 45.94 to Benjamin's 46.17. Simply, one of the finest competitions in all of Olympic track & field.

Karsten Warholm knows that he has a challenge, how does he run faster than his 45.94 WR?

That is the question.

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Karsten Warholm speaking with Jonathan Edwards, London 2017, photo by Martin Bateman

This is the easy day for Saturday. Please enjoy the easy day, your last day off in the past 4 weeks.

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Doug Padilla, a low mileage specialist, Doug was a two time Olympian, his 2 mile and 5000m indoor ARs lasted for 20 years! photo by Getty Images for Franken Enterprises

Saturday-a day off, consider a nice walk

This is the fourth Friday in the fourth week of RunBlogRun Recovery Weeks. Enjoy the light running today, and know that training begins again, next Monday.

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Three of the finest milers of all times, Sir John Walker, Steve Scott (and in between, Tom Byers), photo by Franken Enterprises

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

This is week 4 of the Recovery break, and we will begin Spring track training next week, with some great tips, 3 days a week from a coach, current Olympic medalist and Boston marathon champion. Watch for our new daily training launch next week!

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Josh Kerr en route to his 3:31.55 at Stumptown. In August 2021, Josh took an Olympic bronze at the 1,500m, photo by How Lao Photography

Thursday-day off, or walk

When Marcell Jacobs won the 100 meters and then, came back, to take his Italian team to 4x100m gold, the world was astounded. Now, the Italian super star is the toast of Europe and he will be feted at all of his appearances on the World Indoor Tour circuit! Lieven is a special event, according to our European editor, Stuart Weir, and Marcell will be racing there!

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Marcell Jacobs, 100m champion, Tokyo 2021, photo by Kathy Camara via Peacock

Make sure that you check out the meet, as the Italian stallion is limiting his running this winter!

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Dignitaries being taken on a tour of the course, photo by Justin Lagat
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Dignitaries being taken on a tour of the course, photo by Justin Lagat
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Jackson Tuwei planted a tree at the venue as County Governor of Uasin Gishu County and Cabinet Secretary for Sports watches, photo by Justin Lagat
This piece is about the announcement on the Memorial Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour, by Justin Lagat. It will be the first World Cross Country Tour event in Kenya.

As we begin running in the New Year, be thankful of your ability to move, your ability to get faster and run farther, and your ability to enjoy an hour running on the trails, in a park, or on the track. Our ability to improve, based on how we tune our mortal engine, is truly a gift.

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Jakub Ingebrigtsen knows that the challenge is always within, SPAR European Cross Country, photo by European Athletics

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

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Laura Muir, photo by British Athletics

Laura Muir has set her eyes on competing in three of the 4 major global championships in 2022!

RunBlogRun presents
Conversations with Larry,
the Complete List
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Karsten Warholm, Male World Athlete of the Year, design by World Athletics
Conversations with Larry are five to ten minute, single subject monologues by me, Larry Eder. I try to make them topical, and Mike Deering tries to
keep me on point.
With so many topics, so many great athletes, so many great events, there is lot to talk about if you are a track geek. One kind reader told me that he
had made a list of my podcasts and listened to them for several hours. Now, even for me, that is a bit much, but listen to a few, and have some fun.
Have an opinion. Think I am 'on the crack pipe again?' (someone actually wrote that to me around Daegu 2007 when I said Matt Tegenkamp looked really good in the
5000m). Then, email me at [email protected] subject : again? , and you will most definitely be read.
Thanks to Mike Deering, of the Shoe Addicts, for managing these productions of Conversations with Larry.
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This is the third update on Track & Field results, for December 2021, courtesy of our friend from Catalonia, Carles Baronet. Carles is one of the most dedicated track statisticians on the global scene. We have been fortunate to work with Carles for several years and hope you enjoy his amazing work!

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Meref Bahta and Karoline Groval, 2021 European Athletics Cross Country, December 13, 2021, photo by European Athletics

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Grant Holloway, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris/ @kevmofoto

Grant Holloway is the world record holder at the 60m indoor hurdles for Men and just missed the outdoor world record this past July, with his smooth 12.81 over the 110m hurdles. Mr. Holloway will be debuting at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, one of the finest professional meetings on the world indoor circuit. This meet, which will be held on Staten Island for the second year, due to pandemic challenges, at the Ocean Breeze Athletics Center, will showcase some of the finest track athletes in the world, on February 6, 2022, from 12 noon to 2 pm!

Grant Holloway entertains with his flawless hurdling and enormous presence. Do not miss out on seeing this amazing athlete in person!

Tickets for the event on Feb. 6, which forms part of the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold, are now on sale at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.

Be there!

This new release from the 2022 Millrose Games.

Keni Harrison is a supremely talented athlete, one of the true talents of our time, in any event. The women's 60m hurdles is always a hotly contested event, and at the Millrose Games, it will be one of the true highlights of the evening!

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Keni Harrison, photo courtesy of Diamond League AG

Don't miss the 114th Millrose Games, to be held on 29 January 2022.

Tickets can be purchased by going to https://www.millrosegames.org/get-tickets

One of my favorite athletes of all times is Eamon Coghlan. Eammon was a brillant miler, and a true example of persistance as well. In both 1976, and 1980, Eamonn took achingly close 4th places in both Montreal (1,500m) and Moscow (5,000m). In 1978, Eamonn Coghlan took silver in the 1,500m at the European Outdoor Championships, and in 1979, Eamonn Coghlan took gold in the European Indoor Champs 1,500m.

It was in 1983, in Helsinki, that Eamonn Coghlan won his first global title, at the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki. I can remember the exuberance of the gutty Irishman as he went by his Soviet competitor, with 250m to go, and put his fist in the air as he closed with that amazing miler's speed. Eamon was a member of the 1979 World Cross Country winning team for Ireland as well as the first man over 40 to break four minutes for the mile. A class act then, and a class act today!

In the U.S., Eamon Coghlan is called "the Chairman of the Boards," due to his prolific racing and winning on those small indoor tracks on both the East and West Coast of the US, where he put the World Indoor mile record in its own world, with an Irish miler's name behind it. His 3:49.78, fastest time in US, indoors or out, for fourteen years! HIs seven wins in the Millrose Games' Wanamaker Mile was only surpassed by Bernard Lagat in 2010!

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Tuesday-day off, or walk

We are starting off 2022 with an excellent piece by Deji Ogyingbo on Sasha Zhoya, the phenomenal French sprinter who is exciting many track fans and the athletics fans in France!

What do you think? Let us know at [email protected] about Deji's treatise on this exciting sprint/hurdler? Who else should we cover?

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Sasha Zhoya, World U20 Presser, photo courtesy of World Athletics/ Roger Sedres

We have extended Recovery one more week. Enjoy it, as so many schools are opening up midway during the week, and many will be closed due to snow and weather. Enjoy the last week and watch for some fun this coming week.

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Talk about persistance! Karoline Grovdal finally won her first EA gold at Senior XC after five times on the podium, photo by European Athletics

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

Sunday is a long run day, and a great way to begin the year. Stay warm, keep it light and have some fun! Remember to check your shoe as the season begins!

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After six EA titles at Junior XC, this is Jakub Ingebrigtsen's first senior title, EA Senior XC, December 13, 2021, photo by European Athletics

Sunday-an easy, 45-50 minute run

As you reach the end of week three, of recovery runs, your body is beginning to unwind, and your sleep is deep. Continue the rest.

Saturday-a day off, consider a nice walk

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