March 2022 Archives

The Friday night addition to the Nike Pre Classic has been a worthy night of track and field for the past decade now. I recall seeing Mo Farah in 2011 win the big 10,000m, and Kenenisa Bekele running the 10,000m another year. The Friday night event in 2022 will have 3 world record attempts: Joshua Cheptegai at the 5,000m, Francine Nyongambo at 2 miles and Letsenbet Gidey at the hour run!

Tickets went on sale March 25!

Don't miss the 2022 Nike Pre Classic, back at Hayward Field and back to the end of May!

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Joshua Cheptegai, 2021 Nike Pre Classic, photo by Diamond League AG

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Athing Mu, photo by Diamond League AG

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Benjamin Azamati, photo courtesy of African Post Online

This week, Deji Ogeyingbo wrote this feature on Benjamin Azamati, a Ghanan sprinter who runs for West Texas. I think that you will enjoy the piece!

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The Dirtiest Race in History, by Richard Moore

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Richard Moore photo

The sad news that Richard Moore has passed away. Stuart Weir sent us this piece on the fine book and the fine writer, who left us way too early. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

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Jack Buckner, featured in Athletics Weekly magazine in the 1980s, when Jack Buckner, 1987 World Champs 5000m bronze medalist,

1986 European gold, Commonwealth Games silver at 5000m, covers courtesy of Athletics Weekly

It was announced yesterday that Jack Buckner has become the new CEO of UK Athletics. Athletics Weekly did a wonderful piece on Jack Buckner and why he would be a fine CEO candidate for UK Athletics.

RunBlogRun is familiar with Mr. Buckner. He was a tremendous athlete and handled the media with aplomb. As a sports executive, Jack Buckner has built a reputation as a thoughtful leader. It is great to see him return to athletics. We congratulate him on his new position. We also give a tip of the hat to Ian Beattie, UK Athletics Chair, who has righted the ship of one of the most historic and important athletic federations in our world.

The feature below is from Stuart Weir.

The 20x200m workout is one of my favorites. This is not a real quick workout, more of a pace day. Normally, at the end of the workout, the last five, I pick up the pace, and see what I can do over the last few repeats.

Always warm up well, and now, wear racing flats when doing track work, and make sure that you go back to training shoes for cooldown.

This workout can be made much tougher, by cutting jog to 100m, then, 50m. We will do that later in the season.

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This is Brooks ELMN8, version 6. I ran in Brooks Villanova, a blue-green suede upper with pin spikes, in 1975. I broke five minutes for the mile in them six different times, getting to 4:53.00 and 10:56. The year before I had run 6:06 and 12:13 for the mile and 2 mile. Running 14-16 miles a day over the summer had helped me improve. Photo courtesy of Brooks Running

Your workout today: Thursday: Warm-up, 20 x 200m, at 3000m pace, 200m jog in between, cooldown

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Abdi Nageeye, on a training run, photo by NN Running Team

This is a tremendous piece from NN Running team on their athlete, Abdi Nageeye.

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Abdi Nageeye, photo courtesy of NN Running Team

Abdi Nageeye is the 2021 Olympic marathon silver medalist from Tokyo Marathon. In the hot and humid conditions that the marathoners battled in Sapporo, Japan, Abdi Nageeye cajoled his training partner, Bashir Abde to sprint hard, moving past Lawrence Cherono, to take the bronze medal. Abdi was both exhausted and overjoyed.

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 92,

the Epilogue Clip

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Samuel Tefera defended his 1,500m from Birmingham 2018, where he ran the slowest 1,500m in WIC history. In 2022, Tefera

won the 1,500m, this time in the fastest 1,500m time in WIC history. Photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

The Epilogue Clip is where Larry Eder comments on the Athletics Chat 92. The Athletics Chat is our weekly conversation on all things athletics.

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Athletics Chat, Episode 92

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 92

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Yulimar Rojas, Setting a WIR of 15.74m, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

You know the drill. Each week, Larry Eder, wherever he is, and Stuart Weir, wherever he is, speak on the topics of the week in global athletics. This week, Stuart Weir was in Belgrade, Serbia, and Larry Eder is in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

Their topics were the following:

  1. Favorite moments from Belgrade, Serbia
  2. Favorite athletes during the World Indoor Championships
  3. Favorite events during the World Indoor Championships
  4. How the World Indoor Championships builds the interest in World Outdoors

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AthleticsChat #RunBlogRun #theshoeaddicts

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The moment of victory, Ajee' Wilson wins WIC 800m, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

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Jeff Benjamin with Ajee' Wilson, photo courtesy of Ajee' Wilson

This is Jeff Benjamin's feature on Ajee' Wilson, the 2022 gold medalist at the World Indoor Athletic Championships. This was the first gold medal from Ajee' Wilson at a global championships.

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn is the 2022 Olympic champion in the 100m hurdles. Her racing in 2021 inspired and awed track fans. In 2022, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn will be competing at the Continental Tour Gold Level, on 9 April 2022. If you are not in Bermuda, then, you can watch via NBC in US or Peacock and World Athletics!

Our friend, Robert Wagner, is managing the meet's talent and the meet. We wish him luck on this unique event.

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Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, 2021 Florence DL, photo by Diamond League AG

Justin Lagat writes about the busy weekend upon us. He also reminds us that Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei have let us know, just weeks ago, that getting a world-leading time in the men's and women's marathons may be quite difficult.

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Eliud Kipchoge, running, photo by NN Running team

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Brigid Kosgei, photo by World Marathon Majors

Well, Switzerland is becoming a sprint power. In 2021, two Swiss women made the Tokyo final, Ajla Del Pointe, fifth in 10.97 and Mujinga Kambundji, sixth, in 10.99.

In 2022, Mujinga Kambundji moved from bronze in Birminghmam 2018 WIC to gold in 2022 WIC Belgrade. And she did it from lane eight! Here's the story from European Athletics Website! European Athletics Website is awesome, check it out. Great pieces on European Athletes!

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Mujinga Kambundji, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

The hard/ easy notion came to me from reading Ron Daws' book, The Self-Made Olympian. Daws was a member of the 1968 Olympic team at the marathon distance. A self-taught athlete, with a huge work ethic, Daws learned that he had to do things for him that worked for his unique skill set and talents. Daws was a fan of Arthur Lydiard. Using his methods, I went from a 36 minute 10k runner to a 31 minute 10k runner, in 3 years. I was able to build from 70 miles a week in the build-up to 130 miles a week and do it without injuries. Like Daws, I raced 30-35 times a year, with two times of peaking (fall) and (summer), then a two-week break each time. A good read, and a book I have read a dozen times.

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Your workout today, Monday, March 30, 2022, Wednesday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes, moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown

One of my favorite racing shoes ever was the Nike Mariah. It was an early air racing shoe, and if you approach five-minute pace, or better on it, you felt like you were flying. I used it for speed days and road racing, also using it for 2 miles to 5000m on the track. Being creatures of habit, Paul and I would race the same races each season to gauge our improvements. I recall one called the poor Man's Bay to Breakers, in Foster City. A quick 5.8 to 6 mile, we ran it in 1979 and 1980. Paul ran 30:50 in 1979, within a month of going 30:51 for 10,000m on the track. I was second that year, running 32:40. The next year, Paul was racing somewhere else and I took the lead, not knowing a sub 4 miler was just sitting on me. We hit a track for the last 800m, and I tried to sprint away, and the guy got me, 31:04 to 31:08. It was my best race of year, in my Nike Mariahs, and it felt good to race fast.

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Nike Air Mariahs, circa 1980-81, photo courtesy of RunningShoeGuru

Your workout for today:

March 29, 2022, Tuesday: Warm-up, 12 x 300 meters hard, 200-meter jog, the pace is 1500m, 30-minute run, cooldown,

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Niklas Kaul, 2019 Doha World Outdoor Champion, Decathlon, photo courtesy of Red Bull

Niklas Kaul won a dramatic, hot, and humid decathlon in Doha in October 2019. His performance, and the performances of Maicle Uibo, silver, Damian Warner, bronze medalist. Niklas Kaul is a tremendous athlete and student of the sport. When I asked Niklas Kaul which athlete he admired in the decathlon event. Niklas smiled, and noted, "He is in this room." In the back of the room was one, Ashton Eaton.

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Niklas Kaul, 2019 Doha World Outdoor Champion, Decathlon, at the Gotzis Meeting, photo courtesy of Red Bull

Ashton Kaul is a tremendous athlete. I look forward to seeing him compete this year.

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance

with Larry Eder

Featuring Jesse Williams, Founder of Sound Running

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Jesse on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jesjamdub

Jesse on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jessebet/

Sound Running Twitter: https://twitter.com/sound_running

Sound Running Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/soundrunning/

Sound Running website: https://www.soundrunning.run

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The big lesson from Mujinga Kambundji's victory in Belgrade is this. Lane 8, lane 1, lane 4, did not matter. Mujinga had the experience to keep her wits about her and run her own race. The Swiss star has come up through the Swiss system, and she has moved from the World Indoor Champs bronze to the World Indoor Champs gold in 4 years.

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Mujinga Kambundji, the reluctant warrior, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 91 the Epilogue Clip

In the Epilogue, Larry Eder gives his synopsis of Episode 91, in his own words.

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Katie Nageotte, Sandi Morris, Tina Sutej, 2022 World Indoor Champs Pole Vault, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

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Athletics Chat, Episode 91

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 91

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World Indoor Championships Women's 60m final, Mujinga Kambundji takes the gold, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

You know the drill. Each week, Larry Eder, wherever he is, and Stuart Weir, wherever he is, speak on the topics of the week in global athletics. This week, Stuart Weir was in Belgrade, Serbia, and Larry Eder is in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

Their topics were:

  1. Our favorite moments of the World Indoor Championships.
  2. Our favorite performances from Belgrade
  3. Stuart Weir's behind the scenes
  4. Deep thoughts from Larry and Stuart
  5. Why Larry enjoyed Peacock TV so much

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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The Continental Tour is one of the smartest things that World Athletics has done. The Continental Tour gives athletes, fans, and the sport up to 140 events around the world.

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The 2022 Continental Tour, art courtesy of World Athletics

Yaroslava Mahuchikh captured the hearts of Ukraine and much of the world with her win at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. Mahuchikh had woken up to the sound of the Russian war machine in her city of Dnipro on February 24. She drove for three days to reach Belgrade. During the competition, Yaroslava took 3 attempts to clear 2 meters and then, she cleared 2.02 meters with ease, taking gold at the World Indoor Championships.

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Yaroslava Mahuchikh, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

This was originally posted on April 4, 2021. Today is the 41rst anniversary of the Craig Virgin's second World Cross-Country Victory! This win was one of the most underappreciated victories by an American distance runner ever.

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Photo from Mark Shearman - The Runner Magazine

Jeff Benjamin sent us this piece on the 40th anniversary of the historic victory of Craig Virgin.

When I was working out at West Valley Community College, we had hard days on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Some Mondays, we would join the guys for the second run of the day, which was a six-mile loop around Saratoga, in some neighborhoods with lots of trees and expansive houses. The tenor of the runs was light, and we would talk the whole time. As the pace would quicken, Paul and I would stay in the back of the pack, and let the guys beat themselves up.

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Nike marathon Elite Racer, circa 1978-1979, photo by runningshoeguru.com

Paul Gyorey, my teammate, was my daily training partner for several years. We would workout sometimes every day in a week, and at least once a day, as we built to a track season and a fall cross country season. "Geza" as I would call him, with affection, taught me how to keep my cool on easy days and focus on the hard days. When I figured that out, my racing became better and I improved.

Lessons learned, friendships earned.

Your workout today: Monday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 90 the Epilogue Clip

In the Epilogue, Larry Eder gives his synopsis of the Episode 90, in his own words.

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Christian Coleman, photo by Kevin Morris/ @kevmofoto

Athletics Chat, Episode 90

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat Episode 90

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Ivana Vuleta (nee Spanovic), European Indoor 2017, photo by European Athletics

You know the drill. Each week, Larry Eder, wherever he is, and Stuart Weir, wherever he is, speak on the topics of the week in global athletics. This week, Stuart Weir was in Belgrade, Serbia, and Larry Eder is in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

Their topics were:

  1. Deep thoughts on the World Indoor Championships.
  2. A fine indoor season was reviewed.
  3. Mondo Duplantis, will he, in his career, clear 6 meters, over 160 times as did Blanka Vlasic the high jumper, cleared 2 meters 166 times? Sounds better in the podcast.
  4. Why we love Ivana Spanovic and the Serbian crowd at the Stark Arena

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AthleticsChat #RunBlogRun #theshoeaddicts

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When I truly got into running, I was a sophomore in college. I had just returned from a short stint in the Jesuit seminary, then, worked on the assembly line at Ford Motor Company for nine months, and finally, returned to Santa Clara University. It was in that fall that I met Gary Goettleman of Ryan's Sport Shop, then on Bascom Avenue. Gary was a 2:22 marathoner and the most running geek adult I ever met. He challenged me to dig inside and when I hit 34 minutes for 10k, he told me that perhaps that was my limit. I got so mad, I increased my training, and a year later I broke 33 minutes. He smiled. Gary and his son, Steve run Ryan's Sports in Santa Clara, California. I still have the first Track & Field News magazine Gary gave me, in June 1974. I can hear his voice challenging me. Like my father, Gary knew what made me tick, and I could not hide from his clear-sighted gaze. As a young man, it scared me, as a man now of a certain age, I miss the runs and the conversation. I know now, that was how he showed he cared.

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adidas Marathon Trainers, circa 1978, photo courtesy of Ebay.com

Gary got me to train in adidas Marathon trainers, which kept my legs in good shape all though college. I loved them on long runs.

Your workout today: Sunday: 65-70 minutes moderate pace, on trails

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Jeff Benjamin, Elle Purrier St. Pierre, Mark Coogan, Heather MacLean, photo by Jeff Benjamin

I have been looking forward to this interview. Mark Coogan is a wonderful coach, and watching his athletes excel is a natural evolution. Mark gets it, hard work, focused hard work, with good recovery is key. Elle and Heather are savvy racers. Thanks to Jeff Benjamin for this interview!

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Geoffrey Kamworor, Rodgers Kwemoi, photo by Athletics Kenya

Justin Lagat wrote this piece about his interview with Rodgers Kwemoi, who is racing the Istanbul half Marathon on Sunday, March 27, 2022.

In college for a few years, we were fortunate to run a track meet at San Jose State. In the 1960s and 1970s, SJS was known as "Speed City", due to the incredible sprinters that came out of San Jose. What many did not think about were the athletes like Felix Bohni and John Powell, who made their names in the pole vault and discus. Their distance team won the NCAA cross country in the 1960s, and some fine athletes came out of the program for many years.


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Nike Pre Montreal, I raced in similar shoe in 1976-1977, from 2 miles to 10,000m, photo courtesy of New.Nike.com

One of my favorites was Urs Kamber. Urs was on the Swiss relay team that went to Moscow in 1980 and finished 3rd in heat 3 of the Men's 4x400m. Urs was the anchor. He was a great guy and we would chat during our warm-ups and cooldowns. I ran a 2 mile there, with Simon Kilili winning the race, going sub 9 minutes. I was about in twelfth place, but most of us scored big PBs that day. It was fun, it was fast, and after a 3000m indoors a few weeks before, and a windy 5000m at Cal, running 8 laps on the fast Tartan track at San Jose State was really exciting.

Your workout for today: Saturday: warm-up, Racing on the relay, 4x400m, plus a 1000m, or an 800m, cool down

Last weekend, while watching Belgrade, I was most impressed with Elle Purrier St. Pierre. Elle had doubled at the US Champs and had taken third in the 1,500m and won the 3,000m. In the 3,000m World Indoor Champs, Elle kept her cool until the last lap and made a bold move, moving into second place and holding it, despite the challenges of two Ethiopian athletes and one Canadian. We can all learn from Elle. Keep your cool under pressure and make your move spectacular!

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Elle Purrier St. Pierre, photo by Kevin Morris

Your workout today! Friday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x100m stride outs, cooldown

I truly enjoy Matt Wisner's writing. Even when I post it late. Which is my fault. I missed his NCAA coverage, due to too many things happening, and traveling between Spokane to San Jose to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. This is a good analysis of the NCAA women's distance races, which had some fascinating tactics.

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This is NCAA Men's Distance recap. I missed this in the craziness of the last two weeks. My apologies to Matt Wisner, who gives us an insider's view into the strategies and battles in each distance race at the 2022 NCAA Men's Indoor Championships, held March 11-12, 2022, in Birmingham CrossPlex, Birmingham, Alabama.

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Texas takes the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships, photo courtesy of NCAA

The workout, 12x400m, is a workout many relied on as they build up their speed and strength in the springtime. As you get fitter, we will cut the jog to 300m, then, 200m, then, 100m. You will be able to handle it as you get stronger.

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These are shoes worn by Steve Ovett when he won the gold medal in Moscow 1980 in the 800m. I believe this was Nike's first Olympic medal in track & field. Mr. Ovett also won the bronze in the 1,500m in Moscow. photo courtesy of Nike communications.

Your workout for today: Thursday: Warm-up, 12 x 400m, at 3000m pace, 400m jog in between, cooldown

One of the columns that Stuart Weir does very well is his assessment of Team GB after major events. I have to admit, I use his method when I do the assessment of the US team.

This is Stuart's column on Team GB and their performances in Belgrade, Serbia. I think that he was quite fair.

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Men's 60m, WIC Belgrade, Serbia, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

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Katrina Johnson-Thompson, WIC, pentathlon, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

A story about Emil Zatopek, a man who I consider, the finest distance runner of all times.

Emil ran his first race as a 15-year-old, a 5k, in boots, and won. That was in 1943. In 1948, in the first Olympics after

World War 2, Emil, in the Czech Army, won the longest race on the track, the 10,000m. He nearly lapped the entire field.

Emil grimaced each footstep, and his arms jutted out into the air. To say that his form was less than perfect, was an

understatement. He would almost win the 5,000m as well, falling down and getting back up, and taking the silver. In 1952, Emil would

win the 10,000m, 5,000m, and first marathon. Just before he entered the stadium, winning his first marathon, Emil's wife, Daniela,

had won the Olympic javelin!

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Track spikes of Emil Zatopek, 1952, cobbled by Adi Dassler, photo courtesy of adidas Communications

This is the report on details of Day 3 at the World Indoor Championships, courtesy of EME News. Day 3 had three world records, among crazy performances.

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Mondo Duplantis, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

These are challenging times.

In March 2014, I was in Poland with my son, Adam, and his partners at the Shoe Addicts, Mike Deering, and Algernon Felice. During that time, Russia invaded Crimea. I recall Bohdan Bondarenko refusing to speak to the Russian media, who were incredulous. The outrage that Ukrainian athletes had was obvious and we could understand. Polish media did some pretty incredible caricatures of Mr. Putin at the time.

Yaroslava Mahuchikh woke up to the attack of her city on February 24, 2022. She left Dnipro and drove three days to reach Belgrade, Serbia. The young Ukrainian missed two times at 2 meters, taking three attempts at 2 meters to clear. Then, at 2.02 meters, she put it together.

Stuart Weir put this piece together for us, it was one of his moments of the Championships.

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Men's 60m: Marcell Jacobs vs Chrisitan Coleman and Marvin Bracy, photo by Getty Image for World Athletics

This is the behind the scene details from EME News on the second day of the 2022 World Indoor Championships.

Well, this is the first release on where Mondo will compete post-new WR!

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Mondo Duplantis, photo by @fbkgames

His 6.20m new world record gives the global star a huge cache in our sport. Mondo Duplantis is colorful, exciting, and incredibly talented. Fans may not know how to pole vault, but they can surely appreciate an athlete clearing six meters, plus 20 centimeters!

Mondo will compete in Hengelo, The Netherlands, at the FBK Games on June 6, 2022.

Mondo Duplantis will be competing across the globe this year, as he prepares for the World Outdoor Championships, to be held in Eugene, Oregon from July 15-24, 2022.

This is your second workout on the track. It is short and sweet. Warm-up well, work on your speed, and cool down well. Tell coach if anything is sore post workout. Hydrate well.

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This track spike is circa 1924, cobbled by Adi Dassler, founder of adidas, photo by adidas Communications

Your workout for today: March 22, 2022, Tuesday: Warm-up, 12 x 200 meters hard, 200-meter jog, the pace is 1500m, 30-minute run, cooldown,

Okay, this is my deep thoughts about the Men's 60 meters, which was epic! Great athletes duking it out. That is what sprinting is all about!

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Oh so close! Marcell Jacobs takes the 60m, Christian Coleman in second and Marvin Bracy in third, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

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Christian Coleman, silver, Marcell Jacobs, gold, Marvin Bracy, bronze, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

I hope you were as inspired by the World Indoor Champs as I was. 619 athletes from 129 countries! The World Indoor Champs are the last global champs until next Summer in Eugene, Oregon! Make sure that you go to the World Outdoor Athletics Championships next Summer! It will be amazing and you will remember it the rest of your life!

For today's workout, keep it easy. A big day on Tuesday!

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

Your workout today is: Monday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown

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Women Pole Vault medalists, Katie Nageotte, Sandi Morris, Tina Sutej, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

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Sandi Morris, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

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Cyrena Samba-Mayela takes the W 60m hurdles, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

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Yulimar Rojas, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

This is Deji Ogeyingbo's column on Day 3, the last day of the World Indoor Champs. Deji wrote a column a day, plus a brilliant column on Ese Brome.

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Mondo Duplantis, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

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Mondo Duplantis, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

In this column by Stuart Weir, he discusses the three world records (actually two, he already did a piece on the Triple Jump).

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Ivana Vuleta, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

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Lorraine Ugen, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

Stuart Weir wrote this piece on the incredible long jump, which was a delight to the Serbian crowd, a silver for the Nigerian Esa Brume and a bronze for Lorraine Ugen.

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Ese Brume, photo by Getty Images for British Athletics

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Samuel Tefera takes the gold in the Men's 1,500m, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, silver and Abel Kipsang, bronze, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

The final day had three middle distance finals, the women's 800 meters, the men's 3000 meters, and the men's 1,500 meters. This column was written by Justin Lagat on day 3 of the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

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Yulimar Rojas, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

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Yulimar Rojas, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

This column on Yulimar Rojas and her incredible World Record, Stuart Weir gave us his live view of the amazing event.

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Loic Gasch, SUI, silver, 2.34m SB, Sanghyeok Woo, KOR, 2.34m, Gianmarco Tambieri, ITA, 2.31m, SB, Hamish Kerr, NZ, 2.31m SB, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

Both high jumps were stellar events, this is Stuart Weir's column on the Men's high jump!

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Men's 800m, Mariano Garcia takes gold, Noah Kibet grabs silver, and Bryce Hoppel takes bronze, photo by StarGazerPix, via Peacock TV

In a very satisfying indoor 800m, Mariano Garcia of Spain gave his country their first medal at the indoor distance since 1985, when Colomon Trabado lead a 1-2 medal run by Spain. Noah Kibet, who took the silver, the first medal for Kenya in these championships, is, at 17, the youngest medalist in the history of the World Indoor Championships! This is Justin Lagat's piece on the new silver medalist!

Today is your long run day. Enjoy the Sunday run.

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Marathon shoe cobbled by Adi Dassler, circa 1939, photo by adidas Communications

Your workout today is March 20, 2022, Sunday: 65-70 minutes moderate pace, on trails

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Marcel Jacobs dethrones Christian Coleman, photo by Getty Images by World Athletics

Deji Ogeyingbo writes a column a day during the World Indoor Championships, and on day three, he will write two columns. This is his observations on day two.

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Marcell Jacobs, Olympic gold medal, 100 meters, World Indoor Championships, 60 meters gold medal, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

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Sandi Morris hugs Katie Nageotte, March 19, 2022, World Indoor Championships, Pole Vault, Belgrade, Serbia, photo by Star Gazer Pix, via Peacock TV

The women's pole vault was one of the most exciting events of the second day. Come to think of it, all of the finals on Day 2 were exciting. Stuart Weir wrote this piece on Sandi Morris and Katie Nageotte, two athletes he has interviewed on several occasions. They went 1 and 2.

Good morning sportsfans!

Hello from Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin! At #RunBlogRun, we have our team in Belgrade, Nigeria, Kenya and Staten Island to cover the 2022 World Indoor Championships from Belgrade, Serbia.

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Mujinga Kambundji wins 60 meters for Switzerland, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

Are you watching the World Indoors?

Well, you should! All of these athletes began their careers with local clubs (the gold medalist in the long jump was discovered jumping over park benches and cars!), and found something that they loved.

Enjoy your competitions today! Good luck. You are in great shape, and we will help you get faster and stronger over the next couple of months.

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Elle Purrier St. Pierre took the 3000m silver medal against 3 tough Ethiopians and a tough global field! World Indoor Champs, Belgrade, Serbia, photo by Kevin Morris

Your workout for today is: March 19, 2022, Saturday: warm-up, Racing on the relay, 4x400m, plus a 1000m, or an 800m, cool down

I have to admit, Mujinga Kambundji is still making me smile. She just did not realize that she had won. Gutty run by Elle Purrier putting it all on the line with the three Ethiopians, and congrats on her silver medal. Chase Ealey putting it all together in women's shot put, setting an American record and Auriol Dongmo takes shot win and gives Portugal its first shot put gold! What a first day!

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Women's 60m heats, photo by Getty Images for World Athletes

This is Deji Ogeyinbgo's feature on Day 1 of the World Indoors in Belgrade. Deji sent this to us at 1 am, Nigerian local time on Saturday morning. We are appreciative of his observations and sure hope that he gets a good night sleep.

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Lemlem Hailu, Elle Purrier, Ejgayehu Taye, women's 3000m, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

The Women's shot put was given the prominence it deserves tonight, and we were treated to some fantastic throwing! Congratulations to all of the competitors. The following is my story on the Women's shot put.

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Chase Ealey, silver, Auriol Dongmo, gold, Jessica Schilder, bronze, Women's shot put, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

A half dozen years ago, I was sitting in a hotel, post-Diamond League meeting, with Federico Rosa, the Italian manager and agent. Federico introduced me to the coach of then Cuban Pablo Pichardo. Through Federico's kind translation I learned that, in Cuba, the triple and long jump are something many young athletes do. Sixteen meter jumps are pretty normal for young athletes, and Pablo Pichardo started out like that.

Today, Pablo, representing Portugal, took the silver medal in the Triple jump.

In the gold, was a young, confident Cuban, Lazaro Martinez, a former Youth Champion who had been quiet for the past couple of years. The young athlete took control with his first jump, going 17.64m, the longest jump in the world.

Martinez thinks highly of himself, and is confident that he can go nineteen meters someday! And, can he dance!

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Lazaro Martinez doing his victory dance, post TJ! photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

What a race!

Everyone was watching Ewa Swoboda, but she had a rough start. Mikiah Brisco and Marybeth Sant Price were dueling it out on the inside. On the outside, all by here lonesome, Mujinga Kambundji had won the race before anyone, including her, knew she had won.

We have observed the Swiss star, who has come up in the ranks and has a quite athletic family. Switzerland is rejoicing with her victory in Belgrade tonight. This piece is from Stuart Weir.

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The women's 60m final, look at Kambundji in lane 8! photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

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Mujinga Kambundji wins the WA Indoor 60m! photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

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Donald Scott, USA, bronze, Lazaro Martinez, Cuba, gold, Pedro Pichardo, Portugal, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

The morning session was a shake-down cruise, per Stuart Weir. Long waits as bags were X-rayed. Few fans in the audience, and some problems with the wifi, which had worked brilliantly on Thursday. Such is the life of a media professional. Stuart went back to his hotel and sent us stories and photos, of which we are most grateful.

Today is an easy day. Good luck on your race day tomorrow. Watch the world indoors on Peacock TV to get inspired. Some great racing by Geordie Beamish from New Zealand in the 3000m. and Isaiah Harris of the US in the 800m!

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Heather MacLean, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Your workout today is, March 18, 2022, Friday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x100m stride outs, cooldown

This is the fifty-minute pre-event presser, with a fine group of athletes, Seb Coe, President of World Athletics, and Veselin Jevrosimovic, the head of the Serbian Athletics Federation. Special thanks to EBU, and World Athletics. Special thanks to Brian Eder for production work on Sound Cloud.

Keely Hodkinson (800m, 4x400m relay), Ivana Vuleta (long jump), Damian Warner (Heptathlon), Marcel Jacobs (60 meters), and Ryan Crouser (shot put) were the featured athletes in the presser. WA President, Seb Coe, and Serbian Federation President, Veselin Jevrosimovic, also spoke about the World Indoor Championships and the current world situation.

The entire interview is in the next section! Please watch for our event by event coverage over the weekend!

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Stuart Weir visited the 2022 WA Indoor Presser on Thursday, March 17, 2022. This is his highlights of the presser that was held in Belgrade, Serbia earlier today. Watch for our daily coverage of the 2022 World Indoor Athletics Championships.

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Veselin Jevrosimovic and Ivana Vuleta, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

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2022 WA Indoor Belgrade Presser, by Stuart Weir

We are less than twenty-four hours from the World Indoor Champs, an event that I have not missed since 2008, I believe. Stuart is over there, happy as can be because he gets to see live track and field. My official seat (they actually gave me an American-only seat, per Ed Gordon, in 2017), separated from the European media, for the European Indoor Championships).

This is from EME News, and they do a very good job of being, short and sweet.

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Stark Arena, March 17, 2022, photo by Stuart Weir

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Another look at the 2022 World Indoor Champs, Stark Arena, Belgrade, Serbia, photo by Stuart Weir

Stark Arena, March 17, 2022, Belgrade, Serbia, photo by Stuart Weir

This is our first speed work of the season. Warm-up well, and do this in flats, please. The recovery between the 400m is long, deal with it. We will be cutting them back soon. In this first workout, the desire will be to run faster than suggested, don't. Keep the pace a 3k or 2-mile pace, and keep the 400m jog easy. Once the 12 x 400m is completed, cooldown slowly, as it is your first time on the track in some time. Keep in flats the first few times you train on the track, please.

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Courtney Frerichs, leading 10,000m, at The Ten, Sound Running, photo by Wendy City Video

Your workout for today, March 17, 2022, Thursday: Warm-up, 12 x 400m, at 3000m pace, 400m jog in between, cooldown slow and make sure tha

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat Episode 89

the Epilogue Clip

In the epilogue clip, Larry Eder takes five minutes to do final comments on the discussion he just had with Stuart Weir.

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Elisse Cranny, Sound Running, The Ten, photo by Wendy City Video

Each week, Larry Eder and Stuart Weir discuss the challenges or extraordinary events in our sport. In this week, March 7, 2022,

we spoke on the following:

1. Big 10ks in Sound Running event, #TheTen
2. Chris Nielsen sets AR in pole vault, at 6.05m
3. Eliud Kipchoge wins in Tokyo!
4. Belgrade how does Ukraine affect the World Indoor Championships
5. Christian Coleman VS Marcel Jacob? the highlight of Belgrade?
This is the Epilogue Clip.

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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World Indoor News

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This is the news from the 2022 World Indoor Championships, which will be held March 18-20, 2022. This update is courtesy of EME News. Watch for our coverage of the championships, beginning early Friday.

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Elle Purrier, 2022 U.S. Indoor Championships, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Athletics Chat, Episode 89

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat Episode 89

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Ivana Vuleta, photo by Diamond League AG

Each week, Larry Eder and Stuart Weir discuss the challenges or extraordinary events in our sport. In this week, March 7, 2022,

we spoke on the following:

1. Big 10ks in Sound Running event, #TheTen
2. Chris Nielsen sets AR in pole vault, at 6.05m
3. Eliud Kipchoge wins in Tokyo!
4. Belgrade how does Ukraine affect the World Indoor Championships
5. Christian Coleman VS Marcel Jacob? the highlight of Belgrade?

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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RunCzech is one of the largest event promoters in Europe. They have found ways to innovate and grow even while juggling the pandemic. Now that adidas has signed for four more years, the RunCzech events and elite racing team have one of the top global brands as a major sponsor.

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Elliott Denman has written on the sport of track & field for over 60 years. We have been fortunate to have him publish pieces with us for 32 years. This piece was sent to RunBlogRun today, telling the story of Talitha Diggs, the new NCAA Indoor 400m champion.

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Talitha Diggs, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

The Team USA women's team has a plethora of fine athletes, veterans, and debutantes, and it will do well in Belgrade. I did some short previews, event by event, on the US team, and suggested how the US athletes could fare.

You will just have to watch the broadcast on Peacock TV in US.

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Maggie Ewan, US Shot Put champion, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

It's that time again! The largest 10k in the world is AJC Peachtree Road Race. The Atlanta Track Club has come up with a lottery program that has worked for several years now! Check out the registration press release from yesterday! Please note that the lottery is limited, and the time period is March 15-30, 2022. Don't miss it!

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Finish Line, ATC Peachtree Road Race, photo courtesy of Atlanta Track Club

The recovery days are when your body takes the time it needs to repair the damage a hard workout does to the body. A hard/easy approach makes sense for most days, sometimes, a hard/easy/easy approach is needed. Listen to your body, speak to your coach, and focus on spring training.

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Abe Alvarado, 800m, 2022 USATF Indoor Championships, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Your workout for today is: March 16, 2022, Wednesday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes, moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown

Daniela Zatopekova, the Czech Republic's oldest living Olympic gold medalist has died at the age of 97. Daniela died at the Military Hospital In Prague, the Czech Republic on 13 March 2022. Daniela won the 1952 Olympic javelin gold medal, within minutes of her husband, Emil Zatopek, winning his third medal, in the marathon, after winning the 10,000m and 5,000m. Daniela set a Olympic record with her gold medal throw, in 50.47 meters. Six years later, Daniela, after coaching Czech athletes, went back to competition and set a new world record in the javelin of 55.73 meters. Daniela was 35 years old at the time, and her world record (with a wooden javelin) was unique-it gave Daniela recognition as the oldest woman to set a world record at the time.

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A fascinating photo, Daniela and Emil celebrating, late into the night, after their medals in Helsinki in 1952, photo via Wikipedia (believe it was also AP)

Daniela was the European champion in the javelin in 1954 and 1956.

In 1960, Daniela competed in the Rome Olympics, taking silver in the javelin. Her husband, Emil, told me a story when I interviewed him in 1991, noting with a chuckle, " Daniela loved coaching, but it was much tougher than competing as an athlete. So, for Rome, she practiced and won the silver!"

In the next section, I will discuss some personal recollections of the Queen of Czech sports...

This is the release from USATF on the World Indoor Championships bound for Belgrade, Serbia. The team will be in Belgrade from March 18-20, 2022 at the Stark Arena for the World Indoor Championships.

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Christian Coleman takes the 60m, 2022 USATF Indoor Championships, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

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Heather MacLean, Josette Norris, Elle Purrier St. Pierre, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

We asked Deji Ogeynbgbo to give us a preview of how Nigeria views the World Indoor Championships and his homeland's prospects in Belgrade, Serbia. Deji will be providing updates each day on Belgrade, and Nigeria's performances, but also his favorite global performances of the weekend!

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Ese Brume, photo by World Athletics

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Jessica Beard, 2021 USATF Indoors, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

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Jessica Beard handing off, Yokohama World Relays, photo by World Athletics

This writer has enjoyed speaking with Jessica Beard since her first US team in 2009. I will see her warming up, and say hello, or get a few minutes with her post-event. Jessica Beard is one of the most prolific 4x400m relays and mixed relay runners on Team USA. The real story is, Jessica is one of the toughest and most consistent relay runners on the US team. Stuart Weir did this fifth preview on one of our top relay runners.

The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle is back! This coming Sunday, March 20, 2022, the Chicago rite of spring happens on the first day of spring! Race Director Carey Pinkowksi and I spoke the other night via telephone about the upcoming race, Carey's absolute pleasure that the he can hold the race in 2022, and his modest goal of running his own road race.

And a bit more on the race....

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Carey Pinkowski, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

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Ivana Vuleta, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics

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Ivana Vuleta, photo by Getty Images/ British Athletics

Ivana Spanovic Vuleta may be the athlete who will receive the most applause in Stark Arena. In 2017, this writer observed a most magnificent series of jumps as Mrs. Vuleta, then Spanovic, went 7.24 meters. Stuart Weir wrote this 4th Belgrade Preview.

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Andrew Pozzi, photo by World Athletics

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Keely Hodgkinson, photo by Getty Images for British Athletics

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Katrina Johnson Thompson, photo by World Athletics

One of my favorite workouts in the early spring? Warming up with a three-mile run to San Jose city college, in the evening, and doing 200 yard repeats outside the baseball diamond, on the grass. I would do 20 x200 yards, with a 100-yard jog in between. I loved the idea of going a big faster and feeling good, with no one on the diamond but me. Lights were on late at City College, and the feeling of going fast was a great workout a couple days prior to a weekend race.

What is your favorite go-to workout?

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Henry Wynne, 2022 USATF Indoor Championships, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Your workout for today, March 15, 2022, Tuesday: Warm-up, 55 minutes running on trails, 15 minutes easy running, then, 8 times 2 minutes hard, 3 minutes easy, with 15 minutes easy running, and cooldown, (hard running at 1500m pace)

Mondays are the first day of the week. It is a recovery day after the long run on Sunday and a day to brag about your early season racing from Saturday.

Do all athletes get nervous before races?

In talking to athletes, both beginning and elites, I have learned that all get nervous. More experienced athletes use the nervous feelings to

get themselves "hyped up or psyched up" for the races. I do recall that the nerves early on were huge as a freshman and much different post-college. One should try to focus on

racing, and think about how you will excel.

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This is the shoe of Emil Zatopek, 3 times 1952 Olympic gold medalist. This shoe was made by Adi Dassler for Emil in 1953. Not no logos. Mr. Dassler was concerned about upsetting the Czech Communist government, so he kept the logos off the shoe. photo courtesy of adidas Communications

Your workout for today: March 14, 2022, Monday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown

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Dave Wottle strains to get to the finish line first, Yevgeny Arzhanov leaps, 1972 Munich 800m, photo courtesy of Wikipedia

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Dave Wottle takes the gold medal, Yevgeny Arzanhov, leaping for silver, Mike Boit, bronze, photo courtesy of Wikipedia

The 1972 Olympic Men's final in the 800m is one of the most iconic of races. It was also the race where my awareness of track truly came about. Sure, I had watched Bob Beamon leap the LJ in 1968, on a black and white TV in the kitchen, as Dad made hot dogs (our Saturday ritual), but Wottle was different. I knew Yevgeny Arzanhov, representing the Soviet Union, was the man, 1971, and 72 European Indoor Champion. Dave Wottle had this cool hat (one of my classmates at DeSmet, Mark Bruns, wore a cap each race in Wottle's honor that year), but it was his sense of pace, and his iconic battle with Arzhanov that captured me, and still does.

Jeff Benjamin reached out to me just 48 hours ago, asking about interviewing Yevgeny, and I immediately agreed.

Please think about this incredible sportsman, who congratulated Dave Wottle right after the Olympic final and hugged him in 1973 in Minsk, Belarus, and now, wishes to share a whiskey with Dave Wottle.

Keep Yevgeney Arzhanov and his wife, his country people and Ukraine in your thoughts and prayers. Many of us had believed that evil no longer exists. Evil does exist, just as good does.

Special thanks to Jeff Benjamin, a high school history teacher, and now, 32 years writing for American Athletics, then, American Track & Field, and now, RunBlogRun. Our East Coast senior editor loves his sport, and this shows, in his attention to detail on the 1972 Olympic silver medalist Yevgeney Arzhanov and the 1972 Olympic gold medalist, Dave Wottle.

Sport can overcome most of the bad things in this world. #Ukraine

The long-run on Sunday is a staple in the distance runner's regimen. Long runs are both physically and mentally of benefit. Arthur Lydiard, the eccentric, genius coach, who was a former New Zealand milkman, ran up to 200 miles a week to see what was the best regimen for his athletes. In 1960, his athletes medaled in the 800m, 5,000m, and marathon, in 1964, his athletes medaled in the 800m, 1,500m, plus placed high in 5,000m and 10,000m. Since the 1964 Olympics, I can not think of a middle-distance and long-distance runner who has not been influenced by Lydiard, including double-double champ Lasse Viren. And remember, Lydiard's crew from the 1960 Olympics, Peter Snell, Murray Halberg, John Davies, Billie Bailie, were all from the same neighborhood!

In Lydiard's time, the Sunday run was 18-22 miles, with tough hills, and a variety of course changes. Lydiard thought that was good for our feet. Enjoy your long run today, breathe in the clean air, and be thankful that you can move and run, without worrying about drones, missiles, and someone taking over your country.

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Kristjen Ceh, photo by World Athletics

I have to admit, I love the European Athletics Throwing Cup. Great discus throwers get a chance to compete in the early spring, as they build to a big season. Special thanks to EME News for covering this exciting event. Why can't we have something like this in the United States?

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Ruth Chepnegetich, 2022 Nagoya Women's Marathon, photo via Kenyan TV by Justin Lagat

Justin Lagat just sent us this piece on the 2022 Nagoya Women's Marathon, was held, Local Japan time, on Sunday, March 13, 2022.

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Lorraine Ugen, Birmingham GP 2022, photo by British Athletics / Getty Images

This is our 3rd preview for the 2022 World Indoor Athletics in Belgrade, written by Stuart Weir (Stuart wrote previews on Jenny Selman and Lorraine Ugen, I did one on Ryan Crouser).

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The mysterious 1912 Olympics Jim Thorpe Pole Vault Pic!

Jeff Benjamin has been following the Jim Thorpe story for several years now, from the beginning of the fight to regain the medals for Jim Thorpe, to the key books on the World's greatest athlete, to the announcements and development of the movie by Bright Path.

WORLD INDOORS NEWS

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This is a daily update from EME News on the upcoming 2022 World Indoor Athletics Championships, which will be held March 18-20, 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia. Special thanks to EME News.

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WIC Belgrade 2022, photo by World Athletics

Writing a piece on Justin Gatlin, after his retirement is problematic. I have seen all of Justin Gatlin's championship performances except his NCAA championships. I was in Europe when, Justin Gatlin tested positive, and after his ban, reduced from eight years, began to compete in 2010. It took him a couple of years to get back into racing shape, and he took on the vitriol and hatred of the global sport.

Through the booing, the name-calling, Justin Gatlin did the only thing that he could: he said little, stayed respectful, and let his sprinting do the talking. This is Deji's piece on Justin Gatlin and his legacy.

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Justin Gatlin, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, Day 2, photo by Courtney White

The 2022 World Indoor Athletics Championships will be held in Belgrade, Serbia, from March 18-March 20. Over the next week, #RunBlogRun will post a series of previews, written by Stuart Weir and Larry Eder. We hope that you enjoy it!

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Ryan Crouser throwing at the Podium, Feb. 27, 2022, photo by @kevmofoto/ Kevin Morris

This is how Team GB will be selected for the World Championships marathon in Eugene, Oregon next July. These athletes may also consider whether they would rather run in the European or Commonwealth Games marathons, where the chance of a higher finish, or even a medal could be up for consideration.

In the U.S., there is one championship for marathoners this year, yet, USATF published the qualification standards after most of the marathons that would be used for qualification had happened. Sure hope that that does not happen again, as there is no way to plan out the year.

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Charlotte Purdue, photo by London Marathon Media

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Chris Thompson, photo by Getty Images/British Athletics

The spring track season outdoors, in most high schools begins with a few dual meets. Dual meets are a great way to get some early season racing in, try new distances and see what you need to do in the next couple of months. In California, we began racing outdoors in late February. In Missouri, we began racing in late March. In Wisconsin, where I live now, they have had snow at early-season outdoor meets!

Enjoy the racing! Enjoy the daily running! See what you can do this season! And, good luck!

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

Your workout for today: March 12, 2022, Saturday: warm-up, Racing on the relay, 4x400m, plus a 1000m, or an 800m, cool down

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Jenny Selman takes British Athletics Indoor title, over Jemma Reekie, photo by Getty Images for British Athletics

Stuart Weir will be heading up the live/on-site coverage for #RunBlogRun at the 2022 World Indoor Athletics Championships, in Belgrade, Serbia, from March 18-20. This is the first of his previews on the World Indoor Championships.

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2019 Doha World Championships, 4x100m relay teams, photo by World Athletics

In this second part of Stuart Weir's feature on Darryl Neita, Stuart spoke to Darryl about her experience as a member of the British 4x100m relay teams.

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Tiffany Porter, in Staten Island (Ocean Breeze Track & Field Facility)

Tiffany Porter has just retired. Stuart Weir spoke with her about her decision to retire and her career. This is part 2 of the Tiffany Porter.

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Since Sound Running began, the approach that they have had to managing events, handling the care and feeding of athletes in a pandemic, and the quality of the events has been, well, extraordinary.

Jesse Williams and Craig Vanderhoeff love the sport of athletics, and they put their money where their feelings are. They are busting their butts, 24/7, to build the sport and build a series of bespoke events that Sound Running began in 2020, and then, expanded in 2021.

The first meet, The Ten, was their best meet so far. The two world leaders at the 10,000m (and I believe a WL at the men's 1,500m as well). For these meets to work, one must have star power, deep fields and they have another thing. The streaming video, at a very low cost has most of the money going to the prize purse. I like that too, and so do the new audience of fans.

On the subject of the apparel line, we will be speaking with Sound Running on their apparel launch. As Craig Vanderhoeff is one of the finest apparel people in the world, I am looking at anything he develops. Craig has gotten running apparel for years. From sourcing to how many stitches go into a pocket. Jesse is a keen observer, and his experience in running a business complements Craig's vision. Add to that, Pacers Running, one of the finest retailers in the country, and this "Apparel for the sport" new brand has real legs.

I look forward to learning more about the brand and the upcoming events in 2022.

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Eliud KIpchoge warming up for 2022 Tokyo Marathon, photo by NN Running Team

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Mondo Duplantis, photo by British Athletics Collection/ Getty Images

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Fred Kerley, photo by Kevin Morris/ @kevmofoto

This is the fourth column of Deji's Doodles, by Deji Ogeyinngbo. In these columns, Deji offers more details on athletic issues that happened in the previous week. Deji lives in Nigeria and provides us two columns a week, and we love his unique view on the global sport of athletics.

This is Friday workout, day 5, week 9. It is a recovery day.

Keep the day easy, and enjoy the run. Take the time to warm up and do the stride-outs well.

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Joe Klecker and Grant Fisher, 2021 U.S. Men's 10,000m, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Your workout today: March 11, 2022, Friday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x100m stride outs, cooldown

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Letsile Tebogo, World AthleticsU20 Championships, photo by Dan Vernon for World Athletics

Deji Ogeyingbo wrote this piece a couple of weeks ago on Letsile Tebogo, the WA U20 champion at 100m. Deji sees Letsile is a real up and comer in African Athletics in general and Botswanan Athletics in particular! Check out the audio interview at the bottom as well!

RunBlogRun presents
Athletics Chat
Episode 88, the Epilogue

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Heather MacLean takes USATF 1,500m, Josette Norris, Elle Purrier, photo by Kevin Morris/@kevmofoto

This is the epilogue for Athletics Chat # 88.

This is our weekly podcast, #AthleticsChat. Each Monday, Stuart Weir (Oxford, England) and Larry Eder (San Jose, CA), spend 45 minutes speaking about news in

athletics and offer suggestions to the sport.

This week, in Episode 88, we discussed the following:

British championships
2. US championships
3. World Indoor Champs coming to Belgrade
4. Russia in Ukraine
5. John Landy, the second man to break 4 minutes for the mile, has died at the age of 91


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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Touching Greatness, Forever Together-The Villanova Track Story-1961-1981, by Jerry Bouma

This is a review by Jeff Benjamin. Jeff Benjamin is our East Coast Senior Writer. He covers all things running for RunBlogRun and has been writing for us since 1990.

Athletics Chat, Episode 88

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RunBlogRun presents
Athletics Chat
Episode 88

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Chrisitan Coleman takes USATF 60m, in 6.45 WL, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

This is our weekly podcast, #AthleticsChat. Each Monday, Stuart Weir (Oxford, England) and Larry Eder (San Jose, CA), spend 45 minutes speaking about news in

athletics and offer suggestions to the sport.

This week, in Episode 88, we discussed the following:

  1. British championships
  2. 2. US championships
  3. 3. World Indoor Champs coming to Belgrade
  4. 4. Russia in Ukraine
  5. 5. John Landy, the second man to break 4 minutes for the mile, has died at the age of 91



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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The benefits of fartlek are this: the workout is as simple as you need and as difficult as you need, all at the same time. I recall doing a workout at DeSmet High School as a sophomore. As the sophomore team did a workout, ran around the soccer pitch. The idea was to run for 50 meters, sprint 50 meters, jog 50 meters. This was done as Coach blew a whistle, one time we run, two whistle blows we sprint, three whistle blows, we jog. We did this for 4 laps, and we were exhausted. As we stood off to the side of the field, our top senior did the same drill not only much faster, but he did 8 laps on the pitch. The idea was to change gears. The better shape one is in, the higher the level of activity and the more difficult the level of intensity that will be presented to the athlete.

As you get fitter, the harder you will run the one-minute speed runs, and the quicker you will recover in the easy minute.

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Mo Ahmed, Grant Fisher, Sound Running, The Ten, photo by Wendy City Video

Your workout for today: March 10, 2022, Thursday: warm-up, 55-minute fartlek, 10 minutes running, then 16 x 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, 13 minutes running, then cooldown

Wednesday is a recovery day. This is day 3 of week nine.

Recovery days allow you to get benefits from the hard work that you do. Without the easy days, your body does not recover, and you can not get benefits from the next group of hard days. Take the recovery days as seriously as the hard days.

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Elise Cranny, recovering from 30:14.66 at Sound Running, The Ten, photo by Wendy City Video

Your workout today is: March 9, 2022, Wednesday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes, moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown

Mondo Duplantis has set his third world record in the pole vault. He is a long way from the 35 times a world record was broken by Sergey Bubka, but he is well on the way. This piece, courtesy of World Athletics is for the geeks in us. Stats galore! Enjoy the info, stories and video we have posted below!

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Mondo Duplantis, photo courtesy of Diamond League AG

Today (March 8, 2022) is International Women's Day. The following piece came to #RunBlogRun from Rich Engleheart and Jeff Johnson four years ago. It is the story of Janet Bristol, an incredible distance runner, who, for many reasons, had a very short, but brilliant career. I always think about Janet Bristol when I consider how many women did not get the chance to experience our sport to its very fullest.

Please enjoy the story and wonderful pictures. Rich is a master storyteller and Jeff is one of the finest photographers in our sport. I was fortunate to work with them both.

Originally posted on July 29, 2018.

Larry Eder/RunBlogRun does introduction: At the end of the day, we are storytellers. 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 the third column by Deji on topics of the week. Deji calls this, Deji's Doodles.

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Heather McLean, Josette Norris, Elle Purrier, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

WORLD INDOORS NEWS

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The World Indoor Championships is just about here! The WIC2022 will be held in Belgrade, Serbia, one of the most beautiful cities in Central Europe. A combination of old European history and new, Belgrade was the host of the 2017 European Indoor Championships, which I attended. I fell in love with Belgrade. Walks around the city were fascinating, and taxi drivers took me to places of history. The Arena is a great hall for athletics. Watching Ivana Spanovic, now Ivana Spanovec Vuleta, compete in 2017 was life-changing! The Serbian fans went completely crazy, and should have, with her amazing performances!

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The Belgrade WIC is almost here, photo courtesy of World Athletics

RunBlogRun will have live and remote coverage of the World Indoor Championships, with writers, photographers and social media commentators.

This update is courtesy of our partner, EME News, with updates on the World Indoor Championships, March 18-20, 2022. Here's the link to the schedule: https://assets.aws.worldathletics.org/document/61bb44850f23dcbb59975f00.pdf.

Over the past weekend, road races, indoor track meets, and marathons happened around the world. We wrote about American records in the pole vault, 10,000m, and WL at marathon, and 10,000m. On Monday night, March 7, 2022, Mondo Duplantis set a new world in the pole vault.

What do we learn from the elite? That nothing comes easy, at any level. Mondo Duplantis told the media that he had tried to clear 6.19m (20 feet, 3 inches) at least 50 times before he cleared it for the world record.

Think about how hard Grant Fisher, Mo Ahmed and Elise Cranny had to train to run their big 10,000m last weekend!

If you challenge yourself, keep recovery days in the mix, and are patient, you will run faster than you could ever dream!

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Grant Fisher and Mo Ahmed, The Ten, from Sound Running, photo by Wendy City Video

Your workout today: Tuesday: Warm-up, 55 minutes running on trails, 15 minutes easy running, then, 8 times 2 minutes hard, 3 minutes easy, with 15 minutes easy running, and cooldown, (hard running at 1500m pace)

The truth is this. Mondo Duplantis makes a world record look easy. And that is just not true. In a recent interview, Mondo told the assembled media that he had attempted 6.19m at least fifty times before he cleared it. The hard work, talent, focus, bravado, support and did I say focus? that it takes to be a world class pole vaulter is one thing. Consider this then. Consider that, on his sixth jump of the night, after clearing 5.61m, 5.81m, and 6.00m with just three jumps.

On his third attempt, everyone holding their breath, willing the Swedish superstar to grab a star, or a piece of the moon. What was it? Not sure, but he now has clear 6.17m, 6.18m, and 6.19m.

I think I have heard of this centimeter a world record thing. Is he doing a "Bubka?"

Mr. Bubka, in his career, broke World records 34-35 times, each time by a centimeter. Sponsors, especially those with a Swoosh, loved it.

Jesse Williams of Sound Running and his good friend, Craig Vanderhoef were searching for the perfect 10k, and they just about got it. The winds were so bad on Saturday, that on Friday, Sound Running moved their 10k extravaganza to Sunday night, March 6, 2022.

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Courtney Frerichs leads The Ten 10,000m, photo by Wendy City Video

Grant Fisher battled training partner Mo Ahmed to the finish, setting ARs/WL and Canadian records! Jack Rayner set an Australian record.

In the women's race, Elise Cranny, running by her lonesome, went 30:14.66 , WL and #2 American time. Running 8,000 lonely meters, Dominique Scott ran 31:00.10, to take second.

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Elise Cranny busts is open, The Ten 10,000m, photo by Wendy City Video

Sound Running is developing a reputation for these bespoke meets, where the athlete gets the treatment and the performances are glorified.

It is a very good thing for the sport.

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Mo Ahmed, Grant Fisher, The Ten, 10,000m, photo by Wendy City Video

Last night, in San Juan Capistrano, CA, the folks at Sound Running put on a special track meet featuring the 10,000 meters. The 25 lap race is the longest track race at major championships, but, there are only a few events that give the 10,000m the respect it deserves. The Sound running folks, the Payton Jordan Invitational, and Night of 10,000m PBs (held outside of London in May), are three key events.

Last night, Elise Cranny ran 30:14.66, just two seconds off the US record! Dominique Scott ran 31:00.00 for second in the elite women's race.

In the men's race, only feet separated Grant Fisher an Mo Ahmed , with Grant setting an AR in 26:33.84 and Mo running the Canadian Record of 26:34.14! Grant broke the American record of one Galen Rupp of 26:44.36.

Twenty-five laps is a challenging distance. I did my first as a senior in high school. It is a fascinating race!

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Grant Fisher, Joe Klecker, Sam Chelanga, 2022 US Oly Trials, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Your workout today: March 7, 2022, Monday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown

Exactly one month to the day after Chris Nilsen set an American indoor record of 6.02 meters, at Tourcoing, France's Perche Gold Tour meeting, breaking the 6.01m AR of one Sam Kendricks (London 2017, Doha 2019 WC gold medalist), Chris Nilsen did it again!

Enjoy the video of the clearance above and see how the competition played out, below!

Eliud Kipchoge just won his 14th marathon in sixteen starts. The 2003 World Champion at 5,000 meters has evolved to the finest marathon runner in the world, over the past two decades, and showed his strength and focus with his win in Tokyo 2022 Marathon, which the organizers call the 2021 Tokyo Marathon, as they technically cancelled the 2022 Marathon.

This was his fourth Abbott WMM city victory of the six cities involved in the Abbott World Marathon Majors. Will Eliud put his focus on NYC and Boston? We shall see. The zen master of the marathon could do it. It will be fun to watch him go for it!

The following article is by David Monti, of Race Results Weekly, which we use with permission.

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Eliud Kipchoge, putting on his racing shoes, photo by NN Running team

One of the first long runs I did was at Quicksilver Park, in New Almaden, on the south side of San Jose, California. It was in the summer of 1977, and it was with Dan Durante, my college coach, Rich Stiller, Don Clary, and Hollis Logue III. Bob Lucas and I ran fifteen miles (we may have done a 17 miler before), through the hills and canyons of the park. What do I remember of the run? The jokes by Hollis Logue, who could not breathe without a joke. Almost 50 years later, Hollis was my family's trust lawyer and had my Dad laughing through each meeting. Don Clary was the first triathlete I had ever met, and the late Rich Stiller was one of the kindest people I had ever met. Dan Durante became my coach at Santa Clara University, after my stint in a Jesuit seminary, and challenged me with life lessons that I use, daily, 45 years later.

Long runs are so much more than physical. The confidence one gets from them, the ability to cleanse one's mind is also important, and the positive memories keep me going well so many years past.

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Cole Hocker takes the 3000m at the USATF championships, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Your workout for today: March 6, 2022, Sunday: 65-70 minutes moderate pace, on trails

Eliud Kipchoge, the finest male marathoner in the world, won the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday, March 6, 2022, local time Tokyo. His time of 2:02.40 set a new course record and gave him 33 seconds over second place.

Eliud has now won 4 Abbott World Marathon Majors. Eliud's goal is to win all six, so he has just Boston and NYC to have the six marathon titles, which would be pretty impressive.

Eliud Kipchoge makes running 26.2 miles at 4:44 per mile speed look pretty relaxed, but the zen master of the marathon has spent much of his live racing cross country, indoor track, outdoor track, and then, moving into the marathon, to get to his incredible level.

We congratulate Eliud on his fine performance!

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Eliud Kipchoge takes the 2022 Tokyo Marathon (except they're calling it 2021), photo by NN Running Team

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Eliud Kipchoge winning the 2022 Tokyo Marathon in an unofficial 2:02.40, photo courtesy of NN Running team

The Tokyo Marathon just finished, and our friend, Justin Lagat wrote this story just after the broadcast ended in Kenya. Sorry to see that Kenyan fans did not see Brigid Kosgei finish. There are hiccups in the global broadcast of marathons. Also saw that @fast_women noted how little the women's race was covered on the broadcast.

Sam Fariss wrote her fifteenth column under Run by Women on Adelaide Aquilla, who I recall meeting at a Dennys in Springfield, Oregon after she made the Olympic team last summer. Adelaide Aquilla had a fantastic 2021, with her NCAA title and then, she made the U.S. Olympic team, taking third place. In Tokyo, Adelaide competed in the second qualifying group, placing 20th overall.

In 2022, Adelaide is winning nearly everything in sight, taking four of five wins in the collegiate indoor season. What is next for Adelaide? Read on!

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Adelaide Aquilla, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

This is the second piece that Deji Ogeyingbo asked me to get this piece up ASAP, and he was right! Tennessee Vol Favour Ashe is burning up the track as the collegiate sport builds up to the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Enjoy Deji's feature on Nigeria's Favour Ashe, and his rise to sprint stardom as a collegiate athlete at the University of Tennessee!

I always loved relay meets.

While I was at Bellarmine, we had the WCAL Relays, King City Relays, and a couple of others. The WCAL was a lot of fun, as we had 4 x 1 mile, Distance medley, and 4 x 880 yard relay and sprint relay. I did three one year, and was pretty beat, plus, running in the old school adidas Interval spike, I had too thin of socks and got real hot spots. The relays for distance runners were a lot of fun, as we got to run together as a team.

Enjoy relays, they shake up your racing and training!

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Bishop Loughlin relay team, New Balance Indoor GP, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Your training for the day: March 5, 2022, Saturday: warm-up, Racing on the relay, 4x400m, plus a 1000m, or an 800m, cool down

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The first day of the World Athletics Race Walking team championships was held in Muscat, Oman today, Friday, March 4, 2022. This is an update from EME News on the first day of the competition.

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Sergey Bubka, photo by Peace-Sport.org

Sergey Bubka was a genius at the pole vault. He set 36 world records in the pole vault, each about a centimeter difference. Over a nice conversation, where, some wine might have been involved, Mr. Bubka told me, in 2011, that he did that whole centimeter a WR thing because of the nice remuneration that came from Nike, his sponsor. I teased him that he was a budding capitalist. He just smiled.

Now, Sergey is involved in the fight for his country. Please keep Ukraine, its people and its athletes, current and former, in your thoughts.

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Emily Sisson, photo by Kevin Morris/ @kevmofoto

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Taliyah Brooks, photo by Kevin Morris/ @kevmofoto

The 10,000m Trials and the multi events Trials will be held on May 27 (10,000m) and May 6-7 (multi events). For details, check below....


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Ferdinand Omwura Omanyala ran 9.77 last summer, photo by Diamond League AG

Ferdinand Omanyala ran 9.77 at the Kip Keino Classic last summer. Last month, Ferdinand tried out the indoor season and ran 6.65 and 6.63 in Mirimas, France. And today, he opened at the third meet on the Athletics Kenya series with a good, but windy 100 meter.

Today is Friday, day five in week 8.

In high school, Fridays were mostly easy days as we raced on Thursdays and Saturdays. Thursdays were duel meets and Saturdays were invitationals.

In my senior year, I tried to run a fast mile on a windy day at Serra High School. I knew I was six seconds off the high school record at the time, and went out modestly, hoping to run the last two laps much faster. I made a mistake, a big one. I took the lead, and pushed the pace, upfront, by myself, and by the time lap 3 came around, I was spent, finishing fifth and nowhere near my best time.

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The shoes used by Emil Zatopek to win 1952 Olympic gold at 10,000m and 5,000m, cobbled by Adi Dassler, photos by adidas Communications

That mile, however, proved to help me the next day.

The next day, I ran the 2 miles at the King City Invitational in King City, California. The field had about 40 runners in it, the biggest track race that I had ever run. We were on record pace from the first lap, and I could just focus on my running, getting in a good kick on the last lap, running a big PB and impressing my girlfriend, who had come to watch me race for the first time.

I realized later that the semi-quick mile I had run the day before the King City meet had helped get me into racing mind to manage the stress of the 2 mile invitational.

Your workout for today: March 4, 2022, Friday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x100m stride outs, cooldown

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Robyn Stevens taking Olympic Trials, 20k, photo by Jeff Salvage/Racewalk.com

Sam Fariss did piece #14 on Olympic race walker, Robyn Stevens. Enjoy this piece.


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Elaine Thompson-Herah, photo by British Athletics Collection/Getty Images

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Noah Lyles takes Birmingham, how will this newfound speed affect the long sprinter? photo by British Athletics / Getty Images

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Which Mo will we see in 2022? Mo Farah racing 10k in May, first since last July 2021, photo by London 2017

This is the second edition of Deji's Doodles. And I have an apology to make, I missed posting this last week, so we have one today and one tomorrow! Deji gets us to thinking about the sport in ways we had not considered, and he picked 3 fine topics in numero deux.

In 2021, Ryan Crouser broke a 32-year-old world indoor record, held by Randy Barnes, on his first throw. It was within the first minutes of The American League indoor premier broadcast that was, to frank, in nearly chaotic throes of launching. I have a corollary to Murphy's Law, it is Larry's Law: when shit happens, it happens in threes.

So, Ryan Crouser sets a new WR, it takes eight minutes to get properly measured, and it takes another few minutes to inform the TV crew. On top of that, a rather inexperienced crew was on the broadcast and it was a less than perfect way to showcase one of the finest throws, and what would be, one of the finest series of throws in athletic history.

On top of that, I was watching the meet in Wisconsin with my girlfriend. Kathy had been to the King City Invitational in April 1976 to see me race a 2 mile. The next time she visited a meet, was the 2020 New Balance Indoor GP in February 2020. The American League was her third meet to view, and she asked me if most meets were like this. I told her, well, sometimes.

Ryan Crouser has had a strange early season in 2022....

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Ryan Crouser, Feb. 27, 2022, The Podium, USATF Indoors, photo by Kevin Morris/ @kevmofoto

One other point. Ryan Crouser does great interviews. The guy loves what he does, and he is no B.S. I like that. I also love that he is a big large mouth bass fishing enthusiast. Probably keeps his sanity.

Saturday night, as I left the Podium for the first time, I noted Ryan heading in with his Dad, and his Mom, going to get in some throws and a feel for that ring .

Chris Nilsen is the new American indoor record holder at the pole vault. Chris cleared 6.02m at the Meeting Perche en, in Tourcoing, France on February 5, 2022. The 6.02m clearance was Chris's first time over six meters indoors, and was his second of five competitions in 2022, where he won three times, took second twice, with his first meet a clearance of 5.81m in Reno, Nevada, and then, 5.92m on Feb. 9, and 5.91m in Metz (Feb. 12) and 5.91m on Feb. 17, 2022, he won in Lieven, again at 5.91m.

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Chris Nilsen, Feb. 26, 2022, The Podium, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

And then, the American Olympic silver medalist from Tokyo, who had taken Sam Kendricks' name off the AR indoor books, flew to Spokane, Washington, to compete in the U.S. championships...

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KC Lightfoot, Feb. 26, 2022, The Podium, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

The Madrid Indoor meeting in Gallur, Madrid is a fun meet. I visited it in 2019, and the intimate setting, the involved audience and the focused athletes made the Madrid Indoor an exciting meet and it is on my future plans to visit the World Indoor Tour, hopefully in 2023.

The most exciting performance was by Yulimar Rojas, who flew 15.41m, just off her World Indoor mark, in the triple jump. Both 800 meters were fast and deep, with Elliot Giles winning the men's 800m and Catriona Bisset winning the women's 800 meters. The women's 1,500m won by Gudaf Tsegay in 3:57.38.

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If you want a real treat, find a way, perhaps YOUTUBE to watch beIN SPORTS broadcasts of Diamond League meetings. They have a preview show that used to feature Tomas Dvorak, former Decathlon world record holder, fluent in French, and I recall Tomas interviewing Allyson Felix prior to the AREVA Paris Meeting. The interview was crisp, thoughtful, and very French. beIN SPORTS quickly became my favorite global broadcaster for track & field as they give you more performances, great commentary, and more time on the groove tube.

Nice to see that our friends in the Middle East and North Africa will be treated, en francais, to a fine broadcast of the World Athletic series!

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Before 70-inch plasma screens, we gathered around a TV like this, to watch the Beatles on Ed Sullivan (1968), or SuperBowl (1966), photo from YOUTUBE

The US indoor championships were a success this past weekend and in a new facility. Spokane, Washington had built the Podium, a 200 m mechanically banked track, with seating for about 3000 people, and good angles for TV, and great for viewing from all over.

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The Podium, Spokane, Washington, February 26, 2022, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

We are about to get serious about track work, so enjoy this workout because we shake it up next week.

Your workout for today: March 3, 2022, Thursday: warm-up, 55-minute fartlek, 10 minutes running, then 16 x 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, 13 minutes running, then cooldown

RunBlogRun presents Socialing The Distance

with Larry Eder

Featuring Matt Wisner,

writer & runner

Matt Wisner just finished his Masters in Journalism at the University of Oregon. He is also a middle-distance runner, who trains with Cole Hocker and Cooper Teare under the thoughtful eyes of Coach Ben Thomas. Matt just finished his last season at Oregon after several years at Duke University. Check out Matt's most excellent series of columns under #FromLaneOne on RunBlogRun. The most recent column is here: https://www.runblogrun.com/2022/02/from-lane-one-cooper-teare-cole-hocker-two-years-of-350-by-matt-wisner.html#more.

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My interview with Matt was revealing. It is great to find another young writer who loves the sport and is looking to challenge himself as a writer and an athlete. His recent piece on Cole Hocker and Cooper Teare shows an athlete is so honest and so full of emotion.

Thanks Matt Wisner for your writing and for your time.

Matt on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WisnerMatt

Matt on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mattwisner/

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Alicia Monson, Elle Purrier, 3000 meters, photo Kevin Morris/@kevmofoto

The 3000 meters at the Podium was spectacular. Alicia Monson led for 2,800 meters, Elle Purrier took the race with a last-lap sprint. The race was exciting, with Alicia trying to break Elle. It was gutty runs by both, and what I loved after the race, was how Elle thanked Alicia for a great race.

That's what classy athletes do.

Your workout for today: March 2, 2022, Wednesday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes, moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown

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Early track spike, cobbled by Adi Dassler, co-founder of adidas, photo courtesy of adidas Communications

There are three meets in Europe on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Special thanks to EME News for stories....

The 2,500 fans in the Podium on Sunday, February 27, 2022, were entertained with some fine competitions. Christian Coleman owned the 60m with his WL 6.45 for the 60 meters. Ryan Crouser threw 22.51m, a new world leader in the men's shot put. Garrett Scantling scored 6,382 points in the heptathlon. All three were world leaders. Some truly exciting battles, from the 400m to the 3000m.

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Christian Coleman, photo by Kevin Morris/@kevmofoto

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Ryan Crouser, photo by Kevin Morris/@kevmofoto

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Garrett Scantling, photo by Kevin Morris/@kevmofoto

The first day in Spokane, Washington had a nice crowd of about 2200. The new facility seats 3000. A mechanical 200m track, a new, clean facility, and USATF has a new site to use, and a chance to build fans for indoors in the Pacific Northwest.

In the stands, we spoke with some high school athletes who had run in the Podium the week before. They were there to see Cole Hocker, Bryce Hoppel and Sandi Morris. It is great to see new track fans!

This is my first of eight articles on the US Indoors.

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Start of the final event of the Women's Pentathlon,the 800 meters, photo by Kathy Camara

This past weekend, I watched two fine 800-meter races. And two very different tactics.

In the women's race, Ajee'Wilson took on all comers, and lead for most of the race. She was challenged down the homestretch, but she held off Oliva Baker, who made several gallant moves against Wilson. Ajee' seems to feel best leading most of the way. When she has gone from the back, she has been successful as well. Ajee' has wonderful speed, and loves to push the pace.

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Ajee' Wilson takes 800m title over Olivia Baker, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

In the men's 800m, Bryce Hoppel took the race from Isaiah Harris. Bryce has a wonderful level of changeover in the last 200 meters and his last 50 meters is especially lethal. I have observed Hoppel for years and his finish is one of his finest tools.

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Bryce Hoppel takes the 800m, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

In championships, he or she who can be in a position to move near the end of the race will win more races. Vary your tactics.

Your workout for today: Tuesday, March 1, 2022: Warm-up, 55 minutes running on trails, 15 minutes easy running, then, 8 times 2 minutes hard, 3 minutes easy, with 15 minutes easy running, and cooldown, (hard running at 1500m pace)

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