April 2022 Archives

adidas developed this event so that their sponsored runners could race during the pandemic. It was a tremendous event this morning, with athletes from 20 countries competing on the adidas Global Headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany. Well produced, with strong announcing, the Adizero Road to Records showcased some of adidas's finest athletes, competing at 5k, 10k and a half marathon (21.1m).

Enjoy the broadcast and relive the fine performances in the second Adizero event!

Well done, adidas running!

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adidas Adios "Neftenga", photo: adidas Archives, photo by Studio Waldeck

Race days were always different in high school. I recall running track meets at Riordan High School in San Francisco. The track was almost square and we had huge winds hitting us in the face on two sides, and we had to be very precise when we made our move. I recall in the two mile, after having run the mile, waiting for seven and a half laps before my team mate, Pete Dolan and I went 1,2. Pete made his move much more decisively and took the win. I had a bit of a battle with a Riordan athlete and we did not separate until the last 30 meters or so.

It was a fun meet, but we were sure tired afterward.

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Nike Pre-Montreal, I wore this shoe (well, model of same), my senior year in high school, racing 880 yards to 1 hour track race, photo from Running Shoe Guru

Your workout for today, April 30, 2022, Saturday: warm-up, 800m, 1,500m, 3000m, or 5000m, cool down

The Track Meet is another bespoke meeting by Sound Running. The meets have put together more fascinating fields one meet after another. The men's 5000m should be a season shocker, with Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Josh Kerr dueling over 12.5 laps!

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Jakob Ingebrigtsen, photo by Diamond League AG

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Josh Kerr, Stumptown Twilight , photo by How Lao Photography

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Elaine Thompson-Herah, photo from Elaine's Twitter site

This is Deji Doodles #7, and Deji has a lot to write about this week! The season is getting hotter and hotter.

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Drake Relays, photo courtesy of Drake University Athletics Department

The World Athletics Continental Tour visits the 112th Drake Relays on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

Peres Jepchirchir just won the Boston Marathon, in a race that came down to the final 50 meters. Do you comprehend that? The marathon is tough enough, after having run 26 miles, and having to battle someone over the final steps? Peres Jepchirchir has now won her last five marathons, dating back to 2019.

Peres Jepchirchir is now the top women's marathoner in the world. Just know this, no one becomes a global star overnight, it is all about getting the miles in, and racing in cross country, track, and on the roads.

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The adizero Adios Pro 2 shown here was the actual shoe that Peres Jepchirchir when she won the Olympic gold in the brutally hot and humid conditions in Sapporo, Japan.

adizero Adios Pro 2, photo from adidas Archives / photo by Studio Waldeck

Your workout for today, April 29, 2022, Friday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes of moderate running, 6 x100m stride outs, cooldown

Tiffany Porter has recently retired . Stuart Weir, who has watched her race for a decade, asked her, in this third part of his feature on Tiffany and her career. Tiffany Porter has always been good with media and I always enjoyed the time my time with her in interviews.

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Tiffany Porter, photo by British Athletics

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Emily Lipari, adidas Boost Boston Games 2017, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

The USATF 1 Mile Road Champs were the highlight of the Grand Blue Mile (2000 participants) on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. The results and video follow!

The workout today is fast, and furious. You need a day like that once a week. We have 800m repeats and 200m repeats. You will be tired when you have to run fast, like when you are racing. One of my favorite focus points was to always run the last couple of 200m, 300m, or 150m a bit faster to prepare to run hard during a race. Consider that, but always, always, ask your coach before you add anything to workouts.

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adizero Adios "Neftenga", this shoe was worn by Haile Gebreselassie in his epic 2:03.59 Marathon WR, adidas Archive/ photo by Studio Waldeck

Sandro Giovannelli is the man behind one of the most iconic events in the sport, the Meeting Rieti. World records, fast times, great events for over 40 years, and one of the true characters in the sport.

Speaking with Sandro over the years, it was fascinating to speak to a man who had done so much to build athletics in Italy.

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Sandro Giovannelli, photo courtesy of Rieti Life

The USATF Road Miles are part of the Drake Relays weekend. David Monti did this piece on the USATF Road Miles, which we use with permission.

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Emily Lipari winning the 2022 USATF Road Mile Championships presented by Toyota at the Grand Blue Mile (image courtesy of USATF.tv)

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Vince Ciattei winning the 2022 USATF Road Mile Championships presented by Toyota at the Grand Blue Mile (image courtesy of USATF.tv)

The Drake Relays are on! The 112th Drake Relays are happening this weekend, and they will make Midwestern track fans very proud of the state of track in the Central US.

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Drake University Stadium, Des Moines, Iowa, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

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Des Moines, Iowa, Drake Stadium, photo by Adam Johnson-Eder / The Shoe Addicts

The 112th Drake Relays is about to begin, make sure that you watch it on Runnerspace.com. The schedule is below.

The ADIZERO: ROAD TO RECORDS EVENT will return on April 30, 2022 to adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany. The event this year will showcase some of adidas finest global ambassadors as they try to see how fast that they can go over 5k, 10k and 21k.

I have been to adidas events in Herzogenaurach, Germany. The Adi Dassler stadium hosted a fine track meet in 2016 as adidas began showcasing global events, and RunBlogRun was fortunate to help cover the event for the brand.

adidas is one of the oldest and most prominent brands in our sport. Their product is both respected in performance and global fashion.

This event should be spectacular, and we will be covering the event live, but remotely, thanks to adidas technology! Stay tuned!

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Elite track & field is coming back to Randalls Island. Global Athletics & Marketing, ASICS America, and USA Track & Field are putting on the New York Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium. The meeting is on June 12, 2022. The New York Grand Prix is a gold-level meeting member of the Continental World Tour, an exciting series of meets worldwide, showcasing the sport to the world's sport fans.

Global Athletics has developed and managed meets in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles.

This event will be exciting, with fine athletes on both the track and on the field as they prepare for the World Outdoor Championships, to be held for the first time in the United States, this coming July.

Want to see some of your favorite athletes? Then, go to the Icahn Stadium on June 12, 2022.

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Warming up and cooling down with the entire track team was always a bit of fun. I recall the goofing off at warmup at Bellarmine, and we kept it light. I was always fascinated with how long the hurdlers, jumpers and sprinters took to stretch. Distance runners were not spending the time then to warm up. Now, it is a whole different story.

Keep Wednesday easy.

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Ready to race, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Your workout for today, April 27, 2022, Wednesday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes, moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown

The 2022 Diamond League has 14 exciting meets across the globe this summer and fall. World Athletics put this piece together to preview the Diamond League.

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Diamond League, photo from Rome Diamond League

This is a speed day. We have 800m, 200m, and some serious work today. Follow the workout, and stay on the pace, as this will make you tough. (Well, you are already tough, you need to know how to use that toughness).

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Brooks ELMN 8 version 6, photo by Brooks Running

Your workout for today; April 26, 2022, Tuesday: Warm-up, 4 x 800m @ 3000m pace, 400m jog, 6x200m @ 800m pace, 200m jog, 30-minute easy running, cooldown

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The Carlsbad 5000m is one of the most important races in the sport. When it began, the innovation, and the spectacle captured runners who wanted to watch the big stars as well as race themselves.

Now that the race is back, the best PR guy in the business (Dan Cruz) is putting out press releases on the rebirth of this fine event!

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Wayde Van Niekerk, London 2017, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Watching Wayde Van Niekerk in 2016 and 2017, one would not be accused of using too much hyperbole to say that Wayde Van Niekerk was by himself in terms of fitness at the 400m in 2016 and 2017. Can he get back to that level? Deji Ogeyingbo thinks so.

Edna Kiplagat is one of the most underrated athletes in the marathon. If this woman is in the race, do not bet against her placing. In Boston, Kara Goucher, on of the announcers on the Peacock TV broadcast, noted before the race that Edna was always a tough finisher.

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Edna Kiplagat, photo by London Marathon Media

This writer remembers watching Edna Kiplagat in Daegu, Korea in 2011. The conditions were hot, humid and difficult. Edna won the World Championships in style. Edna won again in 2013. Her run in 2019 was pretty amazing, where she took 4th in such terrible conditions.

This is Stuart Weir's first column for this week.

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Edna Kiplagat takes 2014 London Marathon, photo by London Marathon Media

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Cybrian Kotut wins 2022 Hamburg and breaks CR of Eliud Kipchoge, photo: Haspa Marathon Hamburg / Hoch Zwei

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Yalemzerf Yehualaw runs debut 2:17.23! photo: Haspa Marathon Hamburg / Hoch Zwei

The HASPA Hamburg Marathon is back and in style. A new course record for the men, and a debut marathon for the women. 20,000 runners from 68 countries, as the marathon celebrated its 36th running!

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Vibian Chepkirui takes Vienna Marathon, photo by VCM / Herbert Neubauer

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Cosmas Muteti takes the Vienna Marathon, photo by VCM/ Herbert Neubauer

The 2022 Vienna City Marathon happened April 24, 2022. Two fine races, and a weekend of races, with 32,000 runners from 100 countries. This piece comes from the press release.

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Yalemzerf Yehualaw (photo from Madrid) , photo by NN Running team

Justin Lagat wrote this piece on the exciting Hamburg Marathon that happened on Sunday, April 24, 2022. What will happen in Yalemzerf Yehualaw's next marathon? She is amazing.

Easy days are key to your development. Especially at this time of the season. Keep the easy days easy, sleep well, eat well, and hydrate well.

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Brooks ELMN8, version 6, photo by Brooks Running

Your workout for today, April 25, 2022, Monday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown

Today is April 24, 2022. This would have been my Mom, Marilu Eder's 85th birthday. Mom died on September 20, 2016. She was sick for about 18 months, and she managed that process with dignity. I miss her every day. But I also know that she wanted her children, grandchildren, and now, great grandchild to live life to the fullest.

Posted April 1, 2018

I am in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, working through a couple weeks of medical exams. It is Easter and I am going to spend the afternoon with some dear friends. This is one of the few Easter Sundays that I am not with my family. I found this story I wrote about my mother, Marilu Eder, who died on September 20, 2016. She was a hell of a woman, thoughtful, funny, and loving. Marilu and my father, Stan, were married for nearly 55 years. Dad is still kicking, and thankfully, healthy and stirring it up as he always does. I thought Mom and my family would like this story on this important holy day.

Originally written in July 2017, never published, around the Weltklasse Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.

It is late in the evening in Lausanne, Switzerland. I have had a long day, but, an enjoyable one. I took the train from Gare de Lyon, a train station in Paris, to Lausanne, Switzerland today, a quick four hours of beautiful countryside. The TGV train was very nice, but my large bag, which could have held that North Korean ballistic missile that was launched yesterday, was probably too big to travel with over the time I am here.

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During the evening, I took a walk along the lake and it was quite enjoyable. Kids playing, couples coupling, teenagers smoking. The weed smells the same here as in California is an initial observation. People smile back at you when you say "Bonsoir" and smile. I have this habit of smiling and saying 'Hello' wherever I am in the world. In some places they smile back, in others places, they think I am a complete loon. As Mr. Vonnegut would say, So it goes.

I thought, for a few moments, how my Mom, Marilu Eder, would have loved Lausanne.

Long runs are part of the schedule if you are a middle or long distance runner. My Sunday long runs were one of my favorite activities of the week. Most weekends, I would drive a half dozen of my team mates, in my 1969 VW Bus, up to Summit Road in the Santa Cruz mountains to our coach, Dan Durante's house. Dan, a 3:08 marathoner in his 50s as well as a 57 second 400m runner, would go out for the first ten with us, take a short cut home and see us as we finished the 8 mile hilly charge up to his house, after having done 10 miles already.

Dan would wash our legs off with freezing water, and it worked. The next day, we did not have the normal leg pain that many get from long runs. We would then read the New York Times on his porch, soaking in the sun from the surrounding redwoods.

And that was my Sunday runs in college, how were yours?

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This was my daily training shoe for most of college, the adidas Marathon Trainer, photo courtesy of EBay

Your workout today, April 24, 2022: Sunday: 70-75 minutes moderate pace, on trails

When I was in high school, San Jose City College was the place to see the stars. I would run by there on our morning runs and evening runs. One morning we saw this huge athlete throwing the discus. In the evening, we watched him throwing the javelin. I remember going up to ask him which event he did. The guy was very nice, smiled, and told me that he was a decathlete. I had seen stories about decathletes on Bud Greenspan's Olympiad shows but never met one. I remember thinking, this guy is an Olympian (and he was, having placed 12th in 1972).

That summer, he won the 1976 Olympic games decathlon. I would spend some time with Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn Jenner) in the 1990s and found him to be always a nice person. At the time, the living decathlon gold medalists were helping young American decathletes appreciate the level of competition at global events.

When Bruce Jenner transitioned to Caitlyn Jenner, some of the first people to wish him the best was his former competitors and coaches. I hope someday to be able to tell her how much she meant to me. I recall Daley Thompson, Olympic gold in 1980 and 1984, at an interview, speaking kindly about how Caitlyn Jenner had supported Daley prior to the 1984 LA Olympics.

That is the way it should be.

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adidas Saturn, a spike circa 1974-1976, photo courtesy of Etsy.com

Your workout for today, April 23, 2022, Saturday: warm-up, 800m, 1,500m, 3000m, or 5000m, cool down

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Fred Kerley, 2021 US Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

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Michael Norman, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

This is the sixth column by Deji Ogeyingbo on the track happenings of the week. Lots happening as the season really starts to get exciting.

RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 95,

the Epilogue Clip

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World Athletics Championships, photo by World Athletics

This is the epilogue clip from Athletics Chat 95.

The Athletics Chat has been a weekly program that we began in 2020, during the pandemic. Stuart Weir, in Oxford, England and Larry Eder, in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin speak for 40-45 minutes on the topics of the week.

This week we spoke about:

  1. Boston Marathon
  2. Upcoming World Championships in Eugene
  3. Possible World Championships in Birmingham, England
  4. How will British 4x400m and 4x100m teams fare in 2022?
  5. Busy championship years, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, how do athletes decide on championships?

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 95

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat Episode 95

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Charlotte Purdue, 9th, 2022 BAA Boston Marathon, 2:25:26, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

The Athletics Chat has been a weekly program that we began in 2020, during the pandemic. Stuart Weir, in Oxford, England and Larry Eder, in Fort Atkinson, WIsconsin speak for 40-45 minutes on the topics of the week.

This week we spoke about:

  1. Boston Marathon
  2. Upcoming World Championships in Eugene
  3. Possible World Championships in Birmingham, England
  4. How will British 4x400m and 4x100m teams fare in 2022?
  5. Busy championship years, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, how do athletes decide on championships?

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

The spring season of track & field is getting pretty hot. We spoke to Roisin Willis, one of the top high school 800m runners in US and 2020-21 Gatorade T&F Athlete of the year. Last weekend, she competed with New Balance TC athletes, Heather MacLean, Kendall Ellis and Elle Purrier St. Pierre on an indoor distance medley. Roisin ran the 800m leg in 2:03.30. The team ran 10:33.85, a new world indoor DMR best by 6.06 seconds!

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Roisin Willis, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Your workout for today, April 22, 2022: Friday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes of moderate running, 6 x100m stride outs, cooldown

Glad to see Mt.SAC's Hilmer Lodge Stadium back in action, and oh, it was in fine action last weekend! The sprints highlighted the weekend, but some smoking distance running, throwing and jumps as well.

Special thanks to USATF website for this coverage.

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Fred Kerley smoked the 200m at the USATF Golden Games, held at Hilmer Lodge Stadium (Mt.SAC), photo by Kevin Morris

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder

Featuring Devon Allen,

2x Olympian, 4x US Champion & NIKE sponsored athlete

Clip #2: Decathlon Plans

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Devon Allen, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Devon Allen spoke to #RunBlogRun on a plethora of topics. Among them, was a decathlon in his future? The answer is, well, check it out!

Devon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DevonAllen13

Devon on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/devonallen13/

Nike on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nike

Nike on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nike/ #justdoit #nike

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

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

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

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Hayward Field, May 2021, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

USATF named their coaching staff for the Oregon 22 World Championships. It is a fine staff.


RunBlogRun presents
Socialing The Distance
with Larry Eder
Featuring Devon Allen,
2x Olympian, 4x US Champion & NIKE sponsored athlete
Clip - The importance of Self Confidence


Devon Allen was a fun interview. Honest, thoughtful, and precise, Devon wants it all. He wants to play NFL in the fall and run track in the summer. Can He do it? We think so! Check out clip #1 from our interview with the former Duck. Last weekend, Devon Allen won the 110m hurdles at the Golden Games at Mt.SAC. Less than two weeks ago, Devon Allen signed with the American football team, the Philadelphia Eagles.


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Devon Allen, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts
Nike on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nike
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Find all of our Athletics Chat episodes here: https://bit.ly/2GkVoDD
Find all of our Conversations with Larry here: https://bit.ly/30io2vY
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I recall doing a workout like this one, with a ton of 600m repeats and 300m repeats. It wore me out, but I liked it, as it gave me confidence in my ability to endure. Good luck with the workout.

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Brooks ELMN8, version 6, middle distance track spike, photo courtesy of Brooks Running

Your workout today is: April 21, 2022, Thursday: Warm-up, 4 x 600m, 400m jog between each, 3000m pace, 6 x 300m, at 1500m pace, 200m jog btw each, 4 x 150m, stride outs, 20 minute-cooldown

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This Men's 100m is probably the finest 100 meters field in my recent memory. Putting together the top medalists, top competitors and some of the most colorful characters in sport is what our sport needs to do to build interest in the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon this coming July 2022!

This may be the best Men's 100 meter field in Nike Pre Classic history. I will explain myself tomorrow.

This article appeared in American Track & Field during the editorial direction of the late James Dunaway. James was a life long contributor to Track & Field News, attended 54 NCAA Outdoor Championships, 14 Summer Olympics, and World Championships from 1983 to 2013.

James was the editor of American Track & Field from 2003 until 2014. James mentored me into appreciating the fact that a coach must get at least 2-3 ideas from each article that we published. I LIked this piece. David Lowes, a fine UK Endurance coach (you can find him at https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-lowes-392a9131/?originalSubdomain=uk), has written for Athletics Weekly and American Track & Field. Reprinted with permission of publisher, Fortius Media Group, LLC.

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Keeping his cool, listening to his coach, Joe Bosshard, Scott Fauble ran 1:04.26, then, ran the exact same split the second half marathon, moving from 22nd to 7th, photo by Kevin Morris/ @kevmofoto

Wednesday is an easy day. Keep it easy. Follow the easy days without interpretation. Easy days are key in your development.

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Nell Rojas was the first American woman to finish the 2022 Boston, in 2:25.57, Nell was 10th overall, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Your workout for today: April 20, 2022, Wednesday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes, moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown

Black Women Photographers and TrackTown USA have developed a program to hire Black Women photographers for the Pre Classic and USATF Outdoor Championships. We applaud the program.

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Femke Bol is the Olympic bronze medalist in 400-meter hurdles. Femke Bol took the silver medal at the 400m in the World Indoor Championships. Femke Bol is one of the finest 400 meters / 400 meter hurdlers in the world. She also has the European record at 400 meter hurdles.

Can she get the 300m hurdle world best of 38.16? It will be close, but as Golden Spike puts together events and challenges, this one would get most excellent to see!

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Femke Bol, photo by Diamond League AG

Well, the WCH Oregon 22 is coming together. Today they announced a 5k mass participation run in Eugene during the World Championships. ASICS is the footwear and apparel sponsor of World Athletics.

This event should be a lot of fun and is a great addition to the World Championships. We encourage all who can to participate.

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Hayward Field, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

One of the most popular columns that we ever did in American Track & Field (1994-2016), was Marketing 101. It is a great beginning column for schools looking for meet sponsors in cross country and track and field.

The truth is, track & field sponsorship is archaic. This column should help you begin to figure out who to approach locally. The Oracle was one of the finest advertising professionals of the last century. Have you seen that show, "Mad Men"? Well, the Oracle was an actual Madison Avenue adman.

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Dakota Lindwurm, 2022 Boston Marathon. Notice the bib sponsor (adidas) for Boston, which is an extremely popular sponsorship and brings big money for Boston, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

This is the fifth year anniversary of the death of Tom Fleming. Jeff Benjamin was a friend of Tom', and wrote this piece on April 19, 2017. I knew Tom Fleming and loved catching up with him at various events. I did a fascinating interview with him in May 2014, while at the RRCA Convention. He was a tremendous coach, father, runner, and character.

Originally published May 11, 2017.

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Tom Fleming Athletic Complex, photo by Joel Pasternack

Updated April 23, 2018

Original post was May 11, 2017

Tom Fleming passed away unexpectedly on April 19, 2017. Jeff Benjamin, a long time friend. Tom Fleming was one of those peope, so full of life. I was so touched at the NYRR Hall of Fame when Tom's daughter spoke of missing her dad. At the end of the day, the running, and memories, and a guy who was a day to a daughter and son. Tom Fleming, we miss you.

Tom Fleming was one of my heroes. He was one of the hardest working guys in the sport and one of the guttiest. When he went into coaching, he worked with athletes like Joe Lemay and Carol Ann Letko, who both shared his work ethic and drive.

I interviewed Tom in 2014, at the RRCA Hall of Fame event. I had met Tom twenty years before but had known and admired him since the 1970s. I spoke to George Hirsch, founder of Runner magazine, long time publisher at RW and Chairman of NYRR, about how I always see Tom Fleming in that great picture of him leading Boston 1979 in the pages of Runner.

Jeff Benjamin wrote and compiled the following piece on Tom Fleming, a dear friend of Jeff's. Jeff wrote me that this article was the hardest one he had ever written.

Keep Tom Fleming, his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers, and remember Toms' laugh, which was infectious.

Speed days simulate racing days. Coach Bill Dellinger called it callousing. If you prepare yourself for a race, you will be ready for the race.

Speed days are key to your racing development. A lot of folk like to mix distances and paces, and I am one of them. The workout down below is a good one. If you want to try something a little tougher, consider 4 times 800m, at 2 mile pace, 400m jog between, 4 x 200m, 200m jog, 800m pace, 6 x 150m strideouts.

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Brooks Wire 7 , photo by Brook Running

Your workout for today: Tuesday: Warm-up, 12 x 200 meters hard, 100-meter jog, the pace is 1500m, 2 x 800m, 400m jog, at 1,500m pace, 20-minute cooldown,

The 126th running of the Boston Marathon is also the 50th time that women have run in the Boston Marathon. It was quite fitting that the battle for the women's wreath was one of the finest marathon battles in either women's or men's history!

David Hunter just sent us this feature! He captured the excitement and the battle to the finish for the winner's wreath.

We think that you will enjoy it!

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Peres Jepchirchir added a hard fought Boston Marathon win to her list of accomplishments! by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

For most of the past 4 decades, this writer has been visiting the Boston Marathon. The city of Boston comes alive this time in April, and the number pick up, the BAA 5k, the BAA elite mile all get fans excited as thousands walk Boylston Street, in anticipation of the marathon.

This week gives media, coaches, athletes, fans a chance to catch up. And the 126th running of the Boston Marathon gives the sport a chance to catch its breath and know that Spring marathons are back!

This is David Hunters' feature on the men's race, where Evans Chebet, in his 25th marathon start, won the 126th Boston Marathon.

In this piece, in his own unique way, David Hunter, who has run a 2:31 marathon, puts the story of the race together.

And we are glad that he did.

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Evans Chebet takes his first win in Boston, April 18, 2022, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

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Evans Chebet, 2022 Boston Marathon, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

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Peres Jepchirchir, 2022 Boston Marathon, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

On an absolutely beautiful day in Boston, 28, 560 plus entrants celebrated the Boston Marathon with the hundreds of thousands of fans who were on the course, making more noise than many had heard in years. For 1000 plus days, the Boston Marathon had not been held in the spring, and today, April 18, 2022, it was back. This is the feature by Justin Lagat on the big win by Kenyans on both men's and women's races.

Favour Ofili blasted a 21.96 furlong at the Tom Jones Invitational this past weekend. Deji Ogeyingbo is fascinated with her performance and what it means for African athletics! The LSU star is sure waking people up with her fine sprinting!

Thanks to Deji Ogeyingbo for his exciting writing!

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Favour Ofili, photo courtesy of LSU Track & Field

The BAA Elite Miles has been a fixture for a decade if my memory serves me well. This year, Johnny Gregorek and Annie Rosenfels won the elite miles and David Monti and Jane Monti, of Race Results Weekly, were there to cover it. Oh, and they kept the tropies in the commonwealth of Massechuesetts as well! We use RRW, as always, with their permission.

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Johnny Gregorek wins the BAA elite mile! photo by Jane Monti / Race Results Weekly, used with permission

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Annie Rosefels takes an oh so close win! photo by Jane Monti, Race Results Weekly/ used with permission

This is Patriots' Day. It is the historic day for the Boston Marathon. This is the 126th Boston marathon. We will be watching it today. Peacock TV will be covering the event live today. I have been at the marathon for most of the last 35 years. What do I love about the Boston Marathon?

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CJ Albertson, leading the 2021 BAA Boston Marathon, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

It is the drama. The desire of 28,000 plus marathoners to challenge themselves on the iconic marathon course. Each year, a man and a woman win the Boston marathon and are added to the history of this fantastic event.

How will it play out in 2022? No one knows until a few hours from now. Enjoy the broadcast.

Your workout for today, April 18, 2022, Monday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown

This interview was originally run on October 29, 2021. CJ Albertson will be running the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2022. We wish him much luck. CJ lead the Boston Marathon last year for more than 20 miles and held on for 10th place in 2:11.44.

RunBlogRun presents

Socialing The Distance

with Larry Eder

Featuring CJ Albertson,

Brooks Sponsored Athlete

CJ Albertson took the lead in Boston, organically. He lead from near the start to after 20 miles, and was probably the most seen athlete on both the global and National TV broadcasts. Thanks to his sponsor, Brooks running, we were most fortunate to speak with CJ about a week after his amazing run, where he finished 10th in 2:11.44, just off his PB of 2:11.18.

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CJ is the founding cross country coach at Clovis Community College in Clovis, CA. Think midwest farm country but on the West coast! A fine runner in high school and college, CJ held the 50k world record track best for a short time, and has raced a marathon on a 200m track indoors at the NB Armory!

We had a great time catching up with CJ, and believe that he is more than capable of going much faster over the marathon distance! His performance in Boston has opened many doors for this up and coming American distance runner.

CJ on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cjalbertson/

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

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RunBlogRun presents
Socialing The Distance
with Larry Eder
Featuring Des Linden
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Des Linden, photo by Brooks Running communications
Des Linden is always a fun interview. This is an interview that we did with Des last year. Des is competing for the ninth time on Monday, April 18, 2022 at
the BAA Boston Marathon. One of the finest competitors in American distance running, Des competed at cross country, track and has made her name on
the roads for the past fifteen years.
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Des Linden, photo by Brooks Running Communications
Des Linden was just named as Brooks Running's Chief Running advisor. We wish Des great luck on Monday. She knows the course well, and truth is,
she knows how to pick people off over the last six miles, the best part of her race.
Never underestimate Des Linden.
Time Stamps:
0:00 - Introduction/Boston Marathon
2:15 - Talking Yourself Through Recovery
5:09 - A Day In The Life During COVID
6:14 - What Books Are You Reading
6:53 - How Did Cross Country Shape Your Career?
8:26 - Did you enjoy the 10,000m on the track?
10:01 - 2020 Atlanta US Trials Marathon
13:14 - What is Walt Drenth like to work with?
14:51 - Do you do hard workouts by yourself?
15:12 - LINDEN x TWO
15:58 - Living in Michigan
16:54 - Will we see Marathons in 2020?
18:03 - Drug Testing
22:55 - On The Blocks (5 Marathon Courses/5 Athletes)
25:30 - What you recall about the New York Marathon 2019?
27:38 - Do you believe you could still win a Boston or NYC Marathon?
28:54 - When did you know you wanted to pursue a running career?
30:40 - How do you encourage younger athletes to get out and run?
31:45 - Go to training shoe?
31:52 - Whats your normal training day like (non COVID)?
32:20 - What Music you are listening to
34:09 - Do you keep track of the races you've run?
35:21 - End of interview
36:34 - Epilogue
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Long runs are for Sundays.

In college, we juggled runs every 3 weeks. Eighteen miles one week, 20 miles the next, and 22 miles on the third week. Most of our Sunday runs were downhill in the first half, then the uphill grind for the second half.

The long hill grind helped build our strength and let us know we could handle a 5k or 10k on the roads or a 5000m or 10,000m on the track. Know that long runs are key to your development. But please, be patient. In high school no more than 70-90 minutes. Keep the runs at talking pace, telling jokes, and then, the quiet grind for the last 30-40 minutes.

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Des Linden finishing a fast 5000m, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

For your workout today, April 17, 2022, Sunday: 70-75 minutes moderate pace, on trails

Hilmer Lodge Stadium is back and the folks at Mt.SAC sure put on a track meet today. Actually, they have been putting on some serious track for most of the week. If you do not think that elite athletes are ready to roll, they you are hallucinating

Micah Williams, 9.83 for 100m! Fred Kerley goes 19.80 for 200 meters! Some serious 400 meter running lead by Michael Cherry, a serious footwear collector and also running 44.28 this early in the season!

And then, the women! In the 100m, Twanisha Terry, 10.77, Aleia Hobbs, 10.80, Gabby Thomas, 10.86 PB and seventh was 11.00! Half hour later, Gabby Thomas wins the 200m in 22.02! Smoking!

Check out the results and repeat after me, "The US champs will be scary fast!"

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Track spikes, photo by Mike Deering, The Shoe Addicts

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BAA 5k, April 16, 2022, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Nice to see Johnny Gregorek taking the BAA Mile. I ran against his father, John Gregorek, at the National Catholic Cross Country Meet at Notre Dame, way back in the fall of 1980. From my spot in 21rst place, I could watch John and Chuck Aragon duking it out over the last mile.

The BAA 5k and BAA mile always had great crowds today. Ten thousand in the 5k today, I was told! The comment said several times was that "Boston is back! "

The BAA 5k is back!

This is the story of the BAA 5k, held this morning in Boston with ten thousand participants.

We use this story with permission!

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Senebere Teferi takes the BAA 5k, photo by Jane Monti/Race Results Weekly, used with permission.

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Charles Philibert-Thiboutot takes 5k in PB, photo by Jane Monti /Race Results Weekly, used with permission.

This coming Monday, April 18, 2022, Des Linden will be running the 126th Boston Marathon. Des has admitted that there were some challenges in her build-up, but she has been happy with how the last month was going. Recently, Des Linden was named Chief Running Advisor for Brooks Running.

Des Linden is one of the most popular athletes in our sport. Her win in 2018 Boston, in absolutely horrific conditions, added to her legacy. Since then, Des Linden came in 4th in the Olympic Trials (Feb 2020) and has held her own in several marathons. After the Boston win, Des Linden was a rock star.

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Des Linden, photo courtesy of Brooks Running

How popular is Des Linden? If I post a Des Linden tweet, with a good photo, and deep thoughts on this fine athlete, I see 30-50,000 retweets. Only other athletes that surpassed that: Usain Bolt and now, Grant Holloway. I am not making this up.

I have time-traveled back to 2018, December 2018, in fact. Matt Turnbull, then elite coordinator at Rock N Roll, had brought in Des Linden and Kara Goucher into the RNR San Antonio marathon. Des Linden was not racing at her normal elite level, she was pacing a group to 1:55 for the half marathon.

It was clear six years ago that Des was loved in running.

This is a fun interview, and we discuss many topics. It has not been published before, and I thought you might enjoy this on Boston weekend.

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The decathlon is one of the toughest events in sports. The history and tradition are such that, the Olympic champion is called the World's Greatest athlete. Well, Ayden Owens just showed a glimpse of just how good he is, with a new CR of 8,528 points.

I do audio tapes and have for thirty-plus years. This is a transcription of an audiotape I did in January 2020, just before my trip to Dubai for the marathon. That was the last marathon at Dubai International Marathon due to the pandemic. The 2022 date is December 10, 2022, and I hope to be there.

But, for those trying to get a fast time for 2023 events, you might consider this early season event.

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Worknesh Degefa, 2:19:38, 2020 Dubai International Marathon, photos courtesy of Dubai Marathon / Colombo

The Boston Marathon weekend is pretty cool. For most of the last 30 years, I visited Boston, wrote about it for the week before, met with running leaders, and spoke to coaches, athletes and officials. The following week, I would head to London Marathon. I loved both and enjoyed the live events but also catching up with friends. This morning, 10,000 runners joined the elites in the BAA 5k. This is the first time in 3 years that Boston Marathon was held in springtime, on Patriots Day.

You can watch the race on Monday via Peacock TV.

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BAA 5k, April 16, 2022, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Your workout for today, April 16, 2022, Saturday: warm-up, 800m, 1,500m, 3000m, or 5000m, cool down.

The DMR is one of the fun relay events in the indoor season. Run mostly by high school and collegiate teams, the DMR consists of 1200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, and then, finishing with a 1,600 meters.

At the newly opened The TRACK, located on the New Balance campus, was the site of this remarkable bit of running. What a fine way to open up The TRACK, the new world class facility on the New Balance campus!

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Heather McLean, Elle Purrier St. Pierre, Roisin Willis, Kendall Ellis, photo courtesy of New Balance

Deji's Doodles has become one of our most popular columns. This is his fifth column under the title. This week, he opines on Akani Simbine, Ferdinand Omanyala, Allyson Felix, and Abby Steiner.

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

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Charlotte Purdue is the number 3 All time British women marathon performer. Her fine 2:23.18 in London 2021 was a spectacular performance, where she ran faster as she got further along in the race. The Boston Marathon could be an exciting course for Charlotte, as she is a strength runner. This article is used with permission of Race Results Weekly.

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Christian Taylor, photo by World Athletics

Christian Taylor is the finest triple jumper in the world. In 2011, Christian took gold in Daegu, Korea at the World Outdoor Championships.

He won gold Olympic medals in London in 2012 and Rio in 2016. In 2013, Christian took 4th in the World Championships, then took gold in Beijing 2015, London 2017, and Doha 2019. In 2021, Christian spent the season recovering from an Achilles injury, an he misses the Olympics.

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Fans at the 2021 BAA Boston Marathon, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

This is a preview of the Boston Marathon, done by Justin Lagat for us. We look forward for his review of the race on Monday!

This is Good Friday. It is also the weekend prior to the Boston Marathon. For most years since 1990, I would spend a week to ten days in Boston around the marathon. It is where I met our advertisers, wrote about the event, caught up with the running community and enjoyed time with my friends.

In 1987, I was pushing Adam, my son, asleep in his stroller, near the finish, to watch the top elite athletes finish the race. Thirty years later, Adam would join me in Boston to help with coverage of the events, doing some work for adidas among others. In 2013, Adam jumped on a plane to make sure I was okay, after the bombing. He got kidded by Boston's finest when he tried to retrieve my clothes and passport from the Charlesmark hotel, in front of where the bombing had happened. I had to go to London to cover the marathon, and Adam filmed my interviews. It was a strange year, and it took me a couple of years before I could speak about the experience.

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Will CJ Albertson lead Boston this year for 20 plus miles? With such a tough field, will anyone move? photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Boston happens this Monday. I wish I was there, but I had heart surgery two weeks ago. I am doing well, and working out and trying to take care of myself. I will, like many of you, watch Boston via Peacock TV.

Your workout today, April 15, 2022: Friday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x100m stride outs, cooldown

RunBlogRun Presents

The Athletics Chat,

Episode 94,

the Epilogue Clip,

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Drake University, June 2018, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

The Athletics Chat is a weekly podcast where the Editor of RunBlogRun (Larry Eder) and the European Editor (Stuart Weir) speak for about 45 minutes,

and discuss the challenges of the week in athletics. In the epilogue, Larry Eder makes some final comments on the week's topics.

This week, we discussed:

  1. The challenges for British athletes with 3 championships this coming summer
  2. US athletes focused on World Champs in Eugene
  3. Relay teams in Eugene
  4. If you are a Brit, which championship do you pick?
  5. Will Eugene be ready for the World Championships?
  6. Will there be a Spring marathon season post-pandemic?

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

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

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Edna Kiplagat, photo by Great Scottish Run/ Great Run Company

Edna Kiplagat is one of the most experienced marathoners on the global stage. A race like Boston Marathon, where the top marathoners in the world are trying to crush each other is the perfect race for Edna Kiplagat. This super star knows when to move and when not to move, and she should be in the thick of things on Monday.

Athletics Chat, Episode 94

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat Episode 94

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Trinidad & Tobago, 4x400m relay, after taking gold in London 2017, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

The Athletics Chat is a weekly podcast where the Editor of RunBlogRun (Larry Eder) and the European Editor (Stuart Weir) speak for about 45 minutes,

and discuss the challenges of the week in athletics.

This week, we discussed:

  1. The challenges for British athletes with 3 championships this coming summer
  2. US athletes focused on World Champs in Eugene
  3. Relay teams in Eugene
  4. If you are a Brit, which championship do you pick?
  5. Will Eugene be ready for the World Championships?
  6. Will there be a Spring marathon season post-pandemic?

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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So, who is going to win the men's elite division with the 2022 Boston Marathon? That is why the TV coverage should be so compelling on Monday, as the field is so competitive, with past Boston winners and NYC winners.

My take? I am looking at Geoffrey Kamworor to win the Boston Marathon. His experience in cross country, track, and road racing should help him battle the field. We will just have to see how far off I am on Monday!

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Geoffrey Kamworor, photo by Copenhagen HM LOC

The USTFCCCA announces the creation of the Collegiate Athlete Hall of Fame in the following release. We think that this is a exciting addition to celebrating track & field athletes at the collegiate level.

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Peres Jepchirchir takes 2021 Tokyo Olympics, photo courtesy of Tokyo Olympics LOC

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Joyciline Jepkosgei, winner 2022 London Marathon, photo by London Marathon Media

The women's field at the 2022 Boston Marathon, to be held on April 18, 2022, is one of the finest that the race has ever assembled. Do not miss the Boston Marathon on Peacock TV on Monday in the U.S. and local providers around the world.

The workout on Thursday is challenging. The idea is to get you to run fast while tired. Follow the workout, and do precisely what is suggested. On the stride outs, try to go faster each time.

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Brooks Wire 7, photo by Brooks Running communications

Your workout for today: April 14, 2022, Thursday: Warm-up, 4 x 600m, 400m jog between each, 3000m pace, 6 x 300m, at 1500m pace, 200m jog btw each, 4 x 150m, stride outs, 20 minute-cooldown

One of the incredible moments of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics was the men's high jump. Two of the most entertaining and talented high jumpers in the sport, Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tambieri, battled for the high jump title and tied.

The Doha Diamond League meeting opens the Diamond League on May 13, 2022. The quality of the meet is so high each year. I was fortunate to visit the Doha Diamond League meeting for several years. It opened my outdoor season. This high jump will be extraordinary!

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Mutaz Essa Barshim, photo courtesy of Red Bull

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Gianmarco Tambieri, photo by Fidal.it

Geoffrey Kamworor does not get the respect that he deserves. The World Cross Country Champion, gold medal twice, World Half Marathon champion, twice, and victor at the New York City Marathon twice, plus a third place in the Big Apple. Geoffrey also had two-thirds at the Berlin Marathon.

Where Geoffrey impressed me was his silver at the 10,000m in Beijing 2015 and his always gutty cross country races. And now, he is racing the Boston Marathon, one of the most iconic marathons in the world.

We used the Race Results Weekly piece, with permission.

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Geoffrey Kamworor, after winning the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon, photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly, used with permission

RunBlogRun presents
Socialing The Distance
with Larry Eder
Featuring Jim Weber,
CEO of Brooks Running and author of "Running with Purpose."
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Jim Weber, first-time author, Running with Purpose, CEO of Brooks Running, photo courtesy of Brooks Running.

On Monday, I interviewed Jim Weber on his book, Running with Purpose. I have read it and really liked it. Jim is a lifetime runner, who watched his
family manage a family business, and from seventh grade, he wanted to build a business. His financial acumen, and experience with Pillsbury and
investment banks gave him the expertise many entrepreneurs do not have.

The story of how he came to Brooks and helped the business find its niche is fascinating. Jim Weber gives credit to his team at Brooks, the support from his
wife, Mary Ellen, and his family.

Jim is one of the most positive people that I know. The lessons from Running with Purpose are there for business managers, coaches, MBA students, and those
fascinated with the running business.

One of his first acts at Brooks was to stop servicing Big 5 Sporting Goods, as, even though it was the largest client in their $62 million business, Big 5 was not profitable.
Jim Weber made the tough decision to build and protect the brand. It was the first of many decisions, made in real-time and real life, that help build Brooks to its current $ 1 billion dollar business.

I think the book should be thoroughly read. There are lessons throughout. One of the most fascinating to me, was how Brooks encouraged him when he had challenging life issues. Jim calls it 'Joining the Cancer Club'. This section was quite poignant for me.

Enjoy the interview. Listen to what Jim has to say. Make sure that you read the introduction by Warren Buffett. It is a unique book in the business culture.

I highly recommend Running with Purpose.

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The Brooklyn Marathon & Half Marathon will happen on April 24, 2022. The event is sold out! Great job 2022 NYCRUNS.

The Mt.SAC Relays are back! Today, the newly renovated stadium was dedicated today.

The meet begins on Thursday and goes the entire weekend. Daniel Stahl and Valarie Allman will be competing in the discus there. The sprints, hurdles and relays are part of the USATF Golden Games. Daniel and Valarie have the World leaders in the men's and women's discus.

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Valarie Allman, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

The big draw in Mt.SAC? Many are looking for Fred Kerley, who has already run 9.99 seconds for the 100 meters, 20.04 for the 200 meters and 44.47 for the 400 meters. He looks ready to roll!

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Fred Kerley, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

RunBlogRun presents
Conversations with Larry
Topic: World Indoor Championships - Belgrade 2022

From March 18-20, 629 athletes from 120 countries competed in the Stark Arena in Belgrade, Serbia, in front of an enthused and educated.
Serbian crowd. World records in the Men's pole vault, Women's triple jump, and an equalling for the world record in the 60m hurdles were highlights.
On Saturday, ten finals had winners from ten countries as Ethiopia won more gold medals and silver medals, but the US won the most awards with 19.

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For me, the moment was Yaroslava Mahuchikh, who traveled three days from her home in Dnipro, Ukraine, which was being bombed on Feb. 24.
Yaroslava missed twice at 2 meters, then cleared 2.00m, and 2.02m, to take the title for Ukraine. Maryn Bek Romanchuk took the silver in the women's
TJ to give Ukraine a second medal.
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Grant Holloway, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

This is a piece by one of my favorite writers, Mike Rowbottom. Mike has been writing about our sport for a long time. His writing is thoughtful, incredibly thorough, and with a developed sense of humor. If Mike writes it, I read it. Mike's work can be seen at one of my favorite sites, www.insidethegames.biz.

At this time of the season, most American high school athletes have been racing outdoors for five to six weeks. In the midwest, we are just getting some warm weather, and in the south and west, they have juggled warm weather for some time.

Be careful with hydration and magnesium and potassium. I was told to have a couple tangerines and a banana each day. As you are racing a lot right now, make sure you spend time warming up and take a little more care in cooling down. Watch the junk food and caffeine.

Time to check your shoes now, and make sure that they are not worn down. I tried to juggle two pairs of training shoes in high school, but they were so expensive. Still, getting a brace, or surgery is much more, so watch the shoes.

And when you are told to do an easy day, please do it.

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Brooks ELMN8 version 6, photo courtesy of Brooks Running Communications

For several years, Global Athletics & Marketing did an interview day for track & field media in the late fall. It was one of my favorite occasions each year. Global Athletics has a plethora of fine athletes, and the chance to get to chat with them post-season was a spectacular opportunity.

This is part of an interview with Jereem Richards, the 2017 London bronze medalist at 200 meters, gold medal at 4x400m, 2018 Commonwealth Games gold at 200 meters, and 2022 gold medal, at 400 meters indoors at World Indoors.

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Jereem Richards, photo by Trinidad & Tobago Athletics

I have interviewed Jereem several times. He is a fun interview, great sense of humor, and a total class act. Jereem honored of his teammate Deon Lendore, who had died early in 2022, from an auto accident, in taking the World Indoor Championships at 400 meters, in a new NR

This interview was done in October 2018. Special thanks to Mark Wetmore and his team at GAM on giving us access to fine athletes. In this current era, for some reason, managers and agents seem to give media less and less access to the athletes.

RunBlogRun interviews 4-6 athletes a week. We are ever thankful to the athletes and coaches who speak to us, and the brands, agents and managers who give us those opportunities.

I liked this transcript because Jereem speaks about the importance of his 4x400m relay team win.

RunBlogRun presents
Socialing The Distance with Larry Eder
Featuring Jereem Richards,
adidas sponsored athlete
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Jereem Richards, London 2017, 200 meters, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts
I looked this interview up after Jereem's exciting win at the World Indoors in Belgrade, Serbia. We had run it, but we did not have the pictures from our archives.
Jereem Richards was the 2017 London WC bronze medalist at 200 meters. He was also part of the TTO team that took down the heralded USA 4x400m team in London in 2017.
Jereem was the Commonwealth gold winner at 200m in 2018. In Birmingham 2018 World Indoors, the TTO team for 4x400m took 4th in the relay; Jereem ran the second leg. (Jereem was on the bronze medal-winning TTO team in Istanbul 2012 World Indoors.
In 2019, Richards took the silver in the 200m at the Pan Am Games and bronze in the 4x400 meters. At the World Championships in Doha, Trinidad & Tobago's 4x400m took fifth (Jereem was on the team)
This interview was done in June 2021. Jereem is relaxed, and focused on his goal, to be the finest 200m/400m that he can be and win 4x400m medals for Trinidad & Tobago.
In Tokyo, Jereem took 8th in the 200 meters. His TTO teams took 8th in 4x400 meter relay in Tokyo 2021.
On March 19, 2022, Jereem Richards took the gold medal in a tough fought 400 meters, in 45.00, setting an NR, and breaking the record of his late team mate Deon Lendore, who died in a car crash in January 2022.
Special thanks to Sandra Nel-Kurmann for setting up this interview.
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This is a release from Drake Relays on three of the most exciting events: the women's 100m hurdles, the women's Long Jump, and the Men's 400m hurdles.

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Des Moines, Iowa, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

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Boston hotel prices from hotels.com as of 12-Apr-2022
Race Results Weekly posted this piece tonight, on the availability of hotels and Air BnBs in the Boston area. We reprinted this with permission.

The mixture of distances in events today will stress you, similar to racing stress. The juggling for today gives you a variety of challenges, as you find in races. Follow the workouts.

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Elle Purrier St. Pierre, NB Indoor GP, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Your workout day is as follows: April 12, 2022, Tuesday: Warm-up, 12 x 200 meters hard, 100-meter jog, the pace is 1500m, 2 x 800m, 400m jog, at 1,500m pace, 20-minute cooldown,

Stuart Weir wrote this piece after asking Tiffany Porter how she insured that she was running clean. It is a very interesting piece on an important subject.

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Tiffany Porter is a pharmacist, photo courtesy of Tiffany Porter

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Tiffany Porter, photo by British Athletics

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Becky Briggs, photo by London Marathon media

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Ben Connor, photo by British Athletics

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Mohamud Aaden, photo by British Athletics

In this piece, Stuart Weir writes about the teams selected by British Athletics for the World Championships, European Championships, and Commonwealth Games.

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Akani Simbine, photo by Getty Images/ British Athletics

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Ferdinand Omanyala, photo by Kip Keino Classic LOC

Deji Ogeyingbo wrote this piece about the upcoming Men's 100 meters at the ASA Grand Prix, on April 13, 2022. This could be a fascinating race this early in the season.

A very creative approach to the US championships in 2022, with the combined events in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and 10,000m on Friday night before the Nike Pre Classic. This is the update on the combined events.

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Taliyah Brooks, heptathlete, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

The Boston Marathon is back. For the first time since 2019, the Boston Marathon is back in the spring. For most of the past 35 years, the Boston Marathon was one of my favorites to attend and cover.

I hope to see you all there in 2023.

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Bill Rodgers, 1975 Boston Marathon, photo by BAA.org

The 2022 Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships will be held June 23-26, 2022, at the newly renovated Hayward Field, in Eugene, Oregon. The schedule for the 2022 schedule is posted below.

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Hayward Field, University of Oregon, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Monday is an easy day. After a race on Saturday, a long run on Sunday. Keep the run light and have some fun with the stride-outs. Take your time with your warm-up and cool-down.

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Brooks ELMN8 version 6, photo by Brooks Running communications

Your workout today is, April 11, 2022, Monday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes of moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown

Tadesse Abraham has held the Swiss national record in the marathon since March 20, 2016, with her 2:06.40. The Swiss runner won the European Athletics Championships in 2016 at the Half Marathon. In 2018, Tadesse Abraham took second in the European Outdoor Championships Marathon in August 2018.

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Tadesse Abraham, photo courtesy of On running

Today, at the Zurich Marathon, Tadesse Abraham took the Swiss national title and won the marathon in 2:06.38, breaking his NR at two seconds at the age of 39!

His sponsor, On running, is ecstatic, as Tadesse is the fastest runner so far in On running footwear.

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Tadesse Abraham took silver at the 2018 European Athletics Outdoors, in the marathon, photo by Swiss Athletics

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Leul Gebresilase battles Abdi Nageeye at the 2022 NN Rotterdam Marathon, April 10, 2022, photo courtesy of NN Running team

The NN Running team went 1 and 2 in the 2022 NN Rotterdam marathon today. Justin Lagat wrote this piece on the amazing Rotterdam marathon, which happened today, April 10, 2022. To me, it was pretty amazing that NN Running team went 1,2 on both men's and women's elite races.

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Abby Steiner, photo by University of Kentucky Athletics

Big 100 meters by Abby Steiner with her 10.92 WL at the Joe May Invitational. In the Men's 200m, Christian Coleman, ran 20.25 over the furlong. Both are quick times in early April for the 2022 season. Abby Steiner is fascinating to watch, and her speed is serious. Christian Coleman gets in a good 200m in early April. The piece below is from EME News, our partner on global sports.

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Christian Coleman, 2022 USATF Indoor, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto

Long runs were the beginnings of my Sundays for a decade and a half. I tried to get on the roads by 7 am so that I could have a day to unwind, finish my studies and grab a nap. Our long runs in college were 1 hour, 45 minutes to two hours, and twenty minutes. In high school, our long runs were sixty-five to eighty minutes, on soft ground. Varying the surfaces is a big way to help keep your feet healthy. Always were comfortable shoes that you have been in before.

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Your workout for today, April 10, 2022: Sunday: 70-75 minutes moderate pace, on trails

Gabriela DeBues-Stafford is one of the most popular athletes in the social athletics world, with her gritty racing, honesty and sense of humor. Gabriela (per Instagram, her friends call her "G") is a wonderful example of how drive, focus, talent and hard work build an incredible career.

Today, Gabriela DeBues-Stafford announced that she has left the Bowerman Track Club. She is training with Hillary and Trent Stellingworth, who are based out of Victoria, British Columbia.

Her words are honest, and she lets her audience know the reasons why she is leaving, where she is going, and how she is trying to keep her focus on the World Outdoor Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Her fifth place in Tokyo, her recent Canadian National Indoor records at 1,500m (4:00.80), Mile (4:19.73), 3,000m (8:33.92) and the 5,000m (14:31.38) only hint at her talents.

We wish her the very best in the future.

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Gabriela DeBues-Stafford, Boston College Invite, photo by Joe Hale Photography

The USATF Bermuda Games happened today, on April 9, 2022. While the wind was insane, the stands were full and the races were competitive. Watching it on Peacock TV, this writer enjoyed the competition but was frustrated that there was little discussion of why Grant Holloway, one of the highlighted athletes of the meet.

This is the complete results from the USATF Bermuda Games, the first Continental Tour gold medal event in 2022. The big story, per TV, and athletes, were the crazy winds that reach up to 11 miles an hour.

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Ferdinand Omanyala, photo by Kip Keino Classic LOC

This weeks' Deji's Doodles, Deji writes about the pride of Kenyan sprinting, Ferdinand Omanyala, Fred Kerley, Shericka Jackson and the Penn Relays. This is a column where Deji opines about the deep thoughts in the sport for that week.

Race Days are always anxious. In high school, I would try to come up with a race plan, and most of the time, it never worked. In my junior year, I just told myself to compete, and that is when I began to figure it out. The 1980 Olympic 800m champ Steve Ovett, during an interview noted that he no longer planned race tactics, he wanted to stay open to the vagaries of the race.

What works for you?

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Steve Ovett's Moscow 1980 shoes. He won the gold at 800m, and was Nike's first Olympic track gold medal, photo by Nike communications

Your workout today is a race day. April 9, 2022, Saturday: warm-up, 800m, 1,500m, 3000m, or 5000m, cool down

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Valarie Allman is the newest discus legend, as she has just thrown the farthest discus throw in thirty years. Valarie is the most aggressive and focused discus throw that we have watched in decades! She has now moved ahead of, among others, Sandra Perkovic (London 2012 and Rio 2016 gold medalist), with her amazing discus throw, on the first day of the Triton Invitational.

If you give your body some time after hard workouts and hard races, it will recover and you will be able to handle the workouts and next races even better.

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Brooks Wire 7, photo by Brooks Running Communications

Your workout today, April 8, 2022, Friday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes of moderate running, 6 x100m stride outs, cooldown

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Mark Conover, the Cal Poly Mustangs coach for the past 25 years, and Director for the last thirteen, died on April 6 at 11:23 PM, per a note on CaringBridge from his wife Kelly Conover. Mark and Kelly have three children, two girls, Audrey and Marley, and a boy, Cordell. Please keep the family in your prayers. We use David Monti's piece with permission.

John McDonnell was a giant among men as the long-time coach at the University of Arkansas. The John McDonnell invitational is a tribute to the man who shaped so many athletes' lives, during their time as athletes, but also for the rest of their lives.

Great coaches are like that. One has the opportunity to learn life lessons.

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

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Yaroslava Mahuchikh, 2022 World Indoor Championships, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

The Nike Prefontaine Classic is one of the most essential track meets in North America. It is the only Diamond League meeting in North America at this time, which is most unfortunate.

Nike has supported the meet since 1985, I believe. Before that, it was the Hayward Field Restoration meeting. Each year, the fortunate fans get to see three hours of the finest track & field in the world. It is the litmus test many in the media and sport see as Nike's continued interest in the sport.

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PHOTO: NN Running Team members Nienke Brinkman and Abdi Nageeye of the Netherlands show off their kit at a press conference today in Rotterdam; both athletes will run Sunday's NN Marathon Rotterdam (photo courtesy of NN Running Team)

This piece, on the extension by the sponsorship of NN Running team, was written by David Monti for Race Results Weekly, which we use with permission. It is a big deal that the sponsorship of NN Running team be extended, as it is one of the first teams in athletics that has shared several sponsors on their kit.

The sponsorship of athletics clubs is still quite stilted, although World Athletics and the brands are talking about changes.

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Geoffrey Kamworor, Copenhagen Half Marathon, photo by Copenhagen HM LOC

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Ruth Chepngetich, photo by London Marathon Media

Justin Lagat reports today on the astonishingly strong teams that are being named for the World Champs and Commonwealth Games marathon squads for Kenya.

Juggling distances and pace is part of racing and training. The juggling of distances, at longer distances, then changing paces, to quick finishes, is key to racing successfully. This may not seem like a tough paced workout, but, it is tough mentally, and physically.

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Brooks, Element 8, version 6, photo courtesy of Brooks Running communications

Your workout today is, April 7, 2022, Thursday: Warm-up, 2 x 1000m, 3000m pace, 8 x 300m, at 1500m pace, 200m jog btw each, 6 x 150m, stride outs, 20 minute-cooldown

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Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig (left) handing the plaque to Wolfgang Konrad, Race Director of the Vienna City Marathon, Photo credit: VCM / Leo Hagen

RunBlogRun presents

Episode 93,

the Epilogue Clip

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Athletics Weekly, covers with Jack Buckner

In the epilogue clip, Larry Eder provides a deep thought on the topic of the week. This week, Larry spoke about Jack Buckner, who will be the new CEO of UK Athletics. He also spoke about the high quality of the sport in 2022, and upcoming championships.

Recently, my stomach has been churning about all the negatives I hear about how brands leave track & field. First of all, no one builds a $281 million sanctuary to the sport called the renovated Hayward Field and then, stops supporting the sport.

So, I made a coffee, took a walk, listened to some Graham Parker (Discovering Japan, Want You Back) and Jim Carroll (Wicked Gravity, Crow, Catholic Boy) and this is what transpired.

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Nike spikes, special make for Matthew Centrowitz, Rio 2016 Olympic gold medalist, 1,500m, photo courtesy of Nike.com

Athletics Chat, Episode 93

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RunBlogRun presents

Athletics Chat,

Episode 93

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Jack Buckner is new CEO of UK Athletics, photo by Getty Images for British Athletics

Stuart Weir is in Oxford, England, and Larry Eder is in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. On Monday, April 4, they discussed the challenges of our sport for the week.

In this episode, we spoke about the following:

  1. Jack Buckner becoming the CEO of UK Athletics
  2. The long term plan of Ian Bettie, making UK Athletics better
  3. The Diamond League is coming
  4. The World Championships in Eugene are 100 days away
  5. Why we loved the World Indoor Championships

Okay, real simple. Sell your collection of MAD magazines, or your collection of bad Star Wars toys, and get some tickets to the World Championships coming to Eugene in July 2022. It will be fantastic. For the first time, the World Outdoor Championships will be in the United States.

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Hayward Field, May 2021, photo by Kevin Morris/@kevmofoto

Next Stop Oregon-Devon Allen

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Don't miss this series of videos, titled Next Stop Oregon. Devon Allen, two time Olympian, 4 time US Champion, two time World Championship team competitor at 110m hurdles, is featured here.

Devon Allen is perfect for this video. He wants to medal so much that he can taste it.

Do not miss World Championship Outdoors in Eugene, Oregon from July 14-25.

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Former Duck, Devon Allen, photo from You Tube

Mark Conover: "Cherish Life."

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Mark Conover, photo courtesy of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo Track & Field

This is a piece on Mark Conover, the 1988 Olympic Trials marathon champion and the Director of Track & Field at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo where he has been the last 25 years.

We like all awards that support coaches. Coaches are the lifeblood of the sport. In 2020, 1.5 million high school athletes competed in cross country and track & field. Just under 38,000 head coaches managed those 50,000 plus teams in indoor, outdoor, and cross country. And this does not include the 5,200 clubs and their coaching groups.

Nicely done, U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee.

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On the track, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Warm up and Cool down time was when my team came together. Sprinters, Jumpers and distance runners stretched the longest. We also had the most stories and it was when we gave each other trouble. Mike Young was our team captain at Bellarmine. He was about 5'3" and was all muscle. I told him that he had the 'World's greatest body.' I also would tell him that he was getting taller each day. We had fun together. Mike and his Dad lifted together and that is how we learned about weight training. Mike was amazingly competitive. He was an 800m runner plus 4x400m and was just the toughest guy I had ever met. He would dig in and not let anyone by him.

Remember your friends.

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

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

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Noah Kibet, starting the 400m, April 5, 2022, photo by Justin Lagat

This piece is from Justin Lagat on the county championships at Kip Keino Stadium. Noah Kibet was among the fine athletes competing in the county championships. Noah competed in the men's 100m and 400m. As many will recall, Noah Kibet took the bronze medal in the Men's 800m World Indoors, becoming the youngest, at 17, to medal, EVER in the world indoors.

Hard days are part of the season. In our programs, hard days are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with Sunday as a long run. Tuesday is a tough day. Stay focused.

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Mo Farah, Marc Scott, British 10,000m Trials, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

Your workout today: April 5, 2022, Tuesday: Warm-up, 12 x 200 meters hard, 100-meter jog, the pace is 1500m, 2 x 800m, 400m jog, at 1,500m pace, 20-minute cooldown,

This is part 3 on Tiffany Porter, by Stuart Weir. Stuart enjoyed his interviews with Tiffany, and watching her and her sister, Cindy, compete. This is ten questions with Tiffany Porter, reflecting on her career.

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Tiffany Porter, Moscow 2013, photo by World Athletics

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Ryan Crouser, photo by Kevin Morris/ @kevmofoto

Ryan Crouser will be gearing up to win the World Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Deji Obeyingbo wrote this piece on the challenges in our sport, but how Ryan Crouser, fit, is pretty hard to beat. The men's shot will be another one of the amazing events that fans will love in Eugene.

Want to develop an effective kick? One way to do that is to finish your speed days with some fast running. Check with your coach, and if he approves, ask them to give you a final last couple repeats, say 200m or 300m, as fast as you can muster at that time.

It will make a huge difference as you finish your races! Sometimes, big races are decided in the last 25-30 meters. Work on your finish, as it could give you big dividends.

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Eliud Kipchoge works on all parts of his racing, he began training at the age of 16, and won his first title at 18! photo by NN Running team

Your workout today: April 4, 2022, Monday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown

Long runs are all about the time and distance. I recall asking Donavan Brazier, the 2019 World Champion for 800 meters about his long runs, and he noted that, at the time (2020), he had a longest run of 8.5 miles.

In high school, our long runs were perhaps 12-14 miles. During college, I moved out to 16-18 miles, and as a junior and senior in college, did 18 miles, 20 miles then 22 miles and would repeat the cycle.

Most long runs were steady-state, but others had some race simulations and other fun things. I recall running one 22 miler in 90-100 degrees up in the Santa Cruz mountains and finishing with two long hill repeats. My coach wanted me to see how water could help. I had been drinking 10 ounces of water each couple of miles and by 12 miles, it was making a huge difference. At the end of 22 miles, I did two hill repeats and felt amazing. The next day, I was not in any distress and knew that water was the way to keep one together, especially in the heat.

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NB 320. I began using this shoe in 1976, and as I began to do longer and longer miles. I also races in it. I recall the 1976 Christmas Relays, Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay, where I ran a 10.5 mile leg. photo courtesy of Running Shoe Guru

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Marnya Bekh-Romanchuk, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics

The last gasp jump that Marnya Bekh-Romanchuk made gave her the silver medal in the triple jump just two weeks ago in Belgrade, Serbia. This is a wonderful piece from European Athletics website, that we thought you might enjoy!

RunBlogRun presents

Conversations with Larry

Topic: How to promote a Track Meet

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I have been getting way too frustrated seeing great events not get the support that they deserve, so I decided to take fifteen minutes and explain it.

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The Sportissimo Prague Half Marathon happened this morning, April 2, 2022, in Prague, Czech Republic. David Monti of Race Results Weekly wrote this report, which we use with permission.


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Kenneth Kiprop Renju takes the win in Prague, photo courtesy of RunCzech

The Stanford Invitational is one of the first West Coast meetings of the season. Many teams from the Midwest, East Coast, South, and West Coast come to Palo Alto, CA to get qualifying times and test their fitness.

I have watched many an event over the past two decades, from the Stanford Invite to the Payton Jordan Invite, to USATF Champs, to the 2019 Nike Pre Classic. All have been magnificent.

We have attached the complete results for Day 1 just below.

Enjoy the results.

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Emil Zatopek's racing spikes, 1952, cobbled by Adi Dassler, photo by adidas Communications

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Mohammed Mohamud, photo courtesy TeamDeutschland.de

Mohammed Mohamud came all the way from Germany to run the Stanford Invitational, where he won the 10,000m in 28:13.83. This report is regarding the performances of the University of Arkansas men's team. Special thanks to Shawn Price for both mens' and womens' updates.

The 10,000m at the Stanford Invite and Payton Jordan Invites were the two places and times, on the West Coast, for most of the past two decades that one could find a good 25 lapper to test oneself over the distance.

Last night, the magic of Palo Alto did its trick once again. Wonderful weather, a fast track, and solid competition gave Lauren Gregory a chance to test herself, and she did. Lauren won and ran a college leader of 32:34.21.

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Lauren Gregory, photo courtesy of University of Arkansas Track & Field

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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

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Malaika Mihambo, photo by Getty Images for British Athletics

The dream long jump of the season of 2022 is two months away! Malaika Mihambo, Ivana Vuleta Lorraine Ugen and Mary-Beth Romanchuk will be displaying their talents at the newly renovated Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, England.

Race Result Weekly's David Monti wrote this piece on the terrible accident that happened to Milligan University athletes. We at RunBlogRun are terribly saddened that Eli Cramer was taken from his family, friends and community so early in his life. The preciousness of life is not lost on this writer, but in our teens and twenties, life seems so untouchable.

Please keep Eli Cramer and his family, friends and community in your thoughts and prayers.

This article was used with permission.

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Eli Cramer in his official team photo (photo courtesy of Milligan University Athletics)

Racing two miles in high school on a 400-meter track means just short of 8 laps. At Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, California, for all athletes before the mid-1980s however, we ran on a 352-yard dirt track, which meant just about 11 laps for two miles. The track, part of the old University of the Pacific (BCP moved there in 1912), was fit under a bridge overpass and next to the railroad tracks. The colorful College Park Station train office had been featured in Jack London's Call of the Wild. (Check the first chapter: https://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMAXDG_College_Park_Station_Jack_Londons_Call_of_the_Wild_San_Jose_CA)

The laps moved for each time with a 352-yard track. The fastest 2 mile that I ran there was 10:29.8. We loved the track and felt that training on it gave us a huge advantage.

The track at Bellarmine now is a gorgeous 400-meter all-weather track, which is a facility that could suit a college or uni. What an exceptional change!

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Bellarmine College Prep, San Jose, California, photo courtesy of Bellarmine website

Your workout for today is April 2, 2022, Saturday: warm-up, 800m, 1,500m, 3000m, or 5000m, cool down

Originally published June 19, 2009
Published at Inside the Games, June 19, 2009: https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/6805/larry-eder-the-beijing-olympics-will-prove-to-be-good-value
Republished April 1, 2022


The Beijing Olympics were one of my favorites! In my first visit to China, I experienced some amazing culture, amazing food, amazing athletics and another view into this planet. This is from our archives. I hope you enjoy it!

In an article published today on www.insidethegames.com, the seminal webblog for staying abreast of the Olympic movement, it was reported, that an internal audit conducted by the State Council, which is China's cabinet that the Olympics made a modest profit of $145 million/88 million British sterling (1.16 billion yuan) off an expenditure of 19.3 billion yuan /1.7 million British sterling/$2.8093 billion and income of $20.5 billion yuan ( 1.8 million British sterling/$2.975 billion).

It would seem that, from the audit that the Beijing Olympics were a quite modest undertaking, compared to all Olympics since 1984. Nothing could be further from the truth. The goal of the Beijing Olympics, as seen by BOCOG and the Chinese government, was to cast the best light on China globally, give the Chinese population stars to be proud of, and no positive drug tests by Chinese athletes. Much like the Great Wall, the Beijing Olympics were to not only keep the bad guys out, but to keep the good guys, and the Chinese in and enthralled with the spectacular performances. That is why the lip synching episode in the Opening ceremony was not understood in Chinese language newspapers-why?-because the Games were a huge entertainment opportunity as well as a homage to the Chinese nation.

The overall reasoning for this audit was to show that the Beijing Olympics, contrary to the media reports, was not the most expansive Olympics in history. Media reports had suggested infrastructure expenditures of $40 billion US. As part of the Audit, the BOCOG admits to about three billion US in infrastructure costs, noting that local monies were used for infrastructure.

Where is the truth? Probably, somewhere in between....

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Olympic flame, August 2008, Beijing, China, photo by Larry Eder

For most of the last decade, I was in California in late March, to visit my family and enjoy the Stanford Invitational, then the Payton Jordan Invite, then, Doha Diamond League.

I had first visited Doha, Qatar in 2010 for the World Indoor Championships and loved the culture, the exciting meet, and noted that I wanted to go back. Since 2011, I believe that I have visited 8 times.

The athletes come in fit and the facility welcomes them with warm weather and huge competition.

This is a little about why I love the Doha Diamond League.

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Doha Diamond League, photo by Diamond League AG

Many schools will head out to Palo Alto this weekend for the Stanford Invitational. The wonderful spring weather and cool nights are perfect conditions to run a fast 5,000m, 10,000m, or steeplechase qualifier.

For many years, when I was located in San Jose, I would drive up, watch the meet, and head home, Peets' coffee in hand, having worshipped the gods of athletics one more time. I was there in 2019, and felt lucky to see the fantastic meet.

We have added a pdf of the meet schedule right here, so enjoy the event! 2022 Stanford Invite (FINAL) v13019 (1).pdf

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Stanford Invitational is this weekend, April 1-2, 2022, watch it on FloTrack! photo courtesy of Beynon Sports Surfaces

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Hendrik Pfeiffer and Rabea Schöneborn in Hannover's town hall after the press conference \ Photo: Norbert Wilhelmi

The German road race series is one of the crown jewels of European running. The HAJ Hannover Marathon is one of those fine races, and it is now back for its 30th year. I have visited the Frankfurt Marathon for many years, and enjoyed its atmosphere, expo, coverage, race and the thousands of happy German and European runners who run each and every year.

When we did dual meets in high school, we had them twice a week, from the end of February, to the middle of March. Our coach during my junior year was Steve Pensinger, who had been coached by the late Jim Linthicum from De Anza College. Steve inspired me to run, and I ran six races that season in under five minutes for the mile, which was a lot for a guy who could not break six minutes for the mile as a sophomore.

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

My tactics were terrible. I would charge out into the lead about the 200m and then, for the next two laps, battle whoever was upfront. In the first race like that, I led until the final 50 meters, being caught and finishing third in 4:56.8, my PB. A weekend later, I dueled with a 4:13 miler, lap after lap, and with 200m to go, he walked off the track. I finished second there, in 4:53.0. I had no idea what to do in the lead!

I learned that I liked racing, but I needed to get some racing skills. And that took time. More on that later...

Your workout today is: April 1, 2022, Friday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes of moderate running, 6 x100m stride outs, cooldown

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