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Larry Eder

Larry Eder

Bio: Larry Eder has had a 44 year involvement in the sport of athletics. Larry has experienced the sport as an athlete, coach, magazine publisher and now, journalist and blogger. His first article, on Don Bowden, America's first sub 4 minute miler, was published in RW in 1983. Larry has published several magazines on athletics, from American Track & Field to the U.S. version of Spikes magazine. He currently manages the content and marketing development of the RunningNetwork, The Shoe Addicts and RunBlogRun. Of RunBlogRun, his daily pilgrimage with the sport, Larry says: "I have to admit, I love traveling to far away meets, writing about the sport I love, and the athletes I respect, for my readers at, the most of anything I have ever done, except, maybe running itself."


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Okay sports fans. The half marathon and marathon in Houston on January 15, will be very hot. 63-65 degrees at start and 97 percent humidity. Yes, you must hydrate, but you also have to slow down your pace. Slowing down your pace is the only way to slow down your exertion rate.

Brant Kotch gave me eight words for Houston marathoners and half marathoners: "Slow down, slow down, slow down and slow down." That is only way you will slow down your exertion rate. This could be the matter of finishing slow or spending time in a hospital. This is not a joke!

Koch_Brant-Houston10.jpgBrant Kotch, Race Director, Chevron Houston Marathon & Aramco Houston Half, photo by

The Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon will be upleasantly warm. Do not get in trouble. If you feel strange, tell your running friends and the volunteers right away, and stop moving! If you over exert yourself tomorrow, you could truly hurt yourself, or worse!

So, have fun tomorrow, and run, very, very slow!

Original post, April 21, 2014

Repost, January 14, 2017

Meb Keflezighi is in much demand in 2017. The Olympic silver medalist, NYC and Boston winner will be running his last Boston and NYC as an elite in 2017. All of 41 years, the quick thinking and quick laughing Meb is loved by marathoners around the country. In this time of national discussion on immigrants, and who to let in and who to wall out, Meb Keflezighi is the American dream. Many know the story (I always repeat it), that I learnt of Meb driving with his relative in a taxi in San Diego on the way to a FootLocker Champs.

In a story from the, it was noted that Paula Radcliffe, the World Record holder in the marahton, would support the plan by Svein Arne Hansen, president of the European Athletics Association, to consider which records to clear off the European records books. She would also welcome involvement in the discussions.

Radcliffe_Paula1-Vienna12.jpgPaula Radcliffe, photo by

This comes from a recent letter by Gianni Merlo of AIPS to Seb Coe, requesting that the IAAF clear all the records. Per Merlo, this would 'clear all suspicions ' on some records, dating back to DDR (East Germany) days, when doping aids were suspect in many records.

The question is, how to clear records?


Kara Goucher, staying warm, 2 November 2014, photo by
Orginally posted on November 3, 2014
Reposted January 14, 2017.
This is one of the most popular stories I have ever posted. I wrote it on the day of the 2014 TCS NYC Marathon, along with a feature on Meb Keflezighi and the race story. The numbers off social media were over hundred thousand that day, and it occured to me, that Kara Goucher had a special ability to communicate with her fans and readers. That empathy is infrequent in our sport.

My last 3000 meters on the boards was in 1981. It was just over 22 laps on a 160 yard track. You could feel the boards bouncing as you ran lap after lap on it. The crowd was so close, they could almost touch you! I always enjoyed those times I got to race indoors, and watching my team mates.

Early in the season, try some different distances, from 800 meters to 3000 meters or better yet, two miles. Your cross country strength will come into good use after a couple of races. So, enjoy!

CHALL121215-9990.jpgTying your spikes, photo by Justin Britton

Saturday, January 14, 2017: If you can fine a low key mile race, or 800 meter race, or, better yet, a two mile, do it and just keep it relaxed. See where you are at. You will be surprised how much fitness you have kept.

Sports is a huge preoccupation in Russia, just like the rest of the world. That seems like a nonsensical statement coming from an sports obssessed America, but, it is true.

If my visit to Moscow taught me anything in 2013, Russians love all kinds of sports, and while they did not fill the stands in Moscow during the World Champs, there were many worthy athletes competing, and the crowd was enthusiastic.

We are at a place right now, however, where the global sports community seems fractured in how to bring Russia back into the sporting world.

Here are a few suggestions on how the Russians might accomplish that goal, if that is their goal.

StadiumWide-World13.jpgLushniki Stadium, Moscow, 2013, photo by

gorun skechers.jpgRunners at the entrance of Skechers booth, photo by Larry Eder

After the press conference, I wrote for while and then, headed into the expo. The footwear and apparel sponsor for Houston Marathon is Skechers Perfomance. Their booth had good traffic, with purchases of shoes and apparel. The race apparel was very popular, but the most popular part of their booth was the Skechers Performance Wall.

The Wall has words of encouragement for the runners this weekend, and it to be placed on the course so the runners can see it! Skechers hired an artist, who goes by Skeez181, who was this pretty mellow artist. Skeez is an art teacher, artist and bike enthusiast. He provided some fun illustrations on the wall, and the rest of the walls (about 100 feet long would be my estimate) were notes of encouragement from families of runners.

The 5k will have between 5-6,000. The Half Marathon and Marathon have 27,000 signed up, pretty evenly between both races. If the weather is as hot as promised, we will see many move to the half marathon from the marathon. The moment of decision comes at 8 miles on the course, and runners can choose to shorten their day.

It is a nice touch, and shows how much the sport has grown and changes, most of it for the better, in the past three decades. I have included the video I did for Facebook just below.

MayorTurnerChevronElites-Houston17.JPGPress Conference, ( Joni Baird, Chevron-blue coat, Sylvester Turner, Mayor, center), photo by

I am a denisen of the press conference. Much can be seen and learnt from how the press conference is run, how the city represents itself and how the event management cajoles local media and dignitaries to attend. Here is my piece on the Chevron Houston Marathon Presser.

Friday is the end of the week. You have survived your first full week back to school and for many, indoor season is upon them. Outdoor track starts (and has started in a few places).

Here's a relaxed Friday workout. Remember, if you can find a small meet to race at tomorrow, try the 800m, or 1000m. Have some early season fun.

20151212-_D3_0766.jpgWarming up, photo by Justin Britton

Friday, January 13, 2017 : Warm up; 4-mile run, run on a soft surface, cool down.

I am in Houston. I am in Houston to cover the Aramco Half Marathon and the Chevron Marathon. I used to come down to Houston nearly every year, but, this is, alas, my first visit since 2013.

I took a nice, warm walk today, in downtown Houston, and considered the focus of many emails to me. That focus was Seb Coe's action of forwarding email from David Bedford regarding doping.

Coe_Seb1b-IAAFgala16.jpgSeb Coe: another day in paradise, photo by

On twitter, the majority of comments are from those who want to excoriate Seb Coe, and who can look into Seb's heart and know his feelings.

I did this video on Facebook after my walk, and I am, by any description, giving Seb Coe a bit of room on this action or series of actions. We will have to see how this works out.

The mustacheoed one, Mr. David Bedford comes out of his hearing in Parliament on Tuesday with much support. He described the situation and presented his feelings on Mr. Seb Coe's actions.

Bedfords-Reilly-WC09.jpgTom Bedford, David Bedford, Brendan Reilly, with beverage, photo by

The British media is noting that Mr. Coe may be dragged into Parliament. Not sure that will happen. If it does, Coe will assume his mantle and the conversation would be fascinating.

More to come on this....

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