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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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We are adding one more week of recovery training, as we have had requests that some are just getting back to school and need another week to get on their feet. So, as a public service, enjoy this final week of recovery before we begin to build for the major indoor events and of course, the outdoor season.

Some high schools do not have outdoor programs, so indoor is their season. We will provide a program that will give you good fitness in indoor, but give the majority who will have outdoor seasons a focus for the Spring.

Thanks, once again, for following our program!

20151212-_D3_0510.jpgThe moment of victory! photo by Justin Britton

Monday, January 9, 2017 : Warm up; 4-mile run with friends, 4 x 150 meters, strideouts, cool down. Oh, and start you bent leg sit ups and push ups. Just start with five each.

On January 7, 2017, Mo Farah made his last appearance at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country International. The course, with mud, tall grass, Scottish winter weather, and some of the finest cross country runners in British athletics, Europe and the U.S.A. The battles between Mo Farah and a cast of rising stars has made this race over the past decade.

The Edinburgh Cross Country shows that fans and media will support purely competitive events like the Great Run hosts in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Cross country is a building block for top distance runners, from 800 meters to the proverbial marathon. But now, Mo Farah, is moving up, as he and his coach noted years ago. For Mo Farah, the future is on the roads....

Farrah_MoFH-EuroXC06.jpgMo Farah winning 2006 Euro XC, photo by

Long runs were one of my favorite parts of my training programs. For nearly twenty years, I continued that Sunday tradition. Year later, when I began to return to my daily friend, the ninety minutes to two hours a day was my goal. I now walk two hours six days a week. It gives me a time to consider my day, plan my actions, and provide some moments of sanity and clarity in a world that is more and more confusing. Get in the habit, and do long runs for a life time.

20151212-_D3_0505.jpgA moment of clarity, photo by Justin Britton

Sunday, January 8, 2017: Long, relaxed run of 7-9 miles with friends. Long runs are great way to get the body moving during the holidays.

@garrettheath & @gomofarah ready to go toe-to-toe for @simplyhealthuk #GEXC2017 tomorrow.

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This is your last recovery weekend. Keep it fun and relaxed. Indoor season is happening for many now, and for some, there is USA Winter XC on February 4. Your fall fitness will come into play, but keep it relaxed, remember what your focus is on for Spring 2017.

20151212-_D3_0781.jpgWarming up, photo by Justin Britton

Saturday, January 7, 2017: Take a break, relax with friends. Enjoy the holidays.

Updated January 6, 2017

This originally ran on August 30, 2015. Elliott Denman wrote this on Ashton. It was true then, and is true now. He is the Greatest athlete on the planet. Accept it.

That Ashton Eaton is indeed the Greatest Athlete on Earth is part of a tradtion that dates back to the 1912 Olympics. After watching the decathlon and pentathlon (with LJ, Javelin, 200m, Discus, 1,500m run), both won by Jim Thorpe, the King of Sweden was noted to have said, " You are the Greatest athlete on Earth." Hence, the tradition.

Eaton_Ashton1500W-Beijing15.JPGAshton Eaton, enroute to WR of 9045, August 28-29, 2015, photo by

Aston Eaton set a WR in 2012 at the Olympic Trials in front of the late Milt Campbell, Bill Toomey, Bruce Jenner, Rafer Johnson, four of the five American decathlon kings who preceded him. In 2015, in Beijing, Ashton Eaton broke that WR, with five events with bigger scores than 2012, and five events with less.

Here is Elliott Denman's piece on Ashton Eaton, the World's Greatest Athlete, and, for my part, one of the classiest human beings on the planet.

Congrats to Ashton Eaton, his wife, Brianne Theisen Eaton and their coach, Harry Marra, one of the grand veteran coaches of our sport.

Updated January 6, 2017

Alex Mills wrote this piece on Brianne Theisen-Eaton, after her win at the Commonwealth Games in the Summer of 2014. I was fortunate to witness Brianne's victory. It was also at this event that Ashton Eaton, in a short chat, reminded me that " it is all about Rio. it is all about 2016." What prophetic words.

Alex Mills told me last night that he wanted to write on the heptathlon, and he stayed true to his word! A nice piece on the fine heptathlon that ended with two medals for Canada and one for England!

The pictures used were for a feature we did last year, courtesy of the IAAF series, A Day in the Life of Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Ashton Eaton, May 2013, photos by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images, for the IAAF.
Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Ashton Eaton, Day in the Life, May 12, 2013,
photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/IAAF

The third week of recovery is important. See a movie this weekend. (Check out Man in the High Castle on Amazon, my new favorite). Read a book. Work in a soup kitchen. Do something you do not normally do. Savor the moment.

20151212-_D3_0204.jpgStretching, photo by

Friday, January 6, 2017: Warm up; 4-mile run, run on a soft surface, cool down.

Here's our Wednesday workout for week 20, day three. It is the third week of our recovery plan before the 2017 season. Enjoy the last week of recovery.


Warming up, photo by Justin Britton

Thursday, January 5, 2017: Warm up, Holmer Fartlek. This is old school. Warm up ten minutes, then, run somewhere in fifteen minutes, and see if you can return in 14 minutes, cooldown for ten minutes.

I give everything to the decathlon. I did all I could. Thank u for making it the best time of my life. I'm retiring.

And that is how, the World's Greatest Athlete and his wife, Brianne Theisen-Eaton announced their retirement. Here are some thoughts on the retirement of We are Eaton.

Eaton-TheisenM-Rio16.jpgAshton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton, photo by

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