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Desi Linden has been quite busy in the second half of 2018. After winning the 2018 Boston Marathon, and inspiring many, Desi changed coaching and took sixth in NYC. But, the media and publicity she has undertaken since Boston has been, in her words, a bit more arduous than her training.

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In San Antonio, Desi is helping 2 contest winners run the Half marathon tomorrow. She is pacing the two winners to a 1:50-1:55 half marathon, which should be a fun excursion for Desi on Sunday.

Desi Linden is an example of how amazing American women distance runners are doing. We look forward to seeing how she fares in 2019, under the tutelage of Walt Drenth, her college coach.

In our upcoming 22 minute interview, Desi speaks about her magnifiscent obsession. In this video, Desi provides 3 tips on getting more out of the half marathon.

Dominique Scott is one of South Africa's finest distance runners. Dominique was an NCAA champion at the University of Arkansas. She won titles both indoor outdoor, while taking 3rd in the NCAA cross country. Dominique now competes for adidas and is coached by Joe Bosshard, where she trains with Emma Coburn and Aisha Praught Leer.

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Dominique competed over 10,000 meters in Rio in 2016. In 2018, Dominique competed in the World Indoors at 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters last March 2017 in Birmingham, England.

This is the second of 4 tips from Dominique Scott, who was interviewed by RunBlogRun on October 8, 2018. Dominique Scott went to Rhenish High School in Capetown, South Africa. Dominique ran 4:28 at 1500m, 9:40 for 3000m, and 34:28 for 10k. Those times recieved the attention of Lance Harter, long time coach at the University of Arkansas.

We thank Dominique Scott for her time and boundless enthusiasm.

Dominique Scott is a fine distance runner from South Africa, who travelled to the University of Arkansas. While a the Univeristy of Arkansas, under the direction of Coach Lance Harter, Dominique won both the 5,000m and 10,000m at the 2016 NCAA Championships. Dominque saw great success as well in cross country, taking 3rd in the NCAA Cross Country Champs in 2015.

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Dominique also represented South Africa at the Rio Olympics and also the World Indoor Championships. In 2018, Dominique set three PBs at the 5000 meters, as well as PBs at the mile and 1,500 meters.

We asked Dominique to provide us with three training tips for young athletes. This was recorded on October 8, 2018, in Las Vegas at the Global Athletics Conference.

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This was a fantastic year for Polish Athletics. Adam Kszcot is one of the finest middle distance runners in the world, and this guy rarely makes a mistake in a race. As Commonwealth and Euro 1500m bronze medalist Jake Wightman told me, " Adam is a master tactician." Adam won the World Indoor and European Outdoor gold 800 meter medals in 2018.

Justyna Swiety-Ersetec is the gold medalist in the 400m and member of the Polish 4x400m team from the 2018 European Champs. Justyna is an example of the fine 400 meter runners and relay teams.

775199424AP00079_24th_Europ.JPGJustyna Swiety-Ersetic takes 400m gold in Berlin, August 2018, photo by Getty Images/Berlin 2018

Watch the Polish women's team in 2019 and 2020, they are players and Justyna Swiety-Ersetec is coming into her own. And, no one should ever discount Adam Kszczot.

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Super sprinting at Charles Street
BOSTON (USA): Sunday at Charles Street in Boston will see some top sprinting. Part of adidas Boston Boost Games Shaunae Miller-Uibo will run straight 150 m, in the men´s race Noah Lyles with Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake. In the 200 m Steven Gardiner with two recent sub 44 times will face World medalist Jereem Richards from Trinidad. Women´s 200 m (also straight) will have Shakima Wimbley against Jo Atkins. There will be also 100 m. In women race World champion Tori Bowie with hurdles World record holder Keni Harrison. Men´s 100 m field has Yohan Blake, Tyson Gay, Zharnel Hughes and Commonwealth Games winner Akani Simbine. Hurdles sprints offer Sharika Nelvis, Nadine Visser and Danielle Williams and in men category Orlando Ortega, Jarret Eaton and Aleec Harris. In the 200 m hurdles Shamier Little vs Cassandra Tate is the women duel and in men´s race Michael Stigler will have it tough with Byron Robinson and Eric Futch.

Steve Scott started out as a basebal player. His mom got Steve into running, encouraging him to join her morning jogs. In high school, he ran 1:52 for the 800 meters and 4:15 for the mile in high school. Steve Scott went to UC Irvine and was coached by Len Miller. Coach and athlete worked well together for many years. Steve had PBs of 1:45.05 for 800m, 2:16.01 for 1000 meters, 3:31.76 for 1,500 meters, 3:47.69 for mile, 7:36:69, and for 5000 meters, he ran 13:30.39.

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Steve was from the truly golden time in miling, with the likes of Seb Coe, Steve Ovett, Thomas Wessinghage, Steve Cram, Ray Flynn, Ray Wicksell, John Walker. These men would race against each other (well, most of them) every third or fourth night during the Summer season.

Jeff Benjamin caught up with Steve and here is what the coach of UC San Marcos suggested for young athletes.

Updated July 12, 2017

We liked this series with Frank Gagliano so much, we are republishing this. Watch next week when we start a 20 week series from Coaches Frank Gagliano, John Trautmann and Tom Nohilly, from HOKA ONE ONE's New Jersey New York Track Club, on how to be a better cross country runner!

Enjoy this video from Coach Frank Gagliano!

Originally published November 18, 2016

Frank Gagliano is one of the finest coaches to ever educate in our sport. Frank Gagliano is respected and admired by his current athletes and former athletes. Frank Gagliano has returned to the East Coast after a decade spent coaching at Nike Farm Team (Stanford) and Nike Oregon Track Club. Frank is now coaching the HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club, along with assistant coaches Tom Nohilly and John Trautmann. We met with Frank after he greeted his athletes after the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5k on November 5, 2016. With the Shoe Addicts' support, I interviewed 'Gags', as he is known to his athletes and friends, about the nature of coaching, who should run cross country. Gags loves what he does and loves coaching the HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club. We wanted to thank Frank Gagliano and Mike McMannus of of HOKA ONE ONE for providing us the time for the interview.
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Cheserek 3:52.01 WL, Ahmed 13:04.60 WL

BOSTON (USA, Feb 26): At Boston University Last Chance Meet Edward Cheserek of the University of Oregon flew cross-country and made the long trip worth it, setting an NCAA record, Kenyan indoor record, and world lead in the mile with a 3:52.01 time. Cheserek won a very fast race that saw each of the top six men set PB's, including Kyle Merber finishing second in a career best 3:52.22. In the 5000m, Mo Ahmed ran a Canadian national record 13:04.60 to lead six men under 13:13, thanks in part to great pacemaking from Nike Bowerman Track Club teammates Dan Huling and Evan Jager. Eric Jenkins (13:05.85), Ben True (13:06.74), and Ryan Hill (13:07.61) all finished behind Ahmed in a hotly contested race, and all recorded 2017 IAAF World Championships qualifying marks (entry standard is 13:22.60). For the women, Molly Huddle and training partner Emily Sisson went one-two in the 5000m, timing 15:01.64 to 15:02.10. Sisson's time was a large PB, and they too got their world champs qualifiers (15:22.00 is the standard). Bolade Ajomale from Canada won the 60 m in 6.64 and Christopher Belcher clocked fast 20.59 PB in the 200 m. In women 400 m national record for Puerto-Rico as Grace Claxton achieved 52.64. From RRW.

Justin Lagat writes a weekly column for RunBlogRun. His column is going on four years now, and it is well recieved. Justin provides us with a view from Kenya that the majority of us, who do not travel to Kenya, or, have the ability to train with the world's greatest athletes, will never experience.

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John Trautmann was kind enough to sit down with The Shoe Addicts at the Dash to the Finish Line on November 5, 2017 This is part three of the interview series we did with John on the care and coaching of high school athletes.

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John Trautmann was a 1992 Olympian over 5000 meters. John Trautmann lost 60 lbs over several years, and, listening to his college coach, Frank Gagliano, aka Gags, trained himself back into shape and set a world masters record for the indoor mile.

John Trautmann knows how to coach young distance runners because he was one. Listen to his comments. Coaching is both art and science.

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