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interview one of our own:
Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell
Didn't Even Know this Existed:
Of Roger Bannister's 4 Minute Mile
Track and Field/Racing Shoes:
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Last Night: Nick Willis and Nate Brannen Run 3:41 Openers Michigan will attempt to be the first team sub 16 in the 4*mile relay at Penn next weekend.
*Kansas Relays Results
Kevin Hanson: Hanson Runners Put Representing US Over Cash
British News:*New UK Performance Director, Dave Collins, to Hold Athletes to Stricter Standards to Receive Fundin
*Group in Britain Has Hired Mike Kosgei As Coach Will Train and Represent British and UK Athletes
Previous: Kelly Holmes to Make This Her Last Track Season
She may extend it to the Commonwealth Games in March, but that's it for the double Olympic champ.
*Kelly Holmes: Ran out of Dreams to Pursue Guardian
Former World Record Holder in the Marathon, Belayneh Dinsamo, living in poverty in Boston He had the world record for an incredible 10 years 1988-1998.
Perdita Felicien on the Comeback Trail: She Won at Mt. Sac with World Leader, Will Compete at Drake
Former London Champ Eamonn Martin Says Brits Need to Have More Confidence, Train Harder
"Get the endurance work back into the winter training schedules, get people believing in themselves....Now it's all about controlling the heart rate and this and that, not doing too much here, not doing too much there."
Olympic 200m Champ Veronica Campbell Ready for 2005
*Catherine Ndereba Gets her 4th Boston Title She came from behind to win easily.
Men: Hailu Negussie Wins Negussie picked up the win and $100,000 and Alan Culpepper of the US was a very solid 4th as fellow American Pete Gilmore was 10th.
*Article on Culpepper in USAToday
*Alan Culpepper Quotes
*US Men Do Better AP
*Boston Marathon Held in Iraq If you think you're tough with your traiing, you're not, these guys are.
*Top 100 Men
*Top 100 Women
Liu Xiang Starts 2005 Outdoor Season With 13.59
Sunday action: Marion Jones Runs 55 Second 400m at Mt. Sac, Tim Montgomery Runs 4*100
Marion Jones has run sub 50 seconds for 400 at Mt. Sac in the past. Former US 800m star Johnny Gray had this to say on Jones' pitiful performance. (Previously the AP said the quote was from Kevin Young): "I'm a Marion Jones fan. If she cheated, she needs to stop and
work hard and get back to where she was. Only she knows for sure. I wish she could compete at the level she was to prove she was
clean. If she doesn't compete at that level, that will bring all
Results: Top Mt. Sac Results from Sunday (at bottom of Article)
Wallace Spearmon is very good in case you didn't know. Sub 20 200 for the college soph on Sunday who is turning pro at the end of the season (and has the American indoor 200 record)
Sunday Marathons: *Turin Marathon Recap
*Nagano Marathon Recap (2:28 and 2:10 for Winners)
Mt. Sac Distance Carnival:
*Bernard Lagat Runs 13:14 Meet Record
The new American won the 5k easily, entered the top 10 US ranks at 5k, and got an article in the LA Times to boot, showing the advantages of US citizenship.
*Marion Jones to Race Jana Pittman at 400m at Mt. Sac on Sunday
Arizona: Sun Devil Classic
Pomona: Results Nicole Teter 2:04, Plus 3:41 in Men's 150
Sea Ray: Sea Ray Relays Results
Cornell's True frosh Jimmy Wyner, coached by LetsRun.com's Rojo, run 1:48.64
Bucknell: Dave Berdan (He trained in Flagstaff) wins 5k, Sean Duffy 3:43
of Participants at Papa John's
US 10 Mile Championship
Gary Interview - The Ohio St. cross
country coach has somehow managed to coach and
make the last 2 Olympics teams. Learn how he
Lane Interview The 4th placer at the
last 2 OlympicTrials is running more road races
Abdirahman Interview 2004 US Olympian
Abdi keeps it real and effortless shifts the
talk from his from his pimped out ride to his
pursuit of American records when he's interviewed
by 1996 Olympian Marc Davis.
Graff Interview: The runner-up at last
year's race and winner in 2003 has quit the
Nike Farm Team and is training on his own in
Washington, DC. Read about some of his amazing
workouts in the Farm where he'd close workouts
with a 4:05 mile.
Julian Interview The cancer survivor
shares he now trains by perceived effort.
World XC News: *Results
Sunday: All Results
Bekele Sweeps Again
*Long Course Results This guy is only 22 and he has won 8 world xc titles with ease every time. He led his team to the team title as Kenya would have still lost even if they used the "Qataris" in the race on their team. Dathan Ritzenhein went out with the leaders, developed bad blisters, and then struggled home in 62nd. True frosh Matt Withrow ended up leading the US in 60th.
More on Bekele: Bekele Says He Feels 'Naked' Without His Fiancee
*Bekele Says His Double Wins at This XC Champs are his Greatest Performance Ever Considering his Fiancee's Death Guardian
Women: Tirunesh Dibaba Gets Her Own Double
US Women Get Bronze
Ethiopia got a one point team victory over Kenya and Lauren Fleshman in 11th led the US women to a team bronze and a strong showing with 4 runners in the top 21.
*Dibaba's Double Surpasses Her Expectations
*Junior Boys Race Kenya swept the top 5 and Galen Rupp was the first non-African in 20th. Who says this isn't an African sport.
*Kenyan Newspaper: Kenyan Juniors Dominate, Kenyan Men Lose Again
*On the boards: How often are the Africans tested out of competition?.
Men's Short Course: Kenenisa Bekele Wins and Then Breaks Down in Tears afterwards Due to Memories of His Former Fiancee The XC king overcame the death of his fiancee to defend his crown and lead Ethiopia to the team title. The USA's Jorge Torres was the first non-African in 13th and Adam Goucher dropped out on the first lap with a calf injury.
*IAAF Recap of Men's Short Course and Bekele's Victory
*Canada Men Disappointing 12th in Short Course at World XCs
*Women's Long Course: Tirunesh Dibaba Wins, so Does Ethiopia Ethiopia went 1, 3,4 with the indoor 5k record holder leading the way. Colleen De Reuck led the US team in 13th at the age of 40.
*Alice Timbilil's Silver Medal Briefly Taken Away from Her in Mix Up
Junior Women's Recap Ethiopia's Gelete Burika Bati Absolutely Dominated, but Kenyan Women Win Team Title
More XC News:
*USATF Recap of Day 1 at World XCs With Quotes from Each Runner (Heat Bothered a Lot of Runners, Goucher Injured Calf)
*Recap from Kenyan Paper of Day 1 of World XCs
Photos: Photos From World XC
A Look Back at a Truly Great Run: Todd Williams American Record at 15k
Williams was on fire in 1995, and his 15k is one of the best American records. He finished 9th at World XCs that year when all the best in the world raced in one race. Nice read by Amby Burfoot.
Great Interview With Pete Julian
He wants to bring US cross to Boulder in 2007 and has a nice outlook on life after surviving cancer.
and Field Results
Gets Silver in Marathon, Leader Attacked by Deranged Spectator
Keflezighi's silver medal was a
surprise in the marathon (first American medal in this event since
1976), but not the biggest surprise in the race, as the leader of the
race, Brazilian Vanderlei de
Lima, was attacked by a deranged Irish fan
near the 23 mile mark. de Lima would gamely hold on for the bronze
medal despite losing valuable time, not to mention his rhythm. Italian Stefano
Baldini got the gold. America
was the only country to leave with more than one medal in the Olympic
marathon after Deena Kastor's bronze in the women's race. Briton's
Jon Brown was 4th for the 2nd straight Olympics.
of Man Holding De Lima as Cop, Fans Try to set Him Free
was a Long Struggle for Meb to Return to Athens He was there
10ear old refugree
to Appeal to Court of Arbitration in Sport for De Lima to Get 2nd
on Man Horan Who Disrupted the Athens Olympic Marathon Associated
Keflezighi Audio Clip about his Silver
Vanderlei de Lima Represents Olympic Spirit Washington
Mayhem and Triumph a Fitting End to Athens Games San
Olympic Marathon Leader Vanderlei de Lima is First Confronted and Tried
to Avoid the Fan Victor
Guerrouj, Kelly Holmes Get Historic Doubles Hicham El
in a thrilling stretch run over Kenenisa
Bekele for his second gold medal
of the Games, while Kelly
Holmes sprinted to her second
gold and a national record in the women's 1500m. In other action,
Britain stunned the US 4*100 men's team
to get its only men's track and field medal of the Games and rectify a
horrible Games for the British men. In the 4*400, the US
men and women swept the 4*400 titles.
Recap of Saturday
Event by Event from Saturday:
Men's 5k: Hicham
El Guerrouj Cements Legacy With 5k Gold after 1500m Win USA
Guerrouj Imitates Paavo Nurmi and Gets 5k, 1500m Double Independent
Over Paula: Kelly Holmes is Golden Girl of British Track and Field
After Double Golds
Holmes Says If She knew She Had to Run a PR She Wouldn't Have Shown Up
Look at Kelly Holmes, Her Upbringing and Career
Men's 800m: Yuriy
Borzakovskiy's Late Burst Gets 800m Gold over Wilson Kipketer
4*100 Men: Darren
Campbell Gets Sweet Revenge on Critics with 4*100 Gold
Men, Women Sweep 4*400 Titles
Women's High Jump: Russian
Yelena Slesarenko Upsets Hestrie Cloete American Amy
Acuff passed up a jump for a
Backley Comes Up Short Again 4th in His Final Olympics in Javelin
Xiang Gets Gold Medal, Ties Colin Jackson's World Record in 110 Hurdles
Pole Vault: Tim
Mack, Toby Stevenson Go 1-2 in Pole Vault for US
Relay Between Marion Jones and Lauryn Williams Costs US in 4*100
It sent Marion Jones home with 0 medals after failing to medal
in the long jump.
Williams Dad Puts Blame on Marion Jones
Doesn't Medal in Long Jump or 4*100
Marion Jones a Long Way from Sydney
Sweeps Long Jump
4*100 Men's Team Impresses in Qualifying
Movie of All-Time: Fire on the
sitting on the results for months, we're proud
to announce that the best running movie of all-time as selected by our
viewers is a not an academy award winner, Chariots
of Fire, or a
highly publicized film produced by Tom Cruise (Without
but rather a running documentary,
Fire on the Track: The Steve Prefontaine
Story. Read all about the
voting and see
the 10 best running
movies of all-time as selected by our viewers.
This Weekend: Mo Greene Running 100, Marion Jones 4*200 at Kansas Relays
Oregon: Galen Rupp Gets Eligibility Will Compete Tonight for Oregon
UK: Sonia O'Sullivan, Others to Take Part in Sam Haughian Memorial Run
Grrmany: Julio Rey Favorite at Sunday's Hamburg Marathon
Beglrade: Isaac Kiprono Favorite at Belgrade Marathon
Jeremy Wariner to Compete at Adidas Track Classic on May 22nd in LA
Paul Tergat Denies Retirement Rumors Say He's Got 3 Years Left He ran 59 minutes for a half a month ago. We don't think he's done either.
Iowa State Rotich Kenyan Brothers Were Perplexed at America as their Introduction was a Beer Mile With the Cops Coming
Adidas Becomes Sponsor of Home Depot Meet A day after we said they were cutting back on sponsorship they're back.
*Coca Cola Becomes Sponsor of San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon
Boston Marathon Wants Radcliffe And Says the Decision is Up to Her
Actually, they first need to open up their wallets and then the decision will be up to her.
*Blisters Hampered Ryan Shay in Boston
Olympian Charlie Gruber Headlines Kansas Relays
Marlon Devonish Wants Individual Medal in Helsinki
*Olympic Champ Tyler Hamilton Gets 2 Year Ban
We're about as anti-doping as they come, but are extremely alarmed that someone could be banned for 2 years on a 2-1 arbitration ruling. All drug cheats say they are innocent, but in this case one arbitrator wrote a scathing dissent and says more needs to be done to validate the test. Plus contrary to what you read, Hamilton originally tested negative according to the lab in Athens. There are a lot of problems with Hamilton's blood readings and he may be guilty but when you have Dick Pound the head of WADA basically calling Hamilton a cheat before his hearing is done you have to wonder how unbiased WADA is. No one ever reads the rulings but you can read it here.
*Tyler Hamilton comments on his website.
*Tyler Hamilton Spent Nearly $700,000 on His Anti Doping Defense* LA Times Registration required.
Flora London Marathon:
*Video Highlights of 2005 London Marathon
Post London News: Radcliffe More Likely to Run Marathon at Worlds
*Paula Radcliffe a National Hero
"It is not just her performances that appeal, it is the honesty that accompanies them.
*Paul Tergat Blames Pulled Muscle for Subpar Performance in London
Women: Paula Radcliffe Dominates in London Once Again
A bathroom break was the only drama in this one as Radcliffe ran 2:17:42. She is so good a sub 2:18 seems almost routine.
Men: Martin Lel Pulls Upset The talk before the race centered on the world record holder (Paul Tergat), the top marathoner in the world (Evans Rutto) and the Olympic champ (Stefano Baldini), but 2003 NY Champ Martin Lel came out on top, proving his career is not over and backing up his pre race claim that he could win the race. Tergat and Rutto faded badly.
*IAAF Recap with splits
*Jon Brown 2 Seconds Short of $10,000 Bonus The Brit has bad luck with 2 4th placed finishes at the Olympics as well.
*ING NYC Marathon First in Line to Get Radcliffe for this Fall
*London Marathon Photos
NCAA Indoors: *Results
Post Meet News: Arkansas Bids to Host NCAA Indoors Another 3 Years They get 5000 fans every day and deserve the meet again.
*Kerron Clement Has a World Record in the 400m, but Says He's a Hurdler
*Nice Distance Recaps from NYRR:
*Men's Day 1 *Men's Day 2
*Women's Day 1 * Women's Day 2
*Women's Photos *Men's Photos
Saturday: World Record for Kerron Clement in 400
*Arkansas Wins 40th Title, Tennessee Gets First Crown
Clement was known as a hurdler before this meet (or an xc runner to some). He came back to anchor the Florida 4*400 to an NCAA record. Unbelievable performances. (Download the world record video fast as we think the NCAA will want it taken down) LaShawn Merritt looks like a genius for turning pro before this meet. In case you didn't know, the Arkansas track is super fast. Arkansas won despite its DMR getting DQd, and not having its best sprinter Tyson Gay score, but picked up extra points in the 400, 800 and 3k. Tennessee won under JJ Clarke despite Nicole Cook going out with injury in the 800.
Distances: In the 800, Kevin Hicks (who won the USATF indoor title) ended Nate Brannen's dream of a a threepeat, but Brannen's teammate Nick Willis made it look easy in the mile. Nebraska's Anne Shadle won the women's mile, Wisconsin's Chris Solinsky picked up his first NCAA title in the 3000 and Colorado's Renee Metivier bounced back after a subpar 5k to win the 3k in a race where Sara Bei was leading and fell with 300 left and Marina Mucan also fell
*Mt Sac Director Scott Davis the announcer at NCAAs
Friday: Wallace Spearmon Breaks NCAA Record in 200 to Win Before Hometown Crowd, 2nd Fastest Ever 20.10
He also broke the record with 20.21 in the prelim
DMR: Men: Michigan Wins DMR as Arkansas Nips them at the Line But is DQq Nate Brannen was closing fast and Said Ahmed moved wide to hold him off and was DQd.
*Arkansas DQd Without Looking at Video
Women: Michigan Women Win DMR
5ks: Stanford's Ian Dobson won't be overlooked anymore. Dobson was 6th at the USATF nationals at 10k in 2003 and came through big time in the 5k, getting the "upset"win. The women's 5k also had a suprise winner with NAU's Ida Nilsson getting the win in her final race to go with her outdoor steeple title.
800s: NCAA record holder Nicole Cook tried to run on a bad hamstring and did not advance.
200: Walter Dix Breaks World Junior Record in Finishing 2nd to Spearmon
*Spearmon Did Distance Runs in Fall
*Brief Event by Event Coverage from Trackshark
*Trackwire men's individual predictions
*Trackwire women's individual predictions
More on Lydiard:
*Lydiard's Son Remembers Peter Snell Getting Dropped on the First Run With Lydiard's Boys
Snell went on to win 3 Olympic medals, gold ones.
*Peter Snell Still Spreading the Lydiard Gospel Although it Wasn't Always Smooth Sailing
*Why Didn't Lydiard Get the Recognition he Deserved in New Zealand?
*More on Lydiard: He Was Greatly Appreciated Abroad, But Ironically Not as Much in New Zealand
*Arthur Lydiard Didn't Just Coach the Stars
*2nd Lydiard Cartoon
"Excuse me if I sound hoarse, but
I have a head cold. Usually head colds are due to changes in the
weather, but in my case, it is due to a change in attitude on
-Colorado Cross Country Coach, Mark Wetmore, coach of the 2004 Men's and Women's NCAA XC Champions, speaking at the Arthur Lydiard Tour Stop last night in Boulder, about the change in heart of many letsrun.com posters after Wetmore's unbelievable coaching job this year.LetsRun.com
Book Reviews 2 Good Reads on Milers 50 years apart:
Sub 4:00 and The Perfect Mile
Read the review of story on Alan Webb's (and Nate
Brannen's) first brush with adversity. Plus, read
about 3 great milers trying to be the first under 4 minutes 50 years
isn't always better:
"I had over-trained. I put too much pressure on myself because I wanted
that gold medal too much. If I had trained 15 per cent less, I would
have won. I was training like a crazy person. There was a lack of
self-confidence and a lack of maturity. An athlete does not only train
with his body. He trains with his mind."
-Hicham El Guerrouj on
why he didn't win Olympic gold in 2000
"I think that the sports in which you read about doping tend to be the
cleaner sports. I mean, I think if you put Major League Baseball
players and NFL players through lie detector tests [about whether they
use performance- enhancing drugs], fully 50 percent would fail..I did
this bike race, 75 hours. But I didn't feel any sense of achievement. I
found it depressing. Because, to me, athletic endeavors should be one
of the most pure of endeavors. Why else do it? It's a sense of testing
-author Stuart Stevens,
who for 8 months got on just about every performance enhancing drug
imaginable to see how it would affect him, and wrote about the ordeal
for Outside Magazine. The
results were simply amazing as he put on 14 pounds without lifting a
weight, had increased endurance, better vision, and less soreness. The
quote above is from a Newsday
piece where Stevens says the ordeal left him more ardently opposed to
drugs in sports. The entire article from Outside
Magazine where Stevens recaps
his experience is
a must read and is now available in its entirety on line and can be
(If you'd like to subscribe to
Outside Magazine you can do so
here for only $15.99 a year
(cover price is $47.40)
In case you
Todd Williams Hangs them up
In our lengthy 3 part interview, Todd Williams, the premier 10,000m
runner in the US, talks about his illustrious career and the sport of
running in general.
here, Part II
here, Part III
Beardsley who had run 2 sub 2:13 in 3 weeks defeated
Garry Bjorklund in a great duel as two Minnesotans were under 2:10
Martin Franklin Revealed
to the viewers at our site we've got some photos
and information on Martin Franklin the fraud who for a brief moment on
Sunday was the 5th American and $4,750 richer at the New York City
Problem was he took the subway from the start to the finish.
Legend Passes: "I
don't train; never have. I don't think of running as training. I just
go out and run each day, and let the racing take care of itself"-
Jack Foster of New Zealand, who
ran a 2:11:17 marathon at the age of 41 to win silver at the
Commonwealth Games in 1974. He died in a bike accident yesterday at the
age of 72.
NCAA XC: CU Sweeps NCAA Men's and Women's Cross Country Crowns
Mark Wetmore worked his magic at Colorado again as both his squads captured upset wins. The men's win was the bigger upset of the day. Simon Bairu of Wisconsin won the individual crown to help the heavily favored Wisconsin Badgers, but in the end it was not enough as Colorado eked out a 4 point victory by moving up late in the race.
*Mud No Problem for Kim Smith as She Dominates
*Bairu's Win Sweet and Sour Wisconsin State Journal
*Wetmore, Buff's Work Wonders Boulder Daily Camera
*Stanford Men, Women Disappoint San Francisco Chronicle
*Stanford Inexperience Showed
*Men's Individual (Simon Bairu of Wisconsin Wins)
*Women's Individual (Kim Smith of Providence Wins)
Photos: *Track And Field News
Advice from the pros
10 Training Tips
Weldon Johnson gives his top 10
training tips. They helped him run a 28:27 10k and will definitely help
coaching consultant John Kellogg
outlines his basic coaching approach and gives the four principals to
training for elites. LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson translates
Kellogg's approach so that it is beneficial for the masses.
Marathon Training Program
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our experts show you how.
Turn Back the Clock:
Interviews With Today's Stars on Their High School Careers
Dehaven: U.S. Marathon
Henner: U.S. Olympian
Reeser: Top Road Racer Wrestled in High School
how LetsRun.com running guru, John Kellogg, made a tiny private school
in Texas one of the best teams in the state.
American legend Patti Dillon urges Pete Gilmore to stick with his running and his dream after his 10th place finish at the Boston Marathon
*Michigan State's Top Distance Recruit Riley Klingel Killed in Car Crash
*Coach Gary Stoner Who Influenced Shay Brothers Dies of Heart Attack
Great Read: Jeff Nelson and Gerry Lindgren Interview at Dyestat
"I had just average ability. Mileage gave me strong legs and let me do what I did."-high school legend Gerry Lindgren
*High school 2 miler Record Holder Jeff Nelson -- "Mileage is the key factor...Everyone was running more than 80 miles a week; some 120-150. Anyone running under 9 minutes (for 2 miles) was doing at least 100 miles a week. In the 1980's the scientists took over. They got away from running. "
World Anti-Doping Agency May Have Discovered Another Designer Steroid
Oldest Olympian Dies at 100
Cornellians in the News:
*Cornell Women's 4*800 Runs Top Time in Country
*Alum Max King Making a Name for himself
Lagat May be Given US Records for His Times Last Year
We think this is bogus. An athlete competing for another country should not be given US records. Lagat had the choice of saying he wanted to represent the US last year and chose not to.
Felix Sanchez Invite on May 14th Attracting Some Stars
Lagat May Have Competed in Olympics for Kenya While No Longer a Citizen of Kenya Philip Hersh is reporting in today's Chicago Tribune that Lagat became a US Citizen on May 7th of last year, making him no longer a Kenyan citizen (Kenya does not allow dual citizenship). Lagat, however, competed for Kenya in the Olympics last year. He then last week issued a statement saying he was now going to compete for the US and became a US Citizen on March 29, 2005, when in reality he had been a citizen much longer.
WADA Significantly Reduced Number of Out of Competition Tests in 2004
WADA is not doing the job it needs to be doing, but wants you to think it is. Good lock getting tested out of competition if you live in a third world country.
*Editorial: Paula Radcliffe a National Hero
"It is not just her performances that appeal, it is the honesty that accompanies them.
Grand Slam A Possibility from 5 Big City Marathons
Boston vs London: "Really the race is in London. That's where the buzz is. In
the past, the (marathon industry) got together right here in this lobby
during Boston. But now the industry is in London... One agent said to me, `All restraint is gone in
regards to money at London.' From what I understand, there may be as
many as six runners over $200,000 (in apperance fees), and four of
those are over $300,000. In Boston, no one is over $150,000.''-Race commentator Toni Reavis on the London Marathon being the #1 marathon in the sping.
*"If you are an elite runner, you can't live on history and tradition
"-Amby Burfoot, Boston Marathon champ in an article in the Buffalo News on the decline of the Boston Marathon.
*April Fools 2004
*April Fool. 2003
*April Fools 2002
*April Fools 2001
Today's Sign of the Apocalypse: LetsRun.com Wins Journalism Award We're officially "professional" and "journalists" now. At least we know not to lift entire passages from other people's message boards, write a major article based on these passages, and then not say where they came from (hint the same magazine that originated the apocalypse thing and is a magazine we actually really like)
"The first feeling I had when I finished the race was one of relief. A
huge sense of relief. Because I knew I was capable of doing it," John Treacy on his silver medal in the marathon in 1984 in his first marathon ever.
Hero: Former Indiana State Champ, DIII All-American Jeremy Wright, Killed in Afghanistan He was in the special forces and had even been running in the mountains of afghanistan.
"I am a U.S. product. People saw me develop in
high school and college to what I am today. But I didn't come to this
country for running. I came here for the opportunities. I've had to
overcome obstacles with faith growing up. The discomfort of a marathon
or any athletic event cannot compare with the choices of life of death
-US marathon star Meb Keflezighi in a IAAF profile
Arthur Lydiard Quotes:
"Train Don't Strain"
-famed distance coach Arthur Lydiard
Friday's Lydiard Quote: "Americans arrogantly want it all now, this is
why they finish last. Speed must be used in proper proportions. Build
and build like the Afrikans. This is the only way to realise your
-famed distance coach Arthur Lydiard
Thursday's Lydiard Quote:
"We asked ourselves what is wrong with
middle-distance running nowadays. The talent, we agreed, is in both New
Zealand and here in the United States, but the times and
performances are not. The system, we felt, is killing the
sport. We enjoyed our running. We raced when we were ready, not when we
were told. The athletes at colleges here are racing too much. They are
expected to race indoors, outdoors [on the track] and cross-country.
Burnout, surely, is inevitable...These days runners seem more concerned with what shoe contract they can get rather than the programme they should be following "
-Peter Snell, 3 time Olympic champ, on what he and his famed coach
Wednesday's Lydiard Quote:
*"Champions are everywhere, all you have to do is train them properly"
Tuesday's Lydiard Quote:
"If your coach can't tell you why you are doing a particular workout, get yourself another coach.”
*Monday's Lydiard Quote:
"It wasn't that I was a great coach; I was simply running more than anyone else around."
-Arthur Lydiard who passed away this week and will get a quote of the day all week.
'Suddenly I got to the age of 36, and one day I realized I can't ever run any quicker than I'm running at this moment"
(Coe reportedly stopped midwork and never ran another competitive step)
-SebCoe, 2 time 1500m gold medallist and former 800m world record holder, according to Frank Deford in an audio essay on the doping scandal.
Bekele News: Bekele To Run Reebok Boston Indoor Games
Reebok has replaced adidas as the title sponsor of this great meet and picked up a huge name.
Man Who Turned His Back on US
You to Turn Your Back on Khalid Khannouch
not saying everyone should attempt to become an Olympic runner.
Actually, I'm saying most of you shouldn't try to do this. But we all
have talents, dreams and goals that for some reason we may be reluctant
to pursue. This whole experience has shown me we can accomplish a lot
more than we once thought possible"
-LetsRun.com co-founder Weldon
Johnson in an article in the Dallas
Morning News titled, "You don't
need to reach Athens to be a winner"
JK Speaks: This
statistical evidence from the larger
laboratory of real-world trial and error, head-to-head competition and
marks on the stopwatch points overwhelmingly to the fact that one
change - the most important change of all - takes place with higher
-famed LetsRun.com coaching Guru,
John Kellogg, in a piece where
he outlines the reasons for higher mileage (much of it at a slower
pace) and gives some practical training advice.
In case You
Missed it: LetsRun.com
Olympic Trials Section
It's Official: Regina
Jacobs Drug Cheat
Someone Else is Paying Attention:
"That's about enough to buy paper, rubber bands, and some Scotch tape"
-Dr. Charles Yesalis,
anti doping scholar, on the inadequate funding for drug testing
research by USADA and WADA in a Business
"I am glad that because I chose to focus on a personal goal, pursued
passionately and today I bear testimony of what it can yield, even
beyond my wildest expectations. I hope that this will somehow encourage
someone here today as well, to pursue his dream and vision...Usually, I
get quite enriched whenever I have an opportunity to positively touch
the life of someone. Such opportunities to show concern enable me, and
indeed all of us, to share what God has placed into our hands."
-World Record Holder in the Marathon and Humanitarian
Paul Tergat in his acceptance
speech for his honary degree from Bloomfield College in New Jersey.
True Gentleman and a Paid Male Escort, Unbelievable:
a true gentleman"
Peter Vail, on LetsRun.com's Weldon
Johnson in an Arizona
Sun profile on
his "running" house, plus an update on steeplechaser Anthony
(and if you'd like to go back in the LetsRun.com archives and read
about "Surivor Flagstaff", the attempt by 5 of the World's sexiest
distance runners to live in a one bedroom apartment click
Nice Photos of the Boulder Runners Working Out (Culpeppers,
Slatteries, Ritz, Torres, Goucher)
"What Roger Bannister did is the single greatest athletic achievement
of the 20th century.....Let me tell you why I say this about Bannister.
I say this about Bannister because of the spirit of optimism that it
gave to people. The thing about running is everyone can run, and in
every country of the world, people do run. That is an international
event and for many many years people said the 4 minute mile was
undoable. It's like when you land a guy on the moon - you land a lot of
guys on the moon after that, but the first guy, that's a real big deal
. I just think the spirit of optimism that that gave people- like
climbing Mt. Everest - no one wants to do it but when you do it, it's a
big deal. ...Again I think running and jumping is what everyone in the
world has in common."
-Tony Kornheiser commenting on
Roger Bannister's historic sub-4 minute mile during the greatest show
on television, ESPN's Pardon
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might ask, "Why
not simply adopt
the old school approach of 'get out there and work your tail
without paying attention to any particular speed or effort level?
that what the top runners in the 1970s and early 1980s
Yes, to some extent the best
of that era did train this way - and they saw excellent results - but
they were logging more
than you are probably running,
and this was the principal ingredient in their success.
guru John Kellogg in his article on 'oxygen uptake' training
Great Advice for the Greatest Distance Runner Ever:
Haile Gebrselassie says work hard, be patient, and take your
recovery days seriously. Good Read.
"Few who made
the journey even once regretted having done it, and the more they made
the trip, the more they came to embrace it as an unparalleled
-famed coaching guru, John Kellogg, aka JK,
writing once again for LetsRun.com
(We asked him to write about distance running and he wrote about hang
gliding (it's a metaphor on running))
Read/Advice: Such a Simple Sport:
"I train twice every day except on Sundays and on Christmas Day."
Haile Gebrselassie, on his training over the holidays. He says his New
Year's resolution is to win the gold medal at 10k and break the 10k
world record. And Gebrselassie is still young as it is only 1996 in
Ethiopia (we swear).
Hill on Why You Should Run the Marathon,
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on the boards: Wildest
Training Run Ever
would be days I would run 70 km (43 miles) and then there are days I
would run 20 or so. I just mentioned that figure (70) to state that
there are days I would actually run up to 70 or so. The fact that I can
run that much gives me confidence and makes me believe I am doing a
-former world record holder in the marathon Naoko Takahashi in Part I
of a fascinating interview with Japan
Times on her training
know you're a runner if....... (our
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Is it the
thought for a few minutes my legs would be sore. But my legs
heavy at all. I went jogging and felt as good as ever."
-Naoka Takahashi won won the
Berlin marathon and
reportedly went for a "long run" the day after. Takahashi credits some
of her success to VAAM, the sports drink from made from stomach
acid of killer hornets that she drinks.
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Jeff Schiebler is a Canadian
working in Japan.
What does he do? Run Fast. Read this account of contrasting
Schiebler's Training Log
author went to Japan for an Ekiden Relay Race, and got to see first
the training secrets of the Japanese. Highlights of the trip were a
camp with arguably top collegiate team in the world: Yamanashi-Gaukin.
Read about this cultural exchange, and the unbelievable training the