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"I wasn't expecting to win. I wanted to do better than I did, but I just wanted to score [for the team]."

-Carolyn Bierbaum, of Columbia, after getting 6th place and one point in the 3k at the Heps (Ivy League Champs) in her third event at the meet. Previously, she won the 10,000m in an NCAA leading time and won the 5k to help her team finish in 2nd place by 3 points. And yet some of you on the message board are criticizing her for tripling.  Call us crazy, but we thought a major point of collegiate track and field was for teams to finish as high as possible at their conference meets.

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More Weekend Pro Action:
Jamaica:
Asafa Powell Runs 9.84 100 in Jamaica, Usain Bolt Fast 200, LaShawn Merritt 44.66  IAAF
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Asafa Powell Even Let up at End of 9.84 100 AP

Ethiopia: A New Star Emerges:World Junior XC Champ Gelete Burika Upsets Tirunesh Dibaba at Ethiopian 5k Champs Dibaba was double xc world champ but was beaten by Burika who won the junior race at worlds by 22 seconds.
Modesto:
Khadevis Robinson Runs 1:45 in Modesto, Jeremy Wariner Wins but Over 45 Seconds, Toby Stevenson Impressive in Vault Again
*Modesto Relays Results

American Junior 10k Records Fall!!!
Galen Rupp lived up to the huge pre-meet hype (as he powered past Rudy Chapa's 29-year old American junior record of 28:32 with a 28:15.51 clocking in Eugene. Rupp was brilliant as he ran the last 8 laps all by himself and had the fans in Eugene on their feet. Meanwhile, across the country, with absolute zero advance publicity and zero fanfare during the race (it was only announced afterwards) Harvard freshman Lindsey Scherf broke Mary Shea's almost 26-year old record of 32.52.5 with a 32:51.20 clocking at the Heps meet (Ivy League) in a race won by Columbia's Caroline Bierbaum in an Ivy record of 32:44.51. The women's 10k at the Heps was fast as the top 7 all hit the NCAA provisional mark. Talk about both on our world famous message board.

Oregonian Recap or Oregon Twilight Meet This is a good article as it recaps all the action including Dathan Ritzenhein beating Jorge Torres at 5k (13:22 vs. 13:30) but missing the world championship standard of 13:21.5 and Tommy Skipper vaulting 17 feet after surgery.  The only thing it doesn't mention is Shayne Culpepper beat Lauren Fleshman at 3k (8:54 vs. 9:00) as Caitlin Chock only ran a  9:56 3k but did run the 1500 right before. *Oregon Twilight Full Results
*Boulder article on Ritz beating Rupp

LRC Exclusive: Interviews of Participants at Papa John's US 10 Mile Championship
*Robert Gary Interview
- The Ohio St. cross country coach has somehow managed to coach and make the last 2 Olympics teams. Learn how he does it.
*Matt Lane Interview
The 4th placer at the last 2 OlympicTrials is running more road races this year
*Abdi 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.
*Chris 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.
*Pete Julian Interview The cancer survivor shares he now trains by perceived effort.

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.

Olympic Track and Field:
*Track and Field Results
Sunday:
Meb Gets Silver in Marathon, Leader Attacked by Deranged Spectator American Meb 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.
Great Photo: Photo of Man Holding De Lima as Cop, Fans Try to set Him Free
*It was a Long Struggle for Meb to Return to Athens
He was there as a 10ear old refugree
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Brazilians to Appeal to Court of Arbitration in Sport for De Lima to Get 2nd Marathon Gold
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More on Man Horan Who Disrupted the Athens Olympic Marathon Associated Press
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Meb Keflezighi Audio Clip about his Silver
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Editorial: Vanderlei de Lima Represents Olympic Spirit Washington Post
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Marathon Mayhem and Triumph a Fitting End to Athens Games San Francisco Chronicle
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Photo: Athens Olympic Marathon Leader Vanderlei de Lima is First Confronted and Tried to Avoid the Fan Victor Sailer

Saturday:
El Guerrouj, Kelly Holmes Get Historic Doubles Hicham El Guerrouj triumphed 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.
*IAAF Recap of Saturday
Event by Event from Saturday:
Men's 5k:
Hicham El Guerrouj Cements Legacy With 5k Gold after 1500m Win USA Today
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El Guerrouj Imitates Paavo Nurmi and Gets 5k, 1500m Double Independent
Women's 1500m:
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Move Over Paula: Kelly Holmes is Golden Girl of British Track and Field After Double Golds
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Kelly Holmes Says If She knew She Had to Run a PR She Wouldn't Have Shown Up
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A 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
4*400:
US 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 bronze medal.
Javelin:
Steve Backley Comes Up Short Again 4th in His Final Olympics in Javelin

Friday
:
Liu 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
4*100:
Botched 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.

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Lauryn Williams Dad Puts Blame on Marion Jones
Long Jump:
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Marion Jones Doesn't Medal in Long Jump or 4*100
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Editorial: Marion Jones a Long Way from Sydney
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Russia Sweeps Long Jump
Qualifying 4*100:
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US 4*100 Men's Team Impresses in Qualifying

And the winner is:
Best Running Movie of All-Time: Fire on the Track
After 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 Limits), 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.

Collegiate Track Conference Action:
Big East:

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Pittsburgh, Rutgers Win Big East Titles
Results:
2005 Big East Men's Results
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2005 Big East Women's Results
Heps: Cornell Men, Women Sweep Heps Again
Caroline Bierbaum won the 5k and picked up a point in the 3k a day after her collegiate leader in the 10k.

Citizenship of Stephen Cherono May Have Been Switched in Violation of Kenyan Rules

Jesse Owens Meet: Anthony Famiglietti Opens With 8:20 Steeple  Shows what happens when you train in Flagstaff. Just wait until you see what Kenenisa Bekele runs for 5k in Hengelo at the end of the month.
*Results

Drug News: Hezekiel Sepeng Tests Positive for Nandrolone  He  won the 800m silver medal in 1996.
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Sepeng Says Positive Test a 'Mistake' And He Knows Reason for Positive
Flora London Marathon:
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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.
More:
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IAAF Recap with splits
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Jon Brown 2 Seconds Short of $10,000 Bonus The Brit has bad luck with 2 4th placed finishes at the Olympics as well.
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ING NYC Marathon First in Line to Get Radcliffe for this Fall
*London Marathon Photos

More on Lydiard:
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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
*Lydiard Cartoon
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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 letsrun.com"
-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 ago.

More 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

In case you missed it:
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.
Part I here, Part II here, Part III here

1981 Grandma's Marathon
Dick 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

A 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
Results:

*Men's Individual (Simon Bairu of Wisconsin Wins)
*Men's Team
*Women's Individual (Kim Smith of Providence Wins)
*Women's Team
Photos:
*Track And Field News
*Fast-Women
*Men's Racing

Training Advice:
Advice from the pros
.Top 10 Training Tips
LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson gives his top 10 training tips. They helped him run a 28:27 10k and will definitely help you too.
No Shortcuts

LetsRun.Com coaching consultant John Kellogg outlines his basic coaching approach and gives the four principals to correct training for elites. LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson translates Mr. Kellogg's approach so that it is beneficial for the masses.
Marathon Training Program

Do you want to run a successful marathon? Sign up for our marathon training program. Let our experts show you how.
High School Section
Interviews
Turn Back the Clock:
Interviews With Today's Stars on Their High School Careers

Rod Dehaven: U.S. Marathon Champ
Juli Henner: U.S. Olympian
Todd Reeser: Top Road Racer Wrestled in High School
Many more
Training Advice
Learn how LetsRun.com running guru, John Kellogg, made a tiny private school in Texas one of the best teams in the state.

More on Saturday's Oregon Twilight Meet:
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Recap from Eugene Register Guard Galen Rupp got the American junior 10k record and Dathan Ritzenhein won the 5k but missed the world championship standard.

Sunday Road Action:
Berlin:
Luke Kibet's 1:13:51 Wins 25k in Berlin
Edinburgh:
Juan de la Ossa, Jelena Prokopcuka Defeat Africans in Road 10k in Edinburgh

Bekele Looking for Fast 10k in Hengelo after Training In Flagstaff

Saturday's Pro-Track Action
*IAAF Meet Saturday in Japan Was A Good One Justin Gatlin's 10.15 win led 4 Olympic champs competing in Japan
*Osaka Results

*Nairobi Kenya AAC Permit Meeting Olympic 3k Steeple champ Ezekiel Kemboi and Eritrea's Olympic 10k bronze medallist Zersenay Tadesse were beaten.

Katelyn Kaltenbach Has Run Her Last High School Race  The Footlocker Champ is injured.

NCAA Star, Ian Dobson, Not Taking Classes at Stanford, He's Just Enjoying Life and Running

Everyone who emailed us about living in Flagstaff this summer Furnished room only $340 a month. That's a bargain. He should charge more.

Olympic Marathon Hero Vanderlei de Lima Is Running Bellin Run in Wisconsin in June

On the world famous boards:
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Who will win Ritz or Torres?
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Is Webb a 5k Guy?
*Best Way to Ask a Girl to Prom? It's been established, powerpoints are for breaking up.

Wejo Wins Ithaca Twilight 5k
Snoop Dogg in attendance

Thomas J. Brown Former Head of BAA Dies

Khadevis Robinson Has Started Season Fast

Michigan Distance Runners Get an Editorial in the Detroit News

"Sorry, kid. I've emptied out my pockets. I'm broke. There's nothing to show. Nothing to give you. Nothing."
-Arkansas coach John McDonnell on being shut out at the Penn Relays for the first time since before the current guys on his team were born (1982).

Craig Mottram Brief Chat "There's no reason to do the hard work and then go into a race thinking we can't win. That's stupid."

"I predicted back in 2001 that Marion would probably never reach her full potential and that some day she would do something that would disappoint us all. I just never expected that she would do it to us over and over again."
-200m and 400m world record holder, Michael Johnson, ripping into Marion Jones in a Daily Telegraph piece

It Must Be a Slow News Day:
*Amy Rudolph USATF Athlete of the Week
She deserves it as she became the #2 American at 10,000m
*Justin Gatlin Olympic Athlete of the Week by USA Today
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Nick Willis Co-Big 10 Track Athlete of Week
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Ian Dobston Co-Pac 10 Athlete of the Week 27:59 at Cardinal
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Christine Bolf CU Athlete of Week

Simon Bairu Broke Wisconsin School Record in 10k by Over 10 Seconds at Stanford

USOC Funds to Athletes to Double, Kelli White Very Helpful in Talking about Drugs to USOC Board

"Before you race off and make sweeping proclamations on the state of the sport, consider this: If just one man, Alan Culpepper, had not run Boston, there would be no discussion of a resurgence in the sport."
-Steve Nearman writing about the American marathoning resurgence in the Washington Times

Jeremy Wariner Unfazed by Losing His First 2 400s of 2005

Profile on Jennings from San Francisco Chronicle

Mark Lewis Francis to Race Before His Dad in Jamaica

Funniest Post of the Day:
*Doping Jacket (Athletics West) for Sale on Ebay

USOC News:
*Kelli White Talks to Olympic Sport Leaders About Doping
*USOC Meeting This Week With All Governing Bodies to Give Them a Review

Kevin Collins Thought About Quitting But He's Still Running

Fighting Kenyan, Ugandan Tribes to Put Down Arms for Race

Great Reads:
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Scott Douglas Kenyan Odyssey Recap Day 1
A look at Kenyan training camp
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Scott Douglas Kenyan Odyssey Recap Day 2
Coach Colm O'Connell doesn't socialize with Knyans.
*Scott Douglas Kenyan Odyssey Recap Day 3
American legend Patti Dillon urges Pete Gilmore to stick with his running and his dream after his 10th place finish at the Boston Marathon

Sad News:
*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:
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Cornell Women's 4*800 Runs Top Time in Country
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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.

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)

Arthur Lydiard Quotes:
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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 potential."
-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:
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"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.

Phil Hersh the Man Who Turned His Back on US Marathoners, Tells You to Turn Your Back on Khalid Khannouch

"I'm 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 Low-Volume Rubbish
"
the 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 mileage: improved performance."
-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

Finally 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 Week story.

Great Advice:
"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.

A True Gentleman and a Paid Male Escort, Unbelievable:
"He's a true gentleman"
-Canadian marathoner, Peter Vail, on LetsRun.com's
Weldon Johnson in an Arizona Daily Sun profile on his "running" house, plus an update on steeplechaser Anthony Famiglietti
(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 here)

Photos: Some Nice Photos of the Boulder Runners Working Out (Culpeppers, Slatteries, Ritz, Torres, Goucher)

Great Quote:
"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 the Interuption.

LetsRun.com Classic April Fools Edition: In case your brain was taking a day off, April 1 was April Fools Day
Short on Money? Sue Us!!!
Outraged LetsRun.com Visitor Says That She and Other Visitors as Well As Regina Jacobs Could Sue Us For Having Our April Fools Page Yesterday

JK Speaks Again:
"You might ask,
"Why not simply adopt the old school approach of 'get out there and work your tail off' without paying attention to any particular speed or effort level? Isn't that what the top runners in the 1970s and early 1980s did?" Yes, to some extent the best of that era did train this way - and they saw excellent results - but they were logging more mileage than you are probably running, and this was the principal ingredient in their success.

-
LetsRun.com guru John Kellogg in his article on 'oxygen uptake' training

More Great Advice for the Greatest Distance Runner Ever:
Haile Gebrselassie says work hard, be patient, and take your recovery days seriously.
Good Read.

JK Speaks:
"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 experience"

-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))

Great Read/Advice: Such a Simple Sport:
"I train twice every day except on Sundays and on Christmas Day."

-the great 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).

Must Read:
Ron Hill on Why You Should Run the Marathon,

Profile of LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson

Great Read!
John Walker Profile

Great Frank Shorter Profile

Great Thread on the boards: Wildest Training Run Ever

Great Read: "...there 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 good job."
-former world record holder in the marathon Naoko Takahashi in Part I of a fascinating interview with Japan Times on her training

*Part II Here

Inspirational Running Poem

You know you're a runner if....... (our reader's fill in the blanks with some hilarious responses on the message boards)

Is it the VAAM?:
"I thought for a few minutes my legs would be sore. But my legs weren't 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.
If you want order VAAM
click here

Runnersworld.com apologizes to letsrun.com

Great Read: How Pressure and Partying Lessened the Career of Matthew Yates: the Former Future of British Distance Running

Excellent Read:
The Company Man

(link fixed)

Jeff Schiebler
is a Canadian working in Japan. What does he do? Run Fast. Read this account of contrasting cultures.
*Jeff Schiebler's Training Log
Must Read
Training in Japan

The author went to Japan for an Ekiden Relay Race, and got to see first hand the training secrets of the Japanese. Highlights of the trip were a training camp with arguably top collegiate team in the world: Yamanashi-Gaukin. Read about this cultural exchange, and the unbelievable training the Japanese runners do.