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Didn't Even Know this Existed:
Of Roger Bannister's 4 Minute Mile
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Friday's Pro Action:
Qatar: Francis Obikwelu Wins 100 over Justin Gatlin, Junior World Record in Men's 3k And a tight 3 way Ethiopian finish in the women's 3k.
Kenya: World Junior Silver Medallist Veronica Nyarwai Wins 1500
Mark Lewis Francis Tests Positive for Marijuana And Loses European Indoor Medal, Gets Warning
His dad is Jamaican what do you expect.
This Sunday's Rio De Janeiro Grand Prix Preview
VW Golf for Sub 4 Minute Mile in Canada on June 11th
$500 if you win and don't break 4.
*Laban Rotich, Ed Whitlock, Luke Whatson Expected for Cambridge Classic Mile
*Preview of This Weekend's Kenyan Meet
*2006 Commonwealth Games Baton in Kenya for Tour
Josh McDougal Interview
Good News/ Bad News:
*U.S. Anti Doping Agency Awards over $1 Million in Research Grants
Gene doping, blood doping using your own blood, and women's steroids are getting some necessary funding. But in the multibillion $ industry of professional sports, $1 million isn't very much to combat a serious problem.
*AFP Article on Grants
Kim Gevaert Runs 51.45 for Belgium Record
Maria Mutola Going for 13th Straight Prefontaine Championship
Panama's Irving Saladino Jump 8.26 in Chile
*Oregon Twilight Photos
More Weekend Pro Action:
Jamaica: Asafa Powell Runs 9.84 100 in Jamaica, Usain Bolt Fast 200, LaShawn Merritt 44.66
*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
fanfare during the
race (it was only announced afterwards) Harvard
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
about both on our world famous message board.
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.
Twilight Full Results
article on Ritz beating Rupp
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.
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.
Conference Track Action Underway:
SEC: SEC Results (Arkansas 1-2 in 10k)
The meet goes until Sunday.
*Big 12 Results (Sara Slattery Wins 10k Debut, Qualifies for Nationals)
*Exciting Finish in Men's 10k at Big 12s
Matthew Chesang edged Brettt Schoolmeister.
*Big 12 Website
Big 10: *Big 10 Results and Recaps(Wisconsin 1-2 in 10k)
*Big 10 Photos
IC4A/ECAC: IC4A/ECAC Results (Josh McDougal 14:01 2nd Place in 5k)
Pac10s Start Today:
*Robert Cheseret Out to Try and Duplicate Incredible Pac 10 Triple Starting Today
It's amazing what he did last year in one of the toughest conferences in the country.
*Pac 10 Preview
Nils Schumann, Olympic 800m Champ, Hoping to Race Again Soon After Being Injured for 2 Years
US 25k Champs at Fifth Third Run:
Brian Sell Aiming High
*Colleen De Reuck, Mbarak Hussein, Brian Sell, Chris Graff lead USA 25 km Championships Contenders
39 year old Mbarak Hussein who became a US citizen last year and ran 2:09 in the marathon makes his US championship debut.
*Defending Champ Simon Wangai Back at Fifth Third Riverbank Run
Asafa Powell Will Make European Debut June 9th in Ostrava
He's already run 9.84
Marion Jones' Agent Unaware of Ban by European Meet Directors
Nicholas Kemboi Defects from Kenya to Qatar Many More Expected
He ran 26:30 last year. Somehow he'll be elgibile to compete at worlds this year. We thought he had to wait 3 years.
*Coach Mike Kosgei Worried About Future of Kenyan Athletics After Defection of Nicholas Kemboi
Olympic 10k Champ Derartu Tulu Says Paula Radcliffe Should Run Marathon at Worlds
*Pittsburgh, Rutgers Win Big East Titles
Results: 2005 Big East Men's Results
*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.
men still haven't lost since leaving the Heps,
they win their 14th straight.
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.
Drug News: Hezekiel Sepeng Tests Positive for Nandrolone
He won the 800m silver medal in 1996.
*Sepeng Says Positive Test a 'Mistake' And He Knows Reason for PositiveFlora 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
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
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
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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run a successful marathon? Sign up for our marathon training program.
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.
Banned Swimmer Wins $578,000 Lawsuit Versus Supplement Maker He proved his vitamins were dirty.
Olympic Medallist Brian Diemer's Daughters Running Strong in Michigan
"Some of the pressureís gone away, but the great thing about
last year is that now itís a different kind of pressure. There are new
expectations. I finally moved on and itís closer. Itís happening."
-Alan Webb on the pressure he faces in 2005 in a nice IAAF profile
More on Webb:
*Alan Webb Pleased Lagat is An American, Says He Will be a Great Leader for Other American Milers
On the Boards:
*Videos of Crazy Steeplecahse Falls
Galen Rupp Now Doing 10k, 5k Double at Pac 10s
Athens Olympics Turn a Profit
*US 800m Runner Khadevis Robinson Looking at Bigger Picture in 2005
*Nils Schumann, Olympic 800m Champ, Hoping to Race Again Soon After Being Injured for 2 Years
Olympic 10k Medallist Zersenay Tadesse May be Most Famous Non-Politician in Eritrea
Meb Keflizighi News:
*Eritrean Development Foundation to Honor Meb Keflezighi
Next week, May 19th, in DC. Dinner open to the public.
*Meb Keflezighi Appoints His Brother As New Agent Jos Hermens was his old agent.
Rome Golden League Meet May Let Marion Jones Compete
Australian Athletes Get $52 Million to Train for 2008 Games
Eric Logsdon the forgotten man at Oregon
Pete Julian, Chris Graff and Jason Hubbard Are American Team at 2005 Bolder Boulder
Ed Sheehan Obituary from Boston Globe
Reebok Grand Prix to Be Helad in NY on June 11
Lindgren's (Not Rupp or Chapa) Has Got the Record in Our Book He ran 27:11 for 6 miles as a junior which is a slightly superior mark than the 28:15 for 10k that Rupp ran in our opinion. Since Rupp is no longer in high school like Chapa was the emphasis should have been be on Lindgren's mark not Chapa's (28:32).
Non Running Story of the Week: Dog Saves Abandoned Baby in Kenya
Sad News: Ed Sheehan Dead at 46
Former 2:13 marathoner and coach.
ING Bank Enschede Marathon Won by John Kelai in 2:11
ING Bank Enschede Marathon Won by John Kelai in 2:11
Indy Mini Marathon:
Wins in 1:03, Albina Ivanova
*Results (Former NCAA Champ Amy Skieresz Wison 5th in 1:14:30)
More on Saturday's Oregon Twilight Meet:
*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.
*Ritz's splits from 5k An extremely slow final 200m cost him the Olympic A 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
Meet Saturday in Japan Was A Good One
Justin Gatlin's 10.15 win led 4 Olympic champs competing
Kenya AAC Permit Meeting Olympic 3k Steeple champ
Ezekiel Kemboi and Eritrea's Olympic 10k bronze medallist Zersenay Tadesse
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:
*Who will win Ritz or Torres?
*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
-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."
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
*Nick Willis Co-Big 10 Track Athlete of Week
*Ian Dobston Co-Pac 10 Athlete of the Week 27:59 at Cardinal
*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
*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
*Scott Douglas Kenyan Odyssey Recap Day 1
A look at Kenyan training camp
*Scott Douglas Kenyan Odyssey Recap Day 2 Coach Colm O'Connell doesn't socialize with Knyans.
*Scott Douglas Kenyan Odyssey Recap Day 3American 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.
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:
"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.Ē
*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
Classic April Fools Edition: In
case your brain was taking a day off, April 1 was April Fools Day
on Money? Sue Us!!!
LetsRun.com Visitor Says That She and Other Visitors as Well As Regina
Jacobs Could Sue Us For Having Our April Fools Page Yesterday
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,
of LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson
John Walker Profile
Great Frank Shorter Profile
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
fill in the blanks with some hilarious responses on the message boards)
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.
If you want order VAAM click
apologizes to letsrun.com
How Pressure and Partying Lessened the Career of Matthew Yates: the
Future of British Distance Running
Jeff Schiebler is a Canadian
working in Japan.
What does he do? Run Fast. Read this account of contrasting
Schiebler's Training LogMust
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