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Review: Running Within
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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
New Fresno Indoor Meet Gives $10,000 to Angela Daigle in 60m IAAF
*Fresno State Results
Arkansas and Tennessee Ranked #1 by Trackwire.com
Tegla Laroupe to Speak at World Economic Forum
Lornah Kiplagat's Race in Kenya Gives Up and Comers and Grandmas a Chance to Run
200 Shilling ($2.71) Entrance Fee at Races in Kenya is Limiting Participation Less than the latte you had at Starbuchks. allafrica.com
Sad Day: Midland Run Closes Shop Sports Illustrated called this race in 1980, "the most impressive field of runners ever assembled for a road race". It also was the USATF 10 mile champ for much of the 1990s. It was in a beautiful area of New Jersey as well. It looks likes the organizers got in over their heads trying to market a new marathon and decided to close everything.
*Message board thread on race going under
*Editorial from Running Times
Haile Gebrselassie Breaks World Half Marathon Record
His time of 58:55 even broke Paul Tergat's indredible run of 58:51 from 1996 which was 10-12 seconds short.
"This one is so fantastic because this is my first one in
-Haile Gebrselassie on breaking the half marathon world record Sunday in Arizona"
*Daniel Rono Wins Mombay Marathon IAAF
*Ethiopiaís Abebe Dinkesa and Bezunesh Bekele Win in Seville XC Race
Sun Yingjie's Coach Banned for Life for Doping Violations
Former World Champ in Marathon Douglas Wakiihuri Now a Popular Singer in Japan
Prize Money for USATF XC Nationals to be $50,000, More than Triple Last Year
Plus same day tv coverage. Kudos to USATF and the NYRRC
Janus Robberts Books Trip to Commonwealth Games
David Njuguna, Kenyan Athlete in Canada, Committed Suicide EA Standard
More Kenyan News: Athletics Kenya to Pick Provisional Squad for Worlds After Nationals, Then Pick Final Squad in March allafrica.com
Sun Yingjie Gets 2 Year Ban Despite Guy Admitting to Spiking Her Food BBC
Big Five Marathon Announcement Coming on January 25
Some sort of circuit will be announced.
Nick McCormick, John Mayock, and Ricky Soos to Race Short XC This Weekend in Edinburgh
*Kathy Butler Leads UK Hopes in Edinburgh This Weekend
Top Agents including Jos Hermens Reinstated by Athletics Kenya allafrica.com
Kenya Rejects Bernard Lagat's Appeal to Run for the US This Year
He'll have to wait for the 2007 worlds.
A Look at the Mental Approach of Top Athletes
Zersenay Tadesse Wins Easiliy over Fabiano Joseph in Spanish XC Race IAAF
London Gets Some Competition for Paula: Deena Kastor, Margaret Okayo, Berhane Adere, Susan Chepkemei to Race Radcliffe in London The race has already secured the rights to nearly all of the top men's marathoners in the world (Paul Tergat (world record holder), Haile Gebrselassie (maybe the greatest distance runner ever), Jaouad Gharib (two time world champ), Martin Lel (defending champ), Felix Limo (Chicago Champ), Evans Rutto (2 time Chicago, 1 time London champ), Stefano Baldini (Olympic champ), Khalid Khannouchi (previous world record holder), and Hendrick Ramaala and that is why it is the top marathon in the world, although today it was announced that Meb Keflezighi will be running the Boston Marathon
Women: Stanford Stuns #1 Duke, Johanna Nilsson Gets Individual Crown
Duke was a huge favorite coming in, but Peter Tegen's Stanford squad pulled the upset. Defending champ Colorado was a surprising 2nd and Duke only 3rd as Tegen captured his 3rd national title (he won 2 at Wisconsin in the 1980s). On the individual side, Johanna Nilsson (who trains in Flagstaff) blew away the field for the win.
*Women's Team Results
*Women's Individual Results
*Stanford Women Get 2nd Title in 3 Years gostanford.collegesports.com
*Clara Horowitz, Duke's Top Runner, Leaves Terre Haute Sad www.goduke.com
*CU Buffs Leave Nationals Without a National Title for the First Time Since 1999 But their women surprised with a strong 2nd palce finish. www.cubuffs.com
Photos: Men's Photos from 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championships www.trackandfieldphoto.com
*Women's Photos from 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championships www.trackandfieldphoto.com
ING NYC Marathon:
*NYC Champs Have a Full Day of Media Appearances After Marathon Past Champ German Silva, only one year older than Tergat, ran NY this year,as did former cyclist Laurent Jalabert.
*Abdi Abdirahman Talks About His Marathon PR
Post Race News:
*Tergat Happy with NY Win but Too Sore to Party it Up Sunday Night in the Big Apple
*Hendrick Ramaala Says His Legs Gave out on Him at End superathletics.co.za
*Cold May Have Affected Lornah Kiplagat in NY She was only 10th on the women's side. allafrica.com
*World Food Programme Congratulate Tergat
world record holder, Paul Tergat, and the defending champ, Hendrick Ramaala,
battled it out during the final straight
separated by inches. In final 10 meters,
Tergat got a half foot ahead and Ramaala
dove for the finish but it was a futile
dive and Tergat triumphed by the smallest
amount. On the women's side Jelena Prokopcuka
got a narrow win over Susan Chepkemei. Chepkemei has a narrow lead until she started vomiting her fluids while running.
American Meb Keflezighi was with Tergat and Ramaala until the final mile and finished 3rd while fellow American Abdi
Abdirahman was 5th.
*Jelena Prokopcuka Wins 2005 ING NYC Marathon for Latvia
*Susan Chepkemei Vomits Down Homestretch to Come Up Short at ING NYC Marathon Again Guardian
Men: Meb Keflezighi Talks About His 2005 ING NYC Run Runners World
Photos: Men's Photos 2005 ING NYC Marathon www.nycmarathon.org
*The best individual photo of the men's finish we have seen is here
*Women's Photos 2005 ING NYC Marathon www.nycmarathon.org
PreRace: NYC is Back!!!:
"I'm the first to say, 'You know what? New York kind of fell behind for
a while; it's time for us to catch up, 'But now
we're caught up and now we're going to go head to head with the rest of
you and try to be even better"
-Mary Wittenburg, ING NYC race director, on the resurgence of the NYC marathon
"I left a piece of me on that race course that day. If I had to leave part of myself on any race course, that was a good
place."-Dick Beardsley on his famed battle with Alberto Salazar in the 1982 Boston Marathon. Beardsley according to this article still knocks out 70 to 90 miles a week.
Drugs Drugs Drugs
Great Look at The East German Doping
World Half Marathon Champs
Exclusive!!!!! 3.5 MB Quicktime Video of Crazy Men's 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.
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
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
Olympic Gold Medallist Angelo Taylor Gets Probation after Pleading Guilty to Delinquency with Two Underage Girls
Nick Willis Lays Out His Goals for 2006
Mike Woods Shooting for Big Things at Michigan in 2006
Nathan Morgan Says World Indoors are Bigger Event than Commonwealth Games BBC
Jana Pittman Drops Her Agency
Injury News: Asafa Powell Hoping to Have Recovered from Groin Injury in Time for Commonwealth Games
*Kim Collins Out of 100m at Commonwealth Games
4 Sub 4 Minute Miles at Washington Indoor Meet And one from Sean O'Brien, maybe the first one ever from New Hampshire.
Curt Schilling Impressed with Haile Gebrselassie
Sponsorship Row Apparently Settled in New Zealand
*New Zealand Wanted Athletes Not to Have Personal Ads Within a 6 Week Window of the Commonwealth Games
Brian Sell Wins US Half Marathon Champs in 1:02:39
Sell is starting to show he is one of the best road racers in America.
*Houston Half Results
Bekele Outsprints Shaheen to Win Edinburgh XC BBC World Junior XC champ Gelete Burika
defeated world xc and track champ Tirunesh Dibaba.
*Dibaba Spent Night Before Edingburgh Loss on Floor of Airport
*Edinburgh Results (Ritzenhein 4th ahead of Eurochamp Lebid)
Houston: Brian Sell Headlines US Men's Half Marathon Champ This Weekend
*Nick Willis Running 5k on Friday
*Kajsa Bergqvist to Compete in S. Africa on Friday superathletics.co.za
*Rybakov, Baba, Boswell, Nieto Highlight High Jump Meet in Czech Republic Next Monday IAAF
Mark Lewis Francis Says New Training Group Has Inspired Him BBC
More Training News: Mo Farah to Train with Craig Mottram for Commonwealth Games
Tyler Hamilton's Doping Hearing Begins
Bershawn Jackson, 5 Other Medallists, Added to Reebok Boston Games Field
Phoenix the Place to Be This Weekend:
Will be on Gebrselassie's World Record Attempt at Half Marathon, but PF
Chang's Rock N Roll Half Marathon Hoping for Sub 2:10 in Marathon
It will be Gebrselassie's first road race in the United States and his first appearance out West to the best of our knowledge.
New York Submits Details of Bid for 2008 US Olympic Marathon Trials NY is only bidding on the men's trials and hopes to hold the race 2 days before the ING NYC Marathon, on a Friday, which is an unusual day for a road race. The bid has the backing of the NY Road Runners and their piles of cash. With the advance notice of the bid, it will be interesting to see now if Boston just bids for the women's trials.
"How can you argue when a guy
can make $500,000 a year?
-Arkansas coach John McDonnell on Wallace Spearmon turning pro
US Indoor Series Has $1.5 Million in Money That figure includes promotional money that is impossible to verify.
Weekend XC, Road Action:
Spain: World XC Silver Medallist Abraham Chebii and Spain's Rosa Morato Win Amorebieta, Spain XC Race IAAF
Netherlands: Former UT Star Kamiel Maase Wins Half Marathon in Netherlands in 1:03:29, Susan Chepkemei Wins in 1:12:16 IAAF
Florida: Brazilian Adriano Bastos Wins His 3rd Disney Marathon
Olympic and World Champ Reuben Kosgei Returns With Steeple Win in Kenya, Says Injury is Behind Him
Unheralded Ismael Kombich won the 800 in 1:45.6
Commonwealth Games Volunteers are Quitting After Being Forced to Work 60 Hour Weeks Fox Sports
Jamaican Triple Jumper Germaine Mason Expected to Now Compete for Britain but Still Train in Austin, Tx Independent
"This is not coming out of retirement, this is just me showing that
if you just enjoy what you are doing and stay in there and set little
goals. I do a lot of speaking, I've spoken to every group in Australia and I
tell them back when I ran I set little goals and I think here I am
telling these guys, but I've got to do it myself and tonight was really
a chance to walk the walk"
-Steve Moneghetti, who at age 43, broke the world best for the 1 hour run for master's, averaging sub 5 minute pace the whole way as Ron Clarke, John Landy, and Robert De Castella watched him run.
*"As the holy scriptures say, 'for whoever much is given, much is
expected,' it is, therefore, my duty and privilege to help in any small
way in giving back to society."
-Marathon world record holder, Paul Tergat, speaking after founding a sports foundation that will help disadvantaged youths.
*Tergat's hamstring injury has healed and he says he's ready to go at NYC: "I expect good results as I am in good shape"
but he's out of next week's Half Marathon in Britain, but interestingly Gezahegne Abera (remember him, formerly the greatest marathoner in the world) is running. www.registerguard.com
Jos Hermans Tells Why Ethiopians Beat Kenyans: According to Jos it has little to do with training: "Ethiopians have more respect for their women, which
explains why their women athletes perform better than their
Kenyan counterparts, who excel in junior championships only to
pander to cultural and domestic demands later in life" and "A mentally prepared athlete can
easily beat a physically prepared one,"
JK Speaks: Progressing To Peak Fitness
LetsRun.com coaching guru John Kellogg talks about progression runs and the art of the sport versus the science of the sport.
British Sports Minister Richard Caborn Proposes Drug Companies Fund Anti Doping Research to £12m Million a Year
While the US Congress dances around one of the main issues (money), Caborn has proposed something that might make a difference. If the pro sports leagues would kick in their fair share as well, serious anti-doping research could be done. In other good news, it was announced that the HGH test now can be used on non-whites.
Vitamin C Can Help Marathon Runners Not Get Colds
The surprising news is may not do much for the general population.
WADA Admits to Some Problems With Nandrolone Test
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
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.
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
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.
Olympic Champ Meseret Defar, 400m Star Sanya Richards Running Reebok Boston Games January 28th
Gerry Lindgren Posts About The Feature on Him (and Him Leaving His Wife and Kids) on ESPN
Help Don Kardong Find Tape of 1976 Olympic Marathon Runners World
Boston Marathon Implements Wave Start, Alters Course During Final Mile
*Reaction from Runners in Boston
Discuss this is our message boards. One Boston insider who gave us a heads up on today's announcement seemed upset about it. We think the best thing Boston could do is a get a title sponsor for its race like the ING NYC Marathon.
IAAF Auctioning Off Some Incredible Athletics Memorabilia *Some truly amazing stuff up for bid. You can find the items here. BBC
"Irrespective of whether you are a CEO or garbage collector, you all look the same in your running outfit
-Kenyan/Dutch star Lornah Kiplagat who once slept in a bathroom prior to a race because she didn't have any money for a room
Ex Athlete Sally Gunnell No Longer to Do Trackside TV Reporting in Britain
Richard Kiplagat Runs 3:57.40 Mile in NY
*Arkansas Results (Dan Lincoln 4:00 mile, Josphat Boit 7:58 3k)
*Chris Barnicle Trying to Get His Freshman Season Back on Track
*Nick Willis Runs 14:13 for 5k in New Zealand
*Patrick Johnson Runs 20.57 to Win 200 in Australia
*Jana Pittman Chasing Something Special at Commonwealth Games www.smh.com.au
This Bud's forYou:
"At the same time I don't think there's anything wrong with having my
youth. Going out to party sometimes. Having a couple of drinks."-Justin Gatlin in a lengthy piece in the Daily Telegraph
"Geb never won a single
world cross-country title. Bekele has won nine. No other man has done
the long and short course double. Bekele had achieved this four years
in a row by the age of 22"
-author Doug Gillon, arguing that Kenenisa Bekele may have already surpassed the accomplishments of Haile Gebrselassie (We at LetsRun.com disagree with Mr. Gillon. Gebrselassie took the sport to a new level, Bekele has only made incremental improvements on Geb.)
Trevor Graham Wants to Coach Jamaican Team, Says Marion Jones Was Clean
Clement, Wallace Spearmon, and LaShawn Merritt to Go after 300m World
Record and $25,000 Bonus in Arkansas on February 10th
Good Read: Liz McColgan Says She Might Have Been Overlooked if She Competed Today
"I was not the best when I was young, but I was in the top three, and I
was the only one who took it all the way, apart from Yvonne [Murray].
When I look at my own experiences, I think that if I was 15 now, I'd be
overlooked, and I don't want that to happen to other youngsters."-world 10k champ Liz McColgan
"Just being able to do what I've done. I'm very blessed."
-Jerry Lawson, former American record holder in the marathon, who was supposed to run yesterday's Disney Marathon at the age of 39 after the recent death of his father, but did not start. Lawson took the time to respond to Wejo's emails (many years prior to us starting this website) about training years ago, and is one of our favorites.
Good Read from SI: Adam Nelson, He Was Insulted by Nike, But He Got Gold in 2005 Nelson was the bridesmaid now more.
Take Steve Cram's
Athletics Quiz BBC
"I think I can get back into shape, and if I qualify for the Olympic Trials the
US Olympic Committee will pay my way to Oregon and I'll get to watch the second
best track meet in the world for nothing,"
-Mike Durkin on
why he started training in February 1976 for the upcoming Olympic
Trials. Durkin would go on to make the 1976 and 1980 Olympic teams
(despite taking a 2 year break from running) and now is a successful
"they sent guys like myself,
Shorter, Rogers, and Salazar down to this lab in Georgia. They told us
that we would get the same benefits and run the same times that we ran
at only 80 miles. I personally never listened and went out and did
130-140 miles because that gave me the confidence I needed. At the end
of my era, lots of these marathoners started listening to these
scientists and lowered their mileage alot. US Marathoning began to turn
into an all time low. But its rising now, and just like it slowly
declined it will slowly increase. Don't expect an overnight change, but
give it a few years."
-message boarder reportedly paraphrasing Dick Beardsley on why US marathoners in the 1980s were deeper than US marathoners in the 2000s
More on This Later: It's Not Just the US: Track and Field's Popularity Lagging in Europe
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
'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.
"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
Great Advice for the Greatest Distance Runner Ever:
Haile Gebrselassie says work hard, be patient, and take your
recovery days seriously. Good Read.
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).
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
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