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Review: Running Within
improve your mental outlook on running? Then Running
Within is the
book for you. Read our review of this excellent book.
good running book ? Read our mini-reviews and suggestions
interview one of our own:
Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell
Didn't Even Know this Existed:
Of Roger Bannister's 4 Minute Mile
US XCs This Weekend in NYC:
*Colleen De Reuck Admits She's Not in Best Shape as She Tries to Defend Her US XC Title The course may be a mess with the recent weather.
USA Members Ready for XC Champs (Ian Dobson 4k, Maybe 12k, Ryan Hall
Both, Lauren Fleshman 4k, Kate O'Neill 8k, Sara Hall 4k)
*Anthony Famiglietti Talks about Running US XC Champs
*Jorge Torres Talks About His Chances at USATF XC Champs
*Alan Webb Pulls Out of 2006 US Cross Country Champs
*New York Road Runners Trying to Plow 26 Inches of Snow That Fell on NYC Just 1 Week Before XC Nationals
*US Cross Country Champs in NY Are a Homecoming for Lindsey Scherf
Twin Cities Marathon Becomes Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
Drug News: Not Much Out of Competition Testing Goes on in 2nd and 3rd World Countries 12 Indian Athlete Skip WADA test
*IAAF Clears BALCO Drug Cheat Dwain Chambers to Return from Drug Suspension
Dubai: Rescheduled Dubai Marathon is This Weekend
More Action: James Godday Runs 44.99 at Nigerian Champs
* Hendrick Ramaala Wins S. African 10k, George Mofokeng Wins S. African Marathon Champs link fixed
Nick Willis Kicks to Win over Craig Mottram in Mayoral Mile
It was a great race as both prepared for the Commonwealth Games where Mottram will attempt a 5k/mile double and Willis will run the mile.
*Craig Mottram Says He'll 'Have His Way' With Nick Willis at Commonwealth Games
*Photo Of Willis Passing Craig Right Before the Finish
*Mayoral Mile Photo Gallery
*Mayoral Mile Results
More Pro Action: Ambesse Tolossa Wins Tokyo Marathon in 2:08:58 over Toshinari Takaoka
*Isinbayeva Breaks Indoor World Record in Pole Vault IAAF
*Saif Shaheen Runs 7:39 3k to Win at Asian Indoor Champs IAAF
Runs 4:01 To Lead Results At Valencia Indoor Meet
Smoking Fast Collegiate Action
Washington: 3 Guys From Colorado Break 13:50 in Washington 5k Pretty damn impressive. 4 guys from NCAA XC champ Wisconsin broke 14:00. 6 guys broke 4 in the mile including defending NCAA 1500m champ Leonel Manzano.
results can be found here. (link fixed)
State Classic Results
Valentines Results For Men
Valentines Results For Women
Ritzenhein Talks About This Week's US XC Champs, and Redeeming Himself at Worlds Read about his new training (all the high school kids who try and impersonate the pros will now stop doing the hill sprints after reading this), his huge disappointment at worlds, what he thought went wrong, and how he's going to address it this year. And hear him start a real "Fight Club" with his old housemate Jorge Torres. Plus find out why the backhills and Cemetery Hill are not part of the course for the US Nationals at Van Cortlandt.
*The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from the 2006 Millrose Broadcast
This Week: Alan Culppepper to Run in Special Invite Only FreeScale Austin Half Marathon He'll take on among others Nicodemus Malakwen who won the Austin and Houston half marathons earlier this year. Millrose Games:
LetsRun.com! 2006 Millrose Games Recap: Bernard Lagat Destroys Bekele in Wannamaker Mile A suicidal opening pace and Bernard Lagat crushed Kenenisa Bekele in the Wannamaker Mile, the Canadian women went 1-2-3 in the women's mile, Khadevis Robinson opened to an impressive win over David Krummenacker (who has a new coach) in the 800, Reese Hoffa took the lead in the Visa Championship Series, and Gail Devers returned to action as a mother. Get the scoop on the 2006 Millrose Games. Coverage and quotes.
On the boards: If You Went to Millrose Post What you Did and Did Not Like About the Meet
*Profile on Eamonn Coghlan's Son's Millrose Experience in NY Times
*Gail Devers Talks More about Her Daughter
*NY Times Millrose Recap New York Times
*USATF Recap of Millrose www.usatf.org
*Associate Press Millrose Recap
*Reuters Millrose Recap
*Athlete Quotes from Millrose www.usatf.org
The World Marathon Majors Are Born
Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London and New York announced they were becoming the World Marathon Majors, along with the Olympic Games and World Champs, and would form a winner take all, World Marathon Major Series. We analyze (yes we actually wrote something original for the site) what this means for the sport and express a few concerns. Find out all the details.
More on the Majors: Paula Likes New Major Marathon Series Daily Telegraph
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
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.
"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
Craig Virgin Sues Bank After Falling on Ice Earlier we said he fell while running. The article does not say this. More likely he might have just been walking into a business.
*1964 Olympian at 1500m John Whetton is Now a Human Fox Chased by Bloodhounds in Britain
Bekele Going for 2 Mile World Record Plus Isinbayeva in the Pole Vault
*Dwain Chambers Not Fully Cleared to Compete by IAAF, He Will Not Race This Weekend
*Russian Indoor Preview IAAF
Married Thanks to LetsRun.com:
"I don't want to say it. It sounds crazy but it was a dream come true"
-John Stiner, on getting married to his wife, Sarah, who he met on the LetsRun.com message boards. Read about their incredible story.
James McIlroy Preparing for Commonwealths With 800m in Melbourne This Saturday
Midweek Results and Recaps: Croatian Blanka Vlasic Nearly Breaks World Record in High Jump IAAF
*Nicola Sanders of Britain Runs 4th Fastest Indoor 400 of 2006, 50.71, Shows She Is Ready for Commonwealths BBC
*Marian Opera Becomes Fifth Furthest Jumper Ever Indoors in Triple
World XC and Commonwealth News:
Commonwealths: Canadian Commonwealth Team Announced
*World Junior XC Champ Augustine Choge Says Athletes Should be Able to Pick Where They Train for Commonwealths
Worlds: Australian Squad for World XCs Announced
Britain Names World Indoor Squad BBC
*William Yiampoyi Added to Kenyan World Indoor Squad
More Weekend Races:
*Simon Maiyo Picks up $30,000 for Win at New Delhi Marathon, Enantesh Tadesse Won the Women's and $20,000
*Jamaican Lacena Golding-Clarke Gets World Leader at 60m Hurdles in Leipzig
*One We Missed Last Week: Recap of Last Week's San Blas Half Marathon
Commonwealth News: Debbie Ferguson Will Not Defend Her 100, 200, and 4*100 Commonwealth Titles As She Has Not Recovered from Back Surgery
*Debbie Ferguson Will Not Defend Her 100, 200, and 4*100 Commonwealth Titles As She Has Not Recovered from Back Surgery
Tyson Invite: 2 World Records:
Wallace Spearmon Sets World Record in 300m
4*400 World Record Broken as Well
In other action, Jason Lunn won the mile, Boaz Cheboiywo dominated the 3k in 8:35 and Adam Goucher got a US leader in the 3k, Tiffany McWilliams won the women's mile, Jeff Hartwig the pole vault and Bershawn Jackson went out in 20.08 buy only ran 46.03.
4 x 400 Team Anchored By Jeremy Wariner
Also Breaks World Record, Runs 3:01 and
Picks up $25,000
*Tyson Invite Results
British and S. African Champs:
Runs 4:01 To Lead Results At Valencia Indoor Meet Admittedly
she was born in the same town as the great
Haile G but we shouldn't criticize her as
she was going after the drug cheat Regina
Jacob's shameful world record of 3:59.98
Britain: Full Results
Day 2 Recap of British Indoor Nationals
*Day 1 Recap of British Indoor Nationals
*Jade Johnson Returns From Injury With Second in Long Jump at British Indoor Trials for Worlds BBC
Harvey Has Switched Nationalities to Run for England at Commonwealth
Games, but Doesn't Support Sonia O'Sullivan Decision to Run for Ireland Independent
*Nathan Douglas Wins Triple Jump at British Nationals
S. Africa: Lots
of Commonwealth Games Qualifying Times Put
Up at SAfrican Championships One
of the leading ones was a 8:21 steeple by
*Recap of S. African ChampsIAAF
Drug News: Olympic champion Evi Sachenbacher Gets 5 Day Ban for Excessively High Red Blood Cells
This basic procedure is not done in the sport of distance running for some unknown reason. It is done in cycling and skiing.
"Everybody in Kenya is trying to come to America. I had
no dream about coming because I knew this was impossible. It was a
miracle," Kiplagat said. "That is why I take advantage of every
opportunity. I came here, graduated in three years, and count myself
blessed"- Richard Kiplagat who graduated from Iona in 3 years and had a 3.75 GPA
WADA Confident it Can Detect Super EPO It shouldn't be. It can't detect HGH or regular EPO very well. Drug research funding is way too low.
"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.
Irish News: PJ Browne: Is the American Collegiate System Good for Developing Irish Runners?
"Every Tom, Dick, and Harry
comes over here to schools nowadays. I hate to be overly critical, but
it has degraded what an American scholarship means. You don't have
to be all that good anymore to get one." - Arkansas coach John McDonnell
*Mary Cullen Heads A new Era In Irish Middle Distance Running
Jana Pittman Expects to Be Challenged by Britain's Nicola Sanders in 400m Hurdles at Commonwealths
Lou Jones, former World Record Holder in 400 and 4*400 Gold Medallist Dies IAAF
Catfight II: Kelly Sotherton, Jade Johnson Feud Spills Into Media BBC
On the Boards:
*If You Went to the Tyson Invite, Post What You Did or Did Not Like as a Fan
*Craig Mottram a Cocky SOB or Just Confident?
*What Would Olympic Gold Medallist Chad Hedrick Run in Track?
"I don't want to short-change my fans and
myself, I know I am more talented than I have shown the world. I want to go out
there and show my full potential. Once I have shown my full potential,
regardless of my age, that's when I have been on top I don't want to
leave before it's my time to leave and I don't want to stay too
-Justin Gatlin on his plan to go after Asafa Powell's world record this year
John Landy Giving Advice to Mottram On What a Packed Commonwealth Stadium Will be Like
New High Jump World Record Holder Kajsa Bergqvist Injured and Will Miss Tonight's Meet
Sad News: Boulder Masters Runner Andrew Cook Commits Suicide
On the Boards:
*If You Went to the Tyson Invite, Post What You Did or Did Not Like as a Fan
*Craig Mottram a Cocky SOB or Just Confident?
*What Would Olympic Gold Medallist Chad Hedrick Run in Track?
*AthletesSuspended at Olympics for High Red Blood Cells, Cleared to Compete Again
*Steve Cram Against Using Blood Tests to Suspend Athletes for High Red Blood Counts Guardian
*Athlete is Banned for Testing Positive for Prednisone Which According to this Article isn't on the Banned List
Sara Schwald to Work on Her Endurance This Year Runners World
2006 Greatest Race on Series Concludes With Over $1 Million in Prize Money Given Away at Hong Kong Marathon
Simon Bor won the race, but more importantly he helped his Kenyan team finish 2nd in the Standard Charter Greatest Race on Earth Challenge (fastest cumulative time over 4 marathons 3.75 months apart) and pick up $275,000. The most impressive performance was Meshack Kosgei Kirwa who ran 2:18:41 to run a cumulative time of 9:13:06, over 4 of the more difficult marathons in the world (Nairobi (altitude), Singapore (heat), Mumbai (heat), and Hong Kong) which are all within 3 and 3/4 months of one another, to pick up the Standard Chartered Greatest Race on Earth Series $100,000 first prize.The unlucky loser was Emmanuel Kosgei who only finished 30 seconds total behind Kirwa over all 4 marathons combined but only picked up $20,000. The team competition payouts were better for 2nd place ($50,000 a man). Joseph Ngolepus (2:16:34, 3rd in Singapore), Benjamin Itok (2:14:20 2nd in Nairobi), Christopher Cheboiboch (3rd in Mumbai, 2:13:58), and Moses Masai will split the $400,000 first place team prize. This Greatest Race on Earth Series may go under the radar but is no joke to African runners who often don't get big appearance fees. Cheoiboch has been runner-up at the New York (2002) and Boston marathons (2002), and has won the Rock N Roll (San Diego) Marathon (2005) , as has Joseph Ngolepus (2004) , who has also won Berlin (2001) and been 3rd in London (2003).
Sports Illustrated Gives $1 Million to Help Combat Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sport
Good to see some of the corps that make big big bucks off of sports doing something to keep them clean.
Roberta Heras, Lance Armstrong's Former Teammate, Given EPO Suspension
Bob Kennedy Retires
Kennedy was the best long distance track runner in America in the last 30 years and maybe the best one ever. He lost the love to compete this past fall and has called it a career, but has left his mark on a generation of distance runners.
"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."
*Share your favorite Kennedy moment here.
*How do You Rank Kennedy's career?
*More on Bob Kennedy's Retirement www.runohio.com
-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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