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We interview one of our own:
LetsRun.com's Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

The Champ:
Culpepper More Relaxed Heading into 2008 Trials The defending champ has a new training group, a new coach, and is ready to go for the Trials.
*Runnersworld Interview With Alan Culpepper
More Trials:
*Pete Gilmore Podcast

Pat Tyson Coaching High School Team in Eugene

Boulder, Boulder, Boulder:
ank Shorter, Mark Plaatjes Talk About Olympic Marathon Trials The article has a chart with the results of the 2004 Trials reminding us that Trent Briney ran a 2:12 at the Trials. Anything can happen 3 weeks in NYC. dailycamera.com
Denver Post Article on New Training Group in Boulder: Tempo Sports Steve Jones is the coach, Alan Culpepper the headliner athlete, and Pete Julian is the founder.
*Chasing Glory Vide on the New Boulder

Kimbia's Dieter Hogan Gives His Thoughs on Chicago Performances

LetsRun.com NCAA XC Poll Voting Open
The PreNCAAs no doubt shook up the rankings a bit. Give us your top 10 in the country and tell us who will win each of next week's conference meets.

Dublin Will Host 2009 European XC Championships
More Irish News: Webb's Coach Raczko Giving Seminar on November 3rd in Dublin, Ireland

World Road Running Champs Sunday:
Zersenay Tadese Goes Sub 59 to Defend His World Title
Zersenay Tadese
kicked away from a four man pack at 57 minutes to defend his World Road Running Ccrown. The title goes nicely with his World XC title from March. Showing a sub 1 hour half marathon is no longer what it once was, NYC champ Marison dos Santos ran 59:33 and was 7th.

More on Tadese: "It felt like the whole of Eritrea was running with me"
Women: Preview Kiplagat, Kastor, Kenyans to Battle for Crown IAAF

*Lornah Kiplagat Ready to Defend Her Title at World Road Running Champs

Men: Preview: Defending Champ Tadesse Has His Hans Full With WR Holder Wanjiru, Others Should be a great race as the half marathon depth has increased tremendously the last few years.
*Atsushi Sato, Who Seko Says Can Run a 2:05 Marathon, Leads Japanese Team at World Road Running Champs
If Seko says he can run 2:05 look out.
*Press Conference Quotes from World Half Champs IAAF

On the boards:
Josh Cox 2:22 Marathon in Training
Big Ten Network Not Showing Cross Country

Itati, Asiba Win 2007 Under Armour Baltimore Marathon Each sex has nearly $40,000 in prize money yet only 1 man broke 2:20. $18k goes a long way in Kenya.

Houston Marathon Foundation Launched

LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Men
Invuti Wins Unbelievable Finish in Chicago
Words don't do it justice just watch the video above.
*Chicago Tribune Recap of Ivuti's Narrow Win

It's hard for words to describe the greatest finish in (Chicago) marathon history. It came down to two time world champ
Jaouad Gharib and former track/xc star Patrick Ivuti, fresh off his 59:27 half marathon. Gharib surged ahead going up a slight incline down the finishing straight. Ivuti then battled back and took the lead on the downhill. Gharib dug back and retoook the lead as they barreled towards the finish and the two guys still standing there with the finish tape which is only about 5 feet wide. Ivuti surged back right at the finish and it was too close to tell but Ivuti got the win. Hot weather took its toll on everyone.
*Video: Patrick Ivuti Talks About His Narrow Win In Chicago

London Champ Martin Lel, London Runner Up Goumri To Race at 2007 ING NYC Marathon Remember the days when NY was 2nd class to Chicago?
*Video: Watch the Incredible Sprint Finish in London this Year (Final Quarter Mile of arguably the greatest men's marathon ever)

Post of the Week on the Message Board A guy wrote in talking about possibly passing out at the Chicago Marathon because of low blood pressure in the heat and then the author of the scienceofsports blog came onboard and helped explain the situation. Interesting Read.

Lengthy Video Interview With Gebrselassie with Sean Hartnett After His World Record Hartnett knows his stuff so we're sure this is a great interview without even watching it. Hartnett knows virtually every top runner in Kenya and Tergat turned to Hartnett for advice prior to moving to the marathon.

Victah Sailer's Berlin Marathon Photos See Geb make history.

AL OERTER 1936-2007 The death of this legend basically is being ignored in the US but thankfully the NYTimes gave him the homage he was due in this tremendous article by Frank Litsky on Oerter. And we like Oerter's anti drug stance and honesty (admitting to trying roids in 1976). When he quit competitive throwing he said, "The drug culture had taken over."
*Daily Telegraph in Britain Remembers Al Oerter

*Kansas City Star Remembers Al Oerter

*More Oerter: *
Message Board Thread
More on Oerter from Florida Paper
*Article on Oerter and His Painting: "I know this won't sound right but painting is the same dadgum thing I found in training for the Games"

LetsRun.com 2007 World's Coverage:
*Sunday Homepage
Ndereba marathon
*Saturday Homepage
*Friday Homepage Tyson Gay
*Thursday Homepage Lagat
Wednesday's Homepage Lagat
Tuesday's Homepage Bekele 10k
Monday's Homepage Tyson Gay
Sunday's Homepage Dibaba/Goucher 10k
*Saturday's Homepage
Kibet Marathon

USOC Considering Leaving Colorado Springs  We doubt too many athletes will miss it.

Asian Champ Samuel Francis Wins World Military Games 100 in 10.10

News We Purposely Didn't Mention This Weekend: Spira at the Marketing Gimmick Again A "Defy the Ban" road race when the shoes aren't even banned yet. The race was run off a cliff.

Bekele Will Try and Get Revenge on Zersenay Tadese at Edinburgh XC in January on Worlds Course

Marion, Marion, Marion: Lauryn Williams on Marion: "My favorite saying is it's not my mess, but I'm willing to clean it up"NY Daily News
*Lauryn Williams Writes About Media Focusing on Drugs
We don't blame her for being upset after being ignored all year and then getting 7 interview requests when Marion tested positive. ESPN ignores track and then focuses on Marion.
*Sanya Richards Writes about Marion Jones She talks about preachers fondling children and corrupt politicians.

Kenyan World Road Running Team Home Returns Home (The Article Says Kenya Got 14 of 16 Medals We Guess They Are Counting The Team Golds as 10 Medals)
*More in Depth Article on Kenya World Road Running Team
Kudos to Patrick Makau who ran 59:02 for the silver. It was his 4th sub 1:00:00 half of the year.

Race Car Driver, Alex Zanardi, Who Lost Both Legs in Car Crash to Hand Cycle NYC Marathon

Kenyan Newspaper Has Editorial on Marion Jones "She wasn't the fastest and most graceful female athlete, after all but just another cheat pumped up to the brim with performance-enhancing drugs." Meanwhile American journalists are calling for the legalization of drugs.

IAAF Letting You Vote on Athlete of the Year IAAF

Clearly We're Bored as We're Putting Up Triathlon News:
: Chrissie Wellington Pulls Huge, Huge Upset to Win Ironman We know nothing about the sport so we'll take their word.
*Chris McCormack Finally Wins Hawaii Ironman

*Triathlete Wins $420,000
And this wasn't the Ironman.

Lornah Kiplagat 1:06:25 World Half Marathon Record at World Road Running Champs For the 2nd year in a row Kiplagat set a world record at the champs as she ran 1:06:25 in a dominating performance. American Deena Kastor ran 1:09:38 but was only 16th as the Kenyan women continue to raise their game.
*More: A confident Kiplagat absorbs her perfect day in Udine

LA Times Joins 'Legalize' Steroids Debate
*Kate Schmidt, Former Bronze Medallist in Javelin, Says Legalize Drugs But only in "acceptable" quantities. And we're not supposed to get on Marion Jones because everyone is cheating. And we're supposed to lay off of Ken Lay and Enron since a lot of people cheat on their taxes.
*Helene Elliott Points Out the Flaws in Schmidt's Arguments

Big Weekend of NCAA Action:
*Pre NCAAs:

Women: Stanford Cruises, Princeton Pulls Shocker
Two time defending national champion Stanford came in and delivered as expected winning the Women's "Blue" Race, but the story of the day were the Princeton women. 0 athletic scholarships, but a dominating performance to win the White Race, defeating Colorado.
*Women's Blue Race Team Results - Stanford Wins/FSU 2nd
*Women's Blue Race Individual Results - Susan Kuijken Wins As Her Team Gets
*Women's White Race Team Results - Princeton Women Shock The Field
*Women's White Race Individual Results - Jenny Barringer Wins

Men: McDougal, Lomong Win, Oregon Still Sitting Pretty
No team emerged as a strong contender to #1 Oregon (Although if Iona's Matthew Kiplagat was still on the team, Iona could easily be #1 in the country as they would have had five in the top 20). The 2 favorites for the individual national crown, Josh McDougal and Lopez Lomong, both won their races. Lomong's range is truly incredible and the only thing left for him to do before turning pro is to win the NCAA title.
*Men's Blue Race Team Results - NAU Edges Iona
*Men's Blue Team Individuals - Lopez Lomong Leads NAU To Team Title

*Men's White Race Team Results - UTEP Edges Colorado
*Men's White Race Individual Results - Josh McDougal Wins, Sets Course Record
The layout was as fast as it ever has ever been as the weather was perfect and the times superfast.
*Flotrack was on hand with some video coverage
*Chile Pepper XC Results Arkansas men, Texas Tech women dominate
*Penn State National Invitational

Alan Webb on Hand at DIII Meet Supposedly was on hand with his girlfriend. Webb's presence caused more than one letsrun.com to get star struck.

Interesting Article in NY Times on Running Economy (No registration required to view)
It explains why Alberto Salazar was faster than Joan Benoit in simple terms and has some nice quotes from Jack Daniels.

Roberto Madrazo Says He Never Intended to Finish Berlin Marathon (with Victor Sailer's Photo of Madrazo's Finish) Check out the photo of the dude finishing above. He's got on full sweats.
*Mexicans Not Surprised by Cheating Allegations Versus Madrazo New York Times

LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Women
Adriana Pirtea Blows It

Just watch the video above. Shorter video here if you're impatient

Chicago Tribune Recap of Ivuti's Narrow Win
Adriana Pirtrea, a runner basically no one has heard of (including ourselves) (she did finish 2nd at an NCAA indoors once), was on her way to winning the Chicago Marathon. She had been clear of Berhane Adere for miles. Pirtrea, as she took the final turn, was high fiving the crowd. She had a 15 second lead with 58 seconds of runing left. Little did she know that Adere had overcome whatever problems she had had and was quickly making up ground. Pirtrea never looked back and was strolling into the finish thinking about her career changing win. Meanwhile, Adere was in an all out sprint on the other side of the road. She flew by Pirtrea and Pirtrea had no chance to respond. A truly incredible turn of events as Adere made up a 15 second deficent in 47 seconds. Watch it to believe it.
*Former Yalie Kate O'Neill 3rd in Her Debut

*Wheelchair Race Decided by 1 Second All the races in Chicago were close.

We're Not Joking: RunnersWorld with Extensive Olympic Marathon Trials Section The editor, Amby Burfoot, was a Boston Marathon champ back in the day, and has done a good job. You learn that Brian Sell looked good in the Olympic Trials simulator in Central Park, Khannouchi is fasting for Ramadan, Josh Cox is running 150 miles a week, and more.


NCAA XC Rankings:
NAU Moves to #2 on Men's Side
Princeton Moves to #4 on Women's Side

Investor's Business Daily Looks at Frank Shorter  If you know anything about Shorter this article won't do much for you.

Consultants are Getting Rich off of London 2012 Olympics Over $100 million.

Liu Xiang May Compete in 2012 (Why This Is News We're Not Sure, He'll Only Be 29 by Then)

World Military Champs Day 1

On the boards: Alan Webb Spotted at the Packers Game in Redskins Gear Someone should tell him that's not safe (plus Redskin apparel is Reebok)
*Why Training at Altitude at Boulder is Harder Than Training at Same Altitude in Mexico
*Someone Brings a Poster Up to Speed on the the Great XC Tradition at NAU
Nike Adds a Regional NY Race To Its Team Nationals  Seems to us, it's not a good idea to change the rules in the middle of the season and add a race that duplicates a race the week before. Even on Dyestat, people are upset.

Blue Collar: 78 Year Old Woman, Jeannette Cyr, Got Hit by Car in a Marathon and She Wanted to Finish the Race

Hartford Marathon: Tatiana Belovol and Mohammed Awol w Win United Technologies Hartford Marathon Shannon McHale who dropped ot of Chicago was 3rd.

Philip Singoei Runs 2:07:57 at Eindhoven Marathon

Macdonald Ondara, Magdalene Makunzi Win San Jose Rock N Roll Half Marathon, Khalid Khannouchi Runs Disappointing 1:05:04 Based on his past performances (or urban legend as claimed by this post) before marathons, you still can't 100% write him off at the Trials in 3 weeks especially since he only stopped fasting for Ramadan on Thursday.
*Top Results and Prize Money
*Pre Race Article on Khannnouchi
*Discussion on Khannouchi's Performance
Chico State's Scotty Bauhs Runs 1:03:04 Pretty impressive for a 21 year old.

Jonathan Kiptoo Wins Brussels Marathon in 2:12:17

Denver Marathon Hit With Freezing Rain as Winter Comes to Colorado The race awarded free entries to people who ran Chicago in the terrible heat one week before. We'd love to hear from anyone who ran both races. The winner, Jonathan Ndambuki, dropped out of Twin Cities last week and got the win here (he also won Cal International last year)

Nick Willis Gets Married

IAAF Looking at What to Do With Marion Jones' Prize Money, Medals How about getting the IOC to spend about $100 million a year on doping research?

Everyone Piling on the Legalize Doping BandWagon:
*Sally Jenkins Brings it Up in the Washington Post
The article is not very convincing and she tries to equate people who drink a coffee at work or pop an Advil to dopers in sport. Advil and caffeine aren't what Marion Jones or Floyd Landis were on. Message board thread on Jenkins
(who wrote Lance Armstrong's book)
*Australian Swimming Coach Don Talbot Says We Need to Consider Legalizing Drugs
We think a serious effort to combat the problem is needed first.

On the boards: LetsRun.com not Impressed Enough With McDougal's 22:58 Apparently, we're not impressed enough with McDougal's course record. Times don't impress us on XC courses. McDougal is great, but we already knew that. Now he's got to get past his tendency to fade at the end of the XC season and the new American star Lomong.
Whose trials prep is smarter: Hall's long buildup w/ few races, or Abdi's shorter specific build-up with lots of races??
*Guys over 30, were you an idiot during young adulthood?

Victor Conte: "The Olympics are a fraud and they always have been...The IOC does not want to face the truth because there is too much money riding on it. It comes down to dollars. The Olympics are marketed as this elite competition and nobody wants to admit it's all false."

Ask Wejo:
Ask Wejo 3: Did You Ever Think "Why Am I Doing This?" A USATF qualifier wonders if Wejo wondered if he would ever be any good.
Ask Wejo 4: Questions From a High Schoooler Trying to Break Through and 5 Hour Marathoner Clearly Wejo must have been bored to write two columns in one day as LetsRun.com reaches out to the masses.

NY Times Looks at Sleep Requirements of Elite Runners Nice article with quotes from Meb, Deena, Steve Spence.
Today's Sign of the Apocalpyse:
Rojo Quoted in the NY Times
It's a separate but related article to the one above. And in it you find out that you that getting sleep 2 nights before the race is BS.

Blue Collar Running: Camp Phoenix Marathon Kabul, Afghanistan

Video of Asafa Powell's 9.74 WR

On the boards: Have the Japanese Perfected Lydiard Training?

Video Race Highlights:
: The Final lap of the men's 1500m
110 Hurdles: *Michelle Perry Storms from Way Behind to Win 100m Hurdles
High Jump: Winning Jump
Video: Men's 100m Final
Horrendous Fall in Men's Steeplechase Warning this is not for the faint of heart
Video: Video of Tyson Gay's 200m Win
*Video of Saladino's Clutch Winning Long Jump
*Video of Andrew Howe Taking Lead in Long Jump and Then Going Nuts
Yes nuts. Worth a watch.

*Should Lagat Run the 5k?

Training Advice:
Advice from the pros

Top 10 Training Tips

LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson gives his top 10 training tips in this letsrun.com classic when the site first launched.. They helped him knock 1:22 off his 10k pr in one race 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.

Wejo Speaks:
Why I Sucked in College
Perhaps Wejo's Most Popular Training Article Ever
"In running however, there are not bonus points for running 'hard.' The point is to run fast. There is a difference. Don't forget that."

-Letsrun.com's Wejo explaining "Why He Sucked in College" but went on to be 4th in the country in the 10k"

Rojo Speaks:
*In Case You Forgot JK is a genius: "John (JK)is the whole inspiration [for] why my brother and I are into running,His philosophy is what we use here at Cornell."- LetsRun.com's Rojo on the legendary JK

JK Speaks: 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.

Learn From a Legend
Arthur Lydiard Quotes:

Train Don't Strain"

-famed distance coach Arthur Lydiard
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

Learn/ Be Inspired from the Stars:
Yet Again The LetsRun.com Training Philosophy Is Proven True:

"Everything has been part of a master plan. Of course we've had to re-focus and re-adjust along the way, like everyone does, but there has always been a plan. [Years] 2005 and 2006 were all about training for 2007 and 2008. The last couple of years, we were trying to build up the strength he needs to win championship medals in the 1,500.''
-Scott Raczko, coach of Alan Webb, talking about how their focus on strength the last two years is paying big dividends in a feature in America's top sports magazine, Sports Illustrated (although we are pretty sure the article appears only online).

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).

More Great Advice for the Greatest Distance Runner Ever:

Haile Gebrselassie says work hard, be patient, and take your recovery days seriously.
Good Read.
Haile Gebrselassie's Addicted to Running:
"I always have a goal to do something. That way I keep running. It's an addiction to winning. But it's also an addiction to run - it is like a drug. If I'm not sweating I don't feel good."

A Must Read
Inspirational Profile of Boston Marathon Record Holder Robert Cheruiyot The life story of Cheruiyot, who is looking for his 3rd Boston title Monday, is truly remarkable
ojo Speaks: Inspired By a Kenyan Robert Cheruyiot Cheruyiot is a true star in the sport and a truly unbelievable rags to riches story.

Some of the Highlights From Our Archives:
You Know You're a Runner If...
(our reader's fill in the blanks with some hilarious responses on the message boards)

Kenya: LetsRun.com's Wejo went to Kenya for the World XC Championships and then he toured the country and explored the secreats of some of the Kenyan greats. See some of his insights on this incredibley country.
Controlled Chaos
Read about incredible one of kind 2007 World XC Championships in Mombasa, Kenya. Tens of thousands of people packed like sardines, hanging in trees, in opressive heat, all to see the Cross Country Championships for the first time in Kenya. There will never be a party like this one again.
Kenyan Distance Running Part I: Kenya, the Land of Opportunity
You've seen the highly praised photos, read the incredible race recap, now learn about the Kenyan distance phenomenon. In this article, Wejo looks at the motivations of Kenyan runners. "Running in Kenya is by and large about one thing: money opportunity.
Wejo's Kenya Photos:
546 Photos from His Post World XC Trip
See how the Kenyans live and train in Eldoret and Iten. Plus photos of Kip Keino's center, St. Patrick's High School, Singore Girls School, Lornah Kiplagat's, and the Kimbia house. Not to mention photos of Tergat, Tanui, Kiplagat, and many more.

Interviews With Today's Stars on Their High School Careers
A bit old, but we've got to remember our roots.

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.

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.
Thumbs Up Showdown DVD: Wejo watched the Showdown DVD on the 2007 USA XC Champs in Boulder and was inspired.

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.

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

Inspirational Running Poem