Confirmed: Alan Webb Has Returned to Portland, Joined Jerry Schumacher’s Group and Is Focused on 5/10k Flotrack's Ryan Fenton caught up with the American mile record holder on his 30th b-day as a more mature Webb
talked about his recent struggles and the decision to switch to his 4th coach in the last 3.5 years. We give you the highlights as we know most of you don't have 22 minutes to spare. A great read (or watch) depending on how much time you have.
MB: Webb Training in Schumaker's Group, to Focus on 5k/10k in 2013, eventually the Marathon
MB: Happy Belated 30th Bday Alan Webb
2013 Boston And Other Upcoming Racing News
- Full 2013 Boston Marathon Field Released: Eight Sub-2:06 Men and Six Sub-2:23 Women Will Battle For Victory
*John Hancock Press Release
*MB: Boston Elite Field Announced - Who you got?
*MB: Rest of the Boston Elite Field Announced - Mosop, Geb Geb, Cheruiyot, Wesley Korir
- Feb 8th Düsseldorf 800 Features Bronze Medallist Timothy Kitum, Boaz Lalang, And Last Year's Fastest Man In The World During Indoor Adam Kszczot Also 2004 Olympic champ Yuriy Borzakovskiy.
- Feb 3rd: Olympic Marathon Medalists Tiki Gelana and Abel Kirui Headline Kagawa Marugame International Half Marathon Kirui will be up against Japanese Olympic marathoner Arata Fujiwara and Alistair Cragg while Gelana will face Kim Smith and 2011 World Championships marathon 5th-placer Yukiko Akaba.
- Feb 3: Japan's Olympic Marathon 6th Placer Kentaro Nakamoto Will Headline Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon His top competition will be citizen runner Yuki Kawauchi.
- US Olympic HJers Chaunte Lowe And Brigetta Barrett Will Compete At The Millrose Games
- Fionnuala Britton Commits To April 14th Dublin Road 10k
Random International News
- Silvia La Barbera Wins Vallagarina 6k XC Meet To Get The First Itallian Win In Years For the men's 9k, Ethiopian 19-yr old Muktar Edris won as Ukraine's 9-time European champ Sergey Lebid was 3rd.
- The Kenyan Secret? RossTucker At Science Of The Sport Analyze Study That Say Kenyans Are Faster Because Of Greater Calf Elasticity And Achilles Tendon Length "Calf elasticity and Achilles tendon length are different in Kenyan athletes compared to sedentary whites. This is not however a finding that should be used to argue that Kenyans dominate running because they have more elastic calves than whites. This is very unlikely to be a unique advantage, and there are doubtless individuals the world over who have the same attribute."
- Photos From Kenyan Weekend XC Meet In Kericho Geoffrey Mutai was 3rd in the men's race.
- Brett Larner Explains Why The 15 Year Old Who Set A Stage Record At The National Women's Ekiden Is At A Disadvantage In Japan Having A Kenyan Father
- Veronica Campbell-Brown Talks About Her Decision To Skip 2013 Indoors And Says She Is Still Highly Motivated
- Doha Named As Host City For 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships They were the only bidder.
Random Distance News
- Sage Canaday's 100k Win At US Champs Was In Course Record Time - Won By 30 Minutes
- Interesting Interview With Guy Who Found Kenyan Tribe That Rear-Foot Strikes When They Run
- Oregon Track & Field Rundown: History, Scandal And The Decathlon Come Together In The Novel "Olympic Affair"
- NJ Stars Of Past (Craig Forys) And Present (Edward Cheserek) Will Race In Armory's 2-Mile On Feb. 16
- Isn't EPO Only injectable? German Distance Runner Banned For EPO - Says She Took It From Friend's Fridge And Thought It Was Vitamins
- European XC Champ Fionnuala Britton Is Racing World XC And Hoping To Improve On 16th Place From 2011
- Steph Twell Getting Ready For Next Year's Home Commonwealth Games
- 22-Year-Old Ethiopian 2:08:46 Marathoner Alemayehu Shumye Dies In Car Crash
- Mary Cain To Debut In Boston At 2-Mile At 2013 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix On Feb. 2nd
- No Problem With Motivation Here: Two-Time Olympic 100 Champ Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Will Run Indoors For 1st Time This Year She's a great starter. Can she get the 6.92 WR?
- Former Olympic Heptathlete Kelly Sotherton Hoping To Run 3:40 At London Marathon
- Great Idea: 2004 Olympic Hurdles Champ Joanna Hayes Wants Runners To Have Customized Jerseys
- Rivalry Between Oscar Pistorius (Pictured Right) And Britain's Jonnie Peacock (Left) Is Over As Single And Double Leg Amputees Won't Race Each Other
- Dai Greene Is In Great Shape And Looking To Be 4th Man To Repeat As 400H WChamp He's put the Olympic disapointment behind him and says he's "done a few months of exceptional training and I'm in a good place."
Houston Marathon/Half Was Sunday
LRC Ethiopians Feyisa Lilesa And Mamitu Daska Win 2013 Aramco Houston Half Marathon The performance of the day belonged to Daska, who was dominant on US soil just as she was in all of 2012. Shadrack Biwott (62:23) and Lisa Uhl (73:28) were the top Americans as Luke Puskedra and Aaron
Braun also broke 63.
LRC Bazuk Worku (2:10:17) And Merima Mohammed (2:23:27) Win 2013 Chevron Houston Marathon Titles The former WJr. record holder picked up marathon win #1 as Andrew Carlson (2:17:16) and Tera Moody (2:39:10) took top American honors.
RRW: Ethiopians Sweep Titles At Cold, Wet 2013 Chevron Houston Marathon & Aramco Half Marathon Includes quotes from Biwott, Carlson, Uhl.
More Weekend Action - Mostly XC Action
- LRC Chelsea Reilly And Yosef Ghebray Win Bay Area Cross Challenge 2013 (Full Results)
- Abera Kuma And Helah Kiprop Dominate 2013 PWN Egmond Half Marathon Sammy Kitwara raced but wasn't top 5. This is the race on the sand that we talked about last year.
- Vallagrino, Italy XC: Ethiopian Teenager Muktar Edris - The "Future Of Ethiopian Distance Running" - Wins Again This time he destroyed Sergiy Lebid by 42 seconds.
- Pathetic: European Cross Winning Irish Team Won't Compete At World XC If you can't win, why go? The idea of going to basically whites only competition should have ended with Apartheid 25 years ago.
- N. Ireland XC IAAF: Fionnaula Britton Wins Again As Uganda's Thomas Ayeko Wins Men's Race By 37 Seconds Ayeko is a 20-year-old who ran 27:43 last year. The runner-up who was crushed, David Bett, is no slouch as he's a 13:06 guy.
- Irish Times: Britton shows no sign of flagging
- Athletics Weekly On Britton
- Pre-Race: Irish Times Was Expecting Britton To Dominate
- Former Cornell Runner Sage Canaday Wins US 100k Trail Champs
Big Races Set For Indoor Season
- Crazy Deep Field Set For Millrose 2 Mile As Evan Jager, Dathan Ritzenhein, German Fernandez And Andrew Bumbalough Added To Field They join previously announced Bernard Lagat, Cam Levins and Lawi Lalang.
- Great Men's Mile Highlights UW Indoor Preview This Saturday: Galen Rupp, Matt
Centrowitz and Dorian Ulrey Will Be Paced Through 800 In 1:55 By Pro Rabbit Matt Scherer Alberto Salazar-coached high schooler Mary Cain is in the women's 3k.
*Feb. 16th: Bernard Lagat Joins Field For Millrose Games 2 Mile Along With Lali Lalang And Cam Levins He'll go after the 8:09.72 AR that Galen Rupp took from him last year. Also announced for the meet, Nick Symmonds and Duane Solomon will go for the AR in the 600m. It will be broadcast live on ESPN3 Feb. 16th (time TBA) and 8-10 p.m. on Feb. 17th on ESPN. *IAAF
*Good News For The Sport: All Three USATF Championship Series Indoor Meets To Be Broadcast Live They are New Balance Indoor Grand Prix (2-Feb), the Millrose Games (16-Feb), and the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships (1-3-March).
Asafa Powell Gives Some Tips For The Ladies
- Asafa Powell Tells Women How To Keep Guys Interested "Being clingy is a Highway 2000 route to being single. Being too available can come across as desperate and a turn-off. We like a little chase. If you're always there then."
Two-Time NCAA Champ From Texas, Jacob Hernandez, Officially Retires At Age 27 "Today, I announce my retirement from track and field. Ray Lewis and I decided, its time to go."
*LRC 2008 NCAA 800 Recap *Race Video
*LRC 2008 NCAA Photos
*Retirement Video Interview With Hernandez
Usain Bolt Gets Dumped
- Usain Bolt Gets Dumped By British Girlfriend She says she couldn't handle the long-distance relationship and spills the beans on what it was like to date the global superstar.
- Article Claims That Usain Bolt Was Motivated To Win Gold In London By Pictures Of His Girlfriend's Butt
- Bond > Bolt? Usain Bolt #2 On AskMen.com's Top 49 Men Of 2012 List James Bond was #1.
The Media Reacts To Suzy Favor Hamilton
Definitely Not Politcally Correct: Chicago Sun-Times Columnist: SFH isn't alone - lots of female distance runners are total nut jobs SFH had "a glint of ferocity in her eyes, of suppressed danger. I saw the look in many of the Wisconsin middle-distance and long-distance female runners. In my book, I made special note of them, of their lapses
into near insanity, of their successes and crashes and eating disorders
and dependence on their controlling German head coach, Peter Tegen."
*Foot Locker Midwest Head Says Hamilton Can't Even Work As Volunteer At Its Event - Doubts She'll Keep Any Running Jobs "There is not a person in my opinion who has given more back to the sport of distance running than she has. That's why it's so tragic. We're losing Suzy." The UW-Madison School of Education, and the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association also are re-considering.
*FBI Might Be Interested
*The Daily Beast Examines How Escort Services Work (link fixed)
*Suzy Favor Hamilton Loses Another Sponsor In The Wisconsin Potato And Vegetable Growers Association Disney was one thing, but losing the Potato and Vegetable Growers Association has gotta hurt
.*Husband Reacts With Compassion "Yes, I knew. We were essentially separated the past year. We are trying, with help, to see if we can make it work. Suzy is a good person who went down the wrong path, obviously."
*AP Knocks On Hamilton Door Gets No Answer, Finds Psychologist Who's Not Surprised "She needed to have some way to express some other side of herself that didn't feel as clean or wonderful or upstanding as she appeared to be."
*Seduction Author Not Surprised Either "I believe at least fifty to sixty percent of all single women are Wholesome Pretenders. ... The vast majority of women are taught and brainwashed to behave as 'innocent, wholesome good girls.' For most women, that is not the reality of their inner sexuality."
*Fox Sports.com: Sex scandal not funny, just sad.
*Colin Cowherd (Chris Lear And Rojo's Favorite Sports Radio Guy) Leads ESPN Show With SFH Talk - *Listen As He Says Her Actions Probably Aren't As Rare As You Think
*SFH Lands On Cover Of Daily News
*SFH Banned From All Disney Sporting Events
*runDisney Drops SFH As Event Speaker
*Competitor Group Drops Her As Well
*Bleacher Report: Former Olympian Deserves Privacy To Handle Personal Issues
The Smoking Gun.com: Suzy Favor Hamilton Has Been Working As $600/Hour Escort For Last Year SFH, the 3-time Olympian, has
been one of the hottest commodities in the escort business over the last year as she jumped up to a #3 ranking and got rave reviews for her runner's body and for providing
the "full GFE (girlfriend experience)." One client raved, "I would do anything to protect her. ... She is worth every penny. I will go bankrupt before I stop seeing her. I hope no one else goes to see her, because I want her all to myself. ... I never thought I would find anyone in this hobby like her."
*Suzy Favor Hamilton Issues A Statement
*MB: Suzy Favor-Hamilton: Vegas Escort
Reaction From Across The Globe:
*NY Times: 1,176 Words On SFH: Former Olympian Cites Depression For Taking Job As Escort
*NY Daily News On Hamilton
*RRW: Suzy Favor Hamilton Admits To Double Life As $600 Per Hour Escort (link fixed)
*Hometown Reaction: Wisconsin State Journal: Suzy Favor Hamilton cites depression as reason she led "double life" as high-priced prostitute
*Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton admits she worked as escort
*Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Profile On Hamilton In July Where She Talked About Battling Depression
Suzy Favor Hamilton TV Report In Chicago
A MUST Read - One Of The Greatest Races Ever Run - The US Women's Version Of The Billy Mills 10,000 Win
RWorld Reintroduces The World To Debbie Heald, Who 40 Years Ago Incredibly Ran The US HS Indoor Mile Record Of 4:38.5 Steve Friedman's piece on Heald is moving to say the least. Heald, whose father had committed suicide,
who had been molested and who was always battling injury (13 different running-related surgeries), somehow
at the US vs. USSR meet at age 16 in 1972 beat the greatest runners in the world, including the indoor 1,500 record holder and that year's eventual Olympic 1,500 champion, by running an a 8.5-second PR of 4:38.5. She came from way back to win thanks to a ferocious kick and she was known for having no kick. Her life since then has been full of struggles with schizophrenia but her HS indoor record still stands.
MB: Debbie Heald article in RW
Heald's Incredible 1972 Race
More On Heald:
*2002 LA Times Feature
*1972 Sports Illustrated
*1967 Faces In The Crowd At Age 11
From The MB:
*16-year-old Debbie Heald takes down the Russians, sets AR in 1972
*No Wikipedia entry for Debbie Heald ...
*1972 USA vs. USSR: 16-year-old wins the women's mile in a national record. (still standing)
*1972 Video Of Debbie Heald
Foot Locker Finals *Results *Boys Photo Gallery *Legends Pre-Race Photo Gallery
Boys: Edward Cheserek Repeats After Battle With Sean McGorty McGorty, the South champ, and Jake Leingang, the Midwest champ, didn't make it easy for Cheserek, but there is a reason Cheserek
doesn't lose - he's
the best in the US high school ranks. The four Regional winners went 1-2-3-4. *Results *Milesplit Recap *Edward Cheserek Interview
Girls: Anna Rohrer Overcomes Fall To Win Rohrer pulled away for the win after falling after the start. Her Midwest teammates dominated the race with 6 in the top 10. Catarina Rocha of the Northeast was the runner-up, with both runner-ups having a least one Foot Locker finalist parent. *Results *Steve U's Recap *Anna Rohrer Interview
*OTB: Sarah Baxter 2016 Olympics? *wow footlocker, get your cameras fixed. learn how to cover a national race *Has Foot Locker gone too far?
He May Fool Oprah But He Won't Fool Us (& Maybe The Feds)!
We Knew There Was A Reason Why We've Always Loved PTI
LRC Michael Wilbon: "Lance Amstrong's A Pig.... Why am I going to believe him on Oprah? He's lied to us personally with phone calls. Please."
Oprah says she was $astisfied by the answers - says it will come out in 2 shows now The show is now going to be two shows so they
can make more money - get
the great interview out there. "I would say he did not come clean in the manner I expected."
*Video clips of Oprah on CBS
*Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah Winfrey about his doping We don't' know why people think this is news. Of course he did.
*Lance Armstrong apologized To Livestrogn Staff He didn't straight out and admit his drug use however. We guess he saved that for Oprah.
More Reactions To Armstrong:
*US Olympians Including Adam Nelson, David Oliver And DeeDee Trotter Speak Out Against Lance Armstrong Nelson: "This particular issue cuts very, very deep. I've lost out on an experience, emotionally and personally that I can't get back as well as the financial benefits. I have no patience, no tolerance for anyone who cries, 'It was the system, not me.'"
*NY Times Article Says Armstrong Is Planning On Testifying Against UCI Officials
*WADA Says They Want An Official Under-Oath Confession From Armstrong
*Phil Hersh: "It would be a lot easier to have a milligram of forgiveness for Armstrong if he hadn’t been such a ruthless and relentless liar for so long."
*NY Times: "Companies that endorse athletes might prefer to stand by quietly if they know an athlete is doping, appreciating the benefits of his success." Can you say Nike?
*Ken Goe At The Oregonian: "No sympathy and no forgiveness for Lance Armstrong"
*MB: Sports Illustrated's David Epstein will be on PBS Charlie Rose Show Tonight (1/15) to talk about Lance
*Former Olympic Cycling Champ Nicole Cooke Says ‘Armstrong will never be able to atone for cheating’.
*Irish Independent: Armstrong Admission Could Kick Cycling Out Of Olympics
- Euro XC Champ Fionnuala Britton Blasts Athletics Ireland's Decision Not To Send An Irish Team To World XC Her Euro XC teammate Leevale's Lizzie Lee said, "What's to be gained (personally) from going to World Cross' and finishing 90th or 100th? We had a really good team for the Europeans, but I don't think it's at World level yet." So she rather pretend they're good by only racing white Europeans.
- Britton Uses Shalane Flanagan As An Example Of Non-Africans Running Well At World XC "Well, Shalane Flanagan won a medal in the last one so everyone has to believe that they can do it. Obviously it is difficult but it is world championship so it is not supposed to be easy."
- Lloyd Cowan (Coach Of Olympic 400 Silver Medalist Christine Ohuruogu) Named UKA's New Head Sprints Coach
- Malcolm Arnold Named Lead UKA Hurdles Coach
- After Missing London 2012 With Injury, UK Jav Thrower Goldie Sayers Looking For Her First International Medal In 2013
Kenyan Admin News
- AK Head Isaiah Kiplagat And Sports Minister Ababu Namwamba In Heated Argument Over Possible Misappropriation Of Funds www.standardmedia.co.ke
- Explanation Of Voting Process For Upcoming Athletics Kenya Elections
Previous Lance-Oprah News
A Must Read
If You Thought Lance Was Arrogant Before, This Will Put You Over The Top Behind Lance Armstrong's Decision To Talk The WSJ has exclusive insight into why Lance is going on Oprah. He is doing so because he had a secret meeting with USADA head Travis Tygart last month in Denver where Lance pathetically grovelled and made excuses in attempt to get Tygart to let him do triathlons - which Lance feels is his only way to make money. Tygart was having none of it and Lance threw a hissy and stormed out after yelling the QOD.
*Justice Department Takes Aim At Armstrong Justice Department officials have recommended joining a federal whistleblower lawsuit aimed at clawing back sponsorship money from former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong.
*Mike Lupica Agrees With Us - Lance Is An Arrogant SOB "To the end this guy thinks he can play the whole world for suckers." "Once Lance Armstrong was willing to say anything, hurt anybody, call people bitter or call them whores, who got in his way. Now he is willing to say anything to still make himself the hero of his own drama, the mythology he created and others helped create for him. That doesn't make you a saint or an icon or a hero. It makes you a cornered rat."
*Science Of Sport Guest Column On We Might Expect From Lance "The beefs many have with Lance are related to his dishonesty rather than his drug-taking, and far more about his bullying than his breaking of the rules.
*Britain's Greatest Female Cyclist Gives Retirement Speech And Rips Lance And Tyler Hamilton "Tyler Hamilton will make more money from a book describing how he cheated than I will make in all my years of honest labour."
*Before Oprah Interview, Lance Apologizes To Livestrong Foundation Staff How about an apology to Betsy Andreu before an apology to a foundation that helped enrich him by millions by boosting his image?
Two Races We Missed
- 2010 World XC Champion Emily Chebet Wins Fourth Victory Of Season In Kenya As World Half Bronze Medallist John Mwangan Wins Men's Race 2:03:02 man Geoffrey Mutai was 3rd in the men's race.
- Elgoibar XC: World Junior 3,000m Steeplechase Champion Conseslus Kipruto And Ethiopia's Gelete Burka Grabbed The Victories In Spain
Who Says It's Just January? *Full UW Results
LRC Mary Cain Runs 9:02.10 For 3,000 - Arguably The Greatest Distance Performance In High School History
MB: *Cain 9:02!!!
*Mary Cain 9:02!!!
*How many boys state 3200/2 mile can mary cain win?
*NOW what do you think about a Baxter-Cain face-off at 3200 / 2-mile? Hmmmm?
Olympic Silver Medallist Galen Rupp Opens Up With 3:57 Mile Rupp tied up big time over the last 400.
HS Recaps: Sean McGorty Runs 4:11 & 9:07
MB: *Thread On McGorty
NCAA Action Starts To Heat Up *All NCAA Results
LRC Cas Loxsom Is Back!!! - 1:46.98 Opener The 2010 World Junior silver medallist opened up his senior campaign in fine form.
*Loxsom's Old Rival Robby Andrews "Only" Runs 1:51.41
*Post-Race: An Upbeat Andrews Says Training Has Bbeen "Going Well" And He'll Go For American 1k Record On Feb. 2nd
*Dual Meet Men: #1 Arkansas 85, #3 Texas 78 3:35 1,500 runner Kyle Merber was only third in the 1k. *Results
*2:02 HSer Amy Weissenbach Wins Mile In 4:52.01
Upset About Treatment On A "Human, Personal Level" By Cuban Officials, Dayron Robles Will Sit Out All Of 2013 In Protest Last week, we heard he was lacking motivation.
- Groundbreaking Takes Place For Lornah Kiplagat Sports Academy In Iten
- It's Official - Bobsleigh Is A Joke - Jana Pittman Switches From Athletics To Bobsleigh
Olympic 100m Bottle Thrower Convicted
Guilty: Men's 100m Bottle Thrower Is Convicted Sounds like due to his mental illness, he'll get a slap on the wrist, but the judge's reasoning was sound: "The video, in my view, quite clearly shows Mr Gill-Webb checking to see if he is under observation before taking the risk of throwing the bottle. I am sure that he was at that point weighing up the chances of being caught before throwing
in an effort to disrupt the start of the race and put off Usain Bolt. I am sure, therefore, that he was at that point acting rationally and wrongly."
*MB: OJ Simpson may have gotten off but the Olympic bottle thrower is convicted!!
Recommended Read On Why We Run: 42-Year-Old Mechanic, One Of Few Runners In Haiti, Keeps Running After Earthquake "Running is a continuation of life."
This 2:42 marathoner should have been in the Olympic marathon in our minds as he represents the Olympic ideal.
AP Video Story On Mechanic
Video: Kenyan Runner Edwin Kipsang Rotich Was Attacked During Brazil's New Year's Eve Kings Run 10k, But Still Went On To Win Police said the attacker has a history of mental problems and doing stunts like this. Rotich was unfazed at the finish as he didn't even mention the attack in his post-race interview. *Longer Video
US Pro And Collegiate News: Clemson Head Coach Resigns
- Lawrence Johnson Resigns As Clemson University Head Coach Flotrack reported that there were unofficial rumors saying it may be due to a compliance issue.
- Recommended Watch: Very Well Done Documentary On Ryan Vail On The Life Of A Professional Runner "This is my job. It's not about, 'I don't feel like running today' because everyone doesn't feel like going to work today. So I just say, 'This is better than a 9 to 5. Get out there and do your work today. This is going to work. Just get out there and do it.'"
- MB: Robby Andrews coaching at Princeton
- David Torrence Talks About Trying To Develop His Sprint Speed In 2013 This winter, he and his teammates attended a speed camp in Florida for 3 weeks.
Weekend Action - 2013 BUPA XC Was Saturday *Full Results *Discuss *Start Lists *Race Website
- Men's 8km: LRC American Bobby Mack Wins The Men's 8km Race At The 2013 Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross-Country Tom Humphries made a "pretty honorable" break for a solo victory, but
Spain's 13:17 man and last year's champ Ayad Lamdassem reeled in him with just over 200
meters to go before Mack turned the tables on Lamdassem and got the win in a thrilling race. *MB: Discuss
*Recap Of Whole Meet: Dibaba Over Defar Dibaba over Defar has happened in the past, but this time it was younger sister Genzebe Dibaba who defeated Meseret Defar in the women's 3k. In the women's 6k, Fionnuala Britton won as American Mattie Suver was 3rd. *IAAF Recap
- Irish Top XC Runner Fionnuala Britton Says She Was Embarassed She Fell On Her "Arse" During Bupa Great Edinburgh XC Race Since It Was On Live TV She still managed to win by 16 seconds.
- EA Recap With Team Score Breakdown US senior men won their team race, but in the overall composite (and the women's senior race), the US was last behind Europe and GB.
Good Read: CNN Piece On Tirunesh Dibaba, Who Says Her Main Focus In The Coming Years Will Be On The Marathon "I want to do something special, that is historic and unforgettable. Especially in the Olympic marathon, I want to compete there. I believe that is what is left for me to achieve."
LRC Other End-Of-Year / New Year's Day Action Of Note That No One Wrote An Article About (Kogo, Soi, Lalli, Kipsiro, Etc.)
Random US News: Lauren Fleshman Responds To You
- Lauren Fleshman Responds To LRC MB Posters: "Why I'm No Longer With Nike" Fleshman responds directly to LRC message board posters who came up with "several interesting speculations" as to why and how she left Nike.
- Watch Out, Usain Bolt? Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson Says He Wants To Qualify For The 2016 Olympics In The 200 Or 400 And Thinks He Could Beat Usain Bolt Peterson: "I know a lot of people laugh and be like 'come on, let's be real with yourself.' It's Usain Bolt, but I feel like you can accomplish anything you put your mind to." Well, according to Wikipedia, Peterson ran a wind-aided 10.33 in high school.
- 2011 World HJ Champ Jesse Williams Almost Ended Up Competing For New Zealand Instead Of The United States His parents were NZ-born. Williams said, "I was thinking about competing for New Zealand for a little while. It was in 2005 when I was trying to get the A standard. It was in the back of my head and I said to myself, if I don't get the A standard, maybe I should try and compete for New Zealand. It would be easier making the team."
The Christmas Holiday Wasn't Real Kind To Mo Farah
- Mo Farah Gets Detained By US Customs Officials For Terrorism Questioning, So He Shows Them Gold Medals To No Avail "I couldn't believe it. Because of my Somali origin I get detained every time I come through US Customs. This time I even got my medals out to show who I am, but they wouldn't have it." *MB: Mo Farah - a terrorist?
- Muslim Mo Farah Gets Asked On Radio Twice About His Christmas Celebrations
- MB: Mo Farah only runs 12.9 for 100m time on BBC Superstars Show That's barely 52 seconds for a 400 for a guy who closes races almost that fast.
- Mo Farah Is Disappointed He Didn't Get Knighthood Like Bradley Wiggins If we were the Brits, having learned from the Lance Armstrong case, we wouldn't touch knighthood for any endurance athletes like Wiggins until 10 years after their careers were over.
Ridiculous Claim: 37-Year-Old 2:14 Marathoner Luke Kipkosgei Says He Would Have Won Olympic Gold Had He Not Been Injured Kipkosgei, who did win a world indoor 3k bronze in 2003, is hoping to run the Moscow WCs. Good luck with that.
Stop Complaining: NYC Marathon Announced Cancellation Policy And You Can Get A Refund Get a refund or pay again for next year and run next year (while paying for this year as well).
On The Boards: NYC Marathon Resolution
*WSJ: NYRR Reach Multi-Million Dollar Settlment With Insurance Company After Cancellation Of NYC Marathon
Good Read: Brett Larner Explains "How I Learned To Love The Ekiden And Why You Should Too" "When you put on that soaking wet, stinking piece of cloth and your own sweat mingles with it there is a physical bond formed between your life and theirs, your own years of work becoming part of something bigger, and others are waiting to join you. Giving anything less than your best is not sacrificing your gift, it is sacrificing everybody else's gifts."
Sports Science: Viagra Improves Performance In More Ways Than One
Athletics Illustrated Q&A With Steve Magness Apparently Viagra when combined with high altitude training has the potential to improve athletic performance.
- WSJ Continues Its Campaign To Discourage People From Exercising: Study Says Playing A Round Of Golf Is Just As Beneficial As A 100-Mile Bike Ride For Aiding Longevity We stopped reading after the second paragraph, when we saw the study is based on data taken from Olympian mortality records between 1896 and 1936.
- On The Other Hand ... Study Finds Olympic Medalists Live On Average 2.8 Years Longer Than Average Population This study looked at Olympic athletes between 1896 and 2010.
US News: Adam Nelson On His Way To Becoming An Olympic Champion
- Good News: 4 Throwers From 2004 Athens Olympics Officially Stripped Of Their Medals After Doping Retests *2nd Article
- Which Means ... Q&A With Adam Nelson, Who Stands To Be Upgraded To Gold After Official IOC Announcement Stripping Yuriy Bilonog Of His Medal "To be honest, it feels really strange and it's a weird feeling. I've heard the rumors before and have not given the rumors much credit until an official ruling. Now that it's happened I'm excited. It is all just sinking in. You know, I feel I excited as I did to not lose that event [in 2004]; I was second on a tie-breaker. I feel good that I will always be the person who threw farthest on that day."
Lolo Jones Has Survived Her First Bobsled Crash And she even jokes about it: "God is real. I saw him today and he said come back later."
Track And Field's Male Fans Are Thankful For This
Fit Again & Recovered From Achilles Surgery & Bacterial Infection, Blanka Vlasic Is Ready To Compete Again
The Running Event Is In The Books *Photos
LRC The 2012 Running Event Is In The Books: Five Takeaways On The Industry Shark Tank's Daymond John Speaks The trade show for specialty running shops was last week in Austin, Texas and LRC's Wejo was there plus Ryan Hall,
Meb Keflezighi, and most of Saucony's top athletes. The running industry should be renamed the "how to not get injured" industry. Some take-aways from the convention.
*Press Release: The Running Event 2012 Attracts 2,100 To Austin
The Weekly Review: The Week That Was In Running: January 7 - 13, 2013
LRC Zola Budd & Mary Cain, Rudisha & Farah, Lance & Oprah, And Running Fast But Never Winning This week we try to put Mary Cain's 9:02 in perspective, praise Mark McGwire and rip Lance as we get ready for Oprah, catch up with Mo Farah & David Rudisha hanging out in Kenya, talk about the fastest marathoners that have never won in history and get words of wisdom from Sheila Reid and Ryan Vail and Andrew Wheating. Plus we wonder why more pros don't do X-Country.
Random US News: Bobby Curtis Dropped By Reebok
- Bobby Curtis And Kim Smith Both Dropped By Longtime Sponsor Reebok Curtis has now joined Hason-Brooks and said on twitter, "Finally running clothes that fit properly! (spoiler alert: I'm no longer with Reebok)".
Carl Lewis Says Discrimination By A Racist NJ Restaurant Motivated Him To Make His Senate Run In 2011
- Hanson-BrooksRunner mike Morgan Sets CR At Walt Disney World Half Marathon In 1:05:26 As Hansons Runner Melissa Johnson-White Wins Woman's Race Also, a 76-year old woman set the age-group WR (75-79) with a 1:45:56.
- Weird Headline: Marathon Running Cop Runs Down Taco-Bell Sign Hit-And-Run Driver
- University of Kansas Gets Approval On $39 Million Project Which Includes A New Track
A Great Guest Column
PJ Browne A Woman I Used To Know - Suzy Favor Hamilton Guest columnist PJ Browne reflects on Suzy Favor Hamilton and depression in a Recommended Read. "What I can now say about depression is that the irrational and the bizarre become the norm. There is no blueprint in a hit and miss mixture of drugs, incarceration and therapy. In my case, Zoloft turned me into a daring, brazen individual much to the embarrassment of my family."
Ryan Hall Speaks
LRC Ryan Hall Talks About Cam Levins' 190-Mile Weeks And Is Impressed Hall: "It's working for him. My hat's off to him. He inspires me. That's why I started following him on Twitter. I feel like I'm training hard and I'm not doing nearly that kind of training."
LRC Ryan Hall Talks About His Running Shoes Hall says he has different shoes for every speed he runs and that he has an "unhealthy attachment" to the Asics Gel Hyper Speed.
LetsRun.com's 2012 Year In Review
LRC We Say To You The Visitor, "Thanks A Million" For Making 2012 A Record Year For Us Now that the college football bowl season is over, the year is over in our mind and
it's time to recap the special
year we had in 2012. No matter how you look at it, 2012 was a record year for LetsRun. Unique visitors were up 38.55% and for the first time we surpassed a million unique visitors in a given month. Read the article to find out what our 5 busiest days were, what our 5 least busy days were, our most popular articles, most popular threads and more. Guess what day generated the most page views. Hint: it wasn't even a day during the Olympics or
US Olympic Trials.
The Weekly Recap Of Last Week's Action
LRC Overcoming A Mid-Race Tackle, Runners Are Weird, Ashton Eaton, Jacob Hernandez, Lance Armstrong And The "Future Of Ethiopian Distance Running" This week we start off with three things that should prove to you that runners are officially
eccentric as we try to make a Flotrack video go viral. We then introduce you to "the future of Ethiopian distance running" before introducing you to Edwan Rotich - who got tackled mid-race and still won $25,000 + a car last week. Plus our hatred for Lance Armstrong continues and we wonder if Ashton Eaton would be nothing more than a D3 football star had he stuck with the gridiron. And Jacob Hernandez calls
Track This Weekend And Upcoming
- Clemson's Brianna Rollins Breaks Collegiate 60 Hurdles Record She ran 7.78, which beat Ginnie Powell's 2006 record of 7.84 (Powell is the wife of 2004 Olympic gold medalist Shawn Crawford).
- Later in Jan: 2011 World HJ Champ Jesse Williams Will Open His Indoor Season At The Czech Rupbulic Moravia HJ Tour On January 26th And 29th On both days he will face Russia’s Olympic champ Ivan Ukhov.
- Feb 2nd: NC State's Ryan Hill (3:58.33) And Peter van der Westhuizen (3:54.90) Highlight The Field For The January Camel City Indoor Mile Ohio State alum Cory Leslie (3:56.85) is also in the field and the race will be rabbited by Olympic Trials 4th place steeplechaser Donnie Cowart.
- Outdoors: Double HJ World Champ Blanka Vlasic Will Delay Her Return To Competition Until The Start Of Outdoors Vlasic has been out with a foot injury/surgery and hasn't competed since September 2011.
A Former Star Retires
Felix Limo Hangs 'Em Up Limo, who famously ran 41:29 for 15km (4:27 pace) to set the WR and beat Haile G in 2001 and then went on to win the Rotterdam (2004), Berlin (2004), Chicago
(2005) and London (2006) marathons, is calling it quits at 32 due to back problems. His 2:06:14 was the fastest marathon in 2004. He'll now focus on his farms and business interests.
*Interesting: Toni Reavis Remembers Having Dinner With A 20-Year-Old Limo And Limo Telling Him What He'd Do When He Retired "When I retire, I will open Felix Limo's House of Ugali."
2013 Boston - The Americans Will Be There
BAA: Meb, Ryan Hall And Abdi Added To 2013 Boston Field - A Slew Of Americans Will Take On The World At The 2013 Boston Marathon Shalane and Kara were already
announced, so all five of the healthy US Olympians from 2012 will be there. Lots of other Americans will be there as well. The international elite field will be announced mid-Feb.
RRW: The Three 2012 US Men's Olympians - Meb, Ryan Hall And Abdi Abdirahman - Will Race The 2013 Boston Marathon
*MB: Hall, Meb and Abdi to run 2013 Boston Marathon
After Resignation, Bev Kearney Lashes Out, Goes On CNN Seeking Justice & Hints At Lawsuit
Conspiracy Theory Or Crazy Enough To Be True? Bev Kearney's Lawyer Suggests That Her Affair Was Exposed In Order To Block Her Pay Raise "We can't say what evidence there is of that. But we can say it seems remarkable, let's say coincidental, the exact timing this report came out of the blue [was] when the athletic council was recommending that Bev be promoted, and offered a raise."
Texas Coach And USATFCCCA Half Of Famer Bev Kearney Resigns
- University Of Texas Head Women's Track Coach Bev Kearney Resigns After Admitting She Had An Intimate Relationship With A Student-Athlete Back In 2002 "You destroy yourself. You start questioning how could you make such a judgment," she said. "How could you make such an error after all the years? You can get consumed (by it) ... I didn't commit a crime, but I displayed poor judgment."
- AP Article On Bev Kearney's Resignation
LRC Aussie 1,500 Record Holder Ryan Gregson Enters 2013 Having "Never Been This Aerobically Fit Before" The man who ran 3:31-flat two years ago as a 20-year-old is feeling good after a high altitude training stint in Fall Creek.
LRC Predictions For 2013 - Bolt & RudishaAre Done? The Muslim Mo Farah's 1st Xmas, The Case For Aries Merritt For AOY & Paralympic Whining We kick off the New Year by wondering if Aries Merritt should have been Athlete of the Year before wondering if 2013 will be the beginning of the end for both of the men who dominated 2012 - Usain Bolt and David Rudisha. We then dare to tell you that in reality, the Paralympics and wheelchair racing are over-publicized (not under-publicized as many claim) and tell you about the most insensitive interview ever involving Mo Farah. Plus crazy races in Alaska and yet another gratuitous slam of Lance Armstrong.
A Review Of Duncan Larkin's "Run Simple"
LRC Review By A LRCer Of Duncan Larkin's Book, "Run Simple: A Minimalist Approach To Fitness And Well Being" Has running become too complicated and gotten away from it's blue collar roots? Larkin seems to think so and gives advice to try and make things simpler.
Last Week's Weekly Recap
LRC Biomechanics Are The Key? 2012 The Year Of The 800? Mo Farah The GOAT? SFH > Galen Rupp & Leo? Usain Bolt's Love Life, Wisdom From Pfaff & Salazar, And More This week we spend a lot of time wondering, "Was Mo Farah's double win really by far the greatest Olympic distance double" as Alberto Salazar claimed? (No). We also wonder if biomechanics are the key to success in T&F, wonder if this was the greatest year ever in the men's 800, compare the amount of pub generated by Suzy Favor Hamilton as compared to Galen Rupp, give you great coaching insight from Dan Pfaff (and Salazar), tell you how some coaches are never satisfied, and remind you to yawn before your next race. Plus Usain Bolt's ex-girlfriend kisses and tells, and why the best thing about altitude training may have nothing to do with altitude.
Run, Recover, Run More
LRC Runners Recover Better And Hopefully Stay Injury Free With These Two Products From The 2012 Running Event Wejo talks about some of the injury prevention products he saw at the The Running Event, which include better methods for massage, icing, and compression.
Meb And The Mental Side Of Running
LRC Meb Keflezighi Talks About Getting His Start In Running, The Mental/Physical Breakdown Of The Sport Meb: "I really believe during preparation it's 90% physical, 10% mental. When the gun goes off it's 90% mental and 10% being healthy."
Maggie Vessey Tests Positive And Gets A Warning
Maggie Vessey Tests Positive For Diuretic And Accepts Public Warning
The American 800m star was taking a prescription medicine that had a banned substance. She won't have to serve a suspension of any kind.
On The Boards: Maggie Vessey tests positive
The Week That Was In Running: December 10 - December 16, 2012
LRC Jenny Simpson's About Face, Sally Jenkins' Embarrassing Defense Of Lance, Fast Rugby Players, A Mea Culpa And More Not a lot happened last week on the track but there is A TON to talk about. We break down world champion Jenny Simpson's about face and return to Mark Wetmore by comparing her positively to Charles Barkely and Dan Marino, but remind people that a return home didn't resurrect the career of Jeremy Wariner. We absolutely rip Sally Jenkins for defending Lance Armstrong and for using the "rape card" to support her argument as we compare Lance to Bernie Madoff. Along the way, we tell you why legalized PED use = the end of women's sports and introduce you to the fastest rugby player in the world. Plus we fess up to a rare, rare mistake.
TodaysMiles.com Launches On LetsRun.com
Today's Miles Launches The running world has got 3.1*, 13.1 and 26.2 stickers. Todaymiles.com takes that concept to running apparel. Want to celebrate that 26.2 you did? Do it. Want to run 20 minutes and wear a 20 mile shirt? You can do that, too. More info here.
Wetmore-Simpson Round II
LRC Jenny Simpson Coaching Switch Update Former CU Buff Stephen Kasica has some details on Simpson training in Boulder last week. Plus there is a cool multimedia timeline on Simpson's career and some perspective. Simpson won Worlds under Juli Benson, yet never ran within 3.5 seconds of her 1,500m PR. Fascinating.
2012 Foot Locker Boys Photo Gallery (Updated)
2012 Foot Locker Legends Pre-Race Photo Gallery
IAAF Gala Photos: The Stars Of Track And Field Are Beautiful People
NCAA Cross Photo Galleries (Captions Now Added)
Beautiful People: NCAA Banquet Photos (Click On Photo)
Back To Top18-Yr Old Ethiopian Muktar Edris Gets The Win Over A Deep Field In Campaccio XC Race As Kim Conley Gets 4th For The Women He beat out John Kipkoech (12:49 5000) and sub-27 man Geoffrey Kirui by less than a second
as Moses Kipsiro was 4th, Leonard Komon 8th, Euro XC Champ Andrea Lalli 9th and Scott Bauhs 10th. Debele Degefa won the women's race in a
close sprint with Afera Godfay as Conley was 4th and two-time World steeplechase bronze medallist Milcah Chemos 6th.