The Most Accomplished Track/XC Distance Runner In History Makes His Marathon Debut Tmw! *Stay Up Late & Watch It Live (Race Starts 2:45am ET/11:45pm Sat. Night West Coast) *Elite Field *Results *Key Stats *Video preview

MB: Official 2014 Paris Marathon Live Discussion Thread – Kenenisa Bekele Makes His 26.2 Debut

Recommended Read: Kenenisa Bekele’s Marathon Debut Gets 1,264 Words Of Coverage In NY Times A great piece which also talks about Farah’s debut in London. Bekele’s agent Jos Hermens has some pointed words for Bekele: “He has to get his act together, and stay motivated and forget about business and run for five or six years.”

 London Is Next Week 

Week That Was

LRCWTW: Even Kenyan Teens Are Embarrassed To Run, Kenya Rules Ethiopia In Quantity But Not Quality, And Hope For Galen Rupp?

This week we give Galen Rupp fans reason to believe a victory over Bernard Lagat at 5,000 is possible, are amazed that even Kenyan phenoms are sometimes embarrassed to run, wonder why Kenya rules Ethiopia in quantity but not quality, and go crazy with our quotes of the week.

High Fitness Associated With High Brain Function Later In Life New study shows that cardio fitness has long-term effect on several key cognitive functions.

Road News

Prague Half Marathon

RRW: Joyce Chepkirui Becomes 18th Woman To Break 67:00 (Runs 66:19) – Peter Kirui PRs at 59:22 To Win Joyce Chepkirui dominated from the start whereas Kirui took his time warming up before winning a race where 3 men broke 60:00.

Pre-Race: Recommended Read: Peter Kirui, who paced Patrick Makau to a World Record while sleeping on the floor, now hopes to set the World Record himself now Kirui seemed on the cusp of greatness after his 2012 NYC Half win but saw his training derailed while studying for the Kenyan Police force. That is now over and he’s just set a PB.

Weekend NCAA Track Action *All Weekend NCAA Results *Stanford Results

 This Weekend's Pro Action 

 More On Ostapchuk Doping Case 

NCAA Stuff: Outdoor Gets Going With First Stanford Meet This Weekend

Doping News

2014 Carlsbad: *Results *Full Video Race Replay *LRC Photo Gallery

LRC Dejen Gebremskel And Julia Bleasdale Win 2014 Carlsbad 5,000 – Bernard Lagat Sets New American Record Of 13:19 Gebremeskel turned the tables on Lagat from World Indoors but Lagat left with a nice consolation prize. In the women’s race, no one came close to Bleasdale, who became the first non-African born winner since 2002. Brenda Martinez was the top American – not Jordan Hasay or Gabriele Grunewald.
*MB: Official 2014 Carlsbad Live Discussion Thread: Bleasdale & Gebremeskel Win – Lagat Gets American Record
*MB: Oh crap! Grunewald vs Hasay rematch at the Carlsbad 5k, who’s gonna win?

US News: USATF Too Big To Succeed?

UKA Performance Director Neil Black Says He’s Confident About Mo Farah’s Fitness Ahead Of London After Visiting Him In Kenya Black said, “Alberto’s very happy. The type of phrases being used are ‘best shape’ and ‘best athlete in the world.’ Everything is positive in terms of what Alberto is seeing and understanding. … [Farah is] in absolute peak physical shape to approach the marathon.”

 News From Scotland 

Interesting: You Think Breaking A WR Is Tough? It’s Even Harder For Horses Human WRs have dropped significantly in the last 50 years, but horse times haven’t got much faster. This article looks at some of the reasons why.

Sprints / Jumps

Oscar P’s Defense Lawyers Expected To Call Pathologist As First Witness Pistorius himself is expected to take the stand eventually.

Berlin Half

LRCLeonard Komon Runs Fastest Half Marathon Debut Ever - Wins In 59:14 In Sprint Finish In Berlin

Komon was pretty spectacular and wanted even more - the World Record - as he went out with the wind in 13:39 (57:36 pace). LetsRun.com wind genius John Kellogg estimates the wind might have cost Komon around 17 seconds. *Results
*Ken Nakamura: List Of Fastest Half Marathon Debuts In History *Chronological List Of All Sub-60 Half Marathons In History