30th Carlsbad 5,000 Is Sunday *Streaming Info (Women’s Race At 2:56pm Eastern, Men 3:24 East)

Kipyego-Lagat-Choge-Gebremeskel-Carlsbad14LRC Genzebe Dibaba Shoots For World Record (14:46); Bernard Lagat & Diego Estrada Eye American Record; Dejen Gebremeskel Goes For 5 Straight  We spoke to Dibaba and her coach Jama Aden (among others), who offered an explanation for her struggles at outdoor World Championships. Andy Vernon also offered his thoughts on Mo Farah and Bernard Lagat talked about his special relationship with coach Li.

Non-World XC Distance News

LRC Exclusives From 2015 World XC In China

Press Conference And Course Tour LRC Rejoice! Chris Derrick Is Just Like You – A Running Nerd; The Course Is Awesome, Tough And Dry; And The IAAF Shafts Ethiopia The course is far from muddy but it needs to be seen to be believed as it will definitely feature strength.

LRC World XC Track Talk Preview Show Podcast Available For Download With Rojo live in China, the LRC team broke down the men’s and women’s races with audio from Chris Derrick and Renato Canova on Kenenisa Bekele and Mo Farah.

Chris Derrick Guiyang 2015LRC Team USA’s Chris Derrick Talks Medals, Belief, Kicking, And Even Supplements As He’s Ready To Lead Team USA And Challenge For Individual Medal The top US returner is coming off a solo stint in Flagstaff, AZ.

IAAF DIL Kenya 120204 Abel Kirui group with Renato Canova - NangaliniLRC Renato Canova Speaks From China On Derrick, Bekele And Farah Says both Derrick and Team USA have realistic shots at medals. Plus, Bekele’s training & whether Mo Farah would win World Cross.

Gatlin And Nike Making Waves

Drug (Russian) News

 Upcoming Road Action 

Drug / Trial News

The Search For A Better Running Shoe

pegasus30LRC The Most Popular Running Shoe On LetsRun.com Is … Not Made Anymore … The Nike Pegasus+ 30 Thousands of you filled out our detailed running shoe survey in the fall and more of you ran in the Nike Pegasus+30 than any other shoe. Only problem is all of you need to find a new shoe, help us out below:

runningshoesurveyLRC The Improved LRC Running Shoe Survey Is Back – Three Minutes To A Better Running Shoe The running shoe buying process sucks and we want to improve it with data. We took your reviews from the fall, made a running shoe beta site, and have improved our survey to ask you what shoe your previously ran in. We now need more reviews from you on the latest shoes.

 Another Sunday, Another NOP L-Carnitine Story 

LRCCorrection See Below: Sunday Times Says Alberto Salazar's Group May Have Inadvertently Broken Anti-Doping Rules With L-Carnitine Injections

Dathan Ritzenhein and Alvina Begay are the athletes who would appear to have broken the rules. Even more interesting is Salazar thought L-Carnitine would help Ritzenhein improve 2-3 minutes in the marathon. *Discuss Here

Weekend Track Action *All NCAA Results

 More On The Roads 

Daniel Wanjiru Wins Prague Half Marathon In 59:51 As Three Break 1-Hour Mark Wilfred Murgor and Leonard Komon were a close 2-3, both clocking 59:57. Worknesh Degefa won the women’s race in 67:14 as pre-race favorite Lucy Kabuu was only 6th (70:25).
*RRW: Favorites Falter At Prague Half

Pre-Meet World XC News/Previews

LRC Led By Laura Thweatt, The American Women Have A Great Shot At Another World XC Medal We look at the USA women’s chances (very good with much of Europe giving up) and have interviews with Sara Hall and Jen Rhines in China.

LRC Can Chris Derrick Lead The US Men To A Repeat Medal? Two years ago at the “Miracle on Dirt,” the USA walked away with a silver.

chebetLRC Kenyan Women Try To Win For The Fifth Straight Time Kenya and Ethiopia have gone 1-2 in the women’s race at 17 of the last 18 championships and appear likely to do so again in 2015. Can defending champ Emily Chebet claim her third World XC title?

LRC Men’s Preview: Kenya Or Ethiopia? Shame On Europe For Waving The White Flag The world’s greatest foot race is Saturday in China (Friday night in the USA) and it should be Kenya vs. Ethiopia for gold with USA battling for bronze on the men’s side. Can Eritrea’s Teklemariam Medhin, the guy who had a malaria-like disease and slept in the airport two years ago but still got bronze, come out on top?

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Full Coverage:  *2015 World XC Special Section

Week That Was

Rojo Goes To World XC

P1070801LRC Burger King And Budweiser, 33 Hours 41 Minutes 56 Seconds Of Travel, What Happens To The Kenyans If It Rains? Rojo World Tour #1 Our intrepid journalist Rojo is off to Guiyang, China to cover World XC. On his last world tour, he rode camels in Jordan. In Guiyang installment #1, he breaks down his 33 hours 41 minutes and 56 seconds of travel, how rain will effect the Kenyans, and Burger King and Budweiser together.

More Doping Stuff

Good Read: Is It Time To Make Doping A Criminal Offence? Former UK Anti-Doping Head Michele Verroken Thinks So (LRC Is All For It) “Why should there be an an automatic freedom pass back into sport once a ban has ended?”

 Previous World XC Stuff 

L-Carnitine

The Wall Street Journal Examines HyperthyroidismLRC Good News, Bad News: Everything You Want To Know About The Nike Oregon Project And L-Carnitine Injections The Sunday Times reported that Alberto Salazar ordered his Nike Oregon Project athletes thousands of dollars of L-Carnitine supplements and experimented with injecting L-Carnitine on coach Steve Magness. We break it down. *MB: Salazar, Farah, talk about use of L-carnitine, a legal supplement with 11% performance. gains

World XC Champs Are This Weekend

2015 EDP Lisbon Half Marathon *Results

Mo's Competitors Can't Stop Him, But The Tape Can (Must have been the adidas logo)

LRC Mo Farah Comes From Behind To Win Lisbon Half In European Record Of 59:32! (And Sprawls To The Ground Over Finishing Tape) (updated with recap/analysis) Half way into the race, Farah was dropped from the lead pack, but he hung tough and got the super-impressive win in 59:32 over Micah Kogo. Rose Chelimo won the women’s race in 1:08:22.
*IAAF Recap

LRC Official 2015 EDP Lisbon Half Marathon Live Discussion Thread

LRC Remembering LRCer Van Townsend The running world lost one of its bright lights this week with the death of Van Townsend.
*MB: RIP Van Townsend: Share Your Respects Here


Other News

Doping And Other Negative Stuff

Bolt Is Back

Distance News

Olympic Stuff

More From The Weekend

 NCAA Stuff