Lobalu fled South Sudan as a child during the civil war after being separated from his family. He has a1500 best of 3:52 from London Worlds, but has been improving this year on the Kenyan XC circuit.
After a coach said, 'I always wished I had a chance to sit down with (two coaching legends who are now dead) with a bottle of whiskey and cigars to talk about coaching,' coach Chris Johnson made it a reality by hosting the event every year.
Baillie died still holding New Zealand records over 20,000m and one hour, set in 1963.
Adams says her daughter has shown her that "life is bigger than sports."
A routine checkup appointment turned into an emergency C-section to save both Felix and her daughter Camryn. Her daughter, born 3 pounds, 7 ounces, is still in the NICU, but doing well.
*MB: Allyson Felix is a Mom
She says winning a medal at the European Champs in Berlin there was no family or friends there "to run to or hug."
“I was obviously over the moon with my performance in Berlin but none of my family and friends were in the stadium. It is not really an anti-climax but you are so excited by it, yet you run around and there was no-one really there for you to run to or to hug. Weirdly enough, there was a girl I used to train with at Dundee Hawkhill, who was there in the crowd. I just saw her face, out of all those thousands of people, and she was just standing on the stairs, cheering me on. And I almost started crying. I hadn’t seen this girl in years, it wasn’t like we were really close, but we went to school together and she was a couple of years above me in my club. Just seeing someone who reminded me of home, I got quite emotional about that, and having that in Glasgow will be pretty special.”
“...To have what I had in Belgrade and Berlin, but actually have my friends and family there, rather than having to scramble to a phone to call them, it will be so much better having them there in person. She messaged me on Instagram afterwards and I even said to her ‘you have no idea how much that meant to me, just to see someone’s face’ and it did. You think of how many years you spend running around Scotland – cross countries in Livingston and Alloa – when it is freezing cold and muddy. To have someone else there who has been through all that with you and cheering you on was pretty special. ... They appreciate how hard it is to keep going when times are tough. It has taken me from the age of 12 to 26 to get my first medal, so it certainly doesn’t happen overnight. That was the first time I was able to step back and say ‘yeah, I am proud of myself for what I have achieved’. It has taken me a long time to get to this point. But we’ve got there.”
"There was no athletics training camp and no running groups, and so I lost interest and started some business instead to hustle. ... My husband was those days from a neighboring school and he saw me run in the zonal and district competitions. He asked me why I had stopped running and encouraged me to train and enter local races in 2011.”
"It got to the point that strange superstitions took over: I can’t wear these boxers anymore, I have to wear the ones I used when I was running well, I have to go back to using that toothpaste, not this one. It was crazy. ... In college, when I had no money, I didn’t over-think things, but as a professional athlete I was on a mission to do everything right: buy organic food, do the best of everything – stuff I thought was going to help me run faster. It didn’t."
Even if you'd get an 'F' in track history, if you ran high school then you probably remember Gammoudi from watching the Steve Prefontaine movies (Gammoudi was 2nd at the 1972 Munich Games).
"Even if I was well prepared, it’s difficult to explain the exact feelings. It was a mix of apprehension, fear and determination at the same time. I remember what our president in that time, Bourguiba, told me before I left for Mexico, ‘Bring me the gold and I will give you what you want.’ My answer was, ‘I’ll bring the gold and you’ll come with me to take it my childhood home,’ a small place in the south of Tunisia, called Sidi Aich. The desire of my mum was to see the President, and this was important for me. Both of us honored the promise, and there are no words to explain my happiness when I heard my national anthem on the top of the podium!"
Talking about leaving the Hansons and being coached by Walt Drenth she said, "“I felt like I’m at the point where I’m at a plateau, and this is a chance to really take a risk and see if I can’t hit a little higher peak. Let’s see if there’s something else we can squeeze."
At NAZ Elite, there is no secrecy. From training logs to workout videos, nearly everything is public.
Stein, a 32-year-old public defender won the race in 2:22:49 and said he could only got to do real marathon training the last three weeks because his time has been taken up by a quadruple murder case.
Besides Galen Rupp, not American has gone sub-2:10 since Meb Keflezighi did in 2014. However, that could change this weekend in NYC where the field has eight Americans with PBs 2:13 or faster.
Since finishing 2nd in Boston, Sellers has picked up a sponsor, but is still working full-time as a nurse. She thinks if she has a good day she can run in the 2:30s.
*MB: Sarah Sellers: "No matter what I do next, I’m going to be a disappointment to people."
Levins says he wants to go to another Olympics and it's too early to say if he'll be going in the marathon. *Canadian Running Magazine article
A couple things that impressed Fox was the camaraderie in Kipchoge's training group and how flexible they were about training. They had a plan, but it they weren't "anal about sticking to it" if changes needed to be made.
Fox: “They were always ready to adjust. They did have a plan, a weekly structure. But it never bothered them if they had to make changes. Most elite runners have a very structured program and they’re anal about sticking to it. The program is all, discipline the thing. Kenyans’ attitude to training is incredibly flexible.”
Suhr also talks about her early career when Rick had remortgage his house and she had to work at a gas station making pizzas and cleaning toilets to make ends meet.
Talking about joining the Bowerman Track Club and training with Shalane Flanagan and Amy Cragg Jorgensen says, “I like to surround myself with people who are better than me. This shows me what the world standard is and pushes me to step up to their level on a daily basis."
Dan Roan writes that part of the fallout from this move will be that WADA will no longer trusted after it effectively left Russia "off the hook."