Editor's Note: Below
you will find a series of columns by Robert Johnson. Robert Johnson, a.k.a
"Rojo", is the co-founder of LetsRun.com. Rojo has been running all of his life
(one of his earliest memories is
trying to run during the entire p.e. class in first grade), but
only competing seriously since the Fall of 1997.
A series of stress fractures resulted in Robert being only the
fourth man on his high school cross country team and in him not running
competitively in college. However, his love of the sport never died and he was
able to return to competing in the sport once he backed off, allowed his body to
heal and gradually got back into things - slowly building up a base so that his
body would be strong enough to handle the rigors of serious training.
Since returning to competitive running, Robert has progressed
quickly, and he just missed out on qualifying for the 2000 US Men's Olympic
Marathon Trials by running a 2:23:11 marathon at the 2000 Las Vegas Marathon. A
former high school math teacher, Robert has put his competitive
running on the shelf as of late and is in love with his
new role of being the men's distance coach at Cornell University.
30, 2004: Hyping Dathan Ritzenhein's 10,000 Meter Debut
(Ritz Will Be First Non-African Born Runner Under 27:00
7, 2003: Felix Sanche: Inspiring A Nation (How Representing
One's Country Is The Ultimate)
2003: Rojo Talks About His Vision For The Cornell Distance
Program and What It's Like To Be A College Coach
5, 2002: Mary Decker Slaney - Undeserving of Millrose Hall
of Fame & Her Current Marathon Publicity
Recommended Read: January
30, 2002: At Last,
The Questions No One Else Will Ask: Regina Jacobs Answers
A Few Drug Related Questions
6, 2001: It's Not The Critic Who Counts......
30, 2001: Don't Mess With My Brother - A Response To Carl
29, 2001: My Decision Not To Run The 2001 Marine Corps Marathon
Recommended Read: October
14, 2001: My Small Part of History: Helping Pace Catherine Ndereba
To A World Record
Break 2001: Life In Flagstaff, AZ
Recommended Read: February
10, 2001: I Failed, So What??? (A Look Back A Year Later
At My Failure To Qualify for the 2000 US Olympic Marathon Trials)
December 14, 2000: Show Me The Money!!! (On
The Lack Of Sponsorship in Distance Running)
July 13, 2000:Off To Sacramento With Mixed Feelings
June 9, 2000: Overtraining 101: How To Overtrain
May 23, 2000:Face the Facts: EPO Usage Likely Widespread!
May 12, 2000:No Need To Change the Olympic Marathon Trials Process.
May 5, 2000:
Glad that we finally know that Khalid Khannouchi's won't be participating
in the Olympic Marathon Trials.