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"To win the marathon, you have to have courage. Today, I had the courage to go in front and win."
-Marilson Gomes dos Santos, the surprise winner of the ING NYC Marathon

"I can tell you, 20 years of pro sports, endurance sports, from triathlons to cycling, all of the Tours, even the worst days on the Tours, nothing was as hard as that and nothing left me feeling the way I feel now, in terms of just sheer fatigue and soreness ... That was without a doubt the hardest physical thing I've ever done" -Lance Armstrong on his first marathon, a gutty 2:59:36
(the Lance quotes are from 2 diff't article)

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ING NYC Marathon Men:
Marilson Gomes dos Santos Surprises
Upset? Come on, admit it, you'd never heard of Gomes before. And its likely Paul Tergat never had either. Gomes opened up a lead on the star studded field in the 19th mile and Tergat and Chasing Kimbia's Stephen Kiogora waited too long to try and catch Gomes who became the first S. American winner of the ING NYC Marathon. The strong American contingent did not deliver on the pre-race expectations as unheralded Pete Gilmore was the top American in tenth. In his much anticipated debut, Dathan Ritzenhein ran strong until around 20 miles and then hit the wall and really struggled the last 2k (6:33 pace). A heavier Lance Armstrong gutted it out to break the 3 hour barrier and earn some people's respect. Gary Lough (Paula Radcliffe's husband) was the fastest celebrity showing he clearly has learned a thing or two from his wife as he negative split the race to run 2:41, while Steve Cram must have had some trouble on the course (it took him 30 minutes to run from 10k to 15k for some reason) as he struggled to a 3:27.
*Marilson Gomes dos Santos Pulls Upset at NYC Marathon Times of London

*Marilson Gomes dos Santos Surprises in NY New York Times
*ING NYC Marathon Men's Photos
*More on Lance Armstrong's Marathon .nycmarathon.org
*Lance Armstrong Says Marathon is 'Hardest' Thing He's Ever Done

College News: Ray Treacy Succeeding at Providence
*Some are Upset UK Track Runners Using the Arboretum for Practice

Takahashi to Defend Her Title at Tokyo Marathon

2001 World High Jump Champ Martin Buss Retires IAAF

Previous NYC News:
*Catherine Ndereba and Her Coach Talk about NY Preparations

*Stefano Baldini Talks About His NY Preparations MensRacing
*Deena Kastor Ready for Tough Challenge in NY She says the race is the toughest one she's ever been in. She's wrong. Paula Radcliffe isn't in the field.

Previous NYC News:
*Boulder Training Groups Discussed in NY Times
This article is getting a lot of discussion on the message boards here and here
*Hendrick Ramaala Talks About Trying to Win Again in NY
*Meb and Deena Have a Shot in NY
New York Times
*Katie McGregor Ready for Her Marathon Debut in NY www.startribune.com
*Pete Gilmore 2:12 in the Marathon and He's Never Had a Shoe Contract runnersworld.com

Conference XC Action is Here:
Big 10s:
Wisconsin Men Win Big 10s for 8th Straight Time, Michigan Women Win Wisconsin would have beaten the rest of the Big 10s in a dual meet but the win was not as impressive as last year and it is being called an "off day". The major area of concern for the Badgers is that NCAA favorite Chris Solinsky was comfortably ahead, fell down with reportedly 2.5k to go, and then lost 30 seconds coming in as Minnesota soph Chris Rombough got the title.
*Big 10 Men's Results: Wisconsin Beats the Field Again
*Big 10 Women's Results: Michigan Women Win
*Message board thread on Big 10s

Arkansas Wins Its 33rd Straight Conference XC Crown
*Arkansas Sweeps SEC XC Crowns
*SEC Men's Results 2,3,4,5,7 for the Hogs. They'd beat the conference in a dual meet again.
*SEC Women's Results
PAC 10: Oregon Men, Stanford Women Win Pac 10 Crowns
Vin and Galen got their first Pac 10 crowns.
*Pac 10 Men's Results: Galen Rupp Wins
*Pac 10 Women's Results: Stanford Goes 1-4 to Dominate

ACC: NC State Sweeps ACC Crowns

*ACC Men's Results *ACC Women's Results

Big East:
Providence Sweeps 2006 Big East XC Champs The women dominated and the men pulled the upset as Martin Fagan dominated once again.
Big East Men's Results: Providence Men Pull Upset
*Big East Women's Results: Providence Women Win

Message Board Thread on Fagan
Big 12s:
Colorado Sweeps Big 12s for 8th Straight Year
Wetmore's streak of 8 on both sides is pretty damn impressive.
*Big 12 Men's Results: 2 Time Defending Champ Benson Chesang 12th but His Teammate Colby Wissel Wins
*Big 12 Women's Results: Sally Kipyego of Texas Tech Beat 3rd Place by a Minute and 6 Seconds
She's got to be the favorite for NCAAs.
Message Board Thread:
Fisticuffs at Big 12s
Princeton Sweeps Men's and Women's Crowns
*Women's Recap *Men's Recap
*Results Lindsay Donaldson
got her first crown and Ben True repeated.
*Message board thread here
*More Conference Action at trackshark

Women's Finger Length May Determine Their Running Success

LetsRun.com Classic Emails #1 We share with you some of the classic emails from our site's visitors and give you valuable knowledge at the same time. You'll read conclusive proof Lance Armstrong dopes, learn AJ Acosta is not as much an a**hole as you thought, and much more.

AT&T US Nationals
LetsRun.com 2006 Nationals

*Start List
Sunday: LetsRun.com Recap Lagat Outlasts The Return of Jennings and Manzano's Magic, Khadevis Robinson Puts on an Exhibition, Hazel Clark Dives For the Finish, and Lincoln ThreePeats This year's nationals was a great track and field meet. Day 4 saw a $100,000 and a world leading run by Lashinda Demus in the 400m hurdles, world leaders by Torah Harris in the high jump, Walter Davis in the triple jump, Khadevis Robinson in the 800, Dominique Arnold in the hurdles, and Wallace Spearmon in the 200. But you want to read about Gabe Jennings return, Khadevis Robinson's domination, and the emergence of Nick Symmonds. Plus you learn how stupid all the guys who give out shoe contracts are.
*Final Day Recap from USATF
*Lagat Becomes First to Complete 1500-5k Double .indystar.com
*Final Day Recap from Indianapolis Star

A Legend Passes: "I don't train never have. I don't think of running as training. I just go out and run each day, and let the racing take care of itself"- Jack Foster of New Zealand, who ran a 2:11:17 marathon at the age of 41 to win silver at the Commonwealth Games in 1974. He died in a bike accident yesterday at the age of 72.

In case you missed it:
Todd Williams Hangs them up

In our lengthy 3 part interview, Todd Williams, the premier 10,000m runner in the US, talks about his illustrious career and the sport of running in general.
Part I he
re, Part II here, Part III here
Also take a look at Amby Burfoot's look at Todd Williams' incredible American record at 15k in 1995, the same year he finished 9th at World Cross Country.

More isn't always better:
"I had over-trained. I put too much pressure on myself because I wanted that gold medal too much. If I had trained 15 per cent less, I would have won. I was training like a crazy person. There was a lack of self-confidence and a lack of maturity. An athlete does not only train with his body. He trains with his mind."

-Hicham El Guerrouj on why he didn't win Olympic gold in 2000

JK Speaks: Progressing To Peak Fitness LetsRun.com coaching guru John Kellogg talks about progression runs and the art of the sport versus the science of the sport.

LetsRun.com Book Reviews 2 Good Reads on Milers 50 years apart:
Sub 4:00 and The Perfect Mile

"Paul Maurer, in The Gift, not only presents an interesting and captivating story, but he explores the deeper questions of why runners run, why we compete, and what makes such a simple sport, running, so rewarding to those of us who do it. The Gift is one of the best running books I have ever read. "
-LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson on a new Running novel,
The Gift
(The Gift is now available from Amazon.com)

ING NYC Marathon Women:

Jelena Prokopcuka Repeats

The loaded women's field ran very tentatively as the expected stars (Deena Kastor and Catherine Ndereba) gave each other too much respect and not enough to the defending champ Prokopcuka. They let Prokopcuka run away from the main pack at the half way mark and never got close to her after that.
*ING NYC Marathon Women's Photos
Message Board:
Celebrity Runners at NYC

Bad Boy 8k Results Only 2k more to go for Wejo as he runs 27:50 just off the Olympic "A" Standard.
*Bad Girl 5k Results

Seb Coe Reaffirms That Olympic Stadium Will Remain an Athletics Stadium after 2012 Olympics

The Cover Up Is Often Worse Than the Crime
Trevor Graham Indicted for Lying to Investigators in Balco Scandal He faces 5 years and a $250,000 fine.
*Message board thread here

One From Monday We Missed: Dublin Marathon Recap Survivor Flagstaff's Matt Smith with a 2:14 pr.

Runners and Their Gadgets "The problem with technology is it can get you away from your own barometer. Why not figure out during training how it feels to go at a hard but sustainable pace, then aim to replicate that feeling on marathon day?"-Alan Culpepper New York Times

LetsRun.com NCAA Super XC Regional Polls
Give us your regional predictions and your national top 10.

Athletics Museum Opens in Kenya

Oregon's Hayward Field to Get an Extra 5000 Seats for the Trials

Running Turns Around Another Life in Kenya:
"God knows my daughter has been through hard times because we had nothing under our names. We had no property that is why she dropped out of school"

-mother of Irene Cherutich. Cherutich took up running trying to provide for her own family. She won last weekend's Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon.

Phil Knight the Godfather of Oregon Athletics Although reportedly now the first thing recruits to Oregon see is all the Nike gear their going to get, that was not always the case. Bill Dellinger once had the track team outfitted by adidas.

New Coaches Cross Country Polls Out ustfccca.cstv.com
*Mike Scott Analyzes the Women's XC Scene

Court of Arbitration in Sport Arbitrators to No Longer Be able to Represent Athletes in Other Cases The drug authoritise are rightfully addressing apparent conflicts of interest that seem to arise in the system.

Doping News: Belfast Athlete Gareth Turnbull Is Cleared of Doping Offense We heard from the get go this guy was innocent. The Carbon Isotope test came back negative and Turnbull should have never been charged. Instead the drug testers charged him solely based on his T/E ratio. Ridiculous. Hopefully he'll get back the hundreds of thousands he spent defending himself.
*Gareth Turnbull Speaks Out about Being Cleared in Doping Case BBC

*Turnbull to Sue Doping Authorities u.tv

*Bernard Lagat Will Not Appeal German Court Ruling Not Letting Him Sue IAAF and WADA for Positive "A" Test Leak in 2003

*Very Few British Clubs Likely to Be Interested in Drug Cheat Thanou www.telegraph.co.uk

Bob Kennedy Interview
"I think the question then becomes when, and at what point are we, as organizing bodies, USA Track and Field, IAAF, the other national governing bodies from all over the world, going to really invest the money that its necessary in testing to keep up and get ahead of, the people who are using the system to cheat. And that will take money. It takes money to develop the tests for the different variants of the drugs that these people are coming up with, and only when you have that kind of investment will you really stop it. Otherwise, they're just faking it."
-Bob Kennedy, in a LetsRun.com interview where he talks about drugs, success, shoes (the Kennedy XC) and Tegenkamp

Miling News: Nick Willis Has His Sights on a Medal Next Year He talks about medalling in the 1500 but also about maybe moving up to 5k. If he gets a medal, it seems to us he should stick with the 1500.
*Peter Snell Says It is Much Harder To Medal These Days
*Jim Ryun, Marty Liquori, AJ Acosta Talk About Alan Webb's 3:53 in High School

NY News:
Meb Trying to Overcome His Sore Hamstring in Time for ING NYC Marathon
Stefano Baldini Ready for NY Aft
er His 10k Victory
*Baldini Talks About His Preparations for NY AP

USTFCCCA Men's NCAA-I Cross Country Coaches Poll UTEP moves up after upsetting Arkansas at Chilepepper.
*Women's Ranking Here NC State jumps to #2.
LetsRun.com NCAA Super Polls Now Open Give Us Your Top 10 and Your Conference Predictions

Pre Nationals XC: links fixed

Blue Race:
Team Results:
Stanford Women Dominate 155 point win for the Cardinal
*Individual: Michelle Sikes of Wake Forest Wins
White Race: Team: NC State Women Win

Individual: Julia Lucas of NC State With the Top Time of the Day
Men:White: Team: Colorado Men Dominate
Individual: Martin Fagan Wins
Blue: Team: Iona Edges Stanford
Individual: Josh McDougal Stays Undefeated in His Collegiate XC Career Outside of Nationals
*Message Board Thread on PreNats

*PreNats Combined Results
Men: UTEP Defeats Arkansas
*Women:Arkansas Women Crush Duke

Married Thanks to LetsRun.com:
"I don't want to say it. It sounds crazy but it was a dream come true"

-John Stiner, on getting married to his wife, Sarah, who he met on the LetsRun.com message boards. Read about their incredible story.

"Everybody in Kenya is trying to come to America. I had no dream about coming because I knew this was impossible. It was a miracle," Kiplagat said. "That is why I take advantage of every opportunity. I came here, graduated in three years, and count myself blessed"- Richard Kiplagat who graduated from Iona in 3 years and had a 3.75 GPA

"This is not coming out of retirement, this is just me showing that if you just enjoy what you are doing and stay in there and set little goals. I do a lot of speaking, I've spoken to every group in Australia and I tell them back when I ran I set little goals and I think here I am telling these guys, but I've got to do it myself and tonight was really a chance to walk the walk"
-Steve Moneghetti, who at age 43, broke the world best for the 1 hour run for master's, averaging sub 5 minute pace the whole way as Ron Clarke, John Landy, and Robert De Castella watched him run.

Paul Tergat
*"As the holy scriptures say, 'for whoever much is given, much is expected,' it is, therefore, my duty and privilege to help in any small way in giving back to society."
-Marathon world record holder, Paul Tergat, speaking after founding a sports foundation that will help disadvantaged youths.
*Tergat's hamstring injury has healed and he says he's ready to go at NYC: "I expect good results as I am in good shape" but he's out of next week's Half Marathon in Britain, but interestingly Gezahegne Abera (remember him, formerly the greatest marathoner in the world) is running. www.registerguard.com

And the winner is:
Best Running Movie of All-Time: Fire on the Track
After sitting on the results for months, we're proud to announce that the best running movie of all-time as selected by our viewers is a not an academy award winner, Chariots of Fire, or a highly publicized film produced by Tom Cruise (Without Limits), but rather a running documentary, Fire on the Track: The Steve Prefontaine Story. Read all about the voting and see the 10 best running movies of all-time as selected by our viewers.

Training Advice:
Advice from the pros
.Top 10 Training Tips
LetsRun.com's Weldon Johnson gives his top 10 training tips. They helped him run a 28:27 10k and will definitely help you too.
No Shortcuts
LetsRun.Com coaching consultant John Kellogg outlines his basic coaching approach and gives the four principals to correct training for elites. LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson translates Mr. Kellogg's approach so that it is beneficial for the masses.
Marathon Training Program
Do you want to run a successful marathon? Sign up for our marathon training program. Let our experts show you how.
High School Section
Turn Back the Clock:
Interviews With Today's Stars on Their High School Careers

Rod Dehaven: U.S. Marathon Champ
Juli Henner: U.S. Olympian
Todd Reeser: Top Road Racer Wrestled in High School
Many more
Training Advice
Learn how LetsRun.com running guru, John Kellogg, made a tiny private school in Texas one of the best teams in the state.

Non NY Action:
Seoul: Jason Mbote Runs 2:08:13 Course Record at Seoul Marathon

Athens: Tarus and Ogushi Win Athens Classic Marathon
Soweto: Soweto Marathon Recap IAAF

Festus Langat Wins Opening Athletics Kenya XC Meet IAAF

Kellly Sotherton Splits With Her Javelin Coach BBC

2001 World High Jump Champ Martin Buss Retires IAAF

Athletes Go All Out for an Edge Drug Testers Don't That's how we interpret this: "The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency spends $2 million a year on research to make sure that Olympic athletes aren't getting an unfair advantage."

Qatar to Bid for 2016 Olympics

Children's Running Book Review: Pellie Runs A Marathon Read to your kids a public service message brought to you by us.

Video on the Magic of Mark Wetmore

Run Forrest Run is the Least of Your Concerns
*'Happy Slapping' is the new craze and a message boarder will be on youtube soon.

Wejo Speaks:
"In running however, there are not bonus points for running 'hard.' The point is to run fast. There is a difference. Don't forget that."

-Letsrun.com's Wejo explaining "Why He Sucked in College" but went on to be 4th in the country in the 10k"

In Case You Forgot JK is a genius: "John (JK)is the whole inspiration [for] why my brother and I are into running,His philosophy is what we use here at Cornell."- LetsRun.com's Rojo on the legendary JK

Trails are the #1 Amenity Homeowners Would Like to See in a New Community New York Times

More on the Amazing John Woodruff from Arizona Republic: "I'm most proud that I was able to do what I did in track and field in order to bring a good name for the Woodruffs."- John Woodruff
-NY Times Article on Woodruff
There is a Race in Woodfuff's Name in PA

On the Boards:
College Coaching Salaries Exposed If you're in it for the money get a job teaching high school. It pays better.

So True: "Eight years ago, Yesalis and UCLA labratory chief Don Catlin were asked independently how much money it would take for research to really fight doping, and both said the figure would be in excess of $50 million. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency spends roughly $2million a year on research."-New York Daily News writer

Arthur Lydiard Quotes:
Train Don't Strain"

-famed distance coach Arthur Lydiard
Friday's Lydiard Quote:
"Americans arrogantly want it all now, this is why they finish last. Speed must be used in proper proportions. Build and build like the Afrikans. This is the only way to realise your potential."
-famed distance coach Arthur Lydiard

'Suddenly I got to the age of 36, and one day I realized I can't ever run any quicker than I'm running at this moment"
(Coe reportedly stopped midwork and never ran another competitive step)

2 time 1500m gold medallist and former 800m world record holder, according to Frank Deford in an audio essay on the doping scandal.

Great Advice:
"I am glad that because I chose to focus on a personal goal, pursued passionately and today I bear testimony of what it can yield, even beyond my wildest expectations. I hope that this will somehow encourage someone here today as well, to pursue his dream and vision...Usually, I get quite enriched whenever I have an opportunity to positively touch the life of someone. Such opportunities to show concern enable me, and indeed all of us, to share what God has placed into our hands."

-World Record Holder in the Marathon and Humanitarian Paul Tergat in his acceptance speech for his honary degree from Bloomfield College in New Jersey.

More Great Advice for the Greatest Distance Runner Ever:
Haile Gebrselassie says work hard, be patient, and take your recovery days seriously.
Good Read.

Great Read/Advice: Such a Simple Sport:
"I train twice every day except on Sundays and on Christmas Day."

-the great Haile Gebrselassie, on his training over the holidays. He says his New Year's resolution is to win the gold medal at 10k and break the 10k world record. And Gebrselassie is still young as it is only 1996 in Ethiopia (we swear).

Great Read: "...there would be days I would run 70 km (43 miles) and then there are days I would run 20 or so. I just mentioned that figure (70) to state that there are days I would actually run up to 70 or so. The fact that I can run that much gives me confidence and makes me believe I am doing a good job."
-former world record holder in the marathon Naoko Takahashi in Part I of a fascinating interview with Japan Times on her training

*Part II Here

Inspirational Running Poem

You know you're a runner if....... (our reader's fill in the blanks with some hilarious responses on the message boards)

Is it the VAAM?:
"I thought for a few minutes my legs would be sore. But my legs weren't heavy at all. I went jogging and felt as good as ever."
-Naoka Takahashi won won the Berlin marathon and reportedly went for a "long run" the day after. Takahashi credits some of her success to VAAM, the sports drink from made from stomach acid of killer hornets that she drinks.
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