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We interview one of our own:
LetsRun.com's Rojo talks about coaching at Cornell

Jos Hermens Denies German Doping Charges  He's the agent to a ton of people including Bekele and Gebrselassie.

Post NCAA News:
3 In Depth Looks At Mark Wetmore's Colorado Program
*The Coach: Wetmore, the intellect, has built a national power
*CU Men: They Win It Despite Nelson's Sub-Par Day
*CU Women:
Barringer digs deep for 2nd as Pascuito gets 16th despite 2 stress fractures
Josh McDougal Devasted by 27th Place Finish at Nationals www.newsadvance.com
*There's Always Next Year:
Who Will Win NCAA XC in 2007?
*NCAA Photos From TrackandFieldPhoto
NCAA Photos From RunMichigan

Sally Kipyego Dominates, Stanford Survives
Recap: Sally Kipyego Dominates, Stanford Wins With Highest Point Total Ever

*Individual results
*Team Results
Kipyego dominated the individual field and the Cardinal repeated, but just narrowly over Colorado, as the Cardinal scored 195 points, the highest ever for a winning team (that total on the men's side would have been 2 points from 7th). Mark Wetmore almost did the unthinkable again (with a squad that was only 6th at PreNCAAs), leave Terre Haute with 2 titles, but the Buffaloes' 5th runner finished 165th.
*Ivy League Women Have Top 3 Finisher for 5th Straight Year

*Women's Recap from Terre Haute Newspaper
Video: Flocast Video of Women's Press Conference Post Race

*Flocast Video Highlights of Women's Nationals

Deena's Pacer Runs 2:17:50 in Philly www.philly.com

PreRace NCAA News:
2006 LetsRun.com NCAA Cross Country Preview

Is Wisconsin unstoppable? What if they had the flu? Will Stanford repeat? Will anyone come within 10 seconds of Sally Kipyego? How the hell should we know, but we try and answer some of these questions and give you the letsrun.com predictions.
*Jerry Schumacher: "Winning national titles is never easy, unless you’re [Arkansas coach] John McDonnell" tribstar.com

*Not all Big Time Coaches Like NCAAs on Monday: Lananna: "We would do a lot better, especially with spectators, to get the race on the weekend, not Monday" tribstar.com

*Nef Araia Out to Have Fun at NCAAs

ING NYC Marathon Men:
Marilson Gomes dos Santos Surprises
Surprises 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

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)

Dan O'Brien, Lynn Jennings and Kevin Young To Get Inducted into Track and Field Hall of Fame
Interviews with Track and Field Hall of Fame Inductees

Lance Armstrong to Give the Marathon Another Go, This Time More Seriously He'll be running on the streets of NY next year. Like most marathoners he vowed to not do another one for about 2 weeks.

Ian Thorpe's Decision to Retire Evokes Memories of Herb Elliott, John Landy www.foxsports.com.au

Share Your Thoughts on the Philly Marathon

Floyd Landis Speaks Out:"I can't answer those questions because I've never been through anything even remotely like this before. However, I can point out that you are overlooking the height of the stakes in this game. The winner gets nothing and the loser loses everything. In that context do you think that overlooking any advantage and being nice will increase the odds of the other side playing fair? THIS IS A WAR my friend. Everything has been taken away from me, my lifelong dream, my job, the respect of my peers and the rest of the world for that matter, any chance of recovering some sort of normal life, and my father in law and best friend is DEAD."

Men: Mark Wetmore is the Man:

Colorado Stuns Wisconsin Again, Rohatinsky Wins

Team Recap: Colorado Does it Again: Men Come Out on Top, Women Finish 2nd
Josh Rohatinsky Just Wanted to Get to 8k Near Lead No he's not 30. He's 24 and a few days younger than Jess Baumgartner who came out of nowhere to finish 3rd.
*Individual results

*Team Results The race was eerily similar to 2 years ago when Colorado, a huge underdog, came from behind to upset the heavily favored Badgers. Josh Rohatinsky won the individual title.
*Chris Solinsky Takes the Blame for Wisconsin's Loss www.madison.com
*Men's Recap from Terre Haute Newspaper
*Stanford Women Defend, Colorado Men Upset Wisconsin at 2006 NCAA XC Champs Race Results Weekly
Flocast Postrace Interviews of Mark Wetmore,Chris Solinsky and Josh McDougal 1 very happy guy and 2 very disappointed ones.
*Flocast Interviews With Men's Top 3 Post Race
*Flocast Video Highlights of Men's Nationals Watch them before CBS comes calling.

Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifying Opportunity at Shamrock Virginia Beach Marathon on March 18, 2006

Sunday Action:
*Micah Kogo, Fastest 10k Runner in 2006, Wins Zevenheuvelenloop 15k in Exciting 4 Way Sprint
Kogo had a great year. IAAF

*Kenyan Isaiah Kosgei Sets Course Record at Kampala Uganda Marathon
Ultra: Former William & Mary Winner Wins JFK 50 Miler After 10 Years Away from Sport

XC: Kenyan Peter Kamais and Portugal’s Analia Rosa Win XC Races in Portugal
Eritrea’s Ali Abdallah and Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot Get Wins at Soria Spain XC Meet IAAF

Floyd Landis Expands His Doping Defense

Saturday Action: Matebo and Domongole Win Titles at Tegla Loroupe Peace Race IAAF
Samuel Ndung'u and Mary Wacera Repeat at Kenyan XC Series Race IAAF

Michael Johnson in the News: Michael Johnson Talks About His Trip to Kenya He visited one of the worst slums in the world and was impressed how sport was transforming lives.
Good Read: Lengthy Article on Michael Johnson as He Visits Scotland
In 1990, Johnson in Scotland emerged as a world star for the first time.

Good News: IAAF Signs TV Deal for 2007, 2009 Worlds, Coverage Will be on NBC and Versus Finally someone got the point across that the sport has to be on network tv to grow in the US.

More Good News: NFL Going to Strengthen its Anti Doping Policy Carbon Isotope tests on all tests, more tests, but still no HGH test.
*Many Still Feel Flaws in NFL Testing
*Dick Pound Worried about Gene Doping

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

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

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.

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

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.

2000 Olympic 1500m Champ Noah Ngeny Retires

Kenyan World Record Squad Back for Chiba Ekiden on Thanksgiving

We Must Admit We'd Never Heard of This Guy But He's Truly Incredible: *Masters Great, Derek Turnbull, Dies
*Derek Turnbull Ran a 2:41 Marathon at Age 65
Derek Turnbull's Records

LetsRun.com NCAA Contest

Check Your Scores. LetsRun.com guru JK, the unofficial winner

Jos Hermens Cited in German Drug Probe Hermens has kept a low profile on the circuit this year. Also named was Olympic 800 Champ Nils Schumann.

On the Boards:
Old Timers, How popular was Pre?
Cool Things to Do in NYC

Thanksgiving News: Dan Browne, Sara Hall Headline Seagate 5k
*Defending Champ Kim Smith Out of Manchester Road Race
*Rodgers Rop, Carolina Kluft, El Guerrouj Running Great Ethiopian Run This Weekend

Swenson, Smith Victorious in National 24-Hour Race

Former Silver Medallist Mockenhaupt Says She Will Skip European XC Due to Lack of Form After Losing This Past Weekend IAAF

Reiko Tosa Gives 2000 Olympic Champ Naoko Takahashi her First Loss Ever to a Japanese Runner At Tokyo Marathon It was Takahashi's first loss to a fellow Japanese runner in the marathon.

NAIA: Simon Fraser, Virginia Intermont Win

*Course Record Nearly Set at Philly Marathon
Impressive: Macharia Yuot Runs 2:25 Marathon Day After Winning DIII Nationals

DII: Men:
DII Men's Recap: Naimadu Gets His 3rd Title
Results: ;
Abilene Christian Men, Nicodemus Naimadu Win Titles
;Adams State Women Edge Western
DIII: Men's Results: Calvin Men Dominate
Women's Results: Middelbury Women Edge Amherst by a Point
IC4As: Results

ECAC Results

Sub 48.2 is Sanya Richards Goal Next Year

Our Sport is In Trouble: World Athletics Final in Jeopardy The premier meet of the year reportedly lost 655,000 Euros.

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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