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

Boston is Monday:
Deena Kastor Ready to Try and Get an American Win in Boston USA Today
Defending Champ and World Marathon Leader Robert Cheruiyot Ready for Boston Despite Headaches

Dick Beardsley Recounted his Duel in the Sun with Alberto at the Hanson's Store Last Week  In case you haven't read the book you can buy it here . Quick good read.
*Weather Warning for Boston Looks like we spoke too soon yesterday.
*Go for a Run with the Chasing Kimbia Guys in Boston Today, or Meet Them Saturday

*Boston Elite Field Uniform Guide

Video: Pete Gilmore Talks About Boston Marathon

Alan Webb Going for Drake Relays Mile Record in 2 Weeks

Eugenie Wicksell, Daugher of First Sub 2:00 800m Runner in South Africa, and American 1500m Man Ray Wicksell, Excelling at 400 in S. Africa
*A Look at Ray Wicksell  He used to work for Nike in S. Africa and ran 3:43 while at Arizona State.
*Ray Wicksell Got Banned by IAAF for Competing in S. Africa in 1988

Business News: Hanson Brothers Sign MultiYear Agreement With Brooks
*Team Indiana Elite Formed
Coach Robert Chapman is in charge. Message board thread here
*Bekele to Run PreClassic
It's his first outdoor performance in the US.
*Help Encourage Disney to Make Endurance a DVD

Boston Less Than a Week Away: 438 lb Fat Ass to run Boston We'd sponsor this guy if he wasn't banditting the race as we think his website is pretty funny.
*Boston Weather Forecast: Perfectly Normal (or Cold and Rainy)

London Less Than 2 Weeks Away: Haile Gebrselassie Audio Interview: Haile Talks About the Upcoming Flora London Marathon
*New Athletics Coaching Forum
The same guys did the interview above.

Nate Brannen Talks About Mercedes-Benz Classic Mile in Cambridge, Ontario

Tim Montgomery Pleads Guilty in Check Fraud Case, Expected to Get at Least a 3 Year Sentence Montgomery's case is a sad one. Once the fastest man in the world, now he is a drug cheat and a felon. Hopefully he can turn his life around when he gets out.

Boston Less Than a Week Away:
Boston Marathon Preview from Kenyan Paper
*A Look at the IT Requirements of the Boston Marathon
No way do the computer requirements for the race really cost half a million.

Bearded Alan Webb Runs 3:57 in Cold/Windy Conditions To Be First Under 4 in South Carolina A nice crowd of 3,000 showed up at Furman to see history be made. Link has a nice photo of Webb's beard.

Abeylegesse Wins European Cup 10k IAAF
Jo Pavey Rethinking Plans After Failing to Qualify for Worlds at 10k at European Champs BBC

Yohan Blake Runs 10.11 at CARIFTA Games IAAF

Borden Uptown 8k Simon Ndirangu Wins Again A week after winning the Carlsbad 5k, he runs 8:14 for his last 3k to win in 22:32 in snow (yes SNOW) in Dallas, easily outdistancing Juan Luis Barios and Richard Kipligat. Caroline Cheptanui won the women's race.

Exclusive LetsRun.com World XC Coverage As Wejo Was On-site
*Wejo's Post-Race Recap of the action
*Race Day Photos
*Videos from Race Day
*An Unusual Sight of Bekele in 2nd
Video of Crowd Going Nuts When Bekele Drops Out
*Ethiopian Junior Staggers Home and Is Yanked From Course Meters From The Finish Line
Celebration after Kenyan Men's Team Victory *Crowd Control at the World XC Champs
*The Crowd During the Junior Girls Race Going Crazy
*Pre-Race Photos From Kenya
*Wejo's 2nd Report From Kenya
*Wejo's 1st Report From Kenya

Bekele Is Defeated.
Wejo has called to say that Bekele's quest for a record 6th long course title didn't happen, as on the last lap just after he took a lead that Wejo was certain enough was big enough to get the win, Bekele suddenly lost it, dropped back and quickly dropped out as the Kenyan crowd went wild. Olympic 10k bronze medallist Zersenay Tadesse won Eritrea's first individual title. Wejo said the Kenyan crowd was unreal as people were watching from the trees. The atmosphere was way, way crazier than Boulder apparently. He said the Kenyan crowd only seemed to care about two things - having a Kenyan in front in each race and seeing Bekele lose. He said they didn't really acknowledged ex-Kenyan Lornah Kiplagat who won the women's race. *Results here.
News Flash From IAAF on Race: Bekele's dropout unexplained.
*BBC Article on Race as Mo Farah Gets 11th
*AP Preview of Race

First Ever: Ask Wejo: High Mileage Training, Evil Stop Watches, the NCAA Season, and Ryan Hall Weldon answers your training questions on AT pace (whatever that is), 140 mile weeks, and the collegiate racing season. Plus confidence, overconfidence, Ryan Hall's race in Jacksonville, and runners choking at NCAAs. All just an attempt to be more self-marketed than Dean K.

59:43 for RYAN HALL
Yep, sub 1 hour in the half marathon for an American on American soil on a certified course. One of the
best American distance performances ever as Ryan Hall won the US Title, the Aramco Houston Half, picking up $21,000, to become the 9th fastest ever on a record certifiable course.
*Photo from Victah Sailer of PhotoRun.net
*Videos of the Race From the Flocast Guys Here

Photos Kip Keino Comes to Ithaca The legendary Kip Keino came to Ithaca, NY, the east coast home of letsrun.com. See photos of the event including Olympic champ Peter Rono, Keino's son, Ian, and LetsRun.com's Wejo, Rojo, and even JK.

Dean Karnazes Profile in the LA Times Quotes from LetsRun.com's Wejo, and message board poster, John Morelock.

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. sense

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.
I here, 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)

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.

"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.

A Staff of One:
Perhaps the most valuable gift from Letsrun.com is a friendly willingness to share lessons learned by their editorial staff, which includes successful college coaches and highly competitive athletes. "

-Gary Droze, writing about letsrun.com in the
Tallahassee Democrat

Jordan Hasay Not Allowed to Run Open Mile at Mt. Sac Because of Stupid High School Rules High school officials rarely seem to get it right. 
*Interview with Ray Treacy from RunProvidence.com A few of his runners are at Mt. Sac, (Wejo's favorite meet, although they have 70+ guys in one heat in the 10k this year. Weldon ran back in the pack of the slow heat there twice)

Former UK Athletics Performance Director Max Jones Named Director of Irish Athletics BBC
Sonia O'Sullivan Praises Max Jones' Appointment

Villanova Ex Ryan Hayden Trying to Move up in Distance at Vancouver Sun Run 10k

Ladislav Pataki, Top Masters Thrower, Who Defected to US, Dies at 60

Edwin Soi Wins Giro Media Blenio International 10km in Switzerland over Micah Kogo Kogo ran 27:07 last weekend on the roads yet is out chasing the dollar again this weekend.

LetsRun.com Called Out: Sub 4 Hour Marathoners are A**holes "According to research conducted by Lillian Smith, a sociologist at Berger-Smith Junior College, in Errand, Iowa, 84-percent of runners who complete marathons in under four hours are "complete dicks." Smith arrived at her conclusion after extensively reviewing reader comments on LetsRun.com."
*Steve Magness Talks About the Hate on LetsRun
Steve, most people on here like you.

More Money Needed: Concerns on Effectiveness of LH, T/E Drug Testing

Good News: Montana State to Add Men's and Women's Track

All Great Runners are From Dallas: Emily Field Interview Supposedly she did 280 miles in a week. We're not so sure.

A Look at Gent Okken, the Surprise European 800 Champ

Spira Footwear Sues IAAF, USATF over AntiTrust Violation This company seems to be more of a joke than anything else. Every year around Boston they do something for publicity. Their lawsuit will make the IAAF rule quicker on whether to continue to ban their spring shoes.

Texas Relays
Unseasonably cold weather was the storyhere and at Crescent City, but the weather was much worse in Austin. Olympian Michael Stember won the mile in 4:14 and Flotrack has a video on his comeback.
Manzano Anchors Texas to DMR Win at Texas Relays in Horrible Weather With Small Crowd s
Weather is the Story at Texas Relays IAAF
Texas Relays Results, Quotes, Photos
Video: Flotrack Has videos of a Ton of Races

Recap of Arcadia High School Meet IAAF
*Arcadia High School Invite Results

Chinese Athletes Warned To Not Taint National Image With Doping Scandals

Old Mutual Two Oceans

Recap of Friday's Action at Texas Relays

Video Interview With Chasing Kimbia's Dieter Hogan

Zersenay Tadesse and Micah Kogo to Go After Gebrselassie's 10k Record at Great Manchester Run in May Kogo is an amazing talent who ran 27:07 last week and Tadesse is the World XC champ.

Should All Pro Sports Just Be Shut Down?
Jan Ullrich DNA Linked To Doped Blood
German Media Says It Best: "Jan Ullrich the Liar. German sport definitely loses one of its heroes"

In Depth Talk With USATF CEO Craig Masback from FloCast: 65 minutes with USATF's boss. At least watch it before you bitch . We haven't seen it yet but Mark of Flocasts says its good and its 3am.
*Part 2 Hardest Part of the Job
Part 3:
Poker (He'd better not knock our favorite sport)
Part 4: TV
*Part 5: Future Goals

*Part 6: Beer, Gambling and Women

Drug Testing Guru Don Catlin to Step Down as Head of UCLA Lab to Dedicate More Time to Research Washington Post In case you haven't realized the real bottleneck in drug testing is on the research side, so it might be better to have Catlin doing research full time. And until the pro sports or the Olympic movement get serious and pony up some serious cash ,there will be no HGH test, etc.
*Don Catlin Says Drug Testers Need More Money, Fortunately USADA is Loaning Him a Key Piece of Equipment
*Don Catlin Says Urine Test for HGH May Never Be Developed

Drugs, Drugs, Drugs:
Balco II is Here

In case you didn't know the drug testing in the major sports isn't too effective. Pharmacists and doctors all over America were arrested in a new huge steroid scandal. NFL, MLB players, and boxer Evander Holyfield are implicated along with the Pittsburgh Steelers' team doctor who ordered up $150,000 of HGH on his private credit card.
Longer Recap from Albany Times Union
*Doctors Reap Tons of Money from Prescribing Drugs
*Unrelated but in the news: Barry Bonds' Camp Has Never Disputed Steroids Evidence in Game of Shadows Book

JoggersWorld buys Running Times Seriously we think Runnersworld magazine has improved recently. Usually 1 article worth reading plus Ed Eyestone.
*Message board thread
*LetsRun.com Gets Unsolicited Buyout offer

LetsRun.com Boulder XC Coverage
Kastor Dominates, Culpepper Upsets
A NewDay for US Cross Country
It was a momentous day in US cross country history as 10,000 spectators poured onto the Boulder golf course to witness the return of a single champion at the US championships. Alan Culpepper got the come from behind victory that could define a career, and Deena Kastor put on a clinic, showing she is still the best cross country runner in America by a longshot.
*Splits from all the races
*LetsRun.com Video of the Men's Finish nd Culpepper Pumping His Fist
Great Flocast Videos:
*Men's Race *Women's Race
Photos: Women's Race Photos

(Other races coming soon)
Denver Post Coverage:
Culpepper, Kastor Get Titles
Boulder Running Reputation Solid
Incredible: 10,000 Fans Turned Out
Support of Fans Touches Kara Goucher
Boulder Daily Camera Coverage:
*Boulder Does it Self Proud
Culpepper Feels Right at Home
Deena Kastor Dominates
*Race Results Weekly Recap of 2007 USATF XC Nationals
Boulder 2007 Preview No more hype, no more talking. It's time to lace them up and race so we've got our prerace preview and picks.
*Boulder 2007 LetsRun.com Fan Predictions
*Jordan Hasay Ready for Junior Race
Wejo in Boulder: The Buzz In Boulder? 'Who's Going to Win' That's what everyone wants to know and it's refreshing to be in a town where people actually care.
*Alan and Shayne Culpepper Balancing Family and Running
Thusrday: Gouchers Ready To Go
*Adam Goucher Profile:
In an in-depth LRC profile, Adam Goucher talks about his current fitness level, his thoughts on 2006, his goals for 2007, the end of 4k xc, his relationship with Mark Wetmore and even what it's like to pass Cragg Mottram in a race. (Goucher is 31, not 32 as re originally said in the article)
*Kara Goucher Interview: The American set PRs at 1,500, 3k, 5k and 10k last. She has since upped her training by at least miles per week and is expecting big things in 2007.
*Meb Issues Statement on Pulling Out He got a cold and London is the focus.
*Ritz Ready to Rumble, Says the Course is In Great Shape
Jorge Torres Ready for Battle in Boulder
*Meb Keflezighi is Out
Alan and Shayne Culpepper Speak
Alan talks about the showdown in Boulder, the most disappointing year of his professional career, returning to the track, the economics and professionalism of the marathon, Mary Wittenberg, and the good 'ole days of American distance running- which are now. Shayne talks about 10 minute miles, the 1500m, the advantages, (and disadvantages) of being forced to take time off from the sport, and the incredibly strong women's field assembled for the US champs this weekend.
LRC Deena Kastor Excited to Return to Her Roots Before she was America's greatest marathoner, she was America's greatest cross country runner and she's returning to her XC roots this weekend. In an depth LetsRun.com profile of America's greatest female runner, Deena explains why she was 'disappointed' with 2006 despite being #1 in the world in the marathon, and how she is training harder than ever. Plus she talks about the Boston Marathon, Shalane Flanagan, Ryan Hall and even letsrun.com.
*Deena Kastor Profile in Ventura Newspaper
Racing more is the plan in 2007.
Gouchers Ready for Happy Return to Boulder for XC Champs It's hard to believe, but Adam says he didn't really become a pro until moving to Oregon and training under Alberto, "One of the main changes for us was becoming professional athletes". Boulder Daily Camera
Pete Julian, The Man Behind Boulder 2007 If everyone in the world was like Pete Julian it would be a much better place.
LRC Ritzenhein Ready to Battle in Boulder
One of the greatest American XC hopes ever is ready to take on all comers in Boulder at the US championships. He talks about the race in Boulder, his 2006 season, his marathon debut, running more mileage, his relationship with Mark Wetmore, Ryan Hall, his plans for 2007 and whether he intends to run the Olympic Marathon trials.
Interviews with the Culpeppers, the Gouchers, Sara Slattery (who is now officially out of the race with a hot spot on her foot.
*Meet website here.
*The snow is melting (photos of the course from Brad Hudson's Boulder Performance Trainng website) and the forecast is for warmer temps for the middle part of the week but possibly more snow on the weekend.
*Other LetsRun.com Boulder Profiles:
Abdi Abdirahman and Shalane Flanagan

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.

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.

If You Read One Article Today This Should Be It: Great Ryan Hall Profile on NBCSports Nice article as the focus, with a short video to supplement it. Perfect. Read about how Ryan got started in running, his interesting family, and the reason Sara is not married to a Stanford football player.

Ato Boldon to Leave Trinidad Senate, Hopefully Get Hired by ESPN He's a great track announcer. NBC should hire him to replace some of the old guard.

Adam Goucher Hints He May Skip Olympic Trials Marathon for a PayDay Somewhere Else Well, Goucher doesn't use the word payday, but considering Dathan Ritzenhein got from what we believe to be over $150,000 to run NY last year, we see his thinking. It's crazy that an unproven American would get more than the first place prize to run the race.

Jeff Laynes, Age 36, Has Never Broken 10 Seconds in the 100, but He Thinks He Can Make the Olympics in 2008

Events You Might Be Interested In:
*Wine, Dine, Run and Learn With Deena Kastor: Running Clinic, Dinner and Race May 5th-6th in Isleton, California
The clinic's proceeds are helping support Dan Pfaff's new training group in California. Pfaff is one of the true geniuses in the sport.
*Title IX Conference at Stanford April 28th (Weekend of Cardinal Invite)

Leo Manzano 5' 5.5" Badass 4:07 in the mile as a junior in highschool, 4:26 as a senior. cstv.com

Wejo Cleaned Out Tons of Emails Last Night: Brian Sell Audio Interview: False Hope for the Masses (Just Kidding): "Anybody can do it. It's just a matter of avoiding injuries and putting the work in it... I don't think I have a whole lot of talent as far as you look at some of these guys like Ritzenhein,

Video:Alan Webb's 3:57 Mile First Sub 4 in S.C.
Flotrack Interview With Michael Stember

Discussion of Mt. Sac Entries

Ultra Action from the Weekend: Russian Women, South African Men Dominate Two Oceans Ultra
*Man Stops 2 Seconds Early at 2 Oceans Ultra and As a Result is Not an Official Finisher

Crescent City 10k:
*George Misoi Wins Crescent City
*Teyba Erkesso Wins Crescent City
*Kevin Castille Top American at Crescent City

*35 Year Old Kevin Castille Trying to Make the Olympics, But This Week He's at the Crescent City Classic
*Crescent City 10k Still Going Strong after Hurricane Katrina

April 1, 2007 Edition of LetsRun.com

Update on Equity in Athletics Lawsuit Against Department of Education and Potentially JMU Title IX is terrible for men's track and we're glad someone is suing, I mean when is the last time an engineering department's male-female ratio was equal to the student body's as a whole?

Heard On The Boards:Is Noakes Wrong? All of you wannabe exercise physiologists will love this one as it talks about the central governor model. Is it legitimate science or not?

1st Ever Kip Keino Mile
May 13 Elite Athletes Wanted. Certified
Track Mile. Or Come to the Kip Keino Dinner Open to the Public

New Running Fiction: Irish Night First 2 Chapters Available Online from a Letsrun.com Viewer.

Wacky News Item:
an Ran Half Marathon Barefoot in His Shorts Above Arctic Circle With it 35 Below (-31F) The guy is slightly tougher than Max King. He's going to climb Mt. Everest now with his shirt off.

Great Listen If You've Got 30 Minutes: Billy Mills Interview Before LetsRun.com, Billy was making his dreams become reality. He talks about still not totally belonging in America, the Marines changing his life, and much more.

1 Race, 1 Champion, 1 Helluva After Party: LetsRun.com/ Reebok Afterparty Photos
The stars were out in full force for the LetsRun.com / Reebok Post-Race Party. Exclusive Photos.
Boulder 2007 Photos: Women's Race Watch Deena Kastor dominate. Watch a slide show if you want.
Mens Race: Witness Culpepper's Come From Behind Victory

Junior Races

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 T.J. Quinn, a man who understands the charade of the 'clean' Olympics.

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.
If you want order VAAM
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