Quote Of The Day:

"Am I training the way I was in 2003 and 2004 and 2005? Most definitely. Most every workout has been as fast or faster than then ... In 2012, and 2013, I still believe with the maturity and staying healthy and the experience, it'll start paying big dividends. I think the future is ahead of me in the longer distances."

- Meb Keflezighi, one of several top Americans in the star-studded ING New York City Marathon. Meb K talks about coming back from a broken hip, his training with Ryan Hall, and the loss of his friend Ryan Shay. Plus we are reminded that he ran faster than Dathan Ritzenhein in London earlier this year.

Breakthrough: LetsRun.com Reader Figures Out Median/Mean 5k Times For LRC Message Board Visitors The readers of LetsRun.com never cease to amaze us. Today one devoted reader took a break from his job in data analysis to analyze data on our World Famous Message Boards. Based on evidence from the recent thread My 5K PR is 15:45. Am I the median for Letsrun?, he discovered that in fact 15:45 is pretty close to the median. See where your 5k PR lies on the "LRC 5k Bell Curve."

*LetsRun.com NCAA Polls Are Open Again For Voting Conference championships are coming up and we want to see who you're picking in our national and conference polls.
*Latest NCAA Men's Coaches Poll Has PAC-10 Stanford/Oregon At 1/2 And Big XII OkSt./Colorado At 3/4
*Need Last Weekend's Results? Click Here

US Women Ranked Best Mid-Distance In The World Congrats to Anna Willard, Shannon Rowbury, Christin Wurth-Thomas, Jenny Barringer, Maggie Vessey and co. as the ranking system developed by All-Athletics.com showed them as #1. The men ... they sit at #2 behind Kenya.

China Marks One Year Anniversary Of The Beijing Olympic Games China Opens "National Games" With Another Huge Celebration A 19-year-old won the 10,000m on the track to open the 11th edition of the Games. To the left is a picture of the one year anniversary celebration of the Olympics with 33,000 Chinese practicing Tai Chi outside the Bird's Nest.

IAAF Head Cancels South Africa Trip And Hopes For Meeting On Neutral Ground
Hopes to diffuse the Caster Semenya vitriol took a hit with this news. The vibe in SA towards the IAAF is so venomous that even the diplomatic Lamine Diack cancelled his visit. According to news reports, not only are the IAAF going to be sued by Semenya's lawyers, but various governing bodies from ASA to the ruling political leaders in South Africa have called for all IAAF test results to be null and void.

Best Read In The Industry: LRC's Week That Was Last week was a little light in terms of big events, so we highlight the efforts to save the Millrose Games, tell you how the LetsRun.com audience is the smartest on the planet, talk about Pre-NCAAs and give out lots of free training advice.

Bolt Bowls Cricket Star - Like LeBron James Striking Out A-Rod? Usain Bolt played a charity cricket match and the verdict is that he is actually a remarkably good cricket player.
*Bolt's Cricket Performance Receives Rave Reviews
*Usain Bolt "Bowls" Pro Cricket Star Chris Gayle

Article On Barefoot Running - Dallas Morning News Thanks to the NY Times Bestseller Born To Run by Christopher McDougall, many eager runners are trying barefoot or "natural" running.
New Book:
"Something In The Air" By Richard Hoffer - 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games And American Defiance Mixed review from LA Times.

Wanjiru Will Face Zersenay Tadese And Patrick Makau In Stellar Jan 7 Half In Abu Dhabi $300,000 will be on the line for half marathon aces.
*Some Kenyan Athletic Camps Come Under Fire

Yokota Breaks Japanese 15-Year-Old National 800m Record In 1:46.16 The Japanese have great marathoners and some great 100m runners, so how is their mid-distance so relatively slow?

Ross Tucker, aka The Sports Scientist, Talks About Fatigue And The Brain
You have to be in a "sciency" mood for this writing and video, but Tucker is on the forefront of scientific study of things like pacing that are very important to distance runners.

US News - Upcoming ING NYC Marathon

Recommended Read: Bolota Asmerom Talks Running As He Prepares For New York City Marathon Asmerom has been a man of near-misses and impressive performances. Can he hit it big in New York City on the second try?
*Tatyana Petrova, Russian Track World Medalist, Hopes To Replicate Fellow Track Star Liliya Shobukhova's BoA Chicago Win In ING NYC
*Ryan Hall's Latest Blog Goes Deep - Changing Perspective To Take In Every Moment
*Grete Waitz, Joan Benoit And Deena Kastor To Speak Together In NYC 3 marathoning greats will talk on Thursday night at 6:30 pm in Manhattan's Times Center.

Dathan Ritzenhein Writes About Why His Half Marathon Showed Him The Old "Ritz" Is Back About 70% of LetsRun.com readers were more excited about Ritz's 12:56 than his bronze at the World Half, but Dathan is clearly more thrilled with his ability to compete aggressively in Birmingham.

USATF Head Vows To Help Save Millrose Games
*Article From Armory Website With Photos, Video Someone email us if we are wrong, but hasn't USATF been involved with this meet for years?
*Doug Logan Blogs On Why The US Has Lost Its International Athletic Political Capital On a different topic, Logan insightfully discusses why he thinks the US can't land the Olympics and other major intl. sporting events. A worthwhile read.

Big Weekend Of NCAA Action *LetsRun.com NCAA Polls Are Open Again For Voting *Oct 15 Rankings

Blue Men:
Luke Puskedra Wins And Leads Oregon To Victory Over #2 NAU And #3 Alabama Puskedra had a subpar opener but returned to form to lead Oregon. It's worth noting, however, that NAU star (and World Champs runner) David McNeill had a subpar day, finishing as NAU's 6th man. If he was only NAU's 3rd man, they would have beaten Oregon.
Results: *Team *Individual
Oregon Men Win Blue Race in an Upset !!!

Blue Women: Jenny Barringer Leads Colorado Women To Surprise Win At Pre-Nats
If anything, this weekend was vindication for the knowledge of LetsRun.com viewers, who ranked both the Oregon men and Colorado women much higher in the LRC National Cross-Country Polls than the coaches. The Buff women were only #19 in the country. Barringer crushed the field as expected, but her teammates backed her up very well for the win over Florida State and #4 Oregon (who finished 3rd).
Results: *Team *Individual
Thread: Jordan Hasay THIRD at Pre-Nationals to Jenny Barringer and Susan Kuijken!
*Mark Wetmore Interview

White Men:
Chris Derrick Defeats Samuel Chelanga, Stanford Cruises At Pre-NCAAs Chelanga opened up an early lead, but Derrick attacked the course the 2nd half and got the win.
*Team Results *Individual Results
Thread: Post Pre-Nats who is now individual favourite?
*Chris Derrick/Elliot Heath Interview

White Women: #1 Washington Women Cruise At Pre-Nats Illinois' Angela Bizzarri got the individual win. The Huskies cruised without PAC-10 runner-up Mel Lawrence.
*Team *Individual

Pre-Nats Combined Men's Scores

Chile Pepper: Oklahoma State Crushes Field At Chile Pepper With German Fernandez Only 11th
*Men's Individual Results *Men's Team Results *Women's Team Results: Texas Tech Women Cruise At Chile Pepper
Thread: Chili Pepper Invite: Fernandez injuries?

ING New York Marathon Is 10 Days Away And The Men's Field Is Amazing

Robert Cheruiyot Hopes To Erase Injury Doubts With Big New York Performance Cheruiyot has converted to Islam and his Muslim name is Omar Ahmed. Can the 4-time Chicago champion get back on the top of a world marathon major after injury troubles? It's going to take one hell of an effort against this tough field.

Brief Chat With Meb Keflezighi
Meb is back to 100% and has run PRs at the marathon and half-marathon distance this year.
*ING NYC Men's Field With Bios Here It's hard to focus solely on Ryan Hall winning, as there's a decent chance he won't even be the top American in the race with Meb, AbdiBolota Asmerom and others in there.
Previously: Brief Chats With Jorge Torres *Bolota Asmerom

Recommended Read:
NY Times Article On George Hirsch Hirsch may not be among the race elites but he is certainly one of the elite figures in New York City distance running as chairman of NYRR. He'll be flanked by friends German Silva and Bill Rodgers in an attempt to finish his final marathon, the one he helped bring to all five boroughs in 1976.
*More From NYTimes: Ultra Runners Getting Toe Nails Surgically Removed 

Same Day In The Press: 6-Figure Bonuses For London Olympic Officials, Lagging Funds For GBR Athletes

*London Olympic Chiefs Getting Roasted For "Banker-Size" Salaries And Bonuses Some officials are taking in a quarter million a year plus big bonuses for what amounts to their part-time job (2-3 days per week).
*Size Of Team GB Track Team May Shrink - Depends On Raising Funds And the UK supporters wonder why there aren't many athletes lining up for this profession.

US Road News From The Weekend

Iowa Simon Sawe Wins Des Moines Marathon After Passing Train Turns Marathon Into A 400m Sprint The second place runner caught him during the train crossing, so Sawe had to outkick him after waiting a minute for the train to pass. We know all about Sawe's closing speed as he outkicked LRC co-founder Wejo in 2000 (see photo) and his advice after the race helped Wejo lower his 10k PR by over a minute in his next race.

Teacher/Coach Nick Stanko Beats Hansons/Brooks Runner Chad Johnson In Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon
*Three More Runners Die, This Time In Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon *Autopsies Inconclusive
*Great Gesture:
Joe Shay Offers Support To Families Of 3 Men Who Died During Detroit Marathon Joe is the father of US star Ryan Shay, who died unexpectedly during the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials.

Super Talent Kim Smith - NZ Half Marathon Record Holder - Making Permanent Shift To Marathon Providence RI's Kim Smith lowered the Kiwi half record by a minute in Birmingham. She targets April's London Marathon as her first big marathon performance.

Erin Moeller Signs 4-Year Deal With Mizuno Moeller was tenth at the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials.

Marathon Top Results, Recap And Quotes - Records Set In Half Marathon

Marathon And 1/2 Marathon Results, Recap And Quotes
*Man Completes Denver Marathon After Diving Accident Leaves Him Paralyzed

International News

*South African Ruling Party Demands IAAF Gender Test Results Be Nullified Mike Hurst for Sydney Telegraph
*IAAF Head Lamine Diack Flying To South Africa To Talk With Athletic And Political Officials

Video Of Usain Bolt Playing Cricket
BBC video is short but shows Bolt bowling (pitching) and he looks like he's pretty good. There's another video in our right column that shows him batting.

Fascinating Article On The Almost Century-Old Rivalry Between adidas And Puma These two major brands began in the same town in Germany over 80 years ago but split when the better-looking of the co-founder brothers allegedly slept with his brother's wife.

Big Weekend For Japanese Collegiate Runners

*Hakone Ekiden 20k Qualifier Yields 11 Sub-1 Hour Performances By Japanese Collegiates Brett Larner of Japan Running News reports on an amazing race.
*LRC: Larner On The Boards: "NCAA XC is nice and all ..."
*Hakone Ekiden Trials From The Inside Swiss runner Christian Sommer ran the Hakone trials and wrote about the experience.

Million Dollar Man: Sammy Wanjiru Will Race Zayed Intl Half Marathon On Jan 7 For Chance At $300k Purse (Pat Butcher reports) Sammy Wanjiru won $175,000 in Chicago, will earn $500,000 for the World Marathon Majors overall win, and could win another $300,000 in January.

UK Athletics' Charles Van Commenee Names New National Event Coach For Endurance
George Gandy coaches big-time miler Lisa Dobriskey and will help Ian Stewart at the top of the distance coaching ranks.
*More Interesting UK News: 76-Year-Old Briton Runs 111 Miles In 24 Hours In "Self Transcendence Run"

Weekend Road Action

Amsterdam: Unheralded Gilbert Yegon Breaks Haile G's Course Record By 1 Second, Eyerusalem Kuma Wins  It was a good day for men's debutantes as Yegon won and Elijah Keitany was 2nd in his debut. Yegon was cramping at the end as this video shows, but he just nipped Gebrselassie's course record. On the women's side, Kuma won by over 2 minutes and Hilda Kibet, sister cousin of World XC Champ Lornah Kiplagat and sister to Worlds 5,000m silver medalist Sylvia Kibet, was third in 2:30:31 in her marathon debut second marathon attempt.

Beijing: World Champion Bai Xue Wins Slow Race, Kenyan Samuel Mugo Wins In 2:08:20 PR The race served as the Chinese National Games as this article indicates and Bai was content to just get the win. This was Mugo's 2nd big win in China, as he won Xiamen in 2:08:51 in January.


Top Arizona HS Team Forfeits Season After Coach Loses His Job Over Refusing To Tell A Volunteer Coach Who Was In US Illegally He Can't Coach Anymore

Brief Chat With Jorge Torres Olympian Jorge Torres talks about his race plans for New York (hoping for 2:10-2:11:30), his Mom's 100% recovery from her car wreck, and his training partners in Boulder, including 2:12 man Jason Hartmann (profile here). Good read.