LRC Training Talk Thursday Episode II
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Click Play Below To Hear Our Conversation With Author Matt Fitzgerald.

Matt talked for more than an hour about his new book: "Racing Weight - How To Get Lean For Peak Performance." At last, someone has the guts to write what everyone knows - runners want to lose weight so they can run faster. We think the book is very practical for the beginner to the pro. Also we wanted to promote Matt's revolutionary book with a foreword by legend Dr. Tim Noakes, called "Brain Training For Runners." LRC Coaching Guru John Kellogg is a fan of Brain Training and says his training is based significantly on principles that also appear in Noakes' and Fitzgeralds' work.

LRC Training Talk Episode II:
LetsRun To Interview Training/Nutrition Expert Matt Fitzgerald

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1st Episode Featured Guest: Coach John Kellogg
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LRC Training Talk Article 1 - Is Your Training Repeatable?
In 2010, we at hope to make a huge push to talk more about training.

Veteran Leader Of New York's Track Writers Association, Frank Litsky, Announces Retirement

Oh Boy ...'s Week That Was Like Hemingway returning to Paris from a bullfight, Rojo has returned to Ithaca from his twin brother's bachelor party. To the reader's delight, Rojo's creative energies are flowing at all-time highs. Just recapping Foot Locker wasn't enough this week. Inspired by Bill Simmons, Tiger Woods and Clay Aiken, he wants to you email us with stories of dorky runners who are really fast and because of their fame learn how to act cool around people.

Track And Field News - NCAA And USATF Avoid Having Both Track Championships In Eugene In The Same Year

Distance Runner Interest

Ethiopian Stars Returning To Their Favorite Spots

Kenenisa Bekele To Return To Cross-Country On January 9th
The greatest cross-country runner ever will return after missing last year's season with injury. 11 times world champion in short and long course cross-country, Bekele will meet 2009 Amman World XC Champion Gebre Gebremariam in Edinburgh. Basically, this will be a clash of the best two XC runners in the world.

Tirunesh Dibaba Returning To Boston On February 6th
Dibaba just ran a 15km road world record coming back from injury. She's the fastest runner in the world when healthy. Get your tickets at this link.

NCAA 800m Champion Heather Dorniden Joins Team USA Minnesota Dorniden ran for the U of Minnesota. She has a PR of 2:01.

1. Foot Locker Cross-Country Championships *Boys Results *Girls Results *LRC Photos

LRC Recap/Results: Sophomore Lukas Verzbicas Smashes FL Finals

*LRC Photos Verzbicas looks scary good.

*Race Video Watch the Girls 0.2-second finish.

*Boys Results

*Girls Results

2. European Cross-Country Championships

3. Honoloulu Marathon Recap And Results

4. USATF Club Nats

USATF Club National Cross-Country Results
Zap Fitness men, led by David Jankowski and David Nightingale, won the men's team race. Boulder Running Co./adidas won the women's race. Serena Burla took the open individual women's race.

Meb Kefleighi wins the 2009 New York City Marathon in New YorkBoston Is Back - Hall and Meb Running Boston In 2010

No matter who else they get, John Hancock Financial and the Boston Marathon won the race before it started by signing the two biggest stars in American marathoning. Both should have a shot at the first American win since Greg Meyer in 1983. Poll to the right: take your quick pick of who will finish first.

Top US Stars Line Up Winter Half Marathons

Shalane Flanagan Talks With Reporters About Upcoming Half Marathon Debut
Flanagan is without a doubt the best American female 5,000m and 10,000m track runner in history. Already an Olympic medalist and American record holder in every one of her main track events, she's looking for a new challenge and will start with the Houston Half in January.

Ryan Hall And Deena Kastor Will Run P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Half Marathons In January

Haile Gebrselassie
set a then-world record of 58:55 on the course in 2006.

Brief Chat With Patrick Smyth Of Team USA Minnesota
Smyth quietly had a breakout season. He took his PR from 29:14 to 28:25 while competing for Notre Dame. He finished 4th at NCAAs in the 10,000m and 7th at USAs.

Chinese Athlete Sends Look-Alike To Drug Test, 3 End Up Banned
The coach who tried to pull this off was one of the 3 banned people.

adidas Agrees To Sponsor McMillan Elite Training Group Through 2013
The McMillan runners have had some nice performances in 2009.

Wejo Writes: In Defense Of Tiger Woods: I Must Confess I Saw Dr. Galea
LetsRun co-founder Weldon Johnson writes about visiting the now-controversial Dr. Anthony Galea along with Dr. Mark Lindsay in 2006. Read about his vitamin injection.

Running Times Recaps The Exciting Year For America's Track Distance Runners

It's Award Season

Jenny Barringer Wins "Track's Heisman"
The Bowerman will be awarded annually to the top NCAA track male and female. Barringer graduates with a remarkable 6 NCAA Records. The Bowerman is like the Heisman minus the relevance.

Galen Rupp Wins The Bowerman For 2009
Rupp completed the Rupp-tet by winning the indoor 5k, 3k and DMR and team title plus the outdoor 5k and 10k. He also won cross-country individual and team title but that wasn't included in the voting.

Tiger Woods Voted Top Athlete Of 2000s
This seems like a cruel version of media irony.

Ben Bernanke Voted Time Magazine Man Of The Year
He's the man who gave China's our money to Wall Street. Usain Bolt was 5th in the voting.

Congrats: Message Boards Awarded Nobel Peace Prize
Just kidding on that one.

Dr. Michael Galea Mainstream Media Follow-Up

ESPN Talks With Galea's Lawyer And Uncovers What His Assistant Said When Caught At The US Border With Drugs
Dr. Galea told his assistant to say they were headed to a medical conference and the drugs were not meant to be administered to any patients. He had his assistant transport the drugs because he had been flagged before at the border.

NY Times Focuses On Baseball Players Who Have Visited Galea
Nothing extraordinary here, just good players seeking out a highly recommended doctor. Star shortstop Jose Reyes of the Mets visited Galea in Canada and his agent and team insisted someone stay with him at all times to make sure he didn't get anything that would cause him to fail a MLB test.

Tuesday's Recommended Read Canadian Sports Medicine Guru Is Subject Of Doping Inquiry
Dr. Anthony Galea has worked with big time athletes in every sport and is referred to as "Miracle Man." The article gives a good look at his career, his supporters and critics, and his arrest crossing the US/Canada border with HGH and other controversial drugs.

Sports-Related News

Usain Bolt A Finalist For Time Magazine's Person Of The Year Announced today, no sportsperson has ever won Time's yearly award. Technically though, "You" or "I" or "We" won in 2006, so sportspeople have won.

Katherina Thanou Brings Legal Action Against IOC
Though they don't have enough hard evidence to convict her of anything, the IOC refused to give Thanou Marion Jones' 100m medal from Sydney to mark the first time in Olympic history no gold medal was awarded in an event.
*Quotes From IOC Spokesman Regarding Katerina Thanou

Berlino Meets His Match

World Indoor Championships (Doha, Qatar) Announce Mascot "Saham," Who Is A Caracal

, an athletic but cute cat, is the first track mascot ruler in the post-Berlino epoch. His creators have made up an amazing story for him. It is a touching tale, as Saham, the eldest of three in his family, "learnt at an early age, from his grandfather and father, that sport is more than just performance. It is a calling and one that requires dedication, honesty to one's self, and an ingrained spirit of fair play. Saham is a proud Qatari and partakes in all its traditions - he plays the Nai with passion, loves sport of all kinds, likes going out on excursions with his friends, and even likes keeping fit by running on the Corniche at sunset." We were about to say ... he BETTER play the Nai and run on the Corniche or else he is no proud Qatari!
*Pat Butcher Interviews Berlino In World Exclusive

LRC Must-Read: The Power Of Positivity - Wesley Korir Feature In Louisville's Courier Journal
Korir's story is absolutely incredible. He finished 3rd in the Chicago Marathon in 2008 and then did the impossible by winning L.A. in 2:08, taking home $160,000 in the process. This story is about his life in Louisville working as a handyman fixing toilets and sinks and things and even has a picture of the new house he bought.

Training Advice From US Star

Nicole Teter Mentions Her Best 800m Year Came After 3,000/5,000 Strength Work

News From The UK

The End Of Kenyan Distance Dominance! Rugby Mania

Kenyans Select Linet Masai As Woman Athlete Of The Year While Men Are Second To Rugby Players

BBC Audio Interview With Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius

New Feature: Products We Use  and Recommend: ING Bank (Checking and Savings)

ING Orange Checking and Savings Bank Review A message board thread on outrageous overdraft fees got us to write a review of ING's banking products. ING has no fees including no fees for overdrafts. We have used them at least since 2004, and have never been disappointed. Read our review and seriously consider switching banks. Not only is their product great but they support world class marathoning throughout the world.