Quote Of The Day

"The coach said to me, 'If you follow my instructions and if you trust me, you will be like Bubka'," said Isinbayeva. "I replied, 'Bubka? Who's she?'''

- 27-time world record setter Yelena Isinbayeva telling the story of first starting pole vault after being told she was too tall for gymnastics. A Recommended Read from the Daily Mail.

Recommended Reads:
Profile On Pole Vault Great Yelena Isinbayeva
UK's Daily Mail writes a lengthy profile of Russian pole vault diva Yelena Isinbayeva. She talks about growing up poor and wanting to be rich and glamorous. A former star gymnast who grew too tall, by 1998 she was a world youth champion in the pole vault and now she has re-set the world record 27 times. Isinbayeva, like a Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods, seems to have that same insane drive to win that's 5 steps above even the average pro.

2. Big News Outside US - Star Welsh Rugby Player Publicly Announces He Is Gay
Some really fascinating quotes in the this article.

Last Big Swim Meet Before Swimsuit Ban Pushes World Record Total Over 250
In just over 20 months, the swimming record books have been re-written by the performance-enhancing swimsuits. Since February of 2008, over 250 new world records have been set in swimming. Michael Phelps, wearing a normal suit, was beaten again by a scrub in the super suit.

Trends Of The Year And Decade

NY Times' Christopher Clarey Looks At Sports' Controversy And Shifts In The "Aughts"
We agree that BALCO, Marion Jones, sports gambling and other controversies were balanced by an increase in oversight by WADA and governing bodies.
Speaking of Marion: Marion Jones May Re-Start Basketball Career In Australia

Running Times Article On Increased Depth In American Marathoning
Writer argues Americans are running faster at the front and in the middle of the pack in 2009.

LRC Training Talk Thursday Episode II
Access to the best minds in the sport. Free and easy. You won't find more useful training talk anywhere. Only from LetsRun.com.

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.

Meb Kefleighi wins the 2009 New York City Marathon in New York Boston 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.

Thousands Of Visitors Listened To Training Talk Episode 1 With John Kellogg - Don't Miss Out On A Chance To Learn From A Coaching Genius

LetsRun.com Training Talk Episode 1
1st Episode Featured Guest: Coach John Kellogg
Pull down "Episode #1" from the player above and listen to it if you missed it or click here.
LRC Training Talk Article 1 - Is Your Training Repeatable?
In 2010, we at LetsRun.com 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 ... LetsRun.com'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.

Weekend Distance Running Results

Recap Of Japan's National High School Ekiden Champs
The story of the day was the winning team's 3rd leg - a Kenyan named Bitan Karoki - going for Sammy Wanjiru's leg-record. He came up 8 seconds short but still ran 8,100m on the road in 22:48 (keep in mind these are high-schoolers).

Latest IAAF Permit XC Race Results From Brussels
An Italian won over a pack of Kenyans and Ethiopians with Ukranian Sergey Lebid in 5th.

Safaricom Baringo Half Marathon Results
Agnes Kiprop took her 2nd-straight women's win.

Destinee Hooker - Dominant High Jumper And NCAA Volleyball MVP For Texas

Penn State Volleyball Overcomes High Jumper Destinee Hooker And Texas For 3rd Straight NCAA Title
Penn State has won 102 consecutive matches. The way their players talk about her, it makes Hooker sounds like the Jim Brown of women's volleyball.

11-Time US 800m Champion Joetta Clark-Diggs Inducted Into USATF Hall Of Fame
3-Time Olympian Joetta Clark-Diggs is surprisingly only the second Tennessee Vols athlete or coach in the USATF Hall of Fame.

Lagat Will Go For Record 8th Wannamaker Win At Millrose Games, 2-Hr Live On ESPN2
The once-mighty Millrose Games are struggling as fan interest wanes. Last year's meet was great, as Steve Hooker cleared 6m and took shots at the world record and Bernard Lagat and Nick Willis raced the mile ... so fans buy your tickets here, the meet is January 29, 2010 and group rates are available.

Toby Tanser Putting On Race For Women In Iten, Kenya
Through his organization Shoes4Africa, his charity race, and connections like soccer mega star Christiano Ronaldo, Toby Tanser has helped raise $700,000 for a children's hospital in Eldoret that he says would be the largest such hospital on the continent. The cross-country charity race for women will have an amazing field, including world medalist Sylvia Kibet, Dutch ex-Kenyans Hilda Kibet and Lornah Kiplagat (WR holder, half marathon) and Sally Barsosio.

LRC Recommended Read A Day In the Life Of Dathan Ritzenhein
Matt McCue spends a day with Dathan Ritzenhein in Portland. Ritz seems to be in a good situation where his hard-working mentality is channeled into the right training every day. When McCue was there, Ritz ran both runs on the Alter-G in the garage of the Nike house where Alan Webb lives. The big news is that Ritz is gunning to run World Cross-Country in March.

Sports: Blood Platelet Therapy, Calf's Blood, HGH And TMJ-Aligning Mouthpieces

Dr. Anthony Galea's Lawyer Talks As Documents Show Canadian Authorities Are Examining 3 Years Of Drug Smuggling Across Border

New York Times Investigates H.G.H. And Implies (Without Evidence) Tiger Woods Was Treated With HGH
"Ultimately I'd have to say that its main effect is that it makes your wallet a little less heavy." - Dr. Alan D. Rogol, a professor emeritus of endocrinology at the University of Virginia, giving his take on the effects of HGH on humans. Reading about the potential long-term side effects of the widely-used hormone is staggering.

UnderArmour And Other Companies Sell $500 $2,000 Mouthpieces To Help Athletes Relax The Jaw
"Dena Garner, an assistant professor at the Citadel who has studied athletes using Bite Tech devices since 2005, said she thought some of her original findings were 'a fluke.' But 'every time I've done lactate studies with this mouthpiece, I'm finding there is a difference,' she said."
LRC Boards:
Mouthpieces should be banned from races
*ukathleticscoach says: "People are always looking for some short cut - 99% of time they are wasting their time and money." We agree. If you do get a mouthpiece, email us and tell us what it's like.

Somalian Born UMinn Runner Hassan Mead Ran 13:28 In April - 16th At NCAA Cross This Season

Video Of Non-Profit Org Called "Back On My Feet," A Running Group That Helps Homeless People Find Jobs
Looks like a really cool organization. It's set up in Philly and Baltimore.

Drugs In Sport - Trials, Whispers, Lawyers, Scandal

Anonymous Sources Claiming Dr. Anthony Galea's Assistant Said He Gave Athletes Performance-Enhancing Drugs
This isn't a big deal right now, but who knows what will come out when the computer records are searched. Dr. Anthony Galea doesn't even have a license to practice in the US, but was instructing his assistant to transport HGH, commercialized calf's blood and syringes across international borders when she was detained by police.

Mumbo Jumbo: Marion Jones' Teammates Lose Prelim, Appeal To IOC To Keep Relay Medals
There is a rule about the IOC not being able to reverse a decision after more than 3 years (the medals were won in 2000 and taken in 2008) and 7 Americans were appealing on those grounds. Initial ruling: Denied.

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
(Link Fixed) 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.

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

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