It's OK With Us

"Everyone says, 'Fujiwara doesn't have any speed, he just runs marathons,' but I think, 'Well, that's OK, isn't it?'"

- Japanese 2:08 marathoner Arata Fujiwara talking with Brett Larner. It's great to read interviews from runners all over the world. Every one is different. Fujiwara finished 2nd in the Tokyo marathon, where 6 Japanese ran 2:13 or better in a wind, rain and snow storm.

Houston Gets The Trials

LRC Exclusive Houston Marathon Trials Analysis: Follow The "Support" We talked to Ed Torres, one of the two athlete representatives on the USATF committee that awarded both the men's and women's 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials to Houston. We wanted to find out the factors that led to Houston being awarded both of the Trials.

Opinion Divided: US Marathoners And Coaches Respond To "Houston x 2" Announcement Most of the runners don't seem to care too much who won and support Houston getting the Trials. Adam Goucher brings up a good point that the top athletes like Ryan Hall likely will give up a fall payday and a spring day to run the Trials, whereas in the past they would only give up one big payday. Plus a guy like Hall or Ritz might make more in appearance fees at a one marathon than they would from winning the Trials.

*LRC The Inside Story: How Houston Beat Out New York For The Right To Host The 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials Nine years ago, this once-proud race which had hosted the 1992 Olympic Marathon Trials and had Bill Rodgers as a former champion dropped prize money and seemed to be on its way to exiting the national stage. Now Houston is on top of the US running world. Read how it happened and get some more details on the 2012 Trials.

Seriously? World Record Talk - Bekele Back From Injury

World Indoor Track Championships In Doha - March 12-14

Steeple WR Holder Shaheen Doesn't Make The Host Qatari Team Team coach says Shaheen is not ready to compete despite running 7:43 this year for 3,000m. According to IAAF stats, only 5 guys can compete at Worlds who have run faster than Shaheen (Kenya is only allowed 2 entrants).

*World's Most Global Sport - 150 Countries Represented At Indoor Worlds We're still awaiting a full list of US team members.

China's Star Hurdler Trains in Shanghai
*45-strong ... Russian Team For Doha Announced

*Compare To Kenya, Who Can Only Afford To Send 6 American-based Boaz Lalang is paying for himself to make their team 7. Paul Koech ran 13:02 for 5,000m indoors this year and didn't make the Kenyan team.

*World Indoor Champ Liu Xiang To Defend Title In Doha Against Giants Robles And Trammell We'd say this is good for the sport, as there must be at least a few hundred million Chinese who will draw inspiration from the event thanks to national hero Liu Xiang. Liu isn't in great fitness, but says he just hopes he can make the final.

*6,000 Tickets Sold For Doha If we're doing our math correctly, there are 9,000 more tix available over 5 sessions.

More Olympic Trials News

Changes Discussed at NYC Road Runners Meeting *Boston And New York Disappointed With USATF Decision To Go With Houston NYRR CEO Mary Wittenberg and Boston Marathon executive director Guy Morse both speak publicly, saying they were surprised and disappointed with the USATF decision.

*Good Read:
Brief Chat: Boston's Guy Morse Hoped That New York And Boston Could Trade Trials Back And Forth Also find a chat with USATF long distance running head Glenn Latimer. Latimer reveals exactly how and why the new men's 2:19 Trials standard was formed.

Recommended Read: Obituary For "Original Thinker" GBR Track And Field Coach Wilf Paish Quote: "Paish's reputation was not founded solely on the achievements of the elite athletes he worked with, but his capacity to inspire even the most modest of performers." It's always important to note that success is not about the end result or the achievements that newspapers laud. It's about the effort, being kind to people, and inspiring excellence through original and passionate thought.

Monday's Stat Of The Day: Mike Morgan's 6th Place In New Orleans Is The 8th Kenyan American Sub-63:00 Already In 2010

*8 Americans Under 63:00 Through February 2010 All in Houston except Trafeh and Morgan.
Stephen Shay, Mohamed Trafeh, Tim Nelson, Brent Vaughn, Patrick Smyth, Antonio Vega, Mike Morgan
*9 Americans Under 63:00 In Half Marathon In 2009
Abdi, Vega, Bizuneh, Sell, Carlson, Gotcher, Hall, Meb, Ritz
*Stats courtesy IAAF

Kenyan Junior XC Champ Charlie Chebet Talks World XC Nobody pressurizes the World XC meet more than the Kenyans!

World's Best 10k

Moses Masai And Vivian Cheruiyot Win World's Best 10k Titles As Masai Picks Up $35,000 For His Efforts Masai ran 27:19 in Puerto Rico on the roads, easily defeating former course record holder Sammy Kitwara. Cheruiyot (world 5k champ) was in a duel with world half marathon champ Mary Keitany.

Mardi Gras Half Marathon *Results

Lel (61:07) Returns To Defeat Sub-Par Wanjiru, Adere (67:52) Wins Close Race Over Kim Smith (67:55) Adere and Smith ran the fastest times ever on American soil. Lel and Wanjiru will square off again in London.

On The Boards: Shadrack Kiptoo Biwott Fantastic Run Biwott, the former Oregon runner, was only 7 seconds behind Wanjiru in 3rd. Biwott is the brother of 2:04:27 marathoner Duncan Kibet. Now that Biwott is out of school, he was faced with 2 options since he is not yet an American (and can't get American only prize money): 1) get really good really fast or 2) realize running doesn't pay that well unless you're running really fast. We praised him last month for winning 3 races in 24 hours, which showed he needed the money.

It's Not Fair Anymore

IAAF World Athletics Final - Day 2 Bolt 400m! 43.58 Relay Split In February Michael Johnson is somewhere weeping.

*LRC Message Boards: Bolt 400!

Dathan Ritzenhein Out Due To Injury And Virus

Ritz Pulls Out Of World XC! A nagging foot injury and a stomach virus are the problems. Oregonian article above. Ritz is also out of San Juan's World's Best 10k.
*Message board thread here.

This Thursday 7pm LRC Training Talk #5 With John Cook The coach of many of the US's top mid-d pros, including World Championships bronze medallist Shannon Rowbury, and former coach of Olympic 10k bronze medallist Shalane Flanagan, John Cook will be our featured guest on Thursday, March 4 at 7pm eastern time. Email us your questions ahead of time.

Spanning The Globe's Running News

(KEN) Kenyans Upset That Women And Men Are Living And Training Together In Sports Hostel It's fine that they don't have electricity or running water, but it's not good that women were discovered living and training with men.

12th IAAF World Athletics Championships - Day One (JPN) Japan Running News Gives Us Great Interviews From 12 Time Zones Away - Interview With Arata Fujiwara At His Favorite Bar A good follow-up to The Week That Was, where we give Japanese marathoners a big Thumbs Up.

(GBR) Squabbles Over What To Do With London's $750 Million Olympic Track Stadium Continue Mo Money Mo Problems, baby. Reminded us of this: Athlete Recommends All Olympics Be Held In Switzerland To Cut Down Corruption And Wasted Billion$$

(KEN/ETH) Extended Profile On Kenyan Women Who Turned The Tables On Ethiopians Defar And Dibaba In 2009 A GREAT read on Vivian Cheruiyot and Linet Masai. Look for Cheruiyot to race Meseret Defar in Doha at 3,000m and Masai will go for the World XC title as a big favorite. Masai (above, winning a world title) looks like the perfect runner.

(AUS) Thursday In Melbourne: Willis vs. Kiprop In 1,500; Rudisha vs. Gregson In 800

(RSA) South Africans Vote In "Lying Chuene" Supporters To Track Governing Positions

(AUS) 800m Training Article - Quotes From Australia's Best Half Milers This article has some mid-d training advice. If you have more mid-d training questions, email us and listen to Training Talk V with top US coach John Cook on Thursday.

LRC The Week That Was In Running Feb 22-28, 2010 - This week we hand out praise to underdog US female runners, heavily-favored US male runnersUsain Bolt, Ryan Gregson, Martin Lel, Kim Smith and Japanese marathoners while we give a Thumbs Down to Kenya.
IAAF World Athletics Final - Day 2 Along the way, we wonder why we can't purchase a Mercedes for less than a quarter and then we actually give out praise to the Boston marathon and wonder if they are finally narrowing the gap with London.

Next Big Meet - Melbourne Classic On Thursday

Hooker Hopes To Clear 6 Meters In Melbourne - Meet Preview The Age, Melbourne
*Thursday In Melbourne: Willis vs. Kiprop In 1,500; Rudisha vs. Gregson In 800 Inside Athletics (not IAAF, our apologies)
NZL's Nick Willis and Kenya's Asbel Kiprop both got moved up in the 2008 Olympics after Rashid Ramzi got "Dairy Queened." 1:42.01 man David Rudisha comes up to the 800 after a nice 400, while teenager Ryan Gregson moves down after his 3:35 PR in Sydney on Saturday.
*LRC Boards: Ryan Gregson 3:35

Visa Championship Series Winners Announced

Track and Field: USA Indoor Championships Throwers Cantwell And Campbell Win $30k From Visa Thumbs Up to Visa for giving $100,000 in prize money to 6 top American track athletes. But the series needs some work (or re-naming), as in reality it's not a series at all. You earn money based on your best single performance. Two of the women's prize winners (Carmelita Jeter and Debbie Dunn) only competed in 1 of the 3 series events. Bernard Lagat was the lone distance/mid-distance runner to earn money from Visa. He took 3rd and $5000 for his 13:11 American record in Boston and competed in all 3 events.
*Congrats To Unheralded Series Winner Amber Campbell (pictured left), who threw the 3rd-farthest weight throw in world history to win USAs.
*LRC Also Needs Fixing: Doug Logan And USATF Refuse To Convert Distance Times At Altitude In his explanation, Logan refers to 5,000 feet altitude in Albuquerque as "relatively moderate."

New Audio-Visual Aids

LRC Photos From 1st-Ever Mardi Gras Marathon And Half Marathon Check out Sammy Wanjiru's new moustache and the guy celebrating at the end of the marathon with a Bud Light in his hand. Also there's a lady racing and celebrating with either an iTouch or iPhone. *Mardi Gras Results

Cool New Media: Winter Olympic Musical - Listen To Difference Between 1st and 10th In Olympic Sports Thanks to our friends at Science of Sport for pointing out the site in their own interesting discussion of the tiny (but significant) margins of victory in elite races.

Very Sad
Teenage Runner Struck By Car At Night Dies From Injuries Robby Mayasich was handing water to a teammate during a relay race when he was struck.

USA Indoors Saturday & Sunday In Albuquerque
Results *Day 1 Race-By-Race Distance Recap *Day 2 Distance Recap Miracle: Watch A Replay Of The USATF Meet On ESPN360 (Verizon, AT&T, Charter, .Edus, Military Bases And Others Can All Watch Ato Boldon On The Broadcast)

Nike Unveils Track's Version Of NXN

Cross Country: Nike Cross Country Nationals Nike Track Nationals Unveils Website Nike is starting a new meet this year designed to crown an overall high school track champion team. 12 schools from 8 regions will go based on the best marks from their athletes. Your team gets selected to the meet based on decathlon-like scoring and one athlete can only have a maximum of 2 of your team's top seasonal marks in the 10 events. The meet is going to be held the night before the Prefontaine Classic, now a Diamond League event in Eugene.
*Old Nike Nationals Becomes New Balance Nationals June 17 In N.C. Individuals could do both meets if they wanted.

Video Of Joe Newton's Speech At Nike West Thanks to Dyestat, you can watch the entire Joe Newton speech at Nike West HQ from last Tuesday. Employee #1 attended and recapped the speech at the huge high school coaching clinic.

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