The Week That Was In Running: February 1 - February 7, 2010

February 8, 2010

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This week we praise Bernard Lagat, Galen Rupp and Nick Willis but give out a thumbs down to Jenny Barringer. Along the way, we introduce you to Adam Kszczot, give you a math lesson, share some depressing news for Curtis Beach fans and reveal that has been banned by the US military.

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Bernard Lagat 13:11.50 AR, Rupp 4th 13:14
US 5,000m running is at an all-time high as Lagat won and smashed Galen Rupp's former American record of 13:18 and Rupp was well under it as well in fouth. In other action, Nick Willis returned to pro-racing with a win in the mile, Tirunesh Dibaba ran 14:44.53 to win the women's 5,000m exhibition race, Terrence Trammell ran a 7.49 meet record in the hurdles and Kenia Sinclair upset Anna Willard Pierce in the women's 1,000.
10 Fastest US 5k Indoor Times Ever Before Rupp and Lagat, it had been 24 years since an American ran 13:26 or faster indoors.

Reebok Boston Indoor Games Excite

Arguably the best pro distance meet in the US was held last week - the Reebok Boston Indoor Games - and yet again, the meet was a huge success. If you didn't go to the meet or watch its replay on ESPN2, then we highly encourage you to read our recap of the action. Instead of replaying the meet here yet again, we'll hand out our Thumbs Down and Thumbs Up awards.

Thumbs Up to Olympic silver medallist Nick Willis for taking down the men's mile in 3:55.26. Willis missed the entire 2009 outdoor campaign due to injury, but he looked good in his first serious return to action. Even more impressive than his win, was Willis' aggressive words after the race, "I planned to get out in front and time trial it, but the way the race played out, I didn't need to and it was actually more fun that way."

(Editor's addition: Nick deserves a second thumbs up for being a class act. The intern reports that he went out of his way to congratulate her on the story she wrote about him last year.)



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