The Week That Was In Running - May 24 - May 30, 2010
June 2, 2010
Last week was a busy one. There were a bunch of pro meets and the NCAA D1 Regionals as well as D2 and D3 nationals. We here at LetsRun.com lost a significant amount of time working on our analysis of the NCAA D1 Regionals and we're still working on a post-regional analysis. As a result, this is a very abbreviated "Week That Was." We don't really provide any commentary or analysis. We just provide you with links to the major stories of last week so you can relive the last week in case you didn't come to the site last week.
Our commentary/analysis will come later this week when we provide post-mortem the new NCAA D1 Regional system.
Comrades Marathon *Top
10 Results *Full Recap
Comrades Excitement: Muzhingi Repeats, Cox Struggles Get the full story of the 2010 Comrades including the suicidal opening pace, Muzhingi's patient, tough comeback, 1-2 domination by the Nurgalieva twins and even a little video of the finish and post-race comments.
*Boards: Cox 6:51:29*More Boards: Josh Cox (the human hype machine) gets destroyed
*Profile: Zimbabwe's Stephen Muzhingi, Reigning Comrades Champion
Hengelo- Bad Weather Doesn't Stop Defar - 14:38
*Event-by-event Hengelo Recap Christin Wurth-Thomas 2nd to Nancy Lagat in a fast 4:04 for 1,500m. Abubaker Kaki is back with 1:45 win - will match up with David Rudisha in a few days in Bislett Games. In 7:41 3,000, Saif Saeed Shaheen of Qatar was only 9th (7:46.82)
*FBK Games Video From our friend in the Netherlands.
*Video: Dayron Robles Not Amused After Crashing Out Of Wet Hengelo Hurdles
Ostrava Golden Spike *Results/Recap
Usain Bolt is human after all as he could not break Michael Johnson's world 300m record. Bernard Lagat was third in the 3k.
*Powell Breaks Charlie Green's 100yd World Best
Boards: *Lagat 3rd in Ostrava
*Bolt 300m Ostrava 2010 Predictions
*Video of Bolt's Run
2.04m 6'8.25" -
Chaunte Lowe Breaks American High Jump Record
D1 - Regionals *East Results --- West Results
*IAAF Notices: Strong Sprint Times Highlight NCAA Regionals We were blown away by the number of top sprint times. In terms of distance, a lot happened but the big highlight was Andrew Wheating dominating in 1:46, 3:37.
Boards: Texas A&M coach RIPS NCAA regional system
*Lananna Uses Puskedra To Rabbit McNamara To NCAAs Maybe regionals aren't all that bad.
*DEAR VIN LANANNA: Here are the reasons to have regionals
D2 Nationals *Results
*Boards: ADAM STATE SCORES 2PTS IN 10,000M D2
St. Augustine's wins another men's title, Angelo State takes women's. Adams State got 8 in the 5k and 13 in the 1,500.
D# Nationals *Results, Recap
*Boards: DIII Outdoor Nationals North Central men win XC/indoor/outdoor triple crown, Illinois Wesleyan takes women's championship.
Ridiculous News From Last Week
*Girl DQ'd For Flipping Waist Band On Shorts Over
Big Drug New
Floyd Landis Offers Details On How Athletes Beat New Biological Passport Testing With Ease Living in a fantasy world where top athletes, managers, coaches and sponsors aren't giving 110% effort to cheat the system? Read this article.
*More: Paper On EPO Testing Co-Authored By LetsRun Reader
*New Under Arm Roll-On
Deodorant Male Testosterone Booster Hits
*75th Anniversary Of Jesse Owens' 4 WRs In 45 Minutes At Michigan
*Zimbabwe's Stephen Muzhingi, Reigning Comrades Champion Muzhingi's story - to start, he's the first African not from South Africa to win Comrades - is simply incredible. Find out what his occupation is, how he got into running, why he needed someone from his country at the awards stand, why he wants to present the trophy to President Mugabe and more.
*Sports Illustrated: Army 800m Runner Andy Ferrara Follows Brothers To Battle After Regionals
*Anton Krupicka Talks Training
*LRC Exclusive The 24/8 NCAA Qualifying Plan Explained
This year in outdoor track, we have the Pure Regional system. Last year was regionals plus time qualifiers. The NCAA plan for next year may likely be a totally different version. As a way of looking ahead, we took the time to find out exactly who would make NCAAs this year if the proposed "Wilson Plan" or "24/8 Plan" was already in place.
Day 4: Women's Field Events
Day 3: Women's Running Events
Day 2: Men's Field Events
Day 1: Introduction/Men's Running Events
Quotes Of The Day From Last Week
Monday: "I felt terrible for the first 20 km, but then everything clicked into place. The whole last 500 m I was thinking about the beer that was waiting for me at the finish. This win is a big step forward for me, but more than what it means for me I hope it shows other Japanese runners that there are different ways to have a career and that the corporate team system needs to become more flexible." - Japan's Arata Fujiwara after winning the Ottawa Marathon in a course record 2:09:33, the fastest Japanese marathoning time of the year. As Brett Larner put it, Fujiwara's decision to quit his corporate team - Team JR Nigashi Nihon - earlier this year was "unprecedented" for a Japanese male at the top of his elite career.
Sunday: "When I won, there were just a few acknowledgements from people on the finish and nothing else. What could I do? I was a winner in a foreign land. I felt lonely. The trophy weighs about 20kg coated with gold and no one came to help me lift it at the podium."
- Stephen Muzhingi, 2009 Comrades Marathon champion from Zimbabwe. He was the first African runner not from South Africa to win the legendary ultra and now says he can eat for free in restaurants, though he doesn't know where 85% of his prize purse went. Comrades is Sunday, May 31.
Saturday: "My fiercest competition was always myself. If I could reach into the depths of my capabilities and perform to the greatest extent I was capable of on a given day, based on proper preparation, that’s all I could ask of myself. I try to get this across to young athletes to make them understand that they must look within themselves - not at their fellow competitors - for their dream. And when they do that, they are going to get the most out of themselves based on their training, and talent."
- US 10,000m Olympic gold medal winner Billy Mills.
Friday: "I'm trying to think about what I was thinking about today. For a lot of the time you are thinking about nothing. You are just cruising down the trail. You are really in the moment. That sounds so Zen and cliché and New Age, but that is kind of the point: It's a form of meditation."
- Ultra-runner Anton Krupicka answering the question of what he thinks about during a run.
Thursday: "Just because my brother died, doesn't mean I don't have to serve."
- US Military Academy cadet Andy Ferrara in a Sports Illustrated piece set to run in their Memorial Day magazine. Representing Army, Ferrara will compete in the NCAA Regional 800m starting Thursday before he heads off to Army Ranger Training and likely service in Afghanistan. A Recommended Read.
kind of funny, you know. Everybody's talking about how this is
the year to hit some times and see what you can run. What I was
realizing in the last year or so is, the more often I focus on times,
the less I'm able to do in a race. If I'm in a race to compete and to
I run pretty well and I run decently fast. But whenever I go into a
race thinking, 'oh, I'm going to try and hit these splits and hit this
pace, and I want to be at this time at the quarter, eight (800), and 12
(1200),' I don't know what it is, but it doesn't do it for me."
- Miler David Torrence, who now trains with John Cook's group.
Tuesday: "I feel like I woke up in someone else's life."
- Taku Fujimoto, a junior at Kokushikan Univ in Japan, after PRing by 20 seconds in the 5,000 and beating 3 guys who he had no business thinking he could beat in the Kanto Regional championships last weekend in Tokyo.
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