The Week That Was In Running - February 21-27, 2011
March 1, 2011
Let's Start Things Off With A Haile G Joke
A lot to talk about from last week, but we'll start with a joke to lighten the mood. The joke comes at Haile Gebrselassie's expense, but even he loved the joke. And, honestly, the fact that he loves the joke shows us why he is beloved throughout the world. Not too many men or women can laugh at their own expense.
Now we know some of you refuse to watch videos as you don't have time, so we'll give you a text version of the joke (which we've edited slightly so it sounds better in English), which was told to Haile by an Ethiopian journalist and appears on Ethiotube.net.
Haile G Laughs At His Own Expense
A robber enters Haile's (Gebrselassie's) house ... and Haile wakes up from sleeping. Since Haile has a military background (he was a member of the Police Sports Club) and since Haile received an honorary military rank of Major, Haile goes outside to try to defend his property.
The robber flees and Haile runs after him, but can't catch him ...
Haile stops running and shouts, "I know who you are. Kenenisa, come back."
"Take that everyone who thought I wasn't going to be back. ... Whenever you have any bump in the road, whether it's two weeks or two years, there are so many naysayers. … Let it fuel you. Don't take it personally. Go out and prove them wrong."
*Recommended Read: Once Neighbors Who Met At An Ice Cream Shop, Russell Brown And Andrew Wheating Now Are World-Class Training Partners The only difference is now Wheating is the more studly of the two, as when they met, Brown hammered Wheating into the ground.
*Fitness Gym Manager Tries To Sell Hicham El Guerrouj Personal Training Sessions
*Mekonnen Wins Tokyo Marathon, Amateur Kawauchi 3rd In 2:08:37
*"The Rocky of the Marathon World" - Saitama Governor Praises Kawauchi
*Japanese Federation And Corporate League Feel Stinging Impact Of Kawauchi's Run
Other Happenings Of Note
Last week, most of the major NCAA power conferences held the conference indoor track and field meets. Some results appear below, more results available here.
SEC: Results *Florida Men, LSU Women Win SEC Indoor Titles *James Kirani Runs 44.80 World Junior Record At 400m
Big 12: *Results *German Fernandez Is Back Fernandez dominated the men's mile and came back for 2nd in 3,000m. Nebraska women and Texas A&M men won the meet.
Big 10 Results: Men, Women The Ohio State women won their first-ever championship and Minnesota men won their third straight.
Day 1: Andy Bayer won the 3k and got 2nd in the mile. ACC: Results The Virginia Tech men and Clemson women dominated.
Heps: Men, Women The Princeton men crushed it as Cornell was a strong second, but the rest of the league combined would have lost to Princeton. The Princeton women edged Columbia.
MPSF (pseudo PAC-10): Results The big news was Oregon's 9:26.78 DMR, the #2 time in NCAA history. Elliott Heath 4:00 mile, Jordan Hasay 4:35.
Stockholm: World Junior Records Galore *Results
Abubaker Kaki (2:17) went out too fast in his world record attempt (25.5) but still won in the 1k (2:17.55) as Meseret Defar (8:36.91) triumphed in the 3,000m, as American Shalane Flanagan 8:39.18 (#3 time for an American) came up short in her AR attempt. In the 1500, Abeba Arigawi crushed the reigning world indoor champ with a 4:01.47 and moved up to #10 all-time and announce herself as a potential future star as Morgan Uceny ran 4:05.35 (#4 all time US). The junior records belonged Angelica Bengtsson in the pole vault (4.63).
AP: Haile Gebrselassie Injured Again - Pulls Out Of This Week's Tokyo Marathon The marathon world record holder was due to run
his first race since his brief retirement after New York, but an injury to both knees will keep him out at least six weeks. *AFP
Release On Geb/Tokyo
LRC MB: Haile G out of Tokyo!!
Looking Ahead (Time To Start Getting Excited For ...)This Weekend: NCAA Last Chance Meets, European Indoors
Next Weekend: NCAA Indoors, National Scholastic Indoors
Two Weeks From Now: World Cross-Country, NYC Half Marathon
Quotes Of The Day From Last Week
Monday: "Going all out, Japanese amateur (Yuki) Kawauchi was barely staying on his feet and nearly fell rounding the final corner (at the Tokyo Marathon), but he kept going to ... (become) a legend. He fainted a few steps across the line and was taken away to the medical area in a wheelchair, unavailable for a post-race interview."
- Brett Larner describing the amazing 2:08:37 3rd-place finish by AMATEUR runner Yuki Kawauchi Sunday at the 2011 Tokyo Marathon. Kawauchi, a 13:59 5k guy and 29:02 10k guy, has a full-time job and has purposely avoided the Japanese collegiate and corporate Ekiden system. Message board thread on him here.
Sunday: Rupp: "We thought a little about it (the move at 550m) going in. I was trying to get a little bit of a jump on him, but he's really good at the end. And that's something that I need to continue to work on."
Lagat: "I didn't have a lot of strategies. I wanted to sit back and watch the race and feel the race. I wanted to stay near the front position so I wouldn't get boxed in. If Galen or somebody else wants to go. I was waiting to go fast."
- Galen Rupp and Bernard Lagat talking about their pre-race strategies for the US Indoor Champs 3k, which Lagat won, putting 2 seconds on Rupp in the last 200m. Rupp planned to make a move and Lagat's plan was to go with him.
Friday/Saturday: "Please don't write him off."
- Haile Gebrselassie's manager Jos Hermens, who flew to Japan to announce Gebrselassie would not be running this weekend's Tokyo Marathon because he fell last week in training and injured his knee.
Thursday: Stat Of The Day
- Number of winners of the men's Kenyan Cross-Country Trials over the last five years that have gone on to finish as the top Kenyan runner at the World Cross-Country Championships. It's clear to us that the Kenyan training camps just wear people out, but no one in Kenya seems to listen. Read this type of analysis in our weekly recap each and every week, only on LetsRun.com.
Wednesday: "I needed a race like that for my career. I wanted to believe that this year was going to be different, and it gave me confidence. I feel like I'm doing exactly what I'm supposed to be doing, with exactly who I should be doing it with, and that race was the beginning."
- Russell Brown talking about his mile win against a stud field at the New Balance Grand Prix earlier this month. His 3:54.81 gave him the world lead, put him No. 8 on the US all-time indoor list, and gave him the confidence to continue on with what had previously been a frustrating professional career.
Tuesday: "The secret in Iten is that,
when you see everybody running a lot of mileage, 400 athletes on track,
very fast long runs, and you discover this is the normal life of these
champions, that are very normal persons, you start to think it's
possible running fast for you, too.
The secret is to make in your mind possible what was not possible before.
The secret is to make easy what was difficult, instead to make difficult what really is easy."
- Renato Canova, famed coach of many of the top runners in the world, but not the hottest runner in the world, Geoffrey Mutai, who is self coached (we reported erroneously yesterday that Mutai was coached by Canova). Canova's quote above was recommended by two different people, including a prominent American coach, as Quote of the Day, which has never happened before on LetsRun.com. Canova also had the Quote of the Day yesterday. We don't think anyone has ever had the Quote of the Day three days in a row.