The Week That Was In Running - March 28 - April 3, 2011
April 7, 2011
Quote Of The Week #1 (That Wasn't Quote Of The Day)
There were a lot of interesting sprint profiles in the British press last week as the Brits start to get ready for the Olympics in 2012, and last week, as it was announced Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell will clash twice this summer in Britain. In reading those, it was impossible to miss the contrast between Gay and Powell.
Gay is someone who clearly hates being the 2nd-best sprinter in the world and is obsessed with doing everything that is humanly possible to be the Olympic champ in 2012, as we pointed out when we gave Gay the Quote of the Day on Friday. As for Powell ... well, the following quote from The Mirror says it all:
"I haven't been a fan of the gym. Some sprinters are a bit lazy at times. I'm one of those. I definitely have to stay focused on my goal and get to the gym."
Of course, Powell did also admit that he knows he needs to work harder: "I am not getting any younger. I need to realise my potential now and make people stop telling me what I can and can't do."
Quote Of The Week #2 (That Wasn't Quote Of The Day)
"The only thing better than a race between Asafa, me and Usain would be one with the three of us and Christophe Lemaitre from France. If he keeps developing, he has the tools to deliver an Olympic medal to France, I think. He gets it done in the big races."
- American 100-meter record holder Tyson Gay giving high praise to the fastest white man in history, Christopher Lemaitre of France. The quote comes from a nice Telegraph profile of Lemaitre.
Quote Of The Week #3 (That Wasn't Quote Of The Day)
"Speed kills, no matter what distance you're running. If things get tactical, it never hurts to have one more gear."
- Newly minted NCAA indoor 3k champ Elliott Heath (whom we said two weeks ago has a very good shot of making the Olympics or World Champs down the road) recounting in a Running Times article some advice big bro Garrett gave him a few years ago.
Quote Of The Week #3 (That Wasn't Quote Of The Day)
"I have a picture on the wall at home of (Paula Radcliffe) going past me and when I'm doing strength training or weightlifting, I look at the picture and it gives me motivation."
- German Olympian Sabrina Mockenhaupt talking to Inside The Games about how a picture she has up of Paula Radcliffe passing her at the European Championships motivates her to train. We loved the quote, as it shows that the pros benefit from a little old-fashioned motivation just like the amateurs.
*2011 April Fool's Edition Of LetsRun.com
*A MUST READ: Daily Mail Introduces Britain To Tyson Gay: "He is the second fastest man in history, and that is precisely what he does not want to be."
*A Detailed Look At Christophe Lemaitre
*Thanks To Big Brother Garrett, Elliott Heath Was Able To Rebound From Disappointing XC Finish To Dominate NCAA 3k Indoors
*SD Union-Tribune: Three-Time Olympian Jen Rhines Thrives As She Ages
Other Happenings Of Note
*2000 Olympic Sprint Champ Katerina Thanou Testifies In Court - Says She Never Doped Nor Hid From Doping Authorities
Netherlands: Micah Kogo's 27:15 Triumphs Over Mike Kigen's 27:26, Irina Miktenko Wins Women's Race In 32:06 In Brunssum
Kenya: Narok, Kenya Recap: Asbel Kiprop Only 3rd In 800m In 1:49.7
*Florida Relays: Francena McCorory 50.50 400m, Jeff Demps 10.07 100m
Looking Ahead (Time To Start Getting Excited For ...)
April 10: Paris & Rotterdam Marathons
Aprl 17: London Marathon: 9 Japanese Women Who Were Going To Try To Make Worlds At Nagoya Marathon Will Now Run London Next Month Instead
April 18: Boston Marathon
April 30: Drake/Penn Relays: Olympian Webb To Run Mile At Drake Relays
Quotes Of The Day From Last Week
Monday: "(Eliud) Kipchoge turned toward Dejen Gebremeskel, waved his left hand forward, then pointed in front of him.
Roughly translated, this is runnerspeak for, 'Dude, you've been drafting off me long enough. Get up here and do some of the work.'"
- Dan Norcross's excellent recap of the Carlsbad 5,000m in the San Diego Union Tribune. Norcross's article on Jen Rhines also had the quote of the day for half the day yesterday.
did not let my age hinder me. I soldiered on until I finished the race
... I believe in going the whole hog. Not just retiring because people
retire. I want to push my body hard. I have proved it is possible. Most
runners of my age fear taking on youthful athletes, but I have been
competing with them and I have out none worse for the wear."
- 54 year-old Kenyan runner Francis Kimeli Kemei talking about how "age is only a number" and his plans to continue competing as long as he can. He says that based on his recent races he is in shape to run sub 1:15 (5:43 pace) for the half marathon.
Saturday: "I'm ashamed to wear the Spanish jersey. Competing in an event with a
Spanish shirt harms my image - I'm even thinking about not competing in
the worlds. I only hope I can win an Olympic medal so that (Spanish Sports Minister Jaime) Lissavetzky comes to
congratulate me. Then I'll smack him in the face with the medal and tell
him that that's the thanks he gets for all the (expletive) help he's
given me, which is nothing."
- World indoor silver medallist Sergio Sanchez speaking out big-time about the doping culture within Spanish Athletics.
Friday: "Yeah, I have fun. I chill. But for me track is all I have. It's all I know. I've been running track since I was 14 and from that point it was everything. I liked drawing as a kid. I played football and I liked it. But this I love doing.
Lauryn Williams (American sprinter) said last year that she took it pretty easy. She wanted to get herself together. To get a degree. To plan her life. It makes sense. But for me, this is all I have. I'm going to put everything into it. I can't put my energy anywhere else."
- American sprint star Tyson Gay talking in a profile where the Daily Mail introduces him to the UK as the "second fastest man in history, and that is precisely what he does not want to be." Gay also says the following: "I have not read Usain's book, but I believe he likes to party in Jamaica. I don't have a view on his lifestyle. I don't have that much rhythm. I don't do liquor."
Thursday: "Training is not only what
you do in the official workouts. Training is also how you work, how you
eat, how you rest. In other words, how you live.
Top champions are more talented, but also have all the interest in focusing at athletics full time. This means that their training is very much more consistant, as volume and intensity, because they have big advantages in running faster."
- Coach to the stars Renato Canova in a message board thread on how he trained Imane Merga to the World XC Championships.
Wednesday: "In 1976, though, an unexpected cloud burst doused the flame at Olympic Stadium. The problem was that no one was around, because there were no games scheduled that day. The only people on scene were workmen. One of the men, a plumber named M. Pierre Bouchard, quickly rushed up the steps of the platform holding the Cauldron and used a cigarette lighter to light some pieces of newspaper, then used his ingenious little contraption to re-light the cauldron. Naturally, when Olympic officials were notified of the situation, they quickly rushed over and extinguished Bouchard's make-shift Olympic Flame and used the backup torches to re-light the Flame."
- Brian Cronin of the LA Times blogging about the history of the Olympic flame. Apparently the torch relay was re-started by Adolf Hitler, who felt the Ancient Greeks were the forerunners of modern Germany and that copying their torch relay was a "bold expression of this idea."
Tuesday: "Europe can be wild and crazy and fun ... and it can also shorten your career drastically if you are incapable of not acting a damn fool there. Euro 'wine and men/women' have prematurely ended many a promising career."
- Rule #2 of 10 that Ato Boldon (our favorite sprint announcer) gives out to today's pro track and field athletes that he says they don't understand now but will when they retire.