The Week That Was In Running: January 2-8, 2012
January 9, 2012
"(In 2009 when Bekele was last coming back from injury), with very little training, he became double world champion, which is amazing. In a short time, he got in shape. Thatís maybe his problem, sometimes. Heís so talented, he gets with one, two monthsí training, to again be the best in the world."
- The quote from Hermens comes from a Running Times interview of Hermens where he says the $1 million track that Bekele is building himself so he won't get injured will be done in January/February. If one doesn't think that spending $1 million on a track is going to motivate someone to train, then we think they are crazy. Plus it's an Olympic year.
#2 - Renato Canova Says Who Is Unbeatable In The Marathon At The 2012 Games
"About the women, I have several women under my control that can look for a medal at the Olympics. But honestly, the Shobukhova I saw in Chicago in my opinion is unbeatable if there is the same shape. She was running the last half in 68:55, the last two kilometers in 6:52 with a temperature of 29 degrees (Celsius) and very high humidity. I don't think anybody else can run that fast."
Canova Says Men's Marathon World Record Will Fall This Spring
#3 - Former 100m World Champ Kim Collins Thinks There Is No Way Yohan Blake & Usain Bolt Can Train Together With Same Coach Long Term
"The idea of Yohan Blake being the man to beat Usain Bolt sounds good on paper. This, how-ever, poses a problem. Two male crabs cannot live in the same hole."
Colllins added that one of them will inevitably have to be the co-pilot and no one wants to be the co-pilot.
*More: Racers not big enough for Blake, Bolt
#4 - A Great Description At The History That Was Made At The 2012 Hakone Collegiate Ekiden In Japan
"This year Toyo redefined what was possible, refusing to settle back and run conservatively, attacking each stage to take an incredible 8:15 off Waseda's 2011 Hakone course record, running 10:51:36 to become the first school ever to average under 3:00/km for the entire course, its ten men averaging 2:59.4 per km, an average of 1:03:05 for a half marathon for all ten men on the team. Only ten American men, all pros, ran that fast for a half marathon in all of 2011."
*Japan Running News' Brett Larner writing about this year's race, where the average leg was a little longer than a half marathon (21.79 km versus 21.1).
More: *Toyo University Takes Eight Minutes Off Hakone Ekiden Course Record In Historic Win
#5 - Tim Hutchings Leads The Tributes For The Legenday Coach Frank Horwill, Who Died On January 1st
"He was a quite remarkable, brilliant man; a true eccentric, full of energy, and one who oozed confidence and passion for the sport of running. He was one of the last of the great old school of coaches: whistle, stop-watch, baseball cap and a bus ticket to get to and from the track - and he was very rarely late for a session for decade after decade of coaching at a wide variety of London tracks. And all this after living one of the most fascinating lives one could imagine before athletics became his love; a book on Frank's 84 years would be a fabulous read."
Horwill, the founder of the British Milers club, died last week at age 84. Much of his training ideas were picked up by Peter Coe, who used them on his son Seb with great success (two Olympic golds and two silvers).
More: Tim Hutchings Appropriately Leads Tributes For Legendary Coach Frank Horwill
#6 - A Lawyer Explains How He Once Was Able To Conduct Negotiations While Running The Boston Marathon
"The opposing counsel doesn't seem to be bothered by my heavy breathing."
- R. Laurence Macon, who certainly is a running fanatic, as he set a new world record by finishing 113 marathons in 2011.
More: Prominent 67-Year-Old Texas Lawyer Ran 113 Marathons In 2011 To Set New WR
#7 - A Guy Who Was Robbed Of The Ultimate Olympic Glory In 1984 Talks About What Should Happen To Drug Cheats
"I've always thought that, once caught, these people should be banned for life. It's sickening for those who spend their lives training hard and doing it the right way."
- The quote comes from Brit Mike McLeod, who certainly knows what he's talking about.
People under the age of 40 (like the co-founders of LetsRun.com) probably have little idea who McLeod is. History says he was the 1984 Olympic 10,000 silver medallist (and the 2nd-to-last non-African to medal in the 10,000) but he actually crossed the finish line third in that race. The intiial runner-up Martti Vainio of Finland was soon bounced for anabolic steroids and thus McLeod was elevated to the silver medal. Since then, the winner of the 1984 Olympic 10,000 Alberto Cova of Italy admitted he blood doped (it wasn't illegal back then), so in some ways one could say that McLeod is the rightful winner of the 1984 Games.
Anyway, McLeod's quote comes from a nice Independent article on how the Olympic drug cheats that initially win Olympic gold before getting the doping DQ deny Olympic champs like Asbel Kiprop their golden moment. Definitely worth a read.
*Profile On 1:05:00 Half Marathon Runner Tommy Neal, Who Was Diagnosed With Type 1 Diabetes Just A Month Before The Trials
*Renato Canova Says Men's Marathon World Record Will Fall This Spring (& Says WR Holder Makau Is At Best The 4th-Best Marathoner)
*The Independent: When the drugs deny real winners their golden (or silver or bronze) moment - A look at Asbel Kiprop's lost golden moment
Other News Of Note From The Last Week
Ebay Says £32,500 Bid To Sponsor British Sprinter "doesn't appear to be bona fide." There seem to be a few sad people out there: "For me personally, I wouldn't be missing about with someone's career but there are certain people out there who like to mess things up."
Teddy Tamgho's 19-Year-Old Fight Victim Says His 6-Month Ban Is "Spurious" As He Was Going To Be Out With Injuries Anyway "I do not want to ruin his career, he's brilliant, but that should not give him free rein. "If he becomes [Olympic champion] I would feel bitter because justice has not worked. I do not hope he fails, but it would be a shameful medal. He should at least apologise face to face."
Quotes Of The Day From The Week:
- Kenenisa Bekele speaking confidently despite his poor showing in the Great Edinburgh XC race on Saturday, where he finished 11th, losing to a group that included a 19-year-old 13:57 runner from the UK. It was only his 4th XC loss ever and the first time in almost ten years that he did not finish inside the top ten in an international race. But Bekele is still confident about London, although he's not sure if he'll be trying to defend both his 5k and 10k titles.
Sunday 1/8: "If he runs a marathon now, he won't be able to run in any indoor meets. It's going to take a long time to recover. We wouldn't be able to get back to work on his speed until March or April."
- Alberto Salazar talking about why his star pupil Galen Rupp will not race the Olympic Marathon Trials next weekend.
Saturday 1/7: "I pretty much moved out there in a leap of faith. I had no job, nowhere to live, and I knew one person who I had met one time, and I was living in his apartment because he let me while he was out of town."
- US Marathon Trials qualifier Tommy Neal, on moving out to Colorado to train for the 2012 Trials. He self-coached himself to a 1:05:00 half marathon qualifier, only to later be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. However, he is still racing and don't count him out, as now he's coached by Renato Canova.
- Trailer of a film that highlights the work that Team USA Minnesota runners Matt Gabrielson, Josh Moen, Jason Lehmkuhle and Andrew Carlson have put in to get ready for next weekend's 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. The trailer will give you goose bumps as the music is great and the video is full of epic quotes. In fact it starts with one: "It's the biggest race of my life because it's the Olympic Trials and I guess if this isn't the biggest race of my life, then what is?"
Thursday 1/5: "I have left specific instructions that if I die on the course, my friends are supposed to drag my body down the rest of the course and across the finish line. And then lie about the results."
- 67-year-old prominent Texas lawyer Laurence Macon talking in a Reuters article about how he set a new world record by running 113 certified marathons in 2011. Macon, whose best marathon was a 4:45, didn't start running until age 49 and once conducted a negotiation while racing the Boston marathon.
Wednesday 1/4: "It
is very easy to train when you have won a silver medal. It is not so
easy when you have won the gold. I think somebody like Jessica (Ennis
who got silver) is more than ever aware that medals are not given out
"For Mo (Farah), Daegu was not brilliant overall but I think it was the best possible result for him going into 2012. He's got confirmation that he's good enough to win but also he's got the warning that there are other guys who can do that as well."
- British coach Charles van Commenee talking about how sometimes a silver is better than gold. In the same interview, van Commenee said he'd be "very, very pleased" if Britain wins a single gold at home in 2012.
Tuesday 1/3: "We work very hard to keep races affordable while ensuring a world-class experience for all of our runners. The increase (of roughly $60 per participant) in the marathon price reflects both rising costs for the New York Road Runners and the new fee instituted by New York City on organizations like ours."
- NYRR spokesperson Richard Finn explaining that because of increased police costs the NYRR is raising the entry fee for the ING New York City Marathon roughly $60 per person to $216 for NYRR members, $255 for non-member U.S. entrants and $347 for international applicants.
Remember, everything in NY costs way more than it does elsewhere. Cowboys stadium with a retractable roof cost $1.3 billion while MetLife stadium cost $1.6 billiion.