Quote Of The Day

"When I step back and think about the big picture, it is surreal to think of how far I've come these past four years. At the same time, by remaining focused on each intermediate step within the long term I feel like I am in an appropriate and satisfying place in terms of my overall development as an athlete."

- 2012 US Olympian and 2013 US XC runner-up Kim Conley talking to LetsRun about how she's gone from 16:17 in 2009 to 15:14 in 2012 but is aiming for even more in 2013 as she's recently been hitting times on grass for repeats that would make her happy if they were done on the track. She'll find out where she truly stands on Sunday in Poland at the 2013 World XC Champs.

Weekly Recap

LRC Yuki Kawauchi PRs (Again), Ryan Hall Withdraws (Again), Deena Doesn't Break 2:30 (Again) Ryan Hall's Boston DNS isn't all bad, as we try to give you some good training advice from him as a result. We also tell you why hammer throwers are the most entertaining people in the sport and repeat, "Free Jenkins."  We also ponder if Deena will ever break 2:30 again and are pleased to see Julia Lucas back competing.

Asafa Powell: How To Spot A Gold Digger "Men, be smart about your choices in women. There are some manipulative women out there who are only trying to get close to get what they can out of you, and once you can't fulfil that need, that person will be gone."

After Setting WR And Winning Gold, Ashton Eaton Admits He Suffered Post-Olympic Thoughts Of "What Do I Do Now?" - But He's Motivated Again Eaton may do LJ/Decathlon double in 2016 and just pole vault in 2020.

Good News: Cincinnati Men's Track/XC To Get Scholarships Back

Bolt Will Run 100m In Rome On June 6th

Despite Economic Crisis, Juan Antonio Samaranch Says Spain "Cannot Afford Not To Continue" 2020 Olympics Bid

Britain's European Silver 60m Man James Dasaolu (6.48) Says That His 60 Time Converts To Sub-10 For 100m He ran 10.09 back in 2009 as a 21-year-old but then tore "every muscle in my lower body in the last few years."

Calabar Celebrates Its 2nd-Straight Jamaican Champs Victory On Boys Side

More Post-NYC Half Results *LRC Analysis

Proof Sleep The Night Before The Race Doesn't Matter: Dathan Ritzenhein Says He Didn't Sleep The Night Before He Finished 3rd At The NYC Half Marathon "I didn't sleep at all last night. I've never had that happen before."
*NYC Half 3rd Placer Lisa Stublic Always Thought Of Herself As A Steeplechaser Before She Got Some Harsh/Good Advice From Her Coach In Croatia Coach Petrovic told the Columbia alum, "You're a horrible steeplechase runner, get it out of your head."

More Results From The Weekend

Assorted US News

NYC Half *Results/Splits *Photo Gallery

*Race Recap *Video Highlights

LetsRun.com Analyzes The 2013 NYC Half/ With Post-Race Athlete Reaction What's the takeaway from Wilson Kipsang's 61:02 win, Ritz's 61:10 3rd place showing, and Bernard Lagat's half marathon debut? What about Caroline Rotich's win on the women's side and former CT state champ and Columbia runner Lisa Stublic, who was a surprising third (and now runs for Croatia) ahead of top American Stephanie Rothstein Bruce, who had a big PR?

LRC Wilson Kipsang And Caroline Rotich Win NYC Half (results and splits only) After a slow start at the NYC Half, Dathan Ritzenhein heated things up and then Wilson Kipsang took over, running to victory in 1:01:02 over Italy's Daniel Meucci and Ritz. Bernard Lagat ran 1:02:33 in his debut as he beat his training partner Abdi2. On the women's side Caroline Rotich led at 5k, 10k, 15k, 20k, and the finish but it was far from easy. Early leader Kim Smith dropped out with a muscle strain and Rotich was caught by Diane Nukuri-Johnson and Lisa Stublic but held on for victory.

*IAAF Recap
*Japan University Runner Kenta Murayama Does Well In NYC Half With A 10th Place Finish (1:02:02)
*NY Times: NYRR Stage Their First Major Road Race Since The Cancellation Of The NYC Marathon
*OTB: LAGAT 1:02:33 for 12th at NYC half!!! Ritz 1:01:10 for 3rd *Jason Hartmann

Weekend Track Action

Jamaican Boys And Girls' Champs


Interesting: IAAF Online Diary From PV Olympic Champ Renaud Lavillenie, Who Says He Doesn't Think He Can Get Sergey Bubka's WR "I am sure that you are wondering what I think from now about the World record of Sergey Bubka. I am going to answer frankly: I think that it is not inaccessible. ... In order to raise the bar to 6.15m and manage to clear it, I still need to gain consistency. This winter, I managed to go past the 5.90m mark four times. Now, I have to be able to clear 5.95m or 6m more often, if I do not want to look ridiculous when I will attempt to beat his world record."

Previous NYC Half News

LRC Bernard Lagat, Abdi Abdirahman and Dathan Ritzenhein are all running the 2013 NYC Half Marathon on Sunday with different objectives. For Lagat, it's his anticipated half marathon debut. Lagat sounds ready and has been training some with Abdi. For Abdi, the emphasis is on getting ready for the Boston Marathon next month. Abdi sounds off on that and the drug problem in the sport. For Ritz, there is no spring marathon or World XC. Can he regain his 1:00:00 form? Textual recaps coming. Interviews with all 3 below:

Upcoming Action

Week In Review

LRC WTW: Mary Cain Vs. D'Agostino, Lawi Lalang's Double Vs. Galen Rupp's Triple, Eric Jenkins, And The Greatest High School Finish Ever? Abbey D'Agostino and Lawi Lalang stole the show at NCAAs, but Jordan Hasay ended her NCAA indoor career with an impressive feat. Plus, Eric Jenkins turned a few heads and we have a must, must watch video from the NBIN if you have 90 seconds to spare.

Drug News: 17 More Caught By Biological Passport

Laureus Awards

Usain Bolt And Jessica Ennis Win World Sportsman & Sportswoman Of The Year At Laureus World Sports Awards
*Felix Sanchez Wins Comeback Of The Year Award As Seb Coe Won The Lifetime Achievement Award
Video Of Ennis Accepting
*Video Of Usain Bolt's Hologram Accepting The Award Not sure why, but Bolt coudln't make it, so his Hologram accepted for him.

World XC Is March 24th: Mercy Cherono And Vincent Chepkok Off Kenyan Team

MB: Something to ponder, Mary Cain beat Emma Coburn (NCAA mile champ) and Abbey D'Agostino (NCAA 3k/5k) prior to 2013 NCAAs What event(s) might Cain have won at NCAAs?
Mary Cain Feature In Her Local Paper Not only is she incredible at running, she has a 4.2 GPA.

2013 NCAA Indoor Championships *NCAA Results *Saturday Photo Gallery *Friday Photo Gallery *Men's DMR Photo Gallery *Women's DMR Photo Gallery *LRC Banquet Photos *Friday Photos *LRC Friday Interviews *LRC Post-Race Video Interviews

LRC W3k: The Coronation: Abbey D'Agostino Completes The Double The NCAA has a new queen and American distance running may have its leading face for the next decade as D'Agostino became the first American 5,000 and 3,000 NCAA indoor champion ever, let alone at the same NCAA meet. Jordan Hasay finished second in what she called "probably the best race of my life." as she gave Oregon the points that gave them their 4th-straight team title. Emma Coburn won the mile and Natoya Goule the 800.
*Flash recaps - more later. In the meantime, check out:
*LRC Post-Race Video Interviews With Most Of Saturday's Major Players

Meanwhile, On The Boards:

Friday Night

LRC 5ks: Abbey D'Agostino And Kennedy Kithuka Dominate In Different Ways The women's 5,000 came down to the final mile between stars Abbey D'Agostino, Betsy Saina and Jordan Hasay - and it was no contest. D'Agostino was clearly best. On the men's side, Kennedy Kithuka put in an early surge and that was all it took despite a game effort by Diego Estrada to keep it honest throughout.

*Friday Photo Gallery Here *Friday Video Highlights From NCAA (1:24) *LRC Friday Interviews
Meanwhile, On The Boards:

Friday NCAA Indoor Photo Gallery

US Indoor Champs *Results *LRC Saturday Photos *LRC Sunday Photos *LRC Lomong American Record Photos *5k Record Was Friday Night In NY

Day 2: LRC Mary Cain Dominates & Wins Her First US Indoor Title Cain was simply brilliant and thrashed the field. In the process, she showed a technical savvy and closing speed way beyond her years.
Sunday Photo Gallery *Video Of Cain's Win

*LRC Rest Of Mid-D & Distance Action: Will Leer Completes Heart-Warming Double As Erik Sowinski's Dream Season Continues And Teen Phenom Ajee Wilson Joins Cain In Winner's Circle The 2013 USA indoor meet ended up being fantastic from a fan's perspective. With his cancer-stricken father in the stands, Leer found the guts to complete the 3k/mile double as Erik Sowinski just held off Robby Andrews and Wilson led throughout.
*Short On Time? Men's 800 Recap Only
*Women's 800 Recap Only
*Men's Mile Recap Only
*USATF Recap Of Day 2 Ryan Whiting threw a world leader in the shot put (21.80), Mississippi State's D'Angelo Cherry ran the world's 3rd-fastest 60m of the year (6.49 - world leader is 6.48) and 2004 Olympic gold medallist Jeremy Wariner won his first-ever US indoor crown with a 45.82 clocking (#4 in the world).
*AP Recap Of USAs From A Guy Who Clearly Doesn't Cover Track
IAAF Recap

More 2013 USA Indoor News

Updated: LRC
Day 1 Distance: Chelsea Reilly Wins National Title As Lisa Uhl Nearly Impales Herself, Will Leer Dominates
Chelsea Reilly
won her first national title in NASCAR fashion as she and Lisa Uhl collided right before the finish with Uhl catapulting herself head first off the track. Fortunately, both women survived without serious injury. Will Leer dominated the men's as expected. Can he pull off the 3k/mile double tomorrow? In the 800, the "names" - Mulder, Andrews, Centro, Sowinski -  all advanced except for Mark Wieczorek.
(Video of 3k finish in article or to right on homepage)

Stockholm Meet *Results

LRC Friday Tidbits From Stockholm: Update On Galen Rupp's Record, Plus Dibaba News We've got splits for Galen Rupp's last 600m, plus news that Genzebe Dibaba is not now coached by Jama Aden, the coach to Taoufik Makhloufi, who has strong USA ties.
On The Boards: Jama Aden Coaching Philosophy

LRC Galen Rupp 7:30.16 American Record! Aregawi Just Misses 1,500m World Record Galen Rupp's tremendous 2013 continued with his finest performance yet. Not only did he get the American record, but perhaps most importantly he got his first European win of note. The other big news was new Swedish citizen, Abeba Aregawi, just missing the world record by .12 in the women's 1,500m. In other action, Genzebe Dibaba blitzed an 8:26.57, Mohammed Aman ran a world leader in the 800m, and Matt Centrowitz came up well short of the American 1,000m record. Flash recap.
*IAAF Recap: Olympic Silver Medallist Yarisley Silva Breaks Her Own Cuban Record And Sets World Lead In PV With 4.71m Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce set a PR in her 2nd-ever 60m to win with 7.04.
*Pre-Race Interview With Rupp

On The Boards: *Rupp 7:30.18!!! *GALEN RUPP NEW 3000 AR 7:30.18 *STOCKHOLM MEET updates! *Galen Rupp Will NOT Break U.S. 3000m Record In Stockholm

Profile On Recent 600m AR Setter, Erik Sowinski, Who Works 30 Hours A Week At A Shoe Store & Only Got Into Millrose After Kevin Borlee Pulled Out At The Last Minute

World XC Returns On Sunday!!!

Today's Top Headlines: Ethiopian 10k Trials At Pre, Caster Semenya Engaged?

More From Jamaican Boys And Girls Champs

Random International Stuff

LA Marathon *Full Results

More Results On The Roads: Kawauchi PRs Again

Lolo Jones' Passion For Bobsled: Lolo Jones: "If I won a freakin' medal - if I won any medal - I would not be a bobsledder. Absolutely not. Are you kidding me? No. No!" "I'm so desperate. Desperate. It absolutely doesn't matter (whether she wins in the Winter or Summer Games.)"

RE:RUN San-Diego Is A Cool Event Coming In May That Will Try And Promote The Sport By Combining A Local Road Race With An Elite Track Meet Participants will finish the local 5k/10k and be treated to a short-and-sweet elite track meet only 5 events. A long list of elites competing includes Duane Solomon, Ryan Gregson, David Torrence, Nate Brannen, Mark Wieczorek, AJ Acosta, Geena Gall, Brenda Martinez, Alysia Montano and Brie Felnagle.

World XC Is Next Weekend

Learn From The Pros

LRC Ten Training Tips From Bernard Lagat, Dathan Ritzenhein And Abdi Abdirahman The American men took center stage at the NYC Half on Thursday. You can watch video interviews with the top American men (Lagat here, Ritz here and Abdi here) and we will have more on their race preparations on Friday, but in the meantime we compiled ten training tips from Bernard, Dathan, and Abdi that you can use in your own training.

Random But Newsworthy

English Are Still Really Upset The Commonwealth Games Standards Are Stiffer Than The Olympics

NY Times: "After The Mile: The Tim Danielson Story"

Drug News

Assorted International News

London Takes A Hit

Tirunesh Dibaba Withdraws From 2013 London Marathon With Shin Injury The marathon debut of the greatest women's distance runner in history is going to have to wait 365 days.

Boston Takes A Big Hit

LRC Ryan Hall And Moses Mosop Both Pull Out Of 2013 Boston Marathon Two of the biggest names have both pulled out and somehow John Hancock thought it was appropriate to title the press release "John Hancock Financial Announces 2013 Boston Marathon Online Media Guide Is Now Live." Boston has scrambled and added in 2013 Dubai winner Lelisa Desisa.
*RW Q&A With Ryan Hall About Pulling Out Of The Boston Marathon And His Injury Status He says he's back running fine and the injury to his quad wasn't serious, but it was enough to keep him from doing "any substantial running" for a month and he missed too much time to be fit for Boston.
*MB: Ryan Hall pulls out of Boston
*MB:Will Ryan Hall ever commit to and finish another marathon?

4 Interesting Reads

Jack Daniels Takes XC Job At Wells College

The Top Training Partners On The Planet

2013 NCAAs *NCAA Results *Saturday Photo Gallery *Friday Photo Gallery *Men's DMR Photo Gallery *Women's DMR Photo Gallery *LRC Banquet Photos *Friday Photos *LRC Friday Interviews *LRC Post-Race Video Interviews

LRC M Mile/3k: What A Double - The Great Lawi Lalang Is Back Lalang, who up until this time last year was viewed as unbeatable at the NCAA level, got his mojo back with some major style points thrown in as he had one of the greatest nights in NCAA history, as he won both the mile (3:54) and 3,000 (7:45) in meet records. The Arkansas Razororbacks won NCAA title #41.

LRC 800s/W Mile: Elijah Greer Outduels Cas Loxsom; Emma Coburn Adds The Mile Title To Her Résumé And Natoya Goule Wins NCAA Title #1 The men's 800 ended up being the mano vs. mano battle between the two American seniors that everyone wanted to see - Greer and PSU's Casimir Loxsom with Greer coming out on top.

AP Recap:
Arkansas Gets Its 20th Indoor Title And 1st Under Coach Chris Bucknam It's NCAA title #41 for the program as legend John McDonnell won 40.
*LRC Coach Chris Bucknam And John McDonnell Talk About Bucknam's NCAA Title #1
*Oregonian: Oregon Wins Its 4th Straight Women's Indoor Title


Saturday Photo Gallery


LRC  DMRs: Vig Does It Again With Princeton, Michigan Woman Win Coach Jason Vigilante's mid-d magic continued at the NCAA meet this time at his third school - Princeton. The Ivy Leaguers got the NCAA title thanks to a blistering final 200m by Belgian-American Peter Callahan. The Michigan woman passed up on individual success to get the team DMR title.

LRC Miles & 800 Prelims: Emma Coburn Cruises, Favorites Advance In Men's Mile, The #1 Seed Crashes Out In Men's 800, LSU Looks To Go 1-2 In Women's 800

More NCAA Day 1 News:

IAAF Names More 2005 Dopers: 4 Belarusians And 2 Russians

IAAF Reveal 6 More Positive Tests From 2005 Helsinki Retests Shot putter Nazdeya Ostapchuk, who was stripped of her London Olympic gold, tops the list of Belarusians that also includes Ivan Tsikhan and Vadim Devyatovskiy, the gold and silver medallists in the men’s hammer in Helsinki, and Andrew Mihhnevich, who finished 6th in the shot put final. The two Russians were women's hammer gold medalist Olga Kuzenkova and long jump silver medallist Tatiana Kotova.
*IAAF Release

  • 2013 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix *NBIGP Results LRC Photo Gallery

    LRC Photo Gallery

    Men's 3k: LRC Galen Rupp Is Defeated As Hagos Gebrhiwet Sets New World Junior 3,000 Record Of 7:32.87

    Women's 2-Mile: LRC
    Mary Cain Runs 9:38.68 For 2 Miles - The Greatest Distance Performance In US HS Girls History Tirunesh Dibaba was way ahead of the field as she won in 9:13.17.

    LRC The Rest Of The 2013 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix - Centro, Lakhouad And Wright Win As Suhr Takes Crack At AR

    Rest In Peace Will Steele - aka "The Cancer Guy"

    LRC Celebrating The Life Of "The Cancer Guy" Will Steele Will Steele was running 18-minute miles last year. And never has there been a more inspirational runner on LetsRun.com. We pay our respects to this great man who contributed so much to the LetsRun.com community and lost his battle with cancer one month ago on Christmas eve.

    NYC Photo Gallery (Updated on 3/20)

    NYC Half Video Highlights

    Common Trend: 4 Russian Swimmers Caught Doping; Russian Swimming Almost Gets A 24-Month Suspension From International Swimming Federation The rules say that "4 positives from one nation within a 12 month period results in the FINA member federation being suspended in its entirety for 24 months." However, Russia got out of it on a loophole. 3 of the 4 were suspended while the 4th, who is only 14 years old, was given a warning.

    Tuesday In South Africa: SA 400H NR Holder LJ van Zyl Will Compete Against Botswana's Olympic 800 Silver Medalist Njel Amos Over 400m

    NCAA Admin News

    "Brilliant Video Interview" (Those Aren't Our Words): Lagat Making His Half Marathon Debut (More Here)

    Ritz At The NYC Half (More Here)

    Three Cheers For Abdi Sounding Off On Drug Cheats (Abdi Talks His Training Here)

    Abbey D'Agostino: Double NCAA Champion

    NCAA Photo Gallery

    WWLD (What Would Lance Do?) In Wake Of Embarrassing Number Of Doping Offenses, Russia Offers To Donate An Extra $390,000 A Year To WADA

    Interesting Read: Pat Butcher Looks At The History Of Sexism In The World Of Running Over The Years Muslim clerics not wanting women to run now is just the latest in a long line of insults thrown at women in athletics during the last 100+ years.

    Week That Was

    LRC WTW Forget About Jenn Suhr, Lopez And Mary Cain: The Best Closes In Track History, Meet Brannon Kidder, Erik Sowinski's HS Coach, Praise From Nick Willis, And An Apology To Kara Goucher On a week that saw Lopez Lomong's AR on Friday, Jenn Suhr's world record on Saturday and Mary Cain making history on Sunday, we cover everything else making news in the running world.

    Jenn Suhr World Record *Photos

    Jenn Suhr Breaks World Record Suhr was perfect all day until she broke the world record at 5.02 meters. She then attempted 3 times at 5.07 (the highest vault indoors or out).
    *Video Of World Record Vault
    *Reuters: "Gritty Suhr Happy To Finally Reach New Heights"

    Jerry's Boys Take On The Big Apple
    Lopez Lomong Sets New American Indoor 5,000 Record - Runs 13:07.00!!!
    We recap the historic night in NYC that saw Lomong get the AR, Chris Derrick get the "A" at 13:12.00 and the rest of Jerry's boys struggle a bit at the end as the pace was super hot. Includes exclusive post-race interviews that include Teg, Lomong, and Derrick, who talks about German Fernandez and Alan Webb.
    Photo Gallery *Race Video *Post-Race Interviews *Race Results Weekly

    *Great News From Another Schumacher Stud:
    Chris Solinsky's 1st Track Race In Nearly Two Years Is Successful - Dominant 8:05 Win At UW

    USATF Sunday Gallery: Mary Cain, Ajee Wilson Get USATF Titles #1

    Lopez Lomong 13:07.00 American Record Photos

    Saturday USATF Photos, Jenn Suhr World Record

    Crazy Finish Of Women's 3k (More Here)

    Usain Bolt Does The Harlem Shake

    Beautiful People: NCAA Banquet Photos (Click On Photo)

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