Quote Of The Day

"Stanford went great, and I followed that up with a great workout on Wednesday [April 3], the first time all year I've actually pulled a little bit away from Shalane! ... It was a 20-mile run with some fartlek in the middle. It was actually kind of nice; it was old-school Kara and Shalane. In the beginning, I was barely hanging in there, barely hanging in there, and then I actually was able to close out a workout for once. She had me on the ropes, like hating life at the beginning, and then I kind of gutted it out."

- Kara Goucher talking about working out with Shalane Flanagan in one of their last workouts before Boston. Goucher says after a rocky buildup, she feels like she's fit, but was careful to say she doesn't expect to beat Flanagan: "I'm certainly not saying I'm ready to challenge Shalane or take her on necessarily. But I just feel like things are coming together at the right time."

Shalane Talks To LetsRun Just Before Heading To Boston

LRC Shalane Flanagan Prior To 2013 Boston Marathon: "I don't know if I'm in the best shape (ever) but I certainly feel really good. ... It's by far the best I've felt in a marathon buildup." We caught up with America's only realistic hope to end the US's 28 years of futility in Boston just before she got on the plane to head to Beantown. An excited, antsy, nervous, superstitious Flanagan revealed she's tried to learn from overtaining for last year's Olympics and has maxed out at "only" 117 mpw - a good omen for the 117th Boston race?

Boston Is In 3 Days *Live Stream Monday @ 9:30 AM ET

Random Interntional

HS News: MileSplit Updated 2013 World Youth Championships Prospects-April 10th Report
*Adidas Grand Prix Dream Mile/100 Announce Some Of The First Invites

More Boston News

Some Interesting International Track News

It's Almost Marathon Monday

Drug News: Remember Those 17 Doping Cases The IAAF Mentioned? Expect Some To Be Russian

RR: Former US Paralympic Head Track Coach Works With Wounded Veterans, Teaching Them How To Run/Walk Again On Prosthetics Good article on how running helps wounded veterans recover both mentally and physically. Includes a story of a former 47-second 400 runner who lost his legs and has now run a marathon.

Sunday Road Action *Carlsbad Top 10 Results *Carlsbad Photo Gallery

Carlsbad: LRC Gebremeskel 3-Peats And Gelete Burka Wins - Manzano Struggles Big-Time When you put one of the top track runners on the road, normally he wins and Gebremeskel did just that. Leo Manzano's much hyped 5k debut was a total disaster but the race also served as the return of 2011 Mo Farah slayer Ibrahim Jeilen. Will Leer and Brenda Martinez were the top Americans. *IAAF

Cherry Blossom 10 Miler:
Allen Kiprono Celebrates Too Early - Daniel Salel (46:06) And Caroline Rotich (52:46) Win Tight Races
*Janet Bawcom Sets US Record In Women-Only Race (53:28) To Capture USA Women's 10-Mile Championship 3-time US Olympian Jen Rhines returned to competition and was fifth in 54:54.

Shamrock Shuffle 8k: Asics Aggies Runner Phillip Reid Wins Chicago Shamrock Shuffle 8k In 23:08, Beating Out Hansons-Brooks Runner Jacob Riley (23:10) Lisa Uhl won the women's race in 25:54 over Hansons-Brooks runners Melissa White and Dot McMahan. This race also served as the USATF National Club Team 8k Championships, which was won by Hansons-Brooks on both the men's and women's side.

Paris Marathon:
Kenyan Peter Some Is Surprise Winner, Setting A 3-Minute-Plus PR In 2:05:38 Over Tadese Tola (2:06:33) And Eric Ndiema (2:06:34) (updated) 2:04 man Abraham Girma was way back in 8th (2:08:19) as US's Jeffrey Eggleston was 17th in 2:14:57. Ethiopian Boru Feyse Tadese won the woman's race in a new CR of 2:21:06. *Deeper Results
*OTB: Paris Marathon Live Thread

Saturday Action *Prague Top 10

Hervis Prague Half: Zersenay Tadese Settles For Sprint Victory - Gladys Cherono Steals Show And Becomes 12th-Fastest Woman In History At 66:48 A €100,000 WR bonus was no match for Mother Nature as cold and wintry conditions kept the pace slow from the start and Tadese was feeling ill.
Flash Recap: World Record Attempt Never Materializes *IAAF Recap *Race Press Release
*Pre-Race: After Excelling In "End Of Road" Fartlek Workout, Philemon Limo Feels As If He's Ready This article talks about the "End of the Road" fartlek, which LetsRun witnessed in 2011 where 400+ Kenyans are narrowed down to a handful.

Saturday Track Action In Melbourne *Melbourne Results

Melbourne: Mid-D & Distance Results: World XC Japhet Korir Crushes Everyone In 5,000 And Gets Easy Victory

Friday: Eunice Sum Beats 2008 Olympic Champ Nancy Langat In 1,500 In Kenya Langat is the poster child of competing versus times as she's never broken 4:00.

LRC USC's Bryshon Nellum Runs World-Leading 45.54 At 2013 Florida Relays

LRC World XC Photo Gallery

This Weekend *Vienna Live Stream Sun. @ 3AM ET *Aussie Champs Live Stream On Sat/Sun

More On 2016 Trials

The Fields For This Season's Top Track Meets Are Starting To Take Shape

Week In Review

LRC WTW: Can An American Win Boston? Andres Arroyo Impresses, And It's OK To Race A Lot Less than a week before Monday's Boston Marathon, we examine American futility in Boston and ponder: Can Shalane Flanagan end the drought? Plus, we span the globe from Carlsbad, to Gainesville, to Prague, and look at women's running depth.

US News: 2016 Trials Will Be In Eugene Again

Non-Boston Marathon News

Upcoming Track Action

US Elite/NCAA News

London Loses One: 2:19 Marathoner And RAK Half Marathon Champ (66:09) Lucy Kabuu Pulls Out Of London Marathon, Citing Lack Of Fitness

Upcoming Action On The Track And Roads

Weekend Track Results *Weekend College Track Schedule/Results *2013 Arcadia Invitational Results

Oscar P News

*Oscar Pistorius' Family Say He's Been Coming Out Of "Isolation" And "Interacting With People," Including Some Who Were Close To Reeva Steenkamp USA Today
*Oscar Pistorious Book Already In The Works It will be published shortly after the trial.

Armstrong Sold His Estate To Help Pay For His Huge Legal Bills As He Faces Multiple Lawsuits; Has Hired Attorneys In 3 US Time Zones And GB And yet another lie Lance told - back in 2008 he told his kids, "You will graduate from high school in this house. I promise. Dad's not moving again."

Reading About Running

Armstrong Feeling The Financial Burn? Lance Armstrong Sells His Austin Estate Where He Has Lived Since 2004

The Wall Street Journal Investigates What You've Been Talking About For Years

Update: Good Read: Ross Tucker From Science Of The Sport Chimes In On The Thyroid Debate And Comments On The WSJ Article "It's the training that causes the condition to begin with. That's not the case for asthma, which is an existing condition, admittedly worsened by intense exercise, but not a direct consequence of exercise participation and training. In effect then, in the case of hypothyroidism, the athlete requires the medication because they behave as an athlete - they train hard. They generate the condition, and the drug permits harder training, and that to me does cross the line of fairness. I see no distinction between this and the use of testosterone or other hormones to ensure that recovery is optimized."

The WSJ Takes A Look At The Endocrinologist To Athletes Who Have Won 15 Gold Medals
What do Carl Lewis, Galen Rupp and Ryan Hall all have in common? Thyroid medication.

LRC Analysis 
Hypothyroidism, The Wall Street Journal, Jos Hermens, Mo Farah, Galen Rupp And The Olympics link fixed
*Discuss: Wall St Journal looks at Houston Doc who treats Rupp, other thyroid users

Ryan Hall, Meb Keflizighi And Abdi Abdirahman To Compete At Boston Marathon

LRC And Then There Were None: Abdi Abdirhaman Withdraws from 2013 Boston Marathon Boston is Monday, but none of the 2012 American Olympians have made it to the start line - and last year only one made the Olympic finish line.
*MB: Abdi out of Boston: Another American Drops

You Can Run World Champs In 2015 - Kind Of

Want To Run In The World Championships Marathon? Well, Starting In 2015, You Can According to the IAAF Council Meeting Notes from this weekend, starting at the 2015 Beijing World Championships, "Mass participation races for men and women to be held at the same time of the World Championships marathon races."

Other News

No Hall, No Meb, No Mosop - Who's Left?

LRC Meb Keflezighi Withdraws From 2013 Boston Marathon With Injury
*MB: Meb just dropped out of Boston

Carlsbad Photo Gallery

The Amazing Leo Manzano Story (More In Our Week That Was)

Is Another HS Sub-4:00 On The Horizon?

LRC Andres Arroyo: Florida Prep Runs 1:47.79 For 800 Meters - Becomes US #7 #6 All-Time The question now is can Arroyo, who ran a solo 4:04 a few weeks ago and now sits right behind Alan Webb on the US HS 800 list, break 4? Amazingly, he was 7th to last at World XC a few weeks ago as well.

In Case You Missed It: April Fools On LRC

Did you not visit on the April 1st? LetsRun.com's 2013 April Fool Page Is Here
MB: *April fools page too obvious *What was your favorite April Fools 2013 headline
*Capital FM April Fools Joke On WMM Cutting Prize Money For Kenyans Fooled Many Causing Outrage On Social Media

2,000+ World Cross-Country Photos Now Up

Thank you, Mike Scott.

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.

World XC: Medhin Is LetsRun's Athlete Of The Week

Meet Eritrea's Teklemariam Medhin - LetsRun.com's Athlete Of The Week Teklemariam defied all odds to get bronze at World XC as only a month ago he had malaria and then had  to sleep on the floor of an airport for two days just before the race. If a US runner did this we'd rightly never hear the end of it, yet Teklemariam has received almost no publicity for the amazing feat.

Beautiful People: NCAA Banquet Photos (Click On Photo)

Usain Bolt Does The Harlem Shake


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