Quote Of The Day

"It is this perilous peak of perfection that keeps driving these athletes, and setting new standards. When I first visited Kenya in 1999 I asked the now sadly departed Joshua Kimaiyo, younger brother of two-time Honolulu Marathon champion Eric, where he lived. 'Close by,' he said, meaning just several kilometers away from their training camp in Kapsait. 'How often do you go home?' I asked. 'Maybe once a week to see if things are alright,' he confided. 'And no sex for two months before the marathon; wife get pregnant after marathon.' They don't even go home at the end of training! Others watch their children, others tend their lands.They are 100% committed to eat, sleep, and run, period!"

"And when world record holder Wilson Kipsang trains with Chicago course record setter Dennis Kimetto, and 2011 Boston and New York course record holder Geoffrey Mutai at a camp so isolated that no actual road leads to it - with dozens of other acolytes training by their side every day - it makes Ryan Hall's flights from Flagstaff, Arizona to Redding, California to Iten, Kenya to train inconsistently on his own, while Ritz pulls two-months solo marathon training duty in Park City, Utah, seem disconnected to the best-use practices of their craft. And that is totally setting aside the question of pure talent."

- Toni Reavis blogging about the differences in marathon training between top US runners like Ryan Hall and Dathan Ritzenhein compared to top Kenyans. He concludes with, "Even the best Americans functionally training by themselves are simply no match for the factory-like group training in East Africa." Agree or disagree? Post in our forum: Tony Reavis 'Quote Of Day' on Kenyan 26.2 success is BS.

Elite Marathon / Ultra News

Cycling: Private Investigators Seized Former UCI President Pat McQuaid's Laptop Within Minutes Of Him Losing His Re-Election To UK's Brian Cookson Apparently Cookson's first act as President (literally minutes after winning) was to sign a form ordering McQuaid's laptop and documents be seized before he had a chance to destroy possible evidence against him.

WADA Officials Will Visit Jamaica To Audit Anti-Doping Program Next Week After WADA Head John Fahey Expressed Anger Over JADCO's "Stonewalling" Until Next Year Embarrassingly for Fahey, apparently the plans for WADA's visit next were set before he went public with his criticisms.

NYC And Other Marathon News

North Carolina Grad Student Looking For Help With A Study On Exercise & Male Libido You're only asked to fill out a short survey.

Interesting Pro News

Haile G's 3 Keys To Running Success: Discipline, Commitment And Hard Work And - Oh Yeah - Accepting Pain "Age is just a number. If you think you're old, if you tell to yourself you're old, if you're old mentally, then you're old automatically physically."

HS Rivals Evan Jager, Chris Derrick Are Enjoying Being Teammates Now And Currently Hanging Out In Illinois Jager: "There is still a little bit of a gap between me and the top guys."

Good Collis Birmingham Profile: Birmingham Just Loves To Run (And Race) He's raced at least once every month this year and has PRs from 3:35 for 1,500 to 60:56 for 13.1.

More Pro News

Newly-Minted Canadian National Record Holder Lanni Marchant Is Not Done Yet In 2013, Will Do Chiba Ekiden After Chiba, she plans on returning to Kenya to train in the winter before focusing on 2014 Commonwealths.

5 Questions With Emily Infeld, Who No Longer Is "Intimidated" By Longer Distance And No Longer Considers Herself A 1,500 Runner

Okay, Then How About We Stop Kenyans From Competing In The US/UK?
Kenya's Sports Minister Says They Are Adopting New Ways To Stop Drug Cheats - Sports Minister Wonders Why Mo Farah Is Allowed To Train In The Country

UK Columnists Raves About Book About 1988 Olympic 100m Final: The Dirties Race In History

We Don't Believe The Hype:
Press Tries To Claim Jamaican Athletes, Including Usain Bolt, Could Be Excluded From Olympics Due To Testing Policies In Jamaica

Alan Abrahamson Is Amazed By The Cleverness Of Vladimir Putin And Reminds Us That Russia's "Controversial" Anti-Gay Law Passed Its House 436-0

News From Africa

Elite Distance News

IAAF Recap Of South America Junior Track Champs Ecuador's Angela Tenorio was a highlight, winning the 100m in a wind-aided 11.24 and the 200m in 23.35.

UK Telegraph Writer: "It's time to stop being misty-eyed about the Olympics."

International Pro News

NCAA Stuff

Assorted US News

International Stuff

HS News

College News *New Rankings

Training Science

Drug News

NCAA Stuff

  • Good Read: Blog From Irish Olympic Steeplechaser Roisin McGettigan: "The Professional State Of Mind. A Letter To Aspiring Pros." McGettigan analyzes the mental approach you should be taking towards your running and what she says is relevant to runners at any level.

    The Week That Was - Weekly Recap

    LRC Meet America's Two Super Frosh, Super Seniors, Jordan Hasay Versus Emily Infeld, Abbey D. And Kennedy K., Mick Byrne And More Last week, midterms were held for NCAA XC and we break it all down for you with praise for Mick Byrne, Ben Saarel, Sean McGorty and others. We start to think about who is going to win $500,000 in New York next week. Plus if you could coach one runner, Emily Infeld or Jordan Hasay, who would you choose?

    Coming Sunday (Live Online At 5:30am ET): LRC Frankfurt Marathon Preview: 5 Sub-2:05:30 Guys And Moses Masai To Race, Meselech Melkamu Will Try To Defend As Gelete Burka Debuts

    Say It Ain't So

    LRC Ryan Hall Pulls Out Of 2013 New York City Marathon It soon will be two-plus years since the fastest marathoner in US history has finished a 26.2 mile race.
    MB: Ryan Hall has withdrawn from NYCM


    News From The UK


    Pro / HS XC News

    RIP: Dog Who Recently Bandited A Half Marathon Dies Of A Heart Attack The dog got free from his owners and ran the half marathon in 2:15, even receiving a finisher's medal.

    Study Finds That Only 12.2% Of Women 50 And Older Are Happy With Their Body Size Those that are happy are highly active.

    Kenyan Marathoning News