Week That Was

LRCWTW: Even Kenyan Teens Are Embarrassed To Run, Kenya Rules Ethiopia In Quantity But Not Quality, And Hope For Galen Rupp?

This week we give Galen Rupp fans reason to believe a victory over Bernard Lagat at 5,000 is possible, are amazed that even Kenyan phenoms are sometimes embarrassed to run, wonder why Kenya rules Ethiopia in quantity but not quality, and go crazy with our quotes of the week.

Weekend Road News

Distance News

High Fitness Associated With High Brain Function Later In Life New study shows that cardio fitness has long-term effect on several key cognitive functions.

Sprints / Jumps / Multis

LRCGladys Cherono's Gold Leads Perfect Kenyan Team As Bersagel And Kleppin Lead Strong American Effort

The Kenyan women were perfect and the American women almost got the bronze.

#USATF Still Doesn’t Get It

LRCUSATF Talks About The "New Conclusive" Evidence That Got Gabe Grunewald DQed

The LRC take is it was not new or conclusive. And if it was, then Grunewald should still be DQed.

#USATFIncompetence #40daysandcounting

LRCUSATF's Incompetence Makes Front Page Of Wall Street Journal Marketplace Section Under Headline, "Nike Runs Into Trouble On The Track"

40 days ago, the wrong person was DQed in a USATF National Championship. USATF has done or said nothing about it. Total bullshit. Now, the WSJ is on the issue and framed it as a Nike issue. Will that be enough for USATF to get its act together? *WSJ Article

 More On Ostapchuk Doping Case 

NCAA Stuff: Outdoor Gets Going With First Stanford Meet This Weekend

Doping News

2014 Carlsbad: *Results *Full Video Race Replay *LRC Photo Gallery

LRC Dejen Gebremskel And Julia Bleasdale Win 2014 Carlsbad 5,000 – Bernard Lagat Sets New American Record Of 13:19 Gebremeskel turned the tables on Lagat from World Indoors but Lagat left with a nice consolation prize. In the women’s race, no one came close to Bleasdale, who became the first non-African born winner since 2002. Brenda Martinez was the top American – not Jordan Hasay or Gabriele Grunewald.
*MB: Official 2014 Carlsbad Live Discussion Thread: Bleasdale & Gebremeskel Win – Lagat Gets American Record
*MB: Oh crap! Grunewald vs Hasay rematch at the Carlsbad 5k, who’s gonna win?

A Look Back At Last Week’s News/Action

 International News 

US News: USATF Too Big To Succeed?

UKA Performance Director Neil Black Says He’s Confident About Mo Farah’s Fitness Ahead Of London After Visiting Him In Kenya Black said, “Alberto’s very happy. The type of phrases being used are ‘best shape’ and ‘best athlete in the world.’ Everything is positive in terms of what Alberto is seeing and understanding. … [Farah is] in absolute peak physical shape to approach the marathon.”

 News From Scotland 

Interesting: You Think Breaking A WR Is Tough? It’s Even Harder For Horses Human WRs have dropped significantly in the last 50 years, but horse times haven’t got much faster. This article looks at some of the reasons why.

Sprints / Jumps

Oscar P’s Defense Lawyers Expected To Call Pathologist As First Witness Pistorius himself is expected to take the stand eventually.

Berlin Half

LRCLeonard Komon Runs Fastest Half Marathon Debut Ever - Wins In 59:14 In Sprint Finish In Berlin

Komon was pretty spectacular and wanted even more - the World Record - as he went out with the wind in 13:39 (57:36 pace). LetsRun.com wind genius John Kellogg estimates the wind might have cost Komon around 17 seconds. *Results
*Ken Nakamura: List Of Fastest Half Marathon Debuts In History *Chronological List Of All Sub-60 Half Marathons In History

Articles Worth Reading

LetsRun Goes To Jamaica

LRCJamaica Day 4: Rare Insider Access To A Racers Track Club Workout With Yohan Blake And Warren Weir, And Watching Track In The Bathroom At Usain Bolt's Sports Bar

Steve was given unprecedented access to a workout session of the famed Racers Track Club and learned the sprinters actually work their asses off. Afterwards, he celebrated in style at Usain Bolt‘s sports bar. Steve loved the establishment – the only problem is track was only being shown on the TV in the bathroom.

Meet Warren Weir – The Man Whom Glen Mills Calls The “Heart And Soul” Of His Racers Track Club He’s not as well known as Bolt and Blake but has a lot of respect within the club.
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LRC Jamaica Day 3: Lifting With Yohan Blake; Hanging At The Car Wash With Warren Weir; Getting Pumped Up With Calabar High; And A 1 AM 10-Mile Run In Kingston Steve Soprano went inside the weight room with sprint stars Yohan Blake and Warren Weir and then had lunch at the car wash with Weir, who later gave a crazy “Champs” pump-up speech to Calabar High. Before the night was done, Steve decided he absolutely had to go for a 10-mile run at 1 am on the streets of Kingston.