Quote Of The Day

– Message board poster dkny64‘s reaction after Kenenisa Bekele obliterated the field at the 25k mark and continued on to a 2:05:02 debut marathon in Paris this morning, a time much faster than the debuts put up by legends Haile Gebrselassie, Paul Tergat and Sammy Wanjiru. How will Mo Farah do in London next Sunday?
*MB: POLL yes or no, will Mo debut faster than Bekele?

2014 Paris Marathon – Kenenisa Bekele’s Debut *Results

Screenshot (132)LRC Kenenisa Bekele Runs 2:05:03 – Breaks Course Record And Smashes Debut Times Of Past Legends Gebrselassie, Tergat And Wanjiru The debut marathon of Kenenisa Bekele, the 5,000 and 10,000 world record holder, did not disappoint as he made a big move just after 25k and crushed the field as well as the debut times put up by past legends Gebrselassie, Tergat and Wanjiru. *AFP *IAAF
*Flomena Cheyech
won the women’s race in 2:22:41.
*Toni Reavis Puts On The Stats Goggles And Thinks Bekele Can Run A WR In The Future: 2:03:02-2:03:08
*MB: Official 2014 Paris Marathon Live Discussion Thread – Kenenisa Bekele Makes His 26.2 Debut

 Pre-Race Paris News 

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.

 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?

LetsRun Goes To Jamaica

Oscar P Takes The Stand

LA Times: Distraught Oscar Pistorius testifies at murder trial, apologizes  Pistorius says he is on anti-depressants and troubled by nightmares. “I was simply trying to protect Reeva. I can promise you that when she went to bed that night she felt loved.”
*AP: Oscar Pistorius trial resumes as defense opens case

US 10-Mile Champs – 2014 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Miler *Results

LRCJanet Bawcom Crushes Single-Sexed American Record By 76 Seconds, Runs 52:12 To Win US Title, Finishes Second To Ethiopian Mamitu Daska

Janet Bawcom was very good as was Sara Hall, but no one could stop 2:21 marathoner Mamitu Daska in the overall race.

Weekend NCAA Track Action *All Weekend NCAA Results *Stanford Results

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

HS: Foot Locker Champ Grant Fisher Runs US-Leading #1 3:51.92, Noah Lyles Runs 20.89 200 To Qualify For Youth Olympics

Prague Half Marathon

RRW: Joyce Chepkirui Becomes 18th Woman To Break 67:00 (Runs 66:19) – Peter Kirui PRs At 59:22 To Win Joyce Chepkirui dominated from the start, whereas Kirui took his time warming up before winning a race where 3 men broke 60:00.

Pre-Race: Recommended Read: Peter Kirui, Who Paced Patrick Makau To A World Record While Sleeping On The Floor, Now Hopes To Set The World Record Himself Kirui seemed on the cusp of greatness after his 2012 NYC Half win but saw his training derailed while studying for the Kenyan Police force. That is now over and he’s just set a PR.

 This Weekend's Pro Action 

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.

Road News