Quote Of The Day

– 2:10:55 Canadian marathoner Reid Coolsaet talking about the difficulty of getting absolute perfect conditions on race day for marathon record chasing. The article is about Canadian Eric Gillis going for the 2:10:09 NR this weekend at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, but the quote is originally from Coolsaet’s post-London blog post here.

NCAA Action Starts To Get Serious This Weekend *Wisconsin Results

LRC Instant Analysis Of Men’s Race At 2014 adidas Wisconsin: Syracuse Puts On A Clinic And Arrives On The National Stage Chris Fox‘s harriers showed the nation how pack running is done as they had five finishers within 14 seconds, all in the top 24, as they dominated the 18 other ranked teams and got the win.
*Official 2014 adidas Wisconsin Discussion Thread

LRC Instant Analysis Of Women’s Race At 2014 adidas Wisconsin: Michigan State Dominates As Crystal Nelson Stuns The Field Which of the 22 ranked teams bombed? Which teams overachieved? We break it down for you.
*Official 2014 adidas Wisconsin Discussion Thread

Pre-Race Preview: LRC An Incredible 19 Ranked Men’s Teams And 22 Ranked Women’s Teams Are Ready To Battle In Wisconsin

Pre-Nats Are Saturday: LRC 2014 Pre-Nats Preview: Are You Ready For #1 Colorado Vs. #2 Oregon And #1 Michigan Women Vs. #3 Oregon And #4 Georgetown? Individually, Edward Cheserek is the favorite on the men’s side; Rachel Johnson and Erin Finn lead the women.
*Official 2014 Pre-Nats Discussion Thread

 Back To Boston 

2015 USATF Indoor Championships Will Be Held In Boston In February The Championships return to Boston for the first time since 2009. They were in Boston from 2003-2009 and then Albuquerque for the last 4 years.

 More OP Trial Updates 

We Give The Makers Of A $90 Running Short Free Publicity (Matt Taylor, The Founder Of Tracksmith, Is A Good Friend)

Tracksmith Launches Two New Limited Edition Singlets – The NYC And BQ Singlets The BQ singlet is for Boston qualifiers only – hobby joggers can’t even purchase them.

Tracksmith In The Press:

 Oscar P Trial Updates 

 Hosting The Olympics 

More From The Weekend/Monday

 Weekend XC News 

 Chicago Pre-Race 

Friday Press Conference: Kenenisa Bekele On The 2-Hour Marathon: “A human being can not go that (fast).” Kenenisa Bekele, the world’s most credentialed distance runner, says we’ll see a 2-hour marathon “if the scientists create different human beings.” His agent Jos Hermens is much more optimistic.

Updated 2:05pm Saturday
 What Marathon Racing Shoes Are The Pros Wearing In Chicago? What shoes do the pros race in? We tried to find out. Kenenisa Bekele, the world’s greatest distance runner, said, “The yellow ones.”

Training Article/Vid Of Week: Christo Landry With 150-Mile Week & 32-Mile Long Run Ready To Rock Chicago

LRC Hansons-Brooks Teammates Bobby Curtis And Jake Riley Ready For Chicago Curtis is hoping his 27:24 10k translates to a sub-2:10 marathon and Riley anticipates his debut.

Doping News

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 Who Was The Top American In 2014? 

Fan Voting Open For Jesse Owens And Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athletes Of The Year A lot of distance runners on the list: Jenny Simpson, Molly Huddle and Emma Coburn for women, Meb Keflezighi, Galen Rupp, Evan Jager and Christo Landry for the men.

NCAA XC Review

LRC Elise Cranny Debuts, Patrick Tiernan Dominates, Stanford Looks Great On Paper, The Greatest Colorado Team Ever? Seven Thoughts On The Weekend’s XC Action We break down the action from last week for you. It was a challenging week for the Stanford women, but a big week for the UCLA, Michigan and Navy men. Along the way we introduce you to the Yankees of Canadian cross-country and wonder if we’ve finally found a challenger for Edward Cheserek.

Pro Distance News: Linet Masai, Abel Kirui Highlight Sunday Action

 NXN Moving To New Course 

 NYC Marathon In 2 Weeks 

Kenya: Mary Keitany Returns; AK Power Struggle Continues

 UK News 

Marathon News

 Doper News 

Oscar P Sentencing Trial

2014 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon *Top 30 Results *TV / Streaming Info *Tracking Info *Men’s Preview *Women’s Preview

LRC 5 Quick Thoughts On Men’s Race: Eliud Kipchoge Is A Star, Kenenisa Bekele Is Looking For Answers, A Great Race Up Front (Even If You Didn’t Realize It), Bobby Curtis PRs And More Eliud Kipchoge is a special marathon talent, the 2014 Chicago race up front was special as well (even if the TV coverage wasn’t), Bobby Curtis had a good day but Kenenisa Bekele didn’t.

Eliud Kipchoge Wins (photo from ChicagoMarathon Twitter Feed)

LRC Eliud Kipchoge An Inspiration On And Off the Roads Eliud Kipchoge impressed on the roads, and then he high-fived the fans afterwards, and inspired us with his words. A class act.

kbekeleLRC Did Jet Leg Or Not Enough Long Runs Do In Kenenisa Bekele? Article and video on Bekele’s 4th place finish.

MB: Official 2014 Chicago Marathon Live Race Discussion Thread

Top 30 Results

Phil Hersh: Eliud Kipchoge Wins Men’s Crown, Rita Jeptoo Wins Fourth Straight In Women’s Race American Amy Hastings matched her PR of 2:27:03 to the second to finish 5th.

Chicago Discussions On Our Fan Forum:

 More Chicago - America's Blue Collar Pros 

llanovideoFirst Ever LRC Video Round Table With America’s Blue Collar Pros: Matt Llano, Pat Rizzo, Jameson Mora, Carlos Trujillo And Stephen Pifer  Come on, we know you can’t relate to the Mebs and Ryan Halls of the world but you can dream of being these guys who all have  jobs on the side. We discussed how they got to this point in their careers, about their training, and much, much more. Plus, they give their advice to debut marathoners. 21 minutes, with text highlights.

wrLRC Chicago 2014 USA Women Video Round Table: Whitney Bevins-Lazarra, Sara Cummings, Heidi Greenwood, Lindsey Scherf, Wendy Thomas Meet America’s Blue Collar female marathoners. All with jobs. None with a traditional shoe sponsorship. All hoping to kick ass in Chicago.

 T&F Controversy 

US Distance Runners’ Q&As

Week That Was

 Darwin Award Candidate 

LRCIdiot Runner Rescued Running Across Atlantic Ocean In A Bubble Claims His Rescue Transponder Went Off By Accident And Wants You To Donate To Get His Bubble Back

Perhaps you heard the story last week about Reza Baluchi trying to run across the Atlantic in a bubble and having to get rescued by the Coast Guard. Now he's claiming he didn't want to be rescued, his transponder went off by accident, and he wants his bubble back.

Behind The Scenes At Colorado

LRC Feature The Wetmore Formula Those who know him best insist there aren’t any secrets to Mark Wetmore’s success as a distance coach. Yet few can match his accomplishments. How does he do it? We go back to his Bernard High roots in the 1970s and do our best to explain. Chris Lear has read this piece and loved it: “This is why I go to letsrun. Thanks for the read.”

Discuss On The MBoard: LetsRun.com Investigates: What Makes Mark Wetmore So Special?

LRC The Gunslingers Of Boulder Mitch Kastoff catches up with the defending champs, who return everyone from last year and then some, and finds a very confident group.

Week That Was

LRC All Hail Emily Sisson, Quenton Cassidy, Kenenisa Bekele, Eliud Kipchoge And Rita Jeptoo, Find Us Some Steroids, Bad Marathon Coverage, And Proof That Road Races Are Too Expensive We break down Chicago 2014 for you some more and refuse to go negative about Kenenisa Bekele. We also try to highlight some action that was overshadowed by Chicago last week – including a great run by Emily Sisson and wins by Quenton Cassidy and Josh McDougal. Then we wonder if we should get on steroids, complain about the price of road races (in Kenya) and tell you how Japanese running is being overrun by Kenyans and Ethiopians.


Cool Video: Are Drones The “Next Big Thing” In Race Coverage? Definitely some cool possibilities for an aerial view in XC and road races.

 Sprint News 

Some Random But Interesting Distance News

 Other Distance Stuff 

 Sprint Stuff 

 Symmonds Starts Another Business 

Nick Symmonds Announces The Launch Of Run Gum Symmonds proposes that this new gum can enhance your performance by getting caffeine directly into your system without having to deal with food or liquids. *Discuss

 Trouble In Japan 

 US News: 50 Years Ago Today, Billy Mills Made History 


Screenshot (580)Rita Jeptoo Wins Fourth Straight World Marathon Major, Picks Up $600,000 The women went out slow, seeing what Jeptoo would do. She struck late and still won by over a minute. Amy Hastings was 5th, equaling her PR in 2:27:03.

Bobby Curtis in Chicago

LRC How Did the American Men Do In Chicago? We Break It Down Bobby Curtis led the way in 2:11:20 in 9th, Jake Riley had a nice debut and Gabe Proctor turned heads by going out hard and PRing.

LRC How Did The American Women Run In Chicago? The US women led by Amy Hastings had 5 in the top 10. We break down how they did.

LRC Video Reaction From #1 Americans Bobby Curtis And Amy Hastings After Chicago Marathon 2014 Curtis ran a PR of 2:11:20 for 9th place and Amy Hastings tied her PR in 2:27:03.

2014 BAA Half Marathon

More Onsite Coverage: LRC Lelisa Desisa (61:38), Mamitu Daska (68:20) Claim Titles At 2014 B.A.A. Half Marathon Stephen Sambu, who owned the American road race scene this summer, was only fourth in 62:00. Molly Huddle was the top American woman in third (69:23) and talked about a possible marathon debut, while Ethan Shaw, a member of the B.A.A. High Performance Team under Terrence Mahon, was the top American man in eighth (65:10). We break it down for you and catch up with David Rudisha’s HS teammate.

 Start Your Weekend Off Right 

LRC Great New Running Film, Transcend, Debuted In Chicago A new running documentary, Transcend, debuts today and is available for order or digital download. The film chronicles the amazing story of 2012 Boston Marathon Champ Wesley Korir, who is now a member of parliament in Kenya. This inspiring film not only tells a story, but it investigates why we runners do what we do. With cameos from Haile Gebrselassie, Ryan Hall, the Robertson twins, and author Malcolm Gladwell (whose favorite website is LRC), LRC’s Wejo gives it a huge Thumbs Up.

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