Wise Advice For All Aspiring Young Female Runners

“I have so many things I want to tell you, but I’m going to start with the most urgent. Because of all the ways I’ve seen athletic stories unfold over the years, this is the No. 1 destroyer of dreams.

You’re a young woman, but the sound of the word ‘woman’ makes you cringe. Well-meaning coaches and parents and aunties and grannies and inappropriate uncles comment on the changing bodies of girls – not yours yet but those around you. It’s coming. You know it’s coming.

You notice what happens sometimes to female athletes. She hits puberty; her times get slower or plateau. She is confused; she is working harder than ever. Clueless adults who are overly invested in her ‘performance’ will grieve, as if her worth is based solely on PRs. This makes you scared of growing up.

Seeing girls go through this is confusing because there is a story once told to you about running: ‘You get out what you put in.’ You’ve heard there is a direct line between effort and improvement, between wanting it more and winning. This is a ‘truth’ written by men, based on the experience of boys and men. Your male teammates are bathing in testosterone, a dramatic performance enhancer. You will not. You are about to bathe in different hormones, hormones that, more often than not, temporarily interrupt that promised straight line of improvement. What you need are knowledgeable coaches and parents who know how to support you during this time, to let you know it is normal, to celebrate you through development, who can zoom out on the big picture, because it is at this time that many girls give up.

You’ll see girls react to a changing body in three ways: give up, ride it out, or fight against it. With 100 percent confidence, I can tell you the best choice is to ride it out. The best is yet to come.”

– Opening lines of a letter Lauren Fleshman has written to her high school self entitled “Dear Younger Me: Lauren Fleshman” that was published on milesplit.

Doping Updates

albertogalenLRC  6 Takeways on Full USADA Report on Alberto Salazar, NOP: USADA: “It Appears Highly Likely” That 6 NOP Athletes Including Galen Rupp and Dathan Ritzenhein Violated Anti-Doping Rules We give you the nitty gritty on the 269 page USADA interim report on Alberto Salazar, Dr Brown, and the Nike Oregon Project, hacked by Fancy Bears and released in its entirety on Flotrack.


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*Alberto Salazar Thought Centro Would Run 3:36, Not 3:33, As He’s Been Dealing With “Abductor Muscle Strains” Salazar declined to comment on the NY Times doping story.

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*The Oregonian‘s Ken Goe Won’t Be Shelling Out 70 Bucks For NBC Sports Gold Track And Field Past Goe writes, “I find this to be disastrous to any hope elite track and field will grow its audience.”

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MB: Dr. Michael Joyner and LetsRun’s Robert Johnson share their thoughts on what Eliud Kipchoge’s 2:00:25 means.

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Is King Ches The GOAT? / Is Steeple Hurdle Technique Overrated?

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The King Has Abdicated His Throne

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MB: Edward Cheserek’s NCAA Career Comes To A Close – King Ches Scratches From NCAAs Due To Back Strain King Ches certainly had an amazing career but Gerry Lindgren only lost once at NCAA championships, Henry Rono set a world record in four different events in one season, and Suleiman Nyambui won just as many NCAA individual titles but also secured an Olympic medal and had better PRs at the 1,500, mile, 5,000 and 10,000.

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*BBC: 43-Year-Old Jo Pavey Misses Out, But Not Giving Up As She Can Still Be Selected For The 3rd Spot If She Drops A Fast Time Pavey had a tough comeback with some health issues after DNFing at the London Marathon.
*IAAF Recap
*MB: Official Night of 10k PBs Live Discussion Thread

Doping News

It Was A Great Night For The NOP On The Track But A Horrible Morning Off The Track

salazar-nytimes-nopNY Times Publishes 2,400-Word Expose On The Nike Oregon Project: “This Doesn’t Sound Legal” – Ritz Testifies Under Oath The Times has secured access to the 269-page report that the USADA has written about the NOP. Dathan Ritzenhein testified under oath that he felt compelled to take an L-Carnitine injection that he thought didn’t “sound legal” as Nike was reducing his payments. Ritz also said Alberto Salazar had him take thyroid medication to rev up his endocrine system for a race “instead just whatever was best for my health.” The report also indicates Tara Welling lied to investigators about ever being a patient of Dr. Brown and that Dr. Brown sent investigators altered medical records. When pressed about what sort of treatment she received from Dr. Brown, Welling cried and said, “I don’t know if Alberto did something to me.”
*MB: NY Times Article on Nike Oregon Project implicates Ritz and Farah
*Ken Goe’s Quick Takes From The Latest Story Alleging Doping Within Alberto Salazar’s NOP

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NCAA Studs

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 Fast Monday 1,500 At Swarthmore 

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