Would You Be Willing To Risk It All To Be Great?

– Jake Robertson talking in an incredible Q&A with Sarah Barker on Deadspin entitled, “A Decade In Kenya Turned Two Teens From New Zealand Into World-Class Runners.” In 2007, Jake and his twin Zane willingly gave up everything they knew including the safety of a Western life to try to be great at running and a decade later, they have succeeded. This article is so good we are going to use another quote from it as QOD tomorrow.

MB: How Fast were the Robertson twins before they moved to Kenya? 

The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Is Saturday *Watch It On NBCSN 5-7 PM ET *Meet Preview

MB: Official 2018 NBIGP Discussion Thread: Christian Coleman in the 60, King Ches vs Hagos & Simpson v Coburn in 3k + BB Returns

Brazier-Berian I is tomorrowLRC What We Learned In Boston: What’s Up With Boris Berian, How Christian Coleman Can Run Even Faster, & How Much Money It Would Take For Jenny Simpson To Race The Steeple Again Get the inside scoop from today’s NBIGP press conference where three sets of stars will battle each other tomorrow – Simpson vs. Coburn, Coleman vs. Lyles and Berian vs. Brazier. Plus after talking to Brazier, we can only wonder: Has anyone in the history of the world ever broken 4:00 in the mile with a shorter longest run than Donavan Brazier? 

Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn in Paris in 2016 (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly)LRC  NBIGP Preview: WR Alert: Christian Coleman Goes For History, Jenny Simpson Battles Emma Coburn, King Ches Races Gebrhiwet & More The lone US stop on the IAAF World Indoor Tour should be a dandy as with Christian Coleman and Noah Lyles in the 60, Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson in the 3k, and Edward Cheserek, Hagos Gebrhiwet and Dejen Gebremeskel in the men’s 3k. Plus the return of Boris Berian. *IAAF Preview

Things You Should Read This Weekend

Jake Your ChampAn ABSOLUTE MUST-READ: Incredible Q&A With Jake Robertson: A Decade In Kenya Turned Two Teens From New Zealand Into World-Class Runners The best non-LRC story of the year (so far).

Fascinating Read: Meet The Irishman Who Tested 5,500 Irish School Kids On His Own Dime To Find The Fastest To Race The Kids 60 At Millrose (Which They Won) “What I find in schools is we don’t even have the 10th-fastest kid in the class in our sport. It all comes back to talent.” They produced a winner in 2017 but got beaten this year.

An Interview With Running Phenom Camille Herron: I Was Born To Run The Comrades champ and LRC visitor has a diet that we used ourselves when we use to run 100+ mpw: “I like to eat Taco Bell and Subway before my races.”

Big News That No One Is Talking About: WADA Says CAS Issued Statement Acknowledging That Russians Did Do State-Sponsored Doping

Distance News

Previous Mid-Week Action

Sprint Stuff

Non-Pro Running News

US Distance News

The World’s Biggest XC Fan

fanLRC Meet Mr. Cross-Country, The Sport’s Biggest Fan Cross-country’s biggest fan, Michael Mahon, resides in Massachusetts, where for the past 33 years he has traveled to over 1,747 career meets, bag of cans in tow. And he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
*Michael Mahon – Mr. Cross-Country – Share Your Favorite Story Here

Friday Night Action – Fast Hurdles And Miles + Gwen Jorgensen Knocks It Out Of The Park

Cheserek celebrates #15LRC Edward Cheserek Blasts 3:49.44 Mile To Move To #2 On The All-Time World Indoor List Edward Cheserek is currently a man without a country. He doesn’t want to run for Kenya and he can’t race for the US, so tonight he raced the clock – and won.
*MB: Edward Cheserek Runs 3:49.44 Mile At Bu – #2 Indoor Time Ever

2018 RAK Half *Results *Race Replay *Km-By-Km Splits

MB: Official 2018 RAK Half Live Discussion Thread

Screenshot 2018-02-08 at 22.58.58LRC Oh So Close, Fancy Chemutai Just Misses WR And Runs 64:53 (#2 All-Time), Bedan Karoki Runs 58:42 (#4 All-Time) At 2018 RAK Half Even though the WR just barely survived, the women’s race was the best in half marathon history as 11 women broke 69:00. The men’s side was pretty darn good as 7 men broke 60:00, including a guy making his debut, Jemal Yimer, who ran a debut record of 59:00.

Other Thursday Action

LRC Exclusive Q & As

Cheserek and Haas in Hawaii in December (courtesy Edward Cheserek)LRC Q&A With The Man Who Is Now Coaching Edward Cheserek – Stephen Haas; Haas Talks About Cheserek’s Sub-3:50 Mile Attempt & What Makes King Ches Special Cheserek will be attempting to be the 4th man to break 3:50 in the indoor mile this weekend and then a day later he’ll take on a stacked field in the 3k at the NBIGP. Get the inside scoop on his first altitude camp and learn how Cheserek closed a recent session with a 49-second 400.

Catching Up With Teen Phenoms Past And Present

Photo courtesy GatoradeLRC Q&A: Mary Cain On The Injury That Kept Her Out In 2017 & Her 2018 Plans, Plus Katelyn Tuohy Talks About Her Incredible XC Season, Her Millrose Defeat & Managing Expectations 21-year-old Mary Cain surprised fellow NY Section 1 phenom Katelyn Tuohy Wednesday afternoon and presented her with the Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year Award. We caught up with the two right after the ceremony and did a Q&A.

Bowerman Award Update

Assorted Distance News

Sprint Stuff

International Distance News

The Latest USATF Controversy

The Oregonian: Vin Lananna Has Been “Stripped Of Some Of His Authority” As USATF President Due To Conflicts Of Interest Lananna heads several companies and nonprofits that bid on contracts and host track meets, including TrackTown USA and because of this (as well as concerns expressed by their auditing firm), the board passed a resolution requiring Lananna to recuse himself from many USATF issues. We said back when Lananna was running for president that he should “give up his current role at TrackTown USA.”

Non-Distance News

News From The 2018 Winter Olympics In South Korea

Distance News: Does King Ches Have A Shot At Sub-3:50?

Doping News

High School Coaching Legends

The coaches: Dan Iverson, Jonathan Dalby, Doug Soles, John O'Malley, Joan Hunter (l-r)LRC 10 Things I Learned From The Best High School Cross-Country And Track Coaches In America LetsRun.com’s Wejo flew to Boulder to hear from the high school top XC coaches in America Joan Hunter (#1 team), Dan Iverson (#2 team), Jonathan Dalby (#3 team) and John O’Malley (Foot Locker champ). What did he learn? A lot.
Discussion: “I attended a clinic with the top high school cross coaches in the country: ask me anything.”