Good Luck Raven!

-shot-put star Raven Saunders, who was 5th at the 2016 Olympics, writing about how she considered suicide just two years ago. As she told The Post and Courier in an excellent profile of her, “I knew I had to be somewhere, but I just rolled past campus and kept driving and driving. I was in a daze, and I could tell something was very off. I just felt like I was in over my head. I was probably about 10 or 15 minutes from trying to end my life.”

Feeling suicidal? Call the national suicide hot-line at 1-800-273-8255. Or chat online with them here. Read about Saunders inspiring come-back here.

We Reveal The $ecrets of the Sport

LRC How To Turn Pro In Track & Field, Part I: Finding an Agent What happens between an athlete’s final NCAA race and their professional debut? From finding an agent to signing a contract, our three-part series tells you everything you need to know.
*MB: LRC Investigates: How To Turn Pro In Track & Field

Related: From The 2018 Archives: LRC Pro Runners’ Salaries: How Much Do Professional Runners Make? We Unveil One of The Sport’s Biggest Secrets

Women’s News of Note

Random Olympic News

Looking Ahead

US Women’s Distance News

Shoe News

Nike Vaporflys Getting Banned?

Eliud Kipchoge Responds: “It’s the person who is running, and not the shoes.” Kipchoge made the analogy to Formula One and said it’s Lewis Hamilton who does the driving, not Pirelli Tyres. However, we’re not sure Formula One is the best “sport” to compare as just about every aspect of the car has regulations that need to be strictly followed.

Reports Coming Out That World Athletics Is Going To Ban The Nike Vaporfly The issue being discussed is the foam and carbon-fiber sole which acts like a spring; new rules would limit sole thickness and the use of carbon plates. The ban would also apply to Nike’s new running spikes which were worn by Laura Muir to set the British indoor mile record last year (4:18.75). There’s no decision on whether records set before the shoes were banned (like Brigid Kosgei‘s 2:14:04) will be allowed to stand.
*The Times: “Nike’s Record Breaking Running Shoe To Be Banned” (article behind paywall)
*MB: Reports: Vaporfly to be banned

Better Running Shoes

LRC The 10 Most Popular Running Shoes On LetsRun.com Before we do our final call of shoe reviews in 2019, we decided to take a look at what shoes are the most popluar on LetsRun. Four shoe lines dominant, the Nike Pegasus, the Brooks Ghost, the HOKA Clifton and the Saucony Kinvara. These four might be a great place to start when looking for a new pair of shoes.

Boston Is Going To Entertain in April and This Weekend

RRW 2020 Boston Marathon Field Released: 8 Sub 2:21 Women, 10 Sub-2:07 Men Scheduled To Race The field also includes Ethiopian half marathon record holder Jemal Yimer (58:33) who will be making his marathon debut.
*MB: Boston Elite Field Announced

World Athletics Indoor Tour Begins This Weekend With New Balance Indoor Grand Prix – Here’s How You Can Follow The Tour on TV/Online

London Will Entertain Twice As Well – Once in March and Then in April

Mo Farah to race Kenenisa Bekele at Vitality Half Marathon in March Bekele has only one career half marathon in his career on his resume, but boy oh boy was it a classic.
*MB: Mo Farah set to get spanked by Kenenisa Bekele at Big Half

Men In The News

Catching Up With Eugene 2021

Looking Back (HS/NCAA)

More From Houston

More Weekend Road / XC Results

Non-Distance News

We Can’t Wait For April

JG Column Even After Four Blowouts, Why We Still Care About Eliud Kipchoge Vs. Kenenisa Bekele In London Jonathan Gault explains why distance fans are fascinated by Bekele vs. Kipchoge in London. While we’ve technically seen Kipchoge vs. Bekele four times before, we’ve never actually seen it the way we imagine it in our minds with both in supreme fitness battling it out mano a mano. Plus how does Bekele remind Jonathan of Muhammad Ali and Tiger Woods?
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Kenenisa Bekele Added To London Marathon Field The matchup that all the fans wanted – Bekele vs. Kipchoge – is on.

Kenyan Distance News

Anti-Doping News

More Results From The Weekend

Weekend Indoor Action

UKAD Not Cooperating With WADA On Salazar Investigation?

UK Anti-Doping Won’t Release Mo Farah’s Blood And Urine Samples To WADA Inquiry USADA is looking into any athletes who were coached by Alberto Salazar but UKAD head Nicole Sapstead said she would block the release of samples stored for future retesting unless there was “credible evidence” to suggest they contained banned substances. She said they save samples to test “when the science moves along.” *2nd Article *Discuss

Upcoming Armory Action

The Decade Has Ended

LRC LetsRun.com’s Decade Awards: Alberto Salazar Is Our Person Of The Decade + Best Runner, Best Upset, Doping Excuse Of The Decade, & More! In a decade marked by controversy, it’s fitting that Alberto Salazar is our Person of the Decade as controversy clung to Salazar like a paper clip to a magnet. Plus who wins our world and US athlete of the decade honors?

LRC US And World Runners Of The Decade: Jenny Simpson, Matthew Centrowitz, Caster Semenya And Eliud Kipchoge 

LRC 2019 LetsRun.com World And American Rankings: Donavan Brazier And Ajee’ Wilson Are World #1s The 6th annual world and US distance rankings are here and for the first time ever two Americans are #1 in the world in their events.

  • Rojo Speaks: The 2010s Are History: It Was Both The Best And Worst Of Times For Track And Field Fans What a crazy decade. From Chris Solinsky‘s 26:59 at the start of the decade to Brigid Kosgei‘s 2:14:04 at the end, there were plenty of high highs but the lows were also big as well as Olympic champs at 800, 1,500, steeple and the marathon were all banned from the sport. What does it all mean? LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson looks for meaning and tries to figure it all out by taking you back in a time machine to January 1, 2010.