19 Years Ago From Wednesday

Did you know that 10 days before Webb ran his 3:53 mile at age 18 he ran a crazy triple at his district meet? In the span of 80 minutes, he started by winning the 1,600 in 4:06.74 off of a 2:14 first 800 (so that means he ran the 2nd 800 in 1:52), then he won the open 400 in 49.29 before coming back to win the 800 in a negative split 1:49.53. After watching the triple, journalist Pearl Watts predicted Webb would take down Jim Ryun‘s US HS record as he wrote, “The seemingly impregnable high school mile record by Jim Ryun of 3:55.3 set in 1965 looks to be in the realm of possibility, if not probability, after the performance on Thursday night by Alan Webb of South Lakes.”

MB: Let’s talk about Alan Webb’s incredible 80 minute triple 10 days before his 3:53. 4:06(2:14/1:52)/49/1:49

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The Ultimate Video Conference
LRC The Big 3, Reunited: Alan Webb, Ryan Hall & Dathan Ritzenhein Discuss Their Greatest Performances, Biggest Lessons, & Much More Alan Webb, Dathan Ritzenhein and Ryan Hall had never sat down and talked about their careers until this week. Find out why Ritz had Webb’s face on his dartboard as a high schooler, how Webb was able to beat Ritzenhein in their famous 10k showdown in 2006, which performances each believes was the best from their careers, their biggest lessons from the sport, their views on new shoe technology, Webb and Ritz’s thoughts on their time with the Nike Oregon Project and Alberto Salazar‘s ban, and much more.

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And 1.5k News Shannon Osika Is Thriving As A Pro Under Mike McGuire With Little Fanfare US 1,500 running is so good that her 4:01 last year received little notice. Not bad for someone who had a 4:12 college PR. Both her mom and dad ran in the 1988 Olympic Trials.

Throwback Thursday #7

LRC I Was Bored, So I Watched the 2008 NCAA Cross-Country Championships A look back at Galen Rupp‘s first NCAA title (and an examination of his strange fashion choices) and the Oregon men’s last team title, a historically loaded Oregon team, and why the Washington women were like the 1985 Chicago Bears.
*MB: What’s the most loaded NCAA men’s xc team in history? Was 2008 Oregon with Rupp, Puskedra, Biwott, Centro and Wheating?

Bored? Buy A Book – We Enjoyed This One

LRC Book Review: A 46-Year-Old Spends A Summer Training Like A Pro In Flagstaff In “Running the Dream” Matt Fitzgerald joined Ben Rosario‘s HOKA NAZ Elite team for three months in the summer of 2017 as he chased a personal best at the Chicago Marathon. From workouts on Lake Mary Road to strength sessions to a visit to John Ball, he lived the full professional experience.  “[The book] newfound appreciation for one of the privileges of life as a professional runner. Not the chance to travel the world racing in cool locations or the freedom to nap copiously, but the ability to dedicate all of one’s energies to becoming the best one can be – and the opportunity to make memories doing it alongside friends and teammates.” Five out of five stars. Purchase here.

The American GOATs Answered Your Questions Right Here On LetsRun.com

MB: Got a question for our American GOATs Jim Ryun & Deena Kastor? Deena Kastor and Jim Ryun have been answering them this week on LRC.

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Tired Of Staring At A Screen? Listen To This

LRC Podcast: Brynn Brown, The Return Of The Major Marathons, Everyone Is An All-American, Bus-Only NCAA XC And Track & Field’s Grand Slams In this week’s pod, we propose a simple plan that should result in the major big-city marathons returning to action this fall. We also talk about Brynn Brown‘s amazing 9:39 3,200-meter run, get you ready for this weekend’s high school sub-4 mile attempt, and rip the NCAA coaches for declaring every one who qualified for NCAAs at the DIII level an All-American. Along the way, we talk about Ben Rosario‘s idea to create 4 Grand Slams for track and field and wonder how the NCAA XC season will look if teams only travel by bus.

This Debate Will Never End

LRC Ritz Vs. Webb Vs. Hall – Who Was Better? A Pseudo-Scientific Breakdown It’s one of the great running debates: which one of the Big Three had the best career? With Dathan RitzenheinAlan Webb and Ryan Hall all retired, Jonathan Gault breaks it down and picks a winner.
*MB: Now that they are all retired, who had the better career – Dathan Ritz, Alan Webb or Ryan Hall?

10 Years Ago, Chris Solinsky Ran 26:59.60 To SHOCK THE WORLD

LRC 26:59! How Chris Solinsky Transformed A “Glorified Tempo” Into An All-Time Upset And Performance 10 years ago today, Chris Solinsky shocked the world by running 26:59 in his 10,000-meter debut. Get the inside story from Jonathan Gault and learn how the date of Solinsky’s wedding played a key role in his preparations and why his victory led to a decade-long feud between coaches Alberto Salazar and Jerry Schumacher.
*MB: Chris Solinsky’s 26:59 turns 10 years old today. Share your memories here.z
*MB:  Jonathan Gault’s new story makes Alberto Salazar look totally cringe
*MB: Does anyone have access to a recording of the live broadcast by Stanford of Chris Solinksy’s 26:59?

Speaking of Anniversaries

Fast US HS Action

LRC Leo Daschbach Breaks 4:00 In Mile; Supreme 56.81 Last Lap Allows Him To Become 11th US Boy To Do So Daschbach is only the 4th US high schooler to break 4:00 in the mile in a HS-only race. How did he celebrate? By vomiting all over the track. *Video Of Race
*MB: LEO DASCHBACH JOINS THE HS SUB 4 CLUB – 56.84 last lap gets him 3:59.54!! The first half was slow but he had plenty in the tank.
*Pre-Race Leo Daschbach Is Pumped To Be At This Saturday’s US HS Sub-4 Attempt After Running 1:49 And 4:03 Alone In Practice

MB: HSer Jace Aschbrenner runs 8:44.93 for 3,200 in time trial Pretty darn impressive. He is Nico Young‘s teammate and was 18th at NXN.

Sometimes Low Moments End Up Being Good For You

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Actual Track / Road Results

MB: JAKOB INGEBRIGTSEN (13:28) and Henrik (13:32) both break Norwegian 5Km Road Record The race started pedestrian (8:25) and supposedly Jakob ran his last 2k in 5:04.

LRC High Schooler Brynn Brown Runs Second-Best 3,200 In US HS Girls’ History Running with a male pacer, the junior from Denton, Tex. clocked 9:39.67 (HT) in a time trial on Tuesday. That’s equal to 8:59.9 for 3k. Watch it here.
*MB: BRYNN BROWN RUNS 9:39 3200M!!!
*Q&A with Brynn Brown after her 9:39

He Will Be Missed

LRC Dathan Ritzenhein Hangs ‘Em Up: We Pick Our 5 Favorite Moments From His Career Between a 12:56 American record in Zurich, bronze at World Half and World Jr. XC, two dominant Foot Locker wins, and an NCAA XC title over Ryan Hall, there were plenty of highlights during Ritz’s lengthy career.
*MB: Breaking: Dathan Ritzenhein Retires at 37