Moen also goes into some interesting specifics on his training and progression as a distance runner.
"This sport can be lonely, but that’s not always a bad thing. Don’t get me wrong: when I’m training at altitude in Sestriere, Italy, barely speaking to anyone but my coach for months on end, you do question yourself just a little."
Sieg Lindstrom explains how the splits aren't accurate and the presentation in the results are horrible. We definitely agree; when the NCAA and Penn Relays can get results formatted so well, why are the IAAF's so bad?
Suhr also talks about her early career when Rick had remortgage his house and she had to work at a gas station making pizzas and cleaning toilets to make ends meet.
"That was probably the most vivid race I’ve ever remembered. I remembered every step..."
"Good governance is a matter of unemotional decision making that advantages no particular side, rather elevates the general welfare. As such, just like the exploration to uncover a better competitive mousetrap never ends, so must the sport’s governors continue to maintain a competitive balance where the medal or prize money distinctions are to be found in the common human condition, not in their equipment, or pharmacological advantages much less choices."
Harper talks about coming back to the athlete village and sharing a room with teammate Damu Cherry who was 4th. "All night she was crying in bed and I am in the other bed knowing I am Olympic champion, bursting with emotion."
I then had no option but to knock on the door of Damu – my teammate who had finished fourth that night and missed a medal by 0.01 – who was in the room next to me and I had to ask her if I could stay in her room because she had a spare bed. I said ‘I feel so bad to ask’, but she replied ‘don’t feel bad.” All night she was crying in bed and I am in the other bed knowing I am Olympic champion, bursting with emotion.
“On either side of the room were two athletes experiencing the two emotional extremes of what can happen in track and field. On the one side, I had experienced glorious success, and on the other pure devastation.”
"My head was pounding and I struggled to catch my breath as my time finally appeared: 3:59.78 and all the pain instantly went away. I raced the best Milers in the biggest track meet in America and I got my ass kicked, but running your first sub-4 is always special and I left the meet excited that I had checked that box off my running bucket list."
It wasn't his "official" first since it was anchor leg for the Villanova DMR.
Some interesting stats are that there has been 366 sub-60 half-marathon performances, but only 9 of them are non-African and only 6 of them came before 2000.
Morris lows came at the start of her college career and her favorite high when she won an NCAA indoor title in her final year in 2015.
"When I miss a day’s running, it makes me feel bad. It’s like when I was younger and I missed a day at school. To me, running is life. I run to live longer and enjoy a healthier life. ... It is good for your mind. ... I can’t imagine a life without running.”
Lawyer for Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov rips CAS, the IOC and Thomas Bach for not doing more to punish Russia for their state-sponsored doping.
"Balance is a funny thing, because sometimes the best way to improve it is by losing it. I found that in my pursuit of a balanced life, I sometimes swung too far in the opposite direction."
A lot of interesting analysis from the 2017 season on the state of the sport, doping and individual athletes. Is Kenni Harrison the new Asafa Powell?
Butcher also discusses the "advancing years" of the Berlin trio which are probably even more advanced than they are on paper.
Kipchoge says he's learned to handle the pressure better since moving to the marathon. "In my younger days, I used to struggle. I couldn’t sleep before races and I couldn’t eat on the morning of my race."