Talking about living a relatively modest lifestyle despite his wealth, Kipchoge said, “I don’t envy people with big cars, helicopters and everything… that’s their life. What I want is to inspire someone… I don’t think I need a one million-dollar car to drive around.”
“If you don’t write things down then you will be empty. I need to put down everything to show the next generation that I was well organised, I know what I’m doing and I love what I’m doing. It’s like going to class and not taking notes. They say ‘ink it and you will remember it.’ So I’m doing that for the future generations.”
“It’s unfortunate. People should have a clean career. They say the moment you are on your death bed, you will be killed by guilt. There’s no point explaining and convincing (that one is innocent). Explaining and convincing means that you are guilty. I convince by training hard and going to a race.”
On what she'll miss most: "I think there’s this wonderful state of bliss and fatigue that is unlike anything when you’re in hard training. It’s almost this serene state that you get—almost zen—where you’re so tired, but it’s a happy tired."
Ingle's sources say that the IAAF's technological committee is going to clear the Nike Next% and even go so far to say any shoe should be legal as long as it gives no "motor assistance."
Hasay talks about going for the AR in Chicago, her coaching relationship with Salazar, the fact she's never got a transfusion or a TUE and never seen Dr. Brown, how she feels about Kara Goucher and more.
*MB: Hasay breaks her silence about Salazar and talks about her future
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."
Currently her sister Linet Masai has the fastest family PB at 2:23:46. Magdalyne also talks about how she and husband Jake Robertson rarely run together.
She walks through her motivation and the procedure to attempt a WR for fastest marathon in a full body suit.
Kipchoge talks about several topics with some great quotes on training. Talking about doping he says, “You can win clean, you can compete clean and you can live in this world in a clean way. The worst thing ever is if you use drugs, if you use a shortcut because even if you perform you will not sleep in a good way. If you know that you cheated, you are not at peace.”
*MB: Kipchoge: "I have been doing all things at 80 percent"
“This isn’t a sport like football or basketball where you can out-game plan somebody. You show up and you’re either fit or not. Whether you share your training or not isn’t going to change how fit or unfit you are.”
*MB: Scott Fauble Wants to Tell You His Strava Secrets
Marko Cheseto ran 2:42:24 to beat the previous world best of 2:42:52 from 2010.
*MB Archives: ESPN documentary on UAA runner, Marko Cheseto.
Linden says finally winning Boston was a "huge weight off" and frees her up to "take bigger chances and be picky with races."
This excerpt concerns Shalane Flanagan and how elite athletes find balance in being unbalanced.
*MB: Sports Illustrated Article RE: Shalane Flanagan, Going "All-In," Tradeoffs associated with running.
"Practicing self-awareness allows you to more honestly evaluate and reevaluate the trade-offs inherent to living an unbalanced, passionate life. It ensures that you are taking the time to rest and recover so that you don’t burn out, and it also ensures that you are making conscious decisions about how you spend your time and energy, and thus decreases the chances that you’ll have regrets about what you did—and didn’t—do. It helps you realize when your identity may be getting too interwoven with a specific activity, and that in some instances—writing a book, the first few months with a newborn baby, or trying to make an Olympic team, for example—your lack of balance may be excessive, but it can be OK because it’s time-bound. For some people, when you zoom in on any given day, week, month, or maybe even year, they don’t appear at all balanced. But when you zoom out and look across the totality of their lives, they are actually quite balanced and whole. This is the kind of balance to strive for."
Sang, Kipchoge's lifelong coach, says he didn't sleep well for three days before the Berlin race as he worried if he had done right by Kipchoge.
Alex Hutchinson plots the top 100 marathon times for the past decade and concludes that the recent improvements in times in 2016-2018 "aren’t noticeably bigger than the fluctuations in annual performance in previous years." Also, if it was really just the shoes, there should be a bunch of 2:04 guys running 2:01-2:02 like Eliud Kipchoge.
"There was no athletics training camp and no running groups, and so I lost interest and started some business instead to hustle. ... My husband was those days from a neighboring school and he saw me run in the zonal and district competitions. He asked me why I had stopped running and encouraged me to train and enter local races in 2011.”
Talking about leaving the Hansons and being coached by Walt Drenth she said, "“I felt like I’m at the point where I’m at a plateau, and this is a chance to really take a risk and see if I can’t hit a little higher peak. Let’s see if there’s something else we can squeeze."
At NAZ Elite, there is no secrecy. From training logs to workout videos, nearly everything is public.
Stein, a 32-year-old public defender won the race in 2:22:49 and said he could only got to do real marathon training the last three weeks because his time has been taken up by a quadruple murder case.