It was a very tedious process getting back to real running after surgery, but Rupp is back to 85 "dry" miles a week (plus more on the underwater treadmill) and says retirement isn't on his mind.
*MB: Galen Rupp Tells Runner’s World the American Record and Gold Medal are still within Reach
Besides Galen Rupp, not American has gone sub-2:10 since Meb Keflezighi did in 2014. However, that could change this weekend in NYC where the field has eight Americans with PBs 2:13 or faster.
1600 words on Salazar and the NOP doping investigation. Includes some thoughts from former Boston winners Greg Meyer, Bill Rodgers and Amby Burfoot who all defend Salazar to some extent.
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.
Running form expert Jae Gruenke says Rupp has made some key changes since Rio and Boston that helped him win in Chicago.
Salazar said they have been doing daily mass with Fr. Patrick Conroy, the chaplain of the US House of Representatives who they flew out for the race.
Brooks brand manager Steve DeKoker: “You need people to authenticate your brand. By that, I mean you need the best people in the world validating that your product is legitimate and that your products can perform at the highest level. Whether people are aware of that or not, I think it factors into their purchase decision."
"The streak is over for Rupp. So too, perhaps, is his career on the track."
*Rupp Did Talk To The Oregonian: "The focus is definitely going to be on the roads and the marathon from here on out, but I never want to rule out running on the track again. It wasn't like I came into this thinking this was my last one ever. I'll leave it open. I never like to say never. We've been known to change our minds before."
“It doesn’t really affect me a lot,” Rupp said. “I feel like we answered all of the questions that are out there. And when you’ve got the truth on your side, you know you’ve always followed the rules to a T, you really don’t have anything to worry about, and so that stuff is just outside noise that I block out.”
The article by German publication Spiegel shares a lot of interesting details and direct quotes from Alberto Salazar's emails. Allegedly, Nike has been trying to "stonewall" USADA by making it very difficult to get Salazar's emails and restrict what could be used in a hearing. Also, both Galen Rupp and Matt Centrowitz had "suspicious" blood samples before Rio.
*MB: New NOP report- Rupp/Centro Suspicious Blood test. + Nike interfering with USADA
Ken Goe reports, "Salazar said Rupp would continue to compete in the 10,000 through 2017, but would concentrate on marathon training." Alberto says, "You can be effective in the 10,000 while doing marathon training. There is precedent for that. But we won't be doing all that training for a kick. And he won't be running the 5,000 anymore. That is gone."
"He should be able to run considerably faster than it. But in cold weather, [sometimes] he has a bad reaction where he has severe breathing problems. We brought him some masks to wear but that cuts down on your breathing.
"Sometimes just trying to run a little too fast puts you over the edge. If it was a warm day and other athletes were pushing, I think he could run underneath that record. So as a result, I'm going to tell him, 'Go out and try to win the race. If it's going well and you're feeling good, go for it at the end. But not from the beginning.' He hasn't dropped out from asthma for a couple years in a race but I don't want it to start [Thursday]."
Alberto Salazar might want to read this. Although he does a lot right, he might be holding himself back due to "tension in his chest and ribs" often associated with asthma.
*Form Analyst Jae Gruenke Also Looks At The 10K And Compares Mo Farah, Rupp And Usain Bolt
A not surprising stat os all the distance medalists except Clayton Muprphy and 17 of the distance finalists live or train at altitude.
Some quotes from Farah and Rupp about Farah's fall. Farah said, “I have got such a long stride, I don’t blame him.”