“The passion was kind of gone. I was kind of running it out basically. I was like ‘Yeah, I can still compete with these women.’ But there wasn’t any real passion behind it and I had to take this really long, dramatic journey but the passion is definitely back and I am excited for it to start.”
– Kara Goucher talking about the end of her time in Portland and with Nike. A rejuvenated Goucher will return to racing under Mark Wetmore and Oiselle in Philly next month.
M 5000:LRCGalen Rupp Battles Caleb Ndiku; Ben True and Hassan Mead Chase Sub-13:00While many of the top entrants have been racing CGs and African champs, Galen Rupp toes the line for the first time in six weeks – will he get the first DL victory of his career? Plus only one man has broken 13:00 this year – will that trend continue in Stockholm. Can Cam Levins get the Canadian record?
W1500/Steeple:LRC Jenny Simpson vs. Sifan Hassan vs. Abeba Aregawi; Emma Coburn Highlights SteeplechaseThese two women’s races are loaded as Simpson will try to get the AR in a race that features 4 of the 5 fastest women in the world in 2014.
*M 800:LRC Can 1500 Man Ayanleh Souleiman End Nijel Amos’ Dominance?Amos has only lost all year and it was to a 1500 man and Souleiman is in great shape.
IAAF Full Meet Preview It’s been more than a month since the last DL action. American fans, get pumped.
*Stockholm press conference highlights – Simpson/Rupp talk Simpson on w1500: “There is no strong, heavy favorite.” Rupp also talked about why it’s hard to run fast.
LRC 2014 Men’s XC Preview: #8 Wisconsin & #7 Indiana Indiana ended Wisconsin’s 14-year run of Big 10 titles last fall and returns its entire top five. The Badgers will reload with the country’s best recruiting class and look to record their 19th consecutive top-10 finish come NCAAs. At Big 10s, the two could be in for a big battle.
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LRC Stephen Sambu Breaks Away To Win Falmouth Road Race By 45 Seconds; Betsy Saina Wins Close Affair Over Gemma Steel, Molly Huddle Sambu’s incredible summer continued as Ben Bruce was 4th. Huddle was third on the women’s side.
*MB:And the winners of 2014 Falmouth Road Race Are … Stephen Sambu and Betsy Saina (Molly Huddle 3rd, Ben Bruce 4th).
LRCKyle Merber, Katie Mackey Win Titles At Falmouth Mile Merber left it late but swung wide on the final turn to beat David Torrence and get revenge on Garrett Heath, who beat him at the Michigan Track Classic last week, running 3:56.46 for the victory as Jordan McNamara was a non-factor. Mackey went wire-to-wire and ran away from Stephanie Brown and Morgan Uceny to win in 4:27.79.
*MB:Merber wins Falmouth mile!*MB:Katie Mackey wins back-to-back Falmouth Miles
RR#1: Phil Hersh Profiles Kenenisa Bekele’s Preparation For 2014 Chicago – Bekele Says He Has No Regrets About His Track Career Bekele says he’ll do more long runs in preparation for Chicago as the marathon in Paris was harder than he thought it would be.
RR#2: German Long Jump Champ Gets Huge Feature In NY Times – And For Good Reason – He’s Got 1 LegMarkus Rehm won the German nationals with a massive 8.24 (27+ feet), which would have won him silver at Euros (which the Germans wouldn’t let him compete in). We don’t get the controversy – the IAAF should 100% ban all athletes with prosthetic legs.
The Long Road: Jordan McNamara’s Injury-Filled Path To Success A big fan of the sport since HS when he had pictures of Webb, Lagat and Goucher on his wall, Jordan McNamara is so determined to rise to the top that 14 stress fractures haven’t been able to stop him from becoming one of America’s best milers. Plus insight on OTC members Ben Blankenship, Pat Casey, Hassan Mead, Ciaran O’Lionaird and Andrew Wheating.
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