“I’m guided by a philosophy which says winning, actually, is not important, but, how to prepare to win is critically important. That means, that maybe if I run a good time, I win.”
– Eliud Kipchoge talking prior to Sunday’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon, where he’ll take on a slew of super-talented runners including Kenenisa Bekele, whom he stunned 11 years ago at Worlds in the 5,000. Will history repeat itself in Chicago?
LRC 5 Quick Thoughts on Men’s Race: Eliud Kipchoge is a star, Kenenisa Bekele is looking for answers, a great race up front (even if you didn’t realize it), Bobby Curtis PRs and more Eliud Kipchoge is a special marathon talent, the 2014 Chicago race up front was special as well (even if the tv coverage wasn’t), Bobby Curtis had a good day but Kenenisa Bekele didn’t.
LRC Eliud Kipchoge an Inspiration On and Off the Roads Eliud Kipchoge impressed on the roads, and then he high-fived the fans afterwards, and inspired us with his words. A class act.
LRC Did Jet Leg or Not Enough Long Runs Do in Kenenisa Bekele?Article and video on Bekele’s 4th place finish.
Phil Hersh:Eliud Kipchoge wins men’s crown, Rita Jeptoo wins fourth straight in women’s race American Amy Hastings matched her PB of 2:27:03 to the seconed to finish 5th.
Chicago discussions on our fan forum:
Friday Press Conference: Kenenisa Bekele On The 2-Hour Marathon: “A human being can not go that (fast).”Kenenisa Bekele, the world’s most credentialed distance runner, says we’ll see a 2-hour marathon “if the scientists create different human beings.” His agent Jos Hermens is much more optimistic.
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LRC What Marathon Racing Shoes Are The Pros Wearing In Chicago? What shoes do the pros race in? We tried to find out. Kenenisa Bekele, the world’s greatest distance runner, said, “The yellow ones.”
Training Article/Vid Of Week:Christo Landry With 150-Mile Week & 32-Mile Long Run Ready To Rock Chicago
LRCHansons-Brooks Teammates Bobby Curtis And Jake Riley Ready For Chicago Curtis is hoping his 27:24 10k translates to a sub-2:10 marathon and Riley anticipates his debut.
Fan Voting Open For Jesse Owens And Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athletes Of The Year A lot of distance runners on the list. Jenny Simpson, Molly Huddle and Emma Coburn for women, Meb Keflezighi, Galen Rupp, Evan Jager and Christo Landry for the men.
Elise Cranny Debuts, Patrick Tiernan Dominates, Stanford Looks Great On Paper, The Greatest Colorado Team Ever? Seven Thoughts On The Weekend’s XC Action We break down the action from last week for you. It was a challenging week for the Stanford women, but a big week for the UCLA, Michigan and Navy men. Along the way we introduce you to the Yankees of Canadian cross-country and wonder if we’ve finally found a challenger for Edward Cheserek.
LRC How Did the American Men Do in Chicago? We Break it Down Bobby Curtis led the way in 2:11:20 in 9th, Jake Riley had a nice debut and Gabe Proctor turned heads by going out hard and PRing.
LRC Video Reaction From #1 Americans Bobby Curtis and Amy Hastings After Chicago Marathon 2014 Curtis ran a pr of 2:11:20 for 9th place and Amy Hastings tied her pr in 2:27:03.
More Onsite Coverage: LRC Lelisa Desisa (61:38), Mamitu Daska (68:20) Claim Titles at 2014 B.A.A. Half Marathon Stephen Sambu, who owned the American road race scene this summer, was only fourth in 62:00. Molly Huddle was the top American woman in third (69:23) and talked about a possible marathon debut, while Ethan Shaw, a member of the B.A.A. High Performance Team under Terrence Mahon, was the top American man in eighth (65:10). We break it down for you and catch up with David Rudisha’s HS teammate.
First Ever LRCVideo Round Table With America’s Blue Collar Pros: Matt Llano, Pat Rizzo, Jameson Mora, Carlos Trujillo And Stephen Pifer Come on, we know you can’t relate to the Mebs and Ryan Halls of the world but you can dream of being these guys who all have jobs on the side. We discussed how they got to this point in their careers, about their training, and much, much more. Plus, they give their advice to debut marathoners. 21 minutes, with text highlights.
LRCChicago 2014 USA Women Video Round Table: Whitney Bevins-Lazarra, Sara Cummings, Heidi Greenwood, Lindsey Scherf, Wendy Thomas Meet America’s Blue Collar female marathoners. All with jobs. None with a traditional shoe sponsorship. All hoping to kick ass in Chicago.
Perhaps you heard the story last week about Reza Baluchi trying to run across the Atlantic in a bubble and having to get rescued by the Coast Guard. Now he's claiming he didn't want to be rescued, his transponder went off by accident, and he wants his bubble back.
LRC Great New Running Film, Transcend, Debuted in Chicago A new running documentary, Transcend, debuts today and is available for order or digital download. The film chronicles the amazing story of 2012 Boston Marathon Champ Wesley Korir, who is now a member of parliament in Kenya. This inspiring film not only tells a story, but it investigates why we runners do what we do. With cameos from Haile Gebrselassie, Ryan Hall, the Robertson twins, and author Malcolm Gladwell (whose favorite website is LRC), LRC’s Wejo gives it a huge Thumbs Up.
Kenenisa Bekele’s training partner Tilahun Regassa wins Eindhoven Marathon in 2:06:21 The debut of Leonard Komon didn’t go well as he ran 2:14:25.
Pre-Race: Road 10K And 15K WR Holder Leonard Komon Inspired By Dennis Kimetto As He Makes His Marathon Debut At Eindhoven On Sunday Komon says he got some good advice from Kimetto and is confident about his debut as he wants to run 2:05 and break the CR.
LRC Feature The Wetmore Formula Those who know him best insist there aren’t any secrets to Mark Wetmore’s success as a distance coach. Yet few can match his accomplishments. How does he do it? We go back to his Bernard High roots in the 1970s and do our best to explain. Chris Lear has read this piece and loved it: “This is why I go to letsrun. Thanks for the read.”
Discuss On The MBoard: LetsRun.com Investigates: What Makes Mark Wetmore So Special?
LRC The Gunslingers Of Boulder Mitch Kastoff catches up with the defending champs, who return everyone from last year and then some, and finds a very confident group.
It’s Time to Change How We Find Running Shoes