Jason and Kevin discuss Bernard Lagat and Galen Rupp breaking each other’s records, Lawi Lalang’s chances at making the Kenyan Olympic team Lerone Clarke’s gloves and the whereabouts of Usain Bolt and Moses Mosop. The guys also talk about the breakthroughs by Tianna Madison, Thomas Longosiwa and Miles Batty and debate an innovative idea for major marathons.
Jason and Kevin discuss Mo Farah’s fall, Tirunesh Dibaba’s win, David Oliver’s start and all the other action from the New Balance GP. The guys then look ahead to this weekend and predict how many records will fall in the men’s 5,000 at the Millrose Games and if Silas Kiplagat or Caleb Ndiku will get the upper hand in the mile at the USATF Classic in Fayetteville.
Finally, the guys touch on the broadcasting of track and field, respond to Twitter questions, marvel at the sprinting scene in The Dictator and predict how many donuts they could eat in the middle of a run.
Jason and Kevin reunite to recap a busy weekend of running. The guys discuss the opening of the United States indoor circuit, including Veronica Campbell-Brown’s fast start, Asafa Powell’s quick finish and Bernard Lagat’s loss. Also, Jason marvels at the depth of Ethiopian marathoning after the results of the Dubai Marathon and Kevin recounts a fast weekend for collegiate milers across the country.
Finally, the guys preview the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix and play a game of “Track spike…..or Jackie Chan movie?”.
On the eve of the indoor season, Olympian and broadcaster Ato Boldon returns to the House of Run to share his insight on the year ahead in sprinting. Ato discusses Usain Bolt’s offseason, Yohan Blake’s best event, Tyson Gay’s injury problems and Asafa Powell’s confidence. Plus, Ato gives his opinion of which event Allyson Felix should focus on and why Bolt and Blake training together benefits both sprinters.
Ato explains the reasons why sprinters choose to run, or not run, indoors and which match-ups are most intriguing in Saturday night’s US Open at Madison Square Garden.
Also, Ato details the differences in broadcasting in an Olympic year and tells of his time at UCLA with marathoner Meb Keflezighi.
Jason and Kevin discuss the first Olympic Trials of 2012 including Meb Keflezighi and Shalane Flanagan’s triumphs, Amy Hasting’s race tactics, Dathan Ritzenhein’s disappointment and the accuracy (or lack thereof) of their pre-race predictions.
Later, the guys discuss the results from the Houston Marathon, the tough decision Jeff Demps made, the easy decision Matt Centrowitz made, the Kenyan marathon logjam and not so radical change for NCAA cross country.
Finally, Jason responds to Twitter questions and the guys read emails and raise the possibility of Yohan Blake not running the 100 meters in 2012.
Jason and Kevin dissect the favorites, sleepers and potential surprises for the upcoming Olympic Trials marathon. The guys debate if anyone can challenge Ryan Hall, why Dathan Ritzenhein could breakthrough and which woman is in the best position to challenge Desiree Davila and Shalane Flanagan.
Later, the guys comment on the slow starts for Kenenisa Bekele and Alan Webb, Usain Bolt’s plans to run the 400, the prospects of a 2:02 marathon in the spring, and a controversy involving running and eggnog.
Jason and Kevin get an early start on the Olympic Trials Marathon by previewing Desiree Davila’s chances, Dathan Ritzenhein’s potential, Galen Rupp’s hypotheticals and the depth of the women’s field. Then, the guys discuss Tirunesh Dibaba’s return, Usain Bolt’s TMZ appearance and Teddy Tamgho’s unique rapping style. Jason also explains why Usain Bolt was not even the second best track athlete in 2011 and gives insight on New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas.
In their final podcast of the year, Jason and Kevin recap and reflect on an eventful 2011 in the world of running. The guys hand out their end-of-year awards, debate the best performances on the track and make predictions for 2012.
World champion shot putter Reese Hoffa joins the guys and discusses his origins in the sport, the camaraderie amongst his fellow throwers, the key to a good celebration and how he became elite. Reese also reveals the downside to visiting Disneyland when you are big, the requirements for throwing in a costume and why peeing your pants may not always be bad.
After the interview, Jason and Kevin discuss Galen Rupp’s potential marathon debut at the Olympic Trials, Ryan Hall and Desiree Davila’s predictions and Teddy Tamgho’s suspension.
Melissa Beasley, associate director of elite athlete relations for USATF, joins Jason and Kevin and discusses the mechanics of elite athlete drug testing. Melissa explains her role within USATF, how technology has changed her job, memorable testing stories and the future of drug testing.
Later, Jason and Kevin recap the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, the Miami Half-Marathon and preview The Bowerman. Also, the guys predict how many times Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt will meet on the track in 2012 and look forward to some intriguing match-ups in the indoor season.