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- Episode 311: Suited and Booted
- Episode 310: World Indoor Championships Recap
- Episode 309: World Indoor Championships Preview
- Episode 308: Spring Training
- Episode 307: Meldonium of Oblivion
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Jason and Kevin preview the stacked Prefontaine Classic and discuss the Lashawn Merritt/Kirani James showdown in the 400m, an Olympic Trials preview in the women’s 1500m, a lightning fast women’s 100m hurdles and the awkward presence of Boris Berian in the men’s 800m
The guys also discuss Almaz Ayana and Caster Semenya’s impressive performances in Rabat, another rash of Russian positive drug tests, Ethiopian marathon selection and much more.
Jason and Kevin recap the results of the weekend including the bizarre men’s 800m in Shanghai, Omar McLeod’s unflappable performance in the high hurdles, Faith Kipyegon’s national record in 1500m and the familiar performances from Justin Gatlin and Usain Bolt.
The guys also discuss the New York Times article about the Sub2 Project, 4 x 400m splits, the impact the Sochi doping scandal will have on Russia’s potential reinstatement and the upcoming meets of in Morocco and the Czech Republic.
Jason and Kevin chat with American distance runner Laura Thweatt about her surprise success in the marathon, her plans for the Olympic Trials, racing against her idols, her college recruiting experience with Vin Lananna and Mark Wetmore and living at altitude.
The guys also discuss Kenya’s marathon selection, the fast sprint times of the weekend, Caster Semenya’s finish, Nick Symmonds’s shoulder and a track and field draft.
Jason and Kevin discuss the year’s first chapter in the Kirani James/Lashawn Merritt rivalry, another US relay problem, Jenny Simpson’s easy victory, Clayton Murphy’s surprise win and all the other highlights from the Penn and Drake Relays.
Then, the guys discuss Bernard Lagat’s potential in the 10,000m, another high schooler breaking four minutes in the mile, marathons in ski boots and paying to watch track online.
Desiree Linden joins the show and discusses her Olympic preparations, the origin of her racing strategy, why winning the Boston Marathon in 2011 might have hurt her career, when she almost gave up professional running and her experience throwing out the first pitch in two professional ballparks.
Then, the guys recap Eliud Kipchoge and Jemima Sumgong’s victories in the London Marathon, predict the Olympic marathon teams for Kenya and Ethiopia, discus the world’s worst ultramarathon attempt and read listener emails.
Jason and Kevin discuss Atsede Baysa’s surprise comeback in the Boston Marathon, Yohan Blake giving up his nickname, Lashawn Merritt’s 200m potential and the implications of Caster Semenya’s triple.
The guys also preview the London Marathon, recap the Mt. SAC relays and defend the US Olympic Trials system.
Annika Iltis and Timothy Kane, co-directors of The Barkley Marathons, join the show to discuss their documentary on the mysterious ultra marathon. Annika and Tim share their experience with race’s eccentric director, explain the process of filming such a rugged event and examine what type of people take on the challenge.
Before the interview, Jason and Kevin discuss Monday’s Boston Marathon, the Mt. SAC Relays, the latest stand out American high hurdler, Edward Cheserek’s surprising defeat, the indoor marathon world record and WADA’s evolving position on meldonium.
Jason and Kevin discuss the first full week of professional outdoor track and field, Geoffrey Mutai’s future in the marathon after he withdrew from the Boston Marathon, Kenya’s extension to comply with anti-doping rules, the best days to attend the Olympic Trials in Eugene, the in-house rivalry between Tirunesh and Genzebe Dibaba and the ongoing debate about poppy seed muffins.
Jason and Kevin discuss Geoffrey Kamworor’s recovery from a disastrous start to win the World Half Marathon Championships, Mo Farah’s run for bronze, Seb Coe’s ideas to reenergize track and field, Usain Bolt’s vulnerability and losing to people who wear costumes.
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-Seb Coe’s comments about the state of track and field
-Yuki Kawauchi runs a half marathon in a suit
-Decathlon training video
-Runners in China mistake soap for an energy bar
Kevin returns from the World Indoor Championships in Portland to review the meet with Jason and touch on all the storylines from the four days of competition, including:
-The record medal total for the United States
-Boris Berian’s winning strategy in the 800m
-Matthew Centrowitz and Nick Willis producing another riveting 1500
-Vashti Cunningham going pro after her gold medal in the high jump
-More disappointment in the championships for Asafa Powell
-Genzebe Dibaba’s ho-hum victory
-The atmosphere in the stadium
-Which athlete benefitted the most from the indoor season?
-The impact this meet will have on track and field in the United States