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The Morning Run: January 28th

-Remember at the end of Without Limits when it says that at the time of Steve Prefontaine’s death, he held every American record between 2,000 and 10,000 meters? After running 3:50.92 for the mile indoors on Saturday, Galen Rupp is reaching that level of American dominance.

-Mary Cain continues her record book reconstruction tour and easily takes down the high school mile record at the New Balance Games.

-In Glasgow, Duane Solomon set the American record in the 600, Bernard Lagat won the 3,000 and an unknown defeated Carmelita Jeter in the 60.  You can find all of the videos here.  In the team competition, Russia and the United States tied with 58 points. Run-off or coin flip?  Neither?  Boo.

-Mo Farah will run the New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in February.  Sure he beat the Bekele brothers, but how will he fare against 9 guys racing in Mardi Gras costumes? 

-First, Dayron Robles was sitting out 2013.  Then, he was retiring.  Now it sounds like he may just be doing some sort of NBA/NFL style holdout and plans on returning in 2014 for a new country. If Cuba is looking for a trade, it is definitely a buyer’s market for hurdlers right now.

-Jesse Squire highlights two overlooked performances of the weekend, Lawi Lalang in the 3,000 and Cas Loxsom in the 600, in his Weekly College Awards. 

The Morning Run: January 24th

Because this picture is awesome (via @atoboldon

-Track and Field News reports that Wallace Spearmon will move up to the 400 this summer.  Spearmon said previously that he was going to run the 200 and the 400 in 2013.  If he completely abandons the 200, Americans will have a huge hole to fill.  Spearmon was the only Olympic finalist in London and 100-meter stars Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey don’t appear to be keen on attempting the double this season.  Add in the questionable health of Walter Dix, and the Jamaican dominance in the 200 looks to be even more pronounced in the near future.    

Spearmon’s 400 potential is an interesting question.  His best time dates back to 2006, where he ran 45.22.  The 400 is not nearly as deep as the other sprints, but at age 28 Spearmon will be at the older end of the spectrum in an event that is currently dominated by a 20-year-old.  If nothing else, Spearmon could provide some help in the 4 x 400 where the Americans were upset by the Bahamas in London.

-Usain Bolt will run in the Oslo Diamond League meet on June 13th. I’m very grateful for the head’s up, but wouldn’t it be better if we could get the start lists for the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix first before we look to a meet that is more than 5 months away.

-The Tokyo Marathon will feature 2:04 tempo runner and the world’s most overqualified second place finisher, Dennis Kimetto 

-Jim McDannald continues to work the Pac-12 broadcast beat.

-Ken Goe’s links also include an update on the Pac-12’s policy and what it means for the indoor meets in Seattle this winter.

-The Turbaned Tornado will retire from racing after the Hong Kong Marathon on February 24th.

-This weekend’s action: Galen Rupp racing a mile in BostonBernard LagatCarmelita Jeter and several other A-Listers in Glasgow.

-Yohan Blake has a new, expensive watch that he will be wearing this season.

What it has:

-Asymmetrical case

-Handwound tourbillon movement

-“Beast bridges”

What it doesn’t have:

-GPS

-100-lap memory

-Airtight/bulletproof protective case, which would seem to be necessary for a $620,000 watch being worn during an athletic competition.

-Our podcast from Wednesday where Jason was in “studio” with me.

The Morning Run: January 10th

The Morning Run is a compilation of links, news and commentary.

We posted our latest podcast yesterday. Topics include Ryan Hall running the Boston Marathon, the indoor television schedule, the fight at the Armory and Bev Kearney’s resignation.

Tuesday’s list of top moments of running-related violence neglected to mention Josephat Machuka punching Haile Gebrselassie in the head at the 1992 World Junior Championships. Thanks to reader Matthew B. for brining this to my attention.

An extreme race became too extreme for some participants in Washington and now there are lawsuits. This is just what Bill Bowerman dreamed of when he helped spark the running boom in the United States.

Construction begins Saturday on the first tartan track in Iten, Kenya. Iten is the home of Lornah Kiplagat, Wilson Kipketer, Mary Keitany, Linet Masai, David Rudisha….wait, they got this good without access to a professional track?

Galen Rupp and Matt Centrowitz will run the mile at Saturday’s University of Washington Indoor Preview.

Bernard Lagat, Lawi Lalang, Cam Levins, Evan Jager, Dathan Ritzenhein and German Fernandez are among the entrants for the Millrose Games two-mile on February 16th. Before we get too excited, remember that we will still be in the “I’m still just in my base phase” portion of the season.

Millrose also announced that Jason Richardson and Andrew Riley will race the 60-meter hurdles.

Marathoner Ryan Vail is the subject of a short documentary. He probably is the fastest marathoner/shoe store employee in the country.

Peter Vigneron discusses the role, or lack thereof, that marketability plays in elite athlete sponsorships.

The Bowerman released their men’s preseason watch list. I would put my money on someone who does more than one event. Three of the past four winners doubled and the fourth was named Ashton Eaton.

The Morning Run: September 20th

The Morning Run is a daily compilation of links, news and commentary.

If you haven’t listen to our latest podcast with Daniel Gordon, the director of the documentary 9.79*, you can check it out here.  Also, here is the film’s official website, a recent Q and A with Gordon and the trailer:

 

Rio’s planned Olympic Park looks stunning.  Hope they can pull it off.

Calling this Outside The Lines feature on Eastern Michigan’s Latipha Cross “inspirational” would be an understatement.

Alberto Salazar puts Dathan Ritzenhein’s “2:06” comments in context in this piece by Toni Reavis

The fastest marathoner never to run in the Olympics, Geoffrey Mutai, will be racing on September 30th in Berlin.

New York City assembled a nice little field for their marathon in November.  Mary Keitany is notably absent.  She and Central Park haven’t got along very well the last couple years.

Bernard Lagat shares his training philosophy with The Wall Street Journal.

Deadspin’s always interesting, and frightening, Misadventures in Jogging.

-Kevin

The Morning Run- June 12th

The Morning Run is a daily compilation of links, news and commentary.  – June 12th

Moses Mosop withdrew from the Kenyan Olympic marathon team yesterday due to injury.  He will be replaced by MutaiEmmanuel Mutai.  Not Geoffrey Mutai the guy that crushed Emmanuel in New York about 7 months ago and who has the course records in New York and Boston.  Patrick Makau, the world record holder was also not chosen.  It took me awhile, but I finally figured out how to predict the decisions made by Athletics Kenya.  You take what is reasonable, logical and objective and then go with the complete opposite.

Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini was on The Tonight Show last week.  These come courtesy of listener/reader Sam.  Incredible stuff, thanks Sam!

Track and Field News released their updated men’s and women’s  Olympic Trials form charts.

Mariya Savinova’s 1:57.95 800 was the headline from the Moscow World Challenge meet.

Fox Sports recounts the anguish and frustration of Wallace Spearmon after he was disqualified from the 200 in the Beijing.

Days after the end of 2012 campaign, Jesse Squire previews the 2013 NCAA track and field season.

Curtis Anderson of the Eugene Register-Guard looks at the Oregon Ducks who have Olympic Trials plans.

Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva talks to Joe Battaglia about the 2008 Olympics.  On Skype nonetheless.

Bernard Lagat does some race visualization for NBC Olympics.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- June 3rd

The Morning Run is a daily compilation of links, news and commentary.

The Prefontaine Classic concluded yesterday at Hayward Field in Eugene with its typical array of fast times and competitive races.  Aside from that, the meet also featured Liu Xiang attempting to dance, Allyson Felix bringing back the bodysuit and Abubaker Kaki shaving a Nike swoosh into his hair (at about 2:05).

Full results from the meet can be found here.

Much of our post-race discussion on the live chat centered around the uncertainty of the American men in the 1500.  Andrew Wheating, Lopez Lomong and Leo Manzano were all non-factors in the Bowerman Mile, as was Bernard Lagat, who will be focusing on the 5,000 at the Olympic Trials.  Friday’s International Mile did not provide many answers, as Matt Centrowitz looked rusty. David Torrence and Russell Brown were the lone bright spots, but neither has made an international team.

Justin Gatlin won the 100 in 9.90 and appears ready, willing and able to take on the villain role throughout the summer.  His past history of doping (of which he has never admitted) stands in stark contrast with the charisma and universal popularity of Usain Bolt.  9.90 is a long way from the 9.76 Bolt just ran in Rome a few days ago in Rome, but Gatlin is putting up consistent enough times that he could pose a threat.  Also, the two seem to have some history (see the last 5 paragraphs of this story where Bolt alleges Gatlin spit in his lane at a meet last year).

With each race it becomes clearer that Gatlin will make the American squad for London.  Tyson Gay has yet to surface and Walter Dix suffered an injury yesterday that casts some doubt on his form.  Even accounting for those two, it is tough to envision a scenario where Gatlin is outside the top three.  An even more difficult proposition is seeing a way that Gatlin, even in the red, white and blue in London, is fully embraced by American fans, much less the world.  Not so much for the doping past and the brash statements, but because he will be in opposition to Bolt, the track and field uniter.

Ken Goe’s meet story focuses on Mo Farah and Galen Rupp’s performances in the 5,000.

George Schroeder on the excitement of Liu Xiang.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- June 1st

The Morning Run is a daily compilation of links, news and commentary.

The Rome Golden Gala meet  was yesterday and the Prefontaine Classic begins today.  Here is a quick recap of Rome:

Usain Bolt allayed doubts, Lolo Jones crashed out of the hurdles (and Dawn Harper won the race), Javier Culson look strong in the 400H (and Felix Sanchez hit the track), Vivian Cheruiyot and Meseret Defar went the full 5,000 meters and Paul Koech just missed the world record.  Abebe Arigawa and Fantu Magiso also starred.

Track and Field News has Bolt’s performance the 5th best all-time after adjusting for wind.

Full results from Rome.

Curtis Anderson of the Eugene Register-Guard gives event-by-event previews for the Pre Classic.

Anderson also writes about Friday night’s Kenyan 10,000 trials race.  Live coverage is on preclassic.com.

Start list for all the events in the Pre Classic.  Dayron Robles is a scratch from the 110 hurdles.

George Schroeder on Steve Prefontaine.

The Los Angeles Times of Los Angeles profiles Bernard Lagat.

Ezkysas Sisay was disqualified from the New York City Marathon after testing positive for doping.  He will also be banned from competition for two years.

-Kevin

 

The Morning Run- April 4th

The Morning Run is a daily compilation of links, news and commentary

Ken Goe’s Tuesday links.  They are much more detailed and informative than the links found on this site.

Jesse Squire awards  his pro athlete of the week.  It is my understanding that winners do not receive prizes.

Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi and Abdi Abdirahman will race the UAE Healthy Kidney 10k in New York City.  Yes, THAT UAE Healthy Kidney 10k.

Kevin Liao’s power rankings for U.S.  distance races on the track.

Vin Lananna claims he will shave his beard if Eugene residents go 1-2-3 in the Olympic Trials.  How likely is this to happen?

Field Events: No

Heptathlon/Decathlon: Not unless Ashton Eaton counts for three

Any race shorter than 800: No

Men’s 800: Symmonds, Mulder, Greer. Could be possible

Men’s 1500: Wheating, Brown, Centrowitz (does he still count?)

Men’s 5,000/10,000: Portland yes, Eugene no

Women’s 800/1500/10,000: Not happening

Women’s 5,000: Lauren Fleshman, Jordan Hasay and…….

The chances don’t look good, but who would have predict the result of the men’s 800 in 2008?

Curtis Anderson of the Eugene Register-Guard writes another great preview of the Pepsi Team Invitational.

Galen Rupp gives advice on going pro.

Bernard Lagat announces his racing schedule.

Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake might race each other this weekend in Jamaica.  When the words “might,” “could,” or “possibly” are used with sprint match-ups it usually results in “didn’t.”

Jenny Simpson will begin her outdoor season at the Drake Relays

New Nike running advertisement that promotes, well I’m not really sure.

 

Episode 23: Interview with The Oregonian’s Ken Goe/ USATF Indoor Championship Preview

The Oregonian’s Ken Goe joins Jason and Kevin to discuss Mo Farah’s move to Portland, Galen Rupp’s racing plans and the difference between the Oregon Track Club and the Nike Oregon Project.  Plus, Jason and Kevin preview their trip to Albuquerque for the USATF Indoor Championships.

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Episode 21: USA XC/New Balance Grand Prix

Jason and Kevin discuss the impressive performances from Shalane Flanagan and Brent Vaughn, marvel at the persistence of Dejen Gebremeskel’s left shoe and wonder about the current state of Alan Webb.

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