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The Morning Run: September 28th

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

-This week’s podcast featuring Ryan Fenton of Flotrack.

-Two strange doping stories.  Athletics Kenya is investigating drug suspicions raised by a German journalist and the Independent Observer reports that many Olympic athletes missed blood tests in London and were not penalized.  Both stories could be nothing or they could be something.  Hope that answers your questions.

-Jesse Squire created a useful chart listing which NCAA cross country teams are competing where this weekend.

-NPR’s story about when Uwe Horn threw the javelin too far.

-British discus thrower Lawrence Okoye will not pursue opportunities in rugby or the NFL and will instead focus on throwing.  Another Okoye (who also had a history of throwing) was pretty successful on the gridiron.

-A photo of Liu Xiang crashing into the first hurdle at the Olympics is being used in a Chinese hospital’s flyer about men’s sexual disorders.  I thought they had censorship for things like this.

-Geoffrey Mutai will be looking for the world record in the marathon in Berlin on Sunday.  Even if he runs 2:02, I doubt Athletics Kenya will be impressed.

-ESPN2 will broadcast the New York City Marathon live on November 4th.

-This pile up from a cross country race in Alaska is phenomenal.

-Kevin

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- April 26

The Morning Run is back after a brief podcasting break.  You can listen to our latest episode here.

Kenya announced their squad for the Olympic marathon with much controversy and second-guessing.  Geoffrey Mutai was left off the team despite winning the Boston and New York marathons last year as was world record holder Patrick Makau.  Also, the head of the Athletics Kenya called Wilson Kipsang, William.

In the nicest way possible, Clyde Hart, coach of Sanya Richards-Ross, said that he does not consider Christine Ohuruogu a rival.  He is correct, but these are the exact statements that get completely blown out of proportion.  Regardless, I don’t think the US and UK teams will be sharing a tent at the Olympic stadium.

Tim Layden tweets that teammates Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake are no longer doing all their workouts together.  This is either nothing, or it is the next generation of ducking.  How can we expect them to race each other when they won’t even practice with one another?

Jesse Squire has a full breakdown of what has already happened and what is come at the Drake and Penn Relays.  A video of yesterday’s pole vault competition in the mall is included.

Track Focus provides a list of the elite entrants for the Drake Relays.  Hopefully using “Drake” a bunch in this post will result in an overflow of traffic to the Morning Run.  The only thing better would be if one of the races at Drake featured Rihanna.

Ryan Hall will run the New York City Marathon.

Joe Battaglia writes about Hall’s preparations for London and the Olympic course.

Doug Binder profiles a Penn Relays starter.

Kevin Liao’s power rankings for the distance events.  Seems like an oxymoron.

The top marks list from the USATF.

What are the best headphones for runningGizmodo tells you.

-Kevin

The Morning Run- April 21

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

Plenty of action this weekend on and off the track.  The London Marathon is on Sunday and, as Nick Zaccardi of Sports Illustrated points out, many of the world’s top track runners will also be in action.

First to the marathon.  The full elite men’s and women’s fields courtesy of Athletics Weekly.

Predictions from this week’s podcast.

Kevin:

Men: Vincent Kipruto, Emmanuel Mutai, Tsegay Kebede

Women: Mary Keitany, Florence Kiplagat, Ejegayehu Dibaba

Jason:

Men: Emmanuel Mutai, Tsegay Kebede, Patrick Makau

Women: Mary Keitany, Edna Kiplagat, Aberu Kebede

I stuck with the chaos theory theme of this year’s marathon season and chose Vincent Kipruto to upset all four of the Kenyans still in Olympic consideration.  Even with a win, Athletics Kenyan is still likely to choose from the original six of Geoffrey Mutai, Emmaneul Mutai, Moses Mosop, Wilson Kipsang, Abel Kirui and Patrick Makau.   Here is what needs to happen for each to qualify:

Geoffrey Mutai: Since his DNF in Boston, all Mutai can do is wait and watch on Sunday.  His phenomenal 2011 should count for something, so he is probably safe unless 3 or more Kenyans dip under the 2:04:30 mark in London.

Moses Mosop: Like Geoffrey Mutai, Mosop has already raced his spring marathon (3rd place in Rotterdam) so his Olympic hopes rest on the performances in London.  However, Mosop needs much more help than G. Mutai.  Some modest times combined with upsets (Lel or Kipruto being the top Kenyan for example) are his only path to the top three.

Emmanuel Mutai: The defending London Marathon champion benefitted from Geoffrey Mutai’s and Moses Mosop’s losses, but most likely he still needs to finish in the top three and beat at least two of the three top Kenyans racing (Makau, Kirui, Kipsang).  He may also be able to squeak in with a lower place, if the times are very fast (under 2:04) and he finishes well amongst his countrymen.

Patrick Makau:  Like Mutai, I think he can only lose to one Kenyan on Sunday and still be in a good position for selection.  Despite holding the world record, his Berlin performance came in a paced race against a weaker than expected field.  He has wins over Geoffrey Mutai from 2010, but I doubt those carry much weight now.  As it stands, he is ahead of Kipsang and Kirui, so a loss on Sunday to either of those two, would probably mean he is off the team.

Abel Kirui:  Based on time, Kirui is least credentialed of the six.  He has won two world championship titles, which is the only reason he is still in consideration for a berth.  I think he needs a top 3 overall performance as well as the second Kenyan to have any hope of jumping over the others.

Wilson Kipsang:  No major marathon wins and no wins against the other five in consideration make Kipsang a darkhorse  to make the team.  He was just seconds off the world record in Frankfurt, but, like Makau, it was done in a paced race.  It is hard to envision him getting the nod over Makau, or either of the Mutais unless he has a decisive victory and runs under 2:04 again.

The rest of the Morning Run:

Caster Semenya qualified for the Olympics, surprising nobody except for the editors at Fox.

Cam Levins beat Lawi Lalang in the 5,000 at Mt. SAC last night and earned the Olympic “A” standard in the process.

Kenyan 800 meter stars David Rudisha and Pamela Jelimo recorded wins in the 400.

Friday’s Oregon Relays action featured a fast 1500 by Sally Kipyego.

Ken Goe’s Saturday links.

LA Times feature on Brittney Reese titled “Brittney Reese hopes to be leaps and bounds above the rest.”  Because she is a long jumper.

Headline writers, yearbook editors and any others in charge of “punny” titles to articles.  Please avoid the following:

-“___________ raises the bar” (high jump/pole vault)

-“___________ clears hurdles/obstacles on/off the track” (hurdles)

-“____________ is on the fast track” (sprints)

-“_____________ goes the distance” (distance)

Enjoy your London Marathon, Mt. SAC Relays, Kansas Relays, Oregon Relays, Tom Jones Meet weekend!

-Kevin

The Morning Run- April 17th

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

Still recovering from Marathon Monday, so The Morning Run will be a bit shorter today.  Our full podcast will be posted later this evening.

In the light of Geoffrey Mutai’s DNF, Joe Battaglia tries to get to the bottom of the Kenyan Olympic selection process.

Wesley Korir’s post race press conference.

Science of Sport analyzes the role that heat played in Monday’s race.

Sports Illustrated’s Tim Layden tweets news of Allyson Felix’s Olympic plans.

UK Athletics coach Charles van Commenee is either an evil genius, or just evil.

The elite fields for Sunday’s London Marathon.

-Kevin

 

 

The Morning Run- April 14th

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

The Rotterdam Marathon is on Sunday and the Boston Marathon is Monday.  Both races have huge implications for the Kenyan and Ethiopian Olympic teams and there is a world record attempt in the men’s race in Rotterdam.  On last week’s show, Jason and I made the following predictions:

Boston

Men:

Kevin: Geoffrey Mutai, Wilson Chebet, Wesley Korir

Jason: Geoffrey Mutai, Matthew Kisorio, Gebre Gebremariam

Women:

Kevin: Buzunesh Deba, Firehiwot Dado, Aselefech Mergia (she may be a scratch)

Jason: Firehiwot Dado, Caroline Kilel, Buzunesh Deba

Rotterdam

Men:

Kevin: Moses Mosop (2:03:50), Peter Kirui, Sammy Kitwara

Jason: Moses Mosop (WR, but not faster than 2:03:02), Sammy Kitwara, Peter Kirui

It is supposed to be very hot in Boston on race day.

The Boston Globe gives a sample week of Geoffrey Mutai’s training.  It is filled with running.

Here are some training videos and interviews with Peter Kirui and Moses Mosop during their preparations for the Rotterdam Marathon.  Dutch subtitles are available for all of our readers in the Netherlands.

For Sunday’s Vienna Half Marathon, Paula Radcliffe will have a 7:52 head start on Haile Gebrselassie.  The time was decided on their respective bests in the event, which I believe gives the edge to Radcliffe.

Saturday’s UTech Classic in Jamaica features Yohan Blake in the 100, Asafa Powell in the 200 and Blake, Powell and Usain Bolt in the 4 x 100.

SB Nation reporter, and friend of the House of Run, Dan Rubenstein interviews Sanya Richards-Ross in his quest to find his favorite Olympic sport.  Veterans of the House of Run will remember Dan as the person who correctly picked Firehiwot Dado to win last year’s New York City Marathon on our preview podcast last November.

Joe Battaglia asks 10 questions to Yelena Isinbayeva.  Unfortunately, Joe does not get a firm answer on what she says to her pole.

You know it is the heart of spring when there is uproar about a high school track athlete getting disqualified for jewelry.  At some point, high school officials and rule makers decided that the most important aspect of all of track and field to emphasize was uniform compliance.

-Kevin

The Morning Run- April 6th

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

For your listening pleasure, our most recent podcast featuring filmmaker Tim Jeffreys is up.

Here is the trailer for the film about Ryan Hall and information about helping the production.

Jesse Squire provides a great viewing guide for this weekend’s meets so you don’t have to comb through heat sheets or time schedules.

Ken Goe writes about Oregon 800 runner Elijah Greer, while Curtis Anderson wonders whether English Garder can break 11 seconds in the 100.

Washington Redskins defensive back Deangelo Hall reportedly bet Lashawn Merritt $100,000 that he could beat him in a 100 meter race in 2008.  Yes, betting an Olympic sprinter that you could run faster then him is the height of stupidity and hubris, but strangely this doesn’t even qualify as the worst financial decision made by a Washington pro athlete.

Track and Field News makes their early medal predictions for London. Ibrahim Jeylan, Justin Gatlin and Sanya Richards-Ross seem ranked a bit high, while Jason Richardson, Jenny Simpson and Geoffrey Mutai are not picked to medal.

Speaking of Mutai, he says that winning is his focus in the Boston Marathon, not time.  Co-host Jason said this week that if Mutai does not get selected for the Kenyan marathon team it would be a travesty.  I agree, he could run 2:10 in Boston and I would still pick him.

Paula Radcliffe chimes in on the “plastic Brit” debate.

Scientists analyze ways Usain Bolt could lower his time in the 100 to 9.45.  All it will take is a perfect race in perfect conditions.

Kevin