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Episode 206: London Marathon Recap/Boston Marathon Preview

Jason and Kevin discuss Wilson Kipsang’s course record, Mo Farah’s debut, the dropped water bottle by Tirunesh Dibaba and all the other highlights of the 2014 London Marathon.  Is Kipsang now the best marathoner in the world?  Why was the criticism of Farah so harsh?  Did the pacemakers hurt both the men’s and women’s races?

Then, the guys look ahead to the Boston Marathon and weigh Shalane Flanagan’s bid to be the first American women’s winner in almost 30 years.  In the men’s race, Kevin wonders if anyone can contend with Dennis Kimetto and Jason’s breaks down Ryan Hall and Meb Keflezighi’s chances.

The Morning Run: January 14th

Because USATF’s tiebreaking procedure is easier to understand than Jodie Foster’s speech at the Golden Globes.

-Sixteen-year-old Mary Cain ripped apart the American high school 3,000-meter record at the University of Washington Indoor Preview on Saturday.  Cain, who lives in New York but is coached by Alberto Salazar, ran 9:02.10 beating the existing outdoor record by over six seconds.  When considering conversions, she also bested all the existing high school records for the 3,200-meter and 2-mile.  The record itself isn’t a shock.  She already holds the 1,500-meter American high school record and held her own in the 800-meters at the Olympic Trials this past summer.   What is surprising is how fast she is running this early in the season.

Assuming that Salazar is using the same cautious and methodical approach that he has taken with Galen Rupp, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume Cain can run much faster.  With modest improvements, she would be an immediate contender outdoors in the United States, especially in the 5,000, which currently lacks depth.  But before we get too far, let us remember all the phenoms in track and field who ran their best races and times before they reached the drinking age and were never heard from again.  Cain appears to be an exception.  Her talent surpasses anything we have ever seen in the United States and she has the best distance running coach in the world to provide guidance. Salazar deservedly received much credit for guiding Rupp over a 12-year period from a high school freshman to an Olympic silver medalist.  If he can get Cain anywhere close to that level while avoiding the injuries, burnouts and breakdowns that often fell such a talent, it would be an even greater coaching achievement

-Also in Seattle, the aforementioned Galen Rupp opened his 2013 season with a 3:57 mile and an easy win.

-Brianna Rollins of Clemson set the collegiate record in the 60-meter hurdles running 7.78.  That time is only .06 seconds from Lolo Jones’s American record of 7.72.

-Houston Marathon recap

Weather: Bad

Meb: Sick (DNS)

½ Marathon Winners: Feyisa Lelisa (1:01:52) and Mamitu Deska (1:09:51)

World record: Not close

Americans:  Shadrack Biwott (1:02:23) and Lisa Uhl (1:13:28)

Marathon Winners: Bazu Worku (2:10:17) and Merima Mohammed (2:23:37)

Americans: Andrew Carlson (2:17:16) and Tera Moody (2:39:10)

-Dayron Robles will apparently sit out 2013 in protest over treatment by officials in Cuba.

-Prep Erin Finn is feeling better after running a 10:18 3200 in a workout.

-A judge found Ashley Gill-Webb guilty of throwing a bottle onto the track before the men’s Olympic 100-meter final.  It doesn’t look like jail time is likely but he will have to live with the name “Olympic bottle thrower” the rest of his life.

-Jesse Squire’s Weekly College Awards feature Cas Loxsom and his 1:46 800.

The Morning Run- May 18th

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

There is still about 1 day to get in the House of Run fantasy track and field league.  If you would like to join, go here and join the league “House of Run Podcast.”  The league pin is 167961.  Make your picks for Shanghai!

There are two meets to keep an eye on this weekend.  First, the Occidental High Performance meet on Friday will have 800, 1500, 5000 and 3000 steeplechases races featuring many of the fastest Americans.  I will be helping out with the free, live coverage that begins at 6:30 pm PST.

The Diamond League’s second stop is Saturday’s meet in ShanghaiJoe Battaglia of NBC Olympics runs down all the races to watch and the storylines to follow.

Asafa Powell says, “Many track and field people know that if I stay relaxed and run my race like I’m supposed to, I will be the winner at the Olympic Games.”  The “ifs” have always been Powell’s problem.

Flotrack interviews the 2011 triple jump world champion, Christian Taylor.

Ken Goe’s links from Thursday, including a brief interview with Jerry Schumacher, the coach of the Oregon Track Club/Portland.

Bonnie Ford of ESPN interviews the American marathon Olympic team.  The key revelations are that Ryan Hall knows exactly how far the Olympic village is from the stadium, Abdi Abdirahman thinks a four-mile walk is a workout, and Meb Keflezighi is no fan of U-turns.

Rich Perelman wants a NCAA track and field playoff.

Paavo Nurmi’s win in the 1924 5,000 makes The Guardian’s “50 Stunning Olympic Moments” list.

I’m off to Oxy (and to eat here first)!

-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.