Astonishing strength in depth of results but only after painfully slow starts, were the underlining features of the 8th RAK Half Marathon, with the victories of Ethiopia’s 2013 Boston Champion Lelisa Desisa in 59:36 and last year’s London Champion Priscah Jeptoo in 67:02, inevitably topping the early world rankings for the year. Both received just the boost they need as the defence of their respective titles approaches, but a blend of admiration and frustration was the toxic mix left for observers who realised not far in to the race, that an opportunity was being missed on this clear, still, Friday morning in the UAE.
With the 7am start of the 8th edition of the RAK Half Marathon just hours away, 19 of the reduced field of 20 elite athletes in town looked remarkably calm at Thursday afternoon’s pre-race press conference. Most of them arrived during the night but whether one should read anything in to the fact that Ibrahim Jeilan (slowest PB but 2011 World 10,000m Champion) was the only one who slept on through the day, is arguable.
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American Distance Project Honored With Running USA's Allan Steinfeld Development Award & $25,000 Grant - (Colorado Springs, CO) - The American Distance Project was awarded the 5th annual Allan Steinfeld Development Award at Running USA's Hall of Champions Dinner & Auction presented by the Competitor Group Monday night in San Diego, CA at the trade industry's annual meeting.
Six Team USA Minnesota Athletes in Competitions Feb. 14-15: USA Cross Country Championships, Millrose Games, Husky Classic
Minneapolis/St. Paul – Feb. 12, 2014 – Six Team USA Minnesota distance runners will compete this weekend, Feb. 14-15, including at the USA Cross Country Championships, the Millrose Games, Husky Classic and the Iowa State Classic.
By Larry Eder on December 15, 2013 5:54 AM
This is the last day of the 2013 high school cross country season. End it with a nice run with your friends. We hope you enjoyed the Saucony 2013 RBR Cross Country Training Program this season. If you have any suggestions on how to make our training programs better, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Larry Eder on December 14, 2013 6:46 AM
Saucony Cross Country Training Program, Week 24, Day six,
Saturday: Warm up, run your race, cool down
By Larry Eder on December 13, 2013 6:35 AM
You are now one day before the end of the season. Rest up today and run the best race of your season tomorrow! Enjoy the race! Take a moment to smell the air before the race and soak in the moment. Run your history!
Saucony Cross Country Training Program, Week 24, Day five, Find Your Strong,
Friday: warm up, 30 minutes, cooldown
By Larry Eder on December 12, 2013 6:30 AM
Two days out from your last race of 2013: Stay focused, stay relaxed and run your race!
Saucony Cross Country Training Program, Week 24, Day four,
Thursday: warm up, 40 minutes of easy running, cooldown
By Larry Eder on December 11, 2013 6:23 AM
It is down to the last big race of the season. Good luck, and make your own history!
Saucony Cross Country Training Program, Week 24, Day four,
Wednesday: warm up, two miles, jog turns, sprint straights, cooldown
By Larry Eder on December 10, 2013 6:19 AM
The week before your last race of the season. You need to stay healthy and keep the workouts relaxed. Save up your energy for the upcoming race.
Saucony Cross Country Training Program, Week 24, day two
Tuesday: warm up, 45 minute run, cooldown
By Larry Eder on December 9, 2013 7:12 AM
We are now down to the last week of the season for prep cross country. This is the week for the FootLocker Cross country. The NXN was last weekend and had two stunning races for teams and individuals. What will San Diego bring us?
Saucony, RBR Fall Cross Country Training, Championship Weeks, Week 24, Day one
By Larry Eder on December 8, 2013 6:25 AM
Today, I watched the NIke Nationals. There were some fantastic performances. On the girls side, Wayzata XC won over Manlius, who had won eight straight times. The Manlius team was devastated. Yet, they showed extreme class and shook the hands of the winners and congratulated them.
By Larry Eder on December 7, 2013 6:33 AM
Today is a big day in cross country! The FootLocker Western regional is at Mt. SAC on Saturday, giving the prep cross country runners in the Western US a chance to qualify for the top ten places and move on to the FootLocker nationals, to be held in San Diego, CA on December 14, 2013.
By Larry Eder on December 6, 2013 6:13 AM
The NXN is on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Lots of prep cross country runners will be dreaming about success at the NXN. How would you spell
success? Cross country brings running down to the basics!
Watch for runblogrun to be there on Saturday, covering one of the finest events in our sport.
By Larry Eder on December 5, 2013 6:31 AM
It's the end of the season. It's down to the big races now. It's all or none of the marbles. So, what are you going to do? How much can you hurt over the last 300 meters? Can you catch the fifth guy from the next club? It is you and him, or you and her. It is down to the big stuff now.
Run your best, go make history...
By Larry Eder on December 4, 2013 6:01 AM
The big races are over for most, but for some, the FootLocker regional for west and NXN are this weekend. This is one of my favorite workouts, just a nice relaxed three miler changing some gears. The rest of the week is relaxed and light.
By Larry Eder on December 3, 2013 4:46 AM
In my day, we were told to train in heavy training shoes, to build up our feet and leg strength. Then, when you got into a pair of racing flats, you thought that you were flying. In the 1970s, there was a 4.5 ounce racing shoe from Reebok and one fro EB, the company that made the first Lydiard shoes (Eugene Bruting, I believe).
By Larry Eder on December 2, 2013 7:28 AM
The last two weeks of the season, with NXN, FootLocker are under way, and here is our suggestions to keep you fit, and rested for the biggest races of the year!
Saucony Cross Country Training Program, Week 23, Day one,
Monday: warm up, 45 minute run, 8 x 150 meter strideouts, cooldown
By Larry Eder on December 1, 2013 11:09 AM
Saucony RBR Fall Cross Country Training Program, Week 22, Day seven
Sunday: warm long run of 65-70 minutes, cooldown
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