Here is a nice piece by the RunBlogger's Pete Larson
I just read an article over on the Natural Running Center website titled “Why Minimalism Went Flat.” The article, written by Jim Hixson, provides his take on the reasons behind the rise in maximal footwear and the decline in minimal footwear. Since I’m mentioned in the opening paragraph, I thought I’d share some thoughts on the article and the topic in general.
Hixson’s opening paragraph references my 2014 reader survey, emphasizing the point that four “maximally” cushioned shoes appear among the top 20 models. He then asks the following question “What happened with runners that made “fat and flat” shoes so popular, and in the process, push aside minimalism like some beefy schoolyard bully?
A.G. Kruger, Men’s Weight Throw winner
“I finally stopped thinking and went in and threw. I’ve thrown countless times over the years. Just let it happen. That’s the biggest thing. Early on, I was thinking too much, doing too much. Screw it, just let it happen. That’s when the big stuff comes. You’ve done all your thinking and training. Let it go and see what happens in the end. I eked it out barely, but I’ve done that a couple times before and I’ll take the win.”
Bolt competed twice
KINGSTON (JAM, Feb 28): The 39th Gibson McCook Relays saw twice running in his 2015 debut fastest man ever Usain Bolt at the National Stadium. First in heats in the morning his team Racers Lions won their race in 39.26 (Forsythe, Frater, Weir, Bolt timed with flying 9.7), but warning came from UTech team beeing faster 38.87 in another race.
GENEVA, Ohio - The Penn State women's track & field team finished day one of the 2015 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships in a tie for fourth place (23 points) at the SPIRE Institute. Tori Gerlach (Perkasie, Pa.) posted a podium finish in the 3,000-meter run.
"Day one ended with a flurry, I tell you it was a lot of fun," head coach and director of Penn State track & field John Gondak said. "We scored a lot of points at the end of the day on both sides of the team."
The 3,000-meter run highlighted the day for the Nittany Lion women. Out of the gate, Gerlach and freshman Elizabeth Chikotas (Hellertown, Pa.) along with Michigan State's Rachele Schulist and Wisconsin's Sarah Disanza broke away from the 15 other runners early.
Photo courtesy Runners World. July 20, 2014, 4:15 a.m. I pop up like a catapult, and turn off the alarm on my iPhone with ninja-like speed and accuracy. I slip out of bed and put on my racing uniform, leaving husband Jesse deep asleep. I bypass use of the bathroom, where we've stored Jude in his Pack 'n Play. I quietly shut the front door of our retrograde "suite" and walk into the cold, too-early morning air.
The athletes of the SEC are converging in Lexington, Kentucky this weekend for the conference championship. The Kentucky Wildcats’ 300m track will host some fast time and exciting races, but if you don’t have time to watch them all here are some suggestions.
photo courtesy Mike Bennet. There are freshman moments for University of Notre Dame middle distance runner Jessica Harris, to be sure.
At Saturday's Alex Wilson Invitational, Harris was caught off guard by the jostling and bumping that was part of the 1,200-meter leg of the distance medley relay.
Usain Bolt was at the heart of a spectacular stunt in New York last night to launch PUMA IGNITE, a running shoe that provides maximum energy return. In the energy hub of the city that never sleeps, runners powered away on treadmills in Times Square throughout the day with the energy from their IGNITE shoes being collected and stored.
[insight:1] Photo Credit the Associated Press. ROCKFORD, MI - Dathan Ritzenhein ran the earliest race of his career Sunday - 6 a.m. - and, outside of a little sleep deprivation, got the desired result as he won the half marathon at the Gasparilla Distance Classic in Tampa, Fla.
Negesse beats Kiprotich
TOKYO (JPN, Feb 22): Ethiopian double at Tokyo Marathon, start of the next edition of Abbott World Marathon Majors. Endeshaw Negesse and Birhane Dibaba scored the first-ever Ethiopian men/women win at this marathon. As Brett Larner points out, both close to the course records as they won in 2:06:00 and 2:23:15. Former Hakone Ekiden uphill star Masato Imai made it a show for the home crowd with a 2:07:39 PB for 7th, making him the all-time 6 Japanese man and fastest-ever on the Tokyo course.
Farah 8:03.40 WB, 2 more WL´s
BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Feb 21): Already boasting two World and Olympic titles, Mo Farah now has a world best, his first top global mark in his career. His 8:03.40 for 2 miles highlighted the action at the Sainsbury´s Indoor Grand Prix, which also featured two other world leads.
JUST RUN, the youth fitness program developed by leaders from the Big Sur International Marathon, was named National Youth Program of the Year by Running USA at its recent annual industry conference in New Orleans.
2/11/2015 - LOS ANGELES -- USA Track & Field and Walt Disney Pictures invited Team USA athletes Deena Kastor, Meb Keflezighi, Will Leer and Leo Manzano to the world premiere of McFarland, USA, in Hollywood, Monday evening.
Collins vs Rodgers vs Kilty
LODZ (POL): The 11th Pedros Cup on Tuesday in new venue (Atlas Arena, EA Indoor Permit) in Lodz is promising some interesting fights. In men 60 m unbeaten so far this season Kim Collins against Mike Rodgers from USA and World Indoor Champion Richard Kilty. In the hurdles Dayron Robles with Berlin winner Orlando Ortega and Aries Merritt. Polish junior record holder in women 60 m Ewa Swoboda runs against Carina Horn of South Africa. In shape Piotr Lisek is the favorite of pole vault, World leader Kamila Licwinko in the women high jump and another World leader Ryan Whiting in the men shot put.
NEW YORK -- Two American records, a world masters record and two U.S. victories in the famed NYRR Wanamaker Mile highlighted Valentine’s Day races at the 108th NYRR Millrose Games at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory.
Brycen Spratling (Webster, New York) set a new 500m Armory record, an American Indoor record and an all-time world best, finishing in 1:00.06 to bring down the 28-year-old U.S. record of 1:00.17, set by Ken Lowery in 1987.
photo courtesy USA Today
P. Jeptoo vs. Keitany RAS AL KHAIMAH (UAE): The RAK Half Marathon on February 13 will, yet again, feature a line-up of some of the top road runners in the world. In the women’s race, Priscah Jeptoo (66:11) will defend her title, while course record holder and two time winner Mary Keitany (65:50) will also return. Both athletes are building up for the London Marathon on April 26.
BOULDER – Chris Derrick ran away from the field late to take the men’s race for the third consecutive time, while local favorite Laura Thweatt put on a clinic over the final mile of the race, as both runners took home top prize at the USATF Cross Country Championships Saturday in Boulder, Colorado.
KINGSTON (JAM): Usain Bolt is expected to open his 2015 campaign over 400m at the Camperdown Classic on February 14, inform AFP. The Camperdown Classic is organised by the Racers Track Club, of which Bolt is a member. Several other of the clubs members are expected to be competing in the meet. Bolt’s fastest season opener over 400m is the 45.87 he ran at this meet in 2010. In his world record breaking 2008 and 2009 seasons, he opened with 46.94 and 46.35 respectively.
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