The final long run of the season is a great time to consider your season. What is good, what needs improvement? We will give you some ideas in this column.

IMG_4833.jpgA long run, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ elite

Sunday, December 16, 2018-warm up, 75-85 minute run, cool down

Cregg Weinmann has reviewed footwear and apparel for California Track & Running News since the mid 1990s, and for the RunningNetwork since 1998. If you would like to see this review on Running Product Reviews, please go to: Brooks Ghost 11, $120. At RunBlogRun, our goal is help you find the perfect shoe for you. Our suggestions: always visit your local running stores at end of day, take a clean pair of running socks, and try on five to six different brands, and jog around in them. Real running stores allow you to check the right show for you. For more reviews, please go to www.runningproductreviews.com.

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Cregg Weinmann has reviewed footwear and apparel for California Track & Running News since the mid 1990s, and for the RunningNetwork since 1998. If you would like to see this review on Running Product Reviews, please go to: Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% Flyknit . At RunBlogRun, our goal is help you find the perfect shoe for you. Our suggestions: always visit your local running stores at end of day, take a clean pair of running socks, and try on five to six different brands, and jog around in them. Real running stores allow you to check the right show for you. For more reviews, please go to www.runningproductreviews.com.

In Atlanta, Georgia, on February 29, 2020, the team for U.S. men and women will be determined for the marathon distance. The top 3 men and women in the US Olympic Marathon Team Trials will be named to the US Olympic team for Tokyo 2020.

Mind my words here, there will be surprises in the top three on both men and women. The Trials in 2020 will be both the beginning and ends of careers for many U.S. athletes. The marathon is a brutal game, focus, training, luck and focus (didn't I say that already?) will be key.

Tokyo 2020, just so you know, will be hot as hell. It could make the conditions in Dubai (World Champs) look like the easy day. Winners in Tokyo will also be surprises, so get ready to watch. Hot, humid no matter if it is 6 am or 9 pm.

In Chicago last fall, Sarah Crouch finished as first American in 2:32:37, a six second PB from a PB that was six years ago. I inteviewed Sarah post event, and, as always, enjoy her enthusiasm. But what struck me about Sarah was that she was recovering from a recent surgery that would have stopped mere mortals from competing.

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Sarah Crouch, 2018 Houston Marathon, photo by Photorun.net

Sarah Crouch hit the half in 1:15:10, with the lead pack, and kept the battle on, much of the time on her lonesome. Crouch is just the kind of athlete who could surprise us in Atlanta in 2020. Her drive, and the lack of pressure, will give her some assistance as she pursues one of the toughest teams to make on the U.S. Olympic team.

The runs come, one at a time, the building fatigue comes, and the tough sessions, done in the company of a few quail or rabbits, can not be shown in the up close and personal video intros on terrestrial television. Those loops, continuous, with sound and smells, play in the athletes' head, as they put the next 6 to 8 thousand miles on their bodies, in search for that complete race.

We look forward to seeing where Sarah Crouch shows us that she can go in the next 14 months. We hope you enjoy the inteview below with Sarah Crouch.

After a long season of challenging races, many schools have ended their seasons with fast races. We have suggested the www.hokaoneonepostalnationals.com 2 mile or 3200m, to end the season. Good luck to all who race this weekend.

Steph Bruxe.jpgStephanie Bruce ran 2 marathons in 29 days and set a super PB of 2:29:21 at Cal International! photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Saturday, December 25, 2018-warm up, 5k race, cooldown, cooldown

The running event 2018 was held in Austin, Texas from November 27-30, 2018. It is a meeting place of the local running stores and the retailers who cater to this running channel.

DSC05016.jpgThe 361 Retail Cup trophy, photo by The Shoe Addicts

The Formula 4 Media team was considered a bit, well, nuts, when they began the show just over a decade ago. The decade has seen amazing changes in our business channel. There was amazing growth and many thought it would not end. It did, and the channel has new success, but also requires new business skills.

The Diversified Communications team has purchased The running event, and did a superb job in their first management of the show.

I did this video (thanks to The Shoe Addicts), to reinforce the need for this important show and human gathering. To be successful, running retailers need to be more alert and more focused.

DSC05019.jpg361 USA brand, photo by The Shoe Addicts

We use the example of the 361 USA brand, to show how brands must be nimble and creative to stand out in our business. Watch for more on this brand!

The final week of cross country is upon us. Post NXN, Post FootLocker, now is time to get in, a final race of the season, and add a fast time to the end of your season!

IMG_5139.jpgTime to run fast, photo by HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite

Friday, December 14, 2018-warm up, easy 30 minutes, 4 x 150 meters stride outs, cooldown

Niels de Vos stepped down at UK Athletics on September 14, 2018 per BBC sports, after 11 years at the helm. On October 5, 2018, Niels de Vos was announced as new CEO for Eugene 2021.

Niels de Vos headed UKA for 11 years. During that time, he oversaw one of the finest periods in British Athletics. During this time, Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford, Jessica Ennis, among others have emerged, and two retired. London 2012 and London 2017 hosted 2 of the finest events of their caliber and British fans reminded the world that they love athletics.

During his tenure, Fast Track Agency, under Alan Pascoe and Jon Rigdeon(now CMO of IAAF) were uncerimoniously sacked as sponsor development team, and Nike contract was signed after a controversial ending of a long term adidas agreement. Niels de Vos did it, to use the line attributed to the late Frank Sinatra, "his way."

We reached out to Niels de Vos via social media and he graciously answered the questions noted below. We thank him for his time and wish him well. While de Vos has been surrounded by sharks before, the first World Champs in U.S., and in the land the Nike built, has its own challenges.

The job of CEO is not a beauty contest. It matters little if one is well liked, one must be respected. Actually, it is much better if the CEO is feared. The job of heading a global event is fraught with land mines, and land sharks for that matter. Niels de Vos knows that he must deliver on a major event with many constituencies fighting for his time, his money and for the control of this event.

In the end, Niels de Vos was hired, because, at the end of the day, he must keep control of the event for Eugene 2021 to succeed.

Niels+de+Vos+IAAF+LOC+Press+Conference+zNuQoGnmsu2l.jpgNiels de Vos, photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images Europe/IAAF

CIMStacked.pngThe Cal International Marathon is one of the finest marathons in the known world. It caters to runners who want to run their very best. In 2018, 99 women and 54 men qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento. Among the teams that did well was Zap reebok Fitness. Five athletes competed, five athletes got their Trials qualifier. Among them was Joanna Thompson, who wrote the following piece (Joanna scored a PB of 2:42.25), on her team mates.

Thompson_Joanna-BAA5k16.jpgJoanna Thompson, photo by Photorun.net

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series® is one of the finest series of global events in our sport! The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series® has a fantastic sales offer today on all of their events! Check it out!

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