#Regram @mel_holden_ Time to win! First of the men - Wanjiru -at the 37k mark! #londonmarathon

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The importance of long runs.

There is no such thing as an overnight success in running. Bill Rodgers had to get himself back into shape, and dropped out of the 1974 Boston marathon. The next year, he came back, and ran Boston, winning it in a new AR. Bill had built his fitness with the support of Coach Bill Squires, one of the most creative and colorful people in our sport, and his training partners, Bill Rodgers developed his talent and the sport is all the better for it.

Enjoy your long run. Run with friends.

Sunday, April 23, 2017. Long run, 10-11 miles, with warm up and cooldown and yes, push ups and sit ups.

1975_MARfin_Rodgers,Bill.jpgBill Rodgers, winning his first Boston, Boston 1975, photo courtesy of Boston Athletic Association

So many special runners at this year's #LondonMarathon! Swipe to see more. #ReasonToRun

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"I run because of my family. They motivate me." Mary Keitany #LondonMarathon #ReasonToRun

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We are in the London Media Center. Waking up around six am, we headed from the Guoman Tower, to the Media bus. An escorted ride to the Media tent at the Finish line is about twenty minutes. No one on the streets of London, the only day you would find the city like that.

Here are some final thoughts before the 37th London Marathon.

😍🏅#LondonMarathon #ReasonToRun

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How inspiring was ZamZam Farah on BBC One's #ReasonToRun programme earlier?! 🙌🏻👏🏻

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Security is visible, and appreciated outside expo, #nycmarathon #nyrr #athleticsecurity

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Thweatt_LauraLeds-NYC15-thumb-500x750-14241.jpgLaura Thweatt runs 2015 NYC Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

I sat down with Laura Thweatt on Friday, April 21, to discuss her upcoming race in London, her plans for moving to the marathon. Coached by Lee Troop, and running for the Boulder Track Club, Laura had a fine seventh place in November 2015 at the TCS NYC Marathon.

Here is an enjoyable audio interview with the fine athlete. Listen especially as Laura Thweatt speaks about her plans over the next 3 and one half years. That Laura will move to the marathon is a fact, the discussion is about when that move will take place.

We wish Laura Thweatt good luck on a fine PB tomorrow.

VanNiekerk_WaydeQ-Rio16.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, photo by PhotoRun.net
Simbine_AkaniQ1-Beijing15.jpgAkani Simbine, photo by PhotoRun.net
luvo manyongo photo by John mcgrath-thumb-500x333-22941.jpgLuvo Manyonga, photo by John McGrath
Manyonga 865, Van Niekerk 19.90
POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA, Apr 22): Olympic medalist Luvo Manyonga in first jump leaped to another African record 865 (+1.3) and then retired with groin issue. Second Rushwaal Samaai also PB 849 (-0.8) and third Zarck Visser 803 (+1.6). Another top highlight of second and final day of nationals in altitude was the 200 m by World record holder Wayde Van Niekerk. He won in WL and PB 19.90 (+0.5) ahead of Akani Simbine 20.15, Gift Leotlela 20.20 PB for the U20 athlete and Clarence Munyai 20.25. But also other winning results are showing that South African Athletics is moving forward. Pieter Conradie won 400 m in 45.15 PB, life-time bests also in shot put 21.12 by Orazio Cremona and 20.63 by Jaco Engelbrecht. Caster Semenya scored expected double 51.60 and 2:01.03 in 400/800 combination. Last year junior Chris Moleya improved in high jump to 225, Ryhardt van Rensburg topped the 800 m 1:46.56. Tiaan Smit clocked PB 13.42 (+0.3) at 110 m Hurdles while beating Antonio Alkana 13.49. Elroy Gelant after 5k disappointment won the 10 000 m in 29:09.87. Among women Alyssa Conley completed sprint double with 22.94 (+1.5) in the 200 m and Rikenette Steenkamp won hurdles in 13.02 (-0.1) PB

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