The long run is a key workout for you. Keep it at a conversational pace, and find a fun place to run. And make sure that you run with your friends.

Brown_CeAiraFH-Martinez18.jpgCe'Aira Brown, 800 meters, Martinez Classic, photo by Kevin Morris

Saturday-30 minute walk, 30 minute swim, 30 minute bike ride, just move for 30 minutes

Ronnie for Stuart.jpgXie Zhenye, Ronnie Baker, Yohan Blake, photo by Getty Images for British Athletics

The 100 meter races in London are big attractions. There is always two rounds in London, and the races bring out the best performances. Ronnie Baker showed his stuff as did a resurging Shelly Anne Fraser Pryce. Stuart Weir caught up with both champions and provides some of the behind the scenese story.

Shelly for Stuart.jpgShelly Ann Fraser Pryce, winning again, photo by Getty Images/British Athletics

The London Diamond League is always a great show of our sport. Two days of track and field in the London Olympic Stadium. Stuart Weir, our intrepid global traveler, is covering London for us, as he did last weekend. Here is his first column on the London Diamond League.

Haroun.jpgAbdallellah Haroun, winner of 400m in 44.07, PB, NR for Qatar! photo by Getty Images/British Athletics

P1080450.JPGA very happy Shaunae Miller-Uibo, after her WL 48.97! photo by Stuart Weir

P1080452.JPGPierre Amboise-Bosse, London 800m champ, with TV after his race, photo by Stuart Weir

P1080459.JPGMarie Jose Ta Lou, 100m winner, speaking with press, photo by Stuart Weir

The Monaco DL has been the finest meet of the summer, with seven world leads and thirteen National records! Here's the complete results, courtesy of the IAAF.

The 400 meters in Monaco for women would have been the finest race of the night, if not for Beatrice Chepkoech cranking the WR into the next century with her 8:44.32. Here is Stuart Weir's last column on Monaco Herculis EBS meeting on 20 July 2018.

Miller_Shaunae1c-Pre18.JPGShaunae Miller-Uibo ran 48.97 for the 400 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Chepkoech_Beatrice-Monaco18.jpgBeatrice Chepkoech, WR 8:44.32 for steeplechase, photo by PhotoRun.net

Frerichs_CourtneyH-Monaco18.jpgCourtney Frerichs, AR of 9:00.85, photo by PhotoRun.net

Seven World Leads, 13 National records, and a fantastic night of track and field! Here's a synopsis of the plethora of fine events at the Stade Louis II on Friday night, July 20, 2018.

If you are a distance runner, you have heard of David Bedford. David Bedford, along with Ian Stewart, Brendan Foster, and Ron Hill, were part of the golden time in British Athletics, in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Three of the four, Bedford, Stewart, and Foster, were also part of the group that helped bring British Athletics back from the very steps of doom. (That credit goes to Alan Pascoe and the Fast Track Agency, but that is another story).

Bob-Parker-and-Dave-Bedford-1973-by-Mark-Shearman-1250x750.jpgDavid Bedford, with Coach Bob Parker, 1973, photo by Mark Shearman

David Bedford was the WR holder at 10,000 meters. On 13 July 1973, David Bedford ran 27:30.80 destroying Lasse Viren's WR by eight seconds. Bedfords' attitude, his mustache and his brash demeanor made him a huge favorite with British and global track fans. After his retirment from athletics, Bedford got involved in the beginnings of the London Marathon, and changed the concept of a global marathon forever.

I was very disappointed to hear that David Bedford resigned his position from the Virgin Money London Marathon, three years before many expected him to leave. We accept the decision begrudgingly, but wanted Mr. Bedford to know that many respect him and know he has gone to great lengths to build our sport and protect the integrity of the marathon. London Marathon was the first marathon to champion blood testing to fight doping. London Marathon was the marathon that took building fields to an amazing scale. Both were the work of Mr. David Bedford.

Here is a short video, done in June 2018, in Des Moines, my first trip since heart surgery, on my feelings on Mr. Bedford. I believe we shot 18-20 videos that day, and this was an early one, so it is pretty good. Adam, my son, did limit me to speaking four minutes, so I stayed on topic.

David Bedford, we look forward to having a beverage with you, and telling a few stories in a small, dark British pub of your choice, very soon. Thanks for dedicating the last few decades to our sport.

As two of the keenest observers of atheltics texted me last night, " best meet of the year." When I asked key players what was their favorite event, same answer, "women's steeplechase."

Chepkoech_Beatrice-Monaco18.jpgBeatrice Chepkoech en route WR steeplechase, photo by PhotoRun.net

Monaco Herculs EBS is the tenth Diamond League meeting of the season. Held in the third week of July, the meeting, in Stade Louis II nearly always features hot and humid weather, but then, as the sun goes down, the weather cools down. The level of competition, with fine fields, just brings out the finest performances with fine rivalries.

Chepkoech_BeatriceFV-Monaco18.jpgBeatrice Chepkoech, a jubilant WR holder, photo by PhotoRun.net

The seven World Leaders, and the 13 National records in Herculis Monaco EBS meeting should give us a glimpse of the amazing success of the meeting. Here's Justin Lagat's commentary on the fine performances by Kenyan and South African athletes.

Today is a pretty easy day of running, biking, swimming. Alternative training, but this is not about injury recovery, but injury prevention. Spend some time biking, running, walking, swimming.

Brown_CeAiraFHL-Martinez18.jpgCe'Aira Brown wins 800m at Martinez Classic, photo by Kevin Morris

Saturday, July 21, 2018-30 minute walk, 30 minute swim, 30 minute bike ride, just move for 30 minutes

The Herculis Monaco EBS Meeting is one of the finest of the summer. Even with heat, humidity of late July in Monaco, the meet produced seven World Leads, including the events: High Jump Men, Steeplechase Men, 1,500 meters Men, 800 meters Men, Steeplechase women, 200 meters Men, and 400 meters women.

Here's our thoughts on those world leaders.

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Herculis Monaco EBS, photo by Stuart Weir

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