Sisson-HuddleH1-NycHalf17.JPGEmma Sisson and Molly Huddle, 2017 NYC Half Marathon, photo by

The 2019 Virgin London Marathon continues to prove that not only does it have the finest field of the spring marathon season, but also the deepest. Spencer Barden has taken over the orchestratrion of the elite field, taking over after the retirement of David Bedford, and the field continues to show a quality of thought and appreciation of how to orchestrate a field to bring out the very best in the key players in the field.

In that light, it is fantastic to see American distance runners Molly Huddle and Emily Sisson are going to be racing the streets of London. Molly Huddle is the former AR 5000m, and holds the 10,000m and half marathon. Emily Sisson holds the AR debut half marathon. Finding a successful training partner is not easy. Molly Huddle and Emily Sisson are training partners.

Training partners help the other when the other is having a bad day. Perhaps partners switch interval leads. Or, on a tough tempo run, partners juggle the lead, helping both achieve the desired goals. As the author of Once a Runner, John Parker, described it, training partners understand the other due to the time spent, or, the "Miles of Trials and Trials of Miles." Molly Huddle and Emily Sisson encourage each other, and challenge each other to give their very best.

RunBlogRun looks forward to covering the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon this year, with Americans Molly Huddle and Emily Sisson in the fray. To see the entire London Marathon elite field, click here.

Original post, February 1, 2012

RePost, January 18, 2019

A look back to 2012!

The New Balance Indoor GP has been around for 24 years now. One of the finest events on the circuit, NB Indoor GP will be held January 26, 2019, at the Reggie Lewis Center, in Roxbury, MA near Boston, MA. This is the ONLY stop of the IAAF Indoor World Circuit in US, and you should not miss it! Tickets for the event on January 26, which forms part of the IAAF World Indoor Tour, are now on sale at or by calling 1-877-849-8722.

The Reggie Lewis Center, which has been the host facility for the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix since its inception, has seen some amazing races. In our sport, it is really about the competition, not the records, but you would never know!

In the end, he or she who can put it all together, who can run, jump or throw, faster, longer or farther than the competition is the winner. Who can put it all on the line, with five thousand cheering, clapping fans, encouraging you to pull that extra bit of energy, that extra centimeter, that extra kick over the last lap to make the difference

Simpson_Jen1c-NewBalGP11.JPGJenny Simpson, 2011 NB Indoor GP, photo by

DSC_1517.jpgBedan Karoki, RAK 2018, photo by Brian Eder/RunBlogRun

DSC_1551.jpgJamal Yimer, photo by Brian Eder/RunBlogRun

(Houston, TX): Six runners with sub-one hour lifetime bests will compete in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon on Sunday. The line-up features Ethiopians Jemal Yimer (58:33) and London and New York Marathon runner-up Shura Kitata (59:16) and multiple world cross country and half marathon medallist Bedan Karoki from Kenya (58:42). Six sub-67 minute competitors line up in the women's race: Kenyans Fancy Chemutai (64:52), Edith Chelimo (65:52), Gladys Cherono (66:07), Mary Wacera (66:29) and Brigid Kosgei (66:35) and reigning champion Ruti Aga from Ethiopia (66:39). The US hopes are led by Emily Sisson (68:21) and Kenyan-born Sally Kipyego (68:31) who makes her debut as a US citizen.

The development in athletics is all about consistent workouts, focus, attention to details and health. The easy days and hard days are there for a reason. At each level, the athlete needs hard and easy days. Enjoy the day today and try an unusual distance tomorrow.

IMG_5141.jpgA few stride outs,photo by HOKA NAZ Elite

Friday, January 18, 2019-warm up, 50 minute run, 4 x 150m, core training, cooldown

image1.jpegTommy Leonard and Jeff Benjamin, photo by Jeff Benjamin

Tommy Leonard was one of those wonderfully colorful and eccentric people in our sport, that, if you met him once, you would never forget that meeting. My first visit to Falmouth Road Race was in 1985, with Kim Wrinkle, Dan Ferrera, and we slept on the floor of Coach Bill Squires the night before. Meeting Tommy Leonard with Coach Squires was one of those life moments. Falmouth Road Race weekend was Tommy Leonard's weekend, as he was the indominatable spirit behind the race that exemplifies the New England summer race circuit.

image2.jpegBill Rodgers with the Tommy Leonard adult beverage, photo by Jeff Benjamin

Tommy Leonard passed away on January 15, 2019. We asked Jeff Benjamin to reach out to friends to provide thoughts on Tommy and his place in the history of New England road racing.

image3.jpegTommy Leonard painting, photo by Jeff Benjamin

642628072.jpg400m battles in Birmingham, courtesy of British Athletics/Getty Images

Su, Ujah, Prescod, Kilty
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): World indoor 60m silver medallist Su Bingtian is confirmed for the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham (IAAF World Indoor Tour) on 16 February, informs organisers. Su faces a strong British contingent including European 100m silver medallist Reece Prescod, two-time European indoor champion Richard Kilty and CJ Ujah, part of the gold medal-winning 4x100m team at the 2017 World Championships. "I know that where the 100m is concerned I have one of the best finishes in the world at the moment, but equally my start can be another massive strength with work. Racing over 60m in Birmingham against some of the top guys is only going to contribute towards that getting stronger and stronger, so it's a big test that I'm looking forward to," said Prescod. Laura Muir, Andrew Pozzi and Ekaterini Stefanidi are also confirmed for Birmingham.
runblogrun opines: The Birmingham Meeting (16 February) is one of my favorite meetings of the year. The crowd, the Arena, the track, and the wonderful fields come together to provide the finest indoor meeting in Europe. I hope that our readers get a chance to visit the meeting, but, until then, find a way to watch it on BBC.
642617832.jpgLaura Muir, photo by Getty Images/British Athletics

The sold out stands in the Reggie Lewis Center will shake on January 26 once again, as the fine fields of the 24th NB Indoor GP will race around the 200m Mondo oval from 4 pm to 7 pm. For twenty four years now, the fields of the NB Indoor GP have entertained the track fans who cheer on the fine athletes that have battled on this track.

The release below tells us more about the exciting fields on January 26, 2019 at the 24th New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.

Brazier-BerianPC-NBind18.jpGBrazier, Berian, photo by

MOSCOW (RUS): Reigning high jump World and European champion Mariya Lasitskene said that her indoor competition schedule will not be influenced by late dates of Doha Worlds. "Of course, it [late date of World Championships 2019] changes our preparations, but it has nothing to do with indoor season. But I know for sure, that we're not going to start our summer season from the Doha Diamond League. It's too early. As for the rest, I think we will not change much, because we already have experience of such situations. My coach knows how to keep my me in shape," Lasitskene who will jump on Thursday at Lukashevich Memorial told TASS.

Lasitskene_Mariya-Rome18.jpgMaria Lasitskene, photo by

Original post, January 23, 2008

Repost, January 17, 2009


Jennifer Stuczynski, photo by (Jenn is now Jenn Suhr)

The Boston Indoor GB is rich in history. This piece is ten years old.

The New Balance Indoor GP has been around for 24 years now. One of the finest events on the circuit, NB Indoor GP will be held January 26, 2019, at the Reggie Lewis Center, in Roxbury, MA near Boston, MA. This is the ONLY stop of the IAAF Indoor World Circuit in US, and you should not miss it! Tickets for the event on January 26, which forms part of the IAAF World Indoor Tour, are now on sale at or by calling 1-877-849-8722.

One of the characteristics of a revolution is change. Indoor track and field has had bastions for decades in the cities of Boston and New York. In New York, the impressario was and is Dr. Norb Sanders and his NY Armory. In Boston, it is the Reggie Lewis Center and the team, lead by Keith McDermott, that supports the sixty plus high school meets. In both cities, great facilities have risen from dreams and hard work. Neither center would have happened without many people asking hard questions and not relying on easy answers.

Like the saving of indoor prep track and field, which was what Sanders and McDermott have done in their respective cities, elite track and field on the indoor level was also saved. The rebirth of elite indoor track and field in Boston and the saving of the oldest indoor track meet in the U.S. involved one marketing company-Global Athletics & Marketing.

The renaissance of elite track and field in this country is due to many reasons, many people and groups. It has not been an easy battle. One of the reasons why Global Athletics has played such a huge part is because they have been able to answer many disparate needs through uniting many groups for a common cause.

This is one of my favorite workouts. I did it in the 1970s, once a week and it helped me, after 10-12 weeks, run Pbs in 800m, Mile and 3200m. The runs are done at talking pace and the 300ms at mile pace. Over the last set of 300 meters, always make sure the last 3 are fastest and the final one is good effort. You are, as my training partners Tim and Danny Gruber would say, Reinforcing the neuromuscular loop (thanks Coach Riggs). Lots of muscle memory, you need to remind yourself that, when you are tired, you always have a kick. A last 300 meters, increasing the speed each 100m, (thanks Coach Dellinger) can win races for you.

IMG_5141.jpgGetting on the track is fun, photo

Thursday, January 17, 2019-warm up, 20 minute run, 8 x 300m, good pace, 100m jog, 20 minute run, 8 x 300m, good pace, 100m jog, 20 minute run,

8 x300m, good pace, 100m jog, 1 mile easy, then cooldown.

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