Here are my deep thoughts on Kenenisa Bekele's bad day in Dubai. On January 20, Kenenisa Bekele was nearly trampled at the start, a start he was not prepared for at that moment. His race did not go well....

Bekele-KipsangH1a-Berlin16.jpgKenenisa Bekele and Wilson Kipsang, BMW Berlin 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Long runs are, for many distance runners, a Sunday tradition. In my post college years, I ran with three friends from Runners' World, and we gave each other fifteen minutes to complain, and after that, it was enjoying the long run. It worked pretty good.

Nelson-Lane-ZlatunichBW-FLfinals16.jpgNelson, Lane, Zlatunich, photo by PhotoRun.net

Friendships are built over long runs, over seasons and over years. Enjoy the time with your training partners, talk and share a bit. That is part of the fun about long run runs. They are the most un tech times of your day.

Sunday, January 22, 2017. Long run, 7-8 miles, with warm up and cooldown and yes, push ups and sit ups.

I just wrote this piece for my Linked-In site. I thought you might want to read it.

IMG_4746.JPGLarry Eder and Brian Eder, day before Rio Olympics, photo by Victah Sailer/PhotoRun.net

Coe_Seb1a-IAAFgala16.jpgSeb Coe, another chat with Parliament? photo by PhotoRun.net

LONDON (GBR): IAAF President Sebastian Coe has not refused to answer further questions following a request from the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and is ready to provide additional evidence in the Combating Doping in Sport inquiry. Following last week's questioning of David Bedford, the former London Marathon race director and head of the IAAF Road Running Commission, the Committee expressed their intention for Coe to be recalled to face further questions before the end of January. Informs insidethegames.

RunBlogRun opines: I am no doctor, but after having watched a few Parliament hearings on BBC and C-Span, I would rather do laundry, or clean my office than sit in front of the aforementioned committee. I am considering starting a Kickstarter campaign to provide Lord Coe with a few beverages after his next journey to chat with the Culture, media and Sport Select Committee. Such a meeting will not be pretty.

We will just have to wait to see.

Rob De Martini is the CEO and President of New Balance Athletic Shoes. We first met him at the Falmouth Road Race in 2009, after NB began to sponsor the event.

RobDeMartini-President-CEO-New-Balance.jpgRob De Martini, photo courtesy of IndustryWeek.com

We met with Mr. De Martini after the presser for the NYRR Run Center and the NB Run Hub. De Martini is at the helm of the largest privately held running performance footwear company in the world. And New Balance is at the top of their game. They are making consistently fine product, serving their retailers and their recent long term sponsorship of the NYRR shows that old school is the best school.

The sponsorship of the New York Road Runners by New Balance has gone farther than any sponsors of the past. First, all NYRR running events are sponsored by New Balance, including the TCS NYC Marathon. Secondly, the Run Hub in the NYRR Run Center is a living shoe lab. They can see what the kids of NYC like, and what runners from around the world want. Thirdly, the NYRR RunCenter provides a fantastic meeting place for runners of all ages.

The following interview was done on January 11, 2017 by the Shoe Addicts. We thank Rob De Martini for his time and insights. As always, we thank Mary Lawton for providing access to the NB team.

Hastings_NatashaFV-NBind16.jpgNatasha Hastings, NBIndoorGP2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

David Hunter told me that he was very proud of his piece on Natasha Hastings. I agree, it is one of his finest. Natasha Hastings is one of our most talented, hardworking and focused athletes. She is an amazing example of how fantastic the athletes in our sport can be. Natasha is also terribly bright, as the winner of her Conference Scholar Athlete while under the thoughtful coaching of Coach Curtis Frye.

I look at Natasha Hastings and see, not only a relay gold medalist 8 times over, but individual medals in her future. We will watch her closely in 2017 and beyond.

DSCN8875.JPGNoah Kipkemboi on his way to win the senior men's race, photo by Justin Lagat/Kenyanathlete

Next to the steeplechase, Kenya holds World Cross Counry dear to its heart. The World Cross Country title is a big deal and the level of competition to make the team, across Kenya, is tremendous. Justin Lagat wrote this piece about his local sub county race, that was held on January 14, 2017.

John Trautmann was kind enough to sit down with The Shoe Addicts at the Dash to the Finish Line on November 5, 2017 This is part three of the interview series we did with John on the care and coaching of high school athletes.

John Trautmann photo .pngJohn Trautmann speaks with Larry Eder, November 2016, photo by The Shoe Addicts

John Trautmann was a 1992 Olympian over 5000 meters. John Trautmann lost 60 lbs over several years, and, listening to his college coach, Frank Gagliano, aka Gags, trained himself back into shape and set a world masters record for the indoor mile.

John Trautmann knows how to coach young distance runners because he was one. Listen to his comments. Coaching is both art and science.

This is the first week of your Spring training. Some of you will have indoor races, some of your will have outdoor all comers. Some of you might find a one mile, or 5k at local road race. The idea is to get in a good effort today.

Lane_ClaudiaBW-FLfinals16.jpgClaudia Lane, Winner, FL 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Saturday, Race day, January 21, 2017. If you can race, 800 meters, 1000 meters, or 2 miles. Do a long warm up and long cool down. In the race, get out well and kick from 400 meters out in the 2 mile and 200 meters out in the 1000 meters or 800 meters. cooldown long as well. Five push ups, five bent leg sit ups.

Kipsang_WilsonLeds1-Berlin16.jpgWilson Kipsang, photo by PhotoRun.net

W. Kipsang in Tokyo
TOKYO (JPN): Former world marathon record-holder Wilson Kipsang will headline the first WMM race of the year Tokyo Marathon on 26 February, informs organisers. Kipsang will face teammates Bernard Kipyego (2:06:19) and Dickson Chumba (2:04:32) who finished second and third in last year's race along with leading Ethiopians Tadese Tola (2:04:49) and Tsegaye Kebede (2:04:38). Top names in the women's race include Ethiopians Amane Beriso (2:20:48), Amane Gobena (2:21:51) and Birhane Dibaba (2:22:30) while Kenyan track star Betsy Saina (67:22 HM) will make her full marathon debut. The fastest entrant is Lucy Kabuu (2:19:34) who is on the comeback trail.

RunBlogRun Opines: Wilson Kipsang set the WR in 2013 in Berlin, with his fine 2:03:23. It was broken in 2014 by Dennis Kimetto with his 2:02:57 run in 2014, also in Berlin. Kipsang won London in 2014 and placed second in the iconic Berlin race in 2016 against Kenenisa Bekele, where Bekele won and Kipsang ran his PB of 2:03:13. Now, a revitalized Wilson Kipsang heads to Tokyo to win his third World Marathon Majors race . Remember, Wilson has run five sub 2:05 marathons, and is an Olympic bronze medalist!

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