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Thoughts on the Breaking 2 project
by on Thursday, May 11, 2017

As I'm sure most of you are aware, Nike had its Breaking 2 run this past weekend. Three runners were given every advantage (some that broke IAAF rules, making the run record ineligible) to see if someone could break 2 hours in a marathon.

The final result? Eliud Kipchoge came closer than many, myself included, expected by running 2:00:25. The other runners ran 2:06 and 2:14. Outside of Kipchoge, the results had to be seen as disappointing. Kipchoge, though, proved how great of a marathoner he is.

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A sub-2 hour marathon in 2017?
by on Thursday, December 29, 2016

A bit of a different post this month. Earlier this month, Nike announced that they will be fielding an attempt to break 2 hours in the marathon in the spring of 2017. Shortly later, Adidas announced that they had a similar initiative in the works. Both have apparently been working on this for years.

I've written about breaking 2 hours in the marathon in the past when the topic has come up. In 2014, I said don't expect to see a 1:59 in the next decade (by 2024) and I'm not even convinced it would happen in the next 20 years (by 2034). So am I writing this off as something that never will happen? Well, not completely. Here's why.

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Olympic Track and Field is here!
by on Thursday, August 11, 2016

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It's what we've all been waiting for. Once every four years, our sport gets center stage of the sporting world. Tomorrow, track and field's time starts.

A few things to keep an eye on with a couple of notes. First, no field events. I'll be honest, I don't know enough about them. Second, this is a bit American heavy and I'll skim over a few events that I don't know a lot about.

Men's 100: Can Usain Bolt continue his dominance at championship events? Last year, he seemed very vulnerable and Justin Gatlin seemed primed to beat him at the World Championships. It didn't happen. Bolt didn't look dominant but he was good enough to win. He again looks vulnerable but why would you bet against him? There are others, primarily the other Jamaicans and Americans, but it's basically Bolt and whether Gatlin can beat him.

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Luke Puskedra's baby has cancer
by on Friday, February 26, 2016

On February 13th, I thought the worst news Luke Puskedra could face was that he finished 4th at the Olympic Trials.

It turns out he faced much worse news not long after when he found out his daughter Penelope has Neuroblastoma. The word right now is that her prognosis is good but she does face a long and expensive recovery.

If you would like to help the Puskedra family financially, a friend of the family set up a GoFundMe page.

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2016 US Olympic Trials Marathon preview
by on Thursday, February 11, 2016

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The US Olympic Trials for the marathon is this Saturday in Los Angeles. The races will be broadcast live starting at 1pm Eastern on NBC or you can check NBC Live Extra for online viewing.

Below is a bit about some of the favorites in each race, as well as a list of others who I think will run well and be in position if some of the favorites don't come through.

Women

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The Nike Oregon Project/Alberto Salazar story
by on Thursday, June 11, 2015

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Alberto Salazar

By now, I'm sure anyone reading this post knows about the story. At first, I didn't want to write about it. As the story goes on, though, I think it's important enough to the sport that I should write about it. Not because I'll write a better piece than the many great authors who have written on this but because I want to offer a place for you to find some of the best links and expand with my thoughts.

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Another honor for Coach Conway
by on Thursday, May 14, 2015

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Coach Conway - inspiration, role model, mentor - working the finish line, one of the many jobs a high school coach fills

A personal post this week. As anyone who knows me as a runner knows, my middle school track and high school cross country coach has been a huge influence on my life. To be honest, he has been inside and outside of running.

To explain what Coach Conway has meant to me would take far more words than anyone wants to read in a blog post. To try to keep it short, I highly doubt I would have found my way to distance running without him and it's no secret how big a part of my life running is. He has done much more for me, though. He taught me to be confident in myself, to be proud of what I've accomplished while remaining humble. He's been an amazing role model on many levels, from the way he freely shares his incredible wealth of knowledge to his work ethic and desire to excel personally as well as be as helpful to as many others as possible.

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This week's post is all about pain...???
by on Monday, May 11, 2015

I hope nobody gets the wrong impression. I really don't think running should be such a painful thing. That said, I have two pain related topics for today. Gender specific injury prevention and our memories of painful events.

Gender specific injury prevention

This seems like an interesting topic to me. Let's be honest. As much as I love the sport of running because it's so open to all people, all ages, all genders, men and women are different even when it comes to running. There are some differences in our physiology that simply can not be overlooked.

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Larry Rawson's weight comments at the Boston Marathon
by on Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Lightweight? Yes. Also and more important: powerful, extremely fit, amazing stamina.

Did Larry Rawson do a disservice to young and likely not so young runners across America? In my opinion, yes.

I didn't see the coverage live. I saw a lot about the topic as it was happening via Twitter, though, and it reminded me of previous races I did see live where Rawson constantly focused on the weight of the elite female runners. When I saw some replays of the race, I heard at least some of his comments and heard what I feared but also expected given his history.

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2015 Boston Marathon prediction contest
by on Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Win some cool HillRunner.com gear!

It's Boston Marathon time! You know you're already thinking about who will win and how fast the winning times will be. Why not win something with your predictions?

We'll have two winners, one each for the men's and women's races.

How to enter:

- Pick the top 3 for each race
- Pick the winning time for each race
- Get them to me, via comments, contact form, email, Twitter, Facebook or any other method available.

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