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May 2014

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05/31/2014 - 13:38

EUGENE, Ore. -- Galen Rupp broke the American record in the men’s 10,000 meters on Friday evening at the Nike Prefontaine Classic, crossing in 26:44.36. Rupp bided his time until the final two laps, moving in the front of the pack and getting the Hayward Field crowd on its feet. TrackTown was electric, as Rupp took his victory lap to a crowd of 7,500, the best crowd for “Distance Night” in the history of the Nike Prefontaine Classic. Rupp broke his own previous record of 26:48.00, set in 2011.

“I was just elated. I was really coming in here and looking at it as a good opportunity to run a 10k and work on my tactics. I didn’t want to just look at it as a chance to run a good time. It’s more about what’s going to help me through next year and 2016. That was, honestly, my biggest focus going into it. Just competing, how I was going to finish, and to get the record on top of that was just a bonus.”

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Date: 
05/30/2014 - 15:30

By Peter John L. Thompson

Diane Finish tape - Illustrated London News-thumb-500x755-8936.jpg Diane Leather was the first woman to break five minutes for the mile. She did this on May 29, 1954. Diane Leather may be the most important runner that you have never heard about. This article was provided to us by our partner publisher RunBlogRun through the courtesy of the author of the story, Peter John L. Thompson.

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Diane Leather Breaking the 5-Minute Mile Barrier

by Peter John L Thompson, copywrite 2014.

Many of you reading this blog are aware of the the 60th anniversary of breaking the four-minute barrier for the mile. On May 6th, 1954 Roger Bannister ran the mile in 3:59.4, a time that was previously thought physiologically and mentally beyond the scope of man.

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When did your feet complete a feat?

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05/29/2014 - 20:41
Date: 
05/29/2014 - 20:41

By Mary Marcia Brown

me running 1.jpg A spectator positioned at a marathon finish line can expect to witness an expansive array of raw emotions as runners realize their 26.2-mile goal. From the torrent of tears flooding from the eyes of novice runners who never knew the distance was possible, to the joyful elation of veterans achieving victorious personal bests, marathon finish lines are filled with goals achieved and dreams come true.

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World’s top runners have won in Houston

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05/29/2014 - 18:24
Date: 
05/29/2014 - 18:24

457.jpgOver the past decade, the Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend of Events has proven to be a breeding ground for the up-and-coming and resurgent distance runners on the international scene. Americans Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi and Shalane Flanagan, along with Ethiopians Dire Tune, Deriba Merga, Teyiba Erkesso and Feyisa Lilesa have all won in Houston and gone on to win races such as the Boston Marathon, New York City Marathon or the U.S. Olympic Trials.

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05/27/2014 - 08:53
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Date: 
05/26/2014 - 04:54

by Joanna Zeiger on May 22, 2014 in Coaches Corner

Problems-during-a-Race-New-Page-6.jpgProblems during a Race - Even with the best training and pre-race preparations, a running race can go drastically wrong; and, the longer the distance, the more room for issues. Use this handy flowchart to determine what to do when disaster strikes.

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GIRLS ON THE RUN – WHAT FUN!

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05/23/2014 - 18:53
Date: 
05/23/2014 - 18:53

By Neal Riemenschneider
girlsonrun.jpgWinchester, VA -- A few months ago, a teacher on my team asked if I would be the running buddy for her 4th grade daughter who had enrolled in a program entitled “Girls on the Run.” The program – as taken from their website – “Is a transformational physical activity based on positive youth development for girls 3rd – 8th grade. They teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence though accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.” Put me in my place…I just run for the hardware…

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‘Streakers’ top 2,000 daily runs

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05/21/2014 - 14:46
Date: 
05/21/2014 - 14:46

(Editor’s note: This column and photo appears in the June issue of Running Journal.)

By Bill Gorman

Bill and Ruth - Streakers 10-4-11.jpg First let me explain the picture and dispel any myths. The picture depicts a component of our current running journey. Yes my wife, while Ruth and I are “streakers,” we are not the clothesless variety, but the “run at least a mile a day kind.” Needless to say streaking is a part of our running program and, God willing, when you read this we will have surpassed 2000 days in a row. Streaking may be somewhat compulsive, but for the last 5 ½ years it has helped us stay injury free while enjoying our running.

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Date: 
05/19/2014 - 04:22

Running USA wire
Source: Marine Corps Marathon

Men's half marathon winner Tim Young breaks his own course record by nearly two minutes

historichalflogo.jpgFREDERICKSBURG, Va. – It was an epic day at the Marine Corps Historic Half in Fredericksburg, with two course records set and the second-most finishers (6,020) in the event's seven-year history. Area runner and Historic Half record holder Tim Young crossed the finish line in one hour, 5 minutes, 9 seconds, breaking his own course record of 1:06:57.

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Influencing others to run marathons?

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05/18/2014 - 18:22
Date: 
05/18/2014 - 18:22

By Paul Riefberg

What influences us to take up marathon running?

I am sure this is unique from runner to runner. In my case, I had just completed my junior year at St John’s University in Queens, NY, and was spending time in the summer of 1971 out in the Hamptons.

I was taking a 6 mile run on Dune Road, and as we all know, no one stops to talk to us on long distance runs, normally. All of a sudden, a motorcycle pulls up along side me and slows down to my pace. The driver was Paul Fetscher, a marathon runner.

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