Category Archives: Pro Runners

London Postcards: Scenes from the 16th IAAF World Championships

Final leg of the men’s 4×100 relay Has it been five years already since the Olympics returned to London? In the wider world, a lot has changed for Great Britain and for the rest of us since 2012, but it … Continue reading

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Two hours: A Writing Exercise

[A moment ago, I started a stopwatch. I plan to sit here at my computer for the next two hours and write about Nike’s ‘breaking2’ publicity stunt for that exact amount of time. I’ll try to fix typos and other … Continue reading

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Boston, be my shining star

Some things should be obvious. It should be obvious that the Boston Marathon is not like London or Berlin or Chicago. It should be understood that, above all, the Boston Marathon is a competition, not a time trial, a test … Continue reading

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The World Comes to Kampala

Geoffrey Kamworor winning the Senior Mens race at the IAAF World XC Championships in 2015. On Sunday March 26th, Uganda hosts the 41st IAAF World Cross Country Championships at the Kololo Independence Grounds in the capital city of Kampala. It … Continue reading

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Retirement is for Kids

A couple of athletics stories caught my eye over the last couple of weeks, bookends for a topic I’ve thought about a lot lately.

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Book Review: How Bad Do You Want It?

“Endurance athletes, by definition, endure. They endure long hours of training, the privations of a monastic lifestyle, and all manner of aches and pains. But what endurance athletes must endure above all is not actual effort but perception of effort. … Continue reading

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Rio 2016: American Distance Revival

  “Are you f***ing kidding me?!!”                                           – Matt Centrowitz Sr.

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