Category Archives: Records & Statistics

Eliud Kipchoge Breaks the Marathon

If a marathon can be said to stand for something, it must surely stand for the idea that speed comes at a price. Run too fast at the start, expend your energy too early, and you are sure to come … Continue reading

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Roger Bannister’s Century

“Records are the bare bones of athletics, like numbers to a mathematician. Unless given a human touch they have no life, no appeal. Statisticians may juggle with them, some perhaps finding in their concentration on record figures a vicarious fulfillment … Continue reading

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Track and Field News: A Belated Appreciation

Track and Field News (TFN), the self-proclaimed “Bible of the Sport,” recently announced that the December 2017 issue of the monthly magazine would be its last. From now on, TFN would provide only online content. When I read the news, … Continue reading

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What is happening to American Runners?

Chart by Jens Jakob Anderson and Ivanka Andreeva Nikolova, runrepeat.com When it comes to running, I live in a bubble. I spend some part of every day running, or coaching, or writing, or thinking about running. My social life revolves … Continue reading

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Slowing down faster

  A couple of days ago, I observed a milestone that I had been dreading for a while: I turned 59 ½.

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IAAF’s misguided idea for sanitizing the record book

“…We want to change the concept of a record and raise the standards for recognition to a point where everyone can be confident that everything is fair and above board.” — European athletics president Svein Arne Hansen “It is a … Continue reading

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Path of Least Resistance

“My opinion is that the single most effective tactic used on Saturday was to have Kipchoge run most of the distance close behind a Tesla vehicle onto which had been mounted a large wind shield pretending to be a clock.” … Continue reading

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