Category Archives: Records & Statistics

Wake Up and Smell the Carbon!

Stacked cushioning arrangement for shoe sole structure, from US patent application US20190365034A1.   “…Things move on, and innovation is normal. But when the innovation is so large and sudden, what happens is that it distorts the contribution made by the … Continue reading

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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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