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Month: March 2018

March 30, 2018

Track and Field Viewing Guide For Florida Relays, Raleigh Relays, Stanford Invitational, Texas Relays

Jesse Squire breaks down a full schedule for you to know what + when to watch track and field action this weekend includes Stanford Invite & Florida Relays.

March 29, 2018

How do the world’s track and field national teams stack up?

Who are the world’s best track and field nations? How should we look at various ways to evaluate national team performance? Those questions & more explored.

March 28, 2018

Assessing Atlanta As The 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Host

As part of our series evaluating the cities competing to host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, we’re assessing the Atlanta bid.

March 27, 2018

We Run New York (2018) – Coming April 10

A new trailer has been released for We Run New York. We now have an official release date for the film delving into New York City’s running culture.

March 27, 2018

First Things First: A New Citius Mag Video Series – First Guest: Robby Andrews

First Things First gives viewers an inside look at elite athletes training in Flagstaff while eating hamburgers and answering questions at the same time.

March 26, 2018

Examining Geoffrey Kamworor’s Swagger Levels & More

We delve into some of the weekend’s best action including Geoffrey Kamworor’s 13:01 split at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

March 22, 2018

The Biggest Upsets in NCAA Track And Field History (Plus the Weekend’s Best Matchups)

In the spirit of March Madness, here are the biggest upsets in the history of college track and field and came up with a list across a variety of events.

March 21, 2018

Boston Marathon Mile-By-Mile Course Guide (Training Tips)

A detailed look into the Boston Marathon course and how to run the course to get the best out of yourself on race day. Guest blog by coach Brendon O’Leary.

March 20, 2018

Assessing Orlando As The 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Host

As part of our series evaluating the cities competing to host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, we’re assessing the Orlando bid.

March 19, 2018

How you treat your water bottles and what it says about you

People treat their respective water bottles to varying degrees of care and compassion to downright abuse. We break it down.

March 19, 2018

Thoughts on ‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Running’ by Haruki Murakami

Marukami starts by telling his life story through the lens of running but gives us insight on what makes one our greatest novelists tick.

March 15, 2018

Suggestions To Replace Urine Bottles For Doping Tests

Because Berlinger is halting production of urine bottles for anti-doping tests, we’ve decided to come up with suggestions on things to replace them.

March 15, 2018

Five Ways Track Fans Can Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, plus The Weekend’s Best Matchups

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on Saturday. How can you as a track fan and/or runner, more sedately celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

March 14, 2018

The 10,000-meter is The Wire and other things you may not know

Examining objectively good track and field events, as well as their accompanying TV show counterparts like The Wire and Arrested Development.

March 13, 2018

A look into the dark world of energy gels

I’m a huge idiot. I’ve never ran a marathon. I’ve never used a GU. I don’t even know what they are. So I reached out to some ‘experts’ about energy gels.

March 13, 2018

We Raised $1,805 On International Women’s Day For Girls Gotta Run

Wanted to extend a quick thank you to all the Citwits who took a second during International Women’s Day to donate to our fundraiser for Girls Gotta Run.

March 13, 2018

Assessing Austin As The 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Host

Last week, we kicked off our previews of the four of the cities bidding for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Up next? Austin.

March 12, 2018

Todd Williams and the unbreakable 15k American Record

Every once in a while, you’ll lace ‘em up and have a day where everything just clicks. Your stride is effortless, your concentration on point, you can easily lock into the zone and just fly. If you’re lucky, that day will be a race day. And if you’re really lucky, the stars will align and you’ll be blessed with perfect weather, a fast course, and quality competition.

Those are the days for something special — but only if you make the decision to go for it.

Todd Williams had one of those days at the Gate River Run in 1995. Looking back, 1995 was actually one of those years. By season’s end, Williams would place 9th at World Cross Country and run PRs of 27:31 for 10,000m and 13:19 for 5,000m. His crowning achievement, though, was a still-standing American Record of 42:22 for the win at Gate River.

Only one year earlier, such a season didn’t quite seem possible. He was out with a sacral stress fracture riding a stationary hand bike 10 hours a week, because any other activity would strain the injury and further extend recovery time.

But in the months before Gate River, Williams had been healthy and training consistently. In the 10 weeks before the race, he averaged 100 miles per week. He even logged 106 miles the week of the race, bringing into question the notion that a taper is necessary for top performance. When you’re on, you’re on. Might as well roll with it rather than changing things up.

What’s more shocking, though, is his long run each week — or, rather, lack thereof. During that same time frame, the longest single run was 12 miles, which he did twice. Most weeks had 10-11 miles as the “long” run, if we can even call it that. It has to make you think: how necessary is the weekly long run? Just asking the question is on the level of blasphemy here in the U.S. Everyone is an experiment of one, but if you can manage to run most of your miles fast (like Williams), then maybe you can forgo the long run — as long as you’re getting in a high level of overall mileage.

Todd Williams knew he was fit after logging a series of oft-repeated staple workouts. The first was 10 sets of a 380m hill while the second was a hard 5 mile run at 4:45 pace. The third workout was one he’d learned from the Kenyans of the day, a descending ladder of 1600-1200-800-400 with 3 minutes rest between each rep. When he split 4:05, 3:03, 2:00, and :56, Williams knew he was ready to blast.

There’s an interesting lesson to be learned from this training. If you want to race well, then you need to run fast often — sometimes really fast — while maintaining a high overall volume of mileage. But in-season, those long individual runs may not be necessary.

If you’ve ever run Gate River — or even seen the course map — you know it’s not as flat and easy as one might think the Florida coast would be. There are two bridges, one just after the first mile and one long grinder between 8 and 9. Hot, humid, and windy coastal Florida weather often increases the challenge.

But in 1995, the stars aligned. The morning was cool and clear, the wind calm. Williams entered the race fit as f– well, suffice it to say he was feeling fast.

“My motto,” Williams said in an interview with Gary Cohen, “was to hammer and see where the cards fall.” That’s an old school approach that honors the legacy of a classic race like Gate River.

Hammer he did, blazing a 4:23 first mile. The bridge early on may cost runners up to 30 seconds over the course of the second mile, so getting out hard was a necessity.

By 5k he was at 13:47; he later came through 10k at 28:07. This split — in a non-paced, solo road effort — was less than 30 second slower than his fastest track 10,000m at the time. And that was with another 5k and a monster hill to go.

At the finish, first place in an American Record 42:22, Williams was only about 8 seconds off of Paul Tergat’s world record at the time. That’s lofty company to be in.

To be able to average 4:30 pace on a course like Gate’s is an absolutely absurd accomplishment. In the history of the iconic event, only three other men have even broken 43:00 — one of them was an EPO cheat and another was named Meb.

In fact, 42:22 remains one of the more untouchable American distance records, made all the more astounding since it was set during the distance doldrums of the 1990s. But that’s what happens when you mix consistent, hard training with a day where everything clicks.

And when one of those days grabs you, you have to have the courage to go for it.

March 8, 2018

Calling Citwit Nation! Help Us Donate To Girls Gotta Run

We decided to raise some money for Girls Gotta Run on International Women’s Day. It’s simple and donating can help a young woman in Ethiopia.

March 8, 2018

A Brief Timeline of All the Bullshit Female Runners Have Overcome

It’s international women’s day, so it’s time to recognize the hurdles overcome, and celebrate the women that are continuing to blaze a path forward.

March 8, 2018

Icarus Director Bryan Fogel Tests Positive for PEDs in Post-Oscars Ceremony Testing

“Icarus,” the 2018 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature, has been stripped of its award and been issued a four-year ban.

March 8, 2018

Your Roadfood Guide to Indoor Championship Weekend

One of my goals whenever I travel is to find good roadfood. If I can find just one it’s a successful trip. What do I mean by “roadfood”?

March 6, 2018

A Running Tour de France: A Good or Bad Idea?

Would you watch a running event over the course of a month where athletes raced distances from 5K to the marathon three to four times/week for 4 weeks?

March 5, 2018

Why is a tiny island better at marathons than our entire continent?

At the 2018 Tokyo Marathon, 9 Japanese runners ran sub-2:10 with 6 of them placing top 10. How is the country beating USA at developing top marathoners?

March 4, 2018

Assessing Chattanooga As The 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Host

A making honest assessments of each of the bid cities for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Starting with Chatanooga!

March 2, 2018

How Lou Serafini Broke Four Minutes For The Mile With A Healthy Balance In His Professional And Social Life

We asked Lou Serafini how he managed to find that healthy balance between running, working and having a social life ahead of breaking four minutes.

March 1, 2018

Why Conference Championships Are The Best

The beauty of conference championship season is that everyone acts out Bo Schembechler’s words: the team, the team, the team.

March 1, 2018

How We Envision The Women’s 3,000m Final At World Indoors

In honor of the start of the IAAF World Indoor Championships, Video Guy Kyle put together a video of how he thinks the women’s 3,000m final will shake out.

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