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April 14, 2018

Play Boston Marathon BINGO on Race Day

In honor of the 2018 Boston Marathon, we decided to make the broadcast a little interactive for you. We’ve created a BINGO Card.

April 14, 2018

How to Watch The 2018 Boston Marathon: Online, Live Stream, TV Broadcast Information

Monday’s Boston Marathon is a must-watch event. But how? We’ve got you covered with TV channel and online streaming information.

April 13, 2018

Lane 9: Fast Thoughts Ahead Of The Boston Marathon

Chris Chavez and Scott Olberding connect for a special edition of Lane 9 as they try to imagine how the 2018 Boston Marathon plays out.

April 13, 2018

Citius Mag Beer Review: Marathon Wheat Ale from Start Line Brewing

Our first beer review of Boston Marathon weekend goes to Start Line Brewing. Watch as Citius Mag founder Chris Chavez drinks his first beer.

April 13, 2018

It’s Finally Here: The Marathon Matchup We’ve All Been Waiting For

The U.S. women’s field for the 2018 Boston Marathon includes nearly every major contender for the 2020 U.S. Olympic marathon team at this point.

April 13, 2018

CITIUS MAG Staffers Reveal Their Boston Marathon Predictions and Picks

CITIUS MAG staffers share their predictions and picks for the men’s and women’s elite races at the 122nd Boston Marathon on April 16.

April 9, 2018

LANE 9 – Remember His Name: Erick Kiptanui Runs 5th-Fastest Half Marathon Of All Time In Berlin

Chris and Scott break down all the weekend’s best and worst action. This weekend, Erick Kiptanui became the 5th fastest half marathoner ever.

April 2, 2018

Lane 9: Sydney McLaughlin Had Quite The Excellent Weekend

Chris and Scott recap all of the weekend’s track and field action including Sydney McLaughlin’s 22.39 200m, 50.07 400m and 49.45 4×4 split.

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

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 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 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 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.

February 28, 2018

Shelby Houlihan’s Focus

Shelby Houlihan gives us a look at how she went from injured in January to a U.S. champion and now a world indoor championship medal contender.

February 26, 2018

A Brief History of the World Indoor Championships

The IAAF World Indoor Championships are upon us in Birmingham, UK but learn a little bit of history on how these championships came to be.

February 26, 2018

Mt. Rushmore of U.S. Women’s Marathoners: Did Amy Cragg Just Snag A Spot?

Amy Cragg clocked a personal best of 2:21:42 at the Tokyo Marathon so does that put her among the greats on the Mt. Rushmore of U.S. Marathoning?

February 21, 2018

Katie Nageotte On Her Road to Her First U.S. Title: “It Still Doesn’t Feel Real”

Jesse Squire chats with 2018 U.S. Indoor Track and Field Champion Katie Nageotte on her breakthrough performances and her career track.

February 19, 2018

How Old Is Ben Blankenship? We Have A Theory

A LetsRun thread questions “The Mysterious Age of Ben Blankenship” so we came up with out own theory on when he was born.

February 19, 2018

The Scenes and Emotions of the 2018 USATF Indoor Championships

R.J. McNichols gets behind the camera for CITIUS MAG at the USATF Indoor Championships this weekend to capture the emotions of athletes headed to Worlds.

February 18, 2018

Christian Coleman Breaks The 60m World Record, Wins First U.S. National Title

He ran fast earlier this season but the time didn’t count for a world record. This time, Christian Coleman made it count.

February 18, 2018

A LOT OF DOUBLING HAPPENING IN ALBUQUERQUE; CHELIMO WINS THE 1500

Shelby Houlihan was not just the only athlete to double up and win at the US Indoor Championships, Paul Chelimo roared back from the 3,000 meters.

February 18, 2018

Houlihan unleashes a monster kick, melts the entire field’s collective face

Shelby Houlihan returned to the track less than 24 hours after winning the 3,000 meters and then won the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Indoor Championships

February 18, 2018

Donavan Brazier just barely misses Johnny Gray’s indoor American record

Johnny Gray’s indoor American record in the 800 meters got another scare from Donavan Brazier as he fell just .10 seconds off it.

February 18, 2018

Death, taxes and Ajee Wilson winning an 800-meter race

Ajee Wilson must have a very big closet at home because she is just racking up these US national titles and added another one in Albuquerque.

February 18, 2018

Fred Kerley stumbles, mounts a furious comeback, comes up short

Michael Cherry won one of the oddest 400 meter indoor races ever as Fred Kerley was bumped off the U.S. team for Worlds on the second lap.

February 18, 2018

Talking shop with the Citius bloggers ahead of day 3 at the 2018 USATF Indoor Championships

Previewing all the second day’s action at the USATF Indoor Championships with CITIUS MAG bloggers Stephen Kersh, Scott Olberding and Ryan Sterner.

February 18, 2018

Katie Mackey Makes Her First U.S. national team for Worlds

Katie Mackey has qualified for the IAAF World Championships for the first time in her career with a second place finish in the women’s 3,000 meters.

February 17, 2018

2018 U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships: Live Results, Analysis, Commentary (Day 1)

Bringing you all the best commentary from the 2018 USATF Indoor Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center for the weekend.

February 16, 2018

Quamel Prince Is The Unsponsored Underdog You Should Root For At USAs

Get to know Quamel Prince: the 23-year-old who never qualified for NCAAs and has broken 1:48 a grand total of once in his life.

February 12, 2018

Remembering Jon Grey

Boulder Track Club distance runner Jonathan Grey took his own life after losing his battle with depression at 29 years old.

February 9, 2018

Ten laps to the mile: The story of the first indoor marathon

If you’re from the Great Lakes region, you maybe familiar with indoor marathons held during the winter season. Here’s the story of the first indoor marathon

February 8, 2018

It’s heat check time for Edward Cheserek in Boston

Edward Cheserek is attempting to break 3:50 indoors for the mile this Friday at Boston University’s Valentine Invitational.

February 6, 2018

How far could Giannis Antetokounmpo triple jump?

Giannis Antetokounpo posterized Tim Hardaway Jr but does Giannis have the build, the fundamentals & intangibles for triple jump?

February 6, 2018

Life Lessons Learned From Eliud Kipchoge’s Speech At Oxford

Self discipline, teamwork, consistency, planning and preparation are just some of the keys to success according to Eliud Kipchoge.

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