Wednesday, January 30, 2008

James Carney Podcast

James Carney at the Falmouth Road Race (photo courtesy of Victah Sailer)The latest Final Sprint podcast profiles recent US Half Marathon champion James Carney. It’s been a great year for Carney, including a 27:43 10,000m, a disappointing (his words) 2:16 marathon debut, and the recent Half Marathon win, his first US title.

Next up: The Olympic Trials 10,000 meters.

Listen to the podcast here.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Kathy Butler Ready for 3M Half in Austin

Kathy Butler returns to Austin, Texas this Sunday to defend her title at the 3M Half Marathon. Butler won last year’s race in a time of 1:11:12, just off her personal best. Reports from Nederland, Colorado, where Butler has been training with Nicole Aish and Colleen De Reuck, indicate that training has been going well. To challenge Butler this weekend will be Magdalene Mukunzi, a Kenyan who trains down the canyon from Nederland, in Boulder.

Austin Statesman Article: Altitude Adjustment

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Michelle Sikes: Nike Athlete of the Week

Not sure why Nike chose this week to highlight Michelle Sikes (she hasn’t raced since the Falmouth Mile last August), but she is their Athlete of the Week. Our favorite part? Read her answer to, “What do you do to relax away from the track?”

Sikes will be running the US Indoor Championships in Boston before turning her attention to the outdoor season and the US Olympic Trials.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Tegenkamp Core Videos

Last July Scott Douglas wrote about Matt Tegenkamp’s core routine for The article was one of the most-viewed stories of the summer. This winter the editors at Runner’s World asked if Matt would highlight certain aspects of the routine on video. The result is this four-part series, which has already been viewed over 30,000 times.

Part I: The Warm-Up

Part II: Floor Routine

Part III: Dumbbell Routine

Part IV: Balance & Glute Routine

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Monday, January 14, 2008

KIMbia’s James Carney Wins US Half Marathon Championship

KIMbia’s newest athlete, James Carney, won the 2008 US Half Marathon Championships in Houston, Texas on Sunday. Carney, a Pittsburgh native and graduate of Division II Millersville University, set the tempo from the beginning, cruising along at 4:45 pace, breaking the tape at 1:02:21, 11 seconds ahead of runner-up Jason Lehmkuhle. It was Carney’s first US Championship and a positive indicator for things to come. Last spring he ran 27:43 for 10,000 meters at the Cardinal Invite – a time that used to raise eyebrows, but has less impact today – and at this year’s US Olympic Marathon Trials, his debut marathon, Carney finished 14th in 2:16:54. In that race he finished one spot and seven seconds behind KIMbia’s other new member, Fasil Bizuneh. (Fasil trained with KIMbia’s marathon group in Boulder leading up to the US Olympic Marathon Trials, but was not represented by KIMbia at the time.) Fasil finished 2nd at last year’s US Half Marathon Championship with a similar time to Carney’s – 1:02:20. Both Fasil and Carney plan to run the 10,000 meters at this year’s US Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

In the women’s race, Kate O’Neill continued her impressive move to the roads with a 13-second victory over Desiree Davilla. KIMbia’s Nicole Aish had a great race, finishing 4th in 1:12:30. Elva Dryer, last year’s winner and this year’s favorite, did not finish.

Race Recap and Results

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