Thursday, April 28, 2011

Stanford Week: Nelly Tackles the Tough Questions

Tim Nelson is the 10th-fastest American over 10,000m of all time, and is looking for more. He will run the Kim McDonald Memorial 10,000m this Sunday at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, the site of his two fastest 10,000m runs ever… including a break-out 27:36 win in 2009 that launched him just outside the list of Top 10 All-Time Americans. He will race in Stanford coming off of a disappointing 5000m in Melbourne, and a very impressive 3000m indoors in Seattle.

You won the Kim McDonald 10,000m at Stanford in 2009, and came back with another very strong performance in 2010 (albeit one that may have been overlooked in such an exceptionally strong overall field). Do you feel like you’ve got a special thing going with his race or venue? And if so, why?

I’ve raced at Stanford nearly every year since I was a sophomore in high school, and I almost always have run a personal best time, regardless of the event. Also, Stanford is only a few hours drive from my folks’ place, so I always have a cheering section when I’m there. All that to say, yeah, I certainly get excited every time I step on the track at Stanford.

C’mon now, honestly: how mad are/were you at Chris for stealing your thunder last year? Does your quiet surface mask raging currents beneath? Read the full article

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Stanford Week: Teg Talks 10k

Matt Tegenkamp is set to make his debut at 10,000m this Sunday in the Kim McDonald Memorial 10,000m at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. As the third American to ever break 13-minutes for 5000m, there is great excitement for his potential at the distance… only magnified by what must have seemed to running fans to be an almost interminable delay for this much-anticipated debut. Tegenkamp answered a few questions in preparation for Sunday.

Can you talk a little bit about the road that’s gotten you to this point where you and Jerry both feel you’re ready to race a longer distance? Was it a health thing? Getting to a certain volume? Accomplishing certain things at shorter distances?

I have always believed that I could run a solid 10,000m off of the training we have done in the past. However, Jerry has this idea that to run a solid 10k you have to be consistent in doing, basically, marathon training. Read the full article

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Stanford Week: Big Fields, Big Names, Big Excitement

Check back for Q&A’s with KIMbia entrants in Sunday’s Kim McDonald Memorial 10,000m, which we will be covering live on-site.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Stanford Week: Rebecca Donaghue’s Pre-Race Blog

It’s Stanford week — we’re just days from arguably the most exciting collection of distance races in America, at the Payton Jordan Invitational.

Rebecca Donaghue is as excited as American running fans are — not least because she can escape the rain of central Pennsylvania for a few days. A recent blog post captures her excitement, as she writes about a beautiful, zen-like run that served as one of her final workouts (essentially a long bout of tempo work) before heading to the West Coast.

It takes me about a mile to settle in and get into a rhythm. Once that happens I start to notice where we are for a few brief moments, the rushing Juniata river to our left, remnants of torn down railroad bridges, and farmland to our right. It’s definitely a different kind of focus than being on the track, and much needed since we’ve been doing this type of workout mostly on the track for the past few months. I’m still able to zone out; it’s just slightly different having new things to look at here and there. All and all it made for a harder workout than the track but ends up being one of my strongest workouts yet.

Rebecca will run the 5000m on Sunday May 1st, her first race on the track since last June. You can read the full blog at, linked here.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Tom Ratcliffe Weighs In On Fast Times at Boston Marathon

In the wake of Monday’s monumental Boston Marathon, where Geoffrey Mutai posted the fastest marathon performance in history, there was something of a furor over whether the mark — coming, as it did, on a course that has yielded historically middle-of-the-road times, among the major marathons — should be ratified as the world record. Boston, as a point-to-point course with a (minor) elevation loss, has always been considered ineligible for record-setting purposes. But as the race host, the BAA, applies for ratification and running fans debate back and forth, KIMbia Athletics director took to a public forum to shine some light back on the Boston Champion himself, writing in to the Boston Globe:

In my opinion, this whole argument takes away from a great performance. Monday’s marathon was one of the greatest races in the history of the sport, a fact that will live long beyond the temporary acclaim of any record. Regardless of the ruling by the International Association of Athletics Federations, Mutai’s splendid race will live on as an unquestionably astounding performance.

When our own Timothy Cherigat won Boston in 2004, with a time that was considered somewhat slow for such a competitive event, 2:10:37, there was some grumbling that his win was somehow less impressive.  But as Tim has pointed out, Read the full article

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