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Farah Out of Glasgow DL Meeting

By David Monti, @d9monti (c) 2014 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved (08-Jul) -- Double Olympic champion Mo Farah has been forced to withdraw from this weekend's Sainsbury's Glasgow Grand Prix, part of the IAAF Diamond League, due to an illness, his management company revealed. Farah, who lives and trains in Portland, Ore., was forced to go to the hospital in the USA with abdominal pains last week.  He is now undergoing further testing in Britain with the British Athletics medical team.  He had planned to run the two-mile event ...

The Absence of Racing: RT Journal by Mark Tucker

There is something hard to define that I miss about competitive distance running. A small part of it is the training – feeling super fit and training towards a race (or races), but mostly it is the races themselves that I miss. The build up towards a race, the people you race with and against, the feeling after having a good race – especially satisfying if you suffered for it and the result was in doubt. I also miss the travel involved, the mixture of familiar and new places, sightseeing afterwards, experiencing different cultures ...

Georgia Wassal RT Journal: A season of changes and challenges

This season has been the most exciting and enjoyable, both on and off the track. It has also been a time where I have endured the most change in what has been a very “cruisy” life to date. I have learned many lessons in compromise and discipline and although still finding my feet, I’m embracing all the opportunities change can bring.   The first change I faced at the beginning of last season was finishing school, and the first challenge, was sitting the HSC. I had attended Central Coast Grammar School for the past 10year...

Down the rabbit hole: RT Journal by Daniel Wallis

When Alice went down the rabbit hole, she had eaten some “magic cakes” before spending time with a smoking caterpillar, chatting with a talking cat, and drinking heavily with some guy in a massive hat surrounded by flamingos. Most of us can only get this kind of experience in Las Vegas, and would consider it nothing short of an awesome time. I’ve been down the rabbit hole for what feels like an age. For me it’s been a party I never wanted to go to but wasn’t allowed to leave, while I only drank what was in the tea...

Periodising your running training: By Mark Blomeley

As a strength and conditioning coach, and avid runner myself, I'm very familiar with a runner's attitude when it comes to training and recovery. As I'm sure you're aware I'm referring to "the need to run" which sometimes outweighs science, professional advice and logic. Unfortunately, to be the bearer of bad news, the consistently high training volume that we often train at, purely just for the love it often mixed with high intensity as well, means that we expose ourselves to unnecessary injury risks, which ultimately impact our training. ...

Jonas Aranda RT Journal: Team GMAN

Whether it is on the track, on the road, or on the rough terrains of a cross country course, running puts your mind and body to the test. Running asks the muscles in your body whether they have what it takes to push that extra yard, to take that extra stride. Running asks your mind whether it has the capacity to be a master over pain, whether it has the ability to ignore the voice in your head that says "This is too hard." I've been running track seriously since I was thirteen, ranging from 400m right through to 3000m, although I focus mainly ...

Glasgow: Just the Beginning for Brooke Stratton

There was a sense of balance and purpose as Brooke Stratton stood at the top of the runway for her first jump at this years National Championships. Everything was perfect, the weather was as good as you could expect for Melbourne in April and more importantly the wind was going to play it’s part in what would eventually be a defining moment in Stratton’s long jumping career.   Coming into the 2014 National Championships Stratton was having one of her most consistent domestic seasons, after what could only be described as a &ls...

Hard road for Mo: A Column By Len Johnson

When Mo Farah hit the road mid-way through last month’s New York half-marathon he no doubt realised there is no ‘soft’ way to land on the bitumen. It is to be hoped Mo did not forget that when he again hit the road at the finish of the race, this time in a faint, his collapse apparently due to a combination of delayed shock from the fall, the further impact of chasing hard to regain the leaders, and the freezing cold conditions he encountered in New York straight off warm-weather training in Kenya. It was a timely reminder of...

Can this man run another 'pb'? By Len Johnson

Remember the arresting image of a lightning bolt above Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium just as Usain Bolt crossed the finish line to win the 100 metres at last year’s world championships. Even the gods seemed to be working in harmony with the great man. Coming on top of Bolt’s self-elevation to legend status after retaining both his Olympic titles in London a year earlier, Moscow’s implied celestial acclaim was . . .  well, a godsend. When you have already anointed yourself, the next step is recognition from another worl...

Jonas Aranda Interview: Harvard Bound

Recently, young West Australian middle distance runner, Jonas Aranda received an exciting offer to continue his education and athletic career at Harvard University. We scratched beneath the surface and discovered Jonas is the product of a long line of successful middle distance runners from Aquinas College, which traces back to Olympic 1500m champion Herb Elliot. Furthermore, his training group in Perth is producing some of Australia’s top middle distance talent, including Sam McEntee, who last year ran 3.36 for 1500m and 7.54 for 3000m ...