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By Mark Tucker “I had broken 2:09. I forgot my exhaustion. Within a couple (of) hours, the agony of a world record run would manifest itself. The elation would be replaced by fear. I would be urinating quantities of blood and vomiting black mucous. The race left me so totally...
Joan Benoit Samuelson: A Column By Mark Tucker for Runner's Tribe The first ever winner of the Women’s Olympic Marathon. The first ever! For any distance runner that would be an absolute dream sentence to come after your name. For Joan Benoit Samuelson, it’s reality. In the heat, humidity and smog...
Two-time Olympic 1500m champion, Sebastian Coe, doesn’t really need an introduction. Coe set eight outdoor and three indoor world records during his career – including, in 1979, setting three world records in the space of just 41 days. Remarkably, his 800m world record of 1:41.73 set in 1981 stood...
© 2017 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved. “If I run with others then all sessions become full-speed burners; thus I prefer to run with others just for speed sessions” - Paul Tergat Sources: Running to the Limit - Training Plans, Tips and Secrets. By Paul Tergat. ‘Train Hard, Win Easy. The Kenyan...
“In Europe, maybe most youngsters think it is safer to go to university and then get a high paying job. After all, there are easier ways to earn a living than as an 800m runner!" – Andre Bucher © 2017 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved. Sources IAAF Andre Bucher Interview 2001. ...
© 2017 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved. “I think the Olympics and World Championships are going to be high-pace races from now on.”  -  Sammy Wanjiru The Olympic marathon, one of the cornerstone blue ribbon events of any Olympic Games. Until 1984, women were sidelined,  whilst men have been battling...
From the Clouds:  The Career of Yuriy Borzakovskiy Written by Sam Burke - © 2017 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved “Borzakovskiy is already out of this race”.   Sebastian Coe commentating during the Sydney Olympic 800m semi-final when Borzakovskiy trailed the field significantly after one lap. Borzakovskiy went on to win the...
© 2017 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved. “A lot of people thought I was crazy with the training that I undertook, and maybe I was.”  - Derek Clayton Derek Clayton is an old-school runner, if ever there was one.  A larger than life personality. A largish runner in fact.  A...
Steve Prefontaine: A runners’ runner A Column By Mark Tucker Steve Roland "Pre" Prefontaine (January 25, 1951 – May 30, 1975) “A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at...
“There are lots of elements to running a successful marathon and I’ll bet insights into them are woven throughout all of the interviews in this book!”  – Lisa Ondieki © 2017 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved. Lisa Ondieki certainly rates as Australia’s top female marathoner, her 1988 Olympic silver medal...
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