Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Guest host on the House of Run Podcast

The best shirt in Track & Field podcast history!
With Jason Halpin recovering from knee surgery, I channeled my inner Colin Kaepernick and joined Kevin Sully on this week's episode of the House of Run podcast. I've raved here about the House of Run before, but it's worth repeating; the House of Run is an excellent weekly podcast that any Track & Field fan should have in their rotation.

Tune into this week's pod here, or better yet, subscribe via iTunes here and listen to Kevin and I chat about the IAAF Athletes of the Year, the Ekiden Relay, World Cross, the Olympic Trials format,  Adam Nelson's potential 2004 Gold Medal, the Usain Bolt/Yohan Blake rivalry, the London bottle thrower, Fukuoka, the Drake Relays, NXN, Foot Locker, and of course, Oscar Pistorius "allegedly" threatening to break a man's legs.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

My offer to NYC Marathon runners

It's official. The NYC Marathon is canceled. I hope all the resources allotted for the race will now go to help rebuild the city as fast as possible. I hope the holding area in Staten Island is used as a safe haven for those that have been displaced.

But if you have trained and want to race Sunday (Marathon, Half Marathon or 10k), come down to Raleigh, NC.

Here's what I can offer:

1. Ride to and from the airport (RDU) on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

2. Recommendations for cheap lodging near the start of the race (Days Inn a mile from the start/finish is $60)

3. A great post race party at the Busy Bee Cafe (they are having a pasta dinner Saturday night as well)

Here's more information about the race: City of Oaks Marathon (I'll be running the 4-man relay for Capital RunWalk)

I'm dead serious. If interested, email me at (or call me to work out logistics)

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

The show will go on in NYC.

The show will go on this Sunday in New York City. Some hate it, some love it. I fall somewhere closer to the latter. Many are disappointed that their travel has been disrupted. That's tough. I've been flying in and out of LaGuardia every Monday and Thursday for the past seven months and know first hand how best laid plans can go awry. My 3:30-turned-11:30 departure last Thursday seems pretty small in comparison to the desolation that Sandy has inflicted on the biggest and best city in America. I also know how good it felt to run this great race in 2009.

While being the financial capital of the world, New York is also the most resilient city in the world. Many have been displaced, but the city will come together and recover. As much as I feel for those that are in dire straits right now, I'm happy that the race will be run. The New York City Marathon is as good as it gets. Mary Wittenberg and the New York Road Runners will do everything in their power to put on the best race they possibly can for those all over the world on this first Sunday in November.

Whatever your opinion, set your DVR and/or watch the marathon this Sunday at 9am eastern on ESPN. (A program called "Marathon Morning Across America: 2012 ING New York City Marathon" will air at 7am on ESPN 3). The better the ratings, the more likely it will be that more major running events are carried by ESPN. And I think we can all agree that this would be a good thing!

writing about running predictions:

1. Moses Mosop
2. Martin Lel
3. Wilson Kipsang
Darkhorse: Meb Keflezighi
Next American: Jason Hartmann

1. Bizunesh Deba
2. Kim Smith
3. Tatyana Arkhipova
Darkhorse: Edna Kiplagat
Top Americans: Amy HastingsMolly Pritz

Prep for Sunday with two great podcasts:

House of Run - Jason and Kevin are joined by Jesse Squire and Dan Rubenstein

The Trailer - The guys are joined by Lauren Fleshman

...and the always excellent Men's and Women's preview

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