Friday, May 19, 2017

Weekly RunDown #37

Jim Ryun
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
Jim Ryun

Article by Michael Joyner on the Breaking2 event and the sub 2 hour marathon.  Interesting how things go as Mike and I both went to High School in Tucson AZ, at different schools, but he was one year ahead.  Then we both ran on the University of Arizona X-Country and Track Team when I was there.

Part 2 of Zach Bitter's post on Periodizing Nutrition: Peak Base.  Here is Part 1 on Rest and Low Intensity

Quite the team Kenya picked for the for the marathon at Worlds on August 6th: Kipchoge, Kipsang & Wanjiru for the men and E. Kiplagat, Keitany and F. Kiplagat.  It was tweeted, for what its worth, that none have actually accepted the invite yet and then not many days later Keitany and f. Kiplagat turn down their spots, so it will be interesting to see what will happen on the mens side.  Not anywhere as strong an American team as it could be but that is what happens with so many races out there to choose from that pay well.'s: This Week in Running: May 15, 2017's The Week That Was in Running: May 8-14, 2017

USATF Weekend Roundup - May 15, 2017

July 15th was the 52nd Anniversary of Jim Ryun's sub 4:00 mile at the Kansas State HS which was the first at a HS only race, and is still the fastest.  See video at link as well as below.

Nice article on Anton (Tony) Krupicka.  It is good to see him back out running, if you follow him on Strava you can see is getting some pretty good miles in, hope he stays healthy as it will be interesting to see what he can do with all the time away from Ultras.

Ian Corless writes on the 2017 Transvulcania

Report from the recent North Face Bear Mountain 50 Miler

Jamil Coury writes on his recent struggles in an article titled Life Stressors - there is also a video worth watching

Strong feet are important and here are 5 Foot Strengthening Tips

Trail Runner writes on What it Takes to be an Ultrarunner

Masters Running

Nice to see Nick Rose still running at 65, and running well.  Having been born in England Nick was a runner I watched in HS and even thought of going to Western KY where he went to college.

Anthony Whiteman runs a World Age Group Record of 1:51.3 for 800m at 45

Steve Smythe (58) ran 2:56:16 in the Seville Marathon February 19th, 40 years 119 days from the first time he ran under 3:00 hours.    Article does not list how many consecutive years he has gone sub 3:00 but Mark Cucuzzela (50) has gone sub 3:00 for 30 consecutive years, he did it at Boston this year, just behind the record of 33 consecutive years.  (Update 5/19/17 - Thanks to Bryan for catching that this article may be a little behind as: "The "record" that Steve Smythe ran has now been listed as surpassed on the ARRS website. The new "record" is just over 41 years. However, I am almost certain that Dave Walters has run 43 years from his first sub-3:00 and is still going strong.")

Susan Hobson interview - Age is No Barrier

Joan Benoit Samuelson turned 60 and has a goal

If you have any master news (runners 40 and over) please send me the info via the contact link.

Races this Weekend 
Ultra-Trail Australia, Blue Mtns Nat. Park - May 18 - 2, 2017
Keys 100,  Key Largo, FL  May 20 - 21, 2017
Born to Run Ultra, Los Olivos, CA -May 18 - 20, 2017

Past Weekend Race Results
Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) - May 13, 2017
Diamond League - Shangahai, China - May 13, 2017
Transvulcania Ultra Marathon, La Palma - May 13, 2017
The North Face Endurance Challenge, New York - May 13, 2017

Jim Ryan's sub 4:00 mile at the Kansas State  HS championship May 15, 1965

And here is Ryan's breaking the world record in 1967

Review from Heartland Running on Carson Footwear shoes

Ultra-Trail Australia 2017 Promo - You can also see the highlights from 2016 here

Jeff Browning and Jesse Haynes: The Last Darkness: Running 170 miles through the Owyhee Canyonlands

Mountain Outhouse News

Transvulcania Ultramarathon 2017

Here is a Salomon video on Transvulcania


  1. Tony- The "record" that Steve Smythe ran has now been listed as surpassed on the ARRS website. The new "record" is just over 41 years. However, I am almost certain that Dave Walters has run 43 years from his first sub-3:00 and is still going strong. I had my eye on this at one point, having run 2:53 at age 18 ;) -Bryan B

  2. Thanks for the update Bryan - I will add a note to the post.

  3. As expected: Browning-Haynes in the Owhyee was excellent. Thanks for the link.