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Coaching Athletics Quarterly

Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge continues to defy the notion that runners only have a finite number of good marathons in their legs as he extended his record at the distance to 10 wins from 11 starts at the Virgin Money London Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, on Sunday (22).

Yuki Kawauchi and Desiree Linden were the winners of a Boston Marathon which overturned every possible form book of the IAAF Gold Label road race on Monday (16).

Great look at a great coach/athlete combination in Dr David Martin and 1996 Olympic Marathoner Keith Brantly. My favorite coaching nugget from the article is "It's not how much training you DO, rather, it's how well you recover from the training you DO DO. Because, if you get injured or sick from DOing too much, you are in deep DOO DOO." Dr. Dave says, "The Do-Do Rule covers a multitude of sins for the runner and has never been proven wrong." Also, the bit about long-term planning is also very relevant to coaches, Dr Martin wrote a 16-year plan for Brantly when they first started working together! Enjoy this piece from RunBlogRun and Jeff Benjamin...

If there was an American Runner truly devoted to the training theories and encouragement from the late Dr. David Martin, then Keith Brantly definitely fits the bill.
One of the nation's top runners during a 20 year span over more than 2 decades, the 1996 U.S. Olympic Marathoner didn't just consider Dr. Martin as just a consultant, but as something more.

Here are Brantley's reminiscences of his most valued mentor.

The top European finisher in the 2016 women’s Olympic Marathon will be on the start line in Düsseldorf: Volha Mazuronak, who finished fifth in Rio, will run the METRO Marathon Düsseldorf on April 29. The world-class runner from Belarus should start as the women’s favourite while the addition of Japan’s Hideyuki Ikegami brings another leading runner to the men’s field.

Start of Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon from 2017, photo by Dubai Marathon. This was my first time to Dubai, and also to the Dubai Marathon. The short trip has reminded me how important it is that events have good teams, good sponsors and great venue. Dubai has all three.

Thursday, 25 January 2018 21:50

New Dawn for Dubai Marathon? Pat Butcher

Here's a final column of the Dubai marathon by Pat Butcher, one of the journalists that we rely on for updates on marathons around the world. This is my first visit to Dubai, and the race looks like it could be terribly fast, maybe even challenging the world record. Tamirat Tola, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist over 10,000m, World Championship silver medalist over the marathon is in top condition. At the presser, Tola told us he is in better shape than in 2017.

Organisers of the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon have confirmed that Tirunesh Dibaba and defending champion Daniel Wanjiru will return to the IAAF Gold Label road race on 22 April.

It was a double triumph for the Ethiopian runners as Solomon Deksisa and Amane Gobena took the honours at the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018, winning in 2:09:34 and 2:25:49 respectively on Sunday.

The leading men’s contenders attending Friday’s elite athletes press conference for the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018 were unanimous in their prediction ahead of Sunday’s big event, it could be the fastest ever race over the classic distance ever witnessed in India.

RunBlogRun opines: The 2018 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon will be held on January 26, 2018. The fields are always amazing, and the race continues to grow and thrive. Here are six questions that we asked Dubai's management team, Peter Connerton, Dubai Marathon's and their Media Director, Alan Ewens. We are excited to see the field and the race that the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon plans for 2018! Don't miss it!

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