Weekly Running Links: What’s Happened Since the Olympics

Every few weeks, I’m going to try to post an article with running links to some of the great stories that have been going on in the world of running.

  • This three part article (part 1, part 2, and part 3) about Ian Dobson and his wife Julia Lucas (who missed out on an Olympic spot by 0.04 seconds) over at PropellerMag is one of the best pieces of writing I’ve read about running the past few years. Do yourself a favor and be sure to check this out. After all of the feel good fluff pieces produced by NBC over the course of the Olympics, this will remind you there is a flip side to the Olympic dream.

  • I don’t know if this was news to everyone, but it certainly was news to me to find out double gold medalist Mo Farah has a long-lost twin brother.

  • Looking at results, there are a bunch of athletes that I’m guessing wish they could have a do-over at the Olympics. Carmelita Jeter has now beat two-time Olympic gold medalist Shelly Frasor-Pryce twice in the 100m. Matthew Centrowitz cut two and a half seconds off his 1500m PR becoming the 9th fastest American ever for 1500 meters in the process. Watch his impressive last lap and definitely check out this Flotrack interview with him:

    Watch more video of 2012 Lausanne Diamond League: Athletissima on flotrack.org

  • This is exactly what is wrong with track and field. Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt were both in the same stadium racing last Thursday night. Since they both wanted winning money, though, Blake ran the 100 in a ridiculous 9.69 making him the second fastest man of all-time. Bolt won the 200 in 19.58 rather than face off against one another. The tactic of avoiding other teams or playing a soft schedule has killed boxing and made college football infinitely less enjoyable (unless you are really looking forward to USC vs. North Texas this weekend).

  • Since the Olympics, Michigan’s Denard Robinson, Red’s minor leaguer Billy Hamilton, and Titan’s RB Chris Johnson all think they could beat Usain Bolt in a race. The good news we can gather out of this, I guess, is raging narcissism is still alive and well in professional athletes.

  • The college cross country season is coming up. Every year, there are a few surprises in cross country, but the story of last year’s XC champ Lawi Lalang is pretty cool.

That’s pretty much it for this week. For a much better list of links, head over to House of Run or LetsRun. This week, watch out for Galen Rupp’s attempt to possibly break the American 5k record on Thursday. Otherwise, track season is sort of winding down and road racing season is ramping up.

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