Running Essentials: News - What's Going On/What Just Happened?

Living in a world of constant streams of information, there are always things to read about and learn. Big international news items, historic events, celebrity gossip, all the things that make up a days worth of information. The running community has its very own mass media and headline news. If you don’t have the chance to check the running blogosphere each morning upon waking up, don’t worry, Charge has you covered. Here’s a media blitz of information and headlines to get you up to date and give you plenty of material to mention and nod along to at the running club water cooler:

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NCAA Division 1 Nationals: Saturday, 11/17! 

*Editor’s Note: by date of publishing the race has been completed

For the first time since 1978 the NCAA National Championship for D1 Men and Women will be held in Madison, WI at the now legendary Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course. With the Wisconsin Men looking to make a move back to the podium on their home course this battle will ultimately comes down to the strength of the Wisconsin Aussie duo of Morgan McDonald and Oliver Hoare versus the dynasty Northern Arizona University team, the up-and-coming BYU Cougars and the underdog Portland team. On the women’s side you’ll see an unprecedented press for 3 team championships in 4 years for the University of New Mexico team…and then everyone else, notably the Pac-12 teams Oregon and the always dangerous Colorado Buffaloes. No matter what you’re going to see freezing, windy, conditions typical or Wisconsin at any point after July and some of the very best young runners in the world! Wow! What a time to be alive!

*SPOILER ALERT: Colorado women stun New Mexico in a big upset and Morgan McDonald wins at home while NAU conquers the men’s field for their team three-peat. 

Return of American Women to World Marathon Major Victories

For years now talented athletes from Kenya and Ethiopia has dominated the world stage in the marathon distance, and then came 2017-2018. In a great showing for the future of American distance running, longtime professionals Shalane Flanagan and Desiree Linden each took home world marathon major victories at the New York City and Boston races respectively. Flanagan, an American record holder, writer, and Charge Blog All-Star (see Running Essentials: Books for All Runners!) pulled away from 2:17 marathoner Mary Keitany of Kenya to claim her first world major marathon victory. Linden meanwhile became the first American woman in 33 years to break the tape at Boston, conquering biblically awful weather conditions. The stage is set for the women atop the American marathon leaderboard to make an impact in Tokyo 2020!  

Mo Farah Stakes his Claim for Marathon Royalty

Already a 4-time Olympic Gold medalist at 5,000 and 10,000 meters, Britain’s third favorite running son (a bit behind Roger Bannister and Sebastian Coe) has now made his splash in the marathon by setting the British record in April 2018 and then in quick order conquering an incredibly stacked field of professionals at the Chicago Marathon this past October in a European record of 2:05:11. Running away from his former teammate and Olympic marathon bronze-medalist, Galen Rupp, Farah now looks like a podium favorite for Tokyo 2020. With another Olympic gold medal Farah certainly would become the U.K.’s running pride and joy. Unless of course Sebastian Coe goes all Tonya Harding on him, Queen Elizabeth keep your eyes peeled.

Eliud Kipchoge = The G.O.A.T.

Like a fine bottle of wine or a beautiful yet complicated work of art, Eliud Kipchoge has only gotten better with age. Exploding on to the running scene in his 20s as a 5,000 meter runner that was perennially a silver and bronze medalist, Kipchoge has made his way up the distance latter over the past 10 years winning the marathon gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He has now officially factored himself into the conversation as the Greatest Of All Time by SMASHING the world record in the marathon by nearly 80 seconds at the Berlin Marathon in September, finishing in 2:01:39. Having run an unofficial 2:00:25 during Nike’s grand sub-2:00:00 experiment in 2017 his conquering of the running world’s Everest was inevitable. Now he just has to shave another 99 seconds off the fastest time in human history to break the 2hr mark…no big deal, Just Do It Eliud!

Undergrads Go Pro!

With the every increasing popularity of cross country, road racing, and track & field on the international stage, especially when it comes to marketing for shoe/apparel companies, more and more collegiate stars are foregoing their remaining eligibility to join the pro ranks. A move that has been historically reserved for collegiate football and basketball has become commonplace in the last few years for the NCAA’s star power. In the past year alone the likes of 19 year old Olympian and Junior World Record Holder Sydney McLaughlin, collegiate 800 meter record holder Michael Saruni, collegiate 400 meter record holder Michael Norman, and collegiate 200 meter record holder Gabrielle Thomas have decided to forego their remaining college years to sign professional contracts. Add in a slew of other NCAA athletes who have turned pro before their 5 years of eligibility is up and as FloTrack recently put it “The Floodgates Have Opened…”  

U.S. Fitness Guide Updated…Finally

For the first time in 10 years the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services updated their fitness guide to reflect what doctors and professionals have been preaching for over a decade, SIT LESS, MOVE MORE! Hammering home this point aims to improve the statistics over the past year and a half that show that nearly 50% of adults in the U.S.A. do not meet the recommended 150-300 minutes of moderate activity per week. This “moderate activity” could be anything from a brisk walk to an easy bike ride. Even more surprising is the report that 30% of American adults reported that they log no exercise per week. In order to help change this trend, the guidelines continue to promote the ease of meeting the weekly exercise standards, noting that there does not need to be a minimum duration of exercise time as previously noted at 10min. Any duration of moderate activity is good activity! Do jumping jacks at your desk, sprint up your office stairs in your business wear, bunk your bed so you have to climb in and out, or maybe just take your pet for a slightly longer walk each evening.   

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