LetsRun.com Weekly
How is there only a week left in September?

Seems like just yesterday we were in Tokyo in the Olympics and now it's almost October.

The fall means cross country and fall marathon season, and we have coverage of both on LetsRun.com this week. We've been rolling out XC content since Wednesday, starting with our interview with reigning men's NCAA individual champion Conner Mantz of BYU (above). On Thursday, we released our guide to the 2021 season, and our men's and women's top 10's will be out shortly.

If marathons are more your style, then don't worry: we've got you covered there as well. How about an interview with Kenenisa Bekele's coach Haji Adilo ahead of Sunday's Berlin Marathon? Can the 39-year-old Bekele claim the world record he has long craved?

"I think so," says Adilo.

That's enough to get our blood flowing. Enjoy the weekend.
Bekele Is Back, Baby
Can Kenenisa Bekele Break the Marathon World Record In Berlin? “He’s In Perfect Shape Now….I Think So,” Says His Coach
Jonathan Gault spoke to Bekele's coach Haji Adilo and his agent Jos Hermens to get the scoop on the 39-year-old's preparations ahead of Sunday's Berlin Marathon. Adilo was very bullish on Bekele saying he thought the prep work had gone a little bit better than two years ago when he ran 2:01:41.
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Can a Mouthpiece Make You a Better Runner? (Ad)
The AIRWAAV performance mouthpiece is a relatively new training tool that launched late in 2020 after nearly 16 years of research. The AIRWAAV performance mouthpiece fits along your bottom teeth and pushes your jaw just forward enough to create the "optimal airway opening," resulting in:
  • Increased endurance -- by reducing respiratory rate by 20%, resulting in less lactic acid production
  • Increased strength -- by improving muscular endurance
  • Faster recovery times -- by reducing cortisol buildup by up to 50%
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2021 NCAA Cross Country Season Preview
Loaded Teams, New Additions, & The Impact of NIL: Your Guide to the 2021 NCAA Cross Country Season
Jonathan Gault spoke to 17 of the NCAA's top coaches about the teams, athletes, and storylines to watch during the 2021 NCAA XC season. From the impact of COVID and the transfer portal on recruiting to the Alabama freshman from Kenya who has run 13:26 at altitude, we give you the scoop.
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Q&A: NCAA XC Champ Conner Mantz on Why He Didn’t Turn Pro, Racing Wesley Kiptoo, & His Toughest Workout Ever
After the Olympic Trials, Mantz's mind was made up - he was going pro. But he's back at BYU hoping to become the first American since Steve Prefontaine to repeat as NCAA XC champ.
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In Case You Missed It
Seven-Time World Marathon Major Winner Mary Keitany Retires at Age 39
In the World Marathon Major era (2006-present), no woman has more WMM wins than Keitany, who claimed three London titles and four NYC victories and retires with pbs of 64:55 and 2:17:01. On the LetsRun.com Mt. Rushmore of women's marathoners, she's on there along with Paula Radcliffe, Catherine Ndereba, and Grete Waitz.
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WTW: Suspiciously Big Sprint Improvements, Salazar Case Shows Justice Isn’t Blind, & An American Runs 2:13 at 4,900 Feet
In our weekly recap, we wonder if it's fair that USADA went out of its way to nail Alberto Salazar, take a closer look at a couple of sprinters who improved massively in 2021, wonder if steroid usage contributed to the death of world record holder Yuriy Sedykh and more.
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RIP Norm Macdonald: How Macdonald’s Simple-Truth Logic Could Help Solve the Transgender/Intersex Crisis Facing Women’s Sports
Macdonald once famously said, "I feel that one of the basic requirements of being a sprinter is having legs." If we apply that same logic to the transgender/intersex debate, then we'd have an easy solution. "I feel that a basic requirement of being eligible to compete in elite women's sport is to never have had functioning testes."
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