It has been 25 years since I landed in the United States of America on October 21, 1987. At the time it was my beautiful and unselfish parents and my six siblings. We came empty handed, but with the support of the Red Cross. The reason we traveled to San Diego was because my oldest sister was already living there with an uncle. It was a cultural and financial shock to say the least. Furthermore, besides my dad’s limited English, none of us spoke the language. We spent almost two years in Italy, so we could speak Italian. People were mesmerized to see black kids that could speak Italian but not English.
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Run To Win The Olympic stage is set for the world-class athletes to perform at their very best. The athletes and fans expect the athlete’s best during the Olympics. But without adequate training you cannot deliver, no matter how big the stage or the desire. As excited as I was to be on the Olympic […]
My training has been going very well this winter and I am as excited as I can be that I will be competing in the 2011 NYC Half-Marathon on March 20 against a great field that includes my fellow American Olympians Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman. I am very grateful that the New York Road […]
Preparing for the 2010 ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 7, Subway spokesman Jared Fogle sought out some much-needed training advice for completing the grueling 26.2-mile course. Who better to ask than ’09 NYC Marathon winner and world-class U.S. distance runner Meb Keflezighi? Keflezighi spent a day with Fogle, sharing tips and tricks about running. Both […]
I often like to compare current workouts with workouts from prior years to help me evaluate my fitness. I still use the same workout log sheets I used in high school to enter my workouts. These workout logs have been a great asset to me and Coach Larsen (who keeps his own notes on my workouts). Recently they also came in handy as I was writing my book “Run To Overcome,” (www.RunToOvercom.com ( to be released on Nov. 1).
For today’s post, I wanted to share my race splits for the Rock N Roll San Jose Half Marathon, and compare them to my splits from last year.
It has been a tough road back for me since my 5th place finish at the Boston Marathon. Going into the race I didn’t have a perfect training buildup or a tune up race. As you may recall, I didn’t have any races between last year’s New York City Marathon and the Boston Marathon this spring. I recovered quickly and well after the New York City Marathon victory. I was getting in shape very quickly for the Boston Marathon. I had a few setbacks during the Boston Marathon build up, and at a critical time. It was right in the middle part of my build-up. Some people thought I was too busy making appearances to train for Boston, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I was committed to end the streak of non-American winners at the Boston Marathon, and was glad that Ryan Hall and I were both given the opportunity by John Hancock.