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Is this man America’s next great runner? The wall, and how to beat it; Elites embarrass themselves; your JTG 5-a-day

Cheserek: will a former Kenyan become America’s next great distance runner?

The 21-year-old Kenyan Edward Cheserek came to the US five years ago to attend a prep school, and he has since gone on to become one of the most exciting talents in the country, representing the University of Oregon. The Wall Street Journal ran an interesting story on him today, where they ask if he’ll eventually become American and help them, eh, beat the Kenyans: “American distance runners have spent much of the past two decades losing to Kenyans and Ethiopians. Now the U.S. just might be on the verge of fixing that problem—if a fast Kenyan named Edward Cheserek becomes an American.” Check the story here.

The wall, and how to avoid it

All marathoners are familiar with the dreaded wall, the moment where the legs cry for help as they run short of glycogen, resulting in what many people call the ‘bonk’, the ‘knock’, or simply ‘dying’. With the LA Marathon on tomorrow, the Daily News there has taken an interesting look at the wall; what is it, what causes it, and how to avoid it or lessen its brutality. Check it out here.

Elites jump on board embarrassing hashtag bandwagon 

Yesterday, a host of elite athletes got in on the banter after Kyle Merber posted a photo of himself leading a race he eventually got his ass kicked in, using #prelies to commemorate Steve Prefontaine, who famously led the Olympic 5,000m final before fading to fourth. One of the better ones came from Erik Sowinski of him leading a race in which he eventually finished stone last. You can check some of the efforts via Sarah Lorge Butler of Running Times here.

Sitting, standing, walking; how to balance them

It may seem rudimentary, but the balance between these three has major implications for our health, with study after study finding that sitting is detrimental to our health when done for extended periods of time. However, new research suggests that simply standing occasionally does little to counteract its effects, and that we need to do more; check out the story on the research here to learn how you can improve your overall health, and indeed your running.

World cross countdown

It’s just two weeks to go to the World cross country in China, and the IAAF are continuing the countdown with a preview of the biennial event, which will feature defending women’s champion  Emily Chebet. Check the story here on how she feels ahead of the big title defence, and to access the IAAF microsite that has all you  need and more to follow the action.

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Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy is a freelance journalist, a once-serious, now-retired athlete who writes for a number of international publications in the running industry. He has won two sports-writing awards, the Peter Ball Memorial Award in Ireland and the Wills Writing Award in the UK. Nationally, he previously worked for the Sunday Tribune, Irish Runner magazine and has written for the Sunday Independent, Irish Independent, the Guardian and The Independent in Britain. He is a regular contributor to Running Times, Runner's World, RunBlogRun and the IAAF website.
His banter levels are often poor, occasionally exceptional.

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