Tag: Running

Harrison Dillard, World’s Best Hurdler in the 1940s, Dies at 96

Harrison Dillard, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, was considered the world’s best hurdler in the 1940s, setting countless records and winning championships. But his greatest fame resulted from an embarrassing defeat. From June 1947 through June 1948, Dillard — who died on Friday in Cleveland at 96 — won 82 consecutive finals, outdoors and indoors, […]

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Fix Girls’ Sports

Over the past week, the athletic world has been embroiled in a reckoning following high school phenom Mary Cain’s story of suffering from an eating disorder and suicidal thoughts in pursuit of athletic success. Stories like hers are not new. What’s new, and what I think has triggered such outrage, is that she has audaciously […]

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The World’s Fastest Women Are Still Being Body-Shamed

A third woman who trained under Alberto Salazar, an elite running coach who led the Nike Oregon Project, says that Salazar’s coaching methods included ridiculing her body and her weight, and forcing embarrassing public weigh-ins. Amy Yoder Begley spent four years training with Salazar—during which time she made the Olympic team and won national championships—before […]

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Another of Alberto Salazar’s Runners Says He Ridiculed Her Body for Years

For Amy Yoder Begley, an Olympic middle-distance runner, four tumultuous years with Alberto Salazar’s Nike Oregon Project came to an abrupt end in September 2011. “Alberto told me he was kicking me off the team for having ‘the biggest butt on the start line,’” Yoder Begley said. Salazar’s critical assessments of her body, how she […]

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I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike

Video Mary Cain’s male coaches were convinced she had to get “thinner, and thinner, and thinner.” Then her body started breaking down.CreditCredit…The New York Times .equalpay-seriestext { font-size: 18px; font-family: nyt-imperial; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.5; text-align: center; border-top: 1px solid #ddd; border-bottom: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 25px 15px; max-width: 600px; margin: 0 auto; box-sizing: border-box; […]

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Kenyan Runners Dominate in N.Y.C. Marathon

Kenyan dominance in long-distance running was on full display on the streets of New York City on Sunday. The newcomer Joyciline Jepkosgei’s time of 2 hours 22 minutes 38 seconds in the New York City Marathon was the second fastest performance on the course for women, and the fastest debut here. Geoffrey Kamworor, 26, took […]

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Jepkosgei’s N.Y.C. Marathon Upset Caps a Year of Leaps and Turmoil

The New York City Marathon finished without controversy on Sunday on a pristine autumn day. Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya won the women’s race in ideal long-distance running conditions, completing the 26.2-mile race in an unofficial time of 2 hours 22 minutes 38 seconds. She edged out Mary Keitany, also of Kenya, denying her a fifth […]

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Meet Memo, the Marie Kondo of Fitness

Video In a cluttered world of boutique fitness studios and high-end gear, Guillermo Piñeda Morales reminds us that we don’t actually need much to be our best. Featuring Guillermo Piñeda Morales Memo is a minimalist, so we’ll keep this short. In the Video Op-Ed above, we trail Guillermo Piñeda Morales, a.k.a. Memo. He clocked a […]

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Bish, I Be Running Week 9: Crying? There’s No Crying in Training

During last week’s long run, I cried. For those who are unaware, I’m a sensitive person, but I’m tough. As “tough as nails,” per my mother. Abrasion (like, within people) doesn’t really bother me—I can dish it out and take it. I have a high threshold for pain—menstrual cramps have nothing on me. As a […]

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High school athlete who ran personal best disqualified for her hijab 

After crossing the finish line, a high school athlete’s runner’s high soon turned into a broken heart. Noor Alexandria Abukaram was disqualified because she was wearing a hijab, which doesn’t conform to uniform regulations. The 16-year-old cross country runner at Sylvania Northview High School in Ohio said she knew something was wrong when she looked […]

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Those Superfast Nike Shoes Are Creating a Problem

Last weekend’s extraordinary marathon performances — 1 hour 59 minutes 40 seconds by Eliud Kipchoge in Vienna and 2:14:04 by Brigid Kosgei in Chicago — have focused attention on an already simmering question: Does the International Association of Athletics Federations need a more stringent rule to define legal running shoes? It appears that running, the […]

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Bish, I Be Running Week 8: Sneakers Don’t Fail Me Now

Running sneakers are expensive AF. There’s no way around it. Sneakers are critical to a marathoner’s race day success. As much as one’s body pounds the pavement during training, for race day, you gotta find a good sneaker—the right sneaker. Advertisement So pretty much, the options are: Sacrifice Beyoncé ticket money for a good running […]

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