RECOVERED FROM FOOT INFECTION, MEB KEFLEZIGHI READY FOR TRIALS

RECOVERED FROM FOOT INFECTION, MEB KEFLEZIGHI READ

RECOVERED FROM FOOT INFECTION, KEFLEZIGHI READY FOR TRIALS
By Chris Lotsbom
(c) 2012 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

(05-Jan) -- From now until the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials are contested in Houston one week from Saturday,Meb Keflezighi's main priority is to relax and stay healthy. The 36-year-old father of three is focused on finishing on the podium and booking a ticket to his third Olympic Games.

"Vacation starts January 15th," joked Keflezighi in a conference call from his home in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., where he has been training at altitude. Spending time with daughters Sara, Fiyori and Yohana, Keflizighi is in the taper phase of training, with the majority of work already having been completed in preparation for the January 14th race.

But when Keflezighi, who has run in two Olympic Trials Marathons before, takes to the streets of Houston, he will have completed an up and down journey since his last marathon -- a sixth place finish at the ING New York City Marathon on November 6th.

Soon after running his 2:09:13 personal best in New York, Keflezighi's left foot became infected. An irritation had developed after he mistakenly left his Breathe Right nasal strip (worn on the nose to decrease nasal congestion) in his shoe.

"I always wear a Breathe Right, and that's the last thing I take out of my shoe," he said, noting that he puts the strip in his racing shoes for safe keeping, making sure not to forget to put it on before taking the line.

"Unfortunately I left it there, and running on it for two hours plus," his voice trails off, half in embarrassment, half laughing. "I felt it at mile one and I was like 'Oops, it's not on my nose.'"

The constant rubbing ultimately caused an infection, which cost Keflezighi three weeks of training, a big price to pay when considering the Trials are held only 69 days after the ING New York City Marathon. Forced to rest, Keflezighi ultimately returned to running on December 5th.

"I am relying back on my fitness, I was in great shape going into New York," said Keflezighi, who feels healthy now and was able to cover 26.2 miles in both long and tempo runs. "You don't lose that [built up] fitness and you're not starting from scratch."

Adjusting his training accordingly with coach Bob Larsen, Keflezighi now is ready to compete in what he notes will likely be his final Olympic Trials Marathon.

"A lot of things happened," said Keflezighi, who owns 20 national titles. "But now is the good part, and I am very excited to take part in the Olympic Trials and hopefully will make my third Olympic team."

Matthew Centrowitz Moving To D.C., Still With Nike Oregon Project

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Matthew Centrowitz announced on Instagram that he is still with the Nike Oregon Project, but has relocated back to the Washington, D.C. area. The 2016 Olympic champion in the 1500m attended Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Oregon and remained in Oregon for his professional career. 

All The Best Things That Happened In The NCAA This Weekend

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Three collegiate records highlighted NCAA action this weekend, as UTEP sophomore Michael Saruni, Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp, and Georgia senior Keturah Orji set standards in their respective events.

Keturah Orji Breaks American, Collegiate Indoor Record For Triple Jump

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Georgia's Keturah Orji broke her own American and NCAA indoor records in the triple jump on Saturday with a leap of 14.53m/47-8 at the Clemson Invitational.

Katelyn Tuohy Shatters Mary Cain's National High School Record For 5K

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North Rockland High School, New York, sophomore Katelyn Tuohy ran the fastest 5K ever for a high school girl — indoors or outdoors — today with her winning time of 15:37.12 at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Christian Coleman Crushes 60m World Record In His Season Opener

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Today, in his first meet of the year, Christian Coleman set the bar for his season incredibly high and put the world on notice. 

Vincent Crisp Runs Fastest Collegiate Time Ever For 600 Yards

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Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp posted the fastest indoor collegiate mark of all time over 600 yards on Friday. Competing at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, Crisp ran 1:08.16 and held off TCU’s Derrick Mokaleng, who ran 1:08.18.

Michael Saruni Runs World-Best In Indoor 600m

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On Friday night, Michael Saruni continued his hot start to 2018. The UTEP sophomore ran a world-best time of 1:14.79 in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque.  

Austin, Texas, Chasing History With Olympic Trials Bid

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Austin, Texas, has hosted the NCAA track and field championships and currently stages one of the largest track meets of the calendar, the Texas Relays. The city has a robust road racing scene, bolstered by the presence of elite athletes and high-level training groups. But Austin has never hosted a USA track and field championship event — not for any distance on the roads, cross country or track and field. And certainly not the Olympic Trials. 

Justin Gatlin Switches Coaches After Investigation Uncovers Doping Scandal

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Justin Gatlin has officially begun his career after Dennis Mitchell. Reuters reported on Friday that Gatlin is being coached by Brooks Johnson in Orlando, Florida. Gatlin fired Mitchell in December after Mitchell was implicated in a doping sting facilitated by the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. 

Robert Kigen, Felix Kandie Headline Napoli City Half Marathon

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Nobert Kigen and Felix Kandie of Kenya headline a men’s pro field aiming for a sub-60 minute performance at the fifth Napoli City Half Marathon in Naples, Italy.