venerdì 27 febbraio 2015


This weekend i will be in RomaOstia HalfMarathon...

One the fastest and the most partecipated half in Italy.

Race will start at 9.15am CET!!


LIVESTREAMING  (From the finish line only )




LIVE RESULTS (and probably intermediate splits )

ELITE INTERNATIONAL FIELD (with final personal mention for helping them)

In the afternoon i will provide video interviews and report from the race...stay tuned!!

sabato 21 febbraio 2015


TokyoMarathon 2015:elite field from Alberto Stretti






TOKYOMARATHON STATS (thanks for publishing to Ken Nakamura )


lunedì 16 febbraio 2015


Dear Alberto,

The WR of Florence in Barcelona was a surprise for me, too.
While last year the WR was at the top of our interest, and we organized a training program looking at it as priority, putting London Marathon in 2nd position as personal goal, this year, after a bad performance in Chicago Marathon (not only for the final time, but because the interpretation of the race), we choose London Marathon as main goal, because from that race we need to understand if for Florence is better to look at Marathon or at 10000m in top Championships, specifically Olympics.
This year, her preparation already included some very long run, and less short tests at high speed.
The real goal, for us, was to run under 66:00 again, times which could give her the first position in the seasonal list, and at the same time could be a very good performance during the preparation for a Marathon.
Last year I couldn’t follow the race, being in Kenya with Chinese Team. This year, instead, I had a tough workout with Chinese athletes on Friday morning in Addis Ababa, and after I could move to Rome – Torino and Barcelona, where I arrived by night, without having the opportunity to speak with the athletes.
However, I had, for the first time, the full splits (km per km) of the WR 2014, and I could study the situation during the night. I thought it was not possible to finish fast like last year, but it was possible to try to attack the WR of 15 km (Tirunesh Dibaba, 46:26), and after running easy for going again under 66:00.
When the next day, Sunday, I could finally to speak with Florence and one pacer from Spain (the same paced her last year till 16 km), I suggested to start a little bit faster (the part between 2 and 4 km is a little bit uphill, while the part between 15 and 17 km is a little downhill), for having the possibility to have some second of advantage looking at the split of 15 km (which had to be 10.0 faster than last year).
Everything was ok till 10 km, when the split was 9.0 faster than last year. But, during the 11th km, the Kenyan pacer had to stop for blisters, and the km became very slow, reducing the advantage to 2.0 only. Since the split 2014 after 15 km was 9.0 slower than the WR, I told Florence to increase the pace looking at the time of Dibaba, and she did it with an unbelievable 4 kms (between 11 and 15 km) in 12:00, completely alone. This means she bettered the WR of 13.0, and the mission in Barcelona was already ok.
Florence, always alone, after 15 km had 3 kms for recovering, and mentally her race was already over. But, when after 18 kms I went to compare the splits 2014 with the current split, I could realize she was still 3.0 faster than last year, so I told her “if you feel ok, try to run fast the last 3 kms, we see what can happen”.
Florence increased her speed again, and finished at the same speed of last year : 3.0 of advantage after 18 kms, 3.0 for the new WR of 20 kms and of HM at the end.
Here we can see the splits of 2014 and 2015 compared :

01 km : 3:05...(3:05)………………………3:03…(3:03) -2.0
02 km : 6:16...(3:11)………………………6:11…(3:08) -5.0
03 km : 9:28...(3:12)………………………9:22…(3:11) -6.0
04 km : 12:43…(3:15)…………………….12:32…(3:10) -11.0
05 km : 15:47…(3:04)…………………….15:38…(3:06) -9.0
06 km : 18:52...(3:05)…………………….18:47…(3:09) -5.0
07 km : 21:56...(3:04)…………………….21:50…(3:03) -6.0
08 km : 24:57...(3:01)…………………….24:55…(3:05) -2.0
09 km : 28:04...(3:07)…………………….27:57…(3:02) -7.0
10 km : 31:09...(3:05)…………………….31:01…(3:04) -8.0
11 km : 34:15...(3:06)…………………….34:13…(3:12) -2.0
12 km : 37:23...(3:08)…………………….37:13…(3:00) -10.0
13 km : 40:26...(3:03)…………………….40:12…(2:59) -14.0
14 km : 43:30...(3:04)…………………….43:14…(3:02) -16.0
15 km : 46:35...(3:05)…………………….46:13…(2:59) -22.0 WR
16 km : 49:39...(3:04)…………………….49:27…(3:14) -12.0
17 km : 52:43...(3:04)…………………….52:39…(3:12) -4.0
18 km : 55:48…(3:05)…………………….55:46…(3:07) -2.0
19 km : 58:51…(3:03)…………………….58:48…(3:02) -3.0
20 km : 61:56…(3:05) WR………………61:53…(3:05) -3.0 WR
21 km : 64:55…(2:59)…………………….64:52…(2:59) -3.0
HM : 65:12…(0:17) WR………………65:09…(0:17) -3.0 WR

Some considerations about the race and Florence :

The Barcelona HM is a perfect race, very well organized. It’s practically flat (a little uphill between 2 km and 4 km, and downhill between 15 km and 17 km), one loop with start and finish in the same place. The organizers marked every km with a big post, but also with a yellow line on the road, 3m long, that allows to see the splits in perfect way. The weather was perfect (10-12 C) with only some wind, disturbing only a little (while last year was completely without wind). But there are 50,000 spectators on the road, and there is no one meter without people, really curious and interested in the runners. This fact can create a particular atmosphere, very favorable for the psychology of the runners.
Florence was completely alone after 12 and half kms, having, after 18 km, only one referement (one Spanish athlete 100m ahead her) which helped her for finishing so fast (she overtook this athlete in the last 10 meters). She showed great personality (never showed before the same ability running alone, nor during 10000m races on track, neither during Marathons), and needs to understand that can have the ability to run very fast the second half of 10000m on track (or the last 12 km in Marathon), without waiting the action of other athletes, if she wants to try to win reducing the risk to be defeated by some other athlete in the last lap (see Commonwealth Games in 10000m…).
She showed great ability to recover, after 2 kms easy (6:26 between 15 km and 17 km), and this is probably due to the fact we use in training many workouts with this type of variations (for example, 20-24 kms alternating 1 km under 3:10 with 1 km in 3:35).
With a pacer able to have even pace till the end, Florence can look for a performance between 64:30 and 64:45, if specifically prepared.
The fact she had some long workout already (45 km and 40 km) before the race, while last year she refused to have runs longer than 25 km before Barcelona, means that very long run doesn’t reduce the speed for a HM. On the contrary, can exalt the specific endurance, giving the ability to better use the type of speed we need for running distances in the range of 10000m – HM.

The way she ran doesn’t answer to the main question : is Florence an athlete who can give her best in Marathon, or in 10000m (of course, looking at Olympics) ? I think she has the possibility to run 10000m well under 30:00, maybe 29:45 with specific preparation. This year, she has a different type of preparation, more focused on full Marathon. London can give more interesting answer to this last question.


domenica 8 febbraio 2015




Rak half marathon 2015_media_guide from Alberto Stretti


RACE WILL START FRIDAY EARLY MORNING AT 7am LOCAL...4am CET...3am GMT...10pm ET..7pm PT... (pls note for american times will be of course on thursday night )


The question, in the last days before this year's RAK Half Marathon, after eight years of consistent record-breaking and astonishingly fast elite racing, should perhaps not be “Will it be a good day?”, but “How great a day will it be?”. Last year, eight men broke the one hour mark while nine women went under seventy minutes. And for this year's race on Friday 13th February, the course is faster still.
The men's favourite is Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge, who at just 18, became 5,000m world champion in 2003. Almost 12 years later, he is a formidable road racer, with three wins out of his four marathon starts and a half marathon best of 59:25 which is due for significant revision. In 2014, just his second season at the marathon, he won both Rotterdam and Chicago marathons. For many, the question now is just how much faster can he go?
Against him will be a field as strong as any seen at RAK before, including other top Kenyans such as Jonathan Maiyo (PB 59:02), another of vast experience like Kipchoge, making his RAK debut; Peter Kirui (59:22), able to boast world class times from 10,000m to Marathon, and who won the Prague Half Marathon last year - he too has never raced on something as fast as RAK; Cyprian Kotut (59:12) has the best recent form with that fourth-place time coming in New Delhi last November; and Daniel Wanjiru (59:58) - no relation to the 2007 RAK Champion (and sadly deceased) Sammy Wanjiru – who is only 22 but has shown the capacity to go much faster. For the Ethiopians, Mosinet Geremew is a real danger, third in last November's New Delhi Half in 59:11. Throw in 2014 Dubai winner Tsegaye Mekonnen (61:39) and Abera Kuma (60:19) who took third in the Berlin Marathon last September in 2:05.56, and it's clear there'll be many personal bests as well as an unofficial Kenya v Ethiopia match of titanic proportions.
On the women's side too, there is an abundance of riches – no more so than in the tiny figure of Mary Keitany, the second fastest half marathon runner in history and outstanding favourite to take her third RAK title. It was in 2011 that this (now) mother of two tore around the RAK circuit to set a new world record of 65:50 retaining her title in 2012 (66:49). She later finished fourth in the London Olympic Marathon when a few weeks pregnant, but after taking 2013 out, returned to racing last year, destroying everyone she met in her three races, most notably winning the Great North Run in 65:39 and then the New York Marathon last November.
Facing Keitany, will be defending RAK champion Priscah Jeptoo, another able to boast astonishing consistency. Second in 2013 (66:11), the same year she won the London and New York Marathons, she won RAK last year in 67:02 by over a minute and will not relinquish her crown without a fight. Also look out for late-entrant Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey, who won RAK 2010 (67:07) and has a stunning array of fast times on the track (former world record at 5,000m) and right up to the marathon. Mix in Ethiopian half marathon record holder Meseret Hailu (66:56), Worknesh Degefa (67:49) and track-racer extraordinaire Wude Ayalew (67:58), and it's clear that for the women too, there is an unprecedented depth to the clash of the two so-proud East African nations. Let battle commence!
BibElite MenNatPBBibElite WomenNatPB
2Eliud KipchogeKEN59:2551Priscah JeptooKEN66:11
3Jonathan MaiyoKEN59:0252Mary KeitanyKEN65:50
5Mosinet GeremewETH59:1153Meseret HailuETH66:56
6Cyprian KotutKEN59:1254Elvan AbeylegesseTUR67:07
8Peter KiruiKEN59:2255Philes OngoriKEN67:38
9Mike KigenKEN59:5856Worknesh DegefaETH67:49
10Daniel WanjiruKEN59:5857Wude AyalewETH67:58
11Abera KumaETH60:1958Mamitu DaskaETH68:07
12Edwin KiptooKEN61:1359Cynthia LimoKEN68:24
14Tsegaye MekonnenETH61:3961Josephine ChepkoechKEN68:53
17Tamirat Tola AderaETH61:27
19Demessew TsegaKEN63:22


giovedì 5 febbraio 2015


Last Sunday in Marugame (Japan) he did one of the most amazing and fast debuts on halfmarathon in the history...he ran 59.47 at the first time on distance showing everyone another time his growing talent...i am speaking about ZANE ROBERTSON from NEW ZEALAND..

His final kick was something fantastic and no problem he has lost by kenian Kuria (in video below the highlights of the race )

Here below my interview to Zane Robertson did today at the phone:

Q: You must have known you were fit going in. What were your plans before the start of the race? Were you looking for 60:00 or better?  A: I came into this race with great confidence with my shape as from October last year I was ready for a sub 60 performance. The group I train with in Ethiopia really bred my strength and confidence as I could finish workouts with them.... Last years and this year's Dubai marathon winner's Haliu lemi birhanu and Assefa tseygey mekonin and the bronze medallist from the half marathon champs Gueye Adola 59.06.  To be honest training is different to racing and I was very nervous because I was stepping to the unknown at the same time I didn't want to let down myself, my group after all that work. Q: Can you take me through the race, how it played out?  A: I found myself feeling great and the kms just were ticking by until the 8th km where Bernard Koech dropped a 2.40 flat I was shocked to see on my watch the split for the km and realise that it didn't affect me. Coming through halfway I started to grow in confidence as I was still not tiring. I pushed at the front next to Koech and said in Swahili let's go man sub 60 is possible. After 13km real surges of speed had started to be thrown in and Benjamin Ngandu was the first to slip off at 16km shortly followed by Koech. 3km I was dropped by a surge and really pushed hard to get back to Paul kuira with 2k to go. We ran side by side the remainder until entering the stadium where I saw the clock and realising that the CR was possible, adrenaline hit me all at once, but I started to tie up 40m to go and Kuira took the opportunity to slip past me in my final 2 strides. Honestly I probably will have nightmares about the finish but this kind of thing is there to make me stronger again. My complete happiness and joy of achieving what I expected of myself for awhile words really can't describe. I'm not settling on this performance it's just the beginning of things to come. I have my 2 feet on the ground and still focused and driven.

Q: u told me this is only the beginning...what next goal?track season to improve ur pb on 5k and 10k?and then focused on world champs.

A: My next goals are: I want to focus on major time improvements in the 1500-Mile -5000m and later this year debut in the 10,000m. To smash new Zealand records and all expectations. Just like the half marathon I have a good feeling about the event 10,000m and if all plays out well challenge for the gold medal in Bejing. I know it's hard to say that about an event I've never run but I believe in myself because if I doubt myself I've already lost.

Q: u live so much time of the year btw Ethiopia and Kenya...what u learn from this way of life?what changed in yuor training-plan?

A: What I have learned from living and survival in Kenya and Ethiopia. How powerful the mind can be! When the body is tired in hard training only the mind will save you! In the beginning when hope was scarce and hardship was all around us. My mind kept me going. I've learned from the training sessions and environment how to read my body and know what it need and when it needs it.
I figured out that strength training in Ethiopia at Demadonna Camp with a group of marathoners works really well and track preparation in Kenya works perfectly for me!. Finding the right balance has taken awhile. however I still make errors and I'll never stop learning. If I survived what I've gone through here in the early days the mind is now very strong.

He added something more directly from his voice in two parts:

Who is Zane Robertson?

Here u can read his bio on ALLATHLETICS and on IAAF sites

We knew him last year in Commonwealth Games when he caught bronze medal in 5000m as we can see below here:

without forgetting this about him...

Concluding... would like to link u this great interview did earlier by LETSRUN.COM to him...absolutely interesting to discover him more deeply.