The Runaround – July 23, 2012

Brad, Greg, and Ryan talked about the recent doping scandals and the Monaco Diamond League. A big congrats from the Runaround to Evan Jager, who broke Daniel Lincoln’s American Record in the 3000m Steeplechase, recording an impressive 8:06.81.

Amy Horst, the head women’s track and field coach at Loyola University, talks about recruiting and how she thinks athletes should approach their summer training to optimize their fitness in the fall.

Check out the show replay here:

The Runaround – July 23

What Do These Athletes Have in Common?

What do Nick Symmonds, Jenny Simpson, Christian Taylor, Matt Centrowitz, Chaunte Lowe, Ashton Eaton, and Alice Schmidt all have in common?

Not only are these 7 fantastic athletes headed to the London Olympics, they’ve also all been interviewed on The Runaround!

We are so proud to have had the opportunity to talk with these competitors, and many more, over the past few months, and we look forward to bringing more interviews, news stories, and the topics YOU want to hear in the future!

As these athletes begin their journeys overseas to prepare for the Olympics, be sure to follow them on their social networks:

Christian Taylor (@Taylored2Jump)

Nick Symmonds (@NickSymmonds)

Jenny Simpson (@trackjenny)

Matt Centrowitz (@MattCentrowitz)

Ashton Eaton (@AshtonJEaton)

Chaunte Lowe (@chauntelowe)

Julie Culley (@julieculley)

And of course be sure to follow us, @RunaroundESPN, for more this summer as we prepare to watch Team USA in London!

Last Night’s Unplanned, Extended Preview of The Olympic Trials

If there’s one bad thing about doing a live show on the radio, it’s this:

Sometimes, things don’t exactly go to plan.

With last night’s show chock-full of content, we began to wonder how we were going to cover it all. Between our monthly segment of “Around The Clock” with Running Times Magazine and our live interview with 2011 Triple Jump World Champion Christian Taylor, it going to be a bit of a pinch.

But, we had to re-route, and sometimes, when it rains, it pours.

Our friend and Running Times Senior Editor Scott Douglas, who rounds out the Runaround panel for “Around the Clock” along with Greg, Brad, and Ryan, wasn’t going to be able to join us live. Eh, it wasn’t the end of the world. The three Runaround co-hosts could still cast their predictions and dark horses for the Olympic Trials. In fact, Scott will be calling us live from Eugene, OR, giving us updates on the Trials for “Around the Clock” next week. It never hurts to have a correspondent at a big (actually, epic) meet like the U.S. Olympic Trials.

But here is where it pours.

Christian Taylor, who turned 22 yesterday, had an unforeseen birthday present in the form of flat tire on his coach’s car. Naturally, he was there to help. And these things happen. What can you do?

In six months of being on air, we’ve never lost an interview at the last minute. Suffice it to say, it’s pretty uncanny to lose two on the same show. Fortunately for the hosts, they are quick to establish Plan B. Implementors of the impromptu.

So, if you were expecting a live interview with Christian Taylor–who currently holds the world-leading mark in the triple jump, or if you were looking forward to our discussion with Scott Douglas on “Around the Clock,” we apologize.

We do have two things for you though:

1) A promise that Scott will be joining us next week live from Eugene.

2) The link below that will take you to our “Post-Run” interview with Christian. He gives us an inside look on how he feels about the successes of this season, his hopes for the Olympic Trials, and some commentary on his training and the technical aspects of jumping.

Most importantly, is he looking to make statement at the Trials and beyond? After all, his PB is only one foot and a hair away from the Jonathan Edwards’ world record.

Listen here at “The Post-Run.”

Welcome to The Runaround!

As The Runaround has grown, we’ve been having trouble covering all the topics we want to on the air, and by listener demand we launched the new site, The Runaround Radio, to give YOU what you’ve been asking for!

With just an hour each week on air, we can’t get to all the results we’d like, so we’ll cover them more in depth in “The Rundown.”

In “The Runaround” section, we’ll preview each week’s show, and archive past shows, in case you’ve missed them, or want to hear your favorite interview again.

Then, in “The Post-Run,” we’ll dig deeper into some of our interviews, and the hosts will cover some other topics that come up in the week between shows.

So bookmark this site, share it with your friends, and check back often – you do NOT want to miss out!