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It's nice to know I'm not the only one who saw Hall's run at Boston more resemble a time trial than a race. This is a pattern I've actually noticed in all of his marathon attempts.
Or maybe the training set-up could better simulate the logistical think-for-yourself demands of racing. Just a thought!
Any running fan who has watched the Tour de France in the presence of a cyclist has seen the races controlled by coaches in cars and said, “This is stupid. This is why road racing is better, because it’s just you out there, and you have to be able to think on your feet and take a chance that your gut instinct is right.” Let’s not lose that.
Rita, not to mention that, around the elites, races of the type Hall runs are not traffic free. Police escorts and press vehicles are the two types of vehicles that immediately come to mind and are the most numerous but they are not alone. I've watched road races where it has seemed like, near the front of the race, there are more vehicles than runners and, while it is the responsibility of the vehicle to stay out of the way of the runners, the number of vehicles and runners in a confined space combined with the fluidity of a race can create scenarios where the runner needs to be aware of what is going on.