26:59.6 Solinsky

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    That is an incredible video, as is the interview. That interview tells you a lot about what it takes to be a good runner. Set an aggressive but achievable goal, work your tail off to achieve it, then execute on race day.

  • #30024


    I hate that I cannot see the videos on my work computer (during my lunch!) but that is pretty dang fast.  I will definitely listen to that interview later at home after my workout and run.

  • #30025

    Even though I knew the outcome it was still a thrill to watch & listen to the race.  The announcers were certainly excited.

    He's got quite the fan base up here & we're very happy for him.

  • #30026

    I have to admit that I don't watch a lot of track and field, but that was amazing!  Solinsky looks like a linebacker compared to the rest of the field.  His kick blew me away.  Rupp had no answer.  Was that really his debut at the distance?  Outstanding.

  • #30027


    That was an amazing video – what an amazing kick Solinski had the last 8-900 meters!

    That really gives you some inspiration to work for a kick like that!

  • #30028


    That was his debut on the track at the distance. Of course, he had run the distance in cross country races but, as someone who has run the same distances on the trail and on the track, I can tell you that they are completely different races.

  • #30029

    Preach it brother!

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    Solinsky looks like a linebacker compared to the rest of the field.

    I've always thought that about him but it works for him. He did get asked about that in a USATF teleconference:

    Q:  There are pundits out there that say you're too big to be a good distance runner. What do you think?

    A: I've kind of gotten used to it because I was bigger in high school and college. Even my teammates would tease me about being a fatty, and the first thing they'd say after a race is that's probably a fatty world record (laughter). It's okay. I told my dad that nobody ever told a bumblebee he isn't supposed to fly. It's almost been a blessing because it's allowed me to be durable, being bigger and sturdier. It's been my frame that has allowed me to get away with putting in a lot of miles when someone a little more frail might fall apart.

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    What a great analysis. So his friends were right, he does hold the fatty world record. 😉

    To me, this just goes to show that you don't have to let stereotypes limit you. Sure, he's bigger than the stereotypical world class 10,000m runner. That didn't stop him from becoming the 29th fastest 10,000m runner in history in his first attempt at the distance. Get him into a European circuit event where he can get pulled along by another sub-27 caliber runner and doesn't have to drop a 1:55 final 800 and we might see him quickly climb into the top 20, maybe even top 15 all time list.

  • #30033

    That race was crazy! Especially the part where that was his 10K debut! I am running for a Junior College and the 10K is a grueling race, but I enjoy it. Watching Solinsky run it got me pumped for outdoor nationals!

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    I was actually thinking of Pre today.  The fact that he ran 10 miles about every morning at 6 pace was huge.  Just rambling, but I run with a decent amount of people my age and they do quite well on 40-50 a week.  I actually understand
    the balanced workouts and rest.  It does make sense for older runners.  However,
    I have a tough time settling in my mind the 80-90% effectiveness one reaches is good enough.  You have to decide if the 25+ miles more a week is worth it.  That's my struggle, but I'm mixing things up a bit to find a way to do it and stay fresher.
    Which goes back to Pre.  Get some morning runs in and find a way to use the evenings effectively.

  • #30036

    The SI article reminded me of something I have read from Jay Johnson, a blog entry about athleticism and distance running.  This sort of goes back to an old discussion about the type of athletes that high school track and cc teams tend to get and why. 

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