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Old 11-11-2019, 01:17 PM
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There's lots of varying opinions on here about who deserves the lion's share of the blame for her slower times after joining Nike.

https://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_r...9693905&page=1

Highly-talented distance runners typically need to go through a period where they train harder than they've ever trained before, and, as a result, run slower race times (and often get injured) as their body adjusts to the intense training. Alan Webb struggled with injuries for years after running 3:53 in HS before breaking the American record 6-7 years later. Mary Decker had a ton of injuries in her 20's before re-emerging as an elite runner in her 30's. It's really difficult to know while you're going through tough times as an elite distance runner whether your struggles will pay off down the road, or whether you're causing permanent damage to your body and will never be able to run as fast again as you did at a younger age. It doesn't seem likely that Mary Cain will ever reach the potential that she showed in HS, but after hearing her story, she's someone who's easy to root for.
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All the athletes who had success in Salazar's camp joined his group at 21 or older, after they've trained some years as adults to adjust to a higher workload, and the developmental demands of puberty were over.

But Mary Cain and the other two teenage girls who were trained by him in Oregon had results ranging from meh to disastrous, with their careers all over by 21 years old. And now he's banned from coaching for 4 years and the Nike Oregon Project is disbanded. Sorry, but he has no credibility or proven ability to coach and mentor talented teenage girls.
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A pace runner in the Abu Dhabi marathon was expected to drop out soon after 3/4 of the way ... but he continued to the finish and won! He set a personal best 2:04:40, winning by over a minute and pocketing $100,000.

Although pace runners on the road or track usually don't finish their races, sometimes they do, and those who finish the race are eligible for the same medals, prize money, records, and whatever other benefits are available to the other runners.

https://www.runnersworld.com/news/a3...habi-marathon/
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A pace runner in the Abu Dhabi marathon was expected to drop out soon after 3/4 of the way ... but he continued to the finish and won! He set a personal best 2:04:40, winning by over a minute and pocketing $100,000.

Although pace runners on the road or track usually don't finish their races, sometimes they do, and those who finish the race are eligible for the same medals, prize money, records, and whatever other benefits are available to the other runners.

https://www.runnersworld.com/news/a3...habi-marathon/
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