I do not follow Alana or her training, so I don't know why her or her dad decided on this marathon. Even though it is a big goal of hers to become a top marathoner, I think it was a dumb idea to throw her in the deep end(1:22 first half) at such a young age. She is obviously a talented runner, but running a fast marathon is a different league, even with her 10k and half marathon credentials. Physical maturity and the natural toughening from having a few marathons in your legs do wonders even if they are relatively slow marathons. Also, if she or her dad thought she could run sub 2:45 or sub 2:43, why would they not wait until the Olympic Trials qualifying window opened up in a few months. I don't think her race was a total bomb, but her debut marathon could have been planned out much better! Her dad needs to remember that he is dealing with a 16 year old girl and not a late 20s or early 30s woman.