Every Monday morning we have a LetsRun.com call and things are usually pretty tame. Talk about the weekend's action, what's coming up, what stories we want to cover, etc.
Today's call got super heated. We were debating what Galen Rupp should do next, and the opinions were pretty strong and varied.
One train of thought, go to Boston and try to win.
Another train of thought, go race the best in London and go after a fast time. There is a real divergence of opinion of what would happen to Rupp in London.
"If he goes to London, he'll just get his ass kicked by Kipchoge."
"There is no F'ing way, he goes out in sub 1:02. I don't think he has the guts for that".
That comment got strong reaction. "It's not about guts. When has Galen ever not gone with the pace in the race?"
"I bet he could hang with Kipchoge for 20+ miles."
The argument that Rupp wouldn't go with the pace is Mo Farah's debut. In 2014, Farah went out in 63:08. Leaders went through in 62:31 and Wilson Kipsang ran a course record of 2:04.29.
They'd likely go out 61 flat or so in London next year. I think there is a chance Kipchoge and/or London decide London isn't the best place for him to run this spring. Most of the LRC team didn't buy my train of thought, noting that London brought in the world's best for Farah's debut in 2014 and were fine with Farah not going out with the leaders. But it's not the best place to break the WR and do they want Farah not going with the pace again? Or do you think Farah too would go with it.