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|Author: ||free willy|
|Subject: ||RE: The Canadian Running Thread|
this D2 canadian runner just finished 13th at worlds and has rolled your boy ryan hall in the half marathon.
Bairu's 5k pb on his kimbia bio is 13:25
Right! Thank you.
So, what I'm hearing in this thread is "no way" to 13:12, which admittedly is a full second per lap faster than his present pr, but is this inconceiveable after such an epic run at Worlds?
Thing is, a few months ago, he said he wanted top 10 at WXC. That's pretty f***in bold for a "13:25 guy" ain't it? He knows he reached another level. You all will know it too in 2010. And then I'll bump this thread. A lot.
The point is whether Simon has the wheels, and is doing anything do develop them. Scheibler, Coolsaet, Bunston and Williams (the other Canadians running 13.22 or faster, apart from Sully and his 3.31 1500) all ran 3.40 for 1500m. Has Simon? just because he trains with guys who can (Teg) doesn't mean that he can. Given his XC exploits over the years, he seems like a distance beast. Perhaps this is why he is contemplating moving to the Marathon as he doesn't have the raw speed (1500m) to be more successful on the track. He can still run well over 10000m (like a Radcliffe), and not be able to put down a much better 5000m. i.e. 13.20 (possible) x 2 + 1min = 27.40, within 4 sec of Scheibler's 27.36, and he could get that down to as low as 45sec. = 27.25. The more prepared he is for the Marathon (if he can handle the mileage), the less likely he will run faster for 5000m (13.20). If Simon doesn't have a great kick (not just a function of raw speed), then that means even fewer rewards for running more 5000's. Unless he does this on the Euopean circuit - little point unless he is prepared to run either like Ritz last summer (and he ran 12.56 after "pacing" his way past guys who went out at 12.30 pace) and can get into these races anyway. The 13th at WXC will help the latter, but doesn't guarantee the former - if he gets dropped at these paces anyway.
This is much like his protege - Mo Ahmed (now at Wisco)- who also doesn't have great speed (3.53 for 1500, while able to run 14.12 for 5000m last year, and is still a Junior again this year), but will likely move to the longer distances much as has Simon. It also comes down to a sprint kick as well - something Mo doesn't normally have, but also hasn't been necessary in most of his distance races, although will as competition gets tougher as he gets older.
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