lornas king of wife wrote:
I have to disagree strongly. There are so many factors that determine performance on any given day. I don't think it's fair to say a runner doesn't have "the killer instinct" just because of one race. Jager has been an animal on the U.S. and world scene for years now. He's the greatest US steepler of all time. You don't get anywhere near that point without killer instinct.
I agree that Kipruto was simply monstrous today. He undoubtedly has grit. I think it's so subjective and hard to accurately tell how "tough" a runner is, though, without having any real insight beyond surface level appearance into their pain level or what they are pushing through or overcoming.
Kipruto has grit but Jager doesn't. It's not like Kipruto ran 7:59. I think the Bowerman Babes have bigger balls than Manbun Evan does.
Funny, in 1980, in the first CC meet of the year, a guy ahead of me lost a shoe in the first mile and kept going. Their team went 1-2, with Shoeless Joe getting 2nd. In the end, I was 3rd by about 3 seconds, and beat myself up all year for not pushing the clown with one shoe (who wore through his sock also over the remainder of race).