Hall says he hash more energy now, has fixed his testosterone levels and is eating more now than when he was running 20-miles a day. Sara Hall says they used to call Ryan a "dead man walking", but now his nickname is "Shrek."
*MB: Ryan Hall: a dozen eggs per day (yes, that's 84 eggs per week !!!!)
Hall says he's always been "small and weak" and wanted to know what it was like to be "big and strong". Now he's all in with weightlifting and gone from only benching 100 pounds to over 200.
*MB: How Ryan Hall Gained 40 Pounds of Muscle
Lelisa Desisa, Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall, Wesley Korir and Ross Tucker all weigh in on the issue. Tucker doubts it will happen in the next 20-years; Hall thinks he could happen in two on a treadmill.
*LRC Archives: The Myth Of The Sub-2-Hour Marathon
A ton of great insights and quotes from and about Hall in this piece. Like Mary Wittenberg and Sara Hall calling his 2016 retirement back in 2008 and Ryan Hall admitting that neglecting speed and the track to focus purely on the marathon was a mistake.
Ryan Hall's struggles and retirement has made this a popular topic. Read to find out a little more about the condition, causes and treatment.
*MB: How often does a 30 year old athletic dude get LOW T???
*MB: SERIOUS DISCUSSION ONLY - Ryan Hall, Albert Salazar, Alan Webb, and Fatigue
*MB: Ryan Hall succumbs to "chronic low testosterone"
He says his fatigue was so bad sometimes he'd go out for 30-minutes runs and have to walk home because he couldn't finish. "It was just such a hopeless, helpless feeling. It was the walk of shame. I’d go out for a run hoping and believing the best and then not be able to lift up my legs anymore. I didn’t know why, which was super frustrating."
"He has been genuinely joyful and at peace ever since the decision. It was clear to him, and there were no second thoughts."
"I think you put those things together and Ryan was just born with certain advantages over a lot of other people. He has the perfect body for distance running and he had the desire to do it."
Some very heartwarming stuff in here. Quotes from Dathan Ritzenhein, Alan Webb, Alicia Shay, Bill Rodgers and more.
"Good luck with it, Ryan. And thanks. We’ll not see one like you again soon."
She also reveals that Ryan is coaching her for the Trials buildup.
On both sides it looks like there are two favorites to make the team (Ritz, Meb, Shalane and Desi) with the third spots being wide open.
"I don’t like it when I hear anyone talk about Ryan or Alan having gone “downhill”.
Hall's outlook for the Trials don't look too optimistic as despite trying many natural methods, he hasn't increased his levels and goes back and forth in training between feeling like his "old self" and then being too fatigued to finish an hour run.
*MB: Ryan Hall Q&A: "I’ve had clinically low testosterone levels, which affects everything."
*MB: Sara Hall piece – weird statement
Hall's debut in LA didn't go well (2:48) so she wanted to get in another try before she competes in the OT in February. Hall also talks about how things have changed since she and Ryan adopted four Ethiopian daughters.
*MB: Sara Hall piece - weird statement Sara spoke on Ryan's struggles, saying, “It has been difficult seeing Ryan go through what he has the last few years. He will have great periods of training where he looks like his old self and gets excited and hopeful, and then out of nowhere fall into a pit of fatigue. He will then crawl his way out and believe and hope again and be training well, only to get knocked down by something else. ... He is doing things the right way, conservatively, but it's like he has a short leash, one step too far and his body no longer absorbs the training. He has some hormonal imbalances which could quickly be fixed illegally by microdosing, but that's obviously not the path he's taking. I think he can get back to where he was, but he won't be able to do it how he has done it in the past. He has been training intensely for a long time and that takes a toll on your body. The upside is, you see people like Meb [Keflezighi] that successfully find a new way that works for them.”
Farah is up against Stephen Sambu, Mike Kigen, Stanley Biwott And Ryan Hall. Gemma Steel and Sara Hall are also in the women's race.
"In my mind, Ryan Hall has squandered his talent. I could not even believe his performance in LA Marathon. ... Hall needs to find a coach, stop tweeting, train and focus. How long does he expect sponsors to buy the peace, love and understanding approach he is taking? ... He runs right now like a someone who does not understand that he is in a competitive sport. .. I hate to see talent squandered, and Ryan Hall is one race from being a trivia question on Jeopardy."