First off, I'll admit I'm a Conner fanboy. He's the most promising American marathon star we have at this point, in my opinion.
In a podcast that just came out, he said he's been doing 4:45 to 4:46 pace for marathon effort tempos at altitude and it feels comfortable. He also says sub 2:08 isn't even his A goal for Chicago and coach Eyestone likely wants him to go out at 1:03. That seems probably too quick on his debut and for anyone else a guaranteed recipe for disaster, but this is Conner Mantz and he's tough as nails. He's proven time and again he is strong and consistent. If anyone can go out in 1:03 and tough out a 1:04 second half it's him.
What does everyone think? Does he break the 2:07:56 debut American record at the Chicago Marathon this weekend? Is he the future? Or overhyped?