If the "original" post you are referring to was part of the thread that discussed where GF falls in the list of American greats, then I think what I said there was consistent with my latest post; here it is again: "...if Jakob Ingebrigtsen were to become a U.S citizen in a couple of years and subsequently win a few championships, I suspect many here would not feel strongly about including him in a list of all-time U.S. greats."
Athing Mu grew up in the U.S. so my take on Mekonen would not apply to her.
I ran the full. First hour or so of running was OK, and I was on a pretty good pace for a recent PR (2:42). Last 5 miles of the marathon did have much shade and some sublte but rolling hills. When the sun came out it warmed up too much. I lost 7 minutes in the second half. So no, I don't think conditions were good for the full.
I ran it too and agree 100% with your description. The weather might have had less of a negative effect on you if you came from a warmer climate but for anyone training in the cold (it is winter, after all, and hard to avoid in the north!) it was rough. Personally, I am not acclimated to heat and humidity like I was in August or September so it wrecked me and I slowed down quite a bit in the last part of the race despite how fit I am overall.
Even if Emily is well acclimated, ideal crisp, cool weather would obviously have been better. I talked to another pro woman in the top 10 afterward and she basically echoed that. I didn't look it up but I think that she lost a minute in the last 5k or so due to the cumulative effects of the weather.
Rojo, I've heard you twice refer to Dan Michalski's Nike contract as having been "sub four figures" which conveys that he had a Nike contract paying between $100-$999. This doesn't make sense. A "figure" refers to a digit to the left of the decimal point, and it is almost exclusively used to describe one-time payments and annual salaries. Did you mean sub five figures ($1,000 - $9,999)? Personally, I'm a mid six figure earner, so if someone tried to classify me as a mid five figure earner this would be catastrophic.