Creepy Cracker wrote:
Molly Huddle likely didn't run her AR on a sporadic pace with surges and tactics. Admittedly, I don't have the splits from that race, but I suspect she set her AR in a time-trial format where her laps were consistently run from lap to lap. 70 second laps equates to roughly a 14:28 5k if run consistently from start to finish. To jump down to 68.5 for a lap is not reasonable for her considering she would need some huge recovery laps which she was not going to get that late in the race. In my opinion, while Kevin is certainly entitled to his, Molly WAS in contention (and that WAS her prayer, with miniscule odds, for a medal) UNTIL the surge was thrown in. Does anyone see this differently?
I don't understand why you think dropping down to 68 seconds for a lap requires a recovery lap. If the first half of your race was slow, then it's easy to run the second half fast. Have you never heard of a sit and kick race?
A 68 is completely reasonable for her. Is that even her mile pace? How many times have you seen the male 5k guys drop a sub 4 final mile? That's FOUR laps way under their PR pace with no recovery laps.