Been here a long time wrote:
Dude, seriously, what's with all the negativity? How about you post about something running related that makes you happy? And if nothing running related makes you happy, maybe it's time to stop hanging out on the letsrun board.
You could be the happiest, serene, positive person in the world, but the smell of BS in that story would knock you out of your state happiness like a 1000 volt blast from a cattle prod.
Let's see, it seems pretty clear that Hall really didn't say those things to the other Americans in the lead group because they all told RoJo the same story and Ryan Hall linked the article on his Facebook page. And it also seems clear that some of the Americans [but probably not Hall] could have picked up the pace while the Ethiopians and Kenyans were dawdling and functioned as rabbits for them. And if those American runners had helped pace the Ethiopians and Kenyans, it's less likely that Meb would have held on for a narrow victory. So the BS part is, what, Hall believing he was serving God's purpose by contributing in a small way to Meb's victory? Ok, agreed - I think that's BS. But so what? Meb won Boston. Hall managed to find a positive for himself on a disappointing day. A bunch of other Americans ran really well. RoJo reported an interesting story that others had missed. These are good things, for Chrissake.
As for me, I'm a big Meb fan for a bunch of reasons, but if you aren't, check outhttp://www.examiner.com/article/meb-keflezighi-wins-2009-ing-new-york-marathon-for-fallen-runner-ryan-shay-video
for one of the reasons.
I'm also a Ryan Hall fan - I just really like the way he runs when he's going well - so I was disappointed things didn't go better for him.
And I'm a Dennis Kimetto fan, but I was pretty sure something had to be wrong with him going into the race when I looked into the details of his 64:35 prep half marathon in March and wasn't surprised that he was a DNF yesterday.
Because I had doubts about Kimetto going in and have yet to be convinced that any of the current young Ethiopians are on a par with the very best guys [when healthy/living] - Kimetto, Kipsang, K Bekele, G Mutai, E Mutai, Mosop, Makau, Kirui, Wanjiru - I'm not shocked that a guy like Meb was able to win.