alan iverson wrote:
Rupp's 3:34.15 makes him the number three 1500m American for 2014, behind only Manzano and Centro. That puts him ahead of a bunch of guys who think of themselves as 1500m/mile specialists. I guess they should all quit.
And True did not run a 3:54 mile in practice. A tweet from Chelanga claimed True ran a 3:37 1500m in late June (with the Dartmouth pacers).
Claims about practice times don't mean anything except as a predictor of actual race performances. Since True never improved on the 13:02 he ran in April, who cares about practice.
You're right, he said he time trialed a 1500m and someone there (who probably knew him) mentioned that it converted to 3:54. My bad.
Also I didn't expect the no core part of my post to be the most controversial. Two points to clarify Ben's position:
-He said that because of his background, it makes more sense for him to run a bit more than to spend time on his core.
-The part about core being useless in distance running was not something he said or even implied, those were my words (although I feel like he recognizes that it's true). Let me clarify: having a strong core is vital, but doing dedicated core exercises is useless. There's a study I read that said the best way to activate the parts of your core that are involved in running is by running; body weight exercises over 10 minutes just don't have the same effect. Sorry for the confusion.
Also I've seen some insinuations that my post was made-up. This isn't exactly proof but it shows that he did do a Q&A in Maine:http://www.fleetfeetmainerunning.com/events/ben-true-night-fall-2014