Coaches Corner wrote:
Watching the Berlin Marathon this morning and observing how the African runners seams to have an advantage over US distance runners leads me to the following conclusion. (Flanagan, Shalane (USA)02:21:14 Congratulations!)
Reason most of the Top US Distance Runners don't win:
I blame Schumacher, he burns out athletes faster than a drifter burns out rear tires. The list of top athletes he's destroyed is shameful:
- Bumbalough for awhile.
- plus slew of Africans that amounted to little
Flanagan has always come into races tired, fading at the end. Go back and read her training interviews/articles on her training, and tiredness seems to be a common thread, i've never heard her talking about getting the pop back in her stride. And as other poster noted, she doesn't race enough.
Given all that, she went for it and PBd, but she should seriously consider a new coach.