For the record, this email's prediction was right on the money.
A LetsRun visitor wrote:
I ran for Steve Spence as Shippensburg University. He used to tell us the best way to get ready for a big race was to break up with your girlfriend. He said it would clear your mind and get you motivated. I think he was 49% serious. He might say otherwise. One year I tried it. It worked great. I was angry, I was motivated, I was free. I ran great.
Move forward to **Name Redacted**. He was dating track hottie **Name Redacted** (come on guys we need more track TMZ). This was obvious via some instagram posts and such. Over winter it seems they have broken up. **Name Redacted** was even seen subtweeting (look it up) on Twitter about it. Since then he has set the track on fire. He has a clear mind, he's focused, and about the win the Millrose Games because of it. Trust me.
When LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson was coaching at Cornell, the conclusion that he and many coaches came to was college-aged males did best when they were on the prowl (recently broken up apply he guesses, unless the guy was totally devastated). College-aged women were the opposite - they did better when they were in a relationship.
So if there was a courting process between a guy on the team and a woman on the team, the men's and women's coaches both benefited - just at different times. The men's coach benfited until it became a relationship - the women's coach afterwards.
Is this total BS or an important part of coaching psychology? Let us know what you think.