I noticed... wrote:
I think having kids might have humbled or made him realize how important life is besides running. I don't know. Btw, his kids are SO cute! Saw them running the victory lap yesterday and let's just say... his daughter has potential...ðŸ˜‰
I think having kids has made him happier and seen his life has a broader scope and purpose...and people tend to learn to talk about their kids a lot...and some scintilla of that may have taught Galen to feel more comfortable in public speaking.
I still harken back to the long form, long two part interview Flotrack did with im in Europe in '09 I think...where you saw the real Rupp, relaxed and away from pressures and comfortable with guys he'd gotten to know...and he spoke more opennly, freely and cinfidently then.
And then LRC started to ish on him more and he learned to hold his cards closer to the cuff.
Whatever the reasons are, he's always enjoyed running, and racing, genuinely, which few runners do (actually, trully enjoy both), so he's running happy, to steal a riff from Brooks.
It is nice to see this tiny niche and frankly not very well respected huddle of the internet get some perspective and appreciate a once in a generation athlete.
Enjoy the sport.