We spent a good portion of our Monday call talking about how to make sense of Gwen Jorgensen's 31:55 10k win at Stanford. We took the debate online and are starting the conversation below. It's also posted as an article at the link at the bottom if you'd rather read in that format.
I’m not really sure where to begin. Gwen’s way ahead of where I thought she’d be at this point. She beat the NCAA champion at 3000 and 5000 in a 10,000 which is very impressive. Yet at the same time, this run on performance tables isn’t as fast as her 5,000m back in February which was only six months after she gave birth. Am I surprised she beat NCAA champ Karissa Schweizer? Yes. Am I surprised she ran 31:55? No.
Anytime you win a race you deserve some extra credit.
This runs shows she’s progressing in her training, but she’s got a long way to go to just make the Olympic team in the marathon. That’s going to be the hardest Olympic team for a long distance runner to make by far in the US. But she’s still got close to two years before the 2020 Trials take place.
(Article with the above here with photos and video from Gwen):