Big Red wrote:
Too bad that injuries/overtraining cut his career short - he could have run 12:50 or very close over 5000. Maybe even gotten a worlds or Olympic medal over 5 or 10 in a fast-pace race?
Clearly a case of over training. In the article he says the hamstring was going to get hurt, if it wasn't tripping over his dog it was going to be something else.
Does Jerry deserve some responsibility for not holding him back? In retrospect his injury problems are not that surprising. Hammer the easy runs... doing more long intervals than the marathoners. Training at a 10, then upping it to 11 the next year.
It reminds me a lot of Alan Webb 2007
I agree, Webb in 2007 was a very similar case. He trained way too hard and never had a year as good after. Webb was at least reasonably competitive for a few years afterward, leading to all the "WEBB IS BACK BABY!" posts on here. It was pretty much all over for Solinsky after mid-July of 2011.