ryan foreman wrote:
Yeah. Or maybe he had been taking risks of running lots more mileage than his rivals and it finally caught up to him.
That's what I'm suspicious of. Last year after running 26:59, he said he didn't even know how much mileage he had been running. He said on his twitter that he added it up, and it was 90-something over the entire season--and this was in May, so the average was before taking into account tapering/competition for the summer.
This year, I've seen people posting here about a large increase, to something like 120 or 130. This site is of course famous for a bunch of wannabes with OCD that always exaggerate mileage numbers, and Jerry is equally famous for keeping his mouth shut about training. Chris has said that they run workouts throughout the season and that about 1 of every 5 workouts is a speed workout. We also know from Chris that they do long tempo runs, up to 15 miles from what I've read.
If you combine how people think they're training with significantly higher milage, you see an athlete that pushed over the edge.
So Chris will sit on his butt, with an injured hamstring, and watch a guy who runs half as many miles a week...win a medal in the same event.
That's what high mileage will do for you.