You lost not because you decided not to run a negative split, you lost because you lacked some combination of the ability/conditioning to run a negative split off the particular pace of the race. Not that hard to figure out.
I'm confused. I thought Linden said exactly what you are saying she didn't say. Am I missing something?
"the way I got destroyed the last couple miles [in 2017], I felt like I hadn’t done anything to close that gap..."
"I just couldn’t respond at all...."
"I think you’re seeing people close marathons faster than ever before and if I want to be competitive...I need to have some turnover."