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Ackley
RE: The Rebirth of Des Linden - After winning Boston, Des Linden parted ways with the Hansons' team. Bold? Crazy? Wise?

Perhaps this will help wrote:


Reading comprehension 101 wrote:


Ackley wrote:
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."


I believe that the issues being expressed with regards to Linden's comments do not relate to the text of the comments that you are quoting, but rather the implied reason behind them. She is saying that she is getting destroyed in the last few miles, that her problem is that she lacks speed / turnover, and thus she has been doing more speedwork. Others, however, are making the argument that the reason she is getting destroyed in the last few miles has nothing to do with a lack of speed, but rather a lack of endurance, either due to poor conditioning or just limited ability. Thus improving her 5K speed will not help her -- because she has to work so hard to stay with the leaders for much of the race, she can't really tap into that speed the way the fresher runners can.


You expressed the idea that I could not make clearly. The reason that Desi can not keep stay with top Africans is lack of endurance more than lack of speed.

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