June 23, 2016
PORTLAND, Or — We recapped the Stumptown meet here where among other things Mary Cain ran a relatively modest 4:13.16 for 1500m to take 3rd and then came back and ran the entire 5000m in a near pr of 15:49.20.
Cain may have been a long way from her pr of 4:04 or the Olympic standard in the 1500 (4:07) but she was very relaxed, confident and mature talking after her impressive 5000m. Full video below. Cain is barely twenty years old, but the 17 year old girl from three years ago is a distant memory.
Cain said about her 1500 today, “I felt really strong, really good. I actually was pretty satisfied with it for running as my mom said in a monsoon… I probably shouldn’t have gone right behind the pacers. I shouldn’t have let people pass me the last 250, but was happy I held on the last 100m and came back good.”
Cain wished her time was faster today but noted, “My attitude is if you’re gonna make the team you’re probably going to have to run the time at the Trials anyway… I feel like every week I’m improving a lot…. Every week I’ve felt a lot better.”
Cain said she suffered from low iron this winter and dropper her mileage and lost some of her base, but now is definitely on the right track. Mary Cain’s fans can get excited abou this quote, “The reason I’m relaxed is I’m finally in a place where I see it’s going to happen again. It didn’t happen today, and it didn’t happen last weekend. Will it happen the week after or come the Trials? I don’t really know. I have so much faith in the training and the changes we’ve made that long term I know it’s going to happen and I know it’s going to be better than 4:03.” (Note: We talked about 4:03 with Cain thinking that was her PR, but it actually is 4:04.62).