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  • #16
    Re: Fleshman to replace Runyan for Paris 5K

    Runyan originally planned to run the 5k at the WC's then launch into her marathon prep for NYC with a very solid speed base. Given her past success on the track (in the US at least) that was a fair decision to make.

    But given the fact that she has not been able to do quality speed work for most of the summer and was forced to take several (4 I believe) days off in a row, she has determined recently that Fleshman had a better shot at being competitive in Paris than she did. Runyan has decided to move to plan B and just get ready for NYC.

    Add on to this that her stregnth training (Tempo runs) have been her best ever and she feels her future is in the longer races (note considerably more speed work in needed to be competitive in the 5k than the marathon). Her decision appears to well reasoned and fair. Had she been able to get in the quality speed work she had scheduled over the last several weeks she could have likely kept to her original plans. But given the recent events and change in her training schedule plan B seems to make more sense.

    From what I have heard about Fleshman I am sure she will represent the U.S. well on and off the track. She has been running and competing well and should be ready.

    Glad to see that Runyan is willing to turn the spot over to young runner and give her a chance if she is not not going to be close to 100% for the race.

    Ideally she would have known earlier but I'm sure she was holding out hope she would be able to get in the speed work needed in the lastt week or two but unfortunately for her that did not pan out.

    Tanks Runyan and Good Luck Fleshman.

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    • #17
      Re: Fleshman to replace Runyan for Paris 5K

      >
      Fleshman may indeed be ready - but
      >no doubt she could have been more ready with 2
      >months to prepare rather than 2 weeks. It just
      >smells a bit selfish.>

      How much more ready would you expect Fleshman, who has been chasing an 'A' and has set at least one PR in the last couple of weeks, to be?

      Does the insanity ever end?

      jd

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      • #18
        Re: Fleshman to replace Runyan for Paris 5K

        Fleshman may indeed be ready - but
        >no doubt she could have been more ready with 2
        >months to prepare rather than 2 weeks. It just
        >smells a bit selfish.

        Fleshman is just as ready as she is going to get. She had been chasing the A mark anyway since Flanagan had decided to pass up WC to rest up and train for XC (this made her the third person, and all she had to do was get the A standard). In addition she is looking for a pro contract, so running in Europe or Pan Ams as originally stated was very necessary.

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