Hammered from all sides
Paula's WR marathon takes some thinking about.
An average mile pace of a shade under 5:10. That's the average.
Now if anyone wants to beat that record they can't afford to warm up and play safe for a few miles. Just a mile or two of 5:25's will put it out of reach.
A record of pure nerve. She just blasted the pace from the gun and ran out of road before she ran out of energy.
I think the last mile was calculated at 4:48!
and how she ever ran so fast with that head wobbling all over the place like David Gray singing Babylon, I'll never know.
I think you should swap the "sweat" with "spunk".
From being an almost there, Paula moved to the marathon and set her miraculous almost 3 minutes faster record in 2002, she also had a very good 2003. Yet she had a terrible race in Athens 2004 and never really came back.
The furore over Lance Armstrong's EPO and blood doping rung a bell about time frames...I'll just leave this here....
"In 2004, a test for detection allogeneic/homologous blood transfusion doping was implemented".
Link didn't work..
I'm pretty sure her World Record is one of the best Athletic performances of all time... I don't think even Keitany will be able to get within 2 minutes of it judging by how fast she died when she went out at 2:16 pace last year.
All down to incredible hard work, if I remember correctly she was putting away consistent 140 mile weeks for years and then doing hours a day of cross training on top.
It would have been good to add the medals to that, but her Marathon major performances speak for themselves.
When you see athletes get faster as the years go on, and see a record that hasn't even come close to being matched 10years later you do think one of 2 things. 1) That she was truly remarkable, best there's ever been, or 2)maybe something dodgy?
Would be gutted if it wasn't number 1.
If she'd been Chinese, I'm certain people would have been all over it with doubt.
For the record I believe in her... but sadly I also believed in Lance, another athelete who trained incedibly hard and put in astonishing performances.
She's always been anti-drugs. Mrs Lough would never cheat - ever!
I tend to trust unless proven otherwise. It would be horrible if she wasn't clean.
As a slight aside - did anyone notice that Denise Lewis appeared to absolutely loathe Radcliffe at the recent indoor championships in Gothenburg? Anytime Radcliffe spoke, Lewis looked like she wanted to rip her head off.
Is there a story there that I've missed...??
On topic - Radcliffe's WR performance was incredible. Shame that she didn't manage to reach the heights at major championships.
At risk of being one of the aforementioned, urine-stained, fat gobshites who hurl vitriol at people I don't know... I always thought Denise Lewis came across as a very cold person. Of course, I am probably very wide of the mark, and even if she is, a lot of very focused people come across like that.
that's very mild for vitriol, Peter
I've seen Michael Johnson come across as nice as pie sometimes, then pretty cold and blunt others. I think people at the sharp end of sport can be focused to the point of appearing emotionless at times.
Met both Jonathan Edwards (before the meet had started) and Colin Jackson (halfway through) at Crystal Palace the year before last. The former signed the kids' programme without a word, looking like he'd rather be somewhere else, the latter was all chuckles, talkative and good humoured.
How many 1000s of signings and meets do you reckon these stars face a year.
Only a saint would get through them all with a smile!
Jessica Ennis stayed and signed every last autograph , she was trackside for a good half hour. Might have been different if she was competing though!
Paula's training model has always been high volume high intensity.
As long as she recovered it was great. She smashed 2002 & 2003 not because of 120 mile weeks but on account of the years of lesser volumes leading up to them.
The risk is, once this tactic doesn't work, it can easily become over training. And if one doesn't recognize this or refuses to acknowledge this fact, then a decline is inevitable.
There's been a decade of this.
It's a difficult one this. In a sense, we are their 'customers' - if no one watched, they'd just be fast/strong people doing their thing in a park. So they do have some obligations, especially now they're professional. But there are limits, and I guess some of the people who disturb them would try the patience of a saint. I always feel that whatever job you do, if you take an interest in it and the people you meet through it, you'll have a far better time of it.
a very good runner.
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