Agree with that. Brendan Foster in particular seemed over-eager to write him off as a marathon runner when by any objective criteria, a 2.08 debut is a stunning achievement !
Being the competitor he is (and it came across very strongly in his post-race interview with Jonathan Edwards) this is likely to spur him on to run even faster next time and the UK record at least is surely only a matter of time.
One very good thing that may result from today's race is that a wider public (not just distance running followers) will appreciate just what an outstanding runner Steve Jones was.
Mo is undeniably an all-time great and yet, in perfect conditions, he couldn't run as quickly as Steve Jones did nearly 30 years ago and without anywhere near as much "science" and support as today's elite have access to.
That's not to say Mo won't break the UK record one day (in fact it will be a major surprise if he doesn't) but it does highlight just how good Steve Jones was all those years ago.
Hi Nicola - great thread; this is an issue that many of us have to deal with and I don't think it's been covered before.
Including commuting time, my working day typically lasts from about 6.45 am to 7.15 in the evening. Not as bad as many on here, but still enough to make running compromises essential.
First tip - always assuming it's practicable - is to try and run to and from work/station etc. A great way to get the mileage in without it intruding on precious private time.
However, not always possible. Where I live (out in the country, but commuting to London) it's just about do-able from April to October, but dark mornings and nights rule it out the rest of the year.
If it isn't (and never underestimate the mental effort of having to run 5 miles or whatever home after a relentless day at work) I find "short and sharp" works best. 30 or 40 minutes at threshold pace or say, 5 -5 - 5 etc road intervals will give you a great workout in a short time. Even 20 minutes, if you go hard enough, will be beneficial.
Best to target shorter distances (5K, 10K) as it will be very hard to get in sufficient mileage for marathons etc (it can be done, but you'll need to make big sacrifices).
Above all, accept that running has to fit in with work, rather than the other way around. I would steer clear of published schedules, as the mental pressure of having to do say 12 X 400m intervals after an unexpectedly long day/ travel chaos etc is just not worth it.
Always treat running as an escape from the pressures of real life and don't get hung up on mileage or having to keep to an unbending routine.