Posted: 12/08/2016 at 23:40
Easy to be cynical about the women's 10,000. If it had been an American or European who had come out of nowhere and broken the world record, would we be suspicious or just genuinely amazed and pleased? Who knows, and that is the real shame of what doping can do - we can no longer believe in what may (or, sadly, most probably isn't) a genuinely outstanding performance.
Matt - you have so much potential, but I get the feeling you are somewhat in limbo. Without doubt you can aim for a distance and do bloody well on the road - at a whole range of distances, but, from what I've seen you could genuinely excel on the fells with a real bit of focus. The impression I get is that the whole ethos of fell-running is closest to your running heart and while you can do both to a large extent, you'll never really explore your limits by spreading yourself too thin. It really all comes down to what you want out of running at the end of the day and how far you are prepared to commit...
That said, it may be you just want to do as best you can across the whole spectrum of running disciplines - in which case, more power to your elbow and crack on - either way your times will be far, far better than most of us will ever achieve!