This week on the A to Z Running Podcast we are answering the question, “How can runners approach in-race decisions?” We were fortunate to have on one of the top runners in the country, Emma Bates to help us discuss this topic.
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February 20th, San Juan Capistro, California: TEN Track Meet, Let’sRun
- 10,000m race, handful of athletes, goal was Oly standard (for women: 31:25, for men, 27:28
- BTC put on a show, small handful of others joined and did not disappoint!
- Watch the races here
- For the women:
- Elise Cranny of BTC took the race in 30:47 half a second ahead of teammate Karissa Schweizer (30:47)
- They are now 3rd and 4th all-time on the US women’s 10,000m list (only Molly Huddle and Shalane Flanagan have run faster)
- Eilish McColgan of Great Britain ran 30:58 for third and the 5th fastest time on the British women’s 10k list (one spot and a shade under 2 sec behind her mother, Liz, who is also her coach)
- Emily Infeld and Marielle Hall (BTC) also ran under the Oly standardard, Infeld 31:08 and Hall 31:21 (but she has run 31:05 already within the qualifying window)
- Kim Conley also ran strong, only narrowly missing her PR by running 31:40 (and you’ll get to hear more about that soon because we interviewed Kim for the show for a future episode)
- For the men:
- Marc Scott of BTC took the race in 27:10, good for 2nd all-time on the British 10k list behind only the great Mo Farah
- Grant Fisher, also of BTC, nearly held on, finishing 27:11 in what was actually his debut 10,000m run (yes, he had never run a 10k on the track before)… and debuting in style now that he’s the 5th fastest American ever at the distance
- Woody Kincaid made his mark in 3rd, running 27:12 for the 6th fastest time by an American at the distance
- Ben True, currently un-sponsored, at 35 years of age ran nearly 30 seconds off his previous best time for 27:14 and the 8th fastest time by an American
- Kieran Tuntivate, a recent addition to BTC after just graduating from Harvard, ran a new Thailand record of 27:17, good for the all-time 4th fastest 10,000m by an Asian
- It should be noted that to date, 12 American women have all run under the Olympic standard for the 10,000m.
- Atlanta Half Marathon
- Molly Seidel, Eilish McColgan, Natosha Rogers, Matt llano
- Previous guest Joanna Stephens
- February 26th and 27th in Austin, TX: The Trials of Miles “Texas Qualifier” is coming up this weekend. With live streaming by Citius Mag beginning at 6:45pm CST on 2/27.
MAIN TOPIC: HOW SHOULD RUNNERS APPROACH IN-RACE DECISIONS?
The topic this week answers the question “How should runners approach in-race decisions?” Between pack-running, making moves, dropping out, or hanging tough, we are all faced with in-race decisions. Emma Bates brings deep and valuable insight from her dynamic race experiences. She generously shares her race reflections which will leave all of us with valuable insight from Emma.
About our guest: Emma Bates
Our guest this week on the AtoZrunning podcast is one of the USA’s top distance runners, Emma Bates. Emma’s alma mater is Boise State University where she was a 12-time All-American and the 10k NCAA champion in 2014.
Post-collegiately, Emma has earned many top 10 US Championships finishes including her debut marathon where she was the champion! Emma also was the US 25k Championship winner at the Riverbank Run.
With a marathon personal best of 2:25:27, Emma is the 12th fastest marathoner in US history.
Emma was 4th at the marathon project in 2020 running a blazing 2:25:40 with a less than ideal situation. She will tell us more about that in the episode.
In this episode, Emma will be giving us some rich insight about in-race decisions.
10 mile: 52:51
Half marathon: 1:11:13