Kevin is clearly an amazing and accomplished runner. The argument that Josh might have lost this 5k is quite silly. A few things about Josh that some do not know.
Last 30 days. 3 workouts (slight injury and low iron)
5k split in a blinding rainstorm at the trials-14:06
2nd 5k split struggling home 14:41
Not bad for 3 workouts and some physical setbacks. Josh in his current condition could run that 5k winning time three times in a row, even with his current setbacks. Kevin is fantastic, no question about it. Josh is simply a better runner.
The problem with distance runners is that most are uncomfortable with other runners and their success. Most live in their little worlds and cannot simply be a fan and encourage those that are at higher levels of achievement. Josh may have strong opinions and upset the apple cart on occasion but my question to you is simple. Did you watch the trials 10k in support of Josh? Did you text him to wish him well? did you leave a message on Runthearb to wish him well. Bottom line is clear in this sport, many are not true fans. We cherish our football players despite personality dysfunction. We glorify top football coaches knowing that deep down most are not great leaders of men, they are good coaches who happen to have great jobs. With our elite distance runners because we happen to be runners ourselves we somehow feel compelled to tear them apart far quicker than we would our "elite sport" athletes. This happens at every level in distance running. Great junior high runners, great hs runners, great elite distance runners. We love them on the climb up but once at the top,mother whispers begin.
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