27 Aug '16, 9pm
5 Unexpected Running Lessons from Olympians | via Salty Running
While the American women distance runners had some great finishes (silver in the steeplechase, three placing in the top 10 of the marathon, an American record in the 10K), I think Jenny Simpson was the most impressive. The 1500 is arguably one of the deepest events and requires three rounds of running total. I’ve always liked Jenny Simpson; she’s stayed in the sport through highs and lows, and throughout it all seems so grounded. She ran an incredibly smart, patient race. When she looked uncomfortable running the slow early pace, she held back instead of wasting energy to take the lead. When the leaders took off, she didn’t panic, but stuck with what she knew she could handle, and reeled them back in, running an 800 PR in the process! Her smart race tactics and awareness of what she was capable of were a lesson in having confidence in your abilities and your plan.