The Secret to Fast Times


I have always maintained the secret to running fast times is to race. This is what happened yesterday when the American record in the 10 K was broken. Just race baby, just race – If you run to win then the times will come as the competition improves.

Still on an adrenalin high, Solinsky was remarkably fresh after the end of his 25-lap race. “I really didn’t come here to run a fast time,” he said to the gathered media. “I came here to win. I knew the time would take care of itself.” A side stitch which came shortly before the halfway point caused him some anxiety, but after six or seven laps of deep breathing, the situation abated, “and with a mile to go, I knew I would finish.” “I had no idea of what would happen tonight. I felt that a time between 26:55 and 28:00 was possible for me. I’m still really a 5K guy. I’m just dabbling with this at the moment.” The affable Solinsky was quick to pay tribute to those who had gone before. “The old American record by Meb was really a solid one. As I traveled here, I was telling myself I would be quite content to run a 27:20, especially as a newcomer to the event. But all of this would never have happened without Galen and the pacemakers. I know I’ll take a lot of heat for letting Galen do all the work and then kicking at the end, but, as I said before, I never chase times. I just try to win. That’s our group’s philosophy.” Training under the tutelage of Jerry Schumaker ever since his student days at the University of Wisconsin, Solinsky has made an American 5000m record attempt (12:56.27) the big goal for this season. “I plan to run the event in Oslo in early June just to ‘get the kinks out’. But the big race is planned for the (Prefontaine Classic) in early July. The mission is to run a sub-13 on American soil.”

From here.

Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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