Atithee wrote:Coaching is overrated. What can a marathon runner be coached about? What can any runner be coached about? When to speed, when to conserve, and when to push?
Hmm. In track events, Olympics & World Championships are the one place where coaching actually does matter. All other meets, pretty much without exception, are run with "rabbits", i.e. designated runners that set the right pace for the field & then drop back. Typically the top runners in the field get to tell the rabbits what pace to run. For many top runners, Olympics/WC are the ONLY races in their career run without rabbits & thus they need massive help with tactics. It is why races like 1,500M in the Olympics often seem weirdly slow at the start. I can't speak to marathon but in any of the longer distance runs, coaching & tactics are absolutely vital.