We caught up with the American 10,000m record holder after his long run this weekend in San Diego.
Written by: T.J. Murphy
Chris Solinsky, American 10,000-meter record holder at 26:59.60, took advantage of a sunny, warm San Diego morning on Sunday to rip through a 21-mile long run at Lake Miramar. Joining Solinsky was former University of Colorado runner Chris Pannone, who now works for Generation UCAN. The two took to the five-mile paved loop and ran in the range of 5:40 per mile pace, making a solid impression on traditional Sunday morning joggers and walkers who noticed not only the speed of the pair but the stunning number of times the duo lapped them.
Solinsky, the only non-African runner to crack 27:00 minutes in the 10K, was in town for Endurance LIVE where his 2010 achievements were recognized with the men’s “Runner of the Year” award. On the drive back to his hotel he talked about how much a long run can wipe him out, and his respectful awe of marathoners. “These runs just wreck me for the day,” he said while downing a bottle of new recovery drink—something he was excited about because of the additional protein in the formula. “My wife, Amy, will ask if I want to go with her to take our dog to the park and there’s just no way I can.”
Solinsky remarked about the nature of competing at the world class level in the 5,000 meters, where his PR—also delivered in 2010—is 12:55.53. “When I was racing in the 13:30 zone in college I remember there were bits of time when I could relax while holding the pace.” Last summer he recalls experiencing no such respites. “It’s uncomfortable from the beginning. Every race the pace is so hard I wonder if I’m going to be able to finish. There’s not a single instant where I remember the pace feeling comfortable.”
Solinsky lives in Portland where he trains under Jerry Schumacher, his coach during his career at the University of Wisconsin.
T.J. Murphy is the Editorial Director of Competitor Magazine. A 2:38 marathoner and five-time Ironman finisher, he is the former editorial director of Triathlete Magazine and Inside Triathlon. His writing has also appeared in Outside Magazine and Runner’s World.