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Chris Solinsky’s Breakout Year

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 4, 2011
  • Updated Jan. 4, 2011 at 11:18 AM UTC
Chris Solinsky led the world in the 10,000m for most of 2010. Photo. PhotoRun.net

Chris Solinsky led the world in the 10,000m for most of 2010. Photo. PhotoRun.net

His incredible 2010 season caught the attention of the running world.

Former University of Wisconsin standout Chris Solinsky keeps getting better and better. Last year, he ran the 10,000m event once. In that debut race, Solisnky became not only the American record holder, but also the fastest non-African-born runner to cover the distance. His time was 26:59.60. And until late in the year, no other runner had run faster than he had for the past 12 months.

Solinsky attributes much of his success to his work ethic and strength. In high school, he worked a summer job at a farm supply store in Wisconsin where constantly lifting feed bags built upon his large physique. “It doesn’t take much for me to build muscle mass,” he says. “When my training partners will do three sets, I’ll do two, or fewer repetitions in the set, because I don’t want to bulk up any more. I don’t want to put on muscle I can’t lose. It’s about reducing injuries now, about building muscle that helps us most. We want to hang on and be there at the end of the race.”

Solinsky is coached by Jerry Schumacher, whose guidance he has been training under since his collegiate days at Wisconsin.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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