She’s been a front runner her whole career.
At last year’s ING New York City Marathon, Kenya’s Mary Keitany took off from the gun. Her front-running tactics, however, eventually came back to bite her in the end as she faded to third.
Most runners would be expected to admit that this kind of do-or-die strategy doesn’t work, but not Keitany. According to a profile in the June issue of Running Times, Keitany says that she would employ the same banzai-esque tactics if she ran New York again.
Her front-running strategy has worked on several occasions. This past February, she ran the RAK Half Marathon in the United Arab Emirates. She headed out at world-reord pace for the first six miles, but slowed for the remainder.
Regardless, she won that race in 66:42.
But the question remains: how fast can Keitany run if she didn’t bolt at the start? Her coach, Gabriele Nicola, is aware of this dilemma.
“Mary began running at a high level as a half marathoner who loved taking the race out at a hard clip to leave the others behind as soon as possible,” he says.
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