Alan Webb Joins Schumacher’s Training Group

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 16, 2013
  • Updated Jan. 16, 2013 at 10:09 AM UTC
Alan Webb will be moving up in distance. Photo:

The fastest American in the mile is heading back to Portland.

One of the greatest American milers of all time, Alan Webb, has had a rough go in recent years. The 30-year-old, who made waves as a high schooler when he ran 3:53 for the mile, went on to set the American mile record of 3:46.91. But since 2009, Webb has been plagued with injuries and also underwent Achilles tendonitis surgery.

Now, Webb has decided to run under the guidance of Nike’s Jerry Schumacher, who will be his fourth coach in 3.5 years.

“At times, patience hasn’t been my strong suit but it’s one of the things I’m trying to learn – or I feel that I have learned,” Webb said in an interview on “There has been a little bit of frustration involved [for me], but looking back I would think it would be understandable – at least in my mind. It hasn’t been a super awesome road for me athletically. Sometimes things just have to work themselves out.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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