aren't, nor were they in the 1970s, typical youth.
> this is what students do!)
in the summer on my own time and money, as did a lot of other top runners
in the state, and it was TOUGH!
> is 3000 meters.
In sum, I don't think your objections are valid at all. They
don't apply to the high school distance runners I know, and I can only
assume that you think this "laziness" wasn't the norm in the 70s. Sorry,
> almost everywhere, don't smoke,
> who are running 10k's by the age of 10,
running 10ks at age 10, that's a very unhealthy thing to do in terms of
future running. Remember that some very good runners (like Frank
Shorter) did little running before they were 20.
"everybody in Africa is poor".
> home, into a car..
in college? Tell me you think Darryl Price sells the Kenyans on
Lubbock's academics and I'll tell you that you've got no idea what's
going on there.
> as they are! Anyways I hope this clears up the anomoly,
evidence here. I don't understand why some people are so intent on
blaming kids for not running fast races. Think how rediculous this
sounds, blaming 16 year old kids, who are largely the product of their
upbringing, as though kids have changed since 1977 and society has not.
Do you also ascribe the Kenyans' (actually the runners come from one
tribe in the mountains, not from the Kenyan population at large) success
to overachieving youngsters and not their unique genetic background and
the environment/culture in which they are raised?
- Bret Jensen