Mary Cain won the 1,500 meters in a masterful fashion on Sunday afternoon. Showing racy savvy way beyond her seventeen years, Mary Cain stayed near the front, out of trouble the pace averaged a solid 4:10 pace. Using a sub 60 second last 400 meters, Mary Cain, who was in control by the 1100 meter mark, defended her title in 4:07.05, which was pretty impressive for the 5,000 foot environs that Ms. Cain was racing in. Her teammate, Treniere Moser, coming back from a last summer injury, was second, just over two seconds back, joining Mary Cain in Sopot, Poland in two weeks.
Mary Cain, in control, February 23, 2014, USA Indoors,
After the race, Mary Cain and another athlete (not identified in this article), did a short interval workout, described as a sprint workout.
Galen Rupp was noted as doing a 1600-1200-800 workout after his 3,000 meter race on Saturday night. The post race workouts are de rigeur for Alberto Salazar’s Nike Oregon club. RunBlogRun watched Mo Farah, Galen Rupp and Trenier, I believe complete a workout in Boston in February 2012 after the NB Indoor GP.
Many coaches have done such workouts, but, as Alberto Salazar is one of the few with constant media attention, his athletes get the notice for their post event workouts. My guess, if they were not racing so well, no one would even comment.
Mary Cain defends, winning the 2014 USA Indoor title, photo by PhotoRun.net