Back when I was in Tucson, I remember reading some article that said he was doing a lot of his training there during that same time frame. So I was like ZOMG I better go say hi to him or something omfg omfg omfg etc. But then I kept visualizing myself looking all dorky as hell just walking up to him like "Hi, errr, Ber- err, Mr. Laga- err Mr Supergod, errr... I'm like, your biggest fan and stuff and like..." and then just getting all weak in the knees and crumpling to the ground in front of him and probly kissing his running shoes like a total weirdo and I got too scurrrrred and had like a mild panic attack almost from even just merely thinking about what it would be like, in my head, and thus ended up never going out to say hi to him ever.
True story: I worked at a running store in Tucson and one day several years ago Bernard Lagat, David Krummenacker and Abdi came in looking for a Track and Field News. Sadly, the store did not carry the mag, which was an embarrassing thing to admit (hey -- it wasn't my store), once I finally picked my mouth up off the floor.
dincary wrote:Sorry, Lagat is in Germany, headed for Paris for the 1500 on the 6th.
The allegedly false sighting is interesting since Lagat's wife Gladys Tom Lagat is from Vancouver, so it wouldn't be unusual for them to be visiting her family and friends there.
This is all correct. He's flying in an hr from Stuttgart to Paris. He's been training in Tübingen since US Nationals, is excited about running 1500 here tomorrow. By the way, he's about the most approachable guy you could ever meet......no problem at all saying hi if you meet him in some random place!
Predicting he runs 3:33 tomorrow. If he did another next week he'd probably then run 3:32 and a third something like 3:31. But it's hard to quite have the 1500 race rhythm straight out....
I suspect many (most?) national/international caliber T&F athletes would enjoy the "hello, love watching you compete, good luck in Eugene/Moscow/Europe". They don't get much recognition on this side of the pond.