Despite the high flying perfomances and all smile by the reigning World champion and U.S. 800m record-holder, Donavan Blazier, nobody has a hint that he has been dealing with nagging plantar fasciitis problem in his right foot for sometime now, according his coach Pete Julian.
Not that anybody could tell from his performances. Brazier won his 10th consecutive race — a streak that dates to 2019 — Sunday in the Stockholm Diamond League meet, taking the 800 in 1 minute 43.76 seconds with a late charge on the home straight.
Julian said Brazier’s has been dealing with “one of those types of injuries that most runners can relate to. Not bad enough to stop but not good enough to bring fuzzy happiness. It’s all always about finding the right combination of what you can and cannot do.
“As long as he was getting through the training and making a little bit of progress from week to week, and with the support of his doctor, I welcomed the adversity as a teaching tool. He did a great job keeping his head straight and focusing on winning stead of whining. By Stockholm, his foot was feeling better and you could tell in the way he raced.”
Just the same, Brazier and Julian decided enough was enough.
“He was fishing on the banks of Stockholm the next day,” Julian said.
Julian said the runners in his training group will go different directions soon. Craig Engels, Jessica Hull, Raevyn Rogers and Shannon Rowbury are entered in a meet in Goteborg, Sweden on Saturday. After that, Julian and some of his athletes will head home.
“Shann and Jessica want to stay in Europe and keep racing any willing participants,” Julian said.