So he wisely, and probably with the heaviest of hearts, pulled out of the marathon. If doing the right thing, for both his career and his health, makes him lose fans, then they are the sort of people who he probably does not want following him in the first place. I can only hope that by taking this break it will accelerate his continual ascent to the top, and with it help continue the high expectations and lofty goals of others in United States distance running.