I love this expression "He cannot not Respond". It is often used by commentators when one marathoner has unleashed his/her finishing kick and their competitor cannot accelerate but only watch helplessly or run ineffectively as the said runner speeds past.
I love the imagery of communication that is wrapped in it. Its like a dialogue or a conversation and when someone says something, the other person should respond. And if they cannot respond, they lose.
This expression was used when Sammy Kitwara out-sped Haile Gebrselassie when Kitara unleashed a strong finish in the last 300 metres of the 35th City-Pier-City Half-Marathon in The Hague, the Netherlands. They did not threaten the world record and finished the race in 59:47 and 59:50 respectively.
It is just like chess: one person moves his piece and the other responds. Hence marathon competition is a conversation. I like to think of it that way.
My knee is much better. I think in two weeks it should be properly healed. This time my strategy is gradual and slow but aiming mostly at volumes, not speed. Speed will come later. Meanwhile I am teaching myself the Stonewall Attack, Veresov Attack and Slav Defense.