I WOULD LIKE TO SAY that I know for a fact Gerry Lindgren used to put in around 4 to 6 HOURS of running every day for over 8 years. He was not as naturally gifted as most runners (resting heart rate 105; Oxygen uptake 4.8lit) so doing more miles was necessary to catch up to the more gifted runners.
It should not take a rocket scientist to know that if you put in more miles than other runners you tend to get more out of your body, no matter how wimpy it is, than you would have gotten if you did not put in those miles. Prefontaine too, did a lot of milage.
When Pre was a wee lad he tried to make the Coos Bay softball team. In Coos Bay everything was softball in those days. When he got cut from the team he was rather dispondant. Gerry was visiting a friend in Reedsport, Oregon some 15 miles north of Coos Bay and their son had made the softball team Pre was cut from. He told Gerry about this dispondant kid in Coos Bay and told Gerry how to get to his house. Gerry ran down to Coos Bay and knocked on the door of Steve Prefontaine.
Pre himself opened the door and when he saw Gerry his eyes got really big; "Iknow you! You're Gerry Lindgren," He shouted. Pre came out the door, backing Gerry back off the steps and into the grass. Pre danced around Gerry yelling what a wimp he was. "You're just a wimp! I can beat you." Pre shouted. He stood behind Gerry, who stood silent and mesmerized by the boastful Pre, and compared their heighth to his own advantage. "I'm bigger than you. I'm gonna kick your ass."
With that Gerry turned and ran back to the highway and back up to Reedsport, not having said a single word to Pre. Pre told me afterwards that he ran back into the house, put on his shoes, and chased me back up the highway for several miles. I never looked back so I didn't see that.