Note: I am not a critic of these extremely successful groups; I applaud them and wish I was coached in such a sensible fashion in my prime.
My question: it seems the massive emphasis for both camps is threshold/tempo/ CV etc. They also regularly run strides or hills and 200s at mile pace. It seems they rarely (or never??) run big sessions at mile race pace, like 8-10x 400m at pace, or 5x 600m, or 3x 800m at pace???
Does one not need more than 200s at mile pace to run 3:35 (hunter) and 3:31 (Inges)? Can one really get a huge aerobic engine from large amounts of threshold, top it off with strides at mile pace, and run well below sub-4??
Does one NOT need large amounts of extended (i.e. Longer than 200m) intervals at mile pace?
Again, not hating, genuinely curious. If so, wish I wouldn't have suffered through all those gut busting intervals for mediocre results.