Those are good thoughts, and I agree with your assessment on training HS runners. I don't ever want to see one of my runners crawling off the training track. If they crawl off after giving their all in a race, I can live with that. It is also one of the hardest things to convey to a HS runner.
I appreciate Daniels work, his studies, but see little value in the VDOT method.
HS runners primary objective should be to have fun, enjoy the comraderie and test their limits without being run into the ground with excessive interval/anaerobic running.
OK, just some random thoughts.
Suppose coach Lydiard said to you, "Nobby, you've been running your 100-miles-a-week base for a few months now and things have gone well. Today I'd like you to do the following. Go out on the grass field and run its length (roughly 200m) at a completely relaxed, brisk pace. Pretend you're racing a mile. OR if you wish, go to that gentle hill over there (roughly 150-200m) and run up it at that same intensity. Either way, do it 16 times. Between each, walk or jog at least a couple minutes. Take more time if you want. Make sure you're completely recovered before each one. We're simply working on the mechanics of brisk, relaxed running, here. We want nothing anaerobic."
I understand Oh jees' point; I agree, running reps on track would reqire special type of discipline and it's a hard work. To me, that's more of a reason why high school kids should do more hill training than reps on track.
Only if you're point is one of the following:
Oh jees... wrote:
I hate to say this.
But you are making my exact point.
You can't see the difference.
Then you should be well placed to make a clear assertion and provide a reference in DRF to support it.
Oh jees... wrote:
Daniels was my coach you clown.
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