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Subject: RE: Sub 1:50 800m Training
I think he acknowledged his ideas would appeal more to a sprint based 800m runner.
It always amazes me how so many people are perfectly happy to see an 800m runner training with 10k runners
(12.5x race distance), but get axious when they start doing sessions with 400 (0.5x race distance) groups.
I think if you have indoor facilities or a warm climate and can do pure speed safely, that sort of work through winter is just as important in setting you up for the later 800 specific sessions. An aeorobic base is important. A high lactate threshold is important. Having a high level of basic speed so that you can do your lactic tolerence work at a decent pace is important.
But that said it is much easier to go out for longer runs - I myself have opted for the easy option in the past by going for an hour at 150bpm after a tough day at work. Anyone who thinks sprint training is the easy option has neglected it too long to be able to do it hard enough.
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