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RE: Sub 1:50 800m Training
If I were to throw out a guess I am going to say that at the college level and beyond 80% of the races positive split, so for training we need to feature that style or you simply wont feel comfortable and be competitive. I understand that you can "run your own race" and hang back 5-8m off a hot pace for the first 600m, but you can rarely hang back 20m (about 2.5 seconds) until late in the race and work yourself around all 8 people and win. If you are a superior talent in HS running against mortals then fine, but you were going to win the race anyway.
What about Yuriy Borzakovskiy, the 2004 Olympic Champion? I wonder what you think about his running style. I have seen him close to 20m back in international competition and assume he runs this way to conserve energy for the last lap when the positive splitters are tiring. It looks like he is kicking like crazy in the last 200m of the race, but when you look at his splits, he is merely running even.
Another one of my favorite 800m races is Paul Ereng's victory in the 1988 Olympics. He came from the back of the pack and made a daring run through on the inside in the homestretch to attain victory. His splits were even, too.
Borzakovskiy is one of my 800m running heroes because he runs this way. Isn't it possible to hang off the pace and just go wide in the last 200m for the win? My dream was always to emulate Bozakovskiy, come from way back and dramatically win in the last 50m.
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