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Subject: RE: My goal of sub 4:00 1500-I will not stop until I reach my goal.
This is a good example of HOW you don't understand training or physiology. Why would Eddy (who runs the 800/1500 exclusively this year -- and has shown that he is not good at longer distances in XC) want to be doing MILE repeats? 600s sure, 800s OK, maybe but let's remember that he just recently ran 1:59 and 4:01 (but more frequently 4:03-4:08). He is at the level of a HS runner who MIGHT win his conference meet and is trying to make State meet. Explain why he would want to do reps longer than 600-800? 1600 reps at what? 5:00 each? How is that going to help? It is not VO2max training and it is not anaerobic capacity or lactate tolerance training. Both the 800 and 1500 are faster than your speed at Vo2max so how is training at SLOWER than that going to help?
Also, Eddy is in college and CANNOT call the shots in his training.
Your advice for boingo seems just as bad or worse. Again, 800 reps OK, fine for a 1500/800 runner, but beyond that and its 5k training. 2k repeats? Seriously? Trying to pull my punch a little and be nice, but 2k repeats need (by definition) to be slower than 5k pace and how is that going to help him?
He is also a college runner (I think) and how can he call his own shots?
200-300-400-500-600 and sometimes 800 reps are the staple for the 800/1500 runner.
I would try to hold back from giving advice to these others. You (IIRC) are now a 4:42 miler and 2:43 marathoner. You don't lack speed, that is the time I would EXPECT you to run (for the mile) based on your other race times. You may be able to run a 4:30 mile ... not sure ... but you will need to change your program.
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