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Poster: dsrunner has the day off
Subject: RE: Nice Hudson interview about Ritz and American distance
Reading Brad's comments, I almost forgot that the best American distance runner, Bernard Lagat, runs just 60 or so miles/week. It's as if Brad's forgets we compete in races below 2 hours duration....
Now the interesting thing is that Alan Webb has put his career straight to ruins in pursuit of "aerobic development". And only by going back to what works, will we ever see him in an Olympic 5000m final. Like Lagat, Webb can break 13 on moderate mileage and sensible high quality.
Since the early 70's at least, the fastest US marathoner has been a top 5000m runner and this will never change. Without the requisite track speed, including <4 mile capability, and ~50 sec 400m speed, super fast marathoning is impossible. To believe 120-150 mile weeks are necessary for a top world class marathon is just a mistake. What is necessary is ~13' 5000 speed and a willingness to work hard, and the strength of mind to throw out most of the dinosaur training mythology. This means more race specific training. The Kenyans and Ethiopians know to get the lead out.
I do care about Brad, but the truth is advising Ritz was the best thing that ever happened to his coaching career, and paid quite well.
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