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Subject: RE: Kellogism vs Coeism
Elite runners at 5k and above run (very) high mileage virtually unanimously. Some elite 1500m runners run high mileage, and comparatively fewer 800m runners do high mileage. When I say "high mileage," I mean in the vein of JK-style training--lots of high end aerobic work, relatively little hard "anaerobic" training, and long blocks of 15+ miles a day. It's a matter of two things:
1) your own physiology
2) the demands of your event
Renato Canova had a great post recently about how it's silly to talk about the 800 being "50% aerobic" or whatever, since it depends highly on the athlete involved. So for a given sample of (say) 3:50 1500m runners, their ideal training might vary based on their own physiology. One might do well to focus on more high-speed training and would flounder when given 10k-style training, whereas another might do well with a high-mileage, high-end aerobic focus. That being said, EVERYONE needs a solid base of high mileage, and one of Kellogg's main points is that Americans do not have a sufficient mileage base to support long-term improvement on low mileage/high intensity training. Unless you're a Kenyan and you ran to school every day as well as played soccer for several hours many times a week, your long-term development will be hampered unless you spend at least some time putting in high volume high end aerobic training. Once you have "built your aerobic house," as Canova says, you have more leeway in the mileage you run.
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