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Subject: RE: Van Aaken marathon training
One of the better US runners in his late 40s is Francis Burdett. He doesn't race marathons, he's 1500-10,000 kind of guy but he does ALL of his training at around 9:00 pace and NOTHING else. He does this to stay healthy. Two quotes of his come to mind: "I run slowly today so that I'm able to run slowly tomorrow" and "You don't need to train fast to race fast. You need to train fast to race your fastest."
Very few guys who are even a decade younger than Burdett would turn their noses up at running his sorts of times. You can go a lot further with gentle running than many people believe, but you likely can't go all the way. But, if you can't run much at all because you've hammered yourself into illness or injury you can't get all the way either.
Van Aaken was always more concerned with health for the masses than he was with performance for the few. But he showed the two ideas are not mutually exclusive.
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