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Subject: RE: Does training even matter?
I've been following the sub-15 blog and think it's a hoot. That being said, I think since it's crowd sourced, and the goal was stated (withing 6 months) other than a few notable exceptions (eg. repeat 100s really early on), I think you two have selected submitted workouts that attempt to segment your time-line. There were videos requesting fartleks and tempos early on, and there was the killer hill session about a third of the way through, now you're on the track for nearly every workout. I don't know if this was a conscience effort or by luck but I think they have generally followed a progression that makes sense for a 5k.
When I clicked on the thread, I was expecting to hear arguments about talent and work. I know of quite a few sub-15 high school kids who's coach didn't have a clue, and they only ran during the cross county and track season and played basketball or swam in the winter. The difference that training makes is how close to your ceiling you can get.
I also think that the sciences is extremely complicated and different people respond to different stimulus even within the same event. I would agree that the only absolutely proven element to training is volume and how hard you work, and that will get you to about 90% of your ceiling.
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