Bjorn-Olav Kvidal wrote:
"I would say that if he cannot get time for more than 37.5h during 7 days, he "trains" too little to become the greatest (if that is his goal)"
I hold that not even marathon runners are training 5 hours daily. The question is the quality, not the quantity.
The Norwegian runner Jacob Ingebrigtsen told in a podcast interview he ran at most 180 km/week. Take away the easy am jogging with some 10 km (at least 40-50 minutes) with exception for Sundays with one long run and the program is down to some 120 km in a week. All in all on one typical day: 40-50 minutes + 60-80 minutes = 100-130 minutes or approximately some 2 hours daily. ;-)
Michael Johnsen, former WR holder on 400 m with 43,18 ran according to my calculation some (60-)70 km in a week including guessed warm up 2 km and cool down 1,5 km during autumn-winter. Based on quality with increased speed on the 200s with less rest and fewer runs. He did so of course in addition to pure sprint/long sprint intervals, hill runs, weights in split jumps, etc.
Five - 5 - hours training daily for 400 m hurdles? No way! Disinformation 'made in Norway' with huge inspiration from cross-country skiing with a method that failed to be used in middle and long distance running.
I meant 37.5 hours of time for sport-related activities, not efficient running.
But I generally start to think runners could train much more if they included cross training. A lot of less impact sports like skiing, cycling, etc are training much much more. I know the impact, but someone should do something different to beat the others just running....
I do not know this and experience have not come up with this model. That is a sign that it might not work, but on other hand, maybe no-one have ever tried long enough