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No it's largely the truth. People get sucked into the numbers for a few reasons:
* Gadgets/tech addiction. Some people just think the fanciest stuff = the best performance. The fancier "stuff" might be be more performant, but it can be harmful in the hands of an inexperienced user. E.g. a random person could drive a faster lap around Silverstone in a Prius than an F1 car. Why? Because they wouldn't even know where to begin with the F1 car and they'd put it in the barriers at turn 1. Doesn't mean that the Prius is faster, it just means that the driver isn't ready for a real race car.
* They see the pros doing it. Even though pretty much zero pros swear by these heart rate zones, they might see Ingebritson doing his lactate monitoring and think, "I should do that too!" When the reality is you're not a pro, your training is wildly inconsistent compared to theirs, and they're trying to eke out the last 1% of their potential. Meanwhile most people obsessing over these things simply need to get out the door more and spend a few more years practicing.
* They think they can have the smartest training and it will yield massive results. In the hands of the right person, analyzing all the numbers and stressing about zones might help your performance a small amount. But there's no replacement for displacement consistent hard work. And it turns out you can develop a sense for what "hard work" is over time.
Pick a hobby, almost any "old" hobby such as painting, woodworking, music, (even running!), etc. Go to YouTube. Watch some influencers in that field. There's a high chance they'll try to sell you the hottest new gizmo. It might sound necessary, but then you remember that people excelled in that hobby for a very long, doing things you'll never come close to achieving with vastly inferior technology.
Also if this isn't a bot, you wouldn't mind discussing the periodization of different types of 800 runners, 400/800, 800 specialists, and 800/1500 runners, would you? Certainly if you're truly a real person with a lot of knowledge about the sport you can explain this, and even give examples of athletes that fit the bill and actual workouts they've run.
Broadly speaking, the shorter the distance, the more emphasis should be placed on speed and power, and the longer the distance, the more important are lactate clearance ability and endurance (aerobic capacity). This means that all three runners described by you will engage in a combination of speed work, anaerobic threshold training, long intervals, and lactate threshold runs but the focus differs between them.
However, I must say that the topic of periodization for runners in the intriguing range of 400 to 1500 meters is a complex web of training principles and methodologies. Attempting to delve into this vast subject in a single forum post would be akin to attempting to fit a marathon into a sprinter's workout routine. In other words, not the best idea. You see, periodization for these middle-distance events requires a meticulous approach that takes into account numerous variables such as current fitness level, physiological capacities, race-specific demands, training experience, and individual differences. To provide a comprehensive and valuable insight into this topic, we need ample space and time to dissect its various components.
Those who have dived into the realm of periodization understand that we are no longer simply talking about running laps around the track. We venture into the realm of understanding energy systems - the interplay between aerobic and anaerobic metabolism, the development of speed and endurance, the intricate balance between work and recovery, and the art of peaking at just the right moment. Exploring these matters necessitates a considerable amount of discussion, examination, and elaboration. We must analyze training cycles and their underlying principles, such as the development of aerobic and anaerobic capacities, lactate threshold improvement, and the inclusion of specific event-specific workouts to cultivate the necessary speed, endurance, and race tactics. Moreover, we must venture further into the nuances of macrocycles, mesocycles, and microcycles, understanding how they interconnect to create a well-rounded training program. These are all vital elements that cannot be adequately expounded upon in a concise forum post.
However, if there is a collective interest and desire to explore the intricacies of periodization for middle-distance runners, I would be more than happy to embark on this journey with you.
Okay thanks for clearing it up. While nothing you said is technically wrong, you don't know what you're talking about. I tried myself and ChatGPT couldn't get me a real answer to this question either. It sure is a doozy that AI isn't ready for!
I will give you some counter arguments here: My default assumption is a performance oriented runner.
Some people believe gear is bad. It isn’t. Gear can be a highly motivating thing. Is it a new shoe or a new watch it does not matter. Being/staying motivated is a very good thing.
Having more data as ‘needed’, is not a bad thing by definition. The question is how much time you put into data analysis and if you lose training time/week with that. Some people love to dig into data too. It can be very motivational to see if you improve by checking some data.
How feels easy? If you take 100 people from the street and ask them to run easy, you would wonder what you get. To claim every person knows what easy means is just ridiculous and naïve at best. Even pros have problems to hit an intensity by feel. If even a pro can not do it, how can this advice work for hobby athletes? It can’t.
As better you get, as more hitting the right duration and intensity matters.
I don't believe gear is bad. Some people are probably weird purists, but most people use some form of "gear." What is gear? Are modern running shoes gear? Are super shoes gear? Is an old Timex gear? If you're motivated heavily by gear, it sounds like running isn't your hobby, gear is.
The amount of data you need to improve is extremely minimal. A stopwatch and some known distances is all you need and by far the best predictor of progress and performance. If you're digging through HR data to "prove" you're fitter, might I suggest a time trial or a race so you can actually know.
Yep, 100 people off the street would have no idea what "easy" aerobic exercise feels like. We're talking about performance running, as you said, not couch to 5k. If you can't develop a sense of what's easy and what's not after a year or two of training, something is seriously wrong or you've spent way too much time "digging into data." I've never met a pro runner who didn't know what easy meant. I've watched high level runners tempo or progress purely off of feel, I've watched coaches tell athletes to ditch their watches for the day and "run hard when I blow the whistle, jog easy when I blow it twice." 99% of high school kids can tell you what easy running is after a season or two. You're vastly over complicating a simple sport.