No, that's the point; he didn't.
I read this whole thread, followed it, etc.
Some high school asked a very simple question in the beginning wanting to improve his running. Renato comes back with something along the lines of "Well, Shaheen does 12 400's in 58 and 20 x 60m sprint uphill in Iten at atltitude."
That's all very exciting, but how does that help a high school kid? I know "everyone" on this board is a 1:48 800 runner, a sub-4:00 miler, or a 14:00 5K guy (evern though, if you added up the number of people who claim these times on this board with those who have actual results, the two wouldn't come close to matching), I bet the majority of people run in the range of 15-18:00 for 5K and are looking to improve and train more effectively. Simply put, Renato does not appear willing to answer the questions of non-Kenyans. Some guy a few pages back was talking about doing 14K split up at 2:51 per 1,000m. Clearly, an elite runner, and he got an immediate response. In fact, this whole threshold question was diverted when started talking about MAX Lass. The question was not about Max lass. The question was about lactate threshold. I read it all. Very few people in the entire world are capable of developing a Max lass like Shaheen at 12:48 5K pace. Simple, it's not true.
He also wrote that if you can become a professional runner, doing 120 a week, you can run 2:10 for the marathon. Sorry, it won't happen. I have seen people who work ridiculously hard relative to their abilities and whose times go nowhere. I can think of several people from high school that would do all this stuff; running in freezing, freezing temps when NO ONE was outside, running in the dark after school while sick (one guy wanted to do some hills, could not see, so shined car headlights up the road to clear a path), shoveling off tracks to do sprint workouts, doing good mileage, etc. And some of these guys could not, in senior year, break 5:00 in the mile. All the work was there, the motivation and desire was there, the pushing in races was there, and even the basic speed was not so bad, certainly enough to do 5:00. But there were many injuries, or, when healthy, performance stagnation. People like that become depressed if the work sees no results. In short, I wish all the pretigious coaches would also show a willingness to work with people who do not appear as talented. It may be with correct training, you can bring a lot out of them. MAny KEnyans have won medals using fire and brimstone training. It is important to develop this talent, too, but the world class guys and the sub-elite already know what they are doing. Gebrselassie trains himself, for goodness sake. The serious people who are not as fast merit some work as well. This is my point.