Metric Miler wrote:
I broke 1:50 never running more than 30mpw. You're assessment of 60-80mpw is just your opinion. Brazier hasn't revolutionised anything with his training. This is how 400/800 and 800m specialist train.
The notion of 'special endurance' has been laughed at around here before, but it works. Jogging about for x miles a week doesn't directly help the endurance needed in an 800m in the same way that running hard 700m reps do.
This is pretty accurate, most 400/800 centered runners don't need to always do the mileage to improve aerobically. However Brazier, surprisingly, is a very good miler. He ran it very scarcely in high school, I think he ran sub 4:10 indoors. Theres no reason to think he couldn't have gone sub 4:05 in the right race. He chose to go after the state record in the 800 his senior year over toeing off with Grant Fisher in the 1600. Probably a smart move, but man I would have loved to see that race!
I'm not trying to imply that Brazier is an 800/1600 type at all, but he has surprisingly good endurance for an 800 athlete (as we saw the last 100 of the NCAA Champs yesterday).