Yepper Depper wrote:
And no MP does seem a bit strange.
Why is it strange? MP is no man's land in terms of training stimulous. 30 years ago no one did MP stuff. VO2, tempo, long run, mileage. That's how all marathoners used to train. I ran a of my 'thons and never once trained at my actual race pace.
One of the main difference from the runners from the 1970s-1980s was they raced a whole lot more. Also, they ran more by feel. They would run close to or faster than marathon pace, often. They didn't have GPS watches back than so they would not know if they were running at marathon pace, but they did do lots of hard steady running. Basically the same thing.