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ronin
RE: A Lydiard Thread
Thanks all- Glenn, Nobby, HRE, Kim, salkowskim- for answering.
Now, I want to let you know that I understand what hill running (springing, bounding...) do for me, and I also do quite a nice volume of it (around 10miles with wu, cd and sprints, plus morning 6miler), but... Even though I am springing for 3 minutes up the hill, I am not stimulating aerobic (and anaerobic) threshold much. It's more like a hard 1000-1200m run with a lot of soreness included. To me, anaerobic threshold means 1/2M pace, or pace I can hold for around 1:03-1:05. Without having stimulated it, it would deteriorate in my opinion. Then, when the anaerobic conditioning phase comes, there is not time and energy for LT runs or strong aerobic runs of about 1h. There is either a day for easy recovery run or a long run, outside of hard repeats. Then comes the coordination, where LT is not stimulated much either, except for the hard time trials, if they are longer.
So, when my race day- over 10000m- comes, I have great endurance, (hopefully) good anaerobic conditioning, but I am out of LT pace running for 16 weeks (if the hill phase was 6 weeks long).
Everybody would probably agree that to run a very competitive 10k you have to have a superb LT, endurance (that is a condition sine qua non) and fair amount of anaerobic conditioning behind you. The LT is the decisive factor... Now this might be question for physiology freaks (no insult, please): How long would my Aerobic threshold and anaerobic threshold stay at the same level, or improve, if it is not touched much for 14-16 weeks?
Sorry for the long question and for making it too personal, but I feel that an answer to this might clear the distinct differences between various training philosophies. Thanks.

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