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RE: My Attempt to respond to oasis' request
Indeed, Moorcroft did not take short rest between his 1000s, 600, 300s on the track (he only ran on the track once per week, normally). He ran them at about max VO2 velocity which is a little faster than 3k pace and used rests that were about 3 times as long as the rep run. This was the staple philosophy of training that his coach, John Anderson, used for years (since 1963, at least). Anderson was the one who designed "multi-pacing" training in Britain long before Horwill was on the scene and claiming that he (Horwill) came up with it. One of the reasons that John prescribed long reps was because his runners, like Moorcroft, were competing often (Moorcroft competed at least 40-60 times per year). John recognized that short recoveries prevented runners from going fast. I think a second benefit of the longer recoveries is that it prevented premature peaking. Short rests do that; peak you soon. * I actually think that Alf Shrub was the father of milti-pacing training, but then we'd have to say that everybody else learned how to train from one man. Hmmm, maybe we have something here.
Anderson moved the aerobic mileage volume up for Moorcroft over the years from a low of about 30 as a teen to 90-100 when he was at his best in 1982 (running 1:47 (800), 3:33 (1500), 3:49 (mile), 7:33 (3k), and 13:00 (5k), in addition to running some stellar road times (esp. in road relays which were very big in Britian at the time). As Moorcroft moved up to the 5k and did more mileage, more buildups, more 1000s, he improved his performances across the board.
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