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trackmania -- my early coaching days were as the only coach of a college track and field team so had all events to deal with. as a school of under 1200 students I think we did pretty well and we had 4 freshmen run 3:15 for the 4X400 (only 1 had broken 50 in HS so that wa pretty good). I cannot say I have been involved coaching elite 400 runners and aerobic conditioning can be of benefit for moderately talented 400 runners, because to break 50 for a guy or breatk 60 for a girl doesn't really involve being real fast, just strong enough not to slow down. even football players can benefit from aerobic conditioning because it allows them to recover faster from the bulk of the training they do which is anaerobic. however, in addition to strength and anaerobic work, to have sprinters run 5 miles a day may not be any better than watching tv for a similar period of time. don't take that completely at face value, but training must be pretty specific for whatever event you want to be best at -- physiologically as well as biomechanically. seems it is getting harder and harder to evaluate what works best when there is now more than just training involved (drugs, for example). I remember back in the 60s an Olympic sprinter asking one of the distance runners to time him for a 300, becasue he had to get in some endurance training. He brought out the blocks, got psyched up, ran a 300, took up the blocks and left the track -- endurance training complete. You do what works, and if it doesn't, you better start looking for something that does

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