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If you get something like Fred Wilt's "How They Train," you'll see that there was a clear difference in the way track guys trained and the way marathoners trained. Even someone like Zatopek, who did the sort of mileage that marathoners did, or even more, did not do much in the line of steady distance work. It was all intervals, often in massive numbers. Even when he did double sessions, both sessions were usually intervals. Kuts, Bolitnikov, Pirie, Schul, Truex, all very different from Halberg, Baillie, Snell and from what would come later with Shorter, Bjorklund, Bedford, etc.
The "Sunday" long run, which everyone and at least five of their cousins does now, was rare if not nonexistent for track runners prior to Lydiard.
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