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RE: LYDIARD OR DANIELS?
YES. The best American milers of my lifetime have done long runs as far as I know. That would be Ryun, Liqouri and Scott. I recall Scott being quoted in Track and Field News not too long ago as saying that the problem with American miling today is that runners have gotten away from doing a Lydiard style build up. Peter Snell thinks that even 800 meter runners can benefit from long runs. Most top level English speaking runners that I can think of, Snell, Davies, Dixon, Quax, Walker, Coe, Ovett, in addition to the US guys I mentioned have done long runs. So does Mottram who is obviously the most successful western middle distance runner in ages.
I'm aware that Lagat doesn't seem to do them and I don't think Aouita did, but I don't count his performances as valid and I don't really know what Webb does but he managed to develop enough endurance to run in the 27:30s for 10 km.
You might well mention that all of my examples are at least twenty years old. My response would be to agree with Scott, that we've gotten away from what worked and that's why the exxamples are getting older and older.
We're never going to convince each other so I'm not going to get into a long debate here other than to say that I think people like Bideau, Steve Scott and Peter Snell have a lot more credential on this than you do.
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