[quote]another canuck wrote:
it needs some context. When in the cycle? Its a lot of miles but absurdly slow for his level.
I deduce that this is his "bread & butter" routine.
" Where we run is very hilly, up and down, up and down. We don't really do a hill workout. Most of the time it's hilly, even where we do speed work. Once I finish the long run, I know that the hard part of the week is done."
He trains at Kapng'etuny Kenya 8,200 feet altitude.
Absurdly slow? hahaha. You try it.[/quote]
Absurd? No. But for Mutai, that is really slow. Hills and altitude maybe at 15-30 sec per mi for someone like Mutai. So, at sea level on the flat he would still be running 7:30ish. I have run with pros before whose prs are 6-10 min slower than Mutai's. They would go bonkers if they had to run 7:30s for 2 hours straight as a recovery run.
But it is very interesting stuff from Mutai. It is almost like the old LSD has been retooled to be a recovery run. I wonder how this compares to the other speedster marathoners like Mosop and E Mutai.