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Track and Field News did an article 10 years ago on the decline of the mile in the United States. Danielson was interviewed and stated that high school kids weren't training hard enough and took too much recovery in their 200 sessions (a 200 jog is an incredibly long recovery, 2-2 and a half minutes). He went on to say he did a lot of workouts of 200's with 30 seconds to a minute and yes there is now way he could do 20 in 24, maybe 28 with that short of recovery. When I was running 3:45 for the 1500 I couldn't probably do 20 in 28-29 with 2 minutes rest but I was a 5000 guy.
He probably ran 200 sessions in 24 many times but definitely not 20 in a row. I've seen enough training sessions of 3:55 collegiate milers and 6-10 at that pace with a minute-90 second rest was common.
I've heard of monster workouts by J. Cruz.
I once, ONCE did 6x200 with 30 seconds rest, and hit all but one under 23.5. I thought that was pretty studly.