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RE: Mr. Renato Canova: Could You Please Answer a Question About Effective Ways to Improve the Lactate Threshold?
Yeah, but that charts don't account for the fact you've got an athlete who if he ran in a straight line could probably go sub 50 for the 400. Plus he's never really placed much importance on 400 times, so everytime he ran one he always had this excuse or that one for running 53-54 in a best effort 400. The reason he got into the mile in the first place was I watched him do strides and the guy has awesome turnover. Very, very good natural acceleration so even though his PR 400 is only 53, he is faster than that in real life.
Now the funky thing about the leg speed argument is this. We have another kid locally who has a faster PR on our standard 280m gradual hill than the 53 athlete in question. This 5k/10k kid also runs 25-26 seconds for 200 finishes at the end of his workouts, the same as the 53 athlete, yet he has a 1500 PR of 3:56, even with a 14:12 and 29:34 PR. Why's that? Cause, well I don't know why. I'm thinking I better get to work on that kid's 1500 time. No way he should be at 3:56 and the other guys at 3:40 given they have the same basic leg speed and similar 5k times.
I'm rambling, sorry. Really though, too much focus on leg speed seems to a double edged sword similar to mega weekly mileage. You get a relatively small increase in fitness for a big risk in injury, so we just don't focus too much on 400 speed around here is all. Please don't limit in your mind what an athlete can do based on that alone. This guy has the same basic leg speed as Harris cause I've seen them both workout, plus this kid has a faster 5k, he should be able to run a similar 1500 time as Jamey.
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