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RE: Mr. Renato Canova: Could You Please Answer a Question About Effective Ways to Improve the Lactate Threshold?
Pete Rea coach at zapfitness wrote this in their forum:
"The rumor you heard about Coe is untrue. In fact in the book "Born to Run" he discusses his losing the 800 at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow to Ovett and how he had to clear his mind with a 14-15 miler the next day! "I needed to think of anything but that race," said Coe, "and the best way to do that was a leisurely fourteen to fifteen miles outside of Moscow." Keep in mind that this was DURING the Games themselves - his long run often approached "2 hrs. 05 to 2 hrs. 10 during my intro periods." Regardless - even if it were true....our program is based more on the Lydiard philosophy that training for a marathon and training for a 1500 isn't all that different - particularly during the aerobic build-up. In other words, we tend to lean toward the yearly training cycles of the East Africans and that means quite a bit of mileage. There's a reason guys like EL G and John Walker of old run/ran 2 hr. - 2 hr. 30 min. + runs and up to 120 miles per week...even as milers. The aerobic value gained from such volume is immense, and contrary to popular Runner's World belief - mileage doesn't make you slow. It simply allows the body to train more intensely in the threshold and speed cycles with less risk of injury. Once again, the way I approach the athletes here is simply one approach - not necessarily the best - but ours. I believe there are many ways to get things done in our sport. It just so happens that it is my firm belief that mileage based 1500m training is most effective"
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