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RE: Mr. Renato Canova: Could You Please Answer a Question About Effective Ways to Improve the Lactate Threshold?
I don't think that I disagree with you -- I personally transcribed Steve Scott's 1982 daily log for this site and, as one of the all time greats, tell you that he has never run a 120mi week, and only had 100+ weeks on rare occasions after he left UCI.
I'd say that it applies to most. I'd bet that most of the top 1500m runners in the world are running 3,000-4,000 miles per year. But I don't think we have too many guys here doing that, especially not with the speed to do it well. These guys are 47 and 48s 400m runners -- our guys who are good enough for that are running the 400m in HS and not much else beyond that. Webb is the exception to the rule (and look where he is now).
So, to answer your question, El Guerrouj is the only one that comes to mind, but I cannot say whether running more would have a ngeative effect -- if anything, I think it would make for an athlete of greater range and ability when it comes to 3000m, 5000m and so on.
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