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TrackCoach
RE: Brazier has apparently only been running 35 mpw
Not surprising at all for a 400/800 athlete. I was also a half miler and the only time I got close 50 was when I tried my hand at cross country. Everyone is different, HM works for some, but not for others. When I was a H.S. coach, I routinely steered athletes like Brazier away from schools with competitive XC programs. Some coaches think because a kid ran a fast mile and was good at H.S. 5K cross that they have a strong aerobic systems. Even some 800/mile athletes have under developed aerobic systems. Oddly, some half milers can run a good mile, but they can't train for a mile. I think Stanford, Oregon and Arkansas for example ruined the careers of quite a few middle distance runners by wearing down their bodies with too much mileage. The ones who stayed in those programs for 3-4 years, sometimes never completely recovered. I always felt Wheating, Andrews where examples of athletes whose bodies got destroyed by the NCAA.

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