Neuro wrote:I heard Stina Nilsson's coach say she hadn't done a single speed run for months
Maybe the coach is telling the truth, maybe he's not, same for the alleged training methods officially "revealed" by other top athletes.
Neuro wrote:Normally I treat every run as interval training
If you train 2-3x per week, that's a great way to train, and a very efficient method to get in a good shape and at the same time, "have a life".
2 high-intensity sessions + 1 LSD session per week will probably put an amateur athlete in 95% best possible shape, in moderate amount of time.
Exception would be very long distances (marathon and longer) which require more mileage base.
Neuro wrote:but feel the gains are marginal
Chances are you reached your genetically predetermined potential, and any subsequent (marginal) gains will come a the cost of huge amount of work.
When I was competitive rower, we did a lot of strength training. I reached my 1 rep max peak in my early 20s.
Since then, I tried to "improve it" (why, I ask myself now
I tried all kinds of "bleeding edge" strength training methodologies: Super-Slow, Dynamic Effort, Super Sets, Isometric Training etc. etc.
The bad news is that my 1 rep max did not budge - I reached my genetic limit.
The good new is that now, 30 years later, my 1 rep max decreased little.
This is thanks to the fact that I continue to strength train, couple of times/week, every week.
I found that the specific training method is unimportant, as long as I put a good effort in.