Re: looking back

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r-at-work
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very interesting… looking back on my first three years of marathon specific training it is more like a base building with several marathons as LSD runs… then I got with this coaching group last spring and added the speed work (sharpening) and things really started to happen…

I think that the base building needs to be set up dependent not only on how much time you have but the kind of condition you are in and your ultimate goals… most people (as was noted) start with a target race and count backwards… but even if you feel you have unlimited time the MENTAL preparation is important enough that I would feel that too long at base building might take the edge off what you would need to be truly competititve… okay so Lydiard did spring his original group on the world almost unexpectedly but they had a very good bunch of guys working together to stay motivated & keep the edge in their workouts…brought the Hansons group to mind…

I don’t think that being “in base building for so long would leave anyone hurting when they tried to add speed back in and would be hurting overall development”… I think that too many people today rush into both speed and marathoning with less base than they need and THAT is the cause for more injuries than too much base building… sorry for the mangled quote, and I realize that it’s what someone said to Ryan but from what little I have gleaned about his training plans that I don’t think he agrees with it…

Rita