I am neither a running coach nor endurance-training specialist. I am simply a curious Sport Science generalist that is fumbling about trying to figure this stuff out. I am also far more interested in what I don’t know than what I do. As such, if you have specific critiques of my points then I genuinely do wish to be educated and course corrected.
A misconception in the running world is that hitting certain weekly mileage is what allows people to run well. The reason I think this to be a misconception is that mileage does not drive performance — performance drives mileage. This misconception is what I call the Mileage Fallacy.
“Top Down Training Planning (TDTP) is essentially forcing a rigid plan down onto a person and is to physical preparation what Marxism is to economics. This is because Marxism is a utopian pipedream based around the naïve idea that one can take all relevant factors into account and effectively centrally plan for the needs of a society from the top down. TDTP, like Marxism, places the information we do know on a higher pedestal than the information we do not know (epistemic arrogance) and represents the attempted rigid imposition of expectation.”
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