Not sure if it is that controversial on here bainspj? Most of us recognise that it probably has some benefit whilst wishing we could be arsed to do more. LD, buddy,I'm bowing out of this one.
bainspj MP is a subject that comes around. TR is fond of pointing out, quite rightly, that you cannot know what MP is until close to, or at, the race. I think MP sessions are really important, and one of the reasons I struggled with my Asian training regime compared to VLM. Putting those two sentences together it would make sense to do them by a combinaion of past experience on pace and effort, as you hint.
6m this morning and a 15m planned for later: it's coming together. TR something's brewing but I want to keep my powder a little dry and see how this pans out over the next few weeks. I may come unstuck so I don't want to look too foolish
Unless you think your legs perform entirely independently from the rest of your anatomy the debate should surely only be about how much core and strengthening work helps? Notwithstanding your proposal LD my friend, I can't see how quantitative research on this can be rigorous. There are too many other variables and a sample size of 10? I'm shocked LD: we have enough of the 'butter makes you live until you're 150' type surveys based on miniscule sample sizes.
I'm pretty convinced that just as we are a pyscho-somatic unit so the parts of our body are also linked. This has been the prevailing opinion of elite athletes and their trainers for a few years now, and I don't see performances tailing off. I'm equally convinced I'm a better runner, and a better marathoner, for the additional core work I do. I only wish I had the mojo to do a bit more.
Anyone find a decent pic or video of how to do clams? I'd be really grateful. When you get to 18 miles in a marathon that's the kind of exercise that really helps imho.