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    Being an aspiring sprinter in the 400 and 200, I find this message board and others very informative and helpful with how I view my own training and conditioning and future success (hopefully) in T&F. I especially liked the thread about speed vs. distance training for the 800 meters, very good arguments. But a recent thread has prompted me to say this. Just because you are a sprinter does not mean the amount of work and dedication you put into your training is in any way inferior to that of a distance runner. Both are demanding, both take a huge toll on the body, and both require years of hard training to be a world contender in your event, unless you are a freak of nature and can run 11 flat or 1:30 marathon out of the womb. So making the argument that sheer volume alone is a basis for comparison is not a respectable argument. AND 100 meter runners do have to have genetics of course, but no it is not about just lifting weights or taking roids or whatever, it's about hard hard work. And im getting sick of people talking about how people can only get really good by taking drugs, there hasnt been many on this message board but there have been many on some others. Am I going out on a limb by posting this thread?

  • #2
    Re: Sprinters Vs. Distance runners

    this debate is very common among all the t+f teams across the nation. at my high school us distance runners complain about how we work so much harder than the sprinters. im sure we're not the only team out there so the answer is no i guess

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    • #3
      Re: Sprinters Vs. Distance runners

      the training required for a great sprint time absolutely takes its toll on the body, sprinters who set records often follow their great feats with subpar years and some never get back to their previous levels.

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      • #4
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        This discussion is totally ridiculous. Sprinting is completely different from distance running. You might as well ask if football players train harder than marathoners or weightlifters train harder than marathoners.

        They have little to do with each other. The training is very different.

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        • #5
          Re: Sprinters Vs. Distance runners

          >Being an aspiring sprinter in the 400 and 200, I
          >find this message board and others very
          >informative and helpful with how I view my own
          >training and conditioning and future success
          >(hopefully) in T&F. I especially liked the
          >thread about speed vs. distance training for the
          >800 meters, very good arguments. But a recent
          >thread has prompted me to say this. Just because
          >you are a sprinter does not mean the amount of
          >work and dedication you put into your training is
          >in any way inferior to that of a distance runner.
          >Both are demanding, both take a huge toll on the
          >body, and both require years of hard training
          >to be a world contender in your event, unless
          >you are a freak of nature and can run 11 flat or
          >1:30 marathon out of the womb. So making the
          >argument that sheer volume alone is a basis for
          >comparison is not a respectable argument. AND
          >100 meter runners do have to have genetics of
          >course, but no it is not about just lifting
          >weights or taking roids or whatever, it's about
          >hard hard work. And im getting sick of people
          >talking about how people can only get really
          >good by taking drugs, there hasnt been many on
          >this message board but there have been many on
          >some others. Am I going out on a limb by
          >posting this thread?

          The thing is, distance runners ALSO have to have good genetics! For both groups, training / technique is a key X factor.

          I only see this argument on U.S. message boards, not elsewhere. It's jealousy. U.S. sprinters do quite well by global standards. With a handful of exceptions, U.S. distance runners are woeful by global standards. If U.S. distance runners & fans put even 10% of their whine about sprinters into regularly critiquing the subpar performance of our distance corps -- rather than glorify folks on boards who don't do squat, while ignoring distance runners who DO put down good times just because they're not American or the "right" kind of American -- they'd actually get somewhere in the world.

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          • #6
            Re: Sprinters Vs. Distance runners

            This discussion is totally ridiculous. Sprinting is completely different from distance running. You might as well ask if football players train harder than marathoners or weightlifters train harder than marathoners.

            They have little to do with each other. The training is very different
            -------------------------------------------------

            Answer:

            Marathoners train harder than football players, weightlifters, golfers, bowlers etc.

            And yes, they are different but unequal.

            And please don't give me that crap about not holding golf and bowling in "high regard" cause it's irrelevant and I could care less.

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            • #7
              Re: Sprinters Vs. Distance runners

              The thing is, distance runners ALSO
              >have to have good genetics! For both groups,
              >training / technique is a key X factor.

              I only
              >see this argument on U.S. message boards, not
              >elsewhere. It's jealousy. U.S. sprinters do quite
              >well by global standards. With a handful of
              >exceptions, U.S. distance runners are woeful by
              >global standards. If U.S. distance runners & fans
              >put even 10% of their whine about sprinters into
              >regularly critiquing the subpar performance of
              >our distance corps -- rather than glorify folks
              >on boards who don't do squat, while ignoring
              >distance runners who DO put down good times just
              >because they're not American or the "right"
              >kind of American -- they'd actually get somewhere
              >in the world.

              Brilliant and insightful, you nailed it honey. The never-was distance runners on this board are clearly jealous of the never-was sprinters on this board. You deserve the pats on the back that you're giving yourself.

              All joking aside, these types of threads accomplish nothing except to feed one's own ego. It's like acting as if you've discovered that the sky is blue or that the sun rises in the east. Ooh, stimulating.
              Nothing stated here, not even by a hockey player, will have any real affect on U.S. running, either sprints or distance.

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              • #8
                Re: Sprinters Vs. Distance runners

                Nothing stated here, not even by a hockey player, will have any real affect on U.S. running, either sprints or distance.
                -------------------------------------------------
                Is talking about a fantasy 4x100m or Maurice Greene weight going to help the
                "U.S. running, either sprints or distance."

                Newsflash: The message board wasn't created to "affect U.S. running," only to talk about it!

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                • #9
                  Re: Sprinters Vs. Distance runners

                  >The thing is, distance runners ALSO
                  >have to
                  >have good genetics! For both groups,
                  >training /
                  >technique is a key X factor.

                  I only
                  >see this
                  >argument on U.S. message boards, not
                  >elsewhere.
                  >It's jealousy. U.S. sprinters do quite
                  >well by
                  >global standards. With a handful of
                  >exceptions,
                  >U.S. distance runners are woeful by
                  >global
                  >standards. If U.S. distance runners & fans
                  >put
                  >even 10% of their whine about sprinters
                  >into
                  >regularly critiquing the subpar
                  >performance of
                  >our distance corps -- rather
                  >than glorify folks
                  >on boards who don't do
                  >squat, while ignoring
                  >distance runners who DO
                  >put down good times just
                  >because they're not
                  >American or the "right"
                  >kind of American --
                  >they'd actually get somewhere
                  >in the
                  >world.

                  Brilliant and insightful, you nailed it
                  >honey. The never-was distance runners on this
                  >board are clearly jealous of the never-was
                  >sprinters on this board. You deserve the pats on
                  >the back that you're giving yourself.

                  All
                  >joking aside, these types of threads accomplish
                  >nothing except to feed one's own ego. It's like
                  >acting as if you've discovered that the sky is
                  >blue or that the sun rises in the east. Ooh,
                  >stimulating.
                  Nothing stated here, not even by
                  >a hockey player, will have any real affect on
                  >U.S. running, either sprints or distance.

                  I dont think anyone read my original post. Or at least they dont understand it. I'm simply saying that there is no point in arguing about the difficulty in training between sprints or distance because they are totally different things. I don't see how you got the message that this thread was about distance runners being jealous of sprinters or anything. If anything, this thread would be the other way around. but its neither. I'm not even arguing one thing over the other, im arguing the fact that we shouldnt argue one thing over the other, if that makes sense.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Sprinters Vs. Distance runners

                    >Nothing stated here, not even by a hockey player,
                    >will have any real affect on U.S. running, either
                    >sprints or distance.
                    >
                    ------------------------------------------------
                    >
                    Is talking about a fantasy 4x100m or Maurice
                    >Greene weight going to help the
                    "U.S. running,
                    >either sprints or distance."

                    Newsflash: The
                    >message board wasn't created to "affect U.S.
                    >running," only to talk about it!

                    Newsflash for you: tell it to "Blacklily" who said the following: "If U.S. distance runners & fans put even 10% of their whine about sprinters into regularly critiquing the subpar performance of our distance corps -- rather than glorify folks on boards who don't do squat, while ignoring distance runners who DO put down good times just because they're not American or the "right" kind of American -- they'd actually get somewhere in the world."

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                    • #11
                      Re: Sprinters Vs. Distance runners

                      Answer:

                      Marathoners train harder
                      >than football players, weightlifters, golfers,
                      >bowlers etc.

                      And yes, they are different but
                      >unequal.>

                      Sprinters, Football Players, Weightlifters, Marathoners train to what is required of the event.

                      Each has it's own requirement and difficulties.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Sprinters Vs. Distance runners

                        Being a track coach,I have a good spin on this argument. Both train hard. You can't ask sprinters to do high volumes of sprint work.That's just too much stress on their body. Also you can't do high volume race work on distance runners.(Race speed work)I believe in pushing my distance runners, but not making them go at it in race type situations everyday. They need alot of strength work(overdistance), as well as quarters. I saw where someone was bringing up the 800. The 800 has become a long sprint race.It used to be a mid-distance race,like the mile(1500), but alot of coaches have been moving faster runners up an event.There is the evolution of that event. Comparing sprinters and distance runners workouts can't be done.Track has become specialized at the high school level,gone are the days of everyone running 400's every practice.

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                        • #13
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                          This discussion is stupid.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Sprinters Vs. Distance runners

                            >Sprinters, Football Players, Weightlifters, Marathoners train to what is required of the event.

                            True! The DIFFERENCE is that marathoner requirements are MORE demanding!!!

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                            • #15
                              Re: Sprinters Vs. Distance runners

                              >Being a track coach,I have a good spin on this argument. Both train hard. You can't ask sprinters to do high volumes of sprint work.That's just too much stress on their body. Also you can't do high volume race work on distance runners.(Race speed work)I believe in pushing my distance runners, but not making them go at it in race type situations everyday. They need alot of strength work(overdistance), as well as quarters. I saw where someone was bringing up the 800. The 800 has become a long sprint race.It used to be a mid-distance race,like the mile(1500), but alot of coaches have been moving faster runners up an event.There is the evolution of that event. Comparing sprinters and distance runners workouts can't be done.Track has become specialized at the high school level,gone are the days of everyone running 400's every practice.<

                              Coach, Why can the World Record holder in the 800m run a 46sec 400m and a sub4min mile? And, Why can't most high school sprinters run 46sec for the 400m, if it's supposed to be a sprint event?

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