I’m all for the short to long approach for 400m athletes and was wondering if it would be wise for an 800m athlete to take a similar approach. For example, spend the fall season training toward new personal bests over 200m. Then take that new speed over the winter to achieve best times at 400m. Then in the Spring train for the 800m. I know some top national 800m runners who use the opposite approach to good results. But one girl I know has a 2:02 pb, and a 400m best of only 56.0. If she wants to get down under 2:00, would it not benefit her to spend early part of the season trying to get the needed 54.0 400m speed? The only problem is that the aerobic component may not be addressed, but perhaps you could keep in touch with it by doing a weekly aerobic power session throughout the year.
Anybody have any ideas about this?