Get it? These guys dont get a day off. Ever. Except when they injured, though they hit the pool and bike then.
Djokovic covered 5.5KM in 6 hours in the final of AO.
Mostly a mix of sprinting and jogging.
Marathoners tapering off period included a lot of anerobic drills.
One in particular is a sharpening exercise a lot of middle distance runners do. Where they sprint-run-sprint-run for 50M on 50M off a 5km run.
Lasse Viren used to do 5KM sprinting and running sprinting and running;
in just over 13 minutes.
Anyone know the 5KM record is less than 13 freaking minutes? Its 12 minutres 45 seconds!
Thats pretty much sprinting all the way. Well as fast as we sprint!
These guys can do 400M in under 48 seconds. Easilly.
The top 5000M runners are all going at least 13 minute 5K. These hundreds of them that can run under 14 minutes. Thousands worlwide actually.
Sorry to inject a bit of common sense forcefully here.
Djokovic did 5.3KM in 6 hours.
Lasse Viren sprinted and fast ran it regularly with no breaks, in less than 14 minutes.
Think about that one.
Just no. No one "easily" runs 400m in 48 seconds. Sprinter Michael Johnson took over 43 seconds (with exertion) to run 400m in the Olympics. If your aforementioned guys can run it "easily" in 48 seconds, they would all be sprint record holders.
Endurance =/= Fitter. Is a marathon runner then fitter than a boxer, sprinter, gymnast or basketball player? How do you define fitness? Endurance plays a part. As does strength, stamina, speed, agility and dexterity. I tell you, put Gebresellise next to Pacquiao and more people will say Manny is the fitter of the two because he ticks more of the boxes that define fitness. Tennis players are closer to basketball players in terms of fitness (short bursts of speed, direction change, agility, aiming, reacting immediately to changes in play, breaks – when fouled and half time)
Pit a marathon runner against Djokovic in a 100m sprint and see who's faster. Pit a marathon runner against Nadal in a wrestling match and see who wins. Pit a marathon runner against Federer in a random sport like basketball, baseball, swimming or skeet shooting and see who does better. Pit a marathon runner against Murray in a cross country run; we all know who will win. Marathon runners do one thing well at the expense of all other attributes. Archers do the same. Weightlifters do the same. Would you say weightlifters are fitter than tennis players?