I have read all of Coes books, and I have read several interviews by him and his father. I guess we will just agree to disagree. Of course even if I agreed with you that coe never went over 60-70 miles a week in his training(which I don’t) when you add in the warmup mileage and cooldown mileage that still would take him close to 100miles.
Once again you state intensity and pace management are the hallmarks of all great distance running programs.Who is disagreeing with that. Noone. why keep repeating it. My disagreement with you and the author is the contention that you don’t need to do a reasonably high amount of mileage in the base period. You give me a few examples of people who ran good off of low mileage programs. I would have to do the research to know if you are accurate or not.
Never the less these would be the exception and not the rule. Ovett, Scott, Walker,many of the kenyans, all of Lydyrds people. all of Canovas. The list is endless. As I said even elite 800 runners will usually run 60+miles aweek (many go higher) during base training.
To look at a highschool kid that rubs 4:11 off of 30 miles aweek and then come to the conclusion that it is not important to put in a good base phase of high mileage is simply short sighted, and contradictory to what most great distance coaches believe.