That's why I believe so much that recovery is the key to successful training. Runners have to be careful not to do too much anaerobic work. I think you have to learn to run by your own instincts. That's something that might be missing nowadays when athletes are surrounded by coaches and exercise physiologists and heart-rate monitors. You can lose the ability to be in touch with your own instincts, and to trust them. Sure, you'll make some mistakes, but that's what we do. And you learn as much or more from your mistakes as you do from winning -Rod Dixon interviewed by Amby Burfoot, runnersworld.com
Rod Dixon is a class act. He won a bronze medal in the 1500 at the Munich Olympics in 1972, and broke 2hr 09 winning the New York Marathon in 1983. An amazing talent.