Yes, There is a debate about long distance vs sprints but the research and evidence leans very heavily towards NOT running long distances. I would just suggest everyone look online at lots of resources ranging from Wolforth, Driveline, Eric Cressey, etc. All strongly suggest that poles are one of the worst possible things you can have pitchers do. Works all of the wrong muscle groups. Shortens stride length and the whole lactic acid flush is a myth. Just look at any pic of a long distance runner and a sprinter. Quite a difference in body type and a pretty obvious one that would be more beneficial for a pitcher.