Arthur Lydiard is often thought of as the father of modern distance running. His training information is widely available, but often times. Arthur Leslie Lydiard ONZ OBE (6 July – 11 December ) was a New Zealand runner Lydiard’s ground-breaking impact on distance running was recognised by Runner’s World, which hailed him as All time best running coach. Lydiard Basics. The principles of sound training that Lydiard developed in s ––based on experimenting on himself and a small group of local New Zealand.
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Runnlng a training plan: Will your training plan respect your needs, or run roughshod over them? Will it keep you interested? Or will you find yourself daydreaming about the plan you did last year as your fingers itch to Google other plans after just a few weeks of exclusivity?
The 5 Lydiard Principles
In fact, I was 37 before I found the right training method for me, and rhnning an unexpected source: Arthur Lydiard was amazing!
I mean, I never met him he died inaged 87but I just love a good underdog-goes-against-the-grain success story. His story is fascinating.
In a nutshell, Lydiard realized that the way oydiard trained at that time — basically, running hard all the time — runnnig silly non-optimal. So, in a process of self-experimentation and learning by doing, he invented periodization in running: But when Lydiard was starting out, his ideas were revolutionary and there was no exercise science yet to back him up, just the proof of his own performances he became the New Zealand marathon champion and those of his athletes.
Lydiard is also credited with inventing the jogging trend. Eight months later, seven of those men finished a marathon in about four hours.
For me, that would be about 60 miles. The longest phase, Aerobic Base Buildingcomes first. You can run fairly hard and still be running aerobically. The next phase, Hill Trainingis meant to strengthen your legs for the harder interval training that follows.
Running Wizard – Lydiard Foundation
Anaerobic Development involves one or two interval workouts per week. Integration focuses on dialing in to your race pace, and sharpening your legs up to run fast. The proven principles of Arthur Lydiard by Keith Livingstone is a good source. When you sign up, you enter a bunch of details including recent race times, length of your current long run, and how many days per week you want to train.
The Lydiard Training Method – Salty Running
The plan you receive is personalized with mileage, pace runinng heart rate recommendations for each run. There are detailed descriptions of how to do the workouts and a recovery adviser which will rate your recovery based on your resting heart rate, weight, and sleep. We tried to follow the Lydiard principles within that scheme and put together plans with 4, 5, and 6 days a week.
Weekly long run capped at 2.
Yes, even for the marathon. For marathon fitness, your total weekly mileage is more important than getting in a miler at all costs. Lysiard run 15 weeks before the race: This is a consequence of the pyramid I talked about above.
When the focus of training shifts from aerobic base-building to increasing speed and stamina, the long run is de-emphasized.
The idea is that your weekly lyciard is enough to maintain the aerobic fitness built at the beginning of the plan, so after the aerobic phase the long run drops to around two hours. The daily distances in this plan range from a mile jog at The mixture keeps my legs from feeling stale and there is a distinct mental advantage to knowing every run has a specific purpose. Everyone is different, obviously, but I thrive on the variety and wilt under training regimes where the shortest run is still an hour long.
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You can indicate how many days per week you want to run, how many weeks before your race, and you provide some details about yourself and previous race results. Looks like it peaks around 55 miles per week most weeks in the range running 5 days per week perfect for me, as ish is my sweet spot and I like to cross train.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the de-emphasis of the long run hooray!
Overall, this seems like a really great plan, with a nice, sensible progression and lots of lyeiard to keep me interested. I have done one training cycle using the Lydiard method and dropped my marathon time significantly- Down to 2: The Lydiard Training Method. Posted by Caraway on June 2, The Lydiard training pyramid reprinted with permission from the Lydiard Foundation. The Running Wizard training plan Finally! Hallmarks of the plan So why do I love it so much?
Have you ever trained the Lydiard way? How did it work out for you? Caraway I’m a year-old living in Berlin, Germany. Next Lactate Threshold How to Find Runningg. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. I hope you like it.
Let us know how it works out for you! So did you do the whole shebang with the mile weeks? Super intrigued as well… wonder what my coach Catnip thinks?? Gonna have to do some more reading up on this! Really great overview, Caraway!