Lydiard Said It Best

Arthur Lydiard (hands folded) with his team at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

Arthur Lydiard (hands folded) with his team at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

There is an ultra-rare 20-page pamphlet published by Track & Field News in 1970 called, "Arthur Lydiard's Running Training Schedules." It sold for $1 nearly 50 years ago. I bought it for over $100. Even at today's price, it is a screaming bargain. 

Lydiard devotes 15 pages to discussion on his training experience, philosophy, and methodology. This was one of the first books he authored on his training methods and it houses his rawest and most candid insights. His passion for coaching, training, competition, and the sport of distance running oozes in every sentence.  

But I think his most important thoughts come in the introductory paragraphs.  

Lydiard writes: 

Many coaches argue about the various merits of fartlek, repetition, interval, marathon training etc. but let the athlete realize that all types of training play their part in a balanced schedule during the year's workouts. 
What most coaches and athletes don't realize, or have a practical knowledge of, is the full effect on the body of the various exercises...Coaches in constructively criticising my training schedules have many different ideas. Some say that it is the marathon running which is responsible for my runner's success; others are sure it is the "hill, interval" training schedule, but I believe that everything is important and that all types of training must be used, in the correct amounts, at the right time, if the athlete hopes to eliminate all weakness and eventually be running smoothly and strongly through his races. 

I couldn't agree more. Well said coach.


Thanks for reading. I'm glad you're here. // jm 

Jonathan Marcus