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Healthy Intelligent Training: The Proven Principles of Arthur Lydiard Paperback – October 1, 2008
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I got a copy of Running the Lydiard Way in 1978 and it went everywhere with me, 24 hours a day for at least two years, while Arthur's way changed me from an average club hack into a county-class runner. I don't know where Keith Livingstone's book is going to take me, but I've already started carrying it around.
Finally, 30 years on, we get an update and a full explanation of what the Lydiard system really is and how it works. Very exciting!
Even better, Keith writes as a New Zealander born and bred right there in Lydiard land, being himself coached by Olympic medallist Barry Magee, one of Arthur's originals. So here is the true word on Lydiard, direct from original sources.
It's become fashionable to bash Lydiard these days; many of us who had direct contact with the "master coach" have tried and failed to correct the complete tosh that is often claimed as being "Lydiard training" - the most common myth being that he advocated a minimum of 100 miles a week at barely above jogging pace. Here at last is chapter and verse on EXACTLY what Arthur intended, with plenty of real-life examples of how Arthur and his runners adapted the basic system to individualise it for runners of different capabilities.
You'll see, for example, how to use sessions of long slow distance therapeutically, to help recover form. Keith has also done a great job of providing the missing science; although Arthur has been hailed as the greatest running coach of all time, Keith reminds us that Arthur was actually a milkman; he worked things out by experimenting on himself and then with trial and error plus intuition.Read more ›
I finished it at 4.00am and felt like going for a run. Five stars is not enough!
During my days of teaching and coaching in the 1960's and 1970's, New Zealand athletes were the trend setters.
Moving from training athletes to caring for athletes, after retraining as a Chiropractor in Canada in the mid 1970's, I now see how knowledge of what Keith Livingstone explains in his book would have made me a better Chiropractor for the athletes I cared for.
If you teach or coach athletes or you are a practitioner who cares for athletes I highly recommend you purchase this book.
John Hinwood, DC, Dip PE, Cert LC, FAIM, FICC, FACC
The Australian Spinal Research Foundation
Healthy Intelligent Training by Keith Livingstone is simply awesome.
As far as I am concerned, it is the best book written about the Lydiard method of training. Healthy Intelligent Training is written 'layman' enough for those who do not want to be weighed down with heavy scientific tech-speak. However, the book provides enough scientific reference to provide credibility from the technical end of the perspective; the reader gets the best of both worlds.
Should you prefer case studies that are not done in a lab over 3 weeks under controlled circumstances, but examples provided from 10, 20 and 30 year careers - Olympic accomplishments and just outstanding results, then Keith writes it out so everyone gets their fill of what they need to better understand the Arthur Lydiard method of training and physiologically speaking the method matches what the body is meant to do - move!
Although the book is said to be geared towards serious middle-distance runners. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to train to their optimum for middle and long distance, right up to the marathon.
Running would be a lot simpler if our bodies were like machines that we could put through a standard program to achieve a repeatable result. However, there is art as well as science to achieving our best performances. Lydiard himself said that a balanced program is crucial to success. This book conveys better than others I've read how to achieve that balance. It does this both by explaining physiology in a practical, clear way (the science); and also by presenting case studies and breaking down the lessons to be learned from them (the art).
The presentation on hill-training is unique in its clarity. Livingstone presents a visual how-to breakdown - something Lydiard didn't do. I grew up and live in New Zealand. Everybody ran mileage but I didn't see runners doing hill-bounds. When I tried them I was never sure if I was doing them right - I just felt like a goose and thought I must be missing something.
While the text may be short on instruction of the type "Do this run on this day and that run on that day", that is not a drawback. That kind of specific is reassuring but doesn't help when injuries or fatigue happen. In the end the principles are more useful than schedules.
The book is targeted at serious middle-distance runners. However I think that anyone running more than half an hour a few days a week and wanting to improve their times over particular distances would get value from this book.
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I am a beginning runner with a long-term goal of running a marathon and was recommended to get this book by a friend who uses the Lydiard method with great effect. Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by Analysis
I used this method for three years during college cross country running. It simply works, if you are interested in real improvement over a period of years. Read morePublished on November 1, 2010 by platypus
Anyone can hammer away and see improvement as a runner. But as a distance runner, few will have patience to train for many months in order to do what is truly necessary by... Read morePublished on December 28, 2009 by Jill
Very well written Easy to read and understand, concise and lightened by a series of anecdotes that emphasis the point(s) just made. Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by Mrs. K. M. Hutchinson