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The New Zealander Arthur Lydiard was the most successful trainer of middle and long distance running in the world. He coached runners from different countries such as Peter Snell (3 times gold) or Lasse Viren, who reached 4 times gold. In the 50s and 60s Arthur Lydiard not only revolutionized the middle and long distance training but parallel to this development he may be considered as one of the founders of the jogging-movement.
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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Fachverlag und Buchhandel GmbH; 3rd edition (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841263354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841263359
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To those who say his theories are outdated, show me the results where Americans pounding the intervals or following a Daniels type plan are beating those like the Kenyans and the Japanese marathoners and Paula Radcliffe who train much more like Lydiard suggests. It's not a coincidence that Deena Kastor and Meb Keflezighi became the first two Americans to win Olympic marathon medals in 20 years. They are also two of the few Americans who follow a Lydiard-based training philosophy. The Kenyans do not train at LT pace all the time. Anyone who knows how they train knows that they train much like Lydiard suggests.

Yes, his writings are hard to read. He has a great mind when it comes to running technique but not quite so great when it comes to writing style. However, the wealth of wisdom in his writings is worth working yourself through the less than spectacular writing style if you are interested in racing performance.
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Arthur Lydiard, the legendary coach of the New Zealand track teams, knows running. Want proof? He has coached many Olympic Gold medal winners and many coaches today base their training philosophies on Lydiard. This book is easy to understand and provides clear, realistic work-outs for all levels. Whether you are training for a marathon, 10K, 5K or 800m, this book will get you started. Many of his training ideas from 40 years ago are still used today. This amazing book put his brain on paper. Get this book if you are serious about running or coaching.
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Arthur Lydiard's ideas are "outdated"???? Hardly. Lydiard was responsible for the training that led to world domination by successive waves of New Zealanders, Finns, and Africans. Ingrid Kristiansen's Lydiard-like training enabled her to set a marathon record that stood for 15 years. Peter Snell's 4:54 mile time, 30 years ago, would still place him high in many international competitions. As for <American> runners who criticize Lydiard--to quote Peter Snell, "Where are the results?" The basics of ALL distance training are endurance and aerobic development. Lydiard's advice in this regard remains unexcelled. The Africans train as the New Zealanders under Lydiard did in the 1960s. (They also weigh less than 118 lbs on average, compared to Americans' 130+. Let's see what a 115-lb US runner can do against them on Lydiard's training regime. Then we'll talk about "outdated.") This is a great book. Interested readers can find a modern, better-organized (and better-edited) presentation of Lydiard's ideas in Keith Livingstone's wonderful book, Health Intelligent Training: The Proven Ideas of Arthur Lydiard - gets my vote for best book on running training ever published.
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Mr. Lydiard is a true legend and genius. To appreciate his methods and this book, you really need to be a runner, IMHO but I could be wrong. I studied his methods, and thought I understood them. I'm only an old(73) amateur runner who completed 13 marathons in three yrs(9 out of 13 in barefoot including 3 Boston marathons). I'm not bragging myself but to establish my humble credibility. This book is such a must read book for runners to train properly. If anyone is thinking running even for health end like me, this book or his methods is all you need. I have read most of the running books and studied as much as I could. Last 50 or so yrs in world, sadly over 90% running books are from Mr. Lydirad methods. In fact, most of them are not accurate or misleading us. Those imitators including some famous coaches are pretending as if theirs. Mr. Lydiard had spent 9 yrs himself to create his methods. Basically, Kenyans and Ethiopians are unknowingly practice his basic methods. This is such a bible for all runners. IMHO, aerobic long slow running is all you need to be an amateur runners like me without practicing the anaerobic threshold level which is not necessary. Just remember what he said about the modern running shoes, a true genius!
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This may be almost sacrilege to speak against Lydiard as a runner.

However, this book is plain awful. I am sure this never passed through the hands of a reputable publisher. Otherwise, it could never have been printed. It reads like the musings of a middle schooler, and has no appreciable outline or direction.

It does have some good running advice: train don't strain, etc. However, the good advice could be condensed into about 10 pages. I am extremely disappointed, that the running brain of this man could not be captured better. If a more experienced reader has any titles which may acquaint me (and others) with his work, I hope you will direct me to that work.

I asked for a refund from Amazon (have never done this) and hope it will be awarded. The book does have complete 26wk training schedules for everything from 5K to marathon- so I guess there is that....
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Classic Arthur Lydiard! Nice reading a simplified approach to training which has been so complicated by today's standards. Definitely had to keep reminding myself when this book was written! I am able to refer right to the training plans and apply them. Good stuff!
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Criticism of Lydiard based on the idea that he recommended "long slow running" indicates that the reviewer didn't actually try paying attention to what Lydiard wrote. If a three-hour marathoner running his Monday ten-miler at 6:30 pace and his Friday 10-miler at 6:15 pace - not even in base phase, this is in conditioning BEFORE you get to base phase - it that is your idea of "slow" distance, then your idea varies greatly from mine. Go back and read what he says comprises "half-effort" - for a 5:00 miler, Lydiard's version of half-effort is 5:16. If you're going to criticize an author, please read the source document.
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