Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Buy New
$14.42
Qty:1
  • List Price: $18.95
  • Save: $4.53 (24%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 15 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Running to the Top has been added to your Cart
Trade in your item
Get a $2.00
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Running to the Top Paperback – September 15, 2011

4.1 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$14.42
$10.80 $11.04

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
$14.42 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 15 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Running to the Top
  • +
  • Daniels' Running Formula-3rd Edition
  • +
  • The Science of Running: How to find your limit and train to maximize your performance
Total price: $55.50
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

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.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Fachverlag und Buchhandel GmbH; 3rd ed. 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
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.
Comment 27 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
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.
Comment 23 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have a bunch of running books and this book isn't that great. It's informative but the style and organization of the text is very strange to me. The plans are good if you like the "general idea" and you take control. Not for someone who wants a strict regiment. I just was not impressed at all by this book. I've heard stories from my coaches, other runners, the running community, etc. about how influential Arthur Lydiard is in the sport of running. After reading this book I was like, "That's it? THIS is what everyone has been raving about?"

My opinion, so take with a grain of salt...
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
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.
1 Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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....
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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!
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Running to the Top
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Running to the Top