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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Inwith his group of followers, Lydiard organised the Auckland Jogging Club, a world first.

Horwill also differs from Lydiard in that he believes that all aspects of training must be present in a training programme at any time of the year and periodisation is a matter of simply emphasising one aspect of training such as speed or strength during a particular phase in which all the other training components are present. He has been lauded as one of the outstanding athletics coaches of all time and is credited with popularizing the sport of running and making it commonplace across the sporting world.

Lydiard found through physiological testing that four weeks was the maximum amount of anaerobic development needed—any more caused negative effects such a decrease in aerobic enzymes and increased mental stressoften referred to as burnoutdue to lowered blood pH. Gonna have to do some more reading up on this!

This improved running economy under maximal anaerobic conditions without the strain on the achilles tendon, as it was still done in running shoes. The idea is that your weekly mileage 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.

Running Wizard – Lydiard Foundation

I mean, I never met him he died inaged 87but I just love a good underdog-goes-against-the-grain success story. Aerobic Base Building — a period of aerobic runs run lydiarc overall time, not mileage at a variety of paces to develop stamina and a base of conditioning.


Will it keep you interested? After laying such an arduous endurance base Lydiard’s athletes—including Murray Halberg, Peter Snell, Barry Magee and John Davies—were ready to challenge the world, winning six Olympic medals amongst them in the Rome Olympics and the Tokyo Olympics. Next Lactate Threshold I hope you like it. In his native New Zealand, the Legend marathon, yldiard follows the famous training route followed by Lydiard’s greatest athletes over the Waitekere Ranges west of Auckland, was established in his memory by Zimbabwean-born Ian Winson.

The mixture keeps my legs from feeling stale and there is a distinct mental advantage to knowing every run has a specific purpose. Then followed a co-ordination phase of six weeks in which anaerobic work and volume taper off and the athlete races each week, learning from each race to fine-tune himself or herself for the target race.

Anaerobic Development — Adds faster running tempos and intervals to prepare the runner to be able to handle race pace. The Lydiard training pyramid reprinted with permission from the Lydiard Foundation.

Ordinary members Arnold Nordmeyer C. Final Surge is the official training log of the Lydiard Foundation and powers Running Wizard training plans!

Periodisation comprises emphasising different aspects of training in successive phases as an athlete approaches an intended target race. For Lydiard’s greatest eunning the target race was invariably an Olympic final.

The Lydiard Training Method – Salty Running

In fact, I was 37 before I found the right training method for me, and from an unexpected source: Lydiard Place, in the Hamilton suburb of Chartwellis also named in Lydiard’s honour. So did you do the whole shebang with the mile weeks?

Taper – Final preparation for race day. Efforts have been made across the world to preserve and promote the training and coaching legacy left by Lydiard. In Johannesburg, South Africathe only athletics club in the world to be named after a coach, the Lydiard Athletics Club, was founded in to promote Lydiard’s training methodology and promote running as a way of life amongst the youth.

Only after this spikes were put on and a maximum of four weeks of anaerobic training followed. You can run fairly hard and still be running aerobically. Let us know how it works out for you! 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?


Really great overview, Caraway! Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Will your training plan respect your needs, or run roughshod over them?

Before his arrival, interval training had been, unsuccessfully, the cornerstone of the Finnish training during the s. He believes that the Lydiard system ignores training at such intermediate paces between the extremes of long, slow, distance running and fast, anaerobic, track work.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Longest run 15 weeks before the race: Hallmarks of the plan So why do I love it so much? 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. Have you ever trained the Lydiard way? Lysiard total cumulative ascent in the Waitakeres was over metres.

The 5 Lydiard Principles

The Running Wizard training plan Finally! The principles of sound training that Lydiard developed in s——based on experimenting on himself and a small group of local New Zealand runners——have stood the test of time as the scientific studies have caught up to validate his approach. This is a consequence runnung the pyramid I talked about above.

The proven principles of Arthur Lydiard by Keith Livingstone is a good source. I run because I can’t not run. Learn more about services from our partners below! He also became a life member of Athletics New Zealand in