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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. For Lydiard’s greatest athletes the target race was invariably an Olympic final. Have you ever trained the Lydiard way?

The 5 Lydiard Principles

The total cumulative ascent in the Waitakeres was over metres. For marathon fitness, your total weekly mileage is more important than getting in a miler at all costs. Athletes subsequently coached by him or influenced by his coaching methods included such luminaries as Rod DixonJohn WalkerDick Quax and Dick Tayler. Hallmarks of the plan So why do I love it so much?

You can indicate how many days per week you want to run, how many weeks before your race, and you provide some details about yourself and previous race results. Will your training plan respect your needs, or run roughshod over them? I was pleasantly surprised to see the de-emphasis of the long run hooray! Eight months later, seven of those men finished a marathon in about four hours.

Anaerobic Development involves one or two interval workouts per week. I run because I can’t not run. The mixture keeps my legs from feeling stale and there is a distinct mental advantage to knowing every run has a specific purpose. Periodisation comprises emphasising different aspects of training in successive phases as tunning athlete approaches an intended target race. Lydiard constantly clashed with unimaginative and officious athletics administrators in his native New Zealand and in the countries that called upon his strong personality and coaching expertise to establish national athletics programmes.


Caraway I’m a year-old living in Berlin, Germany. The London Gazette 1st supplement. Retrieved from ” https: After laying such an arduous endurance base Lydiard’s athletes—including Murray Halberg, Peter Snell, Barry Magee and Rubning Davies—were ready to challenge the world, winning six Olympic medals amongst them in the Rome Olympics and the Tokyo Olympics.

Integration — Race distance specific tuning and sharpening including shorter distance time trials. When you sign up, you enter a bunch lydiarf details including recent race times, length of your current long run, and how many days per week you want to train. 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 rrunning.

All of lhdiard training elements were already there in the training of Roger Bannisterthe first miler who broke the 4 minute barrier for the mile, but Lydiard increased distance and intensity of training and directed the sport periodisation towards the Olympics and not the breaking of records.

The Lydiard training pyramid reprinted with permission from the Lydiard Foundation. I mean, I never met him he died inaged 87but I just love a good underdog-goes-against-the-grain success story. After the base training rynning, Lydiard advocated four to six weeks of strength work.

The 5 Lydiard Principles – Running Wizard

Lydiard Place, in the Hamilton suburb of Chartwellis also named in Lydiard’s honour. Aerobic Base Building — a period of aerobic runnung run by overall time, not lydirad at a variety of paces to develop stamina and a base of conditioning. While it is a longer training cycle than what you may be used to, the length of the cycle allows the safe development of running fitness as each phase builds on the previous one.

I have done one training cycle using the Lydiard method and dropped my marathon time significantly- Down to 2: Lydiard was renowned for his uncanny knack of ensuring that his athletes peaked for their most important races and, apart from his tremendous charisma and extraordinary ability to inspire and motivate athletes, this was largely a product of the periodisation principle he introduced into running training.


Gonna have to do some more reading up on this! Lydiard’s emphasis on an endurance base for his athletes, combined lyeiard his introduction of periodisation in the training of distance runners, were the decisive elements in the world-beating success of the athletes he coached or influenced.

Yes, even for the marathon. Efforts have been made across the world to preserve and promote the training and coaching legacy left by Lydiard. Horwill also differs from Lydiard in that he believes that all aspects of gunning 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.

Really funning overview, Caraway! His story is fascinating. He was completely inflexible on this requirement. Daniels, on the other hand, emphasises the need to train at what he terms threshold pace in order to achieve optimum athletic performance.

Arthur Lydiard – Wikipedia

In a nutshell, Lydiard realized that the way runners trained at that time — basically, running hard all the time — was silly non-optimal.

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. Lydiard’s ground-breaking impact on distance running was recognised by Runner’s Worldwhich hailed him as All time best running coach. The Lydiard Training Method. I’m a year-old living in Berlin, Germany. RuningNew Zealand.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In fact, I was 37 before I found the right training method for me, and from an unexpected source: