jsquire wrote: "Another thing Nobby has written about Lydiard is that he said if you really wanted to be good you couldn’t ignore any part of training, that you’d have to do it all. (Forgive me if I’ve goofed up the exact wording or meaning.) What he didn’t say, but I read into it, is you can’t do everything at once. Thus the system of this, then that, then that, etc."
I think Coe / Martin have more in common with Lydiard than they realize, because perhaps they also misunderstand some of the Lydiard principles. These harbingers of multipacing modules have gradual intensity and volume buildups throughout the year, where emphasis ever so gradually shifts all the time as the year progresses. Perhaps those shifts are much more pronounced in Lydiard literature, leading the uninformed to see great big blocks with sudden changes in emphasis, and emphasising only one thing, which is not really the case from what I have learned in this thread . The Coe / Martin "building model" has a foundation, and several floors for annual levels of development (mesocycles). On each floor are different rooms for different kinds of running plus other important things such as mobility, strength, recovery, health maintenance etc. But this is not a completely different thing from Lydiard. They speak different vocabularies, and look at each aspect from slightly different angles, through slightly different lenses.
Oh God, talk about run-on sentences Hahahaha!
PS - I jogged on the grass for 45min yesterday - in spikes! Got some funny looks from the "normal" runners. But I believe this is good prep for XC. Why must we only "workout" in spikes? Would Arthur approve? (I'm sore today!) :)