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I'd like to attemp to get back to at least somewhat close to the original question and I'd like your input, Kim. Someone, might have been Dr. Daniels himself, mentioned something about strengthening legs by introducing repeats earlier. When I visited Jeff Johnson, the founder of Nike Farm Team, who follows the Daniels' formula quite extensively, he told me that he one time tried to follow the Lydiard program backward, meaning he started with track workouts and moved on to distance work with his team, they had one of the best seasons with least injuries. That got me thinking...

Far too often people see the schedule in Lydiard's books and simply jump onto it without fully understanding what the actual content in the book. I have always liked the original "Run to the Top" and when you read it carefully, he started the whole program from cross country training. You will start running mileage at relatively slowly without much concern with the speed (LSD?) and move onto cross country schedule that involves some faster running and racing over uneven and undulating terrain. That, to me, would strengthen your legs generally. Particularly XC in NZ is generally much more like what XC is supposed to be; unlike what Arthur used to call "glorified road race" over relatively flat gold courses.

It takes certain development and maturity to handle full scale Lydiard program. As a matter of fact, some of the original runners told me that they used to do quite a bit of Race Week / Non-race Week schedules which Kim Stevenson shared with us earlier. Even though the program is based on relatively slow aerobic development, my understanding is that Lydiard did not shy away from faster running and more rigorous leg strengthening exercises such as hill exercises or cross country running in the early stage either.

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