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Nobby
RE: LYDIARD OR DANIELS?
Bjorn:

If you can improve your 200m time from 30 down to 25, obviously something is working. Why change it? You didn't quite explain how you run those hills but, bear in mind, if you run them very fast, they will become anaerobic. But if you use them as specific exercise, as Lydiard did, they will become more of a strength work. But if you can make such a marked improvement, if I were you, I won't change it. However, as you noted, your improvement comes in 3 weeks. I doubt it will keep improving the same rate (down to 20 seconds in 6 weeks) so position this type of work accordingly. Why do them for 52 weeks? Can you do them prior to the season starts? Or should you wait until right before the competition (I won't recomend that)? Those are the questions you would need to answer for yourself.

Lydiard suggested, for the best aerobic development result for time spent running, is to train on the road where the traction is better. I can assure you, if your knees give by running on the road, he would NOT suggest you to keep doing. In the end, it wouldn't matter if you train on the asphalt or concrete or firm Scandinavian trail; whatever gives you the best result. Lydiard's runners more or less mix all surfaces but the most of their main training was done on very rough hard-surface road. But they also did lots of crosscountry and grass surface running as well.

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