By the way, Kim, Lorraine showed a video of Peter Snell to Tom Osborne. Now he understands why long runs are necessary for 800m runner! He's ready to fly down to TX to actually meet the man.
" why long runs are NECESSARY for the 800m runner"??
Hmmm......if they are so necessary, then why have so many great 800m runners excelled without them?? (and I assume that by "long", you mean something like 20 miles, which is exactly what Snell would often do). Well??
I know it's easier to think that some guy figured out everything there is to know about running 50 or so years ago, and its simpler to just follow him, but life is more complex than that.
All Lydiard said: run a lot, and mix in different elements (hills, basic speed, some ananerobic work late), and focus on aerobic work for the most part. Wow, what a genius. People before him had similar traning ideas (van Aaken) and people after him (without being directly influenced by him) had similar ideas. He's not as unique you all want to make him out to be.
He had some great ideas and popularized them. Good for him. 100's of other coaches thought up or popularized other equally important concepts, some different some similar.
Igloi had a much different system from Lydiard's, and frankly he directly developed as many if not more world class runers than Lydiard did. (and I said directly, because all of you Lydiard fanatics try to give him credit for every distance running success in every nation: 'oh Lydiard trained the Finns, oh, Lydiard made the Japs long distance stars, oh Bill Rodgers [or whoever] was a Lydiard "disciple," etc, etc.)
Lydiard was good, but he was no GOD. (that one "o" makes a big difference).
Oh yeah, sorry to have rained on your "we've figured it all out, and it is so simple: just follow St Arthur" party.