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I recall a story about Bill Bowerman to the effect that he'd send his guys out to do a distance run at a six minute pace and naturally they'd all go flying off and hit the mile in 5:40 or so. Bowerman would have driven to the mile mark with a watch and would stop the runners and make them stand there until the six minute mark. There's always a tendency to want to go fast.
Lydiard always knew that and generally, despite his comments that he was not an LSD advocate, he spent a good deal of time trying to have people get rid of the idea that harder is better, as have you, from all I can tell.
But another big part of Arthur's approach was, as Nobby points out, to get athletes to understand their bodies and what it was telling them. As we're on a thread about his approach, it's important to point out that he was NOT a numbers oriented guy. You couldn't get him to talk about running at specific paces at gunpoint.
That's not to say that a coach shouldn't assign paces. But a coach who does that is moving significantly away from Lydiardism.
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