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Glenn McCarthy

I think the application of the Lydiardism (as Nobby calls it) would be to try to get to the highest amount of time you can run each week without wearing yourself out. That is why many of the later Lydiard books went to time instead of distance. So if you can run close to 600 minutes per week you should do great. Of course, you may not be able to handle that load immediately, so perhaps you only do 500 minutes. The idea is to get your cardio-vascular system and musculature to the best you can. Some folks can only manage 200 minutes per week. So that is where you stay.

As far as hills, or any other training segment, it is all based on the race(s) you want to run well. Decide on the race you want to peak for. Count back 4 weeks for freshing-up, then 6 weeks of sharpening/race pace work, then 4 weeks of anaerobic work, then 4 weeks of hills and leg speed. Yes your reduce mileage when you start doing harder work. You always keep the long run in the schedule, you drop the other long runs that are usually shown as mid-week. Your goal is to maximize the endurance you developed by running all those miles/minutes so you can race well. Arthur's "boys" as Snell and all were called, dropped from 100 plus mile weeks to sometimes half of that when they were doing faster and shorter work.

Hope that helps.


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