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RE: ARTHUR LYDIARD OR JACK DANIELS?
The theories are very similar. Arthur Lydiard tends to focus on more strength through drills and hills during the base phase. (for example Peter Snell) Jack Daniels would say more strength through altitude and running more miles during the base phase. (for example Jim Ryun)
That is one difference. Both coaches find out what works for individual runners. One runner could need more mileage with minimum speed and another one could need more speed with less mileage. Jack Daniels will say and has experienced runners successful at 35-40 miles who were elite 5K-10K. While Arthur Lydiard would emphasis a need high mileage to be successful. His magical line was 100 miles to be successful for an elite runner. That is another difference. The balance between the two is where the answer lies for a coach. You need a solid foundation to build upon and both would agree speed is only for a short period of time with minimum amount. What is beautiful for both men is you do not need to do tons of repeats and killer workouts with a great base to build upon. It depends on strength in the base phase for what is applicable to your location. It is better to do the same workouts, where you have measureable results as the season progresses. You can simply add repeats or decrease recovery as the season goes on. Both of them agreed on tapering to lessen the amount you run. (mileage and intensity) You do less repeats while keeingp the same recovery along with time. That is one problem with trying to increase intensity and more intervals at the end of a season. You cannot wrong with both of their ideas if applied wisely.
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