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RE: ARTHUR LYDIARD OR JACK DANIELS?
Well without name dropping, Jack Daniels coached me for many years. The one thing I can tell you is that the LEVEL OF QUALITY IS TREMENDOUS. It takes one by surprise. It is one thing to "read through" the workout schedules, but it is another thing to run them. Let me tell you, D.R.F. does lots of quality first, before the interval work. AND it is much harder TO DO than to "read" in a schedule. I think runners tend to gloss over the REP workouts as "strides". Listen up, REP work at mile pace for 400m up to 800m in a workout is not a series of strides. It is very, very hard work. I guess the best way to describe it is that it takes a whole lot of concentration to complete these REP workouts. Despite the full recovery, they are tough.
It is true that many systems can work for the individual. JD is very open minded to personal preferences in mileage etc. But don't blend everything together. They (JD vs Lydiard) are VERY DIFFERENT approaches. I think Lydiard would argue that such speed work early would "destroy" aerobic potential, because of "lactate".. But let me tell you that nothing was further than the truth for me. I ran my best times on less mileage with JD all the way from 1500 up to 15K. Before JD I was a 100+ mpw guy and I went down to 50-60 mpw with far better results, and far less injuries.
That's just my experience with it. But trust me if you truly follow D.R.F. then you will realize that JD and Lydiard are opposite ends of the spectrum. JD is open to mileage, but KNOW THAT HE IS ALL ABOUT QUALITY. And quality running "hurts" so most runners shy away from it.
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