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Oh jees...
RE: LYDIARD OR DANIELS?
One more thing about runners and discipline.
Over the years I have realized that distance runners in general are very undisciplined people.

How could I say that?

Well there's a difference between dedicated and disciplined. I was very dedicated before working with Daniels, and even thought I knew a thing or two about running. I followed the mantra "mileage is king", "you gotta find what works","blend everything","run hard when you feel like it", "run easy when you feel bad","Speed early is bad", "Lactate will destroy aerobic capacity" etc, etc. But I wasn't truly disciplined until I got the workouts and followed them. Then I realized how hard it is to be disciplined... not run too fast, not run too slow, not run too long, not run too short, run exactly mile pace, run exactly 5k pace etc. etc.

I think whatever approach one adopts, the attitudes of "you gotta find what works","blend everything","run hard when you feel like it", "run easy when you feel bad","Speed early is bad", "Lactate will destroy aerobic capacity" often works against the runner. The majority of what I see here in the States at least is a large group of "uncoachable" runners, because they can't follow orders from a coach, and keep any semblence of true discipline. So many talented runners are "fly by the seat of their pants" and that is sad.

Mileage is not king, Quality is not king, DISCIPLINE IS KING.

A good example of amazing discipline is the training of Carlos Lopes. Read up on him if you get a chance..a true master.

Too many runners today are simply, uncoachable.

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