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RE: LYDIARD OR DANIELS?
Well, for me Daniel's system required far more discipline than Lydiard's system. Far more.
I just think that the discipline, regardless of the system sets apart champions. This is why there is a wide variety of top competitors in the marathon outside of Africa. Because, disciplined, systematic training can beat talent in the marathon.
My suspicion is that Lydiard was extremely strict with his athletes in private, but more "go by feel" attitude to the public. I have heard the stories of Peter Snell finishing workouts in tears because, Arthur wouldn't let him stop. Whether the story is true or not, I think this was actually a good thing.
Have a plan and stick to the plan. Have rules and follow them 99% of the time (within reason.barring injury).
More than any other system the Lydiard method has been abused and twisted to become "anything that I do is okay" as long as there is a mountain of mileage behind it, and I would argue that this is the fastest road to create injury and destroy talent.
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