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I don't see a lot of differences in the programs. If you were to put the two men side-by-side to discuss their programs, you would find more similarities than differences.

Lydiard appears to stress "feel" more than actual paces. Kim can tell me if I'm wrong here. Daniels uses "science" to come up with appropriate paces for runs of varying intensity. Both work if used properly. Although my best years are behind me, I went back and compared my workouts to the VDOT tables and found that my workout times were very comparable to what Daniels prescribes.

Daniels does not necessarily mean low mileage. He states that mileage should be determined based on a variety of factors. He stresses the point of not running 'quality junk' miles. In other words, he believes that runs at VO2Max pace have benefits as do runs at R pace. However, running in between those paces could be time better spent running at one or the other pace.

I personally think that Lydiard got his reputation as a "100-mile man" because someone wanted to know how many miles a runner should strive for, and he gave them an answer. If a runner broke down at 80 mpw, I doubt Lydiard would force them to run 100; he would put together the best program possible for those 80 miles.

Both of them actually stress running for time as stress is based on the amount of time performing an exercise, not how far you go. If people read Lydiard closely, they would see that it wasn't LSD. In his book, it says to run out 5K and come back. If you come back faster than you went out, you should increase the pace on the outbound portion. If you slowed on the way back in, you should start slower. Thus, the running was at a good aerobic clip.

Who would I want to coach me? In terms of the actual running programs, it probably doesn't matter. I would go with the man with whom I felt the most comfortable.

I have a copy of Lydiard's book that my dad gave me in high school. I probably have a better understanding of it now than I did back then. I couldn't get past the "big" numbers of 2-runs and the like as I was 20-30 mpw runner in high school. It also has taken me several years to realize that the schedules in the book were really a "template" to be adjusted by the individual athlete.

Ultimately, I believe that you will run better on the worst program out there if you truly believe in it than you would on the best program that you don't feel so good about.

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