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RE: LYDIARD OR DANIELS?
I doubt that either system requires more discipline than the other. The thing about Arthur's system is that he assigns very specific kinds of training, but allows you discretion as to how to go about that training to a degree. For example, he was never fussed as to whether "trackwork" was really done on a track, road, golf course, whatever. And he wouldn't say to do that trackwork at Pace X, or the distance work at Pace Y. Someone not familiar with the system might look at that and see it as "do what you want." But that would be a misinterpretation.
But there is considerable discipline required here as the athlete needs to discipline himself to find the proper level of effort for these sessions and keep himself to them. That's perhaps a different kind of discipline than what's required to run at a pace specified by someone else.
it's also worth noting here that while Arthur said that miles make champions, he put that into the context of what an athlete could handle beneficially. When Joan Ullyot was training to become the oldest woman ever (at the time) to run under 2:50 for the maarthon, she started training under Arthur. He out her onto a "beginner's schedule" with mileage considerably lower than the 100 that's associated with him. He had her at a max of 60 or so, I think.
She asked why she was on a beginner's schedule as she run diozens of marathons and Arthur's answer was that until you've broken 2:45, you're a beginner.
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