Running to the Top — Heading for the Track

We now enter the track season, beginning in New Zealand in October, and our learner and all our other athletes turn into marathon-distance runners. We set them all to run a hundred miles a week in training. 

— Arthur Lydiard, 1962


This is the chapter that most people know Lydiard for…his 100-mile per week marathon conditioning schedule. It is listed below:

Monday: 10 miles at 1/2 effort over a hilly course.

Tuesday: 15 miles at 1/4 effort over an easier running course.

Wednesday: 12 miles fartlek training.

Thursday: 18 miles at 1/4 effort over an easier running course.

Friday: 10 miles fast over a flat course — about 3/4 effort.

Saturday: 20-30 miles over an easy course at 1/4 effort.

Sunday: 15 miles over an easy course at 1/4 effort.

Total Miles: 100-110 miles on the week.

I think out of everything I have posted from this book that this is the most important chapter. Lydiard takes all of his track men — middle distance to marathoners — and says, “You are going to train like a marathoner for 10 weeks!”

You have to build the base — running is an aerobic sport…and these 10 weeks of marathon conditioning prepare you for the work that is coming to make you even faster.

The last thing that I will leave you with are these words from Lydiard:

Remember that the important thing is training not straining. 

 


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