Training

  1. Hot Weather Hydration — Proceed With Caution! Science gets it…wrong again. Drinking ‘ til your belly bursts is wrong.
  2. Can Runners Improve Their Speed AND Endurance? Ha ha ha. Don’t even think about it. A look at oops-theory.
  3. Running and the Balanced Life. Running teaches us to balance our lives. Ignore the lesson and we suffer.
  4. Revolutionary Approach to Improving Running Power. Leg strength has vast implications for speed, and far beyond, for improving oxygen power with much less effort.
  5. How to Run Your First 50-Miler. Dropped on your head as an infant? Here’s the sport for you!
  6. Training for Your First Marathon. A practical approach.
  7. An Interview with Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Snell. Rich Engelhart interviews Arthur Lydiard’s most famous pupil.
  8. A (Not Very) Deep Secret of Successful Runners. How can a runner improve quickly? The answer is simple, and it’s a secret of success in other sports and even in academe.
  9. Recovery Part 1. Get Over It. Recovery is half the battle.
  10. Recovery Part 2. Optimizing Recovery. Train better between runs.
  11. Recovery Part 3: Kitchen-Sink Recovery Drink. A cheap, easy formula for runners on a budget.
  12. Two Ways of Thinking About Recovery (One is Wrong). Should we train to improve recovery? Or fitness?
  13. Run Fast to Race Fast? The Genius of Renato Canova. Has the great Italian coach replaced Arthur Lydiard? Probably not.
  14. Sports Injuries: No Coddling for “Owies”. Injuries usually get better faster when we keep the affected area active.
  15. How to Get Fast. What kind of speedwork is best? How to develop speed-endurance?
  16. How to Get (Even) Faster. A surprising, proven way to improve your speed.
  17. And How to Get Faster Still. Arthur Lydiard prescribed three kinds of aerobic running during the base phase. This one will make you faster.
  18. More and More Speed…: Jay Johnson suggests another way to improve type IIB fast-twitch fibers.
  19. Safe Margin. The fastest way to get faster: rarely run all-out.
  20. Which of Your Many Bodies Did You Run In Today?. Efficient training begins with carefully monitoring how we feel.
  21. Runner Genetics and the Inner Coach. Genome research confirms that every running body is unique. Thus training needs to be individualized. The best way is by listening to the heart.
  22. How to Get Into the Running “Zone.” Secret key to easy, fast running: harmonize your heart.
  23. Zone Training is Broken: Steve Magness on Science Versus Experience. When the “hard numbers” of science fail a runner, where can he turn? Experience and intuition hold the keys.
  24. How to Lose Weight. A healthy weight-loss diet that’s based on your body’s special needs.
  25. Arf! Arf! (Train Like a Dog). Enthusiasm is a key ingredient of any training plan.
  26. How to Increase Your Mileage Enjoyably. Slow down to go farther? Hm, maybe not.
  27. Perfect Pace. How to know how fast you can go.
  28. The Most Enjoyable Pace. Your own body will happily tell you exactly the pace it wants to run.
  29. An Experiment of One. “Scientific training” means tinkering in the lab of our own, individual bodies.
  30. Running in the Fasting Lane. There are two ways to get more energy. One is to give the body a complete overhaul.
  31. A Perfectly Reasonable Runner. Feeling-based training is an essential complement to the scientific side of running.
  32. Famous Runner Warms Up. A long warmup opens the door to wonderful runs.
  33. Training in the Age of Energy. Training is changing, from older mechanical methods to a more flowing, energy-based approach.
  34. Lydiard Guide Available Online. Arthur Lydiard’s training ideas are neither “outdated” or “all about long, slow distance.” They’re fundamental and timeless.
  35. Energy Management 101 for Runners. Arthur Lydiard discovered that training is about managing energy wisely.
  36. Keith Livingstone’s Wonderful Book on Arthur Lydiard’s Training Philosophy. Training is cyclical — the “ups” of racing must be followed by a fallow time of rest and recovery.
  37. Getting the Best out of a Layoff. The secret of thriving during illness and injury is to apply the same principles by which we train.
  38. Five Arguments for Aerobic Training. Arthur Lydiard pointed out that anaerobic metabolism can be optimally developed in just 4-6 weeks, but aerobic metabolism can be developed almost endlessly, over many years.
  39. Why Arthur Lydiard-style Aerobic Training Works So Well. Great ideas aren’t discovered; they’re invented. For the training of distance runners, Lydiard got there first.
  40. Should We “Train Up” or “Train Down”? The “experiment of one” needs to be conducted with all due caution.
  41. Civilized Training. ‘Oh what delight to, be given the right to, train like civilized ladies and men…’
  42. Tough Love for Injuries. Running injuries sometimes get better quicker with “active therapy.”


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