I've decided to return to Lydiard base training for the next 3 months!
I will then move into Marius Bakkens Marathon plan at the start of next year with the aim of once and for all smashing the 2.45 barrier!
Why The Lydiard base?
Well I had very good results off his base training in 2007 when I ran an amazing sub 6 pace in a very hilly 8.5 mile race and followed that up with a 58.28 10 mile race in sub zero temps in the middle of Nov, I also remember doing a 10K trail race run on mostly dirt trails and sand at close to 6 min mile pace to finish 4th.
Marius Bakken's training programme has worked very well for me over the last two years with a Marathon P.B. last year and 1/2 Marathon P.B.s both last year and this year where I ran an amazing 77 mins for first M 50 at the Liverpool Half.
But I think starting his programme with a better base will lift my fitness to new heights, I will consult Marius first before going ahead with my plan, but I do think it's a good one!
The Lydiard programme I've used before is based on his original and I think best plan, I think later Lydiard programmes where watered down to much for the average Joe public!
I like his hard core early 1960's programme :0]
My modified version looks something like this;
Mon fartlek session. 1.30 hours
Tue easy 1 hour
wed alternating over 3 weeks- 3miles, 6 miles or 10 mile tempo run at up to MP pace.
Thur easy with 6 x strides at end. 1 hour
Sat 1.30-2 hours easy-steady
Sun 1-1.30 hours easy.
Every 4th week will be a reduced mileage week to make sure I stay fresh.
This worked very well for me before, so think it will again.
What do you think?
Interested to hear your answers, cheers Rick
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