Running to the Top Paperback – 15 Sep 2011
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About the Author
The New Zealander Arthur Lydiard was the most successful trainer of middle and long distance running in the world. He coached runners from different countries such as Peter Snell (3 times gold) or Lasse Viren, who reached 4 times gold. In the 50s and 60s Arthur Lydiard not only revolutionized the middle and long distance training but parallel to this development he may be considered as one of the founders of the jogging-movement.
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The reason for my change of heart? Well, maybe I've mellowed with age, perhaps I've read some better constructed books and articles which are utter nonsense or perhaps, with time, I've learned to appreciate that an enormous amount of what Arthur Lydiard has to say is spot on and will save a lot of athletes and coaches making some very obvious mistakes.
So, take a look, be prepared to be annoyed from time to time but there are a huge number of gems buried in this relatively cheap training handbook.
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However, this book is plain awful. I am sure this never passed through the hands of a reputable publisher. Otherwise, it could never have been printed. It reads like the musings of a middle schooler, and has no appreciable outline or direction.
It does have some good running advice: train don't strain, etc. However, the good advice could be condensed into about 10 pages. I am extremely disappointed, that the running brain of this man could not be captured better. If a more experienced reader has any titles which may acquaint me (and others) with his work, I hope you will direct me to that work.
I asked for a refund from Amazon (have never done this) and hope it will be awarded. The book does have complete 26wk training schedules for everything from 5K to marathon- so I guess there is that....
Don't waste your time with this book.