Tuesday, April 29, 2014



  1. Hey Scott.
    Wrapped you've decided to embrace the genius of Lydiard, a Kiwi no less. As you know Jack Foster, a hero of mine, embraced the Arthur training model for the most part. His week looked something like the following which seems raw and rugged which as a certain appeal.
    Base Building Week Of about 70 miles.
    Monday: Easy 30 to 45 minutes on grass parkland.
    Tuesday: 60 to 75 minutes on farmland or one mile reps on horse track.
    Wednesday: Easy 30 to 45 minutes on grass parkland.
    Thursday: 60 to 75 on farmlands.
    Friday rest
    Saturday: Usually a club race. 2 to 5 mile road run, seven mile cross country or road relay.
    Sunday: 1.5 to 2.5 hours on farmlands, forest trails and/or roads.
    I tried to copy this for myself earlier but fell short. No quite ready yet. I've retained the mid week long, Sunday long and Saturday tempo though.
    I'll follow your progress closely and as for Boston 2015 ... I'm working on it.

  2. Excellent Mark, that is really interesting and helpful, Jack Forster was the man alright. Old Kiwi know how is famous. And except for the Kiwi who changed the Milo recipe they certainly are a clever species! ;)

  3. Good post Scott. I saw that recently about Lydiard's base phase - most of the running is at "good" aerobic pace, much faster than what most people think. Not far off marathon pace effort taking into account the hilly ground on which they ran.

    Exciting about the Boston plans. I'd love to go back again when the marathon's on. Don't think I'm fast enough to qualify. My friend Rachel ran a PB this year - 2:47:57 (40-45 A/G) and was putting in plenty of 90-100 mile weeks (+ speedwork). http://runnerrachel.blogspot.com.au/

  4. Thanks for the link Ewen. I know you have a soft spot for Kiwis. Isn't Struth from NZ?

  5. Boston is a nice goal. The club had several people run it this year, and last year as well, so we've got a few people who can give you advice. And of course, we may have people running it next year as well, so let's stay in touch about that. First of course, you have to qualify and get in!