That being said, Lydiard’s model is very strict – it has a long aerobic build up at the beginning followed by a four-week strength ‘block’, a couple weeks of speed training and finally, the competition phase. I’m going to show you how to apply the basic principles from Lydiard’s studies but you’re going to be a little more flexible with your planning and adjust it to whatever goal you want to reach.
You arrive home, tell everyone about your newest achievement and just as the day starts winding down you remember… in the midst of the excitement about running your first race, you signed up for another race in just a few weeks! Uh-oh! What should you do?
There are a few ways to answer this question and I’ll go through a few scenarios that will hopefully apply to a wide range of runners, whether you’ve been running for a few weeks or many years.
Personally, I love running in the winter… I feel like the cold weather allows me to run at a high effort while not suffering from too much heat. However, summer has inevitably arrived and with it comes extreme heat and humidity.