Hi Mystery Coach, I have used the training schedules from some of Lydiard books but have come into my peak race with tired legs even after running very little during the last ten days like he says. What do you think? Chris O.
Chris, I can think of a couple of things that might be the problem. You didn't say what version of his schedules you were using but if it is one them with the effort tables you might be training too hard. One line that most runners miss is when Arthur says when using the tables is to take the average of your previous 6 best times for a distance. Most runners miss that point and base their speed work on their personal record time. You have to remember when you ran your best time you were probably well rested and in very good shape something that you will not be when training hard and building up. Look at the following chart that shows Peter Snell's 1962 world record buildup:
Note how his racing performances dropped as he trained harder, Arthur always said you can not train and race well at the same time. Also note that the hardest training took place 4 weeks before his peak. Runners that I coach have a hard time believing that the hardest training should be a month out from the goal race and tend to train too hard in the last month. The last month should be sharp and not hard, my thought is that you should be ready to go 10 days out and be anxiously waiting for the goal race.
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