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  • Lydiard Method Phase 3: Anaerobic Development

    Bob Dyer

    Posted on May 14 2019

    Lydiard Method Phase 3: Anaerobic Development

    The Lydiard Method is comprised of 5 phases, in sequence, each of which builds specific systems you will need to perform at your peak during your goal race.

    The third phase is called Anaerobic Development and typically is 4-6 weeks in length. This phase prepares your body to endure the uncomfortable state of oxygen deficit. Why is this important? Because as you get into race situations you will encounter demands of high intensity which cannot be met by your aerobic capacity.

  • Lydiard Method Phase 2: Hill Training

    Bob Dyer

    Posted on May 07 2019

    Lydiard Method Phase 2: Hill Training

    The Lydiard Method is comprised of 5 phases, in sequence, each of which builds specific systems you will need to perform at your peak during your goal race.

    The second phase is called Hill Training and typically is 4 weeks in length. This phase introduces power and flexibility in the leg’s muscles. Why is this important? Because this will prepare you for anaerobic training in phase 3 which is faster and more demanding.

  • Lydiard Method Phase 1: Aerobic Base Building

    Bob Dyer

    Posted on April 30 2019

    Lydiard Method Phase 1: Aerobic Base Building

    The Lydiard Method is comprised of 5 phases, in sequence, each of which builds specific systems you will need to perform at your peak during your goal race.

    The first phase is called Aerobic Base Building and typically is 8-10 weeks in length. This phase will build your aerobic engine. Why is this important? Because your aerobic capacity drives endurance and services and enhances the recovery process. Distance running, particularly at the half and full marathon lengths are over 98% aerobic in nature. Basically, if you don’t develop a strong aerobic engine you will not be able to run these distances.