It's just a matter of understanding what's necessary and discipline yourself to do it.

“It's just a matter of understanding what's necessary and discipline yourself to do it.” 
― Arthur Lydiard

In thinking about the training I’ve done over the years the two things that kept getting me out the door in the morning was knowing I was training to achieve a goal and pushing myself to be disciplined along the way to put myself in a position to achieve it.

Training is hard and sometimes boring. Particularly if you’re in the base building phase. And there are a lot of opportunities which come up to encourage one to put off or skip the workout. In the end you are accountable for your training to no one but yourself.

A good training plan is simply that, a plan, unless a person is dedicated to adhering to it. Sometimes the hardest runs are not the fast ones, but the ones that require overcoming being tired, having too much going on, not getting enough sleep, burning the candle at both ends. But achievement of your goal is depending upon your ability to be disciplined in your training.

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Brendan Foster was one of the UK’s most successful distance runners. He won the Olympic 10,000m bronze medal in the 1976 and has PR’s of 3:37 for 1500m, 13:14 for 5,000m and 27:30 for 10,000m. Quite an accomplished distance runner. In his auto biography, “Brendan Foster” he says “I can’t be satisfied resting on old laurels, because whatever has gone in the past can’t help when you step up to the line for the next race. I may have medals at home, but it all starts again fresh on Saturday. You have to go out and do it again”.
What pushed him was the desire to reach out for new horizons. In order to do that he had to be disciplined in his training.

Be it a 4,5,6 or 7 day a week training plan you will encounter days you just don’t feel like hitting the road. As you encounter these times, think about what it is you wish to achieve at the end of your plan, i.e. your goal race, and ask yourself will missing today’s run hurt me or help me achieve my goal? Some days the answer will be it will “help”, but more often it will “hurt” my ability to reach my goal if I choose to miss.

Please stop in the store to learn more about the Lydiard Method. We are trained Lydiard coaches and can help you sign up. While your personalized plan costs $100, and goes to a non-profit, we provide the day to day coaching at no additional charge.

Bob Dyer (Co-owner, Running Niche)
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