I didn't know that Dan. How cool. It was also a WR at the time of course. I've had some cool stories from Barry before about different aspects of training under Lydiard. Bill Adcocks makes me laugh. Very much straight to the point, no bs!
Muss - for me that's what a base period is, yes; lots of upper end aerobic running (and plenty of lower end aerobic too). TR's point is along the same lines but pointing out that, as a novice, you will benefit from simply running lots of miles easy enough to allow you to keep running lots of miles.
Nice run on tired legs SL. And nice miles!
Positive reps from PP and bains too.
My pb was set on just water. I took advantage of the option to have bottles out for Frankfurt last year (PSP22 mix), but don't feel it gave me much. I suspect I get plenty of carbs on board in the days before and my fat burning is sufficient to see me through with that as long as the pace is appropriate.
The hills phase is between London and Waterford (traditional Lydiard is: base - hills - specific). The plan for Kenya is basically long, hard running, where I'll be happy that there's nothing to do but run, eat and sleep
CW - slower than expected tempo, and the mention of 'easily a record' week of mileage in the same sentence. I think you've got your answer there. The hills phase is simply because I've sat down and had a look at what I want to do when I'm in Kenya. I'd always wanted to have a crack at the 12 week schedule my ex-coach used when he got his Olympic bronze (but obviously at my comparatively slower paces), but the middle 4 weeks in particular are very very tough. However they coincide with when I'm in Kenya, and there are no harder reps in there - all longer, upper aerobic effort - which fits with a better use of altitude, so I thought if there's one chance to do it......... After that it became a case of prefixing it with similar to what he would have done, so a base phase and a hills phase (but I'll be putting my own take on the hills part), and 7 weeks just fits nicely between London and Waterford (with an easy week either side). Should be fun