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Arthur Lydiard Quote: “They have a word in Finnish called sisu, which basically means guts. It’s the strongest word in the Finnish language. You tell a Finn he doesn’t have sisu, that’s like spitting in his face.”

They have a word in Finnish called sisu, which basically means guts. It’s the strongest word in the Finnish language. You tell a Finn he doesn’t have sisu, that’s like spitting in his face.

— Arthur Lydiard



Arthur Lydiard Quote: “There are champions everywhere. Every street’s got them. All we need to do is train them properly.”

There are champions everywhere. Every street’s got them. All we need to do is train them properly.

— Arthur Lydiard


Arthur Lydiard Quote: “Athletes need to enjoy their training. They don’t enjoy going down to the track with a coach making them do repetitions until they’re exhausted. From enjoyment comes the will to win.”

Athletes need to enjoy their training. They don’t enjoy going down to the track with a coach making them do repetitions until they’re exhausted. From enjoyment comes the will to win.

— Arthur Lydiard


Arthur Lydiard Quote: “I have a saying ‘train, don’t strain.’ The Americans have the saying ‘no pain, no gain’ and that’s why they have no distance running champions. They get down to the track with a stopwatch and flog their guts out thinking that it’ll make them a champion, but they’ll never make a champion that way.”

I have a saying ‘train, don’t strain.’ The Americans have the saying ‘no pain, no gain’ and that’s why they have no distance running champions. They get down to the track with a stopwatch and flog their guts out thinking that it’ll make them a champion, but they’ll never make a champion that way.

— Arthur Lydiard


Arthur Lydiard Quote: “They’re very tenacious. They’re dedicated. Once a woman decides she’s going to do something, she’ll probably stick to it. The only problem with women is if there’s anything wrong with them, they won’t tell you. They’ll get out there and run on one leg. They don’t moan and groan like a lot of men do.”

They’re very tenacious. They’re dedicated. Once a woman decides she’s going to do something, she’ll probably stick to it. The only problem with women is if there’s anything wrong with them, they won’t tell you. They’ll get out there and run on one leg. They don’t moan and groan like a lot of men do.

— Arthur Lydiard


Arthur Lydiard Quote: “No one will burn out doing aerobic running. It is too much anaerobic running, which the American scholastic athletic system tends to put young athletes through, that burns them out.”

No one will burn out doing aerobic running. It is too much anaerobic running, which the American scholastic athletic system tends to put young athletes through, that burns them out.

— Arthur Lydiard


Arthur Lydiard Quote: “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


Arthur Lydiard Quote: “You must realize one thing. In every little village in the world there are great potential champions who only need motivation, development and good exercise evaluation.”

You must realize one thing. In every little village in the world there are great potential champions who only need motivation, development and good exercise evaluation.

— Arthur Lydiard


Arthur Lydiard Quote: “When aerobic running becomes a daily habit, strength and confidence follow.”

When aerobic running becomes a daily habit, strength and confidence follow.

— Arthur Lydiard


Arthur Lydiard Quote: “If you want to be a successful runner, you have to consider everything. It’s no good just thinking about endurance and not to develop fine speed.”

If you want to be a successful runner, you have to consider everything. It’s no good just thinking about endurance and not to develop fine speed.

— Arthur Lydiard


Arthur Lydiard Quote: “I discovered years ago that the best results in this respect could be gained by running 100 miles weekly at my near best aerobic efforts and that, supplementary to this, running as many easy miles as I could.”

I discovered years ago that the best results in this respect could be gained by running 100 miles weekly at my near best aerobic efforts and that, supplementary to this, running as many easy miles as I could.

— Arthur Lydiard


Arthur Lydiard Quote: “The idea that you can’t lose contact with the leaders has cut more throats than it has saved.”

The idea that you can’t lose contact with the leaders has cut more throats than it has saved.

— Arthur Lydiard


Arthur Lydiard Quote: “My most frequent admonition to athletes and coaches is: train, do not strain.”

My most frequent admonition to athletes and coaches is: train, do not strain.

— Arthur Lydiard


Arthur Lydiard Quote: “Encourage kids to enjoy running and play in athletics. Don’t force them to run too much competition.”

Encourage kids to enjoy running and play in athletics. Don’t force them to run too much competition.

— Arthur Lydiard


Arthur Lydiard Quote: “Well, no athlete respects a big, fat coach who’s going to stand there and rest the watch on his stomach.”

Well, no athlete respects a big, fat coach who’s going to stand there and rest the watch on his stomach.

— Arthur Lydiard

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