Our good friends over at Brooklyn Running Co. have launched a new effort to educate runners on how to make better informed decisions regarding shoe wear durability. Getting into the right shoe is obviously very important but many runners get injured by trying to stretch the life of the shoe. From our experience, it’s a matter of education but also a simple reminder of when to get new shoes. But when to get new shoes is not a simple answer.
What is the biggest misconception when it comes to running biomechanics? We asked Run SMART coach Nikki Reiter, who is a Master of Human Kinetics. She had a very short answer, “Read this: Myths of Running: Forefoot, Barefoot and Otherwise.”
We also emailed our head coach Dr. Jack Daniels, who certainly knows a thing or two about the subject as well. Here’s what the doctor had to say:
Alanna Imbach runs in our SpeedPass group in NYC on Tuesday nights. She was kind enough to share her experience training with us for the New York City Marathon.
11 months after giving birth to twins (and being on bed rest before they were born…) putting on running shoes again for the *first* time one week before I joined SpeedPass, and clocking HALF the training miles/hours that I did for previous marathons, I not only finished NYC, but beat my old marathon PR by 4-minutes (pretty sure it would have been more if I hadn’t stopped for pics with the babes!)
Far better yet, I went in to the race without injury, and came out of the race without even a limp of tightness. In past marathons, I was an injury-prone mess on race day, and couldn’t walk for a week after. All to say, I’m living breathing proof that your program kicks ass 🙂
Chris Brennan of Brooklyn, NY dropped the hammer down the West Side Highway today at the NYC Half. Chris is a member of our local training group with the NY Flyers. Since joining our group a few years ago he’s PR’d at most distances and continues to improve each season.
This morning he continued his hot streak with another half marathon PR but the best part was how he finished the race. Chris’ official time was 1:27:45 (Full results) and his final two miles were his fastest by far (Mile 12 – 6:20, Mile 13 – 6:28).
Photo credit: Bob Cowin, NY Flyers
Jimmy Carney was kind enough to share some feedback on his latest race result while following one of our 12-week 5k custom plans from Dr. Jack Daniels. It’s been roughly 15-years since he averaged sub-7 for a 5k!
Wow – I’ve been hit with two awesome surprises today at my first 5K (3.1 miles) race of the year: (1) I finished **2nd** in my age group, which never has happened before (I think that silver is my new favorite color! smile emoticon ); and (2) I averaged less than 7 min. per mile (6:59 to be exact!), which I haven’t done since high school many years ago.
I wanted to thank my peers and coaches at The Run SMART Project and Evanston Running Club for challenging and encouraging me to become a better runner; seriously, today’s outcome was a team effort!
Andy McGhee of Southampton, England is about halfway through his 12-week custom training plan from Dr. Jack Daniels and he’s already seeing some big fitness changes.
I was not supposed run any events until the Southampton Half Marathon where I was aiming for a PB around the 1:31 mark, however I got roped into a half marathon this weekend and I smashed my previous PB (1:42:24) in a time of 1:28:14.
This same event last year was the first time I competed barefoot style. Last year I ran 1:55:30. This year I maintained a 6:44/mile average so I’m very happy with the progress.
Legendary Dr. Jack Daniels got his PhD in Exercise Physiology in the 1960’s and then started testing world-class runners in preparation for the Mexico City Olympics. He began his life’s work learning about how the body reacts to stress in search of how to properly train for running competition. His studies and research led to his invention of the VDOT training tables in the 1970s, popularized in Daniels’ Running Formula.
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“I always say “consistency” is the most important word in training. I try to get out for 2-3 miles everyday unless I’m traveling or not feeling well. Nancy took this picture. We love to run together on this indoor track at SUNY Cortland if the weather outside is bad.”
– Dr. Jack Daniels
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