Jack Daniels: Integrating Hill Training Into Your Marathon Plan

Question: I would like to know your recommendation for integrating hill training into a marathon program. Specifically:

  1. When to start/end training (at what point in a typical 24 week cycle?)
  2. What format of hill training (true Lydiard hill circuits (bound up, recover @ top, stride down, 3X150M strides, repeat), normal :60-:30 second hill reps with short rest (VO2 workout), uphill tempo runs, etc).

Run SMART Coach Jack Daniels: I like to think of hill training as another form of resistance training, and certainly resistance training can benefit a runner.  Resistance training could be hill running, or squats in the gym or circuit training, bounding, or deep-water running, etc.  In other words, training that may be overall beneficial for the development of a runner in terms of holding off injury or developing muscles that may normally become fatigued in races of various distances.

Dr. Jack Daniels On Running In Windy Conditions (VIDEO)

The 6th edition of our Ask Dr. Jack Daniels Series focuses on running effort in windy conditions. Watch Jack’s response to a question submitted by Susan from Cincinnati, OH.

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Dr. Jack Daniels On Easy Running Versus A Day Off

The fifth edition of our Ask Dr. Jack Daniels series focuses on easy running versus a rest day during 5k and 10k training. Watch Jack’s response to a question submitted by @AMRWillGoFar.

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Dr. Jack Daniels On Marathon Hydration (VIDEO)

The fourth edition of our Ask Dr. Jack Daniels series focuses on marathon hydration. Watch Jack’s response to a question submitted by Tina McPherson from Fargo, ND, “What are the benefits of fueling during a long run, especially during a marathon?”

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Dr. Jack Daniels On Heart Rate Training (VIDEO)

The third edition of our Ask Dr. Jack Daniels series focuses on heart rate training. Watch Jack’s response to a question submitted by Craig Weyrich: “Is heart rate training reliable? Do you recommend training young athletes (5th-8th grade) through heart rate training?”

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Dr. Jack Daniels On Running Economy (VIDEO)

The second edition of our Ask Dr. Jack Daniels series focuses on running economy. Today we’re posting Jack’s response to a question submitted by Greg Rosetti: “Who is the most efficient runner you’ve ever tested?”

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Dr. Jack Daniels On Barefoot Running (VIDEO)

Not too long ago we launched Ask Dr. Jack Daniels. Today, we’re posting Jack’s response to our first question submitted by New York Running Co, “What’s your opinion on barefoot running?”  Watch Jack respond below…

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Ask Dr. Jack Daniels


Today, we’re rolling out a new feature called “Ask Dr. Jack Daniels.” For the first time ever on runsmartproject.com Dr. Jack Daniels, named “World’s Greatest Coach” by Runner’s World, will be answering questions from the public. Starting today we’ll be collecting running-related questions via Facebook and Twitter and having Jack answer them in a video response on our blog. This is an incredible opportunity for every runner and fan of Jack’s work and legacy to hear and watch this living legend answer one of your questions online.