The Run SMART Project presents the first ever VDOT O2 Coaching Clinic and Certification by Dr. Jack Daniels. This year’s special event will also feature coaching legend Frank Gagliano, aka “Gags”. Running coaches of all levels and stripes (high school, college, club, charity, private) are welcome to join us on Sat, March 21st in New York City.
As part of this coaching seminar each coach will have the opportunity to earn their VDOT Running Coach certification by passing Dr. Daniels’ online exam following the clinic. Each guest will have three months to study the material covered by Jack at the clinic and to review Daniels’ Running Formula before taking the test. Pass and get certified by the “World’s Best Running Coach”!
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Linking current research to running
By Nikki Reiter
We have all heard it, sitting is the new smoking, right? Yes, the stats are alarming for how much time we spend in a sedentary state, but is simply standing enough? Before you rush out to buy your standing desk, consider that ‘be less inactive’ may be a more appropriate message than ‘stand more.’
Today we launched a new training program for the Brooklyn Half Marathon. Our goal was to design a complete training package for the coolest half marathon in the country. To do that we teamed up with our favorite partners in NYC: Brooklyn Running Co. and Finish Line PT.
It’s going around and I fell victim earlier this week. It is inevitable that at some point we all get a virus. But while a common winter cold does not sound like a big deal, it somehow is more tiring, painful and disruptive to life than I often remember. Since the common cold is not the flu, bronchitis, or pneumonia, I often fail to give it the respect it deserves. Instead of rest, I soldier on, stubbornly sticking to my training plans and life commitments all while feeling miserable and not really benefiting from my “dedication”. And I know I am not alone!
Science on the Run Linking current research to running
By Nikki Reiter
Runners have long been admired for their well-sculpted calves, which is perhaps why a group of researchers from James Madison University investigated the effect of marathon training on the calf musculature of recreational runners. All fun aside, they found that running really can modify the architecture of the calf muscle.
I believe that there is “more than one way to skin a cat” when it comes to training programs. Certain key principles, such as consistency, health and variety are staples to a strong program but the specifics can vary dramatically from one program to another.
I think that one of the most motivating pieces of equipment a runner can own is a training log. I have been keeping some version of a logbook for at least 20 years and they are all neatly stacked on my bookcase in my office. Sometimes when I need a trip down memory lane I pull them out to reminisce. Thousands of workouts, races, runs, weight sessions and pieces of my heart are stored in the pages of my training logs; often with insightful comments which allow me to re-live the moments long after my memory has faded. If it were not for the editorials alongside my training logbook how would I remember how brutally gut-wrenching and rewarding some of my training sessions and races truly were?
Aside from helping to re-live great workouts and races in excruciating detail, a training log serves a number of purposes for me, and as such is something that I recommend every runner include as part of their “training”.