2015 Marathon Nutrition Q&A w/Matt Laye

Big thanks to Matt Laye for answering nutrition questions from the New York Flyers‘ Marathon Training Program. Members of the group submitted their questions as they prepare for their fall marathons.

MTP:  I have been throwing up and feeling sick in my last two marathons after mile 17. I drink water every couple miles but i start throwing up in the later stages. I take GU every couple miles that I take in training as well.

Matt:  A couple things could be going on. 1) You may be drinking and eating TOO much. 2) You may be running too fast for your fitness or much faster than your normal training. Each of those could cause your body to divert blood from your stomach to your muscles, which can lead to nausea.

Become A Certified Running Coach, By Dr. Jack Daniels

Running coaches of all levels can now improve their resumes by becoming certified online by the “World’s Best Running Coach.” Are you up to the test? Take the VDOT O2 Distance Certification Exam, authored by legendary coach Dr. Jack Daniels.

According to Runner’s World Magazine, Dr. Daniels “has had a bigger influence on training-for-running than anyone. He might be considered the Albert Einstein of the sport.” That influence is immeasurable because of the thousands of athletes Dr. Daniels’ research has affected through other coaches following his VDOT method.

Science on the Run: Bad Posture = Bad Runner

Linking current research to running

By Nikki Reiter

As a fidgety-runner-type-who-hates-sitting-at-her-desk and worries about maintaining good posture, I’ve been incorporating stretching a few times a day, in addition to multiple walks to fill up my cup at the water station and my mid-day run (with all these breaks, you probably wonder how I ever get any work done!) Personally, I’m more productive this way as it allows me to work in concentrated time slots with a clear mind.

Olympian Lynn Jennings To Speak At Next VDOT Clinic

We’re excited to announce that one of the greatest female distance runners of all time will be our featured guest speaker at the next VDOT Coaching Clinic on November 7th in New York City.

Olympic medalist, three-time World XC Champion and American record-holder, Lynn Jennings, will be joining Dr. Jack Daniels to share her experiences as both a coach and athlete. Lynn’s talk will focus on the “Importance Of A Coach And Teaching Your Athlete to Be Self-Sufficient.”

Run SMART Retreat (SOLD OUT)

The 7th Annual Run SMART Retreat is sold out yet again. This year 30 guests from across the world will descend on our running mecca of Flagstaff, AZ, for a running vacation of a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Featured guest speaker, Dr. Jack Daniels, named “The World’s Be10403217_10153213160936383_3801662913021564028_nst Coach” by Runner’s World
  • Daily runs guided by Run SMART coaches through scenic mountain trails
  • Nutrition for runners with professional runner Alicia Shay
  • Shoe fitting and gait analysis
  • Restorative yoga
  • A once in a lifetime run at the Grand Canyon

Science on the Run: Not All Fitness Trackers Are Created Equal

Linking current research to running

By Nikki Reiter

Do you own or are you considering a fitness tracker? These monitors claim to be a great way to measure energy expenditure and physical activity levels and can help enhance self-monitoring for behavior change. As many of us are desk workers, it’s important to track how much physical activity we are truly getting in a day for our general health. When it comes to training, it’s also invaluable to know how hard we are actually working in order to plan proper recovery.

A recent publication presents an evaluation of the validity, or accuracy, of a variety of industry-leading fitness trackers.

How To Increase Your Weekly Mileage

Dr. Jack Daniels’ principles on increasing weekly mileage:

  • Increase weekly mileage by as many miles as the number of runs you do each week
    • Increase by 5 miles per week if running 5x per week
    • Never increase more than 10 miles
  • Stay with one amount of running for at least 4 weeks
    • Do not follow 10% weekly mileage increase rule
    • Let your body adjust to a certain amount of stress before increasing volume

More videos from Jack on YouTube.

Part 3, Race Kick: Tips And Workouts For Shifting Gears

By Malindi Elmore

[Parts 1 and 2 of “It’s All About The Kick” can be found here and here.]

Not all races are run at even paces, which is frustrating for people who are focused on running fast! However, slow starts, surges, bumps, jostles, elbows, trips, and dramatic sprint finishes are part of what makes races exciting and unpredictable. This is the part of the race that makes it a sport and not simply “who can run fast?” Embrace the unpredictable and go with the flow as much as possible (easier said than done at times!) – and always keep your focus on a strong finish!

Dr. Jack Daniels’ Sample Treadmill Hill Workout

Hills are a great way to improve your speed/running economy. They serve the same purpose as 200m or 400m Reps but with added resistance. One downside of doing hill repeats outside is all the impact/stress from running easy back down the hill. A great way to avoid this and mix up your training is to try it on a treadmill.

Below is a sample treadmill hill repeat workout that Dr. Daniels loves prescribing for his athletes. Pictured above, you can see Ryan Hall in the middle of a similar workout from Jack!

Part 2, Race Kick: Strength Or Speed?

By Malindi Elmore

[Part 1 of “It’s All About The Kick” can be found here.]

Many track runners think they must possess raw speed to win with a kick. This is simply not true. Kicking is often a relative term, and can almost be explained better as who slows down the least. The faster the pace, the more likely this is true. Pedestrian or championship “sit and kick” races are their own category and stranger things have been known to happen, so for the sake of this argument, let’s assume that the majority of the race is at a pace appropriate for the quality of the field assembled. (In Part 3  of this series I’ll discuss “Shifting Gears” for championship race kicks).