“I Feel Great And Usually Finish Workouts With A Little Bit Left”

Shannon Siragusa was kind enough to let us share her feedback as she follows her custom Jack Daniels’ 15-week Marathon Plan on VDOT O2. We loved her comments because Jack’s methodology with VDOT is to find the max benefit for the least amount of stress on the body. We know someone is training properly when they allude to the fact that the workouts are hard but doable.

Jose Sanchez Trevino Breaks 3-Hrs In Houston

Jose Sanchez Trevino of San Antonio reached his goal of breaking the 3-hr mark at the Houston Marathon earlier this month. Jose signed up for a 15-week plan with a 3:04:35 personal best hoping he could finally dip under.

His official time was 2:58:56, just two seconds off his VDOT training plan projected time! We obviously didn’t factor in the celebratory finish near the line 😉 Here are the official results. Even more impressive was his even pacing with a 1:29:05 split at the halfway mark. Congrats, Jose!

Canadian Running Interviews Jack

Canadian Running sat down with our very own Dr. Jack Daniels during the last VDOT Coaching Clinic in Toronto, Ontario. They discussed the recent doping scandals in our sport, his favorite shoe, the best performance he’s witnessed and more. Enjoy!

Part 1

Dr. Jack Daniels’ VDOT Clinic Review And Lessons

By Malindi Elmore

I am sitting on the brand new addition to the WestJet fleet, Juliet, thinking about my great weekend in Toronto as part of The Run SMART Project’s VDOT Coaching Clinic & Certification with Dr. Jack Daniels. The new airplane, a 676, is irrelevant information to this article, but as a fan of aircrafts and running, I think it is cool to test-ride this new giant addition that will allow WestJet to offer direct flights from Calgary to Glasgow next year!

“Felt Good To Feel That Way So Late In The Race”

George Leary of Keyport, NJ set a new PR at the Philly Marathon finishing in 3:34:39 [Full results]. After the race he gave us his recap and a kind testimonial…

The 15-week plan worked great. From mile 20 on I was passing runners and it felt good to feel that way so late in the race. I would not have been able to cut 12-minutes off of my time without following your plan! Thank you again for an excellent program. – George

Father Time Can’t Hang With Scott

Scott Mersiowsky and coach Ann Alyanak continue to defy Father Time. This past week at the Richmond Half Marathon Scott ran a lifetime best of 1:19:32 and finished 3rd in the 45-49 age group. [Full results] If you check out Scott’s Athlinks data you have to go back 13 years to 2002 to find his previous best for a half marathon (1:20:11). That’s incredible!

The man turns 50 in January yet he’s still improving after 14 years of competitive running on the local masters circuit. This isn’t a guy who always ran but just started training seriously a few years ago. Scott has been trying to compete at the best of ability for well over a decade now. And he’s not just doing this in longer races, which is conventional wisdom for an older runner. If you look at 2002 he also ran 17:09 for 5k. Just a few weeks ago he ran 17:29 and his 5k time has continued to get faster this year too.

Philipp Kluge Drops The Old 42-Minute PR In Frankfurt

Philipp Kluge of Aschaffenburg, Germany customized a 15-week training plan on the VDOT O2 app for his second marathon attempt. He finished his first in 4:22:09 this past April and decided to take things up a notch in his next attempt. Last month in Frankfurt he did that and more with a 3:39:11 official time! [Full results]

And what do you do after setting a 42-minute PR in the marathon? You make plans to improve more!

“I’m already making plans now for next year. I would like to improve on that time now, since I felt really good throughout almost the entire race.” – Philipp