Our favorite quote from Jack, “Riding was my best event in the pentathlon. Running was my worst and that’s why I became a running coach cause I wanted to learn more about it.” What an incredible career and an unbelievable gift to the running community considering he spent his whole life researching how to train properly. The best part is that he still hasn’t stopped coaching and doing research!
We’re excited to announce a new VDOT Coaching Clinic with Dr. Jack Daniels. This will be our 9th clinic since we launched the event back in 2015. To date, over 200 coaches have become VDOT Certified and past guest speakers have included Olympian Lynn Jennings, legendary coach Frank Gagliano, and ultra running champion Rob Krar.
VDOT Clinic – Atlanta
- Where: Atlanta, GA at Wahoo Fitness
- When: Saturday, June 17th
- Feature Guest: Track & Field Olympian and professional triathlete Malindi Elmore
Runners in the UK were treated last month to a little in-person coaching from Dr. Jack Daniels at his latest VDOT Coaching Clinic. One of our favorite takeaways from the weekend was this quote from Jack:
“You must have guiding principles of training, not copy what works for the best athletes.”
This is the essence of Daniels’ Running Formula. So many coaches in history are recognized for the incredible success of one or a few athletes. What about everyone else they coached? When utilizing the principles outlined in Jack’s book you see broad success, not just with a few individuals.
We’re pleased to announce that VDOT O2 is now capable of importing your Garmin Connect training data. This is a great new feature for the training calendar app we use to upload workouts to our clients.
You can learn more about all the recent updates to VDOT O2 here. Below, watch the video tutorial on how to connect your Garmin to your calendar. If you have any questions email us or connect with your coach.
Fresh off his new half marathon PR last month, Tim Tubra kept the momentum going smashing his old marathon PR by over 40-minutes! At the Cal International Marathon his official time was 2:59:50, which helped him achieve his main goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. [Full Results]
“I made this a goal after my first marathon and it’s been something I’ve kept in my back pocket for when the time was right. Today was that day! Accomplishing goals is what drives me to challenge myself and when everything comes together it’s an incredible feeling.
I want to extend the deepest thank you to The Run SMART Project for their training program. I put in 15 weeks of tough training without injury and never felt more prepared toeing the line.”
If you’re in the New York City region on Saturday, Dec. 17th definitely stop by for Brunch With Dr. Jack Daniels at Brooklyn Running Co in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This is a free event/open invite. We’re expecting a large crowd so make sure to arrive on time! Itinerary below…
Last month Patrick George dropped over 10-minutes off his previous best (3:00:17) at the Richmond Marathon. His official time of 2:49:58 earned him a BQ and 42nd place overall. [Full Results]
Patrick shares how reading Daniels’ Running Formula has transformed his running…
[Editor’s Note: The key to training effectively for the Boston Marathon is how well you strategically incorporate undulating terrain in your workouts. But what if you don’t have easy access to undulating terrain? We asked the master on how a runner can utilize the treadmill to help prepare for the course at Boston.]
By Dr. Jack Daniels
Most important is to not do too much or too steep downhill running as this really stresses the quads. I’d suggest only about 2% grade (both during uphill and downhill running on the treadmill. The speed will be about 10-12 seconds per mile faster than anticipated flat marathon pace when running downhill and about 12-15 sec per mile slower than flat marathon pace when running uphill.
After following Janet Bawcom’s custom training plan on VDOT O2, Lou Klein set a new PR at the Philly Half Marathon last weekend. Lou’s official time was 1:26:53, almost 8-minutes faster than his previous best set a year earlier in Miami. [Full Results]
I wanted to thank you and your team at the Run S.M.A.R.T. Project for A+ direction and a big contributor to my race PR. This coming year, I’m looking to build my base with shorter races and will make a BQ attempt in 2018. I will definitely be looking for many more training plans for these future races from you folks, definitely.
Tomica Čudina set a huge marathon PR this past summer, recovered and came back for more. This time the plan was to focus on improving his speed before building back for another marathon. We’re happy to report two new PRs for 10k and 5k:
After 12-weeks of good training for a 10k race according to your plan, I have managed to achieve my goal and set a new PR by 3.5 minutes. My official result was 45:12! [Results]
In the process of preparing for my goal race, I have also improved my PB for 5K by 1 minute and 45 seconds (21:50).