Setbacks To Success

By Dr. Jack Daniels

We hear a lot about “overtraining,” whatever that is. Some people call it “staleness,” others just say you are in a state of “athletic depression,” or, that you are “over-worked.” Researchers all over the country; no, all over the world, are trying to figure out how to identify overtraining and how to reverse the process so useful training can begin.

I prefer to spend my training energy toward something more beneficial – avoiding overtraining, by devising long-range programs that lead to not-so-fast improvements, but do lead to continuous progress over the best years of an athlete’s productive career.

Anna Rozek Wins U.S. Masters Indoor Championships

Anna Rozek of West Bend, WI won the 2017 National Masters Indoor Championships this past weekend in the 800m. Her coach Malindi Elmore provides the recap:

“Anna raced the mile on Saturday but was disappointed with her result after finding herself boxed in most of the race. She stayed positive and turned her eye to Sunday where she came away with a personal best performance, an All American standard and a Women’s 40-44 age group win in 2:35!” [Full Results]

 

Treadmill Running, Part I – How Boring

By Dr. Jack Daniels

Most of us like to think that one of the advantages runners have over other athletes, or, more simply stated, running has over many other types of aerobic exercise, is the simplicity and freedom of the sport. You really can run just about anywhere, and for free. I remember coaching a sailor during the Gulf War, who was 6-4 and weighed 185 pounds, and he maintained an 80-mile-per-week program for most of a year.  This sounds reasonable enough for someone training for a marathon, but when you consider he was limited to doing all of his running on the deck of an aircraft carrier, treadmill running doesn’t seem quite so limiting after all.

Sara Hofeldt Sets New 10K PR, Wins Masters Division

Sara Hofeldt of Suwanee, GA set a 29-second PR at the Chattahoochee 10k this past weekend. She was first masters and 3rd overall female finisher. Her official time was 42:28. [Results]

Sara started working with Run SMART coach Leah Rosenfeld just over two months ago and she’s already making great progress…

“I absolutely love training with Leah! She has really taken the time to get to know me and is extremely motivating, insightful, accessible, friendly, and down to earth. She gets me. Leah is an excellent coach, and I have complete confidence in her ability to bring out my absolute best. I am so excited to see what I can achieve under her expert guidance!” – Sara

Hanging With Dr. Jack Daniels

Big thanks to Citius Mag and RJ McNichols for putting together such a nice video of Jack as he looks through his treasure trove of running and Olympic mementos in his house.

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!

VDOT Coaching Clinic Headed To Atlanta

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

“You Must Have Guiding Principles Of Training…”

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.

Connect Your VDOT Calendar With Garmin

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.

Tim Tubra Rings The BQ Bell At CIM With 2:59:50 (40 Min PR!!!!)

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.”

Meet Dr. Jack Daniels In New York City

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…