Looking to create something that everyone could afford, Rosetti and Sherry got the idea to offer race training plans. But unlike other training plans available online, The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project plans would be customized for each individual runner, and based on the original schedules and formulas developed by Jack Daniels.
“Jack had filing cabinets at his house full of schedules,” said Sherry. “He pulled out Jim Ryun’s training schedule from the 1960s and showed it to me. Every single day. Every workout. Every split.”
The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project team took all of Daniels’ schedules and cataloged them. They then created a computer program that would generate individual training plans based on Daniels’ original VDOT formula. Daniels came up with the VDOT formula in the 1970s, as a way to take a current race performance and determine an equivalent performance at a different distance.