Safety First

Here are some health and safety tips for runners exercising during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. Safety is paramount. All runners must lead by example and closely follow local health advisories/guidelines. If you can’t keep your distance, depending on your location, or when in doubt, we strongly advise staying at home until you’re able to do so. Here are guidelines from the CDC on staying safe.
  2. Managing stress. For many, running is a light in a dark period. It helps maintain sanity, reduce stress and offers a bit of an escape. As long as you can maintain distance stick to your routine but adjust and consider how stress might make typical training paces feel harder. Go by effort. Now is not a time to add in more stress or maintain a rigorous training program. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental/emotional stress you should compensate and adjust your training to prevent overload on your system (e.g. reduce your workout and weekly volume).
  3. Keep training fun, light. If you’re feeling good, routine is helpful during a time of social distancing. Race will be cancelled for the foreseeable future so enjoy the process and appreciate that you can run. Keep workouts easy and fun. Fartlek running or short Reps are fine as long as you’re adding in lots of recovery so the intensity never stays too high. Also, focus on time-based running, not distance. Dr. Megan Roche is a running coach, medical doctor and epidemiology researcher, she says, “Exercise can help manage stress, boost the immune system, and improve energy levels.” “However, it’s important to stay in tune with how your body is feeling and keep an eye on exercise load and intensity. Overtraining and/or rapid increases in training volume can burden the immune system. ”
  4. Focus on mobility and strength. These are two areas most runners ignore or never do enough of when training. Now is a great opportunity to work with your coach or a PT on developing an at home routine that focused more on these aspects of your training. When you come back this summer/ fall you’ll be an even stronger runner for it.
  5. Stay connected. Find community through your local running store, clubs, training platforms, workout classes online. VDOT O2 now has virtual racing (VDOT Challenges) to help with motivation and social isolation. Participate by walking or jogging using it as your workout on one of the designated race weekends.

New Virtual Racing Series

The team at VDOT O2 has launched a new virtual racing series, the VDOT Challenge, to help athletes stay motivated during this time of social distancing. Races are free and occur every two weeks in 3-day blocks starting April 3rd, 4th and 5th

Challenges are open to all distances 1mi or more. To participate you must save your race result on your VDOT calendar before the race weekend is over. All race results must have GPS synced and <1% net elevation drop to be included in the public results page.

Dr. Daniels Inducted Into Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame

Our head coach, Dr. Jack Daniels, was recently inducted into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame. Past inductees have included:  John Madden, Lynn Swann, Keith Hernandez, Barry Bonds, Tom Brady and more. Jack was eligible because he is a graduate of Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California.

Tracksmith To Host Next VDOT Clinic Featuring Olympian Lynn Jennings

The Run SMART Project will present the 8th VDOT Coaching Clinic in Boston, MA at the Tracksmith Trackhouse on Saturday, March 24th. Olympic medalist and running icon Lynn Jennings has signed on as the featured guest speaker.

“I’m honored to be in the same room and part of this with Jack,” said Jennings. Her presentation will focus on the Importance of a Coach, Teaching Your Athlete to Be Self-Sufficient“I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned over the years and hope it can have a positive impact on future generations of coaches and athletes in our sport.” 

Best Training Plan Online

We’re proud to make Outside Magazine’s shortlist for “The Best Running Training Plans” online. Even better, we’re the only custom option in the bunch!

There’s a lot of nonsense floating around the internet, and navigating the tides of misinformation poses a continuous challenge. When seeking online guidance for how to prepare for a running race, a poor choice can leave you injured, overtrained, and in the unenviable position of having wasted weeks of your life on bogus advice.

Happy Birthday Dr. Jack Daniels!

An icon of our sport turns 84 and he’s still inspiring others everyday by doing what he loves most:  teaching, coaching and running. Not a day goes by where we take for granted how fortunate we are to work with the best. 

Happy Birthday, Jack!!!🎈🎉

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

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.

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…