Coach Jack Daniels: Determining Your Weekly Mileage

Amby Burfoot asks Jack how to determine your weekly mileage and what a five-day a week running schedule of 40 miles per week should look like for someone training for a marathon.

Coach Jack Daniels is a private coach for The Run SMART Project. To receive a handwritten schedule from Jack check out the Run SMART Training Plans.

Coach Jack Daniels: Most Important Training Principle

Amby Burfoot asks Jack what he’s learned over the years from when he first started coaching. Check out what Jack says is the single most important training principle every coach and athlete should remember. Great stuff.

Coach Jack Daniels is a private coach for The Run SMART Project. To receive a handwritten schedule from Jack check out the Run SMART Training Plans.

Stepping Into Minimalist Shoes Responsibly

With the new trend towards minimalist footwear, it’s important runners have access to information not only about the benefits of minimalism but more importantly how to incorporate it safely into their running routine.

Saucony has taken this message to heart with their recent Step Into Minimalism events in Boston and NYC. Run SMART was fortunate enough to be apart of this worthy campaign by offering gait analysis and coaching tips on how to safely transition into minimalist shoes.

Tips On How To Bounce Back From A Disappointing Race

By Heidi Peoples

Spring has finally arrived!  For many runners, Spring is a great opportunity to test your fitness and see if you’ve worked hard enough throughout the dark and cold winter months to reach your racing goals for the year.  If you haven’t run your first race post-winter yet, most likely you will within the next few weeks.

The first race of the season could have very different results.  You may be pleasantly surprised with your present fitness level, or you could be discouraged by a disappointing result.  Favorable results lead you looking forward to the upcoming season and excited to get out the door to run.  However, what happens if the race you have been training for doesn’t go so well?

Jack Daniels: Integrating Hill Training Into Your Marathon Plan

Question: I would like to know your recommendation for integrating hill training into a marathon program. Specifically:

  1. When to start/end training (at what point in a typical 24 week cycle?)
  2. What format of hill training (true Lydiard hill circuits (bound up, recover @ top, stride down, 3X150M strides, repeat), normal :60-:30 second hill reps with short rest (VO2 workout), uphill tempo runs, etc).

Run SMART Coach Jack Daniels: I like to think of hill training as another form of resistance training, and certainly resistance training can benefit a runner.  Resistance training could be hill running, or squats in the gym or circuit training, bounding, or deep-water running, etc.  In other words, training that may be overall beneficial for the development of a runner in terms of holding off injury or developing muscles that may normally become fatigued in races of various distances.

Step 1: Self Belief

By Blake Boldon

Not too long ago I was scouring the internet looking for some old race results and I stumbled upon a 5k road race from the summer of 1996.  That summer the Olympics were hosted in Atlanta and there were some incredible races run on American soil in the months of June, July and August.  Mine was not one of them.

I was entering my junior year of high school in my small hometown of Osceola, Iowa and training like never before.  Having qualified for the state cross country meet the previous fall, I was logging summer miles with dreams of improving on my 56th place finish in the Class 2A state championship.  Here is the result I found:

Feeling The Impulse To Race

By Rod Koborsi

There are times in everyone’s running life where you feel the need to jump in a race that you are not quite prepared for. We would all love to be 100% prepared for every race but, as most can attest, life sometimes gets in the way. For some it’s the decision to sign up for next month’s marathon because you feel the need to accomplish something right away. Others might be fighting an injury and after time off want to suddenly jump in a race. And many of you up north may have had to deter training plans because a snow storm. No matter the circumstance, there are a few tips that every runner should keep in mind when feeling the impulse to race.

Speed Workouts For A 26.2 Mile Race?

By Mike Smith

A question I get many times from the runners I interact with is “What place does speedwork have in training for a 26 mile race, Mike?” The question is a good one; in a race so far, wouldn’t you want to just get good at running for a long time? Why would anyone need to practice running fast?  It turns out that faster workouts don’t only have to be performed because you want to be a sprinter. These types of workouts can play an important part in preparing for longer races as well.