The Making of the Run SMART Training Plans

By Vince Sherry

A couple of years ago I was looking through a schedule that Jack had sent me to prepare for the Carlsbad 5k.  The schedule was similar in format to what you would find in his book, Daniels’ Running Formula, but very different in terms of content.  While I was looking at the schedule I wondered if most runners knew how many different schedules Jack had written over the years.  At the time almost every competitive runner in Flagstaff (along with countless visiting athletes) had received a schedule from Jack for one race or another and no two were the same.

Learning How To Recover Properly

Learning How To Recover Properly

By Brian Rosetti

Based on my experience as an athlete and a coach, one of the most overlooked components of a runner’s training plan is ‘recovery.’ Naturally, athletes are more focused on the work they must put in to reach their goals, not the time or habits necessary to recover from this work. Running is unlike any other sport in that the body needs more time to recover and bounce back than usual. If you don’t recover properly then chances are you’re going to get sick, under-perform or get injured. My first priority when working with runners is to keep them healthy, even if that means under-training them. The longer you stay healthy the more consistent you are and only after lengthy periods of consistent training is when real results come. 

Party SMART

A few photos from the Run SMART Chicago Post-Marathon Party.

Looking good after 26.2 miles in the heat. Party SMART!

Collin Martin Sets Marathon PR At Boston

Former St. Joe’s Hawk, Collin Martin, records first 2010 Boston Marathon PR for The Run SMART Project. Martin finished in 2:48:02, a new personal best by 7 minutes and 15 seconds! Collin’s goal was to break 2:50 so it was a great day today in Boston.

Collin works and trains with Run SMART coach Brian Rosetti.

Run SMART Results – Manhattan Half Marathon

Two Run SMART clients and one coach competed in the NYRR Manhattan Half Marathon this past weekend in Central Park. Weather was great – 37 degrees, 5mph winds and the rain held off until later in the day!

Hector Rivera, who used the race as a workout by running tempo pace for several miles, still managed to finish third place overall in 1:09:55 (5:20 per mile) and first in his age group by almost 4 minutes! Hector is coached by Dr. Jack Daniels.

Running With Hypoglycemia

Ancient_Harvest_Quinoa_FlakesOver the last several years I’ve suffered from hypoglycemic symptoms which have devastated my running but after closely monitoring my diet and staying consistent for a few months I’ve finally begun to get some relief. Today, I hit 8 miles – longest run in a while without crashing!

While dealing with this issue I’ve created some weird recipes through consultation with experts, researching my problem and monitoring what foods seem to help me stay stable throughout the day. Today, I’d like to share my secret breakfast concoction with any runner who deals with hypoglycemia.

Chia Seeds And The Beneficial Properties For Runners

imagesI became familiar with chia seeds while reading the book Born to Run and recently have been amazed at the nutritional and beneficial properties these tiny little seeds possess. For centuries chia seeds were known to be an endurance super food and apparently they are part of the Tarahumara running tribe’s staple diet.  Now, I’ve heard many legends about certain natural foods possessing an amazing ability to make you run faster and longer, but when you do a little research it’s evident chia seeds have the stats to back up this claim. Amazingly, in the U.S., a nation with an abysmal health record, this product is packaged and sold as the hair on an animal figurine versus a health product that must be part of every human’s diet.

Check out just some of the facts which clearly translate into why these seeds could be hugely beneficial for anyone running many miles per week and training for marathons…

Make An Adjustment If Workout Isn’t Going As Planned

I came across an important article on RunningTimes.com titled, When a Workout is Going BadlyShould you cut it short or gut it out?

It’s an important article because every runner has encountered this problem when training towards a specific goal. If a key workout isn’t going as planned because you’re sluggish or not in it mentally, make a quick adjustment by cutting it short and taking another day or two until you’re ready to run it effectively. On days when you’re struggling to hit your workout splits, maybe due to poor weather conditions, focus more on the effort and less on how fast you’re actually running.

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Run S.M.A.R.T. Running Retreat Itinerary

The 1st Annual Run S.M.A.R.T. Project Running Retreat will take place in Flagstaff, AZ on July 19th – July 25th. The following is our first unveiling of the retreat’s itinerary. Minor revisions will be made over the next few weeks but for the most part this provides a close look at what we have planned and how each day is structured. Email [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to sign up for the retreat.

Runners and Magnesium

Don’t overlook the importance of Magnesium in your diet while training.

“In many nerve cells, magnesium serves as a chemical gate blocker – as long as there is enough magnesium around, calcium can’t rush into the nerve cell and activate the nerve. This gate blocking by magnesium helps keep the nerve relaxed. If our diet provides us with too little magnesium, this gate blocking can fail and the nerve cell can become over-activated. When some nerve cells are over-activated, they can send too many messages to the muscles and cause the muscles to over-contract. This chain of events helps explain how magnesium deficiency can trigger muscle tension, muscle soreness, muscle spasms, muscle cramps, and muscle fatigue.” – World’s Healthiest Foods