How To Approach Pacing A 10k?

Run SMART:  Do you have any general tips on how to approach pacing a 10k?

Dr. Jack Daniels:  I think the best approach would be to start off treating a 10k as if it is a Threshold effort, and after a couple miles, if that is not feeling too bad, then try picking up the pace a little bit.  Most people start races too fast so the approach is to start as if you are racing a farther distance than the race actually is and see how you are feeling.  You should still be comfortable breathing with a 2-2 rhythm when arriving at the 4-mile mark, a sign you haven’t gone out too fast. The last couple miles may require a 2-1 rhythm, but 2-2 the whole way is good. Always best to finish a race saying you think you could have gone a little faster than to wish you hadn’t gone out too fast.

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.

How To Utilize Heart Rate To Become A Better Runner

By Dr. Jack Daniels

  • Every training session should have a purpose that improves one of the following physiological functions:
    1. Heart and sport-muscle strengthening
    2. Endurance
    3. Aerobic fitness
    4. Anaerobic fitness
    5. Speed
    6. Economy of movement
  • Exercise heart rate is associated with each of the above-mentioned functions
    1. A faster-than-anticipated heart rate suggests over-training or inadequate recovery from previous exercise
    2. A slower-than-anticipated heart rate suggests improvement in fitness
  • Resting heart rate is good to evaluate periodically as it may suggest improved fitness or inadequate rest, or when recovered complete from a session of warmup activity
  • Recovery heart rate can help determine when to start the next work bout of several being performed

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!!!🎈🎉

Treadmill Running, Part II – Training Types

By Dr. Jack Daniels

There are really only two types of training a person can do: steady running and intermittent running. By steady running I mean a non-stop run at a consistent intensity. The intensity may be very easy, as at the beginning of a warm-up, during cool-downs or during recovery runs; or it may be moderate, as when running at Marathon pace or Threshold pace. Any intensity faster than threshold pace will usually be associated with intermittent running, as during Interval or Repetition workouts, types of training that stress the aerobic system or that work on mechanics, speed and economy.

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.

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.

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