Chris Bernier Sets Three PRs While Following One Plan

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Chris Bernier purchased a 15-week plan geared towards the Vermont City Marathon. He managed to set three new PRs for three different race distances over the course of his plan. This past weekend he followed up with his results

The race went really well.  I ran a 3:18 under tough conditions given the heat.  For me, that is a 12 minute marathon PR.  Throughout the 15 week training program, I PR’d in a 10K, half marathon and marathon.  It was an awesome experience and I look forward to working with you guys again.

Thanks for the feedback, Chris! Congrats!!

Mir Shafiee Gets Boston Qualifier At Ottawa Marathon

We’re excited to announce that Run SMART client Mir Shafiee qualified for the Boston Marathon this weekend at the Ottawa Marathon! He paced himself brilliantly finishing 30th out of 498 finishers in the M40-44 age group and 202nd overall out of almost 5,000 finishers. His official time was 3:07:03, 10 minutes faster than his previous best marathon. He split 1:33:15 at the halfway mark. [Full results].

Mir works with Run SMART head coach Jack Daniels.

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High School Summer Training Tips From Jack

The other day we announced that we now have available High School Summer XC Base plans from legendary coach Dr. Jack Daniels. We asked Jack for tips on how high school athletes should approach their summer training and what to expect from one of his summer personalized plans.

Coach Jack Daniels:  Summer is a good time to increase weekly mileage if an increase in mileage is desired for the year, but be cautious in your rate of increase. I recommend making an increase of about 7-10 miles every 3rd or 4th week, but not more often than that. Try to arrive at the mileage you will be using once school starts in the fall so you don’t have to go up during the cross-country season, when you will have enough stress with classes starting for the new year.

As for quality sessions in the summer I prefer a couple light repetition sessions (couple miles of 200s and/or 400s) each week, but speed should not be any faster than CURRENT (not PR) mile race pace, and recovery between the faster runs should be 2 or 3 times as long as was the faster run being followed. Reps keep your mechanics in tune so when you start some harder sessions once school starts you will not have trouble with stride rate. If you do hills for a rep session, add a couple 30-second flat runs after the hills to get into a nice turnover. Maybe one long run each week. Most important during summer is to get adequate rest, hydration and quality food, and take a day off if you’re feeling tired — rest is part of training, not avoiding training.

High School Summer XC Training

High School Cross Country Season Of A Lifetime

Take your running to a new level this fall and shock your high school team. Follow a summer XC training program from the “World’s Greatest Coach,” Dr. Jack Daniels.

The Run SMART Project offers Summer Cross Country Training Plans for high school athletes of all levels, designed by legendary coach Dr. Jack Daniels. Plans are 8-weeks long and cost $45. All plans are customizable and personalized based on the athlete’s running background and goals.

Nick Meeson Sets New PRs for 400M, 800M And The 2-Mile

After purchasing a Jack Daniels 5k Training Plan, Nick Meeson of Bowling Green, OH set PRs for 400M, 800M and 2-miles. He also reached his main goal of going sub-15 by running 14:56 at the Jesse Owens Invite at Ohio State University. Nick was kind enough to let us share his results…

My main goal with the plan was to return back to my normal running self which was sub 15 in the 5k. I did that tonight. I went 14:56. 10 minutes after the race, my words were FINALLY!

Also, I never had been able to break 2mintues in the 800 before. I went 1:58. I never broke 58 in the 400… I went 53 this season! I lowered my 2 mile time to 9:13, a 5 second PR!

I want to thank you for your plan that you sent me, it helped me get back and get better after a two years of running very poorly.

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Should The Boston Marathon Course Be Legal?

NYRR hosted a good debate about whether the Boston Marathon course should be legal for world-record purposes. As it stands the course is not legal because it’s point-to-point and its net elevation loss exceeds the IAAF’s limits. We asked some of our coaches to weigh in and it looks like they all agree with the current rule. Jack thinks without last year’s extreme tailwind, times would have been up to 5 minutes slower.

Jack Daniels:  Some years ago I calculated the benefit of the overall downhills of Boston and it was published in Runners World. I went as far as to calculate the time loss during various uphill segments and the gain of various downhill segments. I have a copy of that publication somewhere and will try to find it. Obviously when you see a picture of someone with long hair running Boston and their hair is being blown out in front of their face, they have a pretty good tailwind. I actually have data on the benefits of tailwinds of different velocities and headwinds of various velocities and no question headwinds hurt more than tailwinds help. Something I have always felt might be a good question to ask is what time do you think they would have run last year on Boston if the course had been run in the reverse direction — any guesses here? I would certainly think more than 5 minutes slower.

“Wanted to let you know how well the plan is working!”

More positive feedback. This from Danielle Duhon

I am following my Jack Daniels Training Plan to the second to train for Grandma’s Marathon June 16 (goal 3:35). I ran Dallas Rock & Roll Half yesterday in warm weather and had a 2 minute PR running 1:38:57 (the plan predicted a 1:39:45 by week 9). Of course I’m ecstatic and wanted to let you know how well the plan is working!

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“I Was Hooked When I Heard Coach Jack Daniels Talk”

Run SMART client David Braunstein of Mountain View, CA kindly shared his testimonial for us to post on our site. We approve this message!

“I attended last summer’s Run SMART Retreat and was hooked when I heard Coach Jack Daniels talk about the specific purpose and benefits for every type of training. Brian has helped me to achieve a mile PR, and based on training workouts, I expect there will be more PR’s in upcoming races.  I’m grateful for Brian’s coaching and wouldn’t have pushed myself to do these kinds of workouts on my own. The coaching has been outstanding and highly personalized on subjects ranging from workout strategy and pace to ankle stretches, core, shoes, and recovery diet. Run SMART is a great group of coaches with amazing knowledge and professionalism.”

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