What’s Your VDOT?

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Today we launched the VDOT Running Tee, designed by Dr. Jack Daniels. Read Jack’s backstory, follow the link and find out what level your top race performance earns in the VDOT scale.

VDOT Running Calculator Countdown: Testing Athletes

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Jack testing athletes in Tahoe in preparation for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

We’re counting down to the first release of the VDOT Running Calculator on Android and want to recognize how it evolved into our upcoming mobile technology.

It all began with testing done on athletes in the 60’s that helped produce the world renown VDOT formulas. Today, thousands of runners  across the world have utilized this research to become faster/stronger runners.

Presenting A New Distance Coaching Clinic And Certification

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The Run SMART Project presents the first ever VDOT O2 Coaching Clinic and Certification by Dr. Jack Daniels. This year’s special event will also feature coaching legend Frank Gagliano, aka “Gags”. Running coaches of all levels and stripes (high school, college, club, charity, private) are welcome to join us on Sat, March 21st in New York City.

As part of this coaching seminar each coach will have the opportunity to earn their VDOT Running Coach certification by passing Dr. Daniels’ online exam following the clinic. Each guest will have up to three months to study the material covered by Dr. Daniels and can review Daniels’ Running Formula before taking the test. Pass and get certified by the “World’s Best Running Coach”!

To learn more and register for this event check out:  VDOT O2 Coaching Clinic

The Complete Training Package For The Brooklyn Half

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Today we launched a new training program for the Brooklyn Half Marathon. Our goal was to design a complete training package for the coolest half marathon in the country. To do that we teamed up with our favorite partners in NYC:  Brooklyn Running Co. and Finish Line PT.

What’s Your Actual Marathon Race Pace?

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In 2013, Runner’s World published a piece by Amby Burfoot that concluded most runners are better off listening to their bodies versus following a formulaic pacing approach, according to a study he cites.

Amby reviews the marathon data and writes

The runners held their pace for 13.1 miles, but then slowed dramatically. But wait. We all know The Wall doesn’t hit you until 20 miles. There’s no physiological reasons for marathoners to suddenly fatigue at the halfway point. What gives? Why did the runners crash at 13.1 miles?

My guess: The runners were relying too heavily on high goal-setting, heart-rate monitors, GPS systems, equivalent-performance tables, and the like. In other words, they used one or several of these tools to pick a goal pace faster than their actual race-day fitness. That’s what we high-success, high-determination, Type A runners often do.

“Two More PR’s Under Your Coaching Belt Now!”

Doug Whipple of Lumberville, PA customized one of Jack’s 12-week 10k training plans this past summer for the Runner’s World 10k. This past weekend he got faster and was kind enough to share his results…
“First of all, a huge thank you for your sophisticated training program, the cool website and my e-coach’s additional support. You have two more PR’s under your coaching belt now!”

Results:

Run the Goose 7K: 32:45, 1st M45-49 (the actual age group was M40-49 and I wasn’t top 3 in it)
Runner’s World 10K: 45:00, 6th M45-49 [Results]

“Jack’s Running Formula Taught Me Difference Between Training And Exercise”

Congrats to Antony Scott for training and completing his first marathon in Chicago in 3:09:24 after purchasing the 3rd Edition of Daniels’ Running Formula. The 51-year-old from Anchorage, AK credited Jack and VDOT for his impressive result…

“Jack’s Running Formula taught me the difference between training and exercise. Wow.”
“I just finished my first marathon this Sunday in Chicago in 3:09.24. Not bad for a 51 year-old, but things just pretty much went according to the plan. What I’m trying to say is that careful adherence to an actual PLAN produced the expected results. It was fun running past miles 18, 19, etc., not hurting (much), conscious of running distances greater than I’d ever done. Run smart, indeed!”
“Those run tables and predictions are something else. Thanks to all of the work put in by Jack, and all of his colleagues over the years. I love the empirical and structured approach.”