“You Must Have Guiding Principles Of Training…”

Runners in the UK were treated last month to a little in-person coaching from Dr. Jack Daniels at his latest VDOT Coaching Clinic. One of our favorite takeaways from the weekend was this quote from Jack:

“You must have guiding principles of training, not copy what works for the best athletes.”

This is the essence of Daniels’ Running Formula. So many coaches in history are recognized for the incredible success of one or a few athletes. What about everyone else they coached? When utilizing the principles outlined in Jack’s book you see broad success, not just with a few individuals.

Science on the Run: Drills, What Are They Good For?

Linking current research to running

By Nikki Reiter

It’s likely you’ve heard that running drills will improve your technique to make you a more efficient runner. Some coaches claim that running drills are effective by way of simulating individual running phases, seeking to correct technique. However, research has shown that the method of performing those classic ‘As, Bs and Cs’ do not mimic the same muscular activation patterns as in running.

Personally, I see a lot of value in performing drills that gets the athlete practicing quick feet, explosiveness and maintaining good posture. They’re also a great way to warm up for a speed workout after a light jog – along with strides they prepare the body for quick movement and increase dynamic range of motion that would not be achievable through static stretching.

What Is The Purpose Of Training At 5k Race Pace?

“I’m not against it, but I have a hard time justifying the physiological benefits of running at 5k or 10k race pace. Now for an excellent runner 5k race pace is right around Interval pace.” – Coach Daniels

For instance, if you’re a 23-minute 5k runner your race pace is 7:24 and your Interval or VO2max training pace is 7:13 per mile. To learn more about how each training pace compares to your 5k and 10k race paces and the physiological purpose of Intervals use the VDOT Calculator.

For more training advice join Dr. Daniels at the next VDOT O2 Coaching Clinic at GU Energy Labs in Berkeley, CA on August 8th.

Science on the Run: “Better Short Than Never!”

By Nikki Reiter

Do you plan your workout intensity? Does this ever deter you from your workout effort, or maybe deter you from starting the workout altogether?

Research has been published comparing rating of perceived exertion (RPE) responses before, during and after continuous and ‘high-intensity interval training’ (HIIT) exercise trials.

Apparently, RPE has been shown to change in relation to the same session, depending on ‘when’ it is asked.

What’s Your Interval Pace?

Many coaches use the term “interval” as a catch-all term for different types of workouts that call for periods of faster running separated by easy running. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Daniels’ Running Formula Jack has assigned a very specific meaning and purpose for Interval training. Training at your interval pace is just one of the components on how to train properly for a particular race.