NYC Marathon Training From Jack Daniels

Training for the New York City Marathon? Find out how fast you can go with a training plan written by legendary coach Jack Daniels, personalized just for you. Jack has written templates that can be personalized for those looking to finish their first marathon or break 3, 4 or 5 hours.

  • 18-week plan – Sign up by July 1st
  • 15-week plan – Sign up by July 22nd

Start training for your new personal best!

Marine Corps Marathon Training From Jack Daniels

Training for the Marine Corps Marathon? Find out how fast you can go with a training plan written by legendary coach Jack Daniels, personalized just for you. Jack has written templates that can be personalized for those looking to finish their first marathon right through to breaking 3 or 4 hours.

  • 18-week plan – Sign up by June 24th
  • 15-week plan – Sign up by July 15th

Start training for your new personal best!

Chicago Marathon Training From Jack Daniels

Training for the Chicago Marathon? Find out how fast you can go with a training plan written by legendary coach Jack Daniels, personalized just for you.

  • 18-week plan – Sign up by June 3rd
  • 15-week plan – Sign up by June 24th

Start training for your new personal best!

Ann Alyanak On How She Coaches First-Time Marathon Runners

Another Run SMART coach comes out against the “magic 20 and 22 milers” for beginner marathoners. We all know Jack is very adamant about his 2:30 hour cap on long runs for beginners and we pretty much rest our case there but in an interview with Run SMART Media, Ann Alyanak says “20 and 22 mile long runs are not necessary” for a first-time marathon runner looking to finish the race.

RS:  When you get a client who wants to run a marathon but has never run a race before what do you tell them?

ANN:  I would not discourage a client from running a marathon even if they have not raced before but I would encourage them to run some shorter races first like a 5k and 10k and maybe even a half marathon. I would want them just to experience a race environment before jumping right into a marathon.

Will Running A Marathon At Low Altitude Slow Me Down?

Today’s Ask A Coach question comes from Lior who is training for the Rock ‘N Roll Marathon in Phoenix.

Question: Will I lose time because of the low altitude (1350 feet) compared to all of my sea level marathons? Is it going to affect my performance (targeting sub 2:45) even by as little as one minute or so?

Run SMART Coach: Coach Daniels says the effects of altitude on endurance performance starts at an altitude of about 1,000 meters (roughly 3,000 feet). An altitude of 1,000 feet will have no impact on your performance. Stick to your normal game plan and good luck going after sub-2:45!

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Last Minute NYC Marathon Tips

Run SMART coach Brian Rosetti offered up some important last minute marathon tips for the New York City Marathon at DNAinfo.com. Proper rest, nutrition, warm-up, settling nerves, etc. were just some of the topics covered.

Rest. “There’s nothing you can do at this point to improve your fitness in time for the race. At this stage, you can only hurt yourself by doing too much,” said Brian Rosetti, an Upper West Sider who founded of The Run SMART Project, a coaching service for runners.

Take a few days off completely this week, said Rosetti, and limit your running to a two or three mile run at your goal pace or a little faster on Tuesday or Wednesday.

You can read the full article of tips here.

Long-Term Marathon Recovery Tips (VIDEO)

During the next several weeks throughout this fall marathon season we’re going to post some important marathon recovery tips. How you approach the weeks following your marathon can make a huge difference when you start training towards a new goal.

Run SMART coach Mike Smith leads us off with his tips on long-term marathon recovery.

Run The Berlin Marathon With Team for Kids


The Berlin Marathon has sold out almost seven months in advance but you can still get guaranteed entry by raising money for New York Road Runner’s Team for Kids. And on top of supporting a great cause and participating in one of the greatest marathons in the world, you’ll receive a personalized 18-week training plan and coaching support from The Run SMART Project.