60 Years!

Credit:  Sarah Tupper Daniels

Credit: Sarah Tupper Daniels

Jack turns 82 this month. This also marks 60 years for him in the sport of running. His impact on the sport is immeasurable and he’s still running, coaching and teaching full-time.

He reflects on the last 60 years in Running Times:

In 1955 in the Army, in Korea, I entered and placed well in a military triathlon with pistol shooting, swimming and running, so that was my first-ever run, and I was pretty slow. I won the shoot and swim and got last in the run.

I transferred to San Antonio to train for modern pentathlon, which included horseback riding, fencing, pistol shooting, swimming and running. During those six years, I managed two Olympic medals and one world championship medal.

I always wanted to learn to run better, so I studied a year at a sport school in Stockholm and did my Ph.D. dissertation on the sport of running. At the University of Wisconsin, and while in Sweden, I had a couple of the world’s best exercise physiologists to learn about training from— Per-Olof Astrand and Bruno Balke.

Full article.

It’s Time For An Inspection

Last week we posted a great video about active isolated stretching which helps prevent injuries and promotes faster recovery. But injury prevention is more than just stretching, it should also include proper rest week to week, a supplemental strength routine and running workouts that are personalized towards your goals and based on your running history and current fitness.

Beyond the tools available that we usually cover to help prevent injuries, every runner should also do a little self-inspection from time to time to gauge how their body is holding up. The key is to catch an imbalance or area of weakness in advance before it becomes a full blown injury. Running Times featured a great article titled, “How’s Your Running Body” by Phil Wharton that shows how you can quickly test the structural integrity of your running form. Below are the key elements of your running form the tests will measure.

Mike Smith Featured In Running Times Article On Trail Running

Run SMART coach Mike Smith talks about transitioning to trail running and offers some great advice.

Smith, who coaches for the Jack Daniels-inspired Run S.M.A.R.T. Project, stresses the importance of practicing these pace changes.

“If I were training a road runner for a road race, I’d want them to become very comfortable at race pace. We’d practice until they could take a nap at race pace. But on the trails, this rhythm running won’t work. A trail runner must be very good at changing gears. They have to be used to running at a maximal effort but changing their pace significantly during the race.”

Check out the full article over at runningtimes.com.

Strengthening Not Stretching Key To ITBS

This is a great article in Running Times. Not only does it refer to Jean Claude Van Damme as the “Muscles from Brussels,” it hits the nail on the head when it comes to preventing ITBS and understanding the cause of the problem. It’s the second most common running injury and can easily be prevented and quickly treated through strengthening of the hip stabilizers and glut muscles, not simply stretching and foam rolling.

America’s Greatest Running Coach Isn’t Ready to Retire

Coach Jack Daniels and The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project were featured in Running Times. The article is titled Coach for Hire, America’s Greatest Running Coach Isn’t Ready to Retire.

“Running is generally considered fairly recession-proof. It boomed in the late 1970s when the U. S. economy was in the tank, and there are signs the sport is remaining vibrant in the current economic downturn. It makes sense: Not only can a good pair of running shoes last for several months, but the positive vibe we get from running is a great panacea for having less expendable income, or even worse, losing a job.

But with a dark economic forecast and massive budget cuts looming at Northern Arizona University, the school decided to close the Center for High Altitude Training in Flagstaff, where numerous elite-level runners, swimmers and triathletes have trained since its inception in 1994. And that meant Jack Daniels was out of a job.”

The entire article can be found here on RT’s website.

Make An Adjustment If Workout Isn’t Going As Planned

I came across an important article on RunningTimes.com titled, When a Workout is Going BadlyShould you cut it short or gut it out?

It’s an important article because every runner has encountered this problem when training towards a specific goal. If a key workout isn’t going as planned because you’re sluggish or not in it mentally, make a quick adjustment by cutting it short and taking another day or two until you’re ready to run it effectively. On days when you’re struggling to hit your workout splits, maybe due to poor weather conditions, focus more on the effort and less on how fast you’re actually running.

Coach Rosetti
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World Class Masters Running

We all know how hard it can be to make time for our training.  It’s a challenge that we all have in common and it can mean the difference between success and failure on race day.  Consistent training over time can help any athlete improve and will almost certainly bring you closer to your goals.  Recently I wrote an article for Running Times about the masters world record holder in the 800 and 1500 meters, Jim Sorensen.  Talking with Jim and reflecting on his training I learned a great lesson in perseverance, despite injury and frustrating circumstances. Jim’s success demonstrates what years of consistent training can do.

Here’s a link to the story: http://www.runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=16349

Email me if you have questions or just want to know more about Jim’s running career.

Blake Boldon
Run S.M.A.R.T. Coach
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