With a more recent focus on purely running I wanted to become more knowledgeable on the training aspects of the sport. While visiting McMillian Running I watched a preview of the DVD, Jack Daniels – The Art and Science of Running. With Jack Daniels being a coaching Icon in the sport, I figured this would be as good a place as any to start my schooling.
The DVD is basically the filming of a classroom lecture/presentation by Jack.
After watching the DVD 5+ times, there are a few moments that have stuck with me.
- Don’t be the broken egg. – Controlled, gradual increases in training stress will provide the greatest opportunity to reach your personal athletic potential. Sounds simple enough but can be a challenge to implement at times, especially for the determined athlete and even coach.
- It takes 6 weeks for the body to completely adapt to a new training stress. – I had no idea this was the case. Jack recommends waiting a minimum of 3-4 weeks before modifying the training stress (distance, intensity, etc) since your body will adapt to most of the stress within that time.
- It takes 2 minutes for the body to reach VO2 max. – Even if you are running at your VO2 max pace, the desired training stress does not occur until two minutes have passed. Running faster than VO2 max pace will not shorten this time or improve the training stress. Jack recommends 3-5 minute intervals.
Here is a preview of the lecture.
The DVD is a decent intro into Jack’s training/coaching philosophy but it is purely an intro. To dive further into his running programs (short-course track up to marathon), his book- Daniels’ Running Formula may be worth checking out.
I will be using his book to create a program for my next marathon but I am currently using it it to set my training paces for my ultra program. Note, that his programs do require a little bit of effort on your part as the programs are not a completely laid out for you on a day-to-day basis.
Posted on 12 Jun 2008