What Are Running Strides?

By |2022-10-20T13:26:15-04:00October 20th, 2022|Training Talk|

By Dr. Jack Daniels I learned about strides (also referred to as striders) from the elite runners who were subjects in my 45-year longitudinal study on elite distance runners, which began in 1968, in preparation for the Mexico City Olympics (and ended in 2013). A Canadian runner I worked with referred to strides as having [...]

Running In Windy Conditions

By |2022-10-20T12:54:48-04:00October 20th, 2022|Training Talk|

By Dr. Jack Daniels Of the many adverse weather conditions runners face, probably the only one that every runner is confronted with at one time or another is wind - and if there's anything that interrupts training or racing more than wind, I have yet to meet it. I consider myself fortunate to have coached [...]

Which Warm-Up Is Best For You?

By |2022-10-07T12:23:55-04:00October 7th, 2022|Training Talk|

The following are some pre-race warm-ups that you can experiment with to determine which works best for various races and conditions. Try before a few low key race and/or to prepare for Quality Sessions as well. Easy Running Warm-Up Easy running warm-ups are a good idea before very long races, especially when the intensity is [...]

Warming Up

By |2022-10-07T12:25:09-04:00September 22nd, 2022|Training Talk|

By Dr. Jack Daniels The term "warm-up" is misleading because warming up the muscles is only part of the process. In fact, "prerace preparation" might better describe what a runner goes through during the 30 to 60 minutes before a race starts. Whatever you call it, this is a time to prepare yourself physically and [...]

A Different Perspective: Quality Versus Quantity In Your Training Plan

By |2022-09-13T14:12:41-04:00September 8th, 2022|Training Talk|

By Dr. Jack Daniels There is often a discussion relative to the benefits of different types of training, and usually the “types of training” compared are slower/longer training sessions (Quantity) versus shorter/faster training sessions (Quality). However, both slower/longer workouts and shorter/faster workouts can be considered “Quality” relative to the benefits they produce in a runner’s body. [...]

Avoid Hypertraining

By |2022-08-18T11:50:47-04:00August 18th, 2022|Training Talk|

For me, as a coach, the easiest way to detect hypertraining (a setback from overtraining), is by knowing my athletes, each and every one of them. Here's how I look for hypertraining: When a runner is progressing through a season of training, they have scheduled gradual increases in amount and intensity of running typically every [...]

Log The Specifics

By |2022-08-18T11:28:14-04:00August 18th, 2022|Training Talk|

Unlike contact sports, in which it's normal to know just how and when an injury occurs, runners are quite often unable to relate an injury to a specific incident. An injury is often the result of overstressing an imperfection in the body, such as a leg length discrepancy or tendency to overpronate. Many running injuries [...]

Be An Optimist

By |2022-06-13T10:31:46-04:00June 13th, 2022|Training Talk|

The message is simple but powerful. So much of the sport of running is mental. Most athletes realize this but still don't spend enough time training this side of the coin. We surveyed athletes on V.O2 and found some areas of opportunity for improvement... How often do you incorporate visualization (on average)? How often do [...]

Knowing Your Training Needs

By |2022-05-05T14:08:31-04:00May 4th, 2022|Training Talk|

What is the purpose of this workout? This is the one question every athlete and coach needs to answer on a regular basis. This question will dictate how much benefit you get in relation to the objective of the workout. It will guide how you warm-up, your target pace(s), mental strategy, terrain, fueling, etc. For [...]

Preparing For Competition

By |2022-04-21T13:34:25-04:00April 21st, 2022|Training Talk|

By Dr. Jack Daniels The idea of competition is to compete. I'm sure that someone has said this before, but I'll restate it to get us in the proper frame of mind. Competition is a special part of the sport of running. It's fine to plan some competitions as part of an overall training program, [...]

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