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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2 edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736054928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736054928
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 7 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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""This book is a fine example of the perfection that the running world has come to expect from Jack Daniels. Well thought out, concise, and purposeful, it embodies the training programs of time-proven principles that enhanced my own running performances. Simply put, Daniels' formula works. This book is a must read for every runner and coach interested in achieving peak performance."

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"This book is a fine example of the perfection that the running world has come to expect from Jack Daniels. Well thought out, concise, and purposeful, it embodies the training programs of time-proven principles that enhanced my own running performances. Simply put, Daniels’ formula works. This book is a must read for every runner and coach interested in achieving peak performance."

Jim Ryun Former world record holder—880 yds, mile, and 1500m Three-time Olympian

"Great book! Its organization and explanations are long overdue. The book is full of technical information that is reader friendly. A huge bonus is the anecdotal information that is most helpful in understanding a variety of issues related to running."

Joan Benoit Samuelson Two-time Boston Marathon champion Gold medalist, 1984 Olympic women’s marathon

"Whether you are a beginning runner or an aspiring Olympian, Jack Daniels’ formulas can help you achieve your full potential with the least risk of injury or illness along the way."

Alberto Salazar 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon team member 6-time U.S. National Champion in long distance events --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


More About the Author

Jack Daniels has been called the world's best coach by Runner's World magazine. He has more than 50 years of experience coaching and mentoring some of world's top distance runners at both the collegiate and postcollegiate levels, including Jim Ryun, Penny Werthner, Ken Martin, Jerry Lawson, Alicia Shay, Peter Gilmore, Lisa Martin, Magdalena Lewy Boulet, and Janet Cherobon-Bawcom. He also won two Olympic medals and one world championship medal in the men's modern pentathlon.

Daniels has decades of experience as a track and cross country coach at institutions such as Oklahoma City University, the University of Texas, Brevard College, and the State University of New York at Cortland. Under his guidance, Cortland runners won 8 NCAA Division III national championships, 30 individual national titles, and more than 130 All-America awards. He was named Women's Cross Country Coach of the 20th Century by the NCAA Division III.

Since 1997 Daniels has been the national running coach advisor for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program, which involves coaching thousands of marathon runners each year. He has also enjoyed coaching members of the Nike Farm Team and the Chasquis, a group of Peruvian marathoners.

Daniels has logged years of graduate study and research on distance running in both the United States and Sweden. He holds a doctoral degree in exercise physiology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He also studied exercise science at the Royal Gymnastics Central Institute in Stockholm under renowned sport scientist Per-Olaf Åstrand.

In recent years, Daniels has been an associate professor in the human movement program at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona, in addition to coaching Olympic runners.

Customer Reviews

This is by far one of the best books on running in print.
Marc A. Engelbrecht
Great overall book to help you really understand the concepts behind training pacing for running.
Tri Geek
This is a great book for runners who are serious about their training.
Al

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By GC Fourie on February 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
My running library contains more than 20 books and I rate this one the best. It offers a truly scientific way of training. Each and every point is thoroughly explained. A book like this is an absolute delight for the thinking runner who not only wants to know what to do, but also why. The book is very practical too, as the instructions are distilled into just a few tables - all easy to use. You will learn Daniels' proven methods to improve endurance, lactate threshold, VO2Max and mechanical running speed. The real beauty of this book is that it can be used by elite runners and slow beginners alike; the tables accommodate all runners and tell us exactly what to do based on our recent race times. If I could choose only two books on running, it would be this one and The Lore of Running by Dr Tim Noakes.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By M. Blauvelt on June 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was a mediocre high school cross-country runner who hadn't run consistently in over 12 years. I got tired of saying "I used to be a runner" and got back out there four months ago. Spent two months moving between various plans and then, after a disappointing 30+ 5k, decided to try this book. 10 weeks, 154 miles later, and a 57-minute 10k personal best in the books, it's time to write the review.

If you've started running solely to complete a marathon in 20 weeks, this isn't the book for you. But anyone looking to make running a long-term habit, even those of us who aren't competitive yet, should find this book a very good step towards a successful career (however we define it.)

For a beginner, this isn't a cover-to-cover read. But his training plans (White, Red, Blue, and Gold) are great places to start. And as I go through the plans, I find myself turning back through the rest of the book to find out (a) why I'm doing the particular workout I'm doing and (b) why my body is responding the way it is.

And once you've gone through White & Red, you'll be ready to understand and tackle the race-specific training plans. I've found, even 10 weeks in, that the rest of the book is starting to make much more sense to me now than it originally did.

Ultimately, Daniels' book will most benefit people who want more of an explanation for long runs than "they increase your endurance." People who want to know how they work and why you can/should run them so slowly will appreciate Daniels. If nothing could interest you less than that, this probably isn't the best book for you.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
You should buy this book! There is no other running guide out there that is as intelligent, easy to understand, practical, and accurate. Though the book is not the much sought after, all inclusive "Bible of Running" type book, as it lacks important non-running information (strength training, nutrition, strectching, plyometrics, etc...) However, what it lacks in completness it makes up for with its extremely intelligent approach to training with excellent workouts and an effective approach to training. So, I can't say this is the only book you'll ever need, but if you want to make major improvements and learn alot about the proper way to train, buy this book.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Wally401@aol.com on May 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is the simply the best book on training I have ever read!!! I have read at least a dozen books on running and training from coaches like Dellinger, Lydiard, Bowerman, etc and runners like Rodgers, Liquori, Shorter etc and Jack Daniels book is the best of the bunch. For years I have trained by the seat of my pants trying to incorporate all I have read but with little real understanding of the affects of the different types of training I was doing. Daniels simply and clearly outlines the parts of training and their purpose. The training schedules laid out are easy to use and adaptable to any level. I feel like I now understand my training and my race times are faster. I am recommending this book to all my running friends.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Scelesti on June 12, 2005
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To start off with, I would like to say that I have had a lot of experience with this training system. My high school distance coach based the workouts for the distance team on Daniel's training method. I am very impressed with how the system works, when used correctly. It is important to know what physiological level you are at, then to train appropriately. Daniels uses a system of tables so that the athlete can determine his/her fitness level based on race performances, and then train at appropriate times for the given distance. While our distance team used this program for track & field, it also could be adapted to a cross country program.

This book is probably most valuable for someone who has a decent background with distance/middle distance running already, although I have found that the system is flexible enough so that the workouts can be incorporated into an individual's own training regimine. My track coach used an adapted version of Daniel's training plan, and it was very sucessful overall. During my senior year of high school I was able to take about 20 seconds off my 1600m time during the course of the season, and my teammates had similar results.

Why is Daniels so effective? Because he bases his method off of principals of exercise physiology. When the body undergoes stress, it will react accordingly, and adapt over time. This system make it possible to train intelligently and effectively without stressing the body excessively, thus causing injury or negative results. Daniels focuses on both aerobic and anaerobic training, as well as running economy, so that all the systems of the body will be prepared for peak race performance.

I recommend this book to anyone who desire to improve his/her race times while maximizing the effectiveness of their training sessions.
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