Daniels' Running Formula - 2nd Edition Paperback – October 1, 2005
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About the Author
Jack Daniels became the head track and cross country coach for both men and women at the State University of New York at Cortland in 1986. Under his guidance, Cortland runners have won eight NCAA Division III national championships, 30 individual national titles, and more than 130 All-America awards. Called the World's Best Coach by Runner's World magazine and designated Master Coach by USA Track & Field, Daniels has advised some of America's finest runners, including Jim Ryun, Alberto Salazar, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Ken Martin, Jerry Lawson, and Olympians Lisa Martin of Australia and Penny Werthner of Canada.
Daniels' first sport of interest was swimming, in which he competed at the University of Montana. He got involved in running while serving in the army in South Korea in 1956, when he began participating in triathlons involving swimming, pistol shooting, and running. His success in these events led him to compete in the modern pentathlon in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, where he won a silver medal, and the 1960 Rome Olympics, where he won a bronze in team competition.
In the years between Olympics, Daniels studied exercise science at the Royal Gymnastics Central Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, under Per-Olof Åstrand, one of the world's best sport scientists. Daniels went on to earn a doctoral degree in exercise physiology at the University of Wisconsin.
In addition to serving as a consultant to the U.S. Olympic track team and Sports Canada, Daniels was named NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Coach of the (20th) Century and three-time Coach of the Year. Daniels lives in Cortland, New York.
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0736054928
- ISBN-13 : 978-0736054928
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 0.71 x 10 inches
- Publisher : Human Kinetics; 2nd Edition (October 1, 2005)
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #586,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This books, although it could be too technical, has done a good job defining training. Before reading it, I always went with what friends said, stuff I saw on Youtube, and articles I read online. This is clarifies things. I understand where I stand and what I want to achieve. With the knowledge gained, I can formulate a plan (or a guideline) and start working from there. I am now more aware of my metrics (heart rate, cadence, zones, etc.) to gauge my session and chart my progress.
Data can be collected easily nowadays because of the availability of all kinds of fitness watches and devices. This books helps you understand the data and use it to achieve your training goal.
It can be tough to sit down and read a book on running when most would prefer to either have a trainer or some how-to videos or software instructing.
I say, take the time to read this book. There is some time-tested, old-school stuff that works. You may learn something, just as I do.
-- takes 6 weeks to adapt to different intensity levels. Therefore raise your intensity, and by how much, every 6 weeks roughly. (see p. 10-11 for example)
-- The "maintenence principle" for shifting workouts / sports. Fitness is way easier to maintain than achieve (later on he explains much you lose over time)
-- Dehydration -- what it does to heartrate, blood viscosity, etc.
-- the purpose of the different types of training intensities. (see P. 34-35 for example)
-- How to find your "VDOT" value -- a derivative of Vo2 max -- predict performance and construct training program intensites based on this.
-- tons of key information like WHY you might do shorter races better than longer (or vice-versa) and why and what to do about it
-- Hydration formulas, pace formulas, even treadmill settings
-- Key rules of intervals -- I guarantee you are probably not doing them right. You may not be benefitting Vo2 max AT ALL!!!
-- Everything in the book has charts based on your VDOT -- as it moves up, so do all the paces for training in the charts.
-- Awesome training plans for every ability and race distace -- even covers race tactics
-- Cool stries about elite runners (you may have seen in the 2012 Olympics!)
In all, this is my FAVORITE of all my books on running -- the one I refer to the most. Beginners will be overwhelmed, especialy if they are just out to get fit. TONS of detailed, scientific info.
If you are covering miles as part of a weight loss plan this may indeed be too much - but I would imagine that if you have made it to this page (on Amazon) and have got as far as this review, you are probably a runner. Buy it.
Bravo to a brilliant literary contribution for the running community. It is NOT difficult to read for the running minded. It is excellent from startline to finish !!!
After Daniels' spent decades researching running and coaching world-class athletes, he has explained his approach and training plans in this excellent book. The second edition includes training plans tailored for all levels of runners. By reading and following his guidelines, you'll safely train your way to exceptional levels of fitness.
I've ran for years by following plans from military trainers and the runnersworld site, then got this book after deciding that wasn't enough. I wish I had got the book sooner, because my times have dropped significantly in just a few months. Additionally, I have stayed injury free due to the good recommendations.
If you want a training book specifically for running then you don't need to look further. If you need information regarding diet or cross-training then this is not it.
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Once you get the hang of the formulas in the book (not for shallow readers flipping pages ) it is easy to understand and process. Lots of useful training nuggets as well. Along with the "Advanced Marathoning by Pete Pfitzinger" it is required reading for runners. Do squat as well though....
To get the hang of the book though, it does require some use of the brain to understand new concepts and reflect on what has been said. The first time I read it, it made sense while I was reading it but there was so much information that once I'd finished, I couldn't remember a lot of what I had read. I just had a feeling that I understand the book but couldn't cite examples or use it properly.
The second time I read the book, I took my time and use a note pad for the bits most relevant to me and it gave me all I needed to make a programme for myself. He is very conservative in what you can achieve in a given time frame which makes for a running ideology which is much less prone to injury. Definitely not a book for quick fix junkies of programmes which are big on amazing gains and promises which are unrealistic.
So, all in all, this is a great book but only for someone who is prepared to put time in to learn it. But like everything, the more you invest in something, the more you get out of it. That definitely applies to this book.
If you on the fence... Just go for it. You won't regret it!