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Daniels' Running Formula-2nd Edition [Paperback]

Jack Daniels
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Nov. 3 2004

Get in the best shape of your running career with the scientifically based training in Daniels' Running Formula. In the book that Runner's World magazine called “the best training book,” premier running coach Jack Daniels provides you with his proven VDOT formula to guide you through training at exactly the right intensity to become a faster, stronger runner.

Choose from the red, white, blue, and gold programs to get into shape, target a race program, or regain conditioning after a layoff or injury. Race competitively with programs for 800 meters, 1500 meters to 3000 meters, cross country races, 5K to 15K, and half-marathon up to the marathon. Each program incorporates the right mix of the five training intensities to help you build endurance, strength, and speed, and Daniels' intensity point system makes it easy to track the time you spend at each level.

The formula can be customized to your current fitness level and the number of weeks you have available for training, and it provides the perfect solution for short training seasons. Get the results you're seeking every time you lace up your shoes for a training run or race with the workouts and programs detailed in Daniels' Running Formula.

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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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only running book you need Jan. 5 2008
I have a lot of books on running, but if I needed only one, it would be this one. Quite simple to understand (no real formulas), tables that explain where you are in term of your current running ability, which paces to use, how to make a training plan... everything is inside. You can use one of four predefined training plans or make your own by using Dr Daniels' instructions (how many quality workouts, which one in each phase of your preparation, their duration and pace).
Every runner knows the terms like Repetitions, Intervals, Marathon, Easy (or recovery) pace, but nobody knows what it is and how fast it is.
For the first time I found in this book which time corresponds to each one of these paces (according to my current fitness).
Even if you are not too interested to know all the physiological details on running, stress and recovery, it is worth of trying to understand the benefits of each pace.
So, once again, if I had to keep only one book on running I own - this would be The One.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best running book for the scientifically minded! Feb. 9 2004
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Go To Book for Distance Training June 4 2012
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This book has been a great tool for my training. After reading the book I realized that a lot of my previous training was done too fast, especially my "easy" runs. I was injured regularly. Now that I have been training at proper intensities(after reading the book), I find running more enjoyable and I'm staying injury free. The book can be a little technical, but I feel it is required to fully justify Daniel's approaches to training. This is definitely the kind of book you will keep nearby during your training as you will want to reread certain parts depending on where you are in your training. I am extremely happy with this book, and have no reservations recommending this book to beginners, mid-packers and elite runners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serious runners only Oct. 20 2003
This book is the most effective tool for coaches who want to have their teams run their best. It is a way to have each runner running at their own level so that each of them can go home and tell mamma that they did exactly what the coach wanted them to do for that day.
I have read and reread this book many times and recently really begun to understand that there are exact times that must be run for each training cycle. If the athlete runs faster or slower he will be in a different training cycle and will not be running what the coach designed for that day. It is critical for intervals and reps days especially. Coach Daniels sets out the pace and the recovery for each athlete to follow. If the coach and the athlete follows the plan, there will be a marked improvement in performance.
This book is very important for the kid [and coach] who wants to push daily. It will help them to realize that they must train at the correct pace [not faster or slower] to get the desired effect. Harder workouts will not achieve the desired effect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It all makes sence! Dec 27 2001
After 10 years absence of training I've started again 2000. My personal best on 10 000m is 31:30 (-87) and I'm now at a level of 39 min and I've set an ambition to decrease my time by 2min per 10K per year.
During my "come-back" I sketched on a training program based on my previous experiences. But to get some external input to my training program I ordered Jack Daniel's "Daniel's Running Formula" and I found it very valuable. It explained things and I found especially the VDOT tables very usefult to base my training pace upon. I would like to say: -it's all about speed when it comes to training. Not as fast as possible, but the RIGHT speed. Jack Daniel's explain why and what the right speed is.
After reading this book I can clearly say that I know *why* I should perform the particular intervall and at what speed, etc.
It all makes sence!
PS. I can also recommend "Road Racing for Serious Runners" by Pete Pfitzinger, Scott Douglas. DS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the only running book you'll ever need Aug. 5 2001
This is the one, for a number of reasons.
First of all, Daniels has done his homework, both on the track and in the lab. He is a practical coach who also has serious exercise physiology credientials. There is no mumbo-jumbo and no personality cult stuff happening here. This book is NOT about Jack Daniels, but about the science and art of training.
Second, the racing and training pace charts alone are worth the price of the book: nowhere else will you find a way to link your current race fitness to pacing for easy, anaerobic threshold and VO2-max workouts -all of which are explained with great clarity for us laymen and women.
Third, Daniels' guidelines for different events are neither so vague that they leave the reader still wondering what to do tomorrow, nor so precise and specific and/or personal (a la the Peter Coe book) as to preclude any adaptation to your personal situation.
If you want to be a better runner, you have to be a smarter runner, and this book will take you at least part of the way there.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible book. Would never recommend it
Terrible book. Would never recommend it. Nothing is in laymen s terms
Published 1 month ago by chead98
5.0 out of 5 stars Take your running to the next level
I'm writing this review a couple of days after managing to qualify for the Boston Marathon with a sub 3:15 personal best thanks to this fantastic book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Paul
2.0 out of 5 stars Only for advanced to elite runners
Overall, it wasn't a bad read. The language was a little too casual for my tastes. The methods apply to elite athletes, there wasn't too much useful information for beginners or... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Eric Gee
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for runners
This book is well balanced, not too technical, not too scientific and give a lot of good tools for runners. Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2012 by Alain Roy
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for runners!
After reading the long and boring "Lore of running" by Timothy Noakes, I realized that even though I learned a lot I really didn't know where to go training wise. Read more
Published on May 19 2012 by Seb
3.0 out of 5 stars Daniels' Running Formula
Jack Daniel's writes a good book. Good to read, even better to use ongoing as a reference. Technical enough but still readable by the novice.

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Published on Dec 18 2006 by J. Estill
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible on Running
This book will simply improve your race times. It is well written and clear, yet with enough leeway in it's presentation as to be suitable for all runners. Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2004 by L. Behan
5.0 out of 5 stars Plan and run with a purpose.
Coach Daniels presents a clear guide to training with stated reasons for each type of run that I have not seen else where. He definately has a good track record as a coach. Read more
Published on June 16 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Better Books on Running
It is amazing how many bad books on running are out there. This book is one of the better ones I have read. It defines various types of training speeds and their purposes. Read more
Published on March 25 2004 by Agent Excel
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