Running Book Reviews with Alan and Liz

Daniels' Running Formula (4th Ed.), by Jack Daniels

May 02, 2022
Running Book Reviews with Alan and Liz
Daniels' Running Formula (4th Ed.), by Jack Daniels
Show Notes

Daniels’ Running Formula is a training guide based on principles that coach and exercise physiology PhD, Jack Daniels, has been using to train his athletes for decades.

The book is divided into two parts:
Part I: Understanding the formula for training
Part II: Applying the Formula to Competitive Events

The first part describes the fundamentals of what goes into good running performance, types of training intensities, the VDOT system, and other topics like treadmill and fitness training, as well as taking breaks. The second section contains plans that incorporate the principles discussed in the first part. There are plans for:
800 m
1500 m to 2 miles
5 k and 10 k
Cross country
15 k to 30 k

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 post collegiate 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.

If you are looking to get a copy of this book, it can be found on the Human Kinetics Website:

Big thank you to Human Kinetics for providing review copies of the book.

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