> Just read through Jack Daniels Running Formula after hearing some good things
> about it. Just wondered if anyone else here has read the book and tried the
> training schedule or has any other comments about it? Figured I'd give it a
> shot and train for the Utica Boilermaker 15K in July. Previous years I've
> always just walked out the door and then decided what I'd want to do for the
> day's training. Maybe some sort of plan will help.
I own a copy of Daniels' Running Formula and am using it to train for a 5k
in May. You can keep a*** of my progress (if you choose) in the
"training week ending ___" threads. I chose Daniels mainly because I own
a copy; and, since this is the first time that I have devoted significant
effort to training for a 5k, I figured that just about any training plan
(within reason) would do.
Like David, I find his easy pace is pretty fast. It is manageable, but it
just seems too fast on those days when I need a rest, but want to get a
few miles in. I decided to just run easy runs at any pace that feels
comfortable. I plan on sticking to his T, I, and R paces.
I just started the early quality phase of a 17 week training cycle, and I
just did my first quality training yesterday - some R pace work on hills.
I am impressed by his recommendation on the weekly amount of R paced
training. At the end of the workout yesterday, my calves were so sore that
I was worried that I had injured myself. I had to walk carefully to avoid
pain. Today was a rest day, and my calves are recovering just fine. I'll
be ready for an I pace workout tomorrow. Daniels' mileage limit on R pace
running took me right to the brink without going over.
I'd say give Daniels' a try. It certainly won't hurt.