Britain’s second city provided UK runners and coaches with a rare opportunity to learn from the legendary Dr Jack Daniels. A one-day running and coaching workshop was held on Saturday (29 January) at the High Performance Centre, Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.
The workshop was organised by Caroline Whitehouse of The Running Curve in conjunction with Jack Daniels and Brian Rosetti of the Run SMART Project. A sizeable audience (including this correspondent) attended the workshop to learn more about Dr Daniels and his training principles: how these could help them to become stronger, fitter and better runners whether they train for speed or endurance. Several coaches in attendance were keen to know more about his VDOT training formulae for use with their own athletes as well as helping with their own performance goals.
The workshop started with opening speeches by Caroline Whitehouse and Brian Rosetti followed by a ‘Training for Performance’ presentation by Dr Jack Daniels. He stressed the importance of ‘focusing on the task at hand’ then discussed training intensities, e.g. long runs, marathon pace, threshold, repetition and intervals.
There was a short Q&A session before everyone headed out onto the athletics track for coaching practice by Dr Daniels in bitterly cold weather. Everyone performed a set of running drills then various breathing rhythms before breaking for lunch. The afternoon included a talk about marathon training then a final Q&A before the event closed at 4.30pm. Dr Daniels remained behind to sign copies of his book 'Daniels Running Formula' and posed for photographs with attendees.
He held another practical coaching session the next day at Warwick University athletics track in Coventry.