VDOT is a model first developed by James Gilbert and Jack Daniels. No, it has nothing to do with bourbon. The VDOT is a pseudo-VO2max. A pseudo VO2 Max is an estimate of an individual’s maximal oxygen capacity from which relative running velocities can be calculated to cater for different training zones. Basically, VDOT is a value that reflects a runner’s level of fitness. You can determine your own VO2 Max in an exercise physiology lab by undergoing an unpleasant series of maximal exertion testing, or, you can use your recent race times to reasonably accurately calculate your score. We have our own slant, and have adapted Gilbert and Daniels’ original work so that we can provide athletes with a realistic and relative pace to aim for in training for any type of running session.
Like most things, VDOT has its flaws and it is certainly not an exact science. So, it’s application has some caveats that are worth understanding or discussing with a coach. However, with the right knowledge and appropriate consideration of training conditions, VDOT is a fantastic tool for building robust running fitness.
So what is your VDOT? How can you improve it? How can you use your VDOT to get the most out of your running every day? If you’d like to answer these questions and see the progress that hundreds of other James Kuegler Coaching athletes have experienced, click here.
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