Jeff Weatherhead’s Running Season of a Lifetime

We want to congratulate Jeff Weatherhead on one of the most positive seasons we’ve had in The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project since its inception.

Jeff has been running competitively for the last 15 years, yet after turning 56 this past August he has managed to set new Pr’s for 800m, 1500m, 1 mile, 5k and 4.75 miles (Manchester Road Race). His 4:51 in the 1500 ranked him 8th in the country for the men’s 55-59 division this year. He also finished 6th overall in the 1500 at the USATF Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Riding high off a monster track season he took to the roads this fall and stepped up to the 5k setting a huge PR clocking in at 18:34 (5:59 a mile). It was the first time he has ever averaged sub 6:00 a mile for 5k.

Not to put any pressure on him, but every time the man laces them up he sets a new PR. The key to Jeff’s success has been his willingness to buy into a new system and to trust his coach (me!) He’s very goal-oriented and has reached new heights because of his determination and work ethic. It’s been a pleasure coaching him. Congrats Jeff. Next year you’ll be 57, so let’s keep shocking the running world with your new found fountain of youth.

-Brian Rosetti

Erica Pappendick and Nicki Hines Finish First Marathon

Sisters Erica Pappendick and Nicki Hines making it look easy as they finish their first marathon amidst the sweltering heat in Chicago this year. Both are now getting ready to ramp up for the Boston Marathon in April. It’s been extremely encouraging to watch Erica and Nicki become more motivated as they continue to see improvements throughout their time training with us.

Christen Meyer Wins Masters Division At Philly Marathon

On a dreary, cold and windy day in Philadelphia, Run SMART client Christen Meyer managed to set another marathon personal best, finishing in 2:49:48 (first sub-2:50 performance). She was 1st masters woman, 14th female overall and had the second fastest age graded time of the day! You can see Christen’s and the overall female race results for the Philly Marathon here. The most impressive note to add on Christen’s performance from a coach’s perspective is that she ran her second half (1:24 and change) faster than her first (1:25 and change) (Official splits coming soon). Her fastest mile split wasn’t until mile 22 when she dropped a 6:19!

We were fortunate enough to begin coaching Christen about two years ago when her marathon pr was 2:55. She is now 44 years old and has dropped roughly 5 minutes off of her previous best. Maybe there’s something to this aging thing. Her first words to me after she finished were, “I can go faster.”

Nice work Christen! The extra work you put in this year of training has paid off well and will continue to pay off into next year.

-Brian Rosetti

Craig Berman Finishes Strong In First Marathon

This past weekend Run SMART Project athlete Craig Berman participated in his first race. Craig decided that if he was going to get into running he may as well go all out, so he chose the New York City Marathon to be his first venture into racing.

Melissa Bell Sets Half Marathon PR

On November 3rd, Melissa Bell set her 2nd PR in just two weeks. Melissa completed the Down Y Run ½ Marathon in 1:30:02, on the hilly streets of Charlotte, NC. Her half-marathon PR came in the wake of an 8k PR, set at the Dilworth Jubilee just two weeks prior (she completed the equally challenging course in a time of 32:29). Melissa is now training for the Thunder Road Marathon in Charlotte, NC on December 8th. Everyone at Run SMART Project wishes Melissa the best of luck in the upcoming event.

Everett Hill Sets 8 Minute Half Marathon PR

Relatively new Run SMART Project Client, Everett Hill, set an 8 minute PR in the half-marathon on October 27th, finishing the race in 1 hour 56 minutes. Everett followed the race plan exactly, splitting even pace for the first and second half of the race. He is now training for the PF Chang’s Rock & Roll Marathon in Phoenix, AZ on January 13th.

Run SMART Project Athlete Qualifies for Boston Marathon

On Sunday, October 7th Avi Kravitz did what few could do during the Chicago Marathon… He set a 17 minute PR. The high temperatures for the day (an 88 degree high) made it hard for many athletes to even finish the race. Avi’s initial goal was to break 3:20:00, in the hope that he would be able to get another shot at the Boston qualifier of 3:10:00 early next year. The early pace felt so easy that Avi decided to go on and give it what he had, splitting several sub 7 minute miles along the way. He finished in a final time of 3:10:32, which was good enough to qualify him for the Boston Marathon in the spring.