Run SMART Running Resolutions

Check out our 10 tips on how to build a New Year’s Running Plan you can stick with. Hope the holidays were fun! Come January 1st, it’s cold turkey, baby!

Rip that band-aid off fast and hard. There is no such thing as “weaning” yourself into good habits; you just need to make a clear, decisive move towards achieving your new goals. For this reason, be strict with yourself in January: No more desserts, no more extra drinks, and roll back that clock to a reasonable bedtime again.

Tom Klimek Sets New 5k PR In Reading

Congrats to Run SMART client Tom Klimek and coach Vince Sherry for teaming up yet again on another PR. Tom finished 12th overall at the Reading Shiver 5k in 18:01. [Full results] This was a 23-second PR and if you look back at when he signed up for coaching in 2009 it’s 1.5 minutes faster than the 5k result he provided in his running profile!

We’ve come to know this as Vince’s trademark. You won’t see huge improvements overnight but you’ll continue to get faster year in and year out, slowly but surely. And to do that you have to be patient, take a long term approach and stay healthy. Vince is the master at this!

Stuff We Dig: Books That Make You Go Wow

Two sports books that should have the attention of all runners this holiday season:

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Elite Minds:  Creating The Competitive Advantage by Dr. Stan Beecham

Seriously, it’s sports psychology but we’re talking about practical tools for both runners and coaches that can really make a huge difference. Stan is amazing and it’s not just us, his book is getting rave reviews from many friends in the industry we trust.

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The Sports Gene by David Epstein

This book is a NY Times Bestseller and it mentions our very own Dr. Jack Daniels! It’s a fascinating read for all sports fans, especially runners since David is an avid runner himself. This is a fun and very fast read.

“In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success, Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving this great riddle. He investigates the so-called 10,000-hour rule to uncover whether rigorous and consistent practice from a young age is the only route to athletic excellence.

Along the way, Epstein dispels many of our perceptions about why top athletes excel.”