Erin Palmer was looking for a big PR in LA this past weekend after her 4:22 performance in NYC. Her training was consistent all winter and her plan projected about a 3:58. Once the weather forecasts turned grim we adjusted her goal time to about 4:05, or the equivalent effort in about 72 degree heat, using the VDOT Calculator.
Bradley Geilfuss set a 2-minute PR in the heat at the LA Marathon this past weekend. His official time was 3:18:53 [Results]. That 2-minute PR is deceiving considering his previous PR was set on a downhill course. He was also forced to make a quick pit stop Sunday, plus temps were in the mid-70’s, which converts to about a 3:13 (according to the VDOT O2 Calculator).
Congrats to our good friend and colleague Run SMART coach Janet Bawcom on her 5th place finish at the U.S. Marathon Olympic Trials. Janet was less than 2-minutes outside of the top 3, right begin Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher. Her official time was 2:31:14 (top 10 finishers). First mile split was 5:49 and her last was 5:50. Consistency, even on a hot day with lots of sun.
In 2015, we launched Dr. Daniels’ VDOT Coaching Clinic & Certification. Runner’s World hyped this brand new opportunity for distance coaches to boost their running resumes and we got a huge response quickly selling out all four events (New York (2x), San Francisco and Toronto). Featured guest speakers included Olympians Lynn Jennings and Malindi Elmore, ultrarunning’s best athlete Rob Krar and legendary coach Frank Gagliano.