Papadakis Wins Balkan Masters Champs

At the 26th Balkan Veterans Athletics Championships in Nadi Sad, Serbia, Stamatis Papadakis took home the gold medal in the Men’s Half Marathon. Stamatis is currently following a 24-week marathon plan on VDOT O2 geared¬†towards the Athens Marathon. The Greece native traveled to the Balkan Masters Champs to test his fitness and it appears training is going really well right now. He ran a 16:40 5k (VDOT 61.6) the first day of competition to warm-up ūüėČ and then came back the following day to win the half marathon in 1:14:13 (VDOT 63.7)!

Afterwards, Stamatis commented, “I am 42 and this is my best time ever!¬†Thank you for your program!!!”

I Cannot Stop Singing Ann’s Praises

Clients generally stick around for a long time when working with Run SMART coach Ann Alyanak.¬†Amanda Hamilton has now been working with Ann¬†for almost 3.5 years. She shares why she’s stuck around for so long…

I cannot stop singing Ann’s praises. Before working with Ann,¬†injuries kept sidelining me.¬†With Ann’s expert coaching, I set a¬†half marathon PR on a training run and stayed injury free. Her workouts are fun, challenging, and easy to follow. Not to mention, Ann is incredibly easy going and super easy to communicate with. I highly recommend Run S.M.A.R.T. Project and Coach Ann! – Amanda

Hakim Earns New PR Along With World’s Largest Medal

Hakim Ghanem set a new PR at the Chicago Half Marathon this past weekend. His official result was 1:44:55, 4-minutes better than his previous best. [Full results]

Not sure which is more impressive, the new PR even though this was just a workout for Hakim as he prepares for his goal race (Chicago Marathon) in a few weeks, or the brand new hardware he received at the finish?!?!

Axel Mateo Is Having A Breakthrough XC Season

Axel Mateo of Marietta, GA is now 6 weeks out from his state meet and he’s already dropped roughly 1-minute off his cross country 5k PR. After following one of our 8-week summer cross country plans Axel¬†has now improved to a 16:38 personal best. He’s currently competing as a Sophomore at Pope High School. You can follow Axel and all his progress at MileSplit.

Good luck at States, Axel!

Welcome Our Newest Coach

We’re super excited to announce Leah Rosenfeld (pictured with Run SMART Head Coach Dr. Jack Daniels) as our latest¬†private coach to join the staff. Leah will focus her attention on athletes looking to improve their track, cross country and road PRs from 5k up to the half marathon.

“I am so grateful to have the opportunity to join The Run SMART Project’s all-star coaching staff. As a current athlete working with Run SMART, I have seen significant improvements in my own performances through this training system and as a coach, I am excited to be able to share my knowledge of running, strength training and nutrition with runners as they pursue their goals.” – Leah