Passing It To The Next Generation

One of the big reasons we started The Run SMART Project was to develop a coaching staff that could provide a unique perspective and guidance to young distance athletes. Many of our coaches are former high school standouts who went on to compete at a high level in college and then professionally. In hindsight, we can offer young athletes so much and help them get to the next level.

Neil Braganza of San Ramon, CA, pictured here kicking to a new 3200m PR in 9:15.72 at the Arcadia Invite, has been working with Run SMART coach Malindi Elmore since the fall of 2014. When he signed up for coaching he had run 4:22 for 1600m and 9:48 for 3200m. Since then he’s made significant progress and is now headed to Yale in the fall!

Happy Birthday Dr. Jack Daniels!

An icon of our sport turns 84 and he’s still inspiring others everyday by doing what he loves most:  teaching, coaching and running. Not a day goes by where we take for granted how fortunate we are to work with the best. 

Happy Birthday, Jack!!!🎈🎉

Jessi Rafferty Shaves 16-Minutes Off PR To Get BQ

Jessi Rafferty of Greensburg, PA set a new PR at the Glass City Marathon this past weekend. Jessi came into the race hoping to get a BQ and she did just that by shaving 16-minutes off her previous best. She was 4th in the F35-39 age group with an official time of 3:29:46. [Full Results]

After the race her coach Nikki Reiter said, “Jessi is a pleasure to work with. She is an athlete at heart and knows how to get the work done without pushing too hard. Congrats, Jessi!”

Valter Oliveira Hits 1:27:07 For A 2-Minute PB

Valter Oliveira of Odivelas, Portugal set a new PR at the MEIA ILHAVO 21.1K. His official time was 1:27:07, a 2-minute PB!

Afterwards he gave the old hat tip to his coach Nikki Reiter:

Working with Nikki is really great! Seems to me that much more is still to come 😉

Joe Swift Breaks 10-Year-Old PR At Scranton Half

Joe Swift of Fairfield, CT turns 40 in a few months but he’s refusing to accept the idea that you need to create new “Masters PRs” due to the impending slowdown as his body ages. This winter we customized a 15-week training plan to help him run as fast as possible and he refused to miss a beat, even doing Threshold miles by himself at 5 a.m. in the dark before work!

Dev Baid Drops Over 1-Minute Per Mile At NYRR 4-Miler

Dev Baid has transformed his running this season with the NY Flyers’ Marathon Training Program. Last weekend in Boomer’s Cystic Fibrosis Run To Breathe 4-Miler he ran 28:26, dropping 4-minutes and 49-seconds off of his personal best set back in 2015. [Results]

After the race, Dev reported his results, “My VDOT projected time was 28:24. I clocked 28:26 but my watch showed 4.05miles. This is so perfect, your training plan is awesome.”

I Am Ready To Take On My First Boston Marathon

Run SMART client Anthony DiAngelus of Odessa, FL was kind enough to let us share his feedback as he gears up for his big debut at Boston:

I wanted to drop you and the Run SMART Project a line to let you know that my quality training workouts are now complete and I am ready to take on my first Boston Marathon in a few short weeks.

As you may recall, I qualified for Boston during my first marathon using your custom plan (Chicago 2015 – 3:21:23 VDOT 47.7).  Since then, I have used the plan with adjusted paces and Dr. Daniels’ training philosophy to continuously improve while staying injury free.

David Gaines Running Like It’s 1993

We were trying to come up with some famous line from the Grunge era because this guy’s recent race performance took us back to the early 90’s! Let us explain:

David Gaines of New York City trains with our Founder, Brian Rosetti and the NY Flyers’ Marathon Training Program. Last year, after his first marathon build-up with Run SMART the 63-year-old set a new PR and qualified for Boston at the Amsterdam Marathon (pictured here). Keep in mind that David didn’t get into running a few years ago, he has been running since he was in high school!