Lillian Park just picked up a big confidence boost while she prepares for the Cal International Marathon in December. This past weekend she set a new personal best at the Wineglass Half Marathon and achieved a goal she’s been shooting for the past two years. Not only was Lillian all smiles after the race her coach, Leah Rosenfeld, was stoked too, “Lillian just ran a 3-minute PR in the half marathon! Her PR when she started with me 5-months ago was 1:46:36 and her short-term goal was to break 1:45:xx… today she ran 1:43:31!!!!”
Kristofer Frederick of Madison, WI has been training hard under the guidance of Run SMART coach Janet Bawcom since this past June. We’re excited to report big progress and a new PR at the Wineglass Marathon. Kristofer achieved a BQ and improved his personal best by 13-minutes with an official time of 3:18:33. [Full Results]
Competing in his first marathon ever Joey Teter took home the win at the Northern Ohio Marathon. On a warm/sunny day in Mentor, OH Teter still managed to run negative splits and finish in 2:40:39 (6:07 per mile), almost 16-minutes ahead of 2nd place. [Full Results]
Lauren Jacobs had just finished her first year competing at the high school level when she jumped in the “Hazel” 5k Run on Mississauga Marathon weekend. After customizing a few training plans she managed to set new PBs for 400m, 800m and 1500m, but she had never been able to beat her dad in a 5k until this summer!
Thomas Hampton has been on a roll customizing our 5k plans from Dr. Jack Daniels. He shares a testimonial:
Run SMART Coach Ann Alyanak, a picture of exhaustion, relief and victory at this year’s Air Force Marathon. Ann endured tough conditions and still cruised to a 10-minute win in 2:56:57. [Full Results]
Longtime Run SMART Marta Sangirardi Lima of São Paulo, Brazil set a new 15k PR while training for the Marine Corps Marathon next month. After 28-years of running she’s still improving!
Marta finished 3rd in her age group (F45) at the New Balance 15k in São Paulo. Her official time was 1:13:38, 1-minute and 37 seconds faster than her previous best.
Stephen Van Rees broke 1-hour and 20-minutes for the first time last month at the Run Melbourne Half Marathon in Australia. His official time was 1:19:51 placing him 22nd overall out of 5,000 runners. [Full Results] This result comes after his PR-setting marathon performance (3:06) in Sydney last fall. His coach, Janet Bawcom, also recently reported a new 5k PR by Stephen in 16:40.
Janet’s help over the last year and bit has been amazing, I never thought I would get times anywhere close to these when I started working with her. – Stephen
Karen Tennant ran her fastest 5k ever working with Run SMART coach Nikki Reiter. Her official time was 27:08, 2.5 minutes faster than her previous best set almost 4-years ago!
I am SO happy I reached out to The Run SMART Project for training! I am enjoying the training very much – even the tough runs! I feel stronger and fitter and healthier – and it such a positive lifestyle change for me.
You are changing lives young lady!!
Run SMART: Do you have any general tips on how to approach pacing a 10k?
Dr. Jack Daniels: I think the best approach would be to start off treating a 10k as if it is a Threshold effort, and after a couple miles, if that is not feeling too bad, then try picking up the pace a little bit. Most people start races too fast so the approach is to start as if you are racing a farther distance than the race actually is and see how you are feeling. You should still be comfortable breathing with a 2-2 rhythm when arriving at the 4-mile mark, a sign you haven’t gone out too fast. The last couple miles may require a 2-1 rhythm, but 2-2 the whole way is good. Always best to finish a race saying you think you could have gone a little faster than to wish you hadn’t gone out too fast.