“It Gave Me So Much Peace Of Mind And Confidence”

After finishing first in her age group at the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon earlier this year, Anna Coe-Salazar customized another training plan from Jack Daniels geared towards the Edinburgh Half. Success! Again!! She finished 7th in her age group in 1:39:30. [Full Results]

This is the third half this year in which I achieved my goal of running it under 1:40. I am very happy with the results although I feel I could have pushed just a bit more in the beginning, but was afraid I wouldn’t have enough left in the tank for the second half of the race. I suppose it’s all part of gaining more experience.

I am happy to also report I wasn’t injured during the program or during the race.  It gave me so much peace of mind and confidence. Thank you, your plan has worked wonders for me. Perfect balance.

“I Religiously Stuck To The Plan And PR’d By 47-Minutes”

Congrats to Janel Peralez of Redondo Beach, CA on her monster improvement at Mountains 2 Beach. Janel smartly customized Dr. Daniels’ Boston Marathon plan last November to help her prepare and then executed amazing pacing skills throughout (1:46:00 half marathon split).

I’d like to thank The Run SMART Project for a fantastic 18-week training plan with not a single injury. I religiously stuck to the plan and PR’d by 47-minutes in the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon this weekend. My pace was suppose to be 8:24, but I felt good, listened to my body, trusted my training and came in at an 8:04 pace. Official time of 3:31:38.

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2:49:57 Boston Debut For Steve Orellana

We always say getting to run Boston is about celebrating being there first, and if you PR that’s an added bonus since conditions can be challenging. This year was no exception with warmer temps and lots of sun exposure so it’s a pleasure to read about Steve Orellana’s experience. Not only did he PR by almost 9-minutes he ran a negative split (1:25:24 at the half)!

I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Coach Daniels and the Run SMART Project team for providing such an effective Boston Marathon training program for me. I was able to run a 2:49:57 in my Boston debut, which was very close to the prediction you guys had for me. – Steve

“I’m Running The Boston Marathon”

Erica Silbiger had been dreaming of a BQ for 6 years. The closest she had gotten to her 3:35 qualifying standard was over three years ago when she ran 3:46. Her journey continued but after many marathons and various training plans she got injured and had to take 6-months off. She then bought her first Run SMART plan last summer with the goal of feeling strong and staying healthy throughout her build-up for New York City. Progress! 3:52, no injuries and feeling strong!

First Time Under 3-Hours

Congrats to Michael Miller of New York, NY on a successful conclusion to his 15-week marathon plan at the Sugarloaf Marathon. Not only did he break a huge barrier, he made it looks easy in the process.

Michael was 12th place overall and 2nd in the 40-44 age group. His official time was 2:55:51, which marks his first time under 3-hours. This performance drops almost 8-minutes off his personal best!

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First Time Under 20-Minutes In 30 Years

Thomas Hampton has an all-time PR of 14:22 (73.16 VDOT) set back in 1985. 32 years later he reports a new milestone after following one of our custom training plans:

“Well, I reached another milestone using your training program – breaking my “over 50″ PR by running under 20 min for a 5k for the first time since college!”

On April 22nd at the Shade Tree Tot 5k he ran 19:23, closing in 6:19 for his last mile. What’s next for this 52-year-old from Franklin, TN:

“My goal is to break the 19 min barrier this summer over the next 3 months.”

Brad Stumpf Got A New PR At The Capital City Half Marathon

Brad Stumpf got a new PR at the Capital City Half Marathon last weekend. He improved his personal best in very challenging conditions (stormy rain/wind) by 3-minutes with a time of 1:28:42. [Full Results]

Afterwards, Brad talked about what it’s like to work with our superstar coach and Olympian Janet Bawcom:

Janet has been great. She is always available when I have a specific question regarding workout or paces (as I’m a number person) as well as having specific race plans. The whole process and workouts that are specific to my ability has made me understand the whole training spectrum significantly better, with Janet there throughout the whole process.

Recovering is going well, back on the grind to get that BQ.

Nailed It!

Lennart de Lange of Amsterdam, Netherlands completed his 18-week marathon plan right on target at the London Marathon. Along the way he even set a new half marathon PR running 1:18:55.

When we originally uploaded Lennart’s plan to his VDOT O2 calendar we projected a finish time of 2:45:12. After he ran his 1:18:55 (59.3 VDOT) in Week 12 we consulted with him that he was right on target since the equivalent performance for the marathon was a 2:45:01.

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!

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!”