Max Benefit From Least Amount Of Stress = Steady Improvement, Less Injuries

Tomica Čudina set a huge marathon PR this past summer, recovered and came back for more. This time the plan was to focus on improving his speed before building back for another marathon. We’re happy to report two new PRs for 10k and 5k:

After 12-weeks of good training for a 10k race according to your plan, I have managed to achieve my goal and set a new PR by 3.5 minutes. My official result was 45:12! [Results]

In the process of preparing for my goal race, I have also improved my PB for 5K by 1 minute and 45 seconds (21:50).

“I Felt Strong The Entire Race And Ran Negative Splits On The Last 3-Miles”

Tim Tubra has been training hard for a BQ at the Cal International Marathon next month. His confidence is high now after setting a new half marathon PR during the most challenging stage of his training plan. At the Urban Cow Half Marathon, Tim set a new PR by 7-minutes, finishing in 1:25:06. He was 34th overall out of 2,774 runners. [Full Results]

“I just wanted to send a quick update and a personal thank you to Run SMART for an awesome training program. I felt strong the entire race and ran negative splits on the last 3-miles.” 

Time to taper, Tim. You’re ready! Good luck at CIM!  

“I Have PR’d This Year Like A Crazy Person Using The VDOT Method”

Iris Saar of Siyo Fitness reached her goal of sub-4 hours at the New York City Marathon earlier this month. As you can see Iris hit the books on VDOT so she could truly understand the method to the madness before customizing one of Dr. Daniels’ online training plans. All her diligence and new smarts paid off with a 16-minute new PR! Her official time was 3:52:19. [Full Results]

“Reading the Bible. I’m a Jack Daniels’ girl and my coaching relies a LOT on his perception of training and exercise physiology. I have PR’d this year myself like a crazy person using the VDOT method.”

“Nailed A 1:28:30 Half Marathon Today (52 VDOT)”

Rusty Smith finished 11th overall and set a new PR at the Longview Half Marathon in Kansas City, MO this past weekend. [Full results] This successfully completes his third training plan with us.

Nailed a 1:28:30 half marathon today (52 VDOT) taking 2nd place in my age group! Another PR and great results, again, using the Run SMART training plan! Can’t thank you all enough.

 

“Finished SO Strong, I Could Hardly Believe My Legs As It Was Happening!”

Rea Winter shares her experience at the New York City Marathon. She stuck to her plan and got a huge new PR! Improving is always fun but the biggest difference in following a custom plan versus a generic plan is how you feel during and how well you recover following the race.

First, I had a 32-minute improvement on last years New York City Marathon time (trained following a basic low mileage training plan with no variety in paces, etc). Second, I ran an even split race (thought this one was impossible!) and finished SO strong, I could hardly believe my legs as it was happening!

Finally, though I am not a very fast runner, and still new to the sport, my finishing time clocked in 4:05:35 which was about 1-minute faster than my predicted time on the training plan! I felt great during the race, as well as immediately after and the days following.

Joey Teter Runs 1:12:01 At Indianapolis Half Marathon

Last week we posted about all Joey’s progress with Run SMART coach Janet Bawcom. We wrote about his recent PRs for 5k, 10-miles and half marathon. This past weekend he continued his hot streak lowering his half marathon PR again.

At the Indianapolis Half Marathon this past weekend Joey ran 1:12:01, over a 3-minute PR. He was 36th overall out of 8,116 finishers. At 10k he was averaging 5:32 per mile so he ended up with a negative split averaging 5:30 pace for the entire race. [Full results]

“Your Plan Helped Me Believe In Myself Again”

Kim Feinman of Westwood, NJ shares her New York City Marathon experience after following one of our training plans:

I didn’t cramp at all in my legs. I don’t even have blisters!! (this is a first for me, but I think I finally figured out the best sneakers for my running)

Your plan helped me believe in myself again. I was truly afraid that I wouldn’t be able to finish. I kept having to remind myself to trust my training. I was worried about having a repeat of my last marathon and laying down on that Queensboro Bridge again. I kept saying that this was my last marathon, but running it had me fall in love with it all over again. So I’m sure I’ll do it again.

“I Think We Can Safely Attribute The Performances To Her”

Joey Teter of Madison, OH has been working with coach Janet Bawcom for almost a year and a half now and the results are starting to pour in.

This past weekend he ran three legs of the Bourbon Chase Relay and his team finished 2nd overall. Earlier this year he improved his 10-mile PR by over 4-minutes at the Perfect 10-miler in Ohio. His official result time was 55:30. He also improved his 5k PR by 20-seconds at the Americana Festival with an official time of 16:17. Did we mention his half marathon best went from 1:16:18 to 1:15:21?

“Janet has been great and I think we can safely attribute the performances to her.” – Joey

Rewarding Yourself When Things Go Well

Ben Keefe of Kansas City, MO won the Blue Springs Marathon this past weekend with a new PR time of 2:57:54. Afterwards, he tweeted, “18 weeks later + followed plan + good nutrition + ideal conditions = New PR.” His previous PR was 2:59:09. “With the Run SMART plan it was less miles and a faster time,” said Ben.

Denise Iannizzotto Finishes 2nd In Age Group At Chicago

We’re extremely proud of Denise Iannizzotto and her PR performance at the Chicago Marathon earlier this month. The 53-year old from Lake Katrine, NY, competing in her 28th marathon, finished 2nd in the 50-54 age group. Her official time was 3:14:38, 1-minute and 18 seconds faster than her performance there last year [Full results]. Since 2004, she’s now improved by 1-hour and 24-minutes when she ran 4:38:22 at the Hudson Mohawk Marathon.

“I’ve never been happier for one of my runners, ” said her coach Brian Rosetti. “Denise lives about 2-hours outside of New York City and she comes in every Wednesday night on the bus so she can train with our group (NY Flyers’ MTP). She’s one of the most dedicated and consistent runners I’ve ever coached. Once again, she executed our training and race plan perfectly, and here she is still getting faster at age 53!”