“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!”

Stephen Van Rees Sets 31-Minute PR In Sydney

Stephen Van Rees set a 31-minute PR at the Sydney Marathon. His official time was 3:06:15. And according to his coach, Janet Bawcom, this was just a tune-up for the New York City Marathon next month! If you check out Stephen’s splits, she clearly wasn’t joking.

At the halfway mark he was 1:35:10 so he ran a big negative split, closing the second half in 1:31:05! His fastest 5k splits of the entire race were at 30k (21:22), 35k (21:33) and 40k (21:51). Amazing race or shall we say “workout?” Regardless, big congrats to Stephen and Janet on the amazing progress.

Both athlete and coach will be competing in the NYC Marathon next month. Good luck!!!

Hakim Laughing His Way To A 23-Minute PR

Hakim Ghanem is on a tear right now! Fresh off his new PR at the Chicago Half Marathon last month, Hakim casually (from the looks of it) waltzed his way to 23-minute PR at the Chicago Marathon. His official time was 3:44:27. [Full results]

Big congrats to Hakim and coach Jay Bawcom on a very successful training cycle this season!

“The Plan Worked Perfectly”

Drue Coles of Bloomsburg, PA set a new PR last month at the Wineglass Half Marathon in upstate NY. His official time was 1:29:45, just over one-minute faster than his previous best from 2014 and just under his ultimate goal of sub-1:30. [Full Results]

At age 53, it’s great to see Drue still getting faster. After the race he commented, “The plan worked perfectly….I’m glad I found The Run SMART Project (and before that, Daniels’ Running Formula). I thought perhaps I had peaked in 2014 since my 2015 racing times were generally a little slower, but I guess I just needed the right workouts in the right order!”

“His Program Was Challenging Yet Very Thoughtful”

Congrats to Mieko on reaching her goal of sub-4 at the Chicago Marathon last weekend. Mieko’s official time was 3:54:13, a 10-minute improvement from her previous best.

Kind words for her coach Mr. Gary Berard:

Gary prepared me so well for this race – his program was challenging yet very thoughtful.  No flare-ups/physical issues while training/racing either. As a result, I was able to truly enjoy the entire 26.2 miles last Sunday 🙂