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 🙂

“I’m Extremely Fortunate To Have Nikki As My Coach”

Kristal Mendez of Redway, CA is in her second year working with coach Nikki Reiter. She’s made huge improvements, pictured here, bettering her 5k PR by almost 2-minutes!

I am very proud of my improvements and extremely fortunate to have Nikki as my coach. She really listens to me, and knows when to push me, or when I need a break. I am fairly new to running (with only 2 years under me). The variety of workouts,always leave me excited for another day. Having this great PR only leaves me wanting more!

 

Negative Splitting His Way To A Personal Best

Chris Brennan of Brooklyn, NY ran a personal best at the Berlin Marathon last month. In 3-years, since working with The Run SMART Project as part of the New York Flyers’ Marathon Training Program (MTP), Chris has now dropped his marathon time from 3:31 all the way to 3:00!

His official time in Berlin was 3:00:44, just over a minute under his VDOT Plan Predicted time! [Official result] After starting a little slower than planned due to early traffic (and he was wise not to weave through it), Chris breezed through the half a little off pace in 1:31:40. But then he closed in 1:29:04! Yowsers!!! We should note that Chris supplemented his plan with a lot of cross training this time around so his extra credit clearly paid off late in the race.

Rowan Jones Cracks 2:50 In Chicago

Back in January of 2013, Rowan Jones completed his first custom training plan from Dr. Jack Daniels when he finished the Disney Marathon in 3:12, a 37-minute PR at the time! 3-years later after much hard work and dedication, following several more training plans and setting steady PRs, Rowan has now erased 1-hour off his marathon personal best.

Got Grit?

We love this picture! With a beautiful backdrop, Andy McGhee of the UK, is literally kicking it in the final stretch of his first marathon to reach his goal of sub-3-hours. His official time was 2:59:54. [Full results]

I would like to personally thank you for writing my program for the Bournemouth Marathon. I achieved a 2hr 59min in my first marathon and I’ve qualified for Boston which is a dream. I hope now is that I’m lucky enough to get a place for the 2018 race.

This has been my second training plan now and it’s been incredible. In 10 months I’ve run a sub-1:30 half marathon and now sub-3 for a full. This having only started running one year prior. I can’t wait to start my next plan! – Andy

Papadakis Wins Balkan Masters Champs

At the 26th Balkan Veterans Athletics Championships in Nadi Sad, Serbia, Stamatis Papadakis took home the gold medal in the Men’s Half Marathon. Stamatis is currently following a 24-week marathon plan on VDOT O2 geared towards the Athens Marathon. The Greece native traveled to the Balkan Masters Champs to test his fitness and it appears training is going really well right now. He ran a 16:40 5k (VDOT 61.6) the first day of competition to warm-up 😉 and then came back the following day to win the half marathon in 1:14:13 (VDOT 63.7)!

Afterwards, Stamatis commented, “I am 42 and this is my best time ever! Thank you for your program!!!”

I Cannot Stop Singing Ann’s Praises

Clients generally stick around for a long time when working with Run SMART coach Ann Alyanak. Amanda Hamilton has now been working with Ann for almost 3.5 years. She shares why she’s stuck around for so long…

I cannot stop singing Ann’s praises. Before working with Ann, injuries kept sidelining me. With Ann’s expert coaching, I set a half marathon PR on a training run and stayed injury free. Her workouts are fun, challenging, and easy to follow. Not to mention, Ann is incredibly easy going and super easy to communicate with. I highly recommend Run S.M.A.R.T. Project and Coach Ann! – Amanda