Run S.M.A.R.T. Clients Excel at USCAA Nationals

This weekend Stuart White and Brian Schmidt, both from the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, competed at the United States Corporate Athletics Association National Championships. White competed in the 5k and 10k events representing GE Runners. Schmidt ran the 5k, a 1600 meter relay leg and 10k for Texas Instruments.

On Saturday Brian Schmidt was 4th overall and 1st in his age division in the 5k in a personal best time of 16:30. A few short hours later, he helped his relay team win their division by running 4:50 for 1600 meters. Stuart White also impressed in the 5k. He improved his mark from last year by 24 seconds by running 16:51 to place 7th overall and 1st in his age division.

Brian Pilcher Wins The 99th Annual Dipsea Trail Race

Run S.M.A.R.T. client Brian Pilcher wins The 99th Annual Dipsea Trail Race! Pilcher finished the 7.4 mile course in 49:13 beating a field of almost 1500 runners. It was an impressive performance without mentioning the fact that Pilcher is still winning races at 52 years of age.

Full race results here.

Thomas Podell Finishes 5th in Ultra Marathon

Jack Daniels client Thomas Podell of Hermosa, CA finished 5th overall at the Blue Canyon 50 Mile Trail Race in 11:50:25. That’s some serious running. Congrats to Thomas for conquering the distance!

You can check out the full race results here.

Brian Pilcher Sets Huge 10k PR

Brian Picher, a client of Dr. Jack Daniels, won the master’s division at the Marin Memorial 10k this past weekend. Pilcher, 52, beat everyone in the race over 36 years old with a huge PR of 33:13. He was quoted after the race in the Marin Independent Journal,

“It’s my personal record by 42 seconds,” said Pilcher, who had been battling bronchitis for the past two months. “And I think the course was a bit long.”

Sounds like 33 minutes doesn’t have a chance in his next 10k.

Hector Rivera Wins Age Group At Healthy Kidney 10k

Hector Rivera, a client of Dr. Jack Daniels, finished first in the 35-39 age group in 31:20 at the 2009 Healthy Kidney 10k in NYC. The second place finisher was 42 seconds back. Check out Hector’s results here on NYRR.org.

Stuart White Wins Azle Lake Run; Melissa Ralph Opens Racing Season Successfully

On a rainy morning outside of Fort Worth, Texas, Stuart White won the Azle Lake Run 10k in dominating fashion.  He improved on his third place finish from 2008 by winning this year’s race by three minutes.  Despite a steady rain and puddles on the road he finished the 10k course in 36:46 to match his time from the previous year.  His performance is a sign of good things to come as Stuart prepares for the USCAA Track & Field National Championships in July.

Although she competed halfway across the country in Central Park, Melissa Ralph also raced in rainy conditions in the Healthy Kidney 10k.  After a long bout with injuries she has put in a solid block of training and she’s ready to finally get back to the business of racing.  Despite the conditions and running through the field after starting in a less then ideal corral, Melissa was able to run the second 5k 1:15 faster than the first.

For more information on Stuart’s win at the Azle Lake Run visit: http://www.runazle.org/index.html

Lisa Mire Runs PR at Flying Pig, Again!

Lisa Mire ran a personal best at Flying Pig for the second year in a row!  Lisa’s new marathon PR stands at 3:16.  She ran almost dead even 7:25 mile splits through 22 miles.  The best part is she finished feeling good and has recovered well.  Lisa’s consistently throughout the winter paid off, not only in her performance, but in her recovery as well.

Alex Gardner Accomplishes 5k Goal

This past Saturday Alex Gardner lined up for yet another 5k.  Her goal for the year has been to run 22 minutes and she has come very close a few times.  This would be one of her final chances of the year since marathon training is due to begin in June.  Alex knew it was a long shot, as the course was far from flat, but she took a chance by going out fast the first mile and giving everything she had to hang on.  She ended up running 22 minutes on the dot!  You can read all about Alex’s experience here:  http://www.run350.blogspot.com/.  When Alex started with The Run S.M.A.R.T Project back in September of ’07 her goal was to break 25 minutes.

Alex was also interviewed for an article in the June issue of Runner’s World.  Check out “Get on Track” found on page 65.

Vince Sherry

Run S.M.A.R.T Project Coach

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