Run SMART Client Spring Race Results

With the warmer weather upon us (a major understatement for some parts of the country), spring racing is in full swing.  Here’s an update on the results we’ve had recently….

Lisa Mire – On March 7 Lisa ran a very impressive race at the Corporate Cup Half marathon, in the midst of her training for the Flying Pig marathon (which takes place this Sunday).  Lisa’s time was just under 1:36, on what was to be a marathon paced effort.  She recovered quickly and resumed for her marathon.  Keep an eye out for her result from Flying Pig early next week.

Bill Risch – On April 10th Bill ran a very smart race at the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler.  Bill averaged 7:24 pace, finishing with a time 1:13:51.  Not bad considering his original goal was closer to 8 minute pace.  Something worth mentioning about Bill’s race is that his finial mile only varied by 3 seconds from his first.

Everett Hill – On April 11th Everett better his 7k PR by 30 seconds.  In my opinion Everett’s 7k PR from April of ’08 was his strongest up until this point.  To have bettered that race by 30 seconds was impressive, to say the least.

Phil Manning – On April 25th Phil Manning dropped his 10 mile PR from a year ago (from 1:15:30) by almost 2 minutes (to 1:13:31).  Phil is currently training for the Cleavland Half marathon, on May 17th.

Alex Gardner – Alex decided very early in the year that it was time to focus on the 5k, rather than the marathon this spring.  She set a very respectable goal of lower her PR by over a minute and thirty seconds.  Alex has run a handful of 5k races this spring and every one of them has beat her previous PR from a year ago.  Her best time to date stands as 22:17 (over 1:20 better that her PR from a year ago).  Alex has a couple more chances to achieve her 5k goal before it’s time to shift to marathon training.

Stay tuned for more results over the next few weeks.  There are several races to come.

Why I Run?

We all have different reasons for running, but I’ve heard very few as inspiring as Everett’s.  When I began coaching Everett in October of ’07 I had no idea he had been on life support less than 4 years prior.  He didn’t mention anything but “occasional back pain”, under the medical related section of the Run SMART Project profile form.  So, I was a little surprised when Everett finally told me his reason for running, after the PF Chang’s Rock & Roll Marathon.  Everett managed to drop his marathon PR by 24 minutes in that race.  I still consider the biggest mistake I’ve made as a coach to be that I didn’t drive the 120 miles to Phoenix to see Everett run it.  We spoke a few days after the race to talk about recovery, training and goals.  Towards the end of the conversation Everett told me why he runs.  I didn’t know his story prior to that day.

Phil Manning Crushes 5 Mile PR

Around a year ago Phil Manning lined up for the St. Malachi 5 Miler with only a vague idea of what he was capable of.  It was after all only his third footrace (Phil is a former cyclist).  He finished a very respectable 36:43.  When Phil lined up for the same race again on March 14th he had a much better idea of what he could run and planned for a PR.  Phil not only set a new PR, but shattered his time from last year by running 34:15.  This was 30 seconds per mile faster than last years race!  This is a testament of what one year of consistent training and a little experience can do for your running.

Vince Sherry

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

Alex Gardner Betters 5k PR… Again

This past weekend Run SMART client Alex Gardner dropped her 5k PR another 21 seconds!  Her time of 22:17 was good enough to win her age group by over 2 minutes.  In her quest to break 22 minutes Alex has bettered her 5k time by over a minute since last year.  For details on the race and Alex’s training, check out her blog at http://www.run350.blogspot.com/.

Vince Sherry

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

Alex Gardner Crushes Previous 5k Best

Anyone who’s ever set out to PR in 5k knows how difficult it can be to shave a few seconds off. How about a minute or more? Run SMART client, Alex Gardner, did just that at the Groundhog 5k, yesterday. In Alex’s quest to transform herself form marathoner to 5k runner for a season, she has started out with a very respectable time of 22:37 for the distance (crushing her old PR of 23:38). It will be fun to see what Alex can run when spring rolls around.

Alex Gardner

Big Half Marathon PR for Bill Risch

When Bill Risch signed on with Run SMART Project last June, his goal was to break 3:30 in the marathon in 2009. The first step toward that goal was to have a solid race at the Houston Half Marathon. Coming off a stress fracture in June meant that Bill’s road to a January half marathon was going to be a long one. Bill leaned a lot about patients in his first few months with Run SMART Project. And it just paid off with a 1:38:48 half marathon! I would say that Bill’s well on his way to that sub 3:30 mark.

Run S.M.A.R.T. Clients Compete in NYC Marathon

Congrats to Bill Hoffman and Collin Martin for two solid performances today in the NYC Marathon. Hoffman finished 251st in 2:46:24 and Martin came in 572nd clocking 2:55:17. Both runners deserve credit for staying healthy throughout the year and running steadily throughout. I’ll be posting pictures of these handsome devils soon, so please check back soon.

Run SMART Athletes Set PR’s In Chicago Heat

For the second year in a row the Chicago Marathon saw some unseasonably warm weather. And, for the second year in a row Run SMART Project athletes set personal bests. Alex Gardner and Everett Hill set out for big results, and though the conditions didn’t allow for the kind of times they were hoping for, both set new PRs.

I spent the morning of the Chicago Marathon at home in Flagstaff, furiously hitting the “refresh” button on the race tracker. I took down every 5k split and calculated the mile pace. Both Alex and Everett were on their planned pace through 30k… As the 35k splits appeared I knew something was off. The pace had slowed, but I knew there was still a chance that both could pick it up. What I didn’t realize was that around this time the temperature had reached 84 degrees!

Alex crossed the finish with a new PR of 3:54:15. And Everett crossed with a new PR of 4:08:23. They may not have accomplished their goals on this blistering day, but as we all know PRs don’t come easy. Congrats to both on a fantastic effort.

Run SMART Results – Philly Distance Run

The Run SMART Project had a solid showing by several athletes at the Philly Distance Run on Sunday, September 21. Bob Lenehan, Erin Stout, and Avi Kravitz traveled out to Philly together with a common goal of setting new personal bests. With Erin and Avi crushing their previous PRs, and Bob having a very respectable day after over a year away from racing, all three went home satisfied with their efforts.

Run SMART Clients Place 14th,18th at Flying Pig Marathon

On May 4th Lisa Mire and Melissa Bell lined up for the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati, OH. Both women traveled from Charlotte, NC with the intention of setting a personal best at the distance, and so they did.

Lisa ran near even splits throughout the race to set a new PR of 3:17:38. The time bested Lisa’s previous marathon PR by 5 minutes 21 seconds.
Melissa went out at a slightly faster clip, coming through the first half of the race on 3:10 pace. Though she started to feel the fast early pace around mile 16, Melissa stayed tough and finished in a very strong time of 3:19:12. Melissa bettered her previous marathon best by over 20 minutes.

The race was not without its share of drama this year. As it turns out the course had to be rerouted due to an “early morning fire emergency.” The course ended up being .2514 miles long. The times above reflect Lisa and Melissa’s adjusted times. We’ll call the extra quarter mile a cool-down.