“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!!!”

Hakim Earns New PR Along With World’s Largest Medal

Hakim Ghanem set a new PR at the Chicago Half Marathon this past weekend. His official result was 1:44:55, 4-minutes better than his previous best. [Full results]

Not sure which is more impressive, the new PR even though this was just a workout for Hakim as he prepares for his goal race (Chicago Marathon) in a few weeks, or the brand new hardware he received at the finish?!?!

Axel Mateo Is Having A Breakthrough XC Season

Axel Mateo of Marietta, GA is now 6 weeks out from his state meet and he’s already dropped roughly 1-minute off his cross country 5k PR. After following one of our 8-week summer cross country plans Axel has now improved to a 16:38 personal best. He’s currently competing as a Sophomore at Pope High School. You can follow Axel and all his progress at MileSplit.

Good luck at States, Axel!

Peter Norris Hits Plan Predicted Time On The (V)DOT

Peter Norris of Howlong, New South Wales, Australia, set a new 10k PR by 1 minute and 20 seconds. Peter followed a 12-week 10k plan designed by Dr. Jack Daniels on the VDOT O2 app and hit his target pace on the dot!

Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 10.58.26 AMAfterwards, Peter commented, “I just wanted to pass on some feedback regarding my 12 week program which I have just finished. I followed it without missing a session and certainly reaped the rewards. I have never run under 40-mins for 10k before and hit my goal race on Sunday still feeling a little nervous and uncertain.”

“I smashed that 40-min barrier and raced very comfortably with my only goal to stick to the 3:54 race pace you prescribed. A sub-39 looks like no hassles, maybe a sub-38 next.”

Jay Smith Recorded Third Fastest Half Marathon In U.S. M55 Age Group

Jay Smith of Concord, NH has been a regular customer of ours the past two years. We’d like to thank him for letting us share this testimonial on our blog. According to mastersrankings.com, Jay’s performance in Athens, OH ranked #3 in the U.S. in the half marathon for 2015.

I owe my improvement from 1:29 at the Macau Half Marathon in December 2014 to 1:24:18 at the Athens, OH Half Marathon in April 2015 to the training plan put together by The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project. Thank you for pushing me to a new age 50+ PR. I not only ran a great time, I was also 4th place OVERALL in the Athens race! [Full Results]

Jay is currently training for the World Masters Championships Half Marathon on November 6th in Perth.

Tomica Čudina Sets 14-Minute PR In Füssen, Germany

Tomica Čudina of Pakoštane, Croatia purchased a 15-week training plan geared towards his goal marathon. We’re thankful he was kind enough to share his result:

I just wanted to inform you I have ran my marathon race yesterday in the city of Füssen in Germany, for which I have been training according to your training plan. I am very happy with my result of 3h 51min, which is a 14-minute improvement.