Run SMART coach Malindi Elmore has spent the last few years working hard to transition from professional track athlete into a competitive triathlete. Many great runners have tried and failed at this challenge. I think today officially marks the successful completion of this transition for Malindi.
We’re super excited to announce Leah Rosenfeld (pictured with Run SMART Head Coach Dr. Jack Daniels) as our latest private coach to join the staff. Leah will focus her attention on athletes looking to improve their track, cross country and road PRs from 5k up to the half marathon.
“I am so grateful to have the opportunity to join The Run SMART Project’s all-star coaching staff. As a current athlete working with Run SMART, I have seen significant improvements in my own performances through this training system and as a coach, I am excited to be able to share my knowledge of running, strength training and nutrition with runners as they pursue their goals.” – Leah
Shea Weilbaker set a new PR in the 3200m at the Eddy Games this past weekend. The freshman from Rensselaer HS finished in a very impressive 9:38.68, which now places him as the top freshman in all of New York state.
Shea is now one of 20 qualifiers for the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in the Freshman 3200m. The race is next month in Greensboro, NC. Congrats to Shea and Run SMART coach Rod Koborsi on a great season. We’re excited to see more progress over the next few years.
We want to extend a big congrats to Run SMART coach Janet Bawcom on setting a new season best at the World Half Marathon Championships in Great Britain. Janet finished 11th overall in 1:10:46 [Official Results].
She was also first American in the race, which earned her “Athlete of the Week” honors from USATF.
“I always say “consistency” is the most important word in training. I try to get out for 2-3 miles everyday unless I’m traveling or not feeling well. Nancy took this picture. We love to run together on this indoor track at SUNY Cortland if the weather outside is bad.”
– Dr. Jack Daniels
Follow Jack on his Facebook page.
Congrats to our good friend and colleague Run SMART coach Janet Bawcom on her 5th place finish at the U.S. Marathon Olympic Trials. Janet was less than 2-minutes outside of the top 3, right begin Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher. Her official time was 2:31:14 (top 10 finishers). First mile split was 5:49 and her last was 5:50. Consistency, even on a hot day with lots of sun.
Run SMART coach Heidi Peoples set a new Steamtown Marathon record this past weekend by taking home her 4th title.
The 35-year-old Riverside teacher didn’t train for the race’s 20th edition, and didn’t decide to enter until Thursday.
But the mother of three utilized her daily training runs to breeze to her record fourth Steamtown Marathon title, winning Sunday’s race from Forest City to Courthouse Square in Scranton in 2 hours, 50 minutes, 34 seconds.
[Editor’s note from coach Malindi Elmore]:
One of the most rewarding aspects of being a Run SMART coach are the relationships I build with interesting and talented people. I started working with my track coach when I was 14 and, except for my years at university, he remained my coach for the duration of my career – twenty years this year! One of the reasons we’ve been able to work together effectively was because he truly cared about me as a person and supported my other interests and talents. I was a person, not just a runner.
Vicki Melnick and coach Alvina Begay are on a roll. Fresh off her win at the Toughest 10k in September Vicki took home the HMSA Classical 25k RRCA Masters title. That’s her second masters title this season!
Vicki’s official time was 1:50:58 (7:09 per mile), over three minutes faster than runner-up in the masters division. [Full results]
This past weekend we had two Run SMART high school clients take home state titles. Yesterday we posted about Annie Hill winning her class title in Montana. This past week Ty Masco, of Milford, NE, won his class race in 16:43, leading his team to its second straight state championship. Ty was over 20 second ahead of the second place finisher. [Full results]
Ty worked closely with Run SMART coach Rod Koborsi on his training last spring and over the summer. He’s only a junior so we’re excited to see his progress over the next year and a half.