Kim Sidey Gets BQ After 27th Marathon

Kim Sidey of Augusta, Georgia completed his 27th marathon and got his first BQ at the Erie Marathon.

I followed a Run SMART plan for 6-months. My goal was to break 3:40 to ensure entrance in the Boston Marathon. My final time was 3:37:12. It was just a matter of sticking with the plan. It was my 27th marathon and second serious attempt at qualifying. It was also my first training plan. My own devices were not adequate and it took the Jack Daniels’ plan to really make it happen. Thanks!

Science on the Run: The Cost of Eating and Running

Linking current research to running

By Nikki Reiter

In endurance running, a lighter body means a reduced cost of running, making it easier to achieve better running results. Research has been performed to determine the effect of various factors affecting running performance, such as if different body size, shape, and composition.

In a recent study, it was found that along with losing fat mass, gaining fat free mass allowed for an increased ability of the body to store and release elastic energy during running, which reduced the cost of running.

Mary Puchades’ Negative Split, PR, BQ Marathon

Mary Puchades of Coral Gables, FL got her BQ at the Last Change BQ.2 Marathon and achieved a new PR in the process. Mary’s official time of 3:52:06 earned her first place in her division and it was the first time she ever averaged sub-9 minutes per mile in a marathon [Results]. She did so by running a negative split after coming through in 1:56:40 at the halfway mark!

“My Last 6 Miles Were My Fastest Of The Race”

Rusty Smith of Leawood, KS got his BQ at the Santa Rosa Marathon. He set a new PR finishing in 3:11:26 by running the second half of the race slightly faster. [Full results] Afterwards, he noted…

At mile 20, I still felt amazing, so I started opening up a little. My last 6 miles were my fastest of the race. I finished in 3:11. Well under the 3:15 I needed for Boston.

I followed your training schedule exactly.  I truly believe that is why I had such a great race.  Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m a huge believer in Run SMART.

2015 Marathon Nutrition Q&A w/Matt Laye

Big thanks to Matt Laye for answering nutrition questions from the New York Flyers‘ Marathon Training Program. Members of the group submitted their questions as they prepare for their fall marathons.

MTP:  I have been throwing up and feeling sick in my last two marathons after mile 17. I drink water every couple miles but i start throwing up in the later stages. I take GU every couple miles that I take in training as well.

Matt:  A couple things could be going on. 1) You may be drinking and eating TOO much. 2) You may be running too fast for your fitness or much faster than your normal training. Each of those could cause your body to divert blood from your stomach to your muscles, which can lead to nausea.

Become A Certified Running Coach, By Dr. Jack Daniels

Running coaches of all levels can now improve their resumes by becoming certified online by the “World’s Best Running Coach.” Are you up to the test? Take the VDOT O2 Distance Certification Exam, authored by legendary coach Dr. Jack Daniels.

According to Runner’s World Magazine, Dr. Daniels “has had a bigger influence on training-for-running than anyone. He might be considered the Albert Einstein of the sport.” That influence is immeasurable because of the thousands of athletes Dr. Daniels’ research has affected through other coaches following his VDOT method.

Science on the Run: Bad Posture = Bad Runner

Linking current research to running

By Nikki Reiter

As a fidgety-runner-type-who-hates-sitting-at-her-desk and worries about maintaining good posture, I’ve been incorporating stretching a few times a day, in addition to multiple walks to fill up my cup at the water station and my mid-day run (with all these breaks, you probably wonder how I ever get any work done!) Personally, I’m more productive this way as it allows me to work in concentrated time slots with a clear mind.

Olympian Lynn Jennings To Speak At Next VDOT Clinic

We’re excited to announce that one of the greatest female distance runners of all time will be our featured guest speaker at the next VDOT Coaching Clinic on November 7th in New York City.

Olympic medalist, three-time World XC Champion and American record-holder, Lynn Jennings, will be joining Dr. Jack Daniels to share her experiences as both a coach and athlete. Lynn’s talk will focus on the “Importance Of A Coach And Teaching Your Athlete to Be Self-Sufficient.”

Run SMART Retreat (SOLD OUT)

The 7th Annual Run SMART Retreat is sold out yet again. This year 30 guests from across the world will descend on our running mecca of Flagstaff, AZ, for a running vacation of a lifetime.


  • Featured guest speaker, Dr. Jack Daniels, named “The World’s Be10403217_10153213160936383_3801662913021564028_nst Coach” by Runner’s World
  • Daily runs guided by Run SMART coaches through scenic mountain trails
  • Nutrition for runners with professional runner Alicia Shay
  • Shoe fitting and gait analysis
  • Restorative yoga
  • A once in a lifetime run at the Grand Canyon