Shannon Siragusa Breaks The Tape At Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon

Shannon Siragusa of Simsbury, CT was first female and 14th overall at the Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon. Her official time was 1:25:19. [Full Results] Not too shabby only 6-weeks after the Boston Marathon. The 41-year-old mom and former collegiate runner has now lowered her half marathon PR by over 3-minutes since following one of our custom marathon plans.

Afterwards, Shannon said, “Always nice to run the race you know you can run. I feel like I can still go faster on the right day and not 6 weeks after a marathon.”

Shea Weilbaker Top Frosh In NY State

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.

Eric Wong Sets New Personal Best At BK Half

Congrats to Eric Wong and coach Gary Berard on a PR performance at the Brooklyn Half Marathon. Eric finished in 1:32:53 (7:06 per mile). [Full results]

In a sign of great pacing and coaching, if you take Eric’s split at 10k and 15k he was right at 7:06 and 7:05 per mile.

Mark Shilling Runs 2:43 In London

Mark Shilling of Summit, NJ capped off his breakthrough spring season with another big PR at the London Marathon. After setting a new personal best at the NYC Half (1:18:04), Mark dropped 9-minutes off his marathon best in London. Thanks to very even pacing (out in 1:21:23) his official time was 2:43:10. [Full Results] He was 74th out of 4269 runners in the 40-44 age group.

Mark (pictured right, bib 54174) works with Run SMART coach Jay Bawcom. Congrats, guys!

Ashley Eavenson’s Transformative Season

Ashley Eavenson of Tuscaloosa County capped off her breakthrough Junior season with a new PR at the Alabama State meet this past weekend. She finished 13th overall in 11:46. After the race she said, “that is why I love racing! I felt great and I could have gone faster!” It’s that positive attitude and love for the sport combined with all her hard work and dedication that helped propel her to another level this year.

“Look Kids, Big Ben” And Another PR

Congrats to Neil Curran on the new PR at the London Marathon last month. Neil’s official time was 3:08:03, over 8 minutes faster than his previous best.

Judging by the looks on everyone’s faces in the attached pic can you tell who followed the Run SMART plan from Jack Daniels? 😉

Katie Horton Negative Splits Boston Marathon Course For A New PR

Katie Horton not only set a PR at Boston this year when most struggled in the warm/sunny temps, she ran a negative split on a course that is notoriously unforgiving in the second half. Not only that, she had a blast throughout the race, as evidenced by the pic attached! You can’t beat this recap…

Boston was only my second marathon, so I was quite nervous about pacing, as it’s not my strong suit. And the hotter the forecast got, the more nervous I became, as the only thing I’m worse at than pacing, is running in the heat!  I’m happy to report that not only did I break my previous marathon PR by 8 minutes (3:28!), but I ran my second half a minute faster than my first half on a very hot and windy day!

I think my training plan had a goal pace of 3:26, and I know I’ll get that someday because I felt so strong, but I felt the need to run conservatively at Boston.  Thanks so much for believing in my pace and abilities even when I did not.  This sounds very cliché, but thank you for helping make my dreams come true. – Katie

Marcus Droker Showing Off The New Hardware

Marcus Droker took home 1st place Masters title at the First Coast Parkinsons Run 5k. The 43-year-old from Ormond Beach, FL beat his goal time by 38 seconds, finishing 6th overall in 18:59.

Marcus is currently using his VDOT O2 calendar to improve his 5k/10k speed before he begins following his 18-week custom training plan from Dr. Jack Daniels for the Space Coast Marathon.

Third Time Using Our Training Plan, Third PR

Karrie Gaylord of Seattle, WA set her third consecutive marathon PR while following one of our custom training plans. This past weekend she placed 15th in her age group at the Manchester Marathon with a finishing time of 3:23:25.

This makes a hat trick after setting new personal bests in Tucson, Boston last year and now Manchester!