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!

That Makes Five Straight Races With PRs

Mike Prest of Chicago Illinois and Run SMART coach Jay Bawcom have been on a tear lately. Recently, Mike set his fifth straight PR at a local 8k! He managed to break 34-minutes for the first time ever, finishing in 33:47 (6:48 per mile). He averaged 6:51 pace for the first 5k then ended up running his fastest mile of the race in the last mile (6:40)!

Congrats, guys! Keep it going!!

Janet Finishes 11th At World Half Marathon Champs

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.

Like Running With The Bulls

Michael Koscuiszka was ‘running with the bulls’ over the last three miles of the NYC Half. He was literally charging to the line as his fastest miles were 11, 12 and 13, finishing in 1:30:01. His game plan of hanging back early paid off in the end…

I had thought about going out with the 1:30 pace group but instead hung back (~7 min/mi) for the first few miles, to include the Great Hill of Central Park. I settled into race pace (~6:49) as I exited CP and headed down 7th Ave through Times Square. That was maybe the best part – my wife is in a Broadway show and I ran by her in front of her theater.

The wind blowing west across 42nd St was a nice boost over to the West Side Highway. I kept it up until the 10 mile mark. Then I hit 6:40, 6:35, 6:30. I got scared coming out of the hill of the Battery Park tunnel/underpass (watch lost satellite) and into the headwind off the East River but took a dead sprint over the last 1/4 mile. It was great :)

The Lazy Response: “Your shoe should last 300-500 miles.”

Our good friends over at Brooklyn Running Co. have launched a new effort to educate runners on how to make better informed decisions regarding shoe wear durability. Getting into the right shoe is obviously very important but many runners get injured by trying to stretch the life of the shoe. From our experience, it’s a matter of education but also a simple reminder of when to get new shoes. But when to get new shoes is not a simple answer.

Finishing A Marathon “Without Even A Limp Of Tightness”

Alanna Imbach runs in our SpeedPass group in NYC on Tuesday nights. She was kind enough to share her experience training with us for the New York City Marathon.

11 months after giving birth to twins (and being on bed rest before they were born…) putting on running shoes again for the *first* time one week before I joined SpeedPass, and clocking HALF the training miles/hours that I did for previous marathons, I not only finished NYC, but beat my old marathon PR by 4-minutes (pretty sure it would have been more if I hadn’t stopped for pics with the babes!)

Far better yet, I went in to the race without injury, and came out of the race without even a limp of tightness. In past marathons, I was an injury-prone mess on race day, and couldn’t walk for a week after. All to say, I’m living breathing proof that your program kicks ass :-)

Chris Brennan Drops The Hammer At NYC Half

Chris Brennan of Brooklyn, NY dropped the hammer down the West Side Highway today at the NYC Half. Chris is a member of our local training group with the NY Flyers. Since joining our group a few years ago he’s PR’d at most distances and continues to improve each season.

This morning he continued his hot streak with another half marathon PR but the best part was how he finished the race. Chris’ official time was 1:27:45 (Full results) and his final two miles were his fastest by far (Mile 12 – 6:20, Mile 13 – 6:28).

Photo credit: Bob Cowin, NY Flyers

Jimmy Carney Finds His 5k Fountain Of Youth

Jimmy Carney was kind enough to share some feedback on his latest race result while following one of our 12-week 5k custom plans from Dr. Jack Daniels. It’s been roughly 15-years since he averaged sub-7 for a 5k!

Wow – I’ve been hit with two awesome surprises today at my first 5K (3.1 miles) race of the year: (1) I finished **2nd** in my age group, which never has happened before (I think that silver is my new favorite color! smile emoticon ); and (2) I averaged less than 7 min. per mile (6:59 to be exact!), which I haven’t done since high school many years ago.

I wanted to thank my peers and coaches at The Run SMART Project and Evanston Running Club for challenging and encouraging me to become a better runner; seriously, today’s outcome was a team effort!