On The Roads 40 Is the New 30 For Alan Leist

Since Alan Leist signed up for private coaching and began working with Run SMART coach Nikki Reiter he has been destroying his old PRs. The fountain of youth started this past March when the 43-year-old from Utica, NY broke his 12-year-old half marathon by over 10-minutes, finishing in 1:38:45.

Recently, in his hometown race, The Boilermaker 15k, he broke his personal best from last year by over 6-minutes. His official time was 1:05:41 [full results].

Congrats to Alan and Nikki on all their recent success!

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Simon Glendenning Goes Sub-3 For The First Time

Simon Glendenning signed up for private coaching back in October of 2015. His marathon PR at the time was 3:06. We’re excited to report that the 38-year-old from Victoria, Australia reached his goal by cracking three hours for the first time at the Gold Coast Marathon.

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? 😉