Axel Mateo Is Having A Breakthrough XC Season

Axel Mateo of Marietta, GA is now 6 weeks out from his state meet and he’s already dropped roughly 1-minute off his cross country 5k PR. After following one of our 8-week summer cross country plans Axel has now improved to a 16:38 personal best. He’s currently competing as a Sophomore at Pope High School. You can follow Axel and all his progress at MileSplit.

Good luck at States, Axel!

Welcome Our Newest Coach

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

Peter Norris Hits Plan Predicted Time On The (V)DOT

Peter Norris of Howlong, New South Wales, Australia, set a new 10k PR by 1 minute and 20 seconds. Peter followed a 12-week 10k plan designed by Dr. Jack Daniels on the VDOT O2 app and hit his target pace on the dot!

Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 10.58.26 AMAfterwards, Peter commented, “I just wanted to pass on some feedback regarding my 12 week program which I have just finished. I followed it without missing a session and certainly reaped the rewards. I have never run under 40-mins for 10k before and hit my goal race on Sunday still feeling a little nervous and uncertain.”

“I smashed that 40-min barrier and raced very comfortably with my only goal to stick to the 3:54 race pace you prescribed. A sub-39 looks like no hassles, maybe a sub-38 next.”

What Pace Or Effort Should I Run Hill Repeats?

We get this question a lot from clients since we have a clear purpose/intensity behind our main training types (Easy, Threshold, Marathon, Interval, Repetition, Fast Reps) but not for hill repeats. We see hill training as Repetition work but with added resistance. Just like Reps, hill repeats help improve speed and economy.

In general, you should run hills at the same effort as Reps (current 1-mile race pace). They should not be sprints so you want to focus on running with good mechanics and make sure you’re not tightening up a lot near the top of the hill. Run hills fast but strong and relaxed throughout. Our concern with hills is always regarding the repeated downhill running between the work portion. Make sure to be soft/quiet on your feet running down the hill to reduce impact and ensure that you are taking enough time so you’re fully recovered between each.

Jay Smith Recorded Third Fastest Half Marathon In U.S. M55 Age Group

Jay Smith of Concord, NH has been a regular customer of ours the past two years. We’d like to thank him for letting us share this testimonial on our blog. According to mastersrankings.com, Jay’s performance in Athens, OH ranked #3 in the U.S. in the half marathon for 2015.

I owe my improvement from 1:29 at the Macau Half Marathon in December 2014 to 1:24:18 at the Athens, OH Half Marathon in April 2015 to the training plan put together by The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project. Thank you for pushing me to a new age 50+ PR. I not only ran a great time, I was also 4th place OVERALL in the Athens race! [Full Results]

Jay is currently training for the World Masters Championships Half Marathon on November 6th in Perth.

Tomica Čudina Sets 14-Minute PR In Füssen, Germany

Tomica Čudina of Pakoštane, Croatia purchased a 15-week training plan geared towards his goal marathon. We’re thankful he was kind enough to share his result:

I just wanted to inform you I have ran my marathon race yesterday in the city of Füssen in Germany, for which I have been training according to your training plan. I am very happy with my result of 3h 51min, which is a 14-minute improvement.

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.