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!

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.