Two sports books that should have the attention of all runners this holiday season:
Elite Minds: Creating The Competitive Advantage by Dr. Stan Beecham
Seriously, it’s sports psychology but we’re talking about practical tools for both runners and coaches that can really make a huge difference. Stan is amazing and it’s not just us, his book is getting rave reviews from many friends in the industry we trust.
The Sports Gene by David Epstein
This book is a NY Times Bestseller and it mentions our very own Dr. Jack Daniels! It’s a fascinating read for all sports fans, especially runners since David is an avid runner himself. This is a fun and very fast read.
“In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success, Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving this great riddle. He investigates the so-called 10,000-hour rule to uncover whether rigorous and consistent practice from a young age is the only route to athletic excellence.
Along the way, Epstein dispels many of our perceptions about why top athletes excel.”
Run SMART client James McKirdy of New Britain, CT finished his first marathon last weekend in Philadelphia in a time of 2:38:56. [Race results] He was 48th overall, capping off an amazing season with his coach Alvina Begay. As James noted earlier this year he has seen his ability skyrocket since he started working with Alvina.
Run SMART client Emily Fried of New York, NY set a new PR at the Philadelphia Marathon this past weekend – her second PR in just six weeks! Her official time of 4:05:04 was almost 13 minutes faster than her previous lifetime best set last fall.
Emily works with Run SMART coach Heidi Peoples.
After setting a PR in the half marathon Alex Gonzalez customized his second Jack Daniels’ plan this time for the Chicago Marathon.
He emailed us recently to let us know he’s now 2-for-2, “I just wanted to let you know I had a great day in Chicago last month. I finished in 3:48 and am very happy with the results. Conditions were perfect and I felt well-trained.”
That performance was 33 minutes faster than his previous best and seven minutes faster than his goal when he signed up! Congrats, Alex!
Run SMART client Rowan Jones of Waverly, KY won the Saint Ann 5k last weekend dropping almost 2-minutes off his previous best set back in May of 2012. Rowan started working with Run SMART late last year with a 19:04 5k PR. He then set half marathon and marathon PRs on back to back days in January. Now he’s improving his speed after a victory in his local 5k and a new PR of 17:21* (Rowan swears the course was a little short). We appreciate his modesty but this guy is improving like crazy regardless.
Rowan works with Run SMART coach “Hot” Rod Koborsi.
Bradley Baker customized one of Jack’s training plans for a local Turkey Trot 5k later this month with a goal of 24:00. Were happy to announce he already reached his goal and more several weeks in advance at the Run by the Bay 5k in Duxbury, MA. The 60-year-old from Hingham, MA won his age group and finished 17th overall in 22:58. [Full Results]
This isn’t Bradley’s first time running under the influence. He set a half marathon pr back in April too!
Louis Glaser of Chicago, IL, following his training plan for a second time after setting a PR this past spring in Boston, set another personal best in NYC. Louis ran 2:56:44 on a very challenging day with the wind finishing 17th overall and 2nd US male in his age group (50-54). [Results] There were 16 other dudes over 50 who ran faster than that?!? Wow.
Check out Louis’ pace per 5k. Who negative splits New York? Not many.
Congrats to our good friend/client Amy Gordon of New York, NY for finishing 77th female overall this past weekend at the NYC Marathon. Amy ran a new personal best of 3:07:47 on a not so fast course on a not so fast windy day. [Results] This was over 9 minutes faster than her previous best set almost three years ago.
Amy works with Run SMART hunk Vince Sherry.
Jeremy Jungling of Brandon, MS finished the 7 Bridges Marathon last weekend, his first since being diagnosed with cancer. The race was almost one year after he started his chemotherapy. Afterwards, he told us that he even structured his training around chemo sessions because of the high survival rate for people who exercise with his cancer. Not only did he purchase one our training plans and train through chemo, he set a new personal best by 21 minutes, finishing in 3:24:32 [full results]! He also set PRs for other distances along the way for 5k, 10k and half marathon.
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Run SMART client Steve Rossler qualified for the Boston Marathon last week in Grand Rapids. The 53-year-old from Newton, IA finished 29th out of 102 in his age group in 3:38:10. [Full results] He’s now only 30 seconds away from his marathon lifetime best from 2009. Hey, 50 is the new 40!
Steve’s pacing was really strong throughout in true Jack Daniels’ fashion. His pace per mile for the first half was 8:19, just one second faster per mile than his overall pace.