Tracksmith To Host Next VDOT Clinic Featuring Olympian Lynn Jennings

The Run SMART Project will present the 8th VDOT Coaching Clinic in Boston, MA at the Tracksmith Trackhouse on Saturday, March 24th. Olympic medalist and running icon Lynn Jennings has signed on as the featured guest speaker.

“I’m honored to be in the same room and part of this with Jack,” said Jennings. Her presentation will focus on the Importance of a Coach, Teaching Your Athlete to Be Self-Sufficient“I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned over the years and hope it can have a positive impact on future generations of coaches and athletes in our sport.” 

“Run SMART Is The Best Decision I Have Made Since 2015”

Anna Coe-Salazar has been a customer since 2015. We had a lot of fun helping her conquer new challenges.

Thank you very much for my training programs in 2017. All of them worked like a treat.

To summarize I managed to run my three half marathons under the time we set as a goal (1:40). Additionally, and bearing in mind I am just starting trail racing, I managed to make the podium in my division in a 10k and 24k. The last trail race was a challenging and very technical race which one could divide into three legs; 8k climb (850 Mt @ 3000 ft), 8k descent (mostly rocks and forest) finishing off with a killer 8k at sea level on sand at searing 29C/85F.

In the past year you have catered and customized my plans for both road and trail training. With the last program, which was initially done for road running, Run S.M.A.R.T helpfully modified the program which I followed and aimed at including trail running on my long and easy runs. It was very enjoyable and it allowed me to find a new passion for trail running. To me Run S.M.A.R.T is the best decision I have made since 2015!

Be Different In 2018 – Set New Types Of Goals

We always focus on achieving the physiological goals of training to improve a runner’s fitness and race times. This year consider other ways to help achieve better outcomes and your most enjoyable year of running yet.

Below are very achievable goals which can lead towards long term progress. You just gotta commit to trying something new this year. Be different in 2018!

Virgil Frazier Sets 32-Minute PR At Cal International

Virgil Frazier of Shiprock, NM ran even splits throughout his goal race at the Cal International Marathon. He hit 1:52:20 at the halfway mark and finished in 3:45:05. [Full Results] It takes great patience and guidance to manage a marathon like that.

Afterwards he thanked his coach and guide Alvina Begay, “Thanks to your training plans & guidance. I set a PB by 32 plus minutes! Yes, tremendous, progress…looking forward to 2018 already!!”

Boston Bound!

Fresh off of her half marathon PR in Wineglass, Lillian Park smashed her marathon PR at CIM this past weekend. Her official time of 3:40:36 was just over a 13-minute PR. [Full Results] She was strong and patient with a 1:50:03 split at the half, coming home in 1:50:33.

Factors To Consider When Running In Cold Weather

By Dr. Jack Daniels

There are several considerations relative to outdoor running in cold weather.

Footing

Has there been snow on the ground and have sidewalks or streets plowed for snow? The problem here is that it is usually safer to run on a couple inches of snow than on a plowed or scraped surface which can be slippery. Stay off of ice when possible.

A Miraculous Turnaround

Just five months after being in a coma hooked up to a ventilator, Doug Whipple, won his age group at the Race For Resources 10k. After the race he commented, “That finish line was symbolic–it put the whole health scare behind me and began a new life.” Doug’s official time was 45:49 which placed him first in the M50-59 age group. [Full Results]

This miraculous turnaround is even more incredible than you think. Doug gave us permission to share his story adding, “We read too many scary articles about running and I believe people need to know that running far more often has huge health benefits.” To read his frightening ordeal below and to think that he’s already setting his sights on improving his race times is unreal. After all, it was the running and training plans that potentially saved him…

Training Back To Life

Greg Gilliam Sets Five PRs This Fall

Greg Gilliam of Stafford, VA set five new PRs this fall after customizing an 18-week marathon plan. Gilliam’s main objective was to PR at Marine Corps so he was pleasantly surprised to see how much his new fitness helped him achieve personal bests across other distances as well.

Jason Yi Rediscovers His Love Of Running

Jason Yi of Portsmouth, NH broke his long time goal of breaking 1:40:00 at the Cape Cod Half Marathon. His official time was 1:39:36, over 2-minutes faster than his performance the previous year. [Full Results]

Thomas Streitberg Drops 14-Minutes On A Rainy Day In New York

Thomas Streitberg of Singapore set a new PR despite rainy conditions this past Sunday at the New York City Marathon. More impressively, he ran a negative split on a course that gets much harder in the second half. His official time was 3:13:41 (1:37:09 first half, 1:36:32 second half). [Full Results]