Joe Swift of Fairfield, CT turns 40 in a few months but he’s refusing to accept the idea that you need to create new “Masters PRs” due to the impending slowdown as his body ages. This winter we customized a 15-week training plan to help him run as fast as possible and he refused to miss a beat, even doing Threshold miles by himself at 5 a.m. in the dark before work!
Dev Baid has transformed his running this season with the NY Flyers’ Marathon Training Program. Last weekend in Boomer’s Cystic Fibrosis Run To Breathe 4-Miler he ran 28:26, dropping 4-minutes and 49-seconds off of his personal best set back in 2015. [Results]
After the race, Dev reported his results, “My VDOT projected time was 28:24. I clocked 28:26 but my watch showed 4.05miles. This is so perfect, your training plan is awesome.”
Run SMART client Anthony DiAngelus of Odessa, FL was kind enough to let us share his feedback as he gears up for his big debut at Boston:
I wanted to drop you and the Run SMART Project a line to let you know that my quality training workouts are now complete and I am ready to take on my first Boston Marathon in a few short weeks.
As you may recall, I qualified for Boston during my first marathon using your custom plan (Chicago 2015 – 3:21:23 VDOT 47.7). Since then, I have used the plan with adjusted paces and Dr. Daniels’ training philosophy to continuously improve while staying injury free.
We were trying to come up with some famous line from the Grunge era because this guy’s recent race performance took us back to the early 90’s! Let us explain:
David Gaines of New York City trains with our Founder, Brian Rosetti and the NY Flyers’ Marathon Training Program. Last year, after his first marathon build-up with Run SMART the 63-year-old set a new PR and qualified for Boston at the Amsterdam Marathon (pictured here). Keep in mind that David didn’t get into running a few years ago, he has been running since he was in high school!
Brian Cole of Joplin, MO dropped over 2-minutes off his half marathon PR at the Shamrock Run in Portland, OR. His official time was 1:28:40, which placed him 3rd in the M40-44 division. [Full Results]
Afterwards, proud coach Nikki Reiter commented:
Jorge Ospina bested his 4-year-old half marathon PR at the NYC Half this past weekend. His official time was 1:21:55 (6:15 per mile). [Results] The 44-year-old from Ann Arbor, MI is currently training for the Boston Marathon so we’re excited to see what he can do with tapered legs later next month!
Tomica Čudina set an 8-minute PR at the Frankfurt Mainova Half Marathon. His official time was 1:37:00. [Full Results] Afterwards, he thanked his coach Malindi Elmore:
I would like to thank you Malindi for all the support you have given me through out my preparations, with the training program but also with all the advices which were all very useful to me. I look very positively in the future working together with you in making the most form my running, which is my hobby but also much more than that. I love it and I am very grateful that I have the chance to practice such a beautiful sport.
By Dr. Jack Daniels
There are really only two types of training a person can do: steady running and intermittent running. By steady running I mean a non-stop run at a consistent intensity. The intensity may be very easy, as at the beginning of a warm-up, during cool-downs or during recovery runs; or it may be moderate, as when running at Marathon pace or Threshold pace. Any intensity faster than threshold pace will usually be associated with intermittent running, as during Interval or Repetition workouts, types of training that stress the aerobic system or that work on mechanics, speed and economy.
By Dr. Jack Daniels
We hear a lot about “overtraining,” whatever that is. Some people call it “staleness,” others just say you are in a state of “athletic depression,” or, that you are “over-worked.” Researchers all over the country; no, all over the world, are trying to figure out how to identify overtraining and how to reverse the process so useful training can begin.
I prefer to spend my training energy toward something more beneficial – avoiding overtraining, by devising long-range programs that lead to not-so-fast improvements, but do lead to continuous progress over the best years of an athlete’s productive career.
Anna Rozek of West Bend, WI won the 2017 National Masters Indoor Championships this past weekend in the 800m. Her coach Malindi Elmore provides the recap:
“Anna raced the mile on Saturday but was disappointed with her result after finding herself boxed in most of the race. She stayed positive and turned her eye to Sunday where she came away with a personal best performance, an All American standard and a Women’s 40-44 age group win in 2:35!” [Full Results]