“I Felt Strong The Entire Race And Ran Negative Splits On The Last 3-Miles”

Tim Tubra has been training hard for a BQ at the Cal International Marathon next month. His confidence is high now after setting a new half marathon PR during the most challenging stage of his training plan. At the Urban Cow Half Marathon, Tim set a new PR by 7-minutes, finishing in 1:25:06. He was 34th overall out of 2,774 runners. [Full Results]

“I just wanted to send a quick update and a personal thank you to Run SMART for an awesome training program. I felt strong the entire race and ran negative splits on the last 3-miles.” 

Time to taper, Tim. You’re ready! Good luck at CIM!  

Successful Transition To Triathlons – Check!

Run SMART coach Malindi Elmore has spent the last few years working hard to transition from professional track athlete into a competitive triathlete. Many great runners have tried and failed at this challenge. I think today officially marks the successful completion of this transition for Malindi.

“I Have PR’d This Year Like A Crazy Person Using The VDOT Method”

Iris Saar of Siyo Fitness reached her goal of sub-4 hours at the New York City Marathon earlier this month. As you can see Iris hit the books on VDOT so she could truly understand the method to the madness before customizing one of Dr. Daniels’ online training plans. All her diligence and new smarts paid off with a 16-minute new PR! Her official time was 3:52:19. [Full Results]

“Reading the Bible. I’m a Jack Daniels’ girl and my coaching relies a LOT on his perception of training and exercise physiology. I have PR’d this year myself like a crazy person using the VDOT method.”

“Nailed A 1:28:30 Half Marathon Today (52 VDOT)”

Rusty Smith finished 11th overall and set a new PR at the Longview Half Marathon in Kansas City, MO this past weekend. [Full results] This successfully completes his third training plan with us.

Nailed a 1:28:30 half marathon today (52 VDOT) taking 2nd place in my age group! Another PR and great results, again, using the Run SMART training plan! Can’t thank you all enough.

 

“Finished SO Strong, I Could Hardly Believe My Legs As It Was Happening!”

Rea Winter shares her experience at the New York City Marathon. She stuck to her plan and got a huge new PR! Improving is always fun but the biggest difference in following a custom plan versus a generic plan is how you feel during and how well you recover following the race.

First, I had a 32-minute improvement on last years New York City Marathon time (trained following a basic low mileage training plan with no variety in paces, etc). Second, I ran an even split race (thought this one was impossible!) and finished SO strong, I could hardly believe my legs as it was happening!

Finally, though I am not a very fast runner, and still new to the sport, my finishing time clocked in 4:05:35 which was about 1-minute faster than my predicted time on the training plan! I felt great during the race, as well as immediately after and the days following.

Joey Teter Runs 1:12:01 At Indianapolis Half Marathon

Last week we posted about all Joey’s progress with Run SMART coach Janet Bawcom. We wrote about his recent PRs for 5k, 10-miles and half marathon. This past weekend he continued his hot streak lowering his half marathon PR again.

At the Indianapolis Half Marathon this past weekend Joey ran 1:12:01, over a 3-minute PR. He was 36th overall out of 8,116 finishers. At 10k he was averaging 5:32 per mile so he ended up with a negative split averaging 5:30 pace for the entire race. [Full results]

VDOT Coach Has Transformed Our Coaching Services

Can’t say enough about how VDOT Coach has transformed our coaching services. Having the VDOT Calculator essentially built into this training calendar allows our coaches to save hours in a week when uploading training and tracking data. Now that it’s mobile we’re more responsive than ever to our athletes’ needs and able to make quicker adjustments to their training plans.

We’re excited to officially release VDOT Coach, a new coach management tool on the VDOT O2 app.

Designed by and for running coaches to help provide the most customized and responsive training experience possible for their athletes. – @VDOTO2

“Your Plan Helped Me Believe In Myself Again”

Kim Feinman of Westwood, NJ shares her New York City Marathon experience after following one of our training plans:

I didn’t cramp at all in my legs. I don’t even have blisters!! (this is a first for me, but I think I finally figured out the best sneakers for my running)

Your plan helped me believe in myself again. I was truly afraid that I wouldn’t be able to finish. I kept having to remind myself to trust my training. I was worried about having a repeat of my last marathon and laying down on that Queensboro Bridge again. I kept saying that this was my last marathon, but running it had me fall in love with it all over again. So I’m sure I’ll do it again.

Take Pride In Choosing To Run

The marathon endeavor is about the commitment, the planning and the disciplined developed over many weeks of training. Take pride in all the hard work you’ve put in. Take pride in being part of the running community. Take pride in choosing to run and lead a healthier lifestyle, hopefully influencing others to do the same. Take pride in your decision to run and do marathons.

Congrats to all our marathon finishers this year and good luck to those running marathons to come!

“I Think We Can Safely Attribute The Performances To Her”

Joey Teter of Madison, OH has been working with coach Janet Bawcom for almost a year and a half now and the results are starting to pour in.

This past weekend he ran three legs of the Bourbon Chase Relay and his team finished 2nd overall. Earlier this year he improved his 10-mile PR by over 4-minutes at the Perfect 10-miler in Ohio. His official result time was 55:30. He also improved his 5k PR by 20-seconds at the Americana Festival with an official time of 16:17. Did we mention his half marathon best went from 1:16:18 to 1:15:21?

“Janet has been great and I think we can safely attribute the performances to her.” – Joey