Ben Keefe of Kansas City, MO won the Blue Springs Marathon this past weekend with a new PR time of 2:57:54. Afterwards, he tweeted, “18 weeks later + followed plan + good nutrition + ideal conditions = New PR.” His previous PR was 2:59:09. “With the Run SMART plan it was less miles and a faster time,” said Ben.
We’re extremely proud of Denise Iannizzotto and her PR performance at the Chicago Marathon earlier this month. The 53-year old from Lake Katrine, NY, competing in her 28th marathon, finished 2nd in the 50-54 age group. Her official time was 3:14:38, 1-minute and 18 seconds faster than her performance there last year [Full results]. Since 2004, she’s now improved by 1-hour and 24-minutes when she ran 4:38:22 at the Hudson Mohawk Marathon.
“I’ve never been happier for one of my runners, ” said her coach Brian Rosetti. “Denise lives about 2-hours outside of New York City and she comes in every Wednesday night on the bus so she can train with our group (NY Flyers’ MTP). She’s one of the most dedicated and consistent runners I’ve ever coached. Once again, she executed our training and race plan perfectly, and here she is still getting faster at age 53!”
We received a testimonial from a great local runner in France. We were excited to learn how the VDOT Calculator helped him achieve a time in the marathon he never imagined he could run. Simon has granted us permission to share his kind note. We’re excited to see this young runner continue to progress as gains more and more experience.
My name is Simon and I’m a 26-year old french runner who lives near Paris. I began to run 3-years ago. My first race was a 10km in 48-minutes and I told my girlfriend that I never will run a marathon.
Stephen Van Rees set a 31-minute PR at the Sydney Marathon. His official time was 3:06:15. And according to his coach, Janet Bawcom, this was just a tune-up for the New York City Marathon next month! If you check out Stephen’s splits, she clearly wasn’t joking.
At the halfway mark he was 1:35:10 so he ran a big negative split, closing the second half in 1:31:05! His fastest 5k splits of the entire race were at 30k (21:22), 35k (21:33) and 40k (21:51). Amazing race or shall we say “workout?” Regardless, big congrats to Stephen and Janet on the amazing progress.
Both athlete and coach will be competing in the NYC Marathon next month. Good luck!!!
Hakim Ghanem is on a tear right now! Fresh off his new PR at the Chicago Half Marathon last month, Hakim casually (from the looks of it) waltzed his way to 23-minute PR at the Chicago Marathon. His official time was 3:44:27. [Full results]
Big congrats to Hakim and coach Jay Bawcom on a very successful training cycle this season!
Drue Coles of Bloomsburg, PA set a new PR last month at the Wineglass Half Marathon in upstate NY. His official time was 1:29:45, just over one-minute faster than his previous best from 2014 and just under his ultimate goal of sub-1:30. [Full Results]
At age 53, it’s great to see Drue still getting faster. After the race he commented, “The plan worked perfectly….I’m glad I found The Run SMART Project (and before that, Daniels’ Running Formula). I thought perhaps I had peaked in 2014 since my 2015 racing times were generally a little slower, but I guess I just needed the right workouts in the right order!”
Congrats to Mieko on reaching her goal of sub-4 at the Chicago Marathon last weekend. Mieko’s official time was 3:54:13, a 10-minute improvement from her previous best.
Kind words for her coach Mr. Gary Berard:
Gary prepared me so well for this race – his program was challenging yet very thoughtful. No flare-ups/physical issues while training/racing either. As a result, I was able to truly enjoy the entire 26.2 miles last Sunday 🙂
Kristal Mendez of Redway, CA is in her second year working with coach Nikki Reiter. She’s made huge improvements, pictured here, bettering her 5k PR by almost 2-minutes!
I am very proud of my improvements and extremely fortunate to have Nikki as my coach. She really listens to me, and knows when to push me, or when I need a break. I am fairly new to running (with only 2 years under me). The variety of workouts,always leave me excited for another day. Having this great PR only leaves me wanting more!
Chris Brennan of Brooklyn, NY ran a personal best at the Berlin Marathon last month. In 3-years, since working with The Run SMART Project as part of the New York Flyers’ Marathon Training Program (MTP), Chris has now dropped his marathon time from 3:31 all the way to 3:00!
His official time in Berlin was 3:00:44, just over a minute under his VDOT Plan Predicted time! [Official result] After starting a little slower than planned due to early traffic (and he was wise not to weave through it), Chris breezed through the half a little off pace in 1:31:40. But then he closed in 1:29:04! Yowsers!!! We should note that Chris supplemented his plan with a lot of cross training this time around so his extra credit clearly paid off late in the race.
Back in January of 2013, Rowan Jones completed his first custom training plan from Dr. Jack Daniels when he finished the Disney Marathon in 3:12, a 37-minute PR at the time! 3-years later after much hard work and dedication, following several more training plans and setting steady PRs, Rowan has now erased 1-hour off his marathon personal best.