Thomas Podell Finishes 5th in Ultra Marathon

Jack Daniels client Thomas Podell of Hermosa, CA finished 5th overall at the Blue Canyon 50 Mile Trail Race in 11:50:25. That’s some serious running. Congrats to Thomas for conquering the distance!

You can check out the full race results here.

Summer High School Cross Country Camp

Run S.M.A.R.T. coach Blake Boldon has organized a high school cross country camp for both teams and individuals. The camp will be held at the Fountain Valley School of Colorado on August 7-9. For more details about the camp check out the website or email Blake at [email protected]

The camp is a perfect opportunity for high school athletes to prepare for their 2009 season:

What You’ll Learn

  • Principles of training for distance races
  • Strength training geared toward the distance runner
  • Drills to improve running economy and efficiency
  • Proper shoe selection
  • Goal setting
  • Altitude training
  • Flexibility
  • Nutrition for training and racing
  • Race day preparation/race strategy
  • Injury prevention/injury care

America’s Greatest Running Coach Isn’t Ready to Retire

Coach Jack Daniels and The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project were featured in Running Times. The article is titled Coach for Hire, America’s Greatest Running Coach Isn’t Ready to Retire.

“Running is generally considered fairly recession-proof. It boomed in the late 1970s when the U. S. economy was in the tank, and there are signs the sport is remaining vibrant in the current economic downturn. It makes sense: Not only can a good pair of running shoes last for several months, but the positive vibe we get from running is a great panacea for having less expendable income, or even worse, losing a job.

But with a dark economic forecast and massive budget cuts looming at Northern Arizona University, the school decided to close the Center for High Altitude Training in Flagstaff, where numerous elite-level runners, swimmers and triathletes have trained since its inception in 1994. And that meant Jack Daniels was out of a job.”

The entire article can be found here on RT’s website.

Brian Pilcher Sets Huge 10k PR

Brian Picher, a client of Dr. Jack Daniels, won the master’s division at the Marin Memorial 10k this past weekend. Pilcher, 52, beat everyone in the race over 36 years old with a huge PR of 33:13. He was quoted after the race in the Marin Independent Journal,

“It’s my personal record by 42 seconds,” said Pilcher, who had been battling bronchitis for the past two months. “And I think the course was a bit long.”

Sounds like 33 minutes doesn’t have a chance in his next 10k.

Hector Rivera Wins Age Group At Healthy Kidney 10k

Hector Rivera, a client of Dr. Jack Daniels, finished first in the 35-39 age group in 31:20 at the 2009 Healthy Kidney 10k in NYC. The second place finisher was 42 seconds back. Check out Hector’s results here on NYRR.org.

Stuart White Wins Azle Lake Run; Melissa Ralph Opens Racing Season Successfully

On a rainy morning outside of Fort Worth, Texas, Stuart White won the Azle Lake Run 10k in dominating fashion.  He improved on his third place finish from 2008 by winning this year’s race by three minutes.  Despite a steady rain and puddles on the road he finished the 10k course in 36:46 to match his time from the previous year.  His performance is a sign of good things to come as Stuart prepares for the USCAA Track & Field National Championships in July.

Although she competed halfway across the country in Central Park, Melissa Ralph also raced in rainy conditions in the Healthy Kidney 10k.  After a long bout with injuries she has put in a solid block of training and she’s ready to finally get back to the business of racing.  Despite the conditions and running through the field after starting in a less then ideal corral, Melissa was able to run the second 5k 1:15 faster than the first.

For more information on Stuart’s win at the Azle Lake Run visit: http://www.runazle.org/index.html

Make An Adjustment If Workout Isn’t Going As Planned

I came across an important article on RunningTimes.com titled, When a Workout is Going BadlyShould you cut it short or gut it out?

It’s an important article because every runner has encountered this problem when training towards a specific goal. If a key workout isn’t going as planned because you’re sluggish or not in it mentally, make a quick adjustment by cutting it short and taking another day or two until you’re ready to run it effectively. On days when you’re struggling to hit your workout splits, maybe due to poor weather conditions, focus more on the effort and less on how fast you’re actually running.

Coach Rosetti
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Lisa Mire Runs PR at Flying Pig, Again!

Lisa Mire ran a personal best at Flying Pig for the second year in a row!  Lisa’s new marathon PR stands at 3:16.  She ran almost dead even 7:25 mile splits through 22 miles.  The best part is she finished feeling good and has recovered well.  Lisa’s consistently throughout the winter paid off, not only in her performance, but in her recovery as well.