Mike and Vince Race Ragnar Del Sol Relay

On Friday evening I found myself questioning my sanity.  I was driving a 12 passenger van through the desert of northern AZ.  Sitting to my right and behind me were 5 other guys, I’m assuming, in the same state of mind.  We were in the second of two vans from our team, partaking in the Ragnar Del Sol Relay.  The event started as early as 10AM that morning, and consisted of 200 teams of 12 runners each (assuming you could field a full team and weren’t an “ultra” team of 6).  Since we were on paper as one of the faster teams our first van would start at 4PM, the idea being that all teams finish around the same time.  Each runner would complete 3 legs, totaling anywhere from 12 to 21 miles.  The team was made up of various local Flagstaff runners, including two of my teammates from Run Flagstaff (Rob and Jared), and fellow Run SMART Project coach, Mike Smith.

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Blake Boldon Qualifies For USA Indoor Championships

Run S.M.A.R.T. coach Blake Boldon won the Iowa St Classic 5k in 14:00. His time qualified him for the USA Indoor Championships in Boston tonight. You can see the startlist here.

The race starts in 10 minutes, so I’ll update soon.

***Update, Blake finished 6th overall in a time of 8:00.97. Results here.

Dr. Jack Daniels Joins The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project

The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project is now offering runners across the country an opportunity to be coached privately by a living legend. We are honored and humbled to announce that Dr. Jack Daniels has joined The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project and is now offering his private coaching services to the public for the first time through our website.

Named The World’s Best Coach Named The World’s Best Coach by Runner’s World magazine, he led Cortland runners to eight NCAA Division III National Championships, 31 individual national titles, and more than 130 All-America awards. He is famous for writing Daniels’ Running Formula, a 1998 book detailing his unique training philosophies.

Check out Dr. Daniels’ profile and learn more about working with the greatest running coach on the planet.

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Alex Gardner Crushes Previous 5k Best

Anyone who’s ever set out to PR in 5k knows how difficult it can be to shave a few seconds off. How about a minute or more? Run SMART client, Alex Gardner, did just that at the Groundhog 5k, yesterday. In Alex’s quest to transform herself form marathoner to 5k runner for a season, she has started out with a very respectable time of 22:37 for the distance (crushing her old PR of 23:38). It will be fun to see what Alex can run when spring rolls around.

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Big Half Marathon PR for Bill Risch

When Bill Risch signed on with Run SMART Project last June, his goal was to break 3:30 in the marathon in 2009. The first step toward that goal was to have a solid race at the Houston Half Marathon. Coming off a stress fracture in June meant that Bill’s road to a January half marathon was going to be a long one. Bill leaned a lot about patients in his first few months with Run SMART Project. And it just paid off with a 1:38:48 half marathon! I would say that Bill’s well on his way to that sub 3:30 mark.

Run S.M.A.R.T. Clients Compete in NYC Marathon

Congrats to Bill Hoffman and Collin Martin for two solid performances today in the NYC Marathon. Hoffman finished 251st in 2:46:24 and Martin came in 572nd clocking 2:55:17. Both runners deserve credit for staying healthy throughout the year and running steadily throughout. I’ll be posting pictures of these handsome devils soon, so please check back soon.

Run SMART Athletes Set PR’s In Chicago Heat

For the second year in a row the Chicago Marathon saw some unseasonably warm weather. And, for the second year in a row Run SMART Project athletes set personal bests. Alex Gardner and Everett Hill set out for big results, and though the conditions didn’t allow for the kind of times they were hoping for, both set new PRs.

I spent the morning of the Chicago Marathon at home in Flagstaff, furiously hitting the “refresh” button on the race tracker. I took down every 5k split and calculated the mile pace. Both Alex and Everett were on their planned pace through 30k… As the 35k splits appeared I knew something was off. The pace had slowed, but I knew there was still a chance that both could pick it up. What I didn’t realize was that around this time the temperature had reached 84 degrees!

Alex crossed the finish with a new PR of 3:54:15. And Everett crossed with a new PR of 4:08:23. They may not have accomplished their goals on this blistering day, but as we all know PRs don’t come easy. Congrats to both on a fantastic effort.