Everett Hill Sets 5k PR

There’s no question that Everett Hill’s favorite distance is the marathon. In fact, this past winter I asked Everett if he would be interested in training for some shorter races this spring… His response was, “Vince, I’m a marathoner.” By the end of the discussion Everett came around to the idea, and the change of pace (and distance) has proven to be fruitful experience.

Everett started with a strong 7K on April 19th and followed it up with a 10K on the 26th. Despite great showings at both events, Everett felt that he had another one in him. He finished the series with a 5K PR this past weekend, running 24:31. Everett has dropped his relatively high mileage in exchange for some shorter speed sessions throughout the spring. The goal remains the marathon and Everett will be uping the mileage late summer.

-Vince Sherry

Avi Kravitz Sets Huge PR At Boston Marathon

When Avi Kravitz signed on with the Run SMART Project he had the goal of making the Boston Marathon qualifier by 2009. Having come in with a PR of 3:27, Avi dropped his PR to 3:10:32 at Chicago this past fall. This granted him the Boston qualifying mark for 2008!

You would think that just to run Boston would have been enough, but Avi had other plans. The quest was now to run as fast as possible at Boston. Avi dedicated himself to improving upon every small detail. By working on his training, nutrition, flexibility and core strength Avi saw small but gradual improvements in his fitness that would help carry him to this elusive new PR.

One month prior to Boston Avi knew he was in the shape of his life and ready to run, but as his coach I was getting a little nervous. I was afraid that Avi was ready too soon. His workouts were faster than prescribed and he was using words like “great” and “easy” far too often. I feared he was on the verge of peaking early. Two weeks later my fears were confirmed. I received an email from Avi, stating that he was feeling tired and sluggish. We backed off the workouts, but the fresh legs Avi had become so accustomed to hadn’t returned. A week and a half before the race Avi was still feeling tired and flat. My advice at this point… “Take two days off.” Avi resumed training a couple of days later and kept the positive attitude that had brought him so far.

The finial result was another PR. Avi managed to drop over 19 minutes off of his time in Chicago, finishing the race in a very impressive 2:51:12! Coming through the first half in 1:26:07, Avi negative split Boston’s tough second half closing in 1:25:05.

Phil Manning Sets 5k PR In A 10k

Run SMART client, Phil Manning, finished his first 10K of the season on Sunday, April 20th. Phil completed the race in a time of 44:04, running the second half of the race in 21:50. The 21:50 was good enough on its own to better Phil’s previous 5k best. Phil is currently training for Cleveland Half Marathon on May 18th.

Jeff Weatherhead Finishes 6th At USATF Championships

Run SMART client, Jeff Weatherhead, started the season off on the right note with a 6th place finish in the Men’s 55-59 age group at the USATF Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships. Jeff’s focus this year is the outdoor nationals in August, so he ran this race without spending too much time doing speed work. It was a positive effort to start the year.

Jeff’s official time was 5:28.84, good for 6th place overall. Full results of the meet here.

Melissa Bell and Lisa Mire Represent at Corporate Cup Half Marathon

Run SMART clients Melissa Bell and Lisa Mire represented well at the YMCA Corporate Cup Half Marathon on Saturday, March 8th. Melissa placed 4th in 1:30:58, while Lisa was fifth in 1:34:59. The last third of the race was run into a very strong head wind, making for a tough finial stretch. Despite the challenging conditions both women managed a strong showing and Lisa even managed to pull off a new PR!

Both Melissa and Lisa are training for the Flying Pig Marathon, which takes place in Cincinnati on Sunday, May 4th.

Alex Gardner Sets 5K And 10K PRs In Same Race

Two years ago Run SMART client Alex Gardner lined up for the Groundhog 10K in Kansas City MO wondering what she could run. Having only matched the distance a couple of times before in training, the 10K seemed formidable in mileage alone. She finished the race in a very respectable 55:41. Since that day Alex has logged hundreds, if not thousands of miles and added a couple of marathons to her credit.

Alex entered the race again this year with the goal of running at least 53 minutes. Having narrowly missed her goal of 25 minutes in a local 5K just a couple of weeks ago, Alex would have considered the sub 52 minutes mark to be a great race for her current fitness. Not only did she beat the 52 minute mark, she crossed the 5K mark in a huge PR of 23:40! Alex continued to press, finishing the 10K in 49:25!
Read Alex’s story of the race on her blog at http://www.run350.blogspot.com/.

Alex Gardner Sets 5k PR In Season Debut

On January 5th Run SMART client Alex Gardner lined up for her first 5K of the new year. Though Alex missed her goal of sub 25 minutes, she did open the year up with a 14 second PR of 25:18. If your interested in more details on Alex’s race, check out her very well written and informative blog. http://www.run350.blogspot.com/

Avi Kravitz Sets PR For 5 Miles

Sometimes things don’t go as planned… Run SMART client AviKravitz had been training for the Houston Half Marathon for several months, but a last minute change in plans wouldn’t allow him to make the race. Rather than miss the racing opportunity altogether, Avi found a local 5 Miler. Despite having trained specifically for the half marathon, Avi clocked a time of 29:54! That was good enough to best Avi’s former PR from only 6 weeks ago by 35 seconds, on a tougher course. Avi’s next major race will be the Boston Marathon in April.

Everett Hill Runs 24 Minute PR

Everett Hill put forth his another stellar performance since signing on with the Run SMART Project. This past weekend at the PF Chang’s Rock & Roll Marathon Everett rolled his way to a new PR of 4:11:12.

I do believe that it is fair to mention that this marathon was far from Everett’s toughest battle. Only a few years ago Everett was placed on life support after suffering from cardiac arrest. He only started running after having open heart surgery.
Check back for Everett’s story, as we will soon be posting it in his words right here on the news page.
Congratulations on the new PR Everett and may there be many more to come.
-Vince Sherry

Jeff Weatherhead’s Running Season of a Lifetime

We want to congratulate Jeff Weatherhead on one of the most positive seasons we’ve had in The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project since its inception.

Jeff has been running competitively for the last 15 years, yet after turning 56 this past August he has managed to set new Pr’s for 800m, 1500m, 1 mile, 5k and 4.75 miles (Manchester Road Race). His 4:51 in the 1500 ranked him 8th in the country for the men’s 55-59 division this year. He also finished 6th overall in the 1500 at the USATF Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Riding high off a monster track season he took to the roads this fall and stepped up to the 5k setting a huge PR clocking in at 18:34 (5:59 a mile). It was the first time he has ever averaged sub 6:00 a mile for 5k.

Not to put any pressure on him, but every time the man laces them up he sets a new PR. The key to Jeff’s success has been his willingness to buy into a new system and to trust his coach (me!) He’s very goal-oriented and has reached new heights because of his determination and work ethic. It’s been a pleasure coaching him. Congrats Jeff. Next year you’ll be 57, so let’s keep shocking the running world with your new found fountain of youth.

-Brian Rosetti