Vicki Melnick Grabs Second Masters Title This Season

Vicki Melnick and coach Alvina Begay are on a roll. Fresh off her win at the Toughest 10k in September Vicki took home the HMSA Classical 25k RRCA Masters title. That’s her second masters title this season!

Vicki’s official time was 1:50:58 (7:09 per mile), over three minutes faster than runner-up in the masters division. [Full results]

James McKirdy Sets Four PRs At Broad Street Run

Run SMART client James McKirdy has been on fire ever since he signed up for coaching with Alvina Begay. Last year he wrote about how his abilities have skyrocketed after hiring his new coach. Since he’s broken 2:40 for the marathon and set a new half marathon PR.

Recently, coming into his next big goal race, the Broad St 10-miler, James set his sights on a top 50 finish amongst the 40,000 plus who toed the line. And apparently, he was sick of just setting one PR in a race. Along the the flat and fast course in Philly, James set PRs for 3 miles (15:25), boom, 5 miles (26:07), boom, 8 miles (42:45), boom, and then for 10 miles (53:55)! And he reached his place goal finishing 33rd overall. [Full Results]

James McKirdy Sets New PR At NYC Half

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Run SMART client James McKirdy couldn’t be stopped at the NYC Half. Ever since he team up with his coach Alvina Begay he’s been on a tear.

Recently, coming off of being sick and on a cold and windy day in Manhattan he still managed to set a new PR by 2.5 minutes! He finished in 1:12:37, good for 63rd male overall. [Full results]

James McKirdy Drops A 2:38 In His First Marathon

Run SMART client James McKirdy of New Britain, CT finished his first marathon last weekend in Philadelphia in a time of 2:38:56. [Race results] He was 48th overall, capping off an amazing season with his coach Alvina Begay. As James noted earlier this year he has seen his ability skyrocket since he started working with Alvina.

“Because Of Her I’ve Seen My Abilities Skyrocket”

Run SMART client James McKirdy of New Britain, CT was kind enough to let us share his thoughtful words about his coach Alvina Begay. This kind of stuff makes our week! We love our staff and clients.

I just wanted to send an email to the staff to let everyone know how grateful I am to be working with Alvina.  I started with her just after the New Year and it’s been a full 5 months I think.  I came in with a background in running, I’m a professional trainer and have been in the health industry for just about a decade.  I’m not one to gloat on my own successes, but I will say she’s done an amazing job with me thus far.

I’ve been training for the Philly Marathon in November later this year and never really tackled running in quite this way before.  She’s a great coach and because of her, I’ve seen my abilities sky rocket.  In fact, I’d actually say I’ve only had one bad workout and that’s when it was 93 and 95% Humidity.  Aside from that, even though she’s half a light year away, she’s incredibly accessible and very supportive.

Catching Up With Alvina Begay

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We checked in with Alvina Begay, our newest addition to the Run SMART staff, for some insights into her training as an elite athlete. You can follow her @AYBegay

Run SMART:  Hey, so what are you currently training for?

Alvina:  I plan on running the 25K Championships this weekend. After that a marathon but I’m not sure which one I’ll run yet.

Run SMART:  How’s training going this year?

Alvina Begay Joins Run SMART Coaching Staff

We’re extremely excited to announce that world-class Nike athlete, Alvina Begay, is our latest addition to the Run SMART staff. She is now accepting private clients.

“I am very excited to work with The Run SMART Project. I have become friends with Dr. Jack Daniels and most of the Run SMART coaches. I have seen them exude their passion for running by helping other runners succeed and reach their goals. Being a Run SMART coach will give me the opportunity to do the same and share my knowledge of running and nutrition with runners who are motivated to reach their potential.”