I Cannot Stop Singing Ann’s Praises

Clients generally stick around for a long time when working with Run SMART coach Ann Alyanak. Amanda Hamilton has now been working with Ann for almost 3.5 years. She shares why she’s stuck around for so long…

I cannot stop singing Ann’s praises. Before working with Ann, injuries kept sidelining me. With Ann’s expert coaching, I set a half marathon PR on a training run and stayed injury free. Her workouts are fun, challenging, and easy to follow. Not to mention, Ann is incredibly easy going and super easy to communicate with. I highly recommend Run S.M.A.R.T. Project and Coach Ann! – Amanda

Father Time Can’t Hang With Scott

Scott Mersiowsky and coach Ann Alyanak continue to defy Father Time. This past week at the Richmond Half Marathon Scott ran a lifetime best of 1:19:32 and finished 3rd in the 45-49 age group. [Full results] If you check out Scott’s Athlinks data you have to go back 13 years to 2002 to find his previous best for a half marathon (1:20:11). That’s incredible!

The man turns 50 in January yet he’s still improving after 14 years of competitive running on the local masters circuit. This isn’t a guy who always ran but just started training seriously a few years ago. Scott has been trying to compete at the best of ability for well over a decade now. And he’s not just doing this in longer races, which is conventional wisdom for an older runner. If you look at 2002 he also ran 17:09 for 5k. Just a few weeks ago he ran 17:29 and his 5k time has continued to get faster this year too.

The Perfect Gift For The Runner In Your Life

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By Ann Alyanak

Are you still looking for the perfect gift for that special someone in your life? Is that person a runner? A Run S.M.A.R.T coaching package can make a great gift. Or maybe you need to be honest with yourself. If you’re reading this maybe getting a coach could be the perfect gift for you! Ok, I am a coach and I’m clearly biased but there are many good reasons why starting a coaching subscription can do wonders for your running. Fall into one of these categories?

Has your racing hit a plateau?

A Run S.M.A.R.T. coach can tweak your training and introduce new challenges to create a breakthrough. If you continue to complete the same workouts it will lead to the same results. A coach will have new ideas and training plans to help you improve your recent results. He or she can objectively look at your previous training to find your strengths and weaknesses and work with these to put a plan together to help you reach your goals.

Business As Usual For Coach Ann

Ann Alyanak had two clients run the Chicago Marathon this past weekend and both reached their lofty goals set this past spring when signing up for coaching. Business as usual for Ann…

Jason Annan of Mt Pleasant, SC set out to break 2:50. Mission accomplished through even pacing as Jason finished in 2:49:16, a 3-minute improvement on his previous best. [Full results]

Sarah Aarons of Ann Arbor, MI, running in her first marathon, crushed her goal of 3:30 with an official time of 3:13:56. [Full results]

Two New PRs At RNR USA Half Marathon

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We’re happy to report two new PRs from the Rock ‘n’ USA Half Marathon.

Stephen England, who’s following a custom plan from Jack finished 33rd out of over 16,000 runners in 1:18:21. [Full Results] A great sign and even more impressive that he trained through this race in the middle of his preparation for Boston next month.

Amanda Hamilton, a client of Run SMART coach Ann Alyanak, set a PR by 3.5 minutes. Her official time was 1:50:38. [Full results] Another great sign considering Ann just reported that Amanda only ran hard the second half of the race. This was just a tune-up for Cherry Blossom next week!

“I Want To Give Props To Ann Alyanak”

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We’ve kindly been granted permission from longtime client Scott Mersiowsky to share his recent progress with coach Ann Alyanak. Guy is 48 and just ran his fastest half in 8 years! Whut? Here’s Scott in his own words:

I want to give props to Ann Alyanak. Today I ran my 3rd fastest half ever in very cold and 19+mph winds, at the Charleston Half Marathon in South Carolina. I ran 1:22:45 and was first place masters finisher. I just turned 48 on the 15th of this month. This was my fastest half in 8 years! Here are the results: http://crrs.racemine.com/Charlestowne-Road-Race-Services/events/2014/Charleston-Marathon/results

 

Ann is keeping me healthy and I am getting stronger and faster all the time. Just want to give credit where credit is due. Ann is a fantastic coach and motivator!

Jamesina Simpson Cracks 3-Hr Barrier At St. George

Run SMART client Jamesina Simpson achieved her longtime goal of breaking 3-hours in the marathon this past weekend at the St. George Marathon in Utah. Her official time was 2:59:21! [Full results]

Big congrats to Jamesina and her coach Ann Alyanak. This performance shattered Jamesina’s previous PR from 8 years ago by 10 minutes.

Two More Run SMART PRs At NYC Half

Coach Ann Alyanak recently reported two more Run SMART PRs at the NYC Half. Ann’s longtime clients Emily Lilja and Jason Goodhand both took over 6 minutes off their previous bests. Emily finished in 2:00:16 and Jason clocked 1:51:50.

Both clients have shown steady progress since signing up for private coaching. A true sign of our model – preventing overtraining. Nice work, guys!

How Long Do I Need To Train For A Marathon?

Run SMART coach Ann Alyanak answers this question on the new Saucony blog. Based on your experience level, current fitness and goals, Ann helps establish the appropriate timeframe needed to properly prepare for your next marathon.

Read the article here.

Alessandro Arrone Sets 26-Minute PR At Philly Marathon

Run SMART client Alessandro Arrone signed up for private coaching this summer with a lofty goal of running 3:40 at the Philadelphia Marathon. His PR when he started working with Run SMART coach Ann Alyanak was 4:06.

We’re excited to post that Alessandro hit his goal on the dot setting a 26-minute PR. His official time was 3:40:38. [Full results]