Nailed It!

Lennart de Lange of Amsterdam, Netherlands completed his 18-week marathon plan right on target at the London Marathon. Along the way he even set a new half marathon PR running 1:18:55.

When we originally uploaded Lennart’s plan to his VDOT O2 calendar we projected a finish time of 2:45:12. After he ran his 1:18:55 (59.3 VDOT) in Week 12 we consulted with him that he was right on target since the equivalent performance for the marathon was a 2:45:01.

Mark Shilling Runs 2:43 In London

Mark Shilling of Summit, NJ capped off his breakthrough spring season with another big PR at the London Marathon. After setting a new personal best at the NYC Half (1:18:04), Mark dropped 9-minutes off his marathon best in London. Thanks to very even pacing (out in 1:21:23) his official time was 2:43:10. [Full Results] He was 74th out of 4269 runners in the 40-44 age group.

Mark (pictured right, bib 54174) works with Run SMART coach Jay Bawcom. Congrats, guys!

“Look Kids, Big Ben” And Another PR

Congrats to Neil Curran on the new PR at the London Marathon last month. Neil’s official time was 3:08:03, over 8 minutes faster than his previous best.

Judging by the looks on everyone’s faces in the attached pic can you tell who followed the Run SMART plan from Jack Daniels? 😉

Charlie Hartel Makes Huge Breakthrough

This past weekend in Central Park, Run SMART client Charlie Hartel, averaged the fastest pace per mile he’s ever run in a race according to the NYRR’s results database. Charlie ran 26:07 (6:31 per mile, full results) for 4-miles at the Fitness, Mind, Body and Spirit Games, which represents a huge breakthrough in his training. His new 4-mile best indicates his current fitness could be anywhere from 5-8 minutes faster than his current 10k PR time.

Charlie Hartel Sets PR At London Marathon

Charlie Hartel signed up with The Run SMART Project to help him prepare for the London Marathon. This past weekend the Manhattanite set a new personal best in London after a few scares (injuries and an erupting volcano) threatened to keep him from the starting line.