“I Religiously Stuck To The Plan And PR’d By 47-Minutes”

Congrats to Janel Peralez of Redondo Beach, CA on her monster improvement at Mountains 2 Beach. Janel smartly customized Dr. Daniels’ Boston Marathon plan last November to help her prepare and then executed amazing pacing skills throughout (1:46:00 half marathon split).

I’d like to thank The Run SMART Project for a fantastic 18-week training plan with not a single injury. I religiously stuck to the plan and PR’d by 47-minutes in the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon this weekend. My pace was suppose to be 8:24, but I felt good, listened to my body, trusted my training and came in at an 8:04 pace. Official time of 3:31:38.

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“I’m Running The Boston Marathon”

Erica Silbiger had been dreaming of a BQ for 6 years. The closest she had gotten to her 3:35 qualifying standard was over three years ago when she ran 3:46. Her journey continued but after many marathons and various training plans she got injured and had to take 6-months off. She then bought her first Run SMART plan last summer with the goal of feeling strong and staying healthy throughout her build-up for New York City. Progress! 3:52, no injuries and feeling strong!

First Time Under 3-Hours

Congrats to Michael Miller of New York, NY on a successful conclusion to his 15-week marathon plan at the Sugarloaf Marathon. Not only did he break a huge barrier, he made it looks easy in the process.

Michael was 12th place overall and 2nd in the 40-44 age group. His official time was 2:55:51, which marks his first time under 3-hours. This performance drops almost 8-minutes off his personal best!

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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.

Jessi Rafferty Shaves 16-Minutes Off PR To Get BQ

Jessi Rafferty of Greensburg, PA set a new PR at the Glass City Marathon this past weekend. Jessi came into the race hoping to get a BQ and she did just that by shaving 16-minutes off her previous best. She was 4th in the F35-39 age group with an official time of 3:29:46. [Full Results]

After the race her coach Nikki Reiter said, “Jessi is a pleasure to work with. She is an athlete at heart and knows how to get the work done without pushing too hard. Congrats, Jessi!”

David Gaines Running Like It’s 1993

We were trying to come up with some famous line from the Grunge era because this guy’s recent race performance took us back to the early 90’s! Let us explain:

David Gaines of New York City trains with our Founder, Brian Rosetti and the NY Flyers’ Marathon Training Program. Last year, after his first marathon build-up with Run SMART the 63-year-old set a new PR and qualified for Boston at the Amsterdam Marathon (pictured here). Keep in mind that David didn’t get into running a few years ago, he has been running since he was in high school!

Tim Tubra Rings The BQ Bell At CIM With 2:59:50 (40 Min PR!!!!)

Fresh off his new half marathon PR last month, Tim Tubra kept the momentum going smashing his old marathon PR by over 40-minutes! At the Cal International Marathon his official time was 2:59:50, which helped him achieve his main goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. [Full Results]

“I made this a goal after my first marathon and it’s been something I’ve kept in my back pocket for when the time was right. Today was that day! Accomplishing goals is what drives me to challenge myself and when everything comes together it’s an incredible feeling.

I want to extend the deepest thank you to The Run SMART Project for their training program. I put in 15 weeks of tough training without injury and never felt more prepared toeing the line.”

Patrick George PRs At Richmond Marathon With 2:49:58

Last month Patrick George dropped over 10-minutes off his previous best (3:00:17) at the Richmond Marathon. His official time of 2:49:58 earned him a BQ and 42nd place overall. [Full Results]

Patrick shares how reading Daniels’ Running Formula has transformed his running…

“I Have PR’d This Year Like A Crazy Person Using The VDOT Method”

Iris Saar of Siyo Fitness reached her goal of sub-4 hours at the New York City Marathon earlier this month. As you can see Iris hit the books on VDOT so she could truly understand the method to the madness before customizing one of Dr. Daniels’ online training plans. All her diligence and new smarts paid off with a 16-minute new PR! Her official time was 3:52:19. [Full Results]

“Reading the Bible. I’m a Jack Daniels’ girl and my coaching relies a LOT on his perception of training and exercise physiology. I have PR’d this year myself like a crazy person using the VDOT method.”

“Finished SO Strong, I Could Hardly Believe My Legs As It Was Happening!”

Rea Winter shares her experience at the New York City Marathon. She stuck to her plan and got a huge new PR! Improving is always fun but the biggest difference in following a custom plan versus a generic plan is how you feel during and how well you recover following the race.

First, I had a 32-minute improvement on last years New York City Marathon time (trained following a basic low mileage training plan with no variety in paces, etc). Second, I ran an even split race (thought this one was impossible!) and finished SO strong, I could hardly believe my legs as it was happening!

Finally, though I am not a very fast runner, and still new to the sport, my finishing time clocked in 4:05:35 which was about 1-minute faster than my predicted time on the training plan! I felt great during the race, as well as immediately after and the days following.