Kristofer Frederick of Madison, WI has been training hard under the guidance of Run SMART coach Janet Bawcom since this past June. We’re excited to report big progress and a new PR at the Wineglass Marathon. Kristofer achieved a BQ and improved his personal best by 13-minutes with an official time of 3:18:33. [Full Results]
Competing in his first marathon ever Joey Teter took home the win at the Northern Ohio Marathon. On a warm/sunny day in Mentor, OH Teter still managed to run negative splits and finish in 2:40:39 (6:07 per mile), almost 16-minutes ahead of 2nd place. [Full Results]
Run SMART Coach Ann Alyanak, a picture of exhaustion, relief and victory at this year’s Air Force Marathon. Ann endured tough conditions and still cruised to a 10-minute win in 2:56:57. [Full Results]
Scott Linzer customized a training plan for the Poconos Marathon with a goal of breaking 4-hours for the first time. When he signed up his PR was 4:06:15. We’re proud to report that in his 5th marathon he was able to shave 14-minutes off his PR! Scott’s official time was 3:52:38. [Full Results]
Even better, Scott mentioned the wheels usually coming off around miles 19-20 in past marathons. Problem solved! He managed the race really well and stayed strong getting out in 1:55:46 and coming home in 1:56:52.
Travis Watts got the win, a new PR and another BQ at the Spring Chance BQ.2 this past spring. This was also his first time under 3-hours. Not a bad day! His official time was 2:57:27. [Full Results]
We’re thankful for his positive feedback and want to note that his shorter recovery is not just due to a solid training plan, but also smart race day execution (pacing and fueling).
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.
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!
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!
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 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!”