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.

“Your Plan Helped Me Believe In Myself Again”

Kim Feinman of Westwood, NJ shares her New York City Marathon experience after following one of our training plans:

I didn’t cramp at all in my legs. I don’t even have blisters!! (this is a first for me, but I think I finally figured out the best sneakers for my running)

Your plan helped me believe in myself again. I was truly afraid that I wouldn’t be able to finish. I kept having to remind myself to trust my training. I was worried about having a repeat of my last marathon and laying down on that Queensboro Bridge again. I kept saying that this was my last marathon, but running it had me fall in love with it all over again. So I’m sure I’ll do it again.

Take Pride In Choosing To Run

The marathon endeavor is about the commitment, the planning and the disciplined developed over many weeks of training. Take pride in all the hard work you’ve put in. Take pride in being part of the running community. Take pride in choosing to run and lead a healthier lifestyle, hopefully influencing others to do the same. Take pride in your decision to run and do marathons.

Congrats to all our marathon finishers this year and good luck to those running marathons to come!

Rewarding Yourself When Things Go Well

Ben Keefe of Kansas City, MO won the Blue Springs Marathon this past weekend with a new PR time of 2:57:54. Afterwards, he tweeted, “18 weeks later + followed plan + good nutrition + ideal conditions = New PR.” His previous PR was 2:59:09. “With the Run SMART plan it was less miles and a faster time,” said Ben.

Denise Iannizzotto Finishes 2nd In Age Group At Chicago

We’re extremely proud of Denise Iannizzotto and her PR performance at the Chicago Marathon earlier this month. The 53-year old from Lake Katrine, NY, competing in her 28th marathon, finished 2nd in the 50-54 age group. Her official time was 3:14:38, 1-minute and 18 seconds faster than her performance there last year [Full results]. Since 2004, she’s now improved by 1-hour and 24-minutes when she ran 4:38:22 at the Hudson Mohawk Marathon.

“I’ve never been happier for one of my runners, ” said her coach Brian Rosetti. “Denise lives about 2-hours outside of New York City and she comes in every Wednesday night on the bus so she can train with our group (NY Flyers’ MTP). She’s one of the most dedicated and consistent runners I’ve ever coached. Once again, she executed our training and race plan perfectly, and here she is still getting faster at age 53!”

The Mental Edge To Achieve Sub 3-Hours

We received a testimonial from a great local runner in France. We were excited to learn how the VDOT Calculator helped him achieve a time in the marathon he never imagined he could run. Simon has granted us permission to share his kind note. We’re excited to see this young runner continue to progress as gains more and more experience.

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My name is Simon and I’m a 26-year old french runner who lives near Paris. I began to run 3-years ago. My first race was a 10km in 48-minutes and I told my girlfriend that I never will run a marathon.

Stephen Van Rees Sets 31-Minute PR In Sydney

Stephen Van Rees set a 31-minute PR at the Sydney Marathon. His official time was 3:06:15. And according to his coach, Janet Bawcom, this was just a tune-up for the New York City Marathon next month! If you check out Stephen’s splits, she clearly wasn’t joking.

At the halfway mark he was 1:35:10 so he ran a big negative split, closing the second half in 1:31:05! His fastest 5k splits of the entire race were at 30k (21:22), 35k (21:33) and 40k (21:51). Amazing race or shall we say “workout?” Regardless, big congrats to Stephen and Janet on the amazing progress.

Both athlete and coach will be competing in the NYC Marathon next month. Good luck!!!