Kristofer Frederick Gets BQ + 13 Minute PR

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]

Joey Teter Wins The Northern Ohio Marathon

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]

Scott Linzer Improves Marathon PR By 14-Minutes

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.

Congrats, Scott!

Travis Watts Gets The Win And New PR At Spring Chance BQ.2

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).

“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!”