Running With Hypoglycemia

Ancient_Harvest_Quinoa_FlakesOver the last several years I’ve suffered from hypoglycemic symptoms which have devastated my running but after closely monitoring my diet and staying consistent for a few months I’ve finally begun to get some relief. Today, I hit 8 miles – longest run in a while without crashing!

While dealing with this issue I’ve created some weird recipes through consultation with experts, researching my problem and monitoring what foods seem to help me stay stable throughout the day. Today, I’d like to share my secret breakfast concoction with any runner who deals with hypoglycemia.

Why is it so hard to get back to my regular running schedule?

Latest question in our Ask a Coach Series comes from a Run SMART client who is working to get back into the groove after a long period of training leading up to a marathon this past month.

Question: Why is it so hard to get back to my regular running schedule?

Run SMART Coach, Blake Boldon: I think it’s natural for you to feel that way right now.  You’ve had a huge block of training and you did a great job of staying dedicated to the daily runs.  That takes a physical toll and certainly depletes your mental energy.  Even the best runners in the world periodize their training to allow for “down time.”  A break from your training regimen allows your body to regenerate tissue and accommodate the accumulated fatigue from a big period of training and racing.  It also provides some time for you to live as a “normal” person who isn’t a slave to your training plan and the work required to reach your goals.

Jen Johnston Sets Two Marathon PR’s In 8 Weeks!

Run SMART client Jen Johnston set two marathon PR’s in a matter of eight weeks and it’s safe to say she has a lot left in the tank. Jen entered the year with a 4:23 PR, then at the Chicago Marathon she knocked off a mere 15 minutes running almost perfectly even splits – 2:03:27 at the half and 4:08:25 to finish (full results). Then, just eight weeks later Johnston tried to go after the 4-hour mark at the California International Marathon, where she dropped six more minutes off her PR finishing in 4:02:31 (full results).  It’s safe to say she had sub-4 in her too considering starting temps were sub-30 degrees with a head wind of 15 mph.

Jen seen flying to a new PR in Chicago

Jen seen flying to a new PR in Chicago

Big congrats to Jen and her coach Blake Boldon!

Holiday Gift For Runners

imagesWith the holidays approaching please keep us in mind as a gift idea for friends and family members who need extra motivation to get in shape or who might be training for a particular road race or marathon next year. Either get them started by purchasing one month of private coaching ($120.00) or purchase our 3-month holiday gift package for $325.00 (discounted at 25% off our normal rate). This offer ends January 1st, 2010, so help a loved one get off on the right foot with their New Year’s resolution!

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Mike Smith Interviewed By Runner’s World

Check out Run SMART coach Mike Smith’s interview on


Michael Smith’s debut in trail racing has landed him some big wins already, and we predict we’ll be seeing a lot more of Smith on the top of the podium.

We first noticed 29-year-old Michael Smith from Flagstaff, Ariz., as he and his partner Robert Krar obliterated the competition at this summer’s multi-day TransRockies Run, which was no easy feat. He then got our attention when he won the high-altitude Soulstice Mountain Trail Run. And we just couldn’t ignore him when he won the three-day TrailRun WorldMasters race in Germany in November. So we had to ask:

Joel Williams Surpasses Goal At Gallop And Gorge

Run SMART client Joel Williams ran the Gallop and Gorge 8k in Carrboro, NC an averaged 6 seconds faster per mile than his goal pace. His official time was 36:39 (7:22 per mile) (Full results). When Joel started with Run SMART about 5 months ago he was averaging 7:47 per mile for 5k so already he’s averaging 25 seconds faster over 8k than he was for 5k. Nice work, Joel!

Joel works with Run SMART coach Blake Boldon.