Olympian To Be Featured At Run SMART Retreat

We’re excited to announce that Olympic marathoner, Magdalena Lewy Boulet, will be joining us at this year’s Run SMART Retreat. She’ll be leading off on Monday, July 26th as our first guest speaker of the week. Make sure to check out the rest of our itinerary on our retreat page. Only a few spots are left before we reach capacity so please contact us if you have any questions.

2010 Run SMART Retreat Itinerary

Today we’re unveiling the full itinerary for the 2010 Run SMART Retreat! Highlights include multiple classroom style discussions with coaching legend Dr. Jack Daniels, Marathon Training with Olympian Magdalena Lewy-Boulet, Nutrition for Runners Q&A with Alicia Shay and much more. Follow the link to see what else we have in store for what is shaping up to be the greatest running retreat ever!

2010 Run SMART Retreat Itinerary

We only have a few spots left so make sure to reserve your spot before it’s too late!

Dr. Jack Daniels On Running Economy (VIDEO)

The second edition of our Ask Dr. Jack Daniels series focuses on running economy. Today we’re posting Jack’s response to a question submitted by Greg Rosetti: “Who is the most efficient runner you’ve ever tested?”

In order to participate and get a chance to see Jack answer your question, just include #AskDrJackDaniels with your question in a Twitter update or become a fan of our Facebook page and write your question on our wall.

Everett Hill’s PR Parade Continues

Everett Hill has been working with Run SMART coach Vince Sherry for almost three years now. He has turned 50 since and is still setting new personal bests over a variety of distances. Just three weeks after setting a new half marathon PR in Nashville, Everett ran his fastest 5k ever in 23:54 at the Alpharetta 5k, dropping 37 seconds off of his previous best.

After Vince forwarded Everett’s results I did a quick search since it seems like Everett runs a PR every time he signs up for a race.

Ask A Coach: Peaking On Time For A 5k Race

Question from Adam:  For someone who has about 30 weeks for their peak race, is it too early to start base or Phase 1? Would doubling the length of Phase one of the 5k plan hurt my race? Would I peak too early or plateau?

Run SMART Coach, Blake Boldon:  Thanks for the great question.  The simple answer is no, it’s never too early to start a base phase.  You’re right that there are many different answers to the question and that’s one of the great aspects of our sport – all of them can be a right answer as long as it works for you.

Dr. Jack Daniels On Barefoot Running (VIDEO)

Not too long ago we launched Ask Dr. Jack Daniels. Today, we’re posting Jack’s response to our first question submitted by New York Running Co, “What’s your opinion on barefoot running?”  Watch Jack respond below…

In order to participate and get a chance to see Jack answer you question, all you have to do is include #AskDrJackDaniels with your question in a Twitter update or become a fan of our Facebook page and write your question on our wall.

Best Testimonial Ever

Run SMART client Jen Johnston, fresh off her new marathon PR and Boston qualifier, wrote a very thoughtful testimonial about her coach, Blake Boldon. She was kind enough to let us share it with you too. She’s been training with Blake for about one year now and managed to:  run injury free, lower her marathon best three times while setting a new PR in every race she entered, and qualify for Boston, her longtime goal.  Here’s Jen…

After-school Running Programs

Photo Kate Gardiner/Tim Taliaferro '09

Recently, Run SMART got involved with The Dwight School in NYC to help with their after-school running program for 5th and 6th graders. The program is a great introduction to the sport and each day we focus on a different area whether it’s nutrition, pacing, proper running form, or proper stretching, etc. Regardless of whether the kids want to take this knowledge and compete on the junior high team when they’re older, it’s so important to keep them active at this age. Not only does running do this well it helps to develop long-term healthy habits, discipline and achievement.

Jen Johnston Sets 25 Minute PR At Eugene Marathon!

It’s not everyday you can say one of your clients improved their marathon time by 25 minutes in one race. This past weekend in the Eugene Marathon Jen Johnston reached her longtime goal by qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Not only did she reach her goal, she dropped her marathon time by 25 minutes in the process, finishing in 3:37:46 (8:19 per mile). Full results can be found here.

Big congrats to Jen and her Run SMART coach Blake Boldon for this incredible effort.