Every Runner Deserves A Coach Like Dan

Run SMART client Owen Kendall was kind enough to share a message about his coach Dan Wilson. Since joining The Run SMART Project this past April Owen has set three new PRs. Yet again, another great addition to our private coaching testimonials page. Thanks Owen!

In April of 2010, my running was stagnating.  I’d been running competitively for about three years and joined a local team in the summer of 2009, but in April I started feeling like I’d hit a plateau and couldn’t figure out how to continue to improve.  My 800 time was sitting in the mid-2:01 range race after race and I was running around 5:30 pace in most races longer than 5 km.  Then I started working with Dan.  Though we haven’t worked together all that long, talking with him and running his workouts have quickly improved my performances.

Tapering For A Marathon

There are a lot of theories out there about how to taper for a marathon or a particular race you’ve geared your training around for a while. Today I came across an interesting study on this topic (hat tip @stevemagness), “Effects of Tapering on Performance.”

Through the meta-analysis process, the researchers have determined that “a two week taper during which training volume is exponentially reduced by 41-60% without altering training intensity or frequency appears to be the most efficient strategy to maximize performance gains.

Magic Orgil Sets 2nd PR With Run SMART

Congratulations to Run SMART client Magic Orgil for setting her second PR since signing up for private coaching with Run SMART! Magic ran over three minutes faster than her previous best on a very challenging course at the San Francisco Half Marathon. Her official time was 1:47:53 (8:14 per mile). Her average pace was 8:26 per mile through 7.5 miles and then she managed to drop it down to 8:14 over what sounded like a very challenging finish after the Golden Gate Bridge.

Magic has been working with Run SMART coach Vince Sherry since May of 2010.

“Keep Rolling!”

Run SMART client Erin Strout was kind enough to share a message about her coach Mike Smith. Another great addition to our private coaching testimonials page. Thanks Erin!

I came to the Run S.M.A.R.T. Project two years ago as a recreational runner with a bit of a broken spirit. It was my last-ditch effort to rejuvenate a previous passion for the sport, which had been damaged by a series of disappointing experiences that we all periodically go through. I wondered if some coaching could help—I clearly had no idea how much it would.

Hector Rivera Finishes 7th At Central American Games

Run SMART client Hector Rivera finished 7th in the marathon at the Central American and Carribean Games. Rivera, representing Puerto Rico, managed to run 2:28:56 on an extremely hot and humid day with temps edging up into the 90’s (full results). Big congrats to Hector for an impressive performance on a grueling hot day. We’re proud to have the opportunity to report on a Run SMART client competing on an international level.

Hector works with Run SMART coach Jack Daniels.

Jamesina Simpson Wins The Grizzly Half Marathon


Run SMART client Jamesina Simpson just chillin with Grizz after her half marathon victory at the 2010 Grizzly Half Marathon in Choteau, MT. Jamesina won in 1:29:21 (6:49 per mile) and beat the next female finisher by almost 6 minutes (full results). The most significant part of Jamesina’s race, besides getting to pose with a grizzly bear afterwards, was that she ran about the same time she did at the Rock ‘N Roll Phoenix Half Marathon earlier this year. Not bad considering she ran all by her lonesome in this race on a much hillier course (most of it gravel) and at 4,000 feet!

Jamesina works with Run SMART coach Vince Sherry.

2010 Run SMART Retreat Highlights (Day Four)

Day four of the retreat kicked off with a morning hike into the Grand Canyon. We got lucky this year with temps in the 80’s! Here are some awe-inspiring shots as we made our decent. Being inside the Canyon offers you a whole new appreciation of one of the most incredible sites in the world.

After a challenging hike in the morning the group got to relax towards the end of the week during restorative yoga.

Ask a Coach: Should I Wear Nike Free Running Shoes?

And the latest question in our Ask a Coach series comes from Samantha…

Samantha:  I am a moderate overpronator and was wondering if it would be harmful to incorporate running with the nike free (designed to simulate barefoot running) into my training. Would it hurt my form and my body?

Run SMART Coach, Vince Sherry: The Nike Free Run is designed to work for mild to moderate overpronation.  If you look at the bottom of the shoe you’ll notice that it looks flat and rather broad under the arch.  This allows for optimal surface area to come into contact with both the ground and your foot. 

Leo O’Connor Wins Age Group

Leo O’Connor of Binghamton, NY won the 55-59 age group at the Masters Empire State Games 5k on July 24, 2010. His official time was 21:56 in very windy, hot and humid conditions. Leo finished 25 seconds ahead of the 2nd place finisher in his age group.

“My last 5k in October 2009 was 22:45. So today was a 49 second improvement. I think today will be a good start for my re-learning to race process,” said Leo.

Leo works with Run SMART coach Blake Boldon.