Brian Schmidt Picks Up Second Masters Win In Two Months

Run SMART client Brian Schmidt won the masters division at The Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA 2010 Turkey Trot – 8M. He finished 22nd overall in an impressive time of 45:33 (5:41 per mile, results). This is Brian’s second master’s win in the last two months.

Brian works with Run SMART coach Blake Boldon.

Learning How To Concentrate Can Improve Your Running

“Staying on Task”

By Mike Smith

Fall 1998, I am a freshman, about two months into Division I collegiate running.  It’s a whole new world and I’m getting a hard introduction. My team is one of the best in the country and I am trying my hardest to hang on in yet another brutal practice. A dark fall day, the older runners pull away again, leaving me behind in another interval session. What am I doing here? I feel like I am trying so hard but I just keep getting dropped. Every workout.

Run SMART Training Plans FAQs

We’ve completed the first iteration of the FAQs page for the Run SMART Training Plans. It’s still a work in progress but you can now read our answers to the following questions:

  1. Are Run SMART Training Plans for first-time runners?
  2. How does the sign-up process work?
  3. When will I receive a schedule after I sign-up?
  4. Can I sign-up if I’m in Canada or the UK?

Tom Klimek Sets 5k PR During 8k Race

Run SMART client Tom Klimek finished the Rothman Institute 8k in 30:52 (6:12 per mile). His coach, Vince Sherry, was excited to report that Tom set a new 5k PR in route! Tom’s 5k PR was 19:30 (6:16 per mile). We’re excited to see how fast Tom can run now in an actual 5k.

In the same race, Run SMART coach Rod Koborsi finished 4th overall in an impressive time of 23:48 (4:47 per mile, results). We’re happy to see Rod back racing this year after a long layoff.

Bringing Jack Daniels’ Coaching Expertise To Runners Of All Levels

Marathon Examiner Kimberly Bogin covered the Run SMART Training Plans on

Looking to create something that everyone could afford, Rosetti and Sherry got the idea to offer race training plans.   But unlike other training plans available online, The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project plans would be customized for each individual runner, and based on the original schedules and formulas developed by Jack Daniels.

“Jack had filing cabinets at his house full of schedules,” said Sherry.  “He pulled out Jim Ryun’s training schedule from the 1960s and showed it to me.  Every single day.  Every workout.  Every split.”

When To Get New Running Shoes

Question:  Should I get new running shoes for the marathon, and if so – when?

Run SMART Coach Vince Sherry:  This question is a good one (as well as a common one) that marathoners often ask me about one week before the big day. It is most often part of the final pre-marathon panic. In the quest to make sure everything is perfect for race day, runners will look to their shoes at some point. Unfortunately, it’s often when the race is right around the corner, which leads me to my first tip; never purchase running shoes in a pressured state. A rushed decision is not usually a very good one. Try to plan ahead and get your marathon race-day shoes at least two weeks prior to the race. You should be lining up with around 20 to 40 miles on your trainers (less if your wearing racing flats).

If you’re fairly certain that your running shoes have more than 150 miles on them I would recommend getting a fresh pair. It’s not that your current shoes are shot at that point (in fact that’s about half the mileage a modest pair of trainers would give you), they’re just not 100%. The marathon will likely be the toughest event you run all season. You should give your feet as much cushioning as possible on race day. You will likely finish with less wear and tear and recover faster as a result. If you do end up purchasing a new pair a couple of weeks out make sure they are the same model as the shoes you’ve been running in for the current training period. This is not a time to try something new (unless the shoe you’ve been in has been giving you serious trouble).

Read Vince’s complete response at

Blake Boldon Takes Head Distance Position At UPenn

We’re proud to announce that Run SMART coach Blake Boldon has accepted an offer to take the reigns as head distance coach at the University of Pennsylvania.

PHILADELPHIA – Sub four-minute miler Blake Boldon will join the University of Pennsylvania track and field staff as an assistant coach as announced by the University on Tuesday. Boldon will work primarily with Penn’s men’s and women’s distance runners.

Run SMART Mentioned On

Peter Gambaccini of Runner’s World, via “Race Results Weekly” was kind enough to mention us and the new Run SMART Training Plans offering.

Legendary Coach Jack Daniels Joins Run SMART Project
As “Race Results Weekly” tells us, the Project is a personalized online coaching service for recreational runners. “Unlike most online generic schedules, the Run SMART Training Plans are tailored to a user’s unique time goals, running history, and lifestyle,” explains spokesperson Sara Hunninghake.

Read entire article.

On Your Mark

Run SMART boys getting ready to start their run for the day.