Run SMART client Brian Schmidt set a new lifetime best for 5k at age 41 after running 16:29 at the CMU Open in Fayetville, MO last weekend (results). His coach Blake Boldon summed it up best by email, “Lifetime best 5k age 41!!” Brian ran in high school and has been running competitively for a long time so this was a hard earned achievement. For someone with his running background, getting better as he’s entering the masters phase of his career is incredible.
Although it’s still extremely early in the outdoor season this time makes Brian the fourth fastest 5k runner in the country for his age group (M40-44). He’s currently 14 seconds off of the All-American standard but Blake is confident he’s is in shape to reach it. Last year Brian finished with the 11th fastest time in the nation and if he keeps getting faster as he ages the M45-49 age group is in for a rude awakening in a few years!