‘Attending The Run SMART Retreat Was Life Changing’

After dropping almost 10 minutes off her 4-mile time, Casey Kovacic wrote one of the best testimonials I’ve ever read about her coach Alicia Shay and how The Run SMART Retreat inspired her to start running. We’ve been granted permission to share her amazing story.

Do you realize how new I was to running when I attended The Run SMART Retreat in the summer of 2009 (I basically started running in April of that year)? As I mentioned at the retreat, my being there was life changing. After I returned home, suddenly, on August 4th, a light went on – I realized I really like running and plan to continue as long as I can.

I signed up to work with Alicia on a nutrition plan in early 2010, and that was a great help because 2010 was a year of much time spent working two jobs and not much time running. Who knows how bad my eating would have been without the plan?! She laid the groundwork for much better nutrition as well as for (finally) getting over my Mountain Dew addiction, although I didn’t kick that habit until 2011 (the habit was long-term – since 1993 I had been drinking the ol’ Dew daily – but only at work).

High School Summer Cross Country Training Plans

Starting today The Run SMART Project is offering 8-week Summer Training Schedules customized for high school athletes of all levels. We asked legendary coach Jack Daniels to specifically design what a proper summer program should look like for a runner preparing for their upcoming fall cross country season. Jack writes the workouts and then we personalize the plans so every pace of every workout is designed to help you reach your goals.

Plans are $35 and include email support along the way. For more information, check out The Run SMART Training Plans.

Run SMART Client First Time Under 2 Hours

Run SMART Training Plan customer Sarah Claire Ahlers set a new PR at the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon.

I PR’d! 1:57:30.  My first half marathon under 2 hours. My previous was 2:04 and my best at past Garry Bjorklund’s had been 2:10.  Thanks for all your help!  I’ll be signing up for the marathon plan next week.


Run SMART Fountain Of Youth

Hayley Long proves that when legendary coach Jack Daniels is writing your workouts anything is possible. After recently purchasing a Run SMART Training Plan, she wrote…

Thank you for a great “Kick in Butt” track workout today! Nothing like intervals to remind you that it is possible to run like you did in High School at age 43!

More Run SMART Client Results

Casey Kovacic ran a huge PR at the Farmington Dew Run 4-Miler in Farmington, MN. In 2009 she ran 53:04 and this past Saturday she dropped almost 10 minutes off her time finishing in 44:38!

Kit Wendtland, only 18 years of age, was the youngest finisher by far in the Bighorn Mountain 50 Miler in Sheridan, WY. Kit finished first in his age group and 37th overall on a grueling course which starts at 8,000 feet in 10:28:41.

Casey and Kit both work with Run SMART coach Alicia Shay. Congrats, guys!

Run SMART Kids Featured In Youth Runner Magazine

We’re excited about our mention in Youth Runner Magazine announcing the launch of Run SMART Kids in New York City.

The Run SMART Project has launched Run SMART Kids, a youth running program for 4th, 5th and 6th graders of all athletic levels. The Run SMART Project aims to promote health and fitness by teaching kids how to properly train for a race.

Run SMART Retreat Featured In Well And Good NYC

Our media coverage page is growing fast as of late. This morning Well and Good NYC wrote about the Run SMART Retreat in their Great Escapes section. Check it out…July 1st is the deadline to sign-up and we’ve already capped it and opened up a few more spots so move fast if you’re thinking about joining us this year!

Runners get their own retreat

Attendees range from absolute beginners to marathoners, all of whom choose their own pace and distance. Afternoons feature guest speakers (like famed running coach Jack Daniels and Olympian Magdalena Lewy Boulet) and clinics on issues like gait analysis. And they take the retreat aspect seriously. Ample time is left for sightseeing and relaxation in the mountains, and group dinners are a nightly social affair.

Maintaining Running-Specific Musculoskeletal Adaptations

Kasie from Vermont asks:  I am a coach in northern Vermont and many of the runners I work with are also nordic skiers.  I’ve noticed an injury trend in the springtime as the high school runners switch over to the spring track season and as the adult runners jump into spring marathon training.  While these runners maintain, or often improve, their cardiovascular fitness from skiing during the winter they do not seem to maintain the musculoskeletal adaptations.  In order to help with this transition, I have advised keeping up with a certain amount of running during the winter season.

My question is, how much on the ground running is needed to maintain running-specific, impact-related adaptations?