Hayley Long Wins Julie Diener 5k, Sets New PR

Hayley Long purchased a Jack Daniels’ 5k Training Plan from Run SMART about two months ago and already she’s set a new lifetime best running 21:00 to win the Julie Diener 5k in Rainbow City, AL. (Full results)

Hayley has two months to go until her goal race, the Gamecock Gallop and then on to her major goal of breaking the Alabama state record for her age group (40-44) by January of next year. We’re excited to help her get there!

Mike Smith And Jason Wolfe Win TransRockies Run

Big congrats to Run SMART coach Mike Smith and teammate Jason Wolfe for winning the Transrockies Run. The dynamic duo finished almost 22 minutes ahead of second place in 14:57:23.7 after 120 miles of running, nearly 25,000 feet of elevation gain and altitudes of over 12,500 ft.


Erin Strout Finishes 6th At First Transrockies

We’re extremely proud to announce that in her first Transrockies experience, Run SMART client Erin Strout finished 6th overall in a total time of 11:27:51. In the RUN3 distance Erin covered 58.4 miles with 8,600 feet of elevation gain over three stages. For information about the grueling nature of the course check out the course profile here and for our rock star’s results go here.

Erin works with Run SMART coach Mike Smith. Not a bad coach to have when you’re preparing for Transrockies. Mike and teammate Rob Krar won the race back in 2009 and Mike and teammate Jason Wolfe are currently leading after Stage 4 of the overall.

Mike Smith And Teammate Leading Transrockies After Stage 2

Run SMART coach Mike Smith and teammate are leading and client Erin Strout moves up a spot after Stage 2 of the Transrockies Run. Check out the Stage 2 Report:

Vickburg-Twin Lakes Dam
13.4 miles/3200ft climbing

Here’s where our Run SMARTers stand after Stage 2:

  1. Mike Smith and teammate – 1st place, 4:12:30, ahead by 2:34
  2. Erin Strout – 6th place, 6:55:05 total
  3. Brianna Torres and teammate – 3rd place, 5:43:36, :56 behind second place

Full Results

Transrockies Stage 1

The report from Stage 1 of Transrockies is up now.

Buena Vista – Railway Bridge
20.8 Miles, 2500 feet climbing

We’re tracking three members of the Run SMART family this year. Here’s where they’re at after Stage 1:

  1. Run SMART coach Mike Smith and teammate – 1st place, 2:17:42, ahead by 3:55
  2. Run SMART client Erin Strout – 7th place, 3:49:58
  3. Run SMART videographer Brianna Torres and teammate – 2nd place, 3:04:42, 6:05 back from the lead

Full Results

Running, Hydration and Electrolytes: Keep It Simple!

By Alicia Shay

There is currently so much confusion about what to drink, when to drink and how much to drink. My most straightforward advice is to keep it relatively simple.

  1. Always start your day with at least 2 glasses of water (around 16 ounces) shortly after waking up.
  2. Hydrate consistently throughout the day (not just at meals) to ensure that you are not beginning runs in a dehydrated state.
  3. If you are training in extreme heat or humidity OR training or racing over 60 minutes then it is a good idea to take in fluids while running (water or a carbohydrate based drink).
  4. You do not need to drink electrolyte-based drink while training unless you are meeting or exceeding your hydration needs during training or racing (which can lead to a dangerous condition called hyponatremia).

Don Strout Sets New 10k PR Under Extreme Conditions

Run SMART client Don Strout set a new 10k PR at The Hottest Half 10k in Dallas, TX. The event lived up to its name with 90% humidity and an average high close to 100 degrees! Regardless, Don was not afraid, and managed to drop four minutes off his personal best finishing second in the 40-44 age group in 50:56 (8:11 per mile). Full results.

Don works with Run SMART coach Vince Sherry.

Cathrine Wolden Sets Third PR This Summer

Run SMART client Cathrine Wolden set her third PR this summer at the New York Road Runners Team Championships this past weekend. Cathrine was first in her age group finishing the 5-mile race in 30:57 (6:12 per mile), 44 seconds faster than her performance last year! Full Results.

Since joining Run SMART back in January of 2010 Cathrine has set PRs for the marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5 miles and 5k. In 2009, her marathon PR was 3:13 and since then at age 39 she has run 2:56! And for 5 miles she had run 33:17 and less than two years later she’s now down to 30:57!

Cathrine works with Run SMART coach Alicia Shay.