Chip Hawkins Sets Big Half Marathon PR

Run SMART client Chip Hawkins set a new personal best last weekend at the Athens, GA Half Marathon. Chip finished 38th overall in 1:31:01 (6:57 per mile). Full Results. When Chip signed up for private coaching back in July his fastest time over this distance was 1:38. This is a good sign leading up to his goal race next month at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon! Good luck, Chip!

Chip works with Run SMART coach “Hot” Rod Koborsi.

Run SMART Kids Racking Up The Laps (VIDEO)

Run SMART Kids are up to 15 laps without stopping at The Anderson School as part of their training towards a 3k race at the end of the program. So far the group has logged 211 miles in four weeks!

Caroline Holden Reaches Half Marathon Goal

Congrats to Run SMART client Caroline Holden for reaching her goal of sub-1:40 in a half marathon. Last weekend at the Columbus Half Marathon Caroline set a new PR finishing in 1:38:09. It was only her second try at 13.1 miles so we’re excited to see how fast she can go from here. Next up, the Boston Marathon in April!

Caroline works with Run SMART coach Rod Koborsi.

14-Year Old Holds Her Own Against Division I Competition

Run SMART client Meghan Lockett, 14 years of age, competed unattached in the Crimson Classic XC Invitational at the University of Alabama last weekend. She held her own against the much older and experienced female runners finishing 28th overall out of 203 finishers. Her time was 18:24, a 21-second PR for 5k! (Full Results)

It’s difficult enough for a freshman in college (typically 18 years of age) to transition into Division I level competition, but for a 14-year old to jump in a major Division I Invitational and run with the top runners in the field is truly incredible. She’s an amazing talent.

Meghan works with Run SMART coach Alicia Shay.

Don Strout Sets 22-Minute Marathon PR

Run SMART client Don Strout of Grand Prairie, TX set a 22-minute PR at the Baltimore Marathon this past weekend. His official time was 3:57:40 (Full results). This marks Don’s third personal best since he signed up for private coaching this past summer.

Don works with Run SMART coach Vince Sherry. Congrats, guys!

Run SMART Customer Hits Goal Time By The Second In Chicago

Josh Weinrobe signed up for a Jack Daniels’ Training Plan this past June in preparation for the Chicago Marathon. When he signed up his marathon PR was 3:28 and his personalized schedule, based on Jack’s patented formulas, trained him towards a goal of 3:13 (7:22 per mile).

This week Josh emailed us with his results, “Don’t know if this has ever happened in your coaching career, but I nailed your prescribed target time for Chicago to the second. Pretty crazy.  Gotta say, I didn’t think it was possible.  I’m now a true believer in Run SMART Project methodology. I’ll be back for my next race!”

His official time – 3:13:00 (7:22 per mile) on the dot! Doesn’t get better than that. Congrats on the 15-minute PR, Josh!

Sakeenah Blumenfeld Sets PR At Primo’s Half Marathon

Run SMART client Sakeenah Blumenfeld of San Ramon, CA finished 6th in her age group at the Primo’s Run Half Marathon in 1:47:27 (8:12 per mile). (Full Results) This was a 28 minute improvement for Sakeenah on this course and a new PR for the distance by 4-minutes!

Sakeenah works with Run SMART coach Vince Sherry.

Cathrine Wolden Wins Staten Island Half Marathon

Run SMART client Cathrine Wolden, of Pound Ridge, NY won the New York Road Runners’ Staten Island Half Marathon this past weekend in 1:25:04 (6:30 per mile). It’s the fastest she’s ever run for a half marathon since she started competing about seven years ago. (Official Results)

Cathrine has been working with Run SMART coach Alicia Shay since January of 2010. It’s been an incredible year for Cathrine with three new PRs set this summer, plus a new marathon PR of 2:56 set back in April. We’re excited to see her reach new heights in 2012!

Long-Term Marathon Recovery Tips (VIDEO)

During the next several weeks throughout this fall marathon season we’re going to post some important marathon recovery tips. How you approach the weeks following your marathon can make a huge difference when you start training towards a new goal.

Run SMART coach Mike Smith leads us off with his tips on long-term marathon recovery.