Lisa Menninger Sets New Half Marathon PR

Congrats to Run SMART client Lisa Menninger for setting a new PR at the ODDyssey Half Marathon. Her official time was 1:57:28, over two minutes faster than her previous best. [Full Results]

This is Lisa’s second PR while working with Run SMART coach Vince Sherry.

Ilse Wicherts Sets 9-Minute Half Marathon PR

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer, Ilse Wicherts of Sweden, set a new personal best at the Ottarsloppet Half Marathon. Ilse ran 9-minutes faster than her time last year finishing in 1:57:13.

Congrats, Ilse and thanks for sharing your results with us! Good luck this fall in Norway at Voeringsfossrace!

Chris Bernier Sets Three PRs While Following One Plan

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Chris Bernier purchased a 15-week plan geared towards the Vermont City Marathon. He managed to set three new PRs for three different race distances over the course of his plan. This past weekend he followed up with his results

The race went really well.  I ran a 3:18 under tough conditions given the heat.  For me, that is a 12 minute marathon PR.  Throughout the 15 week training program, I PR’d in a 10K, half marathon and marathon.  It was an awesome experience and I look forward to working with you guys again.

Thanks for the feedback, Chris! Congrats!!

Mir Shafiee Gets Boston Qualifier At Ottawa Marathon

We’re excited to announce that Run SMART client Mir Shafiee qualified for the Boston Marathon this weekend at the Ottawa Marathon! He paced himself brilliantly finishing 30th out of 498 finishers in the M40-44 age group and 202nd overall out of almost 5,000 finishers. His official time was 3:07:03, 10 minutes faster than his previous best marathon. He split 1:33:15 at the halfway mark. [Full results].

Mir works with Run SMART head coach Jack Daniels.

Karin Getz Sets New Half Marathon Best

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Karin Getz set a new PR at the Delaware Half Marathon. Karin finished in 2:24:00, a 10-minute improvement from her previous best! [Full results]

After the race Karin reached out to us, “I am beyond thrilled and broke my fear of going faster!” She is now gearing up to go even faster the Steamtown Marathon this October. Congrats and good luck with your summer training, Karin!

Message From Our Retreat Director Mike Smith

Mike Smith is Director of Running Vacations at The Run SMART Project. Below he sets the stage for our running retreats this summer in Flagstaff, AZ, (July 15th-20th, July 22nd-27th). Registration is now open. Hope you can join us in July!


Our summer retreats are absolutely amazing weeks: 20 runners from all across the country in one of the best locations to run on earth, educational and motivational speakers, world class coaches and Olympic athletes, excellent all inclusive dining, Sedona, Grand Canyon, endless soft trails, and great “summer in the mountains” weather.

Chicago Marathon Training From Jack Daniels

Training for the Chicago Marathon? Find out how fast you can go with a training plan written by legendary coach Jack Daniels, personalized just for you.

  • 18-week plan – Sign up by June 3rd
  • 15-week plan – Sign up by June 24th

Start training for your new personal best!

Malindi Elmore Reaches Olympic B Standard

Run SMART coach Malindi Elmore (#265) is on a mission right now. She just sent us a note after accepting a new client that she’s in Europe for two weeks trying to pin down the A standard. We’re super excited and want to wish her the best of luck heading into the Canadian Olympic Trials in July.

Kelowna’s Malindi Elmore ran the world’s seventh-fastest 1,500-metre race of the season on Wednesday in South Korea, and posted a required Olympic B standard in the process.

Continuing to travel the world in search of the A and B Olympic standard, Elmore achieved one of her necessary goals to make the 2012 Canadian Olympic team by posting a time of 4:07.90 at a IAAF World Challenge meet race in Daegu. The B standard is 4:08.90.

High School Summer Training Tips From Jack

The other day we announced that we now have available High School Summer XC Base plans from legendary coach Dr. Jack Daniels. We asked Jack for tips on how high school athletes should approach their summer training and what to expect from one of his summer personalized plans.

Coach Jack Daniels:  Summer is a good time to increase weekly mileage if an increase in mileage is desired for the year, but be cautious in your rate of increase. I recommend making an increase of about 7-10 miles every 3rd or 4th week, but not more often than that. Try to arrive at the mileage you will be using once school starts in the fall so you don’t have to go up during the cross-country season, when you will have enough stress with classes starting for the new year.

As for quality sessions in the summer I prefer a couple light repetition sessions (couple miles of 200s and/or 400s) each week, but speed should not be any faster than CURRENT (not PR) mile race pace, and recovery between the faster runs should be 2 or 3 times as long as was the faster run being followed. Reps keep your mechanics in tune so when you start some harder sessions once school starts you will not have trouble with stride rate. If you do hills for a rep session, add a couple 30-second flat runs after the hills to get into a nice turnover. Maybe one long run each week. Most important during summer is to get adequate rest, hydration and quality food, and take a day off if you’re feeling tired — rest is part of training, not avoiding training.