“I Give All The Credit To Those Threshold/Interval/Rep Days!”

Another testimonial! This one was sent it from Tish Pace of Searcy, AR who is currently following her very own Jack Daniels Training Plan geared towards the Grandma’s Marathon.

I have been following my Jack Daniels Training Plan & I’m loving this training. I actually look forward to the harder work-outs. I have been preparing for the Grandma’s Marathon in June & I ran the County Music Half-Marathon in Nashville last weekend as part of my training. Although the course was hilly, I got a PR of 1:38.17! I give all the credit to those threshold/interval/rep days! So happy to know my training is working & ready to PR in the marathon!

Is He Man Or Machine?

Last time Josh Weinrobe signed up for a Jack Daniels Training Plan he hit his goal time by the second finishing last year’s Chicago Marathon in 3:13:00 – a 15-minute PR! Convinced we were some kind of geniuses he signed up for another plan geared towards the Eugene Marathon this past April with a goal time of 3:05. We thought he could run a bit faster so we geared the schedule’s paces and workouts towards a prescribed time of 3:01. Can you guess what happened?

Scott Weber Sets New PR At Illinois Marathon

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Scott Weber set a new PR at the Illinois Marathon. Scott finished in 3:49:11, roughly 18 minutes faster than his previous best! [Full Results] Afterwards, he told us he is now shooting for 3:35 at Chicago in the fall.

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Stacey Mears Beats Goal Time By 23 Minutes

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Stacey Mears beat her goal time by 23 minutes at the Gettysburg Marathon. This was Stacey’s first marathon.

I finished in 4:37:38, felt great and obviously now sore! Great time, definitely under my 5:00:00 goal time!

Another positive result! We’d like to thank all of our customers for sharing their feedback and results with us. It helps us improve the program and lets others know the service works well for runners of all levels. We’re always tweaking the program and adding more templates to the system to help you run faster.

Tim Hodges Wins Age Group, Sets New 10-Mile PR

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Tim Hodges set a new PR at the Run For Life 10-Miler in Topeka, KS. Hodges also won the 25-29 age group in 1:05:42 (6:34 per mile). [Full Results] This is Tim’s second PR following his latest JD Training Plan. Last year while following his first plan he dropped his marathon time by 26 minutes!

A few weeks later Hodges ran the Olathe Marathon in 3:18, almost 20 minutes faster than his time the previous year! [Results]

“I Can’t Tell You How Much I Love This Training Program”

Proud to post more positive feedback to our growing Testimonials page. This comes from three-time training plan customer Karin Getz who continues to get faster and faster.

I can’t tell you how much I love this training program. When I started running, I had no idea what to do to get faster. I dropped 20 minutes from my PR at the Yuengling Half Marathon in March. Vince has been the greatest, always there with support and to answer my sometimes silly questions. Super excited to finish my first marathon!!!!

Brad Mason Ranked First In The Country

Run SMART client Brad Mason reached the All American standard in the 800M at the Drake Relays last weekend. Mason, of Beloit, KS, broke his 3-year old personal best at age 46 finishing fourth overall in the masters division in 2:06.64! Check out the full results on ESPN. This time ranks him 1st in the country in the M45 age group. [Masters Rankings]

After the race Brad’s Run SMART coach Brian Rosetti said, “We spent about 15-weeks gearing towards 2:06 and Brad hit it right on the dot! I think he was :63 at the quarter so he actually left a little time out there but this was his first race of the year. It’s very difficult to run your best in the 800M when you haven’t raced much so I expect big things from Brad this summer at the Masters Nationals in Chicago. He’s working very hard right now.”

Rachel Simon Wins Just Move It! Challenge 5K

Run SMART high school athlete Rachel Simon won the Just Move It! Challenge 5k in Arlington Heights, IL. And by win we mean she won the entire race beating all men, women, boys and girls! Rachel’s official time was 18:50 (6:05 per mile), which ties her personal best in only her second race of the season. [Full Results]

Rachel works with coach Vince Sherry. We wish them a lot of luck as they prepare for the 3200 next month at the Illinois State Championships.

Heidi Peoples Shares Her Favorite Marathon Workout

Last week we asked Run SMART coach Rod Koborsi what his favorite workout was. This week Heidi Peoples shares her favorite. Both coaches keep it simple and seem to favor something of a steady state run because it helps boost their confidence before a race.

Heidi: During the winter (coldness and darkness) it was difficult if not impossible to get on a track in the early morning when I run. Therefore, my favorite workout involved a reliable partner – my treadmill!  The goal of the workout is to run 10 miles slightly under my marathon race pace. To prepare for it I make sure I am well hydrated the night before and try to get a decent amount of sleep. Then, I head to the basement and create a relaxed setting – dim lights, turn the TV to my favorite station (VH1 actually has videos on in the AM!) and start out running relaxed, gradually increasing the pace until I reach 10 miles.