Tom Klimek Sets 15k PR, Drops Time For Second Straight Year

Run SMART client Tom Klimek set a new PR at the Delaware Distance Classic 15k. Tom finished 33rd overall in 59:09 (6:20 per mile). Full Results. This is the third year in a row Tom has run this race and he keeps steadily dropping his time. Two years ago he finished in 1:03:50 and last year he was 1:01:11.

Tom works with Run SMART coach Vince Sherry. They’ve been working together and making great progress since 2009.

The World’s Best Running Coach Wants To Pump You Up

Join Run SMART and Finish Line Physical Therapy the day before the New York City Marathon for a special marathon pep talk with legendary coach Jack Daniels. Jack will share his last-minute tips, motivation and then take questions from the audience. All runners in town, regardless of whether you’re racing the marathon this year, are welcome to attend and meet Jack.

A limited edition, “Running Under the Influence of Jack Daniels” tech tee (featuring pic above) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

When: Saturday, November 3rd at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Finish Line Physical Therapy In Manhattan (119 W. 23rd Street #304, b/w 6th & 7th Ave)
Cost: Free! Light snacks will be provided.

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Stephen Boulet Cracks 4-Hours For First Time

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Stephen Boulet of Palatine, IL set a new PR at the Chicago Marathon this past weekend. Boulet started his plan with a 4:12 marathon PR and a goal time of 4:00. His result:  3:59:04!

After the race Stephen said, “I’m very happy with the strong finish. I ran the last 4 miles at 92% of my max heart rate. I credit the threshold and repetition training with that, an element missing from my training before stumbling across Jack Daniels.”

Mark Harrap Drops 1 Hour And 23 Minutes Off Marathon PR!!!!

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Mark Harrap customized a marathon plan back in April geared towards the Chester Marathon in Chesire, England. His past marathon performances were 5:02 in April of 2008 and 5:28 in April of 2010, yet he listed a goal time of 3:40. Every once in a while we have to adjust expectations and email clients about how much time it’s reasonable to try and drop in 15-18 weeks worth of training. But Mark noted that he had lost 60lbs in the last 18 months and that he was training more seriously lately so we decided to gear the workouts and paces towards 3:40. What the heck!?!? We were inspired.

This past weekend Mark emailed us his results. 3:39! Are you kidding?!?!?! An unheard of 1 hour and 23 minute improvement from his personal best and a drop of 1 hour and 49 minutes off his last marathon 2.5 years ago. Since we started working with runners of all levels back in 2006 none of us have ever seen such a gigantic transformation. Earlier in the day Sean Hutchins had emailed us about his amazing performance dropping 56 minutes off his PR, which was the biggest improvement we had ever gotten, but this takes the cake. Mark’s full results here.

Thanks for letting us share your inspirational story Mark! We’re looking forward to working with you again soon.

Sean Hutchins Drops 56 Minutes Off Marathon PR

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Sean Hutchins of Atlanta, GA set a new PR at the Chicago Marathon this past weekend. Hutchins started his plan with a 4:20 marathon PR and an ambitious goal time of 3:20. With the “World’s Best Running Coach” at the helm and some nice running weather anything is possible though. Sean emailed us after the race with some incredible news…
Very happy with my results. Finished in 3:24 which is a PR of about an hour. I went out pretty slow for the first half and negative split every 5k for the second half bringing my pace down to the assigned goal pace (7:25) for most of it. I’m sure I could have hit my assigned pace sooner but past marathon experiences made me a bit gun shy.

Marathon Recovery: First Week After Your Race

First week after race. No running. Hide the shoes, sleep in and enjoy some much-needed rest. It’s important for your long-term progression as a runner that you recover properly after a long build-up and grueling 26.2-mile race. In the first week limit your activity to non-impact cardio like biking and swimming to help speed up the recovery process.

For our complete marathon recovery breakdown, including: when to start running again, when to add in workouts and when to start racing again see our Long- Term Marathon Recovery video with Run SMART coach Mike Smith.