“I Never Thought I Would Get Times Anywhere Close To These”

Stephen Van Rees broke 1-hour and 20-minutes for the first time last month at the Run Melbourne Half Marathon in Australia. His official time was 1:19:51 placing him 22nd overall out of 5,000 runners. [Full Results] This result comes after his PR-setting marathon performance (3:06) in Sydney last fall. His coach, Janet Bawcom, also recently reported a new 5k PR by Stephen in 16:40.

Janet’s help over the last year and bit has been amazing, I never thought I would get times anywhere close to these when I started working with her. – Stephen

“You Are Changing Lives Young Lady!!”

Karen Tennant ran her fastest 5k ever working with Run SMART coach Nikki Reiter. Her official time was 27:08, 2.5 minutes faster than her previous best set almost 4-years ago!

I am SO happy I reached out to The Run SMART Project for training!  I am enjoying the training very much – even the tough runs!  I feel stronger and fitter and healthier – and it such a positive lifestyle change for me.

You are changing lives young lady!!

How To Approach Pacing A 10k?

Run SMART:  Do you have any general tips on how to approach pacing a 10k?

Dr. Jack Daniels:  I think the best approach would be to start off treating a 10k as if it is a Threshold effort, and after a couple miles, if that is not feeling too bad, then try picking up the pace a little bit.  Most people start races too fast so the approach is to start as if you are racing a farther distance than the race actually is and see how you are feeling.  You should still be comfortable breathing with a 2-2 rhythm when arriving at the 4-mile mark, a sign you haven’t gone out too fast. The last couple miles may require a 2-1 rhythm, but 2-2 the whole way is good. Always best to finish a race saying you think you could have gone a little faster than to wish you hadn’t gone out too fast.