A Miraculous Turnaround

Just five months after being in a coma hooked up to a ventilator, Doug Whipple, won his age group at the Race For Resources 10k. After the race he commented, “That finish line was symbolic–it put the whole health scare behind me and began a new life.” Doug’s official time was 45:49 which placed him first in the M50-59 age group. [Full Results]

This miraculous turnaround is even more incredible than you think. Doug gave us permission to share his story adding, “We read too many scary articles about running and I believe people need to know that running far more often has huge health benefits.” To read his frightening ordeal below and to think that he’s already setting his sights on improving his race times is unreal. After all, it was the running and training plans that potentially saved him…

Training Back To Life

Greg Gilliam Sets Five PRs This Fall

Greg Gilliam of Stafford, VA set five new PRs this fall after customizing an 18-week marathon plan. Gilliam’s main objective was to PR at Marine Corps so he was pleasantly surprised to see how much his new fitness helped him achieve personal bests across other distances as well.

Jason Yi Rediscovers His Love Of Running

Jason Yi of Portsmouth, NH broke his long time goal of breaking 1:40:00 at the Cape Cod Half Marathon. His official time was 1:39:36, over 2-minutes faster than his performance the previous year. [Full Results]

Thomas Streitberg Drops 14-Minutes On A Rainy Day In New York

Thomas Streitberg of Singapore set a new PR despite rainy conditions this past Sunday at the New York City Marathon. More impressively, he ran a negative split on a course that gets much harder in the second half. His official time was 3:13:41 (1:37:09 first half, 1:36:32 second half). [Full Results]

Denise Iannizzotto Wins Age Group At NYC Marathon

Denise Iannizzotto of Lake Katrine, NY has run the New York City Marathon 13 times since 2005. We’re proud to report that in her 13th attempt she ran her fastest and took home the win in the F55 age group.

Denise’s official time was 3:22:45, almost three minutes ahead of her next age group competitor. [Full Results] Her win comes one year after setting a PR and finishing second in the 50-54 age group in the Chicago Marathon.

Don’t Fall Into The NYC Marathon Trap

The “marathon trap” is widely understood but generally overlooked on race day for a number of reasons which we’ll explore below. The Trap, if you will, applies to any running race not managed properly but it’s deeper and more common during the marathon. The New York City Marathon is even more unique in how it magnifies the factors that lead to it.

Can’t Stop Edgar

Edgar Suris of Lake Mary, FL (pictured right with his running guide) has lived most of his life with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). RP is a degenerative eye disease and has rendered Edgar legally blind. RP hasn’t stopped Edgar from competing in races on a regular basis or slowed him down. Just in the past few years he has completed multiple training plans and keeps chipping away towards his goal of sub-4 in the marathon.

“Didn’t Expect To Set New 5k, 10k And Half Marathon Records In Same Race”

Incredible progress from Run SMART coach Rod Koborsi and client. Lee recently set a new PR at the Royal Parks Half Marathon in Hyde Park. Afterwards he thanked his coach:

I finished the Royal Parks Half Marathon today in 1:44:52 and that wouldn’t have been possible without the work you’ve been doing with me. Thank you. I didn’t expected to set new 5k, 10k and Half Marathon records in the same race – but your training has obviously paid off! I’m very pleased.

Ram Kalakkad Ranganathan Drops 33-Minutes In Chicago

Ram Kalakkad Ranganathan of Wood Ridge, NJ has been training with our NYC chapter for the past two years. After his first full year of training with us he set new PRs but it wasn’t until the completion of his second year when he transformed into a new runner. Despite the conditions in Chicago Ram still managed to set a ginormous 33-minute PR. His official time was 3:55:02. [Full Results]

Most Improved Couple In Chicago

It’s unconfirmed but we’re proclaiming David and Mary Beth Ezra as the most improved couple at the Chicago Marathon 😉 Between their two results they shaved 25-minutes off their personal bests. Mary Beth took home bragging rights with a 14-minute PR. Her official time was 3:41:34. David improved by 11-minutes with an official time of 3:19:16.