Run S.M.A.R.T. Client Results

In preparation for a PR in Chicago on October 11, Jen Johnston ran 2 half marathons in one week!  On labor day she came within 2 minutes of her half marathon PR at the Super Jock ‘n’ Jill Half Marathon in Woodinville, WA finishing in 1:54:22.

As a final tuneup for the Twin Cities Marathon in two weeks Brian Schmidt, of Sachse, TX, won the Tektronix Corporate Challenge 5k.  Brian represented Texas Instruments finishing the course in 17:35.

Ask a Coach: How To Combine Cross Country And Marathon Training

Question: Luisa has begun her cross country season and is wondering how she can incorporate training sessions for her marathon in January 2010.

Run S.M.A.R.T. Coach:  You can certainly run well over 5k-10k distances off of pure strength or marathon training so I would suggest focusing on your marathon training and treating the cross country races as hard efforts along the way. Make sure to take a little extra recovery time before a race so you’re not completely compromising your cross country season. The only concern is that racing on many weekends during your build-up could conflict with hard long run efforts that are crucial for your marathon. Racing on a Saturday and then doing a long run on Sunday can be super taxing on your body if you have to pull it off several times during your marathon build-up. If possible, try and schedule your faster paced long run efforts on weekends you’re not racing.

Blake Boldon Off To Great Start At UAB

Run S.M.A.R.T. coach Blake Boldon is now in his first season as head women’s cross country coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Last week coach Boldon led his new squad off to a great start to the season…

The UAB cross country team took the title at the Fleet Feet Sports/Earl Jacoby Memorial Saturday morning in Huntsville, Ala. The Blazers finished the 5K with a perfect score of 15 points, sweeping all top-six spots.

“It’s a good feeling to see the first six spots wearing UAB,” head coach Blake Boldon said. “We are improving from top to bottom, and we had some strong performances today.”

For more on the race head over to UAB’s site.

Angie Woolman Wins 2009 National Senior Games

Angela Woolman, client of Dr. Jack Daniels, won the 400m in the 55-59 age group at the 2009 National Senior Games. Her official time was 71.99. You can view a great shot of Angie running to victory to here and check out the results from the final heat here.

Ask A Running Coach

We’re launching a new feature at The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project called, “Ask a Coach.” Anyone who has running-related questions whether your seeking advice, help or feedback on your training, just email [email protected] and one of our coaches will post the question and response to our blog. The more questions we get the more information we can provide as a resource for runners of all ages and abilities.

2010 Run SMART Running Retreat

The 2010 Run S.M.A.R.T. Project Running Retreat will take place in Flagstaff, AZ on July 25th – July 31st. This will be a great opportunity to get away and train in the beautiful mountains of Flagstaff, heralded as one of the best places to run in the country.

Check out our retreat page for more details.

Tom Podell 2nd In Age Group At Bulldog 50K

Ultramarathoner Tom Podell, a client of Jack Daniels finished 10th overall and 2nd in his age group at the Bulldog 50K this past weekend. The BullDog 50K takes place in Malibu Creek State Park, Malibu California and is a Trail Runner Magazine Trophy Series Race. With a total elevation gain of 6,800ft, Podell managed to finish the grueling race in 4:50:11. You can see the full results here.

Run SMART Coach Wins TransRockies Run

Mike Smith of the Run SMART Project and teammate Robert Krar victorious after finishing the grueling 6 day race through the Colorado Rockies. Full results here on the TransRockies website.

Run SMART Coach Mike Smith Leading TransRockies Run

Run SMART coach Mike Smith and teammate are leading the TransRockies Run with one stage to go!

The TransRockies Run is a grueling ultramarathon broken down into 150 teams of two covering 118 miles over 6 days in the Rocky Mountains. The course includes a mix of singletrack and forest road with nearly 25,000 feet of elevation gain, reaching altitudes of over 12,500 ft.

Run SMART coach Mike Smith and teammate Robert Krar of Team RunFlagstaff stormed to another stage win, finishing the epic 23.4mile/4407′ climbing stage from Red Cliff to Vail in 3:07:22 to stretch their overall lead to over 22 minutes ahead of Team Nike/Rogue Valley Runners.

Stay tuned…

Peter Polidori Finishes 1st In Age Group

Peter Polidori, a client of Dr. Jack Daniels, finished first in the 70-74 age group at the Crim 10-Miler
besting 2nd place by over 11 minutes. The 71 year old masters runner finished in 1:14:25 averaging an
impressive 7:26 per mile! Polidori was 844th overall out of 8,000 plus runners. You can see the full
results here on Active.com.