Blake Boldon Receives USATF Level II Certification

Big congrats to Run SMART coach Blake Boldon for receiving his USATF Level II Coaching Certification in Endurance. The Level II program is intended to give coaches a more advanced and in-depth knowledge of endurance training.  The program covers advanced sports science concepts and training principles. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements such as having a minimum of 3-years coaching experience and pass an exam at the end of the classroom sessions.

Rod Koborsi Joins The Run SMART Project

We are excited to announce that Georgetown University assistant coach, Rod Koborsi, will be offering his private coaching services through The Run SMART Project. Koborsi, heralded as one of the greatest distance runners in Georgetown history, graduated  in 2005 with a degree in finance. He received his masters degree in international affairs in 2008.

As an eight-time All-American at Georgetown, Rod brings vast experience to our staff both as an athlete competing at a professional level and as an assistant coach helping to develop runners at one of the premier Division I track and cross country programs in the nation. Rod’s PR’s for 3k (7:46), 5k (13:26), and half marathon (1:03:53) make him the fastest Run SMART coach to date.

Run SMART Welcomes Nathan Performance Gear As Sponsor

We’d like to announce Nathan Performance Gear, a leader in hydration, reflective, and multisport gear and accessories, as our newest Run SMART Retreat sponsor. Nathan has generously agreed to provide both in-kind hydration and nutritional products for our guests. We welcome their support and look forward to working with them as we continue to build one of the premier running retreats in the world.

For more information on the Run SMART Retreat.

After-school Running Programs

Photo Kate Gardiner/Tim Taliaferro '09

Recently, Run SMART got involved with The Dwight School in NYC to help with their after-school running program for 5th and 6th graders. The program is a great introduction to the sport and each day we focus on a different area whether it’s nutrition, pacing, proper running form, or proper stretching, etc. Regardless of whether the kids want to take this knowledge and compete on the junior high team when they’re older, it’s so important to keep them active at this age. Not only does running do this well it helps to develop long-term healthy habits, discipline and achievement.

Run SMART Client Referral Policy

Today, we’re announcing our official client referral policy. The Run SMART Project has enjoyed steady growth since our launch in 2006 thanks in part to existing clients referring friends and family members. Naturally, if you’re having a good time and your running times are improving you’ll want to share your experience with friends. Starting today, we want to reward our existing clients for their referrals so we can all be winners like the people on the beach (above)! It’s very simple…

Strengthening Your Stride

Run SMART coach Blake Boldon offered Fitness Magazine readers a few cross training exercise tips to help reduce the risk of injury and strengthen your stride at the same time. First…

Hands-Up Lunge

Targets: Hips, butt, quads, and hamstrings
  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms overhead, palms facing each other.

Ask Dr. Jack Daniels

Today, we’re rolling out a new feature called “Ask Dr. Jack Daniels.” For the first time ever on Dr. Jack Daniels, named “World’s Greatest Coach” by Runner’s World, will be answering questions from the public. Starting today we’ll be collecting running-related questions via Facebook and Twitter and having Jack answer them in a video response on our blog. This is an incredible opportunity for every runner and fan of Jack’s work and legacy to hear and watch this living legend answer one of your questions online.

Restorative Yoga Workshop (NYC)

Join Mimi Rosetti for a Yoga Restorative Workshop on Sunday March 7th from 1:30-4pm at YogaWorks Eastside Studio in New York City. We recommend restorative yoga for runners to help relieve physical and mental stress and this workshop is a great opportunity to help you recover from your Sunday long run. No previous yoga experience is necessary so check it out and definitely start incorporating a restorative practice into your training regimen. For more information check out the workshop flier.

Mizuno and GU Energy To Sponsor 2010 Run SMART Retreat

We’re pumped to announce that Mizuno and GU Energy will be sponsoring the 2010 Run SMART Retreats in Flagstaff, AZ. Both companies helped make our retreat a success last year so we’re happy they signed on for another year. We look forward to working with them again on putting together an amazing welcome package for all of our guests. Check out all the latest updates on our 2010 retreats.

Private Coaching Testimonials

Today, we unveiled a new page on – Testimonials. Thanks again to everyone who participated… we’ll be adding more soon. Make sure to check them out, they are a testament to who we are and why our private coaching project is effective. Here’s one of my favorites: