Malindi Elmore Reaches Olympic B Standard

Run SMART coach Malindi Elmore (#265) is on a mission right now. She just sent us a note after accepting a new client that she’s in Europe for two weeks trying to pin down the A standard. We’re super excited and want to wish her the best of luck heading into the Canadian Olympic Trials in July.

Kelowna’s Malindi Elmore ran the world’s seventh-fastest 1,500-metre race of the season on Wednesday in South Korea, and posted a required Olympic B standard in the process.

Continuing to travel the world in search of the A and B Olympic standard, Elmore achieved one of her necessary goals to make the 2012 Canadian Olympic team by posting a time of 4:07.90 at a IAAF World Challenge meet race in Daegu. The B standard is 4:08.90.

High School Summer XC Training

High School Cross Country Season Of A Lifetime

Take your running to a new level this fall and shock your high school team. Follow a summer XC training program from the “World’s Greatest Coach,” Dr. Jack Daniels.

The Run SMART Project offers Summer Cross Country Training Plans for high school athletes of all levels, designed by legendary coach Dr. Jack Daniels. Plans are 8-weeks long and cost $45. All plans are customizable and personalized based on the athlete’s running background and goals.

Registration Now Open For 4th Annual Run SMART Running Retreat!

Flagstaff, AZ – July 15th-20th and July 22nd-27th

What does a dream vacation for a runner look like? How about a week in Flagstaff, AZ with the “World’s Greatest Coach,” scenic mountain trails and a once in a lifetime run along the Grand Canyon? Who says camp is just for kids?

Learn more about our retreat experience and watch our brand new video trailer!

Important Fall Marathon Training Dates

Running a fall marathon? The absolute best thing you can do is start thinking about your preparation now. An unrushed training plan is the safest way to progress forward and stay injury free while allowing your body to adapt to your training. Make sure to follow a personalized training plan that factors in your age, goal time, time commitment, fitness and experience levels.

Below are the dates of some of the most popular fall marathons and the first day of training for each on our 15-week and 18-week training plans.

Olympian Malindi Elmore Joins Run SMART Coaching Staff

We’re very excited to announce that Malindi Elmore (pictured above representing Canada at the 2004 Olympic Games) is our newest private coach and second Olympian to join the Run SMART staff!

Most Notable Athletic Achievements:

  • 11-time Canadian National team member – World Cross Country Championships, World Athletics Championships, Continental Cup, Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games & Olympic Games
  • Bronze Medalist at World University Games, Pan American Games, World Cross Country team
  • Canadian Championship Record Holder in 1500m
  • Stanford University Record Holder in 800/1500m
  • 15-time Canadian National medalist in 800, 1500, cross country & 10km road race
  • 2:02 (800m), 4:02 (1500m), 15:12 (5000m), 33:00 (road 10 km)

Coaching Experience:

Malindi brings a broad range of experience to our staff. She is currently enrolled in the Canadian National Coach’s Certification Program (NCCP) at the Competition level (level 3) after having completed the Sport & Club Coach (levels 1 & 2) in 2011. She was an assistant coach at the University of Calgary from 2005-2009 and a coach at Stanford University’s Track & Field and Cross Country Camps from 1998-2003.

Read more about her bio and passion for running on our coaches page. Follow Malindi on her blog at Canadian Runner and Twitter @MalindiElmore as she trains towards the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Malindi is now accepting clients (both U.S. and Canada). To begin working with her, go to our private coaching page and sign up!

Get inspired! Watch Malindi win last year’s Harry Jerome International Track Classic in an epic finish!

Watch more video of Harry Jerome International Track Classic 2011 on


Know Your Pace

Just added a new article to our media coverage page. Jack and Vince were both quoted at length in this Runner’s World article about finding your ideal running pace. We’ll be posting a lot about appropriate training paces soon…in fact…we’re planning a whole series on this stuff! This is what we pride ourselves on and Jack’s body of work really focuses on the importance of knowing the purpose of every workout and what your ideal pace should be to achieve optimal results.

Once you’ve established your baseline 5k pace, use it to determine how fast to run your workouts. “Your goal is to create the least possible stress on your body that produces the maximum physiological benefits, not maximum stress to accomplish the same benefits,” says Jack Daniels, Ph.D., head coach with The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project. In other words, don’t run one second faster than necessary.

Read the entire article.

Flagstaff Running Community Has Its Own News Outlet

Keep up with all the latest news and results for the Flagstaff running community at Flagstaff Footnotes, a new project and the first of its kind, started by journalist and longtime Run SMART athlete Erin Strout.

Erin writes about how it all started:

There are so few places where Olympic athletes-in-training commingle freely with recreational weekend warriors, where the accountant in the next cubicle wins a major ultra-running race on any given Sunday, or close to 200 people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds workout together on the track every Tuesday night, often under the watchful eye of a world-renowned coach. If you’re a runner in Flagstaff, AZ, there is a group and a place for you to thrive and we should highlight and celebrate that publicly.

Prepare To Compete – Injury Prevention Clinic

We highly recommend checking out Dr. Marc Bochner’s injury prevention clinic next week to runners of all levels in the New York City (NYC) area. Last year we partnered with Dr. Bochner to develop a core strength/stability routine specifically designed for our clients and it has done wonders to keep our athletes healthy.

For more information see below or visit

When: Thursday, January 26th

Time: 7-9pm

Place: Bochner Chiropractic & Sports Injury Care, 681 Lexington Ave., 5th Floor (between 56th/57th)

Cost: This is a FREE clinic! Limited to 10 participants. Bring running clothes for both indoor and outdoor exercise.

Ann Alyanak Joins Run SMART Coaching Staff

We’re very excited to announce that Ann Alyanak (pictured above representing the U.S. in the marathon at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan) is our most recent addition to the Run SMART private coaching staff. Ann not only brings another impressive athletic resume to our staff, she has a strong background both academically and through her experience as a former Division I college coach. Read more about Ann’s resume below and make sure to cheer her on this weekend in Houston as she competes in her second Olympic Trials in the marathon!