Shelby Harris Sets PR and BQ On Even Splits In Chicago

Shelby Harris of Briarcliff Manor, NY set a new PR and BQ at the Chicago Marathon with very even pacing. Her coach, Ann Alyanak, was proud of how well she paced, out in 1:49:18 and back in 1:49:29. [Full Results]

The experience working with Ann was awesome and I’m so grateful for it. Thanks!

“This Was My Lifetime Half Marathon PR And I Didn’t Even Try That Hard”

Michel Werthenschlag trains with our NYC Marathon Training Program via the NY Flyers. All his consistency and hard work is starting to pay off.

“Felt great! This was my lifetime half marathon PR and I didn’t even try that hard. I tried to keep a 7:12 pace for the first half and then realized I could push and beat my best time on the 2nd half, which I did by 1:30!”

“I Had More In The Tank When I Finished!”

Stephanie Tang set her second straight marathon PR, conquering the late climb at Twin Cities with a negative split (first half 1:45:54 vs second half 1:44:36).

A huge congrats to my teammates and thanks to New York Flyers for your support, and The Run SMART Project for the great coaching, as always!

I honestly felt great the entire time, no pains, sprinted to the finish, envisioning our threshold miles, and I had more in the tank when I finished!

What a great race, city and day!

Jorge Ospina Hits 2:52 In Berlin

Longtime Run SMART Project client Jorge Ospina of Detroit, MI ran 2:52:03 at the Berlin Marathon. [Full Results] This marks Jorge’s third fastest marathon ever and within 2 minutes of his personal best set six years ago.

Thanks again for a great training cycle. Even though I did not break 2:50 I am very happy with the result. – Jorge

Stefano Battaglia Sets New Half Marathon PR

Stefano Battaglia set a new PR and exceeded his goal/VDOT projected time in Rome:

I just completed your 12 week half-marathon program. I’m very happy to tell you that I (we) achieved the goal to complete Rome half-marathon via Pacis in 1:42:50, better than planned. The course is a bit longer than 13.1 miles so the real timing for the correct half-marathon distance would have been 1:40:53 which makes a VDOT of 44.7 (good improvement).

Cory Benson Wins Age Group At New Haven 20k

Cory Benson won the F60 age group at the New Haven 20k. Her official result was a course PR in 1:35:21 (13-mins ahead of the next finisher in her age group). [Full results]

Cory’s performance at age 62 achieved Level 8 (sub-elite) out of 10 on Dr. Daniels’ new age-graded scale. You can learn more about VDOT O2’s new age-graded performances here.

Next up for Cory and her longtime coach Alicia Vargo? 8 weeks until the New York City Marathon!

From 300 lbs To 2:38 In The Marathon

If you asked Ben Kassel just 6-months ago if he could run a 2:38 marathon he would have said you were crazy. He only started running a few years ago with the intention of losing weight. He weighed 300 lbs and didn’t enjoy running until he did his first race. “Most of the reason I run is for the competitive nature of it,” says Kassel. He hasn’t stopped racing ever since with recent PRs of 2:38:34 at Jack and Jill’s Marathon (4th overall) last month, a 16:43 5k at NC USATF Champs and a 1:17:15 at The Scream Half Marathon. 

Bradley Geilfuss Sets PR At Wine Country Half

Bradley Geilfuss set a big PR and won his division (F45) at the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon. His official result was 1:27:34. [Full Results]

His training volume was a bit low in this block but he prevailed throughout. He’s a tactician when approaching and executing his quality sessions and he’s a brilliant guy – which makes for a smart runner. – Coach Gary Berard

“I Couldn’t Ask For A Better Coach”

Judy Dore of Saratoga Spring, NY set a 4.5 minute PR at the Boston Marathon. Her official result was 3:43:07. [Full Results]

After the race Judy thanked her coach…

This was my favorite training cycle so far. Leah really mixed things up with my workouts, and not only did I get more fit, I had a blast doing it. She really challenged me, and I’m not surprised at how strong I felt throughout the race. I passed quite a few people, especially at the end. I’m especially excited that I’ll now get to register a week earlier for Boston next year, even with the new qualifying times.

Leah is so positive and upbeat, and her enthusiasm is infectious. I couldn’t ask for a better coach.