“It’s Official. I’m Hooked On Marathons”

Kerry McEnerney ran the NYC course like a pro in her first marathon. [Official result]

THANK YOU for coaching me to my first marathon finish! When I first saw that the training plan projected my time for my first ever NYC Marathon to be 3:34, I thought y’all were crazy. But it happened, and then some!! I was out in 1:46:16 and back in 1:46:55 for a 3:33:11 finish. I’ve never felt more in control during a race, and even through the challenges (like falling at mile 12 or feeling new quad pain from mile 15 onward), I knew I was strong and I never counted myself out. It was so freeing to trust in the training and feel confident that the hard work would show on race day. This high school 400m hurdler never thought she could be a disciplined, motivated marathoner. Can’t wait to train for next year’s Chicago Marathon with you! It’s official. I’m hooked on marathons. Uh oh.

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Denise Iannizzotto Runs Her Best Race Yet

In her 154th NYRR race at the New York City Marathon, Denise Iannizzotto ran her best race yet. At age 56, this New York Flyer still shows no signs of slowing down. Denise managed to set a course PR (3:17:17) in her 14th finish in New York. She ran over 5-minutes faster than her performance last year when she took home 1st place in the F55 division. To top that she set a lifetime half marathon PR during the first half of the race (1:36:40). [Official Result]

Blowing Kisses Up 5th Ave

If you’re doing that at the end of the New York City Marathon you’re either walking or you’re having a PR day. Steve Orellana did just that this past weekend. The image speaks for itself. Steve was out in 1:22:14 and came home in 1:20:36 to set a new PR. His official result was 2:42:50 placing him 241st out of 52,697. [Full Results]

“It Was The Greatest Race Of My Life”

Longtime Run SMART Project customer Rusty Smith had another great outcome. This time he took advantage of great weather in NYC.

I used your plan (with my coach John Carstens) to train for a 3:20 NYC Marathon time but I ended up running a 3:09!!  That’s a PR for me by 2 minutes!  I thought my PR days were over!  I can’t tell you how shocked and elated I am with the results.  It was the greatest race of my life.  Honestly, it felt like flying throughout most of the race.  My plan was to run by feel and put some time in the bank, and then slow down when I felt fatigued.  But I didn’t feel that way until mile 21-22… and then I was too close to a PR to give up!  It was simply a magical race.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for the work you’re doing and the excellent training plans you provide.

Rusty’s official results/splits here.

Lifetime Milestone Achieved

Kathleen McGeer reached her goal in her first half marathon. At the Hershey Half she finished in 2:08:29. [Full Results]

Thank you Run S.M.A.R.T for helping me achieve a milestone marker in my life.  I never thought I was a “runner” who could make it 13.1 miles, yet on Sunday I did just that.  Not only that, but i met my goal of finishing with a time better than 10 min miles.  It wasn’t the best run but it was perfect just the same.

“I Felt Physically Stronger Than Ever”

Lis Sar set a 7-minute PB at the Auckland Marathon. Her official time was 4:21:55. [Full Results]

I’m so proud of myself. The first 16km of the course was hillier than expected, the last 10km was windy and warm, Hahaha. Now it all made sense to me in the training – race pace , threshold pace etc.

I’ve learned a lot from this race but I didn’t feel exhausted at all after 30km. Legs were heavy but my breathing was perfectly okay. I felt physically stronger than ever but my mindset is going slower than my legs – the fear of hitting the wall. I should’ve pushed a bit harder but will do in my next race, therefore I wanna do more marathons to prepare my mindset for it.

“Long Time Since I Have Been Able To Surprise Myself Like This”

Scott Alford set a goal to qualify for the 2020 Boston Marathon. The 43-year-old from Chicago signed up for private coaching back in January and got matched with Run SMART Project coach Gary Berard. He needed 3:25 to BQ but was looking for more like 3:22 for insurance.

John Bott’s Breakthrough In Berlin

John Bott had a breakthrough performance in Berlin last month. The 30-year-old Australian native managed to run even splits throughout with a 1:22:21 first half, finishing the second half in 1:23:05. [Full Results]