Lorraine Doucet Wins Age Group At Winterman Half

Lorraine Doucet of Orleans, Ontario is currently following a training plan for Boston. This past weekend she tested her fitness at the Winterman Half Marathon.

First of all I’d like to say that I am very pleased with my training program results so far. I just ran a half marathon as part of my Boston Marathon training program and set a new PB by 3-minutes. I finished strong and probably was able to continue running.

Stephen Havas Hits New Half PB In 1:16:53

Stephen Havas of Vancouver, BC is making big progress while in the middle of his 24-week plan tailored towards the Vancouver Marathon. We love the new PB but the even pacing is great too 😉

Hi coaches, I had a big PB at the First Half Half Marathon on Feb 11. I improved by 3 min from last spring! My official time was 1:16:53, 15th OA and 2nd in my age category. My goal pace was set for 1:17 and I was able to comfortably maintain that the whole race, slight negative time with good kick the last few k. Probably could have finished about 30s faster I figure if I paced slightly faster earlier on but was in unknown territory so didn’t want to risk blowing up. Training plan is working great, amazing results so far!

[Full Results]

Fran Breslauer Top Ranked NYRR Athlete In 2017

Run SMART client Fran Breslauer of the NY Flyers was honored this past weekend at the 39th Annual NYRR Club Night. Fran was the #1 ranked female in her age group based on the NYRR 2017 racing calendar. Here are the nominees and winners from the 75-79 age group.

Overall, Fran ran 15 NYRR races in 2017 and won her age group in every race. Her fastest average pace was at the Percy Sutton Harlem 5k where she split 8:56 per mile.

Román Piñango Sets 6-Minute PR In Miami

Román Piñango of Bogota, Colombia improved his half marathon best by over 6-minutes at the Miami Half Marathon. His official time was 1:38:16 (7:31 per mile). [Full Results]

“I enjoyed the entire training because it was really balanced, I had one or two days between Quality workouts.” – Román

Official race day temp was a balmy 76F which convert’s Román’s time down to a 1:35:41 on a cooler day, according to our VDOT Calculator. Great effort!

Andy McGhee Sets New PB At Stubbington 10k

Congrats to Andy McGhee of Southampton, Hampshire on his new 10k PB. At the Stubbington 10k Andy ran even splits to finish in 37:54. [Results] Recently, he’s incorporated a lot of cycling into his training regimen so we’ve revamped his training a bit to factor in all the great work he’s getting on the bike. This is a great sign the new plan is working as he ramps up for the London Marathon in April.

“Run SMART Is The Best Decision I Have Made Since 2015”

Anna Coe-Salazar has been a customer since 2015. We had a lot of fun helping her conquer new challenges.

Thank you very much for my training programs in 2017. All of them worked like a treat.

To summarize I managed to run my three half marathons under the time we set as a goal (1:40). Additionally, and bearing in mind I am just starting trail racing, I managed to make the podium in my division in a 10k and 24k. The last trail race was a challenging and very technical race which one could divide into three legs; 8k climb (850 Mt @ 3000 ft), 8k descent (mostly rocks and forest) finishing off with a killer 8k at sea level on sand at searing 29C/85F.

In the past year you have catered and customized my plans for both road and trail training. With the last program, which was initially done for road running, Run S.M.A.R.T helpfully modified the program which I followed and aimed at including trail running on my long and easy runs. It was very enjoyable and it allowed me to find a new passion for trail running. To me Run S.M.A.R.T is the best decision I have made since 2015!

Virgil Frazier Sets 32-Minute PR At Cal International

Virgil Frazier of Shiprock, NM ran even splits throughout his goal race at the Cal International Marathon. He hit 1:52:20 at the halfway mark and finished in 3:45:05. [Full Results] It takes great patience and guidance to manage a marathon like that.

Afterwards he thanked his coach and guide Alvina Begay, “Thanks to your training plans & guidance. I set a PB by 32 plus minutes! Yes, tremendous, progress…looking forward to 2018 already!!”

Boston Bound!

Fresh off of her half marathon PR in Wineglass, Lillian Park smashed her marathon PR at CIM this past weekend. Her official time of 3:40:36 was just over a 13-minute PR. [Full Results] She was strong and patient with a 1:50:03 split at the half, coming home in 1:50:33.

A Miraculous Turnaround

Just five months after being in a coma hooked up to a ventilator, Doug Whipple, won his age group at the Race For Resources 10k. After the race he commented, “That finish line was symbolic–it put the whole health scare behind me and began a new life.” Doug’s official time was 45:49 which placed him first in the M50-59 age group. [Full Results]

This miraculous turnaround is even more incredible than you think. Doug gave us permission to share his story adding, “We read too many scary articles about running and I believe people need to know that running far more often has huge health benefits.” To read his frightening ordeal below and to think that he’s already setting his sights on improving his race times is unreal. After all, it was the running and training plans that potentially saved him…

Training Back To Life

Greg Gilliam Sets Five PRs This Fall

Greg Gilliam of Stafford, VA set five new PRs this fall after customizing an 18-week marathon plan. Gilliam’s main objective was to PR at Marine Corps so he was pleasantly surprised to see how much his new fitness helped him achieve personal bests across other distances as well.