“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]

“First Time I Was Able To Maintain Negative Splits”

Mila Reisser had the Bronx 10 Miler scheduled on her VDOT O2 calendar. At a 39.11 her VDOT Equivalent on race day read:  1:24:44 (8:28/mi). She nailed it! 5-minute PR in an official time of 1:24:26 (8:27/mi). [Full Results]

First time in my life I was able to maintain negative splits. Thank you so much for all advise and training!

Next up for this New York Flyer…the Marine Corps Marathon.

“The Craziest Part Is That I Still Had Extra Left In The Tank”

We’re proud to report that Stephanie Tang, a longtime member of our local marathon training group with the NY Flyers in NYC, finished her 25th marathon in her fastest time ever. Stephanie completed the Clarence DeMar Marathon in 3:32:06, a 9:35 PR. [Full Results]

This result could not have happened to a nicer, more dedicated athlete. We love coaching Stephanie because she’s consistent and doesn’t miss a beat. All her hard work has paid off.

“The craziest part is that I still had extra left in the tank as I was sprinting to the finish! I never hit a wall, didn’t feel nauseous, and didn’t have any of my normal hip and leg aches and pains. What a day!” – Stephanie