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.
Cory Benson won her age group at the Hartford Marathon and set a lifetime personal best. The 61-year-old from Newtown, CT finished in 3:30:28.
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]
Shannon Siragusa finished first masters female at the Hartford Marathon. The 43-year-old from West Simsbury, CT negative split (out in 1:28:00) her way to a new PR. Her official time was 2:54:57. [Full Results] She even managed to kick it in the final 1/2 mile at a 5:12 per mile clip.
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.
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
Patrick Bovin of Belgium completed his second straight 24-week marathon plan. His first plan ended with a PR in New York (3:18:21) last year. The M50 runner came back for more to prepare for the Berlin Marathon. We’re happy to report another PR by roughly 5-minutes (3:13:27). [Full Results]
I’m happy. And I got confirmation this weekend that I can go to Boston next year. Jack Daniels’ training plans rock!
Training partners Lorraine Doucet and Todd Piquette both took home victories at the Mississippi Mills River Run 10k. Todd finished first overall by 1.5 minutes with an official time of 39:02. This was the first time he’s ever broken 40-minutes in a 10k. Lorraine was first female and also finished over a minute ahead of her next competitor. [Official Results]
“We both swear by Run SMART because we’ve improved tremendously,” says Todd. “I have gotten so much faster since following your custom training plan.”
Todd currently has two weeks left in his marathon plan and is looking to take this momentum towards sub-3 at Wineglass.