Run SMART client Jen Johnston, fresh off her new marathon PR and Boston qualifier, wrote a very thoughtful testimonial about her coach, Blake Boldon. She was kind enough to let us share it with you too. She’s been training with Blake for about one year now and managed to: run injury free, lower her marathon best three times while setting a new PR in every race she entered, and qualify for Boston, her longtime goal. Here’s Jen…
It’s not everyday you can say one of your clients improved their marathon time by 25 minutes in one race. This past weekend in the Eugene Marathon Jen Johnston reached her longtime goal by qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Not only did she reach her goal, she dropped her marathon time by 25 minutes in the process, finishing in 3:37:46 (8:19 per mile). Full results can be found here.
Big congrats to Jen and her Run SMART coach Blake Boldon for this incredible effort.
Long time Run SMART client, Everett Hill, set another PR at the Nashville Country Music Half Marathon last weekend. Everett beat his previous personal best by 5 minutes, finishing in 1:51:24 (8:30 pace)!
Everett works with Run SMART coach Vince Sherry. Looking forward to seeing Everett at the Run SMART Retreat again this year.
Terry Ballou, fresh off her world record breaking performance in the Masters 4×800, took her speed to the Penn Relays with the Millrose Track Club. Watch Terry fly by the competition into the lead on the second leg of this 4×400 relay. She reportedly got a few customary Penn Relays “whoops” as she flew by on the back stretch, splitting 60.5!
Terry works with Run SMART coach Dan Wilson.
Due to a hip/glute injury, Tom Klimek spent most of last month and the heart of his marathon build-up away from running. Today, at the Boston Marathon, Klimek managed to run his second fastest time ever. Tom’s current PR is 3:05:21, which he ran at Steamtown last year. Today, in Boston on by far a more challenging course, Klimek finished in 3:08:00 (7:11 pace).
Tom works with Run SMART coach Vince Sherry.
Run SMART client Erin Strout set a new marathon PR in her first experience at the Boston Marathon today, beating her previous best by 3 minutes. Erin’s official time was 3:27:40 (7:56 pace). She missed last year’s race due to injury and has been climbing back ever since. It looks like she’s back and getting faster already!
Erin works with Run SMART coach Mike Smith.
Run SMART client Cathrine Wolden broke 3 hours for the first time in her bright new marathon career. Coming into the Boston Marathon this year Cathrine had run 3:13:07. Today, she finished in 2:59:31 (6:51 pace)! It was incredible to watch Cathrine’s progress throughout the race. She started around 7 minute pace early and then slowly worked her way down from there throughout the race. She was 1:30:48 at the half so she negative split a very challenging second half course in Boston.
Congrats to Cathrine and her coach Alicia Shay for a brilliantly executed race plan and performance!
Former St. Joe’s Hawk, Collin Martin, records first 2010 Boston Marathon PR for The Run SMART Project. Martin finished in 2:48:02, a new personal best by 7 minutes and 15 seconds! Collin’s goal was to break 2:50 so it was a great day today in Boston.
Collin works and trains with Run SMART coach Brian Rosetti.
After about 30K, five Run SMART clients are on pace to set new personal bests.
Cathrine Wolden has been getting stronger throughout the race, averaging 7:00 pace per mile and now about 6:55 pace through 30k. Boston is known to slow you down on the hills late in the race so this is an incredible development. Cathrine’s previous PR is 3:13 so she’s looking at possibly a 12 minute improvement! Fingers crossed.