“I Am Thrilled! Thank You – Your Plan Was Perfect!!!!”

Despite challenging conditions Jacquii Alexander improved her personal best by almost 4-minutes at the Brooklyn Half Marathon. This bumps her VDOT up 1.5 points to 39.66.

I just finished my first Run SMART Project program. I totally surprised myself in extremely wet conditions, and ran even faster than my VDOT projected in a new PR of 1:51:43. Woohoo!

I am thrilled! Thank you – your plan was perfect!!!!

Full Results.

Na’eem Conway Gets His First BQ In Mt. Charleston

Congrats to Na’eem Conway for getting his first BQ with a 10-minute PR at Mt. Charleston. Na’eem trains with the NY Flyers, our local training group in NYC. He’s been steadily improving since he started with us back in 2015. Look at the progression of his PRs and VDOT score (Note:  before Delaware his PR was 3:35:05):

Two For Two

Greg and Sara Gilliam took home two PRs and two BQs from the Mt. Charleston Marathon.

Thank you Run SMART! I finally beat my 2009 marathon PR by over 9-minutes! I loved this plan and the results showed. My husband also PR’d and BQ’d using his second Run SMART plan. We are ecstatic and can’t wait for Boston 2019! – Sara

Sara was 4th in her age group with an official time of 3:13:24. [Full Results] Greg finished in 3:10:14 which was a 24-minute improvement from his previous best. [Full Results]

“I Really Like The Fact That I’m Training With A Purpose”

Gabe Henneberger (pictured on the inside) of Enterprise High School in Alabama has made incredible progress the last several years while following our training plans. He recently finished 6th at the Alabama State Meet in the 3200m. His official time of 9:36 (66.7 VDOT) was a new PR. [Full Results]

“I really like the fact that I’m training with a purpose. I have really enjoyed using the program. Looking at my progression this past season has given me a great boost of confidence in my capabilities.”

Ann Alyanak Qualifies For The Olympic Trials

Run SMART Coach Ann Alyanak qualified for the Olympic Trials this past weekend at the Illinois Marathon. She finished third overall with an official time of 2:43:00 (60.2 VDOT). [Full Results]

This is the third time Ann has qualified for the Marathon Olympic Trials, but first since having three kids. 😉 She finished 7th overall at the Olympic Trials her first time around back in 2008.

“First Of All – This Plan Was AMAZING. Truly.”

Lauren Roberts of The Running Physio set a new PR in Boston by just over 11-minutes despite the challenging conditions. Her official time was 3:12:38 (1:35:06 split). [Full Results]

First of all – this plan was AMAZING. Truly. I only missed a few here and there but I hit pretty much every key workout and every week I would just keep getting stronger and stronger. This was also just under 12 minutes faster than my qualifying time and I moved from 13098 ranking to 3218. Hah! So, THANK YOU!!!!

Winter Training In Ontario Trumps Crazy Boston Weather

We recently reported Lorraine Doucet’s half marathon PB in route to Boston. Due to her consistency training in Ontario weather all winter she was more than prepared for the crazy conditions in Boston. She walked away with an incredible 4-minute improvement on her marathon PB. Official time: 3:25:14. [Full Results]

Boston Weather Didn’t Stop Joe

Joe Kelly of Scranton, PA signed up to break 3-hours at Boston this year. Despite the wind, rain and cold temps Joe managed to reach his goal, even dipping a few minutes under his VDOT Projected time (2:59:27). His official time was 2:57:32 (54.4 VDOT). [Full Results]

That plan was nearly perfect. Even with the lower miles, I squeezed out a 2:57:32.

Truth be told I felt so ready and thrilled with the result. 2017 was a bad year with injuries, so thank you for helping me get back on track.