Shannon Siragusa Wins Masters Division At Hartford Marathon

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.

“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

“Jack Daniels’ Training Plans Rock!”

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!

 

Alison Thurber Reaches Sub-3:15 Goal

Big congrats to Alison Thurber for reaching her goal of sub-3:15 at Grandma’s Marathon. Alison’s official time was 3:14:18, almost 5-minutes faster than her previous best set last year. More impressively, she did it running almost perfectly even splits (1:37:08/1:37:10)! [Full Results]

Grandma’s was a great race in all respects. A stunning location, ideal weather, and a flat, fast course.  As a 38-year-old working mom I’m still not convinced my fastest times are behind me. The Run SMART Project training definitely served me well so I will continue to put the schedules to work.

 

“I Actually Got Faster As The Race Progressed”

Richard Garcia of Fort Worth, TX set a new PR at the Grandma’s Marathon. His official time of 2:49:44 placed him 189th out of over 6,000 finishers. We love his splits ever more as he accomplished this new personal best by running the second half of the race over 1-minute faster than the first (1:25:39/1:24:05). [Full Results]

BQ Secured

Benton Wong of San Ramon, CA set a big PR at Mountains 2 Beach. His official time was 3:02:53. [Full Results]

I just completed the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon this past Sunday and I accomplished my goal of getting a BQ by more than 10 minutes below the cutoff, and a PR by 16.5 minutes.

The customized 18 week plan that was created for me worked great. At times, the workouts appeared intimidating but I sucked it up, did them, and got me in the shape I needed to hold on and be in control for that distance.

“19 Min PR!!!!”

Linda Bowker set a new PR at the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon this past weekend. Linda’s official time was 4:05:34. [Full Results]

19 min PR!!!! Thank you @runsmartproject, I can’t imagine getting here without the guidance of my training plan! 5-minutes shy of my projected/goal time but this was done without a watch, thanks to this cutie chewing my charger the day before the race.