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.

“I’m Beyond Grateful For This Custom Training Program”

Hans Gonzalez of San Francisco, CA set a new PR at the Clif Mountains 2 Beach Marathon. [Full Results]

It’s been almost 5 months since I committed to your custom training program and I’m delighted to share that I completed a 3:47:25 marathon, coming within 2mins of my target time. I’m beyond grateful for this custom training program, particularly, as you may see from the email exchange, since you made it very clear to me back in January that I would be risking injury if I requested/demanded a program more ambitious than the one initially given.

Needless to say, Sunday’s achievement is very encouraging considering that I missed three weeks of training due to work/travels and came up short on some weekly miles and that I’ve only been a runner for less than 2 years(!).

Joe Ashley Wins M35 At Inaugural British Masters Champs

Joe Ashley of Brighton, England won the M35 age group at the Inaugural British Masters Championships in the Vitality Westminster Mile. [Result] Joe’s time of 4:33 was an 11-second PR. He’s currently in the middle of a 12-week 1500m training cycle for the South of England Masters Champs next month and then on to World Masters in September.

“Just an update, training appears to be going well!!”

Appears so 😉 Thanks for sharing, Joe!

“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):