Jeff Weatherhead Finishes 6th At USATF Championships

Run SMART client, Jeff Weatherhead, started the season off on the right note with a 6th place finish in the Men’s 55-59 age group at the USATF Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships. Jeff’s focus this year is the outdoor nationals in August, so he ran this race without spending too much time doing speed work. It was a positive effort to start the year.

Jeff’s official time was 5:28.84, good for 6th place overall. Full results of the meet here.

Melissa Bell and Lisa Mire Represent at Corporate Cup Half Marathon

Run SMART clients Melissa Bell and Lisa Mire represented well at the YMCA Corporate Cup Half Marathon on Saturday, March 8th. Melissa placed 4th in 1:30:58, while Lisa was fifth in 1:34:59. The last third of the race was run into a very strong head wind, making for a tough finial stretch. Despite the challenging conditions both women managed a strong showing and Lisa even managed to pull off a new PR!

Both Melissa and Lisa are training for the Flying Pig Marathon, which takes place in Cincinnati on Sunday, May 4th.

Alex Gardner Sets 5K And 10K PRs In Same Race

Two years ago Run SMART client Alex Gardner lined up for the Groundhog 10K in Kansas City MO wondering what she could run. Having only matched the distance a couple of times before in training, the 10K seemed formidable in mileage alone. She finished the race in a very respectable 55:41. Since that day Alex has logged hundreds, if not thousands of miles and added a couple of marathons to her credit.

Alex entered the race again this year with the goal of running at least 53 minutes. Having narrowly missed her goal of 25 minutes in a local 5K just a couple of weeks ago, Alex would have considered the sub 52 minutes mark to be a great race for her current fitness. Not only did she beat the 52 minute mark, she crossed the 5K mark in a huge PR of 23:40! Alex continued to press, finishing the 10K in 49:25!
Read Alex’s story of the race on her blog at

Alex Gardner Sets 5k PR In Season Debut

On January 5th Run SMART client Alex Gardner lined up for her first 5K of the new year. Though Alex missed her goal of sub 25 minutes, she did open the year up with a 14 second PR of 25:18. If your interested in more details on Alex’s race, check out her very well written and informative blog.

Avi Kravitz Sets PR For 5 Miles

Sometimes things don’t go as planned… Run SMART client AviKravitz had been training for the Houston Half Marathon for several months, but a last minute change in plans wouldn’t allow him to make the race. Rather than miss the racing opportunity altogether, Avi found a local 5 Miler. Despite having trained specifically for the half marathon, Avi clocked a time of 29:54! That was good enough to best Avi’s former PR from only 6 weeks ago by 35 seconds, on a tougher course. Avi’s next major race will be the Boston Marathon in April.

Everett Hill Runs 24 Minute PR

Everett Hill put forth his another stellar performance since signing on with the Run SMART Project. This past weekend at the PF Chang’s Rock & Roll Marathon Everett rolled his way to a new PR of 4:11:12.

I do believe that it is fair to mention that this marathon was far from Everett’s toughest battle. Only a few years ago Everett was placed on life support after suffering from cardiac arrest. He only started running after having open heart surgery.
Check back for Everett’s story, as we will soon be posting it in his words right here on the news page.
Congratulations on the new PR Everett and may there be many more to come.
-Vince Sherry

Jeff Weatherhead’s Running Season of a Lifetime

We want to congratulate Jeff Weatherhead on one of the most positive seasons we’ve had in The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project since its inception.

Jeff has been running competitively for the last 15 years, yet after turning 56 this past August he has managed to set new Pr’s for 800m, 1500m, 1 mile, 5k and 4.75 miles (Manchester Road Race). His 4:51 in the 1500 ranked him 8th in the country for the men’s 55-59 division this year. He also finished 6th overall in the 1500 at the USATF Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Riding high off a monster track season he took to the roads this fall and stepped up to the 5k setting a huge PR clocking in at 18:34 (5:59 a mile). It was the first time he has ever averaged sub 6:00 a mile for 5k.

Not to put any pressure on him, but every time the man laces them up he sets a new PR. The key to Jeff’s success has been his willingness to buy into a new system and to trust his coach (me!) He’s very goal-oriented and has reached new heights because of his determination and work ethic. It’s been a pleasure coaching him. Congrats Jeff. Next year you’ll be 57, so let’s keep shocking the running world with your new found fountain of youth.

-Brian Rosetti

Erica Pappendick and Nicki Hines Finish First Marathon

Sisters Erica Pappendick and Nicki Hines making it look easy as they finish their first marathon amidst the sweltering heat in Chicago this year. Both are now getting ready to ramp up for the Boston Marathon in April. It’s been extremely encouraging to watch Erica and Nicki become more motivated as they continue to see improvements throughout their time training with us.

Christen Meyer Wins Masters Division At Philly Marathon

On a dreary, cold and windy day in Philadelphia, Run SMART client Christen Meyer managed to set another marathon personal best, finishing in 2:49:48 (first sub-2:50 performance). She was 1st masters woman, 14th female overall and had the second fastest age graded time of the day! You can see Christen’s and the overall female race results for the Philly Marathon here. The most impressive note to add on Christen’s performance from a coach’s perspective is that she ran her second half (1:24 and change) faster than her first (1:25 and change) (Official splits coming soon). Her fastest mile split wasn’t until mile 22 when she dropped a 6:19!

We were fortunate enough to begin coaching Christen about two years ago when her marathon pr was 2:55. She is now 44 years old and has dropped roughly 5 minutes off of her previous best. Maybe there’s something to this aging thing. Her first words to me after she finished were, “I can go faster.”

Nice work Christen! The extra work you put in this year of training has paid off well and will continue to pay off into next year.

-Brian Rosetti

Craig Berman Finishes Strong In First Marathon

This past weekend Run SMART Project athlete Craig Berman participated in his first race. Craig decided that if he was going to get into running he may as well go all out, so he chose the New York City Marathon to be his first venture into racing.