Alicia Shay Joins The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project

We are proud to announce that Alicia Shay will now be offering private individualized coaching and nutrition counseling through The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project. Alicia was a two-time NCAA champion and record holder for 10,000 meters at Stanford University and currently trains for Saucony in Flagstaff, AZ. It’s also important to note that she is the first female coach to join our staff! Check out Nutrition Consultation with Alicia Shay and read her full bio here.


Coach Miltenberg LeadsTwo Athletes To All-American Status

Run S.M.A.R.T. coach Chris Miltenberg is also head women’s cross country and distance coach at Georgetown University. This weekend two of his collegiate athletes finished 5th and 8th overall in the 1500 meters at the NCAA Championships in Fayettville, AK.

Check out the full results on the NCAA’s web site.

Summer High School Cross Country Camp

Run S.M.A.R.T. coach Blake Boldon has organized a high school cross country camp for both teams and individuals. The camp will be held at the Fountain Valley School of Colorado on August 7-9. For more details about the camp check out the website or email Blake at [email protected]

The camp is a perfect opportunity for high school athletes to prepare for their 2009 season:

What You’ll Learn

  • Principles of training for distance races
  • Strength training geared toward the distance runner
  • Drills to improve running economy and efficiency
  • Proper shoe selection
  • Goal setting
  • Altitude training
  • Flexibility
  • Nutrition for training and racing
  • Race day preparation/race strategy
  • Injury prevention/injury care

America’s Greatest Running Coach Isn’t Ready to Retire

Coach Jack Daniels and The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project were featured in Running Times. The article is titled Coach for Hire, America’s Greatest Running Coach Isn’t Ready to Retire.

“Running is generally considered fairly recession-proof. It boomed in the late 1970s when the U. S. economy was in the tank, and there are signs the sport is remaining vibrant in the current economic downturn. It makes sense: Not only can a good pair of running shoes last for several months, but the positive vibe we get from running is a great panacea for having less expendable income, or even worse, losing a job.

But with a dark economic forecast and massive budget cuts looming at Northern Arizona University, the school decided to close the Center for High Altitude Training in Flagstaff, where numerous elite-level runners, swimmers and triathletes have trained since its inception in 1994. And that meant Jack Daniels was out of a job.”

The entire article can be found here on RT’s website.

World Class Masters Running

We all know how hard it can be to make time for our training.  It’s a challenge that we all have in common and it can mean the difference between success and failure on race day.  Consistent training over time can help any athlete improve and will almost certainly bring you closer to your goals.  Recently I wrote an article for Running Times about the masters world record holder in the 800 and 1500 meters, Jim Sorensen.  Talking with Jim and reflecting on his training I learned a great lesson in perseverance, despite injury and frustrating circumstances. Jim’s success demonstrates what years of consistent training can do.

Here’s a link to the story: http://www.runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=16349

Email me if you have questions or just want to know more about Jim’s running career.

Blake Boldon
Run S.M.A.R.T. Coach
[email protected]

Chris Miltenberg Joins Run S.M.A.R.T. Coaching Staff

Chris Miltenberg, a 2 time All-American at Georgetown University is now offering private coaching services for The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project. Chris is currently the head women’s cross country and distance coach at Georgetown University. He believes strongly in an individualized approach to each athlete and is committed to helping our clients reach their goals.

Chris’ profile can be found on our coaches page here. To begin working with Chris send an email to [email protected].

Brian

[email protected]

Running Goals and How to Get There

Listening to the interview that Coach Daniels gave Flotrack made me think about how goal setting relates to every athlete.  He primarily discussed high school athletes but goals serve as the compass for every athlete from recreational joggers to world record holding elites.  So much has already been said about this topic that many runners and coaches forget the basics in goal setting.  A few years ago Pete Pfitzinger wrote a great article for Running Times on the subject and it’s worth rereading.  Here is a link to the article on his personal website:

http://www.pfitzinger.com/labreports/goals.shtml

After reading the article, the next step in the process is evaluating your current progress and working with your coach to establish appropriate goals for the coming weeks and beyond.  Pursuing goals and reevaluating during the process isn’t easy but with patience and guidance from an expert coach you will surprise yourself with how far you can progress.  I’ve experienced it as an athlete and coach and I continue to learn daily about goal setting.  I recently posted on my personal blog about the process of working toward my athletic goals.  Hopefully you can find something useful in my experiences.  Here’s a link to the post:

http://blakeboldon.blogspot.com/2009/03/from-good-to-great.html

Happy Running,
Blake
[email protected]

Interview With Run S.M.A.R.T. Coach Blake Boldon

Blake Boldon is currently training in Colorado Springs, CO and racing professionally across the country. Recently, he joined The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project Coaching Staff bringing a broad range of coaching and personal experience to the table. We got a chance the other day to ask him a few questions and gain some insight as to how he juggles both roles.

Run SMART: Two weeks ago you finished 6th in the 3k at the U.S. Indoor Championships up in Boston, MA. What was your approach mentally going in and were you satisfied with the result? Also, how does this race fit into your gameplan for the year?

Blake Boldon: It was my first 3k since last year’s championships and it was my first time on a 200 meter track since that race too.  Going in I knew that I wasn’t as race sharp as some other guys might be but I’ve put in a huge block of quality training and I know my fitness is good.

Coach Jack Daniels On The Importance of Setting Goals

Flotrack.org has been doing a series of interviews with coach Jack Daniels called Thirsty Thursdays. Each interview covers a different facet of training and racing so I encourage everyone to check the videos out at Flotrack. Here’s the latest, which covers the importance of having purpose in your training and the idea that all runners should have an individualized approach.