“Felt Good To Feel That Way So Late In The Race”

George Leary of Keyport, NJ set a new PR at the Philly Marathon finishing in 3:34:39 [Full results]. After the race he gave us his recap and a kind testimonial…

The 15-week plan worked great. From mile 20 on I was passing runners and it felt good to feel that way so late in the race. I would not have been able to cut 12-minutes off of my time without following your plan! Thank you again for an excellent program. – George

Philipp Kluge Drops The Old 42-Minute PR In Frankfurt

Philipp Kluge of Aschaffenburg, Germany customized a 15-week training plan on the VDOT O2 app for his second marathon attempt. He finished his first in 4:22:09 this past April and decided to take things up a notch in his next attempt. Last month in Frankfurt he did that and more with a 3:39:11 official time! [Full results]

And what do you do after setting a 42-minute PR in the marathon? You make plans to improve more!

“I’m already making plans now for next year. I would like to improve on that time now, since I felt really good throughout almost the entire race.” – Philipp

VDOT Certified Coach Shares Success Stories

Tim Jones, a newly VDOT Certified coach, got some incredible results this fall with his marathon clients. To be exact, “Six Athletes, Six PRs and Five BQs.”

Earlier this year, I volunteered to coach Tina, Karen, Chris, Mark, Natalie, and Cheryl for fall marathons. I delivered weekly workouts using the Run SMART Project VDOT Coach app and also posted the workouts on Facebook.

Run SMART Project provided the Jack Daniels’ Marathon Training Plan and we set individualized VDOT training paces for each athlete using the VDOT Running Calculator, which is embedded in VDOT Coach. Then we got down to some serious training. We did a lot of workouts and long runs together and it was a blast.

Read more about Tim and his athletes’ success on his blog The Running Jones.

Kim Sidey Gets BQ After 27th Marathon

Kim Sidey of Augusta, Georgia completed his 27th marathon and got his first BQ at the Erie Marathon.

I followed a Run SMART plan for 6-months. My goal was to break 3:40 to ensure entrance in the Boston Marathon. My final time was 3:37:12. It was just a matter of sticking with the plan. It was my 27th marathon and second serious attempt at qualifying. It was also my first training plan. My own devices were not adequate and it took the Jack Daniels’ plan to really make it happen. Thanks!

“My Last 6 Miles Were My Fastest Of The Race”

Rusty Smith of Leawood, KS got his BQ at the Santa Rosa Marathon. He set a new PR finishing in 3:11:26 by running the second half of the race slightly faster. [Full results] Afterwards, he noted…

At mile 20, I still felt amazing, so I started opening up a little. My last 6 miles were my fastest of the race. I finished in 3:11. Well under the 3:15 I needed for Boston.

I followed your training schedule exactly.  I truly believe that is why I had such a great race.  Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m a huge believer in Run SMART.

14-Year-Old Nicole Matysik Wins Eugene Marathon 5k

Nicole Matysik was the overall female winner at the Eugene Marathon 5k. The middle schooler all the way from Key West, FL,  finished in a very impressive time of 19:11. [Full results]

Her local coach, Bill Elkins, commented after the race, “Nicole followed your plan, went out to Eugene and at 14-years-old was the overall female winner! She was 21st overall and even gave two interviews on the Hayward field track at the finish. Thank you for making a dream come true for her!”

Afterwards, Nicole was kind enough to share a testimonial about her training, “The plan was really a great resource for me. It told me exactly what to do, and then I just logged what I ran, and I really loved how the plan was designed specially for me.”

Elliott Stone Sets North Dakota State Records

Elliott Stone (pictured, setting a new state record) of Bismarck, ND, transformed his running this outdoor season. After customizing one of Jack Daniels’ middle distance training plans, Elliott got to work and the rest is history. Just look at his improvement this year compared to last:

PRs after 2014 season

  • 2:01 (800m)
  • 4:32 (1600m)
  • 9:52 (3200m)

PRs after 2015 season

  • 1:58 (800m)
  • 4:18 (1600m)
  • 9:24 (3200m)

“Feel Like I Now Know How To Train For A Marathon Properly!”

20x30-OTXX2897Ray Venables set a new PR and got his BQ at the Ottawa Marathon. His official time was 3:02:52. [Full results]

Afterwards, Ray kindly thanked us for the training…

I’m writing you to THANK YOU as best as I can in an email. I did it with you and the Run SMART project team’s help: I qualified for the Boston Marathon (unofficially)!

On Sunday, May 24 I finished the Ottawa Marathon in 3:02:52! That’s a both a PR and a BQ! I’m stunned at the results that I attribute to a sound training program. After following the Jack Daniels’ program for the first time, I feel like I now know how to train for a marathon properly!

When To Start Training For Your 2015 Fall Marathon

IMG_0593The following are the most popular fall marathons we customize training plans for and when our 18 and 15-week schedules start for this year’s race.

We recommend 18-weeks of training if you’ve been running fairly consistently but are not in great race shape when starting the plan. 15-weeks is better if you’re in good racing shape and you’ve already been doing some quality workouts. Sometimes the longer the training plan the more risk of overtraining.

Three Years Older, Three Minutes Faster

image1 (1)It’s always great to see runners improving their PRs after entering the masters division. Lawrence Bookham of Aldershot, England, set a new PR at the Maratona S.Antonio in Padua, Italy. His official time was 3:12:37 – 3 minutes faster than his previous personal best set three years ago as a 38-year-old. This was also a BQ!

Afterwards, Lawrence commented,

“I was a bit skeptical about being able to race faster with so much easy running in the plan (even Threshold runs are quite easy compared to the type of training I was doing before I started on a Run SMART plan) but nevertheless it has done the trick, so a big Thank you!”

Too many runners think “harder” is always the answer to improving. Masters runners, especially, need to be more focused on recovery and training at the right intensities.