‘Attending The Run SMART Retreat Was Life Changing’

After dropping almost 10 minutes off her 4-mile time, Casey Kovacic wrote one of the best testimonials I’ve ever read about her coach Alicia Shay and how The Run SMART Retreat inspired her to start running. We’ve been granted permission to share her amazing story.

Do you realize how new I was to running when I attended The Run SMART Retreat in the summer of 2009 (I basically started running in April of that year)? As I mentioned at the retreat, my being there was life changing. After I returned home, suddenly, on August 4th, a light went on – I realized I really like running and plan to continue as long as I can.

I signed up to work with Alicia on a nutrition plan in early 2010, and that was a great help because 2010 was a year of much time spent working two jobs and not much time running. Who knows how bad my eating would have been without the plan?! She laid the groundwork for much better nutrition as well as for (finally) getting over my Mountain Dew addiction, although I didn’t kick that habit until 2011 (the habit was long-term – since 1993 I had been drinking the ol’ Dew daily – but only at work).

Run SMART Fountain Of Youth

Hayley Long proves that when legendary coach Jack Daniels is writing your workouts anything is possible. After recently purchasing a Run SMART Training Plan, she wrote…

Thank you for a great “Kick in Butt” track workout today! Nothing like intervals to remind you that it is possible to run like you did in High School at age 43!

“Alicia Has Helped Me Revamp My Nutrition”

The latest addition to our Testimonials page comes from Bernice Brown, who signed up for nutrition consultation with Run SMART coach Alicia Shay:

A couple of months ago I signed up for a nutrition consultation. I am so glad that I did! Alicia has been great and has REALLY helped me revamp my nutrition.  All of her information was so detailed and her recommendations were easy to follow.  Everything from choosing a good vitamin to how to fuel my runs and most importantly how to properly nourish my body in everyday life. I  am very grateful to Alicia Shay for helping me make positive changes to assist in reaching my goals.

“Like A Guardian Angel”

The latest addition to our private coaching testimonials page is from Run SMART client Jane Svehlak, who had some really kind words to share about her coach Alicia Shay:

Alicia has been my very first ‘training’ partner, being there with me everyday the past four months (943 miles away), like a guardian angel on my shoulder during my runs. The oddity of pairing one of the world’s fastest long distance runners with one of the world’s slowest has been a humbling experience for me.  Alicia has given so generously in developing a training & nutrition plan to fit my fitness level and to help me achieve my personal fitness goals. She treated me with the same respect as a top coach would give to an elite athlete.

“A Partnership Built On Trust”

Run SMART client Everett Hill shares some thoughts about his coach Vince Sherry

Courtesy of Vince, I’ve enjoyed a giddy three years of PR after PR as a newbie masters runner. I was initially skeptical about remote coaching (don’t coaches stand at the finish line with a stopwatch?). The secret is that Vince and I have forged a partnership built on trust.

Every Runner Deserves A Coach Like Dan

Run SMART client Owen Kendall was kind enough to share a message about his coach Dan Wilson. Since joining The Run SMART Project this past April Owen has set three new PRs. Yet again, another great addition to our private coaching testimonials page. Thanks Owen!

In April of 2010, my running was stagnating.  I’d been running competitively for about three years and joined a local team in the summer of 2009, but in April I started feeling like I’d hit a plateau and couldn’t figure out how to continue to improve.  My 800 time was sitting in the mid-2:01 range race after race and I was running around 5:30 pace in most races longer than 5 km.  Then I started working with Dan.  Though we haven’t worked together all that long, talking with him and running his workouts have quickly improved my performances.

“Keep Rolling!”

Run SMART client Erin Strout was kind enough to share a message about her coach Mike Smith. Another great addition to our private coaching testimonials page. Thanks Erin!

I came to the Run S.M.A.R.T. Project two years ago as a recreational runner with a bit of a broken spirit. It was my last-ditch effort to rejuvenate a previous passion for the sport, which had been damaged by a series of disappointing experiences that we all periodically go through. I wondered if some coaching could help—I clearly had no idea how much it would.

Thanks, Coach!

Run SMART client Michelle LaSala was kind enough to let us share a truly thoughtful message about her coach, Vince Sherry. And a wonderful addition to our testimonials page it is indeed!

I owe all of my post-collegiate running success and much of my day to day happiness to my coach, Vince Sherry. 

Private Coaching Testimonials

Today, we unveiled a new page on runsmartproject.com – Testimonials. Thanks again to everyone who participated… we’ll be adding more soon. Make sure to check them out, they are a testament to who we are and why our private coaching project is effective. Here’s one of my favorites: