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.”

“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!

Chris Luo Nails BQ At Mountains 2 Beach

"Mountain 2 Beach Marathon"After his recent half marathon PR performance (1:27) this past April, Chris Luo shaved another seven minutes off of his marathon best at the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon. The 39-year-old from San Fran officially clocked in at 3:12:28, placing him 168th out of 1602 finishers. [Results] Afterwards, Chris gave his coach Heidi Peoples credit…

I joined you guys and started working with Heidi after bombing out in my first marathon attempt last year in Napa, where I ran 3:30. My next attempt (working with Heidi) got me to 3:19. It’s super gratifying to have a BQ and new PR at 3:12:28. I definitely would not have gotten there without you guys, so I’m really appreciative!

Avoiding The Wall

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A common theme in feedback we’ve gotten from our spring marathoners:  ‘I avoided the wall.’ Anka Sawiec of Gaj in Poland shares her result:

Last Sunday I ran the Cracovia Marathon – first marathon in my life 🙂 It took me 3h45min!!!!

Thanks again for a good training plan. Starting the 30th km I was waiting for this mythical wall to come 🙂 But nothing happened! I had enough power to keep my pace for the entire distance and even to accelerate on the last kilometer!

 Congratulations, Anka!

Making The Final Turn At Boston

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Juan Carlos Soto making the final turn at the Boston Marathon this past weekend in route to a new PR despite the cold, rain and wind. His official time was 2:40:40, roughly 7 minutes faster than his PR set last year in Chicago. Hats off to a really impressive performance!

“Thank you for a great training program! I managed to run right on the prediction of my VDOT O2 calendar.” – Juan Carlos

This Was My 5th Marathon And I Have Never Felt So In Control

FullSizeRender (1)The weather report at this year’s Boston Marathon was crappy:  cold, rain and wind. Apparently, no one told Rowan Jones because he went out and set a new PR by 2 minutes and 17 seconds. Not only did he PR in tough conditions he negative split Boston! His official time was 2:54:44.

This was Rowan’s third PR and second sub-3 performance while following one of our custom plans from Dr. Jack Daniels. After the race he said…

This was my 5th marathon and I have never felt so in control. No “wall”. Cruised to the beginning of the Newton Hills and then ran by perceived effort all the way to the top of Heartbreak Hill. Dropped the hammer from there and had enough left to kick to a 6:01/mi for mile 26, 5:39/mi for the final 0.2.

Getting My BQ

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Tim Jones, Jack Daniels and Brian Rosetti at the VDOT Clinic

VDOT O2 aficionado, Tim Jones, shares his BQ success story while following a custom plan from Dr. Jack Daniels on our training calendar. He includes a review of the app and interview with our founder, Brian Rosetti.

“Two More PR’s Under Your Coaching Belt Now!”

Doug Whipple of Lumberville, PA customized one of Jack’s 12-week 10k training plans this past summer for the Runner’s World 10k. This past weekend he got faster and was kind enough to share his results…
“First of all, a huge thank you for your sophisticated training program, the cool website and my e-coach’s additional support. You have two more PR’s under your coaching belt now!”

Results:

Run the Goose 7K: 32:45, 1st M45-49 (the actual age group was M40-49 and I wasn’t top 3 in it)
Runner’s World 10K: 45:00, 6th M45-49 [Results]

“Jack’s Running Formula Taught Me Difference Between Training And Exercise”

Congrats to Antony Scott for training and completing his first marathon in Chicago in 3:09:24 after purchasing the 3rd Edition of Daniels’ Running Formula. The 51-year-old from Anchorage, AK credited Jack and VDOT for his impressive result…

“Jack’s Running Formula taught me the difference between training and exercise. Wow.”
“I just finished my first marathon this Sunday in Chicago in 3:09.24. Not bad for a 51 year-old, but things just pretty much went according to the plan. What I’m trying to say is that careful adherence to an actual PLAN produced the expected results. It was fun running past miles 18, 19, etc., not hurting (much), conscious of running distances greater than I’d ever done. Run smart, indeed!”
“Those run tables and predictions are something else. Thanks to all of the work put in by Jack, and all of his colleagues over the years. I love the empirical and structured approach.”

‘Every Runner Ran A Personal Best’

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We’re very excited about the Second Annual Run SMART XC Camp in Steamboat Springs, CO. Feedback like below from our first year has us more motivated than ever to continue supporting younger athletes.

Josh Allen, XC and Track coach at Prosper High School in Texas, after attending last year’s camp with his team:

I’m really glad we attended the Run SMART camp last summer. Every runner that attended camp ran personal bests in cross country in the fall, taking an average of over 1:00 off their 5k XC times, and both teams qualified for the regional cross country championships when neither had the previous season. The girls jumped from 7th in district to champions! They narrowly missed a trip to the state championships by 7 points! We will have 8-9 girls attending the camp this summer.

Success continued in track as well with several personal bests, including our top girl bringing her PR in the 3200 down from 11:38 to 11:16 and her 1600 from 5:18 to 5:13. Our top boy got his personal bests down to 4:23 for 1600 and 1:57 for the 800. He just signed his letter of intent to run at Abilene Christian University. I’m looking forward to returning to camp this summer, and I hope it’s a tradition that continues for our program into the future.