Nick Meeson Sets New PRs for 400M, 800M And The 2-Mile

After purchasing a Jack Daniels 5k Training Plan, Nick Meeson of Bowling Green, OH set PRs for 400M, 800M and 2-miles. He also reached his main goal of going sub-15 by running 14:56 at the Jesse Owens Invite at Ohio State University. Nick was kind enough to let us share his results…

My main goal with the plan was to return back to my normal running self which was sub 15 in the 5k. I did that tonight. I went 14:56. 10 minutes after the race, my words were FINALLY!

Also, I never had been able to break 2mintues in the 800 before. I went 1:58. I never broke 58 in the 400… I went 53 this season! I lowered my 2 mile time to 9:13, a 5 second PR!

I want to thank you for your plan that you sent me, it helped me get back and get better after a two years of running very poorly.

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Ed Balow Drops 15 Minutes Off Half Marathon Time

Ed Balow purchased a Jack Daniels Half Marathon Training Plan last December. His goal race is in two weeks at the Run Raleigh Half. Recently, Ed checked in with us after jumping in a local half marathon simply to do his marathon pace workout.

My intention was to run it as a 2 mile easy, 8 miles at marathon pace workout, but to go hard the last 5K of the race.  Amazingly, it went according to plan.  It was fun to have those first 2 easy miles because I pretty much blew by everyone for the next 5 or 6 miles until I settled into the group of folks at my 7:30 pace. I had lots of energy left after 10 miles and was able to finish strong coming in at 1:39:30 which blows my old half PR out of the water by about 15 minutes!

Regardless of what happens in two weeks I already consider this plan a great success.  You got me into starting corral C for the Chicago Marathon and sub 1:40, and I didn’t even have to race very hard to get it!

Congrats on the new PR, Ed! Good luck in Raleigh!

“Wanted to let you know how well the plan is working!”

More positive feedback. This from Danielle Duhon

I am following my Jack Daniels Training Plan to the second to train for Grandma’s Marathon June 16 (goal 3:35). I ran Dallas Rock & Roll Half yesterday in warm weather and had a 2 minute PR running 1:38:57 (the plan predicted a 1:39:45 by week 9). Of course I’m ecstatic and wanted to let you know how well the plan is working!

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“I Was Hooked When I Heard Coach Jack Daniels Talk”

Run SMART client David Braunstein of Mountain View, CA kindly shared his testimonial for us to post on our site. We approve this message!

“I attended last summer’s Run SMART Retreat and was hooked when I heard Coach Jack Daniels talk about the specific purpose and benefits for every type of training. Brian has helped me to achieve a mile PR, and based on training workouts, I expect there will be more PR’s in upcoming races.  I’m grateful for Brian’s coaching and wouldn’t have pushed myself to do these kinds of workouts on my own. The coaching has been outstanding and highly personalized on subjects ranging from workout strategy and pace to ankle stretches, core, shoes, and recovery diet. Run SMART is a great group of coaches with amazing knowledge and professionalism.”

View our growing list of testimonials. We’re very proud and appreciate of your support! Want to write one of your own? Send it to [email protected].

“Alicia’s Fund Of Nutritional Knowledge Is Second To None”

We’re very proud to post this testimonial from Meggie Smith of New York, NY. Meggie signed up for a nutrition consultation with Run SMART coach Alicia Shay this past summer and was kind enough to share some thoughts about her experience. It’s a testament to how dedicated Alicia is and how much she cares about her clients.

Alicia Shay is one of the most compassionate and caring people I have ever “virtually” met. Alicia’s fund of nutritional knowledge is second to none. Further, as a medical student, I can vouch that Alicia’s proficiency in physiology and disease mechanisms match that of a medical student…and sometime even surpass that! With Alicia’s help I was able to not only improve my running performance (PRs in the half marathon by 2 min and 10K by 2 min), but also able to achieve sustained energy levels, which is important with my busy lifestyle. Alicia was always encouraging and her recommendations were never overwhelming.

Run SMART Customer Hits Goal Time By The Second In Chicago

Josh Weinrobe signed up for a Jack Daniels’ Training Plan this past June in preparation for the Chicago Marathon. When he signed up his marathon PR was 3:28 and his personalized schedule, based on Jack’s patented formulas, trained him towards a goal of 3:13 (7:22 per mile).

This week Josh emailed us with his results, “Don’t know if this has ever happened in your coaching career, but I nailed your prescribed target time for Chicago to the second. Pretty crazy.  Gotta say, I didn’t think it was possible.  I’m now a true believer in Run SMART Project methodology. I’ll be back for my next race!”

His official time – 3:13:00 (7:22 per mile) on the dot! Doesn’t get better than that. Congrats on the 15-minute PR, Josh!

“I’m Getting Better All The Time”

Run SMART client Scott Mersiowsky signed up for private coaching this past May. He was kind enough to share a testimonial about his experience working with Run SMART coach Rod Koborsi. We’re super excited about his progress!

I just wanted to say how much I am enjoying and benefiting from working with Run SMART Coach Rod Koborsi.  After a couple years of injuries, the first from a motorcycle accident and then the next year a stress fracture, I didn’t think that I would ever get back to running well.  After 11 weeks in a boot for the stress fracture, I decided that at age 45 I was going to depend on someone else for my training and try to surpass or at least match my times from my younger years.  Now I have been running and competing since high school so I was a little skeptical as to how much an online coach could really help.

‘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!