Take Pride In Choosing To Run

The marathon endeavor is about the commitment, the planning and the disciplined developed over many weeks of training. Take pride in all the hard work you’ve put in. Take pride in being part of the running community. Take pride in choosing to run and lead a healthier lifestyle, hopefully influencing others to do the same. Take pride in your decision to run and do marathons.

Congrats to all our marathon finishers this year and good luck to those running marathons to come!

That Makes Five Straight Races With PRs

Mike Prest of Chicago Illinois and Run SMART coach Jay Bawcom have been on a tear lately. Recently, Mike set his fifth straight PR at a local 8k! He managed to break 34-minutes for the first time ever, finishing in 33:47 (6:48 per mile). He averaged 6:51 pace for the first 5k then ended up running his fastest mile of the race in the last mile (6:40)!

Congrats, guys! Keep it going!!

Jimmy Carney Finds His 5k Fountain Of Youth

Jimmy Carney was kind enough to share some feedback on his latest race result while following one of our 12-week 5k custom plans from Dr. Jack Daniels. It’s been roughly 15-years since he averaged sub-7 for a 5k!

Wow – I’ve been hit with two awesome surprises today at my first 5K (3.1 miles) race of the year: (1) I finished **2nd** in my age group, which never has happened before (I think that silver is my new favorite color! smile emoticon ); and (2) I averaged less than 7 min. per mile (6:59 to be exact!), which I haven’t done since high school many years ago.

I wanted to thank my peers and coaches at The Run SMART Project and Evanston Running Club for challenging and encouraging me to become a better runner; seriously, today’s outcome was a team effort!

Can Choosing The “Right” Friends Improve Your Fitness?

While you can’t choose your family, you can choose your friends and science tells us that you better choose carefully. Numerous scientific studies demonstrate that your social circle affects more than which post-run brunch location you go to. Your social circle also affects your health. Perhaps the most famous of these studies is a 2007 study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine entitled “The Spread of Obesity in a Large Social Network Over 32 years”.

Science on the Run: Not All Fitness Trackers Are Created Equal

Linking current research to running

By Nikki Reiter

Do you own or are you considering a fitness tracker? These monitors claim to be a great way to measure energy expenditure and physical activity levels and can help enhance self-monitoring for behavior change. As many of us are desk workers, it’s important to track how much physical activity we are truly getting in a day for our general health. When it comes to training, it’s also invaluable to know how hard we are actually working in order to plan proper recovery.

A recent publication presents an evaluation of the validity, or accuracy, of a variety of industry-leading fitness trackers.

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Marimac in red after winning TN State XC team title.

[Editor’s note from coach Malindi Elmore]:  

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a Run SMART coach are the relationships I build with interesting and talented people. I started working with my track coach when I was 14 and, except for my years at university, he remained my coach for the duration of my career – twenty years this year! One of the reasons we’ve been able to work together effectively was because he truly cared about me as a person and supported my other interests and talents. I was a person, not just a runner.

The Perfect Gift For The Runner In Your Life

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By Ann Alyanak

Are you still looking for the perfect gift for that special someone in your life? Is that person a runner? A Run S.M.A.R.T coaching package can make a great gift. Or maybe you need to be honest with yourself. If you’re reading this maybe getting a coach could be the perfect gift for you! Ok, I am a coach and I’m clearly biased but there are many good reasons why starting a coaching subscription can do wonders for your running. Fall into one of these categories?

Has your racing hit a plateau?

A Run S.M.A.R.T. coach can tweak your training and introduce new challenges to create a breakthrough. If you continue to complete the same workouts it will lead to the same results. A coach will have new ideas and training plans to help you improve your recent results. He or she can objectively look at your previous training to find your strengths and weaknesses and work with these to put a plan together to help you reach your goals.

Run With Ronnie

Running helped turn Ronnie’s life around. We’re inspired.

Ronnie Goodman is a self-taught homeless artist and runner living in San Francisco. On July 27th he will run the Second Half of The San Francisco Marathon to raise funds and awareness for Hospitality House and their ongoing efforts in the city. 

Donate today to win an original piece of art commemorating your run:

Donate HERE

How Jack Changed My Life

Olympian Magdalena “Chewy” Lewy Boulet writes about her coach and mentor of 10 years after reading his autobiography, “Luck Of The Draw” available now here.

Jack has influenced, inspired and motivated me for years. The other day while in Flagstaff for my annual altitude trip we went to the gym for a hill session on the treadmill. After my workout and his easy run Jack challenged me to do a pull up using only one finger from each hand. Yep…my coach is a badass for sure! I on the other hand have a hard time doing a pull up using both hands and all ten of my fingers.

Read on about how Jack changed Magdalena’s life. Have a story about Jack? Please share. Email [email protected].

Will We Ever See A Sub-2-Hour Marathon?

It’s pretty silly now to think back and imagine those who said it was physically impossible to break 4-minutes in the mile. The world-record has gone from:  John Paul Jones (U.S.), 4:14.4 in 1913 to Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco), 3:43.13 in 1999.

Now the great barrier and debate of our time is the sub-2-hour marathon (4:34 per mile)! Seems ridiculous, right? According to Jack’s calculator the equivalent performance for the almost untouchable 3:43 mile record in the marathon is 2:03:21. Let’s look at the progression of the world-record in the marathon:  Johnny Hayes (U.S.), 2:55 in 1908 to Patrick Makau (Kenya), 2:03:38 in 2011 (4:43 per mile).