Kristin’s First Sub-3-Hour Marathon

Kristin Garcia of Fort Worth, TX set a new PR at the Cal International Marathon with almost perfectly even pacing throughout. This was her second PR to close out this training plan.

Thank you so much for the great training plan. I ended up running 2:55:19 at CIM and 1:24:37 at the DRC half which are both PRs. I felt very strong in both races and am so excited to run my first sub-3-hour marathon. I loved the training and felt like the long marathon pace runs benefited me greatly and definitely built up my confidence on race day. Thanks for your help in achieving my goals!

Kristin’s full results/splits can be found here.

“I’ve Stayed Injury-Free For The Last 15-Weeks”

Brooke Watson of Olathe, KS is a happy customer…

I decided to use the personal coaching services for my fall 2018 season. I was assigned Coach Gary Berard. Right out of the gate, I noticed changes to my usual training: 1) my speed work mileage was increased, but encompassed a broader range of paces; 2) my rest days were also increased.

I found the app easy to use and Gary was great about responding to email. Sometimes we had to make adjustments for schedule changes or weather, and he was very agreeable. Which is great for a working, single mother!

And the outcome of all the training was fantastic!!! I’ve stayed injury-free for the last 15-weeks of training and had a lot of success!

My greatest achievement was to PR by over a minute in my 10k on a very challenging course and by over THREE minutes in my half marathon. I also ran my fastest pace in a 5k (6:17) on a challenging and long course.

I enjoyed the quality professional instruction you get for a great price with this program!

“It’s Official. I’m Hooked On Marathons”

Kerry McEnerney ran the NYC course like a pro in her first marathon. [Official result]

THANK YOU for coaching me to my first marathon finish! When I first saw that the training plan projected my time for my first ever NYC Marathon to be 3:34, I thought y’all were crazy. But it happened, and then some!! I was out in 1:46:16 and back in 1:46:55 for a 3:33:11 finish. I’ve never felt more in control during a race, and even through the challenges (like falling at mile 12 or feeling new quad pain from mile 15 onward), I knew I was strong and I never counted myself out. It was so freeing to trust in the training and feel confident that the hard work would show on race day. This high school 400m hurdler never thought she could be a disciplined, motivated marathoner. Can’t wait to train for next year’s Chicago Marathon with you! It’s official. I’m hooked on marathons. Uh oh.

Training for a marathon? Customize your plan here.

Stride Rate

By Dr. Jack Daniels

When I am teaching a new group of runners the first thing I have them do is count their stride frequencies while running around the track. I can’t remember ever having one of these beginners who turned over as fast as 180 steps per minute. However, when my wife and I sacrificed some enjoyable race-watching moments at the 1984 Olympics to time and count stride rates among male and female runners in their important Olympic events, we found only one of about 47 athletes whom we observed, who took less than 180 steps per minute. Some of these “subjects” we were able to study on several days because they were involved in preliminary and final rounds in their event, so the observations involved more than just 47 incidents.

Denise Iannizzotto Runs Her Best Race Yet

In her 154th NYRR race at the New York City Marathon, Denise Iannizzotto ran her best race yet. At age 56, this New York Flyer still shows no signs of slowing down. Denise managed to set a course PR (3:17:17) in her 14th finish in New York. She ran over 5-minutes faster than her performance last year when she took home 1st place in the F55 division. To top that she set a lifetime half marathon PR during the first half of the race (1:36:40). [Official Result]

Training Quality Versus Quantity

By Dr. Jack Daniels

There is often a discussion relative to the benefits of different types of training, and usually the “types of training” compared are slower/longer training sessions (Quantity) versus shorter/faster training sessions (Quality). However, both slower/longer workouts and shorter/faster workouts can be considered “Quality” relative to the benefits they produce in a runner’s body. Therefore, “Quantity” can also be considered as “Quality.”

Blowing Kisses Up 5th Ave

If you’re doing that at the end of the New York City Marathon you’re either walking or you’re having a PR day. Steve Orellana did just that this past weekend. The image speaks for itself. Steve was out in 1:22:14 and came home in 1:20:36 to set a new PR. His official result was 2:42:50 placing him 241st out of 52,697. [Full Results]

“It Was The Greatest Race Of My Life”

Longtime Run SMART Project customer Rusty Smith had another great outcome. This time he took advantage of great weather in NYC.

I used your plan (with my coach John Carstens) to train for a 3:20 NYC Marathon time but I ended up running a 3:09!!  That’s a PR for me by 2 minutes!  I thought my PR days were over!  I can’t tell you how shocked and elated I am with the results.  It was the greatest race of my life.  Honestly, it felt like flying throughout most of the race.  My plan was to run by feel and put some time in the bank, and then slow down when I felt fatigued.  But I didn’t feel that way until mile 21-22… and then I was too close to a PR to give up!  It was simply a magical race.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for the work you’re doing and the excellent training plans you provide.

Rusty’s official results/splits here.