Insider’s Guide To The NYC Marathon

By Stephen England

[Editor’s Note:  We’re lucky to work with NYC running ambassador, NYRR pacer and coach Stephen England. Stephen has run/paced the NYC Marathon 5 times and coached dozens of runners in preparation for this race. Here are his final tips to our local Marathon Training Program with the NY Flyers.]

Training 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏻:

“The hay is in the barn 🐴!”- Coach B. Rosetti. Spend as little time on your feet as possible the next few days and rest those legs. Spend the next two days doing mental training. What’s your goal? How do you want to feel at mile 5, 10, 15, 20, 25? Visualize the last 0.2 in your head. Believe in yourself. You are ready!

Lifetime Milestone Achieved

Kathleen McGeer reached her goal in her first half marathon. At the Hershey Half she finished in 2:08:29. [Full Results]

Thank you Run S.M.A.R.T for helping me achieve a milestone marker in my life.  I never thought I was a “runner” who could make it 13.1 miles, yet on Sunday I did just that.  Not only that, but i met my goal of finishing with a time better than 10 min miles.  It wasn’t the best run but it was perfect just the same.

“I Felt Physically Stronger Than Ever”

Lis Sar set a 7-minute PB at the Auckland Marathon. Her official time was 4:21:55. [Full Results]

I’m so proud of myself. The first 16km of the course was hillier than expected, the last 10km was windy and warm, Hahaha. Now it all made sense to me in the training – race pace , threshold pace etc.

I’ve learned a lot from this race but I didn’t feel exhausted at all after 30km. Legs were heavy but my breathing was perfectly okay. I felt physically stronger than ever but my mindset is going slower than my legs – the fear of hitting the wall. I should’ve pushed a bit harder but will do in my next race, therefore I wanna do more marathons to prepare my mindset for it.

The Ingredients of Success

By Dr. Jack Daniels

Having lived in 16 states and several foreign countries along with my years of competing in three World Championships, two Olympics, and visiting 30 foreign countries, I had a good opportunity to see how specific ingredients become associated with success. A lot of my opinions are based upon over 50-years of coaching Olympians, collegians and individuals of all ages and various walks of life, including a man I coached for 5-years while he served time in a state prison.

Below are my five Ingredients of Success using athletic performances as examples:

“Long Time Since I Have Been Able To Surprise Myself Like This”

Scott Alford set a goal to qualify for the 2020 Boston Marathon. The 43-year-old from Chicago signed up for private coaching back in January and got matched with Run SMART Project coach Gary Berard. He needed 3:25 to BQ but was looking for more like 3:22 for insurance.

John Bott’s Breakthrough In Berlin

John Bott had a breakthrough performance in Berlin last month. The 30-year-old Australian native managed to run even splits throughout with a 1:22:21 first half, finishing the second half in 1:23:05. [Full Results]

“First Time I Was Able To Maintain Negative Splits”

Mila Reisser had the Bronx 10 Miler scheduled on her VDOT O2 calendar. At a 39.11 her VDOT Equivalent on race day read:  1:24:44 (8:28/mi). She nailed it! 5-minute PR in an official time of 1:24:26 (8:27/mi). [Full Results]

First time in my life I was able to maintain negative splits. Thank you so much for all advise and training!

Next up for this New York Flyer…the Marine Corps Marathon.