Manuel Goes 2:48:37 In His First Marathon

Manuel Rodriguez of Bogotá, Colombia completed his first marathon at D.C. Rock ‘n’ Roll. He and his coach, Rod Koborsi, decided to put the brakes on his first attempt in NYC last year after a minor injury crept up. The decision to avoid a setback and reschedule for D.C. was a great move. Manuel’s official result was 2:48:37 [Full Results].

Hat Trick: BQ, Age Group Win, Lifetime Best

Kelly Dial won the F40 age group at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon and set a new lifetime best in 3:29:12. [Full Results]

I have been receiving coaching from Ann Alyanak. I can’t say enough great things about her. She has supported me, cheered me on, and provided superior coaching for me over the last year. When Ann and I were connected, I set out to for my second qualification for the Boston Marathon. I was able to not only beat the qualification time by 11-min, but I beat my marathon PR from 20-years ago by 3-min 30-seconds! I could not have been more pleased.

“I Love Both The Training And Working With Leah”

Melissa Perlman was top overall female at the Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon in a new personal best of 1:24:50. [Full Results]

Leah Rosenfeld was pumped about her athlete’s performance, “This is a 3-minute and 53-second personal best AND she PR’d in her 10k en route!! This is all a part of her build-up to Boston this spring and she’s exactly where she should be. Another cool part of her race today is that she was 9-seconds faster than the time we predicted :)… looks like she wanted to prove me wrong!”

“Training Has Been Great!”

Ana Aguilera set a new PR (2:15:52) at the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon. She dropped another 2-minutes after setting a personal best this fall. [Full Results]

“She’s Heading To Hopkinton!!!”

Lillian Park set a new marathon PR this past weekend in Phoenix. Her official result of 3:33:01 was 7-minutes faster than her previous best and much needed to ensure her spot in Boston. Her coach Leah Rosenfeld is excited…

The great part about this is that she was 4-minutes faster than the Boston qualifying standard back at CIM in 2017 when she ran 3:40:36. But then they changed the standard so she had to be under 3:40…so she crushed that by 7- minutes this morning! She’s heading to Hopkinton!!! Woohoo!

“The Check In Every Mile Is MAGICAL”

Dev Baid of the NY Flyers running club set a huge PR in Phoenix this past weekend. His official time was 3:36:29, a 16-minute improvement from his previous best performance. [Full Results]

After the race Dev thanked his club and gave credit to his coach and plan, “Thanks everyone for your support and positive encouragement. I think it is the VDOT app and Coach Brian that deserves all the kudos as his training program is magical.”

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.