BQ Secured

Benton Wong of San Ramon, CA set a big PR at Mountains 2 Beach. His official time was 3:02:53. [Full Results]

I just completed the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon this past Sunday and I accomplished my goal of getting a BQ by more than 10 minutes below the cutoff, and a PR by 16.5 minutes.

The customized 18 week plan that was created for me worked great. At times, the workouts appeared intimidating but I sucked it up, did them, and got me in the shape I needed to hold on and be in control for that distance.

“19 Min PR!!!!”

Linda Bowker set a new PR at the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon this past weekend. Linda’s official time was 4:05:34. [Full Results]

19 min PR!!!! Thank you @runsmartproject, I can’t imagine getting here without the guidance of my training plan! 5-minutes shy of my projected/goal time but this was done without a watch, thanks to this cutie chewing my charger the day before the race.

“I’m Beyond Grateful For This Custom Training Program”

Hans Gonzalez of San Francisco, CA set a new PR at the Clif Mountains 2 Beach Marathon. [Full Results]

It’s been almost 5 months since I committed to your custom training program and I’m delighted to share that I completed a 3:47:25 marathon, coming within 2mins of my target time. I’m beyond grateful for this custom training program, particularly, as you may see from the email exchange, since you made it very clear to me back in January that I would be risking injury if I requested/demanded a program more ambitious than the one initially given.

Needless to say, Sunday’s achievement is very encouraging considering that I missed three weeks of training due to work/travels and came up short on some weekly miles and that I’ve only been a runner for less than 2 years(!).

Ask Dr. Jack Daniels – Crowdsourced Edition

We’d like to thank all of our followers on social media for submitting these great questions. We hope Jack’s tips are helpful when considering your future training/racing.

Ken G:  In the weeks leading up to the start of a marathon training program what are some things an athlete can do to help prepare?

JD:  Try to get into a desirable daily schedule, including an easy morning run a few days each week, even if there is to also be something done in the afternoon. Just make the total mileage not vary much each week and get in about 6 weeks of just easy running and 6 or 8 strides in the middle of these easy runs.

Albert D:  What are some of your favorite workouts to help prepare for a marathon?

Joe Ashley Wins M35 At Inaugural British Masters Champs

Joe Ashley of Brighton, England won the M35 age group at the Inaugural British Masters Championships in the Vitality Westminster Mile. [Result] Joe’s time of 4:33 was an 11-second PR. He’s currently in the middle of a 12-week 1500m training cycle for the South of England Masters Champs next month and then on to World Masters in September.

“Just an update, training appears to be going well!!”

Appears so 😉 Thanks for sharing, Joe!

“I Am Thrilled! Thank You – Your Plan Was Perfect!!!!”

Despite challenging conditions Jacquii Alexander improved her personal best by almost 4-minutes at the Brooklyn Half Marathon. This bumps her VDOT up 1.5 points to 39.66.

I just finished my first Run SMART Project program. I totally surprised myself in extremely wet conditions, and ran even faster than my VDOT projected in a new PR of 1:51:43. Woohoo!

I am thrilled! Thank you – your plan was perfect!!!!

Full Results.

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Na’eem Conway Gets His First BQ In Mt. Charleston

Congrats to Na’eem Conway for getting his first BQ with a 10-minute PR at Mt. Charleston. Na’eem trains with the NY Flyers, our local training group in NYC. He’s been steadily improving since he started with us back in 2015. Look at the progression of his PRs and VDOT score (Note:  before Delaware his PR was 3:35:05):

“Just Follow The Plans And You Will Improve!”

Jonathan Giles has showed consistent progress since he started training with us back in 2015. Below he shares how working with a coach allowed him to step up his game. He and coach Jay Bawcom are targeting the Brooklyn Half next week.