Cathrine Wolden Breaks 3 Hours!

Run SMART client Cathrine Wolden broke 3 hours for the first time in her bright new marathon career. Coming into the Boston Marathon this year Cathrine had run 3:13:07. Today, she finished in 2:59:31 (6:51 pace)! It was incredible to watch Cathrine’s progress throughout the race. She started around 7 minute pace early and then slowly worked her way down from there throughout the race. She was 1:30:48 at the half so she negative split a very challenging second half course in Boston.

Congrats to Cathrine and her coach Alicia Shay for a brilliantly executed race plan and performance!

Collin Martin Sets Marathon PR At Boston

Former St. Joe’s Hawk, Collin Martin, records first 2010 Boston Marathon PR for The Run SMART Project. Martin finished in 2:48:02, a new personal best by 7 minutes and 15 seconds! Collin’s goal was to break 2:50 so it was a great day today in Boston.

Collin works and trains with Run SMART coach Brian Rosetti.

Boston Marathon Update

After about 30K, five Run SMART clients are on pace to set new personal bests.

Cathrine Wolden has been getting stronger throughout the race, averaging 7:00 pace per mile and now about 6:55 pace through 30k. Boston is known to slow you down on the hills late in the race so this is an incredible development. Cathrine’s previous PR is 3:13 so she’s looking at possibly a 12 minute improvement! Fingers crossed.

Ilea Eskildsen Sets New 5k PR

Ilea at the U.S. Women's 10k Champs

Ilea Eskildsen set a new PR in the 5k while mixing it up with the collegians out at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California this weekend. Ilea ran 17:49,  a 10 second PR! (Full results – Event #242) She credited her new personal best to even pacing.

Since joining The Run SMART Project last spring and working with Dr. Jack Daniels, Ilea has dropped her 5k time by over 37 seconds!

Brian Schmidt Sets New 10k PR

Brian Schmidt of Sachse, TX continues a growing Run SMART trend of reaching 40 years old and getting faster as you age. At 41 years of age, Schmidt recently set a new personal best in the 10k at the Washington University Invitational, finishing in 34:26. (Full Results). His time was almost 10 seconds faster than his previous best set at age 39, two years ago.

Brian works with Run SMART coach Blake Boldon.

Run SMART Clients Set Huge 5k PRs

This past weekend three Run SMART clients achieved significant milestones in the 5k. Jamesina Simpson led the way setting a new 5k PR by over 1 minute and 40 seconds! Her time of 18:30 placed her 20th female overall in the 29 And Under race.

Bill Risch traveled across the country to bring his Upper East Side dominance to the Carlsbad 5k. He was handsomely rewarded with a 31 second PR, finishing in 20:59!

Strengthening Not Stretching Key To ITBS

This is a great article in Running Times. Not only does it refer to Jean Claude Van Damme as the “Muscles from Brussels,” it hits the nail on the head when it comes to preventing ITBS and understanding the cause of the problem. It’s the second most common running injury and can easily be prevented and quickly treated through strengthening of the hip stabilizers and glut muscles, not simply stretching and foam rolling.

Adam Harris Wins Strides of March 5K

Run SMART client Adam Harris won the 2010 Strides of March 5K Run/Walk Benefitting Atlanta Children’s Shelter in 16:53, finishing 37 seconds ahead of the next competitor. Full results.

Adam currently works with Run SMART coach Dan Wilson. Congrats on the win, Adam!

Run SMART Client Sets World Record

We got into the private coaching business with the goal of helping runners of all abilities reach their personal running goals, whether it’s running injury-free, finishing a half-marathon or qualifying for the Boston Marathon, etc. As our business grew we expanded to working with some competitive and local elite runners. But never did we expect to EVER make an announcement one day that a Run SMART client has set a world record. Today, we’re proud to announce that Terry Ballou was part of a world record setting 4×800 relay team at the U.S. Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships.