Two More Run SMART PR’s At NYC Half

We’re pleased to announce at the 2010 NYC Half Marathon in Manhattan, from Central Park to Battery Park, two Run SMART clients achieved new personal bests.

Cathrine Wolden finished 44th female overall in a very competitive field. Her time of 1:25:32 (6:32 per mile) was a 45 second PR. Cathrine works with Run SMART coach Alicia Shay. And Collin Martin, former Saint Joseph’s University track standout, also set a new PR finishing in 1:16:52 (5:52 per mile).

Both Cathrine and Collin are currently training for the Boston Marathon.

More Run SMART Client Results

Catching up on some Run SMART race results…

This past weekend in the Shamrock Shuffle 5k in Albuquerque, Jamesina Simpson was the second female to cross the line and even more impressively she was 5th overall in the race. Her time over a very hilly course at 5,000 ft. was 20:30. Full results.

Lisa Mire set a new half-marathon PR in the Alston+Bird LLP Corporate Cup in Charlotte, NC finishing in 1:31:43!

Training Smart: Injury Prevention For Runners

Run SMART coach Anthony Gallo contributed an article to New England Runner titled, ‘Training Smart is the First Step in Injury Prevention.’ It offers a wide variety of key points and reminders about easy ways to lower your risk of injury.

Hector Rivera Sets 5k PR

Hector Rivera finished first in the 35-39 age group at NYRR’s Salsa, Blues & Shamrocks 5k and set a new 5k road PR of 15:11. Full race results here.

Since joining The Run SMART Project and working with Dr. Jack Daniels, Hector Rivera has now set new PR’s for 4 miles (19:45), 5 miles (24:54), 1/2 marathon (1:08:20), the marathon (2:22:15) and now 5k (15:11).

Big congrats to Hector and Jack.

Run SMART Client Sets Three PR’s In Three Races

Run SMART Project client John Robinson of Savannah, GA continued his impressive racing with PR’s in the 10k and 1/2 marathon over the last two weekends. This makes three PR’s out of three races for Robinson in 2010. Robinson has been working with Run SMART coach Mike Smith for 11 months.

On February 27th Robinson blasted 40:35 for first in his age group and 10th overall at the Seacrest Partners Race for Preservation 10k in Savannah, GA, beating his previous PR by 3 minutes. “I knew John was ready for 10k faster than he had ever run before, but I have to say I was surprised at how fast it was. We had taken a few weeks very easy and were just beginning a long marathon phase and had planned on using this as a good workout. The situation was a great one, he executed perfectly, and showed that he is able to race off of the year we’ve invested in proper training.” said Smith.

Stuart White Leads GE To USCAA Title


Run SMART client Stuart White finished 18th overall in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon in a time of 2:50:02. He split 1:24 at the half so it’s important to note his even splits throughout. Also, this year the United States Corporate Athletics Association (USCAA) Marathon Championships was held in conjunction with the Mardi Gras Marathon so their was some team competition added to the mix. We’re proud to report that Stuart led the way for GE as their top scorer, helping them reclaim the national corporate team title! Full results for the race are here.

Stuart works with Run SMART coach Blake Boldon.

Strengthening Your Stride

Run SMART coach Blake Boldon offered Fitness Magazine readers a few cross training exercise tips to help reduce the risk of injury and strengthen your stride at the same time. First…

Hands-Up Lunge

Targets: Hips, butt, quads, and hamstrings
  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms overhead, palms facing each other.

Ask Dr. Jack Daniels


Today, we’re rolling out a new feature called “Ask Dr. Jack Daniels.” For the first time ever on runsmartproject.com Dr. Jack Daniels, named “World’s Greatest Coach” by Runner’s World, will be answering questions from the public. Starting today we’ll be collecting running-related questions via Facebook and Twitter and having Jack answer them in a video response on our blog. This is an incredible opportunity for every runner and fan of Jack’s work and legacy to hear and watch this living legend answer one of your questions online.

Iron Deficiency In Runners

The latest question in our Ask a Coach series comes from a college athlete suffering from anemia.

Question: Since I know this is fairly common among female runners, I am interested in knowing how long it typically takes for people to start racing well again after beginning supplementation.  Additionally, should training be altered? And if so, what kind of changes would you recommend?

Run SMART Coach, Alicia Shay: First of all, knowing that it is difficult for many female distance runners to keep their iron in a normal range, it is imperative that you are always proactive so that your iron doesn’t get too low and you have to dig yourself out of a hole and lose time training.  You can do this by taking a daily iron supplement and also always eating a diet rich in iron. I am a huge proponent of trying to get as much iron as possible through natural source and then as a last resort, taking supplements.

Terry Ballou Wins Valentine Invite 800M

Run SMART client Terry Ballou, at 42 years old, has set her second post-collegiate PR in the last month by winning the 800M at the Valentine Invite at Seton Hall University. She finished 17 seconds ahead of the next female competitor and a little less than one second behind the first male finisher. Her time, 2:21.18, was three seconds faster than her previous post-collegiate PR (and on an old-school indoor track (flat), kiddies).

Earlier this month we noted Terry’s 1500 win at the Colgate Games and her post-collegiate PR in the 400 at the Millrose Games. She’ll be going after sub-4:55 in the 1500 at U.S. Masters Nationals in March.

Terry is coached by Dan Wilson.