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.

Restorative Yoga Workshop (NYC)


Join Mimi Rosetti for a Yoga Restorative Workshop on Sunday March 7th from 1:30-4pm at YogaWorks Eastside Studio in New York City. We recommend restorative yoga for runners to help relieve physical and mental stress and this workshop is a great opportunity to help you recover from your Sunday long run. No previous yoga experience is necessary so check it out and definitely start incorporating a restorative practice into your training regimen. For more information check out the workshop flier.

Jen Johnston Wins Age Group At Friendship Run 2010

Congrats to Jen Johnston for picking up a win in her age group at the Friendship Run 2010 in Olympia, WA last weekend. You can check out the full results here. She finished first in the 40-44 age group. Not to shabby after setting two marathon PRs just a few months ago.

Jen works with Run SMART coach Blake Boldon.

James Freed Sets PR At Hilton Head Half Marathon

James Freed of Emmaus, PA finished 8th overall at the Hilton Head Half Marathon this past weekend setting a new PR by 3 minutes. James’ overall time was 1:26:48. Considering he took a 1-2 minute accidental detour due to the misdirection of a few volunteers on the course, we’re confident he’s on his way to reaching his goal of sub-3 hours at the Boston Marathon in late April. Keep training hard James!

James works with Run SMART coach Dr. Jack Daniels.