Marta Sangirardi Lima Still Improving 28-Years Later

Longtime Run SMART Marta Sangirardi Lima of São Paulo, Brazil set a new 15k PR while training for the Marine Corps Marathon next month. After 28-years of running she’s still improving!

Marta finished 3rd in her age group (F45) at the New Balance 15k in São Paulo. Her official time was 1:13:38, 1-minute and 37 seconds faster than her previous best.

On The Roads 40 Is the New 30 For Alan Leist

Since Alan Leist signed up for private coaching and began working with Run SMART coach Nikki Reiter he has been destroying his old PRs. The fountain of youth started this past March when the 43-year-old from Utica, NY broke his 12-year-old half marathon by over 10-minutes, finishing in 1:38:45.

Recently, in his hometown race, The Boilermaker 15k, he broke his personal best from last year by over 6-minutes. His official time was 1:05:41 [full results].

Congrats to Alan and Nikki on all their recent success!

Rob DeLong Sets New 15k PR

Run SMART client Rob DeLong has now been officially running road races for over a year. The 35-year-old from New York City ran the same race twice for the first time at the NYRR Ted Corbitt Classic 15k in Central Park this weekend. Last year he ran 1:30:27 (9:42 per mile) and we’re excited to post that he ran 1:13:52 (7:55 per mile) this year with his fastest mile coming at the end – 7:20! [Full results]

“Rob has gotten here through slow and steady progress, he never misses a day of training” said Run SMART coach Brian Rosetti. “Besides the 5th Ave Mile he had only averaged sub-8 in a 5k and 4 mile. This is hugely significant and he’s just in week 2 of his Boston Marathon preparation so I expect to see him get a lot faster soon.”

Tom Klimek Sets 15k PR, Drops Time For Second Straight Year

Run SMART client Tom Klimek set a new PR at the Delaware Distance Classic 15k. Tom finished 33rd overall in 59:09 (6:20 per mile). Full Results. This is the third year in a row Tom has run this race and he keeps steadily dropping his time. Two years ago he finished in 1:03:50 and last year he was 1:01:11.

Tom works with Run SMART coach Vince Sherry. They’ve been working together and making great progress since 2009.

Leo O’Connor Makes Big Improvement In 15K

Run SMART client Leo O’Connor finished the 38th Annual Forks 15K in 1:09:26 (7:27 per mile), a 4:07 improvement from last year. Leo felt good about the result and his pacing, “I averaged 7:25 through three miles, 7:27 through six and then held it for the balance of the race.”

Since Leo signed up for private coaching back in June of 2010 he has made big improvements in his 5k and 15k times. And at 59 years old Leo and his coach Blake Boldon are still confident he can continue to improve after all his hard work this past year.