Step 1: Self Belief

By Blake Boldon

Not too long ago I was scouring the internet looking for some old race results and I stumbled upon a 5k road race from the summer of 1996.  That summer the Olympics were hosted in Atlanta and there were some incredible races run on American soil in the months of June, July and August.  Mine was not one of them.

I was entering my junior year of high school in my small hometown of Osceola, Iowa and training like never before.  Having qualified for the state cross country meet the previous fall, I was logging summer miles with dreams of improving on my 56th place finish in the Class 2A state championship.  Here is the result I found:

Ben Schippers Wins Running With Heart 5k

Run SMART client Ben Schippers won the 2010 Running With Heart 5k at Iowa St. University. The 29 year old Brooklyn resident dominated the field winning in a very impressive time of 16:12 – almost three minutes ahead of second place. Ben signed up for private coaching this past March and since then he’s become a completely new runner making incredible improvements over various distances. Check out his new personal bests after joining The Run SMART Project just six months ago:

John Robinson Sets 7th PR With Run SMART

Run SMART client John Robinson of Savannah, GA, set another PR for 5k on Saturday, October 16th, running 19:05 to finish 3rd overall at the Go Green 5k Trail Run in Savannah, GA. In just a year and a half with The Run SMART Project, John has had seven PR performances, including five just in 2010. When John signed up back in March of ’09 he had run 20:45 for 5k. To drop one minute and 40 seconds over such a short distance is incredible.

John works with Run SMART Coach Mike Smith.

Dr. Jack’s Clients Set Two More PRs

Elton Shapiro of Hollywood, FL just missed his ultimate goal of breaking four hours in the marathon but still set a new personal best by 5 minutes. If not for getting stopped and having to wait at a railroad crossing, we’re confident Elton would have cracked the 4-hour barrier. He finished the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon in 4:00:57 (full results). Next stop, sub-4, Elton!!!