Stacey Kincaid Hits PR On Negative Split In Chicago

Stacey Kincaid set a new PR at the Chicago Marathon. Her time placed her 14th in the F40 age group. [Results] Even more impressive was her pace management with a first half split of 1:27:11. Stacey works with Run SMART Project coach Ann Alyanak.

I couldn’t be happier with Ann and the coaching. She’s a perfect match for me :)I’m already antsy to get started on training for the next race.

Shelby Harris Sets PR and BQ On Even Splits In Chicago

Shelby Harris of Briarcliff Manor, NY set a new PR and BQ at the Chicago Marathon with very even pacing. Her coach, Ann Alyanak, was proud of how well she paced, out in 1:49:18 and back in 1:49:29. [Full Results]

The experience working with Ann was awesome and I’m so grateful for it. Thanks!

Hat Trick: BQ, Age Group Win, Lifetime Best

Kelly Dial won the F40 age group at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon and set a new lifetime best in 3:29:12. [Full Results]

I have been receiving coaching from Ann Alyanak. I can’t say enough great things about her. She has supported me, cheered me on, and provided superior coaching for me over the last year. When Ann and I were connected, I set out to for my second qualification for the Boston Marathon. I was able to not only beat the qualification time by 11-min, but I beat my marathon PR from 20-years ago by 3-min 30-seconds! I could not have been more pleased.

Ann Alyanak Qualifies For The Olympic Trials

Run SMART Coach Ann Alyanak qualified for the Olympic Trials this past weekend at the Illinois Marathon. She finished third overall with an official time of 2:43:00 (60.2 VDOT). [Full Results]

This is the third time Ann has qualified for the Marathon Olympic Trials, but first since having three kids. 😉 She finished 7th overall at the Olympic Trials her first time around back in 2008.

I Cannot Stop Singing Ann’s Praises

Clients generally stick around for a long time when working with Run SMART coach Ann Alyanak. Amanda Hamilton has now been working with Ann for almost 3.5 years. She shares why she’s stuck around for so long…

I cannot stop singing Ann’s praises. Before working with Ann, injuries kept sidelining me. With Ann’s expert coaching, I set a half marathon PR on a training run and stayed injury free. Her workouts are fun, challenging, and easy to follow. Not to mention, Ann is incredibly easy going and super easy to communicate with. I highly recommend Run S.M.A.R.T. Project and Coach Ann! – Amanda

Father Time Can’t Hang With Scott

Scott Mersiowsky and coach Ann Alyanak continue to defy Father Time. This past week at the Richmond Half Marathon Scott ran a lifetime best of 1:19:32 and finished 3rd in the 45-49 age group. [Full results] If you check out Scott’s Athlinks data you have to go back 13 years to 2002 to find his previous best for a half marathon (1:20:11). That’s incredible!

The man turns 50 in January yet he’s still improving after 14 years of competitive running on the local masters circuit. This isn’t a guy who always ran but just started training seriously a few years ago. Scott has been trying to compete at the best of ability for well over a decade now. And he’s not just doing this in longer races, which is conventional wisdom for an older runner. If you look at 2002 he also ran 17:09 for 5k. Just a few weeks ago he ran 17:29 and his 5k time has continued to get faster this year too.

The Perfect Gift For The Runner In Your Life

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By Ann Alyanak

Are you still looking for the perfect gift for that special someone in your life? Is that person a runner? A Run S.M.A.R.T coaching package can make a great gift. Or maybe you need to be honest with yourself. If you’re reading this maybe getting a coach could be the perfect gift for you! Ok, I am a coach and I’m clearly biased but there are many good reasons why starting a coaching subscription can do wonders for your running. Fall into one of these categories?

Has your racing hit a plateau?

A Run S.M.A.R.T. coach can tweak your training and introduce new challenges to create a breakthrough. If you continue to complete the same workouts it will lead to the same results. A coach will have new ideas and training plans to help you improve your recent results. He or she can objectively look at your previous training to find your strengths and weaknesses and work with these to put a plan together to help you reach your goals.

Business As Usual For Coach Ann

Ann Alyanak had two clients run the Chicago Marathon this past weekend and both reached their lofty goals set this past spring when signing up for coaching. Business as usual for Ann…

Jason Annan of Mt Pleasant, SC set out to break 2:50. Mission accomplished through even pacing as Jason finished in 2:49:16, a 3-minute improvement on his previous best. [Full results]

Sarah Aarons of Ann Arbor, MI, running in her first marathon, crushed her goal of 3:30 with an official time of 3:13:56. [Full results]

Two New PRs At RNR USA Half Marathon

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We’re happy to report two new PRs from the Rock ‘n’ USA Half Marathon.

Stephen England, who’s following a custom plan from Jack finished 33rd out of over 16,000 runners in 1:18:21. [Full Results] A great sign and even more impressive that he trained through this race in the middle of his preparation for Boston next month.

Amanda Hamilton, a client of Run SMART coach Ann Alyanak, set a PR by 3.5 minutes. Her official time was 1:50:38. [Full results] Another great sign considering Ann just reported that Amanda only ran hard the second half of the race. This was just a tune-up for Cherry Blossom next week!