“I Want To Give Props To Ann Alyanak”

Turkey Trot 2013

We’ve kindly been granted permission from longtime client Scott Mersiowsky to share his recent progress with coach Ann Alyanak. Guy is 48 and just ran his fastest half in 8 years! Whut? Here’s Scott in his own words:

I want to give props to Ann Alyanak. Today I ran my 3rd fastest half ever in very cold and 19+mph winds, at the Charleston Half Marathon in South Carolina. I ran 1:22:45 and was first place masters finisher. I just turned 48 on the 15th of this month. This was my fastest half in 8 years! Here are the results: http://crrs.racemine.com/Charlestowne-Road-Race-Services/events/2014/Charleston-Marathon/results


Ann is keeping me healthy and I am getting stronger and faster all the time. Just want to give credit where credit is due. Ann is a fantastic coach and motivator!

Jamesina Simpson Cracks 3-Hr Barrier At St. George

Run SMART client Jamesina Simpson achieved her longtime goal of breaking 3-hours in the marathon this past weekend at the St. George Marathon in Utah. Her official time was 2:59:21! [Full results]

Big congrats to Jamesina and her coach Ann Alyanak. This performance shattered Jamesina’s previous PR from 8 years ago by 10 minutes.

Two More Run SMART PRs At NYC Half

Coach Ann Alyanak recently reported two more Run SMART PRs at the NYC Half. Ann’s longtime clients Emily Lilja and Jason Goodhand both took over 6 minutes off their previous bests. Emily finished in 2:00:16 and Jason clocked 1:51:50.

Both clients have shown steady progress since signing up for private coaching. A true sign of our model – preventing overtraining. Nice work, guys!

How Long Do I Need To Train For A Marathon?

Run SMART coach Ann Alyanak answers this question on the new Saucony blog. Based on your experience level, current fitness and goals, Ann helps establish the appropriate timeframe needed to properly prepare for your next marathon.

Read the article here.

Alessandro Arrone Sets 26-Minute PR At Philly Marathon

Run SMART client Alessandro Arrone signed up for private coaching this summer with a lofty goal of running 3:40 at the Philadelphia Marathon. His PR when he started working with Run SMART coach Ann Alyanak was 4:06.

We’re excited to post that Alessandro hit his goal on the dot setting a 26-minute PR. His official time was 3:40:38. [Full results]

Emily Lilja Sets Second PR In Two Months

Run SMART client Emily Lilja of New York, NY set a huge marathon PR in Chicago last month and turned around one month later and improved on her half marathon as well. When Emily signed up for private coaching this past summer her marathon PR was 4:54:38. At Chicago she dropped 26 minutes off her best finishing in 4:28:34. [Full results] Last week at the Philadelphia Half Marathon Emily shaved 5 minutes off her best finishing in 2:07:55.

Emily works with Run SMART coach Ann Alyanak.

Maria Lauretani Runs 2:52 At Philly Marathon

Run SMART client Maria Lauretani (middle) set a new PR at the Philadelphia Marathon this past weekend. The 38-year old from Pelham, NY ran 2:52:56 to finish first in her age group and 18th overall. [Full results] In only her fourth year of running Maria continues to make great progress. Her PR when she signed up for coaching last December was 2:59:54.

Scheduled to run NYC earlier this month she was able to make a quick adjustment with her Run SMART coach Ann Alyanak. Staying mentally and physically prepared to run her best three weeks later is not an easy task for everyone who knows the difficulty of navigating the right taper and timing your peak just right for a marathon.

Maria Lauretani Wins Age Group At Philly Half Marathon

Run SMART client Maria Lauretani of Pelham, NY finished first in her age group last weekend at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadephia Half Marathon. She was 30th overall with an official time of 1:21:18. [Results]

Congrats to Maria and her Run SMART coach Ann Alyanak. This was just over a 3 minute PR for Maria and her race strategy was brilliant. She averaged 6:15 per mile for the first 10k then knocked down her overall average to 6:12.

Sharon Lemberger Wins Fairfield 5k

Photo: Mike Lauterborn / Fairfield Citizen

Run SMART client Sharon Lemberger, 38, of Stamford, CT won the Fairfield 5k in 17:46! [Full Results] This marks Sharon’s fastest 5k in a couple of years. Sharon works with Run SMART coach Ann Alyanak.

Congrats Sharon!