Dave Poggi of Toronto, Ontario set a new PR at the Berlin Marathon. His official time of 2:53:54 was just over a 2-minute improvement and only 1-minute off his plan projected time. According to his Garmin data on VDOT O2 Dave’s final 5k was his fastest with most of his fastest splits all coming in the last 5km! [Full Results]
Chris Brennan of Brooklyn, NY ran a personal best at the Berlin Marathon last month. In 3-years, since working with The Run SMART Project as part of the New York Flyers’ Marathon Training Program (MTP), Chris has now dropped his marathon time from 3:31 all the way to 3:00!
His official time in Berlin was 3:00:44, just over a minute under his VDOT Plan Predicted time! [Official result] After starting a little slower than planned due to early traffic (and he was wise not to weave through it), Chris breezed through the half a little off pace in 1:31:40. But then he closed in 1:29:04! Yowsers!!! We should note that Chris supplemented his plan with a lot of cross training this time around so his extra credit clearly paid off late in the race.
We recommend 18-weeks of training if you’ve been running fairly consistently but are not in great race shape when starting the plan. 15-weeks is better if you’re in good racing shape and you’ve already been doing some quality workouts. Sometimes the longer the training plan the more risk of overtraining.
The Berlin Marathon has sold out almost seven months in advance but you can still get guaranteed entry by raising money for New York Road Runner’s Team for Kids. And on top of supporting a great cause and participating in one of the greatest marathons in the world, you’ll receive a personalized 18-week training plan and coaching support from The Run SMART Project.