Becky Angeles Sets PR At Rock ‘N Roll Marathon

Rounding out the Run SMART results at the 2010 P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n Roll Marathon and Half Marathon is Becky Angeles of Murphy, TX. Becky set a new marathon PR by 1 minute and 10 seconds finishing 14th female overall out of 2500+ in a very impressive time of 2:48:04 (6:25 per mile)! Check out Becky’s full results and a short video of her crossing the line here.

Brian Schmidt Wins Run For The Ranch Half Marathon

Run SMART client Brian Schmidt picked up a huge win at the Run for the Ranch Half Marathon in final preparation for the P.F. Chang’s Marathon on January 18. Schmidt finished almost a full four minutes head of the next finisher. His official time was 1:17:36 (5:55 pace) – full results. This victory should supply Brian with plenty of confidence going into P.F. Chang’s later this month.
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Brian is coached by Blake Boldon.

Why is it so hard to get back to my regular running schedule?

Latest question in our Ask a Coach Series comes from a Run SMART client who is working to get back into the groove after a long period of training leading up to a marathon this past month.

Question: Why is it so hard to get back to my regular running schedule?

Run SMART Coach, Blake Boldon: I think it’s natural for you to feel that way right now.  You’ve had a huge block of training and you did a great job of staying dedicated to the daily runs.  That takes a physical toll and certainly depletes your mental energy.  Even the best runners in the world periodize their training to allow for “down time.”  A break from your training regimen allows your body to regenerate tissue and accommodate the accumulated fatigue from a big period of training and racing.  It also provides some time for you to live as a “normal” person who isn’t a slave to your training plan and the work required to reach your goals.

Jen Johnston Sets Two Marathon PR’s In 8 Weeks!

Run SMART client Jen Johnston set two marathon PR’s in a matter of eight weeks and it’s safe to say she has a lot left in the tank. Jen entered the year with a 4:23 PR, then at the Chicago Marathon she knocked off a mere 15 minutes running almost perfectly even splits – 2:03:27 at the half and 4:08:25 to finish (full results). Then, just eight weeks later Johnston tried to go after the 4-hour mark at the California International Marathon, where she dropped six more minutes off her PR finishing in 4:02:31 (full results).  It’s safe to say she had sub-4 in her too considering starting temps were sub-30 degrees with a head wind of 15 mph.

Jen seen flying to a new PR in Chicago

Jen seen flying to a new PR in Chicago

Big congrats to Jen and her coach Blake Boldon!

Joel Williams Surpasses Goal At Gallop And Gorge

Run SMART client Joel Williams ran the Gallop and Gorge 8k in Carrboro, NC an averaged 6 seconds faster per mile than his goal pace. His official time was 36:39 (7:22 per mile) (Full results). When Joel started with Run SMART about 5 months ago he was averaging 7:47 per mile for 5k so already he’s averaging 25 seconds faster over 8k than he was for 5k. Nice work, Joel!

Joel works with Run SMART coach Blake Boldon.

Melissa Ralph Sets PR At NYC Marathon

Melissa Ralph set a PR last weekend by breaking 4 hours at the New York City Marathon.  Her official time was 3:54:59. It’s also important to note that Melissa ran a 10k PR for the first 10k of the race, which included a 12 minute mile to start, thanks to a bad position in the corral.  She has huge PR’s ahead of her! Congrats to Melissa and her coach Blake Boldon.

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Run SMART Clients Perform Well At Twin Cities Marathon

Brian Schmidt, coached by Blake Boldon, ran a new PR by almost 12 minutes, finishing in 2:47:24. That time placed Brian 21st overall for the U.S. Masters Championships! Check out Brian’s full race results here.

Melisa Christian, coached by Dr. Jack Daniels, also competed at Twin Cities, which hosted the USA Women’s Marathon Championships. Melisa, like Brian, had a great performance finishing 18th place overall in 2:41:55.  Check out Melisa’s full results here.

Blake Boldon Off To Great Start At UAB

Run S.M.A.R.T. coach Blake Boldon is now in his first season as head women’s cross country coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Last week coach Boldon led his new squad off to a great start to the season…

The UAB cross country team took the title at the Fleet Feet Sports/Earl Jacoby Memorial Saturday morning in Huntsville, Ala. The Blazers finished the 5K with a perfect score of 15 points, sweeping all top-six spots.

“It’s a good feeling to see the first six spots wearing UAB,” head coach Blake Boldon said. “We are improving from top to bottom, and we had some strong performances today.”

For more on the race head over to UAB’s site.