We recently reported Lorraine Doucet’s half marathon PB in route to Boston. Due to her consistency training in Ontario weather all winter she was more than prepared for the crazy conditions in Boston. She walked away with an incredible 4-minute improvement on her marathon PB. Official time: 3:25:14. [Full Results]
Joe Kelly of Scranton, PA signed up to break 3-hours at Boston this year. Despite the wind, rain and cold temps Joe managed to reach his goal, even dipping a few minutes under his VDOT Projected time (2:59:27). His official time was 2:57:32 (54.4 VDOT). [Full Results]
That plan was nearly perfect. Even with the lower miles, I squeezed out a 2:57:32.
Truth be told I felt so ready and thrilled with the result. 2017 was a bad year with injuries, so thank you for helping me get back on track.
We always say getting to run Boston is about celebrating being there first, and if you PR that’s an added bonus since conditions can be challenging. This year was no exception with warmer temps and lots of sun exposure so it’s a pleasure to read about Steve Orellana’s experience. Not only did he PR by almost 9-minutes he ran a negative split (1:25:24 at the half)!
I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Coach Daniels and the Run SMART Project team for providing such an effective Boston Marathon training program for me. I was able to run a 2:49:57 in my Boston debut, which was very close to the prediction you guys had for me. – Steve
Erica Silbiger had been dreaming of a BQ for 6 years. The closest she had gotten to her 3:35 qualifying standard was over three years ago when she ran 3:46. Her journey continued but after many marathons and various training plans she got injured and had to take 6-months off. She then bought her first Run SMART plan last summer with the goal of feeling strong and staying healthy throughout her build-up for New York City. Progress! 3:52, no injuries and feeling strong!
Run SMART client Anthony DiAngelus of Odessa, FL was kind enough to let us share his feedback as he gears up for his big debut at Boston:
I wanted to drop you and the Run SMART Project a line to let you know that my quality training workouts are now complete and I am ready to take on my first Boston Marathon in a few short weeks.
As you may recall, I qualified for Boston during my first marathon using your custom plan (Chicago 2015 – 3:21:23 VDOT 47.7). Since then, I have used the plan with adjusted paces and Dr. Daniels’ training philosophy to continuously improve while staying injury free.
[Editor’s Note: The key to training effectively for the Boston Marathon is how well you strategically incorporate undulating terrain in your workouts. But what if you don’t have easy access to undulating terrain? We asked the master on how a runner can utilize the treadmill to help prepare for the course at Boston.]
By Dr. Jack Daniels
Most important is to not do too much or too steep downhill running as this really stresses the quads. I’d suggest only about 2% grade (both during uphill and downhill running on the treadmill. The speed will be about 10-12 seconds per mile faster than anticipated flat marathon pace when running downhill and about 12-15 sec per mile slower than flat marathon pace when running uphill.
Katie Horton not only set a PR at Boston this year when most struggled in the warm/sunny temps, she ran a negative split on a course that is notoriously unforgiving in the second half. Not only that, she had a blast throughout the race, as evidenced by the pic attached! You can’t beat this recap…
Boston was only my second marathon, so I was quite nervous about pacing, as it’s not my strong suit. And the hotter the forecast got, the more nervous I became, as the only thing I’m worse at than pacing, is running in the heat! I’m happy to report that not only did I break my previous marathon PR by 8 minutes (3:28!), but I ran my second half a minute faster than my first half on a very hot and windy day!
I think my training plan had a goal pace of 3:26, and I know I’ll get that someday because I felt so strong, but I felt the need to run conservatively at Boston. Thanks so much for believing in my pace and abilities even when I did not. This sounds very cliché, but thank you for helping make my dreams come true. – Katie
Shannon Siragusa was kind enough to let us share her feedback as she follows her custom Jack Daniels’ 15-week Marathon Plan on VDOT O2. We loved her comments because Jack’s methodology with VDOT is to find the max benefit for the least amount of stress on the body. We know someone is training properly when they allude to the fact that the workouts are hard but doable.
Kim Sidey of Augusta, Georgia completed his 27th marathon and got his first BQ at the Erie Marathon.
I followed a Run SMART plan for 6-months. My goal was to break 3:40 to ensure entrance in the Boston Marathon. My final time was 3:37:12. It was just a matter of sticking with the plan. It was my 27th marathon and second serious attempt at qualifying. It was also my first training plan. My own devices were not adequate and it took the Jack Daniels’ plan to really make it happen. Thanks!
Juan Carlos Soto making the final turn at the Boston Marathon this past weekend in route to a new PR despite the cold, rain and wind. His official time was 2:40:40, roughly 7 minutes faster than his PR set last year in Chicago. Hats off to a really impressive performance!
“Thank you for a great training program! I managed to run right on the prediction of my VDOT O2 calendar.” – Juan Carlos