“I Couldn’t Ask For A Better Coach”

Judy Dore of Saratoga Spring, NY set a 4.5 minute PR at the Boston Marathon. Her official result was 3:43:07. [Full Results]

After the race Judy thanked her coach…

This was my favorite training cycle so far. Leah really mixed things up with my workouts, and not only did I get more fit, I had a blast doing it. She really challenged me, and I’m not surprised at how strong I felt throughout the race. I passed quite a few people, especially at the end. I’m especially excited that I’ll now get to register a week earlier for Boston next year, even with the new qualifying times.

Leah is so positive and upbeat, and her enthusiasm is infectious. I couldn’t ask for a better coach.

Melissa Perlman Saved Her Best For Boston

Melissa Perlman of Delray Beach, FL took advantage of her south Florida training in Boston last week to set a huge PR.

Proud to have finished my first Boston Marathon in a time of 3:00:09. It was a personal best by over 9-minutes from my first marathon back in June 2018 and I was the 174th female overall in a race of tens of thousands!!! But as I’m sure many can imagine – it stings a little (or a lot)! Those 9 seconds will motivate me to break (no shatter) the elusive 3hr mark in my next marathon! Special thank you to my dad (Russell) and Mark for being here in Boston to love and support me; Mark for being my day to day supporter through training with food, coffee, driving, sleep, love and letting me be me; to Leah Rosenfeld and The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project, LLC. for coaching me to HUGE PRs in the marathon and half marathon this year…

Your First Boston Will Do This To You

Christine Lampe of San Francisco, CA set a new PR at her first Boston Marathon. Her official result was 3:15:46. [Full Results]

“Thanks!! My first time using a Run SMART plan and I think it really helped. I’m looking forward to chipping away more time towards sub 3!”

“First Of All – This Plan Was AMAZING. Truly.”

Lauren Roberts of The Running Physio set a new PR in Boston by just over 11-minutes despite the challenging conditions. Her official time was 3:12:38 (1:35:06 split). [Full Results]

First of all – this plan was AMAZING. Truly. I only missed a few here and there but I hit pretty much every key workout and every week I would just keep getting stronger and stronger. This was also just under 12 minutes faster than my qualifying time and I moved from 13098 ranking to 3218. Hah! So, THANK YOU!!!!

Winter Training In Ontario Trumps Crazy Boston Weather

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]

Boston Weather Didn’t Stop Joe

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.

2:49:57 Boston Debut For Steve Orellana

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

“I’m Running The Boston Marathon”

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!