“I Feel Great And Usually Finish Workouts With A Little Bit Left”

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 Gets BQ After 27th Marathon

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!

Making The Final Turn At Boston

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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

This Was My 5th Marathon And I Have Never Felt So In Control

FullSizeRender (1)The weather report at this year’s Boston Marathon was crappy:  cold, rain and wind. Apparently, no one told Rowan Jones because he went out and set a new PR by 2 minutes and 17 seconds. Not only did he PR in tough conditions he negative split Boston! His official time was 2:54:44.

This was Rowan’s third PR and second sub-3 performance while following one of our custom plans from Dr. Jack Daniels. After the race he said…

This was my 5th marathon and I have never felt so in control. No “wall”. Cruised to the beginning of the Newton Hills and then ran by perceived effort all the way to the top of Heartbreak Hill. Dropped the hammer from there and had enough left to kick to a 6:01/mi for mile 26, 5:39/mi for the final 0.2.

Preparing For Downhill Races

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By Heidi Peoples

When registering for races always look closely at the course maps and elevation changes. Most people incorporate hills into their training to build strength. However, often overlooked are the downhills in races. Most runners assume races that descend more than they ascend will be easier but oftentimes fail to prepare properly. In order to take advantage of a net downhill course your body must be trained for it. 

Erin Miller Sets New PR In Boston

Big congrats to Erin Miller for not only qualifying for Boston but setting a PR there too in some pretty warm, sunny weather. She was pleased with her Jack Daniels’ Plan:

“I really enjoyed using the Run SMART plan this past training cycle. Boston was successful and I was able to PR by six minutes running a 3:08. I felt strong during most of the race but the heat did get to me at the end and I think I struggled with staying hydrated.”

Michael Kidder Bounces Back With A BQ/PR Sandwich

Michael Kidder of Brentwood, TN customized one of our marathon plans for the Carmel Marathon on April 12th. We’ll let him take it from there:

After using the 18 week program you designed, I pulled up at the Carmel marathon on mile 18 (on BQ pace with the pace group at the time) with a huge blister and was forced to walk off the course for the first time in a race ever.

Undeterred, I signed up for the Flying Pig the next day and finished it this weekend – 3:09:05 for both a PR and my first BQ time!

What’s Your Spring Marathon Plan?

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Run SMART client Erin Strout flexing her way down the home stretch to a new PR at the 2010 Boston Marathon.

We’ve compiled a list of the most popular spring half and full marathons our clients are doing in 2014 if there’s still enough time to customize a plan on our new app. We’ve also included when your custom training plan would start for each race.

If you don’t have a race scheduled yet sign up and customize your plan before the dates below.

  1. Scranton Half Marathon – April 6th, 2014
    1. 12 week plan starts 1/12
  2. Boston Marathon – April 21st, 2014
    1. 15 week plan starts 1/6
  3. Big Sur Marathon – April 27th, 2014
    1. 15 week plan starts 1/13
  4. New Jersey Marathon – April 27th, 2014
    1. 15 week plan starts 1/13
  5. Country Music Nashville Marathon – April 26th, 2014
    1. 15 week plan starts 1/11
  6. Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon – May 4th, 2014
    1. 15 week plan starts 1/19
  7. Vermont City Marathon – May 25th, 2014
    1. 18 week plan starts 1/19
    2. 15 week plan starts 2/9

Any questions about which race would be the best option for you please email us at [email protected].

Steve Rossler Gets His Boston Qualifier

Run SMART client Steve Rossler qualified for the Boston Marathon last week in Grand Rapids. The 53-year-old from Newton, IA finished 29th out of 102 in his age group in 3:38:10. [Full results] He’s now only 30 seconds away from his marathon lifetime best from 2009. Hey, 50 is the new 40!

Steve’s pacing was really strong throughout in true Jack Daniels’ fashion. His pace per mile for the first half was 8:19, just one second faster per mile than his overall pace.

Henry Jungling Qualifies For Boston At Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon

Jack Daniels’ Training Plan customer Henry Jungling broke his longtime goal of running sub-4 in the marathon. This past weekend at the Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon the 66-year old from Aplington, IA got his Boston Qualifier with a 3:58:21, finishing 4th in his age group. [Full Results]

After the race his son was kind enough to share his results and pass along some feedback.

His previous PR was 4:12:xx but he had struggled in his last two marathons and after a disappointing Dallas marathon last December, almost gave up on his dream of a sub-4 and a BQ time. On Saturday, he ran a 3:58:21 and qualified for Boston at the age of 66!He said he felt the training left him feeling strong and fresh on race day as opposed to previous years where he felt a little beat down.