Should The Boston Marathon Course Be Legal?

NYRR hosted a good debate about whether the Boston Marathon course should be legal for world-record purposes. As it stands the course is not legal because it’s point-to-point and its net elevation loss exceeds the IAAF’s limits. We asked some of our coaches to weigh in and it looks like they all agree with the current rule. Jack thinks without last year’s extreme tailwind, times would have been up to 5 minutes slower.

Jack Daniels:  Some years ago I calculated the benefit of the overall downhills of Boston and it was published in Runners World. I went as far as to calculate the time loss during various uphill segments and the gain of various downhill segments. I have a copy of that publication somewhere and will try to find it. Obviously when you see a picture of someone with long hair running Boston and their hair is being blown out in front of their face, they have a pretty good tailwind. I actually have data on the benefits of tailwinds of different velocities and headwinds of various velocities and no question headwinds hurt more than tailwinds help. Something I have always felt might be a good question to ask is what time do you think they would have run last year on Boston if the course had been run in the reverse direction — any guesses here? I would certainly think more than 5 minutes slower.

Amy Gordon Ready To Roll At Boston Marathon

Run SMART client Amy Gordon set a new half marathon PR under very difficult conditions. With wind gusts up to 20 and 30 mph Amy still managed to drop 1 minute and 20 seconds off of her personal best. Her official time was 1:33:40 (7:08 per mile). To put this performance into perspective, Amy averaged 7:16 per mile at the NYRR Gridiron Classic 4M in early February.

This is a great sign for Amy and her coach Vince Sherry with roughly one month to go until Amy’s goal race, The Boston Marathon.

Run Under The Influence Of Jack Daniels

Today officially marks 18-weeks to go until the 2012 Boston Marathon! Get an 18-week schedule designed by Jack and start training for your personal best! In honor of this mark we’re also excited to unveil the facelift we’ve given our new training plans page.

Caroline Holden Reaches Half Marathon Goal

Congrats to Run SMART client Caroline Holden for reaching her goal of sub-1:40 in a half marathon. Last weekend at the Columbus Half Marathon Caroline set a new PR finishing in 1:38:09. It was only her second try at 13.1 miles so we’re excited to see how fast she can go from here. Next up, the Boston Marathon in April!

Caroline works with Run SMART coach Rod Koborsi.

Katie Grove Sets 24 Minute PR At St. George Marathon

Run SMART client Katie Grove of Smyrna, GA set a 24 minute PR in the marathon on October 7th at the St. George Marathon in St. George, Utah. Coming into the race with a previous best of 3:55, Katie ran 3:30:40, not only crushing her old personal best, but also qualifying for the Boston Marathon. (Full results)

New PRs At The Boston Marathon

We’re just starting to get results from some of our first customers who purchased the brand new Run SMART Training Plans service. Kim Bogin and Jorge Ospina both reported setting PRs at the Boston Marathon after following their personalized 18-week plans.

Jorge broke 3-hours for the first time finishing in 2:53:27, an 8-minute PR! His previous PR of 3:01 was set back in 2009 and his last marathon finish was 3:13:22. We’re thrilled we could help him make such a huge improvement from his last race.

Kim Bogin ran 3:36, a three minute PR. Afterwards Kim said, “It is the best I’ve ever felt during a marathon. The sufferfest didn’t start until mile 23 but until then I felt great. It was awesome!”

Cathrine Wolden Sets Second Straight Marathon PR In New York

At the ING New York City Marathon, Cathrine Wolden, set her second straight marathon PR since joining The Run SMART Project. Her time of 2:57:16 was just over a 2-minute PR placing her 53rd female overall (results). And from a coach’s perspective the best part was how she paced herself on a very challenging course. She came through halfway in 1:28:43 – an almost dead even pacing job throughout.

Wolden Wins South Salem Memorial Day 5K

Lots of Run SMART client results to report this summer and many we have to catch up on. Today, we’d like to report that Cathrine Wolden won the South Salem Memorial Day 5k by over 1 minute and 30 seconds! Her official time was 19:40 (full results). One week earlier, Cathrine finished 5th female overall at the Brooklyn Half Marathon in 1:25:48 (full results). Not a bad spring considering she’s still fresh off her sub-3 hour performance at the Boston Marathon this past April.

Cathrine works with Run SMART coach Alicia Shay.

Jen Johnston Sets 25 Minute PR At Eugene Marathon!

It’s not everyday you can say one of your clients improved their marathon time by 25 minutes in one race. This past weekend in the Eugene Marathon Jen Johnston reached her longtime goal by qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Not only did she reach her goal, she dropped her marathon time by 25 minutes in the process, finishing in 3:37:46 (8:19 per mile). Full results can be found here.

Big congrats to Jen and her Run SMART coach Blake Boldon for this incredible effort.