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.

Tom Klimek Rallies To Finish Strong At Boston Marathon

Due to a hip/glute injury, Tom Klimek spent most of last month and the heart of his marathon build-up away from running. Today, at the Boston Marathon, Klimek managed to run his second fastest time ever. Tom’s current PR is 3:05:21, which he ran at Steamtown last year. Today, in Boston on by far a more challenging course, Klimek finished in 3:08:00 (7:11 pace).

Tom works with Run SMART coach Vince Sherry.

Erin Strout Sets PR At First Boston Marathon

Run SMART client Erin Strout set a new marathon PR in her first experience at the Boston Marathon today, beating her previous best by 3 minutes. Erin’s official time was 3:27:40 (7:56 pace). She missed last year’s race due to injury and has been climbing back ever since. It looks like she’s back and getting faster already!

Erin works with Run SMART coach Mike Smith.

Cathrine Wolden Breaks 3 Hours!

Run SMART client Cathrine Wolden broke 3 hours for the first time in her bright new marathon career. Coming into the Boston Marathon this year Cathrine had run 3:13:07. Today, she finished in 2:59:31 (6:51 pace)! It was incredible to watch Cathrine’s progress throughout the race. She started around 7 minute pace early and then slowly worked her way down from there throughout the race. She was 1:30:48 at the half so she negative split a very challenging second half course in Boston.

Congrats to Cathrine and her coach Alicia Shay for a brilliantly executed race plan and performance!