Collin Martin Sets Marathon PR At Boston

Former St. Joe’s Hawk, Collin Martin, records first 2010 Boston Marathon PR for The Run SMART Project. Martin finished in 2:48:02, a new personal best by 7 minutes and 15 seconds! Collin’s goal was to break 2:50 so it was a great day today in Boston.

Collin works and trains with Run SMART coach Brian Rosetti.

Run SMART Client Sets World Record

We got into the private coaching business with the goal of helping runners of all abilities reach their personal running goals, whether it’s running injury-free, finishing a half-marathon or qualifying for the Boston Marathon, etc. As our business grew we expanded to working with some competitive and local elite runners. But never did we expect to EVER make an announcement one day that a Run SMART client has set a world record. Today, we’re proud to announce that Terry Ballou was part of a world record setting 4×800 relay team at the U.S. Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Two More Run SMART PR’s At NYC Half

We’re pleased to announce at the 2010 NYC Half Marathon in Manhattan, from Central Park to Battery Park, two Run SMART clients achieved new personal bests.

Cathrine Wolden finished 44th female overall in a very competitive field. Her time of 1:25:32 (6:32 per mile) was a 45 second PR. Cathrine works with Run SMART coach Alicia Shay. And Collin Martin, former Saint Joseph’s University track standout, also set a new PR finishing in 1:16:52 (5:52 per mile).

Both Cathrine and Collin are currently training for the Boston Marathon.

Run SMART Client Sets Three PR’s In Three Races

Run SMART Project client John Robinson of Savannah, GA continued his impressive racing with PR’s in the 10k and 1/2 marathon over the last two weekends. This makes three PR’s out of three races for Robinson in 2010. Robinson has been working with Run SMART coach Mike Smith for 11 months.

On February 27th Robinson blasted 40:35 for first in his age group and 10th overall at the Seacrest Partners Race for Preservation 10k in Savannah, GA, beating his previous PR by 3 minutes. “I knew John was ready for 10k faster than he had ever run before, but I have to say I was surprised at how fast it was. We had taken a few weeks very easy and were just beginning a long marathon phase and had planned on using this as a good workout. The situation was a great one, he executed perfectly, and showed that he is able to race off of the year we’ve invested in proper training.” said Smith.

James Freed Sets PR At Hilton Head Half Marathon

James Freed of Emmaus, PA finished 8th overall at the Hilton Head Half Marathon this past weekend setting a new PR by 3 minutes. James’ overall time was 1:26:48. Considering he took a 1-2 minute accidental detour due to the misdirection of a few volunteers on the course, we’re confident he’s on his way to reaching his goal of sub-3 hours at the Boston Marathon in late April. Keep training hard James!

James works with Run SMART coach Dr. Jack Daniels.

Run SMART Clients Qualify For Boston Marathon

Congratulations to Alex Gardner and Tom Klimek for making their Boston qualifying goals.  Alex shattered her marathon PR today at Chicago, running 3:38:22.  That’s a 16 minute drop from her previous best at Chicago last year!  Tom brought his marathon PR down 8 minutes, running 3:05 today at Steamtown.  Both Alex and Tom deserve a lot of credit for executing their race plans meticulously.  Look forward to more results from both as we move towards Boston.

Avi Kravitz Sets Huge PR At Boston Marathon

When Avi Kravitz signed on with the Run SMART Project he had the goal of making the Boston Marathon qualifier by 2009. Having come in with a PR of 3:27, Avi dropped his PR to 3:10:32 at Chicago this past fall. This granted him the Boston qualifying mark for 2008!

You would think that just to run Boston would have been enough, but Avi had other plans. The quest was now to run as fast as possible at Boston. Avi dedicated himself to improving upon every small detail. By working on his training, nutrition, flexibility and core strength Avi saw small but gradual improvements in his fitness that would help carry him to this elusive new PR.

One month prior to Boston Avi knew he was in the shape of his life and ready to run, but as his coach I was getting a little nervous. I was afraid that Avi was ready too soon. His workouts were faster than prescribed and he was using words like “great” and “easy” far too often. I feared he was on the verge of peaking early. Two weeks later my fears were confirmed. I received an email from Avi, stating that he was feeling tired and sluggish. We backed off the workouts, but the fresh legs Avi had become so accustomed to hadn’t returned. A week and a half before the race Avi was still feeling tired and flat. My advice at this point… “Take two days off.” Avi resumed training a couple of days later and kept the positive attitude that had brought him so far.

The finial result was another PR. Avi managed to drop over 19 minutes off of his time in Chicago, finishing the race in a very impressive 2:51:12! Coming through the first half in 1:26:07, Avi negative split Boston’s tough second half closing in 1:25:05.

Avi Kravitz Sets PR For 5 Miles

Sometimes things don’t go as planned… Run SMART client AviKravitz had been training for the Houston Half Marathon for several months, but a last minute change in plans wouldn’t allow him to make the race. Rather than miss the racing opportunity altogether, Avi found a local 5 Miler. Despite having trained specifically for the half marathon, Avi clocked a time of 29:54! That was good enough to best Avi’s former PR from only 6 weeks ago by 35 seconds, on a tougher course. Avi’s next major race will be the Boston Marathon in April.

Erica Pappendick and Nicki Hines Finish First Marathon

Sisters Erica Pappendick and Nicki Hines making it look easy as they finish their first marathon amidst the sweltering heat in Chicago this year. Both are now getting ready to ramp up for the Boston Marathon in April. It’s been extremely encouraging to watch Erica and Nicki become more motivated as they continue to see improvements throughout their time training with us.

Run SMART Project Athlete Qualifies for Boston Marathon

On Sunday, October 7th Avi Kravitz did what few could do during the Chicago Marathon… He set a 17 minute PR. The high temperatures for the day (an 88 degree high) made it hard for many athletes to even finish the race. Avi’s initial goal was to break 3:20:00, in the hope that he would be able to get another shot at the Boston qualifier of 3:10:00 early next year. The early pace felt so easy that Avi decided to go on and give it what he had, splitting several sub 7 minute miles along the way. He finished in a final time of 3:10:32, which was good enough to qualify him for the Boston Marathon in the spring.