Interview With Run S.M.A.R.T. Coach Blake Boldon

Blake Boldon is currently training in Colorado Springs, CO and racing professionally across the country. Recently, he joined The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project Coaching Staff bringing a broad range of coaching and personal experience to the table. We got a chance the other day to ask him a few questions and gain some insight as to how he juggles both roles.

Run SMART: Two weeks ago you finished 6th in the 3k at the U.S. Indoor Championships up in Boston, MA. What was your approach mentally going in and were you satisfied with the result? Also, how does this race fit into your gameplan for the year?

Blake Boldon: It was my first 3k since last year’s championships and it was my first time on a 200 meter track since that race too.  Going in I knew that I wasn’t as race sharp as some other guys might be but I’ve put in a huge block of quality training and I know my fitness is good.

Jeff Weatherhead’s Running Season of a Lifetime

We want to congratulate Jeff Weatherhead on one of the most positive seasons we’ve had in The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project since its inception.

Jeff has been running competitively for the last 15 years, yet after turning 56 this past August he has managed to set new Pr’s for 800m, 1500m, 1 mile, 5k and 4.75 miles (Manchester Road Race). His 4:51 in the 1500 ranked him 8th in the country for the men’s 55-59 division this year. He also finished 6th overall in the 1500 at the USATF Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Riding high off a monster track season he took to the roads this fall and stepped up to the 5k setting a huge PR clocking in at 18:34 (5:59 a mile). It was the first time he has ever averaged sub 6:00 a mile for 5k.

Not to put any pressure on him, but every time the man laces them up he sets a new PR. The key to Jeff’s success has been his willingness to buy into a new system and to trust his coach (me!) He’s very goal-oriented and has reached new heights because of his determination and work ethic. It’s been a pleasure coaching him. Congrats Jeff. Next year you’ll be 57, so let’s keep shocking the running world with your new found fountain of youth.

-Brian Rosetti

Christen Meyer Wins Masters Division At Philly Marathon

On a dreary, cold and windy day in Philadelphia, Run SMART client Christen Meyer managed to set another marathon personal best, finishing in 2:49:48 (first sub-2:50 performance). She was 1st masters woman, 14th female overall and had the second fastest age graded time of the day! You can see Christen’s and the overall female race results for the Philly Marathon here. The most impressive note to add on Christen’s performance from a coach’s perspective is that she ran her second half (1:24 and change) faster than her first (1:25 and change) (Official splits coming soon). Her fastest mile split wasn’t until mile 22 when she dropped a 6:19!

We were fortunate enough to begin coaching Christen about two years ago when her marathon pr was 2:55. She is now 44 years old and has dropped roughly 5 minutes off of her previous best. Maybe there’s something to this aging thing. Her first words to me after she finished were, “I can go faster.”

Nice work Christen! The extra work you put in this year of training has paid off well and will continue to pay off into next year.

-Brian Rosetti