“I Appreciate Run SMART Is For Runners Of All Levels”

Run SMART client Casey Kovacic is on a mission to break 30 minutes for 5k. She works with coach Alicia Shay. Recently she wrote us about her progress…

I appreciate that The Run SMART Project is for runners at all levels and even we slower runners can show great improvement. I so enjoy working with Alicia and the hard work is paying off! It’s such a fun journey – I am trying to get under 30 minutes in a 5K. Before I started working with Alicia, I wasn’t sure it was possible, but I feel like it’s going to happen this summer!

Her hard work is paying off indeed. Last month she dropped over 2 minutes off her 2-mile time finishing the Bunker Hills 2 Mile Run in 19:43. [Full results] And at the Trail Mixx 50K Team competition in Bloomington, MN she ran 9 minutes faster for her 12.5K split than two years earlier, finishing in 1:41:04.

‘Attending The Run SMART Retreat Was Life Changing’

After dropping almost 10 minutes off her 4-mile time, Casey Kovacic wrote one of the best testimonials I’ve ever read about her coach Alicia Shay and how The Run SMART Retreat inspired her to start running. We’ve been granted permission to share her amazing story.

Do you realize how new I was to running when I attended The Run SMART Retreat in the summer of 2009 (I basically started running in April of that year)? As I mentioned at the retreat, my being there was life changing. After I returned home, suddenly, on August 4th, a light went on – I realized I really like running and plan to continue as long as I can.

I signed up to work with Alicia on a nutrition plan in early 2010, and that was a great help because 2010 was a year of much time spent working two jobs and not much time running. Who knows how bad my eating would have been without the plan?! She laid the groundwork for much better nutrition as well as for (finally) getting over my Mountain Dew addiction, although I didn’t kick that habit until 2011 (the habit was long-term – since 1993 I had been drinking the ol’ Dew daily – but only at work).

More Run SMART Client Results

Casey Kovacic ran a huge PR at the Farmington Dew Run 4-Miler in Farmington, MN. In 2009 she ran 53:04 and this past Saturday she dropped almost 10 minutes off her time finishing in 44:38!

Kit Wendtland, only 18 years of age, was the youngest finisher by far in the Bighorn Mountain 50 Miler in Sheridan, WY. Kit finished first in his age group and 37th overall on a grueling course which starts at 8,000 feet in 10:28:41.

Casey and Kit both work with Run SMART coach Alicia Shay. Congrats, guys!