Run SMART Customer Hits Goal Time By The Second In Chicago

Josh Weinrobe signed up for a Jack Daniels’ Training Plan this past June in preparation for the Chicago Marathon. When he signed up his marathon PR was 3:28 and his personalized schedule, based on Jack’s patented formulas, trained him towards a goal of 3:13 (7:22 per mile).

This week Josh emailed us with his results, “Don’t know if this has ever happened in your coaching career, but I nailed your prescribed target time for Chicago to the second. Pretty crazy.  Gotta say, I didn’t think it was possible.  I’m now a true believer in Run SMART Project methodology. I’ll be back for my next race!”

His official time – 3:13:00 (7:22 per mile) on the dot! Doesn’t get better than that. Congrats on the 15-minute PR, Josh!

Erin Strout PR’s At Cherry Blossom 10 Miler

Run SMART client Erin Strout PR’d this weekend at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run in Washington, DC. Strout ran 1:12:40 (7:16 pace) to edge out her previous PR of 1:12:58 from the same race in 2009.

Coach Mike Smith said, “Erin’s race was her first in six months. This past October she PR’d at the Chicago Marathon but then fought a nagging injury over the winter. We had been back to regular running for a few weeks but have only done two workouts, so really weren’t targeting a fast time this weekend. For her to run as fast as she did should be a huge confidence boost for her. She has great things in front of her in 2011.”

Chicago Marathon Heat Doesn’t Stop Run SMART PRs

The Chicago Marathon has a climate problem. Three out of the last four years the weather has been unseasonably warm but it didn’t stop all Run SMART clients from setting new personal bests. Temperatures were in the 80’s, which made it feel like a hot summer day and unfortunately, many runners weren’t able to reach their potential in such gruesome conditions. Ideally, you want temps 25-30 degrees cooler. On a positive note, Run SMART clients Erin Strout, Bettina Toner and Charlie Hartel still managed to set personal bests.

Charlie Hartel Makes Huge Breakthrough

This past weekend in Central Park, Run SMART client Charlie Hartel, averaged the fastest pace per mile he’s ever run in a race according to the NYRR’s results database. Charlie ran 26:07 (6:31 per mile, full results) for 4-miles at the Fitness, Mind, Body and Spirit Games, which represents a huge breakthrough in his training. His new 4-mile best indicates his current fitness could be anywhere from 5-8 minutes faster than his current 10k PR time.

Run SMART Chicago Marathon After-Party

Time to Party SMART. Please join us for a post-Chicago Marathon celebration! Meet up with fellow Run SMART Project fans, followers, athletes and coaches while relaxing after this year’s Chicago Marathon. Friends and family are welcome, too — the more, the merrier! Who knows, maybe Oprah will stop by.

What: Run SMART Project Post-Chicago Marathon Celebration
Where: Emerald Loop Bar & Grill, 216 N. Wabash St.
When: 4-7 p.m. on 10/10/10
Price: $15 per person — free buffet + cash bar
RSVP: To Erin Strout at [email protected] NO LATER THAN SEPT. 22, 2010
Please send $15 per guest via PayPal to [email protected] or contact her to make other arrangements.

Everett Hill’s PR Parade Continues

Everett Hill has been working with Run SMART coach Vince Sherry for almost three years now. He has turned 50 since and is still setting new personal bests over a variety of distances. Just three weeks after setting a new half marathon PR in Nashville, Everett ran his fastest 5k ever in 23:54 at the Alpharetta 5k, dropping 37 seconds off of his previous best.

After Vince forwarded Everett’s results I did a quick search since it seems like Everett runs a PR every time he signs up for a race.

Jen Johnston Sets Two Marathon PR’s In 8 Weeks!

Run SMART client Jen Johnston set two marathon PR’s in a matter of eight weeks and it’s safe to say she has a lot left in the tank. Jen entered the year with a 4:23 PR, then at the Chicago Marathon she knocked off a mere 15 minutes running almost perfectly even splits – 2:03:27 at the half and 4:08:25 to finish (full results). Then, just eight weeks later Johnston tried to go after the 4-hour mark at the California International Marathon, where she dropped six more minutes off her PR finishing in 4:02:31 (full results).  It’s safe to say she had sub-4 in her too considering starting temps were sub-30 degrees with a head wind of 15 mph.

Jen seen flying to a new PR in Chicago

Jen seen flying to a new PR in Chicago

Big congrats to Jen and her coach Blake Boldon!

Hector Rivera Qualifies For The Central American Games

Since joining The Run SMART Project and working with Dr. Jack Daniels, Hector Rivera has now set new PR’s for 4 miles (19:45), 5 miles (24:54), 1/2 marathon (1:08:20) and now the marathon (2:22:15). His 2:22:15 at the Chicago Marathon this past weekend got him 29th place overall and 2nd in the 35-39 age group in one of the largest marathons in the world. It also qualified him for the Central American Games in 2010!


You can check out Hector’s even splits at Chicago here.

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.

Run SMART Athletes Set PR’s In Chicago Heat

For the second year in a row the Chicago Marathon saw some unseasonably warm weather. And, for the second year in a row Run SMART Project athletes set personal bests. Alex Gardner and Everett Hill set out for big results, and though the conditions didn’t allow for the kind of times they were hoping for, both set new PRs.

I spent the morning of the Chicago Marathon at home in Flagstaff, furiously hitting the “refresh” button on the race tracker. I took down every 5k split and calculated the mile pace. Both Alex and Everett were on their planned pace through 30k… As the 35k splits appeared I knew something was off. The pace had slowed, but I knew there was still a chance that both could pick it up. What I didn’t realize was that around this time the temperature had reached 84 degrees!

Alex crossed the finish with a new PR of 3:54:15. And Everett crossed with a new PR of 4:08:23. They may not have accomplished their goals on this blistering day, but as we all know PRs don’t come easy. Congrats to both on a fantastic effort.