Hector Rivera Sets 5k PR

Hector Rivera finished first in the 35-39 age group at NYRR’s Salsa, Blues & Shamrocks 5k and set a new 5k road PR of 15:11. Full race results here.

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), the marathon (2:22:15) and now 5k (15:11).

Big congrats to Hector and Jack.

Ask Dr. Jack Daniels


Today, we’re rolling out a new feature called “Ask Dr. Jack Daniels.” For the first time ever on runsmartproject.com Dr. Jack Daniels, named “World’s Greatest Coach” by Runner’s World, will be answering questions from the public. Starting today we’ll be collecting running-related questions via Facebook and Twitter and having Jack answer them in a video response on our blog. This is an incredible opportunity for every runner and fan of Jack’s work and legacy to hear and watch this living legend answer one of your questions online.

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 Results – Manhattan Half Marathon

Two Run SMART clients and one coach competed in the NYRR Manhattan Half Marathon this past weekend in Central Park. Weather was great – 37 degrees, 5mph winds and the rain held off until later in the day!

Hector Rivera, who used the race as a workout by running tempo pace for several miles, still managed to finish third place overall in 1:09:55 (5:20 per mile) and first in his age group by almost 4 minutes! Hector is coached by Dr. Jack Daniels.

No Slowing Down For Toni Miller

Toni Miller of Redding, CA improved on her performance from last year’s P.F. Chang’s Half Marathon. Since working with the Run SMART Project Toni managed to drop her time by over 5 minutes from last year. She finished in 1:52:35 (8:36 per mile).  Toni’s performance placed her 14th in the 55-59 age group. (Full results)

Toni works with Dr. Jack Daniels.

Mitchell Thornton Wins Age Group At Turkey Trot 5 Miler

Run SMART client Mitchell Thornton won his age group at the 2009 Turkey Trot 5 Miler in Warren, OH. Mitchell ran 29:07 (5:49 per mile) winning the 16-19 age group by 25 seconds. (Full results).

Run SMART client Tim Bradley got 20th place at the 100th Thanksgiving Day Race 10k in Cincinnati, OH. Tim managed to run 33:09 (5:21 per mile) amidst his build-up for the Disney Marathon in January. (Full results).

Both clients work with Dr. Jack Daniels.

How Should Runners Manage Windy Conditions?

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Coach Jack Daniels was quoted in the Arizona Daily Sun about how runners should approach training in windy conditions. The wind can certainly be a drag (yes, pun!) on your training, so make sure to be aware of weather conditions ahead of time, especially during the winter and summer, then plan out where you’re going to do your run for the day. Jack does a great job of explaining how you can actually use the wind to your advantage with a little planning.

Ask a Coach: Walk test to estimate VO2 max

Question: What is the best field/non-lab method for obtaining VO2 max for an untrained or overweight person?

Dr. Daniels: W = weight in pounds   A = age in years   T = time for 1-mile walk (in minutes)

Anthony Gallo Blogs About His Training Under Dr. Jack Daniels

Run SMART coach writes about his training experiences under Jack Daniels at the USATF Niagara Association. Check it out…

Niagara Association announces the addition of an Athlete Blog : The 2010 P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Buildupgallo.jpg by Jeffrey Eggleston of Greece, NY and Anthony Gallo of Harpursville, NY while living and training at 7,000 feet in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Both elite runners are coached by legendary distance running coach Jack Daniels. Please join us at the Blog and following the training experiences of Jeff and Anthony in their quest to conquer the marathon.