Alison Thurber Reaches Sub-3:15 Goal

Big congrats to Alison Thurber for reaching her goal of sub-3:15 at Grandma’s Marathon. Alison’s official time was 3:14:18, almost 5-minutes faster than her previous best set last year. More impressively, she did it running almost perfectly even splits (1:37:08/1:37:10)! [Full Results]

Grandma’s was a great race in all respects. A stunning location, ideal weather, and a flat, fast course.  As a 38-year-old working mom I’m still not convinced my fastest times are behind me. The Run SMART Project training definitely served me well so I will continue to put the schedules to work.

 

“I Actually Got Faster As The Race Progressed”

Richard Garcia of Fort Worth, TX set a new PR at the Grandma’s Marathon. His official time of 2:49:44 placed him 189th out of over 6,000 finishers. We love his splits ever more as he accomplished this new personal best by running the second half of the race over 1-minute faster than the first (1:25:39/1:24:05). [Full Results]

“I Have Never Felt So Strong In A Marathon Before”

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Kristin Garcia set a new PR at Grandma’s Marathon this past weekend and finished just 12 seconds shy of cracking the 3-hour barrier! Her official time was 3:00:11, which was over an 11-minute PR. [Official results]

Even better was how she paced herself throughout. Below she was kind enough to let us share her feedback from the race:

I was able to even split the race with my half being 1:29:45. I passed about 45 people from mile 19 to the finish. I have never felt so strong in a marathon before, it was an awesome race for me! Thank you so much for all of your help!

“Wanted to let you know how well the plan is working!”

More positive feedback. This from Danielle Duhon

I am following my Jack Daniels Training Plan to the second to train for Grandma’s Marathon June 16 (goal 3:35). I ran Dallas Rock & Roll Half yesterday in warm weather and had a 2 minute PR running 1:38:57 (the plan predicted a 1:39:45 by week 9). Of course I’m ecstatic and wanted to let you know how well the plan is working!

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