Don Strout Sets 4th PR With Run SMART

Run SMART client Don Strout set his fourth PR under Run SMART at the 2011 MetroPCS Dallas White Rock Half Marathon. He finished in 1:42:24, just over four minutes faster than his previous best. [Full Results]

Run SMART coach Vince Sherry talked about the most encouraging part of Don’s race, “Don dropped his fastest split (7:28) in the last mile, which was faster than the pace he averaged in his last 10k race.” That’s a great sign! We’re looking forward to seeing more from Don soon.

Alex Gardner Sets New Half Marathon PR

Longtime Run SMART client, Alex Gardner, set a huge PR this past weekend at the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon in Kansas City, MO. She finished 3rd out of 171 females in the 40-44 age group. Her official time was 1:41:21 (full results), which gives her an automatic qualifying time for the New York City Marathon!

Stuart White Wins Grasslands Trail Half Marathon

Run SMART client Stuart White is having an incredible 2011 racing season. Recently, he won the Grasslands Trail Half Marathon in Near Decatur, TX. The 48 year old from Argyle, TX grinded his way through the difficult trail course in 1 hour and 33 minutes (full results).

At the Rocky Raccoon 50 Miler in Huntsville, TX, Stuart finished 9th out of 166 finishers in 7 hours, 30 minutes and 19 seconds (full results). Stuart has been with Run SMART for two years now and has made a lot of great progress with coach Blake Boldon. He’s also our first ultra runner so we’re very proud to post this result.

Stuart White Executes Great Race Plan

Run SMART client Stuart White was 2nd masters finisher at the 2010 Metro PCS Dallas White Rock Half Marathon. The 47 year old from Argyle, TX was 13th overall out of nearly 10,000 finishers, finishing in 1:17:35 (full results).

Ilea Eskildsen Sets 10k and Half Marathon PR In Same Race

Setting a new personal best is always nice but setting personal bests for two distances in the same race is special. This past weekend at the Rock ‘n Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon Run SMART client Ilea Eskildsen managed to set a new 10k PR during her half marathon. When she signed up for private coaching with Dr. Jack Daniels her 10k PR was 40:33. In Sunday’s race she came through 10k in 36:53, almost four minutes faster than she used to run for 10k alone! This set her up for a very impressive new half marathon PR of 1:21:04 (full results). Her previous half marathon PR was 1:23:53 set this past June.

Gundula Brattke Sets Three New PRs

Run SMART client Gundula Brattke attended the 2010 Run SMART Retreat and then decided to sign up for private coaching. Her main goal when she signed up was to improve so she could enjoy her runs more. After major knee surgery five years ago she finished her first half marathon this past May. Since joining The Run SMART Project and working with coach Alicia Shay she has dropped over 25 minutes off her half marathon best and set new PRs for 5 miles and 10k!

Ben Schippers Wins Running With Heart 5k

Run SMART client Ben Schippers won the 2010 Running With Heart 5k at Iowa St. University. The 29 year old Brooklyn resident dominated the field winning in a very impressive time of 16:12 – almost three minutes ahead of second place. Ben signed up for private coaching this past March and since then he’s become a completely new runner making incredible improvements over various distances. Check out his new personal bests after joining The Run SMART Project just six months ago:

Magic Orgil Wins Gobi Desert Half Marathon

Run SMART client Magic Orgil just got back from Mongolia where she¬†was first female and fourth finisher overall in the Gobi Desert Half Marathon. She finished in a very impressive time of 1:51 on a challenging and sandy course as you can imagine. The course cuts through sand dunes, the wide open Mongolian Gobi Desert¬†steppes and the famous excavation dinosaur area next to the “Flaming Cliffs”. Sounds like a lot of fun. Congrats, Magic!

Magic works with Run SMART coach Vince Sherry.