Big PR At The Derby!


Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Katherine McClain (at left) of Louisville, KY broke her goal of breaking the 1:30 half marathon barrier at the Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon. She ended up running 1:25:44, finishing 9th overall female and 2nd in my age group.

“Needless to say, I am one happy girl! Thanks to the JD Training Plan, I beat my previous half marathon PR by about 9 minutes (1:34:47). Thank you again for your help and I have already recommended this program to my family and friends!”

Why Work Harder Than You Need To?

Two-time Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Scott Paulsen ran 1:30:24 at the Prairie Fire Half Marathon. The 51-year-old got within 5-minutes of his PR set seven years ago and won the 50-54 age group. [Full results]

After the race Paulsen commented about focusing more on quality and less on volume, “I’m a believer in the formula. Why work harder than you need to?”

“Now I See The ‘Madness’ In The Method”

Jack Daniels’ Training Plan customer Bradley Baker set a new PR at the Fool’s Dual Half Marathon in Cape Ann, MA. Baker started the plan with a 2:07 PR set back in 2012 and set out to break 2 hours after turning 60 during his training. On a very difficult and hilly course he still managed to PR and crack the 2-hr barrier with a time of 1:59:37. [Full results] He was 5th overall in his age group.

After the race Baker commented, “I felt really strong the whole way and felt like I was not just running up the hills but attacking them. I had gas in the tank at the end as the last 1 1/2 mile I was almost sprinting. Now I see the ‘madness’ in the method.”

Kristin Garcia Gets One Plan, Three New PRs

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Kristin Garcia of Fort Worth, TX set three new PRs while following her 15-week half marathon plan. In her goal race, the Dallas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, she finished in an impressive 1:25:42, nearly a minute and a half faster than her previous best set back in 2008! [Full results] Along the way she also PR’d in the 5k and 10k running 19:27 and 39:18.

Jacek Mrukowicz Sets Second PR In Two Weeks

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Jacek Mrukowicz set PRs in back to back weeks while following his marathon training plan. Last week he ran 40:41 in the Maniack 10k, almost two minutes faster than his previous best. This past weekend he ran the Warsaw Half Marathon 1:28:20, almost four minutes faster than his previous best and just ahead of what his plan had him scheduled to finish in.

With less than five weeks to go he’s well on pace to set a huge PR at the Cracovia Marathon. Good luck, Jacek!

Emily Fried Smashes PR At NYC Half

Run SMART client Emily Fried smashed her half marathon PR by running 1:46:48 in the NYC Half Marathon on Sunday. She ran with great inspiration honoring our dear friend Kay Mueller who is currently battling Colorectal Cancer. If you’d like to donate to Emily and Kay’s cause to fight Colorectal Cancer visit Emily’s page.

Emily’s previous PR was 1:50:43. At the 10k mark she was 52:12 or 8:24 pace per mile which would have put her right at her previous PR if she hadn’t run such a strong second half! [Full results]

Emily works with Run SMART coach Heidi Peoples.

Christine Doherty Cracks 3-Year-Old PR

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Christine Doherty set a new PR at the New Bedford Half Marathon this past weekend. Christine cracked her 3-year-old PR by over two minutes finishing in 1:34:27. [Full results] This performance puts her ahead of schedule to reach her goal time in Boston next month!

Good luck, Christine!

Cathrine Wolden Sets New PR At NYC Half

Earlier this month we wrote about Run SMART client Cathrine Wolden refusing to stop getting faster after all these years. This past weekend she finished 2nd in her age group (40-44) at the NYC Half this past weekend in a new personal best. Cathrine ran 1:23:46, one minutes and 18 seconds faster than her previous best and almost three minutes faster than her performance in the same race last year! [Full results]

Cathrine works with Run SMART coach Alicia Shay.

DeLong Sets Third Half Marathon PR In Four Months

Back in January we wrote that Run SMART client Rob DeLong sets a PR every time he steps foot in a race. Clearly, he didn’t feel pressured because this weekend he lowered his half marathon time for the third time in four months and set a new 10k PR in route!

On a pretty rolling course at the D.C. Rock ‘N Roll Half Marathon Delong finished in 1:44:16 (7:58 per mile). [Full results] This was the first time he ever cracked 8:00 per mile in a half. One year ago his half marathon PR was 1:57:30. This steady progress has him on track to reach his goal in Boston next month.

DeLong works with Run SMART coach Brian Rosetti.

Jason Baird Sets New PR At Cowtown Half Marathon

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Jason Baird set a new PR at the Cowtown Half Marathon in Ft. Worth, TX last weekend. Jason came into the race with a PR of 1:32:24 and finished in 1:25:08 [Full results]. He’s currently following a marathon plan from Jack customized towards the San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and a goal time of 2:55. This performance has him right on track to reach his goal by the end of the plan!