Karin Getz Sets Second Straight Half Marathon PR

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Karin Getz set her second PR in a row at the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Half Marathon in Wilkes Barre, PA. Back in May we linked to Karin’s first PR with Run SMART at the Delaware Half Marathon where she dropped 10-minutes off her best time. While following a plan geared towards the Steamtown Marathon Karin managed to drop another 5-minutes off her best to finish in 2:19.

Good luck at Steamtown in October, Karin! You’re well on track to reach your goal!!

Sarah Claire Ahlers Sets Two PRs In One Race

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Sarah Claire Ahlers set two PRs in the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. Sarah finished in 1:52:18, a five minute improvement from her time last year. [Full results] Not only did she run her fastest half marathon ever, her split at 10k (52:32) was faster than she’s ever run in a 10k race!

After the race Sarah said, “The plan was great. I loved the speedwork. Thank you! I’ll be signing up for another plan for 5k/10k’s this summer.”

Lisa Menninger Sets New Half Marathon PR

Congrats to Run SMART client Lisa Menninger for setting a new PR at the ODDyssey Half Marathon. Her official time was 1:57:28, over two minutes faster than her previous best. [Full Results]

This is Lisa’s second PR while working with Run SMART coach Vince Sherry.

New PRs At Brooklyn Half Marathon

Run SMART clients Charlie Hartel and Rob DeLong set new PRs at the Brooklyn Half Marathon yesterday morning.

Hartel cruised to a new 4-minute PR marking the first time he’s ever dipped under 1:30. His official time was 1:29:13 (6:49 per mile). [Charlie’s Results] When Charlie signed up for coaching about 2.5 years ago his PR for a half was 1:44. In his best 10k at that point he averaged 7:36 per mile to give you an idea of what a huge transformation he’s made while working with Run SMART coach Vince Sherry.

This was Rob DeLong’s second half marathon ever. He finished in 1:50:43 just reaching his goal of 1:50:59 which gets him into one of the seeded corrals at the Chicago Marathon later this fall. [Rob’s Results] This was just over a six minute PR for Rob in less than two months since his last half and his 6th personal best since signing up for coaching in February. Rob works with Run SMART coach Brian Rosetti.

Peter Kosgei Runs 1:07 In First Half Marathon

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Peter Kosgei won the Bridge Run Half Marathon in Binghamton, NY last weekend. Peter finished in 1:07:52, almost 3 minutes ahead of the second place competitor! [Full Results] After the race Peter said, “It was my first half-marathon, so I had never done anything more than 9.3 miles. It was good.” Full story at pressconnects.

Not only was it impressive that he ran this fast by himself in his first half marathon ever, Peter did this while following one of Jack’s 5k plans. Who knows what he could have run with a little half marathon specific work and some competition?

Heidi Peoples Wins St. Luke’s Half Marathon

Run SMART coach Heidi Peoples won the St. Luke’s Half Marathon in Allentown, PA! Heidi finished almost 3 minutes ahead of the next female runner and was 15th overall out of a record 3,217 runners. Her official time was in 1:17:47. [Results] Not bad considering she gave birth about 6-months ago!!!

Lehigh Valley Running Scene was reporting from the race…

Peoples, coming off the birth of a daughter sixth months ago, had a 30-second lead over Jobes after three miles and kept building it throughout the race.

Tish Pace Sets New 5k And Half Marathon PRs

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Tish Pace (pictured above, right) signed up for an 18-week marathon schedule geared towards the Grandma’s Marathon in June. Since then she has set new PRs for 5k and the half marathon. In the 5k she set a 38-second PR finishing in 20:42. And at the St. Jude Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville she set a 2-minute PR and finished in 1:38:17. [Results]

Ed Balow Drops 15 Minutes Off Half Marathon Time

Ed Balow purchased a Jack Daniels Half Marathon Training Plan last December. His goal race is in two weeks at the Run Raleigh Half. Recently, Ed checked in with us after jumping in a local half marathon simply to do his marathon pace workout.

My intention was to run it as a 2 mile easy, 8 miles at marathon pace workout, but to go hard the last 5K of the race.  Amazingly, it went according to plan.  It was fun to have those first 2 easy miles because I pretty much blew by everyone for the next 5 or 6 miles until I settled into the group of folks at my 7:30 pace. I had lots of energy left after 10 miles and was able to finish strong coming in at 1:39:30 which blows my old half PR out of the water by about 15 minutes!

Regardless of what happens in two weeks I already consider this plan a great success.  You got me into starting corral C for the Chicago Marathon and sub 1:40, and I didn’t even have to race very hard to get it!

Congrats on the new PR, Ed! Good luck in Raleigh!

“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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