J Ro Keeps Rolling

Run SMART client John Robinson of Savannah, GA set a new PR at the inaugural Rock N Roll Savannah Half Marathon on November 5th, running 1:28:49 good for 79th place out of over 14,000 racers. Robinson came to The Run SMART Project in spring of 2009 with a 1:44 half marathon PR. Last weekend was his 10th PR performance in that time, having set personal bests in every race distance from 5k to the marathon.

“I knew breaking 1:30 was the next goal with the half but I couldn’t tell if it would be this race or his next attempt in January. He nailed it and we both couldn’t be happier,” said coach Mike Smith.

John Robinson Goes From 20:45 To 18:40 In 5k

Run SMART client John Robinson of Savannah, GA, set a 5k PR  over the weekend, running 18:40 to win his age group and place 4th overall at the CrimeStoppers Azalea Run 5k in Savannah. (Full Results)

“Great PR for John today,” said his coach Mike Smith. “He had been hanging out right around 19:00 since the fall but we knew he could take another chunk off of that in the right race. He focused on racing those around him, which proves that often when you just concentrate on competing the time will take care of itself.”

J Ro Wins Bluffton 5k

Run SMART client John Robinson set another 5k PR this weekend winning the Bluffton 5k in 18:59 on Saturday in Bluffton, SC (full results). J Ro came to the Run S.M.A.R.T. Project just last year with a PR of 20:45. Since joining he has set eight PR’s in distances from 5k to the marathon. Robinson has worked with Run SMART coach Mike Smith since March 2009.

“John’s been able to race more frequent, shorter races this fall and it’s been a lot of fun. We were targeting a PR but hadn’t discussed the fact that he could get the win too, so that was just an added bonus. His training has been great and the frequent racing this fall has allowed him to really dial into these faster paces that we practice. He’s put it all together,” said Mike.

John Robinson Sets 7th PR With Run SMART

Run SMART client John Robinson of Savannah, GA, set another PR for 5k on Saturday, October 16th, running 19:05 to finish 3rd overall at the Go Green 5k Trail Run in Savannah, GA. In just a year and a half with The Run SMART Project, John has had seven PR performances, including five just in 2010. When John signed up back in March of ’09 he had run 20:45 for 5k. To drop one minute and 40 seconds over such a short distance is incredible.

John works with Run SMART Coach Mike Smith.

John Robinson Sets Fourth PR Of 2010

Run SMART client John Robinson of Savannah, GA set his fourth PR of 2010, running 19:50 for 5k at the YMCA Heart of Savannah 5k in Savannah, GA. “After three months away from racing, I was pleased to see John PR on Saturday. He felt early on in the race that it might not be his best day, but still pushed hard, this says a lot about John. We’ll keep targeting shorter races this fall and I think we’ll see him bring this PR lower and lower,” said his Run SMART project coach Mike Smith.

Robinson has been a client of The Run SMART Project since 2009 and set personal records in every distance from 5k to marathon in that time.

Run SMART Client Sets Three PR’s In Three Races

Run SMART Project client John Robinson of Savannah, GA continued his impressive racing with PR’s in the 10k and 1/2 marathon over the last two weekends. This makes three PR’s out of three races for Robinson in 2010. Robinson has been working with Run SMART coach Mike Smith for 11 months.

On February 27th Robinson blasted 40:35 for first in his age group and 10th overall at the Seacrest Partners Race for Preservation 10k in Savannah, GA, beating his previous PR by 3 minutes. “I knew John was ready for 10k faster than he had ever run before, but I have to say I was surprised at how fast it was. We had taken a few weeks very easy and were just beginning a long marathon phase and had planned on using this as a good workout. The situation was a great one, he executed perfectly, and showed that he is able to race off of the year we’ve invested in proper training.” said Smith.

Private Coaching Testimonials

Today, we unveiled a new page on runsmartproject.com – Testimonials. Thanks again to everyone who participated… we’ll be adding more soon. Make sure to check them out, they are a testament to who we are and why our private coaching project is effective. Here’s one of my favorites:

Run SMART Really Rocks P.F. Chang’s

Run SMART Rocks P.F. Chang’s Part I featured Vince Sherry’s clients. Part II focuses on Mike Smith and the success of his clients…

John Robinson of Savannah, GA competed in the full marathon at PF Chang’s Rock n Roll Marathon and set a 38 minute PR, running 3:33:09. Robinson’s half marathon split of 1:38 en route was also a half marathon PR! Robinson has been working with Run SMART coach Mike Smith for nine months and set PRs in the 10k, half marathon, and marathon in that time.