Leo O’Connor Makes Big Improvement In 15K

Run SMART client Leo O’Connor finished the 38th Annual Forks 15K in 1:09:26 (7:27 per mile), a 4:07 improvement from last year. Leo felt good about the result and his pacing, “I averaged 7:25 through three miles, 7:27 through six and then held it for the balance of the race.”

Since Leo signed up for private coaching back in June of 2010 he has made big improvements in his 5k and 15k times. And at 59 years old Leo and his coach Blake Boldon are still confident he can continue to improve after all his hard work this past year.

Leo O’Connor Battles Winter Freeze

Run SMART client Leo O’Connor participated in the 2011 January Freeze 10k Series in Otsiningo Park, Binghamton, NY. The series consisted of four races or “Freezes” in which Leo ran as threshold runs to help him prepare for big goals this Spring.

Leo O’Connor Makes Huge Improvement At 59

At the 11th Annual St. James 5k Run in Johnson City, NY, Run SMART client Leo O’Connor finished 2nd in the 55-59 age group with an impressive time of 20:56 (6:44 per mile, full results). Last year at the same race Leo ran 22:55 so he improved by almost two minutes! Just this past July we reported his 21:56 at the Empire State Games, so he’s dropped his 5k time by a minute just over the course of a few months!! When asked by his coach, Blake Boldon, the last time he ran this fast, Leo responded, “I can’t remember when I ran this fast. It had to be eight years ago in 2001, probably in the same St. James 5-K race when I ran a similar (low 20’s) time.”

Leo O’Connor Wins Age Group

Leo O’Connor of Binghamton, NY won the 55-59 age group at the Masters Empire State Games 5k on July 24, 2010. His official time was 21:56 in very windy, hot and humid conditions. Leo finished 25 seconds ahead of the 2nd place finisher in his age group.

“My last 5k in October 2009 was 22:45. So today was a 49 second improvement. I think today will be a good start for my re-learning to race process,” said Leo.

Leo works with Run SMART coach Blake Boldon.