I just wanted to write and say “you’ve gone and done it again!” I spent most of the LA Marathon cursing you guys thinking: “no way can I keep this up for 26.2” but I sucked it up and toughed it out and just thought about all the targets I’d hit in the personalized training program you put together for me, and… and… I did it! 3 hours 46mins & 37 seconds later I had a new PB crushing my previous time by over 12 mins.
“Trust” is the key word for me here. After the two highly successful training programs you’ve devised for me (I broke 4-hours for the first time in 2019) I completely TRUST that you guys know what you’re doing and that in turn gives me an ever increasing confidence in my performance abilities. Looking forward to the next one. I’ll be in touch!
Stacey Kincaid set a new PR at the Chicago Marathon. Her time placed her 14th in the F40 age group. [Results] Even more impressive was her pace management with a first half split of 1:27:11. Stacey works with Run SMART Project coach Ann Alyanak.
I couldn’t be happier with Ann and the coaching. She’s a perfect match for me :)I’m already antsy to get started on training for the next race.
Stephanie Tang set her second straight marathon PR, conquering the late climb at Twin Cities with a negative split (first half 1:45:54 vs second half 1:44:36).
A huge congrats to my teammates and thanks to New York Flyers for your support, and The Run SMART Project for the great coaching, as always!
I honestly felt great the entire time, no pains, sprinted to the finish, envisioning our threshold miles, and I had more in the tank when I finished!
What a great race, city and day!
Longtime Run SMART Project client Jorge Ospina of Detroit, MI ran 2:52:03 at the Berlin Marathon. [Full Results] This marks Jorge’s third fastest marathon ever and within 2 minutes of his personal best set six years ago.
Thanks again for a great training cycle. Even though I did not break 2:50 I am very happy with the result. – Jorge
Ben Kassel placed 7th overall and 1st in the M35 age group at the REVEL Mt Charleston Marathon. His official time was 2:43:29. [Full Results] Ben currently works with Run SMART Project coach Jay Bawcom.
Thanks for the project’s support, Jay has been instrumental in helping me become a stronger runner these last few months. Cheers!
Question: How would a sea level runner approach the Colorado Marathon, which starts at 6100 feet and finishes at 4980 feet. Here’s the course profile.
Judy Dore of Saratoga Spring, NY set a 4.5 minute PR at the Boston Marathon. Her official result was 3:43:07. [Full Results]
After the race Judy thanked her coach…
This was my favorite training cycle so far. Leah really mixed things up with my workouts, and not only did I get more fit, I had a blast doing it. She really challenged me, and I’m not surprised at how strong I felt throughout the race. I passed quite a few people, especially at the end. I’m especially excited that I’ll now get to register a week earlier for Boston next year, even with the new qualifying times.
Leah is so positive and upbeat, and her enthusiasm is infectious. I couldn’t ask for a better coach.
Melissa Perlman of Delray Beach, FL took advantage of her south Florida training in Boston last week to set a huge PR.
Proud to have finished my first Boston Marathon in a time of 3:00:09. It was a personal best by over 9-minutes from my first marathon back in June 2018 and I was the 174th female overall in a race of tens of thousands!!! But as I’m sure many can imagine – it stings a little (or a lot)! Those 9 seconds will motivate me to break (no shatter) the elusive 3hr mark in my next marathon! Special thank you to my dad (Russell) and Mark for being here in Boston to love and support me; Mark for being my day to day supporter through training with food, coffee, driving, sleep, love and letting me be me; to Leah Rosenfeld and The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project, LLC. for coaching me to HUGE PRs in the marathon and half marathon this year…
Christine Lampe of San Francisco, CA set a new PR at her first Boston Marathon. Her official result was 3:15:46. [Full Results]
“Thanks!! My first time using a Run SMART plan and I think it really helped. I’m looking forward to chipping away more time towards sub 3!”
Manuel Rodriguez of Bogotá, Colombia completed his first marathon at D.C. Rock ‘n’ Roll. He and his coach, Rod Koborsi, decided to put the brakes on his first attempt in NYC last year after a minor injury crept up. The decision to avoid a setback and reschedule for D.C. was a great move. Manuel’s official result was 2:48:37 [Full Results].