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].
Charles Whobrey of Los Angeles, CA set a huge PR at the LA Marathon. His official time was 3:58:19 on very even pacing throughout. [Full Results]
Kelly Dial won the F40 age group at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon and set a new lifetime best in 3:29:12. [Full Results]
I have been receiving coaching from Ann Alyanak. I can’t say enough great things about her. She has supported me, cheered me on, and provided superior coaching for me over the last year. When Ann and I were connected, I set out to for my second qualification for the Boston Marathon. I was able to not only beat the qualification time by 11-min, but I beat my marathon PR from 20-years ago by 3-min 30-seconds! I could not have been more pleased.
Lillian Park set a new marathon PR this past weekend in Phoenix. Her official result of 3:33:01 was 7-minutes faster than her previous best and much needed to ensure her spot in Boston. Her coach Leah Rosenfeld is excited…
The great part about this is that she was 4-minutes faster than the Boston qualifying standard back at CIM in 2017 when she ran 3:40:36. But then they changed the standard so she had to be under 3:40…so she crushed that by 7- minutes this morning! She’s heading to Hopkinton!!! Woohoo!
Dev Baid of the NY Flyers running club set a huge PR in Phoenix this past weekend. His official time was 3:36:29, a 16-minute improvement from his previous best performance. [Full Results]
After the race Dev thanked his club and gave credit to his coach and plan, “Thanks everyone for your support and positive encouragement. I think it is the VDOT app and Coach Brian that deserves all the kudos as his training program is magical.”
Kristin Garcia of Fort Worth, TX set a new PR at the Cal International Marathon with almost perfectly even pacing throughout. This was her second PR to close out this training plan.
Thank you so much for the great training plan. I ended up running 2:55:19 at CIM and 1:24:37 at the DRC half which are both PRs. I felt very strong in both races and am so excited to run my first sub-3-hour marathon. I loved the training and felt like the long marathon pace runs benefited me greatly and definitely built up my confidence on race day. Thanks for your help in achieving my goals!