BQ Secured

Benton Wong of San Ramon, CA set a big PR at Mountains 2 Beach. His official time was 3:02:53. [Full Results]

I just completed the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon this past Sunday and I accomplished my goal of getting a BQ by more than 10 minutes below the cutoff, and a PR by 16.5 minutes.

The customized 18 week plan that was created for me worked great. At times, the workouts appeared intimidating but I sucked it up, did them, and got me in the shape I needed to hold on and be in control for that distance.

“19 Min PR!!!!”

Linda Bowker set a new PR at the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon this past weekend. Linda’s official time was 4:05:34. [Full Results]

19 min PR!!!! Thank you @runsmartproject, I can’t imagine getting here without the guidance of my training plan! 5-minutes shy of my projected/goal time but this was done without a watch, thanks to this cutie chewing my charger the day before the race.

“I’m Beyond Grateful For This Custom Training Program”

Hans Gonzalez of San Francisco, CA set a new PR at the Clif Mountains 2 Beach Marathon. [Full Results]

It’s been almost 5 months since I committed to your custom training program and I’m delighted to share that I completed a 3:47:25 marathon, coming within 2mins of my target time. I’m beyond grateful for this custom training program, particularly, as you may see from the email exchange, since you made it very clear to me back in January that I would be risking injury if I requested/demanded a program more ambitious than the one initially given.

Needless to say, Sunday’s achievement is very encouraging considering that I missed three weeks of training due to work/travels and came up short on some weekly miles and that I’ve only been a runner for less than 2 years(!).

Na’eem Conway Gets His First BQ In Mt. Charleston

Congrats to Na’eem Conway for getting his first BQ with a 10-minute PR at Mt. Charleston. Na’eem trains with the NY Flyers, our local training group in NYC. He’s been steadily improving since he started with us back in 2015. Look at the progression of his PRs and VDOT score (Note:  before Delaware his PR was 3:35:05):

Two For Two

Greg and Sara Gilliam took home two PRs and two BQs from the Mt. Charleston Marathon.

Thank you Run SMART! I finally beat my 2009 marathon PR by over 9-minutes! I loved this plan and the results showed. My husband also PR’d and BQ’d using his second Run SMART plan. We are ecstatic and can’t wait for Boston 2019! – Sara

Sara was 4th in her age group with an official time of 3:13:24. [Full Results] Greg finished in 3:10:14 which was a 24-minute improvement from his previous best. [Full Results]

Ann Alyanak Qualifies For The Olympic Trials

Run SMART Coach Ann Alyanak qualified for the Olympic Trials this past weekend at the Illinois Marathon. She finished third overall with an official time of 2:43:00 (60.2 VDOT). [Full Results]

This is the third time Ann has qualified for the Marathon Olympic Trials, but first since having three kids. 😉 She finished 7th overall at the Olympic Trials her first time around back in 2008.

Winter Training In Ontario Trumps Crazy Boston Weather

We recently reported Lorraine Doucet’s half marathon PB in route to Boston. Due to her consistency training in Ontario weather all winter she was more than prepared for the crazy conditions in Boston. She walked away with an incredible 4-minute improvement on her marathon PB. Official time: 3:25:14. [Full Results]