Hat Trick: BQ, Age Group Win, Lifetime Best

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.

“She’s Heading To Hopkinton!!!”

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!

“The Check In Every Mile Is MAGICAL”

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’s First Sub-3-Hour Marathon

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!

Kristin’s full results/splits can be found here.

Denise Iannizzotto Runs Her Best Race Yet

In her 154th NYRR race at the New York City Marathon, Denise Iannizzotto ran her best race yet. At age 56, this New York Flyer still shows no signs of slowing down. Denise managed to set a course PR (3:17:17) in her 14th finish in New York. She ran over 5-minutes faster than her performance last year when she took home 1st place in the F55 division. To top that she set a lifetime half marathon PR during the first half of the race (1:36:40). [Official Result]

Blowing Kisses Up 5th Ave

If you’re doing that at the end of the New York City Marathon you’re either walking or you’re having a PR day. Steve Orellana did just that this past weekend. The image speaks for itself. Steve was out in 1:22:14 and came home in 1:20:36 to set a new PR. His official result was 2:42:50 placing him 241st out of 52,697. [Full Results]

“I Felt Physically Stronger Than Ever”

Lis Sar set a 7-minute PB at the Auckland Marathon. Her official time was 4:21:55. [Full Results]

I’m so proud of myself. The first 16km of the course was hillier than expected, the last 10km was windy and warm, Hahaha. Now it all made sense to me in the training – race pace , threshold pace etc.

I’ve learned a lot from this race but I didn’t feel exhausted at all after 30km. Legs were heavy but my breathing was perfectly okay. I felt physically stronger than ever but my mindset is going slower than my legs – the fear of hitting the wall. I should’ve pushed a bit harder but will do in my next race, therefore I wanna do more marathons to prepare my mindset for it.

“Long Time Since I Have Been Able To Surprise Myself Like This”

Scott Alford set a goal to qualify for the 2020 Boston Marathon. The 43-year-old from Chicago signed up for private coaching back in January and got matched with Run SMART Project coach Gary Berard. He needed 3:25 to BQ but was looking for more like 3:22 for insurance.