Long-Term Marathon Recovery Tips (VIDEO)

During the next several weeks throughout this fall marathon season we’re going to post some important marathon recovery tips. How you approach the weeks following your marathon can make a huge difference when you start training towards a new goal.

Run SMART coach Mike Smith leads us off with his tips on long-term marathon recovery.

Katie Grove Sets 24 Minute PR At St. George Marathon

Run SMART client Katie Grove of Smyrna, GA set a 24 minute PR in the marathon on October 7th at the St. George Marathon in St. George, Utah. Coming into the race with a previous best of 3:55, Katie ran 3:30:40, not only crushing her old personal best, but also qualifying for the Boston Marathon. (Full results)

Mike Smith Featured In Running Times Article On Trail Running

Run SMART coach Mike Smith talks about transitioning to trail running and offers some great advice.

Smith, who coaches for the Jack Daniels-inspired Run S.M.A.R.T. Project, stresses the importance of practicing these pace changes.

“If I were training a road runner for a road race, I’d want them to become very comfortable at race pace. We’d practice until they could take a nap at race pace. But on the trails, this rhythm running won’t work. A trail runner must be very good at changing gears. They have to be used to running at a maximal effort but changing their pace significantly during the race.”

Check out the full article over at runningtimes.com.

Mike Smith And Jason Wolfe Win TransRockies Run

Big congrats to Run SMART coach Mike Smith and teammate Jason Wolfe for winning the Transrockies Run. The dynamic duo finished almost 22 minutes ahead of second place in 14:57:23.7 after 120 miles of running, nearly 25,000 feet of elevation gain and altitudes of over 12,500 ft.


Erin Strout Finishes 6th At First Transrockies

We’re extremely proud to announce that in her first Transrockies experience, Run SMART client Erin Strout finished 6th overall in a total time of 11:27:51. In the RUN3 distance Erin covered 58.4 miles with 8,600 feet of elevation gain over three stages. For information about the grueling nature of the course check out the course profile here and for our rock star’s results go here.

Erin works with Run SMART coach Mike Smith. Not a bad coach to have when you’re preparing for Transrockies. Mike and teammate Rob Krar won the race back in 2009 and Mike and teammate Jason Wolfe are currently leading after Stage 4 of the overall.

Mike Smith And Teammate Leading Transrockies After Stage 2

Run SMART coach Mike Smith and teammate are leading and client Erin Strout moves up a spot after Stage 2 of the Transrockies Run. Check out the Stage 2 Report:

Vickburg-Twin Lakes Dam
13.4 miles/3200ft climbing

Here’s where our Run SMARTers stand after Stage 2:

  1. Mike Smith and teammate – 1st place, 4:12:30, ahead by 2:34
  2. Erin Strout – 6th place, 6:55:05 total
  3. Brianna Torres and teammate – 3rd place, 5:43:36, :56 behind second place

Full Results

Transrockies Stage 1

The report from Stage 1 of Transrockies is up now.

Buena Vista – Railway Bridge
20.8 Miles, 2500 feet climbing

We’re tracking three members of the Run SMART family this year. Here’s where they’re at after Stage 1:

  1. Run SMART coach Mike Smith and teammate – 1st place, 2:17:42, ahead by 3:55
  2. Run SMART client Erin Strout – 7th place, 3:49:58
  3. Run SMART videographer Brianna Torres and teammate – 2nd place, 3:04:42, 6:05 back from the lead

Full Results

Mike Smith Wins Whiskey Row Marathon

Run SMART coach Mike Smith won the 33rd Annual Whiskey Row Marathon and set a new course record this past weekend in Prescott, AZ. Smith was almost 20 minutes ahead of second place, finishing in 2:37:36 on one of the toughest courses in the country (full results).

John Robinson Goes From 20:45 To 18:40 In 5k

Run SMART client John Robinson of Savannah, GA, set a 5k PR  over the weekend, running 18:40 to win his age group and place 4th overall at the CrimeStoppers Azalea Run 5k in Savannah. (Full Results)

“Great PR for John today,” said his coach Mike Smith. “He had been hanging out right around 19:00 since the fall but we knew he could take another chunk off of that in the right race. He focused on racing those around him, which proves that often when you just concentrate on competing the time will take care of itself.”

Erin Strout PR’s At Cherry Blossom 10 Miler

Run SMART client Erin Strout PR’d this weekend at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run in Washington, DC. Strout ran 1:12:40 (7:16 pace) to edge out her previous PR of 1:12:58 from the same race in 2009.

Coach Mike Smith said, “Erin’s race was her first in six months. This past October she PR’d at the Chicago Marathon but then fought a nagging injury over the winter. We had been back to regular running for a few weeks but have only done two workouts, so really weren’t targeting a fast time this weekend. For her to run as fast as she did should be a huge confidence boost for her. She has great things in front of her in 2011.”