Chicago Marathon Heat Doesn’t Stop Run SMART PRs

The Chicago Marathon has a climate problem. Three out of the last four years the weather has been unseasonably warm but it didn’t stop all Run SMART clients from setting new personal bests. Temperatures were in the 80’s, which made it feel like a hot summer day and unfortunately, many runners weren’t able to reach their potential in such gruesome conditions. Ideally, you want temps 25-30 degrees cooler. On a positive note, Run SMART clients Erin Strout, Bettina Toner and Charlie Hartel still managed to set personal bests.

Mike Smith’s Three Most Important Tips for Beginner Runners

My Three Most Important Tips for Beginner Runners

By Mike Smith

One of the greatest joys I get as a coach is assisting someone to get off the ground for the first time. While the action of running is a simple activity, starting a running program isn’t as easy as it looks. One of the very reasons I started coaching was to help people go about this activity in a way that sets them up for success. Here are my three biggest tips for beginner runners:

John Robinson Sets Fourth PR Of 2010

Run SMART client John Robinson of Savannah, GA set his fourth PR of 2010, running 19:50 for 5k at the YMCA Heart of Savannah 5k in Savannah, GA. “After three months away from racing, I was pleased to see John PR on Saturday. He felt early on in the race that it might not be his best day, but still pushed hard, this says a lot about John. We’ll keep targeting shorter races this fall and I think we’ll see him bring this PR lower and lower,” said his Run SMART project coach Mike Smith.

Robinson has been a client of The Run SMART Project since 2009 and set personal records in every distance from 5k to marathon in that time.

“Keep Rolling!”

Run SMART client Erin Strout was kind enough to share a message about her coach Mike Smith. Another great addition to our private coaching testimonials page. Thanks Erin!

I came to the Run S.M.A.R.T. Project two years ago as a recreational runner with a bit of a broken spirit. It was my last-ditch effort to rejuvenate a previous passion for the sport, which had been damaged by a series of disappointing experiences that we all periodically go through. I wondered if some coaching could help—I clearly had no idea how much it would.

Erin Strout Sets PR At First Boston Marathon

Run SMART client Erin Strout set a new marathon PR in her first experience at the Boston Marathon today, beating her previous best by 3 minutes. Erin’s official time was 3:27:40 (7:56 pace). She missed last year’s race due to injury and has been climbing back ever since. It looks like she’s back and getting faster already!

Erin works with Run SMART coach Mike Smith.

Run SMART Client Sets Three PR’s In Three Races

Run SMART Project client John Robinson of Savannah, GA continued his impressive racing with PR’s in the 10k and 1/2 marathon over the last two weekends. This makes three PR’s out of three races for Robinson in 2010. Robinson has been working with Run SMART coach Mike Smith for 11 months.

On February 27th Robinson blasted 40:35 for first in his age group and 10th overall at the Seacrest Partners Race for Preservation 10k in Savannah, GA, beating his previous PR by 3 minutes. “I knew John was ready for 10k faster than he had ever run before, but I have to say I was surprised at how fast it was. We had taken a few weeks very easy and were just beginning a long marathon phase and had planned on using this as a good workout. The situation was a great one, he executed perfectly, and showed that he is able to race off of the year we’ve invested in proper training.” said Smith.

Private Coaching Testimonials

Today, we unveiled a new page on – Testimonials. Thanks again to everyone who participated… we’ll be adding more soon. Make sure to check them out, they are a testament to who we are and why our private coaching project is effective. Here’s one of my favorites:

Run SMART Really Rocks P.F. Chang’s

Run SMART Rocks P.F. Chang’s Part I featured Vince Sherry’s clients. Part II focuses on Mike Smith and the success of his clients…

John Robinson of Savannah, GA competed in the full marathon at PF Chang’s Rock n Roll Marathon and set a 38 minute PR, running 3:33:09. Robinson’s half marathon split of 1:38 en route was also a half marathon PR! Robinson has been working with Run SMART coach Mike Smith for nine months and set PRs in the 10k, half marathon, and marathon in that time.

Mike Smith Interviewed By Runner’s World

Check out Run SMART coach Mike Smith’s interview on


Michael Smith’s debut in trail racing has landed him some big wins already, and we predict we’ll be seeing a lot more of Smith on the top of the podium.

We first noticed 29-year-old Michael Smith from Flagstaff, Ariz., as he and his partner Robert Krar obliterated the competition at this summer’s multi-day TransRockies Run, which was no easy feat. He then got our attention when he won the high-altitude Soulstice Mountain Trail Run. And we just couldn’t ignore him when he won the three-day TrailRun WorldMasters race in Germany in November. So we had to ask: