Interview With Run SMART Coach Mike Smith

Run SMART coach Mike Smith dishes on everything from his recent trail racing success, what keeps him sane while training, capri tights in Germany, the new Pearl Jam album and much more…
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Run SMART: You recently won the TransRockies Run in Colorado and now the Windstoppers Trailrun in Dortmund, Germany. Is trail running your new focus and did your training change significantly to prepare for these races?

Mike Smith: I would say that trail running is something I am curious about and exploring right now. It’s been so much fun thus far and right now that’s the name of the game for me. If I can be competitive, keep it fun, and give the training the time is needs then I think I imagine I’ll keep pursuing it. It feels like a rebirth of sorts for my running, so much of it for so many years was in this certain box, and this feels so outside that box. It feels like growth vs staying stagnant and unsatisfied.

Mike Smith Wins Windstopper Trailrun Worldmasters

Run SMART coach Mike Smith won the 2009 Windstopper Trailrun Worldmasters in Dortmund, Germany this weekend! The race consisted of three challenging stages in the mountains over three days for a total of 54 kilometers. Mike’s win on the second day was good enough for the overall victory by just under a minute. You can check out the full race results on the website here.

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Run SMART Coach Wins TransRockies Run

Mike Smith of the Run SMART Project and teammate Robert Krar victorious after finishing the grueling 6 day race through the Colorado Rockies. Full results here on the TransRockies website.

Run SMART Coach Mike Smith Leading TransRockies Run

Run SMART coach Mike Smith and teammate are leading the TransRockies Run with one stage to go!

The TransRockies Run is a grueling ultramarathon broken down into 150 teams of two covering 118 miles over 6 days in the Rocky Mountains. The course includes a mix of singletrack and forest road with nearly 25,000 feet of elevation gain, reaching altitudes of over 12,500 ft.

Run SMART coach Mike Smith and teammate Robert Krar of Team RunFlagstaff stormed to another stage win, finishing the epic 23.4mile/4407′ climbing stage from Red Cliff to Vail in 3:07:22 to stretch their overall lead to over 22 minutes ahead of Team Nike/Rogue Valley Runners.

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Run S.M.A.R.T. Running Retreat Itinerary

The 1st Annual Run S.M.A.R.T. Project Running Retreat will take place in Flagstaff, AZ on July 19th – July 25th. The following is our first unveiling of the retreat’s itinerary. Minor revisions will be made over the next few weeks but for the most part this provides a close look at what we have planned and how each day is structured. Email [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to sign up for the retreat.

How Good A Runner Can I Be?

The following is an article I have shared with my Run S.M.A.R.T. Project runners in the past and I’d like to share with you all:

I think it provides some very interesting insight into the question that we all face: “how good a runner can I be?”

Mike and Vince Race Ragnar Del Sol Relay

On Friday evening I found myself questioning my sanity.  I was driving a 12 passenger van through the desert of northern AZ.  Sitting to my right and behind me were 5 other guys, I’m assuming, in the same state of mind.  We were in the second of two vans from our team, partaking in the Ragnar Del Sol Relay.  The event started as early as 10AM that morning, and consisted of 200 teams of 12 runners each (assuming you could field a full team and weren’t an “ultra” team of 6).  Since we were on paper as one of the faster teams our first van would start at 4PM, the idea being that all teams finish around the same time.  Each runner would complete 3 legs, totaling anywhere from 12 to 21 miles.  The team was made up of various local Flagstaff runners, including two of my teammates from Run Flagstaff (Rob and Jared), and fellow Run SMART Project coach, Mike Smith.

Run SMART Results – Philly Distance Run

The Run SMART Project had a solid showing by several athletes at the Philly Distance Run on Sunday, September 21. Bob Lenehan, Erin Stout, and Avi Kravitz traveled out to Philly together with a common goal of setting new personal bests. With Erin and Avi crushing their previous PRs, and Bob having a very respectable day after over a year away from racing, all three went home satisfied with their efforts.