“I Have PR’d This Year Like A Crazy Person Using The VDOT Method”

Iris Saar of Siyo Fitness reached her goal of sub-4 hours at the New York City Marathon earlier this month. As you can see Iris hit the books on VDOT so she could truly understand the method to the madness before customizing one of Dr. Daniels’ online training plans. All her diligence and new smarts paid off with a 16-minute new PR! Her official time was 3:52:19. [Full Results]

“Reading the Bible. I’m a Jack Daniels’ girl and my coaching relies a LOT on his perception of training and exercise physiology. I have PR’d this year myself like a crazy person using the VDOT method.”

“Finished SO Strong, I Could Hardly Believe My Legs As It Was Happening!”

Rea Winter shares her experience at the New York City Marathon. She stuck to her plan and got a huge new PR! Improving is always fun but the biggest difference in following a custom plan versus a generic plan is how you feel during and how well you recover following the race.

First, I had a 32-minute improvement on last years New York City Marathon time (trained following a basic low mileage training plan with no variety in paces, etc). Second, I ran an even split race (thought this one was impossible!) and finished SO strong, I could hardly believe my legs as it was happening!

Finally, though I am not a very fast runner, and still new to the sport, my finishing time clocked in 4:05:35 which was about 1-minute faster than my predicted time on the training plan! I felt great during the race, as well as immediately after and the days following.

“Your Plan Helped Me Believe In Myself Again”

Kim Feinman of Westwood, NJ shares her New York City Marathon experience after following one of our training plans:

I didn’t cramp at all in my legs. I don’t even have blisters!! (this is a first for me, but I think I finally figured out the best sneakers for my running)

Your plan helped me believe in myself again. I was truly afraid that I wouldn’t be able to finish. I kept having to remind myself to trust my training. I was worried about having a repeat of my last marathon and laying down on that Queensboro Bridge again. I kept saying that this was my last marathon, but running it had me fall in love with it all over again. So I’m sure I’ll do it again.

Finishing A Marathon “Without Even A Limp Of Tightness”

Alanna Imbach runs in our SpeedPass group in NYC on Tuesday nights. She was kind enough to share her experience training with us for the New York City Marathon.

11 months after giving birth to twins (and being on bed rest before they were born…) putting on running shoes again for the *first* time one week before I joined SpeedPass, and clocking HALF the training miles/hours that I did for previous marathons, I not only finished NYC, but beat my old marathon PR by 4-minutes (pretty sure it would have been more if I hadn’t stopped for pics with the babes!)

Far better yet, I went in to the race without injury, and came out of the race without even a limp of tightness. In past marathons, I was an injury-prone mess on race day, and couldn’t walk for a week after. All to say, I’m living breathing proof that your program kicks ass 🙂

When To Start Training For Your 2015 Fall Marathon

IMG_0593The following are the most popular fall marathons we customize training plans for and when our 18 and 15-week schedules start for this year’s race.

We recommend 18-weeks of training if you’ve been running fairly consistently but are not in great race shape when starting the plan. 15-weeks is better if you’re in good racing shape and you’ve already been doing some quality workouts. Sometimes the longer the training plan the more risk of overtraining.

Louis Glaser Runs Negative Split In New York

Louis Glaser of Chicago, IL, following his training plan for a second time after setting a PR this past spring in Boston, set another personal best in NYC. Louis ran 2:56:44 on a very challenging day with the wind finishing 17th overall and 2nd US male in his age group (50-54). [Results] There were 16 other dudes over 50 who ran faster than that?!? Wow.

Check out Louis’ pace per 5k. Who negative splits New York? Not many.

Kilos Time Pace
5k 0:21:22     0:06:52
10k 0:42:15 0:06:48
15k 1:03:19 0:06:48
20k 1:24:17 0:06:47
half 1:28:48 0:06:46
25k 1:45:14 0:06:46
30k 2:06:05 0:06:46
35k 2:27:13 0:06:46
40k 2:47:46 0:06:45
finish 2:56:44 0:06:44

Amy Gordon Unfazed By Wind In New York

Congrats to our good friend/client Amy Gordon of New York, NY for finishing 77th female overall this past weekend at the NYC Marathon. Amy ran a new personal best of 3:07:47 on a not so fast course on a not so fast windy day. [Results] This was over 9 minutes faster than her previous best set almost three years ago.

Amy works with Run SMART hunk Vince Sherry.

Running Under The Influence In New York

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We’re very excited to announce an exclusive fall marathon training partnership with the New York Flyers, the largest running club in NYC. Each member of the program will get to customize an 18-week training plan, designed by legendary coach Dr. Jack Daniels, through our brand new training application (launching soon).

The World’s Best Running Coach Wants To Pump You Up

Join Run SMART and Finish Line Physical Therapy the day before the New York City Marathon for a special marathon pep talk with legendary coach Jack Daniels. Jack will share his last-minute tips, motivation and then take questions from the audience. All runners in town, regardless of whether you’re racing the marathon this year, are welcome to attend and meet Jack.

A limited edition, “Running Under the Influence of Jack Daniels” tech tee (featuring pic above) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

When: Saturday, November 3rd at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Finish Line Physical Therapy In Manhattan (119 W. 23rd Street #304, b/w 6th & 7th Ave)
Cost: Free! Light snacks will be provided.

Spots are filling up fast. REGISTER NOW!

Aaron Kravitz Goes 2-For-2

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Aaron Kravitz is now getting ready to start his third training plan in about a year. Why not? When you set new personal bests while following the first two you bought you go for the ‘turkey’!

Last year Aaron signed up with a goal to break 4-hours at the New York City Marathon. He ended up running 3:47! Recently, at the San Francisco Half he set a new PR clocking in at 1:45. Although his PR was 1:47, his goal time was to break 2-hours because of all the hills. On a flat course that could translate up to 5-8 minutes faster. Next up the Big Sur Half in November for the ‘turkey’! Fitting that it’s just a week before Thanksgiving.