John McCreesh of Drexel Hill, PA had a huge breakthrough at the Mesa-PHX Marathon. His official time of 3:27:57 was a PR by 8-minutes and 27-seconds. Thanks to the elevation drop in the first half John also managed to set a new half marathon PR with a 1:39:25 split (almost 2-minutes faster than his previous best).
Elaine Rosen of New York, NY placed 1st out of 50 in her age group at the NYRR Al Gordon 4M this past weekend. Her official time was 32:39, 6-seconds faster than her lifetime best for this distance set back in 2008. [Official Result]
Run SMART client Fran Breslauer of the NY Flyers was honored this past weekend at the 39th Annual NYRR Club Night. Fran was the #1 ranked female in her age group based on the NYRR 2017 racing calendar. Here are the nominees and winners from the 75-79 age group.
Overall, Fran ran 15 NYRR races in 2017 and won her age group in every race. Her fastest average pace was at the Percy Sutton Harlem 5k where she split 8:56 per mile.
Ram Kalakkad Ranganathan of Wood Ridge, NJ has been training with our NYC chapter for the past two years. After his first full year of training with us he set new PRs but it wasn’t until the completion of his second year when he transformed into a new runner. Despite the conditions in Chicago Ram still managed to set a ginormous 33-minute PR. His official time was 3:55:02. [Full Results]
It’s unconfirmed but we’re proclaiming David and Mary Beth Ezra as the most improved couple at the Chicago Marathon 😉 Between their two results they shaved 25-minutes off their personal bests. Mary Beth took home bragging rights with a 14-minute PR. Her official time was 3:41:34. David improved by 11-minutes with an official time of 3:19:16.
Dev Baid has transformed his running this season with the NY Flyers’ Marathon Training Program. Last weekend in Boomer’s Cystic Fibrosis Run To Breathe 4-Miler he ran 28:26, dropping 4-minutes and 49-seconds off of his personal best set back in 2015. [Results]
After the race, Dev reported his results, “My VDOT projected time was 28:24. I clocked 28:26 but my watch showed 4.05miles. This is so perfect, your training plan is awesome.”
We’re extremely proud of Denise Iannizzotto and her PR performance at the Chicago Marathon earlier this month. The 53-year old from Lake Katrine, NY, competing in her 28th marathon, finished 2nd in the 50-54 age group. Her official time was 3:14:38, 1-minute and 18 seconds faster than her performance there last year [Full results]. Since 2004, she’s now improved by 1-hour and 24-minutes when she ran 4:38:22 at the Hudson Mohawk Marathon.
“I’ve never been happier for one of my runners, ” said her coach Brian Rosetti. “Denise lives about 2-hours outside of New York City and she comes in every Wednesday night on the bus so she can train with our group (NY Flyers’ MTP). She’s one of the most dedicated and consistent runners I’ve ever coached. Once again, she executed our training and race plan perfectly, and here she is still getting faster at age 53!”
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 🙂
Chris Brennan of Brooklyn, NY dropped the hammer down the West Side Highway today at the NYC Half. Chris is a member of our local training group with the NY Flyers. Since joining our group a few years ago he’s PR’d at most distances and continues to improve each season.
This morning he continued his hot streak with another half marathon PR but the best part was how he finished the race. Chris’ official time was 1:27:45 (Full results) and his final two miles were his fastest by far (Mile 12 – 6:20, Mile 13 – 6:28).
Photo credit: Bob Cowin, NY Flyers
Well, five, if you consider that he beat his 10k PR twice in route! Oscar Gomez has been training in our NYC Marathon Training Program with the NY Flyers. This will be his third marathon program with Run SMART and each season he just keeps getting faster.
This past weekend at the Staten Island Half Marathon he improved his PR by 4:15 finishing in 1:40:04 [Results] Along the way he also managed to set new PRs for 5 miles, 10k and 10 miles!
After the race, he sent us a note, “It is so rewarding to see this much progress only 7 months after the NYC half, where i set my previous PR. It is also incredibly encouraging to see all our work paying off (BIG) just weeks before marathon day. I hope today’s race is a sign of things to come for all of us. I am also grateful for the program, for our most excellent coach, and for my running mates that so often pull me through the hard work.”