“This Was My Lifetime Half Marathon PR And I Didn’t Even Try That Hard”

Michel Werthenschlag trains with our NYC Marathon Training Program via the NY Flyers. All his consistency and hard work is starting to pay off.

“Felt great! This was my lifetime half marathon PR and I didn’t even try that hard. I tried to keep a 7:12 pace for the first half and then realized I could push and beat my best time on the 2nd half, which I did by 1:30!”

“I Had More In The Tank When I Finished!”

Stephanie Tang set her second straight marathon PR, conquering the late climb at Twin Cities with a negative split (first half 1:45:54 vs second half 1:44:36).

A huge congrats to my teammates and thanks to New York Flyers for your support, and The Run SMART Project for the great coaching, as always!

I honestly felt great the entire time, no pains, sprinted to the finish, envisioning our threshold miles, and I had more in the tank when I finished!

What a great race, city and day!

“The Check In Every Mile Is MAGICAL”

Dev Baid of the NY Flyers running club set a huge PR in Phoenix this past weekend. His official time was 3:36:29, a 16-minute improvement from his previous best performance. [Full Results]

After the race Dev thanked his club and gave credit to his coach and plan, “Thanks everyone for your support and positive encouragement. I think it is the VDOT app and Coach Brian that deserves all the kudos as his training program is magical.”

Insider’s Guide To The NYC Marathon

By Stephen England

[Editor’s Note:  We’re lucky to work with NYC running ambassador, NYRR pacer and coach Stephen England. Stephen has run/paced the NYC Marathon 5 times and coached dozens of runners in preparation for this race. Here are his final tips to our local Marathon Training Program with the NY Flyers.]

Training 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏻:

“The hay is in the barn 🐴!”- Coach B. Rosetti. Spend as little time on your feet as possible the next few days and rest those legs. Spend the next two days doing mental training. What’s your goal? How do you want to feel at mile 5, 10, 15, 20, 25? Visualize the last 0.2 in your head. Believe in yourself. You are ready!

“The Craziest Part Is That I Still Had Extra Left In The Tank”

We’re proud to report that Stephanie Tang, a longtime member of our local marathon training group with the NY Flyers in NYC, finished her 25th marathon in her fastest time ever. Stephanie completed the Clarence DeMar Marathon in 3:32:06, a 9:35 PR. [Full Results]

This result could not have happened to a nicer, more dedicated athlete. We love coaching Stephanie because she’s consistent and doesn’t miss a beat. All her hard work has paid off.

“The craziest part is that I still had extra left in the tank as I was sprinting to the finish! I never hit a wall, didn’t feel nauseous, and didn’t have any of my normal hip and leg aches and pains. What a day!” – Stephanie

Na’eem Conway Gets His First BQ In Mt. Charleston

Congrats to Na’eem Conway for getting his first BQ with a 10-minute PR at Mt. Charleston. Na’eem trains with the NY Flyers, our local training group in NYC. He’s been steadily improving since he started with us back in 2015. Look at the progression of his PRs and VDOT score (Note:  before Delaware his PR was 3:35:05):

John McCreesh Sets Two PRs At Mesa-Phx Marathon

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).

Fran Breslauer Top Ranked NYRR Athlete In 2017

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 Drops 33-Minutes In Chicago

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]