“It’s Official. I’m Hooked On Marathons”

Kerry McEnerney ran the NYC course like a pro in her first marathon. [Official result]

THANK YOU for coaching me to my first marathon finish! When I first saw that the training plan projected my time for my first ever NYC Marathon to be 3:34, I thought y’all were crazy. But it happened, and then some!! I was out in 1:46:16 and back in 1:46:55 for a 3:33:11 finish. I’ve never felt more in control during a race, and even through the challenges (like falling at mile 12 or feeling new quad pain from mile 15 onward), I knew I was strong and I never counted myself out. It was so freeing to trust in the training and feel confident that the hard work would show on race day. This high school 400m hurdler never thought she could be a disciplined, motivated marathoner. Can’t wait to train for next year’s Chicago Marathon with you! It’s official. I’m hooked on marathons. Uh oh.

Training for a marathon? Customize your plan here.

“It Was The Greatest Race Of My Life”

Longtime Run SMART Project customer Rusty Smith had another great outcome. This time he took advantage of great weather in NYC.

I used your plan (with my coach John Carstens) to train for a 3:20 NYC Marathon time but I ended up running a 3:09!!  That’s a PR for me by 2 minutes!  I thought my PR days were over!  I can’t tell you how shocked and elated I am with the results.  It was the greatest race of my life.  Honestly, it felt like flying throughout most of the race.  My plan was to run by feel and put some time in the bank, and then slow down when I felt fatigued.  But I didn’t feel that way until mile 21-22… and then I was too close to a PR to give up!  It was simply a magical race.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for the work you’re doing and the excellent training plans you provide.

Rusty’s official results/splits here.

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!