“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!”

Oscar Gomez Sets Four PRs In Staten Island Half

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.”

Cathrine Wolden Sets Fourth Straight Marathon PR

Coming off her win at the NYRR Staten Island Half Marathon in October, Cathrine Wolden set her fourth straight marathon PR as a Run SMART client at the Cal International Marathon this past weekend. Her official time was 2:51:33 (6:33 per mile), four minutes faster than her last marathon and 22 minutes faster than her PR when she started working with Run SMART coach Alicia Shay.

Even more impressive was the way Cathrine executed her race plan. At the halfway mark her split was 1:26:08 so she came home in 1:25:25 for the second half which is only 21 seconds slower than her half marathon PR! Brilliant! Next stop, sub-2:50.

Cathrine Wolden Wins Staten Island Half Marathon

Run SMART client Cathrine Wolden, of Pound Ridge, NY won the New York Road Runners’ Staten Island Half Marathon this past weekend in 1:25:04 (6:30 per mile). It’s the fastest she’s ever run for a half marathon since she started competing about seven years ago. (Official Results)

Cathrine has been working with Run SMART coach Alicia Shay since January of 2010. It’s been an incredible year for Cathrine with three new PRs set this summer, plus a new marathon PR of 2:56 set back in April. We’re excited to see her reach new heights in 2012!