Heidi Peoples Wins Steamtown Marathon – Again!

Run SMART coach Heidi Peoples set a new Steamtown Marathon record this past weekend by taking home her 4th title.

The 35-year-old Riverside teacher didn’t train for the race’s 20th edition, and didn’t decide to enter until Thursday.

But the mother of three utilized her daily training runs to breeze to her record fourth Steamtown Marathon title, winning Sunday’s race from Forest City to Courthouse Square in Scranton in 2 hours, 50 minutes, 34 seconds.

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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.

Eric Wilden Grabs BQ In Steamtown

Eric Wilden, of Elkins Park, PA, customized one of our training plans this summer for the Steamtown Marathon hoping to improve by at least 14 minutes to get his Boston Marathon qualifier.

Wham! He follows up post-Steamtown with some great news…

“Just a quick THANK YOU for the training program I’ve been using for the last few months to train for the Steamtown Marathon. I qualified for Boston by more than 3 minutes, and beat my old marathon PR (from just this past May) by more than 16 minutes!”

George Paul Sets 20-Minute PR At Steamtown

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer, George Paul of Fairfax, VA, customized his plan for this year’s Steamtown Marathon. He set a goal of 3:30 with a PR of 3:52 set last September. His mileage was low for his last marathon so we made an adjustment and… we’re excited to announce that George smashed his PR finishing in 3:32:34. Results.

After the race George sent us a message with our favorite part in bold, “I love you guys. I got a 20-minute PR and finished in 3:32:34 (8:05 pace). More importantly, I felt strong the entire race and the hills at the end were “manageable”. Next, you guys are going to get me to Boston. Just 8 little minutes to go. :). Thanks again, the higher mileage paid off big time.”

“Felt Amazing For All 26.2 Miles”

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Melissa McLane set a new PR at the Steamtown Marathon. Melissa signed up with a PR of 3:50:41, which she ran last year at Steamtown. This year – 3:44:52! Results.

Afterwards Melissa said, “Despite being nervous and feeling unprepared due to not having done a run over 18 miles, I best last years time by 6 minutes and felt AMAZING for all 26.2 miles. People kept telling me how awesome I looked at mile 24 and at the finish.  Maybe I left a little on the course but I am still so happy with my performance. Your training worked magic!”

We always talk about the time improvements our clients make but one consistent theme we’re getting in our feedback is how our clients seem less likely to hit the marathon “wall” late in the race. Many have reported how surprisingly they felt good late in the race and that’s partially a product of not overtraining. Our first priority is getting people to the line injury free, so we take pride in the fact that they’re enjoying the process and feeling good about the experience, not just getting faster. That’s important.

Karin Getz Drops 39 Minutes Off Marathon PR At Steamtown

Jack Daniels Training Plan customer Karin Getz set a new PR at the Steamtown Marathon last weekend. Karin entered the race with a PR of 5:43 and her goal time when she signed up for our training plan service was 5:15. We’re excited to announce that she smashed her goal finishing in 5:04:48. Full Results.

After the race Karin sent us a note, “As I have told you before, I am beyond thrilled with your program. During the two years I have worked with you, I have set PR after PR. I have dropped 36 minutes in my half marathon and 39 minutes in just my second marathon. All of the races that I ran this year I PR’d. This plan has everything a runner needs to be successful. Thank you for giving me the opportunity and knowledge to be a better runner!”

Heidi Peoples Joins Run SMART Coaching Staff

Heidi, pictured above, winning the Steamtown Marathon for the second time in a course record of 2:39:48 (chip time). We’re excited to introduce her as the latest addition to the Run SMART coaching staff. To date, she is the 11th coach to join the staff.

Meet Heidi Peoples:

  • 11-time Division III All-American and 1500-meter National Champion
  • 2-time Steamtown Marathon winner and record holder
  • 2-time Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier
  • Marathon – 2:39:48

Building A Running Community In Scranton

We’re proud to announce that Run SMART Advisory Board members, Matt Byrne and Matthew Rosetti, have officially opened The Scranton Running Co. We support them in their mission to build a healthier and more active community in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

They’re off to a great start! Check out their Team Survivor. It’s an incredible story. If you ever run the Steamtown Marathon make sure to drop by and say hello – they’re right across the street from the expo!

Run SMART Clients Qualify For Boston Marathon

Congratulations to Alex Gardner and Tom Klimek for making their Boston qualifying goals.  Alex shattered her marathon PR today at Chicago, running 3:38:22.  That’s a 16 minute drop from her previous best at Chicago last year!  Tom brought his marathon PR down 8 minutes, running 3:05 today at Steamtown.  Both Alex and Tom deserve a lot of credit for executing their race plans meticulously.  Look forward to more results from both as we move towards Boston.