Trail Running Shoes Vs. Road Shoes

Check out Coach Sherry’s column in the Arizona Daily Sun about the benefits of trail running shoes.

“Many runners would rather take their chances with a sprained ankle or bruised foot than trade in their favorite road runners for the running equivalent of a tractor trailer. Want to add a little more difficulty to 30-minute climb on a 15 percent grade at 8,000 feet? Throw on a pair of trail shoes from about 10 years ago. Fortunately, a lot has changed in 10 years. Technology has advanced and every major running shoe manufacturer offers a lightweight, stable, protective, breathable trail running shoe.”

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Ask a Coach: Training for Comrades Marathon

Question from Chris Becker: Next year I want to run the Comrades Marathon. How can I alter my training to fit in with the Comrades Marathon but still obtain speed and endurance?

Run SMART Coach, Vince Sherry: You have a couple options depending on your goals for the Comrades Marathon…  If your goal is simply to finish the race feeling strong, I would recommend that you continue to train similarly to the way you are now, with one exception… put more emphasis on the long runs, making them further and more frequent.  A major component of running well in a race of this length is the body’s ability to convert fat to fuel efficiently.  This takes practice and is best accomplished by building a strong aerobic base (lots of steady mileage).

Give Barefoot Running A Try

Run SMART coach Vince Sherry contributes a column titled, “High Country Running,” to the Outdoors section of the Arizona Daily Sun. His latest piece is on barefoot running. Check out Vince’s take on the latest running fad. Below is his opener from the article…

Everett Hill Sets 8 Minute PR At Marine Corps Marathon

Run SMART client Everett Hill set an 8 Minute PR at the Marine Corps Marathon today. Everett’s chip time was 4:00:32, check out his splits.  The most impressive part about his race was the perfect pacing job he did, coming through the half point just under 2 hours and running evenly over the last half on a course that is considerably harder over the last 13 miles.  Congrats to Everett on the new PR and also for being named ThinkFastMoveFaster.com’s Featured Athlete of the Week. Everett is coached by Vince Sherry.

Everett Hill

Jamesina Simpson 4th at Duke City Half Marathon

Congrats to Jamesina Simpson for winning her age group and placing 4th at the Duke City Half Marathon.  Jamesina covered the course in 1:32:21 (very solid effort at 5,000ft).  Jamesina is training for the PF Chang’s Half Marathon in Phoenix AZ and is coached by Vince Sherry.

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Alex Gardner Accomplishes 5k Goal

This past Saturday Alex Gardner lined up for yet another 5k.  Her goal for the year has been to run 22 minutes and she has come very close a few times.  This would be one of her final chances of the year since marathon training is due to begin in June.  Alex knew it was a long shot, as the course was far from flat, but she took a chance by going out fast the first mile and giving everything she had to hang on.  She ended up running 22 minutes on the dot!  You can read all about Alex’s experience here:  http://www.run350.blogspot.com/.  When Alex started with The Run S.M.A.R.T Project back in September of ’07 her goal was to break 25 minutes.

Alex was also interviewed for an article in the June issue of Runner’s World.  Check out “Get on Track” found on page 65.

Vince Sherry

Run S.M.A.R.T Project Coach

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Run S.M.A.R.T. Running Retreat Itinerary

The 1st Annual Run S.M.A.R.T. Project Running Retreat will take place in Flagstaff, AZ on July 19th – July 25th. The following is our first unveiling of the retreat’s itinerary. Minor revisions will be made over the next few weeks but for the most part this provides a close look at what we have planned and how each day is structured. Email [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to sign up for the retreat.

Why I Run?

We all have different reasons for running, but I’ve heard very few as inspiring as Everett’s.  When I began coaching Everett in October of ’07 I had no idea he had been on life support less than 4 years prior.  He didn’t mention anything but “occasional back pain”, under the medical related section of the Run SMART Project profile form.  So, I was a little surprised when Everett finally told me his reason for running, after the PF Chang’s Rock & Roll Marathon.  Everett managed to drop his marathon PR by 24 minutes in that race.  I still consider the biggest mistake I’ve made as a coach to be that I didn’t drive the 120 miles to Phoenix to see Everett run it.  We spoke a few days after the race to talk about recovery, training and goals.  Towards the end of the conversation Everett told me why he runs.  I didn’t know his story prior to that day.

Phil Manning Crushes 5 Mile PR

Around a year ago Phil Manning lined up for the St. Malachi 5 Miler with only a vague idea of what he was capable of.  It was after all only his third footrace (Phil is a former cyclist).  He finished a very respectable 36:43.  When Phil lined up for the same race again on March 14th he had a much better idea of what he could run and planned for a PR.  Phil not only set a new PR, but shattered his time from last year by running 34:15.  This was 30 seconds per mile faster than last years race!  This is a testament of what one year of consistent training and a little experience can do for your running.

Vince Sherry

Run S.M.A.R.T Project Coach