Kim Sidey Gets BQ After 27th Marathon

Kim Sidey of Augusta, Georgia completed his 27th marathon and got his first BQ at the Erie Marathon.

I followed a Run SMART plan for 6-months. My goal was to break 3:40 to ensure entrance in the Boston Marathon. My final time was 3:37:12. It was just a matter of sticking with the plan. It was my 27th marathon and second serious attempt at qualifying. It was also my first training plan. My own devices were not adequate and it took the Jack Daniels’ plan to really make it happen. Thanks!

Mary Puchades’ Negative Split, PR, BQ Marathon

Mary Puchades of Coral Gables, FL got her BQ at the Last Change BQ.2 Marathon and achieved a new PR in the process. Mary’s official time of 3:52:06 earned her first place in her division and it was the first time she ever averaged sub-9 minutes per mile in a marathon [Results]. She did so by running a negative split after coming through in 1:56:40 at the halfway mark!

“My Last 6 Miles Were My Fastest Of The Race”

Rusty Smith of Leawood, KS got his BQ at the Santa Rosa Marathon. He set a new PR finishing in 3:11:26 by running the second half of the race slightly faster. [Full results] Afterwards, he noted…

At mile 20, I still felt amazing, so I started opening up a little. My last 6 miles were my fastest of the race. I finished in 3:11. Well under the 3:15 I needed for Boston.

I followed your training schedule exactly.  I truly believe that is why I had such a great race.  Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m a huge believer in Run SMART.

14-Year-Old Nicole Matysik Wins Eugene Marathon 5k

Nicole Matysik was the overall female winner at the Eugene Marathon 5k. The middle schooler all the way from Key West, FL,  finished in a very impressive time of 19:11. [Full results]

Her local coach, Bill Elkins, commented after the race, “Nicole followed your plan, went out to Eugene and at 14-years-old was the overall female winner! She was 21st overall and even gave two interviews on the Hayward field track at the finish. Thank you for making a dream come true for her!”

Afterwards, Nicole was kind enough to share a testimonial about her training, “The plan was really a great resource for me. It told me exactly what to do, and then I just logged what I ran, and I really loved how the plan was designed specially for me.”

Elliott Stone Sets North Dakota State Records

Elliott Stone (pictured, setting a new state record) of Bismarck, ND, transformed his running this outdoor season. After customizing one of Jack Daniels’ middle distance training plans, Elliott got to work and the rest is history. Just look at his improvement this year compared to last:

PRs after 2014 season

  • 2:01 (800m)
  • 4:32 (1600m)
  • 9:52 (3200m)

PRs after 2015 season

  • 1:58 (800m)
  • 4:18 (1600m)
  • 9:24 (3200m)

“Feel Like I Now Know How To Train For A Marathon Properly!”

20x30-OTXX2897Ray Venables set a new PR and got his BQ at the Ottawa Marathon. His official time was 3:02:52. [Full results]

Afterwards, Ray kindly thanked us for the training…

I’m writing you to THANK YOU as best as I can in an email. I did it with you and the Run SMART project team’s help: I qualified for the Boston Marathon (unofficially)!

On Sunday, May 24 I finished the Ottawa Marathon in 3:02:52! That’s a both a PR and a BQ! I’m stunned at the results that I attribute to a sound training program. After following the Jack Daniels’ program for the first time, I feel like I now know how to train for a marathon properly!

Chris Luo Nails BQ At Mountains 2 Beach

"Mountain 2 Beach Marathon"After his recent half marathon PR performance (1:27) this past April, Chris Luo shaved another seven minutes off of his marathon best at the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon. The 39-year-old from San Fran officially clocked in at 3:12:28, placing him 168th out of 1602 finishers. [Results] Afterwards, Chris gave his coach Heidi Peoples credit…

I joined you guys and started working with Heidi after bombing out in my first marathon attempt last year in Napa, where I ran 3:30. My next attempt (working with Heidi) got me to 3:19. It’s super gratifying to have a BQ and new PR at 3:12:28. I definitely would not have gotten there without you guys, so I’m really appreciative!

Three Years Older, Three Minutes Faster

image1 (1)It’s always great to see runners improving their PRs after entering the masters division. Lawrence Bookham of Aldershot, England, set a new PR at the Maratona S.Antonio in Padua, Italy. His official time was 3:12:37 – 3 minutes faster than his previous personal best set three years ago as a 38-year-old. This was also a BQ!

Afterwards, Lawrence commented,

“I was a bit skeptical about being able to race faster with so much easy running in the plan (even Threshold runs are quite easy compared to the type of training I was doing before I started on a Run SMART plan) but nevertheless it has done the trick, so a big Thank you!”

Too many runners think “harder” is always the answer to improving. Masters runners, especially, need to be more focused on recovery and training at the right intensities.

Avoiding The Wall

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A common theme in feedback we’ve gotten from our spring marathoners:  ‘I avoided the wall.’ Anka Sawiec of Gaj in Poland shares her result:

Last Sunday I ran the Cracovia Marathon – first marathon in my life :) It took me 3h45min!!!!

Thanks again for a good training plan. Starting the 30th km I was waiting for this mythical wall to come :) But nothing happened! I had enough power to keep my pace for the entire distance and even to accelerate on the last kilometer!

 Congratulations, Anka!

Making The Final Turn At Boston

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Juan Carlos Soto making the final turn at the Boston Marathon this past weekend in route to a new PR despite the cold, rain and wind. His official time was 2:40:40, roughly 7 minutes faster than his PR set last year in Chicago. Hats off to a really impressive performance!

“Thank you for a great training program! I managed to run right on the prediction of my VDOT O2 calendar.” – Juan Carlos