“Felt Good To Feel That Way So Late In The Race”

George Leary of Keyport, NJ set a new PR at the Philly Marathon finishing in 3:34:39 [Full results]. After the race he gave us his recap and a kind testimonial…

The 15-week plan worked great. From mile 20 on I was passing runners and it felt good to feel that way so late in the race. I would not have been able to cut 12-minutes off of my time without following your plan! Thank you again for an excellent program. – George

Father Time Can’t Hang With Scott

Scott Mersiowsky and coach Ann Alyanak continue to defy Father Time. This past week at the Richmond Half Marathon Scott ran a lifetime best of 1:19:32 and finished 3rd in the 45-49 age group. [Full results] If you check out Scott’s Athlinks data you have to go back 13 years to 2002 to find his previous best for a half marathon (1:20:11). That’s incredible!

The man turns 50 in January yet he’s still improving after 14 years of competitive running on the local masters circuit. This isn’t a guy who always ran but just started training seriously a few years ago. Scott has been trying to compete at the best of ability for well over a decade now. And he’s not just doing this in longer races, which is conventional wisdom for an older runner. If you look at 2002 he also ran 17:09 for 5k. Just a few weeks ago he ran 17:29 and his 5k time has continued to get faster this year too.

Philipp Kluge Drops The Old 42-Minute PR In Frankfurt

Philipp Kluge of Aschaffenburg, Germany customized a 15-week training plan on the VDOT O2 app for his second marathon attempt. He finished his first in 4:22:09 this past April and decided to take things up a notch in his next attempt. Last month in Frankfurt he did that and more with a 3:39:11 official time! [Full results]

And what do you do after setting a 42-minute PR in the marathon? You make plans to improve more!

“I’m already making plans now for next year. I would like to improve on that time now, since I felt really good throughout almost the entire race.” – Philipp

James Cress Sets New PR In Detroit

James Cress, of Kalamazoo, MI, beat his half marathon PR from 2013 by 6-minutes at the Detroit Half Marathon. The 47-year-old ran his first sub-2 hour half clocking 1:58:22 [full results].

Anthony DiAngelus Runs Down A BQ In His First Marathon

Anthony DiAngelus trained for his first marathon and a BQ of 3:25 (2.5 minutes padding). He was consistent with his training and nailed it on his first try with a 3:21:23 [full results].
“Your plan was instrumental in getting me to within striking distance. The rest was heart and soul 😜. Thank You! Please send my regards to Coach Daniels.”

Mike Prest Nets PR Hat Trick

Mike Prest and coach Jay Bawcom are on a roll this fall. Mike capped off a hat trick recently at the Chicago Marathon [full results]. After the race Mike talked about his recent progress…

Within the past month I PR’d in a Half Marathon, 5K and now today a Marathon. I beat my 2012 Grandma’s time by over 27 minutes and over 1 minute faster per mile.

My original plan was just to finish, so a 3:30:11 was way beyond my expectations when I started working with you.

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.

Full article.

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.