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

This Was My 5th Marathon And I Have Never Felt So In Control

FullSizeRender (1)The weather report at this year’s Boston Marathon was crappy:  cold, rain and wind. Apparently, no one told Rowan Jones because he went out and set a new PR by 2 minutes and 17 seconds. Not only did he PR in tough conditions he negative split Boston! His official time was 2:54:44.

This was Rowan’s third PR and second sub-3 performance while following one of our custom plans from Dr. Jack Daniels. After the race he said…

This was my 5th marathon and I have never felt so in control. No “wall”. Cruised to the beginning of the Newton Hills and then ran by perceived effort all the way to the top of Heartbreak Hill. Dropped the hammer from there and had enough left to kick to a 6:01/mi for mile 26, 5:39/mi for the final 0.2.

Emily Mulhern Wins Emerging Elite 2-Mile At NB Nationals

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Fresh off her Maryland indoor state record in the mile, Emily Mulhern continued her hot streak this winter with a win and dominating performance in the 2-Mile Emerging Elite division at New Balance Nationals. Her victory in 10:54 was a 17-second PR. [Full results]

You can watch the full video of Emily’s race here and her post-race interview here all on MileSplit.us. Congrats to Emily and her Run SMART coach Alicia Shay for all the recent progress.

Antony Scott Is On A Mission For Sub-3

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Antony Scott of Anchorage, AK set a new personal best at the Napa Valley Marathon after following one of our custom training plans. Scott’s time of 3:07:36 placed him 3rd in the 50-54 age group. [Full results]

Scott has recently connected with Run SMART coach Janet Bawcom to try and take things to the next level. His ultimate goal is a sub-3 hour performance.