2018 Spring Racing – Client Accomplishments

Chicagoland Spring Marathon **new Marathon PR!  2nd in age group – Marathon!**

Mary, Peter and Tom completed the Chicagoland Spring Marathon.  Mary was 2nd in her age group and set a new PR of 4:27!  This was Tom‘s First Marathon!   Peter ran a very impressive 3:35 one month after his Boston Qualifying run.   Great job to all!

Mary said: “I couldn’t do it without all your training and encouragement!”   Thanks Mary!   Very proud of your PR!

Green Bay Marathon

Wally completed the Green Bay Marathon in windy conditions.   Great job!

Quarryman Challenge

Michelle ran a great time at the storm-shortened Quarryman Challenge (5K). Great job today!

Kalamazoo Half Marathon

Jovan completed the Kalamazoo Half Marathon. Jovan is planning a series of Half Marathons this year.

Illinois Races (Marathon, Half-Marathon 10K) **Boston Qualifying Marathon Time!  2nd in age group – Half Marathon!**

Peter completed the Illinois Marathon in Another Boston Marathon Qualifying Time of 3:23:35!
  Peter was also 4th in his Age Group!!  Peter said: “Thanks Laurie, this time should get me in (to run in the Boston marathon – usually need about 3-4 minutes better than the qualifying standard – Peter’s time is over 6 minutes better than the standard). I believe I earned myself an ‘A’ for effort and execution… Thanks for all your support.”  Peter has another marathon upcoming this spring so watch out for him!

Peter finishing the Illinois Marathon in Boston Qualifying time

Catherine, Karl and Peter after finishing their Illinois Races.

 

 

 

 

Karl was 2nd in his Age Group at the Illinois Half Marathon in a time of 1:41!!  Great work in his first race of the season!  Karl said: “I felt good and had no issues.  I was actually passing runners throughout the race – my first two miles were the slowest.  It was a good feeling to finish strong.”

Karl at the Illinois Half Marathon

Karl after finishing the Illinois Half Marathon

Catherine completed the Illinois 10K race for her first race of the year!  She finished 5 minutes faster than last year at the same race – great work!

Peter, Catherine and Karl after their Illinois Races

Naperville Women’s Half Marathon

Mary completed the Naperville Women’s Half Marathon. This was a tune up race for her marathon coming up in about a month. Her preparations are going well!

Sly Fox 10K **Age group winner – 10K!  new PR – 10K!**

Kurt won his age group at the Sly Fox 10K this week. His first 10K in over 3 years. He had been limited by injury but then enrolled in RunSMART:

“I want to thank you for the RunSMART class.  I’ve been continuing to do some of the exercises you taught us and my knees feel great.  My feet are better, too.

I did a 10K last Saturday.  I hadn’t run any races longer than 5K for about 3 years.  I did the Sly Fox race in St. Charles.  Pretty hilly!  I ran 57:39. I was hoping for a little better time, but I won my age group (65+).”

Jovan set a 4 minute PR at the Sly Fox 10K. Jovan is also a RunSMART participant. Jovan said: “As always, thank you so much for your help!!!”

2018 Boston Marathon

Congratulations Carolyn on completing the 2018 Boston Marathon in 4:20 in very difficult conditions!   Great Job Carolyn on your first Boston Marathon!

Carolyn at Fenway Park after her Boston Marathon finish

Carolyn crossing the Boston Marathon finish line

Carolyn said: “I’m so happy I accomplished this!  Thanks for all your help! You are awesome!”.    Carolyn, you are awesome!

 

Shamrock Shuffle 8K

Michelle ran the Shamrock Shuffle 8K.  She’s just getting warmed up for her spring racing season!

Bolingbrook St Paddy’s Day Half Marathon **2nd in age group – Half Marathon!**

Michelle ran the Bolingbrook St Paddy’s Day Half Marathon in 2.07. Great Job Michelle!   Wendy finished in 1:57 (2nd in age group) – great work!

Preparation for Spring Racing

Clients are busy strength training and following their running programs to prepare for Spring Races, including: Kalamazoo 1/2 Marathon (1 client), Quarryman Challenge (1 client), Chicagoland Spring Marathon (2 clients), Green Bay Marathon (2 clients), Twilight Madison 1/2 Marathon (1 client), Route 66 1/2 Ironman (1 client).   Stay tuned for their results!

2017 Fall Racing – Client Accomplishments

Lisle Turkey Trot Tune-up 5K

Tony, Catherine and Carolyn ran the Lisle Turkey Trot Tune-up 5K. Carolyn was 4th in her age group!  Tony finished 4th in his age group.   Great job in Tony’s first year racing!

New York City Marathon

Congratulations Peter and Wally on completing the New York City Marathon  Great Job!

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon **New Marathon PR!**

Congratulations Paul on a PR of 3:06:17 at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon!   Great run! – a PR by 2 minutes.  Paul really noticed a delay in leg fatigue compared to previous races due to our strength training program implemented over the last few months.   He is excited to see what the strength training does for 2018!

Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon

Karl completed the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon in 4:02!   Second 4:02 performance of the year!

Naperville Half Marathon

One week after her marathon, Mary completed the Naperville Half Marathon.   Great job Mary – now you can rest!

PNC Milwaukee Marathon

Congratulations to Mary on an awesome 4:37 at the PNC Milwaukee Marathon in windy (30mph) conditions.  Great rebound after running Fox Valley a month ago in hot conditions.  Great work!  Was she happy she did this 2nd race in 4 weeks? “So so happy!!  got out of my comfort zone.  The course was beautiful. Thanks for all the encouragement.  I needed that push.”

Chicago Marathon

Congratulations to Paul, Diane, Michelle, Bill, John and Carolyn on completing the Chicago Marathon this past weekend.   Great Job!  Diane said she was “grateful for another Marathon finished Running & with a Smile.”  After the race, Bill, a new RunSMART participant, was amazed at his fast post-marathon recovery: “My legs feel awesome – best recovery ever from a marathon.  The day after the marathon felt like a week post marathon.”   Michelle enjoyed her first Chicago Marathon experience: “I gotta say – it was very cool.”

Fox Valley Marathon **2nd in age group – Marathon!**

Peter, Karl and Mary completed the Fox Valley Marathon in brutally hot conditions today.   Karl was 2nd in his age group – not bad for his First Marathon in over 40 years!   Karl has battled injuries over the years but after working with him the past 2 years he trained for and completed the marathon pain-free!  Great job Karl!  Michelle completed the 20 miler in preparation for the Chicago Marathon in October.


Route 66 Half Iron Man 

Peter completed the Route 66 Half Ironman today in 5:42 and was 8th in his age group.   Great Job Peter on your first Half Ironman Triathlon!

Pedal across Wisconsin Northwoods

Susan completed the Pedal across Wisconsin Northwoods (a 350 mile, 7 day trip) this past week.   Great job Susan!