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RunningLane Athlete Highlight: Craig Smith

Craig Smith Craig Smith has been with RunningLane and Coach Brandon since 2015. He is one of the most humble guys out there with a big heart for the running community and a pure love of the sport. Craig has had an impressive 2019 thus far. Craig was the 1st overall master at McKay Hollow Madness and the Grand Viduta Stage Race this spring. Take a minute to learn about our trail master, Craig Smith.

How long have you been running and how did you get started?

I have been running for about 10 years.  In the spring of 2009, my wife, the girlfriend, who ran track in high school but stopped during college, wanted to start running again to train for the Cotton Row 5k. She asked me if I wanted to run with her and I reluctantly agreed. I had played team sports throughout elementary, middle and high school and really saw running as training for other sports.

What are you currently training for?

I have 2 goal races for this year.  For the spring, the goal race is Race Against The Sun at Birmingham’s Ruffner Mountain and in the fall, the goal race is the Pinhoti 100.

What are some goals you have for 2019?

My goals are pretty similar year to year, continue to enjoy running and stay healthy and also to complete another Western States qualifier and get more tickets in the lottery.

What is your favorite race?

My favorite race is the Mountain Mist 50k.  I love covering so many miles on our local trails.

Where is your favorite place to run?

My favorite place to run are the trails on Monte Sano Mountain.

What is your favorite running memory (s)?

It is hard to narrow it down to one favorite memory but definitely one of my favorites is finishing my first 100 mile run at the Keys 100 in 2014.  Finishing the race surrounded by family members and close friends, a few who crewed for me and several more who came to see me finish, was an amazing feeling to see the support I had from so many people.

How long have you been with Runninglane and why did you get a coach?

I have been with Runninglane since the Spring of 2015.  I decided to get a coach to improve my overall fitness and help develop a real training plan going into my first Pinhoti 100.

Why do you run?

I run for several reasons, to improve my overall fitness, the challenge myself, to compete against other runners and to be a part of an amazing community of runners.

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Will Christian

I was a 2:27 marathoner that seemed to have hit the ceiling. It seemed that I couldn't break that time. I ran a 2:20 marathon this past fall and a big reason for that success was due to coaching and guidance. Coaching is like having a second set of eyes on a problem.

As an active duty service member we are taught "Attention to Detail." I was focusing on my stronger attributes while neglecting my weaker ones. My personal coach pointed a few things out and changed a few of my workouts and like magic; I smashed my PR in the marathon.