RunningLane Athlete Highlight: Scott Smith

We love to brag on our athletes. We couldn’t get to the end of 2019 without mentioning Scott Smith. Scott has had a heck of a running journey that started in 2016. He has taken to the roads and trails, set some big PRs this year and finished his first road marathon at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in November. Scott has a love for the sport and a love for bringing people along with him on his running journey. Get to know a little more about RunningLane athlete Scott Smith.

Scott Smith

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

I started running when I was 36 in Fall 2016 after finishing graduate school that Spring. Huge blocks of time that were previously locked down suddenly became available. At the same time, my interest in lifting weights started to wane. It didn’t take very long for my runs to match the number of lifting sessions I did each week. Then exceed them. I haven’t looked back.

What are you currently training for?

My Spring 2020 goal race is the Eugene Marathon. It’ll be my second road marathon. I’m really looking forward to applying what I learned racing my first marathon this fall.

 What are some goals you have for 2020 racing?

My primary 2020 running goal is better workout discipline. I’m extremely good at crushing the first half of a workout and then crashing the second. It’s a bad practice that has left so many opportunities for improvement on the table. I start each workout now with a moment of intention to do the planned workout. It’s a small change, but it’ll touch every workout.

 What was your running highlight of 2019?

A 21min course PR at Eagle Ridge Half Marathon trail race. The trails were pristine that morning. It was one of those moments where ideal race day conditions allowed consistent training to shine.

 What is your favorite race?

I don’t have a specific favorite race. But my favorite racing distance is the half marathon. It’s a long enough distance to recover from a bad start if needed, short enough to not take up a whole day without, and recovery isn’t usually too horrible.

Where is your favorite place to run?

I love running trails on Monte Sano. Monte Sano has it all: smooth or technical trails, steep or flat trails, scenic or even more scenic trails. And they are laid out in such a way that there’s always a new, interesting route to link them together. North Alabama is extremely lucky to have Monte Sano in its backyard.

What is your favorite running memory (s)?

My 11-year-old son and I were drinking water after finishing an extremely hot and sticky 1.5mi summer run. He said, “We just did something hard. Didn’t we?” “Yep,” I responded. “Nice” was all he said. It was one of those priceless father-son bonding moments.

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

I joined RunningLane in April 2018. The RunningLane coaches have been a great resource for everything running related. They build me-sized training plans that reduce risk of injury. They are very open to share their experiences to even the most minor of running related questions. They have a wealth of knowledge for races that offer best chances to maximize performance.

Why do you run?

I run because of how good it feels after a run. I run because I enjoy the training process. I run to catch up with friends. I run to explore new places. I run to be in nature. I run to vent stress on tough days. I run to enjoy the easy days.


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If this time last year someone would have said to me, "By April 2016 you'll have run 3 5Ks and will be running 15 miles every week (and enjoying it!)," I'd have laughed and made a joke about being chased by a scary clown. But, here I am, just finished my 3rd 5K with a time a little bit better than the last.  I'm really glad RunningLane encourages beginners. As someone who has never run or even been very athletic, it's nice to have guidance and a place to get my questions answered. Big thanks to my coach, Michael for setting me up with a program that I can stick with and challenges me.  My program is just that…mine.  It is tailored to my fitness level and ability and having someone to check in with each week keeps me accountable. It’s working!  In 14 weeks with my coach and RunningLane my BMI has dropped 5 points, my cholesterol went from over 200 to 165, and my resting heart rate has lowered because my heart is healthier and happier!  Thank you, RunningLane!