Washington, DC

Jen Maranzano

Photo: Brian W. Knight/Swim Bike Run Photo.

Name: Jen Maranzano

Self-described age group: masters

Residence: D.C.

Occupation: Attorney by day, runner by day and night

Volunteer roles in the running world: (as applies) Work with the elite athlete coordination for the Cherry Blossom ten miler

Why you run: I like the challenge of trying to get the most out of myself, and seeing the results of hard work and discipline. And I love how the process brings people together and creates such strong bonds. Plus, running gets me outside every day.

When did you get started running: High School

Have you taken a break from running:  I’ve had a lot of injury imposed breaks. Other than that, I always take a couple weeks after a marathon to rest, recharge, and do little to no running.

Training shoe: I’ll wear anything that fits for training. For racing, only the vaporflies will do!

Coach or training group: Dojo of Pain

The hardest race you’ve ever run: I returned to my college for a x-country race that pitted the alumni against current students. Because I usually won x-country races while in college, I started the race hard, determined to recapture my glory days. And then I was struck with the reality of being 20 years older. It was a long 3 miles!

Most adventurous decision you’ve made with your running: Doing a trail race in New Zealand. Technical and terrifying, but an unforgettable experience.

Running mentors: Alan Pemberton

My favorite place to run in the D.C. area is:  Hains Point (also my least favorite)

Favorite local trail:  Towpath

My best race was: Chicago marathon

Favorite local race: Cherry Blossom

Ideal post-run meal: egg and avocado sandwich with a (very large) cafe au lait

Favorite flavor of gel, gu, etc: I hate gu! But I do think Maurten’s may have some magic in it.

Pet peeve: black ice

Goals: To run for as many more years as possible.

Your advice for a new runner: Be patient. Getting better is all about consistency.

Favorite running book: Running with the Buffalos

Song in your head during a run: It’s always changing. Most recently: Truth Hurts.

Have you dealt with a major injury: Way too many to describe in this format.

Running quote: “Keep showing up.” Des Linden

Why is the D.C. area a great place to be a runner:  The running community!

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