Gerry Ives sits at the table by his window, flipping through a photo album of old pictures and articles collected from decades of running. There are photos of him on magazine covers, on award podiums, out somewhere in the middle of a race and clippings of various articles and race results.
Every single photo in Ives’s thick book has a story and he joyfully recalls each one with a smile on his face. He is a man of countless tales, a man who has seen it all over 78 years.
Ives says his goal is quite simple: to run as long as he can. “There’s a guy I run with. He’s maybe 15 years younger. He says, ‘my goal is to run one more day than you’, and so now I just keep running just to piss him off.”
- The Marine Corps Marathon entry lottery closes at noon EDT, Wednesday, March 28.
- With Arlington Memorial Bridge construction looming, the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile course will instead travel farther north on Rock Creek Parkway and farther south on Ohio Drive before runners turn around on both roads.
- The Montgomery County Road Runners Club announced the recipients of its annual awards:
Paul Ginocchio, a teacher from New York, talks about how running helped him lose more than 120 pounds.
Name: Tatiana P. Mota
Self-described age group: Masters (I am 41)
Occupation: Human Resources Department for National Geographic Society. HR Business Partner.
Volunteer roles in the running world: I love cheering at races – NYC and Marine Corps has been my favorite ones to cheer on – super fun
Why you run: I run because it makes me feel stronger and that strength translates into my daily life and helps me tackle life challenges more confidently. I also run because It teaches me about myself and my capabilities. Whether is a good or bad run, I always learn something. I also like the way it makes me feel.
The Potomac Valley Track Club made the most of its home-track advantage and won its third indoor national championship in six years. The club won the 2013 and 2015 championships, the 2013 meet also contested at the Wayne Curry Sports and Learning Center in Prince George’s County.
By scoring athletes in dozens of events, many competing in multiple events, Potomac Valley scored 990 points to easily outdistance the TNT International Racing Club’s 669. TNT is based in Pennsylvania and won the 2012 indoor championship, along with the 2011 and 2016 outdoor USATF Masters’ titles.
Also, competing for Riadha, Alisa Harvey won the 50-54 400 meters (1:02:35) and 800 meters (2:21.73).
Runners have heard it thousands of times: They need carbohydrates and lots of them. It was common to see runners gobbling down bowls upon bowls of starchy pastas and eating tons of bananas.
But this and other conventional sports nutrition knowledge is being questioned as the scientific field of nutrition grows.
Many runners have taken it upon themselves to buck conventional dietary knowledge and experiment with a diet that is tailored to them. For some, it means eschewing meat and loading up on plant-based proteins. For others, it means making a deep switch and relying on healthy fats for energy. Ditching grains has become popular, too.
From paleo to veganism, specialty diets have become popular for runners as tools of weight loss, health advancement or as a performance boost, but like running shoes, it is not a one-size-fits-all approach.
With two thirds of our hosts unavailable in studio, we have a surprise guest host who thinks guest hosting counts towards the gold jacket.
Name: Robert Dewey
Self-described age group: Fifties
Occupation: Government Relations VP, national wildlife conservation non-profit
Why I run: Running has been core part of my identity for over 40 years. I love to do it and it makes me feel great.
Tyler Andrews has been training more than 9,000 feet above sea level in Quito, Ecuador, for the past two months as he prepares to attempt a 50k world record in April.
Down at Potomac River-level at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC Marathon, he had a chance to test himself at sea level – and he won in 2:20:45, nearly five minutes ahead of the second-place runner.
Both men’s and women’s titles will remain in the D.C. area after a sweep last year. Andrews lives part-time in Arlington.
“I feel super confident after this,” Andrews said after the race.
Andrews, 27, who lives part-time in Arlington, will aim to break the 50k world record of 2:43:38 on April 13 at a race put on by one of his sponsors, Hoka One One, in Santa Barbara, Calif. (more…)
- Loudoun Valley set the national high school indoor record in the 4xmile at the New Balance Indoor National meet, running 17:01.82. Connor Wells, Jacob Hunter, Sam Affolder and Colton Bogucki also won the 4×800 relay, running 7:39.30, the all-time second fastest indoor 4×800 time.