Name: Frank Prusik
Self-described age group: 55-59
Occupation: Business Operations Manager
Why you run: Running has become an integral part of my life. I run to stay fit, both physically and mentally, and I run for the personal challenge. A run at the end of the work day helps me decompress from the stress of sitting behind a desk all day and coping with deadlines. I’ve solved many problems on long runs, other times my problems go away during the run. I also enjoy competing in races to see if I can improve my performance. There’s a great quote from Gail Kislevitz that sums it up, “I don’t know when I made the transformation from running as a sport to running as part of my life. I can’t separate the two.”
When did you get started running: I consider my start to running after I completed my first 5K, the Kentlands/Lakelands 5K in September, 2010, at age 49. I ran on a casual basis for several years prior to my first race. After crossing the finish line the for the first time, my competitiveness pushed me to run faster and farther. I started running on a regular basis. Eight months later, in May, 2011, I ran my first half marathon, the Bridge Run, in Binghamton, N.Y. My training led me to my first marathon at the Outer Banks, N.C. in November, 2013. I ran four more marathons over the next 3 years, each faster than the previous, which resulted in qualifying for the 2018 Boston Marathon at the The Wine Glass Marathon in Corning, N.Y., in October, 2016.
Training shoe: Adidas
Coach or training group: I’m self-trained. However, I have a training partner, Kathy Cea, who was instrumental in my training over the last several years, especially in preparing for the Boston marathon. Having Kathy as a training partner reinforced my commitment to running my mileage every day. I also run with a great group of runners called The Back of the Pack (BOP). The social aspect of running is a great benefit. The BOP have become life long friends.
The hardest race you’ve ever run: Running the 2018 Boston Marathon was the hardest race. The cold rain, which was heavy at times made it difficult, but the constant head wind made it a real challenge. By the time I reached mile 8, physically I felt like I was at mile 13. It was an absolute thrill to run and complete the race.
Most adventurous decision you’ve made with your running: Running my first marathon was my most adventurous decision. It’s not knowing what’s going to happen.
Running mentors: My daughter, Andrea, who ran competitive cross country in high school and college has given me great advice over the years. One tip that she gave me, which I always try to remember during races, is to relax. A relaxed muscle will work better than a tense muscle. Andrea and I ran in Boston together, which made it extra special. I’m also inspired by Steve Prefontaine. Go Pre!
My favorite place to run in the D.C. area is: I love running in my neighborhood, the Kentlands, in Gaithersburg. It’s great to walk out my door and start to run.
Favorite local trail: The C&O Canal Towpath is my favorite trail. You never know what kind of wildlife you’re going to see.
My best race was: I haven’t run my best race yet.
Favorite local race: The Kentlands/Lakelands 5K because it was my first race and it’s right outside my front door. I also enjoy the 10K Bethesda Turkey Chase. I’ve run that race eight consecutive years.
Ideal post-run meal: Hamburger and a beer (or two)
Favorite flavor of gel, gu, etc: I like the salted caramel gu.
Pet peeve: Drivers that don’t stop for runners in the cross walk.
Goals: To keep running when I’m 70, then I’ll reset my goal
Your advice for a new runner: Join a group of runners and don’t stop. It will change your life.
Favorite running book: Hal Higdon, Matt Fitzgerald and Amby Burfoot are my favorite authors. My “go to” book is Running a Marathon for Dummies.
Song in your head during a run: “Lose Yourself” by Eminem. Favorite pre-race song is “Paradise” by Coldplay
Have you dealt with a major injury: No major injuries, except when training for the Boston Marathon in January, I tripped and hit my head on a brick wall. That mishap required a trip to urgent care and stitches. That is another good reason to have a training partner, as Kathy drove me to urgent care. I had to rest for three days as I went thru a concussion test. As I pressed my doctor about running again, he asked me if I planned to win Boston. I said, no. He replied that I can wait another day before I start training again.
Running quote: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift” – Steve Prefontaine.
Why is the D.C. area a great place to be a runner: There are so many great race venues in the area.
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Since everyone seems to be remarking that last year felt like five, here’s some of what happened in the local running scene in 2021.
RunWashington’s coaches panel reviewed the 2021 season and picked the 62 best cross country runners in the D.C. area.
RunWashington’s coaches panel reviewed the 2021 season and picked the seven girls and seven boys for the All-RunWashington Virginia team.