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Monumental Runner – Ann Pohlers

by Charlie Ban August 31, 2018 at 10:00 am 0

Name: Ann Pohlers

Self-described age group: 45-49

Residence: Vienna

Occupation: Software Project Manager

Why you run: I like pushing my physical limits to see what is possible

When did you get started running: 1998 while serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in Africa

Have you taken a break from running: Yes, there were some years where I was just burnt out.

Training shoe: Brooks Ghost 10

Coach or training group: Northern Virginia Running Club

The hardest race you’ve ever run: El Cajon 20K

Most adventurous decision you’ve made with your running: To run a 50-mile trail ultra when I turn 50

Running mentors: Deena Kastor, Pam Smith, and all the women who made running possible for my generation

My favorite place to run in the D.C. area is: On the National Mall

Favorite local trail:  W&OD

My best race was: Leesburg 20K 2018 – Broke a 12-year-old PR by 12 seconds

Favorite local race: Greasy Gooney 10K and MCM 10K

Ideal post-run meal: Tacos

Favorite flavor of gel, gu, etc: Huma Gel, lemon flavor

Pet peeve: Runners who see you are running faster than they are and make passing difficult in a race.

Goals: Run a sub-5-hour marathon in November 2018 (same time as my first marathon 18 years ago), and run a 50-mile trail ultra in 2020

Your advice for a new runner:  Trust your training

Favorite running book: ohh this is tough, Older, Stronger, Faster by Margaret Webb, and Marathon Woman by Kathrine Switzer

Running quote: From Coach Joe Vigil – “Bring a good attitude”

Why is the D.C. area a great place to be a runner: There are so many trails everywhere that keep runners safe from traffic!!! I come from San Diego where we had to run on the road most of the time.

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