Monumental Runner – Ann Pohlers

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.

Recent Stories

Race pacing for fun and fitness

A break from racing one of my favorite events gave me a chance to help other runners reach their time goals.

Eight local runners will compete in the Olympic Marathon Trials Saturday morning in Orlando.

Running Shorts

St. Albans alumnus wins club cross country championship.

Running Shorts

Locals contribute to NCAA titles, another Trials qualifier, Prince William County moves toward an indoor track and comments are sought for the Capital Crescent Trail.

Carderock Running Festival Half Marathon

7:30 AM – Half Marathon Start

Run the scenic C&O Towpath!

  • Race Course and Finish Line will be open for 3 1/2 hours.
  • Medals to all half marathon finishers

Packet Pickup
Sunday, May 19th, 6:00 AM – 7:45 AM, on

Revenge of the Penguins

Start/Finish
– C&O Canal Towpath, Carderock Recreation Area,
Clara Barton Parkway, Potomac, MD

Course
– On the historic C&O Canal Towpath
between Mile post 2.0 & Mile post 12.0.
– Flat, shady, tree-lined, with scenic riverside vistas
the course you

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