Name: Ann Pohlers
Self-described age group: 45-49
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.
The Montgomery County Planning Board holds a March 30 hearing on Little Falls Parkway, RRCA honors Maryland runners.
Check out some mile seven photos from the Rock ‘n’ Roll D.C. Half Marathon.
New RnR course, Chocolate City Relay applications open, PVTC finishes second at masters indoors, Shoemaker sets 3k AR, DRC starts up again Wednesday.
Runners from local clubs raced the RRCA Club Challenge Feb. 26 in Howard County, Md.
Hero Dogs 3rd Annual 5K9
The in-person event at the historic Congressional Cemetery in Washington DC will include a 5K and 1K fun run. There will also be a virtual option for supporters outside the DC area. Race week festivities will also include an amazing
George Washington Patriot Run
Join George Washington’s Mount Vernon for a 10-miler and 5K race along the George Washington Memorial Parkway. This race is live and in-person, with a virtual option for those who prefer to run at their own pace and schedule.