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.
Divided lanes coming to Hains Point, safety measures in the works for the Mount Vernon Trail, three locals make national high school XC meet, local collegians race at NCAAs.
St. Albans and GVS’s Vivian Kelly won their first DC cross country titles while St. Johns’ girls and St. Albans’ Pierre Attiogbe repeated.
Beach Drive remains closed to through traffic year-round, locals win conference, USATF titles.
Capt. Kyle King won the Marine Corps Marathon, a year after he planned to make his debut at the race, and Chelsea Baker of the British Royal Navy made tremendous strides winning the women’s race.
Born in 1984 as the George Washington Parkway Classic, it is among the most scenic and spacious distance races on the East Coast. From the serene beauty of our spacious course meandering through the finest spring bloom in the DC