Sara Davidson

Sara Davidson has written a monthly feature on trail and ultra running for RunWashington since 2019. Her articles blend her racing experience with an approachable style.
Read more of her work here.

Name: Sara Davidson

Self-described age group: 36

Residence: California, Md.

Occupation: Communications Specialist/Graphic Designer

Volunteer roles in the running world: Aid Station Captain Devil Dog Ultras, volunteer at various other race aid stations

Why you run: To spend time with great friends, challenge myself, and see beautiful things that you can only get to on your feet

When did you get started running: 2006

Have you taken a break from running: Not on purpose

Training shoe: Altras, road and trail

Coach or training group: Carmichael Training Systems, VHTRC

The hardest race you’ve ever run: Bigfoot 200 in Washington State

Most adventurous decision you’ve made with your running: Follow Jared Byrd anywhere

Running mentors: Bob Gaylord

My favorite place to run in the D.C. area is: Anywhere on the dirt!

Favorite local trail: Rosaryville State Park

My best race was: Most recently, the 2019 Old Dominion 100 (PR), but the most special was having a blast running the 2018 Western States 100 after badly breaking my wrist 12 weeks before. I didn’t think I’d be able to start at all, let alone finish so well

Favorite local race: Devil Dog Ultras! (But I’m biased)

Ideal post-run meal: Cheeseburgers and milkshakes

Favorite flavor of gel, gu, etc: YUCK

Pet peeve: People who leave bags of dog poop along the road or trail

Goals: Always run strong, always have fun, appreciate the day for whatever it brings

Your advice for a new runner: If it feels too difficult, slow down! Also, find a great running buddy, mural suffering is always better.

Favorite running book: Most recently, Deanna Kastor’s Let Your Mind Run or Alex Hutchinson’s Endure

Song in your head during a run: Whatever I heard last

Have you dealt with a major injury: In 2018 I fell on trail and shattered my left wristI’m now fortified with a metal plate and nine screws.

Running quote: “Start slow, ease off.”

Why is the D.C. area a great place to be a runner: For road running, we have so many pedestrian- and runner-friendly, beautiful, and historic places to explore. And for dirt options, we have so many different kinds of trail (rocky and technical all the way to canal paths) for some great variety. The D.C.-area has everything a runner could want (despite all the humidity they don’t).

Recent Stories

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Running Shorts

Beach Drive in D.C.’s Rock Creek Park will remained closed to through traffic until at least Labor Day, local infrastructure planners want runners’ input.

Former Westfield runner and All-RunWashington honoree Johnny Pace produced a video for the Pacers Running film series on Joan and Drew Hunter.

NPS will accept comments through May 19 on proposals to create unprotected bike and pedestrian lanes on Hains Point. A remote meeting April 19 at 5 p.m. will elaborate on the options.

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