Name: Caitlin Kovalkoski
Self-described age group: 30-39 F
Occupation: Federal Policy Director, Corporation for Supportive Housing
Volunteer roles in the running world: One of six DC/MD/VA Oiselle Volee leaders
Why you run: Stress relief
When did you get started running: I hated running growing up, since it was for conditioning and punishment for soccer and softball. But as I got older, I needed a physical outlet for work-related stress, so I started distance running in late 2013 leading up to my first half marathon in 2014.
Have you taken a break from running: Only due to stupid injuries.
Training shoe: Hoka One One Huaka – it was discontinued for several years, but returned around the holidays!
Coach or training group: Informal groups of Volee teammates around Capitol Hill and Summit to Soul’s Wednesday Night Hill Runner group
The hardest race you’ve ever run: Virginia Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. Not because of the course, but because 1. I stupidly ran the “Mile on the Beach” the day before for an extra challenge medal, which my calves hated me for; and 2. the heat and humidity there on Labor Day weekend is horrible. I only survived because of the kid that gave me a freezepop at mile 11. I walked right into the ocean after crossing the finish line.
Most adventurous decision you’ve made with your running: More like stubborn, but running the Scranton Half Marathon easy on a mild sprained ankle from another women slide-tackling me during a soccer game. Shout-out to the fine doctors at Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic that have dealt with all my foot and ankle injuries over the years.
Running mentors: My Volee teammates and dear friends Courtney and Jackie
My favorite place to run in the D.C. area is: National Arboretum
Favorite local trail: Anacostia River Trail
My best race was: 2016 Capitol Hill Classic 10K. I set a lot of new PRs that spring, but everything really clicked that day for a 6 min PR.
Favorite local race: Courage to Run 5K – it’s a sweet spot for my interests of running and civic engagement!
Ideal post-run meal: Egg over easy on top of a buttermilk pancake with a side of bacon.
Favorite flavor of gel, gu, etc: Tailwind – Caffeinated Raspberry Buzz
Pet peeve: Runners too serious to smile or wave as you pass each other.
Goals: Presently training for the National Women’s Half in May, and if I can successfully register in March, running Marathon Du Medoc as my first marathon this September in France with two Volee teammates.
Your advice for a new runner: Don’t compare yourself to others – in paces, in miles, in days that you run. Find what works for you, and be consistent.
Favorite running book: Confessions of an Unlikely Runner by Dana Ayers
Song in your head during a run: Probably something by Sia, or something Disney-related to keep smiling.
Have you dealt with a major injury: Haven’t most runners? Metatarsal stress fracture of 2017 is probably the most significant.
Running quote: “Make your race a playground, not a proving ground.” – Lauren Fleshman
Why is the D.C. area a great place to be a runner: Because it’s always exciting to add on the additional stress of government shutdowns into taper-crazies and race-day-weather-stalking!
Comments on the Hains Point road proposal are due Thursday night, NPS will present study on Military Road pedestrian and bike access.
While D.C.’s Sebastian Grund fought to his first marathon finish, his fiance fought off moms who hoped her motivational sign was an open invitation.
Heritage alumna Weini Kelati ran the world championships 10 k standard and several local runners won distance races at college conference championships.
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.