Name: Olivia T.
Self-described age group: Dang millennial (25)
Residence: Silver Spring
Occupation: Scientist – I work in an applied biology lab
Why you run: I really like carbohydrates and it helps keep me (somewhat) sane. My long runs alone with a good podcast are often the highlight of my week.
When did you get started running: I ran cross country in high school, but didn’t pick up the longer distances until after college, when I started training for my first marathon in the summer of 2016.
Have you taken a break from running: I didn’t really run at all for most of college. Studying and beer were way more interesting to me at the moment. Looking back on that time though, I don’t know how I just didn’t run at all. Since 2016 though, I don’t think I have taken more than five or six days off in a row, and that is only after hard races – otherwise, I am out there 5-6 times a week.
Training shoe: Saucony kinvara, hands down. I have like 10 pairs in my closet.
Coach or training group: I have started going to a few group runs recently, but I am a solo runner and trainer – I use plans I find online and modify them to fit my desired level of difficulty and life.
The hardest race you’ve ever run: I ran the Marine Corps Marathon in 2017. It is a great race, but it was my first “big city” marathon and I got caught up in all the excitement and went out way too fast and hit the wall hard by mile 20. I didn’t think the last 6 miles were ever going to end.
Most adventurous decision you’ve made with your running: Sometime, I do my out and back runs in the opposite direction and head south down the trail instead of north 🙂 I am not an adventurous runner. I have my favorite routes that I run time and time again. I don’t find it boring, I find it comforting. Plus, I do not have a great sense of direction and I am not trying to get lost in the woods.
Running mentors: Both of my parents are still running regularly and doing some marathons here and there. I know more about training than them, but I consider them my mentors/role models because I hope I am still as active as they are and running when I am there age.
My favorite place to run in the D.C. area is: C&O canal towpath – flat, shady and so pretty up near Great Falls
Favorite local trail: Sligo Creek Trail
My best race was: Chicago Marathon 2018. While its no longer my PR, its the most fun I have ever had in the race. I kept waiting to hit a wall, but it never came.The whole thing felt like a party, the crowd support was amazing and they gave out beer in the chute.
Favorite local race: NCR Marathon or Half Marathon. Its always the weekend after Thanksgiving on the NCR trail in Maryland. Extremely well organized, small race on a nice paved trail with great premiums. You get some sort of long sleeved running gear AND this huge warm blanket
Ideal post-run meal: A big bowl of sugary cereal. I am really loving chocolate Lucky Charms at the moment.
Favorite flavor of gel, gu, etc:. I actually LOVE energy gels and I am loyal to the Gu brand. I typically just go chocolate or salted caramel because they are easier to get, but I loved the Smores and the birthday cake flavors too.
Pet peeve: People who don’t run but feel the need to tell me, “Running is bad for your knees” *eyeroll*
Goals: I would LOVE to run all of the Abbott Major Marathons – I have knocked out Chicago and am qualified for Boston 2020.
Your advice for a new runner: Stick with it. We all start somewhere. And if you love running and do it, you’re a runner. You don’t have to run fast or run marathons, just learn to love the sport.
Favorite running book: 26 Marathons by Meb Keflezighi
Song in your head during a run: Any and all Taylor Swift. She is on a perpetual loop in my head. “Shake it off” never fails to keep me going when I start feeling low energy on a run.
Have you dealt with a major injury: No, thank god. Fingers crossed it stays that way
Running quote: “Keep showing up”
Why is the D.C. area a great place to be a runner: There are so many runners around here! I love crossing paths with other runners during a run. There is always that nod or wave, which I see as acknowledgement of the shared passion we have. It is basically saying “I know you’re a stranger, but you’re a runner so we get each other and I respect you.”
Ten years ago, a federal shutdown came in one of the busiest months for road racing,and nearly cancelled the Marine Corps Marathon.
Zoo Loop now closes at 5 p.m., Arlington Boulevard comments due Sept. 28, Kelati heading to world road racing championships.
After a nearly year-long hiatus, Pace the Nation has returned with St. Andrews graduate and Georgetown recruit Tinoda Matsatsa.
Keira D’Amato breaks the American record in the half marathon, Chantilly’s Sean McGorty makes the world 5k team and DDOT will hold a meeting on a new bridge to the Arboretum.