Monumental Runner – Maggie Edwards

Name: Maggie Edwards

Self-described age group: The Last of the Millennials

Residence: Navy Yard

Occupation: Policy and Advocacy Associate

How has your running changed in the last few months: I was training for the Pittsburgh Marathon (which did switch to virtual), so nothing has been super out of the ordinary for what my running looks like in a “normal” spring/summer

Why you run: I run because 1. I like the goal-oriented nature of running and being able to accomplish something new (whether that be a new distance or run a new course) and 2. it keeps me sane.

When did you get started running: I started calling myself a “runner” in 2016 when I was training for my first half marathon; prior to that, I “ran” as part of playing soccer in high school.

Have you taken a break from running: Yes, between graduating high school and picking running back up at the start of 2016.

Training shoe: New Balance 860

Coach or training group: Nothing official, but I have a group of friends that will go run with me 🙂

The hardest race you’ve ever run: My first half marathon in 2016. Boy, was that mentally tough.

Most adventurous decision you’ve made with your running: Deciding to run a 50-mile ultra when the most mileage I did up to that point was a half marathon.

Running mentors: My mom

My favorite place to run in the D.C. area is: East Potomac Park/Hains Point during cherry blossom season

Favorite local trail: Anacostia River Trail

My best race was: 2018 Pittsburgh Half Marathon

Favorite local race: Army Ten-Miler

Ideal post-run meal: A burger and some form of potatoes. And for dessert, ice cream.

Favorite flavor of gel, gu, etc: Cafe Mocha Huma

Pet peeve: People not waving back when I’m out running

Goals: Run an actual (meaning not virtual) marathon

Your advice for a new runner: Even if you’re a back of the pack runner (like I am) or think you’re “slow”, you can still call yourself a runner.

Favorite running book: Run Fast. Eat Slow because food is great.

Have you dealt with a major injury: No

Running quote: Not exactly a quote specific to running, but this reminder keeps me motivated – “If you can make it halfway and one more step, it’s longer to go back, and shorter to just finish, so you just finish.”

Why is the D.C. area a great place to be a runner: There’s just so many different places to run and experience in and around D.C. and you’ll never have the same run twice.

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