Name: Paul Wester
Self-described age group: 50-55
Residence: Beltsville, Md.
Occupation: Director of the National Agricultural Library
How has your running changed in the last few months: Except for the mask and reducing mileage because of the heat, not much.
Why you run: Fitness and to clear my mind for the day.
When did you get started running: May 2009
Have you taken a break from running: Since May 2009, not really.
Training shoe: New Balance 1080v10 (RED)
Coach or training group: College Park parkrun
The hardest race you’ve ever run: Vermont City Marathon, May 2010
Most adventurous decision you’ve made with your running: I am not terribly adventurous, so deciding to run a marathon in 2010 was pretty adventurous for me!
Running mentors: Kara Drake (a friend who inspired me to start running), and Kara Goucher and Hal Higdon
My favorite place to run in the D.C. area is: Around Lake Artemesia and on the Paint Branch Trail in Prince Georges County, Md.
Favorite local trail: Paint Branch Trail (College Park parkrun course)
My best race was: Each one that I have finished
Favorite local race: Azalea 5K in University Park, Md.
Ideal post-run meal: Plain steel-cut oatmeal
Favorite flavor of gel, gu, etc: Salted Caramel GU
Pet peeve: Running with earphones
Goals: Run at least a mile everyday until Thanksgiving 2020 … I am on day 246 (07/30/2020)
Your advice for a new runner: Just start and keep at it.
Favorite running book: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Song in your head during a run: None, see pet peeve above 🙂
Have you dealt with a major injury: No (knocks on wood)
Running quote: “It’s not so much that I began to run, but that I continued.” – Hal Higdon
Why is the D.C. area a great place to be a runner: The plentiful trails and beautiful parks and historical sites; friendly people; and except for a few weeks here and there, consistently decent weather.
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.