It’s as inspiring as it is a little naughty.
T-shirts that say “Run like Schmidt,” worn by dozens of runners at Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn.
Parents love it, though. The shirts aren’t as self deprecating as you think, because Brian Schmidt, the school’s cross country and track coach, is running again despite a traumatic injury a few years ago. He had been an avid road racer and ultramarathoner, and before Rock Ridge opened, had coached at Dominion and W.T. Woodson.
“I’ve been running since 1983 and when something gets taken away from you that you’ve been doing for 34 years, it’s very difficult to come to grips with it,” he said.
- The last few days’ worth of heavy, sustained rain has caused Lake Accotink to flood a little. It’s not a huge problem, and affects only the area near the dam, but you should not try to cross it. In fact, don’t try to cross any flooded trails, you have no idea what might be under there. At the very least you’ll probably twist your ankle.
- For the 2017 season, the local Gatorade Players of the Year for cross country include, for D.C. Gonzaga sophomore Gavin McElhennon and National Cathedral School senior Page Lester, for Maryland Walter Johnson senior Abbey Green and for Virginia, Loudoun Valley junior Sam Affolder and South Lakes senior Olivia Beckner.
- The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named Loudoun Valley coach Marc Hunter boys’ coach of the year.
- Washington, D.C. consultant Jonathan Terrell completed the World Marathon Challenge, in which runners complete marathons on every continent over the course of seven days.
- The transfer period for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run is open through 11:59 p.m. Feb. 29.
- South Lakes alumnus Alan Webb will be one of the inaugural inductees to the National High School Track and Field Hall of Fame. Webb, the American record holder in the mile since 2007, will join 29 other inductees, including former U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun (R-Kan.) who has lived in Washington, D.C. Here’s his July 2017 appearance on Pace the Nation.
- The Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B voted to approve a 1.6 mile segment of the Metropolitan Branch Trail, which will connect Fort Totten to Takoma Park, Md.
For a shelter dog, the chance to run is nothing short of bliss. For eight years, volunteers have been helping Washington Humane Society dogs make it happen. In 2008, Spike, one of many pit bulls entering shelters that year, caught the fancy of two employees, who decided to bring him along for a run. That was the start of the People and Animal Cardio Klub (PACK), which pairs local runners with dogs from area shelters. And each week, they meet for an hour of fun. The benefits, according to one of the club’s volunteers, are twofold.
“After a long week, no matter what has happened, Saturday mornings with a dog who really gets a lot out of it gives me a chance to re-calibrate and start the weekend off right,” said volunteer leader Heather Kelly, of Arlington. “I call Saturday mornings with PACK my reset button.”
Name: Eric Setash
Residence: Centreville, Va.
Occupation: Mortgage Loan Officer
Why you run: the health benefits, stress reduction, blah, blah, blah…. Really though, I just enjoy the crap out of it
When did you start running: I started running in the early 90’s then took a decade off to start a family. Then picked it up again in 2005
At (3:38) we open the show with a bunch of excuses for why we did not record last week – Farley was sick, Joanna was traveling and Docs went missing.
At (6:45) our hosts break down Broadway.
At (14:48) Tammy Whyte of TW Training and Wellness joins us in studio to talk about spelling. Luckily, we move on from that topic and get into the running discussion centered around Tammy coaching, her running and professional backgrounds and why she wanted to make the leap and go into coaching full time. We also talk about how runners can find a coach and the additional benefits of being part of a running group.
“If it’s not on Strava, it didn’t happen.” Runners and bicyclists frequently use this phrase, either jokingly or sincerely, to describe the fitness-tracker-turned-social-network.
Miles, splits, maps and sweaty selfies are all compiled into one social media experience. It may be your non-running friends’ nightmare, but it offers a unique opportunity to connect with both local and international athletes.
We hope everyone had a great time finding out what your running friends looked like after a day at work. Thank you to Pacers Running and On for their support of our inaugural party, District Distilling for playing host and Elyse Braner and Melanie Dalby for their tireless work organizing the festivities. Check out our photo album, courtesy of Steve Laico.
Self-described age group: 40-45
Occupation: Education Consultant
Why you run: Running makes me feel strong & never fails to help clarify whatever is clouding my mind on a given day
When did you get started running: Shortly before my 30th birthday. My dad had just run his first marathon and challenged me to train for a half-marathon with him. I had never run longer than a 5k before I started training for the 2007 Baltimore Half-Marathon. I’ve now run that race 7 times, and 16 half-marathons in total.
We start off with the Joanna secret agenda item. At (10:05), we are joined by three time guest (Episode 5 and Episode 92) and Pacers Events Race Director Lisa Reeves, who talks about the spring 2018 races and a new event accompanying the Love the Run You’re With 5k. At (45:38) Farley attends a retirement party and makes a guessing game out of it. At (51:20) Docs goes to Nola followed at (53:30) by Farley has lunch with a where are they now person and it is a longer segment than the Docs weekend segment. At (57:38) we have a bonus where are they now segment followed by another bonus where are they now update.
Jonny Pellish loathes running on the treadmill — even when temperatures drop below freezing in the D.C. area.
The VP of training for D.C. Road Runners said he would always rather run outside than on the treadmill, no matter the weather.
“For me, running is about getting outside,” Pellish said.
When asked how cold is too cold to run outside, Pellish retorts bluntly: “I don’t think it’s ever too cold.”