Usually, running coach Kathy Pugh’s More than Miles Bootcamp group doesn’t cross streets for their runs, but Pugh said when they do, Roberta Stewart is there to serve as “safety patrol.”
Even if there are no cars coming, Stewart backs Pugh up on not crossing without a “walk” signal.
This behavior is something Stewart sees in D.C., along with drivers not always stopping at lights.
For pedestrians, it’s better to wait than risk crossing to get to the other side a little faster, she said.
“It is absolutely worth it to wait those 30 seconds,” Stewart said. “It’s not worth it to say I’m in a hurry. Because that car is going to win against your body every time.”
Kyle Stanton was showing us how it’s done. His Strava posts that fall of 2017 revealed a true disciple of Renato Canova marathon training. It was a training log leaving little doubt that a breakthrough was coming.
Like his Nov. 12 post titled 20 Hard. 3 Weeks. Twenty hard, as in 20 miles at the natural surface Dual Ferries loop, solo, averaging 5:25. Three weeks, as in Stanton wouldn’t have to wait much longer before achieving his goal at that year’s California International Marathon.
True to form, Stanton, then 26, ran 2:17:48, a sizable P.R., to finish 28th overall and qualify for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.
Then, in July 2018, the lights went out. The title of Stanton’s last Strava post — his last run — read like this:
Stanton had been doing rehab work in an attempt to solve compartment syndrome. It’s a difficult and confusing injury to address, Stanton said, in that it typically requires some combination of lots of time off in addition to a surgery followed by a long recovery. That night, Stanton ran from his house in Rockville to a nearby middle school to try some short intervals. “And I did two or three of them,” he said, “walked back off the track, walked back in and never put the flats on again.”
Stanton shared later in our phone call: “So someone asked me, ‘How’s your calf?’ And I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ I forgot that was why I initially stopped running.”
Come out and Celebrate Fairfax! Run the 5k and receive 2 free tickets to Celebrate Fairfax Fair on Sunday! The starting gun goes off at 8 AM at the Fairfax Government Center. Pricing starts at $35 for early birds, then
- After spending almost three years recovering from a rare vascular condition in her legs and the resulting complications, Lake Braddock alumna Kate Murphy raced again on Sunday, running 4:47 for the mile at the University of Washington Invitational. Here’s last year’s look at how she coped with the challenges she faced since qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 1,500 meters.
- The University of North Carolina’s athletic department featured Georgetown alumnus and former coach Chris Miltenberg and his inspiration (partially fueled by Chantilly’s McGorty family) to take charge of the Tar Heels’ track program.
- Loudoun Valley alumnus Drew Hunter tells the story of his injury that kept him out of the 2019 World Championships and his subsequent recovery.
Add the Frederick Running Festival presented by Frederick Foot & Ankle to your plans for the weekend of May 2-3 in Frederick, Maryland.
It is truly an event for the whole family. It includes the awesome Frederick Foot & Ankle Half-Marathon and Two-Person Relay, a twilight 5K, kids fun run and the Celebration Village. This is the 18th year for the Frederick Running Festival, which has grown and evolved into one of Maryland’s top spring running events since its inaugural in 2003.
The half-marathon course winds thru the historic town which features several Civil War relics and flat terrain. The event attracts 7,000 participants from nearly three dozen states. If you are ready for more than the half marathon, take up the Nut Job Challenge, and run the 5K Saturday evening and the half marathon Sunday morning — and earn three medals for your efforts.
In addition to Saturday’s expo, runners have the convenient option of picking up their bibs at three satellite locations earlier in the week at select Dick’s Sporting Goods locations.
The must-do race has earned a reputation for its high-end runner premiums, fantastic finisher medals, post-race party and seamless execution.
The festival also provides a great combination for spectators, with all events finishing on the track right in front of the Fairgrounds grandstand — and a lot will be happening while the races are in progress.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, May 2
10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Health & Fitness Expo at Frederick Fairgrounds (free & open to public)
4-8 p.m. — Visit Frederick Celebration Village (free & open to public)
5 p.m. — Kids Fun Run start
6 p.m. — 5K start
Sunday, May 3
7 a.m. — Start of Frederick Foot & Ankle Half Marathon; 2 Person Team Relay
8 a.m.-noon — Visit Frederick Celebration Village (free & open to public)
Register Now at www.frederickrunfest.com.
Distance: Half Marathon and 5K on the beautiful C&O Towpath
Event Date: Sunday, May 17, 2020
Start Times: Half Marathon: 7:30 AM and 5K: 8:00 AM
Parking: On site
Name: Jason Lufkin
Self-described age group: 37
Residence: Capitol Hill
Occupation: Management consultant specializing in risk advisory & business transformation
Why you run: I spent a lot of time thinking about my Why statement. It’s simple though – I run because it gives me joy.
When did you get started running: I started running in 1996 leading up to freshman year cross country after my parents had forced me to sign up for a fall sport. I remember wearing basketball shoes to my first practice and thought the one-mile warmup was the entire workout.
Have you taken a break from running: I ran cross country, indoor and outdoor track all through high school and then into my freshman year at the University of Maryland. The transition to training at the collegiate level was difficult though and I found myself completely burnt out after the fall 2000 XC season. The break from running lasted until 2015 when my wife convinced me to sign up for a 10K with her. That race reignited my passion for running and racing.
Kathy Newberry’s running career has spanned nearly 20 years and has included six trips to world championship races and thousands of training miles, starting when she ran at Lake Braddock Secondary School.
Her secret to such a long trip? The same as the transoceanic flights to those races — plenty of fuel.
“I get that the regular person on the street has to be mindful of their diet, but when you’re running 120 miles a week, I’m sorry, I’m going to have four Dr. Peppers along with my bacon cheeseburger,” she said. “And my salad.”
That’s a message she has lived throughout her racing career and preached as a coach in both formal and informal capacities. As she approaches the last month before her fourth Olympic Trials, and her second trip to the marathon Trials, Newberry is as dedicated to eating right as she is to mileage and workouts. Now a Wellesley, Mass. resident, she qualified at November’s Monumental Marathon in Indianapolis.
“Your body needs fuel,” she said. “If you try to watch what you eat, it’s a gamble you’re eventually going to lose. That’s a lot of why I’ve stayed healthy all of these years.”
Join =PR= for the 2nd annual Pot O’ Gold 10K! If you are lucky you might find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! The starting gun goes off at 8 AM in One Loudoun. The course
Don’t be surprised if you look along the starting line of your next neighborhood 5k and see a fourth grader wearing a cape. You might be looking at that cape once Matteo Lambert speeds off down the course, raising money for his very own non-profit, Off the Charts Club.
Vienna native Matteo, 9, spent 2019 running 33 charity-driven races in 15 states and Canada, totaling over 100 miles and racking up nearly $65,000 to donate to Hopecam, an organization that helps kids with cancer stay connected to their classmates through technology.
This year, Matteo embarks on an even more ambitious endeavor, one he’s coined “L2L” – Lincoln to Liberty. He will compete in 5k and 10k races across the United States to total 220 miles – the distance from the Lincoln Memorial to the Statue of Liberty.
Pacers CEO (and RunWashington Publisher) Kathy Dalby and Burke Beck of Oklahoma City’s Red Coyote Running discuss their networking and educational retreat for women in the running industry that they started last year. Docs goes on an unrelated rant.