Monthly Archives: March 2012


This blog entry was written by our calmly fierce vice-president and RRCA liaison, Dave Gillis.

Some people are inherently motivated to achieve all of life’s goals. I am not one of those people. My motivation ebbs and flows with the tide. Winter has always been a low point for me. It is a constant struggle for me to understand myself and how to keep motivated.

I played many sports in high school, mostly focusing on tennis and soccer. The coaches would always dictate what I needed to do in every practice. As I look back, I understand that part of my difficulty with self-motivation is the fact that throughout my sports career, I never had to make the decision to motivate myself. The coach planned the practices and instincts would take over during the games. The team provided motivation through our desire to win.

After high school, I ran a few road races in college and then joined the Air Force, which also provided some motivation to work out with its annual physical fitness tests. However, I found myself doing the minimum when working out so that I could pass the tests. I was never concerned about setting a personal best, etc.

While in college, my friend and I created a bucket list that including running a marathon. We never got close, but it stuck in my mind. In 2007, on a whim for my New Year’s resolution, I decided to run a marathon. I chose the Air Force Marathon in Dayton, Ohio. I had nine months to train and decided that it was sufficient time to prepare. I was motivated by many factors including my family and friends.

I read anything I could get my hands on to help […]

By |March 21st, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Motivation

Some Reasons to Race

The following blog entry was written by Mike Cannon, our PR Manager.  Please scroll through the blog entries to find other posts by Mike (or just read all the blog entries while you’re at it!)

You do not need to enter a single race to be a runner.  To be a runner you need only to run.  But as a runner, you have opportunities that people with other hobbies (interests? activities? obsessions?) don’t have.  Without traveling farther than the distance of a typical DC commute, you can run a race every single weekend of the year.  I know of no other sport or activity in the US which can boast more than 22,000 events per year, and all but about three or four open to the general public.

Okay, so there are lots of races which you do not have to enter to be a runner.  Here are a few reasons that I think you should anyway:

The feeling you get as you cross the finish line will last a lifetime.  Entering a race, especially your first, can be very nerve racking.  But once you’re off and running you’ll settle down and will forget the anxiety.  The elation you feel as you cross the finish line is much harder to forget.

“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.”  — Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

Entering a race can break up the monotony and routine of running for fun, health, and fitness.  It doesn’t take too long to settle into a running routine that gets monotonous.  Monotony breeds complacency, which makes it more likely […]

By |March 10th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Some Reasons to Race