This month’s Member Spotlight is on BethAnn Telford:
Name and Nickname: BethAnn Telford – Nickname- BT
Background (Age, Gender, Birthplace, and Running Experience): Background (Age (51), Gender(F), Birthplace (Harrisburg, PA ), and Running Experience ( I ran growing up in competitive sports only (soccer, field hockey, tennis, etc.) then when I moved to Washington, DC in 2011 I started distance running and triathlons. In 2017 I had the honor of representing the United States in the World Marathon Challenge, along with Arlington native Michael Wardian and Olympic runner Ryan Hall. This consists of running 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 consecutive days.)
What is your formula? My “formula” is to train and run/workout by staying safe, healthy and most importantly, injury free. Having Formula Running Center (FRC) assist me with these goals has been a game changer for me in preparing for my upcoming goals.
Why did you start running? I started to distance run when I moved from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to the Washington, DC area. I would commute to and from work seeing so many people out on the mall running and truly thought, “what a great way to get to meet people and see the wonderful history of the city.”
Favorite quote? “Never, Never, Never, Give Up Hope!” – Winston Churchill
What are your hobbies? As an adult with brain cancer, my hobby for the last 15 years has been to advocate for pediatric cancer children. I have personally raised over $1 million dollars in these efforts and will continue to do so till I am no longer able. I also enjoy group workouts, history, art, music (wide variety) and spending quality time with my family and friends.
What is your pre-race ritual (meal, sleep, general preparation, etc.)? Post-race? The night prior to a race I normally eat a good meal of pasta as an early dinner. I get to sleep at my normal time of “early” evening and then up prior to race in time to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and some oatmeal.
Every race I carry the name of a pediatric child with me somewhere on my body, clothes, shoes, etc. I also ALWAYS carry a handkerchief of my fathers and a pin my mother game me on my first marathon which is a gold angel.
After a race I tend to get a Coke Cola Slurpee to celebrate. This is a known staple of mine and my family and friends joke with me about this. Something about them make me very happy!
Why did you join FRC? I joined Formula Running Center as I was told about the studio from Ralph whom I was taking Solid Core classes from. With the onset of COVID I needed to do more than virtual classes of Solid Core and truly wanted to improve my running without injury and increase my pace. These workouts with FRC are something I look forward to each week and have enjoyed being part of the FRC family even though I am not on site with everyone else.
What is your PR in your favorite distance? Marathon distance is my favorite and I PR’d in my home state of Pennsylvania in the Scranton Marathon. That year I ran for a dear friend who just died from brain cancer and the entire race I thought of him, his wife and two daughters. He truly gave me the strength to run smart and strong. And, at the finish line I had my family to enjoy this special moment with.
Do you have a favorite class/service? My favorite FRC class is the Thursday 6 am Virtual Formula HIIT and Run with Coach Jim. This is a class that is intense and continually pushing your body to the limit. When I finish this class, I feel exhausted, yet proud of my accomplishments.
Favorite workout tunes/music? I have a variety of workout tunes on my music line-up from AC/DC, Queen, to James Taylor, Andrea Day, Florence and the Machine and Andrea Bocelli
Do you have any races lined up in 2020? Goals for 2020? Yes. I will be running the Harrisburg Marathon (Enders Insurance) on Saturday, November 7th in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. My goal is to finish this marathon strong and healthy. Next year I hope to once again qualify for the Boston Marathon.
What has been your favorite part of being a member at FRC? My favorite part of FRC is the comradery. Coaches encourage you and those participating all support each other. I have been running injury free and stronger since I joined months ago. I look forward to the day that I get to come into the studio, take a class, and thank everyone in person for making me feel like I am a part of the FRC family!
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