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Staff Spotlight – January – Alison Staples

Staff Spotlight – January – Alison Staples

We take your training and recovery at FRC seriously. That’s why we have the best team to help support you. From Olympians, professional runners, Ironman athletes and other highly experienced running and training coaches and staff members, we have the experience to empower all levels of runners to train to be their best! Our staff all shares a PASSION for running and are here to get to know you and make sure that you find your formula and achieve your goals.
 
Name and Nickname: Alison; Al or Alioop; NEVER ALI lol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Background (Age, Gender, Birthplace, and Running Experience)
    • 38, Female (she/her), Baltimore, Started running at 30 when my job put together a charity team for the Baltimore Running Festival. I was coerced into running a half marathon as my first race. It was an amazingly painful experience. Since then I’ve done a handful of halfs, 6 fulls, and one 5k. That should tell you everything you need to know about which distance I dislike the most lol
  • What is your formula? What are the common classes or recovery elements this member does/uses?
    • I love a good tread hill workout. Running outdoor hills are mentally challenging because you often see the top of the hill and wonder how you’ll ever get there. Running a timed incline on the tread takes the scary away from hill training. 
  • Why did you start running?
    • I work as a physical therapist assistant with the most amazing patients with spinal cord injuries. They never quit on themselves or on me during therapy. I started running as a fundraiser to get new equipment for our therapy gym. They motivate and inspire me more than they’ll ever know.
  • Favorite quote?
    • “There will come a day when I can no longer do this. Today is not that day”
  • What are your hobbies?
    • When I’m not running, or complaining about running, I like to bury myself in a good book, watch Disney Plus, and add dresses I’ll never buy to multiple online carts
  • What is your pre-race ritual (meal, sleep, general preparation, etc.)? Post-race? Why did you join FRC?
    • I can never sleep well the night before a race, so I try to make sure I get in good sleep during the week. I take all social media apps off my phone 3 days before to avoid distractions. I begin carb loading a few days out and keep meals the day before relatively light. I have a few “pump up songs” that I’ll play all week, I’ll take time visualizing a finish line success, and I try to do some mindless off my feet activity (like watch a movie) to take the stress off. Training is the hard part. On race day I just want to enjoy it.
    • The FRC community is extremely supportive and encouraging, and come highly recommended by runners in the area. You feel like family as soon as you walk through the door. And even though the workouts are tough, the coaches set you up for success.  Places like FRC are hard to come by
  • What is your PR in your favorite distance?
    • 4:34, Chicago marathon 2018. Not a fast time, but considering that my first marathon took almost 7 hours, and I was stuck in the 5 hour club for years, I was extremely proud of the work I did that training cycle
    • Do you have any races lined up in 2021? Goals for 2021?
      • I don’t think I’ll sign up for any races in 2021. 2020 has been such a wild year, I have no desire to add the stress of a training cycle for races that may or may not happen. My goal for 2021 is to get comfortable with consistency, get all my paces down in the 5k, 10k and half, and then race again in 2022. 
    Staff Spotlight – December – Margaret Coogan

    Staff Spotlight – December – Margaret Coogan

    We take your training and recovery at FRC seriously. That’s why we have the best team to help support you. From Olympians, professional runners, Ironman athletes and other highly experienced running and training coaches and staff members, we have the experience to empower all levels of runners to train to be their best! Our staff all shares a PASSION for running and are here to get to know you and make sure that you find your formula and achieve your goals.
     
    Name and Nickname: Margaret A.K.A Coogs
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    • Background (Age, Gender, Birthplace, and Running Experience)— 22 years old. Born in Boulder, Colorado. Female. I started running track when I was young but I focused primarily on soccer in high school. Senior year of high school I decided to focus on running in college. I am now the captain of the Women’s George Washington Cross Country and Track and Field Team and have been running competitively for GW the past three years. 
    • What is your formula? What are the common classes or recovery elements this member does/uses?— I have most enjoyed taking the Hit and Run classes. The “Hit” portion of these classes has been very integral to my training this fall. I have really liked supplementing my running with strength training. I focus mostly on distance running, so it has been very enjoyable taking these classes. I am usually operating the cryo chamber, but when I’m not, I like using the compression sleeves. I hope to utilize the cryo chamber more in the future as well. 
    • Why did you start running?— I started running really young because both of my parents were Olympic runners and my older sister was running as well. It felt natural to go out for the track team, and once I realized running came naturally to me, it became a passion of mine. Besides all of that, I have found that the running community across the country is supportive, fun, driven, and inspiring. 
    • Favorite quote? — 

      “Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” – Michael Jordan

    • What are your hobbies?— I love listening to music and playing the guitar. I like cooking, especially savory meals. I love playing board games with my friends.
    • What is your pre-race ritual (meal, sleep, general preparation, etc.)? Post-race?Why did you join FRC?— Pre-Meet: big Italian dinner the night before. I spend time with my friends talking and playing games. I like to wear a comfy pajama set to bed. I try to get the right amount of sleep the night before, not too many hours and not too little. In the morning before I eat breakfast, I like to do a ten minute shake out jog just to get my legs moving and see what the weather is like outside. Depending on what’s available, I will usually eat a bagel and some protein like a hard boiled egg or some yogurt. But my FAVORITE breakfast is roasted sweet potatoes with goat cheese. POST RACE: I do a little cool down with my team and reflect on the meet. On the way home, we usually stop for something yummy like chipotle or Chik-Fil-A. I always get an ice cold root beer. 
    • What is your PR in your favorite distance?— My mile PR is 4:59 and I’m not sure if the mile is my favorite distance, but it’s definitely the most rewarding race to finish. 
    • Do you have a favorite class/service— My favorite service is the INBody assessment. I think it’s super cool looking at your body’s make up and how it can change over time. I’ve only done it twice so far but I think it will prove to be super helpful information going forward with my winter and spring running. 
    • Favorite workout tunes/music?— My favorite workout tune is definitely Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones. I love to listen to 70s Rock n Roll while I’m working out. A close second favorite is Juke Box Hero by Foreigner. 
    • Do you have any races lined up in 2020? Goals for 2020?— We are still waiting to hear back about our race schedule for this winter. I am hoping I will be able to race in Boston at BU and at George Mason University. 
    • What has been your favorite part of being a member at FRC?— My favorite part of working at FRC has definitely been fostering relationships with the members and meeting new people. I have really enjoyed learning about everyone’s running goals, their training methods, and their recovery preferences. I have learned so much about running and recovery at FRC. I have been welcomed into this awesome community of people who love running. 

    To learn more about Margaret, click HERE. 

    Not Your Average Run Club

    Not Your Average Run Club

    Formula Running Center is Not Your Average Run Club

     

    It’s no secret that running clubs can provide an outlet, whether you’ve moved to a new city, looking to make some new friends, or searching for that push of motivation that comes with group exercise, there’s something for everyone in a running club. In 2018, Arlington was named the number one city for runners in the nation. People flock here for the proximity to Washington D.C., the gorgeous running views, and an abundance of races year-round. 

     

    Something that many running clubs lack, however, is structure and a personalized experience. How can you create quantifiable goals and achieve them if you’re not working on a program that is built for you? Formula Running Center is not your average run club in the DMV— we’re family. Housed in a state of the art facility, FRC provides the intimate setting and community of a running club, accompanied by world class coaches (from Olympians, to professional runners, to Ironman athletes and more) that give you a tailored experience to help you reach those goals. 

     

    Not a runner? No problem. Our coaches, programs, and members support each other to create an inclusive environment fit for any type of athlete. All-star marathoner? We’re prepared to give you that push of intensity you need to up your fitness game. We provide all the best aspects of a running club and more. 

     

    When you walk through that door for the first time, you’ll quickly see that FRC is not just a place to get a workout in— it’s a place where you can better yourself, inside and out.  We provide all the tools you need to become the best athlete you can be, all under one roof. From assessment services to figure out your target heart rate zone to mobility classes to stretch out those sore muscles, it’s the total package. It’s not always about going all-out, every class. We put an emphasis on recovery, rest, and relaxation to treat your body like the temple that it is. 

     

    So if you’re looking for a run club in Arlington, VA stop in and try out your first two classes/services on us— we promise you won’t regret it. 

     

    Staff Spotlight – November – Julianne Groshon

    Staff Spotlight – November – Julianne Groshon

    We take your training and recovery at FRC seriously. That’s why we have the best team to help support you. From Olympians, professional runners, Ironman athletes and other highly experienced running and training coaches and staff members, we have the experience to empower all levels of runners to train to be their best! Our staff all shares a PASSION for running and are here to get to know you and make sure that you find your formula and achieve your goals.
     
    Name and Nickname: Jules
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Jules was born in Philadelphia, PA and has been running for around 17 years starting with Philadelphia CYO in 2nd grade all the way through college to Loyola Maryland XCTF! After playing sports as a child and realizing she had no hand-eye coordination, a friend brought Jules to their cross country practice and that is where she fell in love with running. 

    You can catch Jules at Formula Run with Coach Alex, HIIT and Run with Coach Jim or Coach Ralph, and Friday Tread & Train with Coach Danielle. Jules loves to use the compression sleeves as her recovery service and recommends you ask the Client Advocate on staff to turn on Netflix for you! As a somewhat injury prone runner, Jules LOVED the idea of having running focused workout classes along with recovery services under the same roof. She says the equipment we have access to at FRC is better than some equipment she had as a D1 athlete! 

    Besides running, Jules enjoys reading, playing some Pokemon Go or Among Us, and watching movies. While she doesn’t have any races on her calendar for the remainder of 2020, Jules looks forward to the day she can run her next Disney race in person. 

    Make sure to say “hello” to Jules the next time you see her at the front desk! 

    To learn a little more about Jules READ MORE HERE.

    Member Spotlight – November –  BethAnn Telford

    Member Spotlight – November – BethAnn Telford

    Our members come from all walks of life and are of all strides. Our Member Spotlight is one way to get to know your fellow runners.

    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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    Member Spotlight – October – Jenn Phillips

    Member Spotlight – October – Jenn Phillips

    Our members come from all walks of life and are of all strides. Our Member Spotlight is one way to get to know your fellow runners.

    This month’s Member Spotlight is on Jenn Phillips:

    Background:

    Jenn Phillips born and raised in Aurora, Colorado. I moved to VA when I was 30 for a job and have been here for 10 years. Started running here, where the oxygen (got to love sea level), almost 7 years ago.  

    Why did you start running?

    I started running only about 7 years ago after cheering for friends at a marathon and thinking, “if all these people can finish a marathon, what is my excuse?” Watch the back of the pack at a race and I dare you to not want to run.   A dear friend was running for Team in Training (TNT) that next season and convinced me that, yes, I too, could be a runner. I ran my first half marathon in the spring of 2014 with TNT.    I caught the running bug and ran two marathons the following year (MCM and Richmond). Training for those two marathons helped me get in the best shape of my life and because I was so in tune with my body, I found my cancer in its very earliest stages. I was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2016.  Ironic since the first race I ran was with an organization raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (TNT). I had 2 rounds of chemo, ran a half marathon, had a couple more rounds of chemo, and then moved on with my life.  My running community and workout friends were key in getting me through that bump in the road.  Running is now a major part of my life story, and honestly, probably saved my life.

    Next year will be 5 years cancer-free, so hope you all will participate in some TNT runs and events with me to celebrate!  (assuming, you know, COVID is over

     
    What is your PR in your favorite distance? 
     
    My favorite distance is 10 miles. PR is 1:32. I run because it is social and helps work off all the beer and delicious food I eat.  You friends, run marathons, and I will meet you at the end with a beer for all of us.
     
    Do you have a favorite class/service?
     
    Jim’s 6 am classes.  It is the best way to start the day!

    What has been your favorite part of being a member at FRC?

    I like to be surrounded by driven, motivated people. I don’t care that I am the slow kid, I just care that we all are there working hard together.   I love to be next to other members when they max out a treadmill. Studio workouts push me and it’s so nice to have a studio that focuses on running.  I think it says a lot about the studio when coaches and family members all go to each other’s classes.  When the people that work there, want to come back on their off time to just hang out with other coaches and members, that is when you know a studio is special. The sense of community at FRC is the strongest I have seen at a studio.

     

     
     
     
     

    If you or someone you know would like to be featured in our Member Spotlight, please email i[email protected]