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Member Spotlight – July – Eliana Brown

Member Spotlight – July – Eliana Brown

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 Eliana Brown:

Name and Nickname: Eliana – but with teammates having to shout it across the field/court at me during sports, it eventually got shortened to E.
 
 
Background (Age, Gender, Birthplace, and Running Experience): 27, Female, Fairfax VA, 8 half marathons and various 10 milers around the DMV.
 
 
Why did you start running? After my field hockey career in college came to a close, I needed something new to revolve my training around and motivate me. I had been running my whole life but most of that running came in the form of chasing a ball. My older sister, who is also a former college field hockey player, and I decided to run half marathons in places around the country we had never been before, which has now become a tradition we’ve kept up years later.
 
 
Favorite quote? A favorite mantra for running and in life when things feel overwhelming: “Left foot, right foot, breathe.” – Pat Summitt
 
 
What are your hobbies? Coaching high school field hockey and cheering on my beloved Cleveland sports teams.
 
 
What is your pre-race ritual (meal, sleep, general preparation, etc.)? Pre-race usually includes an Italian-themed dinner, making sure my playlist and headphones are ready to go, stretching/foam rolling and then attempting to sleep… but really just tossing and turning until it’s time to wake up and run. Postrace? Brunch, more food and a good nap.
 
Do you have any races lined up in 2020? Goals for 2020? Unfortunately2020 hasn’t exactly gone according to plan, but for now, I’m just excited some of my favorite FRC classes are back on the schedule! Beyond 2020, my ultimate running goal is to run the Jerusalem marathon. 
 
 
Do you have a favorite class/service? Formula Run classes with Coach Jim always push me. Each week is different and I love the competition of it. Getting in the compression sleeves afterwards is an extra treat!
 
 
What has been your favorite part of being a member at FRC? Everything about FRC is high-quality – from the space itself to the coaches that lead each class. It really offers the whole package. It’s a unique fitness experience to have every service tailored to your running needs and how far you can push yourself. Everyone is so accommodating, helpful and really passionate about helping you get better every time you show up – even if its at 5:30 in the morning!
 
 

 

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Member Spotlight – June – Rob McAnnally

Member Spotlight – June – Rob McAnnally

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 Rob McAnnally:

Background (Age, Gender, Birthplace, and Running Experience): Robbie M. McAnnally (Rob); Age 50, M, Born in Groton, CT, and I’ve been racing since 2016–I was a reluctant runner training for the US Air Force and a cyclist prior to meeting Elizabeth and being lured into running for real.

What is your formula? What are the common classes or recovery elements this member does/uses? What are the common classes or recovery elements this member does/uses?  I am early morning gym guy — I love formula run, tread and train, and train classes for full body fitness combined with running longer distances outside.  I’ve been trying to increase my weekly mileage for the last few months and during the quarantine, I’ve been mostly successful, but I miss the tread and train work a lot.  For recovery, I love, love, LOVE the compression sleeves and cryo treatments.  I’d like to work the IR sauna and some PT massage into my recovery elements too.

Why did you start running? Initially, I started running to conquer the 1.5 mile run for the US Air Force.  I actually started by getting up before high school and running for 20 mins, gradually increasing my endurance time and speed to pass the test.  Later, in college, I ran with AFROTC and ran my first 5K and, during my first assignment, on a lark, I ran the Malmstrom AFB “Warrior Run” where we repelled off the command building in full combat boots and web gear, picked up an M-16, ran 6.5 miles our to the obstacle, completed the 1.5 mile obstacle course, and ran 6.5 miles back to the finish.  I was 25 and could basically just pick up and go at that point–not the way to run essentially a half marathon in combat gear LOL!  I ran off and on for years, but got really serious when Elizabeth O’Reilly encouraged me to train for a race–she said, “C’mon, it’ll be fun!”  My first race was Pacer’s St Patrick’s Day 5K/10K/Double–we ran the double–and it went well, so I ran the GW Classic later that year and thought maybe I could do a half marathon.  Two weeks later, I was sent to Geneva, Switzerland for work and upon arriving at the US Embassy, I was talking to people at the post about where to run in Geneva and my recent 10-mile race.  I mentioned that probably my next goal should be a half marathon and they said, “Oh really?  Well, the Geneva Marathon is next weekend, registration is still open and easy on the web, and they have a half marathon race.”  At that point, I was stuck–no backing down now for the new guy, so I signed up and ran it without knowing if I could–I pulled a 1:54 time and thought that REALLY WAS FUN and that was it–I was hooked!

Favorite quote? “Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.”  -Winston Churchill

What are your hobbies?  Running, biking, fitness, and travel.

What is your PR in your favorite distance? 1:47:49 in the United Half Marathon. 1:20 flat on the GW Classic. Half Marathon is easily my favorite distance, although the challenge of running my first marathon is calling.

What is your pre-race ritual (meal, sleep, general preparation, etc.)? Post-race? Spaghetti dinner the night before with an order to go, lay out my clothes, gels, affix my bib, get to bed a little early–wake up and eat the to-go order of spaghetti (cold, of course), gear up and go.  Post race–I like to give thanks for being fit enough to complete the race, shower up and get a little champagne with Elizabeth (or maybe a beer at the finish if it’s just me running that day).  I joined FRC because I wanted to be part of a running community and to learn more about running.  I particularly loved the focus of all the strength training to what a runner needs to grow and improve–and I loved the recovery services, which are often left out of most gym experiences.  The focus on training AND recovery is so important, if you are going to maximize your performance and propel yourself forward as a runner.  I’ve learned so much from all of the coaches and athletes–different approaches, mindsets, and techniques.  It’s incredible how much it’s improved my enjoyment of running!

Do you have a favorite class/service?  Back to back Formula Run right into a Train class with Jim is for sure my favorite combo–it really pushes me and feels like a real accomplishment if I survive!  Love the compression sleeves too.  

Favorite workout music? I love current music–pop, rap, hip-hop–to work with.  I lived through the 80s and am not all that motivated by a throwback soundtrack (Sorry, Carol!) even though Liz loves it! LOL. My race playlist has some killer Coldplay, TobyMac, and a mix of high-paced pop music.

Do you have any races lined up in 2020? Goals for 2020?  I had big goals for 2020 (the year I turned 50) for races and training with FRC.  Unfortunately, COVID had other ideas, so my spring races were all cancelled—Unite.d NYC Half, Cherry Blossom 10-miler, GW Classic, and the Popular Brooklyn Half.  I also wanted to run the 50th NYC Marathon, as my first marathon at age 50–I can’t imagine that will happen now, but I will continue training and deepening my running and fitness.  People are dying, so the races can wait.  It’s a small sacrifice to make to help defeat this virus.

What has been your favorite part of being a member at FRC?  The encouragement, love, and support of a down-to-earth community of runners.  There are incredible athletes at FRC, but I have never felt out of place.  I’m not an incredible athlete–I just love running–but the FRC community has embraced my goals and encouraged me to challenge myself in ways that help me grow without ever making me feel like I was less.  It’s an amazing group of people and I cannot wait until it’s safe to reopen.  I am excited to see where this journey takes all of us.

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Member Spotlight – May – Liz O’Reilly

Member Spotlight – May – Liz O’Reilly

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 Liz O’Reilly:

Background (Age, Gender, Birthplace, and Running Experience): Elizabeth O’Reilly but I go by Liz.  I am 48 and was born and raised on Long Island, NY.  I started running in college, inspired by a roommate who was an avid runner, and became a more dedicated, avid runner during graduate school.  With most of my classes being in the evening, I had more time on my hands during the day and filled that time with running.  At first I would be amped about going 3 miles but the more I ran, the more I wanted to run and the further I wanted to challenge myself to go! I have been running fairly consistently for many, many years, but only got really  hooked on racing within the last 10 years or so.  On a whim I signed up for the Army Ten Miler years ago–never thinking I could run 10 miles, but again, the more I ran the more I wanted to run and with that one race under my belt, I was HOOKED!! Years later a work colleague encouraged me to sign up for races of longer distances, and on my 40th birthday, to mark the occasion, I signed up for my first half. Runners get it, but my non-running family and friends think I am crazy to actually pay to run 10 or 13.1 miles- which are my favorite distances! 

What is your formula? What are the common classes or recovery elements this member does/uses? I generally try to do 3-4 classes a week, I’m hoping to incorporate more recovery into my routine- which is something that I was never very good at before and something that really attracted me to FRC.  I like formula run, tread and train, and formula train.  I think doing those classes with some good outdoor runs has really helped me sharpen my technique and has helped me work on my speed (thank you Jim and Carol!).

Why did you start running? For me, there’s nothing better than those post-running endorphins! I love getting lost in a run, to the point where I forget how far I have gone–those are the best kind of runs, and what keeps me coming back for more.  Also, as a cancer survivor, running makes me feel strong, empowered, and healthy, and you can’t put a price on that feeling!!

Favorite quote? I have several favorite quotes but the one I think I like the best and one I often repeat to myself when I start feeling fatigued, is “mind over matter, if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter”–it’s a great reminder of how far you can go and how much you can do if you put your mind to it.

What is your PR in your favorite distance? As noted above, my favorite distances are 10 milers and half marathons. My best time for a 10 miler is 1:31 and for a half is 2:02. I am a bit haunted by those 2 minutes on my PR half time, I admit!! and am working hard to get in a 2 or under time.  I was hoping to do that this year–I was scheduled to run the NYC half and the Brooklyn half this year, as well as the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler and the GW Parkway Classic, but given the current situation, I will keep working at it so that I can crush it in 2021. 

Favorite workout music? I am stuck in the 80s as far as my running playlist goes–thank you, Carol, for your 80s tunes at FRC.  Those tunes get me going and keep me going–and sometimes even get me singing during my runs!

Why did you join FRC? I joined FRC to help me get back into a more consistent running regimen after taking a bit of time off due to family commitments and crazy jobs.  FRC has really helped me refocus on my goals and get back into a routine.  For months I waited for the studio to open, so intrigued about the idea behind FRC, and being a member has been better than I could have imagined.  It really is like a family.  In class I feel like we are training as a team and everyone is very supportive of each others’ goals,  the recovery options are awesome, and it’s just a top notch place to be–a training facility with coaches like no other. I’m so glad to be a part of FRC-I feel spoiled and fortunate to be a part of such an awesome place.  Run strong everyone and here’s to seeing everyone again soon on the treads! 

 
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Member Spotlight – April – Lucas Davis

Member Spotlight – April – Lucas Davis

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 Lucas Davis:

  • Background (Age, Gender, Birthplace, and Running Experience): 25, Male, grew up in Needham, Massachusetts, I started running about three years ago, and did my first marathon in the Fall of 2017 (Marine Corps Marathon), from there I’ve done 4 Marathons, 3 Half Marathons, and 2 Half Ironmans
  • What is your formula? What are the common classes or recovery elements this member does/uses? My favorite class is the tread and train class because I like to have some time to work on strength training to prevent injury (I’m not always good at doing strength training on my own!) I also really like the compression sleeves (Normatec), I have my own pair and use it 4 or 5 times a week and it really has helped with recovery and continuing to do longer workouts as I train for my Ironman
  • Why did you start running? Both my parents are big runners and so after graduating college I decided I wanted to run my first marathon, after doing my first marathon I really enjoyed challenging myself and continuing to try and get faster and beat my time, I also wanted to start training for my first Ironman and so have been building up my endurance over the past couple of years. I plan on doing my first Ironman with my dad who has been doing Ironman races for years
  • Favorite quote? “Great moments are born from great opportunity” from the Miracle on Ice Movie (1980 Winter Olympics)
  • What are your hobbies? Outside of running/triathlons, I have played ice hockey all my life. I started playing hockey when I was four years old and played through high school and played on the club team at University of Maryland, after I graduated college I have been playing every once in a while in a mens league in Arlington.
  • What is your pre-race ritual (meal, sleep, general preparation, etc.)? Post-race?Why did you join FRC? My pre-race ritual is usually eating a big pasta meal the night before, and then morning of I usually have a bagel, bulletproof coffee, and a banana an hour or two before the race, I joined FRC to work on my strength training as it relates to running, and workout with a community of people who are focused on running and enjoy running as much as I do.
  • What is your PR in your favorite distance? 3:28:10 in the Chicago Marathon last year.
  • Do you have a favorite class/service: Favorite class is T&T (Tread & Train)
  • Do you have any races lined up in 2020? Goals for 2020? My main goal is Ironman Lake Placid in July (where the 1980 olympics were held from the quote above!). (** Lucas was signed up the Rock N Roll Half Marathon and Cherry Blossom 10 Miler) and is planning to race the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon, Ironman 70.3 CT, and the Marine Corps Marathon.
  • What has been your favorite part of being a member at FRC? I really enjoy the people at FRC and the connections I’ve made since I joined as a member, I like being around other people who love running and who push each other every day and have fun doing it too! I’ve also really enjoyed being able to workout with Ali a few times a week and seeing her and other members continue to improve their running and reach their goals.
 
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Member Spotlight – March – Christine Tagayun

Member Spotlight – March – Christine Tagayun

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 Christine Tagayun (nickname: Tagz). Christine has been logging serious mileage for more than 6 years and loves the 1/2 marathon and marathon distances!

 
Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, Christine started running in 2014 during her medical residency as a way to efficiently combine exercise and stress relief.  She completed her first 1/2 marathon in 2014 (San Diego 1/2 marathon) and has never looked back.  She now has 20 1/2 marathons and 8 full marathons under her belt (awesome work Christine)!  As Christine prepares for the 2020 race season, her main training goal is to increase speed without sustaining injuries.  In terms of long-term racing goals, Christine has her sites set on becoming a Six Star Finisher as part of the Abbott Six Star Challenge and then wants to become a member of the Seven Continent’s Club! 
 
When Christine is not SCUBA diving all over the world, she loves taking advantage of many of FRC’s classes and services.  Christine loves the variety of classes focused on runners, and has started incorporating many of the recovery services into her training formula.  She loves Cryo! 
 
We wish Christine all the best as she prepares for the NYC 1/2 marathon in March, the London marathon in April and the rest of her 2020 races!  We know you wll do great, and the FRC Team is here to support you every step of the way!
 
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Member Spotlight – February – Tim Vafides

Member Spotlight – February – Tim Vafides

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 Tim Vafides. Tim has been logging miles for more than 10 years and loves those longer distances!

Hailing from Massachusetts, Tim got indoctrinated with running at an early age. He grew up on the race route for the Boston Marathon and watched every year as a family tradition. While he did not start running the Boston Marathon right away, he eventually ran it for the first time in 2009. Tim has been running ever since and his goal for 2020 is to crush a 3:30 Marathon.

When Tim is not traveling internationally with his wife, he is a regular in Coach Jim’s 5:30 AM class. Tim likes the fact that he can work on his speed without having to go to the track. Additionally, Tim is a big fan of the recovery services!

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