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Member Spotlight – February – Julia Andrews

Member Spotlight – February – Julia Andrews

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 Julia Andrews:

What is your formula? What are the common classes or recovery elements this member does/uses?
I love ALL the classes: Formula FastTrack, Formula Train, Formula A.B.S, Formula Tread and Train, and Formula Move. If my schedule and fitness level allowed it, I would also add yoga and HIIT to the list!
 
Why did you start running?
I ran my first mile in elementary school gym class and was hooked. But before then, I used to race my friends and neighbors. I have always loved fitness. Growing up I played tennis and was on a jump rope team.

What are your hobbies?
Running is my main hobby, from participating and racing to spectating. I also love live entertainment, like tennis tournaments and Broadway shows.

What is your pre-race ritual (meal, sleep, general preparation, etc.)? Post-race?
I love to have a good meal, lay out my racing gear, and go to bed early. In the morning, I like peanut butter toast, coffee, and water. 

What is your Post-race?
Cheering on other runners. And going to brunch!

Why did you join FRC?
I knew from FRC’s motto that “A Home for Runners” would be a home for me. I love everything about FRC, especially… everything. More specifically, the staff and coaches and the classes. The coaches are experts and they are incredibly motivating and supportive. The staff is very welcoming and fun, and so are the other members.
 
What is your PR in your favorite distance?
My favorite distance is the mile. My PR is from back in high school, when I ran a 5:24 in the 1600.

Do you have a favorite class/service?
Open gym is my favorite thing about FRC. I love the Cryotherapy Chamber and cannot get enough of the sauna!

 
Favorite workout tunes/music?
I often run without music. I love anything with a good beat though, from hip hop to pop (new or old school).

Goals for 2021?
I want to stay fit and healthy and get FAST! I want to lower my current mile and 5K times.

What has been your favorite part of being a member at FRC?
The support. The encouragement. The fact that it has become easy to be consistent, which used to be my number one challenge.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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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.

 

 
 
 
 

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Member Spotlight – September – Spencer Elmore

Member Spotlight – September – Spencer Elmore

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 Spencer Elmore:

Name and Nickname: Spencer Elmore – Nickname- Spence

Background (Age, Gender, Birthplace, and Running Experience): Background (Age (31), Gender(M), Birthplace (Allentown, PA ), and Running Experience ( Truly started running 2011 / 9 years)

What is your formula? I always try and get into Jim E’s 6am Formula run every Tuesday. His coaching is spot on for pushing your limits and to see what you can accomplish in 60 minutes. Plus, the regulars that show up are great to run with. Additionally, someone has to keep up with Ralph! Sundays with the FRC long run crew is also a great time.

Why did you start running? I started running outside of sports because of that feeling you get during a long run, that nothing else matters besides you and the trail was to good to miss out on.
Favorite quote? Listen to your body during training, push the envelope and tell your body to shut up during the race.

Favorite quote? ” The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today” -H. Jackson Brown Jr

What are your hobbies? Swimming, Biking, Running, playing with my two Dalmatians.

What is your pre-race ritual (meal, sleep, general preparation, etc.)? Post-race? The night before a race, i always try and eat dinner by 4:30 pm, usually a good B.L.T or a nice Deli Sandwhich from a local shop. I always lay out my running attire the night before so i can catch the extra 10 min of sleep in the morning. Post race, is usually two options for food, Chick-fil-a or Panera Bread, followed up with soft serve ice cream.
 
Why did you join FRC? I joined FRC because i wanted to work on my speed and the facility looked outstanding in the online pictures.
 
 
What is your PR in your favorite distance?  My favorite distance is the half marathon. Current PR is 1:28
 
Do you have a favorite class/service?  My favorite class is Formula Run Tuesdays with Jim E.

Favorite workout tunes/music?  Electronic (BPM radio XM) is great to zone out too, but all out efforts Rap Hip/Hop gets the legs moving.

Do you have any races lined up in 2020? Goals for 2020? Currently for 2020, the races i have that have not been cancelled are, Souix Falls, SD half marathon, Rosaryville (trail) half marathon, High Bridge Ultra 50k, River Valley Run (trail) half marathon & JFK 50 miler. 2020 goals are to just enjoy running and the time spent at home.

What has been your favorite part of being a member at FRC? My favorite part of being a member at FRC is the camaraderie. The fellow members / instructors are all supportive and show up to class with smiles on their faces.

 

 
 
 
 
 

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Member Spotlight – August – Ali Mazurek

Member Spotlight – August – Ali Mazurek

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 Ali Mazurek:

Name and Nickname: Ali Mazurek

Background (Age, Gender, Birthplace, and Running Experience): 26, Female, running experience includes one half marathon, one ten-miler, and a bunch of 5-10k’s!

What is your formula? What are the common classes or recovery elements this member does/uses? I love Tread and Train classes. Running/interval training and strength training is a great combination to improve your running form and endurance.  My formula is 4-5 classes per week and some work outdoors. I love the infrared sauna and cryotherapy, both are really great experiences to supplement training and recovery.

Why did you start running? I started running when playing group sports and needing to stay in shape, but it’s grown into an important skill that I appreciate my body allowing me to do.

Favorite quote? ” The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today” -H. Jackson Brown Jr

What are your hobbies? My hobbies include cooking/baking and spending time with family/friends whenever I can.

What is your pre-race ritual (meal, sleep, general preparation, etc.)? Post-race?  Pasta dinner night before the race (any excuse for a big pasta dinner).  Kick your feet up afterwards and take a nap!
 
 
Why did you join FRC? I joined FRC to become stronger and build endurance.
 
 
What is your PR in your favorite distance?  5k distance, 29:02 pace
 
 
Do you have a favorite class/service?  Tread and Train class (best of both worlds) and Infrared Sauna 

Favorite workout tunes/music?  Cardio Spotify playlist

Do you have any races lined up in 2020? Goals for 2020?  Sadly, nothing in the books with COVID! Goals for 2020 are to keep up my endurance and strength training.

What has been your favorite part of being a member at FRC? There’s so many things I love about FRC!! The classes and recovery services are awesome, but the community is something really special. The clients, coaches, and staff are all so welcoming and kind and make being at the studio a highlight of my week.

 

 
 
 
 
 

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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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