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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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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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