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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.
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