Posts Tagged ‘ Potomac River Running Store ’

Why We Do It. The Inner Musings of Athletes

December 31, 2011
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By Coach Kelly Kavanaugh Potomac River Running Why do we do it? You know, run, cycle, and/or swim massive amounts of miles, keep training logs, spend hours fantacizing about our next race. I find myself asking this every day. What drives us to do the things that others see as impossible, painful, and pointless? Is there a voice inside of us that others lack? Like an extra switch on an electric watch, that makes us tick? There has to be something, that’s for sure. We know that if we train long enough, and hard enough, and with enough desire, that we will indeed reach our long awaited goals. We are determined, and as our eyes squint and begin to close, we snap them open each time, in defiance, in rage, in passion.  We see obstacles as hurdles to be leaped over, and set backs as opportunities for comebacks. We see soreness…

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Joan Benoit Samuelson: A Marathon Legend Speaks

April 10, 2010
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Joan Benoit Samuelson: A Marathon Legend Speaks

By Alix J. Shutello        I immediately recognized Joan Benoit Samuelson when she walked through the door at the Potomac River  Running Store in Reston, VA yesterday. A small crowd of 20 or so came to the running store on a Friday evening to see this epic runner speak about her life, the Olympics that made her famous, family life, and how she trains now that she’s getting older.        Samuelson spoke quietly but as someone who’s spoken a thousand times before. Seasoned by giving regular addresses to corporations, civic groups, schools, and athletes, she was humbled that people took the time to see her.        She broke the ice by talking about the Beach to Beacon (now the TD Banknorth 10K), race she founded when she noticed a woman in the crowd last night who was wearing a race t-shirt. She went from that to talking about the race that would make her famous; referring to the infamous tunnel she…

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