Carrington Reed

carringtonreedWhen did you begin running and why?

I always played soccer growing up. I always viewed running as a consequence. After college (and one fractured tibia), I decided it would be best to find a new sport. I began casually running with my dog, Flynn. I didn’t realize people ran so many miles until after I moved in with Bobby and SLRs became a routine!

How did you find out about DCRRC and when did you join?

I found out about DCRR one Saturday morning while Bobby and I were driving through Rosslyn. He spotted a DC road runners finishing up their SLR. I never imagined I would be joining them one day!

What are you training for right now?

Since all of my race plans have been put on hold due to COVID, I am currently sweating for the wedding!

What is the toughest run or race you've ever participated in?

The toughest race I’ve participated in was probably my first marathon - the Marine Corps Marathon. I had so many doubts throughout the entire training process. I had never run that far and never imagined I actually would do a marathon. On race day, I felt pretty good until about ½ way through. By mile 21 I was ready to call it quits. Anybody else hate running across the 14th street bridge towards the end of their race? I sure do, but I managed to make it to the finish line in 3:48:52!

What is the most important lesson running has taught you?

Drink water…. and then drink more.
Rest when you are fatigued.
Be humble.
Do your best.

What is your favorite route in the area?

My current favorite route is to run down to Iwo Jima, make my way towards Memorial Bridge, turn onto the Mount Vernon Trail, and make my way back towards Rosslyn. It is about 5 miles, which feels like the perfect number of miles to wrap my head around after a long work day.

What is your favorite post-race meal?

Bacon, egg, and cheese on an everything bagel from Brooklyn Bagel.

What is your proudest running moment?

Crossing the finish line at the Marine Corps Marathon was really emotional. Not only do you end on the Iwo Jima hill, but then you get endless high fives and congratulations from marines that are lined up behind the finish line. It was a wave of emotions! I’d love to run this marathon again sometime.

What is your favorite running book?

- Born to Run by Chris McDougal
- Marathon Woman by Katherine Switzer

 

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DCRRC Burke Lake 12K
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