Sara Putterman

saraputterman1When did you begin running and why?
I started running as a kid- following in the footsteps of my mum and sister. My sister was training for a school race, so she began joining my mum for the last mile of her runs. Being the younger sister, I started tagging along at some point! I continued running through middle and high school and ran in college for Wellesley.
How did you find out about DCRRC and when did you join?
I moved from NYC to DC during COVID. Once restrictions were lifted, I began researching run groups and luckily found DCRRC.

What are you training for right now?

Nothing - I just wrapped my races for the spring and I'm currently planning for the fall.

What is the toughest run or race in which you have participated?

I got pressured by my coworkers to sign up for a trail Ragnar and it was the worst decision ever! My first leg was at 2 AM and my headlamp died 2 miles in. I think I cried once during every leg after that, but somehow finished.

What is the most important lesson running has taught you?

Running is how I process everything. Anytime I have a problem or I'm feeling down, I just take myself on a long run and let my mind wander.

What is your favorite route in the area?

C&O Canal will always be one of my favorite routes (especially if I do it as a point-to-point and have someone pick me up farther down the trail).

What race day traditions do you have?

I used to paint my nails in crazy colors before every college meet. I haven't done that in a while, but for Cherry Blossom this year, Gaither and I resurrected that tradition with pink polish and cherry blossom stickers!

What is your favorite post-race meal?

Everything bagel with egg and cheese.

What is your proudest running moment?

Getting my PR at Cherry Blossom 10M this year. I've battled a lot of injuries in the past, so after a year of training smart, listening to my body, and properly fueling I finally felt like I was able to achieve what I believed I was capable of. Plus I ran the first 7 miles with my sister (she lives in Denver so this was a rare occurrence)

What is your favorite running book and/or movie?

I recently read The Girl Who Ran (a children's book about Bobbi Gibb's Boston Marathon) to my niece and I might have teared up a bit!

What is your life like outside of running?

I work as a creative strategist for a local marketing agency. In my spare time, I do a lot of crafty things (embroidery, card-making, drawing, etc.) and I read a lot of contemporary fiction.



Upcoming Events

May Happy Hour/Snowball Series Awards Ceremony
Thu, May 23rd, 2024, @6:00pm
DCRRC Women's Distance Festival 5K and Run After the Women 5K
Sun, Jun 9th, 2024, @8:00am
Book Club
Sun, Jun 16th, 2024, @4:00pm
DCRRC Hugh Jascourt 4-Miler
Fri, Jun 21st, 2024, @7:00pm
DCRRC Age Handicapped 4-Miler
Thu, Jul 4th, 2024, @8:00am
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