Sammy walks (runs?) us through her journey at the Sir Walter Miler. Sammy explains how the race was a step in the right direction after all of the ups and downs. Although she was pleased with the race, she’s still hungry for more!
The Sir Walter Miler has meant a lot to the Raleigh Running community over the last 4 years. For two RDP team members in particular, the SWM has been both a mental battle and one of the highlights of their running careers. From fears of failure, to fears of last place, the SWM torch has been passed down through the team beginning with Andie Cozzarelli in 2014 & 2015 and moving to Sarah Rapp in 2016 & 2017. Both athletes overcame doubts to make moments to remember. As the torch moves from Sarah to Sammy George this year, we can’t wait to fan girl like crazy. Read on to hear both Andie and Sarah’s accounts of the Sir Walter Miler and our letter to Sammy as she counts down to race day.
The RDP home squad swept the podium & worked as a team on Saturday at the Beat the Heat/USATF North Carolina 5k Championships. With Tristin cheering & documenting the race, Sarah winning for the third year in a row, Sammy prepping for Sir Walter, Andie getting back into racing, and Rita finishing up her season—our team had a lot going on! If this race is any indication of things to come this fall, we have a ton to look forward to. Thanks for following along!
Andie does a post-race interview with Rita after her stellar performance at the South Carolina Track Fest. Rita put on spikes for the first time and raced a personal best with a second place finish this weekend in the 5k.
Running is hard, but making yourself take a break from the grind is even harder. Tristin talks the importance of taking a break and how it actually benefits her training. In order to grow as an athlete, healing and recovery must take place as well.
Sammy George knows what it takes to run with the elites at the Sir Walter Miler. She has dreamed of it since her first year as an NC State runner. Although her path to competing at Sir Walter has been different than she envisioned, she knows that she belongs there. Sammy’s secret weapon is her competitive spirit—look out for some sparks on Friday, August 3rd!
While running for RDP, Erin is also a medical student and will be pursuing her Masters in Public Health starting in July 2018. Jumping into a new challenge is always exciting, and she can’t wait to see what opportunities for learning and leadership this year brings. She is solid inspiration to go forth and chase dreams—share your story with us & Oiselle using #gofourth on Instagram and Twitter!
For the Raleigh running community, the beginning of June marks the start of the Sir Walter Miler Pop-Up Miles. Every Tuesday in June, anyone and everyone in the community gets the chance to hop on a track and race hard for one-mile. If you didn’t grow up running track, this is potentially your once in a lifetime chance to experience the joy in racing a mile as hard as you can on a track. For one of our athletes, Andie Cozzarelli, this years pop-up miles have been a bit different. Coming off a marathon in mid June, Andie has been a spectator. Andie has been here since the beginning of the Sir Walter Miler and has seen how the community engagement has changed an increased over the years. Here is Andie’s take on this years Pop-Up Miles and her thoughts going into this years Pop-Up Championships taking place today at 7:00PM at Meredith College.
The Raleigh Distance Project was born last September, on the weekend of the 2017 Genworth Virginia 10 Miler. The hype, the social media accounts, and the loving nickname RDP all seemed to stick. We couldn’t be more excited to become the first elite team to partner with the Virginia 10 Miler--read more here! Their support in this partnership makes us feels like we have been adopted into a family that has raised us from the beginning. Stay tuned for race entry giveaways, and please contact us if you would like to be considered for elite entry!
Have you ever wanted to peep into an elite marathoner’s brain and see what they have to sort out before the race? Andie is running Grandma’s Marathon this weekend in Minnesota, and she’s been going through a lot of ups and downs these past few months of training. Both weekend warriors and elite athletes deal with similar struggles when it comes to race prep, but both still have that same crazy love and passion for the sport. Check out Andie’s pre-race thoughts!
When you find yourself making daily grocery store trips for yet another jar of Big Spoon Roasters Nut Butter, you might have a problem. Although now that Amazon Prime Now is a thing in Raleigh, I would be able to keep the postal service in business AND sustain my nut butter love!
So what’s better than saving money on gas and the postal service daily you might ask? A partnership with the best nut butter company around!!!
On Friday evening in Nashville, half of the Raleigh Distance Project team ran the 5000m at the Music City Distance Carnival. Sammy George placed first, Tristin Van Ord earned second, and Erin Clark finished 7th with a 70 second PR. Humidity slowed the times a little, but these performances were encouraging. We are so thankful to have represented Raleigh on a national stage. Even when we don’t measure up to our own expectations, we appreciate the learning opportunities and having teammates to support us regardless of the result. Read more about our experiences at the MCDC 5k!
At 8:50PM tonight, three of our RDP members are lacing up their spikes for a fast track 5k at the Music City Distance Carnival in Nashville, TN! One of those racing, Sammy George, is coming off of a win at the Jailbreak 5k in South Carolina on May 26th. Sammy has been working diligently over the last 3 years to get to this point. There have been ups and downs but she’s ready. We can’t wait to watch her and the rest of the RDP women FLY tonight! Read on to hear Sammy’s pre-race thoughts as she prepares to get back on the track!
The Raleigh Distance Project is super excited to announce our partnership with Oiselle! This is the first time their company has partnered with an entire team of female athletes, and we think it’s the greatest thing ever - even better than sliced gluten free bread! Check us out in the new section on Oiselle’s team page!
Running. The one word that subconsciously captivates our thoughts. The carefully planned task that we carve our day around. The word we sometimes dread, but the thought of not doing it supersedes any negative feelings towards it. The one thing that drives our passion. But there will always be times when we can't run, shouldn't run, or just need a mid-season reset. Luckily, that is where ElliptiGO comes in. ElliptiGO allows us to keep grinding, prevent injury, and rehab as needed. It helps us make better decisions so we can last longer through seasons. It’s our go-to and here's why: