What better way to spend your free time than to help others? Sarah talks about her positive experiences with volunteering and how it has helped not only her community, but her own outlook on life as well. Running and volunteering can go hand-in-hand, so read Sarah’s story and find out how you can help with your community.
Rita’s experience at this year’s Virginia 10 miler was unique from last year because of her transformation as an athlete over the past couple of months. Rita finished the 2018 race over 3 minutes faster than she did last year. Her training has recently been more focused on perfecting those hard days and taking recovery seriously. Rita has also been focusing more on her race day mentality and moving mountains, or really big hills, with her MIND. She might not be Yoda yet, but watch out for Rita at the Indy Monumental Marathon!
From no one taking us seriously and being told we'd fail countless times, to eliminating the naysayers, pursuing our dreams and making them a reality. Our team has achieved a great amount in our first year and we owe our success to YOU. Thank you for helping us chase our dreams and make them a reality this past year and for many years to come!
Erin talks about her new metamorphosis into a MILEAGE MONSTER!! She discusses balancing running hundred mile weeks while in graduate school, and how things have changed since she has decided to take her training to the next level. Watch out for Erin at the Indy Monumental Marathon in November!
Andie talks about her experience at her first Big Bird Camp with the RDP team. Andie has been a member of Oiselle’s team since 2014, but being a part of Oiselle with the Raleigh Distance Project has been a new chapter in Andie’s relationship with the company. Oiselle has been a key player in the success of the Raleigh Distance Project, and it wouldn’t be the same without them!! (Also, special thanks to Steph Willet for organizing an AMAZING Big Bird Camp!!) We can’t wait for next year!
Who are the masterminds behind Big Spoon Roasters and why are we partnering with them? We love their story and we're so excited to share it with you! Meet their team and test out their nut butters at our Block Party and Anniversary Dinner this month!
Tristin shares her life-long experiences with therapy, both in and out of sport. Sports Psychology and the therapy that Tristin has received most of her life for anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder share some of the same roots. Methods used are similar, but seeing Dr. Swoap in a group setting was refreshing and new for this RDP runner.
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!