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:
Big road races are so much less stressful than track races. You get to start with thousands of other people who don’t even know you’re an elite, you get to pace with some of the sub-elite men, and you can zone out while bands play on the side of the road.
At least these were the thoughts going through my head while I was on my way to Pittsburgh for the USATF half marathon championships. Oh- how naive I was to think that I would be mixed in with everyday runners, hidden in the crowd, and in the perfect environment to make a million excuses to slow down and relax the pace...not the case! Read on to see!
"Is this a good idea?" This was a question, at one point, every single one of us asked ourselves this past weekend.
Whether we were boarding a flight to Pennsylvania for the USATF Half Marathon Championships, or on the line for the Rocket Mile in Rocky Mount, logistically, we all had reasons to question ourselves.
Lining up to race a fast road mile less than a month after running the fastest marathon you’ve ever run could bring some anxieties. Or if you fall under these other anxiety-provoking categories… Read on to find out!
In 2 short days our Erin Clark will be standing on the start line of the Boston Marathon. While this isn't a new sight for this 2x Boston Marathoner, this year will be like no other. Why? Because this former standout collegiate lacrosse player is primed and ready to accomplish a BIG goal. The type of goal that scares you. The kind that you mumble under your breath in hopes others won't hear you. In her first marathon in 2013 she ran a 3:54. In 2016 she ran her first Boston in 3:29. Last year she ran her second Boston in 3:21. She began working with RDP coach Phil Latter in March of 2017 and has run a PR in everything since. Her incredible progress is inspiring. So, what is her BIG goal this year? Read on and find out!
On Saturday April 7th, 5 of the 6 RDP athletes will be competing at the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, SC. Since the beginning of this year, this date has been the one hard and fast RDP race marked on the calendars. When you plan a race well in advance, the initial decision invites a bit of excitement. It puts a marker way out there in the distance. It creates a goal. An intention. But when race days presents itself, where does your head go? Elite athletes are no different than anyone else in those pre-race moments. We all battle mental struggles but it's how we handle them that matters. Our very own Sarah Rapp lays it all out. Read on to learn how Sarah is preparing her mental game for this weekend!
Raleigh Relays weekend is finally upon us! As the biggest race on the east coast, this weekend is something that collegiate & post collegiate track athletes mark their calendars for well in advance. In 2017 one of our athletes, Tristin Van Ord, set a 10k PR as an App State standout. This year, she is lacing up but in an entirely new environment, as a post-collegiate elite athlete on the Raleigh Distance Project. So what's in store for Tristin this weekend? Read on for Tristin's thoughts as she heads into her first big race of the season at Raleigh Relays
Any elite athlete will tell you that you can’t have success in running without recovery, and any person struggling with addiction will tell you that you can’t run well if you aren’t on the road to recovery. From that statement, one could conclude that recovery and running go hand in hand...Which makes the Raleigh Distance Project and Oak City Recovery Run Club a perfect match. Read on for more about this relationship and an upcoming event you don't want to miss!
Our story has been much like “defining the relationship,” or finally making a relationship that has been around for awhile, “Facebook official.”
We - Andie, Erin, Sammy, Sarah, Rita, and Tristin, are the Raleigh Distance Project. Our mission is to bring elite running to Raleigh, creating an opportunity for collegiate and post-collegiate runners to continue pursuing their full potential in training and competition. As we move within striking distance of qualifying for Olympic Trials, US Teams, and prestigious US road marathons, we want our community to come with us. Through our personal success and improvement, we believe we will have the credibility to fulfill our other passion: to get all runners in the Triangle area excited about their own running too, one person at a time.