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About Jamie: "Since moving to the District three years ago, Jamie has completed six marathons and is aiming for a Boston qualifier in the near future. When she isn't trying to find the best bagel in town, she is usually tweeting at @DCRunster or blogging at DCRunster."
Jamie was kind enough to answer a few questions for us in the latest edition of our Featured Blogger segment.
1. Tell us about your blog. What is your target audience? I write about all things running that provide insight and motivation to the other runners everywhere. I share tips I’ve picked up along the way and lessons I’ve learned through 20+ years of experience. The target audience are runners who seek out advice and anyone willing to read about my life lessons that I continue to discover on my running adventures.
2. What makes you so passionate about running? When I stopped running for someone else (my teammates, coaches, etc.) and started running for myself, I finally came to terms with my love for this sport. And when I started getting passionate for running, I started to get better. I love this sport for so many reasons, but most of all, it’s something that has always been part of my life. I started in Kindergarten and never stopped.
3. What is your favorite local run? It would be easy to say one of the numerous dirt or paved trails around here but if I’m being completely honest with myself, it’s actually running through all of District’s fine neighborhoods. For long runs, I usually get to incorporate all the major neighborhoods in the city. From Dupont Circle to Capitol Hill, I get to experience the unique characteristics of each neighborhood and become a part of it.
4. What is your favorite DC area race? The Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. It’s not just because of the flat course and incredible organization of the race. Every year I’ve competed in the race, there have been perfect weather conditions (knock on wood!).
5. What is your favorite article of running gear? I scored some new socks for Christmas and what a difference do they make! I’ll never go cheap on running socks again. Happy feet equals happy running.
6. If you are going to treat yourself after a long run, how do you do it? I always treat myself after long runs to Bethesda Bagels egg and cheese sandwiches on an everything bagel (with hot sauce, of course). The hard part is limiting myself to just one sandwich.