Congratulations to our NOVA Running Club Featured runner, Paul Burger for his outstanding performance at all FOUR of his marathons this year! fo the full article go to: http://novarunningclub.com/2017/11/nova-featured-runner-paul-burger/
What do you consider your best race performance to date?
Despite taking me more than twice as long as my next slowest marathon Pike's Peak was my best race even if it wasn't my best performance. Every race is a learning experience and I think some of the best lessons come when things don't go well. And Pike's did not go well. And Pike's did not go well. Although I'd done a lot of hill work all summer the amount of energy I expended on the 13-mile ascent with its 7,800 feet of vertical gain (and thin air) left me completely shelled only 2 miles into the descent. I'd pushed so hard for the summit, enjoying the amazing views along the way, that I neglected to take in adequate nutrition. With 11 miles still to go there was nothing to do but settle into a survival pace and get down the mountain.
I missed my finish goal by over 2 hours and suffered more physically and mentally than in any other race but I don't regret the experience. The race not only taught me (okay, reminded me) of the importance of taking care of one's body during a race but also that I'm capable of pushing way, way beyond what I thought I had in me.
How and when did you find NOVA, and what do you like best about the team?
I found NOVA late last summer when I was doing my own workouts at TC Williams. Someone ran over and said "Coach Jerry says you should join us". I now have no recollection who it was but I'm very grateful to her and Jerry for the invitation. The energy and motivation, the support, the camaraderie, the lack of egos...there are so many reasons I love being part of the team. The team has some incredibly talented runners and there's always someone to whom you can turn for advice. And no matter your ability or goals there are always words of encouragement or congratulations. Joining the team has done more for my running than anything I've done in the last 10 years.
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