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#PRRunningFamily

October 17, 2016 |

A group of people who are passionate about fitness and our community.

Allow us to introduce you to our staff, one story at a time. #PRRunningFamily

We’d like to introduce you to Becki Spiering / =PR= Tysons

I started running long distances because I got the crazy idea of running a marathon (26.2 miles) on my 26th birthday. That was a decade ago and I haven’t stopped running since training for that birthday run – 5Ks, 50 milers, relays, trails, roads, I love running them all, but especially marathons. One of my running goals is to eventually run all the marathons in the state of Virginia. As a result, the last marathon I ran was the Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon in Arlington (i.e. 211 times around the 200 meter track at Thomas Jefferson Community Center). I love the places running can take me, even when it is in my own backyard.

Last year, I started coaching with =PR= Training Programs and I get so excited to help other runners meet their goal – running that first half marathon, hitting their PR, or just being consistent and running with the group week after week. Anyone can be a runner and its rewarding to help people meet their running goals. It’s why I love working at a running store. Every time someone comes in to =PR=, whether to get fit for running shoes for the first time or to chat about their nutritional plan for their upcoming race, I get to help with a small part of their running journey.

Three years ago, I became a mom and now I am tackling the challenge of being a parent, while also being a runner. It means I wake up before the sun to get my miles in before everyone else wakes up; it means I push the jog stroller during nap time if I can’t run in the morning; it means “active recovery” after a speed workout or long run is time spent on the playground with my daughter. Running has changed since becoming a parent, it isn’t always easy but it provides that “me time” I need in order to be the best mom I can be when I am with my daughter.

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