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Employee Spotlight: Juli Looks Back At Boston

May 2nd, 2014

The 118th running of the Boston Marathon was one for the books. Not only did it result in an American breaking the tape for the first time since 1985, but it showed the stunning resilience of the running community and the people of Boston.

This year, our very own customer service ninja and ultramarathon stud Juli made an emotional return to Beantown after running the marathon for the first time last year. She crossed the line in 3:19:50. We chatted with her prior to her race, and caught up with her again afterwards to get a feel for how it went. Read more…

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Employee Spotlight: Juli Gears Up For Boston

April 16th, 2014

Juli after finishing the 2013 Boston Marathon

As you’re undoubtedly aware, the 118th running of the Boston Marathon occurs this Monday. Juli, ultramarathon veteran and a key member of the customer service team here at the ‘House, will be making her way to Beantown again this year, running the race for the second time after making her Boston Marathon debut last year. We were lucky enough to pull Juli aside for a few minutes to capture some thoughts going into the race. Read more…

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Dan’s NYC Countdown

October 25th, 2013

Dan at the 2013 Los Angeles New Years Run

His Twitter handle says it all: Dan runs. In addition to being a key member of our Customer Service team, Dan has been training for one of the world’s largest marathons. We caught up with him during some downtime to pick his brain on his training and thoughts going into race day.

What race are you training for?

A: The ING NYC Marathon. I’m excited, in addition to running the race I’m going to a Knicks game and Wicked.

What are your goals going into the race?

A: Well, I set my expected finish time as 2 hours and 55 minutes, but I’ll be stoked if I finish under 3 hours.  I’m also hoping to complete all of the World Marjors, so once I cross the finish line in New York I’ll be able to check this one off the list!

What has your training looked like?

A: It’s funny, my training never really stops (people tell me I’m a little nuts).  For the last 9 weeks or so, I’ve been focusing a lot on speed.  I know that I can easily run 26.2 miles, but I want to be able to do it as fast and as efficient as I can.  Most of my training has been on the track, focusing on maintaining sub-race pace throughout the workout.  In addition to track workouts, I’ve been doing some tempo runs and multiple trail runs with fellow RW peeps, which is always a blast!

We know you recently ran the Long Beach Marathon.  How did that race go, and are you feeling prepared for NYC after that finish?

A: In all honesty, I was really scared when I toed the start line.  Before Long Beach, I hadn’t attempted a road race since Boston (April 2013) and I was trying out my first pair of racing flats (New Balance 1400).  Despite the fact that I was dragging a little at the end, I think the race went pretty well.  Even though the course was flat (I’ve heard that there are hills along the NYC course), I felt confident in my overall fitness and it was a huge sigh of relief to know that my legs have still got it!

Do you have any pre-race rituals or meals that are a must?

A: The week prior to the race I gradually increase my carb intake (1 additional cup of quinoa or oats each day) and maintain a healthy level of protein and fats.  The day before the race I will have oatmeal for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and some sort of protein or carb for dinner.  Throughout that day, I’ll consume 3 liters of coconut water to ensure that I’m hydrated.  On race morning I eat 2-3 bananas and Justin’s Almond Butter (IT’S AMAZING!!).  I know this seems pretty regimented, but it’s allowed me to continue to achieve my goals, so it seems like it’s working.

Lastly, right before the race starts, I blast Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight; it might be odd, but it is by far one of the best pump-up jams out there!

Any insight on your race-day strategy?

A: While I stick to my plan of attack, I try to slap some high-fives with fellow runners and spectators, because when it comes down to it, at the end of the day, running is fun!

And while this isn’t part of my strategy, I always give my mom my finishing medal and a big hug, because she’s my inspiration for all of my hard work.  What can I say?  I’m a momma’s boy.

Here’s to wishing you a great race Dan!  Check back after the race for our post-race recap!

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Employee Spotlight: Juli

September 13th, 2013

Juli is a big part of our Customer Service team. If you’ve called or emailed us recently, there’s a good chance that Juli took good care of you. In addition to being an RW employee extraordinaire, Juli is also getting more and more into ultrarunning. In fact, less than 24 hours from now, she’ll start ticking off mileage in her next big race.

Update! Juli finished her 50 mile race on Saturday in 10 hours and 2 minutes. Awesome job and we look forward to hearing more race stories when she’s back at work tomorrow!

We checked in with Juli earlier this week and here’s what she had to say:

What’s the race you’re training for?
A: It’s the Headlands Marathon, 50 & 100. I’m doing the 50 mile race.

What are your goals going into this ultra?
A: I just want to finish! I honestly don’t have a time goal; this is my first 50 miler, so I have very little expectation. This race is pretty hilly, so I just hope to finish and have a great time. It’s so beautiful out there, the views should make the hills more fun.

What has your training regimen looked like?
A: I’m usually in marathon shape, so its a decent place to start. My last marathon was Boston, in April, and I just started working up from there. I’ve run two 50K’s in training and done several back-to-back long runs, with 3-5 hours one day then 4 or so hours the next. I’ve tried to focus on integrating as many hills as possible into my runs.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or meals that are a must?
A: Not really. I try to increase my caloric intake prior to a race, and make sure to hydrate well beforehand. I mostly just do my best to eat and sleep and pray that all goes well! It may not necessarily be a ritual, but I have embraced my addiction to running gear and acknowledged that stocking up on gear always makes me feel more prepared. This time I bought The North Face Better than Naked Short Sleeve and I’m pretty excited to wear it at the race. Also, I make sure I pack everything I’ll need before, after and during the race a couple of days ahead of time. Although, that’s less a ritual than just plain common sense!

Check back Monday for an update on how Juli did! We wish her good luck and a great race!

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