Kingstowne Striders

Stop and Smell the Cherry Blossoms

President's Corner:

Hi Striders!  Love seeing everyone knock their spring races out of the park! The excitement has been palpable.  The spring days are more and more frequent and our are runs more and more enjoyable. This month we will plan the club's warm weather run escapades.  If you have a suggestion or idea, don't hesitate to reach out. Looking forward to seeing you out there!
Until we run again,
The strength of the team is each individual team member. The strength of each member is the Team. ~Phil Jackson

Join us for 2022 Membership
!!   Please click
here to renew or signup for this year's membership.

Just a reminder, your dues cover RRCA insurance and provides other awesome benefits as a member of the club. 
April Board Meeting

We will have the next board meeting on Wednesday, April 6th at 6:30pm. FB event here.

All members are welcome to join board meetings! The board plans to attend in person.  Members are free to attend in person or virtually.  There is a virtual link in the FB invite to join virtually.

New Member Alert...

Name: Christie Zook
Let's all say 'hi' to Christie!

Can you tell us a little about you:  Hi Striders! I am new to the group and to the area and am loving getting to know so many new running pals and see the DC region through running. I have been running for more than 10 years but it took so long to find my stride that I don’t know how many of those early years really count. Running a half marathon at 23 with no training doesn’t really count as being a runner, that’s just being 23 right? Now I work much harder at it and enjoy it much more too. Things really kicked up around 2015 when my husband, Colin was in law school and studying for the Bar exam. I had to be out of the house a lot or I would pester him, so I went for a run. Well, 30 minutes really didn’t help much so like Forest Gump, I just kept running. After running a half marathon on my own to pass the time I decided to sign up for a race. I loved running trails and ended up finishing 29 miles in a time challenge and seeking out some hard terrain on the Dipsea trail. Running has stayed a focus for me ever since. I waddled through 2 pregnancies and drag my 2 little ones in my trusty double stroller for lots of miles now.
What are your running goals: My goals for 2022 are a bit hard to formulate right now. I just completed a 50k and that was a big goal already checked off. I hurt my IT band right before the race so my performance wasn’t as good as I hoped, but I finished. I think once I am completely healed I want to focus on keeping my base that I spent those long winter months building and the speed that the Thursday group has helped me realize I have. I will look for a half or 30k in the fall and then set my sights on a 50k for next year. I want to try to run a little faster than I have, and train through the next big race without getting injured. 
I was really surprised to find that the 50k distance was completely attainable and really fun. Not nearly as scary as when I first set my sights on it! I have never been speedy but can hike forever. As I was thinking about this 50k race, I thought about a recent 22 mile hike I did in Yosemite called Clouds Rest, It is higher than Half Dome and stunning (go hike it!). Anyway, endurance is really where my comfort is more than speed. So even as I get older, busier and have less time to dedicate to running it seems like the long slow trail races are the more natural fit for me.  

Can you tell us a non-running fact about you:  When I am not running I am playing with my kids Luke (2) and Ellie (4) and my husband Colin. We love to hike, ski and swim. We also love to travel! Before kids we would do a lot of sight seeing through new cities by running and deciding what we would come back to see or eat after we had showered. We still will strap a kid in a carrier and wander the streets to get a feel for a new place. Even with all the traveling we have done, we had never really been to Virginia until we showed up with our moving truck a few months ago! We dove right in and I have been enjoying the adventure!
Are you a new member or do you know a new member who would like to introduce themselves to the club?  Reach out to to submit a newsletter intro!
Bear with us as we entertain some new ideas and mix things up in an effort to shake the club out of a post pandemic rut.  We're getting our running grove back!

Be sure to check Facebook for polls and other announcements.  We want to hear your feedback!   
There are still a few vacancies on the current KS Board.  If you have any interest in being the vice president, communications representative, or membership representative email or let a board member know at a run. 
Vice President - Creates the agendas for board meetings, wingman or wingwoman to the president, click here for official description
Communications Rep - Social media maven, posts runs and other events, newsletter craftsperson
Membership Rep - Club ambassador for new members, inspirits existing members to pay membership dues
Stay in the loop. Use our Google Calendar to keep track of run details and other events. 

Warmer days are coming.  Are you ready to seize the run? Group runs continue to be Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Feel free to schedule impromptu runs on your own or through Facebook.
Upcoming Races 
Spring Valley View Hard Cider Challenge 5k/10k/Half - 4/9 Delplane, VA
PNC Parkway Classic - 4/24 Alexandria, VA
2022 Tuesday Night 5k #1 - 4/12 Lake Accotink, VA
Historic Waterford 5k/10k trail - 4/23 Waterford, VA
Arlington Bunny Hop 5k - 4/23 Arlington, VA
Spring Backyard Burn #3 5mi/10mo- 4/24 Reston, VA
Healthy Strides 5k/10k/Dash - 4/30 Burke, VA
National Landing 5k Fridays - 4/8 -4/28 Arlington, VA

BVFRD Fire Drill 5k/1mi - 5/1 Burke, VA
Trottin Oxin Donut Relay - 5/7 Ashburn, VA

Mother's Day 4mi/1mi - 5/8 Reston, VA
Port City Rivershed Run 5k - 5/8 Alexandria, VA
National Police Week 5k - 5/14 Arlington, VA
Fountainhead Half Marathon & 10k - 5/22 Fairfax, VA
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