This week’s NOVA Featured Runner is our very own Communications and Social Media Director Nene Reed. Nene has been an energetic and enthusiastic presence at NOVA since joining the team last fall. In addition to his role on the NOVA Board, Nene has been working hard on the track (and in the bike and pool too!) His latest PR effort at the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon is just a hint of great things to come. Congratulations Nene!
FROM COACH JERRY:
“Nene has been a wonderful addition for NOVA. He’s working hard on the track, and is showing some real promise in his race performances. His big PR of 1:32 at the Navy Half Marathon is the first step in what will surely be a steady string of excellent performances. He’s also made a huge contribution off the track by joining the NOVA board as Social Media Director, and performing several critical functions behind the scenes with regards to our website, social media presence, and membership recruiting. We’re lucky to have Nene on the team, and I look forward to seeing more great things from him.”
We asked Nene to provide some answers to a few questions about his running history and goals with NOVA – read on for more below!
1) What are your PRs (5k, 10K, Half, Full, any others?)
Mile – 5:39
10 Mile: 1:07:10
Half: 1:32:55 (NAF Half!)
Marathon – 3:28:17 – Richmond
2) Goal race(s) for this year? Army Ten Miler. I tried out for and made the Ft. Belvoir Army Ten Miler Team! Other races planned? Navy Mile (I want to get a baseline mile time), Baltimore Half Marathon and US National 12K
3) What do you consider your best race performance to date? 2015 Rock and Roll Half Marathon. I drove to Hains Point and trained on the race course every Saturday morning from January until race day. I wanted to prepare myself for the hills, specifically the big one on Calvert Avenue. Race day was pretty bad weather-wise, but my preparation paid off and I finished the race with a (then) PR.
4) How did you find NOVA? I googled local running clubs and even though NOVA looked to be a good fit, I kept putting off joining. I waited probably another 6 months because I didn’t think I was ready to join such a fast team. I recognized Erin at the start line of MCM 10K and after she smoked me within the first 1/4 mile of the race, I figured it was time to stop being a chicken and would only get faster if I ran with a fast group.
5)What do you like best about the team? Bob Weiner. He gives me the business every time I see him 🙂 . I also love that every member of the club is welcome, valued and respected. Within the first few minutes of my first practice, I felt as if I’d been with the team for years.
6) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from Coach Jerry? “Don’t be a hero.” My old philosophy was to run as much and as fast as I could, often. Coach Jerry has taught me that doing so is a recipe for disaster and recovery is just as, if not more important, than training volume.
7) What thoughts do you have on your recent PR performance at the Navy/Air Force Half Marathon? I was very happy with the PR, but want to keep chipping away and eventually break the 90 minute mark. As of now, that’s what I’m shooting for. PR aside, what I found really special was seeing various members of the team as we passed each other on the course. Seeing Coast Guard Mike, Abhaya, Jessica Mcguire, Eric Smith, Mark Drosky, Jess Bowden, Brie and Coach Jerry gave me an extra boost, especially during the dark times.
8) What non-running fitness related (or other) activities do you enjoy? Chasing my son around and watching Seinfeld re-runs and Doctor Who with my wife. Besides that, I do whatever I can to stay active.