From Coach Jerry: Evan has been a great addition to NOVA. We’ve been building a really solid group of fast men for the last couple of years, and Evan has been a major part of that. Evan’s 26:05 8k was a huge breakthrough, and bodes really well for the fall. If Evan can build on that performance at the longer distances, he’s going to run a very fast marathon in New York. I’m looking forward to seeing continued improvement from him going forward.
1)What are your PRs (5K, 10K, Half/Marathon, any others?)
10 Mile: 57:33
Half Marathon: 1:18:28
2)Goal race(s) for this year? Other races planned?
My goal race for the year is the New York City Marathon in November. My first two marathons didn’t go as I had hoped, and I’m hoping with a more strict training plan this time around I can go sub-2:39. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach half marathon, Army Ten Miler and Navy Five Miler are also on my fall racing docket. PRs for those distances would be nice as well.
3)What do you consider your best race performance to date?
From a purely statistical perspective, I would say my 26:05 8K in Cleveland has been my best race performance to date. I didn’t have anyone running with me the last two miles of the races, so it was all about staying mentally tough and pushing myself if I wanted to PR. In terms of which race performance I am most proud of, I would say my 3:41:32 in the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon. Though it was nearly an hour off my goal time, it was my first ever run (practice or race) of over 13.1 miles. I managed a finish despite the worst IT band pain I’ve ever experienced, so bad I could barely walk once I reached the Pentagon at mile 21. The pictures of me howling in pain were pretty epic.
4)How and when did you find NOVA, and what do you like best about the team?
I found NOVA via Google when I first moved down to the area from New York in February 2016. I also found out that Greg too was a Westchester native, so that made the adjustment process a bit easier.
I like how inclusive the team is regardless of skill level and background, especially as it has grown in the relatively short time that I’ve been a part of NOVA. Lining up at races next to other yellow singlets is a team feeling that I haven’t felt since high school.
5)What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from Coach jerry, and/or another member of the NOVA club?
The best piece of advice I’ve been given by Coach Jerry has been the overall emphasis on the importance of rest in a training cycle as well as recovery periods after races. I used to race on a weekly basis before joining NOVA, and Jerry’s point of spacing out races over two weeks has not only helped lower some of my times but also helped me avoid burnout and injury. Greg also made me realize the importance of tangents in races. Every second counts.
6)What thoughts do you have on your performances at the Cleveland 8K, Delaware 5K, MCM, and Cherry Blossom 10 Miler or other recent races?
I was happy with some of my races this spring, including a 16:21 5K and 30:46 9K in back-to-back days in the Coastal Delaware Running Festival. However, a couple of races, including the Baltimore Ten Miler and Lawyers Have Heart 10K, were under hot and humid conditions so I wasn’t able to run quite as fast as I had hoped. Still, it was awesome that NOVA as a team finished second overall in the club competition for Lawyers Have Heart.
7)What non-running fitness related (or other) activities do you enjoy?
My first true love was basketball, though my childhood dreams of starting for the Knicks were thwarted when I peaked at 5’11”. I’ve settled for a couple of intramural leagues and pickup ball in Arlington. As a journalist, I’m constantly reading and writing, including about global trade tensions but also lighter topics like my quest to run a race in all 50 states and my travels with my dad to the 30 Major League Baseball stadiums. You can also catch me biking (very slowly) on occasion.