The Sir Walter Miler has meant a lot to the Raleigh Running community over the last 4 years. For two RDP team members in particular, the SWM has been both a mental battle and one of the highlights of their running careers. From fears of failure, to fears of last place, the SWM torch has been passed down through the team beginning with Andie Cozzarelli in 2014 & 2015 and moving to Sarah Rapp in 2016 & 2017. Both athletes overcame doubts to make moments to remember. As the torch moves from Sarah to Sammy George this year, we can’t wait to fan girl like crazy. Read on to hear both Andie and Sarah’s accounts of the Sir Walter Miler and our letter to Sammy as she counts down to race day.Read More
Big road races are so much less stressful than track races. You get to start with thousands of other people who don’t even know you’re an elite, you get to pace with some of the sub-elite men, and you can zone out while bands play on the side of the road.
At least these were the thoughts going through my head while I was on my way to Pittsburgh for the USATF half marathon championships. Oh- how naive I was to think that I would be mixed in with everyday runners, hidden in the crowd, and in the perfect environment to make a million excuses to slow down and relax the pace...not the case! Read on to see!