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Arlington Focus 5K

Race Website: Arlington Focus The Arlington Science Focus 5k and 1 mile Fun Run is a grass roots, no frills, local 5k which benefits a good friends elementary school phys ed program.   Proceeds go to improve the fitness equipment on the play ground, etc.

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The Weekend of April 18, 2015

Seems there’s going to be a little bit of running going on this weekend! Wish luck to your Team Z-mates doing their first (or second or third) ultra-running event as well as those running in Boston. Or, if you’re like me, wish yourself luck in getting out the door for a short jog.   *****VOTE…

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Charlottesville Half and Full Marathon

Race Website: Charlottesville Half and Full Marathon

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Race Report: Townebank 8k

Following is a guest post by Team Zer, Lisa C., who recently completed her first 8k  in Virginia Beach, the Shamrock Townebank 8k.  Congratulations! We’ve all heard the phrase “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.”   That was me and running and triathlon.   I did support for countless marathons/Ironmen over many years, including Marine…

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The Week of February 9 in Team Z

Sunday, February 9,  Kerri Kramer-Webb, fellow Zer and owner of Endurance Athlete Center, gave an awesome presentation for the run leaders and coaches. In the clinic, Kerri went over a review proper running mechanics, Identifying common running flaws & learn strategies to correct, developing a systematic approach to giving appropriate athlete advice and recognize red…

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Injury Insight: Medial Shin Pain (Guest Blog Post from The Endurance Athlete Center)

Guest post by Meg Pezzino, DPT, The Endurance Athlete Center Shin splints can really put a damper on your run, and your spirit if the pain just won’t quit. Shin pain can often creep into your run unexpectedly and then be a HUGE nuisance to get rid of. Many times it sneaks in with a…

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The Weekend of February 6 in Team Z

Well, good ole’ Phil saw his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter or something like that ”“ so you might as well get used to it and just get outside for some training. Damn that Phil.   Guys ”“ PLEASE USE THE POLL when you are coming to a workout ”“ or if…

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Inspiration of the Month: Kevin Takeguchi (Guest post from the Endurance Athlete Center)

Guest post by  Kristin Sykes, DPT, The Endurance Athlete Center This month we are throwing the spotlight on Kevin Takeguchi. Kevin is a member of Team Z , a local triathlon team that was started by Ed Zerkle. What makes Kevin unique is he competes in triathlons even though he has lost the ability to…

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The Week of January 26, 2015 – Recovery Week!

Once again, you all rolled with the punches and came out in force this weekend. Thank you a thousand times for your support. It has been awesome to see so much energy these past few weeks. The attendance at the clinics has been through the roof and this weekend was no exception. I really have…

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The Weekend of January 17 – 18, 2015

There are some changes to the weekend plan ”“ please read the entire email below carefully! Because of the clinics, we decided to consolidate and make it easier for everyone to get to the workouts as well as attend the clinics. Again ”“ please use the email below for the weekend schedule, NOT the calendar…

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Growing up, I was never even remotely athletic, a distinct liability in a sports-mad country. Moreover, I grew to associate the idea of people being “sporty” with people who were generally obnoxious, who loved to lord their athletic prowess over others.

Triathlon, therefore, was a revelation for me: very ordinary people who were able to achieve extraordinary things. Team Z is the essence of triathlon in that regard, an amazing mix of experienced athletes (who turned out to be quite nice people) and absolute beginners, all sharing their different journeys. The team is full of people who push me when I need to be pushed and who push me when I don’t think I want to be pushed. Because the team pushes me, I’ve become something I never would have believed I could become: an athlete.

Mark Mullen

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Never say never on Team Z! I never thought I would do a triathlon let alone a half Ironman. I told anyone who would listen that the only way I would ever run another marathon was if it was in an Ironman and since I was never going to do an Ironman I had nothing to worry about. Well, so much for my “never” list. With the support of Team Z, I have raced numerous short distance triathlons, several half Ironmans, raced my best injury free marathon (I beat Oprah’s time), and signed up for an Ironman.
Regardless of your experience, speed, motivation, and goals there is a place for you on Team Z. When I joined the Team in December 2011, I did not know what to expect. My old game plan was to go as fast and as hard as possible regardless of the consequences. I do not recommend this strategy. I somehow always fell to side with an injury and burned out long before I reached the start line. This all changed when I joined Team Z. With the help of the coaches and my teammates, I am learning everyday how to find balance physically, set reachable goals, listen to my body, and enjoy the experience. I have a good friend on the Team that says that all the training and hard work is the journey. Race day is the victory lap. Gotta Love Team Z!

Kathy Hsu

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In 2009 I ran the Disney Marathon with my mom, accompanying her on her first 26.2 mile adventure. I remember standing at the start next to her and saying, “just think, those Ironman people have to do this after swimming 2.4 miles and biking 112”¦..freaking lunatics!.” Two years later with a couple of sprint and Olympic triathlons under my belt, and after a couple of glasses of wine, I started to wonder, “Maybe I can do an Ironman too?” So I pulled the trigger, dropped the cash, and signed up for Ironman Cozumel. This followed by immediate panic. “Oh dear God, what have I done? I haven’t the slightest clue how to train for an Ironman.” A couple months later, by chance, I ran into a Z’er outside of my work and as we started talking Triathlon, she told me about Team Z. “Why not? It can’t hurt” I thought to myself. So I joined. It didn’t take me long to realize that this team had everything I wanted: knowledgeable and supportive coaches, structured training plans for all levels and abilities, fantastic teammates, and most importantly cold beers ready for you after every race!

Scott Leary