NOVA Featured Runner: Brie Gawrys

By | June 20, 2016

Brie Gawrys

Brie Gawrys is the NOVA Featured Runner! We’d like to recognize Brie for her numerous great performances over the past year and her years of participation in the NOVA Running Club. Sadly, this post also serves as a send-off farewell as Brie will head to California in just a few short weeks (sob!) Fortunately, there is still time for Brie to share a bit more about her running history and future running goals. NOVA is grateful to have had Brie as a member and we look forward to hearing about all of her adventures in California!

From Coach Jerry: Brie has been a wonderful addition to NOVA. She is a hard worker who is always positive and upbeat, and she never uses the extremely heavy workload at her job as an excuse, even when she works overnight shifts, which is a daunting challenge for any runner, let alone for a marathoner. Brie has untapped potential at every distance, and I hope that she continues her development away from our watchful eye. I’m going to miss Brie, and I’m hoping she’ll be returning to DC soon for her second act with NOVA!

1) What are your PRs (5k, 10K, 10 Mile, Half, Full, any others?)
5K – 20:16
10K – 43:07 (although I ran a 42:50 during a half…)
10 Mile – 1:09:57
Half – 1:35:09
Full – 3:26:13

2) Goal race(s) for this year? Other races planned?
My main goals this year are maintaining my running fitness with what promises to be a pretty insane fellowship work schedule 🙂 but I’m planning to do the Big Sur series (half marathons on Aug/Nov and probably the Big Sur 9 or 21 miler) as well as Boston- getting back to this race has been a huge deal for me so hoping to perform well there.

3) What do you consider your best race performance to date?
Hard question! Given that I have over 100 races to choose from.
Recently – MCM, wasn’t quite the time goal I hoped for but I was able to come back from a mid-race rut and still get the BQ I’ve been chasing since starting running marathons again in 2013.

Best performance and most memorable would have to be my first Boston – ran it sophomore year of college and there was a huge nor’easter, windy, rainy, and very cold at the start and I had on a poncho that my nieces and nephews had decorated for me that kept me warm and dry before the race started. I ran it much faster than I expected and the spectator support was incredible.

4) How and when did you find NOVA, and what do you like best about the team?
Found you guys through some google searching a little after I moved here summer of 2013, took me a few months before I finally braved a track practice. So many things I love about NOVA! There’s always someone out at practice encouraging you even in the dead of winter, and the support and encouragement from teammates both on the track and out at races is phenomenal.

5) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from Coach Jerry?
To allow myself to rest after big races ! And to taper ! Which I’m still not very good at …

6) What thoughts do you have on your recent string of great spring race performances? Which of them stand out to you?
I would say attributed to a few things – being on a regular work/sleep schedule and able to start coming out consistently to track/tempo, and having people to do long runs with that keep me on pace! I would say that the half marathon I did in Sarasota was a good confidence boost, got very close to surpassing my PR from college and significantly faster than my times a few years ago. The Cherry Blossom 10-miler was a great race, cold and very windy but I felt great the whole way and it definitely helped having Doug pacing me ! My main goal for that race was just to beat my time from last year so a PR was a nice surprise. The GW Classic a few weeks later felt more challenging, mostly for that one was trying to maintain pace with my friend from Team RWB. Around mile 8 was starting to hit a wall, but luckily Chad jumped in to pace me and cheered me on for the last 2 miles!

7) What non-running fitness related (or other) activities do you enjoy?
Everything ! I enjoy yoga, triathlons (especially since they finish with a grand finale of running), Crossfit and cheering for the fantastic UNC basketball team. Go Heels!