Category Archives: Blog

Train to Celebrate the Wins – By Coach Jerry Alexander

By our very nature, competitive runners are never satisfied. If we run a PR, we want to run faster next time. If we win a race, we want to win another. This constant desire to do better is critical to the development of distance runners because it makes us continually strive to improve. But it can also be… Read More »

Marathon Recap – 2005-2016 – By Mike Naff

When I started training for my first marathon in 2005, I’m pretty sure I was familiar with the prestige surrounding the Boston marathon. But I wasn’t aware of the whole Boston-qualifying process and I certainly wasn’t wrapped up in the frenzy that we see today, to meet the high standards. After all, completing my first marathon was the… Read More »

NOVA Featured Runner: Grant Langevin

From Coach Jerry:Grant has been an outstanding addition to NOVA. We’re constantly on the lookout for top-level men to lead our top group, and Grant has filled that role to perfection this fall. Grant is a great talent, and while he was a tad out of shape when he first arrived at practice, he has worked his way… Read More »

NOVA Featured Runner: Joyce Fendley

From Coach Jerry: I’ve been extremely impressed by Joyce since she joined NOVA in 2015. Joyce recognized that getting faster on the track would help her succeed at the long distances which are her racing focus, and she’s been plugging away at Tuesday workouts religiously. Most runners are unwilling to get outside of their comfort zone to work… Read More »

NOVA Running Club Board Member Role Descriptions

The Northern Virginia Running Club is a non-profit organization with an elected, volunteer board, composed of club members, which manages the club’s finances, operations and activities. Any member of the Northern Virginia Running Club in good standing is eligible to serve on the board according to club by-laws. The members of the board are elected on a yearly basis by… Read More »

NOVA Featured Runner: Jessica McGuire

From Coach Jerry: Jess had a truly fantastic race in Chicago! She worked extraordinarily hard in the last year to transform herself into a sub-3 hour marathoner, and that goal seemed so ambitious a few months ago that it would have been easy to dismiss it as a fantasy. But Jess believed in herself, put in the hard… Read More »

NOVA Featured Runner: Greg Swiatocha

Greg Swiatocha is the NOVA Featured Runner this week! Greg has been selected based on his recent 10th place performance in the Annapolis 10 Miler, as well as his consistently strong performances in road races as well as at track practice, while serving as the de facto men’s team leader. Greg also has served for the past 1.5… Read More »

NOVA Running Club Welcomes Dr. David Goodwin

Dr. David Goodwin is an orthopedic surgeon with a focus on the operative and nonoperative management of athletic injuries in sports medicine. This includes everything from shoulder injuries and hip arthroscopy (with labral tears and IT band syndrome) to achilles tendinitis/tears, and literally everything around the knee (patellofemoral syndrome, meniscus, ACL, etc…). Dave is local to the DC… Read More »

Coach Jerry’s Top 10 Moments with the NOVA Running Club

I’ve recently hit my 10 year mark as the coach at NOVA, and that auspicious anniversary has caused me to reflect on the many, many great moments that I’ve had the pleasure to be part of during those 10 years. While it’s impossible to list all of the wonderful accomplishments of our athletes in the last decade, here… Read More »

Martha Merz Tribute – By Coach Jerry

As many of you know, Martha Merz is moving to Connecticut with her family at the end of July. Rather than attempt to list all of Martha’s accomplishments in the three years that it’s been my pleasure to work with her at NOVA, I’m going to focus on the race that defines Martha in my mind, her American… Read More »