David Glover got involved with triathlons in an unusual way. After being diagnosed with a malignant schwannoma, a type of nerve cancer, in 1995, Glover says he turned to the sport to prove that although he had cancer, “cancer did not have him.” He underwent surgery in January 1995 to remove the tumor, followed by radiation treatment in February, then had a second surgery to remove surrounding tissue in April. “I signed up for and did my first triathlon that July,” he says. Glover is currently in remission.
He has since completed more than 100 triathlons, including 28 Ironmans, of which he has won five. He earned his elite (pro) license in 2007, the same year he was inducted into the Vineman Hall of Fame. The Vineman in Sonoma, California, is the oldest independent Ironman triathlon in the U.S. Competitors in Ironman competitions swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and finish off running a full marathon—26.2 miles.
Glover has continued to work to make the sport he loves more accessible. In 2001, with a group of friends, he revived the Reston Area Triathletes. He also began coaching through his company, EnduranceWorks, and founded the Luray Triathlon. Glover is a co-organizer of the She Does Tri weekend triathlon camps for women, aimed at helping women train and prepare for their first triathlons. A typical training session with Glover takes place at a coffee shop, via a Webinar or over the phone; he’s working on developing more training videos and Webinars to create a complete online training resource.
DC Capital Striders is a local running group that offers free weekly runs throughout Washington to runners of all levels and abilities. Members gather for regular fun runs, including a popular Thursday evening Smithsonian run around the Mall, and they train together for several races a year. The group even hosts its own 8K in Georgetown and coordinates volunteers for other events, such as the National Marathon.
The goal, says founder Rick Amernick, is to make running a social activity in which members feel connected to a group and have something to look forward to. “People always ask ‘Am I good enough?’ ” he says. “But they have to realize there is no ‘good enough.’ It’s about being better than you were yesterday.”
Capital Striders was founded in 2006 and currently boasts 2,700 members in the DC chapter and 800 in the Northern Virginia group, along with many assistant organizers who lead the runs. Amernick began running consistently in 2005. Prior to that, he says, he’d never completed a race longer than a 10K. He has made great strides since, running four marathons and five half-marathons.
Here’s some of Amernick’s favorite running gear and accessories, and where you can grab the goods for yourself.
The key is layers—lots of layers. That way, you can take pieces off (or not) when your body heats up. Here’s how Washingtonian staffers suit up to stay warm.
Staff writer Emily Leaman says, “I can’t function when my hands are cold. Good gloves are really important.” She likes Nike’s Therma-Fit running gloves ($20). The thin fleece fabric is warm without feeling bulky, and the gloves can be washed without shrinking—the fabric is a polyester/spandex blend. Her favorite feature: tiny pockets sewed into the palms for stowing house keys. “One key in each hand fits perfectly,” she says.
Here’s how it usually goes: I’ve just come back from a great run—say, a hard nine-mile training run on Saturday morning—and I’m euphoric. I feel strong and healthy. I’ve pushed my body harder than I ever believed I could.
And then I stretch—well, I toy with the idea of stretching. Sometimes I set time limits for myself—“You have to stretch for the duration of the next two songs on your iPod.”—but then I get distracted. Maybe my dog trots over with a ball to throw or I suddenly realize that what I really need is a glass of water—no, make that five minutes in front of the fan to cool off. Before I know it, Beyoncé’s only halfway through the first verse of “Single Ladies” and I’ve already abandoned my stretching session.