jo-ana dolojan

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Do you have a quote that guides, inspires, or embodies your training/racing/life?
“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.” Benjamin E. Mays

“Whether it’s a 14 minute mile or a 7 minute mile, it is still a mile.”

Why do you run?
Running helps me clear my head, organize my thoughts, and blow off steam. But most importantly, running is a constant reminder to me of the amazing things that our bodies can do. I grew up thinking I couldn’t be one of those “active people.” By engaging in the physical challenge of running, I’ve opened my mind to the possibilities of: “Now, what else can I achieve?” But just trying, just putting one foot in front of the other, no matter how fast or slow, has really instilled a confidence in me that I couldn’t find anywhere else. If that feeling of confidence and achievement in something you once thought you would never be able to do isn’t addictive, I don’t know what is!

What is your favorite place to run?
Depends on where I’m living. When I was in Seattle – Discovery Park. In D.C. – Rock Creek Park. In Texas the running trail in Randolph AFB – scenic, various lengths, and perfect places for water pit stops!

Running gear you can't live without?
Garmin GPS watch (thanks to my husband!)

What is your favorite local running store?
Soler’s Sports

What is your favorite post-race treat?
Orange slices and a big burrito – in that order.

Where would we find you when you're not running?
Yoga class.

Complete the sentence: If I was stranded in a hotel room with one movie and one book, they would be…
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark and The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.

jo-ana's favorites

Race Distance 10k but the half marathon is a close second.

The long run – it’s a great time to relax and work out all of the jumble in my head.

Pump Up Song Wavin’ Flag (Coca-Cola Spanish Celebration Mix) – k’naan and David Bisbal