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Brian Pessolano - Runner of the Week March 3, 2020

Name: Brian Pessolano

# of Years Running: 10 years (but its complicated) I got the running bug after seeing a 5k go right past my house, so in 2010 I figured I might as well sign-up and run my first race since the street was blocked off anyway. Then in 2012 plantar fasciitis got so bad I opted for surgery. After staggered surgeries on both feet and recovery time I was out of shape and frustrated so I stopped running. A few years later I was way overweight and my blood pressure was out of control so I decided I need to do something. I got back at it and in 2016 finished my first Half Marathon and then a Marathon in 2017.

Favorite Race Distance: Half Marathon (I know everyone says that but its long enough to give you a sense of accomplishment but doesn't require the level of training of a full marathon)

Last race: Dahlgren Trail Half Marathon - February 22

Current Shoes: Adidas Solarglides are my go-to but I also cycle in Hoka Cliftons

Training For: I don't really have a BIG race on the horizon right now but I'm competing in the Fredericksburg Area Running Club (FARC) Grand Prix so I'm trying to get better for each of those events which means being ready for various distances.

Trails, Roads, or Track: Road by far!

Group runs or solo: The majority of my runs are solo... I enjoy running with groups but you don't find a lot of takers at 5am. I try to make the FARC runs on Saturday mornings. When my daughter is home from college she is my running buddy and those are always my favorite runs!

Longest run: Full Marathon (just finished my 4th in January)