Melody with her hubby! [they met on a group run]

I’m excited to introduce this next runner and blogger to you! Melody is one of my NuunMates on my Hood To Coast Relay Team AfterNUUNdelight. She ran her first marathon at the Potomac River Run Marathon 2011[she qualified for Boston on her 1st marathon] where despite not knowing me, cheered for me on one of the out and backs. Anyone who has run a marathon knows full well that a few kind words can help motivate you and push you farther than you thought possible. Thank you Melody for helping me run my 2nd fastest marathon ever!! Can’t wait to run Hood To Coast with you for nuun!!

Name: Melody Jones

Age: 27
Location: Arlington, VA


Twitter: @run4margaritas

Years Running: 19 years

Marathon: 3:32:42

Half: 1:35:02
10 Mile: 1:09:58
10K: 41:37
5K: 20:09

Favorite Race Distance: 10 mile or Half-Marathon. I feel like this is the perfect distance for me – not too short, not too long

How Many Marathons Have You Completed: 1 – Potomac River Run in May 2011.

Favorite Pre-Race Food: Pizza! In high school, my dad made me homemade pizza the night before every track meet.

Favorite Post-Race Food: Right after the race: bagel/orange. For (post-race) dinner: a total grub-down, including margaritas {of course}

How did you get into running: My mom ran all nine months of pregnancy – so I’ve {literally} been running my whole life. When I was 8, I started competing on my elementary school track team – the Cyclones. I ran the 50m dash on a completely dirt track. In high school I ran 300m hurdles, 100m hurdles, 400m and 4x400m relay. During my senior year I was ranked 4th in the state for 300m hurdles. After high school, I was offered a track scholarship to The University of Central Florida, where I ran the 400m hurdles and 400m. Shortly after college I started running 10k’s – slowing making my way up to the marathon and olympic distance triathlons.

How do you find/make time to train: Thankfully my husband and friends are very understanding of my training schedule. When I’m seriously training for something (e.g., a marathon) everyone understands that running comes first to happy hours, dinners, girls nights, etc. Plus, I’m a much happier person when I run, so they let me run!

Do you like running alone or with friends: I go either way. I love running with my husband (we met running) and my friends. I could not have trained for and run a Boston Qualifier if I didn’t have my marathon training partner. However, sometimes I like getting “back to basics” – running by myself reminds me of why I love running so much.

Favorite Quote: 1 Corinthians 9:24 – Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

Running/Racing Accomplishment you are most proud of: Am I allowed to be proud of 2?

1) Training extremely hard in high school and being offered track scholarships to run in college. I knew, very early on, that I wanted to run track in college. It’s such an awesome feeling (at age 17) to know that hard work and persistence can pay off.

2) Running my 1st marathon and qualifying for the Boston Marathon (on my first attempt).

You are on the nuun Hood To Coast team – are you excited? Tell us about your entry!

I couldn’t be more excited to run on Nuun’s Hood to Coast Team. We were asked to submit a creative application – I opted to make a video. You can watch it on youtube!

I’m really looking forward to the August race and meeting the other amazing women/bloggers.

What races are you currently training for?

• A couple local 5k’s – I’m hoping to break 20 minutes in 2011. I’m so close, but just not there yet (I’m battling Plantar Fasciitus, so that has hindered my training a bit).

• Hood to Coast Relay in August

• Army 10 Miler in October (also looking to run a PR)

You are the Director of Volunteers for a new race in the Northern Virginia area called Dominion Trail Mix. Can you tell us a little about the race?

The 1st Annual Dominion Trail Mix is being held on September 3, 2011. This all-day event will feature the largest community service project in the trail’s history and will culminate with a festival that encompasses themes of active lifestyles, recreation, the environment and our community. Activities include: 

Potomac River Run Marathon 2011

• Hail the Trail: Trail Cleanup and Beautification

• The Great Skedaddle: Bike, Run, Walk Event (un-timed race)

• Trailfest: Community Festival

I am currently recruiting volunteers to help with the event! We need volunteers to work as stewards and water station staff on the day of the event. Volunteers should be willing to work between 2-5 hours.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Dominion Trail Mix, please email me:

Post Race – Melody’s 1st 1/2 Ironman


  1. {lifeasa}RunningMom says:

    Thanks for sharing the interview with Melody. I love following her blog!

  2. Carolina John says:

    Fantastic post! I'm a huge fan of her blog.

  3. Average A says:

    So cool! Thanks for sharing this information about Melody. Looking forward to getting to know the rest of my team (even though we may be in different vans)! :)

  4. Shellyrm ~ just a country runner says:

    Great interview of a wonderful runner.

    You both will enjoy sharing the HTC experience. Looking forward to reading about it.

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