Briana Kirby: February Member of the Month

October 19, 2021
Briana Kirby: February Member of the Month

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What brought you into enduraLAB in the first place? I knew strength training was needed to take my running to the next level. But running is so easy: put on shoes, walk outdoor. Following a strength program takes planning and thought and equipment, and I’m secretly really lazy. I needed to be able to walk into a gym and have someone tell me what to do.  

How did you exercise before enduraLAB? I ran. That’s about it. 

What healthy changes have you made since starting enduraLAB? I definitely drink more water (as a counterweight to all the coffee I consume)

Tell us what you do outside of the LAB? I’m an Operations Manager for Ferguson Enterprises.

How have you grown as an athlete since joining the LAB? I’ve gone from a 4:36 marathoner to 3:53 in a little less than two years.   

What is a goal you have set for yourself in the next 6 months? The next year? I want to qualify for the Boston Marathon, which means I need to run 26.2 miles in 3 hours and 30 minutes or faster. I have some work to do! 

Tell us about the 2020 Houston Marathon. What. A. Day. Houston did NOT disappoint! Cool temperatures and a fast course provided the perfect conditions to run a personal best. I shaved 10 minutes off my marathon time - 4:03 to 3:53 - and the most amazing thing was how GOOD I felt immediately afterward and the next day.   

What is your favorite enduraLAB event? I really enjoy the trail runs! 

How has the Run Club helped improve your run performance? I don’t even know where to begin. The runners definitely make the run club! We work hard and have fun. Training with the eL Run Club has made me an all-around better, stronger runner. Coaches Lee and Elizabeth are a force of knowledge and experience; whatever your goals, they’ll get you there!

What advice would you have for a new person starting at enduraLAB? Join the Run Club! Also, don’t neglect the ENDURABILITY class. 

Current read / podcast? “How Bad Do You Want It” by Matt Fitzgerald and “Road to the Olympic Trials” by Matt Chittim. 

Where did you go to college? Old Dominion University 

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