Angela Modzelewski Enjoys Time on the Trails, Whether She’s Running or Spectating

Today I’m going a few easy miles on the trail with Angela Modzelewski, who is still relatively new to the running scene.

Angela Modzelewski

Angela Modzelewski and Her Pup

Angela loves getting outside and hitting the trails, and she doesn’t much care for racing herself.

And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Spectating > Racing

While Angela doesn’t enjoy racing as much as some other runners that I’ve had on the show in the past, she still loves spectating at races.

Angela’s husband Joshua (who was on the show a few months back) really enjoys trail racing and Angela has a good time spectating and cheering for him and the other runners.

Angela Modzelewski Supporting the Hubs

Angela Modzelewski Supporting the Hubs

I’ve spectated at a few races, but typically when I’m at a race I’m running instead of watching.

I asked Angela a few questions about the finer points of spectating.

And, perhaps not surprisingly, the vibe around spectating is fairly consistent with the vibe around the race itself.

From a runner perspective, I’ve noticed that at the races with thousands of runners most runners tend to really keep to themselves. But at races with smaller fields, runners tend to be more talkative and friendly before, during, and after the race.

And the same seems to be true with spectating.

At the big events, like Rock n Roll and Disney Races, Angela hasn’t experienced as much camaraderie and community between herself and some of the other spectators.

But at some smaller races, she’s definitely struck up many race day friendships with the other spectators that are there.

DFL Runner

Angela recently started her own blog, and it’s a bit of an homage to the runners that get the biggest bang for their buck on race day.

DFL, or Dead F*cking Last, is a badge that is almost worn with pride by some runners because it means that no matter how hard it was they never gave up.

And that is one of the things that Angela really admires about those that are out there for a long time on race day.

Sure, the elites are impressive. No doubt about that.

But the man or woman that pushes through the pain and discomfort on race day to finish, even if they’re finishing dead last, is in her mind pretty damn impressive too.

And I tend to agree with her.

Angela Modzelewskin on the Trails

Angela Modzelewskin Braving the Elements on the Trails

Just because you don't like to race, doesn't mean you can't enjoy race day. Just ask @dflrunner! #runchat Click To Tweet

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4 replies
  1. ILA
    ILA says:

    Hey Denny,
    I really enjoyed the podcast with Angela. I can soooo relate to be in the “far” back-of-the-pack, when there is no food left, barely an event crew, people upset because your STILL running, and I’ve also come in DFL. That is why I love ultra running for it’s about the finish and not the time unless your an elite and they even come back and cheer those of us who are still out putting one foot in front of the other. Cheers Angela!! Thanks for being out there for runners like me!!

  2. Bethany
    Bethany says:

    Hi I’m a new listener. The virtual runs that Angela mentioned are run by FitFam. They are a small Seattle based company that promote healthy lifestyle and giving back. Love the podcast. I’m working my way backwards.

    • Denny
      Denny says:

      Thanks Bethany, and thanks for checking out the show!

      Working your way backwards, eh? Lots of great chats in the archives, so enjoy!


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