Meet the Contributor: Elyse

Job Title: Educator at lululemon Logan Circle in Washington, DC.

At the Logan Circle store, Elyse leads a running club each Saturday for runners of all abilities.

Elyse is President of Washington Running Club and trains for races from the 5k through the Marathon. She is also involved in Girls on the Run in Washington, DC, the Junior League of Washington, and is a columnist for

Outside of running, Elyse enjoys cooking, event planning, yoga, weight lifting, and volunteer work. She graduated from Smith College where she was a two-year captain of the cross country team.

Elyse’s favorite lululemon Products are the Run Elation Jacket, the Sergeant Jacket, the Strike Tight, the Not So Deep V Bra, the Hills Run Skirt, the Ultra Run Short, and the Satin Pirouette Headband.

race report: the philadelphia marathon

I was at the end of a long training cycle that started in June, and it was all about to come down to just over three hours, and then the season would be done. Elyse after her full marathon. Was I nervous? There were the normal pre-race jitters, but I tried to keep them at […]

finished my marathon… now what?

Elyse takes on a journery and shares some best practices for when you have finished your marathon. Rest, relax, recover and revel in your accomplishment! You have trained hard for the past four months, so it’s time to let your body repair. This is often hard for many runners, as a marathon brings not only […]

the run date

Change up your dating routine and ask someone out on a ‘running date’! “What in the world is a ‘run date’, Elyse?”. “Only my favorite kind,” I replied. I was chatting with a friend during an easy jog, and as what frequently happens in the world of a twenty-something single female, the topic of dating […]

how to listen to your body

Above is a picture of Elyse and what can happen when you don’t listen to your body. As runners, we learn to push through pain and discomfort. However, we are often stubborn when it comes to listening to our own bodies. When you are in tune with your body, you can recognize the signs that […]

run into more runners

Above is physical therapists Robert Gillanders and Sarah Thorpe, Dane Rauschenberg, Elyse Braner (who wrote this!), and lululemon Ambassadors. lululemon Logan Circle kicked off Marine Corp Marathon weekend in Washington, DC with our pre-race “Run into More Runners Party”. Eighteen elite runners and running experts from across the industry were present to mingle with and […]

book review: my first 100 marathons

My First 100 Marathons: 2, 620 Miles with an Obsessive Runner By: Jeff Horowitz As someone who has an extensive library of running books, I was happy to add My First 100 Marathons to my collection. Horowitz takes the reader on his journey from newbie runner to experienced marathoner. Each recounting of his races tells […]

getting to the core of it

Logan Circle’s running club works their core after a long run. There is more to improving your run performance than simply running. Strength training, rest, nutrition, and injury prevention also play a major role. At the lululemon Logan Circle run club, we focus on core strength to improve our running. After every Monday night run […]

24 hours in a van

One of my favorite annual run events has become the Hood to Coast Relay, a 197 mile race from Mount Hood to Seaside, Oregon. Each team consists of 12 participants, with each person running three legs of approximately 4-7 miles. The legs consist of a variety of difficulty levels from extreme up hills and down […]

the fall decision

Above: Elyse and Rick Amernick (fellow run coach) outside of the lululemon Logan Circle store. I recently had a conversation with my friend and fellow run coach Rick Amernick, president of the Capital Striders Run Group, about the difficulty of choosing a fall marathon. He was trying to choose between the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, […]

running on a movie set

Last week, one of my running mentors got a job on a the set of the new Reese Witherspoon movie How Do You Know?, filming in Washington DC, where he worked with the actors on proper running form for their roles. He was asked to bring along three female runners to audition for a small […]