Aaron is a marathoner living right outside of Washington, DC. He started running consistently since 2013 and has not looked back. Growing up, Aaron played baseball and basketball and saw running as a punishment. Now, he cannot imagine life without running!

While he PR’d at the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon, he is still chasing that Boston unicorn. Having grown up in New England, Aaron hopes to be able to earn that desired BQ within the next few years. In addition to running to maintain his fitness and competitive edge, he also is a coach with Team In Training (TNT). As a TNT coach, he helps runners of all paces and levels of experience to train for half and full marathons in support of blood cancer research.

Aaron is also an avid hiker and traveler. Two of the biggest items on his running bucket list are running in each of the Abbott World Marathon Majors and completing a marathon on each continent.

Why Tiux?
Tiux compression socks are extremely comfortable, making each run better than the last. As a runner, comfort is a significant factor when it comes to training and racing marathons. Also, Tiux’s social mission is amazing, as they donate 1% of every purchase toward providing a safe and secure future for men, women and children affected by violence and conflict.

Greatest Achievement:
My greatest running achievement to date is finishing the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon in 3:32, where I PR’d by over 14 minutes from my previous personal best the year before. I never thought I’d ever run a marathon in my life, and now I’ve ran four and I know this is just the beginning of my marathon career.

Current Goal:
Currently, I’m training to improve my marathon PR at the Vermont City Marathon in May 2018. I’m striving to run a sub-3:20, which I know is in my sights.

Training Tip:
Run the mile that you are in. So many times I have seen runners, including myself, become mentally fatigued on runs. Whether you’re running a 5K or an ultramarathon, it’s important to take each run one mile at a time to ensure you maintain focus and calmness. I continue to have this mindset, as it helps me concentrate on my runs and stay in the zone.

Aaron Richards

Alexandria, VA