Carolee Belkin Walker

I started running in summer 2014 for the awesome calorie burn. Since then, I've run 10 half marathons and finished my first marathon in Negril, Jamaica, in December 2015, and became a finisher at the Marine Corps Marathon on October 22, 2017. I completed my first triathlon on June 12, 2016, in Cape Henlopen, Delaware. My book, This Is My Brain on Endorphins, will be out in January 2018.

Professionally, I work in the Bureau of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.  As a former GovLoop Featured Blogger, I wrote about leadership, mentoring, and career development, and my articles on U.S. life and culture for the Department have been translated into multiple languages and published around the world. My freelance fitness writing appears in The Washington Post, Women's Running, ThriveGlobal, the Huffington Post, and other publications.

Meet Dr. Kevin McGuinness, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, my badass physical therapist at SMARTherapy, Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, and my most treasured and trusted source of wisdom for all things sport; Ironman Terrence Oakley, my swim coach; former Nike Run Club coach Zach Schumaker, my trainer at Equinox Bethesda; and champion bodybuilder and strength training specialist Nancy Accetta, my trainer at Equinox Bethesda who got me across the finish at the Reggae Marathon in Negril, Jamaica, in December 2015. My running coach for the Reggae Marathon was the genius Ann Alyanak at the Run Smart Project. Reuel Tizabi, my first and former trainer at Equinox who's responsible for teaching me how to unleash my inner ninja, is studying for his doctor of physical therapy.

I am also hugely grateful for RunnersConnect, a supportive and knowledgable community of runners and coaches, and I am a proud member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  

Eric Newdom is my highly intuitive massage therapist at Equinox Bethesda.  Also meet my ripped Vassar classmate Neile Miller who trained with Reuel; Patrick Gatti, my Kingston running partner extraordinaire; and my family: Mia Walker who heads up my squad, and Adin Walker, a dancer/athlete who's taught me how to be the dog, and my remarkably supportive husband, Bob. 

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The views expressed here are my own and do not represent the views of the U.S Department of State or the U.S. government.