by Tech. Sgt. Sarah Pokorney
124th Fighter Wing
11/16/2015 - BOISE, Idaho -- Airman
1st Class Annelise Rowe, with the 124th Fighter Wing, Idaho Air
National Guard, finished as the first place military female and third
place female in the U.S. Air Force Half Marathon in Dayton, Ohio, on
Rowe was one of three female runners on the Air National Guard MAJCOM
Challenge Team of 10. The ANG team runners were selected from across the
nation from a pool of more than 90 applicants and notified in June that
they had been selected. There were around 15,000 runners, military and
civilian that participated in the Air Force Marathon this year.
"The entire way, people kept saying, 'You're the second place female!'
and wouldn't you know it, I was passed by another girl in the last half
mile, who was sponsored--mind you--and a rock star! I didn't let that
crush my spirits, however, and ran all the way through the finish, where
I was greeted by a Major General and awarded my finisher medal," said
Rowe. "I ended up finishing with a time of 1 hour, 31 minutes, 47
seconds--a 7:01 per-mile average--earning the award for 1st Place
Overall Military Female and 3rd Place Overall Female."
The ANG team was a balanced mix of members--half officers, half
enlisted; half full time and half traditional or drill status guardsmen.
Six members, four men and two females, competed in the half marathon.
Four members, three men and four women, competed in the full marathon.
Rowe trained for 12 weeks before the Air Force marathon. She also ran a
race every month in 2015 and had been on several relay teams including
Hood to Coast and the Sawtooth Relay.
She won two overall races this year--the Freakin Fast HalfMarathon and
the Freakin Fast Full Marathon, a Boston Marathon qualifier that is a
mostly downhill course that starts at the top of Bogus Basin Ski Resort.
"That was a fun run but really hurt," she said. But these recent
running adventures are nothing new for this life-long runner.
"I started running when I was just a kid with my mom. She has run
several full marathons including the Boston Marathon. I always watched
her while I was growing up and wanted to be fit like my mom," said Rowe.
She competed in the 400-meter run and the 800 in high school and college.
"There was a lot of pressure to be the best and compete and win, I
really enjoyed running for the fun of it and didn't so much enjoy the
competitive aspect," she said.
After graduating college Rowe and her mother started doing fun runs
including a few half marathons. Then, when she went to basic training in
2014 where they used an interval training technique, things changed for
"In basic training I set a record for the fifth fastest female ever to
go through. I had no idea that my run time met that qualification until
graduation; I got called up to receive a coin for it," she said. "That
style [interval training] of running really clicked with me. When I came
home I was a lot faster."
She returned home, continued running races and a short time later was
happy to receive an email calling for runners to apply for the ANG
MAJCOM team. To be considered, they had to submit their run time from a
half marathon they had participated in within the past year. She
registered for a race two weeks later, ran, submitted her time and was
selected as one of the ten fastest over 80 other applicants.
Since competing in the Air Force Marathon, Rowe continues to train daily.
Tech. Sgt. Daniel Rowe, Airman Rowe's husband and 124FW recruiter, said,
"She's ridiculously regimented. It's early morning workouts--whether
it's running or cross fit workouts--literally every day." Rowe said, "We
live a very active lifestyle. When we vacation we don't just sightsee,
we take hikes and workout."
She offers three training tips for anyone that has considered running
competitively; first, get a plan; second, stick to a schedule; and
third, start small.
"Your first race doesn't have to be a full marathon, a half marathon or
an Ironman--it can be a 5k or jog a 10k but having a training plan is
essential," she said. Her training plan includes strength training,
running and cross training.
Since the Air Force Marathon, Rowe has participated in several runs
including two full marathons in less than a week and even earning Boston
Marathon qualifying times in both. She ran the City of Trees Marathon
Oct. 12 with a time of 3 hours, 16 minutes and the Freakin' Fast
Marathon on Oct. 17 winning first overall female with a time of 3 hours,
6 minutes, 58 seconds--a 7:08 per-mile average and her new personal
Rowe, a force support specialist, was recently selected to be the 124th
Security Forces Squadron Operations Officer. If you'd like to stay up
her running adventures, visit her AunieSauce blog.