This month’s employee spotlight is =PR= Arlington store manager, Phillip Le. Phil has been a member of the =PR= Family for 5 years specifically in the Arlington area. If you have ever shopped in the =PR= Arlington store than you know Phil! Phil is first to greet customers with a warm welcome and is eager to help you find the perfect shoe and of course talk all things running with you. Like many runners, Phil did not fall in love with running at first sight … it wasn’t until after college that he became hooked. Phil’s favorite distance is long distance and it’s no surprise because no matter what he does, Phil goes the extra mile. When Phil isn’t overseeing the Arlington store or running he is often doodling on some creative drawings. In fact, Phil’s most recent drawing is now featured as a =PR= original graphic tee. Phil designed the “Run in A Million” shirt now available in stores and online. Learn more about his inspiration and design process below and be sure to share your photos rocking his shirt on social! We can’t wait for you to read on and learn why we think Phil is a Run in A Million manager.
Q U I C K Q U E S T I O N S
Runner/Employee Full Name: Phillip (most people call me “Phil”) Le
Age Category: 25-29
Favorite PR Race: Parks 10k since it’s the lone PR Race in DC
Favorite Race of All Time: Probably Army Ten Miler but Marine Corps Marathon is a very close second
First Race Ever: I have no idea, maybe a school Turkey Trot?
Best Race Memory: Marine Corps Marathon 2018. It was great running with our now GM and good friend, Bronson, and being able to BQ was a nice cherry on top of a really great summer.
How did you get started running or walking? My friends were into it when I was in high school but I really didn’t fall in love with it until I graduated college and started diving in more.
Favorite Running Event/Distance? I love the marathon. I like the long build in training and how tactical it is on race day.
What is/was your favorite part about running/racing?
Running: It’s a great way to clear my head to start the day. I can think about what I want to work on in life and at work or I can think about nothing at all and just be in the moment. It’s one of the few times of the day where things are calm and quiet so I like to enjoy that time when I can. It’s allowed me to meet a lot of different people so enjoying some miles with friends is one of my favorite things.
Racing: I like the build up to a race just as much as the race itself. Being able to put in the work day in day out for months/years and having it culminate over the course of whatever distance makes it tough but I love the feeling of executing a race plan and build up perfectly.
Who is your biggest cheerleader/supporter? The Arlington running community. The people around the store help and motivate me to work harder and provide a lot of inspiration on the days that I might be lacking some.
What is your spirit animal? Why? My sister’s dog, Ramona. She gets to sleep all day and I’m very jealous.
What is your life’s motto? Words to live by? “If you want to launch big ships you have to go where the water is deep.”
Best Advice You Can Give to Others: Have fun and enjoy the process. I think people focus too much on the end goal in running or whatever else that they don’t appreciate what and who they have around them.
Favorite Part About Working for =PR= ArlingRUN: The people and community around the shop has far and away been my favorite thing. Being able to become good friends with both the staff and customers and seeing people test themselves and improve over the years has been incredible to see. I love bumping into people I know when I’m out for a run. My day is better when I’m surrounded by great people and =PR= Arlington has provided that for me.
Favorite Thing About Your Crew: The crew in Arlington has always been one big family. It’s a lot of people from different backgrounds that all care about each other. It’s a laid back squad that works really hard but can have fun while doing so. The staff group chat can pop off at any hour of the day and it’s typically over some sort of food related debate.
How long have you worked for =PR=? 5 years
Phil created one of newest graphic tees “Run in a Million”. Learn more about his inspiration and design process.
Tell us about the graphic tee design process/inspiration? The idea was something I tried a few different times but ultimately dropped. The shape of the runners is inspired by old Greek running iconography. I wanted to take the idea and interpret the runners in a modern way. When I was drawing the clothing I figured it would be fun to draw me and my friends. At the beginning of the summer I scoured the internet for vintage running shirts. It’s really cool to wear a shirt that’s 20-30 years old because it’s a really fun talking point plus they look pretty sweet. The color palette of those definitely influenced the colors I used on the shirt and it has a nice throwback vibe.
T H I S O R T H A T
Distance – Long or Short
Post Race Snack – Banana or Bagel
Running Company – Alone or Together especially if it’s with my PR Training Programs family!
Time of Day – Rise and Grind (Morning) or Night Time is the Right Time (Evening)
Location – Road Runner or Trail Crusher
Run – Workout or Long Run
Can I choose both? I like a long run with some speed built in, especially towards the end.
Top Shoes Picks:
This changes all the time but for right now
Top 3 Items:
1) Coffee (like a lot of it.)
2) The Roll Recovery R8
3) Nuun, especially any of the caffeinated flavors (is there a theme here?)
Top 3 fun facts. Tell us something about yourself!
1) My love of shoes started by camping out overnight for sneakers when I was a teenager
2) I worked in radio before being at the shop full time
3) My mom’s family lives in Germany so I’ve made plenty of trips to visit my Deutsch relatives
Favorite place to run or train:
1) The National Mall
2) Rock Creek Park
3) The Arlington Loop which connects the W&OD, Custis, and Mount Vernon trails
Places to check out when you are visiting Arlington:
1) =PR= in Ballston Quarter (duh!)
2) Quarter Market for a bite to eat
3) The Marine Corps Memorial in Rosslyn
Racing is . . . a satisfying way to compete against myself
Running is . . . relaxing
My last run was a . . . hill workout in DC
My favorite thing about running . . . is the community around it
If I wasn’t running I’d be . . . working or sleeping
Art/Design is . . . a fun hobby