Immediate Care RibFest, 5 Miler, Millennium Running.

21 Jun

RibFest, 5 Miler, Merrimack, NH. USATF New England 5 Mile Championship.   June 18, 2017

RibFest Banner

My fourth year competing at this race!! Bib #4, Cool!! Link to 2016 race report (blog)

So much awesomeness. Whirlaway teammates, USATF NE friends, Millennium Series friends!! Congratulations to everyone who raced!

Chosen as the 5 mile USATF Grand Prix Championship, RibFest welcomed New England’s top elite runners… even beyond my anticipation.  Wow.

Over 30 Whirlaway runners and we posed for a Whirlaway team photo.   I did a few strides and lined up with some younger Whirly girls.   Bit of an uphill at the start, then north on Daniel Webster Hwy.   I worked with friends Greg Audet and Ellen Raffio, entered the turn-around at Horseshoe Pond and got to see the lead pack and how things were playing out for racers in front of me.   Longtime teammate and friend, Karen Durante, pulled ahead and friend Eric Eastman was near me as we began return south to towards the brewery/finish.

Photo courtesy Krissy Kozlosky

Kept realistic/low expectations.   Spectacularly speedy Whirlaway teammate/friends in Age Group, Tina Dowling and Holly Madden were there, and even Mimi Fallon was racing Sunday.   Translation, I was not sure I’d finish in top 10 for USATF-NE AG.   Just run my own race.   Cherish the opportunity to be able to do this.   Last year at RibFest, I went out too fast, so with that on my mind and knowing the incredible depth of the competition, I had different goals for the race… hold steady, no pressure.   I never shifted out of that gear.   Coach Kazanjian yelled to me to finish strong as I rounded the turn towards downhill finish.   Around the corner to straightaway and announcer Andy Schacht gave me a generous, kind shout out as I approached the finish line.   Phew, done!!

Teammates gathered, great stuff… keep moving/stretching… we were all too sweaty for hugs.   After watching WRT teammate Ruben Sanca’s prerace warm-up; the whoosh from lead packers doing prerace strides; Jen Mortimer’s description of the men’s finish and the female winner (course record); runners who doubled with Mt Washington Saturday, Ribfest Sunday; Millennium Series friends… tried to take it all in, being in the presence of so many extraordinary runners, front of the pack to the end.    We’re all out there, doing it, covering the same distance, same humidity, everyone overcoming challenges.

John Mortimer, Jen Mortimer and Millennium crew never cease to impress by putting on another outstanding event.   From the attention to detail, extras, TV celebrity Jamie Staton and Andy Schachat’s professional announcing; instant, personalized results at finish line on 2 flat screen TV’s mounted on the Millennium Running Timing Trailer.   Personalized results texted/emailed to pre-registrants.   Free digital race photos.   Start/finish was near historic Anheuser-Busch’s Clydesdale Hamlet.   Got to see the Clydesdales and some huge hosta!

Clydesdales (stock photo)  and about them

Amenities included free Pizza (Rustic Crust), Yogurt (Stonyfield Organic), PowerAde and Dasani Water (Coca Cola), Muscle Milk.   Tech shirt, two (2) beer tickets, early entry to Ribfest.   The Ribfest event described as “… enjoy the best barbecue in New Hampshire with music and entertainment! New England’s premier family event.  Vendors with ribs, pulled pork, burgers, hot dogs, ice cream, cotton candy”

pre-race aroma of fried dough and BBQ

Quote from friend & teammate Holly Madden, “Ribs were smokin’ at the Humidfest (Ribfest 5 mile) in the thick muggy air, but the WRT ladies did very well.   Master’s team win, 50+ team win, and an excellent performance by Karen Durante in the 60 (but doesn’t look it)+ division”

Cool, number 4!!! 4th year competing at RibFest. BBQ tool from last RibFest

On the ride north, I stopped to see both Dads for Father’s Day – cards – visiting.   Grabbed some celebratory Ahi tuna for later.   Checking race results later at home, I actually did make the top 10 for USATF-NE AG!! Wooooo 6th!!   Definitely a spectacularly fantastic surprise.

Age Grade % 70.59

Whirlaway Women 1st!!

 

05.07.2017 Millennium Running, Members First Credit Union – Cinco de Miles

10 May

May 7, 2017, Millennium Running, Members First Credit Union – Cinco de Miles.   The race sold out, 2000 runners were expected.

Very grateful for a podium day!!!   2/215 AG      73.05% age grade     23:12

Cinco de Miles

Saturday, I drove the course & picked up number at Millennium retail store.   I eyed some cool Oofos “recovery” sandals at the store… OOlala. They were motivation to race hard and hope for a podium placement for a Millennium gift certificate towards buying them!

My third Cinco de Miles and this year a new course, started at Bedford High School, finishing at Shorty’s Mexican Roadhouse.   The roads reminded me of racing USATF-NE 20K and 12K Championship races.   9:30 a.m. start.   Perfect racing weather and gorgeous time of year, chartreuse and lots blooming.   Still taping both feet for posterior tibial tendinitis, not much training, no speed workouts – no expectations.   Warming up on the track, ahhhh, I’ve felt this fantastic track before!

I haven’t raced with my shuffle in a while, but it worked out well.   Lined up with my friends a few rows back for a few fist bumps, national anthem, and unexpected sprint by Mort to the lead vehicle, and we were off!!!    Down the hill & right.     The course support was super, hearing the marching band, football team water stop, cheerleaders.   Right turn onto Wallace and anticipating the incline which somehow didn’t feel as taxing as I expected – maybe I went out properly.   Seeing the right turn onto 101, here it comes, then I tried a hard kick for final turn but got jammed behind some dude – dang!!!!   Go with whatever I can and over the finish line!!! Fabulous hearing a shout-out from professional announcer Andy Schachat!!

Some post-run stretching and to Millennium’s timing trailer TV screens to see holy cow, yay, a podium day!!!! 2/215!!!!    I am very, very lucky being young in my age group right now – totally cherishing it!!    Woooo, the Millennium gift certificate for an award, yes!!!   Can’t wait to get those Oofos recovery sandals at the Millennium store… are they open yet?!?!   Which color should I get?!?!?   The hard effort towards winning them makes it even sweeter!!   Plus, a Millennium Running margarita glass to celebrate!  The following Saturday, I also received a Shorty’s gift card – wow

Up some pretty steps behind the restaurant was a beautiful grassy area with a patio, outdoor seating and the bartender trying to entice me with a margarita.   The live band starting to rock.

Race numbers, 1/4 zip up long sleeve tech shirt (my 3rd Cinco! Each a different color)

Millennium Running gave us ¼ zip up long sleeve tech shirt, womens size!   Plus two (2) tear off drink tickets, one for Corona beer and one Don Julio Margarita!   Rustic crust flatbread pizza, Stonyfield yogurt, Muscle Milk.   John Mortimer and Millennium crew does a super job with the attention to detail, professionalism, innovative ideas.   Chatted with Jen Mortimer and walked back to the high school for car with Dave Audet, lamenting the challenge to motivate ourselves to train sometimes.   I’m so thankful for the opportunity to do this and the fabulous positive friends, health, experiences & overcoming challenges.

Very grateful for Podium Day

I phoned my dad at the hospital before the race, he’d been here in Bedford for some of my races over the years.   After the race I stopped by the hospital, still in my Whirlaway uniform, race number, sunglasses, podium jacket, and he wanted to hear how my race went & tell the doctor about the races I’d done.    After that, I put in 5 hours of gardening/yardwork (we have a team “activity challenge” at work – me, competitive?!)   Finally settling down around 8:30 after a fabulous day… living the dream

1/4 zip up long sleeve tech shirt (womens size!) Award, Oofos, celebrate!!

 

Oofos running recovery sandals!! Motivated me to race a bit harder!! Women’s OOlala Sandal

 

New Oofos Women’s OOlala Sandal

 

Not my best shot, weird leg angle

 


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Apple Therapy + Derry Sports & Rehab Millennium Mile, Jan 1, 2017

9 Jan

 

My third consecutive Millennium Mile

My third consecutive Millennium Mile

Millennium Mile

Named one of America’s ‘7 Must Do- One Mile Races’ in America by competitor.com

3/100 PODIUM DAY! A second faster than last year !!

I am feeling very grateful and extra fortunate for a “podium day” against such speedy women!  Also, incredibly blessed for friends, fun and being part!

Thanks Apple Therapy Services for being a race sponsor and getting me through injuries.

This was my third consecutive year racing Millennium Mile.   Even though temperature was around 40, decided to not wear shorts due to the wind.  I picked up my race number, did a brief warm up along the course, had some banana… got up to the line early enough to do some strides.

Another runner doing strides near me was shirtless!   Beautifully done National Anthem and the anticipation… getting prepared and we were off! I love seeing the ¼ mile markers and when the course goes slightly downhill… saw Dave Audet, but couldn’t pass him.   It’s so cool when you start being able to hear announcer Andy Schachat’s voice as you approach the finish line. It’s fabulous to know that you don’t have far until the finish line – plus Andy’s calling out how many seconds left to break a 4:00 minute mile, 5:00 minute, 6:00 minute, 7:00 minute, etc.  The “built in” warm down is back to the start and it’s fun to encourage other runners who are still on the course.

With WMUR Sports Director Jamie Staton

With WMUR Sports Director Jamie Staton

 

With Pat Bourgault

With Pat Bourgault

 

Podium Day with Pat Bourgault

Podium Day with Pat Bourgault

Great quality hats, 3rd in AG gift certificate & Pilsner glass

Great quality hats, 3rd in AG gift certificate & Pilsner glass

 

Podium Days are always appreciated !

Podium Days are always appreciated !

 

Results     Podium day!   3rd in AG  3/100     6:15   (one second faster than last year)

Millennium Running, Yule Light up the Night – Final race (#15 of 15) in Millennium Series, December 11, 2016

19 Dec
Entrance

Start

Podium Day!!! YAY!!!!   2/172 in age group  (even would have been 3rd Master too!!)

It was my 3rd year participating in this fun race.   Race write up from 2015 

Gift of Lights

Gift of Lights

I think this is my favorite race of the year!!

Thanks John Mortimer and Millennium Running crew for all you do.  You inspire all of us to run and be healthy, plus have fun doing it!   What a blast!!  4:30 start at NH Motor Speedway.  We race through the “Gift of Lights” which is New Hampshire’s largest holiday light display.   More than 2 million Christmas lights glittering… 60 holiday scenes and over 400 light displays.

1,200 running friends, temperature in the mid 20’s… much chillier than last year.   After my warmup, I rethought layers and kept Nike jacket, added white balaclava, Sauce hat, hand warmers inside EMS mercury gloves

grandstand

True to tradition, did an easy 4+ mile run in the morning!   Group run/trail run/trail bike (~ 40 people)   So many great athletes to hang out with!   Single digit temps, snowy hill and trail section… up, up Little Pond hill.

A number of us who have raced together all year lined up near the front… fist bumps… Greg, Ellen, Maryn (another NMHer!) Sal, Pat, Eric, Jade, Mary… everybody off so fast…. just run my own race.   Quick turnover, push, push.

Ariel view of start! 1,200 runners!!

Ariel view of start! 1,200 runners!!

Through the 130 foot infield tunnel entrance and exit which is lit with pulsating lights.

Light Tunnel, lit with pulsating lights

Pulsating lights in tunnel

Also like last year, Jack Mortimer and dad John Mortimer ran together, holy cow fast, I didn’t catch them until the dark backstretch!!!   Mort said “Miss Prescott” coming by, great job.  There was some ice to maneuver around and it was dark… Mort asked Jack if he wanted to hold his hand… these two were flying….  legend & protégé… an honor to race beside Mortimers!

With the turns, “sprint” distance = maneuvering like on a track, throwing elbows!   Zen – Dark – Slippery Downhills – Adventure- Let go of fear!

Run under the tunnel of lights!

Run under the tunnel of lights!

I was trying to recognize particular lights towards the end, gauge when to kick, then I heard Andy Schacht’s voice and knew it was time…  the huge Millennium Arch.  I am so humbled by Andy’s generous shout-outs “… Sarah Prescott, future NH Road Race Hall of Famer!!”  Totally a stretch, but I’m very flattered!!

Finish Line!!

Finish Line!!

I felt totally speedy, like I had a very good run, even if my time seems off last year.

This year, the LED lighted hats were different – knit cap style.  I also won an insulated mug (2nd in age group for all 3 years) and gift certificate for Millennium Running retail store.

LED light knit stocking cap swag, gift certificate to Millennium Running retail store and insulated mug awards for 2nd in AG

LED light knit stocking cap swag, gift certificate to Millennium Running retail store and insulated mug awards for 2nd in AG

 

There was water, Powerade, American Flatbread pizza cooking onsite in wood-fired clay oven!!  ( I brought Andy a slice to thank him for the shout out)  Plus, organic fruit, Stonyfield yogurt and a bonfire too!

bonfire

bonfire

Thinking about holidays.   Holidays are about PEOPLE being the center of your life.   The message and goal is giving of yourself, becoming an understanding person… loving others.

Finish Line

Finish Line

 

2nd in AG, with friend superfast Pat Bourgault

2nd in AG, with friend superfast Pat Bourgault

Net time 15:24.9   Gun time 15:26.6

2nd in age group for this event:  2014, 2015 2016

(Was distance ~ 2.25 before?… that would make time more comparable to last year)

Thanks for helpful feedback, hilarious friend John Intorcio, “your apex was a little early in Turn 2 and that cost you on the back straight. Come in just a little hotter, brake hard, and power out, and you take this thing next year!”

 

 

 

BASC Santa Claus Shuffle, Millennium Running 12.03.16

9 Dec

Podium day!!!   1/172 in Age Group

Race 14 of 15 Elliot Millennium Series

Race 3 of 4 NHOC Holiday Hat Trick (my 3rd consecutive Hat Trick Series)

3:15 race start before Manchester City Holiday Parade.   3.0 miles out and back on Elm Street.   I considered wearing shorts, but changed into tights with the cold headwind on Elm Street.   Number pick-up was easy at the Center of NH Expo Center, Radisson in Downtown Manchester.   Full Santa Suit, Sam Adams beer tickets.    Saucony had a booth (official shoe of the race) and got to talk their Product Performance Analyst, cool!

BASC Santa Shuffle Start/Finish

BASC Santa Shuffle Start/Finish

Race warm-up around Elm Street, pre-race nerves… kids’ elf runs took place first, pre-race ceremony and WMUR was filming the start for the news that night.    Count down, gun fired and we were off!!!   I try to not let it get to me how others go out much faster… chilly, lung searing air, just keep strong… distraction seeing the lead car & everyone coming in out/back.    As I tried to keep pushing towards the finish line, the black & white inflatable Millennium arch coming into view… hearing my name called out by WMUR Sports Director Jaime Staton is such an amazing awesomeness… then over the line, phew!!

Final kick to finish line

Final kick to finish line

 

Keep moving and check in with friends about how their races went, congratulating each other.

With Pat and John Mortimer

With Pat and John Mortimer, Founder & CEO Millennium Running

Fortunately, super-fast friend Pat gave me a headstart (and wore the Santa suit) and she still nearly beat me.   I try not to get too jammed up about my time and pace… unless you are the current world record holder, there is always someone faster!

Long warm down with Pat along the course… people lined up to watch the parade at 4:00… kids with high fives, cheerleaders, then we went back to Millennium Running timing trailer.   Totally surprising and such a rewarding gift to see my placement in division ”1” – holy cow, holy cow… I was so lucky for this one and feel very grateful.    Millennium had water, Powerade, American Flatbread pizza, organic fruit from Whole Foods, Stonyfield Yogurt, Muscle Milk.   Plus runners could redeem Samuel Adams beer tickets at 7 different spots and watch the parade!

Pat Bourgault, celebrating 1st & 2nd in AG

Celebrating Awards with Pat Bourgault, 1st & 2nd in AG

Back to my car, but not warming up, checking messages with friends… fun hearing marching bands starting down the route!   I feel very, very fortunate and grateful for the race today… it could not have turned out better.

awards

Full race results    22:24   7:29,      1/172 in division

Age Group Results

Age Group Results

Elliot Millennium Series

842 earned their Series Jacket (26.2)

274 people achieved Ultra status (40+ miles)

35 still on All Millennium track

Points Chase

1st in Age Group (1 of 874)… somehow still 3rd F (overall)

Points Chase Standings

Live video

Fisher Cats Thanksgiving 5K – Millennium Running 11.24.16

1 Dec

Podium Day!!!   1/186 in AG  – Very, very lucky

13th/ 15 races  – 2016 Elliot Millennium Running Series

 

Northeast Delta Dental Fisher Cats Stadium

Northeast Delta Dental Fisher Cats Stadium

My third year running this race – another fun, well done Millennium event.  What better way to start Thanksgiving than with 2,700 running friends!   An extra highlight this year included start/finish line INSIDE Northeast Delta Dental Stadium at Center Field on the warning track.

Start & Finish on Warning Track

Start & Finish on Warning Track

Temps in the 30’s 9:00 a.m. race – tights and long sleeve.  There were even snowflakes post race.   Race day number pick up was easy on the stadium concourse level – enjoyed seeing so many friends and familiar faces.   After a warm up, I returned to the stadium and went down the stairs, through bleacher aisles and onto the ballfield.  Nerves, excitement.   After I figured out which direction we were starting (d’oh) I did a quick, stealthy slip through a couple thousand people towards the front.  The national anthem was beautifully performed and there was a poignant recognition for two local runners struck by a car last week in Bedford.   One of the runners, Attorney Uliasz, fired the starter’s pistol and we had a moment of silence for 58 year old Ducharme who succumbed to his injuries.   (Union Leader article)

2,700 running friends

2,700 running friends

Amped up, we prepared, the gun fired and we took off along the warning track.  Out past WMUR studio with their cameraman – slight incline on Granite Street – trying to keep strong.  Work, work, work, push.   I saw friend Greg Audet ahead.   When we turned back to Commercial Street, I managed to sneak by Greg, but wasn’t sure I could stay ahead of him.  Mentally keep it together, each step is closer to the finish.  Into the stadium, down onto the field and dirt warning track – saw the “kick here” sign and I heard WMUR Sports Director, Jamie Staton, announcing me with his always awesome shout out!!  Over the finish line, hit my watch, yay, yay!!!!  DONE!!!

I kept moving, then back out on the course to cheer for others, a warm down and grab a coat.   Back to the stadium –  Millennium wasn’t able to use timing trailer inside the stadium, so I didn’t look up how I did in my division.  Dave Audet was on the concourse with his awards and said I should go check the awards table.   On the way, I saw Ellen & Tom, so they came too.   Holy cow!!  I was very, very pleasantly surprised and so fortunate to win my AG.   It all depends on who shows up – thinking of Whirlaway teammate Miae Jacobs’ AG win last year.   I am definitely cherishing it and savoring the good fortune.  I received a gorgeous Whole Foods apple pie and offered it to Tom Raffio for his birthday (3 days later).   It turned out Ellen also won a pie, plus Tom won one the following day!

Ellen & Tom Raffio; Whole Foods Apple Pie & gift certificate to Millennium Running Retail Store

Ellen & Tom Raffio; Whole Foods Apple Pie & gift certificate to Millennium Running Retail Store

I am so grateful and appreciative for my body allowing me to do this and I give so much credit to all my running friend athletes out there… getting it done… everyone challenging themselves on a chilly morning… camaraderie, determination, covering the distance.   I don’t get jammed up about my per mile pace anymore, it’s about doing your best on any given day – not giving up.   Weekly PT with dry needling & Graston is keeping my hip injuries manageable.  Usually 6 needles each side, then Graston, and I walk like a “cowboy” for a while after, hahaha!!

With John Mortimer, founder CEO of Millennium Running; Tom Raffio President Northeast Delta Dental, Ellen Raffio

With John Mortimer, founder CEO of Millennium Running; Tom Raffio, CEO & President Northeast Delta Dental, Ellen Raffio

Millennium does a remarkable and always professional job with events — innovative, welcoming, appealing to so many runners, lots of fun & great extras like free digital photos — plus always coming up with more!  Well done John Mortimer and Millennium Running crew!!

Feeling very fortunate

Feeling very fortunate

 

1/186 in AG.   Even would have placed in Masters AG

Full results here

23:16,  23:21     7:30

Current Point Chase Standings

Current Point Chase Standings

3rd F overall in Millennium Points Chase, 1st in AG.

Live video from race

This race is part of the holiday mini-series, “NH Orthopaedic Holiday Hat Trick”  If we complete (3) of the final (4) events of the year towards earning a NHOC Holiday Hat Trick quarter zip pullover with thumbholes

AND race 13 of 15 in Elliot Millennium Running Series

26.2 STATUS:  756 people have earned their Series Jacket (26.2 miles)

ULTRA STATUS:  231 people achieved Ultra status (40+ miles)

ALL MILLENNIUM:   37 “studs” are on the All Millennium track by completing ALL Millennium Signature Events!

 

Manchester City 5K, powered by SNHU – Millennium Running, 11.06.16

14 Nov

Podium day!!   2nd Female of 129, 8th overall

Manchester City Marathon, powered by SNHU / Millennium Running

Manchester City Marathon, powered by SNHU / Millennium Running

Marathon, Half Marathon, Relays (8:50 AM), 5K (9:00 AM)

I registered for this 5K race which was part of the Manchester City Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay & 5K events in Manchester, New Hampshire.    I thought the 5K was part of the “All Millennium” series, plus it gave me a chance to support the Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay runners.   I didn’t figure out until two days before the race that it wasn’t part of the “All Millennium” designation – d’oh! – well I was still running it!

Elm Street, getting ready

Elm Street, getting ready

The Marathon served as the final race in the USAT&F New England Championship series, bringing the best teams and runners from across New England.   Back in 2013 and 2014, I also raced it as the USATF – NE Marathon Championship.   This year, I could support and cheer for Whirlaway teammates, all my USATF- NE friends and local friends too !!

Medals for other distances

Medals for other distances

Arrived an hour early, easily found a parking spot, picked up number – smooth, seamless.    They had long sleeve shirts which are great looking and women’s sizes, yay!   Jim Monahan needed an easy 45 minute run, so he did warm up with me and did his run during the 5K.   I looked for a 5K map, no luck… so I asked announcer Andy Schachat.   Andy wasn’t sure about the 5K course, but made me laugh, “everybody is finishing through this same finish line, even if they are just out for a walk on Elm Street – I’m sending them through the finish!!”

Finish line

Finish line

As we lined up, nerves, excitement, I did a few quick strides.   Musket shot fired and we were off!   5Ks are so painful for me, just push, push, push… north up Elm Street then a quick left down to Canal Street.   We continued on Canal Street with a bit of headwind and I tried keep strong, catching any targets I could, then back up to Elm Street.   It was so cool to see the top marathon runners on the other side of Elm Street!!   I cheered for them and my friend, Eric Narcissi, (was Whirlaway, now CMS) even cheered for me!!   As I got closer to the finish, another female held strong near me and I was trying to keep up.   I couldn’t find another gear to pass her and could hear Andy Schachat announcing me and in a bit of sadness, watched her break the tape seconds before me.

Finish line

Finish line

 

 

Finish line, "almost" go to break the tape - alas

Finish line, “almost” go to break the tape – alas

(Spoiler alert, I haven’t broken 20 minutes for a 5K in a few years — a course mishap was subsequently explained and professionally handled by John Mortimer and Millennium Running) The other female, Capano, and I hugged & congratulated each other and were asked to hang around for a photo… climbed up on the podium and she received a pair of HOKA shoes.

Podium, 5K Females (Kassidy Ford 3rd F, Rachel Capano 1st F, Me 2nd F)

Podium, 5K Females
(Kassidy Ford 3rd F, Rachel Capano 1st F,
Me 2nd F)

Back to the car for a coat and then a prime spot to cheer for marathoners, half marathon & relay runners on Elm Street.   High fives to Whirly girls, Ephraim, Ellen, saw Barb McManus, Dave Dunham, Nancy Druke, Greg Audet.   Had a photo op with Candidate for NH Governor, Colin Van Ostern.   Man he’s tall!

Executive Councilor & Democratic gubernatorial nominee Colin Van Ostern

Executive Councilor & Democratic gubernatorial nominee Colin Van Ostern.

Then we went to Hanover Street to see the Half Marathon winner flying towards the finish and catch the marathoners again.   Hilarious, Eric Narcissi yelled to me whether I’d won – since last time we saw each other, I was sprinting towards the 5K finish line!!   I yelled loudly to Leslie O’Dell, Matt St. Germain, Brandon Newbould, Jose Ortiz and the “Whirla-wall,” Dave Dunham, Christin Doneski, Kathryn Cooney, Heather Spinney, Mary Garrity Klene, Deb Hamond Slason and so many friends out there.   Ducked into Runner’s Alley to warm up and the wind was picking up.   Saw longtime friend and Whirlaway Karen Durante for a hug! It’s been too long!

2nd place awards - Millennium Running Retail Store gift certificate, engraved glass coaster

2nd place awards – Millennium Running Retail Store gift certificate, engraved glass coaster

Bittersweet sort of “podium” day… thinking if I hadn’t paused to ask a cop which way, waffled about direction and had to gain momentum again, maybe I could have found the few seconds necessary to win instead of being “wishy washy” and Capano chased me down and got me.   So many variables, always learning… don’t dwell on it.   I did some yardwork at home, checked how everyone’s races played out… so proud of everyone who had raced and congratulations to all my running friends, teammates !!  Cherishing a really great, fun day and happy for so many of my incredible running friends!!!

Results of all the Manchester City races

 

Millennium Running “CHaD Trick-or-Trot 3K’ 10.30.16

8 Nov

Millennium Running  “CHaD Trick-or-Trot 3K  October 30, 2016

Millennium has early bib pick-up at their Bedford store with innovative promotions and enticements!!  Wish I lived closer!

Another super race by John Mortimer and the Millennium Running crew!!  This was my 3rd time running this race which takes place at Arms Park, Downtown Manchester on the banks of the Merrimack River.  Afternoon, 2:30 race start.  Here are prior race write-ups 2014 and 2015

Ariel view, Arms Park

Ariel view, Arms Park

There is a Halloween Festival with lots of fun things going on like a kids run, vendors including: safari rides, Wildlife Encounters, bouncing house, fire truck, beer tickets for Stark Brewing Company (formerly Milly’s Tavern), Shaskeen, and The Farm.  Post race food: Rustic Crust flatbread pizza, Stonyfield Yogurt, Muscle Milk, Drink Maple, organic fruit.

Runners on bridge crossing Merrimack

Runners on bridge crossing Merrimack

I did a warm up on the course and up on the bridge, some hill strides, dynamic stretching, more strides… nervous that this body would not remember how to run fast!   We lined up at the start, pre-race festivities, anticipation, excitement!   Count down and we were off!!!    3k = 1.86 miles, a painful distance and I went redline before I even got to the uphill.   My friends are so much quicker out of the start with such great leg speed.   The bridge across the Merrimack River is nifty to run over, plus you can see the lead car & front runners… especially memorable when a front runner is dressed like a banana.   A left & downhill, back towards the river and try to keep strong and focused.   As we rounded into Arms Park, I could hear WMUR Sports director Jamie Staton announcing and turned towards final straightaway, the clock and finish arch in sight!!!   Thanks Jamie for the always fantastic shout-out at the finish line… always an awesome feeling!!!   I could see the red numbers on the clock, KICK, under 13:00!!   (later, the results showed that my “KickTime” was 12.1 seconds or 6:29/mile pace, I guess I DID throw in some kick!)

Kick to finish! Awesome photo thanks to Steven Krejckant

Kick to finish! Awesome photo thanks to Steven Krejckant

I was hoping for a strong run and felt very, very grateful for how the day turned out.   Aimee Sherman and I visited the timing trailer together, hoping it was a podium day for us. Yay!! Both of us!!  Ironically, Aimee and I met at the finish line of this race last year!

1st in AG with Aimee Sherman 3rd AG

Happy podium day with Aimee Sherman (1st in AG; Aimee 3rd 40-49 AG)

12:52.8 6:55 pace

1/134 1st in Age Group

1st race of the NHOC Holiday Hat Trick Series

As a warm down, I ran the course again and started to let the day sink in.   I felt incredibly lucky.  I’ve been hardly able to run since August and keeping up with weekly PT of dry needling and Graston on both hips.   Somehow the road biking has been very helpful and fascinatingly, my finish time was only 3 seconds off last year! There are so many phenomenal fast senior women, I felt very fortunate today.  Cherishing when things go well and appreciating every nuance!! Woot woot!!!

Race number, gift certificate award, women's size race shirt, awesome mug

Race number, gift certificate award, women’s size race shirt, awesome mug

3rd Millennium Running “Traveler Beer New England Half Marathon” 10.23.16

31 Oct

Fabulously fun day.   Maybe it helped to have no expectations except to “just get through.”  The hip injury I’ve had since August, moved from the left to the right side, so I’ve had weekly dry needling & Graston, very little running and lots of biking.   This would be the furthest I’d run since this race last year, uh oh!

My friends and I train on part of the course.   It feels familiar.   Beautiful too – the race is described as “a unique point to point course starting at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and running scenic country roads to finish at the New Hampshire State House.”   Shaker Road is wonderful and there is tremendous gratification kicking the final straightaway down Main Street towards the gold domed capitol.   When I am biking high on Oak Hill, I look down for the bright gold capitol — dang that looks FAR from start!! dome

9:30 race kick-off and extra logistics for point-to-point race.   Like last year, Jim and I left his car at the finish and brought my car to the NHMS

New Hampshire Motor Speedway, start

New Hampshire Motor Speedway, start

The wind made it feel cold – I pulled on my Sauce race hat and put hand warmers in my gloves.

Training partner Jim

Training partner Jim

We took off through the gate and Route 106 seemed to have a headwind – looking forward to the turn!   Jim pulled ahead after a few miles – running strong even with an ankle injury.    The miles seemed to go by pretty quickly, although I was definitely working hard.   My limited training meant I really had to “dig deep” and in many ways felt like I was running a marathon.

Smile or grimace?

Smile or grimace?

There was great support and camaraderie – so many awesome running friends out there together!   Pat, Jim, Ellen, Tom, Sal, Greg, Aimee, Tom, Ellen, Kevin, Muriel, Jules, Ed, Eric, and more.   As always, John Mortimer and Millennium Running crew did a fantastic job.   Their attention to detail, professionalism, and innovation is so impressive.   Swag included full-zip fleece jackets – same manufacturer, color & style as last year, different embroidery (unfortunately no x-s size) Also, I love the free race photos!   We are treated to quick results at the timing trailer and more that I even remember or think to mention!

Working with these speedy ladies for strong finish

Working with these speedy ladies for strong finish

Fun extras like the live music, finisher medals, beer tickets for several Concord spots.   Friends Ellen & Tom Raffio, Pat Bourgault, Jim Monahan and I gathered postrace at True Brew and shared stories about our day, great stuff!

Ellen Raffio, Jim Monahan, me, Pat Bourgault, Tom Raffio

Ellen Raffio, Jim Monahan, me, Pat Bourgault, Tom Raffio (newlyweds 2 weeks!)

Such a fabulous, memorable day in so many ways and I feel incredibly grateful to be able to enjoy this sort of camaraderie, fun, friendships and healthy endorphin boosting activity.   I’ve been working on keeping my perspective and appreciate one particular bit of advice from an elite runner who said “unless you are the current world record holder, there is always someone out there faster.”  Somehow this helped me feel less jammed up about my pace, comparing, etc.   See if I can keep my head in good perspective.

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Interestingly, my finish time was 27 seconds faster than last year  despite limited training of very little running, but lots of road biking

results  1:47:47 8:14

8/172 (a NH Grand Prix race, there were some fast women out there!)  Congratulations to everyone who raced!!!

 

Northeast Delta Dental, Halfway to St Patrick’s Day 09.18.16

22 Sep

2/113 in Division PODIUM!      9th race of 16 in Millennium Series

NEDD Halfway to St Patrick's

NEDD Halfway to St Patrick’s

Looking back at my logbook, I first ran this race in 2005, the day after a 23 mile run (Chicago Marathon training) and 89 mile week!   With all that, and a 5K PR that day, I still wanted more – imagining being as fast as XYZ person, being on the podium (5th in division that day)

While eventually I did get very fast, dropped my times way down and achieved a level I had dreamed of, there is always someone faster, doing more.   Are we ever satisfied?   Every race can’t continue to be a PR.   How do you attune expectations?   Goals?   Lately, I haven’t been taking the time to quiet the “noise” in my head, unhelpful negative automatic thoughts, practice helpful mantras.   My coach for over a decade, Fernando Braz, had wise words /advice which got my head in the right place, quieted the “noise” – I want to work on that aspect more.

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Race Morning

Race Morning

10:15 race start, drizzly, like last year.   22 minute warm-up.   At the risk of sounding repetitive, thank you John Mortimer and Millennium Running crew who put on another outstanding event.   Fabulous attention to detail and everywhere you look there’s professionalism, innovation, fun.   Inspiring – all these athletes come together to persevere, encourage each other, endure, push to the finish – then celebrate!

We lined up on Elm Street, I’m disreputably slow off the starting line.   Heck, I’m chill, snoozing.   3 months ago I injured myself practicing track sprint starts and stuff.   Nonetheless, I was boldly up there, not many rows back.   Up close enough to appreciate the National Anthem beautifully sung by crowned Miss UNH (?) all the other pageant girls properly with hand on heart.   John Mortimer, Jamie Staton, starting pistol.   We were off, Elm Street was ours – runners in “race kilts” and green.

Start

Jade and Eric (left of me) rocking their kilts!

Start

Here we GO!! ~1000 runners take over Elm Street

I “noticed” the incline on Elm St before the turn and pushed.   There was a very strong female runner near me, I tried not to let her get away.   Competition inwards towards myself – be tough.   In the last mile, I was pleased to see friends Jade and Greg nearby for encouragement.   Finally that right on Bridge, left on Kosciuszko Street (Apple PT office!) and final straight away towards the magnificent black and white Millennium arch finish line.   Hearing announcer Andy Schachat’s generous shout-out, “future New Hampshire Road Race Hall of Famer” was such a wow!!

Kosciuszko Street towards finish line

Kosciuszko Street, finish line in sight

I hopped over to Millennium Running timing trailer and felt incredibly blessed for a podium day, 2nd in AG!!!  My friend Pat and I getting 1 & 2!!   Later, I looked at more results and saw that the “very strong female runner” who helped me be tough finished only several seconds back as 3rd in AG!

Podium day

Podium day

After a 22 minute warm-down and encouraging other runners on the course I went back to Race Day HQ.   Runners hung around to celebrate – so motivating, tough, strong, positive – looking for the best from themselves on a given day, stepping up, living!!   There was a Wild Rover Celtic Festival and one of the best musicians I’ve heard in a while, MB Padfield.   I couldn’t help but groove when she played “Kiss” by Prince.

festivalThere was Portland Pie Pizza, Stonyfield yogurt, bananas, beer ticket. Vendors with cupcakes, Celtic items, food.

Always awesome WMUR Sports Director Jamie Staton congratulated me when I picked up my award.

WMUR Sports Director, Jamie Staton, 2nd in AG award

WMUR Sports Director, Jamie Staton, 2nd in AG award

Thank you wonderful friends, I am so grateful for you and the experiences.

Podium day!!! Second in AG (2/113) was icing on the cake!!!

Points Chase Standings:

1st in division; 4th overall female; 12 in total standings

Kilt! won Gift Certificate to Millennium Running store, Pint Glass, Irish running socks

Kilt! won Gift Certificate to Millennium Running store, Pint Glass, Irish running socks

Results:  7:21,     22:47, 22:50

 

Love the finish line

Because I LOVE the finish line

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