Archive | December, 2015

Millennium, Yule Light Up the Night – Final race (#17 of 17) in the Millennium Series!! December 13, 2015

21 Dec
Getting read to race

Getting read to race

Running in the dark on the race track with 2 million holiday lights!  I was so excited for this race, not just the total fun of this one, but extra special as the final race of the Millennium Series.  We worked hard this year – congratulations to everyone who ran!

Bib #20, yay!!

Got race #20, yay!!

 

 

In the morning, 6 of us did an easy 4 mile run/core together.  Since 4 of us were racing (Jim, Sal, Pat, me) we kept ourselves under control, but had a blast.

Race temperature was perfect for singlet, shorts, arm sleeves, gloves and I previewed the finish as part of my warm -up.   Hearing WMUR Jamie Staton’s voice, seeing lots of friends, people with their families, got to meet Jim’s daughter home from college in Oregon.   All good vibes.

A number of us who have raced together all year and track friends lined up near the front.   Greg, Jade, Aimee were off like bullets and even 6 year old Jack Mortimer and dad John Mortimer!  “Run in a straight line, Jack!”

Light Tunnel!!

Light Tunnel!!

Running through the tunnel with lights was so cool.

I tried to stay quick on the uphill and not let others pull too far ahead.   Greg and Aimee are so fast and I couldn’t even see Jade.   Somehow I managed to get by Greg & Aimee and tried to hold my focus.  I don’t remember going by Muriel, but afterwards she told me I got by her too on the hill and then I was able to keep ahead of her on the dark downhills.  I saw Jade ahead and I wasn’t sure if I should try to pass, because I wasn’t sure whether I could sustain this pace.  I leaned in and went harder.  Total zen running, flying in the dark down the hills.

Some lights

Some lights

When I recognized particular lights from my warm-up, I knew how much further on the course and as we entered some left/right cones, I saw two people running together (Erin & Jonathan Lehto) and felt a surge to beat them to the finish line.

The floodlights at the huge Millennium Arch & Andy Schacht’s voice, my feet were going so fast, I thought I’d trip over myself.   Over the line!!! Yay!!!! I felt like I had a very good run and fully appreciating that !!

I was anxious to check results on the big screens at the timing trailer.  Yay!! Won 2nd female (of 223) 14:20, 6:23 (course was a bit short) and I was so excited!!   Sharing the fun with awesome friends and chatting about our races, the excitement and Millennium “extras” like the bonfire, make your own smores, hot soup, hot chocolate, etc.   They think of everything.   I grabbed some Muscle Milk heading back to car and got to enjoy the drive through the Holiday Lights.  Good thing I had the Muscle Milk, the lights drive was longer than I remembered and I was feeling post-race bonky.

I had my glow necklaces, my award mug from placing, got through the Millennium Series of 17 races, driving through the lights, fun with friends – riding the high – cherishing every second!

LED lighted hat swag & 2nd place master mug!!

LED lighted hat swag & 2nd place master mug!!

14:20, 6:23 (~ 2.25M)  2nd female master

6th woman of 1,420 runners too!

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Millennium Running, Holiday Hat Trick!

14 Dec

It was my second year doing the Millennium Running Holiday Hat Trick series!  It is so motivating & fun to have goal races this time of year and celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas with runner friends!

Holiday Hat Trick Mugs!

Holiday Hat Trick Mugs!

Reverse side of mugs

Reverse side of mugs

Millennium Running, 3 mile Santa Claus Shuffle; 12/05/15.

14 Dec

How often do you get temperatures in the mid 50’s for racing in December?  What a gift of a day.   The 3:15 start time, right before Downtown Manchester’s holiday parade, meant tons of excitement on Elm Street.   Street closed, music and LOTS of Santas! Check out the Video and this great Aerial Video from race!   Race swag included a full santa suit for everyone.  Last year, I wore the suit (except pants) but this year it was way too warm, so with red & black Whirlaway colors, I didn’t look too out of place.   I did a long warm-up, then strides and lined up near Aimee, Greg, Jade.

santa race

Race pick-up was at the Radisson Expo Center

Race pick-up was at the Radisson Expo Center

There were fantastic details and things I saw quickly, but since I was focused on racing, it wasn’t until I saw the video that I remembered things like the cheerleaders.  The out and back course lets you see the phenomenal sea of red Santas, what a kick!

I ran hard and the finishing sprint down Elm Street was visually stunning with all the spectators and the finish near Veterans Park.  I was very happy to be 4th Female Master 21:38 (7:13) with some very fast ladies!!  Full results here. I had a bite of pizza and did a 10 minute warm down before meeting Tina (leading 50+ AG Division!) to celebrate and watch the parade from Thirsty Moose.  There were 9 post-race spots to choose from and I think we went to the busiest one!

Look at the Santas on Elm Street!

Look at the Santas on Elm Street!

 

This was our 3rd race of the Holiday Hat Trick Series and #16 of 17 in the Points Chase.  I managed to hold onto position as 1st Female Master, 3rd Female and moved up to 8th overall!

 

Santa suit, Hat Trick mug, yay, #33!

Santa suit, Hat Trick mug, yay, #33!

Millennium Running, Fisher Cats, Thanksgiving 5K 11.26.15

2 Dec
Fantastic stadium finish!

Fantastic stadium finish!

This was the 2nd race of the Holiday Hat trick and 15th race of the Millennium Point Chase series.

A few of us remembered the race last year after a snowstorm and a few days without electricity!  It made us especially thankful for today.  There were so many familiar faces, friends and camaraderie of being together.

All the details, well done

All the details, well done

I warmed up and checked out how the course was slightly different from last year.  The field was huge and seeing Whirlaway teammate Miae Jacobs and other fast runners as we lined up, I saw it was very competitive too.   The starting ceremony was, as always, well done with the mayor of Manchester, live national anthem, Jamie Staton from WMUR and pace marked starting corral.

We were off and my legs weren’t feeling particularly quick – maybe from the hilly, fast group run and spin class earlier this week.   I tried to catch Greg, then focus on other targets.  Running through the mill area is beautifully familiar.  Pushing hard, the painful challenge of this distance, looking forward to the mile markers.   Around 2 miles, I felt like I could throw up… keep pushing!   Up a slight incline and around the back of the stadium to the field, yay!!! Gorgeous!!  It was so much fun to be running inside the stadium to the finish line.  I eyed the clock, it was near 22:00 and I finished strong.

Stadium, finish in sight! (note, cashmere gloves AND Goretex mittens)

Stadium, finish in sight! (note, cashmere gloves AND Goretex mittens)

Going up the stairs to the concourse reminded me of the stadium finish at Bay State Marathon.  It was a good set-up.   Using the concession windows for number pick-up and shirts – everything visible and not congested.  I looked across the field and saw that the jumbotron screen had runners finishing – very cool detail!  Some other fun details were the Holiday Hat Trick mug (nice weight and color), also the woman’s fit shirt, plus opening day Fisher Cats baseballs tickets.  I wish I had a chance to use mine last year. bib

I talked with friends afterwards, a couple who had PR races, gathered Stonyfield yogurt tube, banana into a nice canvas tote.   For warm down, I totally dug getting to nostalgically run across the Merrimack River on the wooden foot bridge near the metal cow sculpture.  Lots on training runs and 2 marathon finishes coming over that bridge!

Results – 22:04  7:07 pace, I’ll take it!   (Would have been 3rd senior – soon!)

Warm down ! Crossing Merrimack river

Warm down ! Crossing Merrimack river

 

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