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