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Enterprise Bank Boot Scootin’ Boogie 5k and Brewfest Music Festival, July 15, 2017

20 Jul

Londonderry Athletic Field Association Complex

Podium day,  1/111 AG

6:30 PM race start

Boot Scoot Ready!

Bonfire, beer tasting, concert, mechanical bull, 16 breweries, 1400 people! Millennium Running continues to expand on the fun!

My third consecutive year competing at this race and like last year, grabbed a black Dunkin’ Dark Roast iced coffee on the way, hoping for some energy. YUM!!!   Concerned because I’ve been dealing with heel pain the past month and Thursday before the race, I even had to stop my run because it was so painful… no expectations, wondering about the pain to gut through a race… at least it isn’t marathon distance. (At podiatrist appt 2 days post-race, heel x -rays and ultrasound showed I have a calcaneus bone bruise – ouch!!!  “a bone bruise can be described as a stage before the fracture”)

Superfast friend Pat Bourgault was racing (2nd race of the day) plus a very large field of competitors… gulp… extra daunting.   Picked up my race number, singlet, wrist band, tasting glass (5 oz) for the Brewfest and walked back to the car for some banana & warm up.   The start line was located differently from last 2 years.   We lined up in the start corral for the national anthem, nervous anticipation, the gun fired and we were off!!!!   After we got to the bottom of the first hill, right on Mammoth Road (128) I tried to not let a few friends get too far ahead of me.   Greg, Ellen and Pat are all so fast.   We looped into the residential neighborhoods where we were cheered on and I tried to keep pushing . . . keep it together. . . I didn’t have too much extra, just hang on.   I think Violent Femmes (alternative rock 1980s) were on the iPod Shuffle.   Hoping for the next mile marker, keep hanging on.   I tried to keep Pat in reach, she is such a strong, fast, tough competitor.

Back out on the main road for uphill climb towards the school (Millennium Mile start).   When you’re in race mode, roads seem extra long and steep . . . focus on form, nothing to set off right heel.   Mammoth Road hill, up, up, up – then right on Sergeant for some more uphill . . . focusing, go, go, go!

Coming towards finish line

Yay, I could hear announcer Andy Schachat’s voice coming towards finish line.   Anything left I could find, kick with it. . . . go, go, go, strong finish . . . I rounded the final left, the finish arch will be soon, kick it super strong . . . finish clock in view and hearing Andy Schachat’s super generous, complimentary shout out “Sarah Prescott, future NH Hall of Famer” makes me feel so rewarded. . . over the line!!! WHEW!!!!

Kept walking, moving for a bit.   WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!   Somehow I got it done and I am ridiculously grateful.   I tried to drink some water and check in with friends, then see how I did at the instant results on TV screen mounted on Millennium Running Timing Trailer. What?!?!? When I saw the “1” in division, it seemed too good to be true!!!  No way!?!?!  Unbelievably fortunate for how it came together.   Truly a gift I’ll savor for long, long time – a podium day is never ever taken for granted.   Dang, holy cow.

Trying to slow down, I picked up a sample of flatbread pizza just out of the fire  http://www.americanflatbreadproducts.com/revolution/ I love watching the wood fired oven and the philosophy of American Flatbread.   I also grabbed a spike bag from sponsor Enterprise Bank (needed one!)

American flatbread pizza. Flatbread pizza oven!!! YUM!!! Loved the Revolution: caramelized onions, mushrooms, blend of fine cheeses and herbs.

Pat and I picked up our awesome cow bell awards!! FUN!!! LOVE them!!!!   Millennium Running is always thinking, perfect tie-in to the event!!!   We also were awarded Millennium Retail Store gift certificates.

With Pat Bourgault and awesome cowbell awards!!! FUN!!

Trying to take it all in, savoring the night, so much good stuff at once . . . awesomeness all around.   My heel gave such an incredible effort and hurt as Pat and I walked the half mile back to the school parking lot.   I totally wanted to see the bonfire, but walking or putting weight on my heel was rough, dang.   What would my coaching advisor do?  Put ice on it, don’t delay.   (At least I got to see “the Northeast’s largest contained fire” bonfire the two prior years!)

On the ride north, I quickly picked up celebratory raw tuna and got home by 9:00 for some asparagus, zucchini/tomato/ fresh herbs/garlic/onion celebration dinner and recounting the events.

Cowbell award, tasting glass

I feel incredibly blessed . . . totally fortunate & living the dream!!!

Singlet, tasting glass, cowbell & gift certificate awards. Millennium does an incredible job!

23:25  Age Graded 71.32%, AG Time: 20:42

Unexpected, lucky Podium Day. . . cherish & savor

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!!


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

19 Dec


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


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!



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!”




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

USATF New England 10 mile Championship, Millennium Running, New Hampshire 10 Miler 8/27/16

1 Sep

8th of 14 races in the 2016 Elliot Millennium Series and Points Chase

Around Massabesic Lake, Auburn.   Great & helpful course preview here

A couple weeks ago I injured my right hip flexor and even walking was uncomfortable… ugh.   Road biking fortunately does not hurt… at least I feel like I am doing something athletic.   PT was helping, but I was really concerned if I could cover the race distance.   Hmmm, call a cab at 5 miles?   The day prior to the race, my PT at Apple Therapy Services opted for dry needling.  Crazy, but it helped significantly!   It was wild to see how my muscle bent the needle when it twitched.    Apparently, that’s a good thing!   I hopped off the table and my hip felt as loose as soggy spaghetti.   Thrilled after successful PT, I went to early number pickup at Millennium Running store and used a gift certificate from RibFest 5 mile race towards some Tifosi sunglasses!

Pre race near Northeast Delta Dental Partnership flag with Ellen Tidd and her fiancé Tom Raffio, CEO Northeast Delta Dental

With race sponsor Northeast Delta Dental CEO, Tom Raffio, and his fiancé Ellen Tidd (573)

I was looking forward to seeing my USATF friends and Whirlaway teammates who I haven’t raced with in a while.   From 2000 through 2014 I competed in every USATF NE Grand Prix Championship race (105 consecutive) and feel incredibly fortunate and grateful to be a Whirlaway runner.   Since then though, I’ve dialed down running and enjoy being an athlete more for fun now… a new “balance” with life and running.   I felt apprehension.   Would I be judged for not being as fast as I used to be?

USATF New England 10 Mile Championship

The weather predicted a 89 degree high, so started drinking water as soon as I woke up.   The “other injured SP” (Sal) picked me up at 7:15. We arrived at 7:45, found a good parking spot and checked out the area. Warmed up a bit on rail trail, a few bathroom stops, some banana and lined up near friends.  I started out very conservatively, seeing how hip would react. Pat Bourgault said, “just treating it like 10 mile run” and I kept that thought in my head.  I also drew on having run the course 3 weeks ago and seeing USATF friends around me – Lisa Doucett, Stephen Peckiconis, Whirlaway teammates Lisa Z and John Gorman – many others from a decade and a half of Championship races.

I walked through 2 water stops to make sure I got enough water, checked in with my body, didn’t look at splits.   Poignantly chasing Pat Bourgault and Lisa Doucett on one of the toughest inclines – and having the grit to pass them.  Pat got back by me, but she didn’t realize it until after we finished.   (The following day, Pat & I went to Greg Audet & Lisa Comire Kaim’s “After the Wedding Celebration” – amusing to talk about what we had forgotten during the race!)

The final right into the parking lot – don’t gauge it wrong – and then the fabulous sight of the finish line.  WMUR sports director Jamie Staton gave me a tremendous shout out, yay, and crossed the line, overjoyed that my body let me get this done.   Singlet and shorts were sopping, sunglasses so coated with dried sweat I could hardly see through them.

Headed to finish line

Headed to finish line

I was so grateful and fortunate to be able to get through.   When I saw my PT last night, she’d been worried how it would go.  As I told her that not only did I get through, I was 6th in NE Age Group, she got chills.   6th in NE age group was totally unreal, competing with runners like Mimi Fallon (3 Olympic Marathon trials and one world marathon team) and Whirlaway teammate/Olympian Maria Servin… absolutely an out-and-out gift.  finish line

As always, John Mortimer and Millennium provided an exceptional event. Pre-race information emailed, early number pick-up, free photos and results emailed, medals and womens size shirts, results trailer, lots of post race snacks, Andy Schachat announcing on the course and Jamie Staton at finish – always lots of extras and professionalism. Super all around!

Happy to see finish line

Happy to see finish line


1:21:19 (1:21:35)    8:08     6th in USATF NE AG (10 of 115   50-59 )


2016 Elliot Millennium Series / Points Chase – Still 1st in AG


pint glass from last year, medal, race shirt, number

pint glass from last year, medal, race shirt, number


Lake Massabesic early race morning

Lake Massabesic early race morning

Millennium Running – Boot Scootin’ Boogie 5K, Londonderry NH July 23, 2016

2 Aug


Boot Scoot

“Boots” Boot Scootin Boogie

Congratulations to everyone who participated and thank you for a great night Millennium Running!

“Boots” was another fabulously innovative, incredibly professional event from John Mortimer and Millennium. Everyone seemed to have a blast and the tough weather early on just made it more memorable! Plus it showed the resourcefulness and resilience of the athletes and Millennium crew.

The 2nd year of this country themed, evening race –  part of NH Grand Prix (club road running series) AND double miles for Elliot Millennium Series – so extra competitive!  With my lack of training, knee problems and the high level of competition, I tried not to have huge expectations.  Rather, I try to look at the positives, cherish the running “journey” and all the great, fit, determined athletes – together for the challenge & celebration.


country music

Taste of Nashville country music tour concert


Driving to the race I stopped at Dunkins’ for iced black coffee, hoping caffeine would give me a jolt, and noticed the weather was ominous. When I arrived at Londonderry High School and parked in a dirt lot near a baseball field, the wind was howling. It looked like a dust storm and baseball players were running towards their cars.   I thought of Cape Cod Marathon, October 2012 (Hurricane Sandy weekend).   As I ran towards registration and warm-up, Mike Thompson was removing the starting line… huh?!! WMUR Sports Director Jamie Staton (WMUR Sports Director) said registration, tents, everything was being taken down because of a thunderstorm warning, but they would be producing the race and it would kick off at 8pm.

The storm was quick moving and people were being asked to seek shelter until the storm passed, so Mike & Jamie said I could get in the truck. I still wanted to do a warm up, but heard tree limbs were down all over the area.

After it passed, everything came together incredibly rapidly and we lined up to start with a rainbow behind us!


Race number, wrist band to access post race concert, beer garden, bonfire, mechanical bull, etc. Swag cowboy hat to all participants

We were off!!!  It’s a fast downhill start.  I did my best to just keep pushing.   Friends Ellen, Greg, Jade were ahead of me.   It wasn’t until the last long uphill 3rd mile that I got near Jade.  She’s a super fit athlete, incredible competitor and leading the Millennium women’s Points Standings.  Jade pushed me hard to not lose her during the race.   Up the final part, meter by meter, relentless.

We turned the last left with finish line in sight, hearing Andy Schachat’s shout out… I threw in a kick… somehow Jade didn’t come… wow, I got lucky.  Did I mention Jade is leading the Millennium women’s Points Standings?!?  She’s an amazing runner.

It was a “hurl inspiring” finish.   I kept walking around for a few minutes, ready to barf!!!  John Mortimer asked if I was OK.   Jade said she did throw up. We must have pushed pretty hard!  Friend Tammie Robie, 3rd F, said it was that way for her too!

Jade, Steven

Jade Potts, me, Steven Krejckant – post race, check out Steven’s cow bell medal

Post race was a country music concert, mechanical bull, beer garden, food vendors, huge bonfire and people wearing their race cowboy hats. Runners loved the Yasso frozen yogurt bars – I tasted mint chip, but my stomach wasn’t ready for food.   Visited with Ellen Tidd & Tom Raffio, Audet’s, Jade & Steven and gave away my Sam Adam’s Summer beer.



Athletes headed to field, huge bonfire!

I started having post race bonkiness and it was getting late for me.   I needed to put something in my system quickly, fortunately there were some bananas left over and grabbed a few small slices of Portland Pie pizza as I walked back to the car.

I tried to not be too bummed about my time and not compare to where I was a few years ago.  I also tend to get down on myself often by comparing myself to others.  I need to stop my automatic thoughts and remind myself to follow the better way of looking at things.   Perspective, Sarah!!!!!  I gotta remember!!  I have so much to feel grateful about – thank you wonderful running friends who I treasure –  we keep getting it done!!  Appreciate the accomplishments, participate in the fun and thank God I am still able to do this!

 Results   23:17  7:30 pace  Kick time: :49 last 200 (7:22)

5th of 93 in AG 


yellow bib

Millennium Running Points Chase  – “maillot jaune” leader yellow jersey


Post race – Jamie Staton setting up for selfie

WMUR Sports Director Jamie Staton - post race.

WMUR Sports Director Jamie Staton – post race.


Millennium Running CEO, Founder John Mortimer; Delta Dental, race sponsor, CEO Tom Raffio; Senator Kelly Ayotte; Ellen Tidd (Tom’s fiancé) – twins Kelly & Ellen!

Millennium Running, Ribfest 5 mile, Merrimack – 06.19.2016

21 Jun


Third year and my 3rd Ribfest 5 mile, Anheuser Bush facility in Merrimack.  1403 registered runners.  This was part of a huge 3 day BBQ competition with live bands, booths, food vendors, kids race.   Last year it was a NH Championship (pouring rain) and the year prior it was a USATF-NE Grand Prix 5 mile Championship so this always draws fast, competitive runners.

Similar to last year, travelled with NHTI coach Perry Seagroves. Offsite parking at BAE guarantees warm up, warm down. Forecast was hot for the day (90’s)  9:00 a.m. start, I’d been hydrating for a few hours.

Inflatable arch

Inflatable arch

Like all Millennium events, everything was so professional with tremendous attention to detail. Plus this year had innovative tie-ins to the event, like BBQ apron (instead of race shirt) and BBQ wood-handled grill tool spatula awarded to top 50 Age Grade winners!  (My secret goal was to win an Age Grade BBQ grill tool)

We also received event entry & 2 free beers coupons, although I’ve never felt up for it post-race.

After stretches, strides, national anthem, we were off for the uphill start and ½ mile in, my quads wondered about that speed on treadmill the day before the race. Well, this was going to hurt, so be tough!  I tried to keep up with friends Ellen & Greg, which meant going out fast for me.   By two miles, I had inched ahead of them, but wasn’t sure how my legs were going to keep going for 3 more miles.   I felt like I was slowing in the 2nd-3rd miles.  Pat Bourgault came by me, but I couldn’t go any faster.   I saw Perry ahead (shorts on backwards, NHTI logo on the back!)   At 4 miles (wishing it was 5) I told myself “4 more laps on the track”   Form, mental focus.  Finally, taking the left turn downhill.  Look up for the huge black & white inflatable arch & clock, strong through the final, hearing Andy Schachat’s voice with a generously kind shout out… over the finish line!!!!!   I grabbed a water, spent – racing hurts.


Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable

With Whirlaway teammate & race winner Ruben Sanca

With Whirlaway teammate & race winner Ruben Sanca

Checked timing trailer for results, but it wasn’t showing AG, I knew at least 2 were in front of me. After a quick trip to the car, went back and found out YAY!!!  I was 19th in Age Grade awards!!!!  The BBQ wood-handled grill tool spatula!!!! PLUS we got gift certificates for Millennium store too!!!!  When I got home, I checked full results and found out I was 3rd in AG, whew, I got lucky today with strong competition.  Podium.

Coveted Age Grade award BBQ wooden handle grill tool!! BBQ apron, gift cert to Millennium store

Coveted Age Grade award BBQ wooden handle grill tool!! BBQ apron, gift cert to Millennium store


38:28 (10 seconds faster than last year)

3 of 124 in Age Group – podium day

19th Age Grade [34.09]

1403 registered runners

Points Standings Update  3rd female overall

Fisher Cats 3K May 29, 2016 – Memorial Day weekend

2 Jun
Fisher Cats

Fisher Cats

Thank you Fisher Cats and Northeast Delta Dental!

Outside stadium, pick up numbers

Outside stadium, pick up numbers

Memorial Day gives us pause to thank and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we can have our freedoms.  We are truly fortunate and coming together with friends in a race like this reminds me how much we have to be grateful for.

50, debut new AG:

Two weeks ago, I turned 50. I admit, I was secretly hoping to have a strong debut run here in 50 AG.   Plus, I love stadium finishes, the 3K distance, know Riverwalk area (late miles of Manchester Marathon course.)  Plus, race entry included buffet picnic overlooking left field, (1) complimentary ticket for game following race and Atlas fireworks show!

My secret plan for a good 50 AG showing were shot down Friday when I found out masters & seniors were combined, ugh, 40-59 AG! I dropped my expectations. Oh well, just go and enjoy the fun of the event.

Race day:

Temps were fortunately in the 60’s, compared to 90’s the day before. Grabbed my number, brief warm up to check sections of the course.  Ushered down stadium steps onto the field and nervously did strides for 4:15 start.

On the field

Tossed a rosin bag out of the way, like I was clearing a track.   Fired up, anticipating, ready… GO!!!  We were off, my heart rate increased… sprint, no rest, focus.

At a hairpin turn I saw leaders, Dave Dunham and a youngster together.   Ellen Tidd, who has been racing incredibly fast, had a teenage girl nearby.  I didn’t think they were within reach… just keep pushing hard.   Ellen got by the girl while on Riverwalk, then, surprisingly, I passed Ellen.   Keep strong around a left turn and up slight incline.   I was vocal at a car poised to cut off runners and kept focus entering the stadium.

Felt the red clay underfoot, with a gratifying push towards the clock… over the finish line!! 12:29, elated, that was quick!!! Jubliant, I checked in with other runners and kept moving.  I felt like I might have placed well, didn’t want to be too hopeful, but wondered if was among top women?!?!  Winner, Dave Dunham, thought I might have been 2nd female.   Teeming with excitement… 2nd overall female?!?!

It was hard for me to stop moving and think clearly. Did a 2 mile warm down, washed with excitement, adrenaline.  Dang, dang, dang, wow what a great day.

Northeast Delta Dental suite! Ellen Tidd (3rd F), me (2nd F) Dave Dunham (1st)

How “suite” it is! Northeast Delta Dental suite! Ellen Tidd (3rd F), me (2nd F) Dave Dunham (1st)

I didn’t think it could get better, then after the warm-down, walking inside the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium concourse , Tom Raffio (President and CEO of Northeast Delta Dental) graciously invited several of us to the Northeast Delta Dental Suite, including 1st , 2nd place (Dave Dunham & Dave Audet), Ellen Tidd (3rd F), me (2nd F)!!!  Immediately, as you step inside, the most tremendously stunning view of the ballpark!!  The suite is pristine; kitchen area with granite countertops, fridge stocked and hot and cold food, comfy furniture and through the sliding glass doors is a private seating area with real ball park seats.   Wow, what an honor and privilege to be invited, thank you, Tom!!!

Results, Fisher Cats 3K, May 29, 2016

Results, Fisher Cats 3K, May 29, 2016

Next, checked out the picnic… burgers, salad, hotdogs, chips (stomach doesn’t want to eat much post race) but while waiting, posted “Suite” photo and my iPhone received automatic results confirming I was 2nd female overall!!!! Wow, wow, dang, dang, dang, what a great day!!!!  Seriously incredible course of events!!

The race entry included post race all-you-can-eat buffet picnic overlooking left field

The race entry included post race all-you-can-eat buffet picnic overlooking left field

Game started at 6:05 and stayed for first pitch, but it was starting to get really chilly. I was trying to remember about awards, not sure how they’d handle them, so while walking to exit stadium, I looked up “Registrant Info” email:  “A Fisher Cats Prize Pack would be awarded to the top two race times among male participants and the top two race times among female participants in age groups. Additionally, the top three overall times for males and females would be awarded with a VIP Prize Pack presented on-field at the end of the first inning.”  What?!?!?!  NO WAY?!?!?!  COOL!!!  Double back to executive suite!!  How could the day keep getting better and better and better?!?!?

Tunnel inside stadium, headed to awards

Tunnel inside stadium, headed to awards

Tom Raffio showed us to the Guest Services area and we were led through corridors under the stadium to dugout.


Waiting behind the scenes to go on field

I was trying to take it all in – there were the Atlas fireworks for post game show, players were walking past us.

dugout 2

Dugout before going on field for awards. Fisher Cats game vs. the Reading Fightin’ Phils (AA-Philadelphia Phillies)

I tried to stay quiet and out of the way, oblivious to my chilly wet running bra, shorts, and that my Whirlaway sweatshirt wasn’t keeping me really warm!!   Hey, I wouldn’t miss this if I was frozen to the bone.

Awards on the field Dave Audet (2nd pl), Ellen Tidd (3rd F), me (2nd F), Dave Dunham (1st pl)

Awards on the field
Dave Audet (2nd pl), Ellen Tidd (3rd F), me (2nd F), Dave Dunham (1st pl)


We were given the cue to go out on the field and I turned to see that our names were displayed huge on the jumbotron.  It was hard to hear the announcer, so I likely waved at the wrong time… d’oh.  Our Fisher Cats VIP Prize Pack included an ball autographed by the players (witnessed and certified) plus, I won 4 tickets to any game this season!

Won a Fisher Cats team autographed ball; 4 tickets to any game this season!

Won a Fisher Cats team autographed ball; 4 tickets to any game this season!

Holy cow, wow!! Not my typical race… seriously, it could not have been more perfect. Heading home, I couldn’t settle down, stopped to grab some celebratory sushi (eventually there’d be hunger) with my thoughts replaying everything.  Living the dream!!

12:28.5, 6:42 pace, 2nd place Female

Full Results

What a day! Debut race in 50 AG could not have been more perfect

What a day! Debut race in 50 AG could not have been more perfect




Millennium Running, Cinco de Miles 05/01/2016

2 May

The race temperature was around 50, perfect for singlet & gloves. The Sportplex is a fun race venue in Bedford with an INDOOR finish on soft turf, right through inflatable Millennium arch!!  Love it. I parked off site and the distance was ideal for my warm-up and I greeted other runners along the way.  Smooth number pick up and gorgeous ¼ zip long sleeve shirts!  Women’s small!

cinco mike

Old friend Mike Thompson


Saw many friends and even Dave Tyler and Lisa Hodge, who I hadn’t seen in years. I wore Newton “Distance” shoes (from 2012) because my ankle strength has been improving so much, I’m getting to re-introduce them. Embarrassingly, I haven’t been doing much running, no speed work, and instead of feeling ready to race, on the day prior to the race I seriously felt like the “Michelin Man” ugh!   Some runners are so driven, prepared, focused, lean — Garmins — ranking — win or die!! Conversely, I was laughing with a chick who said she was “running for tequila.”

Cinco DT

Dave Tyler, Lisa Hodge and finish behind us

I went through pre-race routine, tried to think positively and hey, I’m in this for the fun, friends, getting in a few miles, oh and some Muscle Milk.  We were off and I ditched my gloves ½ mile into the race. Around 1.5 miles on this out and back course, I saw John Mortimer driving the Millennium lead car while filming us racing!


The lead male was way ahead and friend Tammie Robie was running super for women. I couldn’t find an extra gear and didn’t feel like I was moving very fast… but at least Pat Bourgault was still in sight. A nice downhill towards the Sportplex and unlike last year, I knew where we entered.   I turned the final corner to view the gorgeous inflatable Millennium arch finish line!!!  I felt the soft turf underfoot, kicked with anything I had, and couldn’t believe the most incredibly enthusiastic, complimentary shout out from Jamie Staton (WMUR sports director)


indoor finish, soft turf, love the arch!!


Hit my watch, yah, wow, wow, wow!!  A “work campus” runner had heard my name in the generous shout-out and introduced herself. I loved talking with her and her Swedish boyfriend.   Coronas and Margaritas weren’t on my agenda, so I visited with a few more friends, grabbed Muscle Milk for later, two bites of Portland Pie pizza and did my warm-down.It was barely beginning to sprinkle… another fabulously done Millennium event, even the weather!!

On the way home, I was thrilled to accomplish a bunch of errands (smart cover for new Apple Air2!!!)

I didn’t check the results, but my thoughtful friend said I would have been 2nd in AG, if I were 2 weeks older…  I finally checked my results the next day 7:16,  22:33

cinco post race

Fabulous shirt! Margarita glass from last year’s race!

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