How many kids or furbabies you have: 2 – Jack, 2 and Anna, 1
Location: Amherst, NH
One thing you love you about our MRTT chapter: The amazing support that we get from one another
When did you start running consistently? What prompted you to start? I’ve been running for years, but really started consistently training in 2012 because I signed up for my first marathon.
Where is your favorite place to run/workout? Definitely outside and I love running in Amherst. It’s beautiful, there’s nature all around, and I’ve come to enjoy all the hills. I love a good outdoor circuit during my strength workouts in the warmer months.
Do you have a favorite race? If not, what is on your bucket list? Tough question… I have a lot of favorite races, but I’d say Wallis Sands Half Marathon where I PR’d well before ever having babies and am now chasing down that goal again. Also, Chicago Marathon because I ran it while pregnant with my son and will never, ever forget it.
Bucket list – 150% Boston
What is your current running/fitness goal? to improve my overall pace and endurance as I train for Sugarloaf Marathon on 5/17
What motivational quote or motto keeps you working hard?
Free Choice Questions:
Why do you run?
For so many reasons, but a big one is to stay sane! Also, the freedom I get from running and the feeling of being so alive when I run remind me anything is possible.
Who do you love to run with?
I love to run with my neighbor and fellow MRTT member, Jillian P., because she will get up early and go any distance with me even though she is not currently training for anything. I also love to run with my husband because he always pushes me to go faster. And although they aren’t easy to push, I do love running with my two babies because I get to hear their giggles and know they are loving it just like Mommy!
March 7th marked my first of the four races I will be running in this month, and my second of the Will Run For Beer series. It is my first year doing this (or any) series, and so far I am loving the races. They are mainly based in Massachusetts. The first one I ran was the New Years Day 1st Run in Lowell. Venturing a little out of my NH comfort zone has been great.
The Will Run For Beer series is put on by Loco Running, perhaps most well known in these parts for the Smuttynose Half. Loco Running started out as a shoe store and formed Club Loco in 2006. Similar to Millenium, they grew quickly and put on many races in New England, as well as having a running club. I have always found their races to have a big turnout, good, professional organization, and fun after parties. This race was no exception. Despite all the complications of having a race at the beach, after all the snow we’ve had, I was pleasantly surprised to find free parking, close to the race start. Bag check was available for a small fee. Bib pick up took place inside an arcade. It went smoothly and quickly. There was a DJ making announcements the whole time, and plenty of volunteers and signs. More than adequate Porta potties as well, with nice short lines. The race started just a few minutes late, though in the cold sea breezes and winter temps those minutes felt like an eternity. After the race our results were posted (on paper) by the awards tent. Results were promptly emailed as well.
All runners got cute cotton t-shirts. Those who placed got a special shirt and Smuttynose beer glass. At the end of the race there was plenty of water, PowerAde, yogurt, delicious pizza (I think it was Christy’s) and free beer. The beer was a rather unfortunate IPA though, and a keg malfunction caused excessive foam-age. Most runners quickly abandoned it and moved on to the bar to buy their own.
The roads were about as clear as you could hope for, considering the weather we’ve had. There were a few speed bumps and icy patches to avoid, and an apparent water main break. I missed that but heard about it after. I was told they did a good job dealing with it. The course was well marked, with plenty of volunteers directing us and a water stop halfway through. I had hoped for better scenery, seeing as it was at the beach. We mainly ran through neighborhoods. It was a nice flat course, and mother nature at least blessed us with plenty of sun.
The After Party:
This was my first year running this race. I heard the after party was in a larger location in previous years. Not sure how they ended up at the Carousel this year but it was probably not the best choice. There were a lot of us packed into a very small space. I definitely experienced some moments of claustrophobia in the beginning, and we debated staying. I was glad we did though. The crowd thinned out a little, the alcohol started flowing, and then there was the Karaoke contest, which was a BLAST. I’ve been to some great after parties in my little race career, but this was definitely in the top 3. Everyone was laughing, dancing, singing along, and just having a great time. Drunk by 10:30 in the morning and singing at the top of our lungs to Shaggy, Springsteen, and Eminem? Why not? We’re runners, we got up early, drove to the beach, and ran in sub 20 degree temps. We earned this. After the Karaoke most of us found our way out to the snow covered beach for pictures and more laughter, and the promise of summer beach races!! There was a whole lot of happy going around.
On a personal note (brag warning) I was feeling extra happy because I earned myself a PR of 25:26, my first sub 26 minute race. I loved seeing some of my favorite MRTT friends there, and even hearing one of them kill it at karaoke. Despite the cold this race truly felt like a kick off to spring racing and I can’t think of a better way to have begun March. I would definitely recommend this race, and hope to do it again in the future. Who knows, maybe I’ll even make my way on to the stage next time.
How many kids or furbabies you have: One, 2 1/2 year-old little girl
1 thing you love you about our MRTT chapter: The positivity! Everyone truly comes from a place of support.
When did you start running consistently? What prompted you to start? I started running after the birth of my daughter by completing the couch to 5K program on the treadmill. Then I signed up for my first race and started running outside. Now I hate the treadmill!
2. Where is your favorite place to run/workout? Around Goffstown, especially on the rail trail. It’s a great little town and the mix of terrain keeps it interesting.
3. Do you have a favorite race? If not, what is on your bucket list? It’s a toss up! I’m a big fan of the Ribfest 5 Miler – good distance, course, atmosphere, and plenty of food afterward. However, I had a blast doing my first Spartan Sprint last year.
4. What is your current running/fitness goal? Last year was all about distance and I did my first half marathon. This year, I want to break my 5K PR of 25:08. It’s a lofty goal.
5. What motivational quote or motto keeps you working hard?
My mom passed away from complications due to a debilitating type of arthritis at the young age of 62. She fought the last two years of her life to keep from having her feet amputated. I try to remember running is a privilege
Free Choice Questions:
What is your go to pump you up song?
Right now, it’s Diamond Eyes by Shinedown. I listen to a lot of Rock
What other hobbies do you have?
When I’m not running I attend yoga classes often. I also have a horse and ride Western Pleasure, showing here and there. I just got my first bike and am excited to try cycling this year. Apart from that, I love good company, food & wine and the laughter that comes with them.
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The Boston Marathon is known as the Super Bowl Sunday for runners. More people will line the streets and watch on TV/online than any other sporting event, including the Super Bowl. The Boston Marathon is the ultimate marathon and every runner knows that, which is why your ears perk up when you hear someone talking about how they are training for it. You want to know more but you don’t want to be too over the top with your questions, but if you’re anything like me, your excitement might overtake your manners and you’ll ask a million questions anyway. Most of the time it’s fine because runners know we love to talk about our running, especially with other runners because everyone else in our life who isn’t a runner is certainly sick of hear about it.
Our Moms Run This Town Chapter has several people running the Boston Marathon this year. As we count down to race day we’ll get a chance to learn about journey they’ve taken to get to the start line. To celebrate one month until the big race day we get to know a little more about one of our bloggers, Lauren and how she got started in training for her very first marathon!
1. Lauren, what charity are you running with? Why?
Usually when someone tells you, “you have a big heart,” they are complimenting your empathic and compassionate spirit; however, when a cardiologist tells you this while you are lying on an examination table; the phrase takes on a very different meaning. In May of 2006 at the age of 24, I was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect called Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA). PDA is a “hole” in the heart that if left untreated causes cardiomyopathy (an enlarged heart) and increases risk for stroke. In my case, the PDA was extensive and the cardiomyopathy was severe so immediate surgery was required. On May 25th, one month before my wedding day, Dr. Igor Palacios successfully performed a transcatheter occlusion procedure that “plugged” the hole in my heart without the need for open heart surgery and Dr. John Levinson provided the post-operative care that enabled me to walk down the aisle on June 25th as planned. My family and I will always be grateful for these two cardiologists and the team of amazing nurses at the Center for Interventional Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Eight years, two children, and countless echocardiograms later, I’m still being told that I have a “big heart,” but now it’s because I have committed to running the 2015 Boston Marathon as a member of Tedy’s Team while raising funds for the American Stroke Association! As many of you know, former New England Patriots star Tedy Bruschi suffered a stroke in February of 2005. What many of you don’t know however is that Tedy’s stroke was caused by a congenital heart defect similar to PDA. Believe it or not, Dr. Palacios operated on Tedy as well!
Since marathon training is so demanding I often get asked why I do it. The answer is always the same: I run because I can. There was a time when I couldn’t run and there may be a time when I can no longer run, but now is not that time. I am running for me, Tedy, and all other “Heart Warriors” who have or are fighting to overcome stroke or congenital heart disease. I anticipate a vigorous marathon training schedule that will test my physical and mental endurance; however when I do finally “toe the line” on Marathon Monday alongside my teammates I know it will all be worth it.
2. What fundraising tip would you give to a person who has never done it before?
Take advantage of charitable giving programs. Many companies want to support the causes that their employees care about, so they set up charitable giving programs through which they match employee donations to eligible nonprofits. The company I work for matches 100% of my charitable donations up to $5,000.
3. What is your most memorable training run so far?
My most memorable training run was my 14 mile run in Boston with my training partner Lauren. The temps were in the negative numbers and during many parts of the run we were trudging through snow, but we made it. That was the first time we had ever run further than 13.1 miles. I remember saying to myself, “If you can run 14 miles you can run 26.2 right?!”
4. What gets through a tough run/workout?
A powerful playlist and the thoughts of a hot shower and yummy food afterwards.
5. What other things besides running are you doing with your marathon training? How do you think it’s helped you?
I believe that cross training is the key to staying injury free. In addition to running I take spinning, barre, and TRX small group training classes at the Executive Health and Sports Center. Spinning has helped with cardiovascular endurance. Barre has helped with flexibility and hip/glute strength. TRX small group training has increased my shoulder/back and calf/quad strength.
6. What are you most excited for on race day?
I am most excited about toeing the start line with other charity runners who have made so many sacrifices and have devoted so much time and effort to get to the start line of such a prestigious marathon. The positive energy and strong emotions at the start line will be like no other.
7. Is there anything you’re nervous /scared of come race day?
My longest training run will be 21 miles so the unknown 21-26.2 miles terrify me. Will my body hold up? Will that pesky right calf cramp come back? Nobody knows?! I do know that I will be running with my heart and not with my legs at that point. That thought helps put my mind at ease.
How many kids or furbabies you have: 2 children (3 &6) and one furbaby (13)
One thing you love you about our MRTT chapter: The support is unbelievable even without physically meeting other members!
1. When did you start running consistently? What prompted you to start? I started running consistently January of 2009 with a schedule ready to run a half that April. I started running with a weight loss goal in mind but found that running was so much more than that.
2. Where is your favorite place to run/workout? Anywhere outside, no matter what town or state I am in, I want to run it!
3. Do you have a favorite race? If not, what is on your bucket list? I do not have a favorite race though I would really like to run the CHAD half marathon. My bucket list race is the NYC marathon. I just love NY.
4. What is your current running/fitness goal? My goal is to keep my running consistent. My fitness goal is to move into my 40s healthier and more fit than I was in my 20s!
5. What motivational quote or motto keeps you working hard? There are so many that I love…but here is a short one that sums up a lot…
Free choice questions:
What other hobbies do you have? Kayaking and hiking.
If you could run any race in the world, regardless of price or logistics, what would you run? Big Sur
What’s your favorite race swag? Of course the shirt
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I know what GMMRTT means to me but I wondered what did it mean to all the other ladies in the studio with me that day?
Strong women who support one another. That’s who I was surrounded by at yesterday’s GMMRTT 2nd Birthday event. It felt amazing to get together with everyone and put faces with names in person. It was nice to be in an environment where you aren’t self-conscious and don’t feel judged, even when doing full on squats in the front of the group! The barre portion of the event made me miss Pilates and the strength and conditioning portion was eye-opening and reminded me the importance of stretching and getting back to basics. I’m so glad I took time out to attend!
Saturday we gathered at Diamond Fit Diva Studio, yoga mats in hand, to celebrate the two year anniversary of our chapter of Moms Run This Town. We did Barre, we foam rolled, we practiced our balance postures, we laughed. And we ate cake!! It was a great day. The best part of it was the company. I joined this club just over a year ago and I can truly say it’s changed my life. I’ve made some amazing friendships. But running friends are more than friends. They are our coaches, our cheerleaders, our inspiration, our sources of wisdom, and our favorite people to share peanut butter smoothies with. There is a special bond that exists between runners. And a very special bond that exists between moms who run.
I looked around that room yesterday and saw different people from different backgrounds and stages of life. Many of us would never have met without this group. I know some of our stories. The special needs mom, the pregnant mom, the hockey mom, the mom who’s transformed her life. The mom who’s training for the Boston Marathon. The mom who never thought she’d be a runner. We are all on this amazing journey. And the best part is that we are all in it together.
I think my favorite part of the day was when Ramon talked to us about running and said we all need to treat ourselves like athletes. Because we are. He said it doesn’t matter if you get up to run 20 miles or 3 miles. We are all doing something that is special. Getting up to run 3 miles isn’t common place because it’s an uncommon thing to do. Most people don’t do that! It really hit home to me when he said this because I’ve been in the running world long enough to forget, how special it is! So yay us!! We deserve some cake. I am so grateful to this club, and do grateful to Sharon for starting it. It is truly amazing how quickly we’ve grown and how much we’ve acheived. I can’t wait to see what the next 2 years bring. I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years bring! Happy Birthday Greater Manchester NH MRTT!
If Deb runs a 9 minute mile and “boy x” runs a 6 minute mile, how far can Deb run before “boy x” catches up?
This was the inaugural year for the Skirtchaser 7k managed by TI Event Services. In this race, “the women” got a 3 minute head start on “the men” thus the math problem above ran through my mind as I signed up. How far would I get? Honestly I don’t know the answer to that! I never did like math word problems! Do feel free to work it out for me! What I do know is that this race was a lot of fun! As my legs carried me through the course I wondered, where would that first man pass me? When he did, I thought: “my running sister in the front it’s all you now”!
This theme and the 7k distance really was refreshing and everyone I talked to post run really enjoyed it. Chill Spa was providing free glitter tattoos upstairs at TI Fitness before the race where bibs were also available for pickup if you hadn’t made it to Runner’s Alley the evening before. I wish I had made it up there for a tattoo! The course was well marked, clear and there was at least one volunteer stationed at each intersection. Any time I felt like I would let up, a volunteer was cheering. Hey, I can’t let down a random stranger who is cheering! The race had an intimate feel with a smaller number of runners participating. I also felt like the participants were true running enthusiasts and all runners seemed very friendly to one another. Bibs had the Skirtchaser logo on them and timing chips were attached. I did later realize that I had to add three minutes on to my finish time as the clock was reset when the men started. I will definitely run this race again next year and I hope that timing aspect gets smoothed out a bit. The tutu provided for the race swag wasn’t necessarily flattering but it was free and truly was fun for the theme so of course I wore it! The registration price was very reasonable so it was nice that a free tutu was even worked in! The post-race ceremonies were at Penuche’s Bar and Grill on Hanover Street where beer tickets could be redeemed.
All in all, I’d say GMMRTT was a big fan of the Skirtchaser 7k!
(TI Event Services is a local race management company who specializes in managing new or existing fundraising and charity events. Nice job TI!)
The first 150 Women received a free tutu skirt
The first 150 Men received a free tee shirt
All participants ages 21+ received a free beer ticket redeemable at Penuche’s or Maggie’s
The 4.3 mile course started in front of the Palace Theater on Hanover Street with women lining up for first start.
3, 2, 1 and we were off heading west on Hanover Street (check out the start line video above). A right turn had us heading North up Elm Street and I do mean up! At about mile 2 we all ran UP a good sized hill (see the graphic below, feel the hill). Just when you thought it was over you turned a corner and there was a little more hill! Then thankfully it was all downhill (in a good way of course) as we wound around Manchester’s north end. Finally, it was all a straight way from there into the finish line back on Hanover Street. I was pretty excited to see my husband standing on the corner cheering as I made the right turn on to Hanover! Run harder Deb!
The After Party:
The beer ticket was redeemable at either Maggie’s on Elm or Penuche’s on Hanover. This caused our GMMRTT group to divide up with most heading to Maggie’s to socialize. The post-race award ceremonies were at Penuche’s so my husband and I settled there where we met up with a few new GMMRTT members. It was so nice to meet you! Welcome to our group! I also got to meet the lovely Christine from TI Events Services who is so very sweet!
A woman was announced as the overall winner of the race! Hooray! Plus our very own Jess placed in her age group and received the coveted Pilsner Glass. Go Jess! You rock!
Brooke and Jess headed out over back to Maggie’s after the awards. My husband and I finished our apps and headed home to relieve Nana. I really did miss celebrating with the rest of the ladies though! It sounds like Maggie’s was fun! See you next time! Nice job ladies!