Meet Our Mother Runners | Melissa M

Name: Melissa M.

How many kids or furbabies you have: I have one 11 year-old daughter and a 20 year old meowing fur-baby

Location: Bedford

One thing you love you about our MRTT chapter: I love how friendly and supportive everyone is!

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  1. When did you start running consistently? What prompted you to start? I started running when I was eleven years old – the summer after 6th grade. My best friend’s mother was an ultra-marathoner and she wanted to get her daughter interested in running. So, she took her daughter to a one-mile fun run on the boardwalk and had invited me to come along. I loved it. Her daughter didn’t. I joined the high school JV cross country team in seventh grade. 33 years later, here I am. 

  2. Where is your favorite place to run/workout? I don’t really have one favorite place. It depends on my mood. I do like the woods in my neighborhood. I also love running on the track. I was a half-miler in school and going back to a track always makes my legs want to get some speed going.

  3. Do you have a favorite race? If not, what is on your bucket list? My favorite race was the Cape Cod Marathon in 1996. The route along the shore was beautiful and finishing brought a great feeling of accomplishment. I’d like to do another marathon one-day. Or, I’d at least like to do a half. I also loved the Newburyport ten. I did that many years ago as well. People lined the whole ten miles clapping. It was an amazing feeling. I haven’t run races in a long time.

  4. What is your current running/fitness goal? To have fun and stay healthy…and maybe to do that half-marathon!

  5. What motivational quote or motto keeps you working hard? My Dad gave me a plaque when I raced as a girl and I often keep its lines running through my head. It’s come in handy in running and in life. It goes like this: “When your luck’s run down and your world’s gone wrong, When life’s all uphill and the road is long, Keep your spirits high ’cause through thick and thin, You must carry on if you are to win. Never mind if things hold you back a bit, You’ll come out on top, but you mustn’t quit.”

Free Choice Questions:

****Why do you run? I run because I can’t not run.  I have been running for so long that it’s just part of who I am. I had to give it up for a few years because of a foot injury. I thought I’d never be able to run again, but a chiropractor helped me and I was able to start back about a year ago. I am so happy to be running again!Running just makes me happy. I love the movement. I love feeling strong. I love slicing through the air and feeling the breeze and sunshine on my skin on a good day. I love saying that I was just able to get out there and do it on a bad one.

***What other hobbies do you have? I am an avid gardener, reader, and writer. I like antiquing and museum-going. I enjoy many physical activities such as yoga, weightlifting, and biking. I also ride a moped and hope to work my way up to a motorcycle this year. (I’m tired of riding on the back of my husband’s!)

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Meet Our Mother Runner | Kristen C

Name:  Kristen C.

How many kids:  4 kids (ages 9, 8, just turned 7 and a 5 year old who thinks he’s 10) *Obviously, there was no need for me to answer the question later in this profile “Why do you run?”! ☺

Location: Bedford (if you really want to find me, best places to look would be the deli line at Market Basket, any aisle of Target, my children’s school, and any day before 6 a.m. – the streets).

One thing I love about MRTT: The diversity!  I love that there are so many women at so many different stages of life and running experience, all supporting each other EVERY SINGLE DAY on the site and in real life.

That is me #533, and those 2 women next to me? Total strangers helping me finish my first 1/2 strong, staying with me the last 2 miles.....angels in disguise. I will never forget them. One day, I will pay this forward. That is why I love this sport!
That is me #533, and those 2 women next to me? Total strangers helping me finish my first 1/2 strong, staying with me the last 2 miles…..angels in disguise. I will never forget them. One day, I will pay this forward. That is why I love this sport!
  1. When did you start running consistently? Why did you start? 2010 – *refer to “How many kids do you have question above.*
  2. Where is your favorite place to run? I will run pretty much anywhere, however my favorite time to run is early, early morning.  I love the calmness and the quietness of this time, as well as seeing some pretty spectacular sunrises over the years.
  3. Do you have a favorite race? Bucket list race? I do not have a favorite, but like many runners Boston is certainly on my bucket list.
  4. Current running/fitness goal?   Progress not perfection and to be one step closer to a goal today than I was yesterday.
  5. What motivational quote keeps you working hard? I enjoy a good quote and have a few favorites that speak to me. However when things get hard (I mean really hard, like ugly-cry hard) and I need a heavy dose of motivation, I turn to people. I think of family, friends, and sometimes people I don’t even know in real life.  These are people who inspire me and I call upon their strength to get me through whatever I am facing.

When it comes time to hop on a training plan, I do have a quote that is just above the bulletin board where I pin the current plan:

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Free Choice Questions:

What is your go to pump up song?

Eminem, Lose Yourself – “So here I go it’s my shot. Feet fail me not, this may be the only opportunity that I got.”

What other hobbies do you have?

I love this question because so many people think I just run. Like that’s it, that’s all I do or can do.  I am a major bargain shopper and love to get a great deal! I also love to cook, watch my kids play sports, be a party thrower and a party go-er (if you are over 40 sometimes this is referred to as a gathering), go biking/spinning, sample craft brews from around the country, and enjoy being creative.

I hope to meet every one who has taken the time to read this and share some miles together! Till then, run on!

Meet Our Mother Runners | Sarah W.

Name: Sarah W.

How many kids or furbabies you have: 2 sons, Ages 2 and 10

Location: Nashua

One thing you love you about our MRTT chapter: I am a newer member but I love people sharing their accomplishments and motivating each other through happy moments and struggles. I am looking forward to meeting new people and having people to run with.

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  1. When did you start running consistently? What prompted you to start? I have always been active since high school but I really got back into running and races after my second son was born. It was a fun and easy way to feel good and be with my son. I caught the racing bug last year and love trying to beat my PR with each race I do.

  2. Where is your favorite place to run/workout?  Mines Falls and the Nashua Rail Trail for outside. Nashua or Merrimack YMCA for inside work. And my basement for muscle strength workouts.

  3. Do you have a favorite race? If not, what is on your bucket list? I don’t! They are all so different. I do 2ks with my older son, usually 5ks by myself to see how fast I can go and 1/2 marathons with friends so we can accomplish it together and have fun catching up on long training runs.  I do like races that are more flat than hilly.

  4. What is your current running/fitness goal? I like to do a spring and fall 1/2 marathon and win at least one 5k in my age group. I also love to help others get hooked on running too.

  5. What motivational quote or motto keeps you working hard? Not really a quote but whenever I don’t feel like running or I am in a race and want to slow down I remind myself of all the people in my life that no longer have the privilege or health to run and it reminds me how blessed I am that I can.

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Free Choice Questions:

Why do you run? I run because it is easy. Grab your shoes and go. I also love having the time to myself to brainstorm or just think and then feel so relaxed afterwards.

What is your favorite way to fuel up after a good run/workout? Regular training I go for a protein shake. Beet, blueberry and Spinach is my favorite. But after a long race it is all about the burger and beer!

B.A.A 5k | Race Recap

Race Location: Boston, MA
Date: April 18, 2015, 8:00 am
Managed by: Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.)
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Organization:
Everything about this race was very organized. Runners were mailed their bibs about 2-3 weeks before race day and the bibs had their names printed on them. Sadly, my packet was lost in the mail, so I had to bring a photo ID on race day and was given a new bib. All booths were clearly marked, we knew exactly where to go. There were so many volunteers everywhere and they were very helpful. With a field size of 10,000 runners, everything flowed quite smoothly.
The Course:
The race started and finished at Boston Common. It was a beautiful, flat course that ran through the streets of Boston. The last leg of the race took runners up the famous Boylston St, where they were able to run across the Boston Marathon Finish line!
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Swag:
Adidas tech shirt, finisher’s medal, goody bag of food that included a fruit cup, pear, water and dinner rolls!! Vendors were set up throughout the Common giving away food and drink samples as well.
After Party:
Many of the runners hung around the Common for a bit and soaked up the sun. After a little wardrobe change, we headed back down Boylston and checked out the Sports & Fitness Expo at the John B. Hynes Convention Center. There was so many great vendors to check out! Adidas had a huge display to shop in, lots of healthy fueling options to sample, races all around the world to check out and even a chance to sit down and watch a video of the Marathon course. This expo was huge and lots of freebies were handed out.
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Other comments/thoughts:
If anyone ever dreams of running the Boston Marathon someday, I encourage them to run this race. It was an amazing sample of what the race is all about. Runners from all over the world line the streets and shops of Boston and the positivity in the air is simply inspiring. We were able to get down there pretty early in the morning, before things started to open. We found the marathon finish line and were able to take lots of photos with it! The police officer on duty even diverted traffic around us, giving everyone all the photo ops they wanted. Everything about this day was perfect; the weather, the course, the people. This race made my heart smile!
-Crystal G.

Nutty Irish 5k | Race Recap

Where: Old Salem Greens, Salem MA
When: 3/21/15
Managed by: B&S Event Management
Professionally timed by: Racewire
Proceeds to benefit: A portion of the proceeds donated to the Salem Recreation Department
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I have a bit if a love/hate relationship with novelty races. On the one hand they are fun and different. On the other they tend to be costly and not well organized. My general rule of thumb is I’ll do them if they are on a coupon site and I have friends joining me. The Nutty Irish Cocoa Run fell into these categories for me. A few of my favorite run buddies were interested and it was on livingsocial. Also I was hooked by the promise of keepsake cocoa mugs, hot chocolate, and nips at the end. What I did not realize till about 2 weeks prior, when a friend mentioned it, was it’s a cross country race. This fact is stated on their website but I missed it. I also hadn’t anticipated the insane amount of snow we were still having in March. A few weeks before the race we began to get emails from the organizers recommending snowshoes, and at this point I began to consider backing out. But I had said I would go with my friends, and run with my friend’s daughter. So I decided to stick it out. I packed my (never worn) snowshoes, and also my yak trax, which I wore most of the winter and hoped to be able to get away with. And when I saw the forecast of snow I tried not to cry. In the end it was a fun day and I was very glad I didn’t chicken out.
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Organization:
As novelty races go I would say this was one of the better organized ones I’ve participated in. We did receive multiple emails on the weeks prior to the race, informing us of details. The parking situation was unfortunate, mainly because of how yucky the weather was that morning. Fortunately I had carpooled with friends who have 4 wheel drive. So we were permitted to use the smaller, higher up lot, not too far from the clubhouse. But most people had quite a hike. Once we made it to the clubhouse the bib pick up was quick and well run. We were able to use indoor bathrooms and congregate inside. It was cramped but there were also snacks and coffee and people were friendly.
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Swag:
Pre registered runners got a pair of texting gloves. Those who chose to pay a little extra (I did) got a keepsake mug.
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The Course:
The course was indeed cross country, at a golf course. There were two loops and because of the snow we were informed people could opt to do just one loop. Anyone who chose the one loop option was not allowed to cross the finish line though. I saw a pretty even mix of snow shoes and yak trax. Ultimately my friends and I opted for the trax. The course was clearly marked with plenty of volunteers directing us and a water stop halfway through. The course was beautiful but treacherous. Fairly hilly and the snow not nearly so well packed as one would like. I definitely was concerned about injury. And from what I saw the snowshoers struggled a bit more than those of us in trax, in terms of stumbling. I was impressed though how many of them were running!
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I ran the first loop with my friend’s daughter Laura, who is 11. She did great but by the time we got to the end of the first loop and drinking our water she decided she was done. A volunteer told her where to go and after I congratulated her on doing a great job she met up with her parents. I chose to keep going. For the most part I really enjoyed myself. It felt a bit like an obstacle run. But I find obstacle runs to be really fun. I did worry about getting hurt but I also enjoyed the challenge. My favorite moment was nearing the end of the second loop and a volunteer calling out to me, “There’s my kilt girl! I knew you’d be back!” He was the same volunteer who after the end of the first loop started yelling at us all to speed up and do negative splits. I love people like that, and I’ll admit I tried. I can definitely say that out of the group I was with I was the only one to truly enjoy the course and have fun with it. I even got a kick out of the fact it was snowing, once I got going. Maybe I’m just crazy like that.
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One thing to note though is all of our gps’s marked the course as quite a bit under a 5k. I never received an email of my results and couldn’t find them on racewire, though I saw my friends there. I believe I did it in around 35 minutes. Also our race pictures were adorable but not free.
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The After Party:
The after party took place on the deck and inside the clubhouse. There was a DJ and the promised hot cocoa with nips. There was also delicious soda bread, fruit, and wine/hard cider for sale. Each runner got two cups of cocoa with the fixings – whipped cream, chocolate shavings etc. There were several flavors to choose from (I went with peppermint) and then runners over 21 could go to the bar and choose a shot of Bailey’s or other alcoholic options. There was a very long line we had to stand in to get our cocoa though, which we were all pretty unthrilled with. We stuck around maybe a half hour, long enough to get our money’s worth, before heading out to get lunch at a restaurant.
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Other Comments:
To summarize I would say it was a fun event, glad I went. Not necessarily dying to do it again but wouldn’t be adamantly opposed either. I would recommend it to anyone who is up for a bit of a crazy race and likes spiked hot chocolate. I would also recommend looking for it on a coupon site and paying for the mug ahead of time, because everyone who didn’t seemed a bit bummed.
Local coupon websites on which I have found novelty race discounts, as well as fitness class/gym membership discounts, and discounts on sporting gear: