Twenty-five Years & Still Running
The Wingfoot Express
Newsletter of the Greater Boston Track Club
Table of contents:
- GBTC Ladies 6th in Nation at Freihofer’s 5k
- Rain Did Not Keep GBTC Away at Portsmouth 10k
- Editor’s Note
- Club happenings
- GBTC Apparel is here!!
- Members night!!
- Get ready for Lake Winnipesaukee Relays
- GBTC 25th Anniversay Gala
- Wanna Real Workout?
- Welcome New Members
- Message board
- Attention Writers!
- 1998 USATF-NE Grand Prix Road Race Series
- Volunteers Needed for Corporate Challenge on July 30th
- Body Image: Are you imagining the wrong body?
- Clif Bars: Great Tasting Natural Energy!
- Training Tip: stretching the truth
- Track results
- Road Results
- The Freihofer’s Adventure: Four Perspectives
- Rachel Rocks the RNR in San Diego
- Another Day at Altitude
- XC Report: Lynn Woods Update
GBTC Ladies 6th in Nation at Freihofer’s 5k
When has it ever happened that everyone on a team rises to the occasion and chalks up a personal record in the big race when it counts? GBTC’s women team did just that on May 25th at the 20th Anniversary Freihofer’s 5k Run for Women in Albany N.Y.
Dara Zall ran an amazing 18:45. She has the least racing experience of anyone on the team having never run track in high school or college. With only a handful of track races under her belt, she was able to masterfully manage an enormous, high-quality field and get the most out of herself.
New GBTC member Maria Sun plowed through the crowds to run her best at 21:40. Jennifer Rapaport ran her best time of 17:49 and Joanna Veltri ran 17:35.
Rain Did Not Keep GBTC Away at Portsmouth 10k
Despite the ceaseless downpours, Dara Zall led GBTC runners at the 21st Annual Market Square Day 10K Road Race in Portsmouth, NH.
Finishing sixth in her age group Dara Zall lead the GBTC women’s road race team to 7th place beating the BAA team in the third New England Grand Prix race of 1998 averaging 6:07 per mile. Second GBTC woman Claire McManus also placed 6th in her age group. Claire, Jean Smith, and Dorothy Fine placed 5th in the woman’s masters team. Dara is pointing toward the Tufts 10 km and National Championship on October 12th. We’re preparing to have our top GBTC women there. The Grand Prix 8 km -Ro-Jacks- with all the food- is perfectly placed on October 4th for preparation.
Our men’s team managed to seize the 6th place slot in Portsmouth. Running without Jesse Darley, Hector Perez, David Allen, or Deon Barrett our competitors each ran well and placed very close to each other. After a jumbled start our flashes in red, Blouin, Pawlicki, and Seto found each other through a 5:10 first mile. Jim and Arnold pulled away a bit in the second mile. John came back on them at 5 km and the three of them joined forces and rushed together like a red tsumani through the field of racers and finishing in the same five seconds.
I’m very excited to take on the new responsibility of editor for the Wingfoot. I will continue to bring you all the latest and greatest race, track and club news as before.
In this issue, you will see some changes and new additions. For starters, I’ve included a full calendar for the next three months, training tips and yes, pictures!
May and June were active months. Probably one of the most important and special events was the Freihofer’s 5k in Albany. The GBTC women who ran this race share their personal and candid accounts of the race in Four Perspectives. In keeping with the spirit of women runners, I’ve included some women’s races in the calendar section. I will also continue the tradition of Member Profiles, now called GBTC People. This month, the Wingfoot profiled Jesse Darley who returned in May from the 1998 Everest Expedition. Jesse tells his story of the events leading up to the expedition. With track season is full swing, you can read how GBTC has fared for 1998 in track results. The list is long but impressive.
As always, your feedback is valuable and I welcome your commets, criticism and suggestions. I look forward to hearing from you!
GBTC Apparel is HERE!!
Jennifer Rapaport has taken over the club’s merchandising responsibilities. It’s now easy and convenient to order your GBTC apparel. Act soon while supplies last!
How to order your GBTC garb . . . .
Via Snail Mail: Please complete the order form included in the Wingfoot and mail your check and order form to: Jennifer Rapaport, 1073 Main Street, Melrose, MA 02176.
Via Email: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the Item, Item Price, Quantity/Size and Total Price. Please mail a check to Jennifer Rapaport, 1073 Main Street, Melrose, MA 02176.
All apparel items are listed in the attached order form. Clothing will be shipped directly to your residence, so make sure you include the correct shipping address.
If you would like to receive your clothing at Tuesday’s practice, you must email Jennifer at least two days prior to practice with all the information. You must bring a check for the exact amount to practice.
The “order price” on the order form reflects the item’s cost and the additional postage to ship it directly to your residence.
Stay tuned for more info on the GBTC Cyberstore! We are working on GBTC’s first online store so you can order your clothing directly from our Web site at www.gbtc.org
NEW SINGLETS! New singlets from Pearl Izumi for both men and women are on the way. Soon we’ll all be blazing hot in our red GBTC singlets!!
For more information on clothing, please contact Jennifer Rapaport at 781-662-1100.
After a long, hard workout what could be more entertaining than joining your GBTC friends at the Muddy Charles Pub on Memorial Drive? Before you answer that, wipe off your sweat and cough up a few bucks every 2nd Tuesday of the month for good times at GBTC Members Night. You can meet the coaches and board members, eat pizza, drink beer and watch Sienfeld (re-runs only)
Get ready for Lake Winnipesaukee Relays
The relay is an 8-leg, 66-mile race around the lake. The club has participated every year since the start. It’s a great race and one of the most enjoyable times on our social calendar. Once again, we will attempt to field several competitive teams as well as a fun team or two.
As in past years, we will stay at the Samoset Resort Condos in Guilford, NH. Taking a pro-active stance this year, we have reserved 6 units which will be secured by a 50% deposit due Samoset August 21. Each unit (personally inspected by Sandy Miller) includes three separate bedrooms and will accommodate at least 8 persons. Directions and other race details will be provided well in advance of the race date.
The total cost this year (per athlete participating in the relay) is $85 which includes the application fee and two nights lodging at the resort.Your $45 deposit is due by July 21. The balance is due August 25th. Consider paying the total amount by July 21 in order to minimize the hassle and additional bookkeeping.
Please make checks payable to Greater Boston Track Club and either give it to Michelle Parks or Michael Urquiola at track or mail to:
1957 Commonwealth avenue Apt 5
Brighton, MA 02135
Units will be assigned by team, if you have special requests for sleeping arangements they will be handled on an individual basis, first come first serve.
Volunteers are needed to help orchestrate the Saturday evening festivities. Please consider helping out as a means of giving something back to the club. Also consider volunteering as a team captain.
This event attracts 1200 to 1500 runners every year and is a splendid time to visit the lakes region. If you have any suggestions as to how we might improve upon this special event, do not hesitate to speak up and get involved.
If you have questions or require additional information, then please contact Mike Urquiola H (781) 933-3924 W (617)-492-4410 x223, email@example.com or Michelle Parks, 617 787-8926, firstname.lastname@example.org
10 TH ANNUAL LAKE WINNEPESAUKEE RELAYS
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 1997
FUNSPOT AT WEIRS BEACH
GBTC 25th Anniversay Gala
GBTC will host its 25th anniversary party on Saturday evening September 12, 1998 at the Mt. Auburn Club in Watertown. Club members will receive invitations in July. Non-member guests welcome! Tix are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Celebrate 25 years of running with food, music and all your GBTC friends!!
Wanna REAL Workout? Then get off the roads and head for the HILLS!
At the June 20th Women’s Team meeting both the GBTC ladies and coach Ron agreed to start Sunday morning XC runs in the Blue Hills and/or Franklin Park beginning in August. These runs would begin at 9 a.m. and last from 1-1 1/2 hrs. If interested, see coach Ron at track on Tuesday.
Welcome New Members
|Ann Crays||Boston, MA||FO|
|Bill Nilson||Cambridge, MA||MM|
|Alyssa Duffy||Charlestown, MA||FO|
|Hector Perez||Boston, MA||MO|
|Michael Leding III||Brookline, MA||MO|
|Hilary Clark||Jamaica Plain, MA||FO|
|Caitlin Riley||Arlington, MA||FO|
|Greg MacGowan||Newton, MA||MO|
|Jenny Liu||Wellesley, MA||FO|
|Julie Fraser||Newton, MA||FO|
|Jeff Rockwood||Haverhill, MA||MO|
|Ronald F. Glennon||Quincy, MA||MO|
|Suzanne Muckler||Boston, MA||FO|
|Susan Paige||Lincoln, MA||FO|
|Adam Burke||Boston, MA||MO|
|John Wilson||Boston, MA||MM|
|Astrid Wahanik||Allston, MA||FO|
|Maria Sun||Boston, MA||FO|
|Terry O’Neill||Cambridge, MA||MO|
|Dennis Floyd||Lynn, MA||MO|
|Monique McKee||Allston, MA||FO|
|Laurie Knapp||Charlestown, MA||FO|
|Elizabeth Williams||Manomet, MA||FO|
|Larry Rulison||Brookline, MA||MO|
|Kim Ryan||Cambridge, MA||FO|
email message from Hector Perez to Deon.) 6/5/98
greetings from california!
everything out here was perfect for a summer of good training until i had a minor accident last tuesday as i was warmin up for my track workout i tripped an fell on my right shoulder DIAGNOSSIS: BROKEN CLAVICLE 6-10 WEEKS RECOVERY… i am onon a stationary bike but still determined to get a good summer of base workout.hope everything is well with you
p.s. say hello to all the guys for me and good luck at the races
Dear Greater Boston Track Club:
My name is Stacy Havens and I volunteer as an International Exchange Coordinator for an organization called EF Foundation. The Foundation facilitates a high school foreign exchange program where students apply to EF in order to study abroad in a country of their choice.
Part of my responsibilities include finding host families for these students. I am contacting you to find out if you or someone you know may be interested in hosting one of these students.
These students have excellent English skills and are between the ages of 15 and 17. The exchange term would be for the 1998-1999 school year, September-mid June. I currently am looking for homes for two girls, one from Finland and the other from Austria. They are both athletic which is one of the reasons I’m contacting your organization.
If you know of anyone who would be interested, please feel free to email me at email@example.com or call me at 617-242-8712. You may also call EF directly at 1-800-44-SHARE.
Thank you for your attention.
The Wingfoot is seeking writers to cover races and member profiles. If interested, please contact Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 508-357-5106.
1998 USATF-NE Grand Prix Road Race Series
|5-2-98||CHIPS Challenge 5K||Manchester, N.H.|
|6-13-98||Market Square Day 10K||Portsmouth, NH|
|7-28-98||Newburyport 10M||Newburyport, MA|
|9-7-98||Around Cape Ann 25K||Gloucester, MA|
|10-4-98||Ro-Jacks 8K||Attleboro, MA|
|10-25-98||Cape Cod Marathon||Falmouth, MA|
Volunteers Needed for Corporate Challenge on July 30th
On Thursday night, July 30th, the GBTC has agreed to staff the 15th Annual Corporate Challenge 3.5 Mile road race. We need 30 VOLUNTEERS! For many years this has been the largest fund raiser for the club. It is really important to us. The GBTC is paid $30 per volunteer. Each of our 30 volunteers get a free race T-shirt.
Please meet at 5:45 – 6:00 PM at the Pizzeria Uno in Kenmore Square on the 30th. We staff the turnaround point of the race.
The work is easy and you get to see one of Boston’s largest races from a few feet away. Talk to your GBTC training partners and friends and make a social occasion out of it. You don’t have to be a club member to volunteer.
If you want to volunteer, please let Karl Hoyt know. You can reach Karl at the following address or call him:
617-242-3446 (H), and
BODY IMAGE: Are you imagining the wrong body?
“I dread the bathing suit season.”
“I may be 40 but I still fight for the figure I had when I was 20.”
“I have been exercising for an hour every day for three months and my thighs are still fat. I hate them!”
Few of us naturally possess our desired physique. Sad but true, most of us are ordinary mortals, burdened with bumps, bulges, fat and fleshiness. And even though our bodies are actually good enough the way we are (assuming we are fit and healthy), many active people spend considerable energy covering up their perceived blemishes with baggy clothing. Or they try to reshape themselves with rigorous diet and exercise programs. As one avid exerciser confided “I have struggled for years feeling imperfect, wishing I’d been born with a better body.”
As active people, we all know what we are supposed to look like. Women, regardless of age, are supposed to be sleek, slender and slim; men are supposed to be bulky, muscular and trim. Having grown up in the era of Ken & Barbie, Weight Watchers, Twiggy, and omnipresent ads with pencil-thin models, we have been living with those hard-to-change messages starting at an early age.
In general, about one-third of all Americans are truly dissatisfied with their appearance, women more than men. Women most commonly complain about their thighs, abdomen, breasts and buttocks. Men are dissatisfied with their abdomen, upper body and balding hair. Sometimes the problem is imaginary (such as the obsessive marathoner who complains about her fat thighs); sometimes it is real and ranges from a mild complaint about the “spare tire” that hangs over your belt to a major preoccupation with”jelly belly” that results in relentless dieting and tough exercise akin to punishment.
Even athletes are not immune from the epidemic of body dissatisfaction. Despite their fitness, many perceive themselves as having unacceptable bodies. Some, in their desperate efforts to change their physique, develop unhealthy eating patterns and even eating disorders. They harshly judge themselves from the outside in, rather than lovingly accept hemselves from the inside out.
Ideally, what you look like on the outside should have little to do with how you feel on the inside. But body dissatisfaction can easily lead to self-punishment. In fact, the best predictor of who will get an eating disorder relates to who struggles most with body image. This can easily include baby boomers fighting middle age spread, as well as daughters experiencing body changes at puberty.
If you struggle with feeling completely good about yourself, take note: weight issues are often self-esteem issues. You shouldn’t let your significant accomplishments, such as success with family, community and work, get overshadowed by what-should-be-insignificant cellulite or love handles. Your value extends far beyond your looks; appearance is only skin deep. Your real beauty is in the love, caring and concern you offer to your friends, family and peers.
So what should you do if you are dissatisfied with your body? You might think the solution is to lose weight, pump iron or do thousands of sit-ups. Yes, these will enhance your health and fitness level. But keep in mind that so much of what you look like (your height, musculature, and to a certain extent your weight) is under genetic influence. You can slightly redesign the house that Nature gave you, but you can’t totally remodel it … at least without paying a high price.
Unfortunately, this “outside” approach to correcting body dissatisfaction tends to be incomplete and inadequate. The better approach is to learn to accept your body for what it is and love yourself from the inside out. If you are overweight but healthy and fit, you are OK. There is simply more of you to love. Yes, even you can proudly wear a bathing suit.
To stop struggling with your body, first try to identify when you got the message that something is wrong with your body. Perhaps it was a parent who (way back when) lovingly remarked “You look good, honey, but you’d look even better if you’d lose a few pounds.” Or the siblings who teased you about your “thunder thighs.” Next, you need to take steps to be at peace with your body, redefine your goals, and to like yourself. This includes renaming your disliked body part (for example, “round stomach” is a more loving name than “repulsive gut”), identifying the parts of your body that you do like and giving yourself credit for your good parts with positive body talk. You’ll drive yourself crazy if you dwell on the negative. Focus on loving all the good things your body does for you. Those strong legs (formerly fat thighs) let you be active and fit.
Your body has been and will continue to be your house throughout your life. It has likely been good enough for your family, friends, teammates and co-workers. And although it may seem not perfect enough for you, perhaps now is the time for you to make it your home.
Nancy Clark, MS, RD, nutrition counselor at Boston-area’s SportsMedicineBrookline, designs food plans to help active people eat well and feel good. Her Sports Nutrition Guidebook ($20) contains more information. It is available through bookstores or by sending a check to Sports Nutrition Services, 830 Boylston St., Brookline MA 02167.
Books to help you be at peace with your body are available through bookstores or the Gurze Eating Disorders Bookshelf Catalogue (800-756-7533; www.gurze.com):
CLIF BARS: Great Tasting Natural Energy!
Sick of the same ol’energy bars and gels? Try a tasty CLIF Bar for a change of eatery! I nibbled on the Apple Cherry Clif for my pre-Boston Marathon boost and my palate was pleasantly surprised with the chewy texture and the tons of chunks of apples and cherries. And Clif bars did not upset my tummy like some other sportsbars. And these tasty morsels are dairy free and made with all natural ingredients –erin
Tell us about your favorite snack or recipie. Just email email@example.com with your suggestion.
Training Tip: stretching the truth
Many runners rarely find time to stretch on a regular basis. When faced with the prospect of either squeezing in two more miles during lunch or implementing a 15 minute stretching regime, mileage always gets the nod. Let’s face it–our running logs are insatiable for mileage totals, but have little appetite for stretching time. Have you ever noted in your log: “Had a great stretch today”? When it comes to stretching, we prefer the approach expounded by Steve Jones: “Money and fame are irrelevant really. I’m just a hamstring away from oblivion, you’ve got to look at it like that.”
In recent years, stretching has developed a bad name. Some top runners, including Alberto Salazar, proclaimed they did little stretching, and several studies were published debunking the benefits of stretching. One such study compared the pressure required to “snap” the leg tendons of rats with and without stretching. The study found no measurable difference and concluded that stretching had little benefit for human runners. There are two questions regarding the validity of the study as it relates to runners–first, how could the rat tell the researcher when it was getting a good stretch (“Oh, that’s it, right there!”), as opposed to the end result of snapping the tendons; and, second, how many rats sit in cars or on the Metro commuting to work, sit at desks 8+ hours per day, and walk in high heels before heading out for a run. These postural abuses cause imbalances in flexibility that necessitate stretching–for humans anyway. Fortunately, more recent studies using human subjects have validated the benefits of stretching. Many of these findings have been published in Running Research News and Peak Performance newsletters.
The primary goals of stretching are to:
- Achieve proper balance of flexibility between opposing muscle groups
- Increase the range of motion of a body part without decreasing its strength or stability
- Increase the length of muscle fibers without overstretching the associated tendons and ligaments
If these goals are accomplished, better performance can be achieved and risk of injury lowered. If stretching is improperly applied or overdone, associated tendons and ligaments may be functionally impaired, lessening the stability of important joints such as ankles and knees. We should not be trying to attain someone else’s ideal of flexibility, but rather seek to improve ourselves to our optimal flexibility. Generally, men have less flexibility than women because women have more of the muscle protein Elastin which promotes muscle flexibility.
Stretching can help reduce the risk of injury by increasing a muscle’s resting length. Muscles have an average capability to be stretched to 130 percent of their resting length before tearing. If the resting length of the muscle is increased, 130 percent of the new length is greater, thus creating a bigger cushion zone before muscle tissue is damaged. Post-running soreness (next day effect) is a result of micro-tears to the muscle tissue. Increased flexibility may decrease this sensation as well.
Most overuse injuries are the result of imbalances in biomechanics. Therefore, stretching, which increases normal range of motion, will help balance biomechanics and evenly distribute running stresses to both sides of the body.
Stretching may also influence and enhance running performance. We always tell our patients that there are two ways to run faster: 1) Pump your arms and legs faster to increase your stride frequency (turnover), and 2) increase your average stride length to cover more ground with each step. It has been theorized that if you could increase your stride length by 1 inch without changing other factors (stride frequency), you would be able to take 15 seconds off a 5K time, 30 seconds off a 10K time, and over 2 minutes off a marathon time. This is not to say you should begin “bounding” from the starting line of your next race. Rather, develop a sound stretching program to increase leg strength and flexibility. The end result may be a longer and more efficient stride, contributing to training and racing improvements. It looks good on paper, but true gains in flexibility take patience and consistency over a period of time. Older and more inflexible runners will require even more patience and diligence for results. The potential benefits are well worth the wait.
Optimal benefits are gained by stretching before and after a run. Our hectic lifestyles and jobs promote muscle imbalances and tension. Commuting, sitting, standing, walking in shoes (particularly high heels) all contribute to inflexibility. Taking a few minutes to stretch prior to a run can greatly reduce the early running awkwardness one can feel while trying to rediscover the athlete within. Long term gains in flexibility are best achieved by stretching after a run when muscles are warm and most pliable. Even in an extremely hectic schedule, time can be made for stretching once it becomes a priority. Experiment with stretching at different times of the day, and before and after runs. Then, adopt the routine which best fits your schedule. Concentrate on major muscle groups, holding stretches for 30 seconds to 1 minute for best results. Each session does not have to be an hour-long stretch test. A few minutes a day on a consistent basis could have your training partners calling you “Gumby”!
Take the first step–establish in your mind that gaining and maintaining flexibility can enhance your running performance and help keep you injury free!
Written by Dr. Neil McLaughlin, certified chiropractic sports physician & Dr. Ron Kulik Drs. McLaughlin and Kulik are members of the ACA and VCA Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness. They practice at the Commonwealth Chiropractic Center of Reston, VA
GBTC 1998 Season-to-date Track performance List after Twilight 6/13/98
(Results do not include USATF NE Meet on June 27th.)
Women’s Individual Performance for 1998
- 100 meters
- Dung Nguyen, 13.33, Twilight 5/30/98
- 200 meters
- Dung Nguyen, 27.62, Twilight 5/30/98
- Sandy Miller, 34.32, Masters Nationals, 3/38/98
- Sandy Miller, 35.72, Brandeis, 1/3/98
- Jane Derderian, 39.90, GBTC Relays 6/3/98
- Hattie Derderian, 46.70, GBTC Relays 6/3/98
- 1000 meters
- Dara Zall, 3:28.37, Brandeis, 1/3/98
- 1500 meters
- Joanna Veltri, 4:47.70, Brandeis, 1/3/98
- Adeline Azrack, 4:50.83, Bridgewater 4/11/98
- Jennifer Rapaport, 5:01.95, Bridgewater 4/11/98
- Joanna Veltri, 5:02.17, GBTC, 9th, 1/18.98
- Joanna Veltri, 5:03.88, Twilight, 6/6/98
- Joanna Veltri, 5:10.07, Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
- Caitlin Riley, 5:23.24, Twilight, 6/6/98
- Cynthia Hastings, 6:47.20, GBTC relays, 6/3/98
- 3,000 meters
- Joanna Veltri, 9:56.90, Twilight 5/23/98
- Joanna Veltri, 10:05.4, Twilight, 6/13/98
- Joanna Veltri, 10:09.13, Terrier Classic, 2/1/98
- Julie Spolidoro, 10:09.4, Twilight 6/13/98
- Joanna Veltri, 10:12.50, Bridgewater 4/11/98
- Adeline Azrack, 10:30.18, Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
- Adeline Azrack, 10:43, Terrier Classic, 2/1/98
- Dara Zall, 10:54.65, GBTC, 1/18/98
- Caitlin Riley, 10:56.70,Bridgewater 4/11/98
- 2 miles
- Joanna Veltri, 11:11.8, MIT Mini 5/13/98
- Joanna Veltri, 11:14.00, GBTC relays, 6/3/98
- Jennifer Rapaport, 11:31.1, MIT Mini 5/13/98
- Rachael Sears, 13:06.50, GBTC relays, 6/3/98
- 5,000 meters
- Joanna Veltri, 17:37.41, USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
- 4X400 relay
- 4:35.10, Joanna Veltri, Maria Sun, Jennifer Rapaport, Caitlin Riley, GBTC relays, 6/3/98
- Distance Medley Relay
- 12:48.35, Adeline Azrack, Dung Nguyen, Joyce Dendy, Joanna Veltri, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
Men’s Individual Performance List for 1998
- 60 Meters
- Steve Keyes, 7.27, Masters Nationals, 3/38/98
- Gary Snyder, 8.42, Masters Nationals, 3/38/98
- 100 meters
- Kevin Russell, 11.02, Bridgewater 4/11/98
- Michael Leding, 11.90, GBTC relays, 6/3/98
- Gary Snyder, 13.7, GBTC relays, 6/3/98
- 200 meters
- Kevin Russell, 22.35, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97
- Kevin Russell, 22.45, Bridgewater 4/11/98
- Kevin Russell, 22.8 Brandeis, 1/3/98
- Terry O¹Neil, 23.7, Twilight 6/13/98
- Jeff Rockwood, 23.9, Twilight 6/13/98
- Michael Leding, 24.21, Bridgewater 4/11/98
- Kofi Aidoo, 25.53, Bridgewater 4/11/98
- Ted Bowen, 26.32, USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
- Gary Snyder, 28.11, Masters Nationals, 3/28/98
- Gary Snyder, 29.05, GBTC, 1/18/9
- 400 meters
- Kevin Russell, 48.36, GBTC, 4th, 1/18/98
- Kevin Russell, 48.83, Commonwealth, 1/24/98
- Kevin Russell, 49.64 USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
- Mike Leding, 52.07, Twilight, 6/6/98
- Jeff Rockwood, 52.2, GBTC relays, 6/3/98
- Eric Sherry, 52.74, open, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97
- Michael Leding, 52.83, Bridgewater 4/11/98
- Michael Leding, 52.9, Mini Meet #1, 5/13/98
- Adrien Grise, 53.73, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97
- Ted Bowen, 57.79, GBTC, 1/18/98
- Ted Bowen, 57.95, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
- Ted Bowen, 58.65, Brandeis, 1/3/98
- Jim Reardon, 58.70, Brandeis, 1/3/98
- Jon Berit, 67.5, GBTC relays, 6/3/98
- 400 meter hurdles
- Jay Ouellette, 71.49, Bridgewater, 4/11/98
- 500 meters
- Kevin Russell, 1:04.13, Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
- 600 meters
- Ben Pease, 1:27.20, Brandeis, 1/3/98
- 800 meters
- Ben Pease, 1:55:17. Twilight 5/30/98
- Ben Pease, 1:56.40, Twilight, 6/6/98
- Kevin Russell, 1:57.38, NE Limited meet, 2/22/98
- Ben Pease, 1:57.45, Northeastern, 5/2/98
- Jeff Rockwood, 1:58.84, Northeastern, 5/2/98
- Kevin Russell, 1:59.37, Northeastern, 5/2/98
- Eric Sherry, 1:59.91, NE Limited meet, 2/22/98
- Eric Sherry, 2:00.85, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
- Adrien Grise, 2:01, Brown, 1/6/98
- Ben Pease, 2:01.03, Twilight 5/23/98
- John Blouin, 2:01.29, NE Limited meet, 2/22/98
- Ben Pease, 2:02.24, GBTC, 1/18/98
- Eric Sherry, 2:02.39, Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
- Eric Sherry, 2:03.64, GBTC, 1/18/98
- Ben Pease, 2:03.77, USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
- Adrien Grise, 2:04.14, USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
- Bill Newsham, 2:04.17, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97
- Eric Sherry, 2:04.18, Northeastern, 5/2/98
- Bill Newsham, 2:05.12, Brandeis, 1/3/98
- Eric Sherry, 2:07.05, Brandeis, 1/3/98
- Deon Barrett, 2:09:11, Twilight 5/30/98
- Adrien Grise, 2:09.17, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97
- Jim Reardon, 2:09:49, Twilight 5/30/98
- Jim Pawlicki, 2:12:11, Twilight 5/30/98
- Jim Reardon, 2:15.4, Mimi Meet #2, 5/20/98
- Jim Reardon, 2:16.4, Mini Meet #1, 5/13/98
- Tom Derderian, 2:22:18. Twilight 5/30/98
- John Ives, 2:22.7, Mini Meet #1, 5/13/98
- 1000 meters
- Adrien Grise, 2:37.84, Brandeis, 1/3/98
- Ben Pease, 2:38.27, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
- 1500 meters
- Bill Newsham, 4:11.45, Bridgewater4/11/98
- John Blouin, 4:14.50, Tufts, 3/28/98
- Jeff Rockwood, 4:15.82, Bridgewater, 4/11/98
- Ben Pease, 4:18.75, Bridgewater 4/11/98
- Ben Pease, 4:27.81, Tufts, 3/28/98
- Tom Derderian, 4:34.60, Brandeis, 1/5/98
- Eric Sherry, 4:36.39, Bridgewater, 4/11/98
- Jon Ives, 4:36.5, Twilight, 6/13/98
- Tom Derderian, 4:52.00, Tufts, 3/28/98
- John Blouin, 4:21.1, Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
- John Blouin, 4:26:07, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
- John Blouin, 4:26.15. Twilight. 6/6/98
- Adrien Grise, 4:28.2, Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
- John Blouin, 4:28.53, GBTC, 1/18/98
- Adrien Grise, 4:29.40, GBTC, 1/18/98
- Andy Rogovin, 4:29.3, Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
- Andy Rogovin, 4:29.54, GBTC, 1/18/98
- Andy Rogovin, 4:29.75, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
- Jim Reardon, 4:30.1, Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
- Dennis Floyd, 4:30.1,Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
- John Blouin, 4:30.96, USATF-NE Chps, Brown 2/8/98
- Andy Rogovin, 4:31.04, Commonwealth , 1/24/98
- Adrian Grise, 4:32.28, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
- Dennis Floyd, 4:32.59, GBTC, 1/18/98
- Jim Pawlicki, 4:33.76, GBTC, 1/18/98
- Andy Rogovin, 4:33.95, Masters Nationals, 3/38/98
- Jim Pawlicki, 4:36, Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
- Deon Barrett, 4:36.01, Twilight 5/30/98
- Deon Barrett, 4:36.22, GBTC, 1/18/98
- Dan Smith, 4:36.88, Twilight 6/6/98
- Jim Reardon, 4:37.94, USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
- Dan Smith, 4:38.02, Twilight 5/23/98
- Jim Reardon, 4:38.76, Twilight 5/30/98
- Ben Pease, 4:40.6, MIT mimi meet #1, 5/13/98
- Jim Reardon, 4:40.77, GBTC, 1/18/98
- Jim Pawlicki, 4:46.48, Twilight 5/30/98
- Jay Ouellette, 4:47.1,Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
- Bill Newsham, 4:47.58, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
- Brian Beaulieu, 4:47.59, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97
- Dennis Floyd, 4:48.40, Twilight 5/23/98
- Tom Derderian, 4:55.26, Twlight, 6/6/98
- Tom Derderian, 4:56.07, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97
- Jon Ives, 4:56.47, Twilight 5/30/98
- Bill Newsham, 4:58, Needham, 5/21/98
- Jon Ives, 4:58.24, Twilight, 6/6/98
- Jon Ives, 5:00.00,GBTC relays, 6/3/98
- Jim O¹Leary, 5:00.5, GBTC relays, 6/3/98
- Jay Ouellette, 5:01.31, GBTC, 1/18/98
- Jim O¹Leary, 5:02.79, GBTC, 1/18/98
- Tom Derderian, 5:08.54, Twilight 5/30/98
- Jon Ives, 5:13.6, Mini Meet #1, 5/13/98
- Rob Giddings, 5:15.1, GBTC relays, 6/3/98
- Alex Caracuzzo, 5:18.5, Mini meet 5/27/98
- Alex Caracuzzo, 5:21.8, Mini meet 5/137/98
- Dino Konstantoplous, 5:28.64, Twilight, 6/6/98
- Alex Caracuzzo, 5:29.7, GBTC relays, 6/3/98
- Dino Konstantopolus, 5:30.98, GBTC, 1/18/98
- 3,000 meters
- Jesse Darley, 8:43.01, 3rd, USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
- Jesse Darley, 8:49.62, 11th GBTC, 1/18/98
- Dennis Floyd, 8:53.02, NE Limited meet, 2/22/98
- Deon Barrett, 8:55.07, NE Limited meet, 2/22/98
- Dennis Floyd, 8:59.61, USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
- Jim Pawlicki, 9:00.08, GBTC, 1/18/98
- Deon Barrett, 9:00.87, GBTC, 1/18/98
- Jim Pawlicki, 9:01.01, USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
- Dennis Floyd, 9:01.32, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
- John Blouin, 9:04.65, Twilight 5/30/98
- Dennis Floyd, 9:05.12, GBTC, 1/18/98
- Deon Barrett, 9:05.61, Twilight 5/30/98
- Jim Pawlicki, 9:09.76, Brandeis, 1/3/98
- Deon Barrett, 9:11.75, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
- Jim Reardon, 9:13.24, GBTC, 1/18/98
- Dennis Floyd, 9:14.77, Brandeis, 1/3/98
- Jim Pawlicki, 9:17.49, Twilight 5/30/98
- Bill Newsham, 9:22.36, GBTC, 1/18/98
- Jim Reardon, 9:22.43, Brandeis, 1/3/98
- Bill Newsham, 9:31.87, Twilight 5/30/98
- Chris Hussey, 9:32.69, GBTC, 1/18/98
- Tom Derderian, 9:50.8, Twilight 6/6/98
- Bill Newsham, 9:54.0, Brown Open, 12/16
- Brian Beaulieu, 9:58.46, GBTC, 1/18/98
- Tom Derderian, 10:06, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97
- Tom Derderian, 10.07.37, Twilight 5/30/98
- Tom Derderian, 10:19.95, Twilight 5/23/98
- Tom Derderian, 10:26:14, Brandeis, 1/3/98
- 3000 meters Steeplechase
- Jay Ouellette, 10:46.29, Bridgewater 4/11/98
- Pawlicki, James Greater Boston Track 9:53.50
- Reardon, Jim Greater Boston Track 9:55.00
- Newsham, William Greater Boston Track 10:07.80
- 2 miles
- Jim Pawlicki, 9:53.50, GBTC Relays 6/3/98
- Jim Reardon, 9:55.00, GBTC Relays 6/3/98
- Bill Newsham, 10:07.80, GBTC Relays 6/3/98
- Chris Hussey, 10:19.30, GBTC Relays 6/3/98
- Jim Reardon, 10:26.9, MIT Mini 5/13/98
- Tom Derderian, 11:07.1, MIT Mini 5/13/98
- Jon Ives, 11:15.7, MIT Mini 5/13/98
- Ted Bowen, 11:48.70, GBTC Relays 6/3/98
- 5,000 meters
- Jesse Darley, 14:41.42, Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
- Jesse Darley, 14:58.35, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
- Jim Pawlicki, 15:48.31, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
- Jim Reardon, 15:48.62, USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
- Hector Perez, 15:51, Bridgewater 4/11/98
- Jim Pawlicki, 15:52.9, Twilight, 6/6/98
- David Allen, 15:54,2, Twilight, 6/6/98
- Jim Reardon, 16:03.45, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
- Jim Reardon, 16:08.1, Twilight, 6/6/98
- Shawn McSheffery, 16:26.7, Twilight 6/6/98
- Brian Beaulieu, 17:15.3, Bridgewater 4/11/98
- Jay Ouellette, 17:24.8, Twilight, 6/6/98
- Jay Ouellette, 17:31.97, Tufts, 3/28/98
- 10,000 meters
- Shawn McSheffery, 35:39.00, USATF-NE 5/23/98
- Tom Derderian 36:13.94, Bridgewater 4/11/98
- 4X100 relay
- 45.01, Leding, Aidoo, Sherry, Russell, Bridgewater 4/11/98
- 4X400 relay
- 3:29.63, Sherry, Pease, Grise, Russell, GBTC, 11th, 1/18/98, (440)
- 3:34.85, Rockwood, Leding, Sherry, Russell, Bridgewater 4/11/98
- 3:35.34, Pease, Steve Keyes, Grise, Russell, 1st, USA T&FChps, Brown 2/8/98
- 3:35.45, Sherry, Pease, Grise, Russell, Brandeis, 1/3/98
- 3:56.99, Russell, Sherry, Grise, Derderian, Harvard, 12/13/97 (440)
- 3:36.1, Jeff Rockwood, Mike Leding, Terry ONeill, Ted Bowen, GBTC relays, 6/3/98
- 3:56.99, Russell, Sherry, Grise, Derderian, Harvard, 12/13/97 (440)
- Distance Medley Relay (1200, 400, 800. 1600)
- 10:54.46, Blouin, Russell, Sherry, Barrett, 1st, USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
- 4X800 relay
- 8:09.7, Sherry, Grise, Pease, Blouin, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
- Long Jump
- Steve Keyes, 21¹7², USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
- Steve keyes, 21.05¹.25, Masters Nationals, 3/38/98
that’s all folks!
Clinton, MA 5 Miler 5/8
90 37:06 Judy Romvos 40-49F
103 37:43 Richard Jones 40-49M
5th & Final Holy Name Alumni Classic 5M, West Roxbury, Ma. 5/8
1 Chris Hussey 26:43
Brookline 5k 5/9
10 Alex Caracuzzo Brighton 18:13 (5:53)
Mt Kearsage 8.5 M, Warner, NH 5/9:
Last 4 miles 2,931 vertical feet up a mountain
9 4/13 John Blouin 23 M 162 59:38 7:01
Mt Wachusetts 4.3M
8 27:10 John Blouin 20-39M
62 33:53 Paul Miller 20-39M
137 38:54 Richard Jones 40-49M
16 7 40:25 Judy Romvos 40-49F
Fresh Pond 5M Cambridge, MA 5/16
1st Female Dara Zall 30:41
Needham Great Bear Run 10k 5/17
3 Willian Newsham 35:12. . . .then. . .
1st in the 12:45p Mile @ 4:58
Pop Warner 5K So. Boston, Ma.5/17
Julie Donohoe 19:46, 1st female
Jeff Morin 5K in Nashua-5/17
76.Joyce Dendy — 5th women
overall, 1st in her Age Group –21:43 out of 729 runners!
Key BankVermont City Marathon-5/24
Steve Nathans 3:21
Fresh Pond 2.5 M Cambridge, MA 5/23
1 Dara Zall 14:59
3 Maria Sun 16:50
Team Hoyt 5k Waltham, MA 5/21
58 21:04 6:48 8 30-39 12 F 225 Kerry O’Donevan
100 23:02 7:26 6 01-29 27 F 249 Alyssa Duffy
Arlington Memorial Day 5k/10k-5/25
2 Adrein Grise 317 M2039 17:26 5:38
8 Alex Caracusso 325 M2039 18:53 6:06
123 Mary Carey 344 F4059 34:24 11:06
56 Mark Tuttle 77 M2039 Arlington 46:42 7:32
62 Sean Mullen 78 M2039 47:02 7:36
156 Melinda Casey 151 F2039 57:02 9:12
Exeter, NH 5 km masters only Riverwoods run 5/30
52 8/26 M4044 Richard Jones 40M 128 22:58 7:24
Cranberry Classic, Nantucket 10k-5/30
Claire McManus 43.59 8th woman first masters
Talia Emslie 5K Milford 5/31
4.Bill Newsham 16:24
Buff’s Pub 1st Annual 3M Newton,Ma 5/31
31.Sean Mullan 20:00 30 M 20 6.40
54.Erin Cullinane 20:51 26 F 4 6.57
86.Alyssa Duffy 22:36.5 28 F 10 7.32
58.Laurie Knapp 21:06.8 34 F 5 7.02
95.Dick Nickerson 22:56.5 57 M18 137 7.39
Corrib Pub Classic 5K-5/31
Julie Donohoe 19:45 1st Female
Christopher Hussey 16:40, 2/M
Portsmouth NH, 10k USATF-NE
1 1/154 KILLIAN LONERGAN 23 M HULL MA 30:44 4:57 CMS
45 13/154 JAMES PAWLICKI 23 M BEVERLY MA 33:07 5:20 GBTC
47 14/154 JOHN BLOUIN 23 M WEST NEWTON MA 33:09 5:21 GBTC
48 15/154 ARNOLD SETO 22 M CAMBRIDGE MA 33:12 5:21 GBTC
54 16/154 JIM REARDON 29 M SOMERVILLE MA 33:34 5:25 GBTC
80 40/326 THOMAS COTTER 36 M CAMBRIDGE MA 34:57 5:38 GBTC
408 20/165 F RACHEL SEARS 23 F JAMAICA PLAIN MA 43:32 7:01 GBTC
431 22/165 F MARIA SUN 26 F BRIGHTON MA 43:53 7:04 GBTC
458 148/326 M MARK TUTTLE36 M ARLINGTON MA 44:23 7:09 GBTC
487 33/212 F JOYCE DENDY33 F WATERTOWN MA 44:56 7:14 GBTC
511 35/212 F KERRY O’DONOVAN36 F BELMONT MA 45:25 7:19 GBTC
601 50/212 F LAURIE KNAPP 34 F CHARLESTOWN MA 47:06 7:35 GBTC
602 18/77 F JEAN SMITH 46 F NEWTONVILLE MA 47:08 7:36 GBTC
764 50/165 F ALYSSA DUFFY 28 F CHARLESTOWN MA 49:42 8:00 GBTC
823 11/37 F DOROTHY FINE 53 F BOSTON MA 50:38 8:09 GBTC
Waltham YMCA/Twilight Classic 5K 6/20
7 ALEX CARACUZZO 5/17 M1929 18:59 6:07
20 SEAN MULLAN 6/29 M3039 20:59 6:45
27 KERRY O’DONOVAN 2/29 F3039 21:53 7:03
32 MARK TUTTLE 12/29 M3039 22:16 7:10
36 MICHAEL OLIVO 14/29 M3039 23:19 7:31
MT Washington Base to Summit (7. 6M) 6/20
46 25/127 JOHN BLOUIN 1:18:54 10:23
55 4/123 TOM DERDERIAN 1:21:47 10:46
188 55/127 M2034 JOHN BURKE 1:35:38 12:35
Fairhaven Father’s Day 10k 6/21
4. Deon Barrett 32:43 / 5:17pace
1st San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon 6/21
Rachel Sears F 3:48:55
Rachel’s Story below!!
Foxboro Fox Trot 5K 6/27
Bill Newsham 16:33
Freihofer’s Women’s Distance Results
USA Track & Field National Championship
USA T&F Certified
Empire State Plaza Albany, New York May 30, 1998
USATF Association TEAM Results
16:37 16:42 17:47 ( 18:04) = 51:06
Katie Courtwright, Michelle Byrne, Danielle Trelles, Lydia McMahan
- Syracuse Chargers A
- Club Conn
- Houston Harriers
- Checkers AC
- Greater Boston Track Club
17:35 17:49 18:45 ( 21:40) = 54:09
Joanna Veltri, Jennifer Rapaport, Dara Zall, Maria Sun
- Genesee Vly Harriers#964
- Whirlaway Racing Team
- 1 Lynn Jennings 37 F Newmarket NH 15:46# 5:06
- 2 Cheri Goddard-Kenah 27 F Arlington VA 15:47# 5:06
- 3 Libbie Hickman 33 F Ft. Collins CO 15:50# 5:07
- 4 Jennifer Rhines 23 F Haverford PA 15:54# 5:08
- 5 Anne Marie Lauck 29 F Hamptonn NJ 16:00# 5:10
- 6 Shelly Steely 35 F Albuquerque NM 16:05# 5:12
- 7 Joan Nesbit 36 F Chapel Hill NC 16:07# 5:12
- 12 Kathy Franey-Fleming 30 F Wellesley MA 16:20# 5:16
- 15 Melody Fairchild 24 F Boulder CO 16:25# 5:18
- 17 Joan Benoit-Samuelso 41 F Freeport ME 16:33* 5:21
- 20 Lesley Lehane 35 F Chestnut Hill MA 16:40* 5:23
- 31 Sue Faber 35 F Seymore CT 17:05* 5:31
- 53 Joanna Veltri 23 F Harvard MA 17:35 5:41
- 66 Jennifer Rapaport 34 F Melrose MA 17:49 5:45
- 117 Dara Zall 27 F Boston MA 18:45 6:03
- 286 Maria Sun 26 F Boston MA 21:40 7:00
The Freihofer’s Adventure: Four Perspectives
Jennifer Rapaport: On Being Famous
I had never traveled more than one hour to run a race, never run in an all-women’s race, never run in a road national championship, and never been to Albany. I’ve now done all of those things and, in doing so, experienced the warm-up session of a lifetime.
After completing a short run of the first few miles of the course, I jockeyed into the starting area to claim my spot up front. Up front for me was actually a slot behind about 75 runners who were either invited elite, or invited colleagues of Joanna Veltri’s in the developmental program. I noticed that there were a whole slew of women doing sprints up and down the main street in front of the starting line, waiting for the race to begin. Of course, anyone who knows me is aware that my only pre-race preparation is taking my extra shirt off and throwing it on the street. Not today, not in Albany. I cut right in front of everyone in front of me and proceeded to do striders up the main street right along with the rest of the ladies. There was not a fat-fanny to be seen on Main street at that moment (later there would be plenty). In running my up and back striders I was surrounded by Libbie Hickman, Kathy Franey, Lynn Jennings, Joan Benoit-Samuelson, Anne Marie Lauck, and countless others who looked like they could whip Jesse Darley’s butt on any given day, anywhere.
The open-mouthed fans off to both sides surely thought I was somebody famous too. I felt like I had stepped right into the pages of Runner’s World. It was exhilarating, it was cool. I knew I was where I should have been that day, proudly representing my team, accompanied by three stellar teammates that I was certain would run their very hearts out (did they ever!). I proceeded to run a PR for my team and myself that day….leaving the cheering fans to continue thinking that maybe I really was someone famous.* I am certain that it was all in the warm-up.
*(okay, a famous person on a bad day)
Maria Sun: Run like a girl.
It’s been said that the return of running, this current boom, is being led by women’s running. Spurred by a societal love affair with and valuation of fitness, women’s running is growing into its proper place as true sport, as competitive athletes make themselves known and respected. Freihofer’s was a perfect example of the progress of women’s running; world-class athletes leading the way for a growing crowd of female runners.
Athletics has been shown to be one of the most beneficial activities for the self-esteem of young girls. It gives them a sense of achievement, and encouragement, the power to believe in themselves in a male-dominated world. Where boys get called on more often in class, where too many teenage girls find themselves alone and pregnant, where most women still won’t change their car’s tire or oil, it is uplifting to see girls forging into the untraditional– athletics– and having female role models to look up to.
As an engineer, I am consistently the only woman in the company of men. I have few opportunities to find role models, few women to emulate, little support in times of difficulty. It’s been like this for so long that I’ve just become accustomed to it… but it’s exhausting. I always like to think that I have a level playing field, that I can run just as hard, that I can be just as good, and that whatever disadvantages I have as a woman I overcome with the advantages of being a woman. But the truth is that it’s still a man’s world, at least in many ways, and it’s still an uphill battle. And sometimes in work, as in races, I just want to sit down and call it quits. Girls need the encouragement, women need the support, and we all need inspiration.
It was just something in the air, an ambiance, not quite tangible, a zeitgeist, the spirit of the day. You could feel it at Freihofer’s, this kind of sister solidarity, with 3000 women to share in the glory of your pride in being someone special… a female runner.
Dara Zall: On Oatmeal and Speed
With the sun streaming through the trees, the warmth of the morning felt soothing on my bare legs as we trekked up the small hill towards registration. After a harrowing night of driving, with a fantastic detour through the lovely town of West Springfield, in search of a pre-race dinner, we are rested and pumped for a power race.
Riding in the elevator with Libby Hickman, Cheryl Goddard, and Lynn Jennings; chatting with the racing greats all provided for a heightened sense of excitement and the realization that this was no community fun run. We were here to play with the big girls, and we were going to kick some butt. Or at least, that was the intention…
As the moments ticked by, warmups warmed down, and tension mounted. Note to self, maybe oatmeal and toast an hour before race time is not a good idea. Oops. With a final sprint, I cruised to ready position, and again, realized the enormity of the race. Libby Hickman glanced at her watch, directly in front of me. Olympians toed the line with amateurs. We are all together as the gun sends the starting signal through the air.
The warmth of the morning gave way to the heat of the race: I was dying for hydration after the first half mile. Here comes that oatmeal. This is not fun. One mile. Can I quit yet? And then, Jennifer’s sage wisdom from last night’s team bonding came back to me… “When it feels like crap, and you can’t give any more, it’s a good race.”
Fantastic. I feel disgusting. I cannot endure this for any longer. The sun streamed through the trees, speckling the road with bands of light and heat. The blue of the sky melded with the green of the trees to create a blur of light and color. The oatmeal remained present in my throat. That’s it. I quit. This sucks. Can’t breathe. Legs falling out from underneath me. I hate that girl’s pigtails in front of me. Can’t look at them. Must pass them. There’s that oatmeal again. I am dying. Bright flashes of light and heat. Here I go. Tell my boyfriend I love him, and he can have my Powerbar hat. There is the tunnel. Wait. That’s no tunnel…it’s an archway…of balloons. Is this heaven or hell? NO! It’s three miles. And I am back in the present. Breathing hard. Kicking. Remembering Joanna’s words. “DON’T STOP AT THE FIRST BALLOONS… KEEP IT GOING!” Got it…gogogogogogogo…
I hear music. They ain’t no angels, and this ain’t heaven. I am alive and, well, not well, but here, and I did it, and I am going to puke, and there go my legs, and I did it, and hey…Those were the longest eighteen minutes of my life. But they were the fastest as well. Looks like a PR day. Maybe oatmeal in the a.m. isn’t so bad after all…
Joanna Veltri: Flirtation with the Elite Lifestyle
So here’s the story. I was lucky enough to be in this development program for this race where they pick up-and-coming athletes to hang out with elites for the weekend. Freihofers and USATF pays for pretty much the whole thing, and man, they put on a good show. In a nutshell, we get put up in the hotel right alongside with the elite people, have to hang out with them and also get the same perks (food, massage, parties, etc.).
The Omni Hotel was a bastion of intensity in the time leading up to the race. Friday afternoon we (the development athletes, about 50 of us in tow) attended the pre-race press conference. I sat next to a famous masters runner who helped me out by pointing out the famous people right around us… Libbie Hickman, Jen Rhines, Shelly Steely, Melody Fairchild, Lynn Jennings, Joan Benoit-Samuelson, Ruth Wysocki and plenty of names I should have recognized… even being in this room gave me butterflies.
6am, the morning of the race: I went to the hospitality suite set up for the elite and developmental athletes and ate what I could force, literally crashing into Kathy Franey on the way out (oops). I passed the next three hours trying to forget how god forsaken nervous I was by watching “Pinky and the Brain” (it was a good one). I put on my Air Talarias and headed to the elevator with an hour before the race. The elevator doors open and there stands Melody Fairchild. She is super cool — asks me how I’m doing, wishes me good luck, then we both comment on the fact that we’re both wearing Talarias, and she says “You’re not planning on racing in those are you?” (“Shit,” I think; “Yeah I guess so” I say). Man. Well, I try not to think about that. Here’s the race in a nutshell: it was so hot out, and except for GBTC star Rapaport, everyone from the top on down seemed to run about 30 seconds slower than they had hoped. I had hoped to run under 17. Hah. Given my less-than-stellar race, the best part was being able to hang out in the “restricted area” away from the 3300 runners and who-knows-how-many crowd of spectators.
racing in those are you?” (“Shit,” I think; “Yeah I guess so” I say). Man. Well, I try not to think about that. Here’s the race in a nutshell: it was so hot out, and except for GBTC star Rapaport, everyone from the top on down seemed to run about 30 seconds slower than they had hoped. I had hoped to run under 17. Hah. Given my less-than-stellar race, the best part was being able to hang out in the “restricted area” away from the 3300 runners and who-knows-how-many crowd of spectators.
Later: the parties. You’d think all these famous people just get on a plane and go home right away, right? The partying started at 5pm and I hear it went on well past 2am, although I konked out somewhere around midnight (low tolerance, long day). Man, those women pack it away (beer, that is). There was a definite positive correlation between speed of runner and amount of alcohol intake. Shelly Steely sort of adopted me at that point and introduced me to people… at one point a completely sauced Libbie Hickman leaned over onto me and managed “whadja say yer name was again?” I was tickled pink. This party rivaled any that I have ever gone to. And Joan Nesbit sure can dance.
Quite possibly one of the greatest weekends of my life, I learned that many of these women were late-comers to the sport (almost all of the development and elite athletes were at least 30 — Jen Rhines and I were the babies at just 23) and that getting to that level is perhaps more difficult than I might have imagined previously, but also more possible. What was my favorite part? Discovering the personalities that go along with the glossy pictures and press releases in the magazines. I came away inspired…
Special thanks to Joanna, Jennifer, Maria and Dara for sharing their experiences.
Rachel Rocks the RNR in San Diego
The scene: beautiful Balboa park, San Diego….lined with Palm trees and weird little desert cacti.(very dangerous for runners looking to relieve themselves at the last minute before starting time)
As 7 am starting time approached, everyone took their respective place in one of the 21 starting corrals. I was in number 5. At 7:00 we were still waiting in anticipation…7:10 still waiting…by 7:30 the Rock N Roll marathon starting line looked more like a civil protest. The field was informed that there were some vehicles blocking the race course and they need to be moved. Most runners took a seat on the warm asphalt to stay off their legs. Although the temperatures started to climb and the morning haze was giving way to the San Diego sun, everyone seemed to be pretty calm…and I got to talk with a handsome runner from Sacremento who pulled up some pavement next to me. 🙂 About 37 minutes after 7, we got the OK to Rock N Roll.
The course was fast, flat with minimal inclines. My training partners and I vowed to take the first 10K-25K very conservatively given the fact that there was a net elevation drop. We expected most folks would start out faster than they should…we didn’t want to be overzealous, even with the music playing…better to be jiggy with it at mile 25.
Two cups of fluid at every water stop and some GU kept me away from the dehydration devil. It was a great day…I managed to run every mile at a consistent pace, (between 8:20-8:50) with mile 25 being my 5th fastest of the race. 3:48:55 was my finish time….a bit better than my 4:54 from November in NYC!
I was lucky to run for the Leukemia Society’s Team in Training team. collectively we raised 15 million dollars for research…and that was the real story about this marathon….runners uniting to benefit an awesome cause.
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Another Day at Altitude
After finishing up a traditional mechanical engineering masters degree at MIT in January, I was half-heartedly looking for work. Nothing was catching my fancy, but the bills were still ending up on my doorstep. A friend relayed information about an interesting project starting up in the MIT Media Lab, but I ignored it since I was no longer a student. A few days went by before another friend described his role in the project. This coincidence was enough for me, so I approached the professor in charge andasked if there was room for me.
The project’s initial focus involved creating a backpack that couldmonitor the physiology of climbers attempting to summit Everest. In the short term, the backpack could shed some light on the affects of high altitude on a variety of bio-metrics. This info would be digested by a group of docs from Yale and NASA. Down the road, the device could help monitor and locate climbers and perhaps warn base camp doctors of potential health risks. Similar technology may be adapted into personal status monitors worn by you or me in our homes. The project fell under the umbrella of tele-medicine.
The Media Lab professor in charge was glad to have me. While the group was flush with electrical engineers and computer scientists, they lacked any mechanical engineering and design expertise. So mechanical design and packaging became my responsibility. The mission of the project changed a bit (big surprise) as the backpack architecture was scrapped and we adopted a vest design to serve as our “BioPak”. In addition, members of the group began development on a “GeoPak” which would use GPS to locate the climbers and a “Weather Probe” designed to monitor temperature, pressure, wind speed, humidity and light and periodically spit the info out to a low orbitting satellite which in turn would beam the bits to the Media Lab by way of our friend email. A number of these probes would be scattered on the mountain to paint a picture of weather on Everest throughout the year.
The lab was a nuthouse for many weeks. The project was very rushed, for we started with our concepts in February and we were scheduled for an equipment test on Mt. Washington in late March and a final departure for Kathmandu on April 21. Early on my time was consumed by the design and prototyping of the BioPak vest. I climbed behind a Singer for the first time in my life and “sewed” a Coolmax vest designed to fit between the straps of a backpack. I use the word sewed loosely, for that was exactly how my seams turned out. After adequately demonstrating my concept to the group and equally showing off my skill as a seamstress (or is that seamster), we hired a costume maker to build the rest of the vests.
Late in the game, I took over the package design of the weather probe. Early concepts were feasible yet inelegant. Luckily, I got in touch with a gentleman who designs underwater housings. He turned me on to polyethelyne gas tube as a great material. He even described a place near his home where I could “salvage” some of the tubing.
So as our Nepal departure date neared, we worked furiously and managed to hack most everything together. My thoughts turned to the marathon. After many long days in the machine shop, standing up in front of the lathes and drills and mills, I doubted I had much of a race in front ofme. Yet I pointed myself in the right direction and found my way from Hopkinton to Boston.
On extremely tired legs the night of the marathon, I was relegated to the basement machine shop for another night. At 5 am I drove home in a sleep deprived and lactic rich state and slept for a good 45 minute before getting up and packing for the 5 week trip.
I made the plane and managed to suffer through the 30 hour flight to Kathmandu. By the end of it my legs were feeling a bit better, enough to allow some limping through the market of Thamal. A day later our group had met up with the Yale/NASA docs and we were on a little Twin Otter bound for the sloping landing pad of Lukla. From there a ten day trek to Everest Base Camp confronted us. We still had some soldering and programming to do to finish up our devices, so rest days were consumed inside of the tents and tea houses with pieces of wire flying and laptops whirring.
In our ice and rock world of base camp, work continued. We were productive only in sunlight, when the tent would heat to around 70F. Once the sun dipped behind a cloud or mountain, the temperature plummetted. By the time our climbers left for their attempt on the summit, our BioPaks and GeoPaks were in working order, but we had some fears about the batteries and the radio connection linking our base camp computers to the data streaming off of the climbers. The weather probes, on the other hand, had been finished in Boston, and were working well. The Pak fears were warranted, for we ended up losing much of the data as the climbers entered the radio shadowed Western Cwm. The weather probes, however, continued working well and will hopefully continue spouting data for a year.
A highlight of my time at Base Camp was my involvement with a geo-physicist working with the same climbing crew as us. I was able to help him a bit with the telemetry associated with the most accurate GPS reading ever taken from the top of the world. When all of his data is calculated, he should know the location of the highest bedrock on Everest with 3 mm of vertical accuracy.
So now I’m back in the thick air of Boston. I thought all my time at 17000-18000′ might have thickened my blood enough to make me a monster on the track. Alas (trust me, I’ve never used the word ‘alas’ before) the atrophy of my muscles and the lowering of my VO2 max swallowed up any improvements to my oxygen carrying capacity. I am a slower beast, lumbering around these days with only my new and improved love handles as solace. Actually, it was a great rest after Boston, and now I am hungry to get back to my old form.
Thank you for all of your support and interest in my trip to Nepal. If you have any questions I’ll be glad to shoot the breeze at the track. Also, be sure to check out the websites about our trip and the American Everest Expedition, www.everest.org and www.mountainzone.org respectively.
XC Report: Lynn Woods Update
The GBTC Cross-country season will begin with the Lynn Woods relay on Wednesday August 26th at 6:00 pm at the Great Woods Road entrance to Lynn Woods Reservation located off Rte. 129 in Lynn, MA. Last year the GBTC men and women won. (see last year’s team photo below)
Every week you can run over dirt roads in the woods starting at 6:30. The courses differer each week but always there is a short race 2.5 -3.1 miles and a long race 4-6 miles. Some a very hilly. For example on this Wednesday June 17th the short race will be 2.5 miles on the relay route and the long race will be the infamous Twin Towers running up the Steel Tower hill and the Stone Tower hill covering 4 miles. Must runners use these races as a social gathering, tempo run, part of a longer run including a long warmup and warmdown. I will be there every week with Cynthia and Jane and Hattie who will run the kids races, .25 miles and .5 miles. Until the relay, the races are not serious. I call them training races. There is no entry fee.
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