Letter from a Board Member

Letter from a Board Member: Running and My Brief Stint as an Ice Hockey Player

By: Helene Sisti

Running clubs, and more generally sports clubs, have been a joy for me at different times in my life and in different places. 

At one of my college reunions, I remember a conversation with a classmate. After talking about how I was on the Track and Field team, they had expressed a bit of regret for not pursuing more extracurricular activities. The term, ‘extra curricular activities’ struck a note with me. Never did I think of the track team as something I would decide to join. It wasn’t something I took casually, as if I needed something to do after classes. Running, training and competing was something I was compelled to do. Even my parents knew this. At one point in college, I thought maybe I should just focus completely on my school work. They instantly replied with surprise, “You enjoy it. Why would you do something like that?” They didn’t entertain the idea for a second. At the time, they knew me better than I knew myself. I knew they were right. I dismissed the thought as quickly as they did and never looked back. I loved training with the team. Even if I did not reach my goal of becoming an All-American, I still did well and look back on those times with gratitude.

There were different times in my life when routine would take hold, and I would find myself searching for something to brighten up my energy. Time after time, it was an athletic club that did just this. Running clubs have definitely been the mainstay. Having lived in the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan area for many years, I ran with the Central Park Track Club, Haddonfield Running Club, and Fishtown Beer Runners Club! All of them were always welcoming. Whether training on the legendary indoor track of the Armory, beautiful rolling hills of suburban Haddonfield, or the urban streets of Philadelphia where we ended at a bar, it was always a joy to meet up with other runners and burn off some excess energy. There is a feeling of camaraderie as we warm up, talk about the workout, then head off as a herd to get our hearts pumping. 

Other sports too have provided just what I needed when I needed it – a healthy burst of energy. One of them was ice hockey. For three glorious months I was an ice hockey player. I went to “Play It Again, Sports,” bought myself some hockey gear, and enrolled myself in an adult developmental clinic at the Red Bank Armory. I never watched NHL games. My cousin played for Penn State and I always thought the sport looked really fun. When I put on all my gear for the first practice, I actually had the hockey socks on the inside of the protective gear. The coach was so kind. He didn’t flinch. He didn’t make me feel the slightest bit uncomfortable. He pointed to my shins as he was walking by and casually remarked, “Those socks go on the outside.” I replied, “Oh,” with a sheepish grin and went back into the locker room to put them on the correct way. I had the locker room to myself, since I was the only girl. I thought I was signing up for a co-ed group, because that was what  the person on the phone had told me. As it turned out, no other girls had signed up. More precisely, the one girl that had signed up stopped attending. There was another person who started the same day as me. We both finally had on all of our gear (properly) and walked out onto the ice. The coach had us do a few skating drills to make sure we could move on the ice. After skating a bit, he then said, “OK - Now, run and take a dive.” I am like, “Just – take a dive?”  “Yes.” I ran with a few bounding steps, then through my hands out as if I was sliding into home plate. Once I started sliding belly down on the ice I just started laughing out loud at the sensation. I was going to love this.

All the players were very supportive. I even scored a goal during one of the scrimmages. I enjoyed the 8-week clinic so much, that I immediately signed up for a second one. The second one had more than twice the enrollment, and was a little more intimidating. Slapshots were all over the place, and the skill level was much higher than the first round. My ice hockey career came to an abrupt end. I eventually exchanged my hockey gear for a tennis racket, but still held on to the skates. Though it was only about 3 months all together, it still made for a great winter when I really needed one. 

As with most things, it was the people who helped make those memories. I think that is what is so nice about running clubs – the quiet encouragement of just showing up again and again. The consistent effort to stay healthy, stay positive, train when the weather turns, and get yourself out there when it is sometimes easier to stay inside.

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April 2024 News & Announcements

By: Robert "RJ" Jones

Racing Updates

Missed the Nashua Soup Kitchen? No worries! The next New Hampshire Grand Prix Race is on our home turf! The Shaker 7 (23 Jun)! Help us maintain our impressive lead! Also huge congratulations to:

  • Pam Moore
  • Laurie Reed
  • Liba Hladik
  • Gunner Currier
  • Dan Shea

For being our top runners and scoring a cumulative 464 points for the club!! The scoring system means that EVERYONE scores and EVERYONE’s points add up! So let’s get out there and race!

Next UVRC race is a new one to us the Lake Morey Ice Break 5 Miler (14 April)

Road races not your thing? No worries, in May the Western New Hampshire Trail Series kicks off with the Dirty 5k (12 May)

Club Announcements

Tuesday Night Track: Looking back at my notes I audaciously stated that Spring is here and we would be heading back to the track indefinitely. Since then we have gotten two snow storms sooo I guess that’s on me, sorry for the jinx. Anyway I tempt the devil once more and say that as of now our TNT workouts will proceed on  Hanover High School Track though we may move to the Dartmouth Track if allowed. Keep an eye on your email to stay up to date! 

April Runner’s Night Out will be April 9th, at Hanover Ramuntos! Come hang out with your pal’s after Tuesday Night Track and discuss your Eclipse experience!

Spring Couch to 5k is starting up April 20th!

Volunteer Opportunities

In case you missed it we’re doing a 2024 UVRC VOLUNTEER CHALLENGE see the March Newsletter for full details! 

Upcoming Opportunities

The Mount Washington Road Race is in need of volunteers! Historically the MWRR crew assigns volunteer positions by club/group so we all focus on one task e.g. one club does water hand out, one club does check in, etc. We haven’t been assigned a task yet but in the past the UVRC has been instrumental in keeping the flow of traffic going and managing the parking which requires a lot of friendly faces to keep everything working smoothly! In general we also need volunteers to get our racers down the mountain! If you’re interested in volunteering please reach out to uppervalleyrunningclub@gmail.com or signup with this link

The Covered Bridges Half Marathon is on the horizon! Didn’t get in through registration but are itching to take part in one of the most beautiful and sought after races in New England? Well good news! The UVRC is looking for pacers for the race! As a pacer you run the race at a fixed pace to achieve a set goal time and serve as a beacon to your fellow runners who are trying to meet or beat that goal time. I speak from experience when I say it is one of the most rewarding activities I have participated in (apart from being your President) as nothing compares to the joy of helping other people achieve the goals they’ve worked so hard for! It’s time to start getting in pacing shape so reach out to uppervalleyrunningclub@gmail.com if you interested in being a pacer!

Race Announcements

Upper Valley Running Series April 2024 Update

By: Geoff Dunbar

Great work to all the UVRC runners who ran the Lebanon Shamrock Shuffle 5K in March! I didn’t do a careful count, but rumor has it over 100 of us. That marks the second race in the Upper Valley Running Series (UVRS), and a great event for the club.

The next race in the series is new to the UVRS this year. On Sunday, April 14, it’s the Lake Morey Icebreaker 5-Miler. It promises to be a very scenic race around Lake Morey, and I’m looking forward to a new race.

So, what is this UVRS that you’re hearing so much about? It’s our club’s series of local road races. Full information: http://bit.ly/uvrs2024

“But I missed the first race!” No problem, you only need to run 7 of the 11 (9 remaining) races to get the sweet finisher prize. Even if you don’t make it to 7, you can still come out and have a great time!

“Sounds fun, how do I participate?” As long as you are an up-to-date UVRC member, all you have to do is show up and run! Full series registration has closed, but you can just sign up for each race through the normal race registration (even day-of is OK). As long as you are a UVRC member you are part of the series.

“What if I’m injured, don’t want to race, or have a family member along who doesn’t want to run?” How about volunteering? Prizes available. See the March newsletter “Volunteering” article for details.

“Sounds great, I’ll see you out there, UVRC!”

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Spring 2024 Couch to 5K

By: Keri Niles

Spring is here and couch to 5k is just around the corner! This spring, join us for practice twice a week to prepare for a brand new (to us) 5k! We will meet twice a week for 10 weeks and increase our exercise time gradually each week. We break up into four groups to match up with those that most align with your goals. Supportive coaches, alumni, and participants will be on hand to help encourage you and keep you accountable week to week.

What you need to know:

  • Practices Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm and Saturdays 8:00am-9:00am
  • Location - Pat Walsh Park, Bank Street Extension, Lebanon, NH
  • First practice is Saturday, April 20th
  • Our 5k this year is the Lace up for Laura race in Weathersfield, VT on June 29, 2024. They're very excited to have us! Website here: https://www.laceupforlaura.com/

Registration can be found on the City of Lebanon website, here: https://secure.rec1.com/NH/city-of-lebanon/catalog. If this program isn’t for you, please share with a friend, family member, neighbor, or colleague! We hope to have many new, and returning, participants this spring! Please reach out to Keri Niles (keriann.ketcham@gmail.com) if you have any questions, or if you'd like to join us as a volunteer coach!

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Running Mom

By: Daniela Allee

“You’re basically at the 20 mile mark,” my husband, Andrew, told me last March. I was holding onto the hospital bed railing, transitioning into the pushing phase of labor. As contractions came and crested, I focused on the one I was in, trying not to think about the next. I told myself, “I’ve done hard, repetitive things. Try to focus on the present. What’ll come next, will come.” 

With a few more pushes left he said, “You’ve got 800 to go.” I felt this sense of relief wash over me as I rested between efforts. The end is in sight! And what a sight it was to behold my son, Mateo. 

Birthing him was the hardest, most intense and most exhilarating thing I’ve ever done. 

Before having a baby, two marathons I’d done held that spot. In my non-parent days, my mileage was higher and more consistent, and I could regularly get to Tuesday Night Track. During pregnancy, I let go of goals and simply enjoyed the act of running. Getting back to it since becoming a mom has been a gradual and humbling, though often sweet, experience. The goals I have now include two key elements: my friends and more patience. 

My friends and running partners were there with me throughout pregnancy, slowing down with me on runs as my baby and belly grew. One friend and I even walked five miles on Mt.Tom as I entered week 41 of pregnancy in an attempt to induce labor. (It didn’t happen). They've held and played with my son, and have cheered me on from completing my first run without walking to hiking Smarts Mountain together 6 months postpartum. Now, we're scheming a Pemi loop for sometime this year. It'll be my first. 

Training for that feels a little daunting. I'm just now getting back to hitting 20 miles consistently. I fit in runs when I can -- early in the morning or swapping a lunch break for a running break. I call myself an opportunistic runner when anyone asks about a routine. Kids are unpredictable, and control over your own time vastly diminishes as a parent. So I’ve tried to take things a day at a time. I’ve learned in track workouts, whether it’s 1k repeats or 400s, it’s better for me to just focus on the rep I’m doing, and make the most of it, instead of fixating on the reps to come.

I wouldn't have set out my Pemi goal without knowing I’d have my friends Kali and Cara with me, not just there on the day, but in the months leading up to it. Seeing the number of professional runners who had babies in 2023 and have come back roaring this year has inspired me to keep at it. Every time I see Elle Purrier St.Pierre win a race, I tear up. I wiped a few when she dedicated her win of the Wanamaker mile this year to moms. When she held her son Ivan after setting an American Record and winning the world championship, I felt proud of her.

I feel proud of every mom I see, in particular of those coming back to running. Each pregnancy, birth and postpartum is different. Sometimes the return to running can feel like three steps forward, two steps back (one week it's 20 miles the next it's eight). Sometimes getting out even for 10 minutes with the baby in the stroller is a win. A lot goes unseen about what it takes to sometimes just get out the door. 

But after a few minutes of breathing fresh air and moving, a part of my heart feels quieter, less hurried, and more alive. Running is a joyful and meditative act for me, a place to reconnect, pause and reflect. My one-year old doesn't grasp that, but he does see the trees passing by, points at clouds moving and feels the warmth of the sun as he sits in the stroller. 

I love sharing this part of my life and world with him, watching him swing his legs to the rhythm of our pace. Maybe one day, we'll run side by side. 

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The Grid

By: Cara Baskin

7.5 years, 3030 miles, 250 hikes, 78 friends, 576 peaks. Let me explain…

In December 2015, I took my road shoes and high school cross country sweatshirt up Camel’s Hump with my new friend Lydia. It was much colder at the top than I ever expected and my lack of traction on ice quickly put me in my place. She and her partner bundled me in all their extra layers and I vowed never to winter hike again. Holt’s Ledge and Cardigan in the summer provided minimal hiking experience going into my first 4000’er, and I definitely never hiked prior to moving up north from suburbia. 

Fast forward to summer 2016, I joined Lydia once again for my next 4000’er, the first in NH, at the Mt. Washington Road Race. Maybe it was the sunshine or maybe it was Lydia’s confidence and stoke in the mountains, but I kept saying yes. We did a presidential traverse the following weekend and a pemi loop later that summer, getting me one third of the way through the 48 peaks in NH. My unfounded confidence led me to hike alone, then in the winter, wracking up mishaps along the way. I lost the trail in a whiteout on Moosilauke, couldn’t reach the top of Cannon due to ice, bailed on South Kinsman after both feet went completely numb in my frozen sneakers. Yet I started hiking on both weekend days, sometimes twice in one day. Two days before moving to CA, in the summer of 2017, I woke up at 5am in Canada after an Ironman training weekend, drove across the border to hike Cabot, then Whiteface and Passaconaway, reaching the final summit in the dark, promptly getting lost, and finding the car at 1am after a 5 mile road walk in exhausted and frustrated silence. But, I finished my 4000’er list. I’d call it a win. 

I finished the 5 VT 4000’ers on trips back over the course of my year in CA, though it took me about a day to realize I wanted to move back. The White Mountains (and all 14 ME 4000’ers) were a challenging and exciting training ground for a 2019 ultra, and by the end of that year, I heard about this list called “the grid”. Someone I followed on instagram and had never met was completing all 48 NH 4000’ers twelve times over, experiencing every peak in every month over the course of years. It seemed crazy. He happened to pass me on trail the day he finished his grid, hammering up Wildcat. We met shortly after and eventually shared 192 miles and 41 peaks. My intrigue started to build.

When the pandemic shrunk our lives to local adventures with minimal contact, I made my spreadsheet of peaks and months, discovering 25% of the 576 spaces in my spreadsheet were already filled. Go time. Lydia and I went insane in the mountains that month. I hiked 330 miles with 89,000’ of vert in March 2020, excluding road runs and a running trip in CA before COVID hit the news. We even snuck in a 30,000’ week we deemed “vertfest,” summiting Whiteface and Passaconaway Friday evening, the Tripyramids Saturday morning, with an afternoon on the Hancocks and Osceolas, and Sunday on Flume, Liberty, Lincoln, Lafayette and Garfield. My sweet pursuit was underway. I had a purpose, goal, outlet for my love of lists, and free accountability coach named “Grid <3” in Google Sheets.

The rest of 2020 and 2021 I leaned into my new obsession and welcomed the grid into my ultra training and lifestyle. It took first priority and friends unlearned asking me to hang out on the weekends. A fresh dose of cortisol dropped on the first of each month as I asked myself, “how many peaks could fit into my free time if I eliminated all regards for my body and health?”  

In 2022 I lost steam, losing motivation to run or hike. I DNFed at mile 76 of the VT 100 mile race and threw myself a pity party. What am I without a finish? My focus lasered in sharply to the grid. Let me prove to myself I’m an athlete. Let me try to finish this thing. I dove in deep trying to finish that year, clocking 20-30 peak months for 8 months straight, including several other 50 mi runs and races, topping out in October with 37 peaks.

This is a tedious reflection, but it is also 20% of my whole life. A few roses and thorns incoming:


  • The lightbulb moment on Hale in 2017 when I realized running down the mountain is an option (and it’s a lot quicker than walking). 
  • The warm fuzzies from taking my Dad up Pierce, Jackson, Franconia ridge and Moosilauke, including a 7000’ vert weekend. He wanted me to let you know he was 68 at the time! 
  • Making and deepening friendships on trail. I made another spreadsheet of every hike and the friends new and old who joined me, piecing together strava data with the “before times” data from excel. (I’ve kept a record of all exercise I’ve done since 6th grade). I’m grateful for friends agreeing to spend hours and hours adventuring on less than ideal days. 
  • Seeing sunrise and sunset in the alpine with Lydia on our double presidential traverse. Our first presi (23mi and 8000’ including Jackson) took 12 hrs 45min. Our double presi (37mi and 16000’ excluding Jackson) took 15 hrs 6 min. 

Memorable, wouldn’t trade the scars, thorns:

  • “Cabot Waumbek Day,” the bane of my existence, which I did 5 times over. It’s a totally silent experience putting in a full 9hr door to door workday in solitude for 2 measly spots on the spreadsheet and 0 summit views. (I never perfected my sales pitch and always went alone). The day includes a 2hr drive to Cabot for a 9mi out and back, driving 50min. around the mountain range to hike 7mi out and back to Waumbek from the other side, then drive 1hr 40min. home. On those days I usually lulled myself to sleep by whispering “WTF am I doing” and “was that worth a tank of gas?” 
  • Summiting Moosilauke solo in a frigid whiteout, taking my jacket off my back and putting it under a rock as a makeshift cairn, because I couldn’t see the summit from the last cairn. 
  • Starting up Isolation alone after fresh snowfall. The last hiker on the mountain (another gridder) turned early and said I’d be all alone out there and his footprints would end soon. I broke trail in my sneakers, submerging them in ice water too many times to count. I hopped across snowy boulders on the 10 river crossings, summiting in a whiteout with the sun setting (I didn’t bring a headlamp). I faceplanted on the way back and involuntarily muttered “I’m so tired” as I hit the ground, then laughed/cried to myself from exhaustion. Just after dark I reached the car with a solid 2 inches of ice sealing the laces on my shoes. I couldn’t take them off for the whole drive until they melted. 
  • Postholing up to my butt in sneakers on Owl’s Head with Lucy. I did learn to invest in gore-tex, but it turns out 3 feet of snow can find a way into your gator-less shoes. A stranger asked me “what’s with the sneaker shit?” I hate snowshoes. 
  • Bonking on the first step of a pemi with Chris and dreaming of salty cheese on the initial summits. By the time we reached Bondcliff, an angel approached asking “cheddar or havarti?” He gifted us both kinds of cheese with crackers to fuel the Lincoln Woods slog. 
  • Summiting the Carters alone at sunset in single digit weather with frozen water, a pocketful of cheese, a phone that was about to die and debilitating foot pain.
  • Anxiously biting all my fingernails off on a late afternoon drive to the Osceolas, reaching the summit at sunset and returning alone in the dark. I’m terrified of the dark. 
  • Seeing a bear about 10 feet away while on Cabot alone. Summiting anyway because I already invested in the drive. 
  • Spending my 30th birthday (Christmas) alone on Carrigain. In retrospect this was really emo. 
  • Traversing Garfield and Owl’s Head in pouring rain and shin deep mud with Emily. 
  • Losing a toenail on the Tripyramids with Leah. Getting a thorn between my eyeball and tear duct on the Hancocks. Losing feeling in my fingers and toes on most, if not all, winter hikes. Bonking, bruising, bleeding, scraping and chafing. Running my forehead and legs straight into branches and downed logs. Wading waist deep rivers. Faceplanting over rocks and into postholes.

I swear I did learn a lot about safety out there. I’m more aware of what can go wrong, though I’m lucky not more did. My “last” hike was exciting and anticlimactic at the same time. I hope nothing changes. I hope the drive continues. I hope I can now be more creative about how I adventure in the Whites and more selective about the weather. Lydia and two others joined for my final romp, in a complete whiteout over Jefferson, Washington and Monroe. It was the worst visibility I’d had in a while with -10 to 0F windchill and 35-50mph winds. We even lost the cog a few times, which we had to follow because we couldn’t see the cairns! 

Now that it’s over I feel the weight lifted that was personally placed on my shoulders. I chose to chase something that added difficulty to my otherwise privileged life, but the stress I opted into felt heavy and real. Towards the end, I constantly worried about the forecast, rain, ice luges, fresh fallen snow, arctic temperatures, the sun setting, gale force winds, heat and humidity. I weighed the risks of snow bridges breaking and wading through raging rivers. Of going out alone, hours from other people without cell service. Being in the alpine when it was below zero and wondering if my judgment was clouded. How many hours was I willing to have numb feet? Or a dehydration hiking hangover the next day? Was that new pain serious or would it go away after the first hour? With two years to go, each month presented a frantic puzzle, trying to fit my remaining list into free time, finding the perfect combination of motivation, weather, trail conditions, and possibly a hiking buddy who was available and willing to spend hours on my antics. It took almost all 7.5 years to learn the puzzle could be configured in infinite ways and the rules demanded release of any sense of control. Just as the ink dried on a plan, a new puzzle piece shaped like a snowstorm would fall into the mix and teach a lesson on adaptability. The point of the game was in navigating where to fit that piece, and the only input necessary was willingness to play. I’m proud of myself for being the 169th person to open the box and piece it together in my own way. In some ways I’m a completely different person than at the start, and in others just the same, swirling in my little world of obsession. Still, I feel lucky to have found something that gives me purpose. 

I’m now operating without a spreadsheet, which comes with its own stress, but more freedom. Once the snow melts, I’ll have time to explore the less direct routes, less than 4000’ peaks, and less traveled trails. I hope to finish my last sixteen 4000’ers in the ADK and find a meaningful experience in the Whites this summer, but for now, stoke sleeps and waits for the next spark. 

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Runner Profile

Runner Profile: Sharon Morton

By: Robert "RJ" Jones

Name: Sharon Morton
Town: Cornish, NH

Where are you from originally and what brought you to this area?
I am from Lake Arrowhead, California. We moved here to slow down a bit

What do you do professionally?
Stay at home Mom

How long have you been running?
10 years on and off

How long have you been running competitively?
10 years on and off 

Why do you run?
I run because it is fun!

Recent memorable moment while running?
Running a 5k with my daughter

Best athletic accomplishment and why?
Finishing the LA marathon twice. Also finishing a triathlon

If you like to race, notable race moment? OR most memorable race?
The LA marathon was my most memorable race

Cross training activities? 
Biking and swimming but only when I am triathlon training

Any notable streaks or other unusual running events?

What made you start running?
It is a family tradition. Watching my Dad finish his first marathon at age 50 inspired me. 

Are your reasons for running now the same or different than the reason you first started?

Why did you join UVRC?
I would like to meet other runners

Ever run in a costume?
Once in a tutu

The only running shoe for me is ______________________. 
I am not picky

Ever been injured? How did it happen?
Just now with what may be plantar fasciitis

What is your favorite race?
Not sure yet

Favorite running book/film?
Don’t have one

How about favorite work out?
Speed runs

If you could run with anyone, who would be the person?
My husband, but he hates running

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Runner Profile: Drew Prescott

By: Matt Sherman

Name: Drew Prescott
Town: Lebanon, NH

Where are you from originally and what brought you to this area?
I grew up in Southern NH. My parents are from Lebanon and moved back to the area a few years ago along with my brother and sister-in-law. I moved to Lebanon last fall to be closer to family and because I loved spending time in the Upper Valley growing up.

What do you do professionally?
I’m a Software Engineer at a biotech company in Lebanon called Adimab.

How long have you been running?
I ran track when I was younger but competed primarily in sprinting/middle distance events. I got into distance running in college to stay in shape after I stopped playing sports.

How long have you been running competitively?
Besides the occasional race for fun nowadays, I haven’t run competitively since high school.

Why do you run?
I think running is a great way to stay in shape physically and mentally. Nothing beats spending time out in nature exercising and getting fresh air. It’s also a great way to meet other people in the community who enjoy spending time outside and being active.

Recent memorable moment while running?
I ran as a pacer for a couple races last year. It was such an amazing feeling helping others make it through the race and reach their goals.

Best athletic accomplishment and why?
Completing the 48 4k footers. My dad and I hiked them all together and it was a really neat experience to share with him.

If you like to race, favorite race distance? Why?
Probably marathons even though I’ve only done one so far. Although, I’m looking at running an ultra this year, which I’m hoping will be my new favorite. I enjoy the mental and physical challenge of running long endurance races.

If you like to race, notable race moment? OR most memorable race?
The first half marathon I ever ran, I did no training leading up to the race and was completely exhausted by the end but they had Boston Cream donuts in the food tent and it was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

Training partners?
My dog Harper, my dad, and my parents’ dog Pemi. Also, the many friends I’ve made through the UVRC at TNT and the Saturday morning group runs.

Cross training activities? 
Nordic skiing in the winter, biking when the snow is gone, calisthenics, and yoga.

Favorite local running route?
The Lebanon rail trail.

Favorite post run treat?
Ice cream. Harper and I always stop for ice cream after any big running trips.

Strangest place ever run?
I did some runs with incredible scenery that I’ve never seen anywhere else when I visited New Zealand.

Any notable streaks or other unusual running events?

What made you start running?
I initially ran track in middle/high school as a way to compete and push myself physically. I started distance running as a way to stay in shape after I stopped playing sports in college.

Who is your running “idol”? 
My dad. He always ran a lot when I was growing up and was the one that made me want to get into distance running.

Are your reasons for running now the same or different than the reason you first started?
I still run as a way to stay in shape but I’ve also found it is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and meet other people who also enjoy spending time outdoors.

Why did you join UVRC?
My parents convinced me to go to one of the group runs with them and I met so many nice people, I’ve been going ever since. 

Ever run in a costume?

The only running shoe for me is ______________________. 
I actually like to mix up my running shoe model and brand fairly often. I usually wear whatever shoe I can find that is a couple of model years old and on sale.

Ever been injured? How did it happen?
Nothing serious but the week before my first marathon, I stubbed my toe on my coffee table so hard that the whole toe turned black and blue and the toenail fell off. It made for a bit more challenging of a race than I had initially planned for.

Hot or cold weather runner?
Definitely cold weather. You can always put more layers on but there are only so many layers you can take off.

Morning or evening runner?
Morning runner. I love starting the day with a run.

What is your motivation?
It helps me feel healthy physically and mentally and is a great way to spend time with other people who share similar interests.

I run therefore I ______________________.
am in a bad mood when I don’t get my daily run in.

How did you become interested in running?
My parents have always been runners and were the ones who originally got me interested in running.
What is your favorite race?
The Mount Desert Island marathon. It was the first marathon I ever ran and was a beautiful course.

Favorite running book/film?
Eat and Run by Scott Jurek.

What does your daily workout consist of?
Usually a run of at least a few miles with my dog followed by an hour of yoga or calisthenics.

How about favorite work out?
I like a lot of variety in my workouts, so I don’t have a single favorite.

What is your diet like?
I primarily eat a vegetarian diet. Mainly homemade meals consisting of lots of grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables.

If you could run with anyone, who would be the person?
I would go for a run with Joan Benoit. She is from New England and also attended Bowdoin College. I think it would be really interesting to hear about her running career.

Additional input or comments? People to mention?
I’d like to thank all the wonderful UVRC members who have welcomed me into the group and given me so many great running partners and friends.

Aside from running, what are your hobbies?
I love baking. I’ve been baking sourdough bread for almost 10 years now and am baking my way through multiple baking cookbooks.

What question would you like to ask in next month’s Runner Profile? And what is your answer to the question?
If you could go for a run anywhere in the world, where would you go for a run?

I would go back to New Zealand and run all of the “Great Walks” I didn’t get a chance to do the first time I visited.

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