The Hills are Alive! Race Report #2 – 2019

2019 was an amazing running year for me in racing and in training. I post my results and thoughts on Facebook to engage my friends and family and then I recap the results here. I look back on my results at the end of the year to set new goals and aspirations for the next year! Stay tuned!

Mt Washington Road Race 2019 – 7.2 miles June 15th, Gotham, NH

Time: 1:38:59 – 2nd in Age

The craziest conditions bring out the best in me πŸ’œ. We crushed it as a team! And my individual results I am very proud of. The biggest accomplishment for me was placing 10th in the age graded running with the running royalty of the mountains 

πŸ” I was 2nd in age and scoring for our WMDP masters team that was 1st and Senior team which placed second! Love this race and love these mountains β›°. Our WMDP Open team placed first too. It was a great day – perfect weather despite the crazy weather warnings and fear of the race being cancelled! Thank u to Deb our Sherpa! In this race when you get to the top every one is a winner β›°πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’š

Bridge of Flowers – 8K August 10th, 2019 Shelburne Falls, MA

Time: 37:51 – 4th in Age

Bridge of Flowers πŸŒΈ 8k race is one of my favorites and this year the race was selected to be a part of the New England Grand Prix USATF so all of the speedy people from all over New England were there! It’s a great race for our team because our team President is one of the race organizers and we have a great showing of team members competing! This year was incredible because our master team took first place and the women’s winner was a teammate and coach Kim Nadeau and only a few secs behind was teammate Jenna πŸŽ‰πŸ’―πŸ‘πŸΌ.

I finished 4th in my age ( tied) less than a minute slower than last year\’s time and our team had a lot of top finishes. Open women\’s team took 2nd place and the men’s open team 2nd place. It was great to see so many of my teammates at the after-party and at the team barbecue. I was happy with my results and I’m thankful for my running community. And a side note I got to see my fellow ToastMaster Jonathan cross the finish line! It was a great day. #running #racing #team #masters #runningcommunity#bridgeofflowers #usatfne

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NH 10 Miler August 24th, Lake Massapiegog, NH

Time: 1:16:26 5th in my age (USATF)


Running has always been a thrill for me. Toeing the line, pushing to the finish…. watching my times get faster -shooting for that next PR. But the best thing about running for me is the people that I meet along the way. My team Western Mass Distance Project has been my support and motivation since moving to this area about 10 years ago – I joined the team 8 years ago and have met the strongest, kindest, most supportive group of women you could ask for in your life. My times have not been getting faster, but holding pretty steady enough to score for our Masters, Open and we call it \”Grand Masters\”.

I don\’t know if I would compete as much if I wasn\’t on this team, or train as hard — but I do know that I am thankful for each and every one of them. So my advice – find your tribe! Find those people that encourage you and pull you along and motivate you!

Sharing our fun team pic at the end – we all drove more than 2 hours to get there in NH and ran pretty fast! 7th open team, 4th Master team and 4th 50+ team! <3WMDP Women\’s Team at the NH 10 Miler! What an amazing group of women! Love my team! Love this running community! 

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USATF Cross Country Series

Age Graded 2nd place USATF Overall for the series – LINK

September 8 -Great Brook Farm, Carlisle MA   (Cool Running)
October 13 , Wayland MA 5K – Time 23:11 3rd (50-59)
November 10 – USATF NE Championships, Franklin Park   (Cool Running)
November 23 -, Tyngsborough MA    24:39 / 3rd in age
December 14 – USATF Club Championships, Lehigh, Bethlehem PA – 6K Time: 27:38 35th Master

USATF National Mountain Running Championships – 7 miles September 29th, Waterville Valley, NH

Time: 1:35:18 2nd in age (55-59)

Mountain of dreams has been my brand / theme on my blog for many years πŸ’• Mountains give me energy to achieve the goals I set for myself πŸ’ͺ🏼 it has become more than that for me embracing this amazing running community and feeling the love and support every climb. This team πŸ’™this community of mountain runners πŸ” this is success in running. 2nd in age and part of the powerful WMDP women masters and open team National Championships did not disappoint. Thank u all for the comraderie and support πŸ’―πŸ’•πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ @ Waterville Valley Resort.

It\’s not just getting to the top of the mountain, it\’s about the people that give you strength throughout the climb!  

Waterville Valley National Mountain Running Championships with my new mountain running friend Freddi Lynne Triback\"\"<3  

Photo taken by the extremely talented and sweet photographer Joe Viger\"\"<3 β€” at Waterville Valley Resort.

Check out this YouTube recap video of the event!

Cape Cod Marathon – USATF NE Grand Prix October 27th in Falmouth MA

Time: 3:44:29 5/23 in age group 

Cape Cod Marathon 2019 – Yay! #35 marathon in the books. πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ’―πŸ’™πŸŽ–

If they could only control the weather! 
Amazing volunteers braving such incredibly nasty rainy and windy weather! I love the green long sleeve tech shirt and the medal is beautiful. Much different from when I ran this marathon in 1993! Aid stations were well stocked and sweet people cheering us on. The course was absolutely beautiful along the ocean shore and bike path into the town of Falmouth. A few hills near the end to keep it interesting too! The small expo was very nice although they took the backdrop for photos down early (I was disappointed) – the tent with chowder, food and chicken soup was a welcome treat. Wonderful community and a definitely challenging race more because of the weather. I commend their commitment to minimizing environmental impact and reducing waste. More events need to be following this protocol! Thank you for putting on a stellar event for the NE Grand Prix finale! Congratulations to my racing friends from all the NE clubs and especially our WMDP men and women so supportive and strong!

Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage 5K December 8, 2019 Northampton, MA

Time: 21:57 Age Graded Place: 15th overall


Hot Chocolate for Safe Passage 5k. Love these ladies. Love this team. Love this community. Coming out to support this cause that is so important to me! 

Thanks for stopping by and reading about my race adventures and fun with this incredible team – Western Mass Distance Project. I am so blessed for the support of these team members, running partners, cycling partners and true friends that are there for me in life and in sport! Please leave a comment and let me know how your 2019 went and what you have new planned for 2020!

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Nancy Peck Cook is a trainer and speaker who has presented in front of large and small audiences for the past 25 years.Β  Her work as an executive and volunteer trainer for the American Cancer Society during the growth of the signature activity Relay For Life trained professionals to be more confident and successful in their roles.Β 

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