Time to toe the line in 2019! Race Schedule

Training all year round for running can be a challenge in the Northeast US – especially when your favorite sport is skiing! It has been an amazing year at Stowe Mtn Resort ski teaching with the family (more on that in another blogpost) — but now it is time to get on the road, trails and mountains and get the racing season started.

My usual winter schedule is ski all weekend with walking the dogs and try to get in a run every day in the snow on the trails. It\’s slow and short distances but rugged and keeps me strong and makes the pups very happy!

Tomorrow is the first race of the year so I thought I would start to formulate a race schedule and put it out there to see what everyone else is up to this year. I had such a great racing season last year, it will be hard to top it, but here I go – let\’s try to do a little better than last year with adding in some of my old favorites! The plan for the year is to focus on races in the NE All Terrain Series, NE Grand Prix, NE Mountain Series and the NE Xctry Series – below is the list of all the races I would like to do – but it looks pretty busy, so I will make my choices as I go according to how I feel and what it the best plan for success.

New Bedford Half Marathon – March 17th – USTAF New England Grand Prix – First time running this half marathon with the team. Car pools are always fun and team bonding is the best. We have teams in Open, Masters and Seniors so it should be a great time! RESULTS: 8th in age / 1:39:22 for a 7:35 min/mile pace 🙂

Seven Sisters Trail Race – May 4th in Amherst MA 12 miles of rugged terrain! – WMDP team mate Amy Rusiecki is the race director, so we love supporting her! This rugged race is well known as one of the toughest in the region. I won my age group in 2016 with a 3:10:40 — so who knows what I can accomplish now!

Run Westfield Fast 5K – May 18th in Westfield MA- USATF NE Grand Prix – 3.1 miles – Great community! Looking forward to running this one!

27th annual Mt Wachusett Mountain Race – May 25th 9:30 am start. Run up 3.1 miles and down 3.1 miles. Last year I skipped the run down, not sure about this year. My hope was to help the team on the Mountain Series races, and I put my name down for this one! Love the mountain running crowd and our team has such a great time every race!

Mt Washington Road Race – 7.2 miles – \”Only One Hill\” – June 15th – An amazing experience every time I have run this race — placing 2nd and 3rd in my age group in year\’s past and working hard to PR here is my plan. It\’s not an easy race to get into (lottery or fast pass for placing high in age group or team lottery) We always have a great team showing for this race and celebrate together at the top! Definitely my favorite race of the year last year – the \”Wall\” is the toughest and steepest finish line ever! (A RACE)

Bridge of Flowers – August 10th – 8 km, USATF-NE Champ.(Shelburne Falls MA) — One of my all time favorite races! Running up Crittenden Hill and finishing on the Bridge – not to mention a great team race where you may be screamed at to RUN FASTER! 🙂

GBTC – USATF Cross Country Series Race #1 – Carlisle Farm, MA

Waterville Valley – National Mountain Running Championships – September 29th – A new course for the mountain series and put on by Acidotic Racing the venue is beautiful and I am looking forward to adding this mountain to my list!

NE USTAF Cross Country Race Series in the FALL – finishing up with the NE Championship at Franklin Park in November. There is talk that we may put a team together and travel to Nationals in PA this fall too! Stay tuned!

I have only paid registration for New Bedford, Seven Sisters and Mt Washington and Loon Mountain! — that is when the rubber meets the road when you put your money down! 🙂 It all looks ambitious at first glance — but as long as I am healthy, motivated and fast — I will get focused, train hard and see what I can accomplish in 2019! Looks like fun to me! Next up to put some goal race results to each race! Tomorrow the goal is to finish and see what I can do in a half with just a little training….


What is on your race schedule this coming year? Thanks for stopping by and reading along! Please take a minute and leave a comment or question below! Thanks for following me!


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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.  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. 

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