The Monadnock Regional Milers eNews has a new monthly feature called “Who We Are,” where we will introduce and profile some of our newest officers and directors. This will also be a platform for members, you, to occasionally share experiences and thoughts on running and related topics, both good and bad. Many MRM members have been runners for years and your knowledge and experiences can be quite valuable to runners who are new to the sport. Possible topics could be: “Why I like running in the cold”; “How I run safely in dark, winter nights”; “How I learned to run with arthritis”; “Running saved me when…“ Hopefully these examples inspire your creativity. Your experiences are valuable and we want to hear them. Pick your own topic then contact us with your ideas!
I’ve run all my life, at least for as long as I can remember. Around the back yard, fields, hustling to help Dad, eventually sports at school and high school. I ran ¼ mile and ½ mile in high school track. Ran mid-54, 55 sec for quarter and once ran 1:58 in the half. Also ran Cross Country, but in that time, it was mostly 2.2-2.5 mile races. I continued to run for enjoyment after school and into the Air Force. Each year we would have to run 1.5 miles on the track as part of our physical fitness requirements. In 1984 I ran 9:06 for the 1.5 mile, which was the fastest in the Hospital Squadron that year.
Nowadays, I am happy to run 9 min miles in races, and run mid 9’s and 10’s in my non-competitive runs. But it’s good to get out there and get the dust blown off!
I’m 65, retired from work 3 years ago. I trained as a Family Physician, worked as such in the USAF, and came to the Monadnock area in 1986 with my (also Family Physician) wife and 2 children, to open a practice in Jaffrey. The following year we had our third child. Recently we sold our house in Jaffrey to downsize, and have moved to Peterborough to live.
Running is fun and can be challenging in this area, due to hills, roads, and weather. The local races are great. Great running community and fun-- stories sharing recent runs, hikes, trails, rides, family doings, and meeting old comrades and competitors. It’s also lots of fun to participate in a bigger and non-local race, as well. I was fortunate to be able to run Boston in 2013 and 2014 to raise money for the Melanoma Foundation.
Running gives one many opportunities to either pay back or to pay forward the joy that it gives to us runners. Lisa (my wife) and I volunteer at the Boston finish line for the BAA, being President of the MRM and supporting local running, timing at local runs, running sweeps to make sure no one gets lost on the course, donating to the charities supported by the runs, like the area Food Bank, are all ways in which we are privileged to help pay it forward. To help.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all at the Chillers, or at other races throughout the year!
In 2003 I moved from the flatlands of New Jersey to the beautiful rolling hills of Temple, NH. From almost my first day in the Monadnock Region, I have been a MRM member, initially drawn to the Milers due to the Chiller races. As I initially adapted to running in cold, New England winters, I found the Chiller races encouraged me to get out and discover the joy of running in snow and cold.
The camaraderie of the Chillers is fantastic and motivates you get you out of your house because you want to run with the ‘gang’. I particularly like local races and 5Ks in warmer weather for the same reason - I like seeing familiar runners and spending time with them.
I love running in the Monadnock Region because I never get tired of running down country roads past farms, fields, and pastures. And those hills, they just make it even more interesting.
For the past 10 years, I have worked in Keene at C&S/ES3 doing software development.
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