February 5Ks

February is three-quarters over and here in the GBA we couldn’t be happier. Regardless of the weather, the race must go on.

Here are a few February 5Ks to consider

Newport Night Run in Newport, RI

This race starts at 7PM on Friday February 20th. Tonight. Not cold enough for you during the day? Well try this race out after the sun goes down.

Newport’s first and only nighttime race will be held during Winterfest and will benefit the Newport Public Education Foundation. On-site registration is $35.00

Shirts for the first 750 runners who register, 532 hearty souls ran this race last year.

Quarry Snow Shuffle Snowshoe Race

5k race, snow shoe race, maine, february 5ksHow about a snow shoe race on February 22nd in Waterville, Maine?

Register online for this 5K race for only $15.00.

Come properly equipped and ready for harsh conditions. It may be a nice day, but it is February in Maine. Starting time is 10AM.

Fudgcicle 5K Series in Lowell

This series is a no frills $1.00 donation weekly 5K, with the last running this Saturday the 21st at 8AM, Shahp! Only the Governor himself has ever cancelled this race.

This Greater Lowell Road Runners sponsored race takes place at Tewksbury High School, directions and course map are HERE.

That’s about it for February 5Ks. Join my mailing list and get the complete listing of 5Ks across the USA for 2015. You won’t want to miss it!

Run well my Friends,



“Panamax” refers to the size limits of ships that can pass through the Panama Canal. Any ship that exceeds the length, width and draft limitations “shall not pass.”

I recently experienced Twitamax



Twitamax is when you follow more than 2,000 Tweeters. When you hit the 2,000 mark, Twitter imposes rules on how many additional Tweeters you can follow.

This is the notice Twitter displays when you hit Twitamax:

Twitter Help Center | Why can’t I follow people?

Twitter’s technical follow limits:

  1. Every account can follow 2,000 users total. Once you’ve followed 2,000 users, there are limits to the number of additional users you can follow. This number is different for each account and is based on your ratio of followers to following; this ratio is not published. Follow limits cannot be lifted by Twitter and everyone is subject to limits, even high-profile and API accounts.
  2. Every Twitter account is technically unable to follow more than 1,000 users per day, in addition to the account-based limits above. Please note that this is just a technical limit to prevent egregious abuse from spam accounts.
  3. Accounts are also prohibited from aggressively following other users. Our Follow Limits and Best Practices Page has more information on Twitter’s following rules.

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Five ways to prevent windburn

Here in the Northeast, many runners are training for the Boston Marathon, other spring races or just trying to stay fit.

Most runners dread the treadmill and would rather take their chances with Mother Nature. Often Mother Nature presents extreme winter conditions which can lead to windburn for exposed skin.

What is windburn?

Wind burn is the red, dry skin you get through exposure to cold, dry air.

The cold, dry air of winter pulls the moisture out of your exposed skin through a process called trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). Your body reacts to winter conditions by dilating the blood vessels near the surface of the skin to increase the supply of blood. The body tries to maintain the moisture in your skin and increase skin temperature.

Depending on the duration of exposure and the severity of conditions, eventually your body looses the TEWL battle and you get windburn.

The immediate effects of windburn are rosy cheeks and a red nose. Repeated  windburn will cause pre-mature aging of your skin.

The best way to treat wind burn is to avoid it.

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Boston Prep 16 Miler Challenge

Boston Prep 16 Miler draws 350 runners

After Saturdays snowfall, the air on race morning was clear and cool. By the 10:00 a.m. start, the temperature had risen to the mid-30’s, and while the sky was overcast, the sun peeked through at times. All in all, a great day for a race!

Jim Johnson, of Madison, NH took first place honors for the men, with a time of 1:33:25. He was followed by Samuel Fazioli of Salem, NH (last year’s first place finisher) at 1:34:49 and Timothy Catoggio of Boston, MA at 1:35:07.

First place honors for the women went to Christine Shaw of Manchester, NH with a time of 1:42:34. Leslie O’Dell followed at 1:45:45 and Kathleen Michaud at 1:48:13.

 – Greater Derry Track Club

Derry 16, GDTC, Boston Prep 16 miler challenge

Tim at the finish line

Tim Catoggio and I work together so he gets the shout out with a finish line photo. Tim drove up in a borrowed car and had to leave before the awards were presented. The overall winners and age group winners were presented with a bottle of New Hampshire maple syrup. Buddy would be jealous!

Full results are available on coolrunning.com.  Race Photos are available HERE.

MRC, Derry 16 miler, boston prep 16 miler challenge

Andy, Gail, Jamie, Jeff

We prepared for the race in the gym at Running Brook Middle School. Most runners were in the cafeteria where there were tables and chairs. We sat on the bleachers.

The crowd seemed small but we figured most people were sitting in the cafeteria. It turns out that only 350 people ran the race this year. They promised shirts to the first 700 and capped the race at 900 runners.

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How to choose a running watch

Many runners are obsessed with their watch and all of the stats and data they get from it. Like any nice watch, a running watch can be a substantial investment. As a new runner you may be wondering…

How to choose a running watch?

The info-graphic below from Active.com briefly discusses what a newbie should consider before investing in a GPS watch. Here are a few other things to consider before you choose a running watch.

1. If you’re just beginning to run, your wrist watch is all you need. If your goal is to walk for 30 minutes or run for 15 minutes, your watch can handle that. If you have mapped out a course and know the distance, all you need is your watch to tell you how quickly you covered that known distance.

2. Own a Smart Phone? If you do, there is an app for that! RunKeeper and MapMyRun are two popular apps.

With the free version of RunKeeper, you can track mileage, duration, average pace, splits, calories burned, and elevation changes. On your computer you can see a map of your run and a graphic of your pace and elevation. This is very similar to what Garmin provides.

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