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May/June 2012 - Level Renner

May/June 2012 - Level Renner

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Level Dossier: David Bedoya Regional Elites Name: David Bedoya Age: 35 Height: 5'10" Weight: 151 lbs. Nickname: The Spaniard Residence: Somerville, MA Occupation: Civil Engineer at MWH and Adjunct Faculty at Northeastern University since 2009 High School: IEBA (Andorra) College: Universitat de Lleida 1999 & 2002 (MS) Northeastern (2008, PhD) Club: GBTC Avg Miles per Week: 80-85 Notable PR’s: Marathon – 2:21.54 Half – 68:23 5k – 14:49 3k – 8:38 Favorites Races: Boston and Philly Marathons Amherst 10 Miler Workouts: 10-12 mile marathon pace tempo 5-6 x mile at 10k pace w/ 1-2 min rest 2-3 x 3 mile or 3-4 x 2 mile at HMP Places to Run: Trails in general (Fellsway, Blue Hills) Charles River Boston marathon course Emerald Necklace Cape Elizabeth (Maine) Running shoe: Trainers - ASICS GT-2160, Flats - Adidas Adios Workout Songs: No music while running Book: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer and La Fiesta del Chivo by Mario Vargas Llosa Hobbies: Hiking, biking, outdoors in general David Bedoya at this year’s Amherst 10 Miler Photo by Krissy Kozlosky Running Intangibles Training Philosophy: Do not train more than what your day to day allows you to recover from. If you cross that threshold you are done. Prerace Ritual: None, just make myself mentally ready for the pain that's about to come. Career High/Lowlights: Philly 2011; summer 2010 (see Proudest Moment for explanation) Goals: Try to get a PR in Boston 2012 which will be very difficult. I would love to run sub 2:20 for the marathon. Proudest Moment: Running a 2:23:37 in Philly 2010 after a summer when I could barely handle 6:00 pace for more than 4 miles due to allergy-induced asthma. Miscellaneous: I used to be a competitive road cyclist back in Spain for more than 8 years. I think this is why now I am much better at longer distances compared to shorter races. 14

A Day in the Life of Sarah Prescott Regional Elites Prescott at the Rhody 5K Photo by Scott Mason Weekday 0645 wakeup 0700 coffee & core work, foam roller, stretching 0830 arrive at work (teach muscle hour class @ YMCA) 0900 breakfast (5 grain hot cereal and hardboiled egg) 1300 easy 8 miles or track workout or elliptical depending on day followed by lunch (soup, cottage cheese, tuna) 1500 stretch, ice, coffee 1930 dinner (chicken, squash, broccoli, romaine, sugar-free freezer pops) 2000 read, watch TV, go online 2200 goodnight Weekend Similar to a weekday but often with a double on Saturday. Sun- day’s long run is followed by an ice bath. Of course, there’s yard- work, laundry, grocery shopping, and maybe even the occasional post long run beer. Race Day Arrive an hour early. 20 min warmup, strides, plyometrics. Post race: 20 min cooldown, recovery drink, ice bath. Let’s get to the good stuff first. Sarah Prescott is made of Iron. Well, not just iron, heart, determination, and perseverance too. That’s my claim, and any writer worth his salt knows that you have to support any given claim with specific and concrete evidence. Here’s mine: 12 Iron runner jackets. 86 consecutive USATF-NE Grand Prix Road Race Championships. That’s every single one of them since 2000. Want more? 13 time Boston Marathon qualifier. 2 state of New Hampshire age group records. Anybody dare say she made of something other than iron? Of her USATF-GPS streak Stephen Peckiconis, board member at USATF-NE, says, “Staying healthy for that long is amazing enough but she’s placed high in her age group many times, and even PR’ed several times in 2011 at the end of this 12 year stretch.” He goes on to say, “Second place in Iron Runner streaks looks like a tie at 4 years.” I’m no mathematician, but even I can figure out that means Sarah’s streak is longer than anybody else’s by 8 years. Now, if that’s not Level material then I don’t know what is… Sarah Prescott grew up in Hopkinton, NH and started running in 1978. She graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School in 1984 and attended both Simmons and New England College. For the last 22 years, she’s worked as a paralegal with the same law firm. Assuredly, consistency isn’t a trait exclusive to her running. Her consistency may be her hallmark but her speed isn’t far behind. Yes, she has THE STREAK, but it’s not like she’s lollygagging through these races at a jog-walk shuffle. In 2009, she set 10 PR’s. In 2010 and 2011, well that’s when she set her state age group records. She also set the masters course record at the oldest race in the United States, the NMH Bemis Forslund Pie Race, in 2010. To whom does she attribute her successes? Two entities: Fernando Braz and Whirlaway Racing Team. Of the former she says, “I am so thankful for [his] advice.” Of the latter, “Whirlaway is totally the balls. Not only are the runners phenomenally fast, hardworking, dedicated, they also know how to have fun and work as a team.” [Editor’s Note: you gotta love that quote!] Prescott is a founding member of the Goon Squad Runners, and her nickname over there is Mountain Goat or Goatie, but I propose we shorten it to two simple letters: Fe. That’s Latin Spartan olde school and she is too. Check out Sarah’s Blog and Goon Squad Runners Profile: http://runningsarah.blogspot.com http://www.goonsquadrunners.com On the next page, check out the Hockomock Swamp Rat’s 2005 profile of Prescott. 15

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