2015 Race Report – part 2 – the best part…

Milestone Race of the Year: Hot Chocolate Race – The milestone being my age graded result that I may have missed if it weren’t for my team mate Karen sharing that I made the top 25.  I love our lady team Western Mass Distance Project

Challenge of the Year: The focus on cross country races was my CHALLENGE to get faster and stronger.  The weekly 5ks in Northampton kept me pushing to get faster on the trails and it paid off in the Franklin Park New England USTAF race as well as the team race we all came home with engraved forks!  I love carpooling with the team and hearing their stories and being inspired by their training.

GBTC XC Festival Delivers the Pie!  September 7, 2015

WMDP Master’s Ladies won first place!  My overall time was a 22:16 and by these results (some missing ages) – I grabbed the first spot in my age group!  Fun times warming up and cooling down and taking pics in our new uniforms with these ladies!  Go Team!  This article from Level Renner shows the beautiful surrounding and super fast course with the winner who gets a pie!  As the first place master’s team we all got engraved forks.  SO fun!

2015 USATF New England Cross Country Championships

Another fun trip for the ladies out to Boston for my 2nd Mayor’s Cup in Franklin Park! Kate Queeney has rallied me a few times and I was so happy to be a part of this race — the warm up with the team, cheering on the open runners, and then out there pushing on this New England classic “famous” cross country course for all those that raced cross country in college.  Since my running “career” really didn’t start for me until after college, this is truly a treat for me and to hear all their stories of past races on this great course.

Results:   26:51:47 was my time placing 76th overall, 5th in age, 4th (50+) team WMDP and our masters team won 1st!

Kate Queeney shared a link to her article recently published in Level Renner    My favorite quote —– “From my perspective, as a masters runner who was never fast to begin with but who has still managed to slow down substantially with age, I think that anyone who can remain legitimately competitive into his or her 40’s and 50’s deserves the “outsized” impact s/he creates. And frankly, I would be surprised to hear that competitive runners under 40 feel any differently. In a year where we are all watching Meb and Deena compete at the highest level, I wonder why we in New England feel the need to define “open” as anything but, well, open.”  And check out the article — I am mentioned in the first paragraph ” Only by virtue of their 4th runner (Nancy Peck-Cook) finishing ahead of CMS’s 4th woman did WMDP eke out the championship title, cementing their win in the 5-race cross country grand prix series. Team members and fans alike waited in suspense until the team results were announced on-site.”  — I love how Kate really keeps our team motivated, recognized and showing up to toe the line (speaking for yours truly here)


 

Wilbraham Turkey Trot 5 miler, November 26, 2015

What to do on a Thanksgiving weekend with no plans?  Look for a local turkey trot with your friends!  Dawn flew by me with her long red hair and thank you to Kristin for getting me to the location without getting lost!  This course was a hilly one and the result page has my name as Jana – a 36:15 for a mostly uphill and crazy downhill beautiful location- but it was fun to get it in and I felt fast and strong!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Hot Chocolate Race 2015 – 5K – December 6, 2015

The Hot Chocolate Race is a local favorite where there are  more than 6000 runners.  It is one of the most participated in races in Massachusetts and is held in Northampton.  Each year the Western Mass Distance Project ladies get a team together and raise money for an amazing cause! This past year we ranked 2nd in fundraising – so proud of them all for this great work to support our community and those in need. 23 total team mates ran in the race on that cold winter day.  An AMAZING group of dedicated runners that inspire me every day!

It was a cold December morning and I brought Maverick my pup for the warm up and cool down.  It was fun running as a huge team in uniform through the streets of Northampton.  The group photo from that morning is my all time favorite.  Of our team 3 were in the top 5 sweeping the podium 1,2,3 and I ended up 24th overall with the age grade calculation and won a nice gift certificate from the Northampton Running Company ! Yay!  Love seeing all the people out there in costume and were wore these cute Santa hats and our skirts.  Can’t wait to do this one again! Screen Shot 2016-05-01 at 11.01.55 AM

 

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2015 Race Report – Better Late than Never

December 5th was the night of the WMDP Woman’s Annual Party celebrating the amazing races of all the team mates.  It got me thinking that didn’t race as much as past years, but then… I listed what I had accomplished and was pretty proud and realized I was quite busy out there on the racing scene.

Here is my Facebook post from that night:  Tonight I celebrate with my amazing Western Mass Distance Project team mates another amazing year! My races this year included, the Jones 10 miler, the Boston Marathon, Mt Washington Road Race, The Montague Mug Race, run stanley , 2 USTAF Cross Country races including the Championship race at Franklin Park, the Wilbraham Turkey Trot 5 miler and today the Hot Chocolate Race.  Not as many races as in the past but strong finishes each time and an incredible year!

Jones 10 miler

February 22, 1015      1:17:46 was my official time.   9th in age, 299 of 565 overall and 81 of 221 females Happy with that result knowing that my skiing every weekend and vacations and holidays gets in the way of training in the winter! 🙂  We had some amazing training runs on the course and it is a very well run race with our friend MacKenzie Gray as the race director 🙂

Boston Marathon 2015

April 13, 2015 – 3:57:34 was my official finish time.  It was a tough season of training for me.  My knee got tweaked somehow and fluid built up on it during ski season.  I put off getting the Dr appointment in denial while training until I couldn’t walk or even ride our spin bike.  Finally realizing it wasn’t going to just heal itself, I went to Dr. Deb who sent me to an MRI — now with a month before the marathon I was on crutches, but still hopeful.  When I went to see her to get the results she viewed the MRI and said “that is the healthiest 50 year old knee I have seen in a long time!”.  Then she told me it was an accumulation of fluid, and right there with a long syringe she sucked about 20 cc of fluid and gave me a hydrocortisone shot and I was good to go.  I wasn’t sure how I would run, but I had paid the $200 plus entry fee, so I was determined that I would get out there and finish.  We had just recently put Oakley to sleep and I was very sad about losing him.  14 and a half years with my loyal yellow lab, he ran with me every training run with his unconditional love and I was so incredibly sad. This was my post  on Facebook as I was getting ready to race:  “Oakley’s dog tag my Nike women’s Marathon medal and my run happy black pearl charm from Katherine Swtzer 🌟 what I will be wearing around my neck tomorrow on my 11th Boston Marathon.”

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What I wore around my neck: Oakley’s dog tag, my charm from Nike Women’s Marathon and my Kathryn Switzer black pearl charm

It was a cold and rainy day and I felt a little overweight but gave it a go….  It was tough.  At the half way mark I was freezing and soaking wet, stopped at most of the first aid tents to see if I could warm up and get a bite to eat.  I will never forget seeing the plate of pastry at Mile 21 and asking the lady for the croissant.  She said “of course you can have it” and I grabbed the treat and ran the course eating a croissant.  My son Schuyler came to watch me with Steve in the marathon this year in the rain wearing his shorts. He thought I was crazy at mile 18, when I really wanted to quit.  But I am not a quitter and I could still pull off that “BQ”.  So off I went pushing for the finish line.  At the end it was a rough situation too, as I had given my warm clothes to my friend Patrick on the SMAC bus.  I wandered the streets of Boston looking for that bus and couldn’t find it… I was shivering and all alone, obviously sent in the wrong direction.  A little hypothermic this foreign lady (I want to say she spoke with a German accent) insisted on helping me, ordered this bus driver to allow me on this random bus to warm up.  I didn’t have my phone, so she let me use hers to call Steve to come pick me up.  He was stuck in traffic so I found my way to the Park Plaza which is our usual meeting spot with Charlie & Jacques and Charlie’s mom Marilyn and sister Lily.  The German lady walked me there and I connected with Steve.  What a wonderful person to make sure that I was ok.  Once with the rest of the group I felt much better, took a hot shower and got a quick bite to eat before hitting the road home.  The tough part of this story is that my qualifying time didn’t get me into Boston the following year, and I missed by :02 seconds.  I wrote an appeal with no response.  SO I didn’t get in my 7th consecutive Boston — I will have to start all over again.  But our annual family ski trip to Snowbird was worth the sacrifice — as it is never an easy task to fit in marathon training all winter in the Northeast as a ski coach & teacher.

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Jackie and I at the airport for our finish pose!

The cool thing I figured out on the Boston Marathon site is that they have all the past results to 2002.  There are 2 Boston races of mine that is not included in this list but I thought it pretty cool to look back on all my past results to be inspired to keep it up and get back to training and get that BQ for the 2017 marathon!   2015 was my 11th Boston (one race in the 1990s not listed here) and it was my 6th consecutive.

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Mt Washington Road Race 

1;42:54 was my official time.  This is a favorite race of mine that has a lot of history and amazing famous racers gunning for the fastest time up the highest mountain in the East Coast!  This is my third time running this amazing mountain race.  The first time was in 2009 when I ran all the USTAF Mountain races to win the Mountain Goat title and get a chance to run Mt. Washington.  I ended up running for White Mtn Milers because I missed the deadline.  Typical Nancy move… but it was amazing and I ended up 4th in my age!

In 2014 our WMDP team had an opportunity to represent so I jumped at the chance to run. It was almost a PR 5 years later – I was pretty stoked!  My favorite all time photo is from that race and it was 1 day before my birthday.

In 2015 I was a little heavier than my race weight, not as well trained and pushed hard, but didn’t quite get to that PR.  It is pretty motivating for me to see all these times stacked up against each other getting ready to run again in 2016!  Time to kick it in, train appropriately and get excited.  Mountain racing is my favorite — there is nothing like reaching the top of the mountain for that finish line!  AND there is nothing like being a part of a team that cheers you on from the top rocks saying “GO, GO, GO — you GOT this!”     In 2014  our Masters women were 1st place!  Such an honor to run with these fast ladies and get such incredible results against the best of the best in mountain running!  Gotta love Dawn & Vanessa teaming up for the win both years!  Looking forward to 2016!

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2015 at the top of Mt Washington after my finish!

2009 results 189 4/50 Nancy Cook 44 F Belchertown MA WMM W85 1:35:38 12:35 min/mile

2014 results:  188 Nancy Cook F4549 3/51 1:35:54 12:38 W82 49 F Belchertown MA WMDP
FEMALE MASTERS TEAM RESULTS 2014 1st. WMDP  1:28:46 1:35:54 1:41:43 = 4:46:23 Dawn Roberts, Nancy Cook, Vanessa Diana

2015 results: 340 Nancy Cook F5054 6/40 1:42:34 13:30 W50 50 F Belchertown MA WMDP

FEMALE MASTERS TEAM RESULTS 2015   3rd. WESTERN MASS DISTANCE PROJECT 1:29:53 1:42:34 1:44:24 = 4:56:51 Dawn Roberts, Nancy Cook, Vanessa Diana

The Montague Mug Race 5.5 miles  August 15, 2015

My official time was 36:40  —-  What do I love about living in Western Mass?  Because of this 5 college community the name “The Happy Valley” where everyone has a smile on their face living the life of organic farming, and community minded friends all around, college students everywhere to keep you feeling young has this incredible running community!  Personally I have connected with a couple of running clubs and am a part of the WMDP (Western Mass Distance Project.  The other  is SMAC a regional club that has a wonderful race series of local races where everyone can join in, feel welcome, cheered on by friends and neighbors and celebrate at the end with local flavor.  This was my first “Mug Race” that was a part of their series and I heard it was hilly.  Yes indeed, it was hilly!  But I kicked it in and lead most of the way to succumb to another female who took it away and won the pewter mug.  My glass mug was pretty great too and I truly enjoyed this race, seeing my fellow runners like Patrick Pezzati run some great miles on some beautiful roads in Montague!

Results:  2nd woman by less than 2 minutes!

15th overall Cook Nancy 39:4 0 0:07:13 1/14 50-59 F 215 Belchertown

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Run Stanley 5k- Canine Race – Westfield MA

Our official time was 28:48 -and placing 57th overall- We are not sure how much extra mileage we got in going off course, but it was so fun to be in the canine category!  Dodging in and out and around people was a challenge, but Maverick was so excited and going so fast – starting at the end of the pack was how they managed the dogs.  It was fun as Karen & Karin (my master’s team mates) were also running with their dogs!  Maverick loved seeing all the other dogs, checking them out and being a part of the action.

Finish line photo booth with Maverick after today’s 5K is my all time favorite and a classic — This was Maverick’s first race & we had a blast. He is very competitive and ran very well from the back weaving in and out of runners. He stopped for water at the water stop and was not too upset when we got off course and found our way back to the race. We ran 8:24 min/mile — faster than ever on the trails (I kept telling him to slow down….) So much fun!  And Maverick was quite the eye catching pup on the Run Stanley Facebook page —

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Don’t make us beg…..

don’t make us beg….. register for the K9 division today! http://runstanley.com/

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Continue with this link to Part 2 — because YES there was more!  My “Challenge” and my “Milestone” Race  came later in the season —–> Read on….

 

 

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2014 Race Report – My Running Year in Review

Wow what a year it  has been!  My second full year as a member of the Western Mass Distance Project focusing on as many NE Grand Prix races and training with some amazing female athletes of all ages has been so incredibly motivating!  Highlights & challenges as always make for a great year of running.  Reaching a new age group and still barely missing out on a couple PRs — feeling accomplished as I look to new goals in 2015.

Milestone – Race of the year:  Bridge of Flowers – 1st in my age – first time as a 50 year old – cash prize of $100! First time ever running this incredibly hilly course surrounded by my team mates and winning as a team to boot!

Challenge of the year:  Vermont 50.  Temps in the 80s — 50 miles for my 50! What a birthday present & party for me and my dear friend and incredible runner / team mate Karin George.  She ranked top 3 in our age group! Yay! Me, I struggled after 20 miles and the heat, dehydration and lack of training bogged me down.  I wanted to quit, but I didn’t. My team mates encouraged me with words like “You got this!” and I walked the last 20 miles…. after having already tripped a few times, I counted 6 additional trips, cramped up calf muscles… and although being paced by the most energetic bunny in the world – Miss Kristin Tetrault — I couldn’t pick my feet up off the ground because my legs hurt so much.  I crossed the line under the cut off with a sub 12 hour finish – and cried! The recovery was brutal… but I finished and am proud that I did finish!

Race List by Date for 2014

  • March 30 – Westfield Half Marathon
    • Race Report
    • 1:35:32  —- 52nd overall – 2nd in age – 9th woman      7:27 pace
  • April 21  Boston Marathon 
    • Race Report
    • 3:45:23 — 4590 woman and 521 in division
  • June 15 – Ribfest 5 milerMerrimack, NH – NE Grand Prix
    • Results
      304th overall   35:19.4  F49  7th in age   Time 35:10 WMDP
  • June 21 – Mt Washington Road Race – Birthday Weekend! This was an incredible trip with my sweet husband! We had a great time and the race was incredible.  Hot at the bottom and freezing at the top. Love the fleece blankets at the finish!  I had no idea I was so close to a PR on this course and missed it by under a minute!  This was a true motivator why I ran the mountain championships later in the summer!  How fun that my birthday was the next day!  I was 3rd in my age as a 49 year old and would have been 2nd if I was 50 on that day.  Very cool indeed!
    • Results:
      33rd/375 woman 3/51 in age  F4549 1:35:54 12:38 49  W82
  • The Bridge of Flowers 
  • This was my race of the year! See above. My first time running this course and supported by my team mates, local fans and friends.  I love hills and killed it on the early hill with some insight from my friend / team mate Dawn.  Very very very happy with my finish and the podium photo!
    • Results 
       76th/706   1/40 in age   F5054   45:16   45:13   7:17 pace    50 F     #6    WMDP
  • July 4 – The Big 4th  Springfield, MA
  • August – National Mountain Running Championships, Loon Mtn, NH
    • Results      50th Female 6th in age Number: 4605  Time: 1:09:20.7 14:27            Western Mass Distance Project
  • August 31 – GMAA 15K – South Burlington, Vermont – NE Grand Prix
    • Results
      10th in age   50 age  1:09:06 * WMDP
  • September 28  – Vermont 50   — 50 for 50!
    • Results: 
      174th/205 finishers 5/8  F5059 11:39:26 14:00 pace
  • October 26 –Mayor’s Cup, Boston Mass
    • Results:
      128th/257   3/13 in age F5059   22:23  7:11 pace             50 F     #415 WMDP

Weekly SMAC Northampton Cross Country Race Series

I need some more time to go through these results from the Cross Country series but this has really peaked my interest in Cross Country and although I didn’t meet my goal to break the course record in my age group there were several times that I was top 3 runner and I won 2 and 3 age groups and love the feeling and fun of this community series!

Looking forward to 2015!  Next up my goals for running this coming year….. and I am not planning on slowing down. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and reading my posts! What’s on your race bucket list & what goals can you share? 

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My Favorite “Vermont” Things Giveaway 2015

Here it is …. back by popular demand!  My Favorite “Vermont” Things Giveaway 2015!

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Growing up in Vermont on a dairy farm in Georgia, Vermont was an amazing childhood.

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I love my dairy farm roots — learning that hard work pays off, loving animals is part of nurturing the gifts God gave us. Supporting the family farms of Vermont and New York is supporting my family of farmers and I love them all. So proud of my roots that my Dad and Mom brought me up in to always be strong, help out when you are needed and love the animals…. all of them, when they are sick, needing a bed, wanting for grain and all they give back to us in the milk, cheese, ice cream is just the beginning of this sustainable life

Every year I go to the Relay For Life Nordic Style in Stowe Vermont.  I have been on Hilary’s team of Monkton Girls Gone Wild for 2 years and now have decided to branch out and invite my friends, family and snow pros to be a part of this incredible event.

This is my fun-raiser that shares my favorite things made in Vermont.  Last year I drew 3 names and made packages to ship and give away.  Take a chance to taste a little Vermont and I will ship it right to you!

The Relay is in Stowe, Vermont at the Trapp Family Lodge. So what better idea in honor of the Von Trapp Family singers and my favorite tune from that musical “My Favorite Things”!   So excited that I am on my way to my goal of $500! For every $20 donation I will put your name in the hat to win this giveaway of my favorite Vermont things!  The drawing will be held on Sunday morning – March 22rd  at the Trapp Family Lodge. 🙂

Feeling lucky, want to fight cancer and be generous at the same time?

Link away and donate today !

Thank you for your support!

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Stowe Snow Pros will be at the Relay For Life Nordic-style! March 21-22, 2015

We are “Stowe Snow Pros”!

I am very excited to be a team captain and participating in the Relay For Life Nordicstyle at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont on March 21-22nd.

Happy New Year!

Team Cook wishes you all a Happy New Year!

Team “Stowe Snow Pros” invites you to join in the fight against cancer! Relay For Life NordicStyle is March 21, 2015 at The Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe VT. Please join our team of Snow Pro’s, Snow enthusiasts and family to raise the much needed funds to ‪#‎finishthefight‬ — or make a donation!  Thank you for your support!
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Link here to join our team or make a donation today!
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The Relay For Life Nordicstyle event is held at the Trapp Family Lodge on March 21-22 and is in its 12th year.  Starting at 5 PM is the survivor reception where all cancer survivors are invited to a warm reception, food, treats and a couple speakers to inspire! The event starts at 6 PM with the opening ceremony and lap depending on weather…. we lapped inside the tent last year! But the outside “track” of snow is where the nordic skiers and snow shoe enthusiasts are able to take in the magnificent views of the valley and honor and remember those who have been affected by cancer.  Feel free to bring winter camping gear or spend the night at a room in the Trapp — the closing ceremony is breakfast at 6 am.  It’s truly an amazing community event raising the much needed funds in the fight against cancer.  Please take the time to join the team, send out emails to your family and friends, and get ready for an inspirational event.
Signed a Proud and Strong Cancer Survivor and Snow Pro!
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Mom’s Ginger Lemon Ice Tea

Ginger Lemon Ice Tea

This morning I went to one of my favorite coffee shops in the area,  the Woodstar Cafe in Northampton and ordered the Ginger Honey Lemon Ice Tea and it reminded me to ask my Mom for her recipe for the ice tea they brought to our summer family party in Stowe. It was so yummy and it is a great base to keep in the fridge and make when ever you want! Try it — so yummy!

Simply fill a large sauce pan to an inch from the top. Add 1 cup of Stevia or Splenda. Put in 5 walnut sized pieces of ginger and simmer for a long time (30 minutes). After ten minutes, I slice the ginger in three pieces so there is more surface to be flavored. Let it simmer until it goes down about an inch. Near the end of the simmering add 4 slices of a lemon for additional flavor.

Put it in a storage jar and mix it according to your tastes by adding water and ice cubes.

 

What’s your favorite summer drink? Please share in the comment field below.

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2014 USA Mountain Running Championships/Loon Mountain Race

An amazing experience! I love mountain running and I love this race. My blogpost race report to come soon!

Life Adventures

Yesterday, we returned to the Loon Mountain Race in Lincoln, New Hampshire. This was the second year in a row that Debbie has run this event and this year, it was even more competitive given the fact that it was the USA Mountain Running Championships.

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With some big dough and bragging rights on the line, the race attracted many talented New Englanders and their western competition from mountainous states like Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Washington, and California.

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With bigger objectives this month, the 4.8 mile /2,700′ elevation gain women’s race was a tune-up for her longer runs to come. The summer heat was also good training. We had brilliant sunshine and fantastic views from the top of the gondola at Loon. The race finished higher up at the summit, but we watched the women and then the men (7 miles) come through that big aid station.

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