Saturday, February 9, 2008

9 on the 9th Blog Jog

Kristina (a.k.a recruited me to partipcate in Non Runner Nancy's 9 on the 9th Sweetheart Shuffle event. What I like most about RUNNER Nancy and her blog is that it represents what is so wonderful about the sport of running. It's really not about speed or winning, but putting forth our best efforts, connecting with others and enjoying the process.
Anyways, the 9 on the 9th Sweetheart Shuffle event is for runners with blogs, and the idea is for individuals to run a designated distance (this month it is 9 miles on the 9th of February) and then post "race results". Well, that's one way to add some spice to a regular weekend training run.

So here is my official Sweetheart Shuffle race report:

Weather conditions: partly-cloudy with temps in the high 30s (ideal conditions!)

My race began with a 9 mile warm up through Medfield and Dover before starting the race clock two miles off the Boston Marathon Course. After two miles (at approx. a 7:30 pace) I reached mile 13 of the Boston Marathon course which also marks the location of the fabulous Wellesley Booksmith. From there I ran to mile 16.5 (Newton Wellesely Hospital), turned around and ran the final 3.5 miles back to the Booksmith. Boy, that Grossman's Hill going backwards on the course is a BEAST!! But it was wonderful to have the opportunity to use Marathon Sports as both a water and power gel station.

Finish Time: 1:06: 46

Post Race Festivities included a wonderful Cook Book Event at the Wellesely Booksmith featuring Clara Silverstein's New England Soup Factory Cook Book and It's About Time by Michael Schlow. Very entertaining and the macadamia nut chocolate chunk cookies really hit the spot after 18 miles.

Good luck to my other DFMC competitors and bloggers (Kristina, Laurie, Aimee, Katy, Sarah, Abby and others) on their 9 on the (10th)Sweetheart Shuffle/DFMC 16-18 mile run tomorrow!
I look forward to reading your official results.


Amanda said...

I am in awe of your time! Going to have to start reading more about your training!

Shilingi-Moja said...

Great run, Sarah. Neat to be able to do the 9 on the 9th on part of the Boston course.

sarah said...'s pretty cool to live in the Boston area and be able to train on one of the oldest and most prestigious marathon courses. I also adore the New York Marathon course and event. And your training posts are
impressive - lots of detail.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

YEEah, my blog is definitely NOT about speed. hee hee....

SOOO glad you got recruited (although I'm going to have a talk with her about recruiting speedsters!) and could run the race with us. I forgot to mention to everyone that part of the course was the Boston Marathon course. How cool was that!!??

Thanks for joining the fun, Super Speedy Girl. Look for full race results on my blog sometime on Monday.


Kristina Pinto said...

Way to go!!! I knew you'd win! Do I get some sort of proxy-medal for roping you into this? Hope to see you at a group run soon (from a distance, far, far behind)...

sarah said...


Perhaps there should be some sort of parade, including floats up the Newton Hills, for the Top Sweethearts at the next group run.
DFMC runners are dang good cyber runners!